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I'm Mizu and a beauty blogger from Malaysia since 2010. I'm very passionate in beauty and addicted to Korea Cosmetics. I love making friends all over the world besides enjoying mangas and animes.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

[REVIEW] Benton PHA Peeling Toner

I'm so excited to be back at blogging and of course the new Benton product!

They sent this PHA Peeling Toner to me for review purposes about 3 weeks ago so let's read what I thought about this product :)

If you aren't familiar with PHA, it is basically in the same team as those AHA and BHA but PHA molecules is bigger than those two so makes it more suitable to sensitive skin people. I've tried one product with PHA before and basically it suits me so well so I'm pretty excited about this one.

From Benton:

+ Contains Natural Moisturizing Factor, Chrysanthemum Extract and 3% of the third generation PHA (Lactobionic acid) which helps clear impurities and sebum secretion.

+ Minimum photosensitivity of PHA and it melts impurities on the skin while forming water barrier, leaving the skin smooth and clear.

+ Contains Sodium PA and Hyaluronic Acid which are Natural Moisturizing Factors, and Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water and Chrysanthemum Extract which are also known as natural moisturizing water or soothing water. These ingredients leaving leave skin moist by soothing and moiturizing skin that may become dry from removing dead skin cells and impurities.

+ The peeling toner is free of artificial fragrance, coloring, volatile alcohol, PEGs and other controversial ingredients. It is mildly acidic, dermatologically tested product which helps with sufficient moisturization, allowing even sensitive skin to exfoliate without burden.

Simple and clean design.

Pump bottle.

My thoughts:
+ I've been using this from the Day 1 it arrives until now and Benton specifically wrote that rather than using this everyday, 2-3 times a week is recommended or suitable frequency so that the toner could adapt to the skin properly. I'm using it 2-3 times a week or more since I find that it adapt to my skin quite well.

+ A cotton pad is suggested to be used with the toner so I didn't directly patting it on my face.

+ The toner is quite runny in consistency so it took quite an amount to soak my cotton pad and honestly I hate using cotton pad because it feels that I'm wasting product on the cotton pad more haha

+ Since the texture is quite runny and clear, it absorbs into my skin in seconds. Although it doesn't feels extremely moisturizing but I don't feel any tightness which is good. So it shows that it has the moisturizing properties despite the texture.

+ This toner is used as the the next step after I cleanse my face. I feel that my next step of skincare (e.g: serums, moisturizer, etc) absorbed much much much better after I applied on this toner. I was rather surprised because it usually took time for those skincare to be fully dry on face and honestly it shorten the time taken for me to finish my routines.

+There's little to none of fragrance with this toner. Most of the time I couldn't detect any and if I did, it did have the faint smell of AHA.

+ I had acne on the sides of my face and I sometimes use the cotton pad with toner soak in with aggression so sometimes it does irritate those parts so I recommend you to be careful on those areas or better, use patting motion on those areas and don't keep layering it on because it will irritate your acne.

+ Does my skin improved? I'm not so sure about this however, it did feel smoother and like I said, it helps in helping my skincare absorbed better.

+ One thing that I had complain with this toner is the pump bottle. I find that the texture is rather runny and this pump does not help at all. Most of the time the pump is too tight and when I try to pump the liquid, it keep spurting everywhere :l  I do hope than Benton can improve on the bottle's function or just put it in mist bottle. That would 100% helps.

+ Would I make a purchase? For now I think no because I love my Benton BHA Aloe Toner because it has everything I like especially that it is more moisturizing than this. However, I would use this as a side toner as interval to my current toner.

That's all, thank you for reading :)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

[REVIEW] COSRX Two in One Poreless Power Liquid


So I was pretty excited with some of the new releases from COSRX so I actually purchased this products right after my purchase of the second tube of the PHA cream. So it's about two months now I guess? When it first releases, this essence sold out like everywhere until I found it on sale on Jolse so I put it into my cart right away :D

Anyhow, let's start with the review, shall we?

Full List of Ingredients

Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Water, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine Salicylate, Arginine, Betaine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Menthyl Lactate, Mentha Haplocalix Extract **Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water & Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract contain tannin

Notable ingredients: BHA, Tannin and Menthyl Lactate.
Minimal packaging design as usual from COSRX.

Just like a lot of COSRX products, this also came in this pump tube.

 Pretty runny right?

I would say that this has the essence texture, which is easily absorb into the skin. I uses this as the second step in my skincare routine because it is quite runny and would absorb better in fresh skin more than on top of other skincares.

It does feel cool once I applied the essence on and I did like it because it cools down the temperature of my skin thus making it less oilier. The tannin and BHA is surely a plus point of this product although I had to cut off a lot of BHA skincare to give way to this so that I don't over exfoliate.

I read from Sokoglam that this essence can be used after blackhead extraction or to calm any redness. Although I don't really do blackhead extraction because I barely got any (from a good skincare of course!) so I expected it to calm my redness that usually got after face wash.

So far, I don't really see a major difference like I'm not really sure what it actually does to my skin in these two months because my skin were quite behaving because I don't see much redness nor acne coming out that often but I do like the fact it feels cool on the skin and feels like it "tightens" my pores in the morning before I put on my makeup.

But I do think that it contributes to my "behaving" skin as I see less whiteheads and blackheads were pretty much nonexistent.

Overall, this is pretty nice! It doesn't break me out or sting my skin and it absorbs pretty well too without much effort. The thing that I like the most if cooling effect it has from the menthyl lactate, although it disappear after a while.

 Thank you for reading! 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Try Me Box by StyleKorean - Pyunkang Yul Review

Hey guys! I was chosen to review the StyleKorean Try Me Box which they featured a certain brands and asks the public, mostly bloggers/ yt-ers to review the products set in a certain time and give a verdict. So I tried applying for this box since I wanted to try Pyunkang Yul for so long and luckily I was chosen! Yayyy!

So I've tried for for about more than a month and it's time to share what I thought about these popular products in Kbeauty right now, Pyunkang Yul.

The brand targeted people with sensitive skin or atopic skin where the product itself is very mild to these type of skin. I figured that I can have sensitive skin on some days so that's why I need to try this! :D Moreover, I would rate their packaging 100% because it was simple, cool and cute! 

So let's start with the review!

The "Mist Toner"

I used this as a toner after cleansing my face and honestly, I love every toner that came in a mist bottle because it is so convenient. Basically I'll spray generous amount on face and pat it on to let it absorb faster.

The toner itself did have a very pleasing smell which is not that strong nor I can detect what it was, it was a split second smell after spraying XD but it was very pleasing to my nose and I love it.

It is actually just like the other mists out there, not that hydrating but enough to supply a little hydration after cleansing the face. It did dry quite fast since there isn't much moisturising properties in it. 

The "Moisture Ampoule"

Like honestly, this is weirdest serum texture that I have ever tried in my life. It feels liquidy but rubbery at the same time(?), not sure how I could describe that properly but it's true that it's so weird.

At first I was pretty weirded out by the texture and pretty sure I didn't like it at the first impression however as time goes by like a month, I got quite used to the texture. It's thick but it's liquid and when I try to spread it out, it kinda sticks(?) 

No scent detected and since it is quite thick, I do find that I need like a few drops of it to cover my whole face. The dropper is a little tricky though. I hate it because it only could pick up so little thus I had to go back and pick it up again but I do blame that on the liquid texture which don't suit well with the dropper. Could have use a better packaging method.

In terms of performance, it hydrates my skin quite well although it dries out quite fast as well. This would be great on oily skin because it's not too heavy on the skin. It just sticks? lol

The "Ato Cream Blue Label"

I had an expectation that I was not gonna like it when I pump it once but when I applied on the face, it just spread so well and it doesn't make my face sweaty! Oh yassss! Coz some creams tends to make my face "sweaty", which feels like it blocks my pores but this is not.

It moisturizes so well and anybody who likes light cream might love this. Since I love heavier creams at the current time, I do feel that this lacks a little moisture but still quite nice.

There's no smells whatsoever and it doesn't break me out either. So far so good.
I'm loving every pumps of this cream coz I expect that this would run out fast than the other two products above.

The "Eye Cream"

This is such a unique packaging. Eye cream in a sheet! I do find that it is pretty cute with the case and white bag(not in pic). But it creates an extra trash for every single time I had to open a new one to use. Usually one sheet could last me three uses so I think this much could last me for sometime.

The texture is almost similar to vaseline or a little wax-like. Like for example, it will harden once it open to the air for a long time. There is also quite a chemical smell to it when I sniff it, but you can really tell once you put in on the under eye.

It is very moisturising and lasts for quite a long time. I do find that it mosturise my eyes pretty well when I'm asleep but not so much on the day when I had my makeup on. The cream absorbs pretty well too without leaving any weird texture to it and so far, I only notice that it provides moisture but done pretty much none to my dark circles nor my under eye wrinkles. Overall, it's still nice although there is a little results with it.

 Final Verdict:

I do love these products although there's a bit here and there that I don't prefer and honestly these are so mild that it never irritated my skin but instead calming any redness nor pimples-to-be. I had less frequent pimples appearing on my skin in a month that I continuously using them and I was pretty happy with it! I vote this as worth a try!

You can also buy this from StyleKorean! Check them out! They have a large range of Korean Cosmetics or Kbeauty products on trend :D

Thank you for reading :)

Sunday, April 29, 2018

[BEFORE and AFTER] Benton Cacao Moist and Mild Serum


So I've been so excited to share my review on this NEW RELEASED serum from Benton Cosmetics! I saw that they are recruiting for reviewers and I tried my luck and just happen to be selected! Yeay!
Although this serum is almost confiscated by my local custom because they said I import illegal cosmetics from outside which I have been doing for years and it was fine. I guess it had something to do with DHL a.k.a expensive shipping so guys, avoid DHL at any cost because your products might get into a problem. 

Anyway, I was so excited when I saw they're releasing the Cacao Moist and Mild in a serum because I also have tried and reviewed the cream here and it was amaaaaazinnnng!
Without further ado, let's get into the review!

Product information:

Hydrating/Nourishing/Skin Protection/Water-oil Balance

Benton Cacao Moist and Mild Serum is a lightweight and hydrating serum. 
With Cacao extracts and Hyaluronic Acid, this serum replenishes moisture to the skin. 
Various botanical extracts in the serum further help to keep skin smooth.

Net weight: 30ml/1.01 fl. oz

 Source: Benton Cosmetics
 A dropper bottle :)

Both manufactured and expired date written :D

 Colorless and scentless liquid.

 Almost resemble emulsion consistency but once it is spread on, it turns to water.
(Excuse for the pimple-like thing on my hand. Apparently, I was allergic to a medicine that I took to heal a wound)

 Source: Benton Cosmetics

 I'm not sure if you guys can see it but my pores are disappearing in the 'after' picture. 

My thoughts:
The serum came in a clear glass-looking plastic(?) dropper bottle and honestly it legit and feels like glass.

I have tried this serum for about two weeks now and honestly, I think this would be a great serum for a simple skincare. On days where I'm having a bad skin where I don't want to put too much of a product on my skin, this would be a great substitute.

It is very lightweight. The consistency almost looks like emulsion when I first put a drop on my palm but then it spreads like water and absorbs quickly into the skin.

It feels very hydrating, enough to hydrate combination to oily skin especially in these hot summer days. It won't make my sebum got worse on the day and wouldn't mess with my makeup either.

In terms of hydrating, I do feel like this lasts for the whole day and it doesn't feel that much of hydration when you apply it but then I don't see any dry patches throughout the day either so that is definitely a plus!

All the ingredients are level 1(green) according to cosDNA and you don't have to worry about putting this on your skin. On the plus side, this is also colorless and scentless!Hooray!

Lastly, as you can see in the photo above, I was surprised too when I see the pic because my pores totally look less visible after I put on the serum! Would totally recommend this to those who are concern about your big pores :D

Overall, I'm liking it! Surely not bias because this is an honest review although it was gifted by Benton.
Definitely a great combo with the cream!

Thank you for reading :D