Tuesday, 18 April 2017

This Cream Even Works On Red, Irritated Skin!


I used to be such a brand snob. 

Up until recently, most of my skincare came from a department store beauty counter. On an intellectual level, I was very much aware that I was paying a premium for the brand name and not necessarily superior ingredients. But I tried to justify that beauty counters are more likely to give me a full refund if my sensitive skin reacts to the product.

I'm also a big sucker for samples. 


For the past 2 years or so, I've been experimenting with Korean skincare and, surprisingly, they all work better than a lot of the products that I've bought from the department store. As a result, I'm always super keen to see what Korean skincare brands come up with, and so I'm happy to share with you my latest find.

Say hello to Eclado.  

Ecaldo is a science-based beauty brand that caters to a range of skincare concerns including acne, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and dehydration. With 20 years of solid research and practical experience, Eclado was previously an exclusive spa brand that was known for its stance on 'reversing aging' through skin-mending fibroblast growth factors. 

At current, Eclado has an extensive range of skincare formulations and delivery methods that are a result of their research into stem cells, growth factors and botanical extracts.

I've noticed that a lot of skincare brands favour the use of botanical ingredients and they work very well on my dry, dehydrated skin. 

So when I was approached by Alice from W2Beauty to try Eclado's Moisture Supplement Cream from their Deep Hydration Series, I was more than happy to give it a go. 

So, let's start off with what this moisturisier actually does.

It's a very lightweight gel moisturiser which is supposed to create a 12-hour moisture barrier on the skin. Key ingredients include natural vegetable squalane and botanical extracts which together deeply hydrate the skin and prevent it from free radical damage. Immediate effects include instantly nourished and dewy skin that glows.

As you can see, the moisturiser comes with a handy spatula and there's also a peel-back plastic cover just on top of the cream.

I've been testing this product for a month now and, when I started using it, I was recovering from an allergic reaction which gave me some redness and sensitivity. When this happens, I know that the best way for my skin to bounce back is to give it as much moisture as it can take.

Most of the time I have to resort to something like Dr Jart's Ceramidin Light Cream or Cream because everything else will sting the living daylights out of me.

But because I was a little game, I tested some of this Supplement Cream on my redness and, guys, not only did it not sting, it was the most soothing experience! There's a lingering coolness after you apply the cream which was great at taking my mind off the inflammation from my allergic reaction.

I was very, very surprised!
I also enjoy how lightweight and fast-absorbing the cream is. Immediately after application, I find my skin very smooth to the touch and, after some time, my skin starts to look very well hydrated from the inside. I definitely do get that 'radiant skin' look that Eclado prides itself on helping people achieve. 

I'm just as happy to report that it doesn't ball with my Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 50/PA ++++ in Sheer Tint.

However, as we're moving into Autumn, I'm finding that the cream isn't moisturising enough on my skin. The main reason being because it is a gel cream, whereas my dry skin has a preference for heavier products when the weather changes. 

I've resorted to using this at night on top of my creams and, let me tell you, this could easily be the next best thing in the sleeping mask category. It forms a beautiful protective layer which traps all my skincare and I wake up looking extremely well rested. 

Where this cream also falls short is the packaging. The plastic peel-off lid on top of the cream doesn't fit perfectly in place and, because of this, there was a fair amount of spillage when the package got to me. If you look at the tub rim, you can see that there's some cream residue that spilled out. 

I think if you've got oily, combination or even normal skin, you'll love this gel. You'll love how smooth it makes your skin look AND feel. It is highly moisturising but not in a skin-suffocating way and, the fact that it works on red, irritated skin, is also fantastic news if you a sensitive type. 

As for dry or dehydrated skin, this cream is perfect if you're in a warmer or more humid climate where you need the nourishment but don't want anything heavy for the time being. However, if you're looking to make this work in colder times, see this product more as a skincare sealant - something that traps all your previous skincare products into the skin.

As for me, I'm fascinated with how this product worked when my skin was irritated. So I'll be exploring other options in the Eclado line! Perhaps a serum to work underneath this cream?

Interested in trying out this cream for yourself? Check out W2Beauty!

*This product was sent to me for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own as per my Disclosure Policy.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Sunday Reads: Why I Chose to Stop Blogging

Okay, storytime! 

A year ago at this precise moment, I found myself at a turning point. My professional life started to make progress and, at every turn, there was an opportunity to try something new. I grabbed each chance with a vengeance and, before I knew it, I needed to drop everything to keep going.

And just as I felt like I had a handle over the rat race, I was approached to work as a digital nomad. I remember thinking that saying 'yes' to this offer was going to be either the biggest win or disaster of my entire life. 

But because my current work is so eerily similar to my blogging life, work and life became entirely blurred. Everytime I tried to pick up where I left off with my blog, I felt like I was working again. I just couldn't do it.

I also monetised my blog to see where it'd take me. I never expected myself to live off my blog because I'm just not as dedicated as stronger social influencers but I did want to test my content and dedication.

I began working on blog collaborations, partnerships and sponsorship...and, hand on heart, that part of blogging is brutal when you don't have a crazy amount of followers. I've come across some lovely blog partners but also some very unscrupulous collaborators that made me lose a lot of faith in what I was doing.

I've also always wanted this blog/publication/site/space to be so much more than beauty.

I had grand plans of turning this into a platform where 20-somethings could talk about things that really impacted them. Things like 'How the hell am I going to get through my next performance review?', 'How should I negotiate salary?' and 'Help! Everyone around me is getting married!' - that type of stuff.

I mean, 2-4 years ago, most people would ask me about what skincare I used, what skincare they should use and whether I could help them buy products from Hong Kong. But now the talking points have entirely switched. Most people are asking me what it's like being a digital nomad and how they can get in on it.

I want to be able to share that with people.

That's why I'm back... from out of space!

I miss writing - I really do. I especially miss writing for myself, as opposed for page views. I mean page views are awesome but they're not so good when you start to ignore the things you really want to talk about for the sake of pleasing your audience.

So, hello once again! I'm Valentine and thank you for being here. I'm a blogger who shares the peculiar parts of her life, whether that be beauty, travel, lifestyle, work or relationships.

I hope you'll stay around!

Friday, 15 April 2016

The Two Cs: Chanel's Le Blush Creme De Chanel in #63 Affinite

Chanel's Le Blush Creme De Chanel in #65 Affinite is the first blush I've actually had a say in picking out. 

I have a few blushes in my collection that have all been Gift With Purchases. That does say a bit about my beauty spending habits right? Ahah.

Initially, in Hong Kong, I was in store looking to purchase the powder blush Joues Contraste in Rose Initiale. I'd seen this dainty rose pink on a few YouTubers and thought that it'd be a perfect everyday blush.

One thing led to another and I ended up walking out with a cream blush...

...despite never owning a cream blush and having no idea how to use them properly.

This also says a lot about the selling ability of Chanel SAs and also my inability to say no.

Chanel's cream blush compacts are housed in a velvet cover which is very redundant but is in line with the luxuriousness of the brand.

The main reason why I chose this cream blush over the powder one is because it blends seamlessly into my skin and it stays for, what seemed like, forever. It's a 'cream to powder' finish and it really does settle onto my skin like pure silk.

At the time of purchase, I could imagine myself going overboard during application but I was really confident that I'd be able to get the hang of it after a few goes. 

I fell in love with each of Chanel's ceam blushes - they're all equally beautiful and wearable, and I did have a tough time making a choice. I ended up with Affinite because I've never owned any make up in such an intense colour. I've always opted for low-key earth toned eyeshadows, pink lip products that mimicked the skin and bronzers that are almost undetectable on the skin. 

With a heavy hand, this medium pink stains the skin with an almost fuchsia shade and it looks best to top off a lashy eye make up look. During the day, I use it lightly to give the impression that I've had a really, really good sleep. It brightens the face and gives it a more radiant, cheerful look. When applied sparingly, the colour looks pink-peach, which is quite the interesting combination on my skin tone.

I've found that the key is to not be greedy and to start off with the tiniest amount because it is very pigmented. Next, it's important to blend/pat out very quickly because it doesn't take long for the product to settle on the skin. Luckily, the cream blush doesn't drag all that much on the skin unless your foundation is on the thicker side with multiple layers.


I'm still trying to get a handle over the application.

I generally use my index and middle fingers to tap the product on the highest point of my cheek, and then I move it lower. If I pick up too much, I'll use a BB Cushion applicator to spread it out. I'd say that I can apply the blush really well 6/10 times.

But because I haven't worked out a foolproof way to apply the blush, there are days where I'll opt out of using it. I am starting to experiment with a range of brushes to see if I can get a more precise application. Apparently stippling and flat brushes are the way to go.

Other than that, I am very impressed with the blush! I can see it lasting for ages because you don't need a lot. It also applies like a dream, makes you look like you were born with a natural flush to the skin and it has this wonderful knack of looking fresh for ages.

Do you use cream blushes? How did you apply yours?