LaF Water Bomb Ampoule

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Okay, I’ll admit it: I’ve been slacking on my skincare routine. The long work days eat into the time I have to pamper my complexion, and I’ve been tired and lazy. As a result, my skin has been drier and more irritated than usual. To minimize my skin’s discomfort, I’ve told myself that I will do at least a 4-step, bare minimum routine – cleanser, toner, serum and cream. Sheet masks that I do at work don’t count, but I’m thanking my lucky stars and the skincare gods for that blessing. ❤

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Let’s start off with my skin type: I have dry combination skin that’s quite sensitive. So trying to find a product that suits all that can sometimes be a challenge. However, I’ve been reaching for a serum in particular pretty often over the last month or so, and it’s the LaF (Lost and Found) Water Bomb Ampoule. LaF is a Korean company that creates products as solutions to beauty problems, so this was perfect for solving my skin’s issues. This pretty little bottle was given to me thanks to The Butterfly Project and Mamasan Tammy Lim, and here’s how it’s fared on my skin thus far!

Okay, you caught me. I guess technically the Water Bomb Ampoule isn’t exactly a serum. It’s an ampoule, which means the product is more effective on the skin either based on the potency or the processing of the ingredients (but I still treat it like a serum, shh don’t tell anyone). It contains a mix of “safe ingredients” that my skin agrees with including aloe vera, sodium hyaluronate (derived from hyaluronic acid), betaine and allantoin to deeply hydrate my complexion while soothing away any redness I might have.

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This ampoule comes with a glass dropper to perfectly dispense just the right amount for your face (how classy!), and it sits pretty at a decent 30ml. The thing that I really like about the Water Bomb Ampoule is the way it feels on my skin. It has a slightly gel-like texture when dispensed, but it immediately liquifies and absorbs into the skin. If my skin was feeling tight and dry before, this ampoule immediately soothes the tightness and gives my complexion a boost of hydration. The scent itself is also lovely: a light hint of aloe vera to really punch in that it’ll moisturize your skin!

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I like layering this in between my toner and my cream by applying on a generous layer and doing a combination of both massaging and patting motions till it’s totally absorbed into my skin. The result right after is plump, super hydrated skin that I can really appreciate. The hydration lasts on my skin, especially if I top it off with a nice thick cream to seal it all in at the end. With LaF’s Water Bomb Ampoule, what you see is what you get: a product that does exactly what it claims to.

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I definitely recommend this to anyone who’s looking for something that will hydrate your skin without the thrills and frills. This ampoule is great for adding onto your skincare, and will be suitable for all skin types. If you’d like to know it’s full ingredients, you can find it on COSDNA. It’s priced at RM47.++ and you can check it out for yourself here.

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TBP Detox: My Fave Cleanser

So The Butterfly Project has recently launched a new little project for bloggers to come onto their blogs and be quick and raw about a topic. I think it’s a fantastic idea to have people not have to worry so much about superficial things (i.e. taking a million pictures to have ONE good shot, then editing the hell out of it anyway) and really remember the fundamentals of blogging in the first place: to share information and opinions. I’m going to take this opportunity to make posts like this quick and easy to read and digest with as much information as possible regarding my experiences with particular products. This month’s topic is “My Fave Cleanser”, and since I do a double cleansing routine on the daily, I’ll be talking about a cleansing balm, as well as a foam cleanser. Continue reading “TBP Detox: My Fave Cleanser”

Review: Keep In Touch White Blending Base

 

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I’ll be very honest with you: for the longest time, I had little to no faith in BB cushions. I couldn’t comprehend the idea of carrying around a bulky compact and patting on the “little to no coverage” makeup with some sorta puff… The idea was just very foreign to me and to be frank, not very appealing. So you can imagine my hesitation when I was presented with the opportunity to try one of these babies out. I gingerly took it up and tried it out, and I was actually very pleasantly surprised.

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Keep In Touch’s White Blending Base cushion is a hybrid formula of a whitening serum and coverage foundation that has an SPF of 50+ and PVA+++. Let me just be the first to say that the design is absolutely adorable! The little black and red heart really takes me back to my darker, emo days (flashback!) and my 14-year-old self would have loved it like no other. The packaging is great: nice and sturdy, and comes with your standard cushion features including a puff and mirror. The cushion portion closes well too, making sure that the product doesn’t dry out.

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This product is made with a variety of ingredients including hyaluronic acid, camellia oil and madonna lily to do three things: correct and even out skin tones, hydrate the skin, and giving the product a matte finish to control oil. This cushion comes in two shades: #21, 01 Ivory Pure and #23, 02 Ivory Warm. I picked mine in the latter as the Korean’s standard “shade one” will always be too light for my skin tone. It has a nice, pleasant scent, and doesn’t really irritate my nose or my skin. Upon application, the product feels nice and blends really well despite having two different coloured products on the cushion. Coverage was quite good considering the fact that it was a BB cream product: I’d say medium, buildable coverage, but I still went in with a bit of concealer anyway to make my skin look flawless. It was a little bit light for my skin colour still, but that can be easily fixed with a darker powder over top. This product actually did a really good job of evening out my complexion and had a satin finish by the time I was done. While products which are more mattifying generally adhere and emphasize dry patches I have around my nose and under my chin, this does a good job of keeping those flakey parts at bay.

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My oily-combo skin adores this product! Wearing it throughout the day, this product has minimal patchiness, and doesn’t slide around. I don’t end the day looking like an oil slick, and it held up the rest of my makeup pretty well too.

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I’m genuinely surprised at how much I like this BB cushion. I’ll be honest and tell you that I didn’t know what to expect when I first tried it, but this has given me a pretty good impression so far. I got my Keep In Touch’s Whitening Blending Base Cushion from Althea and it can be bought for a special price of RM65 (RRP: RM155), and if you have oily-combo skin like me, you’d definitely want to think about picking this baby up. If you’re a first time Althea shopper, make sure you use my code somethinkblack during checkout to get an extra RM5 off your first order!

Have you guys tried out any other cushion type products which you really love? Make sure to let me know! Don’t forget to like my Facebook page for updates when I post and make sure you follow my Instagram as well. Thanks for reading!

*Products in this post were sponsored, but as always, I promise to give honest opinions and review of the products, no less. 😉