Step aside contour, and hello strobe! The effect of strobing is the total opposite of contouring. While contouring sets and sunk the face features, strobing construe sharpness of the face features. 


Recommended products for strobing:

1. Benefit Watt's Up
2. NARS The Multiple Strobing Stick
3. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat
4. Benefit high beam and sun beam
5. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow Highlighting Powder
6. M.A.C. Strobe Cream

How to strobe

Examine the feature of your face and determine the area with sharp edges. Under strong light, determine the spot where the light hits, that is where you should strobe. Depending on the product you are using, apply very little amount of product on your face. In this case, a little goes a long way. Do not overdo strobing or you will look like a human disco ball.

The trend

Strobing is more of a trend than a newly discovered makeup skill. The older term used was "highlighting" where frequently use on professional photoshooting. It is the same technique, however now seems popularized by celebrity makeup artists.


Although strobing looks to enhance the features of your face, it may not be suitable for everyone. If you have extreme case of oily skin, avoid strobing your face or suffer from a face that looks like a frying pan. 

Makeup users will always find themselves reaching for makeup wipes for the convenience of removing makeups. I personally find it really useful especially when traveling, going to the gym after work and lazy days. There are many makeup wipes out there and it can be confusing to choose the right one. Here are 5 different brands of makeup wipes that I have on hand and I'm going to give you a summary of each. Then you shall decide which brand that suit your needs.


Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Wipes
Quantity: 25 sheets
Price: RM17.90 / RM0.716 per sheet
Made in UK


I really love the Simple cleansing wipes. It has no fragrance and suitable for sensitive skin. However, the cleansing power is not strong enough to remove waterproof mascara. I find some stains of mascara and eyeliner on my skin after using it.


Bifesta Water-based Makeup Remover Wipes
Quantity: 46 sheets
Price: RM19.80 / RM0.43 per sheet
Made in Japan


Bifesta is well known for its makeup remover and its makeup wipes are living up to the same standard. I really love the texture of the sheet. It is silky smooth and durable. (Personal experience: I forgot to bring my spectacle cloth during my travel, so I leave a sheet of the Bifesta wipe to dry. Then I use it to wipe my spectacle with it. It amazed me how that one sheet lasted for 7 days without any tearing). It removes waterproof makeup with just one wipe! It has a plastic cover lid which keeps the sheets saturated for a long time.


Biore Makeup Remover Wipes
Quantity: 10 sheets
Price: RM5.92 / RM00.592 per sheet
Made in Japan


Biore is my go-to brand when I have to get makeup wipes during my travel. It comes in different quantities - the 10 sheets pack is the smallest and the biggest pack is refillable. It is probably the cheapest makeup wipes in the market if you get the refillable pack. The quality of Biore wipes is very close to Bifesta. However, the Biore ones leave a stinging sensation on my skin, especially on my acne.


Nivea Exfoliating Wipes
Quantity: 20 pieces
Price: RM18.50 / RM0.945 per sheet
Made in Germany


I was attracted by the promise of exfoliation on the package. After the first use, I don't see the difference of me using other wipes. The sheet comes with bumpy texture which apparently helps remove dried skin. I also find the essence in the pack dries up very fast. And the opening seal did not work that well after a few usage. Also, it has a very strong scent which suggested presence of fragrance.


In conclusion, I do not recommend the Nivea exfoliating wipes. However, Nivea also has other types of makeup wipes which may work better. If I can choose only one wipe from all of the above, I would pick Bifesta. It's good in removing waterproof makeup and the texture of the sheets is so smooth. It is also the cheapest of all the 4 brands.


If you would like me to compare more makeup wipes, do comment below on the brands and name of the makeup wipe(s). Or if you would like me to compare other beauty products, do comment below as well. 
Previously I've introduced the new SK-II GenOptics whitening skincare on my blog and it became the most-read and most-searched blog post. I figure out that a lot of readers are interested in the GenOptics products, since I have the Aura Essence on hand, I will do a documented test on the product.



Application:
The product is very easy to use. I apply it after the Facial Treatment Essence, or it can be applied after toner as well. It is a product that requires layering (means to be used on a step-by-step skincare regime). The product comes with an automatic pump stopper that provides the accurate dosage for each application. The amount that the pump dispenses is the exact amount your skin needs for optimum result. It can be worn underneath makeup during the day.




Texture:
Unlike other essences that have runny liquid texture, the Aura Essence is thicker. It has a silky and milky texture that able to absorb into the skin quickly. Within seconds, your skin feels matte and hydrated. It leaves a light floral scent on your skin.


Efficacy:
Before trying the product, I went to SK-II counter to do a Magic Ring Skin Test. The test gives you a 360 skin analysis on your skin age, percentage of your skin moisture, prediction of your skin condition in the future, etc. Before I use the Aura Essence, my skin age was 31 (not too bad compared to my real age). And within 2 weeks of using the Aura Essence, my skin age reduced to 30. I'm amazed that this product can show result in just 2 weeks!



Product purpose:
The Aura Essence specifically target to reduce dark spots that caused by UV damage. Although it is a whitening product, it does not bleach your skin or whiten your skin per se. The product works from the inside to reveal your skin's natural radiance. At the same time, it reduces the visible dark spots on the surface of your skin.


Who should use the Aura Essence:
Everyone has different skin concern. Therefore, I urge you to go to SK-II counter to get your skin analyse. Although the Aura Essence is a product that suits every skin type, you should speak to their consultant to see if it is the best product for you. For severe dark spots skin, you may be suitable to use the Spot Essence compared to the Aura Essence.





Where to get it:
The Aura Essence is available at all SK-II counters and Sephora. Price is at RM555 for 30ml or RM790 for 50ml. 
Mentholatum's all new Sugar Lip Lipbalm invites you to fall in love with sugar pink lips. Its formulation features a unique Brown Sugar Recipe which works to nourish and smoothen your lips. Brown sugar is a natural humetant that seals in moisture and keeps lips feeling hydrated. Its Crystral Brown Sugar formulation instantly melts onto your lips to ensure your lips remain moisturized for soft, supple and youthful looking lips.



The new Sugar Lip Lipbalm was created to help you achieve rosy pink lips with just one swipe of the lip balm. Pink lips are an attractive facial feature which enhances natural beauty and warms up one's facial complexion. A natural pink that you can wear anytime of the day, it is the perfect lip enhancer for days you wish for soft, pink lips.


Apart from a new brown sugar formulation, Sugar Lip Lipbalm also enriched with effective moisturizing ingredients such as Super Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide and MaxiLip to provide long-lasting moisture and ensuring soft and supple lips all through the day. Just one glide is all you need for a youthful and supple look.

The all-new Sugar Lip Lipbalm is available in four soft shades of pink to bring out your natural beauty with that perfect hint of lip colour. They are 01 Vintage Pink, 02 Dancing Pink, 03 Kissy Pink and 04 Rock n Pink.


It is available at all leading pharmacies and major supermarkets at RM15.80 (3g) each.
Inspired by the goodness of nature from the earth, Mentholatum has developed a brand new facial care series called the BOTANICS that offers consumers not only the best skincare results but at an affordable price. BOTANICS uses the finest ingredients with the highest quality natural herbal essences from flowers and herbs to give you the best experience which only nature can produce. Each herb and flower carefully selected based on their unique properties to offer exceptional results.


The BOTANICS consists of four range of products namely tube face wash, foaming wash, pump wash and sheet masks to offer consumers a relaxing nature's experience. Each of these range includes a variety of offerings to suit various skin conditions. The Face Wash tube comes in 4 variants namely Hydra Whitening, Pore Refining, Deep Cleansing and Hydrating; the Pump Wash comes in 2 variants namely Deep Clean and Moisturising & Brightening, the Foaming Wash comes in 2 variants namely Oil & Blemish Control and Whitening; and lastly the sheet mask comes in 5 variants namely the Aloe Vera Hydrating Facial Mask, Pomegranate Anti-Oxidant Facial Mask, Rosemary Pore Refining Facial Mask, Rosehip Oil Brightening Facial Mask and Lavender for Soothing Facial Mask.


Face Wash, 100g (RM14.90)

This face wash is suitable for users who prefer a handy tube and a simple squeeze that can perform an effective cleansing task on the face.


Deep Cleansing Face Wash - Refresh with the uplifting scent of lemongrass when you cleanse your face with this Deep Cleansing Face Wash. It contains Ylang-Ylang and Tea Tree Extract as the main ingredients as well as White Tea and Olive Tea that helps balance oil, deep cleanse and purifies pores. This face wash also helps prevent blemishes and blackhead occurance and it's suitable for oily and combination skin types.


Pump Wash, 150ml (RM21.90)

Pump wash is certainly convenient and it controls the usage amount much more effectively. Just a pump or two, that's all you need for a clean relaxing wash.


Deep Clean Face Wash - Contains Ylang-Ylang and Tea Tree Extract as the key ingredients for oil control, prevention of blemishes and it's also soothing on the skin. It also contains other soothing and moisturising ingredients such as Cucumber and Aloe Vera. The Lemongrass scent refreshes your every wash and puts you in a relaxing mood. It's suitable for oily and combination skin.


Foam Wash, 160ml (RM25.90)

If you like your facial cleanser all foamy then this is the product for you.


Whitening Foam Wash - Enjoy the wonderful scent of Rose as you cleanse your face. It contains Aloe extract and Narcissus that have moisturising properties while at the same time brightens the skin as you cleanse your face. It's suitable for all skin types.


Sheet Mask, 22ml/pouch (RM6.90)

The BOTANICS Sheet Mask is infused with herbal essence and enriched with Hyaluronic Acid to repair and rejuvenate your skin while you close your eyes and relax. It comes in 5 variants, namely Aloe Vera Hydrating Facial Mask, Pomegranate Anti-Oxidant Facial Mask, Rosemary Pore Refining Facial Mask, Rosehip Oil Brightening Facial Mask, and Lavender for Soothing Facial Mask.


Rosemary Pore Refining Facial Mask - With Rosemary and Witch Hazel as the key ingredients, the herbal essence kicks in to help diminish the appearance of enlarged pores for a more refined, soft and smooth skin texture while retaining moisture for firmer skin. It is also enriched with Vitamin B3 to protect skin against environmental damage. This mask is suitable for all skin types and especially for oily and combination skin.


The BOTANICS series is available only at Guardian stores nationwide. 
Pimples and acne are common teen skin problems especially when the skin is oily. The problem doesn't stop there as acne scarring starts to surface with constant picking of pimples. Most teens would think the easiest solution to that is to that is to constantly wash their face to get rid of the pimples. While washing the face may help to reduce pimples but it is not the perfect solution to the problem.



Combating pimples can be achieved with OXY's 3 step regime:


Step 1: Wash with Deep Cleansing Wash (RM8.50/RM13.90)

The OXY Deep Cleansing Wash contains Isopropyl Methylphenol and Salicylic Acid which help remove dead skin cells on the skin's surface and also effectively remove impurities from deep within pores thereby unclogging pores to prevent pimples. Apart from cleansing, the Deep Cleansing Wash also soothes blemished skin and it's not drying to the skin.



Step 2: Treat pimples with OXY 10 (RM11.50)

After cleansing the face, apply OXY 10 on pimples to treat the blemished area. OXY 10 kills acne bacteria that causes pimples.


Step 3: Lighten pimple mark with Anti-Pimple Mark Gel (RM19.90)

Once the pimples are dried-up, apply the Acne-Pimple Mark. OXY Anti Pimple Mark has 4 benefits. Apart from lightening pimple marks, it also smoothens skin, prevents blemishes are revitalizes skin cells by unclogging pores and exfoliating dead skin cells to lighten pimple marks.



Suitable for acne prone skin when used together, OXY's Deep Cleansing Wash, OXY 10 and the Anti-Pimple Mark Gel helps to get rid of oil, dirt, impurities, treat pimples, lighten pimple marks while providing you with smooth, clean and pimple-free skin. Each of these products is formulated to tackle the root cause of the pimple problem starting with the Deep Cleansing Wash that removes impurities followed by the OXY 10 that treats pimples and finish with the Anti-Pimple Mark for a clear blemish-free skin.


All 3 products complement each other to achieve clearer, pimple-free skin. 
Does beauty fade faster than you think? A long-term SK-II study discovered that women in their 20s dramatically lose more radiance in their skin than any other age group. In your 20s, damage from UV exposure causes hidden spots and clouds to develop, making skin appear darker and less radiant.

To empower women in their 20s to tackle spots and clouds before they surface, SK-II launches its innovative new GenOptics whitening skincare series which targets current and hidden spots and darkening caused by UV to give you a radiant aura for years to come.




UV DAMAGE: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE 

Question: Damage to the skin caused by UV exposure results in:
a.    Spots,
b.    Darkness,
c.    Hidden issues that aren’t visible yet, or
d.    All of the above?

The correct answer:
d.    All of the above! Spots and darkness are just some of the visible effects caused by UV damage, but there are also hidden effects that lurk beneath the surface of the skin.

Just because you don’t see the effects of UV damage on your skin in your 20s, that doesn’t mean they’re not there – hidden spots caused by UV exposure can take years to appear.

SK-II discovered that extended UV exposure damages 10 skin parameters. The hidden damages appear as ‘clouds’ within the skin, blocking skin’s natural aura and radiance.  


10 VISIBLE AND HIDDEN PARAMETERS OF UV DAMAGE

 





VISIBLE SKIN IMPROVEMENT IN EIGHT WEEKS AND BEYOND
Containing an infusion of Prunus extract and Pitera™, users of SK-II’s new GenOptics Aura Essence saw visible improvement in skin tone and a significant reduction in age spots and cloudiness after 8 weeks continuous usage.


THE MYTH OF YOUTHFUL RADIANCE

“I try and stay out of the direct sun in summer – but one does need Vitamin D. It’s also about using the right UV protection for your skin. I tend to make my summer skincare regimen lighter with a few, but very effective products. That includes the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, the CC Cream and more recently, the new GenOptics whitening range which acts to target any skin discoloration from being out in the sun too much. The GenOptics Aura Essence especially, I find, leaves my skin feeling moisturized and gives it great luminosity”   - Global SK-II Ambassador Cate Blanchett



ARE YOU MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR SKINCARE? 

True or False? “When using skincare from a dropper bottle, most people tend to use less than the recommended dosage”.

The correct answer: True! In a consumer study, SK-II found that 60% of consumers only use 2/3 of the recommended dosage which results in lower efficacy for the skin.

The new auto-fill dropper technology in each GenOptics bottle is specially designed so that one full drop provides the optimal dosage for best results.


SEE INTO YOUR SKIN’S FUTURE 

True or False? “There’s no way to identify the hidden clouds beneath her skin before they visibly appear on the surface as spots or dullness”.

The correct answer: False! To visualize the effects of UV exposure on your skin, SK-II has updated its Magic Ring program with a “Cloud Meter” to show signs of UV damage including visible spots and even hidden clouds.

Book your Magic Ring consultation today at www.sk-ii.com.my/en/magic-ring.aspx

INSURANCE FOR YOUR SKIN
Protect your skin from future spots caused by UV exposure with SK-II’s GenOptics Aura Essence and GenOptics Spot Essence available at all SK-II counters in Malaysia from February 2016.

SK-II GenOptics Aura Essence          30 ml                                       RM555           
                                                            50 ml                                       RM790           
SK-II GenOptics Spot Essence          30 ml                                       RM470           
                                                            50 ml                                       RM685           
                                                            75ml                                        RM920           





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