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Lancome Skincare Gifts: Will I Buy The Full Sizes?
Lancome Skincare Gifts: Will I Buy The Full Sizes?
One of my beauty secrets to owning more with splurging less is to look out for worthy “Gifts with Purchase” offers on main shopping sites. While browsing the Nordstrom beauty sale for a new moisturizer one day, I couldn’t help but be temped with their gifts offer.   For every USD40 spent, I could receive a gift pouch of the following tester-sized items - Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Day Cream, Advanced Génifique Face Serum, a black mascara, a 5-color eyeshadow quad, and a natural color matt lipstick.   For someone who loves skin care and make-up equally, the set is a nice mix of products of both types. I was very excited by the day cream and serum as I have only heard how effective they were. Besides, they do not come cheap in standard sizes and this is a great chance for me to try them before committing to bigger sizes. The powerful day cream claims to show visible results in just one week with its rich formula. I also like how it’s added with SPF 15 for additional protection against sun damage. A little goes a long way for this cream. I can spread a small dollop on cleansed toned face with ease, and the cream never feels too sticky.   For LANCÔME - Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum, I have previously used a standard size of the product and have sung praises about it to all my friends. The anti-aging face serum with bifidus prebiotic claims to fight 10 key signs of aging, and visibly improve radiance in just 7 days. After using this serum for a week, I do feel that my skin tone is more radiant and even. The travel size bottle is perfect for traveling or for use during flights for a quick hydration boost.   Since I am now indoors  more than ever, I have not used the eyeshadow quad yet but I love how the nude colors are perfect for everyday day wear. The lipstick I received is in a shade of nude cherry, which is great to add a hint of color on the lips for neighborhood walks. The matt formula also slides easily on my lips, without drying them out in the hot summer climate. I love the mascara included. The brush and formula is close to the brand’s Définicils High-Definition Mascara version. The iconic mascara creates clean and defined, natural-looking lashes, which is useful for days when I still want a natural and look put together for Zoom meetings. Even though the mascara wand is smaller than standard size, the fine comb-like brush with its “hedgehog” bristles pattern hleps to dispense the perfect amount of product lash-by-lash.   Tip: Lancome website is now offering a sale on the above products! With the purchase of a 3.9 oz. Advanced Génifique serum, recieve a complimentary 1 oz. serum. Enjoy a full size Rénergie Lift Multi-Action eye cream with the purchase of a 2.6 fl. oz. Rénergie Lift Multi-Action SPF 15 day cream.
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Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum
LANCÔME-Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum
Holy Grails! Hyperpigmentation Must-Have!
Holy Grails! Hyperpigmentation Must-Have!
Growing up in Southeast Asia, I am accustomed to being under the harsh sun (and sweltering heat) all year. Coupled with my love for outdoor activity, it is inevitable that my skin is prone to dark spots on the cheeks as well as dark patches around the nose and chin, which also occurs partly due to genes.    Hyperpigmentation can be caused by anything — whether it’s a pimple, a bad case of eczema, the sun, genetics, hormones, etc. Triggered by inflammation of any kind, the skin reacts and leaves a dark mark that can be tough to remove. One of the biggest hyperpigmentation causes is UV light, which stimulates melanin production. Hence, I have grown to be disciplined with sunscreen, even when I am staying indoors all day.   I have also found two products that are particularly helpful with lightening my darker spots on my cheeks. The first item is the My Clarins RE-BOOST refreshing hydrating cream. The pink cream-gel moisturizer is infused with a cocktail of fruit extracts to boost skin’s energy and hydration.   Infused with a refreshing blend of organic goji berry, fig, acerola seed, organic apricot oil and tamarind pulp acid, and detoxifying floral extract, the natural blend smells fresh, and it helps to boost my skin radiance and smoothe skin texture. The vegan-friendly cream can seem not rich enough sometimes. For days when I need extra hydration, I layer a hydrating serum or a potent SKII product underneath the cream first.   The second item that helped with my pigmentation is SK-II R.N.A.POWER Radical New Age Cream. The silky texture is perfect for both cold and hot climates, resulting in zero residue when applied under make-up. The cream is made with SKII star ingredient PITERA, derived from yeast fermentation that resembles skin's natural moisturizing factors. Other ingredients in the mix such as RNArchitect Complex and Niacinamide, a type of vitamin B3 complex, also helps with gettig a more even skin tone and complexion. I usually apply this luxurious cream after traveling and flying to soothe my parched skin. I have also noticed that a week is all it takes for this cream to work its magic in the skin.
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R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream
SK-II-R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream
All You Need To Know About Vitamin C & Retinol – How I Use Them
All You Need To Know About Vitamin C & Retinol – How I Use Them
My skin is combination skin, meaning my skin is dry and sometimes flaking on the cheeks, while oil and shine appears on other areas, especially on the forehead, nose and chin.   As I am past 30 years old now, I am looking for a skincare product that helps to soften the appearance of wrinkles, refine skin texture, and improve uneven skin tone – all of which retinol and vitamin C can be useful for.   You have probably seen “retinol” in skin care products and beauty articles but what is it exactly?  A derivative of vitamin A, the powerful ingredient helps fight against signs of aging skin. It is also the top ingredient prescribebd by dermatologists to improve the appearance of collagen-depleted skin, boost skin renewal and reduce the signs of aging.   Vitamin C is a proven antioxidant that helps to brighten skin, even out tone, shield from pollution, improve hydration, and reduce signs of aging – which all sound good to me.   A convenient way for me to incorporate both ingredients in my skincare routine is Clinique Fresh Pressed Clinical Daily + Overnight Boosters. The booster serums come in a set of Pure Vitamin C 10% for day use and Vitamin A (Retinol) for night use. The potent day-and-night serum system definitely helped to brighten and tighten my overall skin tone in a short time.   To activate the serum in bottle, remove foil at the end of the bottle and firmly press inner bulb two times to release vitamin into the de-aging soothing emulsion. Shake 15 seconds. Remove cap and press bulb two to three times to dispense into palm of hand. Mix in a dollop of moisturizer and soothe all over face.   I would recommend this product for anyone who is looking for a quick boost before an important event or during days when you feel like your skin needs a strong and powerful recharge. After use, the pores on my skin appear smaller and my skin texture definitely felt improved. Whilst the system is effective and simple to add to my beauty routine, it can still be pretty pricey to use in the long run as each set only lasts for about 7 days.
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Fresh Pressed Clinical Daily + Overnight Boosters with Pure Vitamins C 10% + A (Retinol)
CLINIQUE-Fresh Pressed Clinical Daily + Overnight Boosters with Pure Vitamins C 10% + A (Retinol)
Gentle Face Cleansers to Soothe Combination Skin
Gentle Face Cleansers to Soothe Combination Skin
Selecting the right cleanser for your skin is key for a clear, glowing complexion. I have combination skin – an oily T-zone with the occasional bumps and cheeks that tend to feel dry and tight.   I am careful about using the right face wash as I know the right one will thoroughly remove dirt and excess oil while still not maintaining my skin’s natural pH balance and natural oils.  CLINIQUE - Liquid Facial Soap Clinique liquid facial soap is a considered a cult product. It cleanses any make-up residue on my face without stripping my face dry. On days that I skip make-up products, just the facial soap does it for me. The pump dispenses also helps me obtain just the right amount to clean. To use: lather facial soap between palms and massage over face and throat. Rinse clean and pat the skin dry. I use this twice a day as it does not cause my skin to feel too tight. Neutrogena - Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser delivers its promise. The key is its extraordinarily mild creamy formula. The hydrating cleanser clarifies skin and leave it feeling moisturized in just one step. My skin never feels tight or too dry after using this, and it also keep breakouts on the forehead and chin at bay. I also usually follow-up with a toner on cotton pads for an even cleaner wash and gentle exfoliation afterwards.   ST. Ives - Fresh Skin, Apricot Scrub Scrubs are also important for me, especially on days when I want a more thorough cleanse. St. Ives Fresh Skin Face Scrub in Apricot is considered a cult product, and I have been using this for years! Each dollop is a paraben-free scrub that deeply exfoliates and removes impurities to reveal my glow. Made with apricots, the scrub also smells delicious, especially in the mornings.
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 Fresh Skin, Apricot Scrub
ST. Ives- Fresh Skin, Apricot Scrub
My Secret To Clean Skin!
My Secret To Clean Skin!
Step 1: Drink a glass of warm water with lemon A rich source of vitamin C, lemon contains immense health benefits ranging from its antibacterial properties to its immune boosting abilities. Lemon juice acts as a digestive agent and helps in cleansing the liver for better digestive health. I add two slices of fresh lemon to a cup of warm water in the morning for a detoxifying boost, and I continue to sip this mug throughout my morning.   Step 2: Wash face with a gentle cleanser and cold water A clean face is as important in the day as it is in the evening. I use a gentle face cleanser, depending on my skin concerns at the moment. For combination skin, I recommend the Neutrogena - Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser that won’t strip your skin of its essential moisture. Unlike usual foaming cleansers, this cleanser formula is gel like and ensures that my skin is clean yet moisturized for the next step.   Step 3: Tone and moisturize Toning the face after cleansing helps to minimize the appearance of pores, and also balances the skin's pH levels. This is an important step that I won’t ever miss. I like how my skin is purified and ready to absorb nutrients from any moisturizer that I apply on later. For moisturizers, my favorite is CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ that feels rich yet silky smooth on my skin.   Step 4: Depuff face with face roller This is my secret for a firmer and tighter looking face contour. After using toner and applying moisturizer to my cleansed skin, I use my ReFa - CARAT on my face for about 5 minutes. Massaging with a face roller aids to boost blood circulation to the face and neck area which helps to improve skin tone and texture over time. Check out my detailed review of the face roller in another post.   Step 5: Apply sunscreen I NEVER skip sunscreen in my morning beauty routine, even if I am staying indoors all day. I switch between two brands - Murad - City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++ and NNeutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Suncreen, SPF 45, which is very reasonably priced and available in most drugstores. I carefully apply a thin layer of sunscreen all over my moisturized face, not forgetting areas that are easy to miss, such as my chin, neck and ears.
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 Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Suncreen, SPF 45
Neutrogena- Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Suncreen, SPF 45
Make-up Color Match Combo: Neutral Blush + “Red Bean Paste” Lipstick   
Make-up Color Match Combo: Neutral Blush + “Red Bean Paste” Lipstick  
"Red bean paste" lipstick refers to the color shade of the lipstick rather than the taste of the bean. The general standard of the color falls somewhere between red, pink, and brown – similar to that of a universally flattering shade of "red bean paste". Like any other lipstick, picking one that mismatches your skin tone will run the risk of looking too mature instead. However, the general spectrum of this shade is so easy to carry off on different skin tones for various occasions. Here, I'm wearing Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution Lipstick in the shade – Walk of Shame. CT claims that 1 Matte Revolution lipstick is being sold every 30 seconds, and I can see easily why! The cult lipstick glides on easily without drying my lips, thanks to its antioxidant lipstick tree and orchid extracts. The berry rose-tinted shade is one of the most famous "red bean paste" shade of lipstick as it flatters a wide range of skin, as evident on CT product description on its website. To let this lipstick truly shine on my face, I use a neutral blush to subtly enhance my features. The trick of choosing shades that are in the same colour family without being too matchy helps. The pair works together in unison to balance out and give my face a natural sun-kissed glow. The blush adds a natural rosy flush with fine specks of gold dust that is not overpowering.
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Hot Lips Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury-Hot Lips Lipstick
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