clinique, cream, dior, estee lauder, moisturizer, phdlife, serum, skincare

Serum + Moisturizer is a must have items in your skincare routine

I’ve been faithfully using Dior cleansing water as make up remover, Dior snow cleansing foam, Diorsnow lotion, Estee Lauder ANR serum, Diorsnow anti spot serum, Estee Lauder Advance timezone cream(now using Revitalizing supreme) and estee lauder ANR II eye cream. I know that every each of them gave contribution to my healthy skin, but it cost me a lot of money. Now that I do not receive RA money from my professor anymore, I kinda short on money so i was thinking to minimize my skincare cost while still using the same brands. I tried using some drug store skincare but it broke me out and my skin became dull and lost its radiance.
So I did a little experiment with the three combo, tried to eliminate the non essential one. First the serum, since serum is the most expensive care amongst all. I use two serum ; ANR and diorsnow, I will not repurchased the diorsnow since now that dark spot is no longer my concern. so I tried combination with or without one of the three. I find out that serum and moisturizer is essential for your skin, you need to use both of them in order for its to give result, you can’t just use one of them. On the other hand I think that lotion is not necessary for me. I use lotion as a in between moisturizer after i cleansed my face and before i apply my night skincare routine. I find that my dior cleansing water is enough to keep my skin hydrated for 1-2 hours before i apply my night serum and cream.
Another product that I find to be essential is eye cream . You can’t skip eye cream. I ran out my ANR eye in september and I didn’t repurchase it again. My under eye area became dry, new fine lines appeared and the puffiness just ugly. So two weeks ago I purchased Clinique all bout eyes cream which cost only half of the ANR eye price, it restored the hydration in my under eye area. 
I’m gonna keep my dior cleansing water, ANR serum and estee lauder revitalizing supreme. Talk about revitalizing supreme, i find that this cream is very good, you can use it AM and PM and it last long because you only need a little for face and neck, I’l repurchase the clinique all about eyes once i hit the bottom. 
cleanser, dior, skincare

Dior Instant Cleansing Water

So It’raining outside, typhoon hits again. I was supposed to go to see fireworks but it is cancelled because of the typhoon. I decided to write a review about my new make up cleanser it is Christian Dior Instant Cleansing water.
Before I talk about this product let me rant about make up cleanser first. I had tried several type of make up cleanser from various brands. I am a two step cleaning person, so after make up remover I wash my face with face wash. I have a complicated skin type, my skin is very dry in winter with slightly oily in T-zone area and very oily in summer, I love milk/cream type make up remover it is soft but I don’t like that i have to use toner afterward because it takes away the moist from my skin. I tried oil type remover from Shu Uemura but it clogged my pores after several time of uses so I didn’t repurchase again. I tried Balm type too but I don’t like that I had to dip my finger into the jar. So I read about the this micellar cleansing water from several beauty blogs. There are so many brands but I remember biodherma being the famous one. I did not know where to find biodherma here in Japan(but now I know), I decided to jump on Dior, I read a pretty much good review about this instant cleansing water.
I love the packaging, frosted plastic bottle with pump and cap. The BA at the Dior counter told me to use 4 pumps on the cotton to wipe away all make up. It’s not enough for me. I need at least 2 cottons that means 8 pumps. It is say, it can remove waterproof make up, well it is but takes time. I tried on my Givenchy Noir couture waterproof mascara which is hard to remove, I used up 2 cottons alone to completely remove this mascara at first time. The trick for faster and efficiently remove water proof make up is to wet the eyelashes or eyelids(in case for water proof eyeliner) with the Micellar water. I pad and press the wet cotton softly on my eyes and leave it for a while(1-2 minutes) and pad and press again several times until it cleans.
I must say I love this Micellar water, it is soft and gentle to my skin and also hydrates it. My skin feel moist and it doesn’t become dry afterwards. Usually after removing my make up I need to put on some moisturizer/lotion otherwise my skin will be dry. But with this I can cook dinner and do other activities in the house without worries of dryness until I put on my night skincare routine before bed.
It is come in 200 ML  volume, it last for at least 2 months. Price is 4860 yen . I will definitely repurchase this cleanser again. I will use it until I find another good cleanser for my skin. I saw there is powder type of cleanser but I haven’t try it. Anyone tried the powder type? how was it?