Review: fresh Soy Face Cleanser

It has been a while since I last did a skincare product review as I had been blogging more on food recently. I hadn’t been buying new skincare products hence the lack of skincare updates. I am more of a stickler nowadays to the ones that do good to my skin. I stick to my basic essentials but alternating in between when it comes to makeup removers and facial cleansers.

My impression of fresh was limited in the beginning. Honestly speaking, I thought fresh is a Korean made skincare product but it was only later when I found that it’s an American made product. fresh has minimalist design and packaging. Despite so, they ain’t any cheaper than the regular Japanese or Korean skincare products which I had been using.

fresh Soy Face Cleanser

I bought this from the duty free shop at Singapore Changi Airport on my way back to Brunei back in July. I don’t use this as my regular cleanser due to it’s quantity. I find the size convenient for traveling. Hence I had been bringing this with me whenever I go Miri for an overnight stay or my vacation to Singapore.

I started using this on my Miri overnight trip back in September. Mom was telling me that she had forgotten to pack her facial cleanser in her overnight bag. I unsealed the packaging and handed her this to use. And guess what was Mom’s first impression of the said product after using it? She didn’t like the product as much as I do. She doesn’t like that the cleanser doesn’t lather into foams and it left her face feeling “oily” after rinsing.

True enough, the cleanser doesn’t lather like other facial cleansers do and that’s because the product came without sulfate. The texture is more towards the gel side instead of paste like texture. Fragrant wise, it is cucumber scented which smells refreshing for me.

I like that the cleanser is not harsh on my skin. When I had my first makeover back in September, I used this facial cleanser to remove all makeup after Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil. I am extremely pleased with the outcome after having removed all makeup. The facial cleanser managed to clean the last trace of makeup and dirt off my face very well, leaving a clean, clear, soft and supple skin after wash.

So, here’s what I think of fresh Soy Face Cleanser in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Mild and gentle cleanser without stripping the skin’s moisture.
2. Refreshing cucumber scent.
3. Leaves a clean, clear, soft and supple skin after wash.
4. Removes traces of makeup and dirt off very well.

Cons:
1. Expensive.
2. Not available locally.

Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Price: S$21 (50ml)

Repurchase: Yes!

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Review: innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water

I came across innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water when I was in Shanghai September 2016. I contemplated whether to buy it or not but ended up not buying it as I wasn’t sure how much weigh limit do I still have with my luggage at the time. When I was skincare shopping at the duty free shop of Singapore Changi Airport, I found out that they are having this promotion whereby you get extra discounts off for K-beauty products with minimum purchase of two items and above.

I think the promotion is still ongoing as I still get the same promotional discount when I was at Singapore Changi Airport earlier this month. I guess this promotion would last quite long but it doesn’t apply for online shopping at iSHOPCHANGI. You have to be physically there to enjoy such benefit. Without further ado, let’s get started with our skincare review for today!

innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water

I’m not sure if you guys remember. I went through a phase whereby I had been totally obsessive towards cleansing water to the extent that I still have four to five cleansing waters storing in my skincare drawer as we speak. Reason being, I find them hassle free, effective and convenient to use on lazy days.

The packaging is a sturdy one. What’s so special about this product is the dispenser. Instead of the turning the bottle upside down to release the content before usage, this one comes with a pump dispenser whereby all you need to do is to place the cotton pad on top of the pump and press downward. I press about four to five times per usage to wet the cotton pad.

The fragrance, it is green tea scented with some added artificial fragrance (I think). It didn’t smell quite au naturale to me. I detected some alcohol scent in the cleansing water despite there wasn’t any alcohol listed in the ingredients’ description. I like that this cleansing water ain’t harsh on my skin and it leaves my skin feeling soft and supple after rinsing. It is a habit of mine that I must rinse my face after using cleansing water before following by my facial cleanser at the time.

Performance wise, it lives up to my expectation. It removes my eyebrow pencil, dirt and grimes off my face easily. However, I could not vouch for the effectiveness when it comes to removing heavy makeup. Most importantly, this cleansing water doesn’t give me any skin breakout problem.

So, here’s what I think of innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Removes eyebrow pencil, dirt and grimes off my face very well.
2. Comes with a pump dispenser.
3. Doesn’t cause me any skin breakout problem.
4. Leaving skin feeling soft and supple after usage.
5. Ain’t harsh on my skin.

Cons:
1. Green tea scented which doesn’t smell quite au naturale to me.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Price: S$15.30

Repurchase? No

Review: Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil

I will be away this weekend for a birthday getaway in Singapore. I had only decided on going in late August when Sister confirmed with me that she would be back from London by then. Now that Sister had moved to Singapore for good, I foresee myself traveling to Singapore for vacation quite often. This would be my fourth visit to Singapore in 2017.

We went Singapore as a family during Chinese New Year earlier this year and returned again with Sister in the following month for a so-called business trip. Sister invited me on a sponsored trip to Singapore two months ago as part of her familiarization trip whereby we went property and furniture hunting to help her settle down before she moves for good.

Anyways, let’s not get sidetracked with what I intended to blog for today. I will be reviewing a makeup removing product from Laneige. I won’t be reviewing it as a full size product but trial sample. I got this complimentary when I purchased Laneige Clear C Peeling Serum and Laneige Vitamin Brightening Cleansing Water couple of months ago.

As mentioned in my previous few blog entries, I attended the wedding of a close friend last weekend. My colleague suggested I go for makeup and hairdo for the wedding and I agreed. So, I attended the wedding with a fully made up face. It was my time having so much makeup on my face and I was feeling rather uneasy most of the time. While I was packing my overnight bag for the trip, I intended to bring with me Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. It suddenly occurred to me that cleansing water may not be that efficient on a heavily made up face.

Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil

So, I packed two packets of Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil into my vanity kit. It was a first having fake eyelashes and I had no knowledge or whatnot of how to remove fake eyelashes. So, I asked Jia how she usually does it. She taught me to use eye and lip makeup remover which I had none at the time but regular cleansing oil.

Each sample pack housed 10ml worth of cleansing oil which I think could last about two regular usages. The consistency of the cleansing oil was light and it smelled pleasant of citrus. I poured half of the cleansing oil onto my palm and gently massage them on my face in circular motion. I started with dissolving my eye makeup by gently rubbing the eye area for about 10 seconds to dissolve the glue of the fake eyelashes. It was a brisk removing the fake eyelashes!

After the fake eyelashes had been removed, I took another 30 seconds to gently massage the face to further dissolve the foundations and eye makeup. Take a little bit of lukewarm water to emulsify the cleansing oil before wiping them off with a piece of cotton pad. The previous step was completely optional as it was part of my double cleansing routine. My cleansing routine would then follow by a facial cleanser and I was using fresh Soy Face Cleanser at the time.

I liked that this cleansing oil removes my makeup so easily and it didn’t leave my skin feeling stripped or tight. Best of all, it felt and looked clean. It was uncomfortable having so much makeup on (especially the fake eyelashes) and it definitely felt good and luxurious while I was removing them off from my face.

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

Pros:
1. It smelled pleasant of citrus.
2. Removes eye makeup well enough.
3. Didn’t strip skin moisture.
4. No breakout.

Cons:
None that I could think of.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Price: N/A

Repurchase? Definitely!

Review: The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Eye Cream-Gel

Now is probably the best time to write down this blog entry as I had almost used up this particular eye cream which I bought couple of months ago from The Body Shop. The Body Shop wasn’t my first choice when looking for an eye cream. I would usually go for the brands which I am familiar with like Laneige, Artistry, Elizabeth Arden, Shiseido, Kose and Clinique.

I wasn’t traveling around the time when I used up my previous tub of Artistry Youth Xtend Enriching Eye Cream. So, I made do with what I could find in Brunei. Laneige wasn’t my first choice either at the time as I had tried their Perfect Renew Eye Cream previously and I am open to other options. I am never a stickler with eye products. Toner and moisturizer yes but definitely not for eye cream.

I will be heading down to Miri this weekend to attend a wedding reception of a good friend. So, I thought I might as well get myself an eye cream from Parkson, Bintang Megamall. I did my research and I am considering Lancôme Advanced Génifique Eye Cream. I had checked the price tag and it seems affordable coming from Lancôme. I considered getting it from Singapore Changi Airport but it would be cheaper to get from Malaysia based on currency difference. 

The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Eye Cream-Gel

I got this some time around end of April or early May this year. When I was checking out The Body Shop eye care products, their Beauty Advisor approached me and asked what kind of eye cream am I looking for. I told her that I am looking for an anti-aging eye cream and she recommended me Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate.

I can be extremely fussy when it comes to purchasing skincare products. What she recommended me sounded the best given my current age but I wasn’t sold. I was more interested with their Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Eye Cream-Gel as I preferred eye cream stored in a tub than in a tube. Hygiene wise, the latter is definitely better but this is solely my own personal preference.

The BA claimed that Oils Of Oil Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-Gel is the most potent eye cream which they were having at the moment and it targets users of age 40 and above. However, she also mentioned that it can be suitable for those who wish to do early “precaution”. What’s so special about this eye cream is that it was made with three precious seed oils known for their revitalizing and repairing properties.

The consistency of the eye cream was creamy and yet slightly gel based. The cream contained some golden shimmering thingy. It was not heavily scented. As a matter of fact, I think it was almost fragrance free. What I liked about this eye cream is that it was easy to apply. It glided smoothly, leaving a soft, smooth and matte finishing. However, it did sting a little on my first few applications but it gotten better after a few usages.

Having used this eye cream for more than 4.5 months, I can see that my under eye areas looked more moisturized and supple than before. The fine lines looked visibly smoother. I didn’t have much dark circles to begin with so I couldn’t vouch whether this eye cream would work on reducing the appearance of dark circles.

So, here’s what I think of The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Eye Cream-Gel in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Almost fragrance free.
2. Easy to use – glides on the skin smoothly, leaving a soft, smooth and matte finishing.
3. Under eye areas appeared to be more moisturized than before.
4. Fine lines were visibly smoother.

Cons:
1. Steep price tag.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Price: B$59.90

Repurchase? Yes

Review: Shiseido SENKA Perfect White Clay

It had been a while since I last did a skincare review blog entry. I had been focusing so much on food lately to the extent that my waistline was affected too. I had been trying to eat as clean as possible and I am happy to announce that my waistline is slowly returning back to “normal”. LOL!

That being said, I am rather afraid that my effort would go wasted as I have a wedding dinner to attend next weekend and following my Singapore trip on the weekend after that. I guess I would have to cut down on cafe hopping while in Singapore. Cafe hopping is the biggest contributor to my expanding waistline back in my last Singapore trip.

Without further ado, let’s get this blog entry done with before I ramble more and more about my waistline.

Shiseido SENKA Perfect White Clay

I got this facial cleanser from Miri in early August when I went down for a medical consultation. The medical consultation was scheduled at 3PM. So, we window shopped at Bintang Megamall. As you can see from my previous skincare hauls’ entries, I had been stocking much on makeup removers but facial cleansers.

To be honest, I preferred stocking up on lower range makeup removers and facial cleansers from Malaysia as they were a lot cheaper than in Singapore. Singapore could be selling four times more expensive than Malaysia for the same skincare item. However, it wasn’t the case for high end skincare products. They priced about the same when converted.

Shiseido SENKA Perfect White Clay is blended with white clay, clears dullness caused my dead skin cells and impurities lodged deep inside the pores and removes them to brighten overall skin tone.

So, I had been using this cleanser quite religiously for a month or so. I alternate this with Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser. However, I prefer to use the former in the morning and the latter for evening use. The texture of Shiseido SENKA Perfect White Clay is creamy paste like and it lathers extremely well with a little bit of water.

Having used the facial cleanser for a month or so, I find that it can be tad bit harsh on my skin as it leaves a tightening feel after rinsing. However, I liked that it did not breakout on my skin. Fragrance wise, it smelled almost similar to Shiseido SENKA White Perfect Watery Oil and Shiseido SENKA Perfect Gel but milder.

I was rather disappointed that the product did not live up to my expectation. The product promised brightening results which I don’t see it happening on my skin. I think my skin tone was still like before.

So, here’s what I think of Shiseido SENKA Perfect White Clay in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Affordable.
2. Smelled nice.
3. Cleanses the skin well enough.
4. Doesn’t cause skin breakout.

Cons:
1. Tightening feel after rinsing.
2. Did not live up to expectation for brightening results.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

Price: RM15.21 (Watsons Miri)

Repurchase? Nope