Which App are you loving today?

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You may have seen it, you may not have. It’s Pixlr-o-matic! Alright, how should I pronounce it… Pixel-ro-matic? Pixleromatic? Pix…Okay, whatever.

Anyways, this is another great app to add some nice effects to your photos at zero cost. I’ve been trying quite a few apps (like 20 over camera apps?) and this is one of the better ones out there.

Before

After

So tell me, which app are you lovin’ today? ;P

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Silk Whitia Highly-Concentrated Collagen Hydrating Mask

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Description:

The collagen hydrating mask provides the skin of the face with instant moisture and nourishment. Ideal for all skin types.

I find the statement ‘Ideal for all skin types’ a little confusing as it later says ‘Do not apply on sensitive skin’. Hmmm….??? I still went ahead since I didn’t have any skin irritation issues with previous Silk Whitia Masks.

Application

Place the hydrating mask onto cleansed skin and leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes, then remove and rinse face with water. Use daily for best results.

Content

N.M.F. nature moisturizing factor, V-E, V-C, Hydrolipid matrix, stearic acid, Propylene glycol, Glyceryl monostearate.

What’s N.M.F.? I did a search and it says that…

Natural Moisturizing Factors are a group of compounds found in the corneocytes – cells in the stratum corneum, the top layer of the epidermis. These compounds are water-soluble and act as humectants that helps the stratum corneum stay hydrated, and assist in maintaining the skin’s barrier properties. NMFs make up an expansive group of ingredients that include amino acids, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, cholesterol, fatty acids, triglycerides, phospholipids, glycosphingolipids, urea, linoleic acid, glycosaminoglycans, glycerin, mucopolysaccharide, and sodium PCA (pyrrolidone carboxylic acid).

Information obtained from: Cosmeticscop.com, About.com, Susan’s blog

I’m not sure which NMFs are used in this case as it doesn’t specify the individual components. V-E is most probably Vitamin E and V-C is Vitamin C.

What about hydrolipid matrix? I wasn’t able to gather much information about this except that a certain hydrolipid matrix is used in Artistry products which helps to maintain optimum moisture balance, and the protective layer of hydrolipid film on our skin is also known as the acid mantle.

The other ingredients are less interesting so I shall move on…

Oh wait, I just realised there isn’t ‘collagen’ in the ingredient list. It’s probably part of the hydrolipid matrix?? Hmmm…

Anyways, the experience with this mask was rather pleasant other than the poor fit, as with the previous Silk Whitia masks.

Here’s a comparison between Face Q and Silk Whitia masks

Face Q’s on the LEFT.  Silk Whitia’s on the RIGHT.

Likes

Lightly scented

Well-soaked with essence

Gentle enough on my sensitive skin

Skin feels sufficiently hydrated until the next morning!

Dislikes

Poor fit. A bit too wide at the sides. I made 2 slits on mask to make the hole for the lips bigger, so, yeah! No essence-tasting session this time.

2 new pimples popped up the next day which were situated at weird places – one on the hairline and the other near my temple. I’m not sure if it’s due to the mask as I’ve rinsed off the essence as instructed.

Overall, I’ll give this a 3.5/5

Repurchase?

I guess I’ll probably repurchase this as I like how it kept my skin hydrated. Then again, I’ll have to monitor and see if this mask is really the cause for those lil’ zits.

This Week I Read / 8

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Got some stalks of flowers lying around in your house and you’re clueless about how to deal with them other then dipping them into a vase of water? Here’s a useful tip by Adrienne on ‘How to make your cut flowers last longer’

Looking for new nail art inspirations? Ling teaches you how to get that cute Moo on your nails over at The Best Beauty Blog. It’s really adorable!!

Time to get ‘crafty’ again? How about some soy wallets? The creators teach you how you can Make Your Own Soy Wallet. I’ll be doing this soon but I need to down that gallon of soy first. GAH.

Photo Credit: SoyWallets.com

A soy wallet for you?

Thoughts about: Face Q Luffa + Adlay Mask

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What do ‘My Beauty Diary’ and ‘Face Q’ have in common?

Both brands are actually created by the same Taiwan company, President Pharmaceutical Corp.

The Face Q range involves the usage of unique hydrogel micro-emulsion technology and emphasizes the use of natural herbal formulas in their masks. Let’s see how natural it is!

Many of us would have encountered luffa in our kitchen/bathroom, but Adlay?

Adlay/Adlai is actually Job’s Tear’s, or Coixseed, which is rather well-known for its whitening properties.

Here’s the Description (taken off from Sasa.com)
Face Q Luffa +Adlay Mask is a mask with both calming and whitening effect. Enriched with natural luffa extract, the active enzyme can remove dirt and impurities in your skin, enhance skin metabolism. Barley extract can also soften skin, leaving your skin smooth and supple after use.

Ingredients

1,3-Butylene Glycol, Aloe Vera, Algae, Allantoin, Placenta, Trehalose, Dishcloth Gourd Extract, Gentiana Flower Extract, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Mayuen Seed Extract, Bromelain, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycerine, Heptapeptide, Catechins, Acetyl Glucosamine, Ceramide, y-PGA, White Tea Extract, Exclusive Cellular Complex, Hamamelis virginia extract, RNA/DNA complexe, Hyaluronic Acid, Mucopolysaccharides, Yeast Complexe, Albumin, Licorice Extract, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Dimethicone, Purified Water.

What an impressive list of ingredients! 1,3-Butylene Glycol is not natural. And yes, there’s placenta in it. Do not be too alarmed! It’s actually plant placenta for skin rejuvenation. Speaking of placenta, I’ve heard of people eating human placenta in the past due to the large amount of nutrients in it. Eeks…?? Oh, and doesn’t Exclusive Cellular Complex sounds really exclusive? La Prairie also has their patented Exclusive Cellular Complex.

Directions

Unfold the mask, and remove the pearl paper from it. Apply the mask on thoroughly cleansed face, for 15-20 mins. Remove the mask and pat lightly until a the excess serum has been absorbed. Rinsing is unnecessary. You may want to follow-up with a moisturizing lotion or cream. Use 1-3 times a week.

Suitable for all skin types. Recommended for dull, dry & dehydrated skin.

Overall experience

I like the fit of this mask better than My Scheming Beauty’s and Silk Whitia’s. It was also better in terms of the scent – there was only this faint scent in the mask which didn’t bother me. It’s good to know that ‘parfum’,’perfume’ or ‘fragrance’ wasn’t in the ingredient list. It was adequately soaked with essence, and left my skin feeling soft and sufficiently hydrated. It wasn’t that much of a hydration booster though. I also saw a significant lightening effect in my skin with this mask, which was however, temporal (about 1 hr or so?). Did I also mention that it doesn’t irritate my face? I think I’m starting to like Face Q although it isn’t entirely natural.

Alright, I think I’ll give this mask a 4/5 and I’ll go through the other series of Face Q masks before deciding if I should repurchase this.

What about you? What’s your favourite sheet mask to date?

This Week I Read / 7

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Just found this awesome art blog by Geninne! It’s really inspiring to read her posts. Do check out her hand carved stamps tutorial HERE! I can see myself walking into ArtFriend one of these days. *grins*

Up for some baking again this weekend? Here’s one of my fave recipe for Japanese Souffle Cheesecake cooked up by Evan’s Kitchen. It’s making me drool just by typing the name…Ooo…Soft souffle!!

Are you into essential oils lately, or simply want to find out more about essential oils? Crunchy Betty lists down ‘21 Things You Should Know About Using Essential Oils‘ Alright, I’m so gonna expand my essential oil collection.

For those who are still skeptical about the semicolon, I shall end with this post where The Oatmeal teaches you ‘How to use a semicolon‘. GAH. It definitely helped me quite a bit!

Yup. What about some of your interesting reads for the week?

Have an enjoyable weekend!