Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas Gifting Idea - What to Buy for Your Girlfriends? | belif Oil Control Moisturizer Fresh | belif Aqua Gel Oil | belif Cleansing Oil Fresh | belif Tinted moisturizer powdery B.B.

HoHoHo! Christmas is just 14 sleeps away! Have you prepared the Christmas gifts for all your loved ones? I believe there are many people who are still clueless with what to buy for their family and friends, especially guys! I don't mean to mock but it's really hilarious to see guys seeking help from the store assistants with dialogues below (Not exactly the same dialogues, but the gist is there):

"Erm do you have gift set? Like all the bestsellers be wrapped in a box?" 
"What's the difference between this cream and that cream?"
"Do you know what colours of lipstick do girls usually buy?"
"I don't know whether my girlfriend needs a serum or not, I have not seen it on her face..."

Don't laugh, it happens in real life! Oh boys you're in luck today, because this post is dedicated to guys who need some gifting idea for their girlfriends! I have been using products from belif for quite some time and I really like the effects they give, their products do deliver the promises they claim! I  love their Christmas gift set and here I am recommending it to you guys. Not only that it is worth every penny, I can assure you that your girlfriend will love this Christmas present as much as I do.

belif Christmas Set

Being wrapped in a funky and chic box in blue and hot pink (with Flamingo's prints! Oh which girl doesn't like flamingo huh?), the belif Christmas set consists of 4 products - 3 skin care and 1 make up. I like how the gift set covers both skin care and make up products, more variation in the sense of gift! With this eye-captivating packaging, you don't even need to wrap the gift set up, just put the box in a nice bag and viola! 

Before proceeding to my review on the products, I would like to make a confession here, that I actually did a double take on photo shooting the products in this post, as the photos from the first round of photo shooting is such a failure. I stared at the first batch photos and my mind went blank, I couldn't proceed with photo processing at all because I feel that these photos do not do justice to my sense of aesthetics and photography skills. They do not translate my taste and sense at all. (What was on my mind when I was taking those photos?!) They are not ugly to be honest, but they are just average to me. Therefore, I decided to spend another day to redo the photo shooting. Okay enough of the story behind the scenes, let's move on to some brief introduction on belif. 

Created by a UK herbalist, belif is a "true herbal cosmetic" brand which believes in the value of honesty and power of the truth. belif only uses essential ingredients, list them all honestly and does not use flashy packaging, which translate their core value of honesty. This is really rare in the current beauty scene where brands are competing on the packaging game. In addition, belif combines time-tested apothecary herbal traditions and modern Korean skin science to provide the utmost care and efficacy for skin. 

Belif Christmas Set

From left to right, 
Tinted moisturizer powdery B.B. 
Aqua Gel Oil
Oil Control Moisturizer Fresh
Cleansing Oil Fresh

I have been using all the products in belif Christmas Set for 3 weeks and they did not disappoint me, they suit my combination skin so well as if they are tailored made for me *exaggerating lol* Can you guess which product is my favourite among all? Answer will be revealed at the end of the post so read on!

Oil Control Moisturizer Fresh

Let's start the review from Oil Control Moisturizer Fresh, a mineral oil-free moisturizer. Is mineral oil good or bad to your skin? Let's save this controversial topic for another post. Formulated with Rosehip extracts, rich in vitamins and tannins along with oil controlling powder, the product is able to tighten pores that are enlarged due to excess secretion of sebum. Oh this sounds interesting doesn't it?

On a side note, this dermatologist tested product is also free of Parabens, Sulphates, Phthalates, petrolatum, synthetic preservatives, dyes, fragrances and animal origin ingredients. belif is always honest when it comes to the ingredient list of the products, which gives me extra confidence and assurance when making the purchase. The moisturizer can be dispensed easily through a pump nozzle as shown - one of my favourite dispensing method as it is more hygienic, leak-proof and spill-proof.

As it claims to contain oil-controlling powder in the moisturizer, I expected it to have a slurry-alike and viscous texture, like Innisfree No Sebum Powder Cream. To my surprise, belif Oil Control Moisturizer Fresh is runny and watery, more like a serum than a moisturizer. Two pumps of the product is just nice for my face. Due to its extremely light texture, the moisturizer is absorbed by the skin in seconds after application. I really love the fresh and silky smooth finish that it leaves behind, it feels weightless for real!

Although belif Oil Control Moisturizer Fresh does not give instant and superior moisturizing effects like what Aqua Bomb does (you have to try this out, trust me!), it does keep my skin supple through the day. This is the moisturizer that I would like to use on a hot and humid day to keep my skin fresh and shine free. However, it might not be moisturizing enough for those with dry skin since the product is meant for people with oily and combination skin type, like me!

belif Aqua Gel Oil
 RM 205 / 50ml

Ah this is the very first "coloured" belif product that I have ever owned! All the other belif products on my beauty shelves are in their signature black and white packaging, so what makes belif Aqua Gel Oil so special that it deserves a blue packaging? Let's find out together with me!

belif Aqua Gel Oil
RM 205 / 50ml

I was a little confused with the name of the product, Aqua Gel Oil. So, is this a gel, an oil, or both? I googled a bit and here is what I found

A moisture concentrated refreshing gel turns into a light moisture oil, delivering soft and moist hydration. Containing oil extracts from the passiflora seed that are rich in essential fatty acids, this unique formulation provides weightless yet long-lasting hydration—without the heaviness. Over time skin is hydrated, smoothed, and the skin moisture barrier is maintained. 

Mystery solved, it is a refreshing aqua gel that will turn into oil on your skin, amazing! I was in fact astonished by all the technology involved to create this small bottle of beauty product, I mean, it's gel-to-oil conversion dudes! I was super thrilled to try this product out and experience the gel-to-oil conversion myself, it feels so magical by just thinking about it! 

It is suggested to use belif Aqua Gel Oil as the last step of skin care, right before make up. The Aqua Gel Oil has a light herbal scent which is soothing and tranquilizing, I absolutely enjoy the natural scent. Don't worry if you don't fancy of herbal scent because the natural fragrance does not linger on the skin after product application.

With so much excitement and anticipation, I applied 3 pumps of belief Aqua Gel Oil on my skin, in the hope of witnessing the gel-to-oil transformation. Unfortunately, I did not get to see the gel being converted to oil on my face. The gel is so light and weightless that it is completely absorbed by my skin as soon as I spread it evenly on my face, leaving no trace behind. I was trying hard to find some traces of "oil" but my skin feels absolutely fresh and clean to touch, it's not even any close oily and greasy. So, did the gel-to-oil conversion take place? To be completely frank, I have no idea. I have been using Aqua Gel Oil for weeks but never once I get to see the gel being transformed into oil.

You thought I do not like Aqua Gel Oil because I don't get to see the gel-to-oil conversion? Nah you're wrong! belif Aqua Gel Oil is undoubtedly an awesome moisturizer that performs pretty well in boosting your skin with long-lasting hydration. The hydration it provides is incredibly lasting that my skin is supple and dewy at the end of the day. After using this whole set of belif products for weeks, my skin conditions are greatly improved - smoother, softer and more hydrated skin. However, you won't like belif Aqua Gel Oil if you have a tight budget, RM 205 / 50ml is not cheap!

belif Cleansing Oil Fresh
 RM140 / 150ml

Next, we have belif Cleansing Oil Fresh, a cleansing oil with refreshing finish tailored for those with oily skin. I have combination skin type and I think it works great on me too. Similar to the other products reviewed in this post, belif Cleansing Oil Fresh is dermatologist tested, and it is free of mineral oils, Parabens, Sulphates, Phthalates, petrolatum, synthetic preservatives, dyes, fragrances and animal origin ingredients. 

How thoughtful is this! The cleansing oil actually comes with a complimentary pump nozzle while it is originally capped with a black screw cap. Screw cap for travelling and pump nozzle for daily dispensing purpose, brilliant idea! No more spillage and leakage when you're on the go! 

I put on some foundation on my hand, poured a drop of belif Cleansing Oil Fresh and spread it evenly over my hand. Here is what happened, the cleansing oil melted and broke down the foundation, functionality pass! One point to bear in mind when using Cleansing Oil Fresh is that you should always massage the oil on a dry skin surface, and rinse it off with lukewarm water afterwards. This is the rule of thumb for all cleansing oils. 

After this, add some water and give your skin a good massage. This action will help to emulsify the cleansing oil to ensure that there is no oil residue being left behind. The emulsified oil mixture has a milky and whitish appearance, make sure you get this before you rinse your face off thoroughly.

Containing Soapberry and Sweet Flag ingredients, belif Cleansing Oil Fresh is able to help to prevent future breakouts. In addition to removing make up, the cleansing oil can eliminate blackheads in the long run. I do not have serious blackheads problem so the blackheads elimination effect is not significant on my skin. However, I do like the fresh and squeaky clean feeling after using belif Cleansing Oil Fresh. I particularly love its strong cleansing power, waterproof mascara and eyeliner can be all removed in a breeze! 

belif Tinted Moisturizer Powdery B.B.
RM99 / 30ml

Last but not least, my favourite product from this Christmas Gift Set, belif Tinted moisturizer powdery B.B. 

belif Tinted Moisturizer Powdery B.B.
RM99 / 30ml

I have to admit that the product's name is a tad misleading, Tinted Moisturizer Powdery B.B? My first impression is that this is a tube of tinted moisturizer. I have tried some other tinted moisturizers and I am not impressed, at all. My previous experience with tinted moisturizer is quite unpleasant, the products are way too oily and greasy to my liking, and they wear off too fast as a BB cream. What I get at the end of the day is a patchy and dirty looking face. Oh dear, that's really terrible! I don't use tinted moisturizers ever since then. Therefore, I was really skeptical when I read Tinted moisturizer powdery B.B on the packaging, I thought this is going to be another disaster. As the saying goes, "Never judge a book by its cover". I gave the product a try and to my absolute surprise, I was madly in love with it!

belif Tinted Moisturizer Powdery B.B.
RM99 / 30ml

First of all, let's understand the product correctly. Based on the official introduction, belif Tinted Moisturizer Mowdery B.B. is a BB cream with UV protection function which leaves a matte finish on skin. This powdery B.B. cream creates a clear, translucent and natural skin tone, making it subtle and matte without the appearance of oiliness. Containing Canna from the Caribbean, which has a natural ability to control excess sebum, the cream helps leave the skin smooth and refreshed all day long.

As soon as I dispense the product on my hand, I know that this is definitely not a tinted moisturizer *relif*. Its creamy texture reflects that it is a BB cream of good quality, and I was proven right. The BB cream spreads like a butter on my hand, so silky smooth and easy to spread

In order to show the coverage and finish of the BB cream, I had nothing else on my face other than belif Tinted moisturizer powdery B.B. No concealer at all. I was a bit worried that the BB cream might not fit my skin tone as there is only one shade available, but it seems that the shade is just right for my complexion. 

Can you see the natural glow on my cheek? It's actually more obvious and significant in real life, I love it! The BB cream brightens my complexion in a natural way without making me to look pale and sick. On a side note, the BB cream has a buttery texture (fret not, it's not oily like butter) that you do not need any make up brush or sponge to apply the product, just fingers are great enough for an even application. 

Coverage wise, I think it did a great job in covering small imperfections like small dark spots and discoloration. Although it is unable to completely conceal my large patch of birthmark, the birthmark is significantly lightened, which I think is fair enough as the condition of my birthmark is serious.

The BB cream adheres to my skin seamlessly and it feels lightweight for real. Due to its moisturizing property, the BB cream does not accentuate fine lines near my eye areas, it does not cake too! 

Although it claims to give a matte finish, I would say that it gives a semi-matte finish instead. You can see that my cheekbones have a dewy finish while the rest of my face looks impeccably matte. This is the finish that I have been trying hard to achieve as it makes one to look more radiant and healthy.

Can you tell how much I like belif Tinted Moisturizer Mowdery B.B. judging from the amount of photos I took? *lol* The blurring effect is so eye-pleasing and I can see myself using it on daily basis!

I will be over the moon if I were gifted belif Christmas Gift Set as such, and I believe your girlfriends will be happy to receive it too! Do check out more of the gift sets from belif stores, it's still not too late to get them for your girls now!

For more information,
Website    : belif.com.my
Facebook  : https://www.facebook.com/belifmalaysia/ 



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