Saturday! Again! Have you been enjoying your Chinese New Year holidays I have, needless to say. A whole week of pure relaxation (and eating) is bliss! Tomorrow, I meet up with friends for more “loh sang” so that will be fun!
Anyway, since its been a slow week, I’d like to tell you about a few products I’ve tried and tested recently which came in sample packs so its hard to evaluate them on a long term basis. Also, a couple of re-takes where I’ve reevaluated some products I tried previously. If you have been looking for an update here it is!
Short Take: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer
This was a sample bottle I received with one of my purchases. I’d heard a lot about how good this is for extreme weather. Apparently, they go climbing Mt. Everest in this! Or was it to the Antartic? Hmm… Either way, it is supposed to help for extreme conditions.
In hot humid weather, I found it a little strong unless you have dry skin then its good. It also works well if you are exposed to air conditioning all day e.g. working in an office/mall. But if you are out and about, its not so suitable. I tried this in Bangkok – did not break me out, but I prefer using it at night in hotel rooms where the air is super dry.
Re Take: IDI Italy Sunscreen (original review)
Ok no, I did not dislike this sunscreen despite what many think – my gripe was that the white cast was a bit too strong but as a sunscreen, it works. I’ve since worn this while walking in the hot sun in Bangkok and HK and I like that my skin doesn’t feel dried out or burnt after long exposure to the sun. This will be a mainstay for travel, mostly because I’m less fussy about how I look when I travel and I can get away looking a little ghostly LOL…
Short Take: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps body lotion
Picked up a couple of sample sachets to try and I love this one IF you have dry skin. Made my rough elbows feel baby soft. Again, perfect for dry air though it might feel a little heavy if you use it in hot humid weather (they do have a lighter formula). If you sleep in an air conditioned room, you might like this one – I did! Thinking whether its time to “invest” in a full size bottle
Re Take: Clarins Hydraquench Mask and Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid lotion
I lumped both these items together because I wanted to tell you about both of them. The Clarins Hydraquench mask goes on your face a thick white paste and as it absorbs into your skin, “disappears”. If your skin is very dry or dehydrated, it disappears faster. Mine used to disappear in less than 10 minutes.
After 2 months of using the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid lotion, I went back to the Clarins mask. After 15 minutes, I looked in the mirror. The mask was still thick and pasty white! 20 minutes later, it had absorbed a little but still remained white. I washed it off after that.
It prompted me to think that the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion HAS helped with replenishing the moisture level of my skin. Clearly, the Clarins Hydraquench mask test proves it! No more dehydrated skin!
And that’s all we have this round of Short Takes and Re Takes. I’ll be back with more … if I have anymore to share.
Enjoy the weekend!