Monday, 21 July 2014

Beauty Wishlist

L-R Clockwise: Nars Sheer Glow, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Laura Mercier Hydrating Foundation Primer, Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask, Benefit They're Real Eyeliner, Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick in Neon Orange

You know, it’s just occurred to me that most of my money goes into food and beauty. Like, I have no problem spending an absurd amount of money on food or beauty goods, but I umm and ahh over a $40 dress (and 9/10 end up not buying it). This explains why I am pudgy and have a wardrobe that is more like a beauty stockroom. And really, the latter is getting a little out of hand so I’ve decided that I need to put myself on a shopping ban. 
Starting now. 

Okay, maybe tomorrow because there are a still things I need to get before my wallet can hibernate. 
But I’ve already got a list in my head of things I want to get when I’m off my shopping ban! Ahah. Here are some of the things I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on!

1. NARS Sheer Glow
Everyone seems to love this foundation and, because of that, I've stayed far away. As I often say, cult products rarely work for me. Some likened it to YSL’s Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation which I already own and so I didn’t think I’d need another similar product. But about a week ago, a friend and I were killing time at the beauty counters and we swatched some on the back of my hand. I patted it onto my hand and, surprisingly, it was quite hydrating despite its medium coverage. It’s easily blended out and didn’t seem to sink into the dry patches on the back of my hand. I’m very impressed! Having said that, it’s very likely that I’ll do some more research and sampling before I commit!

2. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
I’ve actually just started using concealer this year despite the fact that my eye bags are bruisy purple. I’ve always stayed away from concealers because of how dry and chalky they look on my under eye area, which is super dry as it is. I’ve always just used liquid foundation to conceal and, to be honest, it doesn't conceal a lot. Anyway, my under eye area is looking a lot less dehydrated lately and so I’m beginning to think that maybe I can look for a concealer to hide my dark circles. The NARS concealer seems highly recommended for dry skin types since it is quite creamy and liquidy. Again, will test before I buy!

3. Laura Mercier Hydrating Foundation Primer
I’ve been meaning to pick this up for awhile now but I can’t decide whether I want the primer or tinted moisturiser! I hear the tinted moisturiser does pretty much the same thing as a primer. Anyone else tried either and can given me some tips?
4. Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask
Okay, this one will be on my wishlist for a LONNNGGG time because it costs way too much and even my obsession with everything rose won’t allow me to buy this. But nonetheless, it’s something to aspire to! Sisley says that this luxurious anti-aging mask will plump, revitalise and restore skin. Sounds like a dream for tired and dehydrated skin!

5. Benefit They’re Real Eyeliner
An angled pen eyeliner - why didn’t anyone think of that earlier?! I haven’t seen this in person but the swatches online look very tempting. The colour is the type of pitch black I love on my eyes. I’d imagine that the tip would make it really easy to tight line too! Fortunately for my wallet, I’ve got a few unopened eyeliners left so I’ll be using those ones up first.
6. Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick in Neon Orange
Those who have watched the K-drama 'You Who Came From The Stars' might recognise the main character using this orange shade. It looks absolutely gorgeous on Cheon Song Yi and I’m not sure whether it’s the shade or the shape of her lips that makes the lipstick look so appealing. But since I can’t do anything about how my lips look, I’m going to choose to believe that it’s the former. The Serum Intense lipsticks are known for their ability to hydrate the lips whilst giving them an intense dose of colour. Most swatches I’ve seen online seem to show how pigmented the shades are. I’ve just started to wear lipstick so I’m really interested in how this will work on my dry lips!

What’s on your wishlist right now? 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Cetaphil's Intensive Moisturising Cream - For Very Dry Hands, Feet, Elbows and Knees

The funny thing is, I actually bought Cetaphil's Intensive Moisturising Cream - For Very Dry Hands, Feet, Elbows and Knees by accident! I was supposed to be picking up a back up of Ceptahil's DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion For Dry to Very Dry Skin, which is a really nice light and basic face cream for when I'm going through a really, really sensitive phase. 

Blame it on the fact that they both are packaged in boxes. I had no idea until a few months ago when I ran out of my Ultra Hydrating Lotion. 

But luckily, this is actually a good product! I have had contact dermatitis since my early teens and have been using steroid creams since then. The skin on my hands, but especially my fingers, are now extremely dry, thin, crackly and wrinkly because of it. My dermatitis has been so severe that it's been impossible to use hand creams because they often sting and irritate my open wounds.

But I've finally found a good herbalist who has helped me minimise the effects of my dermatitis and without the use of steroid creams as well! I don't have open wounds anymore and as long as the hand cream is light in ingredients and texture, my hands can take it!

This cream contains one of my favourite skincare ingredients - shea butter! As many of you may already know, shea butter is especially good for nourishing and repairing very dry skin. Cetaphil says that this ingredient has been added to help restore the skin's protective barrier and to lock in moisture.
The other advantages of this cream is that it is fragrance free and non-irritating. My hands have not been irritated once, which is amazing for me! When my hands had open wounds, they'd always get itchy if the cream was scented or had loads of ingredients in it. So I can say that this is definitely safe for people with quite sensitive and fragile skin.

When I first squeezed it out, I thought the cream looked too light which is never good because I like something heavier. But the cream is actually quite emollient and it feels perfect very nourishing on my hand. The cream is very comfortable and my hands feel gloved in moisture - not an overstatement at all! This is because once your spread the cream, it lingers for the briefest moment on the skin before fully sinking in. My hands feel instantly softer and smoother. They also look better and less weathered. 

Heavier creams generally leave my hands very sticky and they always feel like the product is just sitting on the surface. My hands look and feel oily, and I leave marks over everything I touch! This Cetaphil cream is different and I love how it sinks in very quickly after it's rubbed in. I love it so much that I have no trouble applying this several times a day right before I need to sit in front of the computer!

Overall, this cream is a very pleasant surprise! My hands look less wrinkly, especially around my knuckle areas, when I use this cream. I really think it's worked so well because it is a very, very basic cream designed for very dry skin. I definitely recommend this for people who have skin sensitivities or are going through some skin problems. If the sensitivities are quite manageable, I think it's always good to moisturise to speed up the recovery process.