Sunday, 18 August 2013

Innisfree's Eco Science Eye Mask

I have a feeling that the next thing in skincare is eyecare. I just know it! I mean, I know the market is still very much obsessed with anti-aging but seriously, we need to start targeting certain areas rather the entire face. And we all know that one of the first places that will show signs of aging are our eyes! That's why I'm always on the lookout for good eye products!

Recently, I purchased Innisfree's Eco Science Eye Mask. Innisfree is a Korean beauty brand that has recently opened two stores in Hong Kong. Their products use natural ingredients found on Jeju island and their packaging is all made from recycled materials. How eco-friendly!

Eco Science is their anti-aging line which aims to add vitality to the skin while strengthening the skin's barrier to combat aging. The main ingredients are Jeju sea plants which are rich in nourishing minerals and nutrients that can help restore and replenish the skin. The Eye Mask is only one of the products that features in this line. 

The mask itself is a transparent gel film. One of the advantages of using a gel mask is that they adhere better to the skin, allowing ultimate essence absorption. You can also avoid the drama of paper masks where, if you wear them for too long, they can suck moisture from your skin. 

Over the years, I've tried a few gel face and eye masks and, unfortunately, I never like them. They're a little pricer than paper masks so you expect them to be better but they rarely work for me. The biggest problem is that with paper masks, you can feel the essence being soaked into the paper/cloth. You can't with gel masks. All you feel is the jelly texture. I find that the masks don't absorb the serum and so you end up having two pieces of gel on your face. 

Sadly, this eye mask didn't work for me either! I didn't see any improvements under my eyes which is a huge shame because other deep water products I've tried does wonders for dry skin. So I was definitely sad to see that this didn't seem to do much. It didn't even do the bare minimum, which is hydrate my under eye area. 

Let down!


Saturday, 3 August 2013

Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion + (Plus)

Like a lot of other girls, my first proper skincare system was from Clinique. I still remember going to the Clinique counter with mum for my 3 step pack and just going wide-eyed at the included yellow bottle of moisturiser. Of course, I'm talking about the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion!

Unfortunately, the moisturiser never really worked for me. It tended to make my skin oily and shiny as it never sunk into my skin. I've also tried the gel version but that one didn't seem to do much for me in terms of hydration and nourishment.

That's why I was thrilled when I found out that Clinique was doing a revamp of the product. On my last two trips to the Clinique counter to restock some skincare favourites, I was given deluxe samples of the new Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion +.

The product boasts a completely new formula which has the ability to strengthen the moisture barrier of our skin by 54%. What's even more exciting is the inclusion of some new ingredients! Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid and Urea have been added to the mix to improve our skin's ability to hold water. Mum's been using a Urea-based hand cream for over twenty years now and her hands are seriously softer than mine! So I can definitely confirm the benefits of Urea in a moisturiser.

The sad thing is that I've noticed that I can't use Urea if I have cracked or inflamed skin because it tends to irritate it even more. With this in mind, I was a little scared of putting DDML+ on my face!

As you can see from the photo, the cream is quite light like the old formula. When you spread it out, there's a slight white sheen but it quickly disappears into the skin. One of the biggest differences I've noticed with the new formula is that it penetrates the skin almost instantly. There's absolutely no oily residue and my skin drinks it very easily. I love how smooth and supple my skin feels afterwards!

I'm almost through with one of the three deluxe samples and luckily, the cream has never irritated my skin. Hurray! I've found that it's actually calmed some of that stinging feeling I get in Winter on my upper lip!
It's very likely that I'm going to go out and get a bottle after I've finished with my samples. I've very pleased with the new formula - totally should have happened earlier!