Christmas Gift Ideas: Skincare Edition

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You know what gets me into the Christmas vibe faster than a Michael Buble’s Christmas album? Well, Christmas shopping of course! In case you’ve somehow missed it, it’s now officially December, snow should be tumbling (if you’re lucky enough) or at lease houses or shopping malls should be beaming with Christmas decorations and you should be busy with some gift wrapping.

Christmas shopping is often a difficult job – as I’ve learn after numerous Secret Santa last minute dash. It’s actually very hard to find the perfect Christmas gift, this is especially true if you don’t know the person too well (especially the case for my Secret Santa/Kris Kringle). So, if you’re someone like me who traditionally needs some help with gift ideas then I might just have the blog for you. Unlike previous years, I actually got my Christmas gifts sorted out already… this year, I’m gifting the gift of year of gifting glowing, youth skin aka SKINCARE!

So let’s just jump into some gift ideas that I wouldn’t mind receiving myself 😉

Innisfree’s

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Innisfree is a brand that I haven’t got much first hand experience with, mostly because it doesn’t sit too well with my oily-combo skin. However, my sister (with dry skin) loves Innisfree, in particular the Innisfree’s Green Tea Seed Serum. I’ve seen the serum help transform her dry flaky skin to a smooth and supple canvas within weeks! This Christmas set is definitely ideal for our dry skin pals. The packaging is dead gorgeous and the set gives them a ‘taste’ of everything. The set comes with the Innisfree’s Green Tea Cleansing Foam (30mL), Innisfree’s The Green tea Seed Serum (80mL) and Innisfree’s The Green Tea Seed Cream(20mL) – pretty much a full basic skincare routine. 

Sulwhasoo’s 

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I’m going to sound like a broken record, but here goes – Sulwhasoo is honestly my favourite Korean skincare brand (nothing new HAHA)! They are know for they ‘hanbang’ skincare products that are soothing and healing to the skin. This Christmas special gift set contains three of their popular facial masks – The Radiance Energy Mask (30mL) ,Overnight Vitalizing Mask (50ml) and Clarifying Mask (50mL). Sulwhasoo is a high-end Korean Skincare brand so expect some wallet-damage but trust me you’re paying for what you get! Probably a great gift for that someone who always goes above and beyond for you or ones who’ve shouted you too many coffees to count?

Kiehl’s

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Kiehl’s was actually my first ever Skincare brand – the brand focuses of apothecary type products. In other words, their products are simple and effectively without all those unnecessary frills and added fragrances. I particularly enjoy their eye cream and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, plus their Ultimate Strength Hand Salve isn’t too bad either. I found they this pretty cute ‘Disney x Kiehl’s Hydration Essentials’ set that they have in celebration of the coming Christmas season. The Kit includes the Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (30ml), Ultra Facial Cleanser (2.5oz), Ultra Facial Cream (7ml), Lip Balm #1 and the Crème de Corps (2.5oz) at an affordable A $36 price tag! This would be perfect for those new to skincare and just wanted to test out the products before having the full commitment of a full sized product. 

Trilogy: 

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Remember the time when all of Trilogy’s Rosehip Oil was flying off the shelves worldwide because The Duchess of Cambridge was said to love it during her pregnancy? Well if it’s good enough for Katherine it’s good enough for us! 😛 This Trilogy Rosehip Radiance Botanical Beauties set is honestly the full packaging!It comes with Trilogy’s Cream Cleanser (30mL), Rosehip Oil Antioxdiant+ (30mL) and Rosapene™ Radiance Serum(30mL). Why not gift the gift of glowing skin this Christmas

So there you have it, basically my Christmas shopping list in a blog! 😉

Enjoy your Christmas shopping my Wonderlandians!

Until next time,

Stay Curious!

Tinnie

xoxo

 

 

Disclaimer: None of the images used in this blog post are my own. Images of gift ideas come from their offical websites and others from Pixabay. 

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~ Mystery Blogger Award ~

Mystery blogger Award Nominated

Hello Wonderlandians and welcome back to my blog!

I’ve recently been nominated by dear Gabs from lifewithgabs for the Mystery Blogger Award! Thank you such much Gabs for the nomination, it’s means a lot to me and it’s great to know that you’ve been enjoying my posts!

This award was created by okotoenigma – what an amazing thought! The award is a bit of fun, helping us bloggers connect with one another and recognise bloggers who are passionated and inspirational!

So lets jump into the technicalities!

 ~ RULES ~

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

 

~ THREE THINGS ABOUT MYSELF ~

 

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  1. I have a fear of dogs whilst the whole population loves them (I’m very sorry to all the dog lovers out there, the fear wasn’t a choice 😦 ) .
  2. Speaking of fears, I’m petrified of clowns too and this I’m not sorry for!
  3.  I’m always late on trends (i.e I’ve only just jumped onto the Harry Potter bandwagon!) – this is partly because I refuse to give in on the acute hype until I can verify whether or not it deserves it! 😀

 

~ NOMINATIONS ~

PaleGirlRambling

beautifulbuns

The Lifestyle Love

a latte style

Out of My Thoughts

Beauty On A Budget

Beautyholics101

Sum & Substance

Hey Hunnyy

Beth Davies Blog

 

~ QUESTIONS FROM GAB~

If you had to only use 3 makeup products for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Oh dear I do hope I can use more than 3 products for the duration of my life (there’s so many cool things out there!;) ) but if I could only pick three then it’ll be Sulwhasoo’s Perfecting Cushion foundation, Maybelline’s Hypersharp eyeliner and Etude House’s Dear Darling Lip tints!

What country do you want to visit and why?

Iceland! I’d love to witness the Northern Lights for myself!

What made you start blogging?

My makeup and skincare stash was growing at an unhealthy rate and I needed to justify my purchases! HAHA . Also because I personally enjoy reading reviews (not necessarily that ones you get underneath products at sites like Sephora you know) but by bloggers who’s joy and passion is in sharing their views on products! So I started my blog basically to add my two cents to this lovely beauty community! 😉

Which actor/actress would you choose to play you in a movie about yourself?

Red Velvet’s Joy because she’s gorgeous and in all honestly looks nothing like me, but I guess she’ll make an enjoyable movie for the masses!

 Most embarrassing moment?

Speaking too quickly at public events and accidentally saying words that I didn’t mean to say!

~ MY FIVE QUESTIONS ~

  1. Your foundation style, cakey or natural?
  2. (Weird question) Is there a makeup technique that you still cannot master and why?
  3. Have you got any great DIY skincare or makeup tips that you swear by?
  4. What is your ultimate favourite makeup/skincare brand and why?
  5. What is the one product you’ve tried this year that you cannot rave enough about?

~ MY BEST POST ~

The blog post that I’m most happy with at the moment would be Skincare for a Starry* Winter Night! – This post not only combines my two favourite subject Skincare & Star gazing but also was a rare post where I got a bit chit chatty! 😀

I believe that concludes it! Once again thank you for the nomination Gabs and I hope you guys will continue to enjoy and find my blog posts useful!

Until next time,

Stay curious!

Tinnie 

xoxo

Review: Drunk Elephant’s Shaba Complex Eye Serum

Drunk Elephant's Shaba Complex Eye Serum Review

If eyes are the windows to the soul then your under-eye condition is the secret bearer of age! You’ve probably heard it all before, the first place to reveal your age is your under eyes. Your late night extravaganza, poor diet and hours staring at your electronic devices will one day, be bare to all on your face. So prevent, prevent, prevent! Obviously, diet and sun protection plays a big part in under-eye care, but today lets talk about the easier option – eye creams/serums.

I find that there’s a lot of misconception about eye creams/serums out there. When do you start eye cream? (the sooner the better I’d say). Do eye creams even work? (I sure hope so). What eye creams should we use (Ah, thats the fun my friends – the deep unknown!).

I’ve talked about my favourite eyes creams which I still stick by, but I’ve  ventured into some new space and wanted to try something a bit more affordable (although not all that much more). When it comes to eye creams, I need the real deal because wasted time is lost time! The wrinkle underneath your eyes once there will be there forever so be careful to prevent them in the first place. 😉

A brand that I’ve recently become obsessed with is Drunk Elephant, I’ve review their  C-Firma Day Serum and am still trailing their T.L.C Framboos out. Naturally, when I found that they had a eye cream too I had to test it out!

So lets dive in!

Claims:

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A silky eye serum formulated with a powerhouse of ingredients to tackle the major signs of aging under and around the eyes, such as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, fatigue and dark circles, puffiness and age spots. The result is a more youthful, radiant appearance.

WHAT IT IS FORMULATED TO DO:
Shaba Complex™ Eye Serum contains potent doses of black tea ferment and copper peptides that work together to support a firmer looking appearance around the eyes, helping to slow down the signs aging before they appear. A unique combination of edelweiss stem cells and niacinamide helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles. The powerful antioxidants in Co-Q10 help diminish signs of premature aging from environmental aggressors, while also helping to fade the appearance of age spots. You won’t believe your eyes.

 

Drunk Elephant's Shaba Complex Eye Serum

Packaging: Great! I love skincare products that comes in pumps for two reasons. Firstly it keeps the product hygienic and secondly it keeps the product stable as you are not exposing the rest of the unused product to oxygen or bacteria in the air. If only all eye creams come in pump bottles … 😦

Price: Expensive. This 15ml pump bottle costs $88 AUD which comes to  $5.86 per 1mL, umm not cheap!

Texture: Watery. Some would argue that this eye serum is creamy … NOPE – no it is absolutely watery and a pain to work with! The product itself doesn’t absorb into the skin and I find myself there just rubbing in stubborn cream for what seems like zonker years.

Scent? Nothing. My friends don’t expect aroma therapy with this product, but I’m not complaining. There really isn’t any need for your eye cream to smell like a Bali spa retreat.

Convenience: Great. The fact that it comes in a pump bottle makes it so easy to use, no fiddling with spatulas or lids.

Repurchase? Nope. I’ve not noticed anything with this eye serum. Unlike with the SK-II and SU:M 37 eye creams, this one did not leave my undereye area feeling mositurised or plumped at all!

Overall, I can’t wait until I finish off this eye cream. Another disappointing product for me and I certainly won’t recommend it unless you’ve got a plenty of money to spare. The eye cream itself is nothing to rave about and I feel like other eye creams, especially Kiehl’s Avacado Eye Treatment is superior in efficacy and price!

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Until next time,

Stay curious!

Tinnie

xoxo

Laneige’s Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask

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Always the one to be late on new trends and hypes, I’ve finally whipped out my Laneige’s Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask to see for myself what the fuss was about. The  Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask was something that sent the internet into a bit of a buzz late last year (or earlier this year? ), reviews and youtube videos alike were raving  about it’s potential to transform dry peeling lips into a smooth luscious pout!  A luscious pout sounds nice for Christmas don’t you think?

(BTW: I didn’t actually buy mine, no, I stole it from my younger sister – who in the heat of the moment bought a value pack if 4 at Singapore’s Changi Airport – I’m sure she doesn’t mind! 😉 )

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If you’re interested to know the state of my lips then continue on, but if you’ll much prefer to skip to the product review then I suggest you skip this paragraph :). So, lips … well mine are dry not very dry per se but not exactly a nice canvas for liquid lip sticks. My sister’s pout? Well, a lot drier with lots of peeling and cracks (you’ll see the importance of this information later).

Claims:

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The New Lip Sleeping Mask gently melts dead skin cells making lips feel smooth and elastic the next morning.
Experience smooth firming lip night care with the new lip sleeping pack, available in berry, grapefruit, apple lime, and vanilla scents.

Laneige has recently released three additional scents to the original berry flavour, which is the one that I’ve got.

So lets get into this review and see what it does for my dehydrated pout!

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Packaging: Cute! The lip mask comes in a nice and sturdy 20g jar with a pink spatula. The jar itself does not fell cheap or flimsy but is light weight and sturdy enough. Perfect for traveling.

Price. High. For 20g of product you’re looking at ~ $37-$40 AUD. Although to be fair, one jar will last you a pretty long time!

Scent? Sweet Strawberries. There is a nice fresh and sweet strawberry scent but nothing too over powering and it fades away quickly. If you’re someone who hates scents in your products then rest assure that this won’t bother you all night. If on the contrary you LOVE scented products then you might need to sniff the jar for a while longer!

Convenience: Good. The spatula is nice and flexible allow application of the product onto your lips to be a breeze ~

Texture. Buttery. The best way to explain the texture of this product would be that it’s very butter-like. Solid to the touch yet melts easily when you run your finger or spatula along it.

Repurchase? No way in a million years! This product was simply a waste of time and money for me. Despite it working great for other reviewers , it did absolutely nothing for my lips. In fact, it appears to have dried it out further. 😞 The mask itself was super oily and can smudge (since I toss and turn when I sleep) to the outer perimeter of my lips causing white heads and break out around the area. For my sister’s lips, well it does absolutely nothing at all. As a matter of fact, she couldn’t even finish her sample size and is dying to get rid of her stash.

Claims: Exaggerated. I can’t see how this slippery lubricating lip-gloss type thing can melt off anything. My lips certainly do not feel smooth or elastic in the mornings.

Overall, I was left bitterly disappointed. I very desperately wanted a Laneige product to work on me (.. lips and skin like Song Eye Kyo? Yes please!) but nope, again Laneige has let me down.  I’m rather surprised that others have liked the products so much. I’m trying to use up my 20g jar not but that will be difficult, wish me luck!

Until next time,

Stay curious!

 

Tinnie

xoxo

 

Belif’s First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask

Belif's First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask Review

If you ever talk to me about skincare, you’ll find out that I’m an eye cream fanatic, in fact borderline crazy about it! The skin around your eyes are the most delicate and is the first to show signs of ageing. Whilst most people recommend the use of eye creams later on in life, I’m a firm believer in starting eye creams early!

I’ve mentioned some of my favourite eye creams before in my post but lets talk about something else a little different to an eye cream! How about Belif’s First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask? I’m always up for giving my eyes a little more TLC and when I saw this Eye Care Mask I knew I had to give it a go!

Belif is a Korean skincare brand, I’ll say its the asian version of Khiehls – in that they focus on using natural herbal ingredients in their products. One of Belif’s most poplar product would be The True Cream Moisturising Bomb (which I’m sure you would have heard about).

Now that I’ve got the intro out of the way, lets dive into the review!

Belif's First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask Packaging

So, the claims:

This unique, hydrating pudding-like eye care mask releases stress around the eyes and replenishes moisture levels to dry eye rims with the help of a 360-degree massage on six acupressure points around the eyes. The leave-on, cooling and hydrating formula—infused with mimosa herb extract—instantly cools, relieves puffy and fatigued eyes, and prevents visible wrinkles by improving the resilience of the skin around the eye. Further enhanced with three belif napiers formulas (original, detox, and dark circle formulas), this eye care mask fights all signs of fatigue and diminishes the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around the delicate and sensitive eye areas.

Packaging: Nice. The eye cream comes in the Belif’s signature black lid and white jar packaging. Simple, clean and sophisticated. I would honestly have liked it better if this eye mask come in a pump bottle (just to make it more hygienic) but most eye creams come in jars anyways so…

Effect: Don’t overuse it.  In all honestly I do not see any visible improvement in my eyes when using this mask. However I do find that if I use it for more than once a week I may develop small acne like pimples near my eyes and that is not fun!

Scent: Heavenly. The scent is amazing! I love that it smells like walking in a botanical garden during an early winter morning. So refreshing and calming!

Belif's First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask Formula

Formula: Fun. The formula of the mask is probably what some companies refer to as 3D creams or something. Basically the cream retains it’s shape even after you’ve dipped your finger or spatula in to take out some products. This ultimately leaves it looking brand new all the time!

Reduces the appearance of dark circles? Nope.

Reduces Puffiness? Nope.

For sensitive eyes? Maybe. The scent may be irritating for some very sensitives eye, however I have’t really had any problems with their mask in terms of eyes sensitivity.

Price: Expensive. Whilst the eye mask is not as expensive as eye creams from other high end Korean companies like Sulwhasoo or The House of Whoo, however it’s not exactly cheap. From memory it was about $40 SGD.

Repurchase? No. This eye mask did not have any additive effect to my eye creams and is not a vital part of my skincare routine.

Overall, I was rather let down by it’s overall performance actually. I was excited by this eye mask because it was something that I’d never come across before and claims to do some so good things to my eyes that I couldn’t pass! But over a year of use and I can honestly tell you that it hasn’t done a thing for my eyes. 😦

Thank you for visiting this little Rainy Wonderland and until next time,

Stay curious!

Tinnie

xoxo

Exciting Announcement: The Rainy Wonderland has a sister!

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Meet Lazy Brown Eyes, a sister blog to The Rainy Wonderland!

Firstly, thank you for all the support that you have shown to The Rainy Wonderland blog in the last few months it has truly been such an amazing experience! The Rainy Wonderland blog remains and will always be my little abode in this blogging community.

Posts on the Rainy Wonderland are written in a personalised and conversation manner, intentionally paying little if any attention to grammar! HAHA. However, in order to satisfy my more journalistic side I decided to create another blog that focuses on discussing and talking about beauty. Below is a a post from the sister blog on why I decided to create the Lazy Brown Eyes.

Tinnie is a 24 year old Australian-Vietnamese blogger who happens to be the elf working behind the The Rainy Wonderland and the Lazy Brown Eyes blogs. Her profession? Well, part-time hard working elf and full time craze-stricken minion of course.

Her interest lies primarily in beauty and especially asian beauty (insert Kpop jam). Another interest is sarcastic and creative writing (often the lines do blur a bit between the two).

Her passion in trialling and reviewing new makeup and skincare products lead to the creation of The Rainy Wonderland blog in May of 2017, a personal and honest site about her thoughts on beauty products (with little, if any attention to grammar). The elf enjoyed being a ‘blogger’ so much that she decided to create another site. This time with more wackiness and grammatically correct sentences about beauty and makeup trends than her comfortable little abode of The Rainy Wonderland.

Lazy Brown Eyes serves to entertain fellow home bodies and self-lovin, self-professing couch potatoes out there! Join Tinnie, the occasional hard working elf and full time crazed stricken minion as she manoeuvres her way through the beauty world and watch her (failed) attempt at leaving a mark in this big-but-not-really world.

Signing off with a …

HeHe, enjoy!

 

The Rainy Wonderland will continue to have regular weekly posts (2-3 per week) whilst the Lazy Brown Eyes will have at least one new post a week!

I look forward to sharing my journey with you all, and don’t forget to subscribe to the Lazy Brown Eyes to see what it’s all about!

A gigantic THANK YOU!

Tinnie

xoxo

Skincare for a Starry* Winter Night!

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*By Starry I literally mean a night sky filled with stars, like in the sky not stars on the red carpet. 😉

I’m usually someone who perches in front of their mobile phone, television or laptop and sits hours on end watching a drama or surfing the web. I was pretty satisfied with this lifestyle until I turned twenty-three and realised how unsatisfied I really was. I realised that my technology filed life meant that I was living my life through other people’s lens and seeing the world through their perceptions. This revelation upsetted me and I was only by  accident that I actually looked up one starry night and was gob-smacked by how amazing the galaxy was.

And so, I have now made it a habit of mine to star gaze on bright starry nights as a way to help me keep in touch with nature! Unfortunately in Oz, the best nights for star gazing are winter nights and besides the obvious concerns that comes with sitting out in the cold, your skin will also suffer.

Here are some of what I do to  help me keep my skin moisturised and healthy for a winter night outdoors!

Layer skincare

Sum 37 essence

Avoid using just a thick moisturiser or cream but focus on layering hydrating skincare to build a solid layer of hydration protection.  Layering your products will help you moisturise more deeply into the skin and as a result the moisturise will unlikely be dried off your face. Essences like the Sum 37’s essence is perfect for a deep hydration! 🙂

Hydrating serum

Drunk Elephant's C-Firma Serum

The Drunk Elephant’s  C-Firma Day Serum and the SK-II’s RNA power essence are my favorite moisturising serums for this step. They both hydrate deeply into the skin leaving it hydrated and soft. I usually use the C-Firma Day serum in the mornings (obviously) but on this special nights I like to load on the hydration with this super monitoring serum too! 😉

Overnight mask

Sulwhasoo's Overnight Vitalising MaskNow to lock in all that skincare we need something like an overnight mask! Products like Laniege’s Sleeping Mask or Sulwhasoo’s Overnight vitalising mask are my go-to for this step. The overnight mask seals in my skincare as well as helps protect my facial moisturiser! A needed item to protect your face agains the dry winter wind!

So put your phone down once in a while and reconnect with mother nature! How do you wind down? Let us know below!!

Until next time, stay curious!

 

Tinnie

xoxo