Tony Moly Delight Dalcom Banana Pong Dang Lip Balm | BANANA LIP BALM + BANANA HAND CREAM

Monday, January 30, 2017

Annyeong, Everyone~
My motivation to blog came late today, it is currently 10:39 PM as I am typing this.


I got the Tony Moly banana lip balm in Beautynetkorea's giveaway last year which I won, the banana hand cream samples came along with the gift too.

The lip balm is my current lip balm and I am loving it sooooooooooooo much.

Its been awhile since this Tony Moly small banana line came out. It also comes with a sleeping pack, but I haven't tried it yet.

What It Is

A deliciously scented lip balm that contains banana extract, coconut oil, milk protein extract, and Ceramide 3. Provides nutrition and moisture to treat dry and fatigued lips. Infused with a soft & sweet banana milk scent. Restores soft smooth & healthy looking lips. Features a pocket size with strap easy to carry around.

Price: USD 4.69 at Beautynetkorea

How to Use

Apply a proper amount to lips to keep moist. Reapply as needed.

Precaution: For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep out of reach of children. Discontinue use if signs of irritation and/or rash appear.

Ingredients

Petrolatum,Polybutene,Silica Silylate,VP/Hexadecene Copolymer,Diisostearyl Malate,Tocopheryl Acetate,Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891),Fragrance(Parfum),Polyethylene,Dehydroacetic Acid,Polyglyceryl-2Triisostearate,Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140),Silica Dimethyl Silylate,Musa Sapientum (Banana)Fruit Extract,Ceramide 3,Cocos Nucifera (Coconut)Oil,Milk Protein Extract,Water,Butylene Glycol,1,2-Hexanediol,Phenoxyethanol


Notable Ingredients

Titanium Dioxide - sun protection. It is better to wear lip balms with SPF to prevent lip cancer.

Moisturizing ingredients: Banana Fruit extract, coconut oil, milk protein extract and Ceramide 3

Taken from Ulta




Texture & Scent


Texture is thick white balm that smells lightly of sweet bananas~

Effects


Before and after using the lip balm on my bare lips.

A little amount is enough to cover my whole lips, a little goes a long way.

The texture is thick but it glides smoothly when it is spread on the lips and becomes a balm

It moisturizes and hydrates my lips without being greasy, thick and too much

I don't like lip balms that leaves a heavy feeling on the lips or like it is sitting on top on my lips. This one doesn't give that and my lips feel comfortable.

It doesn't dry out nor irritate my lips throughout using. I have normal lips.

I often reapply this lip balm multiple times during the day.

My Final Thoughts

It is a convenient lip balm to bring anywhere due to its small size and it does its job. It moisturizes my lips and make it look healthy. I don't have anything much to say about it because it is a good product. It smells good too!

The hand cream smells the same to the lip balm but stronger and delicious!!!!!!!!! It makes me crave for banana muffin.

Will I purchase?

I definitely will! I bet Minions would love to try Tony Moly banana line too. It is a good and an affordable lip balm. I wanna get the hand milk's full size as well just because of its smell! It smells super delicious that makes me go 'aaahhhh~' and makes my hand soft~

IF YOU LOVE BANANAS OR THE SWEET DELICIOUS SMELL OF BANANA MILK YOU DEFINITELY NEED THIS PRODUCT.

Where to Purchase

Currently USD 3.99 at Beautynetkorea + free shipping
USD 5.46 at BBcosmetic + free shipping
USD 9.43 at W2beauty + free shipping. Check out my Discounts page for discount.
USD 3.92 at Roseroseshop + no free shipping

Thank you Everyone for reading~ My love for banana smelling items is real. Scream 'BANANAAAAAA' like the minion if you love banana stuffs too!

Disclaimer

I won the lip balm in Beautynetkorea's IG giveaway last year. Photos are mine, opinions are my own, honest and true as always.

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Mizon Collagen Power Firming Eye Cream Review | Affordable anti-aging eye cream

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Annyeong, Everyone~
I found my motivation back to do a product review
I was feeling meh yesterday
Probably it is just because pms is around the corner *rolls eyes*


I am going to review my second eye cream from Mizon. In fact, this is the second eye cream that worked for me despite having no tremendous effects. You can read about my first Mizon eye cream review HERE. I have been using this eye cream for quite some time now.

Bought from Beautynetkorea for only around USD 4

Amount: 10ml

Product Description (taken from its box)

Collagen Power Firming eye cream contains highly concentrated collagen to lift wrinkles around eyes while improving skin elasticity

 Directions (taken from box)

Dab a small amount around eyes until absorbed


Packaging


Pretty squeezable tube with doodle prints~ my favorite one is the giraffe!! So cuteeee


Texture


Clear gel that is scentless, suitable for people who are sensitive to strong smelling stuffs, especially if strong scents can irritate one's eyes.

I usually dab a small amount on both of my eyes, I use the 'windshield wiping' motion first to spread the eye cream and then I tap in the cream as if I am playing a piano eventhough I don't until it is fully absorbed.

The cream fully absorbed into my eye areas without leaving any greasy or uncomfortable feeling at all.

Only a small amount needed, I think 10ml will last for a few months. I've been using it everyday day and night and the tube doesn't produce that 'fart' sound yet haha what is this how I described it

Below photo is a demonstration of using the eye cream.


My Thoughts

I have been using this eye cream for while now and I am happy to report that it doesn't irritate my eyes nor causing weird bumps and melilea.

I am not sure if the eye cream is doing anything to my eye areas, it is sooo hard to tell. I mainly use eye creams for wrinkle prevention.

It doesn't feel nor look moisturizing, not that it is its claims either but it is funny that there are quite a number of moisturizing agents in this product such as Sodium Hyaluronate and Honey. Maybe its moisturizing effect is intangible.

I think it does help with firming and anti-aging since I don't develop any fine lines or wrinkles throughout using UMMM NO EYE WRINKLES FOREVER PLEASE. I think the plant extracts in it really do help with anti-aging.

I spot Adenosine and Collagen for firming and elasticity ingredients. I have young eyes so it is hard to tell but I do think it provides elasticity too.

When investigating the ingredients list, I notice that it has quite a number of silicone ingredients (cyclomethicone, dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/
1 dimethicone). If your eye is sensitive to silicones then you can pass on this one.


My Final Thoughts

It is just an okay eye cream to me, no WOW factor in my opinion.

Since my eyes doesn't react negatively to it, maybe I will keep on using this eye cream until I found a better one. It is super affordable anyway.

I am not sure if it will work on really dry areas. My eyes are normal.

Pros

- No irritation
- Doesn't cause melilea
- Cheap
- Cute packaging
- Works okay for me
- Absorbs fast
- Firming and anti-aging claims work
- Will last a long time
- makes eye areas elastic

Cons

- Not silicone-free to those who are concern

Thank you for reading~ Let me know what do you think of my review on this!

Where to Buy

USD 4.80 at Beautynetkorea + free shipping
USD 4.05 at Koreadepart (no free shipping)
USD 4.15 at Roseroseshop + free shipping

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Fly Up High Definition Skincare worth USD 150 | are they worth it? Skin Activating Treatment Essence, Advanced Laser Whitening Serum, Hydrating Cream

Saturday, January 28, 2017

This is my first time using such expensive skincare line OMG
Thank you to Amabie I get to test and try my very first high end skincare line from the brand Fly Up. It is a Taiwanese beauty brand that uses French technology. The brand sounds interesting as I've never heard of them before.

BRAND STORY
FLY UP BEAUTY COLOR , the most popular professional make-up products around the world, consists of various and bright colors, pursuits high level quality of complexion and make-up tools. 

FLY UP BEAUTY COLOR is known as “the professional make-up for artists”. The FLY UP team was responsible for all kinds of cosmetic innovations. They developed excellent make-up techniques for movie special effects and fashionable looks. Highly fine and delicate quality protects your skins and gives a lightweight feel on your skins with excellent durability. 

Besides, the characteristic of cosmetic product knowledge and application techniques to be used in not only worldwide make-up and hair design competitions but the CF-and-TV media institutions, fashion show, movie and artist makeup. -source

This skincare line was sent to me by Amabie in exchange of my honest review on their website. You can check out my reviews on my Amabie profile HERE or you can simply search for the brand 'Fly Up' on Amabie to find my reviews on them as well as reviews of other Fly Up products.
Thank you so much, Amabie love!!!!! I was feeling surprised and grateful to have given the opportunity. I have been told that this set is worth USD 150 *jaw drops*.

Now onto the review:


AESTHETICSSSSSSSSSSSSS


Reflective silver boxes~


I like that the MFG dates are shown at the bottom of the box, rather than on the product itself. It is so convenient especially when buying them in stores. You don't want to buy products that past their expiry dates.


On each of the product's boxes, there is a beautiful stamp that sealed the box when the products are new and unopened. It says "Fly Up Beauty Color". I think the stamp is to prove that the products are authentic.

I am going to review the products according to their sequence in a skincare routine.
Skin Activating Treatment Essence -> Advanced Laser Whitening Serum -> Hydrating Cream


Skin Activating Treatment Essence

Price

USD 36 at Alibaba

Packaging

Hard sturdy glass packaging~ the details are printed on the bottle which looks luxe instead of using stickers. It features a reflective cap and a small hole to dispense the essence out.

I am not sure how long are the products' longevity after opening since none are mentioned or printed on their box and packaging.

Texture

"Light and watery. This treatment essence penetrates into the skin surface." - As soon on the box. it is clear and smells lightly of roses.


HD Professional Skin Activating Treatment Essence 125ml 

This skin activating treatment essence with a mix of Niacinamide and Bellis perennis flower extract exfoliates dead skin cells and impurities. It helps the skin texture is more refined, firmness is improved, and radiance is beautifully elevated. Its clarifying formula prepares the face for the rest of your skincare regimen. source

*Do you guys notice the butterfly logo at the bottom of the box? It is so pretty!

Ingredients

glycerin, rosa damascena flower water, sodium pca, panthenol, niacinamide, aqua, vit b5, methylpropanediol, jojoba wax peg-120 esters, bellis perennis(daisy) flower extract, propylene glycol, chamomilla recutita flower extract, pyrus malus fruit extract, sodium lactate, arginine, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, imperata cylindrica root extract, sodium hyaluronate, rosa damescena, hydroxypropyltrimonium hyaluronate, mulberry bark extract, butylene glycol, butylene glycol, algae extract, capric triglyceride

Ingredients to Highlight

Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water & Rosa Damescena(Rose) - there are 2 rose ingredients. "Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema. It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores", says Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, Skincare Expert. 3.

Niacinamide - anti-inflammatory, anti aging, whitening, "firming and clarifying skin"- (source)

Daisy Flower Extract - "reduces the appearance of dark spots, lightening and brightening the complexion, naturally" (source)

Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract - anti-inflammatory and soothing.

Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract - "apple extract also helps natural cell exfoliation, it encourages a healthy rate of skin cell replacement. This can help improve, for example, the symptoms of acne and psoriasis" - source

Mulberry Bark Extract - brightening

Algae Extract - has a comedogenic level of 5 (very high) which tend to cause blackheads, making pores clogged and cause acne.


pH level is between 5~6

My Thoughts

I use this after the toner stage. I pour a sufficient amount on my palms and tap in the essence on my whole face as well as massaging some on my neck. It is not sticky after application, absorbs fast and leave a matte finish, I can quickly continue with my next step.

I think it helps to clarify my skin although the effect is intangible. In terms of skin refining, I don't really see any difference as my skin texture still look the same. It helps with making my skin firm and contribute to radiance after applying.

I don't know what other of its effects I can say because it is not much and I feel that the product just works simple with me, nothing special. It gives me an impression that it is just another essence. It provides a bit of moisturizing layer, definitely not enough to provide hydration for the whole day and night when used alone. You need to add an additional moisturizer(s).

It doesn't break me out which is great. I will be bummed if a $36 essence broke me out as I am unable to continue using it.

Anyways I feel that it somehow contributes in the forming of clogged pores near my jawline, thats where the clogged pores main zone is at for my face. It contains Algae Extract which has a comedogenic level of 5 (very high) in contributing formation of blackheads, clogged pores and acne. Eventhough the ingredient is listed 2nd last on the list, it might just help to produce clogged pores with prolonged use.

In conclusion, I choose to stop using this essence, I already have enough clogged pores sigh. I am going to finish the remaining on my body. Who dares to throw away an expensive essence haha.

My Final Thoughts

This essence does nothing impactful for me. For the price, I definitely won't purchase, it is expensive!

It doesn't work greatly on my skin, probably because my skin is immune to effects of roses and niacinamide. If your skin likes roses and niacinamide (which my skin doesn't) so maybe splurging on this essence might be worthy for you.

Seriously I can't even think of other things to say about this product. Not amusing for the price.



HD ADVANCED LASER WHITENING SERUM  30ml

"The advanced formula contains a unique whitening laser complex that sinks into the deep layers of your skin. Melanin production is regulated at the source, preventing spots even before they appear. Protect against daytime damage and harness the power of the night. Naturally derived botanicals work with your skin’s own daily cycle to help repair and prevent the appearance of existing dark spots is reduced." - source

Price

USD 18 ~ 26 at Alibaba

Packaging

This one is definitely not glass. Has a reflective body, light but hard packaging and features a dropper.

Texture

The colour is lightly cloudy and smells lightly like the Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask. It absorbs fast and leaves a matte finish.

Ingredients

glycerin, leontopodium alpinum extract, sodium benzonate, potassium sorbate, sucrose palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, glyceryl linoleate, sodium hyaluronate, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, citric acid, sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, scutellaria alpina leaf extract, sodium benzoate, tranexamic acid, ceramide 3, ceramide 6 II, ceramide 1, tetrapeptide-30, alpha arbutin, chamomile

I don't know if it is a duplicate or what but sodium hyaluronate is listed twice

Ingredients to Highlight

There are a couple of spot lightening and moisturizing ingredients.

Whitening (alpha arbutin, chamomile - anti-inflammatory too and tranexamic acid)
Citric Acid - a form of AHA to exfoliate skin
Moisturizing (sodium hyaluronate, hyaluronic acid)
Retaining moisture (the ceramidesssss: ceramide 3, ceramide 6 II, ceramide 1 and tetrapeptide-30)



Sorry for the crappy photo quality for the showing the pH, the photo above was taken for my IG stories so the quality is mehhh

My Thoughts

I like the consistency of the serum, it absorbs fast into the skin so I can immediately carry on with my next skincare step. It makes the face completely matte, I personally think it is only lightly moisturizing and not hydrating at all despite having hyaluronic acids (my skin doesn't react with hyaluronic acid). In terms of retaining moisture since it has ceramides and a peptide ingredient, I am not so sure either cause I feel that this product is not even moisturizing.

and In terms of lightening my dark spots.....none at all.

I have been using it for a month now or a little more than that. I am focusing on this one stubborn acne scar and it still hasn't fade before and since I started implementing this serum in my routine. The acne scar's size is gradually decreasing but it still haven't fully disappear until now.

It is too bad that the good spot lightening ingredients such as the alpha arbutin(especially!) and tranexamic acid are very low in the ingredients list. Arbutin is listed 2nd last in the ingredient.

My Final Thoughts

As an expensive serum, I would've expected the powerhouse spot lightening ingredients to be listed high. It is not the case with this one and it doesn't even help with spot lightening even one bit (I am harsh like that).

Nothing special about this serum too. Not moisturizing, hydrating and lightening. I feel like the good ingredients that they've put in are a waste.

I won't purchase this serum.



Fly Up High Definition Hydrating Cream - 30ml

A silky cream that diffuses a blend of moisturizers, antioxidants and vitamins into the inner layers of the skin to enhance comfort and hydration.

I cannot find the price of this one.

Packaging

Lightweight plastic body with a reflective lid. The lid is big enough to be used as a mirror. I refer to it as a mirror sometimes haha.

Texture

Instead of cream, it feels more like a gel. It is lightweight, silky and when massaged into skin, it actually gives a bit of a sheen finish.



In the tub it looks light orange but when scoop it out it looks cloudy. It has a distinctive smell....like vitamins.....or orange peels.

Ingredients





OKAY this is the confusing part. The ingredients list on its box and the cream itself are NOT THE SAME.

I honestly do not know which to refer so I am just going straight to my review.

THIS CREAM IS NOT HYDRATING AT ALL.

There you go. I despise it when products claim that they are this and that when they actually do not live it to its claims.

I applied the cream as the last moisturizer step during the day and after a couple of hours, my skin started to feel dry. I knew I needed to add in an extra moisturizer by that time.

Don't care about its price and the product itself, I already emptied it now and totally won't purchase in the future.

Overall Thoughts on the Fly Up HD Skincare

All of the products above unfortunately do not work impressively on me. I don't know what makes them expensive. Are they focusing more on the packaging that their effectiveness? I don't know. And also I spot punctuation error in the ingredients list of the Essence, as well as an ingredient duplicate in the serum's ingredient list and A DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS SET for the hydrating cream????????? I don't know anymore. The products' longevity period after opening is not even stated,

Not worth the money, not worth the splurge, not worth the waste either.

I am unfortunate with products sometimes but this one is just TOO unfortunate, considering that they are expensive.

Thank you for reading~ I wonder if this skincare line works better on someone else. I would like to know how are the results if you are using these products too!

Thank you, Amabie for sending me these Fly Up products for free in exchange of my honest review~

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Holic Aroma H-4 Cleansing Review + GIVEAWAY

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Annyeong, Everyone~
Since I finished with college and unemployed, I am trying my very best to write a new blog post everyday
but.....
Some days the sunlight is not out so I couldn't photograph products :(
The sunlight was back today so I took the opportunity to photograph a couple of photos hahaha
photograph all of the things as soon as the sun is out!!!!


I think this is my first review of the brand Holic Aroma in my blog. I mentioned this brand a couple of times in my Instagram and have been using and loving their products.

Holic Aroma is soooooooooooooo generous in providing me products for review purposes. When I received a parcel from them, it came in a big box. I was surprised as soon as I opened it at the post office because they gave alot!!!!!!! They gave so much that I had to pay some custom fees. But thats okay.

They are a natural and organic Korean brand and focusing on lessening the use of harmful substances in their products.

The brand has been renewed into Urang Natural (pronounced as you-rang natural) now where they revamp the looks of their original Holic Aroma product line and reformulated some of them and also introduced new products to the brand! HOOORRAAAYYYY for new products!!

Now onto the product.

The H-4 Cleansing is a cleansing oil that contains grapefruit seed oil, apricot and jojoba oil (full ingredients list below). It suits all skin types. I first was dubious that it might be too oily for my already oily skin but I end up LOVING IT SO MUCH.

This product is sadly has been discontinued and reformulated into a new cleansing oil version, which costs about USD 27/150ml. This old version is 120ml and I have no information about its price.


The cleansing oil's MFG date was dated in December 2015. At the bottom it says "EXP 12 MONTH" which I am not sure what it meant, either it expires 12 months after the MFG date or after product is opened, but at the same time the opened jar logo stated that product will expire after 6 months.

I still choose to use the cleansing oil anyway because I hate wasting. The cleansing oil doesn't even have a change in colour or odor, basically it doesn't have any faults, it is fortunate.

Packaging


The cleansing oil is dispensed using a pump with a small hole opening.

Since the hole is small, I usually pump out up to 10 pumps haha. I feel like 10 pumps is alot so it is reduced to 7 pumps now. There is a reason why I like to pump it out alot, you will find out below.

The body is a sturdy hard glass, so you know it is fragile. Definitely not travel friendly but you can always decant it into a smaller plastic bottle.

Ingredients



The ingredients list is short and simple with only 7 ingredients.
As you can see, there is alot of natural plant oils which is sooooo good.

Tocopherol is an antioxidant

The Apricot and Jojoba oil and Tocopherol has an acne irritant level of 2, which is quite low and they are not so high in the list. Despite having 3 possible acne causing ingredients, I am happy to report that this product doesn't break me out.

For the benefits of the natural plant oils, you can Google them cause I am lazy. But you know they give you good foods for the skin.

Consistency


Consistency is runny oily, light yellow in colour and IT SMELLS SO AMAZING. Do you know the smell of a freshly opened oranges?? THATS HOW IT SMELLS LIKE. I super love the oranges smell, it is not overwhelming for me. Since that I love the smell so much, most of the time I like to massage my face a bit longer just to indulge with the smell and the smell is also why I like to pump alot of the oil haha.

If you hate the smell of oranges or citruses, we can't be friends.


As a cleansing OIL, it is predictable that it gives an oily finish~ it doesn't feel so thick.

Effectiveness


Now I am demonstrating how effective the cleansing oil is in removing makeup. On my hand I have a concealer, cushion foundation, blue eyeliner, pink and red lipsticks and eyeshadows.


Just one pump to dissolve it all~

The oil dissloves the makeup well and turned into light purplish colour. Thumbs up.


The oil mixes well with the makeup. As you can see, none of the makeup are not removed on my hand. So it does a good job in removing makeup.

On actual application, I agree that it removes face makeup well because so far I do not detect any makeup residues on my cotton pad in toner stage.

As for removing mascara, I am not sure how will it perform since I use a separate mascara remover and I don't want for heavy things like oils to get into my eye.

I have been using this cleansing oil everyday day and night even when I do not use makeup. It makes my face clean.

When washed with water, it emulsifies into white and the oily residue is gone even with just rinsing with water. Even so, I always carry on with second cleanser after using it.

I pH-tested this cleansing oil and it has pH of 5~ low pH is gewdddddd.

My Final Thoughts

It is a great cleansing oil that cleanses the face and removes makeup well. It does its job, doesn't break me out and smells amazing. I don't have any complains about it.

I would really love to use this again but sadly it has been discontinued :( I hope the new version works the same as this version.

For more information and if you'd like to check out and purchase Urang Natural products, you can head over to www.urangnatural.com
Check out their Instagram page too: @urangnatural

Thank you for reading this far~ and oh, I have a giveaway on how you can win two of Urang Natural products!

The giveaway is running on my Instagram, you NEED to read the rules in this post below to be eligible for winning. Click the photo below to be directed to my Instagram post for the rules.


GIVEAWAY is ending in 3 days!!!!!!

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Boomdeahdah Soothing Foam Cleanser Review | Cheap Soothing Face Cleanser for only USD 3!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Annyeong, Everyone~
I didn't get to blog about this particular product yesterday because my mind was really equipped with thinking what I want to do in the future now that I finished college.
I am taking a rest from thinking about it now, it only stresses me out haha
Just think about the present~


I received this product straight from Boomdeahdah in exchange for my honest review. I do not get any earning by doing my review.

I think I've been using this product for close to a month now (spoiler alert: I am loving it but......)

WHAT IT IS

There is barely any English description about the product. It is basically a foam cleanser that soothes the skin. In the official website (no English), the photos showed that the cleanser can be used to take off makeup too.

For more pictures, you can check it out at the product's direct link HERE

I like the minimalist black and white packaging, as well as the minimalist font. #minimalisteverythinggggg 

Price: 3,900 won (approx USD 3)/150ml

INGREDIENTS



Ingredients to highlight:

Myristic Acid - listed second, has an acne irritant level of 3
Lauric Acid - comes in third, has an acne irritant level of 4. These acne triggering ingredients may be up high but I fortunately did not break out from it /good job, skin

The soothing ingredients are the four plant extracts which are Tea Tree, Chrysanthellum Indicum, Japanese Honeysuckle, Safflower and also Propolis. The soothing ingredients however do not rank high in the ingredients list but I can feel its soothing capabilities.


The tube is not hard to squeeze and the cleanser is dispensed through a hole.

CONSISTENCY


Texture is not so runny and not so thick either, it is in between. Texture looks like white satin and smells ummmm botanical? I don't know how to explain but it is not unpleasant for me. It smells the same as their Pure Cleansing Oil which I reviewed HERE.

Small amount is enough to make the cleanser bubble up and produce thick foams. I massaged the cleanser with a hands with a bit of water and it foams well.


pH level

pH of this cleanser is pH 7. I was surprised after knowing its pH level because it did not break me out when I first used it and it does not dry out my skin, so I thought it had a low pH.

It is a little bit high from the desired skin pH which is 5.5 but since it did not break me out and dry out my skin, I kept on using it.

RESULTS

I have been using this for awhile now day and night everyday and I must say that I don't have any problem with it at all, despite being a high pH. It is soothing indeed despite that there are only like five soothing ingredients and their positions are not high. One time I irritated my skin by extracting a blackhead, my skin was red and after using this cleanser, my face was immediately soothed.

I have an oily skin so it doesn't dry out my skin at all. If you have dry skin, I think it might be drying.

As for removing makeup, I am not sure how effective it is since I always use a first cleanser but in my toner stage I spot no traces of makeup on my cotton pad. So yeah it probably cleanses off the makeup resides on my skin.

The cleanser does not irritate nor break me out.

I don't have anything else to say about it. It does its job for being soothing for me.

WILL I PURCHASE?

Despite it being good to me and super affordable (USD 3), I won't purchase since it has a high pH and its second and third ingredients are strong acne causing ingredients.

As for now I am just going to use it until I empty it.

I personally think the price is super good for the quantity (150ml) but too bad that the ingredients choice influenced me to not want to get this cleanser.

For more information, head over to Boomdeahdah's official website at www.boomdeahdah.com

WHERE TO BUY?

3,900 won (USD 3) at Boomdeahdah (Korea only)
USD 8.46 at Yesstyle (ships worldwide)
USD 10 at Memebox (US & Canada only)
USD 3 at Boomdeahdah Gmarket (ships worldwide & EMS only)

No affiliate links involved

Other websites hike up the original price too much >< so it is better to get Boomdeahdah products if you are in Korea since it is cheaper locally. I personally love other of Boomdeahdah products so I am kind of bummed that their products are expensive to get outside Korea and it is even expensive for their products to be shipped from Korea since the brand only offers EMS shipping to my country sighh

Anyway, 감사합니다/thank you, Boomdeahdah for sending me this cleanser in exchange of my honest review~

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Alive Lab Centella Dressing Power Review | Centella Powder???

Sunday, January 22, 2017

I fucked messed up my sleeping pattern big time since exam week last week. I went to bed at 2~3am and now it is increased to 4am T_______________T
Before that I went to bed at 1am and woke up at 7~8am
I've been waking up at past 11am now sighhhhhh
Praying for my sleeping pattern to be fixed soon because I need enough time to prepare food for lunch now that I am on a holiday


Have you heard of the Korean brand Alive Lab before? If not, I first introduced the brand in my blog before and reviewed one of their products, you can read about it HERE.

This Centella Dressing Powder was sent to me by Alive Lab for review purposes. This particular product was sent to help with my acne prone skin~ Thank you, Alive Lab for being thoughtful.

What It is (taken from Wishtrend, link)

Triumph over break outs with the Centella Dressing Powder!

The Centella Dressing Power is the magical powder to save your troubled skin
in desperate times of need ! Super easy to use with a gentle, mild formula 
that’s perfect even for the most sensitive skin type, just give it a tap and 
watch your skin care dreams come true!

Make trouble care easy-breezy with the Centella Dressing Powder

Formulated with asiaticoside and zinc oxide as key ingredients, the Centella Dressing Powder is designed to relieve stress and help soothe the skin from break outs in a non-irritating way. Super easy to use—just give it a tap or combine with your favorite product for the ultimate trouble care product! You won’t be able to stop yourself from falling in love with this magical powder.

How To Use

After cleansing day & night, dab a little bit of the Centella Dressing Powder to target areas (prone to break outs) at the last step of your skin care routine.

Tip

Try mixing the Centella Dressing Powder with your favorite basic skin care product, cleanser, or a mask for your very own trouble care product.

Ingredients

Zinc Oxide, Silica, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Azelaic Acid, Panthenol


Notable Ingredients

Zinc Oxide - has many skin benefits such as preventing sunburns, stopping acne, shrinking pores, treat rosacea, eczema, wrinkles, skin healing etc (source)
Ingredients derived from Centella (Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid) - help with skin conditions such as eczema, and psoriasis, and is excellent in preventing and reversing the signs of aging (source). I also read that centella is good for skin soothing and healing blemishes.
Azelaic Acid - good treatment for acne and prevent future breakouts by removing dead skin (source)

Price

USD 9.90/8ml


The powder is dispensed through the holes underneath the cap. I am afraid to waste this product since it is only 8ml.

Texture


The powder is white and scentless.

Application


You can't apply the powder straight on your troubled areas because it won't stick and dissipates fast. It is advised to mix it with other skincare products. I tested mixing it with serums and products with thinner consistency but it is not good as I couldn't get a thick application, so it is better to mix with creams or any products with a thick consistency so you get a thick paste. The powder literally dissolves when mixed with watery/thinner textures. You know how science works, don't you?

I've been mixing it with my cosrx ultimate nourishing rice overnight spa mask, it gives me the desired consistency for easy application.

It is also important for the mixing proportion to be right. In this case, the proportion of the powder has to be a little bit more than the cream to get the thick paste, though I feel that this method is a bit wasting and I don't like it~ especially when the powder is only 8 grams.


Getting this consistency is desired, you can easily apply it on your troubled areas and spread. I mix the mixture with a cotton bud and apply it to my troubled areas using the same cotton bud.


It takes awhile for it to dry. So try your best to keep a straight position while laying on your bed so it won't get wiped off. Haha.

When it dries, it doesn't dry out skin at all.

Results


I have been using this a couple of times now to treat my troubled spots and irritated areas.
I've been using it as an overnight spot treatment. You can use this during the day too if you are not going out or if you don't give a fuck about having white spot treatments on your face.
When I wake up in the morning, the white spots almost disappeared and produce a bit of fall out.

When my skin was irritated and red, I applied this product to relieve it and it instantly soothe the area. My redness disappeared after awhile and the area is calmed.

As for on the acne or pimples, it helps too sometimes by only soothing them (but doesn't really help with vanishing, it doesn't say that it will help to directly cure acne/pimples anyway). I noticed that it is more effective on whiteheads, I noticed that my whiteheads become smaller in size the next day (but not completely disappear).

My Final Thoughts

Overall it does its job in terms of soothing and relieving skin (as expected from a centella product) but I think that it is wasteful considering that I have to pour an amount of the powder to get the appropriate amount for application. If you have a big area to soothe then you might run out of this product very quickly.

The ingredients list is simple and good since there are a majority of soothing ingredients but for USD 9.90 for only 8 grams, I can't really justify haha and it is USD 18 for 16 grams ><

Will I purchase?

I would if I have some spare money to buy 8 grams of magical powder but that there are good soothing masks that can provide the same instant soothing results........so maybe not. Not even sure if it is worth trying but if you wanted to give it a try, why not~

Where To Buy

USD 9.90 at Wishtrend (ships worldwide) (direct link)
USD 9 at Memebox (US and Canada only) (direct link)

No affiliate links involved

For more information, you can check out Alive Lab's official website at www.alive-lab.com

감사합니다/Thank you, Alive Lab for sending me this product to help with my troubled skin~♡

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