Nov 10, 2017

Pre- and Post- Pregnancy Skincare for Normal-Dry Skin

It's been a month since Hannah was born and I thought I would record few essential aspects of my pregnancy before I get mumnesia. Here are the topics I will kick off with, hopefully be helpful for you new preggos, moms, or anyone who's looking forward to gifting your mommy friends - 

1) Skincare during and after pregnancy
2) Bodycare - body oils that I like best
3) Pregnancy exercise
4) My positive labor story
5) Pregnancy - pre and post-partum emotions

To tie it back to what I have been writing about on this blog, topic number 1 cannot be more appropriate! To be honest, I haven't changed up a lot of my skincare regiment since being pregnant though I, of course, like all the other women out there, researched extensively on my existing skincare to stay away from all the chemicals that I wasn't supposed to put on my face and body - still keeping my #AMaskANight #MOTD routine. People say you get better skin carrying a girl because her hormones are the same as yours. Not sure about that, I didn’t have a single breakout or any other skin issues (apart from the slight puffiness) during my pregnancy. It is important to stick to what your skin had been used to pre-pregnancy and don’t change up everything all at once when your body is going through so much hormonal changes! Here are what I incorporated one at a time to get the glow and suppleness:

I tried to eliminate all the unnecessary chemicals and stick to a regiment that moisturises and nourishes my extra dry skin at the time. I had the pregnancy glow, and skin-wise, it really wasn't any issue.. definitely more problematic on the body with dark spots and fear of stretch marks coming out - 

The ultimate moisturising essence that keeps the skin plump and radiant. My skin is so used to it by now I see reversed results whenever I stop using it - as though the dead skin is piling up right away!

The middest oil that I always keep in my cabinet to sooth and replenish the skin no matter what stage my skin is in,

Lightweight, oil-free rejuvenating treatment fortified with self-hydrating Rose of Jericho plus lychee and watermelon hydra-sustain complex quenches to help repair the natural moisture deficiency in dry, dehydrated skin. I like Origins moisturisers in general but this one is def one of my favs!

Very similar to the Origins Make a Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment but more ‘sea’ and ‘H2O’. A daily moisturiser that soothes and refreshes parched skin with electrolyte-packed hydration. It’s vegan too!

My skin isn't only dry, but also dull when I am completely sleep-deprived! With the limited time I have on hands, I was so eager to start the routine that laser focuses on brightness, luminosity and lifting!

Helps clear congestion, combat dryness and sooth sensitivity whilst leaving skin firmer and more luminous with its unique delivers minerals deep into the skin.

Revitalizing and firming in one application, it table hyper-pigmentation, acne, fine lines and enlarged pores, reversing some of the tell tale signs of skin aging and too much time in the sun!

A nourishing oil that gives obsession-worthy radiance and helps restore skin's natural moisture barrier with a unique blend of antioxidant-rich, superfood seed oils. 

Need I say more? You're first running on 4 to 5 hours of sleep a day among feeding, nursing and pumping. This eye cream is moisturising yet targets to boost circulation and brighten the under-eye areas.

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream 
A lightweight (yet dense enough for night time) formula that uses time-release technology to deliver intense 24-hour moisture. It has the signature Fresh rose scent if you're into that!

Feel free to leave comments or message me directly if you're currently going through the same of finding the best skincare during or post-pregnancy. Wish you all the very best - speak soon!

May 17, 2014

Essie On a Silver Platter, Illasmasqua Trillion, Orly Rage Reviews

Hi Its been over a year since my last posts. Nuts! Back with an accumulated nail polish review.
Essie On a Essie Silver Platter (Thumb, wedding ring)
Illamasqua Trillion (index, middle)
Orly Rage (pinky)

2 coats for each underneath Seche Vite top coat. Essie On a Silver Platter is a silverish gold with royal blue glitters, still see through after 2 coats. Illamasqua Trillion's pink tone diminishes with silver glitters leftovers. 1 coat is enough to cover the edge between your nail bed and nail, 2 coats make an opaque coat. Orly Rage is a rose gold metallic with micro shimmers. 

Glittery nails for summer :)?

Jun 9, 2013

Review | Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Exposed

My to-go sans thinking everyday work blush. Described as a "nude", Tarte Exposed definitely looks more pink than beige on the skin than in the pan. The blush is of a dryer matte formula. It feels chalky when switch however doesn't look so at all on the face. I like to apply a larget stroke than I normally would with other blushers to give a bronzer look. I have no idea how they make it so long lasting. Seriously, I can still see it at the end of a 10 hour work day. A no-brainer that I give 2 thumbs up!

May 26, 2013

Life Updates & Cafe Melba

Today I went to check out the surroundings of my apartment in Singapore (still staying at a hotel closer to work at the moment) to make sure it's safe and where I want to be for the next 6 months, I explored a little further out to this relaxing Melba Cafe off Goodman Arts Centre. 

Cafe Melba offers a wide range of all day breakfasts and lunches. There are both outdoor and indoor settings to select from. I saw many young parents and young adults flock to this place to spend a relaxing afternoon with friends and families.

I ordered the full melba cooked breakfast which contains as this, that and that (please see picture below as I am lazy to type wtf). I have to say this is quite the best brunch I have had recently. Each food is cooked to almost perfection. The bacon is deep fried yet still juicy, hashbrown is crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. I specially loved the cherry tomatoes. The fresh flavor bursts into every corner of my mouth. Hmm its so good. The ice mocha is also very smooth and not too sweet. It runs down with the food without feeling too guilty :P Despite being quite pricy (SGD$37 for set brunch and iced mocha, I am sure I will come here often to chill.

Okay grab a bite and sit down -- I was going to apologize once again for being gone for such a long time but hey its my blog la who cares. If I don't want to apologize then I don't apologize la. Anyway for you who follow me on other medium you know that the last 2 months I have been missing I was changing career, went to Boston for a week, San Francisco for 2 weeks and now I am settled in Singapore!

I am uber excited about my new move. Its not like I am excited to leave my family in Hong Kong once again la, but living in Singapore has always been a dream to me. Since arriving in SG 7 days ago I have been enjoying the weather, greener atmosphere, amazing selection of food and the convenience of 20 min you-can-get-to-anywhere radiance. *thumbs up

Hopefully after next weekend of moving to an new apartment I can do more blogging/vlogging etc. Wish me luck. 

Mar 24, 2013

Updated Skincare Routine | Lush, Hadalabo, Origins, Aveeno, Estee Lauder, Josie Maran & Olay

It took me almost 2 years to finalize a skincare routine to showcare.
Well, you know the drill. Don't you say you haven't gone through this routine -

1) Find the products that work
2) Test out new products
3) Realize some don't work in conjunction with the ones that are working
4) Test out some other products in hopes that they work 
5) Some do work, but you realize that the products you were using had been used up
6) You scream WTF

So again, you are back to square one and are always on the hunt to find the next products that work. In order to not overwhelm you I am only listing the post-cleanser products today, of which toners, serums and moisturizers are listed, segmented by day and night.

For day

Toner | Lush Eau Roma Water
a mild toner that contains lavender and rose water to calm the skin from overreactions. It also hydrates and preps the skin to be a canvas for other products.

Toner | Breath of Fresh Air
smells refreshing. It can be used as a mid-day pick-me-up or toner esp great for after lack-of-sleep kinda night. Spray it on, pad it down. Next.

Moisturizer | Origins VitaZing SPF 15
a thick energy-boosting moisturizing with mangosteen and a sheer tint. In the mornings I often shoot for all-on-one time saving products. Stands alone it is not enough coverage, but it lays on perfectly as moisturizer, sunscreen and primer all in one. 

Moisturizer | Aveeno Positivey Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
is a light moisturizer with sunscreen yet works with other primer/foundation/bb creams I put on after without giving me a crazy whitecast. 

For night

Toner | HadaLabo Gokujyun-a
a thick opaque white serumy toner that is filled with retinol (vitamin A) and collagen. it is targeted for the anti-aging crowd (me!) with properties especially aim to lifting and firming. I find my skin very plumb and soft the next morning, fine lines are reduced over time.

Serum | Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
an all-in one serum -- this is my 4th bottle also the biggest 100ml. it overal refines my pores, brightens, hydrates and overall improves the quality of my skin. It is worth every penny (especially if you buy it in the States for cheap!).

Serum | Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
my life-saver when I went to Israel with this little bottle. it keeps my skin so hydrated during the 12 hours of in-flight time. heal and moisturize. I am testing it out to see whether it can replace the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair.

Moisturizer | Olay Regenerist 
it is claimed to be a drugstore product that out-performs many high-end moisturizers. It hydrates, firms and lifts the faceline. One thing that I don't like about this product is that it seems like much 'preservatives' are packed in this little bottle but overal a great moisturizer to get the anti-aging job done.

So here is it finally! I will go ahead and update the 'updated skincare list' on the right.
If you have any skincare recommendations, please tell me! I'd love to branch out and continue to try out new products that work. You can always hide your imperfections with makeup but honestly, with better skin, less time (and makeup) is needed!

xoxo Winnie
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