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Beauty Obsessions – June 2014

Hi! I’m back after almost one month break – feeling totally refreshed! Still working hard to regain my blogging mojo.

It’s been a while since I last wrote about beauty products that I like. Lately, I’ve found some products that I really like, so I thought, why not I start from them.

So, here are my latest beauty obsessions:

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1. NeoStrata SKIN ACTIVE Line Lift 

This may be the answer to my wrinkles woes! The new SKIN ACTIVE Line Lift from NeoStrata is a two-step treatment specifically targets deep lines and folds through the stimulation of skin’s own natural collagen and hyaluronic acid.

With the help of patented ingredients such as Aminofil™, NeoGlucosamine® and NeoCitrate™, Line Lift duo can plump up the skin, improving the appearance of lines and wrinkles that were resulted from repetitive facial expressions and UV damage.

This is seriously better than needles, and convenient if you’re too busy to see an aesthetic doctor. It’s useful for areas such as forehead lines, frown lines, laugh lines, crow’s feet and undereye lines.

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On Step 1, I apply the Aminofil™ Activator on my areas of concern – mainly laugh lines and undereye lines. It has a precision roller ball that makes the application so easy and direct onto deep expression lines. I gently massage it with my finger tip until it’s fully absorbed.

The texture of this activator is quite thick, so initially, I was a bit put off by its stickiness. Then, I told myself to be patient and gentle tap the solution until it’s fully absorbed onto my skin. When it’s fully absorbed, it doesn’t feel sticky anymore.

On Step 2, I apply the Finishing Complex over Step 1 and gently massage it until it’s fully absorbed. The texture of the Finishing Complex is quite thick and heavy, so it leaves my skin a bit oily after the application.

I apply it after all my serums and before my moisturizer.

This product is recommended to be used twice a day, but I only use it once at night. Reason is – I find it a bit uncomfortable with the stickiness and oiliness on my face during the day (although it’s really not that bad). I confess that I have a super low tolerance towards stickiness and oiliness.

Nonetheless, this product really delivers fast results! I noticed the first visible improvements on the fine lines around my eyes after using it for about a month.

I would recommend this product to any anti-aging obsessed women, who are still in search for the answer to their wrinkles woes. This product can only be purchased from clinics.

2. SK-II Cellumination Aura Essence

I purchased this product from the duty-free shop (airport) during my last travel, and the price is about $230 for 50ml. It’s gentle on the skin but tough on the pocket! I mean, it’s really quite expensive to be used on long term.

I’m totally in love with this essence the first time I use it. The white serum is very light and easily absorbed. Its dropper design provides the ease of use and avoids wastage. I use two pumps each time.

The essence has a very sweet smell that easily lifts up my mood in the morning. I use it twice daily, in the morning and at night, before applying the moisturizer. I’m almost finishing my first bottle, and I feel that my skin tone is brighter and more even now.

Although I haven’t feel that aura-like glow yet (as in the advertisement), I’m quite confident that this product will work. So I will continue to use it.

3. Rejuvenating Serum from PCA Skin

I love any product that says rejuvenating! Yes, make me look young again, please…

I was first introduced to PCA Skin by The Face Aesthetic Clinic, and since then, I’ve been a big fan of their products. They are really good.

This ultimate age-defying serum uses epidermal growth factor (EGF) technology to stimulate cell proliferation and skin renewal. A blend of botanicals and potent antioxidants prevent cellular water loss, helping to keep skin firm, smooth and protected from damaging free radicals.

This serum goes on smoothly, and has a nice light feel and smell. My skin feels firmer after using it for about 3 weeks. Hands down the best serum I’ve ever tried to keep my skin looking smooth and fresh. I’ll definitely continue to use it.

The price is about $140 for a small bottle of 29.5ml (roughly two months’ usage), but I’ve found a cheaper source through eBay where I’m restocking my serum now.

4. Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 from PCA Skin

Perhaps my biggest mistake is skipping sunscreen during my younger days, and that’s why all the brown spots were popping out as revenge since I hit my thirties.

As advised by Dr. Zhang from The Face Aesthetic Clinic, I started applying this sunscreen daily – another awesome product from PCA Skin.

This broad spectrum sunscreen provides UVA/UVB protection with the technology of ultra-sheer zinc oxide and a blend of additional sunscreen ingredients. Its unique quick-absorbing and light finish makes it ideal for people with oily or breakout-prone skin, and those who dislike the feel of traditional sunscreen products.

Honestly I’ve never liked sunscreen because they tend to make my face super oily or left a scary white tint. Ever since I’ve tried Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45, I was totally amazed at how LIGHT and SILKY it feels after the application. It has, to my satisfaction, goes nicely under my powder foundation too.

Weightless is certainly no exaggeration here!

5. Age-Revival Stem Cell Eye+ from Skin Inc

This is possibly the most expensive eye cream that I’ve ever purchased. It is priced at $190 for as little as 15ml.

A luxuriant, yet light weight eye cream with 20 active ingredients that incorporates stem cell technology and plant extracts with anti-ageing, healing and calming properties. This eye cream aims to resolve five main eye care concerns – lines, dryness, puffiness, sagging skin and dark circles.

I have very bad dark eye circles that I almost can’t leave home without a concealer. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any major improvements in my dark eye circles yet (after using for almost one month). I still have half a jar left and will continue to use it. Hopefully, it will work for me.

I like this eye cream because it’s very lightweight and absorbs easily with just a few soft strokes.

That’s my current beauty obsession. If you have any fantastic product to recommend, please share with me too! I love to hear from you.

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