May 2016 Favourites #gwenbeauty

Another month has passed and here we are again for another monthly favourites. Some of the products you might have seen it on my snapchat/instagram throughout the months as well.

So let’s see what do we have…


1. Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

When UD just launched the smoky palette last year in August, I had to grab my hands on it, despite me having the palette 1 and 3. And I was lucky to be able to grab it the first week it was launched in Malaysia. #luckyMe
As usual, I always loved UD’s eyeshadow because it’s so creamy and pigmented.


2. Biotherm Life Plankton Essence

I cannot love this enough and cannot believe how not many people know about this product. With the heat and crazy weather, my rosacea has been flaring up and this product is one of the very few that has not only calm my skin down but provided the moisture and protection I need.


3. Biotherm Blanc Therapy CC Cream – anti redness

I was introduced to Biotherm this month, with the life plankton collection and the whole Blanc Therapy CC creams. What i love about this the most is that it contains SPF50 (yay protection!) Anyone who knows me will know how i see the importance of sunscreen. The anti-redness one comes in a green tint and you should know by now that green is the contrast for red. Hence why many anti-redness products have a green tint.


4. Shuumera Skin Purifier Cleansing Oil

Shuumera has always been famous for their cleansing oil and so far i’ve used the anti/oxi skin refining anti-dullness cleansing oil (green color) when Carol bought the travel size and I’ve loved it then. This time, we were given a free travel size for Skin Purifier (brown one) and it’s amazing. I expected it to be the same as the anti-oxi but surprisingly it wasn’t – this was much lighter in terms of texture and it wasn’t as oily as the anti-oxi.


5. B.Liv Submerge Me – Moisturizing Booster

I cannot get enough of this moisturiser. I feel that it’s so underrated and not many people know about it. May has been a very hot weather and my Rosacea has flared up, and whenever it does, my skin would become dry and this is the B.Liv submerge me is the only thing that doesn’t agitate my skin, provides me that layer of moisturising protection. Apparently this has antioxidant and anti-aging. But we shall see.


6. Mustela Hydrabebe Body Lotion

Best Body Lotion ever. period. LOL This is like my holy grail body lotion. I look up to this so much that any other body lotion that I review will be now compared to this already. This shows how much I love this.

7. Mustela PhysiObebe Cleansing Fluid

To be honest I was a little skeptical in the beginning about this. But after using it, OMG. I cannot say enough about it. Wiping hands have never felt cleaner. LOL. Hand sanitiser that doesn’t smell like alcohol? This is the one for you too! Asides that, I’ve used it as a makeup instant anti-bacterial clean right before i use it.


8. Jill Stuart Treatment Hair Mist

Weeks ago Carol brought me to a clearance sale in Pavilion and the one thing that caught my attention was the Jill Stuart corner. (OMG! How can you not fall in love with any of the Jill Stuart packagings? They make your dressing table feel so princess-sy). Asides the pretty packaging, this Hair Mist has also been the one item that I found myself grabbing often throughout the month. I’ve recently bleached my hair again in April, therefore my entire hair care routine has switched around and this is not just moisturising, it doesn’t weight my damaged hair down, not greasy and my roots are not oily as well. On top of everything, the scent is just amazing.

9. YSL Touche Eclat Foundation in shade B10

If you follow me on snapchat you would have realised that i’ve been grabbing this foundation throughout the month. Well, good things are meant to be shared right? Some people say that the price is a little overrated but then the finishing is very different. I would say that the dupe for this and the closest is the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation but then only difference is that this doesn’t transfer as much as that, it gives a dewy finishing and doesn’t not cake up. The only problem with the Bobbi Brown skin Foundation is that you need setting powder to set it in, the YSL Touche Eclat Foundation does not need that.


10. Chloe Parfum –  Eau De Toilette

I was never a fan of the rose scent. It has always reminded me of Lovely Lace and I didn’t like the overwhelming scent of it. But, when I was given the sample of this, I fell in love with it. Funny how things work out isn’t it? And if you know me, you would know that I have quite a number/collection of scents on my table which I would pick and use according to occasions and everything else. The Chloe Parfum is the one that I have been grabbing mostly the past few months especially seeing the boy.




BRTC Perfect Calming Gel Review

Anyone who knows me would know that I have very sensitive skin and have minor Rosacea. So i have very particular with how i take care of my skin. I know many people would be fussing saying that I shouldn’t be using so much stuff if I have sensitive skin and all that, but this is me and I am out to find my holy grail products. I don’t believe that nothing would work, it’s just what would work and what wouldn’t. Every skin acts differently.

So, on the search to hunt for calming gels and all that. I have tried and tested on the all time famous aloe vera, enchancer, seaweed, cooling mask, calming mask and so on. And i stumbled upon BRTC Perfect Calming Gel from the Perfect Calming System.

The Perfect Calming System is meant for sensitive skin. But today, I would be reviewing the Perfect Calming Gel. They also have the cream base, but i usually do not prefer cream base products cause they are much oilier. (what i feel)

BRTC is a very well-known brand in korea. Famous for their BB creams. Check out one of the reviews I did for their BB Cusion Cover here.

So WHAT is the Perfect Calming Gel?

It is a moisturizing gel that helps with soothing and hydration of sensitive skin. With plant actives that gives immediate barrier and alleviate skin irritations from internal and external stress for soft, comfortable skin.

Supplies moisture to damage tired skin and ease redness.

BRTC has already passed the Skin Irritation test and you could see the label on the box of the product.

I purchased the large size 100ml that comes in a glass tub. The packaging is amazing. Because of the heavy sturdy glass, it gives a secure feeling. Of course, you can’t drop it! but it gives an extra class as well. It is a little huge for a tub, but you could always stack something on it because it has a flat surface.

I was a little hesitate with the tub cause i usually don’t really like tub stuff because i hate sticking my finger into the tub and getting my fingers and nails dirty and transferring all the germs and bacteria into the tub as well. BUT, with the existence of a spatula, I guess i would be okay with it. 😀 The other downside about this is that, it’s not very travel friendly, unless if you get the travel pack and scoop it out and fill it in the travel refill packs.

As you can see, the packaging of it is huge, and sturdy, the amount is very generous as well. I have used it for three months and I still have about three quarters left. The product is so transparent that I could actually see through the whole glass. Check out my finger at the bottom. LOL

The consistent of the product isn’t very watery nor is it very firm gel texture, It’s like a thick serum.

But one thing I can say is that, A little goes a long way, I did not expect it to spread out so much and that’s why one tub last me so long.

What are the Ingredients? 

The ingredients listed in this product is Ginko Leaf, Cabbage Rose, Witch Hazel, Soluble Collagen, Niacinamide.

AND the active ingredient of it is Blue Complex, ATOVEX, aloe vera leaf extract.

My thoughts on it.

I have been using this for almost three months, and I can say this product has really helped me with my redness, as well as tired, stressful days. Sometimes, i would lay a thick layer and do it as a face mask. My face is instantly calmed. It moisturizes and it doesn’t leave a greasy sticky feeling on your face. There isn’t any cooling sensation nor any stinging sensatino even applied on red flaring skin whether if it is from sun burn or from acne or Rosacea. It doesn’t clog up any pores, left my face very smooth, hydrated, bouncy and supple.

Pros and Cons. 

What I like

– It does what it says

– It’s inexpensive for a large size

– Doesn’t have any side effect or blackheads, acne or clog pores.

– It’s not greasy or oily

What I Don’t like about it.

– It is not travel friendly. (But there is alternate ways.)

– It’s not available everywhere. Only SASA.


Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation VS Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation

Today I would be reviewing

 Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF15 PA+ 


 Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15 

The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 PA+ and the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15 are both the best-selling foundations among all the Bobbi Brown foundations they have. Many find themselves caught and stuck in a dilemma not knowing whether which to buy. I was one of them.

So what are the difference between the both?

First, by the outside of both of it, they both look similar but yet different. (LOL. doesn’t make sense right?)

The skin foundation is in a glossy taller glass bottle where the long-wear foundation is in a matte shorter glass bottle. In terms of the pump, cover packaging, it’s the same. It’s just the size and the texture of the glass.

More information

According to their website. 


DetailsA truly modern foundation that offers invisible, weightless coverage that looks like skin, not makeup. This long-wearing formula evens tone, minimizes the appearance of pores, conceals imperfections, and offers broad spectrum UV protection. Its hydrating technology leaves skin feeling cushioned, comfortable, and clean. Ideal for all skin types.



DetailsFinally – a natural-looking and long-wearing foundation. Comfortable and hydrating, this medium to full coverage oil-free formula never looks cakey or masky. Glycerin and shea butter keep skin feeling moisturized while a gel base creates a lightweight finish that stays color-true. Lasts for up to 12 hours even in the most humid conditions. Protects skin from future damage thanks to broad spectrum SPF 15 with antioxidant vitamins C and E.

As you can see from the description above, they are a slight difference with the both foundation. They are both oil-free foundation.

            The skin foundation gives a weightless coverage, so it means if you want a full coverage you would need to build it up with concealer and a few layers of foundation with blending and buffing skills. Whereas the long-wear foundation gives a medium to full coverage that doesn’t make your face look cakey or maskey.

            In terms of the consistency of both foundation, the skin foundation is much more watery compared to the long-wear foundation. The skin foundation isn’t up to a state where it’s runny and flowing down my palm, it’s just perfect the way it is and the best way for you to know is to pop into a store/counter and test it out.

The other thing is that the skin foundation evens your skin tone, as well as minimizes your pores where the long-wear foundation gives your skin feeling moisturized and stays for 12 hours even in the most humid conditions.

What do i think of it? 


  • This is a really smooth foundation that blends and oxidize into my skin really well. It doesn’t break me out, nor does it give me any skin problem with my sensitive skin and all that.
  • It gives me a very natural dewy look as if i barely have any foundation on. Means? NO CAKEY FOUNDATION – even with my pores, wrinkles, tiny bumps, bad pimple week, redness and all.
  • It’s liquid (water base) and much more watery compared to the long-wear foundation, but it’s not dripping wet kind of consistency. Best for dry skin, doesn’t make your face oilier if you have oily skin (i’m combination for those who don’t know)
  • It’s an oil-free foundation. So i really love it that it doesn’t make my oily t-zone worst.
  • Coverage is buildable, but i usually use a concealer for special spots that i would want to cover.
  • My skin looks healthy with radiance after that. I call it Skin Finish cause it’s like a layer of skin.

The list could go on about what i like about it as it is currently my favourite foundation.


  • This is one foundation that really stays and last up to 12 hours.
  • It’s also another oil-free foundation, but this gives a matte finishing rather than a dewy look.
  • This foundation gives a radiant look because the long-wear foundations formula is slightly different, it gives a porcelain radiance matte kind of look.
  • This is a much more suitable foundation if you have oily skin.
  • If you have dry or normal face, you need to make sure your face is properly moisturized. 
  • A little harder to buff and blend compared to the SKIN FOUNDATION. 

The best way to summarise it is that skin foundation is a winter foundation and the long-wear foundation is a summer foundation. 🙂 at least, for me. Both Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation and Long-Wear foundation retails at AUD$72 and is available in most Bobbi Brown counters in David Jones, Myers, and even some Mecca.



*will update the colour swatches with photos soon.


Olay Regenerist Advance Cleansing System

Today, I would be reviewing the Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System as promised. This has just been launched in Malaysia. (It’s been in Singapore for a few months) So if you are in Malaysia or Singapore, it is available in Watsons but you might not be able to get it all the time because it is sold out REALLY QUICK! So if you see it. Grab it.
Many of you would have heard or know about cleansing brush systems and the really famous and heavily raved would be the Clarisonic (it’s available worldwide). Or the Neutrogena Wave Sonic that isn’t available in Msia and Sg but it is if you are in the states, UK and Australia. They are also other brushes from Luna, Proactiv, Spa Sonic, Philips, Tosowoong, Missha, Dossy, and the list goes on. (They are alot of Korean companies that are coming up with all these battery operated cleansing brushes)
As much as i would like to get the Clarisonic, it is priced at RM500/$200++ it’s a huge difference compared to this Olay Cleansing brush priced at RM130/$50. I have never own a battery operated cleansing brush system. I’ve always used my hands or a cleansing sponge, so i can’t say would the clarisonic be better or the Missha. But this would be my honest opinion on this product as a first impression as well as a review as i have used it for one week. I know one week isn’t a long period of time to properly test out a product, so that’s why i consider it a first impression. So i will update a longer review in maybe a month or two of full usage.
Ready for that challenge?
So firstly,
If you do not know, Olay has now a cleansing system that is portable, waterproof, handy, travely-friendly and it only takes you less than 5 minutes to change how your skin feels and breaths.
I’ve always told and said that it’s not important how your makeup skills are, but it’s important how much effort you put in your skincare line. Investing on a proper skincare to make you skin better is FAR BETTER than buying expensive foundation and concealer to cover up. so Prevention is better than cure.
So what does it claim it does?
– Deepy cleans (removes dirt and makeup)
– Gently exfoliates (remove dead skin)
– Water resistant
– Enables better penetration of the active contained in your skincare products
– Skin is instantly cleaner, feels fresher
– Skin texture is improved & smoother with continuos usage
Inside the box, it comes with 2 speed control & water resistant device, 1 gentle brush head (refills available for purchase seperately), 1 AA battery and 1 Skin Renewal Cleanser.


The brush is detachable. Everytime you need to replace one just gently pull it out, then when you replace it back in, just follow the shape of the head (image below) and gently push it back in until you hear a snap.


The battery cover comes with a rubber band for a tight compartment and what blocks the water from getting into the battery.


The device is very handy, it fits into my hand perfectly. And i’ve got very small stubby hands.
The top button is the ON/OFF button, and the bottom button is the speed button.



So how does it work?
This brush rotates in two speeds but in one direction. It rotates rather than vibrates compared to the clarisonic and the Luna.
How do you use it? 
If you have Normal/Oily Skin
1. Remove your make up with your own cleansing oil/water or makeup remover.
 2. Wet the brush and apply your cleanser directly on the brush.
3. Turn it on and place the brush on your face and let it do it’s magic.
4 . Move the brush around slowly and move to another section of your face after 15 seconds. (30 seconds for deep cleansing)
If you have Sensitive/Dry Skin/ Acne Prone skin
1. Remove your make up with your own cleansing oil/water or makeup remover.
2. Wet your face, wet the brush. Apply cleanser on your face.

3. Turn it on and place the brush on your face and let it do it’s magic.
4. Move the brush around slowly and move to another section of your face after 15 seconds. (30 seconds for deep cleansing)

As you can see the only difference is how you apply your cleanser. You could apply it on dry face for deep cleansing, you could apply it on wet face, you could even apply it after you have foam up on your palms.

My favourite cleanser to use along with this product is my Biore Mashmallow Cleanser. and if i am SUPER OILY i would use the Garnier Pure Active Cleanser for a deeper cleanse. It only takes me less than five minute for my face to be cleanse.

What Do I Think & Say?
I feel it does what it claims. In one week, i didn’t use it twice daily, i only used it everynight before i do my skincare night layering before i go to bed. For someone that uses makeup everyday, this has been a really great tool for me and my skin. I now do not have to worry about clogged pores.
Just to clarify again, i have sensitive skin with mild rosecea, and am allergic to alcohol. So am i not the best person to test product? LOL
Despite the skin that i have, THIS did not make my skin red, tight, squeky nor flaring red. it DID NOT make my rosecea worst or activate it. So if you are worried about brushes being too harmful and too rough, i can’t tell you this doesn’t too that.

I do have a friend who’s sister has one and she also has sensitive skin, so she uses it on alternate days. This product is the same as brushing teeth or washing hair, it works differently for differently skin and people. So, explore around which technique and how suits you best.

It’s a cheaper solution compared to the clarisonic. I know i have heard saying such as i can’t compare both as the clarisonic has a sonic wave and all that, but if you are young, would you need that sonic feature?

Do i like it? 
I LOVE IT. Now that i have used it, I felt like i missed out on SOOOO much. Especially being in such a humid heathy weather. With all the pollution and dust around. I really need this. This is definately going into my fav list.

Would i recommend it?
YES i would. I wouldn’t say don’t buy the clarisonic. If you have the money to splurge on it, it’s up to you. BUT if you are in your 20s, i would say you wouldn’t need something from the high end for it.
My thinking would be, if you are in your 20s, and you insist in getting the clarisonic even if you have to starve that month, what happens when you are in your 40s? Would you still purchase it? Or would you downgrade for something else?
BUT, i would like to give the Luna Mini a try 5 years down the road. LOL. So i would see if this Olay would last me 5 years *dreams&hopes

What i didn’t like about it?
It looks too thin. LOL! I know thin is good, i can’t hold it and so. BUT in the beginning i wasn’t really keen on it because of the look of it being too thin about seeing the cute adorable LUNA and the professional looking MISSHA and CLARISONIC. But after all the raves i’ve seen. it’s worth it.
Not like you going to a beauty pagaent with this right??

This product has been raved and introduced in 女人我最大 if you would like to know more about it and it is being demonstrate and spoken in a much more detailed level. UNFORTUNATELY it’s in chinese.

FYI: I don’t brush and move it as fast as him though. LOL


An extra tecnique for face lifting.
Some countries may call it the Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System.
Some countries call it the Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System.
Happy Cleansing! And don’t forget to be lazy girls. 🙂