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Swisse Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask | Review

Two weeks ago, I went to our local Priceline shop to get some cotton buds. The girl who worked in the shop was so nice and sweet.She recommended the Swisse Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask to me. It is $18 normally. However, I only paid $10 for it because there was a promotion in the store. For $10, I certainly wouldn’t mind to try it out. Who knows! I might just find the best clay mask ever. 😉 Manuka honey has been a star ingredient for skin care in the past few years. It is full of goodies. It is well-known that honey has antibacterial compounds help to heal and stop bacteria reproducing on the skin. Manuka honey’s anti-inflammatory property is great to treat acne scars. It helps to regenerate, repair cellular damage and nourish the skin. It also has anti-ageing effect. Sounds promising, right? 🙂   Key Ingredients: Aloe Vera: calming, soothing, moisturising and antibacterial. Kaolin Clay: detoxifying, reducing large pores, soothing and nourishing. Manuka Honey: antioxidant, healing, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacteria and soothing. Charcoal Powder: detoxifying and brightening. Salicylic Acid: …

The Ordinary Skincare

Have you heard about The Ordinary? It seems everyone is talking about it lately, beauty bloggers, youtubers, fashion magazines, and so on.  The company is called The Abnormal Beauty Company, DECIEM.  The first time I learned about them was from Caroline Hirons’s blog. They have so many different brands, Hylamide, Niod, Chemistry Brand, White RX, and more. Although I don’t quite get the reason behind this. I do like most of their products I tried. I have been using Hylamide products for quite a while. The SubQ Anti-Age serum and the Booster Low-Molecular HA are my favourites. Apparently, The Ordinary is a new line of products from the same company. Out of curiosity, I purchased three different products from this brand to try out. Advanced Retinoid 2%, 30ml – AUD 12.90 (Adorebeauty.com.au) By now, we all know retinoid probably is the most effective anti-ageing skincare product. It helps to minimize fine lines or wrinkles, and improve skin elasticity. However, most of the products with retinoid ingredients can be quite expensive. This serum with 2% of retinoid is …

Best of January | Favourites

Hey everyone, I hope you are having a wonderful week! I can’t believe January is officially over. It’s a little bit crazy, I think. We have been so busy celebrating New Year and then Chinese New Year. Normally, there is a gap between the two. However, Chinese New Year was in Jan this year. We actually are still celebrating it, a lot of cooking and a lot of yummy food. January was a really hot month here in Brisbane. We spent a lot of time on the beach. Most of the days I didn’t really wear full face makeup. Just cc cream with some concealer, a little bit of blush and lip gloss to brighten my face. I was all about the natural, no makeup makeup look. Here are few things I have been loving for the month: Beauty Too Faced Love Blush – I Will Always Love you I got this one recently from Mecca store. I was looking for something light and natural that I can use everyday for the summer. This blush …

Muji Cleansing Oil (sensitive skin)|Review

I am always a fan of cleansing oil. One of the reasons is that I have dry skin. I also like the idea of cleaning and massaging the skin at the same time. Last year, when I was visiting my parents in Shanghai, I ran out of makeup cleanser. One day, I went shopping with my friend in Muji. I saw this cleansing oil for sensitive skin. Out of curiosity, I wanted to try it since I love both Shu Uemura and DHC cleansing oil. I guess everyone knows about Muji these days. A lot of people rave about their storage products. Personally, I think they are pretty expensive. You probably can find a much cheaper version in Daiso. Well, certainly, not everything. Anyway, it’s just me. I don’t remember the price I paid for this bottle since it has been a while. I heard it’s about AUD20 in Australia. Please correct me if I’m wrong. It’s a 200ml Cleansing oil for sensitive skin. From the photo, you can see that I have almost finished it. …

DRUNK ELEPHANT Juju™+ Pekee™ Duo | Review

Frankly speaking, I have not been a fan for soap bars. I have used different soap bars before. I didn’t like any of them a single bit. I found they are always drying, and they don’t really clean my makeup very well. However, I have heard good things about Drunk Elephant as a beauty brand since it aims to create product that is safe, minimal, effective and non-toxic. I totally agree and love this concept. Since a lot of people are raving about their soap bars as a gentle cleanser, I got curious about the products and wanted to try them out. I bought this little travel duo few weeks ago from the local beauty shop. The travel duo includes Juju bar for the morning cleansing (the brown colour one on the right) and Pekee bar (the white one in the photo above) for the night. It’s 30g each at a price of AUD 26. Juju bar From the packaging, it says Juju bar is “an ultra-mild, multitasking bar that deeply cleanses, subtly exfoliates”. It has creamy lather to dissolve …

Korean beauty | Etude House

I am sure everyone knows about K-beauty/Korean beauty trend.  My friends sent me some Etude House products lately. Etude House always has playful and cute design for their packaging. When she said she sent me these, I was so excited. They really are super cute! Here they are. Etude House My Castle Hand Cream  – Forever Rose Look at the packaging! How cute it is! I know Etude House’s products always have girly packaging, but this is incredibly cute as a hand cream. I have never had such an adorable hand cream. It’s going to stay on my dressing table forever. 🙂 This hand cream is from their My Castle Hand Cream range. There are totally four of them, Pink Wish, Ice Frozen, Forever Rose and Sweet Cookie. This one is Forever Rose. The hand cream has a very light purple color. The scent is kind of sweet rose scent, but not overwhelming. It’s like the fresh smell from the baby roses, not the full body rose smell. It’s very pleasant. The quality is surprisingly good. It absorbs very well on my hands …

Switching to physical sunscreen

I had an appointment with a dermatologist last week about the pigmentation on my cheeks. It was quite educational. I learned few things about sunscreen. I thought it would be a good idea to share with you. Everyone needs sun protection. However, choosing the right sunscreen product can be confusing. We probably all know there are two types of sunscreen product, physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen. Physical sunscreen Physical sunscreen contains Zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Zinc oxide is derived from mineral Zinc, and titanium dioxide is from titanium. Both have reflective particles to form a physical barrier to the sunlight. The down side is that the Zinc oxide does leave white residue on the skin. That’s why many people choose to use chemical sunscreen. However, the manufacturers are using new technology to micronise particles to reduce the white tint. Physical sunscreen is not absorbed into the skin. It actually sits on the skin and reflects the sunlight. According to  Furturederm.com, the zinc oxide is better than the titanium dioxide because it covers full UVA and UVB range. It blocks more the longer portions of …

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution | Review

Just finished a bottle of the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution serum from Kiehl’s few days ago. I thought it might be a good idea to share my view here. One of my skin concerns has been pigmentation on my cheeks for the past few years. I don’t have acne scars, but I have dark spots and patches on my cheek. The causes? No idea, hormonal changes, UV exposures, or probably just genetic. I do use SPF products religiously every single day.  This serum is not a new product, and it has been on the market for quite a while. I purchased mine from the airport duty-free shop in early May this year. It’s a 50 ml bottle, which lasted me about 4 months. The RRP is $70 for a 30 ml bottle in Australia.   On the package, it says this corrector has “a visible impact on a broad spectrum of dark spots, including those caused by age, UV exposure or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation”. Kiehl’s AU website claims that 55% of women clinically had dark spot reduction in …

My favorite lip balms

I wouldn’t say I am obsessed with lip balms, but I admit they have become necessities in my life over the years. I don’t remember ever I don’t have dry lips. No matter how much water I drink, they are always dry. If I am nervous or upset, they become drier instantly. Anyway, my desire of having soft and hydrated lips leads to a journey of finding the best lip balms. Here are my favorites! Lanolips 101 ointment multi-balm (pear) – $13.95 I had heard good things about this lip balm before I tried it. It is made from lanolin. The company claimed that they use the “Ultra Pure Medical Grade lanolin” which is processed through “a highly specialized & patented” system. There is no artificial colors, no fragrances, no additives, no mineral oil, safe enough to use on babies’ mouth and  100% natural. The best part is that it can be used on dry cuticles, cracked heals, nails, paper cuts, insect bits and even your eyebrows. A multi-tasker. I like the pear flavor. It …