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I am a big fans of Shiseido and love to try out different products they offer. I was introduced to this product when I was buying my other skincare product in Shiseido
Similar to other Shiseido products, it comes in a plastic bottle and you can see how much solution remains. It looks clean and simple and suits the brand image. The product comes in a 125 ml plastic bottle.
You have to use a cotton pad to apply it. You pour enough amount to your cotton pad and then apply it to your eyes and lips. Wipe gently to remove the make up.
It is very gentle and do not come in a strong smell. It doesn't irritate my eyes when removing my eye makeup.
Result on the eyes
I don't wear eyeline so I don't know how it works on eyeline. However, I do find that it is not very effective when it comes to remove some type of waterproof mascara. It generally works on most of the eye mascara. But if you are using a very waterproof mascara with strong water-proof effect, you may need to apply more than once or to use another make up remover.
Results on the lips
I don't often wear lipstick. But on the rare occasion when I do, it works well to remove the lipstick.
To sum up, I think that it is a gentle make up remover and perform well generally. But if you like using water-proof mascara, you may want to opt for something less gentle.
I use quite a lot of crabtree and evelyn products and this one is definitely one of my favourite!
You can see how it looks from the photograph shown. I like it cause it's very simple and clean. It does represent the product quite well. When it comes to something I use daily, I don't like something too fancy.
One of the strongest point of this product is its smell. As the name suggests, it comes with a rosy smell. The smell is feminine, not too strong but last very long. The smell is very gentle and I feel very comfortable after applying it. I like applying it just before I go to bed.
I have very sensitive skin and I have hesitation towards something with such strong smell. To my surprise, it is actually quite gentle to the skin and I don't have any problem with it (note: different people are allergic to different ingredients so you may want to try out first ). It is also very moisturising and my skin is very smooth and soft after applying it. The moisturising effect lasts very long too!
I bought this product in a package offered by Crabtree and Evelyn so I am not sure about the retails price. To me, I do like the rosy smell and will definitely purchase it again.
I like the smell of the product from Crabtree & Evelyn (my favourite is summer hill) and decide to give this rosewater shower gel a try. It smells good but I do think that it's not my favourite shower gel.
- The Package-
The one I got is a travel size one (50ml). It comes in a nice rectangular plastic bottle with rose print on it and a white top. The package is the same as the larger one (250ml).
- The product-
The product can be used int he bath or shower. I haven't tried using it in the bath and have been using it as a shower gel only.
The shower gel claims to leave skin feeling oothed, refreshed, and scented with the rosewater fragrance. It is also said that the extracts of rosewater, peony, white magnolia, and elder flower help condition the skin.
- The result-
I have been using this product in shower only and as instructed on the package, I smooth the product over wet skin. However, it did not create a "luxurious lather" as claimed on the package. In fact, it doesn't create any lather at all.... Having said that, I still felt my skin clean after using the product and my skin feels smooth too!
For the fragrance, it does have a nice rose smell which makes me feel luxurious but it does not last long. The nice smell is gone almost as soon as I finish my shower and I can hardly smell it when I walk out of my bathroom. It does disappoint me a bit as the other shower gel (e.g. summer hill one) does leave some nice smell on my skin after shower.
Overall, I would say that this is a product for someone who likes the rose smell but I would prefer getting something else from Crabtree & Evelyn.
Airport City is one of the "free" apps that you can find in the Play Store in android phones. The game itself is free to download but you can also use your real money to purchase "airport cash" to upgrade the items in the game.
- What the game is about-
In the games, you get to build your personal airport and send flights into the sky. Apart from building the airport, you also get to build the city to support it.
Besides, you also get to manage the airport by arranging different flights to land on the runways, send flights to different areas of the world to collect items and complete challenges.
- So what do you actually do?-
In relation to the supporting city, what you need to do is similar to other games of the same type. You clear the land, building the building and collect earnings and passengers from the buildings. The same apply for the airport, you get to build the hangers, runways and control towers, etc. You need to continue upgrading the buildings so that you can accommodate bigger and more modern planes.
In relation to the flight themselves, you have to send your planes to different destinations. Before you send off a flight, you have to get enough passengers and certain type of aircraft and items to fly to a certain destination. In return, you can import rare items and money.
- What I like about this game-
They have a good collection of destination places. The collectibles in the city are also reflecting the features of different cities. The sounds and graphs are also of decent quality. Controlling is also easy.
- What I don't like about this game-
It takes a long time to load the game (I am using HTC XE sensation which has a dual core processor and I have no problem running other apps).
Earning coins from the game was hard. You can only get tiny amount of coins from the buildings and the flights and upgrading the buildings are extremely expensive. Besides, you need a lot of special items (which are only available if you have the airport cash) to upgrade the items or to repair the flights! And repairing the flights is extremely important in the game. There is a time that all my aircrafts were broken down and there's no way I can proceed the game anymore because I don't have the items to repair the planes!
I am giving this game one star because you can never make any progress until you pay real cash.
Unlike many other games of similar type, which you can earn a small number of "airport cash" (or its equivalent) by achieving higher levels, you can't get any airport cash unless you pay for them. It means that you will basically get stuck in a certain level of the game unless you play. And up to that point, I stop playing the game.
We are all busy people. We are too busy to organize our home. We are too busy to organize our office. We are too busy to organize our home.
So what's now?
Admit it, your home and your office are in chaos. You forget where the electricity bill is. You cannot find the letter opener. You can hardly find a place where you can work. You are overwhelmed.
Vicki Norris is a professional organizer in US and this is the second book she wrote about organization. She tries to demonstrate in the book how disorganization degrades quality of life and inspires readers of the benefits of order.
Unlike many other books on organization, which goes straightly into how you should organize your home or office, Norris begins her book on why you should be organized. In particular, she sets out some benefits:
1. experience peace of mind
2. enjoy harmony in the home
3. live an example for kids
4. extend hospitality
5. live your priorities
While I do not agree that being organized can bring all the benefits as claimed, I do agree that having an organized place does give one peace of mind. Bringing back order means reclaiming your life. I no longer feel defeated by the chaos. After all, it feels great to see a tidy place, isn't it?
The other chapters of the book contains details steps on how you can organize different parts of your home. In some chapters, the author gives the reader a play-by-play strategy for how she has tackled a certain room and in other chapters she presented several considerations and leaves it to the readers to decide which options best fit the lifestyle and household.
Of course, there are some methods of organizing a place which have already been covered in other books. This is unavoidable. There are some basics which are necessary in the organization process. However, there are also some new ideas suggested by the Author in this book which I like. For example, while talking about organizing the dining room, the author points out that the core of hospitality is not about the sparkling stemware or things like that. Instead, it is about the people. Hospitality is simply a spirit that invites belonging, togetherness and friendship. Taking that into account, the dining room can be organized in any way that suits your lifestyle.
As mentioned earlier, the author is a professional organizer and the book mainly draws on her own experiences while helping the household in US to tidy up their homes. For people who live in high-rise buildings like I do, the chapters on guest rooms, garden and garage may not be of useful to us. We do not have the benefit of having a room dedicated to be used as guest rooms only. Having said that, it is still useful to skim through those chapters and maybe it can give you some insights on how to organize certain parts of your room!
I have to admit that I am not the person-in-charge of the household cleaning at home (my mother is in charge) but I do like to read about books on various housing cleaning methods (the Japanese are superb in writing books on these!) Here are a few tips that I have gathered so far on household cleaning (which I have tried myself and found that they worked!):
1. Cleaning the windows
You don't need a window cleaner. All you need is an old tower and some old newspaper. First, you wipe the window using the wet towel. Then, you just wipe the window again using the old newspaper. You will then find your window very clean! It's that easy! and your can use up the old towels and old newspaper at home. Isn't it a good idea for clearing the clutter at home and save a few bucks on window cleaner?
2. Cleaning your water tap
The water tap will often look dull after some time. In that case, you can take out your old toothbrush and old toothpaste. Brush your water tap like you brush your teeth. It will be clean and shiny again!
3. Removing the bad scent from your fridge
Put the orange skin that you peeled off while eating oranges into the fridge and you will find that the bad scent is gone! Throw the orange skins away when they become dry.
4. Washing clothes with white vinegar
White vinegar does a magic in removing the not-so-fresh smell in the clothes. All you need to do is to put a spoon of white vinegar before you start your washing machine and it will reduce the smell!
I hope that you will find the above useful in your daily household cleaning!
I suffer from psoriasis and always have extremely dry and chapped skin patches all over the body. I have always been on a constant hunt of a good body moisturiser which can help to improve the situation and am very happy to have found this wonderful nourishing body oil from Burt's Bees.
- The package-
This nourishing oil comes in a plastic bottle with a white lid (the package has changed from the one shown in the photo above). The bottle contains 115ml oil. The lid is a press-open type so it's easy to use especially after shower.
- The product-
This product claims to keep the skin well hydrated. The main ingredients are: almond and lemon oils together with Vitamin E. The sweet almond and lemon oils hydrate dry skin while Vitamin E keeps skin supple and moist.
The lemon oil gives this nourishing a wonderful refreshing lemon smell. It smells great and lasts on the skin for an hour or so after shower.
- Applying the product-
I was recommended to apply the oil immediately after shower to lock in the moisture. I apply the oil all over the body and apply an extra layer on the extra dry parts. Apart applying the oil after shower, I also apply the product on my skin whenever I find them dry.
- The result-
As I said above, I suffer from extremely dry skin problem due to psoriasis. This nourishing oil from Burt's Bees really does a wonder on my skin. It does not cause any irritation problem (it's made of all natural ingredients) and is extremely useful in locking the moisture of my skin. My skin feels less itchy after the applying the product.
I find that this nourishing oil a bit greasy especially for summer time. Therefore, I would only recommend you to try out this product in summer time if you have extremely dry skin (like I do) or you may wish to wait until winter time. While it does feel a bit greasy, the refreshing lemon smell is a plus to use this oil in the summer time!
- Other uses-
Besides acting as a nourishing body oil, it is said that it can also act as a comforting massage oil as well. I haven't tried on this use so can't really comment on this.
Lipgloss is one of my essential items in my makeup bag. I have been trying lip gloss from different brands . There some items I like and there are some I don't and MAC is one of those I like!
I bought my current MAC lipglass upon the recommendation from the makeup artist I met on my friend's wedding. He did a wonderful job in turning my friend into a very beautiful bride so I trusted his recommendation! Luckily he did a good job in making recommendation too and I love this MAC Lipglass.
The package is simple. It comes in a long slim plastic tip with screw-on top. The lipgloss is the one which you can apply with a wand and not those in a plastic tube. I love using this type of lipgloss because it is easier for you to control the amount of lipgloss. It is also easier to spread the lipgloss evenly on your lips.
- The product-
There are a variety of colour for you to choose from. The one I am currently using is Nymphette, which is a pink colour with some sparkling effect. I find this colour a very flattering colour and easy to match with all type of makeup and outfit!
I don't normally wear a heavy make up during the day and all I would do is to put a layer of mascara, some blush and a layer of lipgloss. Then I am ready to leave home! This MAC lipgloss has a good colour and a subtle sparkling effect even if you only apply one layer on your lips. It is quick and easy which is very important in the morning!
This lipgloss is suitable for the night too. All you need to do is to apply an extra layer and it will give a good sparkling effect, making you looking gorgeous during the night!
- Removing the product-
This lipgloss can easily be removed. All you need to have is a gentle lip makeup remover and it can be removed by a simple wipe.
I was given a Crabtree & Evelyn Summer Hill box set last year as my birthday gift and I love it! this shower gel is one of the products in the box set.
- The package -
This shower gel is contained in a 200ml clear plastic bottle with a white top. The top is a press open type and you can squeeze out the shower gel easily after pressing the lid.
- Applying the product -
The product can be used in a bath or in a shower. If you wish to use it for a fragrant foaming bath, all you need to do is to pour the gel into running warm water. If you wish to use in the shower, it is recommend that you apply the product onto a wet sponge. However, I have tried using it using bare hands instead of using a sponge and it still creates a good lather.
- The result -
I personally only use the product in shower (because shower saves water) and is very happy with the result. The smell is very refreshing! It smells flowery (the fragrant is a blend of field lilies and meadow wildflowers) and leaves a good and refreshing smell on your skin for about an hour or two after shower. If you want the smell to last longer then you can apply the body lotion from the same product line after shower.
The skin is also a moisturising one. The product contains both honey and jojoba which are both good moisturisers. My skin feels soft and smooth after shower while still feeling refreshed!
I like to use this shower gel after a hot day in summer and feel very refreshed after using it! I would highly recommend it to everyone, especially during summer time!
I bought this Giorgio Armani Foundation some time ago upon reading a lot of good reviews in magazines and good comments from friends. I was expecting a lot from this foundation but I have to say it was not as good as expected.
- The package-
This is what I like most about this foundation. The bottle of foundation was packed in a thick black paper package. The paper is thick and gives you a luxurious feel. The dark colour also makes it look very cool.
The bottle of foundation is basically a round bottle with a black top. The black top is again in black, giving it a cool and luxurious look. It is consistent with the brand image.
- Applying the product-
I like to apply the foundation using my fingertip but I know there are some people who like to use sponge. I like to use fingertips because the body temperature will help the foundation to blend in the skin more easily. With this foundation, I just pump a bit of foundation on my hand and apply it using my fingertips.
This foundation is very easy to apply and can be spread evenly on the face easily. As for coverage, I would say that it's just fair. It can help you to even your skin but if you are expecting it to cover acne spots or something like that, it won't be able to cover it. You will still need a concealer to do this job. All this foundation will give you is a natural look with a more even skintone.
What I dislike most about this foundation is that while the coverage is just fair, I found that the foundation is a bit too thick for me. I found my pores being blocked and had a very thick feeling especially after wearing this foundation for a day. The problem worsens when it comes to summer days.
Overall I would say that it is a very luxurious and good looking foundation but just not something for me.
I received a 25g bottle of this product as part of the gifts when subscribing for a magazine and was pleasantly surprised by its result!
- The package -
As I mentioned above, the one I received is a 25g bottle one. It is a travel size and the product is separately available in a 100ml bottle.
The package is also a bit different from the above. The product is now contained with a white plastic tube with the name and logo marked on them in dark brown colour.
- The product -
The product, as described by Crabtree & Evelyn, is a 60-second intensive hand recovery treatment which cleanses, exfoliates and moisturizes with a blend of sea salt, algae, shea butter and lavender oil. Your hands will feel noticeably softer and smoother immediately after applying the product.
To apply the product, all you need to do apply it to the dry hands. The product, being an exfoliator, is a bit difficult to spread over on the skin. You will feel that there are some grains in the cream and the texture is very rich. After rubbing the product on the hand for about 60 seconds, you can rinse them off with water.
- The result -
I find that my hands feel immediately smoother and softer once I rinse off the product and I am very surprised to see that. I love to use it immediately before I go to sleep and the result will last till the next day. While it is recommended that you should immediately apply the hand cream after rinsing off, I usually just leave it as it is and go to sleep. My hands still feel very smooth and soft when I wake up despite not having apply any hand cream the night before.
As with all other products in the La Source line, it has the classic La Source smell giving you a relaxing sea air feel.
I am in love with this product and the relaxing and smoothing effect it gives. I normally use it once a week and am always happy with the result! I would highly recommend it to everyone who has dry hands.
I came to know the brand - OPI when I read about nail polish reviews online. There was a lot of good reviews online and I started using OPI nail polishes some years ago and had been a loyal customer to this brand.
The package of OPI nail polish is simple. It has a black screw on top and a clear body. The clear body allows you to have a look of the colour of the nail polish. The bottle usually contains 15ml.
Applying the nail polish
The brush of OPI nail polish is quite wide. The good thing about it is that you can finish painting one nail quickly but it also means that it is more difficult to control. You may also easily make your fingers dirty if you are a complete beginner....
The colour is generally a bit lighter than what you see on the bottle if you only apply one layer. I generally find that the colour will be best if you apply two layers of the nail polish. The colour is also very truthful to the colour shown in the bottle so you don't have to worry about it.
If you apply a base coat and a top coat then the OPI nail polish can normally last for 3 days which I think is quite satisfactory. The top edge will start to chip a little after 2 or 3 days. I was told that it was not healthy to have the nails painted 7 days a week so I would generally remove them after a few days. Therefore, the chipping problem doesn't bother me too much as I would take them off in any event.
There is a unique name for each colour and the names are very interesting. Here a few examples:
It's a Girl! (baby pink)
Grand Canyon Sunset (brown)
An Affair in Red Square (red)
Dating a Royal (blue)
They also have some special editions inspired by movies like Shrek, Spiderman...
Overall this is a brand of nail polish I trusted and never disappoints me.
I bought a bottle of the Johnson baby bath (100ml) before I went traveling. I did not use this product on a constant basis but I did buy this product from time to time, when they were on sale or when I went traveling.
As mentioned above, the one I bought was a 100ml one which was suitable for traveling. It is small enough to be carried in a luggage and yet large enough to lastnfor the whole trip. It comes in a plastic bottle with a flip open lid. It is in the baby blue color and the bath gel itself is also in light bluish-green color. Bigger sizes are also available, which are also contained in the baby blue plastic containers.
The product is easy to apply. All you need to do is squeeze some gel into your hand and rub it into a rich lather and then apply it to the body. It is easy to create a rich lather. (As pointed out by the other dooyooers, I have been using it the wrong way! I should be pouring this under running water instead of rubbing them in my hands.... thanks for pointing that out!)
The bath gel Also has a good gentle smell. The smell is not very strong and is very comforting. It just gives you the baby feel when you are using the product. The smooth texture further enhances its baby feel.
I always like to use the baby
One products because they are very gentle. This product is no exception. It is very gentle and does not cause any irritation to my skin. My skin also does not feel dry or tight after the shower. While it was gentle, I still found my skin fully cleaned afterwards.
Overall, it is a classic product and something that I will purchase again in the future.
Saving money? Are you a natural saver? Or are you someone who find it hard to save money? No matter which type of person you are, saving money is actually easier than you think!
Don't treat saving money as a task, treat it as a game and the reward of your game is $! Isn't it great? In that way, you will enjoy a lot more in the progress! So what do I do?
Think before you buy
I got this super saving tip from my sister: are you going to use this product for more than 3 times? If yes, buy it. If not, put it down.
It is an extremely useful method to stop impulsive buying, especially when buying clothes. Don't buy a skirt or a pair of pants just because it's on sale. Think whether you are going to wear it for 3 times, if so, buy them. Because it is likely that it is a good bargain.
Use up everything
Make sure that you use up everything you buy. Look around, are there many half-filled bottles of moisturisers, shampoo, hair conditioners? Use them up before you buy new ones! If you are using a product contained in a plastic container, make sure that you shake it a few times before you throw them away. Usually by shaking the bottle, you will be able to use the product for a few more times.
There are still other ways to use up the products if you don't like them. For example, toothpaste is a good cleaner for water taps. Your water tap will become shiny again after rubbing it with toothpaste. Your shampoo can be used to clean your make up brushes... do some research and you will find unlimited uses for your unwanted products lying around!
Share with your friends
Thinking about getting a new deep fryer / juicer but don't know whether they are good? Of course, come to dooyoo and see what people say about them. However, you may also want to ask around between your friends, colleagues and neighbours and see if they have got them. They may be able to lend it to you for a short period and you can try them before actually buying them?
If you have anything you no longer use, why not give it to your friends (or lend to them)? It's money saving for everyone!
Find someone who enjoy saving
It's always easier to achieve something if you have someone to share your joy with! Talk to your friends (or put up a review here in dooyoo if you find a good deal) who also enjoy saving, then you will soon find out that saving is fun! You will soon find yourself sharing with everyone every single tip you discover on saving!
I have a lot of confidence of Shiseido products and basically all my basic skin care products are from Shiseido The Skincare line. And this Shiseido The Skincare extra gentle cleansing foam is one of them.
The products is contained in a white plastic tube. It contains 125ml of cleanser. The white plastic tube is packaged in a nice thick paper box.
Applying the product
The product is suitable for use every morning and evening. Applying it is easy, you just have to squeeze a small amount of cleanser into your palm and work into a rich lather using cool or lukewarm water. You then massage the cleanser over your face with gentle circular motions. Lastly, rinse off thoroughly.
It is very easy to create a rich lather from this product. All you need to do is rub a few times on your palm and then it's ready. It is very important that you work it into a lather first before massaging your face because it is the foam which helps to clean. Besides, don't rub the cleanser in your palm too many times or else it will be your hand not your face which is being cleaned!
The product claims to be a creamy rich-lathering cleanser that lifts away makeup and impurities while leaving skin smooth, balanced, and ready for further treatment. I don't feel my skin dry after using this cleansing foam.
In case if you haven't read another post of mine, I will just repeat a useful tip here. Once you find it hard to squeeze the product out from the plastic tube package, close the lid, hold it and the end and shake it for a few times. Open the lid again and you will find yourself able to squeeze something out again! Repeat this process until you get everything out!
Some people say that skin care products work best if you use all products from the same skin care line and I am also a believer in this saying. Therefore, I would say that if you are using other products from Shiseido then I would recommend you using this product as well. However, if you are only looking for a cleanser then there may be some cheaper products out there which cleans equally well (for your information, this shiseido cleanser costs £ 28.50 for a 125ml tube)