What I got for Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a wonderful day, celebrating with family and friends.

I walked to my family friends house halfway through the day and it was quite charming seeing how empty and quiet the streets were – everyone was inside relaxing and enjoying time together.

For Christmas I was so spoilt by family and friends, and although the presents were an awesome addition to the day, the best part was just talking and laughing with people close to me.

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Excuse all the presents strewn in the background, my family has a habit of becoming messy whilst chaotically opening each gift and thanking/chatting to the people we received them from.

From my parents my main gift was given in advance, because they paid for my flights to Asia in January, as I’m holidaying with a friend and paying for the rest of the trip myself.

However, they were a bit naughty and still gave me a present to open on Christmas day, which was a VS Sassoon hair curler, because I’ve been loving the 80’s corkscrew curls look lately.

From my extended family I was spoilt to a couple of make-up products including the NARS sheer glow concealer, the NAKED 3 palette, Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder and a beauty blender.

A friend who knows my addiction to tea, so gave me T2 Choc Chip Chai, T2 Madagascan Vanilla Tea, some Nepalese lemongrass tea from her travels in Nepal and a Morrocan mint tea.

I’ve just been loving the T2 Choc Chip Chai, it’s made with an array of spices (Black tea, cloves, star anise, ginger, cinnamon, orange blossom, gingko, flavouring, cardamon) to create a spicy chocolate flavour.

Other friends gave me LUSH bath bombs which I am going to treat myself to when the weather gets a bit cooler, a make-up bag from a small Sydney based boutique, a 2017 calendar made out of recycled paper and cute cupcake patty pans embellished with pink polka dots and gold lining.

As you can see I was so spoilt and I am so appreciative of all the gifts I’ve been given. I’m getting really excited for my trip to Asia and will take lots of photos and keep you updated.

Hope everyone is enjoying the festive season as much as I am!

xx

My Nightly Skincare Routine

Have you ever noticed how flawless the average Japanese woman’s skin is? Studies show that the average Japanese woman uses up to seven skincare products per week.

Thus, a little extra time and effort on your skincare goes a LONG way. I’ve spent a long time finessing my skincare routine, because I prefer to have a clear base to put a little bit of make-up on, than to use a lot of make up to cover up a load of blemishes (a cake face of make-up makes me look like a hooker).

The first thing I recommend you invest in is ‘Homemade Beauty’ by Annie Strole . This little book has 150 recipes for homemade skin serums using ingredients found in your kitchen. Each recipe is for a specific skin problem (blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, detoxing) and there are little tips about the main ingredients and what they are doing for your skin e.g. plain yogurt contains lactic acid which gently exfoliates and hydrates the skin giving it a beautiful glow.

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Using the information about products in the book, and my own research online and in stores like The Body Shop, I have compiled a simple, but effective nightly skincare routine:

  1. Remove makeup using Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser. Cream Cleanser’s are good at removing make up for all skin types, because they are gentler than soaps or liquid cleansers. If you are thinking that you already have oily skin and this will just make things worse, oils work to balance natural face oil by helping your skin to stop producing as much.
  2. Using a cotton pad wipe face and neck with The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner. Tea Tree’s anti-bacterial properties reduce zits and fatty build-ups to overly reduce blemishes on skin.
  3. (Once a week) Exfoliate lips with Lush’s Mint Julips Lip Scrub, then moisturise with Blistex Lip Conditioner. Make-up lip products dry out the lips very quickly, making it important to exfoliate your lips regularly. This will make them pink and soft, and make sure to seal them with a good lip conditioner (I love Blistex the best).
  4. Spot treat pimples using CVS Benzoyl Peroxide acne medication. Benzoyl perodixe dramatically dries out excess oil plug pores (pimples), as it is an anti-biotic used to eliminate the bacteria that causes acne. Using it as a spot treatment on problem sites helps to reduce pimples rapidly.
  5. Add a squirt of Honey to a slice of freshly cut lemon. Rub the lemon flesh over blackhead areas. Honey is a wonderful moisturiser and lemon is anti-bacterial making them the perfect pair to spread over your blackhead areas. This will lead to a decline in blackhead’s overtime.
  6. Hydrate eye area with Nivea Q10 plus anti-wrinkle eye cream. This product visibly reduces dark circles as well! A Dermatologist once told me to start using anti-ageing products from as young as 19 – to combat the effects of ageing. Of course the best way to reduce wrinkled skin is to stay out of the sun (apply a layer of SPF 15 – 30 sunscreen underneath your make up) and to maintain a healthy diet, but anti-ageing products will also reduce the ageing process.

This is my skin care routine so far, it changes quite a lot as I hear new information about the benefits of different products. The best part of my skin care routine is that it can be achieved on a fairly low budget, as I don’t know if it is worth splurging $90 on a bottle of ‘magic skin serum’. Good luck with your skin care endeavors!

xx