Lately I’ve been working really hard – trying to clear off some work before I take some time off to begin my part time studies. I’ve been sleeping less than 5hours a day and my eyebags are so huge and dark that they’re practically touching the floor. I’ve been using tons of eye creams lately; some people are sceptical about how much eye creams can actually do but I rather be cautious than regret later!
A really quick review today on the YSL Forever Youth Liberator Eye Zone serum. I got this and many eye creams free from a family member who won a contest to review eye creams for their magazine awards. The way the contest are structured are so lame; each participant had about 30 eye creams and 30 days to test!. I’m glad though – because she only tested about 5 and gave the rest away!
Sometimes I just love reading the translations on foreign-made products. This Migabee Energy Ampoule is claimed to be “the solution to honey making skin”… well I like honey so I guess it means something good! It goes on to claim “Royal Bee’s solution helps protect the skin from external stress. It will accelerate soothing and help skin revitalize itself.” I got this from the Memebox Special #50 Step-by-Step Skincare box and they claimed the value to be USD30.
First of all the packaging is excessive. Just look at the paper box and the tiny tube! There’s only 12ml of product for the full size. I had to take photos of the product a few weeks ago because I was worried that I’ll finish using it in no time – and I was right; just 2 weeks in and I’ve used up 2/3 of it. The bottle is a nice clear glass, with a pipette which I thought didn’t work well for the texture – it’s hard to control the amount of product because it keeps getting ‘sucked’ back when you release the squeezy-bit.
Ampoules are supposed to contain high concentrations of extracts and tend to be thicker than essences or serums. This can be used on its own, or added to another serum; I’m usually too lazy to be a mad scientist in the evening so I just use it like a serum. The product is a bit gooey or gel-like; kind of like regular honey. Applied, it leaves a slightly wet-sticky feeling, but it’s not too uncomfortable and it’s not oily. It doesnt feel too heavy on even in a hot climate.
Would I purchase it for USD30? For 12ml of product, I think it’s overpriced. In terms of skincare benefits, I think this locks in moisture well and does feel quite soothing but that is all; I didn’t see any of the anti-inflammatory benefits that usually goes with honey. I like it but don’t love it and I don’t think I will pay USD30 because if the effect is just simply “soothing” because then a simple moisturiser would do.
One thing about living in Singapore is that you are always hot. Not hot, like supermodel hot – but sweat-dripping hot. Where I work there are no indoor canteens or shops, so I have to walk out under the hot sun for lunch. I like keeping a mist on my work table to freshen up after lunch. I received this Unni Recipe Vitamin Recharger Mist in the Memebox Global Edition #16.
If there’s one really bad beauty habit that I would like to stop but can’t, it is picking at pimples. I know, it’s horrible; I always tell myself not to do it but when it ‘matures’ and looks ready for the popping, I just lose all self control! But doing so leaves me with scars, so I’ve been looking for a really good acne scar cream. I saw this Ciracle Red Spot Cream being recommended by a korean youtuber sometime ago – if a korean approves, I’ve got to try it – and I quickly hunted one down!
As much as I love putting on makeup, I am very particular about removing all traces of makeup before the end of each day. I’ve had my skin reacting badly when I’m too tired to do a good cleanse after a day of full makeup on, so I try not to do so again. That gets quite difficult when I’ve gone through over 16 hours of work! So having a good micellaire water at all times is so important to me. I got this Embryolisse Lotion Micellaire in Japan, as a set with the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè, so I don’t know how much this cost. A quick search online put it at about USD32 for a 250ml bottle though.
Missha is one of those brands who have gained prominence in Asia as a copy-cat brand – they recreate very high-end beauty products and sell them at a much more affordable price. The Time Revolution is one of such items – this is supposed to be a “dupe” for the SKII’s Facial Treatment Essence.
I shared about the APIEU Essential Source Hyaluronic Acid First Ampoule just a few days ago and I thought it would be great to follow it up with another “hyaluronic acid” product review – which is the Hydraluron. I think it’s always interesting to see if things that have similar ingredients actually works out similarly, especially if one is a much more expensive product. Hydraluron was a very hyped up product a couple of years back – I first heard about it from Caroline Hirons and then soon every youtuber was talking about it. When I saw it last year in Australia, I grabbed it with no hesitation.
A quick review today on the APIEU Essential Source Hyaluronic Acid First Ampoule – I found this when I was in Korea last year, and got it for KRW22000 which is about SGD22 for 30ml. I found it selling for a similar price on a few websites that sell korean products. Honestly, the only word that I can read on it is “hyaluronic acid”, which has been such a big thing in the beauty world for the last few years.
I recently wrote a mid-week post on all the eye creams that I’ve been using and I realised I haven’t even reviewed a single one of them! So let’s make haste and correct that – starting with the Lancome Renergie Yeux Multi-Lift Ultimate Rejuvenating Eye Duo. This comes with 15ml of eye cream and 4g of concealer. I can’t remember how much this was, but I found it on Lancome’s official website at £49.
Claims by Lancome:
Take your eyes out of the shadows with Lancôme’s Rénergie Yeux Multi-Lift eye cream. Our skincare duo works together to reduce the appearance of dark circles and under-eye bags. The eye contour looks more luminous and feels firmer. Skin and fine lines around the eye appear smoother.
A really quick review on a toner today – the Mizon Mojito Punch Pore Toner. This claims to help in pore care and sebum control. I got mine from a Memebox awhile back, so I don’t know how much it cost in stores but a quick google check showed a price of about USD18. It has ingredients that could be found in a real mojito – lime, apple and peppermint leaf water – although these are pretty far down the list.
Top 5 Ingredients:
Water, Butylene glycol, Alcohol Denat, Pentylene glycol, Cananga Odorata Flower Extract
I think the bottle is adorable – a green shapely bottle. This is full size and have 150ml of product; I thought it would be less as it looks like a small bottle. The smell of lime is quite strong but it doesn’t stay on the skin. To use, I just pour some on a cotton pad and wipe over my face.
I found this slightly different from the regular breed of Korean toners which tends to prep the skin for more hydration – this one works more like a western kind of toner that works as an astringent to control sebum; alcohol is the third largest component.
It’s slightly drying on my skin, but not overly so. I found it very useful when my skin is particularly spotty – it really helps to control my zits from growing! When my period is around the corner, my skin can feel particularly clogged and gross, and I’ve found a wipe with this makes it feel less congested and oily.
In short, I really enjoyed this toner. If you’re thinking it’s a traditional korean toner, it’s not; but it does what it claims to do and it feels really refreshing to use. I have dry skin, and while it is slightly drying, I think using it at the right time offsets the dryness; just don’t use it all the time, only when needed.