Hey all, I’m back from Taiwan and had a good refreshing break – both from work and from blogging. It was an awesome trip except that the weather was too hot.
Since I started using Physiogel cleanser on my body two months ago, my skin has improved dramatically. Unfortunately, the scorching summer heat at Taiwan caused undesirable effects on my skin now. My legs are dry and scaly, my skin is flaky and peeling, and my body has ugly and uneven tan. Urgh! Vacation isn’t fun for this particular reason.
Today, I’m going to share with you some of the favourite skincare products that I’ve been using these 2 months.
1. Hydra-Infusion Okinawa Mask from mdd COSMECEUTICAL
Before I start writing my review on this product, let me give you a brief introduction of this brand.
mdd COSMECEUTICAL has been working for more than 7 years to create a contemporary beauty experience for individuals in the know. They focus their R&D resources on cosmeceutical development and constantly work with their research and development team in Japan to create products to suit today’s consumers’ ever-evolving lifestyle needs.
All products are developed and made in Japan. They are created with the latest cutting-edge technology. Using highly effective ingredients, and combined with high-technology, they are delivered to the deeper layers of the skin where is required. The products are fuss-free, minimalistic and gives the ultimate care for the skin. It gives consumers a wonderful convenience of products with multi-benefits. Consumers can enjoy the luxury of good skincare without paying a hefty price tag.
Tops my list is the Hydra-Infusion Okinawa Mask. I admit I’m obsessed with it now.
Infused with nourishing Okinawa deep-sea water and Hyaluronic Acid, this face mask is super moisturizing yet very lightweight. It also contains Soybean extract for skin brightening effects. In short, this is an all-in-one mask that hydrates, clarifies, brightens, and boosts cell renewal in a single step.
It can be used as a moisturizing mask (to be washed off after 30 mins) or as an overnight sleep-in mask. I prefer to leave it on (too lazy to wash off, haha!) and I wake up happily with dewy soft skin the next morning. I use it twice a week and it provides intensive hydration and brightening effects on my skin.
The colour of the mask is pretty unique – it’s transparent! It has a gel-like consistency that feels so light. I love how absolutely awesome this mask feels like when it’s slathered on my skin. It’s absorbed instantly without the sticky feeling.
So would I buy and use it again? The answer is a resounding YES please!
2. Skin Perfect CC Cream from mdd COSMECEUTICAL
This is another multi-tasker product from mdd. This all-in-one CC cream is a make-up base, sunscreen, moisturizer and anti-ageing cream that help us look great without the hard work, of course! With Marine Collagen and Ceramide complex, it also hydrates, primes and protects our skin.
Truth be told, I’m a BB / CC Cream addict as I rarely use a foundation. Skin Perfect CC Cream has a thicker consistency as compared to other BB Cream that I’ve used previously. Nonetheless, it glides on effortlessly to give a great coverage and healthy glow without the sticky feel. Personally, I feel that it’s good but not great. I like everything about this CC Cream except that it doesn’t match perfectly with my skin tone.
Would I buy and use it again? Probably not – because I like trying new BB / CC Cream and seldom re-purchase.
3. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Eye
SK-II is the longest skincare brand that I’ve used. No matter how I change my skincare products, there will always be at least one SK-II product in my beauty regime.
Just like the Facial Treatment Essence, this eye essence is formulated with key ingredient Pitera™ fondly called ‘miracle water’ by those who swear by it. It also features the Eye Albus Complex – a combination of two plant extracts White Lupine and Alfalfa that promises to brighten and rejuvenate the skin around the eyes.
I like its smooth and velvety texture. Patted on with my ring finger, it gets absorbed quickly to moisturise the skin around my eyes (no oily residues). I use it twice a day in the morning and at night. After using it for a month, I was pleasantly surprised! I found the skin around my eye brighter and tighter. My dark eye circle seemed to be fading away too.
Initially, I was a bit concerned over its hefty price tag for such a tiny bottle (only 15mg), but a tiny bit of serum indeed goes a long way. I think it can easily last for 3 months. I will definitely continue to use it.
- Where to Buy: SK-II counters island wide
- Price: 15mg S$113.00
4. Skin Perfect Brightening Nano Gel from mdd COSMECEUTICAL
First off, any skincare product that comes with a pump system automatically gets a thumbs-up from me. It reduces wastage, hygienic and convenient for use.
Skin Perfect Brightening Nano Gel comes in a sleek packaging with a pump system. It contains Vitamin C and Pearl Essence to brighten, Seaweed Extract to moisturize and Ceramides to calm our skin. It repairs, tones, hydrates, primes and protects our skin all in a single dose for fuss-free efficacy!
I use two pumps per application, twice a day in the morning and at night. It’s lightweight and absorbs easily without leaving any stickiness and shine. It’s not oily, so it doesn’t clog my pores. After the nano gel, I apply sun protect followed by BB / CC Cream.
One point that is worth mentioning here – all mdd products are scent-free and paraben-free. After using this nano gel for more than a month, my skin feels brighter and well nourished. Was I happy with it? YES!
If you like to try out different skincare brands, mdd Cosmeceutical is definitely an option that is worth having a look at.
5. IOPE Air Cushion XP (Shade C21)
I always have a weakness for Korean skincare and make-up. K-beauty influence is huge in Singapore and with convenience of online shopping, we can literally purchase any Korean skincare brands online.
The latest Korean make-up on my dressing table now is IOPE Air Cushion XP which I purchased from Qoo10. The first BB Cushion that I tried was Laneige (formerly known as the Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion), but I don’t quite like it. Firstly, the application was rather time-consuming – or maybe I haven’t got used to it. Secondly, shade #23 is a bit too dark for me, so at the end, it was chucked aside.
Surprisingly now that I give BB cushion a second try, I’m totally in love with it. IOPE Air Cushion XP is available in two shades – 21 (Fair) and 23 (Light), and three finishes – Natural Finish (N), Full Coverage (C), and a Shimmer Finish (S).
IOPE’s Air Cushion has a SPF of 50 and provides both UVA and UVB protection. The white packaging is very pretty and it comes with an extra refill.
There are many good reasons why I’m so in love with this BB cushion. Right off the bat, it is super moist and gives a superb dewy finish, great coverage yet natural looking. It lasts the whole day but still look dewy (not oily at all!). I like how it brightens up my skin and can be re-applied throughout the day without caking. Last but not least, I love the cooling effect when I apply it using the air puff and it smells really great too!
For a more detailed review, I recommend that you give this post a read. Thanks to this blogger for her super awesome and detailed review. Just like her, I highly recommend this product too. No wonder IOPE’s award-winning Air Cushion is touted as the best-selling cushion foundation in Korea.
Next time, I’ll probably try the Natural Finish (N) instead of Full Coverage (C) for a lighter coverage.
- Where to Buy: Qoo10 or any online shop
- Price: about S$40 from Qoo10
Check out my other post on Monthly Skincare Favourites:
Monthly Skincare Favourites – April 2015