I will admit, I find it really hard to make it to skincare empties as I do change up my routine quite often. There is however much satisfaction when I do make it to the end of a product though and for me it means that I can use or open up something new in my routine. These days I have learnt to not be so light handed with products and to not be afraid to use some things a little bit more generously/heavy handedly as if I went on the rate that I was at previously, I don't think I would have ever finished anything! In saying that however, this is my empties for this month, its not many but at least they are empty!Read More
I won't lie...I did go a bit nuts over the past few months with my online purchases. In my defence though...I rarely buy skincare locally in China due to a number of reasons. The main reason is that the type of brands that I do tend to use are just not available here as they cannot be sold due to China's strict laws and regulations - one being that imported products MUST be tested on animals. Most of the brands that I use are generally cruelty free and are not tested on animals and therefore these brands are not legal here. The other reason as to why I do not buy products in China is simply due to the fact imported goods are generally quite expensive here (and I thought we had it bad in Australia!). For example, a Chanel lipstick which costs about AUD$49 will easily got about AUD$70 here due to the higher tax rate that imported and luxury goods will have. In terms of where or not products are safe, that is also something of concern as well, but if I do buy any personal care goods, I generally do buy it from a larger overseas chain (ie. Japanese department stores or from Watsons).
Then there is the issue of shipping to China. From what I have read, shipping goods to China can be quite heavily taxed for skincare and cosmetics. I have read that consumers have been taxed between 30-50% on their personal goods before which has really put me off having my online shopping sent here. There is also the added the concern that it might just go missing in the crazy China postal system. Mind you, as of recently I have relaxed this a little and I have purchased and received some things online where the seller has kindly under declared the goods for me incase I do get taxed. So far, I am pleased to say that I haven't had any missing mail or have been asked to pay for taxes. Fingers crossed it does stay that way!
However, most of my online purchases are not urgent and I am willing to patiently wait for them. Therefore I will happily send my mail back home to Australia and wait until we have someone visiting Shanghai to bring these goods with them or wait until we are meeting family in another country. We have been extremely lucky to have visitors and family trips scheduled over the past few months and also those people have been kind enough to share their luggage space with us. My most recent haul is the result of an accumulation of skincare goods which I purchased in the months of June and July and I thought I would share the fun with you all!
Read more about my online shopping after the jump!Read More
Can you believe it is coming towards the end of June already? This year has completely flown by and I cannot believe we have hit mid 2016 already. This year has been a huge year for me so far, with leaving friends and family to move overseas, wedding planning, adjusting to a new country and a fair amount of travelling, its no, wonder that time has just flown by. I am however, forever grateful for the new adventures and new set of challenges that 2016 has provided me thus far and can't wait to see what the second half of the year will bring!
Mid year has also been a time of travel for both myself and some of my family and friends. This month, I have been very fortunate receive some of my online shopping over the past few months. As most of you would have seen from my Instagram, I have recently been very lucky to have caught up with a friend from home and my mother both here in China and overseas. Both visitors have been kind enough to haul some of my online shopping purchases made over the past few months over to me in China and Vietnam. It was like Christmas and I now have more fun and exciting new products to play with. Here are some of my favourites which I have been loving this month...read after the jump to find put more!Read More
I am flying out this evening to go to Vietnam - one of my favourite countries to visit (I am slightly biased though, as that is where my family heritage is from and it helps that I am able to speak the language) and I thought I would share some of the items that I have decided to pack with me. Travelling is something that I love to do and over the years I have been fortunate enough to visit many countries and experience very different cultures to my own. My biggest problems that I find when I travel (these are very small problems mind you) are:
- I never have enough stomach space to eat everything I want to eat
- Finding that balance of relaxing and wanting to do things
- What to pack with me - especially in terms of skincare
I thought I would do a section on Travel Skincare on the blog to share some of the things I will be packing, keeping in mind the country and climate I am entering and hopefully it might help or guide others on their travels.
DESTINATON: Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM
WEATHER: Currently in monsoon season there, so it will be hot, humid and pouring down with rain.
SKINCARE NEEDS: Something cooling, lightweight, fast absorbing and non oily or greasy.
LENGTH OF STAY: 10 Days
Many of us know the importance of double cleansing - skincare guru Caroline Hirons harps on and on about it and the Asian skincare market is all over it, developing all sorts of interesting textures to cleanse our face with. In particular the rise of the Korean skincare market has made many Western consumers become more curious, clued in and aware of what double cleansing is all about.
For those that don't know what double cleansing is, it is a practice that generally occurs in the evening. The premise is you wash your face twice - the first cleanse is to remove your make-up and grime for the day and the second is to clean your actual skin. It may sound like a lot but if you don't practice it already, START! You will really start to notice the difference in your skin and the foundation to any good skincare routine is to really cleanse and get rid of any impurities, oils and grime in the skin.
I thought I would share with you some of the products I have been using as my first cleanse. Remember, what you use as the first cleanse doesn't have to be expensive as its main purpose is to get rid of the day's 'face'. Continue reading after the jump!Read More