I’m working on Beauty Stash entries featuring the stuff I bought during our travels in Korea and Japan but I received a message from a blog reader named Lyn who asked me to share my skin care routine and the make-up I use. So before sharing my stash from Korea and Japan, I’m going to share the current products I use.
Before I give a rundown of the products I use, I feel it’s vital I share my skin care habits as it has an influence in my product choices. So here goes…
I’m low maintenance and not brand conscious. I look for products that are reasonably-priced, doesn’t make my face oily and break out. I like trying out a new product once in a while but if it makes my skin condition worse, I throw it away. I don’t like very expensive products simply because it is something that needs to be maintained. I have this belief that one can always find a reasonably-priced product for any kind of skin. My skin care choices varies from supermarket brands to organic products. I often buy cosmetics during travel because it’s cheaper to buy in a brand’s country origin. As for skin profile, I have oily skin especially on the T-zone areas. However, my skin gets dry during Winter. I have acne scars and once in a while still get a pimple or two. My face is on the fair shade of brown and I have medium-sized pores.
Below are the current products I use. As in on a daily basis, this is what I use.
Cleansing. I cleanse in the morning with Perfect Whip Foam. When I arrive home in the afternoon, I start off with massaging Perfect Watery Oil on my face and then rinsing it off with Perfect Whip Foam. These two products are made by Shiseido which I picked up when I was in Tokyo in February. I think they’re the cheapest product line of Shiseido with the foam not more than AUD$5.00 and the cleansing oil not more than AUD$10.00. I found a few Asian beauty shops who sell them here but as usual, it’s about three times the price in Japan. The watery oil feels lights and easily cleans make-up. The cleansing foam makes my skin pores feel clean and tightened. I use a Clarisonic Mia once or twice a week as as way to exfoliate my facial skin. I use a dry brush for my body before I get into the shower.
Moisturising. I’m a fan of using beauty oils so most of the time I moisturise with Human Nature’s Sunflower Oil and Sukin’s Facial Treatment Oil. During break-outs, I use a Tea Tree Oil as it heals my skin faster. I currently have an Olay Regenerist, one I bought on sale and used during Winter. I liked it because it gave my skin a certain glow even during the coldest day of Winter season. I have a jar of Nature Republic’s Acqua Moisturiser for days when the weather is hot. I find gel moisturisers light and cool, perfect for Summer season. For moisturising my lips, I keep a jar of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly and Carmex on my bedside table so I never forget to put some on before bedtime.
For my body, I moisturise with Nivea In-Shower Lotion (best invention!) or baby oil during bath time. At night, I put on a light lotion on my arms and legs. During cold season, I use lotions with heavy formulations and the lighter ones during Summer. I’m not very particular with lotions. I get them as gifts (which I really appreciate) or when I encounter sales in the supermarket. I prefer the ones with sweet and powdery scents.
Make-up. I’ve tried a few BB Creams before and until now, I still love using them. Right now, I’m using Skin Food’s Mushroom Multi-Care BB Cream. It’s easy to apply, has light to medium coverage and keeps my skin fresh for a few hours. I apply this in the morning and just retouch with a face powder. I have a little jar of Olay Regenerist Day Moisturiser (with SPF 15) which I use during Winter time. On very cold days, I use it as a base before I put the BB Cream.
Inside My Little Make-Up Kit. This is the kit I bring with me everyday. Contents include a very old comb, Maybelline’s Fit Me Face Powder (No. 125), Ever Bilena Eye Liner, K-Palette Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow Pencil (in Brown shade), Every Bilena Magic Lipstick, Elizabeth Arden Lipstick (Perfect Coral/07) and Lippy Girl Vegan Lip Gloss. I have a Nature Republic’s Cheek Tint (in Coral shade) with me but seldom use it. On a regular day at work, I only put BB Cream, face powder and lipstick on. Very seldom do I put blush eyeshadow and eyeliner on my eyelids.
Travel Make-Up Palette. I use these on days when we travel and during special occasions, I have two make-up sets to help me: Clarins Bright White Palette (top) and L’Oreal Color Harmony Paris Beauty Look (bottom right). My brushes are from EcoTools and my favourite eyelash curler is from Shiseido. For mascara, I buy any waterproof mascara from Maybelline that is on sale. I rarely wear mascara as it irritates my eyes.
So there. I hope the beauty stash I shared will be helpful in a way. And I hope you enjoy this post, Lyn. Thank you again for sending me a sweet message.