[REVIEW] Pixi H20 Skindrink

I wasn’t really actively looking for a new moisturizer, but it happened that I was buying my foundation in Sephora and I thought it would be nice to buy a moisturizer that I could use in my upcoming Korea trip. A lot of my usual products tend not to work well in the cold and dry winter because it’s so terribly harsh on my skin – not sure if this is a common problem!

Anyway, I took some time to look at moisturizers and then I saw this moisturizer from Pixi. It’s a brand that’s pretty new to Sephora Singapore, and I previously had a great experience using its Glow Tonic. I tested this out and really liked how hydrating and lightweight it felt, so I ended up buying it and used it everyday during my Korea trip this November.


Product Description

Immediate relief for quenched skin, this intensely moisturising gel delivers a burst of hydration and relief to your skin. The lightweight, cooling formula is contains encapsulated water for fast-acting rehydration while also plumping and stimulating recovery. Enriched with green tea, aloe vera, and rosemary extract, H2O Skindrink helps protect the skin while providing soothing and healing benefits.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 34


Ingredient List

Water, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Iron Oxide (CI 42090)

I was interested to see what glycerin is, and what it does for skin. Apparently glycerin works to increase moisture on the skin and lock it in to curb the dryness (source). With two of the top ingredients being water and glycerin, it becomes even more convincing that this moisturizer will deliver.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, aka aloe vera, is also another great ingredient included. We all know that aloe vera is highly effective in treating acne, inflamed skin, sunburns, almost everything your skin is experiencing.

The one thing I’m not very satisfied with is the use of fragrance – in fact,  their amounts greater than that of our plant extracts (aloe vera etc)! Take note if you have sensitive skin!


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Packaging: Generally, I’m a huge fan of travel-sized products. They are so compact, you can simply throw them into your makeup pouch without worrying about it being too heavy or taking up too much space.

While this is not travel-sized, its packaging is definitely just as convenient. The tube design is good for squeezing out appropriate amounts of product, so as to minimize wastage. Bonus points for also not having some fragile or delicate packaging that will break easily and create a mess when you are travelling (been there, done that).

Texture: It is so light and easy to absorb that my skin literally soaked up everything in seconds. See the last photo where I spread out the blob of moisturizer on my skin – almost no sign of it at all! This is definitely comparable to my favourite moisturizer from belif.

Effectiveness: Korea’s winters are notoriously cold and dry, so I put this moisturizer to the ultimate test by applying it every morning while I was on holiday.

In the past, I would face all kinds of terrible problems even after using moisturizer. The mildest was seeing my skin peel, and the worst one was a long and persistent breakout. However, I experienced not much of it this time round when I used this moisturizer from Pixi. I did have the occasional breakout, but the skin on my face didn’t even flake. That is an amazing feat, considering that I was breaking out into rashes from my dry skin on my limbs.


Final Verdict

I’ve seen some poor reviews of Pixi’s H20 Skindrink online, mostly talking about how the hydration is not long-lasting, and how it was too oily for them. I was a bit surprised, because I had not experienced any adverse effects after about 2 weeks. In fact, if it wasn’t for this amazing moisturizer, I would probably have my face fully covered in rashes and acne by now.

Would I repurchase this? Yes, I definitely would. I know the price is not very wallet-friendly, but I think for its efficacy, this price is actually quite a good deal. From my experience, a little goes a long way for this moisturizer, so don’t fret about the fact that the volume looks relatively smaller than other products.


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] COSRX One Step Moisture Up Pad

If there’s a K-beauty brand that I haven’t really said anything bad about, it has to be COSRX. Its products are formulated to be suitable for even the most sensitive and acne-prone skin, so you can imagine what a life-savour they have been when I was facing one of the worst breakouts in my life.


Product Description

Hydrate and smooth skin with this genius and convenient invention from Cosrx! The first ingredient in these pads is propolis extract, a naturally-occurring antiseptic that is effective in treating blemishes, acne, and redness.

Also included in the formula is hyaluronic acid, the Korean skin care favorite that provides long-lasting moisture benefits. The softly embossed texture of these pads makes them gentle enough for daily use yet effective in keeping skin soft and smooth. Use these pads to prep your skin for makeup or take them on-the-go for quick and easy exfoliation!

Fragrance-free.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 22.90 (Watsons)


Ingredient List

Propolis Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine Salicylate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil

I’m not too keen on the presence of Butylene Glycol (I talked about this previously in my other posts) because it poses a risk for sensitive skin:

Although butylene glycol has many benefits for the skin, one of the likeliest side effects from this chemical is the potential for skin irritation. Several studies suggest that this ingredient can cause a rash around the eyes and other forms of irritation in individuals with sensitive skin. (Source: The Derm Review)

Other than that, I do like some other ingredients that I am familiar with: Propolis Extract (used in COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol), for instance, helps to heal and repair damaged skin, so this is definitely great for people with blemished skin (aka me haha).


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Packaging: The packaging is very similar to that of COSRX’s One Step Pimple Clear Pads, so you have these individual pre-soaked pads that you can just easily swipe on your skin. I think it’s definitely more hygienic than having to scoop product out with your hands, and also easy to bring around when you travel (you can just pack the number of pads you think you’ll need, much better than bringing a bottle around).

Texture: The pad’s texture is exactly like the pimple clear pads, rough on one side and smooth on the other. I’m assuming that you use the rough side to clear away any dead skin while you hydrate, and I’m definitely not complaining if my product is able to multi-task 😀

The liquid that the pads are pre-soaked in (and which will come off on your skin when you use the pads) is easily absorbed by skin, which I like much better than a lot of moisturizers that are too oily/thick for me. I find this especially good to use in the morning, because using heavy creams before I apply makeup is a clear recipe for breakouts.

Effectiveness: In terms of hydration, I think this definitely works as it should. My skin feels instantly refreshed and moisturized after this, and the hyaluronic acid definitely plays a big part.

I’m still seeing blemishes and acne, but it’s definitely calmed down quite a fair bit compared to how it was before I started using this.


Final Verdict

I think this is a great alternative to the moisturizers we are used to – it definitely saves me a lot of time, and feels much better for my skin than normal creams and gels. It’s also affordable in the long run, retailing at SGD20+ for 70 pads.

However, I’m speaking as a person with oily skin living in a humid country, and frankly I’m not too sure if this level of hydration will be enough if you have really dry skin / living in a dry climate. You might want to use this mainly in the summer, or you can try to follow up with a hydrating mask / other moisturizing creams.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Oxy Acne Control Moisturizer

When I was younger, the one skincare product that I used religiously (besides cleansing foam) was oxy 5. It is a fantastic product that really dries your zits down so that they’re gone by the next day, but it started getting a little too drying for my sensitive skin, so I stopped using it and turned to other alternatives, like pimple patches.

However, I’ve never forgotten how effective Oxy products are, so I got pretty excited when I saw this moisturizer from Oxy that claimed to help control acne.


Product Description

Acne Prone Skin prevent Blemishes. Contains AC Net to help control excess oil and prevent blemishes. Moisturizing with Sodium Hyaluronate and Aloe Extract to deeply moisturize skin. Oil free formulation for light, non-greasy feel. Pore Refining with Witch Hazel Extract to refine pores for visibly smooth skin. SPF15PA+. Protects skin against UVA and UVB.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: MYR 16.50 (SGD 5.48)

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Ingredient List

Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Water/Butylene Glycol/PEG-60 Almond Glycerides/Caprylyl Glycol/Glycerin/Carbomer/Nordihydrogualaretic Acid/Oleanolic Acid, Silica, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Bis-EThylhexyloxyphenol, Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Triethanolamine, Allantoin, Water/Butylene Glycol/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Water/Propylene Glycol/Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Flavor (Flavor-Green Leaf), Sodium Hyaluronate

Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate is used to protect your skin from UV rays (hence SPF 15). However, I am a little concerned that it contains a ratehr high concentration of Butylene Glycol, which I mentioned previously, is actually a human irritant and can be bad for people with extremely sensitive skin.


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Packaging: The packaging is very hygienic and convenient. You can pump out a suitable amount of product without making a mess that is common with other types of packaging that needs you to squeeze or scoop out the product.

Texture: It feels like a cross between gel and cream, so it’s not too oily nor too watery. It is easily spread out on skin (see last photo), and absorbed quickly as well with no white residue, so you can definitely use this in your morning routine before applying makeup.

Effectiveness: I have pretty mixed feelings about this product’s efficacy.

I do think that with regards to hydration and moisturizing, it works pretty well because my skin doesn’t show any signs of dryness or dehydration after I apply this, even if I am in a dry, air-conditioned place for hours.

On the other hand, I don’t think it has helped with fighting pimples and controlling oil. In fact, I saw an increase in pimples occasionally when I am using this, so I’m really not convinced that it works…


Final Verdict

I am quite disappointed that this Oxy product has not worked well for me at all. I did expect that it would heal my pimples and stop new ones from growing out, but the opposite has happened (more than once).

Maybe my expectations of this were too high, but I do say that this is good for people who are looking to find a lightweight moisturizer and have no particular acne/pimple/sensitive skin issues. If you are looking to buy this in order to clear your pimples, you may end up pretty disappointed.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] L’Oréal Paris Hydrafresh Genius Water

To me, L’Oréal Paris products are a staple in many mothers’ makeup counters, and that was exactly where I first saw this product. I was later also given a sample of this (which I have photographed for the purpose of this post), which I have found to work in the same way and with the same efficacy as the full-sized product.


Product Description

Immediately, skin feels smooth and looks radiant. With 3X hydration efficacy of moisturizing, nourishing, and lock-in power, Genius Water hydrates skin intensively day after day, leaving skin soft and dewy.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 22.90


Ingredient List

899085 41, AQUA / WATER, GLYCERIN, ALCOHOL, DIPHENYLSILOXY PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, CALCIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, VITIS VINIFERA SEED OIL / GRAPE SEED OIL, GELLAN GUM, TRIMETHYL PENTAPHENYL TRISILOXANE, MANNOSE, XANTHAN GUM, ETHYLCELLULOSE, TOCOPHEROL, PHENOXYETHANOL, CHLORPHENESIN, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, HEXYL CINNAMAL, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, B172110/1

I’m not sure what 899085 is actually referring to because Google doesn’t really throw up anything useful about it, but I am a bit concerned that alcohol is ranked so high on the list as it is a potential irritant.

Alcohol aside, there are a few ingredients in this list that are worth highlighting for the right reasons. Glycerin is an ingredient reported to lock in moisture, and is something you should look for in your moisturizers.


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Packaging: I always believe that product packaging speaks volumes about the product and the brand, so I’m always inclined to buy skincare products that look professional and reflect either a) ingredients used or b) product type. Blue is always a great colour to use in moisturizers, and I also like how it is translucent because it gives the idea of being lightweight and easy to absorb.

Texture: I’m very particular about this when it comes to skincare products because my skin absolutely hates anything thicker than liquid foundations (it currently cannot even take BB creams). However, I have to say that this moisturizer has one of the best textures out of all the ones I have tried before. It is actually so aqueous that you’ll be forgiven for thinking that it is just normal water! (Maybe that’s why they name it ‘Hydrafresh Genius Water’?)

It is so light and easy to absorb that my skin literally soaked up everything in seconds. My pores never feel clogged, and have never shown signs of clogging or acne arising from using this, which is a miracle because a lot of skincare products have really not been great for my skin.

Effectiveness: This product’s main selling point is strengthening skin barrier to prevent moisture loss, while also providing instant hydration. I have to say that it really does as advertised – I made sure to apply this everyday as part of my morning routine so that my skin remains hydrated even in dry air-conditioned spaces.


Final Verdict

This moisturizer works almost as well as my favourite belif one, but at just a fraction of the price – if that’s not enough to convince you to buy it, I don’t know what will.

Although I’m always very eager and keen to try new products, I know that this product is one of those that I can always fall back on when I’m tired of torturing my skin with all kinds of new and weird stuff. I believe that this will be great for you too, regardless of skin type, so do give this a try the next time you visit your local drugstore!


Rating

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

mustbuy

[REVIEW] LANEIGE Water Bank Gel Cream

After my gruelling, heart-wrenching (okay, I kid) experience with LANEIGE’s Water Sleeping Mask, and fuelled by an urgency to stock up on my deplenishing moisturizer, I headed to LANEIGE to see if I could find something good. I’m still pretty bought over by their marketing (yes, I know) and I really wanted to see if there was something suitable for me.


Product Description

24 hour refreshing moisture regulates skin sebum

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 52

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Ingredient List

WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, GLYCERIN, ALCOHOL, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, CHENOPODIUM QUINOA SEED EXTRACT, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, ZINC SULFATE, MANGANESE SULFATE, CALCIUM CHLORIDE, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE, CHAMAECYPARIS OBTUSA WATER, SODIUM HYALURONATE, CERAMIDE 3, ACETYL GLUCOSAMINE, COPPER TRIPEPTIDE-1, NIACINAMIDE, TOCOPHEROL, LIMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, CYCLOMETHICONE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, STEARIC ACID, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TRISILOXANE, PALMITIC ACID, PHENYL METHICONE, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, POLYGLYCERYL-10 STEARATE, POLYGLYCERYL-3 METHYLGLUCOSE DISTEARATE, POLYSORBATE 20, POLYSILICONE-11, POLYACRYLATE-13, POLYETHYLENE, POLYISOBUTENE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-100 STEARATE, PEG-5 RAPESEED STEROL, PEG/PPG-20/15 DIMETHICONE, PHYTOSPHINGOSINE, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE

If you have read my review of LANEIGE’s Water Sleeping Mask, you might remember Butylene Glycol. Here’s what I wrote previously about this ingredient:

A quick check online states that “in sensitive individuals, butylene glycol may be irritating to the skin, eyes, and or nasal passages, but it is the least potentially irritating of all the glycols”. Oh dear.

Oh dear indeed, because I bought this moisturizer without realizing that it contained this ingredient.

A quick check on other ingredients:

CHAMAECYPARIS OBTUSA WATER: Apparently has antioxidant activity and delayed aging effects.

LIMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL: Boasts superb anti-oxidant properties and skin softening benefits.

CETEARYL ALCOHOL: Fatty alcohols like cetearyl alcohol do not pose a risk of sensitizing skin. Woohoo!


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Packaging: I’m a huge fan of LANEIGE’s packaging, but this honestly takes the cake. Blue reflective glass makes for a slightly heavier-than-usual tub, but it looks and feels so classy that I would forgive the extra weight. It’s very easy to open and close, no special contraption or anything. My only gripe is that it’s not the most convenient (or lightest) item you’d want to carry around, especially if you’re planning to pack this for travels. They might have a travel-sized version of this, but I’m not too sure.

Texture: I’ve sung so many praises about Belif’s water-like, aqueous moisturizers because they get absorbed so easily by my oily skin. My skin absolutely hates oily and heavy moisturizing creams, but it’s been a pretty tough journey to find a moisturizer that’s not too much for my skin to handle. This LANEIGE gel cream though, is next to perfection. When I tested this out at the store, I knew this was it. The absorption by my skin was instant, and I felt this nice cooling sensation on my skin. This is absolutely wonderful for all the folks with oily/combination skin because it does not clog pores at all. Not a single bit.

Effectiveness: This moisturizer from LANEIGE promises 24 hours of hydration for your skin. While I’m not really sure how true this is (it’s tough when your skin is often more oily than dry), I do see that my skin looks much better in the morning after I apply moisturizer the night before. It definitely feels more supple and refreshed, and a lot less oily as well. I’ve had no breakouts with this – in fact, I even had someone remark to me recently that my skin looked dewy!


Final Verdict

SGD52 makes this product really pricey. It’s by far the most expensive product I have invested in, but I’m happy to say that it has been proven to be worth every cent.

Although I have had no problems using this on sensitive, acne-prone skin, I do recommend testing this out in-store first before you commit to buying it. Gel creams are usually not a major issue for most skin types, but the effects of irritants like alcohol and fragrance are hard to predict until you really try them out for yourself.

Overall, this has been a great product and I use it every night. I love the added bonus of refreshing, cool feeling on the skin – great way to wind down and prep for a relaxed sleep ahead.


Rating

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

mustbuy

[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: ✮✮✮✮

mustbuy

[REVIEW] MISSHA Super Aqua Ultra Water-Full Cream

I’m always on the lookout for great moisturizers (would deeply appreciate if anyone has good recommendations!), and I chanced upon this while I was drawing up my shopping list for Korea. It sounded pretty good, so it went straight into my shopping list, and eventually into my luggage.


Product Description

1. Energy from natural bedrock water
Bedrock water from the Blue Mountains, which contains natural energy gathered over thousands of years, helps to energize and moisturize the skin

2. Mineral water for healthier skin
Mineral water content helps skin maintain its optimal condition

3. Helps skin maintain more moisture, over a wider area for a longer period of time
Powerful Vitality Complex, derived from the extracts of plants that endure extreme climates, helps skin absorb and retain more moisture for extended periods

4. 72-Hour Moisture
Melts into skin upon contact and retains moisture for 72 hours

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 24.90 (Shopee)


Ingredient List

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Silica, Pentylene Glycol, Panthenol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance(Parfum), Disodium EDTA, Water, Anastatica Hierochuntica Extract, Sea Water, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Myrothamnus Flabellifolia Callus Culture Extract, Rhizophora Mangle Callus Culture Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Callus Culture Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Callus Culture Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Phenoxyethanol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Adenium Obesum Leaf Extract

I always find these ingredient lists a mouthful, but it’s good to look out for certain ingredients as promised in their marketing. I’m assuming here that the ‘Australian Blue Mountain cave water’ is the ‘sea water’ listed, and frankly, it’s not present in high proportions.


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Packaging: Nothing very extraordinary, but I do appreciate the blue container because it reinforces the idea that it’s moisturizing – a little like LANEIGE, perhaps?

Texture: The first time I used this, it definitely reminded me of Innisfree’s Jeju Sparkling Moisture Cream. I didn’t really like the Innisfree one because it was too oily and I found myself breaking out quite a fair bit thanks to my daily usage of that moisturizer, but this is not too bad. It has a smooth texture that spreads easily across skin. Despite it being quite a rich cream, I like that it’s not overly oily because my skin is so prone to clogging. My skin manages to absorb it pretty well, which is definitely a good sign.

Effectiveness: First and foremost, a moisturizer’s job is to keep skin moisturized, so I’m pretty glad to say that it’s as good as advertised. I usually apply this cream right before I sleep in an air-conditioned room, which tends to be very dry, and wake up the next morning to skin that is still feeling quite moisturized and supple. When I don’t apply moisturizer on days that I’m feeling super lazy, I’d wake up to find my skin really oily from all the oil it secreted to keep my dry skin, well, not dry.

BUT. There were certain days that I found myself with slight acne the following morning after applying this cream at night. I’m not entirely sure if I can attribute the sudden emergence of pimples to this cream, but it’s definitely worth taking note of if you have acne-prone skin.


Final Verdict

I enjoy using this moisturizer quite a fair bit, but it still doesn’t come close to my all-time favourite – belif’s aqua bomb (which I will talk about in another post).

I think that creams like these are generally not recommended if you have oily skin (like me), even if they are marketed as suitable for oily skin. Even if they don’t clog up your pores immediately after one use, the risk is always there. However, if you have dry skin, this is definitely for you.


Rating

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