Rosette Nature Blend Peeling Gel + Clay Mask

Sunday, October 9, 2016
While it is important that we cleanse our face well, it is equally important to exfoliate and hydrate the skin. I've always been a sucker for skincare, and today I have something new to share with you guys from Rosette.

Rosette has just launched two new products to add on to their existing range of facial cleansers - Nature Blend Peeling Gel and Nature Blend Clay Pack. Both of the new products contain special ingredients to help rejevenate the skin.

Pearl Powder: Accelerates new skin growth. Softens and firm. Heals acne and blemishes. Increases elasticity.
Squalene Oil: Hydrates the skin to help reduce the appearance of fine line and wrinkles. Lightens skin pigmentation.
Seaweed Extract: Contains a lot of essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants to keep the skin revitalized, moisturized, and youthful. Anti-inflammatory, and is effective in expelling toxins from pores.

Nature Blend Marine Peeling Gel ($11.90)
If you are keeping up with your skincare regime and still find that your skin looks dull, it could be that you aren't exfoliating enough. I exfoliate daily with my sonic cleanser, but that might be too harsh for some of you - especially if you suffer from acne. One of the solution is to use a peeling gel - which works by sticking to the dead skin cells and balling them up so that you can easily wash it off. It's really gentle so there's no worrying about it overworking your skin!

Start off with a cleansed and dry face, then apply an appropriate amount (3~4cm) of peeling gel onto your face. Massage it in with circular motions. After about a minute, you can easily rinse the product off to reveal bright and soft skin!
I do really like the fact that this is so gentle and it's actually really fun to use. Plus, i appreciate it being a thicker gel texture so that it's easier to apply without the mess. I remember when peeling gels first appeared on the market, they were not only expensive but quite liquidly - which made it harder to use without dripping.

Marine Blend Clay Pack ($14.90)
The clay pack contains 3 types of clay (marine, green, and white) to remove dead skin and absorb dirt hiding in pores to prevent dull and lusterless complexion. It also helps to speed up cell turnover while purifying the skin, and closes up dilated pores.

Again, use this on a cleansed and dry face. Apply it to the face and wash it out after 3~5 minutes.
This was a really interesting one to use because most of the clay packs I have used are always on the dryer side - which tends to dry up the skin as well (which made them suitable for oily but not dry skin). The Marine Blend Clay Pack goes on really smooth and moist, and my skin felt super soft and hydrated after rinsing off. Plus, extra points for the fact that it only takes a short amount of time (3~5 minutes) to pamper your skin. Lazy girls will love this! In fact, you can put a thicker layer than I did and use it 2~3 times a week.

Both products are available in Watson stores islandwide.

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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