Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Why I Took A Break From Youtube + What I Learnt From It


Hey musers,


Look who's here? ;) Yes, I have peeped my head back out again for a hopefully quick heart-to-heart blogpost on the question everyone's been asking.

Where have you been?


Thursday, February 05, 2015

My Current Cleansing Routine! ♡

Hey musers,



Cleansing well is probably the most important thing in all your skin-lovin' endeavours.

The sad thing is, no matter how good or how hydrating your skincare routine is, if you don't cleanse effectively, you will get breakouts, blackheads, whiteheads, rashes, and all sorts of unpleasantries that are just so unnecessary and oh so annoying!

Here's my two cents: The better you cleanse, the better your skincare products will work
and the better your skincare products work, the better your makeup sits on your skin
and the better your makeup sits on your skin, the more you'll love putting on makeup
and the more you love putting on makeup, the more products you'll start to want to buy and try
....and so really this just means you'll be one poor gal at the end of the day (or dude) LOL

#convincing? #reversepsychology #gotcha 


HAHA jokes... kind of.

My hope is to convince you to start paying more attention to cleansing your makeup off more meticulously and caring for your skin. And I don't even want to get into the parasites that live and breed on your faceShould I? 


Nah.


Maybe I should.


Okay here goes! *takes deep breath*
Get ready for these cute lil buggas!






Hope you have lovely dreams tonight! Oops! Hahaha! 
I know you love me!


Did You Know?

Did you know that skin conditions like rosacea may be caused by the faeces that these cuties leave on your skin?

Did you know that they feed off dirt and oils on your skin, so the longer you don't wash, the more they eat, breed and poop? #WASHDATFACESISTA

Did you know that if you don't wash your face before you sleep, they go onto your pillow cases, which can then cause breakouts cos you're rubbing on it all night? #WASHTHOSEPILLOWCASES

Did you know they get onto your clothes, and thus if you leave them unwashed in your closet for a while...... trust me you want to #WASHTHOSECLOTHES more often too :P

And finally, did you know that's why you really want to #CLEANYOURMAKEUPBRUSHES more often, and #SANITISEYOURMAKEUP regularly too? They transfer and breed there, and can cause eye, eyelash and mouth infections.
[I will do a 'How I Sanitise My Makeup' video one day soon on my channel, including how to sanitise gel pot liners and cream shadows. It's actually very simple - simpler than washing your brushes! :O (Would you like that?)]



Anyway, I'm no expert, but I do know those basics, and I wanted to motivate my lovely musers to never miss a cleansing session.


So now that we've got that cleared (phew! random tangent), time for my cleansing routine. I don't think I've ever really shared with you all my cleansing routine and the products I use to take off my makeup, so here you go! It's actually quite simple.. hahahaha.. #dontjudgeme (after that long lecture) #Idomybest

okay enough with the hashtags that don't even work lol

TIME FOR THE KILL.



Thursday, February 05, 2015

My Current Skincare Routine ♥

Hey musers!

Over my entire Youtube/blogging life, the most highly requested topic is my skincare routine. So today, I am finally revealing all the deets, alongside my full Cleansing Routine. Since I'm planning to film my updated skincare and cleansing routine video once we move in the next month or two, for now I've decided to update you all here <3

Woohoo!!! 

#FINALLY #WHOSEXCITED

lol who doesn't love a bit of Fallon?


MY CURRENT SKINCARE ROUTINE ♥

This routine has been working really well for me. I have normal with a slightly oily t-zone skin type. My house is very dry, and Korea is just very dry overall, so if you were to use all these products and you live in a humid climate, just a heads up that it could work differently for you.


So here's what I'm currently layering on those skincells! ;)



Thursday, January 01, 2015

Your Comments Made Me Cry


Before I begin, this post is in relation to and inspired by your comments (or semi-letters) to me in my recent giveaway video (below). I know it was a giveaway and due to the nature of that there would be many 'just writing this to enter' comments, but amidst the 1,600 comments, there are so many truly sincere and genuine ones that I can see were written with all your heart. This post is really raw and honest and originally started from a Facebook status post, which just got longer and longer, then I just decided to share it here. Thank you for allowing me to share this with you guys.







Beyond the giveaway, here are just a few of your letters that really touched my heart. I'm sharing this to show you guys that I really appreciate your words and the effort you took in writing them up.












Your Comments Made Me Cry



Your comments made me cry guys.. Sitting here just feeling so touched and moved.



I had no idea how much my life could have become such a huge part of yours, and the real genuine friendships we have together. As I've said before, speaking to a lifeless camera lens, being on a TV set, or writing up a blogpost and clicking 'publish' doesn't truly set in the reality that actual people are really viewing it. It's hard to fathom numbers into the hundreds of thousands. It's only at meet-ups that I experience the reality of my subbies.. (that's why even top-Youtubers and, yes, even celebrities get a shock - though they're good at hiding it - at their live shows or fan-meetings). I want you guys to know that my deep care for you guys grows day by day.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LAST POST OF THE YEAR: New Year's Makeup Tutorial + Products List

CLICK TO WATCH 



Hey musers!!!


My goodnessssss.... I can't believe it's the last day of 2014. This year has FLOWN. At the same time, I feel like it was long because so much happened in the span of 365 days (as you guys all know about the details of my life haha).

Firstly, THANK YOU SO MUCH for a wonderful year together. I thank you for reading my blog, watching my videos, following me on social media, and being my friends through thick and thin in 2014! Thank you for every one of your comments on my posts and videos, and for your support when I needed it. I had times of happiness but also sadness and loneliness this year, and I truly mean it when I say that you guys helped to pick me up when I went through that low moment (in my Emo Jen Vlog) when I cried for the first time on camera, and also many other emotional times you might remember me sharing with you.



Really. Thank you. *insert crying emoji*
(bummer that emojis don't work on blogger)



NEW TO MEEJMUSE?


If you've just joined me, or are new to my blog, here are some of the key blogposts of the year. Some of these posts became hit posts that still get a tonne of views everyday:
Come Back Cooper,
Goodbye Cooper,
Plastic Surgery,
The True Beauty of Women,
Moving to Korea,
Hiding Behind Makeup
and more :)



If you're not a reader, I also make videos :)

♥ To visit my beauty channel to see my videos, click here.

♥ To visit my life in Korea vlog channel to see my videos, click here.


Read on for my list of products and the tutorial!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My Top 5 Pink Nail Polishes!

Warning: There may or may not have been an abuse of GIFs in this blogpost. You have been warned.



O..  EM..  GEE...  Long time, musers!! 



For those who follow my Youtube (or vlog channel here), I've been more than active, but my poor little blog has been receiving no love due to my packed-out schedule juggling TV reporting, videography, church and family commitments, endless meetings and other side gigs.

Sooo much has happened since my last blogpost on new skincare products I (had) been using (death to me so many more to talk about now lol), but that can be for another time! For now, the end of the year is upon us (ALREADY OMGAH. Christmas is almost here!! Yay!!) and I simply can't believe it's already been almost a year since our move to korea.


My hair changed,
my lifestyle changed,
my wardrobe changed,
my language changed
(lol yes I have become more fobby - does that word even work when I'm the newb in the country?),
my husband changed.... JOKES! Haha.





Well, what hasn't changed - I think - is..





my taste in..





in..








Tuesday, September 23, 2014

REVIEW: New Skincare Products I've Been Trying

Hey musers :)


I know so many of you guys are curious about the skincare products I'm using now. Here's my previous post on my night-time skincare routine. I will make a separate post and video about my updated skincare routine soon.

But for now, I've actually recently been trying out quite a few different skincare products to see if there are any I like and would recommend for you guys.

I've picked out a few items out of the heap to share with y'all!


THE PRODUCTS 


First of all, I've been trying out these Humble & Lavi products for a few months that were kindly sent to me to try. 


What stood out to me about Humble & Lavi the most was their mission. I love that they donate 5% from every sale to a chosen charity or cause, and even welcome customers to request charities for the proceeds to go to. Talk about community focused, right? Their core values, as they have up on their website, are honesty, integrity, respect, generosity and fun - and I think these definitely are somehow even captured in their products and packaging.

What I love most is when businesses or organisations exist not just for their own benefit but for the benefit of society, making a difference in this world! I am more than happy to support such companies, so I was glad to try some of their products. They also do not test on animals.

The items I've been trying are the Purifying Foaming Cleanser, Restorative Daily Moisturizer (SPF30) and Nourishing Night Cream.



The Purifying Foaming Cleanser (120mL) ($25) is a pump bottle and the texture is very light and fluffy. It's a white foam that smells very refreshing and is pleasant when put on the face. The ingredients are pretty impressive: Purified Water, Olive Oil Castile, Vegetable Glycerin, Rose Hip Seed Oil, Oil of Kumquat and Seaweed Extracts. To use, wet your face with warm water first, then lather a small amount in your hand and massage it onto your face in circular motions, taking care around the sensitive eye area. My impressions of it is that it's fairly gentle and does a good job of cleansing the face (after cleansing off makeup). My face doesn't feel dry and tight after using it. It's a nice cleanser to start the day off with, or wind down a long one!


The Restorative Daily Moisturizer (30g) ($32) has an SPF of 30 and comes in a light plastic pump bottle. It's a moisturizer suitable for daily use and with its sunscreen coverage, good for use by itself or under your makeup. It claims to "restore suppleness in the skin and soften lines" whilst being an "oil-free formulation that leaves an invisible matte finish that suits all complexions". It's a thick-ish white cream that blends in well and has a subtle refreshing scent with a slight sunscreen-ish fragrance. The active ingredients are Octyl Methoxycinnamate (7.5%) and Zinc Oxide (7%) for the sunscreen and moisture. It leaves the skin feeling well moisturised, though do note it has that slight sunscreen feeling and smell (not extremely light, but not too heavy). At first it feels a little thick and oily, but strangely enough it dries to a matte finish after a few moments, whilst it still remains well moisturized (long lasting moisture). I think this is a pretty good daily moisturizer with sunscreen for those who are looking for something to wear under minimal to light makeup, and has dry to normal skin. For the full list of ingredients, check the site here.


Finally, the Nourishing Night Cream (30g) ($32)! This one comes in a smaller glass bottle so is slightly heavier. It's a white cream that's a little less thicker than the daily moisturizer, yet is more silky and has a wetter formula. It's nicely moisturising in a refreshing way (although it's a cream, when you blend it it changes into a wet, gel-like feel) and the scent is so subtle you can hardly pick it up at all. Although it's a night cream, it specifies that you can use it for more morning and evening. I actually think this cream is great for moisturizing, and I would recommend it to my mum to use and she loves these kinds of products with no scent and simply and purely just moisturizes. I've never broken out from it. The active ingredients include purified water, hyaluronic acid, phynoxythenol and ethylhexylglycerin. 

Overall, I'm liking Humble & Lavi, and although the price point is not exactly cheap, the products do what they promise. Plus, you know that you are contributing to a cause further than your own wellbeing by using their products. :)


Next up, oppa and I have been trying a lot of Origins skincare for the past few months, after using up our SKII products.


This was the first time we've tried Origins, and what can we say... we love it.

I've been incorporating (somehow) some or all of these products into my daily routine for at least 3 months now. I don't use all of them all the time, but I have been trying them 100% on and off, or a few mixed into my current Hera routine. (Read: My Night-Time Skincare Routine for more details) As I said before, I'll update you guys on my current consistent routine soon!


The Origins products we've been using include:
- Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream
- Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion
- Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Advanced Face Serum
- Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Eye Serum

- Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment


I just have to be frank with you guys and say I love all the items, except the Face Cream which I don't love - just like (oppa loves it though - I think it's just a little too heavy for my skin but perfect for ages over 30 or for dry skin!) What I love most and will definitely want to repurchase is the Soothing Eye Serum and Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment. The eye serum is amazing at hydrating my eyes, it's silky and a little goes a long way. The treatment is like a treatment pack for the face when you've had a rough day, your skin is a little down or dry and needs a quick pick-me-up! For me, it's like the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack but a quicker, more convenient option since it's a treatment serum type of product that can be applied and see results in a short amount of time (without having to sleep with it).



We've also been using the Origins Out of Trouble 10 minute mask (to rescue problem skin) - around once a week when I feel like I need a deep cleansing. $37 for 100ml here in Korea. It's a white clay-ish type mask that leaves the skin so clean-feelin! I do think it has helped prevent a pimple or two here and there. It definitely cleanses thoroughly though so I go in straight away with my skincare routine afterwards to prevent dryness or tightness. I also feel like my skin is brighter and whiter after using this.

Oppa is absolutely lovinggggg Origins and says it's the best thing he's ever used. (And he's actually used quite a lot cos he scabs off me hahaha).




You guys will probably all know my favourite cleanser of all time is my Body Shop Seaweed Deep Cleansing Gel. No other cleanser, no matter how elaborate, expensive or hyped, could take its place. It's refreshing enough without stripping my skin dry, and gentle but not so gentle that it feels like it doesn't do anything for my skin. I've been using it for 5 years.


However.


I think I've found something that I like almost equally as much. The Bioderma Sebium line Purifying Cleansing Foaming Gel for combination/oily skin. It's paraben free and hypoallergenic, comes with 100mL of the blue gel product (it claims to have no colouring) in a squeezy tube similar to my Body Shop SDCG. 

I feel like this competes pretty well with my seaweed magic stuff, in terms of being gentle, refreshing, effective without stripping my skin of too much of its natural moisture. The only thing that it's missing is that really refreshing, almost tingly sensation that the Body Shop SDCF gives me, which is probably not so much a bad thing really. 

It claims to "gently cleanse and purify the skin without drying it, limiting sebum secretion and thoroughly cleansing the epidermis. The exclusive Fluidactiv patent biologically regulates sebum quality and prevents pores from getting clogged. Non-comodogenic, soap free" and can be used as shaving foam! I think it actually does what it claims pretty well. So overall - thumbs up. Whether it will completely replace my SDCF forever, we shall see but so far it's a pretty competitive rival and I'm glad I picked this up at the Olive Young 30% off sale! :)



Finally, one that will make an interesting review - the Etude House Sunprise Super Aqua SPF 30+ PA++


The packaging and everything about it (the 'light aqua' wording claims on the front) got me expecting a super light product that is as completely ungreasy as my fave Shiseido Annessa Sunscreen (SPF50). 

Well..

It's similar to the Humble & Lavi Nourishing Night Cream in that it's a pretty thick white consistency at first but once you start blending, it almost breaks up into a watery gel and blends like heaven. 

Only there's something about the product that once it dries, I can feel it sitting on my skin. A little sticky. Coating my skin in a dab-dab han (frustrating) layer. It is also slightly warming for some reason. I like how it's a light milk-ish fluid that blends easily and super quick, yet once on my skin, I actually don't like it at all. The smell is pretty strong in the Korean manner, and whilst it's quite a nice smell, and some may not mind it, it does bother me a little as it's a very long-lasting scent that sits there all day. I hardly ever reach for this product. So for me, it's pretty much a miss. Sorry Etude House~ 


And to finish it all off... here's a little Ellie-ness to add to your day! Taken this morning :D

Hiiiii~ ^_^


Hehe!



Anyway, I hope you've all been well. Will oppa and I have returned safely from New York and we had a fab time. To finish this post, for those who haven't seen yet, I'll attach my recent update and haul videos that I've uploaded since returning.

I can't wait for Fashion Frontrunners to start airing tonight! :) Make sure to check CFashion's channel for the episodes!



LOVE YOU GUYS!

xo Jen


New York Haul & Swatches Part 1