Archive of ‘Skin, Hair & Body Care Product Reviews’ category

O HUI White Extreme Gift Set

Product Review: O HUI White Extreme Gift Set

received a lot of comments and emails regarding a good whitening line that is hydrating enough, ever since I reviewed The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang:Seol whitening line. That was when my skin was younger and started to get dehydrated and dry; now, past my mid-thirties, I need a hydrating and whitening line even more, as I want to avoid age spots and dehydration fine lines.

Utena Matomage Hair Styling Stick, 15g, US$8.50

Product Review: Utena Matomage Hair Styling Stick

I had no idea the brand Utena was still in business until I spotted this on Years ago, when 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.



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.

White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream, 15ml, US$55.00

Product Review: Shiseido White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream

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?

Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream

Product Review: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream

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.

Clinique Repairwear Intensive Night Cream, 50ml, US$52.00

Product Review: Clinique Repairwear Intensive Night Cream

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!

Repairwear Laser Focus, 1oz, US$47.50

Product Review: CLINIQUE Repairwear Laser Focus

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.

Shiseido Tsubaki Shining Conditioner, 550ml

Product Review: Shiseido Tsubaki Shining Conditioner

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.

Shiseido Tsubaki Damage Care Shampoo, 220ml, CAD$13

Product Review: Shiseido Tsubaki Damage Care Shampoo

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.

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