Thursday, 27 November 2014

Guerisson 9-Complex Cream Review

The Guerisson 9-Complex Cream is one I have been enjoying for some weeks as part of my recent haul of Bntnews goodies. The first thing I noticed was the expensive, bright orange packaging and the second was the illustration of a horse. There are lots of 'animal creams' on the market- just think snails pig collagen, starfish etc, but I have never seen a horse cream before! After researching, I found that the star ingredient in the cream is horse oil. I still feel a bit weird about it to be honest.

The Guerisson cream is made in Korea using imported horse oil from Germany. I tried to search whether the oil is obtained humanely, but I couldn't find any information. The main functions of the cream are to soften and heal the skin, increase cell metabolism, fade scars and prevent wrinkles. You can even use it to heal acne, treat hair loss and heal haemorrhoids! 

Horse oil contains oleic acid and α-linolenic acid which is similar in composition to human subcutaneous fat, allowing the product to be easier absorbed.

The packaging is so luxurious and expensive looking! The cream comes fitted snugly into this circular box along with a handy spatula. To me it looks very different to typical Korean products and I get more of a fancy European vibe when I look at this cream.

The actual pot of cream is quite heavy!

Interestingly, there is no Korean writing on the label at all! There is an English and French translation  of the instructions which tell you the basics- avoid putting the cream on your eyes and to discontinue use if you develop an allergic reaction.

The cream is pale yellow and quite dense with an obvious shine to its surface. It looks thick and has a medium, oily consistency. Because it contains oil as a major ingredient, I find this cream to be very heavy. I noticed it does not absorb into my skin, but leaves a dewy layer on top of it that lasts for hours. It is extremely hydrating and I would actually recommend it to be used as a night cream for normal to dry skin. As it is getting hot in Australia, I only use a tiny pinch of it in the morning, any more than a pinch and you will look oily!

Also worth mentioning is the smell. It has a strong citrus kick to it which is surprising, yet welcome. I don't know what smell I was expecting (horse smell?!), but I was not expecting oranges. I like citrus smells and find it refreshing which in turn, counteracts the heaviness of the cream.

Can you see the shiny, melty texture?

As a night cream it works very well at keeping my skin from losing moisture throughout the night. Despite the heaviness, it has not broken me out! In Winter when my skin gets so dry that it flakes off, this cream will be perfect for day time use to keep my skin looking dewy. I imagine the texture would also allow you to mix it with BB cream.

Overall, I love this as a night cream, hence the photos taken in my kimono pyjamas! I imagine this cream to be a miss for some people because of the oily texture and citrus scent, which is not everyone's cup of tea. Personally, I love the extreme hydration it provides my normal to dry skin. Then again, I do prefer thick and heavy treatment creams so it is not a surprise that I like it.

You can buy this on Korea Depot for $30 USD, which is cheaper than I was expecting!

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

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The only thing that I feel doubt about is the horse oil! Has anyone used horse oil products before? Please let me know in the comments!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Amaranth Ultra Hydrating Cream Review

The Amaranth Ultra Hydrating Smoothing Face cream is the next skincare product in the spotlight from Bntnews. Joanne pointed out in her review that Amaranth is affiliated with two products I have reviewed before- the Bello-Vita Cell Optomizer S Essence and the Sorabee Balancing cream, both of which I disliked. I'm glad to say I like this product a lot better!

I was bemused when I saw the brand name Amaranth because I eat amaranth and millet ancient grain cereal for breakfast! Amaranth is a grain that is becoming a popular ingredient used in skincare products both in the East and West. 

The Ultra Hydrating cream is part of a 4 step skincare line. It claims to smooth and hydrate the skin as well as decrease inflammation and encourage skin elasticity with a plethora of natural plant ingredients. These include Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Panax Ginseng Root Extract and Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract.

The packaging looks professional, mature and chic, but I wasn't highly attracted to it. Seeing as it is plant based, I would have expected a more calming, earthy colour. Plus, I'm not a fan of navy blue in general.

The container is hard plastic and non squeezable with a springy pump top. I like this sort of packaging a lot, much more than a pot. It's so much easier and faster to use and is more hygienic. 

The cream is extremely lightweight and watery, but does not form 'water drops' when rubbed in. It simply glides over my skin and the sensation indeed does feel very smooth. I wouldn't say it smoothens my actual skin though. This is one of the fastest absorbing products I have ever used and mere seconds after application my skin has absorbed it all! In terms of hydration, it is definitely not ultra hydrating but it does have a slight cooling effect. It gives light moisture and nothing more. This would be perfect for those with oily skin.

I have to top up the moisture with my current favourite Doctorcos Sheet Free mask. I don't think the Amaranth cream is a necessary step in my dry to normal skin routine, but it is so quick and easy to use that I am still using it twice a day directly after cleansing. I did try it as the last step in my routine, before makeup but it did not make a significant difference.

Unfortunately the Amaranth cream does have a slight perfumey scent to it, however it is mild enough for me to look over. This means that the average person probably won't have a problem with it!

See how quickly it is absorbed into the skin? Not a trace left!

Overall, I like this cream. It's not a must have, but I enjoy the fuss free packaging, smoothing sensation and instant absorption which is great paired with another light cream for Summer. If you have oily skin, I would say this is a good product for you.

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

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Hongik Skin Real OH Bubble the Hayan GT-Cleanser Review

Spoiler alert: this cleanser is one of my favourite products from this month's Bntnews box! I have tried everything in the box and I like ALL of them, which is rare for me. When I opened the box, this cleanser jumped out at me because of the cute, bright blue-green packaging and cartoonish fonts!

The brand, which is written in Korean, is Hongik skin and there are currently no reviews on any of their products online. I was able to use Google translate for the product claims:

Maintains moist skin 
Pore tightening
Deep cleansing
Removes old waste material from the skin's surface
Calms and softens skin
Brightening function 

The ingredients list is quite short (always a good sign) and it contains many plant extracts! 

"Reveals skin's youthful angelic glow"

Yes I would like my skin to have an angelic glow!

I adore the packaging so much! The frosted glass appearance makes it look expensive and I love how fat the tube and pump are. It is unexpectedly lighter than it looks, and it has already survived a drop in the shower due to the resilient material. I also like that it contains a generous amount of cleanser!

The only down side is that it is on the bigger side for a cleanser, so unfortunately I won't be taking it on my travels to India and Korea.

Sneak peak of those bubbles!

The cleanser looks like liquid hand soap when you first pump it out. If used with water, the amount you see on my hand is enough! 

This is the result after I mix the cleanser with water. Thick, airy, fluffy bubbles! This cleanser reminds me of the BRTC bubble oxygen mask I reviewed for a previous Btnews box, but I think the bubbles are thicker and more luxurious! I do have to mention the scent though. It is not an unpleasant scent, but I find it a bit heady. It definitely smells a bit like perfume and there is fragrance in the ingredients list which is a shame. I would prefer it if it had a fresher or more neutral scent! However, I love the cleanser so I can overlook the smell.

I like to use the cleanser as 1. a face wash and 2. a face mask.

1. To use it as a cleanser, I wet my face and then massage the cleanser onto my skin for 30 seconds. Ample time to enjoy the sensation of thick bubbles moving over your skin!

2. Although it is not advertised as a mask, I like to use it as one when I'm relaxing in the bath. After washing and drying my face, I simply smear 3-4 pumps of the cleanser over my face. After a few seconds it starts to foam up and the bubbles start popping actively all over! It may feel ticklish to some, but I really enjoy the sensation. I leave it for 5-10 minutes before washing it off. 

Can you see my skin's angelic glow? ^^
When washing it off I noticed there is no squeaky skin feeling that I experience so often with other cleansers. My skin feels extremely hydrated afterwards, powder soft and smooth! I was surprised because the words foaming and moisturising don't usually go together. 

Overall, I love everything about this cleanser- the cute packaging, the experience and the results. The only negative is the smell and that is a mild concern, plus remember I have a sensitive nose. 

You can buy this cleanser from the Hongik Skin website for $32. That is admittedly expensive for a cleanser, but if want a new foamy experience and have some spare cash to treat yourself, you won't be disappointed!

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

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

AOA Like a Cat Make Up Look

As soon as I saw AOA's new MV, "Like a Cat" I knew I wanted to recreate the look! I love the dark vampy gradient lips and heavy outer corner make up the members wear in the cute and sexy video. I'm actually in exam time, so I just recreated the look in a short break from studying. That's how you know you're addicted to make up... Seriously, in the middle of final exams when I have no plans but to stay at home and study all day, I start putting on make up *face palm*.

Here are some screenshots:

Although each girl has a slightly different look, there are some common features.

Light eyelid make up with downward winged eyeliner to make the eyes look longer and sexier.
Natural false eyelashes
The space between the eyeliner and the eyeshadow on the lower lash line is left bare to give the illusion of bigger eyes.
Silver glitter or diamontes either in the middle or inner corner of the lower lash line.
Black liner on the inner corners for a defined, exotic look.
Vampy gradient lips.

I decided to use glitter on the middle part of my lower lash line and imitate the look of false bottom lashes by drawing on some fake lashes with an eyeliner pen in the outer corner.

The most outstanding part of this look is the vampy lip applied in a gradient effect! I though this looked really good on the girls, but not so much on myself. My lips are quite pouty and fat so gradient lips always tend to look strange on me. However I did it for the sake of the tutorial! 

I covered my lips in lip balm and concealer before dabbing Stylenanda's 3CE lipstick in Vamp onto the inner parts of my lips.

And there you have it! I hope you guys liked this short recreation!

Do you like the song? Plus, do you like my new hair?!!

Friday, 14 November 2014

Doctorcos Amino Acid Hybrid Sheet Free Mask Advanced Cream Re Review

I was super happy to see this item in my latest Bntnews box! It is actually a repeat product from last year (see that review here) and I remember not being too taken with the product at first. Weeks later I ended up loving it so much that I asked a friend to buy a back up for me from Korea. Unfortunately she couldn't find it, so I was ecstatic to see this surprise in my box this time!

Doctorcos has revolutionized the sheet free mask through its advanced moist veil network technology to provide seven amazing benefits in just one application. This new beauty technology allows a three layer effect to ensure the skin is provided with nutrients, skin pore tightening effects, increased elasticity, intensive moisturizing and incredible hydration capabilities to give skin a soft youthful, dewy glow. No need for external serums, this all-in-one product does it all.

When you peel off the security sticker, it leaves behind some silver circles and it will not stick back to the box. This way you can tell if the box has been tampered with.

Last time the cream came in a squeeze tube which is much better for travel. However the tub holds a lot more product and is made of plastic so it is surprisingly light for its size. 

The cream is white as snow and has a creamy, fresh smell common to most sheet masks. It is stiff in the tub but breaks down into a thiner, more watery consistency when spread on the skin. 

I feel like it binds to my skin very well, having almost a primer-like feel when first applied. It is absorbed fully within a few minutes leaving no reside on my skin. In my previous review I mentioned that the hydration was not enough for my dry skin. However, due to going off the Pill and the warmer weather, I find my skin type is now normal-dry. Thus, the hydration in this cream is now adequate for my skin type and I can use this on its own after washing my face without getting that 'tight' feeling afterwards!

From my past and present experiences, I feel like my skin becomes brighter and more even when using this cream. FYI I use it morning and night after cleansing. This is one of the only products I've tried that I can actually say has a brightening effect on my skin. No joke.

Overall, I LOVE this cream and will definitely repurchase it (if I can find it!) in Korea. I highly recommend it and think it is perfect for all skin types, although dry skinned girls may need to use an extra hydrating product on top. 

The Doctorcos sheet free mask is readily available on Ebay for $23 AUD.

I really hope some of you will purchase this cream because it's one of my all time favourites from all the Bntnews boxes I have ever received!

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

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Top Image Hair Design (Karawara Branch) Review... And Rant. Your Opinions Please!

Yesterday I got my chopped at Top Image Hair Design Karawara after searching for the best Asian salons in Perth. I was initially planning on trying out a Korean salon, KthreeG, but online reviews said Top Image was better plus it was closer to my house. On the phone I asked for the price of a Womens cut from long hair to medium length and was quoted $50. I hardly ever get my hair cut at a salon, so I'm not sure what a reasonable price is. But I do know that I have a Groupon for a cut, colour, wash, treatment and style for $59 (I didn't use it because I couldn't get in and I was desperate to have my hair done before I go to India!). 

When I got there, my hairdresser brought me straight over to the hair washing basins. As I went to sit down he said that hair washing costs extra. But "for you", only $10 extra. I found this weird! Isn't a wash usually necessary for a cut? What were they going to do if I didn't want to pay the extra? Just cut my dirty hair when it was dry? I needed a wash so I took that option. Now remember I have a 3 month old ear cartilage piercing that hasn't healed yet? Yes I know, I should have told him and I take full responsibility for that. But at one point he went over my ears and it hurt so badly! It went away quickly so I didn't say anything. When I went back to my seat, my ear was bleeding and throbbing and my piercing was GONE! It had been ripped out of my ear :(. I told my stylist and he said he would try and find it for me later.

At this point I was already in a low mood because my ear hurt and I'd lost my piercing. I showed him Kiko Mizuhara photos of the hair I wanted, explaining I wanted my hair to be longer at the front. He made all the usual hairdresser comments about my hair. Cue... "Your hair is so dry!" and "You don't have much hair". I didn't take it to heart because it's true, but it really didn't help my mood.

At the end of the session he went to go and look for my jewellery. He found one part of it, which I obviously can't use without the other part. I was quite upset because not only did my ear hurt, but I had to go buy new jewellery. Now time to pay. I'm not sure if I'm being unreasonable here, but I sort of expected them to reduce the cost of my visit. Or offer to replace my jewellery? But no, I had to pay $60. They did say sorry though, which you know, I appreciated but doesn't replace my earring.

I had to go to Priceline because there were no body jewellers around that area and buy a new pair of sleepers for $15. These aren't the proper jewellery for a healing piercing so later I will have to buy a new ball bearing earring later for $20. I left the salon feeling really low and depressed and didn't talk for awhile. I went home and put my new sleeper in and my piercing bled and throbbed and generally, it just hurts!

All up my hair + jewellery experience is going to cost me $95 :(. This was probably just a turn of bad luck, but I keep thinking about the situation and whether I'm being unreasonably miffed! It also doesn't help that I'm in exam period at the moment so the extra stress is probably making me emotional. Lol. 

The cut actually looks quite good and everyone says it suits me which is a credit to my hair stylist. However he cut layers in the front, when I specifically asked for the front to be longer. Overall though, my hair is generally shorter at the back. Photos are coming later.

Those of you who go to hair salons often, what is your opinion on my situation? Am I being unreasonable? Or should Top Image have provided better customer service? Please be honest with me! And please let me know if it's normal to have a cut price and an extra charge for a wash!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation and Concealer Review

Hi everybody! Today's review was gifted by the kind folk over at Nuffnang, and it's the new Maybelline superstay better skin foundation and concealer. I love base products and have a collection of 7 bb creams and foundations on rotation at the moment, so let's see if this one makes it onto my dresser or into my storage drawer!

The line claims to give all day flawless coverage now and smoother, more even skin in 3 weeks and is Maybelline's first vitamin enriched long wear foundation. It contains skin improving ingredient Acetyl-C, a “powerful vitamin derivate [that] leaves skin feeling energized. Skin looks fresh, healthy and radiant. Helps promote skin regeneration, evens discolouration and dull areas for a fresh, healthy and radiant glow.”

Let's start with the foundation:
Flawless coverage
Hydrates & smoothes skin
Evens skin tone
Reduces redness
SPF 14

Available in 8 shades. I picked #021 Nude. When I was picking my shade I noticed majority of the colours had a peachy or pink undertone. Nude was about as neutral as they came.

The packaging is your average Western drugstore glass bottle and pump top lid. It's not particularly eye catching or cute, but it's functional. The pump top is smooth and I didn't have to pump it 100 times to get the product out which was a nice change!

I have henna on my hands after the Hands on India Charity Ball, which served as a good 'blemish' to test the coverage of the foundation.

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the foundation covered up the henna! Texturally, it is about the same consistency as a thick BB cream. It spreads and adheres to my skin strongly, so I suggest using the heat from your fingers to blend it for a more natural finish. 

Next, I tested it on my face which has some redness and blemishes (thanks exams) at the moment. I applied it very sparingly using my fingers to blend.

The shade I picked is too light, which means I have already become darker from the Summer sun (I swatched the product some weeks ago and it matched perfectly)! Sigh, my skin tans so easily. I also wish it was more yellow toned as I look quite ghostly without any bronzer and blush. Colour aside, you can see all the redness is almost completely covered! The foundation sets to a matte finish, differentiating it from BB creams. When I rub my fingers over my skin to test the staying power, no pigment comes off, but excess oil does! I think I can conclude that the coverage and saying power of this foundation is fantastic. 

The product is suited to normal skin, but I find it to be slightly drying on my dry-normal skin. It doesn't emphasise flakes, but it certainly clings to the drier areas of my face. I don't need to set this foundation with powder, but if you have oily skin, you may have to. If you have super dry skin, I don't think this foundation will be suitable for you. As Summer (and more sweat) approaches, I think I will be reaching for this foundation a lot.

Now for the superstay better skin concealer!
Flawless coverage
Covers imperfections
Reduces dark circles
Evens skin tone
Reduces redness

The concealer comes in 2 shades, and I chose the lightest- #02 Light.

The concealer is housed in a squeeze tube with a twist top lid. 

I don't have the worst under eye circles in the world, but there is some darkness to be covered. I simply dot the concealer under my eyes and pat it in with my ring finger.

The concealer blended smoothly and set matte, just like the foundation. There is no sign of creasing during the day. Coverage wise, it works fine for someone like me who has slight darkness. It only provides average coverage on dark blemish scars, but it does cover redness well!

If you have very dark circles, I think this concealer will be too light weight for you unless you use multiple layers. 

Here's how it looks warmed up with some bronzer in natural window light.

This is the most flawless my skin has looked in ages, and it's all because of the foundation because my skin is not its best at the moment.

Overall, I love the foundation and would definitely recommend it for those with oily and normal skin. It indeed does provide flawless coverage, reduces redness and lasts all day on me! This is definitely on my base makeup rotation for Summer. As for the concealer, I think it is a decent, easy to use product. But coverage wise, I think it should deliver more, especially as the foundation is extremely impressive in that department.

I love the idea of a high coverage, long lasting foundation that is good for your skin! I have not tried it daily for three weeks, so I can't comment on any skin changes, but I can confidently say it does not break me out. I wore it for 12 hours to an extremely hot outdoor wedding down South and at the end of the day although I felt sweaty and disgusting, my skin looked so much better than I felt! I might have to go in and pick up a darker shade for Summer! This is a perfect foundation for events.

The Superstay foundation costs $21.95 from Priceline
The Superstay concealer costs $14.95 from Priceline

Are you interested in trying this line?

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