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.

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Review: Laneige Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil

It has been a while since I last reviewed a skincare product. To be honest, I do have a few lining up. I personally prefer to write about food more than skincare products, which I think was quite evident in this blog. LOL!

If you had been following this blog regularly enough, you might know that I am traveling to Singapore over the weekend for a long weekend trip. Itinerary had been about 90% planned. I wouldn’t be doing much sightseeing this time round but more on cafe hopping. LOL! Sister and I planned to visit The Durian Story located at Serangoon. It’s located pretty far from where we live. So, I am hoping that it would be worth the fare and time spent traveling to Serangoon.

Anyways, let us get back to what I intend to do for today! Having used up my previous Kose Sekkisei Treatment Cleansing Oil, I started with Laneige Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil which I bought few months ago.

Laneige Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil

This is how the product looked like. The product came with the cap and dispenser separated. Most of the cleansing oils which I had previously used came packaged like above but this one from Laneige was the first which I encountered which came with separate product cap and dispenser.

The purpose of having such packaging was for the sake of convenience in terms of portability while traveling as per the BA who sold me the product. With such packaging, one wouldn’t have to worry about spillage inside the luggage. Despite the helpful thought, I personally find the size rather too bulky to bring along while traveling. I prefer bringing mini sized cleansing water or cleansing cream/balm while traveling. As a matter of fact, I am bringing heimish All Clean Balm this time round.

Like I mentioned above, the product was packaged with separate cap and dispenser. For hygiene reason, Laneige had added a protective seal underneath the cap.

The consistency of the cleansing oil wasn’t as thick as cleansing gel but definitely a heavier consistency as compared to cleansing water. The consistency falls in between thick and thin. It was lightweight and it came with a pleasant scent which I find not too overpowering. If you wanted something which is lightly scented, this product might be the one for you.

Performance wise, I am sorry to say that I wouldn’t be able to vouch for it. Laneige claimed that this Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil can remove heavy makeup. I don’t wear heavy makeup. The only makeup that I have on my face on daily basis is my eyebrow pencil. LOL! Having said so, I could still see that my face is all clean and smooth after each wash with Laneige Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil.

All you need is about two to three pumps of the cleansing oil and gently massage it onto the face in circular motion. Take a small amount of lukewarm water to emulsify the cleansing oil. Wipe the excess with a piece of cotton pad followed by a few splashes of lukewarm water onto the face. The cotton pad bit is optional. This is my own preferred skincare regime when it comes to using makeup remover.

Makeup removing will never be complete without double cleansing. I do know that some people didn’t follow cleansing routine with a facial cleanser after removing their makeup. The purpose of double cleansing is to make sure that no makeup residue is left on the skin. This is to avoid going to sleep with a not thoroughly cleansed face resulting in skin breakouts the next day. My current facial cleanser is Bija Trouble Facial Foam from innisfree.

So, here’s what I think of Laneige Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Light consistency.
2. Pleasant smell and yet not overpowering.
3. Doesn’t breakout on the skin.
4. Removes light makeup, dirt and grimes well.
5. Skin looked clean, soft and smooth after each wash.
6. Comes with separate dispenser for the convenience of portability while traveling.

Cons:
1. Quite expensive.

Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Price: B$49.90

Repurchase? Maybe

Review: Laneige Foam Cleanser Moisture_EX

I haven’t been blogging about skincare products recently as I had been focusing more on food. Hence, the expanding waistline. LOL! Anyways, I had a few new skincare products which I had been using for two months or so and I find them good in my opinion. So, here’s a review of one of the new skincare products which I had been using recently.

Laneige Foam Cleanser Moisture_EX

I got this from Singapore Changi Airport duty free shop when I flew back to Brunei back in July last year. There was an ongoing promotion at the time whereby you’ll get additional discount if you purchase three or more Korean skincare products. It didn’t have to be from the same brand. As long as they are Korean products, the promotion is valid. I bought two products from Laneige and one from innisfree at the time.

I don’t use much facial cleansers from Laneige and this was my third, I think. The consistency of this facial cleanser is a creamy one instead of clay paste like which you sometimes get from other brands of cleansers. It lathers extremely well with a little bit of water. As it lathers well, you wouldn’t need a lot to achieve the desired amount of foam. I only use about half a centimeter per wash and it cleanses my face well. In terms of fragrant, it smelled like what typical Laneige products smell like. It is pleasant and not overpowering for me.

Performance wise, the product cleanses well without stripping skin moisture. It leaves my skin looking clean, soft and clear after each wash. Best of all, it didn’t cause any breakout to my skin.

So, here’s what I think of Laneige Foam Cleanser Moisture_EX in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Affordable.
2. Smelled pleasant.
3. Doesn’t strip skin moisture.
4. A little goes a long way.
5. Doesn’t break out on my skin.

Cons:
None that I could think of.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Price: S$23.10 (Singapore Changi Airport Duty Free)

Repurchase? Yes!

Skincare Buys #15

As mentioned in my previous blog entry, I redeemed a B$50 worth of Hua Ho voucher yesterday. I intended to use the voucher for my hairdryer but it turned out that the hairdryer which I wanted is only selling for B$29.90. So, I didn’t get to use the voucher yesterday but I managed to use it on my skincare products’ purchases today!

I received a text message from Shet Fui yesterday afternoon that Elizabeth Arden is currently on 20% + 10% discount promotion for their regular priced items. However, the said promotion is not applicable for special offer items. So, I decided to seize the opportunity to check out if there is any item worth stocking up on.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer | B$60

This is the improved version of Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Good Morning Retexturing Primer. The said product has been discontinued and replaced with this. The difference between this and the discontinued version is that the former comes with foundation shade and it has an extremely powdery finishing.

Laneige Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil | B$49.90

I had been wanting to buy this since it was launched couple of years ago but never gotten round to as I always stock up on cheaper cleansing oils nowadays. Having tried Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil, I was impressed with the performance so I am hoping the same thing from this.

I scored quite a bit of samples this time round. What I love about Laneige is that they are always generous with giving away samples. Susan from Laneige gave me samples for Laneige Clear C Serum but I told her that I’m using the product at the moment. So, she gave me Laneige Mini Pore Double Clearing Cleansing Foam instead.

Laneige Mini Pore Double Clearing Cleansing Foam

Elizabeth Arden Anti-Aging Daily Serum

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Youth Restoring Essence

According to Shet Fui, this is Elizabeth Arden’s version of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. She gave me a small sample bottle to try as I didn’t quite like it when I tested it over the counter. My first impression of the product is that the liquid smelled strong of alcohol.

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.