What It IsShiseido Facial Cotton is 100% natural cotton that is uniquely manufactured for a consistent, soft, smooth texture. 165 sheets per pack.
What Else You Need to KnowIt allows for maximum absorption and assists in the application of Shiseido softeners.
Cosrx cotton rounds vs. Shiseido facial cotton🤍
☁️I ditched drugstore cotton pads a long time ago, I could never consistently find ones that didn’t flake & shred fibers onto my face. I have sensitive eyes & I absolutely hate getting anything stuck in there, I’m sure we all do. I don’t wear makeup much anymore, but having cotton pads that don’t shed or fall apart is so crucial for removing eye makeup! I mostly use cotton pads for my toning step. A good cotton pad will be absorbent, but not too much to be able to dispense your products across your face. 💦Pro Tip: If your cotton pads still look dirty or has traces of makeup after toning, this means your cleansing routine isn’t cutting it. Toning is not meant to further clean your skin after cleansing. Rather, toner meant to help rebalance skin & prepare it for your following hydration/moisture routine. 🚰 Toner is an important for me because I’m not super happy with my tap water quality. If I wouldn’t drink, I’m not thrilled about washing my face with it, but I’m not bougie enough to wash with Évian®😭 SHISEIDO - Facial Cotton $12/165 pads Description from Shiseido: This exclusive Facial Cotton is 100% natural and uniquely manufactured for a consistent soft, smooth texture. Allows for maximum absorption and assists in the application of Shiseido softeners. 165 sheets per pack. My review: I’ve been using these & loving them for years. It seemed like such a splurge to me when I first switched, but such an upgrade, I never looked back. They’re about 7 cents each, so it’s honestly not that bad if you’re sick of buying random cotton pads at Target/Walmart. (I checked prices a few mainstream brands like Equate & Q-Tips, which range from about 2-5 cents per) These are super soft! It doesn’t soak up too much product even though they’re plush, it gives it right back to, making toner an effective & enjoyable experience. I love they have no type of seam or edge, so there’s nothing but soft, fluffy texture☁️ COSRX - Pure 100% Cotton Rounds $12/80 pads Description from Cosrx: Soft, round cotton pad made of wavy patterned 100% cotton to mildly wipe skin without irritation. My review: Every once in a while I forget to add my usual Shiseido facial cotton to a Sephora order, so I decided to try something new in a Soko Glam order. These are double sided, one side is textured, one smooth. Technically these are twice as expensive per pad as Shiseido. Some of you may like the textured side for removing makeup or applying certain products, but I personally didn’t find it as an added plus. It’s not rough, but the smooth side isn’t as soft as Shiseido. They perform fine, but overall I like the softer, plush texture of Shiseido better. Cosrx has little seam edges I don’t care for. Results: Both held up equally well in all my tests. Swipe through the photos. I tried to see how much roughing up they could take & if they would flake or fall apart-they didn’t. Cosrx pads are slightly stronger, but both broke eventually💧
👄 I used Algenist Lip Collagen for 6 weeks 👄
About Algenist: Launched March 2011 Co-founders, Harrison Dillon & Jonathan Wolfson weren’t intending to get into the beauty industry. Instead in 2004 they set out to create a renewable energy source from algae, in their Bay Area garage. After studying thousands of strains of microalgae, they unexpectedly discovered a protective, regenerating compound called Alguronic Acid. Algae expert & Stanford professor Arthur Grossman encouraged them to further research & investigate the application of Alguronic Acid into skincare development. Alguronic Acid protects algae from some of the harshest environments in the world & regenerates cells, allowing the algae to thrive. Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen® Lip $35/.34 oz THE CLAIM: A vegan collagen moisturizing lip treatment that visibly restores lip fullness & contours, for youthful-looking lips in as few as 10 days. WHAT IS IT?: A dual phase lip treatment that suspends botanical lip enhancers & hundreds of beads of Microalgae Oil in collagen water. Formulated with plant collagen, & Algenist's patented Alguronic Acid®: naturally sourced & sustainably produced from algae. SPECIAL INGREDIENTS: Alguronic Acid® has been clinically proven to visibly minimize appearance of fine lines/wrinkles & boost benefits of other active ingredients. Exclusive Active Vegan Collagen™: A high-concentration vegan collagen that strengthens & conditions to improve texture. “Vegan” collagen is a new innovative technology created by binding corn, soy & wheat protein fibers resulting in vegan amino acids that structurally mimic & provide a similar function to animal-derived collagen. Microalgae Oil: To hydrate & support natural cell repair, rich in Omegas 3, 6, & 9. (the beads) ALGENIST - Genius Liquid Collagen Lip I should mention I was anti “lip-plumping” products for over 15 years due to a single bad experience with “Lip Venom” in high school that sent me running to the bathroom to hide for like 30 minutes until the insane swelling went down! even bad reactions with the beloved Dior Addict Lip Maximizer. I truly love my lips, but I’m 32, & worry about their natural fullness dissipating over time. I wanted to try this because it isn’t an instant thing. Application: I felt really stupid trying to dispense the product at first, it felt like I was breaking it lol. Hold the chrome area below the applicator with one hand, & twist the entire unit below it to the right. Texture: Feels like a very hydrating serum, slightly cooling. I love the ceramic applicator, it stays so cold! There’s a slightly odd taste to get used to. Results: Used 2x/day, sometimes more, as was directed. I took tons of photos with different angles, because I often see so many before/afters that are completely different angles & I feel like that’s not super helpful. So I even took the ugly straight on angle that I hate for you guys because I love y’all. I don’t think it’s done much, but it’s become my favorite lip treatment!
🍧DIOR HYDRA LIFE Balancing Sorbet Water Toner💦
So this isn’t a brand new product; 2 years ago Dior reformulated their ‘Hydra Life’ line & for some reason their alcohol-free ‘Gentle Toning Lotion with Velvet peony extract’ got discontinued in the process. I was really sad because it was something I’d used for years, probably my very first “nice” skincare product ever 💔rip There was a pushy Dior rep at Sephora the day I saw the new display was going in lol... I expressed my sadness & she assured me that the new formula was alcohol-free, it’s not🤥—however I’ve used it over 2 years now & ive had no irritation💙 DIOR - Hydra Life Balancing Hydration 2 in 1 Sorbet Water $43/5.9 oz It’s hard to compare it to the discontinued pink one, because they’re pretty different products... This one has prebiotic elements that stimulates beneficial flora & pore perfecting mineral powders you shake up before use. I didn’t have any problems when I switched, but I really missed the original peony scent. It’s fun to shake up it does have a nice light refreshing scent similar to the original hydra life creams. 🍧There’s a lot of great ingredients here including my beloved peony extract... 💗I made some slides to talk about the ingredients & their benefits, check em out💎 I love that this product is gentle & hydrating while still very effectively cleaning off any extra stuff after my cleansing routine. I Included a gross picture of before & after, the pipes in my house are really old & water isn’t amazing... I like knowing I’m balancing my skin after cleansing, there’s also a lot of dirt &/or pollutants in the air whether you live in the country like me or the city. Personally, I use it with a cotton pad. I love: SHISEIDO - Facial Cotton $5/40 $12/165 because they’re not flakey so I never get any stringy residue on my skin or caught in my lashes. But you can use it with your hands for a different feel. You could also do both! Sometimes I pat a little extra onto my skin after my cotton pad swipe. Otherwise I move onto my essence & other moisture products. The residue on the pad is literally from the yucky pipe water at my place & wiping my neck lol. But, a good double cleansing routine shouldn’t leave extra gunk for your toner to clean... but this step is super helpful if you don’t have great water... I may switch toners in the future, I’ve got a mini Laneige cream skin to check out... But I’ve had really great results with this for keeping my pores in check. 💌PS- I really wasn’t a fan of the reformulation of the other hydra life products. I was a hard core hydra life user before that. The old jars were so beautiful! They were interestingly the least expensive of all the different Dior skincare lines at the time, the $400 creams weren’t as cute, not that that matters, just saying... the clear baby blue glass was gorgeous💎 I still have some, now they get used for weed & my medication lol 😆
Lotion mask method
This idea is taken from the book The Japanese skincare revolution by Chizu Saeki, I honestly don’t remember where I saw that someone recommended this book, but I bought it to learn more about the advice she gave. It’s a popular method in Japan thanks to Chizu Saeki, she places a lot of emphasis on skin hydration, this method is one of the techniques to improve skin hydration levels. In Japan, lotions are similar to toners, but Japanese lotions tend to be thicker and more hydrating. You only need a lotion (toner), multi-layered cotton pads and water. After cleaning your skin: 1. Take a multi-layered cotton pad and soak it in water. 2. Press the cotton to remove excess water. 3. Soak the cotton pad with the lotion (toner). 4. Separate the cotton sheets and put them on your face as a mask. 5. You can apply cling pack or a shower cap to increase the penetration of the lotion. 6. Leave 3 minutes and remove. Then follow your normal beauty routine. You can use whatever toner you have on hand 🙌🏻. This routine leaves the skin hydrated and soft and makes the rest of the products work better. *** I'm going to post a video with the steps, since you can't combine photos and videos in the same review.
Fabulous Makeup Remover
Ok. First off. If you haven’t purchased shiseido’s facial cottons, you have not lived. The facial cotton they make is SO soft and absorbs liquid so well. When you use it to apply a toner or remove makeup, it feels like the worlds softest tissue gliding along your face. Imagine charmine three ply toilet paper but doubled up and cut into a perfect square... shiseido is pretty similar. The amount you get in the package too is well worth the $14 it costs. Trust me. Buy a package of them. UNREAL Ok so- the BEST makeup remover I’ve ever used is this cleansing water. It’s so good for sensitive skin- especially around the eyes because it doesn’t burn them. Someone when I’ve used makeup remover, the product has bled into my eyes and causes them to burn or make me squint really hard. This cleansing water doesn’t do that at all. It gently removes all types of makeup (waterproof included) with the help of rose water but also soothes sensitive and stressed skin with their mixture of ingredients they call “dragons breath” It’s super hydrating too! You know when you wipe your face with a makeup wipe but then your face has a weird film on it afterwards- yeah- not with this baby! I honestly don’t know how people just take off their makeup with a wipe and then go to bed! I need to wash my face and then apply four hundred creams before I go to sleep 😝 Anyway, buy these two products. THE BEST combo
Rodial-Dragon's Blood Micellar Cleansing Water
I AM OBSESSED.
Note: the rest of my cotton pads went into my cotton pad dispenser. Have you ever wondered what luxurious clouds would feel like on your face? Wonder no more, the Shiseido Facial Cotton will have you feeling like a pampered Grecian Goddess in no time. Are these a luxury? YES. A necessity? Not even a little bit. Will I rebuy this? Absolutely. For $5 at Sephora I can feel like a fancy celebrity when I apply my toner at night for 40 days. It’s so soft and so dreamy, I think it’s so worth it. SHISEIDO - Facial Cotton
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