Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Inglot Makeup Brushes (Foundation and Blush Brush)

Inglot is a Polish cosmetics company that has become very popular worldwide in the past year. Although the brand is most famous for their eye shadows, particularly the Freedom System range (swatches here), they also have a complete range of makeup products including a varied range of brushes.

I got my brushes more than a year ago. There were very little online reviews at that time, so when I got these, I relied on the recommendations of the sales associate and on what I thought I needed. Here are the face brushes that I ended up with.

21T Foundation Brush, this paddle shaped brush has bristles made from synthetic Taklon. This is a basic foundation brush, the bristles are firm making it ideal when applying liquid and cream foundation. The tapered and narrow tip is useful when applying foundation around the nose and under the eyes. I use downward and outward strokes when using this. It is possible to achieve a flawless finish with this brush but it takes longer compared to a stippling brush.  I prefer the stipple and buff method when applying my foundation, for this reason, I don't use 21T that often. I only reach for it if my other brushes are out of commission.

15BJF Blush Brush, this is comparable to MAC 129. The brush head is dome shaped with bristles made from goat hair. It is not the softest brush but it is dense and  picks a good amount of pigment. It is useful when I want more color payoff from my sheer blushes or if I don't have a lot of time. I swipe the brush across the blush, tap off the excess, deposit the color by tapping the brush lightly on my cheeks and then blend in a circular motion. With this brush, I find that I get better result by blending in circular motion rather than swiping.

The Brush does shed, but not at an alarming number. It sometimes loses a hair or two during wash and I keep its shape by wrapping the bristles with tissue while drying. This brush can perform well, but like the foundation brush, I don't reach for it often. I tend to gravitate towards my softer brushes.

All Inglot brushes have long wooden handles and they come with their own individual plastic sleeve. The company have wide range of brushes to choose from including sets, and even if I don't use these brushes that often, I still think that Inglot is worth checking out if you are just starting to build a brush collection. On my next post, I will be writing about Inglot eye brushes.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Rediscovering My Stash: Benefit Lipstick In Party Crasher

I got this lipstick a while back and I remember liking it a lot, but as I accumulated more lippies, it eventually got lost in the pile. Lately, I'm making a conscious effort to show some love to my 'older' make up. I have been on a 'no buy' since the beginning of November and the absence of new stuff has helped me rediscover my makeup stash.

I found Benefit's Party Crasher Silky Finish Lipstick at the back of the drawer. I brought it out and on the first 'reuse', I was reminded why I bought it in the first place. Party Crasher is a beautiful glossy pink lipstick. It literally glides on my lips during application and after two coats, I have soft pink, glossy lips. There's no need to use a lip gloss on top of this one, the lipstick is shiny enough by itself (at least by my own standard). It does feel silky and smooth and has good staying power, but like most glossy lipsticks, some of the products settle on the lines of my lips. I have been using Party Crasher a lot this this week and it was welcome change to my usual neutral lips. 


this photo does not really give it justice, the color is more vibrant in real life

Monday, December 19, 2011

Goody and The Body Shop Hair Styling Tools

Taking care of your hair does not only mean using the right shampoo and conditioner, it also means using the right tools. The tools and accessories you use should not pull and snag your hair as this will surely damage the cuticle. When it comes to styling products, I love Goody, especially their Ouchless line. Here are my fave Goody hair products and my fave hair brush  and comb from The Body Shop.

these ponytails don't have any metal parts that may snag hair

a stylish but discreet headband

Goody Updo Barette

The Body Shop Paddle Brush massages the scalp and distributes oil from the hair roots to the shaft

The Body Shop Detangling Comb

I also like to use Earth Therapeutics Wooden Pin Brush (review)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance And Skincare Routine

I believe that regardless of your skin type, it is important to use moisturizer. Moisturizers keep the outer layer of the skin hydrated by attracting moisture and acting as a barrier against water loss. They also protect the skin from enviromental damage caused by harsh winds and sun exposure. On the aesthetic side, moisturizers help to keep the skin supple and smooth the appearance of fine lines. It is important to choose a moisturizer that addresses your skin's particular needs, the right moisturizer can do wonders, while choosing the wrong one can cause you to have breakouts and lead only to frustration. With so many products on the market, you should be able to find one that is suitable for you.

I was previously using Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (reviewed here), but since I'm in my 30's, I decided that it's high time to start using a moisturizer that contains some antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients. Dermalogica's Intensive Moisture Balance seems to fit the bill by containing vitamins A,C and E as well as lecithin. It also promises to combat dry skin, which was an issue with me at that time.

Despite being intensely moisturizing, Intensive Moisture Balance is surprisingly light and easily absorbed in the skin. It does not have that thick, greasy texture that is common in moisturizers marketed for dry skin. I apply the product on my face and neck, twice a day after my serum, and it keeps my skin moisturized for the whole day or night. When I started using this moisturizer, I was suffering from severe dry skin. I had fine lines under my eyes (which I never had before), flaky patches on my face and neck, and sometimes my face felt like it was going to crack. After regular use of this moisturizer along with other dermalogica products, my skin condition improved. The fine lines under my eyes disappeared, so did the flaky skin (except for a stubborn small dry patch beside my left eye). I also find this moisturizer to be a good make up base, I have worn full makeup (the whole shebang - primer, foundation, powders) on top of of this moisturizer, and never had any problem.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, PEG-8, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Lactamide MEA, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycolipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Superoxide Dismutase, Sodium PCA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool

Here is the list of products on my current skincare routine. I realize that I may have to tweak this routine every now and then to suit my skin's needs. But this is the routine that finally worked and helped improved my skin.

Morning: Cleanse with Bioderma Purifying Foaming Gel  for atleast 1 minute.
                 MAC Prep+Prime Skin Brightening Serum
                 L'Oreal White Perfect Eye Protector spf 15
                 Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance
                 MAC Prep+Prime Face Protect spf 50 primer

If I am spending a lot of time outdoors, I skip Intensive Moisture Balance and MAC Face Protect and use La Roche-Posey spf 50 Fluid Extreme instead. I also use other forms of sun protection like an umbrella. Since I am prone to hyperpigmentation, I avoid the sun as much as I can. Even though I live near the sea, you won't find me at the beach basking under the sun. Half of the reason I avoid prolonged sun exposure is vanity, but the other half  is for health reasons.

Nightime: MAC Cleanse Off Oil to remove makeup
                 Cleanse with Bioderma Purifying Foaming Gel for atleast 1 minute
                 MAC Prep+Prime Skin Brightening Serum
                 Clinique Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream
                 Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance

Twice or 3x a week, I exfoliate using Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant and use Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque once or twice a week after exfoliation.

Aside from the eye creams, I'm quite happy with this routine. Eventually, I want to add an AHA product, but in the meantime, I'm sticking with this one.

Do you have a skincare routine that you are happy with? What are your favorite products?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Dermalogica Skincare: Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque

Using a face masque is one of the best things that you can do for your skin. A masque can have countless benefits, depending on what you use. It can deep cleanse pores, condition skin, and invigorate a dull complexion. A masque is also an excellent vehicle to transport nutrients and treatments into the skin. As the masque is usually left on the face for10-20 minutes, the ingredients have time to penetrate the skin and work wonders.

As the name implies, Multivitamin Power Recovery masque is packed with vitamins that help skin recover from damage brought by the enviroment or skincare practices. It also has intensive moisturizing properties and contains antioxidants. I apply enough amount to cover my entire face and neck and leave it on for 15 minutes. The masque is creamy yet it feels light on the face. Afterwards, I rinse thoroughly with warm water. Unlike other masques (mud masques), Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque is easy to remove.

I have been using this as a part of my skincare regimen atleast once a week after exfoliating with Multivitamin Thermafoliant (reviewed here). With regular use, my skin condition improved and I recovered from the dryness despite the present colder and drier weather. Although I cannot attribute my recovery to just one product, I believe that this masque played a very important role, especially in moisturizing my skin.

On my next post I will write about Dermalogica's Intensive Moisture Balance moisturizer and will summarize all the skincare products that I'm using right now.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Algae Extract, Glycereth-7 Triacetate, Di-C12-15 Alkyl Fumarate, Panthenol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Dipropylene Glycol Dibenzoate, Stearyl Alcohol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Symphytum Officinale Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Beta-Carotene, Phospholipids, Lactic Acid, Allantoin, Sclerotium Gum, Linoleic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Dimethicone, Menthoxypropanediol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether Benzoate, Sodium PCA, Sorbitan Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Annato (Cl 75120)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dermalogica Skincare: Multivitamin Thermafoliant

After having lousy skin for the whole of September and most of October, I was a little desperate to start a new skin regimen that would address my skin issues. My dry and dull skin was making me look older than my age and I was vain enough to be bothered by this.

After spending hours searching the internet, I decided to try Dermalogica's skincare line. I was particularly drawn to their Age smart range because of the products' anti-aging properties. Multivitamin Thermafoliant is an exfoliator from the Age smart range. It is said to combine physical and chemical exfoliants to refine skin texture and enhance penetration of age-fighting vitamins into the skin. It has microgranules that does the physical exfoliation while the Salicylic Acid and Retinol act as chemical exfoliants.

Exfoliation is a very important step in a skincare regimen, removing the dead skin skin cells on the surface allows better penetration of skin care products. After removing my makeup and cleansing my face, I dry my face with a clean towel, apply Multivitamin Thermafoliant and start massaging my face in circular motions. The exfoliant can be applied on a wet face, but a better result can be achieved by applying on dry skin. It produces a fleeting warm sensation upon contact with the skin, which is said to help with the penetration of salicylic acid and retinol. I don't know if this really helps, but I like the relaxing feeling it gives me. The granules are so fine that I can scrub for full 2 minutes without irritating my skin. After I rinse my face with warm water, I can immediately feel that my skin is smoother. I would love to use this everyday, but I learned the hard way that over exfoliating will do more damage than good, so I limit my use to 2-3 times a week. Multivitamin Thermafoliant is one of the best scrubs that I ever used. I will continue to use this until it runs out and then I'll try the Daily Microfoliant and Gentle Cream Exfoliant that I received as gifts with purchase. 

Ingredients: PEG-6, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Oxide, C20-40 Pareth-10, Silica, Salicylic Acid, Retinol, Lactic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Indica Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My Experience With LASIK

I suffered from Myopia (nearsightedness) for 18 years. Over the years my vision has progressively become worst until I cannot live without my glasses. My glasses are the first things I reach for when I wake up and I even bring them with me in the shower. Sometimes, even with my glasses on, I still need to squint to read and see objects at a distance. Putting on makeup is uncomfortable, I have to be so close to the mirror to see what I'm doing and my brush handle often bump against the mirror. I can't count the number of times that I poked my eyes with a makeup brush. Having to wear glasses at all times is not fun and sometimes, it is downright inconvenient. I tried wearing contact lenses, but I never really liked the hassle involved in their care and after a long day of wearing lenses, my eyes are often tired and irritated.

I have known about laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery for years, but it was only late last year that I started considering the possibility of having it done on myself. I was encouraged by my nephew's experience (he had the surgery and was happy with the result). I made it my new year's resolution to have LASIK surgery before the year ends. I started to set aside a certain amount of money each month to help me achieve my goal. 

I finally had the surgery done two months ago. First, I had a consultation with the surgeon where he explained the procedure and addressed my concerns. After the consultation, I decided to go through the screening. A screening is done to determine if I am a candidate for the procedure. I don't remember  all  that was done, but I remember that eye drops were instilled in my eyes to dilate my pupils and that the size of my pupils and the shape and thickness of my cornea were measured. Even my ability to produce tears was tested. The screening took about two and half hours including the waiting time between examinations. After the tests revealed that I'm an ideal LASIK candidate, I had another consultation with the surgeon where he gave me a more detailed explanation of  the procedure, told me my options and what to expect afterwards. After the second consultation, I decided to have the surgery. Some people would have been anxious, but I was excited by the prospect of  finally being being able to see clearly without my glasses.

I had the surgery two days after the screening. The procedure I had is called microkeratome blade lasik, there is another option called femtosecond lasik (bladeless lasik). The most delicate part of LASIK surgery is the creation of the flap. In microkeratome lasik, a blade is used to cut the corneal flap, while femtosecond lasik uses laser to do the job. There's a lot of information online regarding blade vs bladeless lasik, I suggest you look them up if you are considering having the surgery. I chose microkeratome lasik because it was safe, it significantly cost less and the end result is the same anyway. The procedure itself was very quick, less than 10 minutes per eye. I was given local anesthesia in the form of eye drops so it was not painful at all. I felt a slight pressure during the procedure, but it was only for few seconds. After the surgery, my vision was blurry. There was some discomfort which some might perceive as mild pain, it was very tolerable and did not bother me at all. I was prescribed a steroid and an antibiotic eye drops to use. I was also given an eye shield to protect my eyes from dust and injury.

I was instructed to rest my eyes after the surgery, so I slept after I got back to my hotel. When I woke up 3 hours later, my vision was better but still blurry. I noticed a marked improvement as soon as I opened my eyes the next day, everything was so clear, I could even see my freckles in the mirror. But soon after, I started to experience the visual fluctuations that I was told to expect. Sometimes, if I look at an object, it takes a few moment for my eyes to focus and for my vision to become clear. I also had difficulty reading small prints during the first two weeks. All these are minor inconvenience that soon disappeared as my vision continued to improve. When I had my consultation two weeks after the surgery, I already have 20/20 vision. I still experience some visual fluctuations, but only on my left eye, and mostly at the end of the day when my eyes are tired or when I spend too much time in front of the computer. The real problem that I had after surgery was dry eyes, especially in the first two weeks. My eyes became so dry that I had to religiously use artificial tears every 2-3 hours. If I forget to apply the eye drops, it feels like my lids are stuck to my sclera. But even this problem improved overtime. I still use artificial tears, but not as often, usually twice in a day. I expect this will eventually disappear as my eyes heal.

There are necessary precautions to take post LASIK surgery. Your own doctor will advise and give you instructions. There were several things I was told to do (or avoid). I had to wear my protective eye shield all the time, even on my sleep, during the first two weeks. Rubbing, squeezing and putting pressure are huge NO NO right after LASIK surgery as the flap might be damaged. I have a habit of rubbing my eyes when they are strained or itchy,  the eye shields protected my eyes on the times that I forgot myself and tried to rub them. The eyes can't be wet for three days post  surgery so I have to use wash cloth to clean my face, no makeup for atleast a week (I went without for two weeks just to be sure), no contact sports that may predispose the eyes to injury and no swimming for atleast a month.

I'm glad that I finally had the surgery. Yes, it cost me an arm and a leg, and it has only been two months, but I'm happy with the result. If you are planning to have the surgery yourself, I suggest that you do your research. Read what you can about the procedure, so when the time comes for you to have your consultation, you will be able to ask the right questions. Research the institution where you plan to do your procedure as well as the surgeon. Most institutions now have a bio of their surgeons online. I went to the surgeon who performed the same surgery to my nephew. Although I have my nephew's recommendation, I still did my own research before I set up an appointment with him. It was only after I met him that I decided to trust him with my eyes. Yes, he has an  impressive resumé, but all that would have been useless if I found him to be an a*hole. I don't mind my surgeon being a little arrogant, I just don't want a surgeon who cannot be bothered to listen to me, explain to me and answer my questions until I'm satisfied. My suggestion in choosing a surgeon is to find someone who was trained and affiliated only with reputable institutions, performs the procedure regularly, who involves himself in continuing medical education (a good surgeon is always up to date with the latest trends and technology) and someone you are comfortable with. You must be able to communicate with your surgeon comfortably.  Errors have been made because of miscommunication between patient and surgeon.

Overall I'm happy with my experience and the outcome of the procedure. After many years, I can finally enjoy clear vision without the aid of glasses or contact lenses. No more squinting for me. Finally, I can see.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Personal Makeup Hygiene

First of all, I have to say that, this is just my personal way of maintaining hygiene around my makeup routine. You may already have a system that works for you, but if not, I hope this post will encourage you to start one.

Although most makeup products contain preservatives to slow down the growth of bacteria, it is still essential that makeup products and tools are kept clean at all times. Dirty or contaminated makeup is a breeding ground for germs which eventually leads to breakouts and sometimes even cause a serious skin or eye infection.

If someone tells me that a makeup product made her breakout, I always ask about her hygiene practices. More often than not, the breakout is caused by poor hygiene rather than the product itself. It seems that a lot of people don't think about cleaning and disinfecting their makeup and tools.

For a makeup artist, working on different people increases the potential of spreading infection, sanitizing makeup and tools is a must in your routine and should not be taken lightly. Sadly, not all makeup artists are concern about sanitation. I have seen a makeup artist apply makeup with brushes that looked like they never met soap and water. As for the makeup counters, I don't even want to start on that.

As with most things, handwashing is the crucial first step, all that cleanliness is useless if you touch your things with dirty hands. Handwashing does not mean running your hand under a faucet for a few seconds. You will have to use soap and  actually wash your hands the proper way. It's also important to start with a clean canvas, wash and prep your face first to get rid of the dirt and excess oil. Your makeup will also look better if applied on a clean surface.

I use a 70% alcohol, cotton pads, cotton buds and tissue to clean my makeup. For liquid products in bottles or tubes like primers and foundation, after I pump or pour out the product, I use a cotton pad saturated with alcohol to wipe clean the nozzle or opening before replacing the cap. For cream and powder products in compacts or palettes, I wipe the suface with tissue after each use, this scrapes off the top layer where oil  may have settled. Afterwards, I clean the compact or palette with alcohol soaked cotton pads. I wipe pencils with tissue saturated with alcohol after each use and sharpen after 2-3 uses. For retractable pens and lipsticks, I spray the tip that came in contact with my skin with alcohol then wipe with tissue. I can't do much with mascara and lipglosses, I just make sure that I apply them in a clean surface. If I use my finger to apply a product, I make use that I disinfect my hands with alcohol prior to touching the product.
I use cotton pads and cotton buds with alcohol to clean and disinfect all my make up tools like eyelash curler, tweezer, scissors, sharpener, etc. I wash sponge applicators after each use and powder puffs every week when I do my weekly cleaning. As for brushes, I like to use a clean brush everytime. I use both MAC brush cleanser and shampoo to clean my brushes. I prefer to wash my brushes with a conditioning shampoo and water rather than just using a brush cleanser.  I only use the brush cleanser on my eye brushes, usually on MAC 217 because I use it so often and I only have one. All  brushes that I used on cream and liquid products and eye brushes, I wash after each use. While brushes used on powder products are washed weekly. Washing brushes can be time consuming, but I love the look and feel of clean brushes so I don't mind making  the effort.

I usually clean my makeup and tools right after I use them. I set aside 10-15 min every morning to do my aftercare. If I have enough time, I will even wash the brushes I used. If I don't have time in the morning, I set aside everything that I used and clean them at the end of the day or when I have the time. The makeup don't go back to storage until they have been cleaned and sanitized. I also set a time each week to clean my storage system, inspect my makeup and wash my brushes.

I realize that I'm wasting products with all that wiping and scraping, but I will never finish all my makeup before they reach their expiry date anyway, so I guess a little waste is not big deal. Always check out and note the expiry date of the product you bought, you can write down the date on a small sticker and place that at the back or bottom of the product. If it does not have an expiry date, you can note down the date that you opened it instead. There are different opinions on how long a makeup product can last before going bad. My rule is to be sensible. When it looks bad and smells bad, then it's bad, whether it has reached its expiry date or not.

Proper storage is also important. I keep all my make up in a plastic chest of drawers in my room, away from direct sunlight, heat source and moisture. As all these can spoil and ruin your makeup, it's probably not a good idea to store your make up in front of a window or in the bathroom, or leave your makeup in your car. Cleaning your storage unit atleast once a week and washing and cleaning your makeup bag as often is also a good way to prevent contamination.

If you never had a sanitation routine before, now is a good time to start. It might be a little overwhelming at first especially if you have a large collection. You don't have to become a germaphobe,  take small steps and use common sense. Once you have worked sanitizing in your makeup routine, you will find out that it takes very little of your time. Taking care and keeping your makeup clean is taking care of your health. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

MAC Prep+Prime Skin Brightening Serum

On the last week of October, after I recovered from my bout of skin allergies and irritation, I was left with dry and dull looking skin. The products I was using that time were no longer working for me. No amount of moisturizing helped, my skin was no longer flaking, but it remained dry and dull. This made me decide to revamp my skincare regimen. I was aware that using new products all at the same time was not advisable, afterall, I just recovered from allergies. But, after having lousy skin for almost two months, I was a little desperate.

The one thing I wanted to add on my regimen was a serum. I wanted something that was hydrating, brightening, contained antioxidants and can be used during the day or night. My online research brought out so many products, I narrowed down my choice between MAC and Kiehl's. I decided to go with MAC because I had good experience with their skincare line so far and  have easier access to their stores.

The Prep+Prime Brightening Serum promises brighter and smoother complexion while keeping the skin hydrated. It comes in a black plastic bottle with a pump. The pump is very effective in that it delivers just the right amount and the cap can be twisted to lock the pump in place (very helpful when travelling). The opaque bottle and pump dispenser ensures that the product inside is protected as exposure to light and air will oxidize vitamin C, one of the more potent antioxidant in the product, making it useless. The serum has a thin, light texture and is absorbed in the skin right away. I can use a moisturizer or a primer on top of it and don't feel like I piled on products on my face.

The brightening effect of this serum is mainly due to vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside), but it also contains other antioxidants that are good for the skin such as Vit. E (tocopherol) and green tea. After a week of using this together with products from Dermalogica, I noticed an improvement on my skin condition. My skin looked brighter and softer. People at work started to notice and some even asked if I had something done while I was away on leave :). I have been  using this for almost six weeks now and my skin has never been better. My skin texture has certainly improved and this probably helped fade some of my hyperpigmentation. I know that the improved condition of my skin is not due to this product alone, but this is the first time that I'm using a serum and I'm happy with the results.  

Aside from Prep+Prime Brightening serum, I'm also currently using products from Dermalogica. As usual I will share my experience on these products in my future blog posts. For you gals in Asia where the MAC Lightful line is available, this serum is the same as the Lightful Charged Essence Serum. I compared their ingredients while I was at the MAC store and they are exactly the same.

I stayed away from serums before because they are expensive, now wish that I started using them earlier. Do you use serums? What serums do you like? Do you use different serums for day and night, please share your experience on the comments below, they are very much appreciated.
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