My favourite Hada Labo SHA Lotion was running low (right most bottle) so I thought it’s the time to get the refill ($18.90)! I bought everything at Watsons. The refill has 150ml and the original has 170ml. It makes sense because you don’t wait till your bottle is dry empty before stocking up do you. However, it sucks to know that the full bottle ($22.90) comes with a free 20g face wash at Guardian which works out to be a better deal but oh well at least I did my part for the environment by getting a refill pack and I’m going to get good karma!
I got the face wash as well for $12.90. I previously used the AHA/BHA face wash and I broke out from it. I guess I generally do not respond well to AHAs at all. I got the SHA wash this time and it is going to work!
I got a 4 piece travel/ sample kit for $15.90. It is rather overpriced but I like how it is concise and compact.
I do like naruko face wash, but I find that it doesn’t foam up much. I was thinking I should use a more foamy cleanser with my clarisonic thus I decided to try Hada Labo. It is cheaper too.
Nivea Visage Whitening Foam, Sekkisei Supreme Washing Cream, NUXE Purifying Cleansing Gel, IPSA Cleansing Sooth Foam, Vichy Purifying Foaming Cream Cleanser, Naruko Tea Tree Oil Out Acne Clay Cleanser, Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam
I have also used:
- L’Oreal White Perfect Facial Foam
- Biotherm Aquasource Cleanser
- Ettusais Acne Gentle Wash
The middle 3 are free gifts.
I really like the Nivea and L’oreal for a cheap and good cleanser, but you can’t deny that it contains soap/ detergent and is probably a low grade of it, so if you don’t have hardy skin it may be bad. I like the Sekkisei Supreme Washing Cream a lot, but have since stopped to use acne fighting cleansers as that’s the concern I have now.
The Naruko Tea Tree cleanser is really good. it contains very fine micro beads so it exfoliates gently as well. It can be used as a mask, due to its clay texture, once a week. Although it’s an oil control cleanser, it’s relatively gentle.
Cure Natural Aqua Gel, Nivea Whitening Scrub, Laneige Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel
I have also used:
· St Ives Apricot Scrub
My favourite has to be the Cure gel as it’s very mild. I prefer peeling exfoliaters than scrubs. The Laneige is a peeling gel too, but I don’t really like it. It also seems to have a lot more unnecessary (and potentially bad) ingredients too, due to the artificial smell and colour.
The Nivea one was picked up by mistake when I wanted to get the facial foam. However, it was ok. The beads are very small.
Cleansing Express Eye & Lip makeup remover, Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Fresh, Cleansing Express Bright Up, Cleansing Express Moist, Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Brightening
I have also used and finished:
· Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil
· Kanebo Blanchir Make Off Conditioner
· L’Oreal Eye & Lip Makeup Remover
My HG would definitely be the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils. I wonder why I spent so many years using Fancl. Fancl’s has to be used up within 3 months due to lack of preservatives and one bottle is $31. So I would need to spend $124 a year on cleansing oil? Shu Uemura’s cost $99 or so from duty free, and that HUGE 450ml bottle lasts for 1.5 years. What’s more, it cleans better. I highly recommend Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil!
I got the Blanchir Make Off during a Kanebo sale for a very low price (maybe around $20, or less?) and it works fine too. I wouldn’t mind using it again.
The cleansing express makeup remover lotions have gained raves due to being water based and so on, but I do not like it as it doesn’t clean well! And rubbing the cotton pad on my face causes abrasion.