Thursday, October 1, 2015

Review: SKINeffect
Intensive Anti-Ageing Face Cream

It's only two weeks until I'll be turning 24. Time to think about anti-ageing, right? At least, that's what beauty magazines are telling us: Prevention is the key word. Well, I have to admit, I've been pretty much relying on my Asian genes here (my mum's skin is even better than mine!), but there's no harm in thinking about it, right? As far as I'm aware, the two main things to consider to maintain youthful skin are sun-protection (everyday, any time of the year) and skin hydration! So don't forget to drink your two litres of water each day, my dying plants in Plant Nanny (my water drinking app) remind me everyday I need to get better at it...

Though, the most popular thing to do is probably using anti-ageing creams. I'm a little torn when it comes to anti-ageing products, as every brand promises the same thing to lure you into spending tons of money into that industry. I'm really skeptical. Though, when I was offered to try the SKINeffect Intensive Anti-Ageing Face Cream* from LloydsPharmacy's brand new dermatologically tested skincare range I was curious to try it. As a pharmacy that offers free skin testing, I trust them to come up with great chemical-free and natural products.

The SKINeffect Intensive Anti-Ageing Face Cream promises to increase your skin's hydration in just 15 minutes thanks to HydraMatrix™, that combines Hyaluronic Acid, Molecular Film and Atomized Sea Water. Especially Hyaluronic Acid has been known to work wonders when it comes to hydrating skin as it helps to retain over 1000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin. And I could really feel its effects straightaway after applying the cream evenly on my face. While its textures feels quite rich at first, it gets absorbed incredibly quickly, with no shininess at all, leaving only a faint flowery scent. I like it! At £11.99, there are definitely cheaper daily moisturisers (LloydsPharmacy's regular moisturiser costs £5.99). However, considering its ingredients you probably won't find anything similar at such a price, plus you probably don't need such a moisture boost every single day anyway. Other products with Hyaluronic Acid usually start at £20!

You can buy SKINeffect Intensive Anti-Ageing Face Cream (£11.99) in-store or online at LloydsPharmacy.

Ingredients: aqua, dimeticone, cylopentasiloxane, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, glycerin, hydrogenated polyisobutene, steareth-2, cetearyl alcohol, cera alba (beeswax), dycapryl ether, steareth-21, pelvetia, canaliculata extract, myrtus communis (leaf) extract, maris sal (sea salt), dimeticone crosspolymer, sodium hyaluronate, alanine, proline, serine, sodium plyacrylate, parfum, papain, butylene gycol, calcium pantothenate, BHT, urea, mangnesium lactacte, magnesium chloride, sodium citrate, xanthan gum, caprylyl gycol, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium benoate, sorbic acid

*Sample provided for review purposes. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Apartment SS16

September is probably the busiest month of the year in London. You have fresh faced students excitedly wandering around the universities, London Design Festival presenting us with the latest pinterest-worthy interior pieces and of course the international crowd of fashion people attending Fashion Week. Plus, another season of London Fashion Week also means another edition of The Apartment! They teamed up with ShopStyle to create the perfect place to hang out with fellow bloggers, get ready for fashion shows and outfit shootings or just treat to yourself to a little break from the fashion craziness (those Jurlique hand massages - heavenly!).

Since I've been a little lazy when it comes to the whole outfit photos thing, I've made it my mission to get back on track! What better way to start than completely styled by professionals and motivated by all the amazing fashion bloggers around? You know I'm slowly approaching the whole beauty thing, learning as I go along, so it's always good to get some tips from people who actually know what they are talking about. Lookfantastic and their partners provided us bloggers full pampering from shiny nails by Essie to WellaPro certified curls and flawless make up with Young Blood products. Picture-perfect from head to toe. Now and then, I also peeked into The Showroom, pulling complete outfits from Topshop, River Island and co or accessorising with Kurt Geiger and Dune (still in love with the bag from my last outfit). Now, you've seen one outfit already, there's more to come!

But wait, that's not everything we got up to, it's not just about looking pretty! We also ate a lot of pretty food (hello sweet Aubaine goodies!), filling food thanks to KFC as well as Shake Shack and food for thoughts (I'm talking Suitcase magazine). And these are just a few brands that totally spoiled us. That's the life, isn't it? Though, it wouldn't have been as much fun as it was, if it wasn't for the company of some pretty awesome people I was able share these few days with. There's of course no fashion party without Emma, I finally got reunited with Joel and Mike, then there's also the whole The Apartment crew! And let's not forget all the amazing people I was able to get to know. Sadly, all good things come to and end, so now it's time to return to office reality!

Photo: Ashley Verse for the Apartment

Left photo: Kris Atomic for the Apartment
Photo: Kris Atomic for the Apartment

Photo: Emma (

Photo: Kris Atomic for the Apartment

Right photo: Dina Tsesarsky for the Apartment

Photo: Dina Tsesarsky for the Apartment
Photos: Kris Atomic for the Apartment

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Cosy in Grey

Grey Ribbed V Neck Jumper Topshop (new!/here) | Pleated Skirt &other stories | Cut Out Boots Zara
Double Pocket Clutch Dune (via The Apartment/here)* | Hat River Island | Earrings Topshop*

It's kind of funny, isn't it? Of course, my natural hair is originally black. Though, for some reason I have a hard time getting used to my "new" hair colour. Thinking about it, it's already been two years since I had black hair, and even then, it was a two-week thing so my grandmother wouldn't faint at the sight of my dip-dyed mane. During that time, pretty much 60%-70% of my wardrobe has turned black, so whenever I'm getting dressed in the morning I feel like a member of The Addams family, head to toe in black.

That's why I looked out for grey pieces during my last shopping trip to add a little "variety" to my wardrobe. Totally fell in love with this V Neck Jumper from Topshop, when I set my eyes on it. It's the perfect piece for the transitional period, cosy and warm, easy to throw on over a skirt or some pair of jeans. For Fashion Week, I paired it with my favourite &other stories pleated skirt. It was probably my favourite outfit during the 3 days I attended. It also helped that I got to get my hair and make up done at The Apartment (big thanks to the Wella Pro and Young Blood team LookFantastic provided!) and let's not forget this amazing Dune Clutch I borrowed to complete the look.

What do you think about this look? Does black hair suit me?

Photos taken by Joel (The Hallowed Ground)