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.

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Review: Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil

I will be away this weekend for a birthday getaway in Singapore. I had only decided on going in late August when Sister confirmed with me that she would be back from London by then. Now that Sister had moved to Singapore for good, I foresee myself traveling to Singapore for vacation quite often. This would be my fourth visit to Singapore in 2017.

We went Singapore as a family during Chinese New Year earlier this year and returned again with Sister in the following month for a so-called business trip. Sister invited me on a sponsored trip to Singapore two months ago as part of her familiarization trip whereby we went property and furniture hunting to help her settle down before she moves for good.

Anyways, let’s not get sidetracked with what I intended to blog for today. I will be reviewing a makeup removing product from Laneige. I won’t be reviewing it as a full size product but trial sample. I got this complimentary when I purchased Laneige Clear C Peeling Serum and Laneige Vitamin Brightening Cleansing Water couple of months ago.

As mentioned in my previous few blog entries, I attended the wedding of a close friend last weekend. My colleague suggested I go for makeup and hairdo for the wedding and I agreed. So, I attended the wedding with a fully made up face. It was my time having so much makeup on my face and I was feeling rather uneasy most of the time. While I was packing my overnight bag for the trip, I intended to bring with me Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. It suddenly occurred to me that cleansing water may not be that efficient on a heavily made up face.

Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil

So, I packed two packets of Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil into my vanity kit. It was a first having fake eyelashes and I had no knowledge or whatnot of how to remove fake eyelashes. So, I asked Jia how she usually does it. She taught me to use eye and lip makeup remover which I had none at the time but regular cleansing oil.

Each sample pack housed 10ml worth of cleansing oil which I think could last about two regular usages. The consistency of the cleansing oil was light and it smelled pleasant of citrus. I poured half of the cleansing oil onto my palm and gently massage them on my face in circular motion. I started with dissolving my eye makeup by gently rubbing the eye area for about 10 seconds to dissolve the glue of the fake eyelashes. It was a brisk removing the fake eyelashes!

After the fake eyelashes had been removed, I took another 30 seconds to gently massage the face to further dissolve the foundations and eye makeup. Take a little bit of lukewarm water to emulsify the cleansing oil before wiping them off with a piece of cotton pad. The previous step was completely optional as it was part of my double cleansing routine. My cleansing routine would then follow by a facial cleanser and I was using fresh Soy Face Cleanser at the time.

I liked that this cleansing oil removes my makeup so easily and it didn’t leave my skin feeling stripped or tight. Best of all, it felt and looked clean. It was uncomfortable having so much makeup on (especially the fake eyelashes) and it definitely felt good and luxurious while I was removing them off from my face.

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

Pros:
1. It smelled pleasant of citrus.
2. Removes eye makeup well enough.
3. Didn’t strip skin moisture.
4. No breakout.

Cons:
None that I could think of.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Price: N/A

Repurchase? Definitely!

Review: Laneige Clear C Peeling Serum

San Diann, Clara and I will be meeting for dinner tonight at Coco Cafe. It is one of the newest eatery that we have here in town. Both San Diann and Clara had been to Coco Cafe for dinner yesterday evening but they were nice enough to go with me tonight as I really wanted to try out the cafe. I think I had my eyes set on what to order.

As tomorrow’s blog entry will definitely be about food, I decided to do a skincare product review today so that you will not be bored of all the food blog entries. Seriously, I think I am quite scared at the rate that I am eating. My tummy seems to be getting bigger in size. Some said I could probably be suffering from bloating but I doubted so. I guess the only thing I could do right now is to cut down on wheat products and snacking as well.

Anyways, let’s not talk about food and concentrate on what I should be blogging for today. I bought myself this product along with Laneige Vitamin Brightening Cleansing Water some months ago when I needed some retail therapy.

My first intention was to get myself a tub of Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream but it was sold out. So, I grabbed this and the cleansing water instead without much convincing from the BA. Impulse purchase can be scary but the product worked well on my skin. So, all is good.

Laneige Clear C Peeling Serum

I had previously tried Laneige Clear-C Effector and it worked wonder on my skin and my instinct told me that this one would too. According to Laneige website, this product is a “daily care serum makes skin smooth and moisturized by removing dead skin cells with plant-derived malic acid and enzyme“. The main highlight of this product is to remove dead skin cells and leaves a smooth and moisturized skin.

The product is housed in a glass bottle with pump dispenser. Texture wise, it is lighter than the previous serum products which I have used. Despite thicker in texture, the consistency is lightweight in my opinion. The product is lightly fragrant. It does not smell like your regular Laneige Water Bank ranges of products but a subtle berry scent.

As this is a serum product, you have to use it after your regular lotion/toner or Laneige Clear C Advanced Effector (if you are using it at the same time). As I am not using the latter, I use this right after Kose Sekkisei Lotion as part of my night time skincare routine. I know that I am supposed to use this product twice a day for maximum efficiency. Despite that I only use this product once per day, I am satisfied of the result it had given me.

What I like about this product is that it gets absorbed onto my skin very quickly to which I could apply my night cream immediately. Having used this product for more than three months, I am extremely pleased with the outcome. I can see that my skin is brighter in complexion and a lot more moisturized as well.

Pros:
1. A little goes a long way.
2. Lightly fragrant.
3. Lightweight, absorbs onto the skin quickly.
4. Skin is brighter in complexion and a lot more moisturized.

Cons:
1. Product is housed in a glass bottle hence must be handled with care.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Price: B$44.90

Repurchase: Definitely!

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: Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream

I will try to review as much skincare products as possible as I do have quite a number of skincare products which have yet been reviewed. There will be about two to three skincare products’ reviews coming up soon. I saw that Laneige had launched a new skincare line when I was in Singapore last month.

I intended to get some for myself back then but they were not available at Singapore Changi Airport but only at Laneige counters in departmental stores. I am hoping that they are already in stock at Parkson, Miri as I intended to try out their latest facial cleanser.

Without further ado, let’s get started with what I intended to blog about today!

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream

I bought this moisturizer earlier this year when in Miri as I was running short on my holy grail Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. As I have a combination skin type, I prefer gel based moisturizer for day usage over cream based moisturizer.

Prior to purchasing this tub of moisturizer, I had tried a sample version of the said product. Unfortunately, the product did not work on me at the time. It broke out on my skin the next morning. We are talking about years ago here (if you are wondering).

I did not bother to get another sample to try out this time round and bought it without hesitation as there was no one to attend to me at Clinique counter at the time. Thankfully, this moisturizer has been cooperating well enough with my skin and it has not given me any breakout to date.

As I mentioned earlier, Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream is a gel based moisturizer that is meant to retain skin moisture throughout the day after application. The product is housed in a blue glass jar and it came with a hygiene spatula which you are supposed to use when scooping out the liquid.

I prefer to use my ring finger though and I would definitely wash my hands before applying any skincare product. The product has a light and refreshing scent which is exactly similar to the other products from Laneige Water Bank series.

The texture and consistency of the moisturizer is light and it absorbs well onto the skin after application. It may be wet shortly after application but it gets absorbed onto the skin quickly, leaving a soft and smooth and yet bouncy feeling at the same time.

This moisturizer works extremely well as a day moisturizer but I find it not moisturizing enough as a nighttime moisturizer. I saw dry skin appearing especially around the nose on the next day when I had used it as night cream on the night before.

So, here’s what I think of Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Gel based moisturizer with light consistency.
2. Pleasant refreshing scent.
3. Moisturizing enough as a daytime moisturizer.
4. Absorbs well onto the skin quickly after application.

Cons:
1. Not moisturizing enough as a nighttime moisturizer.

Overall Rating: 4.7 out of 5

Price: RM155

Repurchase? Definitely!