My Favourite Masks


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Masks are something that I can not live without as part of my beauty routine. Not only they do all kinds of amazing stuff like hydrating, purifying, smoothing and brightening up my skin, but also help me to relax and sooth myself. So here are some of the products that I am using at the moment:

1. Sisley Black Rose Mask – as I have mentioned in my previous post, it brightens up the skin instantly and leaves it looking younger and smoother just after 10 minutes! I always use it before going out for date nights and special occasions.

2. Clarins Beauty Balm – just like the Sisley black rose mask, this one leaves skin feeling tighter and smoother, it is best to be used under the foundation or BB cream. The balm acts like a clear film and it makes the foundation go on smoother and last longer.

3. Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque – contains clarifying clay that tracks the dirty stuff from the pores, as well as refreshes skin without leaving it feeling dry. I use this mask every other day on my T zone for a clearer result.

4. Glamglow Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment – it has an unique mud-to-oil texture where the mud purifies the skin, and by adding some water it transforms the mud to oil which leaves skin velvety fresh. I really like the smell of it too, it smells like a green apple.

5. Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask – the velvety mask acts like a hydrating treatment and makes skin looking firmer and radiant. It also has a cooling effect that make you feel so fresh after washing it off.

6. Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask to Quench Skin’s Thirst – this is great for hydrating dry and dull skin, just like its name it quenches skin’s thirst within just 10 minutes! And it smells like a delicious sweet peach, hmm… yummy!

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Apart from using those wash off masks, I also love the single sheet ones. I usually store them in the fridge and use it in the morning to freshen up and it helps to reduce the puffiness too.

#29weeks

 

I am reaching my 29th week today! I feel like the belly is growing bigger everyday since the third trimester started, it is getting harder and harder for me to have a good night sleep because of the constantly tossing and turning, not to mention the number of times I have to run to the washroom in the middle of the night… Well, the more I can’t rest well at night, the better I want to dress myself during the day, at least a great outfit makes me feel energized and happy! ❤

 

Black cashmere sweater and plaid cape with fur hood, both from Zara; Skinny jeans, Topshop Maternity; Ankle boots, Chanel. 

Starting My Day with Barre

Having a great workout session is always a good way to get my Monday started. I have been doing barre at Barre Body Studio for over a year and half now, and I am still feeling good doing it during my pregnancy. Barre is a combination of ballet, pilate and yoga, the isolation movements help to build up long and lean muscles, as well as improving my posture and flexibility. I am not sure when I will stop going to barre since I am reaching my last trimester, but working out is really important during pregnancy – it helps to burn those extra calories that both the baby and I don’t need, gives me positive energy and I am sure it will help me during labour too.

 

 

#28weeks

 

First of all, I need to say that I have lacked updating my blog for the past two and half months… I will definitely keep up with my posts from now on!

Second, I am reaching my 28 weeks of my pregnancy today! Three more months to go! I am really excited and nervous about it. For the past few months I have noticed a lot of changes going on with my body – a never ending runny nose, sensitive skin and worst of all….restless nights of sleep… apparently these are very common symptoms that are happening to me. Also, I have realised that by having a positive attitude, and mood is not only helping me enjoy my pregnancy more, but also very crucial for my baby. I believe my mood will affect the little one’s personality in the future.

Even though it is not that easy to be positive all the time, especially when I feel stressed and restless, I try to go to excise regularly. it definitely helps to connect my mind and body, in order to generates more energy. Another thing i have found that has contributed to my own “personal positive bubble” is always listening to music that I love – jazz, soul and funk are my favourite, it boosts my mood right away.

As I said earlier, pregnancy is not easy for anyone, you just need to find a way to enjoy it more! ❤

Is It Safe to Eat…?

Believe or not, if you type in “is it safe to eat…” on Google, all sort of food names will pop out with “during pregnancy” at the back. Being pregnant is very important to know that whether it is safe to eat the food that I used to have. And I remember when I was travelling in Europe during my first month of pregnancy, I was literally googling the safety of all kinds of food that I ate all the time. So after talking to my midwife, I finally have cleared out what kind of food that I need to avoid.

First of, raw or undercooked meat is a big no no. Because it might cause a flu-like illness that might harm the health of the baby. Also the chance of getting food poisoning by the bacteria will be higher than when you are not pregnant. So say bye bye to sushi and medium rare steak for now…

Soft cheese like feta, brie and blue cheese should be avoid too (I know cheese lovers, I am with you). It might contain bacteria that could cause miscarriage (wooo scary).

Deli meat (cold meat) is not safe to eat during pregnancy too (sad…), because of the bacteria it might contain could cause possible food poisoning and miscarriage. If you really are craving deli meat, then you need to heat it up completely before eating (believe me I really tried but the cooked deli meat tastes just awful!).

Raw or undercooked eggs also need to be avoided. It means you have to cut out all the (delicious) runny yolks, freshly made hollandaise and mayonnaise sauce.

All sort of pate is not safe to eat too. It doesn’t matter if it is vegetarian pate or meat spread or foie gras, it might contain certain bacteria that could cause food poisoning.

The last thing that you need to know is fish with high mercury, which means large deep ocean fish like tuna, shark, swordfish and king mackerel. High level of mercury might be linked to developmental delays and brain damage. However, eating other kinds of fish is very good for you and your baby’s brain development, especially wild salmon!

Ok, apart from sadly knowing all the food that you need to avoid above, there are all other kinds of food that you still can enjoy! My midwife has suggested me to eat lots of meat and vegetables, 4 servings of dairy, 4 servings of fruit and 8 servings of carbs everyday. And it is better to eat small amount rather than large. So if you are used to eat 3 big meals, you can separate them into 5 small meals. And remember being pregnant doesn’t mean that you can let yourself eat whatever and however you want, a balanced and healthy diet will do both you and your baby the best!

I hope this helps ❤

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