Wednesday, 30 July 2014

July (Skincare) Favourites!

So one of the things that I'm thinking of doing is posting monthly favourites and when the time comes, seasonal favourites that have to do with beauty/fashion/lifestyle related things.  Since I've been travelling quite a bit this summer, I've been mentally making a list of the things that I enjoy using especially in Asian summers as they can be a tad more humid than the UK (where I am most of the year for uni).  I've been in between Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai these few months, and I went on a family holiday for a few days to Perth in Australia, where the weather was significantly different from the the rest of the places I've been.

That being saaiiidd, I've compiled a list of things that I am extremely excited to be using and that I'd like to share with erryone! I hope that the vast majority of everyone is as excited as I am yay

*Disclaimer: None of these things are gifts from these companies (as if)  but stuff that's been given to me/bought with my own money... in case anyone was wondering.


As mentioned previously, this month I've been out and about in various parts of the world and experiencing a plethora of climates-- ranging from super humid to somewhat humid and to dehydratingly dry.  Since I've mostly been in humid areas these few weeks, I'm going to recommend some of my skincare faves for humid weather.  It should be noted that I have combination skin-- I'm generally at mercy to the climate I'm in-- and while I've been in Asia I've noticed that my pores have increased exponentially and there is more discolouration and breaking out involved.  These are a few of my top picks for keeping your skin somewhat presentable in muggy weather.

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Liquid Nose Pack (40ml)

Innisfree is a Korean skincare brand specialising in using eco-friendly and natural products to help purify, cleanse and strengthen our skin.  It also has a really great range of makeup that's ethical and doesn't involve too many kinds of damaging chemicals.  Being Asian, using Asian skincare brands is actually pretty effective because I guess they cater to similar genetic/skin make-ups?  I'm not entirely sure why.... but I do know that the culture in Asia is a very skin-orientated one, especially in Korea and Japan, so using their skincare products is definitely a great way to make sure your skin is taken care of! Check out more Innisfree stuff here!

I bought this in Hong Kong and haven't used it for long (the directions say 1-2 times a week and I've used it about 3 times), but the effect that this has is life-changing.  The first time I used it I wasn't expecting anything to happen instantly, but the result this has had on my skin was quite intriguing.  Similar to a nose strip, but its a liquid that you spread over your nose and peel off like a mask.  I would recommend this to anyone who's had trouble with clearing sudden blackheads and need a quick fix before going out.

Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off (100g) 

ANOTHER South Korean skincare brand! Skinfood (as the name implies) treats skincare as nourishment for your food (let's face it, skincare is also nourishment for our souls and well-beings).  I feel like one of the best things about Skinfood is that their products always feel light on my skin.  They also wash off really easily and leaves my skin feeling nourished and soft.  Skinfood seems to have more stores across the world as opposed to Innisfree, in places outside of Asia such as New Zealand and the Middle East. Get acquainted with Skinfood here (:

This was a gift from my friend and I cannot thank her enough for it! It not only smells great and leaves your skin brighter and smooth, but its also a great exfoliant and leaves your skin was a lighter and more cleansed feeling.  I've used it for the last 2+ weeks and I can honestly say everytime I've used it I've felt like there's been a huge difference to the texture and look of my skin.  Unlike other face masks, it comes in a tub and you apply it yourself-- there's not sheet and you don't have to sit still for 15 minutes.  I'd recommend this to anyone who is looking for a leave in face mask that doesn't require them to be a statue for an elongated period of time and maybe something you can use while you're getting ready for bed or a shower.  (Sorry I don't have the packaging for this one- as mentioned, I got this awhile back so I've thrown it away already).

Clean and Clear Dual Action Moisturiser (120ml)

Unlike the previous brands, I think most people are pretty well versed in Clean and Clear products.  Clean & Clear is probably the first skincare brand pre-teens used since its available almost everywhere.  Despite its underage clientele, I am still a really big fan of its products as I have sensitive skin and mostly react to products with too much non-natural scent.  Clean & Clear has always been great for me  as they work very well for my skin type because most of their products are not heavily scented and are very, well, clean and clear.

I enjoy using this product just in general when skin monsters pop up, regardless of the season or climate type.  Its also suitable for travelling as you can turn the top around to prevent it from being pumped all over the place while its in your suitcase.

So there you have it; my July skincare favourites.  What are your skincare favourites? Let me know and if there's anything anyone wants me to try out, give it a shout~ thanks~ 

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