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!

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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

Review: innisfree Orchid Gel Cream

It’s Friday today and Sister is coming home next Thursday evening for a long weekend holiday. I had requested for a day off from work next Tuesday with the intention of crossing border to run some errands but it turned out that I don’t have to do so anymore. With the leave approved, I guess I shall make full use of it and take it as a day to rest and pamper myself. I have a massage session at Thann Sanctuary Spa scheduled for this coming Sunday morning.

I haven’t been eating out often recently so you wouldn’t be seeing much of food related blog entries until the next time I dine outside. So, here comes another skincare review to add to the list. Today’s topic is a skincare review of innisfree Orchid Gel Cream. Prior to purchasing the said product, I tried to find product reviews online but only to be greeted with disappointment. Majority reviews which I came across were of the enriched version from the same line.

innisfree Orchid Gel Cream

I am always pouring over reviews online for skincare products before purchasing them as I needed to know how other users rate them. I have a sensitive prone skin so some basic knowledge of the product before purchasing would come in handy. However, my main concern before purchasing this product was the texture. I had once purchased innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral Oil-Free Gel Cream and the texture was far from what I had anticipated.

As innisfree Orchid Gel Cream wasn’t available on Hermo.my, I resorted to asking Sister to get one for me from innisfree outlet in Singapore. I had her take a picture of the product’s consistency before I decided on buying it. The texture was exactly what I was looking for but better.

And why would I say it’s better? It has a memory form texture like Laneige Firming Sleeping Pack. No matter how you “deconstruct” the texture of the product, it will return to it’s original state like in the above picture. I didn’t know how long it would take as I had never waited to check how long it would take to return to it’s original form. With it’s memory form texture, I find it convenient to bring around while traveling as you wouldn’t have to fear much on spillage.

The product came with a pleasant floral fragrance which I find soothing. What I loved the most after the memory form texture was how it gets absorbed onto my skin. It gets absorbed onto my skin real quick leaving a soft, smooth and dewy complexion. It makes the application of sunscreen easier as well. It doesn’t leave a sticky feeling on my face and it stayed that way for quite some time during the day. Most importantly, it doesn’t break out on my skin.

So, here’s what I think of innisfree Orchid Gel Cream in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Memory form texture, makes it convenient to bring around when traveling.
2. Gets absorbed onto the skin fast, leaving a soft, smooth and dewy complexion.
3. Doesn’t leave the face feeling sticky after application.
4. Doesn’t break out on the skin.
5. Pleasant floral scent.

Cons:
None that I could think of.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Price: S$43/RM111

Repurchase? Definitely!

Review: Huxley Essence Grab Water

Phew! Three reviews on skincare products in a week is quite an achievement here. I am rather tempted to get some new skincare products from Hermo.my but I need to clear at least half of them before I could start buying.

I am going to Miri on a day trip this weekend and I was thinking if I should stock up on my Shiseido sunscreen as my current one is running low. However, I think the leftover could at least last me for another month? Should I try out the cheaper sunscreens that can be found at Watsons? Do you have any to recommend? I heard the ones from Biore are good.

Anyways, let’s get on moving to what I intended to blog for today. If you had been following Korean beauty bloggers or YouTube vloggers, you may have come across Huxley. Huxley sounded American to me at first but it hails from Korea. They don’t have their own standalone boutique store like some other prominent brands do in Korea but you can find them in Korean drugstores or Olive Young.

Huxley Essence Grab Water

Huxley is not easily accessible outside Korea. But with eCommerce, anything is possible. When I last shopped from Hermo.my, I tried my luck and searched for Huxley. Much to my surprise, Hermo.my carries quite a few new Korean skincare brands including Huxley. Apart from Huxley, you can also find COSRX, Heimish and NEOGEN on Hermo.my.

What caught my attention of the product was the minimalist design. It didn’t come with fancy pansy colorful packaging. The product is housed in an aqua colored glass bottle. Despite that Huxley categorized the product as an essence, I used it as a serum. The serum comes with thick but almost gel like consistency. On the first week of using the said product, I experienced mild breakout on my lower cheek and chin areas. So, I stopped the product for about three days before reusing and it got better after.

A number of YouTube vloggers raved about the fragrant of the said product. I, on the other hand didn’t really like the fragrant as much as they do. It didn’t smelled floral like some other brands of serums which I had used. As a matter of fact, I think it smelled almost like grass. I don’t usually have a problem with fragrant but my nose didn’t like what I smelled.

Performance wise, it worked average on my skin in my opinion as I had anticipated more from the product. Some claimed that this product gives an instant perked up, bouncy and plump skin but I don’t really think it worked that way. I liked that it absorbed onto my skin quick but it didn’t really gives me the kind of effects as what some claimed to be.

So, here’s what I think of Huxley Essence Grab Water in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Nice minimalist packaging.
2. Absorbs onto the skin quick.

Cons:
1. Experienced mild breakouts on the lower cheek and chin at first.
2. Didn’t like the scent as it smelled like grass to me.
3. Didn’t work as what other users claimed to be.
4. Not easily available outside Korea unless purchased online.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

Price: RM148 (Hermo.my)

Repurchase? No

Review: Laneige Foam Cleanser Moisture_EX

I haven’t been blogging about skincare products recently as I had been focusing more on food. Hence, the expanding waistline. LOL! Anyways, I had a few new skincare products which I had been using for two months or so and I find them good in my opinion. So, here’s a review of one of the new skincare products which I had been using recently.

Laneige Foam Cleanser Moisture_EX

I got this from Singapore Changi Airport duty free shop when I flew back to Brunei back in July last year. There was an ongoing promotion at the time whereby you’ll get additional discount if you purchase three or more Korean skincare products. It didn’t have to be from the same brand. As long as they are Korean products, the promotion is valid. I bought two products from Laneige and one from innisfree at the time.

I don’t use much facial cleansers from Laneige and this was my third, I think. The consistency of this facial cleanser is a creamy one instead of clay paste like which you sometimes get from other brands of cleansers. It lathers extremely well with a little bit of water. As it lathers well, you wouldn’t need a lot to achieve the desired amount of foam. I only use about half a centimeter per wash and it cleanses my face well. In terms of fragrant, it smelled like what typical Laneige products smell like. It is pleasant and not overpowering for me.

Performance wise, the product cleanses well without stripping skin moisture. It leaves my skin looking clean, soft and clear after each wash. Best of all, it didn’t cause any breakout to my skin.

So, here’s what I think of Laneige Foam Cleanser Moisture_EX in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Affordable.
2. Smelled pleasant.
3. Doesn’t strip skin moisture.
4. A little goes a long way.
5. Doesn’t break out on my skin.

Cons:
None that I could think of.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Price: S$23.10 (Singapore Changi Airport Duty Free)

Repurchase? Yes!