Friday, 30 September 2016

Weight Loss Journey Favourites #01

Hi everyone,
Ever since the launch of my new 'Weight Loss Journey' playlist on my channel CLICK HERE, I've been brainstorming like crazy. Considering the fact that I am constantly doing the research, experimenting and changing things up with my Fitness and Healthy eating lifestyle, I thought why not dedicate a post to the wonderful things that I've tried, have worked and enjoyed?
Because this is the first post, there may be an unusual large amount of things to show you all, but these are things that I've really enjoyed till now and I hope you all enjoy them too.

FitBit Surge
Purchase HERE
Let's start with the obvious. My Fitbit Surge. Probably one of the best items I've gotten in 2016. Something I depend on during a workout and feel at loss if I don't have it on my wrist.
It constantly monitors your heart rate. So it can tell you how many calories you are burning during the day.
Allows you to set your daily goals. How many calories you want to burn in a day? How many steps you want to take? How much water you want to drink? It monitors you and brings out that competitive side of you out that you never knew you had. #beatingyourpersonalbest
Bluetooth. Not only can it track and calculate your runs through bluetooth but it has easy access to your music. This feature I find extremely helpful during an intense workout or during a run, where music is a dependent of mine for that boost of energy and a song that I can't stand suddenly comes on #skipbutton.
I recommend a FitBit to anyone and everyone that is wanting to step into a more active lifestyle.

Pre Workout Supplement
Titan Advanced Pre-Training Intensifier
Purchase Here
I'm someone who makes sure to have my Pre Workout Beverage before every-single-workout. Every single workout. Why? Gives me the energy. The Focus and increases my heart rate to a fat burning level.
I've been through quite a few pre workout supplements and tried a bunch that's on the market.
Fell in love and stuck with one for a couple of months but it was pricey and difficult to buy (had to order online and cost $60 for a tub that would last only 2 weeks on me). It was fantastic but because of the outlay I then decided to try a few other brands that were  much easier  to buy and cheaper in price. That's when I found this little bugger.
Bought from Chemist Warehouse and only costing $30 for a tub that lasts me about 1 month (depending on how often you workout per week. I workout 2x a day).
It give me the energy and the focus I need during an intense workout and it tastes really good. Like really good. I'm currently trying the Grape flavour, but so far the Lemon Lime Flavour is my favourite.

Avocado and Poached Egg On Toast
Recipe HERE
This has been my daily breakfast after my morning workout the last few months. Enjoy something savoury for breakfast? Give this a shot.
Has your protein (perfect for muscle repair after an intense workout) and the taste.

FDX Womens Superthermal Compressor Leggings
Purchase HERE
Been wearing these during my cardio workouts. I have definitely noticed the difference in my performance during my long distance running workouts when wearing these pants. Not only does everything feel supported, but the "compressing" sensation it gives my sore muscles is very comforting. Not to mention they make my legs look fantastic... haha.

EatRunLift Get Lean Exercise Ebook
Purchase HERE
This has been my main workout plan that I've been following now for the last four months. I've touched basics when it comes to this ebook on my Weight Loss Journey Ep 01 CLICK HERE
It's customised to my body type, has expanded my knowledge on workout equipment and has kept me planned and in gear when it comes to training.
A definite recommendation for any woman who feels at a loss when it comes to work out plans, getting fit and the gym.

Workout Plans
The Elliptical. I've recently discovered and have been obsessed with the Elliptical. It's a fantastic machine that works out every part of your body - your legs, your arms, your core. I've been obsessed with doing a lot of my HIIT workouts on the Elliptical. These two in particular. 
Core Workout Plan.
HIIT Leg Workout - If you want those buns and toned legs
Treadmill. On the days where I want a bit more of an Intense cardio workout I like to use the treadmill. This workout plan in particular. It's fantastic for a good sweat and to really tone up your legs - a perfect plan for those beginning on Treadmill HIIT workouts. 

Music during a workout is very important to me. I am the type of person who thrives off music and feeds off it's energy. Especially during the last few km's of a cardio workout, I need those particular songs to get me through it. 

Stretching / Warming Up Music
Yuna "Rescue"

Queen "Don't Stop Me Now"

Yoon Mirae "Always"

Cardio / Intense Workout Music
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis "Can't Hold Us" - My Favourite!

Jason Derulo "If It Ain't Love"

Lenny Kravitz "Are You Gonna Go My Way?" - Another Favourite!

Jet "Cold Hard Bitch"

Black Eyed Peas "Let's Get Retarded"

Thanks everyone for reading today's blog post. Please let me know if you guys have any recommendations to add to my list. I am always on the look out to try something new and different.

Product Review : Clio Kill Cover Liquid Founwear Cushion

Hi guys! As Summer is approaching (and I am getting darker) I decided to get a crack on reviewing a lot of the foundations I bought during the Winter time (when I was lighter). One of the foundations I had purchased was the Clio Kill Cover Liquid Founwear Cushion. 

Purchase Product HERE

"Flawless skin with ultimate coverage. Long lasting with 33% moisture charged texture. High adhesion for tightening pores. Velvet-glow coverage with a semi-matt finish."
Via Clio Website CLICK HERE

 Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), the chilhek silme methoxy cinnamate, Butylene Glycol, the chilhek silsal florisil rate, blood lauryl not hit at -9 poly methyl siloxane di dimethicone, niacinamide, Butylene glycol di ruffles rate / di Freight, silica, caprylic rilme chikon, pentyl rengeul glycol, honey extract, pearl powder, soda, rooibos extract, madonna lily kkotsu, cornflower kkotsu, peony extract, tomato extract, apple tree Flower Extract, C30-45 alkyl cetearyl dimethicone cross polymer, magnesium sulfate, dimethicone blood -8 page, stearic acid, alumina, distearoyl dimonium hectorite, a tree in Tok Chicago frills reel silane, aluminum hydroxide , echil hexyl glycerin, adenosine, dimethicone, dimethicone cross polymer, methyl methacrylate cross polymer, acetylglucosamine, kojik acid, tree methyl siloxy silicate, phenyl trimethoxy chikon, propylene glycol, caprylic rilgeul glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, disodium this dt A, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, mica (CI 77019), red iron oxide (CI 77491), black iron oxide (CI 77499), yellow iron oxide (CI 77492)

  • Typical Cushion Foundation compact
  • Contains 1 puff
  • Contains 1 foundation refill
  • 17g of product + 17g for refill = 34g of product
  • Mirror
  • Plastic casing
Before - No primers applied, only morning skincare routine
- Hyper pigmentation on nose
- Dark under eyes
- Blemishes and scarring 

After - No setting powders, sprays or primers applied
- One light layer
- Darkness under my eyes are concealed
- Redness, hyper pigmentation, scarring and blemishes are concealed
- Full coverage foundation
- A white cast (from the high SPF)
- Easy to blend
- Quick to apply
- A lot of product comes out of the cushion
- Comfortable
- Skin like finish (not matt but has luminosity to it)

MOTD - Makeup Of The Day - No setting powders, sprays or primers
- 5 minutes after initial application the white cast has settled down
- Easy to apply products on top.

8 Hours Later

- Has deoxidised to match my skin
- Under eyes remain concealed along with blemishes and scarring
- Has faded along my nose 
- Oil is evident along four head

Final Verdict 
As a foundation that has a "luminous" finish to it I wasn't expecting much from it in terms of combating my oily skin. I was already setting myself up for a let down before even opening up the cushion. In all honesty, I was quiet surprised at how in love I became with this cushion. 
Yes, I do need to blot or touch up oily areas through out the day (on average about 2x in a 13 hour day) but the coverage and finish threw any hate I had towards it's lack of "keeping oil at bay" out the window. 
The coverage is amazing, the finish is amazing, the simplicity of having one product to prime, perfect and conceal everything is amazing. The only lacking thing is that I need to blot, but that is only a minor issue compared to all the good points that come out of it. 
Out of all the Korean beauty cushions I've tried out, this is one that delivers medium - full coverage and still maintains a natural skin like finish. 
At first you may have noticed it was wayyyyyy lighter than my natural skin tone, but within the next five minutes the lightness muted is volume down and it adjusted well to my complexion. I do still need to use a bronzer along the perimeters of my face, like with all Korean foundations, because they are yet to still discover there are women out there with deeper skin tones than an NC20, but I am very pleased and I am a happy consumer. 
So, if you are looking for a foundation that gives you a natural illuminated (by natural I don't mean glittery like all the drugstore foundations have been releasing and claiming to me "illuminated" but I mean really natural) skin like touch with the convenience of a cushion compact, then you my friend should try this one out. 

Thank you all for visiting todays review. I hope you all found it very helpful. 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Youtube Episode : My Weight Loss Journey EP 01 - 34kgs Down - What I did.

Hi everyone,
I'm pretty sure more than 90% of all of you that are reading this post are clicking here from my Weight Loss Journey Episode on my channel, if not and you happen to stumble here from a Google Search then you can view the episode below.
My Weight Loss Journey Episode 01

Now, I can either begin this blog post on a negative note and relive all the fat shaming comments, bullying and criticising I've experienced in the 27 years of my life... but I won't. 
I'm no stranger to having negativity literally pushed into my life, but I am at a point right now where I am a strong willed woman who refuses to let it control me. So no, I am not going to go in a rant about all sh*t stories that have happened to me, instead I am going to start this blog post on a positive note. We are all about staying positive in this blog post today people!

One - Stop Being A Negative Nancy
"The worst thing you could do to yourself is gloat in self pity."
And boy is that true. Let's face it, the reason why we've been living our life doing nothing about the fact that we are unhappy about our body this far is because we feel sorry for ourselves. Self pity is a leech. It is self destruction. It will suck all the confidence out of us, to the point that we feel like we don't have enough will power or self capability to make a difference in our lives.
Stop feeling sorry for yourself. If you want to make a change in your life, realise that you are the only person capable of doing that to your life.
No one else is going to make you get up and eat healthy, no one else is going to pry you away from the couch to go for a workout. Yes, people may attempt to, but in the end you are the one with the final say. And if your final say is "I'm going to stay in my PJ's all day and eat chocolate" then honey, nothing is going to change.
"There are only two options; make excuses or make progress."
Excuses come way too easily in life.
"I don't have money like the Kardashians, I can't afford a personal chef."
"I'm getting too old."
"I'm too busy."
"I don't have enough time."
Sound familiar? Of course it does. We've all been there and majority of us are still stuck in the revolving world of excuses.
Fact. People will always have more money than you.
Fact. Everyone is getting older.
Fact. Everyone is busy.
Fact. Of course you don't have time. You will never have time for something you aren't making time for. 

In life there are many things that aren't equal; pay is not equal, odd numbers are not equal, marriage rights are not equal, but we as humans all have an equal amount of time - 24hrs in a day, 7 days a week, 365 days in a year (excluding leap year of course). It all equates to how we priorities our time and what we allocate our time to. If you want it, you will make it happen.
Once you get over your excuses, you will feel liberated, you will feel determined and you WILL get there.
"It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change"
Never approach this quote negatively. I used to before I learnt how to sustain my weight loss.  I always assumed I could crash diet, get to my weight loss goal by summer and then get back to enjoying 5 slices of pizza to myself. It's completely opposite to that.
Fact. You can eat a pizza - just don't be a glutton and eat 5 slices.
Fact. You can eat chocolate - just don't finish the entire bar.
Fact. You can have a piece of cake - just don't cut a slice that sums up to 1/2 of the entire cake.
Fact. No one is telling you to deprive yourself of treats, just learn the difference between "Treat" and "Binge Eating".

Two - Your Destination
"In order for you to move from where you currently are, you need a destination."
Your destination is your goal. My goal (if it isn't obvious) is weight loss, always has been and still is.
You already know where you are, you are in a place where you feel unhappy and unfulfilled about your body, now set a goal of where you want to be.
As impossible as the goal seems right now, you will work your ass off and get there. Oprah never became a Billionaire overnight, she had a destination and she climbed, broke through walls and bled to get there.
"Big Goals are important. You should always have a clear vision of where you ultimately like to be. But be sure to set yourselves a number of smaller goals along the way. Accomplishment drives ambition. The dream might be the destination, but the little triumphs will get you there."
Having smaller goals is something I encourage and live by. I started off this journey by simply wanting to be able to go to the gym 3x a week, after fulfilling that I then changed it to 7x a week, then 2x a day, now I am 34kgs lighter.
Or I started off wanting to be able to run on the treadmill for 10 minutes without feeling like my lungs were going to collapse, that 10 minutes changed into 5kms, that 5kms then transformed into 10kms. Now I feel f*cken fabulous and my confidence is at a level where my ultimate goal of weight loss is so tangible that I can smell it. 

Three - Plan & Prepare - Diet & Exercise
"A Goal without a plan is just a wish."
Failure usually derives from lack of planning and preparing. Let's be honest, how many times have we had a week of binge eating, drinking and partying then come Friday night we proclaim "Monday morning I am going to diet!", only to have it sh*t itself by Monday night. Too many times.
You want to do it seriously? You want this to be a success rather than another failed attempt to add to the list of failed attempts? Then take the time to plan and prepare everything.
"85% Diet, 15% Exercise."
This is a ratio I have planted into my brain and has stuck with me since day one. Why? Because favouring one or the other has never had it's sustaining benefits.

I went through a phase of making it 100% Dieting. Boy was that hard. I crash dieted, completely cutting out so much calories from my daily intake to compensate for the fact that I wasn't exercising. Did I lose weight? Absolutely. Did I feel confident and good? Fuck no. I felt tired, weak, moody and if anything it put my confidence level below 0. Plus, all the weight came back in double once I dropped the diet (which didn't take long because it was completely unsustainable).

Then there was the phase of 100% Exercise. Did that work? Sh*t no. I would go on the treadmill, burn 500 calories, be absolutely famished and hungry after and come home chomping down 500 calories worth of snacks and junk food. I just ate everything I worked so hard to burn off. What was the point in working out? I have no idea. Weight loss results came close to a zero because of this one.

This ratio keeps everything balanced. It gives you the best results faster. Don't favour one or the other because you will soon find yourself at a stand still and not progressing anywhere.

My 85% - My "Diet"

My background when it comes to eating comes to no surprise at the size I used to be.
Breakfast - Skip
Morning Tea - An energy drink. Mother was my weapon of choice. 
Lunch - A whole family size bag of Lays Original Salted Chips + A family size block of chocolate. 
Afternoon Tea - Skip. Or another energy drink to keep the energy levels up.
Dinner - Pizza night! Pepperoni or triple cheese was my favourite. 
Get where I'm coming from? Well, in order for me to drop this habit I needed to kick start a new one. That's when Detoxing was introduced into my life.

There are so many different types of detoxes out there. Ones that require you to drink some sort of concoction, others that requires you to eat absurds amounts of lemon in one sitting. My one was quite simple. I restricted myself to 1,200 calories and ate very clean.
No fried food, no processed food, no processed sugar. Completely, 100% clean.
I ate 7 meals a day. Pre workout. Breakfast. Snack. Lunch. Snack. Dinner. Snack.  And all proportioned them to sum up to 1,200 calories.
I went on the detox for 21 days/3 weeks.
Why so long compared to other Detox's that go for only 7 days? Because it takes your brain 21 days to adjust and register to the fact that you are dropping a habit (unhealthy eating) and picking up a new one (healthy eating).
What does a detox actually do? It flushes the system. All that gunk you've been consuming for so long get's cleaned the f*ck out of your body.
It reduces bloating. All that high in salt food intake that we are so used to consuming on a daily has caused your body to retain so much liquid.
It teaches you discipline. Coming from a background of binge eating junk food, discipline was in order.

After I've completed my detox I then adjusted my calorie intake from 1,200 calories to 1,800-2,000 calories, allowing cheat days.
I can not stress enough how much you should enjoy yourself in this health journey. If you are going to sustain this weight loss, then you have turn it into a lifestyle, if you are going to turn it into a lifestyle, then you have to enjoy it. So yes, cheat days are going to happen. yes, you are going to have cake. Yes, you are going to have chocolates and carbs. Like I previously said, it's all about proportioning it out and not being a glutton and eating every junk food in sight.

Calorie counting can be very controversial, and I ain't going to lie, a lot of people are against it and other people are all for it. I am all for it.
Calorie counting teaches you discipline, it teaches you how much your body should and shouldn't be consuming and it teaches you control on what food is good and bad for you.
But coming from a background that had no knowledge on how to read the nutrition labels on food, I wouldn't have a clue on how to calorie count. Which is why my cousin introduced me to this app.

The My Fitness Pal App. 
  A log in diary where you are able to search for the foods you have or will consume and it calculates all the calories for you. So ditch the formulas, ditch the calculator, there's a free app that automatically does the work for you.

Meal Prepping
Something that helped a person who once caved into temptation way too easily. I am no stranger to meal prepping and have been doing it since day one.
Basically you prepare all your food in advance for the week, pop it into the fridge/freezer and then when meal time comes you are able to heat it up and have healthy food easily at hand.
Minimises temptation. Keeps you planned. Keeps you prepared. Keeps you away from the trap of "I can't be bothered making something healthy from scratch, let's just order take out".

Healthy Food has no taste
Of course it has no taste, well none compared to the amounts of sugar and junk food you used to consume. But, there are so many good foods and good recipes out there that we as binge eaters have never taken the time to look at. As promised in the video, this is a link to my pinterest board of some of the recipes I have been enjoying CLICK HERE

My 15% - My Exercise
Exercise is one of the best things that I could have ever introduced into my life. Yes, in the ratio it seems to only be a mere 15% of the whole equation. But setting the equation aside, setting the goal of weight loss aside. The feeling exercising has introduced into my senses is one that you can't simply gain from dieting. My confidence has been boosted to a 10, my energy levels have reach a new record of high and my determination is stronger than ever. 
The way your body can function and be manipulated by simply implementing exercise into it is absolutely amazing. The way you can challenge yourself to new levels and feel like you can suddenly do the impossible is liberating. The way your stress and worries can dissolve within a 30 minute workout is better than any anxiety medication I've ever been introduced to. 

Ask yourself. Are you going to join the gym? Are you going to make an at home gym? Are you going to do classes? Are you going to join a boot camp group? Or are you going to do it in the comforts of your home on Youtube? Figure out how and what you want to do and implement exercise into your life. 

I am a member of Anytime Fitness gym. When I decided to go on this weight loss journey I decided to make backing out not an option. So I locked myself into the longest contract they offered and handed them my bank account details. I will never spend my money on something I won't use. So me signing a contract left no option other than "consistently working out". 
Anytime Fitness is a 24hour gym, excellent for those who come up with the "I am too busy" excuse. 

I got myself a trainer for a few sessions. Just to introduce me to the machines, learn how to use the machines and the basics when it comes to navigating the gym. Goodness knows I would've been a lost puppy if I didn't have anyone to point me in the right direction. 
I do realise that a trainer is pricey, especially in collaboration of paying for your gym membership. That's why I introduce you all to this eBook. 

The Eat.Run.Lift Get Lean E-Book

This is the current program I am following. The book contains information about supplements, weights, types of exercises, types of stretches and 6 months worth of Gym Workout Plans. Yes, this is a ebook dedicated to gym workouts, so if you aren't going to join the gym, then you might want to skip this one. However, they do have other ebooks available for at home workouts, no equipment needed workouts, etc. 
Before purchasing the ebook they ask you to fill out a pop quiz to narrow down your body type, in which then they direct you to the book customised to suit your body type. Note. This book is customised for women.
Purchase Ebook HERE

Planning on working out from home? CLICK HERE for a few at home workout plans. 

Wanting to try out Youtube Exercising Channels?

Want to hit a goal of running 5kms? 10kms? I followed a program using the Run Trainer App. 

The Run Trainer App Under Armour

An app dedicated to implementing a plan to suit your current endurance. When setting up your plan, the app resumes by asking you questions such as the distance you want to be able to run, the date you want to complete the run by, the amount of times a week you want to dedicate to running. After gathering your answers it then creates a plan customised for you to follow. It is something I used and I recommend for anyone who is wanting or aspiring to do long distance running. 

One goal of mine was to do 5kms of HIIT (Hight Intensity Interval Training) exercises 3x a week, it has now been upgraded to 7kms of HIIT exercises 5x a week. There are so many different types of machines and exercises you can do for HIIT, there's Circuit, weights, elliptical, treadmill... there are so many options. My favourite is the elliptical and treadmill. They've really whooped my ass into shape (literally). 

My current favourite Elliptical HIIT Workouts


My Current favourite Treadmill HIIT Workout

Keep in mind these are all in mph not kph. So if you're from Australia you may want to convert them. 
If these ones don't seem to tickle your fancy CLICK HERE to view my HIIT Workout Plan Pinterest Board. 

Okay guys I hope this blog post helped all of you out. Please let me know how you guys are going on your journey. I would love to hear all about it. I always find it so inspiring. 
On my next few Weight Loss Journey episodes I do plan on going in more depth on a few of the things I've done and I also plan on discussing the next stage of my journey - "How I stayed motivated - Falling off the Wagon". Please subscribe to my channel CLICK HERE if you are interested in anything along those lines. 
Thank you all for visiting. 

Friday, 9 September 2016

Product Review : Pony Effect That Girl Fever Eyeshadow Palette

Pony Effect That Girl Fever.

Do ya'll know how excited I was when the postman came to my house with this in his hand? I yanked open our front door before he even got out of his van. Of course I have to review and swatch this palette for you guys. One month into owning it and I still get fits and giggles just by looking at it. 

Purchase Palette HERE (can also be found on eBay).

Before purchasing this palette I was tossing between this one and the one Pony released in collaboration with Memebox. Just by taking a quick glance at this palette you can already see it only has a selected few number of shades that I would usually gravitate towards, while the other palette had a lot more neutrals and copper colours (my go to shades). But I guess that's why I went with this "That Girl Fever" palette rather than the other one (don't get me wrong, I will still buy it). I wanted to play with something different and see what exploring leads me to... It led me to impressed and satisfied. 

Shocking. I've been reaching for nothing else but this palette because of the surprising versatility of all the shades. This palette delivers "No make up makeup looks" to "New Years Eve Wildin' Out" looks.

The quality of the shadows are as expected... phenomenal. One swipe and hunnie your whole eyelid is vibrant. 
I was expecting some fall out, especially when it came to the chunky glitter pans (the gold shade and the white shade), but yet, surprised once again - There was no fall out. 
The shadows were just so smooth and you could feel the quality with each swatch.

I am so happy with this purchase. Predict to see this in my next Favourites Ep. on my channel Click & Subscribe HERE. Along side this review I have attached a little demo/GRWM where I use this palette to give you all an idea on one of the makeup looks I've been rocking with this product. 


That pretty much sums up this Product Review post. I hope you all found it helpful and feel compelled to purchase this palette (yes, I am encouraging you to spend your money... because it's f*cken worth every penny).
Thank you all once again for your wonderful support and reading today's blog post. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week. 

Friday, 2 September 2016

Product Review : Etude House Real Powder Cushion

Etude House Real Powder Cushion.

I remember the first time I heard about this cushion that Etude House released. The concept of the formula was definitely something that picked a thread in my make up heart. I was so thrilled when I hauled it on my YouTube Channel CLICK HERE TO VIEW EP. & DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE

Purchase Product HERE (can also be bought on eBay)

"This innovative multitasking powder cushion provides all-day flawless face makeup with light and powdery finish..."
- Via Etude House Website CLICK HERE

Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Boron Nitride, Dextrin Palmitate, Microcrystalline Wax,Polybutene, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lecithin, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isostearic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Fragrance
- Via Etude House Website


- Generic Cushion Compact. 
- Contains 1 puff
- Weighs 71g
- Plastic Compact
- Contains mirror



Before - Sunscreen, no primers applied
- Dark under eye circles
- Hyper pigmentation along nostrils and cheeks
- Blemishes and healing scars

After - One Thin Layer
- Light Weight
- Powder finish
- Easy to blend into skin
- Buildable coverage
- Natural finish -- matte but not flat. 

MOTD - No setting powders or setting sprays applied

12 Hours Later
- Blemishes are still concealed
- Natural oils have kicked in along four head, but nothing unbearable.
- Freckles have become more visible along nose
- No creasing or lifting of the foundation, everything still looks natural. 

Final Verdict
I'm very impressed, as I have been lately with Etude House's foundations/cushions/bb creams. I love the coverage, I love the finish, I love the longevity and how it wears throughout the day. 
Now the small pickle some people may find with this product is that it might not accommodate anyone who has dry skin, as this product is directed and catered to those with oily & troubled skin. With it's powdery finish I can only imagine it accentuating dry spots.
But in saying that, those who have normal to oily skin will absolutely love this cushion. I see the convenience and the lasting power for it to be used on a daily basis (work, school, etc...). The packaging is convenient and compact enough for you to apply it on the train and retouch throughout the day. 
For it's affordable price point it is a thumbs up for me. 
I hope you all found this review helpful. Let me know if there are any other cushions I should try out. 

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Get To Know Me - Something A Bit More Personal

Hello Readers. 
So as I was brainstorming ideas for my blog I sat and realised, not a lot of you readers know a lot about me. Some may know my thoughts, my hobbies or "hacks" that my posts and videos have to offer. But not many of you guys know all the little, minor and random details about me. 
Remember those days before internet when we had "Autobiography Books". Where we had our friends fill out information about themselves and personalise it in a little book. Man were those the days. Well, I don't think they exist anymore. Not in today's world. You know what exists? Facebook profiles & google.
So I googled. I searched for some "Get To Know Me" tags and this is one I stumbled upon. I don't know how old it is. And I don't know if it really took off in the blogger world. But hey. I copied and pasted the questions and I hope you all learn something different about me. 

  1. What is your middle name? I don't have one. Wow. We're getting off to a good start. -_-
  2. What is your favorite color? Black & White - Artsy farts can f*ck off if they tell me those aren't colours but "tones". 
  3. Who was your first best friend? Paula in Primary School. I have no idea where she is now.
  4. How tall are you? 5'6
  5. Cats or Dogs? Dogs. 
  6. Funniest moment throughout School? I once farted in High School in front of a guy I had a major crush on during Maths. I was embarrassed. I panicked. This bitch of a girl asked out loud if I farted and I denied it and said it was my ringtone. Like I said I panicked. Instead of dropping it, the girl didn't believe me and demanded me to replay my "ringtone" again. I laughed about it then. I laugh about it now. But I swear if I had enough gas inside of me I would've "replayed my ringtone" for her face. 
  7. How many countries have you visited? 6. 
  8. Are you in/gone to college? Nope. Makeup School was it for me. 
  9. What was your favorite/worst subject in High School? Favourite was Visual Design & Textiles. Worst was Math. Probably the reason why I farted during it.
  10. What is your Favorite drink? Water. I use to hate it. Now I crave it.
  11. What is your favorite animal? Dogs. A tiny part of me squirms with excitement whenever I see them.
  12. What is your favorite perfume? Not a perfume person. But I guess I would say "Hugo Boss' Hugo". It reminds me of my father.
  13. Tea or Coffee? Both.
  14. What would you (or have you) name your children? Madeleine Ava & James Tony.
  15. What Sports do you play/Have you played? Is running a recreational sport? I'm a runner and enjoy the treadmill.
  16. What is your favorite book? "The Duff" - yes, teenie bopper me. But I had no Wesley in my High School growing up. Just Acne faced boys who didn't know anything outside of rugby or Western Sydney.
  17. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers? Claire Marshall & Rachel Aust. Their editing skills and creative minds are inspiring.
  18. What is your favorite movie? Remember the Titans. Anything with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. 
  19. Are you Single or Taken? Taken. Sorry boys. =P
  20. Whats your idea of an ideal first date? Oh god. I can't even imagine having a "first date" again. Ideal would be something we can do that would get rid of the "awkwardness" a first date would bring. Watch a movie? Just no awkward quiet places to get to know each other. Not on the first date. We've got to be comfortable with each other first. 
  21. How many Girlfriends/Boyfriends have you had? One. My now husband Tony.
  22. Favorite memory from childhood? My sister and I hiring weekly videos at the video store. 5 Weekly Videos for $5. Those were the days. 
  23. Do you speak any different languages and how well? Tagalog. Not well at all. I can fully understand the language though.
  24. Do you have any siblings? Two older sisters.
  25. How would you describe your fashion sense? Layers. Playing with layers and different textures. If I look good and feel great... I'll wear it.
  26. What is your favorite restaurant? Doo Ri in Strathfield serves the best Authentic Korean Food ever. Their side dishes are to die for.
  27. What are some of your favorite tv shows? Friends. The Last Ship. Korean Dramas.
  28. PC or mac? Once you go MAC you never go back.
  29. What phone do you have? Iphone. The program is fast and doesn't "Stop Responding" like a few other phone brands I've had. 
  30. Tell us one of your bad habits! Picking. Not my nose. I mean my skin. It's gross. I know. But it's fun. Don't be near me when I have a healing sun burn. Snacking. It's a weakness I'm working on. Smoking. I should really quit. 
Ok ya'll that sums up today's Blog Post. 
Just letting you all know that down below I have linked my latest Episode from my YouTube channel which is a bit more personal than the ones I usually release. It's a Vlog taken from a few weekends ago where my family and I went on a mini getaway. It's pretty fun. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I had editing it.


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Skin Care Routine Part II - Night Time Routine

As promised... here is my Night Time Skin Care Routine. Now to save us a lot of blab, if you want to know all the information about my skins history and concerns feel free to check out my 'Morning Skin Care Routine' blog post CLICK HERE, which I really recommend you read before this post so that everything makes complete sense. 

Morning Skin Care Routine Episode

In comparison to my Morning Skin Care Routine, my Night Routine is far more detailed and time consuming. The reason behind this is because I am vocal when it comes to the belief that our skin needs help when it recovers during our sleep. 
I've heard absolute rubbish when it comes to theories on night skin care regimes. I've had folks telling me that going to bed with cream on your face is doing more harm than good because it doesn't allow your skin to recover. When in reality, if our skin didn't really need any "assisting" in recovering.. then why are we having such troubled and ageing skin? Sometimes your body alone doesn't hold enough capacity to allow the skin to fully recover and revitalise. That is why, if there is a routine you need to buckle down and keep regular... it is a Night Time Skin Care Routine. 

Night Time Skin Care Routine Episode

Step One - Remove Makeup
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
Purchase HERE
  • Contains an active ingredient called "Micells" which helps capture and lift impurities, make up and sebum from the skin without the vigorous rubbing. 
  • Rinsing and cleansing is apparently an option when using this product, but me being me, I like to double cleanse. 
Step Two - Cleanser
Tony Moly AC Control Acne Foam Cleanser
Purchase HERE
  • Contains Sciadopiatys Verticillata for direct pore care
  • Contains sage to reduce stress from the skin
  • Contains Phyto Oligo which helps to strengthen the skins wall (helps to heal scarring caused by blemishes)
  • Centella Asisatica Extract to soothe troubled skin
  • Antibacterial to help fight acne
Step Three - Purity Mask
Skin Food Rice Mask Wash Off
Purchase HERE
At least once a week or whenever I feel like my skin needs a deep clean I go in with some sort've deep cleaning/mud mask.
  • Rice textured, extracting technology which draws out any of your skins clogged up gunk and removes dead skin cells.
  • Contains rice extract which helps to moisturise and brighten the skin.
Step Four - Toner
Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin
Purchase HERE
As mentioned before in my Morning Skin Care Routine Post, cleansers tend to strip the moisture levels from your skin, having your skin either dry up in layers or panic and try to compensate that dehydration by over producing sebum/oils. Stepping in with this toner will once again "tone" or "balance" out those moisture levels so that your skin doesn't go all wacko. 
  • Contains Green Tea & Green Tea Seeds that moisturise and nourish the skins deep layers
  • Contains Betaine derived from Amino Acids to provide intense moisture and help restore skins natural balance. 
Step Five - Sheet Mask
Mediheal N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask
Purchase HERE
In conjunction with a purity mask I also go in with a sheet mask. This is also done about once a week or whenever I feel that my skin needs a little bit more of an amp in recovering. I have dozens/hundreds of sheet masks. This one in particular is what I'm very fond of at the moment and recommend for people to try out. 
  • Advanced moisture regulating system which adjusts to individuals skin type
  • Suited for dry and oily skin
  • Gently removes dead skin cells
  • Contains Ceramide, Hyaluronic Acid and Adenosine to enhance skins texture and hydration levels. 
  • Contains Witch Hazel to help remove and control skins excess sebum
  • Helps to relieve stress and irritation to the skin
Step Six - Serums
Holika Holika Skin & Pore Zero Tightening Serum
Purchase HERE
  • Spot treatment on areas with visibly enlarged pores
  • Adds rich moisture to applied areas
  • Contains Lucola Extract to strengthen the skins wall (to prevent & fight scarring caused by Acne)
  • Boswellia Carterii Gum Extract to control pores contraction & excess sebum
Ciracle Anti Blemish K Solution 
Purchase HERE
  • Spot treatment
  • Recommended for those who suffer rosacea and visibly red Acne
  • Oil & Alcohol free
  • Provides deep hydration and soothing properties for irritated skin
  • Helps fight and prevent Acne
  • Contains Vitamin K to help strengthen the fragile layers of the skin

Step Seven - Eye Cream
Mizon Collagen Power Firming Eye Cream
Purchase HERE
  • Contains highly concentrated Collagen to help lift wrinkles, fine lines and improve skins elasticity
  • Contains Argan Oil, Hyaluronic Acid which in return helps the delicate skin around the eye area to retain it's moisture. 
  • Non irritant 
Step Eight - Face Cream
Mizon Multi Function Formula All In One Snail Repair Cream 
Purchase HERE
  • 92% snail secretion which encourages the skins cell turnover in which improves Acne scarring, healing tissue and blemish's. 
  • Contains Peptide, Beta-glucan & Green Tea Extract which firms skins elasticity, reduces wrinkles and fine lines and tightens enlarged pores. 
  • Hyaluronic Acid, Birch Black Sap & Dimethicone which are ingredients that protect your skin from any loss of moisture and nutrition. 
  • Contains Portulaca Oleracea and Hydrogenated Vegetable oil which soothes sensitive skin and protects the skin from external stimulus. 
Step Nine - Acne Spot Treatment
AC Fine Moisture Essence
Purchase HERE
  • A moisturising Acne spot treatment
  • Sensitive skin friendly
  • Recommended for those who don't do well with "Drying" Acne treatments
  • Contains 1gY, an element that helps speed up the skins healing process
Step Ten - Lash Serum
Etude House My Lash Serum
Purchase HERE
In Depth Review & Results HERE
  • Contains Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract and Panthenol to help condition the lashes, encouraging healthier fuller lashes. 
Step Eleven - Lip Balm
Mecca Cosmetica Lip De Luscious 
Purchase HERE
  • SPF15
  • Contains Shea Butter, Hyaluroni Filling Spheres, Pomegranate Seed Oil & Vitamin E to moisturise dry lips and encourage the appearance of fuller healthier lips.
Okay guys, that pretty much sums up the huge blog post. I hope you all found this very informative. Let me know if you try any of these products out!

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