From the category archives:

skincare – cleansing/toning

RMK Foamed Soap M 1

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For spring/summer 2012, RMK has released Cream Soap (S) (to replace Creamy Soap (N)) and Foamed Soap (M) to add to the brand’s skincare lineup. (They were released on April 6th in Japan and at around the same time in the UK.) Today I am reviewing Foamed Soap (M).

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Kao Sofina Jenne Trial Set Moist Type 1

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In my Japanese Brand Profile series, I have written about Kao Sofina‘s Beauté and (the now discontinued) Hada.ka skincare lines. Today, in my Stash Debut 2012 series, I will be talking about another skincare line from Sofina, Sofina Jenne, and I will be reviewing Sofina Jenne Trial Set (Moist Type), my first purchase from Sofina Jenne (mainly to try the popular Jelly Moisturizer, one of the best-selling products from Sofina).

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YSL Gloss Pur 11 Icy Effect Summer 2011 Makeup 1(Still available…)

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- I was told by a Muji sales assistant that Muji UK is no longer carrying facial skincare items for the time being. This means I will not be able to continue purchasing my Muji cleansing oil (Mild Oil Cleansing) in the UK. (Muji’s EU on-line store still has a few other skincare items.) I am surprised and not surprised. Muji Japan recently expanded its skincare range (and re-packaged some existing products, including Mild Oil Cleansing (the print on the bottle is now in green, not red)) and I thought Muji UK might start carrying more skincare products. However, Muji is never known for skincare in the UK so it is not too surprising that it is now focusing on other product lines.

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SUQQU Christmas 2011 Makeup Kit B Holiday 2011 Makeup 1

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As with some of the previous years, SUQQU released two limited-edition Christmas Makeup Kits for the brand’s holiday 2011 collection. Both 2011 Christmas Makeup Kit A and B feature a limited-edition variation of Blend Color Eyeshadow, Eye Makeup Remover R, Eye Cream R, and Original Pouch. Today I am featuring 2011 Christmas Makeup Kit B, and I am focusing on Blend Color Eyeshadow in EX-06 Usuchaori.

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DHC Coenzyme Q10 Lotion 1

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Last month, I reviewed DHC‘s Olive Virgin Oil, which is a good product for those with drier skin types. Today I will be focusing on two of the products in the Coenzyme Q10 range,  Coenzyme Q10 Lotion and Coenzyme Q10 Milk.

Coenzyme Q10 Lotion is the toner of the Coenzyme Q10 range. It has a very fresh lightweight feel on the skin, and it doesn’t feel slippery or sticky. (It is not a rich toner that feels emollient on the skin.) It contains butylene glycol as a moisturizing ingredient and it contains willow bark extract as an anti-irritant.

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RMK Cleansing Oil S 1

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In April, RMK renewed some of its cleansing products. Cleansing Oil S and Cleansing Milk C replaced the previous versions, and Cleansing Balm M was introduced. Today I am reviewing the new Cleansing Oil S and Cleansing Balm M.

RMK’s Cleansing Oil N is one of my favorite makeup-removing products, and I have been using it ever since it replaced Cleansing Oil (which I also used continuously). Therefore, I was curious to see how different the new Cleansing Oil S was going to be. It turned out that there are some noticeable differences:

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SUQQU Reset Cleansing Oil Reset Cleansing Cream 1

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As I mentioned, SUQQU went through a major revamp in Japan last year and many products were discontinued and replaced. Earlier I reviewed Blend Color Eyeshadow in 01 Kakitsubata and Creamy Glow Lipsticks in 07 Asasuou, 09 Hanarenga, and 18 Karakurenai, and today I am focusing on two of the new skincare items.

Reset Cleansing Oil and Reset Cleansing Cream were released in Japan last September (as were the new makeup items from SUQQU). Along with Eye Makeup Remover R, they are the new makeup removing products from the brand. (Extra Off Cleansing Gel, Extra Off Cleansing Milk, Extra Off Cleansing Cream, and Eye Makeup Remover are no longer available in Japan.)

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Elemis Freshskin Softly Softly Daily Moisturiser 1

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Targeted at those in their teens and twenties, ElemisFreshskin range is a major launch from the British skincare brand. It includes daily basics (cleansers and moisturizers) as well as treatment products (an exfoliator and facial masks). Today I am highlighting several products from the range.

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Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel 1

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Over the years, I have tried quite a few cleansing oils (and variations of them, such as Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm) from both Japanese and western brands. Overall, except Boots’ Botanics Essential Oil Wash Off Cleanser (which was discontinued), I have not come across a cleansing oil from a western brand that is as good as any of the better ones from Japanese brands.

Launched last month, Melting Cleansing Gel from Elemis is yet another variation of an emulsifying cleansing oil (although it is marketed as a morning/evening cleanser, not a makeup remover).

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Muji Mild Oil Cleansing 1

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As I have mentioned, RMK Cleansing Oil is the makeup removing product that I have been using. For many years I have been enjoying using it and I am very glad that it is available in the UK. But, a couple of months ago, while I was at Muji looking for some storage units, I decided to try their Cleansing Oil. (The Japanese name of the product, as you see on the front label, is Mild Oil Cleansing.)

Compared with RMK Cleansing Oil, there are some noticeable differences:

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