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.










XX/Vanessa

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!
xx/Vanessa

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Product Review : Empty Beauty Products #01

Good morning readers! 
On today's blog post I present "Empty Beauty Products Review" to you all. If you aren't familiar with these types of reviews, it's pretty much where I show you my garbage, aka. finished beauty products and give you all a run down and mini review of each product. Do they work? Are they worth the money?... You get the idea.
Now typically this type of post would be in the form of a Vlog, but considering most of my beauty product reviews are hosted on my blog, I thought it would be befitting to just post it here.

Skin Care Empty Products


























Well At Walgreens Moisturising Aloe Vera Hydrating Body Lotion
This is a bit of a random purchase, but trust me there's a backstory! While I was vacationing in Hawaii this year with my family I got tanned. Like really tanned. As in NC45 tanned. But as we all know - with a tan comes a sunburn. And honey, I didn't want my newly refined NC45 skin to peel off and go back to it's usual NC25. This product being the cheapest on the shelves at Walgreens, I purchased it.

Purchase product here

Claims
"This after sun lotion softens and moisturizes sun-drenched skin while helping you hold your tan longer. This non-greasy hydrating formula with pure aloe vera* and vitamin E helps replenish moisture lost due to the drying effects of the sun, wind and water, leaving your skin soft and smooth. Regular use will help keep your skin soft and beautiful year round."
 - Via Walgreens website CLICK HERE

Final Thoughts
It definitely soothed any sun burns I had and prevented my skin from peeling. 
If we're asking about how moisturising it was to my skin... it wasn't the best. Now yes it did moisturise my skin, but if we are going to get down to the nitty gritty I did find that I had to reapply about 2x a day to stop my skin from drying out. 
It didn't cause any irritation and it did sink into the skin fabulously without leaving a greasy residue. 
So would I repurchase it? Sure, if I'm ever in Hawaii again... with a sunburn, wanting something to sooth and keep my tan for an affordable price. Absolutely! But for now, while I'm living in Sydney, where the weather is currently cold and there's no such thing as sunshine... I think I'll pass. 

Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF30 Facial Sunscreen
This little bugger I got in my Mecca Cosmetica Christmas Box (I forgot the actual name of the box). The box is only released during the first few days in December to celebrate the season of Christmas (ho ho ho!). In that box you receive 15 (I'm pretty sure its 15) beauty products made by Mecca Cosmetica. Me being a fan of Mecca Cosmetica and my husband being the beautiful man that he is - I got it as a thoughtful gift. 
Among the mountain's of products I got this little gem (gem? Are you guys getting the vibe that I loved this product? haha.)

Purchase Product HERE

Claims
"The original beauty sunscreen, To Save Face SPF 30 Facial Sunscreen, provides broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays in a hydrating matte finish cream. Containing SPF 30 with hyaluronic acid, pomegranate extract and vitamin E in a non-oily and non-whitening formula, this weightless SPF formula acts as the perfect makeup base while preventing premature ageing caused by the damaging effects of the sun."
- via The Mecca Cosmetica Website Click Here

Final Thoughts
I absolutely loved this product. I had only received a traveling size of it, but a little went a long way. I had loved and raved about it so much that I had my sister in law fall in love with it as well. 
I'm one of those among many who have oily combination skin, so finding a facial sunscreen that protects, doesn't break me out or doesn't leave a greasy film on my complexion is kinda hard to find. This product fit perfectly. Honestly, it just felt like a really good quality face cream. 
There was a scent to it but it wasn't anything overwhelming, it kinda smelt like "clean" if that makes any sense? It had the subtle scent of something a skin care product would have... 
The only let down and the only reason why I haven't repurchased it is for the steep price. You are looking at $38.00AU for an 100ml tube. While some say "it's totally worth it if you use it for so and so months and you divide $38.00 for how many months blah blah blah..." yes. I get that. But I've found something that does the same job for 1/3 of the price. But who knows, in the future if I win a lot of money and I don't mind splurging a bit more on my sunscreen... then yes, I would repurchase. 

Innoxa Organic Brightening Eye Creme
This little product had been a gift with a bunch of other skin care products from one of my friends. I had gotten it at the perfect timing as well because I was on the hunt for a good eye cream. 
I have a bit of a history with eye creams. More than a history actually. My eyes repel eye creams. Lol. Let me rephrase that. I have sensitive eyes, very sensitive eyes. And my eyes become a tearing, irritated mess (swollen irritated) when they come in contact with the wrong eye cream. 
I've certainly gone down the lane of high end to the lane of low key affordable when it comes to eye creams and nothing seemed to get the job done. I also tried the avenue of just skipping eye creams all together but I found my eye lids becoming dry and further irritated. So like I said, this product couldn't have come at a better time. 

Purchase Product HERE

Claims
"This organic aloe vera based eye crème nourishes, soothes and softens the delicate eye area. Enriched with organic avocado, sweet almond and grape seed oil to tone, firm and strengthen the eye area. This anti-ageing eye treatment is rich in organic oils such as rosehip, olive, coconut and macadamia to help reduce the appearance of fine lines. "
- Via Innoxa Website Click Here

Final Thoughts
Finally an eye cream or should I say "Creme" that doesn't cause irritation and moisturises the eye area. 
I can't really confirm the whole "Anti ageing" and "Anti Wrinkles" claims, because generally I feel that it's difficult to really record that development in such a short period of time, but I can say that I'm at the turning age of 27 and my eyes have yet to see crows feet. Hope that bit of information helps. 
When it comes to the "Brightening" element, I honestly didn't see any brightness happening to my eye area, but funny enough, although the product's name says "Brightening", they mention absolutely nothing about brightening in their claims... so I'm not sure what the deal is with that. 
Moisturises? Yup. Good for sensitive eyes? Perfect!

Makeup Empty Products

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre Foundation Skin Primer
This little gem is an on and off product I've been using since I first started working in the industry (about 8 years).

Purchase Product CLICK HERE

Claims
"LOADED WITH SKIN SOOTHERS LIKE VITAMIN E, CHAMOMILE AND YARROW EXTRACTS, THIS RESTORATIVE MAKEUP BASE KEEPS SKIN HAPPY AND HYDRATED WHILE ALLOWING YOUR FOUNDATION A SMOOTHER LANDING."
- Via Napoleon Perdis Website CLICK HERE 

Final Thoughts
Like I mentioned before, this has been an on and off product of mine for the past 8 years. It was the first primer to really enter the makeup industry and be readily available here in Australia, making it a well known product amongst us Australian Makeup lovers. 
It definitely helps in soothing any irritated skin, helps to moisturise those dull patches and not only is a excellent primer but is also a multi functional product (can be used to remove any makeup duds such as eyeliner mishaps, can be used to turn pigments into cream products, also can be used as a moisturising cream... only to name a few). 
This product is a product that can be used for any skin type, whether you are dry or oily. Which is why this product is a staple in my freelancing kit. 
When you first apply the primer you will notice it leaves a tackiness to the skin, that the same as most moisturising creams. This tackiness is an excellent surface to apply foundation, allowing it to stick like mild glue and the feeling dissipates within a couple of minutes (so don't worry it isn't uncomfortable).
I do have to mention, for those who are curious. This is not a primer that will minimise pores or uneven texture, you will need to use or rely on different products for that. This is the type of primer that concentrates more on creating that barrier between your skin and makeup, making the makeup last a lot longer and hydrating and soothing areas of the face. 

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
A holy grail for many beauty youtubers, so of course, me being the maniac I am, I had to try it out. 

Purchase Product HERE

Claims
"This oil-free, weightless and multipurpose primer goes beyond traditional formulations by concealing redness, minimizing the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and shielding skin with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 protection. In addition, it repels water to keep your make up looking freshly applied all day long."
- Via Hourglass Website CLICK HERE

Final Thoughts
A very luxurious and expensive product. 
When applying this product it felt almost mousse like to the touch, it was very soothing and velvety. 
It was a product that helped assist in concealing redness and uneven texture (enlarged pores and dry patches). 
This is a product that I did thoroughly enjoy and highly recommended in my videos. The only let down is the price, but in saying that you are paying for a good quality product that works. 

Mecca Cosmetica Lip De Luscious SPF25 
Another product that I had received from my Mecca Cosmetica Christmas Box. 

Purchase Product HERE

Claims
"An all-time favourite, Lip de-Luscious SPF 25 Lip Protectant hydrates and conditions lips with a botanical-rich, lip-loving formula. Contains Shea butter, hyaluronic filling spheres, pomegranate seed oil, vitamin E and SPF 25 for beautifully soft, SPF protected lips." 
- Via Mecca Cosmetica Website CLICK HERE

Final  Thoughts
This is a product that I had previously mentioned on my youtube channel CLICK HERE  as something that I use on the daily and have one in every possible reaching corner. 
If you are looking for a lip balm that moisturises instantly, doesn't feel sticky or heavy, has SPF protection and hey, even has a nice tint... then this may be the product for you. 
I currently own three and even converted my mother in law to the product, definitely recommend and rave about this item a lot. 
Once again, the only issue or factor that may make you a bit hesitant in making the purchase is the steep price. $28 for 11g of product. Some may find it pricey, some may find it worth the money. It's all up to your individual needs and budget. Personally, it's the only lip balm product that has made the claims and fulfilled them. 

Loreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara
An oldie but a goodie. 

Claims 
"1) With telescopic explosion and its globe- brush, 100% of lashes are lengthened, fuller and fanned out.
2) Capture all your lashes, even the short and thin ones impossible to reach with a classical brush, thanks to the small and precise spherical brush."
- Via makeupandbeauty.com Review CLICK HERE

Final Thoughts
Now, I'm not sure if I should have even included this product considering it is superseded and hard to find. But I enjoyed it and you can still purchase it via ebay CLICK HERE
There's been so many mixed reviews with this item - the packaging being the debated subject. If you notice in the picture above, the wand is in the shape of a sphere. Purely designed to get to those hard to reach lashes. Some said it did the opposite and caused a huge mascara mess, others claimed that it was the most innovative thing they've ever seen. I party with the latter.
The sphere shape did exactly what it was designed to do, get to those hard to reach lashes. I found that I was able to be a bit more particular and precise with my application and do my coats with ease. 
The formula is quite similar to that of the Carbon Black version, where it lengthened, volumised and kept the curl, but just like the carbon black version, the more coats you apply the more clumpy it will get. 
Was it my favourite? Once upon a time. Will I repurchase it? Not anytime soon. Honestly, I have been trying out so many different mascaras for the same price point that ebay offers with this one, that do the same job but give better results (not clumpy). I do recommend this product if you happen to somehow stumble upon it for a good price and are willing to play around with different packaging. 

Benefit They're Real! Mascara
A product that has had so much hype. 

Purchase Product HERE

Claims
'they're real! lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates. Our jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!
  • 94% saw dramatic length & volume*
  • 94% saw visible lift*
  • 100% saw long-wearing results*'
- Via Benefit Cosmetics Website CLICK HERE 

Final Thoughts
This product had me turning and tossing as to whether or not I liked it. Do you guys notice that when you first purchase it the formula is sticky? To the point that when you pull the wand out, the product sticks to the packaging? 
When I had initially purchased this item I had found the formula to be so sticky that it made it difficult to work with. After researching to see if I had just purchased a bad batch I noticed that many people had found themselves in the same situation. I had to let it sit for a couple of months in the cupboard before reaching for it again. When I did finally use it I found that the product hardened a tad bit and became easier to manage. 
After that predicament I was able to see the full potential of it's claims. 
Did it give me dramatic length and volume? Definitely. Did it give my lashes visible lift? Dramatically. Was it long-wearing? Not a single smudge around my eyes. 
So the product does work, but with initial purchasing and using, it is tacky and needs a bit of "Settling". I know it's weird. But I'm not the only one who experienced this.

So that pretty much concludes todays lengthly but hopefully helpful post for you guys. Thank you all so much for visiting today. I hope you all enjoyed this blog post. 

xx/VANESSA

  

Monday, 15 August 2016

DIY: Faux Concrete Table Top - Industrial Style


It's completed! For a couple of weekends my hubby and I have teamed together to make our own coffee table. 
Before the thought of making our own coffee table went through our heads, we were trying to go down the convenient route and shop for one. Being set on having an industrial style coffee table - it was close to impossible to find one within budget. So what do you do when you can't find a specific coffee table within your means? You make one!

Designing the table was easy, we had looked at enough designs and inspirations to know exactly what we were looking for. We knew we wanted something that looked industrial (palette preferred) and one of the elements in our lounge room is concrete. So it was easy to say... we had the design spot on.

I was going to do a DIY post and show you all instructional step by steps on how to make your very own, but in all honesty I'd be pretty much copyrighting a bunch of DIY bloggers if I do that - since I followed 2 DIY posts in making the table. I've conveniently linked those blog posts down below for you all.

When it comes to the palette (base + legs) of the coffee table, I have to give 100% credit to my husband. He designed and built it all on his own. I love him. lol. 







Believe it or not the "concrete" table top is made from MDF wood. 
For the structure of the table top (to make it look thick), I followed the instructions on this blog CLICK HERE. I however, didn't follow their instructions on how to concrete the surface because it didn't work out when I tried their method (the concrete wouldn't stick and kept breaking off once dry).

What did work was this instructional DIY CLICK HERE. Which turned out absolutely fabulous - durable enough to withstand my naughty kids who think the coffee table is now a new couch. 

I hope you all found this blog post helpful. See you all very soon!
xx/VANESSA

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Skin Care Routine Part I : Morning Routine


Hello everyone!
On my most recent episode on my youtube channel CLICK HERE AND SUBSCRIBE I uploaded my 'Morning Skincare Routine', which is part I to II parts. 
Before I delve into more details about the products featured in the video, I thought I would give you all a little background story and history to my skin, that way you can see if these products are fitting for you. 
For as long as I can remember I've always had troubled skin, and now as an adult I realise I will always have an ongoing battle with it, whether it be acne, rosacea or wrinkles, there will always be a need for treatment here and there.
Phases, that's what my skin loves the most. To go through phases. My skin would always be on either side of the scale, one end being clear as the bright sky and the other end being troubled and absolutely ridiculous. 
So here I was lazy, perfect skin me (the wonderful phase), then I had a terrible, terrible breakout whilst I was on vacation in Hawaii. Still unsure of what influenced it, but all I know was that it was absolutely horrible. 
Even though I always suffered from mild acne, I had never experienced it so badly at that moment. It was to the point that I could not feel a single bit of smooth surface along the perimeter of my face. 
And as we all know, once your skins shot, so is your confidence. 
Your confidence just plummets. To the point of you being tempted to wear concealer whenever you step out of your home.  Just in order to avoid the stares... you know what I'm talking about, the... "She's not looking at my eyes, she's looking at my pimples..." and "she's not talking to me, she's talking to my acne!".
When I returned from vacation I then got a facial from my mother (who is a qualified beautician) and she pretty much "diagnosed" my skin. The feedback I got from her was quite confusing, claiming that I apparently had "dry" skin. Me being a person who's constantly told I had oily skin was really confused.
She then went on a rant about how "Yes, the surface of my skin may look oily, but the layers beneath were dehydrated, which in return made my skin panic and compensate for the lack of moisture - thus, creating excess oil.".
After hearing this overload of information I then decided to buckle down, do some research and actually start giving a crap about my skin. 
After testing and researching a shit load of information about my skin concerns, I finally see some results and improvements on the texture of my skin, my acne and pigmentation. 

My Skin Concerns:

  • Sensitive Skin
  • Acne Prone 
  • Scarring
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Excess Sebum
  • Dehydrated Skin
  • Anti Wrinkle (at the turning age of 27, so yes... I am concerned about wrinkles)

Now, this post may be a bit overwhelming for many, because keep in mind that this is 3 months worth of research, testing and playing put into a 6 minute video and one blog post. But that's why I decided to create this blog post so that you all have something to refer back to. 

I would also like to mention that for the past two weeks I've also cut down on dairy products. Dairy products is one huge consumption and the worst at triggering acne. Containing the growth hormone IGF-1 it automatically spikes your insulin dramatically, which leads to skins inflammation, clogged pores, redness, swelling and acne. So yes, your diet speaks a story through not only your body but also your skin. This was challenging, because I'm a glutton when it comes to dairy: eggs, cheese, yoghurt, milk... OH MY GOD. Lol. 

My Skin Care Routine 2016 
Part I - Morning Routine
Step One - Cleansing 
Tony Moly - Dr Tony. AC Control Acne Foam Cleanser
Purchase HERE
- Sciadopiatys Verticillata Root Extract for pore care
- Sage to help reduce stress on 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
- Lathers Well - pea size amount is more than enough







Step Two - Toner
Innisfree - Green Tea Balancing Skin
Purchase HERE
My cleanser can strip my skin from moisture and leave a tight feeling so I like to use this toner to recover my skins moisture levels. 

- Contains Green Tea & Green Tea Seeds that moisture and nourish the skins deep layers
- Contains Betaine derived from Amino Acids to provide intense moisture and help restore skins natural balance. 










Step Three - Serums

Holika Holika - Skin & Pore Zero Tightening Serum
Purchase HERE
- Adds rich moisture to applied areas
- Contains Lucola Extract to strengthen skins wall (prevents & fights scarring caused by blemishes).
- Boswellia Carterii Gum Extract to control pores contraction & excess sebum
- Not sticky, watery substance that absorbs easily and quickly.





Ciracle - Anti Redness K Solution
Purchase HERE
- Recommended to those who suffer from rosacea and visibly red acne.
- Oil Free redness remedy
- Ideal for sensitive skin 
- 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 skin. 




Step Four - Eye Cream


Mecca Cosmetica - To Save Eyes Eye Cream
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- SPF30
- Contains caffeine for a boost of energy to tired eyes
- Metal ball tip applicator to help soothe and massage puffed tired eyes. 

Step Five - Sunscreen / Moisturising Cream
Etude House - Sunprise SPF50+
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- Contains Vitamin D & Dwarf Ground Sedge Extract to help strengthen skins defensive power from damaging elements. 
- Aloe Vera & Linden Flower to help hydrate the skin. 
- Acai Berry & Acerola to reinforce skins bounce

Step Six - Acne 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 Seven - Lash Serum
Etude House - My Lash Serum
Purchase HERE
Detailed Product Review & Results CLICK HERE
- Contains Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract and Panthenol to help condition the lashes, encouraging healthier fuller lashes. 

Step Eight - 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. 

That pretty much sums up this blog post. I know to some this seems a bit bizarre and tedious, because yes, it's 8 steps. But all these products are directed to one particular concern, and lucky me... I have so many! Hahaha. And like many Asians, I have now been converted to the belief that we should spend just as much time and effort on our skincare as we do our makeup - after all - skin is something we can't wash off, so we should take care of it. 

I hope you all enjoyed this blog post and found it helpful. Don't forget to revisit to keep up to date with my blog posts!

xx/Vanessa

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