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GwenBeauty

Bioderma Hydrabio – dehydrated sensitive skin

I was introduced to Bioderma two years ago and it has been one of my holy-grail skin saver brand that I would always have one or two items in my daily routine from the micellar to tonique and even their awesome pawsome lipbalm and body lotion. I could go on about them but today I would be focusing on the Bioderma Hydrabio range.

 

Back in Malaysia, Bioderma has been really generous and lovely to introduce and educate me with the brand. Products are always sent to me by brands and companies but I would only provide honest reviews and would only talk and share about them if it is genuinely good or makes a difference. Last year, I was introduced to the Bioderma Hydrabio range during a launch. No doubt I was a little skeptical about the whole hydration range as I was afraid it might be too oily or heavy on my skin. But i was wrong.

Moving here to Sydney, my skincare has totally changed. From a humid country to a dry country, my skin has reacted. But one thing that made my skin soft, supple hydrated and protected throughout this winter was the Bioderma Hydrabio Serum and Bioderma Hydrabio Legere.

 

 

 

Bioderma Hydrabio Serum – I’ve already known how much I love this the face this is my go-to serum, holy-grail and it’s already my third bottle. Each bottle comes in 40ml with a user-friendly pump. Not only does it moisturise your skin and provides immediate suppleness and radiant, it also reduces redness as well as cools down the face. With most serum, the minute it absorbs into your skin, it is as if the outer layer of your skin is left with nothing and dries out. But with Bioderma Hydrabio Serum, not only does it absorb into your skin, but also leaves the outer layer with a protective moisturising barrier. Plus, it isn’t sticky as well! Primer and foundation sits nicely on it during the day, Sleeping mask sits nicely during the night and in fact, on some lazy-days where I don’t even put sleeping mask because it’s just so awesome.

 

Bioderma Hydrabio Legere – This lightweight moisturiser in cream form is just my go-to moisturiser where I know I wouldn’t be afraid of a sunny hot day or windy cold day. It doesn’t not like a silky layer on the skin as the serum, but this moisturiser absorbs immediately providing a slightly satin finish to your skin so you don’t look over-dewy and this is why it is suitable for normal to combination dehydrated sensitive skin.

 

TOP – Bioderma Hydrabio Serum | BOTTOM – Bioderma Hydrabio Legere 

 

 

 

I have the full range of Bioderma Hydrabio from micellar water, tonique, creme, gel-creme, riche, lip balm, essence lotion, as well as perfecteur which I would some day provide an in-depth review on the full range.

 

I get alot of questions asking me what is a moisturiser I would recommend, something they prefer it to be one-step quick and easy. I would recommend the Bioderma Hydrabio Serum or Legere.

 

 

I know some people may be confused how can you have normal but dehydrated skin at the same time. Well, that is a next topic I’ll be talking about. 🙂

 

GwenBeauty

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Review

When Urban Decay released their Vice Liquid Lipstick, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them – Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick. I am not your crazy fanatic that would purchase 100 colors and swatch them for you. As much as I would like to assist you but I do not have the financial privileged to do so.
I picked up two colors from the comfort matte range.

  • Thryst – slightly pinkish red
  • 714 – darker red

One thing I’ve learned, DO NOT TRUST the color on the packaging box. Because sometimes they have been exposed to light and the color on the packaging fades. For example, 714 looks slightly orange but it isn’t.

Swatches


As you can see 714 had an orange undertone but has a brighter red finishing to it.

 

 

 

I understand they are many people concerned about not being able to pull off the bright red or orange tones. But I would suggest you to take a trip to the store and get them to test it out on ur lips and head out for the day. Have tea with your friends, dinner or go back to work.

Drink and eat and you’ll be able to test out the longevity of it and whether the fade color goes well. On top of that, you would also be able to get some feedback from your friends and know if you could pull off the color. I know, 5 minutes in the store isn’t long enough for you to decide if you’d want to take the dare and risk to purchase something you’re unsure you’d be able to pull it off.
The Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick also has the metallic finish liquid lipsticks. But I didn’t purchase any of it because it isn’t something I could wear on a daily basis.

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick has not failed in terms of pigmentation, and it comes with the standard applicator. Which is pretty easy and handy to apply it on. It takes quite a while to dry up to a matte finish (about 5 mins) so there’s no worries about the lipstick drying on the tube or applicator on a daily wear but of course nobody leaves it open for a long time. There wouldn’t be any guarantee on that. 

 

 

 

The Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick is currently available in Mecca at $29

Anyone tried it yet?

GwenBeauty

DocLab HA Face Ampoule

Face Ampoules are now getting much more popular and more brands are coming in. Before this, ampoules were highly used in the makeup artist industry because of the instant and long-lasting effect it creates. As the trend follows, ampules aren’t just available to salons and MUA but anyone from home too. It creates a great skin base or once a week treatment just like a face mask. I’ve been given a chance to try out a new set of face ampoules by DocLab which is voted as Korea’s No 1 face ampoules – DocLab HA Face Ampoule
DocLab HA Face Ampoule apparently claims to boost skin moisture and provide deep hydration with their Hyaluronic Acid technology. ALSO, with Collagen and Ginseng Extract as their active ingredients, these face ampoule are able to restore skin suppleness, elasticity, retextures skin and making your skin smooth as well as protect your skin from harmful chemicals and pollutants.
Face Ampoule are known as small airtight products that are filled with concentrated high active ingredients, they usually come in sizes like 5ml/10ml but sold in boxes so you get maybe about 30ml-50ml depending how many face ampoule are in a box.
What are the benefits of using DocLab’s Hyaluronic Acid Face Ampoule?
– Makeup last longer
– Skin is more hydrated
– Controls sebum, balance your skin PH (Hence oily/dry/combo/normal skin wouldn’t be a problem)
– Repairs skin (anti-wrinkles & Hyper-pigmentation)
– Skin is more radiant and supple.
How to use the DocLab’s Hyaluronic Acid Face Ampoules?
Day: Cleanse -> Tone -> Ampoule -> Moisturiser -> Sunblock -> Makeup
Night: Cleanse -> Tone -> Ampoule -> Night Cream
Treatment: Cleanse -> Tone -> Ampoule -> Mask -> Moisturiser
My thoughts on it:
When I opened the box and took out the first face ampoule, I was a little confused and unsure of how to open the face ampoule. It was then I realised I had to slowly tilt the tip to one side and push it down. There is a rubber seal/quality seal inside which is sealed up air-tight so even though it was a little confused with the packaging I think it’s a good one as it’s packed nicely ensuring quality will be remained in there. Also, once you’ve opened it, you can’t close it back, therefore you know it’s a legit quality seal.
This face ampoule has a very light watery texture, in fact, it felt like water and I was very afraid of spilling it. Lesson learnt; pour it on my palm not the back of my hand. Took me a while to figure out how to apply it as it is so watery, so in the end, i placed it on my palm and dabbed it onto my face like how i would use any of my treatment essence (Ex: SKII, EL Micro Essence Lotion, Missha Treatment Lotion, etc…) With this, the product is pat directly onto my face and I would also ensure it’s not placed onto only one spot or dripping everywhere. Unlike serum which usually has a thicker, much more concentrated texture, this is watery and you just need to get a hang of it.
I love how it doesn’t have a sticky feeling to it like certain sheet mask or serum. It’s not heavy and doesn’t irritate your skin. HA is known for deep hydration and most HA products are very sticky, so I was really surprised with this as well.
I was worried at first, as I suffer from Rosecea and with the high heat during this month, my face has been flaring and acting up. I hesitated and wanted to push this till the redness has gone away but after two weeks I realised that I could give this a shot to see how it works on sensitive skin as well. How did it go? It did not flare up my skin but i wake up with a morning with no redness. Then again the minute the heat comes in, the redness starts again (but this can’t be changed)
Would I recommend it? 
Yes.
Where can you get it? 
You may contact Miss Lim for direct purchase at +6019-206 2386
or
you may find more information here http://www.doclabkr.com/product/doc-lab-face-ampoule/
Till then, Remember! You’re never ugly, only if you’re lazy! 🙂

GwenBeauty

Gel-liner

Today, i would be talking about eyeliner. Not just any eyeliner but gel-liner. Six years ago, i bought my first eyeliner, it wasn’t a pencil or liquid but it was Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Espresso Ink 7.

 

Gel-liners have been around for a while with many brands out there and there are plenty of hits and miss with this. I often get asked which gel-liner would i recommend and I’ll leave that for a different day to talk about.

The other thing I get asked alot is the concern and the problem of gel-liners drying up fast. So here are some tips of how to pro-long your pot of gel-liner.

1. DO NOT USE WATER!!!! (you know who you are. honey, you know you aren’t suppose to do that and I’ve told you before )

2. DO NOT USE OIL!!!. (you also know who you are. Another few girls who told me about this) i don’t care if it is olive oil, argon oil, grape seed oil, camomile oil or vegetable oil. NO.

There are two ways to do it.

Step 1: you’d need a hair dryer. 

– Turn on your hair dryer to max heat and heat up your gel linear. It can stand the heat. If you do it for a few minutes. Your gel linear would last longer. If you do it for a minute or less, your gel linear would last about a week or two depending how the heat was distributed and penetrated. Then all you need to do is se your hair dryer and heat it up again.

(You can also pop it into the microwave if you want to. But i wouldn’t sugggest so)

Step 2: You would need Vaseline. 

– Use a clean brush to scoop a slight pea size of vaseline, then mix it into your gel linear, you don’t have to mix it all, but you can scrap it at the side and only use what you need. Then with the same brush apply eyeliner, then you won’t waste any.

Next, they are different kind of brushes you can use for your gel linear. Some that bought from Maybelline, Kate, Loreal and some of the brands, you would get a free brush along in the packaging. But some doesn’t come with one. So here are some brushes to show you. What kind of brush would give you what kind of outlook. They are many kinds of brushes from blunt tip to sharp tip to fine tip to slat tip and from nylon to fibre to natural hair to synthetic and the list may go on.

An extra information if you want to know more.

Synthetic brushes are normally made up from nylon or takelon.

Natural brushes (non-synthetic) are normally made from hair of goat, pony, squirrel, sable, capra, kolinsky, badger.

– Synthetic hair are easier to clean as the makeup don’t hold on to your brushes and you won’t waste so much makeup.

– Natural brushes are softer but would go out of shape. But it doesn’t mean synthetic hair aren’t soft, they are but they won’t go out of shape for sure.

So the best brush for eyeliner would be a synthetic brush. It is important for you to pick an eyeliner which you feel you can control best. It’s just like painting, some people prefer a bigger paintbrush, some people would prefer a smaller paintbrush with more control.

Here i am showing you. All synthetic brushes except for the third of from the right. (Next to the two flat angle brush)

As you can see i have list out from left to right. number 7 is a natural brush. So you can see why a synthetic brush would give you a better control and in drawing a eyeliner. If you are looking for a much thick look, you could go for what i call a “blunt brush” which is number 1- 4 where most free eyeliner brush you get are these. If you want a much more define look that you would get from a liqiud pen-linear you would have to go for brushes 5 and 6. or 9 using it in the slate vertical way. All the demonstrations are done in one stroke.

Gel linear is pretty tricky, but once you get use to it. a little goes a long way. And the more control you get, the more you can play around. Never be afraid to test around on your palm or hand.

Hope you like it. And please comment below on your thoughts, opinions and any questions and would you be looking forward to see a brush cleaning post or a post on how-to- demonstration on eyeliner and gel-linear.