Now, I do not like to review all the products that I buy or have, but I do like to review products that are well known (to my knowledge) that are supposedly “fantastic”, or products that I had bad experience with.
For this product, for my experience, this is one worth not buying. Now I have read that there are quite good reviews on this product but they have been reviewing the regular size (which I do not think there should be any difference) and not the sample size which I have reviewed for this post. Nevertheless, I have written up pros and cons so please keep on scrolling down~ go go go!
Tony Moly Banana Lip Balm (sample size)
A deliciously scented lip balm that contains banana extract, coconut oil, milk protein extract, and Ceramide 3. Provides nutrition and moisture to treat dry and fatigued lips. Infused with a soft & sweet banana milk scent. Restores soft smooth & healthy looking lips. Features a pocket size with strap easy to carry around.
How to use
Apply a proper amount to lips to keep moist. Reapply as needed.
Cute packaging. C’mon. It is shaped like a freaken banana so major points for that. A lot of people complimented on the packaging and said how cute looked!
Can use as key chain after the product is finished because there is a strap attached to it! I am planning to put it with my keys
It is better than nothing! I do have to apply the product on my lips several times until my lips feel comforted so it is better than not using!
The product did not smooth or restore my lips to healthy looking lips like it stated on the website! I expect my lips to feel comforted and not chapped after using a lip balm and this product did not do what it was supposed to do! After putting the product on my lips, I did feel something was on my lips, but it still felt chapped and dry flakes were still present. When I put lip balms that actually work in the past, my dry flakes seemed to be smoothed over but this one did not do it.
No smell. Now, this can be considered pros because I know a lot of people do not want their beauty or skin care products to have strong scents. I do not mind scent here and there but when a product is packaged as a banana, I expect some sort of banana scent coming out of the product and well, this did not deliver the scent like it stated on the website!
Last but not least, and this can be a minor thing, but when I tried to squeeze the last remnants of the product, because I like to use up most of my products, it was a bit hard because the packaging was quite stiff. But like I said, this was a minor issue and I am just being nit picky here.
Overall: Recommend or no?
No!! I will not buy this product again!
I will only recommend to those who are obsessed with all banana packaging and only for those people!
Please leave a comment down below if you have any favorite lip balm or any horrible lip balm that you have tried in the past.
Hello everyone! It has been sooooo long since I last posted. I am currently enrolled in a course called English for Journalism from Coursera and it goes on for 5 weeks so I have been pretty occupied with that.
It is not a excuse…(maybe a bit) but I finally have a new post!
First of all I am sooo into Korean drama called The Moon Embracing the Sun!! It is pretty old (2012) but it is soooo good!! Soo sad…but so good! I am currently listening to the OST on You Tube right now…sigh
I have been using sunscreen (or suncream, both the same thing) since I was 16 years old and it has been more than 10+ years! I read in magazine articles saying we should always wear sunscreen to prevent premature aging, and wrinkles, so I have been using them for a long time.
I still did not truly believe in putting sunscreen until I went tanning while I was on a Vegas trip. Before then, people commented how great my skin was and I only half believed them (self doubt…uggh).
I went tanning for the FIRST TIME in Vegas under a hot hot sun, and afterwards, I noticed my skin looked quite leathery! I was horrified and tried to find a remedy but to no avail. Afterwards, my skin never returned to normal. It could be also due to aging but it was a pretty drastic change from before. It has been 8 years since the Vegas trip, and I am still living with the consequences. So in retrospect, NO TANNING! 😔 (well at least for me)
*Quick note: My skin type is sensitive, and combination/dry. I am always interested in anti-ageing, and hydrating skincare.
So I have been using few sunscreens (for face only) and would like to give some pros/cons and wanted to share with you guys. Also while I was writing this post, I learned more about health factors and harmful chemicals that are in sunscreen so that changed my thoughts on some of these sunscreen.
I have read several blog posts and a lot of them referred to EWG (Environmental Working Group), which is a non profit organization that promotes to protect human health and the environment, as their main source, so check them out for safe and healthy eco- friendly products! When I was reading blog posts from sources such as Expatdoctormom and thegreenmama two toxic ingredients stood out to me and that is oxybenzone and retinylpalmitate.
Just to sum it up a bit before this post gets too long, oxybenzone gets absorbed into the skin and interrupts with your hormones so if you are putting them on a baby, that is definitely not good for the baby!
Retinyl palmitate is photocarcinogenic which means it is a substance that causes cancer after illumination.
I don’t mean to scare you guys off but just by reading these articles and posts, it scared me off, so I am just sharing my concern.
When I did the reviews of these sunscreen, I did not consider the ingredients, but I feel like I will do another post with these harmful chemicals in mind for another post.
“Provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection combined with skin soothing colloidal oatmeal sourced from nature, to protect baby’s skin from the sun’s harmful rays while gently caring for baby’s delicate skin. This non-greasy, skin-moisturizing oatmeal formula is waterproof, helps prevent moisture loss and is as mild as water to the skin. #1 Pediatrician recommended brand. Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Mild as water. Helps prevent moisture loss. Fragrance free, waterproof, non-greasy”.
– It is a pretty decent size (110ml) for the price (approx. 14 dollars cad)
– It felt gentle on my skin (the first time I tried it)
– Easily accessible for purchase at a local drugstore
– My skin felt irritated when I purchased the second time and mind you, I tried other sunscreen between these two bottles
– Left a white cast on my face
– It felt heavy (most sunscreen feel heavy on my face but this one especially)
Will not repurchase: I would not purchase this again as it felt irritable on my face
“Get daily protection against sunburn with NEUTROGENA® ULTRA SHEER® WATER-LIGHT® Daily Face Sunscreen SPF 60. This sunscreen has a water-light texture that spreads easily over skin, absorbing instantly to an invisible weightless feel. It features HELIOPLEX®, an advanced sunscreen technology with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, which shields skin from the sun’s damaging rays. The dermatologist-recommended sunscreen is waterproof, oil-free and non-comedogenic.. Use it alone or under makeup and moisturizers. This lotion comes in a 40-millilitre tube”
– Walmart website
– My skin did not feel sticky and absorbed quickly as the sunscreen was in a liquid form
– It felt gentle on my skin
– Did not leave a white residue
– Easily accessible for purchase at a local drugstore
– It is not a complete dupe but it had a similar consistency to Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion
– It is a small size (40ml) for the price (approx. $15 cad) so it was used up really quickly. I did purchase few more bottles but I just could not justify the price 😔
Will not repurchase: There are still so many sunscreens I would like to try so I probably will not purchase again. It just got used up too quick.
“Ultra Sheer® Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 100+ is proven to protect skin from over 99% sunburn damage. Plus, with an unbeatable PFA, nothing provides better UVA protection. Infused with a light, fresh scent, this elegant formulation is fast-absorbing, non-whitening, water resistant and lightweight. Neutrogena’s Dry-Touch technology provides an ultra-light, non-shiny finish and leaves skin soft and smooth”
– Neutrogena website
– Easily accessible for purchase at local drugstore
– Price point perhaps (88ml for approx. $14 cad)
– It felt sticky (not dry touch as it stated on the tube)
– My skin felt irritated
– Left white film residue on my face so I had to blend it hard to blend it away
Will not repurchase: I actually stopped using after few pumps and I rarely do that..but I did. I will not repurchase and it actually made me question the brand.
Nuganic Customize Sun Block SPF 50 PA+++ (It was part of the deluxe sample from Memebox , a Korean beauty website)
– Felt gentle for my skin
– Glided smoothly
– Did not leave white cast on skin
– Whitened face naturally (if you like that sort of thing)
– Small size (40ml)
– Price was a bit hefty (I believe it was approx. 50 USD)
– Not easily accessible (It used to be available online but I cannot seem to find it anymore)
Recommend: I would still recommend it and I might revisit it later but I still want to try other products. I searched it on memebox website but I could not find the product. Does anyone know where to get it? Please leave a comment down below!
So these are some of the products I have used so far.
The photostable formula with Mexoryl XL®, a patented broad spectrum filter, along with other powerful filters, protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays. Photostable, the formula doesn’t lose its efficiency during sun exposure. Enriched with Vitamin E, it protects the skin against dehydration caused by the sun. This highly water-resistant cream texture hydrates the skin well. Ideal Soleil, the most pleasant textures with Mexoryl, no.1 recommended filter by dermatologists*.
The photostable formula with Mexoryl XL®, a patented broad spectrum filter, along with other powerful filters, protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays. Photostable, the formula doesn’t lose its efficiency during sun exposure. Efficacy tested under dermatological control.”
– Good size for the price (I would wait to go on sale. I purchased mine for approx. 25 cad and original price is approx. 30 cad)
– Whitens face naturally. If you put it on high points of your face, it brightens the face like a highlighter but not like an actual highlighter)
– It does leave a bit of white cast but most of then disappears and it is easily blend able (I tap on areas, too)
– The price can be seen as a bit pricey if it is original price but if it is on sale, it is pretty good! (5 bucks difference XD) I still feel it is a good price for the product compared to other pricey items.
– It still left a bit of white cast but still blend able!
Recommend: I would recommend. This is something I would seriously consider except I want to try this sunscreen which I will mention later down below.
I use eye sunscreen because skin under the eye is very gentle and sensitive so I thought eye area needs a special attention.
“This eye cream improves the look of delicate skin around the eye area while moisturizing, preventing the appearance of wrinkles and protecting against UVA and UVB rays.”
-Shiseido Canada website
– I do not get major problems under area my eye area (other than wrinkles) but no sun spots so I guess it is working(?)
– Easily accessible online or offline
– It is small so it is convenient for travels
– It is pricey (approx. 32 cad) for eye sunscreen but I have not seen eye sunscreen that was widely known as this product. Does anybody know any good eye sunscreen?
– It is small (15ml) so I do have to purchase it quite often
I bought TheSaem Light Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA+++ sunscreen from Korea when I visited there in April 2016. It was on sale 1+1 which is buy one get one free and total cost was approx. 10 cad.
– It was creamy like I was putting on a skin care lotion
– It was like skin care lotion so it blended easily and it did not leave any white cast
– This may sound weird but because it did not feel like a “sunscreen” as in thick and creamy, I did not feel protected by wearing this sunscreen
– Smell is quite perfumy so that turned me off a bit
Would not recommend: I want my sunscreen to act as a sunscreen. This may sound like a hypocrite, but I am looking for a sunscreen that is “sunscreen like” if that makes sense. I am looking for a product that is easily blendable and does not leave a white cast on my face. I don’t like the perfume smell as well.
Sunscreen that I would like to try in the future:
My Vichy sunscreen was running out so I wanted to try the Avene sunscreen which was referred by my favorite Korean make up artist PONY; however, the saleslady said the brand La Roche-Posay ranks higher in quality so I got La Roche-Posay SPF 50 Sunscreen for children instead.
So I decided to wear a face mask for the night because why the heck not?!
Anyways, I tried this face mask called Freeman Facial Purifying Paper Mask in Star Fruitthat I received as a sample and this was the one where I put it on for the whole night (not listening to the directions) last time and basically ruined my face! And when I say ruined, I meant my face got small bumps all over my face( not trying to be too dramatic here ha)
I had one left, and this time I followed the directions carefully which stated to put on for 5-10 minutes. I wanted to do a review of the mask and so here it is.
After couple of minutes, I felt my face sting. Now for the sake of the review, I waited patiently and when it hit 10 minutes, I immediately took it off. Afterwards, I did not see any difference and sighed with relief that it was my fault back then when I did not read the instructions properly.
The next day….TADAHHH..
My face got ruined again…
The bumps…all over my face. Now it was not bad compared to the first time my face got ruined but still bad. These pictures are not doing justice because it looks worse in person compared to the pictures.
But mind you not! I just did an Avene review from my last blog. If you have not read it, read it HERE!
I took out my trusted Avene and put it on my face day and night hoping it will do the job.
What I did was after I washed my face, I would put a regular toner that is gentle and would put Avene on top of it. I would put my everyday eye cream on my eyes at night and carried on.
The next day, the irritations were prominent, but it seems the redness went down a bit.
A couple of days later, the bumps and the redness subsided a bit and I knew Avene was doing its miracle again!
I was religious on putting on the Avene cream day and night and after a week, my bumps have almost disappeared! After a week, there were little of remnants left but almost well as new!
This post was not supposed to be another review of Avene product but it seems like it is.
It was not too expensive as I received in one of those monthly subscription boxes.
The size of the mask was way too small for my face. Mind you, I was comparing masks to Korean masks that I normally use and they were fine.
Seems too harsh for my sensitive skin
Also another thing to note is, when I use Korean masks, I leave them on for the whole night (even though it says to leave them on for 20 minutes) and the next day, my skin is still soft.
What are your favorite face masks for sensitive skin? Please share!
I first filmed my first empties video #1 skincare and it is on my You Tube channel (krusty604) right now, so please check it out, like and subscribe!
The reason I am writing today is, in the video, I would like to recommend one product, which actually worked for me, whenever I used it. The product is called Avene Skin recovery cream. In my video, the cream was called, Avene calming moisturizing formula, and it seems the name got changed because I could not find the product on the Internet. However, I remember when I purchased the product, the sales lady said the name changed and the product was the same.
I first encountered Avene product when I got a breakout on my face. Now, I do not usually get breakouts thanks to my family’s genes(?), so when I got a break out, I knew it was not normal. Also, it was not like the usual acne where it was gradual, but it was a sudden outburst, all over my cheeks.
Avene is known for working well on sensitive skin and the one I bought had “Chatelaine 100 beauty winner” sticker on it, so that tells me this product is adored by other people.
I usually purchase this item from local drugstore called London Drugs for approx. 35 cad but when I searched it on Amazon, some listings came out as 25 cad, so, do your research for best prices! When I purchase it locally, I do wait for discounts heh heh
The cream feels nice and it does not feel sticky!
One thing to note! Sometimes, too much of a good thing is not a good thing. One time, when my irritants disappeared after using the product, I continued to use the product thinking it would give me additional benefits using it on a clear skin. However, that was not the case and I did not notice anything special or different. The product is not cheap, and I did not want my skin to get immune to this product, so I stopped using it.
Lately, I have not gotten any irritants, so I did not get the chance to use it, but it seems the product is still popular and widely known. If not, NOW YOU KNOW! 😉
Now there was one fact that I was not aware of. The product only have few essential ingredients in the product because of its special sealing system. When you squeeze the product, the end of the tube has a vacuum like seal, so it sucks the product back up to prevent any other bacteria from coming in. I thought this was kind of cool :0 I now remember, when I was at the end using up the cream, it was hard to squeeze and the cap would not budge! Now I realize, it was to protect the bacteria coming in! How sweet :p
Ø Good for sensitive skin
Ø Helped clear out my irritants everytime!
Ø Still somewhat affordable. Approx. 35 CAD on London Drugs website, but on Amazon, it was listed as 25CAD so search up that engine for best prices!
Ø Accessible. I usually purchase mine at London Drugs when they have discounts but I might check out Amazon now!
Ø Not too much chemicals in the ingredients department. Less than 15!
Ø It can be pricey for a small tube (50ml)…I hope it comes out as a bigger tube because once I start using it, it seems to get used quite quickly…but because it work, I keep buying……yaaaaaas..
So here is my take on this cream that I have been purchasing over and over and over and over.
YAAASSSS…..yes I totally would and I would continue to purchase it until the next thing comes along.
Please leave a comment if you have any products that work for you when you have sudden irritants on your skin.