Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Review: Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

Today I'm gonna put up a review on Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner which I started using about 3 months back.

I got totally no idea why did I buy this in the first place since my skin concern is never about pore minimizing/ pore refining. Furthermore, the price is also not that really wallet-friendly, at the cost of RM 79.90 if I'm not mistaken. Maybe it's because of the unique packaging it has. God knows. ;)


First of all, the name is rather weird. It is suppose to work like a toner, but they decided to name it a freshner, which I think should be spelled as "freshener" anyway.

And here's the list of benefits that it promised to give:
(1) Deep cleanses pores: This is true as I usually see dirt on the cotton pad even after double cleansing
(2) Maintain pH 4.5 ± 1: Not sure about this as I do not have the device to measure skin pH. I thought the normal skin pH should be around 5.5? Correct me if I'm wrong.
(3) Control a large amount of the sebum: Could not comment on this as I do not have a large amount of sebum to start with.
(4) Minimize appearance of pores: Same as above. I do not have large pores usually.
(5) Refine the skin tones: Definitely not. I do not feel any improvement in my skin tone. Instead, my skin texture became rough and dry after using this. And it also gives a tingling sensation during application, which makes me feel worried that it might burn my skin.
(6) Keep the elasticity of pores: I don't really understand this statement by the way.
(7) Moisturize inside and outside of skin: As stated above in (5), this product dries out my skin. So it's a big no no.

This is the unique packaging I was talking about. You just need to place a cotton pad on the dispensing platform and push it down. This will pump up the fluid automatically to soak the cotton pad.

The dispensing method is perfectly designed for the big 500ml bottle as we do not need to pick up the heavy bottle every time we want to get the product out. This will definitely prevent our biceps from building up :p

My Verdict:  ★☆☆☆☆

-only gives 1 out of 7 benefits it claimed
-makes my skin worse
-tingling sensation during application is totally unpleasant
-relatively more expensive
-takes forever to finish up the bottle

Repurchase? A big NO NO!!!

I know that many girls out there had benefited from this product. However, for something that has so many negative feedback from me, there is no other choice than to kiss it goodbye. So I gave it to my sister and truly hope that it can do good to her skin. It was my fault after all to simply buy things that I do not need.

Byebye Wonder Pore Freshner. Your place is gonna be replaced by Haruhada Sake Skin Lotion from today onwards and I shall never see you again on my dressing table.

Have you tried the Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner? Did it make your skin better or worse?

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Kose: My 2013 Birthday Haul!

It's been 3 weeks since my birthday.

For a majority of the female population, the biggest event around the birthday month is to fulfill their dream of becoming a shopaholic while enjoying various members' privileges!

As for the year 2013, I've decided to splurge on Kose products. I've been eyeing on their new lotion mist and sun protect gel ever since I learned about their official launches in Malaysia. And finally it has arrived in Ipoh now!

I absolutely love the texture of this Kose Sun Protect Gel after trying out a few times at the Kose counter. It is a very light weight sunscreen which also provides moisturizing benefit to your skin. The skin feels less oily and happier when using this as compared to their older version of medicated sun protector. It also provides high protection against both UVA and UVB with it's SPF 50 and PA +++.

During this promotion period, I've got myself 4x30g of the Kose Sun Protect Gel at the cost of RM52 each, with 4 free foldable umbrellas! The birthday girl was overjoyed with this deal! ^^


Next item I bought was the Kose Sekkisei lotion mist. I was told by the BA that it contains the same ingredient as their top seller Sekkisei lotion, which I've been using as lotion mask for quite some time. It is very convenient to bring along with you and spray it on whenever the skin needs a boost of moisture or feeling tired. Furthermore, it wouldn't smear our makeup at all, but instead helps to fix the makeup for a longer period! It is also travel-friendly with the 50ml packaging size.

I got 3 of this limited edition at the price of RM49 each and has been using it for the past 3 weeks. How I wish that it will be on the shelf forever!


Then comes the Intellige Sebum Remover Mask (a.k.a. "the-white-mask"), which their BA recommended to me as a very powerful black head remover. I've tried their Seikisho mask white (a.k.a "the-black-mask"), and loved the after effect of instantly smoothed and whitened skin. I am yet to try this out and will post my review on it later.

It is definitely a bad habit to complete my purchase with at least one other product which I don't really need or don't really going to use frequently. This time round, it was the Esprique Moist Make Up Base.

Due to my packed schedule, I usually don't have enough time for makeup before going to work. I bought this because I do not need to apply any other makeup after putting on this one. It is suppose to create a beautiful and natural complexion. I love the swatch of this on the back of my hand as it was not thick as foundation, easy to spread, with the plus points that my skin appears brightened with a healthy glow!

So here is the total purchase for my 2013 birthday. The very kind BA also gave me a sample of the new Sekkisei supreme whitening herbal oil to try out.

Join the Kose Snowy Club now to enjoy 5x reward points for all purchases during your birthday month! Reward points will be accumulated for gift redemption. I'm soon getting a full size Sekkisei liquid face wash with my reward points accumulated last year :) Can't wait to collect it from the counter this week!