#45 - Makeup Edit - Immensus Cosmetics [Instagram Made me Buy it]

Today I want to talk about these new makeup that I've bought because "instagram made me buy it". Before I begin, I'd like to let you know that most of their store is now sold out, I think it's safe to assume that after their adverts started showing on everyone's feeds, everyone went to buy it. So if you are interested, read on, and maybe sign up to their list if you're interested to get notifications from them.

Today I'll cover first impression and a review of what I think of these. 

What is it?

If you are familiar with the obscene amount of makeup trends these days, I applaud you, there are so many out there! I'm sure you will be familiar with this whole glitter thing - glitter eyes, glitter lips, giltter boobs, glitter...everything.

Most of the glitter sold are fine glitter in a tube and you have to apply with a adhesive/glue. Immensus makes the adhesive unnecessary as it's already built in in t their glitter products. #NoGlueRequired. This is great news for clumsy people like me because I don't run into the danger of getting glue in my eyes as I have done when gluing on eye-lashes.

Yes, I have clumsy hands, okay.

So I ordered 9, because, why not, they are only £3.75 each. Because I have failed to take images of how they came in, here is one of them from their instagram page (I did an insta-story, okay, no pictures. Don't judge).

Credit: instagram.com/Immensuscosmetics

Credit: instagram.com/Immensuscosmetics

Just to be clear, these are not massive, my 9 baba pots all fit into a small, flat-ish parcel box. Unfortunately their empty palette was sold out when I bought it so I had to opt for Amazon, in which I ordered an empty magnetic palette that was too big.

How to apply

The parcel came with instructions and if you go on to their instagram page, you can just look at one of the videos that does the swatches. What you'll need is a flat-ish synthetic brush to pick up the glitter and gently apply on to your eyelids. Slowly and gently spread it out from the big clump you just made on your lids. If you're terrible with make up like, me, you'll need more practice, like me. Occasionally I cannot get the spread to reach places I want it to reach and end up picking more glitter up and applying and now my lids just like headlights.

Unedited phone images y'all. You can see the blue that's patchy on the left and kinda patchy but a lot better done yesterday on the far right. I've tried to do something bit more subtle and at present I'm not entirely sure if that's possible because really, this is glitter, not eyeshadow. You can build up the density and thus "saturation" of it, but they don't go on like shimmery eyeshadow that you can achieve a subtle shine with.

But I'm okay with that. And now I need to learn how to work with it with eyeshadows like everyone else on instagram does. I find it hard to blend because it has adhesive that comes with the glitter. The only way I think I can do that is to layer very little at a time. This involves patience and practice, and hopefully will get there some day.

Effects

Because these aren't really that "buildable" per se, to a certain extent what you see is what you get. If it doesn't look "pigmented" I would recommend checking whether the glitter has been spread evenly; that being said I also think to a degree it is "buildable", but not like eyeshadows, more like filling in gaps and doubling the amount of glitter in that area.

As such, I personally wouldn't double up on the glitter, because you would essentially be layering the glue/glitter mixture on to previous glue/glitter mixture and run into the risk of shifting the layer you have already applied. They are still somewhat malleable after application so layering it on again may shift the glitter already there.

So, effectiveness? Highly pigmented because of the glitter itself, and because there is already glue within (acrylics polymers), it means when it goes on, it goes on for good for the whole day. I tested it yesterday - applied at around 7am and didn't remove it until 3am (I fell asleep around 12am and didn't get up til 2.45am, with makeup on, whoops). It was still there so no question about longevity unless you are a chronic eyelid rubber.

The colour of the glitter - what you see is what you get. If it looks like that in the pot, it will really be that colour, maybe not as dense because you are not really applying the whole pan on your eyes.

Pros

  1. highly pigmented
  2. formulated with adhesive
  3. easy to remove - this was one of my concerns because glitter can be such a pain in the backside. However this has been a dream just to wipe off with your  normal eye/lip makeup remover. I have had minimal glitter fall out and for any that is left over, you can dip a cotton bud in the makeup remover and gently swipe and it will come off
  4. long-lasting
  5. highly affordable

Cons

  1. doesn't apply that well with fingers - this product is really best used with a brush; eye shadows work well with fingers, but this? Not necessarily
  2. not easy to "blend" - this is not an eyeshadow; this is glitter + adhesive, you will have to practice and try harder to really blend it in like shimmery/shiny eyeshadows
  3. not necessarily easy to apply - maybe you will find this easy to apply, but it took me several attempts to apply it relatively acceptable. But this may just be me
  4. slow shipping/unsatisfactory customer service - this took a while to be shipped. I ordered and waited for 7 days and still hasn't arrived and so I had to email them/respond to the order confirmation to ask. And they still didn't personally respond - I have issues with bad/no customer service so whilst I was glad they arrived, I'm not sure how well Immensus will deal with when it comes to managing or escalating issues relating to orders and products
  5. no free shipping - flat rate no matter how much you buy, no free shipping option when you shop over a certain amount of money

Overall, for these I would give it a 3.5, losing points in the cons section - shipping and customer service to me is pretty important for a brand and product so I have knocked off points for this because it does affect the way I shop an willingness to purchase. That and most of the site is out of stock and they supposedly restock every 1-2 weeks; I haven't seen it happen yet and they are not active on Instagram despite many adverts in my newsfeed.

Do you have this product? Have you bought from them? What was your experience? Tell me in comments below :)

 

 

#43 - Skin Edit - AM routine for Busy/Lazy People

Let's just be clear, I am both. Because I'm lazy, therefore I am busy... I prefer to maximize my sleep in the morning (I get up at 6.30AM for my day job and out the door at 7.15AM), I only realistically have 30 minutes to get ready. Which means unlike a lot of other bloggers, I don't go through the whole cleansing and multiple serums and essences and etc. before I put make up on (and by the way, your skin needs a little time for skincare products to sink in first before you apply make up or chances of your makeup sliding is pretty high. Personal experience....)

My day to day AM routine from when I wake up to out the door consists of: 1) getting up; 2) brushing teeth; 3) AM skincare; 4) changing clothes; 5) daily makeup; 6) straightening hair. So really, I only have 5 minutes for each task if I want everything done in 30 minutes, and thus keep my morning skincare really simple, yet effective.

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Unlike many, I don't use a face wash in the morning, nor do I layer serums on my face (occasionally I will use hyaluronic acid, but that is about it) because:

  1. washing in the morning tends to strip my face of natural oils and moisture that I prefer to stay there for the time being. This may not apply for you but because of how my skin is, I tend to be careful about over-cleansing my face.
  2. layering on multiple serums makes it difficult for my skin to have makeup applied and to be absorbed; I have previously had issues with my makeup pilling as well because of the different textures and ingredients that didn't mesh with my foundation, and other products didn't go on as well as they should.
  3. I have no time.

Therefore, my AM routine only consists of the following:

  1. Cleansing: Micellar Water/cleansing water
    Whilst I am not a fan of micellar water for the purpose of evening cleansing/makeup removing, I do like using it for morning cleansing to get rid of all the dust and dirt and any excess oil on my face throughout the night. This is super quick and easy and does the job well (for me anyway)

    I am using: Uriage Thermal Micellar Water - found this at TK Maxx and enjoying it. Contrary to the trend, I detest the Garnier micellar water and only use it because it comes in a small bottle which I can bring to the gym. Once that's finished, I am replacing all that stuff with other cleansing water...! Just cannot get along with it. And Bioderma hasn't worked for me previously.
     
  2. Toning: Toner
    After cleansing, always put moisture back on my face and again, quick and easy. If your skin feels a bit dry - mine does with the cold weather - I will use 3 layers of toner to rehydrate my skin without layering on a lot of products. My skin usually bounces back to being hydrated and soft

    I am using: PyunKang Yul Essence Toner. I really want to love this like everyone else does, but I'm 2 minds about this. This has been okay, but it hasn't been amazing like the world raves. I do like it, especially when the texture is thicker than normal toners, and it basically has no water in it, which is great for hydration. Perhaps my skin is more dehydrated than before, but I don't feel like this lived up to the expectations I have for it, however I am pleased about the price point of this product because if you do want a thicker toner, this would be great if you don't want to splurge on Whamisa
     
  3. Eyes: Eye cream
    Occasionally I skip this step too, but as we age, the skin under the eyes tend to be bit drier than the rest, not to mention this patch of skin is also thinner so I would highly recommend you target this area on a daily basis as a preventative measure

    I am using: Skin Peptoxyl Matryixyl 3000. This has got some great ingredients like Niacinimide, bark extract, nut oils and tea extracts. I bought this in a local chain drugstore (SaSa) in Hong Kong a long time ago and only when I religiously use it every morning have I almost finish using it.
     
  4. Moisturise & SPF: Sun cream, ideally water-based, or good moisturiser and SPF in foundation
    Final step of the routine, to lock everything in. A well moisturised and protected face is important before you head outside. I (almost) never leave home without SPF because of how paranoid I am about skin damage, sun spots, freckles and etc

    I am using: Sunkiller Perfect Water Essence SPF 50+ PA++++
    This has such a great texture, non-greasy so my makeup sits more than comfortably on top. Plus it's got a high SPF and PA++++ a, great for sun protection!

    Also using:Huxley More than moist moisturiser (Oh. My. God. So much love for this right now)
    Occasionally I forget that I have sunscreen (my foundation is SPF15) and I use this as a base. This has been absolutely an amazing product that keeps the skin so soft and supple without the grease despite the thick texture

That's it. 4 steps. Occasionally 3 if I skip the eye cream unintentionally. I will then get changed in order to strategically let the products sink in before makeup application. I don't know about you, but if I try to apply any makeup when the skincare hasn't sunken in yet, it's incredibly hard for me to apply and eventually have to resort to just remove everything and start over. Changing clothes gives the minimal amount of product sink into the skin for a good base. I would recommend using effective products so you don't need to wait forever for everything to sink in.

In a nutshell, this routine is not only great for lazy/busy people, it's also great as a prep for daily makeup and not burdening your skin in the morning with a lot of product. Don't get me wrong though, there is absolutely nothing wrong with using multiple products in the morning and I'm sure that a lot of products are highly effective without affecting makeup. This is really for me because of how well I know my skin - I've tried having serums and other products on before makeup and makeup hasn't gone on well or have pilled.

Also, again, in order to maximize sleep, I no longer have time to complete a routine that is longer than this!

What is your morning routine like? How early do you wake up in order to do your morning routine? Would you try this?

#42 - Skin Edit - It's not you, It's me

Let's be real here, how many times have you bought a product or have used a tester, only to find out that it doesn't really suit your skin? By then you may have already spent a fortune on those products and naturally, you can't return them.

I definitely have, especially with foundations.

For example, the tester for my Urban Decay All Nighter foundation was amazing. It really was, my skin looked absolutely flawless in camera with just one layer of this gorgeous full coverage foundation. So I bought the full sized product (30ml) for £27 to use on my wedding day. Something was fishy about it on my wedding day, where it was patchy and I haven't experienced this with the tester. Thankfully it wasn't anything major and the day went by without a makeup disaster.

And then it was another test shoot that I was doing... oh that was bad.... real bad. Not only did it patch up all over the face (forehead, cheeks, nose, chin...), it was also really difficult to work with the product . I had to wipe my whole face off and reapply the makeup - yes, it was bad enough that this was the best action to have taken!

So what went wrong? Well, whilst I am no longer fond of the product, but I have learnt to work with it; my skin had to be very hydrated and moisturised (well-prepped) for this product to work well. Was it the product's fault? Or was it mine, when my skin changes, becomes drier and this product no longer functioned as well?

I am 2 minds about this. On one hand, I feel that this should have worked regardless, that's the marketing and advertising, and that I have also invested in this product. Granted, it's onto the most expensive foundation out there, but still, I am expecting for the product to actually be worth the amount of money I paid for for it.

On the other hand, a product doesn't cater to my skin condition all year round. It's not a thinking thing and it certainly does not know my skin well. All products have some form of a shelf life too, just because it worked well when once new, doesn't mean they will always work in the same way. So maybe, it's not the product, it's me.

Now I'm sure not everyone will agree because, well, a product is supposed to do what it markets to do, and I get it, but no skin is made equal. One product would work amazingly for me whilst terrible for someone else and it is times like this we have to ask ourselves, is it really the product, or is it me?

Here are 5 examples:

  1. Foundation: how well the foundation goes on your skin depends on not only the product itself, but also your skin condition. If your skin is dry, chances are that thicker, full coverage foundations will patch up a lot quicker and you may have to prep your skin very well before applying it. There are also other factors such as the tool you are applying the foundation with, and what primer/moisturiser is layered under. There will be some products, like my Urban Decay All Nighter, that are a lot more unforgiving than other products, e.g. NARS, Illamasqua, MAC, Make Up Forever (and now we know why make up artists rarely have Urban Decay foundations in their kit!)
     
  2. Moisturisers:/oils: there are some "holy grail" moisturisers out there, and then there are some popular ones, then there are some cute ones... it's often hard to decide what is best for your skin and this is one of those products that you find you may have to change throughout the year for your skin to benefit from the product. Some moisturisers/brands that other people like may not suit you. I would say this is 50/50 - you have to pick one that works for your skin rather than just pick one that everyone likes. Occasionally you may have to break your perspective on certain type of products. For me this is steam cream - I had an amazing one from Skin Ceramic, and now I have one from Secret Key that I'm not necessarily liking, even if it's a steam cream. There may also be ingredients within moisturisers that may not work well with your skin at all and at this point, is it really the product? My skin does not mesh with oil at all, and I have even tried squalane, but this doesn't mean that these oils do nothing, it's just me.
     
  3. Exfoliators: so this one may be just me... when I first started using AHA and BHA exfoliators, I didn't think that my peel was working and dismissed the product for a while. Learnt that it should be used on dry skin rather than damp has changed my perspective on the product. Sometimes with products like this, it's not the product, but us not using it correctly for the product to really work
     
  4. Make up removers: whilst I will always condone a balm cleanser, this may not work for you. Many people I know use make up wipes and I am just not convinced that the wipes truly remove all make up because it doesn't work for me, whilst other people I know find it work well for them. Perhaps it is their make up habits, but even with light make up I definitely feel that I need some thorough cleansing before I feel that my skin is squeaky clean (and to prevent breakouts). Are the wipes bad? For me it is and I cringe every time I hear someone uses them solely for removing make up, but it doesn't necessarily mean that they are ineffective, especially for those who enjoy these products and feel it works for them

    (I still do not using solely make up wipes and I will always stand by this!)
     
  5. Toners/mists: honestly there are some toners and mists that are highly raved about and highly rated but I just cannot get along with them. One of which is Caudalie mist that everyone seems to love, but this product is far too fragrant and contains alcohol which doesn't sit well on my skin, nor do I enjoy the smell of it. That being said, there have been toners that I have enjoyed that have alcohol, but worked well on my skin (even though I still despised the smell). Time and time again I will give it a second chance because of travelling, but the fragrance is not something I prefer. Is this the product? No, this is definitely me

 

So, in conclusion, before your dismiss a product, ask yourself whether it truly is the product, or is it yourself that is the problem? Does the product just not work for your skin, are you using the product correctly, or are you using it under incorrect conditions?  This is why I will always trial a product for 3-4 weeks before writing up a review, unless I really love it upon first use, or would want to write up a first impression blog.

What are your thoughts? Do you give your products a second chance? How many circumstances are because of you and not the product?

#40 - Skin Edit - Sh*t my partner says about my acne

So today's post is late because I've had my wisdom tooth extracted and have been sat in a daze all day, popping paracetamol and panicking about the bleeding in my mouth. As I am writing this, I am also hoping that the paracetamol will last until I have to take them next...

Anyway, on a lighter note, here are 5 things my partner says about my acne.

Don't misunderstand the title and this context and before anyone goes, "well he should be supportive", he is, just not a huge fan of spots and to be honest, neither am I. But as someone who constantly has them, I find that having a sense of humour about them is really the best way to go about it before I pop them (yes, I pop my spots. No, it's not good and you shouldn't do it. No, I can't help it and besides, my clumsy ass would have popped them somehow one way or another.)

So anyway, here are 5 things my partner says about my spots that I definitely laughed about

1. "Percy"

This is now the name of my spot(s). Especially when it's a large one.

2. Please pop that darling, he's winking at me

My partner encourages me to pop them (N.B. if you have to pop them, do it properly and get it all out). The next 3 are 

3. But he doesn't have a passport, he can't get on the plane!

This was when we were on holiday in Iceland, on the last day, when I had a giant one erupted on my face. Thank you silica mud mask for drawing all the toxins out.

4. C'mon darling, you have to get rid of that, L hasn't made a bed for him

When we were en route down south to Cornwall for Christmas and there was a possibility that there wasn't a spare bed for my spot

5. How can I miss him, he's been staring at me all night

When I naively asked if my spot was really that obvious

Thought I would keep this short and sweet because it is time for me to eat. I am absolutely starving because I'm not allowed solid foods.

What are some funny things that other people have said about your acne, if any?

#39 - Skin Edit - 2018 Beauty Goals

2017 has been a rough ride for me; although to be fair, 2016 has been as well. There has been so many changes throughout the past 2 years and I definitely feel the whole "one step forward, two steps back" thing going on. Anyway, I won't bore you with personal stuff and move on to some beauty goals/targets that I'd like to do this year. I'm not someone who is a huge advocate of resolutions as such, but it's always good to have targets to work towards to, and if they're not achieved because of circumstantial changes it's still absolutely okay. What are your goals for this year?

1. Mask more often

This is the number 1 thing that I'd like to improve this year. Since starting my new full time job, I'm finding it harder and harder to keep a full beauty routine all the time and I can definitely see signs of stress and weary in my skin - texture, breakouts, dull... Masking is one of those things you can whilst doing something else, like cooking; although it's recommended that you actually lie down and chillax. Unfortunately I am not one of those people who know how to do that and constantly have to be doing something, even if something is aimlessly browsing around the internet...!

2. Invest in more expensive products occasionally

This is going to be difficult because money is always tight one way or the other, but some products that cost more are well worth their money; such as Huxley and Olivarriet. Granted they're not the top range like The History of Whoo (which I'd love to splurge on at some point), but they're still a little more expensive than some other brands and rarely on sale. However, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoy their products and would gladly repurchase - going to need a piggy bank just for these!

3. Pay (even) more attention

You'd think as a (wannabe) beauty blogger I'd do that. It's really difficult for skincare though because it's harder to prove the causal effect of certain products to the skin. I have made a start in purchasing a skin analyser that tells me what percentage of my skin is water to help keep track of how effective the routines are. I still have some question marks about this and will write about this another day. For now, I'd like to be able to really spot the difference in my skin and whilst it is difficult, making the effort in paying more attention to what products do and how my skin feels after using them would hopefully help me figure out the secret to good skin!

4. Review more products

This is really for the few people who read this, and hopefully more this year! I find it difficult to give a good review without having tried the product for a good amount of time, but will definitely make it a priority this year to write more about the different products I've tried - what worked and what doesn't. Products that I want to love, products that disappoint, new finds, and etc. This will also help me discover more new products and if you have something you'd like me to try, please let me know!

5. Plan ahead

As you've noticed, I have skipped a couple of posts this month due to being on holiday and I am not proud of it, even if no one reads this! I aim to figure out to plan ahead topics and writing for this blog to keep it more or less consistent, even if I have to be away or find myself being busy.

So these are just  a few things I've thought of on the spot and subject to change! What are your goals, beauty or not?

#38 - Skin Edit - Mask Haul!

Is it weird that it pleases me to buy a shed ton of masks because I've finished using mine? Or close to anyway, saving some of those "special" ones for a rainy day....? Brand new spanking masks to try! It's always a gamble though because I won't actually know how good the mask is until I try it and if ain't good, then all of it goes down the drain.... So I bought 3 boxes of new ones from this brand called Haruharu - fingers crossed! All below are purchased from Cosmetic Jolse

some stickers that comes with the Haruharu multi-buy

some stickers that comes with the Haruharu multi-buy

What they look like individually

What they look like individually

I've used the Petitfee Resurrection Plant soothing mask and absolutely loved it (highly recommend!)  so naturally taking advantage of the Black Friday sales, I ordered the other one in the mask series, which is the Silk Amino Serum Mask. The Plant Resurrection one is ultra moisturising and brightening. I can vouch for the ultra moisturising part (so, so gloriously moisturising!!) and it's now one of my favs! Since I have the Haruharu moisturising mask though I decided to skip on the Petitfee this time.

The silk amino serum mask looks like it's for anti-aging, using silk amino acids (silk) and this plant that is actually widely used in Chinese/asian medicine. Now, I know the Chinese name for it, so had to look up the English, which is (according to wikipedia) Ophiocordyceps Sinensis (or "vegetable worm" on the packaging). This is a fungus found in mountainous regions and parasitises larvae of ghost moths and produces a fruiting body which is used and valued as herbal remedy. For remedy, this type of plant is known for it's warm qualities, aiding energy, anti-oxidant and anti-aging, along with anti-bacterial and stress reducing.

These Haruharu masks are most intriguing when it comes to the packaging - I absolutely love the art work on the cover! I got the Moistursing, Vitality and lifing. These uses fermented horse fat - which I love in beauty products as they have done wonders for my skin! Unfortunately I couldn't find more English translated description on the box - think it's time for me to learn Korean....! Looking at the ingredients list the moisturising one contains hyaluronic acid, niacinimide, bark extracts, fruits extract, flower extracts and root extracts. The Lifting one contains collagen and various plant extracts. And the Vitality one contains root extracts, bark extracts, and sesame seed extracts. Although they all boast about the fermented horse fat ingredient, it's actually the last of the ingredient list!

So these would be interested and should last for a while. Being poorly really throws you off with scheduling and taking care of yourself so one of the things I need to get back to doing is masking more often! I do love masking though I do find it a little difficult to make the time for it - maybe I should come up with an effective/efficient way for working people to get a full skincare routine done! Still trying to figure mine out...!

#37 - Skin Edit - Blue Lagoon, Iceland

So I finally have a chance to sit down to write this... I was going to prepare a travel packing blog for last week for whilst I'm away (and hence packed for travel - carry on only!), but bottled it as I didn't think it was a worthy enough content. Also it was a lot of new products I was trying so don't want to put it out there before I actually tried and tested them.

Last week, I was in Iceland - I must have missed the memo about this place because it's so popular but the hubs and I were a little "meh" about it. Probably because of how expensive everything actually was...! Nevertheless, I bring you this week's blog and share a little part of that holiday, which is the Blue Lagoon.

You've seen the instagram pictures, you've heard about amazing things it does for the skin and here is my take. I wish my phone camera hasn't broken though to get more images...but it has so I'm afraid I don't have many images! I should really look into getting that phone camera fixed....

So, Blue Lagoon. Known for beauty properties, highly popular geothermal spa in Iceland. It's practically a luxury spa with the number of treatments and amenities available there and rightly so! It is really lovely soaking in the warm water in the winter (although your face may freeze). 

The water averages at around 37°C I believe, and is rich in minerals, particularly silica and sulfur and bathing in it supposedly boost collagen and just make you all beautiful and all that. And it's fun because you don't just have to sit there and even when it's busy, it's big enough to not be invading each others' private space.

 

I honestly don't think I need to sell you this place, but here are a few things that I think to know in advance

  1. bring a swimsuit: no brainer, but remember that you have to shower before putting your swimsuit on before you can get in
  2. tie your hair up: although if you decide to float like I did, this goes right out the window
  3. don't bother with makeup: I know we're all about the instagram life and posting images and etc and believe me, I wore makeup too, and I saw plenty of girls with makeup... but in hindsight, I really wish I didn't wear makeup, or at least wiped it all off before going in to get the full benefit of the mud mask!
  4. definitely use the silica mud mask: because if you were to buy it, it is hella expensive for a small tube!! I used the mud mask liberally on myself and the hubs....TWICE during the 5 hours we were soaking in there!
  5. bring moisturiser: I don't know why I haven't thought of this, but whilst the thermal pool doesn't dry your skin out and my skin actually felt okay, not stripped dry or feeling tight, I still wish I brought this with me...'cause there ain't any in the changing rooms
  6. consider upgrading your package, or bring a towel: because to hire one is 400 ISK. Yes, for a towel. and 1400 ISK for a bath room. No, I'm not joking. A little upgrade will get you the algae mask and 1st drink of your choice too so in hindsight, that would be what I'd do
  7. entry is expensive: it is, and pre-booking is necessary, but soak in the spring long enough and using the mask liberally will make you feel like you got your money's worth - Iceland is an expensive place in general so....
  8. everything you need to know about the Blue Lagoon is on the internet

Just a little note on the silica mud mask....if you do want to purchase it, get it at the airport, where it is duty free. If you try to buy it outside of Iceland, It costs more than double. You thought it was pricey at the store, it gets even more expensive when you leave the country...!!

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Super unflattering image of me but nonetheless, lathering that silica mud mask on. This mask is no doubt one of the best mud masks I've ever used and whilst I get why it's so expensive, if you have the cash, by all means, go ahead, but I am going to look for dupes.

Reason why this is special is because the silica mask from the Blue Lagoon is special. The ones in the tube may be processed further but this mud that I scooped out of the tub is probably the OG mud. This mask has done amazing for my skin and I know because the hubs actually noticed how good my skin looked. Pore-less appearance because of how deep cleansing it is - no blackheads left whatsoever - and skin doesn't lose moisture either. The whole age-defying thing? Yeah I can totally see this mask doing the job. I don't think this mask can do any wrong in my mind, just the sheer price of it! I don't think my skin has ever felt that clean ever, even with my favourite Kiehl's rare earth mud mask.

This goes to show that mud masks are effective, so time to go find a dupe for it! I've seen on facebook and instragram this "Sand & Sky" mud mask - has anyone tried it and how do you find it?

If you go to Iceland, I would definitely recommend spending a morning or a good chunk of your day at the Blue Lagoon. It's a good place to just chill out and enjoy yourself and definitely, definitely use the masks!

#35 - Skin Edit - the SAEM Natural Condition Rice Cleansing Cream [REVIEW]

So a while ago, I bought this new cleansing cream by The Saem to try out and I think I'm ready to review this product for you :) Post contains affiliate link, it won't cost you extra but helps me out a little! :) N.B. I still bought this product myself

The SAEM Natural Condition Rice Cleansing Cream

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So, when this arrived, I thought, "Damn son, this tub is large!" And for good reason. When I first bought this, I thought it was more balm because I didn't read the product description properly. It clearly said "cream", but when it came I was fully expecting it to be a balm and thought, "oh cool, it's massive and will last me a while!". No Jaye, wrong. This is a cream product. But okay, cleansing cream is still a cleansing cream, if it does the job well, it is what it is.

So now, after using it a while, I am going to review this on these areas: texture and fragrance, how to use, feeling on skin and effectiveness, and packaging

Texture and fragrance

This is a very creamy product, as opposed to a more balm, solid texture like my all time favourite Heimish all clean balm. Because it's lighter, you will find that you'll need more product when you use it. It's comfortably creamy, spreads well and you can emulsify it when you use it on your face. Although ti's creamy, it still feels a bit dense, bit like a rich body lotion.

What you'll immediately notice next is how it smells - rice. Shoudn't come as a surprise seeing that it's in the name...but really, I couldn't smell anything else other than a faint smell of rice in this product...like rice lotion. The smell isn't overwhelming at all, it's more on the subtle end of the spectrum, which is great because I genuinely hate strong smelly products, unless of course it naturally smells like that, such as products made up of strong herbs (e.g. tea tree oils).

How to use

Now... I haven't actually been using this according to how it says as I normally emulsify and rinse. The directions note that you should wipe it off with tissue, which I have also tried on a friend after heavy application of make up for a photoshoot. I can't stress enough how important clean skin is and thus removing makeup thoroughly is absolutely crucial to good skin. Instead of using a tissue, however, I have used cotton pads.

The issue I have with wiping off products like this instead of rinsing is that I feel that I tug harder at the skin when wiping off in hope that that pressure will wipe off the make up after massaging that product in, rather than the product actually doing the work. Whereas rinsing, I use less pressure as the massaging really should loosen up the make up and dirt and washes away with the water.

Feel on Skin and Effectiveness

Honestly this is the part that I still am not quite sure. I think most of the time it works and when your make up isn't super heavy you can get away with cleaning your skin with this once. With my friend that had 2 inches of make up on her skin, I did this process twice to make sure everything is off - and even so I wasn't 100% convinced like I am with other balms. It may be because I'm biased because this doesn't feel like an oil cleanser.

Let's start with how it feels - because the texture is lighter, it also feels lighter on the skin. It's more like applying a cleansing lotion on your skin rather than a balm that melts into oil. I'm not used to this so I'm 50/50 on how I really feel about it. On one hand I think it's great that it just sinks in and massages well, on the other hand, do I feel like it's really cleansing my skin properly...?

Here I used a liquid liner on my hand to show how well it removes the makeup. So first I put the cream on top of it, massage it in, and wiped off (instead of rinsing off). Now, in the first image on the 2nd row, the first time I've used this, you can still sort of see the blue eyeliner there, then the next one is when I've cleaned it again with the cleanser and wiped it off (also wiped it off harder). I wouldn't apply this kind of pressure on my face though so if you want to make sure it's really clean, I would recommend massaging it longer than you normally would, which is what I do before I rinse it off.

I've tried emulsifying this product and frankly, I don't think it does it well. It's like halfway rinsing rather than the normal emulsifying, probably because of the more creamy texture rather than a balm texture.

Now, because this product is marketed as a brightening cleanser, it not only contains rice, but also papain enzyme extract that midly exfoliates and softens the surface of the skin. Rice water is rich in vitamins and amino acids - my mother has always advocated natural methods and there was a period of time where I used rice water as as toner when I was in my teenage years. It is also great for soothing, clearing up, and moisturising skin.

I haven't personally used much rice products and frankly that rice toner hasn't really worked for me, perhaps because I had more problematic skin, or just too lazy to make fresh rice water every few days to use. I can't really vouch that this product has brought about that much change to my skin - the whole brightening thing hasn't really been made apparent to me. Again, I find that sheet masking has done this a lot better than using this cleanser. 

However, that being said, this product is great in not stripping your skin of moisture when you cleanse your face, nor does it leave an uncomfortable, sticky film over the face like some other lotion types of products I've used. That being said, I do think I wash this product off with second cleansing immediately so I don't give my skin a chance to feel that film even if it did. The immediate feeling is clean skin, but definitely not as clean as you would with a balm. I think this would be great for summer months because it's a lighter product, as opposed to me trying this out during autumn and winter month. It would also be beneficial for those with drier skin as this would not only cleanse, but also restore some moisture back into the skin, instead of adding more oil elements.

Packaging

I got nothing to complain about with this packaging... it's a large tub with a lid that lips up instead of unscrewing like all my other balm products. It's easy to access and when you're done with it, you can clean it out and use it for other things. The only issues is that because it's a large tub, it now longer fits in the normal area in my small bathroom...

Overall consensus

So how do I feel about this product in whole. Personally I would rate it a 6/10 and unlikely to repurchase it, not because it's a bad product, but because I don't feel like it's suitable for me and what I look for in a first step cleanser. I am actually likely to use it as a second step cleanser, but still would prefer a more foamy cleanser than this. This is sort of in between balm and foamy, it's just a "halfway there" product for me. If I want to remove makeup entirely, I prefer something that is heavy duty that actually leaves my skin squeaky clean - notice how I never mentioned how clean this leave my skin, and that's because every time I clean my skin with this, I don't actually feel my skin is 100% clean. This cleanser doesn't reassure me that my skin is clean until I'm done using a second step cleanser.

The product says it will do 4 things: 1) brighten; 2) exfoliate/smoothes skin; 3) cleanses; and 4) soothes (I hope I interpretated this properly as I do not read Korean and had to rely on google translate and one of the translation is "arranges the skin"....). Has it done these? Honestly, I don't know and I don't like that even after using it for a month or so I still don't know. It does it job as a cleanser, but I sure don't feel that this meets what I'm looking for in my first-step cleanser, especially when I have a lot of make up on. It has worked well enough in cleaning the majority off and my skin feels clean, but I certainly don't feel confident that everything is gone, which is the way I like it and exactly what balm cleanser have done for me.

I can only speak for myself and my experience with this product and hope to hear your view as well! Did you like it, will you try it - maybe this product will be for you, especially if you have sensitive skin, or have roseaca/eczema as this supposedly soothes and calms the skin down.

I have to say though, this product has not broken me out, so it ain't all bad!

#32 - Skin Edit - Dehydrated Skin Pt 2. - Products

So last week I shared what dehydrated skin does to me; this week is about the products that I have tried that helps with this dehydration condition. Obviously these are only suggestions and are products that have worked for me - you know your own skin best so if these don't work, try something else :) My skin is combination, oily, sensitive and acne prone and this page may contain affiliate links - it doesn't change how much you pay but it helps me out a little :)

Current routine, also a terrible flatlay

Current routine, also a terrible flatlay

 

1. First Step Cleansing

I try to use products that doesn't strip away moisture when I clean my face, and I like my face squeaky clean, hence I double cleanse as part of my every evening routine. I combine balm/oil cleanser with a foam cleanser, here are my favourites so far!

Heimish All Clean Balm is my all time favourite cleansing balm - it gets rid of all the makeup but doesn't leave the skin feeling stripped of moisture. It's gentle, yet effective and works in one go. Balms are generally quite thick I find that I don't need a lot of this to remove daily makeup and for heavier shoot days, I use a bit more or double up cleaning just to make sure I get those 6 inches of makeup off my face. Honestly it's done absolute wonders for me and I will always come back to this cleansing balm (this is a repurchase, even when I love trying new things!) because I know I can rely on this!

Clio Micro Fessional Cleansing Oil Balm is what I currently use and almost hit bottom with this! Again, one of those glorious balms that leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean without stripping the moisture. Compared to the Heimish All Clean Balm though, I personally would prefer the Heimish one just because of how my skin feels afterwards.

I know right, yet another product that does this! I tend to find that products of this texture tend to give me that sense of cleaniness without stripping the moisture. I've tried gel before, but I never felt like my skin was clean enough, and I've tried oil, which left me feeling clean, but not necessarily moisturised sometimes, depending on the product you use. Also I tend to go through oil a lot quicker than balms so for me, this type of product works really well.

2. Second Step Cleansing

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Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick was/is one of those cleansing sticks that every blogger loves and it really is lovely on the skin. They don't love it for no reason! I'm very new to stick cleansers so I wasn't actually sure if this worked, but it did and it foams up nicely and with the low pH it helps with strengthening the skin barrier. This is perfect for travel and I would definitely consider this as part of my travel kit, but would I repurchase this? Probably not, I don't think this has personally made it to the top of my 2nd step cleansing list and to be honest, I'm still looking for one that I would for sure repurchase!

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Heimish All Clean White Clay Foam is my current second step cleanser that I use every night. I like that it sqeezes out like clay, but definitely foams up when you start massaging it into the face with a little water. This isn't stripping at all and it's really comfortable to use this as a 2nd step cleanser. Because it's got clay in it, it gives another layer of deep cleansing after the cleansing balm that I use, it's like having a mini clay mask session without having to leave it on the skin to dry and wash off. And the best thing is? My skin never feels tight after cleansing with this

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Skin Watches Enzyme Powder Wash is great for travelling with! It's in powder form so it's a lot lighter, and you can put it in your hand carry if you want to because, hello, not a liquid! You don't need much of it to mix with water to create a lather which you can then massage into the skin. Because it's got papaya enzyme in there, it's also great for sebum control and a little bit of "detox" on the skin, plus it works as a gentle exfoliant. AND doesn't strip the skin of moisture. Who said squeaky clean skin has to come with a price - believe me, I've used cleansers that have left the skin pretty dehydrated!

3. Toners

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Olivarrier Dual Moist Toning Lotion is one of my favourites and currently using. No alcohol, low pH and absorbs into the skin so well. It's perfect as a toner to rehydrate the skin after cleansing and for the 7-skin method to make your skin look like glass (apparently glass skin is the latest trend...). This was sent to me for review purposes and I wouldn't hesitate to promote this because this really helped with hydrating my skin when I was in Cornwall. With the 7 skin method it served as a mask as well because, believe it or not, I did not have time to complete a masking routine in the evening!

I'm going to be honest, this Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner I have yet to try, but I've heard some really great things about this so thought that I should include it here. Review to follow when I get around trying it...

Bonus toner that I haven't got an image for because it's been a while since I've used it - it's when I first came across the 7-skin method, I tried it with this toner and it is oh so amazing! The DECLEOR Aroma Cleanse Essential Tonifying Lotion is wonderful at rehydrating the skin and you don't need to worry about using a lot of it when you get the large bottle. With the 7-skin method, this toner makes your skin glow so much that it won't go unnoticed. Make up goes on like a dream. This toner also soothes the skin after a stressful day and the fragrance doesn't feel artificial as it comes from an essential oil rather than added in artificially.

3. Serums

I really should start using more ampoules, but with The Ordinary by Deciem, I rarely find the need to. You really cannot beat the price of these super effective products either!

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The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 gives surface hydration as well as under the skin hydration. We all have products that contain some form of hylauronic acid in it, but this serum is at a higher concentration, hence gives "multi-depth hydration". It's quickly absorbed by the skin, perfect for dehydrated skin. In fact, I think it'd be great for any skin because every type of skin need that deep hydration. Your skin will feel plumped and soft, and you can use this for both morning and evening before creams.

4. Masks
 

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It is honestly difficult to recommend masks because you really have to try it yourself to know. Even though I have some go-to masks, I am always discovering new ones that are amazing. However, if you're a cheapo like me and want a high performance hydration mask, these 3 are my go-tos. I am really sad because I'm running low on the Coconut mask (thin sheet, super hydrating, lots of product. You skin will thank you) but I think it's time for me to go back to some other brands and try new ones. Although I am very inclined to order these again!

Innisfree it's real bamboo mask is ranked pretty high on the hydrating list. I thought the aloe one was good but this? This is even better for hydration. Ignore that person who tells you that oily skin you should be using Aloe or Mugwart or whatnot from the range - THIS is the one you should really go for. Oily skin may be a sign that your skin is dehydrated and the one thing that will help with controlling that sebum is rehydrating your skin so it reaches the balance between oil and water. This bamboo mask does a better job than the aloe one, in my opinion, at rehydrating the skin and keeping it hydrated

Petitfee Resurrection Plant Soothing Gel Mask is one of my recent favourites. It's thin, jam packed with the serum and just so hydrating. My goodness, you can see the difference before and after using this face mask. It's got desert plant concentrate and berries, so not only does it hydrate, stops moisture from leaving, and it also brightens. I'm not so sure on the brighten bit, but the moisture bit is defo real.

5. Moisturisers

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Huxley Secret of Sahara Cream: Anti-Gravity is my new favourite. It's thick, so you don't need much of it, and it instantly hydrates the skin and locks it in. It's not oily so doesn't create a sticky film over the face. And it smells great, without being overpowering. I chose the anti-aging one, because, well, I need it. There are other products in this range and I'm confident that they will be just as effective! This is great for the winter as it's got Cactus oil and cactus extract that helps defend the skin against the cold and dryness that winter brings. Personally though I think I would happily use this during the summer. Gel "creams" are never really enough for my skin so I tend to like denser creams.

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Skin Ceramic Donkey Milk Argan Oil Steam Cream is one of my absolute favourites. I keep telling myself to buy steam cream off steamcream.co.uk and I still haven't got around doing it because I keep getting moisturisers from the sites that I order other things...One day, one day. This cream is just so glorious - it feels amazing on the skin; it's not too dense but don't underestimate it's moisturising power - it hydrates and locks it all in and leaves the skin feeling so lovely and soft.

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Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre. Make-up artists' favourite. And I can definitely see why. You don't need a lot to rehydrate the skin with this moisturiser and it really keeps the skin moisturised; use too much though and your skin may feel a little heavy, but this goes for all moisturisers out there! I use this before heavy makeup application because it creates a smooth and soft surface for makeup to adhere to and it's done wonders for the makeup. I tried this when I started seeing the makeup artists I work with use this on me and hey ho, always listen to a professional!

6. Sleeping Mask

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Honestly, I rarely use sleeping masks. Just never fully incorporated it in my routine and haven't tested many I would happily leave on my face overnight. This one that I'm getting through these days is the Goodal Waterest Vital Sleeping Mask. This has more of a gel-like consistency so it doesn't add heaviness to all the products I use before this final step. It also doesn't leave stickiness to the skin after application like the Vichy one has done before, so I feel safe sleeping in this. This does a good job in locking the moisture in over night because I've woken up in the morning not feeling as dehydrated as I have done without using this. However, this hasn't been part of my routine for a while because I haven't injected it in my habit. Autumn/Winter will be a good time to start trying to use this every night to see if this dehydrating thing improves over time.

So that's it for today! Did you find this helpful? I appreciate it's not a lot of new products that I'm introducing and I will keep trying more products to add to this list. Albeit short, I hope you find that you agree with some of the products I've listed, or suggest some new products for me to try out :) Hydration is the most crucial part of my beauty routine and goal and I am always on the lookout for products that help with it, because who doesn't like their skin to glow and feel plump and soft ;)

#31 - Skin Edit - What dehydrated skin does to you...

Because we're all fans of lists right ;) so here are more! My skin has been so dehydrated lately I just have this urge to talk about it now. Listing a few things I've experienced with dehydrated skin and how it affects me as a human and routines I added in/amended to help fixing the products. I will cover products next week to make it more focused/structured :)

1. Oily skin

So here's the thing, dehydrated skin and oily skin are 2 different things and you can still have oily skin when your skin is dehydrated. Essentially dehydrated skin is not determined my genes, i.e. not permanent, whereas dry skin is (how I understand it is how much oil your skin secretes). My genes dictate that I have oily skin, so when my skin is dehydrated, it starts to secrete oil in attempt to "moisturise" itself, which is...not really ideal. If you're in the same boat as I am, then we are looking at restoring that balance between water and oil in the skin so it doesn't secrete facial oil and cause you other skin troubles.

2. Flaky makeup

Personally I think dehydrated skin is one of the main factors to why makeup doesn't "stick". I've learnt from a young age that you need to prep your skin before makeup application but never quite understood what I had to do until I learnt more about my skin and what makeup artists do prior makeup application.

Hydrating makes your skin softer, which means that the surface that makeup goes on is smoother and because it's hydrated and moisturised, makeup tend to grip on better as well.

When I had bad dehydrated skin, it was super evident when I applied full coverage foundation. That stuff just cakes and turns patchy literally right after application....with primer. At first I thought it was the foundation that has stopped "working", but in reality, it was really my skin that needed help more than anything. I've tried the foundation again with better hydrated skin and it has gone on without a problem

3. Rough texture and lines

I've touched on this in my previous point, but dehydrated skin can cause some rough texture on your skin. These could be little bumps and fine lines. We all have fine lines, but dehydrated and dry skin accentuates that even more so than how it actually is because the skin lacks the moisture/particles that holds up the cells and plumps it up.

Granted that occasionally my bad skin is not down to dehydrating, but it is the most common cause to my bad skin. This can be not drinking enough water, not using enough hydrating products in the routine, not masking and not making sure that moisture is locked within the skin.

4. Acne

If you have oily skin, you may be more prone to acne when you have dehydrated skin because your skin secretes more facial oil to combat the dehydrated-ness. We all know what this means - more clogging, more inflammation, more spots.

and finally.....

5. Discomfort

Okay, I don't know about you, but when I love a hot shower and with the hard water where I live plus the temperature I shower in, it's really a given that my skin is dehydrated (trying very hard to change that habit). When I step out of the shower, I know for sure my skin is dehydrated with how tight it feels and how I have a strong urge to scratch it like I've got an itch. I know it's dehydrating because as soon as it touches water or toner again, it instantly feels okay again.

I am really not a fan of how dehydrated skin make the skin look and feel - dull, lifeless, itchy, tight...it honestly is just awful. Thankfully I use products and routine that puts that moisture back into the skin (before it evapourates during the night in my sleep....)

What other effects do you experience when you have dehydrated skin? Do you know how I feel or do you have more to add? What products to you use? What routine do you use? How do you make your skin stay hydrated?

#30 - Beauty Edit - 5 (more) beauty mistakes that I've made

You've read the first 5, here's another 5 for good measures!

1. Forgetting the neck and chest

The skin around your neck and chest are the same kind of skin on your face, so you should never neglect these 2 ares. I'll be honest, I still do forget sometimes, but most times I do remember and apply products, mask residue, and cream on these areas.

The neck is the easiest to show age - so more care should be taken!

2. Not moisturising enough before makeup

It really was until I started doing more and more shoots and applying thicker and thicker makeup to my skin that I notice how crucial it is for the skin to be hydrated and moisturised. Essentially because my skin is so much softer, plumper and smoother, it means that products cling on to the skin a lot better too. I definitely noticed the difference when I used a full coverage foundation with hydrated skin and slightly not-so-hydrated skin. 

Perhaps it's just me, but that full coverage foundation patched a lot less on my skin when it's properly prepped beforehand, which is something important you should do especially with heavy makeup! 

3. Applying too much makeup

There is such thing and you know it too. You know, layering on too much foundation on top of foundation, powder after powder, concealer on top of concealer

Look, if you need the coverage, then by all means, go ahead! But you should probably let each layer "dry" first before applying the 2nd later so it's gripped on to the skin first.

The instagram trend these days are the full coverage look and honestly, I've tried it, it looks ridiculous in real life (but amazing in pictures!) unless it's just incredibly well done, well blended and etc. But let's face it, most of us aren't, so let's stick with bit by bit!

4. Not using Serums

Yeah I don't know what I was thinking; probably thought, well, I can probably get away with it. You won't. And when you start using proper ampoules and serums, you will thank me for it. You can layer on thinner serums on to your skin, followed by thicker ones.

5. Not using eye cream

Again, not sure what I was thinking, but you should really use it. Eyes have much thinner skin than the rest of the body so... always apply a reasonable amount of eye cream around the eyes and anything excess? around the nose and mouth! It's never too soon to be doing anti-aging things!

Do you make these mistakes too, or is it really just me....?

#28 - Huxley - Secret of Sahara: Anti-Gravity [Impression]

So recently I've emptied my horse oil moisturiser and dove into buying a more...pricey moisturiser. Huxley has always been on my list to try and this moisturiser does not disappoint!

I really feel like I'm really late to the k-beauty game but at the same time there is so much to learn about these different brands and I'm really pleased that they are (somewhat) accessible.

So just a short first impression to this product.

I love it.

Yeah, that's it, really! I'm really fond of this - I still haven't come across a moisturiser that makes me think wowholy grail! Yet. Whilst this isn't a holy grail for me yet but I would happily buy another tub of this when I empty it.

This cream is formulated with organic sahara cactus oil (so it says) to strengthen the skin and creating a lifted and plumped appearance. With the amount of hydration it gives, you can feel the difference. Lifting though, is another story - I'm sure that will take some time! 

This cream is rich, yet light and not oily and keeps your skin moisturised. You don't need a lot of this for your whole face either, which is great because...well, you can use it for longer. I have sensitive, acne prone and oily skin and this hasn't fuelled my skin to break out, nor did my skin became dehydrated again after a while - it happens when I try gel moisturisers, which clearly are not "strong" enough fro my dehydrated skin!

The smell is light but not artificially fragrant but it does have a really lovely smell that doesn't overwhelm you. It's always a such a treat to use this last in my routine. 

This cream is easily absorbed, but does not clog. Although I do layer on serums and ampoules and masks beforehand, I still feel that this cream makes a difference when it comes to hydrating, and locks all the good stuff in well.

I'm definitely keen to try other products from the same brand! I got this from Cosmetic Jolse. They do some really sweet deals from time to time and stock many different asian beauty brands. Definitely check them out and if you have a haul, show me! I want to see what you've got.

 

 

 

#27 - Beauty Edit - 5 mistakes I've made in beauty, and the solutions

No pics today because I am going through a bad skin phase! This is what happens when you start a new job and not used to a brand new routine - I went from a night owl to a 6.30am wake -up (5.30am if I want to go to the gym), so I definitely feel like it's taken a toll because I have less time to do a full routine.

Regardless, thankful that I do have a job that keeps me alive... (until I spend it all on beauty products anyway).

ANYWAY.

Here are 5 mistakes that I've made, and occasionally still make, and what I did to rectify them

1. Only cleaning face with water in the morning

We forget how much dirt and dust and etc. is on the bed, on the pillow and in the room, especially if there is no ventilation, i.e. stale air. All these are still considered pollutants for the skin and I've legit woke up with dirty face. Historically I've rinsed it with water, but have found it not being clean enough as a base for further makeup and skin care. Dirty skin creates a barrier for products and stops them from going through and for me, makeup doesn't bode well on top of dirty skin.
Rectification: Cleaning my skin with cleansing water/micellar water/toner with a cotton pad does a far better job than just water. The hard water we have here in the UK really shouldn't remain on the skin anyway and in my evening routine, I wipe it off the same time I apply toner with a cotton pad. After cleansing water in the morning, I will apply toner, eye cream and moisturiser and let that set in for good few minutes before moving on to make up.

2. Not masking enough

For a masking addict like myself, this is hard to imagine, but I never used to mask frequently and regularly and only "saved it" before big days. What I didn't understand is that good skin is the byproduct of good habits and you need to be masking regularly/frequently to really see the effect of the product. Applying hylauronic acid one day make make your skin look amazing for that day, but it won't sustain til the next, and the following. With all products, regular use is important to see the long-term impact and your skin will tell you if it's not suitable for you relatively quickly.
Rectification: I consciously made the effort in masking more frequently and when my skin is feeling dull and just bad in general, I mask consecutively for a few days and see immediate improvement. Sometimes you just need to pay some extra attention to your skin, work in new habits in your routine.

3. Not listening to your skin

I know, this sounds really obvious, but you'd be surprised how many of us don't do it. there are certain products that would work for you and certain that don't and this applies for everyone. I mean, everyone. There will always be a general guideline or rule of thumb as to what products are best for what, but these don't necessarily dictate that these products are definitely going to work well. It may do, but would it work as well for you compared to your friend who has recommended it? We also get stuck in a routine sometimes and forget that our skin changes through the year, through age and through state of mind, diet...etc., and we wonder why the usual stuff isn't working lately. If it isn't working, you should take some care to explore what didn't work, what the reaction is, and observe your skin for a while to try and figure it out.
RectificationMy skin makes it really easy for me to know what doesn't work, but I now make the extra effort in observing what other feelings I have on my skin. Is it particularly oily, why, what has changed, what I've added in my diet that's caused me to break out (usually deep fried foods and junk food!). And I acknowledge that this problem is unlikely to be a one-day thing, so whatever I do to try to combat it, I will have to make the effort in doing it for a few days consecutively at the very least, and then see if the situation improves.

4. Not having a routine

I know, hard to imagine, but it took me a while to realise that I really have to take care of my skin. They say that your skin stays at the age you start taking care of it and I see so many young girls these days who don't take care of their skin properly, e.g. removing makeup with only makeup wipes, that, by the way, don't remove all the makeup!
Rectification: have a routine. There are so much I want to do with my skin - anti-aging, hydrating, whitening/brightening...etc. It's not possible nor effective to fit products that do everything in to one routine though, so I separate them and know what products are for what functions (especially for serums) and use those products when I decide on a routine that day.

5. Not regularly cleaning makeup tools

It's easy to neglect this when your schedule is hectic. There are many models who I know own brushes that look like they haven't been cleaned in months! You should be cleaning brushes and sponges after every use, but it's hard to do that when you have a day job and need to get up early in the morning, tired by the evening, then have to cook and etc. But this is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, so the longer you leave it on the brush  (which is now mixed with makeup and facial oils/skin), the dirtier your brush is, and that's just really, really, terrible for your skin. You might as well dip your face in a dirty puddle.
Rectification: wash. your. tools. If you don't have time, brush cleaner and isopropsyl alcohol 99% are your best friends. Get rid of the builk, and then work on the details and deep clean later. This should be a no brainer, really, but after witnessing these models' tools, I genuinely did not want to touch their faces!

 

That is all folks, hope you had an amazing weekend! What mistakes have you made and what have you learnt from them?

#26 - Skin Edit - Leftover mask...?

So how many of you use masks? And how many are as stingy as me? The following may be obvious but hey, I was always taught "don't be afraid to state the obvious", so here goes - just a super quick one today! A bit like a quick tip!

When I use masks, because I tend to use really thin masks, the mask itself is already drenched in serum and I see a puddle being left in the packet. And I never really throw what's remaining away because why throw away when I can use it....

I have an ongoing collection of these packets where I've used the mask and the serum remains

I have an ongoing collection of these packets where I've used the mask and the serum remains

That puddle of serum tho.....

That puddle of serum tho.....

So, because it makes absolutely no sense to my stingy self that I should throw away any of this, I usually keep it on the side in the bathroom with my other products so I can reach out for them the next morning to pat on my face, or in the evening when I may not have time for a mask (it's getting increasingly difficult with a new 8.30-6. I want to say 9-5 but no one really has a 9-5 any more, it's usually more than that....).

This serum is the same as your face mask so essentially you're just skipping out on the masking aspect and applying this as your would your other serums. For hydration masks, the residue I love using in the morning to give the skin a much needed boost.

I normally pour out the serum and pat it on my skin, or "scoop" it out and apply like cream. Then apply rest of the products in your routine and you are done!

That's it! Do you already do this? What masks do you use and what works for you?