21 July 2014

Review: Meishoku Porerina Cleansing Gel

Hello! ~ Today I will review the Meishoku Porerina Cleansing Gel for you, which is a nose cleansing gel. This is probably a product most of you have not heard of before, as Meishoku isn't exactly one oft he most famous Japanese brands in the west. It caught my attention because of its cute packing, which is a 30g tube with baby pink and baby blue stripes on it. The tube contains the kind of weird slogan "When the pores are clean, the mind dances. Porerina will make you happy." I can already tell you that it did not make me happy at all.

Meishoku Porerina Cleansing Gel Review

The Meishoku Porerina Cleansing Gel is a pore nose cleaning product consisting of a thermal gel combined with orange oil. It claims to remove blackheads and dirt of skin completely and close pores tightly. It's a semi-transparent gel with a slight yellowish hue to it and a citrus-like scent.

Meishoku Porerina Cleansing Gel Review

Meishoku claims that this gel turns hot once in contact with water. Then the heat is supposed to open your skin's pores and sweep them of dirt instantly. You don't need to squeeze out any blackheads or whiteheads from your nose. After washing your face, you apply a proper amount of the product to cover your nose and massage it for 30 seconds and then rinse it off with water. You are supposed to repeat the step 1-2 times each week.  
However, I think "hot" is a huge overstatement. The gel turns mildly warm at best and, no matter how much I wished for it to be otherwise, I have to admit that I could not see any effect at all after using this product. There was no reduction in bleakheads right after using it, my pores did not appear any smaller. I tried to check the gel on my nose for any signs of removed blackheads, but nope, nothing either. Even after using this product constantly for several weeks, there was no visible improvement.

What's there left to say? This product simply doesn't work for me. Not at all. I don't seem to have much luck with nose cleanings products, but after checking out the few reviews of this product that I could find online, I noticed that I am not the only one. Every single blogger who tried this out shared my opinion on this, so don't waste your money on this product.

Pretty packing

Doesn't really get hot
No effect at all

14 July 2014

Review: Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing Powder Wash

Hello! ~ This is a review of the Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing Powder Wash. I have tried multiple cleansing products with baking powder before, like the Etude House Baking Powder BB Deep Cleansing Foam, the Etude House Baking Powder Pore Cleansing Cream or the Missha Green Tea Powder Wash with Baking Powder and liked all of them, so I was curious about trying out more products with this ingredient. The Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing Powder Wash comes in a 65ml plastic bottle. The packing design is cute, but nothing special.

Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing Powder Wash Review
Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing Powder Wash Review

This facial cleanser contains ingredients like baking soda (baking powder), papain enzyme, tea tree oil and with hazel and is supposed to deep clean and moisturize your skin and remove dead skin cells. It is formulated with carbonated water, which is supposed to add minerals to your skin. Baking powder can help balance your skin's ph level and is said to help with acne.

Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing Powder Wash Review

The cleanser consists of a white powder with a few blue grains. I thought it would be similar to the Missha Green Tea Powder Wash with Baking Powder, but while the Missha one was a fine powder, just like baking powder, this one is more coarse. It has a very strong citrus-like scent to it, which I did not like at all, but you only really notice it if you smell the powder directly. The scent doe snot linger on your face.

Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing Powder Wash Review

You take a small amount of the powder into your hand and and then just add a bit off water. You can create a lathe by mixing it in your hands, but just applying it on your face like this, and then mixing it together while massaging it into your face works just as well. At first I thought that this method of using it was a bit inconvenient, but after a few times I got used to it and did not mind.

Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing Powder Wash Review

Apparently you can also use this product as a face mask, by using double the amount of powder, but I never tried this.

The Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing Powder Wash works okay for me. I was a bit worried that it would be irritating my skin, because of the big grains, but once mixed with water the grains dissolve into lathe and only the blue grains remain, which add to a nice and mild peeling-effect, but don't irritate my skin. It helps removing my daily makeup thoroughly, but it didn't improve my skin condition noticeably regarding my breakouts, which is alright for me, because no product ever did, so I did not expect it. I have become very modest with my demands regarding facial cleansers and am grateful if my skin conditions doesn't get any worse when I try out a new product.

Thoroughly cleansing / Makeup removal
Content lasts really long

No English description
No noticeable skin improvement
Strong citrus scent

10 July 2014

Shopping: Taobao & AliExpress

Hello!~ It has been a while since my last shopping post. I simply haven't bought all that much lately (I really have way too many clothes already) and it was never worth to make a post because of one single item, but now I have a collected a few things I want to show again.

I bought this coat from Loveable Secrets on AliExpress. This was my first experience with this store and I don't have any complains whatsoever. The jacket is just like I expected, looks exactly as on the picture and is overall just great. The store is selling all kinds of different clothes, though most aren't Mori Girl-style clothes.

This lovely handmade hairpin is from a Taobao seller called never-more. The shop mostly offers clothes, but also a few Mori Girl suitable accessories from time to time. It's attached to a solid, bronze-colored bobby-pin, cute and well made and was around $5, so rather cheap. The store itself isn't really a Mori Girl-themed one, but all clothes they sell look quite interesting, so, if you aren't into Mori Girl fashion, you still might want to take a look around.

This skirt is from a store I bought before, one of my most favorite on Aliexpress - Forest Girl Fans. The skirt is just perfect, very well-made, beautiful, unique and fitting my style so well. Probably one of my most favorite skirts ever! If you are into Mori Girl fashion and have not checked out this store before, I recommend you do it now. While I do experience problems with AliExpress sellers quite often, I never had any problems with this store and they also ship out the items pretty much immediately after they get the payment.

This is another item I bought from forest Girl fans, though I bought this from their Taobao store, as they don't always offer all of their items on AliExpress. While my experience with the shop was great, as ever, and the product is of good quality, I was not too happy with this as I thought this would actually be a proper jacket. I thought it would be of thicker material, but this is actually a rather light jacket, maybe for spring and autumn, that doesn't do much for keeping you warm. It's still nice, but since I already have a ton of light cardigans, I would not have bought it if I knew what it was. That's what you get from not being able to understand any Chinese item descriptions. ;)

I am still not really buying much new clothes, so I think it will probably be a long while till my next shopping post.

05 July 2014

Review: Skinfood Fresh Apple Sparkling Pore Toner

Hello! ~ This is a review of the Skinfood Fresh Apple Sparkling Pore Toner. I already reviewed the Skinfood Fresh Apple Mild Pore Peeling Gel from the same line a long time ago and loved it, so I wanted to try out more products from this line ever since. I have no idea why it took me almost 2 years to finally do so. The Skinfood Fresh Apple Sparkling Pore Toner comes in a long 160ml glass bottle with green apples on it. It's nothing fancy, but still pretty. The bottle looks identical than the one of the serum from the same line, so don't confuse these two if you want to purchase this product.

Skinfood Fresh Apple Sparkling Pore Toner Review
Skinfood Fresh Apple Sparkling Pore Toner Review

While a glass bottle makes the product appear way less "cheap" than a plastic bottle, I am not too fond of it. The bottle is really heavy and it is very hard to get product out of it in the beginning. I experienced the same with previous Skinfood toners that come in bottles: At the beginning you only get single drops out of it and it takes forever to get enough product for one cotton pad out of the bottle. Only once you have used up about 1/3 of the bottle's content, the toner starts coming out in a normal way.

The Skinfood Fresh Apple Mild Pore Toner is a "carbonated toner with fresh unripe green apple extract that cleanses soap residue and skin impurities while tightening pores."

Skinfood Fresh Apple Sparkling Pore Toner Review
If you open the label at the bottom of the bottle you get a short English explanation of the toner's main ingredients: "Unripe green apples have a bitter, astringent flour. This green apple extract helps control sebum production and tightens enlarged pores. Cho Jung sparkling water refreshes and tones skin naturally." Unfortunately there is no complete English ingredient list to be found on the product.

Skinfood Fresh Apple Sparkling Pore Toner Review

The Skinfood Fresh Apple Sparkling Pore Toner is color-less and has an apple scent to it, though it is way less noticeable than with the peeling gel. I suppose there is alcohol in it, which makes every scent less pleasant.

Skinfood Fresh Apple Sparkling Pore Toner Review

The toner works alright for me, though it isn't anything extraordinary. Maybe I was having too high expectations after the peeling gel, but this one doesn't improve my skin condition noticeable regarding all my impurities. However, it does not dry out my skin and seems to help with sebum control indeed, as my skin appears slightly less greasy while I used this product. My pores also seem alright, though they were never overly huge to begin with. A decent product, but no miracle, so I don't think I would re-purchase this. I have heard that this one works better if you combine it with other products from the same line though.

Nice scent
Helps with sebum control
Mild toner

Heavy glass bottle
Content hard to get out of bottle
No improvement on skin impurities 
No English ingredient list