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Yay or Nah? Colourpop Brow Colour

Yay or Nah? Colourpop Brow Colour

Ditching eyebrow pencils to pomades is the best thing I’ve ever done in my makeup game. I remember back in the day how difficult it was for me to create a more defined, precise, natural-looking eyebrows with pencils. And so, finding treasures like the Colourpop […]

Skincare Products You Need For Acne-Prone, Blemished Skin

Skincare Products You Need For Acne-Prone, Blemished Skin

The last time I talked about my skincare products were in April and things have changed a lot. I’ve mixed and match (like I do with clothes), and have experimented quite a few times before settling down with what I feel my skin has come […]

9 TIPS TO HELP YOU SLEEP BETTER (FOR REAL)

9 TIPS TO HELP YOU SLEEP BETTER (FOR REAL)

I remember when I was a kid, I used to dislike sleeping. When the clock hits three, my grandma would start calling us for afternoon naps or “siestas” as my grandma would call it. I’d throw a really huge tantrum and she’d scare me with “no cartoons for you”. Of course, the little me would oblige. But it was such a challenge for me to do so. For me, afternoon naps meant I have to stow away my dolls or bid farewell to my playmates, and I just couldn’t deal with it. But now, as an adult, I wish to be in that exact situation and would happily take as many naps as I could. I know most of us could relate to this.

Sleep has now become a huge privilege to most of us. I mean, I’m so lucky if I could get at least three to four hours of sleep. And most of the time, it is caused by spending so much time looking on the screen. I’m pretty sure we’re all guilty on this.

It is so important to be able to have a good sleep. A lack of sleep makes me cranky and my skin just breaks out. It just makes me feel worst, couldn’t function properly and my body feels so heavy. When you’re well rested, you’d be able to think clearly, have a better vision of what you want to do for the entire day, and most especially your skin texture looks much better.

Basically, it’s good for your overall well-being.

Whatever your excuse or reason is, you still deserve a much better sleep. So, whether you only have a few hours to spare tonight or any nights, I’m sharing to you all the natural tips and tricks that I swear by that can ensure you’re down in a knick of time and on your way to dreamland.

Listen to Mellow Music

This is something I’ve been doing a couple of nights now especially when it’s cold and you just want to snuggle with your pillow. Or when you just want to clear your thoughts. I have a wide range of favourite Spotify playlists that I just put on repeat/shuffle and at a really low volume when I hit the sack. From soft ballads, acoustics to a country, and (my all-time fave) jazz. I find it that I get to sleep better when listening to relaxing sounds. I actually learned this trick from my brother. Piano in the Background playlist is his poison and I enjoy that, too. I remember getting all the creeps one night because I thought the house was being hunted as I was hearing someone playing the piano. It was funny (well, not at that night).

Here are the playlists you could check out:

  • Piano Ballads
  • Evening Acoustics
  • Country Coffeehouse
  • Evening Chill
  • Late Night Jazz
  • Your favorite Coffeehouse

Write Down Your Thoughts

or basically just empty your mind. I always have my journal next to my bed or under my pillow. This is actually a good habit to grow into. If you’re having trouble forcing yourself to clear your mind, maybe dumping it in a piece of paper would do the trick.

Drink A Cup of Tea/Warm Milk

8 TIPS TO HELP YOU SLEEP BETTER

Basically, something my mom (or maybe other moms, too) or dad say when we’re having trouble sleeping. I like a warm milk before bed. It reminds me of my childhood days and it makes me feel all fuzzy on the inside in a good way.

A cup of tea is also a way to go. There are actually different types of tea for different cases. Like the ones I listed below:

  • Peppermint (also great for digestions)
  • Chamomile (aids in sleep, digestion and is loaded with antioxidants)
  • Valerian (used to treat insomnia, anxiety, stress and sleep issues. Also has a positive effect on blood pressure.)
  • Lavender (Improve mood, promote restful sleep, prevents infection, soothe bloating)
  • Lemon Balm (aids to improve sleep, reduce anxiety, heal wounds)
  • Kava Kava (helps with restlessness, sleeplessness and stress-related symptoms like muscle tension)


Don’t Get Yourself Full An Hour Before Going To Bed

I always tell this to my beau because he usually eats dinner pretty late and having a full stomach before bed is really bad. And maybe dangerous, too. I grew up hearing my grandma (and pretty much the older people in the family) say that this could lead to nightmares or not being able to wake up anymore the next day. So, this kinda stuck to me as I grew up. I know that there is some scientific explanation to this that includes gas or some body chemicals but I’m pretty lazy to look into it, so, I would just like to stick with this for a while.

But if you guys know, feel free to comment it below.

Light some soothing candles/Burn some oils

8 TIPS TO HELP YOU SLEEP BETTER

but with caution (Or maybe I should’ve just said “Use an Oil Diffuser”). There is no right or wrong time to do this. I do this whenever I get the chance to because it is refreshing and just so calming. My favourite oil is the VITRUVIPeppermint Essential Oil. It smells soo good. It reminds me of the massage places, so, it’s just wonderful.


Save The Horror Flicks During The Day

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard your parents countless times when you were a child saying the same thing.  And yes, even as an adult (or half-an-adult) now, this can be still applied. I know I’m not the only one that has a trouble sleeping after watching horror flicks. The images and some of the (scary) scenes just retain. And I later find myself praying deeply that nothing is under the bed, at the corner of the room or anywhere when the lights are turned off.

Basically, resulting in my brain (and my eyes)  being all preoccupied and I’m awake the whole entire night.

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Use Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil is the most versatile of all oils as it has so many uses, especially in relaxation. It’s been proven to help calm the mind and relax the body. This can be used in two ways – drop some in an oil diffuser or use it for your body. You can massage a drop of oil on your forehead, rub it on your wrist and palm, or smooth it all over your pillow.

Currently, I spritz some of my boyfriend’s perfume all over the bed and it knocks me down in no time. It makes me more comfortable and I really get a goodnight sleep. Makes me feel as if he’s just with me (and not hundreds of miles away).

Turn Off The Lights

As much as some of us get the creeps when we can’t see, this tip is a lifesaver when needed. Or if this is not a possibility, get yourself an eye sleeping mask which somewhat gives the same idea of this tip.

Stow Away Your Tech

Definitely the most crucial part of this post. This will easily break the whole process of getting a good sleep (even though you’ve done all that is mentioned above). I suggest you finish everything that you need to do that requires using your gadgets an hour or two before you sleep. Or put your phone away from you, far enough that you’ll feel lazy to get up and fetch it.

I hope these tips can help you. If you guys have done this, let me know if this worked for you.

 

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Colourpop’s YES PLEASE! Palette

Colourpop’s YES PLEASE! Palette

Colourpop has always been on top of my most loved (and part of the budget) makeup brands of ALL time in terms of eyeshadow palettes. And I’m very pleased to announce that I’m just starting to get all obsessed over the YES PLEASE! Palette ( […]

Testing Out New Products: Leegeehaam

Testing Out New Products: Leegeehaam

Leegeehaam Cosmetics is a Korean brand that I’ve been (silently) eyeing for so long and is now my current skincare obsession. It’s one of the many brands that I got so excited to work on as it’s been making rounds in the social media for quite […]

TIAM MY SIGNATURE VITA B5 TONER

TIAM MY SIGNATURE VITA B5 TONER

TIAM MY SIGNATURE VITA B5 TONER

TIAM MY SIGNATURE VITA B5 TONER

If there’s one thing I kinda hate/love with being a beauty blogger, it’s testing out new products. Don’t get me wrong, I actually feel pretty excited getting and buying new products but I always  fear what it could and would do to my skin. Being the kind of gal who struggled for a long time with pimples and scarring due to hormones and wrong products, you really can’t blame me. So, switching up from my usual Thayers Alcohol Free Toner in Lavender to Tiam My Signature Vitamin B5 Toner* was terrifying for me at first. So many things were running through my mind and I was prepared for the worst. But I was stand corrected.

MY SKIN LIKED IT.

It’s a balancing toner with low ph for a more hydrated, glowier and healthier skin. And will definitely not dry out or irritate your skin as it is alcohol-free. I also like that it suits all skin types, so you don’t have to worry that much. But in case you’re wondering, I’m on the oily side.

Note: I like the packaging, it’s so minimalist. It kinda reminds me of Son & Park. This is also one of the many things why I like Korean skincare products. Their packaging is not too much but you wouldn’t think that it isn’t well thought of.

In terms of fragrance, it doesn’t have that. You can actually compare it to a snail slime but a little less toned down on the sliminess as it is quite slippery in texture. But it’s a really small factor that I completely disregarded when it touched my face. I actually had an impression that it would only sit on top of my face but I was dead wrong. It sink into my skin after ten to fifteen seconds of application but at the same time, leaves my skin all dewy and glowy without being tacky at all.

Another note: It’s best to use a cotton pad rather than a ball as it would only absorb the product. Pads will give you more freedom to apply the product evenly on the skin. Or you can also use your hands and lightly tap it on your skin. Just make sure to let your skin absorb it before applying your serums or moisturizers.

This toner may look plain at first sight but it will exceed your expectations. I’ve been using it for almost two weeks now and I can definitely tell that my skin’s complexion improved a little. I’m still going to give it more time to fully see its capabilities but so far, I like it.

Would I recommend it?

It’s definitely worth the try. It won’t break the bank and for someone who has a slightly sensitive skin (meaning I breakout easily), it worked out well.

Which toner are you currently trialing?

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