• beauty,  favorites

    A Few Skin and Hair Care I Like – Blue Edition

    It has been a really busy few weeks as I had and still have to attend to some family matters and visiting in-laws. Truth be told, I’ve been feeling a little down lately so I thought I might as well review some “blue” hair and skin care to hopefully chase the blues away because these are products I actually enjoy using. This doesn’t make sense but let’s just go with it, okay?

    ♦ Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence – I’ve repurchased this essence twice before. I use it like a serum and usually apply it after a toner or a more watery essence and before a moisturiser. It seems to hydrate my skin relatively well and is quite a light serum. I like that it’s not tacky and absorbs fairly quickly. Not sure if I’d repurchase it again because I’ve recently discovered quite a few other essences or serums that I prefer.

    ♦ Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream – I got this a few months ago and they may have discontinued or repackaged this moisturiser recently. This is a pretty decent moisturiser and has a soft gel-cream consistency. It feels lightweight and absorbs quite well. I like using it as a daytime moisturiser and it helps keep my face moisturised through the day. It has a fresh scent that dissipates after a while. It’s a good moisturiser for combination skin but it does contain silicones, if you’re particular about that.

    ♦ Hada Labo Perfect UV Gel – This is quite possibly my current favourite all-rounder sunscreen. I’ve repurchased this countless times, which goes to show how much I like it. It’s a lightweight sunscreen that comes out in a gel-cream consistency. It helps protect my skin and I even use it on my neck and arms, which is why I run out of this stuff quite quickly. It does contain alcohol but most Japanese sunscreens do anyway. I don’t find it drying as long as my face is moisturised well. It does leave a slightly shiny finish on the skin, which I don’t mind at all.

    ♦ Kose Sekkisei Sun Protect Essence Gel – This is a really nice sunscreen and although it’s part of Kose’s “whitening” range, I don’t find it to be whitening at all. But that’s not the main reason why I get skincare. This sunscreen has a gel-cream consistency, which happens to be my preferred consistency in most skincare, and feels a bit more hydrating. It also leaves a shiny finish (more than the Hada Labo one) but I usually wear a bit of base makeup on the top, so it does take away a bit of the shine. Most Japanese sunscreen formulations are more cosmetically elegant than Western ones and it’s for this reason that I’ll stick to Japanese or Korean sunscreens.

    ♦ Pyungkang Yul Essence Toner – I’ve done a quickie review on this toner here and have nothing much to add except to say how much I truly enjoy using this. It absorbs well and makes my skin feel soft after patting some on. This may be my favourite Korean toner so far.

    ♦ Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Mask – This was a pretty recent purchase. I’ve been on a lookout for good and affordable overnight masks and read many good things about this. It comes out in a gel-cream texture and feels quite thick and hydrating when applied. I apply this mask in place of moisturiser and leave it overnight. My skin feels quite soft and looks a bit brighter in the morning.

    ♦ Bumble and Bumble Bb Don’t Blow It Hair Styler – This is a styling cream that is meant to be applied on wet hair and left to air dry to give it that “beachy vibe”. It works a lot better on layered hair, which reminds me that I need a haircut soon.

    Have you tried any of these products and do you see a favourite in here? Let me know in the comments below.

  • beauty,  favorites,  reviews

    Chanel Ombre Premiere vs. Illusion d’Ombre Cream Eyeshadow Comparison

    I am a fan of cream eyeshadows and one of my favourites is from Chanel. I’ve collected a few shades in the older Illusion d’Ombre formula and recently purchased one in the newer Ombre Premiere formula. There are differences to the two and below is a quick comparison between them.

    • Chanel Ombre Premiere in 838 Ultra Flesh vs. Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in 88 Abstraction

    ♦ Packaging: They come in similar boxes but the Chanel logo on the newer Ombre Premiere is in gold. The mini brushes included are also different. The old one is a synthetic angled brush because the Illusion d’Ombre formula was also marketed as an eyeliner. The new brush is definitely a bit more practical and is in a proper eyeshadow brush shape. I believe it’s made of natural hairs too. Truth be told, I’ve never used any of the included brushes because they are so small and dinky.

    ♦ Texture: They both apply smoothly and are relatively pigmented. I use my fingers to apply because it’s just easier. A brush is good for creating sheer washes over the lids. Although there’s shimmer and glitter (in the older formula), it never feels gritty. Both formulas are soft to the touch and feels mousse-like. Although my Illusion d’Ombre pots are a few years old, they have minimal dry out and are still usable.

    ♦ Finish: This is where they differ. The finish of the older formula or at least the ones I have, are more shimmery and glittery, so they are perfect as a topper. The new formula is definitely a bit more subdued. Some of the new ones have a demi-matte or satin finish with little shimmer. They both have a somewhat powder finish but the newer one is definitely a bit more dry and long-lasting, which is why I prefer it as a base.

    Overall, I like these cream shadows because they are perfect on its own or as a base. Not to mention that they are also multi-purpose because you can use it on the face and lips too. I’ve used the Illusion d’Ombre in Abstraction (shown in this post) as a cheek highlight and it is really quite pretty.

    It is difficult to pick which I prefer because I like both formulas for different reasons. I do plan to pick up another Ombre Premiere to add to my collection because I saw so many pretty, wearable shades that I know would work just as well.

    Have you tried the Chanel or other brands cream eyeshadows before? What are your favourites? Do share in the comments below.

  • beauty,  quickies

    Nivea Pop Ball Grapefruit & Maracuja Lipbalm

    Isn’t this Nivea Pop Ball Lipbalm the cutest?

    They remind me of EOS lipbalms, the folks who made the spherical lipbalm packaging popular, but I didn’t enjoy their formula and I’ve tried a bunch of flavours before. I do however, like Nivea lipbalms and use the normal stick tube type quite regularly. So of course I had to grab a cute round one when I saw it at Watsons. This comes in 3 different flavours and mine is in Grapefruit & Maracuja. There’s also Pink Watermelon & Pomegranate and Raspberry & Red Apple.

    These balms are colourless and just leaves a slight gloss on the lips. The formula feels similar to their regular stick balm and is comfortable enough on me. It is not super moisturising but does help keep my lips soft. Mine has a light grapefruit scent that is not offensive and dissipates fairly quick.

    Overall, a pretty decent lipbalm in cute packaging. And I am a sucker for cute and anything coral or pink!

    Each retails for RM19.90 at Watsons Pharmacy Malaysia but I got mine on sale at RM16.90.

    Have you seen or tried these? Which one did you pick up?

  • beauty,  favorites

    Muji Sensitive Skincare Loves

    I like using Muji’s sensitive skincare range at times when I feel like scaling back to basics. I like that the ingredients list is fairly minimal. I have sensitive skin and mild rosacea, so I have trouble using too much skincare at one go. My skin also can’t tolerate too much active ingredients and most essential oils (very sad).

    Here are a few tried and true faves from Muji (I’ve used a bunch of others but they didn’t work too well on me):

    ♥ Light Toning Water (High Moisture) – This is a basic hydrating toner. Can be used with cotton pads if you prefer. I just pour a few drops on my palms and pat on my face. It feels moisturising but it takes a while to sink in and it’s for this reason that I prefer Korean toners. I think some people use this for the “7-skins method” but I just pat this on one or two times and it’s good enough.

    ♥ Moisturising Cream – I prefer the cream to the milk version. The cream feels more soothing and sinks in much quicker than the milk. This is a pretty basic, no-fuss moisturiser.

    ♥ Cream Cleansing – I love this cream cleanser and is probably my favourite of the bunch. This is my 3rd tube. I use this in place of a foam cleanser in the mornings and sometimes in the evenings when I only have sunscreen and light makeup to remove. I follow up with a gentle foam cleanser in the evenings as part of a double-cleanse routine. This is the most comfortable and soothing cream cleanser I’ve tried, and trust me, I’ve tried a lot.

    ♥ Oil Cleansing – This is a thick, oily cleanser and is pretty good for taking off eye makeup. It does cloud my vision slightly after rinsing off but I don’t mind it much. I follow up with a gentle foam cleanser. I like taking this travel size with me whenever I travel and haven’t experienced any spillage so far.

    ♥ Body Milk – Quite possibly my favourite body moisturiser after the L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate, which is a body cream. It soothes and hydrates my skin and absorbs fairly quickly. I am prone to eczema on my legs and haven’t had any reaction to this.

    Overall, I have been quite impressed by Muji’s sensitive skincare line and love it for its basic simplicity. And I like that this range is scentless so it’s suitable for those who are sensitive to fragrance. It’s also affordable and most of the sensitive skincare range have been formulated with special spring water in Japan.

    Are you a fan of Muji skincare too and do you have any faves?

  • beauty,  quickies

    MOTD: Light and Airy Peachy Pink

    Are you a fan of peachy-pink makeup? I love these light and airy tones!

    ♥ Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow – Another foundation product I dug out recently. I like the sheer to light medium coverage this gives and like most other Guerlain foundations I’ve used, I need to be a bit careful with application and apply light layers otherwise it can get cakey in some parts.

    ♥ Guerlain Meteorites in Clair – Quite possibly the best finishing powder. It leaves a very, very subtle glow. Also one tub of these pearl balls will last a lifetime. I’ve had mine (used regularly) for years and years and it’s still full.

    ♥ Chanel Blush in Fleur de Lotus – I think this is limited edition and came out in 2012. That’s how long I’ve had this. It’s a gorgeous swirl of coral, pink and rose and has a slight satin sheen. I pick up very little product with a Lunasol cheek brush and lightly fluff on my cheeks.

    ♥ Cezanne Eyeshadow Quad – I got this at the same time as the cheek stick, which I’ve featured before. It’s a lot more peachy in person (the lighting in the photo washes it out). The color payoff is typical of Japanese eyeshadows, i.e. not very pigmented, but I like is as a light wash on my eyes.

    ♥ Kate Tokyo Eyebrow Powder – I just purchased this after testing it at an event last week. This powder matches my eyebrows pretty well and is quite long-lasting. The lighter shades can be used to contour the nose I think.

    ♥ Peripera Cloud Ink Velvet – A pretty coral matte liquid lipstick. I like their lip products as I find them to be quite lightweight. But matte lipsticks can be drying so I sometimes top it off with gloss or a lipbalm.

    ♥ Hakuhodo, Shu Uemura and Laura Mercier brushes (various) – Just a few of my favorite eyebrushes along with a Shu Uemura curler to apply my eye makeup. I hardly use mascara because I don’t like dealing with the removal bit. So I’ll just curl my lashes to open my eyes a little and hope for the best.

    Do you have any favorite peach-pink looks? Let me know in the comments below.