Beauty Review: Innisfree’s Orchid Eye Cream

Beauty Review: Innisfree’s Orchid Eye Cream

After I had run out of Clinique’s All About the Eyes eye cream, I thought it was well about time to try something new. After all, I had already gone through two containers of All About the Eyes; it was high time for me to give something else a go.

And with my current infatuation with Innisfree (not unlike my infatuation with Yamazaki Kento), my next choice was obvious. So without further ado, I fired up my browser and looked into Innisfree’s selection of eye creams. After much deliberation, I decided to give its Orchid Eye Cream 30ml (RM111) a try.

What is it like?

When compared to Clinique’s All About the Eyes, I have to say that in terms of texture, I far prefer Clinique’s. It is just much more convenient than Innisfree’s Orchid Eye Cream. Precisely how, I will highlight in the following:

Innisfree’s Orchid Eye Cream is an anti-aging formula that comes with a slightly hard, thick and slippery texture. It is also infused with a floral scent, but this fades quickly enough to be a non-issue. That said, getting enough product on your ring finger can be a bit annoying because it’s not soft enough to instantly grip your skin, but that’s just a minor, nitpicky inconvenience. The real issue is that it can take a while for the cream to be absorbed into your skin; annoying for those who wish to quickly get on to applying their makeup.

But on the bright side, you’d be surprised by just how little of this cream can really go a long way. Honestly, I’ve been using mine for months now, and I haven’t even used 1/4 of it! Not even 1/5. It’s just that incredible.

Packaging

When it comes to beauty products being packaged in containers such as this, there’ll always be concerns for hygiene. Sticking your fingers in there all the time can’t be clean now, can it?

Which is precisely why this eye cream gets points docked off in terms of packaging. That problem aside, this container is recyclable, and that, my friend, is a huge plus.

End result

I was pleasantly surprised to find that despite being much cheaper than Clinique’s All About the Eyes, it was much more effective than the latter. As a result of using this eye cream, the area under my eyes are more moisturised and suffer from less fine lines.

Thank the Lord.

The best part is that, again, a little really goes a long way, so you’re getting a bang for your buck with this. 🙂

Where can I find it?

Innisfree.

Verdict

  • Product rating: 4/5
  • Packaging rating: 3/5
  • Repurchase?: Yes, at some point in the future

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Squalane, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Arbutin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Orchid Extract, Caffeine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Adenosine, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, C14-22 Alcohols, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Arachidyl Glucoside, Arachidyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Palmitic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Polysorbate 20, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Propanediol, Peg-100 Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Disodium Edta, Fragrance.


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Beauty Review: Banila Co’s Clean It Zero Resveratrol

Like many women out there, I’ve heard all the praise this particular Korean product gained from beauty fans. So much so that it was enough to pique my curiosity, leading me to wonder just what is so great about it? At the time, I still had my gargantuan bottle of Muji cleansing oil, so I didn’t bother with Clean It Zero Resveratrol just yet.  No point in buying something I don’t need, right? Right.

But you can bet your bottom Ringgit that as soon as my Muji ran out, I bought Banila Co’s Clean It Zero Resveratrol. After a bit of hesitation, anyway. That RM79.50 price tag ain’t pretty.

Especially since it tends to last my friends for about 2-3 months? Still, I was curious enough to give it a try.

What is it like?

At first glance, I wondered if the balm would be hard to scoop out. Thankfully enough, it isn’t. A pleasant surprise, needless to say, but what was even more so delightful was how it transformed into oil form so cleanly. Cleanly. Does that make any sense? The transition is so smooth that it glides across my skin, clinging gently to my face without dripping- something that is a constant worry when using the usual type of cleansing oil.

And have I mentioned the smell? It smells wonderful. Enough to put me in a good mood while I smooth it on.

As for how it performs when in action, it’s so effective that it gently yet effectively melts my makeup away, even if it’s something as heavy as foundation. Foundation, lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, powder… All of these melt away without any need for tugging and pulling. It’s all smooth sailing with this sorbet-like concoction, to be honest.

Packaging?

If this creation from Banila Co had a fault (and it does), it would have to be the packaging. While the solid balm is prettily encased in a round, frosted container, it is a bit inconvenient to have to scoop the balm out with the provided spatula. Or if you’re feeling particularly indifferent, your fingers.

As with all beauty products that come in containers, there is concern of contamination. Even if you faithfully use the spatula every time, you still need to wash it beforehand. A bit inconvenient, if you ask me.

End result

While I wouldn’t call it a miracle worker, I am quite happy with the result of using this regularly. Not only does it rid my skin of makeup without so much as an effort, it also helped with minimising the size of my pores. Hurrah! It’s definitely a step in the direction I’m aiming for, so this is an A+ in my book, that’s for sure.

Adding on, there’re very few cleansing oil products that I can say do this as well as Clean It Zero Resveratrol can, so I’m glad I decided to give this a try.

Where can I find it?

Banila Co.

Verdict

  • Product rating: 5/5
  • Packaging rating: 4/5
  • Repurchase?: Hell yes

Ingredients

Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Butylene Glycol, Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Propanediol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Vine Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Root Extract, Thuja Orientalis Leaf Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Resveratrol, Butylparaben, CI 42090, CI 19140, Fragrance.

What Happened After I Stopped Drinking Coffee

As I’ve mentioned numerous times before, I have been cursed with oily skin. Rare it is for me to experience a dry spell in the oil works, yet a couple of months ago, I did. I wasn’t entirely sure what the problem was at the time, but after I kept seeing the word “caffeine” come up in articles related to skin issues, I started to have my suspicions.

And looked at my beloved coffee with a sad twinge in my heart.

Could it be…? The timeline was about right.

Did coffee really affect my skin?

I had to admit, my skin problems exacerbated after I increased my coffee intake. It was during a time when I had a lot of work to do and was barely getting enough sleep to cope with staying awake at work. Plus, coffee is a hella cheaper and healthier alternative than my usual Red Bull. So my choice on whether to swap my Red Bull with coffee was obvious.

Sadly enough. Because as time went on after the change, my skin condition steadily worsened. It got to the point where it was the near polar opposite of what it used to be.

And when I say near polar opposite, I really mean it. The oil that used to sit obnoxiously on my face had just about dried up, and my skin, from being relatively young-looking looked almost scaly. I’m serious when I say that it was that dry. And as though to add salt to injury, I also had a nasty case of cystic acne, when before that, I only had those once every few months. Apparently, after having too much coffee in my body, I’d get them all the time. Most frequently on the sides of my face.

Mad annoying.

Despite how much I had come to love coffee, I love my complexion more. So from that day onwards, I decided to go cold turkey and swapped over to green tea.

Did it make a difference?

Honestly? Yes. I was actually able to see results in less than a week, which was, trust me, more than enough compensation for having to give up my sweetened milk coffee for bitter green tea. Thanks to the swap, my skin started to lose the scaly look it had gained after increased consumption of coffee. Much to my relief. For an awful second there, I had thought I was experiencing heightened signs of ageing.

So happy that wasn’t the case. My skin eventually returned to its usual self; oily and relatively smooth, certainly not suffering from dehydration. The fine lines I had faded as well.

And the inflamed cystic acne? Thank the Lord that those receded too. I’m used to getting one or two every now and then, but consistently every week? So not okay.

That said, I’m not perfect (as I so often hint or even highlight on this blog haha). Sometimes I take coffee when I’m exhausted, have work to do and have no other caffeine-filled alternative close by. Needless to say that those God awful cystic acne and other skin problems consequently returned not long after, so I was glad to immediately drop the drink once I was done with that particularly hectic (and recent) episode of my work life.

While it was annoying, it at least further confirmed that coffee = skin problems. And hey, at least I got some work done, so that was nice.

Tldr; I’m sticking to tea.

Beauty Review: Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Beauty Review: Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

What is it?

Winner of 22 Global Beauty Awards, Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask (RM58) has high expectations placed upon it by all who encounter it. Which may be surprising to some considering its super affordable price.

After all, high price = super quality, doesn’t it?

Not at all in this case.

This 6-in-1 clay mask focuses on the following: pore tightening, sebum control, dead skin cell exfoliating, deep cleansing, and skin complexion improvement through its cooling effect. If you’re not sold on this just yet, then take note that Innisfree claims that it is more effective in controlling sebum than mud and red clay.

Which ought to score a hurrah from combination/oily skin types, but let’s take a look at how well it performs first.

What is it like?

When I first opened the container, I was surprised by how dry the mask looks. I have used my fair share of clay masks by now, and this was the first time I encountered one that was that dry. It wasn’t by any means deprived of all moisture, but it was dry enough that it was somewhat hard to scoop out and apply on my face. The texture is drier and stiffer than what I’m used to, but not enough to put me off. As long as it works, it’s all good, no?

And almost as though to make up for its texture, the mask was surprisingly comfortable to wear. There was some feeling of tightness, but overall, it was just… nice. I didn’t find it uncomfortable in the least.

Washing it off was quite easy too. There was no need for excessive rubbing or even scrubbing; the mask just washes off after a few splashes and wipes.

Packaging

While I do not abhor the idea of masks coming in pots much like this one, it does bring with it the concern of hygiene.

Of course, I always make sure to wash my hands before applying a mask on, but constantly dipping my fingers in the pot to spread more of it on my face… That can’t be clean, right? Right.

I would’ve preferred it if this came in a tube.

End result

It is always a pleasure to find affordable products that deliver results, and this was a feeling I rediscovered the day I decided to give Innisfree a try.

And to date, I honestly can’t think of a single Innisfree product that fits that image more than the Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask. Priced at just RM58, I was happily taken aback by how clean my face looked after I washed the mask off.

If that sentence doesn’t make sense, then allow me to elaborate. After I washed the mask off, I found that my pores were smaller, tighter and for the most part, unclogged. That was not all, though. Thanks to the deep cleansing effect of the mask, my skin was also brighter and enjoyed an improvement in texture. It was amazing.

My good experience carried on till the next day as well, because my skin produced much less oil than before. If that’s not a call for me to keep using this baby, then I don’t know what is.

Quick overview

Pros

  • Pores appear smaller and tighter
  • Pores are unclogged; less blackheads and whiteheads
  • Skin texture is improved; it’s brighter and smoother
  • Excellent oil controlling properties
  • Immediate results

Cons

  • Mask texture is a bit stiff
  • Comes in a pot

Where can I find it?

Innisfree.

Verdict

  • Product rating: 4/5
  • Packaging rating: 4/5

Will I repurchase this? Oh, definitely, definitely. For the price and the results it gives, you can bet your bottom ringgit I will.

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Volcanic Ash, Silica, Trehalose, Kaolin, Bentonite, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947), Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, PVP, PEG-100 Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Xanthan Gum, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sorbitan Stearate, Polyacrylate-13, Mannitol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Lactic Acid, Polyisobutene, Menthoxypropanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Polysorbate 20, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.

Beauty Review: Innisfree’s Apple Seed Deep Cleansing Foam

Beauty Review: Innisfree’s Apple Seed Deep Cleansing Foam

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have noticed that Korean beauty products have pretty much taken the world by storm- and that among those in the forefront is Innisfree.

A popular eco-friendly company that is made all the more attractive thanks to its reasonable prices, Innisfree has easily wormed its way to my list of favourite beauty brands. Which isn’t very easy, mind, since I tend to only like one product from any single brand and call it a day. But here we are.

So of course, when I was gifted with a generous amount of samples by Innisfree, my fondness for them grew all the more. Which prompted me to type up this blog post.

Today, I’ll be reviewing the Apple Seed Deep Cleansing Foam (RM39.31) from the Apple Seed Cleansing Kit Series.

What is it?

Enriched with “the vitality of apple seeds”, this Innisfree foam cleanser is and looks like, despite its marketing jargon, a pretty standard cleanser. Which is expected, given the fact that cleansers aren’t products that are supposed to be on your face for a long period of time. It’s a cleanse-and-rinse sort of deal, as you should know.

That being said, that doesn’t mean you can just buy any old cleanser off the rack. Effectiveness differs from product to product, and everyone’s skin is different. There is just no one-size-fits-all solution here.

But I digress.

For more information regarding the Apple Seed Deep Cleansing Foam, the official website states it is supposed to do the following:

  • The dense and abundant lather helps completely and delicately cleanse any makeup residue and impurities in the pores
  • The formulation with apple extract and apple seed oil smoothens out flaky dead skin cells to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy
  • Fresh apple fragrance helps you enjoy a refreshing cleansing time

Pretty standard, right? Right.

What is it like?

The cleanser comes in a white, creamy texture that gives off a clean, artificial scent with a hint of apple. Now that I’m getting used to using scented products, I can’t say that I mind it all that much. Still not fond of them, but this one is not overwhelming, at the very least.

As for its performance, this cleanser foams up easily and is able to remove oil and dirt from my face without so much as a fuss. To place emphasis on how well it cleans, my cotton pad catches next to no yellow residue whenever I tone afterwards.

And best of all? This Apple Seed product doesn’t leave behind a tight sensation on my skin. It’s pretty much all a girl can ask for from a cleanser.

Packaging

The main colours incorporated into the design are smooth white and bright green, which grants a young, fresh impression at first glance.

It’s nothing extraordinary, but its aesthetic minimalist appeal does not matter as much as its functionality, which again, does the job. That creamy cleanser is just one squeeze away, and the cap need only be snapped close once you’re done with it.

End result

A pleasant experience; it’s nice to use a product that does exactly what it says it does. Despite having used it several times, I’ve not experienced any tightness or dryness whatsoever. I’d even go as far as to say it helped with keeping my face oil-free for the most part of the day- and I have very greasy skin.

Quite unlike the nightmare that was the Hado Labo cleanser I tried awhile ago.

However, I would like to add that because I have very oily skin, dry types should probably stay away from this.

Where can I find it?

Innisfree.

Verdict

  • Product rating: 4/5
  • Packaging rating: 5/5

I might actually purchase this in the future.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Peg-32, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Pyrus Malus (Apple ) Seed Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polyquaternium-7, Peg-90m, Disodium Edta, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance.