Monday, 26 September 2011

Review : Lancome's Baume Eclat Balm-to-Oil Massage Cleanser

Product : Lancome's Baume Eclat Balm-to-Oil Massage Cleanser
Made In : France
Purchased From :  Hong Kong
Price : $240 HK
Quantity : 125ml

I have to tell you about Lancome's Baume Eclat Balm-to-Oil Massage Cleanser. I'm onto my second tube and it is by far my favourite make up remover slash cleanser. Sure, it's on the expensive side but the effects are amazing.

I was introduced to it by a Lancome sales assistant who I just adore. Everytime she sees me wandering around the department store, she'll flag me down and give me samples to take home and try. Aww. She's a raw gem!

I was initially pulled in by the gimmick of this cleanser. I love gimmicks. L-o-v-e gimmicks especially if they are skincare-related gimmicks. She told me that the cleanser squeezed out of the tube as a cream, then massages into an oil and becomes milky after you wet it with water. I had never seen or heard anything like it and the process seemed so foreign.

Definitely intrigued!




PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

'A make up remover soft as cream, efficient as an oil, light as a milk. 

All skin types, even sensitive. 

Rinse-off formula

Its unique texture melts from balm to oil to milk and gently liberates the skin from impurities and toxins deep inside. Wipe off, or rinse off to discover the transformation of oil into milk - maximum efficacy in a cocoon of softness. Suitable for face, eyes and lips.'


DIRECTIONS



So to demonstrate how to use the Baume Eclat, I've put a selection of cosmetics on my hand. Aside from the Lancome Teint Miracle Natural Light Creator Foundation, I use these products on a regular basis. As you can see, I'm very simple when it comes to my make up.

I was given the Teint Miracle Foundation by the same sales consultant that is always showering me with samples. She actually gave me the sample a few days before it was officially launched in store! She's just awesome like that!




Unfortunately, I am not a fan of the foundation. The colour is completely off and I find the formula to be very drying on my skin. It has this terrible tendency of sinking into my lines and cracks. It just looks terrible on my hand. Can you see it?

It just emphasises all my lines and it makes me look older than neccessary! *fears lines and wrinkles*




That pearl coloured dollop of cream is the Baume Eclat! You only need a tiny amount and what I have here is enough for your entire face.




Slowly spread the cream across your face, or hand in my case. You'll feel that as you do this, the cream will become a little bit oily.


 


When the cream completely turns into an oil, this is the part where you give your face a massage. Go in circular motions and massage all the areas that you have make up on. 

This part takes the most time because it does take awhile for the oil to dissolve all of your make up.  This is especially true if you're trying to take off waterproof cosmetic products.  




After awhile, your make up may start to clump together like this. You basically see all the make up you've worn sitting on top of your skin. All you need now is a bit of water to remove it.




The next step is to slightly wet your face with water and continue to massage. When you wet the oil, it will turn to a really light milk.




At this point, you can continue to massage your face for a second round of cleansing. By now, you can see that my hand is already looking pretty make up-free.

If you choose to give yourself a second massage, be warned that things get a bit messy here. I've had the milk drip all over my arms before and into the sink!




You can tissue the milk off or you can choose to wash it off. If you're in a hurry than use a tissue and give your face a good pat. But nothing beats a rinse!

I personally like to rinse my face because it feels much more refreshing and removes any remaining residue.

WORD OF WARNING !

Be careful when you're using the Baume Eclat to remove your eye make up! The product description says that the product is safe to use on the eye, but be careful not to get any of the cream/oil/milk in your eye!

The Baume Eclat is seriously king when it comes to removing eye make up. It removed my MAC Fluidline without much effort and is excellent at removing persistent waterproof mascaras. But if you get any product in your eyes, you'll regret it.

It seriously stings.

It's not the type of sting that goes away. It seriously stings until you wash out your eye!

I've learnt my lesson now and I use a separate eye make up remover!

RESULTS

The reason why I like this cleanser so much is because it really is a make up remover/cleanser all in one. When it is in a cream and oil form, it's removing my foundation and blush. When it is a milk, it's removing anything else underneath that as well.
I've mentioned before that I generally prefer oil and milk removers and cleanser. With oil, your make up dissolves much quicker and easier. Milk formulas help to minimise your face becoming dry in the process. 

Therefore, with the Baume Eclat, it's really a win-win situation!

Some people like to use the Double Cleanse method which usually involves cleansing your face of make up and then cleansing a second time to remove anything else left behind. I used to do this as well but after using the Baume Eclat, I do it less often because I feel it removes everything. 

I often hear people saying that they love their make up remover but they're always left with some residue. They also say that their skin doesn't feel entirely clean. I also hear that some people love how their cleanser lifts all the grim off their faces but hates how it dries their skin out.

The Baume Eclat deals with all these issues. When it's an oil, all the make up clumps together and floats onto the top of your skin. When it's an milk, it gentley nourishes your skin and also removes any remaining bits of dirt. 

If you're on the market for a premium brand make up remover/cleanser, I definitely recommend this Lancome product because works magnificently well!

Friday, 23 September 2011

"Her voice is full of money."

Drinking Dragonwell Tea from a Tumbler and Reading F.Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby'


'He smiled understandingly - much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced - or seemed to face - the whole eternal world for an instance, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favour. It understood you just so far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.'


This is my favourite passage from F.Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby'. I read this for English in high school and I've been meaning to read it again for years now. But when you're in university, it's difficult to get the inspiration to read anything else besides your course readers and the endless PDFs.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Review : St Ives Bright Skin Apricot Scrub

Product : St Ives' Bright Skin Apricot Scrub
Made In : Australia
Purchased From : Watsons, Hong Kong
Quantity : 100g

I used to be one of those who exfoliated the living daylights out of my skin. I was completely addicted to that soft feeling and even skin-toned look of my face after a gentle scrub. Without fail, I used to exfoliate my skin twice a week. But after awhile, my skin went through a really bad phase and I had to cut down to exfoliating once a week. 

Now, I exfoliate once every two weeks. The switch has been a matter of choice and I think it works better for my current skin condition. Like I said before, my skin is quite thin and extra tugging or rubbing isn't really ideal. Instead, I cleanse more rigorously these days and sometimes double cleanse after a long day with a full face of make up. 

Anyway, awhile ago I bought St Ives' Bright Skin Apricot Scrub when I was in Hong Kong. I left my Clinique 7 Day Scrub Rinse-Off Formula at home and I didn't want to go to the department store to buy another tube. I seriously have two tubes sitting at home as back up and didn't want to buy anymore!

I had heard from friends that St Ives products were generally really good and great value for money. So I picked up their Apricot Scrub expecting that I would have no problems using it.



The main determining factor for a good or bad exfoliator is often dependent on the size of the beads. I tend to like exfoliators with small, dense beads that come out in a creamy formula. I find that they are much gentler on my skin

Anything too big or rough really hurts!




Unfortunately, the beads in the Apricot Scrub were big, sand-like and very rough on my skin. I didn't actually manage to scrub my entire face because it felt like I was sand papering it and I just had to wash it off. No matter how softly I was scrubbing my face, it was just as painful!

Such a shame because the smell of the product is heavenly! It is pleasantly scented and definitely refreshing. However, the beads were too big, harsh and rough for my thin skin and I had to toss it aside.




So I was cleaning out my bathroom cabinet because I needed some room to put in some new products and I found the tube hidden in the very back. The tube is practically new and it felt like such a waste to throw out.

I squeezed some product onto the back of my hand to see if the scrub had gone off. Luckily, it was still fine and I started exfoliating my hand. Surprisingly, the roughness of the beads were bearable on my hands.

Okay, it didn't feel exactly comfortable but at least it didn't like I was sandpapering my face!




The amount shown in this photo is enough for two hands already.

As I exfoliated, I got this really cooling sensation that was really refreshing. It actually felt quite comfortable on my hands.




RESULT
My hands were much softer after the exfoliator and I'm guessing that my hand cream will sink in much better tonight!

I think I'll use the product as a foot scrub as well so I can finish it up! I hate wasting things.

I don't think I will be repurchasing the scrub because it is too harsh for my face. I have other exfoliators which do a much better job and so I will give this a pass. I have no idea why they would make the beads so big, rough and harsh. Our skin is so delicate and I don't understand the reasoning behind rough beads. Maybe for some people, they might like it because they may feel that these big beads really lifts all the dirt off their faces.

But honestly, having a more thorough cleansing routine would be better than rubbing your skin with something as harsh as this!

Friday, 9 September 2011

I'm Alive !

Hello everyone! Long time no blog!

How is everyone? Hope everyone is well! Sorry I haven't updated in awhile. I have been flat out busy and I am dead tired! The thing about my current life is that I have a really unsteady lifestyle and schedule. There are weeks where I will have nowhere to be or no one that needs seeing. That's when I can spend time and pursue my interests or catch up on sleep! Then there will be weeks where I have an extremely packed schedule where I wake up bleary eyed and come home completely drained. 

These past few weeks have been the latter! I have tomorrow to relax and then I'm up and running again. I want a holiday!

Although it is a chaotic lifestyle, I'm beginning to think that it suits me well. I am someone who gets bored with things very easily and I find it difficult to stay in the one place for an extended amount of time. I'm also someone who gets fatigued quite quickly and so the breaks I get in between the craziness is wonderful. 

Anyway, just some photos to share.





About two weeks ago, I went to Hong Kong singer GEM Tang's concert. I absolutely adore her voice because it is perfect for my favourite genre, R&B. It was quite an intimate concert as you can see from the third photo. There were a lot of empty seats so we got to move down closer to the stage - yay!

GEM sounds exactly like she does on the recordings and that itself is amazing. She's a really good singer and you should all check her out if you don't know who she is! I was massively impressed with her ability to replicate her recordings. A lot of other artists that I have seen live don't sound nearly as good as her in person. 

However, I would say that the entertainment factor was on the mediocre side. But I'm sure that will improve with time. She is so young and she'll go far with her music. At least that's what I think!

We were gifted swiss roll towels at the door and I seriously thought they were EDIBLE swiss roll! I was thinking, 'Coffee swiss roll! Yum!'. I was starving by the time I got home and you won't believe how disappointed I was to not be able to eat it! AHAH. 


You would have heard me going on about how I just love the look of Prada's Saffiano Lux Tote. I love it because it's structured, classy and can go with anything. I need something that will go with skinnies and also a pencil skirt because I'm not one of those people who changes their bags to suit their outfit. After much debate about whether I really wanted the tote, I finally went in store to check it out aka inspect with the high possibility of purchase!

Unfortunately, Prada had sold out of the black tote and I was given the option to be put on the wait list. The sales assistant said that some ladies were paying in advance to secure their tote. Speaks of its popularity, doesn't it?

I didn't put my name down because I couldn't work out whether I wanted the medium or large size, nor could I decide whether I wanted the tote in black or clay. They didn't have the clay on display but I saw a different tote in that colour and it looked quite nice. Then there's the possibility of skipping Prada altogether and getting a Louis Vuitton instead.

I headed back in store on a Thursday night after work and my goodness, the store was completely packed with ladies all asking for the tote! Some girls had gone to the extreme of holding onto display stock with the intention of purchasing it!

Errr, I may have to rethink this. I haven't seen any Lux Totes on the streets but the way they seem to be flying off the shelves is making me think that maybe the bag will eventually turn into the Alexa Chung, Neverfull and Le Pliage - too common. 

I know what you're all thinking. If I seriously like it, who cares if everyone has it. Right? True. Very true. But I also like things with a bit of exclusivity. Not to mention that another reason why I like to tote is because it is a discreet looking bag. The logo doesn't scream for attention and that's the way I like things.

Oh, back to the drawing board!

That's all from me! Just wanted to type up a post because I seriously miss blogging! Hopefully I'll be able to whip up something more substantial in the coming days! Hope all is well!