I have been getting e-mails and comments asking me how I keep my skin clear. The answer is good genes, a normal diet (I can’t really say healthy because I live for junk food! *lol*), lots of water and a good skincare regime. Right now my HG skincare line is nothing but the cheap yet effective Nivea Visage that is widely available at Boots and Superdrugs. Below are a list of products that I use daily:
Nivea Visage Aqua Sensation Moisturizing Gel-Cream (£4.99)
This is definitely a godsend! It works just as great as Biotherm Aquasource but costs at least half as much. It contains cucumber extract, ginseng and magnesium to provide 24 hour hydration and it feels very light and refreshing on the skin. I apply a thin layer of this all over my face every night and my skin is instantly plumped up and stays supple until I wake up the next morning. Highly recommended for dehydrated skin!
Guys I finally did it – I went and got my eyebrows threaded today! I got it done at House of Fraser on Oxford Street and paid £13 (~$26) for it. The whole process took less than 5 minutes but here is one word for you – pain, excruciating pain (okay that was three *lol*) But seriously I never thought threading would hurt that much, like when I went for the Brazilian I already knew it was going to hurt so I was all prepared and ended up walking out thinking hmmm that was not too bad. But this? This really did hurt. I could literally feel the hair getting caught by the thread then pulled out slowly (ouch!) and I ended up tearing up so much =*(
All in all, it was a good experience and I am happy with the results. My eyebrows definitely look a LOT better now. All the stray hairs are gone and the shape is definitely more clean cut. Plus my skin did not get all red and irritated like it would if I waxed. I will definitely be going back again in 4 weeks and hopefully, it will not hurt as much next time.
*Update: My facialist just told threading your eyebrows can cause your eye area to lose elasticity and sag faster – booo!
Murad Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30 ($35) is definitely one of my favorite suncreen! It contains Hyaluronic Acid and phyto-lipids to preserve skin’s moisture barrier along Pomegranate Extract to enhance sun protection and prevent free radical damage.
The sunscreen feels very hydrating without being greasy and the smell is pretty tolerable. I like to use this straight after I wash my face in the morning (with or without a moisturizer underneath) then apply a thin layer of MAC Select Sheer Powder with my Cats Cosmetics Kabuki brush. My face stays glowy and flawless all day this way. I also love that it also contains SPF 30 and is waterproof which gives me enough protection for a normal day indoors. I am definitely going to stock up on this!
I admit it – I only got Coppertone Waterbabies Spray SPF50 (~$6) because I fell in love with the pink bottle and the baby. Lucky for me, this sunscreen is so much more than just a cute bottle.
The sunscreen contains Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (13%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (2%) and Oxybenzone (4%) for both UVA and UVB protection. Thanks to its super gentle formula that is clinically tested to be non-stinging even on baby’s delicate skin, it works great on my sensitive skin. It never dries out my skin or breaks me out. It does go on a little greasy but for someone with dry skin like me, it is perfect and I do not need another moisturizer underneath. I have also worn makeup on top of this and it never makes my makeup slide off, not even in the steaming Los Angeles weather.
Not to mention, you get a lot of product for its price. It comes in a huge 8oz. bottle that lasts forever and all you need is one pump for the face and two for the arm or leg.
No wonder supermodel Heidi Klum is also an avid user of this!
Flip through any Japanese magazine and you will definitely see Shiseido Anessa Neo Sunscreen SPF50 ($38) – yes it is THAT popular in Asia. So when it first came out in Hong Kong, I literally ran out and got myself a bottle. But sadly, that turned out to be a not-so-great idea.
Like most Japanese sunscreens, this goes on greasy but dries to a very matte finish and I mean very. In fact, it is so matte that it made my nose slightly flaky. Plus it gave my skin a ghostly white cast which was so not hot! So yes this may come with a high SPF and pretty models in their ads, but I will not be buying this again.
I have been getting a *lot* of requests for prom makeup tips lately so hopefully this will clear up some of your questions =)
What Products To Wear
This is all up to you. You can wear as many as ten twenty products or as little as five. But no matter what you do, here are some products that I recommend you use:
* Foundation. Even if you do not wear it on a daily basis, you will thank yourself for wearing a little foundation on special occasions. Remember to use one that matches your skin completely. If in doubt, go with a color that is darker instead of lighter because a) a lighter face on a darker neck is just hideous b) if your foundation has light reflecting particles, the flash may make your skin appear lighter than it really is.
* Powder. This should be applied only on oily areas (forehead, chin and nose) with a light hand and for touchups. Powder do not photograph well and it can make you look ten years older.
* Evian Mist/MAC Fix+ Spray. Spritzing this will definitely help keep your makeup looking fresh and dewy.
* Blush. Do remember to put on some blush because the flash in cameras will wash you out.
* Eyelash Curler. Curling your lashes is a must. I repeat, a MUST!
* Lip Balm. Chapped lips are a big no-no so definitely make sure your lips are soft and smooth before you apply anything on top.