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New Foundation Routine

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By jolenec · October 5, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

So I've decided to start up this blog again, but instead of just a beauty blog I've decided to turn this into more of a lifestyle and health blog so my range of topics will be wider than the usual OOTD/NOTD. I can't say I live the most healthy lifestyle ever, but I do try my best and at the same time, I love sharing what I know and getting tips from others too. So to start off, I'm gonna introduce my new foundation routine!

Due to my rosacea, I've had a hard time trying to find products that really give me the effect I want. I needed something that would make my skin tone look even since my cheeks have the tendency to get red and blotchy (although my antibiotics have controlled that a lot). Also, I require something very hydrating yet with oil control as I have dehydrated skin that gets oily, which is quite an annoying combination. So after some trial and error, I've found my favrouite foundation routine and have stuck to it since. 

What I use are basically 2 products: the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick and the Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder. 


I got this picture off the website, and apparently this skin foundation stick has been reformulated and it's even better now. I first got to know of this product while browsing youtube. I heard about it on gossmakeupartist's video and it tempted me so much that I decided to take the plunge and get it. I believe this is retailing at $68 in stores but my brother got me mine at the airport duty free so it was slightly cheaper. I love the formulation of this, it's creamy yet not too heavy, and coverage is buildable. I don't like to use brushes for liquid/cream foundations so I just blend it in with my hand, and the effect is still really good!
After the stick foundation, I like to set it with some powder. I tend to prefer mineral powder because I feel like it's more suitable for sensitive skin. I used to use the loose mineral powder foundation by Bella Pierre but got this after because it's a lot easier to travel with a pressed powder pact. For this, I use a flat head brush and lightly tap the top of the powder before buffing it all over the face. 

I really like the finish this combination gives because it tends to make my skin look almost flawless, and coverage is really good. I don't think that I've ever been so satisfied with any of my foundation routine since I started wearing makeup seriously about 5 years ago. This is one foundation routine that I'll probably follow for life unless something better blows my mind. 

If you're looking for a foundation routine, this might be something you want to consider. I especially recommend the BB foundation, so do give it a try. For the amount of product, I do think it's a good buy, given the kind of coverage and quality you get :)

Filed in: makeup, Beauty

NOTD: China Glaze Ruby Pumps and Zoya Chloe

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By jolenec · July 3, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

I did my nails today! Nothing too fancy but I just really wanted to spruce my bare nails up a bit. I didn't paint them at all in Sweden, and I recently reorganized my nail polish storage area so here's what I tried today :)



It doesn't show up as nicely in photos I feel, but Ruby Pumps is a red shimmer while Chloe is a flaky topcoat. I really like how they work together actually :) I think it's the first time I've tried it like that. So far I've tried Chloe over black polish and dark blue polish but not red. All the same, I'm hoping this doesn't chip too soon! 

On a completely random note, I finally visited my dermatologist again today and he's going to change my medication! Supremely pleased because the ones I'm currently taking always gives me gastric colic issues which is really annoying because it affects my daily life and I don't feel like eating anything even if I'm terribly hungry. My skin seems to be slowly adjusting back to the Singapore climate too, and although I still have redness, I don't really have a lot of pimples, and with makeup my skin actually manages to look decent. Having rosacea is such a pain :( 

Also, I've finished organizing my closet and transferring pictures from my trip so I will update soon. I'll probably do a post on Cinque Terre first, because it is such a beautiful place that I just feel like I should share it. It's the most memorable place I've been to in my entire Europe trip, so I hope you'll enjoy the pictures when they're up! :)

Filed in: Nails, Beauty
Tagged with: zoya, China Glaze

Back to the hot and humid after 5.5 months!

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By jolenec · July 2, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Hello guys! I'm finally back to sunny Singapore (or perhaps I should say hazy?) after 5.5 months in Europe. It has been an amazing experience, and I will blog about it soon, along with some other posts of hauls I did while I was in Europe!

Most of my shopping was done while I was travelling with my brother after my semester in Sweden so there was some outlet shopping and stuff. Of course, the places I went also made me fall in love with Europe. I managed to visit 9 countries in total, and it was such a valuable experience I wouldn't trade it for anything else. I think I'll probably do up a mini-travelogue of sorts sometime :)

Also, I recently did my hair! I did not cut my hair for 5.5 months in Sweden because I am pretty particular about who handles my hair and I always go to the same stylist. I did a split dye this time so my hair is a ruby brown and there's a portion that is red. Here's a picture to show you how it's like. It's not that a good picture but you can see the difference in colour. Nowadays I usually curl the ends for a bit or just leave it straight, but I prefer it when i curl the ends a bit so it looks a bit more bouncy.


Also, the day after I did my hair, I went back for a keratin treatment because my hair was in a horrendous state with it being all dry, and now I love my hair so much! Really loving the colours and the renewed life the treatment has given to my hair. Short story, I used to have really thick long hair when I was younger then it started becoming really fine in my secondary school days, and it also started to dry out and become flat so I was really upset at first. I wanted to do a soft perm initially, but my stylist applied a cream to my hair and told me that my hair is not suitable to be permed, it won't hold the curl as it is too fine, and even if it does, it will be really loose so he suggested I do something different with the split dye instead. I'm really happy at the way my hair turned out, it actually feels and looks healthier already. In case anyone wants to check out the salon, I go to Chapter 2 at Plaza Singapura, and my stylist is Zane. 

Alright, here's my short update, and if you have any preference as to which type of post you would like to see first -- the travelogue or the haul posts, just let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!

Filed in: updates, hair
Tagged with: Chapter 2

Random Haul Post!

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By jolenec · May 16, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Hey guys!

Because I haven't posted for like 3 weeks, here's a haul post to make up for it! I have not been shopping so much since I have not really been travelling much yet but here's some stuff I got that would be nice to share :) 

I went to Amsterdam sometime in April and guess what I got? YANKEE CANDLES :D I was so happy to find them because I thought they were not in Singapore, but thanks to Amy, I now know I can get them at Taka, Great World City and Novena Square, so thanks again Amy! :) My parents are renovating my room back in Singapore and I'm really looking forward to my new room. It's going to be a whole new different feel from my previous room. 

So anyway, back to Yankee candles! I am a scent junkie, as you might already know, so when I saw Yankee candles I knew I would definitely need to get some of the candles back home :) So, this is my little haul from Yankee Candles!

I got these 3 for 10 euros if I'm not wrong. Bahama Breeze, Beach Walk and Sandalwood Vanilla! I spent so much time in the store smelling all the different scents before deciding on these three. 

Bahama Breeze reminds me of a pina colada cocktail! It's a very tropical scent, with hints of pineapple. I can imagine lying in the sun sipping on a cocktail when I smell this one. Beach Walk, like its name suggests, reminds me of a walk down a sandy beach, smelling the salty air with the wind in your face. And Sandalwood Vanilla is a bit of a musky, comforting smell :) I really love all of the scents, and I would say my favourite one out of these 3 is Bahama Breeze. i'm not sure how they will fare when they burn, so I will let you guys know once I try them out when I get back to Singapore! Only 3 weeks before I leave Sweden, and slightly more than a month before I'm back in Singapore. Time passes so quickly! I wonder how Singapore has changed in these 6 months while I'm away. 

Okay so my next haul item is this pair of boots :)

It's from a store called Dinsko here. I can't remember how much this pair of boots cost but I think it converts to about $60 SGD. I really like them actually :) One thing that I really miss are my heels. It's too windy here to wear heels cause sometimes your feet just freeze but maybe in June when I'm travelling the rest of Europe I'll buy a pair. 

I've finally finalized my travel plans for June! I'll be heading to Rome-Florence-Venice-Milan-Paris-London-Munich then it's back to Singapore! it's actually going to be a sibling trip for me cause my brother just ORD-ed and it's his Europe trip before university starts for him in August. I'm pretty psyched about this trip actually. By the way, I'd appreciate if any of you have travel tips/recommendations for the cities that I'm going to :) 

I have a couple of fashion hauls as well but I don't have a decent mirror in my apartment to take OOTD shots in them so I'll get them when I have decent pictures yeah? :) The weekend is coming, enjoy it and have a great one guys!

Filed in: haul
Tagged with: yankee candles

My New Favourite Hair Trick: Easy, Soft & Natural Curls

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By jolenec · April 24, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Hey guys :)

Pardon me for the short absence. I was in Amsterdam the week before, and I just returned from Budapest yesterday. It has been amazing so far, and I've seen and learnt so much!

Anyway, I'm here to share a quick little hair trick that I've been using a lot recently, and I'm really loving it! I have always loved the whole soft, natural curls look, and sometimes with my hair tong, I feel like it's still not as natural as I would like it to be. However, things are different now cause of this trick that I discovered. All you need is 2 things: sea salt spray and an elastic band!

What I do is after blow drying my hair, I spritzed my sea salt spray all over and let it dry for a little while. While my hair is still a little bit damp from the spray, i then use the elastic to tie my hair into a bun. I don't really take note of how long I let it stay in the bun I just go out of the house in my bun and take it down sometime later but I reckon maybe an hour or so would be good? The result is really nice, soft and natural curls that I adore. And whenever I want to accentuate the curls, I just tie my hair up again and let it down after a while. Of course, the curls don't last all that long but it's still really nice, and it makes my hair looks less thin than it really is. I absolutely adore the effect!

Here's a couple of pictures of my curls. 


I took these using my macbook air photobooth function so I apologize if the quality isn't too good. Sorry about looking tired too, I've been tired from my Budapest trip and a long day at school today. 


Here's a closeup of the curls. You probably can't see them as clearly in pictures but I do like the overall effect a lot :) Try it out and see if it works for you! If your hair is really stubborn, then maybe only tonging them will work but this is a good way for easy curls if you want some body in your hair and don't want the hassle of curling your hair.

Thanks for reading! :)

Filed in: hair, Beauty

Recipes: Triple Berry Crisp & Fluffy Pancakes

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By jolenec · April 6, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Here are the recipes for the triple berry crisp and the fluffy pancakes as requested!

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Triple Berry Crisp
</strong>1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter, cut into small cubes
Mixed berries of your choice (I used 375g of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries)
30g sugar

1. Toss the berries with 30g sugar and place them in an 8x8 baking dish (or anything similar).
2. Combine the oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and butter together by rubbing the butter into the mixture until everything is combined.
3. Crumble the mixture evenly over the berries.
4. Bake at 350F/175C for about 35-45 minutes until topping is crisp and the berry mixture is thick and bubbly. 

I usually vary the amount of sugar i add to the berries depending on how sweet/tart the berries are. I don't like to add too much sugar to the berries in general. Also, the topping might be a bit too much so you don't have to use it all. I usually make a larger batch of topping and store the remaining in a container in the freezer for future use. You can use the topping over apples, pears etc, anything you like. I've tried it with apples before and I really loved the way it turned out. When I tried it with apples, I tossed it with sugar, some flour and cinnamon. 

Fluffy Pancakes
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons melted butter

1. Combine milk with the vinegar and set it aside to "sour". You can use buttermilk if you wish. 
2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk the egg and melted butter into the milk. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk till lumps are gone.
3. Spray some cooking spray on a pan or grease it with some margarine/butter. Heat over medium heat and pour a ladleful of batter onto the pan. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface then flip it over with a spatula. Cook until nicely browned. 

Recipe adapted from: HERE

You can vary the amount of batter u put in the pan depending on how big you want your pancakes to be :) Also, I've tried this recipe twice, and the second time I cut the apple cider vinegar to 1 tablespoon. The pancakes did not turn out as fluffy as the first time, but it may also be because I let the batter sit for too long. You can vary the proportion of vinegar you add to suit your taste. The original recipe called for white vinegar but I did not have it so I just used a replacement. I actually quite like how the pancakes turned out with the apple cider vinegar, but it's my personal preference. 

Have fun trying the recipes :)

Filed in: recipes, Baking

Life in Sweden: Kitchen Adventures

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By jolenec · April 5, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

It's going to be officially 3 months since I came to Sweden and I feel like I don't want to go back to Singapore anymore haha. The skies here are amazingly blue, the pace of life is so relaxed and I get all the time I want to embark on my kitchen adventures. Just the other day while I was walking to school, the sun was shining, it was 6 degrees and it was just perfect. 



Just walking down the pavement and looking at the sky makes me happy. Coming here has really taught me to slow down and breathe in the fresh air, take time to appreciate the things I never had time to when I'm in Singapore. Even reading here is more enjoyable because I can take my time to slowly savour the book instead of rushing through it with thoughts like "Okay right after this book, I have to finish my assignments, then work on my projects etc etc". It's inevitable in Singapore because life is just so hectic there but well, I'm gonna enjoy what I can over here before I head back in about 2.5 months!

Okay enough of my life ramblings, here are some of my culinary adventures so far!


This is a salmon, sweet potato and corn chowder, but I added things like mushrooms, carrots and asparagus down as well :) It's a really nice and hearty chowder, and very comforting as well. 


A very basic tomato cream sauce pasta, which I actually really like because the cream balances out the acidity of the tomato sauce, and the tomato sauce adds a bit of tanginess to the cream so it doesn't get too overwhelming. I usually can't finish a plate of cream sauce pasta because halfway through it's too jelat for me, but I polished this plate off for dinner :)


These are the best pancakes I've had in a while. The recipe calls for soured milk and baking soda and baking powder, which is probably why the pancakes are so nice and fluffy. I usually leave the batter to stand for about 30mins-1 hour before I fry them up. You can have these with anything, nutella, jam etc. This particular time I had it with fresh berries and yoghurt with some cinnamon on top, then i drizzled honey over everything. 


On Easter Sunday, there was a potluck lunch at the area where I live so I made deviled eggs. I really like how they turned out, although I did cut the dijon mustard by half because I didn't want the flavour to overpower everything else. These were pretty popular at the lunch, all wiped out so that's a good sign :)


Smores Brownies! :) I loved the way the marshmallows melted and gave the brownie a nice gooey texture on top. Made this for a potluck dinner and they were all gone too. 


And this is a Triple Berry Crisp! I made one with apples before and decided to try one with berries this time, I used a mix of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Serve this warm alone or with icecream, it's delicious. 

If you guys are interested in any of the recipes, let me know. I'm not posting all of them up here cause I don't want to bombard you guys with a super long post. Thanks for reading!

Filed in: cooking, Baking
Tagged with: brunch, pasta, dinner, Lunch, desserts

Review: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in #56 Boy and #57 Chance

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By jolenec · April 5, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Hello :) I'm back with a review of the following Chanel lipsticks! 

I got my mum to send me these when she sent me a package because here in Lund, nowhere carries Chanel and I really wanted to get at least one more of the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines since I only had that in the shade Aventure with me here. I only brought 1 lipstick with me to Sweden in fact. I'm really particular about lipsticks because I absolutely cannot stand lipsticks that are drying, or if they have a waxy taste that is too strong. My al time favourite is the Rouge Coco Shine because of how moisterising it is, and how it still adds that bit of colour and nice shimmer to your lips. 

My first shade was Aventure, and I bought Boy for my mum, and she really liked it too. This time, I wanted to try a new shade and I decided to go with Chance after seeing positive reviews of it online. My mum ended up buying both shades for me because she knew I really liked Boy too :) 

I've been switching among Boy, Aventure and Chance nowadays depending on my mood and what I feel like that day. So far, I really like all of them actually. Boy is the shade that is the most natural among all 3, while Aventure and Chance are pinks.


Close-up of Chance. As you can see, it's a little bit more of a cool-toned pink. It doesn't show up as pink on my lips as they are a little pigmented, but it does give a nice touch of colour and shimmer. I tend to favour this more when I am wearing brighter colours. 


And this is a close-up of Boy :) The lighting here isn't so good, but the colour is actually very natural neutral sort of muted pink. This is more of my everyday go-to lip colour but really, it can go with anything so it depends on your preference. With lipsticks, I'm the sort that sticks to one particular brand and type when I find one that I like so this is my choice for now. I'm actually pretty interested to try out some of the Shiseido lipsticks, such as the Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer and the Shimmering Rouge. I guess by the names of the lipsticks I'm interested in, you can kinda tell what sort of lipsticks and texture I prefer haha. 


Here's a comparison of them side by side :) Which are your favourite shades? I'm actually pretty game to try new shades once I go through these (which won't take me very long since I use them everyday), so if you have any recommendations, do share :)

Take care guys, and have a great weekend!

Filed in: Review, makeup, Beauty
Tagged with: lipstick, chanel

Review: Proffs Ocean Mist Spray and Heat Protection Spray

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By jolenec · March 17, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Hey guys! I mentioned I got a couple of hair products from the H&M in Lund so here's the review :) 

Basically, I got the Ocean Mist Volumax and the Heat Protection Spray because I have pretty fine limp hair, and I blow dry my hair everyday, coupled with the dry winter in Sweden, I was pretty sure I needed some form of protection or my hair quality will definitely suffer. I've used both products so far so here's a mini review! :) 


First up, the Ocean Mist! I've always wanted to get one of these because salt helps to give volume and that's what I'm always looking for, esp with Singapore's humidity. It's cold in Sweden but humidity can get pretty high too so I was really looking for something to help my hair be less lifeless. I don't use this everyday because somehow I feel that using it everyday can dry out your hair (I think) so I only use it on days when I really feel like my hair is more limp than usual, or when I don't style my hair at all just so it looks a little bit more put together. What I usually do is to just spritz the spray all over my hair and then use my hands to shake it up a bit before letting it dry. It does give me a bit of a beach hair look, which is pretty nice. However, the effect doesn't seem to last that long, either that or because once I go out usually the wind blows my hair all over the place. I'll probably be able to observe the effects of it more in spring :) But for the price, I believe it was 50SEK, which is maybe 10SGD, it's pretty good. 

A tip that I learnt for natural waves is to spritz this all over your hair and then bun it up for an hour to let dry, then take it out and you get natural waves. I haven't tried it yet, but I probably will sometime! 

Okay so next we have the Heat Protection Spray. I usually just spray this on before I blow dry my hair. Frankly I'm not too sure how well this works but my hair is not feeling very dry in general throughout winter so I'd say this does its job. Of course, I also use other products. Usually before spraying this, I apply a hair lotion to the ends of my hair to prevent split and dry ends. Also, after I spray this and dry my hair, I apply Elixir 79 for double protection. I don't usually use Elixir 79 everyday, but on days I don't curl my hair and leave it straight, I apply it after blow drying to give my hair a moisture boost.

I believe I got this for about 10SGD as well. Both of these items are pretty affordable and lasts pretty long I would say. I don't think they're available in Singapore though, but there are definitely many brands out there that has similar products, although the ones I've seen in Singapore so far are usually higher priced. 

Regardless, if you come across these products or the Proffs brand, I would say they're worth the try :) Thanks for reading!

Filed in: Review, hair, Beauty
Tagged with: Proffs, hairspray

Recipes: Lemon Squares and Chocolate Cheesecake

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By jolenec · March 16, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Hey guys, I got a request to post recipes up for the Lemon Squares and Chocolate Cheesecake so here they are :)

<strong>Lemon Squares

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These are really simple and easy to whip up, perfect for a tea break :)

Ingredients:
1 and 1/4 cup biscuit crumbs (you can use digestives, graham crackers, whatever you like)
60g melted butter
1 can condensed milk (I used a Nestle 397g can)
2 eggs
2 lemons, juiced

Steps:
1. Process the biscuits to fine crumbs. I used a rolling pin to bash them and they worked fine :)
2. Add the melted butter and mix well.
3. Press the mixture into the bottom of your prepared pan. This would fit an 8x8 pan well, the baking dish I used had roughly the same surface area.
4. Mix lemon juice and condensed milk together.
5. Add egggs one at a time, and beat till the mixture is thick and frothy.
6. Pour the mixture into your pan and place in the oven at 180degC for 15 mins or until batter is no longer liquid.
7. Cool, then refridgerate for an hour before serving. 

Recipe adapted from: HERE

Note:
1. I used slightly less than 2 eggs, I left out a bit of egg white because the original recipe called for 500g of condensed milk and I only had 397g
2. I used 2 medium lemons and the tangy taste was pretty strong, so depending on how strong you want the flavour to be, vary the proportion of your lemon juice.

<strong>Chocolate Cheesecake

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Since I came to Sweden, I have made 3 cheesecakes and this one yielded the best reviews from my friends, and myself. I really love the texture of this cheesecake and I must say, a baked cheesecake tastes better than a no-bake one. This makes my favourite cheesecake recipe to date, and I'll definitely be using this a lot more. 

Ingredients:
1 and 1/2 cup oreo cookie crumbs (I used 24 oreos)
30g melted butter
680g/24oz cream cheese
200g sugar
1 tsp vanilla
226-250g semisweet chocolate, melted (I used 55% cocoa chocolate)
3 eggs

200g semisweet chocolate
200g heavy cream
20g butter

Steps:
1. Process the oreo cookies until fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and mix well.
2. Press the mixture into the bottom of your prepared pan. I used an 11x7 inch pan. Bake in the 325F/175C oven for 10 mins.
3. Beat the cream cheese, vanilla and sugar together until well blended.
4. Add melted chocolate and mix well.
5. Add eggs, one at a time, on low speed until just incorporated. 
6. Pour your batter over the crust and bake 30-35 min, or until center is almost set. 
7. Let cool to room temperature.

For the chocolate glaze:
1. Heat cream and butter over the stove until just before boiling.
2. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate, stir until well blended. 
3. Let glaze cool for a little bit before pouring.
4. Pour the glaze over the cooled cheesecake. Refridgerate several hours before serving. 

Recipe adapted from: HERE

Note:
1. It is important to let the cheesecake cool before you pour the glaze over, or it will not have a smooth shiny finish. 
2. Don't overbeat your mixture or you will incorporate too much air in the batter and your cheesecake will be more prone to cracks. 
3. You can skip the glaze and serve with whipped cream and fresh fruits on top, basically anything you like. 

I absolutely love this cheesecake and I will be making it again soon, but I'm gonna try a chocolate nougat glaze this time, and I hope it works out. Meanwhile, have fun trying this, this is a great dessert and got rave reviews from everyone who tried it. 

Now, I'm off to bake some chocolate chip cookies! :) Have a great weekend everyone!

Filed in: recipes, Baking
Tagged with: cheesecake, lemon, chocolate, desserts

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