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Previous Skincare Regime: Cleanser & Toners

This is Part 2 to this post, here I’ll be reviewing the core skincare regime I used that I felt helped my skin get back on track. A lot of the products are no longer in my current regime. This is because (1) as usual I started this post a long time ago (February!) and never gotten round to finishing it 😛 (2) I wanted to use up whatever else I have stocked up first before making repurchases, if any.
Because of this, I’m not able to take a nice group picture of the products below. In fact I can only show you 3 of the cleansers/toners mentioned. Not really worth showing, IMO. If you do a search though you should find most of them in empties posts here and there.
I’ll make another post of my current regime hopefully soon enough in the future.

I realised this can get really lengthy so I’ll just review the cleansers and toners in this post and do the moisturizers etc in another. Products with names in bold means I’m still using them/they’re still around.

The Day Routine:
POD Liquid Detox
– La Roche-Posay Serozinc / Darphin Intral Toner
– Hydraluron / Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Antioxidant Serum
– LRP eye cream / Shiseido
– LRP Toleriane moisturizer / Algenist
– some sort of acne treatment if needed (Effaclar Duo or topical treatment)

The Night Routine:
– 1st cleansing: Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil
POD Liquid Detox
– Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10%
– Hydraluron / Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Antioxidant Serum
– LRP eye cream / Shiseido
– Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid Moisturizer OR Algenist (alternate evenings)
– Adapalene cream

POD Liquid Detox
Back story: I first read about this on an Australian blog (logical since POD is an Aussie brand) and the blogger attributed improvements to her skin partly to this cleanser. Upon googling it I found more positive reviews but more importantly, discovered that POD was going out of business and was having a liquidation sale. So I bought 4 (or was it 5?) bottles of this. I’m no longer sure what the status of the company is as there seems to be some activity but the official website is gone.
I’ve reviewed this in the past and it’s in many of my ’empties post’. But just to recap POD claims to ‘cleanse, tone, exfoliate’ the skin thus ‘reducing blackheads, blemishes, sun damage’ so you’ll get ‘an even skin tone’. It achieves this with ‘a triple-enzyme that breaks down dead skin, dirt, make-up and the pollution of the day in a foaming cleanser that does not leave any residue’.
Among the ingredients are quite a few essential oils (fragrance), potential irritant for those with really sensitive skin. (more…)

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Autumn Empties +

IMG_0038The first part of this features recent empties while the bottom half is a salvaged post dated probably early 2015 😛

Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil (120ml) – Made in Japan
This is a special limited edition packaging I got at the beginning of the year. I mentioned somewhere before (oh it was the Empties Galore post) that they have a much longer shelf-life now than before. I think it used to be that unopened, you can keep them for 1 year after date of manufacture. Now it’s like 3 times longer. I don’t know that this all means because their slogan has always been no preservatives etc. I didn’t notice any change in the formula however, so who knows.
This is still my HG cleansing oil. But! I’ve noticed cleansing oils being rather similar and generally good performers once you’re at the mid to high range (price-wise). I’m using a sample of the Shiseido one and it’s also really good. The only thing is the relatively smaller size. You go through this a lot faster than others. I think this lasted me maybe 2.5 months.
Repurchase? I have one more backup.

Kotoshina Face Lotion Brightening – Green Tea (30ml) – Made in France
This deluxe sample came in as part of the Japan skincare/beauty set I got at Le Bon Marché end of 2014 (part of the Japan month. This year they did Brooklyn, I must say it was a disappointment). I’ve never heard of Kotoshina before (leads to official website, Japanese) but they are a Kyoto based company that specializes in green tea, and their products use the famous Uji green tea from the area. Skincare products are manufactured in France. The details of this lotion (in Japanese and 1 line of English on the right) is here. Housed in a glass bottle, this lotion is certified 100% organic (European) and smells quite strongly of green tea – ingredients are: water, aloe extract, glycerin, perfume, glyceryl caprylate, camellia sinensis leaf extract, camellia sinensis seed oil … and many more herbal/flower essential oils. This is a very watery lotion and I’ve used this with a cotton pad. I really enjoyed using this actually and find the scent soothing. It lingers a little after use. It did seem to brighten the skin after use. Obviously sensitive skin beware as it’s chocked full of essential oils and extracts. It’s 4200 JPY for 150ml on the website, which is about 30 euros? Not cheap then.

Ok I just found the leaflet that came with the beauty set and it seems this usually comes in a spray bottle, although you can use it on a cotton. It hydrates, protects brightens.
Repurchase? I wouldn’t mind at all but it seems to be only available in Japan? (more…)

10 Empties

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These are empties I collected the last few months actually. Prepare for a long post!

1. La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Légère (50ml) – Made in France
I switched from Toleriane to this because I was bored but didn’t want to stray too far. The thing I noticed straight away is that Hydraphase is scented with one of those aquatic smell that hopes to conjure up the ocean. As the name suggests the texture is very light, but perhaps not quite ‘intense’ as I wished it to be. It wasn’t quite enough for the colder months but I think it would make a very lovely summer moisturiser.

The packaging is interesting – the product itself is in a bag that’s contained within the plastic tube. You can see how far you’re going but there’s nothing you can do to squeeze or pump the last bit out unless you’re determined to cut the tube open somehow.
Repurchase? Probably not.

2. Bioderma Hydrabio Serum / Moisturising Concentrate (40ml) – Made in France
For ‘very dehydrated, sensitive skin … generating intense hydration’. You can use this alone or before your moisturiser. I expected a serum like texture: almost runny, clear, half gel half liquid you know. But the texture is more a creamy gel, thickish. It also has a marine type of scent.
I didn’t really like this one and found it lacking in moisturising properties.
Repurchase? No. You’re better off getting the Hydrabio moisturiser, which I suspect has the same formula only less thickener or whatever. The moisturiser is cheaper and I think a superior product. This is not what I expect for a ‘serum’.

3. L’Oreal Eclat Sublime (150ml)
L’Oreal’s cleansing oil, I can’t remember when this one came out but I bought it pretty much as soon as I saw it at my local Monoprix. I use 3 pumps of this to get my makeup off. It has some kind of perfume that I’m not a fan of. It’s quite runny and feels ‘oilier’ than the other cleansing oils I’ve tried. I know that just sounds crazy but I don’t know how else to describe it. I don’t think that orange bottle helped. Performance-wise it cleanses very well, even long and hard wearing eyeliners and mascara. However it does sting your eyes if you get too close.

Ingredients: (more…)

September Empties

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser (200ml)
A very gentle face wash that doesn’t irritate the skin. See my intro on the Toleriane line here.
This is very similar to the Physiogel wash, only slightly thicker and more opaque. You’re meant to use it on dry skin. Be generous and gently massage the product into the skin, and rinse. On days when I exfoliate or use a deep cleansing mask, I will massage slightly longer than usual. It helps me believe that I’m getting the skin ready for some good cleaning. If I had a choice I prefer gentle foaming cleansers (I like the one from Nuxe) or ones that leave my skin feeling ‘clean’ but not stripped.

Repurchase? Doctor’s orders. But I have to admit I’m enjoying this more and more.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane moisturiser (40ml)
I wrote about this last month. I had two tubes going at the same time last month (was traveling) which explains why I’m going through this so quickly. One tube usually lasts around 2 months.

Bioderma Crealine Lotion (500ml)
Don’t think I need to say any more about this cult product. But! In case you missed my mention of it in the August Empties post (under the Chanel eye makeup remover), this does not remove my eyeliner. I use this as the first step in double cleansing, before washing my face with the Toleriane. It’s great when you’re trying out makeup or eye looks at home. No problem with eye shadows, only gel and other long-wearing eyeliners. I’ve been using this for 5 years now… but I might look for other options afterwards.

Repurchase? I’ll keep a travel size bottle even if I stray.

Cetaphil Intensive Moisturising Cream (85g)
Says on the tube it’s ‘for very dry hands, feet, elbows and knees’, a ‘rapid long-lasting moisturiser with Shea Butter’. Fragrance free.
I bought this during summer to compliment the Nuxe dry oil that I was using. The oil wasn’t moisturising enough alone for my feet and that’s where the Cetaphil helped. A decent, no-frills cream that does the job. Absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel greasy. I’ve been using it for my hands as well. If you have severely dry hands from frequent washing you might need a stronger cream. They make it sound like it’s industrial strength or something but sometimes I do find that I need to reapply frequently. I have crazy dry hands.

Repurchase? No. I like it but don’t love it.

NATIO Gentle Facial Scrub (100g)
I bought this a long time ago in Australia. Natio is like a drugstore brand. There is nothing gentle about this facial scrub. The particles are big and scratchy. I can’t believe I actually put up with it for so long. I have been using this on my body just to finish it.

Repurchase? No.

MAC Brush Cleaner (235ml)
This bottle has been with me for ages. I have a spray bottle with the cleanser diluted with water to spot clean my brushes, I also use it straight for deep cleaning them. I follow the instructions printed on the bottle: apply to damp brushes and work through. Rinse well, reshape and lay flat to dry.
This works really well especially with my gel liner brush.
I’ve read comments saying it can be harsh and will wreck the brushes if you use it frequently. I use this maybe twice a month on all my brushes (cheap and expensive ones) and haven’t had any problems.  I’ve used shu uemura’s cleanser before as well, many many years ago. They are pretty much the same thing, shu’s smelled more strongly of alcohol in fact from what I can remember.

Repurchase? I’m going to try making my own solution following a recipe I found. Will do a post on that when I do.

August Empties

Quite a number of products this month! Woohoo~
Sad but empties are an accomplishment for me.

Chanel Gentle Biphase Eye makeup Remover (100ml)
Do I really need to turn to Chanel for an eye makeup remover? Probably not. But did I like this? Yes, a lot. It was my second (third?) bottle and is hands down my favourite eye makeup remover.
It takes off stubborn waterproof eyeliners (like NARS’ and Armani’s) and mascaras easily when others struggled. I’ve tried a few: (more…)

Skincare Haul

Everything from Citypharma except the Nivea sunscreen and Bourjois foundation

Everyone knows about the Citypharma, the para-pharmacy that’s said to be the cheapest in Paris, sometimes up to 20% of a markdown. It’s in all the travel guides (I imagine) and all over the internet. I happened to just walk into it years ago without knowing its fame, as I used to live in the area and I would always walk past it while on my way to Pierre Hermé, and be intrigued by the non-stop number of people going in and out.

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