Monday, 11 April 2016

Skincare Routine

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| 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

Friday, 8 April 2016

Monochrome Vibes

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| Tremble - Nicole Miller | 

| Top- Monki | Jeans - Uniqlo | Watch- Swatch | Chain necklace - H&M | Leather suade boots - Topshop |

It has been quite a while since I last wrote. That is because I've been trying to experiment different ways that I can change up my blog in terms of content, or layout. I am still working on it but as you can see I changed how I edit my photos. I experimented a lot on Photoshop and after many attempts, I found one that I liked and settled on it. I think that its just a great touch to switch things up after a year of blogging. I hope you guys like it as well. 

These few days have been pretty relaxing as well. I feel like I've been spending so much time around so many people and meeting new faces and communicating and its just a lot, and so for the last week (which was actually my semester break), I spent a lot of time alone. I feel after a whole semester of work and communication and people, you just need to be alone sometimes. I would prefer to take the train or taxi or even drives alone, that gives me some alone time, which I feel I need.

Monochrome has been hitting me hard these few days. I am definitely going through a monochrome phase. Everything I buy now is monochrome and a little bit of blue. I think I'm going to stick to monochrome and neutrals for now. I feel like these colors are just classy and they never ever go out of style. The top I'm wearing is actually in L size. It was actually the last piece but I didn't mind that because the length is just right and the neck fits quite tightly but just nice. 

I'm working on a new header and exciting projects coming up soon! Let me know what else I can change in my blog, or even what you want to see in the future.

Love, Rachel Khloe Phan.