I realise it’s been like… 2 months since my last post but I have a legitimate excuse – Uni resumed and I was miserably suffering through it all. I finally have some sort of footing on it so I thought I would do a review on the Shiseido products I mentioned in my first post! I have been using them almost daily for the past 2 months so I can give my honest opinion straight up!

First on the list is the Shiseido Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam – 30 mL sample.

For people who have sensitive skin or break out really easily, I HIGHLY recommend this cleansing foam! On the Shiseido website, it says that the cleanising foam is supposed to:

lift away makeup and impurities while leaving skin smooth, balanced, and ready for further treatment.

And to use the product:

・Use every morning and evening.
・Squeeze a small amount of cleanser into palm and work into a rich lather using cool or lukewarm water. Massage over face with gentle circular motions. Rinse off thoroughly.

I admit, I only use this at night because I feel like it is too much using it both morning and night – I guess if you have issues with oily skin overnight it would not hurt to cleanse in the morning too. Moving on! When I first used the product, I was a bit skeptical because the texture was a bit different to the more runny or foamy consistencies I was used to in a cleanser, but I grew to love it.

Out of the tube, it comes as a subtly fragrant condensed paste and you are supposed to add water to it and massage it all over your face. What I do is use an atomiser, filled with water, and spray it all over my face then lather and massage the cleanser into my skin. (I find that with using the atomiser, I can use less product and maximise the coverage of the product – saving me in the long run!) A little goes a long way! I use half a pea size (because that is an accurate form of measurement) and this is more than enough to cover my face and work effectively.
The scent is very subtle, and typical of shiseido or any other higher end products – this scent does not irritate the skin.

When you are massaging it into your face (sidenote: remember to massage your face in an upwards motion to avoid sagging your skin!) it will subtly start to foam and you can literally feel your face getting ‘squeaky’ clean. When washing the product off your face, you can feel an incredible difference to your skin, it’s super smooth, all the excess oils and make up are completely gone and leaves the perfect canvas for you to apply your routine products. The first time I used it, I felt my skin tightening a bit – and I thought it was because it was drying – but after continuous use I don’t feel that sensation anymore and the feeling is definitely of clean – not of drying.

The website indicates a full sized 125 mL is $61 AUD – which is definitely more on the pricier side, especially for a cleanser, but you get so much product that will last you sooooo long! I actually have a 7 mL and 30 mL sample, and I’ve been using the 7 mL sample for the past 2 months and it is only now that I am starting to finish that little tube! If you are on the fence whether or not it is worth the buy, go to your local Shiseido counter and ask for a sample, try it out for yourself before spending that much on a cleanser.
Another cheaper alternative is looking for it online, I’ve seen full sized tubes for $30 – $40 AUD on eBay but it is at your own risk as the item may or may not be genuine.

I have a bit of a side story in regards to drug store cleansers that I have tried after using this product. I was reading some reviews on the Simple Moisturising Facial Wash and really wanted to try it but when I was deciding on my purchase, my friend recommended the Aveeno Positively Raidiant Cleanser that has been amazing for her so I thought I would try that out instead. When I tried it on my sensitive skin, it had the strongest pulling/drying sensation that was really off putting. The next day, I started breaking out because of it and when I went back to my Shiseido Cleanser. I like to give things a chance, so I tried this 2 or 3 more times after that experience and the same thing happened to me over and over again. My point is that all cleansers – and beauty products in general – do not work for all skin types and it is a matter of trying what works for you. For me, I highly recommend the Shiseido one because it is ‘Extra Gentle’ and a very effective cleanser but again, more on the pricier side. I plan on buying and trying the Simple Moisturising Facial Wash some time in the future!


Shiseido Night Moisture Recharge – 15 mL sample

This is a very gentle product that is extremely hydrating. Using it in conjunction to your normal routine will greatly help your skin improve. I notice when I haven’t applied it for a day because my skin flakes a bit when I apply bb cream.
Shiseido claims that:

A multi-action night-time revitalizer that helps deliver intensive moisturising benefits to skin while you sleep. Helps restore softness, smoothness and a healthy-looking glow.

And to use:

Smooth over face each evening after cleansing and balancing skin.

The sample I got is in a solid glass container form, and it’s a bit annoying to get the product out at the top but I believe the full sized one has a pump. This product comes out in a creamy gel consistency, so it’s a bit thick (not too bad) but it is kind of thick and sticky. It smells quite pleasant but not overpowering. You need to wet your face a bit so that it glides on smoothly otherwise it’s not very workable. I use this time to massage my face and I press my palms lightly across my forehead and chin then across my cheeks so that the skin can absorb it in. It’s a really nice product but again it might not be for everyone. I remember initially trying it and breaking out a little bit but then I kept trying it and eventually my skin got used to it (haha).

The website says it is $75 for 75mL but Shiseido are always doing deals, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it at the counter for cheaper, or for that price in a gift pack, especially around the holidays (Christmas, Easter, Mothers Day in particular). If you use the right amount with water to make it workable then the 75 mL bottle will last you a very long time. If I recall correctly, they will give you a 5mL sample of this product and the gentle cleansing foam reviewed above when you enquire about this skincare range (focused on hydration). I do recommend this item for anyone looking for something moisturizing.


    Shiseido White Lucent – Anti Dark Circles Eye Cream – 2.5 mL sample

I have been using this product for the past 2 months and this product does nothing for me aside from a bit of moisturizing in the eye area. I have severely bad dark circles and I’m trying a few different products to reduce the appearance of them (including sleep!). This product gave me hope but I think it’s because the pigmentation around my eyes may be genetic rather than induced so there’s not much that can be done for it anyway. Again, if your dark circles are not ‘panda eyes’ (like mine) then this product may work for you. It’s actually quite difficult to get a sample of this, my mother actually bought some serums so they gave it to her to try but she gave it to me cause I needed it more (Dad gave me my panda eyes).

Anyway, moving on! It claims to:

An intensive eye cream that effectively targets the two major causes of dark circles: pigmented melanin formation and poor microcirculation. Instantly, vivid brightness appears around the eye contour area. Dark circles are visibly reduced over time, revealing a youthful look and perfectly radiant skin.
・Formulated with Shiseido-exclusive Dark Circle Diminisher, which works three ways: targeting the root cause of pigmentation, inhibiting melanin production, and instantly boosting microcirculation to infuse fresh vibrance and radiance to the eye area.

And to use it:

・Apply each morning and night as the last step in your skincare routine.
・Using fingertips, smooth gently over eye area.

*Remember to be gentle around your eyes!

It is a very light creamy consistency and feels very pleasant when you apply it to your eyes. A little bit will be more than enough to cover both eyes. I use this by dabbing small spots around my eyes and letting the warmth of my fingers help spread it and allow it to absorb. It glides on quite nicely and there is a slight refreshing feel after application. It does help with moisturizing but I do not see any dark circle reduction.

The 15 mL full size of this item costs $74 so, essentially my 5 mL sample costs nearly $25. To be fair it does last quite a long time considering not much is required to cover your eye area. If this product works for you then this is a good investment but I will not personally be purchasing the full version of this.



Anyway, sorry that the last two reviews are a bit sloppy, I might go over it and fix things up a bit but I thought I might as well post something! I’m just bogged down on uni work so it’s been very difficult for me to finish a post ( I have like, 5 drafts sitting there waiting to be edited and posted). I also recently made two purchases from WISHTREND and intend to post a haul/review on the items (the ones I’ve used that is). Other than that, I hope everyone has been well!

Now… for a bit of gaming before bed time. hehehe

Signing off`



Hello again!

Today I’m going to do a review on a few SEACRET products I ended up purchasing when a charming French salesman by the name of Kobi pulled my friend and I into the booth whilst inquiring about the condition of our nails. It’s a move most SEACRET representatives use to get customers to try their products (I know my mother has been approached multiple times). In our case – it worked, mainly because we had time to kill and partially because earlier on my friend was complaining about the state of her nails (she works damn hard and deserves nice nails).



We were introduced to the SEACRET Buffing Block first off and my god we were blown away. [I’ll post a photo when I next buff my nails with it.] I own a few buffing blocks but none, and I mean NONE yielded results as amazing as this one. The nail was SO glossy – even more so than top coat finishes! The next product we tried was the SEACRET salt scrub which was great! At first I felt as though it was a bit too abrasive but when it was washed off, my hands felt baby smooth. It was great and all but it wasn’t a definitive WOW for me because I don’t do manual labour or anything that would make my hands really rough, but if you are one of these people with rough skin you might like to try this product. It also works well on other parts of your body (below the shoulders – it’s too rough for your delicate face) – particularly the heel on the soles of your feet. At this point Kobi asked us what our major concern was and we both answered our faces. He introduced us to the SEACRET Purifying Peeling Milk. We tried this on our forearms and what was scrubbed off shocked us both. A combination of dead skin cells and pollutants were gently wiped off. Kobi made a point that this was our arms which are usually covered up under layers of clothes – imagine how effective this would be on your face which is always exposed. I think he mentioned a few other things but I was too amazed at how gentle yet effective this product was. I had been gunning for a gentle exfoliating lotion for my sensitive skin and fell in love with this. We then had our faces inspected where our combination skin type was identified. He then introduced us to the fourth and final product, the SEACRET Essential Moisture Face Cream. When first applied, the cream felt a bit thick, but it thinned out and applied quite nicely. The silky smooth finish was quite amazing and I feel like this product would have done wonders for my skin in the long run however, I had too many products at home and opted not to buy this.

At the end of his sales pitch and harmless flirting, Kobi asked us what two products we were most interested in purchasing. We both instantly grabbed the SEACRET Purifying Peeling Milk w/ Apricot Seeds for All Skin Types while I grabbed the SEACRET Essential Moisture Face Cream and my friend grabbed the SEACRET Nail Kit. From here we battled to haggle the prices down. He was quite generous with his discounts, offering to apply the staff discount, but after a long day of shopping and some post – boxing day sale purchases we were pretty broke so we haggled down to the following prices:

SEACRET Purifying Peeling Milk ($75) + SEACRET Essential Moisture Face Cream ($100) = Originally $175 – discounted to $135 AUD
SEACRET Purifying Peeling Milk ($75) + SEACRET Nail Kit ($70) = Originally: $145 – discounted to $115 AUD

Now woah at the prices! And nawwwe at the discounts. I decided that the Essential Moisture Face Cream was too much and decided that I would get the Purifying Peeling Milk – not without throwing in how impressed I was with the buffing block and how much I wanted it. Kobi decided to humour me and said he would do the 150 mL SEACRET Purifying Peeling Milk ($75) and the SEACRET Nail Kit ($70) for $100 AUD. SCORE. Now, people might think that’s a ridiculous amount to pay for the Nail Kit but it includes 30 mL cuticle oil, buffing block, nail file and a full sized 200 mL Milk & Honey Body Lotion which would otherwise cost an additional $30. On top of that, they offer one year of unlimited replacements of the buffing block – which I will use soon!

Bottom line? If you guys live in Adelaide and are interested in any of these products (or any others depending on your age and skin type), and you just so happen to see Kobi – a French looking guy at the counter outside of MYER in Rundle Mall, approach him and he’ll do you a great deal!




From Left to Right:  SEACRET Purifying Peeling Milk w/ Apricot Seeds for All Skin Types (150 mL),  SEACRET Nail FileSEACRET Milk & Honey Body Lotion (200 mL), SEACRET Cuticle Oil (30 mL) and the SEACRET Buffing Block w/ one year unlimited replacements.


SEACRET Purifying Peeling Milk w/ Apricot Seeds for All Skin Types (150 mL)

SEACRET™’s Purifying Peeling Milk is enriched with Dead Sea Minerals, Vitamin E, Jojoba, Orange, Sesame, Grape and Sunflower Oils. This unique product thoroughly cleans the skin, leaving it free from oils, dirt and other clogging substances while providing a gentle peeling effect. With this Dead Sea treatment, your skin is refreshed, moisturized, smooth and glowing.

Absolutely amazingly delicate exfoliator for people with sensitive skin! Seriously. I love this thing so much! It does exactly as described! It doesn’t have a definitive scent but there is a subtle refreshing smell… Something I can’t quite put my finger on. You are supposed to use this 2-3 times a week but I have very sensitive skin so I choose to use this once a week.

To apply:

On damp skin lather a small amount of SEACRET’s Dead Sea Purifying Peeling Milk in circular motions for a full Dead Sea Minerals absorption, rinse thoroughly with warm water.

The apricot seeds are not abrasive to the point of pain but you do feel it work when you’re applying and massaging this peeling milk into your face. Unlike a few products in this category that I have tried, the SEACRET purifying peeling milk does not dry out my skin. After washing it off, my face feels significantly softer, appears so much smoother and leaves a refreshing sensation. There are alcohol products and fragrance in the ingredients list however, I believe it is a small portion (do not quote me on this) because my skin usually dries out pretty badly when exposed to alcohol products. I highly recommend this product for people with sensitive skin where drugstore brand exfoliators are too abrasive, dry your skin out or break you out. It is on the pricier side unfortunately, so purchase it if you’re willing to fork out the full price of $75 or even if you haggle your way down to x amount, just be aware of your skin sensitivity as it may not yield the same results for you as it does for me.

I don’t know if you can see the apricot seeds in the image below clearly – but they are there and offer gentle yet effective exfoliation:


The creamy part actually goes transparent when rubbed but I took a photo before it was completely absorbed (apricot seeds are more visible in this image):


And all washed off! Leaving baby soft skin:



SEACRET Nail Kit including the SEACRET Nail FileSEACRET Milk & Honey Body Lotion (200 mL), SEACRET Cuticle Oil and the SEACRET Buffing Block w/ one year unlimited replacements.


I’m just going to say that overall, the Nail file sucks. It is only borderline acceptable if you want to do very fine and minute filing. You can get nail files for $2 – $3 that have a very abrasive side and a very fine side that will do a much better job than this one.

The Cuticle Oil (30 mL) is used for:

…moisturising fingernail area, softening the skin and helping to prevent dryness.

All you need to do is rub the oil on the surrounding skin of your fingernails for it to absorb.
I have mixed feelings about this product. When I apply it, there’s nothing overly moisturizing about it but after some consistent use I notice that my cuticles aren’t as dried out. This could have to do with my constant use of hand cream or the Milk and Honey Body Lotion. There is a generous amount of cuticle oil in the bottle which does last a while – depending on how frequently you choose to apply it. 

The Buffing Block – the star of this little show bag – or is it? I still think it’s pretty amazing. It’s got 3 main sides:

Step 1: Use blue coarse side
Step 2: Use grey soft side
Step 3: Use white side

I have this habit of always having my nails painted because I dislike the look of my natural nails. As a result, my nails have or should I say – had a yellow stain (?) to them. Since then I’ve been using a nail whitening base coat for all my nails. But after using this buffing block, most of the yellow that was so prominent in daylight, was gone. I have also gotten into the habit of using this buffing block before applying my nail polish for a much smoother even finish. It is also interesting to note that some people (including my mother)  believe that buffing your nails will make it easier for the nail polish to peel off and chip but I have found the opposite to be true.
The one downside to this is that the sides of the buffer are most effective in the first couple of uses and after some time, much more effort is required to achieve the same results as earlier on. I believe SEACRET feel the same way, therefore offering the 1 year unlimited replacement guarantee.

Last and certainly not least is the Milk and Honey Body Lotion (200 mL) ($30 AUD if purchased separately).

SEACRET™’s Body Lotion is a lighter hydrating balm of our Dead Sea products that is instantly absorbed by the skin and provides a smooth, healthy look. This unique combination of Dead Sea Minerals together with natural ingredients immediately replenishes the skin’s hydration to its optimum level and leaves the skin relaxed, supple, silky soft and radiant all day. Seacret’s Body Lotion is a great Dead Sea lotion.

This body lotion has worked wonders for me. I’ve always had problems with uneven dry skin on my arms and legs but after applying this, my skin has improved so much! This has replaced my Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion which was good but not overly great. (I try to use up the skin care products I have before purchasing new items.) After one application, there is a noticeable improvement. I have tried to take a photo of this but have failed miserably – oh well, you’re stuck looking at them /posts below.
After application, my skin feels super smooth and hydrated. It is an easy to work with consistency and there is matte/dewy finish – no oily residues. I really love the Milk and Honey scent too. It’s not exactly subtle but not overwhelming. With 200 mL of product in this tube, this will last me a while because I tend to use small amount at each application. As amazing as this product is and as much as I love it, I believe that there are more hydrating and cheaper products out there but for now I will continue to use and abuse this product!

What the body lotion looks like straight out of the tube:


After the lotion has been applied – I don’t know if you can see a noticeable difference in photos but it’s pretty obvious in real life:


If anyone uses products from the SEACRET Range that they would like to recommend, I would be interested in hearing about it. They have a few ranges (including Age Defying and for men) but those don’t apply to me haha.

It be bed time! Why do I always finish doing these posts so late at night?

Night blogosphere!

Signing off`


Hello everyone (who is reading this – most likely just a few close friends and myself) ~

I thought this year would be a good year to start documenting my life again. I started blogging on Xanga but I got really lazy in 2012 and reading past posts was embarassing so I decided to create this WordPress account for reviews or anything I think is worth posting. Hopefully, this year, I will be more consistent and motivated than previous years, even if it means posting more than one thing one day and nothing for the rest of the week.

Anyway! I have a few things I plan to review soon, including the following in no particular order:

** SORRY in advance for the crap phone quality photos, the horrible table layout and the lack of image cropping – you’ll realise where about I figured how to get my phone to crop photos… 

1. Hitachi Hada Crie facial cleanser / massager. (excuse my beast of a laptop in the corner) – Thank you to the awesome boyfriend who picked this up in Hong Kong for me, I would have otherwise purchased it on eBay from a Japanese seller which would have Katakana on the device instead of English~


2. My Beauty Diary Variety Pack (15 face masks + 1 eye mask) – one of which (Q10 Rejuvenating mask) was used as a trial run on the boyfriend – my guinea pig for the Hada Crie ‘refresh’ mask function – so unfortunately that mask was not photographed and will only be briefly reviewed. Again, thank you to the awesome boyfriend who picked this up for me. If I had knew how cheap it was I would have forced you to buy more than one considering you came home with half the maximum load capacity you were allowed on the plane! /shakes fist!


3. Lancôme GÉNIFIQUE EYE LIGHT-PEARL Eye Illuminating Youth Activating Concentrate – 20 mL


4. Lancôme Visionnaire  Advanced Skin Corrector (Wrinkles, Pores, Evenness) – 30 mL
Lancôme Blanc Expert Ultimate Whitening Anti-Spot, Anti Dark Circles Eye Serum – 5 mL sample
Lancôme GÉNIFIQUE Youth Activating Serum – 7 mL sample
    DiorSnow UV Shield White Reveal Moisturizing UV Protection – Translucent SPF 50 – Pa+++ – 10 mL sample


5. Shiseido Ultimate Skin Protection Lotion For Face/Body SPF 30+ – 100 mL


6. Shiseido Extra Gentle Cleansing Foamsample
    Shiseido Night Moisture Rechargesample
    Shiseido White Lucent – Anti Dark Circles Eye Cream2.5 mL sample


7. Mediheal Placenta Revival, N.M.F Aquaring, I.P.I LightMax and Collagen Impact masks


8. Coloured Circle Lens (Purchased 2, the red and grey, and received a free orange/brown pair – in a temporary promotion they were having for Christmas I think it was)
I plan on wearing the red pair to AVCON this year.


9. SEACRET Purifying Peeling Milk w/ Apricot Seeds for All Skin Types
SEACRET Milk & Honey Body Lotion
    SEACRET Cuticle Oil
    SEACRET Buffing Block w/ one year unlimited replacements
    SEACRET Nail File


*** Thought I’d add these totally awesome ACUPUNCTURE shoes my totally awesome boyfriend picked up for me while he was in Hong Kong:


They have an internal heel – the secret to adding extra height to us short Asian Females/ Males?  I am quite obsessed with these at the moment but still getting used to walking in them!

/Yes I have overused the adjective ‘awesome’ to describe the boyfriend but that’s just what he is. :)

And there are a few Asian products I’ll add onto this list later, but for now, I am going to go nurse my recent 4 x 3rd molar extractions before going to bed.

Would also like to add: I AM NOT SPONSORED! Everything reviewed here was purchased with my own or my mother’s money – unless otherwise stated.

Always in sleepy and tired mode. /sigh

Goodnight blogosphere.
Signing off`