Healthy Summer Skin

Who doesn’t what a healthy glowing summer skin?! Seriously though, the haze is just so terrible these past few days, my skin feels as grey. It supposed to be the last few months of summer here. Well, the temperature will get cooler in December and January. At least based on last year weather. If not, it will be hot all year round.

You are just so used to the hot weather, or the office air conditioned room that you forgot to pay extra attention to your skin. I’m guilty too, my skin was looking rather dull. That is why I signed up for an outdoor activity! I went for #soulscape at Sentosa. We wanted a whole day of fun under the sun, but doing yoga when the haze was strong was not such a good idea. Nobody expected the haze. So it was a really disappointing day. No healthy glowing tan skin for me that day, which made me rather sad. So we just have to fake it till we made it.

No. 1 a healthy glow comes from within. Drink plenty of fluids to hydrate oneself. Coconut water helps. It’s not only tasty, it’s full of minerals and electrolyte to quench thirst. No coconut water around, no problem, water and lemon is good too. Slice up half a lemon, squeeze out the juice and add them into a bottle of water. I also like to try a few different water combo. Usually I just use whatever I have lying around at home.
Water + cucumber
Water + strawberries
Water + kiwi
Water + mint
Water + everything. It just makes water taste so much nicer that you just naturally drinks more. I have one combo that I particularly love – half a cucumber, half a lemon, half a lime, 2 medium strawberries, half a carrot, a handful of mint, all into a jug of water. Delicious!

No. 2 sunscreen and sunblock. Do you know that there is a different between the two?
There are two types of sun protective lotions – chemical and physical.
Sunblock, the physical kind, sits on top of the skin acting as a barrier between your skin and damaging UV rays by reflecting or scattering UVB light.
Sunscreen, the chemical kind, penetrates the skin and absorbs the UVA rays before they are able to reach and damage your dermal layer.
Therefore, sunblocks are formulated to shield against UVB rays, while sunscreens protect against UVA. So in order to fully protect your skin, choose a broad-spectrum protection formulated sunscreen that will protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Luckily these days, products often contain a mixture of both sunblock and sunscreen.

The “A” in UVA stands for ‘Aging’. The “B” in UVB stands for ‘Burning’.
Use this formula to figure out the appropriate SPF for you: “SPF Number x Time to Burn without Protection = Time to Burn with Protection”. For example: SPF 15 x 10 minutes = 150 minutes of protection

No. 3 cut down on junk food. Oily fried food is not good for health. Not only that, they’re not good for your skin. While it is so tempting to pig out on a hot day, perseverance is the key. The rule is to eat a balance diet. Lunch junk food, dinner salad. While that may not be the perfect equation, it works for me. Some of you may disagree, but hey, you don’t have to listen to me.

No. 4 scrubs and hydrates the skin. Too much sun may lead to dry skin. So scrub away those dead skin and don’t forget to use body lotion. If suffering from sunburn, use aloe vera gel. I always wanted to try the Nature Republic one, but I haven’t had the chance. For the face – face scrub and moisturiser. A thin or gel like moisturiser will be very nice on the skin.

No. 5 if all fails, and/or natural glow is not what you want, add some shimmer. Highlight the face, well, strobing is kind of popular right now. (Or I’m outdated, and it’s no longer cool?) A good shimmering blush will perks that face up. An all over shimmer bronzer will tan up the skin, making you looks quite healthy indeed. I also like to use Nuxe Multi-purpose Oil; it just makes my skin glow in a good way.

Haze or no haze, sun or no sun, taking care of our skin is important. It’s not about wanting to achieve the perfect summer glow, it’s about how you treat your skin. Cause if you want a good skin, you have to treat your body right. It’s about the steps to get there that is important. Once you are used to those steps, your skin will naturally be healthy. It will glow! And if you find that it is not enough, you can always add bronzer!

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Not a typical Liebster Award

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award and this time it’s from the lovely Kazz1n.

The Liebster Award is a “favorite blog award”, as Liebster is the German word for favorite, beloved, or dearest. It is meant for smaller blogs with less than two hundred followers to help expose them to the world and help them discover other new and upcoming bloggers.

In order to formally accept this award, the nominee must do several things:
1. Link back and recognize the blogger who nominated them.
2. Answer the ten questions that the blogger who nominated you has posted!
3. Nominate ten other bloggers for the award.
4. Create ten questions for my nominees to answer.
5. Notify my nominees.

Which is your favourite season?
Autumn, perfect weather. Too bad Singapore has only 2 seasons; hot or wet.
Do you prefer sweets or chocolate?
Chocolate as long as it’s not plain.
What is your favourite song at the moment?
We own the night – The Wanted
What is your favourite product?
My Rimmel Apocalips at this very moment. It will change in 10 minutes time.
Why did you start your blog?
I wanted memories, a reminder of the stuff I used to like or dislike, and to throw away products instead of hoarding them.
What is your favourite book?
Bet me by Jennifer Cruise. This book enlightened me to love myself no matter how I look and to eat (well to enjoy life).
Do you prefer to read on an e-reader or an actual book?
I actually prefer books, but it takes up so much space until I have to donate most away. So I requested a kindle for my birthday and I loved it. I can have many books in one device and I can read in the dark now. Without a torchlight!
Can you play an instrument?
Nope.
What is your ultimate job?
Party planner. Wedding planner.
Do you want to grow old gracefully or would you have plastic surgery?
Grow old gracefully. I’m afraid of going under the knife.

 

I am not one to follow the rules, so I don’t tag people. But it’s because as I’d said before, I can’t think of 10 questions. But this time, I’ve been watching YouTube as always, and I really like watching the Princess Tag. I kind of want to know more about the high-end holy grail of different product categories for, well everyone. I kind of want to branch into high-end.

So instead of nominating for the Liebster Award, which I’m sure most of you already been awarded with, I tag you to do the Princess Tag. And the Pauper (since the opposite of high-end is drugstore) Tag, if you want.

The Princess Tag is created by Tati from GlamLifeGuru.
It requires you to list down your favorite high-end product for different categories. Or if you don’t have one, it will be the one that you want to try.

The list:
– FOUNDATION
– CONCEALER
– POWDER
– BRONZER
– BLUSH
– HIGHLIGHTER
– EYESHADOW
– EYELINER
– MASCARA
– LIP LINER
– LIPSTICK
– LIP GLOSS
– BROW PRODUCT
– MISC (CANDLE, BATH GOODIE, TOOL ETC)
– NAIL POLISH

That’s quite a list. I don’t have many high-end favorites, but if you actually follow my posts, you’ll see my October posts are so call arranged in order of how I apply my makeup. Well sort of, more often than not, it won’t be those item mentioned, but the categories are there.

So ya do the Pauper Tag too, maybe in a different post? Cause I’m more of a pauper, I’m interested to know drugstore brand too. Or maybe mix the two tags together? Princess and Pauper Tag. Some YouTubers mentioned dupes for their high-end loves too.

Oh, I tag
venusvon
natzisstash
blushingbeauty9
ladywithnoname
callmejagi
ohhkaye
kazz1n
Pretty much anyone who read this really.

That’t it. Sorry for the long. Much loves if you read the whole post. *hugs*

Liebster Award

The lovely Kaitlyn nominate me for this Liebster award. I think its a fun tag as the person who had nominated you have to come out with 10 questions. By doing this tag, I can’t even think of 5 questions. So its impressive that many girls can come out with a list of interesting questions.

A shout out to Katie from The Mask of Beauty for nominating me for the Versatile award. I already did that which you can check out here.

These are the questions Kaitlyn gave me to answer.

1. High-End or Drugstore?
Drugstore. I am budget that way. I rather be disappointed in a drugstore than a high-end product which I have occasionally. I guess its the expectation of high-end that makes you feel ugh when it doesn’t match your standard.

2. What’s your favorite perfume right now?
It will be Anna Sui Secret Wish. I love the clean spring scent. And it’s kind of a cheaper alternative to Bond No. 9 Scent of Peace which I really want to own.

3. What’s your biggest pet peeve with other people’s makeup?
I cannot stand people who put too much foundation which is super obvious and make them look really fake.

4. Is there any makeup or beauty related skill that you think you could improve?
That will be a lot! Applying falsies, drawing an eyeliner, putting mascara without smudging, contouring, getting the right foundation shade, etc.

5. Top 5 Nail Polishes?
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L-R: Revlon Minted, OPI Russian navy suede, Deborah Lippman Yellow Brick Road (so pretty for jelly nails), Elianto S05 and Lieole polishes (love the broad brush of the polish).

6. In your opinion, what are the most essential elements to a decent skincare routine?
I read somewhere that you do not need anything on your face except sunscreen and that is to prevent getting cancer. Then I read somewhere that nothing is as important as washing your face. Cleanse is probably the most important step in skincare. In fact, you do not need any fancy serum, as long as you wash your face, you are good. I guess it is true to a certain extend, as you know that people centuries ago did not have access to much skincare, so I am sure we will survive too.

7. If you can recall, how did you get into makeup/skincare and what sparked your interest?
After O level, I wanted to be a makeup artist, but instead I followed what the norm of either going to JC or Poly. In Poly, there was this girl who has the most flawless fair skin. For some reason I always wanted to be fair. So I asked her what she put on her face, then I beg my mom to get me some Olay moisturizer. I was 18 then and I never use moisturizer. The horror!
For makeup, only after starting this blog then I become obsessed with them. Before it was just mascara and colored lip balm I cant live without.

8. Let’s say $1000 popped into your bank account, what would you spend it on? Makeup, Skincare or Fashion?
All of them? I definitely love makeup more. But I really do want to get a super good expensive mask to pamper myself. And use a bit of it to get myself a Lorac Pro palette and SUQQU brushes.

9. What’s your opinion on ‘appropriate’ lip shades for ‘appropriate’ occasions?
What is appropriate in the first place? I feel that if you are comfortable wearing them, then it will look good and people wont judge as much saying that its not appropriate. But I guess try not to wear bright shades for funerals.

Oh, this is totally random but for weddings, Chinese brides love wearing red as it matches their qipao. But how do they kiss their husbands? Don’t it kind of transfer onto him? Cause watching my wedding makeup tags on YouTube, they put on gloss over it. And it just makes me wonder.

10. If you could go back and tell your teenage self one makeup tip, which would it be?
“Please apply sunscreen everyday!” That’s not makeup, but hmm. I guess it will be curling my lashes. Since I am still learning bout the techniques that work for me, I still will not be able to teach my teenage self anything helpful. Oh I will tell her to invest in good makeup brushes as it makes putting on makeup more fun. I will also make her learn to apply falsies and eyeliner. You gotta start young I say.

So that is it. I hope it wasn’t too long and boring to read. I know I am suppose to tag some people but I am lousy at it. Plus I cant think of 10 questions. So, I am just going to ask anyone reading this to comment below answering my couple of questions. I love to know your answers.

1. What is the one item you cannot live without right now? May it be beauty related or not.
2. If you can only choose one color lip product for the rest of your life, what will it be?

Bloglovin’

I have to put this up in order to link my blog to Bloglovin. Just trying out to see how it all work out. I guess follow me there too. Thank you. Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Since this is a random post, I wanted to add that I am doing a 3 mth No Buy. The day after I decided, I bought a bunch of stuff online and I justify it as my birthday gift to myself this year. So after that day, I am more determine to do a No Buy. So I guess it will be starting from this date. It’s a start to stop hauling.

I also am doing project 5 pan. I mean that’s the purpose of this blog in first place. But these days I seem to have collected more stuff. And I kept alternating using different products and trying something new before the old one is finished. So I am determine to finish 5 items. Hopefully ASAP, or not in 3 months. The items are my ZA base, ZA lipstick, MUA lip plumper, Kiehl’s lip balm and TBS body lotion.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to the lovely Kazz1n for tagging me. Do check out her blog.

Now, I don’t really do any other posts except for reviews to products I’ve use, I thought it will be rude not to do this tag. I started this blog for almost a year, and never really think to follow or get any followers. I am just using this blog to get the memories of the product out of the way if that make sense. So I am kind of slow getting into the wp community. There are just way too many awesome nice people on the internet.

So I am thankful for everyone who take their time reading my blog, liking and commenting on the posts. Thank you for the follow too. I never realise how much it actually mean to me.

You all have been so kind and encouraging. Even though my posts are relatively boring and my vocabulary is limited, you guys still bother to see it.

Let me rant a little, or maybe a lot. When you reach your 20s and life just pass you by, you really can get lost in translation. I know I did, I mean I am. Everyone around you sort of moving on, especially with their other halves. They get new job and planning for the rest of their lives. Adulthood, they said. I may be 23, but I still feel like a kid. Growing up, I feel that I’ve been left out a lot. I never really feel truly belong. Whenever I got close to someone, that person had to move (school/country), or it will be graduation. So, I retreat to blogging, but my English doesn’t improve.
Only this year then I started to feel welcome because of you all. For some reason, I feel kind of belong. It is like I am a part of something. So again, thank you. Let’s start the tag.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Include a link to their blog
  3. Select 15 blogs/bloggers you have recently discovered or follow regularly
  4. Nominate those bloggers for a versatile blogger award, leave a link to their page and a comment on their latest post to let them know they’ve been nominated
  5. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

The lovely people:
Marie from callmejagi
Amanda from prettylittlebeautyblog
Kristin from musthaveboxes
Anonymousmallu
Sam from thirteenthandhudson (Kimberly and Katrina too)
Von from venusvon
Dandygal
Jaki from stilettosstarsandrocknroll
Theaprilissue
Motherworkerchefwife
Kkirtnerd
Curvaceous girl from southernhipsnstips
Natalie from Natzisstash
Davi from ladywithnoname
Anyone else I have not included. Sadly I can only feature 15 blogs. So please nominate yourself and say its from me. 🙂

7 things about me:

  1. I am only 1.48cm. I am that short.
  2. I am on the quest of finding the best Tiramisu (at least in SG).
  3. I wanted to be a makeup artist after O’level, but that never happen.
  4. I only really seriously started playing(using) with makeup a year ago.
  5. Ever since I started this blog, I collected more products than I get rid/used up. Kind of defeat the purpose of this blog.
  6. My hobby includes reading and doing nail art. Both started when I was 12. But I stop doing nail art until 2 years ago.
  7. I do not know how to put on fake eyelashes.

So ya, thanks for reading. 🙂