Favourites of the month : January 2015

It's the time for monthly favorites, I hope I can keep it up till the end of the year. This month I discovered some new products as well as some oldies. I'm very into lip products this month, so you may notice a number of lip products in this post.

1. Kose Infinity Refining Massage Cream - thick and creamy, it actually keep my skin very plump but not greasy. Definitely a must use after a deep cleansing session. I use it once or twice per week, depends how regular I am on the deep cleansing routine.
2. Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask - smells like a combination between cinnamon and pumpkin. It feels tingling on the skin which for me I think it is working in removing those dead skin cells, keeping my face soft and smooth. It does has some particles to polish and refine the skin texture. I don't put on my face for too long as my skin is more prone to sensitive side at this moment. Please always follow up with a hydrating mask/ sheet mask after use which will actually double up the whole home skin therapy effects.
3. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB - simple and easy, I can leave the house without any foundation or face powder if I'm in a rush.
4. Za Perfect Fit Concealer #02 - blend nicely into the skin, keeping those zits and dark circles away
5. Mentholatum Q10 lip gel - non sticky lip gel, I use this in night time, it helps to keep my skin soft and flakes free.
6. Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss #Berry Allure, #Pink Pop - OMG, this is the highlight of this month. I am so freaking in love with these 2 lip glosses from the pigmentation, texture and quality, AMAZING. I'm not a lip gloss person when it need to be wore to work. Most lip glosses tend to be very sticky and wear off very easily, this one is vice versa. I tried the previous formula and found it was quite drying and emphasized my lip lines. Since it is in new packaging, I decided to give it a try again, and WOW. The new formula is great, it doesn't make my lips peel and it doesn't sink into my lip lines. Highly recommend to give this a try.
7. Eco Tools small Kabuki brush - soft and precise.
8. Benefit BeneTint - Perfect when I'm in a rush, last for few hours and it can be used as cheek stain or lip stain, fuss free and small enough to carry around.
9. Anastasia Brow Powder Duo # Brunette, Dark brown - I love Anastasia brow products, they are so amazing. The brow powder actually creates a very nice and natural eye brows. It comes with 2 shades, so you can create a nice dimension. Best use with angled brush because I prefer brows with some arch rather than the thick korean brow which is very famous now, but I'm just not ready to jump into the bandwagon.
10. Physicians Formula Mineral Face Powder #Translucent - oil free, fuss free, non clog pores.

Happy reading and thanks for stopping by.

Review: Biotherm Pure Skin Effect Hydrating Gel

I bought the Biotherm moisturizer awhile ago, I never though to give it a review because I want to give myself a little more time to test it out. So, here's what I think about it.

Firstly, the packaging is really easy to travel and carry around, not too big to fit into my little skincare pouch. Great thing is the pump, it just pumps out the right amount, normally I use 1-2pumps for the entire face. I like the consistency, not to sticky nor too thin, it absorbs nicely, sinks really well into my skin, leaving no residue behind. Some hydrating gel tends to leave a thin film onto skin, but I don't have any issue with this. Plus, leaving my skin nice and soft to the touch !

I would recommend it for acne prone skin, oily to combination but not for super dry skin. My skin condition changes from time to time,which is why I have different types of moisturizer, and they will be used based on what my skin needs and skin condition is. Even if I'm having drier skin (not super dry), I still can use this without any issue, just make sure to layer well with another hydrating moisturizer. Or I only use this in the morning when I hit to the gym, it controls extra oil secretion yet keeping my skin matte but not dry. But for my current dry skin, I will keep it in minimal use as I seriously need a more hydrated and denser moisturizer to combat some of my drier patch. In case I really want to use this, I will only use in day time and outdoor, not in air conditioner room.

The only issue I have is the scent, it seems to be a bit too much for me, it lingers for quite sometimes to be completely fade off. If you're sensitive to scented item, you might want to avoid this.

Bottom line, it is a good but I will not consider as the best hydrating gel for oily combination skin (which I have for the pass few months). Long term use definitely dried out my skin because my skin condition changes from time to time based on lifestyle and weather. Still a nice one to have but definitely not in my MUST HAVE list.

Review: Kose Pure Advance Oil Cleansing Gel

Last month I tried out my newly bough cleansing gel from Kose. I used to remove my makeup with the Shu Uemura cleansing oil but then I decided to give this a tried.

I'm using this every night to remove my impurities and makeup after the hectic working hours. I think it works well, removes my makeup and eyeliner nicely without being too harsh to my drier skin.
I would say it is efficient enough for a not so heavy makeup user. I don't consider myself a heavy makeup user although I tend to buy way more than I need and I should.

My everyday makeup only consist of face powder/ sunblock + bbcream, concealer, eye brow pencil/powder, lipstick and a blusher, so I don't find it is too hard or too stubborn to be removed.
I find it removes gently and thoroughly without making my face feel tight and tug. It keeps my skin feels soft and supple which is the one thing I really enjoy and love. It does has a nice calming scent which doesn't linger too long after use, totally no issue with the scent part.

It comes in a light lilac,pink squeeze tube, easy to dispense. Normally I tend to squeeze out more due to the soft tube packaging but I don't consider I'm wasting my product. I will massage between my palm, sort of warm up the cleansing oil, then massage onto the skin. The gel will slowly turn into oil and remove all those dirt from my face, very easy and fuss free. Then, add some water and continue to massage into a milky like consistency, rinse off. Done! Sometimes, when I put on a heavy cat eye, I will use cleansing wipes to remove everything after the cleansing oil was completely melted and dissolved all the makeup. Still, it feels clean and fresh.

On traveler's side, I love this because totally no worry of oil spills everywhere inside my luggage. It will not leak unless it isn't close properly. I will definitely bring this whenever I travel whether on vacation, to work or back to my parents' house.

Overall, I give this a yes and will repurchase whenever I run out. The price range is almost the same like the Shu oil just that this one is more travel friendly and more gentle on my current dry skin.