Yearly Archives: 2008

Baking Soda (~$2 to $5)
Believe it or not but plain old baking soda mixed with a creamy cleanser actually makes a pretty good exfoliator. I always use this with my Cetaphil cleanser whenever I run out of my favorite exfoliator or when I need something mild yet effective. And the best part is it does not even cost more than $5! Definitely give it a try!

Jurlique Biodynamic Beauty Refining Treatment ($35)
This is an all natural exfoliant from Jurlique’s latest Biodynamic Beauty range. It contains Jurlique’s one-of-a-kind Biodynamic Blend – Rose Gallica, Licorice Root, Black Elder, Chamomile, Pansy and Sweet Violet – to reduce redness and fade discoloration; along with Calendula, Horsechestnut, Soapbark Tree, Apricot Seed and Willow Bark extracts. It does not contain parabens, mineral oils, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic emulsifiers, artificial colors or fragrances.

I definitely like the idea of this being a natural product since green is now the new black. The grains are medium-sized but do not scratch my uber sensitive skin a teeny bit. My skin just feels clean and smooth and never dry. The smell is also very natural and pleasant and reminds me of this moisturizer from Fresh. My only complaint is its price. $35 is pretty steep for an exfoliator – you can definitely find something with similar results for a cheaper price.

St. Ives Apricot Invigorating Scrub ($5)
This used to be my HG when I was younger. It contains 100% natural ingredients like Apricot extract, Walnut extract, Swiss glacial water etc. to deep clean pores. The grains are medium-sized and it is very effective in removing deadskin and cleaning out blackheads. I used to use this once a week and my skin would look so smooth and radiant afterwards. But now that my skin has gotten a lot more sensitive, I find it a little too harsh to use on my face. It still makes a great body scrub though.

I used to think that expensive curling irons and flat irons were just gimmicks but when I finally got myself a CHI flat iron, I can see why people are willing to fork out that extra money for it.

The Farouk CHI Turbo Flat Iron 2″ is extremely lightweight and it has a slightly longer, 360-degrees swivel cord to help it from getting all tangled up. The controls are placed on the outside for easy access and the velvet lining on its handles makes it really comfortable to grab onto and less likely to get your fingers burnt. The indicator light is located on the outside as well but the light itself is really crappy so it can be hard to tell if the flat iron is heated up or not.

Temperature-wise, there are two settings – low and high – with a range of 175F/80C to 356F/180C. I normally use the highest setting and it never takes more than half a minute for the flat iron to heat up completely.

I also love how how the 2″ plate allows me to work with more hair at a time. Five minutes is all it takes to straighten my long, Asian hair and most importantly, my hair is left looking shiny and smooth and it stays straight even until the next morning, which almost never happens with my other cheaper flat irons from Sally’s! Plus my hair never gets dry or damaged when I use the CHI Turbo, even without a heat protector.

Overall, this is a very user-friendly flat iron that is great for beginners and pros. I am proud to say I am now a CHI convert!

As promised, I will be doing a series of Bridal Makeup Looks from different cultures and first, I am going to start off with my hometown – Hong Kong.

Hong Kong brides like to keep the look natural and light, especially during the day.

The look is very soft and feminine and you will rarely see any dark smoky colors or harsh lines on the eyes. Instead, a lot of soft, shimmery pastels are used. Some colors to really bring out brown eyes are pink, lavender, minty green, light blue and silver. A long-lasting eyeliner, an eyelash curler and a waterproof mascara are a must. You can also use false lashes for the day but remember to pick a pair that lengthens without being too over the top. Lining your lower lashes with an off-white/beige pencil will also make your eyes pop.

To create a healthy flush as spotted on Janice Man on the left, try colors like baby pink and soft peaches. Smile big and apply directly onto the apples to create a cute doll look.

When choosing a lip color, you can never go wrong with a medium pink or peach.