Product Empties – Hair, Skin and Makeup

The last post I made seemed to be popular, so I wanted to do another product empties post again. I was really upset, because I actually lost half of my products when I was cleaning out my stuff. I must have mistaken the empty bottles for trash and threw them all straight in the bin before I could take any photos of them, so unfortunately for me, I wasn’t able to get photos of my La Mer soft cream, the Creme de La Mer, POLA Grand Luxe, Albion Skin Conditioner, Sulwhasoo First Treatment Essence, Clinique Moisture Surge cream, Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask or The History of Whoo Whitening Ampoule set.

Nonetheless, I did manage to keep some items and so I will be talking about them here. Prepare yourself for ugly photos, dirty bottles and blurry pictures, because I am a professional blogger after all.


SKINCARE

ALLIE Sun block

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I mentioned this product many times, and I believe that I did include this in my last empties post. I did end up repurchasing another 2 bottles, which both are now completely used up. I really love this sunblock as it has SPF 50 PA ++++, it’s light weight, absorbs nicely into the skin, gives slight white cast that appears natural on my skin and it’s wearable under makeup. The only problem I encountered with this sunblock is that locally, the prices were initially only $49.95 AUD, but with our ever declining market and dollar strength, prices for this baby are sitting at an average of $55 per bottle. Sure, the price was steep to begin with, but now I’m starting to feel it’s a bit ridiculous.

Would I repurchase? Probably, once the price stabilizes again, otherwise I might have to look for another sunblock that performs just as well as this one (which I can easily find because Allie UV blocks are comparable to Kanebo’s UV Milk/Gel and Innisfree’s Eco Safety IMO).

KOSE Speedy Cleansing Oil

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A cheap spend, and a decent oil cleanser. Honestly, when it comes to cleansing, I don’t really care what product I use, provided it does the job effectively, is pH balanced suitable for the skin, and it is easily accessible to me. It’s very rare I stick to one brand of cleanser or cleansing oil, since I generally don’t care about it too much.

This cleansing oil isn’t an exception to my feelings of cleansing. It does the job very well, it’s gentle on my skin, breaks down makeup and emulsifies easily. I can’t really fault it at all, and it’s pretty cheap as well.

Would I repurchase? Sure, if this is the cheapest oil out in the AB market. Otherwise, I’d just go for the cheaper option, if there are any.

MANDOM Bifesta Cleansing Wipes – Bright Up

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These have been a GOD SENT product. You guys know I absolutely DESPISE cleansing wipes, but these ones are enriched with the same liquid found in their micellar water, so I’m never worried whenever I use these sheets. I even wrote a whole blog post about them, which you can read about here.

Would I repurchase? I try not too, only because having cleansing wipes at the disposal can encourage laziness when it comes to skincare, but everyone knows that I’ll end up grabbing another package eventually.

MANDOM Bifesta Cleansing Lotion

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Here starts the blurry photos.

Just like the wipes, I wrote a whole blog post on this product, so you can have a read of it here.

Would I repurchase? I like this micellar water, but I do prefer the Acne specific one from this range, so not necessarily repurchase the moist version, unless the Acne specific isn’t available. Actually, let me rephrase this.

I would repurchase depending on stock availabilities, in this order:

  1. Acne Care
  2. Bright Up
  3. Moist Up
  4. Q10 Enriched

So, to clarify, if the Acne Care isn’t available, then I would repurchase the cleansing water in the Bright Up formula and so on, so forth.

HELLO FACE Milky Drop Cream

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Remember that DoctorCos branded cream I talked about ages ago? This utilizes the same droplet technology where the cream produced liquid droplets upon application to provide extra hydration for the skin. I found that this cream was a bit harder to absorb than the DoctorCos cream, but provided the same level of hydration as the DoctorCos.

Would I repurchase? Since this cream provided my skin with whitening care, that helped with hyper pigmentation, I would say I might repurchase it, since whitening care is so damn expensive. Otherwise, I’m inclined to go for different creams since there are better alternatives to this one in particular.

SECRET KEY Snow White Essence

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I heard about this product back when I was working customer service in cosmetics retail, from a Muslim customer who only shopped skin whitening products. She basically told me this was THE product to help brighten the skin, and really stop your skin from getting darker. Since, back then, my peers and a few customers made me feel uncomfortable with my skin tone, I went out and bought a bottle to really “fix” my skin tone.

To clarify, I actually like my skin tone now; I think dark skin, light skin and everything in between are equally beautiful, and for me to think otherwise back then, was a bit stupid. Nonetheless, this is truly an example of how peer pressure or even bullying (if you can call it that) can affect someone’s mental state.

Back to skin care, I used this bottle hoping for a whiter and “more beautiful” me, but this bottle did absolutely nothing other than make my skin appear overly compensated with sebum.

Would I repurchase? HELL NO.

LEADERS INSOLUTION Wrinkle-Tox First Ampoule Mask

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I was planning to do a separate blog post on this mask alone, but I lost my photos when I was doing my monthly clean out of images in my phone. Mistakingly, I deleted the mask images along with older blogging content that has already been published, so there goes my hard work down the drain.

Oh well.

As far as this mask goes, it was in this vial-like bottle seeped in serum and wrapped around a stick. The whole mask and design aspect itself was very interesting and nothing like I’ve ever seen before. Using the mask however, my skin was itchy and red upon application, and remained red for the rest of the day. The morning after, my face blew up with pimples.

Would I repurchase? Oh my god yes. I love getting allergic reactions and pimples all over my face.

if you can’t tell this is sarcasm, then you need to turn your locations on so we can chat.

ETUDE HOUSE Dust Cut Facial Mist

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I don’t know why I bought this facial mist to be honest, but all I can remember was that the bottle was retailed for $35 AUD. Now, I’m not sure about you guys overseas, but here in Australia, Etude House is NEVER above $30, no sir. I say, that even though I don’t find it expensive at all, if you’re going to purchase a drug store branded item, then you’d expect to be paying drug store prices, right?

Overall, the mist itself was ok, albeit a bit dry on the skin. I mean, it’s to be expected if your mist claims to “cut the dust”.

Would I repurchase? Not at that price. Otherwise, I might get me another bottle.

AVENE Eau Thermale

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AKA canned and compressed water.

What is there to say, other than Avene is EXPENSIVE here in Perth, and that it literally is water in a mist can.

It’s good for sensitive skin. BECAUSE IT’S WATER!
It helps to smooth and soften the skin. BECAUSE IT’S FUCKING WATER!!!!!!

Need I say more? Oh BTW I got the largest size and spent $59.95 AUD on it, so other than it being just a can of water, it’s also ridiculously priced. Who in their right mind is OK with spending close to 60 bucks on a can of water?

Would I repurchase? I’m notorious for spending and wasting money on unnecessary shit, but this is a bit too much. I’d rather buy a carton of carbonated water and use that as bathing water, than to repurchase this facial mist.

INNISFREE Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

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Cult favorite, my favorite. I have a Whoo clay mask that costed me a whopping $90 that honestly, performs less than what this mask can offer, and the Innisfree only cost me a quarter of the price. It’s a clay mask, it tightens, softens the skin, brightens the complexion AND it tightens pores. Needless to say, everyone can get their hands on it.

Would I repurchase? Of course; it’s cheap, effective, and it lasts a long time.

CLINIQUE Smart Treatment Oil

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This is the beginning of dirty packaging as well.

I was pressured by the staff there to purchase a bottle. She literally made me feel like shit, left tissue paper tearing all over my face after I received a facial over there, and disregarded the fact my skin was literally burning when she applied not only a clay mask I’m allergic to, but also a toner that literally causes my skin to bleed. That stupid bitch made me look bad, feel bad, then came and said a few words that would have had me permanently removed from the shopping centre if I didn’t buy this oil. I was absolutely FUMING, but I couldn’t have myself permanently removed; I worked INSIDE the centre.

I bit my tongue and purchased the damn oil. What else could I have done? Sure, I could have told a few people and got them to help me out, but with no solid evidence, it would be word for word. A formal complaint written in handwriting would also have done nothing. Calling the store manager on her pasty ass? Again, word for word. Ain’t there a single thing I could have said or done to fix the issue.

Nonetheless, that’s in the past and I was stuck with a facial oil I didn’t really need. What did I think of it? Well, it was an oil, and it went on my skin. It absorbed terribly, made my skin congested because it sat only on the surface of my skin, and it smelt really weird.

Would I repurchase? I didn’t even want to purchase it to begin with. It felt disgusting during the facial massage.

ETUDE HOUSE AC Clinic Daily

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If this is old packaging, and the new designs came out a while ago, guess how long I had THIS cleanser for.

Yes, I know this is the older formula.

Yes, I know I should have ridden this from my skin care a long time ago.

Yes, I know I ran the risk of skin irritation.

But, I didn’t get any skin troubles, I used it before the expiry date, given that packaging dates differ from the time you open the product and expose it to air for the first time, and I knew that after using this cleanser, I could compare this to the new AC Clean Up.

Would I repurchase? Well, no, because I can’t now. AC Clean Up cleanser, I would purchase it for Summer when my acne gets really bad. It’ll give me an indication as to how the new formula fairs against the classic I’ve fallen in love with over the years.

ETUDE HOUSE AC Clean Up Toner

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This toner, compared to the original smells less chemically, but still has that medicinal scent to it. Other than that, the pricing point was the same, as so were the functions and capabilities.

Would I repurchase? Since I’m using a BHA active now, I’m not 100% sure I can, but otherwise I would, since it helps with acne and isn’t drying like other acne skincare products in the market.

POLA White BA Day Mask

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Probably the ONLY high end product I was able to retain in my empties garbage.

This mask is somewhat of an extra step, and dedicated for all the extra people in the AB community. This is like a serum, except it is to be worn AFTER applying your moisturizers and such. That said, if you skip out on lotion, cream or whatever you use to keep your skin well hydrated, then relying on this mask is a huge no no.

I found that this mask was quite moist, kept my skin looking brighter, plumper and more glossy than if I were to skip this product altogether. However, being that BA is a collagen based product and intended for those with aging skin, it didn’t click in my mind that this wouldn’t be compatible with my dehydrated, yet, oily skin type at the time of usage. It goes without saying that this mask left me really oily after 3 hours, and it didn’t help my makeup if worn underneath. As a stand alone product itself though, I found this day mask was beautiful on the skin, even with the oily complexion, and it did keep my skin feeling hydrated throughout the day.

Would I repurchase? Since I can get my hands on POLA for a lovely price of $0, I don’t need to purchase it at all, but I did actually spend my money for this bottle, since my regular supplier of POLA didn’t have any Day Mask left, and I had to venture out to buy one for real. At a starting price point of $205 AUD, I think the fuck not.

HAIR CARE

POLA Emollient Oil Essence

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This hair oil is the most pricey from what I’ve tried so far, sitting at $35 AUD per bottle. It isn’t cheap, but it worked wonders for my severely dry and damaged hair. I could wear the oil essence alone as a leave in, or use it as a pre flat iron treatment to coat and protect the hair itself. The scent is florally and light, which I liked, and the essence was thick enough to have an effect on my hair, but light enough that it didn’t weigh my hair down.

Would I repurchase? Definitely. It’s the best oil I’ve used to date, and I don’t think Western brand hair oils live up to the quality that POLA hair care provides.

FUDGE Clean Blonde Shampoo

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Back when I had grey hair, this is all I used to retain the ashy color. It works wonders for people who want to achieve the ashy tone, or for those who want to maintain ash grey or silver hair. The only downfall is that the formula of this shampoo strips your hair completely of any moisture, leaving your hair dry.

Would I repurchase? Now that my hair is brown, I see no need for this shampoo. Maybe if I decide to dye my hair again, I’ll consider it.

FUDGE Clean Blonde Conditioner

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OK this photo is unusable even for my standards.

Clearly I went for the blurry aspect of this photo. It’s my aesthetic.

Nah I’m joking.

I actually suck.

This conditioner is purple toned just like the shampoo, and is designed to act as a second wash of purple to achieve less brassy toned hair. However, the color is so light, that this conditioner does nothing to address hair tone whatsoever. On top of that, the conditioning capabilities of this product are so sub par that you’re better off wasting money on the cheapest hair conditioner you can find at the drug store.

Would I repurchase? I’d rather spend the $25 on food to sustain my hunger rather than this.

JOICO Intensive Hydrator Treatment

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I actually asked the sales assistant to help me find a rich hair mask to keep my hair feeling softer and less frizzy, in which she suggested this product to me. Going home, I had high expectations for this hair mask, since the only other hair packs I liked were from Ichigami and Fino. This mask performed worse than those two, and left my hair feeling the same after washing, as if I were to not use it at all.

What a waste of $39.95.

Would I repurchase? No, and I’ll happily stick to my Fino for $19.95.

MATRIX Biolage Advanced Keratindose

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Unlike other keratin hair care products, this one didn’t smell like I pissed all over my hands. That immediately was a good sign. The same lady that suggested the shitty hair pack, also suggested me this.

As a product, it really kept my hair feeling a little bit healthier and more glossy in appearance. I hate the spray nozzle though, since the keratin essence was too thick to be sprayed on in a fine mist. Nope, the keratin came out in jets of liquid. Overall though, not a bad product, but nowhere near $35 good.

Would I repurchase? If this ever went on sale, then yes. Otherwise, I’ll probably go back to smelling like piss again, with the cheap $6 Korean keratin essences.

TRESEMME Luxurious Moisture Conditioner

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Everyone uses Tresemme because it’s big, cheap and easily accessible. I only bought a bottle because the AB stores didn’t have any Ichikami in stock, and that made me real sad. Nonetheless, as a fill in conditioner, it lasted longer than my Ichikami (I use a LOT of conditioner) and it worked fine too.

Would I repurchase? Sure, if I can’t find a replacement to Ichikami since it iS ALWAY S OUT OF STO C    K

ICHIKAMI Moisturizing Shampoo

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Speaking of the devil, this shampoo is my go to. It smells nice, works nice, and it’s $25 per bottle so nothing too crazy. I can wash with this and literally go without conditioner if I’m running late, and my hair won’t feel dry at all.

Would I repurchase? I don’t know, ask the AB stores when they’re getting their stock back.

ICHIKAMI Moisturizing Conditioner

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Just like above, this works great, smells great and costs the same amount of money. There really is nothing else to say about it.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

YANAGIYA Hair Tonic – Super Cool

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This tonic is supposed to stimulate the hair follicles to effectively keep your hair healthier and grow stronger. I bought this only because my head gets really hot, and I wanted a tonic to cool down the scalp in order to make my makeup last longer throughout the day. This tonic did just that.

I guess as far as it’s “actual” claims goes, it did alright. Nothing fancy.

Would I repurchase? Depending on my tolerance to heat in the upcoming summer, I might have to think about it.

MAKEUP

TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Artclass By Rodin – Illuminizer

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I don’t know if I can give a fair review on this since I was only able to use the highlighter 5 times before I accidentally dropped it and it smashed everywhere in my bathroom causing me to cry heavily for he next 300 years as I reflect back in my life trying to pinpoint where I went wrong as a child.

As far as a highlight goes, it worked beautifully from memory, the colors were really nice and the shimmer was natural since it wasn’t strewn with chunky glitters. Just like the contour, the powder itself is very smooth, and glides upon the skin for a beautiful yet skin like finish.

Would I repurchase? Well I have to, since I never even got to try it out properly.

TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Artclass By Rodin – Contour

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Speaking of contour, this is probably the 6th one I’ve used up completely since I first got my hands on it. I love contour, probably a bit too much. That’s probably why I always look muddy in real life, whenever people see me.

Would I repurchase? Well, I only used 6 so far, so I don’t know…

INNISFREE Long Wear Cushion

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This is the OG cushion and not the new formula. I’m yet to try it out and see whether it’s the same thing or something completely different, but from what I had here, the cushion itself was nice, matte and stayed on for a very long time.

Would I repurchase? I actually want the My Cushions, you know, the ones with the hella fancy packaging where you can custom design your own case to make it match your cushion aesthetics. If I can get that, then yes I would love to buy another one.

NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray

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I have been sleeping on NYX for so damn long, and I’m so mad with myself because NYX is actually so damn good! This setting spray included.

I can’t say much, since this literally goes over the top of your makeup, makes your base real glossy and sets makeup into place for the entire day.

Would I repurchase? It’s a couple of dollars, fuck the Too Cool For School one I was using before.


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Product Empties [ HAIR ]

I usually don’t do empties posts, and I probably won’t for quite a while; but while I have a lot of empty products, I thought why not let the public know exactly what I have been using and my thoughts on these all. Welcome back to the Beauty Aesthetics, and for the first post of 2017, let’s rummage through my trash! (Quite literally, because I pulled everything out from the trash, so don’t expect clean bottles. The photos I took are pretty “trash” themselves.)

As a reference, in case some of you guys don’t know, during Summer I have oily sensitive skin, prone to acne, and enlarged pores. During Winter, I have combination sensitive skin, prone to acne. My pores seem to be manageable during Winter than it is during the Summer time. I have extremely damaged, color treated hair, with a slightly sensitive scalp all year round, and I have extremely sensitive skin around my armpits, on parts of my arms, thighs and delicate skin on my ankles.

I had to split this post up, because otherwise it’ll be WAY too long. This one in particular will only include items used on my head. Click the links below to read the other Empties posts

Skincare
Makeup
Body
Miscellaneous (up soon)


SHISEIDO Tsubaki Shampoo (Extra Moist)

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A shampoo that utilizes the natural oils found in camellia flowers to nourish and protect the hair and scalp, whilst providing a proper scalp cleanse for dandruff and excess sebum free hair.

Since my go to shampoo was out of stock (for way longer than necessary) I decided to give the Tsubaki range another shot. I have used this shampoo before, when it was in the old packaging and I have to say I didn’t like it back then. Reusing it once more, my feelings towards this shampoo hasn’t really changed. I didn’t see any difference to my hair other than the fact that this shampoo dried my hair out a bit, and had a strong floral scent. I will say though, that the scent is a lot less than the old formula, and somewhat smells nicer. However, still not a fan.

I got this bottle for $28 AUD which isn’t cheap and for what it’s worth, there is no way I’m making a repurchase. I really thought that it would do at least something for me, but I guess I got my hopes too high for Shiseido once again.

SHISEIDO Tsubaki Conditioner (Extra Moist)

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Just like the shampoo, this uses camellia flower oils to protect and nourish the hair.

I use more conditioner than I do shampoo, so I expect conditioners to really keep my hair more manageable after showering, no matter what brand it is. Again, I was expecting a bit too much from Tsubaki, and unfortunately for me, I was again let down. Very similar to the shampoo, I didn’t enjoy the conditioner in the old formula, and this conditioner now, still didn’t impress me in the slightest.

I’m not repurchasing for the exact reasons as the shampoo. The bottle was $28 AUD and I was expecting a little bit of help from this product but was heavily let down.

KRACIE Ichigami Hair and Scalp Treatment Mask (Rich)

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This hair mask utilizes floral oils to help nourish, repair and protect the hair that is damaged from treatments, environmental damage, or provide an abundance of moisture to parched hair.

I love the scent of this mask, since it has that florally scent without it being too unbearable like the Tsubaki. I used this mask religiously for a good 4 months, since this did come with a mask package AND a refill. I noticed that using the mask, it did feel really heavy in my hair, the product was extremely thick and washing out the product made my hair feel extremely dry and stiff. However, when my hair was dried; either towel drying, blowdry or natural drying, my hair actually became really manageable and less brittle. This mask is one of those masks that can be used for 3-5 minutes, or for 3 hours. Whether you use it for a brief time, or for a really long time, the difference is no different.

I would like to repurchase this mask, but I’m currently exploring through other brands just to compare their effects to the Ichigami. The price for the mask and refill set was $24 AUD which isn’t too bad either, since you’re basically getting two products, making each bottle about $12 each.

MISE EN SCENE Perfect Repair Perfect Serum

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A hair oil serum that you apply to your hair to protect against 7 different hair problems, including, but not limited to color treated hair, damaged hair, brittle and dry hair.

I have used Mise En Scene before, and I have to say that the brand itself is not only incredibly cheap, but it really does what they claim for each product. This oil included, does really make my hair feel and smell good. The scent is light, but quite florally that sort of acts as a perfume as it escapes your scalp.

I’m on the fence with this oil, because it’s good, but not WOW factor. There are oils that are cheaper here in Australia, that I like just as much as this oil. Since this was imported direct from Korea, the price jacked up from about $8 to $18, which isn’t a small jump either. Had I lived in Korea whilst using this, sure this oil would be a definite repurchase, since it’s virtually accessible in every mart, and for a really low price.

CP-1 Keratine Injection Ceramide Treatment

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This hair serum contains keratine which helps to repair damaged root, ends and protect the hair overall from distressed caused by environemtal factors, heat or coloring.

The scent of this serum, like many others, smells of urine. Pure, honest to God urine scented hair product. I can’t use this without gagging or vomiting a little in my mouth. I have to say though, that I did notice my hair felt a little bit healthier whenever I reached for this little tube, and at $8 per bottle, it isn’t badly priced.

A repruchase isn’t necessary for me when it comes to a serum like this, because I find oils work better with my hair, but I didn’t hate it while I was using it. I found it pleasant actually. I feel that if I were to come across this particular serum, then I would purchase if I had spare cash, but in no way am I going out of my way to find it again.


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Q&A with Anthonay [ 35 ]

I can’t believe Q&A got this far; I’m so happy I have regular readers for this little tag I started. You guys are probably wondering why I’m late this morning. I overslept, easiest explanation HAHA! I worked 12hrs yesterday and also, the day before I didnt get home till really late as well. Let’s just say fatigue might be setting in again, but I’ll stay strong. Let’s get started.


Honey, you looked really angry on Thursday, how come?

I wasn’t angry, more tired. I have bitch dace syndrome and when I’m that tired, I can’t find myself smiling at all. Sorry if you did get the impression I wasn’t happy that day. I ensure you, I was in a good mood and I just couldn’t force a smile anymore. I wanted to sleep.

How did you get your skin condition to be so flawless?

With a heap of concealer and high coverage base makeup. Literally, my face has just as much flaws as any other person, so I can’t verify with you that my skin is flawless. I will, however tell you that I do spend a lot of time dedicated to addressing my skin everyday, which is probably a huge factor in how my skin is today. Daily cleansing and correct products will ensure you a path to great skin, so just keep up with it, and make sure you have the right products for your face.

You’re an asshole, but a good kind of asshole. You proved that on Saturday and I’m very impressed.

Thanks. This isn’t a question but more of a statement, and I will take this as a compliment. I will assume I know what you’re talking about, and yes, I am an asshole. I’ve been lied to so many times and that has made me this kind of person. I prefer to be direct and honest when needed because sometimes sugar coating isn’t a good thing to use when talking about something at all. At the end of the day, you’d prefer the cold hard truth over something slightly fabricated right?

What’s your next plan with your hair?

I want to change my hair colour once again, and probably going back to almost black since I’m too lazy these days managing silvery grey hair. My main focus is reviving my hair back to somewhat of a healthy condition. Once I get to that point, I want to maintain healthy hair, even if it’s coloured.

You’ve been drinking A LOT of coffee I see. Why, and do you always get coffee at Tommy Sugo now?

I like looking at beautiful faces. Enough said. HAHA

Your date on Thursday going to Ogilvies looked fun. Is the cafe honestly good?

Yes it is. I will note that the owner is someone I know and you guys might assume I’m being biased. Please keep in mind though, that food is most important, no matter who is working there, so if the food is good, I can happily recommend the place to you. Ogilvies is definitely up there for cafes and one of my new favourite places to relax with a cup of coffee and a sandwich without the hefty prices. If you are around Subiaco, please check it out for yourself. Mention my name “Anthony from Cosmehut” as well if you go there, because that might get you extra favours HAHA!

Are you planning to do a giveaway soon?

I’d like to, when I become more popular, so yes. It’s something I want to do, because who doesn’t like to receive free things? Promote my blog and I’ll hold a giveaway for y’all.


That’s it for Q&A for today. If you had any questions, then don’t forget to send in your submissions through to my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or message me on Wechat.

Anthony signing out.

love anthony ♡

[ SKIN SOLUTIONS ] The Golden Hour

Have you ever heard the term “beauty sleep” thrown around whenever people talk about getting some shut eye at night? Well, studies show that going to sleep can improve your physical appearance, as there are proven results showing that sleeping at a certain time can give you a boost in overall health and glow to your complexion the morning after. This time of the night, is called the Golden Hour, and here I’ll discuss how certain times of the night can affect your skin health for the following day. This was initially a Q&A question submitted in by one of my readers, and now has become a dedicated post. CONGRATULATIONS!


During the night, when you fall asleep, your skin undergoes a strong cycle of cell regeneration and repairing to recondition or reform the skin texture. It is noted that the longer you sleep, the more your skin can heal, but it is essential that we prepare our skin for repairing by tending to our skin’s needs through cleansing and nightly care. All dermatologists, no matter whether they focus their studies on Western beauty or Asian beauty, will tell you that cleansing and tending to your skin in the night is possibly the utmost important steps to take in order to achieve flawless looking skin.

By sleeping for 7 to 9 hours a night, you feel more beautiful, and you can actually look more beautiful too. During your most deepest sleep, your body produces growth hormones that increase the process of regeneration, boosts collagen levels in the skin for tighter and youthful skin and proteins for skin strengthening to boost your immunity to infections, acne problems and skin deterioration. However, tending to your skin should be applied during the hours of the golden hour to maximize your skin’s output of all the goodies to wake up the most beautiful.

Korean people in particular claim that between 10PM and 2AM every night are when your cells from head to toe are at it’s  peak to regenerate, so it’s advised that you start any care from the moment it hits 10PM and you should fall asleep no later than 12AM at night. With a minimum of 2 hours rest during the golden hour, it is shown that those who sleep during the golden hour have clearer, brighter and more supple skin apposed to those who disregard the golden hour.

So how exactly should you cleanse your skin to reap the benefits of the golden hour? Here are my little tips to wake up with more flawless skin.

1) Proper skin cleansing

The moment it reaches 10PM, start removing all your makeup in preparation for your usual cleanser. I advise in using oil based cleansers, or an oil &water hybrid cleanser to effectively break down all traces of makeup, and unclog pores for a cleaner face prior to using your cleanser. When you use oil based products, the oil molecules are able to cling to all the dirt, makeup residues and any pollutants inhabiting your skin surface and deep into the pores so when you go to wash your skin, your pores become unclogged, dirt free and enlarged before you wash your face. Simply massage your face with an oil cleanser, focusing on the areas with the most heaviest makeup and around your largest pores to rid yourself from all the toxins and waste matter that can damage the skin.

Once your skin is clean, follow with a cleanser of your choice depending on your skin type and needs. Make sure to leave your face damp after washing away the oil cleanser using warm water to ensure your pores have opened up. Lather the cleanser into a thick foam and gently buff at your skin, focusing on following your skin texture, and in small circles, focus the cleanser along your pores to effectively clean your skin. Wash with warm water, and follow with cold water to constrict your pores.

Depending on whether you need to or not, you can follow with a wash off mask to target specific skin problems. If you use a mask, don’t wash your face with cold water until the mask has been removed with warm water. If you use an exfoliator, it is best to use it at night to shed all the dead skin cells off your face to prevent clogged pores during the night. That way, when you sleep, your skin can repair and strengthen the new skin that is revealed after exfoliating.

2) Toning

While your face is damp (not soaking wet and not completely dry) apply your toner to your skin by using either your hands or a gentle cotton pad, and follow your skin texture. By leaving your face damp, the water acts as a catalyst to help lock in hydration into your skin, rather than drying out your face. If you have a First Treatment essence, use this before your toner. There are also two different types of toners, so keep in mind to use the type of toner catered for your skin. Cleansing toners are usually thinner in consistency and work to cleanse your skin from any residual waste matter that may be sitting on your skin’s surface even after double cleansing. Hydrating toners run a little bit thicker and really soak into your skin well with boosted hydration care than cleansing toners do.

Toners are also more than likely to be pH balanced and help to recalibrate your skin back to optimal pH levels to reduce irritations and skin troubles. Skipping toner may be okay for some people, but for people like me, pH plays a huge role in the health of your skin, and without a good toner, your skin can shift too far up or down the pH levels and affect your skin in many different ways.

3) Essences, serums and ampoules

This is where most of your night care comes from. Essences, serums or ampoules, depending on what you get (and depending on whatever your brand refers to the product as) have highly concentrated ingredients to effectively target your skin troubles, especially during the night when your skin regenerates. Again, while your face is slightly damp from the toner, apply your serum to your face and allow the product to saturate your skin well. There isn’t a limit to how many essences or serums you can use, but keep in mind that not everyone works well with multiple layers on their face. It took me probably a year and a half to get used to a 12 or 13 step skincare routine without feeling like I lathered on 50 layers of crap on my face.

Some people, like me are too lazy to use these, but Asian skincare has taken serums into mask format, so using serum enriched sheet masks can help your skin absorb a huge quantity of serum in one go for a boost to your skin’s health and appearance. Leave it on for 15 or so minutes before ripping the mask off and patting your skin almost dry. It’s up to you if you want to follow up with other serums at your disposal but otherwise, these sheet masks are enough to skip serums out of your skincare whenever you use them.

4) Emulsions and moisturizers

Whatever you want to call them, it’s vitally important you moisturize after you apply your serums to lock in hydration, which prevents your pores from filling up with unneeded sebum. Moisturizing keeps your water to oil balance in check so by adding a huge dosage of hydration, you’re essentially cutting down on sebum levels in your skin. Keeping your skin hydrated can also reduce the likelihood of premature aging, and prevent scaly skin as you get older.

5) Eye and lip creams

Other than your neck, your eyes generally age faster than any other part of your body, so take note in keeping those areas well hydrated as well. Since we often miss out on hydrating our three O areas (eyes and lips, where we generally don’t cleanse or apply products) using an eye cream during the night will prevent crows feet, oily or parched eye areas and reduces the appearance of dark circles or swelling. Your lips also need some care too, as our lips will regenerate during the night. Apply lip balm or lip masks before you sleep for supple, soft and more plump looking lips whilst tackling any aging damages caused through environmental means.

6) Creams and sleeping masks

This isn’t vital, but some people will go the extra step in hydrating by using night creams and sleeping packs to boost the hydration levels even more. Most of the time, they work to add an extra level of moisturizing to your skin care, but also give your skin the added boost to make your skin elastic, promote the acid mantle function and fend off aging factors. Sleeping masks are more heavier than creams are and should be used every few days in conduction with night creams. Sleeping packs sometimes also work by using aromatherapy to help calm you whilst you sleep, in order to reduce stress levels that can inhibit the repairing state of your body whilst in deep sleep.


Did you know that your mind is also connected to your body function? Your skin won’t become any more beautiful when you’re not sleeping. It is known that sleeping a good amount every night reduces stress; sleep can relax you. Things like rosacea, eczema and acne tend to flare up when you’re stressed, particularly if your mind is not in a good state, so sleeping shuts off the emotional part of the brain which relaxes you, and in turn, improves your skin condition over the resting period. Think of it as a bodily reset for the day, to reboot and improve by the morning.

There are three extra tips I wanted to share with you that can help improve your skin over night. When you have completed your skincare, you should try and go to sleep before 12AM so you get at least 2 hours of golden hour in your resting time.

1) Sleep on your back

Sleeping on your side can actually promote fine lines and wrinkles to form on your face, since gravity can play a huge role in how your skin appears over time. By sleeping on your back, your body weight is shifted evenly so the effects of gravity aren’t as apparent. There is an old wives tale saying that “sleeping on silk pillows make your skin more beautiful” however there is no proof that silk pillows help in any way whatsoever. Sleeping on your side using a silk pillow will still force your body weight to shift unevenly, thus increasing the likelihood of premature aging.

2) Massage your extremities

Your hands and feet are probably the most impotent areas of your body to tend to. Your hands and feet are the extremities of your body that are most affected by heat and cold, so tending to your hands and feet will keep your skin looking better during the golden hour. By massaging your hands in particular, you’re shifting heat evenly through your body, which can help you to either warm up (which improves hydration care) or cool down (which improves pore size and sebum output). Don’t forget to moisturize your hands and feet as well.

3) Keep your hair loose

Some people swear by tying their hair up whilst sleeping to keep their hair healthier, but studies show that tying your hair up can actually affect the hair follicles. Your hair follicles become stressed when your hair is tied, clipped or pulled back for long periods of time, which makes your hair thinner, more brittle and prone to falling out. Not only that, but tying your hair up can have adverse results in your skin, forcing your face to stretch which can ultimately lead to sagging in the future.


I’m thinking of new ways to end my posts because I find my endings very boring. Do I link  my social networking sites to my posts like my Facebook Page or my other SNS sites? Do I ask you questions like how your skin reacts during the night, or whether you sleep at certain times of the night to maximize your skin’s appearance the morning after? I’ll think of a good ending soon enough, that’ll become somewhat like a signature for all my future posts. If you’re reading this, shouldn’t you be asleep now? I’ll end it here so you can get some shut eye.

Anthony signing out.

 

Q&A with Anthonay [ 28 ]

As this segment goes, I come back every weekend to compile a list of questions to answer that you guys all have sent in to me. Welcome to the weekly corner of my blog that you guys all love to read, the Q&A with Anthonay. You guys messaged me A LOT through the DM’s on twitter and inbox feature on Facebook, and it’s nice and all, but sometimes I’d love a comment once in a while too. Nonetheless, you guys sent me a few questions that I wanted to answer so here we go.


Do you spend more money on skincare or makeup?

Two people in store asked me this recently, but I’m answering it here since through my personal messages, this question came up. I love spending money on the latest makeup trend or the need sensation taking everyone by storm. I love trying out the new lip pies that hit the counter, or a revolutionary eyeliner that has become so hot it’s selling out fast. At the end of the day though, your makeup is only makeup and it can only perform optimally on a well looked after face. I don’t see the point in investing in a $400 makeup product, only to waste it if your face remains unclean and your skin issues aren’t well treated. I therefore spend more money on the skincare side, since good skin is what makes your makeup look beautiful. Taking good care of your skin is what sheds time off in the morning when you’re applying that BB cream or concealer. You’ll notice, that when you tend to your skin concerns starting from the skincare, you’ll need less time, product and effort in treating it or hiding it with the aid of makeup, which saves you extra minutes looking after, or doing something else. It’ll cut back on how much you need to use on your face which then leads to more natural looks since you’re not applying heavy layers of foundation or concealer to your skin.

To summarize, good skin means less makeup. Less makeup means less money thrown away, so I think personally, it’s vital to invest your money into skincare, so you’re not needing to buy unnecessary makeup products to conceal your flaws.

Can you overdose on beauty supplements?

Of course you can. Just like how you can overeat meats or have too much of one thing in your life, over consuming supplements can cause detriment to your body, and it ain’t pretty. Overdosing on things like vitamin C tablets or ceramide can cause your body to become upset. Vitamin C is well known for the benefits of a brighter and livelier kin tone, and high doses of vitamin is linked to skin whitening as well. However, consuming more than the recommended daily intake of vitamin C can cause your stomach to flip upside down and give you the runs, if not, harmful damage to your digestive system.

Ceramide, a building block for the production of collagen, water retention and healthy skin/hair is often consumed and found in a lot of beauty supplements to keep our bodies healthier and stronger. Overdosing on ceramide though, can actually decrease the strength of your hair, worsen your skin’s appearance and cause opposite reactions within your body.

Your best bet, go see a doctor or enquire with a pharmacist beforehand so you can get enough information from them in order to take your supplements in the correct dosage. Enquire with them the minimum and maximum YOU personally can take so you can adjust your levels according to what you want to improve in.

How did you get your hair grey?

I underwent multiple bleaching sessions. I tried to do it myself and my air ended up looking rainbow with 50 colors in my hair. Since I gave up on self bleaching, I went to a salon where they took my hair from a grade 8 (orange-blonde tone) to a grade 10 (light blonde). From there, I went for another bleaching session to lift my hair up to as close to white as possible. Please keep in mind though, that before I bleached my hair, the color was dark brown, so possibly sitting on the lines of a grade 3 or 4. While my hair was being treated, the damage I caused my hair with the self bleaching became incredibly aggravated, and my hair started to melt away. By the end of the bleaching, I had to chop almost all of my hair off, since I had huge balls of jelly sitting off of my scalp. Whatever was left over, seemed to be the healthier parts of my hair that was able to endure the vigorous bleaching sessions over time.

From there, my hair was a grade 12, basically white with the slightest tinge of yellow. My hairdresser added a purple toner to my hair, to remove all traces of gold and warmth from my hair, and we left it in for half an hour, which gave me the grey hair color. To maintain my hair color, I make sure to treat my hair with purple shampoo every few days to remove any yellow tones peeping through the grey.

Do you have to use serum when you care for your face?

No you don’t. Serums are basically thick creams you apply before your moisturizers (don’t forget to moisturize after because serums are NOT moisturizers, and though they hydrate fairly well depending on what you get, they can’t keep your skin hydrated for long) that are power packed full of special treatment ingredients to target certain specific skin issues. I’d say, unless you’re looking for a particular skin treatment you wanted to tackle, serums aren’t that all important, and you can simply stick with your 3 step skincare regime.

My lips are always dry. What can I use to help keep them hydrated?

I also suffer from excessively dry lips. I don’t go a day without chapped lips, so I can understand your struggles a lot. The only thing that has worked for me throughout my 21 years of living on this planet is the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. I apply that every night before I go to bed, and I wake up with very soft, well nourished lips. From there I will put another layer of mask onto my lips again in the morning whilst washing and tending to the cleansing routine of my face. Now, once I’ve done with cleansing using my foam cleanser (and any wash off masks I may have used during that period as well), I wash my lips with lukewarm water to remove any trace of the lip mask, and follow with a simple lip balm to keep my lips well hydrated.

To avoid dry lips throughout the day, stick to lip glosses, tinted lip balms or hydrating lipsticks. Anything that is matte will cause your lips to become chapped again, and lip tints are a huge no-no. Whenever you put anything against your lips, be it food, a tissue, whatever it is, apply a layer of lip balm to your lips to keep them from becoming dry. Until I find a better solution, this is what I’ve been doing (and it’s a pain in the ass).

What is your most favourite thing to wear during the morning, afternoon, night and during your sleep?

I hate clothes so much; sometimes I wish it was possible to just walk around naked. I love taking my clothes off at the end of the day and sleeping completely nude, doing things nude and just being nude altogether. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not a nudist or anything, I just hate the feeling of heavy clothes sitting on your body, especially during a hot Summer’s day/night.

In the morning, unless it’s freezing, I will slip into a singlet and some shorts. If I have to go out, I will most probably wear jeans and a shirt of some kind. Most chances, I’ll also bring a jacket of some sort with me to cover up my skin to prevent damage or burning. During the night, I’m usually at home, so I will strip down to the bare minimum and wear a singlet and some light shorts just to cover up. Whenever I sleep though, I try my absolute hardest to keep at least my underwear on, but somehow I wake up every morning and I’m completely naked. I must subconsciously take my clothing off while I sleep. I don’t even know.

Do you use whatsapp?

No I don’t. I used to before my phone number mysteriously went around and everyone started adding me, and talking to me. Look, I don’t mind sharing with you guys my wechat, Facebook or anything like that for that matter, since it doesn’t reveal my personal contact number or anything like that. Whatsapp however, sort of did, and when random people started to add me and message me everyday, it got out of hand, and I deleted the app altogether. Nowadays, I generally keep my number to myself, my family and closest friends. If I don’t recognize the number, I don’t pick up. Don’t ask me how it got to this topic, but to answer your question once again, no. I do not have whatsapp, and possibly will not get whatsapp again.


That’s it for this week’s installment of Q&A with Anthonay. Remember, you can always message me your questions through to my SNS or leaving comments below here. I check my emails everyday as well, so if you didn’t add me on my SNS (I will ask why! No not really) you can also submit questions through to me via emails as well. Until the next Q&A.

Anthony signing out.

 

Q&A with Anthonay [ 25 ]

I’ve finally hit post number 25 with this weekly tag that you all love so much. Basically, every weekend, I’ll get you guys to submit in all your beauty, off topic, stupid or thought provoking questions into me and I answer them here for you with honesty. If you haven’t already, add me on my SNS accounts, which you’ll find here and get into submitting any question and have it all answered for you. Let’s get started shall we?


How did Q&A even begin?

I had a heap of questions come in at one time, and since I wasn’t able to dedicate a post to each and very question, I decided that it would be ideal to begin with a tag post where I’d answer those submitted questions briefly in order to satisfy you all. From the first post, it became incredibly popular amongst my other posts so I continued with it all. Now, it’s become an integral part of my space here on the internet and I’ll continue to do these Q&A’s up until you guys get bored, or I leave blogging (which I hope won’t be for a very long time).

You know how Korean products have all these weird ingredients like horse oil. bird saliva and snail excretes, can I just grab them from the garden and do my own facial?

Uhm, no. First an fore mot, I don’t think you are able to physically harvest the fat from a horse by going up to it when you see one at a farm. That’ll be weird and you’d probably get arrested for trespassing or harassing an animal. Secondly, snails found in the garden may contain toxins that are lethal to the skin and it’s not advised to just grab the old run of the mill snail you can find in your veggie patch to put on your face. The snail secretes found in our skincare are from snails that are bred by dermatologists for skin purposes only and are exposed only to environments that allow us to benefit from. Thirdly, good luck trying to get a bird to spit on you. Again, just like the snail, birds found in the wilderness may carry disease or toxins that can harm us, so not advised.

What do you think of the new iOS update?

I don’t have an iPhone and I don’t plan on getting one honestly. I think I’ll be ok for the time being, but for those who do have iPhones and are suffering from this new update which, from what I have heard is a huge pain in the ass, I am so sorry for you all and that’s why I am using a Samsung.

Why is it so important for you to use a toner?

Your skin naturally sits at a pH of 5.5 and after cleansing, your skin pH levels may shift, depending on the type of cleanser you use. If y’all don’t know what pH stands for, it basically means potentials of hydrogen that are found in substances with determine the acidity or alkalinity of products and molecules. The pH scale is graded from 0 (most acid) to 14 (most basic or alkaline). The lower the number, the more acidic it is and vice versa. 7 is the middle ground and is neutral, and this is where distilled water sits.

The acid mantle, or the skin’s natural barrier helps to fend off germs and pollutants to protect your skin from harmful damage caused by the environment. If your skin is too alkaline, it can become more sensitive and dry, and if your skin is more acidic, your skin produces more sebum which calls for oilier skin. Now, using a toner is essential to restore the balance in your skin to recreate the pH 5.5 balance that your skin calls for. Without the toner, your skin can possibly suffer from either spectrum of the pH grade and may lead to skin damages and alterations.

I think I may write a post about this, whenever I have the chance, or remember to.

What is one of your biggest pet peeves when going out?

I generally don’t go out these days and whenever I do go out, it’s generally to a restaurant with friends or family. The most annoying thing would definitely be the water they serve at restaurants of any kind. I am very picky and only like the taste of certain waters, so if the restaurant isn’t able to provide a nice tasting water, then I’ll be incredibly pissed off and possibly avoid going to eat at that place again.

What would you tell your younger self now that you’re an adult?

Study hard. I actually enjoyed studying, but being the lazy person I am, I often procrastinated and would rather spend my time doing other things to avoid boring myself with a huge workload. I wish I had studied more harder but nonetheless, because of my fails during my schooling years, here I am today, blogging and working a job I’ve always been interested in.

i most important thing though would have to be me pretending to like everyone. I was so fake and oh my god did I fool a lot of people into thinking I liked them when really I despised every single person I met. I do apologize and honestly out of the so called friends I had back then, only a select few are people I’d keep in my life. I suppose growing up made me realize who I could possibly trust or like.

Any decisions you regret taking?

There are so many that I can’t possibly list them all since everyday brings a new regret that I’m fretting over. However, there will always be a new day and it’s something to reflect upon in order to avoid it from happening again. With every mistake you make, you can learn and hopefully overcome them as time goes on. It’s one of my mottos I try to live by.

What’s your favorite contouring kit?

I prefer naturally shaded kits where you can see the natural gradation between your facial structures to your skin texture, so anything too harsh looks way too fake. I love Korean contour kits the best since they’re not too opaque and they allow you to gently shade in your face without it going past the natural benchmark. Saying that though, I haven’t found my favorite liquid type yet, but I am absolutely loving the Artclass by Too Cool For School for powder contour as it has three shades to suit almost all skin tines between NC10 to NC35 without it being way too artificial. I use it every working day and I still have a fairly huge amount after 3 months from purchasing, so it lasts a while as well.


That’s it for this week’s Q&A with Anthonay. As per usual, I rely heavily upon your submissions and feedback so don’t forget to let me know your questions or any comments you want to leave behind. Don’t forget to like this post and subscribe to this space for future Q&A posts, beauty content and random blogs about my life. Until next time~

Anthony signing out.

 

Q&A with Anthonay [ 24 ]

It’s yet another weekend so it’s time for my weekly segment called Q&A with Anthonay where I get you to submit your beauty, off topic, stupid or thought provoking questions through comments and SNS. Let’s get started right away.


What is your favourite AB brand?

Definitely Missha because the M Perfect Cover BB cream was what got me into K-Beauty in the first place. Had Missha not introduced me to their line, I would still be using Proactiv and covered with severe acne.

I liked your pore post, are there any more posts coming out like this?

I’m working on one for dry skin, and though it’s not going to be as informative as the pore post will be (since dry skin is easily manageable) I’m hoping it can help or inspire those who have this skin type. Please stay tuned.

Are you lazy when it comes to blogging?

Oh my god lazy is an understatement to describe my blogging habits. I generally start off writing a blog, abandon it for a month and get back to it. I think I have 15 drafts I need to push out, and the majority of my posts that are currently published now are all just drafts I started ages ago. It’s because I’m relatively busy too and my body does need rest quite a bit since I tend to over exert all my energy at work.

If you could only rely on one skincare product to take care of your skin, what would it be?

I’ve custom created my skincare ritual based on my many skin concerns and each product I use plays it’s role and is reflected on the condition of my skin currently. To choose one product is way too difficult since each product has different functionalities. I’d probably choose aloe gel if anything since it’s multi functional and incredibly diverse for different skincare steps. I wrote a post on how you can use aloe gel, which you can read here.

What is collagen and why are so many celebrities taking it?

Collagen is the foundations of our protein layers in our skin, which starts to deteriorate at the age of 20 or so. If we don’t increase our collagen intake, our skin becomes thinner and less bright and strewn with wrinkles or sagging skin. People often take collagen to refirm their skin and texture, and to also fight off early signs of aging, which is why celebrities often swear by their collagen products. Even myself, at age 21 am using collagen products frequently to give my appearance an instant boost, and I also consume collagen everyday with my morning coffee.

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed each night?

I take my placenta tablets and hop off to bed, as placenta is packed full of iron which gives me energy for the next day. Placenta also has whitening benefits to hinder the production of melanin in skin, to control my hyperpigmentation marks and strengthen my skin. Because the placenta tablets I’m taking currently is also enriched with keratine and various proteins, it helps to also strengthen hair and nails too.

Is vitamin C actually effective or not worth the hype?

Vitamin C is incredibly brightening for the skin, has whitening effects to even out the complexion and great for acne and the scarring. The downfall to using vitamin C is you need to protect your skin liberally with sun protection to avoid reverse effects from occurring. Also, it’s noted that vitamin C only works with a pH level of 4.5 to 6 for the effects to work, so using anything alkaline will stop the vitamin C from working at it’s best. To answer your question, as long as you use the vitamin C products correctly, it’s definitely worth investing in.

How often do you update your playlist?

As often as possible since I play my music at work. How boring would it be to listen to the same 20 songs on repeat for 8 hours every day? I generally go every two weeks since songs aren’t released very often and it does take work to find a good song to include in your playlist. Last week, I stated my current favourite songs were Dumb Dumb by Red Velvet and Round n Round by Sonamoo. Since then, there haven’t been many releases so I’ll wait another week and download another 20 songs to keep playlist fresh.


That’s it for this week’s Q&A. As per usual, submit your questions in through SNS or leaving comments on my blog for next week’s submittion. Until the next time~

Anthony signing out.