Skincare 101: The Basic Skincare Routine

for when you’re first starting out or — if you’re me — when you gone f****d your face…

basic skincare routine

If you follow me on Instagram, you’d know that a few weeks back, I overdid it with the acids. Two words to succinctly sum it up: holy breakout! Needless to say, it did its job and forced me to tread *extra* cautiously with acids. So, to counteract my overzealousness with acids, I took a gentle approach with my skincare routine by paring it all the way back. Most days, I simply opted for the basic skincare routine that consisted of: cleanser + toner + moisturiser. Easy. 

This is of course modelled after the Clinique 3-Step Skincare System (i know, i know, save your eye rolls). Funny story: the Clinique 3-Step served as the foundation blocks of my skincare routine way back in the day when I first started taking care of my skin. I’ve come a long way since then; I know now how crap those products were, but I still feel a nostalgic pang whenever I see it. Hey, everyone’s gotta start somewhere…

The 3-step skincare routine seems old-fashioned in this day and age when everyone is enamoured by the Korean 17-step routine. But I do believe it’s such a good stepping stone for someone who’s just starting a skincare routine (like I was), or when they need to go back to the basics when they go overboard (like I did). After all, good skincare doesn’t have to be overwhelming or complicated. I like to think of this 3-Step Basic Skincare Routine as a less-but-better approach. Continue Reading


Lessons from #NoBuyFebruary

lessons from #nobuyfebruary

You guys… I did it! And yep, I am as every bit surprised as you are.

Today’s the last day of the No-Buy and by a miracle, I survived. (can you tell i’m one for the dramatics?) In case you missed it, I decided to join in on the #NoBuyFebruary challenge together with a few brave skincare junkies. The rule is simple (on paper, at least): no skincare purchases for the entire month. I ended up not purchasing anything else (not even clothes!) apart from daily necessities, of course. Not having done this before, it was actually a lot harder than I had anticipated, but here’s what I took away from the no-buy experience.

Keeping Myself in Check

Being on the No-Buy made me hyper-aware of my consumerist/shopaholic tendencies. Seriously, I never realised how easy it was for me to part with my money… on things I don’t even necessarily need. You wouldn’t believe the number of times I caught myself almost giving up on the No-Buy and clicking through to check out, before I snapped out of it. (honestly, it did feel that dramatic lol) And this happened across countless online stores (Integrity Botanicals, Cult Beauty (why of course), Jordan Samuel Skin etc etc). I must’ve had 10 active carts at one point. I went absolutely bonkers but I’m proud of the fact that I kept myself in check and stuck to the No-Buy. Keeping myself in check and not letting myself get too carried away with sly marketing tactics (those bloody gift sets!) employed by retailers is something I’d like to continue practising.

Get Smart

With all the skincare products sitting in virtual carts and being restricted by this No-Buy, it gave me the chance to read more reviews and learn more about the products (what it’s made of, where it’s made and even brand ethics, etc). You guys, I’m over it. I’m over impulse shopping. Especially when it comes to skincare. I refuse to make anymore uninformed, spur-of-the-moment, need-to-fill-the-cart-so-i-get-freebies type purchases. Nope, not gonna do it. In the month of the No-Buy, I curated a list of skincare products I really *really* want to try. Nothing goes on The List without a look-up on the inci list and some research. I figure it would be really handy for when I come across a good sale or deal, so I don’t end up all “now why in the name of all that is sane did I buy this??”. It’s all about the prep, ya know! 😉

Shop Your Stash

I don’t necessarily have a huge skincare wardrobe yet some products do still get neglected or worse, forgotten about. Like when I rediscovered the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance serum when I had thought I was missing a daytime serum. *face palm* Doing this No-Buy reminded me how important it is to first shop your stash before buying more.

Truthfully, I quite enjoyed (my husband’s card and my bank account probably did as well) doing the No-Buy and whilst I don’t think I’d be strong enough to do a consecutive No-Buy month, I might restrict and keep a close eye on my skincare spending habits. How did #NoBuyFebruary work out for you?

Until the next one, xo

Style, The Edit

Identifying My Wardrobe Staples

aka classic forever pieces…

wardrobe staples

Taking a break from my current skincare obsession, I thought I’d momentarily shift the focus to building a new style wardrobe. While I was living in NZ, I managed to get a start with my winter capsule and I quite enjoyed the process of intentional curation. Since moving back to Singapore, I’ve been too busy with the other stuff to even begin to think about rebuilding a whole entire style wardrobe (getting married and setting up home can be a lot of work… who knew?). But now that we’ve got a handle on things, I think it’s the perfect time to get this project going.

The first step to rebuilding a style wardrobe? Identifying your wardrobe staples. Continue Reading