[REVIEW] Various Samples from The Face Shop, A'PIEU and It's Skin

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello, everyone! Hows everyone's August so far?
Mine has been passing by quickly. I will end work soon and second semester will start in just a week. I honestly feel that I don't have much time in appreciating my 2-months semester break as the leisure time I have has been filled in with work.
Also..............yesterday (30th August 2015) marks our one year journey. Happy first, Baby❤

This review contains trying out samples from The Face Shop, A'PIEU and It's Skin. I will explain picture by picture.

The Face Shop's Verbena Soothing body cleanser. It is their first body cleanser that I have tried and........I despise the scent so much. Oh God, the smell of Verbena flower that they are using is just terrible. It has a medicine smell and I just don't like it. My whole body smells like medicine when it is supposed to smell nice (Blossom scent is the heaven). Blergh. Babe said I could even cure people with the smell, I am a medicine, I can cure (Get it? No? OK). However, the body cleanser is foamy and bubble-ish. I give a 0/5 for this one. I hate the smell so much. Sorry! 10000000000094325524% won't be purchasing this nor trying this out again in the future.

A'PIEU Phytomcide(am I spelling this right?) Deep Cleansing Oil Foam. I did not get to take a picture of the consistency but it happens to be water-like. I rubbed the product onto my hands, it produces a smell that is similar to Etude House's AC Clinic face wash. However, it produces little bubble. It has sort of medicine-y smell but the smell is more pleasant than verbena (yuck!). The result of the oil foam is that, it does cleanse my face thoroughly. It has been proved when I am spreading toner onto my face by using a cotton pad, signs of make-up residues are not sighted. It may say that it is an 'oil' foam but I did not detect any trace of oil feeling or smell. My rating will be 4/5, -1 because I don't fond of this face wash. I experienced nothing great with this one.

The Face Shop's Verbena (verbena again) Soothing body gel lotion.

I thought that the lotion will have the usual white liquid consistency but this one is different. I guess this is the first I have seen a lotion with transparent consistency. I do not like the smell of verbena but I like the way how this type of lotion absorbs into my skin, it is non-sticky too and it feels like as if I did not apply anything but the scent is there. My rating will be 1/5, one point because I love the unlike-any-other-lotion consistency. I'd love to look for a nicer scent.

It's Skin Prestige Bebe Wash D'Escargot. Just to confirm, are those French words??
I had high hopes on this body wash due to my bad experience in trying out the unpleasant verbena above and I adore the cute graphic. However, it is BARELY a body wash. It has no scent at all and produces very very very little foam. The job as a body wash is really really bad. I really could not detect the scent. In the end, I wash my body with my usual shower gel. I have zero experience with this body wash so my rating is 0/5.

Another It's Skin product, which is their Prestige D'Escargot Finale. At first I cut out the right packet because I thought it would have something in it, but it happened to be nothing inside. The description of the product is really vague so I decided to look it up what it is supposed to do. As expected, it is a moisturizer that can help to moisturize and brighten the skin. I found out that the original packaging is quite pricey, around USD 40 if I am not mistaken. However. it provides whitening result towards users (as read from reviews that I found).
I applied this moisturizer right after toner. I made a good decision to skip my snail cream, ampoule and gel because this thing is so moisturizing! I only need to dispense a little/median amount and it goes a long way, in other words the amount is enough for the whole face. I might break out due to high moisture level, good thing that I skipped my usual skincare routine. I did not break out the next day and continue using the moisturizer for daytime skincare. My skin is still moisturized even after sweating. I must say the moisturizing strength is good. For whitening, I guess I have to use more of it to judge better. I forgot to bring along the moisturizer, so I asked my mom back home to finish it. Haha. My rating for this product is 5/5. Might consider purchasing the original packaging but it is pricey $$$$$$

Please stay tuned for my The Face Shop haul in the next post. Thank you for reading~

[REVIEW] The Face Shop Clean Face Spot Corrector - DUD!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dud(둗) is a state where something or anything usually definite that the item or material has no use, in another word, it is a ZERO(영).

I am using The Last Song novel as the background. haha.
The front packaging of the product is fully written in English. Here are the stated details;
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Quick Clear Complex
  • This new and improved, quick' clear complex treats oily or problem skin more quickly and effectively.

while the back packaging is fully in Korean. I can read Hangul slowly but I do not know the meaning to each and every word stated here.

The product will be dispensed through the given tube.

It has a non-sticky light white color yet it dissolves/becomes transparent when putting onto the skin. It has the scent of tea tree (ofcourse).

My thoughts:
I have tried several products that contains tea tree (Aiken's tea tree spot cream, The Body Shop's Tea Tree line ranging from its facial wash, toner, day and night moisturizer, pore minimizer, blackhead scrub, leave on mask and oil spot corrector - costs almost BND 200.00 as well as The Face Shop's Clean Face line ranging from its facial wash, toner and moisturizer - costs no more than BND 100.00) YET it does not do a good job in lessening my acne/pimples. I must say that my skin is immune to the goodness of tea trees. To be said that tea tree is the power ingredient to cure acne, it has zero effect on me.

TFS's spot corrector above does not do any good in lightening my post-acne marks after several weeks of using it. I have read other people's review about the product lightens their post-acne mark in just overnight (so unfair). It is priced at BND 13.90 without member's discount. It does not dries the acne, instead, it moisturizes the applied area. I use this product on top of my T3 pimple gel(DOES A WAY GOOD JOB THAN TFS SPOT CORRECTOR) so the pimple area won't be dry as ever. Anyhow, I won't be repurchasing the spot corrector. However, TFS's Intensive Spot Patch is doing a pretty good job in soothing the stubborn acne throughout the day! The product costs -$10 than the spot corrector.

The packaging is teared because I am already using it LoL

It has a total of 12 patches inside, 6 big and other 6 are small patches.
When I feel that the patch oversized the actual size of my pimple, what I did is that I cut the patch into half (cost saving much yea). I stick the patch on my targeted acne and leave it own throughout the day or overnight. After leaving it on for long, there is a change of the color of the patch. I removed the patch and noticed the size of my acne is decreasing! The swelling has been soothed down too. I must say this is the only tea tree product that works. The capability of this patch is far better than Nexcare's spot patch which does nothing on my pimples previously. Pricing at BND 3.90 without member's discount, ofcourse I will be purchasing this goody spot patch! When I am breaking out during school, I used the patch and asked my deary friend whether she noticed something on my face and she said no. I then told her I stick a patch on my face and she does not notice it. In conclusion, this product has a good transparency on Natural Beige/Light Beige skin tone. I am not sure how it will turn out in darker skin tones.

I am proudly going to review my T3 pimple gel that partially works like wonder (sometimes its effective, sometimes its not).

This cheap product (BND 4.70 at Guardian) diminishes my pimple in just half a day and sometimes overnight. It really clears out the pimple and leaves no traces behind.

Tube application~

Apologies if any of you could not see the consistency clearly. It has a white gel consistency with median stickiness. It does dries out the applied area if you do not moisturize your face properly (that is why I applied TFS spot corrector above the application to balance the moisture level). The package above is my second purchase. It will run out pretty soon but I have Oxy 5 as a backup. However, I will purchase the T3 pimple gel if Oxy 5 is not working well for me lel

SOOOO that is about it for pimple products.

Currently I am addicted to this precious song, Fear겁 by 위너WINNER's Song Minho송민호 ft. Taeyang태양

[REVIEW] Etude House Sunprise Natural Corrector SPF50+/PA+++

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Hands down to one of my favorite finds this year and the best sunblock I have ever applied!!!!!!!

Here is the extract from the back packaging;
"UV defense moisturizer whitens skin with Niacinamide and improves wrinkles with Adenosine, Formulated with Acai Berry, Acerola, Aloe vera for skin soothing relief."

The product will be dispensed through the tube by squeezing the packaging.

The product appears to have a hint of pink color which can't be seen in the photo because photos can be deceiving. The texture is not liquid-y like some other sunblock lotions, however it is a little bit thick. To be honest, the consistency is really hard to spread widely skin. Because once the sunblock splats on the skin, it sticks and that makes it hard to spread. The scent is a mixture of sunblock and some kind of beauty cosmetic smell, it is not unpleasant for me and it smelled fine.

A series of my selcas prior to applying the sunblock.

The sunblock is applicable as a makeup base too. andddddd I cut my bangs on my own earlier, haha.

After spreading the product onto my face, It is obvious that I look fairer, the whitening action is immediate. It gives off a natural finish, not dewy nor matte, which is nice. It corrects the skin tone if one has an unbalanced skin tone, like me :( in real life, the color on my nose appears to be darker than the rest of my face. That is because I had a moderate sunburn on the end of 2014. My nose was burnt, tight and showing peeling action by that time. It won't go back to its original color no matter how many times I tried whitening products >.< same goes to my hand sleeves too, where I had a terrible sunburn on March 2013, due to not wearing sunblock and standing under a very hot sun for a few hours (was having a vacation at Singapore at that time, lining up for Big Bang's빅뱅 concert precisely. The sun was insane and also, who asked to wear sleeveless clothing!!!!!). So if anyone of you know a working product or solution that can heal sun burns, uneven skin tone or sun marks, do let me know please~ (please do not recommend a laser treatment because I am poor).

Will I repurchase? Ofcourse! However, it is considered pricey (US12.48 at Jolse.com) for a product that weighs 50g. Moreover, it will last quickly if one is applying for the face and whole body often. I will look for an alternative good sunblock soon which has a watery consistency that is easier to spread. 
My verdict for this product is 4/5, -1 for the pricing and thick consistency.

Disclaimer: images of the product (including product swatch) are taken using the back camera of a Samsung S4 with a HDR mode. I do not edit and filter any of my faces nor wearing makeup. All are taken under a natural lighting). My flaws can't be seen because photos are deceiving, Bye.

[REVIEW] Missha Super Aqua D-Tox Peeling Gel Sample

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Today I am trying out one of the samples I have gotten from my previous order from Roseroseshop. There is a mistyping error if you notice at the top right of the packet where STEP is spelled as STPE on the 3rd one. It cringes me out. How I wish I could understand the instructions (obviously I am still a noob in Korean language. 오빠, help me~).

So I just looked up about the product's description. The following photos are taken from Roserosehop.

I dispense the whole product from the packet. I know I could save this for a second time usage but I don't have a small storage. The texture is kind of runny, white substance which has a light nice shower gel scent.

I spread the product onto my face (in the morning when I woke up and have not rinse my face at all) and rubbed lightly until the liquid becomes 'particles'. It does really cleanse the dirt on my face. It only eliminates dirt on my face, and there is no change in making the skin softer and glowy.

Will I repurchase? It does a really good job with eliminating the dead skin cells and that's just it. Results such as brightening and glowing are not showing instantly, maybe I have to use it often. I have tried several other peeling gels and one of them it has an immediate brightening effect. Looking at the pricing, starting at USD7.71 (from roserosehop and pricing may vary overtime), I might consider getting the original packaging or alternatively purchase a better peeling gel that really has an immediate results. My verdict for this product is 3/5.

Anyways, if any of you is looking for a gel that has a mild peeling effect and does not act harshly on the skin, then this is the product for you!

[REVIEW] Etude House Play Therapy Soft Clay Pack Pore & Sebum Care

Saturday, August 8, 2015

The product packaging. Friggin cute right~

Here is an extract from the back packaging;
"This is a soft clay pack that reduces the size of pores and amount of sebum with its smooth texture, Brazil Forest Clay and Eucalyptus ingredients."

"What is a Brazil Forest Clay? This is a natural clay from the Brazil Amazon area, popularly used among Amazon natives for its abundant minerals and effectiveness."

I made a product swatch and test on my hand earlier. The texture really is smooth and easy to spread. However, the scent is kind of medicine-y....it smells like a prescription box from a hospital but it is not strong. The color is the lightest green that you can ever imagine of.

After being spread. I then leave on the product for minutes (no more than 10).

Later on, it dries but not completely. It seems that the texture can still be dissolved with rubbing. The packaging stated that the product should be leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. My hand does not feel tight either.

During the application, haha~
In the 'Before' progress, the product gives a creamy texture and in the 'After' progress after leaving it on for 10 minutes, the texture dries (but not completely) and leaves a matte look on the face. It cannot be really seen in the picture though.....
The tightness strength of the product is light as I can still accomplish a wide smile during application, the tightness strength isn't like any other clay pack which tightens the face firmly. When I wash it off, the product tends to have a 'powdery run-off', ya get what I mean? Like a mixture of water and powder. I find it weird because powders are soft textures, isn't a clay pack should have a harden texture?

Photo is taken using the back camera of a Samsung S4 with flashlight. There is still water on my face when taking the 'After' result, haha. Frankly, this is the fourth time (I guess) applying this product. According to my observation, it does not do much on shrinking the pores (or I should apply often to see efficient result) but the aftermath is that it leaves my skin feeling smooth~ Simply click to enlarge photo for a better view. If anyone of you spotted any difference, do let me know because I could not detect any, haha. My skin is breaking out prior to menstrual cycle :(

My verdict for the product is 3/5. As someone who has a porous face, my aim is to make my pores invisible. This product does not do much of that task for me. I have read reviews that some other people experienced immediate results where their pores are getting smaller :( but it does not do that to mine :( There are many other tightening clay masks out there and I am sure they will do a better job for my skin. Will look for another product and won't be repurchasing this, sorry~

P/s; I am hating on the reddest post-facial-acne-mark on my left cheek. Its has already been weeks since the facial treatment and it hasn't disappear yet >~< As a conclusion, I won't go to the facial place again.


Monday, August 3, 2015

Nepali foods deserve some credits too. As much as I love momo (dumpling), my favorite dish among the attached photos is the rice, I forgot what it is called in Nepali language. So far, I have tried 3 different types of momo. I like plain momo without sauce better. The fried fish dish (Sekuwa or Sekowa something else) was tasteless to be honest and I was having a hard time taking out bones from the fish and from my mouth. The fish just has too many bones, I must say I am unhappily eating :( Nevertheless, please enjoy the food pictures!!!

[REVIEW] Unboxing my Mizon Snail Line and first impression

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I finally started applying the Mizon skincare line that I recently got from Korea because I fed up with the appearance of obnoxious post-acne marks on my face. I hate the fact that I could not get a decent selca (selfie) of myself, ha.

Last night I happily unboxing my Mizon goodies.
1. Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule

I am really hyped with the packaging. It looks elegant despite its affordable price.

Really love the type of application to get the product. I forgot what it is called >< The amount that you want to take or dispose onto your hand or directly to the face is adjustable. It has sort of fish oil color actually and the scent is not too weird yet not unpleasant but nothing like fragrant smell. The consistency of the product is median sticky, yet it acts like a water absorbing onto the face. I could not describe the science behind this. However, it is nothing sticky like honey.

2. Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream

The size of the tube is unexpectedly bigger than what I thought of a size 35ml tube should be.

The white liquid has a median consistency too. It is not runny but it absorbs onto the face like a normal water too. How amazing~ There is no detectable scent in this product.

3. Mizon Snail Recovery Cream

2 of the previous products' packaging has Mizon's logo and brand name on the top part of the box, yet this one is my favorite amongst all because obviously, it is pink!!!!! and it is my favorite type of pink. It is soooooo pretty.

Pretty in pink.

This product has absolutely zero gel consistency honestly. It is more like a lotion texture. Again, no scent is detected in this product. It acts the same as the previous two products above, does not have a runny texture but acts like absorbing water.

I applied the ampoule first then I carry on with the cream and lastly, the gel. The time interval for all products to intercept onto my skin is about 5 seconds or less!!!! It absorbs quickly into my skin, which is nice. Please be aware that my skin type is not dry, instead it is normal to oily. Moreover, an acne-prone type of skin. I also love the fact that all are fragrant-free (except for the ampoule) but still, I could not identify any harmful scent in it l o l. I despise scented skin products because it makes me get a hint that it is unhealthy for my skin because my skin has quite a sensitive reaction to those.

 My skincare routine turned over since last night, prior to going to sleep (evening skincare routine). The next morning (today), I did not break out at all!!!!! I must say I am happy with the treatment my Mizon babies have given me. Moreover, my skin feels normal, supple and no excess oil at all. FYI, one of the duties of the ampoule is to enhance skin's elasticity. ^^ If there are extra changes of my skin condition in the future because of Mizon, I will definitely provide an update. Mizon snail skincare line is my current skincare routine for day and night as for now because I need agile results, haha. If the snail cream is doing all good and benefits my skin, I will consider purchasing the bigger packaging (75ml).

I purchased all the products above with my own money, my thoughts and feedback regarding the above matter are honest.
Photos are strictly mine and taken using the back camera of a Samsung S4 with an additional help of flashlight. I will create a logo of my own when I have the time to sustain originality and avoid copyright infringement.