#26 Winter Skincare Essentials


1. Cleansing oil helps melt away your makeup without drying out your skin. This is definitely an essential for any winter beauty regime. You can try Shu Uemura’s Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil, which is a combination of 8 precious botanical origin oils, or Boscia’s Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil, which is gentle enough for sensitive skin

2. Facial oil has become a big hit in recent years. And this year it’s no difference… To protect your skin from the coming winter, invest in a good facial oil. Fresh’s Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil is a soothing face oil packed with restorative omegas and seabuckthorn oil to preserve a youthful appearance. Tarte’s Pure Maracuja Oil may sound a bit strange but its effectiveness is proved.

3. Good exfoliators are your best friends in winter months, especially when all the dry skin cells stack up on your skin causing clogged pores and stop other moisturising creams and facial oils from penetrating deep into other skin layers. This winter you can try some chemical exfoliators such as Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment or AmorePacific’s Treatment Enzyme Peel to name a few.

4. Do you know that your lip skin is far thinner than anywhere else in your body? Yes it is, and it needs extra care. Remember to apply a thick lip balm before bedtime or use a moisture lip treatment during the day (Recommendations: Dior’s Creme De Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm; Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment)

5. And finally don’t forget to pamper yourself with a good hydrating mask each week. Splurge on Fresh’s Rose Face Mask, which soothes and calms your delicate winter skin; or try out Origin’s Drink-up Intensive Mask


What are your winter skincare essentials? Please comment down below to let me know? 🙂



#23 Muji Candles

These two days the weather here has become a lil bit more chilly… It makes me turn to my scented Muji candles, which had been sitting collecting dust on the cabinet during the summer months. These 2 candle tins are gifts from a close friend of mine. She knows that (in winter) I always light up a candle as soon as I reach home. Well, (blushing :”>) I must confess that scented candles are addictive, especially good ones. They can easily brighten up my mood, bring me relaxation, and help me unwind in my alone time.


Muji candles are lovely, they are very affordable and have nice scents. My favourite from them is Berry Tart, sweet but very yummy & fruity… These ones I have here are Strawberry and Watermelon – the name is so summery; and Thai Orchid Breeze. The first one smells like strawberry jam with a fresh hint of watermelon, the scent is simple yet lovely. It isn’t sickly sweet but quite subtle… You can only realise the scent if you go out and reenter the room (or maybe because my room is too big for the candle to fill in its scent). The latter one is a bit ‘sour-er’ and strongly soapy, not my personal favourite! However it does add a nice scent to my bath time 😀


I’m not sure about the weight/oz of these candles but they last quite a long time. If every night I light one for 2 hours, it can last me up to 10 nights. On the tin the label writes ‘approx burn time: 18 hours’. The wax seems to be a good quality blend of vegetable oil & parafin – it’s very soft and smooth (I played with it once when I was bored :D). Both the wax and wick leave no black smoke when burning.

Some tips for burning your scented candles:

  • The first time you burn: burn for 2 hours straight or until the whole top is liquid with wax (for containers candles only)
  • After blowing out the candle, cover it with a lid to keep the room nicely-scented (without the residual smoky smell from the candle wick)
  • Trim the wick to about 0.5cm long before relighting the candle, it allows the candle to burn more slowly
  • BE CAREFUL: Never leave a lit candle unattended/Never move or tip a lit candle/Keep out of reach of children/Do not place the candle in a wind draught or directly on a glass or marble surface