[REVIEW] Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser

I heard a lot of great stuff about Neogen’s skincare products, and finally managed to buy it in Korea’s Olive Young last year. If you have seen a lot of beauty blogs, you would have seen this brand name floating around quite often. Many people seem to love Neogen because the products are so effective – kind of like COSRX, and I absolutely love COSRX, so I decided that this I definitely have to try this out for myself as well.


Product Description

This unique foam cleanser is a must try for oily, combination, or acne-prone skin.
The star ingredient in this cleanser is fermented green tea extract, which brightens, calms, and hydrates skin. The gentle foam effectively removes impurities such as sweat and dirt from the skin without stripping your skin’s natural oils.
Lightweight and hydrating, this is the perfect water-based cleanser to use in your double-cleansing routine. 
The pH of this product is 8.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 16.90 (Lazada)


Ingredient ListR

See the full list here, together with information on safety and irritants.


Packaging: I’m so used to the unconventional tube packaging (like this kind you get from Althea) that I was a bit surprised by this. Firstly, it’s pretty bulky, and I had to admit that I didn’t have the easiest time bringing this back from Korea because it’s not the most travel-friendly thing you can get.

What makes this quite unique, however, is that the product is pumped out, which I absolutely LOVE because I find that it’s a lot easier + less messy. What’s also interesting is that you can actually see the green tea leaves fermenting at the bottom of the cleanser itself – so you know that you are really getting the real deal here!

Texture: It looks like just liquid inside, which is already quite different from most other gel cleansers you get on the market. However, when you pump it out, it comes out as foam bubbles instead. I definitely enjoy cleansing with as much foam as possible – I don’t know about you, but I tend to feel a bit strange if there’s no foam in my cleanser.

Effectiveness: This green tea cleanser is said to thoroughly cleanse your face without irritating it, hence making it suitable for all skin types. I can’t say for sure if it really does a very good job out of cleansing – how do you know for sure, right? I can see, however, that my makeup residue is usually washed off quite well, and my skin doesn’t look too dried out from the cleansing.

I do also notice that my acne problem is better managed after I started using this cleanser, so there’s definitely less dirt clogging my pores!

Some beauty reviewers have warned that this cleanser can potentially dry your skin out. While I personally don’t feel that it has happened to me, I have no problems using this in the morning when my skin tends to be more dry, so I think it may not pose too big an issue, unless you really have super dry skin (like, say, in winter).


Final Verdict

I can see why so many people love this cleanser. It certainly looks like it does a good job of washing your face, but more importantly, I actually enjoy the process of cleansing when I am using this. It feels very relaxing and, dare I say, luxurious, to have this substantial green tea foam cleaning your face.

Another thing that really sets it apart from most other cleansers is the ingredient that ferments at the bottom of the bottle. As the years passed, I’ve grown more wary of what I am putting and using on my face, so I am pretty comforted when I can see exactly what goes into my skincare products.

I haven’t gotten around to trying the other ingredient variations of this cleanser (cranberry, cereal etc.), but I’ll certainly let you guys know how they fare compared to this green tea variant!


Rating

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

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[WISHLIST] March 2019

Almost everyday, a brand releases a product or collaboration that is sure to tempt you into buying, even if you already have a ton of unused products on your vanity table. That’s how I feel every time I scroll Instagram, so I wanted to share some products that’s been on my wishlist for some time!


Canmake Cream Cheek

I feel like it’s no secret by now that I’m quite obsessed with blushes (oops). It’s probably one of my favourite collectibles, right after lipsticks.

Firstly, I really can’t resist this cute packaging from Canmake. It looks like a gorgeous jewel, and I have a serious penchant for all these pretty and feminine shades.

I’m also at this stage where I’m trying to move on from powder blushes (slowly but surely) and buy more liquid & cream ones. Considering that this cream one is said to be very popular in Japan, how could I leave this out of my wishlist, right?


Glossier Cloud Paint

I’ve been eyeing Glossier for the longest possible time, but I never got around to buying any of their products. For starters, it’s not easily available in Singapore, and the price point is even less accessible :/ I also feel that their products, which focus more on ‘good skin’ and letting your natural beauty shine, are really just meant for people who already have good skin (I don’t).

However, I think this blush from Glossier is actually one that would work well especially if you have bumpy, acne-plagued skin. I’ve seen some swatches of these and I’m quite impressed. This blush gives you a flush that comes close to the dewy and barely-there look that K-beauty brands have been championing since forever.


Canmake Marshmallow Powder

If there’s one thing in my makeup routine that barely changes, it’s my setting powder. I alternate between Innisfree and Althea, but I think maybe it’s time for me to try something new soon.

I feel that the Korean glass skin is a little out of reach for me, but the Japanese mochi skin is probably not as difficult to attain, and this is one product that looks like it will give you seriously bouncy & smooth skin!


Heimish Bulgarian Rose Hydrogel Eye Patch 

My eyebags and dark eye circles are so bad these days, I feel like they may be stuck there forever, even if I manage to get 8 hours of sleep someday. I haven’t been paying much attention to eye care as well and felt quite guilty about it, so I got quite interested when I saw these online.

Plus, the patches are made of pink, glittery hydrogel – so pretty! Now who could say not to pretty skincare products, right?


Etude House Quick & Easy Blur Tint

I have a love-hate relationship with Etude House’s lip products, but thankfully my opinion of them has been getting better these days.

I saw these on Instagram for some time and I thought this was an interesting lippie that EH was pushing. This definitely looks like something Innisfree is already selling (Vivid Cotton Ink). Peripera has, well, obviously already been there with their Airy Velvet Tints, and even 3CE is famous for their velvet lip tints as well, so this is not a new innovation or anything.

Even so, I’m curious to see how different these blur tints from Etude House will be. One thing I really like about EH’s tints is that they are truly made to last, with a staying power that even Peripera finds it hard to beat.

[REVIEW] Son & Park Cleansing Beauty Water and Skin Toner

I have a lot of trouble emptying my skincare products, but if there’s one (facial foam and makeup remover aside) that I NEVER have a problem finishing, it’s definitely my toner.

I may be rather lazy when it comes to skincare (no 10 step skincare routine for me pls), but I always diligently use toner. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, since I get the chance to try out new toners and brands!


Product Description

This multi-tasking toner and cleansing water has quickly become a cult favorite, as well as a 2015 Soko Glam Beauty Award Winner! It creates a clean base for the next steps in your skincare and makeup routine. Originally created by master artists, Son & Park, Beauty Water lives up to its name.

The Beauty Water is not just a cleanser but it mildly exfoliates with willow bark and papaya extract to help sweep away dead skin cells, revealing brighter skin tone and smoother texture. Lavender water, rose water, and orange fruit extract impart a subtle hydration so your skin can be prepped to absorb the next skin care steps, while adding in a bit of moisture. 

Beauty Water can be used in the morning to create the perfect canvas for makeup application, midday as a refresher, and night after cleansing to whisk away remaining impurities. For normal, oily, dry, and combination skin types. Beauty Water has a pH of 4.5, effectively resetting the skin’s natural pH after cleansing.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 32 (Althea)

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Ingredient List

Water, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, PEG-7 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Pentylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Xylitol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit/Seed Oil, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Rose Flower Oil, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil, Thuja Occidentalis Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Laveder)Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita(Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Mentha Rotundifolia Leaf Extract, Mentha Spicata Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Sodium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Octanediol, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Protease, Alcohol Denat., Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol

If you have been an avid reader of my blog (haha who am I kidding), you will know that I am very wary of ingredients such as alcohol, butylene glycol, and fragrance.

Despite the presence of both butylene glycol, denatured alcohol AND alcohol, the good thing about this product is that it does not seem to contain artificial parfum (despite its strong smell, which I will talk about later), and contains my favourite witch hazel.


Packaging: I love, love, LOVE simple packaging like this. Everything about it screams professionalism, doesn’t it? No frills, simple, and straightforward – exactly how I like my skincare to be.

Texture: As with my experience using toners, this pretty much felt just like water. I’m not complaining about that though, because I love skincare stuff that gets absorbed easily by my skin.

Smell: This is probably one of the rare few times that I have to dedicate a section to fragrance for my toners, because this is one thing I simply have to point out. I was skeptical when a friend told me she didn’t like the smell of this because it was too strong, but I finally realized she was right when I tried this out myself.

I’m actually very surprised that this toner contains no artificial fragrance at all, because it smells exactly like perfume. I find it a little incredulous that the smell is from the natural fruit and flower extracts, because the smell is so overpowering. It doesn’t actually smell unpleasant, but it’s just very strong and sweet, and I’m really not used to it. Most of my previous toners (Muji and COSRX) all never had this kind of smell.

Effectiveness: This product claims to moisturise, cleanse, and exfoliate your skin. It sounds a bit like an exfoliating toner/astringent, but it’s actually something that you can use everyday, both morning and night. I’m quite surprised that it does work as it promises, and despite containing ingredients that my skin hates, I’ve actually not broken out as I feared! If anything, I do see that my skin looks brighter and more hydrated over the few weeks that I have been using this.


Final Verdict

I’m a little undecided on how much I like this: it works fine, but the smell is making me feel rather unsettled. I don’t know how much I like it, and how much it’s affecting my judgment of this product. If this toner from Son & Park didn’t have such a scent, I’m sure I would love it to bits.

Some of the ingredients here also rattle me: all that alcohol, really? What if my skin really does break out one day?

I know this toner/beauty water is well-loved among many, and is one of those holy grail products that a lot of beauty bloggers promote, but I feel so conflicted about it that I don’t think I will be repurchasing after I’m done with this bottle (and the travel sized one that came in the set).


Rating

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

[REVIEW] peripera Blur Pang Milk Blur

I was running low on my primer, so I thought it would be a good idea to try something new. I saw this on Peripera’s Instagram, saved a photo of it, and bought this in Malaysia (cheaper due to exchange rate, not because Peripera intentionally lowers its retail price).


Product Description

The new Peripera Blur Pang Milk Blur Primer Collection includes 3 sweetly formulated textures for that airbrushed finish, like as if all your flaws were blurred away. This unique formula includes:

  • NEW ZEALAND COLOSTRUM: Contains colostrum that was milked within 72 hours in the pristine New Zealand. The freshness of first milk provides brightening and skin barrier strengthening benefits to deliver clear and soft skin textures, just like a baby.
  • JEJU GOAT MILK: Nourishes skin and an ingredient that is most similar to breast milk; contains 28% more of inorganic salt selenium compared to normal milk, for even healthier skin
  • VITA COMPLEX10: A complex of 10 vitamins including B5, B7, B9, C, E, A, B1, B2, B3 and B4 for healthy and more radiant skin

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 12.50 (Shopee)


Ingredient List

For full list of ingredients and breakdown, check here.


I bought Banana Milk Blur, which promises “Coverage and Tone-Up boosting benefits”. It also comes in Peach and Pure Milk, but I felt like I wanted something that looked more natural, so Banana it was.

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Packaging: Simple tube, great and easy to squeeze out an appropriate amount of product as needed. I think it would have been cuter if it came in the shape of a milk carton or milk bottle though haha.

Colour: I feel that the colour of this Banana variant didn’t suit me very well. My skin is kind of ‘yellow’, and I have warm undertones, resulting in my skin looking even more ‘yellow’, thanks to the yellow-coloured cream. The other 2 variants would probably have done a much better job for my skin. This would be more suitable for people with neutral tones, and whose skin don’t have that strong a yellow tinge to it.

Staying power: I couldn’t really tell if it did stay on for very long (because it’s a primer that’s under foundation).

Coverage: There’s little to no coverage, so you can’t use this on its own as a colour corrector if you have blemished skin. However, if you have no pimples and just want to correct your skin colour, you can just apply it for a more radiant and even look.


Final Verdict

The primer actually feels a bit sticky when you first apply it, and it caused me to breakout on quite a few occasions. I think it may be the milk ingredient, so I’m staying away from it for a while.

For those who have sensitive skin, be careful about using this primer as well. I think there are other ingredients in this that may cause irritation and breakouts – really not worth the trouble, no matter how even-coloured your skin looks afterwards.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] TONYMOLY Panda’s Dream So Cool Eye Stick

This came free in the Samyang x Tony Moly collection gift set, so I thought it would be great to try this out. I’ve heard about it before, partly for the cute packaging, and partly because it is said to be a good & affordable product.


Product description

This Tony Moly Panda’s Dream So Cool Eye Stick is a portable eye serum in a stick that moisturizes and cools the delicate skin around the eyes as it smoothes the appearance of fine lines. Instantly cool and de-puff tired eyes while minimizing the appearance of fine lines with this multitasking eye stick.

Infused with nourishing and hydrating bamboo extracts, this serum cools and soothes skin around the delicate eye area while it hydrates.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 17.90


Ingredient list

Water, Butylene Glycol , Sodium Stearate , Alcohol , Xylitol , PEG-12 Dimethicone ,Glycerin, PEG-8, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Niacinamide, Sodium Citrate , Dimethicone, Potassium Alginate ,Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum , Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Actinidia Arguta Fruit Extract , Sea Water , Bambusa Vulgaris Shoot Extract , Bambusa Vulgaris Sap Extract , Glacier Water,Fragrance, Adenosine, Steareth-20 , Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, CI 42090, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chlorhexidine Digluconate , Potassium Sorbate , Chrysin,Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Tropolone

At first glance, a few ingredients are already ringing alarm bells: butylene glycol and alcohol. These 2 are infamous potential irritants that I talk extensively about in other product reviews, and I really try as much as I can to avoid using products containing these. However, it also appears that other ingredients may pose other forms of health risks: Chlorhexidine Digluconate, for example, is a potentially harmful disinfectant – now what’s it doing in an EYE stick??


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Packaging: I recently developed this love for pandas, and so I obviously find this packaging super cute! It’s quite small – easy to carry around for sure, but another potential concern is that it will run out pretty fast if, say, you use this everyday.

Texture: This strongly reminded me of RiRe’s All Kill Blackhead Remover Stick because of the gluestick-like texture. Both of them even smell similar (like glue!), and yet they don’t serve the same skincare purposes 😂 Thankfully, the texture is not very thick, so it gets absorbed by the thin skin around your eyes quickly.

Effectiveness: To be frank, I can’t really tell if this is doing its job. In fact, I think it’s probably not working as it should.

While the eye stick does give a slightly cooling feeling upon application, it doesn’t really feel all that hydrating. I don’t have much fine lines to begin with, and my eyes just look the same as before. Eye bags are definitely not reduced, dark eye circles still as bad as ever, and my eyes still look puffy sometimes.


Final Verdict

You know those products that look super cute but serve no other purpose than looking cute? Yeah, this would probably fall under that category.

I’m quite disappointed because I’ve read about how this product contains ingredients such as glacier water, bamboo extract etc. and hence an affordable way to take care of the delicate skin around your eyes. However, this product has really not done much for me.

Perhaps it is because I can’t test for its effectiveness on aspects such as wrinkles and fine lines. Or perhaps it just doesn’t work.


Rating

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

6 Favourite Beauty Products in 2018

2018 has been one of my favourite years in terms of experimenting with new makeup and skincare, so I’ll round up some of the ones I loved the most last year. I know this post is a little late, but better late than never, right? 😉


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10

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The BEST foundation I’ve ever used. I’ve even stopped using BB creams because this stuff is even better, be it in terms of coverage or staying power. I also love that it doesn’t clog up my skin, so it’s great to use even if you have oily skin with easily-clogged pores.

It’s a tad expensive, but a good foundation like this is honestly worth the investment, even more so than a luxury lipstick. This is coming from a lipstick lover, so you know how much I treasure this foundation. You also don’t need a lot of product because of the high coverage, so a little can go a long way.


the SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer

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Best concealer I’ve ever used – and the cheapest one ever! This stuff is creamy, promises super good coverage, and doesn’t oxidize. I’ve been using this (rather small) tube for months and still haven’t finished it – super worth it!


MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream

 

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I didn’t really dare to take the leap when it came to using snail mucin, but when I finally did with this product, I was absolutely blown away. I find this perfect for soothing and clearing up skin irritations, acne, and sunburns while hydrating skin. Now, where have you been my whole life??


COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol

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Probably my favourite toner this year for being really effective (at least for the most part). This is very good for clearing up acne and preventing breakouts from happening, so acne-prone people should definitely try this.


CLIO Kill Brown Waterproof Brush Liner

CLIO Kill Brown Waterproof Brush Liner

No one should be left feeling like a noob at using liquid eyeliner, not when CLIO has provided one of the best tools available. I find that the brush is much easier to control and use than the pen, so you can easily brush (haha) across your eyelids and create a clean line. Plus points for being waterproof.


Colourpop Ultra Blotted Liquid Lipstick

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I couldn’t end this favourites list without a lip product, and after much deliberation I finally decided that Colourpop’s Ultra Blotted Lip was truly the gem of the year. Comfort, great staying power, and beautiful colours – this highly affordable product truly provides them all.

[REVIEW] Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask

I received this product from Althea, thank you for sending this over! I actually wanted to try a new exfoliation mask for some time but never got around to doing it, but Althea seems to have read my mind HAHA. Read on for my review!


Product Description

Give your skin a big gulp of hydration with the refreshing peeling powers of Althea’s Milk Peel Cream Mask! Containing both AHA and BHA extracts, this gentle but effective exfoliator transforms from a clay to a whipped cream lather, whisking away dead skin cells to prevent flakiness. It’s also formulated with casein protein from milk to revitalize and moisturize the skin. The result is radiantly smooth, healthy skin that’s bouncy to the touch!

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 12.50 (Althea)


Ingredient List

Water (Aqua), Kaolin, Glycerin, Disiloxane, Bentonite, Propanediol, Myristic Acid, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Stearicacid, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Potassium Hydroxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Palmitic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Milk Proteinextract, Disodium Edta, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, Gluconolactone, Glycolic Acid, Titaniumdioxide (Ci 77891), Fragrance (Parfum), Coumarin*, Hexyl Cinnamal*, Citronellol*

Key ingredients

Kaolin: Detoxifies and pulls out impurities from the pores

AHA & BHA: Gently exfoliate away dead skin cells for a smooth complexion

Milk protein extract: Moisturizes and strengthens the skin


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Packaging: What I love most about this packaging is that it comes with a hygienic pump, so I can pump out an appropriate amount of product as required without creating a mess.

Texture: I was quite amazed by the fact that this clay mask actually foams into lather even though it comes out in a clay-like texture. I’ve never seen a product like this before, and honestly it makes it even easier to apply on the face. After all, clay can be a little hard to apply because it can be rather thick and less viscous. The lather feels very comfortable on my skin, and doesn’t feel at all like my skin is getting clogged up, which is something I’ve experienced before (slightly) with some clay masks.

Effectiveness: It certainly does this job well as an exfoliation mask. After following recommended directions and rinsing the mask off after about 1 minute, I can immediately feel the difference it made on my skin. It definitely became softer & cleaner, and only a slight bit tight.

If you feel that your skin has become taut after using an exfoliating product, it is not always a good thing as it could mean that your skin is dry, hence the tight feeling. A slightly tight feeling could mean that your pores are cleaned without being forcibly opened – large pores mean you can get more junk clogged there in future!


Final Verdict

I honestly think this is such a steal at just SGD12.50 for an innovative and effective peeling mask. It’s great for most skin types, and also good to use even if you have sensitive skin.

However, be careful not to overuse this mask! As with all exfoliating products, you shouldn’t be using this everyday, or even the gentlest products can really strip your skin of all moisture. I recommend using it once a week, but if your skin is really very sensitive, you can consider using this every fortnight.


Rating

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

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