Sunday, June 30, 2013

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: B.Liv Squeaky Clean beads cleansing gel

This B.Liv cleanser came in a special promotional set that I purchased a while ago. It's an exfoliating gel cleanser with beads and has an herbal, menthol scent which I like. The beads are very fine and gentle and the light-green gel doesn't foam much. Its main function is a cleanser with exfoliating benefits, not a scrub, so it's safe to use every day. (Personally though, I prefer my cleansers and scrubs to be separate products, because I think exfoliating every day isn't very good for the skin!)

The instructions are to put 2-3 pea-sized drops onto your palm and lather with water before applying to your face. However, because it really doesn't foam well at all, I feel like I'm not cleansing my face very well. It does make my face feel tingly and fresh, but I have this niggling feeling that my face isn't very clean, and I need to use toner to remove the residue afterwards.
I like how fine and gentle the beads are, and they're just nicely dense enough to give the right amount of light exfoliation. However, the non-foaming bit annoys me. I have tried applying the gel directly to my wet face, but it feels a little bit off - like it doesn't clean enough. 

For now, I usually use it on the days when my Clarisonic is out of juice and I need to charge it, yet still need some light exfoliation in my cleansing, which is about once a week. Honestly, I had high expectations of this cleanser because I loved my other B.Liv products, but this one missed the mark. I have read a lot of rave reviews of this cleanser though, so who knows, maybe it's just me!

Rating: 6/10

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Review: Gold Bond Ultimate Skin Therapy Cream

During my summer in the US in 2010, I loved going to Target and Walmart and buying all types of beauty stuff there which I can't find in Singapore. One of them is Gold Bond Skin Therapy Cream. I loved the tube I bought so much that I repurchased from Drugstore.com - shipping is fast and there's a wide variety of products, I love it!
I wash my hands very frequently, so they're often dry and I use hand cream a lot. What I find with some regular hand lotions is that they feel moisturizing immediately after application, but barely 15 minutes after, my hands start to feel dry again in the air-conditioning. This Gold Bond hand cream is different - it really stays on my hands, forming a protective layer that is not greasy at all. Because of the protective layer, my hands don't feel so dry after washing my hands. 
The texture is pretty thick, kind of like Vichy Essentielles Repairing Hand Cream, but I like Gold Bond better, because it smells really nice and fresh (aloe? I'm pretty bad at describing scents, but it's really nice!) and it's cheap too - it's only US$6 for this huge 755g tube. It also comes in tiny portable tubes that you can put into your purse, but the tiny sizes aren't available online. It's so moisturizing, sometimes I use it as a foot balm too!

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Petrolatum, Jojoba Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Stearyl Alcohol, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Steareth 21, Steareth 2, Propylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Matricaria), Polysorbate 60, Stearamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Methyl Gluceth 20, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Dipotassium EDTA, Fragrance, Triethanolamine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Rating: 10/10

I wish this brand would be brought to Singapore! It deserves more recognition!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Review: Juju Aquamoist Moisture Toner (Light)

Recently I finished using this Juju Aquamoist Moisture Toner (Light) and thought I would do a short review on it. I've previously used the regular Juju Aquamoist toner and didn't really love it because it was a little too moisturizing and rich for my oily skin, so got this Light version instead and I like it much better! 

I threw away the packaging without looking at the ingredients list, but from a quick Google, the ingredients include hyaluronic acid, collagen, vitamin C and glycerin. It's a watery, fluid toner that helps eliminate any remaining residue on my skin and helps to prep it to absorb serums/moisturizers better.  

You can use this lotion to make a toner mask too! Sometimes, I saturate facial cotton pads with this toner and place them on my face for 15 minutes - my face feels much softer afterwards. It's a little wasteful this way though, because the facial cotton soaks up a lot of toner. 

I like that this toner is moisturizing and gentle and feels very light. Good for oily skin that requires moisture! The only con would be that it's a little expensive - this bottle is only 150ml and costs about $20+, whereas the Simple toner that I have repurchased many times is 200ml and I can get it for as low as $7!

Rating: 9/10

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Review: Biore UV Tint Milk SPF30 PA++ (Ultra Holy Grail!!!!!) & Good Day Vanilla Latte

Biore UV Tint Milk in Ivory and Natural
This is one product I'm absolutely crazy about right now - Biore UV Tint Milk! My younger sister is fair (NC15) and she uses Ivory, while I'm fair-medium (NC25) and use Natural. We bought this in Taiwan for about $6 a bottle, so affordable! For people with oily skin, this is a really good alternative to BB creams or tinted moisturizers. It provides light matte coverage with SPF and helps my powder foundation last longer. On weekends, this is all I wear when I'm not going to town. It helps to even out skintone while keeping my face shine-free!
This review will be more on the Natural colour that I use and really love. I have a lot of trouble finding sunscreens that I can use by itself, without adding powder or foundation over it. Untinted sunscreens are usually white and might leave a slight white cast on my face without providing tinted coverage so I don't feel comfortable going out barefaced, while tinted sunscreens are usually too pale, or do not have a matte texture. 

For example, Sofina Jenne Day Protector is untinted, so I still need to go over it with powder or foundation because I'm not comfortable going out barefaced like that. B.Liv Got Me Covered Sunscreen/FoundationDHC AcneCare UV Protection MilkSunkiller Super Block Skintone, Sunkiller Kirei Hada and Mentholatum Acnes UV Tint Milk are all a little too pale for my fair-medium skintone, so I always have to add powder after sunscreen application to avoid a skintone disaster. Also, even though I really loved Sunkiller Kirei Hada, it had a pearlescent luminous finish that I have to use finishing powder with, to avoid oily-looking skin. Also, Kirei Hada's coverage wasn't super good. 

Compared to all the above, Biore UV Tint Milk in Natural is my SAVIOUR! Here's a comparison of the Ivory and Natural colours:

Biore UV Tint Milk in Ivory and Natural
Can you see that the finish is matte, and the coverage is really good for a tinted milk? Natural looks too dark for my skintone here, but trust me, it is not. I think it will suit NC25-30 really really well. It provides a smooth, matte veil that blurs my pores and minute imperfections. I feel totally comfortable wearing a layer of this to go out to my neighbourhood mall, to the pool, to yoga class etc etc. 
Biore UV Tint Milk in Ivory, a mix of Ivory and Natural, and Natural. 
Ok, I shall talk a bit on the Ivory shade as well. It looks really pale here and my older sister commented that my younger sister looks a little too pale with it on, and she's really pretty fair! So I mixed the 2 shades up and I think it's perfect. Ivory is a wee bit too pale for NC15, but I think a mixture of the 2 would be good. I really hope sunscreen companies would make UV tint milks in a multitude of shades, just like foundations! It would be a dream come true. 

Anyway, I bought these in Taiwan but I haven't been able to find these in Singapore or our neighbouring countries, Malaysia and Indonesia. I couldn't find it in Hong Kong either. Does anyone know if there's any place in Singapore that carries Biore UV Tint Milk in Natural? Please let me know! :)

So, in summary, I LOVE THIS. It is my ultimate holy grail item and I'm going to ask all my friends who are going to Taiwan on holiday to get me a bottle of this!

Rating: 10/10      STAR STAR STAR~!!!!!!!!!!
Moving on... here's a little something I bought from Indonesia - Good Day Vanilla Latte instant coffee satchets. Each box has 5 satchets and cost around 4,000-5,000 IDR, which is like 60 cents? Super cheap and yummy! Really delicious - the coffee is pretty strong and thick, while the vanilla taste adds an extra yum. I find Jakarta a non-touristy place so it's difficult to buy omiyage (foodie souvenirs) back for family and friends - this is something to buy, albeit a little cheap for a gift. :P
 It comes in other flavours like Mocachinno (Mocha+Chino), Chococinno, Carrebian Nut, Original and Coolin', but Vanilla Latte seemed the most popular because there were only a few boxes of it left on the shelf. Tastes really good and I wish I'd bought more!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Jakarta & Good Avocado Creambath Emulsion

I am now back in Singapore! I'm so glad. :D Anyway, here's another something I bought from Jakarta - Good Avocado Creambath Emulsion. Good also makes the creambath emulsion in 2 other flavours - Ginseng and Aloe Vera, but I heard that Avocado is the most nourishing, so I bought that. Creambath is actually a moisturizing hair treatment that is popular in Indonesia - the hairdresser will slather your hair in the creambath emulsion and give a super relaxing scalp massage. A lot of salons use the Good brand of creambath emulsion, and for an additional fee you can upgrade to L'oreal Hair Spa. 
The creambath emulsion is thick and creamy and has a very strong scent - artificially fresh and fruity. It's quite moisturizing and works pretty well to condition my hair - plus, it's cheap! I think it cost barely $3. 

Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Glycerine, Dimethicone, D-Panthenol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Fragrance, Ceteareth-20, Ceteth-5, Ceteareth-7, Butyl Hydroxy Toluen, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Magnesium Nitrate, Cl 19140. 

However, creambath is an experience - it's more about the massage than the actual product. So if you're ever in Jakarta, try the creambath!

Rating: 8/10

In Central Park, I tried this cute mustachio-ed bubble tea brand, Calais. It's pretty good! They let you choose your sugar level and ice level. I love the design, it's so cute. 
I bought a pair of hot pink wedges at ITC Mangga Dua for just $16. They're really comfortable.
My shoes lined up in a row. I like how I have a turquoise and cream thing going on with my Keds and ribboned flats.
The koi pond at Central Park. "We only eat gourmet food, please ask the concierge if you want to feed us."
Other than the bout of food poisoning and the bout of flu, I had a pretty good time in Jakarta. I ate a lot of gurame (flying fish) and other Indonesian food. Really yummy! The traffic was a killer but thank god my hotel was merely a 5 min drive away from the workplace. Would I go back? Not for a holiday. Jakarta is not a touristy place, but I wouldn't mind going there for work again, because the people are really friendly and laidback. :)

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