Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Best Bodycare of 2009

I don't have many body products but I love mine rich and moisturising. I'm out in the sun quite often and need something to counter the effects of it.


Body Scrubs


Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish

(Taken from the website)


This luxurious, creamy formula with Shea and Jojoba Butters and Sweet Almond Oil is blended with ground Luffa Fruit to exfoliate body skin without drying. With the addition of Pure Honey and Soy Milk Protein, our body polish nurtures skin, leaving it comfortably soft, smooth, and primed for moisturization.

I use this weekly to keep my skin from being flaky and dry.


Body Lotions



Kiehl's Creme de Corps


(Taken from the website)

Superb All-Over Body Moisturizer of Superb Quality for extremely dry, or flaking skin. Enriched with the finest ingredients known to Kiehl’s, for a rich, elegant skin texture. Continued use for 10 days will provide a skin texture heretofore unattainable. Qualité Internationale!

I like how rich this cream is. Very luxurious. It is easily absorbed and doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy. I just wish it was scented. I love scented creams best.




Korres Body Butter in Quince

(Taken from the website)

Scent: Fruity, spicy Feel: Uplifting Luxurious, smoothing body butter, clinically proven to offer advanced moisturizing and antiaging action. • Quince Body Butter is enriched with Shea Butter to soften, moisturize & restructure the skin. • A proprietary blend of Sunflower, Almond & Avocado Oils restores skin’s elasticity & smoothness. • Quince extract acts as a soothing agent to heal and nourish stressed skin.
When I want to be sweetly scented I use Quince. Especially in the mornings. It applies better when your skin is damp and has a cool pump system that ensures you get your product out especially when it is running out. It is also cheaper than Kiehl's. Big plus.


Hand and Foot creams



Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Hand Therapy
(Taken from Amazon website)
Our award-winning shea butter hand cream with lavender oil leaves your hands feeling incredibly smooth and soft.Award winning shea butter hand cream Soothes Conditions Moisturizes Scent: The clean, fresh scent of English Lavender Featured Ingredients: Shea butter (moisturizing, conditioning), lavender oil (soothing) bisabolol / chamomile (soothing), allantoin (anti-irritant), glycerin (moisturizer), Vitamin E (anti-oxidant)
I use this for both hands and feets. Keeps my hands from feeling dry and just love the lavender scent.
Sunscreen
La Roche-Posay ANTHELIOS DERMO-PEDIATRICS SPF50 spray for kids
(Taken from the website)
Anthelios Dermo-pediatrics protect children also during their children's games. Especially resistance to water, sand and sweat has been tested. Tolerance of the preparations for children Anthelios Dermo-pediatrics have been tested on the delicate child skin and on the sensitive skin (individuals with atopic eczema) in order to secure the highest safety of use. They are easy to apply, they are not sticky, and they do not leave oily film. Very practical, easy application.

My whole family uses this. It offers very good protection and is gentle on all skin types.

So these are the products are use for my body. I hope you enjoy them too. Cheers!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Korres Golden Goddess Total Look Collection

I saw this set at the Korres website and it looked really good and worth its price. Just wanted to share with everyone this really great find.


(Taken from Korres website)

Create a naturally beautiful glow with green-gold eyes and golden lip (plus a step by step guide to achieve the total look!). The set contains Abyssinia Dramatically Volumizing Mascara in Black 01, Soft Eyeliner Pencils in Golden 6, Cherry Oil Lipgloss in Bronze 37 and Sunflower and Evening Primrose Shimmering Eyeshadows in Silver 51S, Golden Bronze 27S, Golden Brown 34S and Golden Green 44S.



The Golden Goddess Collection is made up of our advanced antioxidant-rich, long-wearing formulas, for brilliant color and a radiant, flawless complexion


$39.50 ( A $117.00 Value)
 
You still can make use of the promo code: MUSE to receive a 30% discount. That makes this set cost $27.65. That works up to be $3.95 for each makeup item in the set. How cheap is that!!!
 
It is such a good way to try out their eye shadows. I did a check in Makeup Alley, although not many reviews, most of them were good ones.
 
Sunflower and Evening Primrose Shimmering Eyeshadow


Properties


Richly pigmented, silky pressed shimmering shadows range in shades from nearly nudes to all the vibrant colors found in nature


• Crease- resistant, long-wearing shades blend easily and diffuse the look of fine lines and wrinkles on the lids


• Evening Primrose oil, rich in linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid, provides hydration and nourishes the delicate skin on the lids, helping to prolong the wear of the color


• Sunflower oil’s potent antioxidant ability fights free radical damage helping to prevent fine lines and wrinkles

Tightlining

I have been a total noob. I just finally discovered how to tight line correctly. In case you are like me, here is a video on how to tightline your eyes.



These are some products which I use and think are great for smudge proof and water proof eye lining.


(Taken from Clinique's website)

Brush-On Cream Liner




Creamy eyeliner brushes on deep, smoky, eye-defining colour. Long-wearing, waterproof formula comes complete with a mini Eye Liner Brush. Ophthalmologist tested.



Formula: Cream

Clinique swatch first from the top.






(Taken from Urban Decay's website)

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil



The best Eye Pencil ever, ever, ever! Never before has a pencil this creamy and brilliant been waterproof, too. Velvety-soft, this never-before-seen formula stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries down to a long-lasting finish that WILL NOT budge. Line eyes with a hint of color or go for the full artistic, multi-hued effect with the wide selection of lush tropical hues, deep metallics and unusually vibrant neutrals. Incredible with Urban Decay Eyeshadows!


Created with 50% moisturizing ingredients suspended in a sophisticated waterproof formula, 24/7 Eye Pencils offer long-lasting color and a dreamy, creamy feel when applied. With Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E and Cottonseed Oil.




Tips: 24/7 Eye Pencils are ideal for lining inner lids because the waterproof formula stays put. Just apply, try not to blink for a sec, and you’ve got immovable liner.

The Best Skincare of 2009

These are the skincare products I have been using this past year that I feel work for me. I have oily and acne prone skin. Thankfully for Diane 35, it has controlled my oily skin and has stopped my acne from resurfacing.

Clinique's Take The Day Off Make Up Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips All Skin Types

(Taken from the website)

Makeup remover for lids, lashes and lips. Unique, two-way formula that loosens the grip, then speeds the departure of the most persistent, eye makeups, mascaras and lipsticks. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers.Superior, fast acting cleansing and makeup removal for the delicate eye and lip areas. Removes eye makeup thoroughly, without pulling or tugging eye area skin, even waterproof formulations. Suitable for contact lens wearers. Ophthalmologist tested.


Still the most effective mascara remover for me. I just need to soak a cotton pad and hold it to my lids. Everything comes right off after 30 seconds.




Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil

(Taken from the website)


PRODUCT INFORMATION Makeup removal is now blissfully easy with FANCL MILD CLEANSING OIL. This powerful formulation now comes enriched with Meadow Foam Oil which aids the removal of keratin plugs over time for a clearer, smoother complexion.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
Meadow Foam Oil, Green Tea Catechin Oil, Rosehip Oil


It is preservative free and comes in convenient sizes of 60ml or 120 ml. Very effective and cheaper than other brands such as Shu Uemura.





Kiehl's Yerba Maté Tea Cleanser


(Taken from the website)



This gentle herbal gel cleanser, suitable for all skin types, is formulated with an extract derived from Yerba Maté, an extraordinary South American herb, to help maintain a healthy-looking, youthful vivacity. Enriched with this uncommon herbal tea extract, our lightweight, foaming cleanser gently, yet effectively removes excess oil and residue to help reveal skin's natural radiance.

I moved from the tea tree cleanser to this partly because of the changes in my skin. I no longer needed something to control acne. This helps me have brighter skin.







Kiehl's Yerba Maté Tea Toner



(Taken from the website)



This gentle herbal toner, suitable for all skin types, is formulated with an extract derived from Yerba Maté, an extraordinary South American herb, to help skin maintain a healthy-looking, youthful vivacity. Enriched with this uncommon herbal extract, our toning formula soothes and balances skin after cleansing, leaving complexion fresh and clear.


Kiehl's products aren't tested on animals. We got to do our part and be socially responsible when we are indulging on our favourite things right?


Murad's Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15



(Taken from the website)



Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 reduces shine on contact and keeps skin free of excess oil by up to 78% for 8 hours. Oil-Control Complex helps regulate oil production while preserving moisture to provide a long-lasting matte finish.



Additional features and ingredients:
Willow Bark Extract helps manage breakouts and clears skin of impurities
Argan Extract reveals smoother, softer skin
Provides UVA/UVB protection

This is my go to day moisturiser. It really provides a matt finish that stays that way the whole day. I don't have to blot my face at all.

Chanel's UV Essentiel
(Taken from the website)
UV ESSENTIEL is the essential weapon for women who are aware of the damage inflicted by the sun and concerned about preventing the appearance of pigmentation marks.This product gives a translucent, non-oily, non-shiny finish and leaves skin feeling incredibly soft.UV rays and harsh environmental elements attack our skin's youthfulness every day and are responsible for premature skin aging, a dull complexion and the appearance of dark spots. An ultra-effective formula captured in a silky texture.Enriched with moisturizing agents, UV ESSENTIEL protects your skin and leaves it soft, supple and silky. The fluid texture contains a combination of two powders, so that it glides easily and perfectly over the entire face. Tested on Asian skin under dermatological supervision.Comedogenicity tested.Shake bottle then apply to entire face and neck.The high-protection formula can be used in conjunction with the day emulsion and as the final step in your daytime skincare routine with PRÉCISION Whitening, Anti-Aging or Specialist Skincare products.
I have been using this for two years now. It is easily absorbed that doesn't leave a greasy film on my face.

Eye creams and serums


The few I used have not being really effective. I just switches to Lancome's Genifique so will let you know how effective they are.

Special treatment

Kiehl's Over-Night Biological Peel


(Taken from the website)

This potent, effective peel for overnight use stimulates the desquamation process - the biological means by which skin restores itself. Our treatment is formulated with naturally-derived ingredients to enhance formula efficacy while performing a safe and gentle peeling action. Urea, an enzyme activator naturally present in the surface layer of the epidermis, performs the vital function of dissolving and loosening the horny layer of skin, stimulating cell renewal and the exfoliation of dead surface skin cells. Blended with HEPES (Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid) and a high concentration of Sodium Hyaluronate, known for its powerful hydrating properties, our peeling treatment helps to gently renew skin, leaving texture softer, more even, and vibrant after first use. With continued use, the formula helps reduce the look of pore size and ameliorate the effects of free-radical and photo-damage. Non-comedogenic, oil-free, and dermatologist tested for safety and efficacy. May be used by all skin types.



I use this twice every fortnightly. I can't tell how effective this is except that overall with all the products I'm using, my skin seems much clearer and brighter.






Kiehl's Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion

(Taken from the website)

Our epidermal skin-texturizing treatment is an advanced formulation that has a highly effective abrading quality on skin’s surface. This formula affords an immediate skin-smoothing effect and with regular, tri-weekly use, helps to visibly minimize discolorations and small marks on face, hands, and décolleté. Over time, the look of facial lines is reduced and skin texture is significantly smoother and clearer, while the appearance of pore size is diminished. As skin is re-texturized, our formula helps to facilitate the absorption of topical skin treatments to maximize their efficacy. This polishing cream is formulated with "diatomatious earth"– crushed microshells derived from ocean sand – as well as a powerful ingredient used by dermatologists to perform micro-dermabrasion procedures. The formula further helps to soothe skin with a blend of Willow Herb and nurturing sea algaenates. Use a sunscreen after this treatment to protect skin from even limited exposure to the sun. We invite you to consider Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 or Water-Based Sunscreen SPF 25.



I used this twice every fortnightly. It leaves my skin super soft and helps makeup apply better too.


Neutrogena's Fine Fairness and Deep Hydrating Masks

New Neutrogena Fine Fairness Deep Whitening Mask, contains new NEUTROGENA HealthyWhite Complex made of essential vitamins and active protein from natural plants, combining with the new SMART-FIT fabric that comfortably fits the skin, ensures more essence can infuse deeply into skin to deliver immediate whitening effect.

Clinical data proves:


NEUTROGENA HealthyWhite Complex penetrates deeply into base of skin, suppressing dark melanin production to reduce skin dullness and improve uneven skin tone for fair translucent skin.
New SMART-FIT fabric with 14,000 Micro-holes comfortably fits the skin and ensures more essence can infuse deeply into skin to help lighten freckles/spots and deliver immediate whitening effect.


Dermatologist Safety-Tested.


Neutrogena Deep Hydrating Mask is an intensive facial treatment mask that replenishes and restores moisture for deeply hydrated and bouncy skin. Shaped to fit the face, each mask instantly boosts skin's moisture level 12 times with a penetrating Vitamin C formula, leaving skin soft and dewy with a healthy glow.

Provides instant and long-lasting moisturization. Deeply hydrates skin cells to leave skin bouncy.
Improves skin texture to leave it soft and smooth with a healthy glow

I use this once a week when I have a little time. I put this on and have a soothing afternoon nap. My skin glows and is very soft and supple after using these masks.
Well these are my favourite skincare products, I hope it is useful for you too.

Eye of the day

I finally managed to have lunch with my bestest gal pal ever. It is so good to meet up and chit chat and catch up with what has been going on with our lives.

I really liked the warm  bronzey look I did. The picture didn't turn out to be so horrible so here it is.



I made use of my Urban Decay Get Baked Eye shodow palette. I used Half Baked on my eye lids and baked on the outer corner of my eyes. I also used Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Honey to line my lower lids.

I finally learned how to tightline my eyes properly and yay no smudging from afternoon till night time!





For my cheeks, I used Giorgio Armani's Fluid Sheer in Amber. Then I layered it with Nars' Orgasm and used Laguna as a bronzer too.





I received this cute tote as a Christmas present! It is big and spacious and has the cutest polka dots on it. It matched with my blue sun dress that I was wearing.



Monday, December 28, 2009

Threading


Image taken from lapretty.com

While I was having my hair rebonded (straightened) I also had my eyebrows and upper lip threaded. I am a virgin when it comes to threading. Have seen ladies lining up to get it done in my neighbourhood beauty parlour but never knew what the fuss was about.


I was slightly apprehensive when it comes to all things new. I have very little tolerance for pain so was very worried about that.



I have to say it is more painful than the normal eyebrow plucking. Especially around the lip area but I've very impressed with how clean it was. Not a single stray hair. The area which the lady did was totally devoid of hair. I love it. It cost me SGD $30. She mentioned that my facial hair would take longer to grow back unlike normal lip waxing or eyebrow plucking.



I'm also very happy with my eyebrows, it looks really nice. I'm thankful that this lady has great skills.


They even remove facial hair from the entire face but I think that it would hurt like hell. So I will settle for a hairy face instead. Maybe if I'm very brave in the near future I might try it. The lady claims that foundation would apply much better.


Anyways here is a website more about threading hair removal.


By the way I had mine done at my regular hairdresser Mad About Hair.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Best Makeup of 2009

I came out with my own best products and finds for the year 2009. As you can see I have a huge preference for a particular brand. :)

Best Face Primer (Giorgio Armani's Fluid Master Primer)
Best foundation for oil skin with medium to full coverage (Giorgio Armani's Lasting UV Silk Foundation)



Best loose powder (Giorgio Armani's Loose Powder)


Best highlighter (Giorgio Armani's Fluid Sheer in 2)

Best peach blusher (YSL's Creme de blush in Velvety Peach)
Best powder blush/bronzer (Nars Blush Bronzer duo in Orgasm and Laguna)

Best eye primers (Urban Decay's Primer Potion in Sin and Original)








Best affordable eye shadow palettes (Kate)


Best cream/gel eye shadow (Jill Stuart's Jelly Eye colours)


Best waterproof and smudge proof eye liners (Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-on eye pencils)








Best waterproof and lengthening mascara (YSL's Everlong Mascara Waterproof)



Best lip balm (Rosebud Salve lip balm)









Most luxurious lipstick (Dior's Serum De Rouge)


Best all rounder lipstick (Korres Mango Butter Lip stick)












Best lip gloss (Korres Cherry Oil Lip gloss)

Best beauty tool (Giorgio Armani's Beauty Blender Brush)



Saturday, December 26, 2009

Burt's Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit & Sugar Beet Shampoo Review


If you have been reading my previous posts, you know I have specific needs for my hair. It is unruly and unmanageable.
I bought this from Sephora recently and now I have three shampoos being rotated.
I have good experiences with Burt's Bees, love their lip balms a lot.
Burt's Bees has always positioned themselves as all naturally and earth friendly. It's prices are also quite pocket friendly.
I picked up the Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo because I want shiny hair too!
You can read more about it here.
It cleans my hair well and leaves my hair smelling subtly sweet. Although it says it helps to repair damaged hair, I don't think it feels as good as my Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo. My hair isn't straw dry after using it but it doesn't feel as soft as silky as Kiehl's.
I paid SGD $18 for a 350 ml bottle. I'm not sure if I would buy it again though.
Ratings: 2 lipsticks

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you get all you wished for. Peace on earth and goodwill to all.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Kiehl's Tea Tree Oil Shampoo


As I mentioned in my previous post, I have oily scalp but dry hair. I use a few shampoos together to manage my hair. Kiehl's Tea Tree Oil shampoo helps me curb my oily scalp problem.
Just a little dollop is needed to lather my hair up nicely. I do have to make use of a conditioner with this because my hair tends to feel drier when using this. I use this about twice a week and make use of my nourishing shampoos on other days.
It costs USD $29.50. After 20% discount USD $23.60. About SGD $35 for a 500 ml bottle.
Taken from the website:
This unique based herbal based formulation is ideal for those with normal to oily scalp. Our Tea Tree Oil Shampoo, which contains herbal extracts including Cinchona, Ivy as well as Lavender and Yarrow, provides an astringent and invigorating effect while soothing the scalp. This formulation, which uses mild sufactants that will not strip the scalp nor hair, contains humectants, panthenol and pro-vitamins B5 to moisturize, nurture and condition the hair.
Ratings: 3 lipsticks

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo Review

Recently I gave in and rebonded my hair. Now is straighter and more manageable. I have always had dry hair and an oily scalp which means hair that becomes oily within a day but dry hair. The only time my hair looks fairly decently is if I blow dry it. I don't do that often because it is bad for my hair and I don't have the time.
I am currently using Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo in conjunction with Tea Tree Oil Shampoo.
I only need to use about a small portion for it to lather well. I love how rich the lather is. It smells great and most importantly my hair feels really soft and smooth afterwards.
It costs USD$28. It is a steal if you take advantage of their occasional 20% discount. (That is when I stock up on my favourites.) It will cost USD$22.40 after discount and SGD $33. Not bad for a 500 ml bottle.
Taken from the website:
Formulated for dehydrated, under-nourished and damaged hair, our mild yet rich and creamy shampoo instantly moisturises and fortifies hair as it gently cleanses, leaving hair manageable and supple. Our nurturing formula contains the latest in haircare science with molecules that mimic natural oils which coats healthy hair. We blended enriching Avocado Oil, Lemon Extract and Olive Fruit Oil inspired by traditional home recipes to help restore the healthy look of the hair, leaving it full of shine and softness without weighing it down. Ideal for hair weakened by overexposure to the sun, chemical processing or excessive heat -styling.

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer 11 Amber Review



I am a sucker for blushers, I am an even bigger sucker for fluid sheers. How could I not get this pretty shade described as a rose gold shade.





Just look at how pretty it looks.




One pump gives you quite a lot of product. I have not tried applying this with fingers, instead I use by MAC blush brush to work the product into the brush and using quick upward strokes I apply this to the apple of my cheeks.



It is a sheer colour. Not overly obvious. I layer this with my other peach blushers for a layered more pigmented look. If I want a really naturally hint of flush I leave it as it is. I think it would look really nice on fair skinned ladies. I'm a NC35 so it still shows up on me. But perhaps the darker skinned toned ladies may have a problem getting it to show up.
I like this, I really like it a lot. I've been using this together with my other two Fluid Sheers.




Left to right: 2 (Shimmering Beige), 10 (Golden Beige) and 11 (Amber)

The 2 as a highlighter, 10 as a bronzer and 11 as a blusher. I really loved how my face glowed subtly.