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!

Review: innisfree Sea Salt Perfect Cleanser

Seeing that I had been writing quite a bit of food entries recently, I think it is time for a few skincare review blog entries before it became official that I had been eating quite a lot recently. LOL! I still have like one or two food blog entries pending but I think I will cover them later when I am done with a few skincare reviews.

Jennifer and I intended to try the new coffee roaster – Roasted Sip in town tomorrow evening but they are closing at 9PM in the evening, which is considered early for me as I live quite a distance from Roasted Sip. Traveling would at least have taken up half the time. So, we arranged to meet over the weekend.

Anyways, I am trying to use up some of the skincare products which I bought from my last Shanghai and Tokyo vacation. I bought this innisfree Sea Salt Perfect Cleanser in Shanghai after trying out the one Sister had been using. She was using innisfree Sea Salt Jelly Cleanser which I thought was mild for my skin. I did not like the texture of the cleanser. It came in jelly texture which could not lather as much as I preferred.

innisfree Sea Salt Perfect Cleanser

I think this was my second product from innisfree. I seldom buy innisfree products as it is not available locally here in Brunei. We had quite a few Korean skincare brands here in Brunei but not many were able to sustain long in the market apart from a few prominent brands. Surprisingly enough, I only buy innisfree products when I am in Shanghai. Well, it is not hard to find an innisfree outlet in Shanghai.

The cleansing paste came housed in a white plastic squeeze tube packaging with matte finishing. The paste came out easily when squeezed and a small portion goes a long way. The sea salt granules looked visible in the paste but they dissolved when rubbed against your palm with some water. The paste lathers well in my opinion and it smelled refreshing to me. What I love about this product is that it did not leave my skin feeling tight after rinsing off but soft and smooth.

innisfree Sea Salt Perfect Cleanser came with 40% of sea salt content and it is the highest as compared to Sea Salt Whipping Cleanser (30%) and Sea Salt Jelly Cleanser (20%). The sea salt acts as an exfoliant, removes keratine and skin waste. Some of you may think that the sea salt granules may be too harsh on the skin for daily usage but I think it acceptable as I can see that my skin complexion is a lot clearer after having used the product for more than a week.

To be honest, I have a sensitive skin condition whereby it easily breaks out if the product does not work well with my skin. Albeit the high content of sea salt, the product is not harsh on my skin. But this is solely subjective to individual’s skin type and condition at the time. What works on my skin may not necessarily works the same with some other skin types.

And here’s what I thought of innisfree Sea Salt Perfect Cleanser in a nutshell:

1. Smells refreshing and light.
2. Sea salt granules act as exfoliant.
3. Not harsh on my skin.
4. Leaves skin soft and smooth after rinsing.
5. Skin complexion is visibly clearer.
6. A little goes a long way.

1. innisfree is not readily available in Brunei.

Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Price: ¥80

Repurchase? Yes!