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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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SK-II Cellumination Deep Surge and Day Surge Review

I’ve been on and off deep surge over the years trying new products but I’ve now decided to stick to it. It works best for my skin. It’s ridiculously expensive and sometimes I think there probably is another product that’s cheaper and works as well but I have yet to come across one.

Source: sk-ii.com.sg

I’ve been struggling with keeping my skin hydrated, even when I used something that was heavier it was never hydrating enough. It never gets oily and the rose scent is really calming. I’d rate this a lot higher than stem power which is so-so.

I’ve also decided to start using sunscreen so in my attempt to do so I decided to try something with SPF included. The deep surge I use at night, during the day I use day surge. Deep surge is a gel / jelly texture and day surge is a thicker gel texture. Can’t say which one is better, day surge doesn’t make me break out either, goes on and absorbs into my skin pretty quickly so I would say they are both great with different functions.

Source: sk-ii.com.sg

Definitely give this range ago, so much better than the stempower range.

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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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La Prairie Marine Biology Emulsion and Tonic

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I’m not sure how I ended up being interested in La Prairie. I just remembered walking by their counter one day and after striking a conversation with the lovely SA at the counter, I sat down and she patiently took me through the whole range.

I left with a few samples in hand and booked myself a $200 facial that was redeemable on their products.

This is the room located somewhere in David Jones Bourke St, my skin felt really plumped yet refreshed after the 90 minute treatment.

 

 

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I ended up picking the tonic and emulsion from the marine biology range. To be honest, anything else was too expensive and this sounded more suitable for my skin. The emulsion was $170 and the tonic $100.

The tonic is similar to clarins hydraquench serum and while it looks like a toner, it really is more of an essence / serum. I love the shade of blue (how dreamy) but the packaging is a bit shit. It’s so hard to not get it all over the place when you pour this onto your hands.

The emulsion is definitely hydrating enough for winter but it has to be used in conjunction with the tonic. All in all, 2 pretty decent products but I’m not sure if it’s worth the high price.

I was given a sample of their Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex. I don’t know if it’s just me but I put a thick layer around my under eye and that area does look like it shows improvement. I definitely feel like buying that now!

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Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditoner Review

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Body conditioner is the latest fad to hit Australia thanks to Nivea. Their YouTube ads almost put me off watching videos on it, in fact I can probably memorize the ad word for word. Other than that, I think it’s a good idea! My skin was drying out so when I came across this product from Lush, I was intrigued and given the positive reviews I barely thought twice.

From Lush.com.au:

A beautiful, rose jam scented body conditioner that’s full of the most emollient, moisturising ingredients possible to feed and nourish the skin.

It does smell amazing. Think Rose & Berry. MMmmm…

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The product itself is a thick lotion which I lather on to moist skin. It spreads easily and leaves my body smelling great. It will leave your body feeling a little greasy though and I would have rather the oiliness was a bit more subtle than greasy. I initially thought this would finish really quickly but I’ve used this almost everyday for a month and there’s still half left in the tub, I’m impressed!

Cost: $32.95 from your nearest Lush store in Australia.

 

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Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask Review

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I did say I was on a Ren binge so I also purchased this together with the cleansing water. This if I am not wrong is their best-selling mask and also a lot of rave reviews for this.

It reminds me a lot of Origins Never a Dull moment. They both have enzymes and papaya in them with the same gel texture and scent. I purchase this mainly because my skin is pretty awful. I’m breaking out and it’s so ridiculously congested. I still can’t find a good beautician so this sounded like what my skin needed.

I apply this for 10 mins over my face after my shower and then wipe it off with the muslin cloth. It’s an easy product to use and after rinsing the face has no burning sensation neither is it dehydrated. I’m just not sure this does much for my skin but I’m going to keep using and hope it clears my skin up because it was fairly pricey!

This is available at Mecca Cosmetica. I purchased mine from hqhair for GBP30.

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REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water

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One fine day, I felt like I needed to buy Ren again and so I did. I can’t say the previous 2 products I previously got WOW-ed me but I never really ever hear bad things about the brand so I wanted to give a few more products a go. I had intended to repurchase Caudalie’s Cleansing water but I get bored easily and I’m always wanting try something new.

This smells really nice 🙂 I enjoy the scent of roses, it’s so natural and never over-powering. It removes makeup effectively and feels very gently on my skin. Overall a very decent cleansing water BUT it stings my eyes. I’ve tried using it very close to my eyes and closing my eyes really tight and wiping over it and the outcome is that it stings! Best is to wipe very gently around it without getting too close to the eyeballs.

Needless to say, Caudalie might not smell at nice but all in all is a much better product seeing I can safely use it around and over my eyes without it stinging.

I paid GBP13 which is close to Caudalie’s price for 200ml.

I ordered mine from hqhair.com but it’s also available at Mecca Cosmetica for Australians and in Malaysia – Ken’s Apothecary.