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? :)

Mecca haul: Christmas is here!

Though expensive, Mecca is pretty much the only alternative we have to Sephora here, so whenever I go past the store I can’t help but take a peek inside. Yes, it can be all too much for a makeup junkie to resist so I inevitably buy something each time.

I LOVE seeing all the new products especially around this time of the year when there are so many Christmas themed products and Secret Santa gift ideas! And, I love the festive paper bag.

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What I purchased (with some restraint):

  • Kit Cosmetics Multipurpose Wonder Balm, $22
  • NARS The Multiple in G Spot, $58 (so it says on the website, though I think I only paid $40+ for it?)
  • Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Cream lipstick in Nocturnal, $45

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First up, the Kit Multipurpose Wonder Balm. I was looking for something that would alleviate my dry, cracked lips, since I found that nothing has worked!! Even in summer, my lips are always chapped and I’ve tried most balms from Bobbi Brown to EOS and Carmex, so I thought I’d give this one a shot since it has no petroleum jelly and is packed with essential oils. Plus, it’s certified organic, made in Australia and travel friendly. What’s not to like?

It is actually pretty good! I’ve used it nearly everyday for a week now and while I haven’t seen a marked improvement in the condition of my lips, I noticed that when I do use it, they’re softer and more moisturised. The balm also stays on for quite a long time compared to my EOS balms, yet isn’t too thick like the Bobbi one is. I keep it next to my bed and use it on my cuticles and any scratches as well.

Note: Do not leave this in direct sunlight as the product will separate and become runnier! I forgot today and left it by the window…

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The NARS Multiple is something I’ve been eyeing for a while, but hesitated to get it as I do have a lot of cream blushes. But when I tried it on at Mecca I realised that it’s a cream-to-powder finish which I LOVE since it has longer staying power. I tried on a couple of shades including Orgasm but I wasn’t a fan of the way the colours worked with my skin tone (too light, too shimmery, too pink) but when I tried G Spot I really liked it!

I was surprised at how light the tube was and how easy it is to carry in your bag – apart from the smudges the matte black tube can get from your fingers, it’s quite a travel friendly product especially for quick touchups. Plus, The Multiple is intended for use on the cheek and lips so it’s perfect!

It does try to a powder finish on the cheeks but on the lips, it stays creamy.

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G Spot slightly darker and more of a dusty rose shade than how it looks in these pictures, with gold shimmer. The shimmer is not noticeable when applied, and though it looks dark in the  tube it can be applied sheer. I’ve always looked best in berry/earthy tones so I wasn’t surprised when I gravitated towards this shade.

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It’s also nice to match your lippie to your blush as it ties the whole makeup look together and makes everything coordinate, no matter what eyeshadow you are wearing.

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The Hourglass lippie in Nocturnal is also in my favourite shade, berry. I can’t help it! They’re just so pretty and look really festive for this time of the year. Nocturnal is a purple toned berry shade that is a few shades darker than the natural colour of my lips.

The tube is weighty and not something I’d tote around on a daily basis but it does make me feel glamorous when I’m applying it at my vanity!

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Nocturnal is not a unique shade but it’s flattering and feels really comfortable on the lips, like a balm. It’s extremely hydrating and pretty much erases any lip lines/dryness/flakiness, as you can see from the photo above. It also has a slight sheen to it and it’s super easy to apply as it just glides on!

I love the formula, to me it’s much smoother and more moisturising than the Laura Mercier Creme Lip Colours or the Chanel Coco Rouge Shines.

Well, that concludes it for today’s haul and mini review! More hauls and reviews to come, particularly of my recent trip to the USA.

 

 

 

 

 

Secret to smooth lips

I don’t know about you, but my lips are perennially chapped, even in summer. Keeping them smooth with just lip balm alone isn’t going to cut it – a more intensive routine will keep them hydrated and un-chapped year-round. Here are my tips:

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1. Exfoliate your lips with a lip scrub. If I’m lazy, I’ll just use Mary Kay TimeWise Microdermabrasion Step 1 in the shower, which can also be used all over the face, or Smashbox Lip Exfoliant, which has larger grains and an energising peppermint smell. I usually do this step twice a week.

If I’m feeling creative, I DIY-it by mixing 1 part brown sugar with 2 parts organic or manuka honey. Then I smear it all over my lips and buff it in circular motions for about 2 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water. This will eliminate flakes of skin and soften them at the same time.

Smashbox exfoliant

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2. Smear a thick layer of lip balm on (no SPF). I like gloppy textures for this step, such as good old Vaseline, Dior Creme de Rose or Bobbi Brown Lip Balm. Wait 5 minutes for it to sink in.

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3. Lastly, before I head out, I coat my lips with a lightweight, non-sticky lip balm with SPF in it. There are many good options out there but my personal favourites are EOS, Burt’s Bees and Carmex.

Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day will also help, of course! :)

 

Revlon lip butters

This is my first post using the WordPress app for Iphone, and I’ve got to say it’s really easy + nifty!

Anyway on to the actual post- thought I may share a quick review on the Revlon lip butters everyone in the beauty blogging world has gone crazy over!

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My dad was so kind to grab these for me in Singapore, even thought he got two of the same shades (brown sugar I think it was). I only noticed it in Australian stores 2 weeks ago for an inflated price (as usual).

Mini review:
First up, Great pigmentation, for a gloss balm like product! It feels like a balm but looks like a lippie/gloss combo on the lips, because the colours show up so well. My favourite is sugar plum because berry colours really suit my skin tone, plus it’s natural enough to wear everyday. The brighter shades aren’t as wearable but are gorgeous as well.

Overall I like this product although in Australia, the price is ridiculous- it’s about $21 while in the US it is about six dollars. Hope you liked this review!