The holiday season is the perfect time to travel, especially since nobody’s really going to be at work anymore. But if you, like me, are going to be spending December at home, there’s no better time and place to indulge in the festive mood. This year, the Crabtree and Evelyn 2014 Holiday Collection is heavily inspired by the wanderlust bug that lives in us all. Take note, for you too, can travel to London right in your own home.
Himalayan salt has been one of my current favourite ingredients, especially for making scrubs. Not only does it have all 84 natural minerals found in Mother Earth (it’s got a long history of being around for 250 million years), it’s also got a lovely pink colour. When I made this scrub and used it on my legs, I found it promoted healing of the wounds at the back of my heels.
Today’s scrub is best used when you need to relax, as it features rose and chamomile. Here are some of the things you’ll need:
- measuring cups
- jar to keep your scrub in
- 1 cup Himalayan pink salt
- 1 tbsp crushed rose petals
- 7 tbsp organic coconut oil (Get yours on Amazon with international shipping HERE.)
- 1 tbsp 100% natural argan oil (Get yours on Amazon HERE.)
- 7 drops 100% pure chamomile oil (essential oil)
- 1 tablespoon honey (secret ingredient)
Do you have skin problems? Do you wish your skin was as flawless as anyone’s on the cover of Vogue? Or is your skin perfect (like some people I know)?
I never had good skin until a few years ago. When I was growing up, in my teen years, I was plagued with horrible acne – some cystic, even – that wouldn’t stop breaking out every single week. It didn’t even take the current breakout to start healing, before the second one would occur. My face was a constant mess and it affected my self esteem greatly.
I visited doctors and my parents spent a fortune on my face. The condition of my skin improved, but it never did completely recover. I won’t go into details on how I transitioned into my current skin, which has never been better, but I can say that my never-ending quest for good skin – which ultimately led to the start of Laced Ivory – did help a lot.
If only all weekends were that good! With work left far away in the office, time to spare with loved ones comes a-knocking. And when your loved ones need some time to themselves, what is one to do? Well, here’s one thing you can try at home: make your own coffee body scrub!
I found this recipe and decided to give it a go, especially since all the ingredients are natural, very affordable and so easy to find. To round it up for you, I used:
- 1 cup raw sugar (a mix of white and brown)
- 1 cup ground coffee
- 4 tbsp 100% extra virgin olive oil
- 10 tbsp 100% natural coconut oil
- 4 tbsp sea salt
This would give you four 5oz. (150ml) bottles of scrub, each about 3/4 filled (as shown in the picture above). I added a little more coconut oil than what the original recipe gave, because I wanted the scrub to be a little more moisturising. All the ingredients were specially sourced by me, especially the olive oil and coconut oil. Be careful though, of adding too much oil – you don’t want your scrub to end up being overly greasy.
The very first lesson every girl has learnt in the makeup world is this: Remove it at the end of every day. Ever since we’ve dabbled in the world of foundation, blush and eye colour, we’ve been told how important it is to take it all off again. And so on top of finding that perfect facial cleanser, we also need to now consider makeup removers. Oh, what a chore!
My favourite makeup remover is the Shu Uemura Ultime8 Cleansing Oil, which has made it into my list of favourite beauty items. It’s expensive but every make up maniac must have a good makeup remover! The only thing about this cleansing oil is that it gives me blurred vision during the day, so I sought high and low for a remover specifically for eye makeup.
I wasn’t willing to splurge again on a second makeup remover, so a trip to the local drugstore was sufficient. Thankfully, I found the Neutrogena Deep Clean Eye & Lip Makeup Remover!
Life’s a beach – if you make it out to be.
Back when I was a kid, I thought scars were something cool. To me, they were something I could show off to others to show how brave I had been, or how unafraid I was at specific moments in my life. But fast forward 20 years or so and things are now a little different.
Washing up made easy.
What do Kylie Minogue and Gwyneth Paltrow have in common besides being famous blondes? They have both professed their love for the Bioderma Sensibio H2O, and they’re not the only ones.
Hands up if you’re one of us who do the double cleanse method every night without fail. I don’t think I can ever rely purely on makeup removers to keep my skin clean of dirt and makeup. But I tried the Bioderma Sensibio H2O and I think I might have been swayed.
The great thing about this product is that it’s made up of micelles, which work very well in removing oil-based impurities (such as dirt, sebum and makeup), while at the same time staying gentle and friendly to the skin.
The one big reason I love travelling overseas is the vast amount of blue I get to see when I’m somewhere far from home. The vast, cloudless sky and the calm endless ocean. This concept of space, of freedom. It’s when the rains end and the clouds they came from part ways. All that blue, so much of it and yet so rare.
Why not bring some of it home?
Fans of Guerlain‘s skincare range surely have heard of the brand’s Aquacomplex in the iconic Super Aqua-Serum. It’s a unique combination of plant and biotechnological ingredients that has proven to moisturise skin, and which Guerlain has now incorporated into three new skincare products under the Super Aqua-Crème range!
The range consists of three products, the Day Gel, Day Cream and Night Balm.
The iconic Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum.
The Guerlain Super Aqua-Crème Day Cream and Night Balm.
The difference between the Day Cream and the Day Gel is that the former is meant for dry to normal skin, whereas the latter is meant for normal and combination skin. Both serve to protect the skin against aggressors such as pollutants and stress. The Night Balm, which contains antioxidants, serves to restore the skin while you snooze away.
Oh but wait. That’s not all. Check out the brand’s new BB Cream!
You’d want to use sunscreen on the beach, but not one that’s “drinkable.”
The company: Osmosis Skincare. The product: Harmonised H20. The claim: Once ingested, molecules from the product will vibrate on the skin to cancel out 97% of harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun. My response: Nice try.
Drinkable sunscreen? Think again.
It’s not often that I get so riled up about a beauty product but this one really takes the cake. I first saw this on the Daily Mail, and then again on Telegraph. Below are the reasons I call bluff on this load of crap.
Alarm bells should start ringing the moment you know that the product comes in two varieties – “tanning” and “non-tanning,” the former allowing the user to achieve a tan while being protected from the sun’s rays. OK, listen here. First up, you need to know why the skin tans to begin with. When our skin gets into contact with UV rays, it starts to produce melanin as a way of defending itself. It’s this melanin that gives the skin a darker colour. Therefore, if you don’t get exposed to UV rays, your skin does not form melanin, and you do not tan. So if there’s a product that allows you to do just that – get a tan without getting into contact with UV rays – it’s a fake lotion/spray/makeup tanner, or an oral drug that induces a tan.
An assortment of scents as a preview to the collection.
Still looking for a Mother’s Day gift? Yes, it’s only 2 days away but I’m not panicking! OK, I already got my mum her gift – will reveal that after we’ve given it to her – but if you haven’t, you might want to check out what Crabtree & Evelyn has in store for the woman who loves us the most!
The Petite Gift Box, S$38.
For the budget conscious, the Petite Gift Box, S$38 (worth S$196), contains some travel-sized essentials:
- Bath & Shower Gel (50ml)
- Body Lotion (50ml)
- 2 tubes of Hand Therapy (25g each)
Fancy a splurge? The Luxurious Gift Box, S$98 (worth S$52), has a few more products, some of which are full-sized:
- Eau de Toilette (100ml)
- Hand Wash (250ml)
- Hand Therapy (250g)
- Bath & Shower Gel (50ml)
- Body Lotion (50ml)
The Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Eau de Toilette.