Skinfood Haul!

Hi guys I couldn’t help myself-

I’ll post a quick update about all the crazy freebies I’m getting recently!

Warning: whole bunch of pics coming up

 

 

What happened is that I won Skinfood’s Facebook giveaway, and they dropped me this hamper worth $100. However, I was sorely disappointed for various reasons (like a broken eyeliner etc.) , and behaved like a spoilt unappreciative little kid and posted this long rant on their page.

 I think I must have given them a shock.

But they were extremely courteous and responsive, and I felt really overwhelmed by the kindness and helpfulness of the Skinfood personnel. When I told them that the products did not really suit me, they prepared another hamper from the new line as well as a new eyeliner in a more suitable shade. I can’t even…

Pictures from the new hamper below.

I really love the brown eye pencil, even though it smudges pretty easily and you need to touch up often. It just glides on in such a heavenly way!

(detailed review when I have the time) 

After the whole incident, I felt really shameful and won over by their hospitality, so I went down to one of their stores and bought the Peach Sake Toner and Acorn Jelly Mask by way of giving them business ;-;

 

So, don’t be afraid to stand up for yourselves but do think about how others will feel!

Gosh I feel like a bitch

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I feel that getting the eye pencil made it worth it though

DON’T LEARN FROM ME GIRLS

Products present: Gold Kiwi Hydrating Mask, Gold Kiwi Emulsion and Toner, Moisture Egg Hair Pack, Hair Loss Care Shampoo (Pomegranate), Brown Creamy Smokey Crayon, Goat Milk and Lavender Stretch Care Cream, No.2 Muffin Cake Finish (Bronzer/ highlighter), Lollipop Gloss or something (gave it away), Omja Whitening Skincare range (toner, emulsion, essence) and Watery Berry Skincare range (toner, emulsion, essence)

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)

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

Hey guys~

Today, I’ll be reviewing Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque! 

…… LOLWHUT (is that)? 

…this!


Okay, okay, I know most of you (especially in Asia) will not have heard of this before, but it’s pretty well known in the US!


I must first comment on the size of this.


IT IS HUGE.


Not convinced?

Let me give you a size comparison…

With two standard-size lip balms (for some reason all lip balms are the exact same height and size!)

 

 

Look at that! 

Stack three lip balms up and you get the rough height.

I couldn’t stack three lip balms because I’m uncoordinated and clumsy, okay?

Stop harping on it already!


Okay, now let’s have a look at the label behind-

 


That sounds pretty good, eh?

I’m kinda iffy about the ingredients though… 

 


Sounds really chemical-y. 

Kaolin is sorta like clay (I think it had its roots in China?), and it’s used to make pots and stuff!

So essentially this is like a clay mask- thick and cracks upon hardening. 


This mask (masque) is quite refreshing and cooling, but not so much after you wash it off, and when it dries the mint smell fades and the sulfur in this dominates.

…Sulfur?


Don’t worry guys, sulfur has been proven to be good for the skin and many skin products contain trace amounts!

People go to hot springs for the skin benefits, y’know! 

Swimming in sulfur~~

And you get soft, supple skin!


For some reason the mask was quite itchy when I first applied it but when I washed it off there was no redness or irritation, so perhaps it was cos I’m not used to clay masks?

Hmmmm…. 

Anyway when I washed it off I got baby-smooth and soft, firm skin, so I quite like the feeling of this mask!


I usually use this just before my bath, so I can wash it off and come out feeling refreshed!

No mess too 🙂

It does dry out your skin, being a clay mask and all, so people with dry skin should apply some moisturiser before and after using this mask!

I just apply my after-bath moisturiser and I’m set!

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Loves: Refreshing feeling, baby-smooth skin after using, huge size

Hates: Dries out your skin

Rating8/10

Price: 9.10 SGD, bought on Qoo10 (just type the name in the search bar)

 

Green Bean Powder Mask

Hey guys!

Today, I’ll be telling you one of my beauty secrets :3

Oooh, a secret!

Okay, okay, I’ll tell you now.

Let me tell you what I do whenever I get really bad breakouts. I don’t use skincare products during really bad breakouts except cleanser once in the morning and at night, like mosturisers and whatnot. Instead, I turn to natural methods to get rid of the acne!

To get rid of the dirty bacteria:

I use green bean powder, mixed in water, and apply it like a mask. I bought mine from an organic health food store which has barley and rice bits mixed in for added whitening properties that doubles as a scrub.

It is located near Bukit Batok MRT and goes by the name of ‘Vitality’. My mum bought this for me though, so I’m not sure of the exact location.You should be able to buy it in supermarkets though, as it is used in cooking. You don’t actually need the mixed version. The powder I used last time was purchased from NTUC.

DO NOT BUY ‘GREEN BEAN FLOUR’. It looks very similar. If you don’t see any green bean powder, it goes by an alternative name- mung bean powder, which is the same thing. It should look something like this.

I usually use lukewarm water because I’ve heard the effect is better (opening pores and all) but some people use cold water to reduce the inflammation and redness. If you really want to do that, I suggest you wrap ice in a thin towel and hold it to the inflamed areas (the towel is to prevent you from getting frostbite) after washing off the green bean mask.

This can double as a face scrub due to its texture or you can leave it on as a mask. It will harden and make your face feel tight. You can choose to either peel it off or wash it off.

Anyway, pour a bit of powder onto a small dish and add a bit of water. You should not get a watery mixture. It should look like a thick liquid (I will upload pictures soon)

If you peel it off you get the added bonus of getting rid of dead skin and blackheads on your nose (make sure you apply a suitably thick layer so you can peel it off).

However, if you have dry skin, or a really bad case of acne, it would be better to just wash it off to avoid damaging your skin. I would suggest using warm/lukewarm water to wash off this mask as it clings on well. Too well for my liking when I am in a hurry sometimes ._.

DO NOT USE YOUR NAILS TO TRY AND GET IT OFF!

Pat dry after washing your face and if you like, you can apply your preferred mosturiser or follow up with a honey and sugar mask! (I will write about this next time)

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Loves: Reduces pores, blackheads, inflammation and swelling, removes dry skin and firms your face. Leaves face feeling smooth and soft

Hates: Hard to wash off at times

Rating: 9/10

Check out this post byViva Woman(click). Her mask tips are interesting!

 

Skinfood Rice Mask Wash Off

Another update today! 🙂 Aren’t you lucky~I’ll be reviewing Skinfood’s Rice Mask Wash Off!

 

 

I put my Lipice balm there for height comparison! Cos when I got it I was like ‘OMG WHY SO SMALL’. Plus they cheat and the base is elevated =..= lll But after using it I realised it really lasts a long time so no complaints now 🙂

cheat lol ._.

 

For some reason, it feels kinda oily so I was afraid it would cause my face to break out 😮 I guess its really moisturising! It claims to be make your skin brighter so I guess what it does is whiten and slough off the dead skin 🙂 the after-effect is similar to the Holika Holika Kiwi Peel-off Cream (click to go) and my skin feels smooth and soft!

I‘m not sure if it really brightens as it claims, but I have been getting fairer! To be fair, I am using Hada Labo’s Arbutin Whitening Lotion, so I cannot be sure if it really works. But my skin feels great and moisturised after applying this mask, a bit like Hada Labo’s Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion, so that tells you how great this is 🙂

After you wash it off, any oily feeling is gone *phew* and you are left with soft baby skin~I rub this in upon application then let it sit for 15-20min as recommended.You can let it sit longer or shorter if you want, I tried it for about 3min another day with about the same results, then for 40min for another. Leaving it on longer just makes the ‘soft, bouncy’ feeling last longer, that’s all.

Remember not to over-use this even though the rice husks are quite gentle! At most three times a week! I really like the fragrance of this mask- it has the underlying scent of cooked rice but has this perfume-y smell that is really quite pleasant, too. It reminds me of The Face Shop’s Rice Cleanser.

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Loves: Pleasant smell, cheap, moisturising

Hates: Feels kinda oily at first but no major issues

Rating: 7.5/10

Would I buy it again?: I think it will last a long time… and I have my sights set on the Black Sugar Heating Mask and the Yoghurt Masks (Banana, Kiwi, Papaya… Papaya is good!)

Price: I got it for 7.80SGD online, and they sell it at around 26 SGD in stores. So buy it online!! Go to Qoo10 (click) and hope that it’s discount day 🙂 free samples too hehe

Holika Holika Smoothie Peeling Cream (Golden Kiwi)

Hey guys!

Today, I’ll be reviewing Holika Holika’s Smoothie Peeling Cream (Sunshine Golden Kiwi)!




This was part of my haul over the hols in Brunei. I know, no one goes there right ._.
and no global brands like Starbucks or Forever 21, can you believe it?

Thankfully, the Korean beauty industry have managed to set root and they are swarming all over in all the shopping malls (though there are about 4, 5 malls only).

You see brands like The Face Shop, Holika Holika, Tonymoly, Etude House, The Body Shop (not Korean though).

ANYWAY. Back to business.

You can see from the pictures that its kinda skin-coloured, with little beads of kiwi seeds and stuff for texture (to get rid of the dead skin I guess) then fades to a translucent-y shade of white. I usually apply a thin layer instead of a thick one cos it kinda flakes off and makes a mess when I try to peel it. *tsktsk*

So I just rub at it a bit then wash it off! But that’s just cos I’m lazy haha. Or maybe I’m supposed to apply a super-thick layer? I doubt so :/

Its near-impossible to peel off.





The mask is supposed to remove dead skin and dirt, and after trying it myself I’m amazed at how soft my skin feels.

Like all the dead skin has been removed and I’m left with soft, kissable baby skin! *squeals~* I try to restrict myself to use it only twice a week, but I’m so tempted to whip it out everyday, y’know? The smell is so delicious and it feels so refreshing… even when I put it on an oily face it just cleanses the oil and leaves it soft and clean!

It is totally my favourite mask now!


I was thinking about getting other one in this range, some kind of grape gel thing, but I’m so glad I stuck to my decision and got this instead! So happy 🙂 You must try it yourself to experience it 🙂


It’s very affordable here in Singapore, you know? Check out Kpoptown.com (click to go) for lower prices on Korean beauty products 🙂

(I realised I was totally ripped off when I paid 20 bucks for this ._. so don’t follow in my footsteps!)

Also, if you over-use this mask, your skin will start peeling off. So unsightly!

So don’t. 😛


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Loves: Cheap price, effectiveness

Hates: None, but don’t over-use.

Rating: 9/10

Will I purchase it again?:

I think I’ll try other products first before making a decision… but I totally love this!!

Price:

I bought it for 20 BDN (currency same as S’pore) but don’t be fooled! The actual price is like 14SGD or cheaper. TSK! (I feel so stupid now)

Edit:

I went back to purchase it again, and this time I consulted the saleslady. Apparently a ‘peeling mask’ means that it helps to get rid of dead skin cells, and it should not be peeled off. You need to wash it off after you apply it, and it is best used as a gentle scrub and then let it sit, if you like, as a mask.

Thanks for reminding me!