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Label Young – Panku Skin & Lotion, aka 2 in 1 Special Pore Care (Shocking Skin & Lotion)

wpid-20141228_221825.jpgI am so excited that many of you out there have been reading up on my blog post for Label Young product. I wish to thank you all for the support and it is your support that encouraged me to go on to try its other Label Young products – which by far, is one of the most economical (and paraben free) skincare product that I’ve used yet does not give me outbreaks or other skin care problems.

Alright, I won’t keep the suspense any longer. I present to you my review on the Label Young Panku Skin & Lotion, also known as 2 in 1 Special Pore Care (Shocking Skin and Lotion)!

About the Product

This product claims to be an all-in-one product that “Soothes skin gently and provide rich moisture and nutrition.” It aims to “treat pores from inner skin without the use of ethanol”. The “rich moisture and nutrition refreshes the skin by providing it with a glow” and it “controls oil from the sebum and shields the skin from impurities and dust. Its moisture shield also enables better moisture absorption. (Disclaimer: the above description is paraphrased from Koreandepart website where product description could have been translated directly from its original korean description) Now, we need to be clear that the word “tighten” is relative and depends on the size condition of one’s pores and yes, this product’s key ingredients are “bentonite (containing more than 60 kinds of natural minerals), kaolin, ECOCERT organic ingredients, blueberry extract, lemon extract and lime”. The koreandepart website wrote that this product does not contain the following additives, namely: Parabens, ethanol, mineral oil, triclosan, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, artificial colours, triethanolamine, petrolatum, imidazolidinyl urea.

However, I discovered that this product has dimenthicon that usually gives a relatively smooth feel after you apply on your skin. I have mentioned previously that products with dimenthicon did not work well for me. Now why did I went ahead to try this? Its you, my readers! Nothing gained without trying, right? 😉

This product has a very soft and somewhat flora / citrus scent (oh, and I so love it), and is dispensed in the form of emulsion (i.e. slightly dense white milk in a simple bottle – see picture on the right). My feedback for Label Young is perhaps, a squeezable bottle can be used because it is indeed quite challenging to get the product out given its texture. A pump could also have done the job.

Based on the instructions on used of this product, it said that this lotion can be used on its own without its accompanying gel cream from the same product family (and yes! I am going to blog about it when I use it for a while longer)

Using this Product

I have been using this product for about 2 weeks now. I didn’t break out after using it and I find the scent rather refreshing and welcoming. I have combination skin which is oily under the skin and dry on the surface. After using this product for the period, the oil does seem to surface later and lesser then it normally would but it won’t be as effective if you are having one of those days where your face just produce a lot of oil due to hormones etc.

After washing my face, I will use just a 10cent size (about 10mm in diameter for a dollup) and warm it in my palm before applying / spreading with both hands on my face. I will try to pat lightly using the warm palms to help with absorption into my skin. This is only if I am going to be out and about in the humid tropical weather. When I am at work (air-conditioned) or at night, I will layer on (thinly) the Panku Gel Cream on my face to increase the hydration. Note: I did not need to apply additional toner before I use this Lotion.

After using the the product, I feel that my skin (esp on my cheeks) are very smooth. I did have some whiteheads popping out since I’ve started using it (this could be due to hydration that plumps up the inner walls of the pores and forces the loose whiteheads out). I can’t really attest much about the pore size as my large pores have been there for a long time.

Where to Buy this Product

As mentioned in my previous blog post, this product is not sold over the counters in Myeong Dong or in Singapore. I had to scour the internet to look for the vendors who bring in the products. Couple of places you can get hold of this product:

1) Qoo10 – search for “label young” and the website should cough up a few vendors that carry the brand.

2) Koreadepart – Oh yes, this is a good place to get your label young products. They do have discounts from time to time and I recently bought some of the other label young products at below USD10 each. However, do not that international shipping is only free if you chock up USD200 worth of purchases. This site does carry a lot of other popular Korean brands, so plan your purchases!

3) Label Young website – I had provided this link in my earlier Label Young product post, and I did notice that it had received a number of clicks. As mentioned previously, this site is in Korean and it could only be shipping within Korea. Best to get your native korean friends to help you with the orders. 🙂

So are you ready to share with me your experiences with the Label Young products?

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Clio – Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Shadow

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I’ve blogged about wanting to do a review on another Gelpresso product which I love very much.  Today, I am going to talk about Clio’s other amazing Gelpresso product – the Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Shadow. There are many brands in Korea that produces gel based eye shadow, for one, Etude House has its Bling Bling Eye Stick.

Now why do I love the Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Shadow so much?

This gel based shadow is light and glides on my lids (which gets oily at times) like a ballerina. Its so smooth that you want to glide on your lids a few more times! I find the colours (see those in picture) subtle and suitable if you are looking for subtle highlight on your eyes (and at the same time you don’t want your eyes to scream out loud!). I have yet to try out its midnight black (its sitting snuggly in my drawer for now!) but I must say that this shadow definitely stays on for full 8 hours (!) IF you are working in an air-conditioned office and had to walk out into the humid tropical weather to grab some decent lunch. It worked for me, at least. For more drama, use the Shadow with its sister product, the Eyeliner – now that does a little evening glam-me-up!

About the Product
When I started putting on the Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Shadow, I was worried that it may not “set” fast enough or “set” too fast. I am happy to update that the Shadow does not set immediately (indeed) but does its job in a matter of 1-2 minutes to “dry” up to give you that subtle glitter. I did try to do a little bit of smudging – it worked, but only if your nimble fingers get on lightly to spread the colour a little. Once its set you are good to go!

Another point I want to highlight is that since this is a glittery Shadow (as you can see from the picture), the removal can be a bit challenging if you are used to using Bioderma Sensibio to remove it. Bioderma is too gentle and does not work well (I repeat, DOES NOT WORK WELL) with the Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow). It took me a long long time to get all the colour off my lids at the end of the day (now that’s staying power!). I had to resort to using the Sephora Triple Cleansing Water (which is mild yet effective) to remove the Shadow it in one to two light swimageeeps.

The Gelpresso Beer Pong is my favourite, and In the Dark is my second favourite (note: this is Silver in colour). I wear Beer Pong in the day – to give some lift on my tired eyes, and In the Dark near the edge of my lids for evening events. A little smudge work gives that subtle glittery smokey look using In the Dark but can’t say the same for Beer Pong – unless you had it with other darker shadows to accentuate the light glitter.

Where to Buy the Product

All Watsons in Singapore carries a decent range of Clio Products. I don’t remember seeing the Waterproof Pencil Shadow, but those living in Singapore who are reading this blog are welcomed to correct me so that I can update this blog. Other places you can purchase Clio Waterproof Shadow are”

1) Qoo10 – search for Clio Waterproof Shadow and you should be able to find a few vendors who brings in the product at decent price. Check the delivery charges though coz some may charge a couple of dollars more for mailing it to you.

2) Koreandepart – my new favourite korean products website. I recently ordered my other Label Yong products and new Clio eyeliners here and it arrived in less than 2 weeks from Korea (direct).

3) Club Clio USA –  For those who are overseas, try Club Clio USA online shop to get what you want. This online shop also carries the products under the same parent company i.e. Peripera and Goodal. I have not purchased from this website because I can find it from the above two sites.

So what do you think of this product? Share with me your thoughts of this product! 🙂

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! 🙂

VDL – Triple Shot Tint Bar

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VDL stands for “Violet-Dream-Luminous”.  It is an international cosmetic brand that was founded in 2012 by The Color Lab of LG Household & Health Care.

I have been using VDL Triple Shot Tint Bar for a while and I am most impressed with the colour when I wear it on my lips. I have in the picture the orange shade. Initially I thought it will look too bright on my lips but it turns out to be a subtle shade of rose pink. The tint lasts – yes it does and does not come off as much as easily when i drink – well its a tint right? I have read some earlier reviews that people find this not hydrating enough and my own experience is similar. So I usually will wear a moisture balm before putting this on esp on days I don’t drink a lot of water.  You can wear this tint to create the bitten look or just glide over the lip like a normal lipstick. I love this tint but do remember to clean it off using an eye and lip remover just so that there are no left behinds.

How to create the ‘Bitten’ or the ‘half-eaten lipstick’ look?

Simple. Hold the lipstick with the red hue below and the pale skin colour on the top (you should see 3 horizontal layers of your lipstick). Run it over your lips holding your lipstick in this manner for the upper lip. Then rotate the colours with the red hue on top and the pale skin colour below. Run this combination over your lips in this  manner. You should see the red hue nearer to the centre of your mouth, and the pale skin colour outside your mouth. This is what we call a ‘bitten’ look. Quite popular with korean stars!

Where to get this?
In Singapore, there are 4 VDL Stores – located at Suntec City, Jurong Point, Bugis Junction and Bedok.  The VDL outlet in Suntec City (where I’ve checked out) is located on level 2 of Tower 5. The shop carries other VDL products as well.

Of course, the best is to purchase VDL products from the VDL stores which are peppered all over MyeongDong!

Online, you can visit http://www.vdlcosmetics.com/ for more information. Otherwise, you can visit the following websites to purchase VDL products:

1) Qoo10 – search for VDL  and you should be able to find vendors carrying VDL products.

2) Taobao – there are always sellers importing VDL lipstick from Korea here. The pricing may not be as competitive as those on Qoo10 but is a good choice if its nearer to where you live. Those living in Singapore wanting to purchase from Taobao, I’ll recommend you use 65daigou to bring in the products.   I have used this service several times and the purchasing team has been very reliable and efficient.  I’ll blog more next time.

Other notes:

VDL carries skin care products on top of make up palettes, foundations, lipsticks and primers. Do ask the sales staff for their star product if you are a junkie like me!