Each week, Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore profiles a beauty blogger based in Singapore. Get to know their beauty secrets and find out how you can improve your daily skincare and make-up regime. This week, we feature Regina Chan, who runs the blog My Beauty Musings.
1. How did you become a blogger?
Back in 2013, I started my beauty Instagram account out of love for photography. I saw a few beauty accounts on Instagram and was inspired to start creating my own flatlays.
It wasn’t until 2015 that I decided to start my blog to share my thoughts about the latest beauty and skincare products. Prior to that, I was very busy with my studies and did not want to commit to a blog. I have always loved writing so starting a blog felt like a natural thing to do.
2. Can you describe what a typical day is like for you?
To pay for my Sephora bills, I have a full-time job which very much revolves around digital marketing. I often joke to my friends that I’m responsible for those ‘annoying’ ads on websites. I usually do not have time for the blog on weekdays so all the photo-taking and writing is done on weekends. This means that I have to be really disciplined to get my work done.
Sometimes, I would attend events as well and meet other bloggers, and sometimes even readers! I’m always grateful to everyone who has liked a post of mine or taken the time to read my blog because I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am without them.
3. What’s your morning beauty regime?
I start my day off with Laneige Fresh Calming Gel Cleanser, followed by my daily moisturiser, Fresh Rose Hydrating Gel Cream, and Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream for my eyes.
Unlike most people, I do not use toner in my regime because I have not found one that is suitable for my extremely dry skin. I’m probably breaking one of the “10 Commandments of Beauty” – oops! Lastly, I put on a mineral sunscreen – one that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the main ingredients.
4. What’s your night-time beauty regime?
At night, I take off my face make-up with the Neutrogena Deep Clean Hydrating Cleansing Oil to Foam. It gets rid of all base make-up without me having to scrub my face.
To remove eye make-up, I use the Clinique Take The Day Off Make-up Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips, which removes even the most waterproof eyeliner and mascara!
To combat dry skin, I apply a thick moisturiser such as the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer and slather on the Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream on my under-eye area.
5. What are your current favourite beauty products? Why?
On days when my skin is feeling irritated, I know I can rely on the Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins™ Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Face Mask to soothe my skin.
This mask works miracles – I had really red and irritated skin due to an allergy to skincare ingredients, and this mask calmed my skin down a lot.
I usually save on mascara (because they expire fast) but I fell in love with the Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara a few months ago and I always find myself itching to buy another tube, despite it being on the pricier side. I always get compliments when I wear it!
I’ve been using Elizabeth Arden’s Plush Up Lip Gelato in Flirty Fuchsia, which is a pretty pink shade that instantly brightens the face. I love how the texture is very buttery, as well.
I’m also a big fan of using the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders as a finishing powder, and the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer which makes foundation go on smoothly and last all day.
6. What is the most common beauty mistake you’ve heard or seen Singaporeans making? How would you wish to correct it?
I find that Singaporeans use pink-toned base products which don’t suit our undertones! Korean BB cushions and creams tend to lean on the pink side and sometimes they oxidise into an orange colour.
The BB cushion ends up looking very obvious on the skin resulting in a clear distinction between the face and the neck.
Sometimes, yellow in-store lighting can be tricky, too. You should definitely swatch any face products on your neck and walk out into the sunlight to see if it suits you!
7. Is there a beauty secret that you swear by?
This may sound weird, but I actually do my eyeshadow before applying foundation and concealer! I find that this makes my eye make-up look very “clean” and I don’t have to worry about fallout from the eyeshadow on my face.
8. How big is your beauty collection now?
It’s… big. I used to keep eyeshadows in the drawers and forget about them until years later.
However, nowadays I make an effort to rotate through my eyeshadow palettes and blushes. It’s very tough because I’m tempted to go for the same eyeshadow look every morning. Haha.
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