While I have been very busy with work and home, resulting in the lack of proper beauty updates, I reckon I shall give you guys a peek of what’s to come in Sephora Spring 2017! Some have already been launched, some are still in queue, but here are my first impressions of them anyway. I’ll link related future reviews back to this page if you’re keen, so do keep a bookmark 🙂
Patiently queuing in line, while I’m finishing up my current haircare, is none other than Botanist shampoo and treatment duo with such sweet-smelling fruity scent! This brand is commonly found at Japan’s drugstores and though I’ve never tried it, it’s always a comforting thought to know that I can try it from our local stores before deciding if they are worth taking up space in my luggage on future trips.
My husband and I are huge fans of Ettusais soap bars when it comes to our daily facial cleansers , and this Caolion Pore Blackhead O2 Sparkling Soap sure makes an interesting addition! It is good for problematic acne skin with clogged pores such as blackheads and comedones, yet it is not over-drying either. Priced at only SGD16, I reckon it is worth giving a try if you are having some breakouts at the moment 😊
I realized that I’ve actually blogged about this brand long long ago, when it’s only available in Korea with no English translation (Caolion Pore White Cake Pack Review: here). 3 years later, they are now readily available in Sephora with a twist: Caolion Hot & Cold Pack Duo! It’s quite straightforward to clear my blackheads too, use steaming mask first (open up pores) before applying cooling mask (tighten pores). If you have dry skin, my tip is to just apply it on your T-Zone!
My love for Arconas begun when I first tried out their Cranberry Gommage, a fine and concentrated mineral scrub that smells divine. Thus, you can imagine my delight when I finally get to try more of their products! In this new collection we have:
▫️White Tea Cleanser concentrated with nourishing anti-oxidant to cleanse and purify skin
▪️Triad Pads to double cleanse, tone and hydrate. Convenient for traveling too!
▫️Magic Black Ice is a powerful mask that exfoliate and purify your skin. This is a must-buy!
▪️Eye Dew to revitalize your under eyes while prepping it for makeup. This is ideal for morning usage only.
Burts Bees should be no stranger to many as we grow up trying to get their highly sought after lipbalm. Nowadays, we take it for granted that there are so much more goodies available at our local Sephora stores.. anyone a fan still? This cleanser deeply cleanses to remove dirt, excess oil and make-up with a cooling menthol afterfeel.
Due to my job’s nature, I love coming home to Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox Hydra Gel Eye Patches after a looooong day to soothe my tired eyes! A powerful, yet soothing eye treatment that reduces the look of dryness, puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles. My favorite tip would be to keep this in the fridge and enjoy the cooling sensation that helps depuffs your eyebag too 👀
Been awhile since I’ve used a facial oil, but when I do, they better be good! Estelle & Thild Biocalm Optimal Comfort Rescue Oil is ideal for calming dry sensitive skin while Super Bioactive Repairing Oil Complex has amazing antioxidant properties to combat aging and UV damage.
I’m strongly into the “less is more” kinda skincare routine these days, resulting in just using a facial mist on lazy days. This month’s pick is Caudalie highly raved toning Beauty Elixir mist that doubles up as a setting spray! It’s amazing! Also trying out the Vinoperfect Radiance Serum to correct my dark spots/acne scars while boosting radiance. My younger years of being under the sun 24/7 without sunblock is finally starting to catch up on me.
It’s been a long while since I’ve had a full blown breakout (like a teenager with raging hormones 😩) and I can’t help but feel demoralized that the inevitable cycle is back again… Currently I’m trying out Blithe Soothing & Healing Green Tea Splash Mask to soothe my redness while calming my acne. It’s definitely an interesting experience where I literally mask by splashing the product + water on my face! It’s super gentle, makes my skin feels silky smooth with no dry afterfeel; definitely a gentle way to treat acne problems. Also using the Crystal Iceplant Pressed Serum (+ moisturizer hybrid) to deeply hydrate my otherwise dry skin. This was actually my first time trying out the brand and I definitely love it much more than I’d expected. Shall check out more of their products soon~
If you’ve read up my blogpost on skincare tips to packing light, you’ll know that travel friendly masks are always a MUST for a #maskaholic like me! Now, I’ve another recommendation to add on the list and that’s June Jacobs Beauty-To-Go multi-use masques 😍 Be it to detoxify or hydrate, I know I’m in good hands with no fear for leakage. Here are my picks:
▫️Papaya Purifying Enzyme Masque to gently dissolve dead surface impurities whilst nourishing my skin
▪️Mandarin Moisture Masque to improved tone and texture while retaining moisture
Sweet dreams are made of these ❤️ Been having good night sleeps with This Works Stress Check and Deep Sleep range. It all started with the pillow spray for me and slowly grew, a must-buy if you love lavender!
No blusher tugs my heartstrings better than Hourglass ambient blush. I bought Diffused Heat late last year and it had been go-to blusher ever since. Super pigmented and last for ages, what’s not to love? If you’re a blusher hoarder like I am, you need to add one to your collection!
I’ve always love how Tarte never fail to impress me with their pigments intensity, and these babies sure live up to my expectations so far – especially them shimmer! Anyone a fan of this collection too?
Getting my pout looking all polished and moisturized in this dry climate with Laqa & Co Avocado Lip Butter 💋 The color was intensive and glides so smoothly onto my lips. Love the watercolor & rose gold packaging too! Review and lip swatch : here
I’ve got my makeup game on with It Cosmetics – that solves my problematic skin while giving me quality coverage. I’m especially pleased with the “Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream” and “Bye Bye Undereye Concealer” which has such high coverage yet doesn’t clog my skin (anyone interested in swatches). My only complain is that they certainly need more variety of shades to choose from as I’m currently mixing shade “light” and “medium” together, to achieve my perfect shade. Next in line is the Confidence in Cream that my gf was raving so much about, she’s onto her second tub already 😱 Spy any of your holy grail in this stash?
Most of you may not know that my then-bf-now-husband used to work at Sephora and he was the one who exposed me to so many awesome brands I would have otherwise not heard of. One of the first few brands I’ve taken a liking to (and spent loads of money on) was none other than Soap and Glory, especially the mouthwatering breakfast scrub! We have both been huge fans of this brand ever since and love doing a little body care haul once in awhile to pamper ourselves with..