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!

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Saturday Photo Meme- What’s In Your Bag

So I have been off the grid for far too long (Been very busy, and although I have a few posts drafted, am not entirely satisfied with the photos I’ve taken for them hence the enormous delay), and so, at the beseeching and suggestion of dear Sukie from A Little Bit Of Everything, decided to start getting back into the groove with this post, which is so right up my alley too! :) It’s suggested by Sukie and taken from Yumeko of A Dream Of Tokyo.

Apologies for the dark lighting- it was night when I took these photos after Sukie suggested I do this post :P

1. Cellphone/Mobile Phone.

Black Apple iPhone 4, with a black LifeProof case. I got the sticker from Daiso for the back because I thought it was too plain. I preferred their koi sticker which I have previously used before, but thought of going for something different instead.

2. Wallet/Purse/Whatever You Keep Your Money In.

Simple black leather bifold from Braun Buffel. Just the right size for me :) It’s been with me for about 6 years now? Love it a lot either way :D

3. Something In Your Wallet (Cards/Coins/Money/Whatever).

I don’t keep my loyalty cards in my wallet because I have way too much (I have a separate purse for all of them-  the custom batik wristlet by Fion Poon that was very graciously gifted to me by the lovely Sukie as a graduation gift!), so pictured is part of the cards in my wallet- my NAUI Scuba Diver card and dearest Louis‘s name card (Which I keep a few of just in case) and some money of course :P

4. Makeup You Carry On The Go.

I’m not in the habit of touching up my makeup on the go (OCD really, and my makeup hardly fails me, touch wood), so I usually pack lip balm instead most of the time, and a lipstick for times when I need a little extra colour :P Oh, and I do carry an eyeliner JUST in case I forgot to apply it before leaving (Rare, but you never know) or really need to refresh my eyeliner (i.e. when I’m trying out a new eyeliner and it smudges/disappears). Pictured is Jurlique Love Balm, MAC Lustre Lipstick in Gem Of Roses, Great Barrier Island Bee Co. Manuka Honey SPF30 Lip Balm and Rouge Bunny Rouge Raven Glaze Lacquer Eyeliner.

5. Whatever Else You Wish To Share From Your Bag.

The aforementioned wristlet, the incredibly cute LeSportSac pouch I put everything else in (Tissues, wet wipes, hand sanitiser, aforementioned makeup, small notebook, a pen, spare cable, Sharpie) and my Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses in its case. I tend to want to travel as light as possible as carrying a too-heavy bag will result in painful shoulders as the day wears on, so I try to minimise the things I bring along and this is all :D

Please visit Yumeko‘s blog for the original meme post, and also fellow blogger Sukie‘s post on it too! :)

Hopefully I’ll be able to get back into the groove after this ;) Have a great weekend!

Cleanser Crisis Showdown

Those who follow me on Twitter should know that I’ve been having what I call a “cleanser crisis”, no thanks to reformulations. Seriously, why do companies see the need to reformulate when their product is already doing well, and to boot, the reformulation is often not improving the product but deteriorating its quality. OK, don’t answer that- I actually do know why, but nevertheless I am not pleased. Nope, not at all.

My first “cleanser crisis” was sometime early this year. I have been a happy, satisfied, long time user of Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser (About 5-6 years) and range, and their reformulated version of the cleanser as well as the range broke me out badly. It broke my heart like nothing, as I’m a pretty loyal skincare user. I turned to my cousin, who is a beautician and owns the Cellnique salon De Fennel Face Body Wellness in Desa Petaling, and she recommended me Cellnique Vital Repair Cleansing Milk, which I have been happily using since then.

Lo and behold, my joy was short-lived when I recently restocked on the cleanser and found that it had been reformulated, and what’s worse, it has mineral oil/paraffinum liquidum added to it. Now, I am extremely sensitive to this ingredient, and it caused whiteheads and broke me out. Even my cousin was appalled and she wouldn’t recommend mineral oil to my skin type either.

Since then, I have been trying out a few cleansers, hoping that they could replace the Cellnique Vital Repair Cleansing Milk, and here are my results so far.

From left to right: Cellnique Vital Repair Cleansing Milk (Old), Cellnique Vital Repair Cleansing Milk (New), Cellnique Intensive Hydrating Gel Wash, Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution, Jurlique Soothing Cleansing Lotion.

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