Beauty Book : Enlarged Pores

Beauty Book : Your Questions

i just got an email from Siying yesterday, here’s her question :

“previously u recommended quite a few brands of exfoliators on your blog! may i enquire do u still use facial cleansers/foams, together with exfoliators or choose either one to use daily? i have been using both daily and together (not one in the day and the other in the night), and kind of notice my pores getting bigger and bigger :( will it be because i sort of cleanse too much, thus causing the enlarging of pores? :(“

firstly hun, trust me, you’re not the only one who has an issue with enlarged pores. i’ve been having a love-hate relationship with my skin ever since i could remember. (more hate than love really) so i’ll try my best to answer your question.

i did some googling and enlarged pores are caused by TWO main things, age and genetics. some people are born with insanely smooth porcelain skin (Really, it’s so unfair) so if you were born with less than perfect skin, like me, well, don’t start pulling at your hair cos there are ways to work around it!

excessive sun exposure can also cause enlarged pores, cos it thickens the skin, thus making pores look more visible. so if you think this is a possible cause, get a good sunblock!

i don’t think “over-cleansing” causes enlarged pores. i use the ginvera green tea marvel gel on a daily basis like you do. sometimes i use a cleanser before, sometimes after. BUT, there’s one very important step you need to remember!


i use The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner.

toners help clean up any traces of impurities left behind from exfoliation and also aids with oil control. 2-3 times a week, i use the Tea Tree Mask after exfoliating, followed by toner and then the rest of the regime.

Neutrogena’s deep cleansing foam does do a pretty good job, i use it myself too! especially when washing off makeup. if your skin allows, i’d recommend using an apricot scrub too. most claim to be gentle enough for daily use. a brand like St Ives is great, but if you don’t want to spend too much, Beauty Formulas has an apricot scrub for less than $5 if i’m not wrong!

another product from The Body Shop that i absolutely love is the Vitamin C skin boost.

it’s a bit pricey at $36.90 for a small bottle, but it works wonders. i use it every night now and also before applying makeup! it gives me a velvety base and make up application is a dream!

if you don’t mind splurging a little, these are also some worthy investments.

they cost $32.90 and $24.90 respectively.

so they say, beauty comes with a price.

if you want to try something different tho, here’s something else i have used and found effective.

Silver Powder from Mario Badescu

it retails for US$12 online, but if i’m not wrong, we should be able to get Mario Badescu products here in Singapore at Sephora stores! (Which i have yet to explore) make sure you avoid sitting in front of a fan when you use this tho, or you will get powder particles flying all over the place and into your eyes!

don’t know if i actually answered your question Siying, so feel free to let me know how else i can help! :)

i’d love to hear from all of you, tell me if you find the entries helpful or interesting.

and if you want me to answer your questions, which can be about anything, relationships, beauty, food, clubbing… leave me comments or send your questions to me at : i’ll do my best to answer all questions! :)

love, jean

Beauty Destash : The Body Shop Goodies

if you’re an avid user of the body shop’s products, this one’s for you!

what’s in this “Set” :

1. a trial size tub of Moringa Body Scrub – 50ml

the 200ml sells for $29.90, so this is probably about $6 – $7’s worth….

2. full size Guarana Lip Butter worth $10.90

they don’t sell this anymore! it was one of those limited ones! trust me it’s really yummm!

i’m selling the set for just $9 $12 including regular mail. add $2.24 for registered mail.

ps : both products are brand new. smell and taste yummy all day!

love, jean

more sneaks!

coming soon…

The Closet Lovers Collection 14


pieces we really like?


haha neng really liked this one… he said it’s futuristic.

ps : i was referring to the top itself… it’s got a touch of oriental too don’t you think? hmmmm and just in case you’re wondering, the clutch is from The Body Shop.


this one is so nautical! complete the look with the plaid bag for summer perfection!

ayyy ayyy captain!

for these and more, please visit :


all about my 24th birthday!

are you ready? this is gonna be longgg! a “summary” of my 24th birthday celebrations! :)

(now you’ll understand why i’ve been so busy…)

28th may 2009


dinner at OVEREASY

on my birthday, we were in luck… the STI had closed lower for the day and PHILLY CHEESESTEAKS were a dollar each!

we ordered 12 at first, and another 5 when they came around for last orders!



right: ben’s “EGG SKILLET BREAKFAST” complete with toast and strawberry jam!



left: mummy’s caesar salad with garlic toast

right: daddy’s steak with awesome truffled fries!

after all that food,

we didn’t quite have space for the cake that ben bought me… so we went home to settle down and hopefully, we’d have a bit of space for the cake after a car ride!


with mummy and ben!


mummy daddy and me! (so who do i look like?)


oh wait… did i mention that mummy cooked chilli crab for a birthday lunch at home?


how’s that?

well, that was about it for day 1… now.. let’s go on to day 2 of celebrations! :)


we had a BBQ with family and close friends! : )


thank you mummy and daddy for helping with all the preparations! :)


a reunion of the ex-Ritzies!

by that i mean the ex Ritz Carlton colleagues… banquet, room service, greenhouse, snappers…. we’ve been there.


my second birthday cake! thanks don and shirlyn for this! :)


i don’t think we got everyone in this photo… neng and vernice left early, and daddy’s behind the camera!


i got 2 bottles of perfume, one from ferragamo and one from lanvin… a bottle of (very yummy smelling) japanese cherry blossom body lotion from the body shop and a plaid bag, a precious moments rose scent hand wash and lotion set, and two topshop gift cards!


this year was probably the year of best presents.. the best of course from baby… who got me my BAMBOO FUN writing tablet… hehehe

okay, the fun is over… back to work jeanine!

…more updates from me coming soon!

face the facts

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I’ve been using St Ives Apricot Scrub for like the longest time! And i love that it’s gentle enough for daily use…. but for those who want a gentler scrub, simply use a facial wash together! Previously i tried using the scrub with The Body Shop’s Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash and it worked fab! it dilutes the scrub abit so it doesn’t feel so grainy on your skin.

i recently bought the Vitamin C Cleansing Face Polish and tried using it with the scrub too, and i love it even more!

Its absolutely perfect for those early mornings when your skin (and you) need a serious wake up call! The fresh scent of zesty oranges refresh the senses in an instant! Plus, the vitamin C face polish brings out a nice glow too!

apricots and oranges?


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