May 23, 2016

[Review] Etude House Skin Mal:gem Moist

Etude House Skin Mal:gem Moist (250 ml)

If you ask me, to choose one, which step you cannot eliminate in your daily skin care routine? I would say, skin moisturizing. And I would pick "sun block application" as the second utmost essential step (which I would cover in my future post).

Living in an environment which is hot and humid almost 80% in a year, we often had oily skin and acne problem. In fact, I suffered serious acne problem during early-teenage (puberty) where I am too embarrassed to show my forehead. Then as time passes and hormones stabilizes, it all become under-controlled in its own natural way. 

However, still our skin gets oily easily during the hot days. One day, as I was reading an article, then I realized the reason why our skin secretes sebum is of a self-balancing action. Like how? For example, you wash your face with deep cleansing solution (thinking of cleaning all the oil and dirt off your skin) and leave it bare (without putting any skin care product), you will still find your skin secretes sebum. In fact, your skin does that in order to prevent skin dryness and to keep it moisture. Think of that, what if you keep your skin moisturized, would it keep of sebum? Not completely, but most certainly there is an effect.

Basically, you can feed your skin with water in TWO ways: drink/consume water (indirect) and apply moisturizer (direct). To do the direct way, a good moisturizing toner would do the trick. And today, I am going to share with you my personal favourite - Etude House Skin Mal:gem Moist Care Freshener.

맑음 (mal:gem) is the Korean word for cleanness, clarity and pureness.
Skin Mal:gem hypoallergenic toners are promoting clean, clear and
pure complexion with moisturizing and pore cleansing formulas.

An aluminum seal is found as shown above

Toner in 4-ways

You may use the series in 4 ways:
#01 - Directly apply fresh and/or smoother toner, then apply moist and/or deep moist and/or essential
#02 - 30-minute point-mask (apply on cotton pad and put on certain face spot)
#03 - Whole mask (apply on compressed-paper mask and put on your face)
#04 - Facial mist (pour it into a mist bottle and spray on your face)

I am quite a lazy person, you see. So most of the times, I simply just apply it directly to my face after cleansing. As demonstrates as above, I pour the toner into a smaller bottle (30 ml) as it is more convenient to bring it around than carrying a-250 ml, especially during short trips. Personally I like this pressed-type bottle as it is easier to control the portion that is being dispensed (to prevent wastage).

As you can see from the photo above (left), you can tell the density of the toner. This is how I usually describe its density to my friends:- it is neither sticky as Hada Labo, nor watery as those alcohol-type toner. Its non-heavy solution is just nice for the skin to absorb within seconds.

Please do not expect you will glow after applying this. It is not magic portion, or what-so-ever. It is merely a toner with moisturizing effect. In order to treat your skin well, this is an essential-step. To see the effect, do it consistently.

To note, this has been the THIRD bottle (250 ml) I have purchased. It used to price around RM80/bottle. I bought for RM33/bottle on my last purchase which is last year Christmas as there were year-end promotion.

Do lemme know your thoughts about this product review or share yours experience with me in the comment box below.


May 15, 2016

[Review] MEMEBOX X HERMO Holiday Edition PONY Nail Collection

MEMEBOX X HERMO Holiday Edition PONY Nail Collection

People who knows me personally can totally tell that I am a BIG FAN of nail polish/lacquer. Well, here we are, a review on a new nail lacquer collection which I have added - MEMEBOX X PONY!

For you who is not quite familiar with PONY, she is a Korean YouTuber whom is famous for self-taught makeup tutorials, hottest K-beauty trends and beauty tips (check out her YouTube channel : Pony's Beauty Diary). She collaborated with MEMEBOX and introduced a product line exclusively inspired and designated by her whereby it aims for beginner-friendly yet glamorous. Side notes, she is 2NE1 CL's exclusive makeup artist at the moment. (Geeeee, you can surely tell how good she is)

As the title reads, you can tell that I bought them from They were having a Christmas sale then and this collection was introduced. Hermo actually sells them individually, but made a customized-collection for Christmas : 4 x PONY MEMEBOX nail lacquers (4 x 10 ml) plus 1 x I'M NAIL REMOVER (100 ml) for RM59.00/set. (you will find their original price as you read)

Left to right:
01. Meteor Shower #02
02. Worm Hole #01
03. Eclipse #04
04. My Planet #03

A black label which one end sticks on the bottle cap and the other on the body.
A design to ensure you are the first to open the bottle.

Look at all these pretty colors. Bold and attractive. Most of all, they all fit the Christmas theme perfectly. Well, don't worry that you may only get the chance to wear it during Christmas month, with some magical mix and match, they could turn out to be very wearable even if it's not festive days.

Here I am going to show two of my mix and match results inspired by PONY herself \\^.^//

                    Worm Hole #01 + My Planet #03
Meteor Shower #02 + Eclipse #04

Green is never my favourite, but My Planet #03 is such a glamorous creamy color by its own. (sorry, guess it's not quite visible in my photo above)

As for the nail lacquers, their original price at Hermo is RM20.00/each, but it can be sold at price as low as RM9.00/each during promotional seasons. (Do look out for promotion and be a smart money spender!)

Talking about the nail polish remover, is it me or do you felt the same that they might just missed out a word for the product name??? Shouldn't be it called "I'M NAIL POLISH REMOVER"??? I don't think that anyone would actually like to remove their nails, but nail polish would be acceptable :p As design per say, I find it is quite interesting to name products after "I'M" something something. For example, "I'M TOOTHPASTE" or something else XD


And here we have "I'M NAIL REMOVER". It has a VERY strong sweet strawberry scent, quite pleasant anyway. I would say, it is similar to any average nail polish remover you can find in beauty stores out there. In terms of usability, it is quite handy while removing plain nail lacquer; however, I still struggles while removing nail lacquers that contains particles, such as Worm Hole #01 and Meteor Shower #02. Hermo priced it RM25.90/bottle before any discount, yet it can be sold at price as low as RM8.00/bottle during promotional seasons. (Goshhh crazy pricing)

What are you waiting for? Brighten up your day and sends off Monday blues by coloring your nails today! :)

Do lemme know your thoughts about this product review (what can I improve in my next product review) or share your personal review in the comment box below.


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