ANIMAL CRUELTY-FREE MAKEUP BRUSHES

We are currently living in an era where animals are exploited in the most inhumane way. We see them as food, wear them on our skins and even use them to be our ‘guinea pigs’ for cosmetics.

In order to put a stop to such torture, we have to show our support towards brands that are in the Animal Cruelty-Free movement, and refrain from buying products from companies who are oblivious to what’s going on (it’s 2016 guys – time to step up!)

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Handmade Heroes - Vegan, All Natural Skincare Review

When it comes to skin care, we are all very particular about the brand we use. For example, sticking to a brand that works well on your skin and being hesitant to try another - sounds familiar?

For me, I am always willing to invest in skin care, especially since suffering from acne. I have tried various drugstore brands to 'high-end' brands, and I found that what works best for my skin is one which contains the least ingredients, and also as natural as possible.

Since being Vegan, I have been on a lookout for natural and cruelty-free products. The moment I found out about Handmade Heroes, I was SUPER excited. They are a local company based in Singapore, founded by Lynsey, a Vegan herself, so of course she knows her stuff ;)

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All natural, free of preservative and parabens, completely vegan and cruelty free. Handmade Heroes makes skin care how all skin care product should be made. Away from a chemical lab, using the simplicity of the finest natural ingredients, Handmade Heroes products are nourishing and gentle on the skin.

Handmade Heroes sent me their products a few months ago, and after trying them out, I am finally drafting this review :)

All opinions are 100% true and I am definitely not being paid to say any of this. I have mentioned before tons of times that I would only work with brands I like/have a good cause and would never accept paid sponsorships if I don't like them.

The first product you would have seen on my Instagram - the 'Beauty Warrior Face Mask'.

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Among all, this is my favourite product from Handmade Heroes. I love how it feels on my face and my skin is so soft after! There will be this tingling feeling on your face after applying it for a few minutes, before it starts to tighten slightly.

When rinsing it off, it also acts as a gentle exfoliator. I find that 1 scoop is enough for my entire face :) Don't rinse it off when it dries completely because then, it will be rather tedious to remove.

Coco-Friggin' Fantastic Lip Tint (French Rose) leaves your lips moisturized thanks to the coconut oil and cocoa butter in it. I am not a great big fan of red lips, so this is just right for me. It gives your lips a slight red tint, but it does not last long.

Coco-Friggin' Fantastic Lipbalm was actually given to me by my friend for Christmas. I actually prefer this to the lip tint because of the mint in it :)

Coco-Licious Luscious Lip Scrub is great for those days when you feel like your lips need extra exfoliation. The first time I used this, I found it quite hard to get the product out because it hardens together. I would just do little swirls with my ring finger, get the product on my lips, and lick it off after :)

Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo is HANDS DOWN the best dry shampoo I have tried. I have used other drug-store brands before and it always leaves a white residue on my head making it seem like I have dandruff *rolls eyes*

I did not get that with this dry shampoo and I also like the smell of it :) I have quite oily hair, especially on second-day hair, but this helps control the oil and doesn't make my hair look greasy.

There is also a ton of other products on their website, so do check it out. They are really affordable and worth it! Now you don't have to fork out extra expenses to ship vegan skincare from across the globe ;)

Handmade Heroes
http://www.handmade-heroes.com/

Animal Cruelty Free / Vegan Beauty Products

‘Beauty’ is a topic that I hardly touch on because I don’t feel like I’m a professional in this aspect. However, I have been getting a few questions on the brands of beauty products that I use or would recommend to girls out there, so I thought I’d share everything in this post. Since being vegan, it may feel as though it’s difficult to find vegan or animal cruelty free products, but I am telling you now that this isn’t true. Just research carefully on the brands and companies if they do animal testing or watch out for labels on the products. Usually, you are able to get one whole list online on the brands that test on animals.

ATBHDid you know in China, it is by law that all products that are being sold in their country has to go through animal testing (say what?!)

Okay, that aside I am going to share with you the products that I am currently using:

  • Shampoo and Conditioner

I have been using Nature’s Gate shampoo and conditioner because they only contain natural ingredients and no harsh chemicals. Since suffering from acne-prone skin, I find that using shampoo and conditioners that do not contain sulfates or parabens helps in controlling acne.

Many are not aware of this but, while rinsing off shampoo or conditioner, it may tend to get on your face too. Hence, if the product contains any harsh chemicals, it might also cause you to break out.

A little tip would be to always wash your face in the shower after washing your hair, to ensure that all this chemicals from your shampoos do not remain on your face after you shower. I find that this method really helps in controlling my acne. But be sure not to use hot/warm water on your face! This may worsen your acne condition.

You can easily find ‘Nature’s Gate’ from iherb or if you’re residing in Singapore, you can find them at Ntuc Fairprice Finest. The outlet at bedok mall sells it

  • Face Wash

Now speaking of face wash, I have tried countless number of different brands to counter aid my acne and what I have learnt through this ‘expensive’ lesson is to stop switching products as and when you like. Stick to it for a least half a year before switching (if need be)

Your skin takes at least 3 months to allow a product to show results on your face and it also takes at least 1 month for new cells on your skin to grow. If the products used on your face are constantly changing, this may cause stress to your skin because of the different ingredients used in the products that your face needs to absorb. Stress on the skin can also lead to breakouts.

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I have been using ‘AZ clear action’ since my first visit to my dermatologist back when I was only 11. For a few years, this was the only product that I’ve stuck with. Then when my breakouts got worse, I felt like I needed a stronger cleanser and went to buy products that contain tea tree oil. For a good few months, it was okay. Then my skin broke out worst.

Since then, I’ve been changing up products frequently, trying to find one that could minimize acne growth on my skin. But I always find myself gravitating back towards this face wash by ‘Ego’. It does not break me out at all and I find that it’s a very simple gentle cleanser.

You can easily find this product in unity. I haven’t seen them in Watsons/Guardian around the East side of Singapore – unfortunately.

  • Body Scrubs

Everyone loves a good pamper session – who doesn’t? I personally do scrubs at least once a week to get rid of the dead skin cells on my body. For a good amount of time, I have been using body scrubs from ‘The Body Shop’. And recently, I chanced upon ‘Handmade Heroes’ on Zalora.

‘Handmade Heroes’ - All natural, free of preservative and parabens, completely vegan and cruelty free. And I was even surprised that they are a company based in Singapore.

 

Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 9.56.20 pmYou can easily purchase it from ‘Sephora Beauty Collection‘ on Zalora. If you were to navigate around ‘Sephora Beauty Collection’, you would notice that most of the brands do not do animal testing (yay thumbs up) They also sell makeup brushes etc online so girls, if you need a change on your makeup set, you know where to go ;)

I hope this was helpful to those who are in search of animal cruelty-free products! Remember to apply sun-screen too ladies!! P.s: I haven’t found a good sun-screen brand that would not break me out, so once I’ve found one, I’d share it with you all.

Tips For Oily Acne Prone Skin

Battling with oily, acne prone skin can be a very tough and expensive struggle. In no time, you will find yourself spending a lot of money on various skin care brands, hoping for a miracle. At the same time, what you really need is to maintain a disciplined beauty/skin care routine. As you know, I have struggled with acne prone skin for a long period of time, and through my toughest battles, I've learned and picked up many tips that I found helpful. Hopefully, you would find these tips beneficial, especially for those who are still struggling with getting clear skin :)

1. Cleanse Gently

Avoid using cleansers with beads that will dry out your skin. Dry skin = more breakouts. Use a gentle cleanser and wash twice daily, once in the morning and night. One of my favourite brands is First Aid Beauty. Their products contain no parabens, harsh chemicals or colorants. It is also safe for sensitive skin.

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Over exfoliating and deep cleansing may also cause your skin to break out more. Remember that simplicity is always the best :)

2. Clean Your Make Up Brushes Throroughly

If you wear makeup, always remember to wash your makeup brushes as there could be bacteria and dirt on the bristles of your brush. Foundation brushes (especially cream based foundations) should be washed everyday. Powder brushes should be washed every 2 weeks. Makeup sponges can also trap dirt, so do wash them at least once a week.

Don't be tricked into buying overly-priced makeup brush cleansers. Sometimes, the ingredients in them may cause you to breakout. So be careful and always read the ingredient list! This is also a good method to deep clean your makeup brushes. Saw this in Michelle Phan's video a few years ago too :)

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3. Never Wear Makeup To Bed

You may feel tired and extremely lazy to remove your makeup after a long hectic day, but never never go to bed with your full face makeup on! Always remove your makeup thoroughly before bed so that your pores would not get clogged and your skin is able to breathe throughout the night.

Use a good cleansing oil to thoroughly remove your makeup. Personally, my favourite is the Shu Uemura PoreFinest Cleansing Oil. I wrote a review about this gem before in one of my blog post. Search for it if you'd like :)

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I have also heard good reviews of this cleansing oil by Boscia. It's their Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil. It's slightly cheaper than Shu Uemura, so this may be a good choice for starters :)

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You can easily find Boscia products at Sephora outlets. Alternatively, if you do not want to travel all the way down to their physical store, you can easily purchase it from 'Sephora Beauty Collection' on ZALORA online! You can also shop Sephora's home brand on their site, as well as other famous brands in Sephora like Tarte (my fav!), Glamglow, Philosophy  and many more :)

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Don't forget to drink 1 to 2 Litres of water everyday! ;) Hope this helps!

 

REVIEW: SHU UEMURA SKIN PURIFIER CLEANSING OIL #2

From the title above you will already know what product i will be talking about today and yes, it is the Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Oil. This is not my first time blogging about this gem. You can read my previous post here Since my last post in April, i am still diligently using this cleansing oil every night. On days that i am wearing make up, i will use 4 pumps and if i am not wearing make up, i will use 3 pumps after cleansing my face with my facial cleanser. If i go one or two days without using this, i can feel my skin just crying for it.

As you can see i have since emptied 2 small bottles since February and  I recently bought a new bottle from Best Buy World at 15% off the retail price.

Best Buy World is a local online store selling different luxury brands at a discount price. Hence you would be able to save much more as compared to buying from a physical retail store. Fyi, the cleansing oil is sold at $115 Retail price, and at best buy world, it is only $98.

I would not be able to stop talking about this product because i simply love it so much. My acne scars are slowly fading away and i know it takes time for it completely clear out, but other than depending on this cleansing oil, it is also important to start living a healthy and active lifestyle and to start eating healthily by consuming more fruits and vegetables.

The Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Oil also works when dealing with pustules. Pustules are the classic zits that everyone gets. Instead of popping it, use this cleansing oil to wash your face before you sleep and when you wake up the next day, it's gone. With consistent wash, the scar will also fade within 2-3 days.

Removing make up has also been a breeze. All you need is 4 pumps and when you wash off, you get a cleansed face. You can already feel your skin breathing and it's just a very nice feeling. Girls, you know that feeling you get when you immediately rush to the toilet once you're home and remove your make up and your skin no longer feels greasy/cakey. Yes, that's the feeling.

If you're like me, who invests in skincare, you would like to try this product. I have used this for 5 months and i can't imagine not having this in my daily skincare routine. Like i mentioned above, you can purchase this from BBW here

The packaging also has clear instructions on how to use this cleansing oil. All you need to do is pump out the oil, massage it into your face. Then come in with a little bit of water and massage it again till it gets milky. Wash off after that.

Did i mention, this pump has a lock function when you twist to the left? It really helps in preventing spillage. Thumbs up for products which have this feature in their packaging. Love love love it!

I am really glad that i have pass the most difficult phrase of my life even though i still get nasty remarks about my skin condition, i am not 100% affected by it like how i used to feel. If you are also a 'victim' of acne, you can always leave a comment / email and i would be glad to share with you my experience and tips.

I hope this helps those who are keen on trying this product/looking for a good cleansing oil.

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No matter what, the only thing that i am willing to invest in would always be skincare. Skincare above everything. As you all know, I suffered from a very, very bad breakout last September and i am still on the road to recovery. There was this period where I was so desperate to find solutions to cure those acne scarring and I came across this beauty guru on Youtube who has the same skin condition as I do. I watched her home DIY videos and in this video you can see her skin condition and it's somewhat similar to mine.

Her recent videos however, showed a major improvement in her skin condition and it's because of this that i never stopped finding a cure for my skin. I also can relate to a well known local beauty blogger -bunbunmakeuptips (http://bunbunmakeuptips.com/) who also suffered from a severe acne breakout after a facial that went downhill. Similar to ruby (the beauty guru), her skin condition has improved a lot.

It was not an easy time for me definitely. I suffered a lot. I break down every night because I felt so alone and ashamed and i would constantly question myself what I did to suffer from this. My skin wasn't perfect before this, I had a few blemishes here and there, but it wasn't so severe where i will have huge big red spots and scarring all over my face (on my cheeks especially). I will take pictures of my skin almost every other day to track my progress and i still keep the photos on my Mac. Whenever i view them, i'll have goosebumps all over.

My skin was HORRIBLE. I had breakouts everywhere. Active ones - big and small. Maybe when I've fully recovered from it, I'll post it up, but I'm pretty sure everyone will be grossed out.

I was definitely lucky to have a few friends by my side who told me not to give up hope and that I'll definitely recover from this. I'm grateful that they don't feel turned off when they talk to me. Can you imagine speaking to someone which such a bad breakout all over her face? And you have to keep a straight face while talking... Whenever people talk to me, I feel like wearing a paper bag/mask so that they can't see my breakouts and my skin.

It has been more than half a year (7 months now) since it all happened. My skin is making slow progress and i'm really satisfied. I feel that part of the credits would have to go to this clarifying oil from Shu Uemura. Many girls out there raved about this online. So, i went to the Shu Uemura counter at Robinsons orchard 2 months back, and the lovely sales assistant recommended me this.

POREfinist anti-shine fresh cleansing oil< He had so much confidence when he recommended me this. And it was also because of that tone when he spoke that made me walk home with this bottle. It is retailing at $50 (150ml) and it has got to be one of my best investments so far. Skincare > everything else

This gem right there helped my scarring to fade a lot. I also stopped having active breakouts frequently. I was super happy when i started to see results in 2 weeks. My skin started glowing and it didn't look so dull anymore. My acne wasn't as big as it was before and it was then that I realised that I've this beauty to thank.

*I now only have active breakouts before my period. On top of that, i only get 2-3 active breakouts during that time of the month, unlike previously where i'll get a new active pimple almost every other day*

Now that i'm on medication and cream, my skin has become super sensitive, especially in the sun, but this clarifying oil did not give me any problems. So thank god for that. Now I've to be really careful when putting on products on my face due to how sensitive my skin is now.

I went back to the Shu Uemura counter 2 weeks ago to purchase another bottle because the one I bought earlier is empty. I wanted to purchase the bigger bottle, but my bank account is crying so I can't... Or else I would have saved a lot.

If you're looking for a clarifying oil, i'll definitely recommend Shu Uemura. They've many different types as well and you can approach the staff to recommend it to you based on your own skin type/condition

http://www.shuuemura.com.sg/skincare/product/cleansing-oil.php

Hope this helps!

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