30 May 2017

Review: The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

I've been using the new coveted and extremely affordable The Ordinary Coverage Foundation for the past week. I have also been pairing it with The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer. I thought I'd share my thoughts on both products (but a more detailed review on the foundation).

25 May 2017

Sephora US Haul

It's been a long time since I've done a haul post! Let alone one from Sephora US. I tried really hard to exercise self control during the 15% VIB sale, and I think I did alright in that aspect. It helped that stuff that I wanted to buy (i.e. Louboutin eyeliner and mascara) were out of stock. But I settled for some Tom Ford and YSL goodies to make up for it.

23 May 2017

Good Green Box - April 2017

I am so blessed and lucky to have received another complimentary Good Green Box (April edition), which is a monthly subscription box of natural beauty products. It costs $25 per box and each box comes with 6-10 products.

18 May 2017

Review: Cover FX Contour Kit

I have always wanted to venture into the world of cream contour palettes, after having used powder ones for the longest time. When I saw the Cover FX Contour Kit in G Light-Medium on special in Sephora a few months ago, I thought it was a sign from the makeup gods so I quickly checked out (with a couple of things that may have accidentally found its way in my cart).

On a related (ish) note, I have been loving Sephora's quick delivery service lately! So I received my order soon after, and was so excited to use the palette, because it's Cover FX.

16 May 2017

Favourite Body Moisturisers for Winter

My skin normally gets dry and horribly itchy in winter (especially my legs). I attribute this to hot showers, I absolutely have to have, as well as being lazy with applying moisturiser everyday. However, this year I'm determined to stop slacking off and have been doing quite well at applying moisturiser almost every night before bed.

The two moisturisers that I've been using lately are the MooGoo Soothing MSM Cream and Lush Dream Cream Hand and Body Lotion.

11 May 2017

Review: Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeliners

I admit I'm a bit of a brand snob. I tend to favour high end/luxury brands more than drugstore brands. However, when I was sent these Rimmel ScandalEyes eyeliners to trial, I fell in love!

09 May 2017

Review: Sigma Dry'N Shape Spa

I don't know about you but I find washing brushes boring and classify it as exciting as cleaning up after myself (which is no easy task and incredibly boring) or paying off a credit card bill or doing the dishes or.. well, you get the point.

I've been using the Sigma Dry'N Shape Spa for quite a while now, and spoiler alert - it's a lifesaver. 

04 May 2017

Skincare Routine

I've been really happy with my skin lately, and I attribute this to the products I've been using on my skin. So I thought I'd share these amazing products with you. I haven't included the toner and cleanser I've used, as I feel like they aren't the star players - I've been using them for a while and have had horrible cystic acne pop up before.
For reference, my skin is dehydrated, oily and acne prone. I do get breakouts around the time Aunt Flo comes to visit, but have found that since using these products, the breakouts are smaller and disappear quite quickly (rather than large, painful cystic ones).
My morning skincare routine consists of:
  1. Cleanse (I've been using Drunk Elephant Juju Bar, however I don't love it - it's a good exfoliator, but hasn't helped with acne control)
  2. Tone (I am currently using Elements Bioactiv Aromatherapy Revitalising Tonic) - I spray this on my face and wait till it dries before continuing on (unless I'm in a rush, then I like to think I pat it in, but in reality I just smear it around for a few seconds until it's been semi absorbed). 
  3. 3 drops of The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - this does leave the skin a bit sticky but goes away if you slather on more products. Also, if you apply this on top of another product that hasn't quite sunk in (e.g. rosehip oil), it lathers a bit, which I find really weird. So I've been using this first.
  4. 3 drops of Rosehip Oil - this is amazing for healing acne. I purchase my rosehip oil from iHerb for only $7.77 a bottle (Use code CEW675 for 5% off your first order). Bargain!
  5. A small dollop of The Ordinary Azelaic Acid - helps to improve skin texture.
  6. Another small dollop of Paula's Choice Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex with SPF15 - I mainly use this for the SPF.
And then I slather on some primer and makeup (if I'm going out) and I'm out the door.
My evening skincare routine is somewhat similar to my morning one - after removing my makeup with a wipe:
  1. Cleanse (I've been alternating Paula's Choice Resist Perfectly Balance Cleanser and Clear Skincare Microdermabrasion Cream with Glycolic Acid) - I've also changed the way I've clean my face - I rarely use my Clarisonic anymore!
  2. Tone (Elements Bioactiv Aromatherapy Revitalising Tonic) - Spray and wait till it dries.
  3. 3 drops of Clear Skincare Copper Peptide Serum - helps reduce the appearance of acne scars. I sometimes use this in the mornings too (if my skin needs it).
  4. 3 drops of The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
  5. 3 drops of Rosehip Oil
  6. A small dollop of The Ordinary Azelaic Acid 
  7. Another small dollop of Sunday Riley Good Genes 
This cocktail of amazing products that I've been slathering on my skin day and night have resulted in clear (ish) skin (as mentioned earlier, I only get a couple of small pimples when Aunt Flo visits). I'm finally happy enough with my skin to forego foundation on the weekends (although I am still working on fading some acne scars). 
What is your go-to / must-have skincare product? Also, do let me know if you'd like a more in-depth review of any of the products mentioned.
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02 May 2017

Good Green Box - March 2017

I was never planning on doing a blog post review on this edition of Good Green Box, as I received this before I started blogging again and gave away my wotnot wipes (the one pictures is actually a full sized one from my stash of products).  But I thought I'd share my opinion of Good Green box, which is a natural and organic beauty subscription box.