Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Eye Serum

I’ve been in the market looking for eye products for a while now. To me, eye products are one of those skincare products that are hardest to nail. Some can be too rich, too stinging (believe it or not!), not moisturising enough, too fragrant, etc.

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So recently when Jurlique’s Hydrating Antioxidant Eye Treatment with Naturevive PB 18+ landed on my desk a couple of weeks ago, I was keen to give it a good whirl to see if it is worth its coins.

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Designed to fight visible signs of dehydration, fatigue and fine lines, this eye cream is almost meant for me as my key concern around my eye areas are exactly fine lines resulted from dehydration and the late nights spent lying in bed browsing my phone well into the night.

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After using this eye cream, both day and night (one pump each use) for a good 3 weeks now; here are my thoughts re the Jurlique Hydrating Antioxidant Eye Treatment:

  • This eye cream feels more like a liquidy eye serum as it feels lightweight to apply and absorbs almost instantly under my eyes
  • It helps to prep my eyes for make up and concealer to last all day without showing signs of dryness and my concealer never crease either
  • Feels refreshing and smooths out my under eye area immediately upon application
  • Star ingredients: Naturevive PB18+ complex is a combination of potent antioxidant and essential fatty acid to help shield, protect, boost and correct under eye concerns
  • I didn’t see a huge different with my dark circles but the most noticeable results from this eye cream is the smoothness and hydration it delivers to my under eye area all day long
  • It doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes and despite its slight floral scent, my eyes were fine using this.

Overall, I would recommend this is you are looking for an all-rounder eye treatment product addressing basic under eye concern. Definitely one good to pick up and start using in your 20s to develop a good eye care routine.

RRP AUD$58
Available in Jurlique counters now

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My Journey with Invisalign Part 1

Imagine me as a thirteen year old kid, sitting on the dentist chair experiencing a traumatising episode where the dentist had just taken a physical mould of my teeth and was told that I needed braces for 2 years along with a jaw surgery to fix my protruding jawline.

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My crooked teeth before Invisalign, one for the record. 

I clearly remembered sitting there staring at my mom mirroring each other’s horrified look. She (the dentist not my mom) was everything the horror movie would depict a child’s worst nightmare – the scary dentist. Instead of cooing and discussing nicely with her patient, we were “told” to do stuff in a strict and stern voice. At one point, she was even half arguing with my mom when she was questioned if jaw surgery is a little extreme for a thirteen year old.

Two years is after all an eternity for any teenager, needless to say I never went ahead with the plan and never went back to visit that particular dentist as it was too traumatising for me.

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Excited with my first batch of aligners 

Fast forward to 16 years later, here I am with my Invisalign aligners snapped intact in my mouth. No scary dentist drama, no metal braces in my mouth, no social awkwardness and most of all no excruciating pain.

If there is one thing I wasn’t aware of before, it is crystal clear to me now that most of the people (4 out of 5) I have spoken to had braces done when they were younger. In fact, when I shared my Invisalign journey with them, most people are either aware of what Invisalign is, has a friend who is doing it or know of someone who is interested in doing it. I had no idea braces and the importance of straight teeth were that big of a deal here in Australia.

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My first aligner 

For those who are unaware, Invisalign is the virtually invisible alternative to braces that uses a series of custom made to order aligners to shift and straighten teeth. There are attachments (tooth-coloured notches glued onto the surface the tooth) to connect the aligners so that they stay in place for the entire course of the treatment. These attachments vary with each individual and they also help to snap the aligners in place.

Unfortunately for me I needed a fair few attachments. I think a total of 16 of them had been glued on with almost one on every visible tooth on my top row. Some even had two attachments per teeth making them quite noticeable once I have my aligners in.

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Aligners and elastic bands in place

Invisalign also helps to address bites; hence I have these elastic bands to hook onto my aligners. This is not mandatory for all as it is case by case basis. Mine was to correct my under bite and to my surprise neither the aligners nor the elastic bands has annoy me or cause any pain so far.

To be entirely honest, the first week was the toughest as it is with everything new and foreign but if you can survive the first few days, I promise it gets easier and here is why:

1) PAIN

One of the most frequently asked question I often get when people find out that I am with Invisalign now is – “Does it hurt?”  Or “Is it painful?” Truth to be told, I would not classify soreness and tightness as pain.

At most, it is sore and yes it is a little tender/uncomfortable to chew/bite but I’ll cover that a little more in my next point. The first day or two of each aligner does cause soreness and a little tight to put on and remove the aligners but it was completely bearable for me.

2) FOOD

Everyone knows that I love food. With the aligners on, the strict rule is nothing but water (I did however survived on lukewarm green tea with no issues). Lucky for me I don’t crave for soft drinks, juice, coffee or snacks throughout the day, hence Invisalign fits into my daily routine pretty well, three main meals for the day and dining out isn’t an issue for me either. All I had to do was to head to the toilet, pop out my aligners, do a quick rinse and store them in the tray. All done in less than 20 seconds max.

A good rule of thumb in general is to avoid food that are too acidic or food that tend to stick to teeth. Reason why it is important to avoid food when aligners are in is because food and drinks will stain aligners and causes dental issues (eek cavities!) if the food/drink consumed are overtly acidic.

As mentioned in point #1, I did feel that my teeth are more sensitive the first two days of having a new aligners in. Biting and chewing especially on my teeth that are more crooked was quite sore and uncomfortable. The trick to minimize pain is to opt for softer food to avoid chewing as much as possible and also pop the aligners out and wait for 5 minutes before food as they will be less sore then when they are freshly out of the aligners.

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Get use to this 3 times a days or more depending how often you eat 

3) DISCIPLINE

This is perhaps the biggest change to anyone’s daily dental routine. I have a total of 29 aligners to go through and each aligner must be worn for 14 days. In order for Invisalign to work to its full potential, it is required a minimum of 22 hours of wear per day.

I often find myself rushing through meals so I can brush + floss and have the aligners back in and this process is repeated processes each time I eat. There are no short cuts and it has definitely brought my whole dental hygiene to the next level.

4) BAD BREATHE

I started a diligent routine to banish the inevitable Invisalign breathe. I made it to a point to always brush my aligners once they are out of my mouth and soak them in water (or Retainer Brite once a week) whilst I eat. I drink heaps of water throughout the day and my oral hygiene goes something like this:

Wipe off all excess lip products > remove aligners > brush aligners with a toothbrush and water > soak aligners in water > eat > floss > brush my teeth, tongue, lips, roof of mouth with electric toothbrush > picksters (at night) > tongue scraper > mouth wash > pop aligners back in > reapply lipstick.

Whilst the process sounds intense but its couple of minutes tops each time as I’ve gotten so used to it now. I also carry a small little dental kit with me whenever I head out to ensure I have all the “tools” needed should I choose to eat.

5) LIP CARE

Due to more saliva production, I found myself drinking less water which resulted in dry lips. So the key here is to drink heaps of water, apply lip balm frequently and when applying lipstick/gloss, once applied, I suck on my index finger to remove any lip products that are too near to the teeth area.

This way one can avoid the annoying lipstick on teeth situation which happened a lot to me for the first couple of times wearing lipstick since having the aligners in. Nothing worse than lipstick stuck on aligners, I also found myself paranoid by constantly checking my teeth in the mirror too.

6) ROADBLOCKS

You know what they say about there is always light at the end of the tunnel; it is the same with Invisalign. There were times when I felt overwhelmed with the whole experience and had mixed feelings if a certain issue I was facing was going to be there for the whole year but I am happy and glad that by day 10, most of the issues I’ve faced with on the first couple of days seems so insignificant now:

  • I had heaps of saliva pooled in the aligners and was spitting everywhere as I speak; I got used to this and learnt quickly to swallow before I start speaking.
  • I developed lisp on the first couple of days due to having foreign object in my mouth whilst I attempt to speak like normal. I quickly got over it by day 7/8.
  • I caught myself clenching my teeth/jaw subconsciously for the very first 2-3 days of treatment even in my sleep. It got to the point I had to remind myself to release the tension but that stopped by day 4 and has never returned since.
  • I also found myself running my tongue along the sides of the aligner and it got to the point where the tip of my tongue was sore. Again, this was done subconsciously and thank goodness the case of my curious tongue only lasted for a day or two.
  • As it is quite a bit of a routine and new experience for me, I had actually forgotten and left my aligner case at the shower room at work (where I brush my teeth after lunch every day). Thank goodness it was still there the next day. Ever since, I always do a visual check each time I leave any toilet.
  • I had trouble hooking the rubber bands on the aligners by myself but thankfully after multiple attempts, I managed to get them in 100% of the time now. The easiest way is to hook the rubber bands at the upper aligner and snap on the aligners carefully and viola, done! Just pull and hook the bands into the bottom aligner.

7) CHIPPED NAILS

This is inevitable in my opinion. I use my nails to pick at the aligners to remove them and since I started brushing my teeth more and getting my paws wet more regularly, I find that my nails get chipped way too quickly especially on both my thumb and index fingers.

Still finding a cure for this and I’ve heard there’s a tool that might be able to assist this. Shall do some research.

Invisalign Review

 With my aligners in and I’m love it 

Now that I am more than a month into Invisalign and have gotten used to the routine of things, I have to say Invisalign is really the clearer choice for straighter teeth because it is easy to incorporate into my daily life, is flexible enough for me to remove and enjoy my meal and most importantly it doesn’t rub or cause any ulcers as I am very prone to.

Stay tuned for my second post with more updates and pictures on my Invisalign journey as I have also started to incorporate Acceledent* to my progress.

 

*AcceleDent is a FDA-cleared, Class II medical device designed for faster orthodontic treatment. Through the use of gentle micropulses, called SoftPulse Technology®, bone remodeling is accelerated, allowing teeth to move up to 50% faster.

Disclaimer: I was kindly gifted this Invisalign® treatment for review but this did not, in any way, influence my opinion on the product, results or experience. AcceleDent was purchased from my own funds. 

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Lazy Girl’s Guide to Fitness

There was a time where I could binge eat, snack and drink and it wouldn’t effect my skin or body as I had good metabolism. Notice, the key word is HAD. Unfortunately for me, all that went downhill when I turned 25, ahem a few years ago.

I hate nothing more than dieting and exercising as both are very foreign concept for me and I have never dabbed into either of them throughout my life. Reason behind this is because I am too lazy to exercise and I love food too much, I even have a hashtag (#valfooddiary) for it on instagram.

So beginning of 2014, the combination of a bad shoulder and ridiculous weight gain; forced me to do something about it. Since I hated anything outdoor, involves me sweating or having too troublesome to get to, I started swimming (indoors) until I was really ill and in case you haven’t noticed it’s WINTER in Melbourne. Jumping into a pool when it’s 8 degrees outside is not exactly my cup of tea. Not to mention, swimming does dry out my paws, nails and hair as well.

Coincidently, I was half forced to participate in badminton (indoors) recently and found out I quite liked it. It definitely reminded me of my childhood badminton sessions with my brother and friends where we even played badminton on the road!

Whilst I am not amazing at it, I did enjoy hitting the shuttlecock again. Anyway, the point is if you are lazy to work out, finding something to do socially is a great way to keep you at it as well as keeping fit.

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I have also recently discovered – XHIT. A Youtube channel that you can do it in front of your TV at home (yay to not having to step out of home!) with abundance of videos being uploaded constantly.

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This channel is god sent because it is easy enough to achieve even for beginners like myself and have not exercised in decades with 0% strength. There are easy to follow, really short (5 – 10 minutes on average) and are targeted to areas you want to work on.

So say, if I did abs today, I can turn to legs tomorrow and then upper body the next day so it’s constantly working on something new or just targeting areas of the body that needs a bit more work. Once the exercise gets a little easier, you can easily do combo videos by choosing a few workouts and combine them in a playlist and go from there.

Apart from targeted work outs, there are also cardio you can do which is great! Best of all you don’t need any crazy tools as most videos uses minimal or no exercise equipments at all. Great huh?

All in all, if you are lazy like myself, exercise doesn’t need to be outdoors or involve around a gym or personal trainer. All you need is a TV and internet connection to do it at the comfort of your own home, anytime you wish, dressed in anywhere you like! Score!

Good luck! x

 

BONUS TIPS:

#1 While you are at it, it doesn’t hurt to use body product targeted to tighten and firming up skin to maximize the benefit. Clarins, Mesoestetic are a few brands to keep in mind for these purposes.

#2 Once you have mastered a few simple work out technique via XHIT, try doing it anywhere and everywhere. Squat whilst brushing your teeth, walk up stairs instead of taking lifts/elevators, clench your butt, etc. It is all the little things that counts and will help in a long run.

 

 

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Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Skin Care Range

Since my discovery the joys of glycolic acid products and what it can do to my skin, I have kind of neglected brightening skin care for a couple of months now except for this one Vitamin C product.

So recently when Kiehl’s provided me two hero products from their Clearly Corrective skin care collection, I immediately knew I should give the much neglected genre a go.

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The Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective skincare mostly consist of a few key ingredients:

  • Activated C – Penetrates into skin to attack deep-set dark spots and to prevent new discoloration. Also works to unify, tone and clarify skin
  • White Birch Extract – A sugar derived ingredient that restore hydration and nutrients to skin. Works to increase skin elasticity levels and collagen production resulting in restored skin density, volume and thickness.
  • Peony Extract – Works hand in hand with Activated C to reverse discoloration on skin
  • Vitamin E  - A lipid soluble ingredient that is best known for its repairing, moisturising and antioxidant properties

As you can see the Clearly Corrective skincare collection works to deliver a visibly brighter, more even and luminous skin finish and it is designed for those who are combatting skin discoloration whilst wanting hydration in their skin care as well.

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Personally I like them both as I use the Dark Spot Solution serum then the White Hydrating Moisture emulsion to double up the ante to ensure I get a 360 degree skincare protection. If I were to pick one I’d say the serum is my favourite out of the two as it is more concentrated and of course it leaves my skin with this luminous glow that is quite rare to achieve for my skin type.

Since I’ve started using this combo couple of weeks ago, I haven’t experience any break outs or dehydration issues, which is great. As I have recently recovered from an episode of hormonal acne breakout, I am relying on these two products to help lighten the discoloration from the breakouts. Suffice to say, they are fading away nicely and I could even go out bared face because my skin is really loving this combo at the moment. I did find that this is better at discolouration rather than redness though as it didn’t do much to the redness on my skin.

If you are in the market looking for brightening or whitening skin care that are gentle yet effective, I’d recommend to trial the serum and emulsion from the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective range.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Hydrating Moisture Emulsion RRP AUD$56
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution RRP AUD$67

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Matrix Biolage Volume Bloom

Matrix Biolage is a hair care brand that I haven’t personally experienced much in the past. Few years back, I do however recall one of my then colleagues telling me that Matrix Biolage was the only hair care brand that could tame and smooth her wild and unruly ringlets. Developed in the early 90s, this hair care brand combines natural botanical properties with modern technology.

Fast forward few years later, this is technically my first Matrix Biolage experience and today I shall be reviewing the Volume Bloom collection.

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Designed for fine hair that lacks volume, the Volume Bloom collection is inspired by the nature’s expanding cotton flower to help plump fine hair with long-lasting bouncy volume. So I got to trial the shampoo and conditioner combo (paraben free), what is my verdict you ask?

Overall, the shampoo is gentle to the hair without leaving my oily scalp too drying and the conditioner does its job as a conditioner. My hair did feel quite smooth and well hydrated especially towards the ends after using the shampoo and conditioner combo. However, I didn’t feel any exceptional volume around my crown area which is the usual area where my long hair often gets weighted down. All in all, I like that the shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair super smooth (goodbye unruly dry ends) and healthy looking but don’t expect crazy volume finish from just the shampoo and conditioner.

 

RRP AUD$29 each
This collection is now available on counters now 

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loccitane-review

Recently, L’Occitane launched their Fragrance Beautifying Cream (RRP AUD$60), a body cream designed to leave skin silky soft and well moisturised.

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What really captured my attention and subsequently turned me into this obsessive monster over the cream were its universal floral notes that are design to complement all the L’Occitane fragraces in La Collection de Grasse. The Fragrance Beautifying Cream provides this perfect base that helps to intensify the perfumes in harmony.

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Personally, I love the cream on its own and apply all over body as it absorbs and leave a satiny smooth finish whilst keeping my skin well hydrated. I cannot get enough of the scent on its own and is actually dreading the day when I finishes the jar of body cream (which I am already half way through it).

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Accompanying the Fragrance Beautifying Cream, there is also a new Neroli & Orchidee perfume (RRP AUD$82) in the La Collection de Grasse fragrance family.

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This perfume combines the beautiful neroli essence from Tunisia and white orchid absolute from Madagascar. With notes like orange, mandarin, neroli, peach, fig milk, orchid and musk iris, this perfume stands out as zesty, floral mix with neroli’s distinctive sandy note.

Out of the two, it is a no brainer that the Fragrance Beautifying Cream is my pick out of the two and will definitely be bulk repurchasing once this finishes.

All products are now available on counters.

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Another Rant on Hair Salon Pet Peeves

When it comes to beauty treatments, I’ve beginning to notice that there is a distinctive difference between a treatment provided by a westerner and an Asian. I am saying this in the most non discriminative way, taking the discrimination out of the context.

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Pic source: Google Image Dramahair.com

I believe when it comes down to service providers, it comes down to the training, the discipline and the notion of how someone should be treated are different amongst the two different culture.

Say for example, at a hairdresser there is a fine line between promoting their products and pushing products. After years going to various hairdressers and hair salon, one of the biggest difference is that 9 out of 10 times when I go to a non-Asian hair salon, I am guaranteed to be bombarded with “how amazing this mask is”, “how amazing that hair treatment is”, “how much I needed the hair serum” by the hairdresser, worst even when I am invited over as a “guest” to supposedly trial their treatment.

Paying or non paying, this never happens to me when I visit an Asian hair salon.

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Pic source: Google Image Salon124.com

In fact, maybe 1 in 10 visits would someone comment on a product to me in a nicest possible way without pestering me to purchase it.

Perhaps this is a way I am used to being treated, when it comes to the Westernize way of shoving something down my throat makes me feel uncomfortable?

It is sad to see, the smallest of gesture are often neglected in today’s service industry. What ever happened to offering a drink when someone is waiting, greeting the customer when you are running behind or at least smile to customers like you care about their hair?

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So Alexa Chung has been dabbing her fingers into cosmetics. Last time I checked, everything she wore were copied and worshipped by girls around the globe. Needless to say, her collaboration with Eyeko has raised quite a few brows in the beauty industry. Say hello to her award winning Eye Do liquid eye liner and mascara.

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Packaging wise, they are cute and fun. You can tell straight away they are the type of “cool” people who don’t take themselves too seriously. The liquid eye liner is pretty stock standard comes in a felt tip brush packaging and the mascara is a little bit more unique. It comes in a squeeze tube-like packaging with a guitar looking pick to help shield eyes from getting mascara boo boo near your eyes. What a genius idea!

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The liquid eye liner is waterproof (comes off with oil cleanser) and is carbon black. It claims to contain tripeptide to help promote lash growth with regular use (if it really does what it says, win!). I haven’t been using this long and consistent enough to reap this benefit though. As for the liner, it sits perfectly over the lids with or without eye shadow underneath.

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As I am one of those “lucky” people who are blessed with the oiliest of lids possible, Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner did stayed pretty long on my lids with a slight smudge on my lids around the 5-6 hour mark.
Eye Do Mascara on the other hand, stayed on my lashes all day with no signed of smudging or flakiness.

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The formula is also carbon black and is water resistant; again this comes off easily with my usual cleansing oil removal routine. It is no surprise the mascara also contains botanical infused formula to help grow longer, thicker and stronger lashes.

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The applicator is quite big yet is easy to coat each lashes with mascara, it just gets a little trickier nearer to the corner of the eyes without smudging mascara near the eye area. The easiest way to combat this is to use the shield (guitar pick like) that comes with the mascara when applying this mascara.
Overall, I quite like the eyeliner and mascara combo. If I were to pick one out of the two, I’d go for the mascara as I’ve experienced better and longer lasting eye liner compare to this. Having said that though, if you don’t have overtly oily lids like mine, this would be a dream eye liner for you as it is easy to manipulate, hold and to draw fine to thick liquid liners even for beginners.

Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner RRP AUD$27.95
Eye Do Mascara RRP AUD$37.95

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