Saturday, July 6, 2013

Nude Natural Mineral Cover Review

I like mineral foundation; they make me feel less guilty slapping make up on my skin. I felt they were nicer to my skin than regular foundation and powders. It says on the website that Nude is toxin, paraben and chemical free. I believe them, because my skin is sensitive and acne prone, yet after using them for 3 years it never broke me out.

There are 2 mineral powders brand that don’t break me out. The one that I use more and more is Nude by Nature. I think we got a pretty good amount for the price AUD$ 39.90 since it would last from 6 months to 7 months used everyday. It gives me a medium coverage, which is perfect for an everyday make up. It does settle to my skin after a couple of hours, but it could be because I am super oily and I live in Indonesia which is very hot and humid. It does not control oil, if you are oily, I suggest using a primer underneath or blot. It doesn’t have a great staying power, if I use it for more than 6 hours; only 50% of it still stays on afterwards. They have 5 color range now, which is a good improvement from only light, medium and dark. I use to use their brush, which is pretty good and soft, but have since 6 months ago switch into a puff. Using a puff give a softer smoother finish than the brush. The brush tends to leave streaks of powder and weirdly accentuates your pores. A puff on the other hand will diminish your pores (for 2 hours before it melts).

Verdict: 3 and half star for the medium coverage and natural ingredients. Less star because of the short staying power.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Lavender Oil Review for Acne and Pimple

I have to admit I'm obsessed with clear skin. All those years of fighting skin problems, flaring angry pustules cystic acne, blackhead, whitehead and acne scars. It took me 3 years to control my acne (acne battle is never over, you still have to care your skin even after it is controlled). I believe there is no magic under the sky that can cure Acne. Everything that promises magic is bogus. Acne is something that has to be treated with patience, with the right product for your skin, a real dermatologist (if you can afford one) and huge self-reassurance. I also suggest to not easily believe acne cure myths (e.g. toothpaste). Those myths will only turn what's bad to worse. Believe me, been there done that. 

We have to be smart, knowing exactly what ingredients is inside the product we decide to slap on our face. You also have to give it time for approximately minimum of 3 months to see the results. Yes, that is right people; we need 3 months to really know whether that product really did give your skin what it needs. There are processes for everything and for me 3 months is the ideal period to really check and understand the result of a product. There is no such thing as 3-day acne cure miracle. 

During my period of acne product craziness, one of products that I love is lavender oil. A really good friend who has been working as beauty therapist for 10 years in Hong Kong suggested me to try it. She told me it has this antiseptic characteristic, reduce acne, heal and diminish scars (something like skin renewal). For me though, the result is more to healing my scars than preventing acne. My dermatologist always tells me to never pop your acne or you will get ice-peak scarring. But I just can’t resist myself and popping your acne also speed up the recovery, so why not? My whole face was covered with severe acne for a year and now I have no ice peak scarring at all. I believe that one of the reasons behind that is the lavender oil I use. Plus, it soothes my nerves, I love how the aromatherapy scent calms me. What I do is I mix a little drop of that oil (100% pure lavender oil) into my night moisturizer. Don’t overdo it. One little drop is enough!

I know there is no real proven research that shows lavender oil actually does what it did to my skin. Some even says it causes irritation. Nevertheless, I truly believe that it works on my skin. The result can differ from one person to another, but If you have tried everything and it did not work, sure there is no harm in trying this. Good luck.

Verdict : 4 stars. One star off because it did not really prevent acne.

Review For Japanese Eyelashes D.U.P 914

D.U.P eyelashes are great for a more natural look.  This one, number 914 is actually 80% brown 20% black, which makes it looks even more natural. Since the eyelash is the type which is more full on the side than on the center, it aims to elongate your eyes. If you are looking for something that makes your eyes round and big, this is not the one. 

It is light and the thread that holds the eyelashes is rather thin and soft so you won't feel it poking your eyes. That said, after 15 minutes I can't even feel a thing in my eyes. I am serious, It's just so comfortable to wear. I think it completes a look when you want to open your eyes and makes it appear longer but not want to shock people with huge scary obvious eyelashes. 

Verdict : 4 and half stars.