Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky Range

If you are looking for a good and affordable hair care range, I’d actually recommend Head & Shoulders, specifically the Smooth & Silky hair care range.

smooth & silky hair care

Famous for their anti-dandruff formula, Head & Shoulder actually does pretty good hair care products that is great for those with oily scalps. I’ve had great experience with some of their haircare products in the past and the Smooth & Silky range is actually my personal favourite.

They leave my hair feeling smooth, untangled, doesn’t leave my hair greasy. Most importantly it is pH balanced and is great for coloured hair too. Highly recommend this.

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Handmade body products by Lush

For decades, Lush has been that “strong smelling” store whenever I walk pass one. The same scent can be overpowering for some and even I have to admit, it is pretty intense.

Lush Handmade Products

Having said that though, Lush has consistently made some amazing body care products over the years and I am a fan of their bath bombs and body conditioner.

intergalactic bath bomb

Recently, I got to trial their Intergalactic Bath Bomb (AUD$8.95) and I love how a little bath bomb could transform my bathtub into a beautiful blend of blue and pink filled with glitters. Not to mention soothing and softening to the skin too.

lush bath bomb

Next on the list was the Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream (AUD$10.50). As I am a huge fan of anything Yuzu this one is right up my alley. The delicious citrus-y scent of Yuzu is refreshing and a great blend for morning showers to wake me up.

Last but not least, never neglect the most hardworking body part – feet! Always scrub and cleanse properly – I use Pumice Power Food Soap (AUD $9.95) and finish up with a luxurious cream like Pink Peppermint Foot Cream (AUD $24.95) + loose socks before bed to really soften and moisturise my feet and heels.

What are some of your favourite Lush products?

 

 

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Winter skin with Kerstin Florian

The beauty about Autumn/Winter season is that it is perfect timing to workshop your skin and your skincare regime. This is also the time to treat your skin as there will be minimal sun damage, at least it holds true in Melbourne anyway.

As always, sunscreen is key in keeping skin healthy and prevents premature ageing. I’ve previously blogged about Kerstin Florian (a Switzerland skincare brand that I adore) and how much I loved their thick and luxurious Correcting Rescue Creme (RRP AUD$149) that hydrates and soothes dehydrated skin. It is great for both day and night and helps to restore moisture balance.

Despite it being rich, it still sits well with my oily and combination skin and doesn’t break me out. Best way to use this is to get a dollop onto your palms, quickly rub your hands together and massage it all over face and decollete area.

kerstin florian

Today though, I’ll like to talk about the Kerstin Florian Correcting At Home Professional Peel (RRP AUD$149). This is a new product that I have not tried before and comes in a jar of 50 pads. If you are not a fan of professional peels in salon and have sensitive skin, you might want to give this home version a go as it is less harsh and still delivers results overtime.

Kerstin Florian At Home Professional Peel

What this peel does is that, it brightens, resurfaces and exfoliates skin all with one swipey pad. It contains professional strength multi-acid and botanical ingredients in it that helps to remove impurities, excess sebum and dry surface skin cell as you wipe through face and neck area. One pad is enough to cover face, neck and even decollete and top of hands for me.

I use this once a week as a weekly skincare maintenance and it leaves skin a slight tingling sensation. After about 2-3 minutes, I usually do a quick water rinse to neutralize the peel and follow with my usual skincare routine. For skincare routine, I highly recommend switching between an exfoliate (scrubby) and a peel once a week to keep skin looking refreshed and glowy.

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Listening to: Fahk Wai by Violette Wautier

Back in 2014, this horror movie from Thailand was released call The Swimmers. Whilst the movie wasn’t as scary as most Thai horror movies are, the OST did stuck in my head.

It’s beautifully sang by Violette Wautier call Fahk Wai. I find this song alluring and is fitting for the movie.

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dior ultra gloss 2016

Recently, Dior released some new colours to their Dior Addict Ultra Gloss collection. As we all know, Dior Addict Ultra Gloss comes with brilliance shine, adds volume to lips and hydrate the lips all at the same time.

Pigment wise, I’ll say these gloss delivers 6 -7 out of 10 and it depends on the shades as well. The darker/brighter you go, the more pigmented it is.


dior ultra gloss shock

Left to right: #765 Ultradior, #465 Shock

dior ultra gloss ultradior

Both glosses have a quite a bit of shine and glitter in them and I personally much prefer #465 Shock as it has more pigment in it and it’s this beautiful rosey red colour that compliments all skin types.

RRP AUD$49 each
Available on Dior counters now 

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Mesoestetic Pure Renewing Mask

Mesoestetic Pure Renewing Mask

Acne prone skin? Seborrhoeic skin? Then this is the perfect mask for you. There are plenty of mask in market that tend to be quite generic in the sense that it could be used by all skin type.

However, for those who suffer from acne prone skin would be the first to know that not all “hydrating” ingredients in a mask is good for their skin type and more often than not it could aggravate the skin condition.

Mesoestietic is a skincare brand from Spain that is designed for oily skin specifically battling with acne.

Recently, I’ve trialled their Pure Renewing Mask that applies dry on skin just within 10 minutes and it helps to exfoliate skin and speed up post acne hyperpigmentation, reduce redness, sebum production. Recommended for weekly use, this low maintenance mask is perfect to help combat, prevent and recover from acne that sometimes are unavoidable.

RRP AUD$78
Available via 
www.advancedcosmeceuticals.com.au

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Listening to: Big Booty by JLo

JLo got it back in the late 90s and early 20s, It’s 2016 and she’s still got it. I’m currently loving Big Booty, for some reason I find this song really good to pump up to and also great for dancing around home by myself, just because.

Also great song to glutes day workout! Enjoy!

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My favourite sports bras

When it comes to sports bras, it has to absolutely comes with padding for me. Nothing worse than rock hard nipples (yes I went there) staring back at you whilst working out.

Padding is mandatory, not an option and the ability of the sports bra after multiple wash to retain its shape is key for me in determining if a sports bra is worth reinvesting.

Considering the fact that I go to the gym 4-5 times a week and I do my laundry once a week, it is key for me to have enough to wear all week and also to rotate styles between wear.

xahara activewear

Image source: Xahara Activewear

I do find myself reaching out to Xahara Activewear (Australian brand) sports bra because they wash and retain in size, colour, padding, fit and their front zip design means no more annoying pulling over the head to put on and remove of sports bra especially after shoulder or arm days. I tend to struggle with those and it’s always a battle to put on and remove.

lorna jane sports bra

Image source: Lorna Jane 

Another local brand that I am sure many of you have heard of is Lorna Jane. Whilst I am not a fan of their “wordy” tank tops and most of their apparel in general; I do LOVE their sports bra. They provide superb fit & support especially for those with smaller boobs and have great selection of colours and styles to choose from and suit everyone’s needs.

I find myself heavily rotating between these two brands and have heard great things about VS Sportswear as well, it’s definitely the next brand I’d like to explore.

Ps: Nike sports bra, stay away from it!

 

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