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Review: Soap & Glory, Flake Away

28 Sep

Many beauty guru have been talking about the brand Soap & Glory, and it seems like most of the reviews are positive, but we do not have them here in Hong Kong. So I was looking forward to visiting Boots in Bangkok and get my hands on some of Soap & Glory’s products.

I have been looking for a body scrub to replace my favourite St. Ives In-shower Exfoliating Body Polish, which had been sadly discontinued. I tried the Champneys Spa Treatments Citrus Blush Body Scrub, and I really hate it. When the body scrub touches my hair, they leave my hair feeling dry and I could not comb through. It also leave my skin feeling weird, not oily but you feel like there’s a film on my skin. So I went a little crazy with body scrub, and let’s start with Flake Away first.

Soap & Glory Flake Away

Soap & Glory Flake Away (395 THB)
* Bought them when they had a Buy-1-Get-1-Free offer. 

Soap & Glory Flake Away (Close-up)

The body polish is pretty thick and feels grainy, but not harsh at all. Just rub the product into your skin, and the grains will dissolve gradually. The smell is amazing too!

After washing off the body polish, the skin feels very smooth and soft. My skin feels moisturized too, you don’t really need to apply body lotion, unless you have super dry skin.

I would definitely recommend buying this, especially when they are doing a special offer!

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Current Body Care Routine

28 Jun

I was taking the ferry on my own from TST to Central and suddenly had this new idea for my upcoming blog post. Completely random thought but I guess it was because I had been to 3 different beauty stores and bought some body products and thought I could do a post about my current body care routine.

Current Bodycare Routine

[From left to right]
St. Ives Enhancing Body Moisturizer Oatmeal & Shea Butter
Johnson’s Baby Oil
Palmer’s Cocoa Body Scrub  

The product that I use almost every day is my St. Ives body moisturizer. I think this is my 2nd bottle. I have tried other body moisturizer from St. Ives, but I still like the Oatmeal & Shea Butter one more. I remember one of my friends said she doesn’t like the scent, but for some reasons, I really like it, and find it very comforting. It’s moisturizing but not heavy, your skin just immediately absorb the body moisturizer and won’t feel sticky at all. My skin feels silky after using it, and I think the effect is pretty long-lasting. I have been using St. Ives’ products since high school, and I actually like this drugstore brand; I have used their facial scrub, facial cleanser, body lotion and body scrub, and love everything, except once, the collagen elastin body lotion which smells super bad. Although I might be trying out other brands after using up this bottle, it’s definitely on my all-time favourite list!

I use a body scrub once a week, and my skin does become softer and smooth. In my previous “Empties #1”  blog post, you might have seen me talking about my favourite body scurb, which is also from St. Ives. That was my first one, and my last one. Not that I hate it, I actually love it! Sadly, that body scrub is discontinued, so I just purchased a new body scrub, Palmer’s Cocoa Body Scrub (HKD$68), as I have heard of good things about this brand, and will do a review later.

Some people might not like body oil, as they think it’s very greasy to apply oil on your skin. I originally thought so too, but later realized it’s because I was using the wrong method in the past, and after changing the way how I use it, I like it and use it once a week. I don’t feel like it clogs my pores and it’s not greasy, so definitely keeping it on my regular body care routine.

Empties #1

22 Jun

I have been seeing a lot of “Empties” videos on YouTube, so I thought I might also do a blog post about my recent empties.

Recent Empties

[From left to right]
St. Ives In-shower Exfoliating Body Polish 
Bioderma Sensibio H20  
 Koji Dolly Wink Long Masacara 

All 3 products are my favourite. I have done a full review on Bioderma’s Sensibio H20 and Dolly Wink’s long mascara, and I have already bought back-ups, so I’m still using these 2 products on a daily basis!

As for St. Ives’ body polish, I really like it, but it has been discontinued!!! I don’t really know how to describe its texture, it’s not a gel texture nor a cream texture. It’s a bit difficult to dig out from the tube, but once you start rubbing the product on your skin, it will melt and give your skin a gentle scrub. I use it once or twice a week, and every time after using this body polish, my skin feels very soft and smooth. I’m really upset when I found out this product is discontinued, especially it’s a really great product! St Ives is one of my favourite drugstore brands, I have used their body lotion, facial scrub and facial wash, and they are all affordable and of good quality, but sadly they decided not to continue producing body scrub. I have already bought a new body scrub, which I will talk more about it in my upcoming body care routine post.

Review: Nivea, Extra Whitening Roll-on Deodorant

25 May

I still remember my ballet teacher taught us to buy our first deodorant when we became teenagers, but I never felt they really help control perspiration, I guess it’s because we sweat like crazy when we dance, so it wasn’t useful at all. I just occasionally use deodorant spray, because I like using it before or after dance class for its scent, and I was a fan of Fa’s deodorant spray, they smell really nice. I haven’t used a deodorant for a long time, but there are 2 reasons why I decided to buy this deodorant:

  • One of my favourite beauty guru missglamorazzi recommended Nivea’s 24 Hour Extra Whitening Deodorant and said that they smell very nice and help brighten up the underarm area
  • I am looking for a whitening product for my underarm area.

I saw them at Watson’s one day when I was looking for heel insoles (They are so hard to find and I still can’t find any!), and they were on sale, so I decided to give it a try.

Nivea Extra Whitening Roll-on Deodorant

Nivea Extra Whitening Roll-on Deodorant (HKD$9.9)

I later realized the one I got is different from the one Ingrid recommended (she got the 24-hour solid and spray version), but I guess they are something similar. There’s nothing special about the packaging, just your regular roll-on deodorant.

Well, I think it does its job to control perspiration, but I think some people might not like its scent. It smells okay, I won’t say I really like it but I don’t hate it. The scent is very obvious and you can occasionally smell it after applying it for hours. I don’t use deodorant on a daily basis, so I still need some time to see if it helps whiten the skin and tighten the pore, so will update you later.

However, even if this deodorant really helps whiten the underarm area, I’m a bit hesitant if I would want to buy the full-size product or other products in the same line, because like many other deodorants I have used before, my skin becomes very dry, especially after using it for 2 consecutive days, and you can sometimes see white powder left on your skin.

Review: Nivea Visage Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

3 May

Manning’s had a 25% discount on all products, so I went in to see if there’s anything I would like to buy. I saw this eye cream and suddenly remember how people started a conversation about it because of a product test done by the Hong Kong Consumer Council, claiming that it was one of the effective eye creams among the ones they have tested.

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

Nivea Visage Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream (HKD$112.4)

According to its packaging, it is recommended for people aged between 30 to 50. Although I’m only in my mid 20s, I still feel a need to use an anti-wrinkle eye cream. I don’t really have serious problem with dark circles, but do have some fine lines due to constant rubbing of my eyes, so I thought it would be great if this eye cream does help minimize fine lines.

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

Nivea Visage Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

Although the packaging of the eye cream is very simple, I really like it, because the tube packaging is slim, so it’s easier to store and I think it’s more hygienic.

Fragrance-free eye cream

Amount of eye cream used each time

The eye cream is fragrance-free and it’s white in colour; the consistency isn’t too thick. A small amount of eye cream is enough for both eyes. I followed the instruction and gently pat the product with my ring finger, starting from the eye corner to the bridge of the nose. I think it does take a bit of time until the skin completely absorbs the eye cream, but it doesn’t feel heavy nor oily.

I have seen other reviews where people complained about the eye cream burning their eyes. For me, although it didn’t irritate my eyes, I do feel the slight burning sensation around my eyes and I’m sure is if I apply the eye cream a bit closer to my eyes, then it would definitely irritate my eyes. Therefore, do remember not to rub your eyes after applying the eye cream, and do not apply them too close to your eyes. I’m not sure if the burning sensation is a good thing or not, but it didn’t make my eyes uncomfortable, so I’m okay with that.

I will update again after I have used it for at least 4 weeks and see if it really does the job of minimizing the appearance of dark circles and wrinkles, as it claims.

Review: Sasatinnie Facial Cleansing Brush

15 Apr

I have seen people raving about this type of silicone facial cleansing pad, so I thought I might also get one to see if it really works. I don’t think it’s very popular here in Hong Kong, and after some research, I only find that something similar is being sold at Sasa, and you don’t really have another choice, Sasatinnie is the only one available there. I will try to see if other beauty retails stores sell similar products and update you if I find any.

Before you buy it, you can actually feel the texture of the brush, as there’s this little round silicone piece on the top right hand corner. It’s soft and I don’t think it would be too harsh on our skin, but I still recommend people to use it with a gentle hand and stop using it when it irritates your skin, especially those with sensitive and acne-prone skin.

Sasatinnie Facial Cleansing Brush

Sasatinnie Facial Cleansing Brush (HKD$50)

There’s no clear instruction on how to use the brush, it only tells you how to hold it and take care of it, so I looked up on the Internet to see how others use it. For me, I firstly put some of my facial cleanser on my face and pour a bit on the cleansing brush. Avoiding area around the eye, I start massaging my face for about 1 to 2 minutes and then rinse it off. The facial cleanser I’m using now is Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, but I feel like it’s better to use a facial cleanser that foams and lathers up, as it adds an extra protection to the skin while massaging.

Sasatinnie Facial Cleansing Brush (Back)

Back of the packaging

Until now, I don’t really see a huge difference on its effect on removing blackheads, but I think it’s a really good tool for facial massage, which stimulates blood circulation and for relaxation purpose. I also feel like it helps cleanse away dead skin, and it leaves my skin feeling smoother.

Sasatinnie Facial Cleansing Brush (Front)

Sasatinnie Facial Cleansing Brush (Front)

Many people say that it slips when using these kind of cleansing brush/pad, however I didn’t experience any similar problem. The shape of the brush makes it easy to use and control, though I’m a bit worried if the small circular silicone piece will fall off from the larger piece after some time, as the connecting part looks a bit fragile to me.

Sasatinnie Facial Cleansing Brush (Back)

Sasatinnie Facial Cleansing Brush (Back)

Overall, I think this product is okay, I won’t say it does miracle on my face, but it does make my skin feel smoother and softer, and I like how I can use it as a facial massage tool. I, however, won’t use it on a daily basis, because I have slightly sensitive skin and skin redness problem.

Downsides:

  • I think it is a bit pricey. Though HKD$50 isn’t much at all, but I have seen similar product being sold at a lower price on the Internet, and I have also seen bloggers getting similar products at other beauty retail shops at a lower price too.
  • There’s a suction disc on the back of the brush so that you can attach it on the wall inside your shower, but it keeps falling off, so I don’t think it’s useful at all.

Update:

Found something very similar at CitySuper for HKD$44, a bit cheaper than Sasa’s.

Review: Naris Up, Marine Collagen Skin Moisturizing Lotion

8 Apr

I heard about this product from one of my favourite beauty gurus, Michelle Phan. She used this skin moisturizing lotion to DIY her own cotton mask. I later realize that this product is sold in Hong Kong and it can be used as a toner too. As I didn’t like the previous toner (Senka Skin Lotion) I was using, so I decided to try this out.

Naris Up Skin Conditioner (Front)

Naris Up Marine Collagen Skin Moisturizing Lotion (HKD$45)

Naris Up Skin Conditioner (Back)

Naris Up Marine Collagen Skin Moisturizing Lotion (Back)

To be honest, I don’t really feel like any toner that I have used so far does wonders on my face, and I don’t know how effective they are on my skin, but since many people say it’s necessary to apply toner before putting on other skincare products, I’m still using toner, which I think it’s more an excuse to try and buy different products.

As a toner, I don’t really like this product, because I don’t feel the effect on my skin and the finishing touch. It doesn’t have much scent, but I can feel a slight touch of alcohol.

Although I don’t like using it as a toner, it’s a great product as a hydrating mask. I have nose allergy, so when the situation is a bit serious, the tip of my nose gets really dry because of the intense rubbing by facial tissues. And even if you use the softest tissues, your nose will still get super dry and skin will start to peel off. So when those days came and I had to go for a job interview the other day, I decided to soak a cotton pad with the skin moisturizing lotion and rest it on the tip of my nose for around 3 minutes, and very surprisingly my nose became very hydrated and I didn’t have any problem with skin peeling off.

So nowadays when I suddenly want a quick hydrating mask, I soak a compressed facial mask with the skin moisturizing lotion and leave it on for 3 minutes. I then pad the product into my skin, and continue with my regular skincare routine.

I do like to use it as a hydrating mask or an emergency facial mask, and will consider repurchasing it once I run out of it. Considering the price and the amount you get, I think it’s good to have it in your skincare collection. I bought mine at Sasa, and Naris Up actually has other skin moisturizing lotions with different effects, so you can choose the one that suits your skin type.

You can also check out Michelle’s video and see her detailed demonstration: http://www.michellephan.com/post/diy-cotton-mask-tutorial-bonus-pics-and-instructions

Review: The Balm, Down Boy

4 Apr

I have never heard of the brand “The Balm” before, but discovered it when I was wandering in Sasa. I went home to research the brand, and saw how people compare it with Benefit. I don’t own any Benefit products, but have always wanted to try them. Since people say they are pretty similar but The Balm is much cheaper, so I decided to give it a try.

I am particularly interested in their blush. At first I wanted to get Frat Boy, but Sasa didn’t have it, so I went for Down Boy. Some people may not like the packaging because of the “sexual” names and images. I actually like the playful vintage style, and also the magnetic cardboard packaging. It has a small mirror inside, not particularly useful for me as I don’t carry my blush around and touch-up during the day.

The Balm Down Boy

The Balm Down Boy (HKD$120)

I was a bit skeptical about this matte baby pink colour, a bit worried if it would look fake on my cheek and too pinkish. However, out of my expectation, it looks very natural on the cheek, though I think it’s not as flattering as my Bourjois blush on my skin tone.

The Balm Down Boy

Close up of The Balm Down Boy

The first time when I use my brush to pick up the product, it looks a bit chalky. However, once applied on my cheek, it applies smoothly. The product is pretty pigmented but blends in easily; I recommend applying with a light hand, and gradually build it up when necessary. It’s also fairly long-lasting, stays on my cheek for at least 6 hours.

Swatch: The Balm Down Boy

Swatch: The Balm Down Boy

I would also like to get hold of the other blushes and maybe try their concealer too! However there’s one BIG downside: it’s not easy to find their products in Hong Kong, I went to at least 4 Sasa stores, and finally found Down Boy at one of their Tsim Sha Tsui stores. Apparently not all Sasa stores sell their products, and even if they do, they do not carry the whole line and many products are out of stock.

If you don’t like pink blush, you may try Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush (Rose Ambre 74), my other favourite blush.

Review: Senka, Skin Lotion Made from Moisturizing Cream (Dewy)

26 Feb

I first heard about this skincare product from a Taiwanese TV beauty show; it has also received a lot of positive reviews in Asia. The brand Senka may not sound familiar, but it is actually a low-end skincare brand by the Japanese cosmetics brand Shiseido. This skin lotion is formulated with Royal Jelly and Hyaluronic Acid, so it’s supposed to provide long-lasting moisturizing effect. It also claims that it’s an all-in-one product, simplifying skincare routine.

Senka Skin Lotion (Front)

Senka Skin Lotion (Front)

Senka Skin Lotion (Back)

Senka Skin Lotion (Back)

I bought the dewy one, instead of the refreshing one, because my skin is pretty dry during winter, so I want something rich. It’s very easy to distinguish between the two, the dewy one has a pink cap and the refreshing one has a white cap. The information on the bottle is mostly in Japanese, with some Chinese and minimal English.

The skin lotion is colour-less; the texture is pretty thick, it’s more like a liquid serum. It’s meant to be fragrance-free, however I think it has a strong alcohol smell, which I wasn’t impressed.

The instruction suggests us to apply using a cotton pad, while some people suggest padding the product directly with your hands. I have tried both ways. My skin absorbs the product better when I pad directly with my hands, but I prefer using cotton pad.

I have to say the first impression wasn’t good, my skin felt a bit sticky and wasn’t really hydrated. After using it for more than a week, I still don’t like this product. It’s supposed to give my skin a moisturized feeling like a moisturizing cream, but my skin doesn’t feel hydrated, especially my nose, it remains very dry.

One side note: maybe it’s because I don’t really like applying gel-formula skincare products on my face, and that’s why I also don’t like the famous Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid moisturizing lotion.

To be honest, I don’t think I’m going to repurchase this product. It might be my skin type or my own preference, I personally don’t think it worth the hype at all. I rather use Shiseido AquaLabel toner instead. I also like Shiseido’s Perfect Whip Foam, so if you want to try a new facial cleanser, that’s a good choice too.

P.S. I bought mine at Mannings at HKD$88, but I later found them at the beauty retail store Bonjour priced at HKD$85, which came with a small sample too. I guess from now on, I am not going to buy anything at Mannings or Watson’s, everything there is marked at a higher price!

Review: Cetaphil, Gentle Skin Cleanser

17 Feb

After finish using my Yes To Carrots daily cream cleanser, I had to look for a new facial cleanser, because I don’t think the Yes to Carrots’ line is sold in Hong Kong. Since coming back home, my skin started to break out and have rashes, especially on my cheek; so when I saw people recommending Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleaner for sensitive skin, I decided to give it a try. I saw them at Watson’s, and it was sold at HKD$79.9 for 237mL. However I went to a local pharmacy and found that they were sold at a cheaper price, so definitely check out your local pharmacy instead of the chained ones.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (Front view)

Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser HKD$68

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (Back view)

Description on the back of the bottle

When I first poured the cleanser out, I was expecting the texture to be thicker, but it was more like a liquid gel. The cleanser is fragrance-free and colour-free. After using it for the first time, my skin felt clean and softer, and it didn’t make my skin feel tight and dry.

I have been using it for a week already. Not sure if it’s because I switched to this product or it’s just because my skin is recovering itself, my skin is back to normal now, and has become softer too.

This cleanser is relatively cheap and very gentle to your skin. However, there is one downside: the cleanser doesn’t come with a pump, so it isn’t that convenient to use and it’s hard to control the amount being poured out each time. On their website, the photo shows that their products do come with a pump, so I’m guessing it’s just because I bought the 237mL one, instead of the 473mL, which was the one shown on the website.

One more thing to add: on its website, it says that the cleanser is great for daily makeup removal; however I’m a bit skeptical about that. I tried to remove the make-up swatches on the back of my hand, but it didn’t remove much. Therefore, I will never use this product as a make-up remover.

P.S. I later found them sold even cheaper at the beauty retail store Bonjour, I think it was around HKD$60.