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Honeyz Beauty Review: Hada Labo Retinol Lifting and Firming Lotion

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Wrinkles are NEVER a girl’s best friend.

So turn back the clock today with Hada Labo’s Retinol Lifting and Firming Lotion! I know we should accept whatever changes our body is going through and age gracefully but I just can’t stop lamenting about THAT biological clock that is ticking away and its horrifying effects i.e. wrinkles.

Seriously, who likes to grow old and look older? (If you disagree, check out the introductory picture again.)

Rescue arrived when The Sample Store sent me Hada Labo’s latest product which promises to regain youthfulness.

Hada Labo has taken the beauty world by storm last summer with its Hada Labo Lotion and its famous slogan “One drop locks up an ocean.”

This fall, Hada Labo is back with another amazing product – Hada Labo Retinol Lifting and Firming Lotion.


This time, it promises that “one drop restores youth bounciness.”


Its three main ingredients are Vitamin A Retinol, Hydrolyzed Collagen and Hada Labo’s signature ingredient, Super Hyaluronic Acid(SHA), to restore bouncy youthful skin.

Hada Labo claims that the lotion evens skin texture with Vitamin A Retinol that reduces fine lines and wrinkles, collagen that improves skin elasticity for firmer and more lift in the skin and Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA) that instantly locks in moisture for instense hydration.

Alright, enough of marketing statements and here comes the review.



The first thing that caught my attention was its ingredient – retinol.


I heard that Retinol is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals that cause wrinkles. So I was sold when I realize that the entire Hada Labo range contains this vitamin A compound.


In Japan, lotion also means toner. So the texture is just like toners, very liquidy. It is slightly thicker than water though.


Here’s a picture of the lotion.


Somehow I thought the texture is just right for application. It’s neither too watery nor thick.

I loathe products that are too watery as they tend to flow down my palms even before application.

With the Hada Labo lotion, I have no problems with application at all. I’ll pour some lotion on my palms and conveniently (since they do not run down my palms) pat them onto my face until I feel that the lotion is thoroughly absorbed. No massage required.

Hada Labo has been lauded as the best moisturizer in the market and I absolutely agree with that. After application, my face felt nourished and moisturized in that my skin felt slightly oily and sticky for a long period of time. No tight feeling at all.

As mentioned in previous posts, my skin is extremely prone to acne. Because of this, I’ve always been very prudent when choosing anti-aging products as they tend to be extremely rich. I’ve been using the product for a week now and I have not experienced any breakouts so kudos to that.

I’m not a huge fan of skin products with fragrance since I have very sensitive skin. So its odorless feature is a huge plus to me.

To be honest, I’m not sure if the product has produced effective age-defying effects as I do not have obvious wrinkles except laugh lines and it’s hard to tell whether they have smoothened out. But there could be a modest improvement as some friends have commented that I look younger than my age these days. (So I’ll probably apply generous amounts of the product on my laugh lines religiously from now on. :P)

For its effective moisturizing properties and reasonable price (SGD 25.90), I would give this 4.5 Honeyz crowns



All in all, I think it’s a fallacy to think that anti-aging products can remove wrinkles entirely. Most of these products can only help to tone up the muscles slightly and improve and prevent the appearance of wrinkles.

The process of smoothing out wrinkles is a delicate one and we have to be extremely patient. Sometimes, we need more than just skin products for results. As I once mentioned in my anti-aging tutorial,

Do you know that we have approximately 60,000 thoughts per day (one per second.) Of those 60,000 thoughts, 95% of them are EXACTLY the same as the thoughts you had yesterday. And the day before that. And the day before THAT. Well, here’s something even worse: on average, a whopping 80% of those thoughts are NEGATIVE. That’s 45,000 negative thoughts per day!

Being gut-wrenching and totally apathetic about life is not going to help you. Instead, try to let go of this negative vibe and start to be grateful about your life. Once those positive thoughts sink in, wrinkles are going to bid you goodbye and you can now say hello to young and dewy skin!

Once again, thank you for reading.

For best results, use the Retinol Lifting and Firming Lotion with the rest of Hada Labo’s Retinol Lifting and Firming Range!


Products range from SGD 25.90 to 34.90 and are available exclusively at Watsons stores nationwide.

Alright, before I sign off. I’m going to leave you with the following video.


Your friend, Juliana

Disclaimer: Please be rest assured that even though the products were sponsored, it does not have any bearing on the content of this post. Opinions stated are genuine and honest.

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