Monday, 13 July 2015

Sunnies Studio to Beat the Sun

The weather has been too hot recently. The sun is relentless.

To cope with this heat, I choose a good deodorant to prevent any potential odor. I am currently trying
out this natural one from PiperWai and it’s pretty awesome. It’s formulated with activated charcoal to kill bacteria and reduce sweating.

Now that I am renovating my place, I am also affected by the weather when making decision on my air-con system. Initially, I was tempted to get System-4. “Just do it for the whole house!” I thought. Then I was persuaded to consider System-2. But I guess I may go with System-3. Fickle. Fickle.

In these weather, we also need a good sunglasses to protect our eyes. It also creates the illusion that it is less warm than it is. A good sunglasses is important and goes well with selfies for IG. Ha!

Checking out Sunnies Studio to help me get through this “heat wave” period in Singapore.

Looking forward to my Phuket trip this week! Yay!


Friday, 5 June 2015

Something Random, Something I Read & Reflect

I wondered why I stopped writing on my blog. I guess I become lazy. I still write short sentences before I post my Instagram photos but I got lazy of penning down thoughts. Perhaps I also lost inspiration on what I want to share.

I bought a diary. A very nice one, in fact, Moleskine in red with polka dots and a Minnie Mouse logo. I started to pen down some learnings of the day and what makes me happy and it just died a natural death and I have stopped writing on it for a couple of weeks.

Today, I was given a planner that I can use from June 2015 all the way to 2018! Whoever comes up with the planner’s template must had a long-term vision and blind faith that people would use it for 3+ years. It’s a smart move really. A planner that would still be relevant after 2 years. I can start using it in 2017 if I want to.

Today, I finished with the book of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. I have been wanting to read this for a while but didn’t action on it. And then I started on “Getting There: A Book of Mentors” by Gillian Zoe Segal. I’m on my 2nd chapter and there’s so much to learn from successful mentors.

I’m just done with Warran Buffet’s chapter and my key takeaway is:

“Here’s a message that I think is very important to get across to younger people. I express it to them like this: “Every fifteen-year-old boy and most fifteen-year-old girls are constantly thinking, When do I get my first car and what will it be? Let’s say that I offer to buy you the car of your dreams. You can pick out any car that you want, and when you get out of class this afternoon, that car will be waiting for you at home. There’s just one catch . . . It’s the only car you’re ever going to get in your entire life. Now, knowing that, how are you going to treat that car? You’re probably going to read the owner’s manual four times before you drive it; you’re going to keep it in the garage, protect it at all times, change the oil twice as often as necessary. If there’s the least little bit of rust, you’re going to get that fixed immediately so it doesn’t spread—because you know it has to last you as long as you live. 
Here’s the thing, that’s exactly the position you are in concerning your mind and body. You have only one mind and one body for the rest of your life. If you aren’t taking care of them when you’re sixteen or seventeen, it’s like leaving that car out in hailstorms and letting rust eat away at it. If you don’t take care of your mind and body now, by the time you are forty or fifty you’ll be like a car that can’t go anywhere. So isn’t it just as important to take care of your mind and body as it is to take care of that car?” They seem to get that.” – Warran Buffet (Getting There – A Book of Mentors, by Gillian Zoe Segal.)

Sounds like common sense but most people took for granted the good health that we enjoyed when we were young. Me included. But now I’m starting to take charge of my health and has been determined for a couple of months now. I’m exercising 2-3 times a week and I felt better. I enjoyed my Yoga and Pilates classes very much. Once in a while, I will take a cardio class to unwind.

It never felt better when I’m taking my kickboxing class and I punched out all my frustration with an imaginary face in my mind & burn some calories in the process. No collateral damage except for a higher heart rate and lots of sweats shed. 

Monday, 6 October 2014

Daily Skincare Essentials

Originally I am using this, but later I realized one of the main ingredients is Rose Hip Oil and I tend to have mild allergic reactions to it :(
I really love the texture of the sunscreen. It is foam like and easy to spread on skin.
I have since switched to COOLA Mineral Face SPF 20 Rose

I am a big fan of toner. I cannot do without toner at all. When I am feeling lazy, I will just mist my face with toner and pat it a few times and that's about it. I am using Soapwalla in the day and Kiehl's at night.

This is my #1 natural deodorant and it works really well. I have also tried Meow Meow Tweet and is waiting for my Schmidt's Deodorant to arrive. My mum introduced all of us to deodorant since puberty because she is afraid that we will be smelly in school and get ostracized. I guess she worried too much and now all of us in the family use deodorant more of like a habit.  

Despite my efforts to use mostly natural products, I cannot move away from Clarins. I stopped using this for a while and my face was literally sagging! I was horrified and bought 2 more bottles to store at home so I will never run out of it at any point in time. That is how powerful commercialized products are and how dependent we can be once we started on it.

#5 ILIA Mascara
My first natural mascara. It's good that it doesn't irritates my eyes and doesn't have any strong chemical smell. So far so good but I'm looking forward to explore other natural mascara too.

#6 ILIA Lip Conditioner
I love this! It is like a tinted lip balm so I don't need to apply another layer of lip balm before this. It has a very light sheen of colours and I'm not worried if I "ate" the whole stick of this.

#7 All facial oil from One Love Organics
I have almost all the facial oils from this brand. Love love love!
In fact, I use cleansers from this brand too. Too bad it is not sold in Singapore and shipping can be very expensive :(

#8 One Love Organics Vitamin C Facial Serum
This is my current favourite. It smells so good and is very moisturising without being greasy. And it acts really well as a makeup primer too.

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