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
Skincare products with Retinol or Vitamin A appear to be quite a buzzword this year. Me? I’m happy about it. It means I have more choices across the board, and brands have to work harder to impress. Win for the consumer!
One I had been curious about was the Clinique Fresh Pressed Overnight Clinical Overnight Booster With Pure Vitamin A (Retinol). What a mouthful!
I’ll just call it the Clinique Fresh Pressed retinol, to keep things more concise.
When I heard about it, I was super curious. I am starting to incorporate products with Vitamin A (Retinol) into my skincare routine, so any new retinol product intrigues me.
I tested the Clinique Fresh Pressed Retinol over the past week, and here’s what I think. “But it’s only been a week!” I hear you say “Where’s your credibility?! Don’t you have to wait at least a month for results?”
I know many of you travel, and cooler climes are always a favourite destination, to escape from our infernal tropical heat and humidity. But how often do you travel somewhere cool, and then find that your skincare isn’t holding up, or that your skin starts to flake and dry out and break out? Worst of all, this happens even after you return home!
Not only is it uncomfortable, your makeup doesn’t look good whether in person or in holiday snaps.
Well, I most recently went on such a holiday.
It was cold and windy, and the humidity was laughably in single digits. I knew my skin would suffer. So I made the necessary preparations, and I can happily report that after a week, the skin on my body was dry and itchy as heck! But the skin on my face was not only comfortable and near perfect, my makeup went on well and looked so natural and amazing too! Yes, I’m preening LOL!
So here’s some tips you should keep in mind when you travel from the hot and humid tropics to a cool, low humidity destination, and the products that helped me.
We haven’t heard of many new things coming out from Hada Labo in recent times, have we? It’s a brand I personally have an affinity with. If I had to recommend anyone something affordable, effective and easy to find, I usually tell people to try Hada Labo. I am after all also a big fan of their Premium Hydrating Lotion.
So, when I stumbled across news online about a new Hada Labo 3-in-1 Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water, I perked up.
As good fortune would have it, I received a sample of this new micellar cleansing water and put it to work immediately!
It was quite literally, immediately. I showed it on Instagram Stories where I I used it for the first time, and talked briefly about my first impressions. It was quite recent, but it’s a cleansing product – it isn’t that complicated
Mental health and well-being is a big subject these days, and I think that it’s a good thing that we are all much more aware or self-aware than we used to be.
While I’m no life coach, nor am I trained in this, I had a little encounter over the past week and on the weekend that got me thinking. So, I just wanted to put out a little reminder to you. A reminder to be present for yourself and for your family and friends.
Sometimes, you just never know what people are going through, because they choose not to tell you, or they’re not ready to talk. But yet, they are stressed and feel like it’s hard to cope with life at that moment. Being present for them goes a long way towards helping them, if not solve their problems, to be able to face them or know that someone else is there for them.
I was thinking about this over the past week, and over the weekend, and just felt like talking about this
I was using it for a month back in December, and sporadically since. I usually try new products for a month straight where possible to gauge its efficacy. Over time, I incorporate it as and when I need it, usually because there’s always something else going on.
There’s an intricate dance of products being used and tested that I can’t quite explain, but it’s all kept straight in my head, and I know how it works LOL Ah #lifeofablogger – not all glamorous, I assure you
But onto the Chanel Sublimage l’Essence Lumiere – what is this and who might it be for?
How do you usually apply your skincare or, more specifically, your moisturizer?
The most common, that you still see being done, if you watch videos, is the 5-dot technique. Basically, you put one dot of cream on each cheek, then one dot each on your forehead, nose and chin. Then massage it in.
When I first started using skincare, this was the norm. But I always felt like something was lacking. For me, it just wasn’t enough, especially on the forehead.
And honestly, it isn’t enough product for your skin. Using too little skincare product for your skin does you a disservice. You won’t be getting the most out of your creams, serums and lotions.
Those of you who have a more creative, experimental nature might be pleased to know that you can now get 100% Natural Shea Butter that comes from a fair-trade, reputable source. Just head on down to The Body Shop!
While The Body Shop has always had a shea butter range of products (I used to use their Shea Butter Body Butters for chronically dry skin – Dad swore by it for cracked heels!) I believe it’s the first time that we’re getting shea butter in its pure form.
The Chance by Chanel fragrance is not new to fans of the brand. I remember when the brand first launched it back in 2002 (many many moons ago). The round bottle was considered quite revolutionary back then.
I remember also that unlike the stiffer, more staid appearance of their classic scents like No. 5, Chance was targeted at a younger crowd. I would have formed that “younger crowd” back then, But being contrary, the scent didn’t appeal to me as it was a fruity-floral – not something I gravitate towards.
In between, there have been different iterations of Chance, all of which I’ve sniffed at some point or another. You may remember the different coloured liquids in the round bottles – green, yellow, and pink.
Might I then take another chance on the Chanel Chance Eau Tendre?
I’m such a slow-poke when it comes to featuring new things. It’s reached that stage where something has to be quite amazing (or horrible) for me to dedicate a whole post to it. Not being snobby, just being practical with my time and limited resources. If I could churn out a post everyday, I would!
Recently, I had the chance to meet with and speak to Sarah Cowan, Managing Director of New Zealand natural skincare brand, The Herb Farm. She mentioned that one of her favourite products was The Herb Farm Hydrating Overnight Face Mask, that kept her skin plumped and hydrated on her long flight from New Zealand. That is a full 11-13 hours flight, if anyone’s counting.
Something triggered my memory – I’d been generously sent a tub of this very product a while ago, but hadn’t yet tried it. And opportunely, I had a flight coming up, so I had the perfect opportunity to try it!