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Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Assalamualaikum

[9 April 2018]

When I was younger, whenever people asked me about my skincare routine, I didn't know what to answer. Because at 24, I was still struggling to organise my life let alone to have a routine just for skin. I mean, if washing my face in the morning counts as a routine yes that's my skincare routine.

"oh you don't have a routine? Lucky you. Wait till you're 30 then you'll know," said my colleagues.

Fast forward to now, at 28, It finally hit me, I finally get what they were saying! T-T Only "washing my face" just don't cut it anymore. I now have enlarged pores, my skin burns easily and I even have freckles!!! So for the past two years, I have been following this routine:

Morning Routine

Face wash (Skinfood Egg White Perfect Pore Foam) > Toner (Skinfood Lettuce and Cucumber Toner) > Essence (Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence) > Serum (Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum) > Moisturiser (Nature Republic Aloe Vera) > Moisturiser (Laneige Time Freeze Intensive Cream) > Sun block (Laneige Watery Sun Cream). 

To be completely honest, I only recommend the routine. Not the product. I mean, I'll recommend some that I've been repurchasing but some are new to my routine. Some I don't really see much difference with or without, some I'm just waiting for it to finish so that I can go back to the ones that I've used and seen result.

What I would recommend:
 1. Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence - this is a dupe of SKII facial treatment essence. At least that is what people on the internet have been claiming. I haven't try SKII so I can't tell whether it's really a dupe but Emak has and she said they're close. As for me, without this, my skin feels less elastic? less bouncy? if that makes sense. haha.
2. Nature Republic Aloe Vera - This is the my favourite, my must-have, product I'll die without. This is the one that I've been recommending to my beginner friends who don't have a skincare routine yet, this is what I can't skip even on my lazy days and this is what I bring on my purse to reapply after prayer. I cannot stress  enough how good this product is. Someone burned their skin, I shove them aloe vera, someone skin breaks out, aloe vera, someone has big pimple, aloe vera, dry skin, aloe vera. Me and my aloe vera, memang tak boleh dipisahkan. Don't. even. try.
3. Laneige Watery Sun Cream - Last year, Hermo gave this as a tester and I have since repurchase it once on my own. I love this sun cream for one very good reason, it doesn't make my skin looks oily like other normal sun block. The only problem I have is the price. RM110 for such a small container, this hurts my purse. I've tried replacing it with Yadah but Yadah is just blurgh... so I went back to this one. If you have other cheaper alternative, please please please let me know. This is also one of the products that I will not skip even on my lazy days. People, we need to wear sunblock! everyday, even if you're staying indoor. If I could turn back the time and meet my younger self, I would tell her to "wear sunblock" this is how seriously important I think sunblock is.

Product that I have love hate relationship with:
1. Laneige Time Freeze Intensive Cream - I love this product since it is very moisturing but at the same time I hate the cream because it's super thick and takes time to absorb into the skin.

Product that I couldn't wait to replace:
1. My toner - Not that I think the Skinfood one that I've been using is not good but I just love Klairs Supple Preparation Toner more and dare I say, it is the best compared to any other toner in the market. Even if you don't believe in toner (some people think toner is unnecessary), believe me, this toner will change your mind.

Night Routine

Makeup remover (Banila Co. Clean It Zero) > Face wash (Skinfood Egg White Perfect Pore Foam) > Toner (Skinfood Lettuce and Cucumber Toner) > Essence (Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence) > Serum (Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop) > Moisturiser (Nature Republic Aloe Vera) > Moisturiser (Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream) 

Again, same thing, I recommended only the steps not all the product. 

What I would recommend:
1. Banila Co. Clean It Zero - I love this makeup remover. Even if I don't wear any makeup, at the end of my day, I just love to clean my face with this one. This cleans my face like no other makeup remover could.
2. Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop - This serum is famous for a really good reason. Upon application, my skin instantly feels tight and well, smoother.
3. Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream - Seperti nama diberi, this cream really calms all the red spot that I have around my face. I can clearly see the difference with and without this product. With this product, my skin looks brighter and clearer, as if I have a glass skin.... as if je la not the actual glass skin. #girlcandream

Once a week, I exfoliate my skin with this one.

I can't wait to replace this exfoliator. haha. I love the Skinfood Black Sugar Mask version more than this one.

After all this, this is the only makeup I wear on daily basis,

CC cream > blusher > lip balm > liquid lipstick

That's it for makeup? Are they enough? Depends. If full on, fully concealed face with everything on point is the one you're looking for, of course, this is not enough... but for me, I just want to look like me. I simply don't care if my dark circle, bekas jerawat and all other imperfection still shows. I wasn't always like this. I cared, last year. Last year, I got really into makeup and I bought everything. Everything I tell you. I have concealer, highlighter, brow pen, brow powder, eye primer, face primer, eyeshadows, eye liner, lose powder, makeup spray everythinggggg. I used them everyday. Only one day, after I did my makeup, I had the time to really look at myself in the mirror and I didn't like what I see. I'd done a really good job at concealing my imperfection that I felt less as a human. I remember thinking that if I have a daughter, is this the kind of message I wanted to pass to her? That we should wear makeup and conceal our imperfection in order to feel pretty?

Ever since then, I stop wearing excessive makeup and focus and invest more on fixing my skin itself. I personally think this is a healthier way to live.

That's all. hope this helps.

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