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How Cosmetics Packaging Turn Me Off

 

It may be true that you don’t need to spend a lot just to buy an expensive skincare product with nice packaging. Because most of the time, we are paying for the cost of the packaging and marketing rather than the ingredients in it. 

But lately I have accoutered some irritating incidents with packagings of some non-expensive skincare products that really turn me off.

 

The first product 

When I use this product, some cream will appear on the tip at the bottom whenever I gently press out the required cream from the actual opening.

I didn’t notice there’s an opening gap, until I realized my palm or fingers are dirtied with cream. At first, I thought I must have pressed too much earlier, but after a few occurrances happened again, that’s when I start to find out where are the excess cream come from.  

Though the gap is quite small, abt 2-3mm, but it is big enough to let out the excess. 

Verdict

Bad quality control check!

 

 

The second product

There’s another packaging that also annoys me at times. This design comes with a mini ‘cover’ to close the product.

So whenever I ‘close’ the product, the excess cream will fill out and I have to use a tissue to wipe off the excess.

Verdict

Inapplicable design!

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Detox Your Body With Juices

There is no better way to start the day than with a freshly made fruit, vegetable or fruit/vegetable combination. Juices are powerful nutritional supplements that will cleanse and revitalize you.

Watermelon wake-up call

  • 1/4 watermelon, cut into pieces
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • A handful of seedless red/black grapes

Watermelon is an excellent gentle diuretic. It provides potassium that helps regulate blood pressure and is an excellent source of beta-carotene and other antioxidants which mop up the free radicals preventing heart disease, cancer and premature aging. Red and black grapes are a wonderful source of bioflavonoids and cleanse the liver, bowels, kidneys and lymphatic system.

Pineapple pep-you-up

  • 2 slices pineapple
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 apple, seeded

Apples are marvellous cleansers. They detoxify the liver and colon. As a source of pectin apples are useful for removing heavy metals from the body. Apples contain quercetin as well as other antioxidants and therefore help to protect against cancer, heart disease and premature aging.

Pineapples also cleanse the liver and bowels. They aids digestion and combat sinus congestion. Pineapples, as well as apples and cucumber are a source of potassium which helps to regulate blood pressure. Cucumber cleanses the liver, bowels and kidneys and is excellent for reducing water retention.

Berry reviver

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 6 stawberries
  • 1 cup of cherries, pitted
  • 1 lime

This juice is full of antioxidants, vitamin C and potassium. It will help eliminate toxins, boost the immune system and is an excellent tonic for the liver. You will feel refreshed and revitalized.

Energy booster

  • Small handful of parsley
  • Small handful of watercress
  • Handful of spinach
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 apple, seeded

Watercress, parsley and spinach are excellent sources of folic acid, supply iron which helps to prevent anaemia and they give you a real energy boost. All the organs of elimination are cleansed. Carrots and apples are an excellent addition to any juice both for their therapeutic properties and their taste.

<sources : detox – denise whichello brown>

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Does expensive product mean better?

 

To me this is not very true. Though I used to worship one of the expensive cosmetic brand so much that I will spend a few thousands annually. The amount of money I spent on this premium skincare brand has nothing to do with how my skin looks. It only affects the status of the products I use.

 

An irritant-free toner by Neutrogena can be just as good as, or maybe even better than, an irritant-free toner by Orlane or La Prairie (depending on the formulation), and any irritant-free toner is infinitely better than a toner that contains alcohol, peppermint, menthol, essential oils, lemon, or other irritants, no matter how natural-sounding the ingredients are and regardless of the price or claim. 

[Paula Begoun - Don't go to the cosmetics counter without me]

 

In fact, you don’t really need to spend that much to get quality skin care. What truly matters is not your skin cream’s price, but whether it’s right for your skin type. No matter how glamorous its packaging or delicious its feel, that few hundreds dollar is not right for everyone.

When it comes to skin care, money may buy more effective higher tech or medical-grade ingredients that justify the price tag, but not always. Some expensive sunscreens, for example, contain the same basic ingredients as the cheaper ones. But in general, the more expensive products are more esthetically pleasing to use in term of their texture, scent and packaging.


The more expensive a product, the better it will work?   

What does the high price tag on that designer skin cream buy you? Not the ingredients in the bottle. Instead, most often you are footing the bill for the marketing and bottling of that product.

[Leslie Baumann, M.D. - The Skin Type Solution]

 

Be cautious to buy from reputable companies that do not make over-inflated claims, especially since the cosmetic industry is so loosely regulated and prone to hype. When considering which skincare product to buy, you want to look for ingredients that have been thoroughly research and have a proven track record of effectiveness and safety.

 

Recently, some anti-aging creams costing thousands of dollars have come on the market. I suggest you save the money you’ve earmarked for the super-expensive Goo of the Month and use it to pay for a consultant with a qualified cosmetic dermatologist instead.

[Dr. Fredric Brandt - 10 Minutes 10 Years]

 

So do you think that a cream with $400 price tag will be ten times effectively better than a $40 one? No. Cheap product doesn’t mean bad, and expensive product doesn’t necessarily mean good either.

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My DIY hydrating mask for dry skin

Have you ever try doing your own mask at home? Try this. 

This is one of my favourite receipt that I would like to share with my friends and colleagues especially to Jasmine Lim. Hope you like it.

After the treatment, my skin will feel moisture, smooth and radiant.

 

AVOCADO AND HONEY MASK

- 2 tablespoons of avocado

- 2 tablespoons of honey

- 1 egg yolk

Mash up the (ripe) avocado and add the honey and egg. Mix it all together. Apply to face. (You can buy a plastic bowl that comes with a brush as a set from SaSa which costs below S$5)

Enjoy yourself!

 

My basic skincare products - with ratings and comments

My essential weekly skincare regimen - with ratings and comments

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Healthy-looking skin? Drink more water

 

To me, water is one of the most important receipt for my healthy-looking skin. I remembered when I were younger, I used to hate drinking water as I find it tasteless and awkward. Not until when I reached my twenties, I began to realize the important of it.

This healthy habit has helped to hydrate, smooth and plump up my skin. The way to keep my skin hydrated is to keep my internal water levels where they should be. I have a friend who hydrate her skin by spraying water onto her face. I believe it can help the skin feels refreshed, but water can only work from the inside out. 

To cleanse my body, I will drink a glass of water every morning before heading to the washroom. In fact, I have already shared this receipt to many of my friends, most feedback to me that they actually see some improvement on their skin. It works for me and I guess it works for you too.

My recommendation : 6-8 cups of water per day is ideal

 

My basic skincare products - with ratings and comments

My essential weekly skincare regimen - with ratings and comments

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But if you not comfortable to share the question here, you could also send me a personal note at shirleen@womenlovebeauty.com

Looking forward to hear from u soooon :-)

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