Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Skincare binge~Naruko and My Beauty Diary

My skin has been super erratic lately so I decided to indulge in some new skincare items. My friend has been trying out a few night jellies from Naruko (a skincare line from Taiwan) and had a positive experience so I decided to give the line a shot since there were a few promotions going on the Taiwan website. My friend had acquired the night jellies through the Taiwan website since Sasa.com was not selling the line at the time (Sasa does carry a few items now).

I cannot read Chinese so google translate was a great help, my bf was a minor help. My friend had experience with the site so she was also kind enough to give me the basics of how to navigate on the page. The Singapore website for Naruko also provided some info in English although the layout is different from the Taiwan website. I placed my order on a Friday, it shipped on Wednesday and I received my order the following Saturday.

Price wise, items on the Taiwan page was cheaper compared to Sasa.com. It was also nice that you could order sets of things. However, the big drawback is the cost of shipping (I think it is based on weight), although EMS is used so your order arrives quite fast after it is dispatched. Overall, my order contained 18 items and shipping ended up being around $70.

So this is what I ended up with:

Rose Basic Toner (x2)
Narcissus Total Defense Fundamental Serum
*Narcissus Total Defense Night Repairing Dew (x2)
Narcissus Total Defense Moisturizing Night Repair
Narcissus Total Defense Night Gelly
Niaouli & Tea Tree T-Zone Blackhead Remover
*Niaouli & Tea Tree Acne Toner
*Niaouli & Tea Tree Balancing Moisturizer
Marjoram and Lavender Brightening Serum
Magnolia Brightening and Firming Night Gelly
Job's Tears Whitening and Cooling Night Gelly

Not pictured:
*Narcissus Total Defense Mousse Facial Wash
*Narcissus Total Defense BB cream
*Facial Spa Massage Cotton Pads (3 packs)
Facial White Illuminating Cotton Pads (3 packs)
*Celestial White Moss Shower Mousse

Items with an asterisk (*) are the things that I'm currently using. The facial items have been pretty nice so far. Nothing has any offensive scents or residue. The BB cream is very sheer and light but works nicely as a primer for me. The shower mousse is not very remarkable and the bf described the scent as the kind you smell when you're in the bath aisle at an Asian supermarket here in the states -_- I kind of have to agree, it's pretty generic. Thankfully, the scent isn't very strong and doesn't linger much. The mousse is moisturizing enough so I'll most likely keep it in my rotation of shower items.

A niffy feature of the Naruko packaging is that it can transform into different types of containers as a means of promoting recycling.

Flatten box and instructions

Here's a few final products:

The box/container depends on the size of your item

My other skincare indulgence has been sheet masks. I'm ending up with a bit of a Pokemon syndrome and trying to catch all the My Beauty Diary varieties that have been released but I only have one face, so I'm trying to start using up all the masks that I have before acquiring anymore. However, I couldn't resist the new Hello Kitty collaboration ones. Each kind comes with 3 different sheet mask wrappers:

Top: Strawberry Honey
Bottom: Strawberry Milk

So cute, I almost don't want to use them

The other My Beauty Diary mask to recently land in my lap are the Earl Grey Tea and Macaron kind. I'm curious as to what this one will smell like.

I hope to report positive skincare results soon!


sizbelle said...

Yes, Naruko had finally step into singapore. I'm planning to get something from them soon. Thats interesting idea to recycle the packaging.

Now even MBD mask smells sinful!

Unknown said...

I've been eying Naruko products lately but I havent found the time to wander thru the TW website yet ><

and omg where did you get the MBD masks?! I've seen them on Ebay for sinfully high prices but I do want to try them if I can find them for less than $15/box. Do tell how they work for u :D!

MEOW said...

ahh where did u get the hello kitty MBD masks?? they are tooo cute :)
and i never heard of that taiwanese brand before but i think i saw it on sasa before! hopefully it works for u :)

Jenn said...

@InsideOutElle @Meow I got the MBD masks through e-bay. The HK ones were about $17 including shipping.

jilliandanica said...

Have you seen a difference in your skin by using the MBD masks? I tried some of their masks and other sheet masks but I'm not sure if it's doing anything. Sometimes I think they even clog my pores =\

Let me know if there are any you swear by!

hanidee said...

I've been eying Naruko myself, Imomoko has a few of their items on their site as well, but I'm not sure if its slightly marked up or not. Can't wait to read your reviews!


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