Review: Ko Dermacare Purifying Cleansing Gel Maintains Skin Dewiness and Radiance

Ever since I have been getting treatments done at Dr Ko Clinic, I have also been using their skincare prescribed to cater to my skin concern. One of them is Ko Dermacare Purifying Cleansing Gel.

Ko Dermacare Purifying Cleansing Gel

‘Effectively breaks down grease stains from makeup (including eye area) and removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin refreshed and rejuvenated. Enriched with botanical extracts, this gel gently cleanses and conditions your skin without stripping the surface of its natural protective lipids.

Benefits Contains: Cucumber extract, ginkgo biloba extract.’

Ko Dermacare Purifying Cleansing Gel 2

This cleanser came with an interesting bottle shape. Classy, transparent and vintage style where you could hardly find these days. Ko Dermacare Purifying Cleansing Gel Lid

In order to dispense the gel, this bottle is made by plastic soft enough to press for it to squeeze some of the gel out.

Ko Dermacare Purifying Cleansing Gel Texture

Basically, the gel texture isn’t as thick as I thought it would be. Slightly thicker than those liquid cleansers. When I first dispense the gel, I accidentally dispense quite a lot out because I didn’t know it could be that runny. Although it’s gel, once it is combined with water, it can be foamed easily. The funny thing is I have followed the instruction from the bottle earlier which did no mention if I should use water to begin with until I get an internal information.  I was struggling to use the gel cleanser from the earlier instruction because it turns into mucus texture as I rub it onto my face. Below would be the correct directions of use.

‘Wet face and neck, squeeze adequate amount of cleansing gel on palm and massage with circular movements, rinse with warm water thoroughly.’

Ko Dermacare Purifying Cleansing Gel Before and After 2

I have been using this gel cleanser for a month now and here is the progress of my skin from the usage. My skin seems to be clearer every week or at least, it helped to maintain my skin. I did not experience any skin irritation from using this.

Ko Dermacare Purifying Cleansing Gel Before and After

Here is a comparison of before and after. This cleanser kept my skin looking dewy and radiant.

Above all…

This cleanser is not a bad cleanser but I would prefer the cleanser that provided to me earlier because it helped very much on controlling the sebum production as to compare with this. I believe this gel cleanser is mild because it is suitable for all skin types. However, this cleanser is a little mild since it wasn’t able to control as much sebum because I have noticed quite some blackheads over my nose and the shine after 2-3 hours from cleansing. I do feel it is squeaky clean right after cleansing. I have yet to experience any tightness and it removes makeup quite well but not entirely 100% because sometimes I could see the little smudges from the mascara.

Price: MYR 198.00

Weight: 220ml

Availability: Dr Ko Clinic

PROs:

  • Mild gel, great for all skin types
  • Easy to foam
  • No skin tightness after cleansing.
  • Maintained skin radiance and dewiness

CONs:

  • Doesn’t control serum production as much
  • Doesn’t remove makeup entirely

My Rating: 4.5/5

 

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This cleanser was provided for review purposes, kindly refer disclaimer.

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Review: Garnier DuoClean Whitening + Pore Minimizing Duo Foam, Brightens But Inadequately Over The Pores

Anything to minimize pores is just right for me since I have enlarged pores over my cheek area and to avoid further more to come all over my face. I had high hopes when I had the opportunity to try Garnier Duo Clean Whitening + Pore Minimizing Duo Foam.

Garnier DuoClean Whitening + Pore Minimizing Duo Foam

‘Cleanse away both enlarged pores and dullness with this brightening and pore-minimising cleanser. Enriched with White Rice and Black Rice Extracts, Duo Clean Rice Power helps reveal soft, smooth and fairer-looking skin while minimising the appearance of large pores.

White Rice Extract: helps to nourish the skin deeply and stimulates cell renewal, giving you refined and soft skin, Known for it’s antioxidant and anti-tyrosinase properties.
Black Rice Extract: helps to brighten up your skin tone’
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The Duo Clean range comes in two types, one would be whitening + pore minimizing and another is whitening + oil control. The one I have here is whitening + pore minimizing. It comes in a squeeze tube, standing tall where it dispenses at the bottom.

Garnier DuoClean Whitening + Pore Minimizing Duo Foam Texture

Alright, on the close-up the foam texture does not look pretty and I was surprised that I did not get the duo tone as described. Over the time after a few usage, I could see two tone when freshly dispense it. It foams up easily and it’s color is a hint of grey.

Garnier DuoClean Whitening + Pore Minimizing Duo Foam Before & After 4 Weeks

Yup, I have tried it for a month to test out if it works for me. I noticed that my skin became brighter over the four weeks. It helped very much especially in reducing those acne marks. However, I do find that it didn’t help much in reducing my skin oiliness because I still tend to get oily easily and pores remaining the same. I am still having the same amount of blackheads as before.

Garnier DuoClean Whitening + Pore Minimizing Duo Foam Before & After

 Let’s look at the before and after using the cleanser. It did helped on the acne marks (especially chin area) really but it didn’t really help much in controlling oil and minimizing the pores.

Above all…

I do find that this is more towards as a whitening cleanser as it didn’t work much for me in controlling oil and pore minimizing. My skin became brighter and this cleanser did help to reduce the appearance of acne marks. Using the cleanser doesn’t dry out my skin as I do not feel any tightness after cleansing. It didn’t help much with pore minimizing and oil controlling hence it did not reduce much blackheads either.

Retail Price: MYR14.50 (80ml), MYR7.50 (40ml)

Availability: Nationwide leading pharmacies, super/hyper markets and selective departmental stores

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PROs:

  • Helps to brighten skin
  • Cleanse without stripping skin moisture

CONs:

  • Does not reduce pore size
  • No oil controlling properties
  • Does not reduce skin oiliness, still have quite a bit of blackheads

My Rating: 3/5

 

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This cleanser was provided for review purposes, kindly refer disclaimer.

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Review: Man Up Against Dullness, Oiliness and Bacteria With Garnier Men Acno Fight Wasabi Foam

Who would have thought wasabi is able to help acne skin? I know I wasn’t aware of it. This time I will be sharing my review on Garnier Men Acno Fight Wasabi Foam and in order for me to review on the cleanser, I have my lovely BF to experiment it for a month. What do you think the verdict will be?

Garnier Men Acno Fight Wasabi Foam

Garnier Acno Fight Wasabi Foam’s wasabi extract is known for two properties:

1. Fights pimple-causing bacteria

Enriched with wasabi extract which is known for its anti-bacterial properties, Acno Fight Wasabi Foam fights off harmful pimple-causing bacteria on skin. But don’t worry, as effective as this ingredients is, wasabi extract is gentle on skin. Combined with Salicylic Acid, Acno Fight Wasabi Foam helps to remove excess oil and dead skin cells so skin looks fresh and healthy.

2. Brighten skin with wasabi extract

Wasabi is known for its high content in Vitamin C, calcium and potassium. In Acno Fight Wasabi Foam, wasabi extract is added to provide antioxidant that helps fight and defend skin against free radicals. 67%* agreed that skin looks brighter immediately after the first wash.

*Self-assessment on 49 Asian men.

Garnier Men Acno Fight Wasabi Foam Tube

It comes in a basic squeeze tube where the cleanser dispenses at the bottom and it was pretty easy to use, no complications at all. That is how men like it eh?

Garnier Men Acno Fight Wasabi Foam Texture

The cleanser texture is very thick, creamy and a little goes a long way. With that size of approximately 1cm diameter of the cleanser, it could lather up easily and good enough to be used for the entire face. It doesn’t smell like wasabi at all, it smells refreshing like cucumber.

Garnier Men Acno Fight Wasabi Foam Ingredients

Despite of how this cleanser is meant to fight acne, it doesn’t have alcohol and paraben which is great because this may be suitable for those who have sensitive skin.

Garnier Men Acno Fight Wasabi Foam Before & After 2

Just like how I would normally do, I had the BF to use it for a month. He has dry skin, occasionally gets acne (especially on the forehead), blackheads and dilated pores. From the first wash, he noticed that the cleanser works gently without burning or irritating his skin. Instead it felt refreshing and made his skin felt squeaky clean. Throughout a month use, I do noticed that his skin improved in comparison from the photos.

Thought he might not be the best candidate but I think the cleanser helped his skin to prevent further breakouts as his skin behaved so well. The dry patches in between his brows improved and blackheads has gone lesser.

Garnier Men Acno Fight Wasabi Foam Before & After

Here is a before and after where I do notice his skin texture improved where it looked much more smoother than before. His  skin is much brighter, less dull and brighten at the same time.

Above all…

I suppose this cleanser is worth trying, plus it is very affordable. There was once I had no cleanser around me and I had to opt to use this cleanser. Though it is meant for men, I find the cleanser gentle and felt so refreshing after using it. Observing on how it worked on the BF, this cleanser doesn’t dry out the skin as it didn’t happen to him although he has dry skin. Instead, it had improved his skin texture, pores seems to be less dilated, prevented acne, less dull and brighten.

Price: MYR14.90 (100ml), MYR7.90 (50ml)

Availability: All nationwide leading pharmacies, departmental stores, hyper and supermarkets

PROs:

  • Economical and affordable
  • Easy lather up
  • Gentle on skin
  • Improves skin texture and pores
  • Prevented acne
  • Less dull and brighten
  • Balances skin hydration
  • No alcohol and paraben

CONs:

  • Only for men

My Rating: 4.9/5

 

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This cleanser was provided by Garnier for review purposes, kindly refer disclaimer.

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Review: Spot Cleaning With Sephora Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner

If you follow me in Facebook, you’ll notice that I do provide makeup service on freelance basis and just had another client late last month. Spot cleaning brush is fairly important when there is more than one person involved in the makeup service especially on the brush where liquid base/primer and foundation is used. Even for individual use is important too when you are using the same brush and over one product after another. Reason is? Hygienic purposes where you don’t want to transfer bacteria or dirt to another person, yourself or into the product. I bought Sephora Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner on my way to meet my client and also I didn’t know where else to look for such product.

Sephora Brand Daily Brush Cleaner is an anti-bacterial daily brush cleaner designed to quickly remove light traces of makeup between applications. Just spray this purifying formula onto a tissue or directly onto brush bristles, then lightly swipe your powder, blush, eye, and lip brushes across tissue for a fabulous dose of freshness. No rinsing needed! – Sephora

It comes in a pump bottle and flammable when it comes to contact with  fire. If you look at the description, it does say this cleaner removes light traces of makeup, therefore you can’t be expecting it to give your brushes 100% total clean.

How to use it

  • Step One – Use the cleaner to spray about 3-4 times directly to the brush
  • Step Two – Remove the dirt by wiping off on lint-free cloth

Sometimes I would spray the cleaner on to the cloth first and wipe through the makeup brush over the sprayed area. Its works that way too.  It does have quite a strong alcohol scent as well as a tinge of cottony scent.

Here is a comparison of the foundation brush that was heavily used with makeup base and foundation. I think it’s about approximately 80% of the residue has been taken off from the brush. I would say that this cleaner could take off light to medium makeup from the brush.

Verdict?

I have used this cleaner on my clients and by far, there isn’t any complain from them. The brush still picks up the makeup like they normally do and dries from the cleaner about a minute or two. I do use it for myself when I want to quickly clean off my stippling brush and I also have not develop major breakout or irritation. Personally, I think this spot makeup brush cleaner ain’t too bad and it’s still affordable. The bottle is black and that makes it difficult to see how much more left of the cleaner but to estimate it by hand weighing it.

Retail Price: MYR30.00

Weight: 60ml/2fl.oz.

Collection Status: Permanent

Availability: Sephora

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PROs:

  • Cleans about 80% of the makeup from heavily used brush
  • Easy to use
  • Affordable
  • Have not caused any allergy or breakouts

CONs:

  • Black bottle, difficult to see how much more left
  • Great alcohol scent

My rating: 4.5/5

 

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh