October 9, 2014

Listen Out + Tesselaar Tulip Festival ^^

What better time to catch up on blog reads and general blogging than while I'm stuck in bed recovering from post-wisdom surgery! Before my surgery on Tuesday, I had a really good weekend so I thought I would share it with you guys ^^
On saturday, I went to Listen Out. This is only the second year of this festival and I have to say, it's one of my favorites! The line up included Flume, Chet Faker, Zhu (guys behind Faded) , Schoolboy Q, Ta-ku, Bondax and more. 
We got really lucky with the weather and enjoyed a 27 degree day. I only took a few photos during the course of the day and my favorite acts of the day were Snakehips, Ta-ku, Schoolboy Q and Flume. Schoolboy Q got the crowd so hyped up during the sunset, best moment of the day!

On Sunday, one of my girlfriends took me away for a surprise day trip. I've been feeling a bit under the weather and anxious lately so she had planned this day away. I had no idea where she was taking me even as she drove into the Dandenong Ranges. However about 1 minute from arrival, there was a huge flashing sign that said "TULIP FESTIVAL 4 & 5TH OCTOBER". Tulips are one of my favorite flowers, the first and only time I got to visit this festival would have been many years ago so it was nice to return now that I have a greater appreciation for these beautiful flowers! What a perfect way to welcome spring.
I got reallllly excited when we arrived because there were alpacas and as you guys know, I love alpacas!! I think I took at least 40 photos, they're so friggin cute.
Of course a trip to the tulip farms wouldn't be complete without some Poffertjes (Dutch Mini Pancakes).

Pretty funny but turns out Sue was there the same day and we completely missed each other!
It was a really relaxing day and a really nice wind down before my surgery this week. It also got me super pumped for the summer to come, I just bought my tickets last night to Laneway festival next year in Feb, So nuts to think that we're in October and that there's only 2 months left until end of the year!



October 8, 2014

Current Skincare Routine

In the last few months, I set myself the task of going back into my stash and trying to use up some of my forgotten skincare products. I wanted to shake up my skincare routine but didn't want to bring home any new products before finishing old ones. It's exciting because now I'm nearly at the end of some of them so I'll be asking you guys for recommendations!
My skin has been behaving so much in the last couple of months though and I think this is largely thanks to 2 products from my stash that I've started using again so I thought I would do a post on my overall skincare routine. Sometimes I swap products out in certain steps but the majority of the time, these are the products I use on a daily basis.
Starting with cleanser. I have been using the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for years. In my teens, I used to have very sensitive skin on my face and my body. I couldn't use body soap because it would cause my eczema to flare up so I stuck to goat milk soap. As for my face, I was recommended Cetaphil and I have gone through multiple bottles since. Today, my skin is nowhere as sensitive as it used to be and I can use other soaps and cleansers now. However, I find that I just keep going back to Cetaphil especially when my skin is acting up; it has deeply rooted itself as a staple in my bathroom.
It is honestly one of the gentlest non-soap and non-fragrant cleansers, it leaves my skin feeling soft but never stripped (I hate that tight-feeling skin that some cleansers leave me with). It effectively cleanses and calms my skin, and removes light make up. I usually use this every morning and at night if I didn't wear make up that day. I love that it doesn't sting my eyes either because I'm really clumsy and tend to get soap in my eyes all the time (cleanser, shampoo, conditioner, yep.)
On days I do wear make up, I usually use a stronger cleanser. I bought the Laneige Foaming Cleanser a while ago and I'm pretty sure the packaging has changed since then. I had about 1/3 of the tube left when I started using it again and I totally remembered how much I love this product!!
It's a make-up removing cleanser and it does an incredible job of removing all make-up, even waterproof products but out of habit, I just like removing all my make up before I cleanse anyway. Like i said, I always get soap in my eyes and let me tell you from experience, this stuff STINGS SO BAD! ^^'
It comes out as a thick cream and you literally need the smallest dollop and it lathers into a dense foam. It leaves my skin feeling super plump and clean!! Although they say it's suitable for all skin types, I'm not sure if it's suitable to those with sensitive skin because I find the smell quite strong. For me, it's not a problem because I actually love the smell of it but this could be an irritating factor for those with sensitive skin!
These 2 products here, I believe, has made all the difference in the last 2 months. I did a full review of both of these last week but they contain lots of beneficial ingredients that cleanses and calms the skin, as well as reduces any irritation. Great for people with problems with acne and scarring.
I usually use the Purifying Toner with some cotton pads and follow that up with the Serozinc spray. I love how fine the mist is when it comes out of the Serozinc can. These products are so refreshing and preps my skin perfectly for moisturizing.

For moisturizer, I've been Kiehl's moisturisers for years. Before I switched to the Ultra Face Cream, I used to use their Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream (wow, what a mouthful) when I had oilier skin.
I really like this moisturizer and I've repurchased it a couple of times already. Long story short, it's lightweight, it hydrates my skin and it doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy. It leaves my skin soft, plump and smooth; also providing a good base for foundation application afterwards.
The eye-cream I use is also from Kiehl's. I do like this eye-cream but honestly, I think at my age, there is no need to use eye creams that are too rich or complicated. I think that if you start off using eye creams that are too rich, in the future, they become less effective.
As much as I enjoy using both of these products, I'm nearly at the end of them and I think that I want to try some new products from new brands.
I have quite a few masks that I use on rotation, I did a post on them a while ago. The only new mask I've discovered since is this Skinfood Black Sugar Scrub which I bought from Seoul when I was there. I was told that this is a very raved about product and one of their best sellers but apparently I've been living under a rock because I have never heard of it. This is also the first and only product I've tried from them but I love this mask!! The mask is quite solid, thick and grainy, being a sugar scrub, which can be abrasive if you are rub it into your skin too hard. I think people with sensitive skin can use this but they should melt it down a little with warm water so it's not as harsh.
I usually just wet my face and use my 3 middle fingers and gently massage it in circular motions onto my skin. You're supposed to leave this on your skin for 15-20 minutes after exfoliating but I hate the feeling of leaving a sugar scrub on my face. I just really cant stand it. So i usually keep my tub in the shower and I would exfoliate first thing when I enter the shower, using a tiny bit of hot water to help dissolve and rub in the grains. Then I leave it on while I take the rest of my shower and wash it off before coming out.
After using it, I feel the difference straight away. My skin actually feels so incredibly baby soft and it leaves my skin glowing. I've been using this since the beginning of the year and I'm only a little over halfway through the tub.
I reviewed the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack on my mask post as well but this is a great overnight hydration mask for replenishing moisture in your skin. I have a few other overnight masks but this is by far the lightest one, which I really like. I try to use both of these masks at least once a week.

And voilà, this has been my skincare routine for the last few months! I hope that was informative ^^
Do you guys have any recommendations for moizturizers and eye creams? I would love to hear them!



October 5, 2014

OOTD: Sucker for Houndstooth

top: mums, pants: Uniqlo, boots: Shubar, bag: Givenchy, necklace: Dallas and Carlos, sunglasses: Sportsgirl
Just a short post from me today, pretty casual outfit from the other day. I bought these boots from work. I'm rarely seen without sneakers these days, but i liked these boots because they didn't look too feminine and they were pretty affordable for leather boots.
These pants are the second pair of printed legging pants that I own from Uniqlo. I love Uniqlo and I'm pretty happy that they've opened a couple of stores in Melbourne now. It's not as cheap as Asia but still very reasonable for what it is. I really like these pants because they're quite thick so they don't hug your butt too tight or show your underwear outline which is a huge pet peeve of mine haha! I picked up this houndstooth-print pair here, I think it was $50AUD? The other pair I own is check-print (as pictured below, in the backgroun) and I bought it from HK. I actually noticed that the pair I bought in Asia fits a lot smaller than the pair I picked up here.

Sidenote, I really like how my hair is fading out. I've been getting heaps of questions regarding how I got it this color (both on my blog and in real life) so I'll just explain it quickly. I had a very light ash grey color before my current hair:
I loved the color but it was very hard to maintain at a particular tone that I liked and my regrowth was just getting too expensive for upkeep and hard to handle so I dyed my roots a blue-black and just got my hair dresser to rub it out gradually to the ends. As I've been washing my hair, it's slowly getting lighter and lighter! This was the photo I uploaded to my instagram last week of how it currently looks:

I'm getting my wisdoms out this coming Tuesday eeeek!



October 2, 2014

2 toners I'm loving: La Roche-Posay Serozinc and Clinelle Puritying Toner

I was actually in the process of writing up a skincare routine post and I realised these 2 products have made such a dramatic difference to my skin in the last 2 months that they deserved their own blog post.

I'm not going to lie. When my cousin initially bought me the La Roche-Posay Serozinc from her trip to France mid last year, I had never even heard of the product. I didn't look much into it, I used it for a couple of weeks, didn't think much of it and forgot about it. Suddenly, I started seeing posts pop up everywhere about it but I never read any of the reviews because I just wasn't that intrigued.
However, in my recent efforts to try and use up my skincare products, I started using it again and WOW I noticed a dramatic difference in my skin and now I've fallen completely head over heels for it!
I don't really care much for facial mists and I've never really been that much of an advocate for them because I think they are just glorified cans of water but this one has done wonders. The spray is made up of 3 simple ingredients: water, sodium chloride and zinc sulfate. The first 2 ingredients is basically salt water, which has antiseptic and cleansing properties and is known to be super beneficial for sebum control. The last ingredient is known to calm and sooth your skin especially when it is suffering from blemishes or irritations. I am nearly at the end of this can and I am feeling very panicky about it.

Another product that I've rediscovered my love for, is my Clinelle Purifying Toner. I've actually tried quite a few products from Clinelle but I've never really heard about it in the blogging world. I was originally introduced to the brand at Sasa in Hong Kong about 3 years ago when my skin was going through a very rough time. At the time I purchased and tried one of their sets which included their Deep Cleansing Gel, Purifying Toner and Moisture Glow Moisturizer. I actually really enjoyed most, if not all of these products and I'm pretty sure I repurchased the set a couple of times after but eventually moved on to try other brands.
One of the thing that really attracted me to the line of Clinelle products, is that they contain no artificial or harmful ingredients. Instead, they use a range of botanical and natural extracts and essential oils, as well as anti-oxidants to repair, refine and shield the skin from any aggregations. On top of that, it's a very affordable brand.
This toner does exactly what the name suggests. Some of its ingredients include tea tree oil and Lavender essential oil. Tea tree oil has antibacterial and healing properties so it's great for spot treatment. Lavender oil has an array of amazing skin benefits, they have anti-infammatory and antiseptic properties which means they reduce and soothe areas affected by acne and scarring. I've also heard that Lavender does great things for firming your skin. I never used to be a fan of the smell of Lavender but in the last few years, it has really grown on me. The scent is super calming which is really helpful when my anxiety gets bad or when I'm having sleeping problems. I love applying this before I go to bed because it's so relaxing. This is just such a gentle and effective toner and I couldn't recommend it more. I'm not sure where you can buy Clinelle products from, but they are listed on the Sasa website.

I'm really happy to have rediscovered these products, using both of them together has really helped clear my skin and it's the best it's been in a long time. I'll definitely be repurchasing both items when I reach the end of them.

Have you tried either of these products?



September 27, 2014

OOTD: Feeling Nautical

jumper: Zara Kids, jacket: H&M, jeans: ASOS, bag: Givenchy, sunglasses: Karen Walker, oxfords: Jeffrey Campbell
I usually wear sneakers day in, day out - I forgot how much I loved these oxfords, the cut out is such a nice detail (especially when I wear cute socks with it) and the wooden sole looks so nice against the white.
One perk of being so tiny? Fitting into kids sizes in clothes and shoes. One of my favourite places to shop is actually Zara kids, especially in Hong Kong when there are always so many bargains. I should have photographed the actual sweater because it is the cutest knit! There's a slight split on the sides and star studs along the shoulder on both sides ^^ I often fit into Grade School sizing for sneakers too, this means cheaper kicks :D
This being said though, I can't seem to stop buying mens streetwear. A lot of my clothes are actually mens pieces. I just picked up a mens jacket from the Helmut Lang x Uniqlo collab and I am in love.
It seems that when I'm not buying ladies clothes, I'm desperately trying to fit into kids and mens sizes. The most outrageous sized item I own is probably one of my adidas t-shirts which is a mens XL, insane because I'm usually the absolute smallest size for ladies clothes. You can usually get away with wearing items that fit a bit looser when it comes to streetwear though, I do like it when it's oversized :3
You may have seen me post this photo on instagram a while ago:
I had to go to Box Hill, one of the most asian suburbs in Melbourne, to go to the dentist and I was having a massive sulk because I already hate being there but there were people everywhere for the mid autumn festival. Plus I realllllllly detest the dentist. I'm super nervous because I have to get my wisdoms out soon eeek! I'll be getting all 4 out and going under. 

Have you guys had your wisdoms out? What was your experience like? Any tips for post-surgery?
No scary stories please haha!



September 25, 2014

What I've Been Wearing: Everyday Make Up

My make up routine has been more or less the same for the past 5 months (can you believe that?) so I thought I would do a post on it. I'm really happy because I have found a base routine that works perfectly for me and all of the products are from Make Up Forever (MUFE)! These are the products I use on most days:
Starting off with foundation - I love the MUFE HD foundation, it is the only foundation I've ever repurchased. So on my last trip to HK, I decided to pick up their Face and Body Foundation as well. I don't think I've used another foundation since because I just love it so much! I think out of all of the foundations I have tried, this is my holy grail. It just does everything I would want a foundation to do.
I remember one of the things that really sold me on this foundation is the fact that it's 80% water.

The liquidly consistency separates when it's just sitting in the bottle so it requires a good shake before every use. I love that it comes with a pump for obvious hygienic reasons but also because it makes dispensing the product much easier. 1 pump is usually perfect for me, sometimes I use an extra half pump as coverage is buildable. Despite being such a lightweight, water-based foundation, it evens out my complexion so well! On top of that, it feels super lightweight and blends very naturally without emphasising any of my imperfections. It actually looks like my skin; not a layer covering it. The only cons I can think of with this product are 1.) that it comes in a glass bottle and 2.) MUFE isn't the most accessible brand in Australia.
I usually use the Face and Body foundation for everyday and switch it out for the HD foundation when I need a bit of extra coverage (e.g. nights out/when I know I will be photographed).
Using my foundation only to even out my face, I follow up with the MUFE Full Cover Concealer on any troublesome or red areas that require that extra coverage. The name of this concealer sounds intimidating but it does its job of concealing my dark circles and imperfections flawlessly without looking cakey. It's rare that you can find a concealer that can do both these tasks. It comes out of the tube in a thick consistency so the littlest bit goes a long way, and that is the key! Less is more. I usually warm it up with my fingers to a creamy consistency and dab it in the areas I need and it doesn't seep into the fine lines or crease underneath the eyes.
Brows are a must!! The creamy formula of the MUFE Aqua Brow, when used with my angled liner brush from MAC, gives me the perfect filled in, defined brows that stay put for the entire day. I get so many brow compliments because of my brow routine, and let's be honest, brow compliments are the best compliments! I'm curious to see how the Anastasia Dipbrow compares to this because they sound pretty similar in concept, just that one is in a pot and one is in a tube. If we are only talking about packaging, I definitely prefer a tube. Then i use the MUFE HD powder on my T-zone and concentrating around any other areas I have concealed.
Oh! And another thing I love about MUFE products? The staying power is amazing - water and sweat proof!
Onto eyes. On lazy days, I usually just curl my lashes and pop on a bit of mascara. My favorite mascaras are Dollywink and Fairydrops mascaras. I just find that these asian mascaras do the best all-rounder job of holding my curls, lengthening + volumizing my lashes. Other days, I would use my Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette and a bit of liner. This has to be one of my most-used palettes ever and I actually use every single color regularly, which I can't say for most of my other palettes.
On a daily basis, I will use Venus on my inner corners, pop Foxy all over the eyelid and blend Faint into my crease as well as on the bottom outer lash line - a pretty subtle and natural look. I am a black liquid liner girl and I've been using the Heroine Make Kiss Me/Dollywink liquid liners interchangeably for as long as I can remember. Recently I've started using the Dollywink brown liquid liner though.
As for blush (my favorite part of my make up routine), I'm usually not fussed which one I reach for because I love love love all my blushes! This year, there has been about 3-5 blushes on heavy rotation (I'll probably do a post on that in the near future!) In this post, I'm wearing NARS New Attitude, one of my favorites.

For lips on an everyday basis, I stick to neutral pinks or tinted lip balms. Some of my favorites are the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 02 (pictured left), the 3CE Jumbo Lip Crayon in Bohemian Pink (pictured right) and the Dior Lip Glow. I didn't get a photo of the latter but it's not the most obvious color on the lips, I just like it because it gives the tiniest pink tint but it also makes my lips look so supple.
On some days, when I can be bothered or I'm just feeling fancy or I gave myself more time than I thought to get ready, I would use a bit of highlighter and/or bronzer. My go-to products for this are NYX Mosaic powder in Highlighter and Benefit Hoola.
I've never been that much of a highlighter girl, it's just an extra step that I've never really cared for. I honestly don't even remember buying this highlighter. It's strange though, like a month ago, I couldn't stop using this but now I've stopped. Hoola however I love, it was the first bronzer I got and one of the first products I ever hit pan on which is super exciting. When I'm done with this, I might have to give the cult NARS Laguna a go just because :P
And voila! Honestly on an average day, if I'm only going to uni or work and especially if it's early in the morning, I don't give myself that long to get ready because I would rather snooze, even for that extra 10 minutes. I've got my everyday routine so down pat, this only takes me about 15 minutes and like I said, I do skip some steps. 
If I only had time to do a few things in my routine, it would be brows, concealer and blush. I think these 3 things are the most important for me when I want to look somewhat put together. Lipstick is my bonus because I always carry at least one with me so I can apply that on the go even if I'm running late :3

What are the essentials in your routine if you only had a few minutes to put yourself together?