Review : Japan Gal Pure 5 Essence Mask ( Placenta Daily Mask )

Product Description
100% natural cotton mask soaked in Pure Essence, containing 5% placenta ( moisturizing, unprocessed solution ), soybean extract ( moisturizing ), soy milk liquid ( moisturizing ) and vitamin C derivative ( antioxidant component ).
Placenta removes dullness of the skin and makes it translucent.

I chanced upon a 15% sale on Japan Skin late last year and promptly bought a box for $19.64, together with other goodies.

As illustrated in the picture above, each packaging box contains a re-sealable plastic pack where 30 sheets are stacked on top of each other. There is a pincer provided to pick up each sheet mask for convenience and hygiene sake. The masks are alcohol-free, with no artificial colouring, mineral oil and is paraben-free.

Made in Japan, the 100% natural cotton material of Japan Gals Pure 5 Essence Mask ( Placenta Daily Mask ) is thick and sturdy, soaked in heavy essence. It comes with eye flaps which is a bonus treat for the eyes, although the eye flaps did not extend enough to cover the whole eye/eyelid.

The brightening effect is instantaneous, immediately after treatment. However, the effects are not lasting ( which is expected ) but you can use the sheet mask every day for a month, since it contains 30 sheets in a pack. I don't do that, as I prefer to let my skin rest so I only use it like every 3 ~ 4 days time frame, depending on my skin needs.

Source : Japan Gal, April Boulevard

Review : Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil

Product Description
Leave-in treatment instantly moisturizes dry hair and ends
• 99.9% naturally derived, with the hydrating power of certified organic buriti oil
• Penetrates to instantly moisturize hair by 41%
• Leaves hair soft and full of shine
• Formulated without silicone, so it takes only a few drops to moisturize hair
• Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold.*** Packaging (bottle) meets Bronze-level requirements.

Getting the 30ml bottle of the Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil costs me $20 from the Luxasia sale last year. A good friend whom I bumped into, during the sale has mentioned that the reviews were good so I purchased one for my own use. 

Housed in a brown bottle with a twist and turn cap, the oil is sheer in colour, which is then dispensed through a thin narrow cylinder in the center of the bottle. Basically, I just shake the bottle upside down to get the oil onto my palms. The subtle lavender scent is such a joy - not overpowering but yet manage to lift the senses in a relaxing manner. 

The oil looks and feels oily but is actually pretty lightweight enough not to weigh the hair down or cause it to look greasy. It feels like a dry oil. As per the description on the packaging, it is recommended to use 2 ~ 4 drops of the Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil, however, it seems that my long thick tresses requires more dosage than that.

In fact, the 8 ~ 10 drops I used were soaked up totally on my freshly washed damped hair. My dry hair ends were slightly moisturised with a subtle shine which were more obvious when I used on dry hair.

For the brand and the price ( if I considered the original hefty price tag at $58 ), I would have expected something more.

Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil scored 4.1 from 21 users on Makeupalley with a hazard level of 2 on EWG.

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil , Dicaprylyl Maleate , Dicaprylyl Ether , Methyl Soyate , Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil , Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil , Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Sterols , Tocopherol , Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaoleate , Fragrance (Parfum) , Farnesol , Linalool , Benzyl Salicylate , Citronellol , Citral , Limonene , Benzyl Benzoate , Coumarin , Geraniol <ILN41379>

Source : Aveda

Japanese Beauty Secrets To Achieve Radiant Skin

Pat in your skincare, don’t rub
Japanese women employ patting motions in an upward direction (starting from the chin) when they apply their skincare products. This is done in the hopes of stimulating blood flow and ensuring that the product is better absorbed into the skin. 

Green tea keeps the blemishes away
Not only is green tea chockfull of antioxidants, it is also an excellent way to detoxify your body the natural way. Drinking several cups of green tea or matcha a day will allow you to maintain a youthful glow. As an added beauty benefit, you can also apply green tea topically to your face as a toner. Its astringent properties will help balance oily skin and also reduce the size of your pores.

Review : Clinique All About Eyes

Product Description
An award-winning, lightweight eye cream-gel that diminishes the appearance of eye puffiness, darkness, and fine lines. This nourishing cream-gel formulation brightens dark circles and sends puffiness packing while actually helping to hold eye makeup in place. It refreshes and brightens eye area and is recommended for use morning and night, both under eyes and on lids.

Active Ingredients :
Scutellariabaicalensis root extract : a natural ingredient that moisturizes the skin deeply and reduces inflammation as well as addresses eye puffiness
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Camellia Sinensis : antioxidants that help protect the skin from free radical and UV damage

Formulated without parabens, 100% fragrance free, allergy tested and opthalmologist tested, this 15ml Clinique All About Eyes seems like a product which addresses most of the eye area concerns, including mine. I gotten it for AUD46.40 in Sydney last year. 
It is much cheaper on Amazon where you can get at US$17.40 for 2x7ml sizes, great for travelling. 
An Amazon affiliate link is at the end of the page, for your convenience.

Review : Sasatinnie Black Pearl Caviar Nourishing Black Eye Mask

Product Description
A luxury eye mask impregnated with nature’s finest elements to promote a youthful and radiant look. The highlight ingredient, Black Pearl Extract, nourishes the skin and helps effectively reduce the look of dark circles and fine lines. Other fast-absorbed properties include charcoal powder to gently lift impurities, balance oil and moisture levels and improve skin pigmentation and platinum to nourish the skin and give a more youthful complexion. Eriobotrya Japonica fruit and hyaluronic acid provide intensive moisture and enhance the density of skin cells to promote firmness and tone in the delicate eye area.

Stepping into a SASA store always made me feel stressed - their shop staff are crossing that fine line from being helpful to almost aggressive with high pressure selling. Their management probably think that high pressure sales tactics drive profits but I think it drives customers like me, elsewhere. It gives us, consumers yet another reason to shop online.

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