Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Beauty Apprentice Speaks Of Some Clinique Products!

This is Part II of the CLINIQUE skincare post, where my other guest writer, The Beauty Apprentice, will speak of some Clinique products she had tried, of which some are also Clinique's bestsellers!


As part of the feature about the Clinique brand, I have been requested to render my assistance to The Intrepid Beauty by writing about the Clinique products which I have used throughout the years gone by. As far as Clinique’s skincare products are concerned, I have actually not used that many products. Most of the time, the reason why I had the opportunity to use the product was because it was one of the items in a Gift With Purchase (GWP) set. In fact, incorporating a particular product into a GWP set is an excellent way of promoting the product to their customers and the cosmetic brands out there know it!
(Vonvon: Kudos to Clinique! But unfortunately, not every brand takes that initiative.)

My favourite Clinique product is Clinique’s Turnaround Concentrate Visible Skin Renewer (RM190 for 30ml; RM250 for 50ml).

This product contains an advanced cocktail of exfoliants which continuously resurfaces the skin for a brighter and more even appearance. It unveils the skin’s optimal radiance via a multi-level skin renewal process. I actually turn to it whenever I find a pimple on my face. Believe it or not, although Clinique has a proper range for acne (the anti-blemish solutions), I find this product more useful than the products from their acne range itself as it somehow works to reduce the redness and the swelling, and eventually dries out the pimple itself. This is the one product that I can never do without, not even if I were stranded on a deserted island! Well, you never know where and when you are going to get a pimple, now do you? I have also frequently used this product as instructed according to the instructions on the bottle but nowadays I also keep it on standby for my “pimple emergencies”, just in case!

Another useful product which is a recent addition to the Clinique’s Turnaround family is Clinique’s Turnaround Instant Facial Masque (RM190 for 75ml).

This product delivers a high-performance facial with the radiance and smoothness of microdermabrasion but with significantly less irritation and stress to the skin in just 5 minutes. This is another product which also promotes surface cell turnover on multiple levels to instantly unveil skin that is fresher, more vibrant and even-toned. The very fine sand-like particles contained in this product is very effective indeed as an exfoliator. This product is particularly useful for those who lead busy lifestyles. A useful tip would be to apply it to the skin just before bathing, let it dry and then add water, rub gently and then rinse it off with water as part of your bathing process. And you will surely notice the difference! The result is baby soft and smooth skin! And all in just 5 minutes!!

A Clinique product which recently came in a set together with my purchase of the Turnaround Concentrate is the Clinique’s Superdefense SPF25/PA+++ Age Defense Moisturizer (RM180 for 50ml).

This product comes in 3 versions - for very dry skin; for dry combination skin; and for combination oily to oily skin; and is part of Clinique’s De-Aging Solutions range. It is an age defence moisturiser and because it comes in several versions, there should be one that is suitable for any skin type out there. The version that came in my set was the dry-combination version. I used the cream as a base for my makeup and found it to be quite effective both as a makeup base and as an anti-aging moisturiser. My only complaint is that they ought to make a version of it with higher SPF, perhaps SPF50/PA+++, just for the tropical climates. Now that would be what is really needed as a super defence shield against the heat and the harmful rays of the blazing sun!

Another Clinique product which I have tried is the Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel (RM150 for 125ml).

The original version of it is known as the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion or “DDML”. This yellow-coloured lotion is one of Clinique’s classics. It is one of the brand’s signature products and is a global bestseller. However, since I have oily skin, the lotion version of it is just way too rich for me. For those who have dry skin or those who live in the colder climates, this would be an ideal product because it is very moisturising indeed. But for me, I find the gel version, which was only launched a few years ago, is the product more suited to me as a moisturiser for oily skin.

Another moisturiser which is popular is Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (RM160 for 50ml).

This product provides a full 24 hours of soothing moisture and contains advanced hydration boosters which holds the skin's moisture in balance. It is also suitable for those with oily skins as it comes in the form of a very light gel and is a good choice for those who prefer their moisturisers to be lightweight in texture. It can also be used as a quick 5 minute moisturising mask if necessary.

Another popular Clinique product which I would like to mention is Clinique’s All About Eyes (RM130 for 15ml).

Clinique All About Eyes (left) with lighter cream-gel texture, and All About Eyes Rich (right) with richer creamy texture.

This product diminishes the appearance of eye puffiness, dark circles and fine lines. Furthermore, the lightweight cream-gel formula is suitable for those with oily skin. Often I have difficulty finding the right eye cream for oily skin as most of them are just too rich for me and end up causing oilseeds to form around my eye area, but not this one. This product also comes in a moisture-rich version, known as All About Eyes Rich, which would be suitable for those with dry skin or those who prefer a more hydrating eye cream.

Do check out some of these products, as you never know when you will find a gem or even your HG in skincare!

The Beauty Apprentice


Vonvon: There will be a Clinique Derma White Skincare Workshop this coming Sunday, 7th March 2010, at The Gardens Hotel. More details here.

And I'll be attending this workshop! So see you girls there, if you are also attending! :)

Clinique Diagnostic Skin Test - By The Intrepid Beauty

This is a 2-part post on CLINIQUE by my guest writers, The Intrepid Beauty and The Beauty Apprentice, who are both long-time users of Clinique skincare. In Part I, The Intrepid Beauty will describe the Clinique Diagnostic Skin Test and share some of her favorite Clinique products with you. Part II by The Beauty Apprentice will follow in a few hours' time.


Thanks to Clinique's frequent advertorials in newspapers & magazines, I am sure that the majority of us in Malaysia have had the opportunity to try out some of their skincare products from time to time. I've received Clinique samples ranging from eye creams to moisturisers to sunscreens and it's partly due to this generosity as well as the good quality of their skincare that I've remained a Clinique customer for many years. Generally, their Consultants are helpful without being pushy and informative about their ever-expanding range of skincare. It's the ideal skincare brand for the budget-conscious and they do have the appropriate skincare to suit every type of skin condition.

Although I have gone for skin consultations before at their counters where the Consultants ask a set of questions to determine my skin type, I had never been given a diagnostic skin consultation until recently when I met a Clinique Clinical Consultant at the Clinique stand- alone store in Pavilion. Unlike some other skincare brands, Clinique doesn't use scanners to detect a customer's skin condition. What they have is pretty unique, a diagnostic mirror (see pix below) whereby the Consultant looks intensely and closely at the customer's face to find out the customer's skin problems, if any and to determine the customer's concerns. In this manner, Clinique goes in-depth to address what the customer is most concerned about her complexion.

Clinique Diagnostic Mirror
Vonvon: Well, allow the scientific side of Vonvon to explain briefly, in her own words, what is a diagnostic mirror. It's basically a lighted 2-way mirror whereby the Clinical Consultant can view the client's face/skin from one side with a certain level of magnification, and simultaneously from the other side, the client can view her own face/skin with similar magnification. In this way, it allows active interaction between the Clinical Consultant and the client in the process of assessing and diagnosing the client's skin type/condition.
Similar kind of diagnostic mirror is also used by dermatologists in practice to diagnose patients' skin condition/problem.

Personally, I prefer the Clinique method to the scanning I have endured at other counter brands as I've been led to believe many times (after my face has been scanned) that my skin problems are much worse than what I think and therefore I need to purchase a very expensive serum or hydrating/firming cream in order to halt the problem. The Clinique Consultant won't be telling you that your skin is so dehydrated that it's only 54% out of the 80% desired hydration level for your age nor will they glibly inform you that the scanner results show that the overall percentage of your pore size or firmness of skin is not good.

Through the diagnostic mirror, the Consultant can see the extent of fine lines on the face, e.g. sufficient hydration means there will be no fine lines. Each consultation is custom fit since every individual has different needs and skin concerns. Once the Consultant knows the customer's main concerns and the customer's responses to the following set of questions, the Consultant is able to prescribe products that suit the customer:

1) cosmetic reaction
2) response to sun without sun protection
3) natural skin colouring
4) pore size
5) perspiration on the face
6) tendency to break out
7) oiliness vs. dryness
8) surface facial lines

The table with factors to determine one's skin type

Altogether, Clinique classifies skin into 4 types, i.e. Type I - Dry, Type II - Dry-Combi, Type III - Oily
and Type IV - Oily-Combi. In my case, it was determined that I have Type II skin which is Dry-Combi. Since my main concern is firming, I was advised to use the Repairwear Contour Firming Formula which has a unique combination of retinol and peptides on contouring.

Having first used Clinique skincare products in my early 20s, I've remained a happy and satisfied Clinique customer. My 3 all-time favourites are the following (I won't go into a detailed review here but will summarise why they work for me):

1) Rinse-off foaming cleanser (cleanses makeup so well & makes my face squeaky clean);

2) Turnaround Concentrate (lives up to its claim of improving radiance & optimal exfoliation, banishes my pimples within 24 hours);

3) All About Eyes Rich (provides sufficient hydration to my dry eye area and most importantly, doesn't irritate my eyes like a lot of other eye cream I've tried).

What's there to love about Clinique skincare? Plenty, in my humble opinion.

The Intrepid Beauty

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Random Photos: My Little Girl & I

Good Saturday morning!!!

Just some random photos taken of myself and my little girl during the CNY celebration............

Yea, I am good at taking camwhore shots of myself, but with my little girl in the FOV(field of view), I couldn't quite estimate the angle. ;P

What I had on my face?

- L'OREAL PARIS True Match(TM) Super-Blendable Liquid Foundation with Hyaluronic Acid in shade R2;
- Eyes: Dior 5 Couleurs Edition Dentelle 059 Pearl Glow palette;
Face and cheeks: Dior Poudrier Dentelle 002 Peach Lace.

More EOTDs/FOTDs coming up...........

Friday, February 26, 2010

Swatches & Review: Dior 5 Couleurs Edition Dentelle 059 Pearl Glow Eyeshadow Palette

The honeymoon period for my Dior 5 Couleurs Edition Dentelle 059 Pearl Glow Eyeshadow Palette was officially over on the 1st day of the Year of the Tiger! I was holding on to it after purchasing and was actually thinking very hard how to start using it and preserve as much as the lace pattern as possible for as long as I can. Well, basically I was 'studying' the patterns on the eyeshadows everyday and finally decided on the spots to dip my brush into without 'disturbing' the beautiful dainty patterns too much. La la la la la............... ;P

Enough of blabbering.......

So throughout the CNY (that's how we called the Lunar New Year over here, Chinese New Year!) period, I have been using this palette together with the Dior Poudrier Dentelle in 002 Peach Lace as a highlighter/blusher. That will be another review.

But right now, I will show you more close up photos of the eyeshadows and the lace design on them and their swatches first. Review will follow later. And I still haven't edited the photos of my EOTDs/FOTDs. Just been so busy but I don't know what I did! *shrug shoulders

My Dior Pearl Glow palette which has been very gently and carefully used
* shows the spots I dipped my brushes into

-I have labeled the colors in the palette with numbers in such order for easy reference (refer to this photo):
top left(purple) -1; top right(silver) -2; middle(blue) -3; bottom left(champagne/beige) -4; and bottom right(pink) -5.

Close up of the eyeshadows

Aren't the patterns so intricate and beautiful?
The Champagne/beige shade is covered allover with the lace design, and I was looking for a spot with the least lace design to dip my brush into it. ;)

Swipes of the colors on my fingers (by just touching lightly over the lace patterns)

The texture of the eyeshadows is soft and smooth, but with this palette, I experience some fallout with the shadows which makes me having to wipe the palette after every use. I wonder if it has to do with my using brushes to pick up the colors, instead of the sponge-tipped applicators provided. Perhaps, I should try using them and see how it works in applying the shadows and see if it might minimize the fallout. Just don't like the see 'dusts' on my beautiful palette. *a bit OCD ;P
I didn't have much problem with fallout with my other Dior palette.
The color payoff is good, though they are very much on the light side. Pigment-wise, the shadows deposit colors on the lids but I would prefer if the purple and blue would be darker, hence able to provide more contrast when used on the lids. Colors #2 and #4 are shimmery, but not OTT shimmer.
Despite the lightness of the colors, when I apply them on my lids, I am able to see some contrast, but just kind of very subtle.
The colors don't fade easily, even after a hot day out. But I do notice slight creasing of the shadows. And I don't apply any eye base whenever I use Dior eyeshadows, as I don't see the need for it - the colors show up very well and intense, and no creasing problem with my other Dior palette. Perhaps, I should try this with a base.

Swatches of the colors on my arm

Color #2 is a shimmery silver-white shade which I usually use as a highlighter under my brow bone. I do use it on the upper eye lids up to the crease. Or simply just on the inner corner of the eye.
Color #4 is a champagne/beige shade, and not as shimmery as #2. I apply it all over my upper lids to the crease.

As much as I like pink eyeshadows, and the pink shade on the palette seems such a sweet pretty pink, it swatches so pale pink that it's almost white, especially when combined with color #2......can't see much discernible difference!
Color #3 is a grayish blue, but I find it quite light. I apply it on the outer corner of the eye, sometimes on the crease, and I am able to see slight smoky contrast. Of course, the color can be layered for more intensity and to get the smoky look.

And last, but not least, #1, the purple shade, another of my favorite eyeshadow color. But also a bit light on its own. Pair it with the white, pink or champagne shade and you will be able to see the contrast.

Next: Review on the Star Product from the Dentelle Collection - Poudrier Dentelle, and followed by EOTDs/FOTDs.

** Heading out to lunch now....will be back with my review soon...........

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lemmings!!! Addicted To Dior Summer Makeup Collection 2010

It's still Spring, and I am still very much in love with my Pearl Glow 059 eye palette from the Dior Spring Dentelle Collection and haven't gotten enough of it.

But my top 3 favorite beauty bloggers, have gotten me into the frenzy of yet another highly desirable Summer collection, from Dior! In the afternoon, I saw postings on MBB, then Temptalia and The Muse's blogs on the Addicted To Dior Summer Makeup Collection from Dior, scheduled to be out on April 21st (source is a Dutch-language beauty blog). And since Hubby lived in Holland for a while, he translated it for me, more accurately than google translate! :D

And April 21st is almost a month to my birthday....yippeee...... so does this mean we would be receiving this collection here by May??? This is really getting me very excited and still wide awake at 2AM in the morning!

I will not go into details of the collection as you can see them from the source, but my lemmings from this Collection would be........................

The Star Product from Addicted To Dior Collection
Addicted To Dior Gloss Duo in
Addicted To Coral 001

5-Couleurs Eyeshadow in Crush Glow 659 (Limited Edition)

5-Couleurs Eyeshadow in Ready To Glow 649

Vonvon will be going to bed now dreaming of Dior, oh Dior, my new and expensive addiction.............

I, hereby, proclaim myself a new official Dior Addict!

P.s. Photos are originally from the source, which I have seen and borrowed with permission from Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog. The appropriate links have been made to each individual blogs.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mirror Mirror On The Wall, Which Is My Truest Match Of All?

This is Part II of the L'oreal Paris True Match(TM) Super-Blendable Liquid Foundation with Hyaluronic Acid review whereby I will share with you some tips on how to determine your True Match. You can read my review on the product here.

Have you all seen this cute little bookmark(below)? I got mine which came with the January 2010 issue of Female magazine. And I am sure you still remember the photos of my little girl trying to find her True Match with it......;)

OK, I believe many of you have already known or at least have an idea of how to test a new foundation and finding the right shade for you. Anyways, just to summarize the whole the foundation on your jawline and if you see the shade 'disappearing' (aka: blend into your skin), then it's the right shade for you. Unfortunately I can't do any pictorial demo as I have been plagued with some break-out just on the spot where I am supposed to test those foundations. And these have been quite stubborn zits, and they are taking quite a long time to subside. :(

So, besides the normal classification of skin color into fair, medium or dark, there is also the skin undertone which determines whether you are cool, warm or neutral. Not only do you find the foundation which matches your skin color, but for a natural-looking finish, the foundation shade should also flatter your skin undertone.

Here's a rather simple but useful guide from L'oreal to determine your skin undertone. But of course, nothing beats dropping by any L'oreal Paris cosmetic counter which would have a Beauty Advisor to assist you in finding your True Match!

And now, Vonvon needs a little help from her dear readers to help determine her True Match, as it seems that she is between Warm(G) and Cool(R), but using Neutral(N) is a bit too fair for her!

Some of my wonderful readers have helped my little girl determine her skin undertone, now it's time to help me........

Silver or gold for me?

(P.s. The 3 photos above were taken bare-faced, with nothing, not even skincare on.)

And the different shades of the foundation and after applying on my face:

R2 (Cool/Pink)

G1 (Warm/Gold/Yellow)

N1 (Neutral/Nude)

P.s. Photos are taken on different days, all under natural daylight, but the variation in the brightness is due to my own handling of the camera and also depending on the weather condition outside (cloudy days, less daylight).

So, ladies, I'd like to hear from all of you...............

R2, G1 or N1?

Which is my Truest Match of all?

Disclaimer: Products are provided by L'Oreal for review purpose.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Review: L'Oreal Paris True Match(TM) Super-Blendable Liquid Foundation with Hyaluronic Acid

This post on L'oreal's True Match(TM) Super-Blendable Liquid Foundation with Hyaluronic Acid will be divided into 2 parts. Part I will be review of the product and sharing of my thoughts with you, while Part II will be a little guide on how to determine your True Match and Vonvon's True Match as well.

I have received several different shades of the True Match(TM) foundations for review purpose a while ago but because I had, and still have some breakout problem on my skin, I have delayed the review till now. You know....the vainpot Vonvon didn't want to photograph herself trying and testing out foundies with zits on her face, on the jawline to be exact! ;P (that's where we would test out foundation shades, right?)

L'OREAL PARIS True Match(TM) Super-Blendable Liquid Foundation with Hyaluronic Acid

This NEW foundation is the revamp of the existing formula with the addition of Ultra-Fine Enhancing Pigments to precisely match one's skin tone for a natural, even finish and luminous complexion. It is formulated with the various shades of Asian skin tone in mind and consists of 3 different groups of shades for Cool(R), Warm(G) and Neutral(N) skin tones. This new formula has included SPF17/PA++ as well as Vitamin C to protect the skin from the damaging effects of UV rays and free radicals.

Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful moisturizer for the skin and also is found naturally in abundance in the connective tissue of our skin. It has high water-retaining property hence is able to provide hydration for the skin up to 24 hours. Besides, it also has anti-free radical action and helps in cell repair by stimulating collagen synthesis.

So, I received 3 different shades of the True Match(TM) foundations in R2, G1 and N1. And I actually have to admit that I had a bit of a problem determining my True Match. So, I'll leave it to Part II to talk about it.

Anyways, on the product itself, it has a light, non-greasy texture and quite liquid in consistency, dispensed via a pump from an elegantly-designed slim glass bottle. It spreads and blends easily without any streaking to some sort of powder finish, giving me a smooth semi-matte finish, and the coverage, I would say, it's above average - managed to 'hide' the pores on my nose, some blotchiness on my face, and to a small extent, my dark undereye circles. And it doesn't clog my pores.....provide just enough coverage for it.

Though I dare to say that it has a somewhat liquid-to-powder kind of finish, the foundation forms a layer on top of the skin, instead of blending and 'absorbing' into the skin. That's because after applying the foundation and lightly setting it with some loose powder, I still could get some 'smear marks' of foundation on the tissue paper when I attempt to wipe some sweat off my face(in our sweltering hot weather). This doesn't really bother me, though you might want to bear in mind when you are wearing light-colored clothing, just in case, you might get some accidental 'smear marks' on your clothes. Despite that, I don't see the need to touch-up on my foundation throughout the day, not that I do that often to start with, as usually, my foundation can last me through the whole time I am outside the house (between 3 to 6 hours).

As the foundation is dispensed via a pump, the amount which comes out with 1 pump is actually quite a lot for my face, in fact, there is more than enough product for my face, as I don't need a lot to cover my face. I would pump it out onto the back of my hand and apply the foundation with my finger. On the areas where I need extra coverage, I would just dab on additional product lightly. And the excess, I just tissue it off, and wash my hands. I notice that washing with water only does not get rid of the product from my hand easily, perhaps it's also somewhat water-resistant to a certain extent?

Because of the hyaluronic acid content which provide moisturization and retain moisture, my skin feels cool after applying the foundation, not sticky and the hydration level of my skin also improves, especially on my cheeks which tend to become quite dry by afternoon. With this foundation, I don't experience any dryness on my cheeks and the rest of my face throughout the day.

As much as I like the elegant slim glass bottle design, that is also my grouse on this product. Having had a prior experience of breaking a brand new bottle of foundation housed in a glass bottle (by my little girl), I am very careful this time especially when she is playing around my dresser. But sometimes, you just tend to overlook certain safety issue. Needless to say...yes, I broke a bottle by accidentally knocking it off my ultra-cluttered tiny dresser. Sigh, perhaps I need a dresser the size of a CEO's table? ;P
The bottle I broke is R2, which I think was probably my True Match....sob sob..... but the one good thing was when it fell onto the floor, it didn't shatter into pieces and splatter the foundation everywhere. It broke at the base and at the neck of the bottle. Hence not so much mess to clean up.
I think a glass bottle is also not quite travel-friendly.

That said, I like this foundation a lot, and I would repurchase it but the only reservation I have is what if I break another bottle? Any chance L'oreal can revamp the glass bottle??

It retails for RM52.90 for a 30ml bottle. And it is available in 9 shades including a new shade G4.

P.s. I spotted a promotion in SASA Sunway Pyramid, till 28th February, a bottle of this foundation is going for RM39.90, though not many shades are available at SASA Sunway Pyramid. If you are interested, you might want to check out your nearest SASA outlet and grab a bottle or 2. :)

Next: Vonvon needs your help and opinion in determining her True Match :)

Clinique Derma White Skincare Workshop On 7 March 2010

Clinique will be organizing a Derma White skincare workshop on 7 March 2010 at The Gardens Hotel. If you have issues with spots, uneven skin tone, want to have brighter skin, then you might want to get acquainted to Clinique Derma White range of products.

Here are the details:

Date: 7 March 2010 (Sunday)
Time: 10:30AM - 1PM
Venue: The Gardens Hotel
Fee: Purchase a RM150 voucher, of which RM120 is redeemable for Clinique Derma White products any Clinique products.
Plus you will receive a 6-pc door gifts worth RM188!!!

For more information and to purchase your voucher, please call Ms Liew at 03-2284 8416 (Clinique counter at Metrojaya Mid Valley)

Random Photos: Branded Toiletries

Good morning, ladies! How's the CNY celebration coming along so far? Had your fair share of yee sang? Satisfied with your ang pow collection this year? ;) For some of you, this may be the 1st day of work in the Year of the Tiger (having the post-holiday blues?), while I know many of my friends have started working even on the 4th day of the new year!

I think I had quite a break, and many of my posts for the past week have been simple straightforward posts, ramblings, photos..... Alright, starting this week, I will try to post up some reviews and also edit the photos of EOTDs/FOTDs for CNY to share with you.

Anyways, to start off the Monday morning, here's some of the branded toiletries that my bro-in-law brought for me this time. He travels a lot and knowing that I am ever so crazy over bath and body products, whenever he stays in a hotel which provides nice branded toiletries, he would be sure to get me a set of each.

Meanwhile, have a good day and week ahead!

Need to work on some posts right now :)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Which Color Flatters Me More?

Ladies, I need a little help here......

Does Silver look better on me, or Gold flatters me more?

Review: Skineeds Facial Sheet Mask Age-Defense - By The Intrepid Beauty

Of late, there has not been too many product reviews from Yours Truly and my team of guest writers. So this week, The Intrepid Beauty will review a budget facial mask which she happened to stumble upon in a hypermarket and turned out to be quite a good deal, in terms of price and quality!


Product Description: Skineeds Facial Sheet Mask is easy to use and does not have any of the mess, stickiness or hassle common with other sheet mask products. Since all of the ingredients are on the mask itself, simply apply it and discard when finished.

Advanced formulation from USA. Exclusively packed for

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Butylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Lactate, Carbomer, Allantoin, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Seed, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance.

Facial sheet masks are convenient and handy, especially when you are traveling. They are also a lot less messy than applying masks from jars/tubes and you don't have to rinse your face after removing the sheet mask.

I love trying out sheet masks as you never know when you may find a keeper. I purchased a box of Skineeds Facial Sheet Mask (contains 2 masks) from Carrefour, Subang Jaya for RM6. The Age-Defense masks I bought are supposed to purify, hydrate and soften skin. By "purify", they claim to be able to remove blackheads and dead skin cells. I can tell you straightaway that I didn't believe any sheet mask can remove blackheads so I didn't purchase these for that said purpose. I just wanted to test out how hydrating the masks would be and at RM3 per sheet mask, I really didn't have much to lose.

The sheet mask doesn't fit my face perfectly, it's a tad big for my face. Moreover, I found the holes for the eyes rather big. I've tried "My Beauty Diary" masks before and those fit so snugly that I thought they were custom-made to fit my face. Anyway, Skineeds Facial Sheet Mask does contain an adequate amount of ingredients on it, so much so that it doesn't dry out even after 25 minutes; I left it on for longer than recommended (15-20 minutes) as I wanted to see how long it was capable of retaining moisture. To my pleasant surprise, this mask exceeded expectations in that it hydrated my face very well and made it quite soft to the touch.

It has a slight orange scent when you first apply the mask but the scent disappears almost immediately. I've noticed that most facial sheet masks available at SASA, Watson's or Guardian Pharmacy are priced at RM5-6 each on average. The Skineeds Facial Sheet Mask may not live up to its promise of purifying the skin but it does a pretty decent job of hydrating and softening and at RM6 a box, I would repurchase. There are 2 other variations of this sheet mask, i.e. acne moderator (skin becomes refreshed and smoothed) and double whitening (restores even skin tone and whitens skin).

This is definitely a worthwhile budget beauty buy!

The Intrepid Beauty


So, my dear readers, have you ever stumbled upon any keeper such as this mask during your beauty shopping rendezvous? Do share with us any budget beauty buy, be it mask, or any skincare or cosmetics and where did you stumble upon them?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Photos: Vonvon In Wonderland.............

Yes, receiving the Urban Decay Alice In Wonderland palette from Hubby has sent Vonvon into Wonderland...:D

Oppssss....where did the Potion go???
Pssttt.....Vonvon drank it! ;P

So, from having noughts of Urban Decay, my collection has grown to include a much-sought after LE palette, 6 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils(including 2 full-sized), 2 full-sized eyeshadows, a full-sized bottle of Clean & Sober oil free makeup remover, a deluxe-sized Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara, and some samples of the UDPP!

Thank you so much, Hubby! And thanks to my aunt who helped me get some UD stuff from Singapore!

Shall be playing with them in the next few days............