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SK-ll Skin Rebooster

 

As per SK-II, Skin Rebooster is a moisturizing daily gel-mask which gives dehydrated skin intensive moisture. Best used in shower. Smooth onto face and neck, including eye and mouth area after cleansing and toning.

 

manual of using wipe sheet

manual of using wipe sheet

 

Direction for use: After 5-10 minutes, use the provided special wipe sheets for gentle dead cells removal in the outward direction that shown in the user manual.  Or, simply rinse it off with water easily. Apply moisturizer afterward.

 

a squirt

a squirt

 

The clear gel likeable consistency is very light weight, fragrance-free and oil-free.  I used two squirts for face and neck, it wouldn’t feel tacky nor dry out by itself within the mask period. Normally I will massage the skin before wash off. This is totally gentle that can be use on daily basis.

 

texture

consistency

 

I have been using Skin rebooster ocassionally for 4 months now and I really tried hard to make it works. Use in shower, make sure you are in hot/warm shower to have good absorption of the mask, skin will be very supple after wipe off. While use after toning in non-shower time, it will gives supple skin only  if I leave it to 30 minutes. If I don’t rinse off the mask and apply moisturizer and makeup afterward, this makes my skin very dry after few hours.

 

Image from SK II

Image from SK II

 

The main point here is, you must soften the pores to absorb the mask essence, else the mask causes disappointment greatly. After all, it works when I use it, skin back to normal when it off.

 

the texture of the wipe sheet

the texture of the wipe sheet

 

Thanks to a friend who helps me bought the SK-II mask at big discounted price, so I only paid 1650 baht for 75g, included 50 plies of wipe sheet. In my opinion, if you are not a Pitera crazy and not intend to use it in hot spring/shower, personally I don’t think this is worth the high price concerning its normal retail price is above 2400 baht. I may get many other cheaper masks for the same result, most likely even better.

Rating: ….)))   Satisfied  Satisfied. Will not buy again.

 

Ingredients:

Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate, Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Polyacrylate, Methylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate.

 

 

Clinique PerfectlyReal main

Perfectly Real Makeup is an oil free, weightless foundation that provides the perfect match and a natural finish. Skin looks real but better. More even, perfected, healthy. It neutralizes redness, ruddiness and imperfections via advanced micro-pigment technology with just enough coverage that feels weightless on skin. According to Clinique.

 

sample

sample

I’ve learnt to ask for sample before purchase a foundation. Perfectly Real Makeup is  formulated for dry combination skin to oily combination, providing sheer coverage, but can build up to medium coverage with powder setting for soft matted finish. Might be a little bit drying but easily blendable, containing micro pearly-particles, leaving skin natural semi-matte.

 

content

content

Perfectly Real Makeup is yellow-tone based, thus easy color match for Asian skin tone. Pores concealing is minimal, as well as broken capillaries and freckles. Like Clinique said, skin looks real but slightly better. However, my skin looks flattening and so pale under fluorescent light.

 

skin after sunscreen

skin after sunscreen

with Perfectly Real on

with Perfectly Real on

When temperature is 35oC outside, T-zone will get oily but can blot out with tissue, face looks matted and fresh again. Therefore I do think this is a long-wearing foundation. In Thailand, Perfectly Real Makeup is retailling at 1350 baht for 30ml.

 

Rating: … )))   Satisfied Satisfied.

 

 

NV Perricone samples

 

Bought the “7 Secrets to Beauty, Health and Longevity: The Miracle of Cellular Rejuvenation” that written by U.S well known dermatologist, Dr. Nicholas Perricone, who is  regarded as the Father of the Inflammation Theory of Aging. Received three samples as part of the book, which were enough for two applications only and perform a patch test to see if it suitable on my sensitive skin. I tested it both AM and PM, so my reviews will only able to tell the product consistency and how it feels on my skin. If you want detailed review, please refer to MUA .

 

 

 Perricone Adv Eye Area Therapy

Alpha Lipoic Acid Eye Area Therapy with NTP ComplexTM DMAE

The white color eye cream is fragrance free, feeling emollient yet light, very runny on skin and absorbed quickly. Somehow my eye area was feeling warm upon application like I was having a self-heating sauna eye mask. The heating dissipated after few minutes, no redness occurs. By the way, no such irritation on second application.  So I really have no idea what the reason behind. Afterall it doesn’t moisture like what I expected.

Perricone-eye 

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Aminobutyric Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phosphatidylcholine, Thioctic Acid (Alpha-Lipoic Acid), Caffeine, Niacinamide, Ceteareth-20, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Squalane, Folic Acid, Tocophersolan, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 60, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Phytonadione, Phenoxyethanol, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Tocotrienols, Hexylene Glycol, Eicosapentaenoic Acid, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Astaxanthin.

 

 Perricone Skin Smoother

Ceramic Skin Smoother Finishing Serum

The semi-opaque liquid-gel serum is absorbed instantly with gently massage, leaving skin smooth to touch, fragrance free and I do think it’s very hydrating and soothing, my skin was feeling totally comfortable. Love the consistency!

Perricone-serum.JPG 

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Sodium Carboxymethyl Betaglucan, Magnesium Silicate, Silica, Xylitol, Inositol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocophersolan, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium, Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Sorbic Acid, Copper Gluconate, Fullerenes.

 

Perricone Adv Face Firming Activator 

Advanced Face Firming Activator

This lotion type moisturizer has noticeable citrus scent, the scent has got me thinking of those water-soluble Vitamin C pill, which has orangey scent or simply orange fruit salt, pleasant actually. The emulsion absorbs into skin quickly, not greasy at all, skin is feel hydrating and silky smooth to touch. No irritation observed. Surprisingly I love this very much.

Perricone-moisturizer 

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, L-Tyrosine, Thioctic Acid (Alpha Lipoic Acid), Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Isopropyl Palmitate, Triethanolamine, Hydroxylated Lecithin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Urea, Glycosaminoglycans, Ceteareth-20, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Bisabolol, Zinc Sulfate, Parfum (Fragrance), Dimethicone, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Pyridoxine HCl, Citric Acid, Pantethine, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, BHT, Tocotrienols, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Copper Gluconate.

 

Overall, I found the consistency of the three samples is likeable that I don’t mind to use for long term. In fact, my skin texture looks refined and properly moisture during the trial. Perhaps I tested the samples in humid weather where my skin is less sensitive, so I wasn’t sure the actual reaction and it might not moisture enough in dry season. Currently Perricone skin care is not available in Thailand if I’m not mistaken, even if I want to purchase the product in future, I’ll ask for sample again and see how it goes then because their skin care is expensive!

 

 

 

SKII FTMask

 

I’ve heard many raves of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and this Mask shared very similar ingredient list with the Facial Treatment Essence. So I use the mask as an indication of potential benefit or risk of using concentrated Pitera on my skin, and it seemed work fine.

 

Direction for use: Open the face shaped mask and place it onto eye area first, then carefully spread it to the rest of face using fingertips. Make sure mask fits well onto skin, then relax. Remove mask after 20 minutes and rinse if needed.

 

Initially, when putting on the mask, the very strong ‘Pitera’ smell is very unpleasant to me, anyway, the smell dispersed after a short while. The affluent clear gel essence is quite slippery on face, better not busy moving around with the sheet mask on, because the mask actually slips down a little from my sternutation. (“b)

content

content

After 25 minutes, I remove the mask and wipe the mask on my neck and body, the gel essence absorbed into skin quickly. Since the direction guide indicates ”rinse if needed”, so I decided not to rinse, massage essence into skin and moisturizer to go after. Yeah! There were many scraps or white particles roll out when I massaged moisturizer onto skin, until I have to wash off my face and re-applied my skin care.

sheet mask

sheet mask

The sheet mask design and quality are different with SK-II Whitening Source Derm-Revival Mask. Facial Treatment mask fits better to my face shape but quality is not as wool as Whitening Source Derm-Revival sheet mask that I preferred. For photo taking purpose, I normally wait for the sheet mask becomes dry first, unlike other mask, this sheet mask became like papery hard after dried. Yet, Whitening Source Derm-Revival mask sheet still remains very soft after few days.

 

Nevertheless, what I love about Facial Treatment Mask is it leaves my face hydrated and revitalized. No irritation and no breakout. Thus it gives me a green light for Facial Treatment Essence that I intended to try in future.

 

If you are already using SK-II product, personally I don’t think this mask is necessary because all SK-II products already include the star ingredient Pitera, especially the Star product Facial Treatment Essence that contains more than 90% of Pitera. Paid special discounted price 1750 baht for 6 pieces mask, normal retail price is 2900 baht.

 

Rating: …. )))  Good  Good. Unlikely to buy again.

 

Ingredients:

Water, Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Salicylate, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA.

 

 

 

 

 

Kose Shirosumi Whitening Serum

 

I’m satisfied with the skin fairness that I have, but the post-acne marks, freckles and veins still make a long way to the “clean and clear” level. I can’t change my sensitive skin’s nature, but whitening serum is helpful to tackle the most annoying post-acne brownish marks. I bought few whitening products lately where Kose’s 2009 newly-launched exquisite crystal white angel — Shirosumi is part of my splurge.

 

Kose Shirosumi-2

 

According to Kose, Shirosumi  counteracts epidermal cell’s function of conveying melanin to the skin’s surface. Contains Prune Enzyme resolvent to suppress epidermal cells from absorbing surrounding melanin, thus promoting whitening and moisturizing effects. Would that means Shirosumi is better for prevention then? I ponder.

 

Kose Shirosumi Whitening Serum-content

 

Being Kose’s unusually fragrance-free product, the Shirosumi is dewy gel-consistency, runny on skin that feels like moisturizing, thus 2-3 squirts are really enough for face and neck. Due to the moisturizing consistency, it takes a while to be fully absorbed. May be the alcohol or other reasons that always cause me redness upon application, but overall no discomfort feeling yet moisturizing.  Apparently not a good moisture retainer but shows satisfied result of whitening on me. I actually didn’t notice any obvious change of my skin tone because I was with other brightening care such as Sekkisei Supreme Lotion and DHC Retino A Pack, thus my skin tone is consistently looking even and bright (but not clear), however, I do noticed the change of my neck.

 

Previously I noticed my neck and my face is one shade difference. Scratching my head, I do apply whatever I used for face for my neck as well, seems like it is either the mask doesn’t cover the neck zone, or I didn’t exfoliate my neck properly. I don’t want to tone down my face by darker foundation to match the neck tone, which will look utterly weird because my other part of body is as fair as the face. Honestly, this is my real reason for purchasing a whitening serum since I knew AHA and Vitamin A will be more effective on acne scars.

 

Shirosumi texture

 

With the Shirosumi serum, my neck became noticeable slightly fairer in first week! H.a.p.p.y ! By the way, remember to exfoliate the neck zone regularly too. Nevertheless I see no obvious result after 2 months, although skin had brighten up overall. My freckles became slightly smaller (most probably due my consistent using of whitening products these few months ), neck line became less visible (any quality whitening should be able to deliver this) and good for overall brightening (any whitening product should able to have this done).

 

The inner design of this serum is quite different from usual pump design that I have ever seen. The airtight space is slowly pushing up with the leftover content until it hits the short pump. I’m not good to describe, so please refer to below attached picture that shows disassembly of the serum, the cotton bulb tells the remaining space just enough for the short pump.

 

shirosumi disassembly

 

By using Shirosumi day and night, the “N.E.C.K” mission theoretically completed beautifully, persistent attention to neck still on going because the serum only works when it is on. Overall I think Shirosumi is quite nice to use but I’ll not repurchase because it made my broken capillaries vividly! With the reasonable price 1500 baht for 30ml, Shirosumi Whitening Serum is still worth to consider if you don’t have sensitive skin. Bought it for 1350 baht during promotion.

 

Rating: ….)))  Good   Good. Unlikely to buy again.

 

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Alcohol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Butylene Glycol, Arbutin, Dimethicone, Glycerin, PEG-40 Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydrolyzed Prunus Domestica, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Citric Acid, Diglycerin, Oleyl Oleate, Pentasodium Pentetate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Squalane, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Red 33 (CI17200), Acetyl Hydroxyproline, Hydrogenated Rapeseed Glycerides, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Yellow 5 (CI19140).

 

 

 

 

 

Kanebo Impress powder fdn sample

I wore pinky tone PO-B during my Impress makeover, the sample I have is OC-C (neutral tone), surprisingly it only slightly darker than my actual skin tone. Thus I can dab a thin layer over my mineral sunblock (that leaves white residue) without looking weird, in fact quite natural because it neutral my redness excellently. Thus, Kanebo Impress has better shade for fair-medium skin tones although all the shades appear pretty dark in pan that scared me off initially.

 

Skin- before

Skin- after

 

 

Although the shade is darker, but the semi-luminous finish simply impressive! Great coverage that my freckles and veins have visibly lightened immediately, even my puffy eye bag looked less apparent due to the neutral tone. Good pore concealing ability by gently dabbing and setting the powder onto pores. Unnoticeable fragrance,  not over powdery (slightly creamy), not over drying (no irritation signs), silky smooth to touch, generally good staying power all day long indoor. The velvety soft glowing finish will turns to dewy luminous on my combination skin when sebum started to excrete in mid day.

 

However… if the makeup base is drying (such as milky sunblock on my easily dehydrated skin), this foundation will reveals skin imperfections although finish still remains flawless from a distance. Thus, a smooth base is extremely crucial for this foundation delivered the optimal result, exception for those have young, moist and smooth skin to start with. Based on my several trials, using brightening type of primer/sunblock will deliver better concealing power via light-diffusing principle.  

Skin after 5 hours w/o touch up

Skin after 5 hours w/o touch up

 

The above attached picture taken after 5 hours I spent indoor. From the pictures, my skin didn’t look nice because of the incorrect shade and my early-mature skin. FYI, my routine is toner->serum->milky sunblock->powder foundation. In real life, the powder foundation did appear luminous without touch up for more than 5 hours in a distance.  After 8 hours, face became oilier, looked slightly darker tone (shouldn’t be problem if I use my correct shade), and foundation wore off slightly, anyway I can always opted for touch up for full coverage again. Unless you sweat a lot or have oily skin, else this is long-wearing. I love it caused less blotchy during touch up, skin looked as if it is newly-applied.

 

Kanebo Impress powder fdn content

 

To answer my previous curiosity, Kanebo Kate powder foundation couldn’t compatible with this. Texture wise, Impress glides on easily with no patchiness and cakey looking, perhaps no oxidization, no visible shimmer and less creamy than Kate’s. Result wise, there are actually very close to equal if you have no problem with Kate powder foundation, but I think the powder of Impress is more finely-milled with better coverage. May be, the skincare ingredients is added for premium line is the major distinction amid Kanebo’s foundations.

 

When comparing to Fancl 2way foundation, they have similar texture. Talking about finish, Kanebo Impress has better coverage, better staying power and imparts luminosity which Fancl not. For that reasons, I preferred Kanebo Impress over Fancl 2way.

 

"Adhesive Application Method"

"Adhesive Application Method"

 

Because of less amount for each application, the small sample is going to last me long long time, sadly the incorrect shade. Isn’t that wonderful that only little powder for such a great coverage without looking heavy? Obviously you get what you pay for. I lightly picked up the powder twice for entire face according to ‘Adhesive Application Method’ by Kanebo Impress, a small secret to create flawless skin.

 

No breakout so far, since I only tried few times at home. For the heavy texture, I afraid it might be comedogenic to me in summer. Refill and casing sold separately. 3300 baht for the 11g  refill and 1100 baht for the casing, made up lavish total price 4400 baht! Same price to Impress cream foundation. Not to mention, we have spoilt by so many quality foundations at lower cost. (“p)

 

Rating: ….)))   Good  Good.

 

Ingredients:

Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mica, Nylon-12, Diphenyl Dimethicone/Vinyl Diphenyl Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Isocetyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Petrolatum, Hydrogenated polyisoutene, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphates, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Paraffin, Methicone, Zinc Myristate, Fragrance (Parfum), Niacinamide, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Juice, Butylene Glycol, Methylserine, Glycerin, BHT, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Algae Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben.

May contain (+/-): Iron oxides (CI 77491),  Iron oxides (CI 77492),  Iron oxides (CI 77499), zinc oxide (CI 77947).

 

 

 

 

Kanebo Impress base sample

I mentioned in my first makeup with Kanebo Impress about 3 months ago and I got 2 samples of Kanebo Impress Makeup Base 02. There are two types, type 01 (Fresh, SPF15, PA+) suit for normal to oily skin and 02 (Moist & Smooth, SPF15, PA++) for normal to dry skin.

 

Kanebo Impress base content

The consistency is feeling fluffy light, take a small amount, smooth onto skin like emulsion, and it settled quickly. No tacky and oily residues yet smooth to touch. The skin tone might had been slightly brighten, but very subtle. I wouldn’t say this is moisturizing on it own although it’s quite a moisturizing feeling, for that I need to have a proper skin care routine done before this makeup base in order to moisture the skin in air-conditioned room.  

with Kanebo Impress powder foundation

 

When I used together with Impress powder foundation, it worked decently that the foundation does adhere freshly for first few hours. Apparently type 02 has no satisfiable sebum controlling ability, it rather excels in providing smoother base. Due to light-diffusing feature of the powder foundation itself, the combination gives velvety luminous glowing skin which covered my redness and had visibly lightened my freckles to 80-90%! I almost want to believe I have a flawless skin by looking into mirror. Fantastic!

 

with Chanel WE compact foundation

 

When I used together with rather matted and sheer finish Chanel WE compact foundation, which the staying power is under average, the makeup base does prolong the fresh makeup fairly, so it serves as good moist makeup base for the rather drying Chanel foundation. The finish is quite close as though the base is with Impress powder foundation, just lower coverage and less powdery. Tested for three days, I realized the radiant effect was highly depending on my milky sunblock (mild shimmering or matted), hence the finish could be either dewy or matted with the Impress makeup base actually. Above attached picture is matted-version.

 

with Palgantong loose powder

 

Because I want to further confirm if any glowing effect derived from Impress makeup base, so I tested with totally matted finish Palgantong loose powder. Tested twice, again the radiant effect was rather depends on my milky sunblock (mild shimmering or matted). Obviously the Impress makeup base doesn’t really have any intense brightening effect and not a helper to pore-concealing.

 

The samples (1g) provided me 6 applications. Small amount for each application because the consistency itself is runny on skin. I noticed a very very mild fragrance upon application but it disperse very quickly. Also not noticed any oxidization of foundations with this on.

 

Overall this is quite good for normal to dry skin, but I don’t think I love this enough to pay for this though. The retail price is 2200 baht for 30g in Thailand, expensive indeed, partly due to the skin care ingredients in Kanebo premium cosmetic for skin conditioning.

 

Rating: ….)))  Good  Good.

 

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Xanthan Gum, Hydrated Silica, Aluminium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Algin, Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Butylene Glycol, BHT, Methicone, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Algae Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Methylserine, Niacinamide, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Juice, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite.

May contain (+/-): Carbomer, Amonethyl Propanol, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow (CI 47005), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Propylene Glycol Stearate SE, Petrolatum, Stearic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Sodium Cetyl Sulfate, Tocopherol, Iron oxides (CI 77491),  Iron oxides (CI 77492),  Iron oxides (CI 77490), Talc.

 

 


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