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[REVIEW] RiRe All Kill Blackhead Remover Stick

I’ve cycled through my fair share of blackhead removal products over the years, because honestly, who doesn’t struggle with blackheads? These pesky things seem to keep coming back no matter how many pore strips and clay masks I try.

I saw this product on Althea – it was on sale at the time, and I needed to add one more item to my cart for free shipping, so there it went into my shopping cart.


Product Description

Melt blackheads, whiteheads and dead skin cells with this simple-to-use stick! With extracts from charcoal power, rice, black bean and sesame, this cleansing stick targets hard-to-reach areas like the sides of the nose to thoroughly cleanse pores. Lavender, tea tree, aloe and chamomile extracts soothe skin and prevent a dry or tugging sensation. Apply on moist nose and rinse with water. Use 2-3 times a week.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 11 (Althea)


Ingredient List

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Most of the ingredients listed have been certified to be safe and don’t pose much of an irritant risk. If you’re worried about ingredients such as Propylene Glycol, you might be relieved to know that they are usually quite safe in small doses.

 


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Packaging: Black and sleek, this is actually much better than RiRe’s lipstick, although still not exactly the most luxurious of product packaging.

Texture: It reminds me a lot of gluesticks – I even suspected at some point in time that it might just be glue 😂 It rolls and applies very easily on the nose and cheeks (depending on which part of the face you’re trying to remove blackheads from).

As you can see from the product shots, there are little black and white specks all over. Apparently, those are charcoal powder, rice, black beans and black sesame seeds. Definitely sounds like it would make a delicious meal. They’re slightly bumpy to the touch, but nothing extremely uncomfortable.

Effectiveness: This product has really helped to remove a lot of my blackheads and dead skin. Although I think that it is not as effective or satisfying as using a pore strip, I love how smooth my skin feels immediately after I use it. It feels almost as though the little grains in the product helped to smoothen my skin while removing the blackheads. That being said, I still see a handful of blackheads after usage, so it’s most likely that it’s not that good at removing the stubborn ones.


Final Verdict

I think for a price of SGD 11, this is not too bad, but it’s honestly not the cheapest option you can get.

If you have really, really stubborn blackheads and whiteheads to remove, you may be slightly disappointed in this product because it’s not that good at removing them, based on my personal experience. Those will have to be eradicated by using pore strips.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮

[REVIEW] RiRe Luxe Glow Lipstick

I had never heard of RiRe until I was shopping online on Althea. I am usually a bit wary of buying cosmetics from brands I’m not familiar with because I’m afraid of allergy reactions and disappointing results, but I decided to try this after my relatively ok experience with the brand’s All Kill Blackhead Removal Stick.


Product description

Long lasting lipstick color creates a delicate shimmer. The soft texture creates a uniform coverage and improves lip luster and volume.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 11 (Althea)

For full details on the product (and how to purchase, click here!)


I always have a hard time choosing lipstick colours, so I usually refer to model photos in the product description.

I thought this was a very sweet colour that can brighten up my skin complexion, so I went ahead to buy 01 Fucshia Pink.

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The product I received was… quite different from the product shots I saw on Althea. The packaging is not very luxurious, and the colour of the lipstick looked a lot more purple than I had expected.

I’m quite pleased with the colour payoff this lipstick gives. It took just one swipe for the swatch above, and that shows how intense it is. Don’t be fooled by the shimmer of the colour though – it’s not exactly hydrating. I do admit that this lipstick is quite long-lasting, capable of staying on your lips for a decent few hours.

HOWEVER – I’m not sure if it’s just my personal sensitivities or some other contributing factor, but I experienced a slight swelling in my upper lip on not just 1, but 2 occasions that I used this. It happens when I’m in contact with too much dust, so I’m not too sure if that’s the reason behind it, or if there’s something in this lipstick that’s irritating my skin.


Final Verdict

To be frank, I haven’t used this lipstick for quite a while because I’m afraid that I’ll get the same reaction as I had before, and I’m not keen on going out with swollen lips. I don’t think it has actually happened to other customers yet, so maybe it’s just me. Nonetheless, if you have sensitive skin/prone to allergy reactions, you might want to give this a miss.

I think it’s a pity about the skin irritation/allergy thing because I actually like the formula – it lasts long enough, and the colour is pretty good. Maybe I will try it again and cross my fingers in hopes that the next time will be fine.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮