My Top Skincare Products.

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My skin type: Combination

If there’s one thing I’m willing to invest in, it’s skincare. Growing up, I gradually learnt that if I didn’t look after my skin, it didn’t matter how much makeup I used, I couldn’t hide unhealthy skin.

Although I love finding products I can stick to, I do also like testing and trying new things – there is so much variety out there and different brands. I thought it’d be fun to share with you my favourite skin care products at the moment and best finds.

At the moment, here are my top picks:

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

I remember hearing a lot of people raving about Garnier’s Micellar Water, so naturally, I had to try this out for myself, and I’m so glad I did! All I do is add a few drops onto a cotton pad and gently wipe the product across my face – it leaves my face feeling so clean and fresh and removes all makeup and residue. My skin feels soft and supple each time. It’s very easy to use because you don’t need to wet your face with water or rinse it beforehand. It actually works better than my Lancome cleanser! Just note that they have different ones for different skin types, so make sure to pick the right one for your skin.

 

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Mario Badescu Skincare Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

This was my first Mario Badescu product. My skin can get a bit dry and dull sometimes so I decided to give their facial spray a go, and I fell in love! When looking for new skincare products, anything that can be used with versatility is a big tick for me, and this one does just that – this hydrating mist can be used on your face, with your moisturiser creams and even on your hair! I also love how it can be used any time of the day for a quick pick-me-up. A bonus is it smells amazing!

Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner

I was looking for a good quality toner that wouldn’t cost me a fortune, and came across Mario Badescu! As I already loved their facial spray, I thought I might as well try the toner as well. This one is great if you also have sensitive skin as it’s alcohol-free, contains Aloe Vera and is not scented. I use this after cleansing my face to further remove any dirt or impurities in my skin and it works a charm!

 

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Origins Ginzing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturiser

I have used Lancome and Laneige moisturisers before, which were great, but just like when I was looking for a new toner, I wanted to see if I could find a good quality moisturiser with a more affordable price tag (compared to what I was paying before), and voila! This was my first Origins product and I love this gel moisturiser! It smells divine and is so lightweight. Also, love how it absorbs into my skin quite quickly and my face feels soft and plump afterwards.

 

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Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil

I have heard of argan oil many times but didn’t start using it until recently. I wanted to add an extra layer of nourishment to my skincare routine so thought I should try facial oils. I have bought the small sample bottle and love the new addition! Although it’s an oil product, it absorbs into my skin very quickly and leaves it feeling super soft! Again, another aspect that captured my attention was the multi-use feature – I also use this on my nails when I feel like they need a bit of a boost (a.k.a. after removing 4 weeks worth of SNS nails…).

 

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Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF 50+ Sunscreen

Guuuurl if you watched my Instagram story a few days ago, you already know how much I love this sunscreen! Finally, I have found one that doesn’t make my face look super oily! I apply this as a base for my makeup and it is very lightweight and absorbent. I don’t even remember that I have a layer of sunscreen on my face every day. If you are struggling to find a good sunscreen, give this one a go! It also comes in SPF 30+, which I have tried and is also amazing (I just prefer more UV protection, therefore switched to this one).

If you end up giving any of these a try or are already using any of these products, I’m keen to hear what you think!

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How to Stay Motivated to Exercise Regularly.

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The way I think about exercise has changed so much throughout these past few years. I started working out when I was in high school for the sole purpose of losing weight and toning up. I was quite self-conscious of my body and wanted to become fitter and feel more comfortable in my clothes every day. After high school, I joined a gym and continued with this ‘weight loss’ goal, hence why I pushed myself to my limits and worked out really hard during my uni years.

Then life happened – I was no longer in the bubble of uni life where I had 4 months off each year and working a part-time job. I started working full-time and adjusting to a full-time schedule was exhausting. I tried my best to work out consistently and had moments where I was completely motivated, then moments where my routines just didn’t feel sustainable. Sometimes the more I forced myself, the less I wanted to exercise.

It’s taken me some time, but I certainly incorporate physical activity into my life for more holistic reasons now, rather than simply losing weight, and I’ve finally figured out how to make exercise ‘sustainable’, so I’d like to share these tips with you!

Mindset – exercise is self-love, not a chore

Can’t stress this enough – realise that your body needs physical activity in order for you to be happy and healthy, but try not to view exercise as a chore, instead see it as an act of self-love. Treat it as some much-needed me-time or time with a good friend. Trust me, afterwards, your body and mind will thank you!

Aim for 20 mins, 3 – 4 times a week

20 minutes is that sweet spot – not too long and not too short. Totally achievable! 3 – 4 times a week is also a good balance to allow your body to rest and recover between your work out days.

Schedule exercise in like a non-negotiable meeting

Remember, this is time for you to look after your body and exercise has flow-on effects to your overall health and wellbeing – better sleep, better appetite, clears your mind and improves your mood. In order to operate at your best potential, looking after your body is non-negotiable so set aside that time for yourself!

Pick activities that you enjoy

Be open to exploring different ways of exercising, there are so many options out there! I’ve had so much fun trying out different things including reformer pilates, vinyasa yoga, HIIT classes, boxing, toning exercises, dance and heaps more! The key is to not make it feel like a chore, instead, it should be something that you look forward. I also highly recommend the following YouTube channels for endless free exercise videos:

  • POPSUGAR Fitness
  • Tone It Up
  • Yoga With Adriene
  • FitnessBlender

Understand your body and moods

What times of the day do you have more energy? When are you likely to feel motivated? This is like when I schedule in my work tasks – things that require creative/strategic thinking is done in the morning and auto-pilot tasks are done in the afternoon because I am exhausted by then. Understand what time of day suits you best and stick to it!

Make it a habit and don’t overthink it

Consistency is key. Don’t overthink it or else you will give yourself time to talk yourself out of it. Just organise your workout gear and everything you need in advance, and when the time comes, JUST DO IT! I used to dread walking to the gym after work, but just put on my music and went! Once I was at the gym I felt fine! Or in the morning when I take too long to get out of bed, I end up talking myself out of exercising. Don’t think, just do!

I really hope this helps and has given you some motivation to prioritise exercise in your routine – you won’t regret it!

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