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:


Described as light weight BUT I think it quite heavy at the same time, it is definitely the lightest in the Shu range.


Light and fresh with a hint of cherry blossom

Emulsifying Ability:

Really good! Creams up nicely.


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:


Light, viscous and silky oil


Fresh minty, which I think is super!

Emulsifying ability:

Decent not as good as Shu oils.


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!


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.