Friday, April 3, 2015

Samples Received & Redeemed: March 2015

Posted by Riih at Friday, April 03, 2015 0 comments Links to this post
My apologies for taking a few days longer to post this up, as my phone is acting all weird on me once again. Luckily, I've gotten my bonus so I got a Asus Memo Pad. Hopefully, I'm able to take slightly better photos and the Memo Pad won't act all "naughty" like my phone does. I had to manually sync all these photos from my phone to Facebook privately. Then re-download back to my laptop and edit/cleanup the images. So much manual labour just for the photos LOL

Although on a side note, I'm rather impressed that I managed to bag some decent amount of mail-box samples for the month of March. I wasn't really expecting anything past 2 or 3 free samples, but I was a little off. Not much, but it still accounts for something. It didn't help that TSS was giving out free facial vouchers on their website for a short while, so it's somewhat "deflating" that not much freebies was being doled out for redemption too.

Without further ado, here's a look at the freebies I managed to bag for the month of March~ :D

I can't really remember how I got to know about this samping activity, although I do recall seeing this newly released product in supermarkets and drug stores. What caught my eye was the Bollywood inspired design of the bottle, but nothing more. I got the:

  • Inner Rich Shampoo x 1 @ 15ml
  • Inner Rich Conditioner x 1 @ 15ml

This Inner Rich series is suitable for dry, frizzy & unmanageable hair, with floral fruity fragrance. I also noticed that they have the Nature Smooth series meant for oily scalp and oily, tangled ends. I wish companies let us choose the type of samples most suitable for our skin, hair, etc.

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: No samples for redemption. I've googled and re-googled, but can't find the link anywhere. But then, Asience is also constantly coming up with new products, so it shouldn't be too long a wait before the next sample for the next new product comes up again.

When Essential first released this product, Deep Cleansing Care Shampoo & Conditioner ,I really wanted to give this a try. But I don't want the commitment of a huge 750ml, in the event it doesn't do any good for my scalp and hair. So, I waited and waited and wished and wished. And finally, they released the trial pack that is only 200ml. And it was only retailing for S$5.90 for both the shampoo and conditioner, both 200ml each :D

As I have oily scalp but dry hair ends, it's like a tricky hair issue. What promises might not necessarily deliver, so I am a little skeptical and hesitant to buy products that seemed suitable for me, but in 500ml and up packages. It's like, if it doesn't work, it feels awkward to have to ask around friends and colleagues who wants the somewhat newly, once-used shampoo and conditioner. What if it doesn't work for them too? That is one big awkwardness and urm, hurt feelings that borders on mane-sabotage. But if it's a trial and/or travel-friendly version, at least if it turns out bad and nobody wants it, it wouldn't hurt that much to dispose something that doesn't cost past S$10.00

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: No sample for redemption. I got the trial pack for S$5.90 for both the shampoo and conditioner, 200ml each.

UV Aqua White
This UV Aqua White Makeup Remover Wipes has been around the market for quite a while. It's only recently I'm on a makeup remover crazy spree. Anything that looks interesting, innovative, blah blah, I just grab because I want to try it out and see what works for me. As I am a lazy person by nature, some nights, I just want to literally wipe off the layer of makeup on my face, splash some water on my face. Pat it dry, and drop into bed like a sleep-deprived zombie. But sometimes, I want to take the trouble to thoroughly double-cleanse my face and skin so it doesn't get clogged, irritated too.

This UV Aqua White Makeup Remover Wipes comes in 30 wipes, promises to whiten, hydrate, illuminate, tighten and increase skin elasticity. I'm somewhat aiming for the "perfect for sensitive skin, pH 5.5 balanced formulation" line that it promises. And it claims that no rinsing is required, just wipe and I can go to bed and do my nightly "oink-ing", hassle-free.

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: No samples for redemption. I forgot how much I paid for it, but the price seemed decent and I only wanted the makeup remover wipes instead of the wipes and moisturizer bundle.

The Sample Store
Finally, TSS is doling out free actual you-can-hold-in-your-hands-and-giggle-like-a-crazy-girl samples that is actually redeemable and will be mailed to your mailbox. For a moment, I thought they were done with giving out the free samples and only wanted to give out free facial and spa voucher sample.

From left to right:

  • 3M Nexcare Waterproof Bandages x 1 pack (5 bandages inside)
  • Me and paper-cuts are real tight, we're actually BFFs in our previous lives.. Like Meh..

  • Klarity Lasertox CC Miracle White Lotion SPF 30/PA++ x 1 @ 5ml
  • Instant whitening, somewhat curious to find out if this will make my light make-up looks cakey at the end of the day

  • Dr Jart+ BB Dis A Pore Beauty Balm x 3 sachets @ 1ml each
  • Same with the above.

  • Comfort Ultra Aromatherapy Fabric Conditioner x 1 sachet @ 21ml
  • Like, who doesn't want soft clothes that smells heavenly? I know I do :D

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Samples are still available for free redemption at TSS.

Cafe21 was previously hosting a sampling activity. Seems like they've released a new Cafe21 Low Fat coffee. Hey, I love my coffee free. Most of the time.

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Sample redemption is now closed.

The Sample Store
TSS suddenly had a few more updated free samples a few days after I posted up the previous ones on my FB page. So, yeah, freebie redemption time once more. I've redeemed for:

  • Bazaar Man September 2014 issue x 1
  • It's Minister of State Teo Ser Luck and MP Baey Yam Keng on the cover. They looked quite impressive on the cover LOL

  • Cure Natural Aqua Gel x 1 sachet @ 3g
  • TSS kept periodically giving out free old samples. It's a shame not to get them, I think.

  • Bio-essence Deep Exfoliating Gel with Royal Jelly & ATP x 1 sachet
  • Free exfoliating product. Yay!!

  • Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil for Face x 1 sachet @ 30ml
  • It's good to try out different face oil and see which one is the best :D

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Samples are still available for free redemption at TSS.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Curel Intensive Moisture Care Moisture Face Milk Review

Posted by Riih at Tuesday, March 17, 2015 2 comments Links to this post
WHAT IS IT: Curel Intensive Moisture Care Moisture Face Milk
Curel Intensive Moisture Care Moisture Face Milk

Curel Intensive Moisture Care Moisture Face Milk
Curel Intensive Moisture Care Moisture Face Milk: The Ceramide functioning ingredient and Eucalyptus extract penetrate deeply into the stratum corneum so skin stays soft, deeply moisturized and resistant to external irritation. It helps to improve your skin's natural barrier function, soothe and protect skin from dryness. Intensely moisturizing yet it feels airy-light on skin.

Curel Intensive Moisture Care Moisture Face Milk
The texture is definitely moisture milk while the consistency is really runny, but lightweight and airy on the skin when applied.

VERDICT: Scent wise, it's nothing out of the ordinary nor is it any special and to be honest I really can't detect any sort of scent to it. Although I thought I detected this really light and faint floral-esque scent, but I could be a little off there, so I am just going to skip the scent part in this review.

This moisture face milk's consistency is actually similar to milk cleansers as it is really the watery and runny type. Like most other users out there, if you saved the Moisture Face Milk for last, the previous other Moisture products are going to fool you into thinking that it has a slightly thicker consistency, before throwing a sucker punch at you by crazily flowing out of the bottle instead of the usual oozing method. I know, I almost lost half a small sample bottle. And please, don't laugh at the small sample bottle either. Samples are good as it lets you determine if the texture and consistency is up to you own standard of how a product is, whether the scent is to your liking and whether it does any good to your skin as promised or just feel like a waste of money cos you do not see any changes (or probably damages) to your skin after trying it out.

The texture is really airy light as it claims and without too much force nor effort exerted, I gently massage this product into my skin in really short a time. I didn't even realize that it was already absorbed into my skin the first time I tried out the sample, so I was essentially massaging my skin repeatedly hahaha xD What I like is that the surface of my skin totally looks different before and after application. Before application, I can see it lacks moisture but after using this, I can still my skin looking much more hydrated and moisturized. The after-feel after applying this product isn't the typical greasy nor sticky feeling either, which I am definitely grateful for.

Also because my face is a combination skin type and can get really oily-looking when the weather turned a little cold, I feel my skin really appreciates such a light and airy moisture milk meant for the face/skin. A definite choice to consider due to the hot and humid weather in sunny sauna-esque Singapore, considering that applying facial moisturizer in the day time is akin to asking it to come right back out of your pores due to the sweating part. I'm sure most of us girls have experienced this at some point in a sunny weather. You applied a light facial moisturizer at least an hour before stepping out of the sun, and the sun just decides to be relentlessly sunny in an attempt to make you sweat even more. You sweat. You take out a tissue to pat off the sweat and realized, the sweat is making your face feels a little more "slick" than usual when the tissue goes on your face. Yikes! You think you're sweating out sweat and your facial moisturizer all at the same time. I know... happens to me on a daily basis.

However, what I noticed about this product is that, the above didn't mentioned as compared to other facial moisturizers I've applied on before setting out of the house on a bright and sunny day. Sure, I did sweat a little. But not that much to the point where it feels like the product is being sweat out of my pores either.

And at the end, my skin felt calmed and soothed after using this product. It didn't feel like my skin was being aggravated nor irritated from using this product at all, despite the sample bottle being a tad too small to fully utilize for a whole week as I used it day and night. I also noticed that my skin feels and looks more "well-behaved" and no stray pimples showed up from out of nowhere too. Although it's light, but I felt it was more than enough for my skin without making it feel clogged up at the pores.


WHAT I THINK: Lightweight and airy, it actually calms and soothes my angsty, problematic combination skin and during the days I was using this, I noticed no new stray pimples making sudden appearances.

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: This current Intensive line is not available for sample redemption. Current one should still be the Sebum range, if I do remember correctly.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

iLa Spa Day Cream Glowing Radiance Review

Posted by Riih at Saturday, March 14, 2015 0 comments Links to this post
WHAT IS IT: iLa Spa Day Cream Glowing Radiance
iLa Spa Day Cream Glowing Radiance

iLa Spa Day Cream Glowing Radiance
iLa Spa Day Cream Glowing Radiance: A light and fluffy day cream imbued with fresh cells and oil from the deeply regenerative rosa damascena. Fresh rose damascene cells penetrate into deeper layers of skin to restore vitality. Contains rosehip seed oil to heal scar tissue and reveal skin’s natural ‘bloom’, damascene rose otto to regenerate skin cells and reverse ageing, sandalwood to rejuvenate and nourish at a deep level.

Anti-ageing and brings a soft, radiant and youthful complexion. Penetrates easily bringing extraordinary hydration, softness, radiance and vitality with a subtle, lasting fragrance.

iLa Spa Day Cream Glowing Radiance
Directions for usage is stated clearly. As it is a really rich day cream, just a really small amount is more than sufficient for the entire face.

iLa Spa Day Cream Glowing Radiance
You can see from the photo above that this day cream is really thick, heavy and creamy.

iLa Spa Day Cream Glowing Radiance
It takes a little while to fully massage the entire cream into your skin, but you instantly see your skin looked a little more nourished and hydrated.

VERDICT: First of all, the scent. It was so heavenly I was really hesitant on using it. Instead, I wish I could either use it to scent my room or just take it out every now and then and take a whiff out of it to refresh my mind. Just the scent along is enough to make one feel really restorative on so many levels, be it the mind, spirit or body. Never have I encountered such a product that makes me not want to use nor even consider finish using it at all.

As my regular readers are aware, my skin can sometimes act like a teenager on a rebellious streak. In my case, it meant pimples and acne out of the blue, and without anything to trigger it at all. Most nights, I have more than 8 hours of sleep and I drank plain water like armageddon is upon us and yet, my skin just decided that it must have pop at least a few pimples just to prove it's existence. Sometimes, it can get really frustrating to the point when I don't even know my current products are of any use at all.

But this day cream is like a life saver for my skin on days when I have a feeling that I might get to see a few pimples show up like an unwanted guest. And like I've already mentioned, just the scent along is heavenly in it's own. But the feeling I get when applying this day cream on my skin, it's almost as if I am at a spa retreat already due to the scent itself. It's almost like every application is a moisture injection to my skin and I can instantly see my skin looking so nourished and hydrated. Although the day cream is really thick, heavy and creamy, but just the time spent massaging it into my skin is just well worth the time spent on the application.

I especially love applying this in the day time before I step out of my house for work in the afternoon. By the time I reached my workplace and applied a light layer of makeup, I don't even need to re-apply anymore skin moisturizer at all. (I don't like applying makeup before setting out of the house, since Singapore weather is just frigging humid and hot and makeup under hot and humid weather in Singapore is just going to make it melt too fast) Throughout the entire day until I get off from work, my skin doesn't feel like it's being deprived of moisture under a layer of makeup.


WHAT I THINK: Simple packaging, but luxurious on scent and benefits for my skin, mind and spirit. I was so glad I won this set (along with the Night Cream) to give it a try. If I were to have to spend my own money, I wouldn't even know this product is so good despite the simple and minimalistic packaging.

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: No sample for redemption.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

NOPS Pink Clay Brightening Mask Review

Posted by Riih at Wednesday, March 11, 2015 0 comments Links to this post
WHAT IS IT: NOPS Pink Clay Brightening Mask
NOPS Pink Clay Brightening Mask

NOPS Pink Clay Brightening Mask
NOPS Pink Clay Brightening Mask: “ Let's return to nature with nature!”

Nops will lead you into the pureness of nature. Synergy effect of plants and organic energy will make your skin healthy and vitalizing. Advanced prescriptions of Nops contain good values as it is with the efficacy of genuine nature. The energy of nature, getting from wind, rain and soil, will be delivered perfectly into your skin. Nature is beautiful by itself. So, we want to be getting alike nature.

NOPS Pink Clay Brightening Mask, as its name suggests, is a clay mask that makes your skin brighter. It contains lemon extract which helps improving skin color. The citric acid of lemon can prevent pigmentation and the formation of freckles. This Whitening and Moisturizing Pink Clay Mask contains unique ingredients which can turn dull skin into natural radiance skin. With purslane extracts, this mask can offer you a relaxing and moisturizing skin.

NOPS Pink Clay Brightening Mask
As the name suggests, it is really pink. And the clay isn't too hard to "manipulate" from pot to skin, although I have to stress that even when well-kept away from sunlight and the lid tightened sufficiently, this product can still dry up a little, making it hard to work with.

NOPS Pink Clay Brightening Mask
Here's how the clay mask looks like when applied to the skin in a thin but still generous layer. I mainly use it for my acne scars and blemishes.

VERDICT: The scent of this product is lightweight, although I couldn't pinpoint it to being any distinctive scent. But luckily, it isn't the lightweight weird or lightweight funny type of scent either, so phew~

The mask itself is mud-based, but pink in color and I find the texture and consistency really pleasant to use. With a face mask brush, I could easily use the bristles to somehow scoop out a decent amount for my entire face. And it is also easy to spread around on the skin without much effort too. Although I have to give a fair warning first, if you neglect to use this product for too long, even with the lid sufficiently tightened up, the product will still harden up a little. Not too hard to the point where you cannot scoop out nor spread it on your face, but just a little bit hard to actually be able to scoop any out with attempting to use your fingers to do the job.

As I mostly use this mask to help in lightening and brightening up acne scars and blemishes, I generally recommend using a mask meant for pore cleansing at least a day in advance to clean up your pores and get rid of gunk on your skin, suck as whiteheads and blackheads for example. And just before using this mask, use a facial exfoliating cleanser as well to get rid of dead skin cells sitting right on the surface of your skin. There's no point in whitening and brightening your whiteheads and blackheads and let the product brightening up dead skin cells, right?

I've also noticed that my acne scars and blemishes have gradually started to lighten up a little compared to before using this. It's not totally gone, but with continual usage, I am convinced that my acne scars and blemishes will totally go poof, but until then, I am satisfied with gradual brightening and whitening since it has lemon extract, which we all know, can help brighten up one's skintone.

So far, I have not encountered any side-effects or after-effects from using this product. And after washing this product off my skin after waiting for close to 20 minutes (that's how long I prefer my mask to sit on my skin), my skin felt softer, calmer and relaxed. It's like, my skin just went to heaven and back and feels like a pampered baby.


WHAT I THINK: I am definitely seeing my acne scars and blemishes lighten up a little, my skin looks slightly brighter than before as I use it only once a week or once every 2 weeks.

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: No more samples for redemption, although you can get this from any Venus Beauty outlets. Alternatively, you might want to check on ebay and other online stores that carry this product if you are interested.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Hada Labo ES Foam Wash Review

Posted by Riih at Sunday, March 08, 2015 0 comments Links to this post
WHAT IS IT: Hada Labo ES Foam Wash
Hada Labo ES Foam Wash

Hada Labo ES Foam Wash
Hada Labo ES Foam Wash: Hada Labo es Foaming Wash is a facial cleanser for sensitive skin that protects delicate skin, leaving it moisturized and firmed. Sleek and rich foam appears once you have slightly pressed the nozzle of the bottle, which mildly clears away excess oil and impurities on the face. Nano mineral hyaluronic acid, a tiny molecule that easily penetrates to the bottom of the stratum corneum, hydrates skin. Together with ingredients that soothes and conditions sensitive skin, it keeps skin always healthy.

Hada Labo ES Foam Wash
The cleansing foam itself is light and foamy, almost similar to using a small piece of cloud to cleanse your face, if I may say so myself :D

VERDICT: I'm just going to skip the scent/sniffing part as this product doesn't have an overly strong nor mild scent to it. Let's just say the general scent it has is of a foaming wash, so nothing in particular about it. The foam itself is light and foamy. However, unlike most foam cleaners I've encountered, this is really the dense type. Instead, it's more similar to how general liquid cleansers looks like after you tried to foam it up by repeatedly rubbing between your hands. However, I do noticed that it washes just like regular and brand-named foaming cleansers. And we all know foam cleansers are generally better than non-foaming type as bubbles are more likely to pick up dirt on the surface of your skin than to constantly massage and rub a non-foaming one on your skin repeatedly.

On a personal note, I prefer using this product after I wake up in the morning or at the end of the day after I removed my makeup with a makeup remover. In the morning, it gently cleanses my skin without making it feel dry. And at the end of the day after removing my makeup with a makeup remover and using this, my skin doesn't feel dry and irritated at all. On the contrary, I felt that it really does help with the cleansing due to the foam itself. If I were to compare my skin from using a foaming cleanser to my skin from a non-foaming one, I felt and saw that my skin is much more cleaner and clearer without the worrying of having breakouts due to under-cleansing.

And the good thing about foaming cleansers is that, you just gently massaged the foam on your skin for as long as you need to without having to worry about unnecessary friction on your skin due to the constant pulling and tugging encountered when using a non-foaming cleanser. Less pulling and tugging on the skin due to non-foaming cleansers is the equivalent to less wrinkles likely to form. And I thought wrinkles only showed up cos I over-laughed LMAO

Also, if you need to double-cleanse due to makeup issues, for example, after using makeup remover and cleansing your skin away. I definitely would recommend this product. As we are all aware, cleansing is one thing as cleansing is supposed to be an activity that cleans your skin from dirt, grime, sebum and other yucky things. But because makeup is involved, we need to double cleanse to ensure leftover makeup don't stay on our skin to irritate it even more. But even a normal double cleansing might be a little too much for our skin as over-cleansing can strip away the necessary oils on the surface of our skin, making it too dry. Which in turn, our skin would have to produce more sebum so our skin doesn't dry out too much.

And also, foaming cleansers might be better in a sense that they can reach deeper into our pores and clean out the pores on our skin without making it feel too squeaky clean and dry to the touch. Whereas for non-foaming cleansers, you have to rub and rub to get the foam out and sometimes, you squeezed out too much or too little, resulting in too thick and rich-like foam or watery to the point that there's no sign of any foam at all. Let's just say, my skin reacts better to foam cleansers than non-foaming cleaners on a general. With non-foaming cleansers, I sometimes feel like I've leftover cleansers stuck in my pores. Blame it on my occasional OCD urges that wells up with no apparent reason at all :/


WHAT I THINK: Generally, my skin don't feel overly squeaky clean and dry from foaming cleansers such this Hada Labo ES Foam Wash. In fact, my skin's condition is much better when I use foaming cleansers.

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Fully redeemed. And it's been a little crazy trying to use this before it expires in under 2 weeks after I received it from The Sample Store.

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