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More than half a year ago, I started using Garnier’s Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream and since then, I’ve became a big fan of their products! Sure I’ve tried many other BB creams, but up to today, I am still currently using the Miracle Skin Perfector BB, unable to find a better one for everyday use. I’ll probably do a everyday routine video and a June favorites video soon, so let’s bring our focus back to Garnier’s newest range of skin care product, the Sakura White!
I know you might be reading this because of the Giveaway but please bear with me and read this post ok? You need to understand and know what I am giving away too right? 🙂 Giveaway is at the end of this post!
!!! Review below is my personal opinion. I have acne prone combination oily and dry skin. All skin types differ and you will only know if it is suitable for your after trying it out. !!!!
What do you think of when you hear the word Sakura?
Frankly, for me, I think of my 2 favorite J.Anime Characters : Sakura the Card captor and Sakura in Naruto. Both beautiful girls who exhibit great strength, love and wisdom! I probably like their special fighting and healing powers too, sometimes imagining that I know spells and try to shift things with my mind. When I see both of them fight, it never fail to make me feel like grabbing my sword and spear for some Wushu maintenance training, they give me energy! I may sound crazy here, but I am sure some of you out there who love Japanese Anime think and act the same way too!
Then, I think of the beautiful Sakura flowers in Japan ( like finally right? 😛 ) It’s also the reason why I would really love to visit Japan some day, to ‘Hanami’ (centuries-old practice of picnicking under a blooming sakura or ume tree) and admire the beautiful architect of old Japanese temples and buildings. I would it to be very very romantic 🙂 Wedding photo shot part 2 maybe? Shawn have better earn more money! 😛
So when Garnier first came out with the new range of Sakura White, I was immediately tempted to try it out! At the same time, due to my acne and pimple prone skin condition, I was my usual wary self. Good thing they have their Gentle Cleansing Foam in sample size, so I got it to try it out. I fell in love with the Cleansing Foam immediately, even before I’ve applied it on my face!
I’ve always seen and used cleansing foam that’s white in color, so when the cleanser came out in smooth pinkish texture, the voice in my mind went ‘OooooooOoooooo…’ It’s so pretty! It really lived up to it’s Sakura White Pinkish Radiance name! The texture of the cleanser is very smooth too, in a light creamy texture that feels cooling and calming on the face. When looking for a cleanser, I have 3 very important criteria on my list.
1) I hate using makeup removers. I only use makeup removers for eyes and lips and then wash everything off with my cleanser so it is very important that my cleanser is strong enough to wash away all the dirt and makeup on my face.
2) I have very sensitive skin, so the cleanser must be strong yet gentle at the same time. I am not sure if this makes any sense to you, but I have used cleanser so strong it stings and leaves my face feeling dry and parched. Then acne appears. Cleansers that are not strong enough are unable to wash away all the impurities on my face, breeding pimples and acne too.
3) Texture is very important! I hate watery/ gel textures as I don’t feel that they are cleansing my face enough. It might be physiological but I need to be assured! At the same time, it must not be too creamy as experience had proven that they cause more pimples and breakouts too. Some creamy cleansing wash even feels oily and I feel like I have a layer of oil sheet on my face – very very uncomfortable!
The Garnier Sakura White Pinkish Radiance Gentle Cleansing Form really does the job of removing all the makeup on my face and meets all 3 criterions!’ The cleansing foam also has Sakura Extract that deeply and gently cleanses our skin, revealing fresh and pinkish radiant complexion. It’s formula is gentle and suitable even for sensitive skin’ like mine! Tried, tested and proven – no breakouts or uncomfortable feeling!
Hang on there! Giveaway is at the end of this post!
As you can see in the images above, the product really confuses me. Is it a toner? It’s watery (though ticker) like a toner, comes in a bottle usually used to contain toners and the range does not have a toner. If it is, then why call it a Essence Lotion? I had to solve my question, so I went back to Google for the moment of truth.
What’s the difference between a Essence and a Toner – From http://www.tonguechic.com/beauty/how-to-apply-essence-water/
- Has a light and thin texture.
- Balances skin pH after washing (face wash is alkaline).
- Removes traces of dirt, makeup or cleanser that may not have been removed during the wash.
- Leaves skin slightly moist to make the most out of your moisturizer.
- It can function as a toner.
- Thicker in texture.
- Tend to have increased hydrating, brightening and other treatment properties.
- It can double as a pre-moisturiser serum.
- Very oily skins in humid weather may enjoy wearing it alone as a hydrator.
(It’s a pretty well written article, check it out if you can! )
So they are same same but different! So the Sakura White Pinkish Radiance Essence Lotion can act as a toner ( I reckon it’s a little thicker than Essence Water since they used the word lotion, but should have the same effect and more moisturizing) and that’s the reason why they did not come up with a toner for the range! 🙂
From the label: ‘ The Garnier Pinkish Radiance Essence Lotion is enriched with Sakura Extract compressed. It can effectively brighten our skin from its source, boost skin rosiness and transparency. Blended with Vitamin B3 and Vitamin CG (there’s such as thing as V’ CG?!), it helps make skin tone more even, fairer, smooth and refined. The watery translucent rexture is light and easy to be absorbed, penetrating into each inch of our skin. Day after day, our skin will bloom beautifully like the Sakura: Pink, Transparent, White! ‘ Awwww!!!
*Off to Google Vitamin CG*
Wikipedia does not have it! So I searched for other articles and apparently it’s ascorbyl glucoside, a form of vitamin C combined with glucose for slow-release. An enzyme in the formula releases vitamin C at the cellular surface and provides benefits over a sustained period of time. It can also function as an antioxidant, dramatically reducing the free radicals that result from UV irradiation of the skin, and significantly reduce cell damage. It also promotes collagen synthesis. Creams containing this remarkable substance are highly beneficial for improving wrinkles and roughness of skin.
I am impressed! What a remarkable product! I’m gonna slap some more on my face now! Here’s me again – I’m glad I’ve got my hands on a really amazing product, at an amazing price! (will talk about this later)
Next up, The Garnier Sakura White Pinkish Radiance Moisturizing Cream with SPF 21/PA +++ . I usually only use creams at night as it is thicker and I do not like any greasy feeling on my face when I am out and about. However, this cream has SPF! Which means it should be for day use right (no sum at night) ? So I picked a day when I know I can simply go home and wash it off if I don’t like the feeling. I didn’t have to do that 🙂 The texture was just nice for me and my oily combination skin! You know when sometimes the moisturizer is too thick and greasy, your face just keeps oozing oil and at the end of the day, acne and pimples starts popping out? This product won’t give you that kind of nonsense, and it’s good for night use too! SPF is the plus plus plus point!
‘Enriched with Sakura Extract – a gentle but powerful ingredient from Japan, this delicate pinkish cream with a blend of Sakura Extracts, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin CG nourishes the skin deeply and helps lighten skin tone and dark spots, refine skin texture, and smoothen pores. The formula is suitable even for sensitive skin. – Day after day, skin blooms beautifully like Sakura flower-fair, fresh, translucent with pinkish glow! – In 4 weeks, the skin becomes 60% more pinkish radiant. ‘ (we’ll find out if it works after I’ve used it for a month! )
Both Garnier Sakura White’s Facial Foam and Essence Lotion smell really fresh nice and natural, the type I would use use all day. However, the moisturizing cream has a slight chemical smell that goes away after awhile but if you are one who cannot stand the slightest smell of chemical on your face, this is not for you.
Hang on there! Giveaway is at the end of this post!
Last but not least, the whitening range comes with a Intensive Whitening Mask! I guess you can’t end a great range without a great mask right? I love how sweet and natural the mask serum smells ; it has a slight pinkish tint too! The cloth used is pretty thin too, though not as thin as SexyLook’s masks (spoilt by the brand!)
So if you are looking for a Whitening Range and have sensitive skin, you might want to consider Garnier’s Sakura White Series. The best part? Even getting the full range is easy on your pocket! I spent a little more than $50 bucks for the full range! (Compared to the previous range of skin care products I got from SkinFood at over $150, this is a great deal!) Check out the prices!
So for a limited time only, the Garnier Sakura White Skincare Range is going at a great discount! The prices are already very pocket friendly and with the discount, it’s crazy not to just give this range a try!
In case the image is not clear, here are the prices:
Cleansing Foam :
$5.90 $4.70 (Aigooo, just buy and use la… Facial Foam finish very fast one right?!)
Softening Lotion (Essence Lotion) :
Day Cream (Moisturizing Cream) :
$19.90 $15.90 ( I didn’t realize this earlier, but it’s stated and thus confirmed that this is for day use )
Radiance Mask 4s:
$21.90 $17.90 (I got the individual packs at $2 each also from Watsons – Don’t ask me why the pricing is weird. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong)
Get them at the discount before it’s OVER!
BUT IF YOU WANT TO PLAY SAFE, HERE’s AN OPTION FOR YOU! ***GIVEAWAY!!!***
It’s GIVEAWAY time again!!! This time I’m giving away 3 items in 1 bundle:
1) 50ml Garnier Sakura White Facial Foam
2) 1s Garnier Sakura White Intensive Whitening Mask
3) 10 ml Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream
Now allow me to talk a bit about this BB Cream. I have been using this since the beginning of this year and I’m raving over it. It’s now an official part of my makeup routine – It’s so good to use! It’s light with a good coverage, has SPF and does not have the slightest hint of chemical smell! (Most BB Cream have that!) So here I am, sharing my joy of discovering with you!
What’s more, I have not 1, not 2, but THREE sets to giveaway!
So just how do you win? It’s very simple! Simply be the FIRST 3 READERS to
1) ‘Like’ my brand new still empty Facebook Page 😛 – https://www.facebook.com/FlyingPistachios
2) Share my Garnier Sakura Giveaway Post on my Facebook Page (Make sure your share is ‘Public’ or else I won’t be able to check!)
3) Drop me a comment here on my blog!
It’s really easy, just click click and type type type 😛
Can’t wait to see the results of this giveaway! See you on my Facebook Page!