Why did I start a beauty blog?

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The notion of starting a blog came while I was searching for reviews of some skincare products a few years ago. Blog after blog came up on Google but most of them were just poorly copy and pasted press release statements with no original opinions on what the product actually did or did not do for them. Worse still, I can’t see the product ingredients (which is so important to me since I’m allergic to some ingredients), no indication of the size of the product (I gotta zoom into the picture real big in order to have a rough idea on how big it is) or even how to use them properly. There were just heavily filtered pictures with pretty girls posting selfies with the product, pouting and acting cute or sweet. Now, I’m not the prettiest, slimmest or the youngest beauty blogger, unlike all those hot nubile girls out there. However, I do hope that my blog has information that is actually useful in helping you to decide whether a certain product would be good to add into your skincare routine and not to just throw your money on a highly-hyped product which doesn’t really work. I waste my money so that you won’t! I do know that I don’t take the most beautiful Instagram worthy photos out there but I try my best in between holding a full time job and having a 2 1/2 year old toddler hanging on my shirt while I’m at home.

Recently one of my blog post on the Pestle & Mortar’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum got featured on their Facebook page and I was so honoured and touched! Even though I do not get paid for that post and was not sponsored the product (I buy my own shit, people!), the fact that people from places as far away as the UK, Qatar, Kenya, Ireland, Nigeria, Latvia and Slovenia actually read my blog and my thoughts is incredibly encouraging to me! It also makes me more appreciative about just how connected we all are due to the internet. The written word has always held special memories in my heart. I was a withdrawn kid when I was young, hiding away in the depths of the school library reading books (fiction and non-fiction!) and having my head in the worlds created in the books. I firmly believe that a person’s writing reveals his or her soul. Sometimes I can’t really express my thinking in words but writing helps to clear my head and focus my thoughts into comprehensible meaning. Nowadays, sadly most people do not have the time or the patience to really read long-ass blog posts (like mine??) and instead turn to just a few words on a picture on Instagram. I get it, I really do.. People want fast information and I do the same thing at times! Oh well, I’m digressing..

Anyway I also write this blog in hopes that it would help younger people who are confused/ intimidated about the world of skincare and where and how exactly do they even start! I remember clearly one instance when I was just 13 years old and had the first onslaught of the horrible pimples that plague teenagers. I was desperate for solutions and came across this article that claims that putting raw ginger slices on the pimples would kill those acne bacteria and you would have a smooth pimple free face again. Long story short, that particular tip burnt my fu*king face and left brown burn marks on my forehead which took a long time to clear! There are so many articles or tips floating around the internet with all these dubious tips (such as the recent tip by Huda Beauty on using baking soda to remove blackheads! OMG! Don’t ever do that! You are destroying your acid mantle and risk really irritating your skin!) and I’m in the midst of coming up with simple concise articles which would help people such as the 13 year old me.

As always, thank you for reading! I really appreciate every like, every comment, every view and every follow on my blog!                   

Review – Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask

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I started seeing the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask on Instagram about one year ago. Back then all the beauty bloggers were all over it and posting pictures of themselves wearing the mask on IG. That’s because this mask actually comes with a silver metallic foil over it which makes you look like Iron Man while wearing it. I was so tempted to buy it after seeing all the glowing reviews but seeing the price of the masks daunted me. I mean it costs S$216 for only 8 pieces of masks! That works out to S$27 for a single piece of sheet mask! However I just couldn’t resist anymore when the Sephora 20% off sale came around and I cave in to temptation. I finally bought those darn masks because I had to see for myself just how fantastic or life-changing it is. Now before we go any further, let’s take a look at its ingredients.

Ingredients 

WATER\AQUA\EAU; METHYL GLUCETH-20; PEG-75; BUTYLENE GLYCOL; BIS-PEG-18 METHYL ETHER DIMETHYL SILANE; PROPANEDIOL; GLYCERETH-26; CLADOSIPHON OKAMURANUS EXTRACT; GARCINIA MANGOSTANA PEEL EXTRACT; MAGNOLIA OFFICINALIS BARK EXTRACT; SILYBUM MARIANUM (LADY’S THISTLE) EXTRACT; ECHINACEA PURPUREA (CONEFLOWER) EXTRACT; LIMONIUM VULGARE FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT; LACTOBACILLUS FERMENT; BETULA ALBA (BIRCH) EXTRACT; HYDROLYZED ALGIN; ACETYL DIPEPTIDE-1 CETYL ESTER; COFFEA ARABICA (COFFEE) SEED EXTRACT; HYDROLYZED RICE EXTRACT; PORIA COCOS SCLEROTIUM EXTRACT; ALGAE EXTRACT; SQUALANE; YEAST EXTRACT\FAEX\EXTRAIT DE LEVURE; CAFFEINE; PEG-8 GLYCERYL ISOSTEARATE; GLYCERIN; ARTEMIA EXTRACT; LECITHIN; GLYCINE; ANTHEMIS NOBILIS (CHAMOMILE); SODIUM HYALURONATE; OLETH-3 PHOSPHATE; CAPRYLYL GLYCOL; TOCOPHERYL ACETATE; CARBOMER; DEXTRIN; SODIUM HYDROXIDE; XANTHAN GUM; LAURETH-3; HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE; TRISODIUM EDTA; PHENOXYETHANOL <41610>

How does the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recover PowerFoil Mask fare?

I have just one word for it: Unimpressed. -_-” Ok, I should probably give more details about the reason why.

Estee Lauder claims that this treatment mask delivers a surge of liquid revitalisation, immersing skin in a double dose of Advanced Night Repair Serum’s powerful moisture magnet (which really means that it contains twice the amount of hyaluronic acid as in the ANR serum). It also includes their proven ChronoluxCB™ technologies which allows you to experience an ultimate infusion of youthful moisture. Instantly, skin looks fresher and renewed. Their worldwide first PowerFoil high-performance foil-backed sheet mask creates a protective barrier, allowing their potent technologies to penetrate fast and deep within skin’s surface and helping to lock in moisture.

Alright, so what exactly does all this wall of text mean and what kind of results should you be expecting from this mask? Looking at it, I should probably be getting really hydrated skin that also looks firmer (due to the ANR anti-ageing benefits), brighter and more even skin tone. However, after I took off this mask and stared into the mirror hoping to see super hydrated skin, I was sorely disappointed! My skin just looks like its normal self with the ANR serum smeared all over it! I told myself that maybe it needs some time to work. So I patted the residual serum in and went to sleep with just my normal night cream over it so that I could judge the results of the mask fairly. In the morning, I could just barely see slightly firmer skin that doesn’t have water retention or puffiness. No brightness, no glowy hydrated skin, nada! Now I’m not expecting this mask to solve all my skin issues. I’m just expecting the results of this mask to be better than those sheet masks from My Beauty Diary (我的美丽日记). However, sad to say that I honestly don’t see results that are any better than those cheap sheet masks. I even got my mum to test out the mask and she didn’t get much results from it too. Sad! =(

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My mum looking like Iron Man in this mask!

 

Where can you find it?

This mask can be found at all Estee Lauder counters or Sephora in Singapore. It retails at S$216 for a box of 8 or S$120 for a box of 4.

Thank you for reading!

 


Review – L’Herboflore Royal Bird’s Nest Nourishing Mask

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I used to use sheet masks very often, at least 3 or 4 times a week. However, since the birth of my daughter, I really couldn’t muster up the time to use it so frequently. Once a week is the most that I can use them these days. I’ve tried many different brands of sheet mask before, from My Beauty Diary to Faith in Face. I find that sheet masks are generally good for hydrating your skin in a flash but unfortunately the effects don’t last. Out of all those different types, my favourite are the sheet masks from L’Herboflore, in particular their Royal Bird’s Nest Nourishing Mask. Let’s check out its ingredients, shall we?

Ingredients

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I didn’t type out the ingredients unlike my previous posts because the ingredients were so long and I didn’t want to misspell them.

How does the L’Herboflore Royal Bird’s Nest Nourishing Mask fare?

I first got to know about the L’Herboflore range of masks while I was watching a very popular beauty show based in Taiwan called Queen (女人我最大). Products which were featured in that show were basically guaranteed to sell out as soon as people knew about them. So when I was in Taiwan for a vacation, I knew that I MUST get my paws on those masks. I bought a whole range of masks from their cosmetic counters back to Singapore. It also doesn’t help that their sales personnel was generous with free gifts with purchase. So me and my friend basically went back with 2 suitcase full of their masks. Now generally I find that all of L’Herboflore masks are of good quality and helps in hydrating. BUT the Royal Countess series (there’s another Royal Pearl Brightening mask in the same series) is really good!

I got a shock when I stared into the mirror after using this mask for the very first time. My skin looked so bright, even toned, hydrated and poreless, basically flawless! And the effects actually lasted for 2 or 3 days… NONE of the sheet masks that I’ve used before had this kind of effect on my skin.. I can’t really compare its effects with the famous SKII masks because I’m allergic to SKII but I can vouch that to date, none of my masks has made such a significant improvement in my skin within just 15 minutes! I think that it’s especially good before an important event where you need to look good fast!

Another thing which I must mention is that this mask is separated into the top half and the bottom half. Basically, you just tear off the packet and apply the bottom U shaped piece onto the lower half of the face, using the mouth hole as a guide. Then you need to adjust the bottom piece to adhere the mask onto the cheeks and along the jawline. Later, you apply the top piece onto the face, using the eye holes as a guide. I find that the design of this mask is excellent in helping the mask adhere to your skin better and all of your face should be evenly covered. After that, you can leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes, then remove and discard.  You can then gently pat the residual serum into your skin and it should absorb well. There should also be extra essence left in the packet of the mask and you can also apply them to your elbows or knees to moisturise them since these areas of your body are more prone to dryness.

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The mask is divided into the top and bottom half!

Where can you find it?

L’Herboflore is a brand of masks which originated from Taiwan. I first bought them from the cosmetic counters in Taipei but you can also buy them online from BGO Taiwan online store. In Taiwan, the Royal Countess series of masks is sold in a box of 3. It retails for NT$360 (30ml x 3) for one box.

I think you can also buy them from TMall which is based in China. The only difference is that I think that those masks which you buy from TMall are made in China while those masks that you buy from BGO Taiwan are made in Taiwan.

Thank you for reading!