Review: My Beauty Diary Cooling Mask

As I had mentioned in my previous blog entry, I had bought myself 10 different pieces of various brands of sheet masks from Hermo.my and My Beauty Diary Cooling Mask was one of them. I chose it because I was conned into buying a box of fake My Beauty Diary Cooling Mask from one of the beauty stores in Bintang Megamall couple of months ago. I thought I scored a good deal since the whole store was on 20% discount. But it turned out that the sheet masks were fake.

Lesson learnt from that dreadful experience was to always buy your sheet masks from Watsons or Guardian Pharmacy to ensure authenticity. Don’t be stingy over a couple of bucks coz if you ended up buying a box of fakes, you will have to throw the entire box away. And luckily, my skin wasn’t affected much even though I was using a fake version of My Beauty Diary Cooling Mask.

If you are wondering how to differentiate between an original or fake version of My Beauty Diary sheet masks, here’s a rough guide on how to differentiate them. They might not be that informative but I guess it serves it’s purpose well enough. xD

Anyways, let’s get back to what I intended to do today.

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There actually aren’t much to rave about this particular sheet mask. It’s about the same as any other My Beauty Diary sheet masks. The only difference that it had was the cooling effect during application. The main purpose of this sheet mask is for cooling, soothing and nourishing the skin. It smelled quite minty to me as peppermint extract was one of the main ingredients and menthol as well.

The sheet mask was pretty much drenched with essence. I left it in the fridge for quite some time before application. When I applied it onto my face, the feeling was extremely cooling especially when it had been in the fridge for some time. I am pretty sure that the sheet mask would still give about the same effect even if it’s not placed inside the fridge beforehand as cooling feeling is what you should be getting whether it’s been in the fridge or or not. LOL!

The good thing about My Beauty Diary sheet masks is that it doesn’t sting my skin during application. Unfortunately, I could see a bump formed around my jaw area when I had removed the sheet mask like after 25 minutes. I couldn’t see much difference that it did to my skin apart from getting the cooling feeling during application. My skin was a little bit blotchy this morning compared to yesterday. *sigh*

So, here’s what I think of the product in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Fits perfectly onto the face.
2. Sheet mask drenched with generous amount of essence.
3. Peppermint extract to cool down the skin.
4. Doesn’t irritate the skin during application.

Cons:
1. Could see a bump formed on the jaw when removed sheet mask.
2. Skin turned slightly blotchy this morning.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

Price: RM3.70 (Hermo.my)

Repurchase? Nope

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Skincare Buys #3 – Hermo.my

A little bit sidetrack before I start the blog entry for today. Due to a couple of hiccups happened in the past few days, I had decided to call off my 6D5N trip to Kuala Lumpur (KL) with Ing. It’s actually a waste of money which I had paid in the first place, but I am willing to do so rather than spending even more than originally planned. I will be going down to Miri next weekend again to meet Andrea as she will be back from Singapore for more than a week of holiday to attend one of her ex-colleagues’ wedding and she happens to be the maid of honor as well. How nice!

Anyways, gonna be doing a post on my purchases from Hermo.my. I had finally received my parcel yesterday morning after waiting for almost 3 weeks for it to reach my hands. There had been a couple of hiccups in between but I am glad that the admin team from Hermo.my had been nothing but helpful.

The first hiccup that I encountered was that I couldn’t get through payment gateway no matter how many times that I tried. I got a little frustrated so I gave the admin team an email and voiced out my issue. They even offered to give me a call so that they could solve the problem quicker. I did as instructed and once they realized that I am from Brunei, they immediately knew what problem I was going through.

Unfortunately, Hermo.my payment system couldn’t get pass if you chose Brunei as the country that you are residing in. So, the admin team told me to use Sabah instead of Brunei since the delivery charges are the same and he would notify the delivery team to have my items posted to Brunei instead of Sabah. For your information, my delivery was free of charge as my total bill exceeded RM150.

Second hiccup arose when I found out that my parcel had not been posted yet even after more than a week of placing order. So, I wrote them an email again to check the status of my order. One of the staff replied me quite promptly saying that they were facing shortage of stocks with the items that I had ordered. They tried to call me few days ago but I was unreachable, probably because I was in Miri at that point of time. They gave me the options to change to some other items but of the same brand or I could wait till the next batch of stocks arrive. I decided to change the items since I actually had the full size bottles of those products which were out of stocks.

The problem was then solved and they agreed to post my parcel on the next working day, which I think they only managed to do so like on the second working day. It was fine by me, at least I knew that my order had been posted. The tracking number for my parcel was provided on my Hermo.my account page. So, I tried using the tracking number to check the whereabouts of my parcel. The website kept on showing me that the tracking number was non-existent.

I got frustrated again once more after getting the same command for the next few days. So, I gave them an email again asking them to check the status of my parcel delivery and they told me that the parcel had been transferred to PosLaju instead of their usual courier – SkyNet. They provided me the new tracking number for PosLaju at the same time. And I received an SMS a while later from the local Premium Delivery Counter that my parcel had arrived and ready to be collected.

Anyways, I’ll show you the pictures of my purchases before I continued with the second part of my story. I know it’s quite wordy for a blog post. LOL!

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Hermo had their own design for storage boxes with their branding on it, which I find it to be a good thing rather than making use of random boxes like BestBuy World Malaysia. The box was still pretty much in a good shape when it reaches my hands but a little bit of flattening here and there but still good.

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All products were wrapped in bubble wraps to prevent spillage and breakage. The Mask Combination Box was also wrapped in bubble wrap but I removed them as my colleague wanted to see what sheet masks that I’d bought.

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RM162 may sound a little bit steep for these small amount of skincare products but there are some Kose products which I would like to try but I don’t feel like getting a full size bottle just in case if the product doesn’t work out for me. 10 pieces of sheet masks with half price lesser than they are sold at both Watsons or Guardian Pharmacy. They were a combination brands of SexyLook, My Beauty Diary, LoveMore and My Scheming. Reviews of them shall be coming up soon. So, stay tune if you are interested. xD

Anyways, here comes my second part of the story. LOL!

When I opened up my parcel at the local Premium Delivery counter, the lady officer-in-charge asked what items I had in the parcel. I told her that they were all skincare products. She then gave me a piece of small paper printed with the days of collection for parcels that require to go through pharmacy. For your information, all skincare products must go through pharmacy counter at the local post office. So, if you were to order skincare products from overseas, make sure that you collect your parcel on every Monday and Wednesday morning coz that’s the time when pharmacy counter is open.

And additionally, you will be liable to a custom tax of 5% of your total bill. I was lucky enough to get by this time round. The lady officer-in-charge could actually detain my parcel and have me return on Wednesday to have them checked through pharmacy counter. But seeing that this was my first time, she decided to go lenient with me. So, I was able to avoid pharmacy counter check and 5% of custom tax at the same time. LOL!

So, that basically sums up my overall shopping experience with Hermo.my. xD

Review: Kose Sekkisei Sun Protector N SPF50+ PA+++

After reading some positive reviews about this product from various beauty bloggers, I decided to get one for myself since I am quite a huge fan of Kose products nowadays. This particular sunscreen came in two forms – normal and medicated.

I actually wanted to try the medicated version as it was the highly reviewed one. But Stephanie, the BA at Kose, Boulevard Hypermarket told me that she doesn’t have it at her counter as medicated skincare products require prescriptions and it could only be bought from pharmacy. I am not sure about the case in West Malaysia but that’s how it is in East Malaysia according to her.

I started using this sunscreen couple of days ago since I am planning to bring my almost finishing Shiseido Multi-Defense UV Protector SPF50 PA+++ with me on my upcoming KL, which is on the mid of next month.

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This particular sunscreen comes with higher quantity compared to Shiseido Multi-Defense UV Protector SPF50 PA+++ or Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ PA+++. Kose Sekkisei Sun Protector N SPF50+ PA+++ comes in 60g which is 10g more than Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ PA+++ and 30g more than Shiseido Multi-Defense UV Protector SPF50 PA+++.

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The consistency of the liquid is much more watery compared to the Shiseido which I had been using. When I first tried it at Kose counter few months ago, I could feel that it’s a little bit oily. I wanted to go for Kose Sekkisei Sun Protect Gel SPF50 PA+++ since it felt less greasy on my hands compared to the former. But Stephanie advised me to go for the liquid version if I am more likely to be exposed under the sun for quite a long time. The gel version would do just fine if I am only exposed to the sun for a short period of time and staying indoor most of the time.

So, I followed as instructed and got the liquid version. The first day when I was trying out the product, I don’t really like it but there’s nothing I could do since I bought a full size bottle. I even planned on giving it away to my Sister. But then I decided to give it another shot on the next day by lowering down the dosage so that it wouldn’t make my face looking like a grease ball and it worked!

The texture is not as thick as Shisiedo Multi-Defense UV Protector SPF50 PA+++ and it’s easily spread all over the face without leaving a white cast. It did feel a little bit greasy at first but it will be absorbed into the skin after a short while and leaving your skin feeling smooth. And what’s good was that it doesn’t break out on my skin.

Albeit being a little greasy, my skin doesn’t secrete much sebum throughout the day. In terms of the smell, it smelled like any other Kose Sekkisei range of products but less stronger. It wasn’t able to even out the skin tone as well as Shiseido Multi-Defense UV Protector SPF50 PA+++ did but I still find it good enough for my expectation.

Pros:
1. Smelled like any other Kose Sekkisei range of products but less stronger.
2. Comes in 60g, which is a lot more compared some other brands of sunscreens.
3. Doesn’t leave a white casting.
4. Leaves skin feeling smooth when the sunscreen was fully absorbed.
5. Doesn’t break out on the skin.

Cons:
1. A little bit greasy.
2. Doesn’t absorb instantly.
3. Couldn’t even out skin tone.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Price: RM118

Repurchase? Yes

Review: Nature Republic Blackhead Brake Clear Nose Patch

Here comes an entry for a review of one of the items which I got on from my previous Miri skincare haul! As some of you may have known, there was a period when I was pretty obsessed with nose packs, patches or strips (whatever names you call them). But my obsession started to go down when I found majority of them not to be working effectively as they claimed it was.

But I still get my share of nose pack whenever I see one at Nature Republic, Tony Moly, The Face Shop, Missha, Etude House or Nature Republic. Speaking of these brands, I think I have yet tried those nose strips from Holika Holika. I rarely step into Holika Holika outlets in Brunei as I find some of their staffs not to be friendly especially when it comes to serving customers.

For your information, Nature Republic is still not available in Brunei yet and the nearest you could get them is from Miri or you do online shopping from some of the websites which sell Korean beauty products.

Without further ado, here comes my review on Nature Republic Blackhead Brake Clear Nose Patch.

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This nose patch comes in white color. Some of the nose patches which I had previously used came in green color as majority of them contained tea tree or green tea extracts.

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On the other side of the nose patch, there were tiny black spots. I couldn’t understand why there are black spots on the patch itself but as long as they are not dirt, it’s still okay. This particular nose patch contains peppermint extracts as I could pick up minty smell when I stick it onto my nose.

I had previous experiences whereby such nose patches don’t stick to the nose well enough and they don’t dry up quick either. I know it may be contradicting, but I did sprayed a little bit more water onto the nose patch after I had stick it onto my face so that it could stick onto my nose better. The nose patch itself seems to be a little bit small for my nose. It was able to cover the edges of my nose but I still find it a little bit small. It took quite some time for the nose patch to dry up since I sprayed a bit more of water before.

I removed it from my nose about 20 – 25 minutes later and found out that there were not much gunk extracted. I wouldn’t say that the product is ineffective as I really couldn’t see any blackhead on my nose. But it was able to extract a couple of whiteheads though.

Pros:
1. Smelled fresh, contained peppermint extracts.
2. Able to pull out some whiteheads.

Cons:
1. Not available in Brunei.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Price: RM3.90 (~B$1.52)

Repurchase? I don’t think so.

Anyways, Nature Republic was doing promotion on some of their products and this product happened to be one of them. I couldn’t remember exactly what was the promotional deal. It was either Buy 3 for RM10 or Buy 2 Get 1 Free. So, hopefully the deal is still on if you are interested in getting your hands on them.

Review coming up next – Kose Sekkisei Sun Protector N SPF50+ PA+++. So, stay tune if you are interested.