Hello, my beautiful beauty lovers! I’m starting off 2017 with a new blog platform! Some of my old blogposts as well as some of your lovely comments (most which I didn’t get around to replying) accidentally got deleted due to my lack of technical skills in transitioning this blog into a new platform. Please accept my apologies! There are still some tweaking to follow for this blog, but for now, here are the beauty product empties of January 2017.
Shiseido Ma Cherie Aqua Energy Mist is a sweet fruity fragranced water mist spray for the hair that I repurchased a couple of times. I’m not a fan of the strong artificial scent that most Ma Cherie products have, and this one has that same intoxicating scent. By intoxicating I mean that it is indeed a pleasant scent, but too overpowering for my liking. The scent of Ma Cherie Aqua Energy Mist is lighter than some of the other Ma Cherie products, probably because this is a very lightweight product that’s mostly water. This is supposed to be a lightweight leave-in conditioner, but I love using this as my second day hair reviver, and also when I need to style my hair when it’s already dry. It lightly hydrates and softens the hair, giving ways to more flexibility in hair styling.
Dr. G Brightening Peeling Toner is a decent gentle acid toner that I may repurchase. It contains AHA, BHA, and PHA as peeling agents in a watery toner form that’s gentle enough for daily use. This product is largely an herbal water product. Effectiveness as a peeling toner is similar to that of CosRX AHA/BHA Treatment Toner which is reviewed HERE. In other words, it’s more so a product to maintain and prevent build up than something that actually lifts up dead skin cells. As for the brightening benefits, after about a week of daily use, my skin did appear more lively, but I didn’t see any significant brightening benefits compared to other gentle acid toners that aren’t labeled as brightening.
Deciem Fountain The Beauty Molecule is a liquid beauty supplement with reservatrol as the star ingredient. We’ve all been hearing a lot about the powerful antioxidant benefits of reservatrol, and I’ve always been a fan of taking beauty supplements (usually in the form of vitamin tablets), so this was a must-try for me. I took about a teaspoon full everyday for approximately two months until I finished the bottle. Did I notice amazing vitality to my skin and overall health? No, but I did notice that my face and skin looked and felt less dull; less tired. Perhaps if I’d cut down my excessive caffeine consumption throughout the day, I would’ve felt and seen more of a difference… I think I want to try Fountain Hyaluronic Molecule next. But I don’t think I can quit coffee.
Melvita Argan Oil is something I purchased over a year ago, and was only half way done by the time it expired (6 months from first use). I used the rest on my feet. Somehow using expired products on the feet always seem excusable. Like most organic argan oils, it didn’t absorb readily into the skin, so I used this more so as a massage oil right out of the shower or mixed with moisturizer for the body. I don’t like this or any other argan oil on the face. But I love argan oil for the hair and nails/cuticles. Melvita Argan Oil gives great protection to the hair and nails, but not much treatment per se. I won’t be repurchasing this one as I don’t think the benefits warrant the price. Yes, it felt great knowing that I’m using the finest quality argan oil, but my skin, hair, and nails couldn’t tell the difference.
HERA Aquabolic Cell Essence Mist is the mist spray counterpart to HERA Cell Essence. This is a travel size bottle I scored when I bought a full size bottle of the Cell Essence. That was a decent essence, but the benefits didn’t outweigh the heavy artificial fragrance that I detest when it comes to daily essence products, so I gave it away after using it for a week. I kept this travel size mist mainly for the portability. Yes, it does also have that strong fragrance, but when it’s a mist spray used after skin care routine and/or makeup, I find the scent less irritable than when it’s an essence that goes directly on bare skin. It’s slightly more hydrating the Cell Essence, and it does a good job of revitalizing afternoon dullness.
O’lysee Enriched Water Spray in Energizing With Sea Salts and Soothing are two products I bought on a whim because they were on sale. The Energizing With Sea Salt mist made my face slightly itchy when sprayed on bare skin whereas on top of makeup it was ok. I ended up using most of this on the body and sometimes on the hair. It feels like slightly salted water. The Soothing mist, I actually did use mostly on the face. It’s slightly more hydrating than using a pure spring water mist spray, and gives that temporary refreshing feeling to the skin. For the price I got these, I have no regrets, but I won’t be repurchasing either of these two. There are just too many better options out there.
illi Total Aging Care Body Lotion is a great anti-aging body moisturizer for normal to dry skin. It uses Hanbang (traditional Korean herbal) Synergy complex™ mainly of Ginseng and Camellia to fight signs of skin aging of the body. I used this product daily for about a month and saw that my skin looked and felt firmer and more resilient. However, that was with using it every single day and spending 5-15 minutes each time massaging it in. When I got tired of this routine and started spending just a couple of minutes to apply this after a shower, I started to dislike this product. Without the massaging, it doesn’t get absorbed readily into the skin and remains somewhat sticky for about 30 minutes. This is definitely not a quick after shower moisturizer, unless all you want is some moisturizing and stickiness.
Happy Bath Original Pale Ale Body Wash was an interesting product to use. It contains beer/malt extract with argan, olive, and sunflower seed oils. It smells like beer but slightly artificial-ish, and with a bit of soap-ish scent. I also tried the Grapefruit Sparkling Ale version which I finished first. That scent was more to my liking. I didn’t particularly enjoy showering with beer scented body wash. I didn’t like that lingering beer scent after the shower; kind of like how I don’t like that lingering beer breath after drinking beer. It was fun to use once in a while, but not an everyday thing for me. I wouldn’t repurchase this unless it’s on a mega sale, but if you like beer, I would recommend this as a fun shower product that cleans well without drying the skin.
Ryo Green Tea Anti-Hair Loss Treatment is one of the very few Korean hair products that I throughly enjoyed. After using this entire tube along with the shampoo from the same line, although I can’t say I noticed a significant reduction in hair loss, I definitely see potentials. My scalp and hair felt healthier. Unlike many hair conditioner/treatment products that are mainly for the tresses, Ryo Green Tea Anti-Hair Loss Treatment is meant for both scalp and hair. It’s gentle yet refreshingly cooling, and feels amazing not just for the scalp and hair, but also for the senses. It does a decent job of silkening the tresses, but the moisturizing treatment effect wasn’t always enough for my extra dry ends, so I often used this with addition of other hair treatment products for lower half of my hair length.
L’Occitane 5 Essential Oils Shampoo and Conditioner are products I wanted to love but just couldn’t… Both have that lovely scent of essential oils that’s so rejuvenating for the senses. And hair feels great right after these products. However, the next day my scalp feels oilier than usual with a bit of itchiness. As for my hair, it feels soft and silky after the conditioner, but within few hours it starts to feel limp and heavy. They are still soft, but feels superficial. I read some reviews on the conditioner, and the problem seems to be the heavy use of silicones. This was very disappointing. I was so ready to purchase the full sizes because I loved the scent, but I’m glad I didn’t commit to full sizes.
This is a quick run through of these products, so please feel free to ask me for further details. Clickable links with online purchase options are included on most product names in this post, but I highly recommend always searching on your own for best online shopping options for your country.
All your kind comments as well as suggestions are always welcome!