Thursday, 9 August 2012

Skylake Natural Green Essence + Skylake Natural Eye Cream Review

I have very sensitive skin that is eczema-prone on the cheeks and is easily irritated. So choosing natural origin products without any harsh ingredients or chemicals is very important for me.

From my HK trip in a shop called "Colormix", a sales assistant observed my skin (it was slightly red, rough in texture and peeling on the cheeks *shivers*) and recommended me to try these Skylake products: The essence for night time use as a night cream and an eye cream to be used daily, day and night! 

I was a bit dubious at first but due to the current appearance of my skin I was desperate to improve it as nothing works arghhh!! Even if I had to go through hundreds of products using trial and error, spending a whole lotta £££ - I WOULD! >:(( I'M THAT DETERMINED!! Then again, i'm a sucker for trying out different natural products with claims to improve skin tone and texture :PP Hehe! 

Never heard of the Korean Brand - SKYLAKE before? 
Here's some info regarding the brand (taken from their website: Sky lake):

ABOUT US"Green company SKYLAKE 
Our factory is placed in very clean area where traditional medical faith has started and been famous for taking care of man's sickness and making wishes come true. 
Our products are made of oriental herbs. They are selected from special products of our home town, Kyoung san-City and studied and experimented by doctors and local University. We make abstracted water(Sky Lake Herb Water) with our whole mind. 

Below, are a list of ingredients used in SkyLake's products (the amount varies with each product). 

This content is referenced from a Botanical List and the Efficacy
can be different depends on using method medical herb

Nourish the Blood, restore,
Acceleration Blood Circulation, bactericidal

Clean Blood, disinfects,Antiphlogistic stimulate

Removal Fever,disinfects

Acceleration Blood Circulation, soothe, bactericidal, emollient

disinfects, soothe, Skin Ulcer, emollient

Antiphlogistic,Antidote,disinfects,antiseptic, Relax Pain)

soothe, Removal Fever, bactericidal

Removal Fever, Antidote, Antiphlogisti

Removal Fever, Nutrition Robustness

Stomachache, antiseptic

hydrate, Clean Blood, Lower Blood Pressure, Prevention Constipation

Nourish Blood, Decreasing Cholesterol,
Prevention Constipation, stimulate

Antidote, Antiphlogisti,Relax Trouble

Removal impurities , Control Sebum

Anti-Oxidation, Inhibition of Aging

Discharging Harmful Stuff from Body, Energizing,revitalis the skin


help strengthen the cutaneous barrier, provide comfort 

Alrightioooo, with all the background info done - here's the review and piccies bit:

Natural Eye Cream (L) Natural Green Essence (R)

Both comes packaged with Hygienic Pump Nozzle Tops! Whoop!
Both Suitable: For All Skin Types
Both Size: 50 ml

I love the packaging as it showcases that its a luxurious all natural product thus gives off a luxurious feel. The eye cream is very sleek and slender - very cute and easily portable but on the other hand, the essence bottle looks to be 3x the size of the eye cream even though they both carry 50 ml. This is due to the excess packaging of the extra wall of plastic encasing it. On the plus side, the essence is exceptionally light in hand. 

The pump nozzle tops make these products very hygienic as it greatly reduces the risk of contamination from your hands and the exposure of the air around it :)) 

Product description for Skylake Natural Green Essence:

Nurturing your skin comes naturally with oriental herb water spray. “Herb Water of Sky-lake” is extracted and distilled from oriental herbal medicine which is matured in a Korean traditional jar.

Our Herb water has natural herb components without any chemicals. Come face to face with the benefits of nature as
this cooling, refreshing mist helps hydrate and balance your skin while minimizing surface oil build-up.

Refreshingly aromatic helps tone, balance and replenishes moisture. Dryness Skin can be maintained Moisture by  moisturizing action, and in case of oily or combination skin, you can get oil & moisture level on your skin balanced by shrinkage pores effect.

- Natural Green Essence is made of chamomile oil highly effected for antiseptic and relaxing so that gives energy to sensitive and dry skin. It also uses a patented oriental herb water that has soothing and moisturizing effects on skin.

Containing 18 kinds of the Tianchi unique to the South Korean side herbal extracts with efficient whitening, moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, detoxification, sedation and other effects. In addition to Tianchi unique herbal formula, in particular to join the highest anti-inflammatory, sedative, moisturizing, repair, whitening and speed up the metabolism of the precious ingredients, Sang Shirane, butylene glycol, glycerin, roman chamomile, allantoin, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, refined and pure technical ingredients to achieve ultrafine subdivision sub, the cells easily absorb, and to achieve the perfect effect.

Ingredients: Moisturizing: - Pueraria , butylene glycol , glycerin , hyaluronic acid , biological sugar can soft skin and maintain flexibility. To supplement the skin's natural sebum, has the function of moisturizing. 
Antioxidant tighten: -Vitamin E Antioxidant moisturizer to maintain connective tissue and protect the skin from UV damage, epidermal growth factor , increased epidermal smooth, adenosine plays an important role in the energy conversion cycle of the human body, with help the metabolism of the skin, smooth wrinkles effect. Anti-inflammatory Whitening healing: - Sang Bai root , Cork , gotu kola , roman chamomile , Glycyrrhiza glabra , anti-inflammatory Angelica , sedation helps whitening and sedation soothing effect. Usage ︰ this product after cleansing morning and evening and make-up water, remove the appropriate component, and then coated with the day-to-day care products. * Suitable for dry and ageing skin.  

- Use a small amount spread on the face.
- Covered with the palm to the face helping the absorption of the product, then tapping gently.

Blob of essence - it has a thick, mild cloudy-ish gel like consistency 
Rub rub rub
Watery in appearance once spread out - only very little is needed to cover desired area (I put a lil too much on!). Massage until fully absorbed.
Verdict on Skylake Natural Green Essence:

Smell: A natural grassy oriental herb sortta smell if you've ever smelt that before kekeke! Either way, its bearable and quite aromatic. The scent, I find does not linger for long. In the beginning I wasn't particularly a fan of the smell but after a while - I LOVE IT! Mmmmm.. grassyyy goodness!!

Texture: Very light and smooth gel texture that glides on skin effortlessly. 

Price: I paid $450HKD so that's approx £37.11

What I like about it: 
- Does not clog pores
- Made with all natural ingredients
- Would not irritate sensitive eczema prone skin
- Hydrates skin leaving a semi-matt finish. Definitely great for all skin types.
- Has to be massaged till product is absorbed - this promotes facial exercise preventing sagging skin.

What I dislike about it:
- Has a natural oriental herb scent which I like but not all would like it
- It's pricey and difficult to find outside of HK/Korea
- Order online only for UK buyers

Overall Verdict:
It is a very nice product from Skylake. Does not irritate my skin and soothes and gently hydrates my skin on more troubled days. I believe I have found my HG essence for night time use ^___^

Would I recommend it? Ohhh hellss yess x2!! It's heavennn for my erratic, ever-changing skin! 

Would I repurchase? Will continue using it till its last beautiful gel drop and buy more IF I can find it online at a good price T___T If you live in HK and have sensitive skin - get yourself down to the nearest Colormix and grab yourself one ASAP!!


Product description for Skylake Natural Eye Cream:

It reduces puffiness and energizes skin
1.Composited Extracting water of oriental Herbs of Sky-Lake that has patents and certificate of US FDA gives great effect of skin relax from stress and skin moisturizing.

2. Natural Bees wax and Propolis give skin natural nutrition and moisture.

3. Using Bees wax makes some glossy, but it is highly 
nourishing cream, not oil. 

4. Using natural preservative, 100% natural cosmetic.
• Promotes radiance around eyes 
• Refreshes with rose and Ylang-Ylang essential oils 
• Protects with powerful anti-oxidants

Thick and creamy consistency
Smoothing out the eye cream
Completely smoothed out - see the hydration?
Verdict on SkyLake's Natural Eye Cream:

Smell: Very similar scent to the essence but much milder with a sweeter scent due to the rose and ylang-ylang essential oils may be? :PP

Texture: Thick and creamy. Takes some time to fully absorb.

Price: 360 HKD approx to £29.71

What I like about the product:
- Basic essential eye cream for daily night and day use. Perfect for young sensitive skin. 
- Does not irritate the sensitive eye area.
- Made from natural ingredients.
- Great for sensitive skins.

What I dislike about the product:
- I like that it's a basic eye cream but has absolutely no added benefits such as anti-ageing, firming, whitening etc. I suppose I don't really need it yet at 22 but prevention is better than treatment right? ;PP
- Takes a long time to fully absorb - a bit on the heavy side.
- Leaves an oily film around the eyes - due to the beeswax.
- Settles into fine lines and I see no improvement.
- Has rose and ylang-ylang essential oils! Not good for those sensitive to these ingredients.

Overall verdict:
Only a so-so eye cream for me. Nothing to be extremely excited about. For the price of around £30, I don't think its worth the price as its a bit too greasy and heavy for my liking. However, contains natural ingredients suitable for sensitive skin.

Would I recommend it? Yes, great for those who want a basic eye cream that moisturises and for those with dry/extremely sensitive skin. Might be a bit too oily for oily skins though. 

Would I repurchase it? Hmm probably not once i've finished the bottle. Will try something new - Still in search of my HG eye cream! :((

Okay, that's it for now! :)) Until next time!!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Koji Dolly Wink Otona Line Natural Dolly No.9 Review

This review was done in the night just before going to bed hehe. So no natural lighting here and tired eyes hmphh :(((

Front of pack 
Back of pack
Close up of lashes + glue 
Front view
Side View *Ahem* and the fuzzy brow -_-
Super Natural - Elongates and opens up the eyes

As you can see the lashes look extremely natural and is amazing at enlarging the eyes. I am only wearing the falsies in these photo's and nothing but the falsies (ohh and lenses if you want to include that hehe) :))

Damn, i'm not having a good hair day at all :(( Should do a hair mask soon. My poor poor frizzy, brittle dyed hair T___T TIP: Never EVER bleach your hair if you don't know much information about the aftercare... like me =__="

My verdict on these lashes:

Very good quality and well made that does not lose its shape. Can be used at least 20-30 times if taken care of properly ;)) I use the dolly wink eye lash case to store mine and keep them safe ^__^

Design - Length/Volume
The lashes has a criss-cross design where the lashes ascends in length from the inner lash corner to the outer corner creating natural volume, even though the lashes are rather thin. The length exceeds the natural lash line and is best worn straight from the box to enlarge the eye.

Extremely comfortable. The spine is thin and malleable yet keeps its shape. The lashes themselves are very light and feathery thus won't weigh down your lids.

Would I recommend these: YES YES YES! I lovee theem :DDD For all those who like the more natural look ;)))

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Missha Under Eye Brightener Concealer

Hey guys :)) 

How long has it been since I last posted? O____O MUCH TOO LONG!! :PP

I've just been busy with lots of little things and I guess you can say I kindda forgot I had a blog >__<"

(To think of it, I haven't even finished my last post!)

Ok, now for the review :))

Missha's Description of product:
- A tip type concealer that contains brightening properties which will cover dark circles and imperfections.

Weight: 6 grams

Retail Price: Approx £3.32 from Cosmetic- Love

Natural Beige (L) Light Beige (R)
The Missha Under Eye Brightener Concealer comes in 2 colours - Light beige and natural beige.
I didn't know what colour to choose so I got both ;PP

Application Tip
As you can see, these concealers have a soft fluffy application tip. I prefer these tips over the brush ones ;)) Personal preference :DD

In both the above photos: Natural Beige (L) and Light Beige (R) with 2 layers.

For reference, I am between NC25-30 currently

Light Beige #1

Light beige is much brighter and has more yellow tones to it. 

This is the lightest colour and would be best suited for those skintones NC20 and under. At the moment its a bit too light for my summer tan skin (went on holiday to HK not long ago) :PP So will be kept away until winter when my skin lightens up usually to NC15-20! :DD 

Natural Beige #2

Natural Beige is noticeably darker and contains much more pink tones to it. 

This is the darker colour of the 2 and as it is a Korean product it still runs light and may not be suitable for skintones NC35 and over. However, it is perfect for my lets just say NC27 (if there was one) xDD It blends like a dream :))

NB:// These can also be used as a highlighter to highlight the brow bone, cupids bow and cheek bones as it has a beautiful brightening effect and not just for covering under eye dark circles and discolouration!

Here are the piccies. Be prepared!! >___<

Bare skin  (only minimal eye make up applied) Can you see the minor dark circle?

Applying the concealer in Natural Beige. It is rather thick and only very little is needed.
(Arghh my brows and pores are unbearable!! Haha!! Blehhh!!)

Natural Beige all blended! Tadaaa - instant brightness and covers up my dark circles v.well ^_^ 
The concealer is so rich and creamy - it blends so well covering my dark circles :)) I suffer from dry, eczema-prone skin and many concealers I have tried usually cake up  under my eye area or irritates it. This does not and even covers my fine lines <3 font="font" nbsp="nbsp" yay="yay">

Now for Light Beige on the other eye >:)) 

(Non-smiley shots look weird on me o__O haha - I look COLD and FREAKEHH!)

You can definitely see here, Light Beige is just a bit too light for me, for now :PP I look like death!

Closee uppp of Light Beige. Deffo not a match - doesn't look too good. under my eyes but  could be used as a highlighter instead :))


- Rich and creamy
- Doesn't cake
- Doesn't settle into fine lines
- Affordable
- Exceptional staying power
- Does not irritate my sensitive skin
- Covers redness well

- Needs to be ordered online for those living in the UK
- Lack of shades available.
- Shades come light
- Great for those with minor dark circles but may not be high enough coverage for those with more severe ones

Would I recommend it: YES! :))) But not HG status. There are better ones out there, but for the affordable price and quality you can't go wrong :)) Give it a go! Its under £3.50!! O___O*