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Most of the makeup is very water-resistant, even a soap or facial cleanser cannot remove them properly. While I always use finger/hand for sunscreen and makeup applications, which is very important to get my hands clean prior to every other step. Though I use Boots Botanics oil cleanser mostly for body sunscreen removal but it’s functioning as a hand washer (to remove cosmetic/sunscreen residue) and an effective makeup puff cleanser too.


— How I clean my makeup puff —

 Dirty puff…

Took 3~5 squirts of the oil cleanser onto it…

Squeeze, and squeeze…

Added water to emulsify, rinsed off with water… as clean as new.

Wash again with facial cleanser/mild soap to remove any residue of imcomplete emulsifying, just in case…Then leave the puff air dry.


Boots Botanics oil cleanser is one of the best valued cleansing oil that I have encountered in Thailand, particularly I got this THB150 during “Buy1 Free1” promotion. There are three versions of Boots Botanics oil cleansers- Moisturizing, Renewing and Balancing. Looking at the product title, this Moisturizing version seems to be the thickest one. Yes, I am wrong. This is lightest instead.



Basically all Boots Botanics oil cleansers are fragranced, both mineral oil and plant oil based, together with some surfactants. This Moisturizing version contains an oil-soluble Vitamin C derivative (Ascorbyl Palmitate), perhaps act as an antioxidant, either to the plant oils or skin, however I do not expect it has any brightening effect here. The plastic bottle is slight pinkish but the oil is watery clear in fact.


For the scent, this smells pleasantly nice  like rose water. For cleansing, this considered efficient. It leaves non-greasy smooth feeling and non-drying after cleansing. For eye makeup, this is best to avoid because the watery oil consistency tends to get into eye and causes irritation. When I tried to dissolve the mascara at very first time, I managed to keep the oil not slipped into eye since the eyelid was flipping down half way during the removal, so it didn’t sting the eye, but I supposed it would be irritating if get into eye.


— Cleansing Test —

(Shimmering lipstick & Waterproof mascara)


Leaves the makeup for 10 minutes.


Using fingers to massage the oil onto the makeup for 10 seconds, lipstick dissolved quickly, but not the mascara.

Add a little water for emulsifying.


Rinsed with water and patted dry. A minor glitter-particles and mascara leftover. Added a little oil again to remove the residue completely.


Required extra effort for heavy waterproof mascara. Second cleansing with facial cleanser needed to ensure thorough cleansing if wearing heavy makeup.


Generally I would say Renewing version is suitable for dry skin, Balancing version for oily skin and Moisturizing version for normal skin. But after second cleansing, none of them makes any difference.


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



Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), PEG-12 Diisostearate, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, PEG-10 Isostearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil,  PEG-6 Diisostearate, Butylene Glycol, Aqua (Water), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopheryl Acetate, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, BHT.


This is one of the Lunasol’s 2009 Fall/Winter Stardust Purification release. I always happy with Japanese drugstore makeup such as those under Japan cosmetic giants (Shiseido, Kose, Kanebo, etc), sharing similar quality at fraction of cost. Having said that, undeniably the premium line is still superior in both classic elegant packaging and perhaps their finer quality.



How glamorous this Contrasting W Eyeliner … I meant the packaging. It is double-tipped, solid dark shade is eyeliner and shinning side is use for lower eye rim. I’ve wanted purple eyeliner for long time, this Brown red is absolutely pretty for me. I tested both 01 and 04, even the beauty consultant commented 01 looked more natural when she actually suggested 04 originally.  









This is water-resistant. When the eyeliner settled on skin within a minute, I tried to rub the stain gently with water for few times, they just stay on nicely without smearing. Adversely, they are not oil-resistant.



 \\\ Comparison: Lunasol, SkinFood, Chanel ///




Face: Lunasol undereye base;

Round face contour: SkinFood eyeliner;

Smiling eyes: Chanel eyeliner;

Smiling mouth: Lunasol eyeliner;

Blush: Kose EP eye shadow BR311


Rinse the makeup under tepid water for 10 seconds

After gently patting dry, no smearing


A cotton pad doused of L’Occitane SB cleansing milk

After rubbing gently…

After rubbing off vigorously…


With powdery eye shadow, this Lunasol eyeliner stays on nicely without obvious smudgy at the end of the day. Eventhough it did a little bit when my skin became oilier, the smudgy actually quite unnoticeable. That is why I love about brown, brown-red eyeliners because they do not appear dirty on skin in case they smudge. I tried black eyeliner before, I looked like an assassin and once it smudged, that really “Halloween”, people will wonder why I’m still moving around in not-Aug&Oct months. (“w)


=~= Testing  =~= 

 (only mascara and this eyeliner are on)






On (2)

sometimes I use the shimmer-end for middle upper eye rim, so the there is a shimmer on the spot


Furthermore, the texture is soft, drawn on easily. It never hurt my eye and the pigmentation is also buildable.



Make sure the cap is closed tightly if putting it inside makeup pouch. That was once I didn’t, the lead broken and it scribbled everything inside the pouch. In the end I had to clean up the mess one by one, including the pouch. Got the lead sharpen as well.



I guess those pictures have said enough. As a whole, the elegant packaging and its quality make me happy to spend THB950/1.3g for it.


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



Cyclomethicone, Ceresin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Silica, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla Cera) Wax, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sorbitan Isostearate, Methicone, Tocopherol, Silk Powder (Serica), Squalane, BHT, May contain [+/-]: Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica, Silver (CI 77820), Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide  (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007).





I stay Nth floor and the lift of my condo is mirror surrounded with cool-toned fluorescent lights. Whenever I thought my semi-matted makeup is just perfect, I sometimes end up an unexplainable feeling with the truthful mirror reflection in the lift, a pale skin that carrying two soft “pillows” under eyes. I’ve been quite ignorant about them all this while as I born with eye bags, but in recent years they started to be visible in photo.  




The experienced Kanebo beauty consultant immediately recommended the light beige shade for my undereye blue-green vessel dark circle. She got both Light Beight (00) and Natural Yellow (YL01), but the Light Beight (00) simply perfect for my problem eventually we didn’t even bother to try the Natural Yellow (YL01).  





Before I consider Lunasol, I actually tested the concealer from LaMer and Clarins, but they didn’t live up to my expectation. This lower-priced Lunasol Under Eyes Base retails THB1050/7g in Thailand with four shades available- 00 Light Beight,  02 Dark Beige, YL01 Natural Yellow and OR01 Natural Orange.  




The fluid is creamy, it feels moisturizing and easily blend into skin, without exacerbate my expression fine lines a bit, for whole day. That simply amazing! Just make sure the eye area is properly moisturized prior to this concealer. From my experience, the moisture condition around eye area is remaining unchanged before and after the concealer. That said, it neither quench the moisture nor dries out the skin.  




I follow the makeup-steps that the Kanebo beauty consultant demonstrated on the day, as shown as the above guideline. Also, I smear the concealer to the cheekbone a bit in order to create more natural boundary. Set with loose powder lastly. Do I mention it’s water-resistant? It always stays on finely along the day. (You may see the testing of water-resistant in my Lunasol eyeliner review)  





My only “issue” with this concealer is, it has high coverage. Because of the high coverage,  

  • when my skin is quite unstable that easily prone to redness, that is weird that I look like having two “white circles”. Thus I need to dab a little of this concealer as foundation for even skin tone because I hardly wear foundation nowadays.
  • without eye makeup (eye shadow, mascara…), it might be a little unnatural. Imagine you put on heavy foundation on face without any other makeup.


Well, that could be I’m too picky or else the high coverage is superb. It covers those small acne marks as well. Perhaps the shade is a tad lighter in two above mentioned cases, but this is the perfect shade when my skin is healthy stable.  



 ~~ Testing ~~  

(no other eye makeup on)  


Right side: Normal early-aging eyebag    


Dab on...



 Left side: Eyebag with the blue-green vessel dark circle    



Dab two...

Pat, pat, pat... gently



The skin tone is certainly lighter, the vessel has been covered modestly. Practically eyebag still quite visible… but when the sunlight is hitting on right spot, they could have at least 50~80% less visible in my opinion.  


Not fussy, they don’t look terrible with correct light hitting   


Otherwise…. (><*)   



I usually love my pictures taken in warm sunlight, surely all above pictures are done with non-flash. After using nearly 3 month occasionally, I’m still loving it. It should be better for pigmented dark circles with no/minimum puffiness.   


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


Main Ingredients: Cyclomethicone, Talc, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben. 


From the packaging, Caudalie Grape Water is 100% plant-based soothing water, extracted directly from grapes during the harvests. Use as a toner after cleansing or to refresh and hydrate (upper layers of the epidermis) the skin at any time of the day.



Caudalie claims “No need to pat dry after spraying”, I just couldn’t agree totally. If you have experienced with any nitrogen facial spray, you must know that wouldn’t happen to every usage. The water mist is relatively in larger drop sometimes, either spray too much or improper bottle shaking, hence patting is still necessary in those cases. Furthermore, this is not pleasant fruity scented. The odor reminded me of SK-II Facial Treatment mask, something yeast smelling, however it would be scentless when sway the bottle properly.



This graceful, tall and slim packaging of Caudalie Grape Water (MYR39/100ml) makes it inconvenient to carry along (the tallest skin care item I ever have), so I put this at home only. Like any other facial spray I have used, it not only immediately refreshes the skin, but also temporary soothe the dry, inflamed skin.


As the superficial hydration would evaporate quickly that required re-spray frequently, hence I used it in three situations generally. 1) Prior to gel-mask and deep cleansing clay mask application for better skin hydrating. 2) When I am lazy to use lotion/toner.


3) When I wore serum/moisturizer that was containing Sodium Hyaluronate because I realized when I consistently gave the face a mist every few hours, my skin actually felt more plump and hydrated, greatly helped my occasional dehydration issue. Nevertheless, if air-conditioner is opened at home, the moisture could have gone within 15~30 minutes, it needs to be sealed with a sheen layer of serum/gel/cream, otherwise who is so free to mist minutely.



Use it occasionally, it lasts me 3 months. I noticed the water drop that left on outside the nozzle turned to orange color from clear watery after some time, seemed the drops of grape water juice already oxidized. That normally happens when the next usage is few days (yellowish) or few weeks (orange) apart from the previous usage. Therefore, I believe this Grape water does contribute some antioxidant goodness. Preservative free plus a little antioxidant power, I think this is pretty nice if your skin isn’t sensitive to Nitrogen and grape.


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



Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice, Nitrogen.



I was excited when I spotted this lately at Watsons pharmacy here, Kracie! Kracie is another drugstore line by Kanebo, and it’s hot in Japan! Mild acidic pH formulated (skin pH), contains no fragrance and colorant. Too bad I only saw two types of the mask here, as I know there should be whitening, firmness, acne care (medicated) as well.


Direction for use: Use on cleansed face, after toning with lotion. After 10-15 minutes, remove the mask, no rinse-off needed, follow by moisturizer.



Kracie Hadabisei Hikishime Mask (THB128/18ml)

This is very interesting! The sheet texture is pretty common like most drugstore mask, but it’s BLACK, very black. The black is natural color of charcoal powder, hence I assumed it would be drying (thus tighten) as it aims for pore care and tightening. Yeah! Wrong. Instead, it’s very hydrating and comfortable wearing. The mask essence like transparent liquid-gel in fact. When I removed the mask after 15 minutes, the skin looked well hydrated, very soft and glowing. Pore was temporary refined because of moisture and I wore sunblock directly after this non-sticky mask essence had been massaged into skin.


Probably the mineral sunblock itself is already drying, also the minimum charcoal powder (great oil-absorber) that left on skin, all lead to skin tightness after a while, which I must replenish skin moisture to soothe the discomfort. Meanwhile the liquid-gel texture also gave me some blackheads (I was very sure my skin is clear prior to application), groaning…. I just have this problem with certain gel-texture products. Generally this is suitable for oily, non-dehydrated skin.



Remove from pack

Please don't hand me to police ~


Mask sheet




Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Onsen-Sui, Glycerin, PEG-75, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Methyl Gluceth-20, Potassium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Polyglyceryl.



Kracie Hadabisei Eye Zone Pack  (THB99/20ml)

This eye mask is jelly-like, which adheres to skin very well. When newly opened, the eye pack was extremely soft and wet that must be handled carefully. After placed undereye for 10 minutes, the jelly eye pack was getting drier, seemed the moisture had been absorbed into skin. A little sticky to touch, but that was due to the water-binding ingredient of my lotion because it left no stickiness when I tested it on bare skin. Oh ya, I applied lotion on eye area too. It supposes to hydrate but I saw no difference before and after.



Mask time



Water (Aqua), Diproylene Glycol, PEG-20, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tartaric Acid, Alumina Magnesium Metasilicate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Methylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Glycerin, Ceramide 2, Cholesterol, Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum) Extract, Tocopherol.



This is another drugstore mask from Japan. Lycopene is an oil-soluble antioxidant that extracted from tomato, so when it included in the oil-free formula, I doubt how capable it can deliver. From the formula, I thought I can expect brightening (Vitamin C derivative), non-irritating (soothing), hydrating (humectants) and anti-oxidizing (various plants derivatives), so I grabbed this immediately after reading the ingredient list. THB99/20ml per sheet.


Direction for use: Use after toning. Leave on 5~15 minutes, follow by moisturizer after remove the mask sheet.




Unlike many other mask essences that have thicker consistency, this mask essence is watery clear. I just poured the remaining essence out from pack and used on body, lightweight and hydrating. Meanwhile, because of the watery consistency, plus the mask sheet wasn’t wet enough, adding the edge of the mask didn’t stick on skin sturdily, I just wish the mask sheet has wooly texture so everything can be addressed. (I still admired the complimentary mask from Kóse)


A little over-confident, I didn’t read the instruction properly, hence I left the mask on face for 20 minutes, no wonder the mask sheet was getting drier and no extra mask essence left on skin eventually. Surprise anyway, my skin looked refreshing, illuminating and hydrating. Frankly speaking, this is fairly similar to lotion mask which I prefer stick with lotion mask for better value, but in my opinion, this is still pretty nice in term of efficacy (most probably not from the Lycopene).


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



Purified Water, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid Na, Tomato Extract, Butylene Glycol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cucumber Extract, Panax Extract, Luffa Extract, Amica Extract, Gingko Extract, Seaweed Extract, Tea Extract, Butcher Broom Extract, Horse Chestnut Tree Extract, Ethanol, Lithospernum Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum.



I hardly pay for premium mask sheet because they are too pricey for one-time usage. Meanwhile drugstore masks are getting better and better value for moisturizing and whitening care normally. Purederm is one of the brand name under Adwin Korea Group, the range sold at Watsons pharmacy Thailand is including Hydrating (purple color), Moisturizing (yellow color), Brightening (pink color) and Refining (green color). Other than Refining Herb Mask is for oily/combination skin, the rest are all aim for dry skin.


The masks were on sales at that time, “Buy one get another one for THB1”, total THB100 for both. Normal retail is THB99/piece, which I might not interested in getting one, but the promotion surely tempting. From their ingredient lists, only the type of herbs is different for different purposes. Personally I think oilier skin can use this as well, as long as the skin is not having inflamed spot/blemish, and the essence is always optional whether to rinse off or not.



Leave the mask on cleansed face (I also spray a mineral spray on skin) for 15~20 minutes. Avoid using on blemishes, pimples, irritated or sunburned skin. The packaging doesn’t indicate clearly if it has to be rinsed off, but when the skin is prone to be sensitive, I suggest rinsing it off to minimize the risk of irritation.



A very mild herb scent when newly opened the mask. All three masks delivered modest moisturizing result and my complexion appeared soft illuminating. The mask essence wasn’t sticky but quite slippery. Just the Moisturizing one was taking slightly longer time to absorb compare to Hydrating and Brightening. However, I actually most happy with Moisturizing mask, not forget to mention my skin still looked radiant in next morning. On the other hand, I’m most disappointed with Brightening one, there is no intense brightening result like some other drugstore masks I’ve tried, such as Neutrogena and Scentio Honey mask.



As a whole, I’m satisfied with their good value and they didn’t irritate my skin or eye, so I had repurchased it during the sales. Expiry date is 3 years from the manufacturing date, not bad since I got this within 3 months from the manufacturing date. 


Rating: ….)))    Good. May buy again.


Ingredients (Hydrating):

Water, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-18/4 Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phyto Collagen, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Plantago Asiatica Extract, Lentinus Edodes Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Glycyrrhizate Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance.


Ingredients (Moisturizing):

Water, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-18/4 Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phyto Collagen, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Paenonia Albiflora Root Extract, Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance.


Ingredients (Brightening):

Water, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-18/4 Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phyto Collagen, Acanthopanax Senticosus Root Extract, Cnidium Officinate Root Extract, Rehmmania Glutinosa Root Extract, Sophora Angustifola Root Extract, Japanese White Birch Extract, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance.













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