Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Reviews on castor oil, ZA Vitamin Lips, Palmer's Dark Chocolate Lip Butter

Castor Oil for eyelash growth. Me and E have been looking for castor oil for a long long time now and we finally found it a few shops away from our workplace about a month ago. Little India sure sells some pretty unexpected stuffs. So anyway castor oils are supposedly good to help grow eyelashes which is the main reason we even bought this oily stuff.

Fast forward, I have to admit that I'm really lazy to put it on my eyelashes and I've used it lets says less than 7 times. E has the problem of the oil entering her eyes and causing her blurred vision while for me, I use it sparingly, maybe a little too sparingly that's one reason I don't get the problem and any results. LOL.

A while back, E chance upon a person selling castor oil online in a forum.
Not to be mean or anything but I just had to quote out this person;
She mentioned that she had troubles searching for castor oil and out of desperation, had wanted to order online and pay international shipping. Finally found a shop that sells, which is always out of stock and waited a month just to get her bottle and now wants to share it with everyone!
Awww, that's sweet. It really is. Oh, and the person was selling it for RM5 for 10ml (COD) or RM9 for 10ml (Pos Ekspres).

Problem is castor oil is easily available in almost any Indian shop along Little India. It's never out of stock since they apparently use it for cooking and had the shock of their lives when me and E told them we wanted it for our eyelashes.
Just thought that I should point out that me and E bought an entire bottle for RM3. *cough* and that's the bigger, better quality one rather than the smaller, crummy packed RM2.


Anyway she was unable to provide pictures of her own eyelash since she has a pretty bad camera so I thought "Hey why not, I try this experiment myself!" I'm sincerely interested in seeing the results myself so what the heck, but due to my laziness, the results were a little disappointing. I guess I have myself to blame.


Left to right: Before and After. Click on pic to enlarge,
Gosh, I'm so embarrassed of these two pictures >.<



Onwards ho, mates!

Next up, bought this when I was a little desperate for lip balm for my lips. It was NOT very convenient to carry out my Perfumeria Gal Madrid lip balms so I had to buy one which is easy to carry out and Ta-Daa, saw the ZA Vitamin Lip at Watsons at RM14.90 for 2! My mom wanted one too so this was great. Thinking back, if it's too cheap to be true, it probably is. Damnit!

Item: ZA Vitamin Lip
Price: RM14.90 for 2
Where: Watsons or any local drugstore
Descirption on the front: Lip treatment infused with Pure Vitamin C keeps lips looking healthy and smooth. SPF 26. PA+++ UVA/UVB

my 2 cents on it;

Believe it or not, when applied, it has a very salty taste. I'm not sure whether it's because of the pure vitamin C or whatever but I can't stop myself from licking it! Not that it taste good or anything but it's just something I couldn't stop myself from doing. Because of that, I'm not sure if my licking made my lips dry or because of the lip balm that my lips peeled... like an orange. Okay, exaggeration on that part but my lips peeled.

I asked a friend if she had the same problem when using it and she said that hers became dry but it didn't peel. So if there's anyone out there who's thinking about buying this, save your money and buy Vaseline instead, cost about RM5 for a bottle to last you a life time.

But if there's any reviews or comments from people who has bought and used this before, feel free to post up, I would like to hear your reviews!

Pro: Contains SPF, cheap, small and easy to carry
Cons: Made my lips peel, taste salty

Would I repurchase: Hell NO!


Left to Right: The back of the cover, ZA Vitamin Lip
Click on pic to enlarge

Because of the failure of ZA Vitamin Lips, I had to buy another lip balm, so I ended up with this instead. Palmer's Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Lip Butter, sounds YUMMY!

Item: Palmer's Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Lip Butter
Price: RM14.90
Where: Watsons or any local drugstore
Description on the front: Softens & soothes lips, adds subtle gloss



my 2 cents on it;

Hmm... it states that it gives us a slight tingle when applied which is about true for about 3 seconds. So since it did say slight, so fine. The dark chocolate and peppermint smell is heavenly, it's unfortunate that it doesn't last very long, it sorta fades a way quite quickly after application. While it does sooth our dry/chapped lips, its because it pretty much vaseline. I'm really not kidding, it's good and all but I once applied it to sleep and the very next morning, upon waking up, I woke up with vaseline like substance in terms of smell and texture on my lips.

Pro: Smells heavenly, nice subtly gloss
Cons: Feels and taste like Vaseline after a while, smell doesn't last long

Would I repurchase: Yes only because it's convenient, No because Vaseline works the same. So it depends on my desperation level then.



It fits, it fits! Like d'oh

A round of applause please, the ZA compact fits into my MJ compact quite nicely.

One thing I love about ZA is the two- way foundation powder. Comes with SPF 20 PA ++ UVA/UVB. I tend to wait till there's a special promotion when it sells for 2 for only RM49.90 rather than the usual RM33.90 for one. Hee~

To date, it never fails to make E compliment my skin as it smooth out my skin way better than most foundations I use and the coveraage is pretty good. I use colour number 21 and it's super natural on me, Ahh, love love love it. Cheap and good. *Muaks*

Only con about it is that ZA turquoise compact casing is butt ugly, but now that it's confirmed able to fit into a MJ casing, it's no longer a problem. For me anyway.

3 comments:

Cerise said...

Hi! I just came across your blog today.
You're right, the Za vitamin lip balm tastes super salty. I couldn't stand it so into the bin it went.
The Palmer's Dark Chocolate & Peppermint really sounds heavenly. Might want to buy one because anything chocolate flavoured is irresistible to me!
You made me laugh out loud when you said the ZA turquoise compact casing is butt-ugly!LOL. But i do agree, so good for you that it fits into the Majolica Majorca casing.

hevn said...

Hey there Cerise, thanks for the feedback! Appreciate it.

As for the Palmer's, it's nice initially, now that I accidentally left it in the car once, the texture has change to that of vaseline when it melts, it's ... odd. It's watery, it doesn't stay on my lips longer than 1 minute, it simply is like applying oil on my lips and gone are the moisturizing properties. Buy it if you really do like your lips to smell chocolatety heavenly but don't leave it in the sun/ car like stupid me. LOL!

LOL! *happily flashes her MJ casing*

Eisse J said...

thx for the review. I'm not the only one that thinks ZA Vitamin Lip taste weird afterall =p...The salty+sourness come from pure Vitamin C, perhaps?

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