La Prairie

My updated skincare routine as requested by my readers. To recap, my skin is dehydrated inside but can look oily outside. My main skin concern is dehydration and skin congestion around the t-zone area. I am also at a sad old age where my skin metabolism rate has gone downhill – as it takes forever for any scar to heal. I do get occasional breakout so I always incorporate a powerful serum which increases and stimulates the cell turnover rate as it is vital to speed up the skin renewal process so it helps to clear up my scars within a short time.

MORNING:

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I always use a gentle, non-foaming cleanser to cleanse my skin in the morning. At the moment I am using the Lancôme Galateis Douceur Gentle Softening Cleansing Fluid. I bought the jumbo size (400ml) so I can use a generous amount of it everyday with a special massage tool. It’s gentle and makes my skin super soft after washing, and in conjunction with the massage tool it helps to eliminate the water retention of my morning puffy face. Followed by Lancôme HYDRA ZEN Anti-Stress Moisturizing Aqua Gel which is just an average hydrating gel-to-water type toner. It comes out like gel and transforms into water upon touching the skin. The Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Serum is my absolute must-have for the morning – I have gone through tubes and tubes of it. The smell is relaxing and it helps to lift and sharpen the facial contours. Dr Brandt Pore Effect is applied over the t-zone (reviewed here). The last step is to apply a thick layer of my all time favorite moisturizer Dr. CiLabo Aqua Collagen Gel. For those of you who haven’t heard of the brand – Dr CiLabo is a celebrity dermatologist in Japan. The collagen gel is the signature product of his line, and the story behind the product was that he was very frustrated that he could not find a perfect moisturizer for his elite clients so he developed his own! It was so good so he started selling this to the general public. I got hooked on since it was first released which was 10 years ago! It is lightweight, absorbs instantly, plumping up my skin, stimulate collagen and most importantly keeps my skin staying hydrated all day long. Clinique All About Eyes feels quite soothing to the eyes and moisturizes as well.

NIGHT:

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The cleanser and toner used are the same as my morning routine. The Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector is my recent favorite anti-aging serum. The patent ingredient is the LR 2414 (aka jasmonic acid) which enhances the skin’s natural self renewal processes. It minimizes skin imperfections, pore sizes and improves skin’s overall texture. I really love it because it works for clearing up my scars. With this serum the new scar forms a scab and then comes off with a faded mark within days. La Mer’s Crème de La Mer Moisturizing Cream is another all time favorite moisturizer. If Dr CiLabo Collagen Gel is the perfect hydrator, then La Mer is one level up for giving me an incredible luminous complexion. The key to using this moisturizer effectively is to activate the ingredient by emulsifying this thick cream. I found that the enclosed instruction never worked for me. Here is a little discovery I made – warm up the cream when there is still some Lancome Visionnaire remnant  left in the palm. Within seconds this moisturizer turns into a fluid elixir-like texture so it absorbs into the skin immediately. The combination works like a dream, and I really love the way my skin looks every morning – clear and luminous :-) For the eyes I use La Prarie’s Cellular Eye Contour Cream.

WEEKLY TREATMENTS:

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SKII Facial Treatment Mask once a week, and SKII Sign’s Eye Mask once every fortnight.

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March Favorites

March 29, 2011

This is one of my favorite posts to make as a beauty blogger! Every month I would use different makeups and try out different skin cares. This is a good way of displaying my monthly affection.

march-makeups-for-front-row-beautyEyeshadows: Loving Taupes

Chanel soft touch eyeshadow in Taupe Grise

Nars eyeshadow duo in  Kalahari

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Blushes: Pink and Peach

Nars Blush

Mac Blush in Mighty Aphrodite from wonder woman collection

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Lipsticks: switching between beige and pink

Chanel Coco Rouge Shine in Aventure

Clinique Color Surge Butter Shine Lipstick in Baby Baby, a cheaper version of CRS

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Mascara: Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume and Curl Mascara

This is my 10th tube..absolutely the best mascara for Asian Lashes!

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Skincare: Philosophy Microdelivery Peel

A near perfect product to keep my skin congestion free and radiant

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Drugstore Products

Say Yes to Carrot Conditioner – thhhe most moisturizing organic conditioner

James Brown Rich Moisture Conditioner – almost as good as my Frederic Fekkai shea butter conditioner

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Shower Gel: Lush – The Joy of Jelly

Feels like tofu smells like heaven

lush-shower-gelOne disappointment: La Prairie  Cellular Hydrating Serum

At $280 a pop, the price does not equate to its performance-  it didn’t hydrate my skin any better than any other cheaper product could

la-prairie-serum-hydratantFashion Accessory:  Tiffany Key necklace

Watching the girls wearing key necklaces in Gossip Girls reminded me of how much I loved my Tiffany Key

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