Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SHISEIDO: Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Been so long since I've used anything from Shiseido! The last time was when I was still a teen and I remember persuading (hounding relentlessly more like it) my mother to get me the 3-piece kit from their Pureness range (probably lured in by the box set which none of the other brands had).

Yes, that is I floating in the reflection LOL
Almost every Asian skincare brand has a "pre-serum", here's an excerpt of what the Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is:

"The ultimate concentrate for enhancing skin's inherent multi-defensive power against signs of aging, environmental factors and daily stress. 
Day by day, your skin becomes smoother and more resilient making wrinkles less noticeable and your complexion appears to glow with more radiance than ever. 
Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is for all women of all ages. It works with your skincare to boost the benefits of your regimen, no matter your concerns.
Shiseido's exclusive Ultimune Complex helps boost defensive functions that have declined in Langerhans Cells, the cells that hold the key to promoting skin's multi-defensive power. 

In one week, skin appears to glow more than ever.

In 4 weeks: firmness and resilience are improved, making wrinkles less visible.
Apply morning and night after cleansing and softening the face. 

When using other serums, apply Ultimune first to enhance the benefits of the following treatments."

image source: Angelic Betrayal

The ingredient list doesn't look very promising for sensitive skin users (alcohol is second on the list!) but I was assured it would be okay. Tested it out for a week, applied 3 pumps religiously day and night. It absorbs fairly well and my face was left smooth but not in a silicone-y way. The floral scent is detectable but in no way overwhelming.

image source: Ashley Yeen

Mighty claims and though it didn't break me out or encourage oiliness, my skin didn't look quite changed. Somehow it was plump-ed up but my BB cream didn't look as smooth on. I did not experience any irritation with this product. The glass packaging is lovely on the counter but butter-fingers should beware. It has slipped my toner-wet-fingers at least once in the past week.

A summary of the "pre-serum"s that I've used:
SK-II Facial treatment Lotion: My face started breaking out on the second bottle, and the scent took a while to get used to.

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum: My favourite of the lot, has a herbal scent but I like it, also absorbs very well. My skin liked this the best!

Clarins Daily Energizer Wake-Up Booster: Discontinued in Asia but I still have a bottle left. The scent is refreshing (orange?) and very light as well. It says to use before toner but I use it after.

Next on the list are: La Mer Treatment Lotion as well as the Estee Lauder Micro Essence.

If you've tried the above but haven't found a suitable pre-serum, this could be the product for you.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is priced at RM255//30ml and RM355//50ml.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Nike Women's Dunk Sky Hi

LOVE!!!!! These Nike Women's Dunk Sky Hi are the perfect walking/travelling shoes.. great for all the travels I will be going on next year! 
image source: Baby Shoes 1
image source: Baby Shoes 1
Nike Dunk Sky Hi Black mesh high wedge sneakers canidce swanepoel all black fashion blogger inspo inspiration sporty sportsluxe
image source: Red Reiding Hood

Got the Black ones from Zalora, when I paid all sizes were available however when I checked today, they seem to be out of a few sizes already!! I am still contemplating the Grey ones.. not sure if I would get much wear out of them though. I did buy half a size bigger as recommended by most of the users online (always research the item you're buying!).

Quick links to purchase: Black or Grey, which looks more like a light washed-out Blue to me.
Use code: ZBAPT19 for 15% off your order (only applicable for new users!)

Their customer service I dare say is one of the best, last year they managed to add on a note to my surprise present which had already shipped. They could have easily said "Sorry, you item has already left the warehouse." but no, the team really put in an effort to materialize my request. So happy that they could accomodate else the recipient would have no idea what it was for. 

Returns are also very easy, and you usually get the store credit reflected within a day or two. I do most of my shopping online these days and Zalora is one of the sites I bookmark for their wide range of beauty and fashion items.

Like I mentioned, stocks are running out fast so if you like em act fast!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Empties: August 2014

Getting on track with my empties posts! Lotsa travel and sample sizes last month..

Lately I've been going through all my travel sizes and the CLARINS One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser is one of them. It's a 2-in-1, with little grains that are gentle enough for daily use. I used it at night after my oil cleanser. It has a nice orange scent but I still prefer using a separate scrub, The Melvita Rose Floral Water is a nice face mist as well, reviewed previously. One of my favourite cleansing oils is the CLARINS Total Cleansing Oil, I've gone through a few bottles as well. I'm always on the look for cleansing oils to try. Any suggestions?

CLARINS Body Shaping Cream is something I'm trying to use regularly, the texture is light and I like the scent but I'm not too sure if it really works. For body care, I went through the CLARINS Moisturizing Body Lotion which was a bit light for my liking, as well as the Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate (of which I have made a permanent feature in my bathroom). Love the scent!

The CHANEL CC Cream has quite a good coverage and dries quickly, but the colour didn't quite match my skintone and looked too matte for my liking. I much prefer their BB cream, the colour and texture suits me better. Samples of the CLARINS Multi-Active Day and Night creams which I am using full-sizes. I wouldn't recommend the La Mer Moisturizing cream to those with easily congested skin, this formula was rather thick so I used it on my hands instead. There is also a cream-gel available which might suit my skintype better.

Sachets! Got round to using the Sophie Monk x Little Twin Stars masks I bought last year (no, not expired yet). They come in a 2 pack to be used 2 days in a row, each mask comes with a serum sachet to be applied after. The first is a hydrating mask (blue) and the next day you follow up with the brightening mask (pink). Unfortunately my face broke out in itchy red little bumps on the 3rd day, I can't be 100% sure that this mask triggered it but I would be wary of trying "cute" masks in the future (I never seem to learn my lesson!). 

Had these Aesop Sage Scalp Cleansing Shampoo and Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturizing Masque sachets, both were nice and I've purchased the Mask before (a wee bit on the pricey end) but these days I am more thrifty with hair products. 

Guerlain L'Or Radiance Concentrate, loved it but not so much anymore. A luxury, not a necessity in my stash. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Beige, the only pot of eye shadow I've ever finished! I use this as a base mostly and have already repurchased a second.

Avon Colour Trend Twinkle Twinkle Cream Eye Colour in Moonbeam, I bought this many many years ago to highlight the inner corners of my eyes, haven't touched it in years so it goes in the bin. Another makeup product which has hit the pan is the Yves Saint Laurent Blush Radiance, will continue to use this until its crumbly but I had to take a photo while the colours were still visible.

Total January - August: 89