Olay Total Effects 7-In-1 Day Cream (SPF 15) and Night Moisturiser

I’ve been using this product for about three months now, and I’d like to blog a little about it.

I ran out of my trusty The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream, and I didn’t want to buy it again at full price without any sales being on. I came across this range by Olay on Amazon (I honestly spend too much time on there) that was going at a discounted price of £13.50 for both the Day and Night cream, and I jumped at the chance since I’ve heard great reviews about it.

Olay claims that the cream is unscented- though I find the day cream does have the strong smell of sunblock to it (sniff it at a sample counter and you will know what I mean)

I like the night moisturiser a lot more because it’s lighter on the skin- the day cream leaves my face feeling very sticky and oily, which I guess is due to the fact I’m not used to wearing makeup or product on my face.

The day cream is good under foundation and I find it does help to even out skintone. It stings a little when I get really bad hormonal acne during the time of the month.

I found that with regular application of the day/night cream, my acne subsided somewhat for 4~5 weeks, which was quite a pleasant surprise for me as it’s not really something that the product is advertise to help with.

The acne was back with a vengeance after that, though (and also partly due to stress and my itchy fingers), so I would say it helps with acne for the first few weeks of application.

It will not help with hormonal acne, though, but it does leave your skin feeling moisturised and refreshed. I much prefer the night cream and confess to skipping the day cream on hot days even though I know I should have something with SPF on!

ba3a7-tumblr_inline_mi7t0pdd4v1qdlkygLikes:

tumblr_inline_mpl4nskDvl1qz4rgp Moisturising effect

tumblr_inline_mpl4nskDvl1qz4rgp Helps with acne for first few weeks

Dislikes:

tumblr_inline_mpl4np1jA61qz4rgp Strong chemical smell (day cream)

tumblr_inline_mpl4np1jA61qz4rgp Oily and sticky feeling (day cream)

Overall Rating (3.5/5)

3 and half

HELP!!! Miniskirt Issues

Agonising over whether I should make the purchase.


4.90 bucks only, but my parents would probably kill me for this hahaha.

And I’m kinda broke already… I need to save up some more money for the five bottles of O.P.I I’m eyeing!!


Lookie here!!

Tell me if it’s worth it :/

I’m deliberating between 5 (navy blue), 6 (boring but practical black), and 8 (wine red)

 

 

Maybelline Baby Lips- Soothing Cherry, Mango Pie, Baby Lips, Pink Blast

Hey guys~ 

Today, I’ll be reviewing several lip balms~

I know, I know, it’s kinda my fault for procrastinating and putting this off so much.

 

But it’s not entirely my fault that I have term tests AND I’ve been busy with the new layout!  *nods furiously*

Plus I found so many cute favicons online and got distracted….  *guilty face*

Okay. I’ll be reviewing the Maybelline range of lip balms, Smoothing Cherry, Mango Pie, and the new range of tinted lip balms- Baby Pink and Pink Blast!

 

 

Let’s start with my first purchase nearly two years back- Smoothing Cherry! Back then, I was this baby-faced teenager with absolutely no zits and I didn’t give a hoot about skincare. No cleanser, no toner, nothing!

Actually sometimes I think using so many products may conversely worsen the condition of my skin…. oh well. 

But I digress.

Anyway, I bought the lip balm (Cherry) on my friend’s recommendation… It’s a long story but I fell in love with it because it smelt so nice~ Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m a sucker for nice scents. Sometimes I dab it behind my ears… 

And my bf likes it! *hehe*

The scent is so fruity and delicious, it makes you want to eat it.

Delicious, no? 


Mango Pie’s scent comes off as more artificial to me but it’s nice nonetheless.

It has a less oily feel when applied as compared to Cherry but it’s equally moisturising.

I prefer to use Mango in school because it has a lighter scent, less sticky, and does not have a tell-tale ‘oily’ or ‘shiny’ look, so I’m not tempted to wipe off my balm like I sometimes do for Cherry cos it gets sticky and annoying when I’m out of air-conditioned places.

 

The last two tinted balms have the same scent, Mixed Berry, which smells like raspberries  tons of different berries mixed together.

 

Either way, it smells so divine!

The scent is definitely more subtle than the previous two and not so artificial, and is less sticky/oily. It doesn’t provide a lasting cover moisture-wise so I found that I had to constantly re-apply during my crazy triple lecture day, which really got my goat.

If you ask me, Lip Ice’s Sheer Colour Lip Balm (review here) is waaaay better because:

1) Angled tip means easier application (see Lip Ice post)!

Maybelline’s lip balms are all flat-tipped. That’s okay if it has no tint, but these two have (no matter how light they are- talk about that in a minute), and so I find it immensely difficult to apply them confidently without a mirror because it’ll probably go all over the edge of my lips and I’ll get clownish big smackers.   

2) It has a deeper shade! Come on, I don’t want to apply the balm over and over again just ‘cos I want some colour in my lips.

3) It is cheaper. I got mine for 5.30 BDN (same as SGD) and the Maybelline tinted ones are 6.90 SGD at SASA, like seriously, so expensive for so little colour- might as well buy some cheapo lipstick with the money.

I shouldn’t be complaining though ‘cos I got mine on offer during the Chinese New Year sales for only 8 SGD for two!! Newly manufactured somemore hehehe.

Okay okay I’ll stop before y’all bash me to bits 😀

I’ve added my thoughts into nice tables for your easy reference :3

 

Between the four lippies….

 

 

…and the tinted balms!

 

Oh there’s not much colour difference between the two Maybelline ones so might as well get which ever one looks cuter to you on the outside.

See below photo for proof.

I had to put it on white paper because you can barely see it when applied on the back of my hand, which again tells you how crazily light they are.

 Pricing: 5.90 SGD for non-tinted balms and 6.90 SGD for tinted balms.

That’s it from me 🙂

Super long post right!

In short, GET LIP ICE SHEER COLOUR IF YOU WANT A TINTED BALM.


Bye-bye!

Update as of June ’13: I have decided that I am going for a natural look now and I much prefer the Maybelline lip balms now! Lip Ice Sheer Colour seems a tad bit strong for summer 😛 Sorry for the harsh reviews hahah!

 

The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Body Butter

Today, I’ve decided to deviate from masks and review The Body Shop’s Ginger Sparkle Body Butter!

Although Christmas is over, The Body Shop has yet to clear their Christmas displays, and post-Christmas sales are always worth waiting for! (most shops do it to clear stock)(I will upload pictures when my DSLR is back from repairs. Long story. Meanwhile, satisfy yourself with a picture I took from Google. Many apologies!)

 

The main components of this body butter are:

Ginger root extract

Shea Butter (Community Fair Trade)

So, if you have been eyeing the Shea Body Butter for some time but want a clean, rich scent, this alternative should do well!

It is suited for all skin types, so this is not as oily or greasy as some of the heavy, ‘for dry skin’ body butters.

The label on the container states 24 hours (is that how long the moisturising effect lasts for? Or that you can use it any time?)

 

I can understand why they call this ‘Ginger Sparkle’. When you take a whiff of it, you inhale a sharp, spicy scent, and you can’t help but take another sniff. Truthfully, I bought it for the scent rather than its moisturising properties. 😛

 

Anyway, after I rubbed it into my skin (calves), it really provided a lot of moisture without being too oily or greasy. It sinks in easily and I love the smooth, soft feeling your skin attains. I moved around a lot, so that may be why the ‘moisturised’ feeling lasted for only two hours. The scent easily lasted up to 6 hours in comparison, becoming more subtle as it wore off.

The smell is heavenly but for some people, it might seem a bit strong. A little goes a long way! I usually rub it at the pulse points and a little at the back of my neck when I go out. If you adore this scent and would like to wear it out, I would suggest you apply it 30 minutes before you go out for a more subtle scent! It smells like gingerbread and vanilla and bakeries… YUM!

 

Sadly, there are no cheaper alternatives online as The Body Shop does not distribute their products to other stores. However, there are 20% off sales ongoing, and I managed to get it cheap in Brunei! There are similar sales in other countries where the Body Shop has set up stores, and I’m sure that even if this is not for you, you can easily find something else you like among the three new Xmas flavours: 

Vanilla, Ginger Sparkle and Cranberry! Cranberry has a more mature smell, and Vanilla smells like butter and bakeries. Good enough to eat! I didn’t buy it because I didn’t want to smell like a cake ._. 

 

My boyfriend likes this scent, too, and as it is not exactly a girly scent, why not let your man borrow it? Of course, everyone has their own tastes, and this may not be for everyone. Do head to your nearest Body Shop store to try it out!

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Loves: Scent, mosturising but not oily/greasy, sinks in well

Hates: The smell might be too strong for your tastes, so use sparingly or apply and wait a bit before going out

Rating: 7.5/10

Would I buy it again?: This will last for a long, long time. I can’t wait for next year’s Christmas scents! No point buying the same thing twice anyway if it lasts for a long time

Price: Around 21.50 BDN in Brunei (currency equal to Singapore) after 20% discount. And I didn’t use the membership card so members, an additional 10% off! It is more expensive in Singapore, 32.90 SGD if I am not wrong which comes to around 26.30 SGD after discount (membership discount not included in calculations). This makes this cheaper than all the other body butters!! Yay!