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    Lily’s Touch Miracle Cream – is it worth the hype?

    Lured by positive reviews coming from skincare enthusiasts and some local celebrities in Instagram, I finally hit the Add To Cart button and have these PH-based magic creams delivered to my Singapore address. As a longtime user of Korean skincare products, it’s nice to stumble upon a much raved about skincare brand made from my motherland, the Philippines.

    Enter Lily’s Touch Miracle Cream Continue Reading

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    My Favorite SK II Skin Care Products

    SK 2 products review

    I’ve become a loyal user of Korean Skincare products for quite a while now especially after having tried their cult essence – Missha Time Revolution line. My experience with Korean skincare brands and their famous 7-step routine have been positive so please know it wasn’t an easy decision to take a break from the intricate K- regimen.

    Why the switch to Japanese brand SK-II?

    I have to admit that SK-II’s retargeting ads were very effective. I have used Pitera before but this time they’ve introduced a latest breakthrough in a new oil form combined with its sake-based Pitera essence.

    3 to 4 customized, multi-channel retargeting ads at 3 impressions per day later, I was finally convinced to hop on the Japanese skincare journey.

    It was also my way of giving my skin a break from the usual 7-10 step routine to a much simpler one for a good 6 months as of this writing.

    Here are my Top SK-II holy grail products:

    SK II Facial Treatment essence and facial treatment oil review

    1. Facial Treatment Essence – Pitera Power

    SK-II’s skincare products revolve around the main patented ingredient – Pitera. With its waterlike consistency, it is said to be rich in amino acids and vitamins that encourage skin rejuvenation and new cell turnover. I apply this twice a day after cleansing and it gets absorbed into my skin very quickly. Continue Reading

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    Benetint Cheek Stain vs Dandelion Powder Blush

    Dandelion Powder Blush

    I’m not really a fan of powder blushes because they usually don’t last as long as liquids and somehow don’t look natural on me. For years I have been using Benetint cheek stain that gives off a very natural, rosy flush radiance without looking like a clown.

    Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain Review

    Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain

    After applying CC cream, I dab the tint on my cheekbones and blend with my index finger (no buffing brush) to create a naturally sheer look. Continue Reading

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    Mario Badescu Drying Cream Review

    Mario Badescu drying crream review

    You mean hormonal zits? Of course I do get those occasional & stubborn breakouts that are so hard to tame. I finally convinced myself to try Mario Badescu’s drying cream and to keep it short I am so glad that it works!

    How To Use:

    Dab small amount onto clusters of affected areas until product blends into skin. Do not apply around the eye area.

    I apply it on the combat area overnight and the next morning the pesky pimple have shrunk. The mark usually goes away after a week. I have a lot to thank this cream for!

    Mario Badescu review

    Hello jawline hormonal zit, meet the sorcery in Mario Badescu.

     

    mario badescu drying cream review

    ah the wonders of science (and sulfur?)

    Mario Badescu drying cream is available in Sephora priced at only SGD26.

    P.S. I’ve also included Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing gel in my facial wash routine but I’ve yet to see what it does to my skin.

    Thanks ladies. Stay lovely and zit-free!



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    Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge – Crème and Neon Pink

    Make Up Forever Artist Rouge lipstick review

    You guys I’m back! It’s been 3 decades since the last review my hands are old and wrinkled as I type this. What’s new in the superficial world? Hah! Make Up For Ever has recently reintroduced its own new-and-improved line of Artist Rouge Lipsticks. The line has a wide selection of the usual culprits: bold colors and nudes

    Speaking of, I picked two of my main “usuals” – Nude & Neon Pink shades.

    Make Up Forever Artist Rouge Mat and Creme

    Left – Artist Rouge Creme C106 | Right – Artist Rouge Mat M203

    ARTIST ROUGE CREME C106

    This creamy high pigmented lipstick has a silky-smooth finish leaving no trace of tackiness. While it doesn’t really stays put for more than 3 hours, the major plus points for me, is that its formulated without the following:

    • Parabens
    • Sulfates
    • Phthalates

    which means beauty without compromise for us laaydies. I think this shade will look great on all skin tones.

    This isn’t any ordinary HDB wall – it’s an instagrammable HDB wall. Also I’m wearing Artist Rouge Creme shade and carrying 40+ kilos of a human being.

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    Skin Inc Pure UV Protect – nearly invisible CC cream

    Skin Inc Pure UV Protect review

    The holiday season is almost here, how’s your gift list coming along? I’m thrilled to see what beauty brands have in store for skin care gift sets this year while keeping an element of practicality in my pocket. Well to kickoff the gift giving quarter, I bought myself a little treat and finally decided to test another face cream – the Skin Inc Pure UV Protect.  I’ve been meaning to try this since the brand became available in Sephora, not to mention the very alluring and OCD-clean beauty counters are a hard-to-resist pull marketing strategy.

    What ‘s the lure?

    Skin Inc Pure UV Protect is an all-in-one makeup base, sunscreen, moisturizer and anti-aging cream that protects the skin from damaging UV rays whilst firming, hydrating and plumping and effortlessly airbrushes skin to perfection in one fuss-free application. It contains Ceramide and marine collagen that retains skin’s moisture, reduces the appearance of lines and provides perfect coverage without clogging pores. SPF 30 PA++

    Sounds like what my other CC creams can do too! The only difference is that this cream is too sheer it’s nearly invisible.

    When applied without blending, it can look 2x whiter than my skin tone but I was told not to worry cos it will pick up my undertones just fine.

    Pure UV Protect Skin Inc review

    Blend well until its invisible.

    Skin Inc Pure UV protect review

    Uh, my veins said hello! I can agree that the coverage of this product is not high which makes it a perfect choice for the “barely there” look. I like how it has that weightless airbrushed effect that doesn’t look too matte or greasy. It feels light enough and a week of using this cream didn’t break me out. Above all, it is paraben-free yay to the leaping bunny!

    Skin Inc Pure UV Protect review

    SGD72 – 30 ml

     

    Final thoughts

    If you advocate a healthy “barely there” finish, this face cream fits the bill. It’s particularly a good match for people with a bit of skin dullness wanting some coverage, but not a face full of cakey make up. Beat that foundation. Let’s go light shall we?

    Thanks for dropping by

    A little bit of this plus some sunshine and I’m ready to leave the house

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