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When dUCk announced that they’re launching their very own cosmetics line, I was pretty intrigued because they finally decided to join the massive line of local beauty brands. I think they have a lot of potential to fill in the gap that we have in the local beauty industry and since they have a huge following as well, I’m pretty sure they have a lot of eyes on them. Everyone has high expectations, including myself. I was really counting on them to set the bar for the local beauty industry because they do have a lot of potential. However, now that they’ve revealed the products, launched on FashionValet and a store in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, I must say I’m not very impressed.

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It has been three months since I shared my skincare routine  and since then, I have been trying out new skincare products, going on a skincare diet and going to facials. I have seen a great improvement in my skin since then. I don’t breakout as often anymore. When I do, it goes away quite fast. My skin has been feeling really smooth, supple and looking really healthy despite of my acne scars, which I still have and will continue to have as long as I have acne. The one thing that has contributed to my skin’s massive improvement is getting facials regularly.

I used to never get facials because I know they hurt. They are really painful, especially if you have low tolerance to pain like I do. I am so scared of pain and I always avoid it but when my skin felt really congested in April, I thought facials would help because I needed a professional to deep cleanse skin. So, I went to True Harmony and got my face checked out and taken care of. If you’re not familiar with facials, what they usually do is they would 1) cleanse your face, 2) put on a cleanse-off mask, 3) steam your face, 4) extract all your whiteheads and zits, 5) put on another face mask. At True Harmony, there are two types of facial treatment and I’ve been getting the High Frequency Facial (RM88 per session) where they treat my skin with an LED light to get rid of any existing bacteria, as an additional step. I’ve gone to True Harmony four times since April and I really do notice that as time went by, my skin improves after each session.

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If you don’t know who Pony is, she is a remarkable make-up artist and beauty Youtuber. I love watching her beauty content because she is so good at what she does and she gives out great make-up tips! She also has her own make-up line called Pony Effect, under Memebox, a Korean cosmetics company. One of my favourite beauty vloggers, Edward Avila, is beyond obsessed with her and he has done a lot of reviews on her products. They are a series of hits and misses but I’ve always been intrigued to check it out. When I got news that she released three new shades for her cushion foundations and one of them would match my skintone, I bit the bullet and got one of them.

Pony Effect has three cushion foundations; the Everlasting cushion foundation, the Longwear Defense cushion foundation and the one I’m reviewing right now, the Coverstay cushion foundation. The Everlasting cushion foundation is targeted towards dry skin and promises a hydrating formula with a dewy/glowy finish, the Longwear Defense promises to help protect the skin from pollution and with the Coverstay cushion foundation, it is targeted towards oily skin and promises an oil-absorbing formula with a matte finish. I have oily and dehydrated skin, but my skin produces a lot of oil throughout the day. Usually by noon, I would have used up one and a half blotting sheets. So I decided to grab the Coverstay cushion foundation and try it out.

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Neogen is a very popular skincare brand in South Korea for its very innovative products like their cleansing pads, real fresh cleansers, sunscreen sticks and more. Last year, they collaborated with Charlotte Cho, who runs Soko Glam, The Klog and wrote The Little Book of Skincare, to come out with a cleansing stick. Since I really trust Charlotte Cho’s insight about the world of beauty, when she revealed the cleansing stick and gave a brief on it on The Klog, I was 100% sold. It went straight into my k-beauty wishlist and it was the first thing I bought when I arrived in Seoul in December.

So, what are my thoughts on it? Let’s start with a product background.

The concept behind this product is a travel-friendly cleanser with a low pH that could be more effective at removing make-up and helping with inflammation and acne. This product is supposed to be so gentle that it doesn’t strip away most of your natural oils, doesn’t leave your skin dry and tight and almost eliminate the need for double cleansing. It should also help with gentle exfoliation with the presence of real green tea leaves in the cleansing stick. I know, everything about this sounds super dreamy and ideal, almost too dreamy to be true.

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When I was 15 years old, I would get pesky little whiteheads so I don’t think I’ve ever had clear skin from that point on. I would get more and more pimples as the days went by and it wasn’t until my Mom told me I should see a doctor that I realize I have an acne problem. I was 16 years old and I knew nothing about skincare. It didn’t help that my Mom wasn’t a skincare pro either so I didn’t know what I was supposed to do about my skin and what works. So, at the age of 16, I started seeing a dermatologist.

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I’m always late on beauty trends (because I’m not a beauty blogger) but when I do get to try them, I like to give my two cents. The Etude House Double Lasting Foundation is a product that I’ve been wanting to try until I visited Seoul and picked up my own bottle. I tried it out straight away, in the cold and dry winter air and came back to test it out in the heat and humidity. I thought it would be helpful if I provide you with my thoughts and opinions on it so let’s jump right into it.

The one thing I remember about this foundation when I picked it up was that it has really good coverage, and I agree, it definitely has decent coverage. I like to gradually build up my coverage so what I love about this product is that it starts out as pretty light-medium coverage then as you build it up, it can go as far as medium-full coverage. This depends on how much you apply the product and whether you apply it with a brush or a make-up sponge. I’ve tried both methods and I definitely think you’ll be able to achieve better coverage with a make-up sponge, especially if you dot it on your face and stamp it around with the sponge. With that said, this has medium-full buildable coverage. Of course, this depends on how much coverage you need, how much you would typically apply etc.

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I’ve never been a fan of k-beauty, mostly because I’ve always avoided it. The thing with Korean beauty is that, a lot of the things that they have in the market are not at par with what my skin needs. A lot of Korean beauty products that I’ve tried in the past just didn’t work as well as I wanted them too, especially with my oily and very acne prone skin, I need more than just revitalisation, hydration, silky smooth skin and other things that Korean beauty products are usually catered towards. Another side of K-beauty that I hate is it’s really colour blind so it’s difficult to find base make-up that matches my skin tone or, the make-up isn’t pigmented enough because they are catered to fairer skin tones. Thus, the pigmentation doesn’t show up very well on my skin.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’m in Sarawak so I’m not exposed to K-beauty or if K-beauty itself have improved throughout the years that I’ve been absorbed in Western beauty.

When I visited Seoul in May, I picked up a few beauty items, both skincare and make-up, which had good reputation and most of them have worked really well so far. After I came back from Seoul, I started doing more research on K-beauty, started watching more Seoul based beauty Youtubers, started reading K-beauty blogs. I feel like I’ve been exposed to a whole other world of beauty and I’m so excited to go back in December and explore more K-beauty items.

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When I was in Seoul, I decided to put more effort into making myself up and looking pretty to fit into the well-dressed society. The make-up routine I did for 10 days in Seoul eventually stuck with me and I haven’t been doing anything differently since. Before, I would usually slap on foundation, powder and lipstick then I would be good to go but now, my make-up routine is slightly more extensive and I’ve been having good make-up days for the past month.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

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