Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Four Lightening Fast Reviews !



I think I should change my profile to read 'Dry skin, dry hair, dry sense of humour, dry love life, dry under-eye area'.

As you may know, I have very sensitive, dry and fragile skin. The driest part of my face, by far, are my eyes and it's a real nightmare because I love dressing up my eyes. I adore smoky, sultry cat-like eyes rimmed in black!

I am always on the lookout for a great eye-cream but I've yet to find one that really plumps eye creases and prevents them from deepening. But along the way, I've found some pretty good eye-creams that are worth mentioning. Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is one that I do recommend for those who are on the market for their first eye-cream. It's a basic moisturiser that focuses on hydration and when you're just starting out, that's all you really need. The texture is initially gooey, oily and sticky but once heated up between your ring fingers and patted into the skin, it sits very nicely on the skin.

Personally, I like using this eye-cream in the morning because I've noticed that it subtly prevents my foundation/concealer from sinking in. It doesn't stop it completely but it does make a difference!

Do you use eye-cream? Which one are you currently using?




I use a straightener every second day and I am only too aware of the damage I'm doing to my hair. Aside from searching for the best shampoo, conditioner and hair masks, I've been on the market for a great heat protective spray. I've only tried a few and they've all been terrible!
 
I've heard so many positive reviews on Tresemme's Heat Tamer Protective Spray and so I decided to give it a go. Unfortunately, it was just as bad as all the others I've tried. It made my hair stiff, straw-like and dried the living daylights out of my hair.

Nightmareeeeeeee!

Have you used any heat protective sprays?




Another hyped product that didn't work for me! It seems everyone loves Bioderma's Sensibio H20 and goes on and on about what an excellent cleanser it is for sensitive skin.
 
The liquid is just like water - clear, odourless and seemingly harmless! I soaked some cotton wipes and swiped it across my face to remove the foundation and pressed it into my eyelids to remove the eyeliner and waterproof mascara. Took a good few tries before it properly removed everything and by then my skin was feeling dry and tight. I had to go back in with a milk cleanser for a double cleanse just to soothe my skin.
 
I definitely won't be touching that again! It's way too drying for my skin!
 
Have you had a better experience with Sensibio H20?



 

A friend of mine just came back from Japan and she bought me some Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Treatment as a little souvenir. I used to use Pantene shampoo and conditioner but stopped because I was losing too much hair from using it. I was a little weary coming back to the Pantene brand but I thought I'd just give it a go anyway!

The results were surprisingly good! My hair did feel softer and more manageable than usual. It felt light and had a bit more vibrancy than usual. The results lasted until I washed my hair and then it was business as usual.

I still think the Essential's Hair Mask works better but it's definitely more to convenient to travel with this Pantene Treatment. They're as small as a lipstick and one tube is enough for my hair which is infamously thick and falls down half way down my back. I'm happy to put this in my make up bag for when I'm going overseas!

Do you use any hair treatments?


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Monday, 25 June 2012

Have You Won the Guerlain x Essential Giveaway ?



Hey everyone! How are we all today?

I'm back to announce the winner of the Guerlain x Essential giveaway. A big thank you to all the lovely everyone who entered the competition.

Since it was my first giveaway, I decided to do everything manually by writing each entry onto strips of paper and putting them into a hat. Don't laugh - it's totally something I've always wanted to do *crosses 'drawing a winner out of a hat' off bucket list* AHAH.

Congratulations to Rain Drops!

I really hope you'll enjoy the Guerlain toner and Essential hair mask as much as I do! Please email me your details to mynameisvalentine20@hotmail.com before 11:59PM Australian Eastern Standard Time, 2 July 2012 to claim your prize!

Thank you once again for everyone who entered!

Until next time!

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Peking Restaurant, Hong Kong




Firstly, thank you to everyone who has entered my Guerlain x Essential giveaway! We're a few days away from the competition closing and I'm actually really excited to find out who wins! Will it be you?!

I just have a few photos to share with you today!

The one place I visit without fail when I'm in Hong Kong is the Peking Restaurant. I've been going since I was a baby and we always order the same dishes. I don't know much about Beijing cuisine and it's not exactly something I seek out when choosing what to eat. But people have told me that the Peking Restaurant is one of those rare gems that serves traditional, authentic and honest Beijing food. 

That probably explains its popularity. The Peking Restaurant is located on the second floor and you have to go up this insanely steep staircase to get to it. Every single time I'm there, there's a line. It literally blocks the two-door entry into the restaurant and the staircase is completely littered with customers waiting on each step. 

My parents know the owner and so miraculously there's always a table for us, regardless of the amount of people. I know it's unfair and I feel guilty sometimes! But in a way, it's really reflective of what Hong Kong society really is about - connections and favours!





This place has been operating for decades now and its decor is really reflective of this. It's definitely more functional than decorative. But it fits in well with the sense of tradition and nostalgia. It brings back a lot of memories for me since I only visit once or twice a year.

For those of you who've been to Hong Kong, I'm sure you'll agree that it's an unbelievably fast-paced place. Everyone is always in a rush - people seem to walk/run through the crowds, speak at the speed of lightening and demand for things to happen instantly. Things change really quickly and to have something that's stable and unchanging is comforting.



 Vegetarian Duck Tofu Rolls
 I love all vegetarian tofu dishes - maybe because they're always so flavoursome. These duck tofu rolls taste smoky and it's a strangely addictive taste.



Fried egg white with crabmeat
 Everyone likes to eat this with a bit of vinegar. But since I'm not 'everyone', I eat mine plain. AHAH.




Shark fin in Chicken Soup with Man Tou
Out of all the shark fin soups I've had, Peking Restaurant serves up the best. There is an abundance of shark fin and the chicken flavour of the soup is divine. Whenever it's winter in Australia, I crave this soup like no other!



Peking Duck
 Not a huge Peking Duck fan but my brother, who can easily eat half the plate, loves it. 



 Sweet and sour whole fish


Kung pao prawns



Red bean souffle balls
These actually taste really good. The red bean is smooth and not overly sweet. Nonetheless, they're really decadent and we always end up taking them home to eat since we're so full from the meal!


There is honestly nothing fancy about the dishes they cook up. There's definitely no decorative plating and the food is often haphazardly arranged. The noise level here can get unbelievably loud at times and we have to raise our voices in order to be heard by each other. Waiters do mad rushes around our table trying to delegate responsibilities and direct people to their tables.

It's everything that I usually stay away from.

But because I'm with family I rarely see, I can overlook it all. 

And besides, who can say no to a good Shark Fin in Chicken soup? I can't!


Peking Restaurant
227 Nathan Road
Jordan, Hong Kong