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    My Current Skincare Routine For Combination Skin

    TGIF, beauty nerds! This week was crazy hectic at uni, and I’m so glad it’s finally the weekend. Anyway, today’s post is going to be on my current skincare routine. I test and review so many skincare products that I don’t usually stick to one fixed skincare routine. But once in a while, I stumble across a routine that works so well with my skin. This skincare routine I’m showing you today is one that I’ve stuck to for two months now, which is a long time for me! This skincare routine has just been doing amazing things for my skin. So if you have combination, or acne-prone skin like I do, and you’re looking for some new skincare products to try, here’s a few ideas! 🙂

    I’ve included my entire skincare routine – from makeup removing to moisturisers to my favourite acne treatment. I didn’t put any face masks in here because I recently did a whole post dedicated to my favourite face masks!Skincare Routine for Combination SkinSkincare Routine for Combination Skin | Makeup Remover

    Makeup Removers:

    Bioderma Make-up Removing Micelle Solution ($16.90) & Biore Cleansing Oil ($14.20)

    If you’re like me and have oily skin, you know how hard it is to find a great makeup remover. Cleansing oils or oil-based removers break me out, and anything other than that can’t remove my waterproof mascara. Waterproof mascara is a must because normal formulas will just run down my face and give me panda eyes. You feel me, combo-oily gals? The solution I found to that is to use an oil-based remover on my eyes, and a gentle cleansing water on my face. I use the Biore Cleansing Oil for my eyes, which removes my waterproof mascara in seconds. I love it because it doesn’t irritate my eyes. Some makeup removers sting and blur out my vision if it gets in my eyes. For my entire face, I use the Bioderma Make-up Removing Micelle Solution. This is the most gentle, yet effective makeup cleansing water that I’ve tried, but the Purevivi Cleansing Water ($13.70) comes in pretty close!

    Skincare Routine for Combination Skin | Foam Cleanser

    Foam Cleanser:

    Belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist ($26)

    Moist. I don’t really like that word. I know many people feel the same way, but does anyone actually know why? Haha! I would actually like to know what I have against the word moist…and dig. Hmm. Anyway, it’s so important to double cleanse your face at night to remove all traces of makeup and dirt. The cleansing water is my first step, then I use this Belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist as my second step. Most foam cleansers dry out the skin, but this Belif one doesn’t cause that. It smells very aromatherapeutic, as with all Belif products, and makes my skin feel soft and clean. This has been a staple in my skincare routine for some time now. I think this is a sample size, but I have a few of these in my collection.

    Skincare Routine for Combination Skin | Toner

    Toner:

    Morning: Mamonde First Energy Essence ($22.70) & Night: L’Oreal Hydra Fresh Genius Water

    Toners are a must for oily skin because they not only help remove left-over dirt that your cleanser didn’t get, but they also balance the oil on your skin as well. I used to skip this step because I felt like it was a little bit redundant, but I noticed a huge difference in my skin after adding a toner into my skincare routine. In the morning, I use the Mamonde First Energy Essence that I recently featured in my August Favourites. This stuff is amazing in the morning, it feels so refreshing and it gives my skin a boost of hydration after a whole night under the AC. As for the night time, I like using something extra hydrating for my face. I use the L’Oreal Hydra Fresh Genius Water, which actually has some sort of oil in it, making the toner an emulsion. I was a little bit sceptical in the beginning, thinking it might break me out, but they absorb into the skin so quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin.

    Skincare Routine for Combination Skin | Essence

    Essence:

    Hwajin Cosmetics Yeblang Special A Star Essence (Morning)

    I only use an essence in the morning. I know that’s weird because our skin repairs during the night and an essence would be really good at night. But I just haven’t found an essence that I really love. In the morning, I use the Hwajin Cosmetics Yeblang Special A Star Essence because it contains astaxanthin. I have a review on this product where I explain a little bit more. Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful antioxidants, it protect the skin from UV damage, and has anti-aging properties. I use it as a primer too because it is a little bit tacky which actually gives my makeup something to stick on so it lasts longer.

    Skincare Routine for Combination Skin | Eye Cream

    Eye Cream:

    Clinelle CaviarGold Firming Eye Serum

    Some eye creams actually give me milia, which are little white bumps on the skin that are caused by blocked pores. If I use something too oily or rich, it gives me milia. But if I don’t use an eye cream, the skin under my eyes get really dry and makeup doesn’t go on well. I found my solution when I tried out the Clinelle CaviarGold Firming Eye Serum, it’s supposed to help firm the undereyes (which I really need too!). But after using this, I don’t notice any dry skin under my eyes anymore. I have a full review of this, along with the other products in the Clinelle CaviarGold range, if you’re interested!

    Skincare Routine for Combination Skin | Moisturiser

    Moisturiser:

    Morning: Cremorlab T.E.N Cremor Fresh Water Gel ($48) & Night: Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream ($41)

    As a combo-oily gal, I have to use a moisturiser that isn’t too oily or rich, yet provide adequate hydration to my face. In the morning, I use the Cremorlab Fresh Water Gel which is very lightweight and absorbs into the skin easily. I just posted a review of this in my previous post, so check that out if you haven’t :). This doesn’t feel greasy on the face, and makeup doesn’t just slide off (which can happen with greasier moisturisers) my face. During the night time, I grab for my Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream. This has a gel-texture but is a little bit more heavy on the skin, that’s why I don’t use it in the morning. At night though, this is amazing to help hydrate my skin and also protect it from the AC when I sleep. It’s still very lightweight compared to a full-on cream moisturiser, and doesn’t break me out.

    Skincare Routine for Combination Skin | Sleeping Mask

    Sleeping Mask:

    L’Oreal Hydra Fresh Genius Water-Bursting Mask

    This L’Oreal Hydra Fresh Genius Water-Bursting Mask can be used as a moisturiser, mask or a sleeping mask. The texture of this when you first apply this to the skin is a gel cream, similar to the Laneige Gel Cream above. But as you work it into the skin, it turns into water droplets that absorb into the skin. I don’t really consider this as a mask just because everything absorbs into the skin and it doesn’t leave a “mask layer” on your skin. This is great for when my skin is feeling a little dry and dull. I apply this before bed, and wake up the next morning with smooth, bright, moisturised skin.

    Skincare Routine for Combination Skin | Acne Treatment

    Acne Treatment:

    Miacare Acne Patch for Night ($19.90)

    Move over, drying creams and lotions! I’ve looked everywhere for a great product that removes those pesky.. forgive me for saying this but, pulsating zits. I’ve tried the Mario Badescu one, the Face Shop ones, but they don’t work all that well for me. Then, I found this super affordable (they are so expensive online though? I’ll try to find a website that sells it for way cheaper) product in the drugstore and got really intrigued. This one I have is the night one, but they also have a day time patch. Basically, you stick one of these self-adhering “patches” on the pimple you want to remove, and then you go to bed! The next day you wake up, all the disgusting things that were once in your pulsating zit, will be absorbed into the patch (which you will have to remove). I don’t know how it works, but it has never failed me. Not even once. Seriously guys, you need one of these in your stash, even if you don’t have problems with acne. You know how sometimes you get those occasional pimples? This is your best friend!

    That’s my current skincare routine for you guys! It’s simple, quick and effective for combination, acne-prone skin! Basically for combination or oily skin, you want to find something that is not too creamy. Opt for the gel consistency products. If you guys would like to see my favourite face masks, remember to check out that post! 🙂 I would also love if you could leave a comment telling me your current favourite skincare product!

    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

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    Cremorlab T.E.N Mineral Essence Treatment & Fresh Water Gel

    Happy hump day, beauty nerds! Today’s post is a review on the Cremorlab Mineral Essence Treatment and their Fresh Water Gel. Cremorlab is one of the more well-known Korean skincare brands, and for good reason. All Cremorlab products are formulated without parabens, alcohol, fragrances or artificial colours. Their best-selling range is the T.E.N (Thermal water therapy, Eco-energy, and Natural nourishment) Cremor range, which has the T.E.N thermal water as a main ingredient that helps to hydrate and nourish the skin.

    These were so hard to photograph because of the colour, but I hope you’re still able to see it! 🙂

    Cremorlab T.E.N Cremor Mineral Treatment Essence & Fresh Water Gel

    Benefits of the Cremorlab T.E.N Cremor range:

    1. Concentrated hydration

    2. Supplies nutrients to the skin

    3. Improves elasticity of the skin

    4. Balances skin moisture and oil

    5. Protects skin

    Cremorlab T.E.N Cremor Mineral Treatment Essence

    Cremorlab T.E.N Cremor Mineral Treatment Essence

    This is their best-selling product. Every time there is a post on Cremorlab, you can bet this product is featured. This Mineral Treatment Essence can be used as a toner, with benefits of an essence. This one is supposed to help hydrate, brighten and smooth the skin. There isn’t any particular scent to this, it literally smells like water.. which is nothing lol. The directions say to put a generous amount on a cotton pad, swipe it on the skin, flip the cotton pad over and pat the essence into the skin.

    Result

    I use this every night after washing my face. It wipes away any last traces of makeup, and refreshes my skin after a long day. This does an amazing job at hydrating. After a long day, my skin is dull and dehydrated. This product is like a huge gulp of water for my skin. Because my skin is moisturised, it results in brighter skin due to the lack of dull, flaky dry skin. Not only that, it has improved the texture of my skin and makeup goes on much smoother.

    Cremorlab T.E.N Cremor Fresh Water Gel Cremorlab T.E.N Cremor Fresh Water Gel

    Cremorlab T.E.N Cremor Fresh Water Gel

    Formula

    This is my favourite product of the two! The Cremorlab Fresh Water Gel is a lightweight, gel-consistency moisturiser that’s perfect for oily-combination skin. It’s light enough that it won’t break you out, but rich enough to provide adequate moisture. However, I don’t think this would be hydrating enough for you dry skin gals out there. So if your skin is super dry and you live in a dry climate, I’d skip out on this and check out their other range, like the Enriched Moisture Moisturiser.

    Result

    My skin is like an oiled frying pan though, because this stuff works amazing on me! If I use a moisturiser that’s too thick in the morning, my oiled frying pan of a face turns into a non-stick one where makeup just slides right off. I’ve been searching high and low for one that will hydrate my face and keep those pesky flaky skin away, yet doesn’t make my makeup slide off but I haven’t been able to find one.. until this. I apply this every morning and let it soak into my skin for about 2 minutes, and then apply my makeup. It makes makeup so easy to apply and go on so smooth! I don’t use this at night because I feel like it’s not be thick enough to protect my skin from the AC.

    Oily skin is usually caused by the inner layers of your skin being dehydrated, therefore, using something that provides enough hydration is the key to less oily skin. I highly recommend the Cremorlab T.E.N Cremor Fresh Water Gel if you have oily skin, but the Mineral Treatment Essence is good for all skin types. If you’re in need of a good hydrating and brightening essence, and a day-time moisturiser that isn’t too heavy on the face, definitely check these Cremorlab T.E.N Cremor products out!

    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

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    Best Face Masks for Oily & Acne-Prone Skin

    Face masks.. they’re a necessity for a relaxing night in. They’re also one of the most, if not the most, important part of a skincare routine to get beautiful skin, especially if you’ve got oily and acne-prone skin. There are so many different types of masks out there – ranging from a $1 sheet mask to a crazy $50 mud mask *ahem*glamglow*ahem*. Today, I’m showing you the best face masks that I’ve tried! If you have oily, acne-prone skin, and you’re looking for a new face mask to try, read on! 🙂

    Best Face Masks for Oily & Acne-Prone Skin

    All of the face masks featured in this post are not only good for oily, acne-prone skin, they’re also really good for other skin concerns. All of these face masks are either a deep-cleaning mask that draws out impurities which helps if you have clogged pores, or are hydrating, which helps to keep your skin smooth and moisturised. Without further ado, here are 4 of the best face masks, in my opinion, that helps give you beautiful skin!

    Best Face Masks for Oily & Acne-Prone Skin

    Lush Mask of Magnaminty | $14.95

    This is Lush’s best-selling face mask, and I first bought it last year while I was in Australia. Then after running out of that tub, I picked up a new tub while I was in Hong Kong. Lush, will you please open a store in Malaysia already? Anyway, this is a fresh face mask that you have to use up in 3 months. Lush Mask of Magnaminty helps to draw out impurities, exfoliate dry skin, and soothe the skin. It has a peppermint scent that is so nice and fresh, with aduki beans to gently exfoliate the skin. This is a mud mask, so it is a bit harder to wash off. But once it washes off, you will be left with bright, fresh and radiant skin.

    When you first start using this, it might break you out. That is the mask drawing out the impurities from deep within your skin to the surface, that’s why it causes you to break out. After a few uses, there is no more impurities to draw out, thus making your skin beautifully radiant and acne-free (except the few occasional one, of course).

    Best Face Masks for Oily & Acne-Prone Skin

    Belif First Aid Deep Pore Care Mask | $22.80

    This Belif First Aid Deep Pore Care Mask also helps to draw out impurities from within the skin. However, I feel that this one is slightly more gentle than the Lush one, in the sense that it’s not as heavy duty. This one is great if you don’t have problems with acne (lucky you!), but have blackheads and clogged pores. It’s smooth, gentle, and easy to apply and remove. With all Belif products, this has a really nice aromatherapeutic scent. This is one of my favourites when my face isn’t breaking out like crazy, but there are blackheads that have come out to play.

    Best Face Masks for Oily & Acne-Prone Skin

    O’slee Honey Sugar Mask | RM45.90

    The O’slee Honey Sugar Mask is not as accessible as the other ones in this post because O’slee is an Asian (maybe even Malaysian..) brand. You might be able to find this on eBay or Amazon though, and if you ever come across it, grab it! This product can be used as either an exfoliate or a face mask. With honey and brown sugar, it has exfoliating, moisturising and cleansing properties. This can be used straight on the face as a gentle exfoliate to remove dry, dull skin. To use it as a face mask, add a little bit of water, and apply to your face. Wait 5-10 minutes and wash it off. After washing this off, my skin is always left feeling super nourished, hydrated and glowy. This is definitely a more gentle face mask that can be used a couple of times a week.

    Best Face Masks for Oily & Acne-Prone Skin

    Zamian Gold Cacao Chocolate Pack | $20

    This Zamian Gold Cacao Chocolate Pack is a mask that deep cleans, moisturises, repairs and regenerates the skin. And yes, it smells like chocolate. Like straight up chocolate. It also looks like a creamy chocolate syrup. There may have been a couple of times that I wanted to eat this like how I eat Nutella, but I resisted. This product also contains gold, how luxurious. This applies very smoothly to the skin, and you may be tempted to lick it off your face (if you can lol). This mask is a bit harder to wash off though, much like a mud mask. But after removing this, my face feels tight and clean, hydrated, and looks bright. The chocolate scent does linger a bit after removing the mask, but hey, I ain’t complaining. It goes away after maybe like an hour though, so don’t worry about ants biting your face off, haha.

    Those are the best face masks that I’ve tried for my oily and acne-prone skin! They have really helped me clear up my skin to make it look radiant, hydrated and smooth. I hope this post was helpful to you and that you have found a new face mask to try! Have you tried any of these face masks? What are your favourite face masks? Let me know in the comments!

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    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

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    Lilac Ash Brown Hair | JeffLee Hair Salon

    JeffLee The Hair Company recently contacted me to try out their hair services at their new branch at Uptown PJ. I jumped at the opportunity because I LOVE trying different hair colours and, a hair cut and treatment was long due! Getting to JeffLee Uptown PJ branch was easy, but finding a parking spot was a different story. I ended up parking at a basement parking lot that had a ton of parking spaces, so if you’re thinking of going there.. go straight for the basement! Anyway, on to the actual review of JeffLee Hair Salon services and also my new hair!

    Lilac Ash Brown Hair | JeffLee Hair Salon

    This is my new hair! I’m obsessed! I told my stylist, Zyon, that I wanted something ashy and I also wanted highlights put in my hair. With that, he created this. This gorgeous lilac ash brown colour that is pretty darn close to my dream hair! I am so in love with how my hair looks now, but it hasn’t always looked like this. Zyon had to do a lot of damage control (haha) to turn it into how it looks in the picture. Brace yourself, guys. I’m about to show you my Before and After..

    Lilac Ash Brown Hair | JeffLee Hair SalonLilac Ash Brown Hair | JeffLee Hair Salon Lilac Ash Brown Hair | JeffLee Hair Salon Lilac Ash Brown Hair | JeffLee Hair SalonLilac Ash Brown Hair | JeffLee Hair Salon

    Yup. That head of hay is what used to be my hair. No kidding. That’s how it looks air-dried – frizzy, patchy, and just overall damaged. You can also tell that my hair needs a hair cut real bad, which is weird, considering I only cut it a month ago. My hair cut was blunt, out-of-shape, and don’t even get me started on the colour (which I also just coloured an ash brown a month ago).

    Lilac Ash Brown Hair | JeffLee Hair Salon Lilac Ash Brown Hair | JeffLee Hair Salon

    Zyon started by giving me a much-needed hair cut and I think he did an amazing job! I feel like my hair in the after picture looks much longer than the one before. He cut my ends into a beautiful V-shape which elongates my hair to make it look so much longer than it really is. Then, time for the colouring! To prevent adding too much damage to my already damaged hair, he only bleached my hair once. The bleach was only applied because I wanted highlights, so it wasn’t applied to my whole head. Then he concocted a mixture of greys and lilacs and some sort of magic to come up with a lilac ash grey colour, and applied it to my entire head. This makes the highlighted areas a little brighter than the rest of my hair for a more natural look.

    Then I got to try out their Korean Hair Spa. Holy moly, this stuff is a miracle. What’s different about the Korean Hair Spa, compared to other hair treatments? Well, it’s called a hair spa because you lie on a hair washing “table” (kind of like a mix between a massage table and the chairs you sit on when they rinse out your hair). First he rinsed out my colour and shampooed my hair. Then, he applied a generous amount of a hair treatment.. Then comes the fun part! Steam actually comes out from the bottom that helps to open the follicles so that the treatment is really effectiely absorbed into the hair. That’s not the only reason it’s called a hair spa though! You actually get a shoulder and back massage too! Coupled with the ambiance, the relaxing music, and the massage – it was one of the most relaxing things ever.

    After he blow dried my hair, I was so surprised. My hair felt so soft and looked so smooth – which is something my hair hasn’t been in a long time now. I think the Korean Hair Spa is amazing! Not only did it make my hair so manageable, soft and hydrated, the massages are also super relaxing.

    Lilac Ash Brown Hair | JeffLee Hair Salon Lilac Ash Brown Hair | JeffLee Hair Salon

    That’s it! I left JeffLee Hair Salon with my hair looking probably a 1000x better than when I walked in. My hair felt so soft and hydrated, and the new colour and cut looked awesome! Overall, my experience at JeffLee Hair Salon at Uptown PJ was a very positive one. I might even get a Korean Hair Spa done once in a month, or something like that.

    If you’ve been wanting to get a hair cut and a different colour, I highly recommend JeffLee Hair Salon. Ask for Zyon, and your hair is in safe hands! Even if you’re not looking for a new hair cut, you can pamper yourself with their Korean Hair Spa.

    What do you guys think of this colour and cut? And, what is your dream hair colour? I would love to know! Let me know in the comments below 🙂

    JeffLee The Hair Company:

    https://www.facebook.com/jeffleethc/

    For appointments:

    03-7731 6866 (Uptown PJ branch)

    03-9056 2611 (Sri Petaling branch)

    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

    *Hair services were provided free for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. You can read my full disclosure here.
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    Cocoblanc Aura CC Cream & Pressed Powder

    Good morning/afternoon/evening, where ever you may be! I have two amazing products to show you guys from Cocoblanc. If you’ve never heard of Cocoblanc, it’s a top cosmetic brand in Thailand. Today I have two of their best-sellers to show you. They are the Cocoblanc Aura CC Cream and also the Aura Pressed Powder. Get excited because these products are soooo good!

    Cocoblanc Aura CC Cream & Pressed Powder

    The packaging.. Hmm. I’m sure most of you can tell that the logo is inspired by a certain luxury brand. I’m not a huge fan of that logo decision, but the actual packaging is gorgeous. Their packaging is mostly white, with black accents. I love how luxurious and pretty they look, especially the Pressed Powder compact. Cocoblanc’s tagline is “No cakey and fakey cosmetics” so all their products are designed to look like your skin, but better. The Aura CC Cream and Pressed Powder I’m showing you today are both to achieve natural-looking, radiant skin.

    Cocoblanc Aura CC Cream

    Cocoblanc Aura CC Cream

    This Aura CC Cream is formulated to “perfect” your skin, give it a gorgeous glow, and protect your skin from the sun. CC Creams aren’t my favourite thing in the entire world, just because most of them don’t do much for my skin. However, this one, I’ve really grown to like! When you pump out the product, it is white. It freaked me out because it contrasted against my skin so much. After blending this out though, it adapts to my skin tone.

    The greatest thing about this Aura CC Cream is how it brightens my skin so well. I have problems with uneven skin tone and also dullness. This product gives my skin a fresh look and a heck of a glow! It’s a glow that you could see from a mile away, so probably not the best thing for an oily gal like me. BUT, the pressed powder will fix that! As for “perfecting” the skin, it really depends on what your skin needs “perfecting” on. Notice I put air quotes on the word perfecting just because I don’t like how that sounds lol! To me, I want a nice even coverage with a natural dewy glow. It definitely has the glow down, but the light coverage isn’t enough when my skin isn’t at its best.

    Overall, it’s a great natural-looking CC Cream that helps to brighten your skin and give a gorgeous glow. If you have dry skin, this will be good for you!

    Cocoblanc Aura Pressed Powder

    Cocoblanc Aura Pressed Powder

    This Aura Pressed Powder I have is in the shade C3 Pink Sand Summer. When I saw “Pink” in the shade name, I was a little worried because I’m yellow. Like Spongebob. I use too many Spongebob references on my blog, don’t I? Anyway, this powder. is. beautiful. It’s brightening, and tames down the glow from the CC Cream, but doesn’t completely flatly mattify my face. It gives a very natural, gorgeous radiance to the skin. The powder is so finely milled and so buttery. The formula reminds me of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders.

    Because it is so finely-milled, it doesn’t cake up my skin and doesn’t feel heavy on my skin. It goes on smoothly and applies evenly over my skin without accentuating any fine lines or bumps. Skin skin skin. How many times have I said skin in this post? Seriously though, if you’re looking for a powder that sets your makeup in place and gives you a nice glow at the same time, this is the powder you’re looking for.

    I love the Cocoblanc Aura Pressed Powder, and I use it to set my foundation almost daily! You guys know that even though I have super oily skin, I love a good glow! The Cocoblanc Aura CC Cream is a great product, but it’s not something that I would use every single day just because the coverage isn’t enough for me. If you have good skin though, it’s a great lightweight product to even out the skin.

    Cocoblanc Malaysia:

    https://www.facebook.com/cocoblancmalaysia/

    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

    *Product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. You can read my full disclosure here.


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