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Review – Kiehl’s Eye Alert


Recently, I have managed to obtain a 5ml sampling size of Kiehl’s Eye Alert when I was doing some window shopping. What tempted me to try this product is the claim – ‘Energy Booster to Combat Puffiness and Dark Circles’ on the packaging.

Although I have only slight dark eye circles and puffiness, I’m still curious to see if this eye gel can actually reduce or eliminate them.

Product claims

Our ultimate solution for eye-area fatigue after a long flight or a long night, our formula is made with cooling Cucumber and Alfalfa Extracts to energize and hydrate the thinner skin of the eye area. Its potent blend of Vitamin E and Caffeine fights fatigue as it helps combat dark circles and puffiness. With regular use, skin appears strengthened and the look of fine dehydration lines is reduced.

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Review – Ginvera Nutri White Hydrasoft Whitening Stretch Mask

My colleague has given me this free sampling of Ginvera Nutri White Hydrasoft Whitening Stretch Mask which she has obtained as goodies when she signed up at Fr3b Concept Store.

The dubious marketing message printed on the front packaging says “Instant whitening & hydrating effect with just one mask!” WOW!!! Is it too good to be true??

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Review – No Radiance From Sisley Radiant Glow Express Mask


Sisley Radiant Glow Express Mask, with red clay, is yet another disappointed Sisley product I have tested so far. It is claimed to provide deep cleansing and instantly eliminates impurities and dullness. Help smooth and soften your complexion. Promote a matte, luminous and healthy skin.

Product claims

A more even, shine-free, luminous complexion and spectacular radiance, all in just 5 minutes. The extraordinary absorption capacity of a special blend of Clays, combined with plant extracts (Licorice, Matricaria and Rose hips) and essential oils, gives this mask gentle deep-cleansing benefits to eliminate the impurities which dull the complexion.


Sisley Radiant Glow Express Mask contains mainly water, wax, emollient, clay and thickeners. It contains rosa canina fruit extract which is good emollient that has antioxidant properties. 

But it contains chlorhexidine (a topical antiseptic), rosemary extract and linalool which can cause irritation.


After 5 minutes with Sisley Radiant Glow Express Mask - The first thing I’ve noticed is my skin feels matte, dull and dehydrated. I guess it is probably due to the clay potion and I reckon it may not be suitable for dry skin type. I’m just wondering how would Sisley creates a product with main focus is to create radiance skin and yet result with a matte and dry looking finish. I just don’t get it.

The biggest disappointment with Sisley Radiant Glow Express Mask is that it doesn’t help to eliminates impurities, dullness or anything to achieve a spectacular radiance (on what it has claimed). There is no different between before and after the mask application. 

Sisley Radiant Glow Express Mask, for all skin types, is just another ordinary mask with an extravagant price tag. So my advise is don’t bother to spend your money on a product which basically contains water, wax, emollient, clay, thickeners, and with not even one ingredient that can make your skin radiance.

For me if I want to achieve a radiance skin, I will probably go for a non-invasive treatment like microdermabrasion, IPL or laser treatment. These treatments have proven to show marvelous results at least.


Will I buy it? Absolutely a NO-NO!


Review – The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Facial Toner

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Facial Toner, is claimed to remove excess traces of cleanser, dirt and makeup, is suitable for oily and blemished skin.

Product review

Refreshing toner that removes excess traces of cleanser, dirt and make-up, helping to control shine and blemishes without drying the skin. With natural witch hazel to remove every last trace of make-up.

A toner or a brush cleanser?

This product was introduced by one of the beauty consultant when I was shopping for a brush cleanser which happened to run out of stock. She recommended me this product as the best alternative for makeup brush cleanser. At first, I felt resistant about using a toner as a brush cleanser but she reassure me that it is a good buy and no worry about it.

Instructions as a brush cleanser

Pour some toner onto tissue papers or towel, rub the brush onto the damp areas and rinsing is not required.

Result as a brush cleanser

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Facial Toner helps to remove dirt and makeup from the brush effectively.

Ingredient claims

Tea tree essential oil – has natural purifying antibacterial properties. Is known to help soothe blemished skin.

Witch hazel – helps to refresh the skin and reduce the appearance of puffiness.

Allantoin – soothes the skin.

The truth about the ingredients

Although tea tree oil is the key ingredient but it only contains just a trace of it. It is primarily water, surfactant and preservative.

It contains some skin-irritants such as benzyl alcohol and witch hazel.

Result as a toner

I use this toner for my oily nose. It not only dries up my skin but also causes serious skin irritation. I also hate the antibacterial scent.

Rating as a toner

Will I buy it again? …… Never!

Review – L’oreal Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Cream SPF 18

L’oreal Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Cream SPF 18 is the first L’oreal product I have tested. Quite ordinary, I would say. There isn’t much benefits to support the ‘anti-wrinkle’ + firming’ claims.


L’oreal Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Cream SPF 18 contains a few skin-irritant ingredients like fragrance and linalool that may irritate skin. It also contains palmitic acid, a detergent cleansing agent that also creates foam and can be drying.

To support its SPF 18, it contains ingredient like titanium dioxide, as it is said to protect skin from UVA and UVB radiation and is considered to have no risk of skin irritation.

The key ingredient retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, is a combination of retinol and palmitic acid. Research has shown that it can be effective as an antioxidant and skin-cell regulator. But I guess, this is the only ingredient in the product, that may help to firm up and prevent wrinkles, that is beneficial to the skin. But don’t expect the skin will improve much as the ingredient percentage may not be sufficient to see the result.


Very lightweight, non-oily. After application, my skin doesn’t feel oily even after few hours later.


No visible improvement on wrinkle and firming.


Will I buy it again? …… Never!


Review – Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15


Murad was founded by Howard Murad, M.D., the renowned Los Angeles dermatologist who has studied the effects of the environment on skin and ageing for thirty years.

Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15 contains a hydrator, an antioxidant and a skin soother, is the first Murad product I have bought and tested. One of the reason that tempted me to buy this product, as this is one of the few Vitamin C eye cream that is available in the market.


One of the key ingredient, Ascorbyl Palmitate, is a stable and non-acidic form of Vitamin C that is effective as an antioxidant. It is said to provide maximum protection against free radicals and helps to soften appearance of fine lines and dark eye circles

Other unique active ingredients include Caffeine and Tiger’s Herb. Caffeine is claimed to reduce under eye puffiness and Tiger’s Herb helps to stimulates collagen synthesis and improves skin elasticity, therefore firms up the skin. Retinyl Palmitate and Retinol, both are form of vitamin A, are researched to be effective as an antioxidant and skin-cell regulator that improves skin structure. It also contains Tocopheryl Acetate (form of vitamin E) and Shorea Stenoptera Butter, a rich emollient, delivers intense hydration while preventing moisture loss.

In my opinion

To be honest, the effectiveness will very much depend on the amount of these active ingredients in the product. If the percentage is very minimum, you will hardly be able to see the result you want.


The downside of this product is that it lacks the necessary UVA-protecting ingredients of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone, Tinosorb or Mexoryl SX.


The texture is lightweight but slightly cakey.


After application, it doesn’t provide enough moisturizing after effect. No visible improvement was shown. 


Will I buy it again? …… No No!


Murad is available at Seiyu Bugis