Clinique Derma White City Block Anti-Pollution SPF40

Filed Under (skincare, suncare) by rinnah on 25-08-2011

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I need to confess that I’m a very bad girl when it comes to sun protection for my skin. I hardly ever use sunblock since my previous working lifestyle in Malaysia meant that I was somewhat vampirish/zombieish – the times that I ventured outdoors was usually early in the morning before the sun rose and late at night after the sun set. So, yes I was lazy about protecting my skin in that aspect although I was diligent about my moisturizers.

But ever since I’ve moved to Singapore, I find myself being rather concerned about sun protection since I have to do a fair bit of walking out in the sun – in the morning, at midday and again in the early evening. To be honest, I’m most concerned about changing skintone color. (It’s the Asian genes in me that incite the need to be as fair as possible. Heh.)

So I’ve been looking for a tinted sunblock or moisturizer for some time now ever since I finished off my previous one (Avène Very High Protection Cream SPF50) and Clinique’s Derma White City Block Anti-Pollution SPF40 landed in my hands at just the right time.

Clinique Derma White City Block
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I like the tube packaging and the clean white and silver design. Controlling the amount of sunblock you want to use is easy and I’ve never had a mess on my hands. So no gripes about the packaging.

The Derma White City Block is a tinted sunblock and it comes in only one shade. I’m not sure how it will fare on darker skinned girls as I tend towards the lighter end of the spectrum for Asians. The tint seems to suit my skintone fairly well because you can’t tell at all that I have a tinted product on but it does little to cover up redness and blemishes. It did feel a bit ‘sticky’ on my skin upon immediate application, but that feeling fades after a while (around 30 mins or so). The thing that I noticed and loved the most is that there is no typical sunblock smell about the Derma White City Block. It looks and behaves (to me) almost like a liquid foundation but with sheer minimal coverage and higher SPF protection.

I first tested wearing this sunblock over my moisturizer and nothing else. I did feel a bit oilier than usual around my T-zone after 4 hours but it was nothing that a quick blotting couldn’t cure. The following day, I used pressed powder over the sunblock and the oilies were well in control at the same 4 hour mark. In fact, with the pressed powder working in combination with the sunblock, my skin tone looked evened out especially in the areas where I’m prone to redness and the combination provided me with sufficient coverage for a pretty much flawless surface. (Please bear in mind that I have dry/combination skin, rarely have pimple breakouts and don’t have open pores to conceal.)

As for the Derma White City Block’s protection qualities, I was out and about in the harsh midday sun during my lunch hour running errands and I can safely say that it was doing its job because my unprotected arms felt like they were burning but less so on my face.

Would I repurchase this? Very likely yes, unless another product comes along to distract me. :P

Yes factors : Nice level of sun protection, color tint helps to cover uneven skin tone, no chemical sunblock smell
No factors : It only comes in one shade, feels a bit sticky on application, makes me a bit oily, may be a bit pricey for some

Packaging : 30ml

Recommended retail price : MYR 135.00

Note : This product was provided to me by PR for consideration. This does not affect my review in anyway and do refer to my disclosure policy for further details.

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Paris B

A miniature haul from Hong Kong!

Filed Under (bodycare, cosmetics, fragrances, lip gloss, lotions, moisturiser, retail shopping, skincare, suncare) by rinnah on 25-07-2011

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Ah Hong Kong! How I miss shopping there already… and I’ve only been back for a week. :P

Being a total newbie (it was my maiden trip to HK), I was totally unprepared for the bright lights and myriad stores. But I was lost the moment Kahani introduced me to Bonjour.

When she showed me the section on sample/travel sized products, I was completely sold on the concept and there was no turning back. The majority of the stuff you see in the picture below is from Bonjour, with a purchase each from Sasa, Harvey Nichols Beauty Hall and duty-free at Changi Terminal.

Hong Kong miniature haul

In no particular order, I came back with :
1. Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Rose Perle
2. Steam Cream
3. Lanvin Marry Me perfume miniature
4. Talika Lipocils Expert eyelash serum
5. Lancome Hydra Zen Neocalm detoxifying moisturising multi-relief anti-stress gel essence
6. Lancome Hydra Zen extreme soothing moisturising cream-gel
7. Lancome Genifique Youth Activator serum
8. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex serum
9. Estee Lauder Hydrationist Moisture Barrier Fortifier ultra-hydration serum
10. Dior Capture Totale One Essential skin boosting super serum
11. Diorsnow White Reveal essence
12. Shu Uemura UV Armor high protection face cream SPF 50
13. Shu Uemura Deepsea Hydrability moisturizing gel cream
14. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
15. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial micro serum
16. Laniege Water Sleeping Pack_Ex
17. Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale exceptional complete care serum
18. Clinique Take The Day Off makeup remover

Whew! That’s a lot of miniature stuff, methinks! :P

And did you notice anything about the list above? It’s mostly skincare with a heavy slant towards hydrating stuff and anti-aging stuff.

I’ve been lemming quite a number of these serums for some time now, so yes, I am one very happy camper. Let’s hope that my sensitive/problematic skin takes kindly to me experimenting in the next few months!

How I wish I had access to these miniature pretties in Singapore or Malaysia all the time…

Read other blogger notes on shopping in Hong Kong here :
Paris B

Avène Very High Protection Cream SPF 50

Filed Under (skincare, suncare) by rinnah on 19-05-2010

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Avene SPF 50 cream

Tagline : 100% mineral sunscreen cream provides non-irritating, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

Description : Avène “White” suncare line offers 100% mineral, chemical filter-free sunscreen products to provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection without irritation. It is safe for even the most sensitive skin, including infants, babies, and post-procedure skin.

Packaging : 50ml / 1.69fl.oz

Recommended Retail Price : MYR 75.90

My review :

I rarely use sunblock or sunscreen during normal working days as I barely see the sun, heading to work before dawn breaks and returning home well after the sun has set, resulting in me being able to easily maintain my originally fair (some say pale) skin color. However, as age is slowly but surely catching up with me (I thought I saw a dreaded freckle forming!), I decided that perhaps I should start to diligently apply myself to the area of sun care. I had a small sample-sized tube of Avène Very High Protection Cream SPF 50 (after this to be referred to as Avène SPF 50 cream) that came in the Avène sensitive skin starter pack I bought last year so I thought I’d give it a spin and see how it goes.

Being accustomed to using as little skincare as possible to not aggravate my hypersensitive skin, it was a little uncomfortable for me at first knowing and feeling an additional layer of cream on my skin on top of my moisturizer. That’s because I’m psychologically programmed to think that ‘less products used mean less irritation’ after numerous eczema flare-ups. Anyway, I persevered my way through the small sample-sized tube, which lasted me maybe 8 – 10 applications because I use very, very little at a time.

The Avène SPF 50 cream is lightly tinted and it blends in seamlessly on my skin without standing out. In fact, I would even say that it actually evens out my skin tone somewhat so that my patchy skin (due to eczema outbreaks) seems even and smooth and less red. So yes, I like this about Avène SPF 50 cream a lot as it reduces the need for me to use an additional concealer or foundation on top of sunscreen. Also, daily use of Avène SPF 50 cream (over 2 weeks) did not result in the dreaded red spots/patches that usually immediately appear the moment I use something that doesn’t suit my skin, so that was a super plus point in my books.

Unfortunately, the things I don’t like about Avène SPF 50 cream outweigh the plus points for me.

Firstly, there is this faint metallic-like smell that I keep on smelling whenever I have Avène SPF 50 cream on. It’s not super strong like say, Coppertone or Banana Boat sunblocks, but it is there all the same and that bugs me until I get to wash my face at night. Secondly, I’m not really an oily-skinned person but I felt that using Avène SPF 50 cream turned me into an oil slick. After about 3 hours, I swear I could feel a layer of oil film on my nose that I needed to blot. This feeling happened every single time I used Avène SPF 50 cream and again, it bugs me big time.

I toted along Avène SPF 50 cream on a quickie trip to Singapore with the girls simply because I needed a sunblock/sunscreen to use and it was sitting on my dresser and it was a handy travel size. I had it on while we were out and about under the scorching hot Singapore sun (walking the streets at midday with no umbrella is no joke!) and it really does do the job – I didn’t feel my skin burning up and I didn’t turn a shade darker when the trip was over. Unfortunately, I could still smell that metallic-like smell and needing to wash my face to get rid of the oily feel was not what I was looking for in a sunblock/sunscreen.

Compared to other sunblocks/sunscreens available in your local drugstore, I’d say that the pricing for Avène SPF 50 cream is not exactly friendly for those on a budget but I would be willing to pay for something that actually suits my sensitive skin. When pressed for other alternatives, I’d come back to Avène SPF 50 cream because I know it doesn’t affect my skin and try to close my eyes to its shortcomings. But the search for a daily use sunblock/sunscreen continues for me.

Yes factors : High SPF ratio, doesn’t break me out, light tint evens out appearance of skin tone
No factors : Faint metallic-like smell, makes my skin oily, a bit pricey for drugstore brands

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