Wednesday Musing: Beauty Advice for My 18-Year-Old Self

 

Beauty Advice for My 18-Year-Old Self

 

When you think of beauty, what exactly comes to mind? Is it having wide, doubly-lidded eyes and hairless shins? Is it having thin thighs and arms, and a flat tummy? Is it having a sharp nose, hair that perfectly frames the face and full brows?

 

Or perhaps, could it be the courage to stand out there on your own? Is it the twinkle in your mother’s eyes when you cook up a storm for her? Is it when you hold hours-old baby turtles in your hands? Or is it the ability to run for half an hour straight without feeling tired out by the end of it?

 

Beauty holds many definitions and there isn’t one that stands true for all of us. While most people see beauty as something tangible, it is, most of the time, not. Something beautiful doesn’t last forever, its transience is what makes it all the more precious. And when you think about life, which in itself is but short, then you will realise that there is beauty in everything and everyone – you just have to look for it.

 
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Tip of the Day: How to Get Perfect Brows

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express

 

Brows never used to be my forte, especially since I have close to none. But that doesn’t mean I can’t create presentable ones. I came up with this list of points to note when it comes to your brows, and I hope they will help you manage yours.

 

1. Get them professionally shaped.

Tell the beautician or artist what type of shape you are looking for, and they will know what to do to help you achieve the closest thing possible. Some times, what you want isn’t the shape of your natural brows but that’s OK. Mine aren’t either.

 

2. Maintain your brows weekly.

This means tweezing, shaving or plucking off any hairs that shouldn’t be there. To help you, take a picture of your brows when they are freshly groomed from the brow artist so that you can remember what they should look like.

 

I usually shave off the hairs between my two brows (those strands are the most painful for me to pluck out), pluck out the ones that are growing underneath the main brows and then trim off any ends that are too long. A small pair of curved scissors is great for this.

 

3. Fill in Your Brows.

Depending on whether you are looking to achieve soft or strong, defined brows, the products you use will also differ. For soft brows, all you’ll need is a brow powder or pencil. For strong brows, you’ll need something with more pigmentation and staying power, like a brow mascara.

 

Lately, I’ve discovered a technique which combines both of the above, actually. I apply a thin layer of the Bourgeois Instant Brow Mascara in the middle of my brows and then layer over it with my brow powder. I follow up with a light dusting of my foundation to help set it in place. This helps my brow powder to stay on for longer and nothing smudges at the end of the day, provided I don’t absent-mindedly scratch them. I’ll do a video of this soon enough, so keep a lookout for it on this page!

 

In the meantime, here are some products that I think you will like.

 



 
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Skin Moisture Analyser Tutorial: How Does it Work?

 

Skin Moisture Analyser Tutorial

Having fun with my skin moisture analyser!

 

There’s this little something that I’ve been wanting to show you, and that’s my brand new skin moisture analyser. It’s a little tool that measures the amount of moisture and oil on your skin, so that you can tell if your skincare products are working and whether your skin is healthy.

 

There are many models of skin moisture analysers out there but they all work via the same technology, known as the bioelectrical impedance analysis technology. If you’re thinking that means electricity is involved, you are right. Do read on to find out more about this technology, why it’s important for you to understand it, and see how it works on me in real life.

 
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My Current Shopping Wish List

 

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We finally moved into our new apartment over the week, and are in the final stages of settling into it, unpacking, cleaning and all. I’m so excited to be here in the new place and new environment that’s pretty close to the city center, which makes shopping easy access. If that’s not a perk, I don’t know what it could be!

 

Speaking of shopping, I’m finally on a break from work and have got some me-time to spare. So this afternoon I’m heading to the shops to stock up on what I need. Here’s a quick shopping wish list.

 
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Rave & Review: The Mirenesse Forbidden Ink Auto Lip Liner Duet in Crazy Coco

 

Mirenesse Forbidden Ink Auto Lip Liner Duet

 

So in between preparing for lectures, minding my own business (literally), catching up on some Neil Gaiman (Any fans out there?), napping, Nordstrom-ing and Pilates, I’ve also been trying my very best to find out where I can buy more of this product. I’d received the Mirenesse Forbidden Ink Auto Lip Liner Duet as a gift and started using it some weeks ago. I’ve kind of fallen in love with it but man, it’s so hard to find online!

 

This is the first time I’ve heard of the brand Mirenesse and from what I gather on their website, they are an Australian label that is cruelty-free and their products contain ingredients that are organic. Although one of their star products is the Secret Weapon Supreme 24Hr Mascara, it didn’t work as well for me as fibre mascaras do. But this lip liner, this one, is amazing.

 
Mirenesse Forbidden Ink Auto Lip Liner Duet

 
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Take Some Time Off to Radiate Your Beauty From Within

 

What do you do to recharge?

What do you do to recharge?

 

Pardon the one-week absence from the blog. Glad you stayed. I’ve been so bogged down with everything that’s going on in my life, that blogging simply had to be put on hold for a while – with regret, of course!

 

As I’m typing this this evening, I’m home alone at my parents’ place for the long weekend. I thought to get something written before everyone comes home from work today, so I can spend some time with them all before heading back to my place tonight. The school term has finally ended and while the holidays has officially started, so have one week of supplementary lessons. My past couple of weeks have been filled either with work, food, quick showers or naps. Repeat.

 

I also went live on Facebook to show you some of my most recent hauls from places like Daiso and Uniqlo. Because my connection got cut in the middle of filming, there are two parts to this live feed. Here they are:

 



 


 

Which brings me to my point in today’s blog entry: What do you do to recharge? Do you even take time off every now and then to take care of yourself?

 
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Review: The Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream & Body Moisturiser

 

Kiehls Creme de Corps

 

Eczema is so annoying. You never know how you got it in the first place and it never seems to go away no matter what you do. It turns you, often without warning, into this fussy consumer you used to swear you would never be. Alas, you now have to bite your tongue.

 

Woe betide me. And you, the one who also has silly eczema problems. I hope you’ve learnt to embrace it as part of who you are. I mean, it’s not as if we have a choice. But there’re always ways to make life a little bit better. Today, I’m quite delighted to share with you a couple of products I tried and loved – the Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream and Body Moisturiser. Click on the individual tabs below to read my in-depth reviews.

 

The Kiehl's Crème de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream

I’ve never had something more luxuriously perfect for sensitive skin – at least not yet. Truth be told, this is the first body shower product I’ve ever tried for eczema sufferers but I can safely say I do like it. It doesn’t aggravate any itchy patches or cause any more to appear. It smells like pure milky soap – and also looks like it. Squeezed out of the tube, it looks like creamy sunblock.

 

It lathers only minimally, as it does not contain ingredients that promote it. I love it that there is no fragrance in this – and it’s important to know that the ingredient “fragrance” can be used to label a thousand and one things under the sun. So, because there is no fragrance, at least we all know what exactly is in this product. However, you’ll notice several parabens in the ingredient list.

 

Ingredient List:

Aqua/Water, Myristic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Disodium Laureate Sulfosuccinate, Potassium Hydroxide, Zea Mays/Corn Germ Oil, Lauric Acid, Stearic Acid, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cocamide MEA, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Disodium EDTA, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyquaternium-7, Methylparaben, Simmondsia Chinesis Butter/Jojoba Butter, Xanthan Gum, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, BHT and Aloe Barbadensis/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.

 

The Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream is non-irritating, non-drying and moisturises skin well. It currently retails at S$35 for a 200ml tube, which is pretty expensive for a shower product. To compare, the Bioderma Atoderm Gel Douche, which I currently use daily, retails at S$23.50 for a 500ml bottle. I wouldn’t get this as a daily product to use, but it’s perfect for a gift or for special pampering sessions, such as staycations or a Friday night relaxing time in the shower.

 

The Kiehl's Crème de Corps Body Moisturiser

I love this Body Moisturiser from Kiehl’s mostly because it is very deeply hydrating. That’s all thanks to the second ingredient in the list, squalane, and the other plant oils in it. I once had a bad reaction on my eczema patch to some product, where my skin was basically red and raw from all the mindless scratching I did. That very night, I applied this moisturiser on that parts that were sore, and then as a booster and moisture lock added another thin layer of my PHB Skin Repair Gel (read my review here). Not only did it not hurt the skin at all, but everything calmed down by so much the next day. I swear this can only be a miracle.

 

Like the Nurturing Body Washing Cream, the Body Moisturiser is fragrance-free. However, the ingredient list is longer and it also contains parabens.

 

Ingredient List:

Aqua/Water, Squalane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, PPG-5 Pentaerythrityl Ether, PEG-5 Pentaerythrityl Ether, Sesamum Indicum/Sesame Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Ozokerite, Benzophenone-3, Butyrospermum Parkii/Shea Butter, Methylparaben, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Xanthin Gum, Glycine Soja/Soybean Sterols, Sodium PCA, Propylparaben, Allantoin, Olea Europaea/Olive Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Sweet Almond Oil, Prunus Armeniaca/Apricot Kernel Oil, Theobroma Cacao/Cocoa Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima/Avocado Oil, Tocopherol, BHT, Lecithin, Butylparaben, Zea Mays/Corn Oil, Aloe Barbadensis/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice and CI 75130/Beta-Carotene.

 

This product comes in two sizes, 250ml and 500ml. The smaller one retails at S$60 and will last for a pretty long time, so I recommend getting this first before you’re sure you want to commit to it. The 500ml bottle retails at S$90 and though it’s more value for money, it can actually be a waste if you won’t end up using all of it.

 
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Review: The ANIA Skincare Argan Oil That’s 100% Pure and Certified Organic

 

ANIA Skincare Argan Oil

A great addition to your bathroom countertop.

 

If you’re addicted to body oils, chances are you’ve definitely heard of argan oil and its benefits. You might also know that argan oil is safe for pregnant women, children and babies. In fact, it’s recommended for pregnant women to help prevent the formation of stretch marks because it improves the elasticity of skin. To be honest, I’ve never really been a fan of body oils, especially when the first time I ever tried one gave me a case of eczema that’s never really gone away till now. Then again, it wasn’t a natural product – but I’m digressing.

 

I was invited to give the ANIA Skincare Argan Oil a try, and because the only ingredient in this product is 100% pure certified organic argan oil sourced directly from Morocco, I decided to give it a go. The product is placed in a translucent glass bottle, so you can see the contents inside it. It also comes with a dropper screw cap, which gives you better control over how much product to use each time.

 
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10 Interesting Instagram Hashtags to Remind You Not to Let Life Pass You By

 

Roxanne at Laced Ivory

When life happens, you just got to roll with it.

 

My goodness, it’s already May. Where did all that time go? Slow down, I’m not ready to celebrate my next birthday yet.

But of course, who am I kidding. Time never slows down. Tick tock, tick tock, it goes on and on. And in the midst of our busyness from day to day, there are many things we forget. Things like calling a friend up for coffee, sitting down to read a good book by your favourite author (Neil Gaiman I’m looking at you) and watering the bouquet of peonies we placed in the living room. So here are 10 interesting Instagram hashtags that I recently discovered, which I think you should check out to remind yourself to sometimes just take it slow.

 

1.  #nothingisordinary

 

#nothingisordinary

 

In life, if you truly and fully experience it, nothing is ordinary indeed. If you just slow down and let life infiltrate your veins, you’ll find magnificence in the littlest things.

 

2.  #theartofslowliving

 

#theartofslowliving

 

Take some time out when you need to. Recharge, breathe and maybe do some yoga by the beach. Living life slowly is an art which escapes most, and I hope you do find the time to just reflect upon your life and reassess where you’re headed.

 

3. #aquietstyle

 

#aquietstyle

 

There’s a reason movie stills have great success in evoking emotions. Pause. Stare. Feel. And listen to your heartbeat.

 
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Wednesday Musing: When Life Happens

 

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You know how sometimes your gut tells you something’s up even when it hasn’t happened yet? Yeah, I’m sure you get what I mean, especially if your sixth sense is strong like mine. The past 2 weeks have been crazy – it seemed as though everything happened all at once.

 

There were some problems at work, which made me feel quite disillusioned about teaching in our local education system (another tale for another day). Over that same weekend, my grandmother passed away. Two days later, I had a beauty shoot to do. One day after that, I delivered my first ever eulogy, and couldn’t have been more grateful to have a couple of my closest friends come and listen to how great my grandmother was to us. Needless to say, the cremation was a horrid and painful affair, no matter how unavoidable it was. One day after the cremation, Monsieur Ratatouille and I received news from our landlord that we had to move out of our current apartment. And then the day after that, I had another shoot to do for a second upcoming project.

 

Could life get any more dramatic?

 
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