Before I begin let me just say two things:
- This is not a sponsored post, it’s just what I know now and what I like right now. I just want to make that clear.
- I am not an expert on anything, I’m just a woman who has about 5 mins spare at the start and end of each day in which to transform myself from haggard witch to hot wife/fun mum/normal looking. My priority with products is therefore what requires the least amount of time for the most amount of face/hair/skin improvement. Nothing very scientific about this.
What do I know now?
Nothing, but nothing, clogs your pores quite like Singapore air. The mix of humidity, sweat, and pollution makes for a particularly nasty trio. If you’re an instagrammer you might have seen a post a little while ago where I was singing the praises of The Body Shop Tea Tree line. I’ll be honest, I’m just going to take this as an opportunity to say it’s the best face wash I’ve ever used (of products in a similar price bracket anyway, the face wash is listed at S$20.90). So if you have skin that is prone to naughty little breakouts you should definitely give this range a try, it won’t break the bank and comes with all the usual Body Shop ethical kudos attached. I use it with my trusty ProX by Olay Advanced Cleansing System (ignore the fancy name, it’s a face brush) to really get it into the nooks and crannies for a lovely clean finish. This brush is definitely one of the cheapest on the market (less than S$40) but does the job absolutely fine, so don’t be put off by the boring appearance or cheap and cheerful price, mine’s been going for a couple of years and hasn’t fallen apart yet! The other Body Shop products I’ve been enjoying are their new range of face masks. I’ve been using the Energising Amazonian Acai Radiance Mask and the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask and for the price point they’re ok (S$32.90 for 75ml). The pots are nice looking in the bathroom, and a little of the product goes a long way so I expect the pots will last a little while, but I’m yet to see the skin transformation I’d hoped for (given how effective a teeny squeeze of their face wash is twice a day, I had high hopes). I think I’ll probably save up and treat myself to a tube of Rodial Glamoxy Snake Mask which I’ve heard great things about, but it is alot pricier coming in at S$129 for 50ml. Yikes, it better be uh-mazing for that. My one concern with the Rodial mask is that it’s a peel-off. I had a rather unfortunate experience with a peel-off mask I’d brought over from the UK, which basically melted off my face and fell onto the pages of the magazine I was reading at the time in horrible gloopy green blobs. It made an unattractive look about a million times worse. And if I’m paying upwards of a hundred bucks for a face mask it had better not just slide off my face, another sad casualty of the Singapore climate. Really I need a tester to you know, test, before I splash out, but they’re not available (here anyway). Face mask roulette it is.
Next up in my somewhat rudimentary skincare routine is a once over with clarifying lotion and a slather of moisturizer. I am so stuck in my ways that I’m still using the same stuff I used through angsty teen years, boozy uni years and hormone riddled project procreation years, just because if they got me through those then I’m forever grateful and will never be disloyal. That last part is actually completely untrue, but I bought a big bottle of my one true love, Clinique Clarifying Lotion Number 2, on my way to Singapore and I’m not going to stop using it until the bottle has been finished. Which will take a while. And then I *might* be tempted by another product. But probably not. In addition I also swear by Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (I have been a member of the Clinique 3 step skincare army since about 2004), and a couple of squirts morning and night leave my skin feeling lightly refreshed and not greasy or bogged down. However, since moving to Singapore I have also started using a dollop of Superdefense Daily Defense Moisturizer pre-make up because it contains SPF20 and antioxidants and everything else city skin needs. Well, that’s the hype anyway. It’s nice though, if a little gloopy and heavy feeling, I also combine it with the eye cream from the same line because I face the very real first world problem daily of being 28 and fighting spots and wrinkles at the same time.
These are the things no one tells you about growing up. Some days I get mistaken for a teenage girl, other days I look like I’ve led a hard life. Neither of which are the appearance I’m hoping for. So, like every other twenty-something I know, I trawl beauty blogs and magazines for the latest breakthrough products to make the unpretty pretty. And everytime I don’t end up looking like the airbrushed face of perfection flogging the stuff I go back on my hunt, a little older, my skin a little less pimply or a little less wrinkly (never both at the same time), my bathroom shelf a little more cluttered, my purse a little emptier, but me? Absolutely non the wiser.