I had no idea the brand Utena was still in business until I spotted this on Adambeauty.com. Years ago, when Joseibi.com was an online store, I wanted to sell Utena products because I had tried them during a trip to Japan, and for the price, I thought the quality was pretty good. It’s a drug-store level brand, but I was fond of it.
Archive of ‘Skin, Hair & Body Care Product Reviews’ category
Sometimes, just because a product is featured in popular magazines, it doesn’t mean it’s good.
I bought this from Costco for CAD$27. You might notice this is the old name White Lucency and the old packaging (the new version is now a pump bottle), but considering the new version retails at CAD$64, I was happy I got mine from Costco!
There was a time when I liked Fancl products – their formulations are additive, fragrance free and I liked the general concept of the brand. There was a renewal pack that I used and loved, which was costly for the little amount you get, but as long as it worked, I was happy to splurge. But I am on a budget these days, and that means every drop counts.
For those who don’t like to use cleansing oil directly on the eyes (which can be harsh especially with rubbing and tugging), a separate Lip & Eye makeup remover is a good way to gently remove your eye makeup – but only if the product does its job well (or you will end up rubbing and tugging). I have used some not-so-effective products that I ended up doing more damage wiping the gunk out of my eyes than simply using a good cleansing oil to dissolve the stubborn waterproof makeup.
I have used many cleansing oil, and usually, the lower end lines from Japan or at the drug store level (e.g. L’Oreal) contain mostly mineral oil as the main ingredient. I was surprised to see that, at CAD$13, that The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Rich Oil does not contain any mineral oil at all.
This is the cheapest cleanser at The Face Shop, at CAD$5.00. I honestly don’t know how they make any profit because it’s really cheap.
I LOVE the smell of caramel/sugar. I don’t eat sweets, but somehow, I love that kind of smell in a scrub! But it’s often more expensive than I am willing to pay. For example, I have a teeny tiny pot of lip polish made by Fresh, and that cost CAD$22 for the size of a lip balm tin.
My desperate search for an anti-dark circle eye cream led me to this. I know, I know. Nothing really works on dark circles…but after reading the two types of dark circles – hereditary (where there really is no cure) and the most common ‘brown’ dark circles that Asians tend to get, from hyperpigmentation, I decided to go for a whitening eye cream, and what better than Shiseido’s White Lucent?
I got this as part of a gift with purchase when I bought the Laser Focus serum. It’s a generous sample with 7ml of product; and for an eye cream, this lasted me a good 3 months (and counting). Since my eyes are very sensitive to fragrance and certain ingredients, I was happy that this was gentle enough to be used directly on the eyelids and not just the eye contour area.
I have been using the entire Repairwear line from Clinique for the past 2-3 months, hoping to reap the maximum benefit from the same line. My main concerns are the fine lines on my forehead and freckles on my ‘apple zone’, which do not get better with age. I realize that I need to do something before hitting 40, or they may just be a permanent fixture! I have a few years left so time is running out before I find my HG anti-age skincare!
I receive a lot of questions (and sorry if I don’t answer all of them) on this blog and also via email. Most of them are the same: what works on fine lines and hyperpigmentation/freckles? After all, these two are probably the most pressing concerns (besides acne) that a lot of us face, regardless of age. By now, I have used and sampled literally hundreds of different anti-age and/or whitening products.
Does any of them really work?
Well, each of these brands would promise or claim to do this, do that, erase this, erase that. But unfortunately, none of them really delivered. I have used very expensive (in the $100+ range) products that perform no better than a bottle of Olay (which, in my opinion, is a very good moisturizer, mind you, for the price). It is also easy to judge a product against its price tag and the review more or less depends on the price and the perceived value of what you get.
I have read so many good reviews on Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus that I was hopeful when I bought the 30ml/1oz version. In Canada this stuff is nearly $10 more than in US$; so I was glad that I actually bought it in the summer when I was in the US on vacation.
I haven’t done essence sheet masks in AGES! Thanks to a very good friend who sent me goodies periodically, I am back to the good habit of using facial masks.
As promised, here is my review on one of the products I recently bought from the newly opened The Face Shop at Markville Mall in Markham.
I bought this from Adambeauty.com for less than US$10, an affordable product from Kanebo’s Kracie line which is a drug store level product. I have used the Olive version before, and because I love the orange scent, I am trying this version this time.
I have hair that’s chemically processed (perm and dye), which is prone to frizz. I have tried many different mass market western brand shampoos and conditioners meant for taming frizz; but none of them really did the job. All they did was weigh the hair down and make it feel heavy and oily. Until I tried Tsubaki Damage Care Shampoo (white bottle), I was just about to give up. I hated the anti-frizz products which are very oily and greasy, and my hair is getting very dry now that the indoor heat is on everywhere.
All these years, I have never fallen in love with a shampoo. My hair is like my skin: dehydrated, but it can get oily if I don’t wash it every day, and if the shampoo or condition is too rich, my hair looks greasy yet with drier ends. It’s not easy to find a shampoo that works in every way for my hair condition. Until I tried Shiseido Tsubaki Damage Care Shampoo.
I have dry lips that tend to get flaky in the winter time and this is a nice little product to buff away the flakes AND moisturize dry lips at the same time. I know that the cheapest way to do it is to simply brush your lips with a toothbrush; but after using Sugar Lip Polish, it’s hard to go back to just that.
This little bottle has been with me FOREVER. I have been meaning to write about it, but never got around to it until now.
After RapidLash, I didn’t have any success with eyebrow growth serums. Enter Chella, a brand I never heard of. The full retail price of this product is US$90, but I got it on ebay for $30 (and it’s currently on clearance sale at thebay.com for CAD$22.50) including shipping. It was a good price to try out an otherwise exorbitantly priced product that may or may not work!