I have this in sweet watermelon 111 and whilst I love the packaging- it has a brush and a mirror- I simply do not like the shade. Its a cute pink with lots of metalic shimmers which makes my pores look huge and my combo face look oil slick. The product has a sweet smell and the brush is quite nice, picks up a good amount of the product but the bristles are too coarse.
Lotions/ Creams -Sana - Sana Esteny Power Tight Body Lotion
ihatespots 7/1/2009 8:11:00 PM
This Sana product is a body slimming treatment which you apply after bathing. I bought this as I'm in need of a firming lotion/cream for toning up my wobbly bits for the summer. Even though its called a lotion, the product is actually a gel, which has a cool-to-hot sensation. Its meant to have bitter orange, which tones and firms hips and legs. The gel smells delicious and of orange of course. Other ingredients which I found online are: Mosturizing－Red clover extract including Isoflavone Firming, clearing, smoothening - Natural brown sugar extract Slimming - Seaweed (Hibamata) extract Clover and Algae, which help to accelerate blood circulation, boost up the effectiveness of fat burning, tight and firm up the skin I didnt find the gel moisturising enough for winter and actually find that it dries out my skin a bit. But for the humid and hot months, its sufficient. Well, onto the most important part- did it tone up my body??? To put it short, the answers no. I've used up a whole bottle, used it everyday but my bingo wings and muffin top are still here. I cannot see any difference to my wobbly bits at all. Waste of money IMO. Jergens have recently launched in the UK so I think I will give the firming lotion a try
Masks -Shiseido - shisiedo laboratories evenese dr mask II
ihatespots 6/28/2009 12:38:00 PM
RIS a few packets of these masks as the nose strips that I use are just too big for my nose. Apparently, these masks arent made by Shiseido and I read somewhere that an email by Shiseido has confirmed this and advised people to not buy it. However, I just needed a peeling mask to get rid of my black and white heads, and flakey skin. The mask is in a black packet, which has at least 3 uses for the t-zone or once/twice for all over the face. Its a black gooey sticky liquid which takes at least 30 minutes to completely dry. I hate waiting this long and even after 30 mins, it doesnt even remove the blackheads as it shows in some pics. A bit of the mask even gets inside my pores so I need to really give my face a good rinse to make sure the mask is washed off. I also do not like the fact that its in a sachet rather than a tube. If each sachet had just one use then its ok but as it's not then the storage of the product is difficult. I had one time when I stored the packet upright to avoid spillage but it fell over and so, as well as wasting the mask, it just made a right mess of my storage tray. I do not recommend this mask to anyone. Even though its relatively cheap for a packet, its a real pain to peel it off and it does not do the job its supposed to do.
I bought this by mistake thinking that it was a peel off pack from adambeauty.com. But when it arrived, I squirted a bit out of the tube, it was a transparent gel. I googled it to see if there were English instructions and used it the same night. Based on the things I googled on, you're supposed to use this pore care gel after cleansing. You have to apply the gel to troubled areas and massage it in for about 3 minutes. The product will heat up and has a pleasant orangey tangy scent. After massaging it for 3 minutes, you then wash it off and its best if you use a peel off pack/mask or a clay mask after it to draw out all the impurities and black/white heads. This product has won cosme awards for 3 consecutive years (I think?) but I cant exactly see it working. I like the idea of a sebum softener to loosen the blackheads before taking them out, but my DHC cleansing oil when massaged in for 3 minutes works similar anyway. I would not re-buy this but for those who dont use a cleansing oil, it would be great to soften the blackheads before you extract them, as I can actually see half the blackheads on my nose coming out when washing the gel away with my microfibre cloth.
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - sasa foundation brush
ihatespots 6/26/2009 8:16:00 PM
I had this brush for years and only started using it last week. Its a long handle brush and it is extremely soft and easy to use. It doesnt apply streaky and IIRC it was between 150-200HKD, which for me, for a drugstore brand it is quite expensive but based on usage and the quality, I think the price is acceptable.
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - sasa contour brush
ihatespots 6/26/2009 8:11:00 PM
I was in need of a contour brush as I didnt know how to use a normal blush brush to contour my cheeks so I bought the contour brush from sasa. I bought it last year and IIRC it was quite cheap. Its a long handle brush with soft bristles but once I washed it, the bristles were quite coarse. I used normal mild shampoo which I use for my other brushes but they were fine so its definately the brush's quality. However, it gets the job done, it picks up colour well and is easy to use.
I received this free on the rewards progrom from DHC. It is fragrance free IMO as I cant detect a smell to it. It is a yellow coloured cream which has a very smooth and oily texture. I used to love the DHC Q10 eye cream so I would have thought that this hand cream would be as nice as the eye cream. However, the hand cream is extremely greasy and sticky, leaving my hands oily. I tried using less of the cream but this means that I cant massage it ALL over my hands so I dont feel like its moisturising my dry hands. This sells for £4.50 on DHC's website and for me, its quite expensive as I use hand creams frequently and thus gets washed frequently too, so I tend to spend less on hand creams. Also, I didnt like the screw cap as I prefer flip top caps, which are more convenient UPDATE- Minus another lippie, if I could I would give it 0 as its one of the worst hand creams I have ever used. My cuticles are actually even more drier and hard skin is building up and it isextremely oily, that when I place my hands on a piece of paper, it prints on the paper cos its so oily. Ingredients- water/aqua, caprylic/capric triglyceride, dipropylene glycol, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, pentylene glycol, dimethicone, stearic acid, cera alba, polysorbate 60, sorbitan stearate, glyceryl stearate, phenoxyethanol, carbomer, glycine soja (soybean) oil, potassium hydroxide, tocopherol, allantoin, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, butylene glycol, ubiquinone, olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, sodium riboflavin phosphate, daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract, cyanocobalamin, placental protein
NUANCE UP sunscreen The Nuance Up is the same as the other Sofina s/s I've used - slippery, full of silicone, milky and runny but its slightly pink tinted. Whilst this may not show up on some people, both on me and my mum's skin, once applying it on our face, it immediately brightened our face. However, it accentuates the flakes on our skin and leaves a white cast which on camera, it suprisingly looks ok and not ghost like. As well as highlighting the flakes, the s/s is very drying and as its full of alcohol, when spreading the s/s on our faces, it caused a tingly effect. I've only used it once or twice on my skin so I cant say whether it causes breakouts but I've been using it on my neck for more than a week, and I've no allergic reaction. I would not be repurchasing this as its really expensive for an average product and is not available in the UK stores. Even if I am in Hong Kong, I would not be buying this anyway due to the price and there should be a similar product like this
A lovely bright, hot pink, that applies smoothly and opaque in just 2 coats. Looks great on both toes and finger nails
Its a difficult colour to describe but its a warm, bronzey, orangey brown. It has tiny shimmers and the colour is matte and opaque. From the bottle, I could tell that it wouldnt suit me but once applied to my nails, it wasnt too bad but just very average looking. Defiantely not the colour I would go for.
A matte peachy nude. Non streaky and application is very easy, as with all OPIs I've used. However, on my light-medium yellow toned skin, the colour looks off and one dimensional.
Hair -Unlisted Brand - Lee Stafford R U Taking Protection? From Oily Roots
ihatespots 6/14/2009 12:31:00 PM
A small, cute, hot pink bottle thats easy to use and doesnt leave a white residue on the hair. My hair, after usage, is soft and not as oily as before so it does get the job done. However, it is heavily fragranced so use it in a well ventilated area otherwise, like me, when I first used it, I nearly choked in my small bedroom. Also, its ratehr pricey compared to the cheap Bastiste (sp?), thus, I will not be repurchasing it.
Sunscreen -Sofina - Perfect UV White Protect SPF 50+
ihatespots 6/6/2009 9:51:00 PM
This review is based on my mothers usage. Her age range is 40-49, normal skin, no breakouts, pigmentation. Smooth texture, but very drying and leaves the face feeling taut. However, it has excellent oil controling properties, even in the hot kitchen, the face wasnt oily at all. It leaves a white cast on the face and my mother has developed a few colourless bumps on her face after usage, and she never reacts adversely nor gets pimples very often, so it is definately due to the sunscreen For these reasons, she doesnt like the product and gives it a one star
This review is for the SPF24 sunscreen I purchased this in HK for over 200HKD for a tiny 30ml bottle, so for a sunscreen, its very expensive. However, texture as with all Sofina s/s, is very smooth and glides onto the skin. It doesnt leave a white cast and isnt as drying, as the Rise is meant to have moisturising properties, well thats what the SA said. I dont know the ingredients, as it isnt printed in English, but I think this s/s might be causing a few breakouts. I've not used in on my face, just on my neck and that area is developing itchy rashes with red painful bumps. I do not want to give this s/s another try, as the rash is intolerable, thus the low rating
DEEPLY MOISTURISING TREATMENT MASK WHITENING AND MOISTURISING MASK I will review these two masks as one as they are very similar. Both have a thick gel like serum, have a similar scent and hydrate my flakey skin. Once I've peeled off the sheet, my skin is supple and hydrated. Both masks work equally well in delivering moisture to my skin. I've used the whitening mask 3 times, so I cant say whether it does whiten my skin, but both masks seem to brighten up my face instantly. UPDATE- I've used 2 boxes of the mask consecutively and it does not whiten my skin. IMO all masks brighten the skin so the whitening mask is not an exception but for major whitening, I do not see that. Even for the red acne marks- old and new ones- the mask does not whiten them. QUICK ACTION MOISTURISING I like these the least as the scent is too over powering. It smells simialr to the above two but a lot stronger. The serum is more liquidy, is white and milky, and quite oily. Even though the serum is oily, I find that this maks does not provide hydration as well as the above two masks. Also, I think this could be breaking me out as every time I use it, the folowing morning I get a few blackheads. I will continue to test it out to see if I get more breakouts from using it. UPDATE- these really do cause some breakouts for me, as I think the serum might be too rich for my skin type. Best suited for very dry skin or a one off treatment for dry skin. Silk Whitia seems to be on promotion at sasa.com quite often, with buy one get one free every 3-4 months. So if you just wait a bit longer before ordering, the price works out extremely cheap