Hi peeps, I’m really busy with work and university applications so I will be doing posts with quick takes on certain products I’ve tried recently- I’m making sure to choose products that can be tried out at their respective stores so you can try them out for yourself too- because urgh I don’t have my DSLR available and my phone camera is. the. pits.

 

So, today I’ll be giving you my quick take on The Body Shop’s Aloe Moist Lotion (for sensitive skin)!

It looks like this.

The bottle is opaque btw, it’s a very pretty mint green that strangely looks see-through in this picture I grabbed off The Body Shop’s website (teehee)

It is intended to be a moisturiser rather than a toner, and when I apply it on my face it feels really soothing and nice.

It claims to be fragrance-free, alcohol-free, and colour-free, and it certainly lives up to its claims.. Though to be honest sometimes I feel it smells a little like paint! 

This didn’t work out as nicely as Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera gel, because I’d apply it before I sleep and feel a little uncomfortable and my skin a tad bit sticky.

It also doesn’t soothe my skin as well as the aloe vera gel did.

 

As I don’t have sensitive skin, I can’t test if this product really lives up to its claims of soothing sensitive skin, and overall, I’d give it a miss. It’s even more expensive than the aloe vera gel too (=_=)  And it doesn’t help my acne at all.

Likes: Fragrance-free, doesn’t sting skin

Dislikes: Does not perform up to expectations and is more expensive than the aloe vera gel

Rating: 

3 stars (3/5) Not too bad, but not that good either. Just meh.

So, if you are living in Singapore/ Korea, you would have seen this product EVERYWHERE.

Yes, this one.

So, I gave in a few months ago and bought it on Qoo10 during a sale (they usually have it at 1+1, 12.90 SGD but I managed to get it a dollar cheaper (hey, it’s still money).

I was quite skeptical at first because everyone was RAVING about it and going on and on about how awesome it was. When I got it in a pretty sizable box (heavy, too) I was quite impressed by the value for money. Its diameter is almost as long as a smartphone.

I slathered a sizable amount on my face and waited. It absorbed pretty quickly, but I would recommend using an exfoliator first for better absorption.

Author’s note: Premier Dead Sea has made a really fantastic exfoliator, it’s on sale at City Link Mall (Singapore) for 39.90SGD because they released a new packaging and want to clear the old ones- original price 49.90SGD)

Alternatively, you can buy the Mask of Magnaminty from Lush (I think there is one at Suntec City) but be warned, not everyone might take to it (review later). For me, it leaves my skin feeling matt, cool and fresh, and does not cause me to overproduce facial oil afterwards. However, some people have complained about their face feeling too dry or having overactive oil production, so I’d advise you to buy the mini pot (10g) first. Please see the review for more info on it, as I don’t want to go on and on about another product here. But it has worked really well for me, so I’d recommend you check it out.

Anyway, it absorbed like a charm and my face felt deliciously moisturised afterwards. If you feel that your face feels sticky, you have probably applied more than your face can take in.

Either: i) reduce the dosage or
ii) Exfoliate before using this gel or
iii) Splash some water on your face (no need to try to wash it off entirely, usually I just let the tap run and cup some water to my face and gently pat my face dry afterwards.

It works really well for people with sensitive skin, and I was amazed to see it reduced the redness of my acne. I usually squeeze my pimples, particularly those on my nose, and so I’ll usually wake up with the redness still there. But when I apply this gel, I don’t get any redness or swelling, or spreading of acne! I was totally amazed! (don’t follow my example and squeeze your pimples, I don’t get acne scars for some reason but not everyone might be as lucky)

However, this product loses its effectiveness if you use it consecutively for several days for some reason. So I usually alternate this product with the Laniege Water Bank Sleeping Mask_EX I got recently (I have so much reviews to do omg) and the Laniege Water Bank Hydro gel (moisturiser)

There are tons of uses you can get out of this aloe vera gel.

I also use it to tame my unruly hair (I have naturally wavy/ curly hair and when I wake up in the morning they go out of control), use it after tweezing/ shaving to soothe my skin, and before I go out. I don’t use makeup save for lips and mascara, so I can’t tell if it is good under foundation.

Also, I find this mask a little strong on the alcohol smell, I’m not sure why they would put in alcohol as it is drying ._.

When I apply the mask, my face feels moisturised but my hands always feel dry afterwards due to the alcohol content. If you have sensitive skin, you should do a patch test before trying it out, just to make sure 🙂

Rating:

4and half

Hi guys!

Today, I’ll be reviewing the Angel Lip Tint in Juicy Red from Yadah. I thought I’d do this post first because it requires less effort and I have swatches from some time ago, though they’re not very well done because I didn’t have energy to edit them to become prettier or whatever. Just bear with me for now because I’m totally drained of energy nowadays. I think I even look stoned in some of the pics haha.

 

I bought this online at Qoo10 (link directs you to the page) when it was on sale at 5.90 SGD, plus free shipping. Shipping is now at 1 SGD but occasionally the price drops to 4.90 SGD, so grab it quick when it happens!! 

When I wanted to buy this, I decided to do my research first and search for reviews on this lip tint. It was super hard to find reviews of this particular colour because apparently EVERYONE is choosing the other colour- Angel Lip Tint in Red Wine. SO IRRITATING!

In the end I decided to choose Juicy Red because I had tons of lip products similar to the Red Wine colour (like reddish pink) and I wanted to try something more refreshing and unique. I mean, if the whole wide world is going to buy the same colour, how boring can it get?!

Now I’m already starting to eye PeriPera’s lip tints, particularly the orange one.  It looks so awesome! I bought Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain in Rendezvous, hoping to get coral lips but it was somewhat of a disappointment because the colour of my lips overpowered it and it ended up looking more red than anything else 🙁 I tried using lip concealer but as it was a lip tint it kinda mixed in with the concealer and I ended up with pasty orange on my lips that looked terrible.

ANYWAY.

I really like this lip tint because it can be used in two ways-

1) For the ‘Bitten’ effect

2) Over the entire lip, like a lipstick.

I really need to make a tutorial on how to achieve the bitten effect because I am seeing so many ugly pictures out there that totally ruins the effect.

Firstly, before you use this,

MAKE SURE YOUR LIPS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION.

I can’t describe how MANY people who review this with chapped and peeling lips and oh god it is a sight for sore eyes. If you look at some of the beauty blogger reviews you will know what I mean. I will not name names but some of them are truly awful.

If you have chapped and peeling lips, having the bitten effect will make it look like you’re bleeding from the mouth instead of having a sexy ‘bitten’ effect. Plus, the tint will make all the lines and cracks show up all the more, and you don’t want that, do you? 

I will show you the pictures before I make any further comments on the product.

I always like to let pictures speak for themselves 🙂

BARE LIPS

just realised I have a super ugly long chin in this photo omg

Note: I am not nude lol

APPLYING THE LIP TINT…

Oh noes I look like I have buck teeth here

‘BITTEN’ EFFECT

Stupid camera adjusted the whole pic to a yellowish tone to balance out the red of the lips

FULL COLOUR

 

I enlarged two of the pictures so you can see the difference. The difference doesn’t show up much in pictures because I’m using the webcam camera on my computer instead of my Canon 60D DSLR (Canon FTW! Nikon is not user-friendly at all and the colour isn’t as good). If I have time I’ll try to retake the pictures, but no promises! But omg my face is so blurry and pixellated…. okay okay I’ll retake them. You win!

On to the review.

I really like the lip tint and I use it almost everyday, because this is one lip product that has a brighter lip colour than my bare lips. It is similar to my actual lip colour but a little more intense, so it layers well. I see some pictures out there where the reviewers have a big colour diference between their bare lips and the lip tint, which doesn’t give such a nice effect.

In fact, I would highly suggest that you apply a mild tinted lip balm (like Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Glow or Pink Blast, see review here). Lip Ice Sheer Colour is too bright for the subtle effect anyway, and too pink, unless you are getting the Red Wine Liptint (which leans towards bright pink rather than red)

It is a pity that this lip tint doesn’t seem to last long on my lips (maybe because I’m always eating), for me it lasts up to 1-2 hours max on normal school days. If I wear it while going out it lasts a little over 2 hours, but that’s it. Re-application is a must if you want to have the bitten effect for a longer time period. 

On a random side note, I always tend to eat this lip tint by accident when I’m applying it and it has a sweet/ sour taste. Apparently some reviews say Benetint has a terrible bitter taste, so maybe you can factor this in if you tend to eat it like me haha. Anyway, Yadah is a MUCH cheaper alternative to Benetint.

And I get it on my teeth too! How does that even happen omg.

Okay actually I know why but it is so irritating.

Okay I should explain how the ‘bitten’ effect is achieved.

Apply the lip tint to the center part of your bottom lip first (nearer the back),

like so

…and purse your lips together several times. Like kissing or doing lip smackers! 

Repeat for the top lip, making sure you apply close to the inner part of the lip.

 

That’s all folks!

I’ll do a video tutorial next time if I can get Youtube to work on my browser.

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Loves: The awesome colour!

Hates: How quickly it fades. Grrrrrrrrr.

Price: 6.90SGD on Qoo10 , sometimes drops to 5.90 SGD during sales.

Okay, today I’ll be reviewing Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating (Moisturising) Lotion.

The name is super long right? And I got kinda confused ‘cos some people call it moisturising lotion while others call it hydrating, but oh well… two names are better than one!

….actually, never mind… I think that will just confuse people. 

See? Point proven.

Now on to my review!

Okay, I may be a little biased here but THIS PRODUCT IS AWESOME.

Anyway I’m the one reviewing it so I have every right to decide if it is good or not. HAH!

If you don’t think my judgement is credible you can try to find another beauty blogger who says this product is rubbish. 

But let me tell you that person would probably be one in a few thousand or an insignificant proportion of the human population who use facial products (and even more insignificant when compared to the entire human population)

Gosh why am I including my GP knowledge and Statistics knowledge in this post and boring you guys  teaching you guys useful things cool things that you will never need in the workforce but you can use it to impress people at dinner parties or whatever.

OKAY!

ON TO MY REVIEW! REALLY! (sorry to make you scroll down this far)

This is my holy grail product. It really keeps my pimples in check (until my itchy fingers get to them) and really calms breakouts.

Results may vary, of course. My friend had to use this for a week before her pimples started diminishing but I saw results in 2-3 days. Her skin is a lot better now, thankyouverymuch, and she still uses this faithfully!

As for me, I use it twice daily- once in the morning before I go to school and once at night as a toner.

Note: In Japan they call toners ‘lotions’ so this product is basically a toner. Use it as you would in your skincare routine!

What I really like about this product is that it is moisturising (the QQ feeling as advertised!!) and that it is non-sticky and leaves no residue.

You know Hada Labo’s other lotion- the Arbutin one (see post here) turned me off because it made my face feel so sticky and gross afterwards,  so I gave up using that lotion (I use it on my arms and legs now).

I use roughly twice this amount for my whole face and neck in one application ^^

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Loves: Moisturising, non-sticky, no residue, effective

Hates: None so far!

Rating: 9/10

Price: 22.90 SGD at SASA, Guardian or Watsons

Okay I’ll do another lip balm post!


This was the second lip balm I bought, after Maybelline’s Soothing Cherry lip balm! (see post)

I bought it in Laos when I was on an OCIP (overseas community involvement programme) for about 2.30 SGD (rough calculation) which is obviously only half the price here ^^ (about 4.30 SGD)

I originally intended to get it for my mum but she fell in love with the Burt’s Bees lip balm instead (post, here) so she gave it to me instead. I’m glad she did! 

 

 

 

Sorry the pictures are kinda unclear, it’s ‘cos the balm is so translucent the camera can’t really pick it up.

I was trying to focus on the tip and in the end I got so fed up with the lazy method of auto-focusing I just turned it on manual focus and adjusted and… viola! Slightly better. (I didn’t upload the blurred ones though)

The camera actually picked up colour better when I put my hand there, so pardon my ugly fingers. 

I usually use this balm during the terrible three-hour lecture hell day because it has the ‘oily’ feel that I really need and the scent is not too strong, so it won’t distract me much.

Why not use Burt’s Bees? You may ask.

Well, because Burt’s Bees gives heavy moisture but it has a matt/ dry feel, which I don’t want during cold lecture periods- I want the oily feeling!

Okay I’m kinda contradicting myself in my previous posts but whatever, I just want that oily feel even though Burt’s Bees gives me more moisture.


I think I’m developing a compulsive lip balm applying habit gosh :X

You should know from the brand name that this lip balm gives this ‘icy’ feeling after application. Burt’s Bees gives me that feeling too, and it’s actually because of the peppermint I think? Try putting toothpaste on your lips (toothpaste dries out your skin though) and that’s the feeling you will get.


I’m not sure about how natural their ingredients are but I think it shouldn’t matter much unless you are some organic health-conscious person.

If you are, Burt’s Bees would be a safer bet- but not many shops in Singapore sell them. Just be warned.


You can like Lip Ice’s page on Facebook for free samples!

Look at how cute the sample is!! 

 


I have the same thing for the Lip Ice Sheer Colour balm~

I think the sheer colour sample giveaway is over though 🙁 You can go to the Malaysia page to check, maybe they still have stock? That’s where I got mine ^^

I keep them in my little pouch and bring them around everywhere- so convenient and cute! They should totally sell the samples ._.


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Loves: Oily feel, great for cold places

Hates: None! Er…. coverage doesn’t last long actually

Rating: 8/10

Price: I think it goes around 4.30 SGD at Guardian, Watsons, SASA etc.