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: 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:

Pros:
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.

Cons:
1. innisfree is not readily available in Brunei.

Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Price: ¥80

Repurchase? Yes!

Skincare Buys #8

Just realized that I had been doing food blog entries recently when I was going through my blog archives a while ago. So, here I am with a skincare blog entry. It has been more than two weeks since I came home from my Tokyo and Shanghai holiday. And of course, I came home with quite a haul for skincare products. Didn’t go crazy with skincare products’ while in Tokyo but in Shanghai insted.

Without further ado, let me show you what I had gotten myself on my holiday. I bought more makeup removers as I like to go for varieties and I am more of a stickler for toners and moisturizers.

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L’oreal Micellar Water | ¥79

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Maybelline City Rescue Miracle Oil | ¥99

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Maybelline Micellar Water | ¥59

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Softymo DEEP Cleansing Oil | 498円

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Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate | ¥1008

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Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum | ¥333
Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster | ¥338

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innisfree Sea Salt Perfect Cleanser | ¥80

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Shiseido White Lucent Luminizing Surge | ¥333

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Shiseido White Lucent All Day Brightener SPF36 | ¥327

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Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ PA++++ Wet Force | ¥244

This basically summed up three quarter of my skincare loots from Shanghai and Tokyo. I still have a few more items but I think I will cover them some other time. I am now regretting not getting the Kose Esprique Eyebrow Pencil from Tokyo as the one that I am using now is running low.

Review: innisfree Natural Essential Mask Cucumber

It had been quite some time since I last reviewed on facial sheet mask. I still have quite a few of them in my skincare stash drawer but never gotten round to use them. I am just plain lazy especially when my skin condition had been good to me for quite some time already.

While I was window shopping at iAPM, Shanghai last Monday morning, I came across an innisfree outlet. innisfree is very common in Shanghai. Majority malls that I went to has an innisfree outlet inside comparing to other Korean brands of skincare products. I heard quite a lot of innisfree products are good but I did not get any apart from this facial sheet mask which I am about to review.

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innisfree Natural Essential Mask Cucumber

I only used this facial sheet mask on the second night after I bought it. I bought two pieces of the same product. One was for me and the other one was for Sister. I am not sure if she had used hers as I still see it inside the fridge on the day when I left the hotel room for the airport. As usual, I would keep the facial sheet mask inside the fridge couple of hours before usage. That way, the facial sheet mask will give a cooling effect during application and minimizes pore size at the same time. I doubt the latter works but it is better than nothing. LOL!

innisfree Natural Essential Mask Cucumber was pre-soaked with cucumber infused essence. The essence wasn’t as generous as compared to some of the other Taiwanese brands of facial sheet masks which I had tried previously. But it was more than enough for my face. I liked that the essence doesn’t drip throughout the whole time when I had the facial sheet mask on my face. I can still watch drama series from my iPad without having to bother about essence dripping from the facial sheet mask.

The texture of the facial sheet mask is thin but it doesn’t tear easily. Thin textured facial sheet mask sticks onto the skin easily compared to thicker texture. That’s what I believe but I am not sure if it applies on your skin though. Fragrance is subtle as I couldn’t smell much scent while I had the facial sheet mask on my face.

The product claims to target devitalized skin by providing your skin with outstanding soothing effects and moisture. You must be wondering if it works as it claimed to be? Honestly speaking, I think it did have good soothing effects but not outstanding enough though. Moisture level was good too as my skin was soft and supple after using the said sheet mask. And the best thing of all, it did not cause any breakout on my skin.

So, here’s what I think of innisfree Natural Essential Mask Cucumber in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Subtle fragrance.
2. Good soothing effects.
3. Moisture level is good.
4. Essence doesn’t drip during application.
5. Fits and stick on my skin well enough.
6. Didn’t breakout on my skin.

Cons:
1. Bit expensive for a basic range of facial sheet mask.
2. innisfree not available in Brunei.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Price: RMB15

Repurchase? Yeah!