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Wednesday, January 29

Etude House Goodbye Pore Ever Primer Review

Etude House's Goodbye Pore Ever 'Pore Primer Essence'

Just thought I would do a quick review on one of my favourite primers this summer. This primer has been fantastic in keeping my oily skin away during the long, hot days.

This is actually the first Etude House product I've used, aside from a nail file but that doesn't count, and I'm pretty impressed. There's definitely a lot more too them than there cutesy packaging, that's just a bonus. What I love about this primer is it doesn't give a greasy, silicon feeling to the skin like other primers I've tried (smashbox photoready, I'm looking at you). It feels nice on the skin, it mattifies nicely without being too drying, and it feels quite smooth and soft. I've heard it's also supposed to help minimize enlarged pores. I personally haven't noticed anything like that and it doesn't bother me. If it keeps the oil away my pores won't get any bigger, right? Without a doubt my BB creams and foundations look a lot smoother with this primer. I personally love using this with my BB creams, because most of them are quite moisturising, this primer makes them last longer through the day. It's also very affordable. I paid $15 for this on Yesstyle (on sale), a hefty difference when I compare it to the western primers I've bought, but I've seen it even cheaper on other Korean skincare sites.

The only con is the tiny bottle, which is the size of an eye primer. It seems to go really fast, but has still lasted the season. I probably won't have much use for it after summer, and I hate it when I have to wait another year (usually past the expiry date) to use a product. So I guess that means less clutter in my makeup drawer, which is something I really need to cut down on this year!

Friday, January 17

A New Year, A New Start

I was never really one for making goals or resolutions, in fact the last time I made a goal for myself was back in high school during one our 'goal making' classes. I just found the whole procedure very tedious, and I never took them seriously. However, five years out of school, uncertain of what I was doing, I was in desperate need of a little guidance. By guidance, I mean I found myself in a Kiki K store. Is it sad I went searching for the cure for all my problems at a stationary store? Maybe, but they do have  a great range of inspirational journals for goal making, happiness, health and dreams. 

I went for the Health/Wellbeing journal because it orientates around what I want to improve on this year: fitness, diet, sleep, and routine. For someone who is goal-challenged this journal is the perfect opportunity to kick my butt into gear. It has timetables, inspirational quotes, and goal orientated questions that you can fill out on a monthly basis throughout the year.

Another addition to my new year, new start pile was Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project. Kiki K carry their own exclusive copy of the New York bestseller, with a super cute cover. This book is by no means a step by step guide on how to obtain a perfect life but Rubin's mix of real life stories, research and methods has really motivated me to start looking at changing the little things in my life.  A lot of things I didn't even notice made such a huge impact. Last, but not least is the little daily habits and goal pad. Just a cute little checklist that I'm hoping will help me monitor my good habits and quash the bad ones.

This is the first year I've taken my resolutions seriously. Let's see how long I can keep it up for.