Mentholatum Skin Aqua UV Mild Milk SPF25 PA++ | Review

mentholatum skin aqua

Pros: relatively cheap, non-sticky, decent SPF rating, broad spectrum.

Cons: hard to get.

Price: around $15 at Sasa, cheaper in Asian pharmacies.

Buy again: yes.

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This is my favorite sunscreen at the moment. It’s a decent moisturizer (I don’t need to use an extra moisturizer underneath this) but it’s not sticky. The texture is quite runny as you can see above. It dries quite quickly and leaves my skin feeling smooth.

For those under the Australian (or similarly harsh) sun, I think SPF25 is a good enough rating. Just don’t forget to re-apply every 3-4 hours or so. This sunscreen is not waterproof and is not suitable to be used in the water.



Tamanu Oil | Review

Pros: natural, works well.

Cons: oily feel, may clog pores, price.

Price: the price of Tamanu oil varies wildly, but it’s generally quite affordable especially if you live in the US and you are able to buy it online. Average price in Australia (online) is quite steep at around $25-30 per 50 mls.

Buy again: yes. Maybe for winter.

The consistency of this oil is thick and quite gooey and the colour is a dark greenish yellow. The smell, which some people find off-putting, is actually quite nice – a sort of herby/floral natural scent. 

I used this after cleansing my face in the evenings by administering a few drops onto my palms and pressing gently on my face and neck. Although I only tried a very small bottle of this oil, I didn’t experience any adverse effects. It does seem to moisturize and smoothen my facial skin quite well which I felt the morning after.

I’ve tried Jojoba and Rosehip Oil before (and various oils for my body) and I have to say that I like Tamanu oil the best. It also has rave reviews on Makeupalley and various blogs if you are interested in trying this oil out.


Seborrheic Eczema and a general health/wellbeing post

A very belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

Again, thank you for those who are still reading and following this half-defunct blog.

As promised, I will be posting reviews of some of the more natural alternatives to skincare that I’ve mentioned previously soon.

Following on from my previous post on the MooGoo MSM Soothing Cream & Eczema, today’s post will continue on the topic of eczema. It is a lengthy post, so if you are not interested or this doesn’t relate to your skin problems, you are very free to tune out… right now.

I have mentioned previously that I suffer from eczema. From childhood, I suffered from contact dermatitis on my hands when I handle raw meat and seafood. It wasn’t until I moved to Australia that I was correctly diagnosed with this skin disease. The eczema on my face (see the MooGoo post linked above) started in 2010 and has recurred regularly ever since. However, this year I have noticed that my face eczema, which usually only comes up when I’m stressed, has been coming up regularly without any logical reason or stress triggers. On top of that, I started to have DAILY rashes on my arms and torso. I thought this was due to the dry winter climate. The only relief was found in anti-histamine tablets which I had to take every single night. This started in June 2013 and I have not stopped taking the tablets ever since!!!

I initially thought it was food allergies, which was strange as I have never had any food intolerances in my 25 years of life. I tried cutting out groups of food to no special effect. The rash on my face – nose and cheeks, became much worse and was almost a daily hindrance. I did realise that the problem was inside – my health. Now, I’m not a health freak, but I think I’m not too shabby with my general health and fitness. I don’t eat much junk, I try to exercise, I rest well and generally don’t stress that much.

After reading around, I found out that the rash on my face is actually Seborrheic Dermatitis. After reading around more, I found out that although the real triggers to this condition are still vague, it is generally caused by an overabundance of fungus (yes, it sounds disgusting). I won’t take up space by explaining what other people can explain so much better, just google it. I also realised that my rashes may be caused by a weakened immune system and a leaky gut. Basically my guts are sick – which leads to an over-investment of bad bacteria, and not good bacteria which we want.

The steps that I have taken to get rid of the SD on my face, and hopefully the rashes all over my body is as follows:

1. Take supplements which encourage the growth of good bacteria and the strengthening of my immune system. I am currently taking: Evening Primrose oil, zinc, folic acid, Yakult (once daily), and a supplement tablet which contains similar good bacteria.

2. When my SD flares up, wipe it with organic Apple Cider Vinegar ‘with the mother’. ‘With the mother’ means that the vinegar has not been filtered and still contains the cloudy white concentrate that occurs naturally. Then, apply Zinc Oxide cream on the affected areas. I’m still using the MooGoo MSM cream as an overall moisturiser.

3. Healthier diet and lifestyle.

My SD has gone without a trace since I started the supplements and skincare routine as described above for the last month. I failed no. 3. Christmas and NYE. Enough said.

So now hopefully the arm and torso rashes will go away as I slowly build my army of good bacteria up again. Of course I know that I have a chance of being wrong. But on the other hand, if I am wrong, only good things will come from leading a healthier lifestyle and taking these preventative measures.

On a side note, I might have to change my name! I was sort of obsessed with whitening/clarifying a few years back, but since I discovered that I look 10x better with a healthy colour on my face, I haven’t really been using any whitening products. Due to skin/health problems I’m trying to go as minimal as possible when it comes to skincare and what goes in my body. On the top of my list are various oils that I’ve been using.

I will hopefully post again soon!



Can’t think of a more boring title, eh?

Well, let me start by applauding those who still loyally read this blog, considering we haven’t posted in eons (*I* haven’t)!

Apologies for those who have asked me questions in the comments section, or those who posted comments at all, as I haven’t even reviewed them!

Won’t keep you with boring chatter. Nothing major happened, just got lazy and had a full time job. I’m now back to studying which means… more procrastination time!

Regarding skincare, I am not so focused on whitening anymore. I still have the odd whitening serum or two, but I use it in conjunction with non-specialized skincare.

At the moment, I am using a range of products depending on the state of the seborrheic dermatitis on my face (refer to MooGoo MSM cream review). I’m currently pretty smitten with OILS! Yes, oils… currently I’m using jojoba and tamanu oil alternately for my face and coconut oil/various body oils on my body. So hopefully a review of those will be coming up.

Stay tuned and perhaps… perhaps I will update soon!

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Hada Labo Gokujyun Ultimate Moisturizing Cream | Review

Hada Labo Gokujyun Ultimate Moisturizing Cream – Score: 3/5


Hada Labo Gokujyun Cream

Pros: good consistency, no fragrance, does not clog pores, moisturizing, cheap.

Cons: can be a bit too heavy during warmer months.

Price: unfortunately I can’t find this in Sasa. But you can find this quite easily in Asian country pharmacies.

Buy again: no.

Basic moisturizer which can be handy in the colder winter months. It’s quite moisturizing and it did leave a sheen on my face, however the following morning it was absorbed into my skin.

Nothing special to write about, it’s a decent basic moisturizer to choose if you don’t want to put any unnecessary ingredients on your skin and you don’t have a specific target (brightening, anti-aging). The price is a good starting point.

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Mini haul

It really has been ages since I’ve done any kind of online skincare/makeup purchase. This is actually a good thing since it means I diligently go through all my existing products prior to purchasing new ones =)

so here are my Korean goodies:

What they are:

  • The Face Shop –  Oil Specialist Brightening Cleansing Oil
  • Innisfree – Wine Peeling Jelly Scrub
  • Etude House – Miss Tangerine Cream Choux Blusher #4 Miss Grape

Plus the seller threw in 3 Etude House samples: sunscreen, some cream to make face glowy and a moisturizer.

Haven’t used any of these yet since they really just arrived yet. I will at least try the jelly scrub very soon!


Happy Birthday Arbutin Kitteh ❤

Dear Arbutin Kitteh,

Here’s to another year filled with goodness, catnip and an abundance of happy cats to come your way. May all of our conversations be evermore filled with nonsense towards the enrichment of our deliriously expanding vocabulary.