Review: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Black Head Out Balm

With the upcoming opening of Innisfree in Singapore, I thought I should share about an item I bought on my recent trip to Seoul so that everyone here can include it in their shopping list when heading to the store! You can already tell I recommend this product. LOL.

Well, Innisfree products generally can be trusted to do the job since it belongs to the same owner as Sulhwasoo and HERA (and more) which have highly raved products.

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So basically, this is a balm you use before you wash your face. You take a little (or a lot, depending on how big the area you want to apply it on is) on your fingers, then rub it into the areas where you have blackheads. I don’t have too bad blackheads, but I get clogged pores really easily have this has really helped to clear it out.

Don’t rush this process..really take the time to rub it in, on your blackheads, white-heads & clogged pores. Then, what I like to do is go do something else for a few minutes so the balm can get “absorbed” a  bit more, then I use one of those pimple removers and scrape along all the areas where I applied the balm. Everything just slides out, no kidding. Then, wash your face and do your thing.

For really old/deep impurities you might only get it to slide out after a few times of application and scraping. I’ve been using this product once a week and it really makes my pores feel so clean.

I also like doing a soothing mask whenever I clear out my pores because I feel that it helps to calm the skin and the mask gets absorbed easier since there’s no more gunk in my pores to interfere!

I got this in Seoul for around 5000KRW and I hope the mark up won’t be too high in the Singapore store! If you can’t wait to try this out, you can also try getting it on Gmarket.

Innisfree Singapore will be at Takashimaya B2.

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Review: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Black Head Out Balm

Review: Snail Slime Skincare

I bought this Snail Solution  from Nature Republic on my recent trip to Seoul. Snail slime is supposed to be good if you have sensitive , easily inflamed skin. I have very sensitive skin and always get red patches when I wash my face after waking up, so I decided to give it a go.

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I really like the way Koreans package their products..you can just tell that they’ve put some effort into it and it’s not all haphazard. Anyways, this is what the set I bought looks like on the outside. You can choose to get the products individually if you do not want the whole set or want them in bigger sizes.

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And when you open it up, you’ll see three different products and a spatula for the tub of snail cream. The Cream is full size, the other two is sold in bigger sizes individually. I don’t use the spatula, since I only ever go into the jar with clean fingers and using the spatula is one more thing to wash and keep clean.

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Here are the names of the products up close. I was told by the salesperson to use the Booster first, secondly the Cream, then lastly the Emulsion so that’s what I’ve been doing. Since I started using this set of products, I no longer wake up with tight, dry and flaky skin, and my skin didn’t have red patches after I washed it. I could feel that my skin has been hydrated and the hydration has been “locked in” to my skin instead of being lost to the evil air-conditioner which I cannot live without.

I’ve been using these three products (nothing else except for my eye cream) for about 10 days now, and seriously, I totally recommend it to anyone who has sensitive skin, dry patches, red/inflamed skin issues. I’ve only been using it for 10 days and yet I already see the benefits! And actually, the morning after the first time I used it, I’ve already seen the amazing effect, so I’m really confident that this will definitely help my skin a lot more in the long run.

This set retails for 69,000KRW in the city shops, but I got it cheaper at the airport AND they were having a Buy 1 Get 1 promo so it was absolutely worth it. Even without any promotions I find that it’s pretty reasonable for something that works so well. If you have friends in Korea right now, get them to check it out for you! Or else, you can also get these products on Gmarket.

OVERALL:

Product: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Repurchase?: YES

Cheers to our lovely helpful Snail friends!
Melissa xx

Review: Snail Slime Skincare

August Outs & Reviews – NARS, Lancome & The Face Shop

A few days ago I finally got down to clearing my vanity table, and when I was about to throw them out I went: “oh luckily I already bought a back-up”, “oh…I should another one of these” and “meh, wasted my money on this”. So I thought I should write a short review on them! I think some people will be surprised at which one I thought was a waste of money. Scroll down to find out!

From Top: NARS Sheer Glow Lancome Teint Miracle The Face Shop Power Perfection BB Cream
From Top:
NARS Sheer Glow
Lancome Teint Miracle
The Face Shop Power Perfection BB Cream

*They look dirty because they are used!*

1) The Face Shop Power Perfection BB Cream. 

PROS:
> SPF37/ PA++
> Medium-high coverage yet still feels reasonably light on the skin
> Doesn’t give you a grey cast
> Works even on dry skin. It does not settle into lines to make flaky skin more obvious
> Provides a light dewy finish (not in a way that you look oily)

CONS:
> Too much more expensive in Singapore than it is in Korea!

I used this in Light Beige, but I have tried the other darker shade and found that it isn’t much darker so I’m actually already using the “back-up” that is in the darker shade. I find that the prices in Singapore is marked up too much so I will only get this in Korea.

2) Lancome Teint Miracle

PROS:
> Very light, perfect for “no makeup makeup” days
> Evens out skin tone
> Gives you a nice, healthy glow

CONS:
> Not good for already dry skin as it settles into lines and make flaky skin very obvious
> Contains a lot of alcohol, which dries out the skin further
> Need to be shaken before use

I am a shade O-03 and it suits my skin perfectly. I like this foundation, but can only use it when my skin isn’t too dry and flakey. I don’t mind the “shake well” part as that’s what’s expected in foundations that promise a glow.

3)NARS Sheer Glow

PROS:
> As it says, it gives a sheer glow

CONS:
> Even though coverage is light, it feels very cake-y
> The packaging. Come on now..really. It looks good, but not functional
> Oxidises quite a lot
> Makes lines and flakes obvious
> Needs to be shaken before use

I got this in the shade Light 04 Deauville. On the website it is described as  “Light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones”. But no, it is probably 1-2 shades too dark for me and it is very yellow. My skin has a pink undertone so this was..just no. I didn’t like the feeling of this on the skin. This is the one I felt that I wasted money on. It’s a big disappointment because I got this not long after it was released and there was so much hype about it! And yes, I did get this THAT long ago. I didn’t throw it out earlier because…it looked so good just sitting on the vanity. :/

So yea, it looks like finding a good coverage foundation that feels light and doesn’t make dry, flakey skin stand out is really difficult! If you have any good recommendations for those, especially those that are ok for sensitive (eczema) skin, please let me know!! 😀

Melissa xx

August Outs & Reviews – NARS, Lancome & The Face Shop

Review: LUSH Fair Trade Honey Shampoo

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Fair Trade Honey(FTH) has been my favourite shampoo ever since it came out last year. I dye my hair every 2-3 months and so I have dry hair that frizzes easily. But with FTH, I can use it without a conditioner and it would still leave my hair tangle free, and it makes it so soft and shiny too!

WHAT IS IT:

Fair Trade Honey
LUSH Fair Trade Honey Shampoo

Just to put it out there, FTH is the most expensive LUSH shampoo to date. However, don’t let the price deter you from trying this gem out. With LUSH shampoos, you already need to use less of an amount than other brands, and with FTH, you need even less of it because it is really thick. Plus you can save on conditioner when you use this shampoo, so it works out to be really good value for money! I’ve actually tried it with many conditioners as well and think that the effect is the best without a conditioner. If you still feel more comfortable with a conditioner, use a light conditioner like the LUSH Veganese or LUSH Coolaulin. Heavier conditioners tend to defeat the purpose of this shampoo and I personally find it a waste to use anything that smells strong over top of FTH, because it smells SO good and I don’t want anything to mask its scent!

WHAT’S IN IT:

Green= Natural, Black= Safe synthetics
Green= Natural, Black= Safe synthetics

WHY IT WORKS:

  • Fairly Traded Honey is the bulk of the ingredients in this shampoo (50% to be exact, hence it’s name). It helps make your hair soft and shiny, and gives your scalp a really good cleansing as honey has natural anti-bacterial properties. This also means that there are no extra preservatives in this shampoo.
  • Linseed (AKA Flaxseed) Mucilage is a jelly like substance formed by boiling Linseed/Flaxseed in water, and this ingredient helps to prevent hair loss by strengthening your hair as it contains lots of Omega 3 fatty acids. It also gives shine.
  • Sunflower Lecithin also makes your hair shiny and supple.
  • Geranium, Neroli, Bergamot Oils and Rose Absolute all contribute to the amazing scent that stays in your hair for hours after you wash your hair.

It says on the bottle;  “This is a no expense spared shampoo.”, and it’s definitely true. Even all the essential oils used to make the fragrance are the most expensive ones. Whenever I use FTH, the scent stays in my hair until the next wash! (I wash my hair once a day before I sleep)

HOW I USE IT:

  1. Squeeze out a 2-3cm diameter blob onto palm.
  2. Mix in a little water and give the shampoo a headstart by lathering it between palms.
  3. Lather onto wet hair and give scalp a nice massage.
  4. Rinse off.
  5. Dry hair.
  6. Have luxurious hair.

It is really that simple. When you rinse if off, you might feel like your hair is tangled/dry/not smooth etc but trust me, just go and dry your hair, go to bed, and you will wake up with amazingly soft and shiny hair, no tangles or kinks. And yes, I find that my hair looks much better the morning after I use this shampoo.

So, if you always find yourself waking up to a bad hair day, trust me and try this. You will never want to use anything else.

WHERE TO BUY:

  • £7.25/110g, £14.45/300g, £23.95/600g from LUSH UK
  • S$25/110g, S$49/300g, S$79/600g from LUSH SG

Trust me, go for the 300g or bigger, because it’s better value for money and you wouldn’t get enough of it anyway! 😀 Feel free to comment if you have any questions or if you have tried it too!

OVERALL:

Product: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Repurchase?: YES

Let’s have shiny, happy hair!
Melissa xx

All images from http://www.lush.co.uk

Review: LUSH Fair Trade Honey Shampoo

Saturday Continued

Continued from this post.

After eating we went to Bugis Street and braved the crowd because the crazy friend wanted to buy a new bumper for her phone. Ended up finding one she liked in the very first shop we went into so we wasted no time escaping the area. Window-shopped in Bugis Junction and guess who I saw!

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TAADAAH!! With her own little section there, looking all pretty and flawless. Randomly seeing this in Watsons totally made my day. Also, I first posted this photo on Instagram, and it has since been re-posted by RBKD and Sam Ong! So happy! Cheap thrills LOL.

So after eating so much meat for lunch I wasn’t really hungry at dinner time, but I still had to eat with my mom so I picked somewhere that will have light food too.

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There aren’t many “safe”(not crazily crowded) places to go on a Saturday night so we ended up having dinner at Eat@Taipei. They were quite understaffed and the few staff on hand weren’t very attentive so everything was quite slow except the serving of the food. Nobody seemed to be available to take our order. But anyway, the bottom line is, the food is bad. Everything was super salty. I thought I was being overly critical because I wasn’t hungry, but my mom also agreed that it was bad. The milk tea was good though but not unique. There are other places that serve equivalent and better milk tea. So, I won’t be going back.

I watched Inception (yes 3 years after its release I’m slow whatever). I had a tea egg for supper. I love tea eggs! That is all.
Melissa xx

Saturday Continued

BonChon Saturday

Today I met my crazy friend Yawen for lunch. Crazy because she just came back from Korea and chose to eat at Bon Chon when there must have been loads of cheaper and better ones in Korea.

Nevertheless, this is what we ate.

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Yea..we’re monsters. We ordered the Large combo. It includes 14 pieces of wings/drumlets and 6 pieces of drumsticks and 2 sides of your choice. Honestly it was because on the menu it says “14 wings + 6 drums”, so we thought it really meant wings and drumlets. But nope. Anyway we did manage to finish most of it. Had 4 pieces leftover which we took-away for dinner. LOL.

The chicken was good, but the sides were terrible. Probably the worst kimchi I’ve ever had in my entire life. And the coleslaw tasted like it was about to go bad. Not good. Next time I will just order the wings on their own. Don’t bother with the sides. We didn’t have drinks either, because we’d already planned on having Blackball!

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Blackball is good, but it is overrated and over-hyped. And because of the hype, everyone goes in and expects that it will be super amazing, but really, it’s not. It’s just a regular dessert place, that serves above average grass jelly and sweet potato balls. It is good, but it is not that amazing. Tame your expectations before you get disappointed.

I shall continue today’s adventures on the next post. Keep a look out for it! There will be more food in it 😀
Melissa xx

BonChon Saturday

My First TCM Cupping Experience

I decided to venture into the Cupping therapy of Traditional Chinese Medicine because my back has been killing me for the longest time, and nothing else I’ve done seemed to be helping. I heard lots of good things about the effects of cupping and decided I had nothing to lose.

So when I chanced upon a new TCM place that had just opened at my nearest mall, I jumped at it. It was very straightforward. I discovered it yesterday night, and made and appointment to go today kinda straightforward.

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The treatment itself was quick. It only took about 20 minutes. The therapist first put a cup on, and used it to “massage” the back by sliding the vacuumed-cup over the whole back. This part hurt the most, it felt like my muscles were being pulled away from my bones to the surface of the skin. It feels like someone is pressing on you with their whole body weight on their elbows. Part of why it hurt so much is because it’s a slow movement down your back. I’d actually describe this pain level as more than both my tattoos and a cartilage piercing combined together. I’ve deduced that the more tense your muscles are to start with, the more it will hurt. Mine hurt like a bitch!

After this, the therapist proceeded to put on the vacuum cups on the different points of the back. This process is less painful than the sliding but still hurts. This feels like your skin is being pinched and you feel like there’s a heavy weight on your back. But it’s much more bearable than the sliding. If you’re trying it for the first time and are concerned about the pain, you can opt to not receive the sliding treatment.

Immediately after the session, I already felt significantly less aching in my back and despite the pain I will get it done again. So if you’ve had any muscle aches that refuse to go away, you can consider cupping. I would recommend the place I went to, because after the treatment it was just pay up and go. No pesky hard-selling telling you that you have a million other ailments and maybe you should sign up for a package etc. The place was clean, staff were helpful, prices are reasonable and everything went smoothly. Done deal.

Tang Shan TCM & Massage:
Vivo City #B2-12; 6376 8236
Blk 86 Marine Parade Central #01-670; 6348 5983
City Square Mall #B2-42/43; 6509 6398

My First TCM Cupping Experience