My Skin Care Products

Hello my lovelies!

I hope you had an enjoyable weekend. Mine was pretty eventful. I had dinner with my husband and his family on Friday to celebrate my father-in-law’s birthday. I went over to my mum’s on Saturday and met up with a girlfriend on Sunday. It feels so good to be out and about and not worry so much about an early curfew. I’m so done with confinement. Hurray!

I have never been a believer in lying about one’s age. Even when I was a teenager, I never wanted to be older. I never lied about being older. I was proud to be underage, to be the youngest in the group, even though I was often mistaken to be at least 2 years older than I really am. Now that I am older, I never lied about being younger. I just don’t see the point. I’m proud to have the number of years under my belt. It shows how much I have lived. But every time when I tell my age, people always look at me doubtfully. Ironically, now they think I’m younger than I really am. and I’m really flattered and humbled, and I thank my parents and my late grandmother for the youthful genes.

Some say my dressing makes me look youthful, some say it’s my interests and the way I act. Others claimed its my skin and they ask me for my secret. I have none, really, apart from eating right and staying hydrated. But if skincare is what they’re referring to, then I would have to give compliments to my homemade skincare products. Homemade not by me, but by Holistic Isranfi. From facial scrubs to cleansers to treatment oils, its all created by the wonderful Good Witch, Wati Ismail.

Using only all natural products and essential oils, her magic hands whip up concoctions of amazingly scented lotions and whatnots to pamper your skin. Gentle to use on a daily basis, I can’t resist but to have them as part of my skincare regime. And the best thing is, all products are cruelty-free and only tested on family and friends!

 

I can tell you honestly that ever since I started using these products, I hardly ever uses any other brands. Except for facial wash, but that is only because Holistic Isranfi is yet to come up with any soap products. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed though!

Holistic Isranfi also has other products for your home like diffuser oils and insect repellents as well as balms for insect bites, burns and cough. If you would like something a little more personal, just let Wati know and she would be happy to create something specially for you.

Until then lovelies!

P.S.
Holistic Isranfi will be having a booth at the MWM Ladies’ Tea Party at PKMS Building on 9th January, pm – 6pm. Tickets are available here.

 

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My Favorite Top Five Makeup Products

So everyone has their own favorites, for whatever reasons it may be. These are my Top Five Favorites (in no particular order). I will keep this post as short and sweet as possible (because it’s already 4am) with as many details as I can give you. And in case you’re wondering, all the products listed are cruelty-free or vegan. I hope you enjoy it!

#1 – Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation $74

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation $74

I have never been a fan of liquid foundation. I find them messy and heavy the affect effects are just awful for my skin. Especially in this humidity, I just feel like they make my skin oilier than usual. It wasn’t until I discovered Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation. It may be lightweight but it’s coverage is perfect. It doesn’t feel heavy on my skin and it blends seamlessly to my skin tone. It’s also great for daily wear.

#2- Illamasqua Hydra Veil

Illamasqua Hydra Veil $74

Illamasqua Hydra Veil $74

Illamsaqua Hydra Veil is an instant rehydrating gel formula. It’s a 2-in-1 product that instantly hydrates your skin. It is also a primer that locks in your makeup making it look clean and fresh all day long. It has a self-levelling futuristic gel that helps to smooth your skin and contains plant extracts that leaves your skin cool and calm before you apply your foundation. This is one product that truly is a good investment and a little really does go a long way.

http://www.illamasqua.com/

Available in stores:
Stand Alone Store –  Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City #B1-32
Makeup Counter – Robinsons Orchard, Level 1

#3  – Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper

Lime Crime Eye Shadow Helper $28

Lime Crime Eye Shadow Helper $28

Of all the eyeshadow primer that I have tried, this one is definitely my favorite. It’s creamy and lightweight and it really holds your eye shadows, giving you less fall out and nothing but bright colors that POP! The tube may be small but you don’t need that much, so it can actually lasts you a long while.

https://www.limecrime.com/

NOTE: Product is currently out of stock at the website but its available at other online stores like Urban Outfitters & Doll Kill.

#4 – Concrete Minerals Pro Matte Shadows

Concrete Minerals Pro Matte Shadows $12

Concrete Minerals Pro Matte Shadows $12

There are not many loose pigments out there that are not only matte, but is actually suitable for my tanned skin tone. I have tried many others and even with a primer, the colors simply refuse to show up. Concrete Minerals Pro Matte Shadows are simply a dream to work with. Because of my tanned skin, I can never wear orange eyeshdows but with this, I was blown away. This is definitely one of the best matte shadows I have ever tried.

http://www.concreteminerals.com/

NOTE: Best used with Concrete Minerals Electric Eye Primer.

#5 – Everyday Minerals All Over Shimmer

Everyday Minerals All Over Shimmers $20

Everyday Minerals All Over Shimmers $20

And last but not least, Everyday Minerals All Over Shimmer. A lightweight highlighting powder that illuminates like no other. Dust lightly for a subtle look or layer it on for the ultimate strobe look. This product comes with a sifter container to minimize spills and can be applied on face and body.

https://www.everydayminerals.com

Available on a local website: Naturaworks

And so there you go lovelies, my Top Five. Do let me know if you have tried any of the products, I would love to hear your views on it. Leave a comment!

Until then, take care!

 

Choosing the right foundation – Part 2

Hello lovelies!

In my previous post, I wrote about how to choose the right kind of foundation formula for your skin type. This time I’d like to write about what actually goes on when buying your foundation.

Now that you have made up your mind as to which medium you would like to get, which brand, etc, its time for the fun but tricky part. And that is choosing the right shade for your skin. Always test your product. If the counter or store does not allow you to test, then move along. Get it from another location. Most makeup counters allow testing, especially if you’re getting the product from the store or from the brand counter itself. Look for the staff to assist you if you’re unsure. Most stores have well-trained staff with makeup background. But if they seem hesitant or unsure, then respectfully request for someone else to help you out.

The best spot to test the product would be along your jawline (Not at the back of your hand) so it’s best to get your foundation when you have no makeup on your skin. Your jawline is usually a shade lighter than your face and if the shade is right, then it will simply blend into your skin. If you have uneven skin tone like me, apply the product along you jawline and down to your neck or collarbone. The shade that blends from top to bottom would be the right one. Most brand nowadays have multiple shades with numerous undertones, not just the typical Light, Medium, Dark, so it should be pretty easy for you to find your match. But if you do have doubts, always go a shade darker. If you go dark, then at least you’d look tan. If you get a shade thats lighter, you’d end up looking chalky and too made up. Alternatively, you can always get two shades and mix them together. If you’re getting a liquid foundation that would need a powder to set it, the powder would have to be lighter than the foundation. Don’t worry if its 2 or 3 shades lighter because once it oxides, it will blend together.

When testing out the shades, make sure that lighting is good and that the area is not too bright or too dark. White light would look too harsh and cast a blue hue while yellow light would alter the shades. The best would be natural light. Take a step outdoors if you have to.

So there you go, easy steps on choosing your foundation.

Until then, enjoy your purchase!

Choosing the right foundation – Part 1

Hello again!

In my previous post, I talked about what to have in your makeup kit, and if you remember, the first thing on the list was Foundation.

What exactly is a Foundation?
As the name states, the foundation is used as a based, before all the other stuff goes on your face (but after your moisturizer). The most common mistake that a lot of people make is that they use the foundation to cover up blemishes and breakouts. So they end up piling the product onto their face, all over their face, making their skin look cakey. Not a good thing to have if you’re wearing make up on a daily basis. It also encourages clogged pores and if you have acne, it would just make things worse.

If your skin is anything like mine, then you would know what its like to have uneven skin tone. The foundation can help you solve that problem. But with so many different types of foundation on the market, how do you choose?

Start off by identifying your type of skin. (You can read about it here.) Once you have identify what type of skin you have, then its all down to science…and some common sense.

Liquid
Best for those with normal or dry skin. Liquid foundations helps create a layer of protection to help lock in the moisture. It has medium to high coverage depending on the brand of the product and it’s also lightweight making it suitable for daily wear. Look for those that contains silicon as it helps to make the skin look smooth. Avoid those that contains mineral oil or petroleum as they tend to clog up pores.

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation $74

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation $74

NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Liquid Foundation $10

NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Liquid Foundation $10

Stick / Cream
A more popular medium among makeup artists as it gives really high coverage. Suitable for dry skin and also night time wear. Unfortunately, as stick and creams have heavier base, they tend to emphasize thin lines around the eyes. Because of its high coverage, a stick or cream foundation can also be used as a concealer.

e.l.f Stick Foundation $8

e.l.f Stick Foundation $8

Cover FX Cream Foundation $60

Cover FX Cream Foundation $60

NYX Mineral Stick Foundation $14

NYX Mineral Stick Foundation $14

Powder
Powder foundation comes in two forms – Pressed and Loose. Pressed powders are also known as compact powders as it is often being used to carry around for touch ups and a quick fix. Many low maintenance ladies I know prefer pressed powders because its lightweight and has coverage thats easy to built on. It’s easy to work with and its suitable for oily skin. Loose foundation, on the other hand is the least favorite of all. It can get pretty messy and it hardly gives any coverage at all. But its perfect for those looking to cover up the shine and requires minimal blemishes.

bareMinerals Foundation $40

bareMinerals Foundation $40

Everyday Minerals $9

Everyday Minerals $9

Illamasqua Pressed Powder $56

Illamasqua Pressed Powder $56

Tinted Moisturizers / BB Creams
Now here’s one that I would like to mention, that not many know about or are often overlooked. This is perfect for those with dry skin but prefers the sheer coverage of a powder foundation. They are both pretty similar except for it’s formula. Tinted moisturizers hydrate, provides minimal coverage and sometimes contains sunscreen. As for BB Creams, its an all-in-one product – SPF, light to medium coverage, primer and anti-aging.

NARS Tinted Moisturizer $61

NARS Tinted Moisturizer $61

e.l.f Tinted Moisturizer $9

e.l.f Tinted Moisturizer $9

Urban Decay Naked Skin BB Cream $48

Urban Decay Naked Skin BB Cream $48

So, there you go. I hope this gives you a better idea of all the different types of foundations in the market out there and also help makes it easier to decide which one is best for you.

Until then, take care!

Brush It Off

Many times I have seen ladies buying brush sets only to realise that out of the 22 brushes, the only brush they know is the Powder brush and the Lip Brush. Even if you are familiar with all the brushes in the set, you only really need a handful in your personal kit. Here is a list of brushes that I would recommend you have.

Stippling Brush

BDellium Tools 955 Stippling Brush

 

EcoTools Stippling Brush

EcoTools Stippling Brush

 

 

 

 

 

 

One reason why I love the stippling brush is because of its duo-fiber bristles which also makes it a multi-purpose brush as it can be used on liquids, creams and powders. The long fine bristles is great for stippling on liquid and cream foundation and giving that airbrush effect, while the thicker short bristles is great for loose powders and blushers. If there’s only ONE brush that you can get for the face, get this one.

Some might say that it is a hassle having to clean it after every use (especially if you’re using it to apply your foundation, loose powder and blusher), but I disagree. I use a dry tissue paper to remove any excess product before moving on to another – just be sure that you run the brush on the tissue in a circular motion instead of wiping and pulling on the bristles. As this is a personal brush, I’m not that fussy about mixing products. But if you are, you can always keep a brush cleaner handy. I love the one from Sephora.

Eyeshadow Brush/es

Ok, there is no way that one can only have just one eyeshadow brush. If you have been surviving with just one all these while, then I salute you. But try adding 2 more into your collection and it will change your world. Trust me.

Try to have at least 3 eyeshadow brushes – a flat round brush in 2 different sizes and a fluffy brush for blending.

EcoTools Eye Enhancing Duo

EcoTools Full Eye Shadow Brush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So why 2 different sizes? Different brush size actually do give a different kind of effect.

  • The Big Flat Brush is use to apply on a bigger area like the base color over your whole lid. It is also usually not as stiff as the smaller brush, giving it a lighter and softer finish.
  • The Small Flat Brush is good for a more detailed application like maybe a darker color at the corner of your eye when you’re using more than one color.
  • The Blending Brush, as what the name suggests, is used for blending. It helps to soften the the colors giving it a natural look.

If you’re not one who wears all the colors of the rainbow of your eyes, then these 3 brushes are all you need to achieve various different looks.

Angled Brush

BDellium Tools 763 Angled Brush

EcoTools Angled Brush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is another brush that has more than one purpose. You can use it for your eyebrows, eyeliner or even as a lip brush. The angled bristles makes it easy to work with and would give you a very clean line. Perfect for creating the perfect flick for a cat-eye look or the perfect bow for your lips.

Now these are the brushes that I would suggest investing in as a start, especially if you’re on a tight budget. On my next post, I will list down a few brushes that are good to have but not really necessary.

Until then, keep your brushes clean and dry!

NOTE: As you can see I’m only featuring EcoTools & BDellium Tools because these are the two brands that I currently have in my PRO Brush kit and my personal kit. But there are also many other cruelty-free brands in the market that’s worth investing in.

Moisturizer – How do I choose?

It’s easy to get confused and lost when it comes to choosing the right product for yourself. And it doesn’t help when there’s just too many in the market right now. The leading brands would use all kinds of gimmicks in their commercials to promote their products. So how do you choose?

Well, these are the steps that I take when choosing a moisturizer for myself. Firstly, it HAS TO BE Cruelty-Free or Vegan, and keeping that in mind, I make a list of all available CF/Vegan brands in Singapore (and it’s actually a pretty short list so it’s not that difficult to remember) and also my budget. Considering that I already know my skin type (combination), its much easier to find what is right for my skin.

I always tend to go for something that is water-based rather than oil-based, only because I don’t like it when the product is too greasy (my skin is not that dry, anyways). I also do my research whenever I come across a new product. I look for reviews and check on the brand’s background (AGAIN, the product has to be either cruelty-free or vegan).

For several years now, I have been using Himalaya. It’s easy to find (MUSTAFA CENTRE! – They also have a flagship at Harbourfront and certain products available in Watsons and Guardian Pharmacy) and also easy on the wallet. With key ingredients like Aloe Vera and Almond Oil, it has a non-greasy formula that helps to be absorbed into the skin faster.

I also have a lovely little bottle of miracle which I use before applying my makeup and also as part of my nightly regime. It’s homemade by my dear cousin and it’s key ingredients are Argan oil and Rose oil. It not only helps to keep my skin hydrate during the night, it also helps to regenerate, rejuvenate and nourish.

So there you go, it’s really not that complicated to choose the right product for you. But of course, (Disclaimer alert!) these are just my own personal ways for choosing a product. If you have any kind of medical conditions, please do check with your general practitioner.

Until then, stay hydrated ladies!