Thursday, 10 January 2019

Best Skincare Drugstore Dermatologist Swear By

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Most of us thought that only expensive product would work and deliver a good healthy looking skin. Well, here I share how a dermatologist runs a gamut from face wash to sunscreen and debunk our thought that drugstore can be life-changing.

This cleanser contains no harsh ingredients. As it said, Simple put simple ingredients to keep the skin barrier intact. I also love the cleansing oil from Simple which only $3 at Kmart and Coles.

Avené Gentle Toning Lotion 
Toners are sometimes quite drying as an astringent to the skin. This product is gentle enough to keep your skin in balance with no irritating.

CeraVe Moisturizer Cream
This is one of Dr Dray favourite. As she mentioned in her video, this cream would help to repair damaged skin.

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM SPF 30

"I recommend CeraVe often for inexpensive, high-quality products. This is a fragrance-free formula that uses a blend of chemical and physical sunscreens, and its lightweight texture is combined with an impressive mix of ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid, alongside with a big dose of the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide."—Jordana Mattioli, L.E.
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Saturday, 5 January 2019

Basic Skincare You Must Know

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Do you ever question that good skin is hereditary and the one who has skin problem just needs to live with it? Sounds unfair right?

According to a dermatologist, Doris Day, genetic account for only 10% of skin's ageing process which mostly all the skin problem is. So skincare regime does take a big role for good healthy looking skin. You don't need an extravagant treatment to achieve healthy skin. Here is some basic yet fundamental habit to take up in your routine.

1. Cleanse Your Face
Cleansing is prior in skincare routine to remove your daily grime. A gentle cleanser never goes wrong. Look for a cleanser that provides pH balanced with Sulphate-free and soap free. Try to stay away from foaming cleansers as it contains detergent and emulsifies oils from the skin.

2. Moisturizer
Moisturizer not made for dry skin only. No matter how greasy your skin, you need moisturizer. The best moisturizer for your skin is what suits your skin type. If you have dry skin, you need thicker moisturizer. The creamy texture is recommended for dry skin type. Look for something that labelled as "nourishing" or "hydrating". If you have oily skin, the gel-type texture might suit for you. More titbit about moisturizer read HERE.

3. Apply Sunscreen daily
Not only to prevent skin cancer, wearing SPF can slow down the aging process. How if you spend most of the time at home? Well, when you are indoors, lights emit ultraviolet energy (UV) through the windows which can cause sun damage. So wearing sunscreen is necessary even if you are at home. Read HERE to know more about sunscreen.

4. Exfoliate (but not over exfoliate)
Exfoliator rids any dry, rough and dull skin by removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. This speeds up the skin turnover, allowing smoother, healthier skin cells and help to ease discolouration. I would recommend to look for a chemical exfoliant rather than physical exfoliant. Chemical exfoliant goes deeper to the skin and releases the dirt that causes blackheads. For a full guide on how to exfoliant properly, click HERE.

5. Stay Away From Popping Pimples
I know it can be satisfying to popping out zits, but the outcome isn't satisfying either. This such an explicit policy in a skincare routine. Not only can cause irritation and dark spot but also can spread bacteria which lead to more breakouts. 

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Thursday, 3 January 2019

Mizon Collagen Power Firming Eye Cream Review

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Ingredients
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Isododecane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tropolone, Theobroma Cacao Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil,  Mangifera Indica Seed Butter, Adenosine, Beta- Glucan, Rubus Idaeus Fruit Extract, Copper Tripeptide-1, Iris Florentina Foot Extract, Honey Extract, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil, Disodium.

"Eye cream doesn't speak to me in any way," I said to myself a long time ago before came into skincare game and  Dr Davin Lim convinced me as he said it is no difference between eye cream and face cream. Besides, the price for eye cream is a lot more than the regular face cream or moisturizer. So, you pay extra for something which is a lot smaller than a face cream. There is no evidence that hype up eye cream ingredients can reverse the aging process or improve the skin elasticity. Why tho people still living for it? Or they just being biased when they do have the holy grail of eye cream products. What makes it special tho? Eyes area are much thinner and more sensitive because of the anatomy of the skin. The skin under an eye area is about the quarter as thick compared to the cheek area. That is why skincare brand formulated eye cream even tho if you have a look at the ingredients are quite similar to the face cream. A couple of differences are they add Dimethicone to treat puffiness and the three ingredients that work really well together to reduce dark circle which are  Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone. However, Dr David Lim does believe in an eye cream as delicate skin needs some care as well.  That is why I try to maintain my scepticism over an eye cream fad but I don't want to splurge as I still in a slow step to really get into eye treatment. After research some affordable eye cream with good ingredient lists, Mizon Collagen Firming Eye Cream assured me to the point when I finally incorporating to my skincare regime. I also quite happy to pay $9.90 for 10mL.



This eye cream has a serum type texture which spreadable, so I only need a pea size amount for my both eye area. It does give me a cooling effect especially after waking up in the morning. Even tho I haven't seen any improvement as they claimed to "firm" the skin. I have an early wrinkle under my eye but really not expect this product to do the magic. As its contain 42% collagen water solution for moisturizing and honey, I kept my trust on this by using it morning and night. I'm not going to be biased as this is the first eye cream I have come across and I would say this pretty decent product to start. I have nothing much to say but I will keep using this until it reaches the last squeeze. Will I recommend this? Yes for those who have not tried eye cream in the past, in shaa Allaah you will enjoy this.



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Sunday, 30 December 2018

3CE Lip Tint (Review)

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Say YAY to lip tint! All lip tint lovers should know this brand. Especially if you are K-Beauty babe. This is the second brand I had tried with their lip tint collection after Dear Darling Liptint by Etude House. For me, lip tint is worth every penny as it would not rip you off since you can get the cheapest price for 5$ even less at Amazon or eBay. 

Anyway, lip tint should be comfortable on your lips because of the watery texture. Nowadays, lip tint develops its own texture from watery to velvety and it gives a different finish to the lips. If you like a matte looking kind of finish, then this 3CE is worth to try. These are the 3CE lip tints that I have been using for over a year and I would like to share my experience with them. Thought I would give you a better idea before you pick them up.

3CE VELVET LIP TINT #PINKBREAK

The first 3CE I got in hands is this one. This has a velvety formula that melts once I apply on my lips. This adheres seamlessly as it claims. The doe foot applicator is perfect to reach the tip area of my lips. This is an MLBB tint that suits my skin colour really well. Unfortunately, this does not last for a long time and it does transfer but I still love this one even tho I need to re-apply a couple times a day. Make sure to put your lip balm a minute before, because this does not fix your dry lips. 

3CE SOFT LIP LACQUER #TAWNY RED

Another one that I got is 3CE Soft Lip Lacquer. This one is more liquidy than the velvet version but the same finish as the velvet one. Does it long last? Sadly, no. I still keep using this pretty much every other day because the colour is so unique and I need to use lip balm first for better application. 

3CE TATTOO LIP TINT #COMA

This overall is my personal favourite. The texture of this is different compared to the other two. This is more liquidy with a glossy finish and makes my lips hydrated. One thing that I love the most is this does what it claims as "tattoo lip tint". Don't get mislead by the word "tattoo" as its stain to the lips forever, lol. It means that this is long wearing with no doubt. It does the transfer at first, but soon after it gets dry, you good to go without worry to re-apply after coffee. 

Here are the swatches of these three on my hand. The first picture I took straight after swatches and the second one was after I rub my hand with a tissue.  


To sum up, I would say the Tattoo Lip Tint is performed better compared to the other two. It is longlasting yet hydrating. This one came with 4 different shades but unfortunately, all shades are quite bold. So if you lean to something natural, this might be a pass for you. If you still want to try them out, you can go to their website at Stylenanda to see all their collection.






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Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Wishtrend Vit C 21.5 VS Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum

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As we know that Vitamin C is one of the good ingredients to achieve healthy good looking skin. Even tho we can find vitamin C in many different types of fruits and veggies, by applying topically can provide one of the most effective ways to boost collagen and slow its degradation. Especially as we grow older, our skin needs nutrients to increase collagen production. This does not mean that Vitamin C is only for the older women who already have a wrinkle. You can start at a young age as possible because Vitamin C can supports healthy collagen to work hand-in-hand with elastin so they can provide the improvement of the skin elasticity to prevent wrinkle.

The first vitamin C that I had tried is by Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 21.5 Advanced Serum. It is a very lightweight serum with a hint of citrus scent but very subtle. It is formulated with only 10 ingredients with no paraben, fragrance and other harmful ingredients. This contains Hippophae Rhamnoides Water, Ascorbic Acid, Panthenol and Allantoin. All these properties together fight the hyperpigmentation, discolouration and acne scarring. Unfortunately, my skin mislikes this. I woke up with bumps all around my cheeks and eyebrow area. On the other night, I put less amount than before but still got some bumps in the morning which chafed me. So, I was halted since that but I did not throw the product away thought I can use it elsewhere such as the back of my neck and my knee. A few days after I stored the bottle on my skincare shelf, it has oxidized from clear to pale yellow. Well, I could say that was probably my fault because I store it close to the window which is exposed to the sun. Yes, pure vitamin C is easily destabilized by light and oxygen and the best way to store them is inside the fridge.


After a couple of months, I wanted to give another chance with another brand and Klairs has caught my attention with their vitamin C serum. Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum. Yes, I finally wrote it perfectly after made some mistake. This came with a clear plastic bottle, whereas the Wishtrend one came with a glass bottle which more confident to be held. Same with the Wishtrend, Klairs also with the dropper to dispense the liquid.


It has been 4 months using this product and I have a completely different experience with this one. This has 5% concentration which gentle enough if you new to Vit C and have a longer shelf life. Moreover, this product compact with numerous botanical extract for extra soothing and nourishing. So far I did not have any reaction on my skin and I incorporate this both night and day without an issue. 


After 4 months enough of using this serum deliberately, I don't see any improvement in regards to brighten or smooth out skin texture but I am not surprised by how gentle the consistency it has. Again, if I have to choose one of them I probably would recommend the Klairs one, but for somehow I adore by how great the 21.5 by Wishtrend as its concentration and how simple the ingredients are. I wish my skin loves this or should I grab more to test it for the second time? 

Anyway, my experience with these two Vitamin C serums do not upset me despite the result is zero. I definitely will explore more Vitamin C out there. Paula's Choice C15 Super Booster and Drunk Elephant C firms are on my wishlist. Please share your experience if you have tried them. 

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