My Current Skincare Routine AM+PM (Summer 2016)

Hey guys!

Today I thought I’d do a completely different post to anything that I have done so far on this blog, which is mainly reviews. It’s been over a year since starting this blog but I would say in the last 6 months or so, blogging has become more regular and that I am slowly but surely finding my own feet in the blog-o-sphere.

It’s no surprise – I love skincare, which is strange that this is my first time sharing a skincare routine on the internet. I’m hoping in the next coming months, I will branch out a bit more too which is something that I’m super excited about 🙂 and just…share my beauty journey I guess?

For reference, I have combination/oily skin.
I like to concentrate on products that are soothing, super hydrating (anything water-based) and oil-free as to not block my pores. My skin does has a tendency to be dehydrated at times. I am conscious of my pores, particularly my nose and cheeks because they are visible and blackheads can be a problem. I suffer from blemishes now and again but nothing quite like my teenage years.

 AM Skincare Routine

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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15

** I have been away due to family vacation, so apologies for the hiatus but I am back with a couple of reviews to come! **

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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation – £32.50 // 30ml

Today is a much different review to anything else that I have posted thus far. I am reviewing the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation with SPF 15 (my shade is 3 Beige). Truthfully, this is only my second liquid foundation EVER (my first being the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation), having only become much more acquainted with make-up in the last two years.

I have always liked Bobbi Brown’s ethos with beauty which was what really attracted me to the brand. To give you an idea, Bobbi Brown is about enhancing your natural beauty and working with what you have, not what you don’t have. As such, I found it incredibly easy to find something I was looking for, since my approach to make-up is the same, if not similar. The shop assistant kindly recommended me this foundation, which was swatched and tested on my skin for a day. I was happy enough with the results that I bought it quite recently and here’s what I have to say!

But first, some general information…

What It Says:

Lightweight, water-based foundation instantly hydrates and freshens.

For combination, normal and normal to dry skins.

  • Hydrates skin and gives it an instantly fresh look

  • Buildable coverage evens out skin tone while looking completely natural

  • Long-wearing formula resists streaking

  • Provides broad-spectrum protection from sun’s damaging rays

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L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation Review

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In America, it is known as the ‘Lumi Cushion’, also with a range of 12 colours

Cushion foundations are nothing new, but it has been the case in the UK recently. As someone who is Asian, I wanted to find out quickly how L’Oreal would match up since cushion foundations have been around in Asia for a few years now. Of course, L’Oreal cannot speak for the whole of Western beauty brands but it is one of the most recognised drugstore brands in the world which speaks for something.

The only other cushion foundation I tried is from Laneige, a Korean brand so don’t be surprised if I make comparisons here and there!

 

 

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Cushion Foundations notably have a sponge soaked with liquid foundation, and comes with a puff that’s easy for on-the-go touch ups

Packaging: Plastic casing that looks nice but sadly, feels cheap. For its price, I would expect more. It is very portable though, thanks to its light-weight.

Price Point: £14.99 RRP which is steep for a drugstore foundation. I purchased at £9.99 at an introductory offer which still feels slightly steep but not unaffordable. The real question is: Is it worth it?

Quantity: 14.6g/0.51oz

Description/What It Claims: ‘Build luminous coverage in a tap’, sheer to medium coverage, does not clog pores

Interesting Facts: It has SPF 29 and it is Made in Korea!

Who’s It For? If you like sheer/light coverage foundation where your skin still shines through. If you hate the feel of heavy foundations, and want some airiness.
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June 2016 Favourites

To think it is July now is insane. Technically, it should be a summer month, but it does not feel that way at all. UK has become more and more unseasonal that we take each type of weather a day at a time because it is so bi-polar. The first two weeks of June, I went traveling with my family for two weeks around the UK – and those were thankfully the sunniest, nicest days so we caught the weather at a good time.

As such, some of my June favourites are travel-friendly, and products that kept me (and my skin) happy and comfortable during the journey! Other favourites are new into my routine.

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Two LUSH Products, Two Reviews 1

Over a month ago, I purchased two LUSH products that I have never used before. There was a time when I was obsessed with their face masks, notably Love Lettuce during my college days. It has actually been a few years however, since using any LUSH product so this is a complete re-visit to the brand!

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I have heard many good things about their lip sugar scrubs which was the main reason why I popped into LUSH to have a look. There are 3 flavours which I sampled: Bubblegum, Popcorn and Mint Julips. Bubblegum is a sweet candy flavour, likeable but too sweet for everyday-use personally. Popcorn is a salty flavour, a ‘don’t hate it, don’t love it’ feeling arose whilst sampling it, and strangely, it’d be my next choice. Mint Julips is a sweet mint flavour that’s slightly refreshing and meets somewhere in the middle hence my choice.

Now, I have used a lot of lip balm although I wouldn’t say I suffer from dry lips – they are good most of the time. But after using this lip scrub, I really felt the difference! With a dip of a finger, you rub the scrub against your lips and lick off the excess. Any dead skin is gone straight away, and I feel as if your natural lip colour is revived once again. With this, I genuinely feel that I can put on lipstick every single day without complaining. The only con is it’s messy to use and some might end up on the floor! For £5.50, the price might seem steep but a little lasts a long time.

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L-Ultrabland, ‘whipped cream’ consistency, very smooth, R-Mint Julips Lip Scrub, gritty but sweet

Since I was ‘in the moment’ for shopping, I asked for some recommendations and the shop assistant pointed me towards Ultrabland straight away, which she kindly sampled on my hand. I had heard much buzz surrounding the name, but never went to check it out. Now I understand the hype! Ultrabland is a cream-based facial cleanser that is similar to a cleansing balm but is more softer, creamier. Its main components are beeswax, almond oil, rose water and honey which is perfect if you have sensitive and/or dry skin, but is suitable for all skin types.

The smell is all-natural, light and non-invasive. Essentially you massage the product onto your face and then wipe or wash the product off. I personally like to wipe with a few cotton pads, since some product can still be left behind to help moisturise the skin. Ultrabland actually feels very luxurious on the skin, contrary to its name. On the pot, it is particularly recommended to problem skin sufferers to use daily. There’s no scrubbing or tugging at the skin, just a face massage that’s perfect for your self-scheduled spa night! For its price of £7.95, it is steeper than I remember LUSH to be, but please be assured that this is a quality product that will last for months!

What are your favourite LUSH products? Maybe I will pop in again soon and review some more! 🙂