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DHC moisturizing clear soap


Few months ago, I received a sample of this and I was thinking to use it in dry season to see how it goes. I have this stored inside the wardrobe, when I digged this out lately, it was melting to a flat shape! If you have seen a melting candy before, this sample soap is just like that. Probably due to the humidity and heat during summer, it should be stored in cooler place instead.


Moisturizing Clear Soap is new soap adding into DHC soap series this year summer, DHC TH members always have their priviledge to receive sample of new product via DHC monthly magazine mailing. According to the magazine, the soap is made of olive virgin oil, amino acid, skin natural moisturizing factor (NMF) and natural essential oil. Skin pH formulated.


DHC moisturizing cs -mfg1


The moisturizing clear soap is transparent clear, moderately foam up and very gentle, leaving skin squecky clean, yet moisturizing, no tightness and dryness  after cleansing for two trials. However, the skin will gradually becomes dry if I didn’t put on toner right after shower. Soap is really not for my skin.


DHC moisturizing cs-mfg2


Neither strong scent nor particular essential oil scent have been noticed, may be the original scent dissipates due to my inproper store. The soap cleanse as well as most of gentle facial wash, but can’t remove those lipstick shimmers completely. In fact I never demanded a facial cleanser can remove makeup totally, the purpose of using shimmering lipstick for cleansing test is just an indication. Gentle enough to me if remove 50% of the lipstick stain. 


The Moisturizing Clear Soap is retailing at 850 baht for merely 90g in Thailand. Can’t locate the ingredient list, so no idea if  it is extactly soap based though I suspect so. Anyhow, I still preferred facial washing liquid or foam.


Testing time…

DHC moisturizing clear soap-test1

DHC moisturizing clear soap-test2


Clarins gentle eyeMU remover


Clarins has two types of eye makeup remover, one is instant Eye Make-Up Remover and another is this gentle version. The Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover Lotion actually has clear watery content, but it looked as blue in the blue color plastic bottle. Smells fresh to me, I guess it’s the scent of flower water as it contains no additive fragrance.


Clarins gentle eyeMU remover content


Direction for use: Soak a cotton pad with product and gently cleanse eyelids and eyelashes.


I always use cleansing oil for all makeup removal, thus not skillful with an eye makeup remover, especially when I don’t want to pull and rub my eye area. There is one time that I accidentally pouring too much lotion onto the cotton pad, when I removed the oversoaked cotton pad from eyelid and opened my eye, the lotion slipped into my eye, I thought my eye would be stinging but it proved me wrong. My eye did feel something inside, but no irritation. Anyway I rinsed the eye with clean water after few seconds, I just did’t feel right of that. After the incident, I believe this Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover Lotion is quite gentle for delicate eye zone.


Perhaps due to the gentleness, it’s useless to remove waterproof eye makeup. Either I pre-soaked my eyelashes with the lotion for 10 seconds to 30 seconds before wipe off, it just can’t remove the waterproof eyeliner and mascara completely. When tested on hand, I could wipe the stains off until they have gone completely, which ended up red and painful skin. My question is, who is willing to do the horrible thing to their delicate eye?


Overall I think this is only for non-waterproof eye makeup. Most of my eye makeup is water-proof, so this is just not for me. My original intention to purchase an eye makeup remover is to avoid all the pulling that possibly worsen my eye lines, comparing to cleansing oil, this never met my expectation. For the time being I stick back to my favorite cleansing oil for waterproof eye makeup.


Rating: …)))  So so  So-so.



Aqua/Water/Eau, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Chlorhexidine Diglucoate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Potassium Sorbate.


  ~ Cleansing Power Testing ~


Clarins gentle eyeMU remover test1


(Who : lipstick, waterproof eyeliner, waterproof mascara, eyeshadow)


Clarins gentle eyeMU remover test2


Place the pre-soaked cotton pad on the mascara stain for 10 seconds, then wipe off. Only eye shadow had been easily removed, lipstick stain is roughly 80% removed.


Kose Esprique Precious make-up line immediately caught my attention when the line debuted in September this year. What a beautiful lovely packaging! Best of all, this is finally released in Thailand and I have heard big name of Kose Esprique Precious compact foundation in beauty magazines.


Kose EP Pact1


Due to the skin redness, I was considered neutral shade. I tested PO-205, BO-300 and OC-405 on hand, then decided to give PO-205 and OC-405 a try on face. Without hesitation, three of us (the sales assistant, my SO and I) agreed the PO-205 looks more natural on me  whereby OC-405 appears too yellow and darker. At the end I have to get pink shade again. Later I noticed  PO-205 has hint of beige, not a problem to my Asian skin tone anyway, at least my skin will not looks pale like a white paper.


Kose EP Pact2


I actually immediately sold by this Esprique Precious powder foundation when the sales assistant applied the powder after primed with Esprique Precious moisturizing base (refreshing gel-lotion), the powder adheres very smoothly on my dehydrated skin without heavy patchiness, changed my mind to get a western powder foundation initially.


Kose EP Pact3


The texture of this powder foundation is quite creamy and a tad powdery, very similar to most Japanese powder foundation that I have tried. Despite it contains minimum fine pearly-particles, I think the finish is relatively matte that eliminates oily-shine perfectly. Esprique Precious Dramatical Stay Pact can be used together with either dry or damp make-up sponge, I personally prefer dry way, easier to control use amount and less cakey tendency.  


Kose EP Pact4


Base on my experience, matte finish usually reveals skin imperfection excessively, thus I always  love to use shimmering base for semi-matte finish, using light-defusing concept to blur the imperfections. Kose Esprique Precious Dramatical Stay Pact has buildable medium coverage which moderately covers my redness, freckles and pores, imparts velvet soft glowing skin. However, it could causes patchiness upon fresh application, especially the skin is proned to dryness.


Kose EP Pact5


The picture above had shown the “cakey” or “patchiness” that I referred to. No doubt on why Japan make-up artists always emphasize the importance of make-up primer and apply powder foundation with light hand. Luckily many sunscreens today are well-formulated as make-up primer to avoid multi-layers make-up.


Kose EP Pact6


As this is fall/winter release, it claims to provide moisture and indeed the skin doesn’t feel any discomfort or drying along the day in both humid and dry environment. Nevertheless, in my case, the skin looks parched in heavy air-conditioning environment (especially the air-conditioner just above your head), could be my easily dehydrated skin, so I only apply sheer layer to hold my sunblock occasionally.


Overall this has above average staying power which I don’t have to touch up since I don’t have super oily skin, just blot off the excess shine with facial tissue. In fact, skin looks smoother and glowing gradually after 2-3 hours when skin started to shine a tad,  but not the oily-shine and not lardy to touch. The powder basically adheres well onto skin until I removed it with make-up remover, although it would still wear off slightly when skin becomes oilier. I don’t wear foundation everyday, for testing purpose I continuously wear this foundation for a week, no breakout but might give me a clog pore if I wear something heavy underneath.


Kose EP Pact7


The concept of this lasting powder foundation is explained by above picture. 


1 the powder shields (pink balls) builds a layer of foundation film on skin.

2 sweat and sebum are excreting.

3 the powder shield incorporates with sweat and sebum.  

4 formed a fixing film.


That also explains why my skin appears dewy like wearing a moisturizing cream/liquid foundation after sebum excretion.


Kose EP Pact8


Besides, the refill compartment is cover by a flip-top plastic film, and the height (1.5cm) of the case is also slightly bulkier than my other compacts. Refill pack 10g  is retailing at THB 1300, and case THB 370. Not really expensive since I think it is better than Kanebo Impress powder foundation which costs as steep as La Mer’s. No doubt long-wearing is the prime concern to Japanese ladies, Shiseido Maquillage, Kanebo Coffret D’or, Sofina Primavista and Ablion Exage are also having similar long-wearing concept.


Kose EP Pact9


Frankly speaking, I only use powder/liquid/cream foundation in these few years, and quite frustrated when I see no powder foundation creates “perfect” skin constantly (only happen to good skin condition, but good skin condition doesn’t need foundation), so I am  slowly eliminated powder foundation on my make up list and going back to pressed/loose powder.


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



Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Barium Sulfate, Dimethicone, Silica, Synthetic Wax, Glycosphingolipids, Nastutium Officinale Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Alcohol, Aluminum Hydroxide, BHT, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Diphenyl Dimethicone/Vinyl Diphenyl Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Hydrated Silica, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lecithin, Methylsilanol Tri-Peg-8 Glyceryl Cocoate, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polyisoprene, Polyquatemium-7, Triethylhexanoin, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Water (Aqua), Methylparaben, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxides (CI 77947).

Sunny morning/afternoon, thundershower evening.

Average humidity 56-73%

Temperature 29-30oC


Kose EP test- 1

Time: 09:30 

skin after shimmering sunblock 

Kse EP test 1-2

Total amount used for entire face



Kose EP test- 2

Time: 09:32

with EP DSP on

Kose EP test- 3

Time: 12:11

After 2-3 hrs, skin started to shine a tad (no wiping and blotting), skin looks dewy.

Kose EP test- 4

Time: 18:14

After 8 hrs, skin became oilier and looked shining without blotting and touch up

Kose EP test- 5

Blotted off the shine with facial tissue, no touch up needed



Biotherm Biopur mask

From the product description: Exfoliate, Renew, Brighten. Saponine water, with properties similar to a natural soap to purify skin, and oil-regulating Copper and Zinc, plus white clay with shine-absorbing powers and exfoliating pumice stone are formulated into a creamy mask to unclog blocked pores, refine skin texture and visibly brighten the complexion.


Happy to know this clay mask is alcohol free and not over drying. The Biotherm sales assistant at the Bangkok airport duty free strongly recommended this mask when I asked for a deep cleansing mask for blackhead. After 4 months, I have no regret purchased this.


Biotherm Biopur mask content


This purple packaging mask contains pale blue tinted white clay and some blueish microbeads, the microbeads is not harsh that my sensitive thin skin can tolerates it without irritation. Smells lovely and has cooling sensation upon application due to the menthol ingredient. The creamy mask is easily spread over onto skin, gently massage the blueish granules to remove dead cells for 1 minute, avoid eye contour area. Then leave the mask another 1 minutes after the massage for pore purification, rinse off with water lastly. I especially love to have this done in shower, no dryness yet I can scrub the back side of the neck as well.


After cleansing, my skin looked matte yet brighten up, my pores looked SOoo clean and temporary tighten. Smooth and hydrated skin to touch. No dryness most of the time since I didn’t proceed with second cleansing because the clay is very easy to remove with water. Subsequent skincare products or mask also absorbed faster. Besides, I have noticed my skin is much less oily on the mask day, resulting smaller pores and makeup adhered to skin for longer time.


If you let the clay stay on more than a minute, it would either dry out or remains damp in few minutes depends on climate/environment humidity, and skin will be very tacky to touch that slowly tighten the skin eventually. Add a little water for slowly softening and massage off the clay.  Both ways delivered thumb-up clean result on me.


the mask is drying out

the mask is drying out


The concept of this one-minute unclogging mask is like deep cleansing clay mask cum physical exfoliator, working together to unclog pores. Please don’t over scrub, once in a while it caused flaky nose if I over done. Not recommend to dehydrated or dry skin, best for combination or oily skin. I once tried on my hand, for the very first time my hand became slightly flaky on second day! Even hand cream couldn’t heal it totally overnight, but the flakiness had gone as soon as I applied Clarins Blue Orchid Face Oil on it, weird the oil didn’t heal my severe flaky nose. This is recommended 1-2 times a week after normal cleansing, due to sensitive skin, I restricted this at most once per week, or apply on T-zone only.


I have been using this mask for more than 4 months now, yet to finish the tube. Overall I think this is extraordinary to my sensitive combination skin, moisturizing, non-irritating, effective pore scavenger and constantly delivered. Great value that it’s reasonably priced 1145 baht for 75ml at Bangkok airport duty free. This is the only product that can removes my stubborn blackheads without extreme effort, I don’t even do extraction frequently now. Lucky is coming to my way that I finally found an ideal one. Absolutely will continue purchase this as long as it continues to work on me.


Rating: …. )))   Excellent   Excellent. Willing to buy again.



Aqua/Water, Kaolin, Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, CI77891/Titanium Dioxide, Pumice, Montmorillonite, Oryza Sativa Starch/Rice Starch, Chondrus Crispus (Carragreenan), Jojoba Esters, Zinc Gluconate, Escin, Vitreoscilla Ferment Extract/Vitreoscilla Ferment, Copper Gluconate, Tocopherol, Diethylhexyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Menthol, CI77007/Ultramarines, Parfum/Fragrance, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil/Orange Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis Oil/Grapefruit Peel Oil, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional.


Fancl lip pallete

Received the Fancl Lip Color Palette as GWP, appreciate Fancl here always gives fresh product (manufacturing date within 6 months) for GWP (based on my experience). Fresh period of the lip palette is 3 years from the manufacturing date, 1 year from the date opened.


Fancl lip palette content


The lip palette is vacuum sealed to preserve freshness due to product’s preservative free nature. The texture in the sturdy plastic container is creamy, silky smooth on lips but not enough moisturizing to me, contains shimmer-particles and easily pick up for application. Using finger is difficult to apply evenly, but I am still too lazy using lip brush for precise drawing.


Fancl lip palette swatches


The pigmentation is sheer that I need to layer multiple times to have visible color on lips, thus heavy feeling like I was putting Vaseline on. The fresh application looks subtle shinning and the color is pretty, unfortunately the lip is looking dry and magnifying lip lines in few minutes, partly because of my dry lips. Currently I like to apply this as a thin layer with fingers as tinted lip balm, it works fine so far without drying. The shinning film stays on quite well if I didn’t ‘disturb’ my lips, but almost totally gone after a meal.


Fancl lip palette1


For me, this is still acceptable for the quality packaging and the very natural beautiful color, compare to lipsticks and lip gloss, I just dislike the inconvenience of lip palette. Most importantly, it simply not moisturizing to me. The retail price of Fancl Lip Color Palette is 400 baht, total 15 shades of choice.


Rating: ….)))  Satisfied   Satisfied.


Main ingredients:

Color Reflect Powder, Lamella Care Powder, Amino Acid, Full Lips Ingredients, Natural water-retentive Amino Acid Family, Licorice Derivative Extract.



Test, Test, Test


nude lips

nude lips

With Fancl lip color on

no sunlight, with flash

no sunlight, with flash


with sunlight overcast, fresh application

with sunlight overcast, fresh application


with sunlight overcast, applied as lip balm

with sunlight overcast, applied sheerly as lip balm


DHC mixed vege


I would prefer fresh food if I could help, where vegetable supplement just as a backup when I didn’t have enough portion of fruit and vegetable on the day, especially during a trip. DHC Mixed Vegetable is a powder mixture of 20 types of vegetable, retails 350 baht per packet and each packet contains 120 tablets with 500mg per tablet for a month supply. Advised 4 tablets per day.


DHC mixed vege2


I have Fancl Aojiru previously, the unpleasant taste put me off though it is really good, DHC Mixed Vegetable is good replacement to me that it has exactly dry vegetable taste but in tablet form, thus easy to swallow. It provides adequate nutrition for my occasional unbalanced diet, it helps to prevent constipation too. 


DHC mixed vege3


The green powder tablet should be proper stored to avoid humidity if you want to bring along to office or trip. The green color will turns to darker if you put aside the tablet for few minutes. For that reason, I don’t think it can remains fresh in my supplement case, unless I placed a desiccant inside the supplement case. Either purchase DHC desiccant disc (150 baht /10 sheets) or collect the desiccants from my other finished supplement. I strongly recommended those supplement cases with double layers design, Fancl supplement case is a good value one.


DHC mixed vege1


Generally I think DHC Mixed Vegetable is worth to keep, no surprise it is one of the best seller of DHC Thailand. I normally stock up during promotion for 30% saving and give as a hearty gift to my family.



Mixed Vegetable Powder 1560g ( Green barly, Kale, Carrot, Tomato, Purple sweet potato, Cabbage, Red perilla, Onion, Pumpkin, Spinach, Mulukhiya, Radish, Ginger, Parsley, Buldock, Brocoli, Celery, Angelika, Bitter melon, Mugwort )



Clarins cleansing milk

I had have used few bottles of L’Oreal cleansing milk before I learnt of cleansing oil. I love the gentleness and effectiveness of cleansing oil and never thought of going back to cleansing milk these few years. When I received this 50ml cleansing milk as my Clarins haul’s GWP, I was happy to recall my memory with cleansing milk. The Clarins cleansing milk enriched with Aphie herbs, strongly fragranced, smells refreshingly, formulated for normal or dry skin.


Clarins cleansing milk content


The content has very light grean color alike the color of its packaging and the consistency is feeling lightweight yet moisturizing enough to massage onto skin comfortably. The sales assistant advised me to massage this on dry face (with makeup/sunscreen on), massage gently for ~30 seconds to dissolve the makeup, rinse off with clean water later. The cleansing milk will slowly melting upon massage, wipe off properly with cotton pads if I used normal room temperature water. Warm water is just effective to remove the film adequately without dryness. It leaves a smooth moisturizing film on skin, but most of the time I didn’t  proceed to second cleansing , especially skin is easily dehydrated in dry season. 


Clarins cleansing milk -melting


The below attached pictures show its good cleansing power, but don’t expect it can remove mascara and heavy glitter-particles at one time, although there shouldn’t be any problem to remove all eventually. Due to some reasons, it is not practical when applied to face makeup, therefore I think it is only good for light makeup removal with non-waterproof mascara.


Overall I’m happy with this cleansing milk, cleanse well, quite gentle and no irritation occurs. This also has oily-combination version for oilier skin. At now, I  included natural-based cleansing milk (this has too much perfume to me) into my makeup removal routine whenever I only have light makeup/sunscreen on.   

Rating: ….)))   Good  Good.



Aqua/Water/Eau, Caprylyl/Capryl Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Parfum/Fragrance, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol Acetate, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Retinyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Pinus Sylvestris Cone Extract, Bletia Hyacinthina Bulb Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, BHT, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxycitronellal, Benzyl Salicylate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Amyl Cinnamal, Anise Alcohol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral, CI 42090/Blue1,  CI 19140/Yellow5.


–  Cleansing Power Testing –


Clarins cleansing milk test1


(Who : lipstick, lip gloss, eyebrow pencil, both waterproof and non-waterproof eyeliner, fairly removable waterproof mascara, shimmering sunblock, blusher)


Clarins cleansing milk test2


After massage the skin about 30 seconds, all makeup have been easily removed EXCEPT longer time needed for mascara. Leftover glitter-particles need an extra clean cotton pad to wipe off thouroughly.


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