[REVIEW] THEFACESHOP x Kakao Friends Sweet Apeach Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Panthenol Soothing Gel Cream

This was one of the products I bought last year when THEFACESHOP released its collaboration with Kakao Friends’ Apeach. I’m a hugeeee fan of Apeach, so I bought this kind of like a collectible item. Nonetheless, I’ve also been wanting to try the brand’s Dr. Belmeur line for some time, so I guess I killed two birds with one stone this time round ~


Product Description

The gel-type cream containing 2.5% panthenol creates a moisture barrier to soothe sensitive skin and help provide longer-lasting hydration.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 42

 


Ingredient List

Water, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dicaprylyl Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Alanyl Glutamine, Phytosphingosine, Soluble Proteoglycan, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Natto Gum, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract, Corchorus Olitorius Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Malachite Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius Flower Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Amodimethicone, Carbomer, Polysorbate 60, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Trisodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Tromethamine, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum

Some ingredients to take note of:

  • Butylene Glycol: potential irritant
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract: good for soothing irritated skin
  • Parfum: potential irritant
  • Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice: good for moisturising and conditioning skin
  • Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract: to heal irritations and wounds
  • Salvia Officinalis Leaf Extract: astringent and antiseptic qualities
  • Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water: antioxidant
  • Malachite Extract: after-sun product
  • Natto Gum: moisturising

As you can see, it’s packed full of ingredients that really help to moisturise and soothe skin; ironically, it also contains ingredients that can  potentially irritate your skin as well. My advice is to test this out at a store for yourself if you have sensitive skin, just in case the irritant supersedes all the other ingredients on you.


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Packaging: How is this not cute??? Every time I open the tub, I’m like patting Apeach on the head. It is so, so, so adorable. If you are an Apeach fan and you don’t like this, please don’t call yourself a fan. Even if you are not an Apeach fan, you should still like this. It’s really one of the cutest skincare products I’ve seen in a long time.

Texture: It’s very aqueous, so it gets absorbed by my skin very easily. I didn’t think that it was actually very oily, although my device seems to tell me that it may be slightly oily. I’m guessing this may be because of the squalene present in the product (squalene is obtained from shark liver oil), although I can’t be sure.

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Hydration level went up by 2%, and oil level went up by 0.6%.

Note that I did not conduct the ‘after’ test immediately, but waited a while for the product to settle in.

Effectiveness: I love how cooling the product feels on my skin after application, and I’m guessing this has to do with all these extracts in it, especially the aloe vera one. My skin immediately feels hydrated for sure. I’m guessing that you don’t see a huge difference in my skin hydration levels above because it’s already quite well-moisturised.

I also like to use this on my face and arms when I get a little sunburnt from being out in the sun for too long, and it always heals by the very next day!


Final Verdict

Cute packaging aside, this soothing gel cream from THEFACESHOP has been a very good skincare product that I use quite regularly and interchangeably with my MISSHA snail cream.

SGD42 is definitely not cheap, especially considering its small product size (50ml), but really good skincare products hardly come cheap, unless you strike gold with some drugstore find. I probably wouldn’t call this a must-buy because you have similar, cheaper alternatives (Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera is still unbeatable at SGD5 tbh), but it is definitely not a purchase that will leave you wishing it was never made.


Rating

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

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[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] Althea x Titi Kamal Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist

I received this product from Althea, thank you for sending this over! I’m always up for trying new fragrances, although I don’t really buy them because I have trouble finishing up the ones I already have 😂


Product Description

Envelope yourself in a feminine mix of fruity and floral scents with Althea’s latest collaboration with Titi Kamal! The Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist is a sparkling mix of sweet orange and peach, followed by an ever-graceful echo of rosy floral notes. Not overbearingly strong, this gentle perfume lingers on the body for a long-lasting scent. It also has a non-sticky formula that feels comfortable on the skin, and it embodies the elegance and beauty of Titi in a bottle, perfect for the urban femme.

Titi Kamal is an Indonesian actress and singer with a knack for fashion and style. Best identified by her luxuriously long black hair, she’s a beauty icon that’s captured the hearts of fans all across Southeast Asia.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 11.60 (Althea)


Ingredient List

Alcohol, Water, Glycerin, Fragrance, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Magnolia Liliflora Flower Extract, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin

Key ingredients

  • Alcohol: potential irritant
  • Butylene Glycol: potential irritant
  • Glycerin: moisturiser to treat dry and itchy skin
  • Rosa Damascena Flower Water: same ingredient found in the Petal Velvet Sunaway

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Spraying on hand

I like the beautiful pink and floral packaging, it makes it very obvious that it’s a feminine scent that has floral (particularly rose) notes. I hope Althea creates a travel size version of it soon, because this is something that I would want to bring around but the current bottle feels a little too bulky for me.

Fragrance-wise, I am quite a fan of floral and fruity notes, making this a mist that I really do enjoy smelling. It’s not sickly sweet, and definitely not the kind of artificial, sharp smell that you get from cheap perfumes (you can almost imagine that smell in your nose, right?)

I also find that this fragrance lasts for very long: I once sprayed it in the morning, and found the smell lingering on for the rest of the day even after I’ve showered – not a bad thing, since I love the smell!


Final Verdict

Some brow-raising ingredients aside, I have to say that this body mist is something I would spray daily because it smells so refreshing and lovely, it does put me in quite a good mood.

I think SGD11.60 is a fair price to pay for 100ML of product, though it is a pity that you can’t have a whiff of this scent before you buy online from Althea. Maybe Althea should send sample atomizers with every order? IDK, just a suggestion!


Rating

✮✮✮✮

[REVIEW] La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo +

This is one of those products that I’ve heard a lot about it being ‘holy grail’ for many people, how it’s great for getting rid of those nasty zits on your face. I’ve always been struggling with pimples, so I wanted to see if this would be as effective as people claimed.


Product Description

  • Visible results from just 12H
  • Eliminates blemishes, imperfections & unclogs blocked pores
  • Prevents reappearance of acne, pimples and zits
  • 100% non-sticky, pleasant texture

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD42.90


Ingredient List

  • AQUA / WATER
  • GLYCERIN
  • DIMETHICONE
  • ISOCETYL STEARATE
  • NIACINAMIDE
  • ISOPROPYL LAUROYL SARCOSINATE
  • SILICA
  • AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE
  • METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER
  • POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE
  • SORBITAN OLEATE
  • ZINC PCA
  • GLYCERYL STEARATE SE
  • ISOHEXADECANE
  • SODIUM HYDROXIDE
  • MYRISTYL MYRISTATE
  • 2-OLEAMIDO-1,3-OCTADECANEDIOL
  • ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE
  • MANNOSE
  • POLOXAMER 338
  • DISODIUM EDTA
  • CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID
  • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
  • VITREOSCILLA FERMENT
  • XANTHAN GUM
  • POLYSORBATE 80
  • ACRYLAMIDE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE COPOLYMER
  • SALICYLIC ACID
  • PIROCTONE OLAMINE
  • PARFUM / FRAGRANCE

Potential irritants and toxic ingredients here include aluminium starch octenylsuccinate, xanthan gum, and fragrance.


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Packaging: The product comes in a tube that is easy for you to squeeze an appropriate amount out. There’s nothing too fancy about La Roche-Posay’s packaging, which I appreciate because I prefer my skincare products to look more ‘professional’, if you get what I mean.

Texture: The Effaclar Duo + is very watery and lightweight, a bit like a gel. It gets absorbed easily by the skin so it doesn’t stay on the surface and leave your face feeling sticky and oily, which could further aggravate your acne.

Effectiveness: I used this as a spot treatment, so I applied it on areas where I see pimples, as well as potential acne scarring from previous breakouts. To my disappointment, I didn’t see really see my situation improving, as all the reviews had promised. In fact, I even faced a minor breakout!

I don’t know if I’m allergic to something in the formula, because my skin is quite sensitive and does not react very well to irritants, including fragrances. If you read reviews of this product online, you will realize that a minority of consumers face a similar situation, despite 90% of the rest saying that this product worked wonders for them. I’m guessing it’s also got to do with skin irritation, caused by certain ingredient(s).


Final Verdict

For a drugstore product that is rather pricey, I really wished this had worked better for me. I wasn’t able to test this before I bought it, so I urge you to test this out at the stores and make sure you don’t have any allergic reaction before you actually purchase this.

If you are looking for spot treatments and have sensitive skin, I advise to just give La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo + a miss. This is to avoid potential complications, as the product does not guarantee that it is good for even the most sensitive skin.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮
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.

5 Brands On My 2019 Wishlist

Last year, I had the opportunity to try out a wide range of brands, and my hope for this year, of course, is that I can explore and experiment with many other brands.

Here are my personal top 5 brands to try out this year.


Drunk Elephant

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I’ve heard so many good things about this skincare brand that just entered Singapore! I think the prices are really expensive though, so I’m a bit afraid of committing my money to Drunk Elephant’s products 😂 if anyone has recommendations for Drunk Elephant products that will definitely work for oily, acne-prone & sensitive skin, let me know!


Mario Badescu

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I’ve heard about their facial sprays being really good for sensitive skin, so I’m really keen on trying them! Let me know if their toners are good as well, will be looking to try out a new toner once my current Muji one is depleted!


The History of Whoo

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I seriously love the packaging – definitely something that looks Korean royalty-worthy Most reviews I’ve read of The History of Whoo’s products are very positive, but the one thing holding me back is, of course, the price. I certainly don’t have that kind of income to support such a luxurious skincare routine and makeup collection TT__TT I might try something from this brand if I really can afford it, otherwise I’ll put it in my wishlist… for 2020 😂


Jill Stuart

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You know I’m a huge sucker for beautiful packaging, so how could I leave out Jill Stuart? Everything looks so luxurious and fit for a princess. I’ve seen some product swatches and they look really lovely. In fact, I think this brand looks a little like Japanese drugstore favourites Canmake and Cezanne, right? I know the prices aren’t super affordable either, so I’ll really have to save up to buy these beauties…


dear, Klairs

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I was this close to buying their Vitamin C serum when I saw it in Korea but I eventually decided not to. I regret it. I am definitely going to try this brand in 2019 – watch me!!