Estée Lauder | Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II | Link | £65 for 50ml
Serum is one of those skincare thing that I haven't really thought much about until I got into the whole big skincare routine. I have very dry skin so using serum in my skincare routine does make a lot of difference as it provides extra hydration (the serum locks in hydration with its Hyaluronic Acid). 

Although, my skin doesn't really have massive problems anyway (apart from dry patches here and there) but I love how this serum also provides protection from environmental damages. However, I can't really provide review on how it'd perform on people with problem skin but I did make my friend who has sensitive/oily/everything is wrong with me skin try it and well, she didn't rate it much.

I have been testing this serum out for over six months and I have used it religiously every night before applying my moisturiser. Visually, I do think that my skin looks slightly brighter and my skin does feel softer to touch. However, at 22 I'm not sure whether this serum is supposed to make a massive difference to how my skin looks but I have been told by the sale assistant that this serum is great for people of all ethnicities and it's supposedly will pay off when I get older as my wrinkles will be less visible compared to people who haven't been using the serum (but I feel like that might have something to do with lifestyle, diet as well as genetic).

Even though, I have never tried Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair  Synchronized Recovery Complex version 1 so I can't compare them together but I can say that version 2 has a very light consistency, it sinks into my skin very quickly and it doesn't feel at all tacky. It left my skin feeling soft, smooth, hydrated and brighter looking. ANR2 is different from the original in that it 's supposed to repair as well purify which I like because I've noticed that my skin has been looking more radiant since I've started using it. 

Personally, I do like this serum because it doesn't cause me any skin problems and it does make a little bit of a difference to how my skin look. However, it's not big enough of a difference for me to repurchase it again at this age. Having said that I will probably purchase it again when I'm about 27 as I think it might make more a difference then. 

Would I recommend this? Maybe, if you have a bit of money to spend and if worry about skin hydration and purification. However, be warned that you might not see a big difference straightaway, so some people might not think that it's worth the money.

What do you think of Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum? Will you be trying it?


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Year Abroad | First Time in China

Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Year Abroad | First Time in China
In Shanghai

Many of you might not be aware that since February this year, I was spending the second part of my year abroad in Ningbo, China. Something that might possibly explain my lack of posts in the last few months (China blocks the access of blogger.com, so I couldn't actually login to my account). Although, there was a way around that, which is by purchasing VPN which I did but I only had VPN and internet on my mobile phone because I find the process of getting wifi in China too complicated and confusing, so I never actually sorted it out. Nonetheless, I borrowed internet which was why I managed to squeezed out a couple of posts since February. 

Year Abroad | First Time in China
In Shanghai
Anyway, my first experience of China was a very interesting one. I arrived in China at Shanghai airport alone after 11 and half hours flight. I met my friend and other year abroad students at the airport whilst we waited for university coach to come and pick us up and take us to Ningbo. The coach journey was very long and tiring but I got to see glimpses of the inequality in China as passes rundown buildings on our way to campus.

Year Abroad | First Time in China
Night light in Shanghai
When I finally got to campus, I thought that the university was going to take us to our room and let us sleep because many of us have been travelling for hours but I was greeted with snow and having to drag my suitcases to international office to be register. When I finally got to my room, it was another problem which was I couldn't figure out how to heat up my room since the aircon's remote is in Chinese. Furthermore, I had no idea how to use the water heater, I was used to getting in the shower and having the water already heated. So I ended having a cold shower and washed my hair in that same cold water, returning to my room to aircon blowing out cold air. Being delirious from exhaustion, I thought the aircon will heat up soon but it didn't. Needless to say, it wasn't the most comfortable night in my life.

Year Abroad | First Time in China
Xintiandi in Shanghai
After that initial uncomfortable period, things got a lot better as I have a friend there that introduced me to many of her other friends, which made my China's experience a lot more enjoyable. However, I still have to say that living in China with little ability to speak Chinese is rather difficult. I mostly got by by looking at the menu, pointing and saying "wo yao zhe ge" which means "I want this one" or I go to eat with friends that have better Chinese skill than me. Although, because I look very Chinese, I often get mistaken for being Chinese so people would often speak to me in very fast Chinese or sometimes if I'm with obviously foreign friend who speaks better Chinese than me but sometimes the Chinese people do not understand him, they will look at me for translation and I'm just like "I haven't got a clue". They will just look at me and get very confused and say to other people "why is she not speaking Chinese?". 

Year Abroad | First Time in China
Road in Shanghai
Ningbo is a lot of better than I expected because I have heard of many people said that Ningbo is very boring but since I was living in pretty much the countryside for many years (ehhh, hello England), Ningbo was pretty much exciting for me. I was also quite happy that Ningbo has many restaurants that I didn't actually had to cook at all since I went to China (such a change from my first semester in Spain). However, one thing I hate about China is the shopping because all the shops have too many sales assistants coming up to you and following you everywhere. I just don't like the hard sell approach which meant I got to do very little shopping. Forgot to mention another thing I really despise is that people in China seems to spit/smoke everywhere and all the time. What is up with that?!

Year Abroad | First Time in China
In Shanghai
Having said that, my China experience had been absolutely wonderful by the people I have met there. Even though, I didn't take advantage of being in China by doing a lot of travelling since I only had the weekend free but it was filled with me trying to catch up with a whole semester worth of Chinese, which by the way, did not happen. However, I managed to go to Shanghai twice because it was fairly close to Ningbo, just an hour train ride away but if I was there alone I probably wouldn't have gone because travelling in China, requires a certain level of Chinese which I didn't have, so I am very thankful to have someone by my side (you might already know this, if you follow me on instagram: @wanischaaa). 

Year Abroad | First Time in China
In Hong Kong - Ferry to Macau

I've left mainland China earlier this June, since then I have travelled to Hong Kong, Macau and the Philippines. If you want to hear more about my experiences in these places, follow me on Instagram for updates (@wanischaaa). 
What are you guys doing this summer?


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L'Oréal Paris | Elvive Extraordinary Oil

Sunday, 8 June 2014

L’Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil is described as a  5-in-1 hair perfecter. It claims to to give shine, make the hair intensely nourished, softness, smooth and looks beautifully perfected in just one simple step. Although, I'm not one that care a lot about haircare because I'm just not very good at it but since I have been using this product regularly for months. I feel like I could give a review about it.

The L’Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil has a glass packaging with plastic pump at the top which makes the product looks very luxurious for an under £10 product. Even though, the packaging looks very luxurious on the dressing table, however, I find it to be very inconvenient when travelling because it's very heavy!

The oil has a very light consistency and it is also non-greasy which is a plus in my book as no ne wants greasy/oily hair. It is very easy to use and it absorbs into my hair very well. Although, the product doesn't give a permanent solution for bad hair because I still enjoy using it. 

I normally use it by pumping 2-3 pumps into my hand and then run the oil into my hair by combing it through the end of my hair with my fingers for about 10-15 minutes before I wash my hair. Afterwards, I do the same thing after I wash my hair whilst my hair was still wet. 

At first I didn't think that it has any effects on my hair but since I forgot to use it a couple of times after I washed my hair and then I noticed how much it has been keeping my hair soft, smooth and not tangling. I find that it also helps cut the times it takes me to dry my hair too. 

As for repurchasing? I would like to think that I would but I still want look at other similar hair oil products for comparisons. 

What hair oil product is your favourite?

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