Skincare Chat: March 2015

Hello! Thought i’d start off with a little skincare chat early in the month since lately it’s all been makeup, makeup and MORE makeup. I figured i’d make this a monthly practice so you know what’s being used behind the scenes when i’m too busy posting about makeup.

So this month has finally been a more ‘settled’ month for me. I’ve been taking a lot of trips to the beach though, so some of the items here are pretty much SOS treatments my skin needs when I get back. I also wanted to talk about some things i’ve hauled from my last London trip and share my thoughts on those products too.

Here’s todays mix.

Skincare

Let’s start with some new favourites from Ettusais.

Ettusais is a brand that’s mostly popular amongst the younger girls who are just starting out with a daily skincare routine (we are talking age 20-30). It’s mainly due to the fact that it’s a more affordable and budget friendly brand which is accessible to pretty much everyone.

Ettusais UV block spray

These two products I tried have been really nice, so I had to share with you. First up, the new 50+ UV Block Spray that was sent to me just in time for all my sunny holidays. I have already reached the last few pumps of this so I didn’t waste any time repurchasing. It’s that good.

I find this product is superior to other spray type sunscreens as it doesn’t leave your skin feeling grossly oily. It also has a very nice fragrance and nothing like other similar sunscreens i’ve tried. Trust me, they don’t usually smell this good.

The reason I like spray on sunblock is that they are so easy to apply. No need to get your hands dirty. One quick spray, and you are done! It’s also great if you want to do a quick spritz on your feet as well, so your toes are well protected. I basically use this on my entire body, face, arms, feet.

It’s one of those products that you use and wonder, ‘where have you been all my life’?!!!

The next Ettusais product that’s been making an appearance in my skincare routine is the new Amino Caviar cream from the Ettusias Premium skincare line which targets those who are experiencing the very first signs of aging (ages 20-30).

Ettusais Amino Caviar cream

The name comes from the little caviar like beads you find in the cream. The texture is sooo intriguing!

Ettusais Amino Caviar cream

When applied, these beads break down and absorb immediately to the skin. Hydrating the skin well.

The light texture feels very refreshing and there’s no oilyness . Skin feels a bit tacky, but not uncomfortably tacky. It’s just the feeling of well hydrated skin.

I find this cream great for the mornings, as it keeps skin bouncy and supple and well prepped for makeup. But for those who have oily or normal skin, this would be perfect for morning and nightly use as well.

If you are just starting out using anti-ageing skincare, I highly recommend trying this out. It retails at a very attractive price, S$48!

Bioderma

Bioderma

This product needs no introduction really, it’s basically every makeup artists backstage staple. Excellent for instantly taking off makeup without the use of water.

To me this is the first step of my daily night time skincare routine, breaking down the first layer of makeup before I follow up with an oil or balm cleanser. I also love this for when I am doing swatch posts for the blog to clean my arms of any makeup between swatches.

The reason I thought i’d feature this is…. now they sell the pump version in Singapore! Makes it so much more easier to use! I got mine from Changi Airport. It was just around 40 bucks for this extra large size which will actually last me a good while!

Daily Microfoliant Dermalogica Hydraluron

Next batch is a couple of things I got myself in London.

I know Dermalogica is widely available in SG, but at Selfridges they had a counter where the entire range is available. After my skin consultation I was given a generous sample of the Daily Microfoliant, something i’ve been wanting to try for a long long time.

It’s a rice based exfoliant which is very gentle and suitable for daily use as the name suggests. Although I would use it a less frequently.

The product itself is like powdered rice, and very fine, and is meant to be ‘activated’ when in contact with water and releases Rice Enzymes and Salicylic acid to gently buff away dead cells. I simply dispense some into wet hands and create a paste which I then use to exfoliate. Simple, speedy and effective.

Next up, theΒ Gentle Cream Exfoliant, which is actually one of the more potent chemical exfoliators I own. This is meant to go on like a mask and then washed off after the stipulated time. One thing I learnt when using this product is, to follow the instructions religiously. DO NOT leave it on longer than the suggested time, it WILL over exfoliate.

I bring this out when my skin is feeling dull and congested. It immediately takes off any build up and leaves you with brighter, smoother skin. I would recommend this treatment every 4 days for oily skin types and around once a week for dry skin.

Lastly, Hydraluron. Something of a cult favourite when it comes to hydration. It’s active ingredient is Hyaluronic acid which is known to help skin attract and hold moisture, essential for maintaining supple, healthy skin.

This gel like serum absorbs instantly & completely, giving skin a burst of moisture. I then follow it up with a light hydrating lotion to lock in moisture levels or any treatment serum that I would be using on the day. The product pairs well with any other skincare that you are currently using so it doesn’t disrupt the benefits of those.

Lastly, my go to hydrating mask. The Omorovicza Gold Hydralifting mask.

Omorovicza gold mask

This I use as a followup to any exfoliating or purifying treatments that I do, so that any moisture loss can be restored. The soft rose scent is calming when applied, which adds to the whole experience of ‘pampering’ oneself.

Luxurious from the packaging to the product. It’s something I truly feel is a treat and this never fails to get my skin feeling plump and hydrated.

So there you have it, some products i’ve been loving lately. I hope you found it an informative read.

Thank you for stopping by!

13 thoughts

  1. Dermalogica Microfoliant is amazing, it’s gentle on the skin but powers through skin debris to reveal smoother glowing skin.xx

  2. Bioderma and Hydraluron will always be staples in my skincare. I may wander off to try new products, but when I want solid results, I always go back! You also reminded me that I’ve been wanting to try a few Dermalogica products–but I hate how their products aren’t in every store!

      1. For such a great product (review-based) it should be wayyy more available! I haven’t tried just yet, but based on many Lisa Eldridge videos, I want to try the Gentle Cream Exfoliant.

  3. Hi Michelle – First I want to thank you for your fabulous, in-depth reviews. You have been so incredibly helpful in providing so much detailed information that has driven many decisions in my skincare products/routines. In an earlier post, you mentioned La Mer is your go-to for night cream, but were considering the possibility of other options due to the paraben and other ingredients. Have you had any luck in your search? I’m on the search for a nice quality and effective night cream that will compliment my goal of fine-line correcting, improvement of skin tone/hydration (without over-doing it) and would really appreciate your input. *I have considerably dry skin.

    My routine: Day – Lancome Visionnaire & Genifique serums, Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Melt

    Make up – LancΓ΄me La Base Pro Hydra Glow Illuminating Makeup Primer, Lancome Teinte Visionnaire Correcting Duo, LancΓ΄me ABSOLUE POWDER Radiant Smoothing Powder

    Night – Fresh cleansing wash, Lancome Visionnaire & Genifique serums, Lancome Absolue Bx (using a deluxe sample, won’t be repurchasing)

    Thoughts?

    Thanks in advance,
    Rachel

    1. Hi Rachel,

      You have a very nice routine going on there already!

      So the cream i’m currently using is by Omorovicza skincare, the Rejuvenating night cream. It’s fairly light in texture compared to the La Mer. And since you have drier skin i’m not sure if it would be rich enough for you.

      In general, i’d like you to try Embryolisse Lait -creme concentrate. It’s excellent. The texture is amazing and absorbs well. I even use it as a makeup base to prep my skin if i’m using a particularly drying foundation. The main benefit of this would be hydration. If you want more anti-ageing benefits they have another line. Although I haven’t tried them. But personally I feel investing in a great serum is where most of your anti-ageing action comes from so I think you are pretty covered in that department with your Visionnaire. I’d recommend using the Genifique serum also by Lancome before you use the Visionnaire and layer the two. That’s my tried and tested, fool proof formula πŸ™‚

      Anyways if you want more info about Omorovicza check out their site. They have a great brand philosophy and everything is made without parabens etc. So far most of the stuff I tried from them are pretty nice and have been keeping my skin in good condition. If you are feeling a bit spendy, i’d recommend the Gold Hydralifting mask. It’s my favourite hydrating mask and smells soo luxurious too. I believe they have a st Patricks day offer for 20% off on the site as well, so today’s a good day to check this out!

  4. Hi Michelle,

    Do you know if I can purchase Etussais products online, shipping to Europe? I need that block spray!
    In case I can’t get it… Any alternative that I can be able to find here?

    Regards from Spain πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Veronica,
      I don’t believe there is an online site that does 😦 And worst of all, there are lot’s of shipping restrictions on spray products so it’s going to be difficult to find some place that does ship it… Hopefully if you have a friend travelling to Asia you can get your hands on one?
      So as a close dupe, I don’t have anything that’s quite as nice. I have only tried the Spray by Supergoop, it’s a lot more oily when applied and smells like a typical sunscreen >.< But it's around 50+ SPF I believe and gets the job done! πŸ™‚

      1. Thanks for answering! A friend is travelling to Japan next month… I will try there.
        I don’t usually leave comments but I love your blog. Your pictures are always amazing πŸ™‚
        I can’t stop thinking… You can’t have a room big enough to store all those treasures you own. So jealous!

      2. Oh! Finally some hope! I need to stock up too, so waiting for my next trip to Singapore!
        And thank you so much πŸ™‚ I believe pics play an important role when trying to convey a message. So I try my best to capture all my products true colour and clear.
        And yes, storing my makeup is being a bit difficult now that I no longer have a dedicated room! Moving issues lol!

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