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Senka – Perfect Whip Foam

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I have written about Senka Cleaning Oil the last round. Now I am going to share my experience on the use of Senka’s Perfect Whip Foam, which comes from the same Senka product family, under Shiseido.

The Product
Visually, this product is like any other facial foam. Comes in a light blue tube, the product dispensed is white and creamy. The uniqueness of this product is that once you rub the product with cold water, it will create lots of foam, which looks like a well beaten egg white. Take some practice actually. If you like to use warm water to wash your face, take note that the product may not fluff up as much. According to the product explanation, the foams created are finer and could clean the pores more thoroughly. It was also mentioned on the product that Amino Acid is one of the ingredients included. Those who have acne or problem skin will appreciate that Amino Acid cleansers are good for problem skin.

Using the Product

I use the Perfect Whip Foam twice a day, Day and Night. Personally, I find the Perfect Whip Foam not too drying (though I have found out from others who find it a bit drying after wash), and give a little bit of hydrating effect. At night, after removing my foundation or sunscreen with Sephora Triple Cleansing Water or Bioderma Sensibio, I will use the Perfect Whip Foam with my Clarisonic Aria on normal speed. This helps to cleanse my skin once and for all to prevent clogging. This method has worked well for me thus far.

How to use with Clarisonic

Squeeze your usual amount of foam cleanser (it should not be more than 2cm long product as it will be too much), and foam it up using cool or room temperature water. Once that is done, spread the foam on your face with light rubbing motion. Then give your Clarisonic a quick rinse, flick off the water and turn it on and place the brush starting from the center of your forehead and move in circular motion. The entire brushing time should only take a minute. Then rinse your face with warm water (esp if your face is very oily) followed by cool water. Some people will rinse with cold water to immediately close the pores. I don’t particularly find this making much of difference for me, but I usually would prefer to use warm water only.  You will find that your skin is smooth and clean.

Do remember to keep your Clarisonic brush head clean by detaching it from the handheld, and run it under warm water to remove suds, followed by flicking off remain water and leave it to dry.

Where to Buy

If you live in Singapore, you should be able to purchase Senka Perfect Whip Foam from Watsons, its retailing at around $12 per tube (I think). Frequent users can always purchase them when there is a sale at Watsons at a cheaper price. Like many skin care and food products, Senka is a Japanese product, but they do let regional partners help them manufacture the products using the same formula. So, not all Senka sold in the market are made in Japan.

1) From Qoo10, you will find many sellers carrying this product. I like to visit the vendor Kenko.com who claimed that they import directly from Japan. There are of course other sellers who could prove that their products have gone through checks by Health Sciences Authority of Singapore. These are reliable products too. Just take note of the expiry dates before you buy. You will notice that products imported from Taiwan comes with chinese labels at the top of the tube. Those from Japan or Korea comes with Japanese labels at the top of the tube.

2) From Rakuten, you can also find Kenko.com to make your purchase. But of course, from Rakuten Japan website, you can find the Japanese locals carrying the same products but it could be pricier to import from there.

3) If you are shopping from Japan and you are able to read Japanese, you can visit Kenko to place your online order too.

Hope the above information helps! Do let me know if you have any other experiences using this product, and where we can find Senka Perfect Whip in your country! 🙂

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Iope – BB Air Cushion XP SPF50+/PA+++ with Refill

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This changed my mind about BB creams

I can’t believe it myself but this little pot of BB Cushion changed my mind about using BB Cream for acne prone and clogging pores like mine.

This product is one of my steals from my shopping trip in MyeongDong, Seoul, South Korea – from one from one of Korea’s cosmetic conglomerate “Amore Pacific”. Amore Pacific has created many cosmetic lines under it, with Laneige, Innisfree, Etude House, etc being some of its more popular brands. IOPE (pronouced as “ah-ee-oh-pay”) belongs to the mid to high range brands, and is sold in Aritaum (Amore Pacific outlet that carries only selected Amore Pacific products which are around mid to high range) and Watsons in Korea.

It began with my colleagues asking me to help them purchase a few Korean skin care and cosmetics. This item was on the order list because it was part of product placement in the korean drama, You Who Came From The Stars (来自星星的你). The character, ChunSongYi had used this BB Air Cushion in one of the scenes. Since this drama was heavily followed by viewers, this item was selling like hotcakes in Korea – so much so the shops had to control the quantity each customer can purchase with a single credit card!

What is BB Air Cushion?
Unlike conventional packaging for BB and CC creams, BB Air Cushion means it comes in a thick compact that carries cartridges of product which are replaceable. Within each cartridge, you will find a sponge that will help to “soak” up the BB “lotions” (I think its more like BB lotions than creams coz they tend to be a lot less thick). Each compact or refill pack will come with a purpose-made puff that you should use to “pat” or “tap” onto the BB lotion soaked sponge so that you can pick up just enough BB lotion to apply by patting lightly on your face. As the BB lotion is thin, you may layer on the product if you need more coverage.  There are currently a lot of Korean Cosmetics companies who are selling BB Cushions, but I have read it somewhere, that Amore Pacific is the first company that developed BB Air Cushion and this was, accordingly, followed by other cosmetic manufacturers.

Review of Product
I did not experience any breakout since the day I started using this product. It last about 4 to 6 hours on my face if I do not spend 15 mins walking out of my office under the hot sun to grab my lunch. The layering is good and I think the sunscreen is a big plus if you live in hot and sunny places in asia. In terms of camouflaging pores, I think it has decent pore coverage (note: do not work for super large pores or scars, okie – only up to visible open pores)  after you have applied it for a while – it made my skin looked good (even when I had an awful night of poor sleep quality) and healthy. I usually apply without primers.

Points to Note
One has to take note that some cosmetic sales counters will advise that their product requires you to layer on loose powder after applying their BB cushion. However, with IOPE, the sales outlets told me that I do not need to apply loose powder at all. I have tried this product in Korea and before I return to humid Singapore. It does hold better in Korea but its durability seems to also work very well in Singapore – if you do not have to walk under the hot sun to grab your lunch in the afternoon.  What I like very much is that it has SPF50+/PA+++. I feel my skin turning fairer after using the BB Air Cushion XP for a month! 😀
Shade wise, one must realise that the shade for IOPE BB Air Cushion XP is not the same with other BB Air Cushion, even if the brands belong to the same Amore Pacific family. For example, N21 for Laneige BB Cushion suits me better than N21 for IOPE BB Air Cushion XP (whiter than Laneige). I had to use N23 for IOPE to get a more natural look on my face.

In a nutshell, either you test the shade at your nearby counters or purchase it cheap online or overseas to test before jumping in to stock up!

Where to Purchase IOPE BB Air Cushion XP
There aren’t that many IOPE counters in the world, aside from those in USA and in Korea. Amore Pacific did not have any counters in Singapore (Amore Pacific, please bring it to Singapore!) or Malaysia, so the only way is to buy online.  Couple of ways to purchase IOPE BB Air Cushion XP:
1) Qoo10 – search for “IOPE” should land you a list of vendors that carries the product. Some of them are having good discounts for the product (less than S$40 per box with a refill cartridge).
2) Google “koreandepart” – you might be able to find stocks from them
3) Ask a friend who is going to Seoul, MyeongDong to grab it for you at local rates. If he/she is able to obtain VAT refund, even better!

I hope the information is useful to you. Please share with me what you think of this product if you have tried it! 🙂

Label Young – Shocking Toner Ver Coming Soon Kiss and Shocking Cream Ver. 3

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Parabens free korean skincare products

Labelyoung first impressed the korean community with its Shocking Cream ver. 1, through blinded street tests where people were asked to make a comparison of the quality and effectiveness of the cream compared to creams already in the market. Since then, it has hit the korean community like a storm and coined as one of the most popular skincare products on social media.  I discovered Labelyoung’s Shocking Toner, Shocking Oil and Shocking Cream through Qoo10 (equivalent of Gmarket in Korea and Rakuten in Japan) where a shop was carrying these products. I scoured the internet for reviews and product information before I decided to give these products a try.

I have used the Shocking Toner Special Kiss ver and Shocking Cream ver 3 for more than a month now. You will notice from the image on this blog that I have barely used a third of the toner. I am about to finish my cream as I write this blog, and yes my toner is still 60% full. Accordingly, the 250ml bottle of the toner should last me about 100days. I think it will last me longer because each time I only use a red bean sized dollop.  I dix, however, realise thst had I sed the toner in an airconditioned room, I could have really finished my toner in 100 days.

Shocking Toner Special Kiss ver
This Shocking Toner, according to Labelyoung, is purple in colour because of the berries it had used to make the gel in the bottle. No parabens or harmful  chemicals were used in the manufacturing of the Shocking Series because the company believes in use of natural products for the benefit of our skin. The Shocking Toner is gel like and has a light scent. It aims to deliver hydration, whitening and anti-aging effects and is really light for humid temperature in asia. As you know, I have acne prone combination skin with pores that clog easily. Interestingly, when I started using the Shocking Toner, I had tried to use without the Shocking Cream, just to test if it will cause any breakouts. It does not, and it was slightly cooling when I apply it (note: you can put the toner in the fridge to chill it before using after you have cleansed your face). If your skin is not overly drying, you can also apply the Shocking Toner as a moisturizer.

Shocking Cream Ver. 3
The Shocking Cream, nicknamed Seonnyeo Cream in korean, is made of natural ingredience including 10,000mg of Phreatic Water and promises to deliver anti-aging and whitening effects; and claims that it is suitable for combination oily skin. I am generally fair so I cannot tell if whitening works. However, I must admit that this cream was really unique because the texture seems to be oil-free yet feels ‘stringy’ when you use the spatula provided to ‘scoop’ out a pea-sized content. It was like scooping out a really really watery macha (or in hokkien “muah chee” or glutinous cakes). Once you have the product on your hand, the product turns into a really light cream and you can warm it with your palms before you spread the cream on your face. I find the hydration is sufficient, but oil control wise, it does seem to have some effects (note: your face will not be oil-free totally, just that the oil may surface later).

I really like Label Young’s products so far, and have also ventured to use its Shocking Oil on days I find I need further hydration. No only did my skin stay acne free and more radiant (was told my face looked as if I had a facial after using it for a month), it also feel less ‘stressed’ because the products do not contain compounds that could irritate my skin.  I have since purchased other Shocking Toners and Creams to try when I have finished with the above.

Where to Buy Label Young Products
Label Young Toner and Creams are less than S$30 each on average.  A few ways to purchase Label Young Products:
1) Visit Qoo10 and look for the shop “q-trading” or search for “labelyoung” – if you live in Singapore or Malaysia;
2) Google for “koreandepart” and visit the international website which carries lots of korean cosmetics and products; or
3) Visit http://www.labelyoung.com and make sure you turn on the translation coz the website is all written in Korean. For those of you who are making a trip to Seoul, just to let you know I could not find the Label Young products in any of the shops in MyeongDong. It might be better if you have some Korean friends who lived in Korea and could order the products for you online.

If you are looking for natural products or are wondering which product to buy next to try, you can check out Label Young and give it a try!