Skincare Favourites – October 2015

Skincare Favourites – October 2015

Welcome to your very first demi-post. This is actually a supplementary blog entry to an Instagram skincare post that just went up. I didn’t have the patience to write a loooong caption over there so all the reasoning behind my current capsule skincare routine will be documented here.

Firstly, I’ve been having a bit of a ‘good skin moment’ after a massive hormonal breakout (ok, slight exaggeration here) few weeks back. So I got back into a lot of my go-to’s to make sure my skin get’s back to it’s normal, healthy glowy state.

Overall my skin is pretty well behaved (touch wood). My only concerns are tackling dehydration, fine lines and also evening out my skin tone. Also I am of a combination dry skin type FYI.Skincare Cleansers

My cleansing routine always starts with Bioderma (micellar/water cleanser) followed up with an oil or a balm cleanser (double cleansing is a must in my opinion if you wear makeup on the daily).

The usual suspects are SK2 Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil or the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm. Between the two, the Omorovicza is my absolute favourite it’s great for all skin types (even sensitive skin) and I consider it more skincare than a cleanser. Basically cos it’s NOT JUST for removing makeup and dirt, which is why I use this as a second cleanse after my Bioderma has removed a majority of my makeup. It’s more of a DEEEEEEP cleanse so there’s no residue dirt or anything that would clog my pores.

Most people find a balm cleanser annoying, it’s a pain to get off in a hurry (you definitely need warm water and a wash cloth) and this one’s freaking expensive. BUT, whenever my skin is in a bad state, I make sure I switch to this to ‘heal’ it. (full review here)

The SK2 cleanser is my second in command. If my skin isn’t particularly fussy, I use this. It’s my favourite of all oil cleansers (i’ve tried quite a few) and I find it very gentle, taking off makeup with ease. The mild rose fragrance is also a plus. Helps you get into wind-down mode before bed.

For removing eye makeup my holy grail is the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover. This takes of everything (even stubborn waterproof makeup like mascara) super fast and I love it. Always have a back up ready for when I run out.

Toner

These days (and for the past year) my go-to toner is Serozinc by La Roche-Posay. It’s a bit of a pain to source since it’s only available in France but I have quite a few back ups from my last trip to Paris and I’m really happy to have a good supply. This is basically something to spritz on after cleansing, before you pile on your skincare. The active ingredient here is Zinc Sulfate & Sodium Chloride. It basically kills any bacteria and soothes skin. I also use this whenever my skin feels itchy or sensitive and this instantly calms it down. Also if you are prone to breakouts it’s a good product to have at hand as it purifies skin and stops bacteria breeding in your pores. Acne flare ups can be cured twice as fast and great for those with fussy skin.

Eye Care

There are currently 4 products in rotation at the moment. It’s basically a La Prairie mix and Shiseido mix. I tend to alternate these over the week and both are combinations that have worked for me in the past.

I use the La Prairie combination for hard core anti wrinkle action + brightening and the Shiseido for extra hydration, wrinkle prevention and building up skin immunity (this is where Shiseido Ultimune Eye comes handy)

Between the two my under eyes are doing well. And it’s the best products i’ve found so far.

Night Serums

Whenever my skin has a B**** fit I turn to my HG serum combo for tackling blemishes, evening out skin tone, plumping, brightening AND reducing acne scaring. This basically covers it all. The duo is Lancome Visionnaire and the Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate.

I have reviewed them both here. Highly recommend this combo for keeping skin looking healthy and youthful.

For days I need a boost of hydration, my go to is Hydraluron serum by Indeed Labs. I haven’t reviewed this yet but as a quick intro, it’s great for layering before night or day cream for combatting dehydration. A super product at a fantastic price point (drugstore skincare from Boots).

Night Creams

I don’t have too many that I rotate but from all I’ve tried these two are my current go-to’s that work well over my serums.

First up the Omorovicza Rejuvenating night cream. LOVE this stuff. It’s basically a slightly richer night cream that plumps up and deeply hydrates skin. If you have dry, combination-dry or normal skin, THIS IS FOR YOU. But of course like all Omorovicza products this too is pretty much of a luxury purchase. However, I LOVE it and recommend it to every one!

Next up, an Estee Lauder cream I haven’t talked about yet.

Nutritious Vitality 8 Radiant Moisture Creme is fairly new to my routine (in comparison to my Omorovicza) and have been using it on and off for the last 3 months. This is a new release by EL for building up skin immunity/radiance and works great over any serums you may use. First up, I believe this is actually a day cream, BUT is slightly richer and thicker in consistency so I love it for night time use since I have combination skin. This cream smells soo good (a fruity delicious smell I can’t get enough of) and absorbs easily once smoothed in. I always end up waking with plump, nourished skin and HIGHLY recommend you try it yourself. Amazing product at a good price. (Full review to follow)

Peels & Exfoliators

To maintain fresh skin without dead cell build up, I try to use a chemical peel or some exfoliation at least once a week. This is a great way to ensure your nightly skincare penetrates well.

My HG is the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant. I’ve talked about this before and it’s a great product that takes off any dead cell build up with ease! I feel the name ‘Gentle’ cream exfoliant is slightly misleading as this is potent stuff. But as long as you follow instructions and don’t leave it on longer than recommended you should be fine. I recommend this to everyone except the severely sensitive skin types. A wonderful product for weekly use.

The next exfoliant I have quite recently added to my routine is the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. It’s this yummy jelly like mask that removes dead cells in a more gentler manner. You can use this up to 2-3 times a week depending on how often you feel like your skin needs exfoliation. It smells like roses, soooo calming and a delicious treat for sluggish skin. (P.S- mine’s a smaller version and not the full sized product in case you were wondering)

Brightening & Hydration Masks

All skincare routines should include a brightening mask and hydrating masks and my recent go-to’s have been by Skin Inc. A brand i’m just discovering. So far i’m loving everything i’ve tried and the stand out products have been the Pure Deep Sea Hydrating Mask (great as a sleeping mask or a primer under makeup for dry skin types) and the Get Glowin’ Brightening Mask. I’ve got a longish review planned for this weekend so stay tuned for that. But without giving too much away, the brightening mask is a must try. Seriously, go buy it NOW.

That concludes my chatty skincare entry of favourites. Hope I didn’t bore you halfway but certainly better than killing you with a long caption on IG so yeah >.<

P.S- Thank you for stopping by and hope this entry proved a good read!

xx,

Michelle.

 

 

 

 

Skincare Chat: March 2015

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, the 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!

Skincare essentials – Travel edition

Skincare essentials – Travel edition

There are some things in life I just can’t live without, and that’s a decent skincare arsenal. Here’s mine, stripped down to a bare minimum. These are all I need to keep my skin happy during a short getaway.

Skincare favourites

Bare in mind that this is just what I packed for a couple of days at the beach so I haven’t included a heavy duty cleanser as I’m not wearing much other than a concealer and brows. Somedays I do a little eye liner, but that’s about it.

Travel skincare cleansers

To me a good skincare routine includes an effective cleanser. For now I’m relying on this one by Murad. I’ve repurchased this and it’s been my go to cleanser for the last 5 years or so. It’s their Soothing Gel Cleanser formulated for sensitive skin. The texture is very light weight and jelly like. It doesn’t foam much but cleans my face without stripping it of all moisture. Skin feels comfortable and bouncy. I use this morning and night.

If i’m wearing any eye makeup, I use the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover to cleanse it off at the end of the day. I pack this smaller travel size bottle and it doesn’t take up too much space in my travel pouch. For speedy eye makeup removal (even waterproof mascara) without any sensitivity I highly recommend this one.

Travel skincare sunscreen

After cleansing, it’s moisturiser and sun screen. No matter how humid or sweaty the weather is, it’s a non negotiable step. Ideally with my extra oily t-zone, i’d happily go without moisturiser, but since it’s something I don’t compromise on, next best thing is my Hydraluron hydration serum. It gives my skin a burst of moisture and absorbs immediately leaving NO oily feeling.

I then follow with my daily sunscreen which is the Avène Day Protector UV EX SPF 30 PA ++++. I like that it’s formulated for sensitive skin and also absorbs well into the skin leaving it velvety and supple. Again, no oiliness. On the down side, I am convinced this blocks my pores. But until I find something as good as this, it’s a necessary evil i’m willing to put up with. Sigh.

Eye creams

For eyes I always, always use an eye cream. Even during the day, under makeup, I use one.

For travel I mainly pack these three. One serum and two eye creams.

For the ultimate line busting solution, my go to is the Zelens Triple Action Advanced eye cream. It’s a light gel texture and feels amazing on the eye area (for those of you who have very dry under eyes or love richer night creams, this one will feel rather under nourishing as it absorbs completely).

Usually I apply this after I have prepped my under eye with the Lancôme Génifique Yeux. Which is a serum that absorbs immediately and leaves no greasy feel under the eyes. The reason I pair all my eye creams with the Génifique Yeux is that I notice it boosts the anti aging benefits of my eye creams and I love it.

For nights I prefer to alternate my Zelens eye cream with the Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective eye cream. This is my holy grail hydrating/anti-aging eye cream. Although it’s not as effective on deep, stubborn wrinkles (compared to Zelens) I love it for how hydrating it is. It actually does an amazing job hydrating so I always repurchase this.

If you don’t have any major wrinkle issues and/or in the mid 20’s to early 30’s this is the one for you! It keeps eyes looking bright and youthful as well as controlling the appearance of any new fine lines.

Travel skincare visionnaire

The one thing I NEVER ever leave home without is my Lancôme Visionnaire Serum, reviewed here. It’s been my holy grail serum for the last three years or so.

If uneven, blemished skin with noticeable pores are your concern. This is what you need. It will make your skin look rested and glowing overnight. I have several of these at home, including this tiny version I use when I travel.

Travel Skincare SOS

Lastly, I also pack two SOS treatment products where ever I go. One is the Avène Soothing serum. It’s what I rely on when my skin feels sensitized and red. If you suffer from sensitive skin, this product is gold. It instantly calms angry, red blotchy skin.

My second SOS product is the Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel. It’s god sent for banishing those pesky, holiday ruining breakouts. Apply this at the very first sign of a blemish and you could control the breakout as well as enable it to heal without leaving any discolouration or marks. Certainly a product worth investing in.

So there you have it. My skincare essentials for travel. They all fit into a relatively small pouch so by no means is it a burden carrying them around. And at the end of the day, my little bag of magic comes equipped with everything I would need for any holiday emergency!