PROJECT FINISH: [REVIEW] Yves Rocher, Cetaphil, Bodhi, Laneige

Project Empty-Out Items

Hello lovelies! Here’s my July installation of empties (fistbump). As always, I’m darn proud when I finish using something.There are 5 items here, all of which are skincare and bath & body products.

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PROJECT FINISH: [REVIEW] Korres, Soap&Glory, Hada Labo, Neutrogena, Shokubutsu

Project Empty-Out

Hello all! Today I’ll be sharing a post on the recent items which I’ve finished using (yay finally) and my after thoughts. I coined this as Project Finish (I know it sounds a bit weak, let me know if you have a better suggestion :))

There are 5 items here, all of which are skincare products. Although not all are full-sized products, I’m still proud to say I’m making some headway through my stash.

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REVIEW: Leaves of Trees Lemon Verbena Scrub

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Hey hey people, I have another scrub which I procured recently from Luxola. This is the Lemon Verbena Scrub from Leaves of Trees, and it’s a salt scrub infused with oils. What I like about this it that it’s paraben free, and by large, natural.

Price: SGD$16 on Luxola

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Packaging: Heavy glass bottle with black screw on cap. What I particularly appreciate is how wholesome the product looks. Almost like a salad dressing. You can see the contents within, and the label gives it a rustic feel.

Ingredients: Magnesium sulphate (epsom salt), Argania spinosa (argan oil), Olea Europaea (olive) fruit oil, Aloysia citrodora (lemon verbena) oil, Sodium chloride (dendritic salt), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract and Glycerin.

Scent: Very soothing blend of citrus and herbs. Think lemon infused lemongrass tea, or essential oil that most spas tend to use. YES, it’s that awesome, uplifting smell.

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Before usage, I recommend giving the bottle a good shakey shakey, as the salt tends to settle and separate from the oil. From the photo above, you can see the coarseness of the salt, in fact when I close the bottle I can hear crunching sounds as the salt granules break.

I use this sparingly, as it’s a 50ml bottle (about a small jam jar) and costs SGD$16. I know, $16 isn’t much but if you think about it, the Skinfood Coffee Body Scrub is around the same price and contains 110ml of product.

So, I give myself a good scrub as a wind-me-down on hectic days, and I love how nice I smell after. The salts provide adequate exfoliation to lift dead skin, while the essential oils keep my skin moisturised and revitalised.

My rating: 4.5/5 (great for a spa day, -0.5 for value for money)

Overall I would recommend this as a treat, and I will repurchase when my current bottle exhausts.
There’s other variants available, such as Grapefruit Tangerine, Seaweed Eucalyptus & Lavender Sugar. Would you give this a try?

cheerio,

hei

SAMPLE STORIES: [REVIEW] LANEIGE Multiberry Yoghurt Peeling Gel

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Let’s do a sample story today. The other day I gave my two cents about Laneige’s Multiberry Yoghurt Repair Pack, today’s it’s going to be the Multiberry Yoghurt Peeling Gel. According to Laneige, this is best used together with the Repair Pack.

What’s a Peeling Gel? Initially I thought this might be a peel off mask of sorts but after doing my homework, I know that this is an exfoliator which has the consistency of gel. So there you go, peeling gel. Mystery solved.

Price: I’m unsure, but the Multi Cleanser is priced at SGD$38.

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Picture taken from Laneige’s website.

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Directions:

1.  Used on wet skin after face wash.
2. Take an appropriate amount (2cm in diameter is recommended) and gently massage over the face using gentle circular movements with the fingertips, and then rinse with lukewarm water.
* Use 1-2 times a week.
* For best results, follow with Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repair Pack
* Caution: Avoid eye area

Packaging: Comes in a opaque squeeze tube with flip-cover. As mine are samples, they’re in little sachets.

Product Benefits:

* Hypo-allergenic peeling gel gently polishes skin for a smooth complexion with mannan and strengthens the skin barrier with the fermented yogurt.
* Soft yet powerful exfoliation
– Natural Konjac (Mannan) beads gently exfoliate dead skin cells and removes impurities.
– Recoverine from Chestnuts extracts promotes removal of dead cells for vigorous water supply and sleek skin texture.
* De-oxidating and calming effect for healtier skin
– Sogurty™, a specialized fermented yogurt, has anti-inflammatory effects to soothe skin from skin troubles.
– Multi berry complex (various berry extracts from raspberries, blueberries, wolfberries, cranberries, and strawberries) delivers abundant nutrition and antioxidants to eliminate harmful free radicals.

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The peeling gel is on the runny side, I accidentally dispensed more than what my face needs. I’m not too sure if you can see the little specks of konjac in the glob of peeling gel.

I used this after my cleanser, applied the dollop of peeling gel and gently massaged my face. During the massage, I noticed little balls of stuff started to appear. Someone tell me if this is the konjac bits or my dead skin? You won’t feel any exfoliation going on, it’s that gentle compared to scrubs. So after a good round of massaging, I rinsed my face and either put toner, or apply the repair pack as recommended.

Tip: One sachet is enough to last me about 4 – 5 applications, when used sparingly. You only need to use this 1 ~ 2 times a week.

Observations include: The scent of this is not as intense as the repair pack. There is still a berry smell, but albeit fainter and not as yoghurty. My complexion appeared to be refreshed, and felt bouncy to the touch.

I usually prefer scrubs with grit where I can actually feel some action going on. For this, I reckon it’s doing it the gentle way, which is not a bad thing actually. I believe this should suit girls who have more sensitive skin or if you prefer gentler cleansers. It’s a good alternative to the exfoliating beads or on days where you can do without a scrub. Plus, the little balls of stuff bunching up on the face is kinda funky, adds on to the “I got the old skin off” factor.

My rating: 4/5 (I’m a gritty scrub kinda girl)

Do you use this? How do you feel about it?

cheerio,

hei

REVIEW: Skinfood Black Sugar Scrub Foam

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I am still on the hunt for facial scrubs, and came across Skinfood’s Black Sugar Scrub Foam. My previous review on the Coffee Body Scrub left me rather impressed with Skinfood, hence I got the black sugar scrub foam.

I bought this off Q0010 and it shipped direct from Korea. (yay parcels!)

Price:  SGD$10.50 here. (I think it retails locally at SGD$26)

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A foaming scrub that contains mineral enriched Brazilian black sugar. Gently exfoliates dead skin cells and leaves skin soft.

To use: Take a moderate amount of the foam on a wet hand and lather it sufficiently. After massaging it over your face, rub gently, rinse off with tepid water then finish with cold water.

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Packaging: Comes in a translucent plastic squeeze tube with a screw on cap. Item is 160ml in size, and comes sealed. I personally like the packaging. It allows me to see how much product is left in the tube, and I get to control the amount to dispense.

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The scrub is off white, and you can see that it’s rather grainy. One thing that I didn’t fancy so much was the scent. It smells lemony, almost like a household cleaner. Think JIF, it really smells that artificial 😦

 

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The above photo shows the sugar granules more clearly when the foam is spread out. Scent aside, this scrub works pretty well. As you massage your face, the sugar grains slowly exfoliates and melts away. After rinsing, I observed that my face did not feel squeaky, meaning that the product did not strip too much moisture. Also it wasn’t oily after washing, so no second cleanse was needed. My face felt bouncy and fresh to the touch.

I would still re-purchase this product, given that I think it’s a good scrub. The grains provide adequate exfoliation without scratching my skin. But skinfood, please change the smell of this. Maybe something more like black sugar? I still have this fleeting thought as though I’m applying kitchen cleaner onto my face whenever I use the scrub. :/

My rating: 4/5 (not big on the lemon scent)

What do you think about skinfood’s scrubs?

cheerio,

hei

REVIEW: Leaders Insolution – Mediu Foot Peeling Mask

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DISCLAIMER: This is a very foot intensive post. If you get icked out by peeling feet, please skip the post. But, you may in the process miss out on a really good foot exfoliator.

Okay, I have not blogged for a while because primarily, the Lunar New Year was coming and I was insanely busy. Secondly, this product took me about 2 weeks to see some results. This is the Leaders Insolution Mediu Foot Peeling Mask (you guessed it! Korean brand again). And why did I use it you say? Well I needed a quick fix for my poor feet, and besides it’s way cheaper than getting a pedicure during the festive season. (SGD$11 for 2 packs VS. SGD$38 – $80 for a pedicure)

Price: SGD$11.90 for 2 packets
(varies from seller to seller. I got mine at Qoo10.sg)

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About the mask: This Foot Peeling Mask is a self-exfoliating mask which is specifically designed for feet that are dry, coarse, chapped and cracked or hard and rough. The AHA(Alpha Hydroxy Acid) and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) formula gently exfoliates and removes dead skin and bad odors from your feet, leaving them baby soft, healthy and hygienic. Its 33 vegetable ingredients provide nutrients and moisture, keeping your feet soft and smooth.

 

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Packaging: Your regular friendly sealed pack, which opens up to reveal two pieces of foot masks which are also sealed.

How to:

  • Cut the foot peeling mask with scissors and wear it on cleansed on dry feet, fixing the adhesive sticker to your ankle.
  • Remove and rinse with water after 1 – 1.5 hours. Soaping not needed.
  • After 3-5 days, dead skin on your feet will peel off naturally. Do not peel off dead skin by force.

So if you can visualise, from the photo above, cut along the middle line to separate the masks. Then, slot your feet into them, tear off the tabs (photo below) and tag them like you would normally wearing shoes with velcro straps.

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How my feet looked like while masked. I could manage walking around and didn’t slip, but I don’t recommend it. Just make yourself a nice hot tea, settle with a book or watch some telly. The mask takes about 90mins. After which, you remove them and wash off any residue. During the course of the mask, I felt a slight tingly sensation. It wasn’t uncomfortable nor painful but it makes you aware that the product is doing it’s thing.

 

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Scent: I imagined it to be rather acidic since it is a peel, but was surprised it smelt similar to Dettol or antiseptic products. Fresh and sanitary.

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Now that I’m done talking about the product, lets dive into the results.. or rather, my foot journal.

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DAY 1: The dead skin on my heels were so thick and dry, they were cracking. Prior to the mask I used a pumice stone, a foot file, but they failed me. My soles were sandpapery from the filing and rubbing, but did not improve.

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DAY 2: In this photo you can see that my feet are looking slightly pruney and waxen. During this time my soles felt waxy and there was a visible tight sensation. I reckon it was because the dry skin was being prepped for peeling.

 

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DAY 6: Fast forward a few days, you can see the skin is looking flaky and some areas are beginning to lift. With a bit of abrasion from footwear I gradually began to shed skin. Now the mask mentioned a one week fix but I’m pretty sure it varies from person to person. My experience was about 2 weeks. Either that or I had too much dead skin going on.

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Not a pretty sight, I know.

 

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Here you can see the ball of my foot, the heel and pretty much my toes starting to peel. The layer to be shed is now looking gray and cracks are becoming more apparent.

 

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DAY 8: Most of the skin has peeled off, revealing pink soft soles. I still have a little bit of dead stuff to shed but overall my feet are looking good.

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Here’s a closeup of my happy heel. No cracks, no dead skin!

My rating: 5/5 (super loving this!)

This is my holy grail foot product. Forget the pumice stone, foot file, your manicurist. With a bit of patience and time, you can have soft supple soles. I have to say though, I cheated a bit. I peeled off the dangly bits during the shedding phase. It doesn’t hurt but was a wee bit of an eyesore.

That being said, I do recommend not using this if you know for sure you’ll be wearing a lot of open toed shoes (think summer) because the flakiness is a sight. It’s like sunburn minus the pain. But if its something you don’t care for, go for it. I for one will surely stock up on this foot mask. YOU MUST TRY IT, it’s cheap, reliable, pain free and overall awesome.

cheerio,

hei

REVIEW: Skinfood Coffee Scrub for Body

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Happy 2015 everyone! Right, so today’s post is on Skinfood’s Coffee Scrub for body (or I like to just call it Coffee Body Scrub) that came in the mail last night. As usual, I got it off my favourite haunt, Q0010.

Price: SGD$11.90
(varies from seller to seller. I got mine here and used some coupons. So I paid SGD$8.30 )
If I remember rightly, the 100ml tub of the scrub retails locally for about SGD$26, the one I got is a 160ml tub. SCORE!

Do you love coffee? I sure do. In fact I’m certain I’m a coffee addict. I need to have my daily morning cuppa and on days when I don’t, I feel like there’s this compelling need for me to go to the nearest cafe/stall for one. Only after satisfying this insatiable need then can I function normally for the rest of the day. So, of course it sounded like a great idea to get my hands on this scrub. It’s coffee!

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Packaging: Comes in a tub with a screw on cap. Upon opening there’s another flap (the white one) which serves as a lid to prevent water from going into the pot during a shower. I don’t know about you, but somehow the skinfood packaging reminds me of Ben & Jerry’s and it didn’t help that the scrub smelt of vanilla. Hard to resist not taking a lick out of it. :/

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See, the scrub looks like some sort of jam/spread. With the tub, it’s easy to forget this is not food. Hahaha.

I was anticipating the aroma of freshly ground coffee to hit me once the tub was open. In fact, the smell I was expecting was something along the line of a nice piping hot cup of coffee on chilly mornings. Mmmm coffee. But nope, this does not smell remotely of a fresh cuppa joe, it smells of vanilla and if you sniff closer, a tinge of coffee and citrus. I was a little disappointed the scent did not present itself as I expected it to, but its okay.

Here’s the bit of scrub that was on the cover. You can see that it really is quite grainy, with some semblance to coffee grounds mixed with brown sugar. After-all this is a scrub so it is supposed to help gently exfoliate the dead cells off your skin. Consistency wise it is a little sticky to the touch, but once you incorporate water and start the scrubbing motion, the stickiness fades away and the sugar/salt granules dissolve. Very fuss free.

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“Tub says: A body scrub that contains ground coffee, salt, sugar and honey extract, and transforms skin into a soft and smooth texture.” — well, I sure agree on that one.

My rating: 5/5 (no complaints!)

I used to have The Body Shop’s scrubs permanently in my stash, but after trying this.. I’m a convert. Not only is the product gentle on skin, it is also cheaper than TBS. I didn’t experience dry skin after usage, as with sometimes I get when I use TBS products. My only grouse? No spatula to scoop the contents out. Yes, yes, I’m a clean freak. I hear you.

Try this! It’ll sure add a zing to your shower routine.

cheerio,

hei