Skincare Review – [SKIN&LAB] Dr. Pore Tightening: Glacial Clay Facial Mask

Please note that you will see some poorly photographed pictures below. I’m still experimenting and learning how to take pictures and editing them 😀

Recently, Hermo celebrated their 5th anniversary on the 12th of June and you know what happens on anniversaries – SALES!!!


I nabbed SO many facial masks I think I have enough supply for months! Anyway, let’s get back to SKIN&LAB.

The packaging is a clean and white design with a light slate green as the featured colour, which is also the same colour as the glacial mask itself. The product provides a spatula and a white cap to prevent air from entering due to the clay’s tendency to dry out.


The clay is gritty due to the added ingredient of oatmeal but when you spread it on your face, it is not rough or harsh to the skin.

If you want to see the full list of ingredients and the promotional description of this product, please click here.

Now, I’m not very good at reviewing skincare products. In fact I have never done it before and didn’t want to at first but there’s something about this product that all of you must know! First things first, this product is NOT for (in my opinion):

  • highly sensitive skin
  • people that dislike any kind of sensation on their face

I think these 2 are the most important points to take note. Okay, so WHY do I say so? This is what happened to me.

I used to spatula to spread the mask all over my face. It’s quite creamy and light so it was easy to spread.

Within 5 seconds (still spreading), a cooling sensation can be felt.  That’s nice.

10 seconds – sharp tingling sensation started to happen.  Wait, what’s happening.

15 to 30 seconds – that sharp sensation isn’t tingling anymore and can be felt all over my face. In fact, it’s started to feel painful.  Ohmygodohmygodohmygod.

After my face was covered by the mask, I sat down and thinking if I should wash it off. At this time, I wasn’t in fully panicking yet. There were so many questions swirling in my head: Maybe my skin is too sensitive that’s why it hurts? or Maybe this product is supposed to do that? or Maybe I SHOULD WASH THIS DAMN MASK OFF??? I was so lost and felt cheated (it was still expensive even though it was on sale) that I bought a product that didn’t suit my skin. I scanned through the box but found nothing that mention a tingling sensation BECAUSE IT WAS ALL WRITTEN IN KOREAN. The pain was similar to when I put benzoyl peroxide on my face as a spot treatment to kill off acne BUT I PUT IT ALL OVER MY FACE WITH THIS MASK. I forced myself to stay calm, took my phone and start browsing the hell of out google, looking for reviews. I was SO GLAD I wasn’t the only one that felt the sting. Check out Jude Chao’s post with a more in-depth review.

After reading her post, then only I knew that the box did mention there will be a slight tingle and in their promotional description as well that I carelessly missed out.

I went to Wishtrend because Hermo’s site was loading too slowly

I expected my face to be flushed red and hurt to the touch but surprisingly, my skin didn’t turn red at all (THANK GOD)! It felt moist and smooth. And when I checked the pore at my nose, it was significantly clean and clear! I’ve always thought that reviewing your skin before and after washing isn’t very objective because pores will become/look smaller each time after washing. So I checked the next morning and as the product claimed, it did minimise my pores and the red patches on my face are lesser too.

Even though all is well in hindsight, please please PLEASE take caution when products claim to give a tingling or SHARP-PAIN-LIKE feeling, especially for sensitive skin types.

I hope this not-so-in-depth review helped spread awareness, hahaha.

My skin type : sensitive, combination


》2/5/2017《 KL Trip: Day 6/6

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 |

wp-image-367611315.The dreaded last day. So much to do before heading to the airport. Tim’s coursemate wanted to have a meal with us before we left so I picked a place that had a stationery store that I’ve been dying to go ;p Check out their website and you KNOW that it is one of the most comprehensive and well-stocked stationery store. It’s like Popular Bookstore but minus the rack of books and more journal, writing and art supplies! I didn’t take any picture of the interior because I was too busy indulging myself with all that they have. But if you check out their instagram or you know about their washi tape wall, you know this store is the real deal. Their recently hired Community Manager, Joy Chong came up to me while I was mesmerized by their collection of Tombow and Sakura Koi brush pens. Obviously she didn’t know who I was because she’s not a stalker like I am.

Hi, do you need help with anything?

Oh, no worries I’m just exploring.

Okay, if you need anything just let me know.

wp-image--1454484725Being able to visit and enter the store is surreal enough but seeing and talking to the person I’ve been stalking and artwork I admire it’s as if I’ve met a celebrity. 😍

As I promised in Day 2, I’ll do a haul on the stationery I bought 🙂

We drove the car back to Jeff’s dad’s workshop, called a taxi and head to the airport. We made a stop to KLIA2 because our friends requested Garrett’s popcorn in their shopping list. Then, we took the express train from KLIA2 to KLIA1.

I really hope to go back again if I get the chance. It was a wonderful and memorable trip. The food, my friends, the shopping – I’ll be back for you.

》1/5/2017《 KL Trip: Day 5/6

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 |

Day 5 is Sukishi day!


Sukishi and Suki-Ya has the same concept: Japanese Shabu Shabu Buffet. The thin slices of pork/beef/chicken/lamb is endless. The only difference is that Suki-Ya doesn’t serve pork in their menu. They’re paired best with the sukiyaki soup base, I reckon. You swirl it in beaten raw eggs after scooping them out from the soup which cools them down considerably before you dip it in a spicy miso paste sauce (I think. Just dip it. It’s good) and into your mouth. It’s warm, smooth, flavourful, and the best thing is, it’s endless. Every seat has a sheet of paper introducing the types of meat, soup and sauces they have, as well as a guide for you to enjoy your shabu shabu time more efficiently. All the sauces will be served to you automatically. All you need to do is choose the soup base and meat. Yes, you can order all that they provide.

And like every buffet restaurant, there’s ice cream! They used to serve a black sesame ice cream but it wasn’t highly accepted by people so now they only serve green tea and chocolate ice cream, which is yum too!

After lunch Tim and I spent our time in Sunway Pyramid reminiscing about the good old times. It’s the best shopping mall to get anything because it has a wide price range and it has every kind of shop there is.

We bought llaollao – THE best frozen yogurt I’ve ever eaten after Yogurberry disappeared. Can’t decide on the sauce? Go for chocorock and I promise you will not regret it. The best deal is probably Sanum – you get 2 types of crunchies and 3 types of fruits and 1 sauce; that’s like, 6 toppings!

I can’t remember what we had for dinner. Before retiring back to our hotel, we managed to catch Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 from TGV Cinemas. How psychotic was his dad anyway?

It’s June already and I’m still not done blogging about my trip to KL in April. What’s taking so long? I just moved to a new place temporarily and there’s no wifi there. I’ve exhausted the limited data that I have on my phone. I usually dread going to work but it’s the nearest place I can get a wifi connection, so I find it weird that I look forward to go to work now. I know I’ve said this before but my monthly friend still hasn’t visited yet which makes me all moody and tired. To top it all off, it has been raining every evening everyday.

》30/4/2017《 KL Trip: Day 4/6

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 |

The night before I struggled to sleep in. I was awake almost the whole time because my head was pounding and my throat felt like sand paper and my nose was dripping phlegm down to my throat making me choke while I’m trying to sleep. I constantly had to go to toilet and expel the phlegm. The hotel room only had an aircond so my nose was acting up all night. Plus, I had high fever making me prone to having the chills. I didn’t bring any medicine in case of emergency nor a cardigan or long pants. It was late at night and there was no pharmacy open. Tim had a clean tshirt, he let me wore it over my own to battle the chills. my legs were still vulnerable though because the hotel blanket was not thick enough. But protect your heart and it’ll warm you up (that’s what I think anyway).

We had to meet Tim’s parents at 9am for breakfast but he woke at 7.30am and left. When he came back at around 8.30am, he came holding a plastic with take-away porridge and a bunch of medicine he bought from a pharmacy. I was so touched I could’ve cried. It was such a loving gesture.

So I had porridge for breakfast, had to miss out eating breakfast with his parents and the rest of the day out because I had plans with my friends at night so I knew that if I didn’t rest during the day, I wouldn’t be able to meet them at night which is like THE highlight of this trip.

Ate, popped some tablets and slept till evening.

At 4pm I had another appointment with Musee Platinum. I guess I have to return to KL from time to time because they don’t have a branch in KK. Musee is a hair removal salon. So far I’ve had 4 sessions and the results are as promised.

When I woke up at 2.30pm, I felt surprisingly rested and less warm to the touch. I washed up, changed my clothes and walked over to Sunway Pyramid. I slept so long I haven’t had my lunch yet so I walked over to Jusco; there’s a stall that sells sweet potato and I reckon they’re the best. Bought myself an apple + dragonfruit juice with aloe vera cubes to boost my immunity and sat at available benches to munch.

My best friend picked me and another friend up and off we went for dinner!


Surely we can’t miss out desserts.


Best day ever, albeit sick.

》29/4/2017《 KL Trip: Day 3/6

Day 1 | Day 2 |

It hasn’t been a particularly difficult week in terms of work lately. I think my monthly visitor is due so I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and self-reflection on my behaviour and future (that explains the previous posts).

Day 3 was the main reason why we were having a trip in the first place: Tim’s convocation!


This year’s decoration is truly the most beautiful setting I’ve seen yet. The balloons makes all the difference. It imbues an environment of celebration, happiness and fun. Plus, the backgrounds for the photo-taking booth were exceptionally professional and polished. They had a few around the school grounds: the typical white background with the university’s logo, the “JUST GRADUATED”, and the abstract looking one.

There was 2 that Tim and his family did. I didn’t take picture of the one I’m about to mention, which is a aqua/pink/purple brushed over the background. That was really nice. The photo came out looking dreamy.

Next was this.

Nooooo… Come back in!

SO CUTE RIGHT? It’s a hot air balloon! We told the photographer that we wanted a funny pose. There were a few families before us and they just stood in the basket (still looking cute and pretty), but that’s what everyone was doing. So we decided that we wanted to do something a little different 😉 I mean, the photo costs RM10 per piece! We ought to make it count.

Dinner was at Madam Kwan’s at Sunway Pyramid with Tim’s family, aunt and uncle, and their family. I was too tired to take any photos, and I this was the day that I started to feel like I was falling sick.