Monday, August 18, 2014

Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash

♫ B.A.P. - 빗소리 (Rain Sound)

Hada Labo, a skincare brand that is well-known for offering the finest, purest and highly effective ingredients in its skincare products has yet again introduce a new face wash that is ideal for those with sensitive skin. The Hada Labo Mild & Senstive Skin Face Wash completes its face wash product lineup which include Deep Clean & Blemish Control, Hydra & Whitening and Deep Clean & Pore Refining.

Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash

Understanding these issues that arise for those with sensitive skin, Hada Labo formulated its all-new Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash to care for the most sensitive and easily-irritated skin. Natural ingredients that are rich in moisturizing properties are used in the formulation of this product to minimize the risk of allergies and skin irritation as well as to ensure skin stays moisturized.

Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash

Active ingredients used in the formulation of this new product include:
  • Licorice Extract
    A mild soothing agent that helps to soothe skin allergies and sensitive skin 
  • Calendula Extract
    A natural herb that helps to relieve skin redness and irritation 
  • Ginkgo Biloba Leaves Extract
    A botanical extract known for its antioxidant properties to help protect skin from signs of aging 
  • Hyaluronic Acid
    Hydrates skin to help prevent dryness and to keep skin looking soft and supple through the day 
Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash
Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash
The combination of these natural ingredients effectively cleanses the skin while leaving it feeling moisturized, soft and supple all-day long. On top of that, the Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash is also free of fragrances, alcohol, colorant and mineral oil to ensure it is truly a skin care product for those who have sensitive skin.
Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash

The Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash (100g) is priced at RM 20.90 and is available at all leading hypermarkets and pharmacies nationwide. 

*This product was sent to me by Mentholatum Malaysia for PR purposes.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Announcement: L'Oreal White Perfect Total 10 Winners!

Without further ado, it's time to announce the 5 winners of my L'Oreal White Perfect Total 10 giveaway!
(。⌒∇⌒)。


Congratulations to the 5 winners, who have won a bottle of L'Oreal White Perfect Total 10 whitening day cream for themselves and their BFF!

I have also posted the winners list on my Facebook page, so please message me (Winter Blossoms) with your personal details by 19th August 2014 (Tuesday) so that I can arrange for your prizes to be sent out.

To those who did not win, no worries, you can still go to http://www.lorealtotal10.com/ to receive a mystery gift and free sample! SHARE the joy with your BFF now! Thank you to all who joined, and stay tuned for more giveaways soon! (✿◠‿◠)

Friday, August 15, 2014

GEO HoliCat Lovely Cat Choco Lens from LoveShoppingholics.com

♫ Boys Republic (소년공화국) - 예쁘게 입고 나와 (Dress Up)

Happy Friday, lovely peeps! (✿◠‿◠)
Are you looking forward to the weekend? I sure am!


Once again, thanks to LoveShoppingholics.com, I got the chance to try out a different pair of GEO HoliCat lenses. This time around, I picked the GEO HoliCat Lovely Cat Choco lenses.


I have nothing but ♥ for their packaging. The parcels from LoveShoppingholics always come in a cute little plastic bag, with a small thank you note, free lens case, and your lenses wrapped securely in bubble wrap. This time around, they even included a cute little hand mirror in my parcel!


All the HoliCat series have artwork by pop artist Mari Kim on the packaging, which corresponds to the lens name and colour. The Lovely Cat Choco lens features a sweet pink box and girly girl design, giving it a very cute girl-next-door kind of vibe. :)

Lens details on the back
Authentic GEO lenses are made in Korea
All information regarding the contact lens, including manufacturing date, expiry date, diameter, contents, precautions and contact details can be found on the back of the box. There's also a small window for you to see how the lens looks like, as well as an authenticity sticker for you to verify on the GEO website. As for the place of origin/manufacturing, the lenses are made in Korea, and is stated on the side of the box.


The HoliCat lenses are packaged in blister packs, which make them more convenient and safer to open than those in glass vials. Even though they are noted as monthly disposable lenses, I find that they can be used for up to 2 months with proper care and cleaning. (Do note that if you wear them on a daily basis, it is best to follow the stated usage period.)


The GEO HoliCat Lovely Cat Choco lens are described as lenses that have a 'thick choco line and light brown color to express lovely baby cat eyes'. While the grammar on the official site has room for improvement (my inner grammar Nazi had edited the description), I grasp the meaning that these Lovely Cat Choco lenses are supposed to give you a lovely, sweet and coy (kitten-like) appearance while wearing them. Indeed, the dark brown irregular outer ring, and a lighter brown inner ring give it a very natural look (even more natural than the Grang Grang lenses).

Without lens; natural lighting; camera flash
GEO HoliCat Lovely Cat Choco
As you can see from the photos above, the GEO HoliCat Lovely Cat Choco lens blends perfectly with my dark brown Asian eyes, and it looks like I'm not even wearing contact lenses! The 14.5mm diameter adds to the au naturel effect, giving my irises a slight enlargement effect without looking too dolly or anime-like. In terms of comfort, I would rate these as very comfortable; I did not need to use eye drops even after wearing them the whole day. (。⌒∇⌒)。

Wore them in my recent Etude House lipstick review too! ♪
You can purchase the HoliCat series from LoveShoppingholics.com, as well as a huge range of other contact lenses, cosmetics and fashion accessories. What's more, they have FREE SHIPPING for orders over $50, and a free animal lens case with every pair of circle lens! (。✪‿✪。)
 
*This item was sent to me by LoveShoppingholics.com for review without financial compensation. All opinions expressed are completely honest and strictly my own.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Review: Etude House My Blooming Lips-Talk in Etude Pink (Limited Edition)

♫ Redbone - Come and Get Your Love
(Warning: Picture-heavy post ahead!)

etude house my blooming lips etude pink limited edition
Etude House My Blooming Lips-Talk Limited Edition Etude Pink
Earlier last month, Etude House released a new, limited edition version of their My Blooming Lips-Talk lipstick in the shade Etude Pink. One look at the promotional pictures (thanks to Michelle's update), and my inner voice had hearts in her eyes while yelling 'Get it! Get it!'.

Krystal is so pretty~ ❣◕ ‿ ◕❣
So got it I did, thanks to a friend who was visiting Korea. (๑>◡<๑) I've never been so infatuated with a lipstick since the Peripera lipsticks. This limited edition offering from Etude House has definitely got me seeing pink!
Etude House My Blooming Lips-Talk Limited Edition Etude Pink
I do not own any of the My Blooming Lip-Talk lipsticks from Etude House, so I can't really compare them, but one thing's for sure - it's packaged very differently from the regular range. Besides the Etude 'E' seal and glittery tulle accent, the Etude Pink version is packaged in a beautiful little box that adds extra oomph to its overall presentation. I particularly love how the princessy design (think jewels, bows, ribbons, pearls, lace) is illustrated both on the outside and inside of the box. Pictures below.

etude house my blooming lips etude pink limited edition
Ingredients list and other information (click to enlarge)
etude house my blooming lips etude pink limited edition
Never throwing the box away. Never. ಠ_ಠ
etude house my blooming lips etude pink limited edition
So much pink!
Of course, you just can't ignore how pretty the lipstick packaging is. There's a certain je ne sais quoi about the vintage-style filigree seal and exquisitely delicate-looking glitter tulle that calls out to our inner girly girl, not to mention the light pink plastic tube that has a slight pearly sheen. Like the other Etude House lipsticks, the middle [seal-and-tulle] part can be removed, but honestly, do you even want to? (⌒_⌒;)
etude house my blooming lips etude pink limited edition
You can remove the middle part and use it as a ring or (mini) hair tie
Now, moving on from the packaging to the lipstick itself.

etude house my blooming lips etude pink limited edition

Unlike the usual Etude House lipsticks (where shades are given codes like PK001), this limited edition version is labelled Etude Pink. Essentially, it is the signature Etude House pink colour, made into a more wearable shade in lipstick form.

etude house my blooming lips etude pink limited edition

etude house my blooming lips etude pink limited edition
(Click image to enlarge)
A cute little heart-carriage design is embossed on the side of the lipstick. As you can see, the lipstick itself is a sweet pink shade with some shimmer. Strangely enough, it leans warm in the tube but pulls cooler on the skin/lips. Swatches below.

You can see the slight shimmer here (click to enlarge)
As you can see from the swatches above and below, Etude Pink seems to have a warmer pink tinge in the tube and on white surfaces, but applies as a sheer and cool-toned pink on my skin and lips.

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Me trying to imitate Krystal's pose (at the back) HAHAHAHA
To be honest, I was slightly disappointed by the sheerness of the lipstick. I expected it to be fairly opaque, judging from the promotional images and the look of the lipstick itself, but it turned out to be a sheer, shimmery pink shade. Don't get me wrong, it's a very pretty shade, and perfect for that cute, princessy look; it just falls a little flat in terms of opacity. If I had to describe/compare it to my other lippies, I'd say it would be somewhere between the Anna Sui Lip Rouge D373 (less sheer, less glittery, smaller shimmer) and Peripera My Color Lips 04 Holy Pink (a sheerer version).

etude house my blooming lips etude pink limited edition

If you don't mind the sheerness and slight shimmer, this is a fairly suit-all shade for warm or cool skin tones. I wouldn't really recommend it for those with darker lips/skin tones though. Texture-wise, the lipstick glides on smoothly without tugging on the lips, and feels quite moisturizing. Longevity is average (3-4 hours with minimal eating/drinking) and the lipstick doesn't stain, although it does leave some shimmer behind on the lips. There is a slight scent to the lipstick if you sniff it, but is not noticeable when applied on the lips. Make sure you prep your lips beforehand, as I find that it will show dry patches or lip lines.

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The Etude House My Blooming Lips-talk lipstick in Etude Pink (Limited Edition) (3.4g) retails for 10,000₩ KRW in Korea. Availability is yet to be announced in South East Asia as of this posting.

✓ Pros: Gorgeous princessy packaging, affordable price (in KRW), pretty colour that suits warm/cool skin tones, doesn't stain lips, average longevity.
✗ Cons: Limited edition, availability yet unknown outside of S.Korea, sheer opacity, leaves slight shimmer on lips, will show dry patches/lip lines.


etude house my blooming lips etude pink limited edition
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The bottom line? This Etude Pink lipstick may be on par with the Peripera ones in terms of packaging and presentation (heck, it's actually about 2% prettier), but it still won't take away their HG status in my book. ♪(◡‿◡)♫
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