Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Comelyco Aloe 95% Gel Review

For the last product I'll be reviewing for this month's BNT Beauty Box, it's the Comelyco Aloe 95% Gel.

I'm probably the last BNTGirl to do a review on this product and the others have sung high praises on this particular product but I've been holding it back and saving it for last because I was putting it through some tough experiment (well, probably not that tough, but you get my gist).

This product contains 95% organic aloe from Jeju, an island in Korea. This has no artificial colors, parabens, benzophenone, animal raw materials, PG, PEG and formaldehyde.

Aloe is just one of nature's gifts to us and it has so many uses and benefits. Among the probably endless list it is particularly known for are calming irritated skin, cooling sunburn, hydrating skin and scalp, reduces wrinkles, improves scars and good for digestion (when ingested). 

The gel is clear, no added coloring, unlike some of the aloe gel products in the market that I've seen. The tub typically smells like a freshly cut aloe which is very relaxing to me. The gel formula isn't too thick as well and nicely settles on the skin. My fellow BNT Girls Kim and Carina have a pretty good list of what you can do with this product but I was only concerned on proving 3 things: skin hydration, skin smoothing and improvement of scars. I've also seen Doris's review on this and how it greatly smoothed out her skin in 3 days so I was really positive about the results. 

For a good week, I've tried using it as a night time moisturizer and as a sleeping pack. After that I came to the conclusion that I sort of didn't like it. I'm not saying the product is bad, quite the contrary, it is very much effective in terms of hydration although I just don't like how it felt on my skin. Upon gel application, it is very cooling and soothing on the skin. I could feel myself relaxing. Using it as a sleeping pack, I applied a thicker amount of product on my skin, it took about 15 minutes for my skin to fully absorb it. Here's the thing I didn't like about it, whether used as a moisturizer, which I applied thinly, or as a pack, applied thickly, I don't like the tightening effect it has on my skin. Sure my face felt very smooth to touch but I so badly wanted to wash off my face because it doesn't feel like my face at all. I don't even know if I'm explaining this properly but I hope you get my drift here. My skin felt hydrated and dry at the same time. Ironic but that's how it felt to me. I think I'm used to feeling really hydrated when I notice my skin producing a little bit of oil especially because I have normally dry skin.

In the next experiment I wanted to see how well it would smooth out the bumps on my arms and improve my week old burn. I have been cooking a lot lately and I mindlessly touched a hot pot. Also, on the area where I had the burn, I've noticed a few bumps on the skin which I desperately wanted to get rid of. For 7 days I religiously applied the aloe gel on the area, day and night. At the end of 7 days I was fairly surprised on how light the scar has gotten and how the bumps and redness on my arms had smoothed out. 

The scar is pretty much still there but it has indeed greatly improved. My body is pretty bad with scarring because it would take me a long time to get rid of such. Most of the time it would take me an entire year to get rid of a small burn and probably a good 2-3 months for an acne scar. Seeing the improvement of the scar in just 7 days is pretty much amazing to me.

I really like this product for calming my skin and scar improvement. I see this as another summer must-have for when my skin is badly burnt. I'm not so fond of this as a moisturizer although it does a pretty good job of skin tightening so it helps in preventing and improving wrinkles. I have also resulted to using this as a wash off mask instead of a sleeping mask. I really just can't stand having a tight face throughout the night. 

Overall, I give this product an 8/10! If you come across aloe products, give it a chance and try it out, you just might like it and it might help you solve your beauty and body problems because of it's benefits and uses. 

*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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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hair Update: I Cut My Hair!!

For all of you gals who have been following me for awhile you've seen me with my long hair in almost all of my makeup looks. And you probably have noticed this hair change a couple of blog posts ago when I did some review posts for BNT.

I've always been quite anal with my hair to the point where I spend a lot of money, time and effort to keep it looking nice, long and (fairly) healthy. I have an in-depth hair care routine post which I did over the summer which I will link (here) so you would have an idea how much I care for my hair.

For 4 years I've been wanting it to reach my butt, however, I've been trimming at least two inches each month to keep the ends healthy thus, I never quite reached that point. Before cutting it, I was only 4 inches short of it reaching to the desired length.

I've been wanting to do a major hair change for quite awhile now, which at first, resulted me to dyeing it red. I've never had red hair before so it was a big change for me at that time. I always had my hair black, brown or a lighter shade of brown. 

I eventually got pretty sick of looking at red hair after two months of having it and then decided, hey, what if I just chop my hair off? I've been asking my boyfriend how he would feel about me cutting it and I even showed him old pictures of me having short hair. He really likes my long hair so he told me to do whatever I want with it but not do an extreme cut.

Well, lo and behold, I chopped practically all of my hair!

What and who really triggered me to cut my hair was my blogger friend and fellow BNT Girl, Kim! She inspired me so much when she cut her beautiful mane down to shoulder length and then a week later she surprised me (and everyone on Facebook and blogger) with an even shorter do!

She looks amazingly fabulous with her hair and I so badly wanted to do it. At the end of the week after seeing her extreme hair makeover, I finally took my tools and started cutting my own hair.

Yes, that's right, I cut my own hair! I'm no expert at cutting hair but I'm fairly confident at cutting my own hair. I'm also cheap when it comes to hair cuts so I've always trimmed my hair.

I went from this long....

May 2014

July 2014

August 2014

To this!

I really like having my hair curled too so it always seemed shorter than than how it really was because of the curls but I had really long hair.

I cut the front part of the hair short and have longer layers on the back. I have been keeping the longer layers away from the face to give an illusion of an extremely short do. 

Why keep longer layers? One, I can't cut the back of my hair by myself. Two, I need at least a little bit of hair around my neck area because of the weather to keep me a tad bit warm. And lastly, I like having longer hair down my back because I keep missing my long hair. Plus, having  longer layers makes it so easy to style my hair in different ways too!

I've shocked so many people with my hair change but I really love it! I'd be lying if I say I don't miss my long hair, because I really do, but this has been a much needed change for me. And I've been loving the red hair (which I grew tired of early on) too because of this.

It will take a lot of time for my hair to grow back but hair is just hair and I'd be happy seeing it grow again in the coming months and maybe years! ^^

So yay or nay? What do you think?

Oh, and let me give a shout out to Kim who has been my inspiration for this makeover - it's her birthday today! Happy birthday Kim! ^^

Real Oh! Bubble The Hayan GT-Cleanser Review

Super fun face cleansing, was what I immediately thought of when I first tried this product out. 

This cleanser is a "luxurious creme, foams into a moisture rich lather to gently clean, calm and soften skin." Extremely fascinating for me since the first time I've tried a bubble cleanser was the BRTC Bubble Refining Cleanser and I didn't quite get the foaming business part. As much as I liked the BRTC Bubble Cleanser, until now I can't quite figure out how to make it bubble easily with less product.The Oh Bubble Cleanser also promotes skin whitening and pore tightening which is always a plus for me since I'm always trying to find products that help my pores slim down. 

The packaging is so pretty. This lovely aqua color just gets me every time. If you don't know, it is one of my favorite colors. I'm a sucker for shades of green, blue and purple. I also love the pump on this bottle since you get such a perfect amount of product with one pump. Yes, one pump and it cleans your face really well. 

The Real Oh Bubble the Hayan GT-Cleanser is a product that lathers up into a foam kinda like a shaving cream, once exposed to the skin and oxygen. I love how this actually feels on the skin especially when I found out that it lathers quite well and even removes makeup. It doesn't quite remove extremely waterproof makeup but it does a good job of removing other makeup. The photo below is an example of how it lathers up although I didn't get a good job of taking a photo of it extremely foaming up. By the time I got my camera ready, the bubbles have dissipated. Anyway, that doesn't stray from the fact that this works extremely well beyond my expectations. It smells extremely good too! 

Fresh, clean, supple skin that feels really smooth is what you would get out of this cleanser. I haven't seen the whitening effect although I did notice skin tightening but no pore minimizing effect either. Oh well, I guess I just have to deal with my large pores.

In comparison to the BRTC Bubble Refining Cleanser, the Real Oh Bubble Cleanser trumps it. For one, the BRTC Cleanser is a deep cleanser, which is meant to be used after regular face cleansing. I guess, you can use the Oh cleanser first and go with the BRTC afterwards for extra foamy goodness. Also, I found it hard to make the BRTC foam up and I have to use several pumps to get it to the lather I wanted but with Oh, it was so easy and all it takes was just one pump.

These are my thoughts on the Real Oh Bubble The Hayan GT-Cleanser! Enjoy lathering up! This product is available on GMarket for $30 which is quite pricey but well worth the money for a 120 ml bottle.

*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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Doctorcos High Liquid Next Generation Blocker Review

Harmful UV rays? Say bye to that with Doctorcos Next Generation Blocker. A sun block in liquid form. Yes, liquid form, not aerosol spray nor lotion that we are all so familiar with. 

The High Liquid Next Generation Blocker claims to not only block UV rays, but supply the skin with pure protein for skin activation and protection. I'm guessing the last part of that claim is what "protein in reached" meant. (Dotorcos you really should do something about the grammar - it is protein enriched.) It has SPF 30 PA++ which is quite high than the other sunscreens I've used. 

Aside from a couple of English grammatical print errors, which you can definitely forgive, this product is quite awesome in my opinion. It is truly in a liquid form and is very runny when sprayed on the skin, however, it's not messy and it does sink in fairly easily and doesn't leave a sticky or greasy residue unlike most sunblock. 

The thing I absolutely don't like about sunscreen is that certain SPF smell that even foundations with SPFs have. In fairness to this product, though it smells like sunscreen, it is not offensive and very tolerable... well, at least for me.

Although, it is given that this product has an SPF 30 PA++, I'm not so sure how well it protects the other parts of the skin under extreme sun exposure since this came to me at a very wrong season to test. It is fall season over here and I have been avoiding going out since it has been pretty cold and the weather has mostly been gloomy rather than sunny. I must give props to this product because at the time I've used it on my face underneath makeup and went out under a pretty warm fall day, it didn't make me feel icky and gross. My makeup didn't melt as well and it stayed pretty much in place. As I said, I can't really tell you how effective it is as a sunblock and protect you from getting dark, but this is A-Ok to me where texture and feel goes. 

Products with SPF tend to give you a white cast especially in flash photography so I just had to take some photos to see if it is true with this product. A comparison photo above is shown of my face with and without flash and I think it is pretty decent. Even with flash, the color of my face still matched my neck and there isn't any visible white cast. I do appear dewy and I have to say it's not the sunscreen, but the foundation I used which has a natural to dewy finish. 

I am gonna save this product for next summer since during the fall and winter I prefer using intensely hydrating moisturizers underneath my makeup (with or without SPF) just because of my dry skin. I would definitely get so much use out of this sunscreen from Doctorcos when I'm out and about in the summer especially when it reaches 70-100 degrees out. I actually can't wait for that weather, but until then, this is going to my summer must-have bin! 

Highly recommend this product! Oh, and before I forget, I have also reviewed the Doctorcos Sheet Free Mask before which is another awesome product from the brand. :)

*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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Saturday, November 22, 2014

iSOi Bulgarian Rose Intensive Energizing Cream Review

 I have previously reviewed two products from this brand, iSOi Bulgarian Rose, the Pore Tightening Tonic Essence and the Blemish Care Serum, and I have always liked their packaging - simple, clean and fresh. Aside from that, I also like how mild their products are which is especially great for sensitive skin. Because of the mildness of their products, I was quite curious to try out this one because it is an Intensive Energizing Cream for Day and Night. "Intensive" was the word that got me. 

The Intensive Energizing Cream is actually part of the skin care line from iSOi Bulgarian Rose that targets skin lifting and firming for daily care.

Taking this from iSOi website, the Intensive Energizing Cream is described as:

Cream contains 25 different natural ingredients, rich with nutrients and vitamins for the skin
All-purpose solution: lifts saggy skin, whitens and moisturizes dry skin
Brings back original vitality of the skin and promotes the skin’s own ability to recover
Slows down aging by smoothing wrinkles and feeding the skin with nutrition from the Cream contents

They had also kindly listed down all the ingredients for this cream if you are ever so curious on what it's made of. 

Water, Glycerin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Trehalose, Betaine, Glyceryl Stearates, Cetearyl Alcohol, Arbutin, Stearic Acid, Arachidyl Alcohol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Ceramide 3, Adenosine, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Pleurotus Cystidiosus Ferment Filtrate, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Castanea Crenata (Chestnut) Shell Extract, Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Corchorus Olitorius Leaf Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Melaleuca Viridiflora Leaf Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Rhus Semialata Gall Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Sophora Japonica Bud Extract, Prunella Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract

As you can see above, their ingredients consists of extracts and oils from flowers and fruits that are known to have great benefits for the skin. Of course, you can't forget their main ingredient which is rose oil, and once you open the jar, you would feel like you just stepped into a rose garden with it's rosy scent. 

It comes in a frosted, glass jar, which is similar to the packaging of their other products, and a gold plastic cap. Inside the box, is a spatula, which I like to have in handy for hygienic purposes. 

As I was saying before, I was curious on how "intense" this Intensive Energizing Cream will be since the products I've tried from the brand before were all so mild, and with my dry skin, I really wonder how this would fare. I was surprised how well this cream actually worked. Since I had pretty low expectations, I was really happy that it gave my skin the hydration it needed. This cream is geared more towards anti-aging and as I've said in reviews for anti-aging products, the key is always hydration. We often get wrinkles because our skin is not properly hydrated and I think this product does the job well. It is a day and night cream but I only use this at night because it is too rich for a day cream especially if you layer it under makeup. Applying this under makeup would make you oily throughout the day and even with my dry skin, I did notice a lot of oil on my T-zone after 5 hours with makeup.

This product has exceeded my expectations and it is currently one of the night creams I have on rotation. To be honest, after receiving a lot of creams from bnt, I hardly ever realize what I use at night most of time after I review a product. I just have the creams in one area of my vanity and just choose at random. If a product makes it into the vanity area for my nightly raffle draw of which moisturizer to use, then it is a great product. If it doesn't make it there and is hidden somewhere... well, out of sight, out of mind. 

This is something I would definitely recommend and the quality is great however, there is only one downside about it and that is its price. On the iSOi website, it retails for $90, which is definitely a lot of money. I think it is a good investment but the price of $90 is still too much for a 60ml jar. I do believe that effective and quality skin care products can be quite expensive but it still depends on how much money you are willing to put down. If you do get this product, I'm sure you wouldn't regret it but my advice, especially with buying any beauty products online, make sure to get from trusted sellers and check the ingredient list for sensitivity to ingredients as well as read reviews - you might find some scents, or other things offensive about a certain product.  

*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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Guerisson 9 Complex Cream Review

With it's bright and fancy packaging, the Guerisson 9-Complex Cream was the first product from the BNT Beauty Box that caught my eye.

The Guerisson line is actually from the beauty corporation, Claire's, which was established in 1997 in Korea and started with dental care and has, since then,  branched out to several different beauty products as well as made it's market in China and USA. Claire's also has different beauty brands such as LUMACA, BlancSecret, wonlyo, Cloud9 and Adarga.

The Guerisson line consists of 3 products, the Mayu Hydrogel Golden sheet mask, the 9 Complex Cream and the 9 Complex essence. The products are made from German horse oil, an ingredient that claims to repair skin damage, especially towards acne scars, stretch marks and acne scars. It also claims to whiten and brighten skin as well as give 72 hours of moisture. It is said to be great for people with sensitive skin as well as babies. 

As I mentioned above, the packaging is bright, an orange with brown accent color. It also has a horse design as it's logo which I presume is to represent the main ingredient which is the horse oil. The packaging is fancy and it comes in a well made box and the product itself in a small glass jar with a rose gold tin cap. It also comes with a small spatula wedged in between the bottle and the box, and is labeled in gold, "Guerisson."

The cream is buttery yellow in color and is very rich. It It isn't really a thick cream but it feels really rich and moisturizing on the skin. In fact, upon application, it melts right into the skin and it doesn't leave a layer of grease or moisture like most creams do. Although this is the case, this cream is very much hydrating and soothing to the skin. I love that it comes with a spatula, thus making it really hygienic for use. The cream also has a citrus scent to it, which I really like. 

This product claims to reduce and repair acne scars and hyperpigmentation, as well as whiten the skin, however, in the weeks that I have been using this, I haven't noticed a significant change in skin tone. I do think this is a really good hydrating cream although, I'm not confident that it can moisturize the skin for up to 72 hours. I really haven't tried putting it on that test since I'm just can't stand not washing my face for more than 24 hours. 

Overall, I think it's a great product and I'm currently loving it along with all the products I'm trying out for bnt this month. It is a good night cream and you can even get away with using it as a day time moisturizer. Since it doesn't leave any greasy layers on the skin, it is a good makeup primer as well. I actually recommend its use as a primer for people with dry skin, since it would provide adequate moisture and not make you look greasy throughout the day and it also wouldn't give you dry patches.

This product retails at Claire's website for ₩ 54, 000 ($54) but is on sale for ₩ 36,000 ($36). The price is pretty steep for a 70g jar and just basing it on that price, it is a mid-high end beauty product. I've checked online for price comparisons and I've seen it retail for as low as $18 through eBay, and as much as $148 in BeeCrazy, a online beauty shop based in Hong Kong. I think that's too much for just a jar so I would suggest scouring the web for a cheaper price point but always make sure that the seller is trusted so you don;t get knock off products.

*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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Monday, November 17, 2014

Faith in Face Cherry Scoop Hand Cream Review

I have never been much of a hand cream user but I've dabbled with a few of them over the past year. With me being somewhat of a clean freak and always washing my hands, applying alcohol based sanitizers and doing major dish washing at home, my hands surely gets dry pretty easily.

Today, I'm bringing you a review on Faith in Face Hand Butter in Cherry Scoop. I have previously reviewed Truly Waterly Cleansing Water from the same brand and it was a joy to use.

Containing 20% Shea Butter, this Cherry Scoop hand cream promises intensive nourishment and a touch of cherry and nuts! It also comes in a Fresh Garden Scent!

For starters, the packaging is so adorable and it has the same girly, retro theme as the Cleansing Water. I love how it is in a squeeze tube that makes it easy to chuck in your purse and use it whenever. 

The cream is rich and thick but it sinks into the skin pretty fast without the greasy feeling. It makes my hands soft and it smells lusciously sweet and amazing. The scent is not overpowering but it lingers on your skin even after a few hours. 

For someone who washes hands as often as I do, I highly recommend this. It has been pretty cold where I am lately and my hands and face are the first to experience dryness. This hand butter has been a great help in keeping my hands hydrated since rough, dry hands aren't pretty. I pretty much have been keeping this in my bag wherever I 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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