Rosette "Pasta" Face Wash

Friday, July 8, 2016
I think I have said this countless of times before, but to get great skin, cleansing is very important. While I am a huge fan of make up, I defnitely think that without a good base, your makeup will not look as good as it can be. Besides it being makeup prep, proper cleansing also allows your skin to breathe after a long day of exposure to the sun/pollutants in the air and helps in skincare absorbtion.

I was recently sent and have been trying out Rosette's Face Washes and now I am completely hooked. Rosette is a skincare brand founded in Japan, and it means "Elegance of Rose" and "Nobility", and their very first product was a paste-type facial wash made with sulfur (for acne protection). Now, Rosette has 4 different types of face washes to suit every skin type.

One of the things I found interesting was that the face wash was called "pasta" face wash - and that is apparently due to the wash's fine texture and doughy form - so do bear in mind that this isn't a typo!

Since being introduced to beauty products, I have had tried a lot of Japanese brands' face washes and I noticed one thing that was consistent through their products is that they tend to prefer gentle face washes that produce a large amount of thick, fluffy foam. This is due to their skincare belief that this not only helps with better cleansing, but also reduces the amount of force and friction on the skin, thus helping maintain the youthful look (no wrinkles).

The one that I was most interested to first try out was the White Clay (Pink, contains White Clay, Hyaluronic Acid and Marine Collagen) as I feel that it's always good to start anti-aging early. If you have oily/acne prone skin, try the blue tube, and if you have sensitive/normal skin I would recommend the green one! The clays all produced a very thick and rich lather, but I feel that the White Clay was the densest.

They were all easy to lather.. I got a rich lather within seconds!

The foam feels so fluffy and smooth it's like washing your face with a cloud. I really liked that it leaves your face feeling squeaky clean without drying it out or making it feel tight. Plus, this is really great for those of you with acne problems (the blue tube) because it is so gentle and will not aggravate your acne. I prefer a bit more exfoliation so I use this with my Clarisonic after massaging it onto my skin for a while.

What's unique about Rosette’s facial wash is the use of different natural clay (Sea Clay, Ghassoul and White Clay) to suit different skin types and solve different skin problems. This way, not only is your skincare targetted to suit your skin, but your cleanser is as well!

If you are younger and have normal/acne-prone skin type, I'm pretty sure you'd like the Kaidei Smooth or Acne Clear one. I used to have oily skin and very often, cleaners targetted at such issues will strip your skin of natural oils and make it feel really tight - which is not an issue I've experienced with Rosette's facial washes.

I have tried all but the Acne one because that is not suitable for my skin type, and I'm glad to say that they all get a thumbs up from me. My favourite will have to be a tie between White Clay (Lifting) and Ghassoul (Whitening)!

All of Rosette's face washes are without added colours, fragrances or mineral oils, it still smells really nice and refreshing. What's best? They only cost $9.90, which will be really affordable for students too!

Rosette is available at all SASA and Watsons stores.
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Garnier Micellar Water

Monday, June 20, 2016
As a huge beauty junkie, I've always believed that a good base helps your makeup to look and apply better. Besides taking care of your skin with skincare products, good cleansing (makeup removal + cleanser) is a must.

For the longest of time, I have been using micellar waters to remove my makeup. My skin was quite sensitive and acne-prone, so micellar waters were a lifesaver - they not only did the job but worked well on my skin.. but the only downside was that the brand that worked for me was really expensive $$$$$$. Not only that, I always had to use a separate remover for my waterproof mascaras (before I had eyelash extensions) because the micellar water could never remove it completely.

I actually heard about the Garnier Micellar Water from beauty gurus raving about them on YouTube for its really good value and quality, and my sister uses it as well so I was really excited to get to try this out for myself. Garnier Micellar Water has 2 variants:
1. The Pink Micellar – for light makeup users who don’t use waterproof mascara
2. Blue Biphase Micellar (blue cap) - which contains no oil but is able to remove even waterproof makeup!
Also, it’s made in the U.S. but lucky for us, SG is actually the first country in Asia to fly this in from the U.S.!

The Blue Micellar Water has a special biphase formula that works to remove waterproof makeup, but is gentle enough on your eyes and skin so it's still suitable for sensitive skin (no oil, fragrance, or alcohol). Just like other biphase cleansers, you are supposed to shake it up to create an emulsion.
I was initially quite skeptical about using this because I have eyelash extensions on so I'm not supposed to use oil-based removers, but the waterproof formula is completely non-oily without compromising its efficacy. For lazy girls, you'd be delighted to know that this actually doubles as a cleanser - so there is no need for you to double cleanse if you don't want to!

With just one swipe, most of my eye makeup was removed. I will usually go in again nearing the top and bottom lashline with a q-tip because I have eyelash extensions on and this lets me get nearer to the lashline without disrupting my lashes.

In fact, this works as well as (or even better) than the expensive brand I used to buy! For comparison purposes, I saturated two pieces of cotton pads with the removers and left it on for 10 seconds on my eyes before swiping it off.
While both brands removed the eyeshadows quite well, the difference is more obvious when it comes to my waterproof eyeliner

Squeeeeaky clean! The blue version is actually more hydrating (which is a plus because wearing makeup all day actually dries out the skin) so I will recommend this over the pink one for those of you who have dry skin! I love how my skin feels so hydrated, soft and completely free of makeup after using it.

If you get home too late or are just too lazy to remove your makeup properly, here's a tip!
Garnier is also bringing in a whole range of cleansers and makeup wipes targeted at different skin types so that you can find one that's perfect for your skin. 

Like I mentioned, cleansing is very important so while there isn't a need to, I do like to wash my face before I apply my skincare products. Have been trying out Garnier's new cleansers and I love how gentle they all are. My favourite is the Balancing Daily Exfoliator!

The Green Cleanser + Wipes has Jojoba and peppermint for normal skin. The Black Cleanser + Wipes has charcoal for oily skin. The Orange Cleanser has pomegranate and grapefruit for combination skin. The Light Blue Wipes has calming plant extracts for sensitive skin. One for every skin type!

Blue version sells at $19.90 (but there is a 20% off intro price now; $15.90), and is available at Watsons, Guardian and major super/hypermarts
Pink version sells at $17.90 (20% off intro price now; $14.30), available exclusively at Guardian till Sep 2016, before it is available nationwide at Watsons, Guardian and major super/hypermarts

Lastly, giveaway! Submit your review of Garnier Micellar Water on your IG/FB/Youtube, and hashtag #garniermicellarsg. If you get featured on Garnier’s IG or FB, you will win 1 bottle of Garnier Micellar Water for yourself instantly! Follow Garnier’s Fb and IG page to see if you have won!

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Pledge to Pat with Hada Labo

Monday, May 30, 2016
"One drop locks up an ocean"
I'm pretty sure many of you would've heard of this tagline for Hada Labo's famous SHA lotion from a long time ago. SHA, Super Hyaluronic Acid, is a humectant which basically means it's really good at trapping water and also why it's so popular in skincare products.

I used to use the full range of Hada Labo products so I'm really familiar with them, especially the SHA lotion. It was already an amazing product (with a very affordable price point) when I used it years ago and I don't know how Hada Labo did it but they managed to make it even better. 

Hada Labo's new SHA Lotion contains 4 different types of Hyaluronic Acids with varying molecule sizes (Large Sized, Medium, Super, and Nano) and makes use of HPP&M technology to help provide the deep hydration that we all need for our skin.

Hydration =/= Moisturisation
Hydration means that your skin (in the lower layers of the dermis) is hydrated, whereas moisturisation is keeping the top layer of your skin moist to trap in the hydration (think of it as a layer of oil on water to keep the water from evaporating), which is why some people still suffer from dry skin even though they moisturise daily.

When your skin is dehydrated, it not only looks dull and uneven, but also takes longer to recover and regenerate - which is why deep hydration is really important. Not only that, dehydrated skin also tend to make you look aged, which is why Korean stars always look so young with their moist and dewy skin texture.

Hydration is essential for everyone! So in the same range, they also have SHA Lotion (Light) which is suitable for those of you with oily/combination skin. I thought the SHA lotion was light enough, but this is even lighter, feels literally like water - except for the fact that it glides so smoothly on your skin and absorbs so quickly into your skin to work its magic.

The essence has a slightly thicker texture than the lotions, (think: liquidy gel) but absorbs into the skin and hydrates very quickly. I also noticed that my makeup glides on better after I use this.

I also like that they repackaged their essence into a glass bottle with a dropper!
Hada Labo only uses purified pharma-grade water for their products (the same type that was used for eye drops in the past) to make their products - which means you get water that is free of any allergants and metals, so you receive only the good stuff, nothing unnecessary.

When applying the lotions, remember to lightly pat it into your skin. This helps to stimulate your skin and to aid in better absorption of the product.

Come Pledge to Pat with me for a 30ml sample and stand to win a trip for 2 to Kyoto. One of my lucky readers will also receive a $150 Hada Labo hamper!

All you have to do is:
2. Upload a picture of you with the 30ml lotion on Instagram and tell me about your Hada Labo experience.
3. Add hashtags #hadalabopledgetopat and #hadalaboxjamie