Empties: Toner (Jun 2017 – 2018)

Toner empties

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything empties especially on skincare, and consistently post make up related. So might as well post a series of empties that i have collected since June 2017! I’m going to try to get back to a schedule and posting more regularly again soon. Starting with toners, its one of those hit and miss products depending on your skin. some people need it, some don’t.

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

This one of the toners i’ve started using since SHINee was Etude House’s ambassador. My pores were and still are one of my main skin concerns aside to the occasional hormonal acne. It helped control the size of my acne as well as clean it when my cleaners happened to not catch it.
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Its still one of my favourite toners I’ve ever used, and might come back to it once i’m done with my Soon Jung toner.

COSrx AHA/BHA Clarifying toner

This toner, unfortunately did not do much for me. It works as a toner and the bottle has that spray cap as well which can be used as a mist during the day but it wasn’t anything special.
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But i do love many other COSrx products,  their classical BHA Skin Returning A Sol and salicylic acid cleanser/

Klairs supple preparation facial toner

Klair’s toner has by far the most different consistency of toners I’ve ever tried. its the sticky, thicker consistency that my younger self would have hated due to my “oily skin” issues. Now that i’m older and more conscious of my changing skin type, as well as how ingredients in skin care benefit, immediately i decided to try this toner. It was a pleasant surpise that “Dimethyl Sulfone” is listed as the third ingredient. It is found in many living organism and helps with recovery of damaged cells. Toner empties

My skin needs a lot of assistance for inflammation when i break out occasionally, aside to hydrating my skin. My mom is also using my second bottle of this toner, and there hasn’t been complains with this toner drying her out!

Innisfree No Sebum Toner

Now this, was a new to me. Innisfree’s famous no sebum line first came in the form of loose powder, primer, then pressed powder, before seeing it having a shampoo and conditioner line before made into skin care line. There is a scent of mint in this toner during the beginning, before its scent goes away after about 2 weeks.
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Its really a basic toner that works as a mist as well as long as you transfer it out to a smaller bottle. I loved the minty scent as they have for the shampoo, it really refreshes me in the morning. But with my favourite toners around, it just doesn’t fare enough for me to even repurchase.

Next up would be Etude House Soon Jung toner that i have been meaning to try, extremely excited for that! What are your thoughts on these products?

New hydrating skincare – Aveeno, Atopalm

As most people with acne – prone, sensitive, oily skin who lives in hot and humid South East Asia, hydration really isn’t much of a concern. I was also one of those youngsters, trying to combat occasional hormonal acne with salicylic acid or tea tree oil. Having introduce new products into my skincare such as CosRX  Salicylic Acid cleanser in Singapore, as well as having The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash in Indonesia, my skin got much dryer.

My perspective is that as i got older, my skin is more sensitive to products that i use on my face and my body.  Since i came back to South East Asia from Switzerland, i showered more often due to the heat. Therefor my arms and legs are also dryer. Here are some hydrating products that i’ve just started including into my skincare.

Aveeno Skin Relief 24 Hours

Moisturising Body Lotion & Intense Hydration Hand Cream
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Exclusive oat oil-infused formula enriched with natural shea butter helps relieve and soften extra-dry skin.

Fragrance Free

Although both products oat and shea butter are in the list of ingredients, the scent is similar to almonds instead. The consistency are extremely similar as well. While looking at both of their ingredients list, there are alcohol and dimethicone in it. If you are allergic to silicones, just be aware.

Compared to my favourite L’Occitane hand cream, the Aveeno hand cream is definitely lighter in consistency. It drys down faster, making it easier to touch things after.

Atopalm Real Barrier Extreme Cream

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Claims from official Atopalm website:

The MLE® skin barrier formula recreates the Maltese cross structure found inside healthy skin
Patented ceramide complex is applied and the MLE® skin barrier formula, which recreates skin compounds and structure that is the most similar to real skin, strengthens weakened skin barrier and keeps skin moist from deep inside, creating a 72-hour moisturizing effect.

Tight texture full of elasticity forms a real skin barrier protecting membrane
It contains Idealift, a skin firmness-boosting compound, which firms up sagging skin. It penetrates deep inside skin, thereby moisturizing and smoothening it without leaving a sticky or greasy feel.

Three-calming Complex soothes and protects skin.
The complex blend of panthenol, madecassoside, and allantoin protects skin from the harmful external environment.

The texture of this cream i s pretty thick at first, but extremely easy to spread onto the skin. I’ve started using this for a few days during both during night time and day time, and having them during the night time would be more suitable as it might cause foundation to not stay as long.

Ingredients:

WATER, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, PROPANEDIOL, PANTHENOL, STEARIC ACID, GLYCERYL STEARATE, POLYGLYCERYL-10 DISTEARATE, ACETYL DIPEPTIDE-1 CETYL ESTER, BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1, SORBITAN STEARATE, OLEA EUROPAEA FRUIT OIL, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, VISCUM ALBUM FRUIT EXTRACT, DIMETHICONE, MADECASSOSIDE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, MYRISTOYL/PALMITOYL OXOSTEARAMIDE/ARACHAMIDE MEA, DIHYDROXYISOPROPYL PALMOYLPALMAMIDE, PHYTOSTEROLS, ALLANTOIN, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CARBOMER, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS OIL, VETIVERIA ZIZANOIDES ROOT OIL.

I’ve only started out all three products recently, but my initial response to them are great although not extremely fantastic. As someone of sensitive skin, i really appreciate that it is free of fragrance. I’ll come up with an update soon enough for them 😀

New Brands & Products I tried in 2017 Part 1: Asian Brands

Hey guys! 2017 has been the year that i met with a lot of new new changes and challenges in my life; that includes graduating from Uni, job hunting for full time position and moving back to hot and humid South East Asia. Finding new skincare and makeup that would actually withstand the humidity here is also another challenge, but fortunately shopping is made easier then in Switzerland due to a larger market of both Eastern and Western demands. Graduating means leaving my comfort zone behind, may it be career wise, how we manage our time to speak with friends and also now that I am older my skin was no longer how it was. Therefor speaking new items that might work better for my current concerns.

Here i have complied a few brands that are new to me, the brand itself may not be new but i have never tried any of their products. I have split this concept of blog into two, one for Eastern/ Asian brands and products and another will be for the American/ Western brands and products. For those that i have made a review prior to this blog post, i will link them underneath.

I’M MEME Fresh Cleansing Oil & Cushion Puff
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This brand is under MEMEBOX, one of Korea’s beauty subscription boxes. They have collaborated with beauty influencers such as Pony to create their line of beauty products, and thats how I learnt of their existence. This cleansing oil is my second cleaning oil away from The FaceShop’s Rice Brightening Facial oil. It’s gentle, doesn’t sting my eye yet removes my waterproof mascara! To see where i purchased this in Singapore, please clink Link

CosRX AHA/BHA toners, lotion and Salicylic Acid cleanser
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CosRX is the brand that products i am having slightly miss and hit with. I’ve already made a review Here aside from the cleanser, but i have been liking that so far! I’m also on my second bottle of AHA A Sol toner that i use as serums on areas that i need, which usually around the T Zone and Chin where i’m more oily and break out prone area.

Nakeup Face, Saat Insight, 3W and BioWooSoo are the three brands that i have never heard before until getting these products. I’ve already made reviews on them.

Konstante Eleganz Fixer by Saat Insight
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This setting spray by Saat Insight is the first Korean branded setting spray i have tried, and made a review of. You can see more from
here. I’ve been liking it so far when i’m wearing a lighter more dewy foundations or BB Cream, and i need my makeup to last in the weather.

NAKEUP FACE 10% Glycolic Acid AHA Scaling Cream Nakeup
You can read my review on this product here. This is one of the products that got me sold into the AHA/BHA products.

BioWooSoo Witch Hazel Firming Pore Essence
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My enlarged pores are some of my top priorities, when i visited China and got this i cant be more happy! I’m also trying to incorporate serums into my skincare, since its to target more specific areas and issues without piling too much thicker products. Review can be found here.

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Klair’s is one of those brands under Wishtrend that i was introduced from Liah Yoo on youtube when she was partnered with them. This is something that i just started using two weeks ago, and have yet to make a review. But just so you know, i have loved it enough to have already purchased another bottle.

Nature Republic cream concealer
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I’ve never used concealer in this formulation before, other then it does it’s job in covering without being too drying that’s really all i can say about it. I would need more time to see if i really like it or form an unbiased opinion.

3W Clinic Intensive UV Sunblock Cream SPF 50 PA++
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To be very honest, i got this on Hermo as it was on discount a few months back and started using it on my trip to China. It’s definitely not a tacky sunscreen nor is it too creamy, a review shall come soon.

Next up, i’ll be featuring some of the Western brands.

[Review] Etude House Double Lasting Foundation & Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh

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Finding the perfect shade and foundation formulation that fits every season has always been difficult. There are different undertones and skin types like combination skin to take into consideration. I’ve posted on instagram a few months ago on separate occasions that my skintype is mostly oily, and have favourited the Etude House Double Lasting Foundation and Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filtr Primer. I do like them together as they work together to keep foundation longer on whilst living in hot and humid South East Asian countries but as i have a few patches on my skin that are dry, it didn’t work so well on those parts. I was also traveling to China, where the northern parts were much chillier.

Recently, Estee Lauder came out with a dry skin friendly version of their famous double wear foundation. Etude House’s foundation was well known to be the exact dupe to Estee Lauder’s original Double Wear, so i thought to buy its dryer skin friendly version to compare.

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh was a lengthier name, but it indicated a more dewy look when applied. When i went into Sephora to find the best shade for me, the sales lady just tested them on the inside of my arm despite me telling her that i am currently much darker. When i got home to test it, indeed it was not only slightly too pale for current skin and too dewy. That’s when i decided to mix both foundations and applied them on top of the Fenty Beauty primer, thats when i feel in love.

 

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Both shades and consistency are quite similar, as well as their recommended “Shake before use” instruction. It’s initial consistency is quiet creamy, the only difference is the how it sits on your skin when dried down. The Etude House foundation sets dry, while Estee Lauder dewy. When mixed together, they create the perfect balance, the places i need additional hydration was enough while the areas i need matte didn’t slip and slide.

This look below was when i first had both foundations mixed, and it was during my uni reunion gathering. With hours of talking in a bar, there is bound to be alcohol as well. It lasted the 6 hours without transfer or redness peeking through. I’ll also list the other products used.

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Base:
Fenty Beauty Pro Filtr Primer
Etude House Double Lasting Foundation mixed with Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup
Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder

Cheeks:
Nyx HD Blush in Taupe
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush In Classic

Eyes:
Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer
Urban Decay Naked Heat palette: Scorched and Ashes
Dolly Wink Black Liquid Eyeliner
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara

Lips:
Moonshoot Lip Cream In Bonne Mares
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I included tried a few variations of this mixture, and the Fenty Beauty Pro Filtr primer helps when i needed the foundation to have something extra to cling upon. Tried it without the primer and it works well too!

What are your thoughts about mixing foundations to get your ultimate favourite shades/ formula?

Serums: BioWooSoo Witch Hazel Firming Pore Essence & Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Boosting Ampoule

BioWooSoo(百武西) Witch Hazel Firming Pore Essence & Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Boosting Ampoule. These are the two ampoule/essence/serum-ish of products that i have just recently added into my skincare. This isn’t the first time i have tried serums, but they did not have a strong impact on my skin therefor i never repurchased again. As you can tell from my previous reviews, my skin issues has always been acne/ hyper pigmentation, sensitivity and large visible pores. Witch hazel has been marketed to be great on these skin concerns, so why not?

Innisfree jeju lava seawater boosting ampoule with Cica and Pore effector


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Standard serum packaging with the drop top, its base ampoule is 25 ml and the two effectors that they recommended are 7ml each. Since its effector are on a lotiony consistency, this ampoule is transformed into a milky colour. This set cost me about $40 in the official store of Innisfree in Singapore. Untitled

i’ve been using this in my morning skin care to add additional hydration to my skin for the past month, since i use a very light emulsion. I did not see dramatic effect on my pore nor on my hyper pigmentation (thats what cica care is suppose to do), but it definitely gave me additional hydration and soften my skin without that sticky heavy feel. The softening of my skin was a pleasant surprise, which could be because of this product in combination of my Laneige Balancing Emulsion for Sensitive Skin.

As of now, I’m still not sure if i would repurchase this Innisfree serum as it did not show much results as compared to its claims and prices.

BioWooSoo(百武西) Witch Hazel Firming Pore Essence


This was purchased when i went to China last month, and i do not believe it is available anywhere else in the world.

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Standard glass bottle for serums
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I have tried a toner that contains witch hazel which i liked, but did not prefer to the Etude House Pore toner that i usually used. Having them in a concentrated form into a serum might actually work, was what i thought back then.

This is a very refreshing, light scented watery toner light serum. I would put it at night on my T & U zone, and would get positive results every night. Its not drying nor is it sticky when put on the face, it just did not feel like anything while it works it miracle on those pores. Since this is only available in China, i forgot to take note of the price and didn’t know where else i can find its price. This actually really helped my pores, especially on my U zone. I didnt take a before or after as i’m not as skilful in terms of camera works. If i were given another chance to pass by this brand, i would definitely repurchase.

Four Everyday Autumn Inspired Look – Peach & Cranberry

October is my favourite month of the year, why? Because its when the cold, crispy autumn seasons starts to roll in and also because i am born a libra. When i was in Switzerland, i bought MAC Cosmetic’s eyeshadow in Paradisco and Cranberry, some typical autumnal shades but never really used it. To commemorate them, i decided to take them out to further experiment them. Below are the four simple looks that i have created with the list of products. Three looks will be based on Paradisco, a shimmery peach, while the last look was based the shade “Cranberry”, a burgundy.

Looking into beauty trends in Asian/ Korean vs. Western/ American look for Autumnal vibes, it seems that the Asian/ Korean trends take in more peachy looks while the Western/ Americans usually go with burgundy shades normally due to eye shape. Though in 2017, It seemed to have flipped over just by the palettes and shades famous brands of each side brought out. Western brands like Two Faced has came out with a “Peach” Matte line, where as Asian brands like Etude house has brought out “Wine” based palettes.

Also, i had my eyebrows tattooed two weeks ago in Indonesia. A blogpost will follow after having it retouched, which will be around next month.

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Day 1 of eyebrow embroidery

These are my peeling brows, day three in with the embroidery so it looked really messy 😦 It was also on my birthday. Please don’t mind it.

Look One

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Base:
Etude House Fix & Fix Primer: Pore
Etude House Double Lasting Foundation in Sand
Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish pressed powder in 20 Clair Translucent 1.
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Cheeks:
NYX blush in Taupe
Chanel Jouse Contraste Powder Blush in 67 Rose Tourbillon.
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Eyes:
MAC eyeshadow Charcoal Brown & Paradisco
Clio liquid eyeliner – Black.
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Lip:
ColourPop LippieStix in Mirror Mirror

All the looks below are at least a week after i have gotten my brows done.

Look Two – Everyday look without liner

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I wore significantly less Paradisco and more brown in this look as compared to the one before, which i really liked. Also, this was the first time i tired out Etude House’s peel off lip colour (Dear Darling Water Gel Tint Pack) which caused the inner part of my lips to be extremely dry.

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Base:
Fentybeauty Filtr Primer
Etude House Double Lasting Foundation in Sand
Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish pressed powder in 20 Clair Translucent 1.
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Cheeks:
NYX HD Blush in Taupe
Chanel Jouse Contraste Powder Blush in 67 Rose Tourbillon.
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Eyes:
MAC eyeshadow Charcoal Paradisco + Brown
Maybelline the Falsies Volume Express WaterProof
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Lips:
Etude House Dear Darling Water Gel Tint Pack in OR201 + Dear My Blooming Lips Talk in BE104

Look Three

I would say the look that i was most satisfied with, because I had more time and incorporated different crease shades to achieve this look. Because of The Balm’s greyish shade, it looked more sophisticated then the first look. The lip colour was darker and consistency was lighter in the lipstick i used here. IMG_6523
🍁Eyes:
The Balm Nude’tude #Stand-offish, #Selfish, #Sultry
Mac #Paradisco
Clio Kill Black WaterProof Brush Liner
Maybelline the Falsies Volume Express WaterProof –
🍁Cheeks:
Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless Bronzer
Nars Blush in #DeepThroat
🍁Lips:
Etude House #RD302

Look Four – Cranberry eyes

I absolutely loved the colour “Cranberry”, but didn’t really know how to apply it without looking as though i got punched in the eye. But of course i have time to play more with it 😀
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🍁Eyes:
The Balm Nude’tude Stand-offish & Sultry
Mac Eyeshadow in Cranberry
Clio Kill Black WaterProof Brush Liner
Maybelline the Falsies Volume Express WaterProof
🍁Cheeks:
NYX HD blush – Taupe
Nars Blush – DeepThroat
🍁Lips:
Etude House Lipstick in #RD302

At home Spa – The Body Shop Spa of the World™ French Grape Seed Scrub

The Body Shop is one of those internationally well known cruelty free brands that has quality product for affordable price. What i really liked about the brand other then shower products and scents, are how the company works to prevent testing on animals as well as striving to be more sustainable and natural as possible.

I went to visit a store whilst in Indonesia to get my mom some body soap, and saw a lot of products within the “Spa of the World” line. The sales lady told me that this “Firming Ritual” part of that line was the latest in Indonesia, and as i like me some spa experience that won’t break my bank or when last minute fix before a wedding that got me on hook to try the scrub out.

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The scrub is said to be formulated with grape seed powder from France and Community Trade sugar from Paraguay, which makes the scrub less harsh on the body as there are powder that are mixed in with oils.
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Ingredients (from Official Website):

Glycerin, Sucrose, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Parfum/Fragrance, Polyacrylamide, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Aqua/Water/Eau, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil/Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oenothera Biennis Seed/Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed, Laureth-7, Geraniol, Vitis Vinifera Seed Powder/Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Powder, Limonene, Vitis Vinifera Bud Extract/Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Bud Extract, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 19140/Yellow 5 Lake, CI 77288/Chromium Oxide Greens.

Based on the ingredients list, sugar still plays a huge role therefor you still can feel the scrub on your body although less harsh. The oils mixed in helps soften and moisturises the skin.

Recommended method of use

Apply it on arms, tummy, tights and bum area, with a circular motion technique twice a week.
Enjoy the Firming Ritual Spa Routine by using the French Grape Seed Scrub with Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream, Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil and Thai Wooden Massager

The sales person persuaded me to try this specific product out before getting other products from the collection or recommended use, and I did not regret one bit of this product. As i have caught the flu bug these past few of days, all i wanted to do was to treat myself to a spa retreat. As much as i wanted to go for spas and saunas, my body just did not allow me to be outside for more then an hour before feeling feverish. Therefor i could only stay home and have hot showers to help ease stuffy nose. It was the perfect opportunity for me to start cracking the scrub more often.

The sugar particles were small and fine, therefor made easy to scrub onto the body. Being under the air-conditioning  very often, my skin got quite dry skin. And with the hot humid weather, i haven’t found the best body lotions that suits my skin. After the use of The Body Shop’s French Grape Seed Scrub, it helps moisturise after getting rid of rough, dead skin. The last time i tried out a scrub by The Bodyshop, it was a good 4 years ago which you can read here: Chocomania Sugar Body Scrub – The Body Shop. I didn’t like them as much since the sugar particles were a lot larger then the current ones, and not as moisturising.

Price & Size:

499,000 IDR – Approximately SGD50 for 350 ML

 

Overall, The Body Shop Spa of the World™ French Grape Seed Scrub provided me with an enjoyable DIY spa session at home. It made showering in hot water less painful and drying after, as it brings moisture back to the body. It would probably last me for a good 6 months before running out, but I’m up for getting the recommended accompanying products.