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Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils

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My first ever skin care concept, as far as I could recollect, is ” Double Cleansing “, where the 1st step is using an oil / emulsion / milk to remove all make up & grimes.

This concept was making sense to a science geek then, the ”  like dissolves like “, ”  hydrophillic/hydrophobic “, ” pKa/PH ” concept in chemistry, the ” lipids bilayer ” in biology….. This concept still works for a beauty freak nowadays.

The joy of Cleaning

The secret to Shu Uemura cleansing oil is protecting the skin’s delicate moisture balance while removing makeup and impurities in a single step. Blending  with rich botanical oils, including avocado and jojoba, and natural phyto ingredients, cleansing oils are formulated in 6 varieties for perfect, gentle cleansing specific to skin’s daily needs.

High Performance Oil system

All of Shu’s cleansing oils are formulated using the unique hop ( high performance oil ) system, a complex combination of three moleculary distinct oils that trap the lipophilic residue of stubborn waxes and oils found in waterproof mascara, foundation and lip color. Once emulsified by water, the cleansing oil encapsulates hydrophilic residue, such as dirt and sweat, gently lifting both types of impurities from the pores simultaneously.

Cleansing beauty oil premium a/o – the number 1 selling Shu Uemura cleansing oil in the world. Its new advanced formula is empowered with green tea and specially selected gingko leaf extract, containing flavonoids, recognized in Japan for its strong anti-oxidant and microcirculation boosting properties that help to promote transparency and radiance to fatigued skin. Removal of oxidized sebum, which accelerates the aging process, is the first step in anti-aging skincare. The innovative hpo system has a superb cleansing ability which removes sebum and long-lasting makeup, while leaving the skin soft, refined & youthful.

Despite the anti-ageing claims, this is not my favorite Shu’s oil as I find its aroma a bit too greenish & raw for my liking. It has a rather light texture & emulsified easily. Refreshing  & revitalizing. This is good for all skin types, including acne prone skin due to the anti-inflammatory effects of green tea.

High Performance Balancing Cleansing oil advanced formula – evolved from the original Shu Uemura cleansing oil, ” classic ” is reformulated with an advanced hpo system, enriched with Camellia oil for restorative properties and oleic acids richness & therapeutic ginger root extract for an unprecedented cleansing experience.

Ingredients: paraffinum liquidum / mineral oil , zea mays / corn germ oil , polysorbate 85 , carthamus tinctorius oil / safflower seed oil , cetyl ethylhexanoate , sorbitan trioleate , simmondsia chinensis oil / jojoba seed oil , camellia kissi / camellia kissi seed oil , macadamia ternifolia seed oil , canola oil , squalane , zingiber officinale extract / ginger root extract , rosmarinus officinalis extract / rosemary leaf extract , sea water , isohexadecane , c12-15 alkyl benzoate , dicaprylyl carbonate , ethyl oleate , isopropyl myristate , tocopherol , glycerin , propylene glycol , linalool , parfum / fragrance

Probably my staple & my most favored  oil, since I had purchased this repeatedly; Light to medium weight oil that spreads easily, cushioning the complexion with a rather nurturing texture & has a very nice & comforting scent and emulsifies effortlessly. I stock this in the large 400 mls size. I even use this as a massage oil/bath oil for the body.

Cleansing beauty oil premium a/i – a luxuriously rich cleansing oil with plant extracts for dry or sensitive skin. This cleansing oil focuses on improving the texture of the skin; Leaving the skin moisturized, nourished and more radiant looking. Licorice root derivative soothes sensitized skin while amino botanical complex maintains barrier function & supports collagen production.

Ingredients: paraffinum liquidum / mineral oil , zea mays / corn germ oil , carthamus tinctorius / safflower seed oil , peg-20 glyceryl triisostearate , ethylhexyl stearate , simmondsia chinensis / jojoba seed oil , persea gratissima / avocado oil , dicaprylyl carbonate , ethyl oleate , c12-15 alkyl benzoate , isopropyl myristate , isopropyl lauroyl sarcosinate , isostearic acid , arginine , stearyl glycyrrhetinate , tocopherol , capryloyl glycine , sea water , sorbitan trioleate , polysorbate 85 , glycerin , capryl glycol / caprylyl glycol , linalool , parfum / fragrance

I find the texture of this oil rather sticky & tacky, and I don’t think it emulsifies as well as the rest. It has the sweetest aroma among all. It does calm & soothe the skin & is best for drier skin types.

White Recovery Brightening Cleansing oil advanced formula – the gentle formula is fortified with vitamin C derivatives, known for its brightening properties for a bright, smooth, translucent skin. Also enriched with sakura leaf  & prune extract  to inhibit tyrosinase activity / limit melanin production and helps improve skin texture.

I love the rather light texture of this brightening oil, and also the fact that it contains lipo soluble vitamin C that helps to enhance skin texture & clarity. I think this is a very good cleansing oil & the delicate aroma is  as lovely as its hue. This oil works wonder if pigmentation & dullness are your main concerns. I believe it’s versatile enough for all skin types; It has the potential to become my favorite Shu’s oil.

Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle cleansing oil – a lightweight cleansing oil that leaves the skin clean, fresh and refined. It washes away pore concerns – enlarged & clogged pores effectively while maintaining the skin’s necessary moisture level. Empowered with sakura complex known to reduce inflammatory mediators that can cause skin redness; Cherry extract & Salicylic acid to remove dead skin cells & refine complexion. This cleansing oil minimizes pores and visibly smoothes the skin’s surface.

The newest and the lightest of all; The aroma is nice but too flowery sweet for my liking. Superb cleansing power, but unfortunately it’s not going to do anything to enlarged pores or erupting blemishes. Rinsed best & leaves skin feeling clean & purified. Oily skin will loves this ultra lite oil, so as girly girls due to its colour & scent.

A comparison of ingredients of my recently re-stocked Shu’s oil. I have all Shu’s oils in rotation. I use a different oil everyday, pending on my skin condition or my mood of the day.

Throughout the years, I might had swayed from Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil, but I always come back for more.


La Mer The Whitening Essence Intense

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The 1st post for VimS’s new feature – Treatment Thursday. I will post the reviews of treatment products worth featuring in great details here on a Thursday.

A unique product featuring La Mer legendary Miracle Broth ™, capturing the essence of the unique Smoothing Ferment ™, powerful Triple Whitening Trio ™ and the innovative Youth Ferment ™ – specially formulated for Asian skin to help lift away all veils of discoloration, infuse skin with hydration and visibly firm & define contour.

It’s an all-in-one whitening, moisturizing and anti-ageing product. This powerhouse serum corrects and unifies uneven skin tone from its innermost layers to create a luminous skin & unprecedented radiant glow. It also helps to lighten pigmentation and minimize pores for a smooth, flawless complexion.

La Mer harnessed the healing and transformative powers of the deep sea to create a lightweight and easy-to-apply formula that does more than the generic skin whitening – “ Our scientists have discovered that we cannot achieve the spotless luminosity of youthful-looking skin by targeting pigmentation alone, ”  “ We must also address the multiple veils of discoloration, dryness, and skin sagging as well. “

This pioneering trident approach to skin whitening leads to the combination of La Mer’s legendary Miracle Broth with the exclusive Smoothing Ferment, the ultra-potent Whitening Trio, and the innovative Youth Ferment into a miracle product.

Skin discoloration has 3 components – Gray spots due to rough and dull skin as well as enlarged pores; Inflammation and skin sensitivity due to environmental irritants bring about redness; Brown spots caused by aging and melasma. Each of these discolorations is targeted by the powerful healing components of The Whitening Essence Intense.

The Smoothing Ferment, charged in part by an active brown algae called Laminaria Saccharina, speeds up the skin’s natural exfoliation process to help lift off that gray dullness that lends a tired and rough outlook to the face; Skin is left looking clearer & more refined, with less visible pores.

To combat redness, the healing properties of the seaborne elixir Miracle Broth is further enhanced by the anti-oxidant properties of lime tea extract, which soothes the skin from irritants and protects it from future signs of irritation.

For those stubborn brown spots, the Whitening Trio formula helps dissolve dense melanin clusters. This trio formula, a combination of the White Nutrient Ferment, Concentrated Vibra White Ferment & Concentrated White Algae Ferment, works in synergy with the Miracle Broth to inhibit the excess production of melanin and to intercept the skin’s multiple melanin pathways, preventing future discoloration.

Once discoloration has been lifted to reveal the purer, brighter skin underneath, The Whitening Essence Intense then works to hydrate the skin, once again with La Mer’s signature Miracle Broth.

Dryness in the skin is alleviated by hyaluronic acid. The Whitening Essence Intense also firms the complexion up with the potent powers of the Youth Ferment & Miracle Broth. These ferments boost collagen production of the skin, thus facial contours appear firmer and more defined.

Light-catching optics in the serum also create an illuminating white halo effect on the skin, achieving the ” white diamond skin ” effect.

Tempted? You should be.

Let me tell you how I got hooked onto this wonderful product. I was trying this out in duty free before my painstaking long haul flight ( yeah, almost 24 hours ) ……

I was totally amazed by the refreshing texture &  hydrating properties of Whitening Essence Intense. My skin felt so nourished & revitalized upon application, and the surprise continues. This serum was absorbed immediately, leaving a smoothed, refined & semi-matt yet luminous finish behind. It was love at first sight, but the almost £200 price tag had me hesitating.

Fast forward 24 hours – with a transit, a shower & a re-application ( Blanc de La Mer range is widely available in Asian’s Duty Free ), my complexion remains soothed, plumped & radiant, despite the jet lag & hostile cabin’s environment! I am totally a believer by then. Nothing had ever made my complexion that well behaved before.

I mean, this serum delivers an instant porcelain fine skin that is radiance infused! It’s as great as indulging your complexion with the legendary SKII cloth mask, without the hassle of dribbling & sticky residue to be massaged in.

Since I bought this, I had been using this underneath La Mer Oil Controlling lotion for almost 3 weeks, on a daily basis – This is actually very significant for a product whore like myself; It is really that great that I can’t be bothered with the rest……

Yes, La Mer Whitening Essence Intense is my HG serum & I am addicted to it.

Don’t worry, I wouldn’t stop testing out other products for the blog’s sake, but I seriously doubt that I will find a better product than this.

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