Saturday, September 28, 2013

Review: Hadasui Toner

Do these look like bottles of mineral water? They're bottles of Hadasui, a skin-refreshing toner/lotion by Shiseido. There are 4 types:

Blue - for oily skin
Pink - moist, for dry skin
Green - minty with menthol, for men
White - "Suppliment-in" with 14 ingredients, collagen and amino acids. Jelly-type liquid.

They're available in smaller spray bottles but I bought these 400ml bottles because they're more value-for-money. I bought these in Beijing, but you can easily find them online. They are multi-purpose lotions that can be used as facial toners, just to refresh your body, or as an after-sun cooling lotion. 

Ingredients (from Kenko.com):
Hadasui Blue: Water, DPG, Rosemary extract, Sodium citrate, Sodium metaphosphate, Citric Acid, BG, Phenoxyethanol, Paraben

Hadasui Pink: Water, Bg, DPg, PEg-30, Glycerin, Raspberry extract, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, Trioctanoin, Polyglyceryl diisostearate-2, Sodium citrate, Citric Acid, Sodium metaphosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Paraben

As a facial toner, with my oily but dehydrated skin, I much prefer the blue Hadasui, because it's lighter in texture. It's a nice, no-frills, basic toner. The pink one, despite its "moisture", is also surprisingly light, but I still prefer the blue, because the pink leaves a film on my skin. When applied with a cotton pad, they're both really good at removing traces of cleanser or dead skin cells. They're quite economical too - a 400ml bottle cost about S$12, which lasts me a little more than 2 months. 

Rating:
Hadasui Blue: 9/10 
Hadasui Pink: 7/10

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Review: Dove Cleansing Oil Foam

This is the latest make-up remover I'm almost finished with - Dove Cleansing Oil Foam. I can't remember how much it cost, but I used it up pretty quickly. I use 3 pumps daily to get rid of sunscreen and foundation, and after 5 weeks, I've got half an inch left in the bottle. 
This is a little bit of foam - the foam is really lovely and luxurious and smells really nice (like Dove facial wash - which I used once upon a time and I think is discontinued). I use dry hands to work it into my dry skin and it removes my sunscreen and foundation well, but not waterproof mascara. I have to take care around the eye area, or my eyes get itchy. (At least it doesn't sting my eyes painfully!) Apparently it works with wet hands/wet face too, but I prefer dry. I like this oil cleansing foam for the convenience, but I find it a little drying. I do follow up with regular cleanser after removing my make-up with this. 

Ingredients: Potassium cocoyl glycinate, lauryl hydroxysultaine, lauryl glucoside, ethanol, sodium carbonate, peg-20 glyceryl triisostearate, butylene glycol laurate, glycerin, isopentyldiol, peg-8, hydrogenated polyisobutene, tocopherol, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, magnesium nitrate, magnesium chloride, methylparaben, bht, disodium edta, perfume, water

I don't think I will repurchase - I bought it just to try, but I still prefer micellar waters! It's a pretty convenient and basic make-up remover though. 

Rating: 7/10

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Review: Eucerin Aquaporin Active Light Moisturizing Cream

I've been using this Eucerin Aquaporin Active Light Moisturizing Cream lately, mainly as my night moisturizer. I love the packaging, it's flat and compact, easy to pack for travelling. 
It's a light-textured, totally non-greasy cream with a slight rosewater scent. It is very moisturizing - in fact, a little too moisturizing for use in humid Singapore. I think it would be good for oily skin-types in winter. (There's a regular version for dry/normal skin, while this is the light version.) I like using it when I'm in air-conditioning - when I wash my face at the end of the day, my face still feels very soft and moisturized! However, I would not use this on a day when I'm outdoors - it feels just a wee bit too heavy in Singapore's hot and moisture-laden climate. 

Ingredients:
Would I repurchase? I would probably get a tube if I was going overseas to a cold climate and needed more moisture. 

Rating: 9/10 

Q3-2013 Rambling

It's been a while! A lot of things have been happening in my life during the almost-2 months I was missing from the blogging world - I started doing yoga, pilates and ballet lessons in July for about 4 hours each week, which left me wiped out and exhausted (in a good way)! I have 2 hours of class on Wednesdays which leaves me pumped with adrenaline, so I can't really get to sleep till 1am in the morning, which makes me so tired the next day at work. 

My weekends have also been packed with stuff and I had 2 holidays - in August, I went to Kuala Lumpur with my friends and this week, I just came back from a staycation at Sentosa. So I really haven't had time to blog much, but I will be starting again soon because I have such a backload of stuff to review!

Just this week, I repurchased a couple of items from a skin doctor I went to years ago - his products really healed my skin. I haven't used the products for many years, because my skin was fantastic and awesome. What made me go back and buy them again, was because my skin right now isn't healing. My skin started getting really badly clogged in the second quarter of 2012, and I thought that it was due to stress and late nights from work. (I used to work really crazy hours - think 3am, plus weekends.) So, I expected my skin to get better after I switched jobs at the end of 2012. However, it's been over 8 months at a less stressful job (well, excluding the stress from learning my new job!) and my skin is still not as smooth and clear as it was before. So I'm hoping that starting on the products again will heal my skin. I will update on my progress, cross my fingers!

Anyway, here are some photos of the Gardens by the Bay which I went to recently - 
I went to Gardens by the Bay - Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. This is the Cloud Forest, during a watering session, where the mist is sprayed out to water the plants. Really pretty. 
This is at Flower Dome. I like how the leaves look so faded and pastel - they make it seem like I adjusted the colours but this is how it looks like in real life!
I know a lot of people like showy, big blooms, but I like tiny, dainty ones - they're so detailed and perfect and would make really good doll-sized bouquets!
Oh, these are pictures taken at the RWS SEA Aquarium. Pretty jellyfish!

Ok, enough pictures. You know... honestly, I always take a lot of photos but I'm way too lazy to put them online. I don't even update my Facebook. I'm always in awe of people who blog daily or update their Facebook pages even on vacation! Not for me.

Sometimes, for me, blogging is something that I need to tick off my to-do list. Previously, I would blog 1 post every weekend. (You can probably tell from the date of my posts.) But such structured posting goes against my spontaneous nature. Sometimes I'm just so tired on weekends from going out and just living! So I had to rethink - what's the purpose of this blog?

I turned this blog into a beauty blog because I was buying way too many products and I have a really bad memory, so I needed to review the products so that I could remember which were the duds and which were the amazing ones worth repurchasing. Along the way I got lost and started posting lots of my own travel/going out photos as well, which is fine, but I really hate uploading photos because it takes so much time. Now I realise, I'm fine with not Facebooking and letting the world know what I'm doing. That's because I'm too busy living my life!

Basically I decided, it's ok to not upload every single photo of my travels. Nobody needs to know the entire itinerary of my vacations. (Right?)

I'll stick with blogging about the things I love, which includes product reviews, decluttering and organizing, and maybe some style posts. And hell yeah, I love travelling and going out, but since I detest uploading my photos, I'll probably skim by those. :D Maybe one day I should do a huge post on photo organization (when I get down to it). Just maybe.

Till next time! :)

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