Evening Skincare Routine 2017

Evening skincare routine is my most anticipated skincare routine of the day especially when I feel my skin being oily and sticky after a long day. On the day when I had my first makeover for a wedding of a good friend at the end of last month, I was literally anticipating the moment I could remove all makeup even when I was still at the wedding dinner banquet.

The moment when I got my makeup all removed, the feeling was pure blissful. You may think that I am fully exaggerating. But for someone who pretty much has never had full make up on her face, makeup removal is probably her most joyous moment of the day. LOL! My first makeover experience was indeed a delightful one but I am just not used to having so much makeup on my face.

Instead of sticking to the same evening skincare products, I alternate them once in a while depending on my skin condition at the time. For example, I have three makeup removers and two facial cleansers in my bathroom at the moment. Despite that I have some holy grail skincare products, I love to try out different brands of makeup removers.

Before we start, I would like to insert a little bit of disclaimer here. As mentioned in my previous morning skincare routine blog entry, what works on my skin may not necessarily works the same on yours and likewise. Without further ado, let’s get started!

Shiseido SENKA Perfect Gel | RM18.90

The reason why I bought this was that I was intrigued to try out all versions of makeup removers from Shiseido SENKA and this turned out to be one of the disappointing ones in my opinion. It was the texture which I didn’t like and it leaves a grease-like layer after rinsing. I remembered having Shiseido SENKA Perfect Liquid previously and it didn’t live up to my expectation either. However, Perfect Gel is better than Perfect Liquid in my opinion.

Shiseido SENKA Perfect Watery Oil | RM29.80

This is one of my current favorite makeup remover as it comes in a floral scent which I love. It can be heavily perfumed for those of you who like mildly scented or non-fragrant makeup remover. I have yet tested this product with makeup but it removes sunscreen, dirt and grimes off my skin very well. Best of all, it leaves my skin feeling all soft and supple after rinsing.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | B$12.60

This is my go-to makeup remover whenever I am feeling rather lazy after a long day of work. To be honest, I went through a phase whereby I am being totally obsessive over micellar water to the extent that I bought quite a few of them all at once. Speaking of which, I think I have at least four or five bottles of them unused.

Just so you know, I don’t use all three of them at the same time in my evening skincare routine. I choose one to use depending on my skin condition at the time. Like I mentioned earlier on, I have three bottles of makeup removers which I alternate the usages.

Shiseido SENKA Perfect White Clay | RM15.30

Kose Sekkisei Medicated Lotion | S$83

Need I say more? This is my holy grail toner which I never fail to stock up whenever I depart from Singapore Changi Airport. I like it even more that it comes in a dispenser bottle. It is convenient as you do not need to lift the bottle and uncap to pour the desired amount.

Lancôme Advanced Génifique Eye Cream | RM233

I am not being very specific with my eye cream. However, I do wonder if I should get a much potent one for night use. I had been following a YouTuber recently and she highly recommends innisfree Orchid Eye Cream. Perhaps I should get one of it and make this Lancôme eye cream for night use? Have anyone of you tried the eye cream from innisfree and what’s your take of the said product?

Laneige Clear C Peeling Serum | B$44.90

I bought this product about five months ago and I had been using it for approximately four months now. I used to use serum twice a day, both day and night. However, I had been using this once in a day since I started. Four months into using this serum, I still have at least half a bottle left. I can see that my skin has been improving  and my skin complexion looks much clearer nowadays.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Night Cream | RM253

I find that my skin is more moisturized and hydrated using this at night before bed. I tried using Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream as my nighttime moisturizer before and I can see my skin peels a bit around the nose area. This is my second pot at the moment and I have a third one stocking up in my skincare drawer.

So, this summed up my current nighttime skincare routine. Do stay tune for more updates as I will have some skincare product reviews coming up shortly.


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.

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!

Skincare Buys #10

It has been quite some time since I last did a skincare haul blog entry. So, here comes one for the time being. If you are wondering, I did not buy them all at the same time. They were bought separately at different times over the past few months. A few of them were purchased recently in a few days time as part of my retail therapy due to stress.

Without further ado, let’s get this blog entry started! I will be posting them in chronological order, first in first out. LOL!

L’Oreal Micellar Water | B$14.40

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | B$12.60

I bought the above two bottles of micellar cleansing water from Hua Ho, Kiulap some time last month if my memory serves me well enough. However, both Hua Ho and Guardian outlets are currently doing a price reduction for Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for about B$8.90 if I am not wrong.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Night™ Cream | RM253

I bought myself this as I am running short of night cream. This is my second tub of the product and I got it with 20% off, courtesy to the aunt of my colleague.

Senka Perfect Watery Oil | RM29.80

Laneige Clear C Peeling Serum | B$44.90

Laneige Vitamin Brightening Cleansing Water | B$33.90

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream | RM155

I purchased this from Parkson, Bintang Megamall yesterday as my usual day moisturizer of Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief is running extremely low at the moment and I do not think I could wait for Sister to bring back another tub when flying home at the end of this month.

The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Eye Cream-Gel | B$59.90

I purchased myself a bottle of eye cream as my current Artistry Youth Xtend Enriching Eye Cream is running low at the moment. I had actually planned on making a trip down to Amway while in Miri yesterday but gave it a miss due to time constraint.

I was at Times Square this afternoon and I decided to give The Body Shop a shot. This was how I ended up buying an eye cream from The Body Shop. I was being given a sample of their Drops Of Youth™ Youth Cream and I quite like the texture after having tried it this evening. Perhaps I should consider getting it next time? Price is steep though.

Review: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

It has been a while since I last did a blog entry on skincare review. Today’s blog entry is supposed to be a Blueberry Muffins recipe but they were kind of under baked and I ended up with diarrhea after having one piece. I had thrown out the first batch as they looked really really under baked compared to the second batch. Hopefully, no one gets diarrhea after me. LOL!


Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

It had been some time already since I finished this bottle of cleansing water. I bought this from the Guardian in Hong Kong International Airport while transiting for Taipei in March 2015. I bought this in duo pack, in which I gave the other bottle to Sister just to lighten up my luggage weight. I should not have done so as this product is really good and Sister doesn’t seem to use it as often as I did.

When I was in Singapore earlier last month, I tried my luck in finding the product in both Guardian and Watsons. But much to my disappointment, none of them carries it in-store. I tried online Sasa China this morning and no luck as well. They do have this particular product but currently out of stock. *sigh*

What’s so special about this product is that it works equivalent well as Bioderma Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire but a lot cheaper. I got this in 400ml which I doubt Garnier has one less than that volume. The product is relatively easy to use. All you need is to pour a fair amount of the liquid onto a piece of cotton pad, swipe it across your face to remove makeup and excess oil. I had not been wearing eye makeup so I could not be sure if the product works well in terms of removing eye makeup. But I can certainly vouch that it works extremely well with normal makeup of BB Cream or sunscreen.

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

1. Clean the face well enough.
2. Doesn’t strip skin moisture.
3. Affordable as compared to Bioderma products.
4. Pretty much fragrance free, suitable for sensitive skin.

1. Availability.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Price: HKD$249 (duo pack)
I can not remember well enough how much this product was priced when I bought it as I had misplaced the receipt but I think it was less than HKD$250 but around the price stated above. However, I did find out that it was cheaper in Watsons, Taipei as compared to in Hong Kong.

Repurchase? Definitely!