January 25, 2015

Winter is Here

During chilly months, I get extra dry hands and nails to the point that if I don't moisturize after washing, they get flaky and and my nails are more prone to breakage.  An extra step is needed to keep my hands and nails to their normal state.

Hand Mask
There's a hair mask, face mask so don't be surprised if there's also a hand mask.  I'm making my own by mashing half of an avocado mixing it with a teaspoon of honey.  Just apply all over hands and nails, let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes then rinse.  The combination always makes my hands and nails moisturize and smooth.

Cut, Clip & Shape
My nails are usually cut short and straight for easy maintenance and for me not to bite them :)  Then I the sides of my nails with and emery board for a smooth finish.  I have time,  I use a nail buffer with 4 sides to make my nails shiny and polish.

Here's a complete tip on how to Winterize Nails from our friends from Julep:

For color, something a bit plummy and a little sparkly can winterize the nails.  From the color palette below, I'll go with Joanne as it looks simple yet sophisticated and can work well with the color scheme of my wardrobe which is mostly black, navy blue, cream and white.

Sawyer will be my go to if I wanted something sparkly as the copper color and hints of spark didn't intimidate me.

My picks of color are usually simple and versatile to suite my almost minimalist and rock star style so Joanne and Sawyer are perfect for me.

How do you take care of your hands and nails during this season?


January 24, 2015

Ramyun Almost Supreme

I think this would be in it's supreme state if I added hard boiled egg, some strips of cabbage and fish cakes(???) that are usually found in ramens (usually in swirls of pink and white) plus chopsticks instead of spoon but this is what I usually do with my ramyun~ more meaty and a bit healthier because of the added vegetables.  I also tried putting cheese before and it's so YUM!

To make this, you just need:
The Veggies!
Carrots and spring onions are my go to because they are readily available, colorful and cheap :)

and Chicken Balls
for extra meat and chunks.  Tried fish ball before and it tasted nasty so I always go with chicken.

What I do is just cooked the spicy ramyun according to instruction with the balls included for its taste to blend with the soup.  Add the spring onions and let it simmer for 30 seconds and serve with a grin and watch everyone frantically fan their mouth because of the spicyness but still enjoying the eating eat.

Soup + Spicy = Perfect for chilly weather.  ∆rya

January 20, 2015

Missha Misa and Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence

I'm trying to keep some cacti alive (one already said goodbye because I watered it too much and another one already struggling) and luckily this one in my photos is doing well.  You'll see it as an accessory to most of my photos this coming months because I think it looks pretty.

If you read my Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule then you know how much I love it and it made me want to try more products from Missha.  I got the Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence with the ampoule as a set and the Misa Essence which does half the trick of the night repair.

Missha Misa Yehyun Essence
This is like the younger half sister of the Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule in the the sense that it does half the job of the latter.  This is more suitable for those nearing the age of having wrinkles but still not ready for anti aging products, that is my opinion by the way.  This is one of the "oriental" products of Missha with korean ginseng and other oriental medicine aiming to boost skin elasticity and making it healthy.

Since I already tried stronger essences and ampoule and I'm already nearing 30, the effect is not enough for my skin even if it's moisturizing on it's own and quite nourishing.  Maybe if I used this when I'm younger, then I think it can help in delaying the aging of my skin.  Texture is a bit thick and the "dropper" of this product is useless, I hope Missha will work on improving or just remove it.

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence
There are a lot of fascinating products available in the market that aren't necessary.  One of them is first essence.  First essence or first treatment lotion is a product you apply after washing your face but nope it is not a toner.  Let's just say that it's a pre toner product that nourishes the skin and can you believe that is mostly made of yeast?

According to Missha, Time Revolution The First Treatment contains 80% Fermented Yeast Concentrate, which absorbs into skin instantly to energize your skin. Also contains Niacinamide, a Vitamin B3 component, to improve skin elasticity, enhance skin barrier function, and revive skin tone and texture. DN-Aid, made from Cassia-Alata Extract, provides vitality to aging skin, protects DNA from aging caused by UV rays, and promotes restoration of damaged DNA.

While using this, I can say that my skin slowly GLOWS and brighten.  It help in making it soft too.  If you have extra time and money and wanted to take your skincare to the next level then consider getting a first treatment essence, it can make a difference although overall it's not necessary.

Those are the last two items of Missha that I have.  Arya

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Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence

Missha Misa Ye Hyeon Essence