• 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,  quickies

    Beauty Quickie: Easy With Cezanne Cheek Stick

    It just occurred to me that I’ve been posting mini reviews on my @prettyloopy IG account and I thought why not post on my blog too. These are quick beauty reviews on what I have been using on a particular day but I may sometimes expand a little on the blog.

    ▪️ Sulwhasoo Skin Perfecting Cushion – I tried my first cushion foundation mid last year and I love it for its quick and convenient form. This Sulwhasoo one is such a lovely soft formula. I apply a thin layer just to even out my complexion. It can be layered for a light to medium coverage.

    ▪️ Innisfree Auto Eyebrow Pencil – Been using this for a year and it’s a fairly decent brow pencil. Has a spoolie on one end with a slanted, retractable lead on the other. Easy and convenient.

    ▪️ Laneige Intense Lip Gel – I love this stuff! Mine’s in a bright, coral shade and a little goes a long way. It’s incredibly pigmented and has a soft glossy finish. I just tap a little onto the center of my lips and smear it out with my pinky for a lighter / gradated look. Smells a bit like peaches too.

    ▪️ Cezanne Cheek Stick – This is a fairly new addition. I’ve started preferring the look of cream or gel blushes for a natural flushed look. My cheeks have a tendency to look red even without blush (that’s why I need a bit of base makeup to lessen the redness) so I only need to dab a bit of blush on. This corally pink shade is very pretty and contains micro shimmers that’s not noticeable once applied onto skin. It gives off a natural peachy glow.

    ▪️ Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler – I still like to curl my lashes although I hardly wear mascara. I think it opens up my eyes slightly. I switch between Shu Uemura and Shiseido as these two curlers seem to fit my eye shape better.

    So what are you wearing today? Do you have any daily essentials and have you tried anything featured in this post? Let me know in the comments below.