2016 SKINCARE UPDATE

I am sorry for being MIA for weeks as my holiday just started this Monday and I was so busy weeks ago. 

Today I am doing a highly requested post about my skincare (update). I didn`t think of doing this kind of post but I have random people and Instagram viewers asking about my skincare routine.

This year, my approach of beauty is investing more at skincare than make-up. I have avoided harsh cleanser which contains SLS for nearly a year as it dries my skin and I started to use serum and toner to hydrate my skin as it`s getting dryer. I also never skip cleaning my face every night and always use sunscreen. 

Basically, I am blessed with a good skin, but I also notice that besides doing yoga, limiting sugar and coffee intake alongside dairy, gluten and fried food due to over excessive mucus production do wonder to my skin as I don`t get period acne as often as before. 

As I am going to be 25 next year, my big homework besides maintaining the good habits are drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep and investing more in skincare than decorative make-up. 

Now, without further ado, I give you a peek of my skincare routine.





Cleansers


The Body Shop Silky Camomile Cleansing Oil, Corine De Farme Micellar Cleansing Foam, Corine De Farme Purity Micellar Water


There are three cleansers that I use on daily basis, Corine De Farme Micellar Cleansing Foam, Corine De Farme Purity Micellar Water and The Body Shop Silky Camomile Cleansing oil.

I start my day by washing my face using Corine de Farme Micellar Cleansing Foam which is a gentle foam based cleanser, I sometimes also use it in the night when I don`t wear too much make-up. As this is a foam based, I notice it can be a little bit drying If I don`t moisturize my skin properly afterward. This is a great subtle cleanser for those with normal to combination skin but as I have super dry skin, I am not going to repurchase this. 

To take off my make-up, I usually use Corine De Farme Purity Micellar Water. This baby has been reviewed months ago and I can say I love this over than Bioderma. Should I mention that it`s way cheaper and suit my sensitive skin better ? Another great thing is it is often on sale at Guardian Indonesia ( I just purchased mine today at my local guardian for Rp 151.900) 

Last but not least, let me introduce you again and again with the honorable winner of every year since I knew this (The Third bottle), The Body Shop Silky Camomile  Cleansing Oil is a life. As it`s quite pricey here, I use it mainly in the night (not at as I don`t do it all entire night) to take off full coverage foundation and my annoyingly waterproof Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara. 


Toner, Serum, Moisturizer and Sunscreen




Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Toning Lotion, Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal 24H Intense Hydrating Rich Creme, Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Serum, Vitacreme B12 Day Cream Sun Protection


If you are boys and you read this blog just to stalk me, you will come up with a conclusion that I am one of high maintenance girl in term of skincare and yes, I am proud of it. ( Girls, ignore my sarcasm, ignore) 

This year, I can say that I found some good stuffs that help me managing my dry skin. The first latest finding is Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Toning Lotion. I was meh about toner as I didn`t think it`s a necessary step but I was wrong and I am sold with this toner as it is a drink of life for my thirsty skin. 

After toner, I continue with the second bottle of Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Serum. This serum is dope if you have super dry skin. I stopped using it months ago and my skin slowly was back to its thirsty state so I purchased this second bottle. 

Other finding about the year is Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal 24H intense Hydrating Rich Creme which moisturize and plump my skin without greasy sensation. I am also a fan of the gel version of this moisturizer. 

Last but not least, let me introduce you to Vitacreme B12 Day Cream Sun Protection SPF 30+++ . This sun cream or sunscreen is definitely good as it`s waterproof and also hydrating. It has a weird smell which is gone after few minutes and it doesn`t have a white cast. I also notice that it helps make-up stays longer. 


Exfoliation



My Konjac Sponge, The Body Shop Soft Facial Cleansing Sponge, Biore Cleansing Strips Pore Pack, Garnier Oil Clear Self -Heating Sauna Mask

I am late to realize the importance of exfoliation but removing dead skin is a necessity. I am still considering of buying Clarisonic but nowadays, I just use sponge to exfoliate my skin. 

There are two sponges that I own, one is from The Body Shop and My Konjac Sponge. Both do wonder to my skin. If you have tighter budget you can purchase the Body Shop one as I notice there is no significant difference between these two, just you need to use cleanser with The Body Shop one.

I am still a loyal fan of Garnier Oil-Clear Self Heating Sauna Mask as it`s cheap and works quite effective in cleaning my pores and also Biore Pore Pack Cleansing Strips to take those whiteheads. 


Mask






Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is the only overnight mask that I own. I don`t feel that it is a necessity if you already use serum. Don`t get me wrong, this is not a bad mask, just if you have super dry skin, you can skip this step as serum is enough.


Face Spray



The one and only face spray that I use is Evian Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray. I only use it on days my skin looks super dry after piling tons of make-up or when it`s a bit irritated as this is really great to calm irritated skin. If you are looking for face mist that locking your make-up, you can try ELF Studio Make- Up Mist and Set or invest in Make Up Forever Mist and Fix ( both are in my wishlist)


I hope this post help those who are struggling to combat extreme dryness of your skin. If you are looking for Corine De Farme Range or Evian, check your local Guardian as their products are on sale.


Have a happy week and holiday, love. 



Disclaimer : This is not a sponsored post, products that work well on me might deliver different result on you. Please try before buying. 

Local Lipstick Take My Heart Part Two

With the high demand of liquid lipsticks all around the world, It is really nice to see that it also affects Indonesian market. It`s getting easier to find Indonesian liquid lipsticks which are affordable and perform really good. I should say that in these few months, I am getting more and more enthusiastic about Indonesian cosmetics.

If you have been a constant reader of my blog for a year or you follow my Instagram, you might have known about my Local Lipsticks Take My Heart post or when I raved about a local lipstick weeks ago on my Instagram and I can see right now that I am going to keep adding more and more Local Things Takes My Heart in the near future as while I am writing down this introduction, I already have the next Local Things part 3 and 4 in my mind. 



There are two brands reviewed today and this is not a `comparison or swatches of the whole range` post. I just want to deliver you my insight of these two brands and why their products take my heart. 

You are also going to see that I am not really playful towards shade selection as I don`t want to hoard lipsticks that I am not going to use on daily basis.

Rollover Reaction Lip and Cheek Cream in Saddie






When you talk about Indonesian lipstick, you can`t leave this brand behind. I consider this as one of pioneer of the Indonesian liquid lipstick. Now I do understand why my Instagram friends keep pushing me to pick this lipstick, affordable, good quality and multitasking concept are the plus points of this brand.



The company really puts effort in packaging

Housed in a sleek tube packaging, Saddie is a dual function pinky mauve lip and cheek cream which delivers a great pigmentation and comfortable formula. As it is not a dead matte lipstick, don`t expect that it will stay from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.without touching up but it`s not an issue for me as I am looking for something comfortable for my lips.

I rarely wear this as a blush on but I can say a little is enough as this is really pigmented. If you have super dry skin applying with tapping motion is easier than rubbing it onto your skin.


Saddie looks more muted IRL

If you are into nude shades or wearable red and brownish color, you definitely need to check Rollover-Reaction


Make Over Intense Matte Lip Cream in Vanity (004) and Libertine (008) 


L-R: Libertine, Vanity


I am falling over the heels with these liquid lipstick, like I am in love.

These super affordable creamy matte lip cream are out of stock everywhere, but luckily I got mine from Make Over Intense Matte Lip Cream- Sociolla





Two shades that I got are Vanity( 04) and Libertine (08). They look a bit similar on tube and hands but they are completely different, Vanity translates as nude pink brown on my lips while Libertine is more like reddish brown shades which is not overpowering and can be worn on daily basis without terrifying my students.


Make Over Intense Matte Lip Cream in Vanity #004



Make Over Intense Matte Lip Cream in Libertine #008


When they are freshly applied, they feel heavy and tacky but once they set it feels like you wear nothing, plus I don`t need to wear any lip balm beforehand and they are not drying and settle into my lip lines at all. If you are girls with super dry and sensitive lips, you might need to try this out.

I can say that these are even better than NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream or my all time favorite The Balm Meet Matte Hughes Liquid Lipstick and I wish they release more shades.


Final Thoughts

I am impressed with these two brands and can`t wait to try more shades and more and more Indonesian cosmetics brands. I wish that my readers who live overseas would also get the opportunity to test Indonesian cosmetics that I rave.


Have a good day and a good month ahead before 2017, Love you with all my heart.