Sunday, 14 December 2014

Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Masks and Capsule Recipe Pack

I'm a big advocate of face masks and I honestly believe that every skin type can benefit from some type of mask. For my dry skin, I've always been more into hydrating sheet masks. I always look for masks that promise hydration, hydration and hydration! When I test out a new face mask, I might pick up other ones like brightening, pore refinement and anti-aging but I'll only repurchase the most hydrating ones. 

It's been awhile since I've posted up a review on some face masks I've got in my stash. So I thought I'd do a write up on Innisfree's It's Real Squeeze Masks and Capsule Recipe Packs

 Strawberry - Brightening
Tea Tree - Purifying
Green Tea - Moisturising
Pomengranate - Wrinkle care

I used to use Innisfree's It's Real face masks and I particularly loved their adlay one. It was really calming and made my skin look clearer.  The actual make of the cloth mask was surprisingly good quality when considering how inexpensive they are. Their price is similar to that of My Beauty Diary's but I've always preferred Innisfree's offerings. 

It's since been replaced by the It's Real Squeeze Masks and they got rid of the adlay mask (wrong move Innisfree!). I randomly selected the strawberry, tea tree, green tea and pomegranate to try. Unfortunately, none of them are as moisturising as the adlay one but I still think they're decent for their price. 

I've used better brightening, purifying, moisturising and anti-aging face masks but they're twice the price. Each faired equally, doing what it promised. The brightening strawberry and anti-aging pomegranate mask left my skin clearer and more nourished respectively but there weren't any dramatic changes. I don't ever expect that a single application is going to give me anything more than a high dose of moisture, let alone any radical brightening or anti-aging effect!

The serum/liquid on the mask is light and watery, and so the skin doesn't feel sticky once you remove the mask. This makes these a great option for prepping the skin before putting on make up.

The only, and biggest, con is that there's alcohol in them and it's actually the third ingredient. The masks never irritated my skin but I'm having to think twice with whether I want to repurchase these. 

 Canola Honey - Moisturising
Aloe - Soothing

The Capsule Recipe Packs are liquid jelly masks that you can use 2-3 times. This is my first time using them so I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm not huge on masks that don't include an actual sheet mask to cover my face. But I've been seeing these for ages now and decided to give them a go. 

The canola honey feels like thinned out honey and just seems to sit on the surface of my skin. It's not as nourishing as I hoped. It also gave me an allergic reaction around my eyes, so it's a no-no for me. I imagine that I could have used the pot another 2 times but it's just sitting in my fridge now and I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it. Might treat my feet!

The aloe vera had little green particles mixed in the jelly and I'm going to assume that it's aloe. This one is better than the honey - I really liked how cooling it felt on my skin and it did leave my face brighter. It didn't seem to do much in terms of hydration though. 

But I just think the whole putting the jelly onto my skin and having to wash it off again, just isn't as convenient as a sheet mask. So it's unlikely I'd repurchase these.

Do you make time for face masks?
Which are you favourites? 


Saturday, 6 December 2014

SUNDAY READS : Life Update & 3 Things To Do Before the End of 2014

You may have guessed but I've been spending the large majority of 2014 in Hong Kong!


Aside from some pressing issues at hand, I'm here to find myself, to do what I've always wanted to do, to get some life experience, to meet new people, to do things that I've never done or even have heard of know, the usual Gen Y reasons for going overseas for an extended period of time. 

I can't say that staying Hong Kong has been a complete culture shock, considering that it's my second home really. I've been lucky enough to have travelled back and forth from Sydney and Hong Kong my entire life. Travelling to Hong Kong has become somewhat of a yearly pilgrimage since I was born. 

But to travel somewhere and to live somewhere other than your home country is actually two different things. 

All of a sudden, it's not so cute to not know how to read Chinese and it's not a great idea to blow a couple of hundred on afternoon tea as a last hurrah. My taxi expenses every year in Hong Kong would scare anyone and everyone. They're just so damn convenient - wave an arm and they zoom right to you. But nowadays, I find myself walking everywhere. I live on top of a mountain - literally and so it's a trek to get up and down. 

Life is a whole lot quieter but I don't think we should ever underestimate what the power of silence can do to us. It forces you to turn inwards and to examine yourself and the world around you. And that's a beautiful skill to cultivate. 

It's the last month of the year and time is running out to tie up loose ends! I feel like I've taken ten steps forward this year but also ten steps back. AHAH.

But here are still three things I want to achieve by the end of this year!
via Vuible

1. Be upfront with others about my goals 
I've never been really upfront about what I want to do in the longterm. Since I was 10, the default answer to what I want to be when I grow up was always a lawyer - preferably a barrister. And sure, that was true for brief periods in my life. I went through some of the motions and found out that, that's not how I want to live my life.

I've always dreamed of a more artistic life - days filled with creative freedom. But that's hard to put into words when the acceptable answer is something more professional and stable. Admittedly, I'm gutless. AHAH.

But this month, I want to be able to tell the truth whenever I am asked where I will go from here. I want to be upfront, even if it shocks the person asking. Even if it isn't too their taste or view of life.

I'm old enough to know that not everyone needs to enjoy the same cup of tea.

2. Have difficult conversations
One of my bad habits is that I have a tendency to avoid conflict. Even as a last resort, I think of ways to minimise the damage. By extension, I tend to avoid difficult conversations.

But in December, I'm going in the deep end and will put myself in the centre of these discussions. I'm going to ask for feedback that will probably hurt my feelings. Similarly, I'm going to fairly give others my piece of mind.

3. Do something I usually wouldn't do
Whenever I do something 'out of my comfort zone', I feel like it's really still within my comfort zone. AHAH. 

So even if it's one tiny thing, I want to truly step out of my comfort zone. Just one tiny thing.

What are you final goals for 2014? 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm Jar and Lip Moisturising Stick

I don't think Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balms need much of an introduction, considering that it is one of those products that is highly praised by the beauty community. Generally, people tend to rave about how moisturising the Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm. 

My lips are on the drier side, with visible lines when they're at their worst. My favourite lip care product is YSL's Top Secrets Re-Plumping Concentrate Lip & Contour Shaper because it makes my lips plump and smooth. It's become one of those essential products which I can't see myself doing without. But the shaper costs an arm and leg (we're talking $64AU)! So I'm definitely on the hunt for alternatives that will hydrate and plump my lips. 

The Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm is one of Nuxe's best sellers and has at least 78% natural ingredients. Honey, beeswax, sunflower, musk rose, almond oil, shea butter and grapefruit essence is included so that dry and chapped lips can be nourished, repaired, soothed and protected. There's also no parabens or petroleum in this mixture.

I love the look and feel of the jar! 15ml of product (the size of an average eye cream) is housed in a frosted jar and actually looks quite pretty on my dressing or night table! 


The balm's texture is actually very much like a paste. It's thick and has gritty particles which is apparently crystallised honey. Once on the lips, the particles can range from invisible to slightly visible if you come up close. I've noticed that this usually happens when the balm has hardened over in the cold weather. It does go away with time but I have a feeling that it's because I've ingested it! Perhaps the answer is to warm up the paste but the more I rub the balm into lips, the more I feel like I'm going through the motions with a lip exfoliator.

Most of the time, this lip balm does make my lips feel hydrated for a good few hours. In warmer weather, this balm is soft, buttery and very easy to apply. My lips feel soft and look plump. Not YSL shaper plump but my lips do look like they've got a decent amount of moisture in them! If I hadn't used the shaper first, I would be extremely impressed with this balm!

When it's cold, the paste freezes over and is harder to work with. The particles become obvious like tiny biscuit crumbs. If I don't roll it enough on my lips enough to heat it up, my lips end up looking drier than they really are and the whole area looks parched and stretched.

I like to apply this as part of my daily make up routine. But it works great as an overnight treatment too. In comparison to Vaseline, this one works much better! My lips turn a healthy pink in the morning and forms a great base for the day's lipgloss. I don't use this often overnight because I sleep on my belly and I don't like it smearing onto my pillowcase! Ahah =)

I'm enjoying this lip balm. I love it when it's a soft, creamy paste because it does make my lips look very soft and hydrated. I just wish they'd get rid of the grains! I can deal with the hardened-over paste but the gritty texture is a big no-no for me. 

There's printing within the box and I found a code as well. Not sure what it means - Google isn't bring up much in English but I've got a strong feeling that it's some discount code.

Anyone have any clues? The code is blurred out in case it is a shopping code! AHAH!

I'll reach for my Lip Moisturising Stick when the Balm is starting to wear off during the day. It's supposed to be the more portable version of the Balm but, for me, they're two different creatures. I actually used this before the jar and really liked the formula. It applies smoothly and does not leaving the lips feeling sticky or glossy. Once again, this is better when it's warmed up and softer, as it glides on even more smoothly. 

At first, despite having to reapply it often, I liked using it because it smells very, very nice. The scent is slightly more citrusy/lemony and I caught myself popping the cap off just to sniff it! But when compared to the jar version, it's honestly not as nourishing. 

This stays in my handbag and is used in conjunction with the jar. With the Balm as the base, this Stick helps to just lengthen the amount of moisture that's already there. 

Which lip balm do you wear underneath your lipsticks?
Which rave products do you enjoy using?