Airplane essentials :)

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate, Bath & Body Works Sleep Body Lotion, Philosophy Purity Cleanser, Caudalie Beauty Elixir, L'Oreal Glam Shine Miss Candy in MIss Marshmallow, This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less, Biore UV Bright Face Milk, Benefit Benetint, Laneige Water Sleeping Pack, various samples :)

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate, Bath & Body Works Sleep Body Lotion, Philosophy Purity Cleanser, Caudalie Beauty Elixir, L’Oreal Glam Shine Miss Candy in MIss Marshmallow, This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less, Biore UV Bright Face Milk, Benefit Benetint, Laneige Water Sleeping Pack, various samples ūüôā

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Clockwise from left: Jouer Blushing Beauty Collection, Le Soft Perfume in Etre ici et ailleurs, my free samples from Omorovicza, Oskia and Sunday Riley, Anastasia Brow Wiz

Clockwise from left: Jouer Blushing Beauty Collection, Le Soft Perfume in Etre ici et ailleurs, my free samples from Omorovicza, Oskia and Sunday Riley, Anastasia Brow Wiz

My order from Cult Beauty just came! Excited to try everything in here! ūüėÄ

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Free samples collected from Ion! Can’t wait to try these, especially when I travel Europe next week.

To get your own samples, go here: http://www.beauty.ionorchard.com ūüôā

Uplifting shower scents for post-workouts

I don’t know about you, but when I’m post-workout –¬†hot, sweaty, sticky and yes, probably smelly – the last thing¬†I want is to be doused in cloud of jasmine or chocolate or musk. Anything overly flowery or gourmand or heavy is likely to induce shortness of breath in me, which is not good given that I’d already be sort of breathless post-workout. Fruity scents seem to generally work well for after a workout, but here are my favourite in-shower scents for post-workout (kindly excuse the sad photography):

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1) Avalon Organics Peppermint Shower Gel: This feels and smells amazing when your muscles are burning after a workout. The peppermint scent is sweet and sharp, and goes all the way up to your head (you know what I mean… right?). The gel also leaves a pleasantly tingly, cooling¬†sensation on your skin, a bit like Vaporub. Especially a must-have for those who live in hot climates!

2) Korres Fig Shower Gel: This smells like the shower gel version of my favourite perfume, Diptyque Philosykos, but woodier and sweeter. Despite it’s sweetness, it smells fresh and clean and pure, like you’re taking a bath in a Mediterranean river just under a fig tree… if that’s scientifically possible.

3) Lush Ponche Shower Gel: This is for cooler days, when you want your citrus mixed with something a little warmer or spicier. According to the Lush website, this has orange juice, tequila, plum and cinnamon infusions, and having tried it I’d say the booze is quite evident in this. However, I believe this was limited edition, and I keenly regret not getting a backup.

4) The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel:¬†If I¬†had to describe¬†this shower gel in one word, it would be¬†‘zippy’. It’s your typically bright, uplifting citrus scent, but incredibly well done. The Body Shop does a lot of fruit-scented shower gel, but this one takes the cake in my opinion.

5) Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil: This isn’t quite for post-workout, but for¬†the day¬†after a workout, when muscles you didn’t know you had are aching and you can’t walk down stairs without an incredible amount of pain and effort. This smells like something you’d get in a luxury spa, and you can give yourself a massage in the bath/shower for¬†the full spa experience. (And, okay, I feel like all of the Aromatherapy Associates Bath & Shower Oils would work.)

Hope this was helpful. What are your favourite post-workout shower scents?

July 2013 favourites

I have only¬†four favourites this July, all of which would be pretty uninteresting to you if you’re looking for some beauty/fashion. But if you’re into keeping fit or if you, like me, have suddenly decided to have a go at keeping fit… read on.

 

1) Coconut water

I’m not the sort of person who hates the taste of water. In fact, I do enjoy drinking water… as long as it comes from my own tap and is boiled thereafter. While I don’t like soft drinks, I have a weakness for drinks sweetened with condensed milk – namely, milo and milk tea. I also like fruit juices. Unfortunately, these, being laden with sugar, aren’t that healthy for you. I’ve tried to cut down the amount of sugar I put into my tea, but it just isn’t the same.

Recently, however,¬†I discovered coconut water. It is AMAZING. It’s supposed to be great for you as it contains minerals and antioxidants and has fewer calories than your average beverage (that rhymed!!). It isn’t calorie-free, but it’s a good substitute when I feel like drinking¬†more than just plain water. Not to mention it tastes so good and is very refreshing after a workout. The brands I drink are Wong Coco (comes in a large can, is super yummy¬†and has coconut bits inside) Cocomax (comes in a bottle, is not as sweet but still yummy, has no coconut bits and has fewer calories/sugar content).

 

2) Exercise

I’ve been going to the gym with my boyfriend on weekends because on weekends he’s able to bring me in for free (yay!). I typically attend one one-hour class each on Saturday and Sunday, and before and after class I do about 15-30 minutes of cardio. On about two other days a week, I exercise at home – either on my elliptical or by following some pilates/cardio/random other exercise video on Youtube.

It takes discipline to exercise, especially if I leave the office at 10pm, but do you know (and I never thought I’d say this in respect of exercise), I’ve never felt better.

 

3) Making my own wraps

I’ve always loved wraps. Whenever I went to a place with a Taco Bell (which is no longer available in Singapore, sadly), I’d always gravitate towards it. I LOVE Mexican food because I love tacos, burritos and all manner of wraps. Even at KFC I’d order the chicken wrap.

Recently, I started making my own and I LOVE IT.¬†There is no cooking involved,¬†just five minutes of preparation time. I¬†buy Mission wraps, wholemeal, and some sort of chicken – I liked the honey grilled one at the shopping mall near my house. I lay the wrap on the oven tray and in a row in the middle I add the chicken, some sort of cheese – I like the cheddar cheese from Coon – and sliced avocados if I have them. While it’s heating up in the oven, I chop some lettuce, onions, tomatoes and cucumbers, whatever’s available. After I take it out of the oven five minutes later, I add the vegetables and some more cheese and roll it all up.

The edges of the wrap are crispy. The inside bursts with flavour. There’s no need to add chilli or ketchup or mayonnaise, though you can if you want to. I’m not sure it’s healthy, but it sure is yummy. The best thing is that you can change up the ingredients to suit your mood and whatever’s available in your fridge.

 

4) Exercise gear

I might suddenly be into exercise and all, but I haven’t lost all sanity. I’m still very much into makeup, skincare and fashion, and it shows from the fact that part of what motivates me to exercise is cute exercise gear. I’m talking about bright trainers, flattering yoga pants, colourful sports bras and the like. While a gym isn’t the place to be wearing makeup and prancing about in nice clothes, you don’t need to look drab. If you feel confident in what you’re wearing, you’ll naturally want to stay there longer. Conversely, if you can’t wait to get out of your baggy grey tee shirt and shorts, you’ll probably spend less time exercising. Plus clothing made for exercise are meant to help you exercise – for women, they’re usually quite form-fitting and are often made of lightweight material so that sweat can evaporate. Who wants layers of clothing flapping about while you’re trying to do those last ten push-ups?

 

We’ve come to¬†the end of my July favourites. As you can see, this month’s favourites are quite keeping-fit themed. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep this up. Watch this space!

Ode to Lush’s Angels on Bare Skin

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The last time I had a tub of this was approximately three years ago. I remember this because I remember taking it along for my graduation trip to Japan. This was the only cleanser I used for the three weeks I was there, roughing it out in student hostels with shared bathrooms.

If you’ve never heard someone rave about this cleanser, chances are you’re living under a (beauty) rock. Chances also are that you’d never pick it up on your own. It looks kind of gross – like smashed peas or something your cat ate and threw up. Mushy green with unidentified bits of brown is not a good look. The smell is also something of an acquired taste. It smells kind of herbally, which means that right off the bat half of people wouldn’t like it. It is also a pain to use – it takes about twice as long to use as other cleansers because you have to first work it into a paste before putting it on your face, and thereafter washing it off also takes some time.

Right about now you’re probably wondering whether I’ve titled this post wrongly… but read on because despite everything I said above, I LOVE Lush’s Angels on Bare Skin.

It just makes for beautiful skin. After washing it off, your skin just feels incredibly… balanced. Clean yet moisturised, not at all stripped. And very soft because the little bits of stuff inside gently exfoliate the skin. And as the website promises, it’ll make your skin glow. I used it for three weeks in Japan’s dry climate and I had no problems with my skin. To be fair, I don’t have terrible skin – I have normal/dry skin which is prone to bouts of sensitivity. I have a little hyperpigmentation but no real issue with acne, just random pimples that appear every now and then.

However, when I went to London recently, my skin acted up – I had dry patches, and my face was extremely blotchy and red. Very unattractive, and the travel skincare which I’d brought did NOT work. Since I was in London, I took the opportunity to stock up on Lush (the mark-ups in Singapore are crazy), and AOBS was one of my purchases. Now, there are two significant things to note about this: 1) At the time, my suitcase was full to bursting and I had to really curate what I was buying; and 2) If you know me, you’d realise that by sheer virtue of the fact that I’ve repurchased it – me with my various unopened cleansers (amongst other things) and growing wishlist of more to try – means that I really think it’s something.

When I returned from London, I used it every night, and my skin cleared up pretty quickly. Now, some might say that this could be attributed to being back in familiar weather (and humidity), but I think in any case AOBS helped my skin along.

So, it is somewhere at the top of my list of skincare saviours. What are your skincare saviours?

Ingredients (according to Lush’s UK website): Ground Almonds, Glycerine, Kaolin, Water, Lavender Oil, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tagetes Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Lavender Flowers, *Limonene, *Linalool

L’Oreal Miss Candy Lipglosses

Just a shout out to fans of the L’Oreal Miss Candy lipglosses which were brought out sometime last year… I recently discovered that while they’ve been given different names in the UK and in Southeast Asia, some of the colours may actually be the same.

Last year, FleurDeForce featured the L’Oreal Miss Candy lipgloss in Pink Treat (amongst others) in one of her favourites videos and in a few videos after that. I thought her lips looked absolutely fantastic so I went to look for them in my local drugstores, only to find that we didn’t have the colour Pink Treat. In fact, the names were totally different from the ones mentioned by FleurDeForce – names like Miss Orange, Miss Apricot and Miss Marshmallow. This didn’t come as a total surprise because brands sometimes do that – carry different colours of the same thing in different countries. Still, I wanted to try the Miss Candy lipglosses, so I purchased Miss Apricot.. and LOVED it. Very glossy, non-sticky, moisturising, just the right amount of colour.

I went back and got Miss Orange and Miss Marshmallow, of which the former remains unopened and the latter I didn’t like as much as I liked Miss Apricot.

I went to London a couple of weeks ago and when I was in a Superdrug there I chanced upon the L’Oreal Miss Candy lipglosses. It was totally unexpected because I was under the impression that they were limited edition; they could no longer be found in my local drugstores months ago. Anyway, I took the chance to grab Pink Treat. I thought it looked familiar but didn’t think too much about it.

It was only when I brought it back to Singapore and compared it with my other Miss Candy glosses that I realised that Pink Treat = Miss Marshmallow.

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On the left is Pink Treat and on the right is Miss Marshmallow.

It looks slightly different but I think it’s because I’ve been using Miss Marshmallow so the swirls have kind of mixed together. Both have the same shimmery peach / shimmery baby pink with micro glitter swirls. Very pretty, but I think a bit too pale and cool-toned for my skintone.

Now that I know that the lipglosses are probably the same as the ones which were in my local drugstore, I wish I had picked up a few more when in London. Good excuse to go back!

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