My Women Stuff is a beauty blog fronted by blog editor Paris B and based in the sunny tropics of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The blog is chockfull of makeup and skincare product reviews and beauty tips and news from an Asian perspective and tested in hot and humid tropical weather
Goodness me! The SK-II Facial Treatment Essence certainly brings back some memories! I am often asked about this very iconic product, but it had been years since I first dipped my toes into the brand. I did share a review back in 2010, through a friend. I said then, that my favourite item in the brand is the Facial Treatment Essence (FTE), which was one of my first introductions to using an essence lotion.
Recently, SK-II asked if I might give their Facial Treatment Essence another go, and share my thoughts on it with you. Almost 15 years after my first time trying it, and after turning down numerous offers before this, I decided that this time, I would! Perhaps my 40 year old skin would appreciate this SK-II experience better than my 20 year old skin. One can hope LOL!
By now, most of us would be familiar with the concept of an essence. It isn’t exactly a toner. What it does is far more than that of a toner, in that it boosts hydration and along with it, radiance. What is unique in the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is the use of PITERA, a sake ferment. PITERA is a combination of nutrients that is said to bear a close resemblance to the skin’s natural moisturizing factors, and this helps improve the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process and thereby promotes what SK-II says is “crystal clear skin”. Don’t we all want that?
If this is something you’re currently using or have used, I’d love to know what you think of this very iconic product!
It’s a public holiday here, so here’s a bite-sized beauty hors d’oeuvres for you to snack on! I received a little while ago, the new Guerlain Mon Guerlain Florale perfume. Perfumes are so hard to talk about in depth, for someone who isn’t that clever with her nose, so a bite-sized post fits the bill perfectly!
Guerlain launched their Angelia Jolie inspired and fronted Mon Guerlain perfume last year, but I haven’t smelled it. Mon Guerlain Florale is the lighter, more floral version of the original. What I’d say is this – if you like floral perfumes, then you may enjoy this one. I personally do not, so this isn’t one I’d pick for myself.
I am a very big proponent of wearing sunscreen (SPF50 at minimum, don’t try anything less) everyday, rain or shine, indoors or outdoors. I always pick sunscreen as my must-have skincare product because you cannot have too much sunscreen, and it has been proven to slow down skin aging caused by UV rays. By now, I think most people are aware of the benefits of wearing sunscreen (whether they choose to is another matter).
Yet, for those who use sunscreen as a defence against dark spots (not as a Defence against the Dark Arts – there’s a difference ) you might wonder why you still get dark spots or pigmentation spots despite all your efforts. I used to wonder the same, because dark spots and pigmentation spots are my nemesis.
Then I learnt the sad truth – Even regular use of sunscreen may not stop you from getting dark spots. Bummer!
Sometimes, I come across an interesting makeup product that has me very intrigued by it for days on end. Usually, when it involves something as easy to use as a lip colour, I am even more fascinated. After all, lip colour is one of the easiest makeup to apply. Very few people will have trouble slicking on a lipstick, right?
When I came across these very interesting lip colour toppers from Chanel, I was very intrigued.
They are all permanent items, so you can check them out at the counter or store at your leisure. I like when brands keep things permanent. It is less stressful for everyone concerned (and our wallets!) LOL
These are all iterations of the Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss, a new formula of the iconic Chanel lip glosses that was introduced some time last year. I think The new formula is now far less sticky, more jelly like, and have no scent. They are very comfortable to wear and come in many shades.
But I wanted to show you some interesting pieces that will remind you that makeup can be fun and almost magical!
In Malaysia, we have just done something that few other countries have done – we will be abolishing GST (Goods and Services Tax). GST was introduced here back in April 2015. In 3 short (but long) years, it had contributed to a rather shocking rate of price increases of goods locally. Granted, not all of it is due to the GST – many other factors were at play. But GST was an easy and visible target.
With the new Government in place, GST has since been rated to 0% and it is expected to be abolished when Parliament sits in July.
Leaving aside my personal views on GST, I noticed quite quickly that for the most part, prices of goods were reduced by a factor of 1.06. In some cases, these reductions were quite significant. I was browsing on Ikea online, and immediately thanked my lucky stars for not dropping by earlier LOL!
I was also at The Body Shop within a few days of the announcement that GST was being removed, and I noticed that prices of products had been adjusted. So yes, they are lower than before. I also spotted similar price adjustments at various stores like Bobbi Brown. In fact, I just received an email from Sephora urging me to take advantage of the lower prices – tempting!
But I was also wondering if the reduction in prices at present might push you into shopping more than you did before? I asked this on Twitter, and the answers surprised me.
While I often go into ruts of boredom with makeup releases, there is always one product that is guaranteed to grab my attention. Foundation. Ok, maybe two – Concealer too. Oh wait, three – Lipstick. Oh hell, blush too LOL! But foundation is most certainly at the top of the list.
The NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation was released a few months back. When I first sampled it, I was quite taken aback. This is one of the fullest coverage foundations I’ve ever come across. It even beats the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-wear Weightless Foundation in terms of coverage. Because full coverage foundation isn’t my thing, I decided to pass on it.
Then, one day, I was given the opportunity to learn a little more about it, so I popped along to the store. The first thing I’d note is that because the coverage is so high, getting a proper shade match is key. I did not realise it until I went in-store.
I usually wear NARS foundations in Mont Blanc or Light 2. This has been quite consistent for me in most of the different textures and formula. I knew that if I stuck to Light 2, I was quite safe in getting a colour match. However, maybe because of the intensity of the pigment that delivers the coverage, Mont Blanc made my skin look a little odd, and even dull. The makeup artist suggested instead that I try Light 3 – Gobi. I wasn’t very sure, because it looked more yellow in tone than I like. But I gave it a go anyway.
Much to my surprise, it turned out that Gobi was the proper shade match for me in the Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation!
One of the best ways to know if a skincare product will work for your skin, is to try it. There is really no other way. Reading about it only sets your expectations. But you have to actually try it on YOUR skin, to determine if it’s something you or your skin likes.
The easiest, and most painless way of course, is to buy it. The other way is to try to wrangle out a sample from the counter or store.
There’s a third way, and that is to purchase a set of trial-sized skincare products, often packaged in a discovery set. Often, these products come in deluxe trial-sizes. That really, is just another way of telling you “We are selling you a sample, but in bigger, better packaging”.
Sometimes, these very same trial sets are given away as gift with purchases (GWP) when you purchase above a certain price tier. So, you could ask why bother to buy, if you could eventually potentially get it free?
Hence my question – do you buy these sort of trial skincare sets to try a new product? Or perhaps just suck it up and buy the full size?
I recently shared with you one of my favourite cleansing balms, which naturally prompted rumblings of dissent over how hard it was to get hold of. I’ve come to be immune to such rumblings LOL! But I was thinking about it and remembered that I had recently sampled the Three Aiming Cleansing Balm, which had also captured my imagination, and which is easier to get hold of locally.
Three is a Japanese brand with an interesting holistic approach. If you are familiar with Japanese brands, you’d know there aren’t many that have this approach. The products in Three are made with botanical extracts using essential oils and have organic origins. To me, it comes across as having an aesthetic and story that feels different, from the normal scientific approach taken by most Japanese cosmetics brands.
I haven’t tried much from Three, so if you have, I’m naturally curious to know what you love about the brand and what I might try next. In my case, I have to say that my interest was piqued by my experience with a sample of the Three Aiming Cleansing Balm.