Friday, August 27, 2010

Make-up For Your Eyebrow

One thing that we often neglect when applying make-up is to do our eyebrows (for me this is true especially when rushing in the morning). Most of my friends say that they can’t leave the house without a mascara or lipgloss, but a pair of well made eyebrows can actually frame your whole face and made it look a lot more polished than wearing tons of mascaras and lipglosses. Longer eyebrows can even make your face look younger. Especially the trend seems to favor thick, long, and dark eyebrow. Thus a well made pair of eyebrows is a must!

Here are my tips of having a beautiful eyebrows every time.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Vichy Normaderm Promat Ultra Mattifying Lotion

It's time for another skin care review. My main problem with my combination skin is that it gets oily (especially on T zone area) real bad but I keep having dried flaky skin on my nose (also on my T zone) and around my jaw. The oily face reduces my makeup staying power. It also makes most of loose powder oxidize after a few hours. While all sort of mattifying or oil free moisturizer makes the dryer parts of my face gets even dryer, and my makeup emphasized all the flaky. So it’s a bit of a catch 22… I need to get rid of my dried flaky skin so makeup can be applied smoothly, but I cannot use rich moisturizer because it’ll make my face even oilier.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

La Femme Sparkle Dust Stack & Eye shadow

My small purchase of La Femme Sparkle Dust Stack and single eye shadow arrived on my door step Friday evening and I woke up early on Saturday morning to play the new addition to my La Femme collection. The only La Femme Cosmetics products that I have purchased before are the blush on rouge and the glow on rouge, which I obsessively acquired one by one. My good experience with the brand fueled my curiosity to try La Femme other products, which seems to be less popular than the blushes. I decided to try its eye make-up because I love doing eye make-up.

L-R: Iridescent Taupe, Sparkle Dust Stack #4 (consist of #5 Opal, #20 Chantilly, #7 Flamenco, #2 Rose Chiffon, #32 Ruby, and #38 Gypsy Wine)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Another update...

I'm doing another blogger template update because some visitors were kind enough to let me know that my old layout was doing crazy things when accessed using Internet Explorer. Since I have no idea what could cause the problem other than that the template was made to be compatible with Mozilla Firefox only, so the easiest solution was to replace the template with a new one that's compatible on both IE and Firefox. Silly me... I should've checked the template before hand rather than changing it only after a month!

So another face lift to this blog. It's only 6 months old and 2 face lifts already... Doesn't it a close enough reflection of the my own vanity :p

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Nars Fall 2010 Collection

I'm in love with NARS Fall 2010 promo image of Daphne Guiness, who is the muse for Francois Nars' Fall 2010 collection. She did a wonderful job as I'm head over heels with the vibrant royal purple eye shadow, rosy lips, elegant brownish pink blush!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Gosh Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Pink Rose & Frou Frou

I'm feeling so cheerful everytime I look at my manicure this week. The polish called Pink Rose from Gosh Cosmetics, a European based cosmetic company I discovered during my summer cruise. The packaging of Gosh Cosmetics seemed plain and uninteresing to me. The counter I visited was a drugstore counter and was not as fun or glamorous or interesting enough to me. The only reason I picked up my nail polish is because a friend asked me to find some colours that cannot find online. But now I'm loving them like mad and regretting that I only picked up two nail polishes....
image: Gosh Americas

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Swatches - Joppa Mineral Blush

For me, warmer weather means lighter cosmetics and for me minerals cosmetic is the light way to go. So I thought I'll post swatches of my Joppa Minerals Blushers/Bronzers.

I have a 22 blushers and bronzers sample pack from Joppa Minerals, which I ordered so I can decide colors are that are most suitable for my skin tone before ordering the full size blush. The samples come in plastic zip lock bags, which makes it ideal for traveling, as the whole 22 blushers and bronzers can fit easily into your handbag. Just tip a little bit on to a clean tissue/paper and you can use it straight away.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Review - Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

This is my first time writing a review for skincare product because I used to think that most skincare products are mainly similar in terms of formulation  and varied greatly in terms of packaging and advertisement (so does cosmetics actually, but buying new skincare products is like a hit and miss attempt for me with more miss than hit). So I don't usually bother trying out new skincare and rather splurge on cosmetics instead. However, as my skin got quite rough with quite a few breakouts due to my previous fertility treatment, I was keen to try on new skincare products during my cruise holiday.

My sister introduced me to the Liz Earle skincare brand, a UK beauty brand whose philosophy of creating simple, fuss-free products which are gentle and effective for all skin types. At first, I was hesitant to try it, but my skin was in such bad conditions I thought I had nothing to lose (except around £13).

So we went (more like dashed through the store) and buy the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser starter kit. It cost £13 which consists of 100ml of the cleansing cream, 2 muslin cloths and an instruction card on how to use it, all stored in a in a small zip pouch.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I'm baaaackkk... from my family summer cruise holiday ;)

I'm back from my two weeks cruise holiday with my family. We (all nine of us, including my sister who already lives in London) have planned and booked for a cruise holiday on the Baltic since the beginning of the year. So I've been saving up and looking forward for the cruise for almost 6 months!

Before I continue rambling on, here is a snapshot of my HUUUUGGEEEE(!!!) Beauty Haul. Well, I basically spent most of my money buying beauty products(and chocolates).

If you want to know what I bought in detail, come back in a few days as I'll write more about what I bought in a separate post... This post is dedicated only for the trip... :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

What beauty items to pack for Summer Holiday?

Tomorrow, I’m departing to London to visit my sister and to go on a two weeks cruise around Northern Europe. I’m packing light since I don’t wanna be dragging huge suitcases around Europe and into our small cabin. Also, I’ll probably do some major haul overseas, so I’m reserving extra space for all the goodies bought overseas. So I’ve been thinking of what make-up items should I be packing for the trip.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Review - MAC Marine Life Highlighter

I’ve caved into the crazed on MAC To The Beach Collection as part of their limited edition release for summer 2010 and manage to get my self only a few items from the collection. I bought Marine Life Highlighter, Hipness Blush, Bronzer, and Float Away Kohl online and received some of them through mail about 2 weeks ago.

I’m loving my Marine Life Highlighter so much so I thought I’ll write up a review on it. You might have heard that the gold embossed sea horse on the highlighter disappeared after a few swipes. So I actually ordered two Marine Life Highlighters. So I can use mine and have a spare one just for me to stare at! ^__^

Friday, June 18, 2010

Swatches - La Femme Blush

La Femme is known as "the Hollywood Make Up Artist Secret". I happen collect their blushes and thought that I should make swatches as La Femme swatches are bit hard to find (not as easy as MAC or NARS anyway...). These are the round La Femme blushes, or also known as the blush on rouge.

Please mind my bumpy skins and my messed up application as I did most of the pictures late at night and after a whole day at work. I don't wear foundation to work and didn't feel the need to touch up my face with if before taking the picture of each swatches, as the purpose of these swatches are to give (hopefully) an accurate representation of my little collection of La Femme blushes.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Huge NYX & La Femme Haul

I arrived home after a super duper busy day at work (Monday is always hectic as crazy for me) to two bundle of packages. I didn’t know what was in it because I’ve been ordering cosmetics here and there for the past month and none has arrived.

When I opened it, I jumped with joy and grab my camera. It’s like Christmas came in June… These are the things that I bought…

NYX Haul

La Femme Blush on Rouge Haul (Gosh! These are one of my fave blushes!!)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Review & Swatches - Rouge G de Guerlain

I was doing some window shopping and cosmetic counter hopping in on the mall in Jakarta with one of my online fried, Lumiele, when I decided to check out the Guerlain counter. Bad move! I have been craving for Guerlain lipstick, especially the Rouge G de Guerlain #63 Giulette after seeing swatches of it online for some time, which was always out of stock. Unfortunately (for my wallet), Guerlain counter just got restocked!

So I ended up buying Rouge G de Guerlain #62 Georgia (#63 was a bit too bright for me). Here is my take on it.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

NARS Limited Edition Lip Glosses

Good new for NARS lip glosses lover out there (or bad news… depending on how you see it), NARS teamed up with Sephora for the release of 5 new Limited Edition Lip Glosses, which are adopted based on five of its most popular cult blushes. The Colours are Angelika, Super Orgasm, Oasis, Luster and Albatross.

NARS promotional image

Friday, June 11, 2010

Summer Style – LWD (Little White Dress)

I used to shop a lot during spring and summer. In the past, I blame it on the weather, or euphoria of people around you, or the crazy Christmas Sale… (Yes, I used to live in Australia, so we have a Christmas summer wonderland instead…).

Now I’m back in a two season country, but I still get excited from all the pretty summer clothing, accessories and cosmetics released in the northern hemisphere… In my defense, buying summer clothing makes very much sense in humid Indonesian weather. I have noticed that the during summer, dresses trend has shifted from the must have LBD (Little-Black-Dress) to a light summer LWD (Little-White-Dress). I’ve gotten away wearing off-white dresses to work by pairing them with dark colored blazers and black pumps, and wore them on Friday as part of my casual Friday outfit. But I’m planning to live in white mini dresses, white flowy dresses, and white tailored dresses during the weekend. Especially during my two week holiday in Europe, I’m planning to pack all things white! That way, I won’t have to think of matching up my clothes, or what make up to pack, etc etc…

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

MAC In The Groove Collection

It’s time for another entry after hibernating for over a week. I was hospitalized last week to undergo a medical procedure, hence the lack of entries. I slept about 14 hours a day for the past week… so my body feels a bit like jelly from the lack of movement…

I’m so glad that one of the first things I read after my hibernation was MAC new collections. They are In The Groove and Alice + Olivia For Summer 2010. Unfortunately Alice + Olivia is only going to be released International in Japan and Korea.

Anyway, it is kinda silly how MAC releases new collection every two months, and I’m still waiting on some items from MAC To The Beach Collection to arrive. But I’m lemming for some stuff from In The Groove collection…

promo image

Friday, May 28, 2010

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss

I’m a big fan of lip glosses with strong punchy colors and always on the look out for them. I don’t like lip glosses that are too shiny, glossy and sticky as they can look unnatural and after a while sink into fine lines on my dry lips. When I heard about Illamasqua, which many people referred to as the MAC of UK, I was firstly drawn to their cream blushes, not to its lip glosses.

I recently got my hand on one of its Intense Lipgloss in Follow, which is a bright blueish red gloss which is low in shine and more opaque in color. The lip gloss has a diagonal plastic applicators (similar like juicy tubes), which makes it more hygienic than other lip glosses with wand applicators and easier to apply on the go.

In the tube it looks shockingly bright. Thus, I tried applying it really sheered out on my lips and I fell in love with the color. It gives enough punch of color to my lips, but still safe enough for work make up. Then I tried layering it to get the intense color like the tube. I don’t usually wear really bright red lips, but I love it. It’s the right blueish red color for my skin tone. Unfortunately I’m not confident enough to walk around during the day with really really bright lips… maybe soon though…

I swatched it quickly at night, so it wasn't perfect ;)

I have tried wearing it sheered out for work a couple of times and it lasts around 6 hours throughout morning coffee and lunch without any touch up. I had another round of coffee after nearly 8 hours wearing it and being ever forgetful, wipe my lips with tissues. It does fade a bit after 6 hours, but you can definitely still see the color on my lips.

Texture-wise, I love its slight glossiness and the fact none of my hair sticks to my lips during the day (which always happen when I have MAC lipglasses on). Also, it does not sink into fine lines at all! A big YEAY for my dry cracked lips.

Overall, I have nothing bad to say about Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss, except for its price ($19 from sephora or £12.50 from Illamasqua website for 7ml or 0.2oz of lipgloss). But I guess for a high end lip gloss, it’s definitely worth the price. I’m hoping to get my hands on more color (and more Illamasqua blushes) when I visit my sister in June…


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Coral for Summer Holiday

With summer on its way, I’ve noticed a colorful array of clothing, shoes, bags, and cosmetics. I gotta say that CORAL is my favorite color for summer. Mixing coral with turquoise on top of a white palette is my perfect idea of dressing up for the summer.

Items in this set:
Marc by Marc Jacobs brightest coral cosmo print cotton-silk ruffle..., $215
Light Coral Triangle Bikini, 89 EUR
Coral Lace Insert Cami, 22 GBP
Coral Faux Leather Braided Gladiator Flat Sandals, $17

I’m compiling a list of my must have coral beauty and fashion items of all times. Some are just released for 2010 summer, but some have been my staples beauty and fashion item.

1. Bobby Brown Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral

2. Guerlain Giulette (#63) Rouge G Lipstick (image credit: temptalia)

3. MAC Powder Blush in Hipness - Repromote from MAC To The Beach Collection (image credit: temptalia)

4. Coral underwear or bikinis (to be worn underneath a sheer white top)

5. Marc by Marc Jacobs brightest coral cosmo print cotton-silk ruffle dress (I don’t usually wear ruffles, but for summer everything goes!)

6. Coral Faux Leather Braided Gladiator Flat Sandals from

7. OPI Teal the Cows Come Home (a teal polish) or There’s China Glaze’s Turned Up Turquoise

8. Reef bracelet in turquoise and coral by Gerard Yosca from

9. Badgley Mischka Platinum Label Bead-Neck Jersey Dress from

10. Last but not least, my all season my have… oversize sunnies :)


Monday, May 24, 2010

New Widget & My First Attempt at IUI

First thing first, I added a new Widget for those who would like to follow my blog. I didn’t want to use the follower widget before since I’m not sure anyone would actually read my blog. But I noticed people do read the blog and I started to make friends through the blog, so I guess putting a follower widget will make it easier for some to access the blog.

Now, all widgets aside, I’d like to share my first attempt experience at IUI (Intra-Uterine Insemination). I know that there are hundreds if not thousands blogs dedicated for fertility issues online, and you can probably find whatever I write here somewhere else. But as it is currently one of the biggest struggles in my life, I just thought sharing my experience would empower others facing the same issues or coming from the same background as I am.

I’ve been trying for babies since my wedding day, which is nearly 2 years ago. I love babies and kids. And my friends always said that I can do baby talk, which simply means that I can communicate with babies/kids better than most adults. So I want a big family, with at least 4 children… hahaha… (I’ll probably change my mind after the first one, but it’s 4 children is the target right now). Everyone of my married friends have either had a baby (or two) or are currently pregnant. Only a few are still trying hard to conceive.

So far I’ve seen 3 fertility doctors. The general consensus is that I have two ovarium cysts that are small enough that I don’t need to operate on it yet, but do reduce my chances of getting pregnant. My last fertility doctor told me to do an IUI.

Before the IUI, I was given medicine and shots to improve the quality and quantity of the eggs. For me this was the hardest process since I wasn’t allowed to buy the injections and do the shots my self at home. So I had to drive back and forth to the clinic about 4 times a week to get myself injected. Nearing my ovulation period, the doctor gave me a different injection (I think it’s called HCG injection) to help trigger the release of the eggs. The next day after HCG, HY went to the clinic to give his sperms to be used in IUI. The sperms are washed and good ones are selected to be inserted directly to my womb.

I was told to drink lots of water before hand as I need to have full bladder before the doctor performed IUI. When my bladder is full, the doctor inserted the washed sperms directly to my womb. Afterwards, I was tilted back and was kept in that position for about 30 minutes. When everything was done, I was given another medication called Crinone, which is a progesterone gel to help the implantation process.

This was my first attempt at IUI and it wasn’t successful. I felt so down on the first day of my period, especially since HY was out of town on business and I had nobody to talk to.

Before I underwent IUI, I shared my intention to some of my friends. Their reaction varied from being very supportive and comforting to advising me to 'just do it the natural way'. The thing is, I’ve been trying ‘the natural way’ for nearly two years and I was ready to try almost anything to get results.

I’ve come to realize that there are still people who think that getting pregnant from fertility treatment or any artificial insemination is less than getting pregnant the natural way. For me, wanting to get pregnant and trying your hands on almost anything simply shows how badly someone wants it.

With the increase of women’s role in family and workplace, getting pregnant is more difficult nowadays. However, not enough people are sharing what they went through or willing to go through to get pregnant, and when they do get pregnant they don’t acknowledge how difficult it is to get pregnant. I want to have an open attitude about what I’m going through in life, because I do not feel so alone when I now that there are women out there going through what I am going through.

I realized that I still have a long journey to motherhood ahead of me. At the end, getting pregnant will simply be a blessing from God, but I’m willing to go the extra mile to get there. I hope whoever’s reading my post and going through the same process does not feel so alone and will continue their effort in TTC.

Just a note, I also read Giuliana Ransic’s website/blog and she posted about her IVF journey. I’m glad a celebrity is actually open with her effort to conceive. I truly wish her all the best with her IVF treatment…

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

FOTD - Feelin' the Blues for Work

I work in "one of the world's largest professional service firms". I'm serious, I coppied the quoted text out of wikipedia! Anyway, everyone are expected to wear dark colored suits, light colored shirt, closed toe shoes, and wear toned down conservative looking make up to work. So basically, no silver glittery shoes allowed and matching silver glittery eye make up is definitely frowned upon. It's a pity cause I love dressing up, doing my hair, and wearing lots and lots make up...

I usually wear minimum make up to work and compensate this by spending hours getting all dolled up on weekends. But then I realized that I've got enough make up to last me a life time (or maybe more). This year I made a commitment to use more make up, so that more are applied on my face rather than thrown away as they passed their shelf life. So I've been spending an extra 10 minutes in the morning... dolling up for work... but still too lazy to grab a camera to do FOTD. Since I got a new Nikon SLR D5000 for my birthday, I made another commitment to a lot of picture, even if the object is completely crappy (like my dolled up lazy face in the morning).

So, here's my first FOTD ever! \(^o^)/
I'll start with an EOTD actually, I'm a bit shy to show my face.... ~__~
Eeepss... Sorry I wasn't standing straight! That Nikon SLR is damn heavy...
I think I need a new tripod...

Here are a list of what I use.
- MAC Studio Sculpt concealer in NC15
- MAC Mineralized skin finish natural powder in medium
- Shu Uemura translucent loose powder

- Illamasqua cream blush in Promise
- MAC Petticoat Mineralize Skinfinish

- MAC Prep + Prime eye shadow primer (as I was planning to go out on a movie date with HY after work...)
- MAC eye shadow in Electra (all over lid), Freshwater (blended on crease), Contrast (for outer V)
- L'oreal HIP gel liner in Midnight Blue
- MAC Technakohl liner in Greyprint for my waterline
- Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara in Very Black
- Anna Sui eye brow powder in 02

- MAC Slimshine in Pleasing

And here is my dolled up sleepy face, ready for work… NOT! (I didn't even blow dry my hair... geez...)


Friday, May 21, 2010

MAC Viva Glam Cyndi

I’ve always been a lip gloss girl rather than a lipstick girl. There is no apparent reason of why I prefer lip gloss over lipstick. Even when I do a full eye make up, I’ve rarely reach for my lipstick. So I tend to splurge on blushes and eye shadow in the past.

But lately I’ve been getting more and more lipstick and getting used to the idea of lightly applying lipstick before getting off my car to work. So when I heard about MAC Viva Glam Cyndi and Gaga, I was determined to get my hands on either one…. or BOTH!

I hunted Viva Glam lipstick by calling all MAC counters in Jakarta, and finally went to MAC counter in Grand Indonesia, which is the closest to my office building. They only had 2 Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick left and none of Viva Glam Gaga. Oh well, one is always better than none…

So, here’s my take on Viva Glam Cyndi…

Color: Bright reddish coral with slight luster finish. As coral seems to be THE color for summer, I’m loving the brightness of this lipstick.

Texture & Application: I don’t usually go for MAC lipstick other than slimshine because they’re too drying on my lips. But I find that some luster and cremesheen lipstick can work on me, with the help of my trustee Lancome Vinefit Lip Nectar. Viva Glam Cyndi applies easily and smoothly. I didn’t even need a lip brush to apply it on my lips.

Packaging: It comes in a black and red lipstick tube for Viva Glam collection. But MAC printed Cyndi Lauper’s signature on the lipstick and its box. As I’m a sucker for cute and limited edition packaging, I’ll be keeping the empty lipstick box in my closet!

Now... If I could only find Viva Glam Gaga somewhere....


Thursday, May 20, 2010

MAC Mini Haul

I was feeling down this week, as I failed my first attempt at IUI. So to cheer myself up, I did a MAC Mini Haul. I know I promised myself that I’m not going to anything from MAC at least until end of May , but nothing can cheer me up better than a pile of new cosmetics to play with (or new shoes)…

So, here’s what I bought.
- Viva Glam Cyndi (I actually hunted this lippie all around Jakarta!)
- Slimshine lipstick in Gentle Shimmer and Funshine
- Blush in Pinch O Peach
- Eye shadow in Shimmermoss, Freshwater, Electra

I’m loving my new Viva Glam Cyndi. I’ll write a review and post picture and swatches soon…

I also asked my friend who went to Singapore for a weekend to get me some MAC shadow and blush palettes so I can finish my depotting project… So I guess I managed to shift my TTC obsession to cosmetic obsession for the week…. It’s also much cheaper than cost of the doctor, injections, and medications as well. Teehee…

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Review - Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Blasting Mascara

I love buying mascaras, but I have a principle of only having 1 mascara open at any time. Thus, I don't have any favorites when it comes to mascara as I don't get to compare whatever I am currently using with other mascaras.

Anyway, I recently tried Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Blasting, which was ordered online since we don't have the Lash Blast where I live. Here's my take on my new mascara...

Formula: It's unlike many other drugstore brand mascaras, CG Lash Blast is not clumpy, even if you apply it in layers. I tried the non waterproof Lash Blast and it really does not smudge.

Brush: The brush is what made me wanted to try the mascara in the first place. The bristles are kinda HUGE, firm and ORANGE. Teehee..

sorry for messing up the mascara all over my eyeliner. I applied them in a hurry...

Result: It does quite a good job. It volumises my lashes, but not sure it does anything to lengthen them. Since my main concern is finding a mascara which volumises and does not clump when applied, CG Lash Blast does the job perfectly. I also love how the firm plastic-ky bristles lift and separate my lashes, making it looks thicker and natural. It's suitable for every day office make-up. An extra point from me for having a non-clumpy formula, as I usually applied my mascara while driving to work (on the red light of course). So clumpy and messy mascaras are big no no for me.

In the past I lean towards higher end brand like Lancome or tubing mascara like L'oreal Double Extend, but most clumps really really badly when applied in layers. So I'm happy to find an alternative drug store brand mascara for everyday use...


Friday, May 14, 2010

Beauty Routine - Lemon

I love using natural ingredients as part of my beauty routine. I love to scour my kitchen and garden to find something that I can use in conjunction with my current skincare. I’ve previously written about my favorite natural ingredients, Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Now it’s the turn for my trusty lemon and lemon juice.

I’ve been using lemon as part of my beauty routine for a couple of months. I started realizing the benefit of vitamin c for my skin when I underwent a laser eye corrective procedure about 6 years ago, which requires me to have 1000mg of vitamin c on a daily basis to help the scars on my retina heals. Vitamin c did not only heal the scars, but my complexion was noticeably smoother and fairer. Since then, I’ve been consuming vitamin c supplements and buying vitamin c serum for my face, which practically cost me my arms and legs. So when I went back to Indonesia, I resort to a cheaper alternative, lemon juice. Here’s how you can use lemon and its juice as part of your beauty routine.

1. Skin serum - I usually take half of a smaller sized lemon and rub them on my face after it has been cleansed. Make sure to avoid any open wound or inflamed pimples as the lemon juice can irritate your skin. After rubbing the lemon on to the face, gently massage the remaining lemon juice on your skin until it dries completely. Usually I do this right before bed and went straight to bed without washing my face afterward. But if your skin is sensitive, wash your face before going to bed, or you might wake up with red spots or irritated skin in the morning. Try not to do this too often though; twice a week should be enough.

2. Skin lighteners – I got dark elbows from slouching in front of my laptop at work every day. I’ve stopped slouching (for now), but my dark elbows were not getting any better. So I use half a lemon (usually after I use them on my face like in the point above) and rub the remaining juices on my elbows and knees. I’ve been using them for nearly 3 months and I can see the difference. My elbows and knees are a tad lighter (and smoother from my daily dose of EVOO).

3. Hair rinse – I mix 1 jug of chilled tea with the freshly squeezed lemon juice from a large lemon and use it as a hair rinse after I’ve shampooed my hair. As I don’t wash my hair with water afterward, I always make sure I strain my lemon juice so I don’t end up with lemon pulp all over my hair.

4. Mask – I do this in a variety of ways. I usually mix tablespoon of sugar, honey, and freshly squeezed lemon juice together to a pasty consistency and scrub my face gently with it. I was feeling experimental when I first tried it, but notice that my skin was noticeably smoother and suppler. After a couple of times, it my complexion looks slightly brighter. I only wished I took some before-after photos so I can actually compare the difference. When I’m lazy and not feeling like squeezing some lemons, I just cut two slices and put the slices next to my nose at night. It helps tighten my pores.

I’m still thinking of other ways I can use Lemon as part of my beauty routine, especially since it’s cheap, easy to get, and fully loaded with Vitamin C. Actually, I wonder whether kiwi would have the same effect. They do higher concentration of Vitamin C than Lemon…

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