Wednesday, 29 July 2015

NUXE FACE CLEANSING AND MAKEUP REMOVING GEL REVIEW





Are you a single or double-step cleanser when it comes to removing makeup and facial cleansing in the evening?

I'm definitely a single-step cleanser. I like products that are dual purposes- removing makeup whilst giving my face a good squeaky clean.

There are a few trusted product like this I use but until recently I have managed to use up everything I have in my stash. I ventured out to try something new.

I purchased this NUXE face cleansing and makeup removing gel on a whimp. I then realised that yes, it is a dual purpose product but it doesn't remove EYE makeup. It's my fault...

However, I still like this product though. It's a moisturising gel textured cleanser. It has a strong scent of honey (NUXE is famous for its usage of natural product so I'm not too worried about those chemicals). It leaves my skin feeling all moisturised instead of drying after a good cleanse.

The first time when I used this, I mistakenly used it to remove my eye makeup as well as the face. Honestly though, it doesn't sting my sensitive eyes all that badly. It's marginally acceptable but I wouldn't do it again as this product isn't designed to do so. It does a pretty good job in removing face make up.

So... I'm back to the good old double cleanse in the evening. Eye makeup remover, then a good old overall cleanse with this.

Have you tried this before? What do you use to remove makeup?

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SHINE - DIOR GEL TOP COAT




I asked myself, what does it take for a nail top coat to stand out from the crowd?

The answer is simple -

Protection - providing longevity to the nail colours underneath

Shine and Gloss - giving my nails a nail bar finish - 'ah, that gel nails you have got on looks amazing!'

Quick drying - helping your nail colours to dry in no time - 'I don't have all day and night to sit there, letting times to pass by'

My recent beauty trial on the nail front is Dior Gel Nail Top Coat.  I have heard good things about it but ya know,  a high end nail product can often end up behaving like any old high street nail product brand so I have been holding fire on trying this.

It didn't disappoint.  It ticked all 3 of my 'award winning' nail top coat boxes.  That shine and gloss is on par with a gel nail you get it done at a nail bar.  It somehow gives this those flat nail colours more dimensions.

It's an investment buy, although as a regular nail polish wearer, this could be a dangerous and expensive investment.

What's your favourite nail top coat?  Have you tried this one before?


Thursday, 16 July 2015

THAT SPF THOUGH....




I'll just cut it short and make a clear - this summer I'm experiencing in Hong Kong is horrible!  It's not the type of summer I'm used to - cold and chilly!

The sun shines everyday and it is S-T-R-O-N-G.  There isn't a day I would go out without slathering my face with SPF protection.

Recently, a friend of mine recommended me to use Bioderma Photoderm Max Cream SPF 50+.  A dermatologist told her that Bioderma is a trusted brand by professional, and the SPF product provides the most stable SPF protection that it claims.  I've been using it for a week or so and I have mixed reviews about it.

I don't question about the SPF protection side of it, however because of its such great recommendation by dermatologist, I do instantly feel my face is protected from the strong sunlight and UV light or what have you.  The texture of the cream is quite a rich one, when I say 'cream' it really is a 'cream' formulation, so imagine that in your mind.  It's very easily blended with the skin, however it doesn't feel that it's absorbed as quickly as other SPF products I have used.  It does feel rather tacky after application to the face.  However, as the day goes on, my face doesn't feel greasy or oily at all which is strange when the formulation is that creamy despite its exposure to such hot and humid climate, so a real thumbs up for this one.  

It doesn't leave any white mask on the face either and works great as a makeup base.  I have had no problem applying makeup on top of it.

I'm definitely going to continue using it and I can just see how this would become a staple product in my beauty stash in the summer.

What SPF product(s) do you use?  If you want to know what other SPF products I use, you can click here to have a nose around!


Friday, 12 June 2015

SPFs OVERLOADED






I cannot describe how hot the weather it has been in Hong Kong (relocated from London since January 2015).  I haven't experienced such intense heat so earlier on in the year, and also this heat is a regular daily thing.  The strong sunlight, the humidity and the heat - not a good trio at all.  Every day I look at myself in the mirror and noticed those lovely freckles on my two cheeks are becoming more visible, my heart sank and I freaked out.

Don't get me wrong, I love those little brownie points on my face.  They usually make their appearances in the summer and by that I mean between July and August only, then they stay hibernated for the rest of the year.  That's history but now I'm living in Hong Kong, things are a little different.

Wearing SPFs is a must for me, I cannot go a day without it.  The sun is strong.  I don't rely on my daily moisturisers or foundation to provide the SPFs as I don't wear either of those products enough to provide me enough sun protection.  I need a separate SPF product to give me that.


Maybelline Care and Correct CC SPF 37 PA+++ (Pink Glow) - I wear this two ways.  As a CC cream as it were, when I'm just running errands or taking my little one out for a walk in my neighbourhood.  When I just want my face to look a bit glowy but not totally made up.  It's a great base to do just that whilst giving my face a sun protection.  It's perfect, too for as a base to give your complexion a pinky glowy undertone before applying foundation.  The formula is not oily at all and it's rather moisturising so it's perfect for such humid and hot weather.

Kose Suncut UV Protect Gel SPF 50+ PA ++++ - Kose is such a trusted beauty brand.  I have tried quite a few beauty products by it and I'm always impressed by it.  So when I saw this I secretly knew it would work on my skin and it did.  It's a gel-cream formula, once blended onto the skin it feels slightly liquidy to the touch which makes it very easy for the skin to absorb.  It works really well as a base for applying makeup.  It doesn't have any scent which is what I like too as a base product.  It's great!

L'Oreal UV Perfect Aqua Essence City Face Mist SPF 50 PA++++ - Putting on a good layer of SPF in the morning doesn't mean you are sun-protected for the rest of the day.  SPF protection wears off as the day goes by so topping up during the day is so important!  This SPF face mist is brilliant - it's easy to just spray-and-go, you don't need to worry about ruining your makeup. I like it the spray isn't greasy at all, unlike some SPF other sprays.

Biore UV Perfect Spray SPF 50+ PA++++ - First thing first, as I said above I like a good SPF facial spray for that essential top-up during the day but this one by Biore is a bit disappointing.  It's so greasy, it doesn't get absorbed by the skin easily.  My skin is pretty dry but I find this quite uncomfortable after it's sprayed on.  It feels like a film of greasy spray covered my face.  I wouldn't recommend it but I've heard others who find it no problem so it's your call.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 100+ - So your face is all SPF proofed, what about your body?  I prefer a body spray rather than a SPF body lotion, purely because it's that much more convenient and quicker.  It can leave a white mark on the body if you don't spray it evenly but it can be easily rubbed out evenly. My skin isn't left greasy.  It's a great product, and it's SPF 100; what more can you ask for?

I'm all SPF protected this summer - what about you?






Monday, 18 May 2015

SUMMER BEAUTY ESSENTIAL





In where I live,  summer has arrived for a long time it's so darn hot. One little move even indoor I'm all sweating.

Wearing makeup is still happening most days as I do love putting on products that I like to make myself look a little more presentable.

As it's so hot I do like to keep things simpler than I would normally in cooler days so I have switched things up a little bit. 

A good SPF base is a must. Clinique even better anti-pollution city block has a SPF 40, not only it's great for preventing those sun damage. It's great when people like myself who live in a big and polluted city, something that acts as a barrier to filter out those stubborn dirt had polluted air from your face sounds like an absolute good friend to keep over the next few months. As this sun protection base offers a little bit of skin tone evening out function, it's great to use on its own even on a san makeup day.  

On days when I want to look that little bit more put together, I reach for the L'Oreal True Match foundation. All the hype around it is worth all the while. This foundation has such a sophisticated finish. The formulation is thin and close to feel like a watery texture. It's so easy to blend using both a brush or fingers. It's buildable so you can completely forget about using concealer afterwards, yet it gives such a dewy finish it's not thick or cakey at all. I would totally recommend this foundation for the summer.  

Those eye shadows can crease and disappear with sweats and oil secreted from those eye lids. So, on hotter and warmer days I pay extra attention on applying an eye primer to keep those lovely eye shadows in place. by Terry hyaluronic eye primer is a beigey colour eye base that helps eye shadows adhere to the eyelids it's also great in correcting discolouration in that department. It's also brilliant that it contains hyaluronic acid which is great for hydrating those eyelids that could go very dry when staying in air conditioned area for too long, and this is especially great for places in Hong Kong!

These days I love using my NYX merci beaucoupe eye shadow palette, especially those golden shades that are so easy to use to create a golden goddess look and instantly gives your face a pick-me-up.

How can I not talk about a summer appropriate blusher? This new duo intensity blusher by Nars is amazing. It can be used dry or wet. I prefer to wet my brush slightly and swirl it across the two colours and buff it onto my cheeks. It gives such a fantastic sheer of colour and has this cheek highlighting effect it's unbelievable! Wearing it wet is so much better and makes your face look much more dimensional. 

Finally I cannot finish talking by adding a few of my favourite nail polishe colours for this summer. I'm normally a pink/ purple nail polish colour wearer but something about those pastel blue and green shades that really have got me happy and addictive in choosing them. And a neon pink is just perfect when you just want to brighten up your outfit. It works especially well if you love wearing a white tee with a pair of blue ripped jeans and a pair of sandals.

What's your summer essentials? Have you started preparing your beauty stash and wardrobe for it yet?

Monday, 11 May 2015

NAIL POLISH REMOVER: THE RUN DOWN




Are you a fussy person when it comes to choosing the right nail polish remover?  Oh yes I am!

I need my nail polish remover to be a) removing nail polish in no time, b) removing nail polish thoroughly in no time, c) doesn't leave my nails dry and chapped.  The first two criterion are the most important, otherwise; why one needs a nail polish remover?

Recently, I managed to change my nail polish up quite regularly and I have tried 3 nail polish removers in a short period of time and wanted to talk about them.

essie's good as gone - when Vivianna from Vivianna does makeup highly raved about this, I thought how good can this be?  Often I'm left quite disappointed with branded nail polish remover.  Not until I tried other bad ones did I know how great and effective this one is.  This essie's one is the best out of the three here, and possibly one of the best ones I have tried.  Although I haven't tried using this to remove any glitter shades, for darker or brighter colours, this one does the job so well.  A few swipes on the nails, there the polishes are gone - good as gone!  It doesn't leave my nails feel too dry either.  It's definitely an all-rounder.  I would definitely repurchase!

Watson's revival nail polish remover - when I have finished the essie's one, I thought I would try something different so there I was in Watson's looking for a new nail polish remover to try.  However there aren't that many to choose from, in fact; only two to choose from.  I opted for this one and I'm not at all satisfied by it.  This one is beyond disappointing.  If I may say so, if I was to use this remover to remove my nail polish; I might well just use water to do so....... enough said.

O.P.I. original polish remover - as a matter of urgency, I purchased this one by O.P.I.  I haven't really tried many nail products by O.P.I. but I'm pleasantly surprised by how good this is.  I mean, it's not the best one yet, not quite as good as 'good as gone', but it's good enough to do the job quickly enough for me to get on with another task efficiently, and it does leave my nails pretty clean (not as good as 'good as gone', again).

What's your favourite nail polish remover?  Have you tried any of the above?

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

8 THINGS I LEARNT ABOUT PREGNANCY


Pregnancy has become a distant memory for me already. One must ask, why? Isn't it the most unforgettable experience of anything that could be imagined possibly? I would tell you, yes; but they all seem to have become a bit of a blurb to me.  So I thought I would take this opportunity and platform to relive it once more, and to document 10 things I have learnt about the "P" word.

1. IT IS A LONG AND GRADUAL PROCESS

When I first found out I was pregnant, the only visual image of myself that floated on my mind was me with a massive belly and silly me I thought I was going to have that yesterday! 

I didn't realise how long and gradual the process was. Baby takes his own time, day and night to grow over the course of 10 months (for me Lear came 40 weeks + 1 day), or thereabouts. Whenever I see (or notice) a pregnant lady on the street I would already have noticed the bump. So naturally a pre-pregnancy self would associate pregnancy and big bump!

2. DON'T PANIC

As a first time pregnant lady, it's only natural you worry about various things if not everything. For me it was the size of my bump and how "late" I had started feeling those first kicks made by Lear. 

Just ignore (well, at least try to) what people say about how big or small your bump looks. They mean well though. But for ladies who are pregnant for the first time, they are left with worries but nothing else. Also those saying, "oh are you 2x weeks now? You should be feeling those amazing kicks. Well I didn't until quite further down my pregnancy, probably around 25/26 weeks at least. Lear might have done spins and kicks but I wouldn't have known because honestly my tummy always rumbles anyway so I got very confused.

Trust your instinct, but if you are worried; ask your doctor or go for a private scan if you can afford it; that's what I did.

3. THERE WAS NO MOOD SWING

They say pregnant ladies are full of hormones and they send your moods up and down. For me I have mood swings any time I want to be frank. Being pregnant didn't bother my mood (swing).

4. THE FOOD CRAVING WAS TRUE

Apart from the first 12 weeks I wasn't able to eat properly, the rest of my pregnancy evolved around food craving. Food cravings in pregnancy was true!

I had specific food items/ dishes I seriously craved and needed to consume: Hainanese Chicken Rice (never in my life have I wanted this this bad), frappucino, almond croissants (the number of these sampled was huge!), scones, cheesy sandwiches, peanut butter on toasts. 

On the reverse, there were things I couldn't handle: Oranges, cereal and milk. These were some of my pre pregnancy favourites but I couldn't put them near my mouth in those 10 months.

5. YOU ARE NOT EATING FOR TWO

Physically it's just impossible to eat for 2 people even though you really are carrying an extra human being inside you. My appetite was good most of the times but I had to take a little but often approach. That baby inside me took up a hella space that made eating a cow in one go impossible. The worst thing was to keep myself hydrated. It was simply unrealistic to be drinking too much fluid in one go despite how thirsty I felt most times. I could literally feel and touch my stomach every time after I have eaten perhaps just an apple, it was crazy. So, go easy on food, pregnant ladies!

6. THE PHYSICAL EXHAUSTION WAS INSANE

Apart from the 2nd trimester which is often known as the honeymoon period. The rest of the times I actually felt very tired. Whilst I was suffering from morning sickness, I was pretty much house/ bedbound for a good 2 months. Towards the end, even though I still felt like going out and be sociable, I had to be more restful than other times. A mid-afternoon nap was often what I needed. Without it, I couldn't go on to the evening. Those energy level was dropping it was simply beyond my control.

7. THOSE MORNING SICKNESSES WERE MISLEADING 

Morning sickness doesn't just happen in the morning. The name is totally misleading. I could be sick any time during the day and I would just be waiting for it to happen. It was horrible to say the least.  Came around 13 weeks, I was totally fine and food became my best friend once again.

8. HOT, HOT, HOT

It was hot. Man, I literally felt like the heater was on everywhere I went. Anywhere that was lack of good ventilation was my worst nightmare. I could faint! The solution for me was to be constantly drinking iced water and at one point I was eating ice everyday. It was that hot!

I just want to say, every pregnancy is different; and that every person's pregnancy story is also unique.  These are the things that I have experienced and have remembered the most when I tried to recall.

What's your pregnancy stories?