Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Human Heart Nature - Sunflower Beauty Oil
brend 5/11/2013 2:10:00 PM
Even when I'm fretting about dull skin, wrinkles and eye bags due to late nights and the inevitable passage of time, I am still pretty lackadaisical and lazy about taking care of my skin - I'm a wash, moisturise, go to sleep kind of girl. So this oil is kind of perfect for me - it's a multi-purpose oil that I just slap onto my face right after my evening shower, and then run my hands over my arms, legs, neck etc to spread around the leftovers. T he tagline is that it's a miracle in a bottle and the list of miracles touted on the website is practically endless (moisturize eye area, lighten dark circles, de-frizzes hair, lightens underarms (!)....) and although it has yet to turn me into a supermodel, I must say that I wake up with a well moisturised face with skin that feels quite plump and smooth. I've used it on my hair too and it works well enough to control frizz slightly (have not tried it on the underarms). When I bought this, the seller (I bought it online) said it could be used as a cleansing oil as well - do not try this! I'm a cleansing oil user (Fancl, DHC, Face Shop, Muji, you name it, I've probably used it) so I was happy to have found another option, but this doesn't rinse off with just water (as cleansing oils usually do) and you'll need to use a foaming cleanser to get it off. The pump gives out just enough oil per push, and the bottle comes with a cap so hygiene and cleanliness of the bottle is easily maintained. I only use this at night because it is not exactly a dry oil like argan which absorbs really well into the skin and I don't want to walk around with a shiny face. The other con is that it smells a bit like cooking oil (but I've gotten used to it by now). But at S$8.90 per bottle for 50ml (or S$14.90 for 100ml), there really is nothing to complain about!
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - EXTRA VIRGIN Coconut Oil (All brands)
brend 3/16/2011 4:08:00 AM
I mix a bit of this with my body lotion (any body lotion) and it just makes the lotion work better and last longer (you know how after you apply a body lotion in the morning, it has usually disappeared by the time you reach the office...). I usually have to moisturize twice a day, after my morning and evening shower, or else I will start to itch (especially my legs), but I noticed that after regularly using this coconut oil mix, I can afford to be lazy and skip the nightly moisturizing ritual for a night or two without my skin starting to look and feel dry. I took one lippie off the overall rating because of the smell...I know some people love it, but it can be overpowering. I have tried using it as a hair conditioner (shampoo, oil wrap, shampoo off) but it left my hair hard and "crispy".
I had high hopes for this sunscreen after reading all the good reviews, but I was disappointed - I did not notice a white cast, but it was shiny AND sticky! The stickiness meant applying foundation was out of the question, and loose powder did little to tone down the shine. I've been using this as a body sunscreen - I usually just use drugstore sunscreen for my arms and legs because the finish doesn't matter much in those areas, but considering the price of the Sunguard, it makes for a very expensive body sunscreen.
Face Shop's line of Imperial Herb Masks are really good. My cheeks were peeling slightly and feeling tight and the mask hydrated and plumped up my skin like nobody's business. Would definitely buy it again, I just wish it is cheaper! For some , SGD6.50 is cheap but I consider it a luxury to spend that much on a mask you can only use once (and also because I've bought the masks in Korea before, and they are almost 70% cheaper there!). But if your skin has been feeling down and out, this may just do the trick. :)
This stings and burns! I bought this because (1) the pharmacy was out of my all-time fave Montagne Jeuness Dead Sea Anti-Stress Mud Masque (don't let the scary picture on the packet fool you) and (2) this blue corn masque was on clearance (that should've been a sign...).
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
brend 5/12/2008 11:27:00 AM
I'm a makeup newbie and this is the first liquid foundation that I've been using regularly. I think overall, it's a good foundation to start off with, first because it's cheap and the shade I bought matched my skin tone nicely so it appeared pretty natural. The downside is, as a lot of people pointed out, it's drying and you've got to work pretty fast when applying or else your face will look cakey (the finish is very matte). But because I like how natural the colour looks (medium coverage and doesn't look like I'm wearing makeup even when you look closely), am going to continue using it and just apply a thicker layer of moisturizer under it as a buffer. And why wouldn't I buy it again? Because I'm using this foundation as a "training bicycle" and once I start using makeup more often/regularly, I think I'd be better off "upgrading" and moving on to the more expensive but better stuff (that won't dry me out).
Hair Color -Garnier - Nutrisse Permanent Creme Hair Color
brend 5/11/2008 11:01:00 AM
This dye is great value for money: good grey coverage and smells nice (compared to other dyes, including salon dyes). But what really makes this product head and shoulders above its drug store counterparts like Loreal and Revlon is the after colour conditioner. The conditioner is phenomenal. I had permed my hair about 3 weeks before and have been using hair masques, oil, creams etc to get my curls looking shiny and bouncy, but only this conditioner managed to get it looking like my hair did when I stepped out of the salon 3 weeks ago. Actually, it works even better than the conditioning treatment I got in the salon. If only they sold this conditioner separately!
Liquid -Revlon - Age Defying Light Makeup with Botafirm SPF30 [DISCONTINUED]
brend 11/21/2007 8:40:00 AM
This is a good "starter" makeup for people who are starting to wear makeup but just don't want to: (1) look "too made up" (2) spend too much time in the morning trying to blend foundation (3) spend too much money on a proper foundation which may end up not being used at all. So plus the SPF, this was the perfect for me. The coverage is very sheer (totally useless for covering any blemishes or spots) but evens out the skin tone nicely and looks very natural. Also does not feel heavy on the face and has not made me break out (have acne prone skin). So this is a yes for me! (until and if I graduate to a proper foundation, that is :) )
I have thick and long lashes, but being greedy, I want them thickER and longER. Hehe. I heard about Talika from a friend who swears it works, and I was contemplating making a purchase. Luckily, I saw this at the pharmacy and at S$10 compared to S$60, who could refuse? At the dirt cheap price, I didn't expect it to actually work though..but I figured if it did, then a big yay! And it DOES work. So try this out before you splurge on Talika. :)
I never thought I'd use masks from a sachet, but I'm definitey buying this again! The first time I used it, didn't notice much difference. But the seccond time, I fell asleep with it on, about half an hour, and after rinsing, skin felt noticeably softer and more plump. At S$3 or so for 4 uses (2 sachets, 2 uses per sachet), it's not really cheap. And I do wish it was in a tube because sachets are slightly messy and since I can get 2 uses out of a single sachet, have to squeeze out the remains and store it in a container for the second use. Despite that, definitely a buy again.
I got a sample size of this when I bought the mild cleansing oil. It's just an ok cleanser...it's supposed to be gentle, but my skin feels slightly dry after washing with it. However, I think it would be a good cleanser to pack for travelling- no liquids to spill. I wouldn't buy it again because of the price.
I was first introduced to Retin-A as an ingredient in Neutrogena's "Fine Fairness" line (probably only available in Asia) almost 10 years ago. I didn't know what Retin-A was then, but I remember being quite amazed at how smooth my skin became. But I was not disciplined about sunscreen, and acne took over my life and I had to start using stuff that was specifically targeted at controlling acne. Then a friend properly introduced me to Retin-A, which was prescribed to her for her acne. I tried it and it worked for awhile, but then I'd get breakouts from it (now I know it's because I used Retin-A CREAM) so I stopped. So older and wiser now, and having finally gotten my acne under control (no huge puss-filled pimple in almost 6 months! Woo hoo!), I've turned to Retin-A GEL to help fade the scars (which lingers close to forever). I'm not sure if it's working because have only used it for about 2 weeks, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
Treatments -Avene - Diacneal Acne Treatment [DISCONTINUED]
brend 2/11/2007 10:41:00 PM
I've used this for more than a year. The very first few nights I used it, I woke up to noticeably softer and smoother skin. Then, the effects just kinda plateaued, but I continued using it because lots of people wrote that it helped fade their acne scars. Did not help with the breakouts or in controlling my acne (for that, I have to thank PC's BHA 2% liquid). One year on, I can safely say that it's not helped fade my scars much so I'm placing it back into my drawer and using Retin-A gel for now because it's said to work faster in fading scars. When the scars are gone, I'll go back to the Diacneal for maintenance. I'm sticking with this because of it's anti-aging properties and I do believe it DOES work, just wasn't strong enough for my resilient red scars. The fault may also lie with me because I frequently layer Silkia camellia oil on top without waiting to make sure the Diacneal has absorbed properly, and I'm also too lazy most times to reapply my sunscreen during the day. So what is the conclusion to this too-long review? - I'd buy it again, and probably will use it for years.
Masks -Paula's Choice - Skin Balancing Carbon Mask
brend 2/11/2007 7:18:00 AM
I bought this based on the good reviews, but after I finish the tube, am not going to purchase again. I consider my skin kinda "tough", but this mask stings. In the past, I'd just ignore the discomfort but I've since learned that harsh does not equal better/faster results. Skin feels softer after the mask, but does not look any "glowier".
Am using this in the evenings to get rid of all the gunk of the day and it's working pretty well, especially at controlling the blackheads on my nose (rub/massage the nose with this for at least 10secs to dissolve all the gunk in the pores). I don't use makeup so I don't know how good this is as a makeup remover. Rinses clean, but does not make my face feel dry and tight. The only problem I have with this is the price (S$15 for an itsy-bitsy bottle!). And you're suppose to use it within 3 months after opening. It's over 3 months and I'm still using my small bottle and having no problems with it. If you keep the opening clean and don't stick your finger or any foreign objects into the bottle, I don't think contamination would a problem. UPDATE (2 February 2009): Two years on and I'm still using this! And I've just persuaded a friend to give it a go today, so for me, the Fancl MCO is definitely a keeper. I've also figured out that if you massage it slowly and thoroughly into your face (for half a minute or so), rather than doing it in a slap dash way (which is my usual style), it keeps the clogged pores at bay for much longer (this is no miracle cleanser...if you're blackhead prone, they will still keep coming, but this lessens the problem significantly). I have also used the DHC Cleansing Oil, but the Fancl one feels nicer and doesn't have an odd smell like the DHC does.