I was kindly selected to try and review the Leegeehaam 5 Alpha Control Emulsion during their recent product review event. Thanks again to Leegeehaam for sending me this product to try! This was my first time using a Leegeehaam skincare product so I was super excited to try them out.
The 5 Alpha Control Emulsion is named after the “5 Alpha Reductase” hormone that when imbalanced, is the cause of abnormal sebum production. The patented formula for this product is mineral oil free and is meant to help control skin oil and shine. It aims to not just remove excess sebum but also soothe the skin and calm skin troubles and concerns. This emulsion is perfect for oily to combination skin types to help maintain healthy skin.
The emulsion comes in a solid matte white plastic bottle with a pump dispenser with 100mL of product. I love the minimal colour scheme and packaging design. The bottle feels very solid and premium, and is heavier than it looks.
How to Use
This emulsion is used similarly to a serum. I like to apply it right after using toner. I apply 2-3 pumps all over my face and neck, then gently pat into the skin to absorb.
The emulsion is milky white in colour with a similar consistency to a serum. It is lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin. I’ve never been good at describing scents but it has a pleasant sweet smell that reminds me of premium skincare products. The scent fades away fairly quickly after absorbed into the skin. The emulsion contains a few key ingredients to help combat many oily skin concerns. The first key ingredient is Sepicontrol A5 which is meant for shine control and to help soothe and balance oily skin. Secondly, Witch Hazel to help tighten wide pores. Lastly, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract to help balance out the skin and control oil and shine.
I was lucky enough to be chosen to review Benton’s newest product – the Dear My Best Friend Bar. Thanks again to Benton for sending it over for me to try! I’ve now been using this soap bar for a good few weeks, so time for a review.
The Dear My Best Friend Bar (aka BF Bar) is a natural and cold pressed soap that is for the face and body. This soap is naturally derived and has a vegetable oil base. It is also made from a variety of botanical ingredients that makes for a moisturising and cleansing soap.
The BF Bar is suitable for blemished, dry and sensitive skin too as it includes lots of great ingredients beneficial for all skin types such as oatmeal, honey, centella asiatica and more!
The soap comes inside a vintage looking box with a mesh net included to help create a rich lather as well as serve as a pouch for hanging the soap in when not in use. On one side of the box there is a cute little message area to write a name on it if you wanted to give it as a gift. The soap itself is sealed in a plastic packet to keep it fresh and shares the same vintage look as the box it came with. The soap bar itself is smaller than the average soap bar at 100 grams. The bar is embossed with the name of the soap bar as well as the brand name.
How to Use
The BF bar can be used on both the face and body. To use, it is best to place the bar inside the included mesh pouch as it helps to create a richer lather. Basically it is used like any other soap – you splash on some water and lather then gently massage onto your face and body.
The BF Bar is a vegetable based soap that contains 8 vegetable oils including coconut oil, olive oil and more. It has a pleasant and refreshing natural herb scent that isn’t too strong or overpowering (sorry I’m bad with describing scents haha). It also contains many other great skincare ingredients such as:
Honey – for a moisturising cleanse that doesn’t dry out the skin
Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Powder – to help manage the skin’s sebum levels and dead skin
Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour – to remove sebum and clear dead skin cells as well as to keep skin supple, soft and moisturised
Calamine – to calm and soothe the skin
Chamaecyparis Obtusa Oil – to soothe and improve the skin and relieve stressed skin
I was kindly given the opportunity to be one of the first few to try Wishtrend’s latest product before their official launch (thank you Wishtrend!). I was sent the Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash which I have now been using for a few weeks now so thought it was a good time to write up a review!
The Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash is a low-irritation cleanser that is suitable for all skin-types, especially for those with acne-prone skin. It is also fine for those with sensitive skin to use since it is a gentle cleanser and exfoliator with moisturising properties. The wash, like its name says, comes in powder form unlike other face washes and cleansers. The powder wash helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and control blackheads whilst also providing hydration. The wash does all this without being harsh or abrasive on the skin. It also has antioxidant effects that help to clear up the skin and improve skin troubles.
The powder wash comes in an opaque pastel green plastic bottle. The bottle has a flip cap with a small opening that allows the powder to be poured out easily. I found it best to gently tap or lightly jiggle the bottle to prevent pouring out too much product since the powder is quite fine and lightweight.
How to Use
Firstly, I pour out a small amount of the powder wash into the palm of my hand. I then add a small amount of water to my hands and work up into a lather before gentle massaging onto my face. I then rinse off well with lukewarm water and follow with the rest of my skincare routine.
In terms of the frequency of usage, it varies depending on your skin type so adjust accordingly. It is recommended for those with sensitive or thin skin to use the wash 2-3 times weekly.
Do not use with other exfoliating products such as those containing retinol, high concentration vitamin C, AHA/BHA, etc…
Use lukewarm water (35-45°C) when washing to activate the enzymes
Ensure to store the wash in a dry area and to keep the lid tightly closed when not in use.
The Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash has four key ingredients – green tea, papain, sodium bicarbonate and amino acid surfactants.
Green tea has powerful antioxidant properties, is rich in vitamins, and helps to purify the skin.
Papain helps to eliminate skin waste and exfoliate the skin to improve its texture without irritation.
Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is a gentle ingredient that helps to remove blackheads, improve skin texture and provide deep pore cleaning
Lastly, amino acid surfactants, derived from coconut, has moisture retention properties. It is also low irritation and provides a moisturising effect without excessive foam.
The powder wash has a slightly acidic pH of 5.5 which matches the skin’s acid mantle pH level. The powder itself is a light pastel green colour and has a faint matcha green tea latte scent. When water is added and the wash is well lathered, the green tea latte scent becomes much more prominent and is very refreshing and soothing. I love matcha green tea so I really enjoyed the scent as it wasn’t too strong or overpowering. The wash itself creates a light lather that isn’t very bubbly like other face washes or cleansers I’ve tried but lathers well enough to easily wash your face. I find that after 15-20 seconds the bubbles start to disappear and the wash starts to dry up on my face.
Last month StyleKorean had a ‘Try and review’ giveaway to test out the new Cosrx Clear Fit Blemish Cushion, and I was lucky enough to get chosen. I was happy to have gotten this opportunity to test out this new product as I have a tried and loved many Cosrx products. So here is my thoughts on this new cushion.
What is the Cosrx Clear Fit Blemish Cushion?
The Cosrx Clear Fit Blemish Cushion is a cushion type foundation that is meant to conceal skin concerns effectively. It contains Centella Asiatica Extract that relaxes and soothes the skin so is safe for those with sensitive skin or those with skin concerns. The formula also has SPF47 UVB/UVA sunscreen so it protects your skin from harmful sunrays. The cushion contains 15 grams of product and comes in 2 shades – #21 Light Beige and #23 Natural Beige.
The cushion case is matte black and square-shaped with the product name printed in a clear gloss. I really liked the simple and minimal design of the case. The cushion puff matches this monotone colour scheme and is grey coloured with the brand name ‘Cosrx’ printed across the band. One thing I found weird is that the sponge for my cushion was popping up in the centre to make a little mountain which meant whenever I opened it there was always some product transferred to the lid.
Formula & coverage
I got the Clear Fit Blemish Cushion in the darker shade #23 Natural Beige since Summer is coming up here in Australia and I sometimes get a little tanner. When I initially swatched this shade on my hand I was a little worried as it has a yellow/orange tinge and looked quite unnatural. Strangely enough, the swatch didn’t look great on my hand but once applied to my face it suited my skin tone well. Once I blended the product in to my skin it looked natural and evened out my skin. The Clear Fit cushion has a matte finish which is perfect for those with oily or combination skin and for use during Summer time.
In terms of coverage, it has a medium to high coverage that is very buildable without looking too cakey, as long as you apply in thin layers. I found that after applying one thin layer it had evened out my skin tone and covered up most of my blemishes and redness. I also tested with applying a thicker layer and it looked quite cakey and unnatural. A little product really goes a long way with this cushion so make sure to apply it with a light hand and layer as required. When using this cushion I usually just like to apply one thin layer all over my face then just lightly touch up some areas that needed extra coverage rather than applying a full second layer. I think the coverage of this cushion is high enough that even without the use of concealer my skin looked almost flawless since it concealed my dark circles and blemishes well.
The texture felt quite creamy and thick but once blended well into the skin it doesn’t feel too heavy. This cushion isn’t particularly moisturising so can make dry patches on the skin more obvious so is better suited to those with oily or combination skin and not for those with drier skin. Without using powder to set the product, after around 4 hours there was some slight shiny patches on my T-zone but nothing to drastically oily and a light powdering can’t fix. When setting with a powder just on the T-Zone there was barely any oily shine after 5 hours. I wouldn’t recommend setting powder all over the face but just the T-Zone area since the cushion already has a matte finish. My cheeks tend to be a little drier than the rest of my face so I found that when I powdered my whole face it looked a little cakey and dry.
September is finally here, which means it’s a new season! It’s officially Spring here in Sydney and I’m definitely excited for the warmer weather! So, as it’s a new month, it mean it’s also time for a new monthly favourites. Here were my favourites for the month of August.
To be honest, I only bought this Lip Ink because I was suckered into the cute packaging. But, even though I only bought this because of the packaging I ended up really liking it. The Lip Ink lasts a long time as it stains the lips so even after eating or drinking the colour still remains. This was a Limited Edition for 2017 – year of the rooster – which happened to be my Chinese horoscope so I couldn’t resist not buying one. I love that it comes with the cute little rooster cap attachment as it just makes the lip ink so much more fun and adorable.
The colour is a pretty, bright and vibrant pink-ish red but applied on my lips looks like a magenta shade. I usually prefer nude lip shades and don’t go for bright colours but I was surprised how much I liked this colour. It is a very fun and eye-catching shade, and makes for a good statement lip that isn’t too over the top and is still very wearable. I like that it wasn’t drying on the lips, as I find with many long-lasting lip products the formula can be very drying and make your lips look patchy. Also, a bonus is that it has a really yummy sweet smell, just like candy!
When I saw Colourpop releasing a range of pretty crystal themed products, I was definitely very interested. I bought this Lip Balm in two shades – Amethyst and Rose Quartz as the swatches looked very pretty and the most wearable. I preferred the Amethyst one as my favourite colour is purple and it has a beautiful pinkish purple shimmer. I liked pairing the Amethyst Lip Balm with the Peri Pera Lip Ink I mentioned above as they matched together really nicely and gave a pretty opalescent finish. I like how this Crystal Lip Balm can give a new look to any lipstick or tint you have by just simply applying it over the top. The lip balm gives a pretty opalescent shimmer that is not too over the top and very wearable, even in the day time. The Amethyst balm also has a yummy sweet and fruity smell.
I finally tried out using this Centella Blemish Cream in August and was wondering why I didn’t start using this earlier! I love how much it helped to calm angry pimples and heal them without scarring. I really like the formula for this cream as it is very gentle and doesn’t dry out my skin like a lot of pimple and acne treatment creams available. I’ll be sure to post up a full review of this sometime.
Benton has released their second physical & chemical sun cream specifically for use during outdoor activities and I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the first testers for this new product! Thanks so much again to Benton for this opportunity and providing me the Benton Papaya-S Sun Cream for review. I had already tried out a few of their other products in the past and enjoyed using them so was very excited to have this opportunity to try out their latest addition.
The Benton Papaya-S Sun Cream is both a physical and chemical sun cream that is meant for outdoor activities like sports. This sun cream includes ingredients to protect the skin against both UVA and UVB rays. Like the name for this sun cream, the key ingredients come from the papaya fruit.
The packaging for this sun cream is similar to the other Benton product designs with a clean simple look and like the other sun cream available, all monochrome with a pop of colour – in this case orange. The sun cream comes in a white plastic squeeze tube with a metallic silver lid. The squeeze tip of the bottle is easy to dispense the correct amount of product without being messy.
This sun cream is an opaque white cream with a high SPF50+ (PA++++). The sunscreen is quite liquid but feels quite thick and sticky in texture when applying. I found that the stickiness made it a little difficult to apply smoothly. Although, after fully applying it onto the skin it didn’t feel too thick or heavy. The initial sticky feel after applying the sun screen disappears after a minute or so. After seeing the colour and texture of the cream I was sure that it would leave a white cast but luckily it didn’t. I found the best way to avoid getting a white cast is to make sure not to apply too much product at once and to really massage it well into the skin. The cream looked natural and didn’t look or feel greasy. I like that this sun cream gives a natural looking glow (as seen in the 3rd swatch in the image below). I also felt like the sun cream helps to brighten up the skin without creating that typical tell-tale ghostly white look after applying some sunscreens.