I am planning to do a few chatty update entries this weekend, starting first with skincare chat. Time to time I do a skincare update, when I have rotated enough new products to give everyone a run down of what I am currently trying out. Some are new, some are old-timers. And I always only show what works for me. I get lots of PR products for skincare and all that, but I don't always use everything that come my way if I think that they don't suit me, or they didn't really work out for me. And there are a lot more which are waiting to be used.. so always keep a lookout for subsequent updates when I will include them.
I don't like do to a specific one or two item review.. cos that's not a realistic review of how products work. They never work in isolation, and I find that my updates show you a very real way of how I mix and match products accordingly.
I hope that this entry will give you an idea of what I am currently enjoying, and maybe you might find something interesting to try out for yourself! As I am rounding the products to take pictures.. I realise that many of these products focus on skin brightening and smoothing. Always a good combo! And I do like my skin condition now, my skin is usually clear, and smooth, I have some pigmentation spots (like tiny freckles) but other than that.. I am happy with how my skin has been for the past few years.
Firstly, we have the cleansing and makeup removal -
I am rotating a few makeup removers - but this is the new 'feature' which is the new Shu Uemura blanc:chroma brightening and polishing gentle cleansing oil. I have several other makeup removal waters, jelly removal products.. but I think I have shown you those before and I shall not mention them. This cleansing oil contains volcanic clay cleansing oil that works to gently exfoliate and polish away accumulated melano-stains* for brighter, transparent and smoother skin.
I really enjoy this cleansing oil - and you all know, shu uemura cleansing oils are some of the best ones out there as far as oils are concerned. This is gentle, and it does give a brightening effect, especially with coupled with the skincare products which I will use later on.
Next, I have two cleansing foams. I always double cleanse, as you know. Makeup removal is step one. And face cleansing is step two. No matter how clean my face feel after the cleansing oil - I still must use a cleansing foam.
The first one that I use everyday is the IOPE Ideal Cleansing Foam (only available in Korea) - this is a brightening cleansing foam - it contains beads (but in no way scrubby - they are losely scattered throughout the dense foam and seem to release some brightening essence as you lather up the product). I love this cleanser, and I will keep using it (I have a back up!). This costs me about SG$30 each.. and if I know of anyone going to Korea, I will definitely get them to add to my remote shopping list.
The next one is THREE Balancing Foam (only available in Japan, Taiwan, and nearer to us, BKK) - another very rich dense foamy cleanser - I bought this cos I got a sample during one of my trips to BKK.. I love the scent (geranium, balsam fresh.. which reminds me of my fave aseop geranium body wash). So I bought the full sized. I only use this on special days (like after I have done a super long run and I want to smell something so refreshing). I would use this everyday if this is more accessible for me to repurchase though. But it is not exactly cheap. I think it's ($50+?) I can't remember.
I am also an eye cream junkie.
I have been using this pair of eyecreams (I interchange them for day and night). These were given to me by Estetica, and I have enjoyed them a lot. If you like thick creamy eye creams, you will love them.
The Optimal Lift A+ Eye Essence - this is thick and creamy with a cooling effect upon application.
Optimal A+ Eye Cream Anti Wrinkle - this is creamier than the Eye Essence.
I did not notice any significant results though.. not because they aren't working, I just never notice any obvious results with any eyecreams..but I just use them religiously for hydration, and plumping up the area. As I grown older, I think that my eyelids are more and more pouffy.. and I don't expect any eye cream to perform any miraculous results as far as that is concerned. But as hydration and smoothing, this is a good powerful pair.
And on some days, I put on the Kiehls' Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector with SPF30, I use this in the day time.. but I don't have much dark circle.. and I do wish this is lighter in tone, so it can brighten my undereyes more. But it is pretty much the same skintone as my undereyes. The formula is good though, it is very smoothing and did not settle into any lines under my eyes. The fact that it has SPF is a bonus.
Next, we have the serum & Skin Conditioners - This is my laziest step, and I prolly only do this every other day.
First, we have the DIORSNOW White Perfection Serum - This is very lightweight and quickly absorbed. It contains very good ingredient, and I should prolly be more religious in using it for best results.
Some information in case you are wondering:
Combining the exceptional power of Edelweiss with Mallow extract and the Transparency Enhancing™ Complex in the Edelweiss Complex, the Diorsnow Serum activates a brightening mechanism inside the skin for the broadest action ever reached by Dior in a single serum with instant and lasting correction on dark spots, transparency and perfect uniformity of skin tone and texture.
I also use the Albion Skin Conditioner - I soak a cotton pad with this and pat it onto my skin, leaving it on for a couple of minutes. I am not sure what exactly it does for my skin, but it makes my skin very soft and smooth, and I suppose also better prep it for absorbing other skincare products I use later on.
I have been trying out the new Kiehls Iris Extract Treatment Essence - this is good stuff.
it is very nourishing and contains the life power of the precious Iris Florentina Root. This is an advanced multi-action treatment essence that quickly and deeply penetrates the skin to activate skin cells to boost radiance, reduce fine lines, and improve dullness for glowing, youthful skin.
Like the skin conditioner, I use this as a pre serum/ pre face cream step.
They are not toners - but they just soften your skin and makes it feel soothed and balanced.
Next, are my current stash of face creams - and this is my fave category among in this skincare update (second place would be the cleansers I mentioned at the start). I love using rich creams for both day and night. I like to have a layer of product on my face before I sleep and also before I put on my makeup. I feel that the moisture in your face is sucked out by the air as you go out and about doing your work during the course of the day, hence a good hydrating face cream is essential.
Let's start with Face Oil - and this is quite an accidental discovery, I can't remember when I got this - but the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil is good stuff. I use this 2-3 nights a week - it is easily absorbed, and the next day I notice visibly smoother clearer skin. EVERY TIME. I love love love this face oil. But I have several other favourite face oils lined up for me to use... so I won't be re-purchasing this anytime soon. But this I will highly recommend.
Next, we have the Clarins White Plus brightening night cream, and the Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin youthful bouncy cream. Both are rich creams (but not heavy) which makes them great under makeup. I know not everyone will agree with me on this.. but I feel like my foundations go on better when I have a layer of skincare on my face. It makes makeup to fuse into my skin better. I have normal skin.. so I can get away with this. If you have oily complexion, I would definitely suggest using a gel type face cream for day.
The Clarins cream is a old fave, I have used this several times over the years - the consistency is great and it keeps my skin looking clear and bright, which works well in conjunction with everything else I am using in my routine.
The Shu Uemura Tsuya cream is new to my routine, I have only started using it a couple of weeks ago. I like the bouncy texture of the cream - I think I have the matching Tsuya serum somewhere in my stash, so maybe I should take it out and use it for matchy skincare purposes. So far I like this cream.
Next, are a couple of FRESH Skincare products - I have a ton of them in my collection, but I don't always love all FRESH skincare products (the Fresh Soy Cleanser didn't impress me)... but these two... amazing stuff.
FRESH BLACK TEA FIRMING OVERNIGHT MASK - this is like my current sleeping mask product - I had run out of my Peter Thomas Roth rose stem cell mask - so this came along, and I was excited to use it. I didn't like the Black Tea rinse off mask.. but this overnight one really impressed me. It is very rich and smells awesome. This is thick stuff.. and by the next day it is absorbed into your skin, no sticky residue. But when I wash my face, I feel like I am rinsing off a layer of this product off my skin. I do think that it has firming effect on my skin... the overall texture is smoother whenever I use this. And I like using overnight masks as an all in one awesome product. Seriously... if you don't want to splurge money on buying separate products (serums, creams etc etc)... just invest in a good overnight mask, and use it. I use this 3-4 times a week at night. And it works fine.
A new addition to my face cream is the FRESH Creme Ancienne Soft Cream (supposedly this is FRESH's answer to La Mer creams) and it is hand mixed in a monastery, and it is inspired by a formula from centuries ago to heal wounds. This has a whipped texture, and very creamy jelly like. I love how luxe it feels on my skin, and it keeps my skin really soft and hydrated throughout the day (cos I had intend to use it at night, until one day I had by mistaken slap it on for day time, and it feels AMAZING under foundation). You might have seen me posting pictures of my face that day on Instagram, and I mentioned how I used this in the daytime.
I hope this entry has been useful.. I know these aren't reviews per say.. but really just a chitchat of what i am using and enjoying in case you are curious about my views about some new products.
My next update collective entry would most probably foundations and sunscreens - I have so many new stuff here, it is overwhelming, and I thank you for being patient as always.
Have a great weekend, and thank you for reading.