‘Tis the season to be merry, fa la la la la la la la la.
I got officially introduced to Lush Cosmetics a few weeks back, when I was invited to discover the brand’s holiday season launches for the year. I’m a fan of their bath bombs because not only are they moisturising in the bath – so you don’t have to apply another layer of moisturiser when you’re out of the bathroom – they are also fun. But nothing can be as cute and whimsical as the Lush Cosmetics Christmas 2015 Collection.
The Lush Cosmetics Bûche de Noël Face & Body Cleanser, S$25 for a 100g tub.
The Bûche de Noël Face & Body Cleanser comes in two sizes – 100g (S$25) and 250g (S$70). It is formulated with finely grounded sweet almond, kaolin and the key ingredient fresh satsuma to deliver a refreshing and moisturising shower. The best part is that you can use this all over your body as well as your face. To use it, take an appropriate amount and add some water to it to create a paste to lather. After washing it off, you’ll find that your skin has been softly pampered with Fair Trade organic cocoa butter as well.
The Lush Cosmetics Butterbear Bath Bomb, S$10 (left) and Snow Angel Bath Melt, S$21 (right).
How cute is this teeny polar bear that will melt your heart in the bath? It smells heavenly of vanilla, so if you like scents such as vanilla, cream, shea butter and Brazilian nut, chances are you’ll like this one too. The only sad thing is that this bear only goes so far as one session in the tub – I wonder if he’ll last the winter.
The Snow Angel Bath Melt is for you if you are looking for something super moisturising. If you are headed somewhere that’s freezing and windy, you’ll want to grab one of these. It contains cocoa butter for a great moisturising treat but also gives you a golden glow. I found a video from Lush Cosmetics on how it looks like when placed in the bath:
A beautiful pink, to brighten up any bathroom counter top.
If you take great care of your skin, you’ll know its behaviours. Like when it needs a good moisturising treat, or when it needs a good scrubbing down. Normally, when it starts to look dull and uneven when you scrutinise it, you’ll know it’s time to do something on top of the normal cleansing and moisturising.
The best way to reveal radiance immediately is to use a good facial scrub. I gave the Stenders Wild Rose Gentle Facial Exfoliator a try and found it to be quite a pleasant experience.
Stenders is a brand hailing all the way from exotic Latvia. It was launched in 2001 when the founders had an idea for home-made soap using ancient Latvian knowledge and natural ingredients. Granted, the Gentle Facial Exfoliator isn’t only made of natural ingredients but it does contain plant extracts.
Just some of the products from the range that I tried.
The thing about trying out beauty products from entire ranges is that it can be daunting. Daunting in the sense that you don’t know which items to pick and trial first before moving onto the rest of the products. You don’t know for sure if the products you’ve picked will work on you until you’ve tried it out – and spent the money to afford it. And if they don’t give you the radiant skin as promised, you don’t even think you’ll want to consider the other products in the same range.
But one thing that many people forget is that the more you experience this, the more you’ll get to know and understand your skin. You’ll know what ingredients you are allergic to, what scents you like and don’t like, what packaging suits your lifestyle the best, and so on. Then, you begin to make better and more informed decisions the next time you’re tempted by the new bottles sitting prettily on the beauty counter.
It’s only from years of doing this that I’ve come to understand my skin as being sensitive to alcohol, sensitive to foam, sensitive in general (sometimes getting red patches for no reason, which then fade away on their own after an hour or so), oily and dry. That’s why when I was invited to give the new Aquaderm range from Korean skincare brand DCS a try, I specially selected a few products which I thought would work out for me.
I’m not sure about you but I’m one of those unlucky ones that always get bitten by mosquitoes. And sandflies. Sandflies are the worst.
This means that I’m almost always scarred by these nasty bites, especially on the legs, where I’m usually most exposed. I gave the Remescar Silicone Scar Stick a try and I have to say I’m stuck on it now. It’s a silicone stick that helps to lighten scars by reducing its length and depth, and softening and flattening scar tissues. It helps the skin to restore its collagen structure, while resisting viral and bacterial infection. It is designed to work on scars that are a result of surgery, bites, burns, acne and stretch marks.
The Remescar Silicone Scar Stick. It’s so easy to use and carry around.
To ensure maximum efficiency, use it twice a day for at least 2-3 months. To apply it on a scar and its surrounding area, all you need to do is just roll it over your skin. Honestly, I haven’t been following instructions as closely as I should but even so, I can say that it works – on scars both new and old, and on stretch marks as well.
I have an old scar on the right calf, which was the result of an infected rope burn 5 years ago. I wasn’t hiking or anything. Believe it or not, I was standing in the middle of two huskies, who were leashed to the pillars of someone’s front porch by thick ropes. They got super excited when they caught sight of a tiny Yorkshire terrier and got ridiculously crazy. They crossed paths, got me caught in the middle of their leashes and the next thing I knew, my skin just came off. Ouch.
Dr. Winston Lee, Medical Director of South Bridge Aesthetics (SBA) Clinic, Singapore.
Everyone dreams of having a perfect complexion. In every fashion advertorial we see, every model on Vogue’s cover page that stares sullenly back at us and every K-pop girl band music video, it seems as though attaining a flawless, youthful complexion is as easy as ABC. Photoshop makes it look like even the guys have no skin woes.
But things cannot be further from the truth. As I’m writing this in the quiet of my living room, the haze blows through my windows and the current 3-hour PSI reading is 93 (thank you Twitter). Sometimes, a good diet, exercise and proper sleep can only do so much when you’re living in a polluted city and facing non-stop stress at work.
That’s why today, I had the opportunity to ask Dr. Winston Lee, Medical Director of Southbridge Aesthetics Clinic Singapore, some questions about a unique facial treatment that they offer, known as Carbon Laser Peel, that can help you improve the way your skin looks and feels. He also dishes out skincare advice for women of different age groups. If you’ll like to find out more, read on.
It’s the time of the year when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is on again! To save you some precious time – lord forbid anyone else getting to the items before you! – I’ve selected some beauty exclusives from the sale event which you’ll be happy to bag.
If you’ll like to see more, head on over to the Nordstrom sale site. After all, there’s nothing wrong with snooping around a little bit just to see what’s up for grabs, is there. Just remember: The sale ends 3rd August 2015.
We all know that many chemicals are harmful. That’s why many beauty companies are changing their manufacturing processes to cut down on these chemicals, either completely or by substantial amounts.
I was lucky enough to get to try the Bath & Shower Gel in Melon from newly launched Spanish brand, Naturalium. The brand was founded in 2014 and only made its way to our humble shores this year. All of their products are made with no parabens, colourants and phthalates. In case you were wondering, parabens and colourants can cause cancer, while phthalates are known to affect reproductive systems in mice and humans.
Here’s a closer look at the Bath & Shower Gel in Melon.
It’s not often that you find a product that delivers what it promises to. And when it happens, you just wish it would never be discontinued. That’s what I currently feel towards the Aroma Bar Singapore range of products that I received one afternoon and haven’t stopped using since.
Founded in 2012 in Singapore by local aromatherapist Sarah C., Aroma Bar Singapore features products that are hand-blended and 100% natural. The best part is that they deliver results (or at least the ones I tried). Let’s take a look at the Rose Geranium Magnolia Extra Rich Body Butter.
The Rose Geranium Magnolia Extra Rich Body Butter (50ml, S$26.50) from Aroma Bar Singapore.
If you’ve ever wanted to feel as if you’re being pampered at a luxurious spa, while you’re at home and have some time to spare, apply this body butter after a relaxing shower. This product smells absolutely gorgeous (if smells can be gorgeous) and works great on targeted areas of your skin. Its consistency is more like a solid balm, so it might be a bit challenging to spread it all over your body. I recommend using this on areas such as your elbows, fingertips or cuticles, the heels of your feet and around the toes.
The ingredients in this body butter cannot be more natural either. Check it out.
We’ve all gotten advice for our skin woes, read articles online for tips to deal with skin sensitivity and even tried to come up with routines on our own that would solve our skin problems. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t and sometimes they just make things worse. Based on seasonal and hormonal changes, it can be quite the challenge to find something that works all year round.
If you’ve got oily and sensitive skin, you’re in luck. Today, I’m sharing with you my ultimate skincare routine for oily and sensitive skin, simply because that’s the kind of skin I have (with gaping pores too, no joke) and because it is way too difficult to find something that’s been as effective as what I have been using for the past couple of years. This routine – with specific products that I use – reduces breakouts, prevents whiteheads from forming and speeds up the clearing of blemishes.
Step 1: Remove makeup Using a Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and a Sonic Cleansing Tool.
Oil-based cleansing oils work wonders, if you haven’t tried them yet. I’ve stuck to the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil for years and when the brand launched the Ultime8, I never looked back. Take 2 pumps of the cleansing oil and apply it all over your dry face. Then go all over your face for 1 minute with the Clarisonic Mia (video tutorial by Deb at Beauty Heaven here) to make sure you break down the gunk stuck in your pores, so that it can be removed easily in the next few steps.
Suppose you haven’t found something suitable yet, something your significant other would love, something that would make her entire face light up when she unwraps the box you spent hours putting together with sticky tape. Fret not.
In my previous Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the Clueless Boyfriend/Husband, I picked out some items from Shopbop’s sale rack, which are bound to make most women squeal in delight upon receiving them. If you haven’t made a decision, here’s another one for the woman of your dreams, who has strived – or is still working fervently towards it – for success in the corporate world.
This is the woman who not only inspires you, but also shares part of life’s journey with you. She could be your girlfriend, your fiancée, your wife or the mother of your children. Whatever the case, Valentine’s Day is but just another occasion to show your support for her efforts. Check out these items I’ve picked out for you that could make great gifts.