REVIEW: Cosrx's Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cosrx is a brand that I have been deeply acquainted with for the past few months. It started out with the really innocuous-looking Centella Blemish Cream (Will be blogging about this the next time!) and now, I have half a drawer full of backups and a couple of new products which I want to try. Heh.

For those who are unfamiliar with the brand, Cosrx comes from Korea and it prides itself in using only the necessary ingredients to get maximum effects. Most of their products have ingredient lists that are really, really short, especially when compared with the other Korean skincare brands. It is super huge on Reddit's Asian Beauty because of its efficacy, in particular their AHA and BHA products and of course, the above Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence.

The Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence contains 96% Snail Secretion Filtrate to help hydrate and repair damage skin and improve skin elasticity. I use a dollop of this right after cleansing. The essence is really gooey and can take quite a while to sink into the skin completely, so I will do it in layers and tap it in gently. If you use too much, then there's a tacky after-feeling but otherwise, it's okay, even for the day. I usually follow up with my usual amount of moisturizer at night but I'll use a little less during the day or skip it completely.

I didn't notice any immediate magic effect but rather, a gradual change. My leftover marks from a recent breakout went away quicker than usual, my skin feels plumper and healthier and the bumpy area on my inner cheeks has become smoother. I like applying a little of this on fresh zits too because it calms them down and makes them less angry. Recently, I started applying this on the top of my back where eczema was starting to reappear. I don't exactly think that this is a remedy for eczema but it really makes mine a lot less itchy. I also got my brother started on this and his old scars are clearing up quite a bit. :D

Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is priced at USD15.20 on Wishtrend or SGD23.20 on Qoo10 (Wishtrend).

REVIEW: La Roche-Posay's UVIDEA XL Aqua Fresh Gel SPF50 PA++++

Friday, March 17, 2017

La Roche-Posay's UVIDEA XL Aqua Fresh Gel SPF50 PA++++ was mentioned before in my Post-Laser Skincare Routine, but I thought I give a more detailed review now that I have completely finished it. It's actually the first sunscreen that I finished in a very long time. :D

The UVIDEA XL Aqua Fresh Gel contains Mexoryl® XL which is a highly effective chemical sun filter. But unlike the more commonly used ones like Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, Mexoryl® XL doesn't penetrate the skin easily and so, chances of it disrupting hormones or causing skin allergies are pretty low. You can read more about it here. The sunscreen also contains Detoxyl and of course, the brand's signature thermal spring water which calms the skin helps keep signs of ageing at bay. This is free from fragrances and parabens, and is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic.

Made in France, the gel-like cream sunscreen comes housed in a 30ml pump bottle. I apply this after moisturiser and I find that this gel-like cream sinks into my skin really quickly. It gives a very satiny-smooth finish which makes a great makeup base. I pat on my powder foundation without any caking. It's not very calming but it doesn't irritate my ultra-sensitive skin. As the day progresses, I don't experience any excessive greasiness despite our insane weather. My pores feel like they are breathing just fine and it is really comfortable. You don't feel it on your skin at all. As for its effectiveness in sun protection, it's rather difficult to gauge but I haven't noticed any new freckles and current ones aren't darkening.

People with sensitive skin and who don't like the thickness and whiteness of physical sunscreens will really appreciate this. I already have got a backup just in case my other sunscreens decide to wreck havoc. Heh. It is a little pricey at SGD38.90 for a such a small bottle but Watsons and Guardian are always having sales, so it's pretty okay. :DDD

REVIEW: Kustie's Body Exfoliating Jam - Rose

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

I love travel-sized items just because they look so cute, so there was a stage when I kept buying Kustie's Shower & Bath Gels. They are so, so pretty with all the (actual) flower petals floating inside them. Practically a fairy when I bathe in them. Haha. For those who don't know, Kustie is formulated in France and it uses 9 unique filtering technologies to select fresh flowers and create high quality skincare out of them. Their products are all infused with flower essences and of course, speckled generously with real petals.

I recently added the Kustie Body Exfoliating Jam in Bulgarian Rose to my shower routine. This exfoliating scrub comes with soft plant granules and of course, rose petals that exfoliate away dead skin cells gently. It promises the whitening and softening of your skin. While I haven't noticed any whitening effect, I like that the granules, though big, are gentle enough to not irritate my occasional eczema patches. My skin is left feeling soft and all prepped for moisturisers. And because there is so much rose goodness in it, every shower smells heavenly which relaxes me before bedtime. This also comes in Japanese Cherry Blossom which I will get if I can tear myself away from rose scents. Heh.

Kustie Body Exfoliating Jam is priced at $16.90 and can be found on Suzanni Beaute and in aLT@BHG and selected Watsons stores.