Skincare Buys #16 – Hermo.my

I have finally collected my skincare products’ purchases from Hermo.my. I have the items shipped to Cake Rush and collected them when I was in Miri last weekend. I used to have them shipped to Alan’s place but it’s rather inconvenient nowadays as we don’t get to meet as often as we used to now that he is married.

I splurged quite a bit this time round from Hermo.my. My initial nett total at the checkout was RM300+ but it went up to RM500+ when I added a bottle of essence from Huxley. Huxley is one of the highly raved Korean skincare brands nowadays and I got to know about the brand from a Korean YouTube vlogger. I like the minimalist packaging but not suitable for those who doesn’t like perfumed skincare products.

For your information, this is my second time shopping at Hermo.my. I did it once a couple of years ago. I had them shipped to Brunei and it took ages. It’s inconvenient to ship skincare and cosmetic products into Brunei as they are liable for inspection at the pharmacy before the custom officer will release them.

Without further ado, let me show you my loots from Hermo.my!

Mamonde Lotus Micro Cleansing Oil | RM75

innisfree Green Barley Cleansing Cream | RM34

innisfree Bija Trouble Facial Foam | RM32

COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser | RM35

This is one of the highly raved products from COSRX. I started using the gel cleanser after unboxing them and it was really as gentle as the beauty vloggers claimed. Tea tree oil is one of the listed ingredients hence the gel cleanser smelled of tea tree oil. I’m not going to elaborate further of the product as I have only used the product for a day or two but do stay tune for my review!

Huxley Essence: Grab Water | RM148

Huxley Cream: Fresh and More | RM123

The reason why I added this into my shopping cart is because I wanted to find an alternative for Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream. I’m not saying that the moisturizer from Laneige isn’t good but I’m looking for a cheaper alternative.

innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral Oil-Free Gel Cream | RM89

I bought this because I was hoping that the texture of this moisturizer would be the same as Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream. Sad to say, this is nowhere near the texture that I’m anticipating for. Fragrance wise, it wasn’t to my liking but I’m hoping that it would do my skin good despite the texture and fragrance.

So, this sums up my loots from Hermo.my. I think I’m going to buy some some more from Hermo.my soon as I quite like the Huxley moisturizer which I have been using. The texture is a plus point for me but I’m not so sure about the fragrance though. I know I’m a bit contradicting here but oh well … LOL!

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Review: innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water

I came across innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water when I was in Shanghai September 2016. I contemplated whether to buy it or not but ended up not buying it as I wasn’t sure how much weigh limit do I still have with my luggage at the time. When I was skincare shopping at the duty free shop of Singapore Changi Airport, I found out that they are having this promotion whereby you get extra discounts off for K-beauty products with minimum purchase of two items and above.

I think the promotion is still ongoing as I still get the same promotional discount when I was at Singapore Changi Airport earlier this month. I guess this promotion would last quite long but it doesn’t apply for online shopping at iSHOPCHANGI. You have to be physically there to enjoy such benefit. Without further ado, let’s get started with our skincare review for today!

innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water

I’m not sure if you guys remember. I went through a phase whereby I had been totally obsessive towards cleansing water to the extent that I still have four to five cleansing waters storing in my skincare drawer as we speak. Reason being, I find them hassle free, effective and convenient to use on lazy days.

The packaging is a sturdy one. What’s so special about this product is the dispenser. Instead of the turning the bottle upside down to release the content before usage, this one comes with a pump dispenser whereby all you need to do is to place the cotton pad on top of the pump and press downward. I press about four to five times per usage to wet the cotton pad.

The fragrance, it is green tea scented with some added artificial fragrance (I think). It didn’t smell quite au naturale to me. I detected some alcohol scent in the cleansing water despite there wasn’t any alcohol listed in the ingredients’ description. I like that this cleansing water ain’t harsh on my skin and it leaves my skin feeling soft and supple after rinsing. It is a habit of mine that I must rinse my face after using cleansing water before following by my facial cleanser at the time.

Performance wise, it lives up to my expectation. It removes my eyebrow pencil, dirt and grimes off my face easily. However, I could not vouch for the effectiveness when it comes to removing heavy makeup. Most importantly, this cleansing water doesn’t give me any skin breakout problem.

So, here’s what I think of innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Removes eyebrow pencil, dirt and grimes off my face very well.
2. Comes with a pump dispenser.
3. Doesn’t cause me any skin breakout problem.
4. Leaving skin feeling soft and supple after usage.
5. Ain’t harsh on my skin.

Cons:
1. Green tea scented which doesn’t smell quite au naturale to me.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Price: S$15.30

Repurchase? No

Skincare Buys #14

I didn’t stock up much on my skincare products this time round as I think I still had quite a bit of them in my skincare drawer stash. However, I snapped quite a bit of Elizabeth Arden products on a cheap deal from Andrea. They are my regular skincare products so I don’t bother to take pictures and post them here.

Kose Medicated Sekkisei Lotion | S$83

I never failed to stock up on my holy grail toner from Singapore Changi Airport whenever I am leaving. I used to stock this particular product from Miri but I was once told that Malaysia is selling this size as a limited edition product whereas you can get it easily off the shelves at Singapore Changi Airport.

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream | S$44.70

innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream | S$32

Singapore Changi Airport is having this promotion whereby you get additional discount for K-beauty products. You’ll get additional 10% off with purchase of two K-beauty products or 15% off for three or more K-beauty products. It’s a good deal to be honest if you are into K-beauty products.

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!