Review: The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Wash

Good morning!

After all the food and travel blog entries, I think it is time that I do a skincare product review. Albeit this product is not be for the face, but it is for the body. LOL! Anyways, I got this The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Wash couple of days ago while I was waiting for Kaylie to arrive for our coffee meet up.

The Body Shop sent me a text message informing that they were having a Member Sale on the 26th and 27th September 2015 whereby all products will be 25% off. It was a good opportunity for me to stock up on my The Body Shop products. But sadly, I had stocked up my The Body Shop Organic Cotton Pad couple of months ago from Miri as the price in Brunei had spiked up tremendously but the price in Miri remained the same as before.

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The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Wash

The Body Shop launched Fuji Green Tea range quite some time ago but it was only now that I decided to give the product a shot. They have shower gel, body scrub, body butter, lotion and so on.

I was so tempted to get the body scrub for myself but the price was so ridiculously expensive even at 25% discount off. So, I decided to wait until I got my birthday vouchers from The Body Shop next month. One of the vouchers will entitle me to half price off one of The Body Shop products.

I like the scent of this body wash. It has quite a strong green tea scent but slightly different compared to Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Energizing Bath & Shower Gel. The consistency of this shower gel is quite runny in my opinion. A small portion would yield you quite a lather.

The green tea scent would linger on your skin for quite some time and best of all, it leaves the shower room nicely scented of green tea. After having tried out this shower gel and loved it so much, I would definitely buy the body scrub once I got my birthday vouchers from The Body Shop.

Verdict: 5 out of 5

Price: B$12.90

Repurchase? Definitely!

Review: L’occitane Pivoine Flora Shower Gel

It has been quite some time ago since the last time I reviewed on a body care product. Well, here I am now with a shower gel from L’occitane. I rarely buy products from L’occitane to be honest, probably on a few occasions when I needed their hand cream. I quite like the hand cream from L’occitane but only the one of Cherry Blossom scent.

It was my birthday last month, so Kaylie got me L’occitane Pivoine Flora range of shower gel and hand cream with a shower scrub from Rose et Reines range. I only started using one of them, which was the shower gel when I went down to Miri last Sunday as I do not have any travel size shower gel in hand. That’s when my birthday gift from Kaylie comes in handy but I normally save birthday gifts for special occasion. LOL!

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L’occitane Pivoine Flora Shower Gel

When I first got this birthday gift from Kaylie, I thought this range was rose scented until when I was Google-ing for this product just a while ago and realized that it was actually peony scented! I was so addicted to the scent to the extent that I am considering getting a full size bottle for myself for regular use. But it is kinda too expensive for regular usage, right? I am even considering getting myself a bottle of their Pivoine Flora Eau de Toilette 75ml.

The texture of this shower gel is gelish and it is almost transparent looking. It work up quite a lather on a loofah when you added a little bit of water. What I love about this shower gel apart from the peony fragrance is that it leaves my skin extremely soft and smooth on the touch. It smells so good that I kept on sniffing my own hands. You may think I sound crazy but truth be told, it really smells that good!

So, here’s what I think of L’occitane Pivoine Flora Shower Gel in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Smells extremely nice.
2. Soft and smooth skin on the touch.

Cons:
None that I can think of.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Price: To be updated

Repurchase? Definitely!

Review: Artistry Essentials Smoothing Body Scrub

I find a skincare blog entry is somehow mandatory after three continuous food blog entries for the past few days. LOL! It’s been quite some time since the last time I reviewed something of body care. So, I will be covering on Artistry Essentials Smoothing Body Scrub today which I got couple months ago complimentary when my purchase of Artistry products reached a certain value. I couldn’t remember how much the value was but I think it was either RM450 or RM500, or maybe less.

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If you are wondering where you can get this, I am sorry to say that this product is no longer available in the market as Amway had discontinued it’s production. I only came to know about it just a short while ago when I Whatsapp-ed Ing and asked for the pricing. She told me that there is no pricing for this item as it was released as limited edition product previously. *sob* I was even thinking of getting myself another tube of this as it smells good and it works well too!

I only started using this product last week albeit I had got it for months. When Sister was home for holiday last month, she asked if I have any body scrub at home. So, I went to my skincare stash drawer and took this out. And by the time I started using this, half of the tube was already gone! *sweat*

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So, this is how the texture of the body scrub looked like. The scrubs may look a little bit coarse for some of you but rest assured that it’s not at all coarse or rough on the skin. Honestly speaking, it felt pretty comfortable when rubbed against the skin and it smelled nice too. However, I still find the fragrance a little bit too strong. Smells great but could have been lighter. When rinsed, it doesn’t leave any residue on the skin but a soft, smooth and supple skin on the touch.

So, here’s what I think of Artistry Essentials Smoothing Body Scrub in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Soft, smooth and supple skin on the touch.
2. Doesn’t leave any residue behind on the skin when rinsed.
3. Gentle on the skin.
4. Smelled nice.

Cons:
1. Discontinued, limited edition.
2. Fragrance could have been slightly lighter.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Price: Unknown

Repurchase? Not applicable

Review: The Face Shop Milk Calcium Nail Pack

I am finally going down Miri tomorrow for a day trip. I am supposed to go Miri on a weekend in February when Andrea came home from Singapore and another time when Jennie and I planned to be in Miri to meet Grace. But I wasn’t able to make it to both as I couldn’t find transportation to meet Andrea at the very last minute and meeting up with Grace was cancelled because I had to move house on that particular Sunday. But nevertheless, the gathering still carried on without me. LOL!

The reason why I am going Miri tomorrow is that I needed to visit the traditional Chinese doctor for a medical consultation. It’s been more than 6 months since I last went to him and I don’t even remember what’s the direction to his clinic. KinG drove me there twice and I did not really check out the directions as I know he is capable of remembering the routes. Hopefully, Alan will be able to find the place tomorrow given the minimal knowledge from me.

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The Face Shop Milk Calcium Nail Pack

Anyways, I decided to give my fingernails a little bit of pampering yesterday evening whilst watching the latest episode of The Mentalist. I bought The Face Shop Milk Calcium Nail Pack in early of last month while I was window shopping with Joo Sie. She was still short on couple of bucks to make it for their membership. So, I helped her out a little by buying this product and The Face Shop Paraffin Nutrition Nail Pack.

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The instructions at the back of the packaging were all written in Korean language. A foreign language which I couldn’t even understand a single word in it. So, I decided to Google about the product and see what other beauty bloggers mentioned about the directions of usage. How pitiful!

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This was how my fingernails looked like before the nail pampering. They don’t really look that bad, don’t they? LOL! The cuticles on my thumbs are usually drier compared to my other fingers.

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I know I got the application method all wrong as the cotton parts were supposed to be facing the nails. I did turn them over after this picture was taken as I couldn’t be bothered to take another picture after they were switched over.

So, please do remember to use it the other way around instead of what was illustrated in the above picture. Leave them on your fingers for at least 10 – 15 minutes before removing them. When removed, gently massage the remaining essence like how you would usually do when applying lotions onto your hands.

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So, this is how my nails looked after I removed the nail pack like 15 minutes later.

A packet of The Face Shop Milk Calcium Nail Pack came with 10 pieces of these nail mask caps and they were separated in 5 for easy usage. These nail mask caps came in quite a big size as there’s still plenty of space left after I slotted them onto my fingers. They were drenched in generous amount of essence and they were a lot more sticky compared to the essence on facial sheet masks. In terms of the fragrance, I would say it smelled quite nice but powdery to me. But I would prefer if it comes with a minimal scent than what they are having right now.

As for the effectiveness, I would say the effect was short lasting. Why? I could see that my cuticles had returned to it’s original state this morning. My fingers indeed felt moisturized and soft after application though.

So, here’s what I think of The Face Shop Milk Calcium Nail Pack in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Smells nice but powdery to me.
2. Nail mask caps were drenched with generous amount of essence.
3. Fits majority sizes of fingers.
4. Nails felt moisturized and soft after application.

Cons:
1. Prefers if the scent is less stronger.
2. Effects don’t last long, only for the night.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Price: B$2.90

Repurchase? Don’t think so

Review: L’occitane Spring Cherry Soft Hand Cream

I am slowly starting to get back on track with my pending overdue reviews on skincare products. I won’t be doing a review on skincare product today but a hand cream. If you had been following my blog closely, I used to obsess over hand creams over the past few months but the obsession had started to slow down again. Probably because I have not found another one which caught my “smell bud”.

I fell in love with L’occitane products ever since I tried on their Petal.Soft Hand Cream Cherry Blossom. But unfortunately, it wasn’t the case anymore after I tried their Creme Mains Hand Cream Fleur Cherie. I liked the scent of L’occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream but I find the texture to be too thick and greasy for my liking hence I ended up giving the almost new tube to Andrea on my previous trip to Singapore in May.

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Albeit I like L’occitane products quite a lot, but it’s quite hard for me to get my hands on them unless I am on a vacation or I have friends flying out for holiday. But I got this myself on my previous trip to Singapore from L’occitane outlet at ION Orchard. Took me quite some time before I settled with this hand cream. I wanted to look for something with the scent of Green Tea but I couldn’t find it. I think I have seen it before on their website. But unfortunately, I think L’occitane SG doesn’t carry it (or so I thought).

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The texture doesn’t look as smooth like Cherry Blossom or Shea Butter but it does it’s job relatively well as them both. Despite it’s named after Spring Cherry, but it smelled the least like cherry. As a matter of fact, I find it to be smelling quite like Cherry Blossom but sweeter. The hand cream was able to absorb into my hands easily without leaving any sticky or uneasy feeling. I hate it when hand cream leaves a greasy layer on my hands after application.

Pros:
1. Highly moisturizing.
2. Doesn’t leave a sticky or greasy feeling after application.
3. Smelled nice but I preferred Cherry Blossom more.

Cons:
1. L’occitane is not available in Brunei.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Price: S$15.50

Repurchase? Nope (I liked Cherry Blossom more)