Tom Ford Favourites

 

Today, I'd like to talk about my guilty pleasure — luxury makeup. For some reason, luxury beauty products are my soft spot. Good for stress-relief, not so good for my wallet. If you ever hack into my Instagram account 'save' section, you'll see my dream list. All that said, playing with new makeup, is a bit like gambling. This is why I started this new series, hoping to make your life a little easier, especially for those who have just only dive into this endless hole of luxury beauty. So welcome! Welcome to a brand new series called ‘Luxury Makeup Favourites'. For round one, I'm starting with the one & only, Tom Ford Beauty.

號外、號外!有新系列了!以前剛開始寫部落格的時候,給自己寫了一系列的文章清單,但很多都沒有實現。為了讓自己執行力好點,決定來好好鞭策一下自己,再度把清單拿出來,其中「彩妝品牌特輯」是一直想寫的,所以就先從它開始吧。就如同字面上的意思,從手邊擁有比較多品項的品牌,挑出五個我最愛的彩妝來跟大家分享。第一篇,就先從讓人又愛又恨的 TOM FORD 下筆吧。

 
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I'm not sure that a brand has ever landed in Asia (Taiwan in particular) with such fanfare as Tom Ford did. As a lover of all things well-packaged, they are right up on my alley. However, I have been a fan long before their grand entrance, I guess that's one of the perks of living overseas. Some brands that come with such noise tend to disappear from one's beauty routine quietly, but I'm pleased to most of Tom Ford items that I picked up from the past two years are still banging around or restocked. So without further ado, let's begin!

據我所知,目前為止應該沒有任何一個品牌和 TOM FORD 一樣,在進駐台灣的時後造成如此大規模的轟動吧,記得當時許多網路平台都以「美妝盛事」來形容。第一次認識這個品牌,是在香港,被那奢華的包裝迷得如癡如醉,買下盤腮紅來滿足一下虛榮心。沒錯,可能我天生反骨,第一眼看上的不是很多人推薦的的唇膏或眼影,而且在準備這篇文章的時候,也發現我愛的都是些相對較冷門的(笑)。不得不說,這塊腮紅,就是讓我入坑的理由,促使我陸陸續續收集了不少 TOM FORD 彩妝。有些時候,討論度較為熱絡的品牌,或許是因為期望與價位太高的關係,身為消費者的我們標準相對也就高些。好在,目前為止用過的 TOM FORD 彩妝,都表現挺好的,大部分都安全飛過我心中的門檻。到底是那些呢?來,讓我們一起看下去!

 
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TRACELESS Foundation spf15

Latest to my Tom Ford Collection, if only I discovered this foundation a little sooner, it would definitely be in my Top 5 Foundation blog post. Think extremely glossy base, like the editorial stuff you see on magazines. Sheer & glowy. The staying power is pretty amazing too, about 8 - 12 hours or so. Perhaps that's why the hydration effect isn't the best (for very dry skin). However, I find that you can always make it work if you increase the moisturising level of your morning skincare. I'd say the only downside is the price point, which goes for all Tom Ford products.

星光透亮粉底

首先!先從最新入手的開始說起。這款,我應該到專櫃詢問了不下十次,而且是在世界各國的專櫃(笑)一開始,我其實想要的據說紅毯女星都非常愛的星光完美粉底,但來自世界各地的專櫃小姐都說,我的膚質不適合,建議我選另一款較為清透的星光透亮粉底。不過,不知道是我耳根子硬還怎麽樣,明明每次試完妝都很愛,但就是無法接受我無法買原先想好那罐的事實。總之,這款我其實是兩三週前才購入,從那之後真的是天天用,如果早點擁有它,我一定會寫進之前那篇「最愛五罐粉底」裡面。貼膚性很不錯,5光澤很美很精緻,應該是我手邊最精緻的前三名。用刷具的遮瑕度會比較高,但我自己更愛用美妝蛋上裝呈現的裸妝感。粉底推開後,非常透亮,以乾肌來說持妝度也頗讓人滿意。要光澤有光澤、要遮瑕有遮瑕、要持妝有持妝,除了乾肌人冬天妝前保養要做的充足些外,真的是集所有優點於一身啊。

Cream & powder eye shadow duo

Ahhh…my FAVOURITE Tom Ford product! I just cannot get enough of this Cream and Powder eye shadow duo. It might be my imagination, but I feel like the texture of the cream shadow is a lot better than the Emotional Eye Colour. If you're anything like me, take a tiny bit of the product and smudge it on your eyelid with your fingers and call it a day. If you prefer more shimmer, pat the powder on for some sparkle. It is one of those quick & easy applications that will help you get ready faster and still go through the day with loads of compliment.

眼影膏

單單寫眼影膏,因為我查不到台灣這款的翻譯,大家將就一下(笑)此身最愛的 TOM FORD 產品,沒有之一。我以前是個不上眼影的人,原因很簡單,我不相信自己的技巧。這款膏狀眼影,又是一個適合跟我一樣,喜歡清淡彩妝(新名詞?)的女孩男孩們的產品。我用的是比一粒米更小更小的量(真的很少,必須再次強調)。桃粉色乍看之很搶眼,但其實用手指暈開後,反而很柔和,一點也不浮誇,給人一種特別溫柔的感覺。習慣亮片色的人,可以再沾取一些上層同色系的亮片加強一下,非常簡單快速,身邊同事都因為被我推薦跑去買了,還有人包色(笑)。我自己是還有 BRONZE 這色,通常是特殊活動,或是晚上出去的時候才會用。同樣手指沾取上色,減緩了一般古銅色系眼妝容會有的銳利感,但又能讓雙眼非常有神。總之,推薦給對自己動手畫眼妝沒信心的同學,真的是零技巧呀。

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Cheek colour BLUSH in inhibition

My very first Tom Ford product. Now I don't use this every single day, but it's at least used three times each month whenever I feel like dabbling into blushes again — Extremely rare because my face flushes easily, and I just don't think I need anything to highlight that part. So when those days come, the Cheek Colour Blush in Inhibition has been my ride or die blush for ages. Even though now its sort of replaced by Clinique & Charlotte Tillbury, I still consider this up on my alley. The product itself extremely fine, perhaps the most delicate blush I've ever come by, which is why it made it to the list.

設計師頰彩

就是這款設計師頰彩,讓我跌入 TOM FORD 的深淵,目前手邊共有兩色。必須說,雖身為奢華品牌,粉質細幾乎可以說是基本要求,但這真的是我遇過數一數二極細的,幾乎偵測不到有粉感覺。我不是個太常上腮紅的人,因為我非常容易臉紅,加上季節交替臉會泛紅,所以不太想再特別強調。突然想用的時候,就是TOM FORD、倩碧小花跟 Charolette Tillbury 相互交替使用。前陣子看過一個彩妝教學的影片,說腮紅最怕的就是上起來有色塊,沒暈染好。我想,這就是 TOM FORD 頰彩讓我驚為天人的原因,當初買的時候,還不太會化妝,只覺得上起來好順手,而且也好看,現在終於知道為什麼了。雖然說不管是開架還是專櫃好用的腮紅都非常多,不需要特別買他們家的,但我對這盤 INHIBITION 的喜愛,絕對能榮登單一品牌的排名中。顏色很襯白皮膚人的膚色,但之前給比較健康膚色的朋友試用過效果也很好,所以應該是沒有太多限制。

skin illuminating powder DUO

Just like the Cream & Powder Eyeshadow duo, this is a highlight that I use all the darn time. It might not look like I've used much from the photo, because this is my second palette, lost original one in Brisbane a while ago. The beige/white colour at the top blends to nothing but a sheen (my colour is #1 Moodlight). Meanwhile, the one at the bottom is your classic & flattering champagne tone. I tend to just mix into the both of them for a natural healthy glow look. This concoction creates a beautiful neutral finish on my Asian skin, and it never sits too blue or too pink. You can apply it with your fingertips or work it in a couple times with your brush. Either way, they don't show your skin texture or take away whatever you applied underneath.

星光超聚焦蜜粉餅

如果要我說出最常用的 TOM FORD 彩妝,除了剛入手的粉底外,就是眼影膏跟這盤雙色打亮了。我知道,它看起來非常新,因為它就是新的!上趟去布里斯本玩的時候忘在飯店了,但打電話去的時候他們說找不到(淚)我用的是最淺的 #1 MOODLIGHT,上層的米白色,刷在亞洲人的黃皮膚上幾乎是透明的,下層則是很經典的香檳色,我個人喜歡的是方式兩者疊擦。TOM FORD 的粉質非常細,完全沒有亮片,但依舊能看到那道閃閃的裸光。為什麼說是裸光呢,因為太不會給別人你有上打亮的感覺,反而是那種睡很飽或是有認真保養的光澤肌。當初專櫃的彩妝師是用刷具上的,他有說這款的粉質地需要在肌膚上暈久一點的時間,然後盡量用抓粉力強點的刷具,或是用手指輕拍在C字。可能是手有溫度的關係,我覺得輕拍的妝感比較好看,提供給大家參考。

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ultra lengthening MASCARA

I haven't felt this way about mascara for a LONG time. I've never tried anything that competes with the Chanel Inimitable Mascara until I found Tom Ford. I know I've said it a million times before, but I like a natural looking eye look. Nothing too dramatic or extreme, which apparently is quite hard to come by. This Ultra Lengthening Mascara holds and separates my lashes exceptionally well, does not smudge at all. If you feel like treating yourself, and you have quite soft lashes as I do, trust me, this is well worth the splurge.

巨星超纖長睫毛膏

來說說,我對睫毛膏的要求吧。我基本上只有纖長跟維持捲翹度的需求,因為本身睫毛很軟,有些走豐盈路線的膏體,都會讓我睫毛下垂,但我偏偏不習慣用燙睫毛器。先前和大家提過我最喜歡的睫毛膏,是CHANEL的深邃大眼睫毛膏,用完之後,實驗精神作祟,一直很想試試其他牌子的,結果瘋狂踩雷(默),尋尋覓覓一路到今年二月,嘗試了 TOM FORD 的巨星超纖長睫毛膏,才找到了媲美心頭好的完美替代品。這款睫毛膏,纖長功效沒話說,刷起來又根根分明,應該是我目前用過分散力最厲害的,看起來比香奈兒自然(對沒錯,睫毛我也是追求自然),除了價格外,各方面在我心中都是超越的,當然這純屬我個人的使用習慣,每個人要求不同。重點是,雖然產品介紹沒特別強調,但這款完全不會暈,剛試用的時候澳洲還是夏天,也是一樣的。

bonus: BRUSHES

These days I do find myself using the beauty blender more than ever — mostly because it's the easiest way to go 'non-cake face' and sheer everything out. However, when I do feel like being fancy on some days, I turn to brushes. And nothing speaks fancy better than Tom Ford brushes. I own four brushes from Tom Ford, an eyeshadow brush, a bronzing brush, a blush brush and the cream foundation brush. I didn't feature the first two because they are made in natural hair, and Tom Ford as reformulated all their brushes to synthetic hair. Though I personally prefer the old formula, the new ones are still in pretty good quality, just a tiny bit denser. And like all Tom Ford products, they are SOOO expensive, but once you've tried it, you know what you are paying for. But I wouldn’t consider this if your are trying your first Tom Ford product, there are many other great ones with a more reasonable price, that’s why I listed these as a ‘bonus’.

同場加映:刷具

之所以說是同場加映,是因為他和腮紅的感覺有點像,市面上有很多好的,不管是專櫃或開價,但一但入手,就會知道他們為什麼那麼貴。我自己有的是,古銅刷、眼影暈染刷、粉底刷跟腮紅刷,前兩款就不介紹了,因為 TOM FORD 在刷具方面做了改變,不再用動物毛了,這兩支比較早期買的,所以我不知道這合成毛的感受怎麼樣。至於粉底刷的部分,這是我手邊唯一扁平狀的粉底刷,雖然不管用膏狀或是液狀的粉底妝感都很好,但我發現它會吸走很多偏水的粉底液,所以建議大家用稠一點的粉底好些。腮紅刷的部分,抓粉力很夠,我自己不喜歡腮紅太明顯,所以下手會比較輕。不得不說,TOM FORD 的刷具真的很精緻,看得出來不管是製作過程和設計都用盡了心思,但相對的,價錢也就非常「精緻」,所以我並不會覺得這是他們家一定要擁有的東西。當然,如果想好好犒賞自己的話,可以納入考量。

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So there you have it, these are Tom Ford Products I’ve been enjoying. Have you tried anything from Tom Ford before? What are your favourites? Also, please let me know what brands you’d like me to feature for the next series, I’ll not them down. x

好咧,這就是一些我個人最愛的 TOM FORD 彩妝,大家用過他們家的彩妝嗎?特別喜歡哪些呢?另外,如果有希望我做別的品牌特輯,可以在底下留言,或是到 FACEBOOKINSTAGRAM 跟我說唷。我如果手邊有的話,立刻來整理。我們下次見啦!

 

5 Favourites: Foundation

The Hero Product Series is finally back! If you’re not familiar with it, its a series of posts where I share my favourites in a particular category (read the brush edit here). Recently I’ve been really enjoying putting makeup on and getting ready every morning, and in of all the bits and bots, foundations are my favourite section of all. I’m such a sucker of base products. This also gave me the chance to analysis my own collection, which leads to a lot fewer impulse purchases. All that said, today, I decided to do a little ranking through my vanity — bringing out my ABSOLUTE favourite foundation products. To give you guys an insight, I have dry skin so most of these will be working towards to this concern, and all these are written in orders of coverage, from the sheerest to the medium-fulls.

去年寫了一篇分享我平時愛用刷具的文章,獲得不少好評。雖然事隔一年,但「 HERO PRODUCTS 系列」終於回歸啦(笑)第二篇想來聊聊「底妝」。身為彩妝控,我最在意的就是底妝類的產品。就跟蓋房子打地基一樣,底沒上好,後面用再厲害的頰彩唇膏等等還是會不順手。好的底妝,能讓整個人看起來更精緻些。話說,最近成功改變睡眠習慣,已經當了一陣子的晨醒人;相對出門前能打扮的時間也多了。看著梳妝台,即便收集了很多,粉底我還是有特別偏愛的那幾款,今天就來跟大家分享一下吧。首先,先讓你們了解一下我的膚質 — 我是敏感乾肌,喜歡光澤感的底妝;所以這裡推薦的都會比較接近這方面的需求,然後介紹順序為最低遮瑕到中高遮瑕。來看看吧!

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1 Chanel Les Beiges Tinted Moisturiser spf 30

This is my favourite day-to-day base! I love how light this is, the glow is very natural. It seriously looks like you are not wearing anything at all. I get tons of skin compliments when I wear this, almost every day, without fail. And despite being just a tinted moisturiser, the longevity is pretty amazing too. If you also have dry skin like me, I would say it stays for a good 8 hours or so; which I personally think is more than enough.

1 CHANEL 時尚裸光保濕美肌乳

之前寫「東京行前打包」一文的時候(但很烏龍地真的出門的時候沒打包到),就提過CHANEL的時尚裸光保濕美肌乳。目前已經入手第二瓶,是我用過所有香奈兒底妝裡面最喜歡的,也是我個人認為最適合乾肌的。非常輕透,可以說是只有一成遮瑕,但提亮效果很好,又可以修飾毛孔。連在澳洲幫我做臉的美容師也被我推坑,我私底喜歡下形容這是「睡很飽」的妝感(笑)。滋潤度與服貼度對乾肌來說剛剛好,混合肌與油性肌膚的人建議要定妝(我個人通常只會定 T字)。另外,我一直以為這種薄透水潤型的底妝產品續航力可能差強人意些,但這款完全打破了我這方面的迷思。每次下班後回家照鏡子都還是很驚喜,除了因為過敏擤鼻涕跟吃東西,鼻翼跟嘴角會掉一點點以外(真的是非常一點點),其他幾乎都是完好如初。粉底有著香奈兒一貫的味道,對香氣敏感的人建議先靠櫃試試。

2 Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint

If the Chanel Tinted Moisturiser is too sheer for you, but you still want something in a light consistency, the Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint could be up on your alley. It comes with more of a wet & glass look. Also, the built-in SPF 30 makes it a great summer base choice. I’d say the only con is that it doesn’t stay long. Oh, and don’t forget to set your t-zone, it’s so hydrating that even with dry skin you get oily towards the afternoon. You can read my full Milk Makeup review here.

2 MILK MAKEUP 粉底液(光澤款)

如果說,前面香奈兒的對你來說遮瑕度太低,但你還是想要類似質地的,MILK MAKEUP 就是很好的選擇。兩三個月前才開始用,卻立刻已經進入前五名,完全可以表明我有多喜歡。遮瑕度大概介於輕到中度間,對我來說也是定T字就好,但我身邊混合肌的朋友說她個人需要全臉掃過蜜粉。如果說香奈兒是自然睡很飽的光澤,那麼 MILK MAKEUP 就是水光路線,好像剛上完保養一樣。這款比起刷具,我更建議用手直接上唷。更多 MILK MAKEUP 心得請點這裡(笑)

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3 Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

I go for the Nars Sheer Glow when I feel like I need a little more coverage on the day. Don’t let the name full you, it is definitely a medium coverage foundation, in my opinion. I was a bit scared to try this at first because their tinted moisturiser broke me out, but thankfully this doesn’t. It evens out any sorts of discolouration & skin texture and provides a radiant finish. However, I do have to say it’s one of those base products that you will feel the makeup on your face all day, other than this, it ticked all of my boxes.

3 NARS 玩美光透美白粉底液

我的中度遮瑕首選,膚況不太穩定有泛紅或長痘痘的時候就會拿它出來。其實以前滿怕用 NARS 粉底的,因為有過敏的經驗,但好險這瓶不會。上完妝是帶點絲緞薄紗的妝感,光澤雖然沒有前兩款強,但提亮效果也是頗讓人滿意,據說是因為含有維生素 C。我身邊滿多彩妝師也都推薦這款。不過,以我個人的經驗來說,一整天下來帶妝的感受滿明顯的(不是指外觀,就是覺得皮膚上有一層東西),除了這點以外,整體表現都很在線。

4 Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Perhaps the best-selling base product from Armani (well, at least in Australia). Luminous Silk is my ONLY choice for events and big days. I love how luxurious the silk look is, and the staying power is almost all day. I have friends with all kinds of skin type, and they all love this. However, I would say for dry skin it’s better to prep your skin with loads of hydration and a moisturising primer. Another great thing about this foundation is that it looks great in flash photography, it doesn’t make your face white or washed out!

4 ARMANI 輕透亮絲光粉底

澳洲GA最熱銷的底妝。輕透亮絲光粉底是我重要場合與日子的唯一選擇。雖然標榜裸透,但它其實是一款能在低到高遮瑕間完美遊走的底妝,堆疊也不會有厚粉感,持妝度很值得信賴。非常自然的絲緞光感,膚況好壞都不影響表現力,在閃光燈底下也能保持原貌,在我心中是非常「神奇」的存在。身邊幾乎各種膚質的人也都對它愛不釋手。唯一值得注意的是,如果你跟我一樣是乾肌的話,冬天真的要最好妝前保濕,特別是在澳洲這麼乾的地方,我還會選特別滋潤的妝前乳。

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5 Westman Atelier vital Foundation Stick

I never thought I would love a foundation stick so much (I use to swear by the Bobbi Brown one, but somehow it dries me out now). If I’m honest, I bought this because of Gucci Westman! I just thought anything she created would be amazing, and I’m not wrong! The entire capsule collection is designed beautifully, and the Vital Foundation Stick is my favourite. It is perhaps the most hydrating foundation stick I’ve come by, and it also comes with beneficial skin ingredients that calm irritations and redness. The vegetable oil locks in your moisture which also avoid any dry patch clinching situations. It’s definitely the highest coverage foundation in my collection, and even though I don’t use it as much , every time I reach for it, it never disappoints.

5 WESTMAN ATELIER 保濕粉底條

怎麼也想不到居然讓我這乾肌人喜愛的粉底條(學生時期 Bobbi Brown 的粉底條為必備,但後來從混和性轉為乾性就不再適用了)。老實說,我完全是衝著 GUCCI WESTMAN 的名號入手這款的。曾任蘭蔻的總監,GUCCI WESTMAN 是我忠心耿耿關注已久的彩妝師,加上她本身為紅斑性狼瘡患者,對於容易泛紅的敏感肌膚頗有研究,所以才敢以預購的方式入手她的個人彩妝品牌。這款富含植物油的粉底條,除了能保濕外,還能鎮定肌膚並平復泛紅的跡象。膏狀的質地意外的很貼膚,或許是臉上溫度的關係,上臉後非常好推開。高度遮瑕,但是呈現的樣子卻非常自然,沒有太多光澤,也不是霧面,保有的是肌膚原本的質感,只是瑕疵少了。我自己的狀況是不用蜜粉定妝,持妝個八小時沒問題。網路上有人眼部較乾的人眼下會有點卡紋,大家可以參考一下。

 
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There you have it, my top 5 favourite foundation! Have you guys tried any of these, or do you have any recommendations that you thought I should try? Also, what’s the next category you’d like me to touch on in this 5 favourites series? I’d love to know x

好咧,這就是我目前最喜歡的五款粉底。有你們用過的嗎?或是你們推薦我試試看的嗎?
這個系列的下一篇你們希望我分享那些最愛呢?另外,大家請記得蜜糖毒藥的理論,同樣的品項每個人膚況一樣呀,這些只是我的個人感受,僅供參考。

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@MSTIFFANYYANG

 



 

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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@mstiffanyyang

 

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

1

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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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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travel beauty

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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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 _

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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6 NEW BEAUTY DISCOVERIES

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If you've been following me for a while, you know beauty & skincare is my weakness. I feel like it was after uni that I had made the transition not only to start looking into makeup but also really spend the time to take care of skin. I'm also really lucky to receive products from companies to test and try out. All that said, since I haven't written any favourites articles for a while, I thought it would be nice to make a list of some discoveries from the past three months.  

欸對,好像好久沒寫選物月刊類的文章了。認識我的人都知道,保養彩妝是我的最大的弱點,自從大學畢業後開始接觸,每隔一段時間都會想嘗試新東西,也很榮幸能收到許多品牌寄來的公關品。所以呢,決定把這過去一到三個月陸續入手、收到的新發現整理出最愛六樣與大家分享,快來看看吧。看完文章後,也歡迎你們分享你們近期喜愛的產品唷,很想知道呢!

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one. Armani face fabric foundation 

I must admit, I have only started using this foundation for three weeks, but man, I'm hooked. I love the mousse texture along with the semi-matte look. It's one of the most natural matte foundations I've come by. It's so lightweight, and yet it covers just enough for a comfortable everyday look. I remember right after the two days of wearing it, I can't help to recommend it to my girlfriends. I use to complain not being able to find the perfect Armani foundation for me (I mean who doesn't want Georgio Armani on our vanity, right?), and the search is finally over. 

我和大多數女孩一樣,都希望自己的梳妝台上能有一瓶 Armani 粉底,不過在今年以前都呈現一種碰壁的狀態。連試了兩款都割愛轉送因為實在太不適合自己(淚)一直到上個月逛 Sephora 的時候發現了這款號稱像丹寧褲般舒適的 second skin 慕斯粉底,這三週幾乎天天用,持妝與妝感都好滿意。一碰到肌膚就會化成粉末(觸感有點像以前植村秀泡沫防曬的感覺),完妝後是天生好膚的微霧感,基本上小瑕疵也都遮得不錯。因為我本身保濕都做得很足,所以雖然是乾肌但目前也都沒什麼問題,整天下來維持得也挺好的。啊,終於能大聲說我找到我的命定 GA 粉底了呢。大家台灣上市一定要去靠櫃試試看。

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Two. Perricone MD No highlighter Highlighter 

Perricone MD has been releasing a range of No Makeup Makeup products for a while. It's a series of product with skincare in mind while providing the bare face illusion ⏤ the 'I woke up like this' look. And my pick of the bunch will be the No Highlighter Highlighter. I wear this all time, even when I have no foundation one, it gives you that natural baby skin look, which I personally really love. However, if you're looking for something with the greatest lighting strobe, this may not be your taste. 

這半年開始陸陸續續入手了不少 Perricone MD 的彩妝系列。 由皮膚醫生起家的品牌,近幾年推出了許多以護膚為首要構想的化妝品,偽素顏光澤肌是他們的主要走向。而在梳妝台上幾樣產品(修容、腮紅、睫毛膏、粉底精華等)中,翻牌率最高的就是這瓶液狀偽打亮。就算沒上粉底的時候,在 C 字部位、鼻樑處上點,就會有種肌底透光的自然妝感,特別是膚況好的時候,很像小 baby 的膚質。當然,如果是追求要有很顯眼光澤的產品,那麼就不建議你列入考量了唷。

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Three. Sisely restorative day & night cream

At the end of last year, I had the most serious skin allergic reaction. It was really confusing since I had cut off seafood from my diet ages ago. After seeing the dermatologist, he told me it was something I applied. So I spent the time to look into my skincare/ makeup products and decluttered my vanity. And the Restorative Day & Night Cream was the only moisturiser I kept. It's incredibly moisturising, and yet still really gentle on the skin and not only I had fully recovered, but it also made my skin texture better. I'm currently in my third jar, so you know how much I love it!

大約在去年底的時候,我的肌膚開始過敏的非常嚴重,花了一個多月的時間才復原。當時還滿無助的,因為有測過過敏原,所以在飲食上已經十分小心,海鮮也戒了將近一年。後來實在是沒辦法,只好去看皮膚科醫生(我是個很不喜歡醫院的人,所以通常能免則免),才發現應該是某個經塗抹而接觸肌膚的產品。我花了點時間過濾平常使用的保養、美妝產品,經過篩選,Sisely 的植物修護面霜我唯一留下的乳霜類產品。姑且不論滋潤效果,光是修護程度就足以讓驚艷;不只泛紅、過敏等症狀舒緩成功,皮膚觸感也跟著提升了。這樣說吧,目前已用光兩罐,第三瓶也快見底,大概就是這麼愛(笑)

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Four. Fancl mild cleansing gel 

Another one of my post-allergic survival kit. I bought this Fancl cleansing gel during my last trip to Tokyo. It says mild, gentle & good for sensitive skin on the packaging which I figured will be perfect for me. Fancl is a Japanese brand known for using the most natural ingredients and still delivers the best face forward. Finally, I get to remove makeup without stinging or irritation. 

另一個幫助我度過過敏非常期的產品。Fancl 的 mild cleansing gel (在台灣官網上找不到,但日本和英文網站上確定有)是在東京旅行的時候購入的。包裝盒上寫適合敏感肌使用,當時通行的朋友也推薦,便決定試試看。無添加防腐劑用起來特別安心,而且卸妝的過程中完全不熏眼,兩月下來洗完臉不會緊繃、刺痛或泛紅,同持又能成功把彩妝帶走。真的是敏感兒童的好朋友。

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Five. Marc Jacobs mascara

I'm not a big fan of full-on, volumised mascara. I love to have them thin, natural, semi feather-like. So I'm sure you can imagine when I discovered the Feather Noir Ultra-skinny Lash Discovering Mascara. It gives that "your lash, but better" look, my lashes look longer but not too much. I've been using it almost every day for the past 3 months, that's how much I love it! 

對於睫毛,我的追求就是自然不誇張,不需要太濃密,看起來有神就好。其實也是要感謝吳小姐生了偏豐富的睫毛跟眉毛給我與楊小妹,所以我們基本上在眼睛部分都是走一切從簡的路線。這一兩年陸陸續續試了幾款睫毛膏,但很多都覺得太浮誇、過於搶眼,一直到後來在澳洲的 Sephora 看見了這款 Marc Jacobs纖長黑量睫毛膏,搜尋才從此告一段落。跟 mlbb 唇彩一樣的概念,看起來就是自己本身的睫毛,只是更長更翹了,但不會有人看出你刷了睫毛膏的小心機。

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Six. Glossier body hero daily oil wash

All my friends know I'm a sucker for glossier products. I love their minimal packaging. The beauty balm is an all-time favourite, and now I can say the Body Hero Daily Oil Washis one too. I was once told a proper moisturisation starts in the shower, and now I finally get it! 

我是 glossier 的超級粉絲(笑),每次到紐約都絕對會到他們的 showroom 轉一圈。粉色的極簡包裝太讓人著迷,加上產品通常都保有中上的品質,所以一直是梳妝台上的常客。品牌的玫瑰味護唇膏是最愛的必備品,但最近開始嘗試的 Body Hero 沐浴油 好感度也直線上升中。以椰子油為主要基底,不只潔膚,還提前在沐浴的過程中進行保濕的動作,出了淋浴間完全不會覺得皮膚緊繃、乾燥,令人喜愛。

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THE JET LAG CURE

I have probably done more flying for the past few months than I have in my 25 years of existence. On my previous birthday, one of my best friends had predicted that I'd spend more time in hotels than my apartment, and it turns out he's right. But as much as I'm grateful for the opportunities of world discovery, I'm yet to realise all these jumping back and forward between time zones has been extremely stressful for my mind & body. And as you all know, Australia is so far away from everywhere else, getting your clock on track took more brain juice than I'd like to admit. All that said, in the effort of becoming a true traveller, I do have a few tips to fight jet lag. And they actually work, keep scrolling!

到處走跳奔波的行程終於告一段落了,回到墨城,看著空蕩、等著被著手佈置的小公寓,心裡莫名的很踏實。「啊,終於能好好待著了」,這幾天下來,都是這麼想著的。記得某一年生日,朋友跟我說他覺得我以後很可能會花許多時間在搭飛機、旅館 check-in & out  的人;我們當時不過二十初頭,五年過去,這番言論居然也就這麼得到了應證。澳洲是個離哪裡都很遙遠地方,前往歐洲與美國的交通都要花上將近24小時,飛程遠不打緊,調時差才是真正令人頭痛的開始。所幸,幾年下來發現了不少能夠在不同時區快速恢復生理時鐘的小撇步,與你們分享。

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1. Breakfast | 來份早餐吧

I've always had a love-hate relationship with breakfast. As much as I love to enjoy my chia seed pudding, I also love to sleep. However, during my jet-lagged days, breakfast is perhaps my best cure to stay awake during the day. I feel like it gives me the fuel I need to fight through the sleepiness. 對於早餐,我與大多數人一樣是又愛又恨。嚮往那當晨醒人的從容不迫,但同時又想在被窩多賴上幾分幾秒。然而,在調時差的非常時期,飽足的早餐,似乎成了維持體力的最佳良藥。這段時間到了中午甚至傍晚常常因為時差沒胃口,好險早上都吃的算營養豐富(最近喜歡奇亞籽優格加穀物),才有體力繼續在崗位上努力。

2. Hydration |多喝水

With or without jet lag, keeping yourself hydrated is so important. I'm not just talking about the skin, because inner hydration is just as equally important, if not more. A tall bottle of H2O gets your body ready for time-zone adjustments. 

其實不管調不調時差,補充水分都是很重要的。不過,由於飛機上的空氣通常都很乾,導致我們抵達目的地時都會有缺水、口乾舌燥的情況,而身體在水分不足的狀態下,時差的效應會更加明顯。所以通常在飛機上,除了水以外,我是不喝任何其他飲料的,況且多喝水對肌膚也很幫助,是一舉兩得呢!

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3. A relaxing face oil |找瓶能放鬆心情的精露、精油

You all know how much I love my face oils, so its only natural that they make it on the list. One of the most annoying things about fighting jet lag is how crazy your sleeping schedule gets. I always get extremely tired in the afternoon. And yet when I reached home after 9 pm, I'm back with full energy. This is when I pull out Neom's latest Face Oil! You know how much I love Neom, so there's no way I'll miss on trying their very first skincare product. And as usual, it did not disappoint. 

調時差最惱人的便是那不規則的睡意。下午身心疲累、眼皮沈重,心裡一直倒數可以回家休息的時刻;然而,當晚上真正回到家後,又是一條活龍,輾轉難眠成了每晚的例行公事。兩年前開始接觸臉部滋養油,便從此成了梳妝台上常見的瓶瓶罐罐,而有能夠幫助睡眠功效的,當然更不可能錯過。Neom 的舒緩恬睡美膚精露,是品牌第一個臉部保養的品項,身為粉絲的我,光是聽到這點就等不及試用看看。果不其然,如同它們身體系列,十分滿意。

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Neom's Perfect Night's Sleep Face Oil

Lavender oil is known for its calming effects, it eases stress, is gentle on sensitive skin, and doesn't clog your pores at all. With it being the main ingredient, along with chamomile, almond & rosehip oil, it's meant to not only prepare ourselves for a good night sleep but also nourish and restore our skin during the night, so we wake up with the best face forward. 

小時候跟著吳小姐一起到飯店的沙龍做身體,芳療師都會問想用什麼精油,當時對於不同味道的作用並不了解,只是一相情願地想選擇與自己名字同字的薰衣草,一直到大學開始研究起保養,才知道原來每次躺下就呼呼大睡不是沒原因的(笑)薰衣草能鎮定肌膚、放鬆精神,Neom 針對此功效將其當作這次的主原料。另外也包含了杏仁與玫瑰果油,讓我們除了能好好睡上一覺外,還能在這幾個小時的時間促進肌膚的修護滋養。

The Scent to zzz ⏤ Your ultimate bedtime routine to glowing skin

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This little bottle is packed with a bunch that just two little drops will do. I use it as my last step before bed, messaging it through my face, and cup my hand afterwards for 10 seconds of deep breath ins & out. I'm so happy to come across this product during the past hectic months of travelling, it really helped me sleep better, despite being jet-lagged. And I'm not sure is it because of the sleep or all the vitamins from the essential oils, but I'm also waking up with a more dewy and glowy skin!

身為英國皇室的御用香氛團隊,如同以往,這小小的透明瓶身,採用的都是純天然的有機成分,以及經過品質把關的頂級精油,不只溫和,還非常好吸收。富含各種滋養成分,按摩全臉兩到三滴就足夠。我自己在按摩後還會利用手上剩餘的精露香味進行十秒鐘的深吐深吸,薰衣草獨有的優雅芳香,撫慰了因為整天忙碌而勞累的身心。原先受時差所苦的生理時鐘,得到了明顯感善,這幾天居然還能沾枕就睡。值得一提的是,不知道是因為精露成分的關係,還是睡眠品質提升的緣故,使用兩週下來的肌膚也顯得有氣色許多呢!

4. Go outside | 出門走走

When I come back from Paris I can stay home for days because of tired I am. However, on my latest trip, I found out stepping outside the house can actually help recover from jet-lag quicker. Exposing yourself to sunlight is such a great way to re-adjust. 

因為時區不同所帶來的疲憊,以前從歐洲回來前面幾天都很容易不出門在家賴著。不過這次因為與朋友相約,梳洗完就必須出門,本來以為會精神不濟,沒想到接觸到新鮮空氣與陽光反而讓我精神百倍,到了晚上也就相對好入眠了。

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5. Don't take naps | 千萬別睡午覺

I know how tempting it is to take naps, but trust me, don't. I've done it so many times by now that I know it's better to avoid so. It messes with your body clock so bad that you'll take extra days to recover. 

And there you have it, my tips for curing jet-lag! Let me know if you have secret methods below, I'd love to know! 

以自身的經驗來說,調時差最大的禁忌就是睡午覺。過去我總認為小補眠一下無所謂的,但通常原先預設的一小時,最後都成了四五倍的時間。經歷了無數次下午躺一下結果起來天都黑了的慘痛經驗後,我開始告訴自己:想要調整好生理時鐘,就不能午睡。頭幾天的確會特別疲累沒錯,但每當發現能在那麼短的時間讓生活重回軌道後,那幾日的頭痛與眼皮沈重也就值得(笑)好咧,這就是我推薦的調時差小撇步,分享給同樣熱愛到處走跳的你們。當然,你們如果有什麼秘訣,也都歡迎與留言互相分享喔!

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ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON?

Are any of you a morning person? I haven't been for a while. There was this semester in Uni that I go to bed around 11 pm every night, and wake up and hit the gym around 7. I still don't know how I did it, but I do remember how good it felt to have that extra few hours before class. So, one of my 2018 resolutions is to become a morning person again. I challenged myself for the past 2 weeks to wake up before 10 am in the morning and to not work my ass off all the way till 5 am at night. I did some research for tips, and here are the ones I experimented. Keep scrolling!

你們是早起之人嗎?老實說,我完全不是。大學曾經有個學期,我幾乎天天十二點以前上床睡覺,然後七點出門運動。這曇花一現的健康時光,回想起來實在難以相信,也不知道到底是如何辦到的(笑)唯一有印象是這習慣帶來的正面能量,精神體力都極好,做起事來也頗有效率。或著是現階段工作型態的關係,不像大部分人有固定時間與行程,早的時候很早,當然寫稿寫到隔天天亮也是常有的事。所以呢,今年我給自己唯一的「新年新希望」就是能養成更有規律的生活作息。上網搜尋了些方法,給自己兩週挑戰,記錄了些心得,一起來看看吧。

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1. Turn off the phone, light up a candle & read

When I was reading articles about waking up early, one of the most mentioned tips is to have a digital detox an hour before your actual bedtime. So I turned off my phone and laptop, committing an entire hour to quietness. With social media playing such a big part of our work & personal life, keeping my hands off Instagram was harder than I expected. For that hour, I decided to do a bit reading. I’m currently finishing Her Again, a fascinating series of stories about Meryl Streep! The book provides insights on how she became the inspiring and powerful woman she is now.

在所有關於早起的文章中,都會提到睡前一小時盡量不要用任何電子產品。這對現代人來說,的確有難度。我自己也是重度手機使用者之一,不管是在工作還是私人生活,它都佔了很大一部分。為了更有效率的執行,這十多天爬上床鋪前,我都直接將收訊功能調至飛航模式,接著把電腦收進明天的包包裡。窩進被單,點了蠟燭,好好看本書。

最近在讀的「永遠的最佳女主角」是在說梅莉史翠普的故事;不過,作者著墨的重點不是在於她的巨星身份,而是探討幾十年前的年輕女子如何在眾目睽睽下,歷經一次次的失敗與挑戰找出定位、自我認同並勇於發聲。推薦給大家。

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→ Current favourite reading companion: Miller Harris    

I love lighting up candles during my reading time. I've been a Miller Harris perfume fan for years (And I love their shop in Covent Garden!). However, I only discovered their scented candle when Samantha Cameron had chosen the East London brand as her gift to Michele Obama. The founder, Lyn Harris, is famous for keeping it's materials in their most natural scent, keeping their delicacy. Respecting tradition and pushing boundaries at the same time. 

閱讀時光怎麼能少了香氛呢?我很喜歡收集香氛蠟燭,如果是早期的讀者應該很常聽我講(笑)。最近的新歡是來自東倫敦的 Miller Harris,是他們香水的愛好者有段時間了,但一直到前些年英國首相將品牌的贈送給歐巴馬夫婦才發現原來他們也有在經營這蠟燭一塊。創辦人 Lyn Harris,有著約十五年的經驗,以大自然為靈感,四處收集珍貴的花草植物,以細膩的技巧與工藝,在不改變材料本身的調性與味道的前提下,孕育出適合不同人、事與季節的香氛。這樣的手法,是對大自然最有誠意的詮釋。

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My Scent for the Night: Rêve De Verger 屬於太陽下山後的時光,薄暮甜梨。

I like something sweet & calming like the Rêve De Verger for my night candles. With the scent of pear orchard, it instantly provides a warm feeling to the atmosphere. I also love its subtle woody notes that comes from Agastache and cedar, making the entire scent slightly more muscular. Just as the website indicates, its the smell of a beautiful sun-setting evening, with a bonfire!  

晚上的時候,我偏好帶有點甜味的香氛。如同此款黃色瓶身的薄暮甜梨蠟燭,那恰恰好的梨香與菊香特別有撫慰作用。後調的白松,替整體增添了些溫暖的木質氣息,腦海不禁浮現了營火的畫面;將果香、花香與木香拿捏得令人著迷。如同閱讀一樣,是款能靜下人心的香氛蠟燭,在這樣的冬天夜晚,極其合適。

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2. Get ready the night before

The best thing about being a morning person is to have some quality time before you start the day. And I decided to push in a little extra by planning my outfit the night before so that I don't spend so much time wondering which knit to go for and ended up still rushing out the door (I'm sure you can relate!). It gave me a considerable amount of time to have breakfast, read more AND got to work earlier. 

在我看來,早起最大的好處,就是讓我們再開始一整天的忙碌行程前,多了點與自己相處的時光。有人會運動、看報紙或是為自己準備一份豐富的早餐。但,我又再更貪心一點,想把這時間拉更長,所以在前晚睡前都會把隔天要穿的衣服、鞋子甚至是包包的預備好。畢竟,已經有太多次明明很早起,卻因為在想要穿什麼衣服上花了太多時間,導致依舊匆匆忙忙的出門。這週下來,不只時間上更充裕,我還能比預計抵達工作地點的時刻早更多,好有成就感!

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3. Have a morning routine to look forward to.

Here comes my favourite part of this challenge. Having an extra hour or two to do anything I want. Recently, I've been loving this routine that I drink yoghurt, read the newand break down my schedule on my daily planner. Not only I get to receive info, but it also gives me a heads up on how my day would look like. I always feel soooo productive and motivated if I get to finish this entire routine, and it is that good feeling that prevents the snoozing! 

以前,起床的時間總是剛剛好,洗好澡換了衣服,就得三步併成兩步趕快出門。不過這兩週試著更早起後,便得以放慢步調。好好讀報紙,是我一直以想做卻很少實現的事,而自從在週刊編輯開始撰稿後,這份慾望也就更強烈。於是,在這充裕的兩小時,變成了我用來吸收資訊的時光,一邊喝最近很喜歡的優格、仔細咀嚼不同專欄裡的文字,那感受遠超過手機裡的新聞APP。接著,會花五到十分鐘把一整天的行程分成一個個時段寫下來,在腦海裡跑一遍,心也跟著踏實。這兩項看似平凡的靜態活動,卻足以讓我充足電,更有動力迎接接下來的挑戰,而正是這樣的好心情,讓我忘記賴床這件事呢!

The Morning Scent:Cassie en Feuille

Surprise, surprise...I light up another candle when I'm sitting in front of the desk enjoying my morning routine! Cassie en Feuille is my go-to scent candle for the morning, it comes with a refreshing smell, which I personally think is perfect for daytime. The bursting smell of leaves & vines, as if you're sitting in the middle of a garden; topped with a slight sweetness of blackcurrant, bringing the warmness of nature into your room.

If Rêve de Verger is meant to calm your mind, then this one is here to boost your mood, giving you just enough energy to kick start the day. Recommending this to anyone who loves leafy green scents! 

白天都點什麼樣的香氛蠟燭呢?Miller Harris 的 綠意花徑,如其名,點燃後彷彿自己正盤腿坐在草葉翠綠中。味道很清新、清爽,與水果味偏重的前一款截然不同。當然,這也不是大家腦腦海既定、刻板的綠意盎然,前調中的佛手柑和黑醋栗帶出了很細微的甜,十分平衡。若說,夜晚的薄暮甜梨會讓人的身心靈達到放鬆,做好休息的準備;那麼,有著沈著藍色外觀的綠意花徑就是屬於即將出門奮鬥的早晨。

當然,不只味道令人印象深刻,Miller Harris 在整體的設計上也同樣令人難忘。飽和的色澤與霧面的材質,一擺出來就知道不一樣。它,不只是香氛蠟燭,還是一款很令人傾心的家飾。關於這點,我可是在一拆開盒子就著實感到讚嘆,太美!果然,產品的外觀是我最大的弱點(笑)

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There you go, my tips on becoming a morning person! I've only been doing this for the past two weeks, and though so far it works pretty well, I'm still adapting this brand new lifestyle. Do you guys wake up early? Share your tips and routine below! I'd love to know x  

好的,這就是我歷經兩週早起挑戰後的心得!也期許自己能繼續執行下去,如果成功了,再去入手一款香氛蠟燭犒賞自己吧(遮臉)你們有什麼可以讓自己保持早起習慣的方法嗎?還是大家如果可以的話,也都會一不小心睡到中午?在留言處一塊兒分享吧!

IN COLLABORATION WITH 10 /10 APOTHECARY FOR MILLER HARRIS - PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROSA PRODUCTIONS