Painted pink

Beauty, Fashion, Personal

There is something so intriguing about a woman with painted lips. The time taken to line the curves before carefully drawing the colour over is a striking and focussed art-form in itself.

I recently picked up a forgotten tube of lipstick which had been mixed into the pile of my unused makeup clutter. I was happily taken by surprise at the find and found myself suddenly wafting in memories of the time before its condemnation to the box.

I had bought it a year ago with Robyn and at the time we had just done a massive Bobbi Brown haul. I remember the first time I tried it on and we instantly had this situation where it was pleasing for the eyes yet most suffocating for the nose. I really could not stand how it smelt so I ditched it into the depths of my makeup box with no intentions to have it surfacing again. However, time honestly does wonders and now my stick of pink is more than bearable to apply.

I love how drastically a colour can change one’s aura and this pink seems to flair a beautiful dusty tone. It is matte, super elegant and to me, suppresses a quiet cry of rebel. It instantly makes you feel more youthful and bold whilst being subtle enough for casual dates or modest gatherings. The formula is creamy and pigmented and I love the shape of the bullet. Allows for those acutely precise flicks.

The spectrum of colour that can be found on someones lips is like the myriad of looks or personalities you can choose to enforce over yourself for the day.

And that, is why I love playing with lipstick.

Bobbi Brown – Sandwash Pink 22 


xoxo Paula

 

 

 

My acne journey

Beauty, Personal

img_1101I’ve never really been into skincare before. But then again, I won the genetic lottery, and never once had acne throughout my high school years when all my peers were popping pimples, and squeezing blackheads. Tbh, I still don’t know the difference between a whitehead and a pimple (If there is a difference).

My skin “care” routine consisted of splashing my face with water once in the morning (mostly to wake up), and once at night. I did use some Asian masks here and there, but it was more a few times a year thing then a religious ritual I abided by.

Then, came Uni…and engineering…mostly engineering. It was probably the stress of studying, or maybe it was puberty being a bitch (I still look 12). I didn’t really “break out”. I had one or two pimples here and there, and they weren’t the ones that looked like they were nesting a family of mini bees and ready to pop. They were small, practically unnoticeable ones. But I noticed.

My mum’s a beautician so she helped me pop them, but they’d come back every now and again just to say hi.

For the past few months, I’ve had a few breakouts in my T-zone. I popped them to the point that the skin around that area changed to white…I never really gave my skin time to heal before popping the next devil. After my unevenly coloured skin, I decided to stop popping my pimples. Boy was that hard…looking into the mirror everyday and having the thing stare right back at me was tormenting. But I held my ground.

I stopped using oil based creams on my T-zone (I have combination skin), and it’s even now slowly healing. I’ll write about my current skin care routine some other time. If you follow our Instagram (@eternalwanderers), you’d know that I’ve recently started to use the clarisonic. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews, and would like to use it a bit more before I start writing a review. This was just a quick post talking about my “acne” journey.

xoxo Robyn

My skin 

Beauty, Personal

I’ve always been pretty comfortable being in my own skin. Especially as of late. But early last year, something unfortunate struck my face and it suddenly became a terror zone for zits and imperfections. As some of you may know, I’m as far off being a typical girl as I lead on. I don’t exactly cook, don’t clean and sometimes I’m hardly bothered to look nice. Rejecting my mum’s time-consuming rituals of keeping healthy looking skin was quite aggravating for her and she just gave up when I became a believer that diet would change my system… But it didn’t. Because I also don’t diet.

So after a year of what seemed like defaming ads of permanent pimple product placements (which attracted the most disgusting of creatures like mosquitoes and spiders), I decided to make a change and I don’t think I can look back.

Once I came back from my holiday, I went out and splurged on a few beauty products. I’ve waited a few weeks before writing about it just so I can give an accurate review. In that time, I’ve also done a facial extraction which hurt like crazy but it’s helped to get the gunk out of my skin.

In my beginner’s collection are:

– Kiehl’s: Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser

– Frank Body: Face and Body Scrub 

– Aesop: B & Tea Balancing Toner 

– Estée Lauder: Advanced Night Repair Serum

– L’Occitane: Essence Sublime Serum 

– Innisfree: Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask

– Innisfree: An assortment of face masks 

– Etude House: Collagen Moistful Cream 

Quick review of each

Kiehl’s. Been using this for a few years and it works reliably, lathering up to a nice creamy foam without leaving your skin too dry. The first time I used it, I remember seeing instant improvement in complexion and my pimples didn’t look as noticeable.

Frank Body. I exfoliate every second day and when I do, I use it as a replacement to my face wash. It smells really good and it seems to get all the dead skin cells, dirt and makeup residue off. It leaves my skin looking dewy and much more smooth. The oils in the product also leave a trace of moisture though some may find it too oily.

Aesop. I’ve been pleasantly surprised how much toner has been helping my skin. It keeps the oils at bay and I use it at night after cleansing. 3 splashes is enough to get my whole face and neck saturated in it. Smells a bit herbal but once it’s dried on your face, you can’t smell it. A good quality product.

Estée Lauder. Apparently every girl’s expensive best friend. And I have to say, this product is amazingggg. After my first use, I instantly saw a massive improvement to my complexion. It looked so balanced, hydrated, even, bright and it helped reduce the size of my pores and pimples. I squeeze a 10 cent coin amount and it’s enough to spread over the face and neck area and I pat dry.

L’Occitane. This product feels nice. It leaves the skin feeling like when you use primer; soft and smooth. Not sure if this product helps that much but in general I’ve noticed better skin so it must be doing something. The box says it reduces facial impurities and I believe I’ve seen that in general.

Innisfree. I love this product! It comes in a pump bottle and the ashy volcanic mousse is so soft and creamy. I pump 2-3 times to get a good amount to cover my face. The formula is so easy and smooth to work with and it dries really solidly after about 10-15min. Makes your skin feel so firm and tightened.

Innisfree masks. I’m not sure if these masks are for me. I seem to get a tingly reaction to them and it feels a bit uncomfortable. Generally I don’t like these types of masks because they feel so slimey haha but I’m willing to use them all in the name of better skin! They have cute flavours I’ve gotta admit and pretty packaging too so it’s a small plus.

Etude House. This has a nice subtle scent and it isn’t too thick. It’s a light moisturiser which is perfect for me because I’m more oily prone. It seals in all my creams and serums and stops bacteria, dirt etc from getting into the deeper layers of my skin.

So there you have it, my current beauty ritual in an attempt to be more feminine and self-nurturing. Hope it’s helped some of you who are looking to get some new products and if you see me, review my skin haha hopefully it’s better than the last time you saw it.

xoxo Paula

Minutes

Beauty, Fashion, Personal

Sometimes, I wish I could suspend time. I wish I could take out its batteries.

I’ve tried taking a million mental photographs and I’ve shuffled through them all, sitting cross-legged in the wisps of the past. I’ve tried taking measures to imprint them in my mind, before that day comes, when I know I have to let go.

But time always races forward and eventually, it’ll loom closer, that ‘date.’ That date you dread and very unwillingly count down to til soon enough, (always too late) it hits you that things will be really different…

Because once that day comes and passes, you can’t and won’t be the same person again.

But then again, why would you want to be?
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xoxo Paula

Henna

Beauty, Fashion, Personal, Travel

I really like the idea of having a tattoo but Henna is probably the closest I’ll ever get to having one. Tantalisingly detailed, it is such a free and almost improvisatory art, filled with sweeping swirls and filigree drawn to the artist’s fancy.

We honestly didn’t expect to find henna artists in Melaka (Malaysia) but then two women with booklets of henna designs stopped us in our tracks and for 15 ringgit, we got our hand and wrist done.

Henna, as I now know, is not an ink but a paste that’s derived from a plant. Mixed with lemon, alcohol and olive oil amongst other things, it is squeezed from a piping bag into petals, feathery shapes and dainty dots.

It was such a quick process and after a quick 5min we were done… but then came the most awkward 15 minutes afterwards where we had to wait for the paste to dry. We were hand disabled and contorted them to the point where we carried our hands like Mr. Burns. But as much as I tried, being the clutz I am, I accidentally swished food over my henna… and then a few minutes later Robyn whacked her bag across my hand landing even more smudges. My fingernail is still stained with the dye in a mark that looks like I got chilli oil stuck on it.

Anyway the process is pretty simple. After it dries, you wash off the bumpy excess and there you have it, a semi-permanent ‘tattoo’ that lasts for 2 weeks (except mine began to rub off from the 3rd day). But then you can’t expect much more for $5AUD 🙂

 

xoxo Paula

Beauty is pain – Kimono

Beauty, Fashion, Personal, Travel

It was the 3rd time I’ve worn a kimono, but the 1st time I put one on without professional help. Visually, there was nothing wrong; Internally, I could barely breathe.  
My advice for those attempting to put on their own kimonos? Get professional help. Wanting to make use of the second day return policy, we decided to videotape ourselves taking them off, and just follow the video backwards.

Maybe it was because when the professionals put it on for me, I had a stomach full of food, or maybe I should just stay away from putting on my own kimono.

  

When I first put it on, it wasn’t too bad. Just a little snug. Then…I got hungry. Eating that bowl of tea soba was the biggest struggle of my life. I had to keep my back straight and chest out due to the kimono’s restrictions, but I needed to bend to eat my noodles properly.


 I thought that finishing that bowl of soba was my biggest struggle, but I was wrong. My biggest struggle was trying to breathe after I finished. The struggle was real. It was about a 15min walk back home, we had planned to take pictures at a close shrine, but I couldn’t breathe. I honestly wanted to just strip right there and give my lungs some much needed oxygen, but I rather not be arrested in a foreign country.

We quickly snapped a few shots, and hurriedly shuffled home in our geta to change into some looser, more organ friendly clothing.


  

        
Beauty is pain.

xoxo Robyn

Robyn’s OOTD

Beauty, Fashion

So today I chose to pair a white crop (factorie), pink floral skirt (factorie), a disney charm bracelet, my trusty navy blue Longchamp tote and nude HnM booties. I chose the completely WRONG outfit for the weather…it was so windy and even started sprinkling midday! But, I looked cute. That’s all that matters anyway, right?

Surprisingly enough, the wind even worked to my advantage! Besides eating some (A LOT of) hair, the pictures came out quite well 🙂 I highly do NOT recommend skirts on a windy day…I swear it flew up at least 20 times…but if you’re going to be indoors, then this look is really cute!

I didn’t do too much with accessories and just let the outfit speak for itself 🙂 There’s also a secret with my crop. It’s BACKWARDS!!! Yep, you heard me right, I flipped it over to have more of a cutesy look with the v-neck line, but if you want to be a bit more conservative, just wear it the other way and it’ll still look really cute!

The makeup I used here is a palette I got from etude house, my eyebrows are courtesy of Bobbi Brown’s mahogany brow pencil and shaper and that cute lip colour is also from my Bobbi Brown collection (lipstick in watermelon). If you want a cute, but statement lip colour, I’d highly recommend watermelon! It’s not as powerful as a red lip but still does the trick 😉

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xoxo Robyn

Paula’s OOTD

Beauty, Fashion

Earthy and whimsical

For this look, I layered a creamy lace top over a white, crocheted singlet that I got given last year. It felt reminiscent of pearly seashells and has beautiful cut-out details on the bottom end.

I found the silky, khaki skirt in a thrift store and absolutely love both the cinching effect at the waist and also the oversized pockets which can store all my essentials if I choose to go without the bag. It floats, it is light and it gives off a whimsical and casual sort of feel with the rest of the outfit.

The bag is a classic from ‘Longchamp’ and I chose to wear it because it kept to the earthy colour code. I also went for black sandals and this dark, wide-brimmed straw hat to keep out the sun rays as I have noticed darkening skin…

This look is kept simple with a gold chain necklace, a colourful beaded bracelet from a Chinese crystal shop and the makeup is soft and au natural. For the face, I simply tight-lined my eyes and dusted my brows with a nice hazel shade. I brushed on ‘Bobbi Brown’s’ signature ‘Apricot’ blush and added ‘Moodmatcher’s’ Luxe pink pencil lipstick to my smile.

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xoxo Paula

New year. New friendship. New blog. 2015 is our year.

Beauty, Fashion, Food, Music, Personal, Quotes, Travel

We’ve both been thinking about starting up a blog for a while now (years), but was never really motivated enough to really get started. We met through a friend and decided to start this blog together. Now, this is where the story begins. Just spent the past few hours snacking on cherries, purchasing our own website domain, picking out a theme for the site (took quite a while considering how picky we are) and listening to Paula’s amazing voice on repeat (and her telling me to stop it haha).

So for our first post, let’s keep things short and sweet. What you guys can expect from S&S:

  • Fashion finds/trends (We sell some of the clothes that we feature)
  • Music videos
  • Food adventures (Blogs & Vlogs)
  • Beauty product reviews/recommendations
  • Hair care/tutorials (We’re learning too!)
  • Skin care/routines
  • Travel diaries
  • Glimpses of our lives

We really can’t just be “fashion gurus”, “food bloggers” or “beauty gurus”…we like a little bit of everything and that’s essentially why we decided on the name “S&S”. Sugar and Spice. (or everything in between). We’re both “girly girls” but can surprise you with our inner tomboy and we’ll show off our femininity through different styles and coordinations. We’re going to be vlogging via YouTube, blogging via WordPress and sharing random moments via Instagram. We might even use other social media platforms later on! (if we can handle it haha) So hope you stay tuned!

xoxo Paula & Robyn