Daily Night Cleansing Routine

July 20, 2014

Little joys of life is in simple things. So for me there is nothing more satisfying than washing my face after a long, tiresome day of work/study, and I just feel so much better afterwards (who doesn't anyways?).  On a daily basis, I use a two-step system that helps me achieve a clean surface that is ready for my usual skincare routine. Here, I'd like to share with you my holy grail cleansing products that I heavily rely on for cleansing my face: 

1. Oil-Cleanse Method: Facial Cleansing Oil by Philosophy
 A mineral oil-free facial cleansing oil that melts away a waterproof mascara, as well as the rest of the makeup, sunscreen, and dirt, while maintaining skin's natural moisture levels? Yes, please. Usually, I apply a dime size amount of product to the palm of my hands ( making sure that face/hands are dry), massage it into my face in a circular motions for about a minute and wash it off (using cellulose sponge) with lukewarm water and all of my makeup is removed. Marvelous! Although it's a cleansing oil, it doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy/oily at all but, most importantly,  doesn't cause any breakouts- I had an awful experience using Lancome's Huile Douceur which contained mineral oil.

To make sure that makeup is completely removed, I use the Purity Made Simple cleanser. It's gentle on the skin, has a milky consistency, and leaves skin feeling hydrated. In addition, I'd say that it's quite an effective cleanser by itself- it does a good job removing eye makeup- but I am still worried that it may  leave some traces of makeup (yes, I am a control freak). However, when it comes to morning cleansing I am more likely to use it alone.

3. Must-have tool: Cellulose Sponges
 Since I've stopped using Clarisonic Brush on a daily basis, which resulted in enlarged pores (yikes!). Therefore, I was looking for an alternative tool that is gentle enough for daily use and I stumbled upon this amazing cleansing tool. What I love most about these sponges is their compact size, affordability, and effectiveness.

Time Travel Through Music

July 19, 2014

They say that time machine does not exist, but I say it does. Music is my portable little time machine. Magically, it allows me to swiftly go back in time and relive past experiences in my mind; all I need is a mobile phone and headphones! Not too long ago, I was listening to Craig David's album Born To Do It, which was released in the year 2000. At the time I was a careless little girl-who probably didn't even comprehend the meaning of the songs- but I remember the events that took place in that point in time very vividly whilst listening to this album. My brother was a huge Craig David's fan, and I happened to be the one who listened to the music he enjoyed. I cherish those memories. Nowadays, whenever I happen to be listening to a popular song- i.e Sia- Chandelier- I am aware that I'll be able to live through today sometime in the future by simply pressing the play button on my phone.

As a music lover, I had decided to invest in a pair of good-quality headphones. As much as I love listening to the music without headphones on, I can't  bother my roommates too much with loud music-definitely don't want to be that kind of a roommate. Hence, I was in a desperate need of a new pair of headphones. When I was doing my research, I found most of them to be rather unattractive and boyish, especially the Beats by Dr.Dre- although they're considered to be among the best on the market, I've heard that they were rather uncomfortable. Luckily, I've found a good match Frends Taylor Headphones that looked stylish and, most importantly, were discount priced on the Nordstrom website, thanks to there Anniversary Sale* ($133.90).

I am so happy with the purchase. It seems like they're well-crafted, high quality headphones that are both comfortable fitting on the ears and, as I mentioned earlier, are very stylish-rose gold plates are so cute. The sound quality is superb and, again, compared to the Apple EarPods (unfortunately, I can't compare to other on-ear headphones) and includes a sound isolating feature, which is great, especially if you live in an apartment. Moreover, these headphones can be folded to fit into a mini-protective bag that comes in the packaging to save up some space in your handbag-as we all carry a lot of unnecessary stuff in our bags, it's a great addition.  I believe it was a good investment, and I expect these headphones to last me for a long time.

More information on Frends Taylor Headphones:
 Features a handcrafted faceted metal ear cup, genuine leather band and ear cushion, soft fabric cord, three button inline controller with mic, memory foam ear cushions, 40mm driver with full spectrum sound quality, and a zippered carrying case.

  • Rose gold plate over-ear headphones 
  • Handcrafted faceted metal ear cup
  • Sound isolating
  • Genuine leather band and ear cushion
  • Soft fabric cord
  • Three button inline controller with mic
  • Memory foam ear cushion
  • 40mm driver with full spectrum sound
  • Zipped carrying case
*Nordstrom Anniversary Sale from July 18th-August 4th.

My Little NARS Collection

July 12, 2014

I've always been hesitant of buying anything from Nars- maybe because of the high price or eccentric names( i.e., Deep Throat, Orgasm) *ahem* just to name a few. Nevertheless, I had decided to give it a whirl, at last, when Sephora had an annual VIB sale with a 20% off on all purchases- it'd be pointless not to (oh-these never-ending excuses). One thing I knew for sure was that Nars has a good selection of high-quality, good-performance blushes, foundations and concealers. So, as a result, I've decided to focus my attention on previously specified categories of products.

Luckily, Nars had released the limited-edition One Night Cheek Palette ($65), which had all the necessities for the cheeks all-in-one palette. As a side note, I had a MAC blush in Peaches for about two years and was about to hit the pan. Therefore, it was an excellent chance for me to purchase a palette that contained a limited-edition highlighter Devotee, a bestselling bronzer Laguna, the bestselling blushes Orgasm and Deep Throat, and two newly released limited-edition blushes Mistinguette and Goulue. What a great palette it is for traveling! I am very happy with the purchase because I've got to try out the Nars bestsellers without purchasing them individually ($30 each), which, essentially, would result in a much lighter wallet. However, as much as I was happy that I ended up buying it, I'd like to note that they aren't as pigmented as an individual ones, which is slightly annoying to say the least.

I have a normal-to-dry skin type and as the sale was being offered in the colder months of the year, I'd decided to buy the Sheer Glow Foundation ($45) as it's supposedly is a hydrating type of foundation.   But, however, I've considered not to get it, because I had other foundations that I'd had to finish *round of applause*. The time went on and I'd finally decided to give it a try. The first time I visited the store I didn't ask for an assistance to get matched for the right shade, and grabbed the wrong color Stromboli, which is tad too dark and yellow for my skin tone, and went for Fiji, instead. I love this foundation because it looks very natural on the skin, feels very light, gives a 'lit-from-within' kind of glow, and most importantly, doesn't break me out. Speaking of which, I'd have fallen asleep once wearing this foundation for nine hours straight and hadn't gotten even a zit on some odd area of my face. That's why I love it so, so much.

The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer was recommended to me by the sales-associate at Sephora, when I asked for a hydrating under-eye brightening concealer. I'd get dry patches under my eyes, and this concealer didn't emphasize them like other concealers that I owned would, while it covered the dark circles under the eyes. As it's suggested to apply a concealer that is two shades lighter than your skin tone, I had chosen a shade called Vanilla- it does an excellent job highlighting my under eye area. However, the only downside is that it doesn't last very long-mine lasted for about two months. Nonetheless, I'm planning to purchase this concealer in a different shade, specifically in Custard, which is similar to my skin tone- good for camouflaging blemishes.

Of course, I am planning on expanding my collection-what would you recommend me buying from Nars?