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Skincare Regime Update – December 2016

The last update was April and lots of changed since then. Pretty much everything I’m using is different!

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1. Hadalabo Tamagohada AHA+BHA mild exfoliating face wash foam (160ml)
2. Medicated Sekkisei lotion (360ml) – Made in Japan
3. Hadalabo Gokujyun Medicated Skin Conditioner lotion (170ml) – Made in Japan
4. Melvita Nectar Supreme eye & lip contour cream (0.5fl oz.) [almost 15ml] – Made in France
5. ettusais Premium Amino Caviar Cream (90g) – Made in Japan

1. I left my Muji foam cleanser behind in a hotel but I just want to say that cleanser worked well with my Luna. Bought this as a replacement and I don’t feel anything special towards it. I like that it dispenses ready-made foam so I save some time. I’m only *just* reading now that people have been reporting the cleanser drying their skin … perhaps that’s why my eye area have been itchy the past few days?? I’ve been using it for about two weeks now though only once a day until recently. Tamogohada = more or less the image of your skin will look like as smooth as a peeled hard boiled egg if you use this. I guess.
2. Still loving this and I will continue using this (although I’m tempted to try Albion’s Skin Conditioner). I still have one bottle of P50 left, which I’ll reintroduce when the weather gets warmer.
3. This is my extra hydration step and I’ll probably use a serum when this bottle is done, or one of the many packets and bottles of samples from different brands that I have. This particular formula (green bottle) of the Hadalabo Gokujyun range is supposed to moisturize and prevent pimples from appearing. Hormonal spots are something else so this item doesn’t really help me much there. I’m not sure if it’s sold in Hong Kong? I haven’t seen it anywhere I went (the usual suspects Watson’s/Manning/log-on don’t have it).
4. The formula is nothing special but this is my first experience with these kind of tips. On the days when I have time to slowly tap tap tap gently with the tip I do find a difference to just applying with fingers.
5.I took this with me to Hong Kong, knowing the weather is less dry than Paris. I was almost finished with my It’s Skin Snail Cream anyway and thought it’s a good time to open the next moisturizer in the stash. There are many little beads in the moisturizer (hence ‘caviar’) and you just have to make sure you rub all of them in. Sometimes there are strays and if you miss one they can appear as bizarre looking but perfectly round tiny ball of flesh. I’ve continued using this since I got back and interestingly it still does a decent job of moisturizing my skin in this completely different climate. I honestly didn’t expect it to perform this well. I’ll do a review on this separately.

I no longer have a really different morning/evening routine. Only that I throw in a makeup remover before the regular cleanser at night. That’s usually either of these: (more…)

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Aphrodite’s Shell vs Other Bronzers … or just some swatches of my bronzers

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1. Stephane Marais bronzer #1 – I shouldn’t have included this one in hindsight because the brand doesn’t exist anymore. But this was my first bronzer and very dear to my heart. The Stephane Marais brand was so ahead of its time.
2. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell from Alluring Aquatic
3. Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons in 01 Blondes – this was before Guerlain revamped their Terracotta line. This shade is the new 04 Blondes. From looking at the pictures 02 Brunettes in the new line would probably be a better match for me.
4. Dior Nude Tan Healthy Glow in 002 Sunlight.
5. Caudalie Teint Divin (one shade only)
6. Bourjois Delice de Soleil in 12 for Fair/Medium Skin

Swatches:

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Different lighting:

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1. Stephane Marais
2. Guerlain  – top quad on the right only
3. MAC
4. Dior – swirled all quads
5. Caudalie
6. Bourjois

1-4 are the lighter bronzers and among them MAC has the least amount of orange/pink.  If you have the Dior, using only the ‘D’ and the ‘U’ you can get something really close to Aphrodite’s Shell.

The Guerlain will give you the most options as all 4 of the quads have different intensity. If you’re fair now but are counting on getting some colour during summer then this will be a good option. You can however, probably get 2 separate bronzers for the price of this.

I didn’t bother swatching my Chanel Tan de Soleil (not the paste but the powder from Summer 2012, Sable Beige) but let me know if you would like to see a comparison.

Btw I used Aphrodite’s Shell the other day and I didn’t notice any of the shimmer flecks. So who knows really?

September Empties

Hey I’m slowly catching up! Sorry pics are look a bit sloppy …

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SANA Super Quick Gel Pencilliner EX in Real Black
This was my backup I bought in Hong Kong last year. I used this liner exclusively for a month or so and finished it. Probably the fastest product I used up.

I blogged about this here, here and it was one of my favourites for 2012. Honestly this is the best type of eyeliner for daily use. By that I mean if you’re like me and you don’t have the time to draw the perfect line or that perfect flick in the morning because you opted for that extra 15 minutes of sleep instead; and you just want to finish your makeup and run out the door so you’ll be on time for work. Here you have all the best qualities of a gel liner without the hassle – no brushes, only a convenient twist pencil form that doesn’t need to be sharpened. You just need to make sure the one you’re getting has a really fine tip. The 2mm here is perfect. Any bigger and you might as well opt for a pencil cos believe me, you will want to sharpen a wide blunt tip.

I noticed shu uemura has a similar liner [link to shu USA site] that came out earlier this year. I can imagine it being really good too but the SANA one cost me 9 euros. So there’s that. Another budget one is Kate’s version, which I have heard good things about [link to Kate Malaysia website, perhaps]. I will try to pick that one up next time.

Repurchase? Yes.

Yves Roche Hamamélis Super-soft anti-perspirant deodorant (50ml)  – Made in France
Paraben-free and formulated for sensitive skin. This is one of the products from the witch hazel range at Yves Rocher. The ‘super-soft’ I guess refers to the scent. It has a nice, ‘soft’ scent, which by the way they claim is an ‘allergen-free fragrance’. There are no animal ingredients – the deodorising agent is of botanical origin. They do not recommend applying on broken skin or after epilation.

Honestly, most deodorant that contain aluminium works fine with me and in the end is a matter of scent and whether you like the fragrance or not. I quite liked this, it’s very clean and easy and doesn’t shout that it’s there.

Repurchase? If I run out of new scents to try, why not?

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (60g) – Made in Japan
This was another product that I planned on writing an independant post on, as part of a review of 3 different cleansing oils I was using (I’m still using the other two so maybe I will write that post). So I’ll be succinct here: The DHC oil is efficient and gentle. No fragrance, it just smelt of olive oil. My eyes never stung when the product or residue got in, I just had blurry vision until I rinsed everything out. I like the pump as well and a smaller size is avaible for those who intend on travelling with it. I picked this up when I saw it at a Monoprix (not my local but a bigger one). I will say that I didn’t see it anymore the last time I was there. I can’t remember how much it cost but it certainly wasn’t a bargain. With so many other brands doing their cleansing oils (like L’oreal, Mixa etc) at a cheaper price I guess it’s hard to compete?

Repurchase?  I did enjoy using this and I will certainly go back to DHC if I couldn’t find a better/more affordable replacement. And easier to find.

July Empties

The beginning of some back blogging … a few empties posts from the last few months. Here are the empties I had for July:

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Yves Rocher Nutri-Sily Conditioner (150ml) – Made in France
Paraben, colorant and silicone free, this is their oat conditioner. Claims to ‘nourish your hair fibre and gives it more volume’, making your hair ‘easier to detangle, supple, silky and shiny’.

Honestly I wasn’t particularly impressed with this conditioner and couldn’t wait to finish it up so I can move on. As I’ve found with Yves Rocher (and The Body Shop or similar companies) their products can be quite heavily fragranced and it plays a huge role in how you experience their products. Somewhere sometime I stopped enjoying their oats scent, but mainly I didn’t find this conditioner spectacular and my hair wasn’t much shinier or more supple. I don’t need volume so I can’t comment on that front but all in all it’s just very average and I wouldn’t go out of my way to use this.

Repurchase? Nope.

Cattier Shampoo for frequent use – with Yogurt Solution (250ml) – Made in France
Cattier is a pharmacy/drug-store brand that does organic stuff. I picked this one up at my local Monoprix. One of their cult products is their pink clay mask, which I have and will review one day … hopefully in the not too distant future.

I got this shampoo because I am curious about this range. The shampoo is 100% organic and it’s guaranteed to be free of paraben and phenoxyethanol (a preservative). It smells nothing of yogurt at all, it’s quite runny though. It has an essential oil type of fragrance that’s not overwhelming at all. The blurb behind the bottle promises ‘light, soft and shiny hair of any types … enriched with wheat proteins to nourish and strengthen hair and make it easy to untangle’. Hmmm seems like untangling hair is a popular concern.

For an organic shampoo it’s not bad at all. This coming from someone who likes big foams when washing her hair. It gives a light foam (more like a mousse really) and it does its job cleaning my hair. I do tend to use a fair amount though because of how runny it is (and wanting more suds).

Repurchase? It’s cheap and efficient … in a pinch, why not? But I like the Melvita shampoo I’m using now a lot more.

Astalift Jelly Aquarysta (60g) – Made in Japan
First review is here and a short blurb in the January empties post. This is a product that I enjoyed using tremendously. It was my second and last jar and I honestly felt I needed to go out and buy a replacement ASAP when I scooped up the last bit. But thanks to my hoarding habit and the Project 2×5 pan I wasn’t allowed to and thus my conclusion now is that while it’s a nice product that made my skin feel so very plump when I was using it, 3 months on my skin isn’t left in a state of disrepair. It doesn’t look spectacular, no, and I still get hormonal spots and so on and I don’t really watch my diet etc but it doesn’t look too shabby either. I mean, it looks normal. I don’t feel like I need this jelly to get my skin back on track. I think if you use a moisturising mask deligently you’ll be ok.

Repurchase? This one is up in the air. All I know is I don’t feel as strongly about this as Shiseido’s Future Solution.

Vichy Idealia (55g) – Made in France
This cream from Vichy is marketed as a universal cream (by that I mean for all skin types) that helps with lines, unifying and smoothening skin tone. I’m struggling with the translation but here’s Vichy’s english website. The AHAs are apparently naturally found in the kombucha (they said so on the french website). Here’s a picture of the cream I took before I used it all up:

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I intended to write a dedicated post on this once upon a time you see. Anyway, it has a floral/fruity scent and the texture is very light. For a while this was the only cream I used both day and night and I remember I was using this on my ski trip and after, when I got that terrible ski goggles tan mark. I thought this cream helped with unifying my complexion within a reasonable amount of time. Meaning it could’ve taken longer if I wasn’t using this. However while I liked all that I didn’t like the perfume and really wished that Vichy didn’t put that in. I don’t mind the scent but it’s just completely unnecessary.

Repurchase? If they made a plain white one with no perfume, yes.

Embryolisse Hydra-Masque (60ml) – Made in France
Said to be for all skin types, providing ‘intensive moisturising and regenerating care’. No parabens.

I haven’t actually finished this tube but this is going out because it’s been more than a year since I’ve had it opened. It contains hyaluronic acid, sweet almond and sesame oils, vitamins etc. Unfortunately I’ve thrown out the box that has the full list of ingredients. I’m pretty sure it has alcohol. I thought this was just alright. I’ve used better hydrating masks.

Repurchase? No.

Caudalie Pulpe Vitaminée Eye and Lip Cream (15ml) – Made in France
This is from Caudalie’s Pulpe Vitamine range, which is their anti-aging skincare range. This little tube didn’t do anything special for me however. I don’t really expect eye creams to anyway.

Repurchase? No.

March Empties

Unfortunately that is not a typo and these are indeed my empties for March. Things on the private side have taken over the past 30 days. Without going into that I’ll only say that it wasn’t all good news and I either wasn’t in the mood to blog or I simply didn’t have the occasion to update my blog as I would have liked. Anyway I have put this behind me and am looking ahead, starting firstly with a new job next week! I’ll be saying goodbye to Champs-Elysees and hello to St. Germain des Pres! I’ve spent more or less the past three years in that area and it will be a nice change working in a little closer to home and on the left bank. Makeup-wise this means I won’t be as close to Sephora (the Champs-Elysees being also the only one with MAC I might add) but I’ll have Citypharma instead.

Here are my empties of last month (March), and hopefully the ones for April (not that many anyway) won’t take another month to appear. There are quite a lot (for me), so a good month all in all.

Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm (4.5ml)
This balm is packed full of natural oils and extracts so expect it to smell as such. It is very comfortable to wear and I’ve used quite a few pots of this in the past and have always preferred the pot to the stick. It is also a good base before you put your lipstick on because it doesn’t leave your lips all slippery and glossy. Because of the packaging (glass jar + hygienic reasons) I keep this in the house only and use it mainly before bed. I normally don’t have a problem with this but we had a particularly cold and dry winter this year and I did find myself needing to reapply with more frequency. There were times when I happened to awake in the middle of the night and felt my lips were so dry that I needed to get up and find the balm. Oddly this didn’t happen when I use Kiehl’s. To me this means either that the petroleum in Kiehl’s acts as a nice barrier or that the Dr. Hauschka gets absorbed a lot more quickly instead of just sitting there. I don’t really know. I used the jar up really fast.

Repurchase? No, but only because I prefer more portable versions, even for ones I keep at home.

Dr. Hauschka Almond Body Lotion (145ml)
This is a heavy duty type of lotion that I put to good use during the harsh winter we had. Smells divinely of almond, not the artificial almond food extract type but one with a real warmth, slightly milky. Consistency is a thickish but spreadable lotion that’s absorbed quickly. I didn’t experience any sort of tightness and saw an improvement to the skin during the period I used it exclusively. This is worth trying out if you have very dry skin and are into organic, natural skincare. I think it may be too much for me in the warmer months, but I really enjoyed using this.
A note about the packaging: this comes in a glass bottle with a pump spout. It’s a little clunky and not very travel-friendly. The pump couldn’t get the last of the lotion out but luckily the top can be unscrewed.

Repurchase? Yes.

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January Empties

Astalift Eye Cream (15g)
Considering that I started the tube in July this item has lasted me quite a while. I haven’t bothered with eye creams before because I’ve used one tube too many that doesn’t do anything – and I don’t mean anti-age/wrinkles/fine lines etc type of promises, just basic moisturising. This eye cream moisturises well, I’ve noticed a difference definitely. And because of this the fine lines around the eyes look a little less intense than they did before. They’re still there mind (I don’t think there’s a cream out there that can erase them) but they look less crinkly. It would also help if I could learn to stop squinting and rubbing my eyes.

Repurchase? Yes

Chanel No. 5 Velvet Body Cream (6g) Sample
Can’t remember where I got this small jar from. I was sceptical but this turned out to be a very nice cream – texture is beautiful, very moisturising and the scent lingers the whole day. Seriously impressed with this, it’s a small luxury that I’ll consider indulging in the future. Something to look out for at the Duty Free when travelling. (more…)

November Empties



Caudalie Peche de Vigne Shower Gel (200ml)
Got this half price. It is a soap-free formulation suitable for sensitive skin. Here is the blurb on the back:

Enriched with aloe vera, this shower gel maintains the skin’s physiological pH balance. Soft vine peach is infused with almond milk and fresh mint leaf to create a fresh scent.

Biodegradable gentle plant-based cleansing formula. Against animal testing.

The best thing about this shower gel, (apart from being SLS, parabens and mineral oil free) is the smell: like fresh summer peaches, not those artificial perfumey peach smell. The gel itself is clear and thickish, so that when you squeeze it you get a glob. I enjoyed using this, especially after using a string of unscented shower gels. I bought another scent during the same sale and am looking forward to using that!

Repurchase? Yes

SANA Super quick gel pencilliner EX
See in depth review here. This liner lasted me 4 months. It’s the first time I’ve used up an eyeliner and at such a rate.

Repurchase? A big yes.

YSL Natural Action Exfoliator Granule-Free (Sample, 5ml)
I usually don’t put samples in empties post but thought this is a product worth writing about. I got about 3-4 applications out of this tiny tube. As the name implies, it’s an exfoliator without granules. You apply the product on dry as you would an oil cleanser and massage until it liquifies and then you add some water to emulsify it and rinse off. The texture of the product is thick, like honey. So the initial massaging could tug a little if you don’t squeeze out enough product. I caught myself missing feeling the granules and doubting the efficiency of the product but my skin always feel baby soft after I use this. I think the massaging action helps a lot, and it’s something I should be doing but not. I am tempted to buy a full bottle of this when my go-to runs out. It is pricey though. On the other hand I also heard wonderful things about Darphin’s and would like to try that too.
Purchase? Yes

 

Dr. Hauschka Revitalising Mask (30ml)
This is a staple of mine for almost a decade (!) and I use it as a moisturising mask. It’s a greenish yellow colour lotion/cream in the tube, and I apply it all over my face and let it sink in for about 10 minutes before I take it off. First with a wet face cloth and then I rinse. My skin always feel drenched and pampered afterwards.
Repurchase? Yes.


Dr. Hauschka Rhythmic Night Conditioner (50 x 1ml)
I use this twice a year when the season changes. I’ve been using the ampoules for almost as long as I have the mask and it worked extremely well for me in the past. However I did remark that the last couple of times I used it (and this time as well) it broke me out. Not excessively, just a couple of spots here and there. I don’t know what to make of this. Either it’s a result of my skin regulating / rebalancing itself, or it’s a bad reaction. Nonetheless apart from the spots my skin feels excellent. I use one ampoule at night after cleansing and nothing else. I do this for a month. This is a pricey product, this particular box cost 53 euros when I bought it in Germany and it usually costs more than that here in France. I think I’ll wait until my skin is in better shape before I invest in another box.

Repurchase? Uncertain