Sunday, October 24, 2010

Review: DHC Acne Care Base Makeup + Toxic Ingredients in Cosmetics!

Omg it's been 2 weeks since I last blogged; I never imagined blogging would become a chore. It's kind of tiring when I get home from work, and weekends are for catching up with chores and exercise and music. My current record for leaving the office is at 1am. I hope it won't be broken.

Anyway, sometime last week I couldn't take it anymore and went out to Watson's to spend some $ and make myself happy again!!! Amongst other things, I bought UV Protection Milk and Powdery Foundation from DHC's latest Acne Care range!

DHC Acne Care UV Protection Milk
I had to go out and buy a new sunscreen because my beloved Sunkiller Kirei Hada is no longer sold in department stores in Singapore, and is only sold at Nishino Pharmacy (in Isetan) at a higher price of about $18! (It used to be sold at Robinson's or BHG for about $13, even cheaper if you get a 20% store discount.) But guess what? This new DHC UV Protection Milk costs about $31. -_-U Forgive my illogical reasoning... I just felt like trying something new.

It claims to protect and mattify, fight bacteria in pimples, minimise appearance of pimples and roughness, conceal pores, eliminate shininess on the forehead and of course protect skin from UV rays, while maintaining a smooth finish without a sticky feeling. Here's the ingredient list:

It is by far the lightest feeling sunscreen on my skin, and totally non-oily/greasy, unlike Sunkiller Kirei Hada, which feels a little slick (maybe because of the squalane it contains). The DHC UV Protection Milk leaves a totally matte finish, but although it is tinted, I can't wear it alone because it is a mainly physical sunblock with zinc and titanium dioxide, so it leaves a whitish cast on my face. Oil control is pretty good and it functions really well as a makeup base with its smooth finish. As for acne care, my skin seems to have become calmer and with less flare-ups. It won't make your zits miraculously disappear but it will help prevent breakouts from ocurring, when used in conjunction with other blemish-fighting treatments.

Rating: 10/10


Swatches: UV Protection Milk blended out and unblended, Powdery Foundation

DHC Acne Care Powdery Foundation SPF 26 PA++ - Natural Ochre
As you can see from the first photo, I only bought the foundation refill because the case and puff is sold separately and I wanted to try if I really liked it first before investing in the other unnecessary stuff. Lucky I did that, because I really wasn't impressed by this foundation. Here's all the things it claims to do, and the ingredient list:

As a foundation alone, this gives light-medium coverage which looks really powdery on my skin. You know how most powder foundations smooth over and blur your pores? This doesn't. And other foundations usually set into skin to give a natural finish over time, but this one just looks powdery all day. It is indeed a powdery foundation. -_-U I guess it can be used as a pressed powder for touch-ups (instead of as a foundation by itself), but it doesn't control oil well at all. And when I wear it all day, it makes my skin feel kinda dry.

I chose the darkest shade which is 02 Natural Ochre, but it still seems chalky on me. I think it suits NC25 skintones, which is rather light for what is supposed to be the darkest shade. All in all, I'm just really disappointed in this product. I think it cost me about $32 for the refill while the case costs about $18 and the puff around $3. Not worth the money!

Rating: Fail (I decided that for products that fall short of the 5/10 mark, I'm not even going to bother to give a rating. Lol.)

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Anyway I was sorting through my pile of Time magazines for recycling, and found this article on the toxic ingredients in cosmetics (click for larger image).
One of the things that freaked me out was the information about oxybenzone which is present in a lot of chemical sunscreens, including Neutrogena sunblocks! When I finish my back-ups (I bought lots of Neutrogena sunblocks in the US because they're almost $10 cheaper per tube) I'll definitely be looking for new body sunscreens.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Review: Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Blush and Face Powder

I bought these in the US and I've been using them for 2 weeks ever since I started work. Physician's Formula has so many different pressed/loose powders that I don't really know the difference and which to choose, so I grabbed these 2 because they came as a set.




Face Powder:
I love how fine and pigmented the face powder is - it really gives a smooth canvas. It is not pigmented enough to cover scars of course, but it provides really good lightweight coverage that looks natural and minimizes pores. It's supposed to be a pressed powder I think, but the coverage is like that of a powder foundation.

The only negative is that it's not very good at oil control. For that, I use a separate oil control powder underneath it and it works quite well. At the very least, it doesn't make my face any oilier than it usually is. Another thing is that Physician's Formula's shades are kind of limited and don't match me perfectly - it's not yellow enough for my Asian skintone. The included brush is kind of useless as well.

Rating: 8/10 - I really love the flawless finish.


Blush:
The blush I got in the shade Rosy Glow. It has a matte finish and is extremely pigmented - the swatch above is just one swipe. It gives a natural rosy flush when stippled on with my MAC 187 duo-fibre brush. It might be too pigmented when used with a regular blush brush though. I really really love this - the matte finish is totally work-appropriate and it comes in 4 other colours which I'm really interested in trying - I think I might try to get them online. It's kind of expensive for a drugstore brand (USD10.95) but it's worth every penny because the powder is so fine and smooth and pigmented!

Rating: 10/10!


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I've officially been at my job for 2 weeks now - we're still doing training but my schedule has engagements packed till next May. ;_; Some other groups have easier schedules but apparently my group is pretty busy. And my company laptop is always giving me problems, plus at work, lots of websites are banned, like Facebook, MSN Messenger, Ebuddy and Livejournal. Oh well. I look forward to lunch every day though - it's fun exploring all the food places in the area.

Till next time - I need to go to bed now because I'm always late and someone important's gonna be there tomorrow and I need to be uber early. :(

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