Category Archives: Beauté

What I’ve been using recently

I have a list of products that I always go back to, but I love trying new products too. In the past month I’ve introduced some new products to my skincare routine and my skin is taking well to them.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream: I bought this when I had run out of my Philosophy moisturiser on my New York trip. The weather was punishingly cold (and it’s supposed to be spring already!) and I knew I needed something more moisturising than usual so I picked this baby up. Its consistency is slightly heavier than the my usual Philosophy Hope in a Jar moisturiser, so I would warm it up between my fingers before applying it on my face. I liked it that it’s fragrance-free and it gets absorbed into my skin easily. I was worried that it would be too oily for my skin but my worries were unfounded. The only con about this product is that it’s in a tub form so people who are finicky about hygiene may have an issue with it but I’m unfussed by that.

SKII Cellumination Aura Essence: I decided to purchase this because I had good experience previously with the SKII Cellumination Essence EX. It has a light texture, spreads easily and gets absorbed into my skin quickly. Although I’ve just started using it on a daily basis, I haven’t really paid much attention to its brightening effect. But as long as it doesn’t make me break out, it’s all good for now. That being said… It’s quite pricey, but if it does its job well, it’s acceptable right? Hahaha, we shall wait and see.

Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose: Picked up this up because of its adorable pocket-sized tin packaging! It’s light pink in the tin, and smells really yummy upon application. It is moisturising and it’s a good thing it’s not flavoured as well because I would be licking my lips ever so often! Now I’m regretting not getting a few more tins in other flavours to try but that’s okay, there are still so many lip balms to try out there.

 Fresh Lip Sugar Scrub: I use lipsticks a lot so it bothers me that sometimes lipsticks do not go on evenly when I apply it. I had been diligent with my moisturising but not with the exfoliation bit. I wanted to make my own lip scrubs with sugar, honey and lemon (ooh, it tastes yummy too) but I always found it too time-consuming. So when I walked into Sephora on my New York trip, I knew this item is going to come home with me along with other products. I tried it for the first time and I realised the awesomeness of this product. I pick up just a little of the product and run it over my lips. It doesn’t crumble easily and the oils in the product really nourish my lips, leaving me with soft, kissable lips (that I want Kev to kiss!).

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Bite Lip Lab

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I’ve heard about this amazing place called the Bite Lip Lab by Bite Beauty where you can customise your own lip colour, so I made it one of my must-go places when I visited New York a couple of months back. I excitedly made my appointment via email and I couldn’t wait for the experience!

I was about 15 minutes early for my appointment and when I got there, they asked me to come back on time instead as it seemed like they were quite busy.I must add that the space seemed quite small and slightly narrow. When it was finally my turn, I was led to a station where the Lip Lab Artist introduced me to some products and got my  lips ready with them for my consultation.

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Now it’s time to customise my colours! Look at all the colours to choose from! I walked in having my research done and knowing exactly what I wanted. I was looking for a nude and a red and I knew I wanted them in matte formula.

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So after listening to what I wanted to get out of the session, she became cutting pieces of pigments and starting mixing them together with a spatula to achieve my colour. I tested about three colours for each lipstick and I’m quite amazed that the first colour for both the nude and red lipsticks was the one I picked out in the end. It felt like the Lip Lab Artist had taken into consideration my skintone while preparing the colour. That said, I also felt that she was slightly disinterested and surly throughout the process, maybe she wasn’t in the best mood, maybe she is sick of mixing colours. But surprisingly, once Kevin came in and joined us, it was as if she had turned her charms on him and she began smiling. -.-”

Anyways, back to lipstick making! I then could choose from the scents available to add on to my lipstick. You could also choose to do a blend, but I chose to stick with vanilla because you know my fascination with vanilla scents. The colour mixtures were then placed in a centrifuge to ensure proper mixing.

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Now, here comes the cool part (literally). My liquidfied lip colours were then poured into bullet-shaped moulds to set on this icy table. We didn’t have to wait very long for the lipsticks to solidify and it was soon early to be extracted from the mould.

The Lip Lab Artist then carefully placed the lipstick into an empty tube and as a finishing touch, I get to choose the shape of my tube. I chose two different shapes for the two different colours for easy differentiation. A card with the formula of the lip colour was also included, just in case I want to re-create the colour when I’ve run out. 🙂
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So if you’re a make-up aficionado who’s visiting New York, make sure you make an appointment for your own customised lipstick, that’s a pretty cool souvenir to bring home! 🙂

Bite Beauty Lip Lab
174 Prince Street
New York 
NY 10012

Products I’ve used up

Here’s another edition of Products that I’ve used up!

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Philosophy’s Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash – This is probably the fourth or even fifth bottle that I’ve used up, and that speaks volumes about this product that keeps me repurchasing bottle after bottle. I use it on a daily basis and I like how it makes my skin feel clean, smooth with its exfoliating beads that aren’t the least bit abrasive. I prefer this to the Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 cleanser, which I use once in a while when I switch up my skincare routine.

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturising Eye Cream – This is my first time using Hada Labo’s eye cream and although it’s labelled as a cream, it has more of a gel-like texture. It is dispensed via a pump, making it very hygienic and usually I would only need to use half a pump for both eyes. I find it to be a very basic fragrance-free, lightweight moisturiser and it doesn’t cause me any problems, so I wouldn’t mind buying another bottle to use when my current Caudalie eye cream runs out.

SKII Cellumination Essence EX – I got this at DFS and I must say, I really love using it! It has a light texture and it’s easily absorbed. I noticed that my skin became fairer and seemed to be glowing from within with regular usage. Will I buy it again? Yes, definitely!

Biore UV Perfect Milk SPF50+ – This sunblock is super light and non-sticky, making it perfect for our weather. It’s kinda watery, spreads easily on the skin and dries to a natural finish. This is one of the few sunblocks that I rotate around using and come back to.

Bio Secure Lingettes Demaquillantes (Bio Secure Cleansing Wipes) – This was an item I hastily picked up when I was in City Pharma, trying to hit the $175 EUR tax refund minimum (yes I went a little crazy in there but you can’t blame me!). I’ve never heard of the brand prior to the purchase and I thought I’d just give it a try. Apparently this product is suitable for all skin types (including sensitive skin) and contains aloe vera and argan oil to hydrate and soften the skin. It says that it does not contain alcohol and can be used to remove face, eye (even waterproof ones) and lip makeup. When I used it around my eyes during makeup removal,  I felt a stinging sensation but I’m not sure if it’s just because my skin was a bit sensitive. I’m not sure if I’ll use it to remove makeup in future if I come across it again but I think it’s more suitable to be used to refresh the skin after a gym workout or a hike.

Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods Body Lotion – I like the scent of Twilight Woods when I first tried it in the form of a body mist and I decided to buy the body lotion version of it online. It’s moisturising enough for me without being too heavy and the fragrance has pretty good staying power.

Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel – I’ve heard many good things about the Japanese Cherry Blossom scent and I’m glad I like it too! I was surprised at how moisturising it felt when I was using it and then I realised, oh yeah there’s shea butter in it. I’m looking forward to use the other Bath & Body Works shower gels I have in my arsenal!

Sephora Supreme Body Lotion – I find this to be quite runny and it has a mild fragrance which makes it enjoyable for me to apply this right after I step out of the shower. It is non-greasy and gets absorbed pretty quickly, so it’s ideal for a day body moisturiser when you need to get dressed fast in the morning.

Nexcare 3M Acne Patch – I may have mentioned this before but this product really is the bomb! Whenever I see a pimple coming up with its annoying white head, I put this baby on overnight and it gets flattened the next morning. This is one product that I always make sure I have in my beauty drawer.

SKII Facial Treatment Essence – I got this at DFS along with the SKII Cellumination Ex Essence and I was quite apprehensive about using this product because it has caused me breakouts when I first used it a few years back. I guess my skin wasn’t ready for it then, but when I tried it again it worked great with the Cellumination Essence Ex. Instead of using a cotton pad, I pour it onto my palms and then slapped them onto my face hahaha! The scent of the essence took some time to get used to but after that it’s all good. I’ll probably get it again, along with the Cellumination Essence Ex.

That’s it for this edition of products I’ve used up, till next time!

Repurposing macaron boxes

Macarons are my weaknesses and over time I’ve amassed many pretty boxes because it would be such a waste to throw them away! After all, they are well constructed and of such good quality, so it makes me happy to find a new purpose for these boxes that others may discard – storage of my beauty products (see, they can be so useful!)

You wouldn’t believe just how messy my drawer used to be and I don’t know how I used to deal with that. By simply sorting like items together (lip products in one, eye products in another, etc), I can now quickly pick up what I need.

Products I’ve used up

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted and today I wanna share which beauty products I’ve finished up recently.

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From left to right, top to bottom:
Phyto Panama Shampoo – I got it when I was in Paris (and it’s so much cheaper over there!) and it’s a gentle cleansing shampoo for slightly oily scalps. It’s housed in an aluminum bottle and the consistency of the shampoo is quite runny, it’s almost like water. Sometimes I pour out more than what I want to use. Generally there isn’t a strong fragrance or scent like commercial shampoo and it doesn’t foam up as much, but it always leaves my scalp feeling clean.
Will I buy it again? A loud and resounding yes, even when it’s not on sale!

MedaVita Sebodetox Shampoo – Got it during a sale, and similar to Phyto Panama Shampoo, it has purifying properties and works to remove excess sebum (I think you’ve noticed my fascination with a clean scalp by now…). It’s not as runny as Phyto and it works fine for me.
Will I buy it again? Maybe, afterall its handy size makes it good for travelling.

Redken Intraforce Colour Treated Thinning Pack’s Shampoo – I don’t know why the hairstylist recommended this to me but I went through it nonetheless. He recommended rinsing my hair with cold/lukewarm water when using the shampoo and I did what he told, but I only felt that my hair became slightly icky to the touch 😦 It was as if I hadn’t cleaned my hair properly and it just felt horrible. That pretty much defeats the purpose of achieving thicker hair with regular usage because hair needs a clean scalp to grow.  I can’t tell if it did make my hair fuller or thicker because in general, my hair’s pretty thick so… can’t say much about its results.
Will I buy it again? Probably not, there are too many shampoos out there to try!

Vichy Normaderm Purifying Cleansing Gel – I received a tube of it and decide to give it a try. I don’t know how else to describe other than it’s okay (as in it didn’t seem to do much for my skin) and I wasn’t blown away by it.
Will I buy it in the future? Probably not.

Mandom Cleansing Express Lotion <Sebum> – This is a water-based makeup remover and I love it! This is what I use before my regular cleanser. A couple of pumps onto my cotton pad gets almost all of my makeup (since I wear minimal makeup) off. I just like the fact that I don’t need an oil-based makeup remover to remove eye makeup anymore. 🙂
Will I buy it again? Yes!

Philosophy’s Sweet Fluffy Cupcake Shower Gel – I got this last year during the Christmas period, and it’s a 3-in-1 shower gel (though I only use it for my body). It’s metallic in colour and smells so divine that I would wanna eat it. It lathers well and it lasted me quite a while too.
Will I buy it again? Yes, it’s definitely repurchase-worthy (although it’s a little pricey) but I have to finish up the 125421298 bottles of shower gel and soaps first.

That’s all for now! 🙂

Bath & Body Works Haul

It’s been a while since I did a haul! Taking advantage of an extremely attractive BBW sale which also offers $1 shipping (to US addresses), I decided to add items to my cart happily. 🙂 I then have the package shipped to Singapore via vPost (had some form of miscommunication with them on the delivery of the package that left a bad impression in my mind but nevermind).

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When Kevin carried this package home, it was like Christmas came early for the day! 🙂

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Unveiling in progress….

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Tadaah! In total,  I’ve gotten 5 bottles of shower gel and a 3-wick candle 🙂 I can’t believe it but the candle’s scent  jumped out at me the moment I unboxed it (the lid is on the candle still)!

So here I have shower gels in Forever Sunshine, Wild Berry Tulips, Black Raspberry Vanilla, and Japanese Cherry Blossom and the scent of the candle is Summer Boardwalk. All these for just $26USD, inclusive of shipping! Adding in shipping at nearly $40 and after conversion, my total damage was just about $72.50 SGD. If each bottle of shower gel is about $20SGD and the candle is worth about $32SGD (can’t remember the prices locally offhand), I would have paid about double the price if I were to buy them in Singapore at one shot! 0.0

It’s awesome now that we have not one but two BBW stores in Singapore (I’ve gotten WallFlower diffusers and bulbs, shower puff and candle), making it convenient for a quick BBW fix but whenever an online sale that’s too good to be missed, no questions about where I’d rather get my stash from 🙂

February and March Beauty Favourites

I’ve been missing in action for a while, so here are some of my beauty favourites for the month of February and March! 🙂


#1 Lush’s Sexy Peel
– As you may already know, I’m a fan of Lush’s products and I love soaps. I love Sexy Peel for its citrusy blend of orange and lime scents and it’s quite refreshing to use in the morning when you need a perk-me-up. There are also bits of peel in it ( of orange, lemon maybe) so you can get a bit of exfoliation out of it. It’s a pity that the scent does not linger on my skin though 😦


#2 Skin Revival’s Acne Eliminator – I’ve been visiting Skin Revival for almost what, at least 5 years now for my facials and I always love them for using natural skin care products. I’ve been using my sister’s Acne Eliminator whenever I’ve got a nasty spot and it’s pretty effective. It’s made up of 10 essential oils that are anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial so it reduces the redness and infection of the acne. For me, I find that it either helps bring the spot to a head (so I can extract it) or soothe it away, me likey very much. 🙂 Oh, it smells really good too!


#3 SK-II Cellumination Essence EX –
I fell in love with this bottle of goodness last year when I first sampled it. Finally I laid my hands on it when I was at the duty-free and I love how it made my skin look radiant and bright. I even feel good going out without putting on any foundation (ok I still need concealer for my eye areas). It has a light texture and gets absorbed into my skin easily.



#4 YSL Parisienne  Eau De Parfum –
I tend to go for sweet, fruity and citrusy scents, but this one is slightly different. It is feminine, light, sweet but not cloyingly sweet and it’s a slightly more…. sophisticated of the lot of perfumes I have. This is gonna be a staple!


#5 Bioderma Sensibio H2o – This cleansing water is one of my favourites when it comes to makeup removal. It is like water and leaves my skin feeling clean without any traces of residue. Makeup comes off quite easily for me. Although it’s good enough for make-up removal and cleansing, I would still follow up with my regular cleanser to ensure I’ve gotten all the gunk out. 🙂

That’s all for my beauty favourites in the past 2 months, hopefully I’ll make it a habit to write frequently!

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