Monday, August 22, 2011

Kose Suncut UV SPF 50+++ Protect Milk Sunblock Review

Like any other girl who lives and loiters in the sunniest part of the world, I've been searching high and low for the very thing that can protect my skin from the year-round unforgiving heat of the sun.

I've tried a fair share of SPF-filled lotions and creams in various ranges but none has capture my love and my loyalty than Kose Suncut UV SPF 50+++!!! This is pure love right in this 30ml bottle.


To think that I made this purchase during my second haul from Sasa.com and I am soooo thankful I took the chance and didn't go for any other sunblock brand (I was going to go with Clinique City Block SPF 50!)

Directions for use:
1. On a clean face, spread generously and evenly.
2. Reapply as needed.

Product Experience: 
At first I was hesitant because the sunscreen liquid is white. I've been through that "white cast" or "grayish cast" that ordinary sunscreen usually have once applied on the face. But, it broke my prejudice since it is very, very easy to apply, goes on so smoothly, and the white liquid simply disappears as you spread it on the skin.


It is pretty watery, so it is a light but POTENT sunscreen. It doesn't smell funky at all. It's has a mild suncreeny scent but it disappears as it is spread too.

The best thing about this is that it doesn't make my face look like a grease ball! :D I have oily skin, and having this on even on top of my daily moisturizer DOES NOT make me oilier! Compared to all the other sunscreens I've tried, this one is KING.

Cons?
I was kind of turned off at first that the reviews said it was a small bottle... But I guess there's a reason people complained about it being small! This is a really good product so much that you don't want to run out of this. And I don't want to run out of this sunblock. Not now, not ever. Unfortunately, I only bought one single piece!

Also, I wish that the twist-cap has a pop-up cap instead, but this complaint is more on the packaging and not the product. So basically, I have no cons!!!!! :)

If you ever want to buy this at Sasa.com, please be reminded that I am going to run out soon so you better save me at least 5 pieces because I am going to hoard this soon. This is fast becoming a product I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT! ^____________^

I hope to hear from you and thanks for reading!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sasa.com II - Asian Skincare Brands Haul~ Again :)

Because of the very wonderful experience we had with our previous skin care and make up order from Sasa.com, my friends and I did more orders from the site with a lot more products this time!

My orders are just two kinds, the Kose Suncut SPF 50+++ which I will review very soon! I loved it! I am raving about it! And the other is the Innisfree Trouble Patch which I gave to Greencross :3


The box is almost the same as the previous one, but it's a lot more jampacked this time. Still paid the small Postal fee amounting to P40.00 :) I love love love it! I think everybody should have a friend in Davao that they can send International mail to and let that friends send it to them via private courier. It may take a bit of time but you can save on a lot! Haha, bypassing rules winz! (But not that I condone that...)

Here are the products that we have straight from the box.
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And here's the breakdown on all the products we ordered (with prices, too, for your convenience!)

JUJU Cosmetics Natural Aloe Milk 
$12.20 or PHP 523.90
(I think this is an emulsion/moisturizer)

C+M Oil Control Acne Define Serum
$2.80 or PHP120.20
(a light serum for acne spot treatment)


C+M Anti-Blemish 3 in 1 Deep Purifying Cleansing Gel (70 ml) 
$2.50 or PHP 107.30

C+M EYE MAKE-UP Remover Lotion (65 ml)
1 $2.30 or PHP 98.70

 
C+M UV WHITE Day Moisturising Emulsion (65 ml)
$3.20 or PHP 137.40


KOBAYASHI Underarm Sweat Sheet (Red) 10 pairs
$4.10 or PHP 176.10

Kose SUNCUT Essence In UV Protect Milk SPF50 PA+++ Waterproof (30 ml)
$5.10 or PHP 218.90



MentholatumA CNES Acnes Medicated UV Tinted Milk SPF 50 PA++ (30 g)
$6.00 or PHP 257.60

SASATINNIE BB Cream SPF35 PA+ (Rose) 50 ml
$12.60 or PHP 541.00


Second picture--- This one is really pretty!

SASATINNIE Ultimate Deep Repair Wheat Protein Hair Mask (225 ml)
$5.10 or PHP 218.90



Conditioner cream of the Protein Hair Mask! Very rich!

Somang Hand Cream (Milk) (100 ml)
$5.20 or PHP 223.2


OCEANSILVER JAR Silver Jar Vanilla Lip Balm 6.5 g 
$1.70 or PHP 73.00




Vitacreme B12 Regenerative Cream (50 ml) 
$25.60 or PHP 1,734.40



Well, that's that! I'll be back with a bunch of reviews coming up so stay tuned :) You can leave your questions at the comments box or email me at its.the.crazy.country.air@gmail.com

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Yanwaili Anti-Blemish Refining and Moisturizing Essence

Hellooo~ San Francisco! (We'll I'm not really from there.)

I'm in such a good mood because of the product we will be reviewing today! As you know, I recently purchased a bunch of asian beauty products from Sasa.com.

Actually, all those things I ordered were brands I HAVEN'T USED before. Feelin' adventurous, heh. I ordered mostly Yanwaili products which I haven't even heard of until now. I previously did a Yanwaili Anti-Blemish Cream review. When I bought my purchases, I didn't even look at the reviews online, only on the ones posted at the product pages, but you know they come off as pretty biased, you know? Sasa.com gives some incentives to lucky reviewers who post glowing reviews of the things they bought.

But I won't be like that!

It's a shame though that I will only have positive reviews of this product! Hahah!

So what we have here is the Yanwaili Anti-Blemish Refining and Moisturizing Essence that I have inserted in my weekly skin care regimen! I've decided and arranged my regimen so as to make sure I can use this product for best results.


This is made in Taiwan, as Yanwaili is a famous drugstore brand in the country. Taiwan is a good place to get beauty products like My Beauty Diary masks, which is like a staple for Asian beauty bloggers. Even as far away as I am, I have tried those masks before.

This Yanwaili Anti-Blemish Essence is one of the 6-step regimen of the Anti-Blemish line. I've had the cream one and this, and by far this is my favoritestestest :) of all of them


You can click below for the ingredients list. Sorry if it got cut off a bit. You can read below about some good ingredients that I like:

1. Retinoic Acid - Retinoic acid is the active form of retinol, and actual retinoic acid creams are only available from a doctor or dermatologist. It’s prescribed for serious skin conditions like acne but is also used as a potent treatment for skin ageing... A fair warning: some people may be very sensitive to retinol. It can cause cells to peel off and skin to appear dry, red and flaky, However you’re more likely to get a reaction from using prescription retinoic acid than an over-the-counter product. (source)

2. Salicylic Acid -Salicylic acid is especially helpful in treating acne because of its ability to penetrate the follicle. It encourages the shedding of dead skin cells from within the follicle, helping keep the pores clear of cellular debris. In this way, it reduces the number of pore blockages and breakouts on the skin. (source)

3. Licorice Root - Used in various popular products like Godiva and Meladerm as it is a very well known melanin inhibitor, to help lighten the skin over time. And according to this source, certain compounds in licorice is useful for skin care. Glabridin was identified as a powerful skin whitening ingredient, glabrene as an anti-oxidant as strong as natural Vitamin E, and licochalcone as highly effective anti-acne ingredient which controls sebum production and wipes away bacteria. Licochalcone is also a mild sunscreen effective against the UVA & UVB rays of the sun.
Directions for use:
1. Use in the morning and at night after washing and toning face.
2. Apply a small amount evenly to face or only to areas that are affected with blemishes then follow with moisturizing face products.

What I do is only apply during WEEKEND NIGHTS once I'm done with washing my face, since it contains Retinoic Acid/Retinol, your face can become very sensitive to the sun's rays. I have another day cream and sunblock for the morning anyway, so I'm already okay for the morning routine.

Here are some pictures of how much I put into my face and neck:




Consistency:
Thick but watery, looks like a serum. Glides well on the skin, matte after 2-3 mins.

Smell:
When the Yanwaili cream is compared to this Yanwaili essence, I thought that the cream smelled yucky! This essence is much better than the cream.

Verdict:
I really, honest-to-goodness, love this product. It is thick but has a watery consistency when applied evenly to the face and it is very easily absorbed too! I love that my face becomes matte after about 2-3 minutes of spreading the essence, unlike others it would stay liquidy. You can tell that the essence seeped into the skin properly.

I know I didn't give its counterpart, the Yanwaili Cream a very glowing review, but this essence is at par with my thicker, creamier Pond's night cream (which I use WEEKDAY NIGHTS). It's a tinier bottle than the lotion or toner from this brand, but I love this so much that I am planning to repurchase! I can't be running out now that I love this product.

I therefore conclude that this is a good find from Sasa.com! :)

Thank you so much for reading !