Review: Garnier Refreshing Facial Cleanser

After all the food related blog entries, it’s time for a break. Topic for the day would be a skincare product. I didn’t buy a lot of new skincare products when I was in Singapore last month. Reason being, I bought quite a lot from Hermo.my.

I love purchasing from Hermo.my as the prices are the same as store bought, if not cheaper. You don’t have to physically be at the store and products will be delivered to your doorstep like in two to three working days after a successful transaction.

This is not a sponsored post by Hermo.my if you are wondering. I just love that Hermo.my carries quite a variety of Korean brands that do not have their own boutique stores outside Korea. For example: Huxley and klairs.

Without further ado, let’s get started with what I intended to blog for the day!

Garnier Refreshing Facial Cleanser

This is one of the new products by Garnier if I am not mistaken. It wasn’t on the shelves when I was in Singapore during Chinese New Year in February. Garnier has been one of my favorite go-to brands when it comes to cleansing products. I love their cleansing waters as they weren’t harsh on the skin and the price is only a fraction as compared to some other brands which I had previously tried.

What caught my attention was that this facial cleanser was the vegan formulation as printed on the packaging! The product is formulated with 99% of naturally derived ingredients as per advertised. Aside from that, it is free from parabens, dyes, silicone and sulfates. The cleanser is gel based and it didn’t come with fragrance. Hence suitable for those who doesn’t like heavily scented skincare products. This product reminds me of fresh Soy Face Cleanser in terms of fragrance.

The gel-alike consistency lathers well enough but paled in comparison with some cream based cleansers. It cleanses my skin well enough as I do not wear heavy makeup. I liked that it didn’t leave my skin feeling all tight after wash. However, it could be drying if left without applying toner and moisturizer after wash. The cleanser didn’t break my skin, which was a good sign.

So, here’s what I think of Garnier Refreshing Facial Cleanser in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Inexpensive.
2. Vegan formula, free from parabens, dyes, silicones and sulfates.
3. Fragrance free.
4. Skin felt clean after wash.

Cons:
1. Can be drying without moisturizer.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Price: S$11.90

Repurchase? No

Review: innisfree Bija Trouble Facial Foam

I am finally back on track with reviewing skincare products. To be honest, I have a few lining up but they will have to wait until I feel like reviewing them. innisfree has been one of my favorite Korean skincare brands after Laneige.

I had been trying out multiple brands of Korean skincare products ever since I found out that Hermo.my carries a variety of Korean brands that are not easily available in physical stores across Brunei and Singapore. On my last trip to Singapore, I found out that Watsons brought in quite an extensive choices of COSRX products.

Without further ado, let’s get started with what I intended to blog for today so that I can catch up on the latest episode of 放开我北鼻. LOL!

innisfree Bija Trouble Facial Foam

This facial cleanser from innisfree was one of my loots from Hermo.my back in December. I had previously tried innisfree Sea Salt Perfect Cleanser and I loved it very much. So, I thought this innisfree Bija Trouble Facial Foam would be as good.

The product came in a tube packaging with a protective seal for hygiene reason. The foam has a creamy consistency and it lathers well with a little bit of water. All you need is a small amount of the foam to cover the entire face. Hence, a little goes a long way.

The product smelled of Tea Tree Oil to me. It can be a refreshing scent for those who adores the scent of Tea Tree Oil but it definitely wasn’t for me. Performance wise, it cleansed my face well enough. My skin was visibly clean but I didn’t like that it made my skin feeling all tight after each wash.

I noticed there was a mild breakout on my cheeks after using the cleanser. I don’t normally experience skin breakouts with facial cleansers but this one turned out to be an exception. I have a oily combination skin type and this facial cleanser is supposed to work well on such skin type. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the case for me.

So, here’s what I think of innisfree Bija Trouble Facial Foam in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Tube like packaging with easy grip.
2. Skin is visibly cleaner after each wash.
3. Affordable.

Cons:
1. Skin felt tight after each wash.
2. Visible mild skin breakouts.
3. Smelled of Tea Tree Oil which I don’t like.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Price: RM32

Repurchase? No

Review: Laneige Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil

It has been a while since I last reviewed a skincare product. To be honest, I do have a few lining up. I personally prefer to write about food more than skincare products, which I think was quite evident in this blog. LOL!

If you had been following this blog regularly enough, you might know that I am traveling to Singapore over the weekend for a long weekend trip. Itinerary had been about 90% planned. I wouldn’t be doing much sightseeing this time round but more on cafe hopping. LOL! Sister and I planned to visit The Durian Story located at Serangoon. It’s located pretty far from where we live. So, I am hoping that it would be worth the fare and time spent traveling to Serangoon.

Anyways, let us get back to what I intend to do for today! Having used up my previous Kose Sekkisei Treatment Cleansing Oil, I started with Laneige Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil which I bought few months ago.

Laneige Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil

This is how the product looked like. The product came with the cap and dispenser separated. Most of the cleansing oils which I had previously used came packaged like above but this one from Laneige was the first which I encountered which came with separate product cap and dispenser.

The purpose of having such packaging was for the sake of convenience in terms of portability while traveling as per the BA who sold me the product. With such packaging, one wouldn’t have to worry about spillage inside the luggage. Despite the helpful thought, I personally find the size rather too bulky to bring along while traveling. I prefer bringing mini sized cleansing water or cleansing cream/balm while traveling. As a matter of fact, I am bringing heimish All Clean Balm this time round.

Like I mentioned above, the product was packaged with separate cap and dispenser. For hygiene reason, Laneige had added a protective seal underneath the cap.

The consistency of the cleansing oil wasn’t as thick as cleansing gel but definitely a heavier consistency as compared to cleansing water. The consistency falls in between thick and thin. It was lightweight and it came with a pleasant scent which I find not too overpowering. If you wanted something which is lightly scented, this product might be the one for you.

Performance wise, I am sorry to say that I wouldn’t be able to vouch for it. Laneige claimed that this Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil can remove heavy makeup. I don’t wear heavy makeup. The only makeup that I have on my face on daily basis is my eyebrow pencil. LOL! Having said so, I could still see that my face is all clean and smooth after each wash with Laneige Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil.

All you need is about two to three pumps of the cleansing oil and gently massage it onto the face in circular motion. Take a small amount of lukewarm water to emulsify the cleansing oil. Wipe the excess with a piece of cotton pad followed by a few splashes of lukewarm water onto the face. The cotton pad bit is optional. This is my own preferred skincare regime when it comes to using makeup remover.

Makeup removing will never be complete without double cleansing. I do know that some people didn’t follow cleansing routine with a facial cleanser after removing their makeup. The purpose of double cleansing is to make sure that no makeup residue is left on the skin. This is to avoid going to sleep with a not thoroughly cleansed face resulting in skin breakouts the next day. My current facial cleanser is Bija Trouble Facial Foam from innisfree.

So, here’s what I think of Laneige Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Light consistency.
2. Pleasant smell and yet not overpowering.
3. Doesn’t breakout on the skin.
4. Removes light makeup, dirt and grimes well.
5. Skin looked clean, soft and smooth after each wash.
6. Comes with separate dispenser for the convenience of portability while traveling.

Cons:
1. Quite expensive.

Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Price: B$49.90

Repurchase? Maybe

Review: Kose Sekkisei Treatment Cleansing Oil

Having written a fair bit on foods in the past weeks, it’s time for a skincare product review to balance all out. It was in my plan that I would be flying to Kuala Lumpur (KL) a long weekend next week but it turned out that I was unable to do so due to changes in events. I was rather bummed about it in the first place. But after having second thoughts, perhaps it just wasn’t meant to be?

Instead of flying out to KL, I would have to make a trip to Miri to sort out some stuffs. I am thinking of going on my own so that it would be easier for me to sort out my stuffs rather than having someone following me around. Aside from getting my stuffs sorted out, I am planning to restock on some Korean skincare products from Hermo.my too!

Anyways, before we roll out of the topic, let’s get started with what I intended to do for the day!

Kose Sekkisei Treatment Cleansing Oil

This cleansing oil from Kose is not one of the latest release of the said brand. I think it had been launched quite many years ago but I only gotten round to get it when I came back from Singapore in mid February this year. As usual, it is a habit for me to stock up on Kose Sekkisei Lotion whenever I am flying out from Singapore Changi Airport.

Kose Sekkisei Treatment Cleansing Oil happened to be on display one shelf below Kose Sekkisei Lotion. Price tag wasn’t steep in my opinion so I got myself one to try. The cleansing oil smelled identical to the others from Sekkisei range. If you love the fragrance of Kose Sekkisei range, you would love this cleansing oil as well. Consistency wise, it was thin in but performed well enough in removing sunscreen and dirt from the face. It emulsifies instantly when in contact with water.

When it comes to cleansing oils, it is habitual for me to wipe off the emulsified cleansing oil, following with a few splashes of lukewarm water on the face before performing double cleansing with my regular facial cleansers. I had been alternating in between COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser and Laneige Foam Cleanser Moisture_EX depending on my skin condition at the time. I don’t wear heavy makeup at all so I couldn’t vouch on the effectiveness with removing waterproof makeup but it definitely serves it’s purpose with light makeup or sunscreen only.

I have a sensitive combination skin type. Having used this cleansing oil for some time, I didn’t experience any skin breakout. However, I’m not sure if I could say the same for other sensitive skin users as our skin reacts differently to different products.

So, here’s what I think of Kose Sekkisei Treatment Cleansing Oil in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Affordable.
2. Smelled pleasant.
3. Doesn’t strip skin moisture.
4. Emulsifies well and removes sunscreen and dirt well enough.
5. Doesn’t break out on my skin.

Cons:
None that I could think of.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Price: S$35.50 (Singapore Changi Airport Duty Free)

Repurchase? Yes!

Review: Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water

Sister is coming home tonight for a short weekend trip as it is Good Friday tomorrow in Singapore. She is taking the last flight out from Singapore to Brunei. I bought some Philippines Dole Banana from Supa Save, Mata-Mata the other day. They had fully ripen with dark spots on the skin.

I intended to bake some Gluten Free Banana Bread but I don’t have the required GF All-Purpose Flour in hand. Anyways, let’s not talk about baking anymore but get on moving with what I intended to blog for the day – Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water.

Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water

The said product was newly launched when I accompanied Sister to Singapore on a accommodation hunting trip July last year. I bought a full size bottle from Singapore and I bought this travel size bottle before my Bangkok trip last month. Full size bottle houses 400ml while travel size bottle houses 125ml. The difference between this cleansing water and the regular ones from Garnier is that the former is Argan Oil infused.

I don’t wear make-up on regular basis. I’m more of a skincare person than make-up person and I always make sure that I would only leave the house with sunscreen applied on my face. Despite sunscreen is not considered as a makeup product but it is quite heavy in texture which could result in clogged pores if it’s not properly removed by the end of the day. And therefore, I would incorporate double cleansing as part of my night skincare routine.

The product claimed to be powerful and gentle on the skin at removing make-up, even with the waterproof ones. This is the first time which Garnier combined their Micellar Technology with Argan Oil. What I love about this cleansing water on first impression was the pleasant scent of Argan Oil. It smelled floral in my opinion despite that Argan Oil is supposed to smell almost like nutty?

Before you use the product, shake well so that the micellar water combines well with the Argan Oil. Pour about a 50 cents dose on a piece of cotton pad and gently wipe it all over the face to remove dirt and residue off the skin. As the micellar water was Argan Oil infused, it leaves the skin feeling soft and moisturized. However, it is best to incorporate double cleansing into your night skincare routine to ensure that all dirt and residue are fully removed.

As I don’t wear heavy make-up, I couldn’t fully vouch the effectiveness of the said product with waterproof make-up. However, I did come across some online reviews claiming that this cleansing water works well with waterproof make-up. I like that the cleansing oil leaves my skin feeling soft and clean after. It doesn’t strip the skin moisture. Despite that the product was oil-infused, it didn’t leave a greasy layer on the skin. Best of all, I don’t suffer from skin breakouts.

So, here’s what I think of Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Argan Oil infused.
2. Smells pleasant of floral.
3. Doesn’t leave a greasy layer on the skin.
4. Leaves skin feeling soft, clean and moisturized.
5. Doesn’t strip skin moisture.
6. No skin breakouts.

Cons:
1. Those who are sensitive to fragrance may not like this scented cleansing water.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Price: B$7.90 (125ml)

Repurchase? Yes