Skincare Routine September 2012

September 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

As soon as I got pregnant, my skin started acting really bad. The unstable hormone was causing me to have bad break-outs and some freckles became darker. When I went into 2nd trimester, it started to be a little better but the break-outs had left me with tons of acne scars (hyper-pigmentation) and I still have 1-2 acne at all time, but I always had acne-prone skin so it is not a big concern right now. As far as skincare routine goes, I do like what I have now and I think it’s working well with my skin. So I decided to share it with you guys 🙂

Morning Skincare Routine

morning skincare rourine

Cleanse: Philosophy Purity Made Simple

This cleanser has been my HG cleanser for about 2 years now. It is highly talked about cleanser and I admit I was sceptical when I first tried it. It is also quite pricey for a cleanser. But as soon as I started using it, it became my all time favourite and I cannot live without it. It cleanses foundation, primer, and sunscreen off beautifully and leave my skin super soft and smooth. The cleansing power is amazing but it won’t dry my skin out. It won’t wash off water-proof eye make-up but I use make-up remover anyway so it does not concern me. I’ve purchased the medium size bottle once and big bottle twice already and will be buying this again. (Visit Official Website)

Tone: Kose Medicated Sekkisei Lotion (The blue bottle)

I purchased this in Japan last spring and started using it in April. I still have about 25-30% left. Considering I use 3-4 pumps every morning and night, I am amazed that it lasted me 6 month. It was a little expensive for a toner (about CA$125) but it is a extra large  bottle and it did last me very long so I think it was worth the money. It has always been one of my favourite toner. It has skin brightening effect and also hydrating properties. It leaves my skin fresh and supple, but it’s not sticky nor thick. It won’t make your skin dramatically whiter/brighter but it aids in preventing skin from developing hyper-pigmentation. (Visit Official Website – Japanese Only)

Replenish: Origins Dr. Weil Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum

I have purchased Origins products numerous times, and I have to admit, I was always somewhat disappointed. Origins has great variety of lines, uses natural ingredients, and has great irresistible scent (which is why I keep wanting to try them). But the products just never did anything to my skin. Unfortunately, this Mega-Bright Serum is no exception. It has great citrus scent that I really REALLY like. The texture of the serum is light and it absorbs quickly. Other than that, it didn’t do much. I’ve been using this for over a month now and my hyper-pigmentation hasn’t improved. I had less break-outs when I was using Clinique’s Turnaround Concentrate. Also, I don’t understand why this skin serum has iridescent shimmer in it. (Visit Official Website)

Moisturise: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15

I got this product in one of my Glossybox and have been using it as my morning moisturizer for bout 3 month. It is a really light moisturizer that blends into your skin very easily and absorbs quickly. The finish is radiant (thus Positively Radiant) but not oily. It has a little bit of shimmer in it, which I’m not a huge fan of, but you can’t really see it once you put it on your face. Foundation applies nicely after this moisturizer and it’s nice that it has SPF 15. It’s working great for me so far but it’s not something I will rave about. I will be hunting for better morning moisturizer once this runs out. (Visit Official Website)

Lips: eos Lip Balm Smooth Sphere

This lip balm was talked about a lot online but I wasn’t interested in the beginning because the lip balm I was using at the time was fine (I was using Vaseline one). But when I had to buy a new lip balm, I found this in store and discovered that it’s 100% natural and 95% organic, I decided to give it a try. It is pretty expensive in Canada ($3.99), but it’s not the most expensive lip balm I’ve ever purchased. After using it for about 2month, I actually really like this lip balm. It is not too rich or sticky so it works pretty well under lipsticks. My lips are not too dry so it is moisturizing enough for daily use. it smells great and even tastes good 😀 I will definitely buy another one when it runs out. (Visit Official Website)

Evening Skincare Routine

night skincare routine

Remove Make-up: Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil

This Oil Cleanser is from Japan but I purchased this in Taiwan last spring and has been using this to remove more stubborn make-up. I usually use 1 pump for eye area only, and 2 pumps if I want to cleanse whole face. it removes all my make-up like magic; even the most stubborn mascaras from Fasio and Majorica Majorca. Together with Philosophy Purity Made Simple, I never had trace of make-up on my cotton pad when I use toner after cleansing. It is pretty affordable (I think it was about CA$7-8) in Taiwan, but it will be way more in Vancouver. So; even though I really like this, I will most likely be buying something else when it runs out. (Visit Official Website – Japanese Onlly)

Cleanse: Philosophy Purity Made Simple

See morning routine for review.

Tone: Kose Medicated Sekkisei Lotion

See morning routine for review.

Replenish: Origins Dr. Weil Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum

See morning routine for review.

Moisturise: Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream

I got this as part of Sephora’s VIB program gift. The full size product is 2 fl oz and this mini size contains 0.5 fl oz. I’ve been using this for about 3 weeks now and there is still about 20% left. I’ve been really enjoying this cream because it really makes my skin feel smooth and supple. I have to say this cream is aimed towards more of dry skin or mature skin, but it’s been working fantastic on my oily combination skin. When I wake up in the morning, my skin does seem a little oily, but it feels soft after I wash my face. it is bit pricey at CA$106 but I think it’s reasonable considering how long this jar is lasting me. (Visit Sephora Product Page) *Read the updated full review here.

Eyes: Clinique All About Eyes

I purchase this at Duty Free Store in Taipei Airport last spring. I’ve been using this for 6 month now and it has about 15% left in the jar. I really like this eye cream because it’s just the right consistency for me. It’s not too light nor too rich. I haven’t used any eye cream that made me feel like it’s magic to be honest, but this one sure does the job. My eye area is not dry when I use this and It is easily absorbed.The price is quite reasonable at CA$30 for 0.5 fl oz. I might buy this again when it runs out. (Visit Official Website)

Lips: eos Lip Balm Smooth Sphere

See morning routine for review.


L’oreal Paris – Colour Caresse by Colour Riche Swatches

September 13, 2012 § 3 Comments

L'oreal  Colour Caresse Colour Riche Main

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I saw these pretty lipsticks in the States last week and I really wanted to buy them, but I decided to go home and do some research before I actually spend my money. So I read several beauty blogs and watched bunch of YouTube reviews and I was totally sold that I will love these lipsticks!

Still, these lipsticks are relatively expensive (Regular price $12.59 + tax at Shoppers Drug Mart) and I can almost buy a MAC lipstick, so I was gonna wait until it goes on sale for $9.99 or something. And who knew? Shoppers Drug Mart had a Buy 1 Get 1 free sale for all drug store brand lipsticks yesterday! (It was only for 3 hours special) So I rushed there to buy these lovely lipsticks.

My original plan was to buy Rose Taffeta and Sunset Angora. I saw swatches online and those 2 were my favourite, but they were also most popular. When I went to L’oreal section, these Caresse Colour Riche collection were very low on stock. Sunset Angora has already been sold out and there was 1 last sealed Sunset Taffeta. So I grabbed it like there is no tomorrow. Then I was torn between Sheer Linen and Blushing Sequin. Sheer Linen is a nice soft beige that I know I will use, but Blushing Sequin just looks so amazing on the model. In the end, I picked Sheer Linen because I just don’t wear something as bright as Blushing Sequin often.

Here is how the inside looks and the swatch on my arm:

L'oreal  Colour Caresse Colour Riche InsideL'oreal  Colour Caresse Colour Riche Arm Swatch

Sheer Linen is a soft beige colour that can be used daily. It tones down the redness of my lips quite well but because it’s sheer, it doesn’t make your lips too pale so it won’t give you that “corpse” look. Rose Toffeta is a rosy pink colour that instantly brightens your face up. I have yellow/orange undertone so I usually stay away from blue pinks but this one can be worn by anyone with any undertone. Below is swatch on my lips with 2 strokes:

L'oreal  Colour Caresse Colour Riche Swatch on Lips

I REALLY LOVE the formula of these lipsticks. They are moisturizing and sheer, but still pigmented enough to see the colour on the lips. It is easy to apply and it does not accentuate the wrinkle of the lips. They are nice to just have them in your purse and put it on whenever you need to. Probably don’t even need a mirror to apply them. Oh, their wear time is not so great. Maybe 2-3 hours? But I don’t mind reapplying them. Also, they add nice gloss to the lips but not sticky. They are definitely my new favourite lipsticks and I will buy more colours when they are on sale again. LOVE THEM!


  • Moisturizing
  • Sheer but with nice colour pay off
  • Easily accessible
  • Nice colour range (nothing crazy)


  • Slightly expensive for a drug store lipstick
  • Not long lasting

My Final Rating: 5/5 !

Maybelline – One by One Volume Express Mascara Satin Black Review

September 11, 2012 § Leave a comment


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Finally, bold without the bulk! Instant clump-free volume.
The lash catcher brush makes every lash count
3 bristles per lash catch, coat and de-clump

I purchased this in the States like I said in my Mini Haul, but in case you didn’t read it, it was US$5.96. Considering the regular price for these in Canada is like $7.99 (I heard it goes on sale for $4.99 sometimes but I’ve never seen it that cheap yet), I say it was great deal.

So the brush of this mascara looks like below:


It is not the biggest brush, but the middle part is pretty thick. My eye sockets are not so deep, so the brush does touch my eyelid a little bit if I’m not careful. Still, it is a easy to use brush and I can coat my lashes without clumps like what they say on the website. Here is how it looks on my eyelash:


I bought the waterproof version in Satin Black. I know I can always count on Maybelline’s waterproof mascaras to hold my lashes curled all day. As you can see in the photo above, it looks exactly same after 3 hours. When I got home after 5 hours, it still looked the same.

I haven’t been wearing much make-up lately so I only applied 1 coat, but this mascara is definitely buildable. The brush really works great so you can at least get 2 coats without combing your lashes. The colour Satin Black is very deep matte black. It is not glossy or does not have any shimmer in it. It is not particularly volumizing nor lengthing  but it is good enough for daily/casual look. If you have naturally full lashes, I think it will work amazing. The only thing that concerns me is that it smudges a little. After 2-3 hours, I can see moderate raccoon eyes… I can prevent this by applying mattifying powder under my eyes, but it might be a concern for some people.


  • Affordable and easy to find at any local drug store
  • No clump, separating
  • Keeps lashes curled all day (waterproof version only)


  • Smudges a little (If you have oily skin)

My Final Rating: 4.5/5

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