Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Review: Kanebo Freshel White C

In the recent trip to the very fabulous beach resort, I was very well-armed with enough of sunscreen to protect a small nation. I was left with not many choices given the tight budget of an unemployed. One of the many that I bought was this. I'm still rather undecided about this but at least it didn't break me out into a million spots. So, that's one good thing! The other one I contemplated upon and something that was highly-regarded by quite a number of bloggers: The L'oreal sunscreen with Mexoryl. Reviews that it could clog pores was the only reason why I returned the box to the shelf.

Colour: White. Milky-white, I must say. I thought the white would disappear upon application but unfortunately, it left me with a pasty-white face. The kind where it emphasizes my dark circles and makes my face much, much whiter than my neck.

Scent: It's the typical sunscreen scent. Not unpleasant but it disappeared after a while and it's completely unoffensive.

Waterproof/Long lasting: While at Pangkor Laut, the one thing I did maniacally was to re-apply sunscreen throughout the day. I didn't do much proper swimming but I definitely re-applied after every couple of hours or so while in the outdoors.

Texture: This is what I liked about this sunscreen. It's liquid and it goes on easily.

Usability: The Australian Cancer Council has a very cute catchphrase to educate the public on the importance of protecting themselves against the sun. Slip-Slop-Slap - slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat. It's really that easy when it comes to sunscreen. Slop. Give the bottle a quick shake and then I dot 3 dots on my fingers on one hand, dab them on the other 3 fingers and spread all over my face. If I want to use makeup, it'll be a little bit of mineral foundation over and so on.

Packaging: A small bottle which can fit easily into any handbag.

Price: RM35.90 for 28ml. I suppose it's not that expensive and this is easily found in Guardian and Watson's.

Overall: It's a pretty good and basic sunscreen because it did what it's supposed to do. What irked me was the white residue that's left on my face upon application. Although it's almost every Asian girl to yearn to be fair and white, I yearn to be fair naturally. Not by some white pasty residue that's left behind by some sunscreen. Having said that. I might repurchase seeing how affordable it is. I'll have to live with the pasty white by compensating with makeup and some colours. Being unemployed, it's highly important to find something that not only works and good for you. The price has got to be right too. Seeing I would arrive smack in the hot, sultry Australian summer, there's a chance I might just go nuts and stock up on this for when I get there. I'm the kind who wears sunscreen in the dead of winter, so, there's no chance that this will ever go to waste.

I'd say give this a go because hey, for RM35.90, really, you've got nothing to lose.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

MAC nail lacquer: Whirlwind

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Whirlwind is one of the two shades of nail lacquer from MAC's Blue Storm collection. The website describes Whirlwind as "metallic royal blue with green, blue and purple pearl" in a frost finish. This could very well be true, but that's one confusing description if anything. Looking at my nails, all I can see is dark metallic blue-green. I love the colour, which goes incredibly well with my skin tone, and in the off chance that the prayer whispered into the internet abyss will be heard by Roland Mouret, I would love a Galaxy dress in this hue.