Skincare Buys #11

If you had been following my blog regularly enough, you would knew that I had recently returned from my holiday vacation in Singapore. Singapore is one of the countries which I would always stock up on skincare products as they are relatively cheaper and extensive choices as compared to Brunei. However, it is always cheaper to purchase from Malaysia due to the inflation of Ringgit Malaysia (RM).

Without further ado, let me show you what I had purchased from Singapore!

Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water | S$19.90

This is one of the latest introductions of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. It is more expensive than the regular Micellar Cleansing Water. The highlight of this product is that the micellar cleansing water is oil-infused with floral fragrance. It is retailed at S$19.90 at Guardian, Singapore but an additional 20% discount will be given if you purchase two or more of the same item in a single receipt.

Bioderma Sensibio Mild Cleansing Foaming Gel | S$33.90

I found this product at Watsons first and bought it as I am quite a fan of Bioderma facial cleansers. After payment, I went over to Guardian located nearby to purchase Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water but only to find that they are selling this product even cheaper at 20% off. So, I returned to Watsons and requested for a refund and the Cashier asked me the reason for returning the said product. I answered in all honesty and said it was cheaper at Guardian. LOL!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | B$6.10

I purchased this in Brunei prior to flying Singapore as I thought I would need a travel size makeup remover and this comes in just the perfect size. However, I ended up not bringing this with me to Singapore and brought Shiseido SENKA Perfect Gel instead. I like that it is handy in size but definitely not to be carried inside cabin luggage as it is exceeds the minimum 100ml policy.

fresh Soy Face Cleanser | S$21

innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water | S$15.30

This was originally S$15.30 as stated above but The SHILLA was doing a promotion whereby you will get additional discount for purchasing two or more Korean skincare products. If my memory serves me well, I think it was 10% off for any two Korean skincare products and 15% for any three and above Korean skincare products.

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream | S$44.70

Laneige Foam Cleanser Moisture_EX | S$23.10

I wanted to get Laneige White Dew Milky Cleanser but they were out of it. So, I got this instead. It was a value buy as I got additional 15% discount for purchasing more than two pieces of Korean skincare products.

Shu Uemura Brow:Sword | S$53

Shu Uemura Hard Formula | S$25.60

Before flying to Singapore, I asked Andrea what is her current favorite brand for eyebrow pencil that she would recommend. She recommended me Shu Uemura as it is longer lasting as compared to some of the other brands which she had used. As a matter of fact, she recommended me Hard Formula as it does not break easily. I am a fan of Lancôme Le Crayon Sourcils but the lead breaks easily when dropped. I dropped it once and the whole thing was damaged.

So, this summed up my skincare loots from Singapore. I am still considering if I should get myself another Lancôme Le Crayon Sourcils from Miri tomorrow. Despite that it broke easily when dropped, I liked the easy application as compared to Shu Uemura. The wonder of Shu Uemura Brow:Sword and Hard Formula is that color looked extremely soft and natural after application.

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Review: Bioderma Sebium Foaming Gel

As you can see, I had changed the template of my blog again. I did not really like the old one but I liked that it did not blur out my pictures. Some of the templates which I had used previously blurred out my pictures albeit they were taken nicely in the first place.

They just blurred out on their own once the blog entry was published. To be honest, that really bugged me for quite some time until I found out that I could just solve the problem by changing the blog template. LOL!

And I have another problem now! My memory card reader could not read my memory card and I have no idea why. I will just leave it for the time being and fix it later on. Anyways, Jennifer and I will be trying out a new eatery in town tonight – Pelicana Chicken! Stay tune for review if you are interested.

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Bioderma Sebium Foaming Gel

I got this facial cleanser from Guardian on my Singapore visit approximately two to three years ago. Not to freak you out here but this facial cleanser had expired since last October 2015 but remained sealed since I bought it.

I was once being told that a skincare product can last for another year or two after expiration as long as it remained sealed. I guess it is sort of true as my skin is still in good condition having used it for a week or so?

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If you are interested on how this product works, here it is. The product gently cleanses, limits the secretion of sebum and purifies and epidermis. If you are no Bioderma user, you may not be familiar with their ranges of products.

They have variety of ranges and I have only used two – Sensibio and Sebium. Sensibio focuses on sensitive skin while Sebium focuses on oily skin. I had been using this with my Biore Cleansing Milk lately and it did wonders to my skin. I can see that my skin is not that oily compared to before. It controlled the sebum excretion of my skin well.

All you need to do is take a pump or two with a small amount of lukewarm water and work up a foam. Gently massage the foam onto your skin for a good few minutes and rinse them off with lukewarm water. The product may not lather as much as some others do but it works just good enough.

I like that the cleanser does not leave your skin feeling all tight after rinsing but soft, smooth and slippery. My skin condition is mildly sensitive but no sign of breakout since I started using it. It is not heavily scented as well but it smelled a little bit alike anti-bacterial hand soap. Albeit so, it still smelled refreshing.

So, here’s what I think of Bioderma Sebium Foaming Gel in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Liked the pump dispenser for equal dispensing.
2. Not heavily scented.
3. Cleanses the skin well enough, leaving a soft, smooth and slippery to the touch.
4. No sign of breakout.
5. Controlled sebum excretion well.

Cons:
1. Not available in Brunei.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Price: S$30.50 (Guardian Singapore)

Repurchase? Definitely!

What’s In My Skincare Travel Pouch? #3

I will be on the way to Miri in another few hours for an overnight trip to meet some friends, visit a traditional clinic, do my hair at Hair Clipperz, collect my online skincare purchases and Artistry products from Ing. So, I’ll be doing another What’s In My Skincare Pouch today. They are pretty much the same like my previous two post on What’s In My Skincare Pouch #1 and #2. Hopefully, you won’t feel bored reading them.

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The first thing which I realized from this picture after extracting it out from my digital camera into my computer was that majority of my skincare products are now from Kose except for a few holy grail products from Shiseido. I know these are not travel sized products. My skin condition hasn’t at tip top condition after using an unknown facial cleansing tissue. It broke out a little on the same evening after usage. There were better now but to be on the safe side, I am switching some of the products back to Kose.

I’ll start from the left to the right. If you had observed carefully, I had arranged the skincare products in order based on how I use them.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire: I requested Patrick to get this for me from Guardian Pharmacy, Singapore before I flew to there last May. This is one good cleansing water. It was able to remove all the dirt and grime on my face after a long, tiring and hectic day. I don’t have to worry about clogged pores when I am using this since this is a water based remover and there’s no way that it would clog your pores. I would turn to this product whenever I am feeling lazy.

Price: S$15.90 (100ml) & S$29.90 (250ml)

Kose Sekkisei White Liquid Wash: Got this in a Kose Sekkisei trial pack from Singapore Changi International Airport Duty Free Shop whereby it came with Kose Sekkisei Lotion and Kose Sekkisei Emulsion. It cleanses my skin as well as some of the other facial cleansers which I had used or currently using. But if you have an oily combination skin, I would suggest you cut low on the dosage as this facial cleanser is much recommended for dry to normal skin.

Price: RM124 (East Malaysia) & S$42 (Singapore)

Kose Seikisho Clear Lotion: I had been leaving this product aside for almost two weeks ever since I got myself Laneige Clear-C Effector, which I find to be much more effective compared to the former product. Both works about the same but the latter is more like a skin booster while the former is used to remove the remaining dirt and grime after double cleansing.

Price: S$33 (Sephora) S$28 (Singapore Changi International Airport) RM93 (East Malaysia)

Kose Sekkisei Lotion: This is my favorite toner or lotion nowadays. I used to favor Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Softener. But I loved Kose Sekkisei Lotion more after trying it. I am currently on my second bottle of the said lotion, which is in the size of 500ml.

Price: RM255 (360ml) & RM298 (500ml)

Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum+: This is my holy grail product for dark spots and scar marks. I am currently on my third bottle. Albeit the steep price, I am still sticking with this product after an unfortunate experience with Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector.

Price: RM420 (East Malaysia)

Kose Sekkisei Emulsion: This used to be my day and night moisturizer for quite some time. But I am returning back to Laneige Water Bank Essence currently in order to finish the product off. The reason why I am bringing this instead of Laneige Water Bank Essence is that this is more portable and I don’t have to worry about breakage. What I like about this Kose Sekkisei Emulsion is that it’s quite watery and light for my skin to absorb.

Price: RM177 (East Malaysia)

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Cream: I just bought this cream from like 2 weekends ago and I had only used it once. The texture was neither light nor thick. But I still find it slightly too heavy for my skin for the time being. So, I am bringing it with me this time round to check if it’s still too heavy on my skin when I am sleeping in an air-conditioned room.

Price: B$85

Kose Sekkisei Eye Cream: Got friend to get this for me when he was in Miri for his CPA examination. I was a little bit bored with Biotherm Skin.Ergetic Eyes so I bought one for myself to try since Jennie highly recommended it for being a money saver. But do not even bother to try applying too much on your eye areas lest it will look extremely oily.

Price: RM175

Shiseido Multi-Defense UV Protector SPF50 PA+++: After coming back from Singapore, I sort of realized the importance of sunscreens. But the BA at Elizabeth Arden once told me that we do not need a sunscreen with huge coverage if we won’t be staying outdoor for a long time. The ideal coverage for sunscreen is about SPF30 to SPF35. Unless you will be exposed to sunlight for a long time, then SPF50 would be the most ideal coverage. And since I would be outdoor most of the time on this Miri trip, I brought this instead of Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protector Extra Mild SPF30 PA++.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Good Morning Retexturing Primer: I bought this more than half a year ago and only started using it religiously for about a month. This product can help you set your makeup in place or prevent bad substances or whatever going into our pores. In short, this product acts like a shield in protecting harmful substances from going into your pores and worsen your skin condition. What I love the most about this product is that it gives a matte finishing with the dose of a red bean and it will be able to cover your whole face.

Price: B$65

I think I am bringing the most skincare products this time round. Hahaha … And hopefully, you haven’t fall asleep by now. LOL!

June & July Empties

As promised, here comes my blog entry on my skincare empties for the month June and July. Like I mentioned in the previous post, it’s pretty hard for me to finish a product as I love to switch in between products even before I finished one. But I managed to have 5 empties altogether for the month of June and July. Cleansing oils are usually the first product to run out fast among my other skincare products. This is why you’ll be seeing two cleansing oil or water in the picture below.

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I’ll start from the left to the right …

Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum+: I am pretty sure that you have heard of this famous product from Shiseido. This is by far the most expensive skincare product which I am owning at the moment. I am currently on my third bottle at the moment. Pricing might be steep but it’s by far the best whitening serum for scars that I have used. Reviews on Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector had been positive. But unfortunately, the product doesn’t work on me and it gave me loads of breakouts.

Price: RM430.00 (East Malaysia)

Shiseido AquaLabel Deep Clear Oil Cleansing: The reason why I bought this in the first place was because I had read so many positive reviews on this product. And I was interested to try those inexpensive cleansing oils in the market. They may be cheaper than those from the counters but it works just as well as those expensive ones. So, why spend more when you could get something cheaper for equivalent effectiveness? I do like this cleansing oil but it’s the fragrance that puts me off. It smells like rosewater to me.

Price: RM39.00

Bioderma Sebium H20 Solution Micellaire: I bought this from Singapore Changi International Airport when I was waiting for my flight back to Brunei. The BA at Guardian Pharmacy recommended me this product since I have quite an oily skin. It smelled quite nice actually but I think I preferred their Sensibio range more than this one. The upsides of this product are that it’s so easy to use and extremely effective.

Price: S$27.90

Kose Sekkisei Lotion: I super love this toner the first time I applied it onto my face. It smelled herbal and nice as well. It may cause a little bit of stinging feeling if you happened to have open pores or scars on your skin. But apart from that, I love this toner a lot. And I am currently on my second bottle which is in the size of 500ml.

Price: RM255 (360ml)

Kose Sekkisei White Powder Wash: Kose released two versions of this facial cleanser – powder and liquid form. They named the liquid one as Kose Sekkisei White Liquid Wash. I liked both versions as both left my face feeling squeaky clean after each wash. Albeit the cleanser was in the form of powder, it could lather up as rich as any liquid cleanser.

Price: RM124

What’s In My Skincare Travel Pouch? #2

Good morning! It’s finally Friday and I am going Miri for a weekend escapade. Wouldn’t call it an escapade really since there is nothing much you could do in Miri anyways. Sister wanted to go somewhere away from Brunei for a couple of days. We intended to go Kota Kinabalu (KK) at first, but then I just came back from Singapore early of last month and I think it isn’t an appropriate thing to do to keep on taking long leaves. Well, 3 – 4 days isn’t what I would consider long but some do!

As usual, it’s important to pack up some skincare products with you if you are going on a trip. Be it short or long, it is still important. So, I packed up a bit of the necessities to bring for my weekend trip tomorrow and here’s what I would be bringing.

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I’ll start from the top then coming down from the left.

Shiseido The Skincare Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam: I don’t use this very regularly as my usual cleansing foam. But I’ll always bring this with me when I am traveling. I liked how rich and foamy the lather could be when you worked it up. And it could cleanse my face very well leaving it smooth and squeaky clean!

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Solution MicellaireThis is a mini size version of the famous Bioderma cleansing water. I requested Patrick to get one for me to try first when I traveled to Singapore early of last month. Fell in love with it instantly on my first usage. It was able to remove all traces of dirt on my face without breaking out on me the next day. Price is rather steep though for a small size.

Kose Sekkisei Lotion: Been using this lotion for about two months since I came back from Miri two months ago and it was extremely good. It may reeks of alcohol but it wasn’t harsh on my skin. I even asked Alan to get me another bottle worth 500ml at the price of RM298! It’s a good deal, right?

Kose Sekkisei Emulsion: This is not a full size bottle of the product. I think this was only 70ml. The BA at Changi International Airport T2 Duty Free Shop suggested that I get the trial size just in case if I couldn’t be sure if the product is gonna work out on me. I liked the texture of the product. It wasn’t oily on my skin and it leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized after application.

Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum+: This is one product which I couldn’t live without albeit the steep price. I had tried alternatives but they break out on me quite horribly.

Shiseido Multi-Defense UV Protector SPF50 PA+++: Had been using sunscreen religiously ever since I came back from Singapore and this is one good sunscreen for my oily skin. It doesn’t break out on me and it leaves a smooth finishing after application. And no white cast as well, if you are wondering about that. LOL!

Kose Sekkisei Eye Cream: Had only started using this eye cream for a couple of weeks. As far as I can tell, it doesn’t do much with reducing the appearance of fines lines and dark circles, but it did a great job in keeping the eye areas moisturized and hydrated.

So, that basically summed up what I am bringing on a holiday trip. Do share yours!