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How To Clean Your Face: Part 2

DAILY LUXE: Steam Cream

In my profession, I use my hands a lot for examining and treating clients, and I wash my hands a lot!!! This makes them dry and lackluster. I bought a hand cream a couple of months back. I moisturize my hands in the car, after washing, and whenever I have free time & hands to do so. Yes, it did help moisturize my skin, but I didn’t like the smell :( (more about this hand cream in another post)

One day, I was at the mall and found myself checking out some hand creams (even if my current one was still half-full!). Thirty minutes into the “shopping”, my hands and arms were covered with different products. Finally, I went ahead and bought this moisturizer: Steam Cream.

I was drawn to this moisturizer primarily because of it’s lovely packaging! All the can designs are of limited quality. I was lucky to have found this super cute heart design in pink (my favourite colour) at 45% off. It’s a Valentine’s Day design, but I thought it’ll still work for the whole year :)

Steam Cream is actually a moisturizer for the face, body & hands. But I only use it on my hands as I keep it inside my work bag. It’s marketed as a lightweight moisturizer made with natural ingredients that are fused together by steam. It does smell lovely :) When I use it, my skin does feel hydrated and not greasy… But i feel like I have to apply this product often to keep my skin soft and supple.

It’s a bit pricey, and I’m happy I got it on sale. I’m not sure if I’ll buy it again though. Because aside from the price and the frequency in application, I’m not too keen on having a body moisturizer inside a tub/jar. I think it’s more hygienic to apply the product from a tube.

All in all, I’m glad I got to try it!

Check out SteamCream 

How To Clean Your Face: Part 1

LIKE RETINOL???: Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate
Because I read the active ingredients and reviews about new products, I am not easily enticed to try new skin care regimen. However, I just read an article about the Clarins family, and, more recently, about this new Double Serum. The article captions this product as comparable to retinol (read here). Really? 
I am a retinol-lover! (Read my blog on tretinoin here.) So that claim above perked my interest. :) 
Have you tried this product? What do you think?
Check Clarins for more information about the Double Serum.

LIKE RETINOL???: Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate

Because I read the active ingredients and reviews about new products, I am not easily enticed to try new skin care regimen. However, I just read an article about the Clarins family, and, more recently, about this new Double Serum. The article captions this product as comparable to retinol (read here). Really? 

I am a retinol-lover! (Read my blog on tretinoin here.) So that claim above perked my interest. :) 

Have you tried this product? What do you think?

Check Clarins for more information about the Double Serum.

CLEANSING TECHNIQUE: Clarisonic Mia

I haven’t been able to update this blog for far too long… :( I really should as I love trying out different products, and I think it would be great to write my thoughts on them…

Anyway, this is what I’ve been craving lately: Clarisonic Mia. You see, my face broke out in January and, although it got much better with topical medicines and bi-monthly diamond peels, I’m still quite irritated with some of the bumps and pigmentations left on my skin. The Clarisonic has been trending for quite sometime now, and it’s only recently that I got the chance to read on it. It really sounds interesting… (Read about it here.) Since I don’t have this yet, I decided to try the cleansing technique that was recommended on the post. Using a small squirt of my current skin cleanser (Hyalure**), I massaged parts of my face in a gentle circular motion for 20 seconds at a time (ex: forehead - 20 seconds, cheeks - 20 seconds, etc), and what do you know? I felt that this technique really cleaned my skin very well.

(PS: I didn’t really follow any cleansing technique in washing my face before I read about it on the Clarisonic page. Like, it’ll take me 30 seconds tops to wash my whole face. No wonder it didn’t feel squeaky clean!)

So now, I wonder if it’s the cleansing technique or the Clarisonic that will really make a difference…

**Hyalure is mild soap-free cleanser with hyaluronic acid. I’ll write a review on it soon!

Photo from: Clarisonic

I’m into aromatherapy as of the moment, and this article is an interesting idea…

GOOD SCENTS

Think you’ve seen it all when it comes to wearing fragrance? What if you could try on a scent and take it off on a whim, without having to scrub at the offending wrist, neck, or wherever you apply perfume (that’s really your business)? Well, cue the trumpets because now you can, thanks to Lisa Hoffman Beauty and the brand’s new collaboration with jeweler Tom Binns.

“What I really wanted was a way to encourage people to wear fragrance their way,” Hoffman explains, showing off the collection of pendants, cuff bracelets, and earrings, which hold scented beads made from sustainably sourced wood. The pendants, available on her website for $250, are a series of perforated orb lockets in five different finishes (brushed matte gold, rose gold, yellow gold, rhodium, and deep bronze) that resemble attractive seed-pods, which hold tiny fragrance-infused beads. (The cuff bracelets will be available in November, the earrings in January ’13.)

As for the scents? “Most women want something that works for them,” the skincare-purveyer-turned-perfumer says. Her website even has a nifty scent-finder application called iScentify, based on the same principles as the music app Pandora: you tell it which fragrance notes you like the most, from a selection ranging from soft floral, fruity, green, citrus, “floriental,” woody, watery, gourmand, and powdery, and it makes recommendations for you from among her scent offerings, which include Japanese Agarwood (bergamot, spiced ginger, amber), Madagascar Orchid (jasmine, yiang dew, peony), Tuscan Fig (vanilla bean, honeysuckle, coconut wood, and gardenia), and French Clary Sage (yellow freesia, cotton accords, french clary sage). For the record, we’re very into the Japanese Agarwood.

Regarding Binns, a jeweler known for his neon-crystal necklaces and safety-pin earrings, Lisa says, “Tom really liked the idea of crossing over into beauty, into fragrance. He made the point that fragrance and jewelry are both worn close to the skin, on the pulse points. He liked the intimacy of it, and the newness.” For those of you looking to spice up your scent life, you can mix the fragrance beads as you see fit, or you know, just wear the jewelry sans beads if you feel like it. The orbs last for two to three weeks before requiring refreshment, and one jar of beads ($20) will last you about as long as a bottle of perfume. But would you wear a bottle of perfume around your neck after it runs out?! We thought not.

Source: Into The Gloss

MY NEW CRUSH: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain

I’m not one to try different kinds of lip products, because my lips are quite sensitive and chap quickly. I am loyal to Chapstick and Kiss My Face lip balms, and the only lipstick I can tolerate was Maybelline moisture extreme lipcolour in chestnut.

I have been feeling quite beauty and fashion starved lately as work and many other life happenings keep me from shopping… So when I saw Emma Stone’s advertisement on the bright colors of Revlon Just Bitten Kissable line, I was intrigued and inspired. At first, I tried the stain, the one that had a point like a felt-tip marker. The color was off (or maybe I didn’t pick the right one) and my lips chapped that night. Sad! So it took me about a month before I tried this balm stain… I am sooooo happy I did, because I love the color and it doesn’t make lips chap! Hooray! Plus, it’s long-wearing. I only need to apply my lip balm mid-day to get that shine again. Love love love it!!!

I’m a natural-make-up-look kind-of-girl. It takes me 5 minutes to put on on face, except when I decide too wear eyeliner — which takes me forever.

Came across this post… Which also makes me think about fragrances… Been searching for a perfect one. Maybe I’ll try that Chloe eau de parfum. I think I’ll like to smell like Christmas! Read on…

When it comes to my beauty routine, I aim for a more natural look for both day and evening — so, admittedly, I hardly consider myself a makeup guru. I do, however, have a handful of recent favorites that I swear by and figured I should spill!
In the top photo, from clockwise from top left:
1.) Estée Lauder Intense Kajal Eye Crayon — perfect for a winged cat eye look. I’m not much of an eyeshadow gal, but love using this crayon smudged just a bit for a more dramatic, evening look.
2.) Bare Escentuals Warmth All Over Face Color — gives just the right amount of a sun-kissed glow, sans sun.
3.) Estée Lauder Daywear Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Cream SPF 35 — I’ll usually put this on right before my foundation, or if it’s the weekend, I’ll opt for just this, as it’s lightly tinted and does wonders to even out your skin tone. Plus, gotta have the SPF!
4.) Chanel Vitalumiere Moisture-Rich foundation — this is a recent addiction of mine. Absolutely love the almost dewy effect it has. 
5.) Benefit “They’re Real!” mascara — got hooked on this right after this fun little shoot. Gives great volume without looking too over done. 
6.) Chanel Correcteur concealer — spot control done right. Just a little goes a long way under the eyes and blemishes. 
7.) Chanel foundation brush #6 and #7 — I used to use a makeup sponge applicator and only recently switched over to using brushes. I highly recommend making the investment purchase for this. Application is much more even and if taken care of properly, these brushes can last quite a while.
8.) Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte — my go-to for on-the-go touch ups.  
9.) Chloe eau de parfum — while I normally switch off between my Chanel No. 5 or Balenciaga, I just added this Chloe scent to the rotation, (thanks to Fragrance.net!) and love how refreshing it is. Notes of rose, powder and even a slight hint of honey. The man friend’s take? He thinks it smells like Christmas, which I think is boy code for, “I like it.”