MAKEUP MONDAYS: Evening Favourites!

Hi everyone,

Seasons are changing and so is the condition of my skin and hair. Hong Kong is becoming more humid, and this year I want to get ahead of the game and start looking after my skin now in preparation for summer.

I’ve been using my Belif eye cream under my eyes to relieve stress and minimise the visibility of my capillaries.

The gold mask is a MUST MUST MUST have, I’m onto my second pack and I love that silky, dewy look I get the morning after.

The facial oil is back on rotation and I’m using this only at night, so that the rosehip oil gets fully absorbed into my skin.

For hair, I’ve given the Ouai finishing creme another go and I’m enjoying the thickness it brings to my hair, as well as the softer finish.

John Frieda’s Frizz Ease is a must have – Did I forget to mention that Hong Kong is REALLY humid? No it’s perfect to taming my long hair.

 

What are your go to products at the moment?

Divya

 

Thrifty Thursdays – BaByliss Boutique Soft Waves

Hey guys,

So I’ve been obsessed with big, soft waves recently and I came across this BaByliss curler on Asos (I didn’t even know they sold things like this)! When I bought it a few weeks ago, it was being sold for £32 – but now it’s £40 (strange)! Anyways, it gives you the most lush, amazing curles ever. It’s so easy to use, it comes with a heat protective glove and case and it seems to be excellent quality. It heats up in less than a minute and you can change the heat setting to whichever one you prefer. It also comes with a 5 year guarantee.

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This is what the curler looks like,

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this what the models hair looked like,

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and this is how it turned out on my hair.

I definitely highly recommend this product to anyone who wants effortless, soft curls. Also, if you live in Hong Kong (not sure about other places in the world that are outside the UK) you get free delivery.

If you have any other curlers that you use and love please let me know!

Sasha xx

 

Thrifty Thursdays – Marc Anthony bye bye frizz keratin smoothing conditioner

Hey guys,

So normally I’m not a conditioner person but I’ve been spending some time in the jaccuzi because it’s been SO cold and I think the chlorine has been making my hair really rough. So I was looking around for a new conditioner (because I think the last time I used conditioner was back in 2012 and it was the pink and black L’oreal one which made my hair super straight but feel heavy and look a bit static). Plus lately ever since my recent hair cut I’ve been feeling like my hair is more frizzy than usual so when I saw this keratin smoothing bye bye frizz shampoo but Marc Anthony I just had to try it!Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 19.50.43.png It comes in a massive bottle (250ml) and it was so inexpensive at just HKD$80.

After I shampooed my hair with warm water, not cold and definitely not hot (hot water damages your hair), I took a pea sized amount and started working it into the ends of my hair and worked upwards to about my ears. My hair has not only been frizz free, but soooo soft too. I’m not crazy about the smell of this conditioner (smells like chemicals), but once it’s rinsed off my hair it leaves no scent so I’m ok with that.

I definitely think this is a must buy, especially if you have dry or damaged hair or if you live in a super humid place like I do.

Sasha xx

Trendy Tuesdays – What’s all the fuss about? – Korean sheet masks

Hey guys,

*Today’s post is by our featured guest blogger Sanchita.*

Being new to Hong Kong, I was very amused to see the influx of mainland Chinese roaming the streets of Hong Kong with huge suitcases.

What amused me even more was when I realized they weren’t just buying milk powder, but actually were lining up at Sasa, Watsons, Bonjour etc… to buy the latest Korean skin care products. 

With a love for skincare myself and the fact that everyone stocking up on these products had great skin, I set out to identify exactly what they were obsessing over.

Yes, I’m sure you’ve heard about Korean skincare by now as not only in Asia, but even in the US, people are raving about the routine and honestly it can be a bit confusing.

But, the fact that many of us reading this blog live in Hong Kong and have direct access to these products, we must take advantage of that.

So let’s take it one product at a time.

After literally stalking several people (yes, literally), I came to find out there were several common products they were all purchasing, and I tried and tested one of the best ones.

Here are the deets:

What is it: N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask

Ok, what does that mean: It is basically a sheet mask, an essential step of the Korean skin care routine, that contains an ampoule, which is a highly concentrated serum, to help target a certain skin issue- In this case its dehydration.

Ampoules come in liquid forms as well that you can purchase in bottles, but what a sheet mask does is it places a lot of this ampoule on a sheet so when applied on your face it has a supercharged and immediate effect on your skin, Like a quick pick me up, for your face.

So what’s in it: You can find sheet masks targeting many different concerns, as this one targets lack of moisture, the main ingredients include, sodium hyaluronate and glycerin. These ingredients are actually what your skin produces, and when there is a lack of it, due to pollution, stress, hormones etc…, your skin feels dry.

How do you use it:

·       Like all sheet masks, first step is to start with a dry, cleansed and toned face.

·       Take one sheet mask packet, remove the mask and place it on your face.

·       Important: don’t throw the packaging just yet. There is a lot of ampoule still left inside the packet. Take it out and you can rub it on your arms, neck or any other part of the body.

·       Leave the mask on for 10-20 minutes (make sure it doesn’t get dry ).

·       Remove the mask, throw it away, and rub in the leftover essence on your face.

·       If you are doing the mask in the day, wait a few minutes then add moisturizer and/or sunscreen. If you are using the mask at night, you can leave as is or add moisturizer on top to seal the moisture.

How often should you use it: This is really up to you as it is not a part of the daily skin care routine, but whoever uses sheet masks tend to use them minimum twice a week.

Suitable for: All skin types, but mainly those with dry skin as its main target is to hydrate the skin. But hey, in this cold weather, we all need a little moisture in our lives.

My review: I absolutely loved this mask after trying it the first time. I have very dry skin and whenever I feel that my skin is too dry, I apply this mask and I feel like my skin is hydrated and rejuvenated. I love using it before and after I travel because it keeps my skin hydrated throughout the flight and I don’t even need to add extra moisturizer during the journey.

Where to get: They come in packs of ten and can be purchased at Sasa, Bonjour, Watsons, Mannings or any Chinese pharmacy. You will find it cheapest at a Chinese pharmacy for only 58HKD for a pack of ten. Very unlikely that you can find a single mask to try at a store but sometimes they do have it at a higher price per mask. My suggestion, get a packet and share it amongst friends.

Please Note: As we all know, everyone’s skin is different, so what might suit one of us might not suit the other. For example, this mask contains witch hazel, which is a key ingredient in many skin care products known to reduce inflammation and fight bacteria. However, some people find this plant extract too strong for their skin and can break out.

Remember: It’s all about finding what is right for your skin.

Let me know if you guys want to know more about other products that are flying off the shelves that are a must try.

Sanchita
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MAKEUP MONDAY – Pink Glitter Eyeshadow for a Birthday Look!

Hi everyone,

It was my birthday a couple of days ago and last night I thought why not feel a little fancy and go all out and glittery for a Birthday look.

I absolutely love my EUnique Beauty Eyeshadow palette and really think it’s worth the purchase if you’re into creating a full-face glam look.

Taking the light pink shade on the left column, second from the top I patted the wet glitter onto my eyelid and put a little of the darkest pink glitter in the outer crease. I then blended a matte dark brown into the crease of my eyelid to add some shadow and dimension to the eyes. Finally I winged my eyeliner and layered mascara.

TIP: When creating any dramatic eye look, start by applying your eye makeup first before doing your full face, so that any excess glitter and shadow fallout can be easily taken away. When handling glitter, have cotton buds at the ready to dab at any glitter that falls.

For my face, I applied a thick foundation, creamy concealer and powdered my face. Contoured my cheeks using the Tom Ford Sculpt and Contour and then used a Sleek Highlighter for my cheekbones. On the lips, I’m wearing Kylie Candy K lipliner.

Divya 

trendy tuesdays – nyx suede lips

Hey guys,

So everyone is obsessed with the Kylie Lip kits (see my review here) and the Huda Beauty Lip kits, but I like the Nyx suede lips especially the Cherry Skies -Deep Wine Red. I think the formula is just as good as the Kylie and Huda but the Nyx is way more affordable. I highly recommend this because the pigmentation is amazing and there is so much product so you get your moneys worth, buy it here for HKD$56.

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Sasha xx