Sunday, April 22, 2018

ACURE Moroccan Argan Oil Review
So thoroughly used I hardly have any left!

This is not my first encounter with Argan oil. After venturing into Rosehip seed oil years ago, I've decided to give Argan oil a try because I read that it's lighter than Rosehip seed oil. This is actually my second bottle of Acure Argan oil!

ACURE Moroccan Argan Oil Review

Acure has 4 variations - original, rose, citrus, and coconut. This one is rose scented, but do not be fooled - it contains a blend of fragrances such as Orange, Rose Geranium, Lemongrass, and Rose flower oil. In fact, I find the rose scent to be so subtle as it's overpowered by the Orange scent. It still smells nice, it's just NOT the rosy scent I expected. Be warned!

ACURE Moroccan Argan Oil Review

On the back of the bottle are some instructions:
Apply small amont to palm, rub hands together, then apply to desired area. If using in hair, work it through to the ends.

I think it needs just one more step: to inhale deeply after rubbing hands together to enjoy the scent!

ACURE Moroccan Argan Oil Review

I really like the glass bottle, as it has a frosted finish. Makes it feel more luxurious? Having tried dropper bottles, I realize i prefer pump bottles more because it reduces the tendency for the oils to oxidize as there is limited contact between the left over oil and air. An older bottle of Rosehip seed oil actually oxidized over time because I don't always close the bottle tightly. My bad I know! It's just less convenient. I've since washed and reused my first bottle of Argan oil (with dish soap) to house some vegetable glycerin now! Complete with a handwritten label :)

I noticed they have changed the packaging a while ago, so it's no longer a frosted glass bottle :( Perhaps they are worried that this packaging doesn't prevent again UV degradation?

Also, I like that it has a locking mechanism that prevents accidental pumping action, particularly useful when you're travelling with it. Just twist in the direction as indicated on the top of the pump and you can switch from open to lock easily.

Even though I really like this packaging, I do have a small complaint about the pump itself - for some reason, there will be oils collecting in the crevices. I've added a small arrow pointing to a thin layer of oil. It's not supposed to be there, I think? I have to remove the top part of the pump and clean it on several occasions. I suspect it malfunctions when I do not do a full pump. Sometimes I only want a small drop of oil so I'd only press the pump half way down.

ACURE Moroccan Argan Oil Review

The oil has a pale golden tint in the bottle, but appears colourless when it's on my palm. It's very runny, spreads easily between my palms and applies easily. I find that lightly pressing my palms against my face is a pretty good way to apply the oil, instead of rubbing it around. I'd concentrate it around my eyelids, cheeks, and lip area, places that get dry easily. Whatever is left is then pressed onto my forehead, jaw, and neck. I find one pump sufficient for my entire face and neck.

Typically, I apply this as a last step after my creams and serum. If I were to apply this on its own onto my dry skin, it wouldn't help much. The Acure Argan oil is a wonderful oil, but it is by no means a miracle oil. It has all the moisture sealing properties of other oils, with the exception of its lightness. I do find that it is slightly more lightweight than the Rosehip seed oil.

In a nutshell, the Acure Argan Oil in Rose scent is a wonderfully lightweight oil to use on pre-moisturized skin. The scent is more citrus than rose, but it doesn't take away from the fact that its has a relaxing scent that can enhance the overall experience. At USD9.34 each (it's price actually dropped over the years!), it's an extremely good buy.

Repurchase? HELL YES.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

La roche posay lipikar fluide review
My thoughts after finishing it (it only took a month).

I've just finished up this 400ml bottle of lotion, so it's a good time to do a review on it because I really want to cut it up to reach the bits that are still stuck onto the inside walls before I declare it empty so I can throw it away. So frugal.

The LRP Lipikar Fluide belongs to their Lipikar line, which is formulated for dry skin. I am interested in this line because it contains Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), which I have recently found to be really awesome for chronically dry skin. Research has shown that it soothes the skin while stimulating the production of ceramides within the skin to strengthen its skin barrier function! Looks like something that will benefit me, right? My skin is so dry and damaged, it feels good scratching almost any part of my body.

Guardian happened to be running a sale a while back, so instead of S$29.90, I only paid S$24 (for 400ml) after their 20% discount. It's more affordable than the Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Moisturizer (S$49.90 for 300ml). Granted, the latter contains ceramides that Lipikar Fluide doesn't. I'll write about that in another entry because I actually DO like the Cetaphil Restoraderm Moisturizer.

la roche posay lipikar

They have another product in the same line, the Lipikar Baume AP+, which seems like an even better option for my eczema, but I could not commit to the price of S$56.90 for 400ml. At that price point, I feel like I need a tester to try out extensively before deciding if I want to drop that much dough on it.

La roche posay lipikar fluide review

On the bottle, it reads:

Indications: Skin sensitivity and dryness in babies, children and adults.
Innovation: A moisturizing formula concentrated in Niacinamide to instantly soothe and protect skin from external aggressors. Within an ultra-light texture to facilitate and speed up daily application. Tested on atopy skin.
Use: Apply 1-2 times a day in light massaging strokes to face and/or body skin pre-cleansed with a gentle soap-free product.
La roche posay lipikar fluide ingredients

The ingredients are:

As you can see, Niacinamide is the 3rd ingredient in the list. I can't find a definitive amount of Niacinamide it contains, but their Lipikar Gel-Fluide contains 4%, so I guess that's a good ball park figure to work with.

Let's move on to the texture and feeling of this product.

Viscosity: It is very spreadable, so one pump could easily cover both of my arms without much effort. I like that a lot because it reduces the chances of me rubbing it in too hard just to spread it around. The product has quite some slip to it, and I believe it can be attributed to the dimethicone.

La roche posay lipikar fluide review

Texture: The product has an almost gel like structure in a sense that it kind of holds a shape after I pumped into onto my palms. However, once you rub it into your palms, it feels watery. It kind of reminds me of the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, but a little stiffer.

Colour: In the photo, it looks opaque white, but it's more like a translucent white colour. It also has no fragrance, but it does have a soft scent. I guess it's just the smell of the ingredients? it is not off putting at all.

After feeling: As the moisturizer is rather light weight, it absorbs very quickly and doesn't leave me sticky. The downside to that is it is not moisturizing enough for when my skin is extremely dry (the shedding phase).

Longevity: Depending on the condition of my skin, it can vary from minutes to hours. On a bad day with extremely dry and flaky skin, it keeps it moisturized for 10-15 minutes? On the better parts of my body, my skin feels moisturized for 6-8 hours.

Usage: I use it once every night after my shower, about 4 pumps for my entire body (1 for my arms, 1 for my torso, 1 for my thighs, and 1 for my calves). It has lasted me about 4 weeks?

The first time I used this product, I have a lot of broken skin so it stung like a bitch. Over the course of a month, I notice my skin condition did improve in a sense that I have a lot less broken skin. My skin is moisturized and the healthier parts actually stayed moisturized with the help of this cream. I can't attest to the soothing part, because I don't typically use it during an itchy moment. I use this at night after my shower, and I must say, I think it does soothe my skin quite a bit because there will be moments when I caress my skin and it doesn't feel gratifying as though I'm scratching an itch - it just feels normal.

Will I repurchase this? Probably, if I can get it at the discount price :) Spending S$24 every month for calmer skin is worth it, and something I can afford.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (Review)
Why only two weeks? Because sensitive skin.

This entry is long over due, as I've received this along my other iHerb purchase in November of 2017. iHerb was having a Korean beauty sale, if I remember correct it was a 15% discount, so I got this for SGD17.35 instead of the usual SGD20.41 (it's now a little more expensive at SGD25 .43 though, for reasons unknown to me). It's a good deal!

I wanted to give this product a try because I read on reddit how it helped soothe redness in other users' skin. I have plenty of redness on my face, in fact, my entire face is red, except my nose. If this could bring down the redness, it'd be worth a try.

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (Review)

This snail mucin essence comes in a plastic pump bottle, very much different from the Mizon AIO Snail Repair Cream, which comes in a glass container. Price wise, after the discount, the COSRX is a little more affordable ($17+ vs $21+). Also, pump bottles are slightly more hygienic as there is no direct contact with the product within the bottle.

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (Review)

The official description of the product:
Formulated with 96% Snail Secretion Filtrate (Mucin), this essence protects the skin from moisture loss while keeping the skin texture smooth and healthy.
Compared to Mizon AIO which has 92% mucin, the COSRX contains a little bit more of that slimy goodness. Also, it contains lesser ingredients, which I thought would be a plus for my sensitive skin.

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (Review)

The pump is easy to use, but deposits a little too little product in one pump. Is it because I have a big face, that's why I require more product?

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (Review)

On the bottle, there's only Korean description. For English description, refer to the outer packaging (which I've thrown out before taking a photo).

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (Review)

This is how much one pump gives me. One tiny splooch. I need 2 pumps to comfortably cover my entire face and neck. It has a watery consistency, yet still a little viscous and slimy. I feel this is more slimy than Mizon's AIO. Then again, the COSRX is a in liquid form, while the AIO is in a gel form.

It spreads very easily and is absorbed almost instantly. It has no emollients as far as I can feel, because if i do not top up my normal face cream quick enough, my skin feels tight and taut again. Although it has sodium hyaluronate in the formula, that stuff alone is insufficient for my parched skin.

The COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence does an amazing job at giving my skin a surge of moisture, but doesn't nothing to keep it that way. With that said, it's meant as an essence that boosts the hydration of your skin when coupled with your other face creams. 

I've only tried it for 2 weeks because it started stinging my face. What I did not know is that whenever I clean my face in the shower, I create a lot of micro abrasions that I can't see with my eyes (I have a lot of dry flakes that I try to exfoliate while in the shower). While the product felt great on my skin the first week, it slowly began to sting starting from the second week.

:( This is a no for my sensitive skin. I have no idea what's going on with my face right now. I can only describe it as dry, red, and flaky. I do not have any before and after images, but if there were, it'd look a bit better at the end of the first week, then a little worse at the end of the 2nd week because it stung my face.

On the iHerb page, there is a list of warnings, one of which states
Do not use on damaged or broken skin
So.. That's me! I've since passed this on to my brother since he has dry skin, but his skin ain't broken like mine! But he didn't use it consistently enough for me to tell you it made a huge improvement to his dry and oily skin.

Should you try this? If you have pretty normal skin that needs a little boost of moisture, have tried other snail products before and like its effects, and if iHerb is running another promotion on Korean beauty, then yes you should! Otherwise, maybe you could skip this. No one really needs a 10 step skin care routine, for reals. Unless you have too much time on your hand, or too much money to spend?

Unrelated Note

Thanks for staying with me after almost 2 months of inactivity on this blog. I went back to HK in December to visit my family, I did not bring my laptop back consciously because I just wanted to have something like a digital detox. After I got back, I was busy with other stuff. Plus, I haven't been using much new stuff in my skin care so I have nothing to talk about. 

Also, photobucket (the photo hosting service I've been using forever) recently axed their old paid plans, so I'm left stranded in an awkward situation where if I do not pay their new plan price (USD599 a year), I can no longer host my images using photobucket. This just paralyzed me because it's like being held hostage. All of the past entries are built from photos hosted on photobucket. Heck, even parts of my blog skin are kept visible because I hosted on photobucket. Till now, I still do not dare to take a look at the plight of my blog. I would hate to see all the photos unavailable. I hate knowing it will take a tremendous amount of work to relocate all my photos, and then to relink every single one of them. FML. I'm just paralyzed by the amount of work it'd take to fix this silly issue, and I have yet to think of a better idea yet. So, in the mean time I'll just look forward and make sure I host my new images elsewhere. I don't even make 599 a year from the ads displayed on my blog, and to pay such a huge amount for a hobby blog just doesn't make sense to me. 

With that out of the way, I have been trying new skin care products for the past 2 months and I think I have something to write about soon! 

Once again, thank you so much for reading.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Etude House Be My Universe

Etude House released a new collection at the start of November, it's theme - The mysterious Universe.

I'm so late to the party! I'll elaborate a little at the end of the post.

Etude House Be My Universe

This collection is small, but varied. I think variety always gives an illusion of making things seem more interesting than it actually is.

Let's take a look, if you haven't already!


An eyes and cheeks palette containing 7 colours: 6 eye shadows (1g each), and 1 blusher/highlighter (1.8g).

etude house UNIVERSE MULTI PALETTE swatches
I love their creative swatching techniques! All of the different shades at a glance.

There are 2 palettes in this collection.

etude house UNIVERSE MULTI PALETTE 01 pink galaxy swatches

Reminiscent of the glittering galaxy, this palette has a variety of soft shades, pinkish toned point colours, and sparkling glitter. I believe the swatches are done in an anticlockwise spiral, starting from the blusher shade (the biggest pan), ending with the pan in the center.

etude house UNIVERSE MULTI PALETTE 02 gold galaxy swatches

A gold shift of the previous palette now gives us the same glittery shimmery splendid, but in gold tones instead of pink.


Made to look like a glittery firework spewed by a spaceship rocket, the oil binder gives you a high shine finish. The bullet shaped rubber tip reduces glittery fall out so you can use this without worrying it'll ruin the rest of your makeup!

etude house UNIVERSE GLITTER PIGMENT swatches
At a glance.

Available in 3 shades.

PP501 Broken Rocket Flash is a pinkish purple colour, just like the glare of the center of the universe.

BK801 Starlight Dust of the Universe is a gold black colour, just like the revealing sparkling presence in the dark space.

PK002 Rocket Firework is a rose gold colour, created in the image of a charming space goddess.



The classic Lash Perm Curl Fix Mascara gets a small face lift with this Be My Universe collection. If you look really closely, then handle now has some metallic dust that looks like what I think star dust would look like. The formula is still the same, it gives you 24 hour curls that is water, sweat, and sebum resistant! The special C-curve brush will pull up your lashes to create clump-free curled lashes.

Available in 2 shades.


A small addition to their existing Dear my tint & gloss tinting lipstick (lipstick case sold separately), both the matte and glossy lipsticks glides on smoothly. The matte lipsticks delivers sharp and vibrant colours.

Again with the creative swatching! Lovely! Maximum effort!

Available in 5 different shades, of which 3 are limited colours.

The glossy shades seem to work well as top coats!


5 new limited edition lipstick cases for this festive season! These are extra sparkly and glittery. Holographic is trending now I suppose (wait a minute.. this is old news isn't it?).


Formulated with luminous oil and water, this base hydrates your skin and imparts a shiny finish. The gold ingredients and ruby powder creates a luxuriously radiant skin with its subtle red capsules. Using a thin layer of this glow up base before makeup helps increase the longevity of the make-up, with the added bonus of a gentle glow.

While it sounds extremely lovely, due to its potentially sticky nature, use only if you're in a very dry country like Korea. The bottle contains 30ml of product.


This set of scented hand cream is made up of 3 different scents, each with its own unique personality.


Each tube contains 50ml of hand cream.


Inspired by the mysterious universe, this is Etude House's take on what it will feel like to fall into outer space - a charming and alluring scent. The blend of Neroli and Musk creates a charming harmony that warms and softly envelop the entire body.

A look at its different notes.

This set contains a perfume spray (50m) and a roll on (7ml). How convenient! On a side note, the perfume isn't available on the International site.


The limited edition brush set and pouch is inspired by the emotions of the universe, with its glittery pouch and pastel coloured brushes.

The pouch allows you to carry a variety of makeup products within, including the 3 brushes that make it easy to apply your eyes makeup, contouring, and blusher/highlighter.


Etude House is running a launching promotion now, where everything is 20% off! Prices shown above are before discount.

The International site says the promotional period is from 6 November to 23 November, but it's still showing discounted prices now. If you're in Korea, lucky you because the promotion runs till 27 December!

Ending Note:
I actually quite like this small collection. Even though I may sound like I'm underwhelmed, it's actually quite the opposite! I am surprised how big this collection feels despite the small number of items!

Now, the eye shadow and cheek palette looks like a really convenient product, and might benefit those who don't already have massive amounts of separate eye shadow palette and blushers. But who're we kidding? If you're reading this entry, you probably are a makeup addict :P I think what might be better is if it allows you to change up that blusher shade with other blush pans. The current selection is just too narrow, don't you think? You either get a blush or a highlighter. Granted, you could use one of the shimmery/metallic eye shadows as a highlighter, but then again, you do kinda need that huge of a surface area to coat your blush brush to make sure you get a diffused and blended look.

The glossy lipsticks was a pleasant surprise too. I've seen topcoats similar to the 2 above released by mostly western brands. Seeing Etude House take the lead in the Asian market is rather nice. Now these can transform any existing lipstick you have, that's quite exciting isn't it?

Also excited about the glow on volume base, something I would love to use but probably won't because Singapore's climate is too humid for one to wear that base comfortably. The only shiny skin you get here is because you're sweating a lot, and your oils and sebum gets secreted due to the warmer weather.

That's all I have to say about this collection!

As for my extremely lateness to this entry, I feel like I'm in some sort of a ditch lately. I don't really feel like doing anything more than status quo, so blogging just went to the very back of my mind when I'm in such a state. Hoping that this storm passes soon so I can find that vitality back. If you're still reading on, thank you for your concern!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

etude house prism in eyes
New eyeshadow but not really?

Etude House is introducing a new line of eyeshadows - aptly named the Prism In Eyes. They are designed to sparkle in a wide range of enchanting colours hidden in light. Get ready for fascinating glimmer and vivid colours.

This type of cream to powder, high intensity metallic eyeshadow isn't exactly new - Kiko released their Water Eyeshadow years ago. Catrice had the Liquid Metal Eyeshadow a few years back too. I'm sure there are other products just like these, but those 2 are what I heard of.

etude house prism in eyes

It's not available on their global site yet, so here are some details about the eyeshadow, translated from the official website:
  1. Prism colour captures light from all angles with its glitter and colour pigments.
  2. The innovative Prisma Shine texture reproduces colour and shimmer gorgeously.
  3. The HD finish makes the eyeshadow glide on smoothly, adhering tightly to your skin to give you long lasting wear.
  4. Prisma Shine has a special texture thanks to its manufacturing process. Unlike powder eyeshadows which are pressed dry, the Prisma Shine starts off as a moist gel dough. Powder, colour pigments, and pearl pigments are then added into the mix. It's then poured into molds, and left to set in a warm chamber.
Here are the swatches!

etude house prism in eyes swatch
An overview of all 15 shades. Coded them for easy reference.

The colour selection consists of browns and pinks. Most of them are either yellowish or reddish, with the exception of PP502, which appears a little less yellow compared to the rest. Boy, are those pinkish/reddish shades lovely. URGH!!! (that's the sound of me trying to stop myself from buying beautiful but unnecessary things)

etude house prism in eyes swatch be101 or201 pk001
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etude house prism in eyes swatch br401 br402 br403
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etude house prism in eyes swatch br404 pk002 br405
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etude house prism in eyes swatch pk003 rd301 pp501
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etude house prism in eyes swatch pp502 br406 407
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From the official swatches, the product appears to apply thinly and evenly. Most of them have a pearly sheen to it instead of a frosty/metallic finish (save for BR406, crystal sugar). The pigmentation is that but not that outstanding, to be honest. The promo pictures got my expectations too high - I was expecting more shimmer and metallics.

What can I say? To each their own! Some people like subtle sheen like that. I think the only reason why one person who already has a lot of eyeshadows would want to buy this is if they want to be able to quickly apply eyeshadows with their finger evenly. A creamy product has that advantage over powder eyeshadows.

The eyeshadow can be applied with fingers, or with an eyeshadow brush. Nothing else is mentioned about using it wet or dry, so I think it's really up to you to explore how you want to play around with the product. If it's anything like the Kiko Water Eyeshadow, then do expect amazing colour payoff when used wet. In fact, I think the pearly sheen of the Prism In Eyes will complement the frosty/metallic finish of the Water Eyeshadow!

Also comes with a case where you can store trios.

etude house prism in eyes palette
This entry is clearly a case of "I got sucked into the beautiful reddish shades".

I'll update the links once it's available on the global site!
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