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31 December 2011

the goners, the veterans, the rookies and the newbies

the title sounded like a movie title, don't it? (^_^) i figured that since it's the last day of 2011, i might as well wrap up the year by sharing the products i didn't really fancy (Disappointments), to the oldies (staples in my makeup arsenal) but goodies (All-time favorites), to the newly loved products (as in discovered in 2011) i do adore (Promising Newcomers) and recent purchases that looks good but i've yet to try myself (Beautiful Discoveries). i could also tell you of what others things i hate and love about this year that's not beauty-related but maybe some other time - since most of my previous posts have been personal and maybe some are not really inclined to read about them. :) my apologies about not replying to some of your queries or some delay in publishing your comments - i'm really just making "sulit" of the holiday season to spend with my hubby and kids.

alright, 'nuff intro already! LOL here they are!

*note: all products are sorted alphabetically and not in order of hate or love LOL

Disappointments:
- Celeteque Advanced Anti-Aging Power Serum
- Sleek Dip It Duo in Gold
- Shiseido Matifying Veil

All-time favorites:
- Everyday Minerals Flat Top Brush
- Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil
- Joppa Full Coverage Foundation in Medium Light #3
- Joppa Finishing Silk Original Formula Medium
- Life & Companion Angled Liner brush
- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium
- MAC eyeshadows especially Nocturnelle, Beauty Marked, Meet the Fleet, Blue Flame, Bitter, Parrot, Femme-Fi
- MAC Mineralize Blush in Nuance
- MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
- MAC Cremesheen Glass in Creme Anglaise
- MAC Fascinating Ruby: 6 Smokey Eyes Palette
- MAC Brush Cleanser
- MAC 187, 239, 219, 275, 252 brushes
- Majolica Majorca Majolook Eyeshadow Palettes in BR751 and BR799
- Shu Uemura Glow On in P Peach 47
- Shu Uemura Mark Cealer 7YR Medium
- Sonia Kashuk Angled Liner brush and Blending brush
- Stila Jewel Eye Shadow Palette
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden

Promising Newcomers:
- Aqualabel White Clear Foam
- Avene Cleanance Emulsion Lotion
- Avene Cleanance-K Cream-gel
- Avene Thermal Spring Water
- Belo Oil Control Kit
- Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with pomegranate oil
- Charm PRO 21-pc. brush set
- Ettusais Cheek Color BE1
- Face Atelier Facade in Arabesque
- Face Atelier Shimmer Powders in Sand and Champagne
- Givenchy Lady Pulp Lady Ruby (707)
- Givenchy Pop Gloss Boost Copper (455)
- Givenchy Pop Gloss Crystal Golden Chantilly (421)
- Hada Labo Nano + Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion
- Heavy Rotation Sexy Nude Gloss in 04
- Lucido-L #EX Treatment
- Maquillage Eye Colors in GR328 and PK736
- Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
- NYX Matte Lipstick in Butter
- NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in San Paulo & Stockholm
- Paul & Joe Eye Color in 94
- Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in 004
- RMK Creamy Polished Base in 02
- RMK Gel Scrub
- RMK Smoothing Polished Base
- RMK UV Face Protector
- Sex And The City Miranda false eyelash
- Shiseido Stick Foundation in O40
- Sleek Blush in Pomegranate
- Soap and Glory Arch de Triumph
- Suesh Kabuki brush
- Tresemme Deep Cleansing Shampoo
- Tresemme Re-moisturising Conditioner
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Zero
- ZA Impact Lash Mascara in Wide Eyes and Volume

Beautiful Discoveries:
- Beautyblender
- Dolly Wink eyelashes in No. 4 and No. 8
- Face Atelier Ultra Foundations in Wheat, Sand and Sepia
- Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel
- Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum
- Paul & Joe Eye Color in 08
- Paul & Joe Protective Dual Foundation UV in 31
- Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam
- Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Refining Softener
- Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Protective Moisturizer
- Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing Cream
- Sleek Maximum Impact Eyeshadows in Khaki & Sparkle
- Too Faced Smokey Eye Palette

indeed, 2011 was a good year for MereMakeupManiac in terms of venturing out to trying new products and finding a lot of happy endings - be it with beauty products, deals or online stores. and i thank you all for reading my reviews and random blabbings on anything beauty-related and even not so much posts. and tomorrow, this blog will be turning two years old so i'll be holding two contests - one that's sponsored by an online store and another sponsored by moi. (~_^) do look out for it tomorrow when i announce it right here. again, thank you for your support in 2011 and i look forward to your further support in 2012!

what did you love and hate in 2011?

and oh, i pray for a Happy, Prosperous and Purpose-filled New Year to you! (^_^)

24 December 2011

hello, hello! happy hauling holidays!

hey everybody, i've missed getting in touch with you all! i finally decided to end my temporary blogging hiatus as i really cannot contain beauty-related things to myself anymore hehe. but first, i'd like to thank all of you who prayed for Reni and her family. her body was already laid in rest but her spirit will forever be with the Lord. i think if there is an important thing she taught me best is that i should cherish relationships in my life because i do not hold or even know what tomorrow may bring (James 4:13-14). listening to people who loved her the most at her final day of wake in Singapore, they said she brought out the best in them - making them laugh all the time and make them feel good whenever they are with her. i'd like to leave a legacy as such - that people remember you to impart great joy in their lives and therefore is changed forever to do so themselves to others - when i depart this world and rest in the Almighty God's arms. that is actually why i left blogging for a while - i've re-evaluated my priorities in life and my attitude towards people i come across with - my husband, my children, my mom and aunt, my sisters, my in-laws, people in my ministry, my church, friends, colleagues and people i will still touch in the course of living this life for Him. i've spent time to devote ample time to everything that truly matters and although i value blogging as an interest i know God has blessed me with, i know that personal interaction and giving time to people is what matters most. again, for all of you who prayed with me for Reni and her family, i pray that whatever your circumstances may be right now, that the Lord will be with you always and may His will be done unto your lives. He will lift you up from your situations because He is close to those who call on Him (Psalm 145:18).

before i get teary-eyed again, i want to share with you the hauls i've had since a couple of weeks before i went on hiatus. i've been hauling here and there as well as receiving gifts, samples and freebies so this post will be picture heavy. reviews will follow soon, but probably after the holidays. and oh, watch out for a giveaway next month because MereMakeupManiac is turning 2 years old next month, with more than 100 followers and 50,000 hits! indeed, i am blessed with faithful readers as even though i was on hiatus people keep coming to my blog to read my posts - thank you so so so much!

ok, so to start the ball rolling, the biggest haul of all - my RMK workshop haul:


from left to right: Eye gel, Skintuner EX Moist, Skintuner Smoother Light, Nail Color in True Pink, Gel Scrub,  UV Face Protector, Fruit Barrier Cream, UV Face Protector, Eyelash curler, Creamy Soap, Concentrate Cream, Eye makeup remover, Cleansing Milk, Cotton, Smoothing Polished Base and Creamy Polished Base


unleashed!


i joined their Singapore Facebook's contest a while back and won this trial pack! (which included Creamy Polished Base 00, Creamy Polished Base 01, UV Face Protector and Gel Scrub samplers)

SUESH



ok, i only got 1 kabuki brush with holder and the powder/kabuki brush guard pack - the rest were orders. tee hee! but i thought i'd remind you gals that i sell them in Singapore! contact me if you want one too! my contact details are found at the header above. ;)

WATSONS


Lucido-L #EX Treatment, Aqualabel (from Shiseido) White Clear Foam


Lady Speed Stick, Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel (my 3rd jar!), Hada Labo Nano + Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion


Dolly Wink lashes No. 4 and No. 8

DAISO


Razors with sliding cap, Brow stencils, Rhinestones, Disposable Sponges


Detergent for puff and sponge

BHG


Beautyblender (my li'l sis hoarded LOL but she gave me 1, yey!)

PRESTIGE sale


from left to right: Paul & Joe Protective Dual Powder Foundation UV, Paul & Joe Eye Colors, Givenchy Pop Gloss Lip Glosses and Lady Pulp Lip Lacquers

SHISEIDO sale


from left to right: Ettusais Cheek Color in BE1, Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Protective Moisturizer SPF16, Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam, Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing Cream, Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Refining Softener, Shiseido Matifying Veil, Shiseido Stick Foundation in O40, Maquillage Eye Color N Powder in GR328 and PK736


Ettusais Cheek Color in BE1, Shiseido Stick Foundation in O40, Maquillage Eye Color N Powder in GR328 and PK736 and Shiseido Matifying Veil



hardcase handbag/shoulder bag sold at S$3! thanks mareng Charles for getting me this, mwahness!


this cabin trolley bag was sold at S$20 only!

LUXOLA.COM


from left to right: Sleek Maximum Impact Eyeshadow in Sparkle, Deborah Lippmann The Stripper To Go laquer remover, Deborah Lippmann Rich Girl Cosmeceutical Anti-aging Hand and Cuticle Cream, Face Atelier SPR 3, Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum, KAI fragance, Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers, Sleek Mini High Shine Lip Gloss in Magic Strawberry

would you believe i got this as a gift without purchase? this totally surprised me! i was having a gloomy day when this arrived and this totally made me smile! the note said they juts want to thank me for their support, what a thoughtful gesture! four thumbs up for Luxola customer service! (^_^)


in the middle pic, from left to right: KAI fragrance, Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum, Face Atelier SPR 2, Sleek Maximum Impact Eyeshadow in Khaki, Face Atelier Ultra Foundation testers in Wheat, Sepia & Sand, Face Atelier Facade in Arabesque, Sleek Mini High Shine Lip Gloss in Magic Strawberry, Deborah Lippmann Lara's Theme

i just got this yesterday - i bought Deborah Lippmann's Lara's Theme and Face Atelier Facade in Arabesque and the rest are freebies (because my total amounted to S$50) except Face Atelier Ultra Foundation testers which i requested to have included so i can buy a full size bottle once i've found my shade. now, are they the best? that's why they're my favorite online beauty store! btw, if you do not know yet they now ship to Indonesia and Malaysia! go order from them now!

i will be posting again after Christmas already as the weekend is fully packed with activities: our church lifegroup will be holding a Noche Buena party tonight and i'd be preparing for our choir's Christmas Carol repeat performance at church on Sunday - we won the competition held last 18th December so we get to represent wohoo! Glory to God! (^_^)

i wish you a very Merry, Meaningful and Messiah-centered Christmas! (^_^)

ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

05 December 2011

may be MIA for a while...

hi readers. sorry if i haven't been posting for a few days. i was totally swamped with work last week and towards the weekend, things that truly matter happened and today i was really strucked by it's reality, i cannot just for the life of me blog about beauty. one of my sister-in-faith has a daughter who is now in the hospital, in a critical condition. our church are praying fervently for her divine healing. her name is Reni and if you can offer a prayer to the Lord Almighty, our Father who sent Jesus Christ to save us from our sins, for her miraculous healing i believe the Lord will hear out your prayer and i'll be very, very grateful. just saw her an hour ago lying on the bed, with his husband at his side and her mother crying out beside me, praying to God, asking Him for His mercy and grace upon her life. i am realizing again that only living for God's glory matters in this life. i've recently had my own battle with sickness middle of this year, when i discovered so many kidney stones in my left kidney. i totally relied to God and no one else, for i know only He can deliver me from it. true enough, He healed me in His time - i was declared stone-free by the doctor after three ESWL sessions. it is the second time He saved me, for the first time was from my sins, when i received Him as my Lord and Saviour. so now i know that i am reminded that although we can do things here on earth, it is most important to pay close attention to what matters most - our relationship with God, our families, how we treat people and how do we spread God's good news. i may get criticized for this "religious" post but i am not ashamed to ask you to pray for a sister in need if you can. i know God rewards a humble heart and i pray that you will be blessed.

on posting more entries, i will still be posting because my blog exists to inspire women to empower themselves with cosmetics and anything beauty-related. however, i'll probably resume doing so next week as i realized this brought about things i want to prioritize and consider heavily in my life right now.

i pray that you will have a blessed week! God bless and loves all of you!


P.S.
if you have a prayer need or request, i will be more than happy to pray for you as well. just let me know either in email, if you are a bit shy to let me know in the comments. 

God bless you!

30 November 2011

Review: Celeteque Anti-aging Serum

well well well, if it isn't wowing Wednesday hehe! why did i become cheesy again haha! i think realizing that it's a few days from weekend again that makes me jolly! although a bit on the silly side haha.

if my attitude is cheerful, it's because am so excited that i'll be again a part of another important event for our church, which is the Christmas carol competition. hoping to give my best to give God the glory! (^_^)

ok, anyway i have to cut my bubbly outlook when it comes to this product - Celeteque Advanced Anti-Aging Power Serum (Concentrated Break Off Capsules with Cytostimulin Lipopeptides).



Nikki of Askmewhats was so sweet to include this in her gift to me when we met - thanks again Nikki! since i've recently paid attention to skincare, i was really excited to try a range of skincare items. and anti-aging serums definitely are interesting items to try out - after all, who doesn't want to age gracefully? i really wanted this to work for me, unfortunately i found a lot of fall factors with this item when i used it.

my thoughts:
- the consistency of the product is greasy for me. i've read reviews (see mrsmartinez's and thecuriouszealot's) that they find the formulation to be absorbed easily but it just didn't happen to me with this product. of course it still got absorbed and dried eventually but it took a longer time, like 2-3 minutes. and that amount of time bothers me because to begin with my skin is oily. i actually became hesitant to try this once i broke off the capsule but decided to go ahead and try it instead of wasting it.
- the amount of product is a lot for my entire face because i won't cover my entire face with this. i only applied this on my undereye, forehead, laugh lines, upper cheeks (where my pores are bigger), chin area and neck. i usually find myself forced to finish this off that i just apply the rest on the neck which is not a bad thing because it's the only part that i apply with that i don't have problems with (i can take richer formulated products on my neck but not on my face)
- the thing i hate most about this is that it irritates my eye! even when i am careful not to apply near my waterline i still get teary-eyed after applying this, it totally bugged me! so much that after 16 days of use, i gave up on it. it's now sitting on my drawer with 5 more capsules left. *sigh*
- it's promise is to smoothen the skin in as little as one week but i felt that it just made me oilier unnecessarily. good thing this is only used at night, cannot imagine using this during day! it will make me look like a frying pan fresh from frying fries (that's how i wake up in the morning when i used this the evening prior)
- considering this worked for me, who in their right mind can maintain using a product that costs about PhP700 every 3 weeks? definitely not me. i think there are far more superior anti-aging creams/serums/products that can deliver far better results and will be either cheaper or more cost-effective. now that i've thought about it, maybe a better skincare regimen will help in the fight with anti-aging, don't you agree?

ok, i wanna stop right now because it is seriously messing with my happy outlook today hehe. but even if this is not a good review, i hope this product will work on maybe dry skinned or normal skinned people. i believe on giving personal reviews, whether they are good or bad, because it gives an insight of how it performed on an individual. of course, the decision to purchase and try a product is always on our own. :)

wow your Wednesdays women! haha i am totally wacked out today with the Ws lol!

29 November 2011

Sale alert: Stila Warehouse Sale

are you in the US?

do you love me very very much?

if you answered YES to both questions, can you please get me these!!!



it sucks not to be in US right now... *sigh*

but for all of you who are there and can have your orders shipped to US (or Japan), head to Stila's site now and score some great deals!


hurry before stocks ran out! (^_^)

Review: Soap and Glory Arch de Triumph

i wish you a warm and toasty Tuesday ladies, as i tremble in coldness in the office - brr! i already have a sweater on and still am freezing waaaaahhhh...

anyhoo, to distract me from that i want to talk to you about my new frequently used brow liner - the Soap & Glory Arch de Triumph. i first saw an ad in a magazine about new products and this was among them and it definitely caught my attention. it has this very bright packaging and the size of the liner is like that of a big crayon - i instantly loved it! so when i went to Sephora, i made sure i got this.



very good pointers and tips for brow noobs like moi! i really don't try to master the art of perfecting brow grooming and makeup but this simple pointers prove very helpful! in fact, i still have the box and don't have intention of throwing it away (unlike what i do with other boxes, straight to the bin!)




my thoughts:
- i find the packaging very vibrant and cheerful, from the box to the actual product.
- the crayon is very easy to handle and use, i just hate thin eyebrow pencils!
- the brow shaper is creamy and does not tug the skin, thumbs up! i find though that frequent usage will dull the point so you'll need to have a sharpener handy, which i don't mind doing. i had to use a spoolie brush though after applying this because the creaminess of it sorta "sticks" the hair together, in comparison with using brow powders. good thing i'm loving Charm Spoolie brush, it's one of my staple everyday brushes!
- the shade of the brow shaper is a little to the darker hue and i can always notice that on pictures especially because my hair is lighter. if this was available in another lighter shade, that would've been awesome!
- the brow shaper has quite few shimmers in it but not really noticeable shiny once applied on the brows, only upon swatching
- the higlighter shade is matte, easily smudged and does a good job of highlighting
- applying color to the brows has never been easier and faster! i used to use a brow brush and a brow powder to apply brow color and another lighter eyeshadow for highlight but now it's all in one product, loving that application time cutoff!
- if you're the type of person who carry very small bag or purse, you might it a bit annoying that this is tad larger but i usually put on makeup at home so i don't bring this most of the time except when am travelling, which by then i put it in a makeup bag
- i usually don't mention prices in my reviews but i think this is value for money at S$18. some thin eyebrow pencils are priced at half of that but i feel that the quality of this product is unbeatable

can you tell i love this product?! i will be happy to repurchase this and recommend especially those with darker hair. how about you, what's your fave eyebrow product nowadays?

take it easy for the rest of day bellas!

28 November 2011

NOTD: China Glaze Shooting Stars

marvellous Monday everybody! i had a difficulty getting out of bed this morning - really wanted to sleep longer! but of course, need to head for work and put butter on our table! (my hubby brings the bread haha cheesy i know!)

anyhoo, i realized that i've gone a bit carried away with reviewing Avene products haha and i've still some products on their line left for me to review but i wanna get back and review the rest of the recent Sephora haul i got. so for today, i wanna brighten up my blog with a post on glittery polish - just because all this rain is not cheerful at all! LOL

i've no idea what collection (China Glaze) Shooting Stars was part of but when i saw it at the Sephora CG stand i can't resist it!


used alone, under direct sunlight



used alone, indoor daytime lighting



although it's pretty on its own, i got curious and tried pairing it with other shades i own.

bare polishes from thumb to pinkie: OPI You Don't Know Jacques!, OPI At Your Quebec and Call, China Glaze Gussied Up Green, OPI Overexposed In South Beach and Orly Liquid Vinyl (two coats except for OPI At Your Quebec and Call which was three coats, no topcoat)


jazzed up with China Glaze Shooting Stars!


it prettifies the polishes although i favor those darker shades especially over Orly Liquid Vinyl. it actually reminded me of a polish i want to buy but now realized i can actually dupe it - can you guess??? it's Deborah Lippmann Forget You! although i might try Orly Liquid Vinyl with Milani Jewel FX Gems instead (since that resembles Debora Lippmann Happy Birthday closely than China Glaze Shooting Stars).

my thoughts:
- love the formula of this polish! compared to Milani Jewel FX polishes (i own Gems and Gold), this has a much thinner clear base that applies easily and dries fast
- i find the combination of more small glitter specks with a few bigger hexagonal pieces made it a breeze to apply as opposed to all chunky hexagonal glitters, perfect for glitter novice nail polish aficionados
- i do not need to apply topcoat anymore whether i use this alone or on top of another polish as i've said it really dries quickly

i heart this polish, i love pairing it with dark shades! this is a happy realization as i don't usually mix 'n match polish shades due to laziness haha.

how do you like Shooting Stars or any other glitter polish faves? rave about it here!

25 November 2011

Review: Avene Cleanance K Cream-gel

great Friday morning to yah! can't believe it's the end of another week as i just got back to work yesterday haha.

i realized i've not said much about my church camp to Malaysia recently and i just want to share some of the highlights quickly. as much as i've enjoyed and learned from the enthusiastic and encouraging teachings, i've also loved the bonding moments brought by the recreation time when we played various games (ala Minute to Win It), spent free time swimming and get dressed and totally made up for the special night, when everyone wore their best dresses and suits! indeed, it was refreshing not only spriritually but emotinally as well. i think most of our pictures are at my hubby's Canon DSLR so i'll let him sort it our first then i'll share some especially those of the special night. (^_^)

some of you commented about my makeup and nail polish used on my current skincare regimen video - thanks so much! if you are interested in knowing, here is the breakdown of makeup i used (as far as i can remember that is!):

Dr. Jart Silver Label Rejuvenating Blemish Balm
Joppa Full Coverage Medium Light #3 foundation
Joppa Sheer Original Finishing Silk (setting powder)
MAC Hot Paprika of Styledriven Collection (inner and middle lid)
MAC Satin Taupe of Passions of Red (2008 Holiday Collection) Fascinating Ruby: 6 Smokey Eyes palette (outer lid)
Soap & Glory Arch de Triumph (brows)
ZA Impact Lash Wide Eyes mascara
Dolly Wink No. 4 falsies
Sleek Pomegranate (cheeks)
Burt Bee's Repleneshing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
MAC Cremesheen Gloss in Creme Anglaise
Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like (nails)

haha i think i got a bit sidetracked already lol. today's post is another installment to the Avene review series. may i highlight that this is my most loved Avene skincare product from everything that i own! (^_^)


swatch and review after the jump!

Review: Avene Very High Protection Emulsion SPF50+

how are you doing beautiful? sorry for keeping you waiting for a fresh post. i just arrived from Kuantan, Malaysia last Tuesday night and rested yesterday - also had to bring my son to the doctor due to colds and cough. Today, I had lots of catching up as my work inbox was swamped with emails! i also still need to check my commenting system later so if you dropped me a question there, hang tight and i will get back at yah in a jiffy! (^_^)

for now, i want to continue the Avene review series with my insights on their sunblock named Very High Protection Emulsion SPF50+.






blended out

What Avene says:
The Ultra High Protection Emulsion 50+ has been specially developed for hypersensitive skin with a fair or creamy complexion in the case of intense sunlight. Based on MPI-SORB that offers protection against UVB and UVA rays, it combines patented minderal screens with TINOSORB M+S. It also contains:
- Vitmain E precursor, anti-oxidant pre-tocopheyl which helps to reinforce the cutaneous barrier
- Curbita Pepo, which regulates sebum secretion
- Avene Thermal Spring Water, known for its soothing and anti-irritant properties

The Ultra High Protection 50+ is well-tolerated by even the most sensitive skin. Thanks to its non-tinted, lightweight, invisble and non-greasy texture, it is easily applied and penetrates rapidly, thus making it very pleasant to use.

Ingredients:
Avene Thermal Spring Water
Ethylhexyl Methoxyonnamate
Glycerin
Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol
Methoxyphenyl
Triazine
Cyclomethicone
Methylene
Bis-Benzotriazolyl
Tetramethylbutylphenol
Water
Glyceryl Stearate
C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate
Ethylhexyl Palmitate
Potassium Cetyl Phosphate
Cetyl Alcohol
Pvp/Eicosene Copolymer
Stearyl Alcohol
Butylparaben
Cucurbita Pepo Seed Oil
Decyl Glucoside
Disodium EDTA
Ethylparaben
Fragrance
Isobutylparaben
Magnesium Aluminium Silicate
Methylparaben
Phenoxyethanol
Propylparaben
Titanium Dioxide
Tocopheryl Glucoside
Tribehenin
Trerthoxycaprylylsilane
Trimethoxycaprylylsilane
Xanthan Gum
Zinc Oxide

Indication:
- Sun protection for oily sensitive skin and young problem skin.
- Helps prevent photo-dermatosis(sun allergies)

Directions:
- Apply evenly to skin before sun exposure.
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure even when using this product.
- Reapply frequently particularly during prolonged exposure and always after swimming.


my thoughts:
- i like the packaging because even though it's in tube form, it has a pump that can control the product dispensed without squeezing the body of the tube. it may look deceiving as some may comment pumps dispense more than tubes themselves but you can control the pressure on the pump that will result how much product you'll pump out
- this has a teeny tiny scent but my not-so sensitive smell is not offended
- the consistency is creamy and a bit nearing greasy. i felt that applying too thin or rubbing the product vigorously or quickly will result to a feeling of intense friction (first time i did that i thought my face was burning!) so be wary of that. what i did to counter that is apply liberally and gently in front of a fan.
- absorption time is a bit longer compared to Avene Anti-Shine Regulating Lotion, which is about 30 seconds, but i believe is still reasonable
- i don't believe this gives me a ghoul-like white cast so that's good!
- i've been using this probably for a month already and i've not noticed any darkening on parts i apply this with (face and neck) so that's a yey!
- easily available at Watsons and Guardian drugstores in Singapore

overall, i can say i can live with this product but i wouldn't mind missing it too. it's not something i would go back to but not worthy of the rubbish bin either. i will definitely finish this then i'm moving on. i've my eyes already on a new sunblock after i finish this one (hint: it's from Japan!)

whew! i've written this entry on iPhone Blogger app haha it is tiring to type the letters one by one by fingers! LOL but all for the love of my readers! (^_^) hope you gals have a relaxing rest of the evening! "see" you all tomorrow!

22 November 2011

Review: Avene Anti-shine Regulating Lotion

hi gorgeousness! yesterday was part 1 of my Avene oily skincare line review tackling their Anti-Shine Purifying Lotion. today is the next product in line - the Anti-Shine Regulation Lotion.



What Avene says:
Moisturizer absorbs oil and provides long lasting mattification.

40 mL, 1.35 fl. oz.

Indication:
- Oily, blemish-prone skin
- Visible shine
- Enlarged pores

Skin type:
- Oily, blemish-prone skin

Benefits:
- Light weight, oil-free, fast absorbing facial moisturizer
- Sebum regulating capsules absorb oil while moisturizing the skin
- Provides long lasting mattification
- Avène Thermal spring water to soothe and soften skin
- Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic

How to use:
- Apply AM/PM after thoroughly cleansing with Cleanance Soap-free gel cleanser.

Ingredients:
* Avène thermal spring water (75%) - Soothes and softens
* Cucurbita pepo extract - Regulates sebum secretion
* Zinc gluconate - Purifies
* Oil-absorbing powders - Absorbs excess oil, mattifies

my thoughts:
- the feel of this product is not ointmenty although from the swatch it may appear to be so. it glides on smoothly and gets absorbed by the skin fairly quickly and is easy to blend into the skin
- a little goes a long way. a single strand of product the length of third of your index finger is a good amount of product to spread across an area
- same with the toner, it smells like fresh water and it's sorta relaxing
- i can feel this product hydrating my skin in order to balance the oils needed and refrain my face from producing excessive oils
- tube type packaging is both handy and prevents messiness especially during travel
- i bought this together with the toner and i still haven't used it up!

as i've said on the video, at first i thought this was not working until i forgot to put it on one day and that day my face looked like a frying pan! i think i may have overexpected from this product then but now my expectations are realistic and i believe this keeps the disco-ball-shine off of my face! if you've got oily skin, this is a good product to check out!

random sharing: after lunch we'll be on our way back to Singapore. aww.. bye Kuantan, Malaysia! 

have you discovered any oil controlling products lately that worked well for you? care to share with a fellow oil mine faced, i mean oily skinned gal like moi!

hope your Tuesday is just terrific as it should be!

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