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!

Review: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

I am trying to clear some backlogged blog entries. So, here comes another skincare product review. I knew I had previously reviewed about the said product. Despite they are labelled under the same name, they are different. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water has two versions – blue and pink. I had previously reviewed the latter which can be found here.

For those of you who are not familiar with Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, you might be wondering what are the differences between both. You might think it is only a difference in terms of packaging. When purchasing this said product, I inquired the BA for the differences between blue and pink packaging. According to the BA, the blue version is suitable for acne prone/oily skin while the pink version is suitable for sensitive skin.

Now that you know the differences between both versions, it will be easier in making decision when it comes to purchasing Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water base on your skin type. Despite that my skin is sensitive at times, both versions worked well on my skin without giving me any problem.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

I bought this said cleansing water some time earlier this year and I had only started using this recently when I had emptied Maybelline Micellar Water not long ago. This product is said to removes makeup, cleanses and mattifies the skin without rinsing. It is suitable to be used on the face, eyes and lips. And most importantly, it is non-fragrant which makes it suitable for those who do not like scented makeup removers.

Micellar cleansing water is my favorite go to especially on lazy days. All you need to do is pour an adequate amount onto a piece of cotton pad and gently wipe them across your face to remove makeup and impurities. No rinsing is required so it is extremely convenient and fuss free for those who do not do double cleansing.

I on the other hand feels like something is missing if I do not do double cleansing after using cleansing oil or water when removing makeup. Do follow the cleansing routine with your current facial cleanser to avoid breakout the next day. The product claims to last 200 uses for 400ml but I am unable to vouch for it as my dose per usage is more than the standard recommended dose.

I like that this cleansing water is able to remove my light makeup well enough, leaving my skin feeling soft and smooth. And the best of all, it does not break out on my skin. I have a combination but sensitive skin (at times) type. Despite the sensitive skin, this product works well on my skin without giving me any fuss.

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

1. Fragrance free, suitable for those who likes unscented skincare products.
2. Removes light makeup well enough.
3. Claims to be able to last 200 uses.

None that I could think of.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Price: B$12.60

Repurchase? Definitely!

Review: Shiseido SENKA Perfect Gel

Work had been a bit hectic over the past few days. An incident followed by another. But thankfully, they were all sorted out and everything went on smoothly from then onwards. That was part of the reason why this blog ended up on a hiatus mode. I got home feeling tired almost everyday and I just wanted to lay on bed playing with my phone after showering or catching up with some drama series on my iPad.

I had been writing more of food entries recently than skincare product reviews. I had purchased quite a fair share of new skincare products on my last holiday trip. I will be doing a skincare haul blog entry soon but I have yet snapped the pictures of what I bought. I will be making a day trip to Miri next week and hopefully, I will get to stock up on some skincare products as well.

Shiseido SENKA Perfect Gel

I thought I bought this some time early this year but it turned out to be way earlier than that. I am quite a fan of Shiseido SENKA products for the affordability and effectiveness. But sad to say, I personally think that this product did not fare as well as some of the Senka products which I had previously tried. My recent Shiseido SENKA product before Shiseido SENKA Perfect Gel was Shiseido SENKA Perfect Watery Oil and it was one of the best ones I tried.

The product came housed in a blue plastic tube like packaging with a cap at the end of the packaging. It has a strong fragrance just like any other Shiseido SENKA range of makeup removers. The fragrance could be unbearable for some as it lingers for quite some time after rinsing. The texture of the liquid is in gel form. To dispense the gel liquid, squeeze the packaging to release an adequate amount onto your palm and gently massage the gel liquid onto the face in circular motion to dissolve makeup and impurities.

As this makeup remover is in the form of gel texture, it does not emulsify when in contact with water as compared to oil based makeup removers. Despite so, I still stick with my usual routine of slightly dissolving the gel liquid before wiping them off with a piece of cotton pad and followed by full rinse with lukewarm water. As I do not wear heavy makeup, I could not vouch for the effectiveness when it comes to removing heavy makeup.

It was able to remove my light makeup well enough but I did not like how my skin felt after using it. It did not leave my skin with the soft and smooth effect as compared to Shiseido SENKA Perfect Watery Oil and some other makeup removers which I had used. As a matter of fact, it left my skin with a grease like layer after rinsing so double cleansing is definitely inevitable.

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

1. Affordable.
2. Removes light makeup well enough.

1. Strong fragrance, unsuitable for those who do not like heavily scented product.
2. Leaves a grease-like layer after rinsing.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

Price: RM18.90

Repurchase? No

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!