Winter skincare picks

Winter is coming.

It’s actually already somewhat here where I’m living, so it’s time to break out the heavy duty creams and balms! Here’s what I use to keep my skin feeling super soft and hydrated no matter how cold it gets outside.

 

Winter skincare picks

1. Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil

I used to be a straightforward makeup remover and water kinda gal, but lately I’ve been gravitating towards cleansing oils, which are really great for dry skin and dry weather. The jasmine flower extract, kukui nut oil and jojoba oil smells really good and gets all the makeup off my face/eyes/lips. It’s also really hydrating, I feel like I almost don’t need moisturiser afterwards!

I usually splash water on my face then massage about a pump of this oil into the skin, focusing on the eyes. I massage downwards gently and avoid tugging or pulling.

2. Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturising Balm

I don’t use this during summer, but as soon as winter hits, I slather this cream all over my face. It’s really great for dry, flaky skin  and can act as a face mask if you layer it on thickly. It’s a little bit pricey at $120 but it gives an amazingly natural glow under makeup!

3. Innisfree Wine Peeling Jelly Scrub

Innisfree is a Korean brand I’ve just discovered, and this scrub smells exactly like red grapes! When you first open the container, it looks exactly like edible gelatin. It’s even a bit wobbly!

I scoop out a teaspoon’s worth of product and scrub it into my skin like a regular exfoliator. It tingles a bit so I only leave it on for 2 minutes. Initially I purchased it for the scent, but after trying it out, I realised it actually softened my skin and made my nose/chin area less bumpy.

4. Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil

Beauty oils are the hottest thing right now, and for good reason! They’re  more hydrating than creams, yet feel lightweight and non greasy on the skin. Boscia’s version contains camellia flower oil from Japan, wakame (Japanese sea kelp) and rice bran oil. What’s more, there are no parabens or sulfates! I only apply this on my nose and cheeks where I tend to get flaky.

5. Soap & Glory Hand Food

As you know, I’m a sucker for packaging and UK brand Soap & Glory never disappoints. From the girly, retro feel to the non-greasy texture, I’m totally loving this cream! It’s not a thick cream, but not a watery one either. It absorbs into the skin easily and keeps it soft for around an hour before I wash my hands and have to reapply.

6. Maybelline Baby Lips

Baby Lips is a cult favourite and so easy to collect. I only have the “original” formulas, which I find convenient and purse-friendly. It’s small and easy to toss into a bag (or several bags) and its no-fuss formula keeps my lips hydrated for about an hour.

7. Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub

I’ve purchased this scrub twice now, mainly because of its amazing scent. It smells EXACTLY like banana pancakes and maple syrup. Makes me feel hungry just using it! I use this once a week to exfoliate the dead skin cells – it also forms a protective moisture barrier over the skin so there’s no need to apply moisturiser after!
What are your skincare essentials for winter? :)

Review: Clio Kill Black Eyeliner Pen

Today I’m going to review the Clio Kill Black Eyeliner Pen, I bought it for about $20 from Watsons in Singapore when I was there recently on a short holiday. I thought the name of the Clio Kill Black was somewhat amusing!

Clio is a pretty popular Korean brand as far as I know, they’re renowned for their eyeliner pens and mascaras so I decided to pick both up to see how the eyeliner stacked up to my favourite Koji Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner. Dollywink is a Japanese brand for those who aren’t already fans of this cult fave!

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Beauty Pick: Top 5 Mascaras

Mascaras are one of the most difficult things to buy. Unlike a blush or eyeshadow, you can’t simply pick one up and purchase without testing. Even if you do test them, it can be hard to tell if they are doing anything for your lashes.
I do admit I am picky when it comes to mascaras. I need to know that they will wear well, don’t smudge, hold the curl and yet thicken and lengthen my lashes at the same time. Also, I need any new mascara to play well with others as I often layer up to three on the same eyelashes. Beauty gurus out there, I know you feel me!
So after the dozens of mascaras I’ve been through, I have rounded up the 5 best ones that work especially well for voluminising and lengthening lashes. I haven’t yet found a perfect mascara that holds the curl for more than 4 hours, so I’ll keep you posted on that!

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1. Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

This new discovery has quickly become one of my faves! The thicker brush means that mascara voluminises lashes in one swipe, meaning you don’t have to apply multiple coats. It is also very black and does not flake/smudge even after a good 10 hours of wear.

The only thing is that it can clump lashes together so I have to use a skinny brush to comb them out (as I apply a few coats) but if you only apply one coat it should be fine!

Repurchased? No, still on my first tube.

2. Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara

Aside from Bobbi, Chanel is one of my favourite luxury makeup brands. I know I say this for a lot of different products, but they do many products consistently well. One of these fantastic products is the Inimitable Intense in Noir.

I was a convert early on quite a few years ago when the original Inimitable was introduced. What I LOVE about it is the brush shape, which is rare amongst most mascaras.

The conical shape gets every lash and makes sure there are absolutely no clumps. It doesn’t smudge a bit yet gives a really lush black appearance to lashes. I zigzag the wand when I use it and it boosts the volume as well as length.

No complaints, I love it!

Repurchased? Not the Intense version but I have owned the original Inimitable.

3. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara

The fluffy, curved brush (apparently a patented Spoon Brush design) takes some getting used to but it really does give you the false lash look in just a few swipes.

It’s also available in Waterproof but I didn’t buy that as waterproof mascaras usually dry out my lashes. This is probably one of the best drugstore options out there along with Covergirl Lash Blast (an old fave). My lashes are noticeably thicker and blacker when I have The Falsies on.

Repurchased? No, I want to test out other drugstore versions. Also, I have so many mascaras I’m trying to use up…

4. Tarte Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara

The best feature of this mascara is its lash regenerating ability. Whenever I use it for a prolonged period (>2 weeks daily) I notice my lashes are stronger, don’t fall out as much and are slightly thicker. They’re also blacker and glossier.

It’s also super comfortable to apply and wear; no clumps whatsoever and it lengthens/thickens my lashes easily. Only complaint is that I apply so many coats that the curl doesn’t hold up for long!

Repurchased? Yes, twice already! (Partly because it’s not available in Australia)

5. Koji Dolly Wink Black Mascara

I purchased this for the first time from Watsons in Takashimaya Singapore, as they were having a special deal (mascara + pencil eyeliner for $21 I believe).

It’s not one I instinctively reach for though, but it is a pretty good mascara. It lengthens more than thickens, and is totally clump free. In fact, I use this mascara to declump my Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye mascara.

The skinny brush makes it easy to apply each lash, even the bottom ones, and is a nice everyday mascara.

Repurchased? Nope.

Mascaras I don’t like:

Just because we’re on this subject, the mascaras I have tried and disliked include:

Dior DiorShow – The XXL brush is way too large for my eyes and I feel it didn’t thicken/lengthen my lashes whatsoever.. Don’t understand the hype at all!

Benefit Bad Gal – Again, an unremarkable mascara that doesn’t deserve cult status (too natural looking and smudges!)

NYX Faux Lashes Boudoir – Unsure of why I even purchased this (from Asos). It clumps and smudges too easily…

Revlon Grow Luscious – I purchased this as it had Jessica Biel as the spokesmodel. Unfortunately a bad buy! It was too natural looking and didn’t ‘grow’ my lashes at all.

Stila Stay All Day – Umm, stay all day it did NOT! I remember wearing this to Disneyland two years ago and it totally smudged after a mere 2 hours. I constantly had to touch up in the restrooms which was a pain!

P.S I threw it away after the second day.

 

OK, enough ranting. Hope you enjoyed!

New Muji storage

On a recent trip to Singapore, I purchased a few Muji acrylic units to store my makeup collection. Well, part of it anyway, if this quiz is anything to go by. Everyone knows that a beautiful makeup collection needs equally beautiful storage, right?? Despite half of my luggage filled up with these heavy clear boxes, it was totally worth it when I finally arranged my makeup in it when I touched down in Australia.

So let’s get started with this super cute mirror I ordered from Urban Outfitters a few months ago. I thought it would be the perfect addition to my all-white vanity (please forgive the bad lighting). I hung a pair of earrings from Forever New on the side too, to remind me to wear them!

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I purchased the 2 drawer small acrylic drawers and stacked them on top of 4 more medium acrylic drawers (in sets of 2) and a large acrylic drawer that’s a bit deeper than the others. As you can see  from the images, the top 2 hold my mostly high end lipsticks, the next 3 hold blushers, the next one holds bronzers/highlighters and the bottom contains some of my smaller eyeshadow palettes.

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My nightly skincare routine

My skincare routine is fairly uncomplicated, compared to many bloggers/beauty gurus out there. While I have my genes to thank for giving me generally unblemished skin, it doesn’t mean I can skimp on my night time skincare routine.

My skin tends to be on the normal/dry combination side, so without constant moisture it can start to look flaky, and nobody wants that!

While researching others’ skincare routines, I came across an interesting post on the Home Shopping Network’s blog on the four overnight beauty products you should be using.

Since us girls work so hard during the day and constantly brave the elements with a full face of makeup, it’s only natural to want equally hardworking products that hydrate and heal the skin while we sleep… it brings new meaning to beauty sleep! So it’s good to hear that I’m doing things right with the serum, moisturiser and eye cream like mentioned in the HSN post!

Here is my current skincare routine I’ve been following during the summer (I’ve added a few more steps in the past week that has made my skin feel noticeably softer):

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Oscars 2014 beauty roundup

I love watching the Oscars not only to find out who won what award, but also for the flawless makeup and gorgeous gowns donned by celebrities.

For the most part, celebrities like Kate Hudson, Penelope Cruz and Sandra Bullock kept the focus on their eyes with a subtle smokey look, false lashes and a nude lip, while Emma Watson, Kerry Washington and Amy Adams opted for a brighter lip colour (in shades of red, plum and orange) and kept the rest of the face minimal.

Here are my favourite beauty looks:

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