Thursday, December 31, 2015

Your new beauty routine

Hello everyone and Happy New Year's Eve!

Each new year brings a new set of resolutions.  But whether or not you stick to them is up to you!  Fortunately, for beauty-related aspirations - help is on its way. 

Creating a perfect beauty routine is not easy.   Your 90 Day Beauty Calendar details some things you can incorporate into your lifestyle; from daily, weekly, fortnightly, to monthly practices.  If you think your current beauty regimen needs some alteration for the new year, this guide by Holland& Barrett will certainly help.



Do you need to update your beauty routine for 2016?  


Friday, December 25, 2015

It's Christmas Day!

Hello everyone, it's Christmas Day!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way; May you be blessed this Christmas with peace and love all day! 


Wishing you and your loved ones all the jingly, jolly joys of Christmas.








Monday, December 21, 2015

Reverse hair washing

Hello everyone!

I've been reverse washing my hair for quite some time now, since co-washing was no longer working for me.  I believe I finally found the hair cleansing method that works best for my hair. 

What is reverse hair washing?

Simply put, it's washing your hair in reverse.  You apply your conditioner first, then your shampoo.  

If your hair is thin, oily and/or prone to product build-up, reverse washing may be the best hair cleansing method for you too.  Reverse washing means your hair still gets all the moisturising benefits of using conditioner but you're not left with that weighted, almost-greasy feeling.



My hair:

Let me tell you a bit about my hair.  I have medium length, naturally wavy hair that's oily at the roots and dryish at the ends. My hair is prone to "halo" frizz  and I also colour-treat it about once a month. You can see photos of my hair in previous posts HERE and HERE.

Reverse washing tips:
  1. Make sure that your hair is fully saturated with water before you apply your conditioner. This will help you distribute your conditioner evenly. 
  2. After you apply your conditioner, leave it in for a few minutes
  3. Don't rinse.  If you rinse your conditioner out and then apply shampoo, you'll end up with dry and tangled hair.  Here's what I do: after my conditioner has been in my hair for several minutes, I add a little bit of water to my scalp, to get my roots a bit more wet.  Then, I apply shampoo to my scalp only!  After I apply my shampoo, I lather and massage my scalp, then I rinse as usual.
My results:

My roots are less oily and my ends are well moisturised, even when I don't use a hair mask and before I even apply my leave-in products. Yay!


Do you reverse wash?  I would love to hear your experiences!  If you have any tips, leave them in the comment section below.



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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

My grown-up Christmas wishlist

Hello everyone!

Christmas is the season of giving, and as much as I love shopping for my friends and family, I also love to treat myself this time of the year.  I recently got introduced to Springa mobile app that enables you to shop and discover more than 850 amazing brands in one place.  
Spring also features a great accessories section.




I created my own grown-up wishlist; check it out!


First off is this luxury set featuring four hand and body creams from Laura Mercier.



Next are these gorgeous pair of earrings from Adia Kibur!


Third on the list is the Audacity In Paris Eye-shadow Palette from Lancôme. It has 16 eyeshadow shades ranging from nude neutrals to deep purples.



The list will not be complete without a coat in it!  This wind- and water-resistant puffer is perfect for winter.



The fifth item on my wishlist is this pair of boots by French Connection.



Sixth on the list is another pair of earrings; there are by Elizabeth and James.



I love this bucket bag by Urban Outfitters, I had to include it in my list!



Number eight on the list are these very stylish headphones.


Number nine on my wishlist are these beautifully scented, creamy body butters by Korres.


And last but definitely not least are these cosy Ugg boots.


These are the 10 items on my grown-up Christmas wish list from  Spring!

What's on your wishlist this festive season?






Saturday, December 12, 2015

Holiday gift guide | Skin care products for him

Hello everyone!

It seems like there are infinite gift ideas for the women in our lives; our mothers, girlfriends, etc., but when it comes to the guys, gifting can be a little bit complicated.  To help make your shopping less nerve-racking, I've put together a list of 10 skin care gift ideas that will be perfect for your dad, brother, boyfriend, etc.  Check out my picks below:



Holiday gift guide | Skin care products for him























As you can see, the prices range from $25 to $130, so you can find a gift in your price range.  I hope you like my picks!  What will you be giving the men in you life this holiday season? Answer in the comment section below.







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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Secret Santa gifts | Stocking fillers under $10

Hello everyone!

During this time of the year, it’s easy to get caught up in the spending hype.  The truth is that there are only a few people you really want to spoil.  The majority of people on your gift list are probably colleagues and acquaintances.  To help you stay on budget, I've selected 10 perfect gifts.  


Check out my guide to the 10 secret Santa gift ideas or stocking fillers under $10.  These gifts are so affordable that you'll probably want to buy one for yourself too!  Take a look at my picks:    


1. Soft Cleaning Face Brush - $8.17$11.67

























I really love the 10 items I picked for this gift guide and hope you do too.  I found all these items at Born Pretty Store.  The site offers free shipping worldwide!  Enjoy shopping and don't forget to use the discount code SETT10 at checkout to get 10% off your purchase.  

Which item is your favourite?  Leave a comment and let me know! 




Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Five common adult skin care issues


Hello everyone!

As I told you many times before, I suffer from mild acne.  Acne VulgarisA skin condition that occurs when hair follicles plug with oil and dead skin cells.  Acne is the most common skin condition in the Western world. 

Aside from Acne Vulgaris, did you know that Eczema, Seborrheic Dermatitis, Melasma, Plaque Psoriasis, and Rosacea are all very common adult skin conditions?  They can be embarrassing and irritating at times, however, they are all manageable.

Check out the infographic below that details these five common adult skincare issues, their causes and how to treat them.
  1. EczemaA general term that describes inflammation of the skin.
  2. Seborrheic DermatitisA skin condition that causes scaly patches and red skin, mainly on the scalp.
  3. MelasmaA condition in which brown patches appear on the face.
  4. Plaque PsoriasisA condition in which skin cells build up and form scales and itchy, dry patches.
  5. RosaceaA condition that causes redness and often small, red, pus-filled bumps on the face.
5 Common Adult Skincare Issues & How to Treat Them
"5 Common Adult Skincare Issues & How to Treat Them" on Health Perch



I hope you find this helpful!





Monday, December 07, 2015

Christmas confession!

Hello everyone!

I have a confession to make; I love Christmas sweaters!  I've always wanted to attend an Ugly Christmas Sweater party.  Honestly, just to see what everyone shows up wearing.

When searching for cute Christmas sweaters, I found some really ugly ones.  Take a look...


Ugly Christmas sweaters:


  1. Derek Heart Juniors' Ho Ho Ho Jacquard Ugly Christmas Sweater • $22.65
  2. Ten Sixty Sherman Tinsel Ball Christmas Sweater • $42
  3. Blizzard Bay Women's Fair Isle Kitty Ugly Christmas Sweater • $29
  4. Isabella's Closet Women's Retro Reindeer Fair Isle Ugly Christmas Sweater • $29
  5. Ugly Christmas Sweater Women's Polar Bear Button Cardigan Sweater • $29
  6. Ugly Christmas Sweater 'Patchwork' Light-Up Sweater • $48
  7. Ugly Christmas Sweater Juniors' Santa Paws Holiday Tunic Sweater • $29.99
  8. Ugly Christmas Sweater Women's Ugly Christmas Lightup Sweater • $35
  9. Ugly Christmas Sweater Women's Ugly Christmas Lightup Tree Sweater • $49.99
  10. Ugly Christmas Sweater Women's Ugly Christmas Cardigan • $28


Cute Christmas sweaters (I would actually wear):


  1. Derek Heart Juniors' Reindeer Jacquard Tunic Pullover Ugly Christmas Sweater • $29
  2. Christmas Bears Snowball Sweater • $57.50
  3. Jolt Juniors' Cute Bird With Hat Christmas Sweater • Jolt • $24.99
  4. **Tall Charcoal Sequin Snowflake Christmas jumper • $45
  5. Jolt Juniors' Cute Skating Penguin Christmas Sweater • Jolt • $24.99
  6. Derek Heart Juniors' Penguin with Jingle Bells Ugly Christmas Sweater • $29
  7. Notations Women's Panda Bear Pullover Ugly Christmas Sweater • Notations • $29.50
  8. Jolt Owl Christmas Sweater • Jolt • $27.30
  9. Jolt Hi-Low Penguin Christmas Sweater • Jolt • $27.30
  10. It's Our Time Juniors' 3D Snowman Cute Christmas Sweater • It's Our Time • $26.99

Check out the history of the rise in popularity of ugly Christmas sweaters:

Via Ugly-Sweaters.com

Are you a fan of Holiday sweaters?  Which Christmas sweater, from the ones listed above, do you like the most?  Leave a comment and let me know!







 

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