Facial Skin Care Routine.

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The other day, a friend at uni complimented my skin and asked how I maintain it and keep it smooth. I didn’t expect her to ask me and the first thing that came to mind, which I also said, was “Water! Drink lots and lots of water!” When I came home, I reflected on my response in the shower and realised that I do a bit more than drink bucket loads of water. So here I thought I might share with you my facial skin care routine.

I’ve modified this routine from trying different products and watching YouTube Skin Care Routine videos as well as “Get Ready with Me” videos. I have a limited budget so I use affordable and products you can find at the grocery store or local chemist. I don’t use high end products nor do I own a Clarisonic so I hope you can take something away from this post. This affordable routine works for me and I hope that it somewhat helps you.

N.B. Kiehl’s products are considered high end products but the only product I’ve physically purchased is the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream which I talked about HERE. As for the Kiehl’s Cream Eye Treatment with Avocado and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, I received as samples. FYI you can get free samples from the Kiehl’s station situated in Myer.

So that you are aware, here’s a bit about my skin:

  • I have combination and sensitive skin.
  • I don’t use very much makeup – mainly just eyeliner and mascara with the occasional BB cream.
  • I’ve had eczema since I was a kid which is why many products don’t work on my skin.

So my morning routine is always the same but my night time routine changes depending on if I do or don’t wear make-up during the day.

At the end of the day, this is my normal routine:

  1. If I am wearing make-up that day I use Swisspers Green Tea Calming Facial Cleansing Wipes to remove the make-up.
  2. I then hop in the shower and exfoliate using St Ives Green Tea Scrub and cleanse with Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser.
  3. If I feel like I am about to breakout or I am procrastinating, I do a mask using the Formula 10.0.6 Keep Your Cool Breakout Calming Mask (as to whether this product works is yet to be determined).
  4. Normally if I have exfoliated, I will use a toner. The toner I am currently using is L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Anti-Fatigue Toning Lotion (also another product I have no idea works or not).
  5. I then dab the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentration all over my face focusing on my cheeks and steering away from my oily areas – the T zone.
  6. Finally, I use Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado for my under eye area and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream.

In the morning I just wash my face with water and use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream and apply Banana Boat Sensitive SPF50+ Sunscreen.

Just keep in mind that I don’t always follow this to the book as sometimes I get lazy, but I do try to stick with it!

Clean or Toss.

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How to clean eyelash curlers, make-up bags, metal tools and razor seems pretty straight forward so I will focus on make-up brushes, make-up sponges and hairbrushes.

How to clean make-up brushes?

I must be honest with you, I used to clean my brushes every month because I use them less than 10 times a month, but no excuses because either way bacteria can still build up and cause break outs. I’ve developed this way of cleaning my brushes and I will try to clean them every week.

  1. Rinse – Rinse brushes with water
  2. Disinfect – Squirt a pump of Palmolive Foaming Hand Wash Antibacterial Lime & Mint in the palm of your hand and in a circular motion start cleaning our brushes. Rinse and repeat until water runs clear
  3. Cleanse – Squirt a pump of Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser in the palm of your hand and repeat Step 2
  4. Dry – Let the brush air dry
  5. Repeat - Do this to all of your brushes

Sources: Lauren Curtis, Michelle Phan (1, 2, 3), Lauren Conrad, LustreLux

How to clean make-up sponges?

I don’t use Beauty Blenders so please refer to Makeup.com’s guide.

How to clean hairbrushes?

I normally remove the hair from my hairbrush every week but I clean it probably every 3 months. I will also try and make it more frequent. I have no sources for this guide because my mother should me this method. It’s not rocket science so I think many of you will probably know it.

  1. Remove – Remove all the hair
  2. Soak – Squirt some detergent or shampoo in a bowl of lukewarm water and let it soak for a couple of minutes
  3. Scrub – Use a toothbrush and start scrubbing
  4. Dry – Let it dry

Please let me know if this post helps you and whether you have any better methods to clean your make-up tools.

What to buy a male friend for their 21st?

This post is long overdue. It’s been nearly 12 months when I did a similar post but for female friends so I thought that it’s about time for this post. I’ve always found it difficult to buy gifts for men – anniversaries, birthdays and even Christmas is a bit of a pain. W is the hardest person to buy gifts for as whatever he wants he can afford whenever he wants. I tried to buy clothes or electronics but damn is it hard?!

So here are some of my ideas that I’ve gathered:

  • Appearances: Some men, like women, spend a little bit more time on their presentation in the morning. Some gifts that would suit them include cologne (Fahrenheit 32 by Christian Dior for Men is a recommendation), a nice jacket or coat, a tailored suit, a watch like THIS ONE or THIS ONE, personalised cufflinks from HERE etc.
  • Technology: Other men are very in to technology or gaming (I can tell you as I’m in a relationship with one), some gift ideas include new headphones, Steam gift cards from EB Games, a webcam (I recently bought W this one) or even a GPS etc.
  • Experiences: For those adrenalin-seeking friends or those who like living in the moment, one off experiences are a great gift. Events likes concerts, sky diving, rock climbing etc.

And lastly, for those girlfriends or wives out there, some sexy lingerie doesn’t go astray. Although it might be something that will end up on your side of the wardrobe, I’m sure they’ll appreciate it.

Met Gala 2014 celebrating “Charles James: Beyond Fashion”.

You always seem to see stunning dresses associated to the biggest event of the year the “Met Ball” or the “Met Gala”, but what does that mean and what is all the fuss about? The Met Gala is an opening celebration for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. It is notably the biggest fundraising gala and the not-to-be missed social event of the year. According to NBC New York, in 2010, the Met Gala raised a whooping $9 million, but my question is where does all this money come from and where does it go towards?

After some digging around, clicking of the site’s “Donate” page, and reading the Huffington Post, everything became more clearer. Every year, more than 700 celebrities are expected to attend this $25,000-per-head event, meaning from tickets alone $17.5 million would be raised. However, it is a rarity that any celebrity pays the full amount. Most celebrities are given a discounted rate, with some celebrities given a free pass e.g. the Olsen twins, Sarah Jessica Parker etc. The aim, obviously, is to ensure lots of famous faces attend this event. According to Nancy Chilton, the senior press officer, “This fundraising event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, acquisitions and capital improvements”.

Now that we’ve got the technicalities out of the way, let’s appreciate the meaning of this year’s exhibition and take a look at fashion from the night.

This year’s exhibit is celebrating Charles James’s influence on fashion through “his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that continue to influence designers today”. Charles James is known as “America’s First Couturier” creating masterpiece ball gowns that transcends nearly 50 years down the track.

Here are some dresses that I adored.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, both in Gucci

Charlize Theron in Dior with Fred Leighton jewellery

Cobie Smulders in Reed Krakoff

Georgia May Jagger in Mugler

Karlie Kloss in Oscar de la Renta

Lily Aldridge in Michael Kors

Lily Donaldson in Burberry

Suki Waterhouse in Burberry

Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney

And here are some dresses that are for the more daring.

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta

Rita Ora in Donna Karan Atelier and Lorraine Schwartz jewellery

Rihanna in Stella McCartney

Liu Wen in Zac Posen

Leighton Meester in Emilio Pucci

Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa and Harry Winston jewellery

Coco Brandolini, Hamish Bowles and Bianca Brandolini in Dolce & Gabbana

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And lastly, I’m sorry, but it’s just not my cup of tea.

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Valentino

Margot Robbie in Prada

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Balmain

Sarah Paulson in Prada

Shailene Woodley in Rodarte

Brie Larson in Prada

Chloe Grace Moretz in Chanel Paris-Dallas Métiers d'Art

Dita Von Teese in Zac Posen

Florence Welch in Valentino

Gabrielle Union in Prada

Kate Upton in Dolce & Gabbana

Katie Holmes in Marchesa and Harry Winston jewellery

Kristen Stewart in Chanel haute couture

Lily Allen in Chanel couture

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed admiring over these dresses that I will probably not be able to afford in a lifetime.

“Disney Goes Fashion.”

Remember in high school, we all had to do some sort of English assignment where we had to interpret a piece of writing and discuss discourses, symbolism, themes etc. Interpretation of everything is rather subjective i.e. everyone interprets things differently. Similarly to the English assignment, there is no right or wrong answer. Same goes with fashion. People get inspiration from all corners of life, just like deviant artists Sashiiko-Anti and frozen-winter-prince. I was mesmerized by their interpretation of fashion inspired by Disney characters.

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“Disney Goes Fashion” by Sashiiko-Anti

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Snow White – Chiffon Collection by frozen-winter-prince

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Belle – Chiffon Collection by frozen-winter-prince

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Merida – Chiffon Collection by frozen-winter-prince

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Aurora – Chiffon Collection by frozen-winter-prince

MUSO Japanese Ramen Noodle & Gyoza Bar.

The other day O, N and I wanted to try out The Roti Hut as it has such high ratings on Urbanspoon. Much to our disappointment The Roti Hut closed down, so O directed us down the road to MUSO Japanese Ramen Noodle & Gyoza Bar.

That day I was drawn to Muso Tonkotsu Black with a soy base and thick noodles ($14) as it had sesame and garlic. I eventually chose it because O recommended it as well. As for O, she tried the Muso Chuka Soba with Chilli with thin noodles ($14) and N tried the Muso Tonkotsu Dipping Noodles ($14).

You were able to choose between a miso base or a soy base soup AND thin or think noodles. The thin and thick noodles only differ by 1-2mm so it wasn’t noticeable when you ate it.

On the table, they also had a jar called Ramen Punch Sauce which I was eager to try and a jug of water with slices of lemon. I liked the fine detail they had with the lemon-flavoured water as it was very refreshing.

Overall, I loved it there! Especially the soy soup base, pork belly and sauce.

I loved it so much that I had to take W to try it out. A few days later I took W there. That day W tried the Muso Tonkotsu Black with a miso base and thick noodles ($14) and I tried Muso Chuka Soba with thick noodles ($14). We also ordered the Muso Pan-Fried Gyoza ($7).

I will definitely return here on a cold night as it would totally warm me up!
MUSO Ramen

If you want to try another ramen place, I would also recommend Hakataya Ramen.

Muso Ramen Noodle & Gyoza Bar on Urbanspoon

 

Mid-Season Haul!

Welcome back!

I apologise for my 4 month hiatus. I needed some time off due to some personal reasons but I’m back and slowly easing myself back into blogging. I thought a nice way to get back into things would be to share with you a few items I purchased last week during the mid-season haul.

Myer was doing an up to 50% off selected Guess handbags and I fell in love with these 2 bags.

  1. Guess Delaney Small Classic Tote in Cognac ($149.00) (I couldn’t find the link on the Myer site so I’ve linked it via the David Jones site) – This bag comes in black, white, electric blue, red as well as in the printed guess logo in brown or black (which looks very similar to Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM monogram print tote). The bag is very sturdy and minimalistic which is what I love about it! It can not fit my 13-inch laptop but it will comfortably fit my iPad. It only has one compartment in  this bag so it is not ideal for university but great for on-the-go or work. Unfortunately this bag was not on sale but I adore it oh so much.Guess Delaney Small Classic Tote in Cognac
  2. Guess ‘La Vida Logo’ Tote Bag in Natural ($149.00) – This bag is ideal for university! It has four big compartments (two on the sides with zips and two in the centre). It can fit my 13-inch laptop and much much more.

Guess 'La Vida Logo' Tote Bag in Natural

I also bought the matching wallet for Guess ‘La Vida Logo’ Tote bag for $47.20.

Guess 'La Vida Logo’ Flap Over Wallet in Natural

The next stop was Forever New. I’ve been meaning to find a little black dress for a while now but I haven’t been able to find one that suited my body type and didn’t require me to iron it – until I found the Mina Ponte Dress in Black ($79.99). Also another item which was, unfortunately, not on sale.

Mina Ponte Dress

 

 

The last place I went by was Portmans. I’ve been trying to find some more shorts to add to my collection as Gold Coast just never seem to get cold. I can normally survive going out in shorts, shirt and possibly a jacket/cardigan.  When I came across these high waist printed shorts, I couldn’t say no, especially at $14.95.

High Waisted Printed Shorts

So this concludes my insanity. Off to go eat ramen! I’ll let you know if it’s any good :)