It has been quite a while since I last posted a monthly favourites on my blog (*coughs* 2017), so thought I was due in for one! I’m going to try to get back to a schedule and posting more regularly again soon. So here’s my favourites for April.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this Colourpop Palette in a few of my posts. All the shades are very pigmented and blendable. Firstly is ‘Hear Me Out’, a matte light peach that works as a great base shade. Next up is my fave shade of the bunch, ‘Ringer’, a metallic champagne gold that is a beautiful highlight shade perfect for the inner corners of the eyes or the brow bone area. A little bit of ‘Ringer’ goes along way to brighten up the eyes. Next is ‘Come and Get It’, a gorgeous duochrome pink rose shade with gold flip, pictures really don’t do it justice as it is so beautiful in person! I love to use this on the outer 3rd of my eyelids to add a pop of colour. Lastly, I like to use the shade ‘Boxer’, a metallic deep bronze to build up some depth by blending a little of this from the outer corners of the eyelid inwards.
The AprilSkin Magic Snow Cushion has been my go-to cushion for the past few months. I love that it has a medium buildable coverage but still looks super natural on the skin .The shade matches my skin perfectly and gives a nice flawless finish.
The Blithe Green Tea Splash Mask has been something I’ve been eyeing for quite a long time and finally decided to try it out. I’m so glad I did as it really has become an essential in my night time skincare routine and I am planning to buy a backup bottle ASAP. The splash mask has definitely helped to calm and soothe my skin. I’ll be doing a full review of this later this month.
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 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.
November is here, Christmas is just around the corner and it’s almost the end of 2017! I know it seems like I say this A LOT but really, wow this year has flown by! I didn’t post a monthly favourites for September so this October favourites will be a combination of both months.
These past couple months have been very eventful for me. One of the highlights of these past two months would have to be in September when I went to KCON Australia 2017! KCON was an exciting, fun and memorable two days as I got to see lots of great artists perform live including some of my favourites such as Wanna One, Monsta X, EXO and more. I was also lucky enough to get the opportunity to get hi-touch passes for two artists I most wanted to see – Wanna One and Monsta X. It definitely was an unforgettable and unique experience that I was very fortunate to have and will never forget!
Anyways, enough with the catchup for the past few months…Now time for my monthly favourites.
I actually received this Cosrx cushion from StyleKorean a few months ago to test and review. And, I’ve been enjoying using this ever since I started using it because it has amazing coverage. With the weather warming up here in Sydney and Summer just a few weeks away, this cushion has been the one I’ve been reaching for the most! A light application of this cushion evens out my skin tone well and has a matte finish. I posted a full review of this cushion in September, you can read more here.
I’ve been using this eye cream for a couple of months now and realised how much I love it. Innisfree is definitely one of my fave skincare brands since they make great affordable products, and the Orchid Eye Cream doesn’t disappoint. I also loved the Orchid Enriched Cream from the same line, which was in a previous monthly favourites. This tub comes with a generous 30mL of eye cream which may not sound like a lot, but believe me a little of this cream goes a long way so will definitely last a while! The cream has a nice floral scent that isn’t too strong and leaves the skin around my eyes feeling smooth, soft and moisturised.
This mask has been great for me on days when I want a full skincare routine without all the effort. This bubble mask is a pretty pink colour that bubbles up to a white foam once applied to the face. When the masks begins bubbling up there is a slightly ticklish sensation that is a little strange at first but not unpleasant. The awesome thing about this mask is that it only needs 2 minutes to take effect and for the bubbles to fully form. Once rinsed away my skin felt soft, smooth and refreshed. I then followed with the rest of my usual skincare routine. It’s such a perfect no-fuss, quick and easy mask that requires little effort which I love!
I decided to finally try out this much raved about Son & Park Beauty Water. It is a multipurpose toner that also doubles as a cleansing water. The Beauty Water helps to cleanse, exfoliate and also moisturise the skin gently without the use of any harmful ingredients. I love that it is so gentle yet cleanses and tones my skin well to leave it feeling moisturised and refreshed.
The b.liv masks are made of bio-cellulose which is derived from the natural fermentation of coconut jelly and has an ultra fine fibre that is 1000x thinner than human hair. The masks come in 3 variations for different skin types – Soothe Me Now, Hydrate Away and Age Eraser.
“Bio-cellulose is a specialized nano scale fibre structure that fits perfectly like your second skin. It serves as a high volume serum reservoir i.e. holds moisture while allowing air to transfer freely and skin can breathe better. Its 30 nanometers fibre increases extra contact surface area for crevices and wrinkles ; maximizing the absorption of effective essence.” – b.liv
The sheet masks come in a white glossy packet with a monochrome print and one accent pop of colour. I love the simple and sleek design of the packaging. The sheet masks themselves come with two protective layers, one attached to each side of the mask. The first side of the mask has a thin mesh and the other a fabric material to protect the bio-cellulose mask.
The bio-cellulose masks have a soft, smooth and almost firm jelly-like texture that feels so gentle and soothing on the skin. Since the mask is made from such a soft material it is a little fragile but as long as you are gentle and don’t pull at it too hard it shouldn’t tear. I love how high quality the masks themselves look and feel and how nice it feels on the skin. All 3 of the masks come with plenty of essence inside the packet so there was more than enough for your face, neck and even your arms too! The essences for all 3 masks are clear in colour and has a serum-like texture that feels very lightweight and absorbs well into the skin.
How to use
Before using this mask I like to prep my skin by cleansing and using a toner. When my skin is cleansed and prepped, I remove the protective layers from the mask, place it on my face and gently smooth it out so it adheres to my skin well. I found the process of placing the mask on was a little fiddly since the mask is very smooth so slipped around in my hands easily, but once placed onto the skin it stuck on well and didn’t slide at all. After 15-20 minutes I removed the mask and gently massaged any remaining essence from the mask and inside the packet onto my face and neck. I then follow with my usual skin care routine after.
“Allow the power of flower to bless your skin with a calming touch. Deeply infused with Organic Immortelle Flower Extract which has wonderful restorative properties, this soothing bio-cellulose mask effectively helps repair and rejuvenate skin.” – b.liv
Formula and scent
The soothe me now mask is meant to help soothe the skin, repair its barrier and also provide extensive rejuvenation. This mask would be perfect for those with irritated skin or redness. In terms of scent, it has an interesting somewhat floral like smell, though a little strong it is still pleasant and fades away fairly quickly. I can’t quite explain but it smells quite similar to a mask I had on when I went for a professional facial. I think the scent probably comes from one of the key ingredients for this mask – Organic Immortelle Flower.
Key Active Ingredients:
Organic Immortelle Flower
This Mediterranean plant has remarkable longevity – it never fades even when picked. It is known to be more soothing than German Chamomile, and more regenerating than Lavender.
Soothing Peptide (Acetyl Tetrapeptide-15) A tetrapeptide that helps increase skin’s sensitivity tolerance threshold and effectively reduces the sensation of discomfort.
Hyaluronic Acid Also known as HA in short, it lubricates joints and keeps skin layers full of moisture to stay in the right shape and place. It holds water, to be specific 1000 times of its weight, to keep collagen hydrated and promotes a youthful look.
When I initially placed the mask on my face it felt very cooling and soothing on the skin. After 20 minutes when it was time to remove the mask, it was still adhering well to my face well without any sliding. The mask left my skin feeling very refreshed, moist and soft. I was surprised that the mask itself was also still very moist and did not dry out at all. I found that the mask did leave up to its name “soothe me now” as it helped to calm the redness on my face, soothe my skin and bring back some moisture into my skin as well.
“Refresh yourself with an instant infusion of moisture and revitalizing nutrients. Made from Organic Spirulina, a deep sea blue-green algae, this moisturizing bio-cellulose mask is power-packed with minerals and amino acids to hydrate, repair and clarify skin. In addition, it helps protect skin from free radical damage.” – b.liv
Formula and scent
The hydrate away mask is meant to add moisturise back to the skin and boost the skin’s hydration level. So, this mask is especially useful for those with dry and dehydrated skin. The scent for this mask is more subtle than the soothe me now mask but has a somewhat similar smell that fades away fairly quickly.
I was kindly sent a box of lovely skincare goodies to try out by Ah…Skincare last month. I received three face skincare products perfect for my combination skin and one body care product as well. I have been using them for a while now so thought it was the perfect time to post up a review and to talk a bit about Ah…Skincare.
About Ah Skincare
Ah Skincare was founded in 2014 by Andrea Hutchins and is all about organic skincare packed full of goodies for your skin. All their formulas have at least 85% organic ingredients, are all handmade and free from all the nasties such as parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, any animal testing and more! The formulas for their skincare products are also PH balanced so will not disrupt the acid mantle, the skins natural defence barrier. Ah Skincare has a variety of products to suit all skin types, even for those with sensitive skin as they focus on creating natural products that are kind to the skin. So, now on to the reviews.
This Radiance Cleanser is meant to gently cleanse the skin whilst also nourishing and protecting it. It comes in a clear PET bottle with a turn to open/close pump that easily dispenses the perfect amount of product. In terms of scent, it has a fruity and soft scent that is subtle and not too strong which I enjoyed. The formula contains lots of natural and organic ingredients including extracts from fruits such as mango, strawberry, lemon, cranberry and more. The cleanser itself is white in colour and has a creamy texture. I pump out a small amount and gentle massage it onto my damp skin then rinse off with water. Though it has a creamy texture, I was expecting it to foam or bubble up but instead when massaged onto wet skin it is silky and slippery and cleanses the skin well in a gentle way. I liked how soft my skin felt after using this cleanser. It left my skin feeling moisturised and not dry or tight which is great as I hate cleansers that dry out and strip away all the skin’s natural oils in the process of cleansing.
This Skin Brightening Toner is a lightweight yet moisturising toner that is alcohol free and contains witch hazel. The toner comes in a clear PET bottle with a spray nozzle with a cap. The spray nozzle works well in dispensing a fine and even mist of toner. It has a unique scent that starts off slightly sweet and fruity, which I think comes from the grapefruit essential oil, followed by a distinct and slightly stronger smell that is probably from the witch hazel. Overall the scent is interesting and pleasant, and fades away almost immediately after applying it to the skin. The toner aims to help protect the skin and maintain the natural pH level of the skin. After cleansing, I spray a small amount of toner onto a cotton wool pad and lightly swipe over my face to gently remove any makeup or impurities. I sometimes like to spray some on my face during the day when my skin is in need of a quick refresher. I like how soothing this toner is (probably as it contains aloe vera leaf juice) and how refreshed my skin feels after.
This Tomato and Carrot Moisturiser is definitely my favourite of the bunch. It comes in a slim airless pump bottle that makes it easy to control and pump out the correct amount of product. The moisturiser is full of vitamins and minerals to help reduce shine, refine the pores and is also anti-aging. I like to pump out a small amount onto my hands and gently massage it on my face and neck. I love how soft, smooth and hydrated my skin feels after and how it does not leave any of the usual sticky, oily or tacky feeling that other creams with sunscreen sometimes have.
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.
No Make No Life (NMNL) is a Tokyo-based subscription box that delivers a monthly boxes of beauty related products. This company is behind the Tokyo Treat and Yume Twins subscription boxes. The team from No Make No Life aim to curate and deliver high-quality and unique Japanese beauty products to improve your daily beauty routine. Each month’s box of goodies are sent out in a simple black cardboard box with the brand initials “nmnl” printed on the top. I have now been subscribed to the No Make No Like boxes for a few months and enjoyed discovering what new things are inside.
So let’s take a look at what was inside the August box.
Hada Bijin Tofu Soap
This soap is packaged to look like a freshly made tofu in a little basket that also serves as a soap dish. A foaming net is included to help you create the perfect bubbly lather every time. This tofu soap, like the name suggests, includes ingredients that are used in the tofu-making process such as soybean extract and bittern that are meant to have moisturising properties. The Hada Bijin Tofu Soap also contains extracts of apricot seed, yuzu fruit and polyglutamic acid to retain the moisture in the skin. I don’t usually use soap and am more of a body wash person so wasn’t as interested with this addition in this month’s box but I do like the fun packaging and the ingredient lists does intrigue me.
Lassic Creamy Mint Body Massage Milk
The Lassic Creamy Mint Body Massage Milk has a nice refreshing minty scent that is cooling like menthol. This body milk also doubles as a massage milk. This formula has various skin tightening ingredients such as caffeine and extracts from orange, lemon and bilberry. In addition, it includes the skin nourishing hyaluronic acid. The body milk is lightweight, non-sticky and has a slight cool and tingling sensation when applied to the skin, so would be the perfect body moisturiser for Summer. I actually really like this body milk and was a little unsure when I first read that it was mint scented. I was worried it’d smell like toothpaste but I actually quite enjoy this refreshing scent and the nice cooling feeling it has on my skin. It’s still winter here in Sydney so I’m saving this for use in Summer.
I always love trying out new beauty products and brands, and was excited that I was lucky enough to be chosen by Jolse to review the Olivarrier Dual Moist Toning Lotion. I had seen posts on my Instagram of Olivarrier products before and heard lots of great things about them but had never tried them before. Their products have been on my ‘To-try’ list for a while now so I was very glad I got this opportunity to test out this toning lotion.
What is the Olivarrier Dual Moist Toning Lotion?
The Olivarrier Dual Moist Toning Lotion is a moisturising toner that will purify the skin whilst also providing deep moisturisation. This product also has a weak acid based pH level of 5.5 so won’t irritate the skin.
The toner comes in a simple grey and white plastic bottle with a screw on lid. I like the minimalistic and monochrome design. Even though the bottle is plastic it doesn’t feel or look cheap at all. The small opening of the bottle makes it easy to poor out the perfect amount, not too much or too little!
How to Use
I like to use this toning lotion in two different ways depending on my skin condition for that day. The main way I use it is as a toner by pouring some onto a cotton pad and swiping it over my skin as a part of my final cleansing step before skincare to lightly exfoliate and remove any excess dirt or sebum. Secondly, when my skin is feeling in need of some extra hydration I like to pour some into the palm of my hands and pat it into my skin like I would with an essence.
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.