The Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil

Hello folks!

If you’ve been reading my bog for a while now, you would know that I am a big fan of using oil cleansers to remove makeup. They work like a charm and there is no scrubbing and tugging involved. I like to try new oil cleansers each time I finish the current one πŸ˜€ I I have tired many Shiseido products in the past and they have never disappointed me. This cleansing oil is no exception!

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Shiseido Perfect Cleansing oil

It comes in a nice simple and elegant plastic pump bottle. The oil is very light and silky feeling on the skin. This isn’t the lightest cleansing oil I have tried (If I remember correctly the DHC Cleansing oil feels very light) but it glides very easily over the skin.

I like to take 2 pumps and massage it all over the face. If I am wearing eye makeup then I use an additional pump to clean off all that mascara, liner and eye shadow. It does the job really well and I never find traces of any makeup after using this to remove makeup. I always go in with a foaming cleanser as a second cleanse though.

The oil has a slight fragrance which has not irritated my skin so far..touch wood! If you are very sensitive to fragrances I would not recommend this one. The only other negative I have to mention about this cleanser is the price (35$)! The ingredients are nothing special..it is basically mineral oil and just like in the case of Shu Uemura you are basically paying for the brand name. Just for this reason, and my general obsession with trying out different cleansing oils and balms, I won’t be repurchasing.

Have you tried the Shiseido Cleansing oil?

Until next time,ciao!!

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide : Shea Butter handcreams from Lollia

Hello folks!

The days are really flying by now! Christmas is around the corner and I know from experience that a lot of us are not yet done with our holiday shopping. I discovered the brand Lollia a really long time ago while browsing the Anthropologie website. I fell in love with the exquisite packaging and the products looked so luxurious and tempting. I never really got around to trying the brand..it kind of got put on the back burner. The other day while waking around T.J Maxx I found these handcreams πŸ™‚ Since they were at T.J Maxx, you guessed it..they were heavily discounted! So if you are looking to try these yourself or gift them, go check out your local T.J Maxx!

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Lollia Hand creams in Believe and Inspire

These hand creams are incredible! Not only do they have pleasant but not overpowering type of scents, the formula is top notch. They are not very thick, spread easily and moisturize effectively. I find them as moisturizing as the L’occitaine shea butter handcreams without the heavy oily after feel. That is saying a lot because I really love the L’occitaine hand creams!

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So beautiful!!!

The only minor downside was that I needed to poke the seal open since it was not a peel off foil but a metal seal. That is not a deal breaker in anyway..it was easy to poke it open. Just thought I’d let you guys know!

I think with these I pretty much hit the jackpot for stocking stuffers! They look exquisite, smell amazing, have an amazing formula and a price tag of 3$ each for a 1.25oz tube. I might keep these for myself since I will need plenty of hand cream this winter!

Hope you all are enjoying the month of December!

Until next time, ciao!!!

Moonlab Gold Snail Vital up Essential Cream

Hello folks!

Recently I dived into K Beauty and found out I love all things snail πŸ™‚ I tried out a trial sample of the It’s Skin Prestige Cream d’ escargot which was amazing for my skin. I just couldn’t bring myself to bite the bullet and buy the full size bottle which costs around 65$. There are so many snail creams out there, what if I find one that works just as well but is cheaper?

So, off I go to Amazon to check the bazillion snail creams they have there and stumbled upon the Moonlab Gold Snail Vital up Essential Cream. It was selling at a price of 10$ so I decided to see if they really have snail filtrate and gold in there. I found out that this cream was being sold for around 88 dollars in Singapore (Thanks Google)! So this had to be a fake one right? Nope! Turns out that the seller is the actual company that makes these creams so this was not a knock off. Maybe the company is doing some sort of promotional price and since it was only 10 bucks I decided to buy it.

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Moonlab Gold Snail Vital up Essential Cream

A few days later I got the cream in the mail. The box and the cream tub looked nice and luxe. I liked the silver lettering on the coffee maroon lid. The cream came with a nice spatula too. My first impressions were immediately dampened when I saw the expiration date on the outer box. The cream was all set to expire in 10 days! You get what you pay for πŸ˜› That was the reason this guy was only 10 bucks.

So I decided to test the cream out for 10 days and another 10 days post expiration. The ingredient list looked real good which was one of the reasons I got it. Take a look.

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Ingredient List

It has Sodium Hyaluronate, Snail filtrate, glycerin, niacin amide…. all as the first couple of ingredients. This is the stuff my dry skin loves.

The cream has a nice pleasant smell. I can’t describe it..its not overly floral but it is a very faint floral scent which is not over powering. The texture of the cream is a bit stringy compared to the the It’s Skin Prestige Creme d’ Escargot snail cream. However, it feels really nice when applied to the skin. The cream sinks right in and my skin did feel moisturized the next day morning.

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Slightly stringy with gold flecks best describes the cream!

I am not sure if those gold bits did anything for my skin. I used to find small specks of it on my face sometimes..other than look like I went for a late night craft lesson I doubt it did anything.

Overall, it was a decent moisturizer. But was it amazing..nah. I did not find my skin looking any brighter or radiant. It did not do anything for my blemishes, redness, dullness etc. I don’t see myself re purchasing this one again ( especially not if they sell old stock that expires in 10 days). There are so many snail creams out there for me to try!

Have you tried the Moonlab Snail cream? or any of their other products?

Until next time, ciao!!

 

Tosowoong Pure Snail Mask (Skin soothing)

Hello folks! We just did a major move back to the U.S from Asia with a 14th month old and survived! πŸ˜€ The stress of moving, long haul flights and the dry weather of Boston has taken a toll on my skin. That called for a special spa night at home with a face mask and wine !

I had picked up the Tosowoong Pure Snail mask from the website Cosmetic Love a while back and since it said skin soothing decided this is the one for the current lifeless skin situation πŸ˜€

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Tosowoong Pure Snail Mask

The sheet mask was nice and sturdy so I doubt it would tear easily. The mask was well soaked with the essence but not dripping in essence like some masks which meant a no mess no fuss application. There was enough essence left in the packet to apply on my neck and hands (I usually apply left over essence from the packet all over my body).

The instructions tell you to put this on for 10 to 20 minutes but I landed up keeping mine on a for atleast 45 minutes since it felt so relaxing!! I found the mask really soothing and relaxing to keep on the face. The essence does not sit on top of the skin so there is no uncomfortable stickiness to deal with while the mask is on and also when you take it off.

My skin looked brighter and felt plump and moisturized after I took off the mask. Like I mentioned, since the essence soaks into the skin there is no overly sticky gross feeling post masking. I had applied the sheet mask at night before bed and found that my skin felt great even the next morning.

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Ingredient List

The ingredient list also looked pretty good to me which is why I decided to buy this sheet mask. As you can see there is NiacinamideΒ  and snail secretion pretty high up on the list (yay!).

Overall, I really enjoyed using this mask and plan to repurchase this one in the near future. Have you tried any of the Tosowoong sheet masks?

 

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask

Hello folks! We are currently in the process of moving back to the United States and packing is a nightmare! I hope to keep posting at least once a week as I usually do here at the blog. Blogging helps cut off the stress and hassle of real life πŸ™‚ Since we have a super active toddler this time around for a big move, packing is painfully slow. One way to de stress post packing is to put on a face mask!

I picked up the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic clay mousse mask a while back but I started using it only a few months ago. The volcanic clay range from Innisfree is quite popular so I thought I’d try this clay mask. I have dry skin and usually finding a clay mask that does not dry it out further is a challenge. When I went to the Innisfree store, the sales person recommended the mousse version, saying it is less stripping than the original clay mask in the jar packaging.

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Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask

The packaging gets an A+ from me. The aerosol can comes with a pump that dispenses the mousse easily. The dispenser also has a plug to prevent any leakage so this is excellent to travel with.

The mousse, as the name suggests is very creamy and you need very little to cover the whole of your face. I have been using this mask once every week for at least 3 months now and I still have quite a bit left in the can. The instructions tell you to leave this face mask on for 15 to 20 minutes.

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Ingredient List

The first thing that hits you after you rinse off the mask is your ghost white face! Hah! That is the work of Mr. Titanium Dioxide who figures at number 4 in the ingredient list. I am not sure why they have included it since it does not have any long term benefits that I know of. I usually do not use a cleanser after washing off a face mask, but in this case I do it most of the times just to get rid of that white cast.

The mask does leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. The guys responsible for that are Glycerin and Butylene Glycol who come up on top of the ingredient list. Overall, I do not find the ingredient list all that special (At least for my skin). In fact, as I type this post out I notice there is alcohol in the list ( not good for my dry skin). Th soft smooth feeling goes away in the morning and I have not seen any long term effect from using this mask. My skin is the same as it was before I started using this mask. My all time favorite clay mask is the Coast to Coast red clay mask (REVIEW HERE) which used to be sold at Ulta a while back. Unfortunately, it is very hard to get my hands on it unless I ask someone from Australia to send it to me (Coast to Coast is an Aussie brand).

Overall, this clay mask was Meh for me. I am on the look out for a good gentle clay mask for my dry skin. Any suggestions?

Until next time, ciao!!

Holika Holika Good Cera Lip Oil Stick

Hello folks! A while back I had posted about a K beauty Haul from the website Cosmetic Love (POSTED HERE). I had picked up some fun stuff to try along with a lip balm from Holika Holika. This is my first time trying a K beauty lip balm and unfortunately I wasn’t that impressed.

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Holika Holika Good Cera Lip oil Stick

After all, Korean skincare is all about hydration and I expected this to give me nice hydrated juicy lips. I have dry lips almost all year round. This is mostly due to the dry weather conditions where I live ( my lips are happy when I visit my parents in tropical paradise). I no longer have the outer box of the lip balm but from the description given on the Holika Holika European site, this lip balm does not contain artificial colors, artificial flavors, mineral oil, triethanolamine, talc, petrolatum and benzophenone. It does contain, as you probably guessed, Ceramides! Ceramides are a fantastic skincare ingredient.. I have done a whole blog post on it (HERE). This was the reason why I picked this lip balm out of a bazillion ones I saw on the Cosmetic Love website. So I was a bit bummed when it turned out to be like any other regular lip balm. Maybe I put too much pressure on the poor lip balm what with fancy ceramide plastered on his ingredient list! Here is a full ingredient list below:

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ceresin, Meadowfoam Delta-Lactone, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ozokerite, Paraffin, Jojoba Esters, Polyethylene, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Trihydroxystearin, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot)fruit Oil, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ceramide NP, Monascus Extract, Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Alteromonas Ferment Filtrate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ceramide NP, Bacillus Ferment, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP

I tried this as an overnight lip mask and also wore it around the house during the day. As an overnight lip treatment it was meh..it just sat on top of my lips and didn’t do much. Using it as a regular lip balm kept my lips protected from the dry weather but it did not do much in terms of actually hydrating them or making my lips soft. It works well under lipstick so I will mostly be using it for that purpose.

I actually like the design of the tube..it is sleek and the shape of the lip balm bullet is also ergonomic.

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Nice packaging!

The texture and faint smell of this lip balm reminds me of Nivea lip balm. Nivea lip balm = childhood memories for me! I had tons of them growing up..I had the pink tinted one, some sparkly ones, the plain no nonsense blue one., the yellow one..I had every type of lip balm they released back in the day!! This one reminds me strongly of the Nivea Blue one..the unscented no nonsense one πŸ˜€

Overall, this is not a bad lip balm..just don’t have very high expectations like I did πŸ˜€

Until next time, ciao!!!

K Beauty haul from Cosmetic Love

Hello folks! I have been MIA for 3 weeks and it feels good to be back! A haul post seems like the right way to get back into blogging πŸ˜€

For the last couple of years the Western beauty world has been inundated with so many releases that I can hardly keep up anymore! I kind of started feeling a bit uninspired with a lot of the new releases. But I still wanted to satisfy my makeup shopping cravings πŸ˜‰ and that is when I finally took the plunge into the K beauty world. I have bought makeup products from Korean brands almost 10 years ago when I lived in Singapore so it felt good to sort of reconnect with the K beauty world.

I found the website Cosmetic Love and liked the layout, the ease of navigation and the prices. So I did a trial order first where I purchased a highlighter. I kind of forgot about the website for a while and then went back to place a bigger orderΒ  from Cosmetic Love in April. The prices were fantastic, unfortunately they have increased their shipping prices and that kind of kills the fun of getting these goodies at a low price. The shipping cost is calculated by weight and it can add up real quick!!!

I decided to place an order anyway and see how it goes..unfortunately for me the heaviest item in my order was out of stock and they refunded only the cost of the item..so I landed up paying a heavy shipping price for small items! A major bummer!!

So here below I will share the items I did get from my order.

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K beauty Haul from Cosmetic Love
  • Clio Art Highlighter: This was the ‘test’ order I placed with them initially to see how good their services were. Technically not part of this particular haul but thought I’d include it in the picture anyway. This is an awesome highlighter..review coming soon πŸ˜‰
  • Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Clear Compact in Shade 02: I have not tried this yet but the packaging is so cute..I love Pandas..who doesn’t right?
  • Holika Holika Holi Pop Velvet Lip Pencil: I am really impressed by this Lip Pencil. Again full review coming up soon!
  • Holika Holika Good Cera Lip Balm: It is ok. I didn’t find it mind blowing.
  • Tosowoong BB Cream: I have not yet tried this but find it intriguing since it is supposed to adjust to your coloring and is available in only a single shade. It costs only 2$!
  • Tosowoong Sheet masks: I have not yet tried these but saw some good reviews. Have you tried these sheet masks?
  • It’s Skin Prestige Creme d’ Escargot samples: Snail Cream..I have been wanting to try Snail products for the longest time πŸ˜€ Cosmetic Love sells samples of skin care products which is awesome since you can test out if they work for you or not before committing to a full size.

Overall, I think the website is okay except for their shipping charges! If you are able to balance out the weight of your products to pay the minimal shipping charges then give the website a try (and hope that the items you order aren’t out of stock). I am tempted to order more Korean Beauty products. Do you have any website recommendations?

Until next time, Ciao!!