Tuesday, June 25, 2013

[Review] Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 - Mint

Almost all of my friends own at least a tube of Kiehl's lip balm, and everyone's heard of them! There's been so much hype over this product - I've seen it featured in high profile magazines, TV shows and some celebrities swear by it. So I bought into the hype, and purchased their "mint" flavour.

In a word? It's overrated. 






Product description
Temporarily protects and helps relieve chapped or cracked lips. Helps protect lips from the drying effects of wind and cold weather.

Prices
Kiehl's: $8.50 USD, without tax
eBay: $8-15 USD
Amazon: $7-13 USD
[This lip balm is sold in a variety of other places, including Nordstorm and Saks Fifth Avenue)




Packaging and ingredients 
This product can be purchased in the 15mL tube (pictures of that shown below), and a 15mL tub. Some may say that the tube packaging is boring and dull, but I actually like it! It says what it needs to say, without any frills or dandy stuff. 

As shown below, the active ingredients are 1% Octinoxate, which serves to protect your lips from the sun. 89.5% is petrolatum - it's another word for Petroleum jelly, which is... Vaseline. 

There's a whole bunch of inactive ingredients, but I won't go into those details - they're shown in the pictures below~



The tube format is meant to be hygienic - I don't have to dip my fingers in any jars. However, the flatness of the tip, where the hole is, isn't easy to use. It's not easy to squeeze the tube and apply it directly on the lips. I have to get some on my finger and rub it myself; this takes away the "hygienic" idea of the tube packaging. 

The product comes out fairly easily, and I've noticed that the consistency of the product can vary a lot. Even if it's just a tad, tad bit warmer, the lip balm will be extremely liquid-y (almost like water), and ooze out of the tube, getting itself all over me.



Using it


1 and 2. "Before" pictures of my chapped up, gross lips. (...and yes, that's a bit of blood right there. Ew, sorry~ ;n; )
3. Applied Kiehl's lip balm 
4. After 4-5 applies, this is the outcome




My thoughts 

After all the hype over this product and using it, I'm not convinced this is anything near "holy grail". This product works as well as a tub of plain 'ol vaseline - it works, but it ain't anything special. It's also a bit pricier than other lip balms. I don't think that it's worth such a price, because it's mostly just petroleum jelly. I can buy that stuff for cheaper in Walmart (or anywhere, really), and it'll have the same effects.

In my personal experience, I find that Blistex "Lip Medex" is way more effective than the Kiehl's lip balm. In just one use, there's a signifiant improvement to my chapped lips. Kiehl's, on the other hand, takes more applications to achieve almost-similar results. It (Kiehls) absorbs too quickly, and vanishes on my lips soon after applying... without leaving much of a positive difference.


Pros:
- It works, but you need to apply every so often
- A tube lasts a fairly long time
- Easy to find

Cons:
- Packaging isn't the best, nor hygienic
- Expensive (compared to other lip balms)
- Contains parabens
- Mostly just petroleum jelly, nothing special

Repurchase? No, I'm sticking to my trusty 'ol Blistex!




What about you?
Have you used this lip balm? What what your experience with it? Do you think the hype is well earned? 


Monday, June 24, 2013

The Versatile Blogger Award!

I'm thankful to have been nominated for my first Versatile Blogger award! This is the first award I've ever been nominated for, so I'm really excited! Thanks to Sam - she has a great blog that features some awesome reviews, NOTDs, and DYIs!


I nominate...
1. Rachael - Wayycher
2. Laura - Lauraleia
3. Alex - Skyway avenue
4. Miwitch - Miwitch
6. Sindy - MilkiiBunnii
7. Sabrina - Sabrinata Judin
9. My Nyugen - Style a la My
10. Dolly - Sincerely Dolly
11. Lana - Glitterish World
12. Mikichigo - Mikichigo
13. Chee - Sparkly Chee
14. Trang - Beauty Bloggr
15. Jo - Neverland



VBA Rules 

1. Thank the person who gave you this award.
2. Include a link to their blog.
3. Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
4. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.






7 things about me 

1. I laugh very easily, but I cry very easily too. 
2. I have a dog named Happy. (She's the little white thing on my blog banner, if you were wondering.)
3. I have a love of shoes! 
4. I can't say "specifically" properly. It's quite embarassing. ("schpiffically!")
5. I love kdramas - it's in my blood. (Currently watching "I hear your voice" and "You're the best, lee soon-shin")
6. I have severe allergies - if I smell ramen, I can't breathe and need to call 9-1-1. (Yeah, ikr?) 
7. I can't touch pictures of dark, underwater sea life. It's a phobia...?







That's it for now! It's been such a grossly humid day (gonna be like this the entire week, arugh), so I'm off to go shopping. Retail therapy for environmentally stressful days, whoohoo~
Here's a questionable pixel here to explain how I'm feeling.



Byebye, and thank you for reading! 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

[Review] Laneige Multi Cleanser

Hey guys - I'll be reviewing Laneige's "Multi Cleanser" for this post!


I first tried this cleanser when I bought my first "Laneige Basic Care Set" box. It came in a deluxe sample size. I ended up using it every night to take off my makeup! 




Description

"Mild and thorough cleansing for clear and bright skin"

Papain enzymes-based multi cleanser with 4 functions of:
- Removing makeup 
- Removing sunscreen
- Exfoliating 
- Cleansing 

The tube comes in a 180ml size, and is described as suitable for all skin types. Its dermatologist tested, and is apparently non-comedogenic tested as well. The product lasts for 30 months unopened, and is good for 12 months after first use. 

When squeezed out, the product is pretty thick, creamy and white. As you start massaging it into your skin, it foams up into this really foamy (heh) and bubbly texture. It feels creamy, but at the same time it feels lightweight. Hard to explain - but I like the feeling of this cleanser~




Price:

@ Amore Pacific stores (and Laneige stores): Approximately $30
@ eBay (Amore Pacific official dealer): $27 (but is currently on sale for $22!!)
@ Amazon: $28
@ Sasa: $32 (but is currently on sale for $23!!)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Laneige haul!~

Time for another haul!~

My recent Laneige shopping came in yesterday, and I'm happy to say that I'm happy about it! Most of the items aren't "first time" purchases, for me - in fact, they're staple in my everyday skincare routine.




Laneige is one of my absolute favourite Korean brands - I trust them everyday with my skin, and they've yet to fail me! When my skin is at its worst (ahem, when I burned off my face with Differin 0.3%...), Laneige's "Water Sleeping Pack_EX" was the only thing that helped.


Here's a list of the things I bought, along with a quickie review on the product's I've used before!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

[Review] Atomy skin care products

I'm back with another review - this time, focusing on a number of the "Atomy" skincare products!




Atom美 (The last character is the "mi/y" part of "Atomy") is a South Korean company that makes skincare as well as health supplements. Their cosmetics claim to be made of 100% natural herbal ingredients using advanced technologies. It's a "members only" system, so you'd have to specifically buy it from an individual seller. Aka = harder to get than other Korean cosmetics. 

Atomy cosmetics in a nutshell:

- High purification technology 
- Korean medicine aging biotechnology
- Multiple nano-capsule technology
- Fresh organic herbal tea ingredients 

The combination of these features and technologies (supported by the Korean Atomic Energy research institute and owned by different Korean companies) create the Atomy skincare line. 

I know. A lot of science-y weird stuff. 

I've watched their CEO, Park Han-gil, speak about his products in this youtube clip (for non-Korean speakers, there are English subtitles provided). There's a lot of boiling organic stuff, enrichment, vitamins, "excellent absorption", etc in these products. Yet despite all of this, Atomy was created on the belief that prestigious, quality goods can be sold and distributed at a low price. 

All that aside, I'll tell you how this line worked on my skin. 
TL;DR: It's horrible, and I wouldn't recommend it for people with sensitive or allergy prone skin. 



Monday, June 17, 2013

[Review] The Face Shop "Real nature" face masks

Warning: Picture heavy post!

Face masks have worked quite well on my skin. They provide moisture and gentle skin care. So whenever I browse around Pacific mall (apparently the largest asian mall in North America hah), I always end up buying face masks. It's a no brainer for me - they're cheap, convenient and totally efficient!



The Face Shop opened in Pacific mall a couple of months ago. It's one of my favourite Korean makeup/skincare stores, so every time I visit, I'm always freakishly excited. If I have the money and justify the store sticker price, I end up bringing a couple eyeliners or small goodies home. 

Even though I have an obsession with face masks, I never thought of buying face masks in that store. D'oh!

Then a couple of weeks ago, a friend in Korea mailed me a huge package. Inside were a bunch of goodies and I was so happy to find a bunch of face masks from TFS! I think there were 10 of them in there? And since the packaging was so pretty, I ran out that same day to P-mall and got myself more TFS masks. 




Packaging: 5/5
Love the packaging design - it's simple and gets to the point. (It's also the reason why this post is so darn picture heavy. I love it.) There's also enough english for non-Korean readers to understand. Plus... picture demos! Gotta love them picture demos!



What it claims 
Because I have several different "flavours" of this mask, I just thought I'd take pictures of the packaging so you can see yourself. I personally find that better than reading a whole block of boring text. 
I also like pictures and pretty colours, so yeah. 

In order, the pictures will show:
1. TFS pomegranate mask 
2. TFS raspberry mask
3. TFS pumpkin mask
4. TFS mung bean mask 
5. TFS olive mask
6. TFS aloe vera mask
7. TFS ginseng mask
[Not shown: TFS cucumber mask]




Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Korean Cosmetics Haul!~ [Online shopping]

Hello, I've got a haul to show in this post!


Title says "Korean Cosmetics Haul", but it's really a mix of both Korean and Japanese stuff. Just makes it easier.

So I went online shopping, and these babies were delivered to me a few weeks later. So happy I finally received them in perfect condition! Although one of the nail decorating packages came empty. Like what? I opened it, and there was only a business card and some package protecting, sponge thingymajigs. I was so confused, but I guess I have to take a picture of that and talk to the seller... hum!

Anyways! Here's the list of what's in the picture (sorry I didn't number the items in the photo, completely forgot) 

1. 2 Laneige water sleeping pack deluxe samples (came as a free gift with my Laneige cleanser)
2. Laneige  Multi Cleanser
3. All 9 TonyMoly petite bunny gloss bars!
4. Innisfree no-sebum mineral powder
5. Dollywink false eyelashes #9, "natural dolly"
6. Dollywink black liquid eyeliner
7. 2 nail art decorations (purchased around 6 of these, they're coming in one by one)

Bird's eye view... kinda.

Laneige water sleeping pack deluxe samples! 
I love these so much, it's one of my favourite skincare products! The perfect skin pick-me-up! Whoohoo~


Laneige's Multi Cleanser!
This is one of the products I use to remove makeup on my face after a long day (I use a cleansing oil before this step) I've been using it for some time now, and this is the newest tube of goodness!


Tonymoly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar (x9)
I had the cherry version, but lost it a couple months ago. The packaging was so adorable, I totally fell victim to their deadly marketing. Ending up buying all 9 colours - the bunny faces are just too cute to resist!


Innisfree No-sebum Mineral Powder
I've been hearing really good reviews on this and wanted to try some different powders to set my foundation. I'll be trying this out and reviewing it (as with all the other products in this haul) on my blog soon! 


Dollywink false eyelashes #9, "Natural Dolly" 
Dollywink liquid eyeliner in black
Not new to both of these products, they're both re-purchases. Love them, but I'm planning to give the eyeliner away in an upcoming giveaway! (Currently hoarding lots of makeup/nail goodies for this, so exciting~)


2 Nail art decoration wheels
I just needed these (and the ones that will be coming in) to do future nail tutorials and to do my nails in general. 


Skin79 Snail Nutrition BB cream
Lioele V-line waterdrop sleeping pack
The seller gave me 2 samples that came with my Innisfree powder, but I won't be using them. I'm happy with my Laneige sleeping packs, and don't really feel too interested enough to try the BB cream so... I'll give them away to someone. 







That's all for today! The bunnies say goodbye, and thanks for reading!~ 
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