Gifting Ideas

When the holiday season comes, everyone is joyful, and even more joyful when receiving gifts. However, sometimes thinking of what presents to buy could be a headache, here are some gifting ideas for you.

For Friends
If you don’t know the taste of the person you are giving the gift to, go for body/hair care set, essentially including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion, the optional ones are hair masque, body exfoliant. This is always the safest choice.

(Photo: L'Occitane Spa On The Go Hair & Body Care Travel Set $33)

For Wife/Girlfriend
Running out of gift ideas for the love of your life? Don’t worry, you could still surprise her by getting her Limited Edition products. Limited Editions are always very well-packaged with nice design, it’s guaranteed that she’s gonna love it.

(Photo: YSL Baby Doll Pompoms Collector Eau de Toilette - Limited Edition $52)

For Husband/Boyfriend
Men are always not so keen on skincare, but the wives and girlfriends are always very keen on caring for their skin. So, I think it's always good to start with the essentials, i.e. shaving foam or deodorant. This is what they need, right? So they would certainly use it.

(Right photo: Biotherm Day Control Deodorant Anti-Perspirant Stick $17)

If they are used to using shaving foam/deodorant, let's give them a skincare set for them to have a complete cleansing and soothing skin experience, and remember to teach them to how to use each of the product in the set, as you know, they would be utterly confused by all those "stuff".

For the "greedy" ones

It's always happier to receive something more than you expected, so if you are thinking of cosmetics, instead of giving just one lipstick or eye shadow, why not choose a make-up palette which contains eye shadow, mascara, lipstick and more in one box? Fulfilling 3 wishes at one go!

(Left photo: Stila Gift of Glamour $49)

Let's do your shopping now!


The night cream myth...

A while ago, I wrote an article about night cream, whether to skip it or keep it. The professional said, on the source I based that article on, we should skip it and replace with their more watery serum kind of product at night. But today I saw another professional saying something totally contradictory to it, and I am completely confused:

"Smoothing on a healing night cream bolsters this activity. Hirsch says rich formulas are best because their thick, heavy base can help drive active ingredients into the skin."
(from totalbeauty.com, by a dermatologist in Cambridge, Mass., and president-elect of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery.)

OK! Now another professional says not only we should use night cream, but thick heavy one?? I am totally confused. Actually, I think what I will do is to keep the night cream I am using (some nights I skip it to rest my skin), I found out that skin care products are so personal that it's hard to use one theory to apply to all, so my advice is that if you have found what is suitable for you, just stick to it, reading too much sometimes just confuse you (like what I am now).


A great cleanser for busy people

I have been so busy recently, but as a girl, I do normally put some light makeup when I go to work. With makeup, even after arriving home with a weary mind and body, I still couldn't go to sleep straight away because I need to clean my face! Normally what I do is to use face and eye make-up remover to clean up eye shadow and lipstick. And then use foam cleanser and rinse with water for the rest of the face, the whole process takes up about 20mins, it's totally tideous. However, I found a good helper recently - Bioderma Créaline H2O Ultra-Mild Non-Rinse Cleanser for Normal to Sensitive Skin (Face & Eyes), it can be used on face, eyes and lips, so handy!

I used to dislike non-rinse cleanser since I think the cleansing power is not as good, but after trying this Bioderma one, I would never say that again. It feels very clean and soft after using, unlike cleansing milk or lotion, which makes me feel like a sticky layer covering the face.

It's very easy to use: just wipe over the whole face including eyes and lips until they are clean, no need to rinse. The whole process is only about 5 mins.

Now I can go to bed very quickly when arrived home!!

Product description:
Bioderma's micelle H2O solutions are as transparent as water and gently take care of all your skin's needs, ensuring perfect cleanliness and make-up removal via an original procedure involving micro-emulsion to eliminate dirt.

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