Monthly Archives: October 2011

Baviphat Mango Steam Scrub | Review

Baviphat Mango Steam Scrub – Score: 2/5

Got this as a sample given to me generously by my partner in crime hyaluronic kitteh.

Description:

Pores are gently warmed with relaxing mango steam and opens for deep cleansing. Natural scrub to remove old skin cells, blackheads and excessive sebum. Regular use for healthy pores and smooth skin.

[ Key Ingredients and Benefits ]
Mango Extract : elminates dirt for crystal-clear skin tone, increases skin elasticity, brightening effect

Pros: smells nice, not that expensive, moisturising.

Cons: pretty much useless, not enough scrubby bits.

Price: About US$20 for a 100gr jar.

Buy again: no.

baviphat mango steam scrub

Whoops blurry pic.

The texture and smell are really nice. Smells like mango puree, really natural and sweet. The texture is gel-like with a few seed-like bits. If this is supposed to be a scrub, then it’s a lousy one. There aren’t nearly enough bits to scrub anything!

Some people have said they experience a stinging or warming sensation but I didn’t. Maybe should’ve left it a bit longer to work?

Anyway I won’t be buying a full size. There are tons of other more effective scrub products out there.

b.liv Off With Those Heads Serum | Review

b.liv Off With Those Heads Serum – Score: 5/5

Pros: it’s a miracle in a bottle, non-sticky, refreshing feel.

Cons: expensive, not readily available, stinging sensation on sensitive skin.

Price: US$63.20 for 45ml (SASA).

Buy again: YES.

((This is gonna be long… and graphic))

Like the Clarisonic Mia, this was a totally random impulse buy. I was browsing through some beauty blogs when I read about this seemingly too-wonderful-to-be-true serum! After reading through some reviews on the net, I decided to take the plunge despite the semi-expensive price.

I have (had ;) )severe blackheads on my nose and some on my cheeks.  I also have an issue with enlarged pores and congestion… it’s a vicious cycle!.

After using b.liv for 3 weeks, AM & PM (only on the nose in the morning and the whole face at night), my blackheads have pretty much disappeared. They still needed manual extraction but using pore packs/squeezing became MUCH easier.

Unfortunately I don’t really have a clear “before” picture of my strawberry nose. This is the best that I’ve got. Aren’t you thankful I don’t have a HD photo?

Before > After

As you can see I had severe blackheads and spots on my nose. I’ve been battling them since I was about 11/12 years old so this is as bad as it gets.

Now my nose feels smooth to the touch and even though my pores are still huge, they’re EMPTY!! haha. Makeup works much better when I want to conceal my pores. Here are some disgusting close-up pics of how effectively this has worked in combination with physical scrubs and pore packs. Note: I think the more severe blackheads you have the better the results. If you have a speck or two then I don’t think it’s worth it to buy this product.

I can’t thank this serum enough and will buy it again and again and again and stock up for the next 20 years if they plan to discontinue it. The ONLY thing that has worked for me in getting rid of blackheads. No amount of chemical/physical exfoliants, pore packs or masks have been able to get rid of them.

FYI I have tried chemical exfoliants (Neostrata Ultra Smoothing Lotion, Dermalogica Gentle Exfoliant, etc), numerous scrubs (aspirin mask, St. Ives, etc), and regular pore packs (Biore and other Japanese brands). One thing I haven’t tried is Mario Badescu’s Silver Powder.

Might do another post on blackhead battling plan and a review of my absolute favorite pore pack: Kose Softymo Nose Clean Pack.

 


Pond’s Cold Cream | Review

What!? A non-asian skincare review? Makeup reviews? What has this blog become? It’s not living up to its claims!

I just felt that I had to mention a controversial product which has probably been on your great-grandmother’s vanity table since the early 20th century:

Pond’s Cold Cream – Score: 4/5

I am a big fan of creamy, wipe-off cleansing milks, and my pricey Decléor Cleansing Milk was down to its last drops. I couldn’t justify spending a lot of money on a simple cleansing milk (which my skin actually is not suited to anyway) so I decided to try Pond’s Cold Cream.

ponds cold cream

Pros: cheap, readily available, moisturises, cleans makeup like no other!

Cons: too oily, can clog pores, contains questionable ingredients such as mineral oil and alcohol.

Price: I got the 9.5oz/269grams for about AU$7 at Chemist Warehouse.

Buy again: Maybe.

Overall: I don’t know how to describe its makeup cleansing power. It’s… awesome beyond words. I bought it as a daily cleanser, but didn’t end up using it because it was WAY too oily for the whole face.

I ended up using it a every time I would do eye makeup trials. I literally put this on top of the made-up areas, rub a little bit, put a sheet of tissue on top and 99% of the makeup including mascara and liquid eyeliner are lifted off instantly! Without any harsh rubbing or alcohol-based cleansers.

I usually rely on oil cleansers but they can be a bit messy because you have to rinse them off with warm water. With the cold cream, you can just wipe it off with a tissue or cotton bud.

Here’s a demonstration of the powerful cold cream! Please note that I purposefully laid on the makeup really thick so I had to rub quite hard. You wouldn’t put this much on your face… so you won’t have to rub this hard or at all when removing makeup.

From left to right: NYX eye shadow with Etude House Proof 10 eye primer > NYX pencil eyeliner > Majolica Majorca Perfect Automatic Eyeliner (liquid) > Dejavu Fiberwig Waterproof Mascara.

ponds cold cream test

Apologies for the poor quality of the video.

Maybelline FIT me 210 (Sandy Beige) | Review

Another make up review guys hahah yeah well arbutin kitteh will soon resurface again with some Asian skincare reviews, but in the mean time I’m hogging the blog with my entries *grin*.

Alright, this product isn’t even exclusively Asian to begin with. Heck, it’s not even available yet in our good ol’ Indonesian counters! By the magick of the interwebs I’ve managed to get myself a bottle so here goes. Mind you that this is the first liquid foundation I bought in, idk.. 6 years?! I’ve been all about mineral makeup in powder form these past few years, base/foundation wise.

The obligatory picture of said product,
the Maybelline FIT me – Liquid Foundation 210 (Sandy Beige):

At first glance -even before swatching- I could tell that it would probably be too dark for me, but bravely I went on to wear this for the whole day today (tdaydaydayyyzzzz). The packaging is very sleek for its category. It looks very upmarket almost hahah. Would’ve been better if it came in a pump? I reckon people wouldn’t mind paying a bit more to get better packaging.

Here’s what it looked like on my face, freshly applied this morning at 9.30AM
Not too bad, right? You can perhaps see it a bit clearer from the pic on the left that my face is slightly darker than my neck. Meh. Oh I’ve applied my TFS Oil Cut powder on top of this in the hope to lighten it up a bit.. and of course get rid of the *shine* that goes with applying liquid foundie on face.

How it applies: I used my Everyday Minerals Flattop Kabuki Brush to dab it on several points on face and swirled away blending it all in. It is very dewy, a quality I’m actually not very fond of since I get *dewy* on my own (external help not necessary thankyouverymuch), with sheer coverage. Very light weight!

I came home at around 7PM. Spent most of my time indoors, didn’t blot or touch up my makeup at all.

Le sigh. It oxidized, making me look half tanned -_-**. Luckily it’s on an acceptable level. Heh my fault also for not blotting or touching up at all during the day. Perhaps it would’ve yielded more satisfying results if I had. Oh I’ve got to say that the foundation felt very unobtrusive during the entire day! No caked up feeling whatsoever.

So all in all this is a very decent and obviously affordable drugstore product (around US$ 7), a western brand YELLOW BASED foundation!!!11! asgjdlfjsaojdf;siodjfa! Praised be Ceiling Kitteh! I reckon this would be suitable for an NC35/37 or perhaps even a 40.

Sadly I’m not going to repurchase =( I’m aware that they have a ‘light’ category in this line, but all those shades are a tad pink I’ve heard. It’s too bad, really. Because from looking at their promo pics, I assumed that 210 was going to be somewhat lighter? The way they’ve indicated their colors are slightly off -_-. I SO wish this came in a shade lighter!!
Hopefully you have better luck in finding a shade that FITS you!

Mini haul + The Face Shop – Face It Oil Cut Powder Pact | Review

Rejoice for my mini-haul package from Rie Butik  has arrived in the mail!


It contains the following:

  • The Face Shop –  Essential Mask Sheet – Hyaluronic Acid
  • The Face Shop – Face It Oil Cut Powder Pact SPF25 PA++ NB23 refill
  • Etude House Cleansing Dream – Soft Cleansing Foam sample the seller kindly gave me eventhough I’ve only purchased 2 products!

The compact powder is a repurchase, so obviously I’m quite happy with it. This particular line isn’t availabe yet in Indonesia (but it’s available in Singapore counters, this at least i know..) so I’ve had to order this in.

The back of the box actually has a bit of English blurb underneath the Korean characters, so let me type it out for ya:

” Double-lasting Powder coated in two layers to facilitate perspiration and sebum resistance prevents sheen and dull complexion and maintains the freshness of initial make-up for a long period. *deep breath -damn long sentence* Particles in ultra fine texture adhere to the skin delicately to make it appear fair and smooth.

Oil-Cut Complex: A patented phyto-complex containing mung bean extract, birch extract and curly dock extract to prevent skin problems by controlling sebum production [Patent No. 10-0771438]. ”  

I’ve tried both Garnier Light Pressed Powder in Ivory and Maybelline Clear Smooth in Light Beige and while they were GREAT and each costing me only 1/4th of what I paid for the TFS compact powder, both still came up slightly too pink/pale! Oh Lord, the ordeal of finding decent yet affordable products that fits my skintone *_*.. So far the TFS compact powder suits me pretty well. The powder is finely milled, and it actually kinda does what it says, which is sebum control and all that jazz (at least for me, for an acceptable period of 3-5 hours depending if I’m indoors/outdoors). It has a very nice light flowery fragrance to it. As per usual, do not expect any miracles or even the slightest bit of coverage since it’s only a compact powder. It will keep your shine prone T-zone at bay.

I’ve spent Rp 110.000-, (US$ 12.40/AU$ 12.60) on the refill. The regular product costs Rp. 130.000,- . I’m pretty sure this’ll be much more expensive over the counter (when & if it becomes available). fyi: NB23 is yellow based, NB21 is lighter and more pink.

O’slee Rosehip Whitening Mask | Review

O’slee Rosehip Whitening Mask – Score:4/5

o'slee rosehip whitening mask

From sasa.com

description
O’slee Rosehip Whitening Mask contains Rosehip Extracts and Papain to whiten your skin and eliminate imperfections sooner than ever. The mask also eliminates all freckles and blemishes at ultra speed. It provides rich moisture to skin and give crystalline, porcelain-like complexion than ever.

how to use it
Place the mask over your face after thorough cleansing. Remove after 15 minutes, gently pat remaining serum into skin. Apply 2 to 3 times a week for maximum result.

suitable for
all skin type

Got this as a freebie from buying the White Medi Perfecting Serum.

oslee rosehip whitening mask

The essence is light and easily absorbed.

oslee rosehip whitening mask

My only major gripe is the ill-fitting mask. It was way too big and wide – I had to fold the edges from my hairline/ears. Smelled like synthetic roses.

oslee rosehip whitening mask

I actually felt a tiny bit brightened by this mask. The most visible being my inflamed acne scars on my cheeks being slightly less red (pardon the horrible scars, as you can see my scarring is quite bad!!).  IMO in the after shot the skin looks more dewy and bright.

Before -> After

Pros: moisturises, lots of essence, refreshes skin, slight brightening effect.

Cons: strong fragrance, mask didn’t fit well and kept flapping.

Price: I got it as a freebie. It’s currently unavailable at SASA and it’s exclusive of Malaysia orders. Not sure where to get it online!

Buy again: Not sure.


Biore 2in1 Cleansing Wash | Review

So I, hyaluronic kitteh, have been in a mild state of panic as of late. Cleansing oils have seemingly disappeared from the drugstore shelves! Sure, I can still get both Japanese and Korean cleansing oils online, or risk bankrupcy by purchasing Shu-friggen-Uemura. But nothing really beats being able to go into a physical store and spending less than 100rb on an essential item, you see. We used to be able to buy Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil at the drugstore or selected supermarkets.

A few months ago Biore launched a new product, the Biore 2in1 Cleansing Wash along with the accompanying Cleansing Oil-in-Cotton (which I’ll review separately in the future). I didn’t really pay attention to this cleansing wash before, but now that I’m kinda forced to find alternatives to cleansing oil I figured it can’t hurt to try out this product.

I took some pics of the back label as well, you can still read the ingredients list.

I’ll quickly translate the Indonesian bit for you:

How to Use:

  1. Pour cleansing liquid into your palms.
  2. Add a bit of water to create foam.
  3. Apply on face, lightly massage your entire facial area
  4. Wash off with water

Pretty straight-forward, eh? Now the actual liquid looks like so:

I’ve taken some pics as well to demonstrate my mad drawing skills (read: i don’t want to show you my face just yet heehee). The creation of this eye involves the exact same products I’ve used today for my makeup.

  • OMI Solanoveil White SPF 50+ PA+++
  • Lucy Minerals (mineral makeup) base
  • The Face Shop Face It Oil Cut Powder Pact in NB23
  • Skinfood Choco Eyebrow Powder Cake #1
  • Clio Waterproof Brush Liner Kill Black
  • Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer
  • NYX eyeshadow – dark gray

This really doesn’t wash off with water! I’ve gone and rubbed it lightly too. Doesn’t really budge, does it.

It all comes off with the Biore 2in1 Cleansing Wash! Granted, I don’t exactly use heavy make up so it’s not like I need an industrial strenght product. I’ve no idea how this fares on waterproof, fibre-rich mascara’s. You’d probably still need more thoroughly cleansing products to get rid of that.

Verdict 

Pros:
– widely available in drugstores & supermarkets
– affordable
– no need to use cleansing foams afterwards, but that’s because….

Cons:
– it leaves my skin feeling tight compared after washing it with cleansing oil. I reckon it’s the alcohol -__- skin feels rather stripped after using this.

Price:
About Rp 32.000-35.ooo which is more or less US$/AU$ 4

Buy again:
I don’t think so.. the stripped-skin feeling afterwards outweighs all the pro’s.