Dr Botanicals Japanese Orange Revive & Firm Facial Serum Review

Hi guys! It’s been awhile since my last review- I’ve been busy with my move back to Manchester and sorting a couple of muck-ups with housing. It’s a long story, but basically I wasn’t sure for a week or two how the place I planned to move into was actually legal or allowed. Why do irresponsible people exist.

So… yeah. Big mess.

It’s all sorted now and by December renewing the housing agreement should be a lot smoother. Fingers crossed! Life update over, let’s head right into this review.

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I signed up for the Dr Botanicals review program and received an invitation to review the Japanese Orange Revive & Firm Facial Serum. I just had to pay delivery, which you can redeem the value of in a voucher for your next order.

To be honest- I was a little skeptical of its claims. A lot of companies are promoting vegan/ cruelty-free skincare ranges now because consumers are now more conscious of the products they buy.

Don’t get me wrong- I think it’s a great example of consumers actively influencing company decisions for the better and i think it’s an excellent step forward for the beauty industry.

However, in many brands it’s simply used as a sort of marketing tactic given not all of their products adhere to this. But rest assured- all of Dr Botanicals’ products are strictly vegan.

And you know how people talk about their “holy grail product”?

This is it for me.

I’m not sure if this was the main purpose of the serum, but it cleared my skin up almost overnight. I was amazed. I’ve never had anything clear my skin up so quickly.

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I was already really impressed with the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin cream, which saved my skin from drying out on TWO long-ass flights (total travel time over 24 hours, you heard me- this is the long-distance life).

My skin was clearing up with the cream after a really bad case of hormonal acne, but with this serum, it worked beautifully underneath the cream and I actually had glowy skin.

The serum smells lovely and citrusy and is a tad bit sticky, which I don’t really notice since I go to bed immediately after that. I drip a few drops on my face directly (handy dropper tool keeps it hygienic!) and gently pat it in with my fingers.

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You may not like it if you dislike strong scents. It seems a little strong for me upon first application, but fades after awhile. I have sensitive skin which flares up with some strong scented products but this doesn’t affect it at all which is great 🙂

I don’t even know how to describe how happy I am with this- I just paid for delivery on this one, but definitely going to repurchase when it runs out. Not sure if I’ll get the whole line, but I’ll look into it and possibly indulge myself for Christmas.

I’ve already caved and got myself the Ultra-Repair Overnight Regenerating Treatment (a night cream) during their sale, after reading lots of rave reviews about it. I’ve been conscious about my eye bags recently and I’m worried I’ll develop fine lines early, so I’ll see if this works for me like the serum did! I’ll probably review it another time.

You can try signing up for the review program too- I got my friend to try it out, but I’m not sure how they do selections- she never got an invite, but you can try your luck! I don’t think you need a good social media following or a blog 🙂

Here’s the link to the review program.

Shiseido Pureness Blemish Targeting Gel

Hey guys!

I’ll be reviewing Shiseido’s Pureness Blemish Targeting Gel today!

I’m actually reaaaaally busy but not updating much is giving me guilt trips, so… *cough* I’ve decided to do an easy post as a filler.

My aunt got this for me last Dec and I’ve been putting this off for the longest of times. Well, obviously I  didn’t buy this myself cos no money :X She originally bought it for her daughter-in-law’s sister (we have a crazily huge extended family in Brunei) but gave it to me ‘cos she bought extra and she saw I had this bad case of acne on the left side of my forehead.

She got it cheap in Miri (some place in Malaysia that you can drive to from Brunei) for RM 80. That’s like… 32 bucks? Hmmm I wouldn’t spend so much on a blemish gel 😛

So I have to rely on the good wishes of *cough* my family to sponsor me! (what, you think I earn money meh? *indignant*)

She says it is usually 40-50 SGD in Brunei but when I went to google it it ranges from 28-36 SGD in Singapore/ on Amazon plus super expensive shipping fees. But that’s still quite a bit of money. I’ll tell you, she is super sweet to everyone!

Whenever I visit Brunei she’ll take me shopping and insist on paying for everything. We fight to pay first at the cash register but I usually lose, because she is the lady boss of the main newspaper agency and almost everyone knows her ._. Everyone seems to know everyone else there ‘cos the population is only 300,000…. Which is like 20 times smaller than Singapore! Is my math right??

Okay fine this doesn’t really explain much but usually the cashiers accept the money from the elder.

There was one time she tricked me into trying another piece of clothing and promptly paid for all the items I wanted! Super jian4 !

Recently I’ve taken to shopping alone hahaha but it’s quite hard to do so cos I can’t get to the malls unless someone drives me…

I think she spent at least 400 bucks on me last Dec hols.

50 bucks on Hada Labo stuff

70 bucks at The Face Shop/ Holika Holika

100 bucks or so on clothes (clothes are super cheap there!!)

almost 200 bucks for a pair of Lee jeans my uncle got for her in Taiwan but she couldn’t fit into them, so she gave them to me. I wear them EVERYWHERE now. They are gorgeous… the gradient of shades, the fit, how the material hugs your legs… what can I say?? LOVELOVELOVE.

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Oh gosh I clean forgot about reviewing the product!

I guess I’ll have to do it tomorrow cos I’m too busy.

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Joking!

Okay, I use this rather sparingly (15ml only) and usually only for huge patches of acne. It isn’t very effective for huge pimples or stopping developing ones, but it is quite good with huge red patches of tiny little irritable bumps. It cleared up mine in a little under two days!

Do note that it is quite drying, and I’m sure that if you run a Google search you’ll find some comments about it.

This is not a fantastic product that would make me squeal my head off I guess, cos’ it is not exactly in a cute packaging or has drastic miraculous results. If you run a Google search again, you’ll notice that there are mixed reviews.

Well… a plus point is that it is quite convenient to use (a squeeze bottle thing)

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And you can see that it is a clear gel…

I circled it in case you can’t see it :3

Another thing I like is that it absorbs quickly without leaving an oily film or feeling (it’s drying, I guess) and it has a rather refreshing feeling, though I’m afraid that’s because of the high alcohol content.

People with sensitive skin should not use this product as it stings. At first I was super happy that it stung because it should mean that it is doing its job and whatnot, but then I realised it had a super high alcohol content, like a hand sanitiser, and drying too, and smells the same, so maybe I can get the same effect with the plain ol’ Dettol hand sanitiser?? 

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Loves: Cooling feeling, convenient bottle

Hates: Not a very astounding product as a whole.

Rating: 6.5/10

Conclusion: Find something better (and probably less pricey). 

My Beauty Diary (MBD) Black Pearl Face Mask

I’ll be reviewing My Beauty Diary’s Black Pearl Face Mask today 🙂

Why this first?

Uhhhh cos’ I’m too lazy to whip out my camera to take more new pictures and I’ve taken the pictures for this mask sometime ago.

I don’t have a picture of myself wearing the mask larh cos I don’t want to scare you guys.

 

Pictures of the packaging~

I got this on Qoo10 and it looks pretty genuine I must say. No misprinting of ingredients like some of the reviews I’ve seen on the Net and the serial number is clearly embossed on.

I didn’t take a pic of the serial number on this packet because it’s black and the camera won’t be able to pick it up very well, but you can see it on the Pearl Whitening Mask picture I took. (below)

 The last I checked, none of the fakes have an embossed stamp. Theirs is printed on, and not all the way at the bottom.

 On to the review.

Make sure you store this mask in a cool area because I’ve heard many complaints about the mask turning ‘smelly’ when left in a hot place. So far, I’ve not had this problem. I think it helps to put the mask in the fridge before application.

I love the feeling when it goes on cold on my face!

I’ve not tried warming the mask because I’m afraid it’ll smell.

It has a plastic backing to make for easier transferring of the mask onto your face~ 

 One of the gripes about this mask (and the only thing that ever makes me question its authenticity) is that the mask sheets tend to come in different shapes and sizes. The mask sheet in the picture is my fourth mask, and you can see it’s kinda wide and short.

My first mask, however, was long and didn’t cover the sides very well. I wish they’d come up with a standard shape because I constantly have to tug at it to adjust the mask to my face shape.

There is tons of serum in one mask packet, enough for your arms and legs and neck and you still have some left over to slap on your mask sheet again when it starts drying out!  The amount given is super generous~ and I love it!

The feeling on your skin is slightly sticky at first but it is gradually absorbed and leaves your skin feeling QQ and bouncy and soft! 

Gosh I’m sounding really excited about this yeah?  

I actually don’t use this as often as I wish I would… because I’m so bloody busy and lazy that the only time I can use these masks is before I sleep, and I don’t want to waste the mask by letting it fall off my face when I toss and turn around (I can’t stay in one position when I sleep 

The whitening effect differs for everyone. My classmate recommended this mask to me and the effect is SUPER OBVIOUS on her. You can actually see the line/ border near the side of her chin (at the ears) where she used the mask and the difference in skin tone!!  *amazed*

So when I tried the mask for the first time I made sure to very religiously apply it all over my face and neck so I won’t have ugly tan-line looking marks on the side of my face!

Then I’m not sure if it’s a good thing but it wasn’t super obvious on me LOL. Maybe cos I spread out all the serum and she only piled it on her face??  

But I did see a gradual change in my skin tone after about two weeks… you have to be patient about these things! Actually I’m not sure if it’s because it takes time to whiten or I was too engrossed in other things to notice HAHA, I only realised I turned fairer after looking in my bathroom mirror one day ._. how’s that for oblivious?? 

This is a pretty affordable mask to try out- buy online (and check reviews to see if it’s authentic) for a cheaper price! If you are still iffy, you can get it in SASA/ Guardian/ Watsons etc. for around 14.90-16.90 SGD! SASA has more variety of masks and they usually have stock as compared to the other two.  

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Loves: Whitening effect, skin feels soft after applying, generous amount of serum

Hates: Non-standard mask shape

Rating: 8/10

Price: I got it on Qoo10 for 9.90 SGD (not selling anymore), 10 mask sheets plus a free mask sheet (Pearl Whitening)