Thursday, December 14, 2017

12 Innisfree Products I Have Used

Photo By: Elin Chow

I am a huge fan of Innisfree products and have used quite a number of their products. Well, it is not really a lot, but I feel that it would be good to share them in a single post to keep track the number of products I have used. So, here are the 12 products from Innisfree that I have used or am currently using.

1. Innisfree No Sebum Powder

My Review: Innisfree No Sebum Powder

The Innisfree No Sebum Powder is undoubtedly my most favorite and must have product from Innisfree. It comes in two different forms: loose powder and pressed powder. I have tried both the loose and pressed powder, but I prefer the loose powder more.

I have been using this powder for years, and am still loving it very much. The powder helps to control sweat and sebum and keep my makeup clean on my face. So for people with combination or oily skin, this will be a great choice. This is a product that I can never do without. Furthermore, the price is fairly affordable as well.

2. Innisfree Long Wear Cushion Foundation

My Review: Innisfree Long Wear Cushion Foundation

Other than the No Sebum Powder, the Long Wear Cushion Foundation is my other must have product from Innisfree. This is the most used foundation at the moment. Just like the No Sebum Powder, the  Long Wear Cushion Foundation helps to control excess sweat and sebum and keep my face matte and oil free for hours.

This foundation is pretty lightweight but does not offer much coverage. My skin does not feel sticky after application. It gives an amazing matte finish without drying the skin. The effect is almost long-lasting as well. I will keep re-purchasing this product since it works amazingly well on my skin.

3. Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Sheet Masks

Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Sheet Masks offers a wonderful variety of sheet mask products that are suitable for everyone's budget and skin types. The most affordable It's Real Squeeze range is Innisfree's most popular sheet mask products. There are 16 choices available for you to choose from - - Acai, Aloe Vera, Bamboo, Bija, Blackberry, Cucumber, Green Tea, Kiwi, Lime, Manuka Honey, Pomegranate, Rice, Rose, Shea Butter, Strawberry and Tea Tree.

My favorite is their Manuka Honey sheet mask because I find it very soothing and moisturizing. It helps to hydrate and reduce redness and irritation on my skin.

4. Innisfree Skin Clinic Masks

The Innisfree Skin Clinic Masks are twice as expensive as It's Real Squeeze sheet masks. There are 7 different choices available for you to choose from - Peptide, Madecassoside, BHA, Vita C, Catechin, Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen. The Innisfree Skin Clinic Masks are better quality than It's Real Squeeze sheet masks. It is very soft and thin and adhere to my face well.

5. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam

The Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam is suitable for everyday use, especially for people with combination or oily skin. However, it might be a little too drying for people with dry skin. It cleanse the pores well and remove excess sebum without over drying the skin. The cleanser is soft, has a semi-thick consistency and contains microbeads that gently exfoliate the skin. My skin feels fresh and clean after every wash.

The Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam is currently my most favorite facial cleanser. Although, it is a little expensive, I will still repurchase this since it cleanse my skin really well.

6. Innisfree Sea Salt Cleansing Water

The Innisfree Sea Salt Cleansing Water is a makeup removing cleansing water that claims to remove makeup and dirt completely. I find the cleansing power a little underwhelming. Although it does remove most of my face and eye makeup, it would not get the makeup off completely in one go. It will require some harsh rubbing in order to cleanse well.

Price wise, it is a little expensive. I might not repurchase this product again because I believe there are much more better products in the market that can remove makeup better than the Innisfree Sea Salt Cleansing Water.

7. Innisfree Auto Eye Brow Pencil

This is an inexpensive eye brow pencil, available in 7 different colors. The texture of the pencil is very soft and smooth and does not irritate the skin. It glides across my eyebrow easily and create soft natural looking brows. Furthermore, the price is really cheap. However, the color is really light and barely visible. So, for anyone who prefer sharp and thick brows, this is probably not for you.

8. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Black Head Out Balm

My Review: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Black Head Out Balm

The Jeju Volcanic Black Head Out Balm is inexpensive blackhead skincare removal product. The product comes in a solid balm form but melts into an oil texture once you massage it onto your skin. Price is cheap, but unfortunately, it is not super effective. The balm does not really remove blackheads, especially deep-rooted and stubborn ones.

I bought this because it was really cheap. Although the result is a little disappointing, it is a great choice for people with a low budget. I would probably not re-purchase this again because it is not really a must-have product for me.

9. Innisfree Eco Science Serum
My Review: Innisfree Eco Science Serum

Innisfree Eco Science Serum is an anti-aging serum with a runny consistency, thus it is easy to spread and absorb by the skin. It is not very moisturizing and I am not sure how effective this is in helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I would probably not re-purchase this again because I would like to try other brand of serums available in the market.

10. Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Foam

I ran out of the Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam, so I decided to try the Green Tea Cleansing Foam. Formulated with fresh green tea extract, the dense, rich foam helps to wash off makeup residue and dirt inside pores without drying the skin. My skin feels clean and fresh after every wash.

The Green Tea Cleansing Foam is suitable for all skin types, especially for people with sensitive or combination skin. But I still prefer the Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam to the Green Tea Cleansing Foam.

11. Innisfree Cream Mellow Lipstick 

The Innisfree Cream Mellow Lipstick is available 10 different colors. I bought this lipstick in #8 Glossy red color. The color is very pretty and looks really good on my skin tone.

Packaging is simple. The lipstick comes in a white plastic case with rose gold accent, which adds an elegant touch to it. The consistency of the lipstick is very soft and creamy, thus very easy to apply. It is moisturizing and makes my lips look voluminous.

12. Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mask

I received a sample size Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask from Innisfree, and so I decided to try it out. The Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mask is a 6-in-1 pore treatment clay mask made from minerals released by volcanic expansions in Jeju. It claims to be effective in shrinking pores, control sebum, exfoliate, deeply cleanse, brighten and smooth skin.

The texture of the mask is a thick gray clay, which smell a little like play-doh. Although it is very thick, it is easily spreadable. The mask helps to exfoliate and remove sebum on my skin. My skin feel clean, smooth and tight after use. But I find it a little oily for my liking.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Tsubohachi Izakaya-Hokkaido | Publika Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Photo By: Elin Chow
Official Website: Tsubohachi Izakaya-Hokkaido 
Address: A2-UG1-9 Dutamas, No.1 Jalan Dutamas, Jalan Solaris, Publika 50480, Hartamas Height, Kuala Lumpur

I have been procrastinating whether I should write about my recent dining experience at Tsubohachi Izakaya-Hokkaido @ Publika because some of the photos I took are blurred and I hate posting low quality photos on my space here. But I still decided to write about it because I would like to share about my enjoyable dining experience.

Tsubohachi Izakaya-Hokkaido is an underrated Japanese Izakaya in Publika.The reason why I say it is underrated is because the food is really good but surprisingly, not many people seem to know about this restaurant. 

For those who do not know, Izakaya is a type of informal gastropub serving Tapas style food.  It is a casual place to meet and drink after work.

The first thing that you will noticed when you stepped into the restaurant is the 2 giant wooden bathtubs with matching pendant lights shining above them. 

The restaurant is pretty spacious with a few different seating options for diners to choose from. You can either choose to sit at normal tables, the wooden bathtubs or right on the ground on tatami mats. The atmosphere is very comfortable and relaxing.

Tsubohachi offers a wide range of delicious food items and drinks. From Sashimi, edamame, various salads, meat and noodles, to classic Izakaya favorites like grilled seafood, Okonomiyaki and Yakitori. The options are really vast and we were totally spoilt for choice! 

I love Takoyaki! I will always order Takoyaki whenever I visit a Japanese restaurant. But this one was nothing impressive. 

Chawanmushi is steamed egg custard topped with mushrooms. This is a simple dish that we would always order whenever we dine in a Japanese restaurant. The texture of the egg is silky smooth and melts instantly in your mouth.  Taste is light and richly flavorful. However, the price is a little expensive.

Salmon Sashimi
Salmon Sashimi was very fresh. The taste is buttery rich and has an almost melt-in-mouth texture. So delicious!

Nagashi Somen Set (Flowing Noodle Set)
Nagashi Somen is an unique way of serving thin noodles via flowing cold water. The noodles will slide down from a sliced bamboo pipe. Diners will have to use chopsticks to pick up the noodles as they slided down and dipped them in cold dipping sauce before eating. 

At Tsubohachi, the bamboo pipe is replaced by a Somen Set, which includes wheat-flour noodles, Ebi Tempura, fruits and vegetables and dipping sauce. We enjoy catching the noodles, fruits and vegetables from the flowing cold water. It really require a certain amount of skill!

Ebi Tempura was fried to a beautiful golden brown. It was not overly battered and gave a loud crunchy sound at every bite. Although it was delightfully crispy, it was not greasy at all. The prawns were also very fresh and nicely cooked and served with a tempura dipping sauce.

Hotate Yaki (Grilled Scallops)
My favorite will always be Hotate Yaki - a very expensive but delicious treat. The butter grilled scallops were awesomely sweet, tender and flavorful. I have been craving for this since I came back from Japan last year. This was also one of the reason we chose to visit this restaurant. But seriously, one is not enough to satisfy my craving. 

Kyuri Ippon Zuke (Japanese Style Pickled Cucumber) 
This one is my husband's favorite. I am not sure how it taste because I hate cucumber! But according to my husband, this was really good.

Tenderloin Steak with Ponzu
This was very disappointing. Served with a dipping sauce made from grated daikon, the meat was tasteless, hard and dry. Definitely not recommended.

Tako-Butsu (Diced Octopus Sashimi)
Diced Octopus Sashimi were not finely sliced, which was a little tough to eat. The texture is rubbery and difficult to chew. Not recommended!

Toro Salmon Sashimi (Salmon Belly)
Toro Salmon Sashimi is always one of my favorite, which is the fattier belly portion of the fish. The Sashimi is very fresh and has a buttery, melt-in mouth texture. Each slice of Sashimi was delicately cut, nicely presented and served freshly raw. Every bite of it was truly a delight.

Buta Kimchi Nabe (Pork Belly & Kimchi Claypot)
Made with anchovy broth, Kimchi, pork belly and vegetables, this soup pot is hot and sour that will warm your body up during rainy days. But the broth was a little too salty for my liking. Otherwise, I will definitely love this dish very much.

Salmon Harasu Yaki (Grilled Salmon Belly)
Since I am a big fan of raw Salmon belly, I decided to order the grilled ones to try as well. However, I did not like it very much because it was a little too salty. Unlike the raw version, the grilled Salmon belly has a very strong fishy taste too.

Tobiko Ajitama
I am not sure how this taste because I do not like boiled egg. But according to my husband, this is sweet and the taste was not bad.

Unagi Kabayaki (Boiled Eel)
Unagi Kabayaki is a popular dish in Japan, but I really do not like its strong fishy smell. For those who love Unagi, this should be good. 

Tobiko Gunkan
Tsubohachi Tebasaki & Nagoya Tebasaki (Fried Chicken Wings)

The chicken wings were well-seasoned and fried to perfection. Simple and delicious!

Madai Shabu Shabu

Madai is Seabream fish. I believe this is a kind of seasonal fish in Japan. Since it is currently available, we decided to try it out too. The fish meat was very soft and fresh. Definitely worth paying for!

Overall, we have a wonderful time eating at this restaurant. The total bill came to RM 400++ and the amount food we ordered was just nice for the 4 of us. Food was generally good and service was awesome. The staffs were prompt at clearing the empty plates and refill our tea. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an authentic Izakaya dining experience.

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