May 24, 2012 § 2 Comments
Taking care of my lips has been a tricky goal to reach. They get dry and chapped fairly easily and I have been struggling to find the perfect lip balm that not only moisturizes my lips, but also soothe and hydrate them underneath. Sometimes I do wonder if it is a mission impossible because I have come across a few that’s making my lips even drier??? Until one day I came across the lip balm series by Burt’s Bee!!
I have been eyeing on them for some time now as they are another brand striving for natural and eco-friendly skincare products, I have heard good reviews about them. Finally the pharmacy close to where I worked had a promotion on them and I knew I just had to try them out, and I am surely happy I did!! They not only moisturize well, they also deeply hydrate the fragile skin and my lips certainly flake less. I simply fell in love with them over the past year.
I started with their Beeswax Lip Balm and oh dear me, it is extremely cooling and tingles a little because of the peppermint content which I had to get used to after a while. Though it is really soothing and moisturizing which keeps the flakes at bay! Yay!! Plus I love its tender sweetness which is mild and not too overpowering. I then moved on to its Honey Lip Balm. This is richer than the one above and it is full of the pleasing honey scent. It does not give me the tingling feeling but it sure protects my lips very well. Very easy to use as it glides smoothly on my dried lips.
Since I bought them as a packet on special, I was really curious what would the Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil feels like!! So I jumped to it without even finishing the honey one (how greedy!!), so I have been using these three interchangeably for quite some time. And oh my word, I think I have found my ideal lip balm at last!! It is slightly greasier than the other two, but the richness gets absorbed very easily and my lips would feel like desert finally received its deserving rain, seriously!! It also gives me a fruity fragrance so absolutely a delight to use!! Pomegranate oil just started being a star ingredient in my skincare range as it provides extra soothing and hydrating effect. I actually decided using it as my night lip balm, especially before I go to bed.
Each tube would last me about 2 to 3 months, which is pretty reasonable to me~ Since I have been alternating amongst the three, they pretty much lasted over 9 months!! So when it is time to restock, I chose Burt’s Bee again, yet with two different flavours, Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter and Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Açaí Berry. I’d say that the nourishing lip balm is just as rich as and as effective as the honey lip balm, or perhaps sits in between the honey one and the pomegranate one. Personally I feel it did not hydrate as well as it claims to be, and I do find the sugary mango scent a bit overpowering. It’d be great if it is a dessert though LOL The rejuvenating lip balm is just as superb as the replenishing one, and yes it is extremely soothing and sweet, with a lovely berry taste. The balm does not feel as greasy as the pomegranate one so at times I feel like I need to rub it on my lips a bit more so I’d get enough ‘coating’ to protect them. Though I’d say that both the replenishing and the rejuvenating balm are perfect for winter!
Overall, I really like the lip balms from Burt’s Bees as all of them did what I expect them to do, so I am a total convert now. Another bonus I love about them is that they do not leave a weird aftertaste on my cup after I drink water, which some of the lip balms of different brands do, and it is absolutely disgusting!! My favourite is still the replenishing lip balm with pomegranate oil, closely followed by the rejuvenating lip balm with açaí berry. And to be honest I will only repurchase these two coz you really only need a few really good lip balms instead of a whole stash right?
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每一條唇膏我大概會用 2~3 個月，這對我來說是個合理的使用範圍。既然我是三隻連著用，它們也陪伴我快 10 個月了吧？！在補貨時我當然還是選這牌子囉，不過是另外兩種配方：保濕芒果護唇膏以及巴西莓果性感護唇膏（我其實有點搞不懂為啥台灣一定要多加 “性感” 這兩個字）。對我來說這芒果唇膏和蜂蜜唇膏的滋潤度差不多，或許介於蜂蜜和石榴油唇膏之間吧。個人覺得它不錯用但是沒有像它官網上所說得那麼好… 剛開始用的時候覺得它很香甜，真的有想吃吃看的衝動，但之後覺得這香味有點太濃了（又不是甜點！），如果淡一點會更好。而巴西莓果唇膏跟石榴唇膏一樣地優！非常地滋潤，也帶有莓類的芳香，用起來挺享受的。唯一比較不一樣的是它的觸感沒有石榴唇膏油，所以有時候我得在唇上抹多一點。但是這莓果根石榴這兩支唇膏絕對很適合冬天乾冷的季節使用。
March 26, 2012 § Leave a comment
Cleaning is an important part of our skin care regime, and if you have make-up on you will need to remove them with specializing products. The commercial make-up removers sold at pharmacies or local supermarkets aren’t expensive, but you can still save money by resorting in your very own kitchen: Extra Virgin Olive Oil!!
I found this out from a friend and experimented myself, and I haven’t used any other commercial make-up remover for about a year now (well, except for make-up removing wipes during travel for convenience :P) This liquid gold not only benefits our health by consuming with food, it is also a fantastic make-up remover. Worried about oily residue after the wash? No problem, I will show you a way to avoid it without drying out your skin at the same time 😉
Get 1 cotton pad ready and set it aside. Without wetting your face and hands, pour about 1 teaspoon of EVOO in your palm, rub it with both hands and run them over on your face as if you were cleansing with your regular facial cleanser. Massage for a couple of seconds or until you feel the oil has totally covered your face, rinse with lukewarm water. Before wiping your face clean, you will need to wash your hands with soap. The good thing about using a cotton pad to wipe your face is that it absorbs the oily residue as well as traces of make-up on your face; plus it is deposable so you ‘d save water and hassle to wash your facial towel!!! Now with your make-up removed, your skin shouldn’t feel tight but somewhat supple and lightly moisturised!!
Just a note, EVOO here works only as a make-up remover or a pre-cleanse method. For me personally, I’d double cleanse with my normal cream cleanser to ensure I also wash away dirt and potential contaminating substances in the air I encounter when I go out.
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先準備一片化妝棉片放旁備用。不需要用清水將臉部打濕，直接在手上倒約 1 茶匙的橄欖油，雙手稍微搓揉後直接向平時洗臉那樣按摩臉部。等到你覺得油都佈滿你想洗的地方時用溫水沖洗即可；使用棉片時我建議手先用肥皂洗淨。用棉片代替毛巾擦臉的好處是棉片不僅可以同時吸收殘留的油脂和彩妝，也節省接下來要洗滌毛巾的麻煩，同時也省水哟！用橄欖油卸妝後，妳的臉部應該感覺柔軟而不緊繃，外加小小的滋潤感喔～