Two weeks ago, I mentioned in my previous blog post that I have accumulated quite a few empties over the past few months and just haven't had the time to share with you this collection of products. As promised, here is part 2 of my empties adventure - with a good mix of skincare, haircare and even a sunscreen! I find that with my empties, there seems to be a recurring trend of a few products. This post especially contains some old favourites which you may have seen pop up in previous posts. However, there is a reason why they keep springing up all the time - they just happen to be some of my tried and true holy grails. Read on for part 2 of my empties!Read More
One of the hardest things I find to buy is sunscreens. Its a love/hate relationship with me as I know and love the protection that sunscreen can give my skin (see my blog post explaining sunscreens here), but I also hate how hard it is to find a decent sunscreen to use. In the past many of the sunscreens I have come across smell terrible (that sunscreen smell...), leave a white cast or are just so thick and heavy on the face. Many of the sunscreens I have enjoyed using in the past are more like moisturisers with a very small amount of SPF which in the end is not enough protection for me. It has only been recently where I have decided to invest a little bit more in products that will offer me more protection from the sun. The result of this so called 'investment' is that I now own quite a few different sunscreens from many different brands and I know that I myself have asked in the past, what are the differences between each one.
I have learnt that texture and how a product feels on my skin plays a huge role in whether or not I like a product. The product could be made out of unicorn tears for all I care, but if it doesn't feel right on the skin, I know I won't use it. This is especially relevant for me in sunscreens - for me if the product doesn't feel lightweight in texture, I would consider it to be a complete miss. I have found that this plays a huge role in my spending habits. In trialling a few different sunscreens over the past few months, I have found which ones I enjoy using and why.Read More
Yay! It's empties time and this post has been a little belated (sorry!). I am currently in the midst of travelling and its been a little harder than I thought to get my posts up and running (thank you technology and lack of internet). I think we should be back on track from now onwards. Thank you for bearing with me...
June was another big empties month for me in skincare and I even have an addition for haircare! I ran out of serums, masks and moisturisers last month so I have plenty to write about and won't leave this too long. I find that it is so satisfying to finish something off and this is an area I think I am most definitely improving in. Most of of these products that I have finished this month have been ones that I do quite enjoy using and are things I would look into repurchasing again. Have a read at what I went through over the last month and ENJOY!Read More
Well here we have it, 2016 has come to an end and what a crazy year it was on both a personal level as well as a global level. This year will be remembered for all sorts of reasons - it will be the year that Brexit happened, Donald Trump was elected into the White House and we also lost icons such as David Bowie, Prince and Carrie Fisher. This year will be the year where the Olympic Games in Rio, once again showed us great sportsmanship and humanity between all nations, no matter what race or religion. An article written in 2016, showed me personally that compassion, inclusion and acceptance shown by some Canadian citizens can make a world of difference to those most in need.
On a more personal level, 2016 was the year that brought me to uproot my life and move overseas to be with the Mr (the man I am marrying in less than 8 weeks!), only to move back home again. It is the year that pushed me to create this blog - orchids&peonies - an outlet where I can let my skincare nerdiness run rampant and free haha. For me, 2016 marked a year of forming amazing friendships, connecting with some amazing brands, learning more about the world of beauty and skincare and overall just have a new found respect and gratitude for everyone who has crossed my path in both their generosity and time. I have met and connected with some amazing people, been able to do some serious travelling this year and have come across some really exciting products and brands! The knowledge that I have built upon this year has amazed me - in both literal knowledge about skincare and just knowledge about myself and what I am able to achieve. Overall, 2016 has been a truly inspiring year and I have many of you to thank for it.
Today's blog post is a little look back on some of my favourite products, my favourite brands and some of my favourite blog posts that I have since starting the orchids&peonies blog back in May 2016!Read More
I have stumbled upon some fantastic new skincare brands as of late that I have had to divide this month's new skincare discoveries into two parts! In this first half of August's skincare discoveries I mention three brands from different parts of the world which aim to deliver the best skincare possible for the skin. The three different brands have extremely different approaches in their formulations to achieve this. Brand new green beauty label, Virginia Stone focuses on a more customised routine that uses raw, natural and unique organic active ingredients to help its three targeted skin tones. Singaporean label, Allies of Skin combines both nature and science together in its potent and effortless, no fuss and easy to use formulations. Finally we have Rationale Skincare, a cosmoceutical brand that focuses heavily on research and development and works closely with Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons across Australia to deliver products with concentrated active ingredients. Despite their differences though, each brand brings something quite unique and different to the table which is why I find that they are an exciting new discovery and why I am so excited to share!
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Summer has officially hit Shanghai and I am loving the beautiful sunny days (as opposed to the humid and wet ones that we get hit with here as well). I have been making a solid effort to apply sunscreen not only on my face (so important) but also on my body as well on days I venture out to explore. Sunscreen is so important in terms of protecting our face and body from free radical damage, aging and getting sunburnt. I cannot stress the importance of sunscreen, and even more so if you are anything like me and enjoy being out in the sun and developing a bit of a tan (I am a terrible Asian in this respect).
In recent years through, there have many articles and claims that suggest perhaps the sunscreen that we are using is in fact dangerous, toxic or debilitating to our health. There have even been suggestions from other websites, bloggers and other influential media personalities that we should avoid using sunscreen altogether (and cover up/avoid the sun at its most potent). EWG releases a 'safe' sunscreen guide every year educating consumers on what sunscreens to 'avoid' and what to purchase. Our cancer research institutions such as the Australian Cancer Council and the American Cancer Society all claim that sunscreens sold in both markets are safe and are regulated. As a consumer, again its so hard what and who to believe as you have two trustworthy entities with two very different point of views. In today's blog post I try my very hardest to try an give you a better understanding on sunscreens, the 'controversy', the ingredients and the research behind it all. Please be wary, it is a long blog post and is quite a bit of a read.
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