“Glowing skin is a result of proper skin care. It means you can wear less makeup and let skin shine through.”
-Michel Coulombe, Global Makeup Artist
I am not, and never have been a fan of putting on too much product on my skin, especially my face. Not only because the skin on our face is thinner compared to our body, but because I feel that it makes my skin feel very dry, tight and becomes more prone to breakouts.
I have tried many different kinds of skin care products from Johnson’s to Olay to Simple to L’oreal but none of them lasted for me. It would either work after a few weeks then my skin starts to go haywire or it’ll just instantly make my skin worse.
However, after years of figuring out what’s best for me, Nivea and Laneige are the brands that have really helped maintain my skin. As above, I now use Nivea’s cleanser, toner and moisturizer. I tend to switch between 2 different cleansers – the pink (dry to sensitive skin) and green (combination to oily skin). The “pink” Daily Essentials Facial Wash has a cream-like texture, enriched with natural almond oil and hydra IQ, gentle yet effectively cleanses your skin and keeps it soft without drying it out, whereas the “green” Daily Essentials Face Wash controls and prevents shine whilst respecting your skin’s own moisture balance, with ocean algae and hydra IQ, has a gritty and get based texture, and a mattifying effect to it (so don’t expect any shine after using it). I only stick to the “green” Daily Essentials toner because it not only tones deeply but also mattifies my skin. Yes, I am a “matte” fan.
Both of these product do not create lather, or foam, and contains pretty coloured microgranules that are mildly formulated to reduce and prevent impurities. I also use their Natural Fairness Day Care moisturizer, 5-in-1 Beautifying BB Cream and eye makeup remover (with Vitamin C). Moreover, they’re affordable, value for money and have a wide range to pick from depending on your skin type!
Laneige. This South Korean skin care brand is brrrilliant! I love it so much! The only downfall is that, it’s pricier as opposed to Nivea, where you can just pick it up from any pharmacy or supermarket and use it on a daily basis.
It is known for its “WATER SCIENCE™”:
“With over 20 years of research, Laneige‘s WATER SCIENCE™ has developed optimum water to address each skin concern. Hydro Ionized Mineral Water offers quicker and deeper absorption for better overall moisturization; Mint Water reduces excessive sebum while offering greater pore care.”
-LANEIGE, “Concept of Laneige”
I’ve tried most of the products but they cost a fortune! Instead, I only get one or 2 of my favourite products from them. I especially love their Water Sleeping Mask and the Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel.
The Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel has gentle yet powerful dead skin cell removing properties, also very soothing and anti-oxidizing properties that promote skin health. You can use it as both a cleanser and a peeling mask, once or twice a week.
The Water Sleeping Mask has skin purifying effect called SLEEP-TOX™. It helps purify skin during sleep, keeping it in optimum condition, it contains skin moisturizer called the MOISTURE WRAP™ which helps skin retain moisture throughout the night, skin soothing effect that contains skin-soothing agents that are gentle on sleeping skin, helping it recover overnight and an aromatic SLEEPSCENT™ that helps you relax during sleep. THIS I highly recommend – the “sleeping skin care”.. especially to those who don’t have time, couldn’t be bothered after a long day, too tired and/or too busy.
Some days, as all women, we feel like having a day of nothing but pure pampering. I, unfortunately, do not have the luxury of heading over to the nearest facial spa. So what do I do? I bring the spa to me!
For this, other than bath salts, candles and vanilla scented bubble bath, I get myself the 7th Heaven Face Masks. They are a “cruelty-free” product and it ranges from self heating thermal mud face masks, peel off masks, to bamboo fabric masks infused with mineral rich botanical clays, etc.
Note: I do not own a dressing table filled with makeup. I only have these few that I’ve stuck to for years!
Like I’ve said at the beginning of this post, I don’t like putting on too much product on my face and this includes makeup as well. I am more of a natural, subtle look kind of person.
My makeup is pretty simple. Let me break it down for you, in order of how I put on my makeup..
- Foundation and concealer (only to cover-up blemishes IF I have any) – Maybelline
- Bronzer (only to contour my cheekbones) and blusher – Benefit
- Eyeliner – prefer any pencil/kohl liners rather than liquid ones
- Eyebrow pencil and/or volumizing gel – Benefit
- Mascara – Maybelline
- Lips – a layer of Vaseline then my Mac or Nyx lipstick and/or lipliner
I own a highlighter (Lancôme) which was a gift from my mother and eyeshadow (Maybelline Duo Eyeshadow) but I hardly ever use them because I feel it ends up making me look ‘fake’, that’s how my husband describes it haha!
The makeup I put on depends on the occasion, of course, and I never put on makeup when I’m at home just to allow my skin to breathe..
To conclude, here are some extra tips from yours truly..
- Eye serums do help with eyebags. I use either Time Freeze by Laneige or Firm It Up! by Benefit.
- Instead of using translucent powder to “mattify” your look, you can dab a little talcum powder on as an alternative.
- An alternative to lip scrub – grab a toothbrush and lightly scrub your lips in a circular motion. (DIY lip scrub – coconut oil & brown sugar)
- Keeping a healthy diet and drinking lots of water is key to healthier, clearer skin.
- Lastly, if you’ve accidentally overplucked your eyebrows or just have problems getting them to grow back, a mix of Vitamin E oil and coconut oil does help!
“Makeup should never be used to hide your self. It should be used to enhance your natural beauty.”
P.s: What I use might change as I get older as my skin will have different, more ‘mature’ needs.
Until then, I hope you’ve enjoyed my simple “face business” story!