By Lisa Tay
I have always been pretty adventurous when it comes to trying out new facial wash products as I have oily combination skin type, where my T-zone area is usually oily compare to other areas hence I am always in the look out to find the most suitable cleansing product.
Last week I came across a wash & clean gel cleaner products from SKINLITE and decided to try it out. SKINLITE Wash & Clean Foam Cleanser is formulated with Bambusoides Juice, Honey Extract and Vitamin E. I must say I am very impressed with the texture of the gel as it is unlike some which can be very slimey or sticky.
After wash, my face feels really refreshed without the over-drying effect. The overall verdict, this product is value for money. It is available in all SASA retail stores, valued at SGD8.90 only.
By Alicia Choong
As a makeup artist, I truly appreciate a clear canvas on which to paint. Hence, skincare is of utmost importance to me. Basic skincare has much to do with cleansing and in some brands, a step called pre-cleansing is also introduced.
What is pre-cleansing? Used mainly to dissolve make-up and other impurities, this step helps to ensure the skin is clean and free of makeup residue. Some of you may be familiar with the concept of double cleansing, which I practise, using the same cleanser twice – once to remove the makeup and another to rinse off. However, most ladies I speak to prefer to pamper their skin really well by using different types of cleansers to wash their faces. E.g makeup removers, cleansing cream…
This famed product needs little introduction. As the first step in any skincare regimen, this deep-cleansing oil melts impurities and make-up from skin.
By Alicia Choong
It is always magical to witness the change in seasons along with colours which inspire many cosmetic houses to create the lovely hues in setting the tone for the coming Autumn.
Dark lips are still the order of the day on the runways and the streets of New York and fashion capitals all around the world.
Here are several you may want to try:-
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By Alicia Choong
Cleansing the skin is a first step everyone (yes, men included!) should endeavour to do. Many celebrities and makeup artists and beauty gurus will agree that a ‘clean’ face is essential. I’ve witnessed many performers who did not clean their faces well after all that heavy stage makeup, resulting in clogged pores and breakouts. With practise, you will be able to do these steps quickly and efficiently.
Here is a beauty ‘how-to’ detailing the steps for cleansing. These steps are frequently used by beauticians in a beauty salon.
Step 1 : Remove eye and lip makeup. Soak two cotton pads with eye makeup remover, and place it on the eyes. Swipe gently to remove eye makeup. Do the same with the lips.
Step 2 : Remove all makeup from face. Do this with a deep cleanser or precleanser. To effectively remove all waterproof makeup, it is important to use an oil based cleanser. Massage some cleansing cream or cleansing oil into the face to melt makeup. Tissue off or use wet cotton pads to wipe off.
Step 3: Using the same cleanser or another cleanser suitable for your skin type, repeat step 2 and rinse off with water.
Step 4 : Rinse face thoroughly to remove all soap residue, finishing with cold water to shrink pores.
Step 5 : Pat dry with a clean towel gently.
Step 6 (optional) : Use a toner or astringent suitable for your skin type.
By Liza Haron
A Soviet journalist called Margaret Thatcher the “Iron Lady”, a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style.
No, my New Year resolution isn’t about getting into politics and neither do I want to get into details of ‘Thatcherism”.
But I want to share is my personal ‘Iron’ rule that I have been keeping for the last 5 years which has never compromised. My sacred beauty practices, that is.
Believe me when I say I have tried and tested so many products and beauty enhancements. I eventually realized that skin care is really a lifestyle. Achieving that fresh complexion is not just about putting things onto your face or your skin but it’s about good nutrition, sufficient exercise, avoiding tobacco and alcohol, protecting your skin against sun damage and thorough daily cleansing.
Here are some of the wonderful tips that really worked for me:
- Moisturize:There are several types of moisturizers you can choose from according to your skin’s needs. For example, Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer SPF 20 – oil free. This product gives skin a healthy ‘no-makeup look’ with a soft hint of colour that evens and enhances without hiding the skin. It also helps to prevent excess oil from setting on the surface of the skin and its ideal for troubled skin. Yes that’s my skin type and I swear by this product!
- Sunscreen is a MUST – This is your invisible umbrella that protects you from the sun. Use a sunscreen of 15 SPF (sun protection factor) or greater and put it on an hour before going out in the sun for maximum effect. Good news is my favourite tinted moisturizer from Mercier comes with SPF infused.
- Exercise Regularly – For me, it’s only a 30 minutes of brisk walking 5 times a week and I am being serious as this the only exercise routine that I can follow. Besides the cardiovascular benefits, exercise gives an excellent boost to your skin as it improves blood flow and circulation to the skin’s surface.
- Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
- Butt Out – Smoking causes wrinkles and that is something every woman can do “without”. It took me awhile to quit but when I eventually managed to butt it out, my skin started to glow from all the money I have saved!
This new lifestyle wasn’t achieved overnight but with perseverance I managed to see positive results over a couple of compromising years.
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By Liza Haron
Coco Chanel once said that a woman should apply perfume in those areas where she would like to be kissed! Despite the great Chanel’s maxim, perfume does not taste good. Keep that in mind when applying yours, and avoid any areas that may be enthusiastically nibbled.’’
I personally would prefer to spray perfume regularly , as the evaporation process cools me down in hot weather conditions.
And yes , I like that perfume changes my mood. Studies have shown that fragrances can stimulate or calm us , encourage a good mood or bad.
There are a few tricks to help your fragrance last longer. For instance, a scent will fade faster when skin is dry. Applying fragrance-free moisturizer to your body is an excellent preparation for applying fragrance, and will help you get more bang for your perfume buck.
Loving these new spring launches…visually attractive too!