Category: Skincare tips



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And the 4 items featured are from YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain, Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color, Shu Uemura UV Under Base BB Mousse, and Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 15 Matte.

Why do I choose them? The Base from Shu Uemura is ultra light and so comfortable under this crazy weather of heat and sun rays, it protects the skin from the damage of UV and in the same time gives coverage while letting the skin breathe. It is an all in one solution.

Then use the loose powder for extra coverage and help the mattefying effect of the skin. Plus additional SPF (mild but better than none), they also have this wide variety of colors that anyone can relate and found that super perfect match for their skin tone. It is actually a foundation too and the best thing about this product is you only need a small amount and using foundation brush, it can go along the way ^^

After the based we need colors of course, summer for me always means fun and being super duper cute with colors. NO need using the pinkish of the pinkest cheek and red red lips all in the same time, use YSL Glossy Stain in 09 when your cheek is mild. The lustrous gloss is super comfortable and smooth. It’s the feeling that only YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres can gives, sensational, stays on and vivid color.

While Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color can be used when you want something in the air and it goes by the name of romance. The cream pressed colors are beautiful and enhance with tea rose scent that you just have to use it to believe it and end it with pastel all over your face for a complete dolled look.

Morning all!

The sun is shinning is it’s shinning really strong alright \^0^/

Now, every single day, there’s always a good way to start your day, cleansing, toning and moisturizing your skin to a pampered level. None does it like Biotherm

The trios:
Details by Biotherm-usa.com

1.

Biosource Hydra-Mineral Cleanser – Toning Mousse
With Balancing Zinc
For Normal / Combo Skin.
Part of BIOTHERM’s daily hydra-mineral moisturizing ritual, this non-aggressive cleanser is specially designed for normal to combination skin.
TEXTURE
Inspired by Japanese skincare textures, these light formulas immerse the skin in a delectable bath of revitalizing, moisturizing mineral freshness for an authentic sensory experience.
A clear gel-mousse texture that transforms into a light, silky mousse upon contact with water.
RESULTS
Leaves skin clean, balanced and revitalized.
INGREDIENTS
Gentle Cleansing Agent
Moisturizing Agents
Complex of 70 revitalizing minerals
Concentration of balancing Zinc
Pure Thermal Plankton
Why Zinc?
A balancing agent, Zinc is known for facilitating skin regeneration. Also an anti-oxidant, it fights off free radicals responsible for premature skin aging.
APPLICATION
Dampen face with water. Dispense gel into the palm of your hand and work into a lather with water. Massage delicately into the face with circular strokes (avoiding the eyes) and rinse off abundantly with lukewarm water. Use daily, morning and evening.
*When combined with a Lotion, can improve skin’s 02 and CO2 flows for a more revitalized radiance!

2.
Biosource Hydra-Mineral Lotion Toning Water
With Balancing Zinc
For Normal and Conbimation Skin
Limited edition size
With a 70-mineral complex and toning zinc. Cleanses and tones without drying skin out. Skin is instantly balanced and refreshed. In 7 days, skin radiates with a healthy glow.

3.
The Aquasource

They are so good that I have to add ‘The’ in front of it ^__^

Please do read my previous post on Aquasource and ingredients, click —> HERE
And here goes my review:

The 3 step works like wonder and hand in hand creating a wonderful synchronized chemistry and boost up hydration level of my skin.

The cleanser is just an experience that I look forward everyday, it cleanse without striping the moisture out of my skin. I feels the bounce and refreshing sensation, feeling clean never been this good. Soft, smooth and irresistible scent signature of Biotherm.

The toner is like a compliment for both world. While the cleanser cleanse, it made the pores unclogged and it need a sprinkle of fluid before the gel moisturizer comes in and the toner does that. It is the fluid that prep the skin and makes it ready for that awesomeness of the moisturizer, soften the pores and helps the moisturizer to sits in, like the lubricant to the skin.

Toner help absorption level to increase while using it with a cotton also help picking up some residue and leftover from water. Little that we know, the water we used is not purified and some tiny micron residue may damage the skin in the long run. Then after the toner, let’s do moisturizing, but most of the time I put some Skin.Ergetic serum, read it more —> HERE.

Moisturizer, moisturizer, moisturizer, ehm, loved by many and sometime feared as well, especially those with oily skin, they put moisturizer on the spot blaming them for the cause of increase oiliness and even painful acne.

The thing is the problem maybe lies in:

1. The wrong cleansing method

2. Uncleaned face properly
3.Wrong base of moisturizer

You’ve got to find your ultimate moisturizer.

Oily skin must get water based moisturizer and dry skin can do well with a bit oil in it. Always find a very good, reputable, high quality brand that dermatologically and clinically  tested, proven, unclogging, safe and proven


An empty pot of Aquasource has prove how I love this moisturizer and said it is one of the best out there.

The juicy gel moisturizer for my combination skin is so good and like diving deep into the ocean and waking up in the spa. Pampered, loved, moist and plump. Remember to massage your skin a bit while using the product and use it wisely, putting too much or too less is just as worst.

And after that my dear, you are ready to face the world.


Swipe It Right

This would be a very short article that I found interesting, facial cotton has been with us a very long time heehee, now, do we know how to use it properly during toner. I found this perfect procedure in the back of a facial cotton box from Japan, with illustration and proper use method. Hope it is useful for you. Remember they do study about these things and believe daily light massaging even only using a facial cotton might affect the lines as in wrinkles gals.

Holding the facial cotton in a certain ways also help your skin to get the best smoother part from the cotton. Always put the toner/lotion in the middle part of the cotton and be gentle when using it as it might gently exfoliate your skin.


 In conjunction with my recent post —> HERE about my waxing experience in Strip, there’s some things that I think will be beneficial to share, yup, tips, do’s and dont’s when you’re gonna, during or after waxing.
First of all, always go for the professional waxing place, not just for beginner, but just about anyone. Why? Well, why playing a risk game with yourself, enduring all those pain and agony, have I mention ingrown? Infection? Irritation? Burning Sensation? And yes, still many more if you happen to get a bad wax.
Start with a poor hygiene, lack of experience from the staff, low quality wax (which can be a real pain as well during the process and cleaning them), to embarrassment.  Yup, I do walk that street of shame before, going out from a bad waxing place with a pain on my crotch, I walk awkwardly to avoid any friction. The pain is unbearable. So please, take from my experience, only have a wax in a very good reputation salon like Strip.
After the service like IPL it is important to pay attention on the aftercare, I guess you should have know about this since it related to laser, but, how about wax, something that ‘closer’ to you?
Fret not, Strip also provide you with aftercare information, but I still haven’t find those that gives you info on before making a decision to do a Brazilian wax or just about wax in any area. Here’s some that I know and live with:
Before making an appointment make sure:
1. You’re not on your period. Not just about the mess, but the pain, some do feel more pain during and right before your period. So choose your timing wisely. A week after your period is usually the best time.
2. You are not scheduled for swimming activity and involving a lot of sun exposure.
3. The area down there, yes, the hair, is long enough to be waxed.
4. No open wounded, or just about any wound on the area, no allergy or sensitivity going on.
Then during the day:
1. Pack an extra undies, just in case only. Especially when the day is hot and humid, I just don’t like my cleaned area (after wax) get humid because of the underwear I use before the wax.
2. Do your thing before going in the room, pee, poo, whatever gals, just make sure to clean the area first. In Strip they’ll handed you a piece of wet wipes to clean the area. I remember when I went to other place, they didn’t give me enough time and wet wipes too, so during the wax, the staff found bits of tissue down there. Shame on me!
3. Don’t schedule a wax on a busy day. Take your time and have a relaxing day. You’ll thank me for that. Imagine an irritated skin being force to do lot’s of friction.
4. Ask the staff anything you need to know about their waxing products, methods and aftercare.
5. Wear something comfortable, don’t wear tights or anything that’s too tight, think about let the area breathe and it just don’t want to be disturbed.
6. Avoid using deodorant, powder, or lotion on the area that gonna be wax. Consult the staff before coming down.
7. Bring a pair of socks if you’re not a fan of a cold air conditioned place. Waxing place usually gives you a blanket but it is difficult to cover your feet. Imagine gynae.
When getting waxed:
1. Relax and keep on breathing. 
2. Try keep on talking to the staff, if they are smart they’ll ask you question that involving happy experience, so your mind is not about the pain, it’s about pleasing experience.
3. Just do what the staff told you to. Like bend your leg on certain ways, take a deep breath before a pull, and a good staff will keep you updated on the things going on down there. 
4. Take your time when the waxing is finished. Just like you’ve made sure the area is cleaned before waxing, take note if the staff put some after lotion wax for protection from irritation or bacteria.
5. Don’t touch the just waxed area with a dirty hand. I know some may be so curious and want to touch how clean, soft and smooth the area is, but please don’t. The pores are still open and don’t get your germs there. Be patient.
6. Caferully and slowly put your clean new panties on without being too tight and take your day nice and slow ^__^
Like Strip have provide you with after wax care, here are some that I want to add:
 For married couple, avoid sex for at least 24 hours after the wax.
That’s all now, I think there are some things which important too but not so relevant with many others like if you’re on medication, pregnant, skin condition and many more so ask your doctor for that.
In the end do things wisely and you’ll enjoy the result by being so.

Some time agoHi-Beaut sent me some of Avalon’s Japanese Fish Collagen to try on. Here are some details from hibeau.com:

In modern times, beauty is no longer the exclusive domain of women. Healthy and radiant skin is coveted by both sexes of this new age generation. AVALON™ Japanese Fish Collagen uses the most premium ingredients, such as Japanese Fish Collagen of molecular weight of less than 3,000 Daltons and believed to be the best for absorption by the human body. In addition, it is the only collagen product in the market to be fortified with Probiotic complex – a combination of strains of beneficial bacteria. These work together to balance intestinal microflora and facilitate the rebuilding of a healthy intestinal system which is able to boost collagen peptides and L-Vitamin C absorption, doubling the effectiveness of anti-aging and anti-oxidant properties, leaving us with radiant skin to reveal beauty from inside out.

Available in 3 refreshing flavours, AVALON™ makes consumption of collagen a pleasurable daily affair. Besides, every serving is individually packed for great convenience, catering to busy individuals who want to keep healthy glowing skin while they are on the go. With no added sugar, AVALON™ Japanese Fish Collagen is one great choice for diabetics as well as weight watchers.

It is never too early to start on collagen as the natural production of collagen in our body declines after 20 years of age. Thus get your daily dose of AVALON™ Japanese Fish Collagen today to start enjoying the awesome benefits of it!

Details from the pamphlet. Please do open hibeau.com and read more about them.

I know, it’s really long and seems difficult to find the reason why we didn’t need the stuff.

But they seems to understand why is it difficult for consumer to consume fish collagen, yes, the fishy smell. So they have 3 different flavor, mango, lemon, and blueberry.

Here there are, the blueberry is the purple one on top left, lemon on top right and mango on below part of the bowl. Here I go, I’m trying them and here is my top favorite in order:

1. Blueberry for it’s fruity refreshing scent that far from fishy taste

2. Mango for being very mango-ey and suits the texture really well, like eating a real dried mango
3. Lemon is the last since it’s kinda very mildly flavored

My husband: Likes the lemon and mango only
My sis: Mango is her first choice

But take note all of them have NO fishy smell at all. Regarding their effect? Not yet, we have to consume them regularly for at least 2-4 weeks to see the result.

A simple affordable cleansing foam that pretty much every one can enjoy.

With flower extract and vitamins, this cleansing foam claimed that it will not clog the pores and dermatologist tested.

Put a small amount on your clean palm.

Make a bowl with your palm, put some water little by little and work the foam up until completely lathered up. Remember you need the foam to clean your facial skin, not the under developed cleanser.

You’ll know the lather is ready when you put your hand upside down and it will not drip nor fall. The texture of the foam have to be really smooth and spongy. Than apply the foam to a wet face and work through the pores and massage well. But I need double cleansing every time I use this cleansing foam. Like the floral unique scent and it’s still gentle enough to be used daily. Do not forger toner, serum and moisturizer afterwards. ^__^

Details from Kiehls.com:
The quickly penetrating anti-wrinkle solution from the deep.
• Ultra-lightweight, quickly penetrating formula to help diminish the signs of aging and strengthen and defend skin against environmental damage.
• Abyssine, a survival molecule which thrives under the extreme conditions in hydrothermal ocean vents, helps soothe and protect skin.
• Helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
• Dermatologist tested for gentleness and suitable for sensitive skin.
• Use on cleansed skin morning and night before Abyssine moisturizer
Cool Kiehl’s Fact: The Abyssine 657 “survival molecule” is a polysaccharide found in the depths of the ocean. The ingredient is derived from microorganisms discovered near the Galapagos hydrothermal vents in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 3,000 meters where the algae is able to adapt itself to the harshest conditions.
My review:

Oh my, I’m officially in the midst of a confusion here, does Kiehl’s ever create a bad, low quality, lame, awful product to be used? It’s like wam bam! Almost every items from Kiehl’s either working or fabulously working!

One of the best serum I’ve used! It was like, 180 degree difference from their Vitamin C serum which gives a very warm sensation during usage, Abyssine Serum + gives me an instant cooling refreshing sensation (when used with Cucumber Toner) that just wakening yet I found no menthol in the ingredients and the feeling it’s just amazing. The serum have a lotion type texture that easily spread, used and absorbed on the skin surface and how it play with my senses was addictive. There are some instant relieve too on the skin that is also soothing. Oh dear, I’m running out of words . . . you have to try them!

And with your eyes you can literally see your facial skin is brighter, it’s like that glow you have when you are really happy, on that same minute of using the serum from your senses, feeling and look is uplifted in one go. I think it is one of the best serum I’ve used.

My skin is hydrated, moist, dewy, supple, look healthier, plus added radiant, and smoother. A great product for a skin lover. Too bad they don’t have any scent. I guess Kiehl’s are focusing on effectiveness and practical, all in the ingredients are pure function.

Yesterday I bought something from SAMPAR, after spending more than 15 minutes what a Rp.150.000 voucher can do and since I have no idea of the brand, quality and what their specialty, I decided to buy the cheapest one. Prodigal Pen that cost around Rp.235.000, I just top up Rp.85.000.

A bit information about SAMPAR that I found on their website:

ANTI-POLLUTION SKIN CARE
A unique combination, benefiting from the best of the past and the essentials of today, blending aromatherapy and high technology, SAMPAR is an irrefutable response to the modern woman’s requirements for instant beauty.

Designed to work with surgical precision at the very heart of the cells, SAMPAR research selects cutting-edge ingredients with proven effectiveness, used at their maximum concentration to produce instant gratification and long lasting results.

Each SAMPAR product is specifically designed composed and clinically tested incorporating a new generation of high tech active ingredients. Combining the resurfacing qualities of AHA’s and vitamins acid with the rejuvenating properties of bio-peptides and hyaluronic acid produces a unique approach to skin treatment. In addition, the exclusively designed anti-oxidant shield, the Urban Advance Complex, neutralizes the negative effects of pollution on the skin.

Efficiency, luxury and sensual indulgence… all fundamental elements of the SAMPAR brand and philosophy.

What is a Prodigal Pen?

A smart, rollerball applicator dispenses eight essential oils that zap zits quickly and effectively. Plus, the compact size (2.5 inches) is totally portable, allowing ease of use – anytime, anywhere.

My review:

The unique scents is like refreshing and filled with essential oils, a bit chilling feeling on the skin and a (tiny) bit sting too. I applied it on my 2 acnes that suddenly just appeared out of nowhere last night. Like a pre-volcanic shape that just become a hill. I hate acne, they are a bothersome and can be quite tricky. So, I said to myself, why not give this Prodigal Pen a chance. After cleaning the area, I rolled in. This morning I wake up checking my zit . . . where are they? The size is reducing by far, if last night is 70% about to erupt, today they are 20% about to erupt. It really work!
I think it is one of the must try items of SAMPAR, pay them a visit at Grand Indonesia and ask the friendly staff, they will recommend you a perfect product according to your skin need, they insist on it. But unfortunately, not all the staffs are kind, friendly and full of smile, one of them (1/3) seems in a really crappy mood and she obviously let the customer see it.

WARNING about the product: You’ll easily get addicted to it!

Shaving is one of the must to do thing weekly. In order to have everything going down smoothly, I use a shaving foam from Gillette for Women. The scent is faintly soft with a musk that definitely noticeable.

The color of the gel is blue-ish green that quickly turns into foam. I’ve used this product for years and feel really different when I use it or not. Soap, shower gels, shaving cream (for men) or anything is almost useless. They either made my skin too dry or too oily and prone to boo boo. Gillette for women Satin Care Shaving Gel is lovely and so smooth. It helps the shaver glide effortlessly on my skin and the hairs are cut away. Feels comfortable with the pressure on, keep my skin moist and far from pain or unnecessary scratch from the blade. 

How to use: Just pump it and get the amount needed, take note the gel will turn into more than 2 times it size when foamed (out from the can) so you might want to press bit by bit, don’t waste it thou’. A whole can last for almost 3 months for me.

from The Body Shop Singapore:

A light, sink-in sensual cream with a smooth-as-satin texture that glides over your skin, leaving it feeling velvety-soft to touch and subtly scented with the soft and velvety signature White Musk® scent.

How to use:
As simple as any lotion and to your hands

The lovely white lotion is like a milky gel, funnily when it is on my skin it’s like a melting butter on a hot pan. It is gliding here and there, love it to the max ^_^.

The lovely scent of white musk is really hard to resist and no wonder it’s a registered trademark of The Body Shop now. My hands feels smooth and soft, watch out thou’ when you pick up a cold glass, it will be slippery. Perfect for making nails looks glisten too.

I put it in my bag to carry it everywhere, and perfect for making good first impression when shaking hands, you’ll leave their hand smelling lovely too.