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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: EOS, Lip Balm (Summer Fruit)

20 Dec

The YouTube beauty world has been raving about this lip balm for such a long time; I didn’t know where to get it in Australia, so I waited until I went back to Hong Kong to get it. It was pretty difficult to find it, not all Sasa shops have them and most of them only had the Lemon Drop flavour, which I wasn’t that interested in. Luckily, I found the Summer Fruit one at one of the Sasa shops.

EOS Summer Fruit Lip Balm

EOS lip balm: Summer Fruit flavor (HKD$39)

I really like the summer fruit flavor, smells very fruity and sweet, but not sticky at all when you apply on your lip. And of course, the unique sphere shape.

Unique sphere shape lip balm

However, it does not glide on easily and it isn’t as moisturizing and long-lasting as I thought. One more downside about this lip balm is its unique packaging too! When compared with other lip balms, this is a bit too bulky to bring along with you . I  have never bought this lip balm with me when I’m out, I just leave it at home. It is taking up too much space when I put it in my cosmetics bag when I travel.

Well, I would say the price isn’t expensive for a lip balm; the overall quality, in fact, isn’t that bad. However, it’s not moisturizing enough for my dry lips. I won’t say it’s my favourite lip balm, I don’t feel like buying another one. I prefer my Mentholatum Maxlip lip balm more.

P.S. If you want to try EOS lip balm, they are sold cheaper at Bonjour and EOS hand lotion can be found there too.

Update (15/3/2012): According to the research done by Hong Kong’s Consumer Council, EOS Evolution of Smooth lip balm (Sweet Mint) contains DEHP, a type of phthalate plasticizers which is prohibited for use in cosmetics in many countries! Not completely sure if the Sweet Mint flavour has the same ingredients as the Summer Fruit one, but I believe they should be pretty much the same. They said that the product has a low level of DEHP, and does not indicate a risk to the health of consumers; however, it is suggested that consumers should avoid being exposed to DEHP.

Review: Koji Dolly Wink, Long Mascara BK with limited eyeliner

5 Dec

Update (15 Nov 2013): Dolly Wink has recently reformulated their mascara and changed the packaging. Pretty sure the brush is now different, but not sure about the performance of the new formulation. Shall try it once I finish up my current mascara!

Many YouTube beauty guru have been talking about Dolly Wink’s products; however, I couldn’t find them in Sydney, and I guess even if I find them, they will be pretty expensive. I waited until I got back to Hong Kong, and went to Sasa to get them. However, the store nearest to my home didn’t have the Dolly Wink eyeliner; instead they only had the Dolly Wink mascara with a free limited eyeliner. At first, I didn’t buy that set, because I don’t really like putting mascara on; however, after searching in 2 or 3 Sasa stores, I decided to get them, because the eyeliner itself is sold at HKD$105 at CitySuper, whereas for HKD$125, you get the mascara and the eyeliner, so why not?!

Koji Dolly Wink Long Mascara BK With Free Limited Eyeliner

Koji Dolly Wink Long Mascara BK with free Limited Eyeliner (HKD$125)

The pink packaging is cute. The mascara brush is pretty standard, nothing special about it. I actually like the Majolica Majorca mascara’s brush, it can easily catch up the lower lashes, and it doesn’t really clump but it does smudge a bit. This brush is okay to me, I hold it vertically to catch the inner upper lashes or the outer upper lashes, because my lashes are very short. From the photo below, you can see there are a lot of fibres, so it really extends my eyelashes and it doesn’t smudge nor clump at all! One thing to note though, the fibres do fall out after some time.

Koji Dolly Wink Long Mascara BK

The free limited eyeliner that comes with the mascara is the main focus! The brush is very thin and precise; however I guess I’m used to my old eyeliner (K-Palette 1 day tattoo eyeliner), so I can’t really control this new eyeliner brush. Although I’m still learning how to control my new eyeliner, I prefer the Dolly Wink eyeliner over the K-Palette one, mainly because the Dolly Wink one lasts longer and the colour is more solid.

Koji Dolly Wink Eyeliner

I still love my Majolica Majorca mascara, and still using my K-Palette eyeliner, but Dolly Wink’s mascara and eyeliner have become my favourite! Definitely going to buy another set as back-up!

P.S. I once had the Dolly Wink Mascara on for 15 hours, and I didn’t have panda eyes at all. However, I was applying my mascara one day, and my eye was itchy and tears started to pour out, it completely washed off all the mascara I have applied earlier, so maybe it’s not waterproof.