AM Cleanser vs PM Cleanser

and why I’m totally changing my cleansing products

morning cleanser vs evening cleanser

I’ve been experimenting (for a long while now) with using two different cleansers daily, one for my morning skincare routine and one for my evening routine. I know it sounds a little bit like a luxury to have two cleansers on rotation but if you think about it, it totally makes sense. Hear me out: using a deep cleansing one in the morning hardly seems necessary, no? (unless you sleep with makeup on, and if you do, girl stop!) Similarly, a gentle cleanser couldn’t possibly do a good enough job to slough away the day as say, a hardworking cleansing balm, could it?

What to look for in an AM Cleanser:

  • gentle formula – the best formulas for the AM will be gel cleansers or cleansing milks
  • does not strip your skin’s natural moisture
  • works at removing any sweat or impurities that may have built up overnight (from pillowcases that haven’t been changed etc)
  • the purpose: to prep and protect your skin for the stressors that the day brings

I’m currently using the SKII Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser – it lathers into a foam, and from what I’ve learnt recently, foaming cleansers are a huge no-no for either morning or evening cleanses (more on this below). This cleanser cost SGD$90… only for a whole lot of meh. Quite honestly, I don’t think it made any difference to my skin. For the price and what it does for me, I wouldn’t recommend it nor would I repurchase it. Sure, it wasn’t an offensive product but $90 for a cleanser is entirely too much!

What to look for in a PM Cleanser:

  • a gentle yet hardworking formula – the best formulas for the PM will be oil- or balm-based cleansers
  • gently removes makeup, any impurities, grime AND SPF!
  • a formula that isn’t harsh enough for a double cleanse (double cleanse — a whole other ball game)
  • the purpose: to get the crap off your face. in the most gentle way possible, obvs

My evening cleanser is GlamGlow’s SuperCleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser (SGD$65). I use this as a second cleanse after removing my makeup with micellar water. I have to admit, even though I’m supposed to hate foaming cleansers. I’ve loved this one since I started using it close to two years ago. I loved that it made my skin feel squeaky clean… a sensation that I have since learnt is a signal that you’re stripping too much moisture from your skin. This is my third bottle, but I’m not sure I will be repurchasing it again after reading a whole lot of negatives on foaming cleansers.


That tight, super clean feeling I used to love (only because I thought it was a sign the cleanser’s doing its magic)? Ugh, turns out that’s just my skin drying out. In the two months leading up to my wedding, I went for fortnightly facials, and my facialist would always comment on how my skin was dry. This was even after I made to sure to moisturise twice daily and use hydrating masks twice a week! I’m guessing my use of foaming cleansers could perhaps be the cause of this… Needless, to say I’ve since put an order through for new cleansers for my AM and PM routine. In fact, I’m giving my skincare routine a major overhaul. But before I share my new skincare routine, I’ll take a look back at my old routine and share more about it in the next post. Xo



…so a few things have changed

Shaqinah & Sam Eder 2016

For one, I am now a *deep breath* married woman! A month ago, I married the love of my life… and I don’t think I could be any happier. We had a traditional intimate affair with our closest relatives and friends and a fab afterparty (where my brother broke out some serious dance moves — no, I literally mean serious dance moves, like spinning-on-the-floor-for-five-whole-minutes type of serious: needless to say, it was traumatising). For the non-wedding wedding itself, I opted for a custom silk crepe gown and (unsurprisingly), I knew right from the get-go that I wanted to splurge on shoes (because, priorities)… and so I did on a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti’s *swoon*.

Next change… we’ve since moved into our new (well, not so new now) apartment. We toyed with the idea of buying, but for what we would pay in Singapore we could have gotten a freakin’ mansion in NZ. You see, Singapore is filled with flash condominium buildings that house the tiniest (and ridiculously expensive) apartments, so apartment-hunting was quite the bummer. However, we lucked out when a slightly off-beat apartment came up for rent at just the right price! It’s an old apartment in a conservation building which means it’s supercool and all, but the layout’s a little funny so I’m struggling with ideas on how to decorate this place. I’ll be sharing more on that in posts to come. :-) Sam and I are in loooove with the place, though!

Lastly, I’m thinking I want to take this blog into a more personal direction. You know, just casually sharing a few of my favourite things and sharing a little more about the things I get up to. So expect more rambling posts… Currently, I’m majorly obsessed with putting together a new skincare regime. Like so majorly obsessed I’m scouring Caroline Hiron’s blog archives for tips and product recommendations… oh, and the constant youtubing (for every hundred crap beauty youtuber (telltale signs? “my code is in the box below” and saying “i’m obsessed” with a product they’ve used once etc etc); there is one incredibly honest and reliable beauty youtuber)!! And I’m learning so much… My current skincare routine? Expensive and not nearly good enough! The HORROR! I’ll share more in my next post.

Till then, xo

The Edit

In the Fray

raw edges, frayed finishes = effortless chic

Skinny Crop from Mango – S$89.90, Frayed Top from ZARA – $55.90, Denim Top from ZARA – $45.90, Denim Culottes from ZARA -$69.90, Skirt with Slit from ZARA – $59.90

Hi guys! I’m slowly – begrudgingly – settling into the Singapore swing of things… Don’t get me wrong, I love Singapore but the hustle and bustle gets me down and wishing I was back in AU/NZ. The good news is that I’m now back within a 30-minute radius of a ZARA store and really, that’s all that matters, isn’t it?

Admittedly I’ve been living under a little fashion rock the past few months but the look I’m most into right now has got to be raw edges and frayed finishes, especially on denim. Think: your most-loved basics updated with a major dose of cool factor. Frayed finishes are definitely the new way to wear effortless chic. At the top of my fraying shopping list is a pair of cropped skinny denims from Mango… so freakin’ cool!

I’m in the fray… are you?