Good Deals (Skincare Products)

12:12:00 PM

In one of our earlier entries, someone commented and asked Mel how much does she save when it comes to expenses and make-up etc. We're quite surprised that they didn't ask how much does Mel "spend" but rather, "save". Mel's outfit of the day is really casual - t-shirt, shorts and slippers and she does not put make up on a daily basis, even when she was working in the City area. So she does not spend a lot on make-up, not because she has good skin though, but her pores get quite clogged up when she leaves make-up on for a full day!

Ben doesn't put make-up of course, haha, but similar to Mel, his ootd (outfit-of-the-day) is really simple & mostly casual - t-shirt, berms and slippers. Both of us do not spend much on clothing and we do have several outfits that we can wear for more than 10 - 20 times because they are of extremely good quality to have lasted that many machine washes, and that they are simple enough to not go out of fashion. As much as we are easy with where we dine at and not picky with food, we very much are the same when it comes to shopping for clothes, bags, bedsheets and accessories...

But when it comes to undergarment, running shoes and also skincare products, we wouldn't mind spending a little more to get something that suits what our face and body needs. We've probably tried and tested many different brands of products throughout our entire life so far and are now loyal fans of Laneige and Dermalogica. So, back to the topic on how much do we save when getting these products, we have found several avenues which allowed us to save at least S$10 - 20 per product as compared to getting them from local stores.

We aren't blessed with good skin and puberty certainly transformed our complexions from good to bad. Haha. In fact, Mel always jokes about how she's still undergoing it because of her irregular periods and 青春豆. Even though we are in our mid-20s, we are still battling with acne problems (Mel) and blackheads (Ben). Recently, Ben also started having eczema, which the doctor and pharmacist both concluded that it was stress-related.

Over the years, our skincare routine has changed and we have more or less found suitable range of products that suits our skin on a daily basis. Searching for the right products was a trial and error process because even though your eyes may like the product reviews you read on the web, your skin may reject them.

We have lovingly put together our skincare routine and which shops (online & offline) we get our products from so that our readers can also benefit from getting them at more affordable prices!

Victim #1 - Mel
Problem: Nodule Acne-prone skin :(
No. of Day-time products: 4
No. of Night-time products: 8 - 10

Victim #2 - Ben
Problem: Blackheads, Oil clots, Dark Circles :(
No. of Day-time products: 1
No. of Night-time products: 4 - 5

Mel uses a range of whitening products to lighten acne scars and to even out her skin tone. It all happened one day when we were casually shopping at a departmental store and Mel purchased her first tub of Water Sleeping Pack from the Laneige counter. Ben suggested that she should also get a trial pack of the whitening range of products since Mel didn't have a fixed night routine. We were actually quite skeptical that the products would whiten skin, but now we know that it has been working well because friends keep on asking why Mel keeps getting fairer.

Ben is quite a lazy person when it comes to having proper day and night skincare routines (is it the same for most men?). He loves products that can make his face feel squeaky clean and most importantly non sticky (who likes that right?). So Mel decided to get Ben his first set of skincare products sometime in 2012 and he has been quite diligent in slapping on these products every night on his face.  

Eye Make-Up remover


Both products are relatively similar in terms of how effective they are, but The L'Oreal Make-up remover is a lot cheaper at around S$8.90 (if you get it from shops around your neighbourhood) or around S$14.90 (from Watson's or Guardian).

Pre-cleanse & Cleanser

We use quite a few products from the dermalogica range because the facial therapist that we frequent near Mel's home uses these products and they suit our skin quite well. This brand doesn't come cheap though, so if we do not need them urgently, we would actually place our order via sg.strawberrynet since the prices are cheaper by about $15 - 20 per bottle! The online store also sells the products in salon size bottles and it is again much cheaper and more worth it if you are a frequent user.

So far, we have not had any issues purchasing from strawberrynet, except one instance where the cap from a perfume bottle we ordered had broken upon delivery. But other than that, it has been quite safe and the items get delivered within 5 - 10 days!

Ben used to buy facial wash off-the-shelves from drugstores and he particularly prefers those that come with exfoliating beads. It was cheap at <S$10 per bottle but could last him only 3 months at max. The result was a really dry and flaky complexion at night, yet oily surface during the day because the skin was trying to secrete more oil as it was too dry.

Ya la, so actually Men also need a bit more expensive products lah, not only Women. Haha!   

We highly recommend the daily microfoliant from Dermalogica because it's a great exfoliating product which is not harsh on the skin, perfect for daily use. The rice bran & rice extracts adds on to whiten the skin too! It comes in powder form so you just have to add a few drops of water and mix it into a paste before gently scrubbing your skin. 

Dermalogica Pre-cleanse (150ml) ~ S$55 (lasts for approx. 6 months)
Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser (473ml) ~ S$76 (lasts for approx. 8 - 10 months)
Laneige Multi Cleanser (180ml) ~ S$25.80 when bought online from qoo10 / Gmarket (lasts for approx. 6 months used by 2 of us)
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (75g) ~ S$87.40 (lasts for approx. 6 - 8 months)

*Do check out Laneige products at Changi Airport duty free as well. Though it is slightly more expensive than buying from qoo10, you do not have to risk not receiving your products & there is no waiting time needed. 


When our facial therapist started to bring in an organic range of skincare products called Gruber (from Germany), we were so in love with the smell of the products being used on our face during the facial session. In particular, the toner from the range contained green tea and we knew we had to buy it straight away! 

There isn't any online store carrying this range of products though, so if you're interested to get it, do send us an email and we will send you the address of the physical store where you can buy it from!

Gertraud Gruber Krauter Lotion Hamamelis ~ S$35 (lasts for approx. 2.5 months used by 2 of us)
Laneige White Plus Renew Skin Refiner (120ml) ~ S$29.40 (lasts for approx. 4 - 6 months)

Essence & Night Cream

We love how Laneige products are all water-based and it absorbs well into the skin. Both of us do not sleep in air-conditioned rooms anymore because Mel gets a bad sore throat when the air is too dry, while Ben has sinus and would wake up sneezing the next day. We use an humidifier (Osim uMist) though, and taking a spoonful of Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa before bed solves everything. Haha. 

Mel uses almost the entire Laneige White Plus Renew Range (meant for Whitening) while Ben uses the Water Bank Range (meant for Hydration).

Laneige White Plus Renew Emulsion (100ml) ~ S$34.90 (lasts for approx. 6 - 8 months)
Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence (40ml) ~ S$45.30 (lasts for approx. 4 - 5 months)
Laneige White Plus Renew Night Cream (50ml) ~ S$41.30 (lasts for approx. 8 - 10 months)
Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream (120ml) ~ S$39.90 (lasts for approx. 5 - 7 months)

Eye Cream & Serum

Before trying out new products, Mel would usually check for product reviews online to see the response from other users. Apart from that, another easy way would be to check out Beauty Awards from Her World to see what are the top products voted by both editors and readers for the past year. That is how we got to know about the Lancome Genifique Yeux Light Pearl Eye serum, which Mel is on her second bottle already!

We have yet to find any products that can eliminate our panda eye problems though. Perhaps sleeping early every night? Oops!

Lancome Genifique Yeux Light Pearl (20ml) ~ S$77.50 when bought from Changi Airport Duty Free (lasts for approx. 6 - 7 months)
Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel (25ml) ~ S$38.90 (lasts for approx. 8 - 10 months used by 2 of us)


As mentioned earlier, our first Laneige product was a tub of the highly raved Water Sleeping Pack a few years back. Because it has worked wonders for our skin, we have also been introducing this product to many of our friends, and even buying them as gifts sometimes! This leave-on mask would be the last step of our night skincare routine, and we will how it leaves our skin hydrated throughout the night.

Mel also uses the Laneige White Plus Renew Purifying Mask about 2 - 3 times a week (when she doesn't feel too lazy). It is a clay mask which has to be washed off after 15 - 20 min.

On lazy nights, she would choose her favourite sheet mask from the My Beauty Diary range and leave it on for about 20 - 30 min while replying emails / watching dramas in bed. This is our favourite brand of sheet masks by the way! There are so many different "flavours" to choose from, each with their own benefits.

Mel prefers the range of masks meant for hydration, whitening and brightening, which include: Black Pearl, Pearl Powder, Japanese Cherry Blossom, Bulgarian White Rose, Q10 Rejuvenating. Ben would, of course, go for the less complicated ones like Aloe Vera or Mexico Cactus.

We bought our first box of masks on a trip to Taiwan in late 2012 because a friend recommended this brand to us. Produced in taiwan itself, it was much cheaper to buy as compared to getting it in Singapore. So we usually get friends or relatives who are heading over for holiday to help us bag a few boxes whenever convenient because we haven't been back to Taiwan ever since our first trip there together. We have tried other brands of sheet masks but none are able to match up to the price and effectiveness of MBD so far.

Mel's MBD Stocks which depletes really fast!

Stumbled on by chance, we found the popular Petitfee Gold EGF eye and spot patches being sold on Qoo10 as well, and decided to get a tub to try. The eye patches really work to reduce puffiness and the spot patches can be placed over pimples to reduce redness or swells. 

Another product that we would sometimes leave on overnight to heal pimples would be the Tea Tree Face Mask from Body Shop. Anything tea tree smells so good and soothing!

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack (80ml) ~ S$26.90 when bought from Qoo10, S$53 for a pack-of-two when bought from Changi Airport Duty Free (1 tub lasts for approx. 5 - 6 months used by 2 of us) 
Laneige White Plus Renew Purifying Masks (10g per pack) ~ S$39.90 for 8 packs (1 pack can be used for about 6 - 8 applications when covered and kept tightly in a tub)
My Beauty Diary Masks ~ S$6 to 9 per box of 10 sheets if bought from Taiwan 7-eleven, Cosmed or Watsons. S$10.90 - 14.90 if bought from Singapore Guardian, Watsons', Sasa or British Essentials.
Petitfee Gold EGF Eye and Spot Patches (60 sheets of eye patches, 30 sheets of spot patches) ~ S$12.30 

Day Care Products

Daily Essentials whether or not Mel is heading out of the house. These 2 are her musts after toner!

Laneige White Plus Renew Tone Up Corrector (50ml) ~ S$30.90

Acne problems are a pain though, it is not easy to cure it just by application of facial products, although they do help with the bumps and swells. Most are due to hormonal issues or a poor digestive system. Also, of course not drinking enough water daily or a lack of sleep will worsen the problem. We are still on a lookout for TCMs who are able to help with Mel's issues though, so if anyone knows of someone good to recommend, do drop us a comment or email!

We hope you've found this entry useful. We will be sharing some healthy and affordable recipes in one of our upcoming posts. So keep a lookout for it! :)

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  1. Hi mel and to know where to buy the grubber toner from germany. Drop me an email at thanks. Marc

  2. Hi! May I ask which facial therapist do u go to! Thak u :)

    1. Hi there!

      I'm going to the Dermalogica Shop at Tampines Street 11 Round Market. It is run by a lady called Karen.


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