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A jar of loose powder takes me forever to finish it. Standing before the Lavshuca counter, I was thinking to get an eye shadow palette initially, they are so pretty; but considering my makeup behavior, I rather go for the butterfly knot. Yes, I paid  HKD96/9.8g for the purple, simple, cute butterfly knot, not for the powder.


Lavshuca Finish Powder is fragrance free, contains pearl essence and silk collagen for skin care. The powder is very light, finely-milled, light beige in color, contains fine glitter-particles and does not sit into pores. Despite the glitter-particles, it generally imparts matte finish. When dabbing on sheer and lightly, the complexion looks naturally semi-matte and translucent. It has no coverage basically but you can expect a smoother skin, slight pore concealing and mild light-diffusing effect via the shimmers. Those shimmers are even hardly noticeable within a close distance.



Any powder could be drying, but would be perfect to control excessive sebum in sultry weather. This Lavshuca Finish Powder aims to absorb excessive sebum, as well as control shine. I did not have oily skin but I think it was doing a good job to keep the unwanted oily shine at bay, just a little bit drying to me.



Albeit Lucent, Lavshuca Finish Powder has High Cover shade for more mattifying, perhaps better sebum control. The only differences that I noticed between them are High Cover has slightly darker tone than Lucent and it contains no shimmers. Personally I prefer radiant complexion, so I bought the shimmering one. Nonetheless, what brought me to purchase eventually, obviously the princesslike purple knot. I always smile silly and feel good by just looking at it, indirectly my other loose powders were totally ignored by me. 



With no doubt, this is prettiest budget loose powder  I have used so far. From my experience, non-tinted powder works best for my skin tone for radiant translucent skin, therefore I am not convinced by any beige shade powder. Still, it worth to recommend, even the makeup puff was still maintaining its good shape and lovely soft after few washing.


Rating: ….)))      Excellent. Unlike to buy again.


^-^  Testing ^-^







Pretty packaging… that is the main reason why I bought this makeup base. Other than Moist version, Lavshuca Makeup Base also has pore concealing and UV protection versions, apparently the pore concealing is most sellable one amidst these three. I am also fussy about the visible pore, however I knew very well that mine is nothing to do with oiliness, but aging. Simply because I have very oily skin in puberty yet I never have visible pores until late 20s.



Therefore, I suppose an effective hydration is the only short cut to make my aging pores look smaller. This Lavshuca Makeup Base is fragrance free, contains pearl essence and silk collagen. For use, take 1-2 pearl-size apply evenly over face before makeup foundation.



The makeup base has pinkish moisturizing consistency. It leaves a non-sticky moisturizing film on skin, imparts subtle glowing complexion. No coverage, purely moisturizing. I normally used this heavily under the milky sunblock and it really helped me to prevent dryness. However, This is never meant to be true moisturizer, but a glossy makeup base for drier skin.


Left: bare skin    Right: with the Lavshuca


After dabbing Lavshuca finish powder on both sides

I tried once at home just to apply this makeup base on my left cheek only,  my left cheek seemed glowing but my right cheek was matted. I then followed by sunscreen application. After 8 hours at home with no airconditioner opened (rainy day), my left cheek (with Lavshuca) was excessive shining and my right cheek is subtle glowing. The shine was obvious and easily justify.


^^^^ Testing ^^^^





This is very comfortable wearing and never irritated my skin. Although it did not break me out but I will not recommend it to acne-prone skin or dehydrated oily skin. It lacks of sebum-control capacity and not a moisture injector. I bought this HKD78/25g at Sasa store. Good deal although I think Kanebo premium line (Impress and Lunasol) has finer texture for makeup base.


Rating: ….)))     Good. May buy again.



I admit sometimes packaging is holding the key to make me splurge. Without having the pretty packaging, I could have ignored this Lavshuca Liquid Lips totally at Lavshuca counter of HK Sasa store. Without an expectation, I received both the sample as GWP. 




The consistency is thick and moisturizing. It is not sticky at all yet long-wearing. I tried and really love how it appeared on lips. Both pink tones, PK-7 and PK-4 are shimmering dewy, imparts water-shine finish. 


From left to right: PK-7 (light), PK-4 (darker) 


with sun light overcast


under indoor lighting

Due to the dewy appearance, any lip gloss is excellent to cover any sign of dryness, such as dry lip lines as shown as below picture. Only gripe is, if I apply lip balm underneath, it causes uneven application.



Left part: nude     Right part: with Lavshuca Liquid Lip 


I praise the good pigmentation. The color tones have shown in my below attached testing pictures is quite light because I only applied a sheer layer for natural looking. However, if apply thick enough, the pigmentation is genuinely true as it appears on packaging. 



***Testing ***

Before (PK4)

After (PK4)

Dimlight (PK4)

Before (PK7)

After (PK7)


Dimlight (PK7)

That’s quite pointless applying thickly, after blot off the lip gloss once, it turns to sheer finish. (below testing picture is for PK4) 


Although I do not normally wear lip gloss, but Lavshuca Liquid Lip is really pleasant to use and it soothes the dryness effectively. Even after a proper meal, I would still able to see slight pigmentation on lips, but the moisture had gone and got to re-apply for full and moist lips again. Moreover, It is fairly water-resistant. As I used finger for the application, I need makeup remover for thorough hand cleansing actually.  



I can’t remember the price exactly but I think it is under HKD100. As a drugstore brand, this is lovely. Unfortunately Lavshuca is not available in Thailand, this budget girly cosmetic line by Kanebo is definitely worth to check out. 



From my previous experiences with gentle eye makeup remover, none of them able to remove extreme waterproof mascara thoroughly in a minute. Technically Bi-phase (dual layer, oil and liquid) kind of remover should be the effective one for any eye makeup because oil is still the best and gentle ingredient to dissolve makeup. Being practical, many people dislike oiliness or greasy residue, which is understandable, thus liquid eye & lips makeup remover is still in high demand.



Estee Lauder (Take It Away) Gentle Eye Makeup Remover is my impulse purchase during a trip. The word “Gentle” grabbed my attention, because those marked as gentle are also fragrance free, thus minimize risk of irritation theoretically. Somehow, for quite some time I wanted to convince myself not to hope anymore in gentle eye makeup remover for mascara, so most probably this is my last try.



It’s watery clear like common liquid eye makeup remover. After soaked the cotton pad with the eye makeup remover and placed it on closed eye for 10-20 seconds to dissolve makeup, I felt a warm sensation on eye area upon removing the cotton pad. Not severely, but certainly not comfortable both emotionally and physically for me. Once, the eye remover accidentally slipped into an eye, immediately the eye stung intolerably eventhough I had rinsed it off with clean water. Finally the tingle was only soothed by a weeping eye, for few minutes……. Speechless disappointment.


As usual, I tested it on bare hand. It absorbed by skin as quick as toner (that contains alcohol), and the skin started to have warm sensation after a while, but no redness occurred. Not surprising the delicate eye contour became sensitive and irritated at the same time. Moreover, I think the irritated eye condition actually had been worsen by subsequent gentle wiping, that probably the reason why the eyes were mild arching for few hours then, and that happen every time I used this eye makeup remover.


I read numbers of makeupally reviews some other day, there were quite interestingly that most of the reviews were at such extremely position, either absolutely love it or totally loathe it. Without question I’m on the negative side. In fact I discarded this eye makeup remover after few usages.


\-Cleansing Test-/


(Challengers: eyebrow pencil, weterproof eyeliner, waterproof mascara, shimmering eye shadow and lipstick)


Soaked the eye makeup with EL Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (with cotton pad) for 20 seconds. Gently wiped the makeup off with the cotton pad then. Only the waterproof mascara can’t be removed.


After few rubbings and patted dry, the waterproof mascara had been removed completely, but this definitely not applicable to eye area.



My simple cleansing test probably explains why some people fell in love with it. It was indeed effective to remove light makeup, including the waterproof eyeliner and shimmers easily. Predictably, not for very waterproof mascara. Comparing to gentle version of Clarins and Fasio one, this certainly cleanses much better. Not to say the superb waterproof mascara was eventually removed after few rubbings without much effort.  

For the tear-stained experience, I still have a little luck because I only purchased 30ml sample size. The normal retail price is THB 950/100ml in Thailand. Now, I see no reason to have a separate remover, my cleansing oil is just perfect for any makeup, and I never bothered by the oiliness.


Rating: …)))     Waste my $.



Water (Aqua Purificata) Purified, PEG-32, Butylene Glycol, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, PEG-6, Trisodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben.


I suppose a moisturizing lotion will greatly help with drier skin condition, but realized that isn’t flexible in my living country. My skin can be combination or normal or dry from time to time, which out of my prediction. In such case, adding moisturizing oil can be more powerful to address the issue with minimum risk of irritation.


Therefore, I think I need a lightweight lotion more than a moisturizing lotion. For this MUJI Light Toning Water, I didn’t notice distinctive difference between the light and moist versions, notably the name does say it all, Light toning water.



As MUJI’s principle, clean and simple plastic packaging. Love the measurement note, it gives a clear idea of quantity used periodically. Because I kept all product info for blogging purpose, so the measurement doesn’t mean a lot to me actually. For use, pinch a small hole to open a mouth for this toner, it’s then very easy to control amount spill. In case I need large amount, just squeezing the plastic bottle harder for stronger squirt.



As this is created for sensitive skin, this watery toner is scentless and mainly for basic moisturizing. Skin felt refreshing and it absorbed into skin almost instantly without tackiness. Despite the light consistency, my skin at very sensitive condition did feel hydrating and soothing. So I dare to say this is gentle enough for all skin types.


The normal retail price of this is THB395 for 200ml, but costs merely 580yen in Japan. I’ll only head back to this when I want a gentle toner, else I think a mineral facial spray is sufficient.


Rating: ….)))    Excellent. May buy again.



Water, Glycerin, DPG, PEG-32, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrolyzed Starch, Purslane Extract, Polyquaternium-51, PCA-Na, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Seed Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Acid Citrate, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

Sensitive nose like me, I hardly addicted to any fragrance, especially I can feel dizzy and vomitous with wrong fragrance. This Biotherm Biosource Hydra-mineral Cleanser is one of the exception. It particularly attracted me by its sweety, refreshing, florally scent. The pleasure of “green-tea” smells heavenly to me.



This has kind of mousy-clay texture, a hint of baby-green in color, and of course the lovely scent. Taking a small amount to work into lathers, it leaves skin refreshing and powdery smooth to touch. I didn’t find it drying, yet it feels gentle and hydrating on skin. It caused slightly dryness when I used it after cleansing oil/milk with warm water or in less humid day but I suppose that makes all cleansers drying. Generally I prefer this for morning wash, give me sense of pleasure to start up a new day.



As I may get it in full size, so ensuring it’s capable to remove shimmer-residue of cosmetic is important. Although in reality we may seldom wear heavy shimmering makeup like what I had always shown in my cleansing tests, but personally, based on those tests, I actually very surprised that the makeup has most tendency to leave residue is shimmer-particles, yet they are hardly to be noticed with nude eyes. Good thing always happen, even the most gentle facial cleanser (from what I used and tested) is capable to remove the minor shimmer-residue. This Biotherm Biosource Hydra-mineral Cleanser did that as well.


I embedded few pictures here to support what I was talking here. The below attached pictures would tell you how I usually test to justify. I hope that add up to you.


heavy shimmering lipstick stain

wipe off with tissue, slight shimmer-residue.

cleansed with Bio-source for ~10secs, pat dry.


Nonetheless, Ingredient person like me, I should be “left brain” thinking not to purchase a full size because it’s soap-based, and I  actually try to avoid soap-based cleanser once I finished my existing cleansers. Not to say it contains few skin irritants. For the fragrance sake however, I may consider to get one to boost up my mood ocassionally. May be, I just have to stick to the non soap-based SKII facial treatment cleanser which has overwelming pleasant fragrance to me too.



Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Myristic Acid, Montmorillonite, Butylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Glycol Stearate, CI 77891, Lauric Acid, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Salicylic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Zinc Gluconate, Maris Sal, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcohol, Vitreoscilla Ferment Extract, CI42090, CI19140.


^^^^^Cleansing Test^^^^^

(Shimmering lipstick and waterproof mascara)


after (cleanse ~15 sec)

Beyond hydration, youthfulness for the skin.


Dior presents a pro-youth hydration care with the blossom of Dior Gardens. According to Dior, Hydra Life  enriched with 3 plant extracts – Jisten, Cantella and Black Rose (cold-pressed extraction), to offer all the benefits of the Cellular Bio-Exaltation.


A complete range of Hydra Life includes Essence-In-Lotion, Essence-In-Milk, Essence-In-Gel, Essence-In-Creme and Eye creme. The line has nice perfumy floral scent, I was fine with the fragrance but not for long term, most probably will be cloying. The line looked very appealing for me, what a good thing when I can purchase tiny samples of the essence and eye cream for few days sampling.



Dior Hydra Life Youth Essential Hydrating Essence-In-Gel (Duty Free THB2350/50ml)

This dewy gel essence has cool feeling once being applied on skin, it absorbed into skin rapidly and slight sticky to touch, skin looked subtle glowing. I applied sunscreen directly after the gel and my combination skin remained the moisture satisfactory and glowing in a nice way all day long. No breakout so far but I would not recommend it to sensitive skin because it caused redness when my skin prone to be unstable.



Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyglycerin-3, Betaine, Rosa Hybrid Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Indica Flower Extract, Ajuga Turkestanica Extract, Maltitol, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Ammonium Acryloydimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Dimethicone,    Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Decyloxazolidinone, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum, Laureth-7, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexyglycerin, BHT.



Dior Hydra Life Youth Essential Hydrating Eye Creme (Duty Free THB1650/15ml)


I don’t know, I just have luck with Dior eye care, regardless their ingredient list. This dewy and moisturizing eye cream immediately soothed the dryness and lines, a tad cooling and a tiny tacky to touch. Of course the hydrating effect didn’t last all day, but it can be re-applied over sunscreen/makeup for the nice hydrating result again. This is more suitable for moisturizing and refreshing, it didn’t help the puffiness. It gave me the warm sensation on first application only, so if you have very sensitive eye area, you may want to take note of this. As my eye is quite tolerance with most eye creams, thus I was fine with that. Overall I do like the Hydra Life Eye creme and  surprisingly it actually included minimum anti-aging care as well.



Aqua, Glycerin, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Oleate Citrate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Rosa Hybrid Flower Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Indica Flower Extract, Ajuga Turkestanica Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone/Phenyl Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Steareth-20, Parfum, Xanthan Gum, Laureth-7, Biosaccharide Gum-2, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Potassium Sorbate, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexyglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Tocopherol, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, BHT, Citric Acid, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Biotin.


I feel those premium brands tend to use precious and rare skin care ingredients, together with their “exclusively” technologies and patents for exceptional luxury pampering, perhaps effective skin care at the same time. Therefore, if you are all about premium skin care, love Dior fragrance, having healthy skin, I really think this Dior Hydra Life is very pleasant to try for hydration care.


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