Monday, July 25, 2016

MAXCLINIC CIRMAGE Lifting Stick Review

Last week, I have reviewed the MIRACLINIC Ampoule Dressing and Contouring Object by MAXCLINIC. Today, I'm reviewing another product from the brand called the CIRMAGE Lifting Stick.


It is a unique product that aims to diminish and prevent wrinkles, brighten and whiten the skin, improve skin elasticity, improve blood circulation and lift skin. The lifting stick is inspired by precise meridian lifting techniques which is basically facial acupressure. The form of the Lifting Stick is based off the Gua Sha Massage Instrument which focuses on activating pressure points of the face and neck to improve blood circulation thus reactivating protein and collagen synthesis and helps retain the skin's elasticity for a smoother and tighter skin. 






Photo credit: Maxclinic


This product is so concentrated that one CIRMAGE Lifting Stick is equivalent to 7 CIRMAGE Lifting Creams!

Photo credit: Maxclinic

How to Use:
1.Using side B(or C) lift from the bottom of your neck to the chin 2~3 times and press the back of 
your ears
2.Using side B(or C) lift the fatty part of your chin to your ears 1~2 times
3.Using side B(or C) lift the facial skin from the chin to your temples 1~2 times
4.Using side B(or C) lift from the corner of your lips to the temples 1~2 times
5.Using side B(or C) lift from the side of your nose to the temples 1~2 times
6.Using a corner of side A to massage your eye brows from the inner corners, outwards, 1~2 times.
7.Using side B(or C) firm up the baggy area under your eyes from the inner corner of your eyes to the outer corner, 1~2 times
8.Use side A to lift up the skin on your forehead from the eyebrows to the hairline.
9.Using side A glide along the your hairline, starting from the center, down to temples and gently 
press your temples for as the last step of your massage.



I have tried out this product for a good, two weeks and I can say there are barely any visible results that I can see. A research was made by the KC Skin Research Center and there were individual results that were yielded after 2-4 weeks of use. Improvement of blood circulation was noted and reduction of facial swelling. 

Photo credit: Maxclinic


I really love this concept of facial acupressure and massage. I'm currently 26 years old right now and I feel like it's time for me to really take care of my skin and prevent all the wrinkles. I have written several blog posts and reviews about anti-aging and anti-wrinkle products and I've always said that I was not really concerned about wrinkles then. Recently, prior to receiving this lifting stick, I have noticed wrinkles on my forehead which is due to the many facial expressions that I make. My forehead is filled with lines and although I don't think it's ugly and is quite natural as we get older, I would like to continue looking younger and take steps to take care of my skin so that I age gracefully while still looking great. 

This lifting stick is fairly easy to use. You really don't have to know A, B and C sides, you can just try and fit the contours of your face to the curves of the stick and then roll it out for a good massage. There's no right or wrong thing in using this product. If there is one thing I would like to mention, it's the formula of the stick. It is hard and reminds me of a dried out glue stick. You need a good amount of strength to drag the stick on your face. Although this might be good to do pressure stimulation, I feel like they could do better by loosening up the product a little bit so that it would be easier for use when dragging along the contours of your face. One application and I can definitely feel the tightening effect of the product on my face. 

I'm 50/50 on this product because of the dry formula that I just mentioned above. It would be nicer if it was creamier that way I wouldn't find it hard to move it along my face. On the other hand, I really love the facial massage and acupressure and the overall concept of this product. 

What do you think about this product? Do you think you'll give the MAXCLINIC CIRMAGE Lifting Stick a go?




*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Stylenanda 3CE White Milk Pack to Foam Review

I'm a huge fan of Stylenanda 3CE cosmetics and the brand have expanded to skin care too! I've been following the brand on Instagram @3ce_official and if I'm not mistaken the White Milk line from 3CE has been out since December of 2015.

The White Milk line first started off with the White Milk Cream which is a whitening cream. The line now includes the White Milk Cushion, White Milk Sleeping Pack and the White Milk Pack to Foam.





The White Milk Pack to Foam has milk and clay ingredients that is formulated to refine pores, brighten, soothe and moisturize the skin. The clay pack and foaming combination gives double cleansing to ensure that excess sebum and impurities are removed.


Photo credit: Stylenanda




Photo credit: Stylenanda

The main ingredients of this product are Milk Protein Extract, White Clay, Oatmeal, Tea Tree, Avocado and Honey. 


Photo credit: Stylenanda

There are a couple of ways that the brand recommends on using this product:

  1. Milk Face Pack - with it's clay component, you can apply this all over your face, avoiding the eye area, let it sit for a good 10-15 minutes until it hardens, slowly lather into a foam with warm water and rinse. Best to use as a deep cleanser once or twice a week.
  2. Daily Cleanser - apply to damp skin and massage in a gentle rolling motion until you work up a lather and rinse with lukewarm water.
  3. Nose Pack & T-zone Treatment - Big pores and oily T-zone? Apply on the T-zone &/or the nose and leave for 5 minutes, lather and rinse with warm water.


It is actually hard to find clay masks that are in itself, hydrating and a clay mask that rinses off easily. It is especially hard to find a clay mask that does both. With the 3CE White Milk Pack to Foam, I was able to apply this all over my face with ease. The clay was pliable and soft, almost like a medicinal ointment in consistency. It has that subtle milk scent that is so refreshing. Once completely dry on your skin, it doesn't tighten too much around your face like most clay masks do. Most clay masks, once applied and had completely hardened, I find that they are very irritating because of the fact that I can hardly feel any sensation on my skin because of it's tightness. With the White Milk Pack to Foam, it does tighten and harden around your skin but it didn't make me uncomfortable. This product is such a joy to use!




The foaming part of this product is actually very exciting to me. I enjoy watching that pack go from hardened clay to a milky formula (with added water) and to foamy suds on my face. I love how easy it is to massage into the skin and the texture is just amazing. My skin feels like a baby's bum after rinsing, all soft and smooth. It cleanses really thoroughly too and I find no trace of any makeup residue. My face is definitely brighter and more supple, although I can't really tell if my pores got smaller. 

This product is definitely a two thumbs up for me. The 3CE White Milk Pack to Foam retails for W18,000 ($18) which I don't think is a bad price for a 90ml product. I personally would buy this again because it is so good. The only thing I want the company to do is to come out with a larger size for this product because I honestly would run out of this quick because I like using it daily. I highly recommend this product and kudos to 3CE for another amazing line! 

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Catalina Geo Lash Power Volumizing Mascara Review

Since it's summertime, less makeup is the way to go especially with all the heat and humidity. We don't want any of our makeup running when we get all sweaty. I tested out the Catalina Geo Lash Power Volumizing Mascara on a hot summer day to see if it is a good summertime mascara.




As expected from Catalina Geo, the packaging is gorgeous in all gold. The mascara is a nice, natural bristle wand that I personally quite like. These kind of spooly grabs on to the lashes perfectly and gives an even coat of mascara to the lashes. 



The Catalina Geo Lash Power Volumizing Mascara claims to give a 3D Volumizing effect to the lashes, give detailed long lash look without clumping, wear for 12 hours, is smudgeproof and cleanses easily. 

Without mascara

My lashes are thin and stick straight that it is hard for me to find a mascara that would maintain a curl and give length and volume at the same time. I have curled my lashes in the photo above prior to mascara application so you can see how my lashes hold up with the mascara in place. 


With one coat on Catalina Geo Lash Power Volumizing Mascara

With one coat of the mascara, you can clearly see that it did manage to give volume to the lashes and slightly lengthened it as well. The curl is still there but has slightly dropped.

With two coats of Catalina Geo Lash Power Volumizing Mascara

With two coats, you can clearly see the volumizing effect and lengthening effect although it looks very clumpy to me. The curl is still very much intact in the photo.


A few things I've noticed, it doesn't give defined lashes with volume, instead, it clumped together giving it a spidery look. There isn't that much length that was added although my lashes look quite long in the photos but this is only due to the fact that product itself is extremely black and when they coated my lashes it gave the illusion of length. Sadly, the curl didn't really hold up because prior to taking the last photo above, the lashes became droopy and I had to curl the lashes again to make them pop up.

I wore this mascara for the entire day during a really hot summer day. I found out that although this is smudgeproof, this is definitely not sweatproof and waterproof. It would hold up to minimal sweat but if you plan on working out with this mascara on or dive in a pool, this is not the way to go. This easily comes out with water and light rubbing so it's fairly easy to remove.

Volumizing? Yes, it did give me thicker looking lashes. No clumping? Definitely not since my lashes look spidery. If that is not called clumping then I don't know how else to define it. Smudgeproof and twelve hour wear? A yes and a no. Yes, if you are wearing this on days where you don't sweat and the temperature is cool. This would definitely not hold for 12 hours if you wear it on a hot summer day, working out, going to the beach and pool or doing any activities that allows you to sweat a lot or be in contact with water. 

To be fairly honest, I was never a huge fan of non-waterproof mascaras. I always buy waterproof ones because my eyes water all the time. Since I'm also a contact lens user, There are times that I would re-wet my eyes with solution and I just don't want to risk my mascara running when I do that. Also, due to the nature of my lashes which is thin and straight, waterproof mascara just gives more hold to a curl. 

Although the Catalina Geo Lash Power Volumizing Mascara didn't exactly do as it claims to do (on my lashes), I still see potential in it. I sometimes enjoy the spidery lash look. In fact some people absolutely loves that look that other brands even came out with mascaras that can get you to achieve the clumped lash look. Although I don't really mind the curl not holding up, my huge deal breaker is it not being waterproof. That is just a personal preference on my part. If you are looking for a volumizing non-waterproof mascara then you might want to give this a try. I really hope that they would come out with a waterproof formula because I honestly am warming up to the look the lashes gave me.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

MAXCLINIC Miraclinic Ampoule Dressing/Contouring Object Review



I love sheet masks. It is very gratifying to use one especially when you're face needs some rejuvenating and what joy it was for me to receive the Mira Clinic Ampoule Dressing and Contouring Object. It is basically a two-step sheet mask that aims to moisturize, firm and lift skin. It specializes on contouring your face to achieve that nice V-line (jaw). 

The main ingredients of this mask are Ceramide NP, Hydrolized Collagen, Myrrh Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Rosehip Oil, Argan Oil, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Niacinamide and Adenosine.





The first step, which is the Ampoule Dressing, is a sheet mask that is soaked in a supercharged serum (ampoule) that has a lot of active ingredients. The Ampoule Dressing hydrates, brightens and firms the skin. 

The second step, the Contouring Object, is a grainy, mesh, sheet mask that goes on top of the Ampoule Dressing. This step tightens and lifts the skin.

How to Use:


1.After cleansing, put on the top part of Miraclinic Ampoule Dressing (#1) adjusting to your eyes
2.Get the bottom part of Miraclinic Ampoule Dressing and adjust it to your lips. Pull up the wings 
    and wrap it around your jaw.
3.Press the dressings on your face to help the formula to absorb
4.Get contouring object (#2) out and put it over the dressing. Press it on your face from your forehead and moving down.

5.Again, pull the wings on the bottom to wrap it around the jaw area tightly
6.Press the mask with your fingers to make it tightly sticking to your face

7.Leave it on for 20~30 minutes and lift all of the hardened mask at once. Clean up the remaining 
   with toner.


I had the perfect opportunity to put this mask to test. I had a rough and busy weekend with only 7 hours of sleep within the last 48 hours. My skin was really dull and embarrassingly, I also have gained weight over the month that my face looks like it have expanded quite a bit. Please forgive the photos below for the bad lighting since I tried this on late at night after showering and I don't have any lighting equipments on hand. 

As you can see my eyes are really tired in these photos. Above is the first half of the Ampoule Dressing.

Second half of the Ampoule Dressing with flaps that go over the jaw to contour

The Contouring Object 

Contouring Object placed on top of the Ampoule Dressing

This mask looks so unflattering in photos and I seriously thought I was looking at a wrapped mummy when I looked at myself in the mirror. You can definitely spook people out with this mask on!

First thing I noticed about the Ampoule Dressing is that it is not as soaked in serum as I thought it would be. The fluid wasn't slippery as the other sheet masks I have tried. The substance felt more like water. After applying the Ampoule Dressing, I immediately placed the Contouring Object on top and pressed it firmly as per instructions. I believe that the Contouring Object would meld together with the Ampoule Dressing and harden like a plaster that would help with the firming and lifting process. Alas, to my disappointment, it didn't harden like it was supposed to do. When you take off the mask, the Ampoule Dressing and Contouring Object was supposed to come off together at once when it hardens but in my experience, that didn't happen. It came off individually just like when I put them on. I'm theorizing that my the Contouring Object didn't harden due to the Ampoule Dressing not being as soaked as it should be. 

Another thing worth mentioning is that although the Ampoule Dressing came in two halves in order to fit the face well, it still didn't quite fit my face. It was too wide and I had a really hard time trying to put it on. 

I had this mask on for a good 20 minutes before finally deciding to take it off because the Contouring Object just kept falling off on me. I noticed no significant changes on my skin. None of it's claims worked for me. In fact, the whole time I had the mask on I just felt really uncomfortable.

I really wanted this product to work but to my disappointment it just didn't. I wish I can say good things but my experience isn't that great. The pack comes in 4 sets so I would definitely try again and see if it will be a different experience next time.

I think this brand actually have a good concept going but there are things that I wish would be better like having more serum in the Ampoule Dressing and the Conoturing Object to be a little less grainy. 

Personally, this product is a dud for me but I've seen positive reviews about this product too. I definitely would give this mask one more shot. Do I recommend it? Yes and no. Yes, because it is a good concept and if you're like me who likes trying out sheet masks, go for it! No, because if you're someone who enjoys a no-brainer sheet mask, this is too much work with applying practically 3 sheets on your face. 


*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Nature Republic 92% Aloe Gel Review

Summer is just around the corner and I have been waiting for this season to come since it's end last year! I live for the warmth and heat of the sun although I absolutely abhor sweating. But as humans, we never are fully satisfied and we always complain about something. To beat the summer heat, I'm grateful that bntNews sent me the Nature Republic 92% Aloe Gel to review. 


The 92% Aloe Gel is one of the top products from Nature Republic. There's a ton of things you can do with aloe vera and with the aloe vera gel here's some cool ways on how you can use it. 


A year ago I reviewed the Comelyco 95% Aloe Gel and I had some really good experience with it like skin calming and scar improvement (check out the review for photos on the scar improvement). I have also mentioned in that review that I didn't quite like the Comelyco as a hydrating sleeping pack because I just didn't fancy the tightening feeling on my skin. Skin tightening and firming is actually a good thing to prevent wrinkles but the feeling that I had during that time with the Comelyco 95% Aloe was just something that I personally didn't like. 


This time around with the Nature Republic 92% Aloe Gel I tried to see if I would get the same result and uncomfortable feeling. Great news, I liked it as a sleeping pack this time around. I did the same thing as I did before, applied a thick layer on my face and just let it sit there. It took about a good 10 minutes to be fully absorbed.  It was refreshing and the skin, nice and cool. Unlike the Comelyco 95% Aloe Gel which  gave me an uncomfortable tightening sensation, the Nature Republic 92% Aloe Gel tightening sensation was comfortable. I think this is mainly due to the fact that this has a watery gel texture. It really doesn't feel like gel but one of those watery moisturizers which applies and dissolves into the skin like water. 


Because of the watery-gel texture of this product I find that mixing it with my current foundation is such a good idea. It hydrates the skin without making me look like a grease ball throughout the day. Also, it helps in prolonging the wear of the makeup. 

Hydrating? Soothing? Yes. Definitely. Scar improvement? Not entirely sure. I didn't have any new cuts and scars to test it out on but I'm getting a new tattoo in another week so I'm quite excited to try it out with that and see if it helps hasten the healing process. And to top it all off, it works great as primer! 

Two thumbs up for the Nature Republic 92% Aloe Gel. Whenever you see any aloe vera products, go give it a try since it really has so many uses.  


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