Introducing: Bioré’s Line Up of Makeup Removers

About a week or so before leaving Manila, a bundle of some of Bioré’s different types of makeup removers arrived on my doorstep. I was ecstatic because this ups the number of readily accessible cleansing oils and micellar waters in Manila (the most popular other brands being Shu Uemura for the cleansing oil and Bioderma for micellar cleansing water).

Bioré, if you are unfamiliar with the brand, is of Japanese origin. They are well-known for their sunblocks locally, but apparently their makeup removing products are best-sellers in Japan. I trust Japanese skin care almost by default (you really should never do this but if there’s any one country that knows its skincare it’s Japan, so…) and so I didn’t hesitate to dive in and test all of these products immediately.
DSC04362The bundle I received included all three of Bioré’s makeup removing products: the Cleansing Oil (in the pump bottle and the two small travel bottles), the Micellar Cleansing Water, and the Cotton Sheets. There is also a 2-in-1 foaming Cleanser, but I unfortunately haven’t been able to try that out.

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BRTC Bubble Refining Cleanser

Some things just come your way at the best possible time. And while I seem to always be late (actually, the very last) to the party when it comes to these BNT boxes, the timing of this January box could not have been better. The other day I was thinking of how I badly needed a new gel liner and brown liquid liner, and yesterday I ran out of my cleanser then totally forgot to buy a new tube while I was out. When I got home, the January BNT box was waiting for me with all three of those things in it (among others)! Let’s start with the cleanser, since that is the very first thing I tried out.


Product Description: Botanical patent ingredients supporting sebum control and temporary pore contraction create refreshing and smooth skin through inducing contraction of enlarged pores by various reasons, balance care and elasticity increase.

The BRTC Bubble Refining Cleanser* is actually the second part of a seven-step (!!) pore tightening system. I can’t imagine having to go through so many steps. That sounds a little extreme to me, but I’m sure the individual parts work fine on their own, otherwise this would not have been sent alone. Anyway, I have one other BRTC product that BNT sent a month back and I really love it, so I was very excited to try this cleanser. As with the Bright Eye Vitalizer Cream, the packaging on this has a cool medicine-like feel. 

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LUSH’s Fresh Farmacy Soothing Calamine Cleanser

I’ve never been a huge fan of Lush products. You can usually smell the store long before you’ve even set foot in it– and once you’re actually inside, the scent is overwhelming. Any girl who has sensitive skin (as I do) knows that products with strong scents are something to avoid. Even the the store’s colour story –yellow, black, and bright green — doesn’t seem to match its advocacy (all things fresh and handmade) in my opinion. I do quite fancy their bath bombs though, which I only use every once in a while as a treat to myself since they are not cheap. It was only a bath bomb that I was after when I went into Lush some time last month. I found one, picked it up, and started to walk over to the till when their face cleanser soaps caught my eye.

I had seen Lush’s Coalface soap many times before and I’m certain that Fresh Farmacy was always sitting there right beside it, but I never really took notice. Coalface is black as coal (obviously) because it’s got powdered charcoal as one of its main ingredients–good for oily skin and as a mild exfoliator. Fresh Farmacy on the other hand is a muted pink colour which totally reminded me of calamine lotion. If you’ve ever had chicken pox or if you were a mosquito-magnet as a kid, then you probably know calamine lotion as the pink stuff mom would slather all over your bites to soothe them. Sure enough, calamine is Fresh Farmacy’s main ingredient.


The description on the Lush website (in case you can’t see it in the photo above) reads:

Feel like you have the world’s most sensitive skin? Allow us to prescribe you a bar of Fresh Farmacy, our calamine-based cleansing bar. Fresh Farmacy contains chamomile extract to calm, rose and lavender to soothe dry patches and tea tree to clear up any blemishes. The name stems all the way back to the beginning of LUSH, when we held a competition to name the company. Although we (obviously) went with another option, we thought the name appropriate for our problem-solving cleanser.

Isn’t cool that Lush was almost called Fresh Farmacy? I actually might prefer that name. Hehe. Anyway. Sensitive skin? Redness? Dry patches? Blemishes? Yup, all of those things pretty much describe my skin, so I figured trying out a bar couldn’t hurt. 

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