Friday, March 17, 2017

L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream

Exceptionally concentrated in shea butter (25% to be precise), the L'Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream intensely soothes and nourishes the skin. It is also enriched with linseed, marshmallow, sweet almond, honey and apricot oil for long-lasting hydration.

Name: L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream
Price: RM 195 for 200 ml
Made in: France

It is a thick, buttery and great smelling cream. I slather it on damp skin before bed to take advantage of the skin's overnight renewal process, heh. I have used it daily for a month and I see and feel the transformation - soft and smooth joints instead of their usual scaly appearance.

That said, it is high maintenance... I have to rub and wait and repeat (many times) for it to sink in somewhat. For drier climates and/or skin, this will be perfect for your needs. If your preference leans towards the more lightweight side, you are better off with something else, mayhaps the Shea Butter Body Lotion?

Before - After

For RM 195, I expect something more luxurious, and plastic just doesn't cut it. Would I recommend? Sadly for my wallet, yes. It is a treat for the senses as well as the skin!

The full ingredient list for Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream:
Aqua/Water**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin**, Tapioca Starch**, Cetearyl Alcohol**, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract**, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium PCA, Sorbitol**, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil**, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil**, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract**, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract**, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract**, Ceteareth-33**, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mel/Honey Extract, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Chlorphenesin, Polyacrylamide, Propylene Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Alcohol, Laureth-7, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Coumarin, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene**, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol.
**Natural origin ingredients.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Thelavicos Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask

It has been absolute chaos at my home, with people coming in and out to touch up interior paint, me cleaning up after them and so on, so, a pick-me-up in the form of a sheet mask was required.

Name: Thelavicos 테라 비 코스 Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask 뉴트리션 하이드로 겔 마스크
Price: ₩ 33,500 for 1 box (30 g ×5)
Made in: Korea

The innovative dual function Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask features Swiftlet Nest Extract, Soybean Ferment Extract, Adenosine, Niaciname and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide to help dull-looking skin appear brighter and more resilient.

The gel-textured fabric was a perfect fit and adhered like second skin. There was no slipping, sliding or dripping once it went up. All in all, it was a delightful affair! Even the gentle scent helped in generating relaxation. At the risk of sounding cliché, I thought that I was de-stressing at a spa somewhere; definitely not in my room breathing in paint fumes, haha!

In action!

It doesn't give immediate results i.e. face didn't look brighter, but there was a general sense of well-being. My skin felt thoroughly pampered, and was soft to the touch. The sticky film that the essence left (unfortunately, it doesn't completely absorb!) was the only flaw in an otherwise pleasurable experience.

Before - After

The full ingredient list for Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask:
Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Niacinamide, Alcohol, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Potassium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Swiftlet Nest Extract, Butylene Glycol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Asiaticoside, Propolis Wax, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Xanthan Gum, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Dextrin, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance.

Disclosure: BNTGirls sample. Head on over to BNTNews for more exciting news, may it be K-Beauty, K-Fashion or K-Pop!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

First Cosmetics Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist Part II

As mentioned in my first impressions post, the Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist has four different coloured tablets where they all have their own functions:

Strengthening skin barrier

Name: First Cosmetics 퍼스트코스메틱 Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist 물빛미 비타민 탄산미스트
Price: ₩ 49,000 for 81 g (0.9 g ×90)
Made in: Korea

I have moved on from blue to green (an obvious choice, since Greenery is the Pantone colour of the year and all, heh!), and I don't think they differ from each other that much (or at all). My skin doesn't feel much more regenerated nor does it feel younger. It just feels calm, replenished and hydrated.

I try to finish a newly concocted batch within 4 days since the shelf life of the product is non-existent rather short due to the lack of preservatives. Despite not having preservatives, it is equipped with fragrance, and while some reviewers likened the smell to an old lady's perfume, others find it tolerable (including myself, haha).

Before - After

A word of caution before I sign off: do follow the instructions to the letter, otherwise, your mist mechanism will die on you, like what it did on me. So, it is rather fortunate that BNTNews sent another box in, saving me the effort to source for a new spray bottle.

The full ingredient list for Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist:
Sodium Bicarbonate, Adipic Acid, Sodium Carbonate, Glucose, Sucrose, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, PEG-150, Trehalose, Adenosine, Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Biotin, Riboflavin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Powder, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Fruit Powder, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Fragrance, CI 16185, CI 19140, CI 15985, CI 42090.

Disclosure: BNTGirls sample. Head on over to BNTNews for more exciting news, may it be K-Beauty, K-Fashion or K-Pop!

Friday, February 17, 2017

SK-II's Valentine's Day Party

SK-II got an early start on Valentine's Day with a party at Mid Valley Megamall's Centre Court! The February 8th event was graced by three well-known Malaysian celebrities: Nicholas Teo, Bella Dally and Nazim Othman.

Teo, who made it big in Taiwan, crooned his way into the hearts of his fans and those present with a song titled 'Because of You'.

Newlyweds Dally and Othman shared the results to their SK-II Magic Ring skin consultation which revealed their skin age and they also elaborated on their skincare tips and date night preparation.

No matter what your relationship status is, I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine filled with love. Thank you for having me, SK-II!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Meishoku Organic Rose Skin Conditioner

Name: Meishoku 明色化粧品 Organic Rose Skin Conditioner 明色スキンコンディショナー
Price: ¥ 950 for 200 ml
@cosme rating: 4.8
Release date: 22.8.2011
Made in: Japan

While I was picking up Meishoku's Organic Rose Moisture Soda Mist, I saw Skin Conditioner right beside it. It was too pretty to be left alone, so of course I had to toss it into my trolley. Yeah trolley, because 美華泰 is awesome!

Like Naturie's Skin Conditioner, I mostly use Meishoku's version whenever I am in need of some pampering in the form of a lotion mask. I whack on a couple of cotton pads soaked in this precious liquid and let them sit on my face for 10 minutes.

As a pre-lotion, Skin Conditioner goes on after my acidic treatment and before my treatment toner of choice (oftentimes the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence). Hmmm, remind me to show you guys my evening skincare routine one of these days. It has gotten unnecessarily complicated. Haha!

The liquid has the appearance of plain water, albeit slightly more silky, packaged in an adorable pink chubby bottle.

It has astringent properties, which helps to suppress shine, thus improving skin condition. Apparently it restores skin to its original (or close to it) mildly acidic condition. I don't know how true this is... firstly, I am a skeptic (the chart on Meishoku's page raises more question marks than it resolves them) and secondly, I don't have pH strips on hand for verification purposes.

It works just as well as the Naturie version but it is not as attractive price wise (nor is it available here), which makes this purchase hard to justify. As mentioned above, I bought my bottle from 美華泰 for NT$ 356 (discounted from NT$ 395).

Do you have a favourite Skin Conditioner that you would like to share it with me?

The full ingredient list for Organic Rose Skin Conditioner:
Water, Alcohol Denat, Butylene Glycol, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Ethylparaben, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Lactic Acid, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Sorbitol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract, Fragrance, Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Sodium Lactate, Methylparaben.