All posts filed under: Skincare

Favorite Brands of 2017

2017 is the year of venturing out, by that I mean instead of sticking to the usual well-known brands like I usually do, I discovered and tried a lot more emerging/new brands (thanks to Instagram); some of them even became my favorite brands.   This perfectly goes along with my 2018 resolution of taking more risks. If I did not, I would never find these new brands. 1. Oak & Fort I found Oak & Fort accidentally on Instagram. It’s a Canadian brand created by a Korean designer. The simple yet sophisticated style immediately caught my eyes. It reminded me of Aritzia. But Oak & Fort feels younger, more trendy and has a much more friendly price point. The only thing worried me was the quality of the pieces (reason why e-commerce will never fully replace retail). Luckily, I found their store in Soho and got a grey silk long skirt for $80 with impeccable quality. It was probably one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe , EVER. Unfortunately I dripped foundation onto the …

What I do to avoid dry flaky skin this winter?

Winter is not my favorite season, especially this year. To be more precise, it’s the past two weeks of this winter. It was windy, brutally cold, and I felt itchy all the time, not because I did not shower,  because my skin was so dry. And because of that, I have tried and tested a couple of tips that worked for me dealing with dryness (aside from drinking more water).   #1 Don’t wash your face in the shower Hot water can dry your skin out – don’t tell me you can pleasantly have a shower with lukewarm water during winter time, which is what you are supposed to wash your face with. I always try to remove my makeup and cleanse my face at the sink before jumping into the shower. It is also a good way for you to focus on properly removing your makeup.   #2 Use oil cleansers morning & night, not foamy ones Oil cleansers are much less stripping than foamy cleansers or gel cleansers. Although foamy cleansers give you the …

Affordable beauty products that feel like a million bucks!

We all like pretty things – that is why a $35 mini diptyque candle with a golden unicorn sticking to container would make us click add to bag so quickly that we don’t even think about the fact that the sticker probably accounts for half the price of that candle but cost only $1 because it’s a STICKER BUT IT LOOKS PRETTY. Don’t take me wrong, packaging is an important part of the whole experience. But if for some reason, maybe you splurged on too many diptyque candle like I have, you might need some bank-friendly options, a.k.a, products with less marketing budget, but are just as good, I assure you. I keep a list of alternatives to my favorite products (makeup & skincare) that I go to whenever I am guilty of spending too much money. I found the products themselves are just as good (if not better) than the pricier options. For some categories, I have not found affordable ones that rise to the same level of my favorites. I swear by my MV …

5 absolute essentials you need in your skincare routine

Every time I went on and on about skincare, someone in the group always say “all those steps, I am too lazy for that”, which I totally understand! My husband always tease me about me taking an hour putting on all the products and another hour taking them off and putting on more. For all you quick-and-get-it-done girls out there, I am going to share my thoughts on the products I absolutely cannot live without in my skincare routine.   Cleansing Oil The first and most crucial step is cleansing – a cleansing oil. I am in the process of phasing out my foamy cleansers, because although they give you the satisfying squeaky-clean feeling, they tend to strip out your natural oils and cause more oil production from skin to rebalance it, which could very possibly lead to large pores and breakouts.   Oil cleansers, however, can bind to dirt without clogging the pores and take off “bad oils” with good oils, so leaving skin clean and hydrated. My facialist at Heyday told me if you want …

Get ready for Sephora VIB 2017 Sale

Behold VIB and VIB Rouge, the November 20% off sale is coming your way. This is a time all the good stuff sell out pretty quickly. So I am here to help you get organized and also to prevent you from buying anything too impulsively (as we all tend to do with discount at hand).   Skincare: Sephora is my favorite place to buy skincare. You need at least a week to test and see if skincare products work. And Sephora is one of the very few places you can return within 60 days of purchase.   The one brand you need to buy from with this upcoming event is Drunk Elephant. Not only because every product I’ve tried from this brand is amazing, but also because Drunk Elephant almost never offers discount elsewhere. If you have never tried the brand before, Sephora has some amazing value sets you can start with.   You can start to see my thinking process is that I only stock up on or try brands that don’t often have 20% …

A round up of Glossier products and yada yada yada…

The internet probably is crowded with Glossier reviews now. Still, I thought I should do a round up on Gossier products in this one post so you can plan you shopping accordingly – to make your life easier – my goal with all my blog posts – I personally don’t like blog posts with a bunch of photos and no words. You?   *Use my link to get 10% off your first order  and I can get $10 too. Win-win is the best!   Products I would repurchase:   Body hero daily perfecting cream: Honestly, I am not a huge fan of the floral smell. I like it and It does smell expensive – it’s just I am more a woody notes kind of girl. However, the texture and finish are amazing – nourishing but not sticky. I would definitely repurchase it for winter.   Cloud paint: never have I love a cream blush so much. These are natural-looking, long-lasting & multi-tasking cream blushes with amazing color selections. They are my favorite products from Glossier – …

How to get through a busy week with good (if not amazing) skin

An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. The smartest approach would be to get prepared early (no brainer huh), eat clean and healthy, maybe do a 7-day juice detox before that busy week. But hey, we rarely have the luxury to know if we are going to be stressful in xx days time until we are actually in the situation and with 3 zits popping up (me last week).   Bad skin is just piling up on the stress you already have. If you cannot stop being busy and stressed, try to find a way to manage it. Last week, by some miracle or due to the remedies I did, I was able to make my stress pimples disappear in a week and my skin did not go down the path of absolute sh**hole- thought you can try some of them for when you are in need.   Supplements Other than trying really hard not to stress eating , supplements are really useful for helping your body and skin handling stress. I did not …

#SummerBeauty: Is Birchbox Dying?

Is beauty subscription box boom over, or is it just Birchbox? A few months ago, lured by the very enticing marketing image of the Birchbox April Magic Box , I decided to give Birchbox another try after cancelling its service a year ago due to constant disappointment in its sample offerings – the alleged personalized samples lead me to end up with too many samples from unheard brands that I was just too scared to put on my face. Unfortunately, nothing changed, I end up with only one of the samples showed in the image, and the rest are products that I will never use, that Birchbox probably acquired at 0 cost from these small brands, and could not wait to get rid of. I really respect Birchbox as the forth runner in beauty subscription services. However, they expand their business to online/retail beauty store too quickly that they lose the very core of their service, which probably is not too profitable, but is indispensable in bring in loyal customers that they can build their …

#SummerBeauty: Christophe Robin Purifying Shampoo

Christophe Robin, according to many press, is one of the most popular luxury hair care brands in the market. So I got hold of its purifying shampoo with great hope that it would save my oily scalp and dry hair ends during summer time; $38 for 250ml – it must work wonders. Ironically, turns out the descriptions: “Greasy Roots & Dry Ends” on the bottle means its actual effect not what it helps with. The so-called purifying shampoo made my scalp more greasy and hair ends more dry after each wash. At first, I thought it was because I did not wash off products properly. But later I realize the not-clean feeling is exactly what this shampoo gives you. I prefer my $3 Head & Shoulders shampoo to this fancy but not effective one, just for the sake of having clean hair. On the bright side, I would say this is the kind of products perfect for anyone with dry scalp and oily hair ends. Oh, and it smells quite chic.