Friday, September 19, 2014

G-1 Benta Berry Exfoliating Care Face Gel Review

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WHAT IS IT: G-1 Benta Berry Exfoliating Care Face Gel
G-1 Benta Berry Exfoliating Care Face Gel


THE PRODUCT(S):
G-1 Benta Berry Exfoliating Care Face Gel
G-1 Benta Berry Exfoliating Care Face Gel: G-1 high-quality exfoliating regulating face treatment made from 100% natural active ingredients: burdock, jasmine, mandarin, white dead-nettle, blueberry and ground apricot seeds. This G-1 treatment is enriched with the BENTA BERRY regulating exfoliating complex and combines the botamix (burdock, jasmine and mandarin) with white dead-nettle and zinc pidolate to control excess sebum and purify skin.


With this combined action, it removes impurities and dead skin cells using the exfoliating properties of ground apricot seeds. Skin is soft and clean, and complexion is mattified. It's subtle fragrance was designed by a famous perfumer for both boys and girls.


G-1 Benta Berry Exfoliating Care Face Gel
Comes in a squeeze tube format although I felt that the weekly cleanser itself is really watery, so it's somewhat pointless to have it in squeeze tube form. This should be in a pump nozzle format instead so you don't accidentally overspill too much product when you need/want to use it.


G-1 Benta Berry Exfoliating Care Face Gel
You can see this exfoliating cleanser gel is watery in consistency. I squeezed out just about enough so it won't drip or spill away.


G-1 Benta Berry Exfoliating Care Face Gel
It doesn't produce too much soap suds upon contact with water. However, if you were to just massage onto wet skin instead, it doesn't seem too overly watery that it seems diluted upon usage.


VERDICT: Scent-less, it is subtle enough but alas, I couldn't decide nor tell exactly what type of scent it is supposed to be. But the good thing is that, it isn't overly perfumed so it doesn't feel weird on my face during and after usage. Most cleansers, whether it's a daily gently cleanser, daily exfoliating cleanser or anything else would have at least a subtle scent that you can tell exactly what it is. But not for this. It just doesn't smell like anything of the active ingredients that was listed. But thankfully, I found the subtle scent rather pleasant. So, I'm just going to leave it at that and proceed on ahead.


The consistency does look creamy right immediately after I squeezed out a generous amount but the consistency, as soon as I rubbed the product in between my fingers, was really watery. If you were to apply more water to the squeezed out product, you will realized that it just turned even more watery than before. However, if you were to just gently spread it around your fingers and/or palms and apply to already wet face, it actually spreads quite decently. But because it has a watery consistency, it doesn't feel as if you are pulling and tugging on your skin. Something you will definitely encounter when using daily or weekly facial exfoliators. So, the watery consistency does have a benefit to it right immediately upon using it :D I somehow realized it while I was almost on the verge of rubbing it with a little more force on my skin. *Kudos for this subtle little feature*


And because it doesn't suds up like regular facial exfoliators, I find that it doesn't make my skin feel overly dry and tight after using it. I'm not really sure about the exfoliating beads that is supposedly present, but I feel as it there's small little bits of, I don't know, brown little flakes that reminds me of miniature tree or branch bits in it. Sorry for the weird description here, but the color of those brown little flakes does remind me of something from the woods. However, it doesn't feel harsh on my skin at all. In fact, I can feel it working like what exfoliating beads should do and I am happy with that.


And immediately after usage, I felt my skin becoming much softer, smoother and cleaner but without the dryness and tightness from using exfoliating cleanser. Just the watery consistency already has me sold into getting more varieties of this product already. As this is a once-a-week exfoliating cleanser, I didn't notice any bad aftereffects or more acne/pimple issue a month later. (I do use another exfoliating cleanser, but at night while this G-1 is used at night)


VERDICT: ✓✓✓


WHAT I THINK: Because of the watery consistency, I didn't feel as if I am pulling and tugging on my skin while exfoliating. This is definitely a product that is worth buying and using on a long-term basis :D


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: No redemption available at the moment :(


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Phyto Phytocyane Revitalizing Shampoo Review

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WHAT IS IT: Phyto Revitalizing Shampoo
Phyto Phytocyane Revitalizing Shampoo


THE PRODUCT(S):
Phyto Phytocyane Revitalizing Shampoo
Phyto Phytocyane Revitalizing Shampoo: This product is a precious and complementary partner to PHYTOCYANE Revitalizing Serum. Enjoy denser, more lustrous-looking hair with this unique combination of botanicals that prepare the scalp for Phytocyane Treatment. Gingko biloba and cinchona bark support the scalp while grapeseed procyanidins combat free radicals and protect the hair bulb. Hair appears fuller and more abundant with each use.


Phyto Phytocyane Revitalizing Shampoo
The product has a very watery consistency, however, it suds up pretty decently upon contact with wet hair. And it's also easy to wash off without too much hassle.


VERDICT: Previously, I had long hair that fell to my back, just somewhere around the back of my bra-strap. Even though it wasn't as long as I previously had it around 4-5 years ago when it fell to my butt, I was actually experiencing hair loss and hair fall due to my itchy and dandruff scalp. All that scratching does lead to hair loss on a daily basis, and despite professionals and experts claiming that shedding/dropping X strands of hair per day is normal, I personally felt that it isn't really normal. Healthy hair and scalp should even exceed, say, past 30 strands of lost hair per day.


So when I got this Phyto Phytocyane Revitalizing Shampoo, I was more than game enough to give it a try. Anything is better than not even bothering or trying, isn't it? At first usage, I found that the product isn't like traditional shampoo where it's a gel-like consistency. This is more like a watery consistency, comparable to when you still have really small amount of shampoo left in the shampoo bottle and you add in water and swirl the bottle around to fully get that last amount of shampoo out of the bottle. Yep, it's like those shampoo + water mixture and I was really careful not to spill a single drop onto the bathroom floor as it is actually a small sample bottle meant for overseas trip or a really short vacation due to airflight rules on the amount of liquid you can bring in your luggage.


It has this tea-like color, similar to Breakfast Tea or black tea and it smells really minty and fresh to my over-abused nose. I never understand why, but minty-smelling shampoo tend to send signals to my brain that it should be a good product and that it will always deliver what it promises LOL Most times, I think you can really gauge the product authenticity from how minty it smells. The more minty it is, the better it would seem and I wasn't disappointed.


As soon as it came into immediate contact with my wet hair and a little bit of coaxing via scalp massage, it slowly suds up decently for my not-so-long hair. Granted that I only use a tablespoon amount for my hair, as the shampoo itself will gradually drip down to the rest of my hair near the ends, cleaning it up along the way. There's really no need to literally use a huge amount at all as you end up spending more money on shampoo when you can use the surplus money to invest in more hair products such as conditioner, treatment, etc.


Because this product is meant to use only at least once to twice a week, so for a span of 4 to 8 weeks, I have been diligently using this product at least once a week. And so far, I am glad to say that my hair loss has been greatly reduced. And now that I have short hair, I find that the hair loss is even much more reduced than before. It's like, I only dropped less than 20 strands of hair due to excessive combing out my tangled ends. (My hair tend to tangle up whether it's long or short, so I have to invest in both conditioner and treatment mask on a regular basis, not that I am complaining as I get to stay in the shower slightly longer and play with bubbles)


Honestly, this is actually the first hair-loss related shampoo I've tried so far and I am glad the first trial is actually helping my hair loss issue and having it kept to a minimum daily. The reason why I didn't buy this in the first place is that the current market is full of different brands of hair products to combat different hair and scalp solutions. My initial first priority is to get rid of or at least curb my dandruff woes, but then, I also realized that I am losing hair due to my dandruff. So, it's either try or don't. And I am glad I took the plunge with the sample bottle.


VERDICT: ✓✓✓


WHAT I THINK: My hair smells nice, my hair-fall is controlled and it feels so minty and refreshing on my scalp. This actually makes the price-tag easily disregarded. Sometimes, good products ARE expensive but it's well worth the money spent on it.


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Phyto was giving out free beauty kits in 2012, alongside with Nuxe beauty kits. I presume most of everybody I know were able to redeem both beauty kits and this sample shampoo was in my Phtyo beauty kit. I doubt you can redeem this shampoo anymore now, but almost half of their products are worth spending and trying.


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Etude House Moistfull Aloe Mask Sheet Review

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WHAT IS IT: Etude House Moistfull Aloe Mask Sheet
Etude House Moistfull Aloe Mask Sheet


THE PRODUCT(S):
Etude House Moistfull Aloe Mask Sheet
Etude House Moistfull Aloe Mask Sheet: Enriched with Baobab Tree extracts and Organic Aloe, this essence mask sheet provides refreshing and comforting hydration to dry, irritated face.


Etude House Moistfull Aloe Mask Sheet
Slightly bigger than my chubby face, I find that it fits over my entire face decently enough with a little more to spare. Unfortunately, my face isn't the long variety, so it does overlap a little more onto my chin area. But then, my chin area is also skin, so it works out :D


Etude House Moistfull Aloe Mask Sheet
Here's what the mask sheet looks like after usage.


VERDICT: At first sniff upon opening up this packaged mask sheet, there's this really nice scent wafting out. Had a somewhat blocked nose while using this, so I can't really tell what scent it is. (I did nommed a small amount of wasabi to get my blocked nose to clear up for a short while for the sniffing test. The things I do just to sniff sniff here and there LOL) But I was still briefly aware that it smelled nice, almost to the point where I just wanted to immediately rubbed the mask sheet as it is onto my face first before spreading it out properly and applying to my face the proper way.


I personally found that the mask sheet seemed a little too big for my already chubby face. But the good thing about it is that, it managed to overlap my chin. And since the area on my chin is also skin, it kinda works out well. Only issue is that it goes really close to my hairline, not that I'm complaining since I always encounter mask sheets in varying lengths and shapes. Some do leave a small gap of skin exposed from my forehead to my hairline, so I am glad that this long is a little longer than the usual ones I have used and tried before.


Normally, my preferred method of using mask sheets is to apply it on my face following the usual standard skincare regime. You know, the cleansing part. Although I did apply pre-essence such as The Face Shop Chia Seed Boosting Essence, followed by my regular facial toner before applying this mask sheet and following up with my regular facial moisture lotion and ending things up with my favorite The Skin Shop LUS Aqua Source Cream. The only difference is that, I waited a little more than 30 minutes or at least until the mask sheet itself is almost 95% dry before removing it from my face.


There's no scientific breakthrough, research or information about leaving mask sheets to dry up on the face. It's just my usual way of using mask sheets as I felt that it's wasteful to remove it when it's still decently wet with the essence liquid, it's almost as if the essence is not thoroughly soaked into the pores of my skin if I removed a still-wet mask sheet. In short, I'm rather stingy and money-saving with mask sheets LMAO


After removing the mask sheet, I noticed that my skin left my skin feeling soft and moist. And an hour later, my skin felt a little oily. But that's not the worrying part. It's better if your skin looks and feels oily and still know that your skin is properly moisturized and well taken care of with mask sheets than to have skin that looks and feels oily, but is severely lacking in moisture. I just wait out another hour or so before gently patting the excess sebum (I'm going to presume it's actually facial sebum since Singapore is indeed a humid country even at night sometimes) off with oil absorption paper/film before proceeding with my usual skincare regime.


And when I woke up the next morning, my skin doesn't look too dry nor chappy and yet at the same time, it doesn't look overly oily at all. In fact, I did noticed that my skin looks better moisturized, feels so baby smooth and my skin doesn't look dull at all. I always wake up to dull-looking skin in the morning, so it's a pleasant surprise to wake up with non dull-looking skin for the first time. And it also didn't irritate my skin nor did I have after-effects such as pimple and acne breakout after usage too.


VERDICT: ✓✓✓


WHAT I THINK: Never had much knowledge about the Baobab Tree unless it involves literature of some sort. but still, I'm glad I woke up to see skin not looking dull and meh.


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: I got to redeem this sample from Etude House app via Facebook sometime in 2013.


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Friday, September 12, 2014

BeautyBiotics Dream Cream Exfoliating Jelly Review

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WHAT IS IT: Beauty Biotics Dream Cream Exfoliating Jelly
BeautyBiotics Dream Cream Exfoliating Jelly


THE PRODUCT(S):
BeautyBiotics Dream Cream Exfoliating Jelly
BeautyBiotics Dream Cream Exfoliating Jelly: Exfoliating Jelly is a dermatologically formulated gentle exfoliating peel that helps unclog pores, remove impurities and dead skin to enhance your skin’s absorption of nutrients. It contains fruit derived AHA + BHA enzymes that gently exfoliates skin to restore clarity, brilliance and radiance.


BeautyBiotics Dream Cream Exfoliating Jelly
This product comes in a pump-nozzle bottle version, and you can actually control how much product is being pumped out. Half a pump for the nose area, or a full pump for the elbow and arms.


BeautyBiotics Dream Cream Exfoliating Jelly
It's really gentle on the skin and as you can see here, it's like a clear liquid gel at first glance. But upon massaging into the skin, you can see, observe and feel that it's a jelly meant for exfoliating.


BeautyBiotics Dream Cream Exfoliating Jelly
Surprisingly, the skin on my face is much cleaner as compered to my arms and legs LOL I never get that much dead skin and impurities on my face even if I use this once a month only 0_0


VERDICT: At first sniff, I didn't detect any chemical-related scent to the actual product. (Oh yes, I unscrew the bottle up and sniff around it LOL). But I do have to admit that I detect this really faint scent that reminds me of cleanliness, a really clean scent that doesn't seem too bad at all. Let's face it, sometimes we just want products that doesn't go overboard with the scent part. Something that just is simple and easy to use without any fuss or frustrations and along with a clean and simple scent that just makes you want to keep using it again and again.


As soon as I pumped a pump-ful of the exfoliating jelly out, it actually looks rather gel-like in texture. But consistency wise, it's definitely in jelly form. Looks clear, almost comparable to those mama shops hair gel you see that comes in small little tubs with colorful lids dictating which one is for "strong" hold and so on. But the truly fun and great thing about this product is that, it's really gently and kind on the skin at all times. As my skin sometimes behaves erratically like an angsty teenager with mood swings, I'm am glad and happy to say that it doesn't irritate my skin at all. And it doesn't even dry out my skin during and after usage too.


Just from the very first usage, I can immediately feel my skin feeling so much cleaner. Not sure about the clogged pores clearing part due to the fact that I'm a total klutz in the scientific technology part, but I dare say my other facial products does work better then before after exfoliating my face with this BeautyBiotics Dream Cream Exfoliating Jelly. And my skin definitely looked clearer and much more radiant. It's almost like I've cleaned off a century of tiredness from my face at one go.


As the product suggests, after using this product, your skin will tend to be a little more sensitive to sunlight due to the natural ingredients. But so far, I've never encountered this product as I use this exfoliating jelly more at night than in the daytime. During night time, our skin lose more moisture as we sleep. Hence, we need to apply serums and moisturizers prior to bedtime to combat the loss of moisture and whatnots. And suffice to say, when I go out of the house the next day under the scorching sunlight, I've never encountered any type of skin sensitivity at all. Phew~


Personally, I use this at least 3 times a week despite applying only light makeup at work. My pre-work makeup regime consists of only BB or CC Cream, foundation powder, highlighter powder and blush. That's it. Maybe that's why I find that it works wonderfully on my skin as I generally tend to avoid heavy makeup at all times.


VERDICT: ✓✓✓


WHAT I THINK: Despite being a little hesitant due to the hefty price tag at first, I dare say it's a product well worth that S$43.


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: No sample for redemption. But because it's retailing at all Watsons outlets in Singapore, you can just pop by any Watsons near you and test it via the opened Sample bottles Watsons has set out.


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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Winner of the L'Occitane Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid

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Winner of the L'Occitane Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid


Let's put our hands together and congratulate Alice Tan (facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006482145242)


Alice Tan will have to get back to me within a week from now with her mailing address to facilitate the mailing of her prize. If I don't hear from Alice Tan after a week, I'll have to re-pick another winner. So, hurry and tag and inform Alice Tan that she has won!!


7th blog giveaway will be in October, the month where Halloween falls~~


 

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