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? :)


My travel skincare routine (summer)

Thought I would share my travel skincare routine on my blog, since I’m currently on holiday and have been forced to cut down on the number of beauty implements and items that I use. Usually I like to rotate 2-3 serums and try a different one every couple of days, which obviously isn’t the wisest idea when travelling.

I’ve labelled this post as a summer skincare routine because I’m in a hot and humid environment, which causes my skin to feel oiler than usual and therefore slightly changed my usual routine. Note: My skin is typically not oily, it’s fairly normal with  slight dryness on the cheeks.

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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)

My winter skincare routine

There are so many blog posts (and youtube videos out there) on skincare routines, so I thought I’d share mine! For the most part, it has remained the same for the past 3-4 months with the exception of my cleanser, which I recently changed.

Once I get home from work, I take off my makeup with MAC’s Gently Off Eye & Lip Makeup Remover with a cotton pad. It works pretty well, but waterproof makeup is quite hard to get off (as expected). The good thing is it doesn’t sting the eyes, unlike some other makeup removers.

In the shower, I use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, concentrating on my eyelids where there is the most makeup. The bottle says that it removes light makeup, so if I’m wearing anything heavier, I use my Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Facial Cleanser. Once or twice a week, I use my Clarisonic Mia on the entire face. I would use it more often but the fact that it’s kept outside the shower acts as a disincentive ;) For those that aren’t familiar with the Clarisonic, it’s like an electric toothpaste but for your face (and gentler, of course).

Once a week (when I’m not using the Clarisonic), I use part one of the Mary Kay Time Wise Microdermabrasion Set as an exfoliator for the nose and lips. For lips, I alternate between the MK and the Smashbox Peppermint Lip Scrub – it smells and feels amazing!

Out of the shower, I apply my toner, T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel, one of the gentlest and cheapest toners on the market. It smells a little gross but once it evaporates on the skin, the smell disappears. This is a new addition, too – before I purchased this, I wasn’t using a toner at all.

I wait a couple of minutes before putting on a pea-sized drop of Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector serum, waiting a couple more minutes to sink in before finally applying Shiseido Night Moisture Recharge. This cream is really, really hydrating, especially if I have a flaky nose. Perfect for winter.

I will probably change up my routine again once summer hits, as the cream will be too heavy for warm weather. I’ll post an updated blog post once that happens. Hope you enjoyed this skincare post – it’s not as lengthy as it sounds! Most of it occurs in the shower anyway, which saves time.

Take a look at my skincare guides here, too!

Pictures (taken myself and via Pinterest):