Simple – Soothing Facial Toner Review

November 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

Simple Soothing Facial Toner

Official Canadian Website:
Product Page: Soothing Facial Toner

What they claim:
Our Soothing Facial Toner leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed, plus it’s a perfect blend of our purest possible skin loving ingredients with an added vitamin.
1 ADDED VITAMIN PRO-VITAMIN B5 known to help restore, soften and smooth. 3 SKIN LOVING INGREDIENTS CHAMOMILE known to help gently soften and soothe, WITCH HAZEL known to help tone and tighten pores, ALLANTOIN known to help soften. NO DYES, NO ARTIFICIAL PERFUMES, NO HARSH IRRITANTS to upset skin.

I purchased this toner a while ago in the states. It had a coupon attached to it and the final price was only US$3.00. I think the price of this toner ranges somewhere from CA$7.00 – $10.00 depending on where you buy it and sometimes they are on sale for a little bit cheaper. (But I’ve never seen it under CA$5.00)

I’ve been using this toner for about 1 month now and I think I am ready to share my thoughts on it. Long story short, it’s an OK toner. It’s not something I love, but I don’t hate it either. The toner is clear and very waterly, like what you would expect a toner to be. It does not have much of scent and it does not irritate my skin. I use this toner twice a day with cotton pads swiping my entire face and neck. It feels pretty much like water on my skin, except it gives slightly refreshing feeling.

After using the toner, my skin does feel a little bit softer and I do think my pores are less visibl. However, I have pretty bad break-outs on my chin right now (which is NOT because of this toner) and this toner is not really helping to clear them out. I thought it might help because it contains witch hazel. I also don’t really like how fast it dries on my skin. I mean it does not dry my skin out, but as soon as I swipe it on my skin, it just kind of disappears. I hope it’s because my skin is absorbing it but I’m not so sure. On the official website, this toner is categorized under Cleansers, but I really can’t speak for it because I never rely on toners to remove make-up or anything. There is never any residue on the cotton pad when I swipe it on my face.

So over-all it’s a nice toner for the price, especially when I only paid US$3 for it, and I will finish using this bottle. However, it does not do anything special enough for me to repurchase it.


  • Available at most of drug stores
  • Affordable
  • Not irritating


  • Not moisturizing
  • Does not help with acne even though containing witch hazel

My Final Rating: 3/5


Cheap Drug Store Skincare!

September 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

I recently visited Walmart and Target in Bellingham, WA again. I went there mainly looking for baby stuff. But I came across these 2 items. Sorry for low quality photo 😦


Left: Simple Soothing Facial Toner

Right: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

I bought these 2 items mainly because of their price.

The regular price for Simple Soothing Facial Toner is US$6.99 but Target had instant saving coupon (US$3.99 off) attached to it. So it came to only US$3.00! I’ve been seeing this “Simple” brand in Canada for a while and I was always intrigued. I never actually reached out to it nor did research on it, but the bottle says it’s good for sensitive skin and doesn’t contain harsh chemicals nor alcohol (which is not entirely true because it contains witch hazel and witch hazel contains alcohol). Besides, it is only $3.00 so I wouldn’t be too sad if it doesn’t work out. I tried their light moisturizer on my hand and it felt really nice too. So I will be testing this out and will let you guys know in the future.

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion is actually for my hubby. He’s been looking for a cheap moisturizer that just moisturise his dry skin. Nothing more. We first found this in Walmart for US$12.97, which we though was an OK price because last moisturizer he was using came with less product for the same price. So we bought it after reading some online reviews saying it’s an great moisturizer for dry skin. Then we went to Target and found the exact same lotion for US$6.48. We were like “what the heck, walmart?” so we bought it at Target and went to return the one we bought at Walmart. Target official website doesn’t have the price for this item and it says “Price vary by store”, so maybe it’s not that cheap in other Target stores. I still think it’s worth it to check them out if you like this moisturizer, because it’s like 50% off from Walmart’s price.

I thought these are great deal so though I’d share with you guys. Have a nice day, lovelies 🙂


Skincare Routine September 2012

September 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

As soon as I got pregnant, my skin started acting really bad. The unstable hormone was causing me to have bad break-outs and some freckles became darker. When I went into 2nd trimester, it started to be a little better but the break-outs had left me with tons of acne scars (hyper-pigmentation) and I still have 1-2 acne at all time, but I always had acne-prone skin so it is not a big concern right now. As far as skincare routine goes, I do like what I have now and I think it’s working well with my skin. So I decided to share it with you guys 🙂

Morning Skincare Routine

morning skincare rourine

Cleanse: Philosophy Purity Made Simple

This cleanser has been my HG cleanser for about 2 years now. It is highly talked about cleanser and I admit I was sceptical when I first tried it. It is also quite pricey for a cleanser. But as soon as I started using it, it became my all time favourite and I cannot live without it. It cleanses foundation, primer, and sunscreen off beautifully and leave my skin super soft and smooth. The cleansing power is amazing but it won’t dry my skin out. It won’t wash off water-proof eye make-up but I use make-up remover anyway so it does not concern me. I’ve purchased the medium size bottle once and big bottle twice already and will be buying this again. (Visit Official Website)

Tone: Kose Medicated Sekkisei Lotion (The blue bottle)

I purchased this in Japan last spring and started using it in April. I still have about 25-30% left. Considering I use 3-4 pumps every morning and night, I am amazed that it lasted me 6 month. It was a little expensive for a toner (about CA$125) but it is a extra large  bottle and it did last me very long so I think it was worth the money. It has always been one of my favourite toner. It has skin brightening effect and also hydrating properties. It leaves my skin fresh and supple, but it’s not sticky nor thick. It won’t make your skin dramatically whiter/brighter but it aids in preventing skin from developing hyper-pigmentation. (Visit Official Website – Japanese Only)

Replenish: Origins Dr. Weil Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum

I have purchased Origins products numerous times, and I have to admit, I was always somewhat disappointed. Origins has great variety of lines, uses natural ingredients, and has great irresistible scent (which is why I keep wanting to try them). But the products just never did anything to my skin. Unfortunately, this Mega-Bright Serum is no exception. It has great citrus scent that I really REALLY like. The texture of the serum is light and it absorbs quickly. Other than that, it didn’t do much. I’ve been using this for over a month now and my hyper-pigmentation hasn’t improved. I had less break-outs when I was using Clinique’s Turnaround Concentrate. Also, I don’t understand why this skin serum has iridescent shimmer in it. (Visit Official Website)

Moisturise: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15

I got this product in one of my Glossybox and have been using it as my morning moisturizer for bout 3 month. It is a really light moisturizer that blends into your skin very easily and absorbs quickly. The finish is radiant (thus Positively Radiant) but not oily. It has a little bit of shimmer in it, which I’m not a huge fan of, but you can’t really see it once you put it on your face. Foundation applies nicely after this moisturizer and it’s nice that it has SPF 15. It’s working great for me so far but it’s not something I will rave about. I will be hunting for better morning moisturizer once this runs out. (Visit Official Website)

Lips: eos Lip Balm Smooth Sphere

This lip balm was talked about a lot online but I wasn’t interested in the beginning because the lip balm I was using at the time was fine (I was using Vaseline one). But when I had to buy a new lip balm, I found this in store and discovered that it’s 100% natural and 95% organic, I decided to give it a try. It is pretty expensive in Canada ($3.99), but it’s not the most expensive lip balm I’ve ever purchased. After using it for about 2month, I actually really like this lip balm. It is not too rich or sticky so it works pretty well under lipsticks. My lips are not too dry so it is moisturizing enough for daily use. it smells great and even tastes good 😀 I will definitely buy another one when it runs out. (Visit Official Website)

Evening Skincare Routine

night skincare routine

Remove Make-up: Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil

This Oil Cleanser is from Japan but I purchased this in Taiwan last spring and has been using this to remove more stubborn make-up. I usually use 1 pump for eye area only, and 2 pumps if I want to cleanse whole face. it removes all my make-up like magic; even the most stubborn mascaras from Fasio and Majorica Majorca. Together with Philosophy Purity Made Simple, I never had trace of make-up on my cotton pad when I use toner after cleansing. It is pretty affordable (I think it was about CA$7-8) in Taiwan, but it will be way more in Vancouver. So; even though I really like this, I will most likely be buying something else when it runs out. (Visit Official Website – Japanese Onlly)

Cleanse: Philosophy Purity Made Simple

See morning routine for review.

Tone: Kose Medicated Sekkisei Lotion

See morning routine for review.

Replenish: Origins Dr. Weil Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum

See morning routine for review.

Moisturise: Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream

I got this as part of Sephora’s VIB program gift. The full size product is 2 fl oz and this mini size contains 0.5 fl oz. I’ve been using this for about 3 weeks now and there is still about 20% left. I’ve been really enjoying this cream because it really makes my skin feel smooth and supple. I have to say this cream is aimed towards more of dry skin or mature skin, but it’s been working fantastic on my oily combination skin. When I wake up in the morning, my skin does seem a little oily, but it feels soft after I wash my face. it is bit pricey at CA$106 but I think it’s reasonable considering how long this jar is lasting me. (Visit Sephora Product Page) *Read the updated full review here.

Eyes: Clinique All About Eyes

I purchase this at Duty Free Store in Taipei Airport last spring. I’ve been using this for 6 month now and it has about 15% left in the jar. I really like this eye cream because it’s just the right consistency for me. It’s not too light nor too rich. I haven’t used any eye cream that made me feel like it’s magic to be honest, but this one sure does the job. My eye area is not dry when I use this and It is easily absorbed.The price is quite reasonable at CA$30 for 0.5 fl oz. I might buy this again when it runs out. (Visit Official Website)

Lips: eos Lip Balm Smooth Sphere

See morning routine for review.

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