Beauty

Pore problem

La Roche-Posay party

I’m back to blogging again after 8 mths! It’s a crazy time now with the coronavirus spreading across the world and causing widespread panic and with quarantines and circuit breakers put in place :(. I hope everyone is staying safe and keeping sane at home. On the bright side we are given an opportunity to stop and take a bit of a break from the world and perhaps focus more on ourselves and what we need. It’s also the perfect time to focus on our skincare regime! Without having to go out and put on make up we can give our skin a much needed breather. My skin got pretty bad a month ago – I’ve been having small break outs and my pores seem to have gotten larger. What better time than now to tackle this problem?!

There are a few reasons as to why people have enlarged pores. Firstly it is due to excessive sebum produced resulting in very oily skin. Another is that as you age, the elasticity around pores decrease and this makes them look bigger. Also too much exposure to the sun can increase your pore size as it thickens your skin and reduces your skin’s collagen. Genetics is another reason for large pores, chances are you have inherited it from a parent. Also fun fact – guys have larger pores than us girls although hormonal highs and lows can cause pores to look larger.

Effaclar Micro-peelimg purifying gel

So what can we do about large pores? Well one thing you can do is to exfoliate regularly. This helps to remove oil and dead skin from your face that makes your pores look smaller. It also brightens your skin. There are two kinds of exfoliators: Physical exfoliators which are cleansers and Chemical exfoliators that are either AHAs (Alpha-Hydroxy acids) or BHAs (Beta-Hydroxy acids). Remember not to over-exfoliate your skin (not more than twice a week) though as this could make it inflamed and very dry. The exfoliator I chose to get 2 weeks ago is the La Roche-Posay (you know I love their products :D) Effaclar Micro-Peeling Purifying Gel. This gel actually has the highest percentage of salicylic acid (2%) in the Effaclar range is meant to unclog pores from dead cells on the face, chest and back acne. It comes in a green tube that’s 200ml and cost S$36.90. It has a smooth gel texture which isn’t sticky and is clear coloured. Key ingredients are salicylic acid is meant to unclog pores and clear imperfections, LHA (beta-lipohydroxy acid) which is meant to micro-exfoliate skin gently and refine pores, and Zinc deeply purifies the skin and reduces excess oil. Salicylic acid is a BHA and LHA is a derivative of Salicylic Acid which decreases the concentration of bacteria found within pores. Zinc has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities and helps to regulate oil. When you lather it on your face there’s a sight tingling sensation after a few seconds but it doesn’t irritate my extremely sensitive skin. After using it for the first time, I noticed my skin was softer and felt really refreshed. I need to use it for a longer time to tell whether it helps small acne, blackheads and pigmented marks (which it also claims to improve). I really like the fact that you can use it on your back if you get back acne as well. I do really enjoy using it though and hope to see results over time.

Effaclar Unclogging purifying sebo-controlling mask

Another thing you can do to help minimise pores is to use a clay mask consistently. They are a great way to absorb excessive oil. It gives your skin a temporary tightened sensation. Overusing them can however dry out the skin and worsen the ageing process. Also don’t exfoliate and use a clay mask on the same day as this could be overkill. I have been using the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Unclogging purifying sebo-controlling mask for nearly a year (I did a review about it last year). It comes in a blue 100ml tube and cost S$25.90. It has a creamy clay texture and goes onto the skin like a dream. You’re supposed to apply it twice a week and leave it on for at least 5 minutes before insing it off (I like to leave it on for a bit longer). Key ingredients are Kaolin and Argilla that have natural absorbing properties, Panthenol that has a smooth and limit rebound effect and Cellulobeads which neutralize pollution impurities. It also contains citric acid which is an AHA (though some formulations are BHAs) and is used to dry out excess sebum and clean out dead skin cells deep in your pores. I love this mask it’s not harsh at all on my sensitive skin and has really produced visible results! It has minimised my pores, reduced excessive oil without drying up my skin and always leaves me feeling refreshed. I have to admit I’ve stopped using it the last few months which could be why my skin could have gotten worse!

Pure Vitamin C10

One more thing that you can add to your skincare routine is Vitamin C. Vitamin C also known as Ascorbic acid has a lot of benefits for the skin – it is an antioxidant that helps with anti-ageing, evens out skin tone and enhances radiance. Antioxidants like Vitamin C are key in pore-minimising serums as they unclog congested pores, dead skin and reduce excess sebum. They also help in increasing collagen production. You should slowly ease into using it as it could cause a reaction in sensitive skins. Also another important thing to note is if the Vitamin C serum you purchased turns brown (it should be a light yellow colour) stop using it as Vitamin C oxidizes over time. The vitamin C serum I chose to try was the La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10 anti-wrinkle anti-oxidant renovating serum. It comes in a cute 30ml orange bottle with a syringe you can attach and cost S$79.90 (the most expensive of the lot). It’s meant to help with wrinkles, a lack of radiance and irregular texture. So the first time I used this I LOVED it! It has a really velvety non-greasy texture and absorbs really fast. Key ingredients are Pure Vitamin C (obviously), Salicylic Acid to promote clear skin and exfoliate and smooth at the same time, and Neurosensine a smoothing peptide which helps with skin irritation and is anti-inflammatory. After using it my skin really did feel instantly hydrated and looked really glowy – I apply it to my face and neck every other day. I’ve only used it for a couple week so I’ve yet to see if it really helps my pores but my skin already looks and feels so much better! It’s supposed to be good as a make-up base as well – I haven’t had the chance to use it under make-up but will update this post once I do.

In conclusion I’m really happy with the 3 La Roche-Posay products I got to help with my pore problem. I love the brand and they have really quality products with the best ingredients. My skin and pores have improved so much the last 2 weeks probably because I’ve hardly been wearing make-up and have been using these 3 products religiously. My favourites would have to be the clay mask and vitamin c serum as they really produce massive results every time I use them and they will definitely remain as regulars in my skincare regime. It is also so important that you use moisturizer and make-up that doesn’t clog up your pores (noncomedogenic), spf and remember to take off your make-up before bed every night. Hope this post was helpful to those who have the same pore problem as me and thanks for stopping by! X

Beauty

Eye care for July

I haven’t posted for awhile I was really busy with my job. I’ve been pretty stressed the last month and haven’t been sleeping as much as I’d like to and have had a bad fever the last couple of days 😦 I’ve also noticed my dark eye circles and general condition of skin around my eye has worsened this last month – so I’ve been trying to fix that and bought the First Aid Beauty Fab Skin Lab Retinol eye cream, ITcosmetics Confidence in an eye cream and CNP Laboratory Hydrogel Eye Lifting Patch a week ago.

Its my first time trying a product from First Aid Beauty, they seem to have risen out of nowhere and taken the beauty market by storm. I love the signature pretty white and blue packaging with red splashes. And love how the name of the brand is FAB in short! I got the Retinol eye cream from Sephora and it comes in a small 15 mL tube costing SGD 65 – it’s quite pricey. I’m not sure how long this will last..

Retinol is the gold standard for anti-ageing and has many benefits to the skin. This cream claims to have microencapsulated retinol so retinol is delivered over time making it safe to apply close to the eyes- one of the most sensitive areas. It has a 0.25% concentration of retinol, quite low but enough to do the job. It helps to stimulate collagen production and cellular turnover to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It also contains another super ingredient tri-molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid which locks in moisture and plumps multiple levels of the skin. Other great ingredients are Caffeine which reduces puffiness and Micro-Pearls which help to boost radiance and blur imperfections. It also has FAB’s Skin Saver Complex which is a blend of Colloidal Oatmeal, Allantoin, Aloe, Ceramides and Vitamins C and E to nourish and smoothen sensitive skin.

I have used this eye cream for a month now and really like it. Love that it’s fragrance free and lightweight so it doesn’t feel sticky on the skin like some creams do. And it doesn’t bother my eyes at all even though they are usually really sensitive. Plus I actually do see a visible difference- I notice the skin under my eyes are smoother and more radiant plus my make up definitely goes on better under my eyes! The antioxidant boost is pretty amazing and it does make me look like Iv’e had a few more hours of sleep than I really had. I don’t see it doing much for my dark eye circles though and I still have panda eyes.

IT Confidence in an Eye Cream

I’ve been wanting so try out IT cosmetics for ages -the packaging is soo cute and they use real models who dont have perfect flawless skin so you can really see the effect of their skincare and makeup. I love the fact that the products have been developed by leading plastic surgeons and are supposed to deliver innovative problem solving products that harness cutting-edge anti-ageing technologies and are filled with skin-loving ingredients.

The IT cosmetics Confidence in an eye cream comes in a 15ml jar costing SGD $62 – very similar price as the FAB Retinol eye cream. I got it from Sephora as well. It comes in a pale yellow jar with a silver cap and looks so cute and dreamy! Its supposed to have anti-ageing benefits and deliver hydration for the most sensitive skins. It also has an apricot tint that is supposed to visibly colour correct, brighten your eye area and reduce the appearance of dark circles. It’s infused with super ceramide complex, chrysim, licorice root, avocado, ginseng, collagen, peptides, green coffee and green tea, hyaluronic acid and squalane – basically all the yummy fabulous ingredients that you would want in your eye cream!!

So I’ve been using it for a month and I really enjoy it. It has a thick creamy texture and feels lovely and luxurious on the skin. It really hydrates the undereye area with visible results after each application. It does also help smooth the little wrinkles under my eyes. I must say it hasn’t done anything for my dark circles either (but thats not much of a surprise at this point lol).

The Hydrogel Eye Lifting Patch is meant to be a concentrated eye treatment for hydrating and firming the eye area. The brand is Korean and everyone is obsessed with Korean beauty products now. CNP Laboratory is one of the top-selling cosmeceutical brands from South Korea and they have won loads of awards. They also market themselves as having all natural skin products which is attractive. The eye mask is enriched with vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen and Vitamin E – sounds amazing! It’s also supposed to improve the circulation under your eyes. It does however contain mineral oil and fragrance which I’m not too thrilled about and I wasn’t sure if it was going to irritate my skin. I got it from Guardian at SGD 6. There are 4 eye masks in the packet and they come in cute little sealed pouches that you have to tear open.

I’ve used 3 so far leaving it on for 15 minutes each time. I really enjoy using them they really moisturize my under-eye area and leave me feeling refreshed! And they didn’t break me out at all or irritate my skin whatsoever. It’s great to use when you are going out in a few hours and want a quick pick me up!

Overall I really enjoy using these 3 products and see a big improvement in the under-eye area. I would say the best product is the FAB Retinol eye cream though I enjoy using the itcosmetics Confidence in an eye cream the most – does that make sense?! And the hydrogel lifting patch is great to use especially when my eyes are puffy and dry and I’m going out in a few hours. X

Beauty

La Roche-Posay Effaclar skincare

I’ve read so many good reviews about La Roche-Posay and have been wanting to try out their skincare products for so long. So this month I bought their Micellar water and Clay mask from their Effaclar range. The Effaclar range is targeted at people with oily and blemish-prone skin, but it’s not meant to dry out the skin as well – Perfect for me!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Micellar Water Ultra

The Effaclar Micellar Water Ultra comes in a cute pale blue bottle and the 100 ml one costs S$15. It is supposed to remove impurities from dirt, oil, make up and even pollution while remaining gentle on the skin. One of the ingredients Zinc helps with sebum production control and is supposed to soothe acne. It also has it’s dreamy signature ingredient – La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water which is rich in antioxidants. It has a water-like texture and is suitable for the face, eyes and lips. Plus it has no soap, no colorants, no alcohol and no parabens. I like this Micellar water and notice that it leaves my skin really clean, clear but not dry. This small 100 ml bottle may not be the most worth your money but it’s great for travelling!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Unclogging Purifying Sebo-controlling mask

I’ve also been looking for a good mask for awhile and decided to try this one out. This Effaclar Unclogging Purifying Sebo-controlling mask comes in a bright blue crisp tube and a 100 ml bottle costs S$25.90 which is very reasonable. It is supposed to eliminate excess oils and invisible impurities, and as a result produce brighter clearer skin. You are only supposed to use it up to 3 times a week so it doesn’t dry your skin out. It has also been tested on acne-prone skin. It comes in a bright blue tube and the mask is white and has a nice creamy clay texture. I’ve only been using it once a week and I find that good enough. So you just spread it over a clean washed face and I usually leave it on for 20 mins instead of the recommended 5 mins. It rinses off easily which I can’t say for all masks and really does leave my skin feeling so fresh and clean! And though it mattifies my face it doesn’t dry it out. It contains perfume but it’s very light and not harsh on the skin at all. It does however also contain alcohol too which is not ideal.

I really enjoy using the Micellar Water and Mask from the La Roche-Posay Effaclar collection and find that they have reduced the excess oil on my face and improved the overall condition of my skin. I will definitely keep using them and try out more products from La Roche-Posay! X

Beauty

Laura Mercier Foundation and Lippie review

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Wearing Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere radiance-Perfecting Foundation, Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour and Laura Mercier Face Illuminator ❤

I LOVE Laura Mercier products they are always so beautifully packaged and usually really good quality. I bought the Face Illuminator a few months and really like it – so last month I decided to try their latest foundation and their lippie.

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Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour

So I got the Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour from Sephora for S$42 in shade Golden Peach, which is meant to be a pink rose colour. It’s supposed to deliver a creamy coat of intense, liquid, demi-matte colour. In comes in 9 different shades. The packaging is pretty- a glass casing with a chrome cap. I love the colour its a gorgeous peach with a lot of gold undertones that would look good on every skin colour. But that is about the only thing I liked about this. I found the applicator really weird and flat, and the texture of the lippie was really weird as well- like a thin film over your lips. It gets really flaky just an hour after I apply it and makes my lips really dry (you can see it in my photo). It’s supposed to dry down to a demi-matte finish but it shouldn’t be this drying. After using it for a few weeks my lips are really dry and in such bad condition! I’m really disappointed in this lippie and it’s the worst Laura Mercier product I’ve ever tried. Plus this really shouldn’t be happening for a high-end lipstick. Really wish I got the Lip Glace instead and I will definitely not be repurchasing this. 😦

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Flawless Lumiere Radiance Perfecting Foundation

My boyfriend got the Flawless Lumiere Radiance Perfecting Foundation (what a mouthful) a few weeks ago from Sephora for me. A 30 ml bottle cost S$80. I’ve heard so many good reviews about it and have been waiting for it to come to Singapore! So it’s a luminous liquid foundation that provides 15 hours of hydration and is supposed to give a weightless medium to full coverage. It claims to give an immediate glow and improved natural luminosity within a week because of the vitamin C in it and is supposed to reduce the appearance of dark spots. And the Silver Ear Mushroom Extract is supposed to hydrate and smooth skin instantly to provide 15 hours of hydration. It’s also fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and dermatologist-tested. Laura Mercier also released a Flawless Finish Makeup Sponge that you’re supposed to buy separately for the best application of this foundation. I didn’t get the sponge though as I read some bad reviews about it (it’s small surface area etc). You’re also supposed to avoid applying too much foundation to the middle of the face for the best results. The bottle is beautiful, very luxurious looking a glass with a matte gold cap but also very small lol. I got the shade 1N1 Creme – fair with neutral undertones. So I am happy to say I love this foundation! The texture is gorgeous and it goes on my face really smoothly and is so blendable (blending is such a problem for me). I would say it provides a light to medium coverage, not full coverage though. It also does give your skin a luminous radiant glow without making it look oily. And it is also really hydrating and after the entire day still looks really good and doesn’t settle into my fine lines as much as other foundations do. I honestly don’t know if it has improved my skin’s luminosity yet after using it for a few weeks lol. The only issue I have is I feel the 30 shade range is somewhat limited and this particular shade 1N1 Creme is way too yellow for my skin and definitely not for neutral undertones. But the shades with cool undertones were also way too pink for me and not typical cool undertones either. I feel like they definitely should do something about the shades! But overall I love it and would definitely repurchase it.

So I love the foundation and would definitely recommend trying it but not the lip colour, bisous! X

Beauty

Bioderma deal

pic 87.jpgI’ve been using Bioderma products for the last 5 years ever since my dermatologist recommended it to me and they have never disappointed me. Bioderma is a French brand that specialises in dermalogical and scalp conditions.

Watsons is currently having a few special deals for Chinese New Year and one of them is a ‘buy 2 get 1 free’ for Bioderma products. I bought the micelle solution and the cleansing foaming gel and got another micelle solution for free. It’s a great deal!!

My skin is really sensitive and reactive so I usually buy the products in the ‘sensitive skin’ range (the pink collection).

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I swear by the Bioderma make-up removing micelle solution that is supposed to cleanse and sooth sensitive skin. It is one of Bioderma’s best sellers and I got the 250 ml bottle for S$28.90. It comes in a simple clear and pink bottle. I use it to take off my make-up and it removes water-proof make up as well. I find that it cleanses my skin really well, is gentle and not too drying. And it also doesn’t cause any break-outs which is a major plus! Love the fact that its also paraben free and hypoallergenic. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin who is looking for a make-up remover that isn’t too harsh and doesn’t clog up your pores.

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This is the first time I’ve gotten the Bioderma mild cleansing foaming gel for sensitive skin that is supposed to soothe and moisturise. It’s a 200 ml bottle that costs S$33.90. Its paraben free, colorant-free, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. It also has lipid restoring properties. It comes in a cute clear and pink bottle that matches the micelle solution bottle and the gel is pink. I’ve only used it a few times but I really like it as well. It does give my skin moisture while cleansing it and my skin feels really supple and soft after. It also hasn’t caused any break-outs. A little bit goes a long way as well and I only need a tiny bit each time I wash my face.

I really like Bioderma products and recommend that you try the micelle solution and cleansing gel if you have sensitive skin like me! Check out the great deals at Watsons and happy Chinese New Year! X

 

 

 

Beauty

Hair care for January

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Mane problem

Ever since I dyed my hair for the first time a few months ago it hasn’t been in the best condition. Its been much drier than usual. Also the weather change of moving from London back to Singapore hasn’t helped. I’ve been trying to take extra care of it.

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To the rescue!

The 3 products I’m using this January is the Percy & Reed No Oil Oil for thick hair, the original Tangle Teezer and the Enfanti anti-dandruff shampoo.

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Tangle Teezer

I’ve been meaning to get the original Tangle Teezer for months having heard so many good reviews about it and finally got in in London over Christmas at Peter Jones for £11. They come in various cute colours and the colour combi I got is my fav – pastel green and pastel pink. I always brush my hair after I wash it so I chose a Tangle Teezer for both wet and dry hair. With my old brush I had to really yank my hair to get rid of knots and in the process pull out lots of hair. But this brush makes brushing my wet hair so much easier. It brushes through my hair much more smoothly and less hair is pulled out. I’ve tried it when my hair is dry and it works like a dream as well. One thing is that there’s no handle, there’s a little groove where you hold the Tangle Teezer. I’m much more used to having a brush with a handle its much easier to hold. It is really compact though so you could carry it in your handbag wherever you go. I think the Tangle Teezer Wet Detangler (which has a handle) would have have been the best choice for me. And on a side note they also started doing a Pet Teezer for dogs! I think my cockapoo Teddy would definitely love to try and review that.

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Percy & Reed No Oil Oil for thick hair

Now if you’re living in a really humid country like Singapore you definitely need a good hair oil to help with the frizz. Plus I also have alot of annoying baby hair that gets in the way and tickles my forehead. Last month I got the Percy & Reed No Oil Oil for thick hair from Sephora in Singapore. I got the 60 ml bottle for S$28. It has pomegranate seed oil which fights frizz, nourishes and repairs hair. It has a nice subtle scent and isn’t too greasy. I find it really helps with my frizz and baby hairs and lasts throughout the day in the heat. It is also priced very reasonably. I’ve used more than half of it in less than 2 months, and will be buying another bottle.

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Bioken Enfanti Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Then there’s the Bioken Enfanti Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. I bought the large 32 oz size off redmart for S$49.50. Its great for all hair types including colour treated hair. Its supposed to cleanse hair while purifying while giving your scalp tone and eliminating flaking and itching. Its infused with antiseptic herbs that helps dandruff and psoriasis. Now I don’t actually have dandruff (I promise lol) but my scalp gets itchy sometimes since I’ve been back in Singapore. A little of this shampoo goes a long way. My hair feels really fresh and clean after using this and has completely stopped itching. It doesn’t make my hair too oily either. It also has a really nice refreshing minty tea-tree scent. And the best part is that it’s sulphate free and paraben free! Sulphate free shampoo is great as it preserves natural hair oils and is colour friendly. And paraben free shampoo is always a good idea because parabens disrupt hormone function which is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity. I love this shampoo and might even try the conditioner!

So these are the hair products I’m using this month. I love the Percy & Reed hair oil and the Enfanti Shampoo. I like the Tangle Teezer but wish it had a handle. Hopefully the condition of my hair will improve real soon! X

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even Teddy has bad hair days

 

 

Beauty

Face moisturizers

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I’m obsessed with oil-free moisturizers and the 2 I’m currently using are Dermalogica Active Moist and Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for combination skin.

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The Dermalogica Active Moist moisturizer (S$111) has been my favourite for the last year. I discovered in London but Its quite hard to find in Singapore though and only a few places like Suntec City and Plaza Singapura offer it. I get the larger tube that is 100 ml as it’s so much more worth it than the smaller one and you can still travel with it.

It’s an oil-free lightweight moisturizer that hydrates combination skin and it contains silk amino acids and a unique combination of plant extracts that help improve skin texture and fights dehydration. Natural botanical astringents of Lemon, Cucumber and Burdock help to refine the skin as well. It’s also gluten-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, vegetarian and does not contain any artificial fragrances and colours. It’s apparently best when used following the Multi-Active Toner.

It comes in a grey box and a white tube, the standard colouring of all the Dermalogica products. Nice and simple. And I have to say it is one of the best moisturizers I have ever used. I started using it last Winter when my skin was really dry and difficult to manage. The moisturizer itself is light yet creamy and immediately hydrates and plumps up your skin. It has also cleared up any dry patch on my skin really quickly. And it has never caused any breakouts for me and seems to calm my sensitive skin. I love the fact that it’s an excellent make-up base as well. It’s great for applying under your foundation. And even when I’m using acne treatment products that really dry up my skin, the minute I put this moisturizer on my foundation goes on smoothly and doesn’t look cakey. LOVE IT.

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I have also been using the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for combination skin several times in the last few months. It’s a much less pricey option and it’s really easy to find.

There is also another variation of this for sensitive skin which actually might have been more suitable for me. And there are also variations that come with sunscreen, spf 15 and spf 35, which is interesting as well. It’s always good to have sunscreen in either your moisturiser or foundation to protect your skin from premature ageing.

It comes in a simple white box with splashes of pink and blue, pretty. And the bottle which has the same colouring comes with a pump and is 118 ml.

It’s non-comedogenc (doesn’t clog up your pores), hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.

It has a greasy feel when applied to the skin and never seems to be absorb into the skin too well. It always feels like there is a layer of it sitting on my skin. It does moisturize my skin but not much as it’s very light. Also I don’t find it a good make-up base for me, my face just looks dry and cakey with make up over it. I prefer the older oil-free Neutrogena moisturizers that were cheap but were quality products.

Overall I love Dermalogica Active Moist and it is my go-to moisturiser. It manages to moisturise my skin even in the driest climates and it never breaks me out. Plus it’s the perfect make-up base. Will definitely be using it in London this winter! I really do not like Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture though and I found it greasy and uncomfortable on me every time I used it. It was also way too lightweight for my skin and didn’t like how it looked under my foundation. I definitely won’t be getting it again in a hurry. X

 

Beauty

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Intensive moisture quenching bi-phase serum

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I’ve started using the Clarins Hydra Essentiel Intensive moisture quenching bi-phase serum (S$98) a few months ago and thought I’d do a review on it. I’ve never actually tried any products from the French luxury skin care brand before this.

I had eczema when I was young and living in London the last few years has brought back some of my skin problems as the air is really dry there. My neck has been extra dry recently and I decided to start using this serum on my neck. I’ve also been using it on the occasional dry patch on my face.

The serum comes in a 30 ml small bright blue bottle. It’s meant for all skin types and you’re supposed to apply it to the face and the neck. You’re encouraged to pair it with the Hydra-Essentiel Light Cream or Cooling gel for an extremely quenching effect.  Apparently 90% of users report intensely hydrated skin after using it.

The lightweight serum is supposed to restore the skin’s radiance and shield skin from the dehydrating effects of daily thermic shocks. It’s magic ingredient is the ‘leaf of life’ originating from Madagascar which is supposed to encourage the synthesis of hyaluronic acid and boost the skin’s natural hydration mechanisms.

The serum is blue in colour as well and has a watery light texture. It has a subtle scent that isn’t too overpowering. It absorbs into the skin really quickly leaving your skin feeling very supple and plump. And after just using it for one night, my skin was significantly more moisturised and soft! I’ve been using it a few times a week – I think it’s great to use at night before you sleep. It’s perfect for dry parched skin and for winter weather.

Overall I really like it, it’s so lightweight and moisturising and perfect for dry skin. It is a bit pricey for moisturising serum though but I will probably be getting another bottle when I’m done with this one! X

Beauty

SK-II R.N.A. Power Eye Cream Radical New Age

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SK-II R.N.A. Power Eye Cream

I bought the SK-II R.N.A Power Eye Cream (S$135) about 3 months ago on my flight from London back to Singapore. I’ve heard so many positive things about the Japanese high-end brand and decided to try this eye cream.

The skin under your eyes is the first area to age and it’s so important to start using a good eye cream even in your 20s when your skin starts making less collagen. I usually use creams for my dark eye circles as they get pretty bad whenever I haven’t had a good sleep.

This particular eye cream is supposed to be packed with conditioning ingredients to moisturize skin, restore suppleness and reduce the appearance of fine lines. It is also suitable for all kinds of skin. It’s part of the SK-II anti-ageing skincare collection. It’s signature ingredient is Pitera- a bio-ingredient rich in vitamins, organic acids, minerals and amino acids that work together to enhance skin cell renewal. And it also contains Radical New Age Complex which creates the appearance of lengthwise and crosswise firmness.

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It comes in a glossy red jar as all their products do and the cream itself is a butter-yellow colour. It comes with a cute little spatula that is supposed to be a hygienic way to dish out the cream each time you use it. I have to say I’ve never actually used the spatula before though and have no idea where it is lol.

The cream feels rich, thick and luxurious on the skin and though its hydrating it’s not greasy at all. I like the fact that it doesn’t have a strong fragrance and It doesn’t irritate my eyes (my eyes are really sensitive and can tear quite a bit when I use other creams). Also a little amount of cream goes a long way and I use a very small quantity for each application. However I don’t think it has helped with my dark circles and is purely for moisturising and anti-ageing purposes.

I have to say overall this is the best eye cream I have ever used – I love it! It really plumps, brightens and moisturises the under eye area and you see actual results in just a couple of days. It’s on the pricey side but it should last a long time and I would definitely say it’s worth every cent. I can’t wait to try more of their products! X

Beauty

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator & Zoeva luxe highlighter brush

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Laura Mercier Face Illuminator

I finally bought the Laura Mercier Face Illuminator ($73) after wanting it for so long. I also got the Zoeva Luxe Highlight Blush & Contour brush ($28) because I don’t have a proper highlighter brush and they do really good brushes.

So I got the shade Devotion for the Face Illuminator. It’s a cool pink highlight and matches my skin tone the best. They also have Indiscretion- a warm rose gold highlight, Seduction- a soft bronze highlight and Addiction- a gilded gold highlight. It’s great that there is one for every skin tone and I love the names they match every colour so well!

One of the reasons why I’ve been wanting to get it because it’s oil-free and dermatologist tested. I’ve really sensitive skin that breaks out easily so I usually only use oil-free products on my face.

The packaging is pretty, it comes in a sleek black compact and I like the fact that it has a little mirror as well. The powder palatte itself is beautiful- Devotion is a lovely pearly pink colour that sparkles and it has a crumbled bedsheet effect that is really cute. You just want to dive into it.

This is actually my first time trying a powder highlighter and I’ve actually stopped wearing highlighter since coming back to Singapore as I’m always too shiny from the humidity lol.

I found the highlighter not that easy to put on and I wouldn’t say that it’s a creamy texture like the website claims. Also, the pigments in the palatte seemed to fall off every time I dipped my brush in. However when I put it on it’s a beautiful subtle pink shimmer and just as it promises it is very buildable and you can turn it into an intense glow if you layer it.

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Zoeva brush

I couldn’t wait to try out the Zoeva brush it looks so cute and it comes in a gorgeous rose golden colour as well (I really wanted that one but couldn’t find it at Sephora). The tapered shape is perfect for highlighting. The bristles are really soft and silky on your skin and does feel nice and luxurious. It also works well in blending the highlighter with your foundation. The brush doesn’t hold onto product much so I think it would be easy to clean it. Apparently, it doesn’t shed either – I hope that’s true. It’s a great quality brush at a very reasonable price.

Overall I like the Illuminator, it has a nice subtle radiant finish and is very buildable – I’ll definitely continue using it. But I think I still prefer liquid highlighters because they just go on more easily for my skin. I also feel that this highlighter is a bit on the pricey side. I really like the Zoeva highlighter brush and would definitely recommend getting it. X

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