Saturday, January 19, 2013

Skinfood Rice Mask

100g, 7700 won, $165 HKD, 370 NT

Skinfood's Rice Mask is one of the most popular masks in the brand. It contains a lot of rich nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Back in the ancient times, rice/ rice water were used by females to wash their face. Not only can rice water wash away the oil on the surface of the skin, it also leaves behind a mild and gentle feeling. Rice soothes sensitive skin, prevents dark spots from forming on the surface, and provides a whitening effect.

Instructions: Apply a thick layer onto clean damp skin, massage onto skin lightly (sensitive skin do not massage). Leave on for 10-15 mins and wash with warm water.

My skin feels soft and moisturized, but the whitening effect is not obvious... the rice mask is creamy with bits of rice in it, so one can probably use it as a gentle exfoliator while washing it off. The smell is fresh but also smells ricey.

Compared to other Skinfood masks, the Skinfood Rice Mask works ok... blackheads on the nose weren't visible, but the ones buried deep inside the nose would probably require a bit more assistance. It's quite moisturizing, good for winter.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Skinfood Black Sugar Mask

100g, 7700won, $165 HKD, 370 NT 

Black sugar contains vitamins, minerals, and natural lemon extract. The Skinfood Black sugar mask can remove dead skin cells gently, stimulate new skin cells so it becomes easier to absorb nutrients in other skincare products. It makes your skin look radiant and it's suitable for normal to dry skin.
The first time I was using it... got a bit confused... is this a scrub or mask?? As I was applying it onto my face, the sugar seems big... I treated it as a mask and applied a thick layer on my face. After 10 mins, I added some water and massage gently so it exfoliates my skin. I washed it off with warm to hot water so the sugar melts. After I am done, my skin feels so soft. But be careful not to scrub too hard, otherwise it might damage your skin.
Not suitable for people with break out (acne skin).

There's absolutely no sugar smell in this mask... but it smells like lemon.. but doesn't fit the name of the product at all... but it does contain lemon extract which helps whiten the skin, making it look radiant.

Instructions: Apply onto damp skin after cleansing, apply a thick layer onto the face (avoid eyes and lip area), wait 10-15 mins, massage while washing it off with warm water.

I would definitely buy this product again. It acts as a good exfoliator and I really love the softness it brings!!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Skinfood Black Sesame Seed Hot Mask

100g, 8600 won, $170 HKD, 520 NT

The Skinfood Black Sesame Seed Hot Mask is one of the most popular products in Skinfood.
Contains Vitamin C, proteins, yogurt ingredients, and 100% natural black sesame which provides moisture and nutrients to your skin. 
Black sesame contains charcoal salt and sugar powder, which gives your skin a warm feeling. That's probably why it's known as a "hot" mask. 
It increases blood circulation, opens pores, deeps cleanses, and reduces the formation of black heads.

Very strong black sesame smell! 

I accidentally tasted it and it's so sweet, almost tasted like black sesame paste (dessert). 
It's totally suitable for the winter time since the mask becomes hot right after you applied it onto your face. 
The only thing I don't like about it is that it's a bit runny... if you put too much on your face, it drips down your chin.... but it works as a good exfoliator, cleanses really well. 
My skin is super soft and radiant after using it. 
I'll probably get this product again if I go to Korea.

Instructions: Clean your face and apply mask onto damp skin (avoid eyes and lips area). Massage for 3-5 minutes and wash with warm water.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Skinfood Ginseng Repairing Massage

100g, 7700 won

ingredients; red ginseng, royal jelly extract and other nutrients

This is a super moisturizing massage cream with a thick texture. It melts after a few massages onto the face, just like when butter melts on a pan.. it makes your face very shiny, but of course after massaging, you need to wash the cream off.

Suitable for dry skin, someone living in a dry area or someone needing a lot of moisture. For the ginseng products I have tried so far, the scent is quite strong, but for this one, the scent is light.

For those with pimples, please DO NOT massage your face AT ALL, else you will spread the pimples to other 'clear' areas.

Instructions: Apply a thick layer on your face massage in circles for 5-10 mins, wash with warm water.

After using it, my skin do feel moisturized. But I hate the oily feeling throughout the massage...

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Skinfood Apple Vinegar Fresh Foam

130 mL, 6700 won

The name makes me wonder how a combination of apple and yucky vinegar smells like... 
well... I became attracted to its lovely apple smell !! 
Really wanna just eat it ha ha ~~
There's no vinegar smell at all!

The texture is a clear water jelly foam which locks the water in honey.
It cleanses and delivers a lot of water to your skin, making it look radiant.

Foams up pretty ok, I wouldn't say it foams up crazy like the Fancl washing powder.
Suitable for all skin types
Usually for water foam, it's ok for dry or normal to dry skin
Since this one contains vinegar, it does a very good job cleansing my normal to oily skin as well
My face just smelled like apple afterwards, there are no vinegar (sour) smell at all~

The price is so good in Korea! only 6700 won, that's like ~$6.2 USD. 
If you buy it in Hong Kong or Taiwan.... it's like 2-3x more expensive....

For those who have oily skin, you can use it in the morning. 
For everyone else, I would recommend using this one after your removed your make up with cleansing oil.
This one is considered a medium to strong cleanser, depending on your skin type and what time of the day you are using it.

I will for sure buy it again if I go to Korea =)

Fancl Washing Powder

The washing powder was part of the set I bought.
I have always had trouble using washing powder, it creates a mess.... 
I always just apply to my skin directly with some water, but this was wrong...
After I watched the salesperson at Fancl demonstrate.... 

Put a bit of washing powder on the wash ball 

Put some water on your palm
Rub the side of the ball with powder on your palm in circles
You will see ffeeee foam
Repeat until you have enough foam

The foam is super soft and fine!!!
I can't believe washing powder can create such fine, puffy and soft foam
When I apply it on my face, I feel a layer of cushion between my palm and my face
haha my whole face is full of foam =P
its pH is the same as your skin, the product doesn't contain chemicals toxic to your face
It feels very fresh and clean afterwards!! 

I would recommend using this after removing your make up with cleansing oil.
Don't use it in the morning as it is considered a strong cleanser.


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