My Pampers Journey #3 – Quality Playtime, All-day, All the time!

Wow, alright, so… Playtime, where do I even begin!

If anything, hubs and I always joke that baby seems built for playtime because she is so active, crazy fast and agile, cheeky and mischevious and to top it all off, she doesn’t require much ‘charging time’ as well.

What I mean by that is she has mastered the art of fighting off sleep even with drowsy eyes while she continues to run around, throw cheeky glances and when she does nap, it’s over as soon as it begans and what you get is another few hours of a little dynamite about the house.

Okay maybe I kid. She does nap but it certainly isn’t the whole solid block of hours that I know some other babies do. If Baby K naps for an hour straight without disturbances inbetween, that’s considered a pretty good day!

Check out her cheeky little expression while she was down with mild Roseola. Even sickness can’t get to her!

The ‘woes’ of having an active baby is… well, the whole active portion.

Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand how many will be quick to say that having an inquisitive and active baby is nothing to be sad about. It is true, I do love that Baby K is such a curious soul, so active, so cheeky, so mischevious and so playful but of course all that does eventually take a toll on us.

For some reason, these little beings are able to pack so much energy and so much stamina in their tiny bodies, I have no idea how!

Even though their legs are way shorter than ours, they ran that much quicker. Even though their hands are smaller and shorter than ours, they reach for and swipe things so much faster and even though their muscles are miniscule compared to ours, they are so incredibly strong!

Then again, it isn’t as if we weren’t foretold that Baby K would grow up to be so energetic and mischevious with the desire to have Playtime anytime, all the time!

When she was a wee little baby, and babies are suppose to be quite chill with their lack of motor skills and all, she was already kicking and trashing all over the place! Her favorite activity, and frankly the only one because that is all her motor skills allowed at that point, was to kick swiftly with zest!

We call it 無影腳 (direct translation – no shadow leg).

It really is a martial arts move meaning to kick so rapidly and quickly you can’t even see the leg move, much less the shadow. I believe that is…

So anyway, I digress from Playtime but I’m sure with all that you should know by now that with an extremely active baby like Baby K, our household is no stranger to playtime. In fact, we make any and every time a playtime… Or rather, she makes it her own playtime.

At times, it is even playtime as she showers because she will designate which bath buddy she wants to bring along with her and play with them in her tub.

Other times we let her enjoy a bubble bath (using LUSH Bubble Bars, very natural and safe) which she loves. Bubbles are totally her thing.

Playtime isn’t just Fun time

While playtime may feel quite ‘trivial’ with some parents thinking they have so much more important things to do rather than play with their baby, it is important to know that playtime isn’t just about play.

Playtime is an important time where you interact with your little one in an active manner be it through building their motor skills, teaching them about objects, a new game that would require a level of understanding etc.

There is so much more than just playing in Playtime and it is an essential period of learning for the little babies.

It may feel small and trivial to you but learning how to catch a ball, pick up the right object, mimic what you are doing, etc are all key developmental factors to your baby be it mentally or enhancing their motor skills.

Baby K has this peculiar attraction to bags and this strange interest of putting things in bags, particularly so for this playmobil briefcase toy.

The pieces are quite small so we do watch her as she plays but it helps to train her fingers to be more nimble in agile-ly putting these pieces in the briefcase and closing it up without spilling the contents.

She loves this so much she does it almost every single day, no joke.

Be Adventurous, Try New Experiences

While this may prove a little tricky for the younger babies, once your child is able to properly comprehend their surroundings, look around and actually pick out and point at stuff, it is a good cue to bring them to new arenas. Or rather new environment to expose them to different things.

Playing at home is easy and convenient on a rainy day or on days everyone is a little too busy to head out but as much as possible, it is important to bring baby around and show them the world.

If you have a whiny and fidgety baby, you may find that bringing them out is easier than you would have imagined. At least that’s what we discovered with Baby K who is typically quite whiny, fidgety and vocal at home. The minute we bring her out she will gaze curiously at everything around and fall silent.

Ahh, the wonders of the outdoors!

Playgrounds are Gems!

While some parents may be a little reserved about neighborhood playgrounds because, yes it is true that all kids play here so there could be bacteria etc… Well, thing is where else can these little kiddos play?

We had the same apprehensive mentality about playgrounds as well but eventually decided to shrug that off and let baby waddle into the world of playgrounds, which she thoroughly enjoys.

From being overly cautious about every surface she touches to just letting her explore with her hands and feet, on her hands and feet. We just make sure to fully wipe her down and clean her up
o
nce she’s done roaming the grounds and having fun to her hearts content.

The thing about the playground (a bit of a pro and con) is that there are usually other kids around too. I think the early exposure to the existence of other babies (along with her own outgoing nature) has seemed to make Baby K quite a social butterfly. She easily goes up to older kids and smiles at them, waves at them and sometimes, perhaps they are too smittened by her cheeky grin, they lend her their toys!

That’s quite a big thing for kids to do given a lot of them aren’t really into ‘sharing’ at their tender age. So I think while playgrounds are all about climbing and sliding about, there’s some social skills to pick up from there too!

Swim-time!

Some babies love this, some hate this, it really depends.

For our case, Baby K has always been a bit of a water baby. She loves having baths in her tub since she was an infant and would get caught up with kicking / splashing water about. Hence when she was 8 months of age, we decided to bring her to a pool and have her splash in a much bigger tub!

Turns out she had the time of her life there and we have since made swimming a fairly regular activity.

Be a Playful Parent!

Hubs will probably kill me for disclosing this but in some ways, hubs is very much like a big child. Of course I mean this endearingly and only in the aspect of him being a fairly playful person.

As adults, sometimes we grow into adulthood and loose the ‘playfulness’ of a child but thankfully for me, Hubs never lost that.

To be truthful I used to think it was a little childish (endearing yes, but childish because I never played along, hurhur) but now with baby looking for a play-mate the two of them go together so perfectly.

It’s quite hilarious because the two of them seemed to have formed this love/annoyance situation whereby baby likes to annoy hubs and hubs likes to annoy baby yet at the end of the day when they want to have some playful fun they know they can always turn to each other.

Don’t Forget – Stay Hydrated

Thankfully for us (though not really either, depending how you see it), Baby K has this obsession with drinking water. I’m not too sure if it is a norm for toddlers to love loadin’ up on their H2O this much but the minute Baby K sees her water bottle, there’s no way you’re getting that back until it’s empty.

Though sometimes we do try and stop her from sipping too much less she bloats her little belly.

Some water is good, not too much that it takes away space from mealtimes, so we let baby have a sip or two be it if she is out running about or simply running around the house with her toys. It’s good to instill the habit of having a sip every now and then especially so when you are doing ‘strenuous’ activities.

Hopefully she will be able to remember this and continue her water intake as she gets older!

After all, it seems that once kids grow up they tend to drink less and less water (which is so crucial for our bodies) so starting young is never a bad idea!

Pampers Gives You Playtime with an Ease of Mind!

There are so many ways to play but yet so little time to do so, on top of that it wouldn’t be nice if playtime was made uncomfortable with a heavy damp diaper, nappy rash induced from scatchy material or maybe even pressure marks from the diapers because it isn’t flexible enough.

Playtime should be enjoyed and Pampers knows that hence their diapers are all made of soft and flexible material that will not hurt baby no matter how they stretch and kick, bend and somersault.

On top of that, you know that your little one is feeling clean and comfortable the whole time because the Pampers Baby Dry series comes with a wider UltraAbsorb layer along with 3 layers of absorbance as opposed to 2 layers that most diaper brands use.

This way you can have an ease of mind knowing that Pampers wouldn’t and shouldn’t leak midway through your child’s fun and no matter how, your child will feel comfortable through out (with no nappy rash too!).

That’s something to rejoice about, yes? At least Baby K thinks so!

Though if it is time to change, it is time to change!

Most kids don’t like to be pulled out of their games for too long thus you will have to be swift with your nappy changes.

I personally feel that with Pampers Baby Dry I have been able to change out baby’s diapers a lot quicker and this isn’t due to anything too revolutionary. Instead, it is the small details thoughts and consideration that Pampers had factored into the diapers that helps matters.

The ‘fold’ of the diaper is at the perfect spot and I simply have to open it, slide it under baby to the point it folds, hold the front down to her belly and fasten it!

I assure you, it’s so quick.

Speaking of fastening, this is another gem due to the stretchable ears.

Often times baby would struggle about while wearing her diapers which makes it hard for me to properly fasten them on while checking to be sure they aren’t too tight, lop-sided, etc. Something about these ears being stretchable helps quickly secure the diaper regardless of
a squir
ming baby and makes me know it wouldn’t feel too restricted for her either.

Playtime = Sleep time ;)

After all, when a child has quality playtime and is able to exert all of his or her energy running about, being inquisitive and learning in the process, parents often know what this eventually leads to…

Sleep time!

While Baby K has mastered the art of fighting sleep, she can’t help but display signs of fatigue after a few rounds of fun.

It usually starts with an eye rub, puffy looking eyes, constant yawning and taking that as cue, we slowly wind down the playtime as much as we can. Dim the iights (during the day we bring her to a dimmer room with curtrains drawn) and slowly usher her to dream land!

Hence whenever baby is wide awake and running around the house at 10pm, I often tell Hubs, leave her be. The only way to put her to sleep is for her to exhaust her energy and we’ve learnt that through rounds of patting, cooing, consoling which often leads to nothing if she just isn’t tired enough.

The best way to charge a battery is to sometimes let to run flat first, yes?

Whether you have an active baby on hand or not, just know that Pampers Baby Dry has you covered (from leakages) from all angles and allows for a super quick and easy diaper change so there is as little disruption as possible during playtime!

After all, sometimes it is just so adorable to watch baby having fun that the last thing you want to worry about is whether the diaper will leak from all that activity.

Thank you again to Pampers SG and OMY.sg for this Pampers Journey and keep an eye out for the 4th installment where I share some (hopefully handy) diaper tips!

Though in the meantime you can check out Pampers Everyday Me for their tips and more information about Pampers Baby Dry!

Life For the Next 7 Days…

Will be spent ‘uninterestingly’ at home! Hurhur.

Yes, it’s the home-bound period again and this time around, unlike previously where we had a staycation planned, I’ll just be back at my parents’ place with hubs, baby, and of course my parents!

It’s quite random and I probably don’t need to give this a shoutout given that I have more entries planned for this period than the amount I typically put up in a 7 day span (ironic) but… I guess what I am saying is it’s nice to be back (home home) and it’s nice to take a break from the madness work has been for the past few weeks.

Though what I am doing is essentially hiding in a bomb shelter because it is still crazy at work but what can I do, family calls and I am needed to take care of baby while in-laws are abroad.

After having some experience with it from before, this next 7 days are possibly going to be tougher and more tiring than work days (plus lesser time to myself and the computer), it is going to be so rewarding spending time with my cheeky little baby girl.

Kids grow up too quickly it seems…

So yes, anyway, if you’re interested to read about baby, you can follow my Pampers Journey thus far (3 entries down, 2 more to go)

That aside in some beauty news, I’ll be plopping on a fair amount of Lancôme entries because that’s what I feel in the mood of and for these days. So, that’s coming up!

Looks, swatches, mentions, reviews, all that so stay tuned!

I have also recently got on Carousell to hopefully, in due time, clear a little of my stash so you can find me on there if you wish. No prizes for guessing my moniker on there – icyabstract! See you on Carousell (hopefully soon) if you’re on there as well!

In the meanwhile wish me luck for the next 7 days to come, hurhur.

Thanks for reading and remember, stay tuned!

Street Meets Beauty – Pharrell William's Girl Fragrance

Wow, talk about the mother of collaborations.

Usually I’m not one to put too much emphasis in celebrity fragrances, much less those produced by males (Bieber, stop selling your name) but this one is so funky, so street and so cool you can call me intrigued.

You’re probably already seeing Pharrell Williams all about Uniqlo but he teams up with more of his possy for the release of GIRL, a unisex perfume despite its namesake.

If the bottle looks familiar and the design looks inspired, then yes you are on to something.

This collaboration sees Pharrell Williams working with KAWS, COMME des GARÇONS and a few more key names to bring to you this iris, violet, cedarwood and patchouli scented bottle of awesome.

I don’t really care much for the scent with a bottle this edgy marrying the realms of street, mainstream and cult brands together… I can’t wait to give this a whiff and hope that somehow I like it. Would you?

I can’t help but think it’ll be quite an item to display alongside Hub’s KAWS (and more) collection, ha! My little piece of connection to his obsession, I believe.

Are you intrigued?

This perfume will start stocking in stores (Dover Street Market London, Tokyo and New York) 5th September. Otherwise, it will be able online via Sephora (for US, Canada and France) at a later known date.

I don’t know if or when it will reach us locally but fingers crossed!

Thanks for reading!

My Pampers Journey #2 – Loving Baby for A Lovable Baby

They say that kids are a reflection of their parents, or to put more specifically the reflection of adults they interact most with while growing up.

It shows most evidently with the things they do, or rather the things they follow us do.

p.s. We don’t actually let her ‘use’ the computer, only this one time when she requested to go “UP” and instinctively put her hand on the mouse, like we would.

Aside from copying the way we do / say things, they also pick up on emotional and characteristic behaviour.

If you treat them harshly, chances are they will inevitably pick up habits and who knows, they may display such characteristics as they grow up.

If you ask me, taking care of and nurturing a child is such a huge duty to be entrusted to. There are hardly any off days, certainly no way to quit the job and ultimately however you choose to carry your job out will come back and haunt you (given if you don’t ‘do it well’).

Certainly there are other influencing factors as kids grow but the love, foundation and support they first receive from their parents are key stepping stones to developing their values and also characteristics as they grow.

At least that is what I believe!

There is no right or wrong way to teaching a child… okay yes, there are wrong-wrong ways but no truly right way to do it no matter how many books you have read on this matter and no matter how many workshops you attend.

Though the one thing that I believe in when nurturing a little being is, showering them with love and affection in all your sincerity and no matter how hard times will be, no matter what influences cross their path as their grow, they would turn out alright :)

Babies / toddlers, especially, love to follow in the footsteps of their parents since you are their world and all they know. Every little action and thought that you do to them is actually, and surprisingly, noticed even though you may think that these little beings can’t even tell left from right.

Truth is even though they may not know their ABCs, nor do they know how to count to 100 but they do know how to love with all their little hearts, as much as you love them and perhaps maybe even more.

They will even follow in your footsteps of affection and convey that same affection towards their toys, pets, etc! It’s really quite heartwarming to see them embrace their dolls and dogs so endearingly.

Baby K loves pets! Dogs, cats, anything furry and cuddle regardless if they are tiny chihuahuas or huge golden retrievers!

So anyway, back to this…

There are many ways to express your love and concern with your little one that rightfully you don’t need a list or an article to teach you how. Though there are some tips and tricks online if you’re running out of creative ways of expressing your love.

But as always with my take on things, I will share how we deal with affection the Baby K way… which again, as you would have known isn’t very conventional because she is such a unique little individual.

Cuddling

Most websites recommend it, all moms swear by it but guess what… Baby K doesn’t like it.

The only time cuddling works is when she is extremely tired on the verge of sleep or extremely groggy from just having woken up. Every other time, this little girl is a rocket that refuses to sit still and anything that restrains her from wiggling about (e.g. cuddling) is a no-no in her books.

She sqeauls, she squirms and sometimes she screams / complains (baby babble) after we playfully force-cuddle her.

While hubs still likes to annoy / disturb her a little by deliberately squeezing her (hence she gets worried whenever hubs attempts to hug her), I have learnt the trick to stealing quick cuddles from my little girl.

It’s a 2 second rule – swoop, hug, go. It’s that swift.

Any longer and you get the baby squealing / struggling and ultimately screaming for freedom.

Little Kisses

Granted most of the time we forcefully plant kisses on baby’s chubby little cheeks, even though she adamently says ‘No’ in her cute baby voice when we ask, “Can papa/mommy kiss you?

play the video below!

But apparently that aside, this little girl has picked up on the affectionate action of giving kisses (even though she declines it). But only when she is in the mood for it.

There have been times where we would bug and beg for her smooches and all she’ll do is smile cheekily and turn away.

Other times, when we least expect it, she’ll plant sloopy wet baby kisses on us. Maybe once, maybe twice, maybe more! I’ve woken up to a ‘barrage’ of wet smooches all over my face because for some reason baby felt like it.

Playing With Baby

Needless to say, playing with your baby is very very important. Especially so in this day and age where parents easily hand over an iPad or tablet with videos or games to occupy their kids, having the kiddos bond with an electronic game more than the parents themselves.

We are quite strict about exposing baby to videos, television, hand-held devices and such because we don’t want to make it a habit for her and us both. Especially with the number of kids being easily exposed to all these things at a young age and subsequently damaging their eyes over it, along with the negative connotations (ADHD, short attention span etc) related to over-exposure of screen-time.

Though it is not to say that we don’t allow it entirely, but rather everything in moderation and as little as we possibly have to. After all, it is that much more rewarding to play the good ole way with toys, playgrounds, your imagination and more!

I’ll talk about play time in more detail to come because I have so much more to share with regards to this, given that Baby K is one little dynamite that can’t keep still!

Reading To Baby

Reading may start off to be a pretty tedious or de-moralizing process, because when babies are babies how interested would they be with books, right?

I am fortunate enough to have a mother-in-law who understands the importance about introducing Baby K to books, and is as passionate (if not more) about getting her to love books. Hence, since an early age, my MIL has been reading all sorts of books to her be it those about shapes, animals, color etc!

My MIL would even go the mile and be descriptive and animated with describing each and every aspect / visual in the story, making it an overall enjoyable, fun and also interactive experience for baby.

Due to her early exposure to books, baby actually loves books – both the idea of these colorful hardboard things and also the aspect of Story Time.

In fact, ‘BOOK’ was one of the first few words she started to mutter. Along with egg, no, please, there and more. Ha, her priorities in life!

Well, we haven’t reached the stage where she will sit by you obediently through an entire book but… we’re getting there, eventually!

As mentioned, she loves the idea of books so much that at times she ransacks our bookshelf and walks about the house with a novel, cookbook or jewelry book in hand. It’s so adorably hilarious.

Yes baby dear, I am sure you comprehend the Da Vinci Code as well as your Mother Goose Rhymes.

Giving Baby the Best

Of course, the best isn’t always associated to getting the most expensive item out there in the market. If you can afford it that is awesome but if you can’t, it doesn’t matter either because being sincere about your options and choices for baby in the best of your means it is something you have carefully thought out, weighed the pros and cons of and decided that this would best fit baby given what you are able to give.

It doesn’t mean you have to deck baby out in designer wear when something from a decent enough kidswear shop is more cooling and comfortable to wear.

The most high-end of shoes may not be as comfortable a fit or as easy to walk in as perhaps some decently known brand with good comfort and support.

Ultimately giving the best is something most parents want to do but sometimes they are not informed enough to make a choice so here I am sharing with you why you should choose Pampers Baby Dry and why I choose to give baby the best with all-round comfort and dryness no matter sleep or play.

Love Pampers Baby Dry, Because it Loves Your Baby too

How does Pampers help to love your baby?

Well I’ll be listing down some small yet significant factors on how I think Pampers Baby Dry has helped baby and I along be it through the ease of use or comfort of wear!

Soft, Thin and Comfortable

The first thing I noticed upon setting eyes on Pampers Baby Dry is how soft the material was and how ‘thin’ / slim the pampers are.

Though don’t let this fool you because this soft and comfortable material is mighty heavy duty too and even with Hub’s strength (which has sometimes torn diaper tabs out, oops), these have been surviving just fine without any strength-mishaps.

A Good Fit

I’ve also found that the Pampers Baby Dry’s shape is a little leaner and longer, which I personal prefer for Baby K’s physique. She’s on the smaller built of things but a little taller than her age hence these diapers fit her perfectly, covering her tummy and back well without leaving too much room around the thighs.

Slim, Sleek, And Not ‘Puffy’

Given the slim design, the Pampers Baby Dry wears very svelte-ly on baby. Not that svelte is a term commonly used to describe baby silhouettes but you know how some pampers, once worn, are very puffy, big and look almost uncomfortable on for these little beings?

Well Pampers is nothing like it and doesn’t seem to obstruct or cause any discomfort between baby’s legs as she totters around the house.

Absorbency & Dryness with Wear

As described in my Pampers Journey #1, these have great absorbency through the night (and day) and even with the Pampers being all soaked up, the surface in contact with baby’s skin still feels relatively dry to the touch.

I don’t have the professional means to do a dry test as well as these guys, so here, have a look!

This is most important as babies can’t tell us what is uncomfortable to them, or rather they may not even know that sitting around in a damp diaper is suppose to be uncomfortable!

Instead of letting them sit through that discomfort thinking it is norm, Pampers helps to ensure that no matter how soaked or full a diaper is (given perhaps it slipped your mind to change or check), baby still feels comfortably dry!

Snug (leak-proof) yet Comfy Seams and Sides

Another important factor to a diaper is how leak-proof it is along with how comfortable they device that factor to be.

Often times, if baby does leak out from her diaper it is because the elastic portions around her thighs aren’t leak-proof enough. Either that or they aren’t as snug fitting. There are also brands who try to prevent leakage from happening by making sure their elastic clings tighter which does eventually lead to pressure marks on baby’s thighs.

Though with Pampers Baby Dry and their double layered seams, you can be assured that baby will feel comfortable while you have an ease of mind.

Seamless Adhesion

Something that is commonly overlooked is how well the diaper is joint.

Why is this important?

Because some brands tend to join the diaper portions together in a fairly lumpy bundle and I can only imagine that wouldn’t be very comfortable to have on.

Perhaps it is just me but I have had experiences with certain clothing (shorts or skirts) that have seams joint together in a fairly lumpy manner and I recall that those don’t feel
very comforta
ble on be it sitting, moving about and all. I can only imagine that it would be the same for lumpy joints on diapers, no matter how soft the material.

With Pampers Baby Dry, the joint is not lumpy at all. The technology they used to seal these 2 pieces together also creates a pretty fancy design, how cool.

Stretchable Ears for Ease & Comfort

Whoever suggested to implement this for Pampers Baby Dry is a genious!

All the diapers I have used prior to this do not have this function and I cannot tell you how much easier having stretchable ears makes things.

It makes it quicker to fasten the diaper (properly) on a wiggling baby, and a lot easier to get the right ‘tightness’ as well knowing that these ears can stretch and it wouldn’t be too restrictive for baby.

Wearing Pampers Baby Dry has definitely reduced any pressure marks and lines caused by tightness from the diapers be it around the thighs or at the tummy (because we usually have to properly secure the diaper for baby given she isn’t the tubbiest).

Baby Safe Material & Adorable Design!

As with the concern of most parents, Pampers Baby Dry is made with baby safe materials be it the cloth to create the diapers, the absorbant gels, or the coloring that goes into it. Pampers is also constantly updating and reinventing their diaper design and the current animal themed one is so adorable.

If you would like to have a peace of mind by reading about what exactly goes in a Pampers, you can read all about it here!

Baby is going through an animal-spotting phase now, being curious and intrigued with animals of all sort so she loves how cute the print is too!

After using Pampers Baby Dry for a good amount of time, I have noticed that these seem to last better and last more comfortably on baby, there is definitely a reduced need and rush to change her diapers through the day. Of course the necessary changing and wiping is still done but we don’t fuss so much about it anymore for fear of baby having a rash or developing redness on her bottoms.

Less diaper changes means less diapers used, which definitely is a good thing over time!

Thus, giving the best always works out well, for the best!

Recharging Yourself

Being the best form of yourself for your little kiddos often means taking some time out for yourself too.You aren’t being a bad parent if you are not by your kid’s side 24 hours a day and every single day.

Sometimes taking time out from baby activities to enjoying your personal hobbies, interests or just taking a break to catch a movie, go cycling, is a big deal and a nice way to remember that you are still your own person.

Hubs and I even went as far as to having a short getaway out of the country (to Tokyo, which you can read about here!) to be romantic and reminisce on how our relationship sans kid was! Though we did miss her and skyped the in-laws every single day…

Some parents feel a sense of guilt leaving their kids in others’ care but if someone is willing to babysit for you, I say go for it! At the very most, give that someone something nice for babysitting your little one be it simple things like snacks or treating them to a meal!

Think of it this way, rather than feel bounded to your kid and eventually developing some frustration or *gasp* resentment towards them for leaving you unable to enjoy yourself while forcing yourself out to be a good parent, don’t forget that we are only human.

Enjoy yourself, be happy and only then can you be a happy, understanding, loving and good parent to your little one.

Trust me, when you are happy, your little one is happy too. When you whole heartedly love them, the little hearts love you just as much or maybe even more.

Be your best, and give your best for they will learn from you and be the best they can be.

Thank you again to Pampers SG and OMY.sg for this Pampers Journey and stay tuned because I have more to come!

In the meanwhile, don’t forget to check out Pampers’s Everyday Me for more Pampers information!

Thanks for reading!

Dior Summer 2014 – 5 Couleur in Atlantique (Swatches)

Right… what did I tell you about my entries often being mighty late?

Well, I do have a bit of an apology to make with regards to the delay of this entry. Not for me being too tied up to write it, which is also a reason but that is so expected of that I probably don’t have to apologize for it, ha.

Instead, the reason (or rather one of the reasons) I took my time with this (work aside) is that I wasn’t expecting much of it.

Sad but true, Dior’s 5 Couleur palettes have been getting more disappointing by the collection and while I will say that Golden Sand from the holiday pieces weren’t too bad, it wasn’t stellar either.

So perhaps I expected the same ‘meh’-ness to this but I was quite wrong…

Though it is a little late for me to be announcing this now and I can only hope that everyone may have assumed the same and gave this a miss thus leaving it still in stock at the counters? Heh.

The dressier and more color-packed variant in Dior’s 2014 Transatlantique Summer collection, Atlantique has strong and varying tones of beautiful blues along with a smooth medium-brown to help tone it all down. As much as it is able to, that is.

At a glance I will say this palette scares me, only because I haven’t done prominently colored or smokey eye looks in a long while, ever since I switched over to embracing glasses.

Though part of me is intigued with the combination and I would likely wear this is in the most subtle of ways, not doing enough justice to the gorgeous hues of blues but I will try and give you my take on this beauty.

One of the reasons I have been facing continual disappointments with Dior’s recent 5 Couleur releases is because of the pigmentation and texture that the shadows carry.

Given I wasn’t expecting full on intense swipes with them, the shadows are usually a little gritty or generally sheer hence making them seem very similar when swatched.

Though this is where Atlantique seems to have excelled and redeemed the reputation of 5 Couleurs a little because while the colors may be something I wouldn’t shout about (blue and me… hmm), the texture alone excites me.

Seeing them swatched along side each other, it’s almost as if they are beckoning me to create a look, just so I can see for myself how beautifully they would blend and work with each other.

Every color swatches distinctively and smoothly, with great pigmentation (by Dior’s standards that is).

I can’t even find a fault with the texture even if I wanted to because they are all quite lovely. From the icy translucent shimmer (which felt pretty smooth and not gritty) to the pearlescent mid-tone blue and even the darkened jewel-tone sapphire.

Even a color like that seafoam green, which can come off chalky, was smooth and not chalky once blended.

Call me impressed!

So yes, I know it’s a little late to rave if they happen to be sold out by now (I wouldn’t be surprised, it’s been out awhile) and my bad for picking up on this so late.

If for some reason these are still available, I highly recommend you to pick them up (though prices have been… well, pricey of late) becauase it is one of the better 5 Couleurs I have seen in awhile.

I’ll try to do up an eye look soon once I’ve mustered the courage to slap blue on my eyes once more. And to think I used to plop this on and head out, no problemo!

Dior’s 5 Couleur in Atlantique retails for S$102 and is Limited Edition – Part of the Transatlantiq Summer collection

Thanks for reading!

Lancôme Rambles: New Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes Palettes (Swatches)

Heya!

Thanks for the patience on here while I collect my thoughts in the midst of work madness, along with my words that seem to have left me somewhere along the way.

Though I wanted to quickly put up this mention and throw some spotlight to these pretty underrated but incredibly awesome offerings from Lancôme.

The Lancôme Woman…

Before I start though, I guess I wanted to ramble a little about Lancôme as a brand. From what I see, at least, Lancôme is best known for some of their skincare products – most notably Genefique and Visionnaire. However skincare aside, the brand has constantly been reinventing its makeup range that to date, I dare say their offerings are pretty darn awesome for the Lancôme woman.

By that – the Lancôme woman – I mean someone who is mature but youthful, dares to thread gently in color but likes to embrace sophistication, doesn’t mind sparkles but likes to do it subtlely. After all, when it comes to portraying Lancôme in makeup, it is always about an effortlessly put-together look that is easy to achieve and understatedly classy. Never flashy.

Thus they may not throw out the most striking of blues or have sparkliest of shimmer / glitter, nor would they have the most strikingly matte red lip look but it is always easy, effortless and frankly quite perfect.

So to put them against the hip and happening ranks of other brands out there, they may feel ‘plain’, ‘simple’, or always similar in their own ways but yet if you truly ask me to grab something that I know works, somehow a good number of the products always tend to be Lancôme offerings.

So anyway, long story short I just wanted to throw that out there because I just felt a little odd about why some of Lancôme’s staple and pretty awesome pieces aren’t as widely talked about or raved as much as items from other brands when they are just as good or even better.

Case in point?

These Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes Palettes.

There is more to the range, as I have talked about here but these three new additions bring with them a mix of textures for all y’all neutral lovers.

Because you can never have enough neutral palettes in your stash, right am I?

Off-hand I don’t have proper home-shots of these palettes in better light so you’ll just have to prevew it here via a warm ambient lighting but it’s good enough! I color adjusted them as slightly as possible but just enough for true-er tones to show.

What makes these 3 newcomers so different from what was already available?

Well, a new mix of neutral tones aside, these 3 palettes contain a more diverse mix of textures – featuring smooth satin shades amongst equally soft pearly or shimmery tones, to create a more dimensional eye look.

The earlier range of palettes are generally made up of shimmery or pearly tones, which are thankfully very fine and smooth allowing them to be easy to work with. Though if you are a fan of something more understated than you would have craved a smoother satin or matte finish amongst the shades, the darkest defining tone aside that is.

So, here is a small capsule collection to answer your call!

ST7 Brun Au Natural

DR6 Gris Au Natural

DO8 Taupe Au Natural

Of the lot, it’s no surprise that Taupe Au Natural and Brun Au Natural caught my eye first. As much as I think Gris Au Natural is a lovely and murky take on neutrals, I just didn’t think that it is a neutral I would reach for often enough.

After some pondering, I settled on Brun Au Natural because I felt the Taupe variant is a little too close to my beloved Lancôme Hypnôse Palette in Fraîcheur Rosée, no matter how pretty and sparkly that second from left swatch is.

Though I don’t have the palette on hand to swatch and show but I will soon!

After all, I still have more Lancôme lovelies to talk about first so that can wait, since it is permanent after all.

These Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes Palettes are permanent and retail for S$90 at all Lancôme counters island-wide.

Thanks for reading!

Skin Rambles – My Current Skincare Routine & Eczema Battling

Hello you guys!

Hope everyone is doing well amidst our insanely warm and stuffy weather of late. Without a doubt, the hot and humid months are upon us. As if Singapore isn’t hot and humid enough already!

Nonetheless, this heat, humidity and stuffiness isn’t the only thing dampening my moods as I seem to be slipping into a state of constant drab-ness. I have been feeling so lackluster and uninspired of late, not just for the blog but at work and all. It seems like my well of ‘creative juices’ had dried up in the heat and I’m left with nothing but a void of words and a constant distracted / uninterested feeling.

I hate this phase I am going through right now but I would like to think that perhaps it is just fatigue and the amount of workload getting to me – too much to think about my mind can’t seem to calm down enough to process my own thoughts.

Regardless, I just wanted to ramble aimlessly about nothing at all but yet about something in particular. It feels soothing to do this without having to assure that my rambles must be of a certain standard hence, right now, here I am taking the mic to ramble on about what I am currently using on my skin.

Are you interested to know? It can get a little lengthy, as if it isn’t already, hurhur.

So… skin!

Well, starting with skincare, I have been using the Jet Concepts Liquid Laser skincare for a good while and while that yielded pretty good results – I do genuinely see my skin recovering from zits and spots much quicker – my skin has been craving something a little milder, simpler and thirst-quenching.

With that, I have since popped back to my L’OCCITANE Angelica skincare routine because, as I had mentioned, this is a fail-proof, mild and great way for me to treat my skin to nothing but moisture and a gentle healing process.

It’s a great way to ‘cleanse my skin’s palate’ in a sense, in between any strong serums or harsh infusions I may be using.

Here’s a run down of what I am using in my current simple and fresh skincare routine:

  • Angelica Transparent Face Soap (not pictured, but see here)
  • Angelica Face Toner
  • Iris Angelica Essence Sublime (bottle #2!)
  • Angelica Hydra Vital Cream and Hydra Vital Gel
  • Oshairee White Wrinkle Filler Eye Ampoule

Most of the stuff I am using now have been featured on my blog at one point or another though there are some new-comers and contenders to this routine.

First of all, the Angelica Hydra Vital Cream and Hydra Vital Gel are new additions to the L’OCCITANE Angelica skincare range, set to replace the current Hydration Cream (that will be discontinued).

I will be talking about these proper in an entry to come but these cream and gel variants feature the good ole Angelica infusions (water, root oil etc), along with an inclusion of an extra nourishing ingredient.

All that, coupled with a new, light-weight and refreshing formulation, these are said to get along better with Singapore’s climate while still providing your skin with the same dose of hydration and a soft veil of protection.

Another new thing to my routine would be this Oshairee White Wrinkle Filler Eye Ampoule!

I am actually quite excited about using this because the people that have recommended it to me sing praises about it and how it does help with puffiness around the eye area and of course easing soft lines / wrinkles.

Unbeknown to many, fine-lines and creeping wrinkles about my eye area is actually a huge concern of mine. It isn’t noticeable from a distance (thankfully) but they are there and you will get to see them in due time, when I put my entry about this product up. I am still in the midst of testing it so I can’t speak for its efficacy just yet but I am keeping my fingers crossed!

Though the serum aside, I absolutely love the cooling roller-ball applicator used to dispense and massage on the eye serum. It makes it an absolute joy to use and I can easily look past any hygiene concerns I might otherwise have. It’s just too nice an applicator!

So anway, all that to come in due time but for now, at least here’s an idea of what I am using on my face as of now!

Face aside, I have been facing some skin woes and eczema annoyance of late.

That’s the reason why you see some redness and bumps on my fingers in some pictures and if you have seen me in person of late you would notice bumps and rash along my legs.

It’s really not pretty but I have been plagued by eczema my whole life that I am quite accustomed to this. Though of late they have been worsening to the point of the ‘outbreaks’ not even getting better.

Those familiar with eczema would know the rash typically comes and goes but this time around it has been coming and not going. In fact it seemed to be getting worst so I knew something had to be done and arranged a session with the National Skin Centre.

I haven’t gone there since I was 10!

I was prescribed a round of Fucicort (steroid cream with anti-biotic) and a milder step-down cream for when things got better, as well as a QV Flare Up wash because I had already put myself on a Cetaphil routine, the doc didn’t prescribe that for me.

So yes… after a few days my skin is certainly seeing a great improvement! I don’t want to speak too soon (like I always do) but… if this keeps up I’ll be back to nail swatching business in no time, yippee!

p.s. I don’t swatch my nails when my eczema is bad because removing polish is a pain, a true pain with the polish remover in contact with my rash and whatnot.

All you neglected bottles of polish, mama is coming for you real soon! Just hang tight!

You guys too, I’ll be back in action once I iron down this madness at work (I keep repeating myself, ha) but hopefully with that out of the way my mind can be more focused and calm in churning out posts.

Thanks for hanging by and thanks for reading, I’ll catch up again real soon!

My Pampers Journey #1 – Undisturbed Sleep for Baby & Me!

Hello everyone!

I interrupt the usual slew of beauty posts for a brief intermission to share my thoughts, opinions, experiences (and of course baby snaps) about Pampers! Thanks to Pampers Singapore and OMY.sg, I had the opportunity to give the Pampers Baby Dry series a go and I will be talking about that via my Pampers Journey over the next 5 weeks, with beauty posts inbetween of course.

While diapers is quite a detour from my usual beauty talk, given how majority of my readers are female and with most at some point or another having (or have had) kids of their own, learning a little more about this basic and daily necessity is as important as knowing which eyeliner will last through the day and what lipstick can perk up your appearance ;)

Trust me, I was ignorant about it and learnt it the hard way through wet beds, soiled clothes and the list goes on…

When I was younger (college days), I used to think sleep was for the weak.

No kidding, I used to dislike sleeping and even if I did, it would be the bare minimum amount of hours – bed at 3am and wake at 8 plus in the morning – just to quickly recharge myself and get back to doing work or whatever else I had in mind.

Unfortunately while I don’t feel the same about sleep now, I need and crave it as much as I can, baby seems to have taken after my old mentality.

Whoever came up with the saying to ‘sleep like a baby‘ obviously hasn’t seen Baby K.

Okay, granted yes when she is asleep she does appear very peaceful and tranquil but getting her to sleep is a whole different thing…

If only babies could just, like adults, hop into bed and tuck themselves in, right?

But alas, life isn’t all that simple and this is baby playing around by ‘tucking’ herself in. Admittedly it is so adorable to see her acting grown up-ish but in her terms, this is all fun and games because look at those eyes! They don’t seem like they are ready for bed anytime soon…

It’s Way Past Your Bedtime, Baby…

Since her infant days, hubs and I had busied ourselves with finding out how to coax her to sleep, how to make baby sleep on her own, how to have her sleep through the night, so on and so forth.

Truthfully, sleep is one aspect that we really struggled with through the whole of baby’s little life thus far and even till today she doesn’t sleep through the night and has no set bedtime. She certainly doesn’t sleep at 8pm only to wake the next morning at 7am, as compared to what a lot of parents seem to flaunt.

For the longest while we were a little dampened by the lack of ‘improvement’ in her sleep schedule and definitely a lot more tired out as opposed to the pre-baby era where you could sleep and wake at anytime you desire.

Though I guess what I am trying to say is, while yes I agree there are many tips out there to help you prepare baby for bed, don’t feel despaired if your baby is very much like our little monkey here and refuses her bedtime. Everyone shares tips and tricks on how to help their baby sleep and sometimes reading some of these would in turn make you feel more despair when they don’t seem to work for your little one. Something must be wrong, right? Well, not always and every little baby is different. Perhaps rejoice that you have an inquisitive baby or rejoice in your playful little being wanting to stay up for more cuddles, kisses and playtime!

At least that’s what we choose to think because Hubs and I do come home late from work so we attribute baby’s late nights to her wanting to play with us.

See, monkey business in action!

Baby K’s Bedtime Routine

No matter how much a routine doesn’t help actually soothe her to sleep, we still adopt one because it helps us to get everything out of the way before we enter the bedroom and hopefully, in time to come, she will learn to associate that with bedtime.

I know it’s a long and tedious road ahead for our super active Baby K but one step at a time and you never know!

  1. First we wipe baby down with a warm cloth to freshen her up
  2. Next we change her into her PJs
  3. Then we change her diapers (and this lasts her through the night)
  4. Finally we brush her teeth and have her guggle / drink some water.

That’s the little routine we adopt and after all that is done, she does her rounds of waving goodnight and blowing flying kisses to the in-laws before we usher her into our air-conditioned room and hope she sleeps soon.

Uninterrupted Sleep Through the Night

Since baby is a late-sleeper, the last thing we want is for her sleep to be interrupted because truth is truth, babies need as much sleep as they can get for mental development and growth.

Studies have shown that a well-rested baby is usually more focussed through the day, more cheery, alert, and will be able to interact / play better through the course of the day.

Happy babies are usually easier to deal with and more fun to play with too so it certainly helps you if your baby is in a good and happy mood!

After all, who wouldn’t want to wake up to a (chubby chubby) face like this!

If a baby doesn’t get enough rest at night, they tend to be a little moodier, disoriented and also more prone to falling asleep any and everywhere regardless of how comfortable (or not) a position is.

Here’s one of us leaving the house in the morning and baby dozing off while initially being seated on my lap.

While we can’t change baby’s sleeping schedule (which we hope to eventually), what we can do to prolong her rest period is to encourage and enable her to sleep through the night without stirring or waking her.

As mentioned, even at 18 months baby still stirs awake at night to feed (more for comfort I’m sure) and I am still nursing her so according to statistics the next real worry for me would be damp diapers! Grr!

Dry Bottoms, Dry Bed

Thankfully (or not) for me, baby wasn’t the nit-picky sort that minded a wet diaper too much. Unless it truly was soaking damp and heavy then only would she start to point and pat her little bottoms, yes it’s quite adorable.

But the downside of baby not minding a damp diaper is that sometimes the diaper itself is damp to the point that it leaks onto the bed (while she sleeps) if it is already too full.

Another case would be with some diapers that are thicker and not as breathable, once damp these tend to remain

‘moist’ and this causes baby’s already sensitive skin to flare up and have a mild case of nappy rash.

Neither of the situations is desirable because in case of a leaked diaper, waking the household up at night to clean baby up, change the diapers, change the bedsheets and for me to change my pyjamas followed by probably soothing an already woken baby back to sleep versus a sensitive red and painful looking baby bottom caused by nappy rash are both situations you certainly don’t want to be in and Pampers Baby Dry certainly has the solution to these!

If you have noticed, the new Baby Dry series boasts a 12-hour dry-ness to the diapers allowing for baby to have a good night’s sleep. The diaper is thin and breathable yet don underestimate it’s absorbancy as it soaks up the fluids but yet somehow still keeps the surface of it dry to the touch (yes, gross enough but I touched it to be sure my baby’s bottom is not kept moist and damp through the night).

Thanks to the ‘Sleep-Layer’ within, you can ensure that the fluids are well absorbed and does not interfere with the comfort of the diaper.

Case in point, I particularly like how ‘slim’ Pampers Baby Dry still appears to be even after a whole night’s duty. Some other brands I have tried tend to really puff up and get really ‘soaked’ when worn overnight and I can imagine that the moist, damp and ‘inflated diaper’ feeling would be so uncomfortable for baby.

Though here’s how Pampers Baby Dry looks after being worn on for the whole night, it’s still fairly slim and definitely doesn’t look as if it has ballooned to the size of a float.

I didn’t manage to snap a comparison of how puffy any other brand worn overnight would be because I was too impressed with how dry and also how breathable Pampers Baby Dry seemed to perform overnight that that was all I made baby wear from here on.

I know it’s gross snapping a shot of a used diaper but I assure you, Pampers Baby Dry absorbs it all so well the diaper itself looks almost brand new though it has been used overnight!

Another feature I especially like was the ‘frills’ and snug protection that Pampers Baby Dry’s design offered.

Baby is one who loves to sleep on the side so chances of pee leaking out by the side is highly possible especially if baby happens to move too much at night or somehow the diaper isn’t worn well due to her being a wiggle-worm.

Though thus far, given the design of how Pampers Baby Dry is and how snug yet comfortably it fits, we haven’t had any issues and have been enjoying a nice and dry bed! This is the longest streak in awhile and I am keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed!

With that we can feel safe cuddling and snuggling with our little ball of a baby and not fear that she will pee / leak all over us!

And we can wake up to her cheeky and smiley well-rested self knowing that she had slept through the night comfortably with a baby soft dry bottom in the morning even in diapers that have lasted her a whole night!

I’m definitely very pleased with my Pampers Baby Dry experience so far and so thankful I got to experience this new range / revamp!

I’ll be sure to share what’s new about this Baby Dry range as opposed to what Pampers used to offer and how these added features loves your baby as much as you do.

Thank you Pampers Singapore and OMY.sg for this opportunity. Stay tuned for more about my Pampers Journey, this is only Part 1!

Do check out Pampers’s Everyday Me website for more information and parenting tips and tricks!

Thanks for reading and I’ll be back again with more shortly ;)

TOKYO YO! – Ramble, Haul Overview, Round Up, etc…

It’s been a long time coming you guys…

After a good amount of sweat, hardwork, carpal-tunnel inducing hours and mindless copy-pasting of image URLS, it’s finally here… the Tokyo travelouge!

Well that is if anyone was looking forward to that, that is, ha!

I kid, it really wasn’t that painstaking a process to pen my recent travels down though I will admit the photo editing portion was quite a nightmare…

That’s what you get for being overly camera-trigger-happy while on holiday. Though the up side of that is being able to capture each and every moment about it.

Some say that it’s best to live in the moment than to see the world through a viewfinder, which I do agree with. However our memories can only serve us this well, or perhaps my memory, and sometimes photos capture the moment a lot better. The one thing we have to put our devices down and enjoy will be the feeling, the sensation and the experience. Now that one, is almost impossible to capture in images alone.

But for now, here are some of the million of shots I had taken of the trip (for those who perhaps are too lazy to read the detailed daily account).

If you would like to make sense of the whole picture spam above or are just looking for some reading material during your chill weekend, feel free to read my rambly daily account of our trip!

While it did take awhile to complete, I enjoyed doing this up. It felt like I was revisiting Tokyo again and certainly gave me the creeping feeling of wanderlust once more.

Tokyo Travelogue (on icywhims.wordpress.com)
Day 01 – Ginza and makeup hauling
Day 02 – Yoyogi, Sakuras & Nakano Broadway
Day 03 – Nakameguro, desserts & Omotesando
Day 04 – Tokyo Tower & Ameyoko Exploring
Day 05 – Tsukiji, Akihabara & Asakusa Roaming
Day 06 – Donki / Shibuya & heading home

Aside from that, here’s a little peek of my very humble loots from Japan.

To the surprise of a lot of my pals, I didn’t go overboard with makeup purchases, instead I zoomed in to the few items I was interested in adding to my stash – such as ADDICTION, Chikuhodo etc.

It is true that there are loads to buy in Tokyo but it’s the case of ‘so much to buy yet nothing I really want to buy‘, if that makes any sense.

I picked up some basics from Uniqlo, but that’s probably not very eventful to talk about.

And of course the few brand items I had mentioned earlier, Chikuhodo, ADDICTION and (some) more!

It’s such a restrained and ‘good’ haul, isn’t it?

I’ll come back with proper features for the brushes, ADDICTION palette and perhaps a masking on session with Lululun, sharing my thoughts about this very hyped up sheet mask.

The one on the bottom left, for those who are wondering, are eye drops so there isn’t a lot to discuss about that except it’s the Rohto brand that everyone requests for if someone is heading to a country that stocks this (the one we have locally seems a little different).

That aside, we also picked up some snacks for ourselves (stocked up on Japanese instant noodles yo!), souvenir for baby and whatnot.

The cheeky little girl so gleefully posing with some of her gifts. Some…

Mark my words, your priorities for shopping changes once you have a little being in the house.

To sum it all up, hoping I don’t make this lengthy entry any lenghtier, I really enjoyed Tokyo and am glad that the weather was great to us the whole time we were there. The food there was great, culture was pretty good and the immaculate service we received everywhere we go is certainly missed. What a vast difference it is the minute we stepped back to Singapore. Given we do encounter decent service here, it truly isn’t the same.

So yes, if you ask me I am glad I decided to head to Tokyo in the end to experience such a lovely culture and country. If we were to ever head back to Japan, we do have hopes of conquering other parts of it such as Kyoto, Osaka or even Hokkaido. Tokyo is fun but, like Hong Kong and Singapore, is very much a developed city area so there is only so much ‘personality’ to the place.

Okay, enough of me yabbing on here, head over to our Tokyo Travelogue for more of my yabbing over there!

Haul: Retail Therapy at Luxola (with a discount!)

Heya, I hope everyone is doing good of late!

Me? Well… not so well because work is mad and matters out of work (general life and everything else) aren’t looking peachy either. Basically times are rough and we just have to stick it in there and soldier on!

But you know what helps when life gets hectic, work gets mad and you’re feeling a little down?

Well… retail therapy!

Momentarily that is, the joy of hauling something online, being all excited when it arrives and perhaps a little guilt at the splurge but when there are discounts involved, you don’t feel too bad about the splurge! Especially so if some of them are items you need or have been eyeing for a bit, what better way to get them than on discount, yes?

So here, I said it – I shopped, I caved, I bought. Heh!

It has been a good long while since I had hopped by Luxola so while my gal pals and I were on the topic of raving about some make up items from there, I hopped over to give it a look and was pleasantly surprised at how well stocked they are right now.

The arsenal of brands and products under their belt is quite extensive ranging from Sleek Makeup to REN, Edward Bess to By Terry, MOR as well as Estelle & Thild amongst others. It is really quite a selection!

Needless to say I added a whole lot of unncessary items to cart but in the end reason took over and I ended up with a humble loot of items I need and have been eyeing so…

I am quite pleased with myself, momentary lapse of willpower or not.

A quick glance at the generous samples thrown into my bag. I like that Luxola consistently includes little freebies like these and that Luxola branded hair-tie is absolutely adorable.

First up, an item I hauled not for myself but for baby. You see, the mentality here is that if I am splurging and throw in a little item for the family or baby, it doesn’t seem to feel all that ‘self-centered’ or bad. Ha!

Warped mentality or not, it’s never a bad time to stock up on PURE by Phyto’s Papaya Ointment.

I was initially introduced to this by a friend and while I liked it for the whole idea of it being natural, adequetely hydrating, multipurpose and basically fitting the bill of being a great ointment, it wasn’t until baby came along that I truly appreciated this.

I didn’t use ointments very much on myself and even then this was a little runny for my liking (I like my ointment balms thick and greasy e.g. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream), while I can imagine the lighter texture will be much appreciated by many.

Once, when baby was a wee infant, she developed a continual case of redness and rash on her bottoms that didn’t seem to go away with the nappy cream we were currently using. Having read that Papaya Ointment worked for such purposes too, I figured why not and gave it a shot. To our surprise, the redness and bumps had cleared up and was smooth by the next nappy change!

Ever since then I have been using this religiously for baby’s little bottom and it hasn’t failed me. I think I may have gone through 2 – 3 tubes of this now and for that purpose, I love this stuff!

It’s fairly affordable too at S$15.00 on Luxola.

Sorry to kick off this haul speaking about bottoms but moving on, here’s an item I was eyeing for a long long while after Mabel’s positive reviews about it, Balance Me’s Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm.

After being introduced to the world of Cleansing Balms (by Eve Lom, which I’ll talk about another time), the ritual of slapping on a thick balmy and luxurious feeling cleanser to properly nourish and cleanse my skin has become an experience I really like.

I could go back to the ease and efficiency of cleansing oils but after a long and tiring day, Cleansing Balms and a muslin cloth (along with warm running water) just seems to seal the deal.

A little back story about Balance Me – it is a brand, started by 2 sisters from their kitchen counter-top, that a lot of celebrity A listers are religious users of. There are rumors that Gwyneth Paltrow adored using their products during her pregnancy and while that isn’t a sure fact, a lot of pregnant moms have claimed that Balance Me products work well to protect and soothe their hormonal and dry skin periods.

Thus, with such positive reviews all around, how can I resist on passing this up.

I am also almost done with my Eve Lom so it’s only right I replenish my routine, yes?

If you still need any more reassurance about the brand, check out the amount of awards they have won internationally!

I will post an updated and indepth review about this once I get to using it!

Last but certainly not least, something that truly was a bit of a splurge…

I didn’t need it, that’s for sure but I have been eyeing it and adding it to cart numerous times only to finally check out with it this time, Edward Bess’s Quad Royal in Summer in Capri.

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this!

Luxola stocks all 3 shades that Edward Bess’s Quad Royale comes in and I had a bit of a dilemma when it came to narrowing down my choice to one. The ideal situation of course would be grabbing all 3 but being practical, I should at least start with one and see how much I like it.

It boiled down to Summer in Capri versus Monte Carlo (a warmer and bronzey-peachier version) but eventually I went for Summer in Capri for the versatility of colors.

I will be sure to post swatches and more snaps of this beauty but the reason I went for this in the end is how it sits nicely in the middle of cool and warm, peachy and pink.

It has some neutral mauvey tones, making it something I could work a little contour with, while the hint of peach makes for a nice flush and the lighter tones will work great to illuminate the face. How versatile is that!

I can also envision using this as a neutral eye palette so stay tuned for that!

This about sums up my impromptu Luxola haul and it definitely did a good deal of de-stressing amidst my work-filled days!

I also found a 10% off store-wide Luxola promo code for online shopping pur
chases at Luxola at Flipit.com! Talk about unexpected savings while splurging, I definitely feel a little better about spending!

Thanks for reading and I hope everyone isn’t too busy with work! It seems to be the peak period for projects with all my pals working overtime and whatnot.