Love Notes #05

Love Notes #05


It's been a while ever since I dedicate a post for my monthly favourites. The last time I did was last year! Wow, I'm so lazy I didn't even nudge at this section anymore — that and I didn't think this would make an interesting post at all, just like how I kind of suspended my 'life recap' post because I felt like a walking boredom.



Wear

Wireless bras

I used to think that unless a bra is wired then chances are it won’t provide good support at all. Now, I’m all about the wireless because it’s a lot more comfortable to wear and I don’t have to feel like I’m suffocating myself when period is right around the corner. Also, I’ve found that when you keep washing wireless bras, they don’t get distorted as quickly as wired bras and that’s just more sustainable for my budget.

Uniqlo Drape Pants

Also known by some as ‘jogger pants’, I’ve been wearing this relax pants to work. It’s a really versatile, casual fashion item even though some people might think it’s not fashionable at all. My boyfriend thinks it makes me look like I’m wearing pajamas — which I won’t deny since it does looks like a comfy pajama pants. But hey, who cares? If it’s cozy then I’ll wear it. Comfort is the most important for me and I’ll stock up on these pants if I have to. I also think it’s a good alternative if you’re someone who can’t wear jeans like I do (unless it’s a boyfriend jeans, I won’t be able to wear any, especially skinny ones).

Skincare

Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Cleanser

Low pH, safe ingredients and gentle for all skin types, Krave’s matcha cleanser is the one and only pricier cleanser that I will not regret ever purchasing. I tend to be a cheapskate when it comes to face cleansers — my ‘most expensive’ cleanser was the Cosrx’s Good Morning gel cleanser at $12.00 and this was $16 — because I prefer investing more in effective serums or essences. But this, this gel-consistency, almost-transparent brown coloured cleanser is out of this world in both experience and result! It really does help maintain my skin barrier and keeps my skin soft without overdoing it. It also calms my breakout, especially during that time of the month. I believe this is also thanks to its key ingredients — matcha as a powerful antioxidant, hemp seed oil as antibacterial property to relieve inflammation, vitamin B5 and sodium PCA to strengthen the skin barrier — that actually work. Liah Yoo, you make me krave for more of your brands!

Laneige’s cica sleeping mask

I’m quite in love with this sleeping mask, if you can’t already tell based on this post. I can almost guarantee that I will repurchase and get the full size once I’m done with my miniature version. I don’t use it every day but when I do, only twice a week by the way, I wake up with a very plump skin the next day. It’s also a very fulfilling and quick pick-me-up for dehydrated, dry, irritated and sensitive skin, especially because it contains Laneige’s patented and powerful cica ingredient, the so-called Forest Yeast. I personally recommend this one or their original blue sleeping mask if you have sensitive skin. The purple one isn’t ideal as it contains lavender essential oil which may be an irritant for some people.

Etude House Soon Jung emulsion

I’ll be honest, Etude House’s skincare products never amazed me at all. Heck, I don’t even bother checking them out! I tend to associate Etude with gimmicks and excessively adorable, girly packaging but never a good list of ingredients — until I tried their Soon Jung line myself. I tried their whip cleanser (which is basically a foam cleanser so I don’t understand why they call it whip when it’s not even creamy to begin with, unlike Senka’s Perfect Whip…that I do not recommend due to its high level of pH, by the way) and wasn’t really blown away by it. However, when I tried their emulsion, I quickly fell in love with it! It’s really lightweight, making it very fitting for oily and combination skin. As with other Soon Jung products, the ingredient list is extremely short and simple, making it perfect for sensitive skin.

Mario Badescu drying lotion

I don’t think there’s a need to explain why this product is such a cult favourite. It’s a favourite because it actually works. Before this, I used the widely talked about Lion Pair Acne Cream from Japan and while I love that one, this pink lotion definitely works faster overnight. I don’t know about you but I like acne lotion that allows my zit to mature fast so I can apply my trustworthy Cosrx acne patch on top, thus allowing it to deflate faster.

Browse the items
1. Uniqlo wireless bras  /   2. Uniqlo drape pants   /   3. Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp cleanser   
4. Laneige Cica sleeping mask   /   5. Etude House Soon Jung emulsion   /   6. Mario Badescu drying lotion



Fragrance

I’ve been into fragrance lately and have been browsing here and there to study fragrance notes and what it means when a perfume gives information on its base, heart and top notes. Since I have very sensitive skin, I don’t spray perfume on my skin but rather on my clothes. You see, I actually love the smell of fresh laundry and would take that au naturale scent over artificial fragrance, however, when you ride public transport and live in a very humid, tropical country, you just get so self-conscious about how your shirt smells to other people. That’s actually the reason that sparks my interest in perfumes.

Bath & Body Works Wild Rose & Apple body mist

I’m just glad that Bath & Body Works body mists come in such big size because a). body mists don’t last very long and b). therefore I tend to spray a lot on my clothes. The scent is floral and fruity with hints of sweetness that isn’t too overpowering. Like any other body mist, this one doesn't last all day and reapplication is a must. I guess that's just how it is with fragrance mists.

Victoria’s Secret Amber Rose fragrance mist

I got this as a gift from my friend and… I love it! I tend to gravitate towards scents that are sweet but not too sweet with hints of fruitiness in it. In some cases, I don’t mind floral scent but I don’t like it when they’re the main charm, if you know what I mean. Warm, alluring and a little sexy, Amber Rose has fragrance notes of black cherry, cream anglaise, vanilla and sandalwood. 

Zara Cleo & Tiz Eau de Toilette

Please read!
I accidentally wrote the wrong fragrance notes for these two. Cleo's notes were supposed to be Tiz's and vice versa. So ignore the ones I wrote on the image.
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Cleo: 🍊 bergamot, 🍎 apple and 🌹 rose
Tiz: πŸ₯­ mango,  πŸ‘ peach and 🦌 musk
For its price, this bundle made me so, so happy! I love both perfumes and I find myself unable to choose between Cleo or Tiz. Cleo, the yellow one, has a fruitier and fresher scent while Tiz is sweeter and softer. I like to wear them interchangeably every day and tend to go ham on my clothes. I find that since they’re pretty budget friendly eau de toilette, they don’t last very long (because let’s be real, the pricier a perfume is the longer it lasts throughout the day) and so, I kind of have to spray more. The only thing I don’t like is their packaging – they don’t come with caps so I can’t bring them in my bad. I’m thinking of depositing some to a travel sized bottle spray but I’m not sure if plastic bottle is going to cause any damage to the scent or not. If you have any tips, let me know!

Fun fact, sometimes I’ll mix Tiz with the Wild Rose & Apple body mist from Bath & Body Works and they surprisingly compliment each other.

Browse the items
1. Wild Rose & Apple body mist  /   2. Amber Rose fragrance mist   /   3. Zara Cleo & Tiz

Watch

Lucifer

It’s embarrassing how late I was to this show because once I did, I love it so much I finished the entire four seasons in less than a month. I mean, Jerry Bruckheimer was one of the executive producers so obviously, I expected this to be good. I just didn’t expect it to be addicting! As an urban fantasy, police procedural series, Lucifer was one hell (pun intended) of a fun ride. If you love sassy humour as much as I do, do try Lucifer and watch Tom Ellis doing a good job in portraying this DC Comics character created by Neil Gaiman.

Stranger Things (season 3)

This πŸ‘πŸ» season πŸ‘πŸ» is πŸ‘πŸ» everything πŸ‘πŸ» I needed! The story, that ending, the colours – the colours! That was such a festive experience! I’m not going to spoil anything but let’s just say I’ve come to love Starcourt Mall and I hope they feature that setting even more. Also, I’m officially in love with Steve Harrington – because I mean, who isn’t? I also love how they managed to work on El’s and Max’s relationship. I hope season four gives more spotlight to Maxine though.

Flavorful Origins

Unlike Street Food, Flavorful Origins focuses only on one particular ethnic food which is cuisine from the Chaoshan region. Chaoshan is the cultural-linguistic region in the east area of Guangdong, China. Unlike the rest of the Guandong provinces, people in Chaoshan are linguistically different. So instead of speaking globally used, standrd Mandarin, we have what we call as the “Min Chinese”, a broad group of Chinese varieties usually spoken by people from certain parts of China, usually from the province of Fujian. For example, you might have heard of the term ‘Hokkien’ – this is one example of Min Chinese and is derived from the Minnan region in the south-eastern part of Fujian province. If this whole thing sounds confusing to you, you’re not wrong. Chinese isn’t limited to common Mandarin and you might be surprised by how many variations there are. They’re all very diverse, interesting and absolutely layered with lots of studies.

Now, the reason why this docuseries got me really excited was partly in tune with my heritage. My mother is of Teochew heritage (in Mandarin it’s called Chaozhou, a city that is part of the Chaoshan region) and we both speak Teochew dialect to each other at home. Interestingly, I’m also part Hakka because that’s my father’s heritage. That aside, even though I hate conservative Chinese tradition, Asian cuisine is still something that I really, really am proud of. I’m just so proud of how much we Asians can utilize spices. This is why I get extremely mad when I see foreigners talk shit about Asian food.

If you’re an avid fan of Asian cuisine or if you have no clue on what Chaoshan is all about, start from the food they eat. I always think that the best way to familiarize oneself with a country is to try their food. It’s not a Netflix Street Food 2.0, however, each short episode highlights one particular ingredient and how Chaoshan people usually utilize or consume them. Long story short, it’s very interesting and I definitely recommend it to everyone!

What have you been loving this month? 


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