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 (or ‘Yes Hirons you were Right!’)


I am a Kate Sommerville convert. Or rather lets say I am at the point where I will cry if they stop selling it it Hong Kong AND am willing to spend on Kate’s range and to use them for atleast 2 rounds of empties and see if they make a difference in my never ending quest for Anti Aging.

Look Clarins is also a SHINING star but the alcohol and fragrance in their ingredients is what sways me to Kate. Also Kate’s packaging is pump based. Nothing is a open gaping hole. EVEN her Jars- yes ! Thanks to Paula Begoun, we know sealed skincare contributes towards a more effective skincare.

But then I cant cut/scoop every bit of product out. Will have husband device a cutting device so I cant get every last bit of this very expensive product out. Anyway I digress!

My impressions.

1.Best exfoliator is the exfoliKate, that’s it. This is the only ‘grainy bits’ exfoliator I will invest it.

I am NOT a big grainy bits person as I dont believe in scratching my skin. I prefer chemical exfoliation that are in the form of toners or a hot wash-cloth especially as my skin ages.

2. The Dermal Quench got the nod from a few beauty editors, so have invested in a full size (after trying a sample before). I use it before serum, or rather as a serum.This will need extended use to prove the anti-wrinkle it purports to be.  But I will only follow this up with a Kate face product.

3. The Goat Milk is greasy and I didn’t like how it felt, so use it only at night. But it’s the lactic acid in it that keeps me excited to keep using it. Will I re-purchase this one? probably not.

4. The Line Release eye cream I will continue to invest in till I cant get my hands on Zelens.

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.

I can see creasing and lines, and while I know 50% of that is me NOT drinking enough water, I also know at my age a good eye cream, is a MUST. No faffing around here.

I received a whole lot of samples (a very RARE sample landslide in HK. I think ONLY because Kate is still trying to establish her range here)


a. I was 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. I will DEFINITELY cry of they stop selling in HK. 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 is very easily the day cream.(wear your SPF separately please)

Is it really deep tissue repair ? I doubt it. So while it feels lovely I am sure any light day cream is fine.

c. I am yet to try the Kate Sommerville Daily Deflector SPF sachets. I am sure I will love it but to invest in this I will need more research. European or American is the first place to start.

Australian I believe is the best, however we don’t get them in Hong Kong.

Will look into Caroline Hirons and Lisa Eldridge’s blogs/vlogs to make the right choice

Currently I am using the Dr. Jart Brightening and Anti Aging SPF , but I cant see UVB listed so am a bit disappointed.  I can’t believe I missed checking that when I was in Sasa.

So while I have some bits covered with Kate, its a good, effective moisturiser that I am looking for. A proper Anti Aging moisturiser.

So I guess that would between Estee Lauder and Kate Sommerville after my extended research and reviews.


Till then, Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting will suffice. It feels beautiful.