Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Review: Mentholatum Medicated Anti-Acne BB Cream SPF20

This was part of my makeup buys from my bestie from taiwan! Skincare for this brand are sold islandwide but sadly not this bb cream. I have combination, acne prone skin which is why i have been longing for it to launch here but till date its still not available.

Introduction of this brand: Its a Japanese brand that had been established for very long time, they started from producing ointment and further venture into medicated skincare, patches, eye drops etc

This medicated anti-acne range is gaining popularity in Asia recently, that got me curious about it.

Its signature color code is white & green, very simple packaging.

Sorry, as it was purchased in Taiwan all details are in Chinese.
Basically it means that this cream has 7 functions:
Even out skin tone, Conceal, Anti-Acne (as it contains Isopropyl Methlphenol), Smoothing Skin, Contain SPF, Moisturize, Skin Repair.

Directions on how to use in Chinese

Ingredient List in English (finally), this product has a shelf life of 3 years

Its a flat, short tube.


Here's my bare skin after applying the L'Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base

My skin looks less shine, and its more evenly tone out.

My Skin after applying base + BB cream + SKII Facial Treatment Advanced Protect Loose Powder

My Review:
I like its lightweight texture that can be smooth out evenly effortless and yet manage to conceal a bit. The coverage was quite mild but i applied concealer on areas that is require so this wasnt bothering me. The finish was between matte & silky but definitely not glowing and not very matte. I tested it twice,

Humid sunny day (full day, outdoor)
After hours of wear, my skin wasn't really shining a lot as compare to some mild formulated ones. So the oil control was still acceptable, touch up was quite minimal probably because i finish my look with K-Palette Teka Powder (this is good stuff for oil control), no negative reaction towards this bb cream despite the warm weather. Skin looks perfect & flawless after end of day which is what i love about bb cream, they melt in like my skin.

Chilled Air-Conditioned Office environment (full day, indoor)
I was quite wary of wearing this bb cream as my office is really chilling cold which i think i would have no problem to breed penguins here and its also really dry. The temp is so drastic different as compare to the outdoor.I have the problems of makeup wearing off and turn blotchy after few hours or skin almost drying up... This bb cream does moisturize my skin somehow, as my skin did not feel dry and makeup still look in place till end of day. But only then, i realize the coverage is not really enough for me hahah

My Mum is back from HongKong, know what it means... more makeups....

Monday, November 22, 2010


Hi All,

Its time for me to de-stash, all items below are in good condition!

Payment thru paypal only!
Items will be mailed within 3 working days

Flat International Shipping - USD5.00 (USD1.00 for each additional item)
Flat Local Local Shipping - USD3.00

Email me at: sizbelle@gmail.com for more info

BeautyMaker Peach Compact Blush, used 5x - USD8.00 (almost new condition)

Benefit full finish lipstick in Lady's Choice, used x2 USD8.00

Etude House Collagen Moistfull compact powder used a few times - USD10.00

Etude house blush in #5, #3 swatched once USD5.00
BN Etude House Blush in #4 USD6.00

Etude House Collagen moistfull essence in foundation spf22/pa, used 2x USD10.00

Etude House Dream on Foundation, used 2x, USD10.00

Etude House Collagen Moistfull essence in base spf22/pa, used 2x USD10.00

Majolica Majorca Splash cream eyeshadow PK705 swatched once USD4.00
MAjolica Majorca Splash cream eyeshadow GR732 swatched once USD4.00

CK Infinite Matte oil-free foundation in 213 porcelain matte used 1x USD15.00
Lancome Sensual Vibrant Lipshine in seashell used 3x USD10.00

KATE covering concealer for pores 75% left w/ box USD4.00
Canmake Nudy Glow LIp gloss in 02 strawberry whip 80% left USD5.00

Review: L'Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base

Recently, i had been very into base makeup be it pore concealer, makeup base, loose powder, bb cream or even foundation. I had purchased quite a lot recently!

After watching Fuz's video sometime back, i started to get curious about L'Oreal Studio Secret range of products so , Evie tweet about her drugstore shopping so i asked to tag along... and this is one of the item i got.

L"Oreal Studio Secrets Secret No. 1 Magic Perfecting Base

It comes in a glass pot, product looks pinkish in packaging.

The introduction is what exactly i need!

Its recommended to apply in circular motion so as to conceal fine liner & pore more evenly.

Its a creamy base that turn colorless after application

See the difference on before & after? Its give a semi mattifying finish and does fill in those lines i have on my hands.

Sorry for the poor lighting, but at least you can see my open pores clearly.

how my skin looks like after application, its does conceal my pores but some are still seen.

Price: USD12.99, 15ml/0.5oz, available on drugstore.com
My Review:
I'm quite loving this makeup base as it work pretty well on combination skin that can turns rather oily on the humid & warm weather here. I read reviews on MakeupAlley that dry skin type might not fancy this products, so i greatly recommend to Oily/Combination Skin Type. The texture is creamy to apply on skin in circular motion smoothly and has a semi matte finish which allows my loose powder to cling on evenly. This product got me kinda hooked and i'm using it on daily basis, maybe i need to get a backup soon unless i'm gonna venture to another product after this. My pores weren't clog like how some pore concealing products would do to my skin. So far, i'm quite happy with this but definitely not stopping me in finding my HG base!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Review: Ichikami Shampoo & Conditioner

I was contacted by HuiShi from Eternity Inter-Trade Singapore to review some of their newly imported brands like Ichikami, Naive and Karcie. These are the goodies that was sent to me for review.

The package included the current promotion printout of the product.

And also printout of the product introduction. Its kinda interesting to know how the name of the product comes from, it means hair comes first, appearance comes second. As the ancient Japanese believed that beautiful hair represent who they are. Since i cant do much about my look as compare to those cute Japanese gals, i decided to do an extra more for my hair :P

Additional introduction on their other related ichikami product, serum, essence and gel essence.

Today, i'm posting review on their shampoo & conditioner. Shampoo is in white bottle and Conditioner is in black tube.

The English translation of their Shampoo product details, ingredient & other details.

Its a flip top open cap bottle for easy opening.

The English translation of the conditioner content, manufactured date is mentioned too.

The conditioner comes in a flip bottom open cap which has a flat surface so you can let it stand upright to ensure smooth flow.

This is how the shampoo is like, texture is like any other shampoo out in the market but the scent is totally unique. flora or fruity?

The shampoo lather really smooth and well with some water and the bubbles is really dense as compare to other shampoo i used so far.

The conditioner!
My Review:
This range of shampoo & conditioner by Ichikami is uniquely scented which i never come across so far, i'm stuck between floral & fruity but based on the description its sakura scent. I put this set of product on 3 days of test before coming down to the verdict of liking it.
Starting from the shampoo, its kinda amazed me with its bubble densing power. On day 1, I used the amount as i would on other shampoo and got so much more bubbles than i expected and the bubbles were really fine (not the kind that you would get from bubble bath) but similar to JuJu Aquamoist Moisturizing Washing Foam (tube).
As for the conditioner, i didn't have the WOW impression after use as my hair didn't feel silky smooth as compare to use of conditioner from other brands. But then , the printout of this product reminded me that some of the conditioner that i used in the past (those which left the wow impression ones) might contains silicon which will might results in hair fall due to prolong usage.
After 3 days of use, i'm liking this shampoo & conditioner set as a little goes a long way (i didn't know this theory could be apply to shampoo), right now i'm using half of my usual amount of shampoo on this one which is cost saving to me in a way. I like how the scent linger in between my hair which is rather lasting. My hair did feel smooth after days of using, especially i'm the kind who washes my hair before hitting bed so blow dry them thoroughly is a standard routine thats unavoidable. By having such habit, i could hardly praise any shampoo that i used so far except Pantene Clinicare & THIS! Hair fall seems lesser not sure if its due to this shampoo or the change of weather... (rainy season is coming)

I went to Watson just yesterday, so i went to stalk for their range and took this pic back!

Prices for their product:
Ichikami Shampoo 200ml - SGD7.90
Ichikami Shampoo Jumbo 550ml - SGD16.90
Ichikami Conditioner 200 - SGD7.90
Ichikami Conditioner Jumbo 550ml - SGD16.90
Ichikami Hair Treatment 200g - SGD12.90
Ichikami Hair Mask 180g - SGD14.90
Ichikami Treatment Essence - SGD14.90
Ichikami Hair Treatment Gel Essence - SGD10.80
Ichikami Hair Treatment Premium Serum - SGD14.90
All exclusively available at Watsons islandwide.... I would recommend you to give it a try :D

K-Palette Share the Love FaceBook contest! OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!

Hi all,

so sorry for being missing for a while... family life just got over me, as my parent are out of town i had to take leave to care for the kids so my life was suddenly overwhelm with domestic chores...

I'm finally connected! so here's the 1st post to perk everyone!

Received a mail from Sharon (Japalang.com) that they are holding a contest for K-Palette. Which is to share the Love on Facebook, simply upload your favorite X'mas photo to win their special X'mas Hamper worth S$150.

Contest Period: 15 Nov 2010 to 13 December 2010

Rules for the contest as per above pic (click to enlarge):

Just a recap of their signature product: (which are my favs)
1. K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner
2.K Palette 24H Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner 01 Natural Brown

My latest fav is their oil control teka powder which is pending for review post soon.

Join in their contest, i'll be submitting my entry soon!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Review: Kanebo Freshel Moist Life W Cream SPF23

Since i was going into base makeup so i decided to further explore bb cream, as i was quite contented with the result that Lotree gave to my skin i have yet move on to anyone else. On my gf recent taiwan travel, i got her to also grab a tube of this. Its a bb cream released by Kanebo's child company Freshel. A drugstore range that is targetted on mid level ppls like me? This cream is advertised as a multi performing product than just a bb cream. Read on.....

Its quite a fat tube looking packaging that is filled up to 50g.

That's the diff between Singapore and Taiwan purchase, def not for non-chinese reader. Basciallt, its introduced this product as a 6 in 1 multi performer that can be use straight after toner, as it a combination formula that acts as moisturiser, emulsion, lotion, sunscreen, pre-makeup base and color correcting primer.

Its clearly stated that it has SPF23

The tube is in shiny bronzy color

The back of the tube has instructions/info printed in jap

the cap is big enough to be spot among my stash so there is no reason to miss it

My review:
Its purely curiousity that drives me in purchasing this as i have not much idea that it can do so much. Even so i'm still more comfy to go thru my usual tedious/long winded routine to ensure my skin gets enough nutrients. This cream is pretty light to skin, coverage i would rate as light to medium. As my blemish marks are quite visible after the application. What i like about this cream is that, it allows my skin to endure the dry & cold temp in my office without flaking or make my makeup turns blotty. I have combination skin and this cream does not breaks me out at all after my 2 weeks trial on this. It does even out my skin tone color so on days when i'm lazy to put on full gear, i would just top with loose powder, mascara, eyeliner & blush only as the shade is very natural unlike some that would make my skin color looks so worn out/pale. I notice that after hours of wear, the color din turn dark unlike some cream that oxidate and turn dark after mid day.

I would consider to re-purchase, especially its now available at my local drugstore.

Price: NT450 (Taiwan), SGD33.00, Watsons Store (its quite pricey but then again its cheaper than to go thru the Custom Purchase process.
also available via Apopofkawaii.com @ USD22.00 each

I'm now curious about their skincare, gosh i can sense more shopping on the way.....


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