Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
* UV Naturals spf 30 sunblock (smells gross though) OR Fougera zinc oxide (20%) ointment mixed with a dot of...
* Perricone tinted moisturizer - #02
* Bare Escentuals foundation primer
* MAC studio stick consealer - NC20
* MAC cream colour base - fawntastic
* Bare Escentuals power foundation - fairly light
* Bare Escentuals mineral veil
* MAC mineral powder - medium
* Shiseido powdery foundation - O20 (this is the compact i take in my purse. the others are @-home apps)
* MAC bronzer - refined golden
* Nars - orgasm
MAC browliner (self sharpening) - spiced
MAC eyeshadow - boutique brown
* Bobby Brown gel liner - black (THE best gel liner out there)
* MAC fluidline - graphic brown (i use it as a shadow by smearing it w/ my finger)
* MAC paint - graphite (base for the smokey eye look)
* MAC eyeshadows - black tied, carbon, classic white
* Stila - fall in love eyeshadow trio (discontinued now)
* NYX eyeliner - black (yes, i use cheap brands too!)
* Jill Stuart eyeshadow gel (great texture)
* Etude cream color shine - #15 (eye glitter)
* Darkness eyelashes - X series, F-series, i've tried everything
* Darkness eyelash glue (the absolute BEST glue)
* Givenchy eye fly - black (trying a big sample i got from being a sephora member lol. love it so far)
* Fusion Beauty lip fusion - clear
* Lorac mocktails - tropical dream, sex on the beach (i'm a sucker for lip glosses with brush applicators)
* NYX lipliner - natural, mauve
* Lip & Eye - 030 sheer (korean brand)
note: this is not all the junk that i have in my cakeup box, but just the products i've been using (more or less) lately.
Friday, March 7, 2008
i haven't been able to post in a while because i've been kidnapped by this thing called grad school. my bedtime is so late that it's early -- this is definitely NOT good for my skin, might i add. i am such a hypocrite... but what can i do? grad school is no joke. i don't even want to imagine how getting through a phD program would feel. anyway, back to my topic...
a couple of tips on washing your face! yes, it's such a simple process that we've been doing since childhood, but here are a few useful tips that will help keep your face nice and fresh:
tip #1: do a double wash with a gentle/mild cleanser before bed (mild means something that doesn't leave your face so tight afterwards), then do a single wash in the morning.
why? a double wash before bed allows you to remove as much dirt and excess oil before your skin goes into its "regenerating" mode when you're sleeping. in the morning, you only need a single wash (unless you have an oil problem) - there's not much to clean in the morning since you've cleaned it all off the night before!
tip #2: be nice to your face and gently pat your face dry instead of wiping it dry.
why? think about it. what's going on when you're smearing that towel across your face? you're no longer 10 years old with young, plump skin. your skin now can actually stretch a lil from frequent pulling. your face is not a dirty window. don't treat it like one.
tip #3: don't forget the toner! believe it or not, even after my double washes, i am often able to get more dirt/makeup off my face after i use toner (well, more so on days when i cake on the makeup) - this is also because i use an exfoliating toner. (i also have a moisturizing toner, which i've been using more these days. this one doesn't "remove" more dirt because i just splash it on my face vs. wiping it on w/ a cotton ball.) the main purpose of toner, however, is to restore the natural pH level in your skin.
what is pH and why is it important? "pH" stands for potential hydrogen. pH levels range from 0-14, from 0 being acidic, and 14 being alkaline. when the pH level of your skin is too high, your skin will lack power in fighting off infections (including acne). when the pH in your skin is too low, your skin will look dull, less elastic and older. the optimal pH level for your skin is 5.5 (slightly to the acidic side). when you wash your face, you strip the natural pH level off your skin (causing the pH in your skin to spike up). so you're doing yourself good by cleaning your face, but if you don't restore pH, you might be leaving your skin more vulnerable to damage.
tip #4: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! after all that washing, your skin is practically oil free. if you don't put any moisture back into your skin, it will work harder to compensate for the loss of moisture by producing more oil.
this will be worse if you use a stronger cleanser that dries out your skin. so try to find a cleanser that is effective yet gentle enough to let you smile w/o feeling like you're gonna rip your skin.
tip #5: this is a no-brainer. even if you're tired from a night of partying (or from a long day @ the dirty racetrack), MAKE YOURSELF WASH YOUR FACE BEFORE BED (even if it means forgoing some of the steps mentioned above). you'll thank yourself in the morning.
dirty skin = acne, expedited aging, larger pores, mid/quarter-life crisis, etc.
la. di. dah! =)