It’s Fun to be a Girl

This entry is also intended to be the second part the BFF Blog Series. After the first blog, she told me it was my turn to pick a topic and I chose this. Other than I know we both enjoy this and are curious exactly what the other does, I felt like this topic is necessary right after the Bag entry so we can finally get through beauty products and other skin and body stuff we both have so much of but have really no clue about all the details of it. Haha.

I have categorized this topic into 2 parts. One for the regimen I do at home, the other for the stuff I get done at a salon.

~ Things I get done at home ~

Facial Washes
Facial Washes

a. Cleansing Milk –  leaves the skin soft, silky, and moisturized.

b. Facial Wash – unlike the cleansing milk, this is great for leaving the skin oil-free for quite some time. Recommended to be used in weekday mornings before work or any other day before heading outdoors.

Toners
Toners

I was once told that after anytime water touches your face especially after a good wash, applying toner is always necessary. It removes extra, deep dirt and keeps the skin tone even. In my personal experience, my Toner A is better in the mornings that Toner B because Toner A keeps my face oil-free a lot longer than the other. I keep Toner B in the evenings so it can do it’s job at whitening and can get really deep into my skin layers.

Face Moisturizer
Face Moisturizer

As featured in my previous blog, face moisturizer is a must. Though this is the type I only use in the mornings before I set off to conquer the rest of the day. I have a completely different regimen in the evenings.

Lotion
Lotion

I don’t have THAT much dry skin but I just feel that this lotion works best for me because here in Abu Dhabi, the weather is either too cold or too hot. Either way, you’re mostly at places with crazy air conditioning which dries up the skin pretty quickly.

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My hair is currently curly. I had it treated a few months ago and it’s taking a while to grow back (no complaints though, except for times when it gets all tangled up and I just really hate it at that point hehe). I believe mousse is the one which enables me to style my hair in a milder way than gel and hairspray. This brand really works for me because it gives my hair its curls without looking like a badly tangled bunch of hard wires which hurt my face whenever it attacks! Love this because I can still easily flip my hair and make it look natural.

Sunblock
Sunblock
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Make-Up Remover

The day I bought this, I’m sure I read the description why it looks the way it does but I can’t remember them anymore, so I turned to bestfriend Google which says:

Quote:

NIVEA Double Effect Eye make-up Remover enriched with Cornflower Extract:
–          Effectively removes even extreme waterproof mascara and make-up without any rubbing needed
–          Protects the sensitive eyelashes with its caring bi-phase formula
–          Does not leave any unpleasant greasy residue

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Facial Scrub

Good for exfoliation to make way for new skin to surface

Neutrogena Wave
Neutrogena Wave

When I first saw this in a TV commercial, it looked fun. First time I saw it in the market, it looked fun. Then I finally got the chance to purchase it. Honestly, it wasn’t that fun when I finally used it. It’s a little piece of gadget that vibrates, I got disappointed because the way I saw it used in the commercial, I thought it was rotating. Though I do understand the vibrating effect. For facial skin, it helps massage and relax the skin, causing the pores to open so the cleansing solution can reach in deeper and have the dirt come out easier.  A pack of medicated cotton comes with the gadget. For further, clearer description, click here.

Face Masks
Face Masks (Occasional)

20140307_0002511. Charcoal Mask – from Daiso. I have been seeing in the Chinese / Japanese culture that masks with charcoal help skin to tighten. This however, suck out blackheads, tighten pores, and keep the grease-free.

2. Gel Mask – from local hypermarts. It helps the skin be grease-free and tighten the pores as well.

Normalizing Cream
Normalizing Cream

A hormone-balancing cream for acne-prone skin.  Find your skin’s balance with Rejuvi  Normalizing Cream, a hormone regulating cream that helps control breakouts. A unique combination of organic acids, zinc and vitamins effectively inhibit excessive hormone production, that can lead to clogged pores and excess sebum, causing blemishes. This multi-beneficial cream not only helps control oil, but also removes surface debris and purifies pores for refined, clear skin. (official description by Rejuvi & www.dermstore.com)

Skin Conditioner
Skin Conditioner

 A unique formula to help regulate oily-prone skin and fight off blemishes. A lightweight formula for controlling oil. Designed to target and inhibit the androgen hormone, which causes over production of sebum, your complexion is brought to a more normalized state, which prevents clogged pores that lead to blemishes. (official description by Rejuvi & www.dermstore.com)

Ingrown Hair Solution
Ingrown Hair Solution

I had lots of ingrown hair on my arms. According to official Rejuvi description, it is an exofliating cream that eliminates ingrown hairs and soothes razor bumps. Papaya and pineapple enzymes along with salicylic acid and resorcinol exfoliate the skin, releasing trapped hairs and unclogging follicles. A blend of allantoin and licorice extract soothe and calm inflammation, promoting healing, while tea tree oil kills bacteria. Perfect for men or women who suffer from irritation post-shaving from ingrown hairs. (official description by Rejuvi & www.dermstore.com)

Note: I used to wax my arms.

Deodorant
Deodorant

By Hemano. Naturally made or something Filipinos simply call as “tawas”. It’s more skin friendly than other deodorants produced with all the scents and other harmful chemicals.

Funny-looking Thingamajig
Funny-looking Thingamajig

Now this gadget is a little pricy but worth it. I know the brand reads that it’s for the bikini area but I prefer to use it elsewhere – use your imagination – a lady does have a other areas with unwanted body hair. It’s an electric hair epilator which gets rid of unwanted hair a lot quicker than having to manually do the job one hurtful hair at a time!

Just for fun, I have included all the other gadgets that came along with.  Note again: I have not used any of the others. So there’s the other detachable heads for required tasks of trimmings and whatnots. Then those little shapes, I did mention that the gadget is originally made for the bikini area right? The shapes are for, well, shaping. Then the little brush is self-explanatory.

I did not include (but I obviously use them!!) are my shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, feminine wash, soap, and in-shower body lotion. Yep, I take a looooonng time to shower! These are things I often change because I feel that if I use one particular brand of these items too long, it looses its effect on me and I have to switch to something else.

So basically, this is my everyday regimen:

Mornings: All things necessary + facial wash, lotion, toner, moisturizer, sunblock, make-up, mousse. 

Evenings before bed: All things necessary + cleansing milk, occasional mask, normalizing cream, skin conditioner, solution for ingrown hair.

If interested on the Rejuvi products, I suggest to search their official descriptions online. As mentioned in my earlier blog, the Rejuvi product is sold in professional salons and centers to to its more concentrated and (my gawd!) not friendly prices! Hehe. The line I have are for greasy skin because I am sooo blessed with this type of skin!

~ Things I get done at the salon (Occasional) ~

Hair Dye
Hair Dye

As of yesterday (March 15, 2014), I am a L’Oreal Inoa 5.5 – light mahogany brown. The Inoa line is an ammonia-free permanent hair dye which is said to be a better choice for hair care because it does not cause as much damage as the regular hair colors.

Joico Reconstruction
Joico Reconstruction

An awesome hair reconstruction treatment made especially for hair like mine which got damaged from hair coloring and perming. More on http://www.beautybay.com/haircare/joico/kpak4stepsystem/

Eyebrow Threading
Eyebrow Threading

Because cavewomen fashion have faded out eons ago!

 

Eyebrow Tinting & Bleaching
Eyebrow Tinting & Bleaching

This gives the eyebrows more definition without having to put eyebrow pencil all the time. Bleaching is for the surrounding areas, left over hair from threading.
1. My natural eyebrows after threading and without application of eyebrow pencil|
2. Application of color on the brows. The color used for the eyebrows are the same are the one used for hair dye. There is also such thing called as “Eyelash Tinting”, the color used is that of a different brand because eyelash hair and area is more sensitive.
3. Application of breach in surrounding areas to give more definition to the darker color and make sure that the other surrounding little hairs won’t ruin the magic.
4. Viola! Le final product! Note: The color fades after a few days since we always wash our face. But the color absorbed by the hair itself remains.

Upper lip bleaching
Upper lip bleaching

To lighten up the “lady-stache”. I have been offered so many times to just get rid of it by threading or waxing but I refuse each time. Over my dead and rotting body! I’m afraid that I might get ingrown or the hair might thicken. Just basically scared of it.

Manicure & Pedicure
Manicure & Pedicure

I have a confession. Since 2007, I have never cut my own finger- and toenails. Hehe. They do it much better at salons with all the pampering, and nail filing, creams, massage – some stuff I can never achieve on my own.

Parts of the occasional stuff I get done in the “chopshop” are massages (for relaxing), waxing (for unwanted hair on my legs), hand and feet paraffin (for softer, more moisturized hands and feet. The put some special moisturizer on your hands and feet then dip them in warm wax so the moisture gets trapped and since the wax is warm, it gently keeps the pores of the skin open while the moisture work its way it.), feet callous treatment (to get rid of all the hard skin my feet get from wearing my office shoes – yes! I blame the office shoes), and Moroccan bath (body scrub, to exfoliate the rest of the body and get rid of stubborn dirt that you can’t easily get rid of from showering. So you think you’ve cleaned yourself well in the shower on your own? This little treatment will shock you!).

The BFF’s March entry for BFF Blog Series can be found here.

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Update, 17 March 2014

The BFF are a day late posting this entry and in my side I am guilty of having to this in a hurry.

Today I fixed some typos and grammar, added more description on the Eyebrow Tinting & Bleaching item and put in a link I forgot to put in the Neutrogena Wave.

Speaking of the Neutrogena Wave. I had to open the www.neutrogena.com site to link its description, and while on that task, look what I saw!!
Wave Sonic Spinning Power-Cleanser! It’s the wave, but better! I was complaining that the one I bought was not spinning like I thought it would, then I saw this! It’s a newer version that was not introduced then. ^_^ I’ll be watching out for it in the market 🙂 Blessing!

So I read the BFF’s blog and saw that she had health tips – ouch! Well, I did promise myself I’ll get my arse back in the gym. I’ll blog about that issue later 🙂