Monday, December 08, 2014

Review: Asience Nature Smooth Shampoo

It's been a long time since I've blogged. I am finishing up some products so I thought I'll review some stuff.

To be clear, I'm not sure if the products reviewed are still of the same formula or have a different packaging. It bugs me a little that every time I want to review something, I find out the company either redesigns the packaging or discontinue the whole line. I decide to just review anyway.




I first tried Asience when I got their samples to try. It was when they launched the gold range and the silver range. I tried the silver range shampoo and conditioner in sample size and really liked it so I decided to get Asience shampoo in full size. However, at that time, the silver range seemed to have disappeared and then I saw they had the gold, green range and pink range instead.

I got the Asience Nature Smooth shampoo since it's the one for oily scalp and I figured it's the most similar to the silver range. At that point of time, the bottle is green. I have no idea why the bottle looks silver again on their website. *sighs*.

Nature Smooth range is designed for oily scalp and dry detangled ends.

So I tried this shampoo and love it at first.
Asience is a Japanese brand and Japanese hair products are catered towards Asian hair really well. The difference between Asian hair and Caucasian hair is that Asian hair is thicker whereas Caucasian hair is finer so basically the formula is to penetrate is stronger and better for Asian hair to absorb.

Here's what I love about this product.
I have oily scalp and this shampoo washes the scalp well and leaves the head feeling fresh. I also like that it detangles my hair. The product is lightly scented. The product does irritate my skin in contact with hair a little (allergic to fragrance), but not unbearable to the point where I stop using.

Here's what I don't love about this product.
Like most shampoos designed for oily scalp, it does get dry if you wash your hair everyday. I understand that is probably my problem for washing hair everyday but I cannot stand dirty hair/scalp in our hot and humid weather. I also did not get the conditioner to use with it as I use hair serum instead.

 It took me so long to realize the other problem. I was getting this very waxy coat on my hair after prolonged washing. I would have thought it is dandruff but nope.When I use my fingernails to scrap  the coating on my hair, there's tiny soft clumps of residue that's waxy. I don't exactly know what it is. Maybe it's remains of shampoo that I fail to wash out. Or maybe it's that special coat to make sure your hair doesn't tangle. I can imagine some hair specialist telling me to get another deep cleansing shampoo to clean this "buildup" away but...

I don't get it.

I just noticed the problem recently when I started brushing my hair with a light coloured hair brush (it's actually an old Daiso scalp brush that I never use so i decided to use it to brush my hair instead) and I saw the amount of buildup. And then when I tried to wash my brush, it was also hard to get it off after soaking it. Haha...it's just gross.

Perhaps this is a little harsh but oh well.

I like the shampoo for its cleaning ability but maybe it's just not meant for daily usage. To be clear, I don't normally use this everyday. I usually rotate between this shampoo and an organic shampoo. The organic shampoo doesn't clean as well so i have to use this from time to time to get my scalp clean. I have been using this daily only because  I want to finish it up and that's when I really notice the problem.

I am not sure I would repurchase this. I might consider only buying a smaller bottle instead just to wash from time to time if I cannot find another shampoo.

Advice time! If you have hair buildup from using hair products like hair sprays/gels daily, you can use apple cider vinegar mixed in water to rinse your hair to clear it. Another solution would be to use jojoba oil to massage and dissolve the buildup.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Review: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask_EX

Hello, I'm back with a review.

The weather is really horrible in Singapore lately. We are going through a heat wave where weather's really warm and humid. It is a little better today. I'm sharing the product that has been helping me survive the heat wave.



I got the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask a long time ago but only started using recently. My thoughts are "Why oh why didn't I start using it earlier?"

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask comes in a sleek blue container. It has a gel consistency and there's a distinct aqua smell in it (it comes off smelling like alcohol sometimes. I have no idea whether there's any alcohol in this). The texture is light weight to me and absorbs really easily.

To read more about its ingredients and benefits, you can read it here.

I use this at night, after cleansing my face. At first I thought since it's a sleeping mask, it would be thick to keep the face hydrated but no. It's really light and easy to slather over the face. Initially I used a lot thinking that's the right way to use it. But I've since minimize the amount I used. There really isn't a need to slather much on. I just take a pinch and apply it evenly. It leaves my face feeling cool. The product also absorbs fairly easily, leaving the skin feeling hydrated.

As you can see earlier, I have been complaining about the weather. The product has left my skin feeling well hydrated and my skin doesn't oil up after applying it. As it is of gel texture and absorbs really fast, it also doesn't make my skin feel sticky in this humid weather. I am really thankful for the product because I was expecting my skin to dry up, itch or my pores to be visible from the weather. But my skin has been behaving well after using this product. In the morning, my skin feels fresh and dewy.

The recommended usage is once or twice per week. I have been using this daily instead sparingly due to the weather. I'm slightly addicted to it.

You can get the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask from Laneige counters.
Or you can purchase it off Qoo10  (Singapore) or Amazon (Overseas). I heard there are fakes around so please check reviews before purchase.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

What Happened to Flowerpod Forums?


Oh my gosh.

What in the world happened to Flowerpod Forums? I'm feeling so lost without it.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

New Hauls: Makeup from Drugstore.com


This is a delayed haul post. Actually I have a ton of delayed haul posts. I really wonder if i should post them. xD

Here's some stuff I got from drugstore.com during one of their sales that I can't remember. I really did minimise my order.


From left to right: L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Perpetual Purple, 
Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24Hr Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze, Tough as Taupe, 
Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer in Medium 25

Bought Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24Hr Eyeshadow as there were huge raves for them. (I'm so late into this). Got them in Bad to the Bronze and Tough as Taupe since I figured cream eyeshadows don't keep well in our weather so basic colours are probably the best. I love these. These are really nice and I would recommend them. I use Tough as Taupe just to lightly define my eyelids on lazy days.

Got L'Oreal Infallible in Perpetual Purple. I haven't opened this yet but I've swatched this in Watsons stores so many times. I really love the colour payoff of these I feel like buying all the colours. The thing that make me a little cross is they labelled the eyeshadow colours in Singapore as green, blue, purple, gold while online, these have completely differently colour names.

I also ordered a couple of Maybelline concealers but most were out of stock. :\ I'll probably try to order again. Now the Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer in Medium 25 is something i decide to try after watching MakeupGeek's rave about it on Youtube. I ordered a shade up so that it'll cover my dark eye circles. A quick review. Now it is darker than I expected. I think it will fit those NC30+ girls. It also seems orange-based for this shade which makes sense if you want a peachier shade to use as corrector for your dark eye circles. The consistency of this concealer is actually liquidy and easy to use. The concealer is pretty good though it still isn't strong enough to cover my dark eye circles. I do think many others with less serious dark eye circles problems would enjoy the light-weightness of this product. It's really cheap too. I think it was USD$6.

A little rant here. Do you know how much a L'Oreal liquid concealer cost in Singapore? It costs SGD$19.90. I can buy 3 of those.

Anyway hope you enjoy it. I'll be back shortly.