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Kiss your Skin with Skinkissed

The COVID-19 situation has put the world on hold, this is the time where taking care of yourself is even more vital. Wherever you can, do not forget to look after yourself. I am stranded back home due to the global flights cancellation situation, and as if the Universe has prepared, my small gift package from Skinkissed arrived in time when I finished up my travel sizes skincare. Like many, I am sceptical every time I try out a new skincare brand, because many of you may have experienced at some point, it can either make or break your skin. The millennial style gen-Z packing of black and bold pink and green fonts definitely do no...
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A silver lining?

Every cloud has a silver lining. Every brand has a silver product? Have you heard the latest buzz about using silver in skincare and wellness products? I had recently been introduced to Colloidal Earth, founded in 2017, who wanted to change the health and wellness landscape with the vision of educating individuals on how to utilize the world`s natural resources to improve their quality of life. They have produced a collection of products, using the purist high-quality colloidal minerals and colloidal silver, namely Complete Colloidal Mineral Complex, Colloidal Silver, Colloidal Silver Dropper and Colloidal Silver Spray. Out of cu...
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The scent of the English Countryside

There is something about scented candles and diffuser that is so addictive. That slight scent comes along with the breeze every now and then at home, is relaxing, uplifting, soothing…however you feel.  Recently I’ve been introduced to a new English candle brand – Chelsea Candle. Based in Kent, England, the brand was founded by Chelsey O’Nell, who was previously a Production Manager working in London. At the beginning of 2015, she packed up her life in London and moved back to the beautiful English coast in Kent where Chelsea Candle was born. Using only high-quality soy wax and fine fragrance oils, the scent has a solid ton...
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Secrets to managing my damaged hair – Part 2

Earlier on I wrote something about how I keep my damaged hair look healthier, and here is the second part of another product line that I use religiously. Working in the industry as an editor gives me the opportunity to have access to many different brands and products. I had been given a sample size (again!!) at one of the press days, it’s a blow dry cream from this hair brand 72Hair which I haven’t heard of.  Knowing what specific products I need for my bleached blonde long hair, I am always quite reluctant to test them out especially I haven’t heard of the brand before. But this is a blow dry cream, so I thought there could...
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Secret to managing my damaged hair- Part 1

I had been dyeing and bleaching my hair since I was 15, and all the chemicals are definitely not helping. Having very short hair for many years, I’ve recently grown my hair, and that means a lot more care. There is a price to pay when you want to have smooth and healthy looking hair. Let’s be honest, double bleached long Asian hair will never be healthy- at least I can try to make it LOOK healthier. The bleached hair can get really brittle and easily frizzy, especially in the dry and windy European winter days.  A while ago I came across a sample size of the English brand Percy & Reed   Overnight Recovery. I decided to brin...
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