March 27, 2015

When At Mum and Dad's

You wouldn't guess from the fact I write a beauty blog and am a self proclaimed beauty junkie, but I can be quite low maintenance in terms of beauty. I've flown back home during spring break, simply to play the substitute Mum, as she's in China for 2 weeks, travelling and living life. As I nearly ran out of my skincare products, I decided it'd be good to not bring any skincare and go for the bare minimum in terms of make up, so I could give my products at home some love as well. Luckily for me, I was greeted by my good 'ol stash at Mum and Dad's, which - for the record - was much bigger than I thought it was. And way too big for a person with just one face to slap it on...

When my skincare routine is minimal, I notice that my skin looks the best as well. It gets calmer and I notice less [intense] breakouts. I tend to have a few cleansers on rotation РBioderma's Cr̩aline H2O to remove make up Рusing each depending on how my skin acts and needs. Oskia's Renaissance Cleansing Gel Рearlier featured here Рis my go to when my skin is looking lacklustre and needs some glow and enzymes. Aurelia's Miracle Cleanser is packed with Probiotics, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Bergamot, making it not only a gorgeous smelling concoction, but very calming to the skin. I tend to scoop out a generous amount, massage it onto my skin and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. Being a big lover of all things South Korean, I had to get my hands on Su:um37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick after Refinery29 featured it. I've yet to try this, but since I scooped out the last bit from Aurelia's Miracle Cleanser, I'll give this a go tonight. Will keep you posted!

After cleansing, I use Caudalie's Moisturising Toner to seal in the moisture and follow up with a treatment. In the morning it's JUJU Cosmetics's AQUAMOIST Hyaluronic Acid Essence for a moisture boost and to substitute Indeed Labs's Hydraluron and Institute Esthederm's Cellular Concentrate, which 'restarts cells' life cycle and balances the skin's dysfunctions'.

Make up
As I'm here as a substitute-mum, make up is rather simple and plain. I use This Works's Perfect Look Skin Miracle as a bronzing primer. When I have plans to meet people, YSL's Le Teint Touche Eclat is my go to, dusting RMS Beauty's "Un" Powder on my T-Zone. It's actually one of the few foundations I have actually nearly finished and have about 1-2 uses, so a repurchase is on the list! On a more low-key kind of day, I opt for Chanel's CC Cream. I know I've mentioned earlier that I didn't really get on with it that well, but I guess my skin's changed – for the better – and lighter coverage products work on me well. I'm not blessed with flawless skin, so I'll use either Chanel's Correcteur Perfection Concealer in 20 or RMS Beauty's "Un" Cover-Up in 22 to cover up remaining blemishes, hyper pigmentation or dark circles.

Brows have really become my thing right now, and my current fave is Eye of Horus's Brow Define in Nile. It's a great shade match, easy to use and lasts all day. Defined brows really make or break my look – especially since people keep ruining them. For blush I've fallen back in love with Chanel's Joues Contraste in 72 Rose Initiale, a pretty pink and a mix of all the NARS's Virtual Domination shades. Due to my weird and binge eating habits, I've become a bit fluffy and puffy in my face, so I like to use NARS Laguna under my cheekbones to define them a bit. To finish the look, I've been reaching for Chanel's Rouge Allure Gloss in 15 Sensible, which leaves a slight hint of a peachy pink on the lips, whilst being moisturising. The whole shebang – skincare, and make up – takes me about 15-20 minutes to slap on, or less. I'll post a full and updated skincare routine soon, watch this space...



  1. Lovely products! I wouldn't say this is minimal :) but certainly a good range of products to use.

  2. oh god yea...the stash at my home is SO large. i keep forgetting what's there until i head back over vacation and am like...oh yea....all these lipsticks i've COMPLETELY forgotten about. its sort of nice in a way b/c i almost never pack any toiletries going home since i know home will be overflowing with them. last xmas i had to do a purge though 'cause some skincare had just been sitting there for years (unopened shameful)

  3. wow! this was a great post...i love reading about skin care routines... :)xx

    Party On A Budget

  4. Great post! I think my skin is so much better with a minimal skincare too! The squalane oill from indie lee is now one of my favorite thing in the world!

  5. Haha, would you believe me when I say that this is minimal for me? A 4 step skincare routine is insanely rare.

  6. Same, I feel so guilty though! And yes, I've done a big cleaning 3 months ago and given away so much skincare. It's ridiculous how much I'd piled up.

  7. Thank you, so glad you like it!

  8. Thanks and so glad you like the Squalene Oil! It's fuss free so great when your skin is a bit troubled as well, as you don't want to overload it.


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