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I have some Haba samples from my last Haba purchase. It is still a delightful customer experience of receiving samples but somehow I am lacking interest in trying them after received those samples. The transformation of the emotion state is not only happened to used-to-try Haba product but in fact, I am lacking “motivation” to try all new products too. Despite I still purchase new product from time to time, I think I am quite satisfied with my existing found-and-loved beauty products and remained in the “stable-mode” instead of frequent changing product.

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Tuning back to my samples review channel. I had good experience with Haba product especially their products always being gentle for sensitive skin. In the past, they did not “wow” me by extraordinary skin care result but they were something feeling safe and please to use. There is why I felt compelling to write a brief review of them here.

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HABA VC Lotion (S$37/60ml, S$66/120ml, S$120/240ml)

VC lotion is hydrating toner with 2% Vitamin C derivative (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate) for pigmentation care.  It has  very faint yellowish colour. I had tried the old version and the new “Pure Roots” VC lotion is also feeling gentle and hydrating for my combination-normal skin in high humidity climate. It hydrated the skin quickly and left skin moist and smooth touching once the lotion had completely dried on skin. Although it is fragrance-free but it has kind of smell which not what I liked, particularly I had been enjoying so much of aromatherapy of face oil lately. If the smell is not an issue then I would have no complaint of this watery lotion.

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Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Pentylene Glycol, Betaine, Malitol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Averrhoa Carambola Leaf Extract, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Glycosphingolipids, Oryza Sativa Bran (Rice Bran) Extract, Magnesium Aspartate, Sea Salt, Sodium Riboflavin Phosphate, Sodium Carboxymethyl Dextran, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Lysolecithin.

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HABA Squa Balancing Gel (S$38/30g)

According to HABA, this is gel type moisturizer/Squalane for oily and normal skin types. It aids to maintain balance of skin moisture and oil, regulate sebum secretion and melanin production with Rose apple leaf extract, restore the stratum corneum (outermost layer of the epidermis) and fortifies skin barrier function with Gold Seaweed Extract.

This is easily absorbed and left a light weight smooth veil on skin. I tried this when I was suffering breakout (several small red bumps) on my forehead from a BB cream, it did not contribute extra acne for my non-acne prone skin but it did not help the acne recovery either. I could not justify whether it worked for skin balancing because I had two samples that enough for two applications only. Furthermore, with this Squa balancing gel alone my oily T-zone was still shined and greasy after several hours spent in warm room temperature but on the other hand, it is an effective hydrating base under makeup in low humidity environment for combination skin type.

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Ingredients:

Water, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Stearoyl Inulin, Pentylene Glycol, Squalane, Sodium Chloride, Laminaria Ochroleuca (Gold Seaweed) Extract, Syzygium Jambos (Rose Apple) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Citric Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone.

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HABA White Lady (S$29/10ml, S$78/30ml, S$120/53ml)

This is medicated whitening serum, contains 8% mineral enriched Sasa Kurilensis Water and 6% water soluble vitamin C derivative. I used to try the 30ml full size serum many years ago and I remembered vaguely it was something hydrating, non-irritating and my skin tone looked more evenly after used the serum for few months.

Each Haba White Lady sample (2.5ml) is enough for 3~4 applications, as the watery serum is very hydrating for my combination skin in tropical climate, hence I did not need much. It has identical smell with the VC lotion, yeast or bamboo sort of odour if you know what I mean. The odour lingered for long time and I personally did not find it pleasant actually. By the way, the odour reminded me of Clinique C10 Anti-aging Clarity Formula.

The slight viscid serum drenched the skin nicely despite it left slight sticky touch on skin. Using both VC lotion and White Lady were sufficient for spending overnight in mildly air-conditioned room, my combination skin felt moisture and supple in next morning. For whitening effect, I certainly unable to comment on it  in such a short testing period,  particularly I did not have dullness issue lately.  It generally has positive reviews online and it has been Haba’s star product for many years, hence you know it is not something useless for sure.

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Ingredients

L-Ascorbic Acid Sodium Phosphate*, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizin*, Purified Water, Sasa Kurilensis Water, Glycerin, 1.2-Pentanediol, 2 – Butyl Methacrylate Copolymer Fluid Methacryloyloxyethyl Phosphorylcholine, Sodium Hyaluronate (1), Citric Acid
* The Active Ingredient

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HABA Point Repair II (S$75/16g)

 

This is medicated Retinol treatment for eye and wrinkle. Cherry leaf extract helps to alleviate irritation, 13% Squalane to moisturize skin and yeast extract has effects to improve skin elasticity and promote cell proliferation.

Each sample contains 2ml that enough for 6~7 applications (only used for specified area). The treatment has emulsion/milky lotion type of consistency, non-greasy and absorbed in short while. I must say it excited me that it smoothed the fine lines immediately! We know there is no skin care product can “permanently” improve the biologically degraded skin but a product which delivers instant result is somehow addictive. I noticed my expression lines under eye were shown again after applying drying milky sunscreen, however the lines disappeared instantly once I re-applied this treatment onto the area, it has good moisturizing effect indeed. I also applied this on nasolabial lines and the area seemed plumped up quite a bit. The long-lasting moisture is fantastic, lovely. Recommend to use for non acne prone skin/area only.

I think this emollient treatment is comparable with Shiseido Revital WrinkleliftAA, not to say Haba Point Repair II costs half of the Shiseido’s price. In fact, this is on my wish list, hopefully it will has better value than Shiseido’s.

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Ingredients:

Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate*, Vitamin A oil, Vitamin E, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate (2), Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Cerasus Pseudocerasus (Cherry) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Yeast Extract (1), Phytosteryl Oleate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Behenyl Alcohol, 1,2-Pentanediol, Glycerin, 1,3 Butanediol, Carboxyvinyl Polymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Purified Water.

* The Active Ingredient

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HABA is abbreviation of “Health Aid Beauty Aid”, promoting non-additive skin care philosophy to improve skin natural healing power. No “unnecessary” ingredients such as paraben, added alcohol, preservatives, synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, chemically synthesized colourings or petrochemical surfactants that may become a burden to the skin or cause allergic reactions.

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While maintaining the Additive-free mindset, Haba had revamped their basic line and named it “Pure Roots”. I had tried the old version of Haba powder wash before and really loved it for my combination skin in tropical climate. Throughout my “facial-washing-powder” trial in recent years, only Haba and Fancl were worked fine for me but Haba’s remained as my No.1 favorite. Therefore, no surprise I bought three of it at one go.

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Enriched with amino acids, squalane and papaya enzyme, Haba Squa Powder Wash helps to remove dirt and dead skin cells gently. Although the ingredient list is different from the old version but most of its features are quite alike. The white powder is slightly grainy when lather it in hands, it is not extremely foaming and might need a puff to assist the foaming but it can still lather well as shown in below picture if working properly (clean hands, a little bit of water, foam up slowly).

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As it contains talc, I suppose this could be drying for dry skin type despite it said to be suitable for all skin types on product label. Because I normally use greasy kitchen oil to remove sunscreen and makeup, hence I do not have dryness issue with it and I loved the skin feeling refreshed after wash. Also, it does not aim to control excess sebum excretion since the talc does not remain on skin after wash. Generally speaking, talc is oil-loving (oleophilic) and when use in cosmetics, it helps to absorb oil and imparts silky smooth feeling. As such, it did cause slight dryness when my skin is dehydrated or slightly drying in low humidity environment.

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The new pearly-white packaging of Haba powder wash is also appeared more elegant than the plain plastic look of the old packaging. Unfortunately I forgot to ask for the travel-size of this cleanser for travel conveniences, probably will purchase another 40g for long trip. After all it is still less bulky than Kracie Purenavi cleansing gel, which is one of the very few mild, unscented, preservative-free budget cleansers that I am using now.

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ᵜᵜᵜ  Cleansing Power Indicator  ᵜᵜᵜ

As you can see from the above test, the glitters of the shimmering lipstick still remained largely after 15 seconds wash, obviously this is mild and only ideal for normal facial wash.

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The refill is simple

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Recommend this for oily to normal skin, it is gentle for sensitive skin and did not irritate eye too. The retail price in Singapore is S$20/40g, S$37/80g and S$33/80g refill, I should stock this if I go to Japan (“v). Use within a year after it opened,  I finished the first 80g within 3 ~4 months.

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Rating: ….)))      Excellent. Willing to purchase again.

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Ingredients:

Talc, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate/Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Microcystalline Cellulose, Potasium Myristoyl Glutamate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauryl Aspartate, Potassium Myristate, Mannitol, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Squalane, Papain, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Water, Dextrin, Calcium Carbonate, Alcohol.

 

 

I was into natural skin care lately. I bought some Pranali home spa products while strolling at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. Besides international beauty brand, several local spa product counters are stationed at departure hall. Although their prices are rather steep but most of them are natural based and I adore the aromatherapy of Thai natural skin care. In fact, I was quite impressed with Pranali natural skin care value of –

  •   No SLS or SLES
  •   No Dimethicone
  •   No Petroleum base
  •   No artificial preservative
  •   No artificial Color
  •   No artificial fragrance
  •   No Propylene Glycol
  •   No tested on animal

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I love Asian herb and tropical botanical ingredient  in Thai natural skin care, which make their products uniquely scented and remind you the laid back lazy day you spent in tropical island resort. May be. you will only find Sinin rice skin care in Thailand.

Sinin rice, also called Rice Berry due to its natural black-purple colour. It is a combination of Hom Nin Rice (Black Rice) with antioxidant properties and Thai Hom Mali Rice (Jasmine/Fragrant Rice). Containing special traits of higher minerals and antioxidants, Sinin rice can reduce the risk of diabetes. As Sinin rice inherited the characteristics of Hom Mali rice, hence it is delicately scented when cooked but I found it a little hard to chew. (source)

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I bought the travel pack for THB795, including a travel size product of shampoo, hair conditioner, shower gel, body milk, body scrub and bath salt.

The Sinin Rice Restoring Hair Shampoo gel didn’t foam very well and I always ended up using more for my long hair. However I need less amount of it now as I had trimmed my hair recently. The very soft and smooth effects were lovely on initial usage but after using it for a short period, the great effect went off like other shampoo. Comparing to using normal drugstore chemical loaded shampoo, I must say natural formulated shampoo making my hair softer especially the hair tail, the effect was obvious but my hair might still look frizzy.

Ingredients (Sinin Rice Restoring Hair Shampoo):

Coconut Fatty-Acid and Glycine (Amilite GCK-12), Aqua, Sodium Chloride (NaCI), Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Extract, Asiatic Pennywort (Centella Asiatica) Extract, Abelmoschus Esculentus (Okra) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Mill (Aloe Vera) Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerine, Butylene Glycol, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil, Michelia Alba (Champaca) Oil, Phenoxyethanol.

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Sinin Enriching Hair Conditioning is very light weight as HABA squalane conditioner, it “melts” upon applying on hair and I got to use more because of the light consistency. It might not be moisturizing enough for very dry hair but still very helpful to keep my dry hair manageable.

Ingredients (Sinin Enriching Hair Conditioning):

Aqua, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Prunus Duclis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Extract, Clitorea Tematea (Butterfly Pea) Extract, Citrus Hystrix (Thai Bergamot) Extract, Polysorbate 60 (Montanox60), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butylene Glycol, Ammonium Acrylate/Acrylamide Copolymer and Polyisobutene and Polysorbate 20 (Sepiplus), Michelia Alba (Champaca) Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil, Phenoxyethanol.

Sinin Reviving Shower Gel has gel consistency as per the name called, not very foaming but it left skin feeling refreshing and no greasy residue. It has the identical scent with Sinin Rice Restoring Hair Shampoo, which have mild oriental herbal scent, if you are familiar with Asian natural medication balm, then you might guess the scent right.

Ingredients (Sinin Reviving Shower Gel):

Anionic Coconut Fatty-Acid and Glycine (Amilite GCK-12), Aqua, Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Extract, Sodium Chloride (NaCI), Ananas Comosus (Pineapple) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Mill (Aloe Vera) Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica (Emblic) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Michelia Alba (Champaca) Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

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In both humid and dry climates, Sinin Body Moisturizing Milk was moisturizing and just absorbed by skin in few minutes. Non-greasy but considering a little bit too emollient for non-drying skin in humid environment. It served me well in air-conditioned room in tropical country but not sufficient when I used in central heating room in Spring. It has similar natural pleasant scent like Sinin Enriching Hair Conditioning.

Ingredients (Sinin Body Moisturizing Milk):

Aqua, Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Extract, Prunus Duclis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Oil, C13-14 Isoparaffin and Isostearyl Isostearate and Sodium Polyacrylate and Polyacrylamide Polysorbate 60 (Sepigel), Polysorbate 60 (Montanov 60), Carica Papaya (Papaya) Extract, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Silk Protein, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Glycine Max (Soya Bean Protein Hydrolysed), Squalane, Michelia Alba (Champaca) Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil, Phenoxyethanol.

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I liked Sinin Rice Purifying Body Scrub is an effective, gentle and moisturizing scrub but the strong alcoholic smell is annoying me. Although I did not get drunk after shower but I probably smelled like a drunk.

Ingredients (Sinin Rice Purifying Body Scrub):

Aqua, Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Extract, Oryza Sativa (Sinin Rice) Scrub, Zea Mays Linn (Corn) Scrub, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Oil, Prunus Duclis (Sweet Almond) Oil, C13-14 Isoparaffin and Isostearyl Isostearate and Sodium Polyacrylate and Polyacrylamide Polysorbate 60 (Sepigel), Cetearyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Glucoside (Montanov 68), Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine Oil Soluble) Extract, Tamarindus Indica (Tamarind) Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phyllanthus Emblica (Emblic) Extract, Glycine Max (Soya Bean Protein Hydrolyzed), Silk Protein, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Michelia Alba (Champaca) Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Oil.

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I loved bath soak in cold weather to keep the body warm, the Himalayan Bath Salt smelled relaxing and refreshing but the rocky salt did not dissolve easily in warm water (~34 °C) even after stirring. Hoping the bath salt can be slightly smaller so I can jump in the bath tub quicker.

Ingredients (Himalayan Bath Salt):

Himalayan Salt (Sodium Chloride), Dried Lemongrass, Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Flexuosus) Essential Oil, Kaffir Lime (Citrus Hystrix) Essential Oil, Plai (Zingiber Cassmuna L.) Essential Oil.

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Pranali Natural Soap Bars

THB140 (~USD4.60) for a 100g natural soap is pricey, I am talking the local standard because most natural handmade soap I saw in Thailand is below THB100. Anyway, I thought to get them as gift for my oversea friend but I did not manage to meet her, so I got the soaps for myself in the end. (“b) The packaging is simple and classy, soaps are totally sealed by a plastic film inside so I could not smell the fragrance during purchase.

Harmony

Sandalwood


I have Harmony and Sandalwood, both performed similarly.  Harmony has small grains and distinct refreshing scent, where Sandalwood felt slightly more moisturizing and  has plain oil smell. Foaming easily and non-drying for body skin, but is drying for facial skin and  the Harmony caused irritation to eyes. The soap melt quicker when used for body showering since soap dissolved faster in running water comparing to adding a little bit of water to foam in hands for facial wash. A soap did not last more than a month for body wash purpose, but there is no problem to last for 2~3 months for facial wash only.

Ingredients (Harmony):

Aqua (Water), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Guinnesis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Elaeis Guinnesis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Orange) Peel, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud.

Ingredients (Sandalwood):

Aqua (Water), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Guinnesis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Elaeis Guinnesis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Cedrus Atlanticus (Sandalwood) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Styrax Benzoin (Benzoin) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E).

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~~(ᶿᵜᶿ)~~ Cleansing Power Indicator  ~~(ᶿᵜᶿ)~~

Cleanse the shimmering lipstick and Diorshow mascara as if washing face, it has fairly good cleansing power.


Generally I am pleased with Pranali natural skin care products but still, I will search for inexpensive option in Thailand. Not a difficult task since homemade/small natural skin care entrepreneur is quite common here. (“v)


HABA 2-way Gel (RM120/120ml)

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According to HABA, this is self-heating gel mask that naturally heats to clean clogged pores and remove dead skin cells. 2-Way also means two-purposes, one is to clean clogged pores and the other is to improve circulation in your skin. It is suitable for normal to dry skin.

This Haba 2-way Jell has very simple ingredients. As per HABA US website, 2-Way Jell naturally warms on contact due to glycerin, which helps improve skin’s circulation and exfoliate dead skin cells naturally without the use of harsh abrasives. Interesting, I never knew glycerin creates warm sensation.

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The samples that I received with purchase were enough for four applications, each contains 10g for two applications. Ideally the  mask  use once or twice per week for exfoliating and detoxifying.

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As you can see, it is a clear gel mask. The texture is viscous, rich and sticky like honey or glue paste. On applying to cleansed and dried skin, there was warm sensation aroused within a minute and the warm sensation dissipated gradually in 2-3 minutes then.

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I could see my complexion had more glow after application. Stubborn blackheads around my nose were still there but since the mask had softened the skin, I could easily squeeze out those blackheads without pain. For moisturizing and softening, this is fine. How about for exfoliating and detoxifying?

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I had the first trial after shower at night, it seemed to be very mild that I felt no effect of exfoliation,  furthermore I couldn’t see the result clearly in incandescent light of my house, thus I tried it again in next morning and my skin texture remarkably felt smoother after the second application. However, my sensitive skin started complaining when I used a pure vitamin C serum that the skin stung uncomfortably for next few days! That said, this Haba 2-way Jell did work as exfoliator although I saw no visible improvement of skin texture after an application. Overall speaking, I am still not convinced by this, although I wish it works for me. Personally I would rather stick with physical exfoliator.

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Ingredients:

Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Squalane, Lysolecithin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Water, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide.

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HABA Squa Cleansing (S$25/60ml, S$46/120ml, S$81/240ml)

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Haba Squa Cleansing is moisture-rich makeup remover for drier skin type (and sensitive skin), where Micro Force Cleansing (makeup remover) is suitable for oilier skin. The product claims it can be used by wet hands and second cleansing is not necessary because it can remove makeup thoroughly. Really?

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The consistency of this makeup remover felt light and runny on skin, as I used sample sachet so I was not sure how many pump needed for a proper makeup removal, I guess 1~2 pumps should be enough.

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( ^^ ن )σ … Cleansing Power … ԅ ( ‘ن` )

(Top to Bottom) :  shimmering lipstick and Diorshow mascara  >>  applying decent amount of Haba Squa Cleansing onto the makeup and lightly massage in circular motion  >>  then rinsed with water and patted dry

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Amazing! Makeup was melting away almost instantly upon massaging the oil on makeup. Finally I found a cleansing oil which compatible with Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil. It had not irritated eyes and totally feeling gentle for my sensitive skin. In addition, it did not emulsify when contacted with water but it cleansed well. Probably because skipping the emulsifying step, it left skin a moisturizing film after wash, not the greasy kind but you could tell there was a thin protective veil on skin. I personally liked to proceed second cleansing with HABA Squa Powder Wash, not only because for refreshing feel but also because my shower routine.

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My shower routine : makeup removal  >> hair wash >> body wash >> facial wash. If I simply follow the one-step cleansing as HABA Squa Cleansing advised, then I wouldn’t able to assure myself there is no hair shampoo/conditioner residues cling on my face which possibly cause acne problem. Besides, the moisturizing film felt too much for my combination skin in muggy day.

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Comparing with Fancl MCO, I vote for HABA Squa Cleansing now. In fact, they both are excellent, just I prefer HABA SC has longer fresh period (use within 6 months after opened according to a Haba SA) than Fancl MCO  (use within 120 days) and it has no stinking smell from temperature-sensitive botanical oil although both contain no additive fragrance. Only thing is that Fancl MCO suitable for all skin types where this HABA SC is for normal to dry skin types only.

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Ingredients:

Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Squalane, Hexadecanoic Acid 2-Ethylhexyl Ester, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaisostearate, Polyglyceryl-6 Isostearate, Dextrin Palmitate/ Ethylhexanoate/ Eicosandioate, Glyceryl Tribehenate/ Isostearate/ Eicosandioate, Lithospermum Officinale Root Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Butylene Glycol, Water.

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Generally I have positive experience with Neogence product hence no surprise you will see more Neogence’s review in my blog. For those who are new to this brand, it is Taiwan cosmeceuticals brand selling at affordable budget price that founded by a group of medical professional in Taiwan.

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I got this Hyaluronic Acid promotion set at S$49.90 for the lotion and cream in Singapore. At my age in 30s, theoretically I should remain devoted to anti-age skin care for beautiful and healthy skin but after years of trying different products, I knew anti-age skin care is understandably limited performing. In some cases, moisturizing seemed to “improve” skin texture faster. Please do not get me wrong, anti-age skin care is indeed important, just I do not think we must use full range of anti-aging product. I used an oil serum with anti-aging properties in conjunction with this Neogence Hyaluronic Acid hydrating line anyway.

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While Hyaluronic Acid is scientifically proven effective skin humectant, it does not work for all skin conditions. I had witnessed it did not help at all for severe imbalanced, dehydrated, dry, parched skin conditions. As such, please take note my following reviews are based on my current balanced combination-normal skin in tropical climate. (I also left this remark in my Neogence HA essence and mask reviews).

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Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cream (S$36.90/50ml)

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First I tried the complimentary 15ml sample last year and loved it enough to buy a full size during the promotion. This was the only moisturizer sitting on my dressing desk for the past 5 months and I was still using it now since I did not use it everyday… I used face oil more frequently.

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The white cream dried on skin in short time and always keeping my skin firm and supple. It added glow to my combination-normal skin but turned to impart more shine when the skin became oilier. Overall it felt non-heavy to skin and non-greasy to touch due to the starch content.

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This is ideal for normal to dry skin in humid climate, it did “gift” me small breakout occasionally when my skin condition was rather combination than normal. Besides, when my sensitive skin was inflamed and irritated, regrettably this was not calming enough but the poor skin felt much better by adding the Neogence HA essence in the routine. In addition, it seriously failed to moisturize in dry climate that the skin felt very tight and dry in few minutes after application despite Neogence said it also suitable for autumn/winter, no matter how many layer I applied to skin.

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This is quite pleasant to use actually, as long as you use it for correct skin condition. At now, I prefer using botanical face oil instead of common moisturizer, not only my skin get along with face oil really well in all seasons but also because quality face oil gives me less comedogenic issue when used it properly. Although I found comedogenic ingredients such as Dimethicone is very helpful to protect fragile skin in harsh climate but that did not mean it created no other skin issue – comedogenic.

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Rating: ….)))     Good. Unlikely to buy again.

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Ingredients:

Aqua, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Phytosteryl Isostearate, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 2, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Mannitol, Sodium Citrate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-15, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Carboxymethyl Chitin, Panthenol, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Chlorphenesin, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance.

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Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion (S$22.90/180ml)

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I actually did not expect a watery consistency from this lotion as in the past, most hydrating lotion that I tried had a little bit gel or viscid consistency. As I started using it in muggy summer, I loved the watery consistency more than viscid consistency of toning lotion.

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Both HA cream and lotion have same mild floral scent. I just take a coin size amount and gently pat into skin. The watery lotion felt very refreshing and quickly absorbed in skin and it was hydrating enough for my combination-normal skin in tropical climate.

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It said to balance skin pH after cleansing and enhances skin care ingredient penetration at later time. Since I started using face oil, I personally found my skin also behaved in good manner without using any toning lotion. Therefore, this is also the only toning lotion that had been sitting on my dressing desk for past 5 months and still half-full. (You get the point how much I loved face oil “v)

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

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Ingredients:

Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Jojoba Wax Peg-120 Ester, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Carboxymethyl chitin, Panthenol, Allantoin, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Chlorphenesin, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance.

I had finished Palgantong Vita White Super Cover BB cream and I thought to give another Korea BB cream a try since I couldn’t find Palgantong’s at the local drugstore anymore. The sales assistant of Sasa beauty store tried to sell this to me and now you can see I was sold. Good coverage and it felt really smooth on skin.

Dr.Young  introduces a daily skin care system of detox method for damaged and exhausted skin. The 2p (Protect-Prevent), Protects skin with Shea butter and Ceramide (so this is going to be heavy for oily skin), and Pevents skin trouble with Chrysanthemum and Phyto-Oligo, helping you gain back the clear skin tone quickly.

The BB cream has mild pleasant fragrance. The creamy consistency is running smooth on skin, medium to full coverage, skin appears dewy and even toned right after application. When skin turned oilier in midday, the coverage waned some and I must blot the excess shine off. This is very water resistant, just not very sebum resistant.

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I understand most Korea BB cream creates glowing complexion for All-skin-type  product version and matte finish for oily-acne-skin-type  product version, however I find the “glow” is actually too much for my combination-normal skin for fresh application, I certainly need powder to set the BB cream in order to create a semi-matte finish in tropical humid climate. Nonetheless, I tried this in Europe spring season and it created luminous complexion for my normal-dry skin condition.

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Bare skin after toning

Applying a small amount on the bare skin… then blend well

Fresh application with sheer coverage

Building additional coverage on top of the sheer finish…then blend well


Fresh application with medium-full coverage

The BB cream is in dark beige tone but generally leans toward pinkish tone. I thought it is not a good match for my sensitive, redness-prone skin but somehow my complexion looked fairly natural in photo. As I used small amount of the BB cream each time, hence I did not benefit from its good coverage.

I must explain further why I only used a small amount for each application. It broke me out.  (-.-!*)  Whenever I tried to use it  with sunscreen, I just never failed to suffer a new breakout, that was really annoying me to be honest. I tried this several times to identify the actual culprit and this BB cream earned the bad title unfortunately.

In tropical climate (non air-conditioned temperature, my skin is combination-normal), I had tried applying this after a lightweight serum and also tried using a small amount directly after facial wash, it just caused me some oil zits on cheeks and small bumps on forehead within several hours. Normally the bump or papule disappeared the next day but if I bold enough to try it for consecutive two days, the breakout lasted for weeks and left scar!!

On the other hand, eventhough my skin felt very dehydrated in cold spring but I couldn’t use this BB cream together with the creamy sunblock too. Later I used the BB cream and sunblock separately and found out they actually worked fine. Therefore, I certainly do not need additional sunscreen when using this BB cream for dry skin condition, not to mention it does provide some UV protection.

All in all, I rarely use this now and only reserve it for very dry skin condition, after all it creates beautiful finish for very dry skin. This is not a bad product but I definitely will not recommend for oily to combination skin. Paid RM98/60ml at Sasa Malaysia, the most expensive BB cream that I ever purchased in my BB cream history. May be, this is the only reason for why I am still using it.

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Rating: ….)))    Satisfied. Will not buy again.

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Active Ingredients:

Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide

Ingredients:

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Hexyl Laurate, Butylene Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Bentonite, ChrysanthellumIndicum Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Thujopsis Dolabrata Branch Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Silica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, CI77492, CI77491, CI77499, Ultramarines, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Ceramide 3, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance.


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