March 2017 Wishlist

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Hello, Hola, Bonjour… hehe my bad!

This year we were starting somewhat on a bad foot, blogging wise….Any who… the blogging must go on! With spring finally setting in here in Hong Kong and the humidity levels soaring my skin has been feeling especially finicky. It craves moisture but when using rich formulas, it feels like plaster on my skin and it has been feeling rather dull. There have been a few unique products that I have been eyeing.

The Peter Thomas Roth Meet your mask set

Having heard so many beauty gurus recommend their Pumpkin enzyme mask I have been curious to see how their other masks match up to the hype that is their pumpkin mask. I love sets like this because it gives you a chance to find the mask that is the best for your skin type, as well as gives you a chance to try all of their masks!

23 years old Rose gold Mask 

The key word here is “Rose Gold”, yes I’m one of those people who have been sucked in to the Rose gold mask trend. I personally keep an eye on the 23 years old brand because of how innovative and unique their products are and this one caught my eye. A Rose gold mask? I’m in…

Update: The mask isn’t like a rose gold foil mask(which is something I thought it would be like), the serum inside is a light coral shade but is deeply hydrating. This mask covers your lips as well (no mouth hole), although a little strange it gives your lips a little spa treatment, leaving them hydrated after 1 use. Tip: lie on your back and don’t talk. 

Apivita express mask: Anti-wrinkle and firming mask  with grape

One thing I like about this mask is the ingredients: no parabens, no silicone and propanediol (can cause sensitivity and irritability in some skin types). The ingredients are also fairly natural such as: olive oil and grape oil.I have yet to try any product from Apivita but have heard positive things about it… perhaps I should give it a try!  A natural mask yes!

Maybelline Eraser dark circles 110 fair 

This is definitely one of my go to and most favourite concealers ever! I have been using this concealer religiously for the past 2 months and it instantly brightens my under-eyes as well as covers any un-welcomed acne. I highly recommend this to anyone who is struggling with dark under-eyes.

J.One Jelly Pack 

This Jelly pack is in-fact a sleeping mask that requires no effort. It should be applied to the face after completing tour night time skin routine, the product claims that because of it’s ingredients it should take no time at all before your skin drinks up the product and then you are ready for bed! The ingredients are definitely appealing :

Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid: moisturizing and Anti-wrinkle.Collagen, Water lotus Extract: brightens & soothes and Fullerene: reduces melanin.

3 Concept eyes White Milk Cream 

I first saw this product in a Korean clothing store in Festival, the name totally escapes me but the concept of Milk cream and the cute but simple design of the product. The product claims that the product will leave your skin “smooth as milk” and has skin brightening effects … Ms Dull skin over here is just throwing her money at you… mean enough said.

23 years old Black Paint Rubar

This product is definitely a unique product from 23 years old. I think judging from it’s name “Rubar” you would be able to tell what the product is all about, a cleanser the rubs out impurities. The product claims to be a cleanser and a mask all at once, rubbing out skin dullness whilst removing blackheads and whiteheads.

Skin 79 Water Splash Mask 

There seems to be an uncountable amount of mask on the market nowadays but this one grabbed my attention. The mask was separated into two: a pure cotton mask (dry) at the bottom of the packet and a “water tank” on the top of the mask. How these two would meet drew my attention and definitely led to me squishing around the “water tank” for a good few minutes. The reason behind separating the serum from the mask is apparently because if you separate them there is less need for preservative (you learn something every day!) 

 

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Concealing the undereyes: 2 Routines

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Weirdly, I have two routines when it comes to concealing those undereye circles, which I like to alternate from time to time, depending on what I’m feeling that day and the coverage I need. However, both routines are fairly similar, it’s the change up of the products, as well as the types of products.

Routine 1:

Hydrate: The product that I usually use in this routine is the A.H.C The Real Eye Cream for Face. I would say this more of a serum than a cream, but I find this to be perfect for those days when I don’t have a lot of time. Plus, this tends to absorb a lot faster than a cream based eye cream, but the main reason for choosing this over a cream is that the foundation I use afterwards tends to be less heavy and less drying than a concealer would be. Hence, I find that I don’t need a super moisturizing eye cream as a base.

Conceal: The foundation that gives amazing coverage is the Lancome Blanc Expert Fluid Foundation, I love this product a lot. I find this product to cover my undereye circles, as well as any redness on my face, without it looking cakey at all. I find this product to have a brightening quality to it, without it setting into creases or looking a little flaky. Although, if my undereyes are looking worse than they usually do, I tend to use Routine 2 or add a bit of concealer where the foundation hasn’t covered.

Set: I usually set my undereyes with the Max Factor Cream Puff Candlelight Pressed Powder. I personally love the cream puff pressed powder, as I also own the translucent version of this product and it looks very natural, and keeps my face from looking too shiny after a long day. As for my eyes, I prefer to use the Candlelight version, where it has a pinkish tone to it, which helps to also counteract the purple colours under the eyes.

Routine 2:

Hydrate: With a concealer I tend to use a cream, as it tends to be more hydrating, as my undereyes tend to be on the drier side. So, concealers tend to look a little flaky if I don’t use an eye cream. So, I’ve been gravitating towards The Face Shop Collagen Eye Cream, which I’ve talked a lot about this product before. So, I won’t say too much about it, but it does leave my undereyes a lot more hydrated.

Conceal: The concealer I love using is the Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer and I can definitely say it is a lot of people’s favourite as well, because of it’s high coverage and it’s inexpensive price tag. For me, this concealer is one of the only concealers that doesn’t look too dry under the eye, while concealing the undereyes, even on the worst days.

Set: Recently, I have been using the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder. The loose powder itself is soft and white. When applying the product to my undereyes, I find that area to feel softer and more matte. I can’t say much about whether or not the product controls the oil produced on your face throughout the day. As I have been strictly using it for under the eyes, since I haven’t had this product for too long, I will definitely give an update on how this product works in controlling oil.

So, those are my two routines

x.hipster

 

 

[Free] February Calendar & Dear 2016

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After a hectic start to 2016, deadlines, challenges and a time where I had to address just how disorganised I was, I finally had time to look back on you YouTube watch later lists. I watched 50 videos in about a week and one really impacted me, a video by Claire Marshall. She made an incredible video called “Dear 2016“, by the end of the video I was feeling a little emotional, having been stressed these past few weeks I didn’t realise I had been holding back my emotions, afraid they would hinder progress. But that video did it… So I decided to create a “Dear 2016” of my own…

Dear 2016,

you were probably the best and the worst year I have had so far. It marked the end of so many things: the final chapter of my undergraduate student life, the end of my stay in the UK and the finale of being 20. However, it also marked the beginning of some brand new chapters: an introduction to the work life, an intense introduction to the postgraduate (masters) student life and the first Christmas where I was more present, un-afraid of having to go back to the UK. So thank you 2016 for teaching me to be more present and to appreciate what I have and being the year where things have really happened.

Love, Rachel (The Foodie)

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Best of 2016

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Hello world! It has been a while hasn’t it since I have blogged and I have no excuses except that my poor time-managment has left me with things piling up on me. Not a fun feeling. however, I really wanted to share a few of my favourite beauty products of 2016 with you guys. Please let me know what you think of it!

Neutrogena Deep Clean Oil to Foam Cleanser (original) 

I have been using this cleanser for a good 4 months (around), it is my go to cleanser because of how moist my skin feels after using it. As I wear BB cream and waterproof mascara daily, I really wanted a cleanser that could both cleanse and remove my makeup easily. This did just the trick! You can apply the cleanser on dry skin and massage off the makeup or you could use it as a regular cleanser and with the bubbles formed, massage the makeup off, either way my skin is moist and clean after using it. Highly recommend!

Cliv Tomato Calluss and Vita C Mask 

Believe me when I say, I have tried many types of sheet masks, however, I have found that this is the mask that I have found to be ultra hydrating, instantly brightening and soothing on the skin. Whenever I get the chance, or whenever I think my skin needs a pick me up, it is my ultimate go to mask. Use it at night before bed, remove the mask and see how bright your skin gets… wake up and your skin is dewy and bright!

St. Ives Apricot scrub

This year I have been through about 2 or 3 of these scrubs, not only do I use this on my face but on areas of my body where I think it needs a little more TLC. It is definitely one of the scrubs that offers a deeper exfoliation, smoothing out any imperfections, so once or twice a week is more than enough!

The Body Shop Oils of Life Sleeping Mask 

The most soothing, hydrating, rich (but non-sticky) sleeping mask I have ever used. Everyone I have recommended it to has fallen in love with it. Leave it on at night and wake up with supple and plump skin. One word… amazing.

Read my full review here.

Soapberry Fo-Ti Shampoo 

The ultimate natural remedy to detoxing your scalp, my hair always feels refreshed after using it and if you get hormonal dandruff or the occasional dandruff, this would be ideal for you!

Borghese Green Clay Mask 

An amazing product for detoxing the skin, it strips away the dirt and impurities without stripping away your natural oils. Easily accessible and really effective on the skin, a must try for mask lovers!

Crest 3D White brilliance toothpaste (Any drugstore- mannings)

Having discovered this hidden diamond late last year I have been religiously using it daily and have found my teeth whiter that it has ever been! And before you cringe about the possibility of having sensitive teeth… I didn’t have any sensitivity on my teeth at all (this might differ from person to person so bear this in mind.)

More on this product here.

The Line 3D & 4D Mascara by Missha 

Having previously loved the Benefit tinted eyelash mascara and the Revlon Dramatic definition, I decided to try something new for a change. The cute designs drew me and the affordable price (HKD $45) and after trying the 3D and 4D mascara I was hooked. Since then, I have purchased two more. They give you effortlessly natural lashes and holds the lashes fairly well.

Shiseido Future solution LX eye contour 

This is by far the creamiest eye cream I have ever used, its rich, instantly brightens your under-eyes and plumping. What more could you want!

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Winter Haircare Routine

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I think it was definitely time for a new updated haircare routine. Especially since the weather has changed drastically, my hair has been feeling a lot drier. So, I ended up swapping around my products to fit the drier and colder weather.

For shampoo: I have been using the Yves Rocher Super Soft Shampoo with Witch Hazel. From what I have heard, this product is perfect when your scalp is feeling a little flaky due to the dryness of the weather. Also, I found that this shampoo is perfect for those who have sensitive skin or a sensitive scalp, it also leaves my hair feeling softer, which is definitely surprising, as shampoos tend to dry out my hair. Plus, the product itself is an ecofriendly product, both recyclable and biodegradable, which is a huge bonus.

Since the weather is way too dry for my thick and wavy hair: I always replace a conditioner with a treatment mask, especially during this time of the year. I’ve already talked about this product, but I will just say this product is without a doubt a product to look for. My hair always feels softer and my ends feel a lot healthier. Plus, it’s super inexpensive, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, it is the L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil High Shine Hair Pack.

After air drying my hair and my hair is a little damp and then apply my hair oil on: The product I have been using is the Yves Rocher Hair Repair Oil. The oil has jojoba oil, which leaves my hair smelling and feeling great. Although, this product does feel like a lighter oil, in comparison to the L’Oreal Extraordinary oil. I find that this works just as well, without the weighing down effect. However, I do like that effect from the L’Oreal Oil, especially on days where my hair is feeling a lot frizzier or poofier, but I find this oil to be great for all hair types, without the oily feeling that some oils leave when you put too much.

Last step to my haircare routine, is the serum: Oddly enough, my hair actually loves the cooler weather, with the exception of the drier ends, my hair is a lot shinier and less frizzy, which seems to be the opposite for many. So, I have put away the frizz serums and replaced it with the Tony and Guy Shine Gloss serum for the extra sheen to the hair and to maintain some pesky flyaways. Usually, I apply one to two pumps of this product all over the hair and let my hair air dry.

So, that was my Winter haircare routine. I hope you found some new haircare products to include into your routine.

x.hipster

 

[Free] January Calendar & Life update

 

January 2017 (dragged).jpgNot to sound generic but 2016 went by ridiculously fast and I have a feeling that 2017 will be just as fast, maybe even faster. It has been a while since I have given an update about what has been going on the past few months, so last year marked the first year I got a full time job! After finishing my final exams, I packed my bags and headed back home, to be honest I didn’t attend my graduation…. dun dun duuuun! Probably shocking for most people, but my university experience wasn’t as “amazing” as everyone makes it out to be, mostly because of me and the anxiety of being away from familiar surroundings. If you would like, I could write a post about what my university experience was like?

Anyways, getting back to my point, 2016 was an amazing year! Seeing ‘foodie and the hipster’ grow, being able to utilise our (my sister and I) creativity to create posts etc.It has been a real journey. All in all we hope you had an amazing christmas with friends and family and I hope 2017 will bring you lots of happiness!

This year I decided to create a calendar and decided to share it with you guys here on the blog. I will post monthly so stay tuned to the blog!

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1 Brand 3 Products: Kiehls

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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser states that it”thoroughly cleanses skin and removes makeup without over-drying or stripping skin of its natural oils.” I definitely think that this cleanser  doesn’t strip the skin off of the essential oils, but I do find in the winter period that I need to use a face cream after cleansing, but that’s understandable. Plus, I find that a little goes a long way. Plus, this product is perfect for those with sensitive skin, because it is very gentle on the skin, as well as it being scentless.

Kiehl’s Facial Cream perfect again for those with sensitive skin. The product says “with continuous moisture replenishment throughout the day, leaves skin smooth, soft and healthy-looking.” I will agree that my skin does look replenished and it does leave my skin looking and feeling softer. Especially, when my skin is feeling really dry and dull, I find myself reaching for this facial cream, more than my other moisturisers, so it has definitely been an essential for me.

Kiehl’s Richly hydrating hand cream, a lovely hydrating and rich product, with a hint of coriander scent to it. However, the scent does dissipates after a while, if you’re not a big fan of scented hand creams. I have been loving this product a lot, because of the super dry weather, it has really helped hydrate and keep the skin nice and soft. The product is limited edition, so grab it quick!

So, these are 3 products and 1 brand. I hope you enjoyed it!

x.hipster