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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Laneige’s Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask

Laneige's Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask Review - The Rainy Wonderland

Always the one to be late on new trends and hypes, I’ve finally whipped out my Laneige’s Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask to see for myself what the fuss was about. The  Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask was something that sent the internet into a bit of a buzz late last year (or earlier this year? ), reviews and youtube videos alike were raving  about it’s potential to transform dry peeling lips into a smooth luscious pout!  A luscious pout sounds nice for Christmas don’t you think?

(BTW: I didn’t actually buy mine, no, I stole it from my younger sister – who in the heat of the moment bought a value pack if 4 at Singapore’s Changi Airport – I’m sure she doesn’t mind! 😉 )

Laneige's Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask Review - Packaging an

If you’re interested to know the state of my lips then continue on, but if you’ll much prefer to skip to the product review then I suggest you skip this paragraph :). So, lips … well mine are dry not very dry per se but not exactly a nice canvas for liquid lip sticks. My sister’s pout? Well, a lot drier with lots of peeling and cracks (you’ll see the importance of this information later).

Claims:

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*Image from Laniege SG’s Website

 

The New Lip Sleeping Mask gently melts dead skin cells making lips feel smooth and elastic the next morning.
Experience smooth firming lip night care with the new lip sleeping pack, available in berry, grapefruit, apple lime, and vanilla scents.

Laneige has recently released three additional scents to the original berry flavour, which is the one that I’ve got.

So lets get into this review and see what it does for my dehydrated pout!

Laneige's Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask Review - The Rainywonderland

Packaging: Cute! The lip mask comes in a nice and sturdy 20g jar with a pink spatula. The jar itself does not fell cheap or flimsy but is light weight and sturdy enough. Perfect for traveling.

Price. High. For 20g of product you’re looking at ~ $37-$40 AUD. Although to be fair, one jar will last you a pretty long time!

Scent? Sweet Strawberries. There is a nice fresh and sweet strawberry scent but nothing too over powering and it fades away quickly. If you’re someone who hates scents in your products then rest assure that this won’t bother you all night. If on the contrary you LOVE scented products then you might need to sniff the jar for a while longer!

Convenience: Good. The spatula is nice and flexible allow application of the product onto your lips to be a breeze ~

Texture. Buttery. The best way to explain the texture of this product would be that it’s very butter-like. Solid to the touch yet melts easily when you run your finger or spatula along it.

Repurchase? No way in a million years! This product was simply a waste of time and money for me. Despite it working great for other reviewers , it did absolutely nothing for my lips. In fact, it appears to have dried it out further. 😞 The mask itself was super oily and can smudge (since I toss and turn when I sleep) to the outer perimeter of my lips causing white heads and break out around the area. For my sister’s lips, well it does absolutely nothing at all. As a matter of fact, she couldn’t even finish her sample size and is dying to get rid of her stash.

Claims: Exaggerated. I can’t see how this slippery lubricating lip-gloss type thing can melt off anything. My lips certainly do not feel smooth or elastic in the mornings.

Overall, I was left bitterly disappointed. I very desperately wanted a Laneige product to work on me (.. lips and skin like Song Eye Kyo? Yes please!) but nope, again Laneige has let me down.  I’m rather surprised that others have liked the products so much. I’m trying to use up my 20g jar not but that will be difficult, wish me luck!

Until next time,

Stay curious!

 

Tinnie

xoxo

 

Innisfree’s No Sebum Mineral Powder

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder

Hello Wonderlandians!

I hope you have all adapted to the seasonal changes well! So spring has sprung in Oz (as I have been rubbing in everyone face’s since the last two posts) and that for me means oilier skin. Winter seems to help keep my oil glands at bay but Spring is a completely different story!

I’m not usually a fan of powders in general but when I heard about all the hype surround Innisfree’s No Sebum Mineral Powder I thought I’ll have to give it a go!

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder Rainy Wnderland

So without further ado, lets dive in! 😉

Schmanzy product information: 

What it is:

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1. Sebum control powder that allows for non-greasy, downy baby skin
Sebum absorption powder and mineral sebum control powder absorb excess sebum for a bright, downy skin as if presently putting on makeup.

2. Jeju natural minerals and mint for refreshing control of oil and moisture
Sebum absorption powder with Jeju natural minerals and mint restores an unhealthy balance of oil and moisture, leaving a refreshing finish.

3. Absorbing excess sebum and oil for downy makeup and an even skin tone
Absorbs excess sebum and oil to prevent makeup from becoming patchy, while correcting dull skin tone to keep the skin bright and radiant all day.

Review: 

Packaging: Simple and cute. The powder comes in a plastic powder jar with a nice cute looking applicator.

Oil control: Good-meh. The powder gives me about 3 Horus of oil control before the oil rigs on the nose and cheeks takes over and make me look like a crease ball.

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder

Formula: Good. The powder is fine and makes your face look powerless and soft. using too much of it may leave your face look too pale (it’s not exactly a translucent powder).

Price: Cheap! For $11 for 5g it’s super affordable (for a powder) and has lasted me a super long time ( > 8 months).

Repurchase: Yes. There’s simply no reason not too.

Overall, this is an affordable and great powder that does a good Job. It leaves a soft velvety feeling on the skin and can actually make you look a tad paler if you leave it on for too long.  In terms of oil control, it’s not all that great but then again I have super oily skin! Another thing with this powder is that it can emphasis dry skin (as with any powder), especially if you use too much. So be sure to use a light hand!

Once again, thank you for visiting and 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

Maybelline’s HyperSharp Eyeliner

Maybelline's HyperSharp Eyeliner Review

If you need an eyeliner that will deliver a sharp and black crisp winged liner then look no further.

Maybeline is a great drug store brand, they are especially know for their mascaras and recently their concealers and eyeliners have been gathering some great press too!

If there’s one thing I should tell you about my eyelids before we proceed would be that I have super oily eyelids so eye makeup products just don’t sit on my eyelids for very long, if at all!

Maybelline Hypersharp eyeliner

Packaging: Typical. This is your typical eyeliner packaging, the purply cap is pretty nice but otherwise nothing else too significant.

Formula: Good-meh. This formula is smooth and dark making it a pretty good eyeliner.

Colour: Pigmented. This black eyeliner was super black and dark which is perfect for days when I’m after a bad-ass winged liner look! 🙂

Longevity: Short.  Even though this is a water proof formula, it does not stand a chance agains my oily lids at all! 😦

Smudge-proof: Not at all. This eyeliner does not stand a chance against my oily eyelids at all. I generally avoid this eyeliner on work days just to avoid those panda eyes but a bit of powder or eyeshadow on top of the eyeliner seems to keep it in place for a bit longer.

Price: Affordable. This is a pretty affordable eyeliner, I think it was about ~$14 each!! Bargain!!!  🙂

Repurchase: Probably not. Only because it doesn’t work all that well  my oily lids, making it super inconvenient for me.

Overall, if you’re not someone with oily skin in particular oily eyelids then this eyeliner would be a great buy. However, if you suffer from oily skin like myself then you may want to give this eyeliner a pass. 

I hope you enjoyed the brief review!

Until next time,

Stay curious.

Tinnie

xoxo

 

Urban Decay’s Naked Basics 2 Eyeshadow Palette.

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 review
Another day, another makeup product review! Yay!!!! 😀

Urban Decay’s eyeshadow palettes are massively popular, in fact, I reckon every makeup guru out there would at least own a palette or one of their eye shadow primers (also extremely popular).

I’ve try to put myself off buying this palette for ages and that’s mostly because it’s not cheap! However, the makeup crazed part of me was so desperate for it the I eventually gave in and have been loving it ever since!

My decision to purchase the Basics palettes over the other more popular ones were because

1. I don’t use all that much eyeshadow

2. I keep my eye looks dead simple (so no smokey eye etc)

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3. I wanted the price to be reasonable 😉

So justifications aside, lets jump into the review!

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Packaging: Excellent. The packing is honestly very decent. It’s sturdy and the quality of the mirror is very good. This will be your perfect travel companion! 🙂

Formula: Great. The formula is pretty good, nice and easy to blend and they all blend in very well!

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Swatches

Shades left to right: Skimp, Stark, Frisk, Cover, Prime and Undone.

Pigmentation: Amazing. Honestly Urban Decay’s palettes are some of the rare products that live up to their hype. The pigmentation of these shades are honestly spot on and a little goes a long way. Also eye primers enhances these pigmentation two folds!

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Swatches

Shades: Appropriate. The array of shades provided in this palette is perfect for day to day looks. Obviously there are shades that I use more often than others (as seen in the photo). However, each and every one of these shades are usable and great for any types of looks.

Price: Reasonable. For about $47 SGD (I bought it whilst overseas), this palette has lasted me a loooong time and the pigmentation is so good that I really don’t need to use much to get the look I desire. Well worth the money.

Repurchase: Yes. Definitely a product worth repurchasing and it has well and truly earned it’s place in my holy grails collection!

Overall, this is a must have eyeshadow palette thats great for school days, work days or even those holidays! The shades are very pigmented and blend really well! This palette has made applying eye makeup in the mornings dead fast and easy for me and really I have nothing bad to say about it at all! I highly recommend that you give this palette ago, it’ll be money well spent!

And that’s a wrap folks!

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