Fujifilm Astalift Jelly Aquarysta

Yes you heard right- Fujifilm, a brand name synonymous with film, cameras, photography and imaging, being associated with skincare. Who would’ve thought? As it turns out from what I’ve read, it’s actually been quite a while already (With Fujifilm incorporating and linking their knowledge of keeping photos great into skincare to keep skin great and looking photogenic as well), and the Astalift Jelly Aquarysta from Fujifilm‘s skincare brand Astalift is apparently quite a famous and award-winning premium skincare product in Japan that’s also fast becoming a cult beauty product in the U.K.! Anyway, I was only recently introduced to this concept and subsequently product, by the lovely Sukie of A Little Bit Of Everything, and I was immediately intrigued as despite not having much reviews being written about it, most if not all the reviews were absolutely glowing and sung its praises.

After much researching on where I could get Astalift locally in Malaysia (Apparently it is available locally, though the locations are quite limited), I was able to get my hands on my first 40g tub of the Astalift Jelly Aquarysta at their roadshow counter at AEON in 1 Utama :D I’ve recently restocked it since I was in MidValley Megamall, where the counter is in the AEON there, and managed to get a limited edition 60g tub instead!

Fujifilm Astalift Jelly Aquarysta

Its unique name is derived from AQUA and CRYSTAL, which symbolises the light-as-water texture of the clear red jelly, and the crystal-clear, moisturised skin it brings.

A jelly serum focuses to improve skin moisture retention ability, promotes long-lasting radiance and clearness. With the moisturising nano ceramide penetrates into skin’s stratum corneum, skin feels smooth and moist.

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Sunday Tip #17

Every Sunday I shall share here a beauty tip that I’ve read or heard about, and leave my comments or thoughts on it. Please feel free to leave your views, too! :)

Now I don’t say that this is a must-do, but if you do use sunscreen and/or foundation (Whether it’s sheer, medium or high-coverage), or wear makeup overall, double cleansing, which can mean cleansing twice or more commonly using two cleansers (Usually the first one being a cleansing oil) can help to thoroughly clean your skin, removing all the sunscreen and/or foundation and/or makeup as well as all the gunk that may have accumulated on your face throughout the day. Having cleaner skin from double cleansing also means 1) less breakouts, as there is a decrease in any pore-clogging residue and 2) a more effective skincare routine, as your skin is well-prepped and will be able to better absorb your skincare products afterwards, which as a result, makes it regenerate better.

Here is a good article from Viva Woman on double cleansing :)

Some famous cleansing oils you can try as your first step in double cleansing would be Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils, but cheaper alternatives such as one from Hada Labo and the Biore Cleansing Oil also exist now so it depends on your preference and budget. Personally I am a huge fan of Dermalogica Precleanse, which I’ve been using for many many years now with great results and no negative reactions (Touch wood), especially since Shu Uemura‘s, which was the first one I tried, broke me out :( I also like to use a separate makeup remover for my eye makeup first, then use cleansing oil when double cleansing over my eyes (Gently!) to remove any leftover residue.

Sunday Tip #13

Every Sunday I shall share here a beauty tip that I’ve read or heard about, and leave my comments or thoughts on it. Please feel free to leave your views, too! :)

I think this is a really random tip, but this tip came to me randomly as an epiphany one day while I was out, my tattoo was just healing (I will have a post on this soon hopefully!) and I had forgotten to apply moisturiser on the area. I whipped out my lip balm (I was using Jurlique Love Balm and Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lip Moisturiser), wiped it gently with a piece of tissue paper, used my finger to dab the lip balm and then dabbed it onto my tattoo… and it worked very well! Oh and of course I wiped my lip balm with tissue paper again after that before using it on my lips :P

I have, also, in an extreme pinch, used lip balm as an emergency moisturiser on very dry patch(es) on my face when I have them and they show very obviously. Just a tiny bit will do (Application method similar to above), and if you seem to have overdone it and it looks oily just blot it gently it a piece of tissue paper. It worked very well and said dry patch(es) never materialised again for the rest of the day, and no, I didn’t look like I had an oily spot on my face :)

A little note though- I don’t think that using lip balms with menthol or mint or lip plumping properties or tingly lip balms in general would be a good idea as it MIGHT irritate the skin. I tend to try and use “neutral” or “gentler” lip balms. Either way to be on the safe side it’s best to test if your skin is allergic to your lip balm before trying this tip out, and if it doesn’t it’s good since you have emergency moisturiser on hand!

iS Clinical Cleansing Complex

I’ve been using my Dr Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Face Cleanser (Reviewed here) in the mornings, and a more deep-cleansing cleanser at night, in which I chose Cellnique Vital Repair Cleansing Milk (The old formula, reviewed here) because I find that this combination helps to keep congestion, particularly around my nose and chin area at bay better. And to my logic, doing so also removes all traces of the day or whatever sunscreen and/or makeup you had on, which equals cleaner skin :D However, as I’ve just finished a bottle of my Cellnique Vital Repair Cleansing Milk and looking at my dwindling backup supply, I thought I should look for alternatives :x

Somehow, as I was trawling the internet for options on cleansers, I stumbled upon iS Clinical Cleansing Complex and was immediately intrigued. I was close to ordering it via StrawberryNet, but then found out that The Lifestyle Clinic & The Skin Boutique (The Skin Boutique is where I go for my facial treatments) sells it, so I got it from them instead because I couldn’t wait :P

iS Clinical Cleansing Complex

Resurfacing, Anti-Acneic And Deep Cleansing

Benefits:

  • Deep cleans skin and pores without drying
  • Gently resurfaces and removes dead skin cells
  • Helps to control acne
  • Prepares skin for treatment products

Key Ingredients:

Salix alba (white willow bark extract)- a source of salicylic acid, Sacchrum officinarum (sugar cane) extract- a source of glycolic acid, Chamomila recutita (matricaria) extract (chamomile oil), Centella asiatica (asiaticoside, asiatic acid, madecassic acid), Retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), Tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), Ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C).

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Sunday Tip #11

I thought I should bring it back… or should I? We’ll see, no? Anyway…

Every Sunday I shall share here a beauty tip that I’ve read or heard about, and leave my comments or thoughts on it. Please feel free to leave your views, too! :)

This is one tip that has always seemed to elude me every time I write my Sunday Tip, yet one that I’ve been practising every single night even before I started this blog (OK, sometimes I miss a few days when I’m really tired and just go to sleep). I have quite dry lips that does have a tendency to peel and/or crack, and I find this tip really helpful in alleviating it. It not only works in making my lips softer and smoother in the morning when I wake up, but I also find myself using less lip balm in the day to keep my dry lips at bay!

Right now I’m using The Body Shop Hemp Lip Protector, and it does the job well so far that I’ve been using it. For some reason I’m generally not that picky when it comes to the lip balm that I use at night compared to the lip balm that I use in the day, just as long as it keeps my lips well moisturised by morning :P

What do you think of the new font, by the way? Should I use this font or keep the old one? :P Do let me know! Font changed to the old one so that everything looks standardised :x