Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mamonde Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner & Cream

Commonly blooming white or yellow, Narcissus is one of the rare plant species that survives the harshest winter. It develops from the bulb which stores nutrients and sufficient water necessary for the growth of the stem and flowers. Intensive research on the nature of the Narcissus bulb has led to the development of the Floral Hydro line.

Comprising of four products - Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner (the star of the series!), Floral Hydro Emulsion, Floral Hydro Eye Gel Cream and Floral Hydro Cream - the latest line to join Mamonde's extensive stable locks-in moisture to the skin for long-lasting hydration.


A few pumps of Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner (RM 89 for 150 ml) feeds the skin with moisture (like a drink for the skin!) - perfect if your skin feels tight and uncomfortable post-cleanse - and works to relieve dryness while enhancing the skin's natural glow. Instructions weren't given but due to the consistency of the toner (liquefied gel), I pat it in with my palms versus swiping with a cotton pad.



Floral Hydro Cream (RM 109 for 50 ml) has a silky, fast-absorbing feel and leaves absolutely no residue. The cream sits well beneath makeup without feeling heavy, which makes it perfect for daytime wear. That said, it lacks the nourishing film that I associate with my creams. Then again, those creams are better suited for nighttime use.



The Floral Hydro line is great for all skin types and particularly wonderful if your face feels hot and bothered in this unrelenting heat. It is a little on the perfumed side, so patch test first if you are especially sensitive.

It ranges from RM 89 to RM 109 and is available at Mamonde beauty counters in Parkson KLCC, Parkson Gurney Plaza, Aeon 1 Utama, Aeon Mid Valley Megamall, Aeon Bukit Indah, Aeon Tebrau City and Aeon Queensbay Mall.

The full ingredient list for Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner:
Water, Propanediol, Alcohol, Glycerin, Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.

The full ingredient list for Floral Hydro Cream:
Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerylpolymethacrylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Polysorbate 20, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Drink A Rainbow: Kinohimitsu Superfood Supreme

I like ALL things colourful, so it is no surprise that I have taken to Kinohimitsu's Superfood Supreme like a duck to water. This nutritional beverage packs a varied spectrum of functional foods with proven health benefits (listed below) in a single scoop.

Heart health
Raspberry

Joint health & anti-ageing
Mangosteen, blueberry, elderberry

Immunity & muscle strength
Yellow pea

Memory
Black sesame seed, blackberry

Digestive health
Brown rice, cocoa

Cholesterol level
Oats

Bone & teeth health
Wheatgrass


Name: Kinohimitsu Superfood Supreme
Price: RM 89.90 for 500 g

I mentioned what it contains, but Superfood Supreme is notable for what it lacks: dairy, lactose, cholesterol, soy, trans fat, artificial colouring and artificial flavouring. So, rest assured if you either have an allergy or an intolerance to any of these ingredients.


The robust formula is perfectly adequate taste-wise but nothing to write home about. I think it borders on the sweet side... it should be noted that I am drinking it boiling hot, against their recommendation of mixing in cold or lukewarm water.


It is also a great way to add a healthy boost to smoothies, juices and shakes - make your blender your best friend! For those unable to meet your daily nutrient requirements, this fortified beverage could be an option; needless to say, proper meals should always be your first choice.

How does it stack up in terms of nutritional value (per 25 g)?

✤ Energy: 95 kcal
✤ Carbohydrate: 15.2 g
✤ Protein: 4.5 g
✤ Fat: 1.5 g
✤ Cholesterol: 0 mg
✤ Fibre: 1.1 g
✤ Vitamin B12: 0.5 mcg
✤ Calcium: 217 mg
✤ Sodium: 45 mg
✤ Magnesium: 20 mg
✤ Iodine: 9 mg

For more product information and to buy, visit 11street.my. It is currently RM 69.90 instead of RM 89.90!

The full ingredient list for Superfood Supreme:
Brown Rice, Oat Powder, Isomaltulose (Palatinose®), Isolated Pea Protein, Black Sesame Seed, Cocoa Powder, Calcium Carbonate, Mangosteen Fruit Extract, Wheatgrass, Sucralose, Mixed Berries (Blackberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Elderberry).

Disclosure: Press sample.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Hada Labo Hydrating Oil-in-Lotion

The Hydrating Oil-in-Lotion features nano-encapsulated squalane oil (plant derived) solubilised in water to give skin an ideal oil-water balance. It also uses Vitamins B3 and E to improve skin texture and ease surface roughness.


Name: Hada Labo 肌ラボ Hydrating Oil-in-Lotion 極潤オイルイン化粧水
Price: RM 69.90 for 220 ml
@cosme rating: 5.4
Release date: 22.8.2016
Made in: Japan

There's no denying Hada Labo's expertise in lotions, and the brand new Oil-in-Lotion feels so much lighter compared to the original. That said, my skin feels fine all day even when I skip everything else. I am not sure this would be the case with drier skins, so think twice before you emulate this lazy blogger's doings.


I find a new spot in the evening if I use the lotion in the morning. Every time, without fail. This could indicate purging due to something in the formulation or could just be a result of too many snacks... sorry guys, I will refrain from gobbling everything unhealthy in sight when testing out skincare products in the future!


This blip aside, my skin hasn't been any different to how it was with my usual lotion. Definitely not enough for me to want to run back and repurchase. There is a whole new world of lotions out there waiting for me!

Sold at all Watsons stores for RM 69.90.

The full ingredient list for Hydrating Oil-in-Lotion:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Niacinamide, PEG-6, PEG-32, Polysorbate 20, PEG-8, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Disodium Succinate, Disodium EDTA, Succinic Acid, Tocopherol, Squalane, Hydrogenated Lecithin.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Mamonde's Parkson KLCC Counter Reflects New 'Journey Of Flowers' Concept & Design

Mamonde, a South Korean beauty brand under Amorepacific Malaysia, held a grand opening of its 6th beauty counter at Parkson KLCC on August 3rd.


The beauty counter is a reflection of the brand's latest concept 'Journey of Flowers'. The fresh new interior design creates a truly unique immersive experience where you get to learn about flowers and satisfy your sense of smell with the flowers used in Mamonde's formulations. The counter also features an illustration of Mamonde's very own pressed-flower pattern that is created in collaboration with Rachel Pedder-Smith, an illustration painting company.

In addition to skin consultation, the new counter offers a complimentary 1-minute Flower Touch Hand Massage to all its customers. While you are there, don't forget to check out the two new arrivals: Flower Pop Eye Brick and Flower Pop Blusher!

Flower Pop Eye Brick (RM 99 for 9.2 g) is an eyeshadow quad developed using White Flower Complex (Madonna Lily, Edelweiss and Lily Magnolia). It is available in 5 colours: 01 Golden Beige, 02 Laura Coral, 03 Burgundy Pansy, 04 Pale Purple and 05 Rosy Road.


03 Burgundy Pansy

Flower Pop Blusher (RM 59 for 7.5 g) is formulated with Flexible Binder System alongside a coat of camellia oil for a complexion that truly glows. Packaged in a clear, see-through round casing, Flower Pop Blusher comes in 6 shades: 01 Pansy, 03 Daisy, 05 Peony, 06 Camellia, 07 Rose Bay and 08 Ginger.


06 Camellia

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mentholatum Premium Rich Moist SPF23 PA+++



Name: Mentholatum メンソレータム Premium Rich Moist プレミアムリッチモイスト SPF23 PA+++
Price: RM 22.90 for 4.5 g
Release date: 27.7.2014
Made in: Japan

This blend of olive oil, honey, avocado oil, argan oil, jojoba seed oil, royal jelly, shea butter, moringa butter and ceramides from Mentholatum relieves dryness around the clock for luscious lips primed to pucker.

It is very comfortable to wear - really moisturising, long-lasting and it is even nice to have on when it is windy because my hair doesn't stick to it! And, just in case it matters, it adds a glossy sheen if I layer it enough.

Ideal for outdoor use, this premium lipbalm comes with SPF23 PA+++ for protection against harmful UV rays. It is available in two variants, namely Fragrance Free 無香料 and Natural Honey ナチュラルハニー, at all leading pharmacies and major supermarket outlets for RM 22.90.

The full ingredient list for Premium Rich Moist Fragrance Free:
Paraffin, Squalane, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polyethylene, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Dipropylene Glycol, Microcrystalline Wax, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, Moringa Oil/Hydrogenated Moringa Oil Esters, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Synthetic Wax, Iron Oxides, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Water, Honey, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 2, Ceramide 6 II, Tocopherol, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Butylene Glycol, Royal Jelly Extract.

The full ingredient list for Premium Rich Moist Natural Honey:
Paraffin, Squalane, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polyethylene, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Flavor, Dipropylene Glycol, Microcrystalline Wax, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, Moringa Oil/Hydrogenated Moringa Oil Esters, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Cholesterol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Synthetic Wax, Iron Oxides, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Water, Honey, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 2, Ceramide 6 II, Tocopherol, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Butylene Glycol, Royal Jelly Extract.

Disclosure: Press samples.