Sunday, 22 April 2018

How I Plan What To Pack For A Holiday

Seeing that I have an upcoming holiday at the end of this month, I thought I'd do a quick round-up and share a few tips on how I plan what to pack for a holiday. This method is personal to me and has always worked in the past. If there are things that have worked particularly well for you, feel free to share below!

Deciding the luggage. This is the first step to my packing. Which luggage I ended up using is highly dependent on the total number of days for the trip. For a trip up to 3D2N, I often can fit everything I need in a hand-carry size luggage. For trips longer than 3 days but up to a week, I tend to use a medium size luggage and anything longer than a week, like when I visit my family, then the large luggage comes out from the storage.

Check the weather. The weather app becomes my best friend about a week before my departure. Yes, the forecast may change, but it gives me a general idea of the outfits I need to take with me. Or if I need to bring an umbrella with me. Or covered shoes instead of sandals.

Consider planned activities. In addition to weather condition, what I plan to do and how I plan to spend my time away is another deciding factor for choosing the outfits.

Outfits planning. I start by making a list of the days that I need to pack for. I include travel days too. I do this so I know if I need to pack additional elasticated trousers as I am not a fan of flying in jeans especially for flights that are longer than two hours. I clearly mark my planned activities day by day so I don't make the mistake of packing more dresses and heels when what I actually need is more shorts and a pair of trainers. While I don't assume that I will be going out out every evening, I will throw in one or two fancy dresses and shoes for the fancy happy hour cocktails or dinner in the evening.

Revisit the colour palette. To minimise the number of items to bring while maximising the number of outfits can be created I make sure that my outfits are either from the muted/neutral colour palette. Typically these are black, white, grey, navy blue, tan. I then add a pop of colour such as red when it comes to accessories when completing the looks.

Complete the looks. I find this part is the easiest once the outfits have been decided. I will know if my outfits need a camisole, a belt, a clutch, a hat etc. Shoes wise, I tend to bring either a pair of sandals in tan, a pair of comfy sneakers if I am expecting to walk a lot and a pair of flipflops for seaside or pool. As far as handbags go, a crossbody is my preferred choice as it frees up my hands for the camera.

Lastly, and this is very personal to me, I always, always, bring my own hair-dryer. I blow dry my hair every time after a hair wash and I need a superpower heat blasting hair dryer. The one that you typically get in hotels which are attached to the wall by the sink simply doesn't do it for me.

I hope you find these tips useful and do share other tips that you may have up your sleeves down below.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Why SLGs Are Great and What I Use It For

Small leather goods, otherwise commonly known as SLGs are not only useful but also can be an affordable way to start your luxury designer items collection. I remember perfectly, the first luxury designer item I purchased was a Christian Dior Long Wallet. They are functional and are not as expensive as buying classic designer bags. So if you have a limited budget to play with, SLGs are a great place to start.

SLGs are also a great way to add more colours to your luxury designer items collection. Due to their price point, I tend to be more adventurous with colours when purchasing SLGs. While my luxury designer handbags tend to lean towards more functional, classic, muted and neutral shades, my SLGs collection tends to have more vibrant, bright and colourful shades.

So today, I thought I'd do a round up of the SLGs that I have in my collection and what I use them for. Some of the items are no longer available as I've had them for years, but I've tried to include links to similar ones currently on the market.

The Salvatore Ferragamo Key Holder in Black was received as a gift from my best friend many many years ago. It has become my everyday staple as it can hold so many keys. Attached to it are the entrance FOB to my apartment building, the key to my apartment, mailbox key, a key to my desk drawer at work and the security pin pad for my bank accounts. I still have a slot or two available for additional keys, if needed. I never truly appreciated the practicality and functionality of a key holder until I have this. When the key holder is closed, the leather actually holds the keys together which means you don't get any key scratch marks on the inside lining of your handbags or other items such as your phone. It also stops the keys from making jiggling sound when you're out and about.

The next two items are from Liberty Collections, which is a great place to score beautifully designed yet functional SLGs and accessories. They have a wide range of goods such as passport holders, card holders, long wallets that come in a variety of their iconic Liberty design print. What I have here are the Medium Pouch and Coin Purse in Blue Iphis Canvas. I use the Medium Pouch as a travel document/ passport holder when I am travelling as well as at home. This ensures that all my travel documents are kept in one place and I simply need to grab the pouch when I am packing for a holiday. I also keep a pen in there which often comes handy to fill-in those landing cards when needed. I don't know about you, but I tend to carry a Long Champ Le Pliage bag when I travel as they are roomy and lightweight but the bags don't have any internal compartments. This often makes it difficult to find things, but keeping my travel documents in a pouch has been a life saviour. I know where my documents are and can access them in a jiffy!

The Coin Purse is the newest addition and while I thought of getting a different design initially, I decided to get the same design. Not only they look cohesive together, but also they look like they come in a set. Due to its versatility, I will not use it as a coin purse as I am not one who keeps my coin in a separate purse - they never get used! But I do have a number of store cards/loyalty cards which are taking up a lot of space in my wallet, so I decided that I want to keep them in this pouch.

The Prada Business Card Holder in Pink is also another item received as a gift from my best friend. It is rather small and slim but fits my business card perfectly.  Another cardholder that I own is from Salvatore Ferragamo in Yellow which I use to keep all the cards that are essential but not used or needed on a daily basis. These include my insurance policy, National Insurance, blood type cards.

Finally, while not a luxury designer item, but I thought I'd mention it here is the Cath Kidston travel card holder. I use it only for my Oyster card and it's perfect for my every day use - it's made of canvas and basically cost nothing so my cost per use must be negative right now :-)

So if you have not ventured into the world of SLGs, I highly recommended it. There are a plethora of options available out there. Trust me, once you start using them, you will start to wonder how did you survive without them all this while.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Beauty and Makeup Wish List

No matter how happy I am with my beauty and makeup routine and collection, there are always a number of beauty and makeup items floating within the beauty and makeup market that make me itch wanting to give them a try or to add to my almost insatiable love and passion of beauty and makeup products. Don't get me wrong. My current skincare routine is working very well for my skin and it comprises of products that I cannot live without. Not only that, following from my recent makeup reorganisation, I also know that I have more than enough makeup to last me a lifetime. But there are still so many products on the market that I haven't tried! #firstworldproblem

While I have gotten better with the concept of delayed gratification, I still struggle to let the desire to procure them go completely. I guess if you can't take your mind off it after so so long, it is probably time to give it a go? So today I thought I'd share my beauty and makeup wish list.

My evening skincare routine always involves a double cleansing. I am currently using a Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and it is finishing soon. I use to be able to purchase it directly from my favourite department store, but as it has stopped carrying the brand, I am thinking of substituting it with the Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil.

If you have read this post, you will have known that I am pretty much a minimalist when it comes to my haircare. But time and time again I keep on reading positive reviews about the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer. It is without a doubt one of the most successful products from the brand and promises that your hair will be deeply conditioned, become more elastic and manageable with more bounce and shine.

Perfume is something that I like to mix and change up almost on a daily basis. Depending on my mood and the occasion I simply spritz whichever perfume that I fancy for the day. Aerin has a large selection of perfume and they all smell absolutely divine and come in the sweetest packaging which is so so aesthetically pleasing. But I have yet to add one to my collection, so the Aerin range is something that I am looking forward to try. There are three scents that I absolutely adore from the brand. They are Lilac Path, Iris Meadow and Rose de Grasse.

In the last few years, Bobbi Brown has been killing it with their eye shadow palette collections. The brand started getting a lot of my time and attention when they launched their 25th Year Anniversary City Collection. I have been hooked since then! As you know eye shadow palettes are my number one weakness when it comes to makeup. But off late I have been wanting to try the Long Wear Eye Shadow Stick. They are tiny, simple to use and have high longevity which is perfect on lazy days or when I want a quick top up of my make up after a fitness class.

The two eye shadow palettes from Bobbi Brown are currently exclusive to Sephora and they are not available to be shipped to the UK! I swear it's due to this inaccessibility that makes me want to check them out even more. Thankfully I have a trip to the USA coming up soon, so I will be sure to check them out while I am there.

Finally, there are a number of items from Glossier that I am keen to try. Skincare wise, the Solution is right up my list and makeup wise, the Cloud Paint, the Stretch Concealer and the Wowder Finishing and Setting Powder have always got me excited.

What are on your currently wish list? Do share!


Sunday, 1 April 2018

Makeup Storage/Organisation and What I Learned From It

Happy Easter! Whatever you have planned for today, and whether you're spending Easter with your friends or family, I hope you're having a fantastic time.

Easter is often associated with new life and a new beginning, regardless whether you are celebrating it based on your faith or not. A change in season also springs to mind (pun intended) as daffodils start making appearances in parks, gardens and the neighbourhood. If you are anything like me, you often feel the need to reset your life (it sure feels like a second new year) and declutter your possessions.

And that was exactly what I did on Good Friday. Not quite the full-blown Marie Kondo method, but simply throwing away old magazines that have been accumulating dust underneath the coffee table and some unused plastic containers in the kitchen.

I recently purchased the silver and brushed blue chest of drawers from Brissi. It was my first purchase from the brand, and I am very delighted with both the item and the service. As soon as I set my eyes on it I knew it will be the perfect set up for my makeup storage/organisation. I've been in the market for one for a very, very long time and I have been very adamant not to get the standard unit from Ikea as I wanted to find a piece of furniture that is not only functional but also has a bit of character. This chest of drawers which is from their China Club/Shangri La collection and is inspired from the old Chinese screens' patterns is absolutely perfection, and definitely ticks off my requirements, with an added bonus as it was on sales too!

When it arrived I was beyond excited and pretty much started my makeup storage/re-organisation/decluttering process almost immediately. Today I thought I'd share my five take aways from the organisation process.

When it comes to base and blushes, my collection is pretty small and tight. I have a blush palette from NARS, a Limited Edition from Hourglass (no longer available) and a few from Clinique which I am sure is from one of the many Gifts with Purchase promotions. I am also not a contour/ bronzer kind of girl and the only contour-highlight palette I own is from Charlotte Tilbury. This small collection is making me feel that my desire to procure the Glossier Cloud Paint totally justifiable!

While most girls can't live without a mascara, I for one is not very fussy about it. It is one beauty item that I don't ever buy myself. I guess I can consider myself a minimalist when it comes to mascara and I am happy to simply use the one that comes in Gift with Purchase promotions.

While I am fuss-free when it comes to mascara, I am a hard core loyal fan of the Bobbi Brown Gel Liner range. I am not going to say much more as I think I may do a post on my gel liner collection and how I am starting to enjoy incorporating coloured liners to up my eye makeup game.

I seem to be carrying lipsticks in my everyday makeup bag and once they are in there, they hardly make it back into their actual storage. It's a wonder that my daily makeup bag gets heavier and heavier each day. I also realised that I own more nude lipsticks that I thought I do in spite considering myself as a red lippy kind of lady.

As a makeup lover, I know that eyeshadow palettes are my weakness. Single eyeshadows just don't excite me as much but there is something about eyeshadow palettes. It must be the hues/shades that make up a palette which often comes from the same tonal family that simply make them irresistible. I kind of know that I have more eyeshadow palettes than I need but the size of my collection still managed to surprise me. When I started buying makeup I only had Estee Lauder palettes; mainly from its annual Christmas Bonus Bonanza but over time newer brands such as Zoeva and Urban Decay have made their way into my life as well. I also have a handful of Bobbi Brown palettes but they are mostly from the Limited Edition collection, such as the 25th Anniversary City Collection.

Have you reorgansied your makeup collection recently? And did you learn anything from the process?

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Chanel Bags - My Personal Collection

Spring has sprung and the clock sprung forward this morning. Albeit I wish that I hadn't lost an hour of my life, it's an inescapable cycle that we go through every year. So instead of feeling negative about it, I thought today I'd share something that always makes me very happy.

It's my personal collection of Chanel handbags.

My nearest and dearest knows that if there is one thing that I indulge myself with is luxury designer handbags. And growing up with two sisters who are much older than me means that my love for luxury designer goods started way too early in my life. Before I even finished university. But with everything in life, if there is a will there is a way and I manage to curate a sizable collection of luxury designer handbags that I am content with. Slowly but surely is definitely the name of the game.

I know, never say never, but I am at the point in my life where I am pretty happy with my Chanel collection and I am not sure if there is anything else I'd do to change things up. Of course, there is always the option of adding more colours or different style into my collection, but as you already know, Chanel handbags are costly (and their prices continually go up every year). It is not a bad place to be when I say I feel content with what I have given these are classic and timeless pieces which will take me through life.

The Half Moon Caviar Clutch is the debut item in my collection. Yes, it was bought when I had a top-end Black Tie event to attend almost 10 years ago and while it felt like a total splurge at that time, the Half Moon Caviar Clutch has been my go-to dinner bag ever since. Until this day, it takes away one more thing to think about when I am getting ready for an event - be it a wedding or a Christmas party. I've also written a piece on how having the Half Moon Classic Clutch has helped me get ready for party seasons efficiently. Read the post if you haven't.

Next came in the Camellia Embossed Wallet on Chain (WOC) which was a birthday present from me to me. It was definitely loved at first sight as I went into the store thinking of getting a Caviar leather version, but the colour red and the embossed Camellia just spoke to me that I had to take it home. The lambskin makes it less hardy as compared to one that is made of Caviar leather but I have no regrets and absolutely love it.

While it took me a while to get my hands on the Classic Chanel Flap, I finally bit the bullet after I had completed the purchase of my apartment and furnished it. As an Accountant by training, I am glad I fully appreciate the importance of financial management and no matter how passionate I am about luxury fashion items, I definitely take my financial situation into consideration, as one should! It's not worth getting into a debt situation for the sake of fashion or style. So when I had some money left from the pot that I had saved up for the newly purchased home, I decided that I could treat myself to the Chanel Classic Flap because is there even a point of owning a luxury designer item when you don't have a roof above your head?

I always knew that I wanted a Classic Chanel Flap in Black and one in Beige so that I can switch it up between seasons. The Beige definitely goes better with pastel colours and in Spring but I have to say, between the two, I definitely have used the Black Classic Chanel Flap more often than the Beige. So my advice is if you are only going to get one, go for Black.

Finally the Grande Shopping Tote. This is definitely the last addition to my collection (so far), and I made the plunge knowing that Chanel was discontinuing it two years ago. I contemplated it for a long time and caved in at the end as I was worried I would regret not having it in my collection once it's no longer in circulation.

Do your favourite pieces have its own story? Do share! x

Sunday, 18 March 2018

A Round Up of My Week | Cycling, Tower Bridge and Alumni Event

Today's post is a slight departure from my usual ones, but seeing that I had a rather interesting week last week, I thought it's worth capturing it here. Furthermore, I feel like posting something chatty and laid back today and I hope to give you a little insight into my life and what I was up to recently.

If you have been following me you would know that my exercises of choice are Pilates and Barre. But on Monday, I participated in a Cycle to Nowhere Challenge for Coram, the oldest children's charity in the UK. It was held at my office and the intention is to clock in as much mileage as possible in the hope to match the actual distance between Leeds and London (390km) and London to Cannes (1500km) which my colleagues in the Real Assets Investments are participating in. Each of the Cycle to Nowhere challenge lasted for 30 minutes and as someone who doesn't cycle nor do any spin classes, I randomly aimed for 15km and completely smashed my target and ended up with 18.5km in 30 minutes. I am very pleased with the outcome, and it simply shows the importance of setting realistic targets but at the same time gives your 100% (and beyond) to smash the target you set!.

I then had two very long days at the Tower Suite of Guoman Hotel, attending the New Generation of Operational Risk Conference. At the risk of putting you to sleep, I will spare you with all the details, but wanted to mention, if you don't know already, from the Guoman Hotel is the most insane view of the Tower Bridge. It was definitely the perfect spot to capture the Tower Bridge, the Thames with The Shard in the background. There is also a two-storey Starbucks cafe around the corner so if you ever need a caffeine fix with the most majestic view of an iconic London landmark, you now know where to go. And if you haven't tried, Starbucks breakfast porridge is legit. I'm very picky about how my porridge is done and usually, I stay away from 'take-me-to-the-counter-pot' sold in cafes, but I took some risk last week and was happy with the quality and taste of the porridge.

Finally, being a US university graduate living in London, it's very rare that I get to meet someone who graduated from my University in London. That doesn't mean there isn't any, it just means that our paths haven't crossed. So when the Dean of Smeal Colleague of Business of Pennsylvania State University was in town and hosted an Alumni event, I knew I couldn't let the opportunity go to waste. It was a fairly intimate event held at the St Ermin's Hotel (by St Jame's Park station), which by the way is a gem of a discovery! While the location is easily accessible, it is still secluded from the public and retains the colonial charm features in it. The closed event was attended by 20-30 people and definitely ignited a major throwback moment. Obviously, we graduated in different years, have had different experiences and have gone through different life journeys, but our experiences at University is the one that binds us to one another and it's always good to make new friends and expand our network especially with those who had similar experience but at the same time diverse experience from you.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

My Top 5 Favourite Healthy Snacks

When it comes to wellness there are two main things that I personally believe it and I try to practise these as much as I can. This is purely my view and my approach. Other people may think differently and have other perspectives. After all, I am not a dietitian or a nutritionist.

Firstly, you are what you eat. What you put in your body is important as it affects your performance, both on a day to day basis, even more so when you are working out. Your body needs the energy to perform, and energy comes from good quality and nutritious food.

Secondly, balanced is key and everything in moderation, including portion control. It's OK to have the Kit Kat, but maybe just have one of the single portion size rather than the family size and eat everything in one go or on your own.

When I started my wellness and healthy eating journey a few years ago, I did it out of respect for my body. I believe that it deserves all the nourishment and until today, I have not cut out any food groups from my diet. I simply eat clean most of the time and I try as much as I can to cut out processed food from my diet.

Today, I thought I'd share 5 healthy snacks that I am currently obsessed with. These are my support system and have been successful in keeping me away from the office vending machine to battle the 4pm energy slum.

First up is an apple with nut butter. I tend to use Pink Lady Apples and pour some nut butter onto them. My current favourite of nut butter is the Almond Butter from Pip & Nut. If you're out and about and didn't pack one in advanced, Pret does the same thing in a pot. This is a great combination as apples are low in calories and nut butter contains good healthy fat (as long as you eat in moderation!).

The next favourite quick fix snack is a pot of Greek Yogurt drizzle with a dollop of honey with some berries and granola. If you fancy making a home-made granola, here's a recipe I've shared previously. Greek yoghurt is a good source of protein and berries are high in anti-oxidants.

If I happen to have some rye bread at home, a slice of toasts would be my go-to option. And to make it more exciting I'll make a banana nut butter toasts, which essentially, a toasted bread spread with some nut butter and topped with sliced banana. If I prefer something savoury, I would spread mashed avocado and topped it off with sliced cherry tomatoes, giving me a smashed avocado toast.

Finally, when I am out and about and have less time to prepare my healthy snacks, the Nakd bars tend to become my go-to option. They have a variety of flavours and my favourite options are Cashew Cookie, Chocolate Orange, and Cocoa Delight. All their products are made from natural ingredients with no sugar or syrup added to them. They are also wheat, dairy and gluten-free. A number of my colleagues and I are currently doing a refined sugar-free challenge until the end of March. And the Nakd product range has been a savvier as I can have something that tasted naughty and indulging but healthy!

I hope this post has given you some ideas if not inspirations that healthy snacking are simple and easy. As always, if you're thinking of starting a new diet programme, do consult and get advice from your GP or a qualified dietitian or nutritionist.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Home Update Ideas

Believe it or not, I've been living in my current apartment for more than 5 years now. It makes perfect sense why in the last few months I have started to develop a strong desire to update a few pieces that I have. While last week didn't feel like Spring at all in London, thanks to the #beastfromtheeast, isn't it funny with every new season we often feel the need to either update or spring clean our lives, be it our wardrobe or our homes.

This time last week, I was eagerly waiting for the arrival of this chest of drawers from I ordered it back in January when it was on sale and while it requires full assembly, it was totally manageable to be assembled by one person. #girlpower. I bought it as I needed some additional storage space for spare towels, bed linens etc. and while each drawer is not very deep, they do meet the functional purpose I wanted it for.

I am also thinking of replacing the Ikea coffee table which I've had for years (since my renting days) with this coffee table from West Elm. I think the clear glass top feature will give a sense of light and space in my living area and the gold accent will add a touch of luxury.

Continuing with the gold accent theme, I also have my eye on this foldable tray table from Zara Home. I think it will be the perfect addition to my living area and would function as a side table.

Finally, the biggest update that I have been thinking about is the kitchen. As I live in a modern apartment, where the kitchen, dining and lounge area are combined into one space, it is one area of the apartment that I find doesn't fully blend with how I have decorated my space. The question remains if I am willing to live in a building site while the work is being done. *decisions...decisions*

Sunday, 25 February 2018

My Favourite Morning Routine - Easing Into the World

I always consider myself not a morning person. And I am ok with that.

I love my bed too much and often struggle to get up in the morning. I always wonder how do some people go to the gym first thing because to me, waking up to be at the gym or any fitness classes for that matter is the worst motivation to leave the bed. But each to his or her own. 

Whenever I have a scheduled meeting at work before 9am, it stresses me up so much that I ended up not having a good night sleep, fearing that I would oversleep and be late for the said meeting. It goes without saying that the interrupted sleep made me groggy and tired in the morning which then leads me to continue believing that I am just not a morning person.

Having said that, over time I have noticed something. 

There were the odd days when I would naturally wake up at 6a.m. Six freaking A.M! I know, to most people, waking up at 6 a. m. is pretty normal, but to me, it's an achievement on its own, especially when I don't have the real need to be up at that time in the day. During the weekends, irrespective whether I have plans or not, I am usually up anytime between 7 am and 8 am. 

It got me thinking. I can actually be awake in the morning, be it on the weekend or weekdays. The difference is I like to ease gently into my day, instead of jumping straight out of bed and taking on the day head-on. 

These are typically the things that I do in the morning as I ease gently into the world. 

Coffee is obviously at the top of the agenda. I basically make a bee-line to my Nespresso machine for my very first cup of the day. I absolutely adore the coffee aroma and that is often the first thing that wakes my senses up. 

Once the coffee is ready and as I enjoy sipping it slowly, I check my phones for messages from my family. Living away from family with about 8 or 7 hours time different (depending on whether it's GMT or BST), often means I don't get to participate in our family WhatApps group chats, but I do try to catch up to keep myself in the loop with what's going on over the other side of the world. 

After that, I switch on my laptop to catch up with the news. BBC is my obvious choice for general,  business and political news update. I also rely on BBC weather page so I know what to wear when I leave the house later in the day. 

For more lifestyle and my other interests news e.g. fashion and beauty,  I rely on The Newsette. It is a daily newsletter and website that covers positive lifestyle, pop culture, fashion beauty, travel, career and tech news of the day. Readers can choose to simply go to their website for news updates or subscribe to their daily newsletter. By subscribing, you get the news to be accessible from your email which means the news come to you, instead of you having to go to it. Subscribing also means that you will not miss a day of news as the news gets delivered to your inbox and if you happen to have a super busy day, you can catch up later in the day as you go through your emails. 

The format of The Newsette is very simple to navigate and it has the typical 3-column newspaper style. For some reason, it reminded me a little bit of the FT, format-wise. It covers a wide genre of topics ranging from how does a ballerina prepare for a big performance, books to read now (always good to have a list of books to discover/read), playlist of the week (I am always on the lookout for new music so that my current music list is not on repeat all the time), mantra of the day (do you know anyone who doesn't love quotes?) to tips on getting a good night sleep and healthy eating. 

If you haven't heard of or discovered The Newsette, I'd highly recommend it. Click here to get the daily newsletter delivered to you. Try it out, I am sure you will love it as much as I do. 

While catching up on the latest news, I may or may not have some music in the background. If I feel like having some music in the background, as with everyone else, Spotify is my go-to when it comes to music. I love letting the songs from the Coffee Table Jazz playlist playing in the background. The tunes are not only smooth and relaxing but also, wake the senses up. 

Typically, by the time I finished my coffee and catching up on the news, I feel more ready to face the world. From there on, I would head to the shower, get ready and get cracking on with my day. 

To me, it doesn't matter as much whether you're a morning person or not. How you start your day to set you up for the rest of the day is equally important. Whether you're facing the day head-on or like me, prefer the more gentle start to the day, the key is to do what you love and enjoy most and that often leads to a very productive and fulfilling day. 

Have a great week ahead! x


Sunday, 18 February 2018

The Perfect Trio for Evening Skincare Routine

If you have been reading this blog, then you would have known that the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum and the Clinique Night Turnaround Revitalising Moisturizer are a must in my evening skincare routine. But recently, I have included another product as the final step in my evening skincare routine.

The said item is none other than the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. It is a replenishing nighttime facial oil which helps restore the appearance of skin in the morning.

The Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate is not a new addition to my beauty stash; in fact it has been sitting in my beauty cabinet for a while. You know when you purchased and tried something and then somehow it had fallen off the wagon? I can't even recall why I stopped using it.

But earlier this year, I decided to give it another go mainly because I am on a mission to try and clear out my beauty stash so I can make way for new beauty products that I would love to try. Being an Accountant, I hate to see any products go to waste. I like to get as much use as I can unless the product is not suitable or cause reactions to my skin.

The trio combination comes in right after my Clinique 3-Step Skin Care routine - cleanse, tone and moisturise. I first apply the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum onto my skin. I absolutely love how light this serum is and how quickly it gets absorbed into my skin. My skin instantly feels hydrated upon application.

I then apply the Clinique Night Turnaround Revitalising Moisturizer. I can't live without this night cream because it truly works overnight. It gives me a luminous and glowing skin when I wake up in the morning. It makes me look like I've had a good 8-hour of sleep, which is something that I don't often have the luxury of.

The Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate comes in as the final step in my evening skincare routine. I use 2-3 drops and warm the oil between the palms of my hands and pat it onto my face, starting on the cheeks, forehead and finishing off on the chin. This ensures that I have even application without moving the products that had been applied previously. The face oil also smells absolutely divine, thanks to the lavender essential oil in it. Lavender essential oil is well known to be the perfect scent to induce calmness and relaxation leading to a good night sleep. But did you know that it also helps soothe inflamed or irritated skin, making it brighter and more radiant in the morning?