Saturday, March 28, 2015

Review: Ryoe/Ryeo Jayangyunmo Shampoo + Conditioner for Oily Hair

Given my love for Korean skincare it is only natural that I check out their haircare products! My latest obsession are with hanbang shampoos--those which are made from oriental medicinal herbs. I've tried a couple of variants already, from different brands, and I bought full sized products because I like the results.

My focus for today is from Amore Pacific, the Ryeo / Ryoe Jayangyunmo (anti hair loss) shampoo and conditioner:

Just to give you background, I have an oily scalp so I wash my hair regularly, my hair is a bit dry sometimes though from regular blowdrying and from skipping conditioner (heehee).

The shampoo and conditioner are targeted for hair loss, naturally I chose the variant for oily hair. Major ingredients of the shampoo (info from Koreadepart) include: salicylic acid, gold, licorice, ginger, green tea, and other Korean herbs). 

Now, I'm not sure if this shampoo is sulfate-free, it may or may not be, however, the texture and feel of this shampoo is very different from regular drugstore shampoos found in the supermarket. It is brown in color, with a very soothing smell of oriental herbs. It is also not "pearly" like regular shampoos. But it still lathers well. After I rinse it off, my hair feels silky smooth and my scalp feels cleansed and refreshed.

The conditioner also smells very good, and again, the texture is unlike the regular drugstore ones... It is quite thick, almost clay-like (even the color)! and you can tell that it's not made of silicones... I'd say it is packed with herbal ingredients. It still spreads well despite its thick texture, and my hair feels very moisturized and soft after I rinse it off. 

After using Ryoe I made it a habit to regularly use conditioner together with the shampoo. I get good results everytime. My hair feels silky and very manageable, it's growing out quite well and the hair fall is dramatically reduced, unlike when I used regular shampoos. I guess it does strengthen the hair well.. Today I only used the shampoo and my hair feels soft, not dry at all. And like I said, the smell is very relaxing to the senses. It keeps my hair thick and lustrous---I'm not kidding.

The other thing I noticed is that I don't see as much grey/white hairs as before.. I'm in my 30s and I would start to see one or two stray white hairs which stand out because my hair is very black... but after using hanbang shampoos I don't see them as much. I'm not sure if it did help but I guess the nutrition supplied to the hair is also very beneficial.

Just want to point out that I still "rotate" my shampoo usage every once or twice a week-- I still use drugstore shampoos or an anti-residue shampoo such as the Tsubaki Head Spa Extra Cleansing, to avoid buildup.

Overall I will keep using this shampoo because I love the soothing smell and the long lasting effects! It keeps my hair healthy and problem free. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

HG: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders in Diffused Light and Ethereal Light

These are my first products from Hourglass Cosmetics and I was very impressed! They are currently my favorite highlighters/finishing powders:

Love the effect of these! In my opinion they are more visible than the effect of Guerlain meteorites on my skin, and they do give that soft-focused, beautiful glow, depending on what you use and under what type of lighting.

Diffused light (left) is more yellow, hence it functions more as a finishing powder to me, taking away redness and highlighting my features subtly. It gives a fresh-faced look, like a "soft ray of morning light" with no over-the-top shimmer, just a nice glow that blurs out pores, redness, and other imperfections.

Ethereal light, on the other hand, has soft pinkish tones that mimics a moonlit glow and oh yes, I'm not kidding because it does exactly that! tIt looks very good as a highlighter, and again it just enhances the skin so well, no shimmery effect, but rather a glowy, ethereal look

I use them on top of foundation, be it liquid or powder, and they give the most amazing results. I'm planning to get the Ambient Lighting Palette as well, just to try out the other shades, because I'm very satisfied with these babies. They are quite expensive, but they are worth it!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Review: Tony Moly Intense Care Snail BB Cream

It's been a long time since I bought and used a BB Cream, because I'm not a fan of the pink ashy tones and the thick finish, plus the fact that I found my HG powder foundation already (It's the Lunasol Skin Modeling Powder Foundation). But anyway, I'll be talking about the Tony Moly Intense Care Snail BB Cream for now and my thoughts regarding this product.

It is packaged in a tube with a pump which is convenient and hygenic. Shade wise, it is still an ashy pink, which is still not my ideal kind of shade, but it blends with my skin after a few minutes. One co-worker commented I was "glowing" while I had this BB Cream on.

I did not buy this for the shade, but rather for its skincare properties.. I believe it has 45% snail secretion filtrate, plus a host of other skincare ingredients for firming, and brightening properties. It also has SPF 45 PA++.

As a makeup base/foundation, it was not very long lasting (around 4-5 hours on my combination/oily skin), but the formula was soothing to the skin.I had my warts removed 3 months ago and I'm left with dark spots on my face after the scabs fell off... my powder foundation could not cover them properly and I didn't want to put layers and layers of thick makeup to cover them up.. I used Tony Moly Intense Care Snail BB Cream for about two months, sometimes on its own, sometimes with another sunblock, and slowly my skin started to recover. The dark spots faded significantly and my redness/sensitivity was reduced...It  was  also moisturizing and it satisfied my need for hydration. So now I could proceed with my normal skincare routine, the marks have already faded and I could wear my sheer foundations again.

It was expensive (around 1600 pesos) but it has a lot of product and up to now I haven't used it up yet. It's a good BB cream for its skincare properties and high SPF, and it's great for my no-makeup days. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Happy Skin Lippies yet again!

I've had Happy Skin's Shut and Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippies before and I have kind of forgotten how moisturizing and long lasting their formula was... It's nice to know that the brand has grown and there are lots of other shades being offered. I bought 3 recently and I'm loving each of them:

from L-R: Honeymoon Glow, 24 Carats, Naughty and Nice

Honeymoon Glow is THE perfect nude for me---with the right balance of pink that does not make me look washed out, is not too pale, and just simply looks natural. After searching for it, I've finally found the one, haha.  On other skin tones it may come across as mauve, but for me it's such a great everyday color and perfect for when I want my eyes to stand out as well. 

24 Carats is part of the StyLIZed collection by style maven Liz Uy. It's actually bright pink-red, a bold lip color that looks great and not to cool on me. 

Naughty and Nice is part of their holiday collection I believe, and is a plummy-berry color that looks fall-appropriate but I wear it now and it looks sophisticated. Not too bright but it still stands out. 

All lip colors are quite semi-matte, non-drying and long lasting--- even with meals and drinks. Won't last for an entire kissing session though, but touch ups are quite minimal throughout the day, with deeper colors leaving a nice stain behind. Price is still the same, around 499 pesos for colors part of the basic lineup and 599 each for limited edition ones--- still great for hoarding! I love Happy Skin and it's great to know that a local brand is competing very well with other beauty brands out there. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Fave products for Skin and Hair - from Laneige (BB Cushion Series) and Cream Silk

Happy New Year! I've been too busy to update this blog but I just want to share my fave products I've been using regularly from last year:

I previously reviewed the Laneige Snow BB Cushion and liked the dewy finish---however they came up with a Pore Control variant which aims to address pores and to provide more coverage--- being a BB cushion convert I had to try it as well:

I have it in 21 Natural Beige. It's slightly darker than my usual no. 13 but it's not that noticeable. It lasts long, has good coverage (more coverage than the Snow BB Cushion (Whitening) and leaves a semi-matte finish, which I also like. It's better for girls with oily skin. I also find that it doesn't cake when layered, but I usually need a very small amount (which I pat several times for that seamless finish) and the result is flawless skin. If you want a dewier, more natural look, go for the Whitening one. 

Next, I've been using Cream Silk Conditioner for as long as I can remember, and it's been around for so long, I remember its tv ads even when I was a kid! I grew up with this brand and it's nice that Sample Room sent me these goodies to re-kindle my love for this brand. My favorites--- the blue one or Damage Control because it makes my hair super soft and manageable, and the pink Standout Straight because it fights frizz.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Babyliss Miracurl

I wanted to get this for the longest time, but I heard there are a lot of imitations/knock offs in the market today, particularly with online sellers. It is also expensive (around $200) But I figured why not invest on something that works and will last a long time.

Thank goodness Babyliss is available in the Philippines via Watsons and SM supermalls. I was able to get one at a special discount because of a sale.

I've been seeing this all over blogs and Get it Beauty which is a tv show in Korea. I thought it is a no-brainer to use --- no more going to the salons to curl hair. It's even more user-friendly than the Hair Wavz which I've previously reviewed before. It's also works faster--- no waiting time. Just pull a small section of the hair and the curling chamber "sucks" it up and curls it. That's it! It has built-in timer, curl direction (left, right or alternate)  and heat settings so you can choose whether to have loose waves or tight curls. It also works for very fine to thick hair.

Because I have thick hair I would use a setting spray so the curls last. If I don't then I would just get loose waves, but they're still pretty nonetheless. I do not find any cons with this product---it is amazing and you get what you pay for. Definitely a must-have for that instant makeover look!

See it in action :

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