Category Archives: Makeup/Skincare Reviews

Shiseido Hada Senka Perfect Watery Oil Review

Thoughts

I got the Perfect Watery Oil in a Shiseido Hada Senka set I bought! I haven’t really tried out many other cleansing oils because I’ve been very happy with my current cleansing oil. But since this one came in a set I was glad to try since it was small enough that if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be too unhappy about getting rid of it.

When it comes to cleansing oils I want ones that don’t feel overly oily on my face. Why? I feel ones that are overly heavy tend to stay on the face even after rinsing. Of course, the most important aspect is that it removes makeup and able to leave you feeling clean afterwards

The first thing I noticed about the Senka cleansing oil is that it doesn’t spread on the face very easily. Perhaps it’s due to the more watery nature, I’m not sure. It seems like I have to use a lot more product to be able to cover my whole face. It doesn’t seems to have a harder time to melt the makeup on my face, which also plays into me using more product. Although it seems to be doing fine with makeup removal department, it just needs a lot more product than others I’ve used.

I do not feel a thick layer of oil on my face though after I rinse it off so it gets points for that. Since it doesn’t leave a film, I haven’t experienced any acne from using the product, which also gets points.

Overall the product does its job. It’s not the best I’ve tried but it’s also not the worst I’ve tried either. If you’ve been having trouble finding a lighter formula then I’d say, give this one a try.

3/5

Skinfood Honey Moisture Gel 90 Review

Product Description

A moisturizing gel with 90% honey extract to hydrate sensitive, dry chapped skin. Gives rough skin nutrition and glow.

Thoughts

I’ve been using a few drugstore brands for moisturizers for a bit as I felt like I was spending too much for daytime moisturizers lately. I would rather spend a little more for my night regime than my morning since I put makeup on top of it. I tried out two Olay moisturizers but didn’t like either of them very much. In case anyone was wondering, it was the Olay Moisturizing Lotion Sensitive Skin and Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream, which started to dry up and flake on my skin (EEKS!). I decided to switch back to Asian brands because Olay was failing me.

I’ve mentioned before that I like when products have a more natural ingredients list because my skin is quite sensitive and acne prone. Honey is known to have many benefits for our skin including: being naturally antibacterial, provides moisture, and helps sooth our skin. Skinfood claims that this product contains 90% honey extract! Had to give that a try after seeing that in the product description.

First off, I would like to note that I don’t think the Honey Moisture Gel 90 is only meant for a face moisturizer. It’s basically meant for all body use. Which would explain the big size! I didn’t pay close attention to the size so when I received the product, I was surprised by how big the container was. Probably around the same size as the The Body Shop’s body butters. Which means, if you love it, this is great news LOL! Or if you don’t like it on your face, you can use it on the rest of your body :p.

I decided to go with a gel moisturizer this time around because I felt like I was starting to break out from the heavier creams I used during winter. Apparently adding face oils to my regime every night was too much for my skin to handle. The problem with gel moisturizers usually is that they are not moisturizing enough for most skin types – unless you have oily skin. I was hoping the honey extract would help in this particular problem. The texture of it is similar to other gel moisturizers. What makes it different is the slightly tacky feel. It applies on smooth, but after application if you lightly tap your face, there is a slight tackiness to it. Not enough to really bother me, but it does exist initially.

However, if you give the product some time to settle into the skin, I actually quite like it. It makes my skin feel quite moisturized, but not overly so where I feel like my face is a bucket of oil. I think if you expect it to be super moisturizing you’d be sadly disappointed. This is great for people with slightly oily skin or combination skin. If you have dry skin, I suggest that you stay away LOL! It is a good choice for the summer when you need a little bit of moisture without it irritating your skin as you sweat from the heat outside. It also hasn’t bothered my acne-prone skin so that’s always a plus!

I have not used it on the rest of my body so I cannot comment on that, but I think I’d usually prefer something more moisturizing for the rest of my body.

It doesn’t smell like honey to me, but there is a slight scent. Nothing overwhelming or distinct though.

3.5/5

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser Review

Product Description

The Soy Face Cleanser from Fresh instantly whisks away everyday impurities and makeup—even mascara—without stripping the skin of essential moisture. Rich in amino acids, soy proteins support moisture retention, giving skin the appearance of elasticity and firmness while rosewater balances and tones the skin. Calming cucumber extract and nourishing borage seed oil enrich the formula, which is fragrance- and soap-free.

This product is extra gentle and ideal for all skin types. “In the early nineties, there was a buzz about the health benefits of soy, but no one was exploring its effects on the skin. We found that it is highly rich in amino acids, which help with cell turnover, and introduced soy to the beauty market in 1999.”—Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, Fresh Founders.

Thoughts

Usually around holidays (I’m not sure if it’s available regularly) Fresh includes its signature cleanser and chapstick in a set. I had gifted the cleanser to my friend who ended up gifting the set back to me haha. Guess she enjoyed it enough to get me to try it too!

I usually have two cleansers that I use daily (3 if you include cleansing oil before I do another cleanse). One I use in the morning, another at night. In the morning I prefer to use a gentler one. I don’t want my face to be too dry when I apply makeup. Whereas in the evening, I prefer one that’s a bit more powerful on the cleansing part. With Fresh’s Soy Cleanser, I would recommend using it in the morning, because it was super gentle.

In fact, it might be just a tad too gentle for me. However, I think that anyone would really sensitive skin would enjoy this. If you usually experience redness from cleansers that irritate your skin, you might want to look into this one instead. It includes soy proteins for moisture retention, rosewater to balance you skin, and cucumber extract to calm it. The thing is, my preference is towards bubbly cleansers. Ones I can work into a lather really easily. With this soy cleanser, it looks like gel, but the consistency is so light that it almost seems to disappear when I try to work it around my face. I know that products that are more natural don’t bubble up very much, and maybe that’s the case with this cleanser. But because of that, I usually only limit it to morning use when I don’t feel like that’s a bunch of dirt on my face.

It also creates another dilemma for me. Because it doesn’t lather up very much and disappear as I work it into my face, I feel as though I’m using a lot more product. I can’t tell if it’s been spread onto every part of my face. So I squeeze more out to ensure that there’s actually enough. The way that I lather up cleanser is usually first just in my hand and then I apply the bubbles to my face so that I’m not being rough with my face. But I can’t do that with this cleanser.

There’s a very, very light scent. It might just be the natural smell of the cleanser actually, rather than a scent added. But it’s not really one I was particularly fond of. I expected a light, pleasant smell. I don’t even know how to describe the smell of this cleanser, to be honest. I don’t think it’d even be the smell I’d get if I grabbed soy beans or tofu and sniffed it LOL.

I know it seems like I’m bashing the product, but I’m really not, I swear haha! I think all the points I brought up (other than the scent) are all points for people with sensitive skin to give this cleanser a try. I haven’t experienced anything bad from the cleanser so I think if you’re just looking for a no-frills cleanser, give it a go. You can even buy it in a set with their lip treatment :)

3/5

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer Review

Product Description

This lightweight, oil-free facial cream is fortified with legendary skin-boosters like panax ginseng and coffee bean to jumpstart hydration levels. Lackluster-looking skin is rapidly refreshed and revitalized to create a healthy, vibrant glow.

Thoughts

Hello readers! Haven’t done a post for a while, hey? Being out of the house almost everyday during holidays and then school starting right after didn’t exactly make me want to sit and do a review haha.

But today I bring you another Origins review! This time on their GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer. So it contains two ingredients that are supposed to brighten up your face and not make you look as tired as you really are (Mondays, am I right?). Those two ingredients are coffee beans and ginseng. I’ve actually never used coffee beans in a moisturizer to brighten up my face. I have used it as a DIY exfoliater though. FYI, don’t do it, it’s too rough on the skin and made my skin really sensitive!!

GinZing reminds me of Skinfood’s Lettuce & Cucumber Moisturizer. A light gel, that instantly dissolves when you apply to your face. It faces a similar problem that I had with Skinfood’s moisturizer, it’s not enough to moisturize my face. Much better suited to summer-use than winter. I love that it seems to sink into my skin really quickly so that I don’t feel like I have a vat of oil on my face the whole day. The only thing is that the moisture doesn’t seem to be a long-term thing.

This is great for people with oily skin because if your skin feels like it’s not hydrated enough, it will produce extra oil. Being able to apply moisturizer that gives you the barely there feel will keep your skin hydrated, and informing your skin to not produce extra oil. However, I have combination skin and I do have dry spots on my face, especially during winter. Don’t even get me started on how the icy winds cause havoc on my skin!! If you have dry skin and it’s the winter time, you might not want to pick up this moisturizer unless you add some face oil to it.

What I love about this moisturizer though is the smell and feeling when you it on! Citrusy – like when you peel an orange. You know that smell that wafts into the air when you feel an orange? That’s what I feel like as I’m applying it to my face! Love!! And it has a bit of a cooling sensation too which is nice as a morning moisturizer to wake up you and your skin. Probably feels even nicer during the summer time?

The moisturizer comes in a heavy glass bottle. I really like it! The box, like other Origins products, is very simple – almost medicinal looking. Not really a big fan on that, but I usually recycle the outer cardboard box after I take out the product anyways so it doesn’t matter much to me.

So I recommend this product for anyone looking for a really light moisturizer – especially anyone with oily skin. Not oily, spreads great. It smells great and feels great on the skin. Not a lasting moisturizing effect if you have dry skin. Would I repurchase? I actually might during the summer when I’m feeling the most oily.

3.5/5