Some New and Old Favorites

Hello, everyone and welcome to my brand new blog! I didn’t know what to write as a first post so I thought of just going through a few products I’ve been enjoying today. Some are new discoveries but a few are my beauty staples that I have with me at all times.

I guess I should tell you a little bit about my skin type too (if you have not checked out my About page yet). I have sensitive, dehydrated skin and have been treating the dehydration for a few months. I think it’s been fairly successful because my skin has finally stopped flaking largely due to the toner / lotion things I’ve been slapping (quite literally) on my face in my day and night routines.

[long post ahead!]

  • Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner
    I’ve started getting into Korean skincare not too long ago so this is a relatively new discovery. I purchased it online early in the year and have only started using last month. I really like this toner! It recommends to be used with cotton pads but I just dispense a few drops onto my palms and pretty much pat/slap this stuff on my face. It’s lightweight and absorbs almost immediately. My skin feels soothed and smooth. A lot of folks use this for the “7 skin” method but my skin is quite sensitive and cannot take too many layers at one go. The ingredient list is pretty short too and has Milk Vetch (Astragalus Membranaceus) as its first and main ingredient. It’s known for anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. I have to do a full review on this toner some day.
  • Pixi Rose Ceramide Cream
    I picked this up at Sephora when I was looking for a moisturizer that won’t break the bank. I won’t say it’s anything special but it performs well as a basic moisturizer. The texture feels more like a gel-cream and it’s quite emollient. There is a slight herbal, floral scent but it dissipates fairly quick. I have used this both day and night, and have not had any adverse reactions to it. So yeah, it’s an okay cream that I enjoy using but I probably won’t repurchase because I still prefer using Korean or Japanese skincare.
  • Hada Labo Premium Hydrating Lotion
    This is one of my skincare staples and the brand new bottle you see in the photo is probably my 4th or 5th? I can’t even remember how many I’ve gone through and I usually get this on sale at Watsons or Guardians (drugstores). This lotion absorbs well and leaves my skin feeling quite hydrated. It also sometimes acts as a “carrier” for the very few facial oils my skin can tolerate. I just add a few drops of oil with a few drops of this lotion, smoosh everything together and slap on my face. My skin cannot take facial oils on its own and needs to be sort of watered down or paired with an essence or lotion. I know it sounds weird but it’s the only way I can use facial oils. I picked this tip up from my good friend ParisB over at My Women Stuff.
  • Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
    When I started learning more about Korean skincare, I noticed that they use a lot of snail goo in their products. I grew up in an Asian household so I’m pretty used to seeing strange ingredients in food and products. Snail slime just sounds normal to me. I think this essence is one of Cosrx’ popular products because it used to sell out quite frequently. It’s formulated with 96% Snail Secretion Filtrate (Mucin) and is supposed to protect the skin from moisture loss. I like the soothing effect it has on my skin. Did I mention I have mild rosacea? Anything that doesn’t exacerbate the situation is a win in my books. This product probably needs its own review and I will wait until I’ve used this for a while longer.
  • Innisfree Bija Cica Balm
    When I was hunting for products that will help with my skin redness and sensitivity, I kept coming across the words “cica”, “niacinamide” and “ceramide” everywhere. I happened upon this cica balm by chance when I was perusing Innisfree one day. Cica is short for Centella Asiatica, which is known for calming sensitive skin or treating acne. I don’t have acne per se but my skin does breakout from time to time and have irritating tiny bumps on some parts. This stuff does help soothe most of my irritation and redness quite effectively. I also think it has helped lessen the tiny bumps. I’m always looking for skincare that soothe my skin, which is why you keep seeing me use the word because I’ve suffered with tight, hot, itchy skin most of my life. So I really appreciate when something is comfortable, moisturizing and cooling on my face.

  • L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil
    This is a bathroom staple and has been for many years. I stock pile this baby once a year, either during the Merdeka or Christmas sales. I love everything about this shower oil. The scent, the way it feels and how soft it leaves my skin. I rotate between this and the Neutrogena Rainbow shower gel, which is another firm favorite.
  • L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate
    This is a body cream and it has the same almond scent as the shower oil. Again, this is a staple and I mostly use it a night because the sweet, milky almond scent is so relaxing for bedtime. The texture is quite light and it has a whipped consistency so it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. It absorbs fairly quick too. It leaves my skin soft and moisturized and lightly scented.

  • W7 Blazin’ Neutrals On Fire Eye Palette
    This brand is very new to me. I came across the palette at Guardian Pharmacy and think it’s supposed to be an Urban Decay Naked Cherry dupe. I like coral, rosy, peachy tones and am quite lucky I can get away with such colours without looking like I’ve been punched in the face. I didn’t get the Urban Decay one when it came out because lordy, the price of their palettes are now above the RM200 mark. The W7 version was less than RM50 on sale. I was satisfied with the way it swatched on my arms when I bought it and have to say it’s working out quite well on my eyes too. The eyeshadow texture is pretty smooth for both matte and shimmer shades. This is another product that I think I will do a fuller review on in the future.
  • NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Gobi
    I’ve had this foundation for a while but it wasn’t until recently that I started digging out my liquid foundations to use again. Since my skin condition has started improving, liquid and cream cosmetics seem to sit better too. I think my skin was severely dehydrated and sensitive for a long time that a lot of foundations tend to make my face feel uncomfortable. The Sheer Glow is lightweight and offers a medium coverage. But I use only a minimal amount of product, barely a pump, and apply with my fingers for a sheer to light coverage. I don’t mind my actual skin and some imperfections showing through but this foundation can be built up. I use foundations mainly to even out my skintone and to lessen the redness on my cheeks and forehead. By the way, the original packaging doesn’t come with a pump and has to be purchased separately. Ya, because NARS is a bitch like dat.
  • Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Primer and Mineral Pact (in green)
    A friend of mine introduced me to the no sebum powder and I have the loose version as well but I prefer this compact for travel. The powder is fine milled and looks white in the compact. It goes on translucent and is relatively mattifying but not overly so. It helps control oil too. The primer doesn’t have the same oil control properties but I use it as a base to help my foundations stay on better. It has a slight blurring or smoothing effect. It comes out white but doesn’t leave a white cast. I use very little product each time so it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin. Although it contains silicones, the texture is not too silicone-y for me. Overall, not a bad primer but I’ve tried better.

I didn’t expect this post to be so long but I guess it will do for a first post.

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products or are curious to try as I’d love to hear from you. Also which products would you like a full review on.

I definitely plan to follow up on a couple of skincare and that eye palette. So until the next time, take care and have a lovely day!

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