Hi everyone! I’m Mim – also known as SdV – and I’m delighted to be a contributor to belledemoiselle. I am a Malaysian currently living in Melbourne, Australia where we get four seasons in a day and it can get super warm and super cold which leads to all sorts of attempts to normalise my skin.

This is me:


And my skin profile:

Skin type
I have medium tan skin with olive (in summer) and yellow (in winter) undertones. From childhood my skin has been oily, but currently it is combination-dry with some sensitive areas especially around the cheeks.

Skin ailments
I had acne from young and because I was stubborn and did not take care of my skin, it got steadily worse notwithstanding the dermatologist prescribed cleansers and treatments. I mainly used benzoyl peroxide. My skin calmed down in my early twenties due to my active skincare regime and taking the pill but late 2012 I got a a bad rash of pimples along my cheeks, I think due to cosmetics. My skin currently suffers from 1-2 pimples from hormones or stress with pigmentation and acne scars along my cheeks. It is also mostly dehydrated.

Skin Reactions
I don’t like anything too oily or thick but it mainly breaks out due to hormones and stress or bad cosmetics. Hence I’m very fastidious about cleansing my face.

Morning Routine
Lush Coalface cleanser 
Mario Badescu Drying Cream
Sukin Facial Moisturizer 

Night Routine
Avene Cleanance Soapless  Gel Cleanser 
Liz Earle Instant Boost Toner 
Alpha H Liquid Gold 
Numerous eye creams if I remember to use them
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion 

Alternative Nights
Cleanse and use Alpha H Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum 

If I’m wearing makeup…
Remove makeup with Bioderma Crealine Micellaire solution
Cleanse with Shu Uemura Clarifying Cleansing Oil

Go-To Masques
La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask
Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti Blemish Masque 

Breakout Buster Routine
Mario Badescu Acne Repair Range 

I am a certified makeup junkie. This is what happens when you work regularly with awesome makeup artists who keep showing you awesome new products. Suffice to say I change products depending on my mood so I can’t give a list of things I generally use. Here are a few of my favourite brands: MAC (face, eyeshadows and blushes), Stila (eyeshadows and highlighters), Urban Decay (eyeshadows and liners), Illamasqua (lipsticks and blushes), Revlon (lipsticks), Clinique (lipsticks), Topshop (highlighters), Maybelline (cream eyeshadows)…..I could keep going.


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