Product Review: Sulwhasoo’s Gentle Cleansing Oil EX

How about we take a little break from the festive Christmas posts for a bit and tuck into some good old product review yeh? Yes, yes?  😉

So my subject for today?

Lo and behold ..

SULWHASOO’S GENTLE CLEANSING OIL EX!

Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil EX Review

Sulwhasoo is honestly one of my favourite Korean skincare company. I’ll admit, the product do err on the ‘expensive’ side of things however I feel like an invest is justified if I know the products work (rather than spending bits and pieces on products that are a complete waste of time)! What I particularly LOVE about Sulwhasoo is their holistic beauty approach, ‘beauty of the body and mind, as well as inner and outer beauty’. Sulwhasoo’s products are  ‘Hanbang’ products – which means they’re made from traditional ingredients such as Ginseng. These ingredients  have been used historically especially amongst Asian women to nurture and protect their skin.

I particularly am in love with Sulwhasoo’s Perfecting CushionBB Perfecting Cushion (Brightening) and their Essential First Care Activating Serum EX but now I can finally add another product to that list!

Why? Let’s find out! 

Claims

Gentle Cleansing Oil EX

For a clear and healthy complexion

An essential first step for nurturing clear and healthier looking skin
This gentle cleansing oil features the key ingredients of Coix Lacryma-Jobi seed, tangerine peel extract, and apricot kernel oil, which clear the skin and leave a brighter and healthier base.

Delicate and smooth oil that cleanses quickly and gently
The delicate action of the oil quickly and gently dissolves makeup effortlessly, without overstimulating the skin.

Clean and refreshing finish
This water-soluble cleansing oil removes makeup and buildup on the skin, leaving a clean and refreshing sensation.

From Sulwhasoo’s Offical Website.

Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil EX Review

Tinnie’s Verdict: 

Packaging: Simple. The bottle is made of plastic and comes with a convenient pump. The bottle is light weight making it super travel friendly!

Removing ability:  Great! This cleansing oil removes everything! Yes, even my waterproof mascara!

Convenience: Great! I LOVE this cleaning oil because it made my life so so much easier. All I needed was one pump  and a thirty seconds face massage and wa-la I’m done!

Scent: Medium-Strong. There was a scent to this product, a classic Sulwhasoo herbal scent that I quite enjoyed. Although it’s not at all overpowering, you may not like it if you’re someone who doesn’t like scented products.

Price: Reasonable. This product retails at $33 AUD, initially I thought this was rather pricey for an oil cleanser. However, this cleanser made my life so much easier and lasted for quite a while. Well worth the price!

For sensitive, combo skin? Yes- for me anyways 🙂 I’ve always had problems with using makeup removers that are not Micellar Water. My previous experience with makeup removal balms (Banilla Co’s Clean it Zero) and cleansing oils (Face Shop’s Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil) were disasters. My skin broke out and my rosacea exacerbated, so I was super happy that this cleaning oil worked for me! 😀

Claims: Verified. Indeed it does all that it promised. It certainly “cleanses quickly and gently without overstimulating the skin”.

Repurchase? Yes. I most certainly am going to stock up  on this cleansing oil, it is by far the best (as easiest) makeup remover I’ve tried yet.

Overall, I love the ideas of cleansing oils because they’re super fast, easy and clean (in a sense that you won’t be left with a bajillion cotton pads after). This Sulwhasoo’s Gentle Cleansing Oil EX was super good at removing all of my makeup in one step – meaning that I’m one step closer to my bed! Definitely a thumbs up from me so be sure to go and try it out!

And that’s all folks!

Until next time,

Stay curious!

Tinnie

xoxo

 

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Skincare empties: Where are they now?

First and foremost, apologies for my recent MIA – I blame discovering Harry Potter (yes, yes I’ve been very late!) and being struck down with a cold. Thought I should exercise my blogging nerves with an ‘Empties’ blog post .. and also, I’ve kept these empty containers for long enough and now that spring has sprung it’s finally time for me to do some serious Spring Clean!

Empties- Where are they now?

*Left to Right* : SK-II’s RNA Eye Cream, SK-II’s RNA Moisturiser (sample size), The Ordinary’s Rosehip Oil, Su:m 37’s Secret Reprogramming Eye Cream, Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo’s Balancing Water EX

 

SK-II:

SK-II’s RNA Power Eye Cream

SK-II RNA Power Eye Cream

Review: SK-II RNA Eye Cream review

Status: Holy Grail

Comment: Applies smooth and buttery, absorbs super well and leave the under-eye area plump and well moisturised.

SK-II’s RNA Cream

SK-II RNA Power Moisturiser

Review:  SK-II’s RNA Cream

Status: Holy Grail

Comment: Leaves skin moisturised but also smooth and clear looking. Theres no moisturiser quite like it (yet anyways 😉 ).

 

The Ordinary’s Cold Press Rosehip Oil

The Ordinary's Rosehip Oil

Review: The Ordinary Brand’s Rosehip Oil

Status: Replaceable

Comment: Your basic Rosehip oil, that works just as well as the Trilogy Rosehip oil (although it has the extra bonus of being more affordable).

 

Su:m 37’s Secret Reprogramming Eye Cream

SU:M 37's Secret Programming Eye Cream

Review: Su:m 37’s Secret Programming Eye Cream

Status: Irreplaceable to almost Holy Grail

Comment: This eye cream is a lot thicker than your usual eye creams , more like an ointment than a cream. The eye cream is great, and one of my favourites, but it’s thick texture may make it too heavy for warmer seasons.

 

Sulwhasoo:

Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum EX

Sulwhasoo's First Care Activating Serum EX

Review:  Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum EX Review

Status: Holy Grail

Comment: This is my second bottle and I used all my strength to stop myself from repurchsing it, just to test if my skin can do without it or not… and the verdict is, it cannot. This serum moisturises my skin so deeply that without it my skin flakes and dries and o amount of moisturiser or facial oil was able to help!

Sulwhasoo’s Essential Balancing Water EX

Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Water EX

Review: Sulwhasoo’s Balancing Water EX

Status: Irreplaceable

Comment: This toner/balancing water is something that I need straight after a shower (since my skin becomes super dry afterwards). I’ve tried using other hydrating toners but nothing works as well as this does! Not yet a holy grail but defiantly getting there.

Hope you enjoyed this  quick empties review!

Until next time,

Stay Curious!

Tinnie

xoxo

Sulwhasoo’s BB Perfecting Cushion Review

Spring has sprung in the nice little land of Oz and it’s time for me to take my makeup down a notch. The weather is beginning to become a bit drier and my face can no longer handle the layers of makeup it did in winter.

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Sulwhasoo’s Perfecting Cushion brightening was something I reached for often during winter, but only for the puff applicator and not for the product itself. During winter I needed something higher coverage, not necessarily because my skin needed it but because I know my skin could tolerate it, and frankly it was nice to have full-ish coverage.

Enough with the babbling and  lets dive into this product review!

Schmanzy things about the product:

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Brighter complexion with 12 hours lasting glow
Brightening cushion’s magnolia extract and Pearlescent Complex evens the skin tone and leaves lightweight brightening effect on your complexion.

The power of lucid mother-of-pearl
The mother-of-pearl complex extracted from the mother-of-pearl that embraces and nurtures pearls reflects light in every angle to complete the radiance of skin.

Oil Capture System
With an oil-capture system for excess oil control, the cushion provides a lightweight, satin-like texture with smooth finish.

Color Shade
The 7 personalized shades create radiant makeup just right for anyone.

Review

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening

I got mine in the Shade 17 Light Beige

Packaging: Beautiful. The packaging is nice and slick. The compact is also nice and sturdy so would make a perfect travel companion. The puff applicator is also pretty good quality and has very minimal product absorption.

Coverage: Light. This foundation is a lot more like a BB cream than foundation (unlike the Sulwhasoo Perfecting cushion that had pretty high coverage). The coverage is enough to enhance your skin tone but certainly not enough to cover up any blemishes or skin problems.

Longevity: ~4-6 hours. This foundation lasts about 4-6 hours at most.  If you’re going to be sweating then expect it to melt off faster.

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening - Back

Scent: Flowery fragrance. Unlike the original perfection cushion, the brightening once has more of a perfuming scent which I don’t really like. I prefer my products to smell natural if possible.

Oxidisation: Orangey. This foundation oxidises after 3 hours and becomes a tad darker and more orangey.

Added benefits: Unsure. The product claims to be a hybrid of skincare and makeup. Honestly, I have witness any improvement in my skin with this product alone.

Price: Expensive. It’s pretty much the same price as the old perfecting cushion (~ $70 AUD) for the compact and one refill.

Repurchase? Unlikely. Only because I’m interested in trying out other products and this one didn’t seem to wow me enough.

Overall, I think its a decent product. Skincare and makeup, what more can you ask for? I do dislike the oxidisation which can happen with this foundation and feel like the coverage is way too light. It’s a great product for good skin days, but I don’t have many of those. If you’re a fan of minimal makeup then this compact may be a nice addition to your collection but do not expect this to have the same coverage as the old perfecting cushion. Another thing I really love about this cushion is the wider range of shades, it’s rare for a Korean brand to have more than 3 shades and this has 7!

Hopefully the review was useful to you!

Until next time,

Stay curious!

Tinnie

xoxo

Belif’s First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask

Belif's First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask Review

If you ever talk to me about skincare, you’ll find out that I’m an eye cream fanatic, in fact borderline crazy about it! The skin around your eyes are the most delicate and is the first to show signs of ageing. Whilst most people recommend the use of eye creams later on in life, I’m a firm believer in starting eye creams early!

I’ve mentioned some of my favourite eye creams before in my post but lets talk about something else a little different to an eye cream! How about Belif’s First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask? I’m always up for giving my eyes a little more TLC and when I saw this Eye Care Mask I knew I had to give it a go!

Belif is a Korean skincare brand, I’ll say its the asian version of Khiehls – in that they focus on using natural herbal ingredients in their products. One of Belif’s most poplar product would be The True Cream Moisturising Bomb (which I’m sure you would have heard about).

Now that I’ve got the intro out of the way, lets dive into the review!

Belif's First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask Packaging

So, the claims:

This unique, hydrating pudding-like eye care mask releases stress around the eyes and replenishes moisture levels to dry eye rims with the help of a 360-degree massage on six acupressure points around the eyes. The leave-on, cooling and hydrating formula—infused with mimosa herb extract—instantly cools, relieves puffy and fatigued eyes, and prevents visible wrinkles by improving the resilience of the skin around the eye. Further enhanced with three belif napiers formulas (original, detox, and dark circle formulas), this eye care mask fights all signs of fatigue and diminishes the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around the delicate and sensitive eye areas.

Packaging: Nice. The eye cream comes in the Belif’s signature black lid and white jar packaging. Simple, clean and sophisticated. I would honestly have liked it better if this eye mask come in a pump bottle (just to make it more hygienic) but most eye creams come in jars anyways so…

Effect: Don’t overuse it.  In all honestly I do not see any visible improvement in my eyes when using this mask. However I do find that if I use it for more than once a week I may develop small acne like pimples near my eyes and that is not fun!

Scent: Heavenly. The scent is amazing! I love that it smells like walking in a botanical garden during an early winter morning. So refreshing and calming!

Belif's First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask Formula

Formula: Fun. The formula of the mask is probably what some companies refer to as 3D creams or something. Basically the cream retains it’s shape even after you’ve dipped your finger or spatula in to take out some products. This ultimately leaves it looking brand new all the time!

Reduces the appearance of dark circles? Nope.

Reduces Puffiness? Nope.

For sensitive eyes? Maybe. The scent may be irritating for some very sensitives eye, however I have’t really had any problems with their mask in terms of eyes sensitivity.

Price: Expensive. Whilst the eye mask is not as expensive as eye creams from other high end Korean companies like Sulwhasoo or The House of Whoo, however it’s not exactly cheap. From memory it was about $40 SGD.

Repurchase? No. This eye mask did not have any additive effect to my eye creams and is not a vital part of my skincare routine.

Overall, I was rather let down by it’s overall performance actually. I was excited by this eye mask because it was something that I’d never come across before and claims to do some so good things to my eyes that I couldn’t pass! But over a year of use and I can honestly tell you that it hasn’t done a thing for my eyes. 😦

Thank you for visiting this little Rainy Wonderland and until next time,

Stay curious!

Tinnie

xoxo

Missha’s All Round Safe Block (Pink)

Missha All Around Safe Block Product Review

We all know how important it is to wear sunscreen everyday – rain or shine. However, it’s not always easy to find a sunscreen that feels right for you… well for me anyways. I’ve tried numerous sunscreens and alot of them either gave me a white cast or caused me to break out.  For years I struggled to find a suitable sunscreen for myself and so had to go without. It wasn’t until last year that I realised that asian skincare companies have an amazing range of sunscreen and the biggest catch? They don’t leave a white cast!

The All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk (SPF 50+/ PA +++) sunscreen is produced by Missha, a Korean makeup and skincare company.  The sunscreen comes in three colours pink (soft finish), green (essence) and blue (waterproof).

So without further adieu, lets dive in!

Missha All Around Safe Block Packaing

Packaging: Pretty! The packaging is super pretty and cute.

Scent: Smells like it contains alcohol. It does smell like it contains some alcohol or artificial fragrance – this could be a massive turn off for some of you guys.

Price: Reasonable. The price was not too bad for a sunscreen, it was ~$15 AUD for 40ml worth of product (asian sunscreens are a bit more expensive than the western counterparts).

Formula: Mattifying.  The pink formula leaves the skin looking soft, poreless and matte. For me the formula is a little too drying of my oily-combo skin.

Breakouts? For me, yes. The formula is way to drying for me, usually causing me to break out in big, painful acne! I’ve tried it over and over and have unfortunately pinpointed that this sunscreen is the cause of all that distress! 😦

Repurchase? No. Definitely not repurchasing if it’ll give me acne.

Overall, this sunscreen leaves your skin looking amazing and so is great for those no makeup days. Unfortunately, it causes my skin to break out but I do suggest you give it a go (unfortunately the only way to find out if it’ll break out for you or not is to try it).  The sunscreen is affordable and pretty awesome in general (besides the breaking out part).

And that’s it folks!

Until next time,

Stay curious!

Tinnie

xoxo

 

Exciting Announcement: The Rainy Wonderland has a sister!

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Meet Lazy Brown Eyes, a sister blog to The Rainy Wonderland!

Firstly, thank you for all the support that you have shown to The Rainy Wonderland blog in the last few months it has truly been such an amazing experience! The Rainy Wonderland blog remains and will always be my little abode in this blogging community.

Posts on the Rainy Wonderland are written in a personalised and conversation manner, intentionally paying little if any attention to grammar! HAHA. However, in order to satisfy my more journalistic side I decided to create another blog that focuses on discussing and talking about beauty. Below is a a post from the sister blog on why I decided to create the Lazy Brown Eyes.

Tinnie is a 24 year old Australian-Vietnamese blogger who happens to be the elf working behind the The Rainy Wonderland and the Lazy Brown Eyes blogs. Her profession? Well, part-time hard working elf and full time craze-stricken minion of course.

Her interest lies primarily in beauty and especially asian beauty (insert Kpop jam). Another interest is sarcastic and creative writing (often the lines do blur a bit between the two).

Her passion in trialling and reviewing new makeup and skincare products lead to the creation of The Rainy Wonderland blog in May of 2017, a personal and honest site about her thoughts on beauty products (with little, if any attention to grammar). The elf enjoyed being a ‘blogger’ so much that she decided to create another site. This time with more wackiness and grammatically correct sentences about beauty and makeup trends than her comfortable little abode of The Rainy Wonderland.

Lazy Brown Eyes serves to entertain fellow home bodies and self-lovin, self-professing couch potatoes out there! Join Tinnie, the occasional hard working elf and full time crazed stricken minion as she manoeuvres her way through the beauty world and watch her (failed) attempt at leaving a mark in this big-but-not-really world.

Signing off with a …

HeHe, enjoy!

 

The Rainy Wonderland will continue to have regular weekly posts (2-3 per week) whilst the Lazy Brown Eyes will have at least one new post a week!

I look forward to sharing my journey with you all, and don’t forget to subscribe to the Lazy Brown Eyes to see what it’s all about!

A gigantic THANK YOU!

Tinnie

xoxo

Skincare for a Starry* Winter Night!

Galaxy Image from Pexel

*Image from Pexel

*By Starry I literally mean a night sky filled with stars, like in the sky not stars on the red carpet. 😉

I’m usually someone who perches in front of their mobile phone, television or laptop and sits hours on end watching a drama or surfing the web. I was pretty satisfied with this lifestyle until I turned twenty-three and realised how unsatisfied I really was. I realised that my technology filed life meant that I was living my life through other people’s lens and seeing the world through their perceptions. This revelation upsetted me and I was only by  accident that I actually looked up one starry night and was gob-smacked by how amazing the galaxy was.

And so, I have now made it a habit of mine to star gaze on bright starry nights as a way to help me keep in touch with nature! Unfortunately in Oz, the best nights for star gazing are winter nights and besides the obvious concerns that comes with sitting out in the cold, your skin will also suffer.

Here are some of what I do to  help me keep my skin moisturised and healthy for a winter night outdoors!

Layer skincare

Sum 37 essence

Avoid using just a thick moisturiser or cream but focus on layering hydrating skincare to build a solid layer of hydration protection.  Layering your products will help you moisturise more deeply into the skin and as a result the moisturise will unlikely be dried off your face. Essences like the Sum 37’s essence is perfect for a deep hydration! 🙂

Hydrating serum

Drunk Elephant's C-Firma Serum

The Drunk Elephant’s  C-Firma Day Serum and the SK-II’s RNA power essence are my favorite moisturising serums for this step. They both hydrate deeply into the skin leaving it hydrated and soft. I usually use the C-Firma Day serum in the mornings (obviously) but on this special nights I like to load on the hydration with this super monitoring serum too! 😉

Overnight mask

Sulwhasoo's Overnight Vitalising MaskNow to lock in all that skincare we need something like an overnight mask! Products like Laniege’s Sleeping Mask or Sulwhasoo’s Overnight vitalising mask are my go-to for this step. The overnight mask seals in my skincare as well as helps protect my facial moisturiser! A needed item to protect your face agains the dry winter wind!

So put your phone down once in a while and reconnect with mother nature! How do you wind down? Let us know below!!

Until next time, stay curious!

 

Tinnie

xoxo