Saturday, December 25, 2010

Review: Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

So I have been searching for an exfoliant for some time now, and I have yet to find my HG exfoliant. But I thought I'd give this a try. 

So I bought this about two weeks ago for $13.99 but I have only used it a few times so I can't really give you guys a thorough review.. but so far so good. It's Oil-Free, Soap-Free, Hypoallergenic and Non-Comedogenic so its good for those like me who have sensitive skin *thumbs up*. It's also suppose to help brighten your complexion, even out your skin tone and leave your skin feeling soft with the moisture-rich soy extract. Although it says its a daily scrub I only use this about 1 or 2 times a week because my skin is fairly sensitive. 

I don't know how much of the product you're suppose to use but I use only about a pea size amount and gently massage it into my skin. It also says it has these microbeads inside but in my opinion it feels like micro-sized sugar/sand. The first time using it I didn't know so I massaged my face with slightly more pressure.. It didn't feel very nice then >.< But its okay now. Other than that little mishap, I really do like this. And the smell, oh my gosh it smells soo good ~ Even before you open it you can smell this smell that smells like soy milk or something. It leaves your skin feeling fresh and baby soft, this is love. But yeah, anyways, I really do recommend this to those who are looking for an exfoliant to try. Give it a shot, it works wonders and smells great. 

Overall thoughts
Does it's jobs well, smells great, relatively affordable and is gentle enough for sensitive skin. It also doesn't strip your skin from moisture and leaves you skin feeling refreshed and smooth.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Skin History and Ways To Achieve Clearer Skin

So to clarify to you guys, I have sensitive skin. And today I just wanted to talk about the battles that I have experienced, and ways to achieve clearer skin. Firstly, I do not have perfect skin. Trust me you probably have heard that line many times before but its a fact, nobody is perfect. Each and every single person out there is different. Don't be fooled by what you see in magazines or online, it can be quite deceiving.
Each and everyone is unique and individual. Some things may work for one but then again it might not. It all comes to the factor of how well you look after your skin and how you treat it. There are people I know that I swear have the skin that most girls wishes to have, but even they tend to have skin issues or breakouts every know and then. 

The other day I was roaming around on YouTube and I came upon a comment on a skincare routine video.
"why bother with moisturisers and shit. i don't get why do people waste so much money"
When I saw the comment I was like 'are you kidding me?' Obviously that person doesn't care about their skin. Like I'm not trying to sound rude or anything, but dude, that's your face we're talking about here. You only get one face, not two, one. I can't stress more than I can say, you must ALWAYS moisturise your face. Even if you think you don't need to, believe me you probably do. You must always protect your skin and by moisturising it will help lock in that moisture and maintain that look and feel of your skin.

So my skin history has always been hectic, especially a few years ago. Out of my family I think I am the one that has visited our family doctor the most.. That's quite sad really. Many people have suffered from acne at some stage of their life (usually starting in their teenage years - that's me right now :s), however for me that wasn't really the case. I don't really suffer from severe acne. Before I started using the Shiseido Pureness routine, I used to have mild acne around the areas of my t-zone.. As much as I hated it I considered myself to be pretty lucky because there are some people out there that has had it a lot worse. But now, I definitely feel that my skin has improved quite a lot from how it used to be after sticking with my skincare routine. I now only have slight acne scars from when I used to breakout.. but hopefully that would clear away sooner or later. Although my skin has improved quite a lot, it is still no way near to being perfect. Even every now and then I would have these random occasional huge pimple. Mainly in the area's of my T-Zone. In the middle of my face.. where its most noticeable.. And since I am in my teens, my hormones would be all over the place and make it worse. But its nothing I can't handle.

I guess my main problem I have with my skin is that it is pretty sensitive and a hassle to deal with. My skin will react if I am in an environment that isn't particularly the cleanest. Whenever the season changes my skin will get inflamed and itchy. Whenever I use the wrong products, oh lord, that's like getting punched in the face.. not only is my skin inflamed, red, itchy, bumpy, and hurts to touch but when I even wash my face it hurts so bad. Even with the touch of water makes it sting. Every time I get an irritation I feel depressed and I will hide myself from the public eye.. I will not go out until my skin has calmed down and even then I still feel self conscious. My skin gets irritated very easily, obviously, but after a while it will slowly disappear and then not long after I will have more troubles with my skin..You might think 'oh thats okay, I've seen people with far worse situations..' but for me this is pretty hard to deal with and is upsetting at times. And you know how everyone loves chocolate? Well guess what? I can't seem to eat much without breaking out!! I mean I love chocolate and sometimes I just can't resist the temptation but when I do, my face.. *tear* The other day I just couldn't say no, and now? The consequences have kicked me back in the face. Well more like my nose :( 

I can still go on and on about my skin, but it's going to take a lot of time and effort to share them with you guys, and thinking back to those memories is very painful.. 

So enough of talking about my issues with my skin.. On the brighter side, there are many things that you can do to help achieve clearer skin. There are many factors out there that can harm your skin and you may not even know of it. In my opinion these small matters such as hygiene contribute a major role in achieving healthier skin. Also, if you maintain a healthy and balanced diet, drink plenty of water and eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, yes you will notice the change in your skin. By sleeping enough and cleansing your face twice a day to remove the impurities it will keep your skin looking fresher and healthier. This might sound lame but by being healthy, it will show up in your skin and you will be about to see and feel the difference.

I know this post is probably not the best and it wasn't as detailed as I hoped it would be but I hope you guys get the gist of what I'm trying to say. The saying "You Are What You Eat" I suppose can relate to this. By eating healthily it will show up in your skin. So just be confident in yourself, and remember that nobody is perfect.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Review: Shiseido Pureness

I got back from work at around 10:00pm and spent the past hour or so editing my blog. Now that I think it is decent looking enough I can sit back and relax and finally do some more blogging. That is if I don't slack off, but I promise I shall do my best :)

So as I am typing it is past midnight and I am supposed to be in bed at this instance because I have to work yet again tomorrow. But instead I am going to do a review for you guys. A beauty review I guess you can call it.

Shiseido Pureness Skincare

Shiseido is a brand made in Japan, and are available in most countries. It is a very well know brand that contains products from skincare to makeup to suncare (and I believe they even carry fragrances). But I have been told that in Japan it isn't really considered as a high end product. Its just one of those brands that can be found in the local drugstores and are much cheaper! But in Australia, that's not the same and it probably isn't in most countries too. Shiseido is what you can say a high end brand. In Australia, you can only find them in big companies such as Myer and David Jones in their little stalls along with other high end brands.

I believe there are five different lines in the Shiseido skincare.
- Future Solution
- White Lucent
- The Skincare
- Benefiance
- Pureness
 But it seems to be 2 new ones on their website. Revital and Bio-Performance.

Okay, so while I was on the search of a new skincare routine a very nice lady at the store came up to me and asked if I needed any help. After I told her what I was looking for she recommended me to use the Shiseido Pureness line. She grabbed the Shiseido 1-2-3 Step Pack for me and told me that since I have an oily t-zone this will help control my oil levels and help me with some of the blemishes on my forehead. She was very convincing, and within minutes she even convinced my mum. Now that's something that is very hard to do when it comes to skincare.

Just to let you guys know, I have combinatione skin. Oily T-Zone and dry cheeks. But to add to that I have super sensitive skin so I am extra careful when it comes to skincare. I must say I invest in quite a lot on skincare for someone my age, but what can I say.. its not that I want to, I just can't use those drugstore products. They just irritate the heck out of my skin and leave me with red, itchy, bumpy skin. Its terrible I know..

Deep Foaming Cleanser - $48: The Shiseido Deep Foaming Cleanser is amazing. It's quite gentle on the skin but it has these tiny blue microbeads to it. You can most probably find other cleansers that are much more gentle for sensitive skin, but this doesn't irritate my skin! So thumbs up. When I use this I wet my hands and face then squeeze a small pea size amount on my hands and rub them together to get it extra foamy. Then gently rub it against your skin. After I cleanse my face, it feels very.. I don't know.. tight? Is that the right word? But I could feel that my face was definitely squeaky clean and absorbed all the oil. After about a week or two of using the cleanser, my face didn't feel tight after I washed y face. I can say that it definitely controlled my oil levels because I have lesser pimples on my forehead (:

Balancing Softener - $52: The Balancing Softener that I have is in a bottle that is slightly smaller than the full size, minus the pump. I'm actually not that sure what the difference between a softener and a toner is, but this softener is suppose to help bring out new radiance, softens, and balances blemish-prone skin. It's also alcohol-free so it won't dry out my skin. I use a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face. It feels so refreshing after using this and after I moisturise, my skin feels baby soft! I love it :)

Matifying Moisturizer - $61: And lastly, the Matifying Moisturiser is an oil-free moisturiser that won't clog your pores and is suppose to help reduce surface shine. The consistency is somewhat gel like but is slightly more watery. When you apply it on your skin it feels very light and absorbs really quickly. It also has a matte finish. I get about a pea size amount and dot it on my cheeks, forehead, nose, upper lip and chin and then gently rub it in. So far this is my favourite moisturiser that I have tried, but most expensive.. But it okay, I am willing to pay this much to have good skin. And also, what I love about this moisturiser is that it doesn't break me out or make me oily! YAY. But in humid weather I will have to blot my skin about once a day.

After the first use I won't say that you would be able to see any improvement, but my skin felt so good and extremely soft! Never felt this good since adolescence started LOL. And I didn't react to it! So thats a plus. After a few weeks/a month of using it, most of my blemishes slowly started to reduce and now after 3 months of using the Shiseido Pureness line I have noticed a huge improvement on my skin. It looks and feels much better than it used to. But every now and then I would still get the occasional pimple, but that's okay. Although 3 months may seem like a long time, you can't expect to use a product for a week or so and see instant results. Your skin needs to get used to the change. But I'm not saying ALL products are like that.