Monday, 31 March 2014

Clinique Daily Routine (Skin-y Love take 3)

I usually rotate my skin products every six months or so. At the moment, I'm mostly on Clinique.

I'm a fan of the Clarifying Lotion from their 3-step skin care range particularly the very pink #3 which is supposedly the best product for "combination normal/oily skin. I haven't changed toners since I've switched to this from Kiehl's. It's awesome at unclogging your pores and minimising breakouts, leaving your face smoother and cleaner-looking/feeling. 

I've become a fan of "award-winning" Clinique's Repairwear Range. As do most anti-ageing products, the creams and serums are meant to "defy" gravity by helping rebuild your skin's natural collagen. 

I use the Repairwear Laser Focus Smooths, Restores, Corrects serum which I admittedly bought in a jiffy because I left my toiletries in Singapore en route to London. It's like a 3-in-1 product that's meant to smooth fine lines, restore your skin's natural collagen, and correct blemishes. I've noticed the changes after about a month of usage. My skin seems a bit more vibrant and there is a visible reduction of lines. I don't think it works as good as a dark spot corrector like Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution though (Clinique has a separate product for that).

Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus corrector

The Repairwear Uplifting day and night creams are good. They're rich but light and they leave the skin a nice, tight feeling. The day cream has an added bonus of SPF15 which is always useful even though I work indoors most of the time. The night cream is an overnight miracle worker as I always wake up feeling like I've slept a million years. The wrinkle-correcting eye cream is divine. The lines under my eyes appear less visible making them look bigger and brighter.

Clinique Repairwear firming cream

I finish the skin-care routine with Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel which is something you seriously need in your life. This moisturiser has worked my skin wonders. Most days I don't even put BB/CC cream because I simply love the ultra fresh feeling I get with this product. My face/neck area feels super hydrated all day and is left with an ultra-smooth feel even during the warmest or coldest of days.

Clinique Moisturizing Gel

After all that slap I'd sometimes put on a light layer of Clinique Moisture Surge Cream and if I'm in the mood to smell like a sweet little summer girl I'd spritz myself with a classic favourite, Clinique Happy Heart. That would wrap my daily Clinique-al routine.

Most of the time people would buy products on the strength of the brand. I've done this before (and failed) but truth is, there really isn't a way to figure out which ones work best for you until you try. Personally, I like that Clinique is a trusted brand and that most people I know have exchanged recommendations off their various product range but I think their strength lies in the quality of their skincare products. They do have some of the best and though they can be a bit pricey, they do what say on the tin and they last a while.

Do you have a favourite skincare brand?

Thursday, 27 March 2014

The Night I Became A Bartender at Anise... whisked away in a sexy UBER car

PART THREE of the #Nuffnangis007 Birthday Series.

After a friendly war of colours at the pop-up House of Holi party pod we headed straight to Anise, Cinnamon Kitchen's cocktail bar, for a cocktail masterclass. My friends know I like a good cocktail here and there so I was really looking forward to this part of our celebrations.  
In our Holi-fied faces, indeed
Photo credit: Lynette

We were welcomed with delicious pom poms: a good refreshing start to our cocktail journey!
Meet our mixologist, the lovely Rob Flack! Check out his Instagram, if you can.
A chap invited me to have a play behind the bar and I was super stoked! I mentioned I liked scotch so Rob suggested a cocktail called "A Glass Case of Emotion". I think my face said it all.  
The other bloggers watched as we worked the bar.
Photo credit to Jesse & The Nuffnang Team

This cocktail has 12-year scotch, chilled Earl Grey tea (which smelled super amazing I wanted to bathe in it), freshly squeezed OJ, apricot preserve and maple syrup. It's light and refreshing with a little scotch kick. 
The key is to get the measurements right!
Mix done, it was time to shake! I was bricking it a little because the last time I held a cocktail shaker (my friend from LAB let me play), it slipped off my hands and, uh, I've never gone behind the bar since. 
Haha, I think I was stressing him out at this point... but I loved shaking and it didn't slip!
Et voila! A glass case of emotions served short on the rocks... poured from a teacup!
The other bloggers had a play too! They created cocktails including a Neela Heera (with deadly drunken maraschino cherries), a Yellow Domigo, and a Green Thai lemonade, etc. Each of them were amazing although admittedly I loved the Glass Case of Emotions.
Few hundred sips and glasses of cocktails later, I asked Rob for a night cap and he created a pretty good off-the-menu cocktail with whisky and bourbon (another "old man's drink"). It had a French-sounding name which escaped me as I think I was ever so slightly inebriated by then. I do remember enjoying it though, because I downed the remnants of my glass before getting whisked away in a sexy UBER car, courtesy of Nuffnang! 
Can you tell I was extremely happy?

I'm sure you've all heard of UBER. I've always preferred hired cars than black cabs as they're safer and at most times less expensive. UBER has the sexiest cars and the drivers really look after you. If you haven't tried it yet, you should! They’re offering you £20 off for your first ride. All you have to do is download the app, type in your destination, use the code NUFFNANG20 and wait for your sexy UBER car to pick you up. Easy breezy.

That sums up the #Nuffnangis007 Birthday Series. It was a really great night and I'm so pleased to have been a part of this celebration. The experiences were awesome and meeting the bloggers was seriously enjoyable. Props to Community Manager Jesse for really taking care of us!

Thank you Nuffnang - many happy returns!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Holi Who? Holi You! Celebrating Colours at Cinnamon Kitchen

After treating us to a live escape game at clueQuest (London's #1 attraction according to TripAdvisor), we were led to Cinnamon Kitchen in Devonshire Square for some nibbles, drinks, and a visit to the House of Holi pop-up pod. Holi, as you know, is the Hindu spring festival of Colours/Love.

Quite befitting for a birthday, no? What's a celebration without colour and love? 

Nuffnang UK
Photo c/o Jesse & the Nuffnang Team

Devonshire Square is absolutely stunning. One of my favourite spots in the Square Mile. 

We were greeted by a gorgeous cinnamon bellini which, quite frankly, tasted like the love child of beer and Christmas. Delicious.

And then there were photos...

Nibbles were served and everyone brought out their cameras. Ah, the unspoken mantra in practice: we shoot first, eat later. #bloggerproblems

While waiting for our Holi suits we got the chance to chat and share experiences. I really enjoyed meeting this lot so before we get down and dirty, let's do a roll call...

Arya & Raj of Nuffnang // Emma @ Bloomzy

Our Community Manager Jesse // Yishyene @ Small Crazy

Emma @ Gohemian Travellers // Tom @ Daydream In Blue (I met Tom at another Nuffnang event too!)

Such a lovely bunch, these bloggers.
Don't we all look adorable in our clean pre-Holi suits?

Armed with Holi powder and a desire to spread technicolour love, we entered the pod and this happened...

Photos credits: Jesse & Lynette

Well... how d'you like us now?

That Holi pod was such good fun, I'm convinced a Holi-day is needed at least once a week! Everyone ended up with colour-splattered faces and it was such a cheerful sight to see.

Oh but the night wasn't exactly over yet...
Watch this space for the final installment of the #Nuffnangis007 Birthday Series.