my top 5 beauty picks atm

So Christmas is rolling around the corner, and if you’re still thinking about gifts for your girlfriend, or best friend, I’ve got some ideas for you!  Being the product person I am, I’ve actually tried a lot of different skin care products, hair care products, make up ..and the list goes on and on.  So I figured it would be nice to share with you all my favourites out of the bunch.

1. Lush’s Big Shampoo

Intended for: people with limp and greasy hair
Price: $24.95 CDN/$189.00 HK for a pot (usually lasts for about two months when I use it everyday, you only need a dime size)

I felt like I found gold when I used this shampoo because I have VERY limp hair and volume is basically non existent. At about two years ago I gave this shampoo a try and it has been one of the best hair products I’ve used so far.  Its main ingredients are sea salt and lime juice, so the texture of this shampoo is actually really grainy.  The sea salt helps keep your hair soft, while the lime juices cleanses your hair, removing build up and gives your hair a great shine.  You’ll definitely feel the difference with this shampoo after you rinse off, because it actually leaves your hair feeling squeaky clean and I loooveee the smell of this shampoo, it’s quite citrus-y, and you’ll notice it throughout the day.  I’ve also noticed that my hair was less oily, and felt a lot more weightless.   I would, however, not recommend this product if you have really dry hair as it could make dry it out even more.

2. Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion 2 (Toner)


Intended for: people with combination-oily skin
Price: $ 21.oo US (400 ml)/$270 HKD (400 ml) (lasts for a really long time, I’m still working on it..)

This is part of Clinique’s 3 step skin care program.  The toner itself is great for those with combination-oily skin.  It contains a little bit of alcohol, but it is gentle enough to be used on the face.  I was surprised when I used it the first time because even after I had cleaned my face with a cleanser, I was still able to wipe off brown residue on my cotton pad soaked with this toner.  It’s definitely a great buy as it really picks up on the dirt and left over residue on your face.  It’s also fragrance free, perfect for those with sensitive skin.  However, if you have really dry skin, then you might opt for the # 1 (these toners range from 1-4, with 1 being the most mild; suitable for dry and sensitive skin, while number 4 is suited for those with very oily skin types).  It’s definitely a great buy and economical.

#3  MAC’S Fortified Skin Enhancer


Intended for: those with dull skin and needs a boost in radiance
Price: $30.00 US/$290 HKD

If you love glowing skin, then you gotta love this primer.  It’s basically one of those primers where you could either use alone, or under a foundation.  What I love about it, is that it’s got sunscreen, and you can really see your skin radiating after you apply it.  It’s a little bit tinted, but it definitely won’t leave your skin feeling too pale.  After using it, it keeps my make up together throughout the day, and most importantly keeps my skin glowing.  It’s a bit pricey, but you only need a wee bit of it every time, therefore, a tube like that could last you for a good 2 and half months or so.  It also comes in 4 different shades depending on what your skin tone is.

#4 Clinique’s All About Eyes


Intended for: those with dark circles, puffy eyes and dry skin
Price: $29.00 USD / $ 260 HKD

Although I haven’t seen much of a difference in my puffiness, I did notice that it has really hydrated my skin around the eye area.  I have relatively dry skin under the eyes, and because of that, wrinkles have started to develop.  However it has been better after using this product, as it really hydrates the skin around it.   I would especially recommend this eye cream for those who need a light but moisturizing eye cream.  The texture of this cream isn’t too heavy and perfect for those who are prone to developing white heads around the eye area, ie myself.  It’s also very soothing, so when you use it in the morning, it sorta wakes you up from your sleepiness!

#5 Laneige’s Water Bank Essence


Intended for: all skin types, esp those who need a boost in hydration
Price: $310 HKD for 60 ml (I’ve been using it for a month, and I still have 3/4 of it left)

This product worked really well for me as I felt that the moisture and hydration it gave me, lasted throughout the night, (when I applied it before sleeping) and through the day, (when I applied it in the morning).  It has a watery texture and when you apply it, it’s really soothing.  For those who have dry skin, you can use this essence first and then apply your moisturizer on top for a better effect.  It definitely wasn’t sticky or oily, it just made my skin feel like it was surged with water and gave my skin more elasticity.  It’s also a great product to bring with you on the plane as it hydrates your skin through long hours.  I would however warn those with sensitive skin about this product, as it contains a strong fragrance.

Hope this will benefit you all in choosing your Christmas gifts this year.
Happy Christmas shopping everyone :)

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