Friday, August 31, 2012

August Favorites~

Hello, lovelies~ Since today is the last day of August, I thought it would appropriate to post my monthly favorites beauty products. This includes skincare, makeup and bodycare.

Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua Foundation
I bought this a little while back and have been loving it ever since. It is one of the foundation that feels lightweight, but has medium coverage on my face. It is able to minimize redness all over my face and conceal some minor imperfections on my right cheek (small acne and acne scars). It also has an SPF 15, which makes it all the more perfect for daily use.

This is similar to the one toner from The Face Shop that I love. It gives extra moisture to my skin right after washing my face, hence keeping the level of moisture on my face before continuing my skincare regime.

L'Occitane Angelica Face Mist
I love the scent of this face mist, which is a grassy like scent with a little hint of citrus at the end. It has Aloe Barbadensis extract to help soothe my skin and refresh it throughout the day.

Etude House Brown Liquid Liner
I'm proud to say that I am more confident to use a liquid liner now! Yeay! Anyway, this is an old item from Etude House, but I got it on sale. I love the staying power of this liner and the easy application on my face.

This is one of the drugstore brand that cannot be underestimated. I loved their pencil eyeliner and now, I've fallen for their lipsticks. It feels moisturizing throughout my time using the lipstick and the color is super pigmented that the colors came out with just one swipe.

Gucci Envy Me Perfume
I have been using this perfume a lot this month. It has a sweet, musky scent that feels very playful. Since I suck at describing scent, here are the notes. 

Taken from, "NotesPeony, Jasmine, Pink Pepper, Litchi, Pomegranate, Pineapple, Pink Musk, Seringa, White Tea, Sandalwood, Teakwood, Sensual Musk."
I think that is all for my August beauty favorites. At least, the ones I can think of right now. I'll see you in my next post~ ^_^ 
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Monday, August 27, 2012

How I Deal With Acne (back then)

Hello, lovelies~ As a teenager, I struggled with acne, a whole lot of times. In fact, I first had my acne when I was in the fourth grade! The acne on my face started to lessen these past two years. My skin looked better now, but there are still some acne popping up during my menstruation cycles. Here are some of the picture from around 7 years ago. You can see my acne is bad on my right cheek mostly.

Friday, August 24, 2012

FAQs About Dry Skin

Hello, lovelies~ I was born with oily, acne prone skin, but since I incorporated retinoic acid into my skincare routine, my skin type changed into combination type. The areas around the edges of my mouth and nose are dry and peeling, but my forehead and chin remains oily. So, having little experience in both worlds, I just wanted to share what I know about dry skin so far. 

How do I acknowledge dry skin?
This skin type often has problems with their looking all dried up, depleted of moisture. This will further cause their skin to look like they're peeling off.

What should I look for in a moisturizer?
People of this skin type should choose a moisturizer that is emollient in nature and contains humectants. Humectant will help draw moisture from the environment and the emollients will help retain the moisture within the skin. You can find more about humectants in this post.

Furthermore, the consistency of the moisturizer is another thing to look out for. Opt for a moisturizer that is creamy in consistency. This will help hydrate and lock in the moisture within your skin, thus making the skin look plumper and more hydrated. 

What if my skin is extra dry and peeling off like crazy everywhere?
If you have very dry skin, I would recommend choosing a serum and moisturizer with collagen inside because it has a stronger moisturizing property compared to usual moisturizers. Also, to ensure that the moisture is locked in with the moisturizer, be sure to apply it while your skin is damp (slight wet). 

What products would you recommend for dry skin? 
For dry skin, I like Hada Labo Ultimate Whitening Face Wash, Etude House Skin Malgem Essential Toner, Hada Labo Ultimate Whitening Lotion, Skin Aqua UV Mild Milk and L'Occitane Angelica Instant Hydration Mask.

Any tips to reduce the dry skin appearance or improve it?

  • Look for a face wash that doesn't foam because foams are usually meant for oily skin. It tend to reduce any excess oil on the face, thus look for a cream-based cleanser
  • If you want, you can use a washcloth or konjac sponge to gently remove the flaky, dry skin appearance on the face
  • Use a toner that doesn't have alcohol or isopropyl alcohol in it because it will dry out the skin even more
  • Use additional serum with collagen or hyaluronic acid to give more moisture to the skin
  • Apply a hydrating mask every once a week to double boost the moisture (also, to pamper yourself!) 
What are your tips for dry skin? Leave your dry skin tips and tricks in the comment section and I'll add it to my post to share with the others. I'll see you in my next post, taa~ ^_^ 
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Review: SILKYGIRL Moisture Rich Lipstick

Hello, lovelies~ I have been on the hunt for an affordable lipstick that does the job for everyday use. My first thought immediately goes to SILKYGIRL because I adore their pencil eyeliner. I wear it everyday to achieve that natural yet defined eye look, but I digress. Let's just move on with the review, shall we?

The lipstick is packaged in a silver twist packaging, typical as most lipsticks are. It may feel a little dodgy, but nothing so much that it bothers me. It may look cheap, but then again, it is Rp 29,500 .

As far as I am aware, there are only four shades in this collection. Mine is in the shade Naked, number 01. Silkygirl has two other lipstick line, one a matte shade and the other a creme finish. I won't talk much about the ingredients because I have already thrown away the plastic cover that has the list of ingredients. My bad.. ^_^;;

On my lips, the lipstick felt moisturizing on its own without any lip balm underneath. I tried using a lip balm for comparison, but the finish is too shiny for my liking. Anyway, the lipstick has quite a pigmentation for an affordable product. One swipe and I can already see the color evening out my lips.

As for the staying power, it will be gone after a meal, that is to be expected with most lipsticks. However, without a meal and consistent "no-licking-lips" policy, it lasted for two hours or so on my lips. Maybe I still lick my lips unconsciously. Due to its creamy and moisturizing consistency, this lipstick transfers onto the rim of the glass if I am drinking.

Looks natural on my lips, perfect for everyday.
Overall, I liked the affordable and moisturizing property of this product, but the shades to choose from are very limited. The pigmentation of this product deserves two thumbs up from me. For an everyday lipstick, this item is worth repurchasing for me.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review: Vaseline Total Moisture Aloe Fresh SPF 24

Hello, lovelies~ It's been a long time since I posted an entry to my blog. I have been enjoying the Idul Fitri holiday, especially the empty roads. That is such a treat during this holiday. Anyway, back to the review.

Today, I wanted to review a product from Vaseline called the Aloe Fresh moisturizer with sunscreen protecting factor. The packaging is similar to most Vaseline products in a green flip cap with a light green body. The bottle I have is a 100 ml in size.

I think the design label is simple and informative as it has aloe vera leaves on the low right corner. It also has  a description of the ingredients and information of the product on the back of the label.

This moisturizer uses chemical sunscreen of Ethylhexyl Salicylate (UVB protection), butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (UVA protection), and phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid (UVB protection).  As preservatives, it uses phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben, sodium benzoate, and potassium benzoate.

It still has perfume listed as one of the ingredients, so people with sensitive skin may want to be extra careful with it. This sunscreen or daily light lotion contains aloe vera leaf juice that may help to soothe and care for the skin.

I bought this at a supermarket in Kelapa Gading, forgot the exact price, though. Sorry~ Anyway, the sunscreen has a white lotion texture that is easily blended all over the body. It has a sunscreen protecting factor (SPF) of 24 and a photoaging (PA) protection of ++. It is covers both UVA and UVB protection as listed on the paragraphs above in the ingredients section.

Unlike other sunscreen, this one spreads easily and smoothly all over my arms and leg. It doesn't have a sticky or greasy finish as well. This is probably one of my favorite drugstore sunscreen, but I don't wanna jinx it.

Overall, I like the lightweight, non sticky and non greasy finish of this sunscreen on my body. It is also affordable and easily obtained in most drugstores/supermarket in Jakarta. However, this may not be for you if you are looking for a physical sunscreen, ones that have zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. If you don't mind the chemical sunscreen, then go out and find this in your nearest drugstores!
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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Review: Caring Colours Fair White Blemless Balm Cream

Hello, lovelies~ I haven't been trying out a lot of BB creams lately, so I'm off for another adventure into the BB cream world. First stop is a BB cream from a local brand, Caring Colors called Fair White Blemless Balm Cream.

The product is placed in white and pink squeeze tube with a silver twist off cap. Although it is a squeeze tube, it's quite fat and chubby, unlike other squeeze tube I've ever encountered. In Indonesian, we call it bantet, which technically means fat and chubby.

I've never had any trouble opening the aluminium seal, but this one is tricky. Even if I've already removed the aluminium seal, there is still plastic underneath that I need to poke with a sharp object to get the product out.

The BB cream contains Squalane and Beeswax, which are good for moisturizing the skin. As for Arbutin, this ingredient helps to whiten the skin or rather even out the skin tone with continuous use. Paeonia suffruticosa root extract and Scutellaria baicalensis root extract act as a skin protectant. I haven't had a chance to dig deeper into these two ingredients, so I'll get to that later. The BB cream contains C13-14 Isoparaffin, which is mineral oil derived from Petrolatum, so those with sensitive skin or have a reaction towards mineral oil be aware. It also contains fragrance, but to my surprise there are no parabens.

The BB cream has one shade only, but it does have three variants. The other two being Everlast and Luminizing, one for oily skin and the latter for dry skin. The shade is more of a beige color. I didn't notice any shimmers or glitters in the BB cream.

The thing that irks me is the missing information on the amount of SPF/PA that this BB cream has. I see that it has chemical sunscreens, but why didn't they have it written on the box on the amount of sunscreen protecting factor or even the photo aging level?

It feels lightweight on my face when I finished blending the product evenly all over my face with my fingers. Right after dotting them on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. The BB cream has a semi matte finish and it does slightly exaggerate the dry areas on the middle of my eyebrows right on the forehead. It's not something to rant about, don't worry.

It manages to even out my skin tone, especially the areas around my lips and nose. The pores on my cheeks also look slightly minimized, even though it's still there. It can't cover my sun spot, but then again it is not a concealer, d-uh~ I didn't use a primer underneath just to test out its strength. Another thing I love from this BB cream is its ability to create a smooth looking face without the white cast. I find the shade to match my skin tone and the BB cream is easily blended, even without primer.

Notice the red spots on my nose, uneven skintone around the nostrils and ginormous pores on my cheeks?
To see the difference, click on the pictures to enlarge them. 
The oil control of this BB cream is average on my T zone area, which is around 2 hours before it started to look a bit shiny.

However, in pictures (without flash), it looks good. The BB cream helped to create a flawless looking face when I'm far from it, definitely.

Overall, I like the feel of this BB cream as it is lightweight and has a semi matte finish. Even though it does slightly exaggerate the dry areas on my forehead, I liked that it has a non sticky finish. I have to say that I'm quite surprised that this doesn't contain any parabens, what with it being a local brand. Yet, it still contains fragrance, so people with sensitive skin should be aware.

Update from Caring Colours about the amount of SPF on the BB cream is 25

Reference For More Information on Ingredients
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Review: Bioderma Sensibio H2O

Hello, lovelies~ I can't stress enough about the importance of taking off your makeup before you go to bed. It's scary to think that those makeup ingredients will clog your pores and cause you to break out. Although I have to admit that I get lazy sometimes and wanted to just rush to sleep with my dirty face. However, if that were to happen, I always have makeup removing wipes or makeup removing water ready. Today, I am going to review a makeup remover from Bioderma.

I bought this at Guardian in Singapore while I was there for my little brother's graduation. I chose the smallest size because I was only trying it out for the first time and didn't want to regret my decision. The makeup remover is packaged in a clear bottle with a pinkish red flip top cap. The product itself is a clear transparent, water-like liquid without any scent.

To use it, I would pour the product onto a cotton pad to moisten it. Afterwards, I swiped the already damp cotton pad onto my dry face full of makeup. I don't feel any tingling or itching sensation, it's just like rubbing regular water on my face, honestly.

It would be good for sensitive skin as well because it doesn't have much in the ingredients. It also has cucumber extracts which helps in soothing the skin. I'm a tad curious on the Rhamnose ingredient because it is an extract of a flower that acts as anti aging. Well, I'll have to get back to you on that later on. No parabens, what are the odds, huh? ^_^

Putting it to the test, I 'drew' my arm with lipstick, lip tint, liquid liner, waterproof mascara, and gel eyeliner. I swatched them a bit heavily so I'll know the strength of this makeup remover. After saturating the cotton pad, I begin swiping it back and forth to remove them. It took about 5 laps of swiping to reach the picture below.

I find that it takes off the lipstick and liquid liner easily, but I need more work to take off the rest. Sure it removes waterproof mascara, but I need to tug my skin back and forth to get it removed. I'd hate to imagine tugging my eyelid to remove my mascara from my eyelashes. The lip tint stil stays because of its power to stain, I guess. Meanwhile, the gel eyeliner also left a grey stain that needs effort to get off.

Overall, I think this would be great for people who wear light makeup. The formula of this makeup remover is gentle enough because it didn't have any alcohol or mineral oil or even parabens. Although it removes face makeup easily, it needs a little more work when removing waterproof mascaras. It is especially suitable for people with sensitive skin because of the lack of fragrance in the ingredients.

UPDATE: Turns out my skin loves this a lot! I guess it's because it has no fragrance in the ingredient list. Since I only use light makeup most of the time, this gentle cleanser removes my makeup easily without causing any further irritation on my skin. So, love this so much and hooked on it! I'm already on my third 250 ml bottle right now, yeah~

Thursday, August 16, 2012

My Night Time Must-Do's

Hello, lovelies~ As most you know, I have already share my morning time beauty routine or Must Do's. It would incomplete if I were to left out the night time routine, right? So, without further ado, I present to you my beauty night time must-do's.

DO remove makeup before bedtime

Even if I feel very tired, I always force myself to remove my makeup, even if it's only using makeup removing wipes. At the very least, all of the foundation, powder, blush, etc will not be clogging my pores when I sleep. Clogged pores will lead to acne and I don't want that to happen to my face. I remove my face makeup with a cleansing oil from Etude House

DO exfoliate gently

Since I have acne prone skin, I try my best to keep my keratinization process in place. Gentle physical exfoliators work best to slough off dead skin cells and helped the keratinization process. For this, I use konjac sponges because I find them soft and gentle, but does exfoliate my face. Also, if the outermost layer of the skin is removed, skincare products can penetrate better into the skin and work more brilliantly. 

DO apply a thick body moisturizer

After I shower, I immediately apply body butter on my legs and arms. I usually use The Body Shop Shea Butter for my legs and Dove Body Lotion. My room is air conditioned, so my skin tends to be dry in the morning, especially my legs. Sometimes when I'm in the mood, I'll even wear a pair of socks to keep the moisture in. 

DO apply night cream containing retinoic acid
My night cream will always have retinoic acid beause I need it to keep my acne at bay. However, it does come with an advantage of stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, making it an affordable anti aging cream. 

DO apply a hydrating mask (2-3 a week)

Retinoic acid may work wonders on my skin, but it is also making my skin dryer than before. Hence, I need a moisturizing mask every now and then, especially when my face is dry that it peels off. I like to apply L'Occitane Angelica Instant Hydration Mask because it takes only three minutes before I apply my retinoic acid. Plus, it tones down the effect of retinoic acid if I feel it to be a bit strong.

That wraps up my beauty routines for both day and night. Just for reference, I have combination skin with more dry areas around the edges of my lips and nose. I also happen to have acne prone skin and tends to have bad reaction to tea tree oil. I hope this may give you an idea of how to build your own beauty routine.

P.S: This post was supposed to be up yesterday, but I had stomach flu and had to be in bed most of the time. I'm feeling a little better now. ^_^ 
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Review: dermaE DMAE-Alpha Lipoic C-Ester Creme

Hello, lovelies~ Lately, I have been trying to avoid parabens in my skincare, even though it is hard to find affordable paraben-free products. I stumbled on dermaE a few months ago and thought I'd give it try. I bought the hyaluronic acid serum and this creme that has a very long name.

The creme comes in a separate box that has the ingredients list printed on it. Inside, the creme is packaged in a jar with a white twist off lid. I'm not a big fan of the packaging, so I used a cotton bud every time I want to get the product on my face. No biggie.

The creme is paraben-free and mineral oil-free, which I love from the start. It contains Jojoba seed oil, vitamin C, DMAE, vitamin E and vitamin A. All of which are good in moisturizing the skin. The Lavandula Angustifolia oil acts as the fragrance of this product, which I personally don't like too much. I can't really describe the scent, but I think it's supposed to be a lavender kind of smell. It still has preservatives, which is the Phenoxyethanol, but it's nothing to worry about.

The product itself is a creamy light brown consistency that spreads easily on my face. It feels a little greasy at first, but after a few moments when the creme sinks in, the greasiness goes away. I would recommend this to those with combination skin type that has problems with dullness and sagging. The Vitamin C and DMAE contents are reported to stimulate the production of collagen, hence contributing to firmer looking skin. As it contains Alpha Lipoic Acid, it may have a tingling sensation to your skin, but it goes away after 30 seconds or so.

I usually use this when I'm having acne all over my face as a night creme. No, it doesn't help to reduce the acne and make them all go away. It's just a change from my retinoic acid night cream that tends to make my acne worse. You get what I mean? If I apply retinoic acid when my skin is having acne, the retinoic acid contents have a tendency to make the acne worse.

I like this as my retinoic acid replacement because it still stimulates my skin's collagen production and makes my face firmer and brighter. All thanks to Vitamin C! All in all, I'd say this is a great cream for you who has dull, sagging looking skin and is looking for an alternative from retinoic acid cream. However, the price is expensive as it lacks parabens, mineral oil and all the other bad stuff. I think it was around the Rp 200,000 something range
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