Milk Makeup Review

It’s FINALLY here! It feels like I have waited for my Milk Makeup order to arrive for 100000 years. Ever since I discovered Milk Makeup, I’ve been trying to find ways to get them in Australia. Sadly, Cult Beauty doesn’t ship them, Sephora AU doesn’t stock them either. So I had to go through the old fashion ⏤ “can you send this parcel to your house, and I will treat you dinner?”. Thanks, mate. I didn’t go all out and order every single thing (I was close if I’m honest, but my credit card bill stopped me), so I went for some base products along with a few that are highly recommend by…well, all of the YouTubers I follow. If you’re interested to see what I’m crazy and not so crazy about, keep scrolling! x

收到通知說到貨的時候我開心了一整天,已經好一陣子沒有如此期待收到彩妝包裹,上一次應該是半年前。大概是去年開始,MILK MAKEUP 就出現在許多社群平台上,很多長期關注的 YOUTUBER 也都陸陸續續開始介紹它們家的東西。但因為一直認為梳妝台的東西真的太多了,所以不停告訴自己「妳不需要、不要買」,而壓斷理智的最後一根稻草就是看到他們的底妝系列的實測視頻。自然的光澤與妝感,完全就是寫著我的名字啊(笑)不過,他們家的產品對於不住在美國與英國的人還真不是想買就買得到。許多我習慣網購的彩妝平台都不寄送澳洲,不然就是沒有美國的信用卡不能刷(淚)。最後,我嘗試了人生第一次的網路代購 BUY AND SHIP (不是合作文唷,完全是個人經驗),再請要來訪的人幫忙帶過來。歷經了三個城市,終於我的 MILK MAKEUP 安全抵達我在澳洲的小窩(笑)而這陣子使用下來,也歸納出了一些喜歡與不喜歡的東西,決定今天來與你們分享。

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What I’m crazy about

The product that got me into this Milk Makeup obsession is definitely the Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30. For those of you who love Glossier Skin Tint, I believe this is something you will enjoy too. Similar texture, with just a little bit more coverage. It’s dewy, fresh and glowy — the glass skin finish (in a more natural way). I have pretty dry skin, and this sits on my skin quite well, no dry patch grabbing situation happening if that’s your concern too.

The next product I really enjoyed is the Kush Lip Glaze. Like all the other Milk Makeup products, the Lip Glaze is 100% vegan and cruelty-free. With jojoba oil and olive oil, it softens your lips while moisturising your lips. The texture is quite unique too, somewhere between a gel and a liquid, but not tacky at all. Designed to be used as an overnight lip mask, but I also love using it during the day whenever I feel like my lips needed some extra love.

To me, what Milk Makeup really stand out is in there stick complexion products. I didn’t try their famous lip + cheek tube, because I’m not a big blush person. However, I did pick up the Matte Bronzer (in Bake), which is equally loved in the online world, if not more. It blends seamlessly and stays all day. I know it’s named as a matte product, but I do feel like it comes with a natural glow. Which serves both the purpose of contouring & bronzing. I’d say if you’re only looking to try one product from Mil, this will be it.

第一款愛用品就是就是把我推入火坑的 SUNSHINE SKINT SPF 30 粉底液。官網上的敘述是輕度遮瑕,但我自己用起來覺得可以算是中度,堆疊到高度也沒問題,並不會顯得厚重。如果大家喜歡 GLOSSIER 的底妝,相信也會跟我一樣對這款愛不釋手。類似的質地,流動性很高也非常貼合皮膚(我是乾肌),光澤很自然,不是很囂張那種,但看起來就是睡眠充足,有點像韓國之前流行的玻璃感妝效。值得一提的是,它是按壓式的滾珠設計,我自己覺得滿好用也很新鮮,但網路上很多人不喜歡,大家可以納入考量。

接著,就是他們的護唇產品。比較長期關注我的人就知道我是名副其實的「護唇控」,每嘗試一個新品牌,都一定會入手他們的護唇系列來試試。MILK 的護唇產品有兩個,一個是唇膏式的,再來就是照片中的擠壓款的。因為網路上前者的評價偏低,所以我選購的時候就跳過了。KUSH LIP GLAZE 非常滋潤,雖然說主要是拿來適合晚上厚敷的,白天也會帶在隨身的包包裡,味道是很清新的薄荷味,挺好吸收,不粘膩。另外,有位朋友說她會上完唇彩後再擦,增加光澤效果頗不錯。

其實整個品牌最讓我驚豔的是他們的頰彩系列,很多人推薦腮紅棒,但因為我不太愛腮紅(本身很容易臉紅,所以有時候實在不想再用腮紅強調),所以並沒有下訂,倒是嘗試了受歡迎程度相似的 MATTE BRONZER STICK(Bake)。冷暖適中的淺咖啡色,除了當古銅棒外,拿來修容也挺合適,我拿的是最淺色,健康膚色的人建議拿深一號。很好推開,有些膏狀的修容或古銅餅都要動作很迅速,因為他們一下就在臉頰乾掉,但款完全不會。慢慢推,不用緊張(笑)。雖然商品名稱強調霧面,但我自己覺得他是有帶點光感的,其實這樣反而更自然。欸對,聽到「自然」兩個字,就知道又是我的愛用品啦。

 
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What I’m not so crazy about

Of course, not every product is meant for everyone. I have to say, I’m pretty impressed by the overall standard of Milk Makeup and quite satisfied with most of my purchases. But there are a few things I’m just not so crazy about — meaning I have other stuff in my own collection I would instead use. The first thing I’m on the fence is about is the Flex Concealer. Shocking! I know, since every review I’ve read since to rave about it. It’s not bad, it covers, and it stays, but every time I use it, I instantly feel like I should have stuck with my other concealers. I personally prefer a more brightening & glowy concealer, perhaps that’s the reason.

The other thing I’m not so crazy about is the Kush Fibre Brow Gel. Again, it’s not terrible, but it’s just not favourite. One of those products if someone asks “what do you recommend in Milk Makeup?'“, I definitely wouldn’t go right off the bat and say “the brow gel!”. The colour? Fab. The brush? Ok. The holding power? Not up on my alley. All that said, I’ve been known to be really picky when it comes to my brow products, so far the only one that I have been repurchasing all the time is the Hourglass Fibre Brow Gel. Not even then Glossier Brow Gel made it to my list (shocking, again I know!)

當然,有讓人驚喜的產品,相對就有沒那麼喜歡的。不過在這裡的不喜歡不是指難用到不行,只是單純在這個品牌它不是我的首選,或是同樣品項我自己有在其它品牌有更愛的,一切表現中規中矩。第一個讓我覺得普通的產品就是 FLEX CONCEALER 遮瑕膏,我也很驚訝,畢竟網路上一面倒的好評。遮瑕度不錯,持久度也還行,但保濕能力就比較弱,如果當天眼下膚況不太好就會顯細乾紋。加上我個人喜歡提亮型的遮瑕多些,所以就比較不對胃。

另一個讓我比較無感的就是他們的 FIBRE BROW GEL 染眉膏(欸對,又是一個熱門商品)。自己都不太清楚到底是喜歡還是不喜歡這項產品。簡單來說,如果有人問我「推薦 MILK MAKEUP 的哪些產品?」,它肯定不會在名單中。顏色 OK,刷毛 OK ,持久度差強人意。就是那種中午畫完妝,下午過後照照鏡子會發現自己眉毛塌了。但我自己對於眉毛的要求本來就非常著重在持久,遺傳了楊先生的大濃眉,所以除了修眉毛長度和外匡以外是完全不畫眉也不動眉型的,我的追求就是找到一支好的染眉膏讓眉毛整天站好(笑)。

 
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Overall Thoughts

Overall, I’m pretty into the brand. The Sunshine Skin Tint is still in my everyday makeup routine, so is the Matte Bronzer. The Lip Glaze is always in my purse. I’m even still giving the Flex Concealer some chances. It’s been nice to play with new makeup after my two months no-buy challenge. I love the clean aesthetic of their branding and packaging. They do have a few other bolder choices, which is not typically products I would go for. In my opinion, Milk Makeup is like a delicate balance between Glossier & Glossier Play! I’m also keen on trying their eyeshadow, perhaps I’ll give it a go when I visit my sister in New York. I hope they will ship to Australia SOON (fingers - crossed)! Have you guys tried anything from Milk? Let me know your thought, what are some of your favourite? x

不得不說,MILK MAKEUP 整體的質感都很在線。不只說產品,連包裝都很難讓人不喜歡,極簡的字樣與貼心的包裝,從化妝包裡拿出來就心情就很好。創辦人 Dianna Ruth 曾在一場訪談中表示 — 「現代的女性通常都很忙碌,需要的是一系列在任何場合或是趕往下個行程的路上都能快速補妝和上裝的產品」。當然別看包裝簡簡單單的,他們也是有許多彩度偏高的眼影、頰彩與唇彩等等,不是全部都是「自然看不出來」係,這純屬個人偏好(笑)下次有機會到美國走跳,還真的想入手眼影試試,聽說顯色度很高,也不會積陷,但因為眼妝不太熟悉我比較不敢網購,還是得親自到櫃上試色看看。哎,希望他們可以趕緊在澳洲的SEPHORA上市。大家知道 MILK MAKEUP 這個品牌嗎?有試過或是什麼感興趣的商品嗎?歡迎在底下留言讓我知道唷。

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March Journal

 

March went by so damn fast, that I only realised a few days ago that it was the last week of March, and it’s time for a recap.

又到了一個月一次的日記時間(希望今年能好好執行)。一起來回顧一下三月發生了什麼事吧!

 
 
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THE HIGHS

There were a lot of highs this month. I’m currently rebranding my logo. When it comes to logo design, I just can never seem to get it right, which is why I finally decided to ask for some professional help. I’ve been following Ann Chang on Instagram for a while. I love her work so much, especially how she plays with different fonts. My brief to her was - Feminine but not girly. Strong but not bold. And even though we are only in our first round of edits, I’m already so satisfied, I can see my visions coming true. Can’t show you guys anything yet, but stay tuned, because I know you’ll love it as much as I do. Earlier this month I attended the Virgin Australia Fashion Festival’s Identity Runway. It’s runway to support local designers here in Australia. The venue was amazing, the pieces are not something I would normally wear, but it doesn’t make it any less beautiful (styled by my amazing friend Jenna Flood). Also, my collaborative article with Taiwanese tea shop Grassphere went live this month. The article included some of my favourites photos I’ve taken for the past few months, if you fancy a look, head over. Last but not least, this week marks my one month with We Work. I went for a dedicated desk membership, and despite the extra rent, I’m so happy with this decision. I work faster now, no more putting off deadlines, and my productivity is better than ever. More about his on a later post!

這個月值得開心的事還滿多的!首先,目前正在進行正式 logo 的設計。過去都是自己用 Adobe 軟體亂玩,一直達不到心裡想要的模樣,所以這次決定交給專業。在社群媒體上關注 Ann Chang 好一陣子了,很喜歡她的風格,特別是她對字體的運用。我給她的設計理念是 『Feminine but not girly. Strong but not old』雖然我們才經歷第一階段的討論與修改,老實說我內心已經十分滿意,能夠看到腦海中的畫面慢慢現形的感覺真好,期待與你們分享成果的那天(應該下個月就可以了)。另外,在三月初受到之前合作過的造型師的邀請,參與了這裏的 Fashion Festival。和官方 Melbourne Fashion Week 不同的是,為了要讓本地的設計師得到更多的關注,所以非產業的民眾也可以買票觀秀。Festival 期間,不單單只有墨爾本,來自澳洲各地的獨立設計師都會來參展,是個了解當地中小品牌的好機會。月中的時候發表了和小草作漢方茶的體驗分享,之所以特別提出來是因為這應該是我近期最滿意的產品攝影,加上這次的漢方茶真的是心頭好啊(笑)最後,來說說上個月提到的 We Work Co-Working Space,我最後選了『專用辦公桌』的會員方案。雖然說租金比一般會員多些,但不管是在效率或是執行力都進步非常多,回家後也不太會半夜還在趕稿,而且身邊的人也都是在接案或是年輕小型企業,所以大家常常會互相討論、幫忙甚至是合作,在我看來,是我今年(目前啦,也才過三個月)在工作上做的最正確的決定!到時候會跟大家分享一篇共租工作空間的心得,希望你們有興趣。

 
 

Empties & Old Favourites

In my Feb Journal, I mentioned I’m currently in a no-buy state for anything beauty related (more on the reason in a later section). As much as I love a minimal fresh look, my beauty collection is far from being minimal. The no-buy challenge, not only gives me a chance to use up my products, but also go through some old favourites. All that said, here are some honourable mentions:

上個月的日記中,和大家提到我最近在進行的 『Beauty No-Buy Challenge』。不是說完全不能買,只是訂了點規矩。彩妝的部分,一個品項見底了才能買下一個;保養則是想先把手邊囤貨的用完。除了希望能改善櫃子堆積如山的景象,再來就是希望自己交出錢包錢可以先想一下。這兩個月下來,出現了一些保養空瓶跟彩妝就舊愛,一起來看看吧。

 
 
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SKIN, ORAL & HAIR CARE EMPTIES

1 Korres Tooth Paste - I love the idea of a natural whitening tooth paste. The scent is so beautiful that its almost obsessive, and believe it or not, it actually whitens! 2 Omorovicza Omoroessence - My 3rd empty bottle! Sadly, I’ll have to finish my other essence before buying a new one. It’s lightweight, extremely moisturising, and calming for my sensitive skin. 3 Omorovicza Lip Balm - Another beautiful product from the Hungarian brand. I apply a thick layer before at night before bed, and always wake up with the softest lip. Not sticky, not heavy, just pure moisture. 4 Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist - This is an expensive mist to love, so if you don’t have $87 to spend, don’t even test it. It’s so beautiful, leaves a fresh dewy finish. 5 Kevin Murphy Dry Shampoo - My workout bag essential. And honestly just any day when I’m too lazy to wash my hair. Oops.

1 Korres 牙膏 - 先前都是用日本藥妝的牙膏,但因為之前囤的用完了,所以臨時在這裡買。來自希臘的品牌,一切都是純天然,而且帶點美白的作用,絕對會回購。2 Omorovicza 肌源活泉精萃 - 已經用完第三瓶了,可惜因為 No Buy Challenge 要先把手邊別的精華用完才可以再買(淚)除了舒緩跟保濕外,也能讓後續的保養吸收得更完整,膚質因為它穩定許多。3 Omorovicza 完美修護潤唇膏 - 又是一個來自匈牙利活泉品牌的好產品。老實說,已經好一陣子沒有把護唇膏用到見底了。不粘膩、又滋潤,不管是睡前還是妝前唇部打底都很適合,這次空瓶系列中的私心最愛。4 Chanel 山茶花保濕精華噴霧 - 很喜歡它的味道,保濕與定妝效果的很好(我是乾肌),是一款任何方面表現非常好的噴霧,可惜就是價錢太不親民。5 Kevin Murphy 乾洗髮 - 來自澳洲品牌。自從把護髮產品都會成無矽靈、起泡劑與仿腐劑之後,一直找不到好的噴霧型產品(定型液與乾洗髮等等) 。Kevin Murphy 是目前用過最好的,效果不錯,味道也好聞,與你們分享。

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OLD MAKE UP FAVOURITES

1 Giorgio Armani UV Master Primer - The best part of this challenge is I get to revisit some amazing products. This primer leaves a nice glow to the skin, sometimes I’ll just wear this alone. 2 Dior Backstage Face and Body - Okay, let me be honest, I bought this because of Meghan Markle. I love the skin-like, natural matte finish (less glowy comparing to my other foundations, but I can always add some highlighter). No irritations, no breakouts, and it stays. Why did I stop using it at the first place? 3 Glossier Stretch Concealer - my sister to get me some glossier products because they don’t ship to Australia. The concealer is my favourite of them all. Dewy and creamy, a.k.a dry skin friendly. 4 Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish - A hype product that actually lives up to the hype (plus, never knew hitting pan feels so good!). 5 It Cosmetic #7 brush - so soft, great for a sheer airbrush look. Not necessary, but a good choice if you want a new foundation brush.

1 Giorgio Armani 高效防護妝前乳 - 去年底本來要去買粉氣墊,結果反而帶了這條回家。手邊的是帶粉色的潤色版,除了防曬之外還能提亮,不想化妝的時候,就會單擦這條就出門了。2 DIOR 專業後台水粉底 - 當初完全是被梅根推入坑,喜歡它的微霧光澤,非常自然,薄薄一層就很夠(乾肌記得要做好妝前保濕)。3 Glossier 遮瑕膏 - 很滋潤,不會卡紋,價錢也非常可接受。去年聖誕節楊小妹從紐約幫我帶來的 Glossier 產品中,最喜歡它。4 Charlotte Tillbury 蜜粉餅 - 人生第一次把粉餅用到見底!有修飾的效果,但還是很自然,不會太厚重(因為不太出油所以我都只上T字),應該是目前用過最好用的蜜粉餅。 5 IT Cosmetics #7 粉底刷 - 原先只是旅遊用的,但這個月我平常也在拿來上妝。毛很軟,長度剛好也不會有刷痕。沒有到必備,但如果正好要換粉底刷,可以考慮這支。

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New in & review

While I've been restricting myself pretty well on the beauty area, I did splurge myself with a couple of new jewellery pieces. These delicate pieces by Sarah & Sebastian have officially become part of my everyday essentials. It was the only brand I’ve been wearing for the past months. It’s great for layering, and compliments guaranteed.

好的,雖然在美妝與保養的部分很節制,但這個月還是入手了些飾品。Sarah & Sebastain 是來自雪梨的品牌,恰好是我喜歡的極簡風格。簡約的線條非常修飾手指長度,搭配性也非常高。他們除了婚戒等高單價的系列,也有不少流行性高些或是可以日常配戴的設計。另外,官網的部分個人覺得做得非常好,是我少數敢在沒看過實品的情況下購買的飾品品牌。

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What I read

Finished Bird Box in three days. The writing is amazing, and it sucks you in the story that you’ll want to pause everything just to read this. The second book I read is An Edited Life by Anna Newton. Okay, the only reason I started this no-buy challenge is because I watched her makeup declutter video. She gave me a whole new perspective of organisation, and how a streamlined lifestyle can literally change your…well, life. I’m still doing some research on the whole capsule wardrobe thing, I’ll let you guys know if I decided to dive in. The Proposal, not my normal genre, but it is great if you need a little break from life. It’s funny and realistic. So Enjoyable.

三月書單

Birdbox 絕對是這個月的第一名。三天就看完了,節奏很快,會讓人欲罷不能,吃早餐也在看,通勤也在看,睡前也是。我還沒看過電影,但聽說評價也不錯。推薦給喜歡恐怖或是末日類型故事的人。再來,我第二個看完就是 An Edited Life ,也是讓我看是瘋狂大整理家裡的罪魁禍首(笑)在 Youtube 上發現了 Anna Newton,花了幾天把她所有居家的影片看完,發現除了物品的規劃,生活上如果有好的規劃,整個人也會神清氣爽。最近也在研究膠囊衣櫥,雖然覺得我離這個目標還非常遙遠,但至少能先從自己的衣櫃下手,把不常穿(或是幾乎沒穿過)的捐出去或二手拍,只留下真正需要以及最愛的。最後是 The Proposal,是我幾乎不讀的類型,但因為朋友一直推薦,所以就借來看看。有點愛情喜劇的感覺,有時候還會真的笑出來,解壓或是想讀得輕鬆的內容的人可以看看。

The Lows

Everything is going great other than my fitness routine. I use to hit the gym three times every week, but this month I only went about 3 times in a month. I don’t know why I’m feeling a bit unmotivated in this area, perhaps I need to try something new, just to switch it up a bit. Any of you have recommendation for fun workouts? I’m thinking of trying reformer pilates. All that said, hope your March has been amazing, and wishing you all the best April ahead x

整體來說三月過得非常開心又充實,唯一比較煩惱的就是我的運動習慣。過去大約一週運動三到四次,從米蘭回來後就發懶,一個禮拜有一次就要偷笑了。可能是長時間做同一種運動膩了,所以最近想換別的試試看。有人有試過機械式皮拉提斯嗎?感覺滿好玩的,報名了課程,下週要去體驗看看。好咧,今天就到這裡,希望大家四月可以一切順心,我們下篇文章見。

Grassphere Kampo Tea

There are a few things I consider essential to get my day to day life going. Books, my planner, sunscreen, lip balm, and of course, my daily dose of tea. I use to drink chamomile tea religiously, then there was a moment I was obsessed with earl grey, and now I’ve moved on to something more oriental. Being a long-term fan of Grassphere Tea Shop, I was so excited to have been given the chance to try their latest Kampo Tea pack. And now, I’ve finally got to sit down a give u guys a full review.

相信每個人都有日常的生活必需品,讓我們在工作或是私下都有著極度喜愛或是需要的愛用清單。我的清單共有五樣:書、行事曆、護唇膏、防曬乳(欸是的,澳洲的太陽很可怕),在來就是陪我度過辦公桌時光的愛茶。大學的時候很愛伯爵茶,然後工作慢慢把目標轉移有助眠作用的洋甘菊,而這半年來的愛將,是來自小草作的漢方茶。幾年前在民生社區發現了小草作,以前還借過他們的場地拍攝(笑),他們的產品一直以來在我心中都是品質保證,這次當然也不例外。最近終於有時間好好坐下來打心得給大家,快來看看吧。

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Brown Sugar, Chrysanthemum & Red Jujube

I tend to avoid any sorts of refined sugar in my drink (for the sake of a clear skin), but when it comes to brown sugar….sorry I’m all in. Perhaps my favourite from the entire pack, I literally cannot sipping my cup, even though elegantly drinking your tea is kind of a thing. All that said, this particular blend is good for your eyes, especially beneficial for this who spends a lot of time staring at their screen everyday (don’t we all??). I personally love drinking this in the evening, sinking in my couch, enjoying the beautiful smell of brown sugar (I’m bias here, but everything else smells amazing too!), listening to my favourite podcast and just letting my eyes rest a while.

黑糖紅棗杭菊茶

整個綜合組裡,第一個試喝也是最喜歡的味道。這幾年,除了偶爾的熱可可,已經戒掉了含糖飲料,不過「黑糖」是我偶爾會給自己的小小放縱(笑)畢竟,比起一般的白糖,他對身體是真正有好處的。我們知道紅棗對健康有益,但其實好的紅棗並不是那麼好找,質量好的呈偏暗的紅酒色,有著淺淺的皺紋但不會太明顯,最重要的是它自帶香甜。小草作選擇的苗栗的有機紅棗,就是這樣的。溫炒過的台南黑糖、質感好的紅棗以及有助於清熱的杭菊,絕對是富含營養的女孩聖品。值得一提的是,這款茶還有替雙眼補元氣的作用;我自己喜歡晚上下班後,聽著 podcast,一邊品茶一邊讓眼睛好好休息。

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BROWN SUGAR, JUJUBE BLACK TEA

A similar version from the previous one, the Brown Sugar Jujube Black Tea is a simpler taste, but equally delicious & beneficial. Self care can mean different things for different people. For me, pour little cup of this before my crazy day start does the quite the magic. p.s - its good for your skin too!.

黑糖紅棗紅玉紅茶

原料比上一款少些,但依舊富含滋味與養分。隨著「寵愛自己」的觀念盛行,每個人都有在忙碌的生活中偷點閒的小方法。我呢?就是在早給自己泡上一杯黑糖紅棗紅玉暖暖身。我天生四肢冰冷,加上墨爾本一天有四季,即便是夏天早上還是帶著涼意,而除了享受我最愛的茶味外,還能替自己儲備能量,面對接下來的行程。

 
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Lime, Kumquate & Ginger

Something slightly more refreshing from the previous one. I’d like to consider this my day-time tea choice. Due to the ingredients, this particular tea blend is filled with vitamin C, giving us a quick health boost. It is also great when you’re filling a little off (you know that annoying low energy filling when you are about to catch a flu? we’ve all been there!). To me, lime is something that grows on you with age, I remember being a kid/teenager when I avoid all things in the lime/lemon family. And now, as I’m older, I’m starting really appreciate it. The tingly sourness along with a kick from ginger, such a great way to bring your energy back!

金桔檸檬薑片茶

檸檬與金桔這種東西,是我隨著年齡才慢慢懂得享受與喜愛的食材。過去,任何帶有一點酸的東西,我一點都不能接受,一直到這一兩年。金桔檸檬薑片茶,光是聽名字就知道是款富含維他命C的好茶,快感冒可以拿出來補補元氣,但不只如此,他的口味非常清新,作為一款純享用的熱飲也合理(畢竟,不是所以對身體有益的東西都味道都是好的,但它卻兩著兼具)。來自南投的檸檬、屏東的金桔因為有著充足的陽光普照著,酸味更有層次,讓我這個「怕酸人」也能開心的喝著,而不太過嗆辣的台南薑片似乎也替我們提了神,做為結尾的微後勁,很剛好。

 
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Ginger Black Tea

Though I personally don’t like any dish that contains ginger, I don’t mind them in my drink. I’m a huge fan of ginger tea, they make me feel calmer & warmer, especially during colder days. With the mellow taste from carefully handpicked Taiwanese black tea, the spicy taste of ginger taste just about right. Like all the other blends it doesn’t just taste nice, this specific Ginger Black Tea, is great for your circulation and enhancing blood flow. I love drinking them the next morning from a huge & tasty dinner with friends, makes me feel less bloated from all the rich dishes the night before.

薑片紅茶

我不吃薑、任何跟薑母鴨呀、生薑炒肉,蛤蠣薑片湯之類的都不會出現在我的餐桌上。但奇怪的是,我非常喜歡喝有薑的飲品或甜點,像是蜂蜜薑茶,聖誕節會吃的薑餅人餅乾等等,都是我非常喜愛的。所以當我發現漢方茶系列中有薑片紅茶,那興奮之情可想而知(欸,又是薑又是黑糖,小草作真是了解我)。這款茶能加強循環代謝以及減輕身體負擔,我自己如果晚上和朋友聚餐吃得比較油膩,就會在隔天早上泡一杯來喝。

 

Brown Sugar ginger Tea

Something similar from the previous one, but more in favour to my taste buds, and perhaps my best friend during the time of the month. I get a lot of period bloat for those day, but a large mug of Brown Sugar Ginger Tea literally makes feel better in a few mintues. What can I say? Happy gut, happy period life!

黑糖薑片茶

女孩日的好夥伴。除了我本身就是黑糖與薑的狂熱粉絲外,他們對於生理期的好處相信大家都知道。我個人幸運點,不像部分女孩會肚子痛到無法工作、出門,但些許的不適與脹氣還是會有的。而這時候來一杯黑糖薑片紅茶就是最佳的良藥。薑可以暖身、黑糖暖胃,讓我們用好心情面對生理期。

 

Roselle, Rose & brown sugar

If I’m honest, I’ve never tried Roselle Tea (also known as Hibiscus) until this days. I know about the health benefits, such as blood health, lesser chance for skin irritations and cancer etc. But the smell was too sour for me, so I never thought of trying it. But thank god I did this time, perhaps its the brown sugar and the rose, it wasn’t as sour as I thought it would be, in fact it was quite refreshing and thirst relieving. I dig.

黑糖洛神玫瑰茶

一直到這次以前,我從來沒喝過洛神茶。就如先前所說的,我是怕酸之人,所以即便知道洛神有降血脂、抗癌與發炎等作用,我基本上還是敬而遠之。所以不滿大家說,在這次的漢方茶系列,黑糖洛神玫瑰茶,是我最後一個嘗試的。幸好,我還是試了。或許是黑糖,或許是玫瑰,小草作的洛神茶,把酸味中和的剛剛好。一切都很順口、很清新,這杯做為我的洛神初體驗,真好。

 
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SOURCED, BREWED, BLENDED
⏤ ALL IN TAIWAN

What I love most about the Kampo Tea Pack, is not just simply the flavours, but the fact that everything is sourced and made in Taiwan. For instance, the brown sugar is from Tainan, the ginger found in Taitung, the red jujubes planted in Maioli, and the tea shop itself is based in Taipei.

I love supporting brands from home, despite spending almost 10 years abroad, I’m still the Taiwanese kid at heart. And Grassphere Tea Shop is one of the many brands I keep close in my heart, because they remind me how amazing home is.

從種植、採收到製造,
一切都來自台灣

喜愛這次漢方茶系列的原因有很多。除了好味道,最讓我傾心的就是每款茶的每個原料都是來自台灣。在為文章找資料的時候,網路上的字字句句都讓我驕傲。好比,台南關山的黑糖、苗栗有機紅棗,以及無金屬的台東安心薑片,然後,當然不能不提的就是小草作在台北的美麗茶舖。

長時間離家在外,習慣了澳洲的空氣,忘了台灣也很厲害、也很美。欸對,其實國外的月亮不是比較圓,只是我們在家的時候都沒有抬頭欣賞自家院子的夜景,我們,其實一點都不輸。

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There you have it, my thoughts on Grassphere Tea Shop’s latest Kampo Tea Pack. Do any of the flavours sound interesting to you? Let me know your thoughts, I’d love to know!

好的,今天的分享就到此結束。漢方茶組合組,你們最感興趣的是哪一個呢?
歡迎留言分享出來唷。

 

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shot on Fujifilm x-h1 with 35mm lens
*the teas were gifted by Grassphere Tea Shop, however all opinions are 100% mine
find out more about Grassphere Tea Shop through their Instagram or Facebook

Teck Talk: Cameras

About a year ago, I made the jump to change my entire shooting system from Canon to Fujifilm. And for me, it’s probably the best decision I’ve ever made in for my photography journey. I have been looking to simplify my shooting process for so long. To let me mind lead rather than getting wrapped up in the vortex of equipment. Of course, how good your photograph is, is not determined by how updated/expensive your camera is. All that said, despite me getting so many DMs about my gear, this is still just me saying the Fuji system works for me best and sharing my experience. And hope you guys find it somewhat useful!

很常收到大家私訊問拍照的問題,特別是關於使用的相機跟修圖軟體。約一年前,我把手邊 Canon 系統的相機、鏡頭等換成富士的,然後我真心覺得這是目前在攝影方面做過最好的決定。以前,我也會被型號啊、新舊機型跟鏡頭多少顆這些問題給搞得頭昏腦脹,讓攝影這件事變得很複雜,不過當我脫手大部分的器材後,發現我居然更愛享受拍照的過程了。一切從零開始,一台工作相機、一台旅遊相機,鏡頭也一顆而已,反而不再被比較心態綁架,專注的靠雙眼與快門來完成心中的影像。所以我想說的是,不是擁有最好的相機才能拍出最好的照片,一切都關於使用感受,而正好,富士是適合我的拍攝方式,特別得心應手。所以心得僅供參考唷,大家還是要做好功課才去買相機,知道嗎(笑)

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Fuji X100f with 23MM F/2 fix lens

What I use it for:

Personal Travels, Most Social Media Content. Anything that needs accessibility and ease.

What I don’t use it for:

Work-related imagery & content

Pros:

Honestly, if you want a camera that doesn’t need interchangeable lenses, small to take with you everywhere, or just a simple travel camera - look in to the x100 range. They have amazing image quality and for the price you’re are paying for - it’s 100% worth it! They preform well in low light too.

Cons:

You can’t change lenses with this one, and 23mm can be too far for some circumstances. Personally, I’ve been shooting fix lens mostly for my entire life, so I’m quite use too moving around, but do bare this in mind.

什麼時候使用呢?
個人、和家庭或朋友旅遊的時候。紀錄日常、咖啡廳放空心得。或是任何需要以「輕便」為主的拍攝情況。

什麼時候不使用?

工作與產品照,需要大量 focus 在細節的時候。


優點

老實說,如果想找一款平常與旅遊都能用隨身的相機,我非常推薦去看看 x100 這個系列(記得要做功課!)。這台小相機的畫質真的非常好,大部分的情況下銳利度也都足夠。晚上拍攝也沒有太大問題。個人覺得這樣的價錢能有這樣的價錢真的太讓人滿意了(建議去日本比價)。

缺點

鏡頭不能換。我個人已經習慣不利用鏡頭拉近或拉遠,直接靠走動來抓自己想要的畫面。當然有時候,環境並不允許我們瘋狂走動,這時候 23mm 就會變得很不方便,這點需要考量。

shot on fujifilm x100f

shot on fujifilm x100f

shot on fujifilm x100f

shot on fujifilm x100f

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shot on fujifilm x-h1 in 56mm lens

shot on fujifilm x-h1 in 56mm lens

shot on fujifilm x-h1 with 35mm lens

shot on fujifilm x-h1 with 35mm lens

Fuji X-H1with 35mm F/1.4 lens

What I use it for:
Client shoots, Editorials, Products Shoots, Collaborative Blog Posts/Social Media Posts, Fashion Week, Prints etc.

What I don’t use it for:

When I’m out and about for a normal day shooting everyday life. Or when I’m not travelling for work.

Pros:

After renting a Fujifilm for a month, I’m fully converted. I really didn’t want to go back to my large DSLR cameras. This one is in mid-frame, and it’s perfect for my size - creating perfect imagery without making your arms sore too much (they still sore till the end of the day, but not as much as my old Canon).

Cons:

Though it’s considered small for most mid-frames but it can still get in the way. But like I said, I use this one for work, so I would obviously have my big backpack with me. Again, not as travel-friendly as the x100 ranges.

什麼時候使用呢?
基本上任何跟工作有關的都是用這台。棚拍、部落格產品照、活動側拍、時裝周、或是想要打印出來的影像。

什麼時候不使用?

個人旅遊、記錄日常的時候。基本上任何跟工作無關的東西。

優點

在購買前,我其實租了一台來使用。一個月後,發現不管是手感、使用方式、介面和產出的影像,都非常符合我想要的感覺(左手邊為作品),也挺適合我的工作型態,就決定入手了。這是一台中篇幅的相機,但我覺得完全不輸任何大砲或單眼(換之前我自己也是單眼愛好者),重量對女生來說也還行,不會像之前那樣全身酸痛得很嚴重。

缺點

雖然說比起其他單眼已經算輕了,但攜帶起來也不是太方便。特別是當你換某些鏡頭的時候,如果喜歡走瀟灑與輕便路線的人,可能會在旅遊中覺得麻煩。電池也比較容易沒電,然後快們聲很小,拍攝的時候模特兒或身邊的團隊有些時候會聽不到,特別是音樂放很大聲的時候(笑)

shot on fujifilm x-h1 with 35mm lens / edited through lightroom

shot on fujifilm x-h1 with 35mm lens / edited through lightroom

Editing Software

On the Computer

Photoshop

I use photoshop for detail editing. Getting rid of finger prints, when there is a random pedestrian on my street shots anything that’s sort of bothering me in the image.

Lightroom

Perhaps my favourite part of editing. Experimenting on contrast/saturation/ exposure/crop/clarity/details and etc. To me, this is the software to really bring out your personal style, because everyone sees a raw image differently.

On the Phone

VSCO

I normally only use photos taken by my phone for stories. A6 is my favourite filter, and perhaps the only filter I use. I like to bring it down so it doesn’t look to fake.

PICA

I only use it for the vintage grain effects I’m currently obsessed with.

修圖軟體

電腦上

Photoshop

細節的處裡一般來說都是在 Photoshop 完成。譬如產品上的指紋啦,或是一些有些突兀的路人,我都會用它。

Lightroom

Lightroom 應該是最愛的編修程式了,我喜歡透過色調、對比、曝光、細節強弱跟冷暖色等等來呼應應拍攝當下的感受以及突顯個人風格。畢竟,即便是同樣的角度,每個人所看到的與想要呈現的故事依舊不同。

手機上

VSCO

我其實很少分享用手機拍出的照片,一般都是拿來錄影比較多。如果有的情況,都會用 VSCO 的 A6 濾鏡來做處理,不過我會把強度調低一點,才不濾鏡感這麼強。


PICA

最近新發現的手機軟體,不過我只會用它來增加粒子創造一點復古的感覺。

shot on fujiflm x100f /edited through lightroom

shot on fujiflm x100f /edited through lightroom

 

Like I mentioned before, these are just what works for me in my situations. It is always good to google as much as you can before purchasing a camera (or anything in general). I probably watched 20 youtube videos, read countless blog reviews before I went on and RENT a Fujifilm X Series to try it out, this might sound surprising but I actually don’t own a lot lens, I rent most of them. Hope this post answers some of your questions. And if there is anything you’d like to know more about, feel free to comment below x

好咧,這就是我工作、旅遊和日常用的相機跟拍攝習慣。還是那句老話,請大家一定要多查資料、到店裡親自把玩試試手感再決定。像我自己,就是看了無數個 Youtube 影片、部落格文章與論壇才決定要去「租」一台來試試。其實,我覺得選相機就跟交朋友一樣,一台合適的相機,就像找到了相見恨晚的投機好友,能夠陪伴你創造更多精彩、過癮的回憶。希望這篇有回答到平常私訊中的疑問,有任何問題也歡迎留言討論唷,我們下次見。

*this isn’t a sponsored post, i’m just a Fujifilm camera/system lover

 
 

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Evening Routine

As the night glamour has finds its way through my apartment window, I decided to take the matter to my own hand and create a new evening routine, so that after a long day of work, I’ll still be able to unwind and relax.

最近一回家就開始了一系列的「放鬆儀式」,好好休息、好好吃飯、好好保養,學著對自己好一點。感謝 10 10 Hope 提供的 NEOM 礦物浴鹽,讓我下班後疲憊的身心都被照顧的透徹。


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A Cozier Space with Neom

Each change of season is a chance for a fresh start. I don't know about you guys, but when it comes to transitioning into a different weather, I'd always find myself on the hunt to make my little flat a little more relatable for the time-being. It could be a couple of new cushions, art prints or like in today's case, a lovely scent diffuser. Now as anyone following me on social media would know, I'm huge fan of essential oils. And Neom Organics is one of those brands I've been mentioning a lot since discovering them in London. I received their new Wellbeing Pod Diffuser a few weeks back, and it's been part of my win-down routine since. All that said, I thought it would be nice to dedicate a post to my new love and show you how I use it & style it. Keep scrolling!

在天氣轉換之際,我總喜歡將生活環境重新打理一翻。把該替換的替換,該整理的整理;或是找些裝飾,把公寓佈置的更合時節一點。有時候是新的床組被單,觀望很久的海報或畫作,又或是像近期很著迷香氛產品。上個月,收到 10 10 Hope 的電郵,邀請我體驗的 NEOM Organics 的療癒香氛機的郵件。過去在英國讀書的時候認識了這個品牌,之前也跟大家聊過他們家的產品。NEOM 擅長用精緻的天然香氛讓身為顧客的我們生活過得更加順心。不管是精油、香氛或是蠟燭在我心裡都是品質保證。另外,我也十分欣賞創辦人 Nicola Elliott 與團隊對居家美學的堅持與心態,可想而知對這次的機會,自然是非常感興趣。這幾個星期將它融入自己的 routine 中,就讓我們一起來看看吧。


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THE DESIGN

What I love about this diffuser is that it's such a beautiful home decor piece itself. My bedroom has a pretty warm colour palette (being wood, dusty pink and  copper), and the white ceramic design fits in perfectly. If I'm honest, most diffuser I've come across does the work, yet doesn't look that good. And I tend to put them away using it. However, this is not the case here. The wellbeing pod has been a staple on my dressing table and bedside for a while now, and I intend to keep it that way.

隨著二十歲進入後半場,對於生活品質的要求也趨於不同。現在的我,比起入手衣服鞋子等等,更傾向於把自己的居家環境打造的舒適些。房子是租來的,生活可不是,一步步慢慢到處搜集,讓自己每天回家看見小公寓都是笑容滿面的。NEOM 的「療癒香氛機」打破了一般我們對於香氛機模樣的既定印象,白色陶瓷外身與金色點綴,很精緻,手感也扎實。沒在用的時候,我也就這麼放著,像個家飾,特別賞心悅目。

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THE ESSENTIAL OILS

Along with the Wellbeing Pod,  I also received the 'Wellbeing Essential Oil Blend collection'.
It comes with four different essential oils ⏤ sleep, make you happy, boost your energy & destress.

除了香氛機,這次也一併體驗了 NEOM 的療癒香氛組
組合裡共有四款精油:舒緩恬睡、幸福愉悅、皇家奢華以及清新甦活。現在就來跟大家逐一聊聊心得。

 

Sleep is my favourite scent from NEOM (I've shared my love about their face wash too). I love how calming it is, and for someone who has been struggling with sleeping problems for so long, there is really nothing more I can ask for. I still spend some time tossing and turning around before actually falling asleep, but I don't wake up in between anymore. It is made of 19 different essential oils, along with lavender, which is known for its soothing effect, literally the perfect 'sleep' scent.

舒緩恬睡」,是我最喜歡且熟悉的 NEOM 精油系列,不管是之前介紹過的精露或是卸粧霜,都是梳妝台上的愛牌。裡頭包含了19種精油成分,包含了能調整睡眠品質的薰衣草。做為一個凌晨一點上床,兩三點左右睡著,然後六七點自動醒來的人,對於睡覺這事早已經成半放棄狀態了。不過,這幾週搭配「舒緩恬睡」使用,雖然沒有到沾枕就昏倒那麼誇張,但助眠功力確實不錯。中間不再短短續續起來,然後睡前的醞釀時間也減半,是淺眠與失眠人的救星。  

SLEEP. 舒緩恬睡

 

MAKE YOU HAPPY. 幸福愉悅

I use 'Make you happy' as a morning get-ready scent. I normally put it in after waking up, and after I finished my morning shower, the room will smell just right. Its uplifting and yet subtle at the same time. Gives me the perfect mood lift while I put some makeup on.

平日早上整理儀容的時候最愛的香氛。睡醒後點上「幸福愉悅」精油,鋪好床,接著到洗手間梳洗後再回到房間化妝換衣服,這時候香氣的濃郁度正好。成份包含了橙花與含羞草,空氣中充滿了有朝氣的氛圍,有效驅逐負面情緒,替一天的好心情打底。

 

My 'writer's block' scent. To all you bloggers, writers, content creators or even students writing essays. We've all been there, when there's a deadline in a few days, and yet nothing is sparking up in your mind. Or is it just me? Anyways, whenever I'm in that situation, I bring out the 'De-Stress', it changes my mind set to something less anxious, and it slows my brain down so I have enough time to find the right idea rather than the worrying too much about missing the deadlines.

作為文字與影像工作者,總有那麼一時半刻甚至是幾天覺得所有好的靈感都離自己而去了。其實不一定是要寫文章,任何工作都會有頭腦打結的時候。這時候我回選擇放下手邊的事,把香氛機搬到工作室,然後點上「皇家奢華」精油。這款精油很舒壓,而茉莉花的暖調恰好能調整且安撫我的急性子。畢竟許多時候,遇到瓶頸並不是因為我們沒有靈感,反而是因為我們太急於向前走,而忽略了腦海裡的聲音,這時候正是提醒自己放慢腳步的好時機。

DE-STRESS. 皇家奢華

 

Last my not least, the 'Boost Your Energy' scent. Though I don't use this one as often as the other ones, it doesn't mean its any less than. It  is my go-to when I'm feeling a little grumpy or tired than my usual self. The relatively stronger lemon scent is the perfect natural mood booster. I aslo love using it during my photoshoots

相比之下,「清新甦活」是我四款裡面較少用到的,他對我來說算是「急救型」的香氛精油。假如有幾天心情煩躁疲憊,就會在香氛機裡倒入它,讓清新的檸檬與羅勒來幫助我提振精神,找回好心情。另外,假如狀況比較嚴重的時候,我也會把精油滴入浴缸,好好泡個澡,利用十到十五分讓自己快速恢復活力。

BOOST YOUR ENERGY. 清新甦活

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USEFUL TIPS

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Fill the water tank of the Wellbeing Pod with cold water Do not exceed the maximum water level line

香氛機要用冷水使用,然後不要超出內瓶標注的最高水位 加了水後再接著挑選自己喜愛的精油味道滴入

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5-10 drop of essential oil is recommended but it still depends on your space

官網上與說明說上都建議滴入5-10滴精油 不過還是建議大家可以視自己的空間大小來調整唷

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It comes with a pack of multi-use adapters There's also a timer with settings for one, two and three hours

NEOM 這次也很貼心地附上了大多數國家的轉換插座,對於旅者來說是一大福音另外也包含了計時功能,分別為一小時、兩小時到最長的三小時

 
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Throughout the years moving from one country to another, this apartment to that, I'd like to think I'm quite the expert on creating a cozy space. Maybe that time when I was 15 after spending a week binge watching Sex & the City, I knew I'll be wanting to live by myself in my own apartment some day. Somewhere I can feel safe, relaxed and myself every night I get back. Somewhere I can read and enjoy my honey oatmeal each winter morning ⏤ my cozy little corner. All that said, even though I'm still far from getting my own place, I'm still pretty happy with the renting life. Noting feels like home, but this surely is close. And my NEOM diffuser played quite a role in this. x

從離開台灣開始,來到澳洲,接著到英國最後再度回到這裡落腳。一路上換了五間公寓,然後每間在我心裡上都頗具意義。早在學生時期我就知道我是個非常需要個人空間的人,這或許正是為什麼我對於居家環境很堅持。根據不同階段的預算,把當時的環境佈置到最舒適,哪怕得一個個小角落慢慢來,我都願意等。過去,認為「家」的感覺來自於最舒服的家具,而現在的我終於明白除了硬體設備,更重要的是氛圍,而 NEOM 香氛機就是扮演了維持我的墨爾本小公寓氛圍的重要角色。啊,真開心遇見了它。年底到了,拿來送給身邊人也挺合適,這 idea 挺好的,你們說是吧(笑)

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your cup of tea, your scene

 I was never the kid who carries her own little bottle to school. Well, let me rephrase, I was never the kid who enjoys bringing one. Somehow I always tend to leave them somewhere, it could be in the school, the zoo, just anywhere that a kid would bring a water bottle. They seem to have trouble coming home with (sorry, mum).

So when did I bought my very first one (remotely)? ⏤ 2018. aka, this year.

老實說,我小時候不是個習慣或是喜歡攜帶水壺的小孩。這對家裡的吳小姐來說,實在是非常頭痛。身為一個充滿少女心的媽媽,她常常用盡心思到處搜刮的可愛水壺啊、餐具等等,但每次都會被我遺忘在某處。在學校的話還找得回來,但如果是出去玩或動物園那種地方,就真的是一去不復返了。欸是的,所以小學還沒畢業,她就已經放棄幫我「治裝」,直接發點零花錢讓我在福利社買瓶水就好。

那麼我與攜帶水瓶的淵源是什麼時候開始的呢?⏤ 答案是今年。

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How it happened is that Australia is quite eco-friendly, and my workplace is no exception. I'm not just talking about recycling properly, I'm talking about ordering food and asking for dine-in plates cutlery, and we would wash and send it back afterwards. Also, whoever is taking coffee orders for the team, they have to collect everyone's thermos & water bottle before they go. Point is, when you work in an environment like this, it makes more sense to ditch your takeaway cup and get yourself a tumbler. A nice looking one.

時間倒轉到今年年初剛開始上班的我。澳洲是個環保意識頗強的國家,我的同事們與老闆也不例外。說的不單單只是回收,包括訂午餐會跟餐廳要求要跟內用的客人一樣的餐具、餐盤,吃完在工作室洗好後再請人送回去。身為菜鳥員工的我,到附近的咖啡廳幫大家外帶飲料也是常有的事,不過出發前,都要先把每個人的保溫瓶、水壺等等收集好帶去裝。耳濡目染之下,我決定把桌上的突兀的外帶紙杯更換掉。這次,換我開始物色心儀的水瓶。

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THE SCENE TEA BOTTLE 

About a month ago, I received these beautiful SCENE tea bottles from Toast Living. And after using it almost daily for a month, I'm so excited to introduce them to you. They come in two different sizes, the 500ml is for you to carry around, and the 1000ml is meant for the house. Even though it's named as a tea bottle, it comes with both a tea & coffee infusers (only for the larger size), and plus, the glass part has heat resistance, so it's tailored for any kind of beverage needs. For instance, in warmer days I would use the 1000ml one to make ice tea the night before and pour it into the smaller size for work in the morning.

一個多月前,收到 Toast Living 來信介紹他們新推出的「The SCENE 玻璃茶瓶」,看資料的時候心裏就醞釀了不少好感,畢竟比起整個遮蓋住的保溫瓶基本款,我更喜歡帶有點玻璃能透出裏頭飲品的,覺得這樣比較時髦些。收到後開始使用,更加確信這是我的命定款(笑)。The SCENE 分為家用隨行兩個尺寸,材質均為耐熱玻璃,所以冷熱皆宜;雖然名為茶瓶,但家用款附有咖啡與茶葉濾網,能完全依照個人喜好來使用。舉例來說,像我愛茶勝過咖啡,前陣子這兒依舊挺涼的,所以就直接帶著 500ml 的隨行款到工作室泡熱茶;這兩週墨爾本已正式邁入春夏,便改成前一晚用 1000ml 居家型沖泡茶葉放入冰箱製作冷翠茶,隔天一早倒入隨行款帶出門。然後,如果吳小姐來訪,就會拿來沖泡他愛的咖啡。

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My favourite part of their design is definitely the glass bottle. I love seeing my drink rather than having it all covered up, maybe its just me, but this somehow makes it a lot more stylish on the table. And for someone who doesn't just stick with one kind of tea, I'm happy to say it doesn't store any sorts of smell, even though it sounds like a simple essential but honestly, a lot of bottles do so, and it doesn't matter how many times or how hard I've washed them.

Colours are mainly in neutral, like grey and white, along with an elegant plum. Nothing too vibrant, perfect being a day-to-day essential. Now, this might not even come in anyone's mind when looking for a water bottle, but having one that goes with all your outfits is such a bonus, at least for me. I love the purple one for the home, it brings in just enough shade for my minimalist decors.

根據心情更換茶葉與咖啡口味的時候,並不需要擔心瓶身吸附味道。我自己愛喝的茶很多,從經典的紅茶、日式綠茶到玫瑰茶都愛,也裝水加入過藍莓、薄荷與檸檬等做加味水,正常清洗過後都沒問題。氣密式的瓶蓋設計,正好適合跟我一樣喜歡到處爬爬走的你,不用擔心會飲料或水流到包包裡(我常常回家後發現它居然在包包裡呈現平躺狀,但也都完全沒有滴漏的情況)。

顏色上共有象牙白、大象灰與藕紫三種選擇。隨行款我挑了大象灰,簡單俐落,出門比較好搭配。低彩度的藕紫,作為居家款特別合適,不管在任何空間都能巧妙的融合,替我清一色極簡木調的小公寓增添一點溫柔的色澤。正好如同 Toast Living 這次的設計理念,The SCENE 玻璃茶瓶會成為我們桌上最迷人的景色。

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All about the little things

This is my third collaboration with Toast Living, and yet they never cease to surprise me with their thoughtful design. Their products allows me to add more life to my home and setting. For some, spending so much time on ordinary stuff may sound silly, but to me all these little stuff adds up to a bigger picture - it's a life that you know you'll love living. Your very own scene.

越是日常的用品,越是該精挑細選 ⏤ 幾年前與 Toast Living 第一次接觸,這是他們給我的第一印象。現代人時常因為長時間專注於事業與學業等大目標,時常忘了一些生活上的小細節。或許是忘了,或許是覺得不用在意,就像我一開始費盡心思在找適合的水瓶的時候,身邊就有人出聲表示不過是個水壺何必那麼執著,買那麼好天天用還不是一下就要換。欸不對啊,就是因為知道會天天用,才要挑好的,因為好的質感設計可是能夠陪你好一陣子呢。

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As I am getting into my later 20s, the idea of  'the ideal lifestyle' is becoming a lot more apparent. I'm not talking about living in the biggest houses, cars, shoes, limited edition bags, and makeup etc..I mean to some that's their goal, and it's okay, but not everyone wants the same thing. To me, the ideal lifestyle is about how you feel, it's to be genuinely happy when you come home. To be grateful when you  look around and saw all the little things you've done to make this place a little cozier and enjoyable for yourself. This is what I want. And these Toast Living Tea Bottles are definitely part of it. x

後記:「花時間自我投資,把費盡心思討好別人的心態用在自己身上。」是我一直以來生活小宗旨。給自己多些照顧,多些用心,這不是自私,反而是對所有愛你、喜歡你的人的一種體貼。畢竟一個人生活舒暢了、心態好了,整個人散發出來的氛圍也會不同,帶個別人的影響也會更溫暖正面。當然,此刻的我們,或許(還)沒能替自己做大規模的投資,但在日常的瑣碎上花點巧思也是種方式,因為有誰的質感生活不是這樣一步一腳印搭建起來的呢?好比這些玻璃茶瓶,實用又賞心悅目,喝起茶來真的更享受了(笑)

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travel beauty & skincare

You guys know the drill (hope so!). Last week, I shared my clothing packing list for Tokyo, and this week it's time for the travel beauty pouch. Here's a good look into what I'm bringing with me to keep my skin fresh & glowy (aka my favourite look). Keep scrolling!

上個星期與的大家分享了日本行的衣服打包清單(想看還沒看的連結在這裡唷),那麼這禮拜當然就輪到我最愛的彩妝和保養啦。趕快一起來看看哪些產品成功擠進排行榜能跟我一起出國吧!

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Makeup

THE BASE. Starting with the Tatcha Silk Canvas, the best primer I've ever tried, it's quite moisturising and yet still comes with some a blurring/pore filling effect, such a bonus. Next is the Chanel Les Beiges Tinted Moisturiser, feels lightweight and keeps my complexion looking fresh & glowy. I'm also bringing the Chanel Vitalumiere Glow Cushion Foundation in case I want more coverage. Quite new to my vanity but already a winner ⏤ La Mer The Concealer, so creamy and blends SO naturally. And I'm setting my base with Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder.

BRONZE & HIGHLIGHT. It is currently autumn in Japan so I'm packing the Hourglass Nude Bronze which has a more natural tone on my skin and blends seamlessly. As for highlight, I'm going for my current favourite Armani Neo Nude A-Highlight for a skin-like glow!

BLUSH. Tom Ford Inhibition the universal pink blush that goes with everything.

彩妝

底妝/ 第一步從 Tatcha 的妝前乳開始,這絕對是我心目中的前三,又保濕又有些許修飾毛孔的作用,繼蘿拉蜜思後第二個攀升為最愛的。底妝部分,這次決定帶 Chanel 的自然亮肌保濕潤色乳去日本。質地比起粉底更偏向乳液,雖然是保濕型的產品但一整天下來完全不會覺得厚重、有負擔。均勻膚色的功效挺好的,妝感透亮,光澤是自然的,又是一款天生好肌的底妝。另外,也把新上市的活力水亮氣墊粉底也放入了化妝包,本來就是他們家活力系列(Vitalumeire)的愛好者,故不可能錯過。微霧光的妝感,特別適合亞洲的秋天,遮瑕度比起前一款高了些,提亮效果也較顯著,正好可以隨心情替換。海洋拉娜的遮瑕膏是近期的最愛,雖然才用了兩週,但真的很喜歡它的保濕度(沒錯,追求的就是保濕、保濕再保濕),而且我的黑眼圈居然可以遮到七八成,滿意滿意(笑)最後,就用 Armani 的輕紗裸光蜜粉餅來定T字。

打亮與修容/ 與澳洲相反,東京已入秋,所以就不會用顏色太深的 bronzer,Hourglass 的 Nude Bronze 修容對我的膚色來說比較自然,添加的暖調不多不少,剛剛好。打亮的部分就交給 Armani 的訂製漂染氣墊亮彩露,液態的質地延展性很好,也很持久,讓人能維持一整天的好氣色。

腮紅/ 我自己對腮紅比較沒有那個狂熱,是梳妝台上品項最少的產品。 Tom Ford 的 Inhibition 是友人贈送的禮物,但玫瑰粉搭配性很高,所以常常被拿出來翻牌。顯色度滿好的,所以下手可得輕一點唷。

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EYES & BROWS. Bringing the Hourglass Brow Gel to keep my brows in place. I will also be packing my tom ford eyeshadow cream in Golden Peach and Nars eyeshadow duo in Hammamet ⏤ my favourite sophisticated pink tone combo. I am in love with the Chanel Inimitable Mascara, so I'm definitely not leaving it behind.

LIPS. I personally prefer sheer shades rather than matte lip colours on the go, so I'm taking the Dior Lip Addict in Nude Chill, Chantelcaille Lip Chick Anias. I was so attempted to pop another one in my makeup bag, but I know there's a high possibility I'll be getting more makeup products in Japan, so just two for now.

眼妝/ 眼妝的部分我的手法真的是再簡單也不過。首先,我不愛眼線,然後由於遺傳到楊先生的濃眉,所以比起畫眉毛(也是因為不太會啦),只會定期修眉維持眉型,再來因為染了頭髮所以會上點深咖啡色的染眉膠。Hourglass 的豐盈纖維染眉膠是我用起來最順手且唯一會回購的。眼影的部分也是走單色系,有時候會配點珠光或亮片(非常一點點)。Tom Ford 眼影膏是心頭好,最近比較愛 Golden Peach 這個色。再來就是 Nars 的迷你雙色眼影,出門走跳攜帶很方便,推薦給大家。

唇膏/ 雖然到了秋冬,很多人都會拿出自己最愛的霧面唇膏,品牌也都會相繼推出新色。但我卻是一年四季幾乎都擦透亮、潤澤型的人,也不是沒遇到好用的(像是 Nars 跟 By Terry 的就很不錯),但不知道為什麼就真的比較少用。這次要帶出門的 Chantelcaille 的 Lip Chick 系列是我收藏了最多的潤澤型唇膏,其中 Anais 為最愛,是偏焦糖色的暖調;再來就是 Dior 鏡光誘惑唇膏今年春天推出新色 Nude Chill(#411),這款就比較裸一點,不過意外地挺適合亞洲人,完全不會看起來沒氣色。

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SKIN CARE

CLEAN & TONE. Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser & Avène Micellar Lotion is my favourite double cleanse duo. Following with my 4th bottle of Waso Fresh Jelly Lotion, a great choice of toner for dry & sensitive skin, in my opinion. 

SERUM & ESSENCE. I'm a sucker for this category so I will be packing three ⏤ starting with Estee Lauder's Micro Essense Skin Activating treatment, then their Advanced Night Repair for the PM and Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged for the AM.

MOISTURE. I swear by the La Mer Moisturising Cool Gel Cream to keep my sensitive skin steady. I always take it with me on-the-go, because I know I can rely on it to contain my redness.

EYES & LIPS. Might seem predictable, but I'm packing the Eve Lom Eye Cream for my under eyes. Because it works. And the Omorovicza lip balm is my go-to at the moment. 

MIST & MASKS. Last but not least, Omorovicza's Queen of Hungary Mist which can also work as a toner (perfect for the long-haul flights). And Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask for some extra boost.

保養

卸妝潔顏/ Eve Lom 的全能淨潤卸凝霜和雅漾六效全能卸妝液是目前最喜歡的清潔組合。化妝水的話,這半年來用的都是資生堂 WASO 系列的銀耳保濕凝露,目前已用完第三瓶,這趟到了日本一定補貨(笑)

前導精華/ 前導液與精華液是我最熱衷與重視的類別。三個多月前開始使用小棕瓶,從此離不開。上個月又加入了原生露(順序為 > 先上原生露,再上小棕瓶),對雅詩蘭黛的好印象再度提升。雖然他們本身並不是針對敏感、敏弱肌的品牌,但鎮定膚況的功效真的不錯。現在泛紅越來越少出現,而且連定期去做臉的美容師也說我的膚況穩定的多,看起來比之前亮,保水度也進步很多。至於白天的話我習慣換成份簡單些的保養,像是倩碧的水磁場保濕精華就是平時必備的日間精華。

乳霜/ 雖然很多人都強力推薦海洋拉娜的經典乳霜(連家裏吳小姐也都是忠實粉絲),但我自己更愛他們家的水凝霜,質地比原版輕盈很多,但依舊水感十足。

眼唇護理/ 眼霜用的依舊是先前跟大家分享過的 Eve Lom(詳細心得請點這裡),晚上也會厚敷 Omorovicza 的完美修護潤唇膏,不只滋潤,還能改善唇紋、不油膩,擦完還有點涼涼的感覺,是這段時間用翻牌率最高的唇部護理。

噴霧面膜/ 噴霧絕對是每次出國旅遊一定要的,特別是如果要搭長程的話(澳洲到日本要十個小時),在飛機上不定時保濕真的很重要。最近比較常用也很愛的就是 Omorovicza 匈牙利皇后醒膚露(之前寫過分享,可以看看),姆哥推薦。很多人應該會問不帶片狀面膜嗎?其實所有保養當中,片狀面膜我最容易過敏(再來就是去角質,淚)所以用過的真的很少。Tatcha 這款是同樣是敏弱膚質的朋友介紹的,一開始真的半信半疑(實在踢到過太多次鐵板)沒想到真的可以而且又有感 ⏤ 從此再也沒換過了(不過,我不是皮膚科醫生唷,有過敏困擾的大家建議要理解一下成分,或是詢問專家建議比較好)。

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And that is all the beauty & skin products that I will be packing for my time away from home. Am I taking any of your favourites or is there anything else you recommend? Let me know below x

好的好的,這就是我這次旅行的美妝保養清單。你們出去玩必備的是什麼呢?歡迎在下面留言分享唷,大家可以互相討論,很想知道呢!

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introducing omorovicza

A while a go, I received a few Omorovicza products, and after a few weeks of test & trials, I thought I'd give you some feed back. Along with their signature thermal water, they are so easy to use and the ingredients are all natural! Keep scrolling for some of my favourites! 

將近一個月前,收到了一些布達佩斯溫泉品牌 Omorovicza 的產品,經過了幾週的嘗試,決定來跟大家分享一下心得。聊聊我目前最愛的三個品項,以及我怎麼把他們融入到我的保養程序中,一起來看看吧!

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THERMAL WATER ALL THE WAY FROM BUDAPEST

Thermal spring, one of the many amazing things Budapest is famous for. Drawn from the historical healing springs, thermal water is the kind of ingredient that every type of skin loves. It heels, soothes and revitalises our skin cells with the most beneficial minerals. And now, due to with 12 years of experience, Omrovicza has developed a great range of products that comes with the purest elements, finest essentials oils and vitamin C. I have been dealing with sensitive skin for the longest time, and their products have truly become my best friend. For this past month, my irritation and redness are both significantly reduced. 

布達佩斯一直在我旅遊名單上,想去看看漁夫堡,嚐口花瓣冰淇淋,當然,還得體驗一舉世聞名的溫泉浴場。在當地,浴場不只是他們下棋、喝茶的交際場所,還跟著孕育出了他們獨有的養生觀,有著「活水」別稱的溫泉,是居民心中最佳的天然良藥。Omorovicza 創辦人夫婦,就是看中了這樣的自然療效,在十二年前攜手推出了以家族姓氏為名的溫泉保養品牌。其實泉水噴霧在所有養膚愛好者心中都佔有一定的地位,以敏感肌來說,它絕對是鎮定肌膚的第一首選。不過, Omorovicza  在活水中融入了最純粹的維他命C、精油以及各種天然內容物,打破了大眾腦海中的既定框架 ⏤ 原來,礦物水不是只能拿來當噴霧而已呢。

Omorovicza by Tiffany Yang

Omorovicza by Tiffany Yang

QUEEN OF HUNGARY MIST

Known as the classic of the brand, the Queen of Hungary Mist is one of Omorovicza's best selling products. It's first product I tried. I love the refreshing smell of thermal water, I use it every night after cleanser to sooth my redness a bit, and also the morning before applying make up for the extra glow. 

嘗試一個新品牌的時候,我個人習慣從他們最經典的商品開始(就像蘭蔻一定要試小黑瓶的道理一樣)。皇后醒膚露,據說以過去匈牙利皇后的香水為靈感,進而研發出帶有護膚作用的礦物泉水噴霧,它有助於調節皮膚的酸鹼值,同時也能舒緩與鎮定的肌膚(欸沒錯,這對我來說最重要)。我自己晚上卸完妝以及白天上妝前都會用,補濕效果很好,是深得人心的入門款。

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THE OXYGEN BOOST

okay, the Oxygen Booster is pretty damn good. Easily one of the best products I've tried recently. Savior for tired-skin, the gel formula plumps, brighten and smooths, giving you the 8-hours sleep look. I'm almost half way through, and will definitely head to mecca for a second bottle. You can either mix it with your moisturiser or use it by itself as a serum, both works amazing. 

習慣晚睡的人肌膚很容易缺氧,看起來就會特別暗沈,而豐潤亮采活氧凝露就是來幫我們補充能量的,像是皮膚的提神飲料一樣(笑)。按壓一到兩下和乳液混合使用是我最喜歡的方式(也可以單擦或加到精華液裡面)。這絕對是近期最愛的產品,看著快見底的瓶身 ⏤「嗯好,準備補貨!」推薦給所有長期熬夜的同路人。

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MIDNIGHT RADIANCE MASK

Another honourable mention definitely goes to the Midnight Radiance Mask. A great fix for that morning glow, this leave-on mask works on resurfacing & brightening the skin while your sleeping. The sand lily and salicylic acid mildly exfoliates during the night, and lets us wake up with a more even skin tone and smoother texture the next day. This may not be the most hydrating night mask I've tried (I have quite dry skin, so if you have other skin types it might just be perfect), but it's undoubtedly the most brightening one. Also, it does't irritate at all, which I'm so so grateful for. 

只要前晚作息不正常,就會發現隔天的肌膚很乾燥、暗沈,所以睡前的修護與補濕是我非常看中的一環。比起一般面膜更偏好晚安凍膜型的產品,因為敷了就可以直接去睡了,非常節省時間(沒辦法啊,睡眠已經夠不足了,實在不想再多等十到十五分鐘),而且凝膠質地比較清爽,不會有黏膩感,更不需要擔心沾枕的問題。塗上薄薄一層 立刻上床躺好,早上醒來的肌膚觸感非常滑嫩保水。另外,成分中的萃取沙百合和水楊酸能讓氣色明亮些,有效晚睡常出現的疲倦感,又找到一個熬夜人需要的小法寶了(笑)

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As you guys know, I'm quite the night owl. I know it's not the healthiest habit, so I've decided to change things up, for the sake of my body health, and of course ⏤ my skin. All that said, besides altering my body schedule, I'm also constantly looking for products that makes me look less-tired through out the day, because I always am (well hopefully, not for long!). What are some of your favourite products for tired skin? I'd love to know x 

10 10 Apothecary 跟我接觸的時候,簡單詢問了一下我的生活型態,接著就把這系列的產品推薦給我。欸,是的,其實講的直白點,就是推薦給晚睡人士(笑)應該好一陣子沒有這麼狂熱的使用單一個品牌的不同產品,因為工作的關係,我的保養程序通常都包含了很多不同品牌,但不得不說,這來自布達佩斯的溫泉滋養,真的熬夜人的好夥伴,不藏私推薦給大家。如果你也對 Omorovicza 感到好奇、心動,建議大家到 10 10 apothecary & 10 10 hope 的櫃上詢問,才能找到適合自己膚質與作息的產品唷。

the floral formula

During my two years in London, the one thing that surprised me the most was the number of royal gardens (there are actually 8 different ones in London!) you can find in the city, even just huge gardens & parks in general. I lived in Canary Wharf, a relatively new business district with a lot of high-rise building. Despite all that, you can always catch the freshness of trees, flowers and gardens on the street. This is perhaps my favourite thing about the British capital. And thanks to Miller Harris, I get to relive those memories - through their Forage collection.

你眼中的倫敦是什麼模樣?是個性的、自由的?我想,每個人在走訪一個未知的城市前,都會有些自己的見解。三年前,帶著對歐洲的各種憧憬,在英國首都生活了兩年。而那段時間,發現倫敦的綠化其實做的非常徹底。暫且不論那八座皇家公園,幾乎每區都有至少一座公共花園或公園。就連當初公寓所在的新興商務區金絲雀碼頭,即便高樓大廈隨處可見,在街上依舊能感受到綠葉花草的氣息。鋼筋水泥並沒有阻擋植物的生長,兩個看似極其相反的元素,卻能夠如此和諧的共同生長。這或許就是霧都最吸引人之處,再不一樣的文化、生態都能在那兒找到生存方式。感謝 Miller Harris ,持續以詩人般的調香技術,讓我透過全新的的「都會秘境採食系列」憶起些英倫美好。

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There are three different scents in this particular collection (Lost in the City, Hidden on the Rooftops & Wander through the Parks). And I'm sharing Lost in the City with you today, inspired by urban ferns. When I heard about the idea behind this perfume, I thought it would smell more botanical. However, the first scent that I picked up was actually rose scent. Which is odd, since rose petals are their heart note rather than the top. It caught me off guard, but in a good way. Along with early grey, black currant, amber & musk, blending into a subtle feminine scent with a nice sharp of rose. To be honest, I never thought I'd be sharing perfume with such a significant rose note (I use to think it's too girly or sweet for me). And yet now I'm reaching for it a lot more often than expected.

都會迷蹤 Lost in the City,是我在這次「都會秘境採食系列 」中要跟大家分享的淡香精(整個系列共有三個,另外兩款為天台秘境&園林密語)。「以蕨類的生存蹤跡為發想」,官網上是這麼介紹的。在還沒用前,一直誤以為是偏清新或木質的調性,沒想到感官第一個接收到的居然是玫瑰,然而卻是與一般印象中不一樣的玫瑰香氣。前調是黑醋栗與佛手柑,接著由玫瑰花瓣、天竺葵與大黃共同組成的中調,經過大黃巧妙地中和,淡化了花香味較重的另外兩者,進而帶出了不膩味的清甜。最後以伯爵與麝香的茶香、果香做收尾,同時制衡前中兩調較濃郁的花香味,呈現了玫瑰花不同以往的面貌。

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I only started appreciating roses after I started taking photos. It's pretty hard to imagine, since visiting the local florist for white roses is now a huge part of my weekly routine. Even so, flowers haven't worked their way to my perfume collection much before. I tend to go for wood and tea scents. To me, they are so refreshing, and I love how they just wear off in a nice organic way. I was never the girl who would ask for a rose scent in a perfume shop back then. Well, not until now. I've found my favourite floral formula, finally.

應該是開始拍照之後才學會欣賞花(特別是白玫瑰!)。起初,純粹是喜歡她們在畫面中呈現的模樣,不知不覺也就成了生活的一部分,現在只要家花瓶一空就會渾身不自在。不過即便如此,玫瑰香的香水卻很少出現在我的收藏中。梳妝台上清一色的木質和茶香,再不然就是柚子、茉莉等清新調性的。不是不喜歡,就是不習慣。感覺玫瑰花的甜美女人味似乎與我搭不上邊。但,真的是這樣嗎?自從接觸了 Miller Harris 的 Lost in the City 都會迷蹤,這迷思漸漸開始被打破。原來,玫瑰不只甜美這一種模樣,他可以知性,可以溫暖,更能可以呈現女人專屬的個性與灑脫。說穿了,不是不能駕馭,只是一直沒遇到心儀的香氛罷了。

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My very feeling for Miller Harris' Lost in the City inspired me to plan these images without too much flower. Being so different from all other rose perfumes, I think this is the only way to do it justice. Cheers.

後記:在拍攝這組影像前,有想果把很多鮮花帶到畫面中。不過後來決定以偏個性甚至是帶點憂鬱地方式製造點反差,畢竟她與我們平常所接觸的花香調香水是那麼的不一樣。希望你們喜歡。

*disclaimer: I received this product for free, however, the opinion & thoughts are 100% mine. shot on Fujifilm xh1 with 35mm lens _

life lately

I'm writing to you guys in my new apartment (sort of ), at the eve of my 3rd month since I moved to Melbourne. I know this sounds a bit poetic, but nothing will really change. I will wake up, eat breakfast & reply emails for my freelance work, go to my other job, write, brainstorm shoots, plan shoots, and drink hot chocolate. Just as I have done for the past 3 months.

But we can start from all the thing that had happened since 3 months ago.

凌晨兩點,剛修完手邊的一批照片。看了一下行事曆,才發現明天下午兩點就是我正式搬入新公寓的第三個月。聽起來滿值得紀念的,但即便如此,白天的行程並不會因此有太的改變。依舊要七點起來上班、回個人電郵、計畫下一場拍攝的大小事,準備部落格要用的文字與影像,然後在回家路上買杯最愛的熱可可。聽起來很規律,但其實就算每天面對同樣的事項,要著手的部分都不可能一樣。來到墨爾本後,就陸陸續續收到很多人的私訊問我是來做什麼的?是啊,當初我的確沒有講太多,就毫無預警的再度離開台灣。所以今天就來篇小日記吧(笑)

來和大家聊聊,這三個月到底發生了些什麼事呢?

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one. my photo series 首先,我的個人作品集 _

3 months ago, I arrived Melbourne with 2 big suitcases. I had the biggest plans, and the hope of everything will work out smoothly. It was one the most positive periods of my life. Until I realised how naive I was. I had only one client, but multiple bills to pay. I will be refreshing my emails every hour, and nothing will come up. That's when I found out what I was lacking - a local portfolio. I started reaching out to people, pitching brands & other creatives if they'd like to work together, that's how Dusk to Dawn happened. Now I have a brilliant team of girls (and boys!), that are so good at their craft, and I always refer back to them when I need to do a shoot.

今年三月,我充滿希望的拖著兩個大行李箱上了飛機。有著無數個計畫,卻也伴隨了記當頭棒喝。發現自己好像把以自由接案人的身份出國生活這件事想得太簡單了。剛開始的一個月,我只接到了一個客戶,身上卻壓著各種帳單和房租的壓力,覺得自己進的很少,出的卻非常多。每過一個小時都會來檢查信箱,像個失業人士般很急切地尋找浮木。後來,與同行的朋友吃了頓飯,才發現我最大的盲點。我缺少與當地產業有關的作品集,加上還是個菜鳥新人在圈子裡認識的人也不多,才顯得寸步難行。於是,我開始主動像造型師、化妝師、髮型師與小眾品牌聯絡,也造就了 Dusk to Dawn 這個作品的誕生。現在,我身邊有個我既欣賞又信任的小團隊,大家同樣對好的影像有堅持,同樣正在起步努力。而近期的接到的案子,只要廠商願意,我都會找他們進來,大家互相切磋、鼓勵。

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This editorial will be published on an independent magazine from LA. I can't say much yet, but will definitely let you guys know when the issue is released later this August. I'm also currently just showcasing volume 1 of the shoot, 2 & 3 will be live really soon!

幸運的是 Dusk to Dawn 這個系列將會刊登在洛杉磯的一個獨立雜誌上,收到電郵的當下真的覺得很不可思議,沒想到能被跨海的另一方青睞。現在還不能透露太多,八月出刊的時候一定會跟大家分享的。另外,這個個系列共分成三個風格,目前露出的都是第一部分,二和三過陣子就會上線了,請期待。

two. survived through my new job 二,新的工作崗位 _

I started a new job  a while go. I have been freelancing my whole life, and despite all the creative projects, I still have zero experience when it comes to the business side. Being a freelancer means you're running your own business, which is why I wanted a marketing job at the first place. The funny thing about this position is that, I wasn't the kind of person they were originally looking for, they wanted someone with at least 3 years in the fashion marketing field. But I love the role so much and just asked anyway. I think my boss found it interesting so she interviewed me. I was honest right of the bat, telling her I know I'm far from what you're looking for, but I'm willing to learn, and listed out what I can bring in to the her business.

The first two weeks was hard, I will be sitting at the studio (it's a clothing brand I'm working in), figuring out all the backend and admin stuff till 12am. I know 2 months doesn't seem long at all, but when you were originally only meant to be there once a week, and now they ask you to be there 4 days (aka everyday, the studio doesn't run on a Friday). You're doing something right. My advice to those of you who wants to get recognized in the work field? Grin it, bear it, ask questions and put in 150%. It's tiring, but worth it.

從學生時期開始,就一直是 freelancer,除了第一份實習幾乎沒有在辦公室工作過。但時間久了,發現自己在行銷或是任何跟創作無關的經驗滿缺乏的,於是起了應徵另一份工作的念頭。三四月在澳洲並不是職缺的旺季,尋尋覓覓了一個多月,才在網路上看見有個我很喜歡的當地品牌要找行銷企劃人員,但我離他們理想的人選差距很大(要求有至少三年以上的時尚產業行銷經歷)。猶豫了幾天,還是決定投出了那份零行銷經驗的履歷,反正試試看嘛,頂多沒回應而已。況且,我是那種不嘗試就會一直想的人,這樣做其馬對得起自己。一週後收到通知,然後進行了我人生第一場「躍級面試」,因為這樣也失眠了很多天。後來從同事口中得知,老闆是覺得我敢這樣做很有趣,所以才決定找我聊聊。

老實說,剛開始滿挫折的,常常為了熟悉作業模式或趕進度待到晚上十二點才離開工作室,相比那時候瘋狂加班的模樣,現在真的順手多了。我知道一個半兩個月聽起來很短,不過當你在兩三週內從遠本的一週一天兼職晉升為一周四天的全職(工作室星期五不開的),那表示你的確是做對了什麼。在這兒送給所有跟我一樣還是時尚產業菜鳥的大家,如果想要自己的能力被發掘,再小的事都要投入150% ,記得多笑,然後有問題就問。很累沒錯,但會被看見的,相信我。

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three. the current state of #houseroselane

If I'm honest, I'm not satisfied with my apartment yet. I'm waiting for a few decor piece & prints to arrive, and I'm also still looking for a coffee table I like. Some of you might have seen sneak peek of the place when I first moved in, which was a lot different then it looks right now, Anyways, I went for something a bit feminine this time, brought in a lot of warm colour and dusty pink. I'm loving the change of scene. It's nice, don't you think?

這我應該是我開始自己住後,佈置進度最慢的一次了。我還沒找到預算內滿意的小咖啡桌(其實也還在猶豫到底需不需要),還有一些畫還沒來,或是還沒掛。剛開始組裝傢俱的時候,有在 Instagram 上和大家分享過小公寓的樣貌,不過雖然說還沒完工,雛形已經出來了,所以還是和當初差滿多的。和以前不一樣的是,這次加入了很多暖色系的元素,木質傢俱、金色框架與粉色點綴是大致的方向。個人是覺得這改變挺好的,你們覺得呢?

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I'm using the lounge area as a home office, living and dining room. I also have another room as my photo studio, filled with props, mood board, and lighting equipments, that's where most of the product flay-lays happen (let me know if guys like me to do a studio tour). There will be full post about the whole decorating process, so I'm not gonna spill too much about it today.

因為新家以開放式的空間居多,所以我把工作(寫稿)區、吃飯和客廳規劃在一個地方,並以大型的傢俱做區域的劃分。未來會有一篇跟居家佈置和搬家有關的文章,今天就不透露太多啦(笑)另外有一個小房間是我的拍攝工作室,小的拍攝或是靜物等等都是在那裡完成的,裡面也有很多道具、背景跟燈,如果你們想看工作室的細節,也可以跟我說。

four. (re) learning a language

I've got an excited project happening in Tokyo later this year, so I suppose there's no better time to pick up where I left of with Japanese again. I had learn it a few years ago during one particular summer holiday, and that's probably it. I recently enrolled in a 3 months course, it's pretty intense, but it feels good to learn another language again.

很少人知道,我其實很小的時被家裏送去補習班學過日文,後來大學某次放假回台灣也請過日語家教,但兩次都只學到五十音就結束(笑)十月的時候,在東京有一項合作,讓我決定再給自己一次機會。雖然說三個多月不可能多厲害,但至少是個起頭呀。

five. beauty go-to

I am CRAZY about the Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I've heard so much about this product for years, but since I have sensitive skin, I was a bit hesitant. Until I got to try a sample for 2 weeks, and honestly I have never been so amazed by a serum. My redness was better, skin looks plumper, and even the dullness from late night sleeps were less obvious. Surprise surprise, I now own a full bottle.

近期用到最滿意的護膚品就屬雅詩蘭黛的小棕瓶莫屬了。其實不管是網路上,還是身邊的朋友都跟我推薦過它,但因為身為資深敏感肌,始終不太敢嘗試,一直到前陣子朋友給我這裡專櫃送的旅行組,才終於明白為何這麼多人對它如此忠心耿耿。小棕瓶不只能加強保濕,還能鎮定泛紅,隔天早上皮膚看起來也亮上許多,修復力實在令人驚艷,的確是值得信賴的可靠保養。然後,我就這樣默默買了一瓶正常大小的。

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and let's end it with make up..

In order of application, let's start with Armani Luminous Silk foundation. A medium coverage base but extremely natural. I'm light-handed when it comes to make up, so my finish is sheer and silky, but you can always build it up. Not cakey, and skin looks like skin. I've had struggles with setting powders for so long since my skin is pretty dry. For those of you with the similar problem, I would recommend trying the new Hour Glass Veil Setting Powder. It sets your make up without leaving a white cast, doesn't dry out, and even comes with a bit of glow. Speaking of glow, the Clinique uplighting Illuminating Powder is my current highlight go-to.

彩妝的部分,我們就照上妝順序來說吧。Armani 的輕透亮絲光粉底已經成功在梳妝台上蟬聯三週了(常用的化妝品會放在梳妝台,比較少用的就會另外收在櫃子裡,過陣子再進行交替),微微的光澤感很日常,雖然遮瑕力偏弱,自然的妝容適合跟我一樣喜歡「裸妝看不出來」系的人。接著是蜜粉的部分,基本上我以前是很少用的,頂多只在 T 字部位。因為我本身是乾肌,加上也不太喜歡過於霧面的感覺。所以,如果跟我一樣有相同困擾但又有定妝需求的人,可以試試 Hourglass 新出的這款蜜粉。不乾、不會改變底妝本身顏色,例外還有點光澤,不藏私推薦給大家。至於打亮的部分,近期的常用款是倩碧的 uplighting illuminating powder,輕拍在顴骨峰處,喜歡它不刻意的光感,營造出內斂的好氣色。這款在台灣的官網上目前找不到,大家可以靠櫃問問看唷。

So this is what happened and whats going on. I hope it's not too long to read, have a great week x

好的,落落長的小日記就到此結束(然後天也要亮了),我們下回待續。有任何想知道的,或是希望我多分享生活主題,都歡迎留言給我。

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the body care duo

For the longest time I remember, I never had a specific routine when it comes to body care. Comparing to my obsession with skincare, I'm the lazy gal in this area. The most I do is probably finding new products when I ran out of them. It's quite the opposite to the way I take care of my face and hair. Which is weird in a way, because any parts of your body should deserve the same amount of care & love. All that said, I received the new body wash and lotion duo of Miller Harris last month. And it's safe to say it's one of those few body care products that got me excited after my first try. Let me tell you why, keep scrolling!

比起臉部,我在身體保養的部分就相對比較不用心。很少自發性地去挖掘,大多都是在身邊的產品的用完後,才會去物色新的品項,也沒有像護膚與彩妝有著一定要回購的清單。想想也是挺奇怪的,因為我一直覺得照顧好自己是每個人的責任,偏偏在這個區塊特別懶惰(笑)但,或許就是因為這樣,才促使我迫不及待想要與大家聊聊 Miller Harris 午後伯爵系列的心情,畢竟能讓我好感如此強烈的身體保養真的少之有少。至於為什麼呢?趕緊來看看吧。

miller harris tea tonique

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If there's one thing I missed the most about London, it's the unlimited choices of afternoon teas. And perhaps thats why I'm so fond of Miller Harris' tea tonique line. Inspired by the classic early grey tea (my favourite black tea!), both the body wash & lotion comes with a enjoyable scent of lemon, roast tea leaves and bergamot - a tea lover's dream come true.

離開倫敦之後,最想念的就是他們對下午茶的重視。不管在哪條街上、哪個區域,總有個能讓人坐下來喝杯好茶的地方(還要搭配奶油與司康!)。而對品茶的喜愛之情,正是讓我對這次 Miller Harris 的新品感興趣的主要原因。午後伯爵身體保養系列,顧名思義,就是以伯爵茶最為發想靈感,不管是沐浴膠還是乳液都包含了檸檬、佛手柑和煙燻茶葉等原料,進而締造出清新且溫暖的調性,帶領著我們進入令人嚮往的午茶時光。

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Tea Tonique body wash

I'm not the biggest expert of body washes. As long as its not too harsh or drying, and the scent works for both day & night, then I'm good. Though if I'm honest, it's quite hard find something like this. The tea tonique body wash is one of those rare ones that ticked both boxes. The gel texture doesn't create a lot of foam, which I personally prefer since my skin is sensitive.

在我心裡,「好」的沐浴產品有兩個必備條件;首先,必須溫和、洗完之後不能有乾澀感,再來,在味道上必須同時適合晚上與白天(因為我一天洗兩次澡),聽起來很簡單的要求,卻很少有同時在兩者間都發揮得很好的。意外地,午後伯爵沐浴膠的表現完全超出了我的預期,豐富的維他命 E 能在清潔的同時做深層保濕與修復。中性的茶香,不只在性別上沒有拘束,白天與夜晚也不設限。在提神與放鬆間取得了平和,如同剛用為下午茶般,身心滿足、舒暢,卻依舊能回到崗位上繼續努力。 [/one_third_last]   [one_third padding="6px 10px 6px 0px"]

Tea Tonique body cream

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You get two moisturiser choices in this collection. Because Melbourne is quite dry, I went for the richer version. The body cream is rich in argan oil and shea butter, and I love how it leaves my skin so soft and silky (bye bye dry patches!). I was never good at applying lotion daily, but this particular product actually got me doing so actively. Along with the body wash, the scent lasted pretty long, works like a subtle fragrance.

在保濕方面,因為澳洲天氣偏乾,所以選了滋潤型的乳霜質地(另一款為身體乳液)。潤澤功力強的乳油不果油和摩洛哥堅果油為主要成分,吸收力很好,沐浴完塗抹一層肌膚不只平滑了些,還出現了淡淡的光澤,心情也就跟著上揚。老實說,我以前是個時常會忘記擦乳液的人,但可能是因為真的太喜歡午後伯爵系列的香氣,最近居然開始自發性的做這件事。近期更是直接把乳液擺在床頭櫃,每晚的睡前時光變得奢華許多。 [/one_third] [two_third_last padding="6px 0px 6px 10px"] [/two_third_last]   [one_third padding="6px 10px 6px 0px"]  

Tea Tonique Eau de Parfum

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Not exactly body care, but I can't finish this post without introducing my favourite Miller Harris scent at the moment. For someone who doesn't drink coffee, tea has always been my best friend. I make myself a cup of tea everyday, without fail. All things considered, I'm sure you can imagine my excitement when I found out there's a tea scent perfume out there. Perfect for everyday, the Tea Tonique Eau de Parfum makes me feel so elegant. It's refreshing, a little bit woody, and just uplifting enough to start the day. I personally think perfume and scents are quite magical, since one tiny spritz can easily change  how we feel about ourselves. That's why my perfume cabinet is filling up so fast, and I don't mind.

身邊的人都知道 Miller Harris 是我這半年來最喜愛的香水、香氛品牌。而在這一系列的收藏中,午後伯爵淡香精成了翻牌率最高的愛將。從小看著楊老先生泡茶,高中出國後家裡為了讓我一個人在外能安心點,都會準備一小包我特別愛的老茶葉在行李中;這專屬家的味道一年只能補貨一次,所以都是省著喝的(笑)在這樣的耳濡目染之下,我成了不喝咖啡只喝茶的人,對於任何與茶味有關的東西也都特別傾心。所以當我知道午後伯爵系列還包含了香精,那興奮之情可想而知。由煙燻茶葉帶出的木質調性,沒有季節與場合之分,工作與假日都很合適。剛噴灑的時候為那茶味最明顯,好心情隨之而來;不過出了門後整個人開始因為淺淺的肉豆蔻與白樺安靜了下來,以穩定之心面對這天的挑戰。這就是香氛吸引人的地方,簡單的一個按壓小動作,卻足以改變我們的情態,多麽神奇。

There you have it, the Tea Tonique trio I've been loving for the past month. Which one of them are you guys interested in? Or share any of your favourite body care products.

好的,這就是今天要跟大家分享的愛用好物。三個裡面你們最感興趣是那樣呢?如果有別的喜愛的身體保養也可以分享出來唷。

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in collaboration with 10 10 apothecary for miller harris shot on fujifilm xh1 with 35mm lens

wild life bakery

I'm a creature of habit. For coffee shops especially, when I find something I like I'll stick with it for a good few months. Wild Life Bakery - my favourite work go-to at the moment. It was only two weeks ago since I discover this place, but it's already my fourth visit. I'm a creature of habit. When I find something I like (especially a coffee shop), I stick with it for a good while. And even though it is a bit far from my usual neighborhoods, but I really don't mind Uber-ing one every few days to write, edit and binge on the most amazing croissants.

已經好久沒有分享喜歡的咖啡廳了。雖然回到墨爾本後就一直在搜集自己的名單,不過有時候一忙,就會一不小心又回到習慣的那幾家窩著。真心覺得要找到一個可以自在工作或放空的咖啡廳不是件簡單事,不只氣氛要是自己喜歡的,食物與飲料也要對味,魚與熊掌要兼得,真的太難了。大約兩週前,與下一場拍攝的造型師約在 Wild Life Bakery 見面,椅子都還沒有坐熱,腦海中卻已經有想寫這篇文章的念頭。即便不在我平時會活動的區域,但我真不介意每週搭半小時車來個幾次,看看書、寫寫文章或修點照片,這裡就是讓人這麼喜歡。

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One thing I look for in a new cafe, is the atmosphere. I sometimes think its more important than the taste of their menu. All that said, the industrial vibe of brick wall high celling is what won me over at the first place. As soon as I walk in, I can see myself coming back. I was right. 

兩個星期過去,我前前後後回訪了四次。相信很多人都跟我一樣,除了餐點,裝潢也在對一個地方的喜好程度佔了很大一部分。而我,就是深受這裡的紅磚牆吸引,外露的線管和挑高的天花板,裡裡外外是我很喜歡的工業風。瀟灑氣氛與透過充足的自然光所增添的空間感,人都還沒入座,心裏已經為它加了很多分。

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You can probably know by the name, it's a bakery + cafe kind of place. The owner originally worked with Market Lane (another popular Melbourne cafe) for about six years, and travelled to America a few times afterwards. He met two bakers during those trips, which made him decide to open he's own shop.  

A lot of times when a bakery comes with a coffee shop, one of them outshines the other. However, Wild Life Bakery is the perfect hybrid of the two. The beverages are great (I highly recommend the chai latte!), and so is the food menu. They have quite a lot of variety, I've tried the brown rice bowl, breakfast brioche, and the french toast, and they are all something I'd love to order again, though the croissants will always be my favourite. Also, most of the dishes are vegetarian, or comes with a meat-free option. Another bonus plus! 

應該看名字就知道,Wild Life Bakery 是個麵包坊搭配咖啡館的複合式空間。老闆有在 market lane (墨爾本另一家非常有名的咖啡館)工作六年的經驗,辭掉工作後到美國旅遊了幾次,其中認識了兩位經驗豐富的麵包師傅,讓他萌生了自己創業的念頭。

很多時候由兩個元素結合的餐廳或咖啡廳,其中一項都會厲害許多,可能是技術,又可能是口味,總之都會有一邊特別突出,導致另一個顯得有些遜色。但這種衝突在 Wild Life Bakery 是不存在的,因為不管是飲料、餐點或是烘焙出來的麵包,都深受大家的喜愛和好評。餐單上還算挺豐富,適合當早餐培根蛋三明治、飽足感稍微重一點的糙米沙拉到甜食愛好者不能錯過的法國土司都有;不過呢,我個人還是最喜歡、最推薦透明展示櫃上裡那一整排的可頌麵包(通常中午過或就會附近的居民上班族買光了),最近天冷,配一杯熱巧克力剛剛好。除此之外,menu 上也有很多素食選擇,不是的也可以跟服務生做溝通請廚師做成無肉料理,非常友善貼心呢!

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If you ever find yourself wandering around Brunswick, or even if you're not, spend an hour or two with Wild Life Bakery. You'll love it, no jest. 

如果是喜愛跑咖啡廳之人,有機會到墨爾本的 East Brunswick 走走,絕對不要錯過到 Wild Like Bakery 坐坐的機會。你會跟我一樣為它著迷。

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getting there

90 Albert St, Brunswick East VIC 3057 Hours: 7:30am-3pm. Closed on Monday. 

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how do you wash your face

At this point, we're all probably on auto-pilot mode when we wash our faces. Am I right? But recently, I realised I've been washing my face the wrong way. Well, I wouldn't say it's all wrong, but it's just not the best way for my skin type. When it comes to skincare, I consider myself quite a nerd. Honestly, if I save up the money I spend on skincare & makeup, I would probably be able to buy my first vintage Leica already. All that said, one of the best things about this job is getting to know all the beauty & skincare tips. Since part of my job is to test, try and tell you guys about my discoveries. So without further ado, here are the face-washing tips (for sensitive & dry skin) I've learned. Keep scrolling!

如同時尚的腳步般,其實美容更新的程度也是非常迅速的,不管在歐美或是亞洲都追隨者也都向來眾多。老實說,能夠吸收不同的護膚資訊,是最喜歡的工作內容前三名。與產品新舊無關,我喜歡的是能夠有機會去研究、了解品牌背後會研發這項產品的原因,針對的又是怎麼樣的客群,而為什麼會選擇用這些原料搭配。常常有事沒事就在網路上看有沒有什麼新的資訊。身邊的朋友也常說我,如果把花在保養的錢省下來,互許都能買上好幾個相機鏡頭了(笑)在開始接觸保養後的這些年,一直都知道「清潔」的重要性,但卻不知道這其中其實包含了許多眉眉角角。同一套手續在不同膚質也不一定適用;油性肌膚有油性肌膚該避免的,而乾肌也有乾肌要小心的地方。所以咧,今天藉由 Neom Organics 新出的卸妝霜,來和大家聊聊我的這種膚質(敏感性乾肌)的洗顏注意事項。快繼續往下看吧!

neom cleansing balm

neom cleansing balm

PAY ATTENTION TO °C注意水的溫度

Hot water is no good for your skin. It strips your natural barrier and makes your skin even drier, itchy and flaky over time. Imagine having to deal with dry patches every day that can't be good. If you do feel like having that extra warmth, I recommend weekly face steam, not only it clears the pores but also softens the surface. Two bonus point!

用熱水洗臉對乾肌來說絕對是大忌。怕熱的人可能還好,但像我這種超級不怕燙的人,特別是到了冬天,以前就常常不小心洗了很熱的水而不自知(小時候看皮膚科也都會被醫生罵)。所以說,我的乾肌某部分來說是自己造成的,因為溫度太高會帶走皮膚上太多的油脂,連基本防護的部分也會一併被沖掉。久而久之,就會造成敏感、泛紅跟脫皮等現象,實在得不償失。 [/one_third_last]    

neom cleansing balm

neom cleansing balm

USE THE RIGHT PRODUCTS 選擇適合的產品

There are so many cleansing products out there. From your usual cleansing oil, cream, balm to gel. Like I mentioned before, my skin is pretty sensitive. And most cleaning products tend to give me redness afterwards. Which is why I'm always on the hunt for something that's both effective & gentle enough. If you're a long-time follower of the blog, you would know products with natural ingredients are my favourites. And Neom Organics, being the lead of this category, is slowly expanding their skincare line. From the previous face essential oil to the current cleansing balm, both have quickly become my current go-to. I must say, they sure know how to take care of their customers with sensitive, dry skin.

市面上的洗顏與卸妝產品很多,從卸妝油、卸妝水、乳狀、膠狀到這兩年再度流行起來的卸妝霜,玲瑯滿目。過去總以為洗完臉後皮膚乾澀緊繃才表示清潔成功,殊不知這其實代表產品太刺激了,長期下來對肌膚都是種傷害。經過一段時間的修正,才發現要解除卸完妝的泛紅非常簡單,只要找到適合自己的即可。大家應該知道我特別鍾愛以天然成分、植物精油萃取等為主的護膚品;而Neom Organic 在這兩塊都是佼佼者,不過比起急著讓各類產品同時上架,他們選擇一步步來,不隨坡逐流,十三年下來只推出了兩項臉部產品。從前兩個月的臉部精華油到今天要與你們分享舒緩恬睡卸妝霜,都遠遠超出期待,身為老顧客,真的感受到了他們的用心之處。Neom 以最細膩的的方式研究出喜歡他們的人可能會合適的保養品。

neom cleansing balm

neom cleansing balm

neom cleansing balm

neom cleansing balm

neom cleansing balm

neom cleansing balm

The Perfect Night Sleep Cleansing Balm 舒緩恬睡卸粧霜

First things first, it smells good. Well duh, it comes with English lavender & Chamomile, how can it not. What I really love about this cleansing balm is how it never leaves your skin feeling tight & dry (I used to thought this is the sign of you've cleaned it correctly when it means that the product is too strong for you, and all the water has been stripped off). It gets rid of your daily grime, and yet still protects your barrier. Another fantastic thing about this product is that these ingredients & natural scent are designed to help you relax. So instead of feeling extra awake after washing your face, it preps your mind for the perfect sleep. To me, this is indeed the most luxury part of this cleansing balm, since I'm such a light sleeper.

這款卸妝霜的第一印象,絕對是那療癒人心的薰衣草香。伴隨著擁有鎮定功效的洋甘菊,卸妝時光都變得奢華,彷彿是每晚都來了場迷你 home spa。舒緩恬睡卸妝霜,跟之前分享過的臉部精油理念一樣,品牌創辦人 Nicola Elliott 深信想要改善自己的膚質,絕對要先從睡眠習慣下手。充好電的肌膚,才能有效吸收保養品的養分。不曉得大家有沒有過這樣的困擾,就是本來很疲憊,結果洗澡卸妝後,精神又變好了,一直到凌晨三四點才有睡意?我是這方面的資深苦主,加上又是淺眠體質,「一夜好眠」對我來說實在可遇不可求。 所以試用這一個多月後,真的打從心底很喜歡這項產品。整個人因為植物精油的香氣平靜很多,雖然沒有到一沾枕就昏睡的程度,但一小時內絕對沒問題(我平常是要躺個三小時的人)。另外,卸妝霜裡也包含了杏仁油與乳木果,能滋養肌膚,避免洗臉後可能造成的乾澀,再多加兩分。

neom cleansing balm

neom cleansing balm

be gentle & message 注意力道,只要輕輕畫圓按摩就好

A lot of people rub their skin too harshly; it's an illusion of really getting the dirt off. But the truth is, this kind of pressure causes irritation & dryness - which all of us wants to avoid. All that said, massage your face gently in circular motion would do the work. With the rice powder in the Perfect Night Sleep Cleansing balm, you can also achieve gentle exfoliate by doing so.

很多人清潔的時候都大力搓,覺得這樣才能卸乾淨。但其實如此高強度的摩擦,反而容易造成泛紅或紅腫,尤其是對敏感膚質或皮膚很薄的人來說,真的萬萬不可。雙手輕輕的在臉上以畫圓的方式進行按摩是最好的。直得一提的是,Neom 的卸妝霜包含了白米細粉,搭配前面敘述的手法,還能溫和的替自己去點角質。

neom cleansing balm

neom cleansing balm

Choose your Cloth 細心選擇洗顏棉布(毛巾)布料

I was once told to ditch towels entirely because it irritates your skin. But I guess companies these day are aware how expanded the skincare market has gone, so loads of soft & gentle washcloth have been created (I'm sure you've all heard of the amazing muslin cloths). The Neom Cleansing balm comes with a lovely cloth. One side of is slightly textured, made for gentle exfoliation; and the other soft is super soft for extra sensitive skin (aka someone like me). p.s I recommend using fresh washcloths every day. And try not to hang wet towels in the bathroom, because it creates bacteria (I don't even store them in the bathroom).

記得很久以前有人跟我說過,再也不要用毛巾洗臉,會磨擦皮膚。但或許是越來越多廠商意識到美容產業的的迅速發展,相繼推出了許多專門洗臉用的棉布,質地也一條比一條柔軟。收到舒緩恬睡卸妝霜的時候發現盒子裡面附贈了卸妝棉布(替大家確認過了,只要有買就有,想要多幾條放家裡的也可以額外再購入)。正反兩面的觸感不同,一個是適合進行溫和去角質的小顆粒面,而翻過來則是為敏感肌設計的柔軟面,大家可以依據自己的膚況來交替使用。p.s 說到毛巾棉布,我建議大家不要在浴室晾浴巾,特別是沒有全乾的,畢竟浴室是家裡最潮濕的一個空間,真的很容易製造細菌。如果可以的話,像我一樣連乾的毛巾也不放浴室最好,洗澡的時候再拿進去,為了衛生麻煩一點絕對值得。

I hope you love reading these tips. Let me know some of your skincare secrets below, I'd love to know!

好的,這就是一路來累積的清潔卸妝心得,歡迎大家在下面分享自己覺得重要的手續,我很想知道呢!

in collaboration with 10 10 hope for Neom Organics / shot on Fuji XT2 with 35mm lens

less is more

For someone who has sensitive skin and yet still loves discovering beauty products, Australia is a great place to be. There is a huge market for natural, non artificial & vegan products here. I mentioned in my previous post that I've been struggling with skin irritation for the past few months. And though I've been living in the strictest diet, I also have to be careful about what I put on my face. Which brings me to talk about one of my favourite Australian brand today ⏤ Bondi Wash. My life-saver!

以一個皮膚敏感性乾肌的人來說,我或許真的太常嘗試不同的保養品。不過每當我有這樣的念頭的時候,總會慶幸好險我生活在澳洲,以整體保養品市場來說,澳洲在天然、溫和這塊的確十分厲害,許多大家耳熟能詳的牌子,都是產於這大洋洲的環海國度,刺激性的產品很好避免。常常有人問我 「為什麼最後選擇在澳洲落腳?」是啊,這兒或許沒有美國繁榮,沒有歐洲的美麗歷史建築,也沒有亞洲的高效率;但對我來說,這兒的生活氛圍是自在的,舒服的,人與人之間的距離不黏稠但也不疏離,很剛好。想想其實就跟今天要分享的 Bondi Wash 一樣,總是讓人很安心。

Bondi Wash by Tiffany Yang

Bondi Wash by Tiffany Yang

Bondi Wash by Tiffany Yang

Bondi Wash by Tiffany Yang

The Purifying Night Balm | 佛陀木&黑醋栗澄淨晚霜

My favourite sleep mask alternative. I've been avoiding sheet masks since my allergic reaction. And though my usual routine does do the trick, I still need that extra boost every now and then. This night balm is extremely nourishing, rich in rosella oil, wattle-seed and blackcurrant essential oil. It soothes, , clarify and refine pores at the same time. I've been using it 2-3 times a week for the past month! I love waking up with softer skin, and of course, no redness and dry patches! For me, it's really a standout product among the others. 

Bondi Wash by Tiffany Yang

Bondi Wash by Tiffany Yang

Bondi Wash by Tiffany Yang

Bondi Wash by Tiffany Yang

Bondi Wash by Tiffany Yang

Bondi Wash by Tiffany Yang

澄淨晚霜是我在這一系列新品中,最喜歡的一樣。自從前陣子的嚴重過敏時期後,面膜是我始終不敢回頭嘗試的產品(這故事說來話長,到時候另起一篇給大家)。雖然現在使用的乳液保濕度還算夠,但墨爾本已正式進入秋冬,額外的養護還是需要的。以品牌經典的原生植物精油作為主要基底,澄淨晚霜擁有極佳的天然屏障功能。我是每週挑兩到三天厚敷,以類似晚安面膜的方式來使用。佛陀木的木質香味締造了讓人沉靜放鬆的氛圍,夜晚用極其合適。一個月下來,發現除了可以滋潤肌膚外,它還同時多了鎮定泛紅的修護作用,這對此刻的我來說真的比什麼都重要 。 [one_half padding="0 6px 14px 0px"] [/one_half] [one_half_last padding="0 0px 14px 6px"] [/one_half_last]

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The Lip Balm 佛陀木&黑醋栗潤唇膏

Bondi Wash by Tiffany Yang

Bondi Wash by Tiffany Yang

[/one_fourth] [three_fourth_last padding="0 0px 0 6px"] I never go to bed without applying lip balm, it's like my last step of skincare every night. This particular one shares the same essential ingredients with the night balm. The scent is light & calming, which I personally really love. And though it might feel a bit oily at first, the texture is so smooth that it absorbs fast, so it isn't too big of a deal for me. 每晚睡前都要擦護唇膏,是持續了好多年的習慣。佛陀木&黑醋栗唇膏,顧名思義與晚霜相同的精油成分,味道自然相似,有著同樣迷人的馥甜香氣。質地很細緻、滑順,雖然精油的成分偏多,卻非常好吸收,並不會有惱人的油膩感。做為晚間護膚的最後一步,修護與滋養同時進行,很直得擁有。 [/three_fourth_last]   [two_third padding="0 6px 14px 0px"] [/two_third] [one_third_last padding="0 0px 14px 6px"]  

Hand Spray |防護乾洗手

Now let's talk about the hand spray. This comes with lavender, aloe vera & vitamin E that is said to help kill bacteria and soften your hands. My favourite part of this product is the smell, since the alcohol formation is so low, it doesn't come with a strong scent which most sprays might have. If you've been having issues with hand sanitizer, I reckon this would be a great replacement. 

欸,是的,其實我一直是個很不喜歡乾洗手的人,不管是噴霧型的或是液態膠狀的,常常覺得他們有很重的酒精味。但是 Bondi Wash 的塔斯曼尼亞胡椒 & 薰衣草防護乾洗手改變了我的迷思。不仰賴酒精,透過大自然提供的植物成分,以最純粹的方式有效替抵抗細菌。淡淡的胡椒與薰衣草完美融合,一點也不刺鼻,噴完的味道很舒暢,彷彿剛抹完護手霜一樣,讓人喜愛。如果你和我一樣(曾經)很害怕乾洗手,這極簡的銀色瓶身絕推薦給你!

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Before we go, I thought I'd share with you my personal skin journey for the past few months. If you follow me on Instagram, or if you're anyone around me (Hi Mum! Hi Eugenia! and Cynthia, of course haha..) you know I've been struggling with allergic and slight eczema for a while. As I'm recovering, I did learn a few things. For years, I was this girl who would jump on any chance to buy new beauty products, I'm always on the search for new things to put on my face. And despite having a good skin DNA for the past 25 years, my skin just couldn't take it anymore. I'm now living the Less is More skincare strategy. And trust me, it has done my wonders. Now my redness don't come back as often as they do, and slowly and  confidently I'm getting my glow back. What I'm trying to say here is that, I know how attempting is to have a full cabinet of beauty products, I've been there. It's so easy to fall into the social media world now and believe what work for others would work for us...sometimes it just don't, and it's not your fault. So today, I encourage all of you to spend more time understanding your skin type, and splurge on something that you know works for you, not because it's on someone else's list (even if it's my list too). We all should have our own list, we're all one & a kind after all. x

最後來與大家稍微聊聊這陣子保養的小心得吧。現在市面上的保養品很多,我也曾經是那個一個晚上要抹五六種產品在臉上的人,從化妝水、導入液、精華液,滋潤油等等,什麼都買來嘗試,常常覺得這樣皮膚才會好,保濕才夠,而結果適得其反。前幾個月因為嚴重過敏與濕疹去看了皮膚科醫生,才知道許多人的敏感肌都是自己造成的,當然像我這種食物先天性過敏的也有,但東抹西塗很容易讓原本就脆弱的肌膚更脆弱,因為有些時候兩個有效的成分並不適合相互搭配,加上我們又不是專業,所以容易造成反效果(大家如果想知道這塊或完整的過程,可以留言發問,我再整理成一篇)。所以大概三個月前,我開始實施 「less is more 極簡保養」的概念,清潔後使用的護膚品以簡單為主,品項也比以往少很多。雖然還處於修復期,但皮膚明顯穩定了,泛紅也比較少發生。總而言之,這是我想傳遞給大家個訊息,護膚品不是用越多越有效,成分也不是越複雜越厲害。然後,這陣子為了膚況做了很多功課,才發現跟我一樣有相同症狀的人挺多的,所以如果你也是敏感肌但又還沒找到合適的滋潤型產品的人,可以到 10/10 hope 看看這次分享的 Bondi Wash ,我私心推薦澄淨晚霜(笑)別忘了跟專業的櫃姐多詢問確定是否適合自己膚質,或是擦一點在局部感受一下再入手喔!

in collaboration with 10 10 hope for Bondi Wash shot on Fuji XT2 with 23mm lens