Naruko Haul

I am back from the Japalang sales. I did not manage to get anything from K-Palette but I bought a load of naruko products!

It’s not dirt cheap but just 30% off the Singapore retail price. I was going to order from naruko as I am out of moisturiser so of course I will welcome a 30% discount.

I bought 2 of the Apple Seed & Tranxemic Acid Hydra Milk. I decided to try this instead of my previous rose & snow fungus milky lotion because I wanted some whitening effect! I decided to get the serum too, since it was $10 cheaper than usual. Perhaps using it over my whole face will enhance the effects.

There was no Apple Seed night gelly, to my dismay, but there was the Magnolia one and I delightedly got 2 of it! it’s for brightening and firming and I guess I could do with those. It’s only $15 each. The Taiwan price works out to be around $13 so the mark up is not big!

I can’t wait to use them to see the effect.

I also got 2 backups of my favourite sunscreen, the narcissus bb sunscreen. It’s $18 instead of the usual $25.90. I guess these should last me til the end of the year!

As much as I love most of naruko’s products, I have to say I don’t really like their sheet masks. The shape is ill fitting, and the Job’s tears one especially, do not adhere well to my face. It is also not dirt cheap at around $1.50 a piece. I would recommend My Beauty Diary for masks still, but for skincare, get Naruko and Hada Labo!

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The Kuching Nail Spa

Thanks to Groupon, I got deals for this relatively new nail parlour near my place. I bought 2 of such deals as they launched it twice. It cost only $58 for 3 sessions, which makes it about $19 for a classic mani + pedi.

There are only 2 manicurists there and though I can’t say they are the best around, they are good enough.

A beverage of your choice will be served and my favourite is the Vanilla, Honey & Chamomile tea.

They have a selection of OPI and ORLY colours.

Appointments are not that hard to fix, though it may be quite tight on weekends and evenings. However, a few days advanced notice is fine, from my experience. Not to the extent where you need to book weeks in advance. Overall, I would recommend this place. However, I find the normal rates quite high. They charge as much as it would cost to do it in town.

Sale


 
 

I didn’t know beauty blender was in Singapore until I saw this flyer. Apparently its priced almost the same as that sold in USA so if you want it cheaper you can check out this sale! Its supposedly going at 30% off. I’m not sure if it applies to the double packaging or the single one.

Anyway I don’t think I’ll be getting those because I already have 2. I want to aim the K Palette eyeliner which I heard will be going at 3 for $15! That’s a steal. Also interested in getting Cure if it’s cheap. It’s the best exfoliater. However, nowadays I am using Clarisonic and usually skip exfoliation.

 

*update*

 

From http://www.felicianeo.com/what-ive-been-busy-with-warehouse-sale-sneaks it’s confirmed that they have Naruko products! I’m so excited as I am a fan.

The retail prices of naruko in Singapore is up to 75% more of that sold in Taiwan. Yes, it is a scary mark up. For example, the BB sunscreen which is my HG cost $25.90 here but probably only $15 in Taiwan. A facial cleanser here cost $16 but only $8 in Taiwan. At this sale it’s going at 30% off local retail price, so I guess that’s better than nothing, especially since I need more moisturiser!!

My Rose & Snow Fungus Milky Lotion has officially reduced to the last few drops so I hope to get a new one tomorrow.

I am aiming the Apple Seed & Tranxemic Acid range and they have the milk lotion there. It cost $25.90 so with 30% off it would be $18! In Taiwan it is NT369 ~ $16. Not too bad. The serum will be $30.90 *0.7 = $21.63. In Taiwan it cost NT459 ~ $20. I’m undecided whether to get the serums because I have Shiseido White Lucent Serum x 2 in my backup stash. The reason why I am aiming the Apple Seed & Tranxemic acid range is because Shiseido White Lucent uses Tranxemic acid too, so I thought I could combine it with shiseido’s serum as I want to switch my skincare to whitening.

Kind of wasted they do not have the Apple Seed or Magnolia night gelly there, but actually I have 3 backups of Laneige sleeping mask so I do not actually urgently need night gelly. I have finished the Naruko Tea Tree night gelly and it is good! I’m not sure whether I should try the night eye gelly.

 

So anyway, the stuff I am getting:

K Palette eyeliner x 2 + eyebrow liner – 3 for $15

Apple Seed & Tranxemic Acid Milk Lotion x 2 – $25.90 ~ $18 x 2

Apple Seed & Tranxemic Acid Serum – $30.90~ $21.66

NARUKO Narcissus Total Defense BB Sunscreen SPF50 – $25.90 ~ $18

 

From the blog as linked above, the Cure aqua gel is going at $69 for 2 which is about 18% less than retail price. Cure has never been on sale before.

Beauty Blender is going at 30% off, so for the double pack, it would be $28 for 2 I suppose, which makes it $14 for 1,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Caring for hands

One part which women often neglect is their hands. The condition of hands can strike a first impression, when you do a hand shake, and it can tell your age.

Likewise for feet, but often, hands are more visible than feet.

I used to have really soft hands which flawless skin, but unfortunately, over time I realised faint pigments developed and due to negligence, my hands developed rashes when I moved and the new place was dusty.

My hands became rather rough. And what’s worse, I didn’t have proper handwash in my new bathroom. It was just body wash that I’ve been washing my delicate hands with. I realised the condition of my hands deteriorating.

The rashes were on and off and never really healed, until I decided to stay off seafood for a while. It’s been 2 weeks and I’m glad to say that my smooth hands have been revived! The seafood has prevented the skin from healing completely, when I had rashes due to dust mites.

 

How to care for hands:

 

1. Do not touch detergent

When doing the dishes, always wear gloves. If you wish, you can apply some hand cream for a mini hand spa while doing the dishes.

If you’re mopping the floor, do not let your feet come into contact with floor cleaner. You should have some footwear on.

2. Use proper hand wash

Do not substitute body wash for hand wash. Sure, you do wash your hands with those in the shower, but you only shower once or twice a day, while you wash your hands frequently. Hand wash should be formulated milder than body wash. Now I’m using Burt’s Bees Shea Butter hand wash and it’s quite moisturising.

3. Use hand cream

Do not use body lotion as hand cream, because hand cream is richer. When I was having the rashes, I used a hypoallergenic cream to soothe it better (Physiogel). I find that Mario Badescu’s Hand Cream is pretty good. I had it complimentary with my skincare order and I find it better then Jurlique or Burt’s Bees. I have tried Crabtree & Evelyn’s Avocado & Olive Oil hand cream in their stores and the first impression was pretty good. I might go get that next time.

4. Apply SPF lotion when outdoors

Hands will develop pigmentation as well, so be careful. A hand full of freckles will resemble an old woman’s hand. UV rays will cause photoaging to hands as well and saggy, wrinkly hands are not attractive.

5. If driving, wear driving gloves/ sleeves

The glass for the windscreen is made thinner than other glass panels in a car! So do protect well, especially in sunny countries like Singapore.

 

6. Use a cotton swab or spatula when applying target spot treatments on your face

I habitually use the 4th (or 3rd, if the 4th has been used) finger on my left hand to apply stuff on my face, like acne treatments, whitening spot serum, eye cream, lip balm etc. And sadly, I realised that my 4th finger has visible lines on the finger tips! This is not apparent in any other fingers. The 3rd finger has a few faint lines too, but not as obvious as my 4th finger. I conclude that those stuff which was applied with that finger could be drying in nature, and over the years, it has caused wrinkles on that finger.

7. Get a touchscreen phone

For 2 years I’ve been using Blackberry and excessive typing with the QWERTY keypad has caused hardened skin around my thumb. It is often so hard, I could just cut it off. Hopefully with my new touchscreen phone, the skin will soften over time.

 

How to care for nails:

1. Do not bite nails

Fortunately, this has never been a habit in my lift and I am often bewildered at how some people can be addicted to chewing their nails. To reduce such tendency, why not get a manicure and when your nails are so pretty, you may not think of biting it.

2. Use a good base coat

This will prevent yellowing of the nails, but from my experience, if you use yellow, green or orange nail varnish your nails may still turn yellow. The pigment for yellow just stains like this. I use OPI’s Base Coat.

3. If you want to have square nails, make sure your nails grow beyond your fingertips and preferably, push the cuticles to a square shape.

The reason is purely aesthetic. I can’t explain more how those square short nails are ugly. It looks like your nails are being chopped off.

 

4. Use Seche Vite Top Coat

This top coat dries within minutes, or even seconds. However, it is not because of the speed drying that got me sold. The finish of it is just too beautiful. It gives the surface a very smooth top, without any ridges, and the gloss is beautiful.

Hair pulled back

I’m into high ponytails nowadays. With clear skin, pulling hair back becomes an option.

My makeup routine nowadays tends to exclude foundation, which I once couldn’t live without.

After my staple sunscreen, the Naruko BB Sunscreen, I’ll put on some optional primer, depending on how my skin is looking.

Then, I would conceal my undereyes with IPSA Pure Protect concealer, or the amazing concealer in fair.

I would dust on loose powder next. I have many; Beaute De Kose, Ultimation, Lavshuca, Paul & Joe, just to name a few.

I’ll just reach out for the convenient ones, which is Ultimation lately. This is a discontinued ranged from Kose which I grabbed during the Kose Sales.

I’ll apply some blush which will be the Benefit Hervana blush, and Guerlain Meteorites as highlights.

Guerlain Meteorites are irreplaceable. Any lookalike can never match up to it! I highly recommend it. It just finishes of the makeup in a way no other can compare.

So that’s a typical routine of mine for a bare looking canvas.

Essential Ultra Honey & Shea Butter Hair Mask

Essential has been a brand I’ve been avoiding since a bad experience a couple of years ago. When it was just released, I got their shampoo, conditioner and treatment to try. The results were hair that feels like it’s been drenched in chlorine water – very unruly and clumpy. I stopped using it, gave the shampoo away and stashed the conditioner and treatment in a corner to collect dust.

Then after a while, because I was trying to clear conditioners as well as being lazy to get a new one, I resorted to using the treatment on my hair in lieu of conditioner everyday. It wasn’t that bad.

So long story short, I got this hair mask recently to try because the packaging and the claims were attractive.

For a hair mask, this is one of the cheapest available. It is only $9.90 while other brands like Keratase cost $40 – $50 (I know that’s from a different league). Even other supermarket brands, like ascience cost more. Dove is possibly as affordable actually.

So anyway, I’ve been using this for 2 days, and I’m quite satisfied. It works better if you let it sit in longer, with a shower cap to seal in the moisture, before rinsing. I’d recommend this hair mask! I totally love the smell too. It smells like sweet berry.

 

Laneige Waterbank Gel Cream

I got this product as part of a prize from Laneige and I’ve been using it for a couple of days.

The full size tub doesn’t look like it has a lot of product inside though.

The appearance and claims seem similar to my old favourite Biotherm Aquasource Gel so I was excited to know if it can match up.

Unfortunately, this is different.

It wasn’t all bad, but I’d say – nothing special.

It serves alright as a moisturiser, but it could be better. The hydration from it could be better, and the texture could be less sticky.

It doesn’t feel as light as the Biotherm famed moisturiser. Also, I feel a tingling sensation when applied, implying that it should contain alcohol.

I would prefer using the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack over this, anytime.

So for a moisturiser of gel type, I’d recommend you to get the Biotherm one instead!

 

Rating: 3/5

Clarisonic Mia Log 1

It’s been 1 week since I’ve had it.

My routine will be:

Morning – normal

Night – Shu Uemura HPCO Fresh to remove all makeup, Clarisonic + Hado Labo SHA wash in the shower for 1 minute, Hada Labo SHA Lotion, Sheet Mask, Shiseido White Lucent Serum on pigmentation, Estee Lauder ANR Eye treatment, Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX

 

My skin feels evidently smoother and soft with the use of the clarisonic. The brush feels rough on my face but it doesn’t scratch it or anything so it’s fine. Maybe I will get the delicate brush head when it’s time to change it.

I find that my Hada Labo lotion absorbs easier too.

I do not have much blackhead issues so I cannot comment on that but I’m sure it will dislodge the heads better than manual washing.

I did not experience any drying effects from it comparing to normal washing so I can safely say it doesn’t dry skin out.

 

 

 

Face of the day

Face of the day:

Naruko BB Sunscreen

Amazing Concealer Fair (under eyes)

Heroine Make Smooth Cover Powder (no coverage)

Benefit Hervana Blush

Jadilla J liquid eyeliner

Kate Mascara Base

Beaute de Kose mascara

Paul & Joe eyebrow powder

Dior Serum de Rogue 840

 

I picked up the dior lippie during the previous Dior sales. The colour is nice and it is very hydrating, good for dry lips, but the downside is that it doesn’t adhere well and will wipe off easily, or stain anything which comes into contact with my lips. Nevertheless, the colour is lovely!