April Favourites 2020

Hello! It’s time the month of favourites. Phew! March ended just like this. Most of the time, I was staying at home except if I am doing the grocery run. I feel that this self-quarantine does not sound as bad as it seems. Sometimes, it can be a perfect time for you to slow things down if you always have been busy coping with your work.

It’s a time for you to slowly unwind and notice the surroundings or do something that you like to do. Have you ever sat down in your rooms, look outside the windows and appreciate the outside scenery – the cloudy sky, the trees and the sudden breeze that blows through your window?

If you are new to this segment, I’ll be sharing about 2 or 3 favourites that I have used for the month of April. It can be anything from beauty, makeup, book, music or app.

(*) = affiliated link.

Favourite beauty of the month: DR.G RED Blemish Clear Soothing Cream

Photo credit: dr-g.co.kr

This cream was one of the best sellers in Korea in the year 2019. This retail for 36,000 KRW which is roughly about 40 SGD for 70ml. The price is considered affordable. Unfortunately, there is no physical shop in Singapore so I got it online. And I have a question: “Is this cream worth the hype?”

A brief background information about the brand DR.G.

DR.G was founded by dermatologist Dr. Ahn Geon-young of Gowoonsesang Cosmetics*, one of the world’s largest skincare medical group and the number one skin clinic in Korea. Gowoonsesang means ‘Beautiful World’ in Korean. According to their webpage, My Skin Mentor DR.G was launched in 2003 with a philosophy: “Dr. G guarantees a healthy and beautiful skin by continuously developing safe and effective products that are suggesting solutions for various problems based on genuine sympathy and consideration for those with skin problems.”

For more information you can read up his interview here* or visit the DR.G official website (Korea)*

When it comes to cream/moisturiser, I am very particular due to my past experiences of using the cream/moisturiser that causes me to breakout or have fungal acne aka tiny little bumps on the face after some time. I have tried numerous creams from drugstore to expensive cream such as the TATCHA Silk cream. I never really mentioned my experience with using TATCHA Creams so I am going to briefly share it below. You may choose to skip the next 5 paragraphs on the TATCHA experiences.

About 4 years back, I brought the TATCHA silk cream* (120 USD for 50ml), the name indeed sounds luxurious but it was not worth the splurge. The silk cream is a rich gel-cream that is suitable for normal to dry skin. Back then, my skin was relatively combination-dry. After using for two weeks, I started to have fungal acne on my forehead which I did not have previously. And every alternate day, I woke to a new pimple on my face. It made me question whether was it the silk cream that I recently used.

I’ll be frank with you, the silk cream felt “heavy” on my skin and I find that it was not suitable for places experiencing humid weather all year-round. But I think it is most suitable for people with dry skin type and in places that experience winter. I gave the cream to my mum and she loved it considering that she has a dry skin type plus she loved the smell of the cream (FYI: the cream contain parfum/fragrance).

TATCHA launched the water cream* in 2017, I remember purchasing the cream (68 USD for 50ml) online back in late 2018 as it was marketed out as a lightweight gel-cream that was perfect for combination to oily skin type. Comparing the price, the water cream was more affordable than the silk cream. The experience using the TATCHA water cream was okay but nothing fantastic. It’s a lightweight cream that does its job to keep your skin hydrated leaving a non-sticky feeling. Neither does it cause any breakout nor prevent any pimple from coming out. It did nothing to my redness even though there was a split moment of a cooling sensation.

Overall, this is just an average oil-free cream. The selling point was that it contains GOLD as an ingredient in the water cream which is supposed to be anti-oxidant and perhaps giving you that glowy skin. I highly doubt that that is real gold added to the cream. But why add gold in skincare products? I don’t think that the gold would be absorbed by the skin, it would probably sit right on top of your skin that’s all. There was a news article* about the water cream reviewed by a dermatologist. The water cream lasted me for 4 months and I did not repurchase it.

I am not trying to trash TATCHA and just to let you know I used to loved TATCHA products and I want to be honest about my thoughts on their products. For those who actual loved their cream, you can continue using it. However, there are better affordable cream out there that can give you a similar result. 🙂

Let’s focus on the star product…

I have been using the DR.G soothing cream for 3 weeks which I think is substantial to give my honest thought about it. This cream is suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin. My skin type is combination-sensitive and occasionally I do have pimples.

I used this every night even though it was instructed to use it twice daily. So far, I had a pleasant experience, the cream is a lightweight gel texture and I would wake up with a nice glow on my face that did not look too greasy.

The cream absorbed relatively fast into your skin and it did not leave any sticky feeling aftermath. It also soothes my redness, not instantly, take about 5 minutes after application to see the effect.

What I like about this cream:

The cream is fragrance-free and essential oil-free.

I feel that fragrance and skincare should not come together because they don’t complement each other. I know skincare company add fragrance to mask a certain chemical smell or as a marketing technique to attract the consumer to buy their product because of the aroma fragrance.

Since last year, I have decided to make a change to minimise the fragrance content in my skincare products to as little or no fragrance. There is a good reason why. Your skin doesn’t react to a fragrant product from using it for a day, a week or even a month. It’s the prolong exposure that can potentially sensitised your skin and aggravated your skin condition.

You can read more about why you should choose fragrance-free products here: post written by Paula’s choice*

The cream is alcohol-free.

I feel that alcohol can be drying especially toward dry skin and be potentially irritating toward sensitive skin. But not all alcohol is bad for the skin. There are good ones which are classified under fatty alcohol such as Cetearyl, Stearyl, Cetyl and Behenyl alcohol that are not drying or irritating to your skin at all. In fact, they act as emollients which protect your skin and help it to keep moisture in.

The cream contains 5-CICA Complex™ that is specially formulated by DR.G. The 5-CICA Complex™ comprised of 5 skin-soothing ingredients:

  1. Madecassoside – wound healing, skin soothing and anti-oxidant properties
  2. Asiaticoside – wound healing and anti-oxidant properties
  3. Madecassic acid – skin regenerating, wound healing properties
  4. Asiatic acid – moisturising and wound healing properties
  5. Centella extract (aka Tiger grass) – anti-inflammatory properties

However, the cream is not silicone-free which is not necessary a bad thing.

When it comes to silicone, people might automatically assume that it is bad because it can clogged pores. However, this is not true. Silicone is both hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic and not known to sensitise the skin.

Silicone will not penetrate into the skin but it forms a breathable barrier on top of your skin providing beneficial properties such as conditioning properties, emolliency, and ability to prevent moisture loss. Furthermore, they can make the skin appear smoother and more radiant due to their light-reflective properties.

The main takeaway for me about this cream is beside it give my face a hydration boost but also did a good job in controlling any breakout. What I meant was a lesser breakout especially my hormonal breakout that it’s something I cannot control. For my existing pimple, it does help to reduce the flare-up of the pimple.

Back to my question whether is this cream worth the hype? Yes! It is worth the buy especially if you are sensitive – acne-prone skin and you wanted a gentle moisturising cream. This might be the one for you. So if you are interested, feel free to check it out online!

My rating for this product:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Disclaimer: I find this product beneficial to my skin but it may or may not works for everyone. Kindly understand that every individual has different skin type and texture. I recommend that you do some research before purchasing the product or patch test on your skin before usage. This is not a sponsored post too.

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March Favourites 2020

We are into the 3rd week of April and I felt that March passes by slowly. I know that there is a lot happening with regard to the coronavirus. I shall not elaborate much and you can refer to reliable source (such as WHO and local news) for the latest updates. I hope you guys stay safe and stay home as much as possible, do remember to practice good hygiene too.

If you are new to this segment, I’ll be sharing about 2 or 3 favourites that I have used for March. It can be anything from beauty, makeup, book, music or app.

Favourite Beauty product of the month: Unicharm Silcot Sponge Touch Moisturising Cotton Pad.

Photo credit: unicharm.co.jp

I am aware that this is not a skincare product but it is related to the uses of our skincare routine. Everyone has a different method of applying their skincare. Some may prefer using their clean hands to apply while others prefer using a cotton pad. Personally, I prefer to use a cotton pad to gently wipe the toner on my face followed by gently patting the essence with my clean hands.

This facial cotton pad is unlike any other cotton pad that you get easily from the cosmetic store. Previously, I used the conventional facial cotton pad to apply the toner on my face. I felt that those cotton pads absorb about 2/3 of the toner leaving about 1/3 for the face so normally I dispensed about 5 – 6 drops of my toner. Besides, the cotton fibre would sometimes stick onto my face.

Since the discovery of Unicharm Silcot Sponge Cotton Pad, it has changed the way I applied my toner. I do not have to dispense more toner, in fact, now I dispensed half of my usual (about 3 drops). This is definitely a good sign as I am able to utilise the use of my toner by not wasting more resources.

Let me elaborate more about the Unicharm Silcot Sponge Cotton Pad.

  • The material of the cotton pad is a mix composition of pulp and cosmetic grade rayon. Regarding the percentage of these two, I am not sure of it.
  • The texture of the cotton pad is very soft that allow a smooth application of applying the toner/lotion and provide a fuss-free patting on the face.
  • One cotton pad can be separated into two sheets for the purpose of using it as a face or an eye mask. The curved design of the cotton pad easily fit the contour of the eye area
  • The cotton pad is easily moist with 50% less usage of the toner/lotion.

From the beginning of March, I started using this cotton pad and it was a pleasant experience! For me having sensitive skin, this does not cause any irritation and also not having to worry about cotton fibre sticking on my face. Most importantly, my toner does not have to run out quickly.

Given that a cotton pad can be separated into two sheets, I utilise the cotton pad efficiently by using one sheet for my toner and another for my facial essence. In that way, I am only using one cotton pad for my skincare routine! 🙂

A box of Unicharm Silcot Sponge Touch Moisturising Cotton Pad retails for 2.90 SGD for 40 puffs (80 sheets). The price seems affordable to the majority but a box contains less quantity as compared to the conventional cotton pad of 100 puffs. Ultimately, it depends on an individual’s perspective on this product, for some, it may be helpful to reduce the toner/lotion wastage while others may find it not value for money.

The Silcot cotton pad is not solely for the toner/lotion application. It can be used a quick face mask or eye mask too. A tip from me, for example, if you woke up with puffy eye, you can pour a certain amount of chilled* facial toner/essence on the pad and tear into two sheets and place it under your eye for 5 minutes before your makeup routine. It can temporarily reduce the puffiness of your eye to brighten the under-eye area.

*You can store your facial toner/essence in the refrigerator the night before.

If you are interested, you can get it at retail stores such as Watson, Guardian. It is also available to purchase online: Watson|Guardian|Lazada| Fairprice.

Favourite YouTube Fitness Channels For Home Workout

I am aware that right now the world is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic. At this moment, I hope that everyone stays safe and practices social responsibilities such as social distancing; good hygiene habits, stay at home if you are unwell, try to avoid going to crowd places and the list goes on…

I assumed that there would be lesser people heading to the gym and choose to stay at home as much as they could but you can always workout at home and it’s free! There are a lot of fitness channels on YouTube but I will be sharing my top 5 favourite channels that I find it most effective in sweating it out at home.

FYI: I am a female with a height of 1.62m (5’3″) and weigh about 53kg (117 pounds). My BMI is about 20 which is a healthy standard. I know some might think that my weight could probably be considered as “fat” as most women want to achieve the ideal weight of 50 kg and below. Personally, I feel that weight is a numerical value that does not have justice against the muscle to fat ratio in your body.

What matter to me is that I feel satisfied after each workout session and I do see a progressive result as I workout regularly about 4 – 5 times a week. I know some people would “forced” themselves to workout because they are “supposed” to do so. This is a wrong mindset for one to attain as it can cause you to have a negative association and become a dreadful thing that you have to do. Workout should be a thing that you look forward to or enjoy doing so.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

1) Blogilates

Blogilates was the first fitness channel that I discovered back in 2014. Back then I remembered she had about 400K subscriber but now she had 4.89 million subscribers. Cassey Ho, her actual name, is a certified fitness instructor that motivates you to workout and I truly enjoyed all her workout series. I remembered struggling through her “Victoria Secret workout series” that was posted 7 years ago. As time passed by, her channel grew and more people got to know about her till she became who she is today. Until now, she is still one of my favourite fitness channels that I would go to.

Cassey Ho’s workout are suitable for the majority and focus on classic pilates moves with a twist, she does have modification for beginners too. She created a monthly workout plan that you can use for free and a program called PIIT28 which is a 28 day training program, subscription fees apply.

Here are some workouts that you can try at home:

For more information: YouTube|Blogilates

2) POPSUGAR fitness

POPSUGAR’s YouTube channel has approximately 3.89 million subscribers. They have a great variety of workouts that includes cardio dance, kickboxing, barre that you can do if you are bored with doing your usual abs or HIIT workout. They also have workout plans such as 21 days full body transformation or 4-week full body fusion etc where you can sign up for free.

The good thing about their workout is that they provide modification for different level (beginner, immediate and advanced level). You just have to follow their instruction and listen to what they say carefully. I truly enjoyed their workouts and I felt that they make each workout session fun!

Here are some of the workouts you can try at home:

For more information: YouTube|Website|Program

3) Chloe Ting

Chloe Ting’s YouTube channel has approximately 3.37 million subscribers. She was born in Brunei but based in Melbourne, Australia and graduated with a master degree in financial marketing. I do not know much background information about her. If you are interested, you can always find out more about her.

Chloe Ting’s workout videos are suitable for everyone and she does have modification for beginners or if you want to do it less intense. Most of her workout videos are less than 30 minutes which is an efficient to working adults, working mums or even students. I have tried her workout and I could feel the burn after each workout session.

On top of that, Chloe Ting has videos on healthy food recipes as well as her vlogging. She also provide free monthly workout programs on her website that you can follow.

Here are some of the workouts you can try at home:

For more information: YouTube|Website

4) MadFit

MadFit’s YouTube Channel has approximately 2.06 million subscribers. She is known as Maddie Lymburner, her actual name. She released E-cookbooks that you can purchase and get access to recipes for 100 over vegan meals. Likewise, I do not know much background information about her.

Maddie Lymburner’s workout videos are suitable for the majority whether you are working out at home or at the gym. Most of her workouts are under 20 minutes which is efficient for working adults, working mums or even students. I have tried her workout and I liked how she is creative incorporating combination moves for some workout that make it slightly challenging for each session.

Here are some of the workouts you can try at home:

For more information: YouTube|Website

5) Pamela Reif

Pamela Reif’s YouTube channel has approximately 2.12 million subscribers. She is one of Germany’s most famous influencer and I found out about her through Instagram explore feed. She does not a lot of workout videos compared to other fitness channels but I swear her workouts sure pack a punch! Pamela Reif also released a cookbook available in German and English which you can purchase. An E-book edition is available too!

Pamela Reif’s workout videos are suitable for the majority especially toward people who have basic fitness foundation or people who are working out often/frequently. Not to worry about those who are new or just started working out. She does provide beginner workout that you can follow. I have tried her workout and I do enjoyed her workout even though it was tough. One thing about her workout is there is no rest after each move, so she would straight away begin the next move. That’s how vigorous her workout is!

Here are some of the workouts you can try at home:

For more information: YouTube|Cookbook – Eng edition

I have come to the end of my post, if you are interested in any of the fitness channel that I mentioned above, feel free to click on the link. Most of the workout video that I recommend to try at home are less than 20 minutes.

If you are new or just started working out, I suggest you to start with the beginner workout and gradually progress from there. There is no such thing as an instant result but a progressive result that can be achieved through regular workout regime for weeks or months. It is also important to warm-up and cool down before and after each work out session!

Disclaimer: If you are having any injuries or knee-related problem, kindly consult your doctors or physiotherapist for advice before commencement on the workout regime to prevent worsening your injuries or knee.

Cheers!

February Favourites 2020

Hello. I am back with a new favourite of the month.

I felt that February passes so quickly and this year is a leap year where we end February on the 29th! FYI: Leap year happen every 4 years.

If you are a new to this segment, I’ll be sharing about 2 or 3 favourites that I have used for the month of February. It can be anything from beauty, makeup, book, music or app.

Favourite Beauty product of the month: Primera Miracle Seed Essence

This essence is a hot seller in South Korea and it is highly raved by many beauty influencer. So I decided to try it out and tell you my honest opinion about it.

Primera is a South Korea cosmetic brand under Amorepacific. Primera primary focus on “germination technology that unlocks the potent effects of seed on the skin”. This mean that they put their interest on research of different type of seeds and deliver the beneficial properties to the skin giving a healthy beauty.

Unfortunately, there is no physical store of Primera in Singapore but with the help of technology, you can easily get this from e-commerce platform such as Qoo10, Shopee, Yesstyle etc.. For those who lives in US, you can easily buy this at the nearest Sephora or Primera beauty webpage (For US only). I got this from Shopee at 43 SGD for 150ml and it comes with a box of 70s cotton pad. I think the price is reasonably affordable.

Alright! let’s talk about the Primera miracle seed essence..

The essence has a water-like viscosity and it is suitable to all-skin type including sensitive skin. I did not experienced any allergic reaction when using it for the first time. FYI: my skin type is combination-sensitive.

The essence is 7 ingredients free – parabens, mineral oil, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic colorants, artificial fragrances, imidazolidinyl urea and TEA that can be potentially harmful to our skin.

The essence contain 93.1% of lotus seed extract. Lotus seed extract also known as nelumbo nucifera germ extract is rich in amino acid and linoleic acid which are responsible for the moisturising and hydrating properties. It also reduces inflammation and promotes healing.

Lotus seed extract serve as a powerful antioxidant which can be a potential anti-aging properties. It act as a free radical scavengers that protect the skin against harmful and damaging free radicals such as UVB irradiation. Lastly, it can protect the skin against environment factors such as dust or microbes.

I have been using this essence for about 2 months and I noticed that my face has a radiant glow and my skin was more hydrated than before. I also like that it helped to calm my skin (reduced redness). I feel that this essence is more toward hydration than anti-aging.

Other than these, I do like the fact that they used eco-friendly packaging which are recyclable from their glass bottle and plastic container. And their FSC-certified paper box is also printed with soy ink.

There are a few minor part that I did not like about this essence:

The first time I used the essence, I tried to pour the essence on my clean palm, it would not flow out. Eventually, I had to shake the bottle hard for the essence to come out and this issue persisted for about 3 days before it flowed out properly. I am not sure if I am the only one experiencing this problem. It could be that the “hole” might not be the right diameter for the essence to flow out.

I am not a fan of their cotton pad. Primera provided a box of pure, unbleached cotton pad for the application of the essence. Though the cotton pad is soft, I think it is unnecessary and waste of resource. I tried using the cotton pad for the first two times and the cotton pad soak up a lot of essence which mean I used more essence than usual.

On top of that, there were some cotton fibre sticking on to my skin and you wouldn’t want to put “extra” stuff on your skin to potentially irritate your skin. I prefer to apply my essence using my clean hands by patting it in for better absorption. Nevertheless, I did not throw away the box of cotton pad, I used it to remove my makeup.

Overall, I think this is a great facial essence for a hydration boost. If you are looking for an essence with hydrating properties, this might be a good choice. Also, if you are interested, feel free to look up on it online.

Disclaimer: I personally find this product beneficial to my skin but it may or may not works for everyone. Kindly understand that every individual has different skin type and texture. I recommend that you do some research before purchasing the product or patch test on your skin before usage. This is not a sponsored post too.

January Favourites 2020

Hello!

I am back with a new section where I will post my monthly favourite whether it is skincare, makeup, lifestyle, food etc… This is popular among a lot of YouTuber where they share their favourite items used in that particular month. So I decided to do that from this year.

I will be sharing about 2 or 3 of my favourite things. I know this is not a lot compared to those YouTuber but speaking and writing have a lot of difference, just so you know.

I am aware that this post is long overdue but I have been busy recently. Sorry about it.

Beauty category:

Favourite beauty product of the month: First Aid Beauty (FAB) Face Cleanser

Photo credit: FAB (firstaidbeauty.com)

If you have been following my blog, you would know that my all-time favourite cleanser is none other than FRESH Soy Face Cleanser. This has been my go-to cleanser since back in year 2016. But today I am here to tell you that I have found a competitor to the FRESH Soy cleanser.

Back when I was a teenager, I used to wash my face with a cleanser for acne-prone skin. It did control my acne condition but it dried out my forehead and chin area. I felt that cleanser for a specific concern doesn’t balance the pH of my face.

Sometimes your skin varies upon the external environment. For instance, if you are expose to air-conditioned environment frequently, your skin would tend to be drier than usual. Or if you are exposed to sun frequently, you might get redness on your skin.

This is why I prefer all-skin type cleanser for a fact that it’s an all round product that can target multi skin concern at a time. And it does its job to keep my face balance by providing hydration as well as keeping my sebum at bay. Once again, this is my personal preference.

Enough said, let’s talk about the first aid beauty face cleanser.

This cleanser is a cream cleanser that is suitable for all skin types. Once it’s lather with wet hands, it become a foam.

This cleanser is FREE of harmful chemical ingredients such as parabens, artificial fragrance, alcohol, mineral oil etc.. which can be detrimental to the skin.

This cleanser is packed with botanical antioxidant booster (Licorice Root, Feverfew and White Tea extracts) to protect against environmental stress.

This cleanser also contains key ingredients such as Aloe extract (calm and nourish skin), Allantoin extract (soothe skin) and Glycerin (hydrate and smooth skin).

I have been using this cleanser for over a month now. Initially, before I brought this cleanser, I was a bit worried because I am not fond of cream cleanser due to bad experiences previously that left my face feeling dry and flaky. Hell no…

However, I told myself to give this cleanser a chance. So when I used for the very first time, after washing off my face, I was like “OMG! my face felt smooth, hydrate and soft like a baby skin”. Damn! This felt like a similar experience to using FRESH Soy Face Cleanser. I continued using for a couple of weeks and I must say that I am impressed by this cleanser. It helped to balance my skin pH level and does not cause any breakout too.

The cost of this cleanser is fairly reasonable which range from $18 to $55. And it come in 3 sizes: 56.7g (2oz), 142g (5oz) and 226g (8oz). The size that I am currently using is 142g(5oz) priced at $34.

Price stated in SGD

If you are in a lookout for a new cleanser that is reasonable priced, I highly recommend this. I would suggest you to start off using the mini size cleanser to see if your skin agree with this product.

More information: Sephorasg, First Aid Beauty

Disclaimer: I personally find this product beneficial to my skin but it may or may not works for everyone. Kindly understand that every individual has different skin type and texture. I recommend that you do some research before purchasing the product or patch test on your skin before usage. This is not a sponsored post too.

Food category:

Favourite food product of the month: Fortune Bo Lo Pineapple Balls by Crystal Jade My Bread

On the 25th January, I celebrated Chinese New Year with my family and our family tradition was to buy pineapple tart as it represents arrival of prosperity. Every year our pineapple tart would be a different brand as we wanted to try out newly innovated ones which could be a surprised.

FYI: Chinese new year is also known as spring festival or lunar new year which is the beginning of a new year according to the traditional Chinese calendar or the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar.

For Chinese new year 2020:

This pineapple ball is different from the conventional pineapple ball that we are familiar with. The pastry is smooth and fairly buttery with the golden “bolo” (sugary butter) crust that adds a level of crispiness. The crust is neither too flaky nor the-melt-in your mouth. The jam taste decent with fibrous pineapple bits. Overall, this pastry was well balanced with sweetness of the top crust.

My mum loved this pineapple balls so much that she must eat one per day. She is quite particular about sweetness in food and this was still acceptable. This retails for $24.90 for a tin containing 20 pineapple balls. If you are interested to try it, you probably have to wait till next year Chinese new year to purchase it.

Okay! I have come to end of my post for my favourites. I know it’s short post but more content will be coming up so stay tuned. If you are interested in the products that were mentioned, feel free to look it up online!

Have a good day ahead!

Cheers!