Saturday, April 30, 2011

All time Favourites

Time for a post on my all time favourites.

Avene Thermal Spray-I don't know what I would have done without it. Together with Avene Skin recovery Cream, this is an excellent treatment for sensitive/sensitized skin. My baby uses it for heat rashes, hubby uses it as toner, refresher...I've lost track of how many times I've repurchased this.

Jorubi Aloe Vera Gel-A stabilized aloe vera gel.It has a multitude of uses. For soothing rashes, sunburn, pimples. etc. I use it as hair gel and for masks too.

St Ives Mineral Clay Firming Mask- My essential weekly mask, come rain or shine. My face would probably have become like the moon's surface if not for this. I would probably cry if they stopped making this. I always have a spare, just in case.

The Face Shop Raspberry Root Eye Patch-Effective for an owl like me. Fine lines, puffiness, dark eye rings and dryness are reduced. Till this day, despite my sleeping habits, I still do not look like the panda's relative. Need I say more?

For a product whore like me, that's saying a lot.I am one of those who simply cannot resist trying new products. So, friends, what are your beauty essentials?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Review: Vaseline Healthy White Skin Lightening Lotion

As I have mentioned in an earlier post,I am blessed/cursed with skin that is fair, but tans and fades easily, leaving an aftermath of sunspots sprinkles over my arms and hands. So, I am always on the lookout for a good lightening lotion/product that will even out my skin tone. When I saw this on Watson's shelves on one of my regular trips there, I had to try this out.

-Spreads well, easily absorbed.
-UV filters for protection
-Non sticky finish
-Fades dark patches with CONSISTENT use

-Mineral oil--I have sensitive skin.
-Scent--May be too overpowering for some.

I have been using this lotion quite regularly for the past 2 weeks. I have experienced some slight itching, but nothing more serious. My take is, its a good budget lotion with reasonable results. Sensitive skins need to be cautious, however, due to the mineral oil content.For me, I will still continue looking for my holy grail. The search continues...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Skincare DIY: Green Tea Aloe Mask

I am one of those that tan, but fade easily, and the aftermath is always a sprinkling of sunspots on my arms, shoulders, and the back of my hands. I am looking for ways to get rid of, or at least lessen their appearance before they morph into giant pigmentation patches. I came up with a very simple recipe to help treat this problem, with ingredients that are mostly easily found in most kitchens. This recipe would probably work for whitening the face as well, but I have not tried that yet, to be honest. Here it is.

2 large tablespoons Aloe Vera gel (I used Jorubi, but any good brand should work as well)
green tea from one green tea bag(Pour hot water and let steep for a minute, remove, then extract the green tea from the teabag. Careful, its hot!)
2-3 teaspoons honey

-mix well all ingredients,with a clean spoon or spatula in a clean plastic container
-leave covered, in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to allow ingredients to 'fuse' together.
-spread on (cleansed) desired areas thinly. Leave till slightly sticky and almost fully absorbed.
-rub in circular motions like you would a scrub. Rinse off thoroughly.
-voila! softer brighter skin! Remember to moisturize!

This mixture would last up to a week or so in the fridge.Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Nivea Age Defying Q10 plus Hand Cream

Of late, I have discovered pesky little sunspots on the back of my hands, so I was looking for a product to get rid, or at least minimize them. Then I came across this product on Watson's shelves and thought: Why not? Its after all only $5.70...And here's my take:

-non sticky and smooth finish, fast absorbing.
-Anti aging Q10 (hey, I'm not so deluded to think such a cheap bottle of cream could perform anti aging miracles, but its Q10, so why not?)
-heals dry hands with continuous use
-UV filters (I'm still wary about this part since there's no SPF stated, so I still do use a separate sunblock when the sun's too strong) But any protection is still good.
-Light, fresh scent
-Appears to fade minor sun spots with prolonged used.(I've been using it for about a month or so)
-Cheap. Enough said!

-packaging--I wish it came in a smaller tube so that I have less to carry around with me.

I like this hand cream. So much that I already went back to purchase spares. But I'm still on the lookout for a better product--I need SPF! However, at SGD5.70 for a 100ml, one can hardly complain. Maybe with consistent use, I might elevate it to holy grail status. But for now, Madam is still in two minds about this product.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Reviews:Clarins White Plus Whitening Repairing Night Cream

Another Review for the Clarins White Plus Series. Easy to tell, I'm fan. Love, love love!

-Fades spots and scars.
-Repairs 'damaged' skin.
-Luxurious, creamy texture.
-draining effect (smaller face!haha)
-Soothes skin, relaxes.
-Eliminates flakiness
-Minimizes pores, and smoothes out blotchiness almost overnight.

-probably the packaging. Tub=increased contamination risk. But its no biggie, because your hands are supposed to be clean when you're going to touch your face anyway.
-Expensive (but oh, so worth it!)

Just recovering from a bout of extremely bad breakouts on my chin, this cream has been an essential fighter in my arsenal to fight scarring.Conclusion: Absolute holy grail material!

Sunday, April 24, 2011


"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair. Let me climb the golden stairs."

Hair. Long, short, permed, rebonded, bleached, coloured. Been there, done that. Thankfully, my hair has escaped relatively unscathed from the torture it was put through.

My daily routine now has been reduce to this: wash, condition, dry. And when the mood strikes me occasionally, hair serum.

(Horror of horrors. "You mean you don't do any hair masks? or treatments? Omg...")

Yes, my waist length hair probably does not get the TLC it deserves. But considering the fact that my hair has gone through a barrage of chemical treatments, I think it is time it went on a diet, and let Mother Nature take its course. So far, it seems to be working.

Call me lazy, but (for the present at least), I feel that less is more. Hair gel, hair spray, wax, mud, clay, etc...they're all evil inventions that we can do without. and yes, my hair is thanking me.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Reviews:Clarins Whitening Pure Aqua Lotion

Recently,I have gotten back into the habit of using a toner again.I know some people feel that a toner is not necessary, but it seems that it is doing my skin good.I'll be talking more about this in the future. First, the review.

-Light, refreshing texture
-refreshes, tightens pores, removes surface dirt.
-reduces breakouts with long term use.


This lotion is part of the revamped Clarins White HP series, enriched with sea lily.I have notice less clogged pores within the month that I have been using it.Skin texture has become clearer, and more refined. Drier skins, however, may prefer the Aqua Milk in the same range.

My verdict? Its a lovely luxury.But so far, I haven't been able to find another toner that does the same. So, it will be on my repurchase list.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Review: Clarins White Plus Intensive Whitening Smoothing Serum

I've been using this product for about three months now, and I thought its only fair that I did a review on it. Here goes!

Likes:-Smoothing effect, great under makeup
-Light hydration, easily absorbed
-Non greasy gel cream consistency
-tightens pores


I have always liked Clarins products. Time and again, I have strayed from them, but always come back to them. I love this serum. It helps to lighten old scars, and prevents new ones forming (yes I squeeze my zits, but that's another story...). Your skin is left smooth and velvety to the touch. Regular use has brightened my complexion to give it a slight pinkish glow. It layers well under moisturizer, sunblock, and makeup. So far, as always with Clarins products, no breakouts for me.This is important, since my skin has been very temperamental in recent years.

Would I buy again? Despite the price tag? Yes of course! You only need a pea sized amount each time, and my bottle has already lasted me around 3 months without running out. You do the math.

I am in love...

Body Beautiful

I write this with an extremely heavy heart. Why? Because I'm FAT!

Those who tell you to love your body? Well, couldn't you like to love it just a little more, if you had a firmer stomach? Or less orange peel on your jiggly bits? Haha...

Joke aside, my quest for a beautiful silhouette has not been a short one. Elephant thighs, spare tire, name it, I've worried about it. Even to this day, my weight is a taboo topic, which I will carry to my grave. Hubby is not an exception.

I'm not overweight. But looking at the societal perception of "ideal", who, or how many, can still step out in their swimsuit without a second thought?

So What does one do? Conform. What have I done? Let me see. Diet pills:Check. Miracle creams/serums: Check. Fad diet:Check. Everything except the one thing that really works (unfortunately). Exercise.

Exercise. The dreaded word that sends shivers down my spine. Don't get me wrong. I love to exercise. I just don't like the hot sun. Being extremely prone to heat rashees, too much sun worsens the condition. So, I am left with little choice except top go to the gym. But having the nearest gym quite a few stops away from my residence, and being the queen of procrastination that I am, the future for my 'body beautiful seems bleak.

(So exercise in the evening...take a bus...blah...blah...blah...yes, I hear you...)

(Brings out anti cellulite cream. Sighs.)

(slaps self.Brings out exercise gear. Sighs again.)

Time to get off my couch. But let me finish my chocolate and TV program first...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


This is last post on my skincare routine for now. For obvious reasons, they are not all done on the same day. If there is more than one mask on the list for the day, it means I will use any one of mask according to my skin's condition. I use St Ives Blemish and Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub or Cure Natural Aqua Gel on alternate days before my face masks.(Meaning I scrub every alternate day. Scrubbing daily is a no-no for sensitive skin!) Enjoy!

Mon:Whitening/Scar Treatment
-My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Sheet Mask
-The Face Shop Salon Effect Collagen Pearl Mask
-ZA True White Spot Free Gel Patch

-The Face Shop Raspberry Roots Sleeping Mask

Wed:Rest Day

Thurs:Whitening/Scar Treatment
-My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Sheet Mask
-The Face Shop Salon Effect Collagen Pearl Mask
-ZA True White Spot Free Gel Patch

-St Ives Mineral Clay Firming Mask followed by:
-Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Mask OR
-The Face Shop Raspberry Roots Sleeping Mask

Sat:Rest Day

Sun:Eye Treatment
-Kotoko Kalani Circulation: resilience & radiance Eye Mask
-The Face Shop Raspberry Roots Eye Mask

I am trying my best to keep to this routine, and so far, so good...except that I'm often too lazy to do my eyes masks on Sun. Will be trying to stick more strictly to this routine from now on.

Crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

"Oh bring back, bring back, oh bring back my good skin to me, to me, bring back, oh bring back, oh bring back my good skin to me..."

(Sung to the tune of "My Bonnie")

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Skincare: Night

My nightly routine:

Makeup Removal-Biore Oil Cleansing Wipes, followed by Avene Micellar Cleansing Lotion
Cleanser-Avene Soapless Cleansing Gel
Toner-Clarins Whitening Pure Aqua Lotion,followed by a spritz of Avene Thermal Water
Treat(As needed)-Avene Cleanance K
Serum-Clarins Whitening Smoothing Serum
Moisturize-Clarins Whitening Repair Night Cream, and Clarins Advanced Extra Firming Eye Contour Serum

**Try at your own risk. I am experimenting, and not responsible for any positive or negative effects.:)

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Time to track my skincare routine, for my own reference, as well as reference for those who are lucky enough to have the same Combo-Sensitive-Oily-Dehydrated skin. In 3 installments.

My day routine:

a)Cleanse-Avene Micellar lotion
b)Tone-Clarins Whitening Pure Aqua Lotion
c)Serum-Clarins Intensive Whitening Smoothing Serum
d)Moisturize-Avene Mattifying Fluid Moisturizer and Clarins Advanced Extra Firming Eye Contour Serum
e)Za True White Day Protector SPF 26 PA++

**Try at your own risk. I am not responsible for anything good or bad that happens, following this routine.Constructive comments welcome.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Snow White

"I used to be Snow White--but I drifted."
Mae West

Okay, fine. I wasn't exactly the most beautiful, but I was definitely very fair. The sun seemed to have very little impact on this. I attribute this to my obsession with sunblocks whenever I was out in the sun. SPF 30? SPF 50? No, nothing less than Sunplay's SPF 130 would do for me.

Motherhood and other commitments soon left me with scant time to obsess with this; Even slathering on sunblock pre-makeup became a chore. My nightly affair with my body lotion soon became a weekly tryst. Even then, it was a hurried one. Those precious minutes were reserved for my beloved bundle of joy.

It was only when my once crystal clear complexion started misbehaving that I panicked. Acne (argh!), acne scars, scaly elbows, and dark spots galore on my arms. And poor, poor hands! What had I done to myself?

Till this day, I am paying the price for my negligence.

I repent...

Acne Warrior

Being blessed with relatively problem free skin as a teenager, simple cleanser and pimple cream did the job of upkeep for my then enviable complexion. When the mood struck, Hazeline Snow was slathered on to protect my skin.

So, one can guess, I was unprepared for the onslaught of repeated attacks. I did the worst possible: squeeze. I was determined to extract every last one of those buggers. The condition of my skin worsened, exacerbated by over zealous scrubbing.

It got to a point when someone I thought was my friend said,"If I were you, I would hided at home and cry everyday!" Gleefully. Shortly after, a well-meaning friend said to me,"Erm, girl, what happened, your skin's gone haywire...take care of your skin leh..."

After months of abstaining from makeup and squeezing (phew), my skin somehow righted itself. I blamed it on hormones. Yes, I was deluded...

The, came the arrival of my beloved baby boy. Despite the lack of time I spent on my face, it somehow took care of itself. I was glowing mother.

Alas, it was not meant to last. During the last couple of years, my old enemy snuck up on me again. As I started breaking out again, this time, i resolved to gather the knowledge I had amassed over the years as ammunition in my fight. This was not too difficult-- I was a voracious reader , and of course, a skincare junkie...okay, okay, skincare whore...

Now? I'm playing a tug of war with my acne. Breakout? Avene's Cleanance K. Scarring? Whitening masks and Clarin's whitening series to the rescue. Redness? Into the picture, dear Avene Thermal Spray and Skin Recovery Cream. Not to mention, lots of water...

To quote Lady Macbeth:

"Out, damned spot, out I say!"

From "Macbeth", by William Shakespeare

Monday, April 11, 2011


I started writing this with the intention of keeping a record of my increasingly complex beauty routine.However, as I continued, I began to think: Why not share this with like minded people?So here I am...

My quest for perfect skin began in my secondary school days. Sigh, those were the days...I didn't know how blessed a teenager I was to have breakout free skin. The tiniest bit of roughness or redness would send me into a frenzy. At that time, Oxy Daily Wash and Oxy Cover were my best friends.Makeup was foreign, I didn't need it.But still, I wasn't satisfied.

Then, came Junior College and University, where late nights and long hours in front of the laptop wrecked further havoc on my panda eyes. By then, makeup had become an ally.

By the time I stepped officially into the working world,foundation was no longer optional, it was a necessity. Skincare was reduced to the bare essentials of cleansing and moisturizing.Without a shadow of doubt, the Sandman always won the battle against my weekly mask routine. He prevailed.

Then came the realization: After quitting my job, getting married, and the birth of my lovely baby boy,the period of neglect finally took its toll.Acne, dryness, and redness became the order of the day. My eye bags had morphed into hard boiled eggs. To complete the package, my previous 'eat and never gain figure'expanded. I decided: Enough is enough!'

The battle begins: HERE!