Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Current Skincare Routine - Spring 2013 Edition

To take a little break from all the drugstore sighting, here is a boring post about my spring time skincare routine (which will soon change as the weather is getting warmer and warmer). Starting with the AM products:
Cleanser - Either the L'Oreal RevitaLift cream cleanser or the foaming one by Lumene. Nothing outstanding but I guess they sort of get the job done. I will switch to the Nivea creme soft soap (I have two left but they can be no longer found in Big Lots/any store here). The Time Balm Toner (smells just like hospital) kind of helps to further-cleansing and refreshing (since the water here is pretty alkaline), I don't really like it but I guess I need to finish the bottle.

Sunscreen - The Shiseido is pretty amazing and it (unlike American sunscreen) actually stops me from getting tanned.  Neutrogena one is sprayed on arms and leg (Yes, shorts season is already here).
On cooler and less sunny day, I slack off when it comes to the sun protection and use Simple vital vitamin day cream (SPF 15 and already quite oily) instead. The hydrating light moisturizer, in the other hand, is a god-sent: It feels light, quenching, cooling and absorbs right into the skin after PM cleansing.
Beside the Simple light moisturizer, I layers a pea-sized glob of Apicare honey cream over, which helps diminishing flakes and (I think) prevent break out. The Rimmel lash serum is usually applied on lashes and brows before moisturizer (but it still managed to turn milky and gross, after a 8 months of use). If I remember and / am not too lazy (most of the time I just use a squeeze-tube ones like Carmex or clear gloss) I layer on some Nivea Lip Butter, which are creamy/gentle way to soak off the dead skin on the lips.


  1. I will need to try the shisheido sunscreen since even when I wear spf 70 or 100 and reapply I still get tanned and it drive me nuts! Thanks for sharing

    1. I think Japanese (or East Asian) sunscreen in general works better at prevent tan (or people would just stop buying them as that the sole purpose they are going for). If you are lucky, you might be able to find some of the shiseido products are TJ maxx or Marshall for maybe 60% of the Sephora price. (If not, there are several options available in Adambeauty).

  2. I love honey cosmetics. Curious to try the Apicare one.

    1. I actually don't know how well it works in warmer weather (since the texture kind of changes to more honey-like when it's warm)but so far, it's doing some good.

      P.S. Wow, your new hair(although I think I always think redhead are special)!

  3. I'm a little bipolar with my I could be blonde at day and redhead at night, if that makes any both colors :)

    about warm's 31 degrees (celsius btw)here now and it DOES change every cosmetic. Hell must be near here, somewhere!

    have a nice day

  4. I absolutely loved the Burt's Bees Radiant cleanser in the morning, cleans without drying the skin :) but I've been trying other ones lately, namely Asian brands - Shiseido drugstore foaming cleanser (from an Asian supermarket) and this one by Biore also from Asia. Like'em so far


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