Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating (Moisturising) Lotion

Okay, today I'll be reviewing Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating (Moisturising) Lotion.

The name is super long right? And I got kinda confused 'cos some people call it moisturising lotion while others call it hydrating, but oh well... two names are better than one!
....actually, never mind... I think that will just confuse people.


See? Point proven.
Now on to my review!

Okay, I may be a little biased here but THIS PRODUCT IS AWESOME.
Anyway I'm the one reviewing it so I have every right to decide if it is good or not. HAH!
If you don't think my judgement is credible you can try to find another beauty blogger who says this product is rubbish.

But let me tell you that person would probably be one in a few thousand or an insignificant proportion of the human population who use facial products (and even more insignificant when compared to the entire human population)
Gosh why am I including my GP knowledge and Statistics knowledge in this post and boring you guys  teaching you guys useful things cool things that you will never need in the workforce but you can use it to impress people at dinner parties or whatever.

OKAY!
ON TO MY REVIEW! REALLY! (sorry to make you scroll down this far)

This is my holy grail product. It really keeps my pimples in check (until my itchy fingers get to them) and really calms breakouts.
Results may vary, of course. My friend had to use this for a week before her pimples started diminishing but I saw results in 2-3 days. Her skin is a lot better now, thankyouverymuch, and she still uses this faithfully!
As for me, I use it twice daily- once in the morning before I go to school and once at night as a toner.
Note: In Japan they call toners 'lotions' so this product is basically a toner. Use it as you would in your skincare routine!
What I really like about this product is that it is moisturising (the QQ feeling as advertised!!) and that it is non-sticky and leaves no residue.
You know Hada Labo's other lotion- the Arbutin one (see post here) turned me off because it made my face feel so sticky and gross afterwards,  so I gave up using that lotion (I use it on my arms and legs now).



I use roughly twice this amount for my whole face and neck in one application ^^

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Loves: Moisturising, non-sticky, no residue, effective
Hates: None so far!
Rating: 9/10
Price: 22.90 SGD at SASA, Guardian or Watsons
I am selling an entirely new bottle of this at 18 SGD! Contact me at critiquesofacritic@yahoo.com if you are interested ^^



Friday, May 17, 2013

Hada Labo Shirojyun Arbutin Whitening Lotion

Hi guys!
As promised, Hada Labo posts coming up :)
Hada Labo Shirojyun Arbutin Whitening Lotion




I purchased this last year and used it faithfully for some time, but gave up on it after a month or so even though I noticed visible whitening results.

The reason?
Because it had a sticky, slight...ly filmy/oily feel after application, which I disliked.
I would rather have this is some sort of facial wash.


I am currently using the Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid lotion, which I prefer 10 x more because when it is absorbed into the skin, it does not leave any sticky feeling and sinks in a whole lot better :)
But more on that in a separate post!

Anyway, there is actually nothing much to review for this.

It does not provide instantaneous results, mind you, and make sure you apply a palmful of lotion to each side of the face! Like so:



I use about twice of this quantity for one application :)

Apply it and pat in well, as you see them do in all the Hada Labo commercials hahaha!

It took me about two weeks to notice I've gotten fairer but perhaps I am just naturally oblivious like that.

I used it in conjunction with My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Masks for double the whitening effects :P

Unfortunately I went for a swimming excursion with my friends and now my hard work is kinda wasted :(


Anyway, I've been using this on my arms and legs because I'm not so conscious about the sticky feeling on these areas and I definitely need to lighten my skin tone there after my swimming trip :(


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Loves: It works!
Hates: Sticky feeling
Rating: 7.5 / 10
Price: 22.90 SGD in Watsons/ Guardian / SASA

Saturday, May 11, 2013

VOV Apple Nails in Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow

Hi guys!
I have a super long post for y'all today, chock-full of pictures because being a very irritable reader of numerous other beauty and makeup bloggers who don't bother showing us how the product looks on their faces/ etc.
It really gets me when they just swatch the lipstick or blush on the back of their hand and expect us to know how it looks like in real life??
Seriously!

Anyway, I'll be reviewing VOV Apple Nails which I purchased on the Qoo10 global site here for 1.40 SGD each. Such a steal right? Sadly, the shipping cost to Singapore is equivalent of two nail polishes :(((( and the moment you exceed 4 items, they DOUBLE your shipping fee. *@#!$!!


A shot of all the polishes~




And of the individual bottles!





And to see how the colours turn out when applied...





So basically all of them look a tad bit darker in real life than in the bottle.
But when I look at the pictures now the difference doesn't look that obvious. Hmm.
Maybe it's a trick of the light when I look at it in real life, then.



So I was lazy, and just painted over my green and yellow nails for this review :P
I didn't bother cleaning up the sides (sorry) because I have school tomorrow!!

Here is the photo taken off the site of all the colours.
The colours are really quite true to the picture.
(the picture does not fit very well into the frame so I had to shrink it)







Verdict

Application:
Generally quite easy to apply, but the first layer is extremely runny (especially for green and yellow) and you need at least three coats.
Yellow and green are brushstroke-prone i.e. you can see your brushstrokes so a smoothing top coat is a must for these two colours. Orange and blue gives me less trouble, possibly because they are darker in hue.

Consistency:
First layer is extremely runny, as mentioned above (especially for green and yellow) and you need at least three coats.
I'd advise you to apply a thicker layer at one go, to reduce the brushstroke problem. When I lifted the almost-dripping brush from the bottle and slapped the polish on the polish stayed really well and didn't run off. It was done in seconds with no need for a second coat.

Colour:
I love green best, followed by... yellow, then blue, and my least favourite is orange because it is not as pastel as I had hoped (like how it looked in the bottle), though it's still pretty... just a bit neon. I'm dreaming of doing tiger nails with it!
Green and yellow looks really pastel and I'm happy :)
I might get a lighter blue next time, but this is actually not bad.

Rating: 8.5/10 overall! I might have given a 9 if the colour for orange and blue were lighter and the consistency of yellow and green were better...

I think it's really worth every penny though!
I mean, for 8.50 SGD I can only buy a bottle of China Glaze, or a bottle of O.P.I without the shipping charge of $1 :( (OPI is impossible to get at 8.50 SGD awww)
I'm not sure if I should get the pink. But I'm looking for a really pretty, light pastel pink, and I don't want it to turn out like the orange.
Purple just looks gross in the picture.
Maybe I should get the pink and the three nail care bottles (top coat, base coat, essence) just to expand my collection!

Did I mention how awfully cute the bottles are?? You can even see tree bark
patterns!! SQUEAAAAAAL!! 
*surrounded by tons of excited faces*


TRY IT OUT FOR YOURSELF FOLKS!

The seller has stopped selling these nail polishes :( too bad! I'll keep you guys posted if I can find a shop with similar prices. I'm quite sad because these are so bloody cheap!