Monday, February 22, 2010

Product Review: The Face Shop Su Hyang Snow Replenishing Mask Sheet



At a Glance:
Price: RM9.90 (approx. US$3)
Website: http://www.thefaceshopen.com/
Weight: 22ml / 0.74 Fl. Oz.
Made in: Korea
Likes: Really softens skin, moisturizes and brightens well!
Gripes: Expensive, the fragrance is REALLY strong!! :P
Repurchase: No
Jenn's Rating: ! 4 Stars! Good product - but won't be repurchasing because of the overpowering scent!! :S

Ingredients:

Got gold somemore, don't play-play k!! XD

Product Description

Oriental therapy sheet mask helps moisturize and optimize resilience of dry, dull skin.

The Double Water Capture System of Hyaluronic Acid and Betaine from sugar beet floods the skin with moisture while forming a protective barrier for ultra hydration. Song-i mushroom and Ginseng extracts, nano Gold and White Birch sap in the formulation immediately replenishes the skin with nutrients for a complexion that looks radiantly revitalized.

Illuminate your skin for a radiant, flawless complexion with traditional Korean herbal therapy all seasons throughout the year.


Directions:



Actual Product Pic:


Texture & Scent:
This mask is dripping wet, so be careful not to spill any essence when you take it out of the pack! This doesn't leave a sticky feel after using! :) The scent of this one is SUPER STRONG!! And the scent lingers on your skin... :P

Packaging:


This mask is individually packed into their respective foil packs and is sold by the piece.

Like the White Tree one, this mask comes in two pieces:



This is how it looks like on my face:



Time Test:
15-20 minutes is all you need! :)

Price & Availability:
This mask is priced at RM9.90 each and is available at all The Face Shop outlets. For girls in the US, you can get this at Walgreens at US$2.99 each (or get two at US$5!).

Usage:
Since this brightens really well, its perfect to use before an event to make your skin glow! ;)


My $0.02:

I'm back from my CNY "break"!! I sure had the most wonderful time pigging out and meeting up with relatives and friends!! :D :D

Ok back to the review! lol!! I'm always game for brightening masks, so when i saw this mask going for almost 50% off, i HAD to get it! lol!! :D

The moment i put this on, my nose was greeted by an overpowering scent of flowers and powder!! lol!! Seriously, it's been an hour since i took it off my face, and i STILL can smell it on my skin!! UGH!!

That aside, i have to say that this is a pretty good sheet mask!! The thing i love most about it is that it made my skin felt SUPER SOFT after using!! I can't stop touching my face!! haha!! :D Also, it brightens up my skin and moisturizes well too!! :D

Here's how i look after using this:




So in a nutshell, this is a good product, but i wish they didn't put SO MUCH fragrance in there! I won't repurchase because of this!


Photo credit: Product photo from Thefaceshopen.com.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection Swatches + Reviews

Before i begin, i would just like to THANK ALL OF YOU from the bottom of my heart for your understanding and concern!! The mil has been discharged from the hospital (and up and about at home already nagging at everyone - it's a good sign, really! lol!! Don't tell her that i said that though! XD), and given a clean bill of health, so it's really great!! Just in time for CNY too!! :D I'm sure your well wishes and prayers must have helped!! *hugs*

Onto the main topic! I manage to go swatch this collection which has finally arrived on our shores after one grand month! *yawns* And i'm MAJORLY PISSED that they did not bring in the Beauty Powder Blushes, which are the two items that i've been dying to check out!! MAJOR SIN!!! ARGH!!!



I've had high hopes for the new brow pencils and the brow marker, but sadly, the are a disappointment. Will elaborate more later! And i did not swatch the items available in the permenant line (brow sets, eye brows and blot powders) due to time constraint so i apologize for that!

Ok enough rambling for now. Lets go onto the swatches! :D

Lipsticks (US$14 / RM63):



Equality (Lustre) - Creamy pale yellow beige. This reminds me of a sheerer, more wearable version of the Fleshpot lippie... still thinking if i should go back for this one...
Myself (Lustre) - Light dirty mauve with travelling pearl. This goes on sheer and its not terribly unique, but i have a strange feeling that this will be the first color to sell out! :P
5N (Lustre) - Plummy sheer brown. This lippie would look lovely on darker skin tones. This is a repromote from the N-Collection.

Sadly, we did not get Empowered so i don't have the swatch for this color! Sorry! :(


Lipglasses (US$14 / RM63):



Naked Frost - Sheer taupe with silver pearl. I wanted to get this color initially, but was reminded of why i didn't get it the first time around when it came out with the Chill collection - it's a little too frosty!
Glamour For All - Sheer pale baby pink with pearl. Not another terribly unique color, but it's really pretty!! :D
Spirit & Soul - Frosted dark cool brown. This one is quite pigmented, and methinks that it would look great both by its own or layered over a similar lippie!
Liqueur - Frosted mid tone pink brown. What a hot color!!


Eyeshadows (US$14.50 / RM58):



All Races (Matte) - Cool light mauve taupe. This is quite a unique color, but is really sheer!
Banshee (Lustre) - Dirty taupe with frost and sparkle diamond cluster. This has gotta be one of the nicer Lustres MAC has released so far! It doesn't go on terribly chunky or glittery... its quite smooth in fact! :D
Cross Cultural (Matte) - Dark dirty yellow brown. Not a very unique color, but the texture is nice!! :D
Showstopper (Matte) - Deep blackened brown. Like Cross Cultural, it's not very unique, but the matte texture is a dream to apply! :D


Impeccable Brow Pencils (US$15 / RM62) & Penultimate Brow Marker (US$16.50 / RM65):



Blonde - Pale yellow brown.
Dirty Blonde - Cool light brown.
Taupe - Mid tone dirty taupe
Black - Blackened dark neutral brown.
Universal - Universal (lol!)

As you can see from the swatches above, these pencils go on patchy!! :( And as "universal" as they want to market the Universal Penultimate Brow Marker, methinks that its abit too light for asian skintones! :(


Pigments (US$19.50 / RM82):



Universal Mix - Sparkly white gold. This doesn't go on very opaque, so its best to layer it over another eyeshadow! :)
Rich Life - Dark cool brown with silver. This goes on beautifully, and methinks that the silver sparkles give it a nice twist to the otherwise boring brown!! :D

ps: i know alot of people have been complaining about the new packaging for pigments containing less product at the same price so i won't mention it anymore, but i'll just have to say that i HATED the new packaging!! It looks / feels cheap IMHO! :P


That's all for now!! Didcha get anything from this collection? :D


It's Chinese new year's eve, and i'm ready to stuff my face silly with all that good food already!! I've been meaning to do CNY FOTD, but i've been sick (gross runny nose ewwww) so that'll have to wait!! How time flies... this is my second year giving out red packets already!! :P And no, i'm not having babies anytime soon, so please don't ask unless you want me to whack you with an empty Kuih Kapit milo tin! lol!! :D

To all my dear Chinese readers, i wish you a wonderful and prosperous Chinese New Year!! Travel safe and have fun k!! To those of you who're not celebrating, do have a great weekend too yeah! :D

Monday, February 8, 2010

Emergency Leave...

Hi everyone! I'm so sorry, but there won't be posts for these few days (hopefully shorter). My mother in law is admitted into the hospital for Dengue Fever, so i'll be shuffling between home, work and the hospital these few days!

Hope she gets well soon!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

FOTD: Take Me Away! :D

This very natural FOTD is inspired by my recent trip!! This is how i look in my travel pictures:



Very very natural right?? Hahaha!! :P

Here's what i used:


The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain, Maybelline Line n' Design Brow Pencil in Dark Brown, MAC Powerpoint in Stubborn Brown and Pond's Magic Powder


Well, i don't really like to lug around lots of makeup during my travels (more like paranoid that they'll go missing / get smashed / etcetcallthebadthingsthatcanhappen), so i always bring things that are "replacable" as well as long lasting!! :D The four items above are my travel essentials... can't live without them especially the Pond's Magic Powder which keeps my face matte the whole day! :D

When i'm in the mood for color, i sometimes bring along a few of the wonderful Silkygirl Funky Eyelights Pencil. I also make sure that i have lip balm with me all the time! :D


Do you have any travel makeup tips to share? :D


Oh before i end, here's two of my favouritest pictures from my recent Langkawi trip:





I had a wonderful break there! Wish i didn't have to come back!!! :(


Alright, it's only one week away from Chinese New Year! Have you done your Spring Cleaning / got your CNY goodies yet? :D I know i'm feasting on the amazing Kuih Kapit (Love Letters) and mandarin oranges already!! :P :P

Enjoy your weekend everyone! :D

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Product Review: Nivea Intensive Body Milk



At a Glance:
Price: RM6.70 (approx. US$1.80)
Website: Nivea.com.my
Weight: 75ml
Made in: Thailand
Likes: Absorbs quickly with no sticky feel, cheap, easily available
Gripes: Contains denatured alcohol, could be more moisturizing
Repurchase: No
Jenn's Rating: 3 Stars!! Not too bad, but won't repurchase because of the alcohol in it!

Ingredients:


Product Description:

For skin that looks and feels great all day long. Skin compatibility dermatologically proven.


Actual Product Pic:



Texture & Scent:


This lotion is quite runny, so it spreads unto your skin quite well! This gives a cooling sensation once applied (hint: alcohol), and the lotion sinks in really quickly which is nice. This smells like the other lotions from this range... powdery and soft - it's quite comforting actually! haha!! :D

Packaging:


I bought the smallest bottle which is the 75ml one with a flip top cap! There's another bigger one which contains 400ml and it comes with a pump.

The dispensing hole:



Time Test:
This lotion sinks in quickly, but i find that i have to reapply after a few hours!

Price & Availability:
This lotion is priced at RM6.70 which i think is pretty affordable! The 400ml pump version is priced at RM23.60. This lotion should be available at most Guardian / Watsons outlets and your local supermarket! :)

Usage:
Since this absorbs quickly, it's perfect to use in the mornings when you're in a hurry! :D


My $0.02:

I was in the mood to try something new when i came across this product in Watsons!! The "Intensive" word probably sold me instantly (until i forgot to check the ingredient list!!) because my legs were all dry and itchy at that time (Rosken running low... lol!! :P).

The moment i put this lotion on, i realised i made a mistake in buying this product! This gives a cooling sensation on the skin which usually means it contains alcohol! Probably because of that, this lotion sinks in really quickly, making this ideal to use when you're in a hurry and but need some body lotion before putting on your clothes! lol!! :D

Despite it being labeled "Intensive" and for dry to very dry skin, i find that this didn't help my scaly dry legs much. Sure, it did curb the itchiness, but my legs were still dry and scaly after i finished the bottle! On other parts of my body (like my arms) which are not dry, this performs nicely to soften skin and keep it moisturized!

So to summarize, while i love how affordable this lotion is, i won't be repurchasing because 1. it contains alcohol (which is a no-no for my skin) and 2. i wished it was more moisturizing! I much prefer the Extra Whitening one!


Credits: Product photo from Nivea.com

Monday, February 1, 2010

Product Review: The Face Shop Imperial Herbs - Spirit Mask Sheet Apricot Kernel and Licorice (A Mask Sheet to Comfort Skin)



At a Glance:
Price: RM9.90 (approx. US$2.68)
Website: http://www.thefaceshopen.com/
Weight: 20ml / 0.67 Fl. Oz.
Made in: Korea
Likes: Skin feels comfortable after using, brightens skin!
Gripes: Expensive, stung my face a little! :(
Repurchase: Maybe!
Jenn's Rating: ! 4 Stars! Me likey! :D

Ingredients:


Product Description

This mild, essence-type, all natural cotton mask sheet is concentrated with Licorice and Apricot Kernel extracts to soothe the soul and comfort skin.

What is herbal therapy? Used to help regulate a person's energy, blood circulation, ying, yang, and spirit, our solution is drawn from on an ancient imperial prescription of five medicinal herbs that include twinleaf and asparagus root extracts, to revitalize and hydrate skin.

Benefits of
Apricot Kernel:



  • Strengthens the lungs

  • Helps illuminate skin
Benefits of Licorice:



  • Harmonizes herbal formulation

  • Balances and clarifies skin


Directions:




Actual Product Pic:



Texture & Scent:
This mask is quite wet, so you're really getting your money's worth for this! lol!! For some reason this stung my face a little after the 10 minute mark. This does leave a sticky feel after, but it disappears quickly This have a really mild perfumy scent!

Packaging:


This mask is individually packed into their respective foil packs and is sold by the piece.

This fits my face quite well, except for the mouth part, which is a little big:



Time Test:
15-20 minutes is all you need! :)

Price & Availability:
This mask is priced at RM9.90 each and is available at all The Face Shop outlets. For girls in the US, you can get this at Walgreens at 2 for US$5.

Usage:
Since this is quite moisturizing, it's great to use weekly to boost moisture for your skin! :D


My $0.02:

This is the last mask left to review in this range!! Wheee!! :D

Like the other masks in this range, this did not fail to deliver! Although its stated that this comforts skin, i find that this brightens my face a little too (which is really nice!!)! :D

Here's how i look after using this:



All in all i think this is quite a good mask (although it did stung my face a little), but i'll only repurchase if its on sale as it's kinda expensive!! hehehe!! :D


Read my reviews on the other masks in this range:
The Face Shop Imperial Herbs - Flow Mask Sheet Prepared Rehmannia Root & Angelicae Gigantis Radix (A Mask Sheet to Revitalize Skin)
The Face Shop Imperial Herbs - Qi (Energy) Mask Sheet Red Ginseng & Cnidium Officinale (A Mask Sheet to Improve Elasticity)
The Face Shop Imperial Herbs - Yang Mask Sheet Tawny Mulberry Mushroom & Sika Deer Antlers (A Mask Sheet for Healthier Skin)
The Face Shop Imperial Herbs - Ying Mask Sheet Dioscoreae Rhizoma & Japanese Cornel (A Mask Sheet to Hydrate Skin)


Photo credit: Product photo from Thefaceshopen.com.
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