December 31, 2014
2014 was a year packed with great beauty launches and some products were so innovative, I can't even say how impressed I am. The beauty junkie that I am, I've gotten word of some cool new launches in the next year, which makes me even more excited. Bring on, 2015. I'm ready for 'ya.
December 29, 2014
It's taken me a long while to get my thoughts sorted on the Rahua Voluminous Shampoo. I'd be lying if I didn't say that there's been a love-hate relationship going on and after many months, I think I've finally settled my thoughts.
December 28, 2014
No, sadly, Bob is not the name of my latest flame —meet my new hair. If you're an Instagram follower, you may have seen my (rather awkward) selfie of me donning a new 'do. This is by far the most 'exotic' I've gone with my hair and most probably the shortest I've ever had my hair since I was 4. I do love my long hair and a hairdresser once told me I've got a face for it (whatever that means), but it was starting to get really limp and flat —making me itch for something different.
December 24, 2014
December 22, 2014
I'm known to always over pack when travelling – be it a two day trip or a month-long holiday, it doesn't matter. For my trip back home I packed a surprisingly low amount of personal items (fyi: it was all packed with Christmas gifts) and the beauty products I brought with me can be counted on one hand. I'll be flying back to Leeds in a few weeks and I just didn't want to bring my army of beauty products and bring it all back [alongside new purchases, ha]. Call me smart or call me cheeky, but meet the essentials...
December 19, 2014
We're well in winter now and I've realised a long way back that sticking with the same skincare products all year round is a big no-no for my skin. Whilst I do get the odd breakout, my combination skin is very dehydrated, which is even more accentuated through the winter cold and blasting radiators. Through the past few months I've managed to put together an array of products that are hydrating and balancing for my skin.
December 17, 2014
After all this Christmas gift guide making, it got me thinking of what I would want for Christmas. Weirdly enough, it actually took me quite a few hours to compile a list with things I actually needed wanted and not just random things thrown in the list. And as good as my taste is, the things aren't exactly cheap. What can I say? Good taste comes with a price.
December 15, 2014
I'm sure that we can all agree that NARS palettes just manage to make us oh-ing and ah-ing, over and over again. I've always been eyeing them up but always took too long to decide whether to buy it or not and end up missing out on them, but not this year. Although I told my housemate the Virtual Domination palette would be a week's groceries, the next day I popped into Space NK and caved. (Never let me go into town by myself on a Sunday). Was it worth a week living on beans and sweet corn? Oh heck yeah.
December 14, 2014
We all love a bit of a pamper and in the name of Christmas, I say: let's splurge. Whether it's something you've been eyeing to buy to treat yourself or want to gift it to someone else, I've tried to put together a small list with gifts that are great when your budget is a bit higher.
December 12, 2014
Buying Christmas gifts for others always makes my heart flutter. Maybe it's because I love good gift sets or maybe it's the fact that I just like spending money. All that aside, I've tried my best to source the best Christmas gifts ever, when on a budget. Ranging from skincare to books to miscellaneous bits that will suit anyone's cuppa.
December 10, 2014
I'm one of those unlucky people who are doomed with dry hands 365 days a year. No matter what season or how hot it is, you'll see me with chapped hands and dry cuticles, hence you'll always find a tube of hand cream (or two) lingering in my bag, desk or room. What can I say... I like to hoard and I like to be prepared for any situation. With the wind blasting close to zero degrees and the fact that I still haven't gotten around to buy myself a pair of gloves (I know), these two babies have saved my life.
December 8, 2014
Whenever it hits December, I justify spending heaps of money in the name of Christmas. Somehow shopping for others gives me even a bigger thrill than finding something I love. Stocking fillers is something we never really did back home, but that never stopped me from getting them for others. I've selected a few products that are just great when you want to add a little extra to your main gift, to keep for yourself or hang in your tree. Yay for stocking filler baubles!
December 1, 2014
I've been swimming in work up to my eyeballs, resulting in long and exhausting days, where I just don't have the energy to do any pampering or care for my skin (I know, I've been a useless beauty blogger, sorry). Quite frankly, my skin's been on a rollercoaster ride of looking grim, fab and disastrous —now it's the latter sadly. With long days and late nights, I've been seeking comfort in a little miracle product launched not too long ago by REN.
November 17, 2014
The problem of having a scalp that's prone to getting greasy very easily, it that my ends are in a rather shabby condition. Dry, brittle and well... neglected. Yes, PHYTO Phytokératine has helped it heaps and gotten it into a rather good place, but it still hadn't gotten my hair back into the condition it was in a few years ago: bouncy, glossy and voluminous locks. Over the past months I've tried the Bumble and Bumble Quenching Masque and it's fully embedded into my haircare routine.
November 12, 2014
November 10, 2014
Stress, check. Sleepless nights, check. A solution? Work in progress... I generally am not a person who takes baths (I love my showers), but Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts have kinda converted me. Claimed to be the "natural version of Valium", it's a great way to winddown from a long and stressful way and just breathe.
November 9, 2014
November 7, 2014
When I first featured this on my blog in my rather excessive Sephora haul, some of you were very excited about the Peter Thomas Roth Skinstant Mask Magic Set and were considering to purchase this set. I mean, why wouldn't you? A cult-status, brilliant claims and proper eye candy (it literally reminds me of jelly). And the good blogger that I am, I tried it as soon as possible. Being a lover of a good 3 step mask routine (exfoliating, purifying, hydrating), this set seemed like a godsend. Although, I'm not so sure my skin agrees with this... at all.
November 5, 2014
November 3, 2014
First things first: I'm the worst with tags (which is the direct reason why I rarely participate in these). Secondly, thanks so much Jade for tagging me. After reading her post, I just felt I had to participate. That, and Jade is just too lovely to say no to, ha. Anyways, as we're slowly entering autumn/winter (it's a bit grey here in Leeds - literally and figuratively speaking), I thought I'd just share my 'signature look'. A look that I slap onto my face every morning when going to uni/work or just when I hop into town to run some errands. Easy, peasy.
October 31, 2014
As an everyday makeup wearer and being super acne-prone, I take my make up removal regime really seriously. Bioderma Sensibio H20 is still the one I reach for when I can't be bothered to wash my face (i.e. after a few too many cocktails), but on regular days cleansing oils are my go-to's. Having run out of my beloved DHC Cleansing Oil (more on that here), I've recently repurchased the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Skin Renew Cleansing Oil, which is a good 'ole fave.
October 29, 2014
Autumn is in full swing in England, and honestly, I love it. After Spring, Autumn is my favourite season —the crisp leaves, refreshing wind and countdown to Christmas (8 weekends left, peeps) - it just has something charming I suppose. I've been testing some new skincare products this month and keep your eyes peeled for some cool features. But for now, this month's faves...
October 26, 2014
I'm sure you've all noticed my radio silence, and whilst I don't want to be the one to push the blame on something else besides my bad time management – I kinda do. Starting the postgrad life, moving house – without WiFi (I know!) – was awfully hectic and stressful. The fact that I've survived on my wobbly hotspot connection for nearly a month is just shocking, but I'm back now with a steady Internet connection and I'll hopefully get back to my regular posting routine soon.
October 20, 2014
I always have one compact powder foundation on me when I'm out and about —just in case my foundation disappears throughout the day or for an unplanned
October 19, 2014
Before there were beauty blogs or even before Makeupalley, the way to decide whether a you'd splurge on a product or not would be through sampling products. Even now, I tend to ask for a sample of a product or buy a travel size first, to see whether it suits my skin or if it actually does something. And out of the bunch I've been trying in the recent weeks, these were the ones that have climbed onto my "Must Buy ASAP" list a.k.a.) someone hide my credit card, pronto.
October 8, 2014
Ask around, and you'll probably hear I'm an optimist. I like to see the best in people, things and situations for as long as I can put up with it. That being said, I'm very cynical towards the so-called 'miracle' products. I simply don't believe miracles exist, nor do miracle products perform miraculously. When Garnier had an offer on their Miracle Skin Cream, I just had to try the product and see what all the buzz was about.
October 6, 2014
When people say organic lipsticks, the first brand that pops up in my mind is ILIA. Raved and adored by green beauty bloggers, as a lipstick junkie myself, I had to try these. I've been hooked ever since and I think this is a start of a very dangerous obsession. And if the researches are right, and we do eat 7 pounds of lipstick in a lifetime, I might as well treat myself to something healthy, ha!
October 4, 2014
Before I left for Leeds, I made sure to empty lots of products I've been using for a while, or just those tat were nearly empty but kinda neglected forgotten. Call me silly, but I'm quite proud with this long list of products that I managed to finish. Beware of a very lengthy post —don't say I didn't warn you.
October 3, 2014
Oh, you know me and my big spender habits. Over the past few weeks I've been pretty frugal (for my standard) as I knew I'd be moving house, had to live as a poor student again and I knew I'd be going all in when I touched down in England. Which I did. Not even sure if I could say it was per accident.
October 1, 2014
Having been in England for about 2 weeks now, I can say that Autumn has officially arrived. Up north, the weather has been crazy with humidity-meets-rain-meets-wind-meets-chill. I'm so not used to this, neither is my skin. During the month I've noticed my skin transforming in a dehydrated, lack-lustre and chapped mess. I've had to change quite a bit in my skincare routine and these were the bits that have dragged me through this month.
September 29, 2014
Every know and again the beauty community discovers ingredients that are supposedly skin harming, resulting in skincare brands to change their game plan and consumers being mortified. Okay, that's a bit of a stretch, but you get the idea. Think parabens, mineral oil, silicones, alcohol... Another term we've seen a gazillion times is SLES or SLS, also known as the foaming agent in our skin-, body- and hair care products. At first I couldn't really be bothered with switching all my products to anything labelled as "SLS free", but after nearly 2 years, I've gone SLS free with a few exceptions and most importantly: I've noticed a big difference.
September 26, 2014
I haven't touched a book since I arrived in Leeds (I know, shocker) but before I crossed the pond, I made sure to read as many books as I could. After all, I did spend a fortune on my last book haul. I've been so impressed with all of the books that I've read in a few weeks time and I thought it'd be a pity not to share some of these with my fellow book lovers.
September 24, 2014
I've had super-straight-Asian hair all my life, except the time when I permed my ends two years ago (worst decision ever = damaged ends for life), so I'm always up to try a product that promises to add a bit of oomph to my 'do. Not being the greatest fan of salt sprays, I've really gotten to like them since I chopped off 12-15 cm of my hair before I left for Leeds. New town, new hair much?
September 21, 2014
Whereas some people seek comfort in their family or beloved one, I venture into shopping. If I’m feeling sad, annoyed or just distressed — online shopping is my bestie, anywhere, anytime. So with the latest debacles: nearly homeless in Leeds, got my brows ruined and the company is milking me to the last drop in my last week, you can’t blame me for venturing to my bank-breaking way of comfort.
September 19, 2014
There were three things that I immediately did when my brows nearly got tweezed in half: I tweeted my loss, when posting I came to realise how bad they actually look sand went into a major meltdown mode, and when I finally managed to calm down, first thing I did was Google-ing "How to grow your brows back". With quite some raves on Castor Oil, I decided to give it a go. So the morning after, when I got over my self-pity, I hopped on my bike – I mean, what better way to trial its hair growth abilities when nearly every hair's been plucked?
September 14, 2014
I've always been a sneaker-kinda girl and own more pairs than I can count on two hands. What can I say... I had my phase. #ConfessionsOfAShopaholic Being a sneaker lover at heart, I'm always on the look for some cool kicks that are super comfy, which I recently found in my new G-Star Pitchers.
September 10, 2014
Well, how ironic. I actually planned to write this review when I still had brows, but yeah... Life's full of unexpected twists and changes. I've been using this the day I got my hands on this, and I can see why so many people love it. Simple and effective —my kinda product.
September 5, 2014
Believe it or not, but I've kept my beauty usage to a bare minimum last month. My skin got a bit rough and spotty due too hormones and increased stress, but with these three little tubes it made life a bit more pleasant and soothe my skin.
September 3, 2014
August has been such a crazy time for me with lots of things happening all at the same time. I really needed the time to reflect and organise my thoughts, hence the gap between this and my last post. In the mean time, 9 out of ten has reached 500 followers! I want to thank all of you, new and old subscribers, for your support and lovely messages/tweets/[insta]grams —you guys mean the world to me.
August 18, 2014
We only live once, so don't be afraid to break barriers, get out of your comfort zone and do things we usually wouldn't do. Step out of your usual routine and do something different to broaden your horizon and seek a different adventure.
August 17, 2014
August 15, 2014
I'll be honest, I've never really been the type to apply SPF all day, err' day. You know me, I simply despise extra hassle in my daily routine. However, with more examples of post-sun damage popping up her and there (e.g., my 40 y/o neighbour who looks like she's well over 75 due to keeping up her excessive tan), I've been slapping on the sunscreen like nobody's business. Over the timespan of a year, I've tried and tested quite a few formulas, and only the best of the best made the cut (HA, I've always wanted to use that expression).
August 13, 2014
If I would get a penny for each glowing review on the Armani Luminous Silk foundation, I'd be a very, very wealthy lady. After a year of teasing myself, I finally bit the bullet and just went for it (the fact that I still had some credit left on a gift card may have helped a bit as well).
August 8, 2014
When skincare goddess, Caroline Hirons (durr), says a product is good stuff, I'm one of those gals who run to the store to grab one of each —to the extend that my bank account allows me. Aesop Control Gel happens to be one of these products. I picked it up, used it religiously, but wasn't really sure what to think about it. Quite frankly I had a revelation when I finished this stuff, and yearned for more.
August 6, 2014
Some might think I have a French pharmacy problem – I on the other hand, like to think of myself as an advocate for a bon vivant. My parents were in a spontaneous mood and decided on a rainy day to drive to Lille as a surprise day-trip. A surprise it definitely was, but as a semi French pharmacy connaisseur, and simply a person who hadn't spent all her fortune in Lisbon, I felt I had to splurge here and there. And it happened. Badly.
August 4, 2014
Finding the right skincare for you is always a tricky task, as everyone has different skin types, concerns and product preferences. This is where trial and travel kits come in. Besides the fact that you'll always get value for money, the products inside are just the best way to familiarise yourself with the brand and a specific range. When Pai launched their 'Anywhere Essentials Collection' I immediately placed an order for their Perfect Balance kit, as I've always been meaning to try more of the brand and what better excuse did I need?
August 3, 2014
It's been only a year since I've dabbed into the big pool of body oils. I've warmed up on the thought to use oils on my face and hair, but my body... No way, José. After lots of pushing and pulling from both my beauty-conscious friends and the Beauty Industry, I've discovered that body oils are the best thing ever. My skin usually isn't dry to begin with, but I've found a great selection of body oils that don't make you look (or feel) like a Sweaty Betty. So yeah, it took me quite some time to warm up to body oils, but boy, do I love 'em now.
July 31, 2014
Sun, humidity and lots of (big) announcements happened in July. The first two are self-explanatory and the latter? Well, apparently I will spend the next 12 months in England for a postgrad programme. I was planning to go back sooner or later, but I hadn't expected it to be so soon. I'm super excited for the next chapter in my life and what I just said doesn't relate to these favourites at all. It a random mix between a book, a gadget, a diary and some beauty bits chucked in the mix.
July 30, 2014
Aside from sore feet, 758 pictures and awkward tan lines I rather not discuss, I also left Lisbon with a suitcase filled with some beauty purchases that aren't that easy to get hold off back home. I dashed in and out Duty Free, took a quick sprint in a nearby pharmacy and took a good look in an all natural/organic mini-mart. The result? I came, I saw, I bought it all...
July 28, 2014
Last week I went to Lisbon with my parents and sister to explore the beautiful city Lisbon in Portugal. I had such a great time and it's such a gorgeous and romantic city. Now I ain't a touring expert, but I did take us to some really cool places —even if I say so myself— and have of course taken pictures to share with you. For those who are thinking about going to visit Lisbon, I'd definitely recommend it. There are so many beautiful spots in the city with a lot of great food, especially a seafood-foodie's paradise. Fresh seafood, amazing weather and romantic views, what not to love?