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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!

Bangkok Shopping Haul

26 Sep

Sorry for abandoning my blog for more than 1 year. To “celebrate” the re-activating my blog, I would like to share with you all my recent 3 days 2 nights trip to Bangkok.

It’s my first time to Thailand; I had a great time, but didn’t buy a lot, as I was with my parents and was busy sightseeing. The following is most of the things I bought:

Thailand Food Haul

Just randomly bought some Thailand instant noodles, biscuit and snacks. My mom also bought some Thai seasonings, so that she can try making real Thai food at home.

Soap & Glory Haul

As we can’t get Soap & Glory in Hong Kong, I went a bit crazy, especially because they were doing a Buy-1-Get-1-Free offer at Boots.

– The Scrub of your Life (395 THB)
– Hand Food (295 THB)
– Heel Genius (295 THB)
– Scrub ’em and Leave ’em (395 THB)
Flake Away (395 THB)
– Righteous Butter (395 THB)
* Original price stated above.

Elephants...

After this trip, I found that I’m a bit obsessed with elephants, and couldn’t resist looking at things with elephant prints. In the end, I got 6 elephant postcards at Chatuchak Weekend Market (5 THB for 6 postcards) and a NaRaYa key holder (100 THB).

Review: July 2012 Glamabox

7 Jul

July 2012 Glamabox

[Back: From left to right]
Kose Clear Turn White Mask – Gaba
Lucky LT Eye Mask
Celebrity Slim Meal Substitution Shake

[Front: From left to right]
Chocola BB Drink Bit
Axis Sense of Space Perfume
For Beloved One Melasleep Whitening BB Cream (Ivory)
For Beloved One Melasleep Whitening Treatment Toner

Got my July Glamabox today, it was very heavy but later I realized it was because of the drinks. To be honest, I’m totally not into beauty food or drink, so I’m not excited to try the Chocola BB drink and Celebrity Slim banana shake.

Well, I’m more interested in trying Kose’s mask and Lucky LT eye mask, though I still have loads of masks to finish up, I don’t mind having more! The perfume seems pretty interesting, the packaging isn’t great, because it doesn’t come in a spray bottle or a roller, and I’m not too sure why there are little beads inside. As for the 2 products from For Beloved One, I’m more into trying their BB cream, but the product size is ridiculously small.

P.S. Product reviews will be up once I have tried them.

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: June 2012 Glamabox

17 Jun

Sorry for not updating my blog for a while, have been very busy since I started working; I’m still trying to find ways to make a balance and keep posting.

June 2012 Glamabox

[From left to right]
Prodigy Advanced Skin Lightening Face Cream
Proactiv Refining Mask (two $100 coupons included)
Ocean Potion Anti-aging Sunblock Lotion SPF 30
Dr. Ci: Labo Aqua Gel Bi-Ha-Ku
Copa Cabbana Pomelo with Aloe Vera and Vitamin C Face Mask

In this month’s Glamabox, there are 2 products that I’m excited to try. I have heard good things about Dr. Ci: Labo, so I’m interested in trying this little sample. The other one is Copa Cabbana’s mask, I have never heard of this brand, but don’t know why, this face mask caught my attention.

Prodigy and Proactiv are the 2 brands that I have heard of, but not too interested in trying. I tried Prodigy’s face cream this morning, nothing too special about it; I will do a more detailed review later. As for Proactiv, this brand seems to be more suitable for people who have acne-prone skin, which I don’t have, so I’m not too interested in trying their products and I don’t think I will use those coupons too.

Lastly, I love my Olay sunscreen, so not too excited when I saw Ocean Potion’s sunblock lotion, maybe I will put it in my make-up bag and bring it around with me.

P.S. Product reviews will be up once I have tried them.

  • Prodigy Advanced Skin Lightening Face Cream
    It’s white in colour, just like your ordinary face cream. Not too sure if it really does reduce the appearance of pigments and uneven skin tone, as I don’t have such problems; I like how it’s not greasy at all, and it immediately absorbs into my skin. I use it everyday before applying BB cream, and it works. I also like the packaging too, it’s very easy to control the amount you want. It’s a bit expensive for me, so I’m not sure if I would purchase the full-size product.
  • Copa Cabbana Pomelo with Aloe Vera and Vitamin C Face Mask
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    At first I was expecting a cream mask, but it’s actually a clay face mask, very thick in texture. This small sachet provides a lot of product, I think you can use it twice, but because I don’t want to keep it for another time, as I believe it’s a natural product. So I applied a very thick layer on my face. I like how it feels on my face, and it does help cleanse my face. Not super moisturizing, but it doesn’t feel dry.

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: May 2012 Glamabox

6 May

My third Glamabox arrived on 5th May. I feel like their method of delivery often surprises me; it was still delivered by Yamato Transport but they just suddenly bumped up at my door without calling me beforehand on Saturday. Anyway, let’s get into this month’s products!

May 2012 Glamabox

[Front: From left to right]
Ankang Beauty Restoring Essence
Shea Organics Shea Bath Balm
Caviar Skin Caviar Anti-Aging Essence
Kerasys Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner

[Back: From left to right]
Mask House Celebrity Snail Extract Moisturizing Gel Mask
Talika Bio-Enzyme Renaissance Mask

This month’s Glamabox included some things I’m excited about and some things I’m not too interested in. I have only heard of Talika and Mask House but have never tried any of the brands included in this month’s box. When I first saw the list, I was like “Oh, shampoo and conditioner again!?!”, but when I saw the packaging, I was like “Wow, I like the packaging, it’s perfect for travelling!”. So that’s a thumb’s up for Kerasys’ shampoo and conditioner, and it smells pretty good. I also like Shea Organics’ packaging, but I didn’t get the shea body butter; I got the shea bath balm and I can’t use it at all since I don’t have a bathtub at home!

To celebrate the coming of Mother’s Day, they included some anti-aging products. I’m not really interested in trying Caviar Skin’s product, as the packaging looks a bit cheap and unattractive to me. As for the 2 masks, I’m always interested in trying new masks, especially they are brands that I have never tried before. However, I’m not interested in the beauty drink, don’t think these type of products work and I feel like it’s going to taste gross, so let’s see how it goes!

Still going to stay subscribed at the moment, although I’m afraid I would end up having a bunch of samples and useless products at home. I wish they could include some make-up products!

P.S. Product reviews will be up once I have tried them.

  • Ankang Beauty Restoring Essence:
    As expected, it tastes gross! I firstly had a sip and couldn’t bare with the weird taste, so I got a cup of cold water, poured the whole bottle of beauty essence into it and kinda of forced myself to drink it. Well, I don’t think you would see any result by just drinking one bottle, but even if I’m given a full set of these beauty essence to try, I would not drink it again!

 

  • Mask House Celebrity Snail Extract Moisturizing Gel Mask
    The gel mask comes in 2 parts, which fits better than regular one-piece mask. However the packaging is bad. There’s a white plastic film and a clear plastic film, with the gel mask in between. I believe you are supposed to take the mask out, remove the white one, place it on your face and then remove the clear one, but that wasn’t the case at all. When I tried to pull out the mask from the packaging, the upper part of the mask was stuck with the lower part, and I ended up only pulling out the white plastic film, but not the mask.
    Then I tried to pull out the mask, but because it’s a gel mask, it’s slippery and hard to catch it, especially the two separate parts are sticking to each other. So it took me some time to get the mask out of the packaging, and it ended up pretty messy.
    Yes, I do like gel mask more than paper mask, as it feels like it is completely molded to your skin. However due to the bad packaging, I wasn’t able to put the mask on the exact spot, and it’s hard to move the gel mask once it’s placed on your face.
    It is moisturizing, and I feel like my skin has brighten up after using it, yet there is a little downside. Usually after I remove my mask, I will gently massage and pat my face so that the skin can absorb the remaining product. However, when I started massaging my face, some white flakes like eraser dust (if you know what I mean) appeared, which I don’t really like.
    Overall, I’m not sure if I will buy this mask again, it’s okay, but the packaging is really bad.

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.