Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Review: JUJU Cosmetics Vitamin C Toner and Hyaluronic Acid Whitening and Moisturizing Milky Lotion

When summer comes, I tend to hide indoors or in the shade because I tan.  So this year, I chose to use these products to help whiten my skin and avoid a tan.  My intentions of purchasing these products was to maintain a lighter skin tone and try to diminish the appearance of my sunspots.

The scent:  Fragrance-free for both products.

Consistency:  Like any other toner, this toner is clear and liquidy.  The lotion is opaque white and somewhat liquidy.
Juju Cosmetics Vitamin C Toner

Juju Cosmetics HA Whitening and Moisturizing Milky Lotion
Application:  After cleansing the face, apply the toner using a cotton pad and follow up with the lotion.  Make sure the lotion is applied to the face and neck.

Packaging:  There is 180 mL of product in the toner bottle and 150 mL of product in the lotion bottle.  Both are snap-lid closure. 

What it claims:
Toner -
"JuJu Cosmetics Aquamoist Vitamin C Toner can whiten and moisturize skin.  Easy for skin to absorb, relaxing and calms tense skin. Softens skin. Increasing the skin's ability of keeping moist, control melanin synthesis and reduce the formation of old corneum. Skin will become transparent after use.
  • Aquamoist using Vitamin C as inducer for whitening and transparent acid for moisturizing.
  • Combining Vitamin C and Glucose can whitening skin as well as controlling melanin synthesis. Great elements for preventing and reducing wrinkles and freckles.
  • Hyaluronic acid for water balancing, avoid hydrating. Skin will become transparent, shiny and firm after continuous usage.
  • Mild and weak acid formation. Fragrance and Mineral oil free."
Lotion -
"JUJU Cosmetics Aquamoist Hyaluronic Acid Whitening and Moisture Milky Lotion not only can it brighten skin, but also lighten black spots and melanin. Leaving you a vivid, silky smooth look."

Thoughts / Results:
I am more than half way done both bottles and I must say, they do whiten my skin.  The texture of my skin does feel soft.  I do get smooth, glowy look on my skin before makeup application in the morning.  My skin is still in the process of recovering from my "breakout" phase, so I wouldn't say my skin so soft.
I do feel it's controlled or impeded the formation of sunspots or melanin.  But I'm not sure whether it's lighten the spots because if I discontinue using it, the spots will just darken again.  So I've come to believe the toner and lotion are a temporary fix. 

Toner - $13.50 USD @Sasa.com
Lotion - $14.90 USD @Sasa.com

Product: JUJU Cosmetics Vitamin C Toner and Hyaluronic Acid Whitening and Moisturizing Milky Lotion
Rating:  5 / 5

- Whitens skin
- Non-greasy formula
- Effects are seen in a week
- Moisturizing

- Lightening sunspots / melanin is only a temporary fix

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Review: Meiji Amino Collagen Powder

Drinkable collagen powder? Does this stuff really work? These were the questions I asked when I first heard of these collagen powders on the market that can be added into your drinks and help boost the collagen in the skin.  You're probably reading my review right now and thinking the same thing.  It was just unbelievable to me.  Especially when I thought about talking it internally, I was afraid of any irreversible and side effects.  After drinking this can of Meiji Amino Collagen, I can tell you it worth a try. 

The scent:  Smells like full cream milk powder.

Consistency:  Dry powder

Ingredients: Fish collagen peptide (gelatin), maltdextrin, vegetable fat and oil, vitamin C, Flucosamine, arginine, gelling agent, flavor, emulsifier - some ingredients may contain soybeans and gelatin.

Directions:  Using the spoon given only in the can version of the Meiji Amino Collagen, take one scoop - worth 7 grams - and mix it in water, coffee or juice.  It is one scoop of the provided spoon with a flat top, so scrape off the rounded top using the edge of the lid - as shown in the picture.

Packaging:  This product comes individually packed in sachets, a can, and a refill bag.  I bought the can version which includes the spoon that scoops out 7 g of powder.  IMO, the individual sachets are more convenient than the can.  The can comes with 28 days worth of product / scoops.

What it claims: "Collagen helps to restore skin elasticity and diminish fine lines. Therefore, replenishing generous amounts of collagen is a shortcut to maintaining a youthful appearance. Meiji Amino Collagen is made by high quality of fish collagen peptide, it contains very low calories."

Thoughts / Results:
This is probably hard to believe but this collagen drink does really work.  IMO, the results are most noticeable in the morning and after applying makeup.  My skin looks dewy in the morning without makeup.  The results are also noticeable after applying makeup as I feel the makeup doesn't cake on.  After the first day of taking the collagen drink, I noticed the change in my skin the next morning.  I take the drink first thing in the morning, mixed in a cup of homemade coffee.  This powder may be used as milk-constituent.  It contains 5000 mg of collagen and just 1.3 g of carbohydrates.  As you may or may not know, our body processes drinks faster than what we eat.  Therefore, I wasn't surprised to see the results of the collagen powder the next morning.

As for the taste, I've read others' reviews saying there is a slight fishy taste to the powder but I don't notice it.

I don't know about diminishing fine lines as I don't have any at my age nor do I notice a loss of skin elasticity, therefore I cannot comment on the two features of this collagen powder.  However, I do notice a change in my skin condition.  I feel my skin heals faster after drinking the powder.

As for the packaging, I think the pre-packaged sachets are better than the can version.  As I reach the bottom of the can, it becomes difficult to take the last two scoops.  I would've bought the refill bag since there's more product for the same price as the can but I needed the spoon.

$34.30 USD @Sasa.com

Product: Meiji Amino Collagen Powder
Rating: 4.5 / 5

- Fast absorbancy and noticeable results
- Gives me dewy skin in the morning and noticeably nicer skin during and after makeup application

- The can version of this product wasn't very convenient when I reached the last 2 or 3 days as it was hard to scoop up

Feel free to ask a question or comment on your experience. ;)
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