Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Skincare Things

This is a super over due post of some more items I got from Japan (back in August).
As you might recall, I was using Orbis with a mix of Paul & Joe. During the day time, I used the Orbis Aqua Force moisture lotion because it absorbed quickly, but as the weather started to change, it wasn't moisturizing enough. After finishing it in August, I purchased the Sofina Beaute Emulsion.
The emulsion comes in 3 varieties, Fresh I, Light Moist II and Moist III. I think the difference is the moisturizing levels. The one I got is II Light Moist 120mL, I can't remember the price, but HK sells it for $290HKD.
I've been using it for daytime since the end of August and there's still a bit more than half the bottle left. So I think it's worth the price.
The bottle is very pretty with the white flowers. It's plastic and you kinda half squeeze half pour the moisturizer out.

I translated the HK Sofina website using Google, but most of it doesn't make sense in English. It basically says that this moisturizer penetrates the cell's core and helps with anti-aging. It's supposed to also help dry damaged skin from the environment. You can read it yourself here.

This moisturizer is super milky, I'd say a bit more than the Laneige emulsions. It absorbs very quickly and has a light floral aroma. I definitely think this is a great moisturizer because it makes my skin really soft and doesn't leave any residue, whereas Laneige did (back when it was my fav skincare). The floral scent goes away quickly so there's no need to worry about leftover smells. Since it absorbs quickly, I don't have to wait before applying makeup and worry about dry patches on my skin.
I use a little more than what this picture shows and it's more than enough to moisturize my skin.

Other Sofina Beaute items I'm using is the Wrinkle Essence. I got that in HK in February for $380HKD 25mL. I use this under my eyes everyday and sometimes on my face and neck. I can't really give good results since I didn't notice much. I think it's just good to prevent any further wrinkles though. After I'm done all my P&J products, I'm going to slowly switch over to the rest of the Sofina Beaute items as they're supposed to help with anti-aging.

I've been using nose strips for a long as I can remember, but sometimes they just don't pull out all the junk. In a quest to find something to boost the nose strip power, I found the Kose Softymo Hot Cleansing Gel from Japan.
This is a small tube, 25g for I think $5-6CAD? But it works well with the nose strip. After cleansing and drying my skin, I rub a 2 pea sized amount on the areas that the nose strip will touch. There's no hot feeling at all, but whatever haha. The gel is black and has a bit of tiny scrubbage to it. I do this for about 2 minutes then rinse off with water and apply the nose strip.
After peeling off the strip, here's what I'm left with... a lot more crap out of my pores than if I didn't use the gel. Whhheeee!!!!

19 comments:

Mona said...

woah, nose strips still scare me!

eri said...

omg! i gotta try that softmyo thing!!!! hahahaha! i've always been dissapointed w/not getting all the crap out w/nose strips! hahaha.

' * : . b | u 3 . : * ' said...

that gel looks like it really works!

ning * star said...

cool. it works super well. lol, i might thinking to get it then...in my dream, my class... hahah xD thanks for intro this item

Babybubblz said...

I'm not that good with pore strips so this gel sounds very interesting!

Thanks for the review =)

Jennifer said...

That gel sounds amazing! wonder if I can find it in HK too XP it's a must-get if i found it anywhere lol!

Catherine said...

Ooh, thanks for sharing your review on the Sofina moisturizer. It sounds really nice! I still stand by my home-mixed moisturizer, but sometimes I wish I had something a little easier to use for daytime... will keep a lookout for this.

And WOW - I hate pore strips because they dry out my skin so bad and never really work but if this gel can make them that much better -!!

lilluna5416 said...

i have been very curious about sofina products, thanks for the review!

mandy said...

The gel sounds interesting...Do they sell it anywhere online? Like sasa, etc?

izumi said...

ooooooo that nose strip thing seems pretty gooooddd :)

Blair said...

Eeep, I wanna get my hands on Sofina Beaute and Kose Softymo Hot Cleansing Gel!!!

sizbelle said...

Kose Softymo Hot Cleansing Gel sounds like a great match with the nose strips... i need it..

Old Cow said...

I am a pore strip addict! I use teh softymo black charcoal ones and they work well.....but so do the men's strips too.

Mary in Wonder said...

I love nose strips, but they really do not get out everything.
Think I have to find a good substitute for this Softymo and try them together. Thanks for the idea!

acutelife said...

I never tried nose strip...well..maybe once and then gave up the idea because it hurts and it didnt do much back then :P maybe I used the wrong one hahaha

Kaye said...

I ordered that hot gel thing from Sasa, hopefully I'll get it soon! Is it possible to use it on its own? I'm not fond of nose strips.

fuzkittie said...

LOVE Sofina! Especially with the super pretty packaging, hahaha. It must feel so nice to use all Sofina Beaute skincare! :P MIssed ya!

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Emily Li said...

Im currently using the cleansing gel and I immediately feel an hot sensation