April Favourites

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Another month. Another Favourites post. First, let’s start off with makeup favourites.

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Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer  (Light 2 Vanilla / Light 2.75 Canelle)

For the longest time, i didn’t want to give in to the hype of this concealer. The cult status of this concealer made me feel like the hype must be overrated. Boy, was i wrong! I’m actually kicking myself that i didn’t give in to the hype much sooner! I wouldn’t really recommend this concealer for undereyes because it might be a tad drying for that area but if you have hyperpigmentation marks or bumpy blemishes, then this concealer will cover those problem areas with ease and with sufficient coverage, whilst still looking very natural on the skin. Aside from everyone’s glowing reviews of Nars Radiant concealer, what prompted me to purchase this concealer is the fact that it’s non-comedogenic (i.e. won’t clog pores), dermatologist-tested, paraben,- alcohol- and fragrance-free. Furthermore, this concealer contains a good dose of vitamin E, antioxidants and plant extracts for additional skincare benefits . Click here to view full ingredient list.

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Diorskin Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush (#001 Petal)

Don’t let the bright pink colour in the pan fool you. This blush actually looks different on different people as it changes colour on the cheeks according to the natural chemistry of the skin (i.e. moisture, ph and temperature). I’ve been lusting after this unique blush for quite a while now and i’m glad that i finally took the plunge and got myself one! This is one of those blush that i like to wear when i can’t decide what blush to wear that day or if i want to get ready in a hurry. Since it reacts to the skin’s natural chemistry, i know that it’s a fool-proof choice regardless of what makeup i have on that day and would just look naturally pretty on my cheeks. On my skin, this blush looks like a warm pretty flush of pink rather than bright, cool-toned pink as seen in the pan.

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Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof (Black)

My mascara of choice lately is this Dior mascara that i recently picked up. This mascara has been a perennial backstage favourite for makeup artists and i can see why. It doesn’t clump or smudge, coats lashes smoothly ( however successive coats may cause lashes to stick together),  lengthens, defines and holds lashes’ curl really well. For someone like me who’s not blessed with full, long lashes, i still need another mascara if i want to add insane volume and blackness. However, this mascara is great at giving me a nice natural yet defined look. Click here to view full ingredient list.

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Nexcare Acne Patch

I had a breakout phase a month ago and Nexcare Acne Patch was my life saviour! The acne patch effectively absorbs pus and oil thus reducing recovery time for my spots. I’ve always thought that products like this is pretty gimmick-y and doesn’t actually perform as advertised. However, i’m happy to report that IT DOES WORK!  It’s an incredibly satisfying feeling when i peel off the patch and see all the gunk that was pulled onto it. Basically, if you have trouble dealing with pus-filled blemishes then this is one to try out!

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L’Occitane Reine Blache Whitening Serum

I think I’ve found my Holy Grail vitamin c serum! I’ve always wanted to incorporate vitamin c serum into my skincare routine because it’s universally renowned for beautifying the skin and delaying ageing process. I just never found the perfect one. My issue with a lot of vitamin c serums on the market is the fact that it’s packaged in a dropper bottle, thus exposing the product to air and light and ultimately reducing the effectiveness of the product . As you can see, this serum on the hand is housed in a opaque glass bottle with an airless pump dispenser, ensuring the product inside will remain fresh and potent.

Brilliant packaging aside, i cannot fault this serum at all from any other aspect! The texture is a non-sticky gel consistency that sinks into the skin immediately which is what i prefer, the ingredient list is short and clean without any fillers, alcohol or parabens present and the scent is a pleasant floral aroma that does not irritate my sensitive skin. I also love that vitamin c and skin-brightening mulberry extract are placed high on the ingredient list, so i know I’m getting a potent product. It’s also oil-free to minimise any chances of skin breaking out. Needless to say, this serum is definitely my top favourite finds last month! Click here to view full ingredient list.

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L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam 

Another L’Occitane favourite.  Except this one is an old favourite that i recently started using again.  L’Occitane Immortelle cleanser is a gentle cleansing foam that immediately cleans, soothes and brightens skin after cleansing and is suitable for all skin types. This cleanser also has a soft sweet floral scent that’s not too overpowering. I’ve been using this cleanser since my uni days so the scent of this cleanser is very calming and nostalgic for me. It is also worth mentioning that this cleanser contains amazing ingredients such as strawberry fruit juice, raspberry and grapefruit extract, organic immortelle floral water, soothing chamomile extract and antibacterial gentian root extract to further nourish and protect the skin. Click here to view full ingredient list

Side note, I feel like people tend to overlook ingredients in a cleanser or trivialise the importance of choosing a good cleanser with the assumption that the cleansing solution will be washed off and wouldn’t be absorbed by the skin. Well, studies actually show that it only takes 4 seconds upon application for cosmetic ingredients to be absorbed by the skin and 26 seconds for the chemicals to enter the bloodstream. Therefore, choosing or investing in a good cleanser should not be any less important than choosing a good serum or moisturiser.

What are your April favourites?

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