Beauty Round-up 2010

While I can’t say I’ve tried SK-II’s Facial Essence, I’m halfway through a bottle of the line’s Facial Treatment Clear Lotion and I like it enough as a toner to put it on top of my beauty round-up list for 2010. It’s got SK-II’s secret Pitera shiz and the added benefits of AHAs to help exfoliate the skin! It doesn’t have alcohol on the ingredient list (as far as I can remember, I threw the box away months ago) which makes it really gentle on skin. My face has been a wreck lately for reasons beyond my control. Yes. Hormonal acne is not something to be trifled with because even your peroxide of choice wouldn’t stop it. Grit your teeth, apply massive amounts of concealer and try to be as gentle as possible when treating the affected areas. This toner does its job.

After I ran out of LUSH’s Angel’s on Bare Skin, I wanted something even more gentler because winter was just sucking out all the moisture from my skin. Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant is SOOO GOOD. It comes out as a fine powder when you pour it out of the tube (no Kate Moss cocaine jokes please!). It gets activated by a few droplets of water and you end up with this slightly foamy paste. I know it’s a little weird to be scrubbing your face with something that doesn’t feel the slightest bit abrasive but it does work!

The powder’s got some rice-based enzymes in it, as well as salicylic acid which masquerades as over-the-counter acne medication most of the time but it also happens to be a great chemical exfoliator. Don’t be put off by the inclusion of salicylic acid though, the Daily Microfoliant is so gentle you can use it everyday. YouTube reviewer Lollipop26 believes the Daily Microfoliant worked so much better for her than her Clarisonic, check it out :)

I’m trying to fade the red spots I get from old zits as well and the Face Shop’s Post-Acne Nighttime Eraser is a nice product for that. I’m not sure if it’s working or not because I’ve only had this for about 1.5 months now and while my marks are still there, the redness has gone down a bit. It smells really soothing too, I would slap it on even if it doesn’t work LOL. I’ll update you guys on this product when I finish the tube…eventually.

My first Bobbi Brown palette from the extremely generous Catherine! She actually bought the same palette and when I expressed my amazement at its colours, she sent me one for Christmas! I had no idea she was sending me something major so I had a “OH MY GOD SHE DID NOTTTTTTT” moment when I tore the wrapping open lol THANK YOU CAT <33333 Totally digging the slick black packaging too, that crest is hot!

Bobbi Brown Day to Night Warm Eye Palette from L to R: Ivory, Oat, Espresso, Burnt Sugar, Velvet Bronze, Black Plum. I’m particularly in love with the Burnt Sugar shade, it’s a beautiful metallic gold-brown! Cat’s written a fantastic review on this palette, complete with swatches so I shan’t go into too much detail – read what she has to say ;D

I noticed I have a lot more natural-looking FOTDs this year than in the past when I used to be more experimental with colours lol, perhaps I really have grown up omg. Sadly, my skin doesn’t want to get out of its awkward teen stage *stabs* Anyway, this dark brown FOTD has flashes of gold in it for instead of layering the colour on a neutral coloured base, I used my Kryolan Aqua Pearlshade in Gold to create a subtle duochrome effect whoo.

Face:
MAC Studio Fix foundation in NC25
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC25

Cheeks:
La Femme Glow On Nectar Peach Blush

Eyes:
Kryolan Aqua Pearlshade in Gold as a base
Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Burnt Sugar
MAC eyeshadow in Amber Lights
MAC eyeshadow in Shroom as highlight
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Honey
MAC Pearlglide eyeliner in Wolf
MAC Browset in Girl Boy
Majolica Majorca Lash Expander NEO

Lips:
Good old Nivea lipbalm!

I like the eyeliner in this look as well, dark grey and gold make a beautiful pairing ;D

Announcement: tea noir will be on a short break this week, I’ll be heading to Malaysia tomorrow to meet my BFF Aaron for the first time! I hope everything goes well and I’ll be back soon to tell you what happens when two fierce bitches meet LOL I’M PRAYING THE WORLD DOESN’T IMPLODE ON US! x

Also, it’s nearly 3am now I don’t have time to read my entry again so forgive me if I have any typos/grammar issues in this baby! Thanks guys, see you soon.

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11 Responses to “Beauty Round-up 2010”
  1. mynakedlunch says:

    Does the nightmare spot eraser clears up acne scares? :/ I kinda miss buying things from The Face Shop. I used to be obsessed with that shop! I intend to buy their nose strip soon, hopefully it works! And oh, the Bobbi Brown palette so prettyyyy! :D

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  2. Dee says:

    You look radiant! I love how your brown eyes glisten in that picture! I’m going to have to try that exfoliant.
    Dee recently posted Makeover and Estee Lauder Wild Violet

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  3. loveaholic says:

    what are you talking about girl?? your skin looks SO CLEAR and i love that palette~!!!
    darn hormonal acne. i’m just out of my teens and i still have acne. screw my life -_-

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  4. Love the colours babe! & you look lovely! :)
    fuzzygreenlights recently posted Sandy Toes

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  5. Lin says:

    am extremely extremely jealous of your bobbi brow palette :p

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  6. Nur says:

    You have great skin. I’m so envious and I love what you did with your eyes – makeup is so simple, very work appropriate. :)

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  7. Have fun in Malaysia girl! My skin has been pretty well-behaved lately, considering the fact that it should be a mess, what with finals going on right now and all. Love your FOTD with that BB palette.
    Makeup Morsels recently posted Current State of Events Pertaining to Finals But Still Beauty Related In Some Way

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  8. Catherine says:

    Love your round-up! Hmmm… I’m really curious to try the Dermologica scrub now since I’m likely to run out of my Lush Buche de Noel in a couple months (I love it so much, more than AoBS since it’s moister, but sadly it’s only available during the holidays). And yayyyyyy so glad you like the BB palette! I’ve been suuuuuper into neutrals for the last year ish too. I thought it’d be a really useful addition to your collection. I can’t wait to see you wear it. :D

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  9. Amy says:

    SO BEAUTIFUL BB.
    I never fail to drool over your amazing photography each time I visit this blog…makes me more eager to learn from the best :p
    (and more eager to get my future camera) …but considering that I did get Macbook, that camera will have to wait.
    Also, I think my sudden interest in building up my makeup collection might have to do with you..hmmm

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