The texture is thicker than the Speedy Cleansing Oil (which is quite runny) and I usually use between one pump to one and a half pumps, depending on how much make up I’ve got on my face. After applying and massaging the oil onto my dry face, I wet my hands a little and start emulsifying the oil! The oil will turn into a milky liquid when it comes into contact with water. I usually repeat the previous step until I can’t feel any oil left before splashing water on my face.
This cleansing oil also removes light eye make up but I usually use a separate eye make up remover because it makes me feel cleaner that way. Haha!
I love Kose Softymo’s cleansing oils and I wish they were readily available in Malaysia instead of having to purchase them online. =( The price is rather affordable too at about USD7 a bottle.
Do you use cleansing oils? =)
Note: as the destination of this short getaway can be reached by car, I am not travelling light. #cheating lol!
Let’s start with skin care!
From left to right:
- I found this in Mum’s skin care cupboard and since Mum doesn’t use cleansing oils, I nicked it from her hehe! Am currently testing this out and will probably feature this in one of my Sampling Sundays column! =D
- My HG cleansing oil brand!! I thought it would be safest for me to decant some of this into an empty bottle just in case the MAC one breaks me out… Better be safe than sorry, right?
- This came with a travel-sized set which consists of the clear foam, lotion and moisturiser. I’ve used this on two of my trips and it seems to be working okay for me.. Only gripe is that this cleanser has fine scrubby bits in it that are somewhat similar to Kiehl’s Rare Earth Cleanser.
- Watery, slightly viscous texture. I haven’t used this enough to say if my skin loves or hates it.
- Light, watery and non sticky moisturiser my skin has taken a liking to! Been using this instead of my Clinique Moisture Surge Gel in the mornings and this is a product I may consider repurchasing!
- My staple eye cream over the last 4 months or so. Currently, this is my only eye cream as I left my day eye cream in the UK. :s
- A must have for my sensitive skin! This is one of my favourite serums as it has helped with reducing the severe redness I suffer from. Something I cannot live without! =)
- I love this paired with Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Serum, a technique I learnt from the lovely ParisB!
- A lavender-scented oil that leaves me wanting more after applying it! A divine serum that leaves your skin looking rejuvenated the morning after.
- Perfect make up base for humid weather as this product is rather drying! I make sure I use a slightly thicker moisturiser before using this product as it does leave my face feeling tight and uncomfortable.
- As the Shu Uemura Base Mousse is too drying for me, I do not use a lot of product which makes me feel I’m not getting enough SPF for my face so I always use this underneath the Base Mousse. =p Love, love, love this moisturising sunscreen!
- Powdery finish that lasts all day. Easy to apply and such a joy to carry around!
- My go-to foundation for travelling as this goes on like second skin! Will be really sad when this runs out but I’m looking forward to trying other foundations.. why hello, Dior and Shiseido!
- I love using this as both a setting powder and a foundation when used by itself! Oil control is not very good but I’ll be okay since I’m using the Shu Uemura Base Mousse!
- Bought this during Summer last year and have only just brought myself to use it! It’s a gorgeous highlighter that will be reviewed soon!
- I never thought I could wear blue eyeshadow. Now I know I can…. or can’t I? =D
- Bought this with the lovely Hanny and nope, I haven’t gotten down to using it yet. That will change this weekend!! =p
- A product that rivals the oh-so-famous Urban Decay Primer Potion and this does such a good job at holding eyeshadows together!
One of these ‘rather useless items’ would be a Natural Sea Sponge from Daiso – the famous 100 yen / RM5 shop!
We recently visited the Daiso outlet at The Curve, Mutiara Damansara and the Mother and I spent a whopping 2 hours in Daiso alone. I could spend all day going down every single aisle, ogling at every single product along every single row and go
‘Oh my goodness what a genius invention!’
‘Oh my goodness are people that lazy? Why would people need something like that?’
Naturally, I spent quite a bit of time at the beauty aisle and I did spy quite a few unique products that I wanted to purchase eg. SILK COCOONS that supposedly remove your blackheads miraculously. Albeit sounding gimmicky, I am pretty sure you can’t help feeling amazed with what Daiso sells! Unfortunately, Mum succeeded in dissuading me from purchasing the aforementioned product by giving me a very
Anyway, this post is all about the product that I managed to persuade her into letting me buy it……
A Natural Sea Sponge!
So cute, isn’t it? =D
The sponge is very hard (think rock hard) when it’s dry but the minute it comes in touch with water, the sponge puffs up and turns very soft and squishy! Yours truly spent a good 2-3 minutes playing with the sponge. How does one ‘play’ with a sponge, you wonder?
1. Douse the sponge with a whole lot of water and watch it balloon up.
2. Evil smile in place, squeeze every drop of water out of the sponge and watch its colour change + shrink.
3. Let out a burst of evil laughter as you have ‘killed’ the sponge.
4. Repeat Steps 1-3 again until bored.
Pardon the lameless, my lovelies!! =p I found it rather theraputic doing the above, minus the evil smile / laugh of course!!
Back to the mini review!
Apparently this sea sponge can be used for make up eg. foundation but I find the ‘pores’ of the sponge a little too big for foundation application. Nevertheless, I tried using this as a cleansing sponge. Paired with Origins’ Checks and Balances cleanser, this sponge did a good job in cleansing my skin… However, as this is a natural sponge, I found it a little too scrubby for my liking which makes me wonder if this can actually used to apply base make up.
I am currently toying with the idea of adding this to my GIVEAWAY but I am not sure about gifting a product that doesn’t work very well to someone. I will test this out a couple more times before deciding whether this makes the cut or not!
What do you think? Would you like to see the Daiso Natural Sea Sponge in the Giveaway goodie bag? Do let me know in the comments! =)
Have a lovely Sunday, everyone and try to keep the Monday blues away! =)
I’ve always heard of this lotion mask thingy which seems to be very popular with the Japanese as they always soak this really cool pill-mask thingy with lotion / toner and the pill magically turns into a face mask so I was searching high and low for this until I discovered Kose makes pill masks and they recommended the Sekkisei lotion to go with it!
Here’s what Kose has to say about one of their best-selling products:
The Kose Medicated Sekkisei Lotion is a mild, refreshing tonic that penetrated instantly to get rid of dullness and promotes an even, refined skin tone. These herbal extracts provide brightening, anti-inflammatory, refining and moisturising benefits.
Use as a toner morning and evening after cleansing. Generously soak a cotton pad and pat gently over face. For incresed effectiveness use with Lotion Mask, 1-2 times a week.
The product includes herbal extracts such as Coix Seed Extract, Angelica Extract, Melothria and Licorice Extract.
taken from Kose
First impressions? This lotion smells refreshing and it’s incredibly cooling when I swipe it over my face with a cotton pad. This cooling sensation immediately triggered my ‘less alcohol is more’ policy when it comes to skin care products so I initially shelved the idea of using this as a lotion mask.
As time went by, I ran out of my Juju Aquamoist toner so I had to turn to this. I try not to use products ladened with alcohol as my skin as a tendency to grow little bumps when I use these products so I thought of a way to ‘dilute’ the lotion! =D
In comes my saviour: Vichy’s Thermal Water Spray!!!
After cleansing, I spray on slightly more Thermal Water than I normally would over my face until I feel my face is wet. (not the dripping wet kind!)
Then, I drip about 3 drops of Sekkisei Lotion onto my palm and gently put my palms together so both palms have some lotion on before patting it all over my already damp face!
I keep patting until the product is absorbed before applying serum / moisturizer etc.
Kose’s Sekkisei Lotion has kept me company for over 3 months now and my skin’s quite happy with this routine! =D
I have been using this technique when it comes to using Lotion masks too so I thought I’d take a few photos and share them with you… =)
Here’s a Lotion Mask! Amazingly tiny and compact:
I pop the mask into the lotion’s cap and give it a good spray with Vichy’s Thermal Water Spray before adding the Sekkisei Lotion into the cap:
Oops.. noob shot. I am sorry this photo turned out blurry! Both my hands (the one that held the bottle and the other that held the camera) were shaky when I attempted to photograph the pouring process which resulted in some spillage (yikes) and of course, blurry shots! This was the best I could manage!!
Let’s see how much the pill mask has expanded after adding the two liquids, shall we? =D
Pretty big considering the original (dry) product’s so tiny!
One thing to note is that these pill masks are thin and quite fragile so you have to be careful when unravelling the soaked pill! Apart from that little gripe this is a quick pick-me-up that leaves my skin looking radiant!
I also soak a cotton pad with the lotion (concentrated, not diluted) and leave it on red, angry zits. I find the high alcohol content not only reduces that sore, throbbing sensation you sometimes get with these painful monsters but this also helps reduce the redness that comes with such zits.
Although this product works wonders for me, I have second thoughts about repurchasing as having so much alcohol in a lotion does put me off a little!
What are your thoughts about alcohol-loaded products?
This week’s column is photo-heavy, as always! We headed to Fraser’s Hill over the weekend where we indulged in boating at Allan’s Water – RM6 for 15 minutes but I’m pretty sure the brother and I took a lot longer than 15 minutes:
On top of cupcakes, Annie even made us a lovely Batik cake to bring home with us! Batik cake’s an East Malaysian delicacy (please correct me if I’m wrong) where Marie biscuits are layered and a chocolate sauce is drizzled over the biscuits and the ‘cake’ is then popped into the fridge to set!
This cake takes on a really delicate texture.. Chocolatey goodness paired with the softened Marie biscuits which tastes a little spongey yet has still has a bit of crunch in them. Very delicious!
We witnessed a pretty sight in the sky:
Darn it!! =D
Here’s Stephanie, Miaw and I before Miaw’s makeover!
Miaw has never used make up. Ever. So Hanny and I came up with this brilliant idea of getting her a free makeover from one of the beauty counters at Midvalley and we stumbled upon Dior in Isetan’s Beauty Hall. Very cheekily I asked if the SA would give Miaw a mini makeover and she kindly obliged and we got an appointment for 2pm! As you know it we ladies had quite a bit of catching up to do which resulted in us missing our appointment. We got to Dior at about 3.30pm and had to wait around a bit for the SA to help another customer with her make up. =D
Hanny and Miaw looking slightly nervous prior to her makeover!!
So while Miaw got her makeover….
Lovely Stephanie had a go at A-England’s Avalon! =p
This lovely lass came to our meet with generous goodies!!! Both Hanny and I received full-sized Origins’ products and we got Egyptian Cream and Marie Veronique’s tinted moisturizer samples!! The samples were overly generous too!!
Thank you so much, Stephanie!! <3
Dear lovely readers, please do check Stephanie’s blog out as she writes beautifully and takes impeccable photos! Her posts are precise and such a joy to read!! =)
We were a little shocked by Miaw’s transformation after the makeover!
Miaw’s eyes were done up prettily, so was her base make up and blush but we did feel that her eyebrows were arched a little too high and the nude lipgloss didn’t quite go well with the look. I felt really bad for putting Miaw through this as it was her first attempt at wearing make up!
Miaw, if you’re reading this I am really sorry and I hope you really didn’t get into too much trouble!!!
Being beauty bloggers, enabling each other is pretty much what we do. =D Here’s Hanny getting her skin analysed and she walked out of Kiehl’s with a serum in hand!
Stephanie, on the other hand did her fair bit of shopping too at MAC and L’occitane! =D As for me… I came home loaded with goodies from Stephanie and an incredibly happy heart! =)
It’s amazing how the four of us got on incredibly well and I’m looking forward to more meet ups like this!! <3
Thank you, Hanny for you-know-what , Steph for the lovely goodies and Miaw for letting us turn you into our guinea pig of the day!!
*great group hug to these lovely ladies here*
Of course, we haven’t forgot about you, Lily darling!! You are included in that group hug! =D
That’s all for my Trigger-Happy Thursday this week! Did you do anything lovely over Valentine’s day? =)
Unlike most beauty bloggers and ladies who do take pride in their appearance and make a lot of effort to look good before heading out of the house e.g. apply lashings of mascara, eye shadow, contour face, pencil in their brows etc….
This self-professed beauty blogger nearly always heads out of her home bare faced (well, nearly) so I’ve always been a little wary of what your response would be upon reading this post!
*takes deep breath*
I’ve never been good at art back in school, which explains the absence of colour on my eyelids. Having shaky hands, of course is yet another contributing factor to my naked lids but I’m still learning how to do my eye make up properly! =)
Most of the time, I usually do my make up in the morning and do not retouch until the evening so I like keeping my make up simple as:
simple make up = less risk of your make up turning you into a panda-eyed monster by the end of the evening. =D
That, my ladies is my somewhat fool proof make up mantra!
for now until i perfect the art of make up, at least!
My daily make up routine consists of these steps:
1. Cleanse, tone, moisturize
2. Apply sunscreen
3. Apply primer (a newly acquired step that I find really helps hold everything together!)
4. A bit of foundation where my skin needs it (nose, mouth area and sometimes cheeks if they are red, blotchy and angry-looking)
*5. Apply highlighter (A recent addition since I discovered the amazing brush that is the Sigma E50. Thank you, Lily!)
6. Apply cream blush. Because it stays put for the rest of the day and goes on easily!
*7. Tightline eyes
and get poked in the eye most of the time
*8. Fill in my brows (Thank you, Paris!)
9. Dust loose powder all over to set make up.
10. Apply Lipstick / Lipgloss / Lip Butter.
*Steps that are newly added into my routine and are considered as ‘Special Occasion Extras‘ but I am planning to incorporate them into my permanent Everyday Make Up routine!
Ready to see the end result?
I hope you liked this post! What’s your everyday look like? Do tell!! =D
Pssstt!!! Have you joined my GIVEAWAY yet?