DOES IT WERK? | Sunkissed Rapid Tan Mousse

So summer is coming up, and while pretty much everyone I know is manically working out at the gym in the hopes of miraculously achieving the ideal BMI 21 frame, I’m over here stocking up on tanning products because the last time I went back to KL one of Maries uncles was like “Wah Anna so fair now ah?” Tbh I don’t actually know what he said exactly cos I wasn’t there, but it pretty much destroyed my soul because despite my natural inclination to retain fair skin I’m not particularly fond of the “pale in the summer” look. So I was at Body Care perusing their impressive range of self tanning products and eventually settled on Sunkissed’s Rapid Tan mousse, because 1. I know literally nothing about tanning products and wanted to get a brand I was familiar with (I use their bronzer on the regular) and 2. It had a 2015 Beauty Awards Gold Winner sticker on it. I don’t know what this means and it doesn’t say WHICH beauty award, so I’m just gonna assume Beauty Awards is its own thing. ANYWAY. I also got a Velvotan applicator mitt, mostly (okay, solely) because it was pink and had pretty flamingos on it AND had gold shiny lettering. SUPER PRETTY.


I’ve already ripped the wrapping off the tanning mitt and used it once yesterday, though. Only after that did it occur to me to document this momentous occasion. But it cleans up very easily in just water and soap so I’m pretty happy with it! The mousse smells AWESOME, kinda coconutty and Shea buttery plus it’s also meant to have vitamin E and Aloe Vera somewhere in the mix too, which are, as you know, good for the skin and whatnot. Look how fluffy the mousse is tho!


I thought I’d have to stand with my hands and legs apart for the next hour or so, but it actually dries in seconds and darkens upon contact too. It was a bit messy yesterday because I was totally inexperienced and I spent like an hour applying it all over my body, but today I probably took only 15 minutes or so. I was actually able to reach my back too, so if you’re flexible you probably won’t need to ask for assistance.  EXPERT ADVICE: don’t get this stuff up your butt. I did that yesterday and now my various nooks and crannies are a kind of colour I’d like to describe as… Let’s go with burnt sienna. I’d also like to take the opportunity to say it’s best to have a totally smooth, exfoliated face before you do this, because today I have random dry patches on my nose and around my mouth and it’s looking kinda grody cos the mousse is trapped under the skin. I’m actually not too worried about patchiness though, because  I got the Medium tone (I assume Light and Dark are also available options)  and the reason I’m doing this again today after already having applied one layer yesterday, is because after washing it actually leaves a very subtle, very realistic shade only slightly darker than your actual colour. So it’s totally okay if you mess up, it washes off instantly as well and there’s plenty in the 150ml bottle for multiple applications!

Shade comparison on my unfinished leg!

You can see the shade difference here – it’s important to note that the colour you’re at during application is sadly not the colour you will be after a shower! On the plus side though, and I love this part, after just one application my skin tone looked so much more even and smooth compared to before! You can see the colour on the mitt is a lot darker than the dollop of mousse I posted a photo of earlier, as the colour darkens after a few seconds of exposure.

So here’s what I look like before and after application:

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I mean I’m pretty damn happy with the results! This stuff also washes off super easily in the shower and doesn’t stain your clothes or towels. And like I said, it dried in seconds so you can put a towel down and relax for about an hour while it develops. Overall I’ll give it a 8/10 because it smells delish, is relatively easy to apply even for a noob and does what it says on the bottle! As for the cons, well it doesn’t say exactly how long it’s meant to last and it’s kinda annoying that I had to use two layers and wait an hour for each application but maybe the Dark variation may have been more suitable! Either way, would defo buy again! Here’s a picture I took previously of part of my Body Care haul, and you can see the pretty Velvotan packaging in the background!
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If Anyone’s Wondering Why I Haven’t Really Been Myself Lately…

…It’s probably because I kinda lost myself a while ago. I’ve been through a lot of changes in the past couple years – I would binge eat, then I would starve myself. I was fat, then I was fit. I would party all night, then I would study all night. I was super single, then I was super taken. I wore barely any clothes and then I wore more clothes than I was comfortable in. I finally graduated from college with a Graphic Design diploma only to switch over to Marketing in uni. I gave up drawing porn for money (yep) to open an online store and then got bored of that and started a personal brand on Instagram and now that that’s peaking I’ve decided to start a blog. One minute I was hot, one minute I was cold and the next minute I was burned out. Sometimes I’m a dick and sometimes I’ll buy you lunch.

I think one thing that changed me for the better was starting a healthier lifestyle earlier this year. I stopped eating trash (in some cases quite literally) and started working out. I watched my stamina quadruple and my body improve – at first I struggled to jog 2.5km at a 7km/h pace, and at my peak I was able to run 5km at a 14km/h pace. I did lose a fair amount of weight because of it and I felt empowered by the control I gained over my body and mind.

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At 59kg on the left and 49kg on the right!

Unfortunately it got to the point where I kinda didn’t recognize myself anymore. At first I’d see myself in pictures and think “Well that doesn’t really look like me… Lemme take another #selfie”. And then I’d walk past a reflective surface and be like “Lol that chick is wearing the same outfit as me… Wait”. I’d see myself in Skype calls and get really confused, because the live video stream of myself wasn’t the me I knew. My face had changed dramatically (you can probably see for yourself in the picture above) and I literally didn’t recognize the person I was looking at, and this kinda got me super distressed.

I guess once I stopped being able to recognize my face I kinda started grasping at straws to find a mask that was somewhat similar to the person I was familiar with. I jumped from one identity to another, tried on a few different personalities while I was at it. I started multiple Instagram accounts and conveyed different sides of myself on all of them hoping to find one that would “fit” (I didn’t, and now just manage two, hazekitten and cyberxkitten).

It’s been roughly 6 or 7 months now since I realized I no longer knew myself. And even worse, I no longer knew who I wanted to be. I don’t know how I want to dress, I don’t know how I want to cut my hair, I don’t know how I wan to wear my makeup and I don’t know how I want to speak. I’m very uncomfortable in my own skin at the moment.

But I’m coming to terms with this and trying to tell myself that it’s okay. I don’t have to be the same thing every day. It’s fine if I want to be a different person every week and it’s fine if I want to be loud and crass in the a.m. and meek and studious in the p.m.

I don’t normally buy into this New Year, New Me bullshit but I’m hoping in 2016 I regain a bit more of that control I had before. I’m hoping to get to know myself again, once I’ve decided to stop being more than one person. And if I don’t ever decide to stop I guess that’s cool too. I’ll just be all the things I want to be, whenever I want to be them. I’ll just be and not worry about what thing I’m being.

I’m not being fake – I know I probably come across fake – I’m being as genuine as possible by not just being one thing because I guess that just isn’t me at this point in time.

Special thanks to my boyfriend for putting up with my constant freakouts over who to be on any given day, and loving all the people I identify as. And also to my closest friends for never questioning me even though I can tell they probably think I’m being weird at times.

🌸 A Common Beauty Mistake You Might Be Making | Korean Face Mask Review 🌸

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Hi guys! After three months in the cold, dry London air (and one night of super heavy drinking at Changkat with Marie) my skin was looking a bit dull and lackluster, so the moment I got the chance in KL I picked up Hold Me Tight (a lifting and firming mask) and Miss Invisible Pore (a pore tightening mask) from the Korean brand Faith in Face. There was also a whitening mask available, but since I’m not interested in looking pale I gave that a pass. These masks are pretty pricey, but I was willing to pay a little bit extra for the quality! And as a marketing student I’m a sucker for cute packaging. Faith in Face masks are paraben free, with no added mineral oil and free from animal testing! Yay!

The packs are pretty text heavy, which I like because I’m always up for a few extra tips and tricks. Thanks for the advice, Betty!

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So tonight I washed all my makeup off and now I’ve got Hold Me Tight on my face. Just FYI, Faith in Face specializes in hydrogel masks, which are a bit different from fabric sheet masks in the sense that they’re meant to be a whole lot more nourishing and moisturizing, and they’re also a whole lot more squishy and stretchy which makes them pretty fun to play with! They have very soft jelly-like consistency which is super soothing on the skin.  Some of the key ingredients in Hold Me Tight include:

  • Copper Tripeptide – Known to liven and firm the skin without irritation
  • Rooibos Extract and Red Ginseng Extract – Popular Korean ingredients known to reduce stress and improve firmness in skin
  • Adenosine – Reduces the appearance of wrinkles

The mask itself comes in two pieces – One covers the top half of your face and the other piece goes over your jawline, chin and lips. Pretty convenient if you ask me. The mask halves come fully enveloped in protective film for ease of application!

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It took me a little while to get these on my face, but I eventually managed without too much hassle! I’m not gonna post any face mask selfies because I happen to find those pretty creepy and all round unflattering. Anyways!

So about that one big mistake you’re probably making with your face masks… Typically you’re meant to leave them on for 20-30 minutes. A lot of the time I find myself leaving my masks on for way longer, cos like, that probably gives you better results, right? Super wrong. I’ve found that leaving your face mask on for longer than 30 minutes can trap bacteria under your mask and cause you to break out! Make sure to remove your mask about 25 minutes in to avoid acne, ain’t nobody got time fo dat. Life is hard as it is I know u hear me.

Here’s a close up of the back of the pack for you to read while I remove my mask.

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Normally I wash my face off with water after removing a mask because I feel kinda sticky and gross, but Hold Me Tight leaves a silky smooth residue that my skin absorbed almost right away, so I’m leaving it on overnight! I’m not feeling any immediate tightening effects, but being in my 20s my skin isn’t all that saggy anyways. I do feel refreshed and my face does feel somewhat hydrated though! I’ll check in again in the morning to let you guys know if the bounce factor has improved. Night night!

EDIT// Oh. My. GOD. YOU GUYS MY FACE IS SO SMOOTH AND FIRM. I went to bed like “Nahh lmao this isn’t gonna do shit” but omg when I woke up this morning my skin is super taut and bouncy. I couldn’t stop touching my face all day! It’s nearly 9pm now and my skin still feels refreshed and soft. I’m very happy to report this product lives up to my expectations and I can’t wait to try Miss Invisible Pore! If it works as well as Hold Me Tight I’ll definitely be stocking up on Faith in Face products before I head back to London. You can get these at most leading pharmacies, I got mine at Watson’s for aroud RM10!


 

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Skinny Bunny Detox Tea Review

Hay gais! In 24 hours I’ll be headed back to KL and I’m super stoked! But I thought I’d squeeze in one more review before I get on my flight back home from London. Today I’ll be reviewing Skinny Bunny’s Detox tea!

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For those of you who don’t know, Skinny Bunny is a brand that makes tea (and now bikinis) for the health (well, let’s be honest, weight) conscious. They have two kinds of Weight Loss teas (one for the morning and one for bedtime), and one Detox tea for night time use. They’re $15 each and come with a couple of free workout and diet guides as well, which are pretty handy IF you haven’t got a workout and diet plan for yourself, but for those who are serious about a healthier lifestyle I strongly suggest you come up with a more personalized plan. I’ve never been one to buy into the hype about detox teas and the like, but a while ago I decided to give their Detox version a try.

Their Detox tea is a Tropical Chamomile flavor, as you can probably see on the tin. You can also get a Lemon flavor. They come in either 14-day ($15) or 28-day ($30) supplies and as mentioned on the site are meant to provide you with vitamins, antioxidants and immune system support. You can probably tell I’m not buying this, but maybe I’m just a super skeptic when it comes to miraculous quick fixes.

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Upon opening the tin I was surprised with a very pleasant scent of tropical fruits — This tea is delightfully fragrant! I got the 14-day supply and the tea itself is packaged in 14 pretty little pyramid bags, however there were no strings attached to the bags for easy removal after infusion. Here’s a closer look at the bags.

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Now this tea is meant to “detoxify” me. I haven’t yet come across any information as to what exactly I am meant to be detoxified of; as far as I’m concerned my liver and kidneys should have that kinda thing covered. But it smells pretty good so I’m gonna give it a go. Here are my pros and cons!

Pros:

  • It smells great and doesn’t taste utterly horrible. In fact, it doesn’t taste bad at all; my boyfriend says it “tastes like earth” but the flavor is not unlike most teas. Unfortunately the fragrance doesn’t permeate through to the taste, but I’m happy with it overall since I have tried some pretty vile teas in the past.
  • It gives me awesome sleeps. I generally don’t sleep very well as it is, but Skinny Bunny’s Detox tea pretty much knocks me out after about 20 minutes and I sleep pretty soundly through the night! Which, if you’ve read my previous post, is a luxury I can’t always afford. This is a massive plus point for me!
  • The worldwide shipping is pretty quick and they have some pretty reasonable bundle deals on their site, too.
  • The workout plan I got with my order was actually pretty inspiring, and lead me to learn about HIIT, a program which has become the core of all my workouts. However, without further research and a deeper understanding the guides themselves aren’t really that great.

Cons:

  • It’s pretty damn pricey guys. The only reason I keep buying this tea is because a full night’s sleep is a rarity and I’m very happy with the quality of sleep this tea provides.
  • I don’t feel detoxified and, since most detox teas are meant to help you lose weight, from this angle I can’t say it’s very effective. I know it doesn’t expressly say anywhere it will help you lose weight, but let’s be real, it’s called Skinny Bunny, not Clean Colon Bunny.

All in all not a terrible product, but if you sleep well on your own I don’t recommend Skinny Bunny. Even if you do want to experience better sleeps there are plenty of chamomile teas in the shops and if you’re looking to lose weight or live better, you’ll need to change your approach. Perhaps approach a treadmill or a salad… But that’s just me. Later taters!


 

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