[New] L’oreal Hydra Fresh White Milky Essence foam

Its been a while since I have felt excited about a product like this and I believe I might have found my new holy grail essence!

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I must admit that I have been wary of L’oreal after being disappointed by their cleansers, I have always found them too drying on my skin and my skin always feels “squeaky clean” in a bad way. Anyways, I won’t ponder on this… because I think I found product that has changed my mind about the brand overall!

Ok lets get started, this essence is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! *pushes desk chair back and puts hands up.  It took me a while to find a Watson’s/ Mannings that stocked this item because, they were sold out in my local shops so that is a clear sign that this product is turning HK beauty lovers heads!

Texture:

  • The texture, as stated on the product comes out like a shaving creme, you press the top of the bottle and fluffy (almost shaving foam) cloud of product emerges. It is light, refreshing, cooling, airy and smells amazing by the way. However, when you start to massage it onto your skin the foamy texture disappears and you are left with water like essence, coating your skin in a light layer of essence.
  • Cooling and soothing effect on the skin.

Scent: 

  • Light Floral scent that fades once absorbed into the skin.

After 1st use: Hydrated and plumped skin. Found that my skin looks super glowy and dewy, it takes about 5 seconds to soak into your skin and will blend in with your moisturisers like a dream.

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Over night: Your skin looks dewy and plump. I have been given complements on my skin’s dewyness and how clear my skin looks. I can only associate my skin’s dewyness to the only product I have changed in my skincare routine… this product.

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Cons:

  • If you don’t like the look of overly dewy skin then you might not like this product.
  • If you are not a fan of scented products the initial scent may be strong but be reminded that this will fade however, the scent lingers a little.

 

Overall: So far I have been using this product for a week and I love how hydrated my skin looks. It’s soothing and cooling at the same time and the cool foam to essence effect is truly unique concept! I have encouraged most of my family to try this product out, so if you have yet to get your hands on this product then go try it out!

Where to buy: (only available in store at the moment) @HK Manning / Watsons

check back soon for online links!

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Traveling with: Kiehl’s products

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When I go traveling I keep everything really simple. Especially when it comes to my skincare routine, and it’s mainly because I either don’t have the time or I’m way to tired. So, here is what I like to bring when I’m traveling.

 

SKIN

First step: the Ultra Facial Cleanser, is a perfect travel cleanser, not only because I was able to find the smaller size of the cleanser, but because my skin tends to be sensitive while I’m traveling. I find this cleanser to be the right amount of gentleness and cleanliness. Plus, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling rubbery and dry.

Second Step: the ultra facial toner. This is another very gentle toner, which has some similarities to my Etude House Wonder Pore toner, in the way that it doesn’t dry out my skin, but adds a bit of moisture after cleansing. However, I will say that I am not overly picky when it comes to toners, as long as it doesn’t break me out, I’m happy. Yet, if the toner adds a bit of hydration to my skin, that is definitely a plus for me.

Third Step: the Ultra Facial Cream. Now this is a product that everyone should try, especially if you have sensitive skin. It’s such a gentle but an ultra hydrating moisturiser, and a little goes a long, long way. I find when my skin isn’t the best or it’s rashing up, I always gravitate towards it. While traveling you don’t know how your skin will react so having this product at hand is great.

Optional step: Super Multi-corrective cream. This is an optional step for me, so I don’t use it all the time. It usually comes in handy mainly in the colder months, when my skin is super dry or peeling. Yet I also use it from time to time when I’ve been using a drying clay mask, it often leaves my skin feeling extra dry so adding a creamier or richer moisturiser is a must, in order to re-hydrate your skin. And on the random occasions I use it as eye cream, because why not!

Last Step: Super Multi corrective eye opening serum. For its name I definitely feel like this is a lighter eye cream than it suggest, as it has a water like consistency to it. But this is still a good everyday eye cream that is perfect for traveling, plus it does leave my eyes feeling hydrated, so it’s perfect for the summer.

HAIR

Shampoo: The Amino Acid Shampoo. Let me just say that this product smells incredible! It smells exactly like coconuts, which is a given since the product contains coconut oil. But what I really love about it is that it leaves no residue behind, and leaves my fair feeling really clean and light. (which is great since I have a lot of hair, plus it being thick as well) So, it definitely is a necessity to bring on your travels.

Conditioner/treatment: If you know me I tend to use a treatment/ mask as my conditioner, as I found my hair needs a ton of moisture, so using just a regular light conditioner isn’t enough. So, the swell hair mask (which I know isn’t a Kiehl’s product but…) seems to be a good one to bring, mainly due to its size. The mask is a fairly thick consistency, however I can’t say too much about the effectiveness since I haven’t given it a full go to know.

BODY

Body Cleanser and Lotion: Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit. Again two other products that I am not picky about, but the smell of this body cleanser and lotion really reminds me of the beach and the summer, so cracking it out seems appropriate.

LIPS

Lip Balm: Kiehl’s lip Balm in Pear. An incredible lip balm for those whose lips are drying away. I remember using this a lot during the winter, because my lips were so dry. But knowing that traveling on a plane and the air conditioning indoors will be a factor that I would encounter (of course) I have to bring something to stop the annoying feeling of dry lips.

HANDS

Handcream: Richly Hydrating Handcream in Coriander. I know it sounds weird and isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but I like the scent quite a lot. Its not too pungent or sickly it’s just right. Plus, I’m a person who is always washing my hands, so they’re always so dry. So, having a good, rich hand cream is so important for me.

So, those were the products perfect for traveling. I hope this helped you to pack for any traveling you may do.

x.

Hipster

[Full Review] Neutrogena Deep clean (hydrating vs. Brightening vs. original)

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Neutrogena is definitely a brand we have all seen before and at one time of our lives have used one or two of their products. For about 3-4 months, I have been using their deep cleansing oil to foam cleansers. I have tried out the entire cleansing to oil range: brightening (pink), Hydrating (Turquoise) and Original (Blue). I decided to do a full review of each of cleansers to give you an idea of which one you might what to go for.

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All the cleansers can be used in 3 ways

How to Use: 

  1. Dry- Use the oil like consistency to remove make up then was up. 
  2. Wet- Rub the oil together with water to create a foam and wash face/remove makeup. 
  3. Double Cleanse (Wet & Dry): use both  steps one after the other. 

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Original Deep clean Cleansing oil to Foam (Blue) 

Scent: Sweet and Floral (traditional Neutrogena scent), not overwhelmingly

Stars: ✩★★★★

Overall:

  • The scent of the product has the tradition scent of Neutrogena products.
  • The product is gentle enough to use everyday and is perfect for removing makeup.
  • Soothing on the skin.
  • Foams up when mixed with water.
  • Simple, one step product with no fuss. 

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 ♛ Deep Clean Hydrating Cleansing oil to Foam (Turquoise)

Unique Ingredients: Cucumber extract/juice (soothing, softening and hydrating), Rosemary leaf extract (antioxidant, protect against free radicals and soothing).

Scent: The scent is definitely refreshing and fresh, it is sweet without being overly fruity.

Stars: ★★★★★

Overall: 

  • This is definitely my favourite cleanser out of the three.
  • It is really hydrating, soothing and cooling.
  • The scent is really amazing, its really fresh and feels amazing on my skin.
  • Out of all the cleansers I have used it is the best for removing makeup, I found that I don’t need makeup wipes to remove my mascara. I have always had an issue with cleansers being overly ‘squeaky’ clean, as I found that my skin just feels stripped its natural oils, this product both hydrates and removes the make up.
  • What else can I say… buy it and try it yourself!

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Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing oil to Foam (Pink) 

Unique Ingredients: Morus Alba Root extract AKA Mulberry extract (Rich in Vitamins and brightening effects), Rosemary leaf extract (antioxidant, protect against free radicals and soothing).

Scent: Fruity leaning towards a stronger Peach scent. I was pleasantly surprised with the scent of the product, having been a fan of peach scents, I was all for the scent. The scent isn’t super strong. 

Stars: ✩✩★★★

Overall:

  • The product has a sweet and fresh scent that isn’t overwhelming.
  • The product is gentle enough to use everyday and is perfect for removing makeup.
  • Soothing on the skin.
  • Foams up when mixed with water.
  • Similar to the original where it offers hydration whilst offering some brightening properties.
  • The product isn’t particularly brightening in the short term however, after using it for 2-3 weeks I did get some compliments on how bright and how much lighter my skin was, whether it was this product alone it is difficult to say.

 

You can buy these products here:

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Best of 2016

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Hello world! It has been a while hasn’t it since I have blogged and I have no excuses except that my poor time-managment has left me with things piling up on me. Not a fun feeling. however, I really wanted to share a few of my favourite beauty products of 2016 with you guys. Please let me know what you think of it!

Neutrogena Deep Clean Oil to Foam Cleanser (original) 

I have been using this cleanser for a good 4 months (around), it is my go to cleanser because of how moist my skin feels after using it. As I wear BB cream and waterproof mascara daily, I really wanted a cleanser that could both cleanse and remove my makeup easily. This did just the trick! You can apply the cleanser on dry skin and massage off the makeup or you could use it as a regular cleanser and with the bubbles formed, massage the makeup off, either way my skin is moist and clean after using it. Highly recommend!

Cliv Tomato Calluss and Vita C Mask 

Believe me when I say, I have tried many types of sheet masks, however, I have found that this is the mask that I have found to be ultra hydrating, instantly brightening and soothing on the skin. Whenever I get the chance, or whenever I think my skin needs a pick me up, it is my ultimate go to mask. Use it at night before bed, remove the mask and see how bright your skin gets… wake up and your skin is dewy and bright!

St. Ives Apricot scrub

This year I have been through about 2 or 3 of these scrubs, not only do I use this on my face but on areas of my body where I think it needs a little more TLC. It is definitely one of the scrubs that offers a deeper exfoliation, smoothing out any imperfections, so once or twice a week is more than enough!

The Body Shop Oils of Life Sleeping Mask 

The most soothing, hydrating, rich (but non-sticky) sleeping mask I have ever used. Everyone I have recommended it to has fallen in love with it. Leave it on at night and wake up with supple and plump skin. One word… amazing.

Read my full review here.

Soapberry Fo-Ti Shampoo 

The ultimate natural remedy to detoxing your scalp, my hair always feels refreshed after using it and if you get hormonal dandruff or the occasional dandruff, this would be ideal for you!

Borghese Green Clay Mask 

An amazing product for detoxing the skin, it strips away the dirt and impurities without stripping away your natural oils. Easily accessible and really effective on the skin, a must try for mask lovers!

Crest 3D White brilliance toothpaste (Any drugstore- mannings)

Having discovered this hidden diamond late last year I have been religiously using it daily and have found my teeth whiter that it has ever been! And before you cringe about the possibility of having sensitive teeth… I didn’t have any sensitivity on my teeth at all (this might differ from person to person so bear this in mind.)

More on this product here.

The Line 3D & 4D Mascara by Missha 

Having previously loved the Benefit tinted eyelash mascara and the Revlon Dramatic definition, I decided to try something new for a change. The cute designs drew me and the affordable price (HKD $45) and after trying the 3D and 4D mascara I was hooked. Since then, I have purchased two more. They give you effortlessly natural lashes and holds the lashes fairly well.

Shiseido Future solution LX eye contour 

This is by far the creamiest eye cream I have ever used, its rich, instantly brightens your under-eyes and plumping. What more could you want!

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1 Brand 3 Products: Kiehls

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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser states that it”thoroughly cleanses skin and removes makeup without over-drying or stripping skin of its natural oils.” I definitely think that this cleanser  doesn’t strip the skin off of the essential oils, but I do find in the winter period that I need to use a face cream after cleansing, but that’s understandable. Plus, I find that a little goes a long way. Plus, this product is perfect for those with sensitive skin, because it is very gentle on the skin, as well as it being scentless.

Kiehl’s Facial Cream perfect again for those with sensitive skin. The product says “with continuous moisture replenishment throughout the day, leaves skin smooth, soft and healthy-looking.” I will agree that my skin does look replenished and it does leave my skin looking and feeling softer. Especially, when my skin is feeling really dry and dull, I find myself reaching for this facial cream, more than my other moisturisers, so it has definitely been an essential for me.

Kiehl’s Richly hydrating hand cream, a lovely hydrating and rich product, with a hint of coriander scent to it. However, the scent does dissipates after a while, if you’re not a big fan of scented hand creams. I have been loving this product a lot, because of the super dry weather, it has really helped hydrate and keep the skin nice and soft. The product is limited edition, so grab it quick!

So, these are 3 products and 1 brand. I hope you enjoyed it!

x.hipster

 

 

 

Battle of the Sleeping masks: L’oreal, Vichy and The Body Shop

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Merry Christmas on behalf of Foodie and the Hipster! With it being christmas, the festivities can definitely leave your skin feeling dryer than usual (especially if you drink the night before, or so I have heard), your skin might just need a little pick me up.

I personally am a big fan of Sleeping masks, I think they are an essential to a lazy person’s skincare routine, or even if you don’t have one. All you need to do is massage these onto your face after cleansing and your skin is ready for bed. I have put together a review of three sleeping masks that I have tried over the winter holiday.

1.Body Shop’s Oils of life sleeping mask

Texture: Smooth, soothing, creamy and rich gel.

Hydration level: Ultra Hydrating.

Overall:  This mask is a favourite amongst all our family and friends, the mask offers amazing hydration lasting all through the night and ! Once applied it soaks into your skin, leaves it deeply hydrated and plump. Upon waking my skin doesn’t feel tight of dry, but still feels the same way it did after applying. The only downside would be that for those who don’t like stronger scents this might not be your favourite, it does have a strong initial herbal scent when applied which fades a little, however, is still there. Apart from the scent, the product is very effective and deeply hydrating, so if you want to try a new sleeping mask, I would definitely recommend you try this product!

2. Vichy Aqualia thermale sleeping mask

Texture: Bouncy, cooling Gel.

Hydration level: Hydrating. Lasts all night however, requires a moisturising top up in the morning, or double layers on days that are super dry.

Overall: This product is amazing on irritated sensitive skin, as most of Vichy’s skincare range is. For those whose skin is feeling a little red, this is the best to sooth it and reduce the redness as well as hydrating it. Although the product is hydrating, it does require a top up in the morning, or a double layer during the nights that your skin requires extra hydration. How I like to use it is, together with a serum/emulsion underneath for extra hydration.

3. L’oreal Hydra Fresh Sleeping Gel

Texture: A light gel.

Hydration level: Lasts 1-2 hours at the most.

Overall: I was a little disappointed with this product,to me an effective sleeping mask is a sleeping mask that can last through the night, non sticky and allow you to wake up still feeling moist. The Hydra Fresh sleeping gel, although wasn’t sticky, it absorbed very quickly into the skin and my skin still craved more moisture. Upon waking my skin felt slightly dry and slightly tight. Te weather has been fairly drying in Hong Kong, however, hong Kong it self is humid year round, so for those in more drier places, I wouldn’t recommend this product.

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5 Problem Targeting Products You Need

Screen Shot 2016-12-18 at 1.53.24 pm.pngYves Rocher Serum Vegetal Deep wrinkle expert-care {New version: Serum Vegetal 4}

Claim: To reduce the look of deep wrinkles, instantly and lasting. After 30 days, your skin is intensely smoother, firmer and it appears younger.

Texture: The texture is that of a thick and rich moisturiser. The syringe like top allows you to control how much you need without using too much of the product because a little goes a long way.

How to Use: I personally like to use this as an wrinkle/ line targeting cream, dabbing ever so slightly on the areas of my face where I might need more care/prevention. Place on the sides of your eyes, smile lines and even the lines on your neck (if you have them).

Effectiveness: This is by far the most intensive product I have used, after a couple of uses I have seen a huge improvement on the lines on my face due to the dryness. By dabbing a little bit on the corners/creases on my face I have found that the products stay and acts like long wearing protective shield from dryness. Would highly recommend this for those who might be developing wrinkles.

Where to buy: HK / UK

Shiseido Eye and Lip contour Regenerating Cream

Texture: A luxurious and powerful restorative treatment to reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles and loss of firmness around the eyes. The hydrating texture absorbs instantly leaving skin with a velvety looking glow.

How to Use: Apply at night after cleansing, using your pinky pick up a pea sized amount of eye cream and apply to both eyes.Because the products melts into the skin, a pea sized amount is more than enough.

Effectiveness: This is by far one of my favourite discoveries of December. Initially looking at the texture of the eye cream I was worried it would be super rich on my eyes, however, I quickly found that it was super hydrating melting into your skin like an ice cube on warm skin. Waking up I found that my under-eyes were smoother and took to concealer like never before, creaseless and plump. Only downside, the price of the full size.

Where to buy: UK / HK

CHASUNG All Hit Hair pack: Volume/ Moisture Care/Damage 

Claim: Each hair pack is catered to help with lack of volume, lack lustre hair and return glossiness to damaged hair.

How to Use: After showering, dry your hair till it is damp. Place hair mask on and massage the serum onto your hair and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse after using it.

Effectiveness: Probably the most effective hair pack I have used, I was especially surprise with the results of the “volume” hair pack. After using it, my hair was felt like lighter and instantly lifted, for someone who has flat hair I felt like they had stilts. This lasts for about 2 days (with daily hair washes). Definitely a must buy for parties.

Where to buy: Any drug store. (Mannings and Watsons)

The Body Shop Oils of Life Sleeping Cream

Claim: An intensely revitalising sleeping cream to regenerate skin during the night.                                                                                     Instantly: skin feels smoother and intensely nourished.                 From 1st wake up: skin feels smoother and intensely nourished. Night after night: skin appears rested, more radiant and visibly revitalised.

Texture and scent: The sleeping mask has a jelly like texture in the pot and when placed on the skin it forms a protective layer on your skin, locking in the moisturiser. The most unexpected part about the sleeping cream was the scent, it has a herbal scent which disappears after a few seconds disappears.

How to Use: Use after cleansing and all skincare serums have been applied. Massage gently into the skin and allow to dry slightly before sleeping.

Effectiveness: The sleep is super soothing and amazing for sensitive skin. I have used it consistently for the past 2 weeks and have barely made a dent in the pot. The sleeping mask leaves your skin supple and moisturised in the morning.

Where to buy: UK / HK

Crest 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste

Claim: The formula contains an illuminating complex and cleans your teeth unlocking trapped surface stains.

How to Use: Use as daily toothpaste.

Effectiveness: This toothpaste truly surprised me! I have almost every drug store toothpaste and didn’t find one that worked. Having been to the dentist and having been told that veneers were the only way to white teeth, I gave upon hope on a working drug store toothpaste and I believe I have found it! This is the only drug store toothpaste that has whitened my teeth within 2 days of use!  Highly recommend!

Where to buy: Any drug store. (Mannings and Watsons)

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