27 July 2014

What I've been up to!

Hello there! Do you remember me?
Its been a long... long time since I my last post. Honestly, I'm running out of blogging juice. I genuinely lost all creativity for blogging, which is why this post will be about what I've been up to, rather than a beauty product review. If you have any suggestions, ideas or requests, feel free to leave a comment or email me!

So two weeks ago I started a hospitality course. It was quite scary at first (as I don't mingle with new people very well) but luckily I was doing it with another friend of mine. I learnt a lot and totally give props ('take my hat off' as some may say) to those that work in the hospitality field and alike. Do not underestimate a career that you haven't done personally. A few days ago I had placement in a bar and although my only job was to put drinking glasses into the dishwasher and polish glasses, it was genuinely tiring. 

I learnt how to make espressos using a legit coffee machine and other coffee drinks, trying out coffee art for the first time, and my first true insight to cocktails. I'm not a big alcohol drinker mainly because I get affected by alcohol quite quickly (super low alcohol tolerance... which sucks) but learning about alcohol was interesting and very new to me. 

The last drink was an original (?) made by me and my friend, and called it 'strawberries and cream'. It's a good drink for those who are just starting to have alcohol.

Strawberries and Cream
- 15ml simple syrup (50:50 water and sugar)
- 30ml vodka
- 3 strawberries
- 2 teaspoons of cream
- ice
Blend it all together and its done!
- strawberry
- white chocolate powder rimming the glass

If you live in Melbourne and want to know more about the course visit koopstes.com.au. It's a government funded course so it's free to do.

26 June 2014

Life Update (near death experience?)

Hi guys!

Life update:
Ah, when study takes the lead of your life... Three weeks went by, studying for exams. I've literally been studying non-stop (except for a few days, which I will tell you guys in a moment) at home enclosed in my room. And so I'm officially on break for the next month or so. FREEDOM! I'm starting a hospitality course in a week or so (which will hopefully increase my chances of getting a real job when I get my university degree) and I'm super excited to do it! I will update you guys on how that goes. I mean making proper cafe style coffee and alcoholic drinks, how can that not sound fun?

Now back to the real story as to why I'm writing a life update. Something pretty major (yet not really major) happened a few days ago. It all happened Saturday morning at 8am, was sleeping, as people do, when I was woken by a loud sound of cracking. When I opened my eyes everything in my sight was falling. Literally. I was facing the ceiling when it fell. Completely. In a matter of seconds my room was full of plaster, insulation and years (approximately 18+ years) of dust build up. I was covered in all of it and still covered in my blankets. My face was saved from being smashed from my bed frame (which I've always hated, but now fully appreciate). Being so shocked I was screaming for help. Mum was in the kitchen and dad was getting ready for work. My mum was the first to see what happened to the room and so shocked from what had happened was crying for my dad to save me from the rubble. I got out safely with the help of my dad, fortunately no injuries at all. Not even a scratch. Was a little shaken from the event, but other than that, was completely ok. 

Spent that whole day dealing with the mess; calling SES (state emergency services) to help clean the room, calling the insurance company and waiting for the builder and electrician to come, 1. to make sure that the room will be safe and from causing further damage to the house, and 2. the lights in the house was cut off and needed to be fixed before sunset.

The few days after that was literally spending hours at a time removing the dust from my personal belongings and cleaning the house from all the dust that was spreading.

The cause of this accident: absolutely no idea. 
There was no strong winds, and the roof was completely in tact and no exposed tiles, there was no rain in weeks, and the construction of the roof was done properly. So technically, this was never suppose to happen. All we can do was clean up the mess and hope that insurance can cover the rebuilding of the ceiling.

The main point of all of this:
To be thankful for at least a roof over my head, being safe and sound without any injuries and to be thankful for family. 

2 June 2014

Worth the hype? Revlon Colorstay Foundation

Hi guys!

So from the heading, this post is going to be about the Revlon Colorstay foundation. I have to say, that I tried this quite a while back (it was my first every foundation that I've purchased) and I feel like it has changed quite a bit overall. So lets get into it!

Normal to dry skin
150 Buff

First thing I notice. IT HAS A PUMP! Finally after years of many people complaining about the foundation not having a pump, it's finally got it! Yes! When I first applied this to my face, the first thought was 'it's so thin'. The foundation I remember was extremely thick and I remember it having a smell to it (though I don't remember what the smell itself was). I'd say that it's a good medium coverage, while I remember it to be pretty full coverage. I definitely prefer this formula more because you have time to work this into your skin. I would say that it's a natural to slightly matte finish, though I powder all my foundations to prolong the wear. This claims to last 24 hours. The maximum I've worn this is 12-14 hours and it does pretty good. Overall it does stay on the face (doesn't fade) though it does start to show my dry patches after about 8 hours. The colour match is pretty much perfect for me, and I don't notice any oxidation (darkness in colour) throughout the day.

I absolutely love this stuff! This has replaced my holy grail foundation which use to be the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. I use this pretty much every time I wear make up. Definitely worth the hype. Have you tried this before?

29 May 2014

Review: Klara Cosmetics Kiss Proof Lips

Hi guys!

So a while back I was contacted by a company and they asked me if I wanted to try a new product. Of course I said yes, as I am absolutely obsessed with lip products.

It's pretty much a liquid/cream lipstick and applied using a doe foot applicator. It dries to a matte finish. I didn't know what to expect from this product, but what I did find out, blew my mind!

If you can't tell from the last picture this product will last on the lips FOREVER! It just barely smudged with super intense rubbing to the point my hand hurt. The product creates a film over the lips and leaves an extremely matte finish. If you don't like the feeling of a heavy or extremely drying lip product, then this product may not be for you, but in my case, I want a product that will last for as long as possible. Though one down side to this product is that if I have anything moisturising on the lips, it will make the product clump up, so I make sure I have a mirror with me and only apply a tiny bit of lip balm in a dabbing motion (instead of swiping) on top to prevent over-drying of my lips. 

I absolutely love this product as its great for outings when I don't want to worry about how my lips look and instead enjoy my time with those around me. If you want a fuss free lip product that will last all day, then this product is for you to try!

23 May 2014

Product empties #8

Hi guys!

I'm trying to use up all of my products, well mainly to have the opportunity to try new products without abandoning my already open/currently using products. So here are my empties for the past month or so.

Etude House Heating Deep Clean Gel
 I bought this quite a while back (maybe I should have thrown this away earlier because it's past its recommended time of use...). Regardless this was a great buy! It removes most of the blackheads and whiteheads on the nose. It does give off a bit of heat when you first apply it, but after about 5 seconds the heating effect goes away. I use this on my brother as well (and he has absolutely the craziest amount of crap on his nose) and while I do this on him, you can literally see all of the crap coming out of the pores. So gross, yet so satisfying! Great product and will definitely repurchase if I ever go back to South Korea.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra
 This is pretty much a moisturiser which is for ultra sensitive skin, as it is free of preservatives, parabens, fragrance, alcohol, colours and lanolin. I bought this during a period where my skin was just crazy to the point where just washing my face with a basic cleanser was irritating my face, and even my Cetaphil moisturiser was not doing justice. This product did wonders for my face! It gave my skin hydration without irritating my face and even now when it's transitioning to winter, I have not had a dry patch on my skin (while I would have dry patches during this season, like no tomorrow...). Great product for everyone to try. Have already repurchased.

Bourjoirs Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer
 I use this mainly to conceal my pigmentation from previous acne. It does a decent job on covering without looking to cakey and isn't too drying on the skin. Out of all of the concealers, I find that this is the closest match to my skin tone, though it is still a little too dark. I haven't found a better concealer to do the job of covering all the stuff I want to cover, so until then I shall continue to purchase this until I find a better product.

St Ives Green Tea Scrub
 One word to describe this product, perfection. It gets rid of all the dead skin on my face leaving it baby butt smooth and doesn't irritate my skin too much. It also contains 1% salicylic acid to prevent acne (though I don't think it actually does anything for my breakouts). It's the most finest scrub I've found so far that's affordable and does the best at exfoliating. Definitely recommend and have already got a backup!

Essence Studio Nails Ultra Strong Nail Hardener
 I needed a base coat to, 1. prevent my nails from being stained by nail polish, and 2. make my nails stronger. For those that wear nail polish on a regular basis, you know how damaging it is on the nails. I've been suffering with extremely brittle nails to the point where they were splitting and not breaking, and had the texture like a really hard of beef jurkey (yea that's pretty bad). Ever since using this, I have not had that problem! and this was pretty cheap (under $4). I like this better than the Sally Hansen one (the one in the green bottle) because this actually does the job. Though one problem I found was that this thickens up and dries up in the bottle really quickly, despite that, I used pretty much all of it! Will repurchase!

Clinique Anti-blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam
 I believe this is my second bottle, though I don't believe I mentioned this in previous empties. I wanted to use a product that had a pump which creates the foam, instead of creating the foam yourself. And I found that my skin isn't so irritated when I used this. I've been seeing that people have been saying that there is no point in using a salicylic acid face wash as it doesn't have time to do it's job, though I find this product to prevent some acne from coming up. If you have mild acne and need a new face wash, try this one out! Have already repurchased.