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Review – Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk

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Proper cleansing is one of the most important regimen for a healthy-looking skin. I believe with good cleansing, skin will not only feel fresh and clean, it will also help to slow down the signs of aging. If skin is not properly cleanse, more residues will accumulate on the skin surface and therefore skin will get duller and rough, and beneficial nutrients will not be able to penetrate onto the skin.

After reading some good online reviews on Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk, I decided to give it a try. Its fragrance-free content which is extremely safe for my sensitive skin, provides more assurance that this product should be good for me.

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Review – Simple Soothing Facial Toner

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SIMPLE is an inexpensive, ordinary no-frill UK based skincare brand. For the past 10 years, it has gained my trust all thanks to one of their popular product ‘Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel’. Till now, it is still one of my ‘must-have’ essential daily skincare product. Well, that is why I didn’t have much consideration when I first purchased Simple Soothing Facial Toner.

This toner is relatively cheap @S$7.50, considering it as an United Kingdom-based skincare line. It is such a huge different in price if you compare it with the big brands at departmental stores.

Simple Soothing Facial Toner is claimed to contain NO PERFUME, NO COLOUR and NO ALCOHOL. And it is also claimed suitable for people with sensitive skin like me.

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Review – Kose Sekkisei Supreme Cleansing Cream

 

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For the last 30 years, Kose from Japan, has always been my mum’s trusted skin care brand. I remembered the first Kose product I have tested was my mum’s favourite Kose facial soap bar. This pinkish soap bar has in fact effectively help to control the oiliness and outbreak on my puberty oily and acne-prone skin.

As I grew older, I have tried on many occasions convince her to switch her skin care products to other brands like Clarins, Estee Lauder or Lancome. But she refuses to give up on Kose. I really salute her for being so faithful to this brand up till now. Thanks goodness, she still has a very good skin.

Kose Sekkisei Supreme Cleansing Cream, a cream based makeup remover, is the first Kose product I’ve bought for my own use.

Product profile

This cleanser comprehensively removes stubborn makeup. Dissolves oily build-up to refresh dullness. Contains Melothria extract, Chinese Indigo extract & Chinese Soapberry extract. Prevents skin oxidation & increases metabolism rate. Leaves skin clean, soft, supple & luminous. Suitable for all skin types.

Ingredients

Kose Sekkisei Supreme Cleansing Cream contains mainly emollient, emulsifier, thickener and humectant. 

Although it contains numerous herbal extracts but there is no research showing these have any benefit for skin.

Review

Kose Sekkisei Supreme Cleansing Cream effortlessly removes heavy foundation and light eye makeup although more effort is needed to thoroughly remove waterproof eye makeup. This cleansing cream deeply cleanses pores to sweep away dirt & impurities. 

Although Kose Sekkisei Supreme Cleansing Cream is designed for all skin types but I find it too creamy even for my dry skin. What I feel uncomfortable about this product is that it tends to leave a layer of oily finish even after I have followed up with a facial wash.

Well, I have concluded that Kose Sekkisei Supreme Cleansing Cream is just another ordinary cleansing cream which I can easily find similar products on other brands.

Rating

Will I buy it again? May not.

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Review – Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/I

 

It took me a while to decide before buying Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/I due to the high price as a cleansing oil. But eventually, I couldn’t resist it any longer after reading some good reviews on this well-received Shu Uemura Skin Purifier.

Choose the right one

Shu Uemura provides 6 different types of skin purifier cleansing oils which are created to suit different skin’s needs. So for my sensitive skin, I’ve chosen the Premium A/I, the first premium cleansing oil specifically made to soothe and care for fragile skin. A luxuriously rich texture to calm delicate sensitive and dry skin conditions.

Product claims

This cleansing oil with plant extracts, focuses on improving the texture of the skin, leaving the skin moisturized, nourished and more radiant looking. It removes impurities while providing holistic, soothing relief to fragilized skin to restore skin’s natural beauty.

The secret to Shu Uemura cleansing oil is protecting the skin’s delicate balance while removing make-up and impurities in a single step.

Shu Uemura believes liquid is best suited for cleansing, as it’s high affinity to the composition of impurities that accumulate in pores allow for a gentle yet effective cleansing without interrupting skin’s natural balance.

Ingredients

This mineral and corn oil-based liquid is after all quite standard. Although Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/I is formulated using a combination of oils like safflower oil, persea gratissima oil (avocado oil), jojoba seed oil, these selected oils do not necessary mean a optimum penetration of stubborn waxes and oils in waterproof mascara, foundation and lip color as its claim. 

One merit point about Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/I is that it contains ingredients with good antioxidant properties like persea gratissima oil (avocado oil), arginine (amino acid) and tocopherol (vitamin E).

Although this cleansing oil is specially made for hyper sensitive skin, but it does contains skin-irritant ingredients like linalool and fragrance.

Reviews

This watery oil-based liquid cleanser does a great job of cleansing away foundation, lipstick and dirt but not waterproof mascara. Although it is specially made for fragile skin, frankly I do not feel really safe using this product, knowing too well it contains harmful ingredients which may trigger my sensitive skin anytime.

Rating

Will I buy it again? …… I don’t think so!

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Review – The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Facial Toner

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Facial Toner, is claimed to remove excess traces of cleanser, dirt and makeup, is suitable for oily and blemished skin.

Product review

Refreshing toner that removes excess traces of cleanser, dirt and make-up, helping to control shine and blemishes without drying the skin. With natural witch hazel to remove every last trace of make-up.

A toner or a brush cleanser?

This product was introduced by one of the beauty consultant when I was shopping for a brush cleanser which happened to run out of stock. She recommended me this product as the best alternative for makeup brush cleanser. At first, I felt resistant about using a toner as a brush cleanser but she reassure me that it is a good buy and no worry about it.

Instructions as a brush cleanser

Pour some toner onto tissue papers or towel, rub the brush onto the damp areas and rinsing is not required.

Result as a brush cleanser

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Facial Toner helps to remove dirt and makeup from the brush effectively.

Ingredient claims

Tea tree essential oil – has natural purifying antibacterial properties. Is known to help soothe blemished skin.

Witch hazel – helps to refresh the skin and reduce the appearance of puffiness.

Allantoin – soothes the skin.

The truth about the ingredients

Although tea tree oil is the key ingredient but it only contains just a trace of it. It is primarily water, surfactant and preservative.

It contains some skin-irritants such as benzyl alcohol and witch hazel.

Result as a toner

I use this toner for my oily nose. It not only dries up my skin but also causes serious skin irritation. I also hate the antibacterial scent.

Rating as a toner

Will I buy it again? …… Never!

Review – FANCL Facial Washing Powder

 

Fancl Facial Washing Powder, is considered one of the most well-known facial foaming wash in the skincare industry. Completely preservative-free, it does not contain any sodium lauryl sulphate or sodium lauryl ether sulphate foaming agent.

FANCL believes that when preservatives in skincare accumulate on skin, it may cause stress to the skin and may bring about harmful effects such as :

  • Reducing the effectiveness of beauty ingredients
  • Accelerating skin aging
  • Damaging skin cell DNA
  • Promoting the production of immature skin cells, lowering the skin’s natural protection

Product claims

Experience its silky softness as you smooth it on. Feel the bouncy cushioning layer between your face and fingers as the foam works to cleanse away all that dirt and grime, leaving your face feeling smooth and moist all the time.

Ingredient claims

New Fancl facial washing powder now harnesses the power of 3 types of amino acid in its special Amino Hybrid Technology formulation – a Moisture Retaining Amino Acid Cleansing Agent which rids skin of dirt and grime without stripping away its natural moisture; Polyamino Acid which helps to create a creamier, denser foam and Amino Acid (Serine) which makes skin feel wonderfully soft after facial wash.

Foam is commonly perceived as harmful to skin as it is known for robbing moisture from skin, leaving it dry. This is not the case with Amino Acid based facial cleansers.

Harmful Ingredient

Fancl Facial Washing Powder contains potassium myristate, a detergent cleansing agent that is a constituent of soap; it can be drying and sensitizing for some skin types. 

Packaging

As Fancl Facial Washing Powder consists free of preservatives, it is therefore only available in smaller packaging of 25g and 50g. Freshness period : 60 days once opened and 1 year from manufacturing date if unopened.

Price 

  • S$15.00 25g x 1 bottle
  • S$26.00 50g x 1 bottle
  • S$48.50 50g x 2 bottles

Results

I double my cleansing effectiveness with the help of Fancl Facial Washing Puff. It helps to create more creamy dense foam which is smooth over my face. Although it removes dirt effectively, my skin feels dry and slightly tight after use.

Ratings

 

Will I buy it again? …… I doubt so!

 

Fancl – available at all Isetan Orchard – Isetan Scotts, Isetan Tampines – OG Orchard Point, Robinsons Raffles City – Bugis Junction #02-21 – Junction 8 #01-48 – Jurong Point #01-51 – Parkway Parade #01-K2 – Suntec City #01-058 – Ngee Ann City #B2-03A.

Fancl Facial Washing Powder Light – is also available for a more refreshing after-wash feel.

Review – FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil

 

FANCL’s Mild Cleansing Oil, for all skin types, is a preservative-free product that is gentle on the skin. To be truth, I feel so safe whenever I use this cleansing oil.

FANCL believes that when preservatives in skincare accumulate on skin, it may cause stress to the skin and may bring about harmful effects such as :

  • Reducing the effectiveness of beauty ingredients
  • Accelerating skin aging
  • Damaging skin cell DNA
  • Promoting the production of immature skin cells, lowering the skin’s natural protection

Product claims

Using cutting-edge nano-technology, our Mild Cleansing Oil breaks up even the most stubborn makeup to nano-size particles, makes it easy for all the dirts slide off your skin. Soft cushion oil and carefully selected plant extracts, including Rose Hip oil, Green tea catechin oil are very sensitive-skin friendly. You won’t believe how it won’t leave any icky residue on your skin.

Product USP (unique selling point)

Free of preservatives, sterilizers, petroleum surfactants, fragrances, mineral oil. Date of manufacture printed.

Ingredients & Packaging

FANCL’s Mild Cleansing Oil contains some beneficial ingredients like camellia sinensis (green tea) and rosa canina (rose hip oil), which have antioxidant properties.

As FANCL’s Mild Cleansing Oil consists free of preservatives, it is therefore only available in smaller packaging of 60ml and 120ml. Freshness period : 120 days once opened and 1 year unopened.

Price 

  • S$18.00 60ml x 1 bottle
  • S$31.50 120ml x 1 bottle
  • S$59.50 120ml x 2 bottles

Results

It helps to remove even the most stubborn waterproof mascara and lipstick instantly and completely. It is the only oil-based makeup remover in town that can be applied with damp hands. It is extremely gentle and doesn’t leave any oily feeling. My face doesn’t feel tight after washing and is very suitable for my sensitive skin.

Ratings

  (I just love it!)

Will I buy it again? …… Yes!

Fancl – available at all Isetan Orchard – Isetan Scotts, Isetan Tampines – OG Orchard Point, Robinsons Raffles City – Bugis Junction #02-21 – Junction 8 #01-48 – Jurong Point #01-51 – Parkway Parade #01-K2 – Suntec City #01-058 – Ngee Ann City #B2-03A.

Look out for the renewed Mild Cleansing Oil available from 20 Mar 09.

Review – Clinique Clarifying Moisture Lotion 2

 

Clinique Clarifying Moisture Lotion 2 for dry combination skin, is claimed as clinically formulated, allergy tested and 100% fragrance free. It is an alcohol-based toner that also contains witch hazel and peppermint.

Product claims

This softening water lotion was developed by Clinique’s dermatologists to rehydrate and renew dry to combination skins. Gently releases the hold of dulling surface flakes to smooth skin’s texture, optimize cell turnover. Creates an ideal state for moisturization. Quickly absorbed. Apply to cleansed skin with saturated cotton, avoiding eye area.

Contradiction

What contradict on this product is that, it is claimed to have allergy tested but it contains ingredients which are skin irritants.

Ingredients

Hamamelis virginiana, also known as witch hazel, can have potent antioxidant properties and can be an irritant. Mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf water, a counter-irritant, is used to induce local inflammation for the purpose of relieving inflammation in deeper or adjacent tissues. It works by substituting one kind of inflammation for another, which is never good for skin.

And although your skin may not show the signs of inflammation or doesn’t react in an irritated fashion, if you apply irritants to your skin the damage is still taking place and is ongoing, so it adds up over time. Chlorphenesin – alcohol used as a preservative in cosmetics, can be drying and irritating to skin. These ingredients have an irritating and sensitizing effects on skin.

Results

As this toner contains skin-irritant ingredients like alcohol, witch hazel and peppermint, I have experienced minor irritation on my skin occasionally. I like this toner as it is 100% fragrance free. But I have noticed it does dry up my skin after long use. It doesn’t really help to wipe off the dirt, residue completely.

Ratings 

Will I buy it again? …… I doubt so!

 

Review – Lancome Galat©is Clart© Gentle Clarifying and Cleansing Fluid Face and Eyes

Lancome Galat©is Clart© Gentle Clarifying and Cleansing Fluid Face and Eyes, a milk cleanser for normal to combination skin, is the first Lancome product I have tested.

I came across this product through an air stewardess friend of mine. In fact, this is the first proper cleanser I have used for my daily regimen. What I like about this product is the lightweight non-oily texture which doesn’t feel sticky or oily after cleansing.

Product claims

A water-light lotion for fast, thorough cleansing that removes even the most stubborn makeup. Foundation, blush, mascara and lipstick all dissolve and disappear on contact! Leaves skin feeling clean and fresh, soft and supple. It’s extremely gentle formula can even be used to remove eye makeup.

Lancome Galat©is Clart© Gentle Clarifying and Cleansing Fluid Face and Eyes helps to achieve a perfectly clean skin with ananas sativus pineapple and carica papaya fruit extracts which help to break down the connecting layers between skin cells to exfoliate skin.

Ingredients

It contains mineral oil, paraffinum liquidum, a natural ingredient derived from the earth and that once it becomes mineral original petroleum, considered the safest, most non-irritating moisturizing ingredients ever found. It rarely causes allergic reactions and it cannot become a solid and clog pores. 

But this product contains some potent skin irritant ingredients like engenol (a clove oil), linalool (a fragrant component of lavender and coriander), benzyl alcohol (a organic compound which used as humectants that help deliver ingredients into skin) and propylene glycol (fragrance) that may be harmful to the skin.

Texture

Lightweight non-oily milk lotion, it doesn’t make my skin feels oily after cleansing.

Results

It helps to thoroughly cleanse away foundation, blush, lipstick and dirt. My skin is fresh and clean without feeling dry or tight. It doesn’t clog my pores. As it is gentle to the skin, it doesn’t cleanse away waterproof mascara and some eye makeup easily.

Ratings  

Will I buy it again? …… Most likely!

 

Review – Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel

Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel, is one simple product that I have been faithfully using it for the longest time. I like it very much, not only it’s 100% soap-free, but it also contains no perfume and coloring and is very suitable for sensitive skin.

In fact, I didn’t have a good first impression on this gentle face wash. I was rather uncomfortable while using it for the first time. Maybe because I’m not used to using a non-foaming cleanser, I have this weird feeling that my face was not properly cleansed. But to my surprise, after using it for a month, I noticed my skin condition has improved tremendously. My skin doesn’t feel as tight as before and the pores are more refined too. In addition, the oiliness on my T-zone area has reduced too, my face is less oily now.

Ingredients

Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel contains active ingredients like Pro-Vitamin B5, that can restores, softens and smoothes skin, and sodium hydroxide which helps to modulate the pH balance.

Results

It rinses away make-up, dirt, and pollution easily, leaving my skin refreshed, clean and smooth without feeling tight or dry. It provide my skin the moisture it needs without being harsh. It is very gentle on my skin and there is no irritation occurs at all. It’s suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.

Ratings 

 excellent!

Will I buy it again? …… Yes definitely!