Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Month of October

A personal one today! Photo and caption update. My last exam is on the 14th and I'll be halfway through my degree! I feel like it's passed so quickly. Happy SWOTVAC, fellow students! Good luck with those pesky exams.

tea bar's large is actually large | pork and sugar cane prawn noodle salad from the best Viet restaurant in Inala | 'lemon and lime' dessert at work- the kaffir lime marshmallow is so good

Thursday, October 24, 2013

October Favourites

How is it almost the end of October? Where has the whole year gone?! I feel like I've been left behind in August- mainly because that's when I felt like I was up to date with my studies- and the rest of time is just racing ahead. October was just okay for me, not great. It hasn't been the best month- my clean eating resolve has jumped out the window, I've had way too many bowls of tom yum instant noodles and Tim Tams, been stressing out over Uni assessment and the green tea is not having any Zen effect. I did enjoy going ice-skating and a short lull where I slacked off a bit before plugging into study mode for final exams (watched plenty of the Black List, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Doctor Who *happy dance*). So this month's favourites post is going up a week early because I plan on being a veg-munching study zombie for the next 4 weeks.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Bioderma Hype

Bioderma, the darling of the French pharmacie. It's finally made its way in the world and has landed on Australian soil. The shop where I found Bioderma products was out of the Crealine H2O (now renamed Sensibio H2O) but they had one bottle of the Bioderma Sebium H2O left so I decided to try it. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Spray on the Rocks

With summer coming up and anticipation of beach days out, sea salt sprays seemed like a trend I might be interested in. In fairness to my hair, I'm happy with the way it normally is; its tendency to dry in natural waves is great, but I wanted to see what the hype was about. As it turned out, sea salt spray was not the way to go.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Napoleon Perdis x InStyle GWP

Remember last year when the magazines went a little wild throwing Becca Eye Tints and Napoleon glosses up for grabs? Well they're at it again! The November issue of InStyle Australia has a Napoleon Perdis three piece gift with purchase valued at $82 happening- I heard about it yesterday, and I bought it first thing today. InStyle isn't usually my choice of magazine- when I'm in the mood for light superficial reading material I gravitate towards ELLE and Glamour UK, but this issue isn't bad. I thought the beauty section might have included an advertorial about the products but they've posted it online instead. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Edit | Summer

"You say goodbye, and I say hello." So spring's all but gone, and stinking hot days and scorching sunshine means summer's here. I'm learning a few ways to deal with the 36-38 degree days. An item which is notably missing from this year's summer products is blotting paper- to be honest I haven't needed it since I started using the sole skincare item included in this post.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Mid-Sem Unwind

Happy Labour Day?! I'm going to post a personal today- some food, some friends, some getaway. I had a good mid-sem break; I made apple pancakes, worked some, read some. 


The first cookbook I bought for myself. Pulled it out this holidays and reminded myself to cook out of it. For birthday cake with choc chip icing and pandan chiffon cakes? Heck yeah.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Odd and Even

I consider trios and quads the cutest, most handy of eyeshadows- 'I'll get plenty of use out of them'- 'the colours complement each other', 'it's so compact and travel-friendly'. And yet I could do without all of these small palettes- but they've managed to evade capture each time I have a culling session; for either sentimental or hoarding reasons.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

September Favourites

September Favourites time! I don't want October to come- the jacarandas are blooming, which is a sure sign that exam season is bearing down upon us all. Gone are the leisurely brunches and lazy days. On the upside, I'm planning a trip to China again in December! This time we're going to China camp in Quanzhou, to a Shaolin martial arts school, which is a far cry from my Harbin experience last year but definitely a good experience to look forward to. 

SLS-free Hair Care

Switching from sodium laureth/lauryl sulphate shampoos is the best thing I've done for my hair. I've been using the Organic Care Normal Balance Shampoo and Conditioner line since the start of the year but when I looked into trying something new, all the brands I'd heard good things about- Schwarzkopf, Organix, John Freida, Clear Scalp, Pantene and Dove had sls's. So I repurchased Organic Care but L'Oreal's Hair Expertise line recently popped up and has started gaining momentum and I bought the EverStrong Reconstruct line to try.