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Sephora – Express Cleansing Wipes

wpid-collage_20150807211030965_20150807211202322.jpgI am in this posting mode to catch up on past slacks (yes, been horribly busy at work and coping with flu bug that hit me for a week, followed by a nasty bout of sinusitis which I am still nursing as I type. Well, busy or ill, we need to still make sure we take care of our skin so here I am sharing another review on the Sephora Express Cleansing Wipes.

About this Product

This is another Sephora disposable product that I find it very handy and convenient to use. The wipe is thick and moist, and cleans my face in just 1 to 2 sheets. I bring this around with me when I have to refresh my make up, when I run out of makeup removers, or when I have to wear make up on business trips (better than to bring along a big bottle of makeup remover and risk having it leaked in my luggage!).  Its been my trusty makeup remover when I travel overseas – yeah!

I tried to include a picture of the ingredient’s list but I think its rather small to see for now.

Using this Product

Open the packet and just draw out any number of towels/wipes that you need! Its that simple! My skin did not break out or develop any rash (though if you do, please stop and consult your doctor). It cleans off both my liquid and mineral foundation just as well, and waterproof eye makeup. I have also used this to wipe off sunscreen on my entire body when I had to be outdoors most of the time. Good product!

I usually follow up with a double cleanse of my face though I do recall using it on its own once (coz I was so tired) and went straight to bed. My skin remains good! You can fold the wipes into triangles and try to remove your eyeliners and it will work as well. Just that the product might be a bit stingy if it gets into your eyes.

There are of course other makeup remover wipes out there. I have tried Botanicals and Neutrogena previously but I still find this product most effective for me.  I would recommend using this with the Sephora Targeted Eye Remover Swabs if you wear eye liners.

Where to Buy this Product

At Sephora! Its one of their house brands.

Check them out and let me know what you think! 🙂

VDL – GuyLian Expert Colour Lip Cube SPF10

wpid-collage_20150706115428296_20150706115741667.jpgAnother VDL purchase from Koreadepart! Okay, I’m crazy about lipsticks. Especially if they deliver high pigmentation. This lipstick is a must buy because its a developed by VDL in collaboration with GuyLian, the famous chocolate house. I’m talking about the Expert Colour Lip Cube by VDL on the left. You will see the signature Lip Cube in such beautify pink shade that just makes your heart melt. Fair skinned girls out there, you gotta grab this if you still can!

About the Product and Using the Product

A little bit about Lip Cube – its different from conventional lipsticks because its in a cube shaped. Like a long cube or coloured chalk (those of you who like to paint using chalk will know). The sharp corners (as show inset) makes applying lipstick on the lips a breeze and enables more precised application. Expert Colour Lip Cubes come in many colours, but the collaboration with GuyLian gave birth to 3 shades (GuyLian, Seashell & Seahorse) – and the one I’ve got is Seahorse. Beautiful pink shade, isn’t it? They are made to last and by wearing it a couple of hours, I can attest that the texture is more lasting than other lipsticks in VDL range. However, I have yet to test it for longer hours that requires me to eat and drink. I didn’t, however, think that this product is highly hydrating (maybe thats why it lasts longer) but the shade is one to reckon with. It still glides on well but its definitely easier to apply than Illamasqua matt lipstick (tho I do love Illamasqua lipstick!)

Where to Buy the Product

I just checked Koreadepart website again, and they still carry this product. Else grab them from VDL outlets in Singapore or in Korea!

Have you tried any VDL Cosmetics products yet?

Shiseido – Multi-Defense UV Protector SPF 50 PA+++ Water Resistant

Sunscreen that can be washed off with normal cleanser
Sunscreen that can be washed off with normal cleanser

Shiseido is one of the forerunners in the development of whitening products. They have also been pushing out sunscreen that works well with their whitening products.  I bought the Multi-Defense UV Protector when I was looking for a sunscreen that does not require me to wash off with makeup remover. After a long day at work, all I wanted was to have a simple skincare regime that will not remove too much of my skin’s natural moisture (I was using oil based make up removers at that time). Then I received a Shiseido advertisement in my mailbox talking about this revolutionary sunscreen that can be washed off with normal facial cleanser, and immediately I jumped into it.

About the Product

From the Singapore Shiseido website, the product was described as:

Feather-light to the touch, this highly effective lotion-type UV protector is resistant to perspiration and sebum, providing ample protection against external aggressors such as UV rays, for the maintenance of beautiful, healthy-looking skin.

The ingredients of this product are:
・Exclusive OptiVeil-UV technology provides advanced protection from UVA/UVB rays that may cause photo-aging.
・Scutellaria Baicalensis* helps prevent UV damage to essential fibroblasts which produce collagen and elastin, the key elements to resilient, youthful-looking skin.
・Rose Apple Leaf Extract* helps prevent DNA damage caused by harmful UV rays.
・Hydro-Restoring Complex contains moisturizing amino acids that naturally exist in skin. Provides sufficient moisture for skin that is smooth to the touch.
・Thiotaurine combined with Rose Apple Leaf Extract* counteracts oxidation, the damaging process which accelerates skin aging.
・Free of any sticky residue, doubles as the ideal base for a long-lasting, beautiful foundation finish. Is easily removed with a daily cleanser.
・Water-resistant.
*in vitro test

*NON-COMEDOGENIC.
*DERMATOLOGIST AND OPHTHALMOLOGIST-TESTED.

The texture of the sunscreen is milky (if you had used sunscreens from Aqualabel or Anessa (drugstore products by Shiseido) or even Mentholatum, you will notice that the japanese sunscreen is usually milky and the texture varies based on the density of the milk). As with similar Japanese sunscreen, you are required to shake the bottle to mix the product before use. This product does not give a white powdery sheen on your skin compared to some of the other Japanese sunscreens, that tends to make your face look a shade whiter.

Using the Product

In case you don’t already know, the Multi-Defense UV Protector also acts as a makeup base. After your daily moisturizer, apply the Multi-Defense UV Protector on your skin before your foundation. I have used this together with my mineral powder foundation, and the results has been satisfactory. It held the powder well and presents a relatively smooth complexion on my combination skin. However, I have to also point out that I am in air-conditioned environment most of my time hence the review is only if you are in cooler and less humid environment. If I were to use the Multi-Defense UV Protector on its own without foundation or make up, I will use my clarisonic and my trusty facial foam to wash my face. No outbreaks on the next day!

Where to Buy the Product

I had bought my Shiseido products from their counters or from Duty Free Shop (its cheaper!) – including this Multi-Defense UV Protector. The small 30ml bottle is handy and fits into my handbag as I move around in the day. I could not find this product on the Shiseido’s Australian Website but I did find it on their Singapore Website. Please let me know if you can find this product in your home country so that I can share it with the readers of this blog!

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! 🙂