Adventures with Asian Cosmetics (english version)

Janeiro 30, 2011

My skin is really fragile and this harsh winter burned my face (lips, cheeks, nose). Everything hurts even my super soft pillow sheets.

I found out that Asian skin is just as sensitive as mine and they have the same T-zone problems that I have. I filled myself with courage and a little budget and decided to purchase some comestics from an asian online store called The shipping costs  were’nt that expensive, $18 and it took 15days to arrive.

I bought 15 different products but only tried six so far.

To make thing easier I will state the product as well the experience of using, the outcome and a rating.All the images are from

1. Bio’Main Traditional Chinese Medicine sleeping Mask with Fomes japonica Spore (one sheet  $1.10)

The first thing I used was this sleeping mask. Once you open the sheet the typical smell (or stink) of Chinese traditional medicine fill the room. Since this is a sleeping mask, if you have a partner that sleeps with you maybe you should warn her/him that you will sleep with this smelly product. If he/she is used  to this smell, it’s not a big problem But I should warn you that in the morning all the bed and nightwear will continue to smell.

You apply this like you apply night cream. A generous amount should do it and you will not need to use the entire product in one night.

The proterties of the mask are extented to it’s max when you start sleeping and your body rests.

 In the next day, when I woke up, all my blackheads were visible and out, my pimples were dry and my skin felt smoother. I advise you to use it when you have a free day the next morning if you don’t want to go to work with a ski mask. Take yourself at least an hour to clean and remove all the imperfections that the mask pulled to the surface of your skin. This is really a detox mask and I would use it once a month.

Rating: 4/5 ( little instructions were given in english so I needed to search online. And even that wasn’t very helpfull, other that that this mask works really well if you can tolerate the active smell.)

2. Bio’Main Blackhead Off nose mask (one sheet $0.7)

Another product from Bio’Main, also in a sheet.

This one was a nightmare to apply. One I opened it, a thick black substance started to spread. I never tought that this would be black! It’s almost like grude, you just need to use a tiny bit of product if you can manage to put it in a reciepient.

The black mask, once applied make you look like a panda with the black spots in all the wrong places.

It says in the instructions to keep it 10-15 mintutes and then peel it off when it’s dry. I waited an hour to dry.

It stained my sink with all that black and took me forever to clean it back to it’s original white.

It didn’t work very well. Almost none of the blackheads were removed, only the big ones and it’s very messy. I still stand with the idea that Nivea and Essence Strips are the best ones to remove blackheads.

Rating- 2/5

3. Shiseido Deluxe Pore tightening Toner (150ml flask – $7.7)

 Many of you are thinking “Shiseido???? less that 10 bucks??? NO WAY”.

Deluxe is a brand from the Shiseido group, that only sells in Asian markets. It first appeared in the 30’s, when japanese economy was rising and the rst of the world suffered from the Great Depression.

It was intended to be a high class luxury brand with premium quality by the Shiseido standards. With the evolution of comestics and the appearance of high demand for specific products, such as wrinkles and firming, the Deluxe brand lost it’s glory without loosing quality. It is now an affordable brand but with the Shiseido quality stamp.

This toner comes in a glass flask wich is a huge plus for me in a ecological era of non-plastic. Plus, the flask is really pretty and after used it can work for other purposes.

It smells like a regular toner, no fancy or disgusting odor here. It’s really mild, suitable for sensitive skin like mine.

About the quality of reducing the pores, I don’t know if it only because of this toner, since I use a night cream an a cleansing gel with that purpose too.

Rating: 4.5/5 (Works well, leaves skin smooth and fresh and it has the vintage look that I adore)

4. Searun Magma Toner (30ml – $7.7)

The best toner I used so far!

This Japanese brand prouds itself of not using any parabens, artifitial gas, color, preservative, perfume or any artifitial altered chemicals. It’s all 100% natural ingredients!

Plus, they believe that we are preventing our skin to regenerate by using chemical products in our skin thus accelerating the appearence of wrinkles, pimples and unbalacing the skin natural beauty.

Their products also have the ability of “antioxidating” the water we use. We all know the danger of brinking tap water and it’s cloride but we use it to take bath and washing ourselves. The skin is the largest organ we have and it has an amasing ability of absorving everything! So we don’t dink cloride but we absove it anyway by washing ourselves. The powders, salts and toner of Searun Magma reduce the cloride levels of water, helping our skin to restore it’s balance. ( Very Zen!)

This is a really small bottle and because of the natural perservatives (Rosemary flower) it needs to be consumed within 2 months. I have been using their toner during the day and the Shiseido at night.

The liquid is thick and jelly-type and you don’t need to use a cotton pad to apply it. It is odor-less too. They recomend using it all day, when you start to feel your skin dehidrated apply it to the areas of most need.

Dispite the ugly face of the lady in the packaging, you start after two or three days to see your face more radiant, smooth and with less oily and dry areas.

Rating- 5/5 (It’s a bit expensive for a small bottle but worth every peny!)

5. Shiils Licorice Refining Night Jelly (50ml – $7.8)

The biggest problem I found with night creams is that in the next morning we woke up with our face looking like a disco ball. This doesn’t happen with this jelly.

Shills is a korean brand specially designed for your skin and all its problems.

It’s super easy to apply and the jelly-substance blends nicely in the skin. This have whitening properties too but my face is already Snow-white type so I don’t mind extra whiteness. I think that the tube doesn’t have 50ml but for less that $8 that isn’t a big deal either.

Rating: 4/5

6. IsQueen High Definition BB Cream mini set (2 small tubes for $7.7)

I’ve heard so much about BB Creams: they’re oily, they’re great, they don’t cover well, they don’t match ou skin tone and so on.

I decided to try this set of BB creams from the japanese brand IsQueen to see for myself. The price is tagged for almost $8 but I got them on sale for $3.8.

IsQueen was pioneer in introducing NANO TECNOLOGY on their beauty products to prolong and maximize the effects.

BB cream stands for Blemish Balm if you’re curious.

When I recieved it and noticed how small the tubes are I tought that if they didn’t have that sale I wouldn’t buy it again.

The tubes are like lipgloss tubes. They had two different colors: one Natural and one Whitening. The Natural is to yellowish for my skin tone but if you don’t know for sure it’s best to buy this pack and try the color that best suits you.

I use the lighter one almost every day. It has SPF 18 so I don’t need to add sunscreen.

It blends nicely and you don’t need to add much to full coverage. It evens my skin and hides under eye circles and redness (burned cheeks sucks). I don’t even need to use my concealer from Cargo!

This BB cream is not greasy and gives my skin a natural glow.

I use it as a primer, if I used it as a foundation without any other powder I would look “Family Adams” White. I use my Benefit Some-kind-of-gorgeous foundation faker on top that has a translucent shade.

As eyeprimer is works really well, all the pigments from M.A.D that I’m trying stick and last a long time and my veins are concealed.

I love this BB cream, my face, for the first time, doesn’t need photoshop or “beauty mode” pictures. Talk about movie star effect!

Note that, this works for me but it may not work for your skin tone. If you’re interested in trying some BBcream, the best is to buy sample sized and find the ones that works best for you.

For now It’s all. Next I will review the M.A.D pigments I mentioned!

XoXo M

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