I tried 2 sheet masks a day for a week

There is this thing in the Asian beauty community called 1 mask a day, where basically you use one face mask a day. A lot of Korean girls swear by it to give them the dewy clear complexion that so many people are after. There is also this other trend called #teamdoublefisting (I know, I know, who came up with this name?!) where you use two sheet masks a day, normally one in the morning and one at night. Some use one after another as well, depending on what they feel like their skin needs. A celebrity that swears by using two sheet masks a day is Fan Bing Bing, and everyone knows she has the most perfect skin. She allegedly uses more than 600 sheet masks a year!

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So during my business trip this week, I bought along 8 sheet masks to use and see if it really makes a difference. I am pretty lazy when it comes to my skincare, normally I just double cleanse and moisturize. I use sheet masks 1-2 times a week, but since it is winter I felt like it was appropriate to use sheet masks more often. I mainly picked My Beauty Diary masks as well as some Korean masks.

On Monday night, my skin was desperate for a bit of love. After waking up at some unearthly hour to catch an early morning flight, my skin looked and felt dehydrated. I chose the Cactus mask from My Beauty Diary, which claims to brighten and moisturize the skin. A difference between Taiwanese and Korean sheet masks is that the Taiwan ones normally come with a plastic layer, which makes it easier to peel off and apply, and the sheets are normally thicker.

I normally leave my masks on for a good 20-30 minutes to mask sure my skin drinks up as much moisture as possible. Sometimes when I am feeling impatient I might only do 15 minutes, but I try not to since I like to get as much out of my masks as possible.

After 25 minutes, I took the cactus mask off. My skin felt plump, moisturized, and a lot brighter than it was before The dullness from lack of sleep seemed to have disappeared a bit, which is always a good thing. Waking up at 4:45am to catch a flight is never good for the skin.

On Tuesday morning, my skin felt soft and moisturized, but lacked a bit of brightness so I used the Tosowoong Propolis mask, which is meant to brighten and whiten the skin. Whitening doesn’t mean bleaching the skin, FYI. I put on the mask after my shower, leaving it on while I dried my hair. I don’t have the time in the mornings to use a mask for longer than 15 minutes since I am always running late.

The mask felt very nice and added some brightness to the skin. My foundation didn’t slip or slide during the day, and no touch ups were required. Later that night after double cleansing, I used the MBD diamond and caviar mask. It comes with two pieces, one for the eyes and nose, and another piece that covers the neck and loops around the ears. It was a struggle to figure out how to put it on (just me?), but once it was on it was great because the mask is not going anywhere. I woke up the next day with moisturized but not oily skin.

I tend to go for less moisturizing and more brightening masks in the morning, since I like to give my skin a lot of hydration before bed. I decided to use a favorite of mine, the Leaders mela-tox whitening mask. This mask is great for giving the skin a huge boost in brightness when the skin is looking a bit dull and grey, but since I have been almost drowning my skin is masks for the past two days, my skin didn’t really need any extra glow.

I used the mask, applied some eye makeup and left for work. My skin looked amazing during the day, without foundation or even powder. It didn’t become oily or shiny, it just stayed glow-y.

On Wednesday night, I decided to get Thai takeaway and watch the latest episode of PLL. (I might be the only person left that still watches this show) After relaxing, I did a 20 minute workout, took a shower and applied the MBD 2-step moisturizing mask. It comes with a ‘primer’ which is like a thick gel that you apply before the mask. This mask is super moisturizing, which is great for the cold windy weather of Wellington.

One of my favorite summer time masks is the MBD cooling mask. While it is far from summer here in New Zealand, I still like using it when I want a bit of a pick me up. The mask has a very cooling effect on the skin, it feels really nice and refreshing in the morning. It isn’t the most moisturizing of masks though. At night, I used another one of the MBD 2-step masks, this time the brightening version. It comes with the same gel like primer, and a brightening sheet mask. At this point of my little experiment, I didn’t see much of a difference with my skin since it was so hydrated.

Just to end the challenge on a high note, I used a long time favorite of mine and the Asian beauty community, the MBD black pearl mask. A lot of people swear by this mask for the whitening effects, but I just like it because it evens out the skin-tone really well.

Do I think it is necessary to use masks that often? No. I think 2-3 times a week is enough. However, if you have the budget (or the hoards of sheet masks sitting in your collection like I do), then there is nothing wrong with using it so often. I feel like the general rule of thumb is to listen to your skin, and to choose masks that cater to your skin type and skin problems.

The best gifts are the ones you buy yourself

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When I hit 90 days at my first job out of university, I bought myself a Tiffany necklace to celebrate. In a sense, it was also a 21st birthday present for myself, a rather late one, and a congrats on making it into the real world, from me to me. When I finished university, I was 20 with no idea what I wanted to do in life. Armed with a computer science degree, I went out and somehow got a job in the industry with an employer that treats me well.

A lot of it was luck, being at the right place at the right time, being turned down from jobs that lead me to this one. But a lot of it was also my hard work, adjusting to a new lifestyle, learning new things from scratch, all the work I did during university. So when I hit three months, I wanted to buy something to acknowledge it.

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There was something special buying a gift for yourself, with the money you earned on something you truly want. When I first got the necklace, I wore it for a few months straight, and every time I looked at it, it reminds me of my first few months at work, learning, being confused, growing up.

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When 2015 started, I was about to turn 22. Been out of uni for a year already, and almost been working for a year, I decided that I wanted to buy myself something nice. I have been looking for a wallet for the longest time, and when the SA at Prada told me that prices were going up very soon, I decided to talk the plunge and buy a wallet. And while the purchase was slightly impulsive, it was still a birthday / congrats on surviving one year in the adult world type of gift, from me to me.

The thing about buying gifts for yourself is that no one else knows you best, so you always know you’ll enjoy the gift. It doesn’t even have to be something designer or expensive, but it is the sentiment behind it that makes it meaningful.

What have you bought for yourself lately?

13 Things I learned before 23

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My 23rd birthday is right around the corner, leaving me extremely anxious about life, where I am and where I thought I would be. When I was young I thought I would be in fashion design, being fashionable in a big city at 23, when in reality I am in a job no where related to fashion design, and living in a tiny city called Auckland.

However, among all the things I don’t know about life, there are a few things I have learned along the way.

  1. Taking care of your body is important – at the end of the day no matter how much money you earn, you can’t enjoy it if you are in poor health
  2. Wear SPF and wash your face everyday
  3. Sometimes, it is okay to treat yo self – Whether it is a cookie, a new pair of shoes or a plane ticket home to see your parents
  4. Travel if you want – but don’t feel pressured to do it because everyone else is. Backpacking through Thailand and practicing yoga on the beach isn’t the only way to find your true self
  5. If you want something, work for it – opportunities don’t fall from the sky
  6. Spend time with your parents – being away from my parents taught me to appreciate them when they are around – and if you can’t physically be there with them, call them.
  7. You don’t know what you can achieve until you are put into the situation
  8. Makeup is fun and creative – don’t let people tell you otherwise – especially fuck boys that say people who wear makeup are ~false advertising~
  9. You gain nothing out of hoarding too much stuff – like that card you received in high school from that friend you no longer talk to – throw away the things that don’t belong in your life anymore
  10. Donate – whether it is old clothing or money to charities you believe in – studies show people are happier spending money on others than themselves
  11. People will walk in and out of your life – its a natural thing
  12. Learn how to be a functioning adult will get you far – learn to clean, cook, pay bills, claim insurance etc because the older you get, the less endearing not being a functioning adult becomes
  13. Just do you

2016 | Resolutions

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  1. Lose weight. I am reaching 23 in less than a months time, and my doctor told me it is unhealthy for me to continue on with my no exercise, eat everything lifestyle. Partly it is for vanity reasons, but mostly it is for not wanting to get a stroke at 30 reasons. I also want to not look like a fat potato in photos, so there’s that.
  2. Blog more – my blog is grow slowly, but surely. It is something I enjoy doing and want to continue doing. I also want to put more time into my content and photos, and try out a few new things like perhaps filming make up tutorials.
  3. Travel – I am taking a trip to Italy in May, and I want to take another trip at the end of the year. I think now is the time to travel and have fun, before I have too much commitment and responsibility. I also want to do more things within New Zealand.
  4. Go out more – and I don’t mean party more, but in general say yes to more plans, make more plans myself, connect with old friends and make new friends.
  5. Spend less money – 2015 was a big spending year for me. I didn’t save very much, bought a lot of stuff I really didn’t need, and was in general pretty #YOLO with my money. I have a bad mindset of ~oh I am still young I can start saving when I am older~. Except I am older (well, soon) and its time to get my financials together if I ever want my own roof to live under one day.

2016 | Make Up Goals

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I just got back to New Zealand in the last few days. After neglecting this blog for the whole duration of my Christmas break, I didn’t know what to write next. I didn’t want to do a stereotypical new years resolution post, because I still don’t know what my resolutions are yet. I also didn’t want to do a reflection on 2015 post because that chapter is behind me, and I didn’t want to start 2016 thinking about all the things I should have done in 2015.

So I decided to come up with some make up related goals.

I own a decent amount of make up. More than the average person, less than the average make up guru. My spending on make up reached a high last year when I made multiple Sephora orders within the first few months of the year, which landed me in VIB, as well as a drawer with a bunch of stuff I really didn’t need.

So for 2016, I want to cut down my spending on makeup.

Going through my drawer, I have so many things just sitting there, some not even opened, waiting around to finally get used. The reality is that I know I will never finish or even come close to finishing any of these products. I shouldn’t spend more money to buy things that’s just going to sit there gathering dust.

I also want to be more bold with my makeup, mainly with lipstick. I am scared to wear bold lipstick, especially at work. And while I still don’t think I will wear magenta lipstick at work, I want to wear it after work, when I am with friends, on the weekends.

I want to wear more makeup in 2016. And that might sound weird, but normally for work I either am too lazy in the morning or wake up 30 minutes before I am meant to be at work, so all I wear is some brow product. I want to actually fix my sleep schedule, wake up earlier so I actually have time to do things and put on proper makeup before heading out for the day.

And lastly, I want to do something about that makeup artist certificate I have. The one that sits under my university degree, not doing anything (along with my university degree). I dunno whether I would go into freelancing, doing tutorials or what, but I don’t want to put that to waste.

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