Monday, 20 July 2015

Ash Blonde Ombré Balayage by The Orange Room Salon

Hi my loves! As promised, I'm going to do a blogpost about my new hair. I got my hair colored into an Ash Blonde Ombré Balayage from The Orange Room. It's a home-based salon in Auckland, New Zealand around Henderson. My mom, sister, and I found this amazing salon couple of months ago, and I'm very happy that it's now my go-to place for my hair and beauty needs.

Let me tell you a brief story about my hair. I've been bleaching and hair coloring my hair at home for the past 3-4 years, which is incredibly bad apparently! I just found out from my hair-stylist that boxed hair dyes from supermarkets and drugstores are very bad for you hair, and they consist of chemicals that are very harmful for your hair. I'm just very glad that I've decided to invest on doing hair color in a salon and done by a professional hair-stylist. I'm just really relieved that my hair is going to be taken care of now. I remember back then when my hair was so silky and smooth before the hair bleaching and color using boxed products, and I hope I can get back to that stage again.

Since I've done damage to my hair with all the home bleaching and using boxed hair dyes, my hair is having trouble grabbing to ash tones. The sole purpose of coloring my hair from the beginning is to achieve a gorgeous ash tone, but with asian hair, it's very impossible to achieve it by using boxed hair dyes. You have to go to a salon and get it professionally done if you have Asian dark/jet black hair. Unless you want that ugly brassy, orangey, yellow tones - it's like a hair nightmare!

My hair will be going through stages of toning every 2 weeks, in able for my hair to grab the ash tone. At the moment, my hair is having trouble retaining the ash tone, and the gradient of tones are not consistent through my hair. It's going to take a lot of time and patience for my hair to achieve the ash tone that I want. My ultimate aim is to have an Ombré Balayage from a Mousy Dark Brown to Platinum Ash. I'm incredibly in love with the transition of those colors, it's absolutely stunning!

For now, I'm still very happy with my hair even though it's not as "ashy" as I want it to be, but of course I need to be patient to achieve the ash tone that I'm aiming for. It's not going happen in one sitting since my hair is very stubborn. My hair-stylist, Kat, is very competent and I'm confident that she can achieve the ash tone that I like in time.


Ash Blonde Ombré Balayage by The Orange Room Salon

Sunday, 19 July 2015

How To Make Your Makeup Last If You Have An Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, you know the bane of wearing makeup. Many of the problems that come with oily skin - extra shine and slickness - are exacerbated when wearing makeup. You shouldn’t have to fear makeup no matter your skin type - luckily we have some tips and tricks for wearing makeup with oily skin.

One of the most aggravating things about oily skin is trying to cover up any acne or blemishes. Because of the way the oil affects the makeup, it can run or be easily smudged, leaving you with less or partial coverage. Yikes! In order to get a makeup look that doesn’t run or smudge, it’s necessary to take a few steps before you apply your makeup and while you wear.


Purify

To start with, treat your oily skin best with cleansing and drinking lots of water. Wash with a mild cleanser and washcloth once daily. Though it may be tempting, overwashing can actually cause an increase in oil production, so it’s key to stick to a minimal cleansing plan.

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Monday, 13 July 2015

Purple Ombré Prescription Glasses from Firmoo

I recently received a stunning new pair of prescription glasses from Firmoo.com. I've been a huge fan of Firmoo for many years, and I genuinely support the eyewear they create and provide for people worldwide. They're known to offer eyewear in very low prices, but still provide with the high quality materials and contemporary designs. I picked out this gorgeous purple glasses with an ombre gradient. It's really fashionable and modern, and something that you can wear with whatever outfit and for any occasions. I'm so excited to finally get a pair of glasses that has such a beautiful purple shade, it's very chic and feminine.

Firmoo is one of the most leading global optical online stores that provides a wide scale of eyewear including prescription glasses and sunglasses. They are adored by many bloggers and fashionistas around the world because they provide top notch quality eyewear with designs that align with the latest trends in fashion. You'll be amazed by the wide varieties of glasses they offer, and you'll definitely find something that will suit your personal style! One of the best things about their store are their down to earth prices.


Purple Ombré Prescription Glasses from Firmoo

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Throwback Thursday : Halloween Night 2013

It's been awhile since my last blogpost, my apologies from being MIA because my new job has taking up so much of my time. I'm loving it though, more challenges and I'm learning a lot. It's really rewarding having a job that has a huge impact to someone's life, and helping them through their worst health state. I just wish I have more time to do more blogpost each week since it's still one of my passions. I'll definitely figure out a system on how to juggle a full time job, my life, and my blog. I admire those people who have kids and can do it all, such superhumans!

I've been missing my usual marathon of horror movies lately because I've been crazy busy with life and work. I was looking through my photos and found some photos from Halloween with my friend from 2013. I thought it would be so awesome to share it with you all since I remember how fun that night was! It was just a small gathering at my friend's house for dinner during Halloween night.We got all dressed up and prepared for the occasion of course. Halloween is not really a big event in New Zealand  unlike other countries like USA and Canada. Hardly any houses here decorate their courtyard/frontyard for Halloween. There are only few people who goes for Trick or Treating as well. My friends and I still wanted to do something special during that day, and I hope we'll be able to continue the tradition even though we skipped a year.


Throwback Thursday : Halloween Night 2013

Monday, 29 June 2015

Chikos Restaurant and Café Experience

I wanted to try a new restaurant around my city and I found Chikos Restaurant and Café. This restaurant was actually fairly new, and only couple of years old. I've heard great things about it from my friends, and read a lot of promising reviews online. The restaurant's interior was recently renovated to add more space due to the escalation of their daily customers. My friends and I decided to have dinner at Chikos since we were really interested in their new menu.

The restaurant was fully reserved when we got there. Luckily, we still managed to get a table even though we didn't have any reservations. The staff were very friendly and tended to our needs straight away. I was very impressed with their menu since I wasn't expecting something fancy. Their menu is actually sophisticated and comparable to the higher class restaurants I dined in at the city. The cuisines are mixed of Asian, Mexican, European, and bits and pieces of inspirations from countries around the world. It's surely is an impressive menu than can cater to a wide range of people. I love restaurants that has diversity in their menus, and can satisfy your cravings.

Chikos Restaurant and Cafe is an exciting elegant casual dining restaurant located in West Auckland. The first of it's kind; pacific rim flavoured cuisine with New Zealand's finest and freshest produce complimented by  friendly service in a warm inviting atmosphere. The site is built (infront of the well established Mazuran's Vineyards) in modern decor design with japanese influences, surrounding an open kitchen allowing you to view the creation of tantalising dishes infront of your eyes.


Chikos Restaurant and Café Experience 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Lush Cosmetics Sweetest Thing Gift Review

It's been awhile since I did my last Lush review or demo. I still have 2 boxes full of bath bombs, bubble bars, and bath melts. Sometimes it feels so hard to part ways with them, they smell and look too good! If you've been following my blog, you would know well that I'm a huge advocate of Lush Cosmetics because of their incredible products, and especially because they have hand-made and all natural 100% vegetarian (mostly vegan) products. I adore the fact that they feel strongly against animal cruelty, and all their products are amazingly healthy for our skin and works like magic!

I received a gift box from Lush called Sweetest Thing Gift, it was actually one of my birthday gifts given by my brother and his girlfriend. I absolutely adore the items in the box since I've never tried any of the products, and I was very excited when I got them. I also adore the cylindrical container it comes with, and the pattern and colors are gorgeous! I would have definitely picked it up myself even if it wasn't gifted to me. It includes Bubblegum Lip Scrub, Sweetie Pie 100g, and  Fun Pink 100g.

Life doesn’t get much sweeter than this! A trio of our candy-sweet pink and purple treats will bring a smile to anyone’s face. Bubblegum Lip Scrub makes every kiss super sweet, while our Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly leaves skin ultra-soft and shimmering. Unwrap Pink FUN and let this vanilla and tonka-scented bubbler deliver a cheerful blast from the past — its sugary scent will make you think of childhood candies.


Lush Cosmetics Sweetest Thing Gift Review

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Fun Day at the City (feat. Ela Cuisine, Samurai Restaurant, Starbucks, and many more)

My sister and I went to the city last weekend. We were there to go shopping, have lunch, and to watch one of my most awaited movies of the year - Jurassic World. If you haven't seen that movie, I highly, highly recommend that you should! It was brilliantly created, from the cinematography to the storyline, everything was absolutely amazing. The actors were fantastic too, Chris Pratt was super hot! I'm not surprised that the movie already grossed around half a billion dollars worldwide in just one week, how insane is that?! If you're an animal and dino lover, then you'll absolutely love Jurassic World, it was such a fantastic film. It didn't disappoint me one bit, and it even exceeded my expectations.

My sister and I arrived at the city earlier than expected, so we went around to check out most of the shops. I picked up some Pandora charms to add on my bracelet, and then we went for lunch around noon. We went to our usual favorite place to eat, at Elliott Stables. They have so many cuisines from all over the world, that's why we love going there. After lunch, we went window shopping to more shops since we still have a lot of time to kill before the movie starts at the cinema.


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

NEW Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths Review

Cetaphil has recently released a brand new product from their line called Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths. I was so excited that Cetaphil has finally created cleansing cloths since I've been a huge fan of their skincare line. Like most teenagers, I've suffered from acne during the middle of my teenage years, it was really bad and I had to go to a dermatologist to get help. I was given medication for my acne, and was advised to use Cetaphil cleansing wash regularly. I used Cetaphil during the time when I was suffering from acne, and couple of years after my acne has cleared up. I can honestly vouched that Cetaphil has helped heal my skin and nursed it back to its former good health. Only Cetaphil was the one brand that is gentle enough and didn't irritate my sensitive skin or didn't leave my skin dry during those years.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Wipes are a time saving product designed to remove makeup and wipe away daily grime such as sweat and oil. The gentle wipes suit multiple usage occasions - use at the gym, use to freshen up at work, or to remove makeup after a long night out. The convenient pack fits perfectly in purses, travel bags, sport and beach bags, ensuring skin is freshly cleansed, whatever the situation.


NEW Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths Review