Sunday, October 23, 2016

Spring Skin with Thursday Plantation

As much as I love spring, my skin always play up during this season of blossoms. This yo-yo effect weather is taking a toll on my skin and immune system! It seems to be the season for dry chapped skin, irritations and occasional breakouts. I am still trying to figure out whether my recent under eye incident was a case of bad retinol reaction or.. just spring.

My under eye skin condition is now treated, however I became very cautious of the products I'm using. Thursday Plantation has been a trusted brand to me for many years. It was my go to brand for acne as a teenager. My partner is a lover of Thursday Plantation as well, he told me the tea tree scent in many Thursday Plantation products reminded him of something his mother used on him as a small child.

Today we will talk through some Thursday Planation products perfect for Spring.


Thursday Plantation Oil Cleanser is a multitasking cleanser that will remove makeup, excess oil and impurities.
  • Deeply cleanses and puriļ¬es the skin
  • Supports the skin's protective barrier and improves skin condition
  • Tones the skin
  • Encourages skin rejuvenation and hydration
  • Contains a mixture of oils: Castor oil, sunflower oil, macadamia oil, rice bran oil, grapefruit oil, tea tree oil, lemon oil and aloe vera extract
Price: $17.99 for 125ml (from Priceline)

  • I've added this oil cleanser in my double cleansing routine recently, substituting my gel cleanser. As claimed, this cleanser melted away my facial makeup (ensure to avoid the eye area). The best way to use this cleanser is in the shower at night, the hot steam will open up your pores during the cleanse.
  • You may feel some oil residue on your face after your wash, I have personally been using a foam cleanser as the second step to my double cleansing method.
  • My face feels extremely hydrated following the cleanse, the natural properties and oils are perfect for my sensitive and dry spring skin. I use a lot of sunscreen on a daily basis and I have previously learned that a lot of sunscreen can only be washed off completely with oil cleanser.
  • I am overall happy with this cleanser, the only thing I need to mention is this disclosure on the bottle "Application to the skin may increase sensitivity to sunlight", citrus oil in general (in this case it's grapefruit oil - purifies skin - and lemon oil - assists with brightening) can cause photosensitivity. So my recommendation is to use this as a night time cleanser and avoid using if you are about to go out in the sun.


As you may know almond oil is full of Vitamin E and fatty acids, for many centuries, almond oil has been used to sooth the skin and treat minor wounds and cuts. Product benefits as follows:
  • Replenish dry skin
  • Soothe skin redness
  • Improve the appearance of uneven skin tone
  • Nourish and soften the skin
  • Great for massages
  • Gently remove eye makeup without the use of chemicals

Price: $14.99 for 125ml

  • I have been using my Almond Oil as I would with Rosehip Oil by applying the content onto damp skin. The absorption rate is faster than rosehip oil leaving my face soft and hydrated the entire evening.
  • Almond oil is super versatile, it can also be used on your body, hair, as a scalp treatment or mixed with foundation. 
  • This is a fantastic product to remove eye makeup with!! I was surprised by it's effectiveness in removing general eyeshadow and waterproof eyeliner without any heavy oily residue creeping into my eyes. I can't comment on whether it's effective in removing waterproof mascara, I don't generally use waterproof mascara anymore (since discovering tube mascara).

This gel treatment penetrates into the skin and helps to dry out acne and pimples. Ideal for whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and acne.
  • Penetrates into the skin to dissolve blackheads and whiteheads
  • Concentrated formula to dry out pimples
  • Contains 100% pure Australian Tea Tree Oil, a natural antibacterial ingredient to help control acne.
Price: $11.99 for 25g

  • Thankfully, I haven't had the pleasure of dealing with a significant amount of pimple in the past couple of years, I only tend to experience hormonal acne during that time of the month. Once per month, I take out my acne fighting products. This gel works, it doesn't miraculously make your pimples disappear but it is effective in fighting and reducing redness/swelling. With persistent application, you will find your acne to improve significantly.
  • The texture of the product is lightweight, non-sticky and easily absorbed. It did not leave any white residual on my face like some of the other acne treatment creams.
  • There is a very distinct Tea Tree scent, I love the smell of tea tree oil so it doesn't bother me, but it might take some time to get use to if you don't use tea tree products on a regular basis.
*All products featured in this post were provided for editorial purposes, all opinions are my own.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Bobbi Brown Wine & Chocolate Showcase @ J&M, Sydney

I have been extremely lucky to have attended Bobbi Brown's Wine and Chocolate Showcase, this gave me the opportunity to play around with some of Bobbi's newest products - let me tell you they are absolutely GORGEOUS.

My first encounter with Bobbi Brown was many years ago, I just started to wear makeup and decided to start collecting some high end products, after graduating from my bachelors, we went overseas and where else to shop than Hong Kong? I went a bit crazy thanks to the spectacular conversion rate.

I told the sales consultant that I was after a high end brand that is affordable and of quality, she recommended Bobbi Brown.

That moment sprouted my long term relationship with Bobbi Brown products and I haven't looked back since.

Ok I'll stop talking and let you guys go through some of the beautiful releases below, and in case you are wondering, we were fed wine chocolates at the event!

Anything in particular takes your fancy? I am blown away by the lipstick set above - a beauty lover's dream! However, I am forever a shimmer brick fan and will keep wearing it until I'm 100 because no one will take the shimmer out of my life.

*Lily not Louise attended this event as a guest of Bobbi Brown.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

So...? Eternal Body Fragrance and Eau De Toilette

I had a bake day on the weekend - I got nice and early to make two batches of butterless (yes, there's no butter in this household) Banana Nutella muffins/cupcakes (with oats, maple and walnuts), it was a super healthy treat that's quick and easy for those who don't have time for breakfast in the morning.

I find myself being attached to things that's involved in my memorable past-time; baking, tamagochi, art attack, Dolly magazine and So...?

So...? will always be a brand that's close to my heart and forever hold more significance and meaning to me when compared to other brands because it's a fragrance I grew up with.

Top notes:
Amalfi Lemon, Clementine

Heart notes:
Violet, Orchid,  Pink Peony

Base notes:
Vanille, Amber, Sandalwood

So...? Eternal screams fun and elegant youth to me, it's a sweet fragrance, if you love vanilla you will love So...? Eternal. This is my first 100ml So...? fragrance, I've only ever had the smaller size and that really add the excitement!

I have been reaching for this on a daily basis, the fragrance itself is long lasting and by the end of the day you can really smell the woody base notes.

Thanks to So...? I have also recently experienced my first body fragrance use and it's perfect to carry in your bag, although it's bigger than the perfume, I always feel weird taking out a bottle of perfume and spraying myself in public (is it just me?) despite, the size, I'd much prefer to carry a body spray/fragrance. The mist is fine and reaches more surface area than the perfume. I haven't had any issues with longevity and can still smell the body fragrance on me (especially on my clothes) at the end of the day.

So...? Eternal Body Fragrance is available for $4.95 (WHAT A BARGAIN!) and So...? Eternal eau de toilette is available for $14.95 (30ml) or $24.95 (100ml)
*Products featured in this post were provided for editorial purposes, all opinions are my own

Friday, October 14, 2016

Mesoestetic Energy C Peel Off Mask Review

Friday night is my favourite time for pampering, for the past couple of Fridays, I have been using Mesoestetic Energy C Peel Off Mask. I have used peel off masks before and it was disastrous, I would accidentally forget I am using a peel off mask and apply the content all over my brows. This time around, I am much wiser! 

So, what's so special about these peel off masks?
  • Energy C Peel off Mask is a detoxifying and anti-ageing mask, its film forming effect eliminates impurities and dead cells for a more luminous and revitalized skin.
  • The mask stimulates collagen and hyaluronic acid synthesis to provide an instant lifting effect. Winding back the clock to erase signs of fatigue and fine lines.
  • Perfect treatment for tired and stressed skin.

Active Ingredients
  • Ascorbyl Glucoside
  • Chronosmart Peptide
  • Retinol
  • Phytic Acid

Price: $69.50 (6 x 5ml)

Each capsule (5ml each) contains one fresh and generous application. Before I apply the mask I always ensure that my face is cleansed with all my makeup removed. Ensure to leave the mask on until the content is completely dry (this may take up to 20-30 minutes).

Once dried, the mask was thin and really easy to peel off, I had a close look at my mask and there were tiny little hairs from my face! The aftermath of my skin was ridiculously smooth and radiant, just like the product's claim!! Unfortunately, my amazing skin condition revert back to it's previous state after a couple of days, which makes sense as to why this mask is recommended to be used twice per week to maintain skin condition, but I can't afford to do that :(  So.... because of the amazing instant results, I am actually going to stop using this on Friday nights and use this pre-important events.

Have you tried a peel off mask before?

*This product was provided for editorial purposes, all opinions are my own

Thursday, October 13, 2016

L'occitane Christmas Collection Showcase @ Tank Stream Bar

Christmas is just around the corner... and with that thought, I just had GoT's "Winter is coming" ringing in my ear. Despite the fact that we'd be at melting point in Australia. I am still happy that I'll be able to take out all my summer clothing!!

Some of you may know that a long long time ago when I first came out of high school, I got a job at L'occitane for a short period of time, a brand that I could not even pronounce at the job interview. I just kept pausing and replacing "L'occitane" with "the brand". Within a couple of months I learned about L'occitane's beautiful products and grew to really love both the brand and products.

I was so thrilled to be able to attend L'occitane's launch and find myself surrounded by gorgeous products. It really took my back to the good old times, I remember working for L'occitane during the Christmas period and I certainly do remember their fabulous gift boxes!

To the right we have Invigorating Cedrat ($68) and to the left is Immortelle Precious Collection ($145)

Left is Nourishing Almond Collection ($98) and Comforting Shea Butter Collection ($68) to the right, both favourites of mine!

Now, the star of the launch, Arisenne, a new sensual and feminine fragrance dedicated to all women. We were able to smell the delightful scent at the venue. Top notes are Galbanum, Bergamot and Hawthorn. Heart notes are Rose of Grasse, Violet from Provence and Heliotrope. Base notes include Ambrette, Sandalwood, White Musk and Ambrox.

Let's not forget about the men, in the past couple of months I was able to convince both my father and grandfather to jump on board with skincare. If I were a man, I know I'd want my skin to look good, feel good and smell good! Every year L'occitane brings out some fabulous gift boxes for men!

Have you seen L'occitane's most luxurious serum? This is their Divine Harmony Serum which contains Immortelle essential oil and high concentration of Jania Rubens extract to help target skin texture, wrinkles and facial contours and volumes. Every time the pump is pressed, the texture fuses with immortelle, encapsulated in 5000 micro drops of oil that protect and isolate the active molecules. How's that for high tech and intricacy?  

YES! A L'occitane Advent Calendar!!!!! My photo of the advent calendar did not do justice, this photo is courtesy of L'occitane. Get excited guys. Retailing for $85 and will be available at L'occitane boutiques, David Jones or online. This advent calendar will no doubt fly out the door!

As always, leaving you guys with some yummy visual treats served at L'occitane's showcase.

*Lily not Louise attended this event as a guest of L'occitane.

Monday, October 10, 2016

White Glo Teeth Whitening Collection Review

Brighter and whiter teeth is something that I have lusted over for the longest time. I remember as a child, I didn't know about veneers and thought celebrities were "picked" based on the quality of their teeth.

Growing up, I have longed for perfect pearly whites and may have tried a lot of whitening toothpaste on the market, I even attended a market research about teeth whitening. Surprisingly, I haven't really tried any proper treatment products. As a result, I was stoked to be given this opportunity to test some White Glo products.


This toothpaste is designed for electronic toothbrushes.. since I don't even have a blender and need to manually mash up my bananas to make nice-cream, I unfortunately don't own an electronic toothbrush either. The toothpaste is blue that is slightly peppermint-y, but mainly a taste that I can't put my finger on. Maybe it's the low content of abrasive Micro Wax? I don't know. What I do know is that my tongue is not a big fan of the taste.

I know that I had not been able to achieve optimal results without an electronic toothbrush after using this toothpaste, however, my teeth did appear slightly whiter after a few uses. I have been using this toothpaste every 2nd or 3rd day and mostly at night. It is probably one of the more effective whitening toothpaste I have tried.  


The White Glo pen actually worked (I did a video try on review below), the top row actually appeared whiter. I was unable to keep the gel on for more than 10 minutes (due to sensitivity to one tooth), it was bubbling and it's just something that'll take time for me to get use to. Nonetheless it still worked, I did not see a notable difference to my bottom row, I'm not too sure why. The recommendation is for you to use this several times per day, I feel that is a little bit unrealistic for me, so I will be using this before special occasions.

Unfortunately, the bonus strips were not suitable for my teeth and became a little patchy (with white stripes running across my 4 front teeth). I'm not sure whether this was due to my application or the texture of my teeth - which is not 100% smooth and flat? I assume that would contribute to the outcome. I experienced mild sensitivity with this product.

WHITE GLO  DISOLVING STRIPS - $8.99 (6 strips)

I've tried similar strips previously and had no idea what to do with it, do I peel it off, do I eat it? So this time round, I had a good read of the instructions.

The strip is actually meant to dissolve onto your teeth that is not to be swallowed. Within minutes, the strip started to dissolve, I honestly didn't know whether I should leave my mouth open or closed. I waited for approximately 15 minutes and became quite impatient as the dissolved content started to feel quite uncomfortable and a little bit gooey, so I went and washed it off. Unfortunately, I did not notice any instant whitening effects, however, keep in mind that I did wash everything off after 15 minutes when the content started to get gooey, perhaps I had to leave it on for longer?

This product really tests your patience. I couldn't really talk while I had it on, so best for you to put on a movie or wash your hair to kill time.

I will try this again and be giving a few to family members to test out for a second opinion. Have you tried this? Did it work for you? I would love to know.


I had put off using this for a long time, I wasn't sure how my teeth would have handled the product but after speaking to a friend who had been using it successfully. I decided to give it a go.

I placed the tray with gel in my mouth covering the top row of my teeth for 5 minutes, the first 2-3 minutes was fine. I did dribble uncontrollably so I had to put some tissue paper in my mouth.

The last 2 minutes was a hurdle. I started to feel the sensitivity (to a few front teeth and gums), I was literally staring at the clock wanting to take the tray out of my mouth. Once I removed the tray, I rinsed my mouth and washed the tray. My teeth did appear slightly brighter and whiter, one specific tooth encountered more sensitivity than others, however it was not unbearable. That specific tooth did remain mildly sensitive for the rest of the evening. The other major thing I noticed is that my teeth were not as smooth following use.

The instructions said to use this over 5-7 days, I personally felt this would be too harsh for my teeth and decided to use this every 2nd or 3rd day - but if you have really strong teeth, I suppose you can try daily use? Your will teeth get whiter, but be mindful that if you have any plaque etc it'll stick to it or around it, causing potential spotting.

My recommendation for use is not to cover the entire tray with the whitening gel if you only want to bleach the teeth that is visible when you smile. As a result, I would only apply gel to parts of the tray that would cover my front few teeth. I squirted way too much gel on the tray the first time, this is suppose to last 60 uses.


So... some worked, some didn't. Have you tried any of the products above? I would love to know your experience!
*All products featured in this post were provided for editorial purpose, all opinions are my own.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Cynosure x McCrindle Launch @ Piper Room, Woolloomooloo


 A while back, I had the privilege of attending Cynosure's Launch at the Piper Room in Woolloomooloo. Partnered with McCrindle research, we were provided with information regarding the latest market/consumer research on women's body image.

Cynosure is a manufacturer of a wide range of light-based aesthetic and medical systems. In addition to their already extensive amount of treatment, Cynosure also provides body contour and fat reduction treatments (SculpSure).

SculpSure is the world's FIRST hyperthermic laser treatment for non-invasive body contouring and fat reduction. This treatment is clinically proven to reduce fat by disrupting fat cells using a hands-free non-suction device that can simultaneously treat multiple parts of your body. This is an effective alternative solution to surgery as results can be visible 6 weeks post treatment.

I was quite surprised that 23% of women wanted to look like Jen Aniston! She is absolutely gorgeous, but if someone asked me whom I think most women would want to look like, the first name that pops into my mind is Angelina Jolie - I have no idea why. Maybe it's the naturally pouty lips.

Fat around the abdomen,  hips  and thighs are definitely the number 1 concern for me. If I put on weight, it goes to my faces. hips and thighs, followed by my stomach.

The statistics and research presented at the launch were intriguing. Body imagine is something that a lot of women struggle with, I don't know about you, but when I see my friends, I always feel that their body looks great. Whether they have put on a couple of kilograms or not, I wouldn't even notice. However, as soon as I put on a couple of kilos, I would feel awful as if the 2kgs is sticking out of my face and hips (how we all wish our additional fat would go to the right places huh? My chest receives no love). We are always our toughest judge.

I agree with the research outcome, I am mostly happy with my body, but I would LOVE to tone up around my stomach, hips and thighs, there's definitely room for improvement.

I am the worst when it comes to food, I always over eat - although currently working on moderation and portion control. I pretty much eat cake and ice cream every single day without fail. I remember having the best mum ever, she gave me Sara Lee cakes for breakfast and I can have ice cream between a piece of bread if I wanted to. I suppose with my super-human metabolism back then, I was virtually indestructible and unable to put on any excess weight.

Unfortunately this is no longer the case. So an attempt at a healthy and active lifestyle it is!

I feel that Cynosure SculpSure treatment is great for those who are unable to exercise due to health reasons, it's non-invasive (which I assume we all prefer as opposed to liposuction etc) and won't leave any scarring (or side effects/risks) like surgery would. Would you consider giving this a go?

Now I want to know, if you which celebrity you aspire to look like! I am really curious!

*Lily not Louise attended this event as a guest of Cynosure.