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I am going to be trite and say this “I cannot believe that we are halfway through February 2018!” Is it me, or is 2018 flying by a little too quickly for comfort? Slow down! I want to cry. And I guess I will have some time to slow down soon, with the Lunar New Year festivities upon us.
This year, the barking Dog chases the Rooster out of our home, and I will be taking a few days off, as I do at this time of year, to celebrate the festivities and spend time at home with the family. Incidentally, if you want to stay in touch with blog posts, you can sign up here for a weekly email that goes out with a compilation of that week’s blog posts, so you don’t have to miss out on any future posts!
But before I leave you for the festivities, I wanted to quickly share some things I’ve been loving, that I think you might love too! Or at least, some things you can save your ang pow money for I’ve made sure that they’re (mostly) permanent products because I despise the limited edition push to buy NOW, as much as anyone else.
There are a couple of items that I may elaborate on in future review (holler, if there is one you want to see in greater depth!) but I wanted to make sure I told you about these things, some of which I’ve been using for months now, and thoroughly loving to bits!
This one’s coming up by very popular demand, ever since I put a picture on Instagram a while ago. This is primarily because I absolutely loved the Hada Labo Premium Hydrating Lotion (which I still use! It’s very good, very hydrating, good value and easily accessible for us, which matters).
Naturally therefore, everyone’s wondering if this Hada Labo Premium Hydrating Cream is as wonderful?
The Hada Labo Premium Hydrating Cream is the counterpart to my favourite Premium Hydrating Lotion. Like the lotion, this contains 5 types of Hyaluronic Acid – Hyaluronic Acid for a moisture retention barrier, Super Hyaluronic Acid with 2 times the moisture retention capacity, Nano Hyaluronc Acid to penetrate deeply into the skin to provide moisture deep down, Absorbent Hyaluronic Acid that allows it to stay on skin through sweat or washing and 3D Hyaluronic Acid that binds together to form a 3D moisture net wrapping the skin to provide long lasting moisture retention.
On top of all that, the Hada Labo Premium Hydrating Cream contains 3 types of ceramides to strengthen the skin moisture barrier, which helps keep skin moist and supple.
It all sounds pretty amazing, if you ask me. But the more important question is this – how does it fare?
It’s a disturbance that has been bubbling under the surface for years, and is now bubbling over. It is a disenchantment with how information is getting out, and being received, and is a direct result of the rise in use of social media, in particular, Instagram.
There is a rising disenchantment among users of Instagram who bond within the beauty community, that there is a growing lack of transparency, honesty, information and sharing. There is an element of greed, and self-entitlement among many who strive to be noticed and be rewarded by the beauty brands, and this sits ill with those who truly have an interest in the genre.
Speaking from the viewpoint of a blogger (I have too small a following on Instagram to merit any standing, but at least I know it’s not padded) I’ve seen this same thing happen in the blogging community a little while ago. The difference now, is that anyone with a blog, or who has an instagram account, suddenly gets tarred with the same brush.
All bloggers and influencers are liars and sell-outs – the rabble cries, and shake their pitchforks in the light of torches. Sigh.
Regulars amongst you know just how fussy I am about sunscreen. I use sunscreen. Liberally, compared to most, and I use it daily. Rain or shine, indoors or outdoors. SPF50 PA++++, no compromise. What this means is that if a sunscreen that comes before me is anything less than that, I don’t even give it a look in. That’s just how fussy I am.
Some time last year, I was introduced to the Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen SPF50 PA++++ Let me also say that my preference lies with the Japanese sunscreen, because their formulation is second to none – lightweight, comfortable and effective.
Murad, not being a Japanese brand therefore, had me scratching my chin. Did I want to try it? Most Western brand formula had put me off thus far. But the label “mineral sunscreen” drew me in like a fish at the end of a hook. I wanted to know how this fared, and if it might find its place among my very carefully selected Holy Grail sunscreen selection.
I sometimes feel like sleep aids are made or created by people who don’t really have a sleeping problem. If you do, you will know that a drop of lavender does nothing but smell nice. I have a sleeping problem, and think I’m authority enough on the subject!
That said, I do not have chronic insomnia, which I consider a blessing. I used to sleep like a log when younger. I’d sleep through anything – fireworks, noise, crowds – I could curl up in a corner and drop off just like that. So my sleeping problems crept up on me over the years. It isn’t so bad that I need medication, but I am always game to try any sleep aid!
These days, I go through bouts of sleeping through the night, and days when I don’t. When I do, my eye bags reduce in size and my skin looks clearer and better. When I don’t, I have eye trunks (not bags), and my skin dulls. Regulars will also know of my neverending battle with sleep – it’s something I’ve been battling for years so every night I sleep comfortably is a blessing!
I am therefore, always on the lookout for sleeping aids to help me go to sleep that more easily, and more importantly for me, stay asleep. One of the things that I tried are pillow sprays. REN Skincare has just released a new product, the REN & Now to Sleep pillow spray, and I have been trying it out for a while. Let me also share with you my thoughts on whether pillow sprays work, for those of us who have a sleeping problem.
I have been asked if my focus is only on luxury brands and products. It does seem that way because I am picky. But if I’m to be honest, so what if it is? I’ve earned my stripes, and if people deem bloggers to be aspirational, then everyone aspires to some luxury in their life.
So, I’m unashamedly featuring the La Mer Sheer Pressed Powder today, a new release from a few months ago.
Now, lets get the nitty-gritty out of the way. La Mer is a luxury brand, with prices that befit its status. When they release a pressed powder therefore, it isn’t likely to come cheap. Like all luxury products therefore, it is something to aspire to own.