Sunday, May 21, 2017

Skincare for tweens, how early is too early? - Mustela Hydra Bebe Facial Cream

Recently, I have been doing some reading on skincare for tweens, for girls aged as young as nine who's almost/experiencing hormonal changes to their bodies. It's for my daughter, really and as far as I can remember, I only started using moisturiser at the age of 13 when I already started getting my menses. 

But moisturisers back then were just plain oily and it wreaked havoc to my oily skin. My skin was stripped from hydration due to using too much scrub and alcohol toners and genetically, my mom and dad had open pores. So, what I did back then, made it worse. I didn't get severe acne and stuff but my skin was very dehydrated with open pores. It looked hideous to me.

These days with girls facing "women stuff" earlier, I've noticed changes to my daughter's body. What saddens me is that although she is not yet plagued with acne and active sebaceous glands, her skin showed signs of dryness and some parts of her face would be wounded as she would scratch when itchy. What didn't help is that most advice given on the internet for tweens her age (around 9-12 years) suggest skincare more suited for acne-prone skin, those of drugstore brands with high chemical content and one or 2 safe skincare brands like Clinique and Dermalogica, which aren't really suitable for tweens.  

I feel that, for my daughter, she would need a cream moisturiser without emollient and fragrance, that is safe from harsh chemicals - lightweight, yet protects the young skin, to keep her skin moisturised enough, while teaching her the basics of good skincare habit, to prepare her for the changes that will be happening to her sooner or later. Hence, I decided to go to a baby supply store, and I discovered this amazing skincare item - the Mustela Hydra Bebe Facial Cream that is especially made for babies. Who would have thought that babies need facial creams?

If this is safe to be used on babies (I believe this is especially helpful for babies with eczema), this would definitely be suitable for a 9-year old girl. True enough, after 3 days of use, I could see positive changes to her skin where it looks softer and more moisturised, without the oily feel. And we love the scent that comes with the cream. The scent is natural, can be quite strong upon application but goes on smooth after it is applied.

If you check on various Malaysian websites, the facial cream varies in price, depending on which store you're purchasing. This one, was just RM40 after discount and I think goes a long way as she only needs a small dollop at a time. 

She now lathers the Sebamed ph.5.5 for babies to cleanse her face, spritz on Evian water as a faux toner, that acts to freshen her skin (and to facilitate better absorption of moisturiser) and the facial cream. I know I am supposed to get her to use an SPF but I shall let her get used to this routine first and especially the importance of cleansing her face before I introduce an SPF cream. 

She's lucky that she has a mom who's sort of a skincare "senior". I always hope that she'd inherit the traits of skin from her dad though, so that she doesn't need to go through what I had to go through. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The quest for the sweetest pink lip colour

In recent months, I've been intrigued with pink lips. Not fuschia and not those pale pink tones as I have warm coloured skin and any pink shade that is too strong or pale will make me look weird. I mean, I've always been using deep reds, berries and burgundy. A sudden change in preference would perhaps draw unecessary attention as I keep being told that those pinks I like look "young"... and I am not.

(Top: MAC Lip Glass in Candy Yum Yum; bottom: 2014 limited edition Pink Set by MAC)
Why the sudden interest? Well, you see the above photo was something I could find on the net  the most beautiful 2014 limited edition Pink Set by MAC which I have every come across and used. Unfortunately, I don't think I took any photos when I purchased this set. The Lip Glass (named Unlimited Style, frost) has a bluish undertone, which made my complexion somewhat brighter. It's weird that a bluish undertone does this to me and not peach or orangey. It's so pretty and light that made my whole look just natural. Basically, it's a match to my natural lip colour, with a hint of brightness to a dull, lipstick-dependent aged lips. As Unlimited Style was a limited edition collection, I have since failed to find a replacement. Well, perhaps until now, that is. 

Some of the expensive mistakes I've made but definitely a good lesson learnt, while I've also tried those drugstore brands that are still of good quality like Revlon and Catrice but I guess I failed miserably. I should have just given up on the search as I've acquired too many lip colours due to the search. And because of the miserable choices, I went back to my reds and berries. That is, until a light bulb just switched on on me and I went looking for a matchy colour on the net. And boy, do we all underestimate the internet a lot - not only can you find another alternative colour to your discontinued colour, you can even find the code of another matching foundation of other brands! Still, they're all trial and error, depending on your preference.

At a moment like this, I need some motivation and this kind of "problem" motivates me.

And I think I found my match, finally, in Candy Yum Yum, MAC. I heart.

Monday, May 1, 2017

story cubes

Once upon a time there was a man who just can't stop walking.
He could go on and on for days and he will never stop. One
day he found himself in very strange place. The people around him were
very small! It was a very weird experience. But still he still
couldn't stop. He kept on walking and before long it was already
night time. He has walked for hours.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Rory's Story Cubes

The Original Set
So we went to Gardens, MidValley on CNY day and came across the newly revamped Borders. They had a new lifestyle concept going on with books, gadgets and even a Starbucks inside the store. Was browsing through some of stuff when i came across this. Story Cubes.

It is a simple enough game. There are 9 cubes with different images on them. The idea is for you to roll the cubes and then starting with "Once upon a time" try to make up stories based on the images. 
I tried playing it with my 8 year old, and she instantly pick it up. It's an excellent exercise in creative thinking and story telling. 

There are more variants of the standard pack which you can purchase if you want to enhance the game play. They also have an app for both ios and android which you can purchase at their respective stores.

The Story Cube standard set of 9 cubes is RM 64.90 at Borders, Gardens.

For more information click here

Friday, January 1, 2016

First Post for 2016 - The Right Skincare

I have been awfully slow in my postings, partly because I've gotten a day job since the past 1 1/2 years and those familiar with the PR line would know how much the job doesn't rely on normal working hours or weekdays. But, the key reason to the awfully rare posts would probably be because the last few skincare products I was trying out from reputable names in the world of skincare wreaked havoc to my skin. Took me more than a year (and lots and lots of RM$$) to repair the damage done to the skin.

Because of that, I had become a very timid mouse, avoiding totally from trying out the latest products launched to the public and politely declined those many freebies offered to me. They were all very enticing for awhile as I would never have turned down something so scientifically good to the skin but I had to be fair to my skin. Recovery was too slow but I got through it and the skin feels better than ever.

That begs the question of which skincare is right for me? That thought alone made me cringe in fear due to the too many choices out there, all promising the moon and the stars, whether they are from the more affordable range to those really expensive ones. Seriously, I pity you young lots. 

Lucky me, I have tested some of the ones that worked well for me the last few years and now that I've entered a new decade in my life, I'm matured enough to tell myself that I shall stick to what I know and scratch those itchy hands, whenever they feel itchy. 

I've had one conversation with a person who was formerly from the skincare line who mentioned that she hated being in skincare and preferred it better when she was transferred to makeup instead. Makeup is pretty straight-forward - the colours suit or doesn't suit a certain skin type and it is something you don't use long term if you don't like it. They don't normally cost thousands of ringgit unlike those scientific creams that claim to do wonders and if you use a good makeup brand, the formulation doesn't usually scar your skin unless you sleep without cleansing your skin.

Unlike makeup, skincare is deemed insincere and a lot of bull, she says. Scientifically, a certain formula or chemical works in specific ways when tested in the lab. But when it gets mixed with so many agents and other chemicals, coupled with the different chemical reaction of different skin types, how are the claims true in so many different environment and weather? 

Those are valid questions but we don't quite wait for the answer because we are awed by the advertisements and the reputation of brands out there with so many positive reviews and endorsements. 

At one point, I was even eliminating a certain ingredient in skincare thinking that if it doesn't contain the ingredient, my skin would be trouble-free. But it isn't as simple as that... at some points, we drink less water, weather is more humid or that we indulge in super oily food. All those are factors that can affect how skin reacts on certain days. It's quite complicated and unfortunately, I wasn't blessed with flawless or problem-free skin.

So I think the conclusion is, use what works for you. If it works excellent on your skin, doesn't mean it works the same for your friend. I know one or two serums that work magically for anybody who's tried it but I also found that when I've stopped using it and then revisit, I don't see the same magic results as I had seen a year or two before.

As I've entered a new decade, I find that skin consultants are also open in recommending those more expensive range suited for the mature or aging skin. And I start to see the adventurous side of me in wanting to try them out. I know I shouldn't let my skin go through all that again and I'm cautious with my adventure mood.

We'll see how this progress :)

Happy 2016 and best wishes!