Tony Moly Egg Pore Shiny Soap - Porelicious!

Happy Australia Day Ozzies!

I've been meaning to review this product for a little while, but I really wanted to use it for a few weeks to get a real good idea on it's long term benefits.

An ultra lathering soap with effective pore clarifying and purifying ingredients to clear pores of blackheads, whiteheads and other skin clogging impurities. With continued use, pores appear noticeably smaller with a significant reduction in sebum production. Use white soap during the day to brighten complexion, then use brown soap at night to tighten pores and refine skin texture. By Tony Moly.

I purchased this on for just over $10 AUD.  When it arrived my first impression (actually everyone in the rooms first impression) was WTF EGGS?.  The two soaps come plastic wrapped in a little cardboard egg carton.  Now one of the first things I thought about before purchasing this when I read reviews was why the hell TM, wet soaps with a cardboard storage container?  But to be honest it's been so hot here in Perth, the soap is usually practically dry by the time I put it back in the box... and tricky tricky, I lined the tray with a bit of plastic wrap.  My box is still as perfect as day one.

So that aside I want to emphasize how much I love these soaps.  While I'm aware there's really no way to shrink your pores, you can make them less noticeable, and keeping them clean from gunk certainly helps them not get larger and more prominent.  These work especially well on my nose and chin where I get alot of buildup.  They also cleared up a minor breakout I had at the time - and I've had no breakouts since!

The white soap has a really egg like scent, and the brown seems to more perfumed.  I don't find either to be off putting.  After use my skin does feel a little dryer so I make sure to moisturize straight away.  I have to say just because of this I haven't tried either as a 'mask' (where you leave the lather on your face for 5 minutes before rinsing).

The ultimate test for these little beauties was my brothers face.  My younger brother works for a trucking company and is constantly exposed to desert dirt and sand which get's in his pores.  So I got him to try this when he got back from his trip this time.  Viola!  The white soap totally did wonders really getting those pores clean.

Is it worth it?

  Of course... only $10 and I just know these soaps are going to last ages as they don't take much to lather up.

Will I buy again?

Would love to, although I suspect by the time I actually finish with them, my skin will be way better and I'll move onto some other wonder product.

I love when a product doesn't break the bank and still manages to deliver on its claims.... I approve Tony Moly.  Well played.

Bye Bye Brunette

After about fifteen years plus of dying the hell out of my hair from all dark red to violet to dark brown ... why even black on occasion, I've finally decided to take the plunge and let my hair have a break from the never ending cycle of dye, dye, die.

This all was bought about by seeing my natural roots growing out and thinking ... hmm what dark brown shade now? Then realizing I could keep going like this forever - AND I'M BORED WITH DOING THE SAME THING OVE- wait is my hair naturally dark blonde?

Yes, I've been dying it so long, I actually forgot about that.

Cue the hair color remover -

Jo Baz Hair Color Remover Max

to be exact.

"Hair Colour Remover shrinks the artificial dye molecules in the hair, enabling you to simply wash them away. What’s more Hair Colour Remover does not touch your natural hair pigment so you are left with the colour which lay beneath your artificial shade."

First up, a warning - you really do need to put quite a bit of time aside for this.  Be realistic about what you're expecting too.  Just because you're beige blonde, doesn't mean it's going to remove EVERY bit of dye upon dye build up.  Now I was stupid enough not to bother taking an actual before photo for an example, but see that model's photo up there?  Yeah, I was pretty much that color with alot of red showing through.  Also follow the instructions, and definitely rinse for way longer than the minimum time!  (I went with 10 mins at each rinse stage).

PS: This smells of sulphur. Personally I can handle that smell (roadtrips to Rotorua), but you're gonna need to do this in a well ventilated room.

This product got me back to a light coppery blondish color and really beige blonde at the roots.  I think this has alot to do with the amount of red based dyes that have stained my hair cuticle over the years.  I didn't bother taking an after photo until a couple of days later - and yes, as mentioned by some users my hair did darken up quite a bit after the initial use.

I ended up a red head basically - still lighter than that dark brown, but not quite what I was hoping for.

This is so not a good photo...

OK but after just over a week of clarifying shampoo etc, my hair is starting to fade out a bit, so maybe I'll get closer to my natural shade soon.

Overall Results?  Well it worked.  My hair is definitely lighter.  I wish it had removed more, and maybe if I had re-treated it I could have stripped more color, but although this product didn't do any further damage to my hair, with it being so light my dry ends are horribly noticeable so I didn't want to go there. (As of writing I've just chopped a good few inches off - much better!)

I really want to try out their Everyday Straight next... but I think I'll wait for a long weekend since you can't wash your hair for three days afterward, which I somehow think wouldn't go down well at work.

BOTB: Old stuff, New Stuff...

Taking some time out to blog about some finished products & new stuff I bought last weekend.

Finished up:
  • Pureology Nourishing Nectar Sculpting Gel
  • Za Wonder Shaper for Face Gel
  • Sasatinnie Precious Jewelry BB Cream
  • Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer

New stuff:
  • Garnier Dark Spot Corrector Unifying Moisturizer
  • Garnier Miracle Skni Perfector BB Cream

Thoughts & reviews of the new stuff to follow.