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    MAXCLINIC NTS Meso Change Roller Program | Skin Microneedling?

    TGIF, beauty nerds! As most of you know (due to my incessant whining haha), I had a crazy busy semester at university. It was one of the most stressful three months I’ve had to date! But now that that’s all over, I’m just enjoying my month-long semester break working on Beauty Nerd By Night and of course, giving myself some me time. Obviously, with me-times, there has to be some pampering right? So I’ve been using a tonne of new skincare and body products which I’m so excited to show you guys. To kick it off, today I’ll be talking about the MAXCLINIC NTS Meso Change Roller Program. 

    MAXCLINIC NTS Meso Change Roller | Skin Microneedling

    What Is It?

    Yeah, I know. MAXCLINIC NTS Meso Change Roller is a pretty weird name that does not sound like skincare at all. But it’s actually a Korean beauty product (which I’m obsessed with, here’s 16 of the best Korean beauty products for you to obsess over too. You’re welcome! ;)) month-long program to help moisturise and firm the skin, leaving you with glowy, elastic skin. In the kit, you get four of the MAXCLINIC Deep & Deeper Meso Change Ampoule, a roller handle, and four disposable Hyaluronic Meso Change Rollers, which uses the microneedling technique to help skincare products absorb into the skin effectively.

    How Does It Work?

    How it works is, you attach a disposable Hyaluronic Meso Change Roller onto the golden roller handle. Then, after applying the Deep & Deeper Meso Change Ampoule (or any other skincare ampoule of your liking), you use the Meso Change Roller and roll it on your face. What this does is, with any other microneedling treatment, it creates hundreds of micro-punctures on the top layer of your skin so that the product can be easily absorbed. It sounds really scary and painful (I mean, we’re talking about freaking punctures on the skin), but I promise you, it really isn’t. It doesn’t harm your skin, it doesn’t hurt, and it’s not scary at all. If anything, it’s pretty relaxing.

    MAXCLINIC NTS Meso Change Roller | Skin Microneedling

    MAXCLINIC Deep & Deeper Meso Change Ampoule

    An ampoule is a concentrated serum, usually specifically targeted to one or two skin concerns. In this case, the Deep & Deeper Meso Change Ampoule targets dehydration and ageing skin. It helps to moisturise and firm the skin, leaving you with glowy, elastic skin. This ampoule is used daily, after cleansing and toning the face to ensure proper absorption. The formula of this is a watery gel texture that absorbs immediately into the skin upon application. Also, a little bit goes a loooong way and one tiny tube of this ampoule lasts about a week with daily use. Even when you’re not using the microneedling roller, you can still apply this as part of your serum step in your skincare routine.

    MAXCLINIC NTS Meso Change Roller | Skin Microneedling

    MAXCLINIC Hyaluronic Meso Change Roller

    This kit comes with a super gorgeous gold roller handle and four Hyaluronic Meso Change Rollers. The roller handle looks very luxurious, but it’s actually made of plastic so it doesn’t feel as luxurious as it looks. Each Hyaluronic Meso Change Roller can only be used once and should be disposed of after. This month-long program includes four Hyaluronic Meso Change Roller, used once a week. Each of the Meso Change Rollers is packaged individually for hygiene purposes. All you have to do is fix the roller to the handle, take off the cap and you’re ready to use!

    MAXCLINIC NTS Meso Change Roller | Skin Microneedling

    So this is how the MAXCLINIC NTS Meso Change Roller looks like attached to the roller handle. As you can see from the close-up, the Meso Change Roller has tiny little “needles” that roll over the skin to open up tiny little punctures for better product absorption, using the microneedling technique.

    How Did It Go?

    On a certain day each week (I chose Sunday, because Sunday = Lazy, Pamper Day), I use this in my nighttime skincare routine, right after cleansing and toning my skin. This was my very first time trying out microneedling so when I first used the roller, I was a little taken aback by it. If you’ve never tried microneedling before, you will definitely feel a “sharp” feeling when you’re rolling it on your face. It’s not harsh or painful by any means, it’s just something that you will definitely notice. Once you’re used to it, it’s actually very relaxing – almost feels like you’re getting a facial treatment done!

    After using this program, I really enjoyed the entire kit. The ampoule isn’t sticky and absorbs right into my skin. It’s very lightweight and didn’t break me out (which is good, because my acne-prone skin is very sensitive and breaks out if I use anything too oily) at all. It has hydrated and definitely increased the elasticity of my skin. My favourite part, though, definitely has to be the rolling! I feel that it has really helped the products I put on before and after rolling, to really absorb into my skin so that they are more effective.

    You can buy the MAXCLINIC NTS Meso Change Roller Program on Amazon for $179.99

    If you’re looking for a good hydrating and firming skincare kit to try, I would highly suggest this MAXCLINIC NTS Meso Change Roller Program. If you’ve never tried microneedling before, I think this is a good way to dip your toes in the water to get a feel of how it is.

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    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

    *This product was sent as one of the products in the BNTGirls June 2017 box. BNTGirls is a group of beauty bloggers that get sent Korean beauty products each month to try out and review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. You can read my full disclosure here.
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    16 Korean Beauty Products You Need Right Now

    Hello, friends! Korean beauty products have been all the rage for quite some time now, and for good reason. They are innovative, have super cute packaging, and in my personal experience with most of the products I’ve tried, very effective! When you’re first starting to try out K-beauty products, it can be a little overwhelming because there are a ton of products out there. Korean makeup looks are usually more on the natural side because they focus mainly on skincare. If you’ve never heard of the crazy Korean beauty routines, one of the most popular ones is probably the 10-step skincare routine. Yep, 10 different products for one skincare routine. It works though. I mean, have you seen their youthful glow?

    Whether you’re a K-Beauty addict like me or just wanting to dip your toes in the (very dangerously addictive) K-beauty waters, these are the 16 Korean Beauty Products You Need Right Now!

    16 BEST Korean Beauty Products You Need!

    1. Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel – This stuff saved my skin. No kidding. I used to have those pesky tiny bumps all over my forehead that just don’t seem to go away. I put on a thick layer of this on my face before heading to bed every night and washed it off when I woke up. My skin cleared up within two weeks! Even though those little bumps have cleared up, I still use this to prevent them, keep my skin moisturised and looking glowy. Because aloe vera has natural soothing properties, it also cools down the skin after a long day and helps with sunburns too.

    2. MIZON Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule – Ampoules are basically concentrated serums that are targeted toward a specific problem. This MIZON one has anti-aging properties and helps to lift the skin. The cool thing about this product is, the effect is very noticeable very quickly (many Amazon reviews agree!). It helped with my skin elasticity and gave me bouncy, glowy skin. This also makes my face feel very smooth and soft.

    3. Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Mask (Strawberry) – Sleeping masks are one of my favourite Korean beauty products in general. You apply it before going to bed and wash it off in the morning with your usual morning cleansing routine to reveal soft, glowy skin. I’ve been using this Etude House one for a while and I love it because it doesn’t feel sticky on my skin and is very lightweight. Also, how cute is that packaging? Makes me crave bubble tea! It also comes in 3 different “flavours”, Strawberry, Green Tea, and Black Tea. They also have a 3 pack one, with one of each “flavour”.

    4. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – If you have very chapped lips, you need this in your life! I use this as a lip balm when I wake up, and also before I go to bed. I apply a thin layer in the morning and a thicker layer at night so it can work its magic to reveal soft lips when I wake up. I swear by this stuff – my lips have never been chapped again. Love!

    5. Su:m 37 Miracle Rose Stick Cleanser – This cleanser is everything I want in a cleanser – it lathers up easily, it doesn’t feel drying on the skin, it takes off any dirt or leftover makeup, and it has a very fresh scent that I love. I use this as my second cleanser, after a cleansing water, and it’s amazing. It cleans my skin so well and brightens up my skin too. This is also great for travelling since it’s not a liquid and you can just bring it on the plane for long flights.

    6. VDL Lumilayer Primer – If you have combination/oily skin, but you still love a good healthy glow when it comes to your foundation, you need to try this out! After putting this on, any foundation you put on top of it will look radiant and naturally glowy. It has a very soft glow effect that doesn’t look greasy or oily. This is definitely one of the best “glowy” primers for combination/oily skin.

    7. TONYMOLY I’m Real Sheet Masks (11 Pack) – Sheet masks are a must in every Korean skincare routine! I really love these ones because they’re so effective and very affordable. They have so many different ones, but my favourites are definitely the moisturising and the brightening ones! The moisturising ones help with the dry flaky skin on my cheeks and the brightening ones leave a healthy glow on my skin.

    8. Banila Co. Clean It Zero Sherbet Cleanser – I use this cleansing balm in place of my cleansing water when I have more makeup on my face. It removes all traces of makeup, even waterproof mascara and long-wear liquid lipsticks. I scoop out a small amount and rub it gently on my skin. It melts immediately upon contact with the skin and melts all the makeup off with it. I use a cleansing foam after this, and my skin feels super clean but not dry. This also comes in a BIG size tub of this, if you’re interested!

    9. TONYMOLY Petit Bunny Gloss Bar – Take a break from the drying, liquid lipstick trend and use this instead! It’s a highly moisturising lip product that gives a subtle pop of colour to the lips. And have you seen this packaging? I have two backups of this in my collection! It’s one of my favourites “no makeup” makeup products.

    10. Labiotte Wine Lip Tint (6 Colors Pack) – The packaging of this lip tint is a wine bottle and it comes in 6 different colours to choose from. This dries down to a matte finish and is very long-lasting. There is also a sample kit with 3 of these wine lip tints available on Amazon. If you’re a beauty product lover AND a wine lover… this is for you! No reason not to get it, right? Better yet, you could even wear your new wine lip tint while you drink wine!

    11. Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine – This is an exfoliating pad that is amazing for sensitive skin. If physical scrubs are too harsh for your skin, check this one out! Not only is it super effective, it also has a wine scent! Can you tell how much I love wine? #sorrynotsorry haha!

    12. Etude House Tint My Brows Gel – If you cherish every minute of sleep you have in the morning, you need to get this! I LOVE this stuff! This is a brow tint that lasts about 3 days before fading. I apply it and leave it on for about 2 hours, then I peel it off (yes, it’s a peel off but it doesn’t hurt at all and it doesn’t pull out your brow hairs, promise!). It usually takes me around 15 minutes to do my brows each morning so using this product saves me a ton of time.

    13. The SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer SPF28/PA++ – This concealer is creamy, high coverage and doesn’t crease! It’s very lightweight yet covers every single blemish. It’s also really great for concealing undereye circles. I haven’t tried the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, but a ton of reviews say that this is an exact dupe of the NARS. It’s very affordable, and it works amazingly. I featured it in my Half Drugstore, Half High End post if you want to see it in action!

    14. Kailijumei Flower Jelly Moisturising Lipstick – When I first saw this lipstick, I was pretty sceptical because it looked gimmicky… But I was actually proven wrong! It’s a colour changing lipstick that depends on the temperature. It’s very moisturising on the lips and it stains the lips so it lasts all day! If you love gorgeous lipsticks and long-lasting stains, this is definitely for you!

    15. belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb – This is my favourite moisturiser EVER. It really hydrated my skin, balanced out the oils, and best of all… it helped me clear my skin! It has a really aromatherapeutic scent that I absolutely love! I have a full review of this up if you’re interested to read more in depth information about it and how well it worked for me.

    16. Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule – If you’re a fan of the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, try this one out! It’s much (and I mean muchhhhhh) lighter on your pocket and is just as effective. I love how this brightens my skin and also keeps my skin moisturised and looking glowy.

    So those are the 16 Korean Beauty Products You Need Right Now! I’ve tried my fair share of K-beauty products and I think these are some of the best. If you’re just wanting to start trying Korean beauty products, these are definitely the products to try first! If you’re a K-beauty addict, and you have more recommendations on your favourite Korean beauty products, let us know in the comments!

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    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun


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    1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy

    Hello, friends! Today’s blog post is a very exciting one – it’s doing 3 different makeup looks using the same palette! This post is in collaboration with The Butterfly Project (which is an amazing community for beauty bloggers in Malaysia) and 1028 Visual Therapy. 1028 Visual Therapy is a Taiwanese beauty brand who pride themselves on creating beauty products catered to Asian skin and features. The cool thing about 1028 Visual Therapy is that their products are all “skincare cosmetics”. This is because all their makeup products are infused with skincare essences that not only allows you to express yourself through your makeup, but benefits your skin too.

    1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy

    I used all 1028 Visual Therapy products on my face in this post so you can see how they look like on. On my face, I used the 1028 Moisture Infusion CC Essence Cream SPF30 PA++. I freaking love this CC Cream. It feels very lightweight and not tacky on the skin at all. Just one thin layer gives decent coverage – it conceals all my redness (which is a huge problem for me!) and evens out my skin tone. It doesn’t look cakey at all either. The finish of this CC Cream is a beautiful soft, natural, glowy finish. And when I say glowy, I don’t mean greasy glowy. It just has a super beautiful radiant finish. I’m in love with the gorgeous finish, can you tell? Haha. The only downside to this is that it has quite a strong perfume-like scent, which does bother me a little bit and something you should keep in mind if you’re sensitive to fragrances. The scent doesn’t linger when you put it on your face though.

    To set my CC Cream, I used their famous 1028 Ultimate Oil Control Powder. This powder is known to control oil without drying out the skin by transforming the excess oil into a natural glow. If you have dry to normal skin, this would be amazing on you. However, since I have combination skin that leans more toward the oily side, I find that it doesn’t mattify my face enough. I like that it doesn’t make the skin look cakey and the finish is a beautiful matte but not flat look. It still leaves a little bit of a glow peeking through. By a couple of hours wear, my face tends to get shiny again. It’s very easy to retouch though, so if you have oily skin and don’t mind retouching throughout the day, this is a gorgeous powder with a beautiful finish.

    1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy

    On my eyebrows, I used the 1028 Longwear Eyebrow Definer in 02 Dark Brown. This eyebrow pencil has quite a chunky tip in the shape of a rhombus which makes doing my eyebrows a lot faster. Even though it has a chunky tip, the edge of the tip is very thin and can make very precise lines when doing the tail of the eyebrows. The eyebrow pencil is the middle ground between hard and soft and is quite pigmented so it’s quite easy to go overboard. But the grooming spoolie on the other end works well to blend out the product seamlessly, leaving a natural finish.

    In the second makeup look, I used the 1028 Infinity Longwear Black Eyeliner. This eyeliner blew me away! It’s very comparable to my favourite eyeliner, the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. The eyeliner has a brush tip, much like the KVD, and is very easy to use. It’s very pigmented and goes on very black in just one swipe. Not only that, it lasts the entire day on my oily eyelids! Love!

    For my lashes, I used the 1028 Miracle Extension Mascara. In makeup looks 2 and 3, I did use a pair of falsies though just to amp up the makeup look. But this mascara is a pretty decent mascara. It doesn’t volumise much, but it is very lengthening and separating. It doesn’t look clumpy at all. The formula is very dark and long lasting. This is also waterproof so it doesn’t sweat off throughout the day. Eventhough it is waterproof, it is quite easy to remove with just warm water.

    1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy Brownie Eye Makeup Kit

    The star of this whole post is none other than the 1028 Brownie Eyeshadow Kit. This eyeshadow palette contains 6 neutral shades. It has a nice mix of light, medium and dark neutral shades. These eyeshadows are also very pigmented and easily blendable. The only downside to this palette is that all of the shades are shimmery and I usually like to have at least one matte blending crease shade in my palettes. I used shade 1 as my brow bone highlight in all the looks. So without further ado, lets check out the 3 different makeup looks that you can do with just 1 neutral palettte!

    1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy | Neutral, Everyday Look 1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy | Neutral, Everyday Look

    For Day-to-Day Wear: Natural, Soft Neutral Eye

    If you’re an everyday eyeshadow gal, this one’s for you! For me, if I’m just feeling like wearing eyeshadow through a normal day, I like to just define my eyes a little bit. To brighten up my eyes, I use a slightly brigther than skintone shade (shade 2 in the palette) all over my lids and in my inner corners. Then, with a darker colour (shade 6), I apply that to the outer 1/3 of my lids. This creates more dimension on my eyes. On an everyday basis, I’m usually too lazy (or have not enough time in the morning because I snooze my alarm way too many times) to do a precise eyeliner look.  I like using a dark eyeshadow (shade 4) and just applying it near my lashline to add more dimension to my eyes and also make my eyelashes look fuller.

    1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy | Full Glam, Smokey Eye 1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy | Full Glam, Smokey Eye

    For Events/Night Outs: Full Glam, Smokey Eye

    This is probably the makeup look I do the most because I usually only do eyeshadow if I have an event to go to. For a full glam, smokey look, I like to apply the second darkest colour from the palette (shade 4) all over my eyelids to create a smokey base. Then, I concentrate the darkest shade from the palette (shade 6) on the outer V to create a more smokey, winged out look. With a light champagne colour (shade 3), I apply that to the ball of my lids right in the centre to brighten my eye look a little bit. Also, I highlight my inner corners with a bright colour (shade 2).

    1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy | Dramatic, Halo Eye 1 Neutral Palette, 3 Makeup Looks | 1028 Visual Therapy | Dramatic, Halo Eye

    For a Dramatic Look: Dark Halo Eye

    Halo eye makeup looks have become a huge trend recently and for good reason. It adds just the perfect amount of light and shadow to really brighten and enlarge the eyes. For this makeup look, I start by adding a dark colour (shade 4) on both the inner 1/3 and outer 1/3 of my eyelids. Then, using a fluffy blending brush, I blend out the edges before applying a light champagne colour (shade 3) to the centre of my lids. To add more light and shadow, I applied a dark shade (shade 6) on the outer half of my lower lashline and a bright colour (shade 2) on the inner corners, also bringing it along the inner half of my lower lashline.

    So there you have it! Three different makeup looks for three different styles of makeup, all using one neutral palette! This doesn’t just apply to this palette, but to any other palettes that you might have too. If you’re interested, you can find 1028 Visual Therapy products at key Watson’s.

    Also, if you’re a beauty blogger based in Malaysia, head on over and join The Butterfly Project! The founder, the lovely Tammy from Plus Size Kitten, and the other Butterflies are amazing! Not only that, you get to apply to and join campaigns just like this one, events, and other blogging opportunities 🙂

    1028 Visual Therapy:

    https://www.facebook.com/1028MY

    http://www.watsons.com.my/1028

    The Butterfly Project Malaysia:

    http://www.butterflyproject.my/

    http://www.facebook.com/ButterflyProjectMalaysia/

    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

    *Products were sent to me to craft an informative article. A huge thanks to 1028 Visual Therapy and The Butterfly Project Malaysia for the amazing opportunity. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. You can read my full disclosure here.
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    Mamonde Floral Hydro | Long-Lasting Hydration

    Hello, friends! This post marks the start of a long list of blog posts coming at you! Today’s post is a review on the Mamonde Floral Hydro skincare range. If you have never heard of Mamonde, they are a popular Korean beauty brand that launched in Malaysia last August. Their name, Mamonde, is French for “My World”. That, and their tagline, “Inspired By Flowers” are the perfect representation of their brand because their beauty products have a key flower ingredient in them. The key flower ingredient in this Mamonde Floral Hydro range is Narcissus flower, also known as the Daffodil.

    After studying 45 different types of Narcissus flowers, the Dutch Master and the Multivotine were chosen as the key floral ingredients in this new Mamonde Floral Hydro range. This is because the Dutch Master and the Multivotine has the highest Moisture Storage Power and Moisture Circulation Power, respectively. The bulb of the Dutch Master with its high Moisture Storage Power has the capability to accumulate moisture and nutrients that give the plant its elasticity to grow in the dry, desert climate. Also, the Moisture Circulation Power of the Multivotine shows the capability of one single bulb to produce flowers on its own stalk by transferring moisture absorbed and stored from soil through its stem.

    With these properties, the Mamonde Floral Hydro range is developed using the Water Cycle™. The Water Cycle™ locks in and sustain moisture in the skin. As the moisture circulates, it spreads evenly to hydrate each part of the skin. Then, the storage properties of the multivotine keeps the skin continuously hydrated.

    Mamonde Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner

    1. Mamonde Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner (RM89/150ml)

    This Mamonde Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner is the star product of this whole range. This product is basically an ampoule and a toner in one. It has the benefits of an ampoule, and the penetration of a toner. The texture of this ampoule toner is super cool. It has a special Ampoule Texture Technology, in which it pumps out as a thick, ampoule texture, but spreads out into a watery toner texture that absorbs immediately onto the skin. It doesn’t leave a film on the skin and doesn’t feel tacky or greasy. Not only that, a little bit of this goes a long way. Two pumps is all I need for my entire face. I’ve been using this twice a day for almost two months now and I’m not even halfway through the bottle.

    I freaking love this stuff! Now I believe in Love at First Sight (or more accurately, love at first use haha). I LOVE the texture and how fast it absorbs into my skin. Not only that, it also feels very cooling and lightweight on the skin. After I put this on, my skin is instantly refreshed, cooled and hydrated. I highly recommend this product to everyone, even if you have oily skin! I have combination skin that leans more toward the oily side, and this works fantastic on my skin! My skin feels moisturised and I don’t get dry patches on my cheeks anymore. The best part? It didn’t break me out, woohoo!

    I honestly love everything about this Mamonde Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner! I love the formula, the results I got, and I’m also in love with the packaging.

    PROS:

    ♡ Very reasonably priced

    ♡ A little bit goes a long way

    ♡ Absorbs immediately

    ♡ Very hydrating, without feeling greasy

    ♡ Doesn’t break me out

    CONS:

    None.

    Mamonde Floral Hydro Emulsion

    2. Mamonde Floral Hydro Emulsion (RM89/150ml)

    I’m typically not a huge fan of emulsions because they’re usually greasy-feeling. However, this Mamonde Floral Hydro Emulsion just feels like a huge gulp of water for my skin. The actual product pumps out as a milky texture which spreads into a light watery texture, much like the ampoule toner. Also similar to the ampoule toner, it absorbs into the skin very quickly. In the morning, I usually stop at this step because I don’t like having too many layers on my face in the hot, humid environment here in Malaysia. It leaves my skin feeling fresh, moisturised and soft without leaving any greasiness that emulsions usually do.

    PROS:

    ♡ Absorbs easily into the skin

    ♡ Lightweight, not greasy

    ♡ Hydrating 

    Skin feels soft after use

    CONS:

    None.

    Mamonde Floral Hydro Eye Gel Cream

    3. Mamonde Floral Hydro Eye Gel Cream (RM99/20ml)

    I LOVE eye creams because I came into this beautiful world with two dark bags under my eyes that makes me look like I haven’t slept in days. People usually don’t believe this until I show them a picture of myself at like, 5, with the same eyebags I have today, haha. Because of this, if I don’t use eye creams religiously, little tiiiiiny lines will appear on the inner part of my eye bags, aging me at least 5 years. This Mamonde Floral Hydro Gel Cream is an intense hydrating eye cream in a gel formula.

    The consistency of this product is a thick gel formula that changes to a watery texture as you apply it. It is very moisturising and I don’t get the fine lines when I use this. It’s a lightweight eye cream but it does leave a little bit of a greasy film, which isn’t the best to apply makeup on top of. Because of this, I only use this at night and leave it to work its magic overnight. If you have a very dry under eye area, this will be amazing! However, if you already have oily skin, I might skip out on this for the morning time.

    PROS:

    ♡ Deeply moisturising

    ♡ Lightweight

    ♡ Works well to remove fine lines due to dryness

    CONS:

    ♡ Leaves a slightly greasy film

    Mamonde Floral Hydro Cream

    4. Mamonde Floral Hydro Cream (RM109/50ml)

    Honestly, when I saw the word “cream” in this Mamonde Floral Hydro Cream, I was a bit like meh. Cream and oily skin is not a very good combination. At all. But after trying it on my hand, I was pleasantly surprised. Much like I was with Korean food haha (I mean, everything looks so red and spicy but it’s one of my favourite foods now). The texture is a very light gel cream, and it also turns into a watery texture when applied. It is, again, like the rest of the products from this range, very moisturising and feels cooling on the skin. It absorbs into the skin very quickly and it doesn’t leave a greasy film. You can definitely feel that you’ve applied something on your face, which is normal since it hydrates your skin while also forming a barrier to prevent your skin from losing moisture.

    PROS:

    ♡ Very moisturising

    ♡ Lightweight, not greasy

    ♡ Cooling, absorbs quickly into skin

    ♡ Forms a barrier to prevent moisture loss

    CONS:

    None.

    All the products in this range have a mild fragrance that smells fresh. It’s nothing too overpowering and it doesn’t linger. It doesn’t bother me personally, but if you’re sensitive to fragrance, it’s something to keep in mind 🙂

    Overall, I think this new Mamonde Floral Hydro range is amazing! I would highly recommend the Mamonde Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner (my fave!) and also the Mamonde Floral Hydro Emulsion. This whole range works well for my combination-oily skin, and it also worked really well on the dry parts of my face too! If you’re looking for a new skincare range, and you like something very hydrating and yet lightweight, I think this would be a good range of products to try!

    Mamonde Malaysia:

    www.mamondegarden.my

    www.facebook.com/mamonde.my

    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

    *This product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. You can read my full disclosure here.
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    Mon Cheri Lumiere Complexion Pore Refiner & Petale CC Cover

    Hello, friends! You might have noticed that I took a break for quite a bit. It was a crazy semester at uni, but truth be told, I just really need to get my shit together and get organised. In other news, I have an exciting announcement! My sister, Sockwun, who blogs over at ExtraExtravagant, will be joining the Beauty Nerd By Night family soon! We both blog about beauty so we thought it’d be a great idea to run this blog together so that we can share reviews on products that are targeted for different skin types (and skin tones!).  She’ll be posting her first review very soon so that’s exciting! 🙂 Anyway, back to today’s blog post: a review of the Mon Cheri Lumiere Complexion & Pore Refiner Instant Pore Eraser and the Mon Cheri Petale CC Cover.

    Mon Cheri reached out to me a month or two back and asked if I would like to try out their Mon Cheri Lumiere Complexion & Pore Refiner Instant Pore Eraser and also their Petale CC Cover. I immediately said yes because an instant pore eraser sounds amazing (and also too good to be true if I’m honest, so I had to try it out for myself)! I’m also always looking for a good base, and Mon Cheri has such pretty packaging!

    Mon Cheri Lumiere Complexion & Pore Refiner Instant Pore Eraser (RM110/30ml)

    Active Ingredients

    The Lumiere Complexion & Pore Refiner has the marine active ingredient, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, which helps protect the skin with its anti photo-aging, anti-wrinkle and anti-inflammatory properties. Not only that, this main ingredient also helps to keep the skin moisturised and protects it against daily pollution. The other active ingredients work together to brighten skin with its antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties that will help to enhance skin luminosity and radiance. Last but not least, the active ingredients provide photo-protection to prevent skin cell damage from harmful UV rays.

    Packaging

    Can we just take some time and appreciate this packaging? The tube is super sleek with some floral designs, and a rose gold cap. But hold on! The cap is not just any cap, though! You don’t have to remove the cap, it has a ‘twist-to-activate’ cap and you just squeeze out the desired amount. I love this little feature because it keeps the product inside clean and last longer because air doesn’t get into it. This primer can be worn under makeup, or worn alone for a soft, velvety finish.

    Texture

    The primer itself has a thick, silicone-y texture, much like the Benefit Porefessional. When you apply it, it goes on a little bit oily feeling, but it smooths out into a powdery texture in a couple of seconds. This Mon Cheri Instant Pore Eraser goes on smoothly and blends out well without clinging to any dry parts of my face (which is a problem I find with the Benefit Porefessional).

    Does it Work?

    As for the pore erasing properties, this is THE BEST PORE ERASER I’VE EVER TRIED! I have very noticeable pores on and around my nose area (it’s like the freaking moon up close). This helps to fill in my pores and creates a smooth base for my makeup. After applying this, it doesn’t just make my skin look smoother, but feel much softer too. I will say that it definitely doesn’t make my pores disappear completely, but it is a HUGE improvement. On days where I’m not feeling up to wearing foundation, I just apply this all over my face. It gives a gorgeous velvety, soft finish and absorbs any excess oil.

    Mon Cheri Petale CC Cover (RM135)

    Packaging

    This Petale CC Cover is a “cushion” CC cream that is supposed to give you a soft, velvety finish. If you guys haven’t noticed, I am obsessed with cushions everything. I think they’re so convenient and so easy to carry around. My only problem with cushions is that they dry out way too quickly. This compact has an air-tight stopper that keeps it from drying out. Not only that, the actual “cushion” is a mesh which works really well to dispense just the right amount of product onto the puff. The air puff in this Petale CC Cover works well to apply and blend the product, so you don’t have to use a beautyblender.

    Shade, Coverage & Finish

    The Mon Cheri Petale CC Cream is available in five colours. I got the shade Yellow Beige, which is around shade #23 in Korean base products, or around a NC25-30. This product goes on the skin very lightweight and evenly. It’s more on the liquidy side of CC Creams, which I like. This does not cling on any dry parts and also does not accentuate fine lines and pores. The only downside to this is the coverage. It’s light, but buildable to medium coverage so if you’re someone that likes a full coverage foundation, this might not be the best. But if you’re like me and you like more of a natural, lightweight finish for everyday wear, then this perfect! It blends out evenly to give a velvety finish with a soft, healthy glow. Because it is so lightweight and soft, it looks just like skin.

    Longevity

    The Petale CC Cream feels quite moisturising on the skin, but not greasy. It just feels like a nice, cooling splash of hydration on the face. However, because of this, I feel like the longevity isn’t great. I usually get around 4 hours wear, and then find myself having to touch up (which I really don’t mind because cushions are very touch-up friendly). I like setting this with a powder and a setting spray, which extends my wear time by an extra 2 hours or so. I really like how this makes my skin look and feel though, so I don’t really mind having to touch up.

    Overall, these products are both amazing individually and when worn together! The Mon Cheri Lumiere Complexion & Pore Refiner Instant Pore Eraser is amazing if you have problems with pores. Even if you don’t wear makeup, it’s a great product to smooth over your skin for a soft finish. The Mon Cheri Petale CC Cream is amazing if you’re into natural-looking base products. It’s lightweight and has a velvety finish and a soft glow. If you’re interested in these products, Mon Cheri is currently having a promotion where you can get both of these products at RM245, and get a Gentle Cleanser for FREE! 

    Mon Cheri:

    http://www.moncheriessentials.com

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    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

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