Review: Shiseido SENKA Perfect Watery Oil

I can feel my period is around the corner as I am craving for sweet junk foods. And yeah, I checked my period log and my next period is due in another 7 days. Hence, it explained all these sweet cravings in the past two days. Sister is coming home tomorrow and we will be bringing Mom to Sulbingsoo for Korean desserts tomorrow evening.

Anyways, it has been quite some time since I last did a skincare product review and here comes one for today. I will be reviewing on Shiseido SENKA Perfect Watery Oil which I bought from Watsons, Miri some time early last month.

I see that Watsons in Miri has quite a big varieties of makeup removers products as compared to before and Shiseido SENKA is one of them. Price wise, I find them affordable in comparison to those high end counter makeup removers and both work equivalent.

Shiseido SENKA Perfect Watery Oil

This product is the fourth makeup remover which I had tried of Shiseido SENKA range, not including their regular facial cleanser. I actually have another makeup remover from Shiseido SENKA stashed somewhere at the bottom of my closet. LOL! Out of the four makeup removers from Shiseido SENKA which I had used, I think I like this one the best in comparison.

My first product from Shiseido SENKA was their Perfect Oil (if I am not wrong). The consistency of Perfect Watery Oil is more runny in comparison to Perfect Oil. As usual, I use about three to four pumps per cleansing. It is subjective to personal preference. Some may like it with lesser dosage while some prefer about three to four pumps.

Apply onto dry face and gently massage the liquid in circular motion. Take a little bit of lukewarm water to dissolve the cleansing oil. The next step is completely optional but I like to wipe off the emulsified cleansing oil with a piece of cotton pad before rinsing completely with lukewarm water. And remember to always follow your cleansing routine with a facial cleanser. I am currently using innisfree Sea Salt Perfect Cleanser.

This product comes with a rather strong fragrance hence unsuitable for those who prefer fragrance free or mildly scented makeup remover. I am not one who love strongly scented skincare product but this one happened to come with the fragrance which I love. It smelled almost similar to rose, if I am not mistaken.

As I am not one who use heavy makeup apart from sunscreen during the day, I could not exactly vouch for the effectiveness of removing heavy makeup. However, I can vouch that it worked wonders on lightly made up face with only tinted sunscreen or regular sunscreen. The cleansing oil is not harsh on my skin and it did not cause any skin breakout the next day. It leaves my skin feeling all soft, smooth and most importantly, clean after rinsing.

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

1. Removes light makeup, tinted or regular sunscreen well enough.
2. Leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and clean!
3. Doesn’t cause any skin breakout the next day.
4. Affordable.

1. Strongly scented, unsuitable for those who do not like strongly perfumed skincare products.

Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Price: RM29.80

Repurchase? Definitely!

Review: Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ PA++++ Wet Force

Do you still remember that I mentioned about getting a Cervarix shot some time last week? The moment the needle was poked into my muscle, it was painful but bearable. The pain eased when the needle was taken out but there was muscle tension the next day on the spot where the injection was made. It had been more than a week since the vaccination took place.

It took me more than a week to realize that the swell had yet subsided. And yeah, I got a bump on the vaccine spot. It is not at all painful if you do not press on the bump. However, it feels itchy at times. Sister thought that it is best for me to return to the clinic for a consultation and she mentioned that I should have returned sooner. So, I am returning tomorrow evening and hoping that everything will be alright.

Anyways, I am not going to rant much about the swelling bit. Today’s blog entry will be a review of Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ PA++++ Wet Force.

Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ PA++++ Wet Force

If you had been following my blog long enough, you might have picked up that I am an avid fan of Shiseido’s sunscreens as compared to other brands. I had tried other sunscreens but none of them was as good as Shiseido’s in my opinion. Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ PA++++ Wet Force looked like it is an improved version of their previous sunscreens.

Not only that it comes with bigger SPF coverage than the one which I had been using, Shiseido claims that this is even more water resistant than ever to the extent that the sunscreen stays on even when in contact with water. Some worry that their sunscreen layer would come off with perspiration and whatnot. I only apply sunscreen once per day and no reapplication done throughout the day as I am lazy to do so. *guilty as charged*

Before I bought myself a full size bottle of this product, I was given a free sample size bottle when I was purchasing some White Lucent products some time last year. The consistency of the liquid is still the same as the ones before. It absorbs onto the skin quickly, leaving an almost matte finishing. What I love about this sunscreen is that it did not leave my face looking shiny or greasy as some did.

Most importantly, this sunscreen does not break out on my skin. Having used this sunscreen for quite some time, I like that my skin is not facing much pigmentation (yet) or skin darkening issue. The only downside of this product is however the price tag. Albeit the high price tag, I do believe that a good sunscreen is not what you should save on.

So, here’s what I think of Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ PA++++ Wet Force in a nutshell:

1. Does not break out on my skin.
2. Absorbs onto the skin quickly and leaving an almost matte finishing.
3. No pigmentation or skin darkening issue (yet)
4. Not oily or greasy feeling after application.

1. Price tag.

Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Price: ¥244 (Pudong Shanghai International Airport)

Repurchase? Definitely!

Review: Maybelline Micellar Water

Jennifer and I will be watching Beauty & The Beast at Times Cineplex tonight. I have yet checked the online reviews of the said movie so I am hoping that it will be a good one. Have anyone watched it and what is your say of the fairy tale movie?

Anyways, I had just remembered that it had been quite some time since I last did a skincare routine blog entry. Perhaps it is time to do one since I had incorporated new products into both my morning and evening skincare routine. As a matter of fact, at least half of the skincare products which I am using now are new ones. The line of skincare products you use differ as you age. It is sad but so true.

After having used up L’Oreal Micellar Water, I started using Maybelline Micellar Water which I got from Watsons in Shanghai at the same time as L’Oreal Micellar Water. I mentioned about preferring cleansing oil over cleansing water any time but cleansing water is my go to for convenience. I had recently found out that Brunei has quite a variety when it comes to cleansing waters. I got myself two new bottles of cleansing waters from Garnier and L’Oreal.

Maybelline Micellar Water

I bought this from Shanghai and it explained all the Chinese wording on the product packaging. Hua Ho now carries micellar waters from Garnier, L’Oreal and Maybelline. Pricing wise, I think it is cheaper here in Brunei as compared to the price I paid for in Shanghai.

This particular micellar water comes in two sizes, just like L’Oreal Micellar Water. As usual, I would go for the smaller bottle first in case the product does not work out on my skin like Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Micro Micellar Acne & Makeup Cleansing Water did. Maybelline Micellar Water works as a 4 in 1 cleansing water. It removes makeup, cleanses, hydrates and soothes the skin after application. It is fragrance free hence suitable for those of you who prefer lightly scented to completely odorless skincare products.

Cleansing water is extremely easy to use. All you need is a piece of cotton pad. Pour a generous amount of the liquid onto the cotton pad and wipe it all over your face. Non-waterproof makeup should come off easily. I do not use heavy makeup so I cannot vouch on how effective the product is when it comes to removing waterproof mascaras and whatnot. I like that it leaves a refreshing and non-sticky finishing after cleansing. What’s important is that the cleansing water does not break out on my skin.

And here’s what I thought of Maybelline Micellar Water in a nutshell:

1. Fragrance free, suitable for those who prefer odorless makeup remover.
2. Leaves a refreshing and non-sticky finishing.
3. Removes light makeup very well.
4. Doesn’t break out on the skin.

None that I could think of.

Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Price: ¥59

Repurchase? Yes

Review: Shiseido White Lucent All Day Brightener SPF36

TelBru people had finally came and upgraded my home broadband to fibre optic. The technician who came by my house to diagnose my modem problem assured me that he could have my home broadband upgraded to fibre optic in within a week. And guess what? It was only upgraded about three months later.

Anyways, here comes my review of a new skincare product – Shiseido White Lucent All Day Brightener SPF36 which I bought from the duty free shop at Shanghai Pudong International Airport in September 2016 when coming home from Shanghai. I was previously given a travel size sample of this product but never really gotten to use it until I travel.

Shiseido White Lucent All Day Brightener SPF36

Shiseido White Lucent All Day Brightener SPF36 was launched few years ago and they had introduced an improved version of this product not long ago. The improved version came with higher SPF coverage. I had been slower in following up with Shiseido products’ updates recently as I am more of Elizabeth Arden and Artistry person nowadays.

The product came housed inside a tube packaging with a secure cap to prevent spillage and whatnot. The product comes in one size only, 50ml.

I find Shiseido White Lucent All Day Brightener a convenient product on lazy days or when I am in a hurry. Why is that so you may ask? Shiseido claimed that this is a multi functional product that works as a moisturizer, sunscreen and primer at the same time. When I am using this, I skip both moisturizer and sunscreen, replacing them with Shiseido White Lucent All Day Brightener SPF36. Albeit the SPF coverage is not as high as my regular sunscreen, I find it sufficient enough if I am staying indoor most of the time.

The consistency of the liquid is quite watery in my opinion but I only need an amount smaller than a kidney bean for my entire face. It spreads out easily when applied and it gets absorbed into my skin very quickly as well. I liked that it did not leave a sticky or oily feeling. It is milky in color with slight shimmering powder which gives a tiny bit of shimmering effect on your skin when applied. It leaves a bit of glowing effect on your skin after application.

Fragrance wise, it did not come with a strong scent. It has a typical White Lucent standard fragrant but milder. This is completely subjective to individual’s preference. Some may like an odorless product while some preferred their skincare products to be mildly scented for therapeutic effects?

One of the highlights of this product is of course the whitening and brightening performance since White Lucent is well known for them. After having used this product for quite some time, I can see that my skin complexion is visibly brighter as compared to when I just returned from holiday in September 2016. Everyone around me claimed that my skin had grown darker after coming back from holiday. So, that made a good example for me to vouch for the product effectiveness.

So, here’s what I thought of Shiseido White Lucent All Day Brightener SPF36 in a nutshell:

1. Mildly scented.
2. Gets absorbed into the skin fast, leaving a slightly glowing effect.
3. Multi functional product – moisturizer, sunscreen and primer in one.
4. Skin complexion visibly brighter.

1. Quite expensive.
2. Lower SPF coverage as compared to my regular sunscreen.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Price: ¥327

Repurchase? Yes

Review: Softymo DEEP Cleansing Oil

Hi! I am back again trying to clear my pending skincare review blog entries. I had incorporated a few new skincare products into my skincare routine since few months ago. There will be at least two to three skincare products’ reviews coming up shortly (hopefully). But as for today, I will be covering on Softymo DEEP Cleansing Oil.

I got this cleansing oil while in Tokyo in September 2016. Honestly speaking, it is hard to get my hands on Japanese drugstore cleansing oils here in Brunei or Malaysia. I might have better luck in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.

I remembered being in one of the Watsons outlets in Taipei around March 2015. I was in awe when I saw the amount of cleansing oils displayed on the product shelves. Unfortunately, I did not have much TWD in hand at the time. So, I only got myself a bottle or two.

Softymo DEEP Cleansing Oil

What I love about Japanese drugstores is that they offer refill pack for majority of their toiletries products, especially those in liquid form. If you had been using a particular product and do not feel like trying out another brand, you can always get the refill pack instead of the whole bottle. It saves you some bucks and helps protect our Earth at the same time.

I had seen that majority skincare brands in the market have introduced cleansing water as well. Of course, cleansing water is a lot more convenient on lazy days. But I honestly believe that cleansing oil cleanses way better than cleansing water. The latter works well enough on faces with light or zero makeup. I don’t do heavy makeup on my face so I will not be doing any swatches.

For those of you who are new with cleansing oil, use it on dry hands and face. I usually use about three to four pumps on my hands per usage (that explains why my cleansing oil runs out quickly). Gently massage the cleansing oil onto dry face in circular motion. It dissolves makeup and soften both blackheads and whiteheads.

Take a bit of lukewarm water and gently massage onto the face to emulsify the cleansing oil. The cleansing oil will then turn milky in color. Next step is completely optional as it is my personal preference when doing cleansing routine. Take a piece of cotton pad and wipe off the emulsified cleansing oil before rinsing the face with lukewarm water.

Cleansing oil alone is not sufficient enough for cleansing routine. Always follow with a facial cleanser after cleansing oil to make sure that your skin is properly cleansed. That way, it will reduce the chances of getting breakouts the next day due to not properly cleansed skin on the day before. I am currently using innisfree Sea Salt Perfect Cleanser.

After having used this cleansing oil for more than a month, my skin is visibly better. My pores were clearer and the amount of blackheads were lesser now. The consistency of the cleansing oil is very liquidy and it comes with a refreshing scent of fruits (I think). I could not make out if it is fruity or floral but I think it is more of the former than latter.

So, here’s what I think of Softymo DEEP Cleansing Oil in a nutshell:

1. Light and refreshing scent.
2. Cleanses skin very well.
3. Do not cause skin breakout.
4. Skin is visibly better.
5. Lesser blackheads.

1. Not available in Brunei.

Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Price: 498円

Repurchase? Yes!