lists: reviews and wish lists

Products used and yet to review:

  • Hada Labo Shirojyun Albutin Lotion
  • COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
  • COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
  • Clarins Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Cream
  • RMK Liquid Foundation

Products yet to use and review:

  • Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Essence
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Products I want to try (Skincare):

  • C21.5 serum
  • Laneige Water Sleeping Pack
  • Passionfruit seed oil
  • Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

Products I want to try (Makeup):

  • Estee Lauder Double Wear
  • Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation
  • Gel liner



mini review: clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel

Out of 5, I would rate this moisturiser 4.5.

I love it, but not to the point where I would say it is perfect. My problem with it is sometimes it doesn’t feel hydrating enough, and this is coming from an oily like me. For the summer, though, it’s great: light, easily absorbing, non-comedogenic, non-greasy. It even has a fruity smell.

This product is a need for me, but I always want another moisturiser on hand cos on certain nights it’s not enough. Oh, and the price is another con. To be honest, a blob goes a long way and I’ll keep buying this but I’ll always be on the lookout for something similar but cheaper as I’m sure it exists!

mini review: [ost] c20 serum

I can’t think of any product that worked as fast on me as this serum. I applied it on my face one night and when I woke up the next morning, my skin smoothened and brightened! The effects were not minimal, either. It was as if I was using this serum for a long time. A miracle product, if I found any. I was amazed.

However, my bliss was cut too short. By Day 3, it gave me cystic acne, even in places where I never get spots (above the eyelid). I was disheartened because cystic acne aside, it was HG material. It even managed to plump my skin when barely anything does. I tried using it for a couple more weeks, hoping that it was another product which was giving me the cysts. Unfortunately for me, it really was the C20.

Upon searching online, I found that others have also experienced C20 + cystic acne. I’m not sure if it’s the high alcohol content (ethanol), the coconut oil (caprylic/capric triglyceride), the Vitamin E content, or something else. But if a Vitamin C can be this effective, I’ll be on the hunt for a good one that can give me the same benefits without the cysts. Next on my short list is C21.5 and Melano CC. Then Skinceuticals, Time and NuFoutain on my long list.

I already have Melano CC in my possession. Going to try it soon.

first impressions: cosrx galactomyces 95 whitening power essence

Just got this item in the post yesterday morning. So far I have used it three times.

Some observations:

  • Sticky water texture
  • Tacky upon application but absorbs and dries fast; tackiness goes away fast
  • Hasn’t made me oilier than usual
  • Hasn’t broken me out so far
  • Hydrating but just slightly; no plumpness whatsoever
  • Slightly smoothened my skin texture

Not really expecting a lot from this product, especially not at this point as it is too early. But so far I like that it adds a bit of hydration to my skin. When I woke up this morning, my skin felt smoother!

In the long run, I’m expecting this product to brighten my skin, even just slightly. I also hope it continues to improve my skin texture and hydrate my skin. The extra layer of hydration, albeit not a lot, is always welcome.

Same day update: Seems like this is making my skin oilier. I’ll keep monitoring.