2015 SKincare Favourites

Although we are now 20 days into 2016, I feel like a post about my skincare favourites of 2015 is slightly late but still appropriate. I do give a pre-warning that I prefer to use asian brands over western brands. Some people are often put off by this fact for numerous of reasons that I fail to understand. I can empathise that the products can be difficult to get ahold of but if you have the patience for international shipping and the motivation to research the products, I can’t see why anyone would avoid them. I mainly choose asians brands, since in my opinion, they’re 5 steps ahead of us when it comes to skincare. They definitely know what ingredients to use to get the most effective results. Of course, you’ll have to bare in mind that although the products may work perfectly for my skin, they may not act the same with your own skin. It’s all down to experimentation and this is key for any products from anywhere. Moving on from my justification of using these products, I should go ahead and start talking about my favourites!

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2015 Make up Favourites

This year has been a great year for me in make up. I’ve really got to switch and change my collection to discover the products that I love. I begun to experiment more this year and try new things that branch away from my usual products and that really helped me to find new products that I simply couldn’t live without! Although, this year, I’ve told myself to stop experimenting with new products but to experiment with the products that I currently have. My makeup obsession can get too much sometimes and having too much makeup is ridiculous for me. Plus, looking from the hygienic perspective, makeup does have an expiry date and it would be nice to get the most of the product before it goes bad. Also, I’ve hit pan on a few products this year and it’s oddly satisfying. With my blog getting underway now, I really want to start making posts that could help people pick up some tricks that I’ve learnt along the way. So, this requires me to look back at my products and how I use them effectively. Especially since I’m a firm believer that you can get the most out of a product no matter how cheap or expensive it is. 

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Benton Honest TT Mist Review

Back in November, I remember browsing through Jolse’s website (probably because of another sale they had) and I saw that they were recuiting reviewers to try out the Benton Honest TT Mist. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but I had nothing to lose so I put my name down. I’ve always had a positive experience with Jolse.com, so I thought it would be a great experience to work alongside them and help promote a new product for them. I then find out that I was chosen. It arrived about 2 weeks after sending them my address.

Upon arrival, I realised that I’ve never owned a mist product before. So I didn’t really understand when I was meant to use it. After some research, I found that mists are great for a burst of hydration to the skin. It’s best to be used as a toner, on cushion puffs or beauty blenders before application and also throughout the day to rehydrate the skin. With my current routine (and the incredibly rainy, British weather), my skin hasn’t been dehydrated. So I decided to just use it as a toner everyday to see how it’ll work out for my skin. 

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Cotswolds

Firstly, I hope everyone who’s reading this had a wonderful Christmas and New year! I hope all your dreams and wishes came true this christmas and I wish you the very best for the upcoming year. Don’t expect me to list you my resolutions or to reflect on the past year. Since, I’ve told myself to start living in the present. Looking back on the past years fill me up with regret sometimes. But I’ve realised recently, there’s nothing we can do about the past. We can only do something now and change what’s happening now. Because, when it comes down to it, I can make resolutions but they can be subjective to the present moment. Yes, I do want to lose weight and get fit and healthy like thousands of others, however, I firstly need to sort out my procrastination problem. I’ve told myself to stop saying “I’ll do it tomorrow”, because what if there isn’t a tomorrow. As sad and daunting that might sound, I want to do things now. I want to stop being so lazy. So, you could consider that as my resolution. Because I don’t know what the future holds, but what I do now will determine what direction the future may take me. I apologise for taking you down this pretty deep road, but I think this year will be the year where I get things done to a good quality.

As much as we can’t change the past, it can be nice to reflect on memories and share them. Especially when they don’t hold regrets. I went away to the Cotswolds for christmas. My boyfriend and I stayed in a small little cottage about 5-10 minutes away from Wotton-under-Edge. It was the most beautiful and tranquil experience that I don’t ever want to forget. The cottage was situated down a small country road, that begun through a little forest until we reached a beautiful valley.

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Makeup Geek Palette

I’ve been in the process of assembling my makeup geek palette for a while. I started off with a few shades to test out if I’d love the formula – I absolutely fell in love with the texture and how easy they are to blend out. They very quickly became one of my favourite eyeshadow formulas. However, the access to Makeup Geek products in the UK is limited, I would buy a few shades here and there from makeupaddiction and depop, but it was pretty hit and miss on what shades I could get. I didn’t really want to buy them overpriced either since they are only ~$6 on their website. I avoided buying them directly from their website since I didn’t want to be fit by a hideous customs fee.

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