March 29, 2014

Skin for Spring

There are hypothetical situations that I always wonder, such as, if a serial killer enters my house where would I hide, if I was stuck in the woods with a piece of rock on top of my leg would I cut it off if that was my only hope to survive, and what would I look like if I only use drug store skincare instead of spending hundreds?

First two I have figured out. If a serial killer enters my house I'll probably be dead regardless. And I would rather die than cut off my own leg as a DIY project. But the third one still has me pondering. The skincare industry has profited 29.5 billion US dollars last year and most of us spend hundreds of dollars on moisturizers and eye cream and serum for this and that. Does it actually work?

What would I look like now if I was only to use cheap drugstore brands? and What would I look like 50 years from now? Would that look be any different than me spending $75 on Shiseido facial moisturizer versus $20 Neutrogena moisturizer?

My dad suggested that I apply half my face with the expensive stuff and half my face with the cheap stuff as a lifetime experiment, but I don't really want to look like Two-Face in Batman. So I guess I'll live with continuously buying high end skincare for as long as I can afford it.

So above are some stuff I picked up recently. The new Shiseido Ibuki line, made for 20 somethings that doesn't get enough sleep and eat like shit because life gets in the way. Is it effective? I don't know. The LancĂ´me daily moisturizer feels great for my combination skin plus the SPF is always a plus. Is it effective? I don't know. The Skyn line is something new I'm trying. I bought the dark spot eliminating moisturizer and the pore minimizer serum. Skyn is made of glacier water and it's all natural and paraben-free. Is it effective? I don't know. Maybe? But I did just replaced the light bulb in my room to make everything look brighter so I don't know.

The results might be inconclusive, But, at least when I'm old and wrinkly, I will know that I tried with what the media tells me ought to work. And there's nothing more I can do other than eat cake and bitch about my arthritis. On that note, I'm going to eat some cupcakes now.


  1. The third is something I never want to think about. I'd rather blow big money on high end product than take a chance on drugstore stuff. Even if the really expensive stuff isn't all that better. I don't know... that is just my crazy way of thinking.
    I absolutely adore Lancome and Shiseido, they are definitely some of my go-to's for my skin care routine each day.

  2. I have never used the high end product regularly, I have used the drugstore product usually:) I think they are pretty well the same... I like your honesty about the product and who really knows for sure... if you can afford, you should use it :)

  3. I just started using high end products for both my skin and make up after years of using whatever drug store brand had a coupon for whatever product I needed, and I can notice a huge difference in how my skin feels and looks.

  4. I am a typical drugstore user, despite my acne troubles in my early teenagehood. (is that a word? hope so) I'd definitely try out high-end brands, but to be honest, I'm too greedy. I'd rather spend money on clothes and other make-up products like eyeshadow palettes than use it on my skincare, which is not that rewarding as I use BB cream every single day. If, however, I could go without make-up due to high-end skincare brands, I would probably give it a shot.
    Elina |

  5. I use only natural products on my skin...but who knows? we all get wrinkly anyway, and I for one really don't care :P

    but I don't have wrinkles yet.

    okay, I have one. But I'm not going to point it out to you :P

  6. I use a combination of high end skincare products and a couple of drugstore items. My mom has really nice skin and she's 53, and she usually uses drugstore products.

    xxDenysia Yu

  7. great post, i really like reviews on beauty products. however, i can't take my eyes off of the bead spider! that looks awesome!

  8. I use the same Lancome daily moisturizer. I hope it works. I mean I've been skipping sunblock on my face my whole life for that product.

  9. Hahaha, oh man, I know, I wish we could flash forward to see what works and what doesn't!
    I bet since you're investing in your skin though, it'll pay later :)

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  10. Mum always asked me what I'd do if someone kidnapped me and wanted to kill me, I told her I'd probably attempt suicide before they chop me up into little pieces. She told me I lacked self determination... so I thought it over for a few days and told her that I would poke their eyes out and kick them hard on the sides of their lower back so they will piss blood for the next few days.

    I use my fair share of Shiseido products, I think I force a placebo effect... just like when my headache would immediately disappear as soon as I swallow two doses of panadol :/

    LilynotLouise | Beauty and Food

  11. I too agree with your want to use high end skincare vs cheaper drugstore skincare. I personally do think high end skin care with the benefits of better ingredients, research must be better to some degree at the end of the day. Especially when it comes to skincare for the eye area or mouth area. I just picked up a deep cleansing wash from the ibuki line, I really want to get more but I've been hesistant, I would love something for pigmentation as I've got some on my cheeks!

  12. Love your honesty on the product reviews, lol.
    How about make your own beauty products? Beeswax, essential oils, and you'll get your very own lip gloss.
    As for the youthful appearance when we're 50 years old, meditation beats everything on the shelves :)

  13. Two face from batman hahaha that made me laugh so much.

  14. Good skincare products are worth the high price tag. Case in point: The older East Asian ladies who have been taking care of their skin and staying out of the sun all their lives. They reach old age with great complexions!

    The Shiseido Ibuki line has great consistencies and textures for twentysomething skin, but the fragrance they use really irritated mine. It took a while for the irritation-induced breakouts to go away.

  15. Those products look expensive and I think they are effective! I will try those expensive products once I have a job. For now, I just settle for creams with SPF. :) great post!

    Ericka of

  16. LOL - this is the funniest non-review beauty blog post ever! The Skyn stuff looks so interesting.