Saturday, 28 February 2009
Friday, 27 February 2009
Thursday, 26 February 2009
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
- I was using the pure unprocessed organic shea butter, and I think it probably doesn't contain those extra ingredients that come with cosmetic formulations that might have contributed to healing
- While the shea butter soothed the cracked skin, it didn't heal. Something like cortisone will clear the ezcema up quickly but a moisturiser will just alleviate?
- But I think the main issue is that I'm still suffering from the Face Shop paper mask trauma so, it was not really the eczema I was addressing
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Monday, 23 February 2009
Two things struck me after reading this article.
"Despite the threat of job losses and the country's deepest economic recession, seven in 10 Singaporeans will continue to spend on beauty products and services, a small industry survey showed. One in every two polled said they spent at least S$50 a month on beauty products and a third said they would be cutting back on other lifestyle choices, not beauty, according to a survey by the organiser of the BeautyAsia 2009 exhibition."
- I know it says people will continue to spend but the benchmark used was "at least S$50 a month". What kind of benchmark is that? Is S$50 really enough to spend on beauty products? Or have I been spending too much?
- I suddenly feel extremely guilty that I'm spending so much on beauty products and very suddenly feel a bit fearful and pressured to spend less!
- P&J Disney collection - Skunk & Bambi Blush (so cute!! I have some Isetan vouchers ... so I was thinking I might as well get these P&J stuff from Isetan...)
- Lunasol's Anniversary LE Set (would look first, because I was disappointed with the Spring eye palettes, but it's likely I'll get it)
P&J primer Maquillage Spring 09 Eye Creator 3D and Face Creator 3D (gonna look at the colours before deciding) More Coffret Dor's Shine Drape Rouge Lipstick (they look so good!) Dior Addict High Shine
- Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss Reflect (I saw some of the new Dior colours and I'm interested in going back to get some)
Another Lunasol Liner (I'm beginning to like this liner alot more than any others I have) MoreJust 1 Jill Stuart Eye Palette s
- Another 1
or 2Jill Stuart Blush (thinking of getting from gooddealer and alsoasking somone to get some for me when she's in Taipei)
- A Rootote (to put my coffee flask, bento and book ... I hate sticking these things into my hand bags).
- A Coach bag - (I've been wanting one for just throwing around, you know casual use? But I have a tonne of bags already, so I don't know)
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Saturday, 21 February 2009
- I realise belatedly that cool tones like pinks, greys & purples work better on me (and brighten/freshen me up, make me radiant). Neutral browns, plums and oranges - no good for me.
- I try to plan but mostly I buy on a whim and randomly based on what I happen to see and what I happen to like at that particular point in time. I can't think properly when it comes to shopping.
- Think I'm bordering on OCD because I feel like a disaster if I can't shower in the mornings, wash my hands before eating and if I can't wash up/freshen up after a meal or after going out. Taking a flight then not being able to take a complete shower from head to toe when I land and having to go about doing stuff all day really puts me on edge.
- Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Abit OCD about this too.
- Don't like the heat or the sun, but I get cold easily, though cold is easily dealt with by layering on clothes.
- So, I have alot of cardigans for the freezing aircons even though I live in the tropics.
- My dressing is conservative. Less is more.
- Same for makeup. I've been an old soul since my teens.
- My beauty aim is to look natural, polished and youthful, and like I've made the effort to take care of myself, no matter what my age.
- Sunscreen is very important, but I sometimes forget! Though, I never purposely sun tan.
- I think it's only part of social politeness to look presentable in public.
- Smelling nice is part of social etiquette too.
- I prefer wearing dresses and pants.
- Having good skin and good hair is more than half the battle won.
- My hair is thinning even though I'm not yet old ... due to illness and heriditary factors ... Recently things have improved abit with some things I've been doing. I'm fighting the battle and hanging in there and won't give up trying to look presentable!
- Matte and heavily pigmented eyeshadows or makeup don't work for me. They weigh my eyes down and accentuate my dark circles.
- I feel I look better with the sheer and slightly shimmery makeup from Asian brands.
- I haven't liked lipstick for a long time and prefer lipgloss, but recently I found some new improved lipsticks that are moist and smooth. I love them and they make me change my mind about lipsticks.
- Comfort and style take precedence over fashion when it comes to shoes and clothes.
- I don't mind paying for quality. Quality and the feel of a good quality product (from bags to skincare), is important to me, but I still tend to hoard when I find a good buy.
- Strangely, "natural" and "organic" stuff work better for my skin, ie keep it from being oversensitive and "protects" it.
- I'd really prefer and wish, if I could, to use chemical stuff that can deal with my skin issues though.
- So, as an alternative, I'm considering going to a doctor for treatments to smoothen the skin further, reduce pores and remove freckles (not yet a big problem since I'm big on sunscreens but I'd remove if I could). I aim to identify a good skin doctor to consult this year.
- My wardrobe is mostly blues, browns, black. I have only 3 items that are a concession to colour - 3 pink items for Chinese New Year hahaha.
- Must be careful with costume jewellery, as most cause itching and swelling for me, even supposedly nickel-free ones and steel posts etc. Platinum, pure silver, 18 carat white and yellow gold are the safest.
Tagging everyone who reads this! Haha, taking the easy way out instead of writing down all the names. :D Hope you do it! Leave a comment to let me know when you've done it? I'd love to know your random beauty-related stuff.
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Friday, 20 February 2009
- Unprocessed organic Shea Butter
- Basil Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
- Grapefruit Essential Oil
- Camellia Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- 5ml Amber Glass Bottle
- Disposable Pipette with markings (3ml)
- 50g Plastic Screwtop Jar
I read some good reviews about this webshop's products and also some good results from using oils and unprocessed shea butter at Viva Woman, so I was very excited to try these items. Besides what I read at Viva Woman, there are various benefits attributed to the items I purchased. I compiled a short version of what each item is supposed to, either taken from Yours Essentially (which contains more details) or other online sites. Based on my main concerns, the list is focussed on relaxation/calming, healing and hair/scalp care benefits.
- Unprocessed organic Shea Butter - Rich in Vitamins A, E, and F, Promotes skin renewal, increases the circulation, accelerates wound healing. Itchy skin, skin rashes, Eczema, and Dermatitis. Soothing nature, anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating effects
- Basil Essential Oil - stimulates and promotes hair growth. Relieves headaches, stress related allergies, and painful menstruation.
- Lavender Essential Oil - healing properties, calms and relaxes, prevents scarring and balances the skin, effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia.
- Rosemary Essential Oil - stimulating the hair-bulbs to renewed activity and preventing premature baldness.
- Grapefruit Essential Oil - Antidepressant, antiseptic, antitoxic, astringent, bactericidal, diuretic, restorative, stimulant (lymphatic, digestive), and tonic. Benefits people with hair-loss.
- Camellia Oil - Skin restructuring and moisturising properties. antioxidant, anti-aging Reported to diminish fine lines and pitted acne scarring, lighten freckles and reduces the appearance of pores. (Also, thanks to Yumeko's blogging about this product for use on hair, I'm keen to try this, so I bought the organic version when tsubaki oil was out of stock at Nisshio Pharmacy.)
- Jojoba Oil - has healing properties for damaged and breaking hair. Great hair oil, scalp cleanser. Reduce sebum production, protects the skin from harmful bacteria. Moisturises dry or flaky skin. Clears and minimizes pores while clearing skin of blemishes. Aids in the healing of psoriasis and eczema.
- Body (Face?) Moisturiser - I intend to mix into Lavender, Basil and Camellia into the Shea Butter for calming effect and skin-healing purposes. I love shea butter formulations, as they always help alleviate my dry skin and allergies. Lavender too is a favourite HG essential oil. If this works, I won't need to spend money on commercial shea butter creams or lavender-infused creams anymore! But this shea butter is very stiff, I am not sure whether I should go about whipping it ... buy a cheap mixer just for this?
- Hair massage oil - I'm going to mix Basil, Lavender, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Camellia and Jojoba carrier oil. From my general internet reading, I found that massaging in essential oils can also help re-balance the scalp, increase hair growth/reduce hair fall, and also condition the hair shaft. There are various hair oil blend recipes that can be found online, most include Lavender and Rosemary essential oils with Jojoba as a carrier oil.
- Tension, headache, migraine and insomnia calming massage oil - I'll mix lavender, grapefruit and basil into the Jojoba carrier oil. I also have some other essential oils at home that I can mix in, including bergamot and chamomile, which are not available at Yours Essentially. If this works, I can stop buying the pre-blended stuff from various places like The Body Shop and Origins.
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Monday, 16 February 2009
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Saturday, 14 February 2009
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
- hi! i was wondering, what whitening lotion do you use for your body? I'm using Nivea Whitening Milk and also Roserity White Rose Brightening Body Care. They are not working fast enough, so once I hit Japan next week, I'm going to stock up on bottles of body whitening lotions from Fancl and their whitening pills.
- hi where online to buy Legere BB Cream from and any parabens in it? Where can I buy Legere BB Cream in Singapore? I wonder if the water drop one has obvious pearls? n do you still like them both equally or which one do you like better now? thanks. =) I bought all my Legere BB Creams in Singapore at John Little Stardust, located at #03-11 Plaza Singapura. I hear there's a branch at Raffles City but I've not gone there. Legere Water Drop BB doesn't have obvious pearls, but from my experience, I find it is waterbased whereas the standard Legere BB is probably oil based. I don't have the ingredients lists anymore as I've thrown out the box. So sorry!!! Over time, I find I prefer the lighter feel and radiant glow imparted by Legere Water Drop BB. Legere Original BB Cream is now too dark for me though, the Water Drop is still ok if I apply a light layer! Strange huh?
- Where did you get Lioele? Got it at John Little Stardust. :D
- S'pore has a Shills store? Where can I find Shills in Singapore? How much is Shills in Singapore? Shills can be found at John Little Stardust. LOL. I'm a regular there. Plaza Singapura is really near my house. ;D Shills prices are really jacked up in Singapore, so try to buy it in Taipei instead. I heard it's in all the drugstores and really cheap. It is also available online via the Singapore distributor: Beauty Bistro. The prices are Singapore prices.
- Any idea where in Taipei Jill Stuart is found? I'm headed there next month =) There's a Jill Stuart Taiwan website: http://jillstuart-beauty.com.tw/. The store locations are listed here http://jillstuart-beauty.com.tw/#/Shop/. For those who can't read Chinese, there are 2 prominent places in Taipei where you can buy JS: SOGO and Shin Kong Mitsukoshi. They are 2 big department stores in Taipei, easily found as they are located near train stations. Actually though I've been to Taipei often, I didn't personally buy Jill Stuart myself when I was there, but here's how you can get to SOGO and Mitsukoshi. Taipei SOGO is located at 45 Zhong Xiao East Road (Zhong Xiao Xi Lu), Section 4. Tel: 02-8771-3677. If you are going there by train, get off at the Zhong Xiao Fu Xing Station. Otherwise, use the cab. I find it easier to get around Taipei in taxis haha. Taipei Shin Kong Mitsukoshi is located at 12, Song Gao (Sung Kao) Road. Tel: 02-2723-6765. Personally I always confuse one Mistukoshi with the other as there are 2 big Mistukoshi stores in Taipei, so I won't give you the directions. Do ask your hotel concierge. ^_^
- I'd love to know if Paul and Joe is cheaper in Singapore or Japan so I know where to buy em! Based on the price of the primer, P&J is about a bit cheaper in Singapore, compared to Japan. The listed price for the Moisturising Foundation Primer on the Japan website is 3,675 yen, at the current exchange rate (Apr 2009), that is about $55.50sg. The same primer is sold at the P&J counter in Singapore for $53sg. Depending on the exchange rate and sales (eg. if you could get discounts or rebates in Singapore), it could be more then a few dollars cheaper to buy P&J in Singapore.
- Singapore has a Sephora? How are the prices in Singapore's Sephora? I'm personally too lazy to compare all the prices, but I read that prices in Singapore are more expensive. Generally, I think it's reasonable if it's slightly more expensive, since if I have to include shipping or a plane ticket when I buy something from overseas. However if the mark up is too much higher, like double or triple the original price, I'd really feel cheated. I think Sephora prices in Singapore are only slightly marked up. I can't be sure though.
- Isn't that handbag a fake Vanessa Bruno? They look the same! Either way it is really cool. I didn't know it's a look-a-like! LOL. I actually did not know Vanessa Bruno has fakes like fake LV or Gucci. But my bag is not a fake anything. It's a real Charles and Keith. It's a cheap local brand, so I guess they must have copied the look. I don't mind buying cheap things but I don't like buying fakes. :p
- Did you find that your The Face Shop brushes bleed when you wash them? Yes they did, but only the black ones. After a few washes, no more bleeding though. Maybe it depends on which batch of brush you bought?
- Do you know where I can find Skinfood shampoos online? Skinfood Singapore has a website and they ship overseas. BUT, Skinfood prices in Singapore are really jacked up. I've been told it's much cheaper in Malaysia and ofcourse, much much cheaper in Korea.
- Where is Lunasol found in Singapore? There is a Lunasol counter at Takashimaya. From what I know, it's the only one in Singapore.
- What oils do you use? I'm interested in relaxing + de-stressing oils. Got any recommendations? Here's a post on this. :D
- How do you use Daiso mask pills? A post on this. :D
- Where can I find Yuskin A in Singapore? Yuskin A can be found at Nisshio Pharmacy in B1 Ngee Ann City, below Takashimaya and near to Cold Storage. I tried looking for it at Nisshio Pharmacy in Isetan Scotts basement, but it doesn't seem to be available there.
- More to come ...
Monday, 9 February 2009
"My darling gorgeous make-up and skincare gurus located in Asia: Could you please respond to this survey for one of my courses? Skincare: Branding and Packaging Survey Responses ASAP would be fantastic, and thank you for your response in advance! Could I ask request you to help distribute this survey around for more responses? The market focus is limited to Asia, so I really do apologise for leaving my numerous Western make-up and skincare lovelies out."Thank you! © Copyright. All rights reserved.
Sunday, 8 February 2009
Saturday, 7 February 2009
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
This product doesn't whiten as much as Shills Foam Esthe Pack, and it STINKS! It has a strong perfume smell. The foam is also so huge and stiff that when I rub it on my face, I feel it's too hard to control, and some foam inevitably got onto my eyes. Although I don't like the smell and texture, it does exfoliate and unclog my pores. When I rub the foam, it feels like the foam is dissolving the dead skin and I can feel flakes of what I think is dead skin rubbing off. My skin is smooth and clean after usage. It is also stated that it's suitable for sensitive skin. That said, I have dry skin with slightly oily nose and chin. So I can't tell if it will work well on oily skin. I probably will not buy this again due to the awful perfume smell and difficulty I have controlling the huge foam. I agree with Pinky's comment that over-exfoliation and AHA can trigger another allergy/sensitive skin reaction. So, I'm using only one product at a time, once a week for exfoliation and deep cleansing purpose. Hopefully this will minimise potential damage or reactions. For those who asked, Shills is a Made-in-Taiwan brand and can be purchased in Singapore at John Little Stardust and also online at Beauty Bistro. I heard they are also available at Sasa stores but I've not personally gone to Sasa to check. Shills products were reviewed in the popular Taiwanese Queen beauty talk show, hence it become quite popular in Singapore. Apparently is extremely cheap in Taiwan, and available in almost any drugstore there. © Copyright. All rights reserved.
"Fine ingredients penetrate deep into skin layers, to give you a whiten, moisturized, fresh and shiny new experience!
Adopting a unique enzyme-ceramic component technology, these moisture rich bubbles gently massages the skin to remove old surface dead skin. It gives you moisture rich & clean pores removing sebum clogs and preventing large pores. It reduces spots, pigmentation and improves the absorption of other skin nourishments. Suitable for sensitive skin. Removes rough dead skin to give you immediate smooth skin. Taking care of your skin has never been so easy. Allow your skin to restore its original luster and shine."
Sunday, 1 February 2009
I found the product does whiten my skin. I've used it twice and it whitens my skin so much that my face is slightly paler than my neck! It also exfoliates and unclogs the pores. I have no idea what it is that makes the whitening so effective. I certainly hope it's not some bleach! But it does have AHA and arbutin listed in the ingredients. Here's the ingredients list: That said, it doesn't have a strong smell, doesn't feel harsh, and doesn't strip the skin but leaves it soft and smooth. It hasn't irritated my skin. It doesn't really bubble up much though. I find that I have quite good luck with products that don't have to be left on the face for long. So I can use these, as long as they are not too drying, without much problems, unlike creams or lotions. The thing I dislike about Shills products is that the bottles don't contain much information. All the info is left on the box, so I find myself having to keep the boxes, as I tend to be forgetful. But I don't like clutter and find having to keep the boxes annoying. I hope Shills will improve it's packaging in the future. © Copyright. All rights reserved.
"Oxygen whitening SPA bubble bath. Create an elastic white and soft skin in just 3 minutes! Mediterranean islands Olive extracts is a natural anti-aging ingredient that provides the skin with elasticity and moisture. Arbutin repels yellow skin tones and melanins giving you a clean, white and watery skin! Added with herbal Wood Grass essence and Hamamelis extract, it purfies the pores and removes dead skin. Its unique yeast formula can also soften and moisturize the skin. Just like a facial SPA with plenty of creamy bubblies giving you freshness throughout the day! "