Neogen Code 9 Lemon Green Caviar Essence Tox Tightening Pack Review

Sunday, 29 March 2015

You all know I've been suffering from skin issues lately right? Well the first step to getting clear is preventing acne and the second step is scar treatment. At first I thought a tightening pack would not be much use to me at the moment. But don't be fooled by the name of Neogen's tightening pack because it actually has 9 different functions including:

Dead cell elimination
Moisture supply
Pore care
Eye dark spot treatment
Blemish care

The essence contains lemon, green caviar, multi vitamins and 55 kinds of natural extracts. The pack comes with a 3 layer (100% pure cotton gauze + cushion sheet + patterned pad) advanced concept gauze pack-pad for better absorption. This advanced essence pack removes dead skin cells and delivers the active ingredients deep into the skin.

The green jar contains the essence and the white jar contains 25 gauze pads plus tweezers.

The texture of the gauze pad is actually quite rough, although it does soften once you add the essence.

As with most lemon skincare products, the essence smells a bit like detergent and is quite strong.

Step 1- Pour all of the essence into the tightening pack.
Step 2- Place the pack in the fridge for 9 hours before using.
Step 3- Once a day after cleansing, massage your face using the gauze side, then the wavy side.

Use up the product within 2 months.

The gauze side softens up quite a lot after being soaked in the essence. The pad is ice cold and completely saturated when I apply it to my face which is very welcome in the hot Summer, perhaps not so in the colder months! It does feel quite rough when I rub it in circular motions over my face, so I make sure to do it only for 1 minute, to prevent irritation to my already inflamed and healing skin. It is definitely a great exfoliator! 

The other side is very soft and feels calming after the harshness of the gauze. I only use this side for around 20 seconds. Because the pad is so wet, my face is slick with essence afterwards and dries very tacky. In fact my face feels so sticky every time I use this that I end up washing off excess essence before I put on my make up, otherwise I will look like an oil slick!

This is the small amount of 'dirt' the gauze picked up off my face.

Now for the photos of my troubled skin. I'm not afraid to show you guys how bad it is- in fact I have a skin post coming up where I will show you everything. I have plenty of clogged pores around my hairline, scars and scabs from healing pimples and large pores in the centre.

After using the pack, my face is red from the exfoliation. Here is my skin half an hour later after the essence has absorbed in.

I think the difference is only slightly noticeable. My skin definitely appears slightly more even in colour and my pores a tad smaller, but the clogged pores still remain after 4 uses of this product. I did not notice any changes in acne formation over the weeks either.

Overall, I think this one is just so-so for my current skin condition. I really like the interesting concept behind it and enjoy the immense cooling and exfoliating sensation it offers, however the benefits are minimal because I still have active acne. I need to focus on prevention and treatment of acne first, before anything else. I think this pack would be great for people who already have acne-free, even skin who are looking for a cooling and pore refining treatment. Another benefit is that this treatment is much less time consuming than a sheet mask, if you are a busy gal.

The Neogen Lemon Green Caviar pack retails for $36.58 on Koreadepart.

*I was gifted this product for review, all my opinions are 100% honest.

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Lens Village Ariale Diamond Black Circle Lens Review

Saturday, 28 March 2015

I've been wanting to try a different circle lens for awhile now, and was so grateful when Lens Village asked me to pick a lens to review! So far I have stuck to natural brown and grey lenses, but after seeing Joanne's review of a black circle lens (they looked so pretty and natural on her!), I really wanted to try a pair for myself.

I settled on a crazier pair than I would normally go for, the Ariale Diamond Black by Dollyeye. The lenses are shipped from Malaysia and were on my doorstep within 17 days.

"The diamond is a priceless stone. Living up to its name Diamond contact lenses will give your eyes a priceless appeal. Its unique inner diamond design surrounded by an outer black rim will give a classy look to your eyes leaving them relaxed throughout the day. It is available in black, blue, brown, green, grey, pink and violet colors. A 14.5mm diameter lends your eyes a wide eye look making them look bigger and appealing."

Power Available : 0.00 to -10.00 
Life Span : 1 Year
B.C : 8.6mm
Diameter : 14.5 mm
Origin : South Korea

Please read the Lens Village first time user guide to circle lenses if you have not tried them before.

The lens pattern is visible, but much less obvious over my dark brown eyes. It is a very pretty diamond faceted pattern which makes my eyes look huge and shiny! The reflect light extremely well, which can either make you look cute or alien-like. I don't mind looking either way haha. I have worn 14.5mm lenses before but these are definitely the most enlarging pair I have ever tried. I have small-medium sized, slanted eyes and these make my eyes almost anime level large!

*Note I have sensitive eyes. 
Unfortunately, I had some comfort issues with this lens. For a start, the lens is on the thicker, more opaque side of the spectrum. My left eye has felt uncomfortable every time I have worn these, and the lens tends to slip downwards in the same eye. If I close my eye and move my eyes down to 'catch' the lens, it then straightens up. Sometimes when I look in a certain direction, a patch of blackness obscures my vision on the inner side. This has happened on both sides occasionally. For those of you who are familiar with black circle lenses- is this normal?

I also found that the lenses looked best with a medium level smokey eye look. With my yellowish tanned complexion and new ash coloured hair they do look a little scary regardless of the eye makeup as the contrast is very harsh. My boyfriend said I looked like a shark! 

Overall, I don't think black lenses suit my complexion and hair at the moment, but I would be willing to try a more natural black lens. I think the pattern on these is great for costume parties or cosplay, however the discomfort is disappointing. I can feel the presence of these in my eyes all the time, so I cannot stand to wear them for 6 hours. Due to this, I wouldn't recommend these for sensitive eyes.

The Ariale Black lenses retail for $29.64.

What are your favourite colour lenses?

*I was gifted this product for review. All opinions are 100% honest.

Stylenanda 3CE Dangerous Matte Lip Color #807 Hypnotic Review

Sunday, 22 March 2015

I'm a gloss girl, through and through. I like my eyeshadow shimmery, my skin dewy and my lips glossy, so a matte lipstick was never on my wish list, despite their rising popularity in the beauty industry. Plus, I have dry lips so I always thought a matte product would accentuate their creases and flakes. This just goes to show- do not judge a book by it's cover because this Dangerous matte lipstick by Stylenanda is amazing on every level!

#807 is a hypnotising raspberry colour that is not quite red nor pink. It has a true matte finish leaving the lips powdery and non greasy for a chic look. Applied thinly on the lips, the pigment adheres tightly to the lips and one coat is enough to express a clear, long-lasting colour. - Stylenanda

Stylenanda's packaging is worlds apart from everything else on the market which leans towards either mature or cute. I love the funky photography and design of the lipstick packages!

The lipstick case is identical to the other 3CE lipsticks I own, except it is matte instead of shiny. It definitely has chunk appeal.

Tadah! The lipstick in it's full glory! 

#807 is exactly as described, a true raspberry colour that is brighter than most of the reds I own. For me, it's a very bold shade as I'm used to wearing nudes or dark, vampy shades on my lips. However I think this shade would compliment most complexions! 

The lipstick does tug at my lips when directly applied, so it's best to use short strokes otherwise you will risk breaking the bullet. I suggest using a lip liner to outline your lips first because it's difficult to create an even line using the bullet. What I love about this product is the adherence- it sticks to every part of my lips, even the inner more membranous parts (you know how other lip products don't stick to some 'wetter' areas making your lips look patchy?), giving a perfectly smooth and consistent coverage. 

The biggest surprise is that my lips feel perfectly hydrated the entire duration of wear. When I press my lips together, the texture feels slightly oily, velvety and moisturising! However the finish is definitely matte. What is this sorcery.

The long lasting claim is also correct! It lasted throughout a meal with only some fading (non patchy fading might I add) on the inner parts of my lips. Nothing that a single swipe of this lipstick can't fix!

As soon as I saw the raspberry colour, I knew I had to recreate a pin-up, rockabilly makeup look. Here is the lip colour paired with a cut-crease eye, powdery skin and heavily arched eyebrows. Everything is (awesome) matte! 

Overall, if you are thinking of purchasing a matte lipstick, this is the one to get. It delivers everything it claims and I am so happy that is is totally non-drying. Here I was thinking I would never wear a matte lip because of my crease-y, dry lips! Thank you Bntnews for sending me this amazing product to test!

The Dangerous matte lip colour comes in a whopping 17 shades and retails for $20USD on Stylenanda. The shades that I would love to pick up are #706 Sweet Impact, #806 Dusty Coral and #609 Jammer. 

I 100% wholeheartedly recommend this matte line to everyone.

Do you like matte lipsticks?

*I was gifted this product for review, all my opinions are 100% honest.

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Wishtrend Wishlist- Products for Acne Prone Skin

Friday, 20 March 2015

Hello everyone! I hope you have been having a fantastic week- I for one had a very scattered day in clinic yesterday. But alas, "the darkest night will end and the sun will rise!" (anyone get that reference?)

Despite being a beauty blogger and getting lots of new products to trial, there are many products on the market that tempt me. When it comes to brands, I have no loyalty *shifty eyes*. I'm just as likely to go for a brand that I haven't used before than a popular one. 

My skin used to be almost perfect with a dry to normal texture. These past months have seen my complexion take a turn for the worst and it is now combination and acne prone with a hefty amount of scarring.
Therefore, I am justified in rehashing my entire skincare and makeup collection *nods*. I was browsing through the popular Korean cosmetics and skincare site Wishtrend (I love their Youtube channel!) and noticed so many new brands and products not commonly seen on other sites!

I am desperately trying to use natural, non clogging products on my skin and this acne treatment BB cream by Enca looks like it fits the bill perfectly. There aren't many BB creams that are designed for acne prone skin, and I really like the emphasis on both treatment and coverage. Other features include: SPF, wrinkle care, hydration and brightening. I'm currently using an organic foundation, which has neither improved or worsened my skin, so maybe it's time to try a treatment base instead!

It defeats the purpose of applying an acne control BB cream when you slap any old pore clogging concealer on top, especially on your problem areas. When I saw that Enca had a matching AC control concealer it went on my wish list immediately! This product claims to reduce redness and swelling as well as hydrate the skin to prevent those pesky flakes from forming. I really like the idea of no guilt high coverage! Wishtrend is actually having a buy 1 get one free promotion on this product now!

Continuing the theme of using treatment products for acne prone skin, this powder by Ciracle calms inflamed spots and controls oil production. Reviews say this powder has light coverage, which works for me because I expect my BB cream and concealer to do the coverage work. Powder exists to set everything in place and reduce oiliness. 

I would love to try this 3 step system of treatment makeup!

I have seen a few bloggers rave about this product, which makes me really curious about it. The advanced formula has less ingredients for greater effect- indeed, the new ingredients list is half the size of the old one! Less ingredients is always better in my opinion. This serum is recommended for brightening, reducing pigmentation, blemish prone and dry skin. I was glad to see that blemish prone skin was on the list because most scar reduction products are not really recommended to be used on active pimples.

Ingredients list: Hippophae Rhamnoides Water (70%), Ascorbic Acid (21.5%), Sodium Lactate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Allantoin,Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol

The idea of these lip tints is so novel, I had to throw them on the list as soon as I saw a demonstration on Youtube! You apply the jelly-like tint to your bare lips for 5-10 minutes, then peel it off. Voila, your lips have a vivid tint that supposedly lasts for 12 hours. I do have dry lips and am worried it will be drying, but my curiosity is just too great. The colour I want the most is chic burgundy purple!

There completes my wishlist! Do any of these items catch your eye?

Coreana Rodin SHO 3-Step Nose Pack Review

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

You all know about Biore strips and that oh-so-satisfying, yet disgusting feeling when you inspect all the gunk that just came out of your nose? I find the Biore strips very effective at pulling out every sebaceous filament and hair that dares to exist on my nose, but I also find them to be very harsh on my skin, leaving it sore and red. I literally cry tears of of pain as I rip them off! Does that happen to you guys, or do I just need to toughen up my lacrimal glands?

Coreana has been very innovative and designed a luxurious 3 step system that is just as effective, minus the watering eyes and red skin!

A 3-step nose cleaning pack that cleans pores, eliminates black heads and tightens pores. The sheets are made of bio-cellulose, a compound derived from coconut water and do not chemical ingredients. 

When I saw that these were made of bio-cellulose, I was super happy because I had a great experience with some bio-cellulose sheet masks some months ago! 

Attract black heads to the surface with horse oil.

Take care of any black heads, white heads and sebum by cleaning pores with a peel-off sheet.

Clean and moisturise the nose area with horse oil.

Horse oil plays a large part in removing blackheads and hydrating the skin. See my review of last month's Coreana Horse Oil cream.

Inside there are large sheets containing all 3 nose strips in individual packages. The design is really innovative and cute with the egg-shaped illustrations- if only blackheads were that adorable!

Each sachet can be torn along the perforated lines and separated, as so. 

Official Instructions

1. Wash and tone your face, then apply the 1STEP sheet for 15~20minutes, then take it off and clean the sebum that remains on the nose area with a cotton swab. 

2. Splash water around your nose and apply the 2STEP sheet for 10~15 minutes. Peel it off once it’s completely dry.

3. Apply the 3STEP sheet for 10 minutes, take it off and help the essence penetrate with fingertips.

I don't follow the instructions precisely- After removing the first sheet, I immediately put the second sheet on without washing my nose. It didn't seem to make much difference because the second sheet worked fantastically regardless! 

1STEP- is really cooling and the serum was thin and slippery. It doesn't dry out at all within the 10 minute wait time and I left all the excess serum on my nose before going on to the next step.

2STEP- is much smaller than the Biore pore strips which tend to extend all the way out onto my cheeks! Perhaps it's designed for Asians who have smaller noses? It fit my nose perfectly! I found that the time it took to fully dry was only 10 minutes which is shorter than I expected.

When I peeled it off, one side at a time, it definitely hurt, but nowhere near as bad as the Biore strips. My eyes only watered slightly and not a single tear was shed *poetic*

3STEP- Ahhh I love bio-cellulose masks! This one has the texture of fresh coconut flesh and just feels so calming and refreshing. My nose isn't red at all after using this for 10 minutes and my nose feels really soft and silky afterwards and I have to refrain from stroking it (is that weird?).

Below is my nose before and after the process. As you can see, I don't really have a problem with blackheads on my nose (I have a problem with them everywhere else it seems). They are barely visible so I am not the best person to show an amazing before and after shot on! But trust me, wait till you see the stuff that came out of my nose later!

I agree, there is hardly any difference to be seen because there was nothing much to begin with in the first place.


Meet the nose of my lovely volunteer who kindly agreed to help me out for this post! He has some bigger sebaceous filaments and some blackheads to take care of, but all up not too bad either.

Some of the areas around the middle of his nose became completely clear after the nose pack!

Now that's pretty impressive! Almost no darkness to be seen and note that the skin is brighter? I would love to document the before and after shots of a person with really terrible clogged pores.

So you think I didn't have much to pull out of my nose to begin with? You're wrong! Now for the part you've all been waiting for- the nose strips.

Trust me, everything that could be extracted, was extracted. 

Overall, this product is kind to my skin and works 100%. To me, the only downside is that it takes half an hour to complete all 3 steps properly, double that of a Biore strip. However if you have time to do this on a weekend, then there is really no problem at all! I would rather take the extra time to relax and read my book whilst waiting for the strips to do their magic, rather than deal with pain and red skin. 

This one's a winner! I hope the pictures weren't too gross!

What's your best blackhead busting tip?

*I was gifted this product for review, all my opinions are 100% honest.

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Lavera 10 hour Natural Liquid Foundation Review

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Mornin' all! My last post on my Hands on India volunteer trip is my least popular post this year which I'm a bit sad about. I guess you all prefer me to write about beauty?

Well not to worry, this is a review on the current foundation I'm currently using: the Natural Liquid Foundation by Lavera! If you've been following me for a while, you'll know that my skin has gone crazy, so I have officially pulled out all the stops to avoid clogging my skin. I've replaced most skincare products with organic jojoba oil (for cleansing and moisturising) and bought my first vegan foundation. After scanning through the limited range of natural foundations available, I settled on Lavera which is supposed to provide long lasting, medium coverage.

"This luxurious new long lasting (10hr) mineral foundation by Lavera is packed with an army of hard-working ingredients like free-radical fighting Argan Oil, Jojoba and Vitamins A, C and E to protect, rejuvenate and nourish the skin while providing a natural medium coverage. Lavera foundation has been dermatologically and opthamologically tested for sensitive skin and eyes. For those prone to skin irritations or allergies, you can feel safe using these products on your face.
Available in 6 easy to match shades (30ml) all gluten-free and vegan"- Nourished Life

I bought it in 02 Ivory Nude (1 shade darker than Ivory Light, with a warm undertone. Suits light skin), and I think the line runs dark because it's the perfect match for my Summer tanned skin! I bought mine for $31 from Strawberrynet, which (I think) is very affordable for a vegan foundation.

The plastic bottle is extremely lightweight and does feel a little cheap.

I have used BB creams for years and am not used to wearing foundations. This one has a light, almost mousse-like texture that slips across the skin easily due to the various oils it contains. It also smells wonderful- all natural and floral like I'm applying skincare, not make up.

It has a velvety, very slightly powdery finish that settled into the fine lines of my hand. As soon as I saw this, I started to worry because my face has dry patches and some scabbing. However, it performs very differently on my face! Here is my sad skin sans make up, scars and dark marks galore.

1 layer of foundation evens out my skin tone and only slightly covers dark marks or redness. At best, the coverage is light-medium, so you will need a good concealer if you have blemishes. As expected, it does cling to dry patches, making them stand out more- you can see little flakes on my chin. I have solved this problem but applying a drop of jojoba oil to my entire face directly before applying this foundation. Despite this, notice that on the non dry patches, my skin still retains some glow? Strange huh.

This foundation is definitely non buildable! Because of the light, mousse texture, it just cakes and balls up on itself when you apply another layer. The same goes if you apply too much in one go. This product is very fussy, so I experimented a lot with amount and application before I became comfortable with it. Stippling it in with a stipple brush works the best for me. The biggest no no is applying it to dry skin.

The 10 hour claim is not true for me. My skin is combination, so pretty much all BB creams and base products cake and separate within 6 hours of wear, so I don't blame this product for doing the same. 

Here's a selfie wearing the Lavera foundation with concealer and light powder. Window light illuminates everything, de-emphasising blemishes and emphasising glow!

Overall, despite it's fussiness I do like this product simply because I don't feel guilty about applying it over my troubled skin. I'm glad it has a lighter coverage and is non buildable because it prevents me from applying layers of makeup (which I used to do with my BB creams), clogging my skin even more. I conceal the spots that need it and apply some powder and leave it. I've used it for 3 weeks now and my skin is (very) slowly but surely getting better from treating it with less chemicals and more natural products.

I would recommend this product for those without dry skin/flakes who have a specific interest in a natural alternative. If I still had good skin, I would not be reaching for this product. I will continue to hunt for a new vegan foundation that offers more coverage and is more suited for combination skin.

My (confused) rating is a 6.5/10.

Can anyone recommend me another vegan/organic foundation to try?

*I purchased this item with my own money.