Monthly Archives: January 2013

My night time routine is an oily business!

Happy Monday!!

I want to write about a post about oils today. But this post is not about cooking oils. It will bore you to death, I suppose. It’s definitely not about a magic oil that can do all 3 functions (well except for extra virgin olive oil, or coconut oil that is…) hahaha

You see, I “suddenly” realized, as I was going through my night skin care routine last night that it’s a very oily business. :p Presently, I am using Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil for cleansing (I’m doing the double-cleanse method), Body Shop Passion Fruit Dry Oil Mist for body moisturising and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate for night time serum.

If you are interested to know, my night time routine for face consist of:

cleansing oil -> facial cleanser -> toner -> serum -> night moisturiser -> sleep pack (sometimes)

Mini reviews of each of the 3 oils I mentioned above:

(1) Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil

Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil

Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil

I used the emulsifying technique -> start with DRY hands and DRY face, pump 2 pumps of oil out, rub together and spread on face. Gently massage face to remove dirt or makeup. Add a few drops of water to palm, rub together again. This time the transparent oil will emulsify to whitish oil. Rub palms together and massage face. Continue with another few drops of water and massage. Wash off with water. I then use the normal facial cleanser to clean every last bit of dirt/makeup.

Skin Reaction: None
Ease of use: Very easy
Price: Below 500 baht (sorry I don’t remember). One bottle generally lasts about 3 months or more
Re-Purchase: Yes, definitely

(2) Body Shop Passion Fruit Dry Oil Mist

Body Shop Passion Fruit Dry Oil Mist

Body Shop Passion Fruit Dry Oil Mist

At time of writing, this product has been discontinued. The packaging is the old one which is what I have. Body shop has other body oils that are similar to this one with new packaging.

I find the nozzle bit a little pain in the backside. Because after a few spray, your hands get oily and really could not hold on to the nozzle that well… what I do is just unscrew the bottle and pour out the oil directly onto palm. But this defeats the purpose of the “dry oil mist”… is it? Nevermind.

After shower, pat dry body, pour out small amount of oil onto palm. Rub palm together and spread over your body. It absorbs quickly and I don’t find it transfer to my nighties much… even if it does I don’t mind smelling like a passion fruit all night long. 🙂

It moisturises my skin quite well, but in a light weight formula. If you want richer cream then look away now (or until you finish reading this post… hahaha).

Skin Reaction: None
Ease of use: Forget the nozzle
Price: Below 800 baht (sorry I don’t remember). Long shelf life (bottle states 36 months)
Re-Purchase: Yes, in other smells

(3) Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I had this since October last year and I have been using EVERY night since. The bottle is still looking quite full so I think it’s going to last me another 2-3 months at least. I used 2 drops as per instructions.

Although this is a concentrate or serum, if you prefer, it does contains evening primrose oil and lavender essential oil. There are lots of good reviews about this product in the blogs (which is why I got it in the first place), so I will just very briefly tell you what I think of it.

Skin Reaction: None
Ease of use: Very easy. Love the dropper mechanism
Price: Got it from airport so it was duty free!
Longevity: One bottle generally lasts more than 3 months
Re-purchase:
 Yes, definitely. But I am going to try Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum next (competitor of Kiehl’s recovery serum).

Which oils do you use and love? I’d like to hear from you to expand my adventure into body oils. 🙂

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Revlon Professional Nail Enamel Remover strips my skin… OUCH!

I love Revlon nail polishes… they are pretty, come in a good selection of colours, cheap (about 140 baht.  Often on promotion), big size (which means price per ml is even lower!), decent brush. In fact, if I want to try a new nail polish colour, Revlon is the first place I go to.

Revlon Nail Enamel Remover - strips my skin... Ouch!

Revlon Nail Enamel Remover – strips my skin… Ouch!

Well, since I am using lots of Revlon nail polishes here, so I thought that their nail polish remover must be GREAT. Maybe the company formulate the remover to efficiently removes the nail polish formula which they would also know, right?

Wrong.

The darn nail polish remover has an extremely strong chemical smell. Although it says EXTRA GENTLE, the remover strips my skin… Every single time after I use this product using cotton pads, I am left with rough skin patches where my fingers have been holding the cotton pads. And I don’t take ages to do this job. It’s at most 5 minutes. It goes to tell you how strong or concentrate the acetone is.

And I hate that feeling. It will take a few days with constant moisturising to heal the skin back to normal.

The three bullet points on the bottle say:

  • Extra mild to help protect soft, fragile nails
  • Formulated with Calcium plus Potassium
  • Acetone-free, Non-stripping

Well, “Extra mild” and “non-stripping” are definitely a false claim, in my case. I don’t suppose the calcium and potassium are the culprits??

Therefore, sorry Revlon. For the sake of my skin, I will never purchase this again. 😦