Mr Dreamy, For Your Hands

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If you’re like me and you’re constantly wearing nail polish because it has become an addiction over the years, you will know how dry your nails get. 

If you’re in winter right now, you know how dry your skin gets.

 

Over the past 2-3 weeks, I’ve had the joy of trying out 2 of LUSH’s amazing products (Lemony Flutter and Tiny Hands) and here’s what I think in about 3 words: they are amazing.

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Lemony Flutter is like a moisturizing paste for your dry skin and you can use it anywhere, and I do. I use it as a foot cream, a nail/cuticle cream and a cream on my elbows and knees. I love the thick consistency and it smells quite nice.

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Tiny Hands is like a little non exfoliating body butter for your hands. It is just amazing. At first you put it on your hands and it feels like the “oil” doesn’t wash off but you go over to towel off the water and BOOM your hands feel amazing and the “oil” just soaks in immediately.

I mean, honestly, there is nothing worse than the feeling of dry skin and/or looking down to see dry nails and cuticles but these two products have been miraculous. I’ve been using then every single day. I love them both and I would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone who’s battling with dry skin and even then, we always look after our body and our face, but we always forget about our hands!

 

That is all for today’s post. Tell me what you think of these products if you’ve ever used and what are your holy grail hand products.

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Secret To Soft Sexy Skin

See the alliteration there, oh will the english teachers/professors/nerd be so happy about it. But do you know what will make us all happy? If we had soft sexy skin. So many of us think about that and sigh and groan “I’ll never get that” but that’s so wrong (and so negative too tsk tsk :P). All you have to know is one little secret.

Drybrushing.

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This amazing invention of god is perfect: it buffs away dead skin leaving the skin much smoother and product absorption just that much better and a closer shave to those ladies who likes to shave their legs. AND as a bonus, as if the amazing effects weren’t amazing enough, it helps to minimise to appearance of cellulite because it increases blood flow. Now, let me just say for a second that you can’t just “get rid of cellulite” just like that (I’m sorry ladies 😦 ) but this will help just make it look better. 🙂

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So as to how I use it, well. I do this BEFORE I shower, on DRY skin (ie. DRYbrushing). I start on my lower leg (calf/shin area) and use the brush in upward strokes (toward the heart). I continue up my leg until the top of my leg. Then I go back over it in circular motions to stimulate the blood flow more and obviously I do that for both legs. Then I go onto my arms where I do the same thing: brush strokes towards the heart then circular motions.

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Then I move onto my belly and back. On my belly, I work in downwards motions and I genenerally don’t work it in circular motions and I find that this skin is slightly more sensitive. Then I do my back more vigorously (well, technically the same just for a tad longer) because it is hard to reach.  I basically do this everywhere except for on the girls (because that would hurt and the skin there is very sensitive) and definitely NOT on my face (even more sensitive. Besides, I have my Clarisonic for that). 

This is basically the most amazing way to achieve that soft skin that we all crave for.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Tell me what you think and what your favorite soft skin strategies are.

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TAG! This or THAT?

Today I’ve decided to do a tag because I haven’t done one in SO SO long. So this is just the really really old youtube this or that tag. I hope you enjoy! The one in bold is my answer.

Tag Questions:
Makeup:
blush or bronzer
lip gloss or lipstick
eye liner or mascara
foundation or concealer
neutral or color eye shadow
pressed or loose eye shadows
brushes or sponges

nails:
OPI or china glaze
Long or short
Acrylic or natural
Brights or darks 
Flower or no flower 

Body:
perfume or body splash
lotion or body butter 
body wash or soap
lush or other bath company 

Fashion:
jeans or sweat pants
long sleeve or short
dresses or skirts
stripes or plaid 
flip flops or sandals 
scarves or hats
studs or dangly earrings 
necklaces or bracelets 
heels or flats 
cowboy boots or riding boots
jacket or hoodie 
forever 21 or charlotte russe 
abercombie or Hollister
saks 5th or nordstrom

Hair:
curly or straight
bun or ponytail
bobby pins or butterfly clips
hair spray or gel 
long or short 
light or dark 
side sweep bangs or full bangs
up or down 

Random:
rain or shine
summer or winter
fall or spring 
chocolate or vanilla 
east coast or west coast

 

So that is the end of my SUPER quick tag post. I hope you liked it and I tag anyone who wants to do it to do it. It’s so quick and fun.

I’ll see you tomorrow with a beauty post. Get ready 🙂

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PRODUCTS: Empties and Regrets

Hey guys. I know that I’ve been extremely MIA but I’ve also been extremely busy. I had a show last week and then I had to spend the weekend catching up lost work. But I’m back now and I’m going to be back on track from now on, NO interruptions. 😛

So today, I’ll be doing for you a post on products that I’ve finished and I’m definitely going to repurchase and products that I’ve thought were going to be amazing but have turned out to be not so lovely for reasons that I will describe for you guys. These products will be a range of beauty and makeup items and I hope you enjoy.

Do keep in mind that we’re all different, what works for you may not work for me and what I just didn’t like, you may have liked, and that’s okay. Actually, if there any of those products that I’ve used and loved that you didn’t like at all, or vice versa, PLEASE tell me in the comments below because I’d be very interested to know.

Empties: Products that I’m eager to repurchase.

I have an issue where I LOVE a product and somehow I just don’t go back to repurchase it (because I’m lazy and not very product-loyal because I love to try around) but there are some that I just go back to/know I will go back to.

  • LUSH’s American Cream: this is honestly an amazing conditioner that works just so so well on my hair. I’ve finished my 100g bottle but I’m so keen to go in and buy more. Maybe the Lush-keepers have started to realised exactly how often I go there!
  • Another LUSH product, Rehab, is something that I must repurchase. A shampoo that lathers well without the use of sulphates and parabens etc. That’s just amazing. I adore the fact that Lush is natural because I feel the amount of chemicals in those other things are just not good for your hair.
  • Now onto skincare, I’ve had this for not that long at all but it has immediately become my all time favorite face wash: Origin’s Checks and Balances. I love it so much that I’m already into the last 1/4 of the bottle. I will most definitely be repurchasing. The way it acts on my face without leaving its feeling taunt is just amazing AND you get a thorough clean, necessary for my face!
  • Clinique’s Anti-Blemish Solutions! This toner is so good. No matter how well I clean my face, you still can’t get as deep as this toner does. Honestly an amazing product. Nothing else I can say, honestly!
  • Lip balm wise I have 3 favorites: Burt’s Bees Lip Balm with Mango and Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit (that I had to hunt down! (well, an amazing person hunted it down for me)) and the LUSH Honey Trap. I’m a Lip Balm FANATIC. I’m not kidding. I adore my lip balms. And these are amazing. Mainly because of their natural ingredients again. I remember my chemistry teacher saying that we shouldn’t use vaseline based lip balms because the molecules are too big, I don’t really know what that means but I trust her. Go beeswax based lipbalms! Will be repurchasing if I ever run out/lose them.
  • Makeup wise: MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study is something that is amazingly versatile. I use it as an all-over the lid base for any eyeshadows (sometimes I just wear it), I use it for a brown bone highlight, and I use it on my cheekbone as a highlight. I just love the formulation and some how it manages to stay on my lid all day!
  • Another makeup one is the Napoleon Perdis Loose Dust in No 37. Now they’ve changed their loose dust powders completely which makes me very very sad and it means I can’t repurchase (GRRRRR) but thats almost okay because the Bare Study (above) is basically like a cream version, a lot cleaner!

REGRET! Products That Disappointed Me.

I generally don’t have that many products that I end up being sad with because I’m do quite a bit of research on everything I buy before I buy it: that is, I read reviews, I look at ingredient lists and tuff like that online and sometimes I ask around. But, here are some that I thought I would like but I just didn’t

  • LUSH Lip Service is the first candidate I’m rather disappointed with. We all know how much I adore Lush and to have this product that I just disliked so much is really disappointing. It’s so difficult to get it out of the jar, it doesn’t applicate well, and it’s just inaffective. It’d be an amazing product if I could actually use it properly. This is the same issue with my LUSH It Started with a Kiss Lip tint. So strange how my Honey Trap and Latte apply perfectly but not this one 😦
  • MAC Technakohl liner in Purple Dash: I’m not the biggest fan of the Technakohl liners at all. They’re impossible to use (in my opinion), they don’t give me a nice line (well at least this one doesn’t). Honestly, the color isn’t amazing at all either. It looks like I either have really bad bags under my eyes of someone’s punched me in the waterline. It’s just not good at all. So upsetting for how much I love MAC. And it’s rather expensive too. 
  • Vaseline Dry Skin Lotion and the likes: Some people swear by this. I just abhor it. It leaves a sticky residue and it just refuses to soak in. When it does, it doesn’t fix my dry skin. Unimpressed.
  • MAC Blush in Fleur Power: I actually love the formulation of MAC blushes, they are one of the best but honestly, it’s just the color of this. It’s too pigmented (haha wow am I saying this)! It doesn’t allow me room to build so as soon as I try to put it on, I look like a doll that’s been slapped or something. 
  • Origins Dr Weil Mega-mushroom: it says that it’s best for redness and sensitivity, meaning that it’s hoping to fix that right. Well I used it for a month and noticed absolutely no change in my skin. It says that it’s best for comination-oily skin right. Well I used it and I’d always get more oil on my face than usual (not a nice feeling). On top of this, it has a scent that I just can’t deal with. A definite let down for me because I generally love origins products.
  • LUSH Grease Lightning: a spot treatment that is okay but I expected it to be better. It’s actually pretty good but being use to Origin’s Super Spot Remover, this just doesn’t compare.

So that is it for my post. Tell me in the comments below what are products that you always repurchase and what are the ones you’re disappointed with. I’m curious to see your responses.

Thanks for waiting so patiently for this post and thanks for reading.

I WILL see you tomorrow.

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Inspiration: Fashion Missions PART 1!!!

It’s Monday and you have an early morning class. Uh. As if you can be bothered to work up a glamorous outfit right? I mean Mondays are meant to be for getting over your weekend madnesses and the warm-up day before the read week of fashion begins.

So start with sometimes easy, student-like and chic:

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Read: comfortable navy scarf, any plain grey v-neck t-shirt, a nice deep red drape/waterfall cardigan, your favorite blue jeans, a pair of boots (if it’s chilly) and some nice uber simple accessories.

Phew! Monday went by without a single problem. Not one fashion disaster. But it’s time for the Tuesday. Tuesday’s time to have fun. You don’t know what cute man candy you could be running into today 😉 Give yourself two options, a day wear one that you can easily transform for the night.  

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The bright colors are perfect for a fresh daytime look: nice and feminine.
Read: a nice white blouse is always great in the daytime but also so versatile. the cute A-line skirt will make your waist seems smaller and your legs longer and thinner, the cute accessories are perfect for the more casual daytime feel. Wear some nice espadrilles or wedges for the daytime. If you’re going out in the evening, just pop on some nice tights, a pair of pumps and a black jacket (in this case, another cardigan). 

Wednesday is said to be the worst day but don’t let this drag down your fashion! I’m thinking something totally in contrast to Tuesday. Monochrome! As much as it doesn’t get the YELLs that other trends do, you should definitely not underestimate the power of a monochrome outfit. It looks chic and pulled together effortlessly.

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Read: The most comfortable pants you own, an extremely cool printed top, a nice pump AND an amazing blazer. Pair this outfit with the perfect bag and you’re set. What more do I need to say?

So that is all for my FASHION MISSION Part 1. Tune in tomorrow for Part 2 where I’ll be finishing the mission with some amazing party and date outfits. Make sure you don’t miss it by following ParisienLight.

Tell me in the comments below which one is your favorite outfit.

Thank you so so much for reading. I hope you liked this post. See you tomorrow.

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IT’S CLEARING UP!!!: My Skincare Routine

Previous Posts mentioned (go read them 😀 ):

LUSH Hair Products Review
LUSH Body-(Skin)-care Products Review
My Skin Story 

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The much a-waited post has finally arrived. Ever since doing my hair and body care things, I’ve wanted to do this post but just never had the chance to because I wanted to make sure that this routine works before posting about it. I’m just going to write up what products I use, in which order, how I use them and stuff like that. They’ll be a mini-review on each product but if you want me to do a full review on a product or a few products, please type it in the comments section below. 🙂

So you may remember my post from a few days ago about the problems I’ve been having with my skin ever since I was around 10, so that’s a really long time. But my skin is now past the worst stage of it but if it gets really irritated or if it’s that time of the month, my skin just explodes. Last week, my skin was having a rather unhappy reaction to something (I have no idea what) and I was all broken out all over my forehead and it was just really really awful but I feel as if using these products seriously seriously helped because just a few days later, my skin is almost completely clear again. YAY! 

If you haven’t read that post mentioned above, go read it. Or just keep in mind when reading this post that I have Combination to Oily skin that is very acne-prone.

Morning Routine

1) A light cleanser: The Liquid Facial Soap in the Clinique 3-Step Kit for Skin Type 3 or 4
I only use this cleanser in the AM and I’ve been using this cleanser for almost 3/4 of a year now and I’m still loving it. It’s just a really light cleanser for the morning because I don’t like to have really strong chemicals or anything like that on my skin that early in the day. However, I did try using a very light (non-chemical) exfoliate instead in the mornings but it just got so so tedious because I’m usually in a rush in the morning and I don’t want to spend that time using an exfoliate. So I just get a pump of this onto (CLEAN!!!) hands and rub it in circular motions on my wet face. It will foam up a little and after doing that for maybe a minute, I just wash it off. I try and avoid using towels because they can carry bacteria (I know, ew).

2) Toner: Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion
This is a rather new edition but it’s been working wonders. I use this AM and PM.Just shake so that the sediment “acne-medicine” is mixed into the solution and I just get this onto a cotton pad and sweep it all over my face. I’ve actually not come across a toner as good as this one and this is my mother’s “skin care secret” so follow it. I seriously recommend this. 🙂

3) Moisturizer: Origins VitaZing
Moisturizer acts as a barriers between outside grossness and your skin (pores). This moisturizer is amazing. Like actually. It also has SPF 15 which is why I put it on in the AM only. I put this all over my face except for my eye area and where I have active blemishes or hyperpigmentation.

4) Others: Sisley Cosmetics Phyto-Blanc Intensive Lightening Lotion and LUSH Grease Lightning
Before you freak out, my mother is a very very loyal customer of Sisley so we basically get an endless supply of free samples so I don’t actually have the full size of the Intensive Lightening Lotion but I just use the samples. I’m not entirely sure if I like it enough to ever buy the full sample but at least I know that something is on my face fighting the hyper-pigmentation. (I put it on the spots where I have hyper-pigmentation). And then the LUSH Grease Lightning is great to put on my active breakouts. It’s a lot lighter than the Spot Remover by Origins but still does a really great job. I would definitely recommend this. Both these products I use AM and PM.

5) Eye cream: Origins GinZing
I’ve never really needed an eye-cream because I don’t have a problem with bags or puffiness (well, it can’t be solved with an eye-cream) but the lady at the store (and FleurDeForce on youtube) said that this is a good eyecream so I just use it in the AM to reduce puffiness in the mornings and to awaken my eyes.

That is all for the morning (then I apply make-up)

Evening Routine: 

1) Makeup Remover: MAC Makeup Removers and Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water
I have a whole range of MAC Makeup Removers and I love them all. I usually use the remover wipes (I know, some people hate wipes but these are actually really amazing) especially if I have a lot of makeup on because I always feel as if it doesn’t completely come off otherwise. The Sephora one, I use that just for taking off eye-makeup because it’s gentle.

2) Cleanser and Clarisonic: Origins Checks and Balances
Now I’ve recently invested in a Clarisonic (a review will be up if not tomorrow than the day after) and I absolutely love it. I use it in the shower (because I shower at night) and I just put a ring of the Origins cleanser (which I just adore because it works beautifully) and I use it on my face for a minutes. I have a clarisonic Mia so it actually times 1 minute for me. (Obviously these 2 steps are just PM).

3) Toner: Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion
Same as the AM above. 

4) Moisturizer: SkinFoods Lettuce and Cucumer Jelly Cream
I’m devastated that I’ve almost finished the tub but this is AMAZING. It’s so refreshing and hydrating. Uh, I love it. Same with the moisturizer in the AM, I put it everywhere but my eyes, where I have hyper-pigmentation and active breakouts.

5) Others: Sisley Cosmetics Phyto-Blanc Intensive Lightening Lotion and LUSH Grease Lightning
These are all the same as the AM as well. 🙂

I also moisturize my lips with either LUSH Honey Trap Lip Balm or Burt’s Bees Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter, but of which smell absolutely AMAZING and work wonders to make my lips… sexy… HAHA!

So anyways, that is it! Two five-step routines for my skincare. My skin is actually feeling and looking so healthy right now so I feel as if these routines are working really well for me. Now, that is a point of emphasis FOR ME. All skin is different so what may work or me, may not work for you. So keep that in mind. 🙂

Oh and before I forget: EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE I:

– Do a mask: Usually one from Origins. If I’m really badly broken out, instead of doing the usual Cleanser, Toner, Moisturizer, I use Origin’s Clear Improvement, Out of Trouble and Drink Up (in that order)

– I use LUSH Sweet Lips lip scrub

 

[Disclaimer: All these products were bought by me (well apart from the Sisley samples that were NOT given to me for review purposes) and this is completely my honest opinion.] 

That is all from me today.

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HOW TO: Style Mint Jeans

One of the HOTTEST trends right now is the mint jean. I know, how stupid does that sound, one clothing item takes up a WHOLE trend. But it is, and I’ve been getting questions on styling mint (well, pastel colors in general) pants so I thought, well I bet you heaps of people on the outernet are wondering the same thing because it’s something that you don’t expect. So I went onto polyvore and I made a little collage (I went a little crazy) to embody my main tips. 🙂 ENJOY!

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1) PASTEL WITH PASTEL

Now there is nothing trendier than combining trends, right? So why not combine the pastel color trend with color blocking? Mint jeans will look amazing with other pastel tops and shoes. Think pastel pink/corals and pastel yellows. Check out that awesome scarf that has a mixture of pastel colors (that would look awesome on those mint jeans and a white top!). And coral shoes! So pretty. Mixing “prints” is also in so if you have a polka dot mint skirt, maybe wear it with a lacey white top?

2) PASTEL WITH FLORAL

Now pastels look amazing with floral, especially for the spring and summer time. Wear your mint jeans with a floral top. I personally think the best floral top to go with these pants is the navy background shirt with small floral print instead of big flowers. You can also take the floral to the shoes or on a scarf (I just love scarves!)

3) PASTEL WITH “DULL” COLOR

This mint green jean looks amazing this a dull pink shirt or a dull blue sweater. The complementary colors of of pink and green will make your outfit look effortlessly put together. Want to quieten the loud mint green? Pair it with a dull blue sweater. The analogous color will soften the brightness and spread it through the outfit. Want to wear mint jeans in autumn? Pair it with a tan sweater!

Favorite Outfits of this Set:

– White blazer, sheer dull pink shirt, MINT JEANS and the light floral shoes

– Dull blue sweater, MINT JEANS and dull pink cork wedges

– Coral and white striped shirt, MINT JEANS and white cork wedges

Yay! Haha. I hope this post helped. 🙂

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