Skin Deco

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Review: Ettusais AC-Skincare Skin Version Up Extra

I am often dumbfounded by Japanese skin care. It's not unusual to come across all sorts of funny bunny stuff that one has no clue what they're meant to do.

Can you honestly tell me that you'd know what the Ettusais AC-Skincare Skin Version Up Extra does if nobody were to tell you or if you didn't read the description? Heck, I read the description and couldn't understand what it was for. In fact, I still don't.

And yet, I've been compelled to using it every single day. Wanna know why? Read on...

Before I tell you my interpretation of this product, I'll show you what the description on the back of the bottle and the website says:

Bottle:
"The modern care solution for adults with acne prone skin. formulated with AC control Oil. Fragrance free, colorant free, mildly acidic. Skin moisturizing ingredient: isostearyl alcohol. Quickly penetrates deep into skin surface with softening ingredient. Create soft and plump skin after blends well with toner"

Website:
"Before you decide to slap on any of the good stuff, prime your skin with this permeation promoting liquid so that your skin's horny layer is softer, more moisture absorbent and less 'hydrophobic' Formulated with AC Control oil to suppress acne and optimize your skin's natural moisture. "

Based on the description, it's some sort of pre-toner booster used to aid the absorption of the skin care applied later while containing ingredients to control acne and oil as well as moisturize the skin.

Errr..... ohkay....

Out of the pump is a gel-like fluid that's slightly oily. Applied beneath my regular skin care, my face would begin to look greasy. What more experience any oil-control.

So why and how do I use it everyday?

This stuff makes an excellent daytime moisturizer for my skin. One pump with nothing else but sunscreen before makeup.

It's lightweight enough to not feel thick and heavy. It's moisturizing enough to feel sufficient and not drying. On its own, it doesn't feel greasy or oily. My skin would feel supple and makeup would sit very well on top of it. Throughout the day, my skin would not get particularly oily either even if it's not matte.

All that was enough to make me diligently use it everyday.

Now that I'm halfway through the bottle, I've realized another important benefit of this whatchamacallit -- it helps to keep acne flare-ups at bay.

Granted, I don't have much problems with pimples but they're inevitable when I'm nearing to that time of the month. Perhaps two or three would pop out. I don't want to jinx it *hugs a tree* but I haven't experienced a major zit ever since I've started using this product, which is close to 3 months.

I haven't changed my already bare minimum regime and top it off with the added work stress from my new job, I'm astonished!

From now on I shall call it the Ettusais Day Moisture Wonder 'cause that's what it is to me.
It retails for RM72/85ml at Ettusais counters (there's one in Isetan KLCC, concourse level and another one in Isetan Lot 10, I think). The refill pack (definitely getting that when I'm done with my bottle) goes for RM62.


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review: Lip Gloss C + Lip Gloss R

I'm sure you can witness with your own eyes how Anna Sui lures us packaging-driven girls in. They've certainly put a lot of thought into creating a packaging with such detail for the Anna Sui Lip Gloss C and Anna Sup Lip Gloss R.

Looks aside, were they just as creative when it came to the content?

Take away the fancy packaging and the iconic rose scent (which I've grown to be quite fond of), you'll be left with just another lipgloss.

Don't get me wrong. The gloss is pretty decent whether it's an Anna Sui gloss or not. The texture's not too sticky and goopy. The finish does give quite a bit of shine and it lasts just as long as any other lipgloss. Also, I quite like the tiny applicator wand.

For Lip Gloss C (top) I have it in shade 700 while for Lip Gloss R (bottom), I have it in shade 750. If I'm not mistaken, C stands for "Clear" and R stands for "Rich". As you can see, Lip Gloss C is a clear transparent type of gloss while R is more pigmented and opaque.

750 is an everyday color that you really can't go with if you're into nude-ish neutral tones. However, I find that it's slightly lacking in the shine factor. Surprisingly enough, I prefer shade 700 which is transparent but with a somewhat metallic pink sheen from the fine glitters. It's actually very pretty in real life and a lot shinier than it makes out to be in the pictures.


Still, to justify paying RM75 each for these glosses, you may wanna take a second look at the packaging. What can I say? I'm a sucker for packaging.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Review: Asience Shine Therapy Hair Care Range

Awhile back, Asience took the Malaysian market by storm with their Inner Rich range. You know.. the shampoo that looks exactly like this one but gold. For the first 2 weeks, Asience Inner Rich was as if the next best thing since sliced bread. Shiny, bouncy and shapely hair... What's not to love? And then as if a spell has been broken, my hair turned into hay.

Since then, Asience has released two more lines of hair care; Nature Smooth (green) and now, Shine Therapy (pink). Despite my less than pleasant experience with Inner Rich, I was forgiving enough to give Asience another chance. The brand did, after all, contributed to two weeks of very happy looking hair. So given the opportunity, I tested the Asience Shine Therapy Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment.

Did my hair turn into hay? Read on...

1 month on and my hair's still surviving. No signs of it turning into hay yet but as with the previous range, the first 2 weeks of using Asience Shine Therapy was somewhat amazing. Smooth, shiny hair that doesn't rebel. Flicks and curves in all the right places.

Like Cinderella's carriage turning back into a pumpkin at midnight, the glorious hair days were over soon enough. As an improvement from Inner Rich, my hair did not turn into hay this time but it was no gold either. Just its regular old self.

Asience Shine Therapy Shampoo (RM14.90/220ml)

If only my hair can look like this shampoo. All smooth and satiny...
It lathered well, substantially removed build-up and my hair was easy to managed after shampooing. Nothing spectacular but still alright enough to use.

The scent was pleasant at first whiff but at the second whiff, it kinda smelled like floral-scented modeling clay...

Asience Shine Therapy Conditioner (RM14.90/220ml)

Quite obviously it's a silicone-based conditioner (see how it's translucent?) but thankfully, it washes out quite well without leaving any heavy residue. The silky smooth effect was apparent but only after washing, which means it didn't really treat my hair.

Scent is the same as the shampoo's

Asience Shine Therapy Treatment (RM26.80/180g)

I use this intensive treatment once a week and leave it on for about 5-7 minutes before rinsing off. It's a very thick balm-like cream so not a lot of product is required for my short hair.

The effect is similar to the conditioner's except it lasts a bit longer than a day.

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To sum it up, this range is alright for daily maintenance but if you're looking for something that's gonna revive your hair or give some kind of long term effect, I'd look further. Personally, I'm comfortable with this range. It doesn't do my hair any harm thus far and it's good for as long as I'm consistently using it. But it's not to say that I'm no longer shopping around.


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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Going Green + Sephora Opening in KLCC + 4 Work Looks

When you have no time to go for a facial, make your own!

I've always wanted to try making stuff with avocado and one fine day, I did. One whole avocado was too much for my face so I applied the rest of the concoction (mashed avocado + honey) to my arms and legs except it keept getting licked off by Coby :-/

Read on for 4 office looks and guess what's opening in KLCC?

P/S: I have a Brazilian Waxing voucher for RM45. Any takers? Please e-mail (skindeco.net@gmail.com) me for details.

Yeah, I gave it away in the title.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Sephora in KLCC. No idea when it's gonna open though. It's on the Concourse level next to Cold Storage where the Burger King used to be. Also opening soon is UniQlo, taking over KFC. KLCC just became a more exciting place :D

Last week was pretty hectic for me. I was supposed to post this up but better late than never?


Monday

Eyes:
I Nuovi Metallogy Eyeshadow in Patina + MAC Eyeshadow in Tete-a-Tint + MAC Eyeshadow in Wondergrass

Tuesday

Eyes:
MAC Paint Pot in Coral Crepe + MAC Pigment in Off the Radar + NYX Eyeshadow in Irises (lower lash line) + Lotree Brush Pen Eyeliner

Wednesday

Eyes:
MAC Paintpot in Moss Scape + MAC Pigment in Vintage Gold + NYX Eyeshadow in Brown + MAC Eyeshdaow in Thunder

Cheeks:
Benefit Bella Bamba

Thursday

Eyes:
Paul & Joe Eye Gloss in 03 + MAC Paintpot in Coral Crepe + MAC Eyeshadow in Straw Harvest + Burberry Eyeshadow in Midnight Plum (lower lash line)

Cheeks:
MAC Paintpot in Coral Crepe + Benefit Sugarbomb

Lips:
Laneige Modernist Peach Lipstick + Dior Addict Lipgloss in 127


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Friday, April 1, 2011

Thursday is Fancy Makeup Day!

I put the most effort on my makeup on Thursdays. Perhaps it's because Thursday is a semi-casual day for me (although my work wardrobe hasn't been expanding...). On Fridays we wear the company T-shirt.

3 looks for last week. Read on...

Tuesday

Eyes: Paul & Joe Eye Gloss in 03 + Anna Sui Eye Color in 802 (lid) + Physician's Formula Gel Eyeliner in Green Eyes + Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Barracuda (lower lash line)

Tip of the Day: Colored eyeliner is a great option to quickly dress up the eyes



Thursday

Eyes: NYX Eyeshadow in Golden + NYX Eyeshadow in Brown + I Nuovi Eyeshadow in Potion + MAC Eyeshadow in Electric Blue (lower lashline) + Lotree Brush Pen Eye Liner

Cheeks: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Sunny By Nature

Lips: Stage Wonderkiss Lipcreme in Coy + Anna Sui Lip Gloss C in 700


Friday

Eyes: Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow in Antique Gold + I Nuovi Fluid Liner (eye pencil) in Noir + The Body Shop Mineral Eye Color in 02 Radiant Graphite + MAC Eyeshdaow in Fig 1

Cheeks: MAC Powder Blush in The Perfect Cheek

Lips: Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lipgloss in Kirk


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