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L'Occitane Shea UC mask

I have a small tube of this mask and it is recommended to apply twice a week to face and neck, leaving for 10-15 minutes, and then gently remove any excess with a dry issue. Besides, the emollient mask has very fade natural scent of ingredient which I please with.


My first trial ended up with big disappointment. It did nothing to improve the skin texture. Gratefully, I noticed the skin was softer at later time, intrigued me to try again. Pondering the ingredient list whether this type of cream mask is meant for overnight mask treatment, so I decided to adapt the method on second trial, third trial, fourth trial…….


L'Occitane UC mask content


When skin was droughty like desert, I quenched my skin with a soothing lotion before the mask application. As I stored this mask inside fridge, so I would warm up the cream in palms before massaged a generous layer onto skin, avoid eye area. The cream would melt and absorb into skin in a short while and leaving a sticky film. Wait for 20-30 minutes, then tissue off the excess with damp cotton pad. Presto! Moisturized and refined skin texture!


When I used it as overnight mask (after lotion and essential face oil), it soothed the tingle and minor nose flaky in slow pace but not completely in overnight. I noticed no breakout, no blackheads, 1-2 oil zits and a plump, comfortable soft skin on the next morning. I did that for continuous 4 days and stopped exfoliation for a week, the skin irritation that caused by over-exfoliating had slowly improved as well as the redness. Eventhough the skin is quite oily in the next morning when used it as overnight mask, but after a face wash, I love the refreshing complexion.


Thankfully, because of the experience, I know my skin is able to tolerate waxy texture. However, I would say the moisturizing effect is really so-so if the skin is not “Sahara dry”. Shea & Organic Cotton Ultra Comforting Mask is retailing at THB1850 for 75ml, pricey, fortunately I received this as a complimentary gift. Despite it is comfortable and calming to use and fairly moisturize, I rather be more straight forward to get a good moisturizer.




Aqua/Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, PEG-8 Beewax, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Polyacrylate, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol.


Clinique DDML

This is not the oil-free formula. As I understand, Clinique has another DDM Lotion oil-free formula and DDM Gel for oilier skin. The DDML that I received as GWP is for very dry or dry combination skin.

DDML is the last step of Clinique 3-Step Skin care system, and I had tried DDML oil free formula in my school days. It made my oily skin extremely oily at that time and I was just unwillingly to tolerate the oiliness. As time goes by, I have early-mature skin now that my skin has changed from oily to combination, so the DDML actually fits my skin condition now.

The classic yellow lotion is emollient and moisturizing. Just need a small amount to spread smoothly onto skin, leaving skin nourish and comfortable. Anyhow, still too heavy for my combination skin during humid summer. Neverthess, this is really helpful whenever my skin is proned to dryness or ultra sensitive. It never irritated the skin yet provides a comfort zone for skin recovery.

On the other hand, this is a basic moisturizer. Definitely does not quenches my thirst for anti-aging and hydrating treats. So I actually tried for other purpose. I tried this as moisturizing mask when spending long hours in hotel room. That means, adding few drops of emoilient oil with the DDML and spread a thick layer onto skin. Result? My skin never suffered dehydration in air-conditioned hotel room in fall/winter oversea.

Just my curiousity, I also tried it like hand lotion. It moisturized moderately. The hands were quite greasy at the beginning, taking around 10 minutes to build the non-greasy film. However, it failed to proper moisture the very dry hands which I need to re-apply frequently inside airplane. Frankly, I know that was wasteful to use it like hand cream, somehow psychologically I did not feel totally comfortable to use it on face frequently.

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion retails 850 baht/50ml or 1550 baht/125ml in Thailand. Today, we can easily find a better formulated moisturizer in drugtsore, which I do not find this impressive anyway.


Clinique DDML content


Clinique DDML sample



Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

Ingredients: Water\aqua\eau, Mineral Oil\Paraffinum Liquidum\Huile Minerale, Sesamum Indicum (sesame) Oil, Propylene Glycol, Tea-Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Lanolin Alcohol, Petrolatum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Yellow 5 (CI19140), Yellow 6 (CI15985), Red 33 (CI17200)



Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion oil-free formula

Ingredients: Water (Aqua Purificata) Purified, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Squalane, Sucrose, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide 3, Linoleic Acid, Batyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Cholesterol, Lecithin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cyclodextrin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Chimyl Alcohol, Silica, Tromethamine, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Red 33 (CI17200), Yellow 5 (CI19140), Yellow 6 (CI15985)



Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

Ingredients: Water Purified, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Caffeine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucrose, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Polysilicone-11, Pentylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Oleth-10, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Yellow 5 (CI19140), Red 4 (CI14700), Yellow 6 (CI15985)




Clinique liq mild soap

This is step 1 of Clinique 3-steps skincare. It also has extra mild (for very dry skin), mild (for normal to dry skin) and oily skin formula. As per the name, this is feeling mild on skin. It works into generous lathers easily, comforting skin without leaving dryness. However, I felt a little tightness over the outer cheek if using warm water for cleansing. For me, this is particular pleasant to use in sultry humid weather.


Clinique liq soap mild content


Somehow, going through the ingredient lists of three formulas, none of them answered my need. The extra mild formula is a non-foaming cleanser which reminds me of cleansing milk, yet I prefer foaming cleanser. While the other two contain harsh cleansing agent (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) that I don’t like it for my facial cleanser now. So, Clinique cleanser unlikely to be the one in my shopping cart.


Talking about the simple cleansing test of Clinique liquid facial soap mild, it showed moderate cleansing ability and seemed gentle enough for normal cleansing. The retail price is 950 baht for 200ml here, affordably priced. This probably the Clinique best cleanser to me, unfortunately it contains SLS, else I would love to get one.

Cleansing Test

(Shimmering lipstick and waterproof mascara)


Clinique liq soap mild test1

Clinique liq soap mild test2 


Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Extra Mild

Ingredients: Water Purified, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Cholesterol, Sucrose Stearate, Sucrose, Caffeine, PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether, Urea, Sodium PCA, Linoleic Acid, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Pentylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, Trehalose, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol



Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Tea-Cocoyl Glutamate, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sucrose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetyl Triethylmonium Dimethicone PEG-8 Succinate, Tocopheryl Ethyl Succinate Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Butylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Hexylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-7, Laureth-2, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Sulfate, EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol



Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Tea-Cocoyl Glutamate, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Serenoa Serrulata (Saw Palmetto) Fruit Extract, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sucrose, Menthol, Hexylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-7, Laureth-2, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Sulfate, EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol



EL Optimizer

Two boosting lotions of Estee Lauder Optimizer series, pore minimizing (with black bamboo extract) and anti-wrinkle/lifting (with sasa bamboo extract). The Optimizer Boosting Lotion is suitable for all skin types, formulating for Asian’s skin and made in Japan. Ideally, it works effectively with Estee Lauder wrinkle correcting Repair serum to boost the targeted benefit, according to Estee Lauder.


With Ion-balanced water that rich in minerals and electrolytes, Japan Sasa bamboo extract that rich in flavonoid and known for its ability to help neutralize environmental irritants, Optimizer Anti-Wrinkle/Lifting Boosting Lotion leaves skin hydrated, luminous, soft and prepare optimal state to receive maximum benefit from the serum. Claim by Estee Lauder.


EL Optimizer content


Notably the lotion is watery clear, giving the illusion it looks blueish in the blueish transparent plastic container. Somehow it has viscous consistency which is very runny and feeling slippery smooth on skin. Seriously, with a cotton pad, I would still able to tell how slippery the lotion was. This is strongly fragranced, refreshing soapy scent to me. The container’s spout is sealed by a plastic film and I just made a small hole for easier spill control, this lotion simply expensive!


EL Optimizer


Probably the viscous consistency, this lotion didn’t absorb into skin instantly unless the skin is severe dehydrated, furthermore it leaves skin tiny tacky sometimes. If you are willing to spare a minute with the lotion, the tackiness will gone and replaced by dry smooth skin. After trying cotton pad for application for a month, I realized using hands is better for lotion absorption. Additionally, I also tried this for “lotion mask” once, and I didn’t find it good for moisturizing in that way.


In term of the texture and result, this is a moisturizing lotion that comparable to a lightweighted hydrating serum. My skin was obviously more hydrating for first few hours compare to none. Therefore, no problem to use this all year round in Bangkok. Somehow this was not soothing when skin was ultra sensitive, it stung a little bit upon application especially my skin was over exfoliated or simply sensitive, though the mild tingle had gone within a minute. In such case, a soothing fragrance-free lotion is my best company.


I have been using this for nearly 4 months now, it reached the base finally. Concerning the steep price, normal retail price THB2000 for 200ml, I do not think I will re-purchase, moreover, I do not really get used to the slippery consistency.

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



Water\Aqua\Eau, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Betaine, Diglycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Sasa Veitchii Extract, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caffeine, Sucrose, Creatine, Adenosine Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose, Sorbitol, Sodium PCA, Pantethine, Oleic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Citrate, Potassium Carbomer, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.


Clarins beauty flash balm sample 

This sample is part of my GWP. The beauty advisor advised me to use it as 10 minutes mask before rinse it off with water. Since I didn’t get any idea from the product name, so I just followed what the beauty advisor said. Supposedly, the Beauty Flash Balm perks up tired dehydrated skin by brightening and tightening, reducing fine lines and adding a glow. …


Clarins Beauty flash Balm content


Texture wise, the peachy Beauty Flash Balm is emollient and moisturizing, very spreadable and would settle in few minutes. Leaving a shiny sheen film on skin, thus the skin looks subtle glowing right after the application. Not fond of the over powering fragrance,  fortunately the fragrance dissipated after a while.


First trial. After the 10 minutes mask on cleansed face, seriously I really disappointed that it did nothing to my skin, neither  well moisturized  nor brighten although skin did feel tighten. Frankly, I felt the tightening caused by dryness.


Without compromise, I found few tips from the product user manual, together with many useful reviews from makeupalley, and then I realized this Beauty Flash Balm can also be applied after moisturizer without rubbing in, followed immediately with makeup. Since it failed to work as a satisfiable mask to me, so I tried again hoping it proved me wrong that it deserves the rave.


Clarins Beauty flash Balm content2


Second trial. I applied this in mid day upon the powder foundation touch up. Blotted off the excess sebum by a piece of tissue, applied this on eye and cheek, then patted on powder foundation. I purposely tested it on one side to see what was the difference between on and off. After powder foundation touched up, the right side of face (with Beauty Flash Balm on) was more mattifying, more drying yet more vibrant than the left side (without Beauty Flash Balm), thus my left side was inactive glow and right side was freshly matte. Note, my skin was not dull on the day and I saw the significant differences after 10 minutes only.


Third trial. I applied this after serum, before milky sunblock. The skin was glowing, partly due to this Beauty Flash Balm. It moisturizes, slightly tighten the pores, giving smoother skin texture. Applied this after the milky sunblock, the skin was rather matte, slightly tighten pores, more drying. Both ways moderately prolonged the makeup stay that I only applied loose powder on top and the loose powder still fairly existed after 7 hours!


Forth trial. I applied this as a night moisturizer after toning, face treatment oil and a whitening serum. Surprising enough, I woke up with much less oily T-zone, and the pore was not enlarged than usual, but the skin maintained soft and bouncy as usual. I rather attributed the soft bouncy skin to the face treatment oil and the whitening serum, but this Beauty Flash Balm was the one made the skin less oily and it was able to retain moisture on a humid day in August. Nevertheless, I tried once only, so no vouch the long term effect.


For me, it worked best when used before milky sunblock to provide a moisturizing smooth film, but it also gave refreshing feel when used after sunblock/makeup. I think this was special because it can be used in different ways to suit one’s need, but it had not done better than a moisturizing mask nor a hydrating serum/moisturizer to me, perhaps an excellent makeup base/primer. I did not have a strong reason to keep this. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is retailing at RM128 for 50ml in Malaysia.



Aqua/Water/Eau, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Oryza Sativa Starch, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Olea Europaea Leaf Extract, Triethanolamin, Carbomer, Bisabolol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Hamamelis Virginiana, Algae, Sodium Citrate, Methylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Coumarin, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Eugenol, Limonene, Isoeugenol, CI 15985.



Kleenex Aloe and E tissue1

I wonder how many people will pay extra for a box of premium tissue. As I use facial tissue everyday, thus normally I would buy those are really soft and smooth one because some facial tissues are really rash for sensitive skin.


Kleenex Aloe and E tissue2

Kleenex Aloe and E tissue7


I love three-ply tissue, less clingling issue of lint to the skin. Received this three-ply premium facial tissue as part of my beauty shopping’s free gift.  It enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E for skin soothing. Sounds skin care savvy but that is not the unique feature to me.


Kleenex Aloe and E tissue3

Kleenex Aloe and E tissue4


Look at the shimmers! Underlying under a dim light, it simply looked like a piece of snow glittering gown with million micro-cystals studded, GORGEOUS! (Never thought the word for a piece of tissue paper!)


Kleenex Aloe and E tissue6


So, the pearly-particles do actually stick some on skin if examined the skin closely. Despite its luxurious, I just treated it as normal facial tissue. Kleenex Aloe & E Facial Tissue is available at Central Food Hall and Tops Supermarket in Thailand, THB119 for a package where each package contains three boxes.



I almost purchase this pink “lady” during my recent Hong Kong trip because Thailand was yet introducing this at the time, but I held back when I thought of DHC TH always gives free sample of new product to their member and I was also assuming DHC Thailand will eventually bring in the product. Yes! I am right this time, within two weeks I received this sample via DHC Nov magazine mailing.


Albeit DHC most popular Deep Cleansing Oil (DCO), this is also free of petroleum surfactants, mineral oil and colorant. The main ingredients of this Mild Touch Cleansing Oil (MTCO) are Gemini-type cleansing ingredients which derived from amino acids, together with Catechin and Moringa oil. It claims anti-bacteria, ant-inflammatory, purifying and hydrating.


The most distinctive difference between DCO and this MTCO is this can be used in shower on either wet or dry skin, hence Gemini type cleansing. Also reminded me of Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil (MCO) because of the consistency, after all they both used nano cleansing technology and Gemini type cleansing.




The silky satin consistency is slightly viscous yet hydrating. Mild lavender scented. This massage on skin easily, removed all type of makeup easily and leaving skin refreshing. No tightness, but possibly slightly dryness. Worst part was, it irritated my eye while I tried to remove the mascara! Blame the essential oil content.




Because I wanted to see how well of this compares to the Fancl’s one, so I actually performed few cleansing tests to verdict this critically. Referring the test as shown in above magazine picture, well, all good cleansing oils can remove the normal lipstick and mascara effortless. My personal tests however, this cleansed normal makeup satisfactory (refer my below attached cleansing test), just only the superb waterproof mascara need longer time to dissolve fully when removed from eyelashes.


With damp hand, the cleansing power was way weakened and removed the superb waterproof mascara poorly, although not a problem to other makeup. So, if you only wear light makeup and perform double-cleansing, you may feel safe to use this with damp hands, though this probably causes dryness after double-cleansing.



Come to a conclusion, this might be a budget alternative (THB560/150ml) to Fancl MCO because of similar Gemini nanotechnology used and MTCO does contain preservative, thus lasts longer. However, I must avoid any cleansing oil that contains essential oil that might cause eye irritation. For that reason, I eliminated this straight away from my wish list and continue uphold Fancl MCO in my heart.



Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Dequalinium Chloride, Dextrin Palmitate/Ethylhexanoate, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Ethlhexyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquicaprylate, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Tocopherol, Water.


– Cleansing Test (with dry hand) –

DHC MTCO test-1

Shimmering lipstick and superb waterproof mascara


DHC MTCO test-2

Massage the oil for 15 seconds, lipstick dissolved almost instantly, but the mascara needs longer time.


DHC MTCO test-3

Rinsed off with water, patted dry.

Only left the faint mascara stain.


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