15.1.10

Oil Slick!

I am in a mood for reviewing amongst other things today! In doing so I am pitting the mighty Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil against the slightly lesser known RMK Cleansing Oil. So with no further ado, let the battle commence!

In the red corner we have………Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Fresh

I think this would win hands down for a mouthful of a name don’t you?

The website says:

a lightweight cleansing oil that leaves the skin clean, fresh and refined. ideal for normal to oily skin types and acne-prone skin.

What I say:

Texture:
Described as light weight BUT I think it quite heavy at the same time, it is definitely the lightest in the Shu range.
Scent:
Light and fresh with a hint of cherry blossom

Emulsifying Ability:
Really good! Creams up nicely.

Cleansing:
Brilliant cleaning! Melts make up off with ease, including waterproof mascara.

After Feeling:
Skin does feel a little oilier than I would like it to after rinsing.

After a whole year I realised that most of my breakouts where down to this!! Why? MINERAL OIL! I have come to the realisation that mineral oil is a villain for my face and have now stopped using this.

In the blue corner we have……….RMK Cleansing Oil
The website says:

RMK Cleansing Oil N has been created to restore a vital amount of hydration while still having a great washing ability that removes mascara and dirt deep in the pores, instantly leaving your skin feeling invigorated and revitalised.

What I say:

I have used this for 3 months now and I think:

Texture:
Light, viscous and silky oil

Scent:
Fresh minty, which I think is super!

Emulsifying ability:
Decent not as good as Shu oils.

Cleansing:
Melts make up off with ease, including heavy eye make up and waterproof mascara.

After Feeling:
Skin feels clean without that tight feeling and not greasy at all.

Three months and no breakouts YET!! This doesn’t contain any mineral oil, on the contrary it’s ingredients include natural and botanical oils. I have to admit it is not as “slippy” as the Shu oil, which means that the make up doesn’t glide off as easy. I do need to massage the old mug a little longer paying extra attention to my eyes but I do not mind one little bit!


CLEAN UP YOUR OIL SLICK!!!

I don’t care what the makers of these oils say!! I will ALWAYS use a mild…super mild cleanser afterwards. And my choice for this task is: Fancl Cleansing Powder Light
This stuff is a great after oil cleanser! It is super mild yet removes all trace of oil in a jiffy without leaving your face dry and tight. My only problem with it is the foaming factor or rather lack of! But it is not the cleanser’s fault. The tap water in London is awful. Trying to make things foam in hard water is no joy.

I am an Ed Gorey Fan. I think he is just so talented with his pen.
His illustrations paired with his wit, dark humour and ability with verse always make me smile on sluggish days like today. I saw Tim Burton being interviewed on the Beeb a year or so ago and he mentioned that he has, like many others been influenced by Gorey.



Sort of sums up how I feel this morning:

A Reward for the Devoted:
If you have read this far then I applaud you!
And to thank you for your ardent support I would like to host a small but worthwhile contest.
Here is what's up for the taking:
Dior Snow Highlighter.


I bought this a while back and it is currently sat feeling sad in my cupboard. I am determined to lead a more minimal lifestyle, in terms of make up at least this year. So I would like to give this (and some random goodies) away to one lucky winner.
How to enter:
Leave a comment AND a little verse in my comment box. It doesn't have to be a long one...it could be 2 lines or just a string of rhyming words.....whatever you like!
Just comments are very welcome but won't be entered into the draw.
Winner will be drawn at random and announced on 23rd January.

40 comments:

  1. OOh nice cleanser battle
    Im using the dhc deep cleansing oil samples atm and they're also very good. =)

    Here's my rhyme
    As i'm flicking through blogs
    plenty with makeup flogs
    I become a woman possessed
    in order win this verse test.

    Oh dear. that was AWFUL =P

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  2. Thanks for the review!!

    I'm afraid that I'm very un-poetic!

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  3. a little of it makes me glad,
    too much of it makes me sad,
    living without it makes me mad!

    illogical i know but i tried!
    hope its alright!! haha!

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  4. My favorite cleansing oil at the moment is from Missha, it's made for BB cream removal. I love it!! It's much thinner than any other oil I've tried, but it still does a great job.

    Great contest idea!! I won't join because I am trying to keep things minimal makeup wise too..I'm trying to learn to use what I have.

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  5. Great review hun.
    Now for a rhyme . . .

    In my blog reader,
    There are blogs a plenty,
    Making me want to buy things,
    That will leave my purse empty.

    Terrible I know haha.
    Enter me please sweet :)
    xx

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  6. I currently use the Shu Uemura cleansing oil for brightening/whitening and I love it! It takes all my makeup off without feeling harsh. I do use an exfoliator afterward, though, to get all my dead skin off.

    Hmmm... a little verse, eh?? Let's see:
    I'm feeling very tired
    but also inspired
    to write a verse for you.
    Creativity is not my forte
    however I must say
    this task has been quite fun!

    Hope you enjoyed it! :)

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  7. hey beautiful, totally agreed wif ya on the using a foam cleanser after the cleansing oil! i do that too! coz i really like squeaky clean feeling on me face ^_^

    oh i need to rhyme?
    ok it's fine :)
    so how am i doing?
    im like the rest, following
    ur beauty blog oh so pretty
    xoxo elle, the silly~

    hugszzzzzz

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  8. Wow! A reward haha :) I don't really use cleansing oils because I find it really icky and heavy on my face ... I can't explain why. But oh, for the sake of beauty!

    It's 12:05 am and I had best be going
    But I'm addicted to beauty blogs and can't stop reading

    *cringe*

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  9. Hi! I was thinking of picking up the Shu cleansing oil, but as I have very acne-prone skin, I think I'll skip it. Thanks for the review.
    Now on to the verse:
    The morning light
    is grim and dreary,
    oh! winter take flight,
    Don't leave me so weary!

    (haha the best i could do)

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  10. Old Cow held a little contest
    To see which of her fans was the best
    At spinning a rhyme
    Which takes quite a time
    I'm afraid I've become quite obsessed!

    Woo, limerick! Great review, I've got teenage skin so I never thought of cleansing oils...

    http://dreamingspiresandoldcartyres.blogspot.com

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  11. Oh I LOVE Shu's Cleansing Oils! I've used the green and the purple (brightening) bottle. I want to try other brands as well but I don't know where to get them, other than online :(

    Hmmm... a little verse? This one I got from a friend of mine:
    "Do everything without complains because it steals your joy and poisons your spirit."

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  12. I use sweet almond oil(bought from health food shop) for cleansing face. It's light, easily absorbed and non-allergic. Now moving on swiftly..

    Theres' one little farm,
    Full of creatures with charm...

    One morning a little hen wakes up,
    Who wants to learn a bit of make-up..

    She asks: 'Oh dear old cow..
    Please please show me how...'

    'Moo.....'
    'Baaa......'
    'Quack.......'
    'Cluck????????'
    'DOIRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR................'

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  13. hey! thanks for the review, I was thinking about getting the shu cleansing oil too =] i use the origins clean energy and i really like itt

    ok here are my poems

    Is Beauty Skin Deep?

    Hides blemishes and scars

    Disguises puffiness and dark circles

    Gives an illusion of a fresh young face

    Helps create a perfect, beautiful face

    Beauty is skin deep

    But maybe it hides Him, whose nail grazed your cheek, by a slap

    But maybe it disguises a humiliating night’s long cry

    And maybe, temporarily, the illusion covers the dull & sallow face from the many nights of cigarettes and vodka

    But what is a perfect face?

    When the insides are disfigured.

    I wish beauty was just skin deep…


    ok on a lighter note I wrote a haiku too xD

    Fluffy Powder Puffs
    Vibrantly Rich Red Lipstick
    A Glass of Champagne


    this is how i interpreted what you wanted and i had muchoss fun

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  14. Such a pretty design! I'm not creative so I can't leave you with any verses or quips, but GL to those creative peeps who can! :)

    RMK for the win it sounds like! I like the DHC one. But I'm like you, ALWAY cleanse after! :)

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  15. lol that excerpt totally cracked me up! i might have to bring that excerpt up during class haha. geez i never thought re-learning grammer would be so tough!
    Here's one that i got in class on the importance of a 2nd language...

    One day, a wise mother cat was walking through the neighborhood with her 2 kittens. Suddenly they saw a dog in front of them. The kittens were terrified and in their tiny little voices cried, "mew mew mew." The big dog stared back at them and growled, "grr grr grr."
    The mother cat stood very still, looked him in the eye, opened her mouth and said, "grr grr grr."
    The dog was astonished and replied with, "grr grr grr." and walked away.
    The mother cat then looked at her kittens and said, "now, I hope you understand the importance of learning a second language."

    Now, if only my Korean students read that.
    Oh btw, what is the book called and who is it by? I'd love to take a look at it.
    Hmm...would that count as my little verse? haha if not i'm gonna see if i can think of one before the 23rd

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  16. great idea for a post, cute blog!

    lovelove, M.
    http://marissaexplains.blogspot.com

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  17. there was once this worm long and slim
    wriggled its way through thick and thin
    the rain came down and started to pour
    came up for a peep instead she wanted more
    wreathing about she met a friend
    up and down they started to bend
    after the deed she started to glow
    no fun staying down under...know she knows!!!


    NOW GIVE ME THE SHIT WORM!!!!!

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  18. thanks for posting the reviews on the oils! i did not know RMK made one

    hmm a rhyme to tell?
    your blog has certainly put me under it's spell.

    haha does that count?

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  19. dear beauty blogger glow
    if i win your Diorsnow
    happily shall i crow
    in beauty shall i grow

    Lol excuse the last part - but I had to make it rhyme and "grow" was the only word I could think of.

    Also I guess your blogger ID has been changed to Old Cow for a while now but I still think of you as Glow! Thanks for the fun giveaway :)

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  20. Ooh, sorry the Shu oil didn't work out for you but I'm glad you finally found the culprit! The RMK one looks nice. I think I'm going to try and find a cleansing oil after I finish my current makeup removers since I am really not a huge fan of the L'oreal one (it stings my eyes ugh)... I was thinking of trying the L'Occitane one first though.

    And ooh. Um. I'll try. LOL.

    Smooth balm-like texture,
    Rose with celestial shimmer,
    With a cute black cat.

    A haiku about my beloved Tsumori Chisato for Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited in Jupiter Brown - I tried!! LOL.

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  21. I tried the shu purple cleansing oil and it didn't seem to agree with me although I didn't cleanse afterwards. I'm scared I might breakout again. Love the decoration on the fancl cleanser.

    ...mmh, here's my attempt at a verse

    ooo what shiny dior
    with flakes of snow
    I've never seen before
    hope it will make me glow

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  22. The cleansing oil seems to be worth trying ;D Thanks for the review

    Here's my verse LOL
    Here I am sitting
    While my sister's been admitting
    That I'm hung up
    caught up
    strung up
    on this obsession
    with these things in my possession
    it's a phase
    to get a taste
    of the beautiful girls ways
    so i collect makeup even though my pay
    can hardly make up for what i buy
    these things i really really gotta try
    cus these things reviewed at the worship
    got me running to the nearest store
    got me wondering how much im goin poor
    got this hole in my wallet
    can't help but try to satiate my pallette...


    LOL yea...some verse eh? i tried ;D

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  23. I've tried the shu uemura-- it was okay, didn't like the smell too much. I think the cleansing oils are a good idea for winter. :D

    whimsical & playful put to use
    for a rare and daring muse
    "shiny fings" in different hues
    found in the House of Blues

    shine on! ;D

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  24. :D I almost forgot...I LOVE ed gorey's style. Something to explore, thanks for reminding me of him. I have a pen ready!

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  25. Hey, posting again -- I know I said that I didn't like oils? But after reading your post I went out to the drugstore and bought the Biore Cleansing Oil ... massaging it on my face and feeling my warm palms rub is really kind of nice! But washing it off makes me apprehensive, after all it IS oil in my pores. I hope everything stays fantastic though.

    Thanks for the heads up!

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  26. One of the earliest known versions of the Man from Nantucket motif is this rendition from 1924:

    There once was a man from Nantucket
    Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
    But his daughter, named Nan,
    Ran away with a man
    And as for the bucket, Nantucket.



    This version — in which "Nantucket" can be jokingly read as "Nan took it (i.e., the bucket)" — was so popular that the newspapers Princeton Tiger Magazine and The Chicago Tribune each started a "Limerick Challenge" for readers to submit sequels. The first in the series, as it appeared in the Tribune and Pawtucket Times, was this:

    But he followed the pair to Pawtucket,
    The man and the girl with the bucket;
    And he said to the man,
    He was welcome to Nan,
    But as for the bucket, Pawtucket.



    The New York Exchange followed up with this:

    Then the pair followed Pa to Manhasset,
    Where he still held the cash as an asset,
    But Nan and the man
    Stole the money and ran,
    And as for the bucket, Manhasset.


    The Limerick Challenge was finalized by this fourth part, a re-entry from the Pawtucket Times:

    Of this story we hear from Nantucket,
    About the mysterious loss of a bucket,
    We are sorry for Nan,
    As well as the man—
    The cash and the bucket, Pawtucket.






    not originally by me, but i'm amused by the passing and changing of it over the times :P

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  27. Ooh, I've been trying to find something that won't leave my face so oily. Thanks from the reviews!

    While going through my reader I found this post.
    Now I'm wondering what words rhyme the most.
    Can you believe I've never tried Dior?
    If I win I'll probably buy more!

    Ouch. Haha, I sincerely apologize for that, but I hope it's enough to enter me! LOL

    Xoxo, sandra

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  28. Dior Snow,
    I want you so!
    For I need a little glow
    On the day when I'm dressed as white as snow~

    (pukes, what a silly poem, haha)
    I really want the highlighter though, haha!

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  29. I love your Ed Gorey illustration of the lack-lustre flapper girl. If I would bare to summon up that collection of beautiful words in the morning, I would be delighted. The only thing that seems to be vocalised when feeling groggy is a simple 'meh' or 'gmohning'.

    Ohhhh, give me that Diorsnow compact now!!! Ha ha, what a beauty that is. No, I hope one of your other readers will win it, however, I would absolutely not say no if I would win it...thus, count me in.

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  30. I loved and lost and now I am falling.
    Faster and faster for the love I lost.
    Deeper.
    Deeper and deeper into my piteous sins I crawl.
    Waiting.
    For the love I lost to love me once again.

    The shu Uemura cleansing oil is on my 2010 wishlist oh yea boi! Happy Sunday :)

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  31. the silent one...18 January 2010 at 05:50

    In my quiet world I was until now
    It all started with this “Old Cow”
    Visiting this blog, my worries and troubles temporarily go away
    In Old Cow’s world I would forever like to stay
    With lovely postings and style to delight
    Now entering my first contest to win I just might

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  32. Thank you for having this giveaway! :D

    My name is Sarah...I'm a young girl
    who loves to jump and dance and twirl
    There is not much makeup that I know well
    Because my pocketbook is not swell...
    It is empty.

    lol I know its not the most creative...But I thought it worked! <3

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  33. When my days are dreary,
    and my mouth tastes like glue,
    I visit Glowy, at her House of Blues.
    Her fings be shiny,
    and they don't cost your dowry
    Just act fast as there's only a few.
    Crap!sold out now, boo hoo!
    I wrote this Petrarchan sonnet
    to lament my unobtainable love
    for her pretty earrings with the dove,
    next time they're back, I'm so on it!
    The boss is barking, I really should be billing,
    but screw them all, Imma blog browsing!

    Hee!Hope you enjoyed that!lame as it is xD
    You've visited my home country before??!!!How come I didn't know that?! must've been before I started following you...
    I didn't live in Cape Town tho, I lived in Jo'burg.

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  34. Thanks for the update on mineral oil found in the shu cleansing oil.

    That sad little cup,
    when it's all used up.
    Although it's not toffee,
    Just my daily fix of coffee.

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  35. =)

    Flashing Lights
    Tinkering Signs
    Beauty Glosses
    The unforbidden aging whine..

    Cheers! xoxo

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  36. there was once this worm long and slim
    wriggled its way through thick and thin
    the rain came down and started to pour
    came up for a peep instead she wanted more
    wreathing about she met a friend
    up and down they started to bend
    after the deed she started to glow
    no fun staying down under...know she knows!!!


    NOW GIVE ME THE SHIT WORM!!!!!

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  37. Oh I LOVE Shu's Cleansing Oils! I've used the green and the purple (brightening) bottle. I want to try other brands as well but I don't know where to get them, other than online :(

    Hmmm... a little verse? This one I got from a friend of mine:
    "Do everything without complains because it steals your joy and poisons your spirit."

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  38. Wow! A reward haha :) I don't really use cleansing oils because I find it really icky and heavy on my face ... I can't explain why. But oh, for the sake of beauty!

    It's 12:05 am and I had best be going
    But I'm addicted to beauty blogs and can't stop reading

    *cringe*

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  39. a little of it makes me glad,
    too much of it makes me sad,
    living without it makes me mad!

    illogical i know but i tried!
    hope its alright!! haha!

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  40. Old Cow held a little contest
    To see which of her fans was the best
    At spinning a rhyme
    Which takes quite a time
    I'm afraid I've become quite obsessed!

    Woo, limerick! Great review, I've got teenage skin so I never thought of cleansing oils...

    http://dreamingspiresandoldcartyres.blogspot.com

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