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My Travel Beauty Essentials: Skincare Edition

 

Travel Beauty Essentials: Skincare Edition

Introducing my travel beauty essentials for my trip to Korea.

 

Hello from the sunny land of South Korea! It’s my third time here in Seoul, but this time I’m visiting Busan and Jeju Island for the first time as well and I can’t wait. It’s also my first time in Korea in the summer, and my skincare routine has since changed. Here are the skincare products I have with me this time round, and I hope you might find something new to try out from today’s post.

 

  1. ANIA Skincare Moroccan Rosewater (available on ANIASkincare.com here)
  2. DCS Nutriderm Ultra Nutrition Night Cream (read my blog review on it here)
  3. L’Oreal Gentle Lip and Eye Make-up Remover (For Waterproof Makeup)
  4. Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil
  5. Dr. Wu Intensive Acnecur Spot Treatment with BHA
  6. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye (available on Nordstrom here)
  7. Olay Regenerist Revitalising Eye Serum
  8. Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion

 
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Skin Moisture Analyser Tutorial: How Does it Work?

 

Skin Moisture Analyser Tutorial

Having fun with my skin moisture analyser!

 

There’s this little something that I’ve been wanting to show you, and that’s my brand new skin moisture analyser. It’s a little tool that measures the amount of moisture and oil on your skin, so that you can tell if your skincare products are working and whether your skin is healthy.

 

There are many models of skin moisture analysers out there but they all work via the same technology, known as the bioelectrical impedance analysis technology. If you’re thinking that means electricity is involved, you are right. Do read on to find out more about this technology, why it’s important for you to understand it, and see how it works on me in real life.

 
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My Current Shopping Wish List

 

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We finally moved into our new apartment over the week, and are in the final stages of settling into it, unpacking, cleaning and all. I’m so excited to be here in the new place and new environment that’s pretty close to the city center, which makes shopping easy access. If that’s not a perk, I don’t know what it could be!

 

Speaking of shopping, I’m finally on a break from work and have got some me-time to spare. So this afternoon I’m heading to the shops to stock up on what I need. Here’s a quick shopping wish list.

 
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Review: The Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream & Body Moisturiser

 

Kiehls Creme de Corps

 

Eczema is so annoying. You never know how you got it in the first place and it never seems to go away no matter what you do. It turns you, often without warning, into this fussy consumer you used to swear you would never be. Alas, you now have to bite your tongue.

 

Woe betide me. And you, the one who also has silly eczema problems. I hope you’ve learnt to embrace it as part of who you are. I mean, it’s not as if we have a choice. But there’re always ways to make life a little bit better. Today, I’m quite delighted to share with you a couple of products I tried and loved – the Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream and Body Moisturiser. Click on the individual tabs below to read my in-depth reviews.

 

The Kiehl's Crème de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream

I’ve never had something more luxuriously perfect for sensitive skin – at least not yet. Truth be told, this is the first body shower product I’ve ever tried for eczema sufferers but I can safely say I do like it. It doesn’t aggravate any itchy patches or cause any more to appear. It smells like pure milky soap – and also looks like it. Squeezed out of the tube, it looks like creamy sunblock.

 

It lathers only minimally, as it does not contain ingredients that promote it. I love it that there is no fragrance in this – and it’s important to know that the ingredient “fragrance” can be used to label a thousand and one things under the sun. So, because there is no fragrance, at least we all know what exactly is in this product. However, you’ll notice several parabens in the ingredient list.

 

Ingredient List:

Aqua/Water, Myristic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Disodium Laureate Sulfosuccinate, Potassium Hydroxide, Zea Mays/Corn Germ Oil, Lauric Acid, Stearic Acid, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cocamide MEA, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Disodium EDTA, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyquaternium-7, Methylparaben, Simmondsia Chinesis Butter/Jojoba Butter, Xanthan Gum, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, BHT and Aloe Barbadensis/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.

 

The Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream is non-irritating, non-drying and moisturises skin well. It currently retails at S$35 for a 200ml tube, which is pretty expensive for a shower product. To compare, the Bioderma Atoderm Gel Douche, which I currently use daily, retails at S$23.50 for a 500ml bottle. I wouldn’t get this as a daily product to use, but it’s perfect for a gift or for special pampering sessions, such as staycations or a Friday night relaxing time in the shower.

 

The Kiehl's Crème de Corps Body Moisturiser

I love this Body Moisturiser from Kiehl’s mostly because it is very deeply hydrating. That’s all thanks to the second ingredient in the list, squalane, and the other plant oils in it. I once had a bad reaction on my eczema patch to some product, where my skin was basically red and raw from all the mindless scratching I did. That very night, I applied this moisturiser on that parts that were sore, and then as a booster and moisture lock added another thin layer of my PHB Skin Repair Gel (read my review here). Not only did it not hurt the skin at all, but everything calmed down by so much the next day. I swear this can only be a miracle.

 

Like the Nurturing Body Washing Cream, the Body Moisturiser is fragrance-free. However, the ingredient list is longer and it also contains parabens.

 

Ingredient List:

Aqua/Water, Squalane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, PPG-5 Pentaerythrityl Ether, PEG-5 Pentaerythrityl Ether, Sesamum Indicum/Sesame Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Ozokerite, Benzophenone-3, Butyrospermum Parkii/Shea Butter, Methylparaben, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Xanthin Gum, Glycine Soja/Soybean Sterols, Sodium PCA, Propylparaben, Allantoin, Olea Europaea/Olive Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Sweet Almond Oil, Prunus Armeniaca/Apricot Kernel Oil, Theobroma Cacao/Cocoa Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima/Avocado Oil, Tocopherol, BHT, Lecithin, Butylparaben, Zea Mays/Corn Oil, Aloe Barbadensis/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice and CI 75130/Beta-Carotene.

 

This product comes in two sizes, 250ml and 500ml. The smaller one retails at S$60 and will last for a pretty long time, so I recommend getting this first before you’re sure you want to commit to it. The 500ml bottle retails at S$90 and though it’s more value for money, it can actually be a waste if you won’t end up using all of it.

 
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Review: The ANIA Skincare Argan Oil That’s 100% Pure and Certified Organic

 

ANIA Skincare Argan Oil

A great addition to your bathroom countertop.

 

If you’re addicted to body oils, chances are you’ve definitely heard of argan oil and its benefits. You might also know that argan oil is safe for pregnant women, children and babies. In fact, it’s recommended for pregnant women to help prevent the formation of stretch marks because it improves the elasticity of skin. To be honest, I’ve never really been a fan of body oils, especially when the first time I ever tried one gave me a case of eczema that’s never really gone away till now. Then again, it wasn’t a natural product – but I’m digressing.

 

I was invited to give the ANIA Skincare Argan Oil a try, and because the only ingredient in this product is 100% pure certified organic argan oil sourced directly from Morocco, I decided to give it a go. The product is placed in a translucent glass bottle, so you can see the contents inside it. It also comes with a dropper screw cap, which gives you better control over how much product to use each time.

 
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Link Love: The Makeup Artist Interview Bible

 

Marble Bathroom

I’d die to have a bathroom like Bobbi Brown’s.

 

So the weekend is coming but it isn’t near enough yet. And the last thing you need right now is to see how amazing someone’s home looks like while you slog your days away with no end in sight – and with no granite counter top to aim for.

 

But that’s OK. Because almost everybody who has that luxurious granite counter top worked their asses off for it. And in today’s Link Love blog entry, I’m sharing 9 interviews with makeup artists who are at the top of their game. Find out how they have gotten where they are now and the tips they give to everybody else like us.

 
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Review: The PHB Ethical Beauty Skin Repair Gel with Aloe & Lavender

 

PHB Ethical Beauty Skin Repair Gel

 

It wasn’t only yesterday that I became quite aware of skin-loving products that were made ethically and contained ingredients that weren’t doubtful. In the past 1-2 years, the skin on my calves seemed to have become more sensitive than it had always been, and I started developing eczema patches here and there. Suddenly, I could no longer use shower gels from the many brands I used to love, because they would just make the condition worse.

 

In the past couple of months, I’ve been on the search for skin-repairing products that would make my eczema go away and return me the healthy skin that I used to have. I was asked if I wanted to give PHB Ethical Beauty a try and one of the products I was recommended was the Skin Repair Gel with Aloe & Lavender.

 

The gel itself comes in a 120ml glass tub with a metal lid that screws shut.  It is hand made in the UK, like all the other products from the brand, and contains natural and organic ingredients. A quick look at their short ingredient list shows organic aloe vera as the second ingredient on the list after water. Now we’re talking.

 

Ingredient List:

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera), Vegetable Glycerine, Lavendula Angustifolia Flower Distillate, Sclerotium Gum, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Xanthin Gum, Coco-caprylate, Propandiol & Salix Alba, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) and Benzyl Alcohol. Occurs naturally: Geraniol, Limonene and Linalool.

 

The gel smells quite strongly of lavender the moment you open it, though it dissipates quite fast once applied. Because it has aloe vera in it, it does have an immediate cooling effect on the skin even when left to store at room temperature. Which makes sense, seeing that this gel is meant for skin that is irritated, inflamed, sun burnt or suffering from eczema. The gel calms the skin down and leaves behind a thin, lightweight, silky smooth feel. When applied on inflamed skin that itches, it immediately stops the itch. I think it would be good to give this a try on mosquito bites. It can be used on the face as well, as aloe vera helps to soothe acne if you suffer from it.

 

As for the other ingredients in the list, they seem fine to me as well. Glycerine is very commonly used as a base in soaps. All the gums you see are used as emulsifiers and thickeners, but since this gel is quite flowy in nature, I don’t think a high concentration of the gums is used. Coco-caprylate (a natural ingredient) is what helps the gel to spread well and hydrate the skin, and gives the skin its silky effect after applying. I love it!

 
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Wednesday Musing: My Top 5 Beauty Priorities

 

Top 5 Beauty Priorities

 

Life is all about making priorities. Our priorities change from time to time, depending on what is important to us at any moment in our lives. But there are some priorities that are here to stay, either for the next 10 days or the next 10 years.

 

Here are my current top 5 beauty priorities.

 

1. Good Skin

Good skin has always been a great concern of mine. I used to be a sufferer of really bad acne, some of which was cystic, while growing up. Even when I grew into adulthood, they never truly went away. If not for hormone regulating pills, I wouldn’t have the skin that I do today. And for me, that’s OK. Not everyone is born with flawless-skin genetics, so we just have to deal with it in our own ways.

I foresee that sometime in the near future, I’m going to have to slowly wean myself off this medication for specific periods of time, and a part of me is quite worried about what things are going to be like when that happens. I suppose with the invention of beauty cleansing tools (I currently use the Clarisonic Mia and am totally smitten by what it has done for me), good skincare products, a good diet, a regular skincare routine, enough rest and optimism, I can continue to have the skin that I wish for.

 

2. Brows

Oh dear me, wherever my brows went after I was born is a mystery. Actually, I’m not sure I actually had them proper. My brows are the finest you can get out there, never mind the fact that my hair is typically Asian-dark.

Brows can make or break a look, and I learnt this quite the hard way. Looking back at some of my very first beauty looks, where my brows were completely unfilled, I still cringe today. Nowadays, my daily look includes filling them in with some soft brow powder, so I feel somewhat better that people sitting at the far end of the lecture theatre can tell I have some sort of brows when I give my lectures. In a way, it’s kind of like stage makeup.

 
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Haul: Seoul Shopping Featuring Innisfree, the Saem, Dear Packer and more

 

Seoul Shopping Haul

 

I recently visited Seoul and ended up buying so much stuff. Each day I spent there was more than enough time to leisurely visit a neighbourhood, and that’s exactly what I did. Add in some relaxing times in cafes, as I watched the world go by and just enjoyed the wintry atmosphere.

 

Shopping in Seoul can be a crazy thing. Maybe it was a good thing I went during winter, because otherwise I’d most likely have ended up getting tons of clothes and shoes as well. In today’s Seoul shopping haul video, I share with you the awesome deals that I snagged along the streets of Edae and Hongdae to name a few. You’d want to watch this because I’m sure you’ve never seen mask sheets in matte and gold foil packaging, nor DIY masks that allow you to whip up your own recipe in your own home.

 




 

I’m not sure if you’ll find things like that gorgeous scarf if you head to Seoul in the summer, but the wonderful streets will be nicer to walk on when you don’t have to brave the cold. You’ll also be able to enjoy a good serving of patbingsu whenever you need to take a break.

 

xoxo,

Roxanne

Review: The DCS Nutriderm Ultra Nutrition Night Cream & Ultra Nutrition Toner

 

DCS Nutriderm Review

 

Sometime back, I wrote a review on the DCS Aquaderm range, where I tried out the toner, day cream and ampoule. This time, I got to try out a couple more products from the DCS Nutriderm range and am quite pleased with the Ultra Nutrition Night Cream, in particular.

 

Like all DCS products, this range contains skin-loving volcanic seawater from Jeju, Seoul, which is rich in minerals like selenium and zinc, that help to repair and regenerate skin. The main difference between the Nutriderm and Aquaderm ranges is that the Nutriderm range is targeted towards anti-ageing because it contains the key ingredient of Korean red ginseng berry.

 

I am a huge fan of Korean red ginseng skincare products, as not only is this ingredient so rare (it’s harvested once every four years over a seven-day period), it really works wonders to help maintain youthful skin. If you haven’t given Korean red ginseng a try, I highly recommend it.

 

The main thing you’ll notice about both the Ultra Nutrition Toner and Ultra Nutrition Night Cream – and the other products in the range, I’m sure – is the smell of ginseng the moment you place the product close to your skin. Two words: It’s heavenly. It could actually mostly be fragrance but the scent is enough to make me feel like I’m really applying full-on ginseng to my skin. Now that I think of it, I’m not even sure how ginseng fragrance is made. Maybe it’s just ginseng.

 
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