I’m back with more skincare talk and this time, I’m focusing on a range of skincare targeted for acne from Korean brand, Biolee. Recently, I’ve been obsessed with Korean skincare products as I feel they are more suited for our asian skin. And I’ve also found that I have had better results after using korean skincare products than with using western brands. Some western brands turn out a little too heavy for my skin or just doesn’t suit the climate here. But not with some of the skincare products I’ve been trying recently.
The range of products that I’m sharing with all of you today is something that I’m really excited to share about. Biolee is a brand offering products to target acne skin. The difference between Biolee and other acne skincare is that they don’t use Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide which is the usual ingredients that almost all acne skincare uses. Instead, Biolee products uses the ingredient, Pine Pollen Extract, which (according to the website) “has excellent antibiotics and anti inflammatory effect against propioni bacterium acnes (the most common form of acne bacterium).” And is a natural ingredient, unlike salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide which are chemicals. To me, the more natural the ingredients the better.
I have here, 5 products from Biolee which I’ve tried. The main 3 products, the cleanser, toner and peeling gel are all focused on cleaning the skin. Which is something that I’ve mentioned before in my previous skincare posts, cleansing is important! Especially for acne skin, with all the bacterial built-up, daily cleansing and weekly exfoliation is a must. I changed the way I cleansed my skin and it helped me greatly improve my skin condition.
For the first step in my skin care routine, I used the Purifying Foam Cleanser to cleanse my face. I would wash my face with a foaming cleanser every night to remove any impurities and dirt. This is a very comfortable cleanser to use, no tight feeling and the smell was very soothing. A pea size amount is enough to wash my whole face. I would lather it up with water first before applying it to my face.
After cleansing, I apply their Control Skin Toner by patting it on my skin. This is a very light toner which is something I adore, I tend to stay away from toners that feels too heavy for my skin, fearing that I would break out from it. And the smell! I love the smell of this toner. Somehow it smells exactly like my favourite facial mist from TheFaceShop in the scent Jeju Flower.
Exfoliation, my second most important step in my skincare routine. Even if I don’t do masks for that week, I absolutely have to exfoliate my skin. If not I will feel like bumps are going to appear. I alternate between many different exfoliators but I feel this Esthetical Peeling Gel is the most gentle way to exfoliate your skin. If you have severe acne, I would advice against using any scrubs or cleansing brushes (like Clarisonic) as those would just aggravate your skin. Instead, opt for a gentle peeling gel as it would effectively remove your dead skin by no scratch at your existing acne. This one by Biolee is along the same lines as peeling gels by many other Korean or Japanese bands. You apply the gel to your skin and just gently massage it into your skin in circular motion, and your dead skin will all be removed! Simple as that. This one by Biolee is along the same lines as peeling gels by many other Korean or Japanese brands. However, Biolee’s peeling gel has the additional ingredient of the pine tree extract which is anti-inflammatory. After using it, my skin feels super super soft and absorbs skincare products much faster.
I’ve tried many acne treatment creams and some either makes my skin very dry or just doesn’t work at all. Biolee’s Dramatic Spot feels more like a cream than a liquid gel. It isn’t like those acne treatments which hurt upon application. It is very calming and I’ve noticed that after applying it, inflamed acne spots are not as red as before.
Apart from cleansing, UV protection is also very important for skin. It protects our acne scars from getting darker, it protects our skin from free radicals which would cause our skin to aged, etc. I’ve been using this Oil-Free UV Protector SPF40/PA++ from Biolee almost daily now and it is very comfortable to use on days that I’m not wearing makeup. For makeup days I’ll use my tinted sunscreen which acts like a makeup base so as to not pile on too many products. I don’t put on makeup to work now, so using a sunscreen that does’t dry my skin out inside an air con room was important to me. This is the first cream-like sunscreen I’ve tried and I’ve really enjoyed using it. It sinks into my skin and doesn’t feel oily or like I have a heavy layer of sunscreen on my face (I apply loads of sunscreen…)
Biolee’s range of skincare doesn’t have a moisturiser, so I’ve just been using my own. I just finished using up my Laneige Water Sleeping Pack and have started trying something new which if turns out well, I will share soon.
If you have acne skin and have not met with good results from Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide, do give Biolee a try. The products are good supplements for any existing skincare products you might already own.
I’m finally back with a blog post! The past 2 months have been nothing short of hectic, first I was so busy with job interviews almost every day, and then when I started work, I was just too tired to even on my computer and type anything, let alone even taking photographs of all the products I had piled up. But now I guess its time to get started blogging again, making sure I have enough time to take photos and blog every week.
For these few months, I’ve had a pretty wide range of products in my favourites. Mainly these are the products I used to create my makeup look for work/interviews. So neutral eyeshadows and flawless skin was the way to go.
Ever since finishing my previous night moisturiser (Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Night Cream), I started trying out Laneige’s Water Sleeping Pack just to see for myself what was the hype on this product about. And I have to say, I love it. Its just a really simple fuss free moisturiser. Very hydrating but feels so light weight since its a gel, really good for oily skin users. I’ve been using this every night and raving about it, so much so that even my sister is using this now!
A new addition to my foundation stash is YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation. Mine is in B20 (I’m an NC25 for MAC). My go-to foundation now for naturally dewy, glowy skin. It doesn’t feel too heavy or thick on my skin and somehow when I sweat while wearing this foundation, I still look naturally radiant and not like a hot mess I feel like I am. I’m really into foundation that looks like my natural skin and makes me look naturally flawless. So nothing heavy or cakey or makes me look like I’m wearing a lot of foundation. This is on the top of the list.
I’m really into candles, candles are my weakness among home scents products sort of thing. I used to be into aroma oils then now candles. This is my candle scent of the moment, Bath and Body Works Pineapple Mango. I’m so glad that I bought the large size for this. Its just the perfect combination of fruity fresh. At the moment, I’m already plotting my future purchases at Singapore’s very own Bath and Body Works store. I haven’t had the time to drop by yet, but I really want to! Have you visited BNBW at MBS yet?
After trying on nearly the whole collection of YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains, I finally selected No. 27 Peche Cerra-Cola. I wanted a shade which I could put on every day without thinking much. These neutral tones tend to be the shades that I reach for the most. So I figured I would get more wears out of this colour as compared to a brighter shade. And I have! I’ve been loving the formula of these Glossy Stains. Not quite a gloss or a lipstick but moisturising enough and it stains the lips quite nicely even after wiping it off so you won’t look too pale.
I’ve also been loving a MAC polish that I picked up during their sale, so unfortunately its not available now as it was from their Marilyn Monroe collection (I just checked the MAC website, it IS available! Just in their normal packaging). However, MAC Vintage Vamp is a gorgeous dark red wine shade. I’ve been painting this shade on my toes. Continuously. I really need to change up my polishes.
Ma Cherie’s Hair Fragrance in Winter Floral is one of those products which I “keep thinking why do it need it, but have been using it every day”. Realistically, who needs a hair fragrance (I do, apparently). But using it every day is just such a guilty pleasure. Everyone wants their hair to smell nice right. The scent I have here is Ma Cherie’s limited edition scent from their holiday collection, but their original scent is just as delightful.
I found out about this product from watching Tati’s (Glamlifeguru) hair care video. And now I’m halfway through my second tub of this gold. L’oreal Pairs Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm is amazing stuff. I use this in substitute of a condition about twice a week and it keeps my hair feeling really soft and helps with the frizziness of my hair. I stopped using it during the time I was waiting for my next tub to arrive from drugstore.com and I really felt the consequences, my frizzy mane returned. I blame the replacement conditioner that I was using to replace this. Sigh pie.
Lancome’s UV Expert GN Shield BB Complete has been a perfect pairing for my Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Foundation. Somehow, using them both together, I get this flawless finish that lasts for hours. It minimises oil, doesn’t make my foundation look cakey and has and SPF 50 PA+++ to boot.
I’ve been using this Clarisonic every night for awhile now, and been feeling like I needed a separate exfoliator on days that I don’t use my Clarisonic. So after soon research (and trying it in the store myself on my hand), I picked up Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste and we have had a smooth sailing relationship so far. I’ve been diligently using this at least once a week, and my skin always feel so smooth and soft after. This exfoliator also somehow makes my skin looks brighter after using it. I love how its not a harsh exfoliator, it does has a sandy texture, but nothing to abrasive against the skin. I purchased mine from the tangs counter and the sales person was most helpful with all my questions and testings. So i definitely do recommend you go down to the counter and try out the products for yourself.
The highlight of my day, using my new Dior Golden Flower palette. I’ve even received many compliments from people when I have these eyeshadows on. Love how the colours come together so easily to form a really wearable look. And I always pair it with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Bourbon. Its my second eyeliner in Bourbon and UD Eye Pencils are one of my favourite formulations. Dior Addict Extreme in Plaza has been one of the shades that I was eyeing for awhile so now I wear it whenever I have an opportunity arises that my outfit suits bright lips.
And finally, a skincare product that I really need to showcase and show more love to, Kiehl’s Blemish Control Daily Skin-Clearing Treatment. This acne treatment cream is what I really need to give credit to for my clear skin. I use it regular whenever I feel like my skin is feeling bumpy and it really works. It also helps to lighten dark acne scars, so I mostly just use it over the whole area instead of like a spot treatment. It is not drying at all, so I don’t have to worry whenever I use it all over my cheeks or forehead. So much love for this product.
Feels so good to just sit at my computer and type. I’ve had some changes in my life, so after shifting some things around, I might have more time to devote to my blog. Or I might not. But its full gear ahead for me now that I’ve jumped both feet into it. Wish me luck on this new venture in my life, I won’t reveal too much just at this moment
Hey everyone! How have you been so far? I know I’ve been away for months and its killing me to be away from my blog. For so long, I hardly got a chance to just sit and have some ‘me’ time. (I need some ‘me’ time, maybe a facial soon would be good, haha) So now that I’ve got a couple of hours, it’s time for me to catch up with all of you!
Ever since I’ve started working, finding the most comfortable pair of shoes became a priority for me. Regardless of the price, comfort was the most important if I had to walk around all day in it. Luckily for my job, I didn’t need to be in heels, so searching for the pair of comfortable shoes was much easier. After hearing pretty good reviews of the shoes from my friends, I zoomed in on the brand: Melissa. And after trying my very first pair at the store, I was set on buying myself a pair of Melissa shoes (Melissa Singapore). Now I own two. And they’re probably the most comfortable shoes I own at the moment. I never complain about painful feet after walking around the whole day anymore. They are that comfortable.
Melissa Doris Special Flats in Pink
Between the 2 that I own, this is my more ‘casual’ pair (the pair that I don’t wear to work). But the combination of the pink and rose gold details has me in love. I’ve paired it with jeans, dresses, or like the photo above, shorts. Above is an outfit I put together recently, perfect for a girly casual Sunday. Just neutral makeup, a pink pout and a fresh clean floral scent.
Melissa Ultra Girl Sweet II in Black
And of course, I had a get a versatile black pair of flats as well. This design is my favourite from Melissa at the moment, that I was super tempted to get the same design in either pink or white as well. Its girly enough with the bow, but not too girly as there’s studs too. The outfit I put together with lots of black and gold is a little more formal, suitable for a date night out. It includes my favourite Dior Golden Flower eyeshadow palette and Chanel Chance Eau Tendre.
As I have really small feet, I thought I would have difficulties finding a suitable size for me at Melissa. Thankfully, I was able to fit their smallest size, size US5. And armed with the knowledge of my shoe size, I went online to purchase my shoes. I knew quite a few stores online sells Melissa shoes, but many were based overseas. So I settled to purchase from Zalora, it was based in Singapore so I could get my shoes really quickly. They had the shoes in the sizes I wanted, most of the time, my size sells out really quickly. Plus, it was easy to find discount codes for Zalora online. And some Melissa shoes were even on 30% off. Zalora’s delivery was really quick, I received my shoes 2 days after I ordered, so thumbs up to them! Everything was packed really nicely in bubble wrap, so no worries about damages.
Now all this talk has me itching to get another pair of Melissa shoes. What’s your go-to brand for comfortable shoes?
Happy New Year to all my readers out there!
Have you all had a wonderful holiday? It was back to work for me much too soon so I haven’t had time to post up the winners for the giveaways which I have already chosen. So without further delay, here are the 3 winners for my Season of Giving giveaways!
Winner for Day 3′s Giveaway: Lee Liet
Winner for Day 7′s Giveaway: Wynn Yeo
Winner for Day 11′s Giveaway: PH Pang
All the winners have been contacted via email. So please check your inbox and get back to me!
My last giveaway for this holiday season and its my biggest yet! And don’t worry, all of you have up till 30th Dec to enter all our 12 giveaways, so hop on over to all my friends’ giveaways following the links below to enter as well!
13/12/2013 – Day 1 – Joanna
14/12/2013 - Day 2 – Rusty
15/12/2013 - Day 3 – Kimberley
16/12/2013 - Day 4 – Michelle
17/12/2013 – Day 5 – Joanna
18/12/2013 - Day 6 – Rusty
19/12/2013 - Day 7 – Kimberley
20/12/2013 - Day 8 – Michelle
21/12/2013 – Day 9 – Joanna
22/12/2013 - Day 10 – Rusty
23/12/2013 - Day 11 – Kimberley
24/12/2013 - Day 12 – Michelle
A Clinique 3-Step skincare set that comes with the Clinique lip gloss pictured as well.
Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Polish in 340 Something New, Oriental Princess Kiss From A Rose in 05 Sandra Rose, Burberry Eyeshadow in Khaki.
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