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Sephora – Express Cleansing Wipes

wpid-collage_20150807211030965_20150807211202322.jpgI am in this posting mode to catch up on past slacks (yes, been horribly busy at work and coping with flu bug that hit me for a week, followed by a nasty bout of sinusitis which I am still nursing as I type. Well, busy or ill, we need to still make sure we take care of our skin so here I am sharing another review on the Sephora Express Cleansing Wipes.

About this Product

This is another Sephora disposable product that I find it very handy and convenient to use. The wipe is thick and moist, and cleans my face in just 1 to 2 sheets. I bring this around with me when I have to refresh my make up, when I run out of makeup removers, or when I have to wear make up on business trips (better than to bring along a big bottle of makeup remover and risk having it leaked in my luggage!).  Its been my trusty makeup remover when I travel overseas – yeah!

I tried to include a picture of the ingredient’s list but I think its rather small to see for now.

Using this Product

Open the packet and just draw out any number of towels/wipes that you need! Its that simple! My skin did not break out or develop any rash (though if you do, please stop and consult your doctor). It cleans off both my liquid and mineral foundation just as well, and waterproof eye makeup. I have also used this to wipe off sunscreen on my entire body when I had to be outdoors most of the time. Good product!

I usually follow up with a double cleanse of my face though I do recall using it on its own once (coz I was so tired) and went straight to bed. My skin remains good! You can fold the wipes into triangles and try to remove your eyeliners and it will work as well. Just that the product might be a bit stingy if it gets into your eyes.

There are of course other makeup remover wipes out there. I have tried Botanicals and Neutrogena previously but I still find this product most effective for me.  I would recommend using this with the Sephora Targeted Eye Remover Swabs if you wear eye liners.

Where to Buy this Product

At Sephora! Its one of their house brands.

Check them out and let me know what you think! 🙂

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Sephora – Targeted Eye Remover Swabs

wpid-collage_20150807214213790_20150807214336209.jpgI do not wear a lot of eye makeup most of the time, but if you read my earlier posts, you’ll notice I do love Clio Kill Brown and Kill Black liquid eye liner, its Shadow Pencil and Gelpresso. These are long lasting, waterproof, eye products that stays for at least 6 to 8 hours a day, and I have also previously mentioned in my post that Bioderma may not be able to remove them as easily. So here I am reviewing the disposable and highly convenient swaps that would, definitely, help you remove that thin eye liner that is so close to your lash line, and to enable you to have quick fixes to remove that accidental stroke of liner or shadow around your eyes!

About the Product

I love Sephora’s house brands, in particular its cleansing products such as Triple Cleansing Water and wipes. They are effective, hydrating and convenient. In fact, second washes are not required! This particular product is interesting because the cleansing solution is already packed in the plastic tubing of the cotton swap. All you have to do is to break at the point where you see the blue line, and the cleansing solution will soak through the cotton swap on the other end. The product is gentle and moisturizing and cleans effectively and quickly. You can check out the ingredient’s list which I’ve shown in the picture in this blog.

Using the Product

Take out a swap, break at the blue line and let the solution soak the cotton swap at the opposite end. Run the soaked cotton swap over the liners, shadows, little mistakes you make and voila! You can move on! There is no need to wipe the same spot with water etc. This product does not cause outbreaks (I didn’t experience any irritation or allergies etc), and doesn’t sting. The solution feels like one of those oil-water removers that you would have bought for eye and lip makeup remover.

Where to Buy the Product

Only at Sephora! Of course, a cheaper option is to dip your cotton swaps into the oil-water eye and lip makeup removers, but I find this a lot more convenient and fuss free. Especially if you need to have a quick refresh of your eye make up!

Skincare Tip – Using Oil Based Make up Remover

Some of us may have experienced outbreaks after using oil based make up removers. My first oil based make up remover was a Shu Uemura Makeup Removal Oil (I can’t remember the actual name now) more than 10 years ago, when I purchased based on recommendations and without researching into what works best for my skin then. My colleagues at that time raved about the oil and how amazing it was in removing makeup – so I bought it and tried to follow the instructions. My skin broke into more acne and I refused to use any oil based make up remover – not until the last couple of years where I start to fall in love with facial oils.

Having both problematic and sensitive skin, micellar water would be the most recommended makeup remover in the market for me. However, I could not resist the reviews online so I bought the Senka Cleansing Oil to try more than a year ago – only to put it back on the shelf because again I experienced outbreaks. This is where I switched back to Sephora Triple Cleansing Water and Bioderma Sensibio. Interestingly, during my last vacation to Bali a month ago, I decided to give Origins Cleansing Oil a try (ah that bug got me again!) because the ingredients list said its all natural oils (no mineral oil). I braced myself for a round of outbreaks (again).  Interestingly, the experience changed my mind and my understanding on using cleansing oils. This is what I learnt during and after I returned from my trip to Bali – after using Origins Cleansing Oil for a full week to remove my sunscreen.

1) Be generous with the amount of oil you use

Use any amount you think your face needs. The important point is you need sufficient oil to soften the day’s grime and lift the grime off your skin.  Think hydration.  After a long day, you may have makeup that becomes stubborn after mixing with perspiration or oil. Use generous amount of oil (I usually use about 2 tablespoon) and gently spread it on your face, to help you ‘moisten’ the dryer patches and help ‘lift’ the makeup. Spread and massage the entire face with fingers, gently (we don’t want wrinkles and lines!). You will notice how nicely the makeup gets lifted by the oils. Massage for about 1 minute in circular motion. When you want to remove your eye makeup (esp eye shadow and primer), use your ring fingers and glide gently around the lids and eye sockets). As you massage, you may feel some little “grains” on your fingers. Take a look – these could be dead skin or hardened white heads that “popped” out as your fingers massage the now hydrated skin.

It dawned on me that my past outbreaks could be due to the lack of oil used on my face. It was not sufficient to breakdown the day’s grime and makeup hence end up clogging my pores. Well, so much about trial and error and second chances!

2) Remember to Emulsify – Slowly and Gently

After the massaging (some of you may prefer to perform “acupuncture” by pressing on selected acupuncture points on the face to enhance blood circulation so that can take more than 1 minute), remember to wet the face (with oil still on it) and again in circular motion, help the oil emulsify and be lifted off your skin.  I perform two step cleansing so this is followed by a foaming cleanser and my clarisonic to “shake out” any residue in the pores after emulsifying.

Always emulsify your cleansing oil thoroughly so that it can be cleansed with water thoroughly. Cleansing oils are not for those who are always in a hurry. The particles takes time to be lifted.

3) Mineral oil vs. Natural Oil – Hydration test post double cleanse method

I am comparing Senka Cleansing Oil (mineral oil based) vs Origins Cleansing Oil (natural oil based). For the second wash, I always and only use Senka Perfect Whip Foam and clarisonic. The result? Senka Cleansing Oil may come from the same family as Perfect Whip Foam, but the post second wash hydration level paled against the post second wash for Origins Cleansing Oil. My skin feels more hydrated after using Origins Cleansing Oil and Perfect Whip Foam. Mineral based Cleansing oil not as good as Natural Oil based Cleansing Oil? I am not sure. For this I will need you to test and let me know what you think.

So what do you think? Do you have similar experiences?

Label Young – Shocking Cleansing (5-in-1 Perfect Care)

wpid-20150118_163108.jpg The Label Young Shocking Cleansing is a 5-in-1 skin cleansing “gel” that can be used all over the body. It is light and appears to have a light scent.

About the Product

According to my favourite korean online shop, Koreadepart, this product is good for face washing (including make up removal), shampoo, body wash, hand and food wash. It contains lemon oil, coconut oil, olive oil green tea extract, honey, propolis extract, shea butter, aloe vera and menthol.  The plus of this product is to maintain moisture after washing.  Accordingly, as with many of Label Young skin care products, it does not contain 16 additives namely, parabens, ethanol, carborner, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, triethanolamine, triclosan, paraffins PEG-based, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sufate, BH Oh, benzyl alcohol, imidazolidinyl urea, petrolatum, and chlorobutanol.

Using the Product

I have used this product for facial cleansing and found that it is relatively mild, and tends to leave a thin film on your skin after rinsing. Not sure if this has to do with the moisture retention but this feeling reminds me very much of how it feels after using Dove shower cream. I didn’t experience outbreak, and I didn’t find the product particularly hydrating, and I am doubtful that I can use this for removing makeup, perhaps more for second cleanse. Another observation is that this product does not foam up as much as my usual Perfect Whip Foam, so those of you who are foam lovers like me, will find that this is rather ‘flat’.

To be honest, I am not totally impressed by this multi-use cleanser. I still prefer my current cleansing products that gives me a squeaky clean feel. Those of you who prefer something milder, I think this is still worth considering.

Where to Buy the Product

For those of you who would like to try out this product, Koreadepart and Label Young websites are the places to go do. Qoo10 is also a possible place to find (though I did not find many suppliers who carry this item).

For those of you who’d used this product, do share with me your experience by posting your comment below!