Skincare Buys #24

I had finally unpacked all my skincare purchases from Singapore this morning. It took me longer to unpack this time round. Not because of the quantity but I was lazy in doing them in the past few days. Hence, I waited until my day off before I do it.

Without further ado, let me show you my loots this time round. They weren’t much as I still have quite a few unopened ones at home. So, I managed to get one of my holy grail skincare items. I wanted to get an eye cream from innisfree but it was unavailable.

Kose Sekkisei Lotion | S$88.50

This had been my holy grail toner since I first started using it. I think I had used up about 10 bottles as of now. I had tried multiple brands of toners but none worked as good as this. However, this is solely subjective to personal preference.

When I was buying this, the BA at the duty free counter of Singapore Changi Airport asked if I would like one with a different packaging. In spite of the different packaging, the product’s contents were the same. The other packaging was indeed nicer.

Laneige Fresh Calming Gel Cleanser | S$24.70

This is a relatively new product from Laneige. It was launched some time last year but it wasn’t on the shelf at the duty free shops in Singapore Changi Airport. It was however available this time round. I bought one to try since the price tag wasn’t at all steep for a facial cleanser.

Garnier Refreshing Facial Cleanser | S$11.90

Kose Softymo White Cleansing Oil | S$15.90

This was on sale at half price at Watsons. Having tried the other two cleansing oils from Kose Softymo range, I love them but they are not easily available in Brunei. So, I snapped up a bottle when I saw that it was on sale at half price. I only paid for less than S$8 a bottle. It wasn’t as cheap as getting it from Japan but considerably cheap outside Japan.

So, this basically summed up my skincare loots from Singapore this time round.


Review: Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water

Sister is coming home tonight for a short weekend trip as it is Good Friday tomorrow in Singapore. She is taking the last flight out from Singapore to Brunei. I bought some Philippines Dole Banana from Supa Save, Mata-Mata the other day. They had fully ripen with dark spots on the skin.

I intended to bake some Gluten Free Banana Bread but I don’t have the required GF All-Purpose Flour in hand. Anyways, let’s not talk about baking anymore but get on moving with what I intended to blog for the day – Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water.

Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water

The said product was newly launched when I accompanied Sister to Singapore on a accommodation hunting trip July last year. I bought a full size bottle from Singapore and I bought this travel size bottle before my Bangkok trip last month. Full size bottle houses 400ml while travel size bottle houses 125ml. The difference between this cleansing water and the regular ones from Garnier is that the former is Argan Oil infused.

I don’t wear make-up on regular basis. I’m more of a skincare person than make-up person and I always make sure that I would only leave the house with sunscreen applied on my face. Despite sunscreen is not considered as a makeup product but it is quite heavy in texture which could result in clogged pores if it’s not properly removed by the end of the day. And therefore, I would incorporate double cleansing as part of my night skincare routine.

The product claimed to be powerful and gentle on the skin at removing make-up, even with the waterproof ones. This is the first time which Garnier combined their Micellar Technology with Argan Oil. What I love about this cleansing water on first impression was the pleasant scent of Argan Oil. It smelled floral in my opinion despite that Argan Oil is supposed to smell almost like nutty?

Before you use the product, shake well so that the micellar water combines well with the Argan Oil. Pour about a 50 cents dose on a piece of cotton pad and gently wipe it all over the face to remove dirt and residue off the skin. As the micellar water was Argan Oil infused, it leaves the skin feeling soft and moisturized. However, it is best to incorporate double cleansing into your night skincare routine to ensure that all dirt and residue are fully removed.

As I don’t wear heavy make-up, I couldn’t fully vouch the effectiveness of the said product with waterproof make-up. However, I did come across some online reviews claiming that this cleansing water works well with waterproof make-up. I like that the cleansing oil leaves my skin feeling soft and clean after. It doesn’t strip the skin moisture. Despite that the product was oil-infused, it didn’t leave a greasy layer on the skin. Best of all, I don’t suffer from skin breakouts.

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

1. Argan Oil infused.
2. Smells pleasant of floral.
3. Doesn’t leave a greasy layer on the skin.
4. Leaves skin feeling soft, clean and moisturized.
5. Doesn’t strip skin moisture.
6. No skin breakouts.

1. Those who are sensitive to fragrance may not like this scented cleansing water.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Price: B$7.90 (125ml)

Repurchase? Yes

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!