Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Parking Only

| Fashion |

| So Alive - Gill Bondy |




 | Cropped Top - Monki | High Waisted Jeans - Monki | Heels - Zara | Choker - Haidora | Necklace - Flea Market | Earings - Flea Market |

Omg a parking lot? I don't think anyone has ever taken pictures in parking lots ever. I mean, who even does that? I'm sorry for being so pretentious but what can I say. Never miss a opportunity for a  great photo shoot spot, when you have an empty parking lot in sight. 

I was writing in my Dayre the other day, and I was wondering why I don't write stuff like this on my blog. So I'm going to start writing more stuff about what I really do in my life rather than only writing when I have something really inspirational to share, because lets me real. I am only human and not everyday is an incredibly inspirational experience. But the other days are just days when everything is normal and somewhat mundane, but I appreciate those days because nothing really great happened, but nothing really bad happened as well.

The highlights of my past month was well first, I was walked past a homeless man on the way to work. I felt so bad because I just got my first pay (as an intern) and I felt like I needed to give back. Lol look at me. So I was feeling generous so I gave him RM20. There was about RM10 in my purse left (which I will later on regret only having). I read somewhere in the bible that you give everything, even if you have nothing or something like that, and I was feeling like being a good person for a day. The homeless man was so happy, and he said something to me like "my shirt is really old" in Malay. I didn't really know what he was saying cause he was mumbling, just something along those lines.  I just nodded my head and smiled and walk away. The next day, I had to grab an uber to work. I usually use my debit card, but that morning it didn't work, because the charges for the last trip was RM0.95 (yes I am very lazy to walk at times) and the minimum amount charged to a debit card is RM1. I was freaking out because I was running late, and as you could recall, I gave my RM20 in my purse to the freaking homeless man. I had to use my dad's credit card to pay for the RM0.95 before ordering my next uber, therefore being slightly late to work. I told my mom the story the next day and she said it such as stupid move. I don't think anyone has ever called a person stupid for giving money to a homeless man before. Considering the circumstances, I understand why it would be stupid.

I also met the nicest uber driver in the past month as I was working. He was a retired man, with a brand new car, which he said he just got the day I was riding in his uber! He also said that this was his 7th car, as you do. I ended up telling him about my whole life with the internship and what I was studying. I was so surprised at how interested he was. He also kept encouraging me and was just the nicest guy. I don't think I've had any stranger be so supportive to me before. Even though, he kept missing the turns Waze was directing him and even though my trip was made about 15 minutes longer, only because he was engrossed in our conversation I didn't mind. It was refreshing to say the least. I will definitely carry his advice with me till I eventually reach my goal.

I guess that was just how my life went so far. Only after I edited the photos did I realize how gangster I look here. Its the red lipstick, I swear to you. This outfit is an outfit I wear casually. I'm having lots of fun editing my photos this way. I take my time doing them, as I want them to be up to my satisfaction. Go listen to So Alive by Gill Bondy if you haven't already. That song is probably the music playing in the background of like my whole daily life (I mean, as I imagined it la).  I've been playing it on repeat. Till next time!

Love,
Rachel Khloe Phan



Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Back to school

| Fashion |

| Roses - Carly Rae Jepsen |





| Pinafore Dress & Shirt - Zara | Socks - H&M | Boots - Topshop | Bracelet- Gift | Necklace - Flee Market | Watch - Tissot | 

I remember when I was 7. I got to school on the first day, and saw everyone around me crying and hugging their parents. I was wondering why they were so sad. I didn't understand what was so bad about going to school. My mom waited outside my classroom for about 15 minutes, until I told her she could go home if she wanted to. I told her I'll be just fine. And that story is still being told today, over and over again by my mom whenever this topic comes up.

Whenever I was in either primary or secondary school, I always wanted school to end. I was literally counting down the days till I get to get out of that place. Truth be told, I'm actually quite happy to finally be done with school. But I don't quite miss school as much as I think I do now. Getting into college is still fine, I don't really feel it that much. But when I started working, damn I feel it so much more. 

When I was desperately seeking for an internship, I was running from one interview to another. I need to constantly wait for a hopeful call back. During this time, I just kept thinking about school. I kept thinking what a privilege it was for me to have everything prepared and planned for me. I had no worries about my education for a good 10 years, as I had school to go to. And I'm not saying that school was easy, because we all had problems and things we had to go through. But everything was planned for us, and we just needed to go through with it. I can't say its the same for the working adult life. Its never certain, and everything feels like we're constantly walking on glass. I definitely do not want to go back to school, I just kinda miss it.

For my quirky outfit, I played around with the irony of this whole look looking like our primary school uniform we use in Malaysia. It looks so similar and I thought it would be cute to bring it back in my wardrobe. This dress is not the actual uniform! Do not be alarmed, this is a pinafore shirt I bought at Zara. I love this dress/shirt combo together especially with the cute pockets at the front that can be extremely handy. I paired the dress/shirt with high socks that matches the dress and added heeled boots. I wore this charm bracelet that was given to me from Jasmine, one of my closest friends who gave this bracelet to me when I was like 15 or 16? I thought it would give more meaning to this outfit as well. I also added a watch because I always had go to school with a watch just because I had so many duties to attend to. I added a long-ish necklace to fill the empty whites and tied my hair into a half bun. 

I thought this would be nice to add this blog post as all the American's are putting out things like "Back to School" videos and blog post now but sorry, Malaysians ain't got no such thing. OH! How do you like my new editing? I got inspired to try something new. The last time I changed the editing, I wasn't very pleased with the outcome as it took too much time and I didn't really like the final look. But I'm quite happy with how this edit turned out. I took my time and had fun playing around trying different things that ended up looking like so. Hope you guys like the new editing as well. Until next time!

Love,
Rachel Khloe Phan 



Friday, 19 August 2016

Laurent Favre-Victoire

| Personal |

| Seasons of Love - Rent |


Laurent was enthusiastic. I remember fresh-newbie-me coming into college all excited with all my new clothes and all my new stationeries ready. 2nd day of college and I was equally as pumped as the 1st day. Came into class super early, ready to meet this so called french lecturer who was said to be extremely strict. And when he came through the doors with his oxford shoes and button-up shirt, I thought you know "He doesn't look that bad". Indeed he was strict and stern, but he was also so extremely passionate and you can see that in him as he started teaching. I remembered taking out my notebook and jotting down all these notes because I was so excited just hearing what we were going to go through this whole semester. I remember thinking how awesome this course I am in, and how excited I am starting fashion designing and Laurent was the first lecturer I had met that made me that way. Laurent was no doubt extremely passionate and enthusiastic at his job, and never made me once not feel like he was giving 100% each time.

Laurent was a best-selling novel writer. Laurent had endless amounts of stories that he would tell from all his travel he has done across the globe, to the many interesting people he had met, to all the fashion shows he had to sneak in during Paris Fashion Week. He had such an interesting life, with all the colors in all the shades. One of his stories had always stuck in my mind which was when he had gone to some Island in the Mediterranean. This Island was famous for this mushrooms (that are legal there) that are some kind of drug that makes you high. And Laurent went up the mountain to try this drink but didn't know that it had these special mushrooms in them. Next thing you know it, he was walking down the mountain seeing all sorts of whirls and twirls. The other story that had stuck to my mind was once when he was still living in Paris, as a student he would sneak into fashion shows for Paris Fashion week. He would tell my class and I that he would have to go through kitchens and back doors and all sorts of different allies to get into the fashion show, which he then later on said was so worth it. I remember listening to all these stories of his, and just wish that one day I would be able to experience all these sort of experiences and one day be able to tell someone all the amazing experiences I've had, like how Laurent had amazing stories to tell me. I would always tell Laurent "What I would give to travel". And he would tell me "One day you will Rachel, don't you worry". Laurent was a writer, and his endless stories and amazing experiences just proves what an amazing life he had.

Laurent was supportive. I remember during my 1st semester, me being the newbie with so much adrenaline and excitement I wanted to do everything very well and was seeking for your approval. For one of my assignments, I had brought about 20 threads when we actually only needed one. A few months later, you remembered this and said to me "From the first day, I already kind of knew that you were going to be a good student and you are going to go far".  I remember when it was one of our last assignments, we had to paint this simple bag. I used a stencil to create the outline of a painting inspired by the art movement, Art Deco. I remember being extremely pleased with it, and as you walked pass you looked at it and said "Wow, that is so beautiful." And that was the first time you had ever gave any form of approval to any of my assignments. I remember being very pleased with myself that day. And after a few months that passed by, Laurent had never failed to make my class and I feel feel so encouraged constantly telling us each class how hard-working and passionate we are. He would always tell me "Don't ever doubt yourself Rachel, you never know what you are capable of" and "I love your sketchbook and the way you place your drawings, it's so beautiful and you are extremely creative". Laurent never failed to make me feel appreciated for everything that I did and constantly reminded me without me even asking. I don't think he ever really knew how much his encouragement meant to me. He was always there to make me feel better and I always knew that I had someone in Raffles that I know was always going to support me no matter what.

Laurent was underappreciated and misunderstood. He had a tough time moving to KL from France and went though many ups and downs. His sickness was not taken seriously and many people didn't realize how much of his life was so dedicated to teaching and he was often underappreciated for that.

Laurent had a great regard for my class. In every single one of our classes, Laurent would always say things like "Yeah, your group has always been a close knit group that are always together and I like that about you guys" and "I love working with you guys because there is no problem with you deadlines and you guys are amazing to work with". He would always talk about how he enjoyed teaching our class and that we are able to communicate very well. My classmates and I remembered the last time we had all talked to him altogether. We came into the sewing room and he was sewing one of his bags. As per usual, we would ask us what we are doing and we said we were preparing for our internship. And he said, "Oh yeah! You guys are going to love your internship! And next is your mini collection! I can't wait to see all of your mini collection." We had all expected him to be there to see our mini collections, because all we ever wanted was to make him proud. We never also ever really said how much we appreciated him and constantly encouraging us over and over again, even when we felt we couldn't do it. Laurent will definitely have a special place in FD 7.1 hearts forever. We are forever grateful that you thought us, especially in DRD (Design & Research) where we felt we bonded the most. I think I can speak for all of us which are Crystal, Kharen, Gladys and Alicia when I say that we appreciated all that you did for us, and all the nice things you have said to us. We would say all the exact same thing right back to you.

Laurent was an inspiration. If he had not graced his present into my life, this whole void of my knowledge and love in fashion and art history would be missing. Without his ridiculous stories of his travels, I wouldn't be hungry for adventure as I am right now. Without his passion for teaching everyday, I would not have achieved as much as I would have. Without his support and encouragement, I would have fallen more times than I didn't. Every time I think of school and my later future in fashion, there would always be this missing piece of Laurent that will be missing.

But Laurent would not have wanted us to be sad. He would have wanted life to be celebrated and wishes just as much for everyone to be happy. I will always flash back to the last time we spoke. It me and him and in the staff room. Its been a while since we last spoke, as I was so busy with my competition and my internship that we hardly got time to catch up. At that moment, I spent about an hour telling him everything from my whole class being chosen as the finalist into the Sakura Competiton, to details of my internship, and filling him in about all of my classmates and how they are doing with their life and internships as well. He was so delighted to hear from all of us and our well doing. I remember seeing him and thinking how skinny and sick he got. But never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that he was going to go. If I have had that last conversation again, I would just thank him for all that he has done and tell him how much his encouragements meant to me. I had always planned on telling him when I graduate, but now that's far too late.

As Laurent is gone, he would always leave a huge mark in this part of my life that I will cherish forever. It was a pleasure to know him and be a part of his life. College will never be the same without him. I really hope he is in a better place right now, and finally be free from all the things he was chained up throughout his life. I felt like I needed to write this blog post, I felt like it was the least I could do. I feel like people need to know of this man, and how much he impacted so many lives or the least mine.  I hope he is looking down at me proudly, and realizing what a big important role he had in my life.

Rest in peace
LAURENT FAVRE-VICTOIRE

Monday, 15 August 2016

Sakura Collection Asia Student Awards 2016

| Personal |

| 2faded - RVRB  |


The majority of the time coming up to this competition was what seemed to be so much longer than the day of the competition itself. I don't even know where all the time went during the competition. It was a full day, but it felt like 2 hours! Don't forget to play 2faded by RVRB while reading this. This song I would havee definitely pictured playing in the background when I play the documentary of this whole competition in my head.

It all started with an inspiration I found which was "Irezumi." Irezumi means japanese traditional tattoos. Then the process continued as I learned more about Irezumi and started sketching a few designs. The designs was later approved by my lecturer. After, my design was submitted with a few fabric swatches and my mood board. My mood board I had first started with my own drawing. Then, I used photo shop to add in the respective colors following the traditional Japanese colors. 




A few weeks later on the day of my birthday, my lecturer had posted up the 7 out of the 11 finalist moodboards that was chosen for the competition from my school. From there, I spotted my mood board. I was honestly shocked, and I did not expect to have gotten chosen. Its kind of like when you just work hard for everything you do, but in the end its just so normal for you to get failure and nothing in return. For me, I didn't expect to get anything back in return because I usually don't. That's why I was shocked. When I found out all my classmates were chosen as well, I was more settled as I know I am not alone in this whole thing.

The rest was definitely the dreaded part of this whole process. Buying the material, sending the coat for embroidery (which took 2 weeks), stitching the whole damn thing. This was also the first time that I had ever interpreted my own drawings into my garment. Which was surreal to see your creation on your other creation.

  It took everyday out of the 2 weeks I had to complete this garment. The next thing you know, it's photo shoot time! I found my model, Jean from a talent agency. Jean was so great, and I honestly could not have asked for a better model. Shout out to Jean for being so supportive! The pictures below are some of the photo shoot pictures that weren't chosen for the online voting. The chosen picture is the 3rd one.




At this point, I was basically done for one week. I could have just rested for a week, you know chill watch Netflix and visit more pet shops to see the doggies. But I really couldn't sleep knowing that as I looked at my garment, there was this huge part missing. I was so not satisfied. And so I sat at my table at 12 a.m. that night and started to sketch a few designs to add to this garment. I'm a bit mental, I can admit that.

And so I put myself through hell for a week. It was go time as I confirmed my design with my lecturer, drafted the whole garment, bought the fabric, zipper, fabric paint, fabric marker and everything needed to create a tight jumpsuit that I was going to add on the inside. After this whole thing, I was so glad to have done the jumpsuit. It was probably the best decision I had made, throughout this whole competition.

I spent the whole week in school working hard drafting, sewing then painting this jumpsuit. Thank goodness I had help from my lecturers Ronney, Aishah and Jojo Yap. Thanks bosses. You guys are real MVPs.





I created the jumpsuit using a stretch material, and then hand painted this whole thing with (very expesive) fabric paint. A fabric marker was used to outline the drawings, giving it that very tattoo like effect. I also used a tube paint, that is used to created a 3-D effect for the outline such like a irezumi would give a 3-D effect. The outcome, was beyond my expectations. 

And before you know it, it was the day of the competition. I had 3 hours of sleep the day before, as I was way too nervous. I had to do some last adjustments to complete the coat that night as well. The next day started when I met up with the rest of Raffles Clan on a very early Friday morning. Next, we met up with some of the organizers and had a short briefing and rehearsal. Next was hair and makeup. It took us about 5 hours to do hair and makeup (which was just enough thank God). I really don't know where did all the time went. It felt like I looked at my watch and we had 5 hours to go, and a minute later I looked at my watch and its 15 minutes till we have to go down.

I was so nervous you don't even know. I had the whole speech memorized in my head as I was reciting in my mind backstage. My whole family and friends were outside, which made things even more pressured. The time finally came as I squeezed Jean's hand one last time before she went strutting down the runway.





Only when I saw Jean walking down the runway did I realize that this was actually happening. That this whole thing leading up to "this", yeah "this" was happening right now. That "this" was going to be all over soon, and then just be a memory.

I went up onto stage for a short Q&A, and then the winners was announced. I didn't get the top 3, but I am so happy to hear that the 1st and 3rd place winner, were students from my school as well. And they all deserved it as much as I did.

I look back at this competition and have zero regrets. I honestly could not have done anything more. I tried my very best and I am proud of my creation that came down the runway. Only when I saw Jean in my creation that I realized how real it is. Its easy as a designer to sketch clothes on a piece of paper, but when an idea you had in your mind is being created into legit pieces of clothing? It feels kind of surreal that this whole garment was all done by me. Its a proud feeling that I don't feel very often, but for once I do feel proud of what I had done. 

I also realized how many supportive friends and family I had around. For all my friends who came down all the way from Kuching to support me, to my parents who bought everything I needed for this competition, to my grandparents who voted for me. Its an overwhelming support I never knew I could receive so much from the people I surround myself with. I am so lucky to have so much love. Thank you so much to you guys man. I can cry happy tears just thinking of this. 




It was a day that is definitely a milestone in the life of Rachel Phan. It was my first official fashion show. This was the first I had ever worked with a model and a make-up artist. This was the first I had my garment ever going through with a real photo shoot. This had all settled as memories that I leave with little bits of sparkle in the back of my mind, I silently think of everyday.

I realized a lot of things going through this competition. I realized how grateful I should be for having crazy amount of support coming from my family and friends who spent time sending the link for the voting to their friends, to pass it on to their friends. 

But most of all, I realized how real it is pursuing fashion. You don't really get that hit wave of realization when you first get into something. Like you know, when you sign up for studying across the globe but it doesn't hit you until maybe the day before leaving home. Going through with this competition made me realize how real I am pursuing fashion. Even through all the assignments of creating many different garments and sewing all kinds of garments. Even through making my first button hole, or touching a sewing machine. Even when my friends keep telling me, "That's so great! You are finally pursuing your dream!".  It never really hit me that I'm on this insane ride, actually doing what I wanted to do for so long, finally pursuing my profession.

This is probably the first I had ever written about anything related to what I am currently pursuing. Hopefully there are more good stories to come. Cheers to working hard, going lengths, to pushing limits, finding our meaning and most of all, pursuing whatever our purpose is meant to be on this Earth. 

Love,
Rachel Khloe Phan

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Grey

| Fashion |

| Break - Rebecca Roubion |





| Double layer Shirt - Zara | Pants - H&M | Socks - H&M | Shoes - Nike |


Its been a hard couple of days. The days somehow went from really really great to just escalating down in a blink of an eye. I don't really understand what really happened I just know that I hate being in my current position right now.

When these things happen, I always look back at the times when everything was okay. I wish to go back to those times, when I can sleep properly, when I can go a day without having this thought haunting me constantly at the back of my mind. I always wonder what it would be like, to be like that again. I can't wait till my day is like that again. 

I guess that, sometimes you really don't see things coming. Like what I told you guys earlier about how my days have been pretty great and that I have to just go back and do good things to keep the good days coming. I knew that there was a limit, that there is something that is bound to happen to just make everything come crashing down. Maybe its just me, I don't know maybe I just have this stupid philosophy in my head of a theory that only I can prove. But I honestly just feel like there can't be too many great things happening till something bad happens.

I guess that's what life really does. When you really really think that you've finally you've your life all together, life stops you and sends you right back to the start. For everything you hoped so high for, for all the plans you had for the future, for all the work you worked so hard for, was all for nothing and now you're back at level 0. And it just really sucks. 

I'm gonna be happier again, just you wait. I'm going to be more positive in the next blog post, I promise. I try to be positive and I try to forget about shit but I really don't know how to feel like that right now. I understand that we all need to feel like this sometimes, so I'm gonna let myself just feel like shit for a while because I'm not over it. Sometimes, its just not all about feeling happy and some days you need to acknowledge the bad times. 

I remember looking at a girl, standing in the bathroom. Tears was filling up her eyes she couldn't really stop them from coming down even if she tried. So she just stared at herself in the mirror watching herself cry, dabbing her tears away making sure not to ruin her eye shadow. After a while, she pulled out her mascara and powdered her face up. Her tears kept swelling up and rolled down her face but she ignored them. I remembered thinking that that's a girl, completely broken in that moment, but slowly but surely, she is putting herself together. She's trying her best to fix herself, even though she isn't quiet ready. And then I remembered this question in my head I will always ask myself, "When will we ever be ready?". I know the answer to that now, and that is that we will never truly be ready. And I understood why that girl didn't continue crying and being sad for herself, because she will never truly be ready to get up again. I know now, that we have to go and fix ourselves and put ourselves together again, even when we are not ready.

Love,
Rachel Khloe Phan

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Everyday Makeup Products

 | Fashion |

| Real - Hitmane |


Makeup has basically taken over a lot of my time and  money. I've always been the kind of girl that would prefer to spend money on clothes other than makeup, but now I can't even resist going to check out a new product that just came into Sephora, even if it is the same product but in a new packaging. Now, Sephora is like my second home. So I would like to share some of the products I use everyday from my makeup collection!


I'm not going to say that I'm an expert nor do I have a whole lot of knowledge in makeup, because Idon't. I also quite honestly just have makeup that I need and I am still expanding. I use these makeup I have shown in my everyday make-up routine. I don't use a foundation because quite honestly, I'm a little too lazy to do that at 8 a.m. in the morning. But I do use a concealer and the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealers works wonders when you are trying to cover up any blemishes or pores. It stays though the day and blends into the skin perfectly. I use the shade "custard".

For eye shadow, I've been using an alternation between the Naked Smokey palette and the Naked Basics. I've been using the shades Dirtysweet, High, Radar and Wiskey from the Urban Decay Smokey palette and Venus and Naked 2 from the Urban Decay Basics palette the most for my eye shadow. I've also been using Foxy from the Urban Decay Basics palette to set my concealer. 


I've fallen in love with contouring and highlighting my face. I use to think like, "How much of  difference would it make?", and boy was I wrong. Naked Flush does the job, with a very minimal but a dark natural bronze shade. Naked Flushed also has a beautiful blush and highlight. I use the "strip" palette out of the 3 palettes available.


For my browzie brows, I've been using this palette "Work the Colour" eyebrow kit by Collection. This actually came with a eyebrow gel as well together with the brush, but I've used the gel until it the transparent gel it originally was is not a milky and chunky brown mixture. I think this palette is definitely a great steal, its cheap and does the job. I am in the market for a eyebrow pencil, but for now, this will do.

For my eyeliner, I've been using the Maybelline HyperSharp eyeliner in Powerblack. I love this eyeliner, the tip is just right to produce a beautiful wing and gives a powerful black line. I have been using these for a long time but I am going to try something different the next time around when I finish this product. I still think that its a great product for the price which is very affordable. This is great for makeup starters who are looking into liquid liners.




The glosses above are both from Colourpop. The ones I have is in the shade Bumble and Solow from the Ultra Matte Lips range. Bumble is kind of a darker pink and Solow is more of a bright pink. I usually alternate between both, depending on my mood but love both. My makeup bag above, literally explains my life with makeup. I love the wording and have been loving it as it keeps everything I need inside.

This is something new? Let me know what you think about my makeup post and if you want to read more!

Love, Rachel Khloe Phan






Thursday, 12 May 2016

Road Trippin'

| Fashion |

| Drive - Glades |






| Flannel - Esprit (Mens) | Crop Top - Forever 21 | Shorts - Cotton On | Socks - Monki | Chain Necklace - H&M |

Road trips are probably one of the things I get most excited about. I use to go on 8 hour road trips with my grandparents ever since I was at least 5. They would always tell me how I would put on this particular CD and sang through all the songs, and then just repeat the whole CD again throughout the whole road trip. I've been on road trips for squash tournaments that lasted for at least 8 hours with at least 10 players in a huge bus. I've been on road trips with my friends that trained me to sleep with blasting EDM music playing in the background. And most of all, I've been on road trips with my family, whom was the sole reason why I've traveled to every state in Malaysia. I've had my handful of road trips, and had the most awesome time on each one.

If you are looking into renting a car for any sort of distance you wish to travel, do check out Turo. Turo is a car rental company, where you can rent a car from their many selections of cars, as well as list your own car for rental. Some of their renters leaves CD's or even a custom playlist for their renter while they are hitting the road. I also provided a playlist that I would use while I am road trippin', which is linked down below to my Spotify playlist. Go and check out Turo the next time you are thinking of hitting the road. The link to their website as well as their car rental page is down below.

Music is such a personal thing. Everyone has their own taste in music and that is more than okay. My music playlist might not appeal to everyone but it's just what I love to jam. I can never be that person that can add 8 hours worth of music into a playlist. I am so picky with the music I listen to, I usually never go more than 2 hours worth of music in my playlist. But I have been listening and exploring new music so that I can provide a 5 hour 2 minute playlist for a road trip, which was the best I could do. I would say the genre I listen to is a mix of Indie, Electric Pop and Alternative music. Most of these songs are songs I picture in movies when the actors and actresses are driving down a long road in a car and the roof is down and these songs would be playing in the background. I love that feeling of acting like I'm in a movie looking out the window, especially when I'm driving or in the car. There are a bunch of throwback songs in there as well. So enjoy and click the Spotify link below to my road trip playlist. I hope you guys like it.

The outfit is just a classic road trip outfit for me. Nothing can be more comfortable to keep you warm and to snuggle in to sleep, than a flannel. I always wear shorts because it gets really hot and uncomfortable if you wear long pants. I spent about half and hour braiding my hair which was pretty hard but look how nice it turned out! A backpack is always advisable when going on road trips. They would just be able to fit everything in, and its easy when you are going in and out. 

From 5 a.m. starts to taking naps in the car, to eating tons of junk food and soda's overload, to having to stop and pee after someone literally just went the stop before. Road trips are freaking awesome. I encourage everyone to go on road trips, as much as you can. I think what makes road trips so fun is because everyone is finally stuck in the same car for a long period of time, enjoying each other's company, instead of always being apart.

Love, Rachel Khloe Phan

Turo Car Company
https://turo.com/

Turo Car Rental Page:
https://turo.com/rent

Spotify Roadtrip Playlist:
Road trippin'
https://open.spotify.com/user/22vyq6jfja2cyqzdxcbvvsdkq/playlist/7v8zho76sqGXSuYmcefR19



Monday, 11 April 2016

Skincare Routine

| Fashion |

| This must be my dream - 1975 |


I have been extremely anxious about posting up a skincare routine blog post because I feel like I would be really pretentious if I do so,  and because I don't think I have the best skin to be able to express it through a blog post. But recently I have been seeing a big improvement from my skin, and I just thought why not. New Year's resolution no.7 : Stop caring so much about what other people think of me. 

I have to say that these products work for me and it might not work for everyone. I have a dry to oily combination skin, and you guys might have a different skin type. My skin type definitely changed since I came to KL, just because the air here is so much more polluted and dry. When I came here, I had to change all my skincare products because it just wasn't working for me anymore. And so, I went on a long long hunt of looking for the right skincare. I have tried so many, you don't even know.  My skin is also super super sensitive and many products I tried just made my skin even worse.  I went through a phase of trying drugstore products because I thought that I could save a lot and also because I know lots of bloggers or even some of my friends who use drugstore products that worked for them. And so that phase ended in a disaster, I tried many of them and it just left my skin in the worst condition. It came to a point where my face constantly felt itchy and painful at the same time because the breakouts were just so bad. During that period of time, even if I was just normally standing and not touching my face, I could feel my breakouts vibrating like its fizzing and it just felt so horrible.

And so I gave up and decided to just go with the high end skincare, that I have to admit not all of them worked, but I am so grateful to have found the right skincare. I noticed big big big difference  and I got people I see everyday say the same thing as well. And one thing I have learnt is that if you want to invest into something, you have to invest in good skincare. Its just a must.  Your skin is the base of your whole self and its so important to take care of your skin. I have very sensitive skin and I finally found the right skincare. I don't think I will be switching anytime soon.

| Perfectly Clean - Estee Lauder |

This cleanser is my life saver. I cannot express to you how much this cleanser saved my face. I put this on my acne break-out, oily face during the night and the next day you can already see the difference. This cleanser is for normal to combination skin which is my skin type. There are 3 different cleansers from the perfectly clean line which is the foam cleanser, cleansing gel and the cream cleanser. I am using the foam one because I feel the foam has always worked best for me. It has a very nice, like clean laundry, cotton smell to it. It lathers up when you was your face and it leaves your skin so clean, like perfectly clean ;) 

| Dramatically different moisturizing lotion - Clinique | 

I tried this moisturizer in the past and somehow I stopped and tried other moisturizers which was a mistake because this one is the bomb. There are 2 types in 2 sizes, the moisturizing lotion and the moisturizing gel. I've tried both, and I find that the lotion one works better and the consistency doesn't feel too heavy compared to the gel one. It just keeps my face felling hydrated the whole day and it goes great with the cleanser. The only downside to the smaller one is that there is no pump and sometimes I get impatient and just wack that moisturizer right out and I end up having a huge lump, more than I would need for that day. 

| Exfoliating Scrub - Clinique | 

This is a very intense scrub that has little de-flakes in them to exfoliate the skin. I use this once a week to remove whatever dirt that has been on my skin that I had collected throughout the week. I do not recommend using this more that once a week because it's quite intense for everyday use and this might damage the skin if you use it everyday. This scrub just leaves your skin tingly and so clean after you wash it off, its such a nice fresh clean feeling. It makes your skin so so soft after and it just leaves your skin feeling like a baby's butt. 

| Green Tea eye mask - Sephora |

I use this mask for about 2-3 times a week on days that your eyes just feel very tired and feeling a bit numb from long hours of working. I do notice that my eye bags has decreased when I use this. It just leaves your eyes feeling so fresh and cooled. All you have to do it take the eye mask sheet out of the foil and place it on your eyes following your eye shape and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes (although I just leave it on for 2 episodes of Modern Family) . I do have to say that this is a very good deal for 5 in a pack. 

| Popcorn Lip Scrub - Lush |

Lush is a brand that I would just literally spend all my money on and buy everything from that damn shop. I love everything lush, from their packaging to the quality of their products. I am so sad that lush is not available in Malaysia. I usually get my products from my friends or family living overseas. I got this one from my cousin who is living in Australia as a gift. This lip scrub leaves the lips so soft. It makes putting your lip balm or your lipstick after so much easier. As this is a exfoliating lip scrub, it is not recommended to use everyday as well. I use this about 2-3 days in a week and I am always so satisfied with the result. All you have to do is scrub it on your lips and leave it for about 10 seconds and then just lick it off after (yes it is edible). I have to discipline myself not to use it everyday just because it taste so good. Like legit, popcorn. 

| Its real squeeze mask - Innisfree |

This mask is a steal. Its only RM 5 for one. I feel like this mask although its super cheap and it might not be the best mask I have ever tried, but it does the job. Just use it in your face to 15-20 minutes. It leaves the skin feeling cooled and so soft after. 

That was my usual day-to-day skincare routine.  If you guys realize, I don't use a toner. That is because I haven't found one yet that doesn't give me allergies or  is drying to my face. I do think that my skincare routine works without it but I am still on the hunt for one, so any recommendations on toners are much appreciated. 

Any other tip I would give is to just drink a lot of water. You hear your mom tell you all the time but you can seriously see the difference in your acne and how hydrated your face feels. Another tip is also to drink a a lot of honey. I drink a big glass of lemon, honey with tea and it just gives so much benefits to your face.

 I need to disclaim again that everyone has different skin types and not all the products I use, might work for you. I am just showing you the products that has really worked for me and saved my skin. I hope you guys liked this post. This is my first on skincare and maybe in the future makeup? 

Love, Rachel Khloe Phan