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? :)


4 favourite skincare products

After reading Allure’s Reader’s Choice Awards, I thought I’d share some of my favourite skincare products that have actually worked for me over the years.

4 fave skincare products


Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, US$15 for 50ml (not available in Australia – I bought it at a Sephora in San Francisco)

This product is non-soapy and gentle on the skin, as it contains soy proteins, rosewater, cucumber and borage seed oils. The texture and the fragrance-free formula reminds me of Cetaphil. It doesn’t remove eye makeup but does do a good job of gently cleansing the face without making it feel tight or shiny. However, and you should take note – I just found out that it contains parabens (7 different types). This doesn’t bother me a whole lot as they are simply preservatives and are found in shampoos, makeup and food, but those that have dermatitis/roseacea should perhaps avoid this product as parabens can irritate the condition. However there has been no conclusive evidence that parabens contribute to cancer/life-threatening diseases. Just thought I’d let you know :)

Runner up: Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser, $11.95 at Priceline.


Clinique 7 day scrub cream, $47 for 100ml or Clarisonic Mia, $111.

I like this particular exfoliator because it’s relatively gently on the skin yet the micro-beads are large enough to remove dirt from pores. I don’t use this for 7 days straight as it tends to make my nose flake, but used 3 times a week it works just fine. I have to point out I haven’t used many exfoliators and so don’t know the “best ones” out there. I alternate between this scrub and my Clarisonic Mia (I don’t use them together).

Runner up: Mary Kay Microdermabrasion, $66 for the set.


SKII Facial Treatment Clear Lotion, $85 for 150ml.

This product was rated 4.2 out of 5 lippies on Makeup Alley, and I have to say I agree with them. This toner feels so lovely on the face and unlike other toners, doesn’t smell and doesn’t make the skin feel taut. It contains AHA, which has anti-ageing properties as it penetrates the dead surface cells of the skin, sloughing them off  and exposing newer skin below. I’ve heard controversial things about AHA too, but that’s another story..

After consistent use (every night for 3 weeks) I’ve started to see a slight brightening in my complexion and there is no longer redness on the cheeks. However, I ran out last week and now the redness is creeping back :(

Runner up: Witch hazel


Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream, $82 for 50ml

This is my summer moisturiser and I really like it – it has tropical grass extract and Vitamin E for hydration and anti-oxidant protection against environmental damage. However, the main reason why I’m a fan is because it is easily absorbed into the skin, meaning I don’t have to wait around for it to be absorbed in the morning before applying makeup. Pricey, but lasts forever. The jar also looks nice on my vanity :)

For winter, I recommend Bobbi Brown’s EXTRA Repair Moisturising Balm. It smells heavenly (like you’re in a spa) and its super-rich, thick formula ensures dry skin stays hydrated in winter. But it’s definitely too thick for summer in my opinion.

Runner up: Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Cream, around $100 (?).

Hope you enjoyed my skincare rec’s! I’ll be doing one on my fave makeup products for eyes, lips and face next week!

Tutorial Thursday: How to make blush last longer

This is typically how I want to make my blush last longer in terms of colour and vibrancy, especially if I know I won’t be able to touch up during the day. I don’t do this for work simply because it adds extra steps to my routine (I just stick with powder) but I do use this if I’m overseas on holiday or if I know I’ll be going out later that evening.


Read on to see the steps :)

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Sample haul





Today my sister and I went ‘sampling’ and this is what we got!

MAC Prep & Prime Skin

Origins Gin-zing eye cream

Estee Lauder Hydrationist moisturiser

Mario Badescu Buttermilk moisturiser

Mario Badescu Bedtime Face Cream (smells heavenly – just like essential oils)

Maybelline 24h colour tattoo

I know I’m a little late on board this train, but the Maybelline 24h colour tattoo cream eyeshadows have only just hit Australian shores. I’m so glad it’s available here at Priceline, finally! I went out and bought some last week in the following three shades:

Bold Gold

Tough as Taupe

Pure White

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