Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Affordable home remedies or splurge of the century

In my quest for glowing better healthy skin, I scour the interwebs to bring tiny pockets of gem to hopefully remedy the situation.

I'm really not into buying a whole tub of cream, just to find out that my skin goes funky the moment I put a smidgeon on. What am I going to do with the whole tub anyway? 

The smallest tub goes for $255. J gave me the face when I held up a bottle, I put it back sheepishly.

I want something simple, gentle and affordable to try before I splurge hundreds of dollars on something that's probably going to run out after 2 days' of use. What to do, what to do.

Monday, May 27, 2013

The amazing Liv Tyler.

Liv Tyler.

Lips as red as blood, hair as black as ebony, skin as white as snow.

The embodiment of Snow White, if she's real.

So imagine my excitement when I found this interview with the gorgeous Liv!

Take long baths to unwind and relax. Your mental state does affect how you look and face each day.
Take time off to look after yourself. Put on a face mask, put your feet up or nurse a hot cuppa tea while you stare into space. Everyone needs a break.

I have a new soulie.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Skin woes: new level of depression and last ditch efforts.

Urm yeah, on the same note. I have a wedding dinner to attend tonight and my skin is, oh I don't know but the dermatologist said this morning "with more laser, we can do something about the coarseness and the scarring", depressing.

Yeah if I'm not depressed I don't know what I'm feeling now.

  1. Laser in the morning.
  2. Face mask in the afternoon.
  3. Slapping on a thick layer on moisturiser like you would smear a cake with frosting 2 hours before the event.

Smells like desperation. Green tea scented desperation.

3 simple but tres chic hairstyles

I'm attending a mate's wedding dinner this evening and I can't wait to try this!

--3 Chic Knotted Hair Styles from

Plus it's a great look for work, weddings, dates etc. I have 6 weddings from now till September so more tips = more joy. Woohoo!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The crazy credit card bill, drab and The White Dress.

It has been a very blah 2 weeks and I'm in such a rut. I wear black all the time, I'm starting to repeat my dresses every 2 weeks (!!!), I feel am fat, my belly shows and I need something that is flattering and nice.

[I'm a creature of habit. I wear things that are comfortable and easy to care for. I even wear the same black heels every day. Yeah... I bought 5 pairs at one go in Seoul. Fits well, zero blisters. Heaven.

I haven't worn the burgundy or the one with the bow yet. And Seoul was almost a year ago. Yikes.

And the black one is almost on its way out. :(  le sigh.]

I've got to stop going back to the same ol' things and I'm starting to feel drab. Anyhoo I need a quick shopping fix. And maybe quit drinking the 10 cocktails that are contributing to my waist line.

May I present, The White Dress.

This one is a peplum zip front dress from Asos. I think the zipper lengthens the body and makes me look taller. Me likes. And at $96 it's pretty affordable.

-- Buy it here on Asos

Coast Enna Dress is flattering too. All the drapey goodness to hide the flab and still look put together at the same time. But this is a whopping $246. I'm still smarting from April's Citibank bill (which unfortunately exceeded my monthly salary by a jaw dropping $3000) so I don't think I'm going to spend that much on a dress.

But oh how I wish I could!

-- Buy it here on Asos

What to do, what to do.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Voting for the first time and the immense despair that followed.

It's been a few days, and I've maintained silence on the subject because I may just post something that will haunt me. I'm going to keep it vague so whatever I write is not going to land me in jail.

[Really, you never know with these guys.]

Yup I voted. For the first time in my life, I voted. I voted as a citizen.

Early Sunday morning, my parents and I went to my uncle's place since we were all assigned the same polling station. We decided to go together as an extended family to vote. The polling station was just down the road in a public school. We walked there in the rain with all our brollies, all excited. One side of the road was closed so people could park nearer to the school. You could sense the excitement and hope in the air.

Maybe for the first time, there was hope. There was a better tomorrow. Maybe.

Foundation - The quest for The One.

I use makeup everyday and I'm always on the lookout for something great. No outbreaks, no heartaches.

I was almost running out of MAC when I bought a bottle of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. I love it. Love it. It's light, provides enough coverage and not cakey. The assistant said I should apply with a brush to get a more finished look, and that's how I ended up with the mini brush set. (Sigh there goes my bank account again. Seriously, why am I not on Citibank's valued customer list is beyond me. They earn way too much from me every month.)

Anyhoo I find the makeup a bit much when I apply it with a brush. Plus it takes me forever to get it done! I don't know how Lisa Eldridge does it so effortlessly on her video tutorials. So now, I'm applying the foundation with my fingers. Somehow I can blend it a little better than the brush.

(Watch her videos if you can. There's lots to know about foundation!)

This is all good and dandy till lunch time.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

When my skin falls apart.

For the past 2 3 4 6 months (let's just leave it at 6 because I'm about to cry), I was soooo soooo busy that I was practically running on fumes. Naturally, you can hardly call my lifestyle urm balanced. Rushed meals, fast food, erratic sleeping hours and utter lack of exercise (unless you count the daily walks to the bus stop)  have rendered me a whale of a person. I feel like Jabba the hut with bad skin.

On my weekends I've tried to go for facials but since my schedule was so unpredictable, I could only call to make appointments on Friday evening or Saturday morning, praying that everyone has such good skin there's an empty slot of 3 hours for me. (Really, it takes that long. All that washing and masking and exfoliating. It's really nice, and the scent of Dermalogica massage oil puts me to sleep. Facial and a nap, no wonder I always feel better.)

Anyway no facials for the past 6 months.

Now, I'm fat with a muffin top and my skin is just... oh my god where do I begin. It feels tight after I wash it. I look tired all the time. My pores are gigantic volcano craters and not to mention the pimple scars. Seriously my life (and face) can't be any worse.

(For all my skin battles, go to here. It's a never ending uphill battle against pimples, sensitivity, aging and dehydration. Whatever can go wrong has gone wrong.)

My results of skipping weekly mask and exfoliation:

  • Dry and dehydrated skin
  • Dull looking skin, with uneven colour
  • More pimples, especially at jaw and chin area
  • Slow healing of acne scars

Steps that I've used to bring back my skin to "normal":

  • Using products containing hyaluronic acid- My Hada Labo toner 
  • Drinking lots of water! Actually, no. I hate water, and subconsciously I hardly refill my water bottle when I run out.

HAHAHA. What results?

I think the Hada Labo toner works. My face no longer feels like it's about to crack after I wash it, but I won't say that it's all bouncy and healthy like a baby's bottom. I'm using the blue one, with arbutin for whitening. I don't want to be fair, I just want my skintone to be even and the scars to lighten.

No amount of skincare products will help unless I actively cut down on the coffees that power me throughout the day, get more sleep and lower my stress/anger levels. I've thought about going back to the dermatologist but who has the money ($250 per session me thinks) and time (1 hour wait for a 5 minute laser zap) to do this every week?!

Le sigh.

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