TGITFW (TG it’s the freaking weekend) guys! I started a new semester at uni two weeks ago. It’s only week 2, and things are starting to pile up! The 3-month break threw me off my uni game (more than) a little, guys. Help. Anyway, today I’m reviewing a product from my February BNT Box (long due, sorry!) and it is the Kicho Sheep Oil Cream(“wait.. what?!” I know, that was my initial reaction too!). I’ve never heard of a sheep oil cream before I received this. I mean, I’ve heard of horse oil creams before because they’re a big hit in Korean beauty. But a sheep oil cream? Then I went to Perth, Australia and I see that they’re all over the place! It’s called lanolin cream in Australia, though.
Kicho is a Korean beauty brand that prides themselves on creating products that satisfy these points – Basic, Harmony, Needs, Pure and Honest. Their products are simple and not overly complicated, they work in unity with your skin, they give your skin what it needs, their products are made of natural ingredients, and most importantly, they always deliver what they promise.
I love the packaging of this Kicho Sheep Oil Cream! The product comes in a glass jar and a metal lid which looks very luxurious. And have you seen that outer packaging?? It’s a sturdy box that has floral patterns all over it, and it should also have a holographic Kicho sticker on the side of the box (which I forgot to photograph) to show its authenticity. There is 60ml of product in this, and it retails for $58. Pretty pricey, right?
The main ingredient of this Kicho Sheep Oil Cream is, of course, lanolin! Lanolin is a fatty substance found naturally in sheep’s wool. Lanolin is widely used in beauty products because it is the closest oil to our skin’s natural sebum. The extraction of lanolin does NOT harm the sheep – I would never try it otherwise! Lanolin is an effective ingredient in hydrating and soothing the skin. Apart from the lanolin, this Kicho Sheep Oil Cream also boasts an 8-berry complex that’s full of vitamin C which is an effective antioxidant to brighten, firm and moisturise the skin.
Kicho markets this Sheep Oil Cream as suitable for all skin types, but I had my concerns. Since I have oily skin, I was a little worried that this oil might be too rich for my skin, and cause my skin to break out.
The cream itself is a pale yellow colour and has a faint citrus scent. The citrusy scent is actually very refreshing and smells really nice (well, if you’re a fan of citrus scents, that is). It’s not overpowering and it doesn’t linger on the skin so even if you’re not a huge citrus fan, it probably won’t bother you. The texture of this is a lightweight cream and it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. However, it does feel slightly greasy to the touch after applying it. Because of this, I would only use this cream during the night time.
So back to the question in mind – does this really work on oily skin? Well, my friends, the answer is both yes and no. No, because it’s too oily to use in the morning. Any makeup that you put on top of this will just slide right off! I use a different moisturiser with SPF in the morning anyway so this doesn’t bother me. But yes, because it doesn’t break me out and it actually does what it says. I put this on as my night time moisturiser and wake up with smooth, hydrated, and bright skin. I don’t really have any problems with ageing skin yet, because I’m only in my early 20s, so I haven’t noticed anything on the anti-aging side of things.
This Kicho Sheep Oil Cream would be an amazing product if you have dry skin. Dry skin is usually caused by the lack of sebum in our skin. Because lanolin is so close to our natural skin sebum, it will help to hydrate the skin. When your skin is moisturised, it will get rid of the dry flakes that cause rough skin, leaving you with baby smooth skin. I have combination skin (mostly oily, though) and some dry patches on my lower jaw area and this product has really helped get rid of those.
If you have combination or oily skin that is in need of a little brightening, smoothing and some hydration, this would be a good product to check out. If you don’t mind having a separate day time moisturiser, that is. At $58, this is a little pricey, but I don’t mind splurging occasionally on a good skincare product.
*This product was sent to me in my February BNTGirls box. BNTGirls is a group of bloggers and we’re sent a box of Korean beauty products to try out each month. This does not affect my review and all opinions are 100% honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here.
Annyeonghaseyo! Today we’re talking Beauty Tips Korean Celebrities Swear By! I’m sure you’ve noticed their gorgeous, glowy skin, and how some of them are 42 and yet look 24! You might have heard that Asian genes are responsible for women looking younger than they really are and, umm, I’m Asian and I’d like to be blessed with that please! But in all seriousness though, Koreans take their skincare very seriously, y’all. If you’ve ever Googled it, you’ll know what I mean! You’ll find 10-step skincare routines, 15 minute cleansing routines, and 5 serums-at-a-time routines.. and that’s just the more common ones! Relax, we’re not gonna go into anything crazy like that today, haha. Yes, we’re still gonna talk about the beauty tips Korean celebrities swear by, but only the ones we can actually do 😉
This doesn’t only apply to Korean celebrities, but every. single. Asian girl swears by double-cleansing. You know how after you wash your face and there’s still foundation on the cotton pad after you apply your toner? Yep. Double-cleansing is essentially just washing your face twice. First with a cleansing water or oil to remove makeup and dirt, and then with a foaming cleanser to remove oil, dirt and bacteria. I started double-cleansing a few years ago, and it has changed the way my skin looks so much. Everyone and their mothers (literally!) should start double-cleansing because it helps remove all the dirt on the skin, so you don’t get clogged pores which result in acne.
Now I won’t lie.. this one is pretty near to crossing the crazy line! I personally haven’t tried this, but Ha Ji-Won swears by this tip, so it must be pretty darn good right? I mean, she looks nowhere near 38! The 3-Second Rule is basically never letting your skin go product-less for more than 3 seconds. Meaning you have to get product on your face within 3 seconds after cleansing your face. The reason for this is to never let your skin get dehydrated. Yes, sounds crazy and it must be impossible to get your toner on in 3 seconds right? Ha Ji-Won suggests keeping a hydrating beauty mist in your shower (or where ever you wash your face). This is her secret to keeping her skin hydrated, elastic, and looking young.
My favourite hydrating beauty mists of the moment are the Avène Thermal Spring Water Sprayand the Cosrx Centella Water Alcohol-free Toner. If you want to try a cool, semi-DIY beauty mist, check out the First Cosmetics Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist (review here). If you’re not much of a beauty mist gal, Ha Ji-Won has her own beauty product, the J.One Jelly Pack, which she applies straight after cleansing her face (within 3 seconds to be exact!). It’s a multitasking product – a primer and moisturiser in one, with hydrating and intense firming properties.
The ‘Tok Tok’ Technique
The ‘tok tok’ technique is a much cuter way of saying ‘patting your skincare in’. This is one of the best beauty tips Korean celebrities swear by – patting in your skincare instead of sweeping/rubbing it in. The ‘tok tok’ gets its name from the sound it makes when you (gently!) pat your skin – try it haha! Patting your skincare into your skin enhances absorption of the product. This technique works especially well for serums, beauty oils, essences, and even moisturiser.
Never Skip Sunscreen. Ever.
Korean celebrities never skip sunscreen. Ever. Ever, ever, ever. This is definitely something I’m guilty of, but I’ve been doing better! I haven’t skipped sunscreen in two months now. It takes one extra step, but protects your skin from premature aging, pigmentation and skin cancer.
I had the pleasure of meeting model and actress Lee Sung Kyung during a Laneige event last year. She let us in on her super simple secret that creates flawless makeup application that lasts all day. If you find your foundation sliding off your face within an hour of applying it, you need to try this! After patting in your moisturiser and sunscreen, give it a couple of minutes to absorb. With your fingers, gently press into your skin. If it still feels damp and tacky, the product hasn’t fully absorbed yet. Wait until the product is fully absorbed before applying your foundation!
Sleeping Mask Please!
Sleeping masks are one of the most important steps in a Korean skincare routine, even in supermodel and actress Song Hye-Kyo‘s routine. Sleeping masks work their magic while you sleep at night, leaving you with smooth, hydrated skin when you wake up. A good sleeping mask applied at night can replace your primer the next morning!
Those are some of the best beauty tips Korean celebrities swear by! If you want to get radiant, youthful-looking skin, try out these simple (except one that’s pretty crazy. yes, i’m looking at you, 3 second rule) tips. Also, beautiful skin doesn’t just start and end with what you put on the outside, it also depends majorly on what you put inside (sounded less wrong in my head)! So drink more water and eat your veggies, kids! hehe.
Oh, hello there! Yes, I haven’t posted in ages. No, I don’t have an excuse hehe. But today I’m back at you with a new post on some Paula’s Choice skincare products that I’ve tried out over the past month. These products were kindly sent to me by Nana from Facial Malaysia to try out. Facial Malaysia is a beauty centre that not only offers Paula’s Choice products, but they also have facial treatments. Paula’s Choice products are all manufactured in the USA, have no added fragrances or dyes, and are cruelty-free.
If you’re new here (hello!), I have combination skin that is mostly oily, with dry patches on my cheeks and jawline. Finding the perfect skincare products for my combination skin can be challenging because the product has to be lightweight enough for my oily skin, yet hydrating enough for the dry parts of my face. Ya feel me, fellow combo gals?
Nana and I discussed my skin type and concerns. I have acne-prone skin that can sometimes look dull, so I told her I wanted something gentle that would help give me radiant skin. She picked out the Paula’s Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser to help balance the moisture levels on my skin, and also the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion that is gently exfoliating while keeping the skin hydrated and soft to achieve the radiant skin that I (and everyone in the entire world, I assume) want.
I use this after removing my makeup with a cleansing water, and it removes all the leftover makeup and dirt that the cleansing water might have missed. One pump of the product is the perfect amount for the entire face as it lathers up very well. After washing this off, my skin feels refreshed and cool. It doesn’t overly strip my skin of all oils so my skin doesn’t feel dry and tight. However, the drier parts of my face can start to feel a bit tight if I don’t apply my skincare straight after. That doesn’t really bother me because I usually put on my skincare straight after. If you have combination to oily skin, this is a great cleanser that works. But because it’s specially formulated for oilier skin, it will probably be way too drying on dry skin.
This is a super gentle exfoliant that’s great at keeping your skin soft and bright. BHA helps in removing dead skin, unclogging pores, hydrating the skin and also has anti-aging properties. When I first started using this, I noticed my skin getting quite dry. This was because I was using this as a moisturiser …yep 😐 haha. The “Lotion” in the name kind of threw me off a little. After realising my mistake, I started using a moisturiser after this exfoliant and I’m freaking in love. This has really helped tighten my pores and keep my skin hydrated. My skin doesn’t have as many dry flakes as it used to and feels super smooth to the touch.
I’ve really enjoyed using these and they now have their own place in my daily skincare routine. The Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser helps to remove all traces of makeup and dirt, keeping my skin clean and refreshed. It’s a great cleanser, but I wouldn’t run out to purchase it right now. That’s something with cleansers – I always feel like they’re good if they do the job, and most of them do, you know? The Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant is a completely different story, though! If you have problems with rough skin, large pores, or dry skin, I suggest checking this out! It has helped my skin out so much and I would definitely repurchase this.
Happy (or not, if you’re superstitious, sorry) Friday the 13th, guys! I’m so excited today because I’ll be sharing with you guys how I lost 10 lbs (~4.5kgs) in 30 days! I’m just going to come right out and say that I’m not a certified dietitian, but this is my personal experience (hopefully it can be yours too!) and what I’ve learned from my nutritionist. A little history behind my attempts to lose weight (I say attempts because they’ve never worked out!): I’ve tried going on diets, took replacement meals, and even tried fasting (literally not eating food for 3 whole days, don’t try this at home kids!), but nothing ever worked out for me. I would lose weight, and gain it back twice as much and twice as fast. Today I’ll be sharing a couple of reasons why I could never lose weight (and probably why you’re not either!) even though I was working super hard to shed those pounds.
A Plethora of Diets
There are SO many diet plans available out there like the no carbs diet, skipping meals, meal replacements, and I’ve even tried one that I had to eat only an apple for each meal of the day. Google diet plans, and you’re bombarded with 11 million results. Starting with the no carbs diet, do not ever do that! You hear me? Never. Carbs are so important – your body needs carbs to function properly. Carbs break down into glucose and that is your main source of “fuel” for your body. There are both good and bad carbs, and knowing which is which and what to eat is the way to go!
Replacement meals used to be my main weight loss plan. Replacement meals basically come in little sachets and you mix in water, shake and voila, dinner! Most of the replacement meal plans I’ve tried replaces breakfast and dinner, so I only eat one regular meal a day. Eating one regular meal a day will not provide enough nutrients for your body to function well!
The most intense diet I’ve tried is… *drumroll* fasting. What in the world was I thinking? The fasting diet is a 3, 5 or 9 day plan where you eat only 3 red dates (which I just found out is called jujube) a meal. So 9 jujubes a day, that’s all you get. Please, may I have some more? No, you may not.
Why “Diets” Aren’t Working For You
Most diet plans deprive your body of something your body needs: like carbs or protein. Our body’s energy (or calories) comes from carbohydrates, proteins and fats. The main, preferred source of energy comes from glucose. Carbohydrates break down to form glucose. When there is not enough glucose, your body uses the stored carbohydrates, called glycogen. Glycogen carries with it water, so when your body burns it off, you lose weight. But once you stop the diet, you gain it back twice as fast. Why? Because the weight you lost is just water weight.
When your body is deprived of protein, you won’t be able to build muscle. This is because muscle is made of protein. You might be thinking, “I don’t even want muscles! I just want to lose weight!”. Well, well, I’ll tell you why you’d want muscles! More muscle burns more calories in a day, even when you’re at rest. This will, in return, increase your metabolism, woohoo!
How I Lost 10 lbs (~4.5kgs) in 30 Days
10lbs in 30 days might not seem like much to some, especially now that there are a ton plans that promise “Lose 10lbs in 1 week!” or something cray-cray like that. I won’t say that it will not work, because it will, you will lose weight. But whenever you lose weight that quickly, you can bet that it’s just water weight. Anyway, back to 10lbs in 30 days.. not much to some.. yada yada.. but let me tell you.. I eat so much in a day now. I eat triple the amount that I used to eat while I was gaining weight, but I still manage to lose around 2-3 lbs a week. Yes, I’m eating the right foods, and no – the right foods are not limited to tasteless salads or bland boiled chicken breasts. More about that in a bit!
The best decision I made was to go see a nutritionist. At that time, I was done. D.O.N.E trying to lose weight! DONE! I was so sick and tired of the bleh food, all the hard work exercising, and not losing any weight. My boyfriend suggested going to his family’s nutritionist and I told him that it would be the last time. One last chance. And I’m so glad I listened, because my nutritionist is so helpful and taught me so many things about losing weight. He taught me all I know, and told me why I wasn’t losing weight no matter how hard I tried. With his guidance, I was finally able to (and am continuing to) lose weight.
Cut Calories, Not Food!
This is the most important part of this entire “plan”. If you’re someone that has been on diets, or if you only eat one or two meals a day, and you’re thinking why the heck you’re still gaining weight when your friend can pile on the burgers and donuts and look 1/3 of your size. << Sorry, that was my rant.
A big piece of chicken, which can fill you up, is 300 calories whereas one slice of cheese pizza (just pizza dough with cheese on top and nothing else!) is 272 calories. Top it with some pepperoni, throw in a few more slices, and you’re up to 800 calories. With 800 calories, you could eat: 1 palm of chicken, 1 palm of fish, 2 palms of vege, and 1 palm of tofu. Basically what I mean is, you shouldn’t cut down on the amount of food you eat, but eat foods that are lower in calorie.
Everyone has an ideal daily calorie intake, depending on a variety of factors. You can get this ideal daily calorie intake by downloading MyFitnessPal on your phone (available on Apple Store & Android – not sponsored! Just a huge fan haha) and entering your weight, height, age, and stuff like that. Not only does it calculate your ideal calorie intake, you can keep track of your daily calorie intake in the app.
High Protein, Low Carbs
Every meal should have more protein to carbs. You still need enough carbs to give your body enough energy, like I mentioned 2491210 times. Ugh, just shut up already, Jiawun. But yes, carbs. Important. When I say low carbs, I’m talking about simple carbs like white rice, sugars, candy, and sweetened stuff. If you want to eat simple carbs, eat a very small amount. I avoid simple carbs at all costs and swap them for complex carbs like brown rice, potatoes, vegetables, beans and lentils. However, protein is even more important. More protein, more muscles! More muscles, more calories burned per day.
Choose Your Meats Wisely
This might be the hardest parts for some people. I cut out red meat completely. Red meats include beef, pork, veal, lamb, etc. Some red meats contain high levels of saturated fat that raises blood cholesterol, which increases heart disease.
Eat More Meals, and Never Skip Meals!
Make sure you feed your body every 4 hours – say you have breakfast at 8am, make sure you eat something before 12pm. If you can’t eat lunch at 12, eat a fruit somewhere around 10am, and you can eat lunch at 1-2pm. If you’re not eating a meal in the 4 hours, grab a (healthy) snack! Another one of the most important things to losing weight is to.. Never skip meals! Ever. Capiche? Skipping meals causes your blood sugar to dip, and makes you eat more when you do eat, which will then cause your blood sugar to rise too much, and excess sugar will be stored in fat cells.
Drinking water is so important! Water is a no-calorie drink and helps you burn calories (win-win, right?)! Every time you eat or drink, your body has to work to process it, burning calories. Not only that, sometimes when you feel hungry, you’re actually just thirsty! I make sure to drink a glass of water every hour, from when I wake up to 7pm. I limit my water intake after 7pm so I won’t have the urge to pee (lol) and disrupt my sleep in the middle of the night.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Workout
If you’re lazy like me, but you still want to work out.. HIIT workouts are your best bet! HIIT workout is basically doing high intensity exercises in shorts bursts, and last for less than 30 minutes a day. The HIIT training I’m currently doing is the Bodyboss 12-week program. I like this program because it has a 4-week Pre-training program, which is great for beginners or people who have not worked out in a long time (like moi). HIIT workouts are great because they help you burn fat AND build muscle. Cardio workouts are great at burning fat, but it’s harder to build muscle, and it’s the other way around for weight training. HIIT combines the best of the two to get you the best results.
Pre and Post-Workout Meals
Never, ever work out on an empty stomach, guys! My favourite pre-workout snack is a banana. It gives me enough energy to last through my workout. When you work out, it is normal to lose protein so a post-workout meal that is high in protein is essential! I don’t usually eat a full-on meal after working out, I like to carry a protein shake or a protein bar with me for my post-workout snack.
That is everything for now, guys! If you’ve been trying to lose weight for some time now but you haven’t been seeing results, hopefully this post will help you get started. Remember, cut calories, not food! Let me know in the comments if you guys have any other tips and tricks to lose weight! 🙂
Happy Hump Day! So.. Low Shampoos! What are they? If you have a dry scalp, oily roots, dandruff, hair fall, really dry hair, and many more issues regarding your hair, you’re gonna want to hear this! I’m someone that washes my hair every day because if I don’t, my scalp could probably cook you a sunny side up (gross. Did I just spoil sunny side up eggs for you?). Washing my hair every day (well, and having it bleached twice) has made my scalp dry, gave me oily roots, and a head of hay instead of hair. After discovering low shampoo, my hair was never the same again.. Basically, Low shampoo is what is known as a “no shampoo” shampoo. No kidding. A low shampoo is a “new” type of cleanser for your hair, that doesn’t have harmful chemicals like silicone and sulfates in them.
Inspired by the “Low Poo/No Poo” (no, not poo poo.yea, they couldn’t come up with a better name) trend, the Low Shampoo is free of silicones and sulfates. The “Low Poo/No Poo” method is, in a nutshell, to use shampoos with no harmful chemicals.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALS) are surfactants that are typically used in shampoos, toothpaste, soaps, etc. Surfactants used in shampoos are to remove dirt and oil from the scalp. These sulfates are also inexpensive and very effective foaming agents. The use of sulfates in shampoos strips all the natural oil from your scalp, drying it out (hence, dry scalp (hence, dandruff) hence, hence, hence.) and causing your scalp to over-produce oil to combat the dryness (hence, oily roots).
Silicones are used in shampoos to smooth the hair and add shine. Silicone is not one thing – it’s a large group of compounds that end in “-cone”, like methicone, dimethicone, cyclomethicone, and so on. Most silicones are insoluble in water and can build up on your scalp. Silicone can give the hair a conditioned feeling and look, but it’s not actually because your hair is healthy. It’s basically like a layer of plastic that coats your hair and makes it look shiny.
A low shampoo is like a cleansing cream – it has the consistency of conditioner, and it doesn’t lather up. When I first started using a low shampoo, man was it hard to use. I was so used to a little bit of shampoo coating my entire head of hair because of how well they lather. Because there was no lather, I didn’t feel like it was cleaning my hair. Surprisingly though, after rinsing it off, my hair felt very light, fresh and clean. After a couple of tries, I found that the best way to use a low shampoo is to massage it into the scalp with my fingers in sections. I start at the top of my scalp, then work my way to the sides of my head, toward the lower back of my scalp, and then finally the length of my hair.
The low shampoo that I’m currently using is the Yves Rocher Low Shampoo Delicate Cleansing Cream, and I freaking love it! It’s sulfate-free (duh), silicone-free (yes, Jiawun, that’s the whole point of a low shampoo :|) and also paraben-free. L’Oreal has just come out with two low shampoos which I’ve heard good things about as well. After using low shampoos for half a year now, my hair has never been better! I can finally wash my hair every other day (which, given the hot, humid weather here in Malaysia, is like 4 days) because my scalp doesn’t get as oily anymore. My hair looks much healthier and shinier (and not from silicone!), and feels smooth. Like, I actually have hair now. Not dead grass.
Why You Need A Low Shampoo, like, rn.
Dandruff is basically flakes of dead skin from your scalp and can cause hair loss. Most of the time, dandruff is caused by a dry scalp. When you use a regular shampoo, the sulfates strip your hair of natural oils, thus drying out your scalp even more, causing more dandruff. So when you use a low shampoo, a different, gentler cleansing agent is used and it doesn’t strip away all the oils.
An oily scalp is usually caused by a dry scalp. You might be going, “Jiawun. That doesn’t make any sense at all.” And yes, that was my initial reaction too. But after some in-depth research (thank the lord (or the founders) for Google), a dry scalp that has been stripped of all it’s oil, will produce even more oil to combat the dryness, just like your skin does! (Wait a minute, isn’t the scalp.. actually just skin? This has happened once when my sister and I were discussing if you should apply lotion to your umm.. as Fergie put it, lovely lady lumps. Or is it completely normal? Have you guys ever thought about it, though? Just me? Okay.)
An overly oily scalp can actually cause dandruff (which causes excessive hair fall) as well. Since there are no sulfates in low shampoos, the scalp will not be overly stripped. The low shampoo will clean the excess oil off your scalp so your hair won’t look or feel greasy, but there will still be natural oils in your scalp that nourishes your hair.
Low shampoos are a pretty new concept, so it’s a little bit harder to come by. I’ve only seen two brands – Yves Rocher and L’Oreal – come out with them. But I expect them to be a huge trend, especially now that L’Oreal has just released their version. If you come across a low shampoo, definitely try it out! You will see the results in a couple of washes, and your hair will thank you.