Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Beauty Loot: Muji and Aveeno Haul

I'm getting married soon, and over the course of the past year (I got engaged last April), I've been refining my skincare routine. I've tried a bunch of products and let go of some since then. It is only now that I actually think I have the right combination of products for my skin type.

This is the skincare mix I've been using since late last year: Muji Cleansing Oil, Maybelline Makeup Remover for Eyes and Lips, Lush Grease Lightning Tea Tree Cleanser, Clean & Clear Clear Fairness Moisturizer, Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner, Forever21 Love & Beauty Rose Extract Makeup Cleansing Tissues, and The Face Shop Lovely Me:Ex BB Cream.

I wasn't really fussy about skincare before, but now that my skin needs a lot of work, I've been trying out products here and there. I still use the Forever 21 Makeup Cleansing Tissues because they rock - the problem is they are so hard to find! I also use the Tea Tree version when I get them. I also still use the Maybelline Makeup Remover because it takes off my makeup in one swipe - it's really good and really affordable. And I love Lush's Grease Lightning - it takes care of breakouts without drying them up so much. I also surprisingly really liked the Clean & Clear Clear Fairness Moisturizer. It did its job and has SPF too, but I felt like a moisturizer needed to do more than just hydrate skin. 

I'm not using the Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner anymore because I felt like it did nothing for my skin. My skin just felt blah everytime I used it. I quit the Muji Cleansing Oil as well. I actually gave my unfinished bottle to my ex-housemate because it works for her, but I think my skin found it too oily. I liked the Lovely Me:Ex BB Cream from The Face Shop, but I think it made me break out. I'm not sure if it was the culprit or the Muji Cleansing Oil, but I tried using one or the other but I still had tiny breakouts on my forehead, so I quit both and the dots disappeared.  

Last Sunday I was at The Fort and decided to check out new products because I felt like my skin wasn't getting enough love. It's crunch time too - I have to do something about it while there's still time before my wedding! So I went to my favorite beauty store first - Pure Beauty in Serendra - and I finally decided to get the Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Moisturizer. I've heard good things about the brand and I'm actually already using their Pomegranate Body Scrub so I thought I'd try out their face stuff. It has SPF 30, which is a good number for sunscreen, and has Vitamins A, C, & E as well. It's supposed to moisturize your skin, as well as soften it and protect it from harmful elements. Then I hit up Muji at High Street next. I had to let go of their Cleansing Oil but I was still willing to give the brand a try. After all, the Japanese have amazing skin. So I picked up their Light Toning Water - Moist. They have three kinds, and I picked the middle type for combination skin. It's supposed to cleanse and freshen skin, as well as help minimize pores.

I've been using both for a few days now and I really love this product combination. I use the Muji Light Toning Water at night before bed and my skin feels a whole lot cleaner and fresher these days. I use the Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Moisturizer in the morning after my shower, and my skin has improved so much since I started using it. It feels hydrated and soft and looks a whole lot healthier overall that even the fiance noticed!

I'm still trying to find a daily facial cleanser that works for me, along with some other stuff, so an updated skincare routine post shall find its way into this blog soon. For example, I'm not really sure if Neutrogena Grapefruit Foaming Cleanser is cutting it for everyday cleansing, but I'm happy with Lush's Ocean Salt as an exfoliating cleanser for the weekends. I'm glad I'm on the right track though. Finding the perfect combination of products for your skin is a trial-and-error process, and it's great that my skin is getting loads better now.


  1. The Aveeno moisturizer has SPF rin pala! Checking out the Purebeauty website before I go to their store in Serendra. Hope if helps with the super dry skin. :-(

    1. Yeah it's an all-in-one moisturizer which is why I really like it. Hope it works for you. You might want to check out Aveeno's other moisturizers too. Maybe there's something for your skin type. Aside from Pure Beauty I noticed that The Ramp has also started selling Aveeno.