Treatments -Origins - Rich Rewards Intensive Hair and Scalp Treatment
gloriajk 6/13/2005 10:37:00 AM
I got the $10 birthday coupon and decided to give this one a try. The smell is wonderful! It adds shine to my thick Asian hair and leaves it silky. However, Pantene does the same thing for a lesser price, although it does not have the great smell. I don't like the tub design. Probably will not repurchse, unless I get another coupon.
Tools -Shiseido - The Skincare Cleansing Massage Brush
gloriajk 6/13/2005 10:22:00 AM
I was so upset when I lost mine after years of use. I hurried to the counter and bought the replacement. Like their cottons, this brush helps you save in the long run because you use less product. Remember to rinse it clean every time and leave out in the sun once a week to kill off bacteria. I like the included plastic brush stand - it keeps the bristles off the counter and away from dirt.
At $7.50 a pack, this is not cheap. However, this does not soak up my toner or cleanser, so I think I am saving in the long run. Lint-free, great texture. I usually cut them in half. The packaging is sub-standard for a Shiseido product - why not a resealable bag? For now, I'll keep mine in a ziploc bag. Definitely a keeper.
I don't have many wrinkles around my eye area, but this eye cream definitely diminishes the appearance of the few I have. Very moisturizing and light weight. The jar lasts me about three to four months. I wish it came in a pump or tube instead of the jar. **Update(Dec 2005): Two lippies off! After switching to Revive Eye Renewal Cream for three months and repurchasing Chanel, I decided NOT to return to Chanel. I don't know if they changed the formula, but it no longer works its magic. And boy, is this stuff thick! I can hardly get it out of the jar.
I was on a quest for a good eye cream when I got a sample of this. This is a good moisturizer, but there are better products that do the same job with better ingredients (retinol, vitamins, SPF) and lesser price. I will not buy the full size.
Treatments (Eye) -Shiseido - Shiseido Benefiance Eye Masks
gloriajk 6/13/2005 9:54:00 AM
Slices of heaven! Let them sit on your eye area for 15 minutes, peel them off, and pat the residual retinol in. I usually use them once a week, just before bedtime. The difference I see in the morning is amazing! I just wish they were not this expensive - $60 for 12 pairs. Luckily, I am good friends with the Shiseido SA at Nordstrom, who always slips in some deluxe size samples whenever I make a purchase. (This is, in fact, how I was introduced to this product.) I will definitely repurchase once I run out.
Good-bye sponges! After reading the rave reviews on MUA, I decided to give this brush a try. I have to confess I am a makeup novice. I rarely wear foundation (or make up), because I was never able to make it look good - I missed some spots or ended up with a thick, uneven layer on my face. This brush completely solved my problem! Blends perfectly for a perfect finish. The quality of the brush is amazing. Worth the $30 price tag. GWP will take the sting out of the sticker shock.
Treatments (Eye) -Shiseido - Benefiance Revitalizing Eye Cream [DISCONTINUED]
gloriajk 5/12/2005 12:03:00 PM
Many of my friends use Shiseido because they relate the brand with suitability for Asian skin. I found that to be true in most cases, especially with foundations and concealers. This eyecream, however, was a disappointment. It absorbs well, but dries out my eye area. I have a few wrinkles and hope I did not get more from using the full jar for four months. I used L'oreal Plenitude (now renamed dermo-expertise and prices creeping up) before I made the switch and am strongly reconsidering going back.
Treatments (Eye) -Clinique - Advanced Stop Signs Eye SPF 15
gloriajk 5/12/2005 11:50:00 AM
After using Shiseido Benefiance eye cream with Clinique Lip/Eye SPF 30 Sun Block for the last four months, I discovered this one. This one is light weight and an excellent moisturizer! Shiseido was too heavy and tended to dry out my eye area. This will be my daytime eye cream for a long time until I find something better. With its price tag, this one by itself easily qualifies for GWP ($19.50 or more), unless you are shopping at Saks or Neiman. **Update**A little info about Clinique Lip/Eye SPF 30: It left a shiny film around the eye area and felt sticky. Imagine having chapstick around the eye area - that is how it felt like. I stuck with it until I ran out of the SPF-less eye cream I was using then. After I got Clinique Stop Signs Eye SPF 15, I used the Clinique Lip/Eye SPF 30 as a lip sunscreen. In my case, titanium oxide does not make me tear (avobenzone does!), so I tried dabbing my regular sunscreen on after eye cream. It works well. In light of this "discovery", I am not sure if I need to shell out extra money for Clinique Stop Signs SPF 15 which is a very basic moisturizer (no retinol or other "high-tech" active ingredients) with 8.3% zinc oxide.