Lo and behold, the HIGHLY anticipated blog post that took me forever to write. You would think I am used to showing my bare (horrifying) skin even after being on social media for a good year or two. Turns out, immortalising the scary acne-filled predicament of my skin is probably one of the toughest decision I have ever done. Y'all know, acne is literally the bane of my existence and I am constantly so embarrassed by the state of my skin that I would NEVER leave the house without concealing my blemishes. Someone even referred to my face as a Magnum. If you do not understand, here's why:
Yup, tell me about it. Coincidentally, this is my favourite Magnum flavour too so props to a good reminder on how sad my skin was every time I take a bite out of this delicious goodness! Acne definitely packed a punch against my self-confidence. I did EVERYTHING to solve my acne problem and today, I will be sharing with you what works, and the other methods you should never waste your time on. Even till now, I still catch myself being overly critical about my physical appearance. Hence, writing this post not only serves as a reminder to myself, but to let you guys know that you should take a breather & be kinder to yourself! ♥
Before I begin, I just want to highlight that acne is YOUR BODY telling you that it has enough. Enough of all the stress you put it through, enough of all the junk you ingest & enough of self-inflicted emotional/physical harm to yourself. There are many causes of acne, be it diet, stress, skincare etc; YOU need to find your cause and work towards solving that issue. Throughout the recent 2 years, I have discovered different causes of my acne and I will be sharing my journey along the way.
Wow, after a billion years of going MIA this year, I am finally back with a post and hopefully, just in time for you to snag up some amazing skincare must-haves! 2018 not only flew by for me, I barely have enough time to even sit down and talk to you guys. Nuff' said though, we have much to go through cuz' this 15% sale is definitely not one you want to miss! We only have a couple of hours left so let's get cracking!
This limited edition baby is one you may one to invest in this sale. I have been putting this to the test for awhile before officially sharing my thoughts but so far, it has been nothing but an absolute pleasant experience. My skin LOOKS brighter, refreshed and rejuvenated after each use.
Light therapy has been an on-going aesthetic trend and it is great to give yourself an at-home facial instead of heading down to your aesthetic clinic. I used to pay about S$150 for a blue light treatment to get rid of my zits but now, I can do it at ease in my bedroom. Of course, the intensity is lower compared to the one in the clinic but having the Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light just beside my bed stand makes it so much more accessible. This device is updated with 2 additional therapy lights on top of their usual 3. The main function of the lights can be selected according to your skin's needs. The only downside is the hefty price tag. If you are looking to invest in this and can't wait for the annual 20% sale, this is definitely worth looking into!
I swear by REFA because it literally gives you an INSTANT face-lift without much hassle! You are advised to use this with their Face Up Cream but I use it on my bare skin every morning to give me a V jawline. However, do note that it does not work with any oil-based products so if you are unsure, just be like me! Bare skin is the way to go. ;)
If you are bored of your average sheet masking experience, take it to the next level with this nifty UFO device from Foreo! Tried, tested & loved, it is such a efficacious product that transforms your entire masking experience. Implementing LED Light Therapy & Advanced Hyper-Infusion Technology, the device helps to infuse all the goodness of the masks into your skin. Expect an ultimate, quick and easy facial for instant glowing skin. My personal favourite is the night selection as it has a calming heat treatment + sonic pulsations to calm my stressed out skin.
I am SOY-OBSESSED and this is probably my all-time favourite cleanser that removes all my makeup without over stripping my skin. The limited edition version has 50ml more product but unfortunately, it is sold out online. You can always head down in stores to grab it. Trust me, this is definitely a deal you do not want to miss and once you go soy, you'll never go back!
The Solid Cleansing Oil in this Double Cleanse is basically my ride-or-die! It is so powerful, it even removes your sunblock which is a well-known culprit for clogged pores! The Cleansing Cream isn't revolutionary but it does the job of being a good step-2 of your daily double cleanse. I love this so much and I will definitely repurchase it when it's out.
Caolion is an underdog skincare brand in Sephora but their products are definitely formulated with a goal in mind! This Magic Black Powder Foam Cleanser gives a nice fluffy foam and effectively removes residual makeup and gunk from your skin. It is now permanently stashed in my luggage.
I'm sure you saw this coming. A cult favourite of many and an instant sell-out in Sephora, this is definitely one not to be missed. It is a gentle exfoliating toner that leaves you with brighter, smoother & bouncier skin. My tough skin definitely needs some acid love so it is such a dream for me!
This is such a great calming toner for your skin and plus, it smells divine! I love soaking a couple of cotton pads with this toner and leaving it on my face like a face mask. After just 5 minutes, my skin feels refreshed and hydrated. If you have yet to try anything from Mamonde, I would highly recommend this toner that is well-loved by many!
I only have one recommendation under this category cuz' nothing beats this powerhouse that works on ALL skin types. I have oily skin and it worked like a dream. I gave this to my friend who suffers from severe dry skin and it worked like magic for her too. It is a must-have for everyone and if you are a frequent flyer, this moisturiser will be your skin's best friend!
If you are new to Sunday Riley, I highly recommend getting the power couple set that consists of Good Genes & Luna Oil. Good Genes, used in the morning, is formulated with Lactic Acid to exfoliate your skin. Lactic Acid has the largest molecule size so it is much more gentler compared to other acids and suits even those with sensitive skin.
A viral oil that is probably in every beauty junkie's shelf, Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Night Oil is one of the few oils that I truly enjoy. Applied nightly, the retinol in this oil helps to reverse the signs of ageing as well as minimise your pores for smoother, younger skin. Awake to a revitalised canvas every morning and watch your skin gradually improve with each use!
With a rose quartz ball applicator, this is the ultimate eye pampering experience to hydrate and refresh your eyes. It is not oily at all and I use this both day & night just cuz' I wanna be a step closer to being as gorgeous as Miranda Kerr.
You have no idea how AMAZING this makes your skin feel until you've tried it yourself. I had a small patch test on the top of my hand during Sephora's Fall Press Day and the results were AMAZING! My skin was bouncier, softer, brighter, hydrated & all the other good stuffs, I was instantly blown away!
It has HA micro-pyramids that is meant to create tiny holes in your skin (just like micro-needling). When you apply the bio cellulose mask after, it instantly dissolves the little Hyaluronic Acid pyramids which is then absorbed into your skin. The "injury" on the skin provides better absorption of the product. It is such a great mask but you definitely gotta be rich af to use it frequently! Nonetheless, it is still a product that I highly recommend.
Another instant miracle worker, Dr Jart+ firming rubber mask gives you an instant tighter jawline. My only issue? It is severely overpriced here in Sephora! If you can, get it in Korea. Otherwise, snag this baby up during the 15% sale.
Oh my goodness, this Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask is god-sent for those who are after the Korean glass skin trend. The first time I had it on, I woke up to glossy, plumped and perfect skin. It was love at first use and I wish I can have an infinite stash of this. BOMB AF, it is a mask-have for all luminous skin lovers!
10 points for those who already guessed that this is going to be on my list. I am so obsessed with this mask (it smells funky though). Whenever my skin is looking a little tired or dull, I'll whip this out for a quick 5 minute pick-me-up and bam! My glow returns and my skin feels so loved right after! I have recommended this to many and they all tell me how much they love it. So if you have yet to invest in this, now's the right time to do so!
Strangely, Arcona is a brand that is not highly talked about even though their products are so good! This is my favourite out of the lot. A volcanic exfoliating mask that heats up when in contact with your skin. The heat opens up the pores for the clay to draw out any impurities. As you wash it off with water, the volcanic sand exfoliates the skin leaving you with smoother, brighter and ultra clean skin. It is my go-to heavy duty clay mask whenever my skin is looking like it has gone through the worst of hell and came back again.
The KING of all sleeping masks, Laneige Water Sleeping Mask should be in everyone's beauty stash just cuz' it is basically what started the sleeping mask trend. Not only does it actively restores moisture back to the skin, it even promotes better and deeper sleep all thanks to its fragrance technology! My favourite is the Lavender version as it instantly calms my nerves and puts me into a deep, restful sleep.
To be honest, this is the only product that I have tried once and made the list. I used it right before taking a 13 hour red-eye flight to Europe and for once, I had ZERO breakouts after the journey. I can only attribute it to this product and thank it for protecting my skin from all the germs on air. I will continue to put this to the test but first impression, score!!!
Healthy, glowing skin is all that I am looking for right now and this is a clear winner amongst all the other skin mists in the industry. I can never leave my house without dousing my face with this! It is a cult-favourite for a reason and if you spot someone with glorious dewy skin, it's probably this!
Phew! That is a hefty post of recommendations. I hope you guys enjoyed reading through my quick thoughts on every product. I have tried them all personally myself so these are all my top-shelves which I highly recommend. Thank you for reading and see y'all in the next one!
Hola guys! Back here today with a full roundup of It's Skin's newest Tiger Cica line that comprises of not only quality skincare, but also makeup that can help treat your skin issues. I am pretty sure the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the brand It's Skin is the iconic Prestige Creme D'escargot. Did you know that it was them who were the FIRST to introduce snail products in the market? Just like how we are all hooked to the amazing efficacy of products infused with snail mucin, we will be drawn into the newest Tiger Cica line that incorporates Tiger Herb (Centella Asiatica) that would help heal existing wounds on the skin.
We are always on the quest for healthy glowing skin. Some might even spend thousands just to restore youth or attain luminosity in the skin. For those of you who have followed me closely on my Instagram Stories or Snapchat, you would have noticed how radiant my skin looks despite putting it through so much in the sweltering Dubai heat. Lucky for me, I discovered Evanessence right before jetting off and my skin is definitely thankful for how much it has helped me throughout the past week.
Radiant skin can only be achieved slowly for me as I NEVER go to facials. With my terrible history with acne, facials and extractions scare me. Laser treatments from my favourite clinic is the only procedure that I would undergo just to achieve clear, radiant skin. However, with my ultra tight schedules shuffling between work and events, I barely have time to keep up with my monthly visits and let alone take extra time to care for my skin. With Evanessence, I would say, it is a short cut for your daily skin pampering, perfect for all you #girlbosses out there who are always striving for greater heights.
Vitamin C, the key product that is highly sought after in the beauty world for its brightening and anti-ageing effects, is probably harnessed by every brand in the skincare market. I'm sure many of you are curious, what makes each one unique to themselves and do they really work?! Being a full-time beauty investigator, I am constantly searching for the next IT product that would work magic on my skin. When I found out about Clinique's newest Fresh Pressed 7-Day System during their launch event, I knew I had to test it out.
With the innovative two-step system, Fresh Pressed contains pure Vitamin C that promises to give you brighter, radiant skin. The Fresh Pressed System also claims to turn back the clock of ageing and leave you with a firmer youthful glow. Well, it is my first time trying out such an interesting product so after completing my #7DayChallenge, here are my thoughts on the next IT Vitamin C skincare.
Let me see a show of hands, anyone equally as obsessed with clay masks as I do? I'm sure those who have oily skin would get where I am coming from. The only thing that can clear out all the gunk in our pores is a good clay mask. Recently, I was introduced to Tsururi, a Japanese skincare brand that was newly brought into Watsons and their range of clay masks blew me away.
Formulated with 100% botanical ingredients, their products are modelled after the Japanese way of achieving pure, clear & smooth skin. The key ingredient in majority of Tsururi's products is Ghassoul Mineral Lava Clay, curated from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. In case you didn't know, this clay is insanely rich in minerals and is an exceptional ingredient for both skin and hair care. Negatively charged, this clay acts as the perfect magnet to detoxify the skin off positively charged impurities like sebum & blackheads.