Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Face Shop - YEHWADAM Pure Brightening Serum Review

Brightening products have always been popular in skincare. For some reason, when I first started using skincare, I was under the impression that brightening meant whitening. Which it really isn't. Brightening products are focused more towards exfoliating in order to enhance the skin. Whereas whitening products include bleaching agents to remove dark spots. I'm not into using whitening products, but I am definitely interested in having brighter more youthful looking skin.

Since I don't wear a lot of makeup, brightening serums or creams kind of act like a base for my skin. I find any blemishes are sort of blurred away with the brightening products. So overall, I don't have to wear a lot of foundation. 


So if you're like me, and you're more au naturel, then you might be interested in the this new product line by The Face Shop.

The Face Shop recently launched their YEHWADAM line. On their website, they currently  have YEHWADAM revitalizing line which incorporates Ginseng. 

Launching on October 5th, The Face Shop will be releasing their Pure Brightening line. Which is a brightening and anti-aging line:
Specifically developed to reveal skin's brightness and radiance by reducing the appearance of pigmentations, dark spots, and dull skin tone [...] The forumula, which contains the natural ingredients of Chilbaekseolyundan*, improves the appearance of dull, pigmented skin by creating a brighter, more radiant complexion
*Chilbaekseolyundan - patented brightening ingredients formula that includes 6 pristine traditional herbs harvested in Korea.

 Taken from The Face Shop brochure:
Instant brightening effect: instantly reveals skin's natural glow and brightness using brightening ingredients such as pearl powder. Soft and fresh finish: non-sticky serum gently absorbs into skin, leaving a fresh finish. Intense and lasting moisturizing effect: serum contains lamellar, a moisturizing ingredient with a similar structure to skin, to replenish skin with moisture

The Face Shop mentioned 6 ingredients they use that are supposedly natural brighteners.

These 6 ingredients are: Peony, Pearl, Ginseng, Cnidium Officinale, Honeysuckle, Atractylodes Macrocephala

Atra-pterodactyl what what? It's basically just a big word for an ingredient that helps reduce the appearance of dark spots. Cnidium Officinale is basically the same thing as well.


Packaging

The packaging looks very luxurious. The cap has a cute jewel on it and it has a frosted 'glass' sort of look. The package itself is all plastic. I actually expected the bottle to be heavy but was surprised at how light it is. To be honest, with how light the bottle is, it does feel a little cheap. Otherwise, it is still very gorgeous.

Looks aside, I really like the pump. The spring in the pump is amazing. It doesn't stick, product comes out really easily and the serum doesn't cake up at the pump. One pump also provides at least a pea sized amount of product, which is more than enough for my entire face.


Product

Even though it is a serum it really doesn't feel like one. The consistency is in between a serum and a lotion.

I was unable to photograph it, but it does have a slight pearlescent sheen. It does say that it is made with some pearl powder, so that is most likely where it comes from.

Upon initial application, it does offer immediate brightening effect. Not only is it brightening but it leaves a nice glow on the skin as well. It also does exactly as it claims, it's light weight and doesn't leave a sticky finish. It absorbs into the skin easily as well. Sometimes, I even forget to apply a day cream because this serum offers a pretty decent amount of moisture.

As it is an anti-aging line, it is important to note that it has a very strong mature scent. I'm not a huge fan of the scent, but after a while I have become slightly used to it. Luckily it doesn't stick around too long and eventually dissipates.


Overall Thoughts

I've been using this daily and nightly for the past couple of weeks and I'm quite liking it. For the mornings it offers a nice glow to my skin. I also like that it's non-sticky and light weight.

I would say though while it does leave the skin looking brighter and with a natural glow, the effects are short term. I've only been using it for the past month and my dark spots are still visable. They are a little more muted, but overall not too much of a difference made.

I really like the glow it gives my skin before I put on my makeup. I like this serum in the morning the most since I only apply makeup on my t-zone so this product still has its chance to shine.  

There is 45ml in this bottle, which is a lot more than a lot of other serums, but it does have a pretty hefty price tag of $78 CAD + taxes.

If you're a fan of The Face Shop or you're looking for a brightening anti-aging serum, this product and the entire YEHWADAM Pure Brightening line is available starting on October 5.

Summary

The Good
- Skin looks brighter and has a nice glow
- Amazing pump. Great springs and one pump is enough for the entire face
- Gorgeous packaging
- Light weight serum, doesn't feel heavy on the skin
- Doesn't leave the skin feeling sticky
- Provides some moisture

The Bad
- Short term effects
- Doesn't get rid of dark spots like it claims
- Strong mature scent
- Feels light and slightly cheap
- Expensive

*This product was sent to me complimentary in exchange for my honest review. My opinion is my own and it is in no way influenced.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

By Wishtrend's Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water Review

There are times when I'm really diligent with my skincare and I have multiple steps. Though a lot of the times, I get lazy and my routine is very basic and I use the bare essentials. So during my lazy times, I enjoy using products that pull double duty.

Let me introduce to you By Wishtrend's new prepping water with Mandelic Acid.


This is a new product that was recently released By Wishtrend. Lazy skincare people rejoice! This is a hydrating and nonirritating exfoliant which is suitable for all skin types.

So is this a product worth trying?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

BITE BEAUTY Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick - Review + Swatches

I consider my first beauty love to be skincare and my second love to be lipsticks. I will admit, I've had a rocky relationship with lipsticks- with the past couple of years I just stopped wearing them. But this year I've found some great lip products that I've been totally obsessed with.

That being said, within the past couple of years, liquid lipsticks have become really popular. Every brand has come out with their own version of a liquid lip.

Most recently, Bite Beauty has come out with their own as well. A liquid version of their Amuse Bouche (which are also incredibly popular).


I've tried a few of their Amuse Bouche in stick form and I really like them. They're pigmented and incredible creamy. I am happy to report that the liquid version is just as amazing!

Friday, August 4, 2017

I'm From - Gingseng Serum Review

As I've gotten older, I've begun placing importance on anti-aging products. Incorporating creams here and there. I'm really off and on with it, even though I know I should use them more often. Luckily, I don't have any wrinkles just yet, but it's never too late to start! Especially now that I'm in my late 20s. It only goes downhill from here!

Ginseng offers a lot of benefits. Aside from brightening and improving skin elasticity, it also offers nourishment for those who have dry and tired skin.


Wishtrend offered to send me their newly released Ginseng Serum from a brand called I'm From.

I've never tried any Ginseng product before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Of course one of -if not the best known Ginseng serums is Sulwhasoo's First Care Activating Serum. It's the HG for so many people! But for 60ml it's about $105 CAD + taxes. I know, it's incredibly expensive. (I ended up getting one myself, but that's another story).

This serum from I'm From is $28.80 USD for 30ml. How does it fair as a more affordable Ginseng option? 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Laneige - Serum Intense Lipstick Review in Sheer Beige

Happy day! I had been searching for this lipstick line by Laneige for years and finally during one of my shopping trips to Pacific Mall, I was able to find it! Not sure why this particular line isn't as popular. Sephora has the two toned lipsticks available, but they don't actually appeal to me. Mainly because they don't look too good on me. 


The lipsticks are available at Laneige/Amore Pacific stores (certain ones. I found this at Market Village right beside Pacific Mall. The actual PMall location only has the two toned lipsticks IOPE). Or Sephora Singapore, which doesn't help me either.

The colour payoff is exactly as they advertise - intense!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Cougar Beauty Products - Anti Oxidant Defence Serum with Hyaluronic Acid Review

I've mentioned it a few times, but I love serums. I love trying new ones and I also enjoy layering them in my skincare. I've realized over the years that relying on just face cream alone just isn't enough. 


If you're not too familiar with Cougar Beauty Products, they're a company that is based in UK and all of their products are manufactured there as well.

Taken from the Cougar Beauty website:
Designed for those who enjoy high quality products and are not prepared to compromise [...] all products are new, edgy, of the highest quality and most importantly, they work [...] all ingredients are sourced locally [...] cruelty free formulas, that are never tested on animals. All of our packaging is recyclable and any mark marketing material is made from recycles material
I really love Cougar Beauty's vision. High quality ingredients are very important, but knowing that their packaging is used from recycled materials, is also an added plus.

As skincare and makeup are becoming incredibly popular, it is nice to know that there are brands out there that focus on quality all the while reducing their carbon footprint as well.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

March 2017 - Empties and Declutter

It's already the end of March. With Spring just around the corner, I figured this is a good time to post my most recent empties. This is an accumulation from fall to winter. I've noticed online some people have started 1 year empties, saving their products for an entire year! I certainly could not do that.

Even with these products in my bathroom closet, every time I saw the bottles I itched to get rid of them. 


I've cleared out a lot, but when I look through my stash of unopened items, I still have so many! I need another face.

Also, I realized after the fact that I organized my empties incorrectly. I usually separate them by empties and the declutters. This time around, I organized them by types of skincare and ended up mixing the empties and throwaways together. Oops.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

CY' Lab - Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate Repairing Essence Review

Since becoming a skincare junkie I've mainly focused on Korean products. So I haven't really ventured out into other Asian brands. The only other Taiwanese brand I've tried is My Beauty Diary.

I know there are plenty of great Asian brands out there. There are still a ton I want to try from Japan (I love using their lip products) but I just haven't taken a dive into them yet. This summer, I definitely plan on trying the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen. It seems to be a lot of peoples holy grail product. I am intrigued!


But anyway, am I ever glad Amabie sent me CY' Lab to try. I've mentioned this everywhere, but I'm obsessed!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Bite Beauty - The Lip Pencil Swatch + Review: Honeycomb & Whiskey

Even though I don't wear lipsticks often, I'm always on the lookout for new shades or lipsticks to buy. I even keep a little mini makeup bag of lip products in hopes of wearing them more.

I was chosen by Influenster to try Bite Beauty's new lip pencils they released this past February. I've only tried their Lip Crayons, but if the pencils and the Amuse Bouche lipsticks are anything like the crayons, then I'll probably love them.

044/Whiskey and 022/Honeycomb
Influenster also included deluxe sizes of their Amuse Bouche lipsticks in Honeycomb and Whiskey. The same shades that match The Lip Pencils.

As I've mentioned in my previous posts, I've been really into nudes, so I was pretty excited to receive Honeycomb. Whiskey on the other hand gave me a little heart attack. This will be the first time I'll have ever tried a shade that dark.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Smile Brilliant - Professional Teeth Whitening at Home

Hey everyone!

Hope you had a great week. We just had a blizzard, where the heck did the snow come from? I'm ready for Spring to come now. Who's with me?

A couple months back, Smile Brilliant reached out to me and inquired if I wanted to test out their Teeth Whitening kit. Unfortunately, I personally can't because I have invisalign and I need to keep them on as long as possible everyday. So while I couldn't use them, my boyfriend could. So you're going to see some close up shots of my significant others mouth/teeth!


My boyfriend Jason's teeth aren't too stained, but he was still pretty excited to try this out.

What's great about the whitening set is that it offers professional results from the comfort of our home. I know this is what appealled to Jason because he's a homebody. Also because I basically prepared everything for him. He's not going to say no to that.

Be sure to check out the end of my post to enter in a giveaway as you can win the exact whitening kit I received (Value of $139 USD)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bite Beauty - Matte Creme Lip Crayon Review + Swatches: Torte & Cafe

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!

For those of you who celebrate, did you have a good weekend? I didn't do anything too interesting. Went out to eat with some family, which was nice. But aside from that, basically a regular weekend.

During my lipstick obsession phase, I had wanted to try a lipstick from every brand. Luckily, Sephora helps feed this obsession by releasing lipstick value sets throughout the year. I currently have my eye on the "Give Me Some Nude" set right now.


Originally, this set came with 4. But the other two colours which was a purple and red appealed to my friend more, while the colours above appealed to me. So when we purchased this set, I took these two and she took the other two.

After trying these out, I can see why Bite lip products are so popular!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Skin18 Masks Galore: Part 2: Luke Hydrogel Patches, Mugwort Nose Patch & Inoface Modeling Cup Pack Reviews

Part 2 the conclusion of the second package of skincare products from Skin18. If you haven't read part 1, you can find it here


Masks being reviewed in this post:
Luke Mugwort Nose Strip
Luke Vitamin Hydrogel Eye Patch
Inoface Modeling Cup Pack - Tea Tree

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2016 Makeup + Skincare Favourites!

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great holiday and not too hung over from this past weekend?

I can't believe it's already 2017! Do you guys have your resolutions set up? I don't usually have any because I always break them within the first week anyway. But I'm going to *try*, key word 'try' again this year. What about you guys?


I'll be doing a year end review of my favourite products of 2016. There were a few I found literally during the last 2 months of 2016. There's quite a lot of products so I've broken them down between skincare and makeup.

2016 was when my skincare routine really expanded. I found a lot of great products I want to share with you guys.