[SAMPLE] Belif The True Cream – Water Bomb

As lazy as I can sometimes get with my skincare routine, one product I always use is moisturizer. It’s a common misconception that only people with dry skin need to moisturize – even if your skin is oily, you still need moisturizer!

My favourite moisturizer brands of all time has got to be Belif. If you’ve never heard of Belif, here’s their brand introduction taken from their website:

Meet the most truthful cosmetic brand that is formulated with superior ingredients and efficacy in the safest and most honest way possible.

Inspired by 19th-century apothecary techniques, belif offers a unique range of products that follow Korea’s intricate skin care regimen. Each effective formula uses the purest of ingredients powered by modern skin science and traditional herb processing methods.

belif delivers remarkable value to the skin by applying rich tradition and in-depth knowledge of natural ingredients. True quality. True benefit.

I think it’s quite cute how they are very upfront with labelling themselves as ‘the most truthful cosmetic brand’, and definitely a testament of commitment to delivering on their claims and promises.

I was given a sample/travel size of this water bomb after I purchased some items from TFS (yes, they’re under the same parent company).


Product description

An ultra-lightweight, oil-free gel-cream that instantly cools and refreshes skin while providing intensive hydration. 

Official Retail Price in Singapore: ~SGD60 (Qoo10)


Ingredient list

  • Lady’s Mantle: Antioxidant-rich herb with pore-minimizing benefits; helps remove free radicals from skin and aids skin turnaround.
  • Malachite: Neutralizes free radical activity.
  • Plantin: Creates moisture seal on skin.
  • Oat Husk: Attracts moisture.Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methl Trimethicone, Alcohol Denat, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Malakite Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract*, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract*, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract**, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract**, Nepeta Cataria Extract**, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract**, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract**, Dimethiconol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Dimethylacrylamide Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Ceramide 3, Cholesterol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Phenl Trimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Panthenol, Squalane, Triethylhexanoin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, PEG-150, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, C14-22 Alcohols, Arachidyl Glucoside, Hydrogenated Lecithin, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Trisodium EDTA, Fragrance+, Citronellol, Limonene, Citral, Geraniol, Linalool. *Napiers aqua formula. **Napiers original formula. +Fragrances of natural origin.

According to Sephora, this product is dermatologist tested and free of mineral oils, petrolatum, synthetic preservatives, dyes, fragrances, and animal origin ingredients. Does it live up to its promise of using ‘the purest of ingredients’? Definitely!


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Packaging: The sample/travel size packaging is different from the full-sized version, but is generally still very simple and easy to use. I really like how it directly states its functions and effects on the skin – easy to read, and straight to the point. It’s also easy to squeeze out an appropriate amount of product.

Texture: If you have oily/combination skin, you will love this. It feels so thin and lightweight that you would be forgiven for thinking this was water repackaged into a tube. It’s easily absorbed by the skin, doesn’t feel the slightest bit thick, oily or uncomfortable.

Effectiveness: Clinical tests have proven that this moisturizer provides a +70% increase in skin’s hydration levels. While I don’t have any special equipment to test this claim, I can testify that it isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds.

Upon application, your skin immediately feels cooled, as though you have applied cold water on your face. It’s nothing to do with the environment temperature, but rather the formula and ingredients in the moisturizer. There is also an instant burst of hydration once it is absorbed by the skin – that’s why it’s aptly named ‘water bomb’.

Thanks to this moisturizer, I found my skin feeling less taut and dry even after sitting in air-conditioned rooms for long hours. It also doesn’t get too oily by mid-day, nor does it clog my pores. I’ve had absolutely no breakout problems while using this product, which is great for people with sensitive and acne-prone skin just like mine. If anything, my skin was at its best when I used this both in the day and at night.


Final Verdict

If it wasn’t for the price, I would have bought tons of this and stockpiled them at home for me to use forever and ever.

I’m honestly very hesitant about spending so much money on just one moisturizer. SGD60 is really no small sum. I know it’s ironic, given that I have less qualms about buying so many lipsticks, but somehow it just doesn’t feel as convincing to spend a bomb (lol) on a moisturizer.

I’m still contemplating whether to buy this after I’ve finished my other moisturizers, but if you are willing to invest in a good moisturizing product that definitely shows results for all skin types, this is the one you have to buy. I love this product to bits, and I can honestly justify the price when I take into account factors such as the natural ingredients and great formula.

Maybe I’ll buy this when I finish my L’Oréal Hydrafresh…


Rating

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

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SKINCARE SHOWDOWN: The Japanese mochi-hada versus the Korean ulzzang glow

SKINCARE SHOWDOWN

The Japanese mochi-hada versus the Korean ulzzang glow

(guest post by Yanna Zhang)


THE CLASH

Fire with fire. Because, how else would two major competitors fight if not head to head?

Perhaps it doesn’t come as such a big shocker to us when these two similar Asian countries are highly competitive in which skin care routine will guarantee the most beautiful and ethereal results.

A whole culture based on their keen ability and skill to be ahead of whatever trend is in the beauty industry. Their K-pop idols practically embody the agelessness and radiance the vain crave. With their 10-step skin care routine being a sure formula for that much desired white glow, the Koreans have been crowned the ultimate masters of skin care.

For a nation that is big on the minimalist, the Japanese, on the contrary, do not hold themselves back in the skin care routine area. Passing their traditional secrets on getting mochi-hada white skin from generation to generation, they have long since polished and perfected their routine for plump, youthful-looking skin. Someone who is not new to the competition of the beauty industry is the Japanese country.


JAPANESE SKINCARE: HOW IT WORKS

Broken down into a basic outline, the Japanese put more emphasis on prevention rather than absorption.

  1. Starting off with emulsifying oils and balms (removes make-up residue and oil), the routine would consist of double cleansing with the following foam cleansers (removes sweat and dirt).
  2. Skin conditioners or “lotions” then hydrate and soften the skin – serums or “beauty liquids” following soon after for no other purpose, but to whiten dark spots and diminish redness.
  3. The last being the highly-important sunscreen or protection against UVA and UVB.

What’s that? Expecting more? Well, that’s it. Sensei would be so proud.

Extra tip: My mother taught me how to use the power of using rice water for better skin and hair just as the Japanese do. Not only does it leave the skin feeling smoother, but also plump and dewy.


KOREAN SKINCARE: HOW IT WORKS

Misconception aside, the 10-step routine would not necessarily require all ten products for every single day. The Korean lather-rinse-repeat program would typically consist of:

  1. Oil cleansers and foam cleansers would the ultimate first to the long road of Korean skincare.
  2. After cleansing, that’s when they do exfoliating products to remove dead skin cells. Duh.
  3. The most important of all: toner. Newsflash. The Koreans love their toner as it makes it easier for the skin to absorb the next products.
  4. Essence for hydration and serums and/or boosters for dark or red spots.
  5. Face masks are the next step. Whether clay, peel-off, or other, the face mask industry thrives on how frequent the Koreans use face masks. I have one product review on Innisfree
  6. And if you think this routine was near over, bam, eye cream. Time to get rid of those droopy, saggy, miserable-looking bags and turn them into aegyo-sal, the currently trending cute, puffy under eye bags.
  7. Face cream, the figurative hair net keeping all the products on your face, is then applied to guarantee maximum absorption.
  8. To top it off, they finish the routine off with SPF for protection against the sun. Of course, we wouldn’t want to ruin all that hard work by leaving our skin exposed for harmful ultraviolet rays, would we?

PICK YOUR POISON

With the more minerals and vitamins (one of their products is literally labeled ‘essence’), the Korean skin care routine is said to result in glowing, radiant skin while the Japanese had a more plump, youthful-looking and more on the white side complexion. While it may seem easy to mix and match, the two routines would actually have significant differences in the results.

We also have to take note of the highly noticeable routine efficiency. Everyone wants to know, “is it worth our time?” Being a busybody personally, I would dislike having to diligently follow the lengthy Korean skin care routine for radiant, young skin I could get from the Japanese routine, anyway. But, the idea of attaining the much envied glowy look from the Korean skin care is a little tempting.

I mean, why not? Their Korean idols look like such visions that it would be only normal to idolize them for the intricate procedures they go through. But, you do you.


FINAL SAY

With their shorter list of products, the Japanese skincare routine is said to be the better recommended program for beginners – or those who don’t have the diligence to persevere the many steps of K-beauty like me. The typical Korean skin care routine, having more minerals and essential ingredients and product variety, more recommended for those willing to go through the hard work of it and desiring the natural glow it provides.

I think, overall, there is no definite winner as it will always be in the eye of the beholder which seems more appealing and attractive to them. While the two beauty industries have always been argued about and debated on, it only ends up highlighting how much technology and innovation they have had in the beauty and cosmetics industry of the world.

So, who’s the winner? Who deserves that Iron Throne (heh, did you get the reference)? I’d say both of them did. Along with all the other countries who have their traditional, culturally diverse beauty routines as well.

With that, concludes our skin care showdown.