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2/23/2009

END OF MY CAREFREE DAYS

Finally, uni starts for me tomorrow. I'm all ready to go since I have been preparing the week before. Yeah, that's how I'm excited to go. 3 months plus holiday can drive me crazy.

Today, Ken and I went to Parkson to celebrate an extremely belated Valentines Day. We went to watch "Underworld 3" and let me tell you what a waste of RM16 it was. First, we were late for the movie due to our own fault then we had to grope around in the dark for a seat and then the uncomfortable shuffling around began.

"Underworld 3" was basically about how the war was waged between the Vampires and Lycans but anyone who have watched "Underworld 1 + 2" all knew that it was because the Vampires enslaved the Lycans and one of the Lycan, Lucian, fell in love with the Princess of Vampires and was killed because she was pregnant with the Lycan's baby. *Yawn*

Enough about the movie. I bought "Schwarzkopf OSIS+ Dust It" for RM55 and my, how tiny it is - only 10g/50ml. It can fit the palm of my hand nicely. Tomorrow I will find out whether RM55 is justifiable for such a small product.



I was going to buy "Beautilicious Brushy Business" and "The Body Shop Cassis Rose EDT" but both shop ran out of stock. Why do they always do this to me? WHY?! I was pretty smug about myself because I left Bintang Plaza with only one beauty product. Good Lisa.



Can't wait for the salespeople to call me when the items arrive!

2/18/2009

The Body Shop Strawberry Products

Strawberry Bath & Shower Gel
A refreshing cleansing gel that lathers up in the bath or shower to leave your skin feeling clean, fresh and subtly scented.

PACKAGING

For bathroom items, I prefer they come with a pump. It's bad enough that your wet, cold and in danger of getting products into your eyes and fumbling around to open a cap just doesn't make it better. Besides, I have a phobia of chipping and breaking my fingernails with unusually hard to open evil caps. Since it's not in a squeeze tube it also means that you have to leave it upside down or wait for ages for the content to come out when it is nearly the end. But the picture of scrumptious strawberries are really nice.

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It's a bit too runny for my liking. While the strawberry scent is there, it smells too artificially sweet. Strawberries aren't even sweet at all. They're sourish. If you don't like the sickeningly sweet smell on you, then avoid this product. The smell tends to linger a bit after you step out of the shower.

LOVING IT OR LEAVING IT?
I don't feel fresh after using Strawberry Bath & Shower Gel. It doesn't feel like I'm lying in a strawberry field more like I am an ice-cream drizzled in those artificial strawberry sauce. Maybe it's because of the humidity and heat. It feels really cloying so will not repurchase since I prefer something that smells fresh. Hate the artificial smell too.

Strawberry Body Polish

Have good, clean fun and smooth skin at the same time thanks to this fragrance foaming gel-based scrub that's gentle enough to use everyday. Dead skin cells are removed in no time, revealing brighter, healthy-looking skin thanks to natural exfoliators. Containing Community Trade organic honey.

PACKAGING
Again, the cap type but in a squeeze tube. Strawberries picture not as nice. Make sure you tip a bit sideways when pouring the contents out. The cap is really fragile. My one nearly snap in half.

TEXTURE
And again, too runny. I like my scrub "compact". Those tiny black bits you see are kiwi seeds. I would say this is not a harsh scrub. The smell is exactly as described for the Strawberry Bath & Shower Gel. It also has crushed walnut shells in it which are more grainy than the kiwi seeds. In fact, I would go as far as to say that Strawberry Body Polish is just Strawberry Shower & Bath Gel with added kiwi seeds and crushed walnut shells.

LOVING IT OR LEAVING IT?
Definitely leaving it. The homemade scrub my mum makes is waaay better than this scrub. Besides, Plue from Beauty Up My Life has found a good dupe for this product from Watson, head over to her blog for more great reads. *thumbs up*

FINAL THOUGHTS...
After trying out these two products, I wouldn't want to try the products from the same line. While I heart eating strawberries, I certainly don't like smelling like one.

ZA Vitamin Lip SPF26 PA+++

Safeguards delicate lips from harmful UV rays. Moisturizes while correcting dullness and uneven coloration due to pigmentation.

PACKAGING

Common lip balm twisty type. Looks very "medicinal" because of the white color.

TEXTURE
Waxy like all lip balms. Color is light yellow. Non greasy when applied on lips.

LOVING IT OR LEAVING IT?
What I really love about this sunscreen is the added SPF and PA protection. It means that your lips along with the rest of your skin is getting sun protection - provided you did applied sunscreen on your face.

I was suffering from dry and chapped lips but after using this a few days, my lips improved a lot. What I don't like is the taste. I have no idea what it tastes like but it just tasted artificial. Just make sure you don't lick your lips while using this. It can also work as your lip base before you put on lipstick or lip gloss.

FINAL THOUGHTS...
Cheap multi-purpose lip balm. One of the rare lip balms that provide sun protection while working as a lip base. Conditions lips really well. But may not be adequate for extremely dry and chapped lips.

ZA Essential Liquid Wash


Works to remove impurities and dead horny cells effectively while keeping moisture locked in with its rich, fine-grained lather of minerals. An exquisite, silky-smooth finish is yours as the skin is covered with a veil of moisture after the cleanser has been rinsed away. A must-buy for those who are bothered by dryness.

PACKAGING
I bought this product because of the packaging and it was on sale! I know it's nothing fancy or cute but the simplicity and bottle-ish packaging called out to me. The all white and blue font looked really good in my bathroom. But it would had been better if this product came with a pump because it was hard to control the content that came out.

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When you're using this product make sure that you only tip the bottle a little because it is liquid though a bit more viscous than water. It comes out clear and you only need a little bit of this product goes a long way. It also lathers really nicely and when you put the lather to your face it feels really soft. It's not kidding about the "fine grained" part.

LOVING IT OR LEAVING IT?
Actually ZA cleansers are all pretty good. I was suffering from dry skin when I came back from my holiday. This and the ZA Dewy Effect Creamy Gel improved my skin a lot. After washing your face, you can feel the smoothness with your hands. As for the "veil of moisture", I can honestly feel it. Felt like a shield was protecting my skin from other stuff. It also claimed to clean pores, but there were still lots of blackheads and whiteheads. SA also told me that this cleanser is adequate enough if you're wearing ligth make up.

FINAL THOUGHTS...
Excellent for dry skin. Makes other products such as toner + moisturizer + serum absorb better. Buy it if silky smooth skin is your wish. ^^ Should delete the word "horny" from its description. Haha.

ZA Facial Cleansing Foam


Vitamin Rolling Granules help to completely remove pore-clogging sebum and waste matter. They also provide just the right degree of massage to enhance your skin’s natural ability to renew itself. Rinse away when the granular sensation disappears. Can completely remove light makeup.

In my foggy memory, I remembered that I got this for only SGD3. It was my HG cleanser till it finished and I tottered off to try new cleansers. Packaging is the common squeeze tube with flick on/off cap. I think the real reason why I like ZA products so much is because of the font they used on their products. Weird huh?

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The content is like a white cream with little blue beads. The beads are not harsh at all. Some will dissolve when you massage into the skin. It is gentle enough for everyday use provide that you don't go crazy and scrub your face raw. My skin does not feel dry after cleansing and it leaves my skin smooth and bright.

LOVING IT OR LEAVING IT?
It was one of my HG cleanser because I can see my skin getting brighter everyday. It does not only whiten your skin but it leaves it with a nice glow. I don't know why it can whiten the skin as this is not a cleanser that claims to whitens but it just does. I think it's the Vitamin E working its magical power to make my face glow.

FINAL THOUGHTS...
Give it a try, I'm sure you'll love it as much as I do.

ZA Dewy Effect

Dewy Effect Lotion

Replenishes your skin with plenty of moisture for silky, soft, touchable skin.

This was included in the travel pack along with the Emulsion and Eye Gel. The travel pack can last a fairly reasonable amount of time.

I don't really find this product amazing. It is just absolutely average. You won't be missing something great if you didn't buy this lotion. It acts as a toner so you use it after your cleanser. According to the directions you just have to smooth an appropriate amount over the face with a patting motion.

If you have extremely dry skin then I would suggest that you don't use this. I have other toners that work better than this one.

Dewy Effect Emulsion

Melts into your skin with a dewy sensation to lock in plenty of moisture for hours on end.

This emulsion is the less heavy version of the creamy gel. I used this as my day moisturizer because I don't wanna blot every few minutes. It is light enough for summer use but not adequate when used in winter because your skin would hate you for it.

Nothing to rave about either. Just an average day moisturizer for me and since it does not have SPF it means that I have to layer on sunscreen.

Dewy Effect Creamy Gel


Melts into your skin with a dewy sensation to lock in plenty of moisture for hours on end.
I finally finished this moisturizer! YES! *punches fist in the air* It's quite amazing since I'm the sort of girl that can never finish the product she is using cause too many products calling out my name to go and try them.

Anyways, this is the only product out of this line that was full sized. Lasted me about two and a half months. For other girls, it might last more because I always more than the amount required for two reasons. One being that I want to finish it faster the other is because I have this mentality that more is good.

The texture is stuck between creamy and gel-ish, hence the name. Not too heavy nor too light. It sinks in pretty fast but enough time to smooth it into the areas you want. No oily feeling either. This is perfectly suitable for those of us who sleeps in air con room. Honestly, after a few days of using this, I can't stop touching my skin cause it is suuuuuuuper soft and smooth. Like a plump baby's bottom.

The packaging is in a nice heavy glass jar with a screw type cap. I use a spatula to dig the contents out for fear of contaminating it with my fingers. But make sure the spatula is clean too. Personally I think this is the star product out of this line.

Dewy Effect Creamy Eye Gel

Blends in gently with the skin around your eyes,keeping your skin smooth and soft for hours on end.

What I like about this product is the packaging. I like slim squeeze tube. But this item does nothing else but moisturize your eye areas only. So if you're looking for an eye product that reduce wrinkles/puffiness/dark circles then this is not the product you're looking for.

I like to keep my eye gel in the fridge so when you put it on, it'll have an icy sensation and it can really brighten up tired eyes, especially if you have been crying. According to the SA, it won't give you any milia seeds. I haven't tried it long enough to vouch for it.

FINAL THOUGHTS...
All in all, an "okay" line. My skin did become plump and dewy but I would credit that to the creamy gel only because when I was putting on the lotion + emulsion it felt like my skin was dying of thirst. Give the rest a miss but you can try out the creamy gel.