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The Beauty Clean-Up #7 (empties) | HUGE Edition Once Again!

Whoa there. #7? It feels like I’m going through these at a faster rate, the more I go through them! This month has just been empties after empties. It’s interesting because I have this thing where I wait for all of my to-be-empties to actually be empties before I go and make a post about it. I can’t just go and talk about 10 and leave 3 hanging! I did say that this was a clean-up after all, didn’t I?

Enjoy!

+ Would repurchase
– Will not bother again
= Neutral/Indifferent

+ L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Wash
+ Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
= Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil
La Roche-Posay Serozinc

+ The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin
= The Ordinary Buffet
+ Tonymoly Intense Care Snail Hydro-gel Mask
+ The Cure Green Tea Collagen Essence Mask
+ Neogen Milk Cream Essential Mask
+ Neogen Black Caviar Essential Mask

= La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL
+ Dr Organic Aloe Vera Gel

+ Cien Soft Make-Up Pads
+ Batiste Dry Shampoo in ‘Cherry’
+ Palmolive Milk & Honey Shampoo

+ VO5 Revive Me Daily Conditioner
+ Radox ‘feel pampered’ Bath Cream
+ Eucerin Intensive Lotion 10% w/w Cutaneous Emulsion

+ Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in 030 Classic Beige
+ Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara
+ Bobbi Brown Sheer Pressed Powder in Pale Yellow

Cleansers and a Toner

L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Wash:

[See my review here] This lasted considerably well for me! You only need a pea-size amount although sometimes I get over-excited and squeeze out more than is necessary. I don’t typically use clay cleansers but I would go back to this. I feel that it really cleanses my skin from underneath and not just the surface.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm:

This is my 3rd one that I’ve used up I think? It’s a cult classic staple for me and one that I’d recommend to everyone. It takes everything off and better yet – you get to massage your face whilst doing so! I won’t be repurchasing soon because I want to try other balms but I will be coming back to it for sure.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil:

This is just okay for me – I definitely don’t love this more than the balm version as it doesn’t successfully remove my mascara. But I will say that this is the more convenient one to use in the shower. The SA said she prefers this to the balm whereas I’m the opposite so it’s all about preferences really. For what it’s worth, it’s economically friendly considering the pump, whereas I get a bit heavy-handed with the balm sometimes!

La Roche-Posay Serozinc:

I wanted to love this more than I do; as much as everyone else. But it just didn’t do anything for me, sadly! I used this during the course of two breakouts in the summer, and whilst it didn’t make my skin worse, it didn’t make it better either. Sorry but I don’t understand the hype!

Serums and Treatments

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin:

This feels very similar to the hyaluronic acid and niacinamide serums that The Ordinary has to offer actually. I would say that this is a good medium if you want hydration but also want some brightening effects to help with hyper-pigmentation. As per usual, this absorbs easily like the other The Ordinary serums. I particularly like using this along with the Retinol every other day or two – it does the most amazing thing to your skin!

The Ordinary Buffet:

At the time, this was the most expensive from The Ordinary’s line. I’m not sure if this is still the case since they’ve expanded their product portfolio. It was hydrating but nothing that I’d prefer to use over the hyaluronic acid or niacinamide. I think this is mostly down to it not being a product for me since it is meant to be anti-aging; so it’s a bit of a miss from me.

Tonymoly Intense Care Snail Hydro-gel Mask:

These were gifted by my brother. They are more on the expensive side of sheet masks but wow, you can really notice the difference in quality! The sheet mask is divided into two face sections (upper and lower) and is made up of a hydro-gel texture that just sticks to your face without any crimpling; and once it’s on, it’s on. I always feel luxurious when I use these. They are just the right consistency for a mask – not drippy but you do get the full hydration treatment. Afterwards, my face just feels amazing and revived. Dehydration? What dehydration?

[I’ve thrown away the following empties but luckily, I have talked about these exact 3 masks before on the blog here: 3 K-Beauty Sheet Masks You Need To Know About (+Try!)]

The Cure Green Tea Collagen Essence Mask:

This is one of the best sheet masks I have ever used. I would buy these again in a heartbeat but unfortunately, they’re not readily available to me; especially since I bought these in TK Maxx! It’s really soothing on the skin, drenched enough but not too much and the perfect pick-me-up on a long day where your skin needs something a little extra.

Neogen Milk Cream Essential Mask:

I liked this mask but I think it would do even better for those with drier skin. In that sense, it’s not my ultimate favourite, but for what it’s worth, I did enjoy using it. It’s drenched just enough in a milky serum and smells milky too, which I find really relaxing and different for once. This helped hydrate my skin and brighten it but I do wish I had saved it to use in the winter instead.

Neogen Black Caviar Essential Mask:

A very unusual mask! Whether in its look (it’s a black carbon mask), smell or star ingredient, it is just unusual. The smell is a bit weird and unfamiliar (I still can’t pinpoint it) but it isn’t funky-smelling. A lot of sheet masks help with hydration, but this is a special one; and one I’d recommend to those with oily/problem skin. It’s what I’d call a ‘skin food mask’ as it feeds so many nutrients to the skin whilst pulling away the bad stuff from it since it’s a carbon mask. For me, this helped especially during breakouts so if you get a chance, give it a go!

Other Skincare

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL:

Another La Roche-Posay product that has been talked about a lot. I’m on-the-fence with this one. I do like the consistency and how easy it is to rub into the skin. It’s thin and lightweight which I guess is what you expect from a fluid. But it hates a lot of my skincare (particularly The Ordinary) as it piles every time. Every single time. Into white bits that sometimes get in my jet black hair. I’ve found that warming the product up first in between my fingers helps a bit, but if I’m honest, I forget to use this tip sometimes and then I’m back to square one – starting over. Oh I don’t know!

Dr Organic Aloe Vera Gel:

Technically I still have a little left in the tube, but I’m so close to finishing it that I might as well add it here! I’ve talked about this many-a-time, in favourites and in empties too (I think) so it’s a staple for sure. Lately I’ve been swapping my moisturiser out for this on some evenings which I find really helps if you’re quite spot-prone. It’s a great antiseptic, plus it doubles over as a sleeping mask.

Skin, Body and Hair Essentials

Cien Soft Make-Up Pads:

No surprise here. Go-to cotton pads that I use daily for my bioderma and my countless toners. I use a lot of these so the fact that these are cheap and cheerful is great on my pocket.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in ‘Cherry’:

I think this might be my favourite one from the Batiste range. I’m not normally big on cherry scents but I do actually like this one. The formula itself does the job for me but for now, I’m staying dry-shampoo-free for a while. (I might do a post about this?)

Palmolive Milk & Honey Shampoo:

I grew up with using the Palmolive bath milk. It was and still is a family-favourite. I was happy to try this out without expecting too much and whilst it’s not the ‘best shampoo ever’, it beats a lot of the ones I’ve used before. I realise I have to be careful with choosing/using shampoo since some either leave my scalp dry or my hair greasy. This actually balances my hair and even my scalp feels comfortable. I can now get to second day hair without hating on it. 🙂

VO5 Revive Me Daily Conditioner:

This was in one of my favourites post not too long ago. It smells really sweet so it might not be up to everyone’s taste, but I do actually like the scent! I’m not very loyal to hair conditioners – I can take it or leave it, and a lot of the times I leave it if I’m honest. This particular one has actually conditioned my hair without making it greasy (common problem for me…therefore can’t get to decent second day hair). I’m back to being conditioner-free at the moment but if I wanted to, I know where to look now! 😉

Radox ‘feel pampered’ Bath Cream:

As cheap and cheerful as bath creams get! You can get these for £1 in Home Bargains and are available for around the same price in most supermarkets (basically, just go to Home Bargains). I have to say – I’m not a bath person so I don’t use these in the bath. I’m not really someone who spends a whole lot on luxurious bath products either. This product has reaffirmed why: it’s skin-softening, smells nice without overdoing it and lathers up well.

Eucerin Intensive Lotion 10% w/w Cutaneous Emulsion:

This is the second one I’ve used up. I used this primarily to treat my dry skin patches and any skin problem areas. The formula is really unique. It’s neither a cream nor a gel. I guess it’s a milky lotion but that’s not an exact description either, since when you rub it in, it becomes a colourless seal that stops moisture from going out. This is a little pricey but it lasts for ages, and really calms my skin when nothing else is working.

Makeup

(Alas! Some makeup bits that I’ve finished up after all this time!)

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in 030 Classic Beige
:

I have used this to death! There is probably a few more applications, but I just had to call it quits and tell myself that I’ve done the product justice. (You can probably tell it’s old because almost all the writing has rubbed off.) I have to say – I’m not really a concealer advocate but I really love this. It doesn’t necessarily conceal so this won’t be for everyone, but I love it for brightening up my face! It doesn’t crease and actually sits nicely on my skin too.

Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara:

I’ve had this mascara for longer than I should’ve and it’s dried up now, so it’s as empty-worthy as a mascara can get. It’s one of my favourite mascaras ever. I don’t ask for much when it comes to mascaras, but a lot of them either don’t hold my curl, or they flake and transfer. 🐼 This doesn’t budge! The only thing I ask in mascaras is to make me look like I have lashes (seriously!) and this does it all for me: length, curl, definition.

Bobbi Brown Sheer Pressed Powder in Pale Yellow:

Ah Bobbi Brown! Possibly one of my favourite brands alongside Clinique. This powder is very finely milled and comes with a puff that’s of really nice quality. It’s lasted me a whole year where I’ve been using it on/off, and each time it’s served me well when it has come to touch-ups. One touch-up and I’m done for the rest of the day!


Total of 21 products have been cleaned up! I imagine that I will have one more empties instalment before the year ends including a clean-out of products I don’t use at all. I actually can’t wait to reset my whole collection (skincare and makeup). 

What have YOU finished recently? 

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September Monthly Favourites ft. Superdrug, Essie + LUSH!

Fall is here and I’m so excited for it! It’s not quite cold yet but my wardrobe is slowly transitioning to colder weather. For me, I would always choose fall/winter > spring/summer – my skin loves it, my wardrobe loves it, I love it. 😝

This month, it is undoubtedly, unapologetically, all about skincare with two exceptions. Don’t worry, next month you’ll see me busting out all my Autumn shades in my makeup! (I already dug out two awesome cream shadows last night that I almost forgot about…spoiler alert but maybe you will see them next month?)

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Featured in this post:

Superdrug Vitamin E Facial Scrub
Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser
Innisfree Sebum & Trouble Zero Lotion | Forest For Men Line (sample)
Essie Nail Lacquer in ‘312 spin the bottle’
Essie Nail Lacquer in ‘6 ballet slippers’
LUSH Dream Cream

Keep your skin smooth and everything else will follow: There’s a myth that surrounds exfoliation I feel…as if you have to saw away at your skin like sandpaper. That’s really not the case! I have been loving the Superdrug Vitamin E Facial Scrub for a good month. It’s made of natural exfoliants – namely oatmeal and walnut shell granules…pretty cool right? It’s so gentle and creamy on the skin yet effective in getting rid of rough, dead skin. Everything else, including foundation just sits nicer on my skin now without having to compromise!

This year, the creamiest face wash goes to…: I don’t normally buy skincare ranges but I was set on trying more of the Superdrug Vitamin E range after falling in love with their moisturiser some years ago. I saw a blogger write good things about the Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser and I was curious. Even though this is primarily for dry skin (and I have combination/oily skin), I feel that I can get away with using this. It’s so creamy and hydrating – a consistency I particularly love for cleansers. This is a no-thrills cleanser and quite possibly under-hyped. Do give it a try!

The season’s got me trying new things: So I went to Berlin a month ago for 5 days (oh time, why do you go so fast?) and naturally, I packed some samples with me to try since they’re so easy to travel with. Although a man’s product, I’ve been loving the Innisfree Sebum & Trouble Zero Lotion. My skin was really congested those first two days of travel, but this really helped; and by the third day my skin started to clear up. It’s cooling on the skin with a fast absorption rate, and smells minty fresh – what’s not to love?

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Low-maintenance nails never looked so good: There are two things I’m really low-maintenance about: my hair and my nails. I do however go through phases with each, and this time it’s been my nails! The last time I talked about Essie polish was in this favourites post which funnily enough, features the same polish I’ll be talking about today! I guess it just goes to show that these were good choices in-the-making; choices that are never going out of style! Essie Nail Lacquer in ‘312 spin the bottle’ is a beautiful nude colour that’s not too beige…in fact it has more of a pink under-tone. Essie Nail Lacquer in ‘6 ballet slippers’ is a sheer wash of something that makes your nails just look pretty without trying hard. A perfect my-nails-but-better shade. (FYI, I bought these in an Essie duo set called ‘In the Mood for Nude’.) 

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Motivation to moisturise comes from this: I’m really lazy when it comes to body-moisturising, I kid you not. But I’m improving. And you know what? I’ve possibly reached a new record ever since I discovered the LUSH Dream Cream because I’ve been using it most days of the week after a hot shower; and my skin has never felt (and looked) so good! Where do I begin? The biggest change is when it drastically improved my dry skin patch that I’ve had for months on end which at its worst, looked pretty damn ugly. Even at its best, it still looked dry and scaly. Now, it’s almost gone and I can’t quite believe it. Dry skin, eczema, psoriasis or just skin in general…you NEED this in your life!


Skincare-heavy it is this month! But with good reason as my skin seems to be looking almost at its best now. I’m even looking to write a post about my current skincare routine – what do you think? 🙂

Let me know in the comments below what YOUR favourites have been! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

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5 Beauty Products I Took To Berlin

Before I went to Berlin for a 5-day trip, I had thought to create a post on what I was taking beauty-wise (skincare and makeup). Skincare planning did not go to waste and in fact – I thought I did rather well. (Upcoming post on that soon!) But on the makeup front, I have to admit that I didn’t use everything that I brought with me. It’s silly really, and somehow I do this every time. It’s almost like I have an irrational fear of not having enough makeup with me on my travels!

So today, I’m showing you the exact 5 products that I did use during the whole course of my trip to sport a less is more look.

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Featured in this post:

Bobbi Brown SPF 50 Protective Face Base
Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Duo in 1 Dark Brown
L’Oréal A Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara
Dior Addict Lipstick in 871 Power
Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Pale Yellow

I believe all of these products have been previously featured in my favourites post, which is one of the key aspects you should focus on when beauty-packing for travel. Unless you know it’s a good product for you, don’t pack it. Getting ready in the morning is more fun and efficient when products work with you and not against you. After all, the last thing you want is your base piling and your mascara running down your face. (Ain’t nobody got time to do their makeup all over again!)

Even though I packed a foundation with me, I specifically picked Bobbi Brown SPF 50 Protective Face Base as my only base to use because I noticed my skin was a bit congested on the first day which is normal for me whenever I travel. The base offers no coverage but the key is that it offers protection. That would be my number one priority and should be yours too when you travel!

Aside from protection, the base doubles up as a great moisturiser too, even though I always use one underneath. I am liking this product even more now that it’s fall. It’s a cream-based product that is easy to work into the skin – very lightweight. It has a planty smell, a bit unusual but I really like it; something that you’ll have to see for yourself. The base does leave me looking a bit shiny (or dewy should I say?), but it’s nothing a little powder can’t fix. Of course, no dreaded white-cast…if anything, it makes my skin feel clean and pretty.

Once my base is done, I move onto eyebrows. These few months, I have been using Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Duo in 1 Dark Brown so it was a no-brainer to take this with me upon my travels. I would really recommend Etude House for their eyebrow products that I think they give Benefit a run for their money! This particular product achieves defined, but soft, natural brows; perfect for everyday.

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For eyes, I went completely simple. One product: L’Oréal A Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara. I had a phase where I did eyeliner everyday but I’m not about that life anymore. Part laziness, part preference. I actually like this mascara more now that it’s had time to settle. It’s one of the very few mascaras that actually holds my curl, combs through my lashes and doesn’t flake or transfer on me. Winner!

Now, on a day-to-day basis, I’m not exactly a lipstick girl. I’m not that into the mattes and super high pigmentation. I’m actually more into the sheerness of products; the creams, the layers. I’m not done with Dior Addict Lipstick in 871 Power just yet…the love continues. It’s one of my splurges I 100% don’t regret. I would describe it as a grapefruit pink shade that’s not in-your-face but still catches the eye because it’s so pretty.

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Lastly, I finish with Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Pale Yellow which I really don’t have much left of. Yet I still took it with me because I refuse to waste an ounce of it. I only ever have to touch up once with this. The packaging is maybe a tad bulky (not heavy though) but it’s sleek and fits nicely in my makeup bag. I will be sad when this finally dies on me!

…and this is the final look! (Ignore my pyjama and headband, haha…)

P.S. My brows are naturally a bit uneven – does anyone else have this problem? As you can see one is more arched/curved and the other more straight. Sometimes I think it is my facial muscles that cause this!

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Something a little different today. I think this is only my second ‘makeup of the day’ post I’ve ever written! Maybe I can challenge myself to do more of these? [See my first one here]

I apologise for the infrequency of posts lately, I’ve been working on some new personal projects that I’ve had to put the blog on a slow-burner for a bit. There’s also been a lack of natural light which really doesn’t help with inspiring a photography game. Nevertheless, I will figure out how best to organise everything into balance! 

Take care. 🙂 ❤

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Review: It’s Skin Collagen Nutrition Eye Cream

I’m back with another review!

This time, it’s a K-beauty item that I bought online which you may recognise from my YesStyle Haul post. I’ve been testing it out for over a month – the only eye cream that I’ve been using day and night actually, so I think it’s time to finally do a write-up!

Enjoy! 🙂

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What is it? 

It’s an eye cream that’s part of the It’s Skin Collagen Nutrition skincare line which I’ve never tried before. In fact, I’ve never tried this brand before either.

This eye cream (supposedly) promotes elasticity and moisture to the eye-area.

How much does it cost?

Its actual price seems to be around the £15 mark but I got this on sale on YesStyle for around £6/7. Considering that the tube is 25ml as opposed to the typical 15ml, this is a bargain!

Where from?

The brand itself is from South Korea. The actual product, I purchased from YesStyle.

Who is it for? 

When researching the brand, I found it very interesting. So It’s Skin realised the skin and skincare troubles that a lot of consumers deal with, and with that knowledge, they worked with dermatologists from Seoul University to create its line of makeup and skincare.

As a result, they focus on top-notch science fuelled with natural ingredients. This is their ethos.

What made you buy it? 

Honestly, I was intrigued by its cheap price point especially for how much you get! The reviews on YesStyle are mostly (if not all), 5 stars so I was curious to see how good this product was, since I’ve never actually heard about it before. Keep in mind though – that I don’t follow K-beauty that closely.

Can you talk me through the ingredients? 

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  • My eyes quickly drew attention to hydrolyzed collagen which is more or less top of the list, being second only to water. Collagen is the structural protein which gives our skin and connective tissues its body, the plumpness and flesh. So for under eyes, this is pretty damn nice.
  • Butylene Glycol is a common skincare ingredient. A humectant and texture-enhancer, designed to hold water as opposed to losing it.
  • Laminaria Japonica Extract needs your attention! It’s a seaweed found mostly in Japan, and has detoxifying properties, thus brightening the skin giving its healthy glow.
  • Presence of Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E).
  • Not paraffin-free or silicone-free. Dimethicone is the 5th ingredient and paraffin is 12th out of 33 total ingredients.
  • Not fragrance-free. Fragrance is 19th and placed much higher in the ingredients list overall. (Fragrance is typically the last or second-to-last ingredient on the list. Not always but on most occasions.) We’ll discuss this more below.

[See more at: CosDNA]

What do you have to say about it?

There are two things that I want to point out right away, so that we can then bite our teeth into the fleshy part and discuss those elements in full detail.

The first being that, this eye cream does absolutely nothing for dark eye circles. Nothing. Na-da. Personally, that doesn’t bother me hugely because my dark eye circles are quite light, but if that’s a main concern of yours – this is so not the solution. (To be fair, this eye cream doesn’t state that it helps with dark circles but just as a pre-warning and confirmation of that.) 😛🐼

Secondly, the fragrance is very obvious from first use. It was a bit much for me but I’ve since gotten used to it and it’s not as big of an issue now, but for those who are sensitive (or scent-sensitive), I think this could be a real issue.

Now that I’ve got that out of the way, we can take a look at the design of the application:

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Packaging is in a tube with nozzle tip that’s quite easy to squeeze out. BUT I think because it’s in a 25ml tube as opposed to the typical 15ml, it’s harder to dispense the cream once you’ve used half the product already. You eventually start using both hands to help dispense.

As aforementioned, the fragrance is the first thing that hits you when you try it out for the first time. I don’t consider myself to be scent-sensitive – but I do have my limits and in a way, this went overboard. To be exact, the scent is actually similar to perfume – there is a floral scent and not a light one either. It’s obvious from the get-go and it’s more concerning that it’s in an eye cream. Why would I want my eyes to smell of anything?

It probably took about 2-3 weeks until I got really used to the scent (or perhaps, psychologically, I started to ignore it). Now, I don’t even notice it anymore but that’s the thing – I’ve conditioned myself so it’s not really a problem anymore. For sensitive individuals, I don’t think conditioning would be an option – the scent is just too much. Overpowering. Put it this way – it’s a scent that I might like to wear as a perfume and nothing else. Otherwise, it’s not an offensive scent, just one that perhaps needs time and patience.

That aside, I do like the eye cream for its functionalities. It’s firming and really plumps up the eye area well. It’s the correct consistency (for me). It’s not too heavy or too light and sits well on the skin and underneath makeup. I used this morning and night, and though I wouldn’t say I have any eye wrinkles, I felt like it really smoothed out the eye area and kept it hydrated. I particularly like using this under concealer as I think it makes a great base for it.

The last thing I want to mention – and it is an unpleasant one – is if you somehow manage to get this in your eye at any point throughout the day. (Washing your hands after use would probably be a good idea!) I sometimes have a tendency to rub my eye (softly because I know it’s not good to) and maybe it’s the fragrance, but my eye starts watering like crazy. As luck would have it, this is always in public too but so far, I haven’t looked like a mad woman from it!

Pros:

  • Very affordable (especially for size)
  • Easy to use application
  • Creamy consistency that’s not too light or too thick
  • Firming and hydrating properties
  • Sits well under makeup

Cons:

  • Fragrance fragrance fragrance
  • Can sometimes manage to make your eyes water (but it’s not painful)
  • Does absolutely nothing for dark eye circles

Overall Loving: 6.5/10

Remove the fragrance and I will give this at least an 7.5/10 – no questions about it. It’s a shame that brands feel the need to put fragrance in skincare products, and even worse in this case – an EYE cream. I don’t understand why there is this need either?

To some extent, I feel that a rating of 6.5 is a bit generous due to the fragrance factor however, I have really benefited from the firming effects and it definitely keeps my whole eye area hydrated! Bottom line, would I repurchase? Maybe. 


I am back from Berlin and feeling fresh to post again! I was meant to post this last week but ha, it wasn’t finished and traveling really takes a lot of energy. I know blogging isn’t work but I decided perhaps it was best not to check any emails, work-related things and the blog whilst on vacation. 😛

Have I missed anything? I’m looking to catch-up with everything blog-related today! 

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Some Advice For Saving Money

If I’m completely honest with you, I never really struggled with money in the sense that I always had some money saved over. I was taught quite young to save money once I had a set weekly allowance. I even remember that a lot of it was saved for my own spending money when we would go to Hong Kong as a family. (The currency conversion was amazing back then.) Once we were back, I’d start saving all over again and it’d be like a race to save more money than I previously had. That was motivating.

When I say I never really struggled with money, I don’t mean that I’m rich or from a privileged background. Absolutely not. (Although nothing wrong with that either. It’s all about good temperament really.) I just think because I started early, once I got into my teens, I could appreciate buying my own clothes and other items with the money I’ve saved for some time. For some reason, that felt like a really cool and grown-up thing to do. And then when it came to the bigger ticket items like a trip to Hong Kong as aforementioned – I fully understood that saving required time.

It’s not easy nowadays. Economy isn’t great, prices are only getting higher but wages are barely supporting it. Today, I’m giving you some useful tips because I realise that not everyone has a knack for saving money.

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1. Assess where all your financial woes are going

Some people are more natural at saving than others. Whether you are a big spender, a big saver or are able to balance both well, I think it ultimately comes down to two things: your personality and your lifestyle.

If you are very social and out-going, then it is very easy to be exposed to environments where you are spending money and/or require you to spend money prior to. For example, you may go out a lot and may like to wear a new outfit every other week for it. I’m sure it’s all good and fun, but unless you’re earning considerably, the costs stack up very quickly especially for a one-night-outfit. And let’s not forget that I haven’t included buying food and drink yet…

It’s very simple – the money you are spending is the money you could’ve saved if you didn’t spend. Assess your lifestyle and financial woes with a pen and paper, and decide what you are spending too much on and how best to limit yourself. Sustainable capsule wardrobe? Cook and eat at home more? Alcohol from the supermarket?

1.2 Just because you can, don’t go out and blow out all your money

There are people who admit they don’t have much money anyway, which okay, is fair – but then they go out and blow all their cash! I have seen people do this many-a-time and I just don’t get it. Please don’t do this. (I won’t feel sorry for you either if you do this and struggle until your next paycheque.)

2. Think of saving in the long-term

I’m not asking you to live frugally but I do want you to think of saving as almost like a future investment and emergency fund. Of course, you’re going to spend a certain amount each month; and there may be other months where you completely discount your spending because of bills. I would suggest to do some math and decide on a budget that would be your spending money.

Sure, having lots of money doesn’t equal happiness, but I think a lot of us would agree that having money problems can be really stressful. Although – there is actually a saying in Chinese: If it’s a problem that can be solved with money, then it is not a problem, hence why you need to consider your savings as a future emergency fund!*

*An emergency fund is that money you can turn to for future unforeseen events. If you only think about your money in the present then I think you have no chance of saving. Always think in advance! 

3. Do your research well

Sometimes, it’s very easy to jump at the first offer and buy a product or service. The first offer may look good but it’s very possible that if you’ve jumped at it already, you haven’t looked at the ins and outs of the offer, researched other competitors/similar products or services and done a price comparison.

Marketing is a funny thing. They are not liars but they definitely don’t show you the entirety of what you’re buying at one glance – you really have to do your research. For example, you are buying a package, but you may not have considered that anything extra not only costs money, but a lot of it too!

4. Take advantage of offers and vouchers

It’s hard being a savvy shopper nowadays – there are so many products to keep up with and that doesn’t include the hundreds and thousands of new ones being launched daily. But amongst the pool of competitors, I’m sure you will have a few trusty products you go back to time and time again? Look out for offers on everyday essentials, seasonal trends, holiday packages…the list goes on.

My friend recently treated me and another friend to a spa treatment (back massage and facial) at a hotel at a fraction of the original price, via a website called Groupon which is essentially a website offering deals on products and services. Luxury doesn’t have to cost the earth!

5. Challenge yourself!

This is the one that has really been keeping me on my toes because although I don’t necessarily struggle with money, I can sure as hell make what I’ve spent more productive! You’d be lying if you said that you’ve never spent on something completely useless. 😛

I read and catch-up with a lot of blogs and have found it really enlightening that people write anti-hauls where they justify why they won’t be buying certain products. [See my latest one here] That type of commitment to not buy something is actually so powerful because we are standing our ground and saying that we don’t need so and so’s product. And it’s true – you don’t actually need everything that you want to buy. So challenge yourself with no-spend months, budget yourself when you do spend and justify the costs – was it worth it?

[See my first ever The Beauty Clean-Up (Empties) post and why I decided to start this series which is related to spending and using products more efficiently.]

Good luck!


I hope that this was helpful for a lot of you! I feel like this is an area that many people struggle with. Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions that this post didn’t quite cover! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

As always, thanks for reading! 🙂 ❤

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