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No Fillers! Review : MooGoo Full Cream

Heyo!  While I’m on a holy war of late against products that are deceptive, or unnecessary, it is also my solemn duty and awesome joy to introduce products that are quite underrated, do not oversell, they totally deserve the mentions!

Today we have a product which can be used as a face/body cream and yes!  It is MooGoo Full Cream from Australia. Here is a brand that is honest with its audience and sincere in its delivery.

MooGoo Full Cream 75g

MooGoo Full Cream 75g

*Do you see the dent on my right eyebrow?!

MooGoo Back Story

Well, it’s a funny story!  It originated as an udder cream!  That is, farmers used this cream on the udders of the cows to keep it conditioned and to produce healthy milk!  Now, I can’t think of the derma attributes of cows’ udders… gives me the shudders!  >.<

So the story goes, farmers used on cows, and tried on family members, and the rest is history.

The Ingredients

What’s special is, their claims and their strong philosophy on having no fillers in their products.  All ingredients are genuine, their places justified and serve their functions to protect and nurture your skin.  Listed are :

Water (Purified), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Squalene (Olive), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Hydrolized Milk Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Allantoin (Comfrey Extract), Piroctone Olamine, Polysorbate 60 (Food Grade Emulsifier), Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract.

I admit to not knowing what they all are as I typed them out, but they are starting to sound yummy!  To know more about the ingredients, the very educational website has dutifully explained the functions of most ingredients, not just the key ingredients.  Suddenly the picture just becomes so clear and you would suddenly understand so well about the product you purchase and you are applying on your body.

The Experience

As you can probably hear the excitement from the post how I totally dig this product.  Maybe I just have a boner sweet spot for products without fillers.  You can’t even find a single strand of butylene glycol in there.  What’s unique about this brand is, much like the Paula’s Choice products I own, the website lists the total ingredients.  Not only so, the brand continues to educate consumers on what ingredients do, what are their roles in skincare, they are also honest with their emulsifiers if contain any.  Most products in the world only market the key ingredients, like Piterra from SKII, but what else?

Well, but here’s the deal, despite this product being a “full” cream, it is still pretty light in texture for a body cream.  Across the internet there has been good results as a face cream for dry skin folks, but golly! It is 4.3 out of 5 on makeupalley!

It is quite a “dry” cream as in, the product disappears when you smear it around a bit, like Cetaphil Intensive Moisturising Cream or Atopiclair Cream.  It is best used right after shower, before the natural moisture in your skin disappears into thin air.  Your skin will be hydrated, moisturized but not oily.

The Verdict

Pros –

  • Super healthy ingredients
  • Brand with a conscience!
  • Strong on education, yes, power to the people!
  • Hydrating but not oily
  • Love the packaging, I carry in my bag and much better than a tube, allows for quick dispense when outside.

Cons –

  • Price is a bit steep but you get what you pay for.
  • Dries up somewhat quickly, need re-aplying.  Probably due to its non artificial formula.
  • No Fragrance.  My friend didn’t like the smell.  Smells like a warehouse to some, but disappears quickly.

I bought two of MooGoo cream when I spotted it at a pharmacy.  Knowing my friends’ 2 lovely kids have eczema, I got her a bottle of MSM Soothing Cream, most suitable for sensitive skin, and she has reported satisfied results!  🙂

MooGoo MSM Soothing Cream

MooGoo MSM Soothing Cream

 

Review : Bio-Essence ATP V Face Series

Hello guys,

Hope by now you are used to my inconsistent updates.  This product series have been parked in my to-do-list for ages and I have never seemed to get about doing it.  Well, here it is.  Calling out to Guardian and Watsons shoppers, I hope you read this cause this will be a very good heads-up.

Bio-Essence ATP V Face Series

Bio-Essence ATP V Face Series

To make this review really straight forward, I’mma review the products one by one and tell you where your money is worth, cutting out the sentimental crap.  I know, it’s crazy, it seems like I am adopting the full series as my main facial regime but I can tell you, it is not.  So I will now set myself a goal to post up a youtube video on my facial regime.  Now that it’s said, I need to keep my promises.  So keep watching this space, there’s much to come!

Bio-Essence Deep Cleansing Milk With ATP

Bio-Essence Deep Cleansing Milk With ATP

Bio-Essence Deep Cleansing Milk With ATP

By normal consensus milk cleansers serve as a makeup remover, and yet I truly believe, and always stress on the importance of using milk cleanser before washing your face, to get rid of your make-up, and dirt/dust accumulated over a day of fieldwork.  Now this Bio-Essence Deep Cleansing Milk has been my choice of cleanser for the past 1 year because, no. 1) it is economical compared to other milk cleansers from Eucerin, Loreal etc.  It is about RM20++.  And it lasts for a decent long time.  Related Post Here.

Now, the efficacy and the experience :

In terms of efficacy, defined as how much dirt is gotten rid of by how much stain is shown on the cotton pad.  With my previous Body Shop Seaweed Cleansing Milk, Bio-Essence Cleansing Milk fares at best as average in terms of dirt/dust removal, I have already made comparisons between the two in the related post.  First of all, the texture has a cream like thickness.  So when you dispense the product onto your cotton pad and start swiping away on your face, by 1st count you will see stains on your cotton pad.  But it may not mean that your face is totally cleansed, because the viscosity is so cream-thick, sometimes I wonder am I actually rubbing the creamy product into my pores n what not.

Conclusion

It is worth a buy because it’s economical.  And because you will be washing your face afterwards with a proper cleanser (Double Cleansing) so you can let that flaw mentioned above skipped.

So my verdict is : BUY.

Bio-Essence Radiant Youth Essence With ATP

Bio-Essence Radiant Youth Essence With ATP

Bio-Essence Radiant Youth Essence With ATP

I actually, love this product.  It is so practical.  But my usage for this product is completely different than it is intended.  I first was exposed to this product when I was in GZ with my sis and I saw a bottle on her shelf.  Curious, I used it and the substance is oily, but it was the turn of winter at that point so it actually felt really good after the oily-residue dries up.  However, when I come back to Malaysia, I knew in my guts that this would not work on my face.  So, what do I do with it?  I use it on my neck!  I do neck lifting massage every day and night so this serves just right for my purpose.  Just half a pump is literally more than enough for half of your neck, and this provides the lubrication needed in lifting massage.  Anything less you are dragging and tugging the skin which may cause the opposite effect of lifting.

Bio-Essence Radiant Youth Essence With ATP - The texture, oily and lubricating.

Bio-Essence Radiant Youth Essence With ATP – The texture, oily and lubricating.

The Verdict

If you do neck lifting massage and you need an oily product for lubrication, this is it.  It is not too expensive, probably priced between RM50++ to RM80++.  I can’t remember.  Half a pump is more than enough for half of your neck, and lubrication goes on long enough for the repetition needed in neck lifting massage.

Use it for Face? – Don’t Buy.  Unless you have super dry skin in winter.

Use it for Massage?  BUY.  A little goes a long way, so practical so beautiful.

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum

I bought this product because I was slowly getting sucked into Bio-Essence.  And I was also running out of a hydrating serum/essence before my moisturiser.  So, owning already the essence, and they are paired in Bio-Essence Skincare Program, it only made sense this would be my choice of hydrating essence, before moisturiser.

The Experience

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum - The Texture

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum – The Texture

I’m telling you, this product, it never runs out!  It’s bizarre.  Everyday, half a pump it’s enough to spread across the whole face.  It’s so easily spreadable.  But this product is practically useless.  It does nothing, there’s no improvement in hydration, not to even mention any of its cell repairing benefits so it claims, or any rejuvenation in my skin.  And since no benefits are seen after 5 mths use, I wonder if it’s just butylene glycol and some petroleum based ingredient in it.  I bought it in early November, and until this day, it’s not finished yet!  And I was using it day and night.  I didn’t like the product so I just wanted to quickly finish it, get over it, so I can buy my next obsession.  But it just never finishes.  Finally fed up, now I use this on my neck too.  Haha, man, pampered neck.

The Verdict 

DON’T.BUY.

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum

Bio-Essence Face Lifting Cream with Pine Pollen

The Experience

I initially bought it for, really, my neck.  Since my neck is not prone to any break outs, I was looking for a moisturising cream, to keep my neck lines in check.  It wasn’t too expensive.  So I guess it serves to purpose, minimizing and diminishing fine lines.  The cream is really heavy, really really heavy, reminds me of the older facial creams in the early 90s.  And the cream doesn’t spread too well.  The cream is so heavy, acne-break outs are pretty inevitable.

Bio-Essence Face Lifting Cream - The Texture.  The Spatula is not provided in the package.

Bio-Essence Face Lifting Cream – The Texture. The Spatula is not provided in the package.

The Verdict

Super Dry Skin and you want a slim face – BUY.

Need a heavy cream for your neck creases – BUY.

And last but not least, my most neglected product on the shelf :

Bio-Essence Complete Nourishing Sleeping Mask

Bio-Essence Complete Nourishing Sleeping Mask

Bio-Essence Complete Nourishing Sleeping Mask

The Experience

I got this as a hand-me-down from my sister.  As a sleeping mask, I don’t particularly like it.  It the feel of a layer of wax across the face.  Given time the sensation would go away.  And the next morning you do wake up with a hydrated and brightened face.  So, it’s a nice product, minus the waxy feeling on your face.

The Verdict

And if you can look past that flaw, and you just want the hydration and supple skin the next morning, you can definitely try this.  BUY.  But after trying for few days and you feel like you can’t get past that waxy feel, well my friend, that’s a huge jar to go.

*** Foot Note : Another promise out to y’all, since now you know I use 3 products on my neck alone, I will post up a video on how to achieve V Shaped Face.  Keep this space watched!

Dry Skin – To The Rescue (Part 3) – Kinerase

Finally, the epic trilogy to my Dry Skin condition has come to an end… or has it?

Again, that very week when I was held hostage in the hotel room, and my stupid idea of “packing light” meant I had no additional products to help me relieve of the ugly coarse dry skin.

But at The Lord’s mercy, a sweet lady, Ms. Susan, gave me some samples of Kinerase, which I kid you not, it’s been so raved about by other friends.

Kinerase Sample Set

Kinerase Sample Set

This Kinerase sample set comprises of 4 key components to their skincare regime, which are :

1) Kinerase Daily Gentle Cleanser

Kinerase Gentle Daily Cleanser

Kinerase Gentle Daily Cleanser

This Kinerase Gentle Daily Cleanser is enriched with Green Tea Extract, Foaming Formula, and it’s PARABEN, FRAGRANCE AND DYE-FREE.

2) Kinerase C6 Peptide Intensive Treatment :

Kinerase C6 Peptide Intensive Treatment

Kinerase C6 Peptide Intensive Treatment

It visibly helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin texture and tone. This intensive treatment contains:

  • Kinetin
  • Argireline – an advanced hexapeptide (six amino acids) that demonstrates Botulinum toxin-like effects to improve the appearance of aging skin. This ingredient helps reduce the depth of wrinkles by up to 30% in 30 days1.
  • L-Ascorbic Acid – delivers more Vitamin C for radiant skin.
  • Green Tea Extract and Vitamin E – powerful antioxidants to protect against free radical damage to skin.
  • Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, fragrance-free and dye-free.

3) Kinerase Cream – This contains 0.1% Kinetin to give you a better overall complexion and improved fine wrinkles, especially in the crow’s feet area. Both the Kinerase® Cream and Lotion can improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture.

Kinerase Cream

Kinerase C

Kinerase Eye Cream

Kinerase Eye Cream

It is a light and moisturising formula that targets fine lines and wrinkles. This unique cream pampers the delicate skin around the eyes with its soothing and hydrating benefits. This eye cream contains:

  • 0.125% Kinetin – the highest concentration level in the Kinerase®
  • Core Collection.
  • Coix Seed Extract and Sodium Hyaluronate – hydrate skin around the contours of the eye area.
  • Aloe Vera – reduces irritation and helps to soothe skin.
  • Grape Seed Extract – boost antioxidant benefits and fight redness
  • Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free and dye-free

The Experience

Truly, THANK GOD, this came at the best timing when I was going through the whole acute dry skin crisis.  When usually I avoid at all cost to use additional product that’s in the form of cream texture, but I embraced Kinerase C6 Peptide Intensive Treatment in conjunction with it’s Kinerase Cream.  Heck, I even used Kinerase C6 Peptide Intensive Treatment in the morning, bear in mind that it’s cream textured, and I would be heading out in the sun and all.  I love serum, essence and all those because it provides additional nutritions and benefits and penetrates beyond dermis.  But with this C6 Peptide, I didn’t care, cause I know I am totally at the mercy of it to salvage my beautiful face. *ahem*

But honestly, I am not using them long enough to see all the claims and benefits as stated in their clinical studies.  Although, it did rescue my face that very instant.  The Daily Gentle Cleanser was even more gentle than Biotherm Aquasource gel-mousse cleanser.  The Kinerase Eye Cream is nice, but it’s in light cream formula.  My personal preference is heavy eye creams, but if you wanna avoid oil seeds building around your eyes, light cream formula is the way to go.

The Conclusion

What’s so special about Kinerase though?  First off, again it is a medical grade skincare which is only available through prescriptions, clinics and specialists.  C6 Peptide, in short, creates a botox effect (most layman’s term possible).  Hence this is extremely suitable for post-cosmetic surgery skincare regime.  Also possibly one of the best anti-aging product in the market.

I would advice that you go ahead and try it out if you think you wanna step up your skincare game play.  They certainly don’t come cheap, but when it really works, it’s really worth it.

I’m gonna wait til I finish up my current loads of skincare and probably switch to Kinerase series, provided I don’t get astray and buy every online product I bump across online.

Dang, these things, draw me like a cat to katnip.

Oh!  For more information on Kinetin (just what the fluff is that?)  Do check out this website for a thorough understanding.  Cheers Y’all!

Biotherm Purefect Skin and Skin Ergetic Series

Sometimes, I just hate it when the counter girls are right.

“Lady, you don’t sleep much, do you?”

No, I don’t, thank you for asking.

I’m fresh as a bird if I can get 4 hrs sleep, with a cuppa coffee in the morning… “sleep?  What’s that?”

But not the face.  It shows, it betrays my purported “I’m awake!  I’m awake!  I can do maths!” facade.

Well, either your sleeping habit follows a timezone on the other side of the world, or, you’re a successful but burnt out corporate rat (may you be successful in all your endeavors), the counter girl was right to let me try this series of Biotherm meant for LETHARGIC and FATIGUE skin (yes, those words are on the adverts).

Whole bundle of Biotherm Purefect Skin sachets were handed to me, “There, take it, use it… you need it,” she said.

Now if you’ve read item 2, on The Purposes We Serve, I particularly distrust cosmetic claims for the solutions to oily skin.  But feeling pretty badass and riding on the whole YOLO wave, (and plus, it’s really a whole lot of samples!) I went ahead and by now, I’ve tried it for 3 days, hence I’m confident enough to do a review now.  Why 3 days?  Cause my face is like a urine test strip, suitable or not, my skin reacts to allergies in 3 days, whatever product it is.  When I upgrade my derma’s OS, there may be a meter to your kidney’s function.  Okay, lame joke.

I was given Purefect Skin Series specifically targeted for combination/oily skin :

1) Purefect Skin Cleanser – It’s gel texture and it’s colourless.  Now, that is hyper-reassuring.  Remember, Sensitive/Oily face, stay away from any form of cleanser no matter what the claims to be, use only GEL FORMULA.  Sorry I haven’t got a picture taken.  But you can find the official information here.  RM95.00

2) Purefect Skin Toner – This toner reminds me of why I don’t use a toner.  I haven’t used a toner for 3 years.  Upon application it’s a strong whiff of alcohol.  I then read the ingredients and alcohol is listed as the 2nd ingredient after Aqua.  It disperses fairly quickly.  I guess that’s one of the downside of Oil-Control products, alcohol always seems to be a preferred ingredient.  No discomfort or tight tingling sensation after application though.  RM98.00

3) Skin Ergetic Concentrate Serum – This serum serves to combat fatigue, and claims to visibly reduce the appearance of tired looking skin.  And it’s whole lot of natural essence packed in 1 serum.  Read official site for more info.  As for me?  Gel form? No problemo.  RM195.00

serum in gel texture

4) Pureskin Hydrating Gel : I like this.  In fact I like the whole series.  I was told to use this as a day moisturiser.  Gel form, no greasy after feel.  Makeup application goes on fine after.  It’s a nice gel, and it’s a nice hydrating gel.  Read Here.  RM135.00

Light textured gel form, non-greasy but hydrating.

5) Aquasource Nuit High Density Hydrating Jelly for Night – OH I love this one!  It is really Jelly!  Like Gel-Jelly!  With cute translucent light blue-ish colour.  It gets absorbed quickly into the skin but leaves your skin really smooth.  Because of it’s high hydrating power, it’s used as a night cream and… suitable to all skin types.  That I can testify to.  This morning, I wished it was winter here so I could use it day and night.  It’s that nice.  Read Here.  RM180.00

Gel-Jelly texture

6) Skin Ergetic Eye Cream : It’s their latest launch if I’m not mistaken.  Anti Fatigue, packed with all the super power-charging nutritions and extracts.  Creamy texture, but gets absorbed quickly.  Patting my eyes half way in my OCD fashion and wham! it’s all absorbed and dried.  Read Here  RM160.00

Yellow Creamy Texture

Summary :

It’s passed my 3 days test.  While trying out this product I was suffering from funny breakouts as I had a trial of 3 days samples from Shiseido.  Biotherm did not add on to the funny allergic reactions, and the allergies went away pretty quickly.  Overall, it is a good line for combo/oily skin.  Specifically Skin Ergetic that targets really tired, really aged out face of mine.  I would recommend this to people who NEED this, cause the price is pretty steep.  But if you’ve tried all moderate range of products and they don’t seem to be working, this could be a good investment.

The cheapest financial option is to ignore all the skin problems, but requires the most expensive mental effort.

CHEERS!