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

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

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

Thankful Fridays: 17 May 2013

This week I am thankful that:

  • I’ve been accepted to join RBKD’s Orientation this year! I went last year and it was so fun so I am looking forward to it
  • She was revealed as the new face of L’Oreal Youth Code. Things will only get better for her
  • I finally got Cupping therapy done for my aching back. Read about it HERE.

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  • I had superb Japanese BBQ at Gyu-Kaku
  • I managed to start studying for my exams in June
  • The queue was not very long when I tried Jollibee for the first time
  • Dan Brown’s Inferno finally came out and I was able to get a copy. Read my thoughts on the book HERE. (There are no spoilers)

Melissa xx

Thankful Fridays: 17 May 2013

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

I ♥ Din Tai Fung

While having dinner with my mother at Din Tai Fung, it suddenly hit me that I have never expressed just how much I love that place before. I really need to pop them an e-mail soon. It feels a little like I’ve been taking them for granted. I’ve probably dined at DTF more than a hundred times; ever since they opened in Singapore, I eat there at the very least twice a month. I actually think the average is once a week. And out of so many times, they still haven’t done anything to piss me off. That is really no easy feat.

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Yes there is almost always at queue at DTF, but if you pick the correct branch for your chosen time, there are ways to avoid the crowd. The food can be a little inconsistent, but it has never been so off that the food is bad. When the restaurant is busy the food might take a little longer to be served, but it’s always accurate. Even when the restaurant is swamped, I have never gotten any food that I had to send back; trust me on this, I don’t hesitate to when I have to. I have no tolerance for awful food.

And even though they are perpetually busy, I have never once experienced or witnessed rude or uninterested service. They’re always friendly and attentive, and what impresses me the most is that I have never seen a “manager” or a “supervisor” running on the floor, instructing the staff what to do. They all know very well their individual tasks and act upon it with their own initiative. There’s a lot of teamwork; nobody has to tell anybody else what to do (other than if a table requests for a tea refill to the hostess), and I really admire that. I know exactly how difficult that is to achieve because I’ve been a waitress before.

All in all, DTF is definitely one of my top choices when I just want comforting, fuss-free food. Most of the time I don’t get stuck in a long wait because I am already familiar with it enough to know which branch to go to at which days of the week & time of the day. However, it is also one of the very few places I would wait in line for if I have to, because it’s definitely worth it.

So kudos to you, Breadtalk group! Your other brands like Toastbox and Carl’s Jr. needs more polishing (maybe you should have Taster Food manage them as well) but please keep it up with DTF! I LOVE DIN TAI FUNG!!!

Go to your nearest DTF and have a feast today! You’re welcome. 🙂
For a list of Din Tai Fung branches click HERE

Melissa xx

I ♥ Din Tai Fung