Are BB Creams Bad for Your Skin?

are bb creams bad for your skin, do they make you break out

Ah, the great BB cream debate! My last post, Are BB Creams Worth the Hype conjured up tons of opinions; and I’ve been asked time and time again about BB creams and your skin: Are BB Creams bad for your skin? Do BB Creams make you break out? Are BB creams bad for acne-prone skin?. So many of you mentioned that you heard it was “very bad” for your skin, and honestly…  I think it must be the foundation companies who started that rumour, ha!

Here’s the thing: BB creams, as much as I love them, in my opinion are just glorified foundations with a little bit of extra skin benefits. I really didn’t think they needed a new name for this product (and don’t get me started on CC creams and now DD creams!). So if you’re wondering if BB creams will be bad for your acne prone skin, the answer is yes and no. If your skin tends to break out from foundation, then yes, your skin would probably not like BB creams – but I think it’s more your skin type that is the problem (or a certain ingredient) rather than BB creams as a whole. If your skin is prone to blemishes and your pores get clogged up easily (and therefore form pimples), then any type of makeup product that is “heavy” on your pores will make you break out. If that’s the case, look for ones that are oil-free and made for acne prone skin.

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Clinique Says, If It Ain’t Broke, Fix It Anyway!

clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion + plus review

Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, one of the best selling, iconic, biggest beauty product of all time, just got a makeover. When the dreaded “reformulation” news first broke, loyal fans all around the world lost it – the response was dramatic, to say the least. (I believe my reaction was “!@#$%^&!!!”)

Luckily, Clinique knows what they are doing – the reformulation took 3 dermatologists, 53 researchers and 100 formula trials tested on 1600 people across 5 countries (if just one person got any sort of allergic reaction, they would can it and start again). That’s dedication!

But first, why the change? Clinique explains:

“The world has changed since 1968 when DDML launched. In recent years, the Orentreichs [the dermatologists that developed Clinique] have been talking about a shift in their patient’s skin profile. Patients were coming in with more and more manifestation they described as redness, itching, burning, breakouts, dryness, dullness… in other words; unhealthy skin. The dermatologists attribute these symptoms to one thing: a weakened barrier. Among the influences that can account for such a shift are environmental aggressors, climate change, traveling more, sleeping less, eating processed food and juggling the complexities of our daily lives.”

Or as Janet Pardo, Clinique’s Senior VP of Global Product Development puts it perfectly: “The world has changed. Skincare technology has changed. And so we changed.”

When I heard that, I thought, fair enough, and I eagerly awaited the new formulation – things can only get better, right? As you may know, I started using their 3 Step Skincare System (minus the toner) since I was 17 and it transformed my skin. I used to use the original DDML; but found it too oily and switched the the Gel, oil-free version and never looked back. The DDML + version is just like the original in that sense – it has mineral oil, as well as the new added ingredients phytofix, hyaluronic acid, glycerin and urea. So I had my reservations – I thought since the original was way too oily for me, this one would be too.

However, I was surprised that it wasn’t… it didn’t really give the oily feeling I remembered. It was throughly moisturising; and sunk into my skin almost immediately (one of the reasons I love the moisturizer, it’s like my skin drinks it). I am also quite impressed how they managed to make it just like the original – it felt the same, smelt the same, went on my skin the same – yet, it’s definitely different and better, even if you can’t really pinpoint what has changed.

Overall, I think the change was a good idea. A big gamble, but I think it paid off. I would for sure consider this over product again if I’m in a cooler climate; but overall, I still adore my Oil-Free version and there’s really no need to change. DDML + is a great product, but I won’t be needing it, at least not yet. If you have dry-to-very-dry skin and need some intense moisturization, then I would definitely recommend it. I adore Clinique (anyone who’s read this blog will know) and they know what they are doing regarding skincare, and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Thoughts on the new DDML+?

#POREfessional by Benefit Cosmetics

benefit cosmetics the porefessional

Hello hello. Just wanted to write a quick note to say thanks to everyone who came down to the POREfessional event by Benefit Cosmetics today! I had a blast. Special shout out to my partner-in-crime Andrea and to my two beautiful readers who received a makeover from us, you made the afternoon that much more fun. I’ll do a recap post about it soon, have a great weekend! :)

How to: Stay Hydrated in the Summer

tips on staying hydrated in hot summer weather

Phew, it is hot or what?! My friends in London are actually “complaining” about the hot weather, and those in Singapore… well, it’s scorching; what else is new. Here are some ways to stay hydrated in these hot months – and hopefully if you start now, by the end of summer these will turn into healthy habits to always remain hydrated and healthy.

How to Stay Hydrated in the Summer

1. Eat your water. Not everyone enjoys water (I keep hearing how it’s so boring), so one thing you can do is actually eat your water! Chow down on watery food like watermelon, cucumbers, melons, etc. Citrus fruits are also very high in water content.

2. Always keep a bottle of water in your handbag. Having a reusable water bottle in your handbag will remind you to drink up – every time you rummage in your handbag, it’ll be right there staring at you – so tell yourself to drink up!

3. At work, always keep a bottle of water on your desk. Buy one of those extra large water bottles just for work. Fill it up in the morning and tell yourself you need to finish it by the end of the day.

4. Have a big glass of water before your meals. This will not only make sure you get 3 out of the 8 glasses of water you need for the day, but it will also make you less likely to over eat.

5. Swap soda for water. I must be the only one in the planet who hates soda, but really – it’s really, really bad for you. Try water instead and I promise you will learn to love it. Or, if you’s still like something a little sweet, Gatorade, Vitamin Water and other sports drink will offer a sweet taste and also combating dehydration with its electrolytes.

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Crop Tops for Men – Crazy or Cool?

Happy Friday, guys. Hopefully this is something to start your weekend off with a chuckle – it seems like the poor men are the victims once again of Crazy or Cool (in our last one, we discussed about man buns). But it just seems like there are way too many “man trends” to ignore, especially this one:

male crop tops for men

I suppose the photos explain it enough – I noticed that many designers this season seem to love the male crop top, no matter the type. Some show just a hint of of the skin, and some go all out and some pretty much aren’t hiding anything.

For me, this trend is probably a no. Men, do what you want in your private time, but no matter how ripped a guy is, I don’t want to see it… it’s just weird. Maybe it’s OK at the gym, but that’s it.

But I wanna know what you think – are male crop tops crazy or cool?

How to: Feel Confident in Your Bikini

This is a repost from 2011; one of my favorite blog posts I’ve written and I think it must be helpful as it’s been plagiarised tons of times, ha! But I think this is a great reminder especially now that it’s summer. Enjoy…

how to feel confident in your bikini

One of my biggest insecurities growing up was wearing a swimsuit on vacation, and it was only a few years ago that I got over it – and boy is life so much more fun when you just don’t care! I already talked about how to start loving your body, so this time I am gonna share some of the lessons I’ve learnt in bikini body confidence, so this Summer you can quit hiding behind the beach towel and have fun.

1. That Old Cliché

Let me start off by saying the greatest cliché known to man: nobody is perfect. It’s been said to death because it is true. Nobody is perfect.

We all come in different shapes and sizes. It’s the differences that make us unique, so we shouldn’t obsess about them. Why waste your time? Looking at your body in the mirror and analyzing each part you hate is not doing any good. Instead of looking at your “big arms”, be thankful you actually have two full-functioning arms; because some people don’t. Be thankful you have a healthy body and drill it into your head that nobody is perfect. There is so much more important things to worry about in the world than your jiggly butt on the beach.

2. The Secret

I can remember when I was 13 and in beautiful Costa Del Sol, Spain. I would go to the beach every day, and I never went into the water. Why? Because I was so self-conscious of my body. In school I was teased for being tall and “boney”, I was certain that everyone would stare. And there were boys there! What if they said all the nasty things the boys used to say at school? What if they looked at me and shouted “Skeleton!” as well? I couldn’t bear the humiliation.

Now I am kicking myself because the beach was so, so beautiful. And honestly, how many times does one get the opportunity to go to Spain? I missed the opportunity to go and really enjoy myself because I cared what strangers thought of me. I mean, it’s not like I knew any of them or even remember what they look like now! It just seems so silly now – I mean, who cares what others think, really? Why are stranger’s opinions having any impact on you?

And here’s The Secret: not everyone is looking at you. It’s all in your head. Relax; which brings me on to my next point…

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ELLE Girls’ Day Out with Darlie Expert White


Two weeks ago I spent my Saturday afternoon in one of my most favorite ways – a girls’ day out! ELLE Magazine and Darlie organized a fun girls’ day out and I got invited along. I’ve obviously read ELLE and I’ve used Darlie toothpaste since I was a kid; so it was a no brainer for me and I was excited as the line up of activities sounded really good!


The event was held at Loola’s at the Esplanade, a cute little café owned by Awfully Chocolate, which I guess needs no introduction – it’s probably the most popular chocolate eatery in Singapore! It was also great bumping into my fellow blogger friends (the above photo is me, Roseanne and Rusty), which made it even more fun.

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The Man Bun – Crazy or Cool?

Wow, we haven’t done one of these in awhile! (For those who might be new, it was discussing funny/strange/new fashion and beauty trends). And I think I’ve spotted a new one: the man bun! Everyone from Russell Brand to Orlando Bloom to David Beckham have sported one. So… what do you think?


Personally, I think everyone should do what they want, but if a boyfriend showed up with a man bun… I’d be a little taken aback, at least at first. I remember a guy I knew would always wear a hairband, which I thought was strange but was never really bothered about it after the initial “Eh? what’s that on your head?” reaction.

So I’m OK with man buns. Let them do what they want! As long as there’s not a pink bow at the end of it, I don’t think it looks too “feminine” or whatever others are saying. But what do you think – crazy or cool?