Special care

All posts tagged Special care

[XMAS -12] Baviphat Milk Moisture Lip & Eye Remover

Published December 13, 2012 by Beauty-full Dreams

Anyone who tried Korean eye makeup knows that the “waterproof” label on the packaging isn’t misleading. Thus to remove these mascaras, eyeliners and eyeshadows completely, you need a powerful ally :

bvmilkremover.jpg

I’ve already mentioned Baviphat Milk Moisture Lip&Eye Remover a couple of times before but this is truly the best eye makeup remover I’ve ever tried. Not only does it clean every bit of waterproof and glittery makeup but it’s also very gentle on the skin and doesn’t cause any irritation (be careful not to accidently put some in your eyes though, it really stings). And I can’t resist its sweet milk and baby powder smell ^-^

Advertisements

[XMAS -14] Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Sticker Review

Published December 11, 2012 by Beauty-full Dreams

I tried many kinds of nose strips when I was a teenager, with more or less results. So when my stressed-out skin developped a few blackheads on my nose, I decided to fight them the Korean way and bought a box of Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Stickers (is Holika Holika constantly trying to break the record for the longest product name ever ?). These stickers belong to a range released this summer to finally get rid of any stubborn blackhead that may remain on your nose.

hhstrip1.jpg hhstrip2.jpg

The box contains 10 strips but you can also purchase them separately, if you prefer. Each strip is wrapped individually in a pink packet with the instructions printed on the back, which is not only more hygienic but also much more convenient to carry with you (think short trip or sleepover ^^)

hhstrip3.jpg

Once you tear the packet open, your are faced with a pink double-sided  nose strip.

hhstrip4.jpg hhstrip5.jpg

Here’s how to use Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Sticker :

1/ Wash your face (or just your nose)

2/ Pat dry with a towel

3/ Slightly dampen your nose, including the wings, with a little bit of water. Be careful not to put too much water, your nose shouldn’t be all wet. Just pat enough water for the strip to stick to the skin.

4/ Carefully remove the Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Sticker from the plastic sheet by one of its edge. Try no to touch the sticky side.

5/ Place the Perfect Sticker on your nose with the bright pink side on your skin. Press with your fingers to make it adhere better.

6/ Wait for 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, don’t forget to put on your skin care everywhere else if you washed the whole face 🙂

7/ Gently strip the Perfect Sticker off your nose, starting from one of the wing edges.

8/ Put some moisturizer on your nose.

Sweet Talk :

Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Stickers are said to “Remove deep-rooted blackheads, whiteheads, dead skin cells and absorb sebum”.

The Naked Truth :

Before discussing the actual effects of Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Sticker, I’d like to speak about the box and packets. I know it’s probably meant to be cute but, to be honest, I find this pink and blue packaging quite ugly, and this goes for the whole Pig Nose line. It’s hard to believe that it comes from the same brand that released all these gorgeous magic-themed cosmetics 😦 Then, I can’t understand why you would choose to call your cosmetics range “Pig Nose” ??? Even if I set aside the fact that it’s an insult in my country, I don’t get how the promise of having a pig nose sounds desirable in any way. Holika Holika’s explanation is that there’s no blackhead on a pig nose. But I’ve never seen any blackhead on a cat nose either (chin, sometimes, but not nose)…

That being said, let’s get back to the results. I don’t know about the whiteheads, since I don’t have any on my nose, but I wasn’t amazed by the effects on blackheads. Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Sticker did remove a few but it was far from removing them all. Part of the problem is that I don’t have large pores so it’s harder to get rid of the blackheads. But a nose strip that’s supposed to remove the deep-rooted ones should have done the trick, right ?

I didn’t notice any difference regarding the sebum, but the cleanser I used (Baviphat Natural Pure Avocado Facial Foam) already did a great job (and without drying the skin ^^). I agree with the dead skin cells part though, the stripping action does take away dead skin (but so does any other nose strip when you remove it).

hhstrip.jpg

Click for a bigger view

So, Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Sticker in a nutshell…

Easy to use ? Yes

Comfortable ? More or less

Effective ? Not that much

Good value ? Yes ($4.19/10 strips)

Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Sticker is a bit of a letdown. It does remove some blackheads but many Western brand nose strips are as just as effective, and you don’t have to pay awfully expensive shipping costs to get them. People with sensitive and/or dry skin should avoid the Perfect Sticker (and most nose strips in general) as it dries out the skin and may cause some irritation due to the stripping motion.

Lioele Honey Essential Mask Review

Published June 17, 2012 by Beauty-full Dreams

When I first discovered Korean cosmetics, the most intriguing products for me were the mask sheets. Totally unknown in my European country (although I remember a failed attempt with an awfully expensive moisturizing mask 8 years ago), they’re a staple in every Asian woman’s beauty box. Each brand carries at the very least one full range of mask sheets for dry, normal and acne-prone skins, usually completed by whitening and anti-aging cares. All of them boast about the amazing effects of their natural ingredients, be it regular fruit and vegetable extracts or something more exotic like nuts & cereals, pearl, caviar, wine, snail mucus, gold and even platinum. For those who shiver at the thought of a snail mucus mask, wait until you discover Korea’s very own bee venom serum and snake venom cream…

As a firm believer of wash-off masks (called “packs” in Korea), I had my doubts about sheet masks : are they really effective ? Is it really ok to let the product sink into the skin for that long ? Are they safe to use for sensitive skins ?

Still I decided to take my chances, or more exactly to let my mum take her chances, and bought Lioele Honey Essential Mask. My mum has dry skin and the spring/summer season makes things even worse, so I thought that nourrishing her skin with honey might be a good idea. Luckily, my mum doesn’t mind experimenting with beauty products so she tried it despite knowing that I didn’t have a single clue about how it would work and the possible effects on her skin. Yeah, she’s brave like that.

 

(click on the pictures for a better view)

“So, what does this mask look like and how do I use it ?”, I hear you all say. Well, here it is ^^

To be honest, I cheated a bit as I took the photo after using the mask. Why, you ask ? Because, once opened, the first thing that will surprise you about this mask won’t be its strange shape but how dripping wet it actually is. And there still was a lot of essence left inside the package after taking out the mask :

 

So, what do we do now with this weird alien-looking thing ? Well, all you have to do is put it onto your clean face, adjust it using the slits around the edges and relax for 15 to 20 minutes. I recommend starting with 10 minutes if it’s your first time using a Korean sheet mask, as you never know how your skin might react. If your face becomes hot, really tingly or, worse, itchy, take it off immediately. If there’s no reaction, you can leave it for the full 20 minutes. Finally, gently peel the mask off your face and prepare to be amazed !

Sweet Talk :

“It’s a facial sheet mask pack with intensive essential ingredients. It cares and treats your tired skin and absorbs with fresh without stickiness”

The Naked Truth :

Lioele Honey Essential Mask does contains many key ingredients that work wonder for the skin such as glycerin (moisturizing/anti-irritant), castor oil (moisturizing/soothing), natto gum (antioxidant), witch hazel (anti-inflammatory), honey (nourrishing), dipotassium glycyrrhizate (= licorice, helps dry & damaged skin) and allantoin (healing/moisturizing).

And it truly shows on your skin : when my mum took off her mask, I couldn’t believe how much her condition had improved ! It wasn’t dry anymore, it was really soft and plump like a fully-hydrated skin. And her complexion became brighter too. She was so happy with the results ! She didn’t get any irritation despite her highly sensitive skin and after she patted the remaining essence on her face, she was even able to stay for a couple of hours without putting on a face cream (usually, she has to put it right away or her skin begins to itch).

The essence is easily absorbed by the skin and is not sticky, it’s actually more on the watery side. Oh, and it has a pleasant (and light) smell of honey with a touch of licorice.

So, Lioele Honey Essential Mask in a nutshell…

Nice Texture ? Yes

Pleasant smell ? Yes

Easy to use ? Yes

Effective ? Oh Yeah !!

Good value ? Yes ! ($2.40 per mask)

Lioele Honey Essential Mask is honestly one of the very best skin care products I’ve ever seen ! Far more efficient that insanely expensive creams, it will transform your tired, dull, dehydrated skin into a soft, plump and youthful one. And it can be used safely by all skin types. A true hit for everyone !

Lioele Carry Me Blueberry Hand Cream Review

Published January 6, 2012 by Beauty-full Dreams

Do you remember my Pretty&Cute order ? The first item I decided to try was the Lioele Carry Me Hand Cream. I chose the Blueberry one (I love berry flavors) but it also exists in Coconut. The hand cream comes in a cute pink and silver plastic tube that reminds me of a poster or oil paint tube.

The cream itself has a light, watery texture that glides really easily on your hands. It’s not sticky at all and leaves a smooth finish on your skin. The smell is definitely a berry one, but to me it seems more like a strawberry one with a hint of blueberry. Anyway, it’s a very pleasant fragrance, almost like a fresh fruit, that lingers well without being overpowering.

All right, you think, but is it efficient ? To answer this question, let’s take a look at the promises made by Lioele in their…

Sweet Talk

“Lioele Carry Me Blueberry Hand Cream is a blended Vitamin E and natural fruit extracts, this handy and silky hand cream soothes, moisturizes and protects your skin against dehydration”

And here are the facts, also known as…

The naked truth

Lioele Carry Me Blueberry Hand Cream does contain several natural ingredients that are good for your skin : glycerin, olive oil and camelia extract (nourrishing), blueberry and grape seed oil (rich in Vitamin E), honeysuckle and peach leaf extract (anti-inflammatory, helps with skin blemishes), etc.

Unfortunately for those who stay away from them, it also contains mineral oil, silicones and parabens. People with sensitive skin may want to try this hand cream before buying since thriethanolamine is also listed and is a known skin irritant.

Here is the full composition :

The cream truly leaves your skin soft and moisturized for quite a while but it won’t work miracles if your hands are chapped or exposed to harsh weather. It does help calming irritated skin, though.

So, Lioele Carry Me Blueberry Hand Cream in a nutshell…

Nice texture ? Yes

Pleasant smell ? Yes

Easy to use ? Yes

Effective ? Yes

Good value ? Yes  ($6.99/40ml)

I’ve tried scores of hand creams before and they were either vaguely effective with an awful smell and sticky texture or nicely fragranced but totally inefficient. So Lioele Carry Me Blueberry Hand Cream was a nice surprise as it does a pretty good job moisturizing and soothing the skin while being a non-sticky, fast absorbed formula with a lovely berry smell. Definitely worth buying !