Sunday Tip #10

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! :)

Air conditioning may keep you cool in the hot, humid weather (Which is how the weather has been lately, to me at least), but it can also dry out your skin. And temperature fluctuations from air conditioned places to non air conditioned places can wreck havoc too. So the best way to circumvent this is to keep hydrated and moisturised! That means using a body lotion for your body and a good facial moisturiser for your face. Also, if you’re sleeping in an air conditioned room, leave out a bowl of water or use a dehumidifier and ply on a moisturising sleeping mask (Like the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX) or a heavier facial moisturiser.

Personally, I’m happy using facial oils :P At night I apply a pump of Melvita Sweet Almond Oil (Compared to few drops in the morning if I need extra hydration) on my face before bed. For my body, I alternate between Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins The Way Of The Bath Matcha Tea Body Lotion or the O.P.I Avojuice Skin Quenchers in Vanilla Snowflake (Which I have reviewed here), but I like to apply them right after showering.

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Sunday Tip #9

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! :)

The state of your hands, that is.

Not to boast but long before I heard about this “tip” (If it may be called so) I already had a hunch about it many many years ago- I think it was Victoria Beckham‘s and Madonna‘s hands? I was commenting to Mum about how they spent thousands of dollars (Or more) on maintaining their “young” faces but neglected their hands mainly so you can still tell their age by looking at their hands and not their faces. Not too sure about the state of their hands right now though, but there you have it :P

You can maintain the youthfulness of your hands the way you take care of your face, except in less steps- by just moisturising! With a hand cream, or if you have some unsuitable moisturisers lying around you can use them on your hands. My personal favourite hand cream is O.P.I Avoplex High Intensity Hand And Nail Cream. I find that it smells nice, absorbs fast, keeps my hands soft and is not greasy or slimy or make you feel like you have sweaty hands, all of which are important criteria to me as I use my hands a lot.

Some recommend using a heavy moisturiser/cream at night while they sleep, and/or slip on gloves, but I find it rather cumbersome and restrictive and I usually wake up in the middle of the night to remove them. Or that my hands become greasy and feel uncomfortable. But they do give really soft hands!

O.P.I. Avojuice Skin Quenchers In Vanilla Snowflake

I’ve not had the problem of dry skin until about 5 years ago, when I’ve moved from Labuan to Kuala Lumpur (Or more precisely, Petaling Jaya) for my tertiary education. Not only did dryness affect my facial skin (Which will be a post by itself in time), but also the skin on my body as well. I find that conventional body lotions, brands like Nivea, St. Ives, Johnson & Johnson and Vaseline, were slowly not working for me (When they previously sufficed)- either they were not moisturising enough (My skin still looked scaly) or they felt greasy after application.

Enter O.P.I. Avojuice Skin Quenchers!

I first had my foray into O.P.I. Avojuice Skin Quenchers about a year or so back when I had my pedicure done at Colour Culture at Sunway Giza Mall. The first one I tried was some warm chocolate-ish scent which name I forgot now, and the second one was the Peach Juicie. I was very satisfied with it- it is moisturising enough for my skin, kept it soft and supple, smells good and was not greasy at all after application, which is very important to me. I really do not like the feeling of crossing my legs after applying body lotion and feeling them slide against each other due to the greasiness.

And recently I have bought Vanilla Snowflake, which description according to the website is:

A wintery blend of sweet vanilla and buttercream! Limited-edition Avojuice Vanilla Snowflake treats skin to a drink of smooth, rich moisturizers plus nourishing Avocado and Aloe extracts – with the blissful aroma of vanilla and buttercream!

I saw it in the latest O.P.I. flyer (October/November 2011) at Posh Nails Nail Salon Kota Damansara while I was doing my pedicure last month, and was intrigued by the description of the scent. I liked it so much, I bought two bottles, solely because they were limited edition and what if I ran out? :(

It really smells of sweet vanilla and buttercream- normally vanilla-type smells tend to go all powdery on me, but this doesn’t. I’d say that it smells pretty sweet, but not in a sickly, cloying manner. In fact, the overall scent is really reminiscent to me of vanilla cupcakes… so much so that sometimes I find myself craving one after applying it. And once after my shower and applying this body lotion, I walked past my Dad, and he asked who’s baking cookies haha! At first I wasn’t sure what he was talking about, then I realised it and let him smell my arm, and he confirmed it was that smell- he apparently likened it to cookies :P The scent also got a thumbs up from Mum, who is very picky about scents, which is a good thing!

As for texture, it’s the standard body lotion texture- not too thick and not too light actually. It’s not exactly creamy, nor is it waxy. I find it a little too greasy for application on just hands (I prefer using a dedicated hand cream for my hands), but otherwise on the other parts of my body, e.g. arms and legs it’s perfectly fine. The ingredients list state the presence of silicone, but it doesn’t feel silicone-y, if you know what I mean. My body isn’t that picky when it comes to ingredients, unlike my face :P

The other body lotion which I tried that was almost equivalent in these aspects (Except a difference in scents of course) were the Crabtree & Evelyn Citron, Honey & Coriander Skin Quenching Body Lotion, but it’s slightly more pricey.

O.P.I. Avojuice Skin Quenchers in Vanilla Snowflake costs RM 58 for 200ml, and can be found in all Colour Culture outlets (Where I bought mine) and/or certain nail salons that carry O.P.I. products. Based on my experience, when used twice a day every day, one bottle can last about a month, so it can be a bit pricey for some.

If the usual drugstore body lotions are good enough for you- as in not greasy and does a good job in keeping your skin moisturised, chances are you might not need this. Unless of course you’re as crazy as I am about the scent! For me, this is definitely a favourite- not only does it smell wonderful, but it also does a good job moisturising my skin :)

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Benzophenone-4, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Methylparaben, Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Oleic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Parfum/Fragrance, Coumarin, Cl 15985 (Yellow 6).