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REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser & Foaming Cleanser review

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This is my 2nd go at REN’s Rosa Centifolia’s cleansers the first being their 3 in 1 cleansing water. What keeps me interested in the range is probably the price, aesthetics, quality and scent.

I am a huge fan of Fresh but the only way I can get hold of them is by ordering from the US and while I enjoy using their products, I sometimes can’t help but find it to be overpriced. REN on the other hand is a lot cheaper and easier to get hold of – Mecca Cosmetica in Australia.

On to the reviews.

The foaming cleanser is a great alternative to Fresh’s Rose Foaming Cleanser.¬†Your skin will still feel hydrated after a cleanse but keep in mind that it won’t be a thorough cleanse. Follow up with a cotton pad soaked with toner if you need to.

It retails for AUD26.00 at Mecca.

The hot cloth cleanser comes with a small face towel which you are meant to soak in warm water, squeeze dry with your hands and apply it over your face once you’ve applied the cleanser to your skin. Wipe it off your face using the same cloth. It does irritate my eyes slightly like the cleansing water does. On stubborn Japanese mascara, you would need a separate eye makeup remover but in general does a good job in removing makeup and keeping your skin hydrated. This is an alternative to hot cloth cleansers like Liz Earle but I prefer this version as it doesn’t feel as if I have something sitting on my skin after removing in from my face. I always double cleanse with the foaming cleanser just in case.

It retails for AUD32.00 at Mecca. The reviews for this specific cleanser has been really good.

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Fresh Black Tea Instant Infusion and Rose Face Mask

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I’m in love with Fresh’s black tea age delay instant infusion. I am not even sure why I bought it, I never even tried it and I wanted something hydrating. This fits the bill.

It smells amazing! The scent of tea is so calming and invigorating at the same time. It’s a think liquid almost gel like but sinks in very quickly. My skin feels so hydrated and happy.

The face mask comes in a gel form that’s meant to aid hydration. I leave it on my cleansed skin for 5 mins and then rinse off. It’s a nice mid week boost and I love the scent of roses.

I think the black tea infusion is worth every penny of the usd42 I paid because I think it’s a good substitute to sk-ii’s facial treatment essence. The mask on the other hand is pricey at usd55. There are probably heaps of other hydrating masks out there that are cheaper.

Fresh is not available in Australia but can be found in Sephora Malaysia stores.

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Fresh brown sugar body scrub

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It’s ‘that’ famous scrub from Fresh.

Been on my wish list for years so I can tell you I was really excited to try this.

It’s so oily and thick it doesn’t dissolve even under warm water. The sugar is so coarse and large that you won’t want to massage this over your body using too much pressure. My bathroom tiles and towel gets so oily every time I use this scrub.

There is a plus to this which is the scent. Mmmm…

I still think you should give this a go if it has been on your wish list because it does have a loyal fan base and it could work for you.

Retails for RM150+ at your nearest Sephora.

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Fresh Soy Face cleanser

You need to get this.
It’s expensive and the scent will take time to get used to but it cleanses well without leaving your skin feeling tight. Works really well with my clarisonic as it has a gel texture that barely has any foam.

Sephora has the 50ml for about RM50 and the 150ml is RM115 or thereabouts which means the retail in Malaysia is close to the US retail.

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My night time routine and the serum from REN that is a mosquito magnet

Part of my nightly rotation:

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Ren Omega 3 Night Repair Serum. I did’t go out intending to come home with a new serum. I have heaps waiting to be used but the Sales Girl at Ken’s apothecary was so convincing in her sales pitch that I was sold. In fact, I had already picked out the calming cleansing gel and also rose otto body oil but who knows what was going through my mind. This has apparently saved her acne scar ridden face.

This serum is oily, I apply SKII’s skin signature on top of this even before the serum sinks in entirely because I just don’t have the time or patience. I haven’t seen any improvements but fortunately it hasn’t caused issues to my skin either. For RM219, I’m going to keep trying this product and hopefully see some kind of improvement on my skin.

One interesting fact that I bet you will not learn from anywhere else is that this serum is a mosquito magnet. I KID YOU NOT, the mosquitoes did not just land on my face once or twice but five freaking times. Uh-huh, I slapped 3 mosquitoes to death when they landed on my face, the 3rd one was a bit fast so I only managed to kill it during my 3rd attempt at slapping it.

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Vaseline Limited Edition Pink Bubbly Lip therapy. I saw a whole bunch of eager ladies queuing up to buy this during its launch at Selfridges so I joined in -_-. Not a must have but I adore the scent, reminds me of sparkly grapefruit.

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Fresh Seaberry Restorative Body Cream. I swear I smell lavender but it could just be my nose. This is absorbed into my skin really fast and definitely suitable for use in warmer climates. I won’t recommend this for winter though, the creamy consistency which is thicker than normal lotions can be misleading.