Friday, April 21, 2017

Hada Labo AHA + BHA Mild Exfoliating Face Washes



Name: Hada Labo AHA + BHA Mild Exfoliating Face Wash
Price: RM 31.90 for 130 g
Made in: China

The latest Hada Labo AHA + BHA Mild Exfoliating Face Washes are powered by Bentonite Clay (draws impurities) along with Glycolic Acid (AHA) and Salicylic Acid (BHA) for clearer, smoother and healthier looking skin. Additionally, they are alcohol, colourant, fragrance and mineral oil free.

The creamy paste transforms into a luxurious lather to lift grime, oil and environmental pollutants without stripping away moisture. Continued use of the AHA + BHA Acne Control Face Wash will result in fewer flare ups and reduced skin reactivity due to the infusion of Wild Pansy Extract. The AHA + BHA Oil Control Face Wash contains Alpine Plant Extract to discourage excess oil production and over time visibly minimises the appearance of enlarged pores.

I am using them interchangeably because I simply fail to tell the difference between the two. If this little nugget of information isn't a deterrent, then browse any leading pharmacy aisle for them!

The full ingredient list for AHA + BHA Acne Control Face Wash:
Water, Lauric Acid, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polyquaternium-7, Cocamide DEA, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydroxyacetophenone, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Glyceryl Caprate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Laureth-23, Glyceryl Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Glycolic Acid, Amylopectin, Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phytic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Viola Tricolor Extract, BHT.

The full ingredient list for AHA + BHA Oil Control Face Wash:
Water, Lauric Acid, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polyquaternium-7, Cocamide DEA, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydroxyacetophenone, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Glyceryl Caprate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Laureth-23, Glyceryl Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract, Glycolic Acid, Amylopectin, Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phytic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-4.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Veet Sensitive Touch

If you are at a loss on how to handle the Veet Sensitive Touch then let me this video get you started:


Name: Veet Sensitive Touch
Price: RM 119
Made in: China

It goes without saying that this is the device you need if you are very particular about eyebrow shaping. There is something satisfying in getting even hair lengths on both sides every time (or is it just me? Haha!). A double sided comb attachment allows you to choose from two different lengths: 2 mm or 4 mm.


Shall we take a look at the obligatory before and after pictures? Please ignore the sparseness and the lack of an end. Hair just refuses to grow!


Pruning the garden (heh!) is just as easy with this device. The comb attachment stops the bikini trimming head from coming in contact with the skin, which means that there won't be nicks and bumps on sensitive areas. Not to worry as it is close enough for a neat bikini line.


To minimise damage, it is not recommended to submerge the body of the device in water. So there goes the convenience of using it in the shower, and cleaning it immediately after! This is the only con that I can think of but be sure to read the instructions before you proceed.


This cordless personal grooming trimmer has grown on me - I can't see myself without it! - and this is why I think that it is well worth the RM 119 price tag. Each blister pack also comes with one AA battery, one styler cap, one cleaning brush and one beauty pouch.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Parasola Essence In UV Cut Spray EX SPF50+ PA++++


Name: Parasola パラソーラ Essence in UV Cut Spray EX エッセンスイン UVカットスプレー EX SPF50+ PA++++
Price: HK$ 79.90 for 90 g
@cosme rating: 4.6
Release date: 20.4.2015
Made in: Japan

Spray type sunscreens with PA++++ rating are becoming so common now. One only wishes that Korea stop churning PA+++ sunscreens. Why can't you pick up a perfectly good trend?!

Besides giving my olfactory senses a treat with the delectable floral fragrance, Essence in UV Cut Spray EX also packs a punch with hydrating agents (Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide 3), anti-oxidants (Trisodium Ascorbyl Palmitate Phosphate, Coenzyme Q10) and an anti-ager (Hydrolyzed Collagen).

The convenience makes this waterproof sunscreen indispensable. Shake it, spritz liberally and I am good to go. No more wasting time (and energy) rubbing it in! My only concern is not being able to tell whether I have covered every inch since it goes on invisible and all...

This stuff rules! But since it is not sold here, the next best option would be Sunplay's Sport UV Body Mist SPF120 PA++++.

The full ingredient list for Essence in UV Cut Spray EX:
LPG, 水, メトキシケイヒ酸エチルヘキシル, イソドデカン, カプリリルメチコン, シクロペンタシロキサン, エタノール, 加水分解ヒアルロン酸(ナノヒアルロン酸), 加水分解コラーゲン, パルミチン酸アスコルビルリン酸3Na(高浸透型ビタミンC誘導体), セラミド3, ユビキノン(コエンザイムQ10), セリン(アミノ酸), ヒアルロン酸Na, ポリテトラフルオロエチレン, (ビニルジメチコン/メチコンシルセスキオキサン)クロスポリマー, グリチルリチン酸2K, イソノナン酸イソトリデシル, ポリブチレングリコール-3PEG/PPG-8/5グリセリン, PEG-10ジメチコン, ビスエチルヘキシルオキシフェノールメトキシフェニルトリアジン, テトラエチルヘキサン酸ペンタエリスリチル, メチルグルセス-10, ジエチルアミノヒドロキシベンゾイル安息香酸ヘキシル, セスキイソステアリン酸ソルビタン, ラウリルPEG-9ポリジメチルシロキシエチルジメチコン, グリセリン, オクトクリレン, トコフェロール, 塩化Na, BG, トリ酢酸テトラステアリン酸スクロース, エチルヘキシルグリセリン, オクチルトリアゾン, フェノキシエタノール, 香料.

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.

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