Beauty Routine and the Environment

Now there are dozens and dozens of responsible beauty/makeup lovers out there. Organic, against animal testing etc etc. My big thing is ‘how my daily beauty routine affects the environment as a consumer’.

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Where ever I can I will reduce. My sister sent me reusable makeup wipes and I only use them to remove my eye and lip makeup. Never cotton balls. For my face I usually double cleanse to remove makeup, hence don’t use wipes.

Reusable Makeup Remover Pads or Scrubbies Set of 15 Terry Cloth Backings

The two washcloths are Liz Earle muslin and the Body Shop weird ‘feels like soft leather-silk’ washcloth. These along with my plastic bowl are my STAPLES when washing my face.

The plastic bowl is a fairly big one.

Fill little less then halfway with lukewarm water. Soak either of the washcloths in it and remove face mask or cleanser. Its fine if the water gets muddy. Its not dirty water.

Also with this method even the hardest black clay mask comes off easily. And also I am a dabber not a rubber.

Rinse bowl & cloth and fill less than halfway with fresh water again. Repeat removing face wash/face mask residue with washcloth.

Rinse bowl, fill halfway again and this time splash your face with hands. You will notice face is residue free, hence clean. And the last one is without the bowl just running water and hands to have that final, psychological, rinse. For me it takes just 2 splashes.

Both makeup wipes and the washcloths I use and wash with baby shampoo in between Machine Washes.

Brush Wipes. As I apply makeup everyday, my brushes and fingers need constant wipe downs. For that I use towels and dishtowels. Cut into quarters. One for face and the other for my eye and lip brushes.

They are stained forever even though they get into the washing machine every a week !

The only thing I haven’t been able to crack is how to use toners without cotton balls. I use my hands now, as if applying essence.


World Lipstick Day

Loreal (5), MAC (2), Lakme (3), Maybelline, Giorgio Armani(1), Clinique (1), Chanel (1), Urban Decay (sample), Marc Jacobs (sample)



Kate Sommerville Skincare

I worship at the altar of Kate Sommerville and their air tight jar-pump dispenser is da bomb!

My impressions.

1.My HG exfoliator is the ExfoliKate Intensive treatment.I am NOT a ‘grainy bits in facial scrubs’ kind of a gal because I don’t believe in scratching my skin. I prefer chemical exfoliation in the form of AHAs and BHAs. The ExfoliKate is the only ‘grainy bits’ exfoliator I will invest in. The ‘grainy bits’ are gentle, formulated without plastic micro beads or crushed nut shells. It also contains a good cocktail of AHAs and BHAs.  I put an ingredient list end of this post because I am so impressed with this. (scroll down to see ingredient list)

2. The Dermal Quench got the nod from a few beauty editors, so have invested in a full size (after trying 2 minis before). I used it as a serum. I went on to invest in multiple re-purchases of this. I really enjoyed it. I now have my eye on her new formulation that has the added Retinol in it.

3. The Goat Milk is greasy and I didn’t like how it felt, so used it as a night cream. It’s the lactic acid in it that keeps me excited to keep using it. Will I re-purchase this one? Not sure.

Update 2018: I moved from a more humid Hong Kong to a relatively drier climate of Seattle. My skin has also aged and seems dryer. I am now thinking of investing in this again but continue to will use it as a night cream. However I need to rethink what AHA & BHA products I have in my PM routine and what can be replaced with this.

4. The Line Release eye cream. I have re-purchased this one over and over again. Its a light cream. I dab what’s remaining between my eyebrows and around my lips. It has silicones so you get that ‘soft/spongy/smooth’ feeling, which I am not that keen on, but it’s doesn’t have that pronounced slip which I detest.

Ofcourse the lines I have will remain and there is more to come. However a good eye cream keeping that area hydrated and strengthened is a MUST. No faffing around here.

I received a whole lot of samples (a very RARE sample landslide for Hong Kong. Probably because Kate Sommerville is trying to establish her brand here)


a. I am impressed with the IllumiKate CC cream. Its shade 3, looks light, but settles to look just…. amazing  on my NC40 skintone ! I like the luminosity. I don’t like the MAC cc cream, and the Clinique left me meh.  A definite ‘what would you like for Christmas darling?’ from my husband.

b. The Deep Tissue Repair moisturiser is a Caroline Hirons’ favourite. The sample feels lovely on the skin, absorbs quickly and great as a light day cream (wear your SPF separately please) But is it really deep tissue repair ? I doubt it. So while it feels lovely I am sure any light day cream is fine.

c. Kate Sommerville Daily Deflector SPF sachets. I absolutely love it. It has a very light consistency and while it applies white it soon disappears. I also love the fact that it is an SPF 50+ PA+++

Update 2018: I am now torn between the Daily Deflector™ Waterlight Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++ Anti-Aging Sunscreen and the Murad Environmental Shield City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 / PA++++. hmmm I just might go for the Kate Sommerville one 🙂

ExfoliKate Intensive exfoliating treament: –Papaya, Pineapple, and Pumpkin Enzymes: Naturally exfoliate dead skin cells, without over-drying. Lactic Acid: Acts as a natural AHA skin exfoliator.
Rosewood and Cinnamon Extracts: Combine to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Aloe Vera, Honey, and Vitamin E: Smooth and soften skin.
Water, Lactic Acid, Silica, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Pectin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Alcohol Denat., Sorbic Acid, Cinnamal, Honey/Mel/Miel, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Eugenol, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Linalool, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Beta-Carotene, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Bromelain, Papain, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Acetic Acid, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil.