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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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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NEAL’S YARD Power Berry Daily Moisture

20 April, 2010 § 2 Comments


NEAL’S YARD Power Berry Daily Moisture 100ml

I’ve been reminded I haven’t written anything in a long time, haha. (゚∀゚ )≡ モヒョヒョヒョヒョ The only excuse I have to offer is… laziness unfortunately! 彡(´∀`;●)彡 ヒューヒュー

NEAL’S YARD is an organic skin care brand from the UK… but that’s about all I know about the brand. ((´∀`*))ヶラヶラ From the label on the tube, the products are formulated without parabens, synthetic fragrances and colourants, silicones, mineral oil(s), propylene glycol, etc. Unfortunately, they didn’t add alcohol to that list. The Power Berry Daily Moisture doesn’t contain alcohol, but some of their other products do.

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DR CI:LABO Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Sensitive

9 February, 2010 § 3 Comments


DR CI:LABO Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Sensitive 50g 3,990円 (税込)

Aqua Collagen Gel is a cult product from DR CI:LABO, a dermatologist-founded brand from Japan. It’s supposed to be a five-in-one product with the effectiveness of toner, milky lotion (here I think they mean moisturiser), beauty essence, whitening essence and makeup base. I’ve always been a bit skeptical about all-in-one products despite the alluring premise so in practice I use separate products for the toner, essence, makeup base etc. (●´ω`●)ゞエヘヘ

There are a few versions of Aqua Collagen Gel, but I chose the Super Sensitive version because it’s the lightest of the bunch, and it has an ATP Complex for sensitive skin. ヾ(´▽`*)ゝあーい♪

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