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:

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

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:

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.

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:

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

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

Review: Laneige Clear C Peeling Serum

San Diann, Clara and I will be meeting for dinner tonight at Coco Cafe. It is one of the newest eatery that we have here in town. Both San Diann and Clara had been to Coco Cafe for dinner yesterday evening but they were nice enough to go with me tonight as I really wanted to try out the cafe. I think I had my eyes set on what to order.

As tomorrow’s blog entry will definitely be about food, I decided to do a skincare product review today so that you will not be bored of all the food blog entries. Seriously, I think I am quite scared at the rate that I am eating. My tummy seems to be getting bigger in size. Some said I could probably be suffering from bloating but I doubted so. I guess the only thing I could do right now is to cut down on wheat products and snacking as well.

Anyways, let’s not talk about food and concentrate on what I should be blogging for today. I bought myself this product along with Laneige Vitamin Brightening Cleansing Water some months ago when I needed some retail therapy.

My first intention was to get myself a tub of Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream but it was sold out. So, I grabbed this and the cleansing water instead without much convincing from the BA. Impulse purchase can be scary but the product worked well on my skin. So, all is good.

Laneige Clear C Peeling Serum

I had previously tried Laneige Clear-C Effector and it worked wonder on my skin and my instinct told me that this one would too. According to Laneige website, this product is a “daily care serum makes skin smooth and moisturized by removing dead skin cells with plant-derived malic acid and enzyme“. The main highlight of this product is to remove dead skin cells and leaves a smooth and moisturized skin.

The product is housed in a glass bottle with pump dispenser. Texture wise, it is lighter than the previous serum products which I have used. Despite thicker in texture, the consistency is lightweight in my opinion. The product is lightly fragrant. It does not smell like your regular Laneige Water Bank ranges of products but a subtle berry scent.

As this is a serum product, you have to use it after your regular lotion/toner or Laneige Clear C Advanced Effector (if you are using it at the same time). As I am not using the latter, I use this right after Kose Sekkisei Lotion as part of my night time skincare routine. I know that I am supposed to use this product twice a day for maximum efficiency. Despite that I only use this product once per day, I am satisfied of the result it had given me.

What I like about this product is that it gets absorbed onto my skin very quickly to which I could apply my night cream immediately. Having used this product for more than three months, I am extremely pleased with the outcome. I can see that my skin is brighter in complexion and a lot more moisturized as well.

1. A little goes a long way.
2. Lightly fragrant.
3. Lightweight, absorbs onto the skin quickly.
4. Skin is brighter in complexion and a lot more moisturized.

1. Product is housed in a glass bottle hence must be handled with care.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Price: B$44.90

Repurchase: Definitely!

Review: Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream

I will try to review as much skincare products as possible as I do have quite a number of skincare products which have yet been reviewed. There will be about two to three skincare products’ reviews coming up soon. I saw that Laneige had launched a new skincare line when I was in Singapore last month.

I intended to get some for myself back then but they were not available at Singapore Changi Airport but only at Laneige counters in departmental stores. I am hoping that they are already in stock at Parkson, Miri as I intended to try out their latest facial cleanser.

Without further ado, let’s get started with what I intended to blog about today!

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream

I bought this moisturizer earlier this year when in Miri as I was running short on my holy grail Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. As I have a combination skin type, I prefer gel based moisturizer for day usage over cream based moisturizer.

Prior to purchasing this tub of moisturizer, I had tried a sample version of the said product. Unfortunately, the product did not work on me at the time. It broke out on my skin the next morning. We are talking about years ago here (if you are wondering).

I did not bother to get another sample to try out this time round and bought it without hesitation as there was no one to attend to me at Clinique counter at the time. Thankfully, this moisturizer has been cooperating well enough with my skin and it has not given me any breakout to date.

As I mentioned earlier, Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream is a gel based moisturizer that is meant to retain skin moisture throughout the day after application. The product is housed in a blue glass jar and it came with a hygiene spatula which you are supposed to use when scooping out the liquid.

I prefer to use my ring finger though and I would definitely wash my hands before applying any skincare product. The product has a light and refreshing scent which is exactly similar to the other products from Laneige Water Bank series.

The texture and consistency of the moisturizer is light and it absorbs well onto the skin after application. It may be wet shortly after application but it gets absorbed onto the skin quickly, leaving a soft and smooth and yet bouncy feeling at the same time.

This moisturizer works extremely well as a day moisturizer but I find it not moisturizing enough as a nighttime moisturizer. I saw dry skin appearing especially around the nose on the next day when I had used it as night cream on the night before.

So, here’s what I think of Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream in a nutshell:

1. Gel based moisturizer with light consistency.
2. Pleasant refreshing scent.
3. Moisturizing enough as a daytime moisturizer.
4. Absorbs well onto the skin quickly after application.

1. Not moisturizing enough as a nighttime moisturizer.

Overall Rating: 4.7 out of 5

Price: RM155

Repurchase? Definitely!