Skin Care Tips From @illiyaridzuan

by - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Keep in mind that every skin is unique. Only you have your skin. Every product listed on my Instagram (@illiyaridzuan) are what I used & reviewed. Nevertheless, you still need to do trial & error to find the product that suits your skin.

Each of these numbers are arranged according to skin concerns. The links in these numbers are listed in a random order. To understand better, read all the posts in one number.

If you still have questions, read the Common Questions I Got Asked on Instagram section below. Mostly the questions are already answered. Please, don't repost any of these posts without my permission. Thank you. 

1) 7 Basic Everyday Skin Care Routine


Common Questions:
"Seven products for a skin care routine is a lot of products.I am on a budget. Which one should I buy first?"

"I've tried the 7 Basic Everyday Skincare Routine,but my skin get so sticky & uncomfortable afterwards. Why is that?"
          Answer :

2) Knowing Your Skin Type

What's your skin type? :

Skin Types Chart by The Face Shop:

3) Double Cleansing

Definition of Double Cleansing and the List of High-raved Cleansing Oils:

4) Cleanser

Review on Nuxe Face Cleansing & Makeup Removing Gel:

Review on First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser:

Common Question:
"What do you think about a face cleansing device such as Clarisonic?Is it really necessary to own one?"
         Answer :

5) Toner

Tips on How to Use a Watery Toner:

The Functions of Toner and What It Does to Effect Our Skin pH:

Review on Skinfood Premium Lettuce & Cucumber Watery Toner:

Review on the Melvita Rose Extraordinary Water Plumping Serum-Lotion:

Four Ways to Apply the Melvita Rose Extraordinary Water Plumping Serum-Lotion:

6) Acne (Blackheads, Whiteheads, Pimples)

Understanding the Formation of Whiteheads & Blackheads:

Common Topical Acne Treatment:

How you should spot treat & how often you should put an acne treatment solution on your blemishes:

Recommended ways to pop pimples:

Ciracle Pimple Solution Pink Powder:

Sharing my sister's tips on treating pimples featuring Thursday Plantation 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil:

Aiken 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil:

Comparison reviews between Thursday Plantation 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil & Aiken 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil:

Acne Patch and How to Use Them:

How to Get Rid of Blackheads Properly:

How to use a Blackhead Melting Balm featuring Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Blackhead Out Balm:

Comparison Reviews Between Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Blackhead Out Balm, Belif Blackhead Remover Oil Balm Nose Shine Boy, & Missha Super Aqua Pore Correcting Blackhead Melting Oil Gel:
Common Questions:
"I have a small white bumps under my skin, whiteheads is it? How to get rid of it? It drives me crazy!"
"What is the difference between acne and pimples?" 

7) How to Prevent & Treat Acne Scars?

How to Prevent & Treat Acne Scars? :

How do I Get Rid of Acne & Acne Scars at The Same Time? :

8) Understanding the Real Functions of Whitening Products

Whitening VS Brightening:

If you want to use whitening products to even out your skin tone, make sure that you use hydrating products too in your skin care routine. Here is why. :

Misconceptions Men Have Towards Whitening Skin Care Products:

My Personal Views on Vitamin C Injection For Cosmetic Malaysia:

Common Question:
"Why are Asians are so obsessed with fair skin?"
         Answer :

9) Sunscreen & Sunblock

The Definitions of Sunscreen, Sunblock, UVB (Ultra Violet B), UVA (Ultra Violet A), SPF (Sun Protection Factor), PA++ :

The Differences between Sunblock and Sunscreen:
Always reapply your sunscreen every two hours. Here is why:

How to choose the best sunscreen or sunblock for your skin? :
Guide on How to Buy Sunscreen for Men:

Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion:

Review on the Belif Almighty Sun Powder:

New packaging for Belif Almighty Sun Powder:

10) Eye Cream

How to reduce the appearance of dark circles under my eyes? :

How to get rid of wrinkles under my eyes? :

Why do we need to use eye cream? Is it different with the face moisturizer? :

What are the differences between an eye serum & an eye cream?
How to know whether the eye cream is suitable for you or not?
What ingredients to look for in an eye serum & an eye cream?

11) Anti-aging & Wrinkles

How to get rid of wrinkles under my eyes? :

How to firm & tighten my mature skin? I've tried a lot of products, but none give results. :

12) Essence 

In Korean Skincare Routine, what is Essence, Serum, Ampoule, Booster, Skin Lotion, & Emulsion? 

Mixing Essence/Facial Oil in Foundation:

13) Face Mask

What is Face Mask? It can be divided in 3 categories:

Where you can get sheet face mask at a reasonable price:

Review on the Mamonde Rose Moisturizing Flower Essential Sheet Mask:

Reviews on T.P.O with Line Friends Sheet Masks (Sally-Calming Mask)
& (Leonard-Moisturizing):

Review on The Tony Moly Panda's Dream Eye Patch:

Review on T.P.O with Line Friends Sheet Masks (Brown-Lifting Mask)
& (Cony-Tone Up Mask):

Review on the Neutrogena Deep Hydrating Sheet Mask:

Review on Missha Cherry Blossom Something Sheet Mask:

Mamonde Flower Essential Mask Galore from @my.seoul.sister! :

Review on the Watsons Oil Control & Moisturizing Sheet Mask:

Review on Mamonde Flower Essential Mask - Lotus (Cooling & Soothing):

Review on Mamonde Flower Essential Mask - Sunflower (Nutrition):

Review on Mamonde Flower Essential Mask - Safflower (Moist Lifting):

Review on Mamonde Flower Essential Mask - Elder (Nutri Soothing):

Review on Mamonde Flower Essential Mask - Camellia (Lifting):

Review on Mamonde Flower Essential Mask - Jasmine Oasis Water (Ultra Moisture):

Review on Guardian Bye Bye 'Puffy Eyes' Elder Flower Firming Eye Mask &
Guardian Bye Bye 'Panda Eyes' Cocoa Brightening Eye Mask:

Review on Mamonde Flower Essential Mask - Witch Hazel (Smoothing):

Review on L'Herboflore Rose Water Refining Hydromask:

Review on Etude House Skin Note! Brightening Hydrogel Mask:

Review on Belif The True-Whitening Facial Sheet Mask:

Review on Skinfood Rice Mask Wash Off:

Review on Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off:

Compressed Facial Sheet Mask Tablet:

14) Moisturizer
(These are the solutions for oily skin.)

Solutions for Oily Skin & How to Tighten Your Pores:

A really good moisturizer is a must have! Here is why:

Four Types of Moisturizers:

All skin types need moisturizer. All. No exceptions. Even if you already have normal skin type, you still needs to maintain it:
The Difference between Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb & Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb:

L'Occitane Reine Blanche Whitening Rich Cream:
Many Ways to Use the Korean Aloe Vera Gel: 

Review on The Face Shop Jeju Aloe Fresh Soothing Gel:

(This Aloe Vera gel thingy is not sufficient as a moisturizer. It can helps aid your skin a bit. Especially if you have sunburn, etc. But to rely completely only just is insufficient. You must find & use a really good hydrating moisturizer that suits your skin.)

Common Question:
"What is the difference between Moisturizing & Hydrating?"
         Answer :

"What is the difference between day and night cream? Do I really need both?"

15) Face Oil, Carrier Oil, & Essential Oil.

Natural Oils: What are essentials oils and carrier oils? :

Recommended Carrier Oils:

Q&A about Face Oils (Part 1):

Q&A about Face Oils (Part 2):

Reviews on oils that I've tried on my skin
(Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil, Belif The True Facial Oil, Coconut Oil, Aiken 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil, & Thursday Plantation 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil):

Review on the Belif Rose Gemma Concentrate Oil:

Various Ways to Apply Belif Rose Gemma Concentrate Oil:

t Oil:

16) Sensitive Skin

Skin Care Tips for People Suffering with Eczema:

List of Brands for Sensitive Skin:

17) Accutane Journey

The Beginning:

It has been about 37 days since I started my Accutane, and I've decided to not do updates on it anymore after this. Here is why:

18) Makeup Remover

Make up remover is a must!:

Definition of Double Cleanse:

Review on the Banilla Co Clean It Zero:

Reviews on Senka Speedy Perfect Liquid & Senka Speedy Perfect Watery Oil:

Review on Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Cleansing Oil:

Can you recommend me a good cleansing oil that can remove heavy waterproof makeup?
I like something that is gentle, non-drying & don't require me to use any cotton pads. :

How I Remove My Makeup Using Coconut Oil:

Where to get Coconut Oil:
19) Micellar Water

What is Micellar Water? :

Review on the new Maybelline Micellar Water:

20) Tips to Avoid Chapped Lips

Refer to this link and look for Number 4: Lip Balm. 

21) Men's Skincare Week
(Overall skin care tips for men.)

Week 1 (Introduction):

Week 2 (The Differences Between the Skin of a Man & a Woman):

Week 3 (What Men Need in Their Skin Care Routine):

Week 4 (Differences Between Male & Female Skin Care Products):

Week 5 (Recommended men's skin care products on the market):

Week 6 (Do Men Need to Have 7 Basic Skin Care Routine Like Women Too?):

Week 7 (Guide on How to Buy Sunscreen for Men):

Week 8 (How to Shave Your Mustache & Beard Properly):

Week 9 (Can Women Use Men's Skin Care Products?):

Week 10 (Clinique For Men):

Week 11 (Kiehls Facial Fuel):

Week 12 (Lab Series Skincare For Men):

Week 13 (Loreal Men Expert):

Week 14 (Loreal Men Expert - White Activ Bright + Oil Control Moisturizer):

Week 15 (Loreal Men Expert - White Activ Volcano Serum Moisturizer & White Activ Cooling Serum Foam):

Week 16 (Loreal Men Expert - Men BB Moisture Gel):

Week 17 (Misconceptions Men Have Towards Whitening Skin Care Products):

Week 18 (How to Groom & Take Care of My Beard?):

Week 19 (Can Men Wear Makeup?):

22) Where to check the ingredients list of a cosmetic product? 

Common Questions:
"How to read cosmetic ingredients?"
         Answer :

"What is Parabens? Is it safe? Do I need to avoid them?"
          Answer :

23) How to do Patch Test?

What is Patch Test? How to Patch Test? What is Two-Faced Patch Test?

24) Always Use Spatula

Always avoid 'Double Dipping' by using spatula! Here's why. :

Where to buy spatula in Malaysia?
Mine is from Daiso & KPI Plastic (M) Sdn Bhd :

Where to buy spatula in Malaysia? Daiso. :

Where to buy spatula in Malaysia?
Innisfree (이니스프리) Eco Beauty Tool Soft Pack Spatula:

How to use a mixing palette & makeup spatula:

Where to buy makeup spatula in Malaysia? Lash Bar :

Where to buy makeup spatula in Malaysia?
Alternative: Plastic cake knife :

Where to buy makeup spatula in Malaysia? 
BLV Beauty, Sunway Pyramid :

How I use my curved spatula:

Using Daiso Cotton Buds Case to place all of my spatula:

This is how my friend store her spatulas:

25) Use a Face Towel.

Use a separate towel for your face and body. I recommend Canopy Towels!

26) If you don't like to use heavy makeup, you can opt for BB Cream.

Many Ways to use a BB Cream & Recommendations:

27) Do sanitize your makeup to prevent breakouts.

How I sanitize & disinfect my makeup? (Powder Products):

How I sanitize & disinfect my makeup? (Cream Products):

How I sanitize & disinfect my makeup? (Lipstick):

How I sanitize & disinfect my makeup? (Pencil Products):

How I sanitize & disinfect my makeup? (Mascara/Lipgloss/Concealer Wand):

For sanitizing makeup, I recommend the surgical spirit (methyl salicylate)
& isopropyl alcohol swabs:

28) Don't forget to always wash your makeup brushes.

Tips on how to clean your makeup brushes properly &
reasons on why you should do it often! :

Washing a flat foundation brush using a Brush Egg makeup brush cleaner:
Using the Makeup Brush Cleaner that I got from @trumerinternational :

You can get a Brush Egg at Daiso! :
29) Don't Use Expired Makeup.

Know when your makeup expires! :

Please keep in mind that it is crucial not to share makeup with anyone. 
Especially eyeliners & mascara.
They are liquid & as you know water based makeup are the most easiest to catch bacteria, that is why they only last for 3-6months. :

If you are not sure if your products are already expired or not,

you can check them through & :

The differences between an expired foundation & a not-yet-expired foundation:

30) Understanding products that are cruelty-free, Haram, etc.
Link :

31) What are best skin care brands from South Korea?


Belif, a South Korean herbal skin care brand just hit Malaysia this year. With the Napier's formula as the main ingredient, this brand is said to be free from chemicals that irritate your skin. This brand has been a cult favourite for years. So I was glad that they finally arrived here on May 2015.

The reasons why I like Belif products are because they are gentle, great for sensitive skin, doesn't cause any redness, & provide sufficient hydration to my skin.

Top Five Best-Selling Products from Belif as mention in Allure Magazine Korea:

List of Belif products that I will definitely repurchase again when they are finished. :

My reviews about Belif on Instagram have been very helpful! :

My first ever giveaway on Instagram was the Belif Trial Kit! :

Belif Anniversary 3 Days Special (28 until 30 October 2016):

32) Muse by Watsons

33) My experience when buying from

34) Korean Skin Care & Makeup Trends That You Need to Try!

35) Korean Beauty Books

The Little Book of Skincare by Charlotte Cho &
The Korean Beauty Secrets: A Practical Guide to Cutting-Edge Skincare & Makeup by Kerry Thompson & Coco Park :

The Korean Beauty Secrets: A Practical Guide to Cutting-Edge Skincare & Makeup by Kerry Thompson & Coco Park :

36) Tips on what you can do with unused leftover skincare & makeup products.

37) Products that I used before I learned about makeup & skin care.

38) Kiehls

Kiehl's was founded as an old-world apothecary in New York's East Village Neighbourhood, a historical, family-founded store that still exists today ever since 1851.
Kiehl's products represent a blend of cosmetic, pharmaceutical, herbal, & medicinal knowledge developed & advanced through the generations.
They are not 100% natural, but their products are made with the finest naturally-derived ingredients. It is similar with Innisfree, where Innisfree use only 70% natural ingredients in their products. 

Introduction to Kiehls:

My recent haul from @mykiehls :

So far, I am not impressed with Kiehl's Ultra Facial Creams.
I noticed that they only help to prevent moisture loss. But not in hydrating the skin. :

39) Laneige

Skin Care Tips from the Training Manager of Laneige Malaysia:

40) L'Occitane

Reine Blanche Range:

Introduction to Reine Blanche, the whitening and illuminating skin care range from @Loccitane ! :

A magic trick using a L'Occitane Reine Blanche Whitening Serum! :

EH! x L'Occitane Workshop goody bag? :

L'Occitane Reine Blanche Whitening Rich Cream :

41) Dead Sea Products

My mom bought Dead Sea Products from Jordan! :

The Benefits of the Dead Sea:

42) Review on Sudocrem

43) Review on Creme De La Mer

44) Deodorant & Anti-Perspirant

What is Body Odour? I shared the tips that I apply in my daily life in fighting B.O. :

Modere Deodorant:

Which deodorant & anti-perspirant that I like:

The Differences between Deodorant & Anti-Perspirant.

45) Hair Oil

Review on Loreal Extraordinary Oil (Gold - For Normal or Dry Hair):

46) Hand Cream

Celebrating 40th anniversary of L'Occitane with one of their bestselling product,
Shea Butter Hand Cream! :

Review on the L'Occitane Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm:

47) How to remove dead skin cells on feet?

Review on Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi:

48) How to get free samples & bargains?

First, if you want to go to an event..find out who are the main sponsor, open their website, and apply anything that contributes to winning a pair of passes. Please do this one month before the actual event.

Second, free samples of face wash, moisturizer, toothpaste, shampoo, and even instant noodle, condom, sanitary pad, baby diaper & formula, are given free by request on the brand's official website. They will deliver it to your doorstep without any cost. If you want high end (branded items) such as Lancome, Benefit, Clinique, etc. , they give free sample too. All the time. But they don't deliver to your home. You need to come pick it up in the chosen boutique.

Lastly, if you want to go see a movie at the cinema & don't like to pay RM9 or RM14 per ticket..wait for a free screening. Just stay alert for their announcement on facebook. MBO always held this. GSC & TGV only held this to their newly opened branch.


Always apply anything on any official fb pages or website that can give you trial pack for free. If you don't like the item that you received, give it to your friends & family. Or if you want to make extra pocket money, sell them online. I really recommend the carousell app.

My experience in trying New York Skin Solutions free facial trial that worth around RM1600 per person. :

Sample makeup & skincare haul! (11 September 2015):

Freebies received! One month Biofinity contact lenses. :

Did you know at Sephora, you can ask for a liquid foundation, lotion or loose powder samples to take home for free? :

If you went to several drugstores, take each copy of their catalogue. This way, it is easier to do price comparisons. :

If you go to Watsons, remember to bring one of their catalogue home. There are online coupon codes in them. :

49) Recent Product Empties

13 August 2016 :
5 October 2016 :
15 November 2016 :

50) Products That I Currently Use.

20 September 2016 :

7 February 2017:

19 March 2017: My Current Top 5 Skin Care Products!

51) "Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. It is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty."

Common Questions I Got Asked on Instagram:

1) Do you know one product that gives immediate result & can completely fix all the flaws on my face?

2) I am a high school student. I don't have a budget to buy high end cosmetics brands. Do only them work? Is the drugstore one is less good? 

3) Which one should I invest in, makeup or skincare products?

4) I've tried many skincare products before this. Both high end & drugstore. None give me any results. My skin is still acting up. What should I do?

5) I've tried the 7 Basic Everyday Skincare Routine, but my skin get so sticky & uncomfortable afterwards. Why is that?

6) What is Parabens? Is it safe? Do I need to avoid them?

7) My skin is breaking out. How do I know if the products that I use is causing it? Or is it just because I am currently under a lot of stress?

8) How do I know if a skin care product works well or not?

9) Seven products for a skin care routine is a lot of products. I am on a budget. Which one should I buy first?

10) How to read cosmetic ingredients?

11) What do you think about a face cleansing device such as Clarisonic? Is it really necessary to own one?

12) I am going to visit Kuala Lumpur next week. Which place do you recommend for a makeup & skin care junkie to visit?

13) What do you think about Vitamin C Injection? 

14) What are the meanings of the words dupe, fake, & inspired in the cosmetic world?

15) What is the difference between Moisturizing & Hydrating?

16) Where to get pH-indicator strips and papers?

17) What makes you want to buy a beauty product on Instagram?

18) Plastic surgery in Malaysia.

19) What makes you want to buy a beauty product recommended on Instagram?

20) What are the differences between Green Products, Eco-friendly Products, Natural Products, and Organic Products? Which are the major certification agencies for natural and organic products?

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