The Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule has a transparent, watery consistency that absorbed quickly into the skin, leaving my skin moist, smooth and refreshed. Since it is free of parabens and fragrances, it felt extremely comfortable on the skin and left a non-sticky finish. I usually apply ampoules in this sequence at night – wash, tone, ampoule, essence/serum, moisturiser, spot treatment. 2-3 drops usually does the work, and it is a good base to work on before slathering on the moisturiser.
Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence improves skin barrier protection and deliver vital nutrients to keep the skin hydrated, smooth and soft. Coming in a fuss-free 60ml pump bottle, I am using the newly formulated Gen 2 essence with the ingredients including Snail Secretion Filtrate, Bee Venom, Benton also added in aloe leaf juice and hollyhock roots which further provide hydration, locking in moisture to keep skin young and radiant. The Bee venom also tricks the skin into thinking it got “stung” and induces an extra surge of collagen production.
The COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is a mildly acidic gel cleanser at ph5, which claims to gently deep cleanse the skin to remove excess sebum and dead skin cells while maintaining skin pH balance. It contains Betaine Salicylate, a natural BHA exfoliator that unclogs pores, tea tree oil that controls oil, reduces acne, blemishes and improves complexion, as well as citric acid (AHA) for anti-aging benefits. This cleanser seems to be big on plant-based extracts, containing essences from lotus leaf, evening primrose and Japanese cedar leaf, which aids to naturally purify, hydrate, and brighten skin all at once.
The MUCOTA ADLLURA AIRE 05 Home Care treatment is a highly popular Japan brand which is often used by hair salons. It is a hair mask cum home treatment for mildly dry and damaged hair, and works to improve hair’s texture by restoring its soft silky texture and shine. It contains moisture-rich honey, and nano-sized CMC (cell membrane complex) particles, which is the same particle that makes up the external layer of our hair cuticles. This allows quick, deep conditioning and moisture penetration to form a protective coating on each hair cuticle, reducing chemical and environmental damage and further moisture loss.
The first time I saw the Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Black Head 3-Step Kit, I was really doubtful despite the ultra-cute packaging. Next, wet your nose thoroughly before sticking on Strip 2 to ensure that it sticks evenly and closely to your skin. The strip will not work perfectly if there is insufficient contact area. After 15 minutes, ensure that the strip hardened enough before removing it. Note that the strip will not work if it had not dried completely. In my case, I saw many of the mini and medium-sized blackheads stuck on the strip upon removal-
During summer, foundations always tend to break down a few hours after application due to the humid weather. Hence, it is always important to apply a loose powder or make up spray to finish the make up and create a barrier to prevent oxidation and discoloration. Here, I have tried the ever-popular Innisfree No Sebum... Continue Reading →
I have always loved Kiehl’s for its natural formulations and the Kiehl’s Calendula Toner was one I always turn to whenever my skin kicks up its tantrums. Formulated with calendula petals, burdock root and allantoin -which are all traditional medicinal herbs commonly used in old skin remedies- the toner soothes and reduce skin inflammation while it hydrates and balances the skin pH. Best of all, it is formulated without alcohol, which makes it suitable not only for normal to oil-skin types, but also sensitive skin.
The Dr. G Green Mild Up Sun SPF50 PA++++ caught my eye for its water-based formulation and extremely friendly ingredients after a quick check at COSDNA. It primarily uses plant-based extracts and 100% Mineral or physical sun filters Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide to effectively block out UVA/UVB sun rays. While it contains certain silicones and alcohols, the amount was much lower and fared comparatively better to other sunblocks in terms of acne and irritant levels. It also contains Pathenol to strengthen skin’s protective barrier and has an unique anti-pollution formula to shield against blue light and environmental stressors.
The Banila Clean it Zero is a sherbet cleansing balm that claims to be an all-in-one cleansing step to remove make up completely, as well as clearing pore debris and rehydrating the skin. For light make up days, I took a dime size amount with the spatula provided, and applied it to a dry face, massaging it in an outward circular motion. The sherbet cleanser had a wax-like, solid texture and yet at the same time, felt mild, lightweight and non-greasy on the skin. It spreads evenly across the face without melting down, which was a pleasant surprise as most balm cleansers dissolve quickly upon contact with the skin.
The Japan Opera Lip Tint texture is glossy and closer to a lip balm or Vaseline, and glides on with a sheer color. This is easily build-able to give a deeper shade on the lips when desired. It feels really comfortable on the lips, like it is barely there. While the lip color holds up well, it still smudges somewhat after a meal or drink, and needs frequent application to maintain the same level of vibrancy or shine.