My new Korean beauty haul arrived last week, and I have been spazzing over it like crazy! I bought around 10 different products, and received quite a few samples as well, so expect plenty of new product reviews in the near future! Seriously though, I may need to chill with all the shopping because I just …
In this post I am going to review the product that I was most looking forward to! The Etude House Baby Choux Base! I’ve been meaning to buy one for ages, but I was waiting to use up my previous primer (an ArtDeco primer that wasn’t that good) because I don’t like spending money on things that I don’t actually need. At least there is some common sense left in my shopping habits! And let me tell you right now, this is going to be a very positive review!
The Baby Choux Base acts as both a primer and a makeup base. As you can see, it comes in three different colours, depending on your skin type.
No. 1 Mint Choux - A green base for people who have redness on their skin that they wish to cover.
No. 2 Berry Choux – For evening out your skin tone; especially for people with pale skin.
No. 3 Peach Choux – For people who have a yellow undertone and wish to brighten their complexion.
Because my skin is very white naturally without any particular redness, I decided to get the No. 2 Berry Choux. I bought it from Cosmetic-Love.com for $15. Cosmetic Love is actually my favourite online store for Korean beauty products because of the fast and free worldwide shipping on any order, and the awesome samples that arrive!
Very cute Etude House packaging!
The product used to be packaged in a glass jar, but they decided to switch to a plastic tube instead. I am very glad that they made this decision because this way I can easily carry the base with me on trips, and I don’t have to worry about dropping it!
The base contains 35 g of product, and let me tell you, this is going to last for a while! It contains SPF 25 and PA++, and the description says that it will even out your skin tone, smooth the surface of your skin, fill up fine wrinkles, and be long-lasting. You apply it like you would any other primer: after cleansing your face and right before you apply any foundation or concealer.
I am very impressed with this product! It takes a very small amount of it to cover your entire face, and it is also quick to absorb to a mat finish.
I applied a thin layer of the product on my face right after I finished cleansing my skin. It has a very smooth texture and is easy to apply. When it dries, it leaves my skin with a bright, even colour, and it actually does noticeably fill out my pores and small wrinkles. You can see from the last picture of my hand what my skin looks like with and with and without the product. The right side of my hand has the Baby Choux and the left one doesn’t. You can clearly see that the tiny little hair pores of my hand are barely visible on the side where I applied the Baby Choux. Can you imagine how smooth my face looks????
I am beyond impressed with this primer! Any makeup I apply over it looks a lot brighter and it stays on all day long! There were no creases at any point during the day and I didn’t even have to touch up! I could seriously go on praising this product forever! Although I did hear quite a few great reviews, I really wasn’t expecting to be so impressed.
- Relatively inexpensive
- Long-lasting on skin
- Very small amounts are needed to cover your entire face
- Unbelievably smooth
- No creasing
- Make your skin baby soft and bright!
- I honestly can’t think of anything. This is how much I love it!
I would definitely like to purchase this primer again once I run out. I’ve also noticed that it protects my skin from the cold very well. Winter has already arrived in my country, and my sensitive skin doesn’t really cope well with the cold. The Baby Choux definitely helps because my skin doesn’t go dry when I am out in the cold all day long. When I remove my makeup my skin feels fresh, smooth, and it certainly doesn’t cause any break outs! I haven’t been this smitten with a product in a while, all hats off to Etude House for this!
Mascara time! What makeup look could you possibly create without a good mascara? None!
I went Black Friday shopping and got a lot of makeup products (which I will be reviewing one by one as I use them), and one of the first purchases was this lovely mascara. Ok, I will be honest and say that the main reason why I bought this mascara is the way it looks rather than what was inside… I mean look at it!
It’s so feminine and elegant and pink. Seriously I couldn’t control myself at all when I saw it. It actually even reminds me a a woman’s curves, which I think adds even more oompf to the product because it’s fabulous!
I got it in the colour Max Black, although to be honest there were no other colours available anyway. Just out of curiosity I went onto the Bourjois UK website to see if they have any more colours and they don’t. The Max Black shade really is the only one for now.
The product is described as providing Killer Volume, with 500 bristles and a special tip for tiny lashes. Bourjois claims that the mascara will last for up to 16 hours even though it is not waterproof, and that it is actually good for your eyes in a way. It is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers (I wear contacts) and it contains natural wax to protect and fortify your lashes.
The bristles of the mascara really are impressive! I didn’t actually count them to see if there were 500 of them (although I did think about it), but they are coated with a very even layer of product every time you pull the brush out of the bottle. I didn’t wipe off any excess product off of the brush, so the above pictures show exactly what it looks like when you take it out.
The volume builds up really quickly on your lashes! One coat is enough for me for daytime. You can add another coat if you are going out and you want to look more glamorous. But seriously, the way that volume builds up is quite impressive in my opinion. One coat makes your lashes look three times as voluminous, while another coat literally makes them look like a bush! But in a good way!
However, this is not the easiest mascara to apply. I usually prefer brushes that are bent because I feel that they are much better at following the natural line of your eye lid when you are applying mascara. I still think that. Although this brush isn’t rigid and you can technically bend it, it is still straight enough to cause difficulties when applying the product. You need to be very careful if you apply your mascara in a zig-zag motion because this brush can easily poke your skin in the process and leave the dreaded black mascara mark on your face. -_- So, make sure that you apply it in relatively slow motions. The mascara does not dry quickly, so you have time to develop the volume of your lashes as you wish.
Bourjois aren’t lying, this thing stays on. I was wearing the mascara for about 10 hours and it didn’t even budge even though it was snowing outside and there was quite a bit of wind as well. When I got home, my lashes looked exactly the same as they did when I first applied it. However, it was a bit of a nightmare to take off. It took me three full attempts with my Garnier waterproof makeup remover to completely get it off. That wasn’t a very pleasant experience, but the mascara really did what it said it would do. Plus, as I mentioned previously, I wear contact lenses every day and I really haven’t had any problems with this mascara at all, so a plus for that! I am definitely going to do some more research into the Bourjois mascara collections and try some other ones as well because I really like the texture and quality of their mascaras, I just need to find the right brush for me.
- Excellent volume
- Great for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
- Good price
- Hard to remove
- Hard to apply
- Not something that you can use when you are in a rush
Ahhhh the stress….
Ok, so this may not be the most optimistic way to start a post, but seriously, I have been quite under the weather recently. I have so much to study, I caught a cold, I have the JLPT exam tomorrow (freaking out), I’m trying to exercise every day and eat healthy, and my job has been quite a lot to handle recently on top of everything else.
But, the only way to deal with this is to keep my chin up and be thankful for all the wonderful things that I do have in life! Life is rarely as bad as you think it is, so I thought that it would be a very positive thing to create a post about the good things that are happening!
Seriously trying to become fit!
Because of my hectic schedule I barely have any time to sit back and relax. This also means that I don’t have time to sign up for a gym membership, or to join a fitness group in the evenings, because my job is in the evenings. Also, both my job and my profession (English Literature) involve a lot of time spent in front of a computer, and a lot of sitting. While I can read a book standing up of course, I cannot type standing. This means that I spend hours every day in still motion, and of course, this anything but healthy.
So I decided to find an at-home program that would help keep me fit. It took me a while, but I finally decided to follow Cassey from Blogilates! I’m sure that most of you have heard of the lovely Cassey before, but if you haven’t:
Blogilates is a wonderful website and YouTube channel where Cassey teaches you Pilates in a fun way! You don’t need any equipment to do her workouts, although it would be nice if you had a mat or a big towel to put on the floor, just for sanitary reasons. Cassey creates monthly workout calendars that you can easily download, and she also creates meal plans to help people eat healthy. And everything is FREE! Blogilates has become an every day part of my life and her program has really helped me get into shape and lose the extra weight that I had on. I love it because I can do the workouts whenever I feel like it in my own home, and trust me, you can see the results really quickly! Look how cute she is! Definitely check her out guys, her website has been a life-changer for me!
Check out this pile of babies!
My current research is based on Mythopoeia, so Tolkien is an absolute must-read (since he coined the term). I’m not complaining! I haven’t really read into Tolkien’s personal life before, but now that I’ve started to read a lot more about him I am amazed by how much he achieved! Whether you like his books or not, you have to admire the time, effort and the brilliant mind that went into creating his fictional worlds. Philip Pullman also has a lot to do with Mythopoeia of course, and then the other books are my personal picks not related to research. “The Mother/Daughter Plot” sounds especially interesting, and I’m probably going to do a review on it when I finish reading it. Oh by the way, did you know that I am one of those people who reads 3-4 books at the same time? No? That will be one of my future posts. I think that I lot of people don’t understand why anyone would want to read more than one book at a time, but it is actually very common, and I will discuss it later.
Finally an air date! After waiting forever, the BBC announced that the first episode of Sherlock Season 3 will air on January 1st, 2014! I was soooo excited when I heard the news! I may have actually overdone it with the fangirling that I literally had to sit down on the floor and paint my nails because I didn’t know what to do with myself! Oh, I can’t wait! To try and calm down a bit, I also went to my local mall to buy a few treats and found, well, a bit of a creepy Christmas decoration display.. o.O I don’t know maybe it’s just me, but those Smurfs, the house and the freaky looking lights just don’t work for me. Oh! And check out my sexy mouse pad! Do you have any idea how hard it is to concentrate on anything when you have Benedict Cumberbatch starring at you?
Oh, and they also had a really cute Harry Potter Lego figure that was awesome!
A lovely friend of mine decided to get me a Kindle for Christmas! I don’t have an e-book reader (unless you count my phone), and my friend was always telling me that I should get one. Now, personally, I prefer ‘real’ books to any e-book out there, but I do have many essays and PDFs that I read all the time. My eyes start to hurt when I read things from the computer screen for a long time, so I guess that this will be a positive change to my daily reading routine. Also, when it comes to research books, some of them are a lot cheaper in the e-format than they are as paperbacks, which means that I will be able to save some money as well! :3 She said that the new Kindle Paperwhite is amazing, so I decided to also get the International Charging Kit and the Fuchsia Leather Cover as well. They will all arrive for Christmas!
Speaking of which, Christmas is another thing that I am seriously excited about, but we’ll keep that for another post! My new Korean makeup haul will be arriving next week (I hope), so expect some new reviews soon! Also, I’m finally going to see Catching Fire on Monday, so I will be writing about that as well.
Are you guys enjoying the holiday spirit? And please let me know how you relieve stress!
OK, summer may be long over, but ice cream is never out of fashion!
I was looking for a new phone case recently, and one of the adorable ones that I found is this ice cream set! And it’s DIY! Even if you don’t want to make it right now, this is such a cute design that you can bookmark for when summer comes. Apparently it’s very easy to make, although I have to admit that I am no expert at sewing, so this would probably take me a lot longer to do than it will for you guys.
It even has space for your keys and your cards! You can check out the lovely design over at Oliver + S!
I browsed around their website for a while and found some other cool things that you guys can mess around with and customize on your own!
Apple Sewing Kit
Reversible bag sewing pattern
Animal coin purses
Here’s a new sample review for everyone! I looove getting samples in my purchases! Seriously, sometime I buy stuff just to be surprised by the samples when the package arrives! lol Ahhh what can I say, I’m easy to please…
Well, in one of last month’s arrivals, I received a sample for SKIN FOOD’s Egg White Pore Foam and I finally got a chance to try it the past couple of days!
~ This is what the original product looks like ~
I checked out the prices for the full product, and it usually goes for around $9, which I don’t think is a lot of money for a 150ml product, so that’s cool!
My sample came in one of the standard sample bags that you see all the time, so nothing special there.
The foam is made with egg white with added alumin, which is said to promote clear, firm skin and to tighten pores. It has also been advertised as a deep pore cleanser, especially targeting unwanted particles in acne prone skin and those who suffer from blackheads and whiteheads. Instructions for use are simple: You apply a small amount of product on damp skin, massage the product all over your face for a while, and then rinse it off.
Now, I have acne prone, sensitive skin, and let me tell you something… this thing burns.
The amount of product in the sample bag was easily enough for two applications, so I decided to divide it into two different days of use so that I could write a more objective review about it than I would have if I had only tried it once. I kid you not, it hurts. My skin really started to sting while I was massaging this product in circular motions on my face, and my skin also started going red. Now, fair enough, I have sensitive skin so the redness isn’t anything new, but I have never before tried a product from Korea that literally hurt me.
I decided to go through the routine as I would with any other cleanser, so I ignored the stinging. I massaged my face with it for about a minute and then rinsed it off. My face was still hurting and it was quite red. It also felt really dry. Clean, but really dry. I immediately followed up with my toner, emulsion and cream to return the moisture to my skin. For the rest of the day, my face was red in some parts and it was still stinging a little bit.
However, when I woke up the next morning, my skin looked great! It was an even light, bright colour, my pores did look a little smaller, and my face felt clean. So I decided to use the second half of the product again. The results were the same. It stung, my face went red, and the redness didn’t disappear until the next day! But, once again, my skin looked great when I woke up.
- skin feels fresh
- pores look a little smaller
- definitely a good cleanser
- not expensive
- definitely not a product that is suitable for sensitive skin
- it burns!
I don’t think that I would actually buy this product. I can tell that it would work great for people who have oily skin that isn’t sensitive, but this is just not something that is suitable for everyone. Even though my skin looked great the next day, I really don’t want to be in any pain when I use a cleanser!
I keep looking for a really good dry shampoo, but I can’t seem to find one! And to save you the trouble of a mysterious post, let me say that this review is not really going to be a positive one.
I always see Syoss products being advertised as ‘professional haircare’. The packaging certainly looks serious and professional, and their shampoos aren’t bad, but I’ve never really gotten the hang of them as being a serious, high-quality brand. In my search for a good dry shampoo, I stumbled over this product that was on sale and figured I’d give it a go. I did see a few previous reviews about it that said it was a great dry shampoo, so I figured what the heck I’ll give it a go.
Well I tried it and, meh…..
The product itself is very easy to use. You brush your hair through, shake the bottle, apply a generous amount of the dry shampoo on your hair, give it a couple of minutes to dry, and then brush your hair. It says that it will leave your hair looking fresh and clean for another whole day. The smell is nice and citrus-y, it is easy to apply and it really does not leave any white marks on your hair. However, it doesn’t do what it claims to do.
I’ve been using it for about two weeks now, and I have to say that I am not at all impressed. It doesn’t actually ‘clean’ the greasy bits of my hair. I mean it does make them more mat and less shiny, but not nearly enough to call it a ‘dry shampoo’. It only helps me if I want to make a bun, because it makes it look fresh. But there is no way that I can ‘wash’ my hair with this and then just brush it through and leave the house like that.
It doesn’t give your hair any additional volume, and if anything, I actually think that it makes it thin and dead-looking in terms of structure. There is also a feeling of it being too silky. If you have very strong, thick hair, then I think you will be more likely to enjoy this silky after-effect. But if you have soft, not so thick hair like mine, you will not like this product, because it literally makes your hair look like it has just dried from being soaked by rain and blown all over the place by a strong gust of wind!
Definitely not a favorite product, and I certainly won’t be purchasing it again! *sigh*
Does anyone know any good dry shampoos? I really want one!
Yey! I have decided to take part in The #2014BloggerChallenge !
I often hear that people lose ideas for new blog posts, or they just want to find a new way to meet more people. So what better way to do that than to take part in a challenge?
To be fair, this is my first ever challenge on this blog. I tried to find a good one for last year, but they were all either too simple, too demanding, or just very uninteresting. However, this challenge is a very fresh idea, and anyone can join! You will receive two topics to write on each month. The posts will then go live in the 1st and 3rd weeks of each month. This gives you plenty of time to write about them, and yet they will not take over your blog. The idea is to encourage you to write about things that you don’t normally write. Anyone can join! It doesn’t matter if you write about books, fashion, food, life, travel, or anything else, this is a great way to meet new people, and also to spread the word about your own blog.
If you are interested, just send an email to the lovely Gaby here: firstname.lastname@example.org. And you can check out the official page for the #2014BloggerChallenge for more info as well! Remember to include your name and your blog’s URL, so that Gaby can add you to the list of bloggers participating! ^_^
It’s time for another skincare review, and this time I have a 2 in 1 purchase!
I have been hearing a lot about the awesome effects of the tea tree when it comes to skincare, and I figured it was time that I purchased a product of my own to try it! At first I was only looking for a serum that is based on tea tree oil, but I found a really good deal on eBay for Nature Republic’s set of Tea Tree Emulsion + Toner so I bought it immediately!
As you can see from the picture, each product contains 160 ml/5.40 fl.oz. of product. It comes in a sturdy, but visually not so impressive plastic bottle container with a tight seal at the top. Getting the product out of the bottle is not so easy in either case. The Toner flows onto a cotton pad a lot quicker of course because it is liquid, but the Emulsion is quite annoying to get out. If you flip the bottle upside down, nothing happens. You either need to squeeze the bottle (which is hard to do because it is rock solid), or you need to shake it to get the Emulsion out. The Toner comes out too quickly, the Emulsion comes out barely. But regardless of these small difficulties, I was still really excited to try it out because of the tea tree!
I started using it immediately, in the morning and before bed. I first applied the toner on a fresh, clean face, gave it a few minutes to absorb, and then applied the emulsion. The toner is very refreshing and gentle for your skin. It does not burn or cause any redness, even if you apply it directly to a troublesome skin area, and it absorbs into the skin very quickly. You cannot really get away with a very small amount to cover your entire face, so you will definitely need to use a little more than a teaspoon of product each time.
The emulsion requires very small amounts to cover your entire face. It has a creamy consistency when you take it out from the bottle, but as soon as you apply it to the skin it becomes watery. It is also very refreshing and does not cause any redness, however, it does not absorb as quickly as the toner. You could definitely leave the emulsion on your face for a good 20 minutes before most of the product is absorbed by your skin.
I have been using both products every day for a little over two weeks now. As you can see from the picture, I have used up nearly half of the toner bottle, and yet very little of the emulsion. The difference in the speed of consumption by these two products that are supposed to be complementary to each other is something that I find annoying. Judging from the time that has passed, the toner can last a little over a month, and yet the emulsion is definitely going to last for at least 6 months.
Since I started using this product my skin has felt very soft and a little plump. The emulsion leaves your skin with a good amount of moisture that lasts for hours even after you apply makeup over it. However, it does not do anything for any red patches that you may have, and it does nothing for small wrinkles or dark circles. This is a far cry from the lovely Tony Moly Serum, which completely changed the colour and texture of my skin, and made it feel and look amazing! But that’s not the only downside. Apart from not much change happening to my skin in general, not much happened for my imperfections either. I don’t have a serious case of acne, but I do get breakouts occasionally, and considering how much people were raving about tea tree oil and any products made from it, nothing significant was happening to me. So I decided to do a little search through the ingredients of the two products, which I should have looked for before even purchasing the product.
Companies order the ingredients of their products in order of the concentration of their weight inside the product. For something that has the words “TEA TREE” in its title, you would expect to get quite a high concentration of tea tree oil inside it. Look how far down the line the actual tea tree oil is! I counted, and the tea tree oil is 23rd on the list! It is in the same spot for both the emulsion and the toner. No wonder nothing miraculous was happening to my skin! Now, I understand that it cannot be the first thing on the list, but I was expecting it to be in the top five ingredients! I actually feel a little cheated by the title to be honest, and was quite upset when I found out.
If you haven’t guessed already, this is definitely not a product that I would buy again. While it really does leave your skin feeling fresh, it does nothing major to improve it, and there are many other products out there that do a much better job for the same price.
In terms of the tea tree oil itself, I do believe that the people who are saying such wonderful things are correct, I just don’t think that this particular product is the right way to use tea tree oil. Instead of buying products that contain it, my advice would be to buy pure tea tree oil and use it in your skincare routine. I know that people sometimes add a couple of drops to their serum, or they directly apply it to their breakouts, and many say that it really does help heal acne and improve skin quality. So save yourself the hassle and the money and buy pure tea tree oil for the benefits of the tea tree, and use other skincare products of your choice to complete your skincare routine.
I love snails, I really do! They are soooo cute! When I was little I used to put them on my hand and watch them slime across it. Of course, at the time, I didn’t realize that I shouldn’t have disturbed them at all, because snails are very sensitive creatures and they get stressed out pretty quickly. I don’t disturb them any more of course, but I do move them from one side of the road to another if I feel that they are in danger of being run over. They are very delicate and elegant creatures, and are not disgusting in any way, nor will they ever harm you.
In fact, they can greatly help you. Their slime has long been considered very beneficial to our skin, and the 90s saw a surge of new cosmetic products based on their slime in Asia. In the rest of the world, however, it has only recently become truly popular.
About the Slime
The slime that a snail produces is used to heel its soft, sensitive foot from cuts when crossing rough surfaces like rocks and twigs. Chilean snail farmers noticed that their hands looked younger than their faces, and that cuts and injuries healed faster on their hands than anywhere else on their body. Their slime is a complex mix of proteins, glycolic acids and elastin, and has been known to reduce inflammation, have regenerative properties, and facilitate restoration of damaged tissue, as well as replenish moisture in the skin. This is why it has long been an effective way to treat acne scars, although not necessarily to reduce acne themselves.
Snails produce their slime almost all the time and throughout their entire life. Snails are not killed in the collection of their slime. When the time comes for slime extraction, the snails are placed inside large containers and their slime is purified through filtration, and then shipped off to cosmetic companies. From everything I’ve read on the topic so far, snails are not harmed in the process. However, bear in mind that whenever there is a beauty craze going on, there is a high chance that companies will attempt to find ways to get the product faster and in larger quantities than nature has intended. So whenever you have any concerns, either email the company directly, or search for companies that take a more natural approach. Nature Republic appears to be animal friendly, although I am yet to find an official statement about the topic.
I didn’t actually purchase this product because I got it as a free gift with one of my other purchases, but you can get it at many Korean beauty stores for around $14 for 5 sheets.
Amount: 20g of serum per sheet and 1000 mg of snail mucus.
You apply it the same way that you would for any other sheet mask. Carefully separate the mask layers and apply it to cover your entire face. If you are rough with your handling of the mask you could easily rip it, because seriously, this thing is loaded with product, making the wet mask very fragile to handle. You keep it on your face for around 15 – 20 minutes, and then remove it.
It took me a while to correctly place this mask on my face without ripping it, but once I did, it did not budge! The great thing about this mask is that, even though it is absolutely loaded with product, it does not drip at all. I kept it on for a full 20 minutes and then removed it without rinsing my face afterwards. While it was on my face, the mask felt very cool and refreshing, and even though I kept it on for a full 20 minutes it didn’t dry out at all! Can you imagine how much product is on it? After removing the mask, it took another hour or so before my skin absorbed all the moisture completely, and even then it was still a little slimy.
The mask is absolutely fantastic! It gave my skin an even, natural tone, reduced redness, and made my skin feel fresh and soft for the rest of the week! I don’t recommend using this mask on a daily basis because it is a bit of a hassle, but it would definitely be great to use it once a week for a full impact of moisture on your skin!
I recently managed to get myself sick with a flu, which lasted just over two weeks. A blocked nose, a fever, puffy eyes and very irritated skin – all combined together to give me that “I’ve just been run over by a herd of raging bulls” feeling and look.
Fabulous. However, the part of my body that visually changed the most and was evidently seeking some attention was my skin. As the largest organ in our body, the skin is usually the first to show any hardships that the body is going through. This can be in the form of rashes, acne, discoloration, dehydration, puffiness, and a few other side effects of a body going through an illness. Now, while it is true that you probably don’t feel like doing anything when you are sick (and you certainly shouldn’t strain yourself), you should never forget to take care of your skin. Since the flu season is coming fast, I thought I’d write a post about skincare when you are sick. You might be surprised to find out that your skin requires a different kind of attention when it is not feeling well.
Seriously, chill. Colds usually hit you when your immune system is low, and once they are causing havoc inside you, take the required time needed to recover. There is no short cut around this, and you should certainly not force yourself to get better in an unrealistic time period. This also means that you should not be taking too much medication (unless previously advised and prescribed by your doctor) in order to speed things up. Your body needs time to recover on its own, but it does so very effectively if you would just let it. I know that most of us lead very busy lives, juggling jobs, families and studies. But if you can, take as much time as possible to lie down and relax.
Your skin regenerates best at night while you are asleep, because your body slows down enough for the skin to concentrate on itself. Different body cells are more active at different times of the day, and your skin cells are no exception to this rule. Skin cell regeneration doubles in speed during the night compared to its speed during the day. The production of collagen is increased, harmful radicals are destroyed and cell damage is rectified. So, while it is not reasonable to ask you to sleep all day long, try to slow your body down as much as possible, and allow it time to focus on your skin and on your recovery. If you are at home and can have a lie down, great! But if you have a lot of errands to run, are working or are a full-time student, then decrease your body’s speed. Walk a bit slower, listen to softer music, do not stress about crowds and bad management, and just keep your activity at the minimum.
2. This is not the time to be pretty
Whatever skincare routine you had prior to getting sick – drop it. When you are sick, the only thing that you should be worried about is keeping your skin moisturized as much as possible, and not touching it! When you are ill, your skin is also ill, which means that it is irritated and does not enjoy being touched. Do not ever use a scrub on your skin when you are ill, because it will cause a lot more damage than good. It will increase irritation, redness, pull at your sensitive pores and easily cause breakouts. Out of all the skincare products that you have inside your home only use the ones that are focused on moisturizing your skin. Keep the eye cream, lip cream, moisturizer, serum and/or emulsion, and put everything else to the side until you recover completely. This isn’t just important for the skin on your face, but for your entire body as well, including your scalp.
If you can, try to avoid using any makeup while you are sick. This is by far the best option, and one that will allow your skin to breathe and not be stressed. However, while some people are perfectly fine with not wearing any makeup regardless of their skin condition, I know that others (myself included) find it a lot harder to face the outside world if they are sick and have breakouts at the same time. If you really do not feel comfortable with zero makeup, at least reduce the amount as much as possible. If breakouts are the reason for self esteem, then only cover them in a light layer of foundation, and then maybe bring out your beauty with rosy lips and a little mascara. Cakeing on makeup will not make you look better, because skin that is ill and sensitive does not hold makeup on nearly as well as when it is healthy and rested.
3. Eat fresh
While you should always try to eat healthy, this is especially true when you are feeling your worst. Avoid inflammatory foods as much as possible. Food like ice cream, soda, candy, chocolate and the like, has zero nutrition for you or your skin. It takes a lot of energy for your body to process it without receiving any benefits from its ingredients. Instead, focus on healthy fruits and vegetables and home made meals that are not hard on your stomach and are full of nutrients. Light soups, steamed vegetables, fruit salads and nuts will give you the energy you need without causing your skin to break out from them.
4. Drink up
Stay away from alcohol, milkshakes and any other sugary drinks. Instead, focus you attention on drinking plenty of water, green tea, camomile tea and lemonade. Keep fresh, healthy fluids running through your body at all times, because this will help your body remove toxins. If you can, add fresh ginger to your drinks and food. Ginger has many therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.
5. Keep your head up
A smile will get you through any difficulty a lot easier than a frown. Try to entertain yourself with fun things and stay close to the people you love (although not too close to give them the flu!). Your skin reacts to your own level of energy, so stay cheerful and don’t stress. You will soon be back to your normal and fabulous self!
I looooove samples! I get so excited when I get them with my purchases! Although there are things like lip balms, mascaras, and nail polishes that I almost always buy straight away without sampling them first, for other products like foundation, serums and facial washes (to name a few) I prefer to try out a sample first.
But the thing is, I recently realized that I waste much of the product inside a sample. They usually come in little bags, so when you open it to try, say, a foundation, it can get very messy! You don’t really have a sense of how much product is inside the little bag, it starts to drip everywhere and mess up the bag, and so you end up wasting most of it even though it could have lasted you for another application! So, I decided to figure out a way to use samples properly. And I did! My contact lenses case!
You don’t need to use a case for contact lenses of course if you don’t have one. Just look for a small container that can be closed, to prevent air from reaching the product. Then, you basically empty the entire contents of the sample bag inside the little case, and voila!
This is such a great way to save up on the product because you squeeze out every little bit of it! Not only that, but you can visually see how much is in there and how many times you will be able to use it. For example, I can visually see that this Bourjois sample will give me two even applications. The product is also a lot easier to reach with your fingers and brush than having to maneuver the little sample bag while you are putting your makeup on.
Of course, this method can be used for all types of liquid samples (foundations, facial washes, serums, masks, etc.). So don’t waste the product, make the most of it!
Hooook, so here’s what happened:
About a week ago I was just browsing the Internet, minding my own business, and then BAM, this picture popped up out of nowhere
“Who is this glorious creature?” I thought. And then I realized it was JYJ’s Jaejoong! Honestly, I did not recognize him at all! Can I just say that this blond hair makes him look like a naughty love deity? Can we appreciate his beauty for a little while? Let’s….
Ok good. *wipes off sweat* Moving on.
On the 29th of October, Jaejoong released his first full solo album to the great expectations of many fans, and it is perfect! I always knew he was a good singer, but I think that this album especially has allowed him to really show his own skills and branch out a little more. The album is very versatile in its genres, because it includes rock, new metal, free folk, ballads, emocore, post grunge, and probably other genres which I did not recognize yet. In my opinion, every song is a different little world on its own, and I think that he has managed to accurately portray the emotions he felt for each one.
My favorite songs from the album are Just Another Girl and Paradise, although I can listen to the entire album on repeat over and over again and not get bored!
What is really felt in this album is Jaejoong’s freedom to break out. Songs like Just Another Girl, Rotten Love and 9+1# have very evidently been built on a raw energy that has been building up for a while. It must be such an exhilarating feeling for an artist when they can set their voice free as Jaejoong has been able to do. Seriously, some of the high notes on these songs have given me goosebumps. On the other hand, you have a few very emotional songs on the album like Paradise and 햇살 좋은 날, which give him a whole new dimension as an artist. This is especially true for the song Paradise. Honestly, I doubt anyone would be able to breath correctly after listening to that song, regardless of whether you understand Korean or not. Paradise is a very sensual and erotic song, but one which also has an element of fragility and fear in it.
If this album has given Jaejoong the wings of freedom, I hope they take him to a bright future. He has all the potential and talent to introduce the world to K-Rock, which is often left in the shadows of the other popular genres in Korea.
작사/김재중 작곡/정재엽 편곡/정재엽
2.Don’t Walk Away (Feat.용준형 Of Beast)
작사/김재중 작곡/TEXU 편곡/TEXU
3.Just Another Girl MV Eng Sub + Romanization
작사/김재중,D.Brown,성현 백무현 작곡/D.Brown,
성현 백무현 편곡/D.Brown,성현 백무현
4.Butterfly Eng Lyrics + Romanization
작사/김재중 작곡/회장님,2JAJA 편곡/회장님
5. Rotten Love
작사/김재중 작곡/김재중,권빈기 편곡/권빈기
6.햇살 좋은 날 (Feat, 이상곤 Of 노을)
작사/성현 백무현 작곡/성현 백무현 편곡/성현 백무현
7.Let The Rhythm Flow
작사/김재중 작곡/TEXU 편곡/TEXU
작사/김재중 작곡/김재중 편곡/김재중
9.Now Is Good
작사/윤도현 작곡/윤도현 편곡/추승엽
작사/김재중 작곡/김재중 편곡/권빈기,장인석
작사/김태완 작곡/김태완,251,High J 편곡/김태완,251,High J
작사/김재중,TAKURO 작곡/TAKURO 편곡/TAKURO
작사/김재중 작곡/김재중,박 일 편곡/박 일