Tokyo DisneySea!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Here's a bit of a happier miscellaneous post after my last one about the sorry state of my skin. Let's go back in time a few weeks to the day I spent in Tokyo DisneySea! It was a toss up between Disney Land and Sea and we ended up going with Sea because it is supposed to be 'darker' and much more adult. This was definitely true and we saw hardly any children around on the day. 

A very handy tip to those travelling to the theme park is to look on the crowd calendar which estimates how populated the park will be on that specific day. We chose a relatively uncrowded day which resulted in us being able to go on a whopping 6 rides and 1 show! Also, I can't emphasise this enough, USE THE FAST PASSES! This ingenious system allows you one fast pass for one ride per hour and was a complete Godsend. The longest we waited for a ride was 20 minutes!

Here is my list of favourite rides, in order:
1. Tower of Terror
2. Journey to Centre of the Earth
3. Indiana Jones
4. Sinbad's storybook voyage
5. Storm Rider
6. Raging Spirits

I generally like rides that combine thrill with a story, hence I really enjoyed the indoor roller coasters with monsters and a good ol' fashioned drop when you least expect! Normal outdoor roller coasters to me are pretty boring now.

Mermaid Lagoon is so pretty! Unfortunately there weren't any attractions that caught our interest though.

All my travel mates coincidentally wearing navy blue.

The sucky thing about being a blogger is that you are always in charge of the photos, so you don't end up in any of them -__-. This is the epic Indiana Jones building.

Here's a gem- a photo of the screen showing our amusing reactions to the Indiana Jones drop! Not choreographed at all. Steph and Mickey are just having the time of their lives, I'm ducking because I'm scared I'm going to be squashed by the giant boulder and Yanto is screaming whilst holding onto his glasses for dear life HAHAHA. We really should have bought the darn photo but we were too cheap.

The scenery is drop dead gorgeous! The amount of detail and effort they put into designing this park is incredible.

 Pano of the port, concluding my favourite day of the whole trip. I loved every minute of it! Tickets into the park are pricey and the food is terrible which is to be expected, but it's a must-do if you go to Tokyo! 

Steph and Yanto were so pooped at the end of the day that they were trying to sleep standing up on the train back to our abysmal apartment in Shibuya.

Have you been to any of the Disney attractions around the world? Did you love it?! What was your favourite ride?

Toasty Winter Burgundy Makeup Tutorial (ALL Korean Products) with Skinlosophy!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

1 week ago I received a very special package from a young Aussie company called Skinlosophy. Skinlosophy specialises in bringing Korean and Japanese skincare and cosmetics to the Australian market and offer super competitive prices, a big range of bestselling items and express shipping!

By simply signing up as a member you can get 10% off your first purchase! Keep up to date on deals by showing their Facebook page some love.

The lovely Gailda asked me if I was up for creating a make up look using some hand picked products, and of course I said yes! I'm always up for a challenge! I was blown away when I received the package (which came incredibly fast may I add).

From L to R: 

I adore 3CE and Etude House, and had actually been eyeing those 3CE triple shadows for awhile! Gailda picked out some very Autumn appropriate colours with deep burgundy and red-brown tones which I normally do not use. Unfortunately the sweet pink EH Cupcake lip and cheek product had no place on my face as it simply didn't suit the the look I created.

3 Concept Eyes Gel Eyeliner in Glitter Red Bean
Find it here for $15

I have reviewed this eyeliner before here in a different colour and it is an exceptional product that is easy to apply and sets quickly with long lasting results. The colour is more of a warm brown than red glitter.

The first step to this look is to create the perfect angled brow. I decided to experiment using the gel eyeliner on my brows one day and my goodness, the result was PERFECT! Using short strokes with the brush provided, fill in the general shape of your brows. Redip the brush and layer some darker short strokes on top if you have extremely sparse brows like me.

I have been using this eyeliner to draw my brows ever since! Love that this product can be used on the brows AND eyes.

3 Concept Eyes Triple Shadow in No No No
Find it here for $26

Isn't it beautiful?! Look at those rich, warm colours, especially that burgundy! Reddish eyeshadows can be difficult to wear because they can make your eyes look puffy, but the trick is to bring it up just over the crease so it just peeks out when your eyes are open, but sings boldly when they are closed. Korean shadows generally have medium pigmentation, and this one is no different. This feature actually makes it much easier to blend than a highly pigmented, soft buttery eyeshadow. Here's how I placed the shadows:

1: Blended in the crease
2: Carefully patted over the lid and blended out to make a smooth gradient
3: Highlights the inner eye and brow bone

Finish with the brown 3CE liner on the top (slightly winged) and bottom lash line.

Etude House Lash Perm All Shockara Mascara
Find it here for $18

This mascara was so promising, however did not perform well on my lashes because it uncurled them. I find this odd seeing as the name is 'Lash Perm', however it worked well to separate and define my lower eyelashes. 

After the mascara dries, recurl your lashes to give them some lift and finish with a pair of criss cross fake lashes to further define the eyes- an important step if you are using red eyeshadow. Use 2 coats on the bottom lashes.

Etude House Play 101 Pencil in #6 and #23
Find them here for $10 each

I own 2 Play 101 pencils and was glad to add these to my collection. #6 is a light, shimmery champagne colour that can be used on the eyes and skin. I used it on my waterline to open up my eyes and to highlight my nose bridge and cheekbones as shown below. If you use this pencil on your face a good tip is it use a flat foundation brush and 'wipe' it on the pencil and then apply to your face. Applying the pencil directly to my face proved much hard to blend. 

I wanted to show you what this eye look looks like with both a neutral lip and a bold lip. 

First I matched it with a warm, peachy orange to continue the toasty winter theme. The day I took these photos was freezing cold and stormy hence the snuggly scarf!

Now for the red lip!

Etude House Play 101 Pencil in #23
Find it here for $10

This is my first time using a lip Play Pencil and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to use. I thought the thin pencil application would be tedious, but it was surprisingly fast. I loved that it was precise enough to outline my lips like a lip liner and that it had a glossy finish! #23 is a bright, cool toned red, which I would never pick to compliment this moody look, but you never know until you try right?

And there you have it! I'm happy with how my look turned out! I actually can't decide whether I like the neutral lip or the red lip better. 

What do you think? And are you a fan of red eye makeup?

Check out Skinlosophy for more amazing Asian products.

*I was gifted these products, all opinions are 100% honest.

My Skin After the Pill- The Mess that Happened and How I'm Curing myAcne

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

I've reached breaking point with my skin, and I know this because 1. I've cried over it and 2. I'm starting down the slippery slope of missing Uni and social events because I am so ashamed of its condition. Here's what happened:

This mess began in November last year when I decided to stop taking the birth control pill. Being a chiro student, I have become very health conscious person (drinking a cup of grass fed bone broth as I type this!) and decided I didn't want to be taking synthetic hormones any more as they have too many risks and it was affecting my sleep. The Pill can deplete the body's stores of vitamin B, which can cause insomnia, rare but true for me. I had been on Yaz, then switched to Brevinor, all up a massive 8-9 years on the pill. During that whole time, my skin was only perfectly clear for the last 2 years (that's right, 7 years on the Pill did nothing for the type of acne I had!) which I attribute to both the Pill and the Korean skincare I was using. 

The above photos were taken in 2014 where I maintained near perfect skin. 

This is what my skin looks like now. Enlarge if you dare.

With makeup. 

Without makeup.

I can't bear to show you any more, but this is all over both sides of my chin, my forehead and spreading to my cheeks. What's more, I took these pics a few weeks ago and my skin has gotten worse since.

Once I had gone off the pill my sleep issues completely stopped which was a Godsend! I have not had a single night of insomnia for the past 6 months. I also felt so much better and healthier. However, 2 months in I started noticing my previously dry skin was getting oily. Fast forward 6 months and now my skin is bonkers: oily, clogged pores everywhere, scars, enlarged pores, uneven and impossible to hide with makeup. I am thankful that I have never had cystic acne though. The issue with the clogged pores is that they stay in the skin for months if not extracted, and if I do extract them (gently with both fingers wrapped in a clean tissue) they scar like crazy as seen above.

I got so depressed that I started on Brevinor again which only lasted 3 days because I started feeling nauseas and started vomiting. Going back on the Pill is not an option for me any more, it's bad for my body, plain and simple.

I can now no longer leave the house without makeup, and in general avoid leaving the house unless I have to. The worst thing is, I am seeing patents in the Chiro clinic who take one look at me and probably think I eat crap, don't exercise and don't shower. When in fact, I would describe my diet as a 9/10 and I enjoy my daily showers thank you very much. My acne, just like other adults, is mostly hormonal because I only got it when I went off the Pill. My poor body is desperately trying to regulate itself, however should have done so after 6 months. However my skin's condition is continuing to deteriorate despite all the measures I am taking to improve it from the inside out.

Here goes.

Dairy free
Gluten free
Plenty of leafy greens
Red meat only 1-2 times a week (any less and I lose weight like crazy)
4-8 cups of powdered green tea (matcha) daily
1 tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar (diluted with water) daily

Omega 3's
Vit D (recent addition)

I have recently started using Olay's cleansing brush system because there's no way I can afford a clarisonic. I am hoping the exfoliation will decrease pore clogging and reduce the darkness of the scars. I have only used it for 4 days, but will continue and report on the results.

Cleanser: Dr Bronner's Magic Soap. 
I use the liquid version at night and the bar version in the mornings.

Moisturizer: Organic aloe vera and jojoba oil mixed together according to the Acne Project.
*No matter how much moisturiser I applied, my skin seemed to remain dry and flaky with a layer of oil on top making my makeup cake like crazy. So I started using my Guerrison horse oil cream on top of the aloe and jojoba with no adverse effects.

I am using all the same items as I used to when I had perfect skin, because it's safe to assume they won't break me out if they didn't before?
Cleaning my foundation brush once a week with my Dr Bronner's.

Can you imagine doing ALL of this with no results! I know these things take time, but I am really getting desperate. It then occurred to me a few days ago that I am not really addressing the hormonal side of things directly, which led me to Fran from High on Clear Skin and Tracy from the Love Vitamin. Here I learnt about Vitex aka Agnus Castus, a natural herb that is used to regulate hormones, hopefully leading to clearer skin. Women who have gone off the Pill apparently have imbalances in progesterone levels and Vitex is supposed to regulate progesterone. Read the article from the Love Vitamin here. Another supplement called Estroblock helps your liver to clean out the 'bad' estrogens that come from the environment, such as drinking out of plastic bottles. After reading this I promptly threw out my water bottle (even though it was BPA free) and started drinking out a BPA free metal thermos.

So I immediately went on to Cuponation (highly recommend!), an extremely handy site which tells you ALL of the coupons available for a massive variety of online stores including health, beauty, fashion, lifestyle and even travel. I saw that iHerb had a voucher code for $10 off purchases over $40 and immediately put two bottles of Vitex and liver support supplements into my cart as well as a vegan meal replacement formula to solve my daily breakfast conundrums. I have spent so much money on my skin lately, so the saving was much appreciated! 

And so ends my depressing story. I am so ashamed to look at the photos of my terrible skin above and I hope I didn't gross you out. It's safe to say I've hit bottom, so the only way is up from now on right? Please forgive me if you don't see my face much on this blog for the next few months.

Please send your prayers, love and luck over this way- I really need it.

If you have experienced bad skin from going off the Pill, please talk to me and tell me your experience!

My First Cosplay- Jaycee from Tekken Tag Tournament 2!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Hi ya'll! Admittedly my focus has wavered a bit and I'm spending less time blogging and doing Uni work. All because I'm (still) obsessed with cosplay! I posted my Jaycee progress pics back here, and I'm so proud to announce that I am finally finished. It took me months and multiple trips to Spotlight, not to mention being over $200 poorer (I know, I know!), but I am so proud of myself. It may seem silly to some, but I think it's a great way to keep the mind and hands busy.

Jaycee is so strong and awesome! Unfortunately I just feel very exposed in my costume haha.

Big kudos to Yanto and Pika helping me out with my costume! Here Yanto is re-pounding in the tiny metal eyelets in my boots with a sledge hammer. LOL.

Yanto wants to take up blacksmithing when we graduate. He already has blacksmiths' hands!

The boots were the hardest part by far followed by the mask. The mask is made of 2 parts- a balaclava and the front piece. It's all made of the same lycra I used in the leotard, but is reinforced with some stiff mesh on the the inside. Without the support of the mesh, the front of the mask was completely flat (an Asian gal's worst nightmare). 

These photos were taken in the car port with a sheet as the backdrop lol. I can't wait to get a proper photoshoot in this costume! Although I'm fairly scared to do large movements for fear of the top slipping off my (non-existent) chest. 

At this point, I'm still unsure whether I will wear this to Supanova Perth. For one it's extremely uncomfortable as you can imagine! Another reason is that I feel so exposed! Granted I have seen girls cosplay in MUCH less (Yoko from Gurren Lagann anyone?), but I still feel uncomfortable. I shall keep doing jumping squats to keep my butt and thighs toned so I won't be too much of an eyesore ;).

*Just realised I haven't finished all of it yet. I'm waiting on a silver pendant to come in the mail! 

Do you play Tekken? Are you excited for Tekken 7?!