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Sunday, June 28, 2015

My Current Skin Care Routine

Earlier on this year I've read and article about how you should change your skin care products according to your female hormonal cycles, and I've actually put that theory on test and concluded that it works.

Let's split the female cycle into four stages and start on the first day of your period, and we'll call this week 1

Week 1
During this week hormone levels are at it's lowest, and skin is usually dull, bloated and recovering from premenstrual acne flare-ups, and during this period I usually add a skin brightening serum to my regime, and I'm currently using SkII, it lightens up my acne scars and brightens up my dull complexion, but Vitamin C or anything with light reflecting particles would work.

Week 2
The week after your period, oestrogens starts rising, skin becomes clear, and this is the time when your skin looks its best.

This is a good time to have a facial, because your skin is not too sensitive, and you could basically use anything you like on your skin.

Week 3
Progesterone starts rising, and this is the hormone responsible for oily skin and breakouts. Personally, I always break out during this week, and in order to combat acnes I use a combination of the following:
  • Salicylic Acid,
  • Glycollic Acid,
  • Benzoyl Peroxide,
  • Sulphur masks,
  • Exfoliation,
  • Deep Cleanse Mask

Week 3 is my battle week, I'm always doing something with my skin during this week.

Week 4
This is the week where your skin is the oilliest, and if I didn't do a good job the week before, cystic acne will show up this week and it'll take forever to clear.

My week 3 and week 4 skin care regime is almost identical, the only difference is that I deep cleanse my skin at least twice this week.

This is my day time skin care regime, I basically stick with the same things during the day:

For my dry skin days I use the following during night time:

For my oily days, this is my night time routine:

And finally for the trouble days I add the following serums to my usual night time routine:

Friday, June 26, 2015

Nail of the Week

Darker Shade: Bourjois 10 days no Chips in shade 18
Lighter Shade: NYX Girls Nail Polish in shade NGP242 Lapis

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Atorrege AD+ Mild Hair Shampoo and Conditioner

Contents: @390ml
Price: @HK$270.00
Local of Purchase: Watsons

Ingredients: Water, DPG, lauramidopropyl Betaine, sodium laureuluasparagine, cocamide DEA, hamamelis extract, soy extract, Glycyrrhizic acid 2 K, records of the sysex, betaine, licorice extract, lavender oil, citric acid, polyquaternium-10, HEDTA-3Na, BG, Fe a d t-all, ethanol (to extract contains trace amounts. )

My Opinion:

Since I had my first brazilian blowout about 2 years ago, I've only been using sulfate free shampoos, and I must have mentioned before that there aren't that many drugstore choices in here, so when I found out that Atorrege AD+ does not contains sulfate and is paraben and mineral oil free, I wanted to give it a try.

Honestly, I found this shampoo and conditioner to be super expensive, but the sales lady told me that I would only be needing 1 pump per wash, a bottle would last me for a year, and she was right, one pump was more than enough for my slightly longer than shoulder length hair.

Let's start with the shampoo, it lathers really well and it keeps my hair really clean and soft, but the conditioner was just ordinary, it didn't do much for my hair, so on my second wash I've decided to use a hair mask instead.

Now here is the problem, whenever I use this shampoo, I can't use any other conditioners or hair masks, nothing penetrates into my hair, is like the conditioner or the hair mask is just sitting on top of my hair, and my hair doesn't feel soft after rinsing.

Since I have pretty dry hair, the conditioner is just not sufficient for my needs, and since the shampoo doesn't work with the hair treatments that I have, I don't think I'll be repurchasing.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 - Oil Free

Shade: Nude
Contents: 1.7 oz
Local of Purchase: Sephora
Price: US$42.00

According to Sephora's webpage:

What it is:
A perfect blend of skincare and makeup that helps control oil-breakthrough and gives skin a sheer hint of color for a healthy, natural glow.

What it does:
This lightweight formula provides ideal protection from the sun’s harmful, damaging rays with broad spectrum SPF 20 UVB/UVA sunscreen. It also controls oil-breakthrough with hydration to prevent dryness and soften and ease fine, dry lines. An antioxidant complex of vitamins C and E acts as a free radical scavenger to protect the skin from even the most aggressive effects of the environment, all while extremely long-wearing color stays true and wears evenly in a natural, semi-matte finish. Non-comedogenic and dermatologist- and allergy-tested to minimize the risk of irritation, it is perfect for all skin types, including sensitive ones.

Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate. Water (Aqua), Disiloxane, PEG -30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Boron Nitride, Jojoba Esters, Magnesium Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Squalane, Laryl PCA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnammate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearrate, Disodium Edta, PPG-15, Stearyl Ether, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. (May Contain) +/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77499).

My Opinion:

I've initially wanted to get the regular tinted moisturizer in which I've read a ton of raves, but when I was at the store, I've noticed that they had an oil free version, so I've decided to get this instead.

I've never tried the original formula, so I can't compare it, but this oil free version is just a light weight tinted moisturizer with really low coverage that didn't vow me. 

I always try out new bases (foundation, bb or cc creams) during the weekend, because I don't want to look like a grease ball or a oompa loompa at work, and I had to admit that I've only been wearing this during weekends, because I need a bit more coverage to be confident enough at work...

I think this would be good for the weekend, or when my skin is looking really good (which isn't happening right now) but I think I'll pass, I need more coverage....

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Rio Lift a 60 second face lift in a box

Price: HK$1,580.00

According to Rio's webpage:

Tone and rejuvenate your face in quick 60 second treatments
A dual action, multi-programme facial toner designed to target individual zones of the face and neck to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
See the results in just a few days.

Iontophoresis Infusion
Iontophoresis Infusion uses collagen and retinol patches, the active ingredients of which are infused deep into the skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and help increase skin elasticity.

Faradic Facial Toning
Faradic Facial Toning uses EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) technology. The electrical pulses do all the hard work for you as they gently tone and tighten sagging facial features and rejuvenate the skin.

My Opinion:
I'll be honest, I got this because the NUFACE Trinity wasn't available locally, and since both gadgets uses micro current technology I though that this would be a good dupe.

I've only used this twice and decided that I hated it, the gel that came with the machine clogs pores, so I've tried substituting it with an aloe gel which I had to keep reapplying because once it dries it actually hurts.

The electric current is too strong, even in the lowest settings it feels uncomfortable. In conclusion, I hated this gadget

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Banilla Co Clean it Zero Resveratrol

Contents: 100 ml / 3.4oz
Price: HK$115.00
Local of Purchase: Sasa

According to Sasa's webpage:

This best-selling cleanser is in sherbet form when you scoop it, but melts into an oil-type makeup and residue remover as you massage it over your skin. Formulated with papaya, acerola and herbal extracts, it gently casts out impurities, and leaves your skin feeling nourished and supple. Resveratrol's antioxidant benefits help protect the skin from environmental elements. Ideal for all skin types. 

Ingredients: Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-10 peg-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Butylene Glycol, Purified Water, Grapeseed Oil, Olive Oil, Propanediol, Grape Vine Extract, Grape Root Extract, Oriental Thuja Leaf Extract, Zanthoxylum piperitum Fruit Extract, Resveratrol (2 ppm), Butylparaben, Blue 1, Yellow 4, Fragrance

My Opinion:

This is the best makeup remover that I've tried so far, it removes everything without burning my eyes or leaving my skin tight.

I never even noticed how good this was, until I've recently finished my tube and got a new bottle of cleansing oil and noticing clogged pores. No matter what makeup remover I use I always wash my face again with a foam cleaner, so I guess this product does make a difference on my skincare regime.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Clean Fragrance

Top Notes:

  • Orange
  • Pink Grapefruit
  • Lime
  • Wild berries
  • Bergamot
  • Orange Blossom
Middle Notes:
  • Lily
  • Lavender
  • Violet
  • Damask Rose
  • Jasmine
 Base Notes:
  • Heliotrope
  • White Musk
  • Geranium.

My Opinion:

I've always wanted to try Clean Fragrances, but was never able to locate it locally, and since most sites won't ship fragrances, I never had the opportunity to try it out.

Last year during a holiday in Finland, I've spotted this in a duty free store and went berserk, I've sniffed every available scent, and decided that the original was my favorite.

This has a clean soapy scent, and when I've first used this, my husband actually asked if I just came out of the shower.

Great scent for the summer, but it doesn't last, about 2 hrs and it needs to reapplied.