One week before I was due for Singapore last weekend, I had one of the most horrible breakouts that I ever had. My skin complexion was dull and blotchy. No matter how many sheet masks I applied, my skin complexion still doesn’t show much improvement. I was so frustrated about it to the extent that I went on complaining about it to my Sister. She then suggested to me that I should change my skincare routine or the brands that I am using. If you had been following my blog long enough, you would probably have realized that my staple brand for majority of my skincare products is Shiseido.
But I had started to switch in between brands over the past few months. I am more of a Kose user right now compared to Shiseido. I have switched to about 70% of my skincare routine to Kose. The reason why I am doing this post again after a few months is that I find this latest skincare regime which I just opted to be pretty effective on my current skin condition. Well, whenever you change to a new skincare routine, they usually work coz your skin is accepting and absorbing new products. But if it doesn’t work, your skin condition might turn even worse.
Let’s start, shall we?
Bioderma Sebium H2O Solution Micellaire: If you had been following the trend of makeup removers, you would definitely have heard of this amazing brand. I have only heard about Bioderma when I was blog-hopping on some beauty blog. And then I started to check for more and more reviews about the said product. Majority of the blog reviews came out to be positive. So, I got interested and bought a few bottles for myself when I was in Singapore last weekend. I had only started this product two days ago, but I reviewed about Bioderma Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire yesterday. Trust me, both products are amazing and worked wonders!
I don’t wear makeup but only skincare products throughout the whole day. Even so, our skin is very likely to pick up some dirt when exposed to the air. So, therefore double cleansing is a must apart from your usual facial cleanser. You could either use cleansing water or maybe cleansing oil. Both will do, as long as they work well with your skin. Original retail price of Bioderma Sebium H2O Solution Micellaire 250ml is S$27.90.
Kose Sekkisei White Powder Wash: I had been using this facial cleanser for quite a few months and I love it. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry after washing. The BA at Kose specifically recommended me this over Kose Sekkisei White Liquid Wash because the powder version is more suitable for oily skin like mine while the liquid version is more for dry and normal skin. But well, the BA did mentioned that I could still use the liquid version but lesser dosage. I got this from Kose, Miri at RM124. A few bucks cheaper compared to Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam.
Kose Seikisho Clear Lotion: This is one new skincare product which I just added into my skincare routine couple days ago. I found out about this product when I was purchasing Kose Sekkisei Lotion couple of months ago. I was being told to use this product after cleansing your face and before applying the lotion (toner). It helps to smooth out skin complexion and at the same time, removes the remaining residues of dirt which was not being cleaned away during facial wash.
And I fell in love with it the first moment I tried it on. Kinda regretted not getting extra few bottles when I was at Changi International Airport. Original retail price is S$33 at Sephora but you could get it for S$28 at Changi International Airport. Kose Miri is selling it for RM93.
Kose Sekkisei Lotion: Another new product which I am totally in love with at the moment and I am already halfway through with their 360ml which I bought in last March. I have heard so many good reviews about the said product, even my Sister likes it too. The lotion could be used with those compressed cotton facial sheet mask. It reeks a bit of alcohol but so far, I think my skin could still tolerate it quite well though it does sting a bit when it gets in contact with open scars. But majority lotions do that anyways unless it’s completely alcohol free. Original retail price is RM255 for 360ml.
Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum+: This is one product which I don’t think I could live without. Anyone who had seen me in real life would definitely know that I have a lot of leftover darkened scars from previous breakouts. This is only my second bottle of the product. I was hesitant at first when my first bottle ran out due to the steep price. So, I scouted for something equivalent but cheaper in price and I found Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector. So, I bought one home at the price of B$120 from Hua Ho, Yayasan.
And oh God, I did not even get to see the results when I stopped using it. It broke out on my skin quite horribly and I decided to stop using it for good. It does leave my skin with matte feeling after application but it’s the oil content that broke out on my skin. I tried using the product again a month ago, and the same thing happened again. I even offered to give the whole bottle away to my Sister but she had forgotten to bring it back with her when she came back during last Chinese New Year.
Original retail price of Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum+ in Brunei is B$175 but I got mine for B$140 each instead when they are having some Baiduri Bank promotion. Shiseido, Malaysia is selling it for about RM430 and S$159 in Singapore.
Kose Sekkisei Emulsion: I got this in a trial size kit from Changi International Airport at the price of S$88 and it came with a full size bottle of Kose Sekkisei White Liquid Wash and Kose Sekkisei Lotion 100ml. I was wondering if I should get a full size bottle of Kose Sekkisei Emulsion and the BA came to my rescue telling me that I could get a trial size kit just in case if I am not sure of the effectiveness of the product. I find it to be completely reasonable since I had been using some of their Kose products too especially the facial cleanser and lotion. Original retail price is RM177 at Kose, Miri. It’s retailed at S$82 in Sephora, Singapore but you could get it for S$54.50 from Changi International Airport.
Kiehl’s Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate: My previous tube of Biotherm Skin.Ergetic Eyes doesn’t seem to be working anymore compared to when I first started using it. I was given this free sample when I was purchasing Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner from Changi International Airport. I poured the liquid into a small skincare container for easy scooping and storage as well. Some may not like how this product felt on the eye areas after application as it’s a little bit warm. I would normally rub the liquid with my fingertips before applying them around the eye areas. I have only been using this product for a few days and I couldn’t vouch the effectiveness of this product until I had finished the entire sample.
Shiseido Multi-Defense UV Protector SPF50 PA+++: I got this product couple of days ago and I quite like it the moment when I tried on my hands before purchasing it. The BA at Shiseido squeezed an extremely generous amount of the liquid onto my arms and asked me to gently massage the liquid into my skin in circular motions. Well, the good thing is that the liquid doesn’t feel sticky or oily at all. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t even leave a “layering” feel on the skin and it smelled quite nice too.
I had been using this product since yesterday morning and it doesn’t break out on me. YAY! Majority sunscreens breakout on me like Laneige Sun Block Oil Free SPF35 PA++ whereby it contains a certain level of oil in it despite it claimed to be oil free. So, if you are looking for a decent sunscreen and doesn’t feel sticky or oily after application, you could always consider this. But on the downside, the price is quite steep for 30ml. I bought it for B$55 from Shiseido, Hua Ho Yayasan.
1. Kose Sekkisei White Powder Wash
2. Kose Seikisho Clear Lotion
3. Kose Sekkisei Lotion
4. Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum+
5. Kose Sekkisei Emulsion
6. Kiehl’s Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate
7. Shiseido Multi-Defense UV Protector SPF50 PA+++
1. Bioderma Sebium H2O Solution Micellaire
2. Kose Sekkisei White Powder Wash
3. Kose Seikisho Clear Lotion
4. Kose Sekkisei Lotion
5. Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum+
6. Kose Sekkisei Emulsion
7. Kiehl’s Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate
As you can see, I have pretty much changed majority of my skincare routine. I am currently sticking with the same skincare routine for both day and night apart from cleansing water and sunscreen. So, that pretty much sums up my current favorite skincare regime which suits my current skin condition just fine. What’s yours? Please share!