DUCHESS MARDEN Damascena Pure Rose Water

31 March, 2011 § 7 Comments

DUCHESS MARDEN Damascena Pure Rose Water 122ml

I’ve fallen disgracefully behind with blogging once again. It seems every post here begins with such a sentence. (I would like to say I’ll be more diligent but, honestly, that’s not very likely.)

I’ve been using this bottle of DUCHESS MARDEN Damascena Pure Rose Water recently as my toner/kesshousui. I know little about DUCHESS MARDEN besides that it’s a natural skin and body care from the USA, but I came across a mention of their rose water as a luxury alternative to the good old bottled rose water from the provision store and decided to try it (in a fit of mild insanity). I’ve been interested in rose water as a natural option to toners and facial lotions, but I hadn’t tried any before this.

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SISLEY Ecological Compound

19 January, 2011 § 4 Comments

SISLEY Ecological Compound 125ml

I’ve almost finished this, so it’s time for a review. Ecological Compound is one of SISLEY’s more popular products. I’ve seen it more than once in the annual rankings of Japanese beauty magazines. It’s a light moisturising fluid, and although it comes touted with a list of additional benefits, it’s basically just a moisturiser.

I’m still not quite sure what I think of this product, but I know I won’t be repurchasing.

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SISLEY Hydra-Global

3 October, 2010 § Leave a comment

SISLEY Hydra-Global 40g/40ml

I finished this a few nights ago, but I’ve been too absorbed with tinkering with Lightroom (mine is new and shiny, and the approach is quite different to Photoshop so the learning curve is definitely there) to be interested in writing this up. And also, well, ‘okay’ just about sums my thoughts on this moisturiser up, so it is definitely not the most inspiring of subjects. It is not a bad moisturiser, and there are things I like about it, but there is, for me, nothing distinctive about it that sets it apart from the many, many other moisturisers available.

Hydra-Global is one of SISLEY’s newer products (although it is already a few years old, I bought mine perhaps two years ago?), and occupies a somewhat awkward position in the lineup. The fancy name is something of a misnomer, and it’s neither intensely hydrating nor anti-aging. I feel there is little to differentiate it from a ‘basic’ moisturiser.

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d PROGRAM Moist Care Lotion

30 August, 2010 § Leave a comment

d PROGRAM Moist Care Lotion 125ml 3,675円 (税込)

I finished this today. The bottle lasted me about six weeks, which is about right if you use the amount suggested in the instructions. In my experience Japanese kesshousui (face lotions, or maybe toners, would be the closest translations I suppose, but I find translations awkward sometimes, and this is definitely one of those instances.) rarely last me as long as Western toners do, which in the past was reason enough for me to favour toners from Western brands. I’ve since resigned myself (probably) to replenishing the lotion part of my skin care regime more frequently as I feel kesshousui are often better at hydration than their western counterparts.

SHISEIDO d PROGRAM has been a brand I’ve been interested in for a while, and so when I discovered it on the shelves of the Fa-So-La duty free shops in Narita airport I was simply stoked! The brand is designed specifically with sensitive skin types in mind, and hence the products are formulated using clean manufacturing processes and without certain potentially irritating ingredients (more information on the official website). I picked up a trial pack earlier in the year, and was pleased enough with it to get more later.

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DR CI:LABO Cleansing Gel Super Sensitive

28 August, 2010 § Leave a comment

DR CI:LABO Cleansing Gel Super Sensitive 120g 2,992円 (税込)

I’ve almost finished this, even though I don’t think I’ve been using this for much more than a month. It’s my first time using a cleansing gel (I’m usually a cleansing milk type of person), so maybe I’ve been using it a little too liberally. Right now I’m hoping my new cleansing products will arrive in the post before I finish this one up.

DR CI:LABO is a cosmeceutical skin care (and makeup) brand from Japan, and as is obvious from the name, the man behind it is a doctor and dermatologist. The products have a “scientific” tilt to them, and the philosophy behind the brand is simplicity (and science). The Super Sensitive line in particular was supposedly designed to protect the barrier function of delicate skin. (The products in the regular line are also meant to be gently, but I suppose these are doubly so.) I bought the few items in the Super Sensitive line together as a set earlier this year (or maybe it was late last year?). I doubt I would have been interested in this cleansing gel otherwise, but I don’t have any regrets giving it a try.

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SISLEY Botanical Night Complex

8 August, 2010 § Leave a comment

SISLEY Botanical Night Complex 30ml

The Botanical Night Complex is a treatment meant to be used for ten consecutive nights every month. (It’s suggested, in the accompanying leaflet, it be used the ten days following the end of the menstrual period, but I don’t really follow that because I’m terrible at counting and lose count of the days too easily; it’s easier to start on the first day of the month.) It contains a blend of botanical extracts and essential oils to restore vitality and radiance to dull, tired skin. It’s night use only, and during those ten nights it replaces the regular skin care routine, i.e. toner, moisturiser, etc.

I think, as far as I can tell given the opaque (and rather ugly) green bottle, I’m on my last ten nights, so it’s time to write something about it. :D

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PAUL&JOE Refreshing Skin Toner

18 July, 2010 § Leave a comment

PAUL&JOE Refreshing Skin Toner 200ml

I’ll be finished with this within a day or two — I use this for daily cotton pad masks so it goes very fast — so it’s time to write something about it. Although to be honest I haven’t used it for very long, probably only one or two months, and I never really have much to say about toners and lotions.

I’m not completely sure why, but I’ve somehow managed to acquire more PAUL&JOE skin care products than makeup ones. (This is partly because of the multitude of tempting makeup brands available, and in no part the fault of PAUL&JOE itself.) While I’ve been disappointed by a few of them, the Refreshing Skin Toner is, in my opinion, a decent, bordering on average, product. Still, I suppose there’s a justifiable reason why the makeup products receive more attention.

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