16.11.17

Harmless eye makeup removers | Givenchy Secur'eyes

16.11.17

Harmless eye makeup removers | Givenchy Secur'eyes



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Party season is upon us and that only means more and more makeup. This is the time when people who wouldn't ordinarily apply makeup, do. With any application we must not forget to take off our make up properly in a way that doesn't do damage to our skin.

It is important to be very careful about how you take your eye makeup off. The skin around our eyes are very delicate and any form of mishandling may lead to dark circles, broken and irritated skin. It is important not use any products which needs to be rubbed endlessly to take your eye makeup off.

I've come to love my Givenchy Secur'eyes because of how easily it melts away my cat eye makeup. All I really have to do is spritz a good amount on my cotton pads, press them on my eyelid for a few seconds, dab dab dab and swipe away. That's all! I avoid rubbing which causes redness of the eyeballs and tired-looking under eyes.

Give my safe recommendation a go or try out one of these;

              

     
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  1. Eau Efficace Gentle Make-Up Remover for Face & Eyes - All Skin Types (10.25 OZ) • Sisley • $85
  2. Trish McEvoy Long-Wear Face & Eye Makeup Remover Skin Cleansing Water 8.4 oz. • Trish McEvoy • $49
  3. Estee Lauder Take it Away gentle eye and lip longwear make-up remover 100ml • Estee Lauder • $23 
  4. Chantecaille Rose Eye Makeup Remover • Chantecaille • $40
  5. NARS Gentle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover • NARS • $25
  6. Mac Gently Off Eye and Lip Make Up Remover • M·A·C • $19
  7. Dermalogica Soothing Eye Make-up Remover 118ml • Dermalogica • $27
  8. Charlotte Tilbury Take It All Off eye make-up remover • Charlotte Tilbury • $27.50
  9. Origins Well Off Fast and Gentle Eye Makeup Remover • Origins • $19.50
  10. Take The Day OffTM Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips • Clinique • $19
  11. Kiehl's Since Gentle Eye Makeup Remover/4.2 oz. • Kiehl's • $17
  12. Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover Liquid • Neutrogena • $7.79
  13. Elizabeth Arden All Gone Eye & Lip Makeup Remover • Elizabeth Arden • $18
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11.11.17

What happens when you drink green tea for 6 weeks?

11.11.17

What happens when you drink green tea for 6 weeks?


green tea benefits for weightloss

I love tea. That's for sure.. even better if I can get myself to commit to a specific one but there are way too many varieties to stick to one. Anyway, I decided to give green tea a try for six weeks to see if I too can experience the great benefits green tea has been claimed to offer. Every green tea lover swears by this tea so I thought I'd give it a try too!

Frankly, my lifestyle has become less upbeat with me blogging and spending hours seated behind a computer. I love what I do, but I find that it's quite easy to get lazier and too comfortable with snuggling up especially in the cooler months leading to a somewhat sedentary lifestyle. Snacks and sweets come in handy for me during these times. 

What I noticed recently was a decline in my energy levels and quite frankly it wasn't quite there before either. Safe to say I'm unfit which I'd like to clarify a big misconception which is slim girls are fit. Believe me I'm proof that it's not true. Green tea is known as an 'energy pick me up' which is why I did this experiment.

Also, I gained a naughty 5 pounds which would have been okay by me if my tummy didn't want to play peek-a-boo through my clothes. I don't usually work out, all I do it try to eat healthy. So I thought green tea was the right way to go for a not-so-quick fix. 

I used green tea as a weight loss tool but what I've found is way bigger than that. Although I may have to give green tea another go just to be certain but in 6 weeks:

-my hair lengthened by half an inch (my hairdresser pointed this out)
-my face cleared up more (reduced acne and whiteheads)
-my energy levels increased slightly 
-my tummy looks flatter
-my skin looks and feels great by a tad

Benefit of drinking green tea is vast and goes deeper than aesthetics but these are the things I've been able to notice in 6 weeks. Green tea is said to contain all these amazing antioxidants, cancer-preventing polyphenols and fat burning catechins. 

It is recommended to drink 5-6 cups of green tea per day but I honestly just drink one or two as 6 seems excessive to me and let's not forget it does contain caffeine so I can't drink it past a certain hour. I did cut out sweets too but stuck to my usual diet. 

Anyway, I'll keep you guys updated in another 6 weeks which will make it a 3 months update. Till then, grab yourself a cuppa! 




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7.11.17

Best skin care gift sets from $28 to $116

7.11.17

Best skin care gift sets from $28 to $116



affordable skin care gifts for christmas 2017

Skin care products are one favorite things to gift my friends and family and it's that time of the year where it's sometimes difficult to find the right Christmas gifts for loved ones. With skin care, it's  almost never a fail because everyone enjoys a bit of pampering every now and then.

These range I've featured consists of brands and products which some of them I've tried and tested and rave about while others are on my wishlist but still recommend because they are brilliant products which a lot of skin care fanatics go on about.

Skin care gifts are one of my favourites because of all the options to pick from with different price points to fit any budget. Check out my previous post on my favourite moisturising products too which features amazing products I absolutely love.

I love skin care gift sets for myself too because I find it's a great way to test out a product before committing to buying them at a full price since gift sets sometimes come in smaller quantity than the normal package size. These are the 5 I'm currently loving.

         

                                   
        1.  Aesop Avid Explorer SetI'm so eager to try this brand I've heard so much good things about it and I know I am missing out. I suffer from dry hands and I can't wait to try these range filled with coconut and macadamia oils.

2. L'Occitane Almond Shower Gel & Hand Cream 3-pc Set-   I'm an avid lover of oils and almonds and these two work perfectly in this range. It leaves your hands deeply moisturised I think the hand cream alone is a great stocking filler.

3. Clinique Acne Solutions Clear Skin Starter Kit-  Clinique is a brand which its products speaks for itself and when it comes to acne, these products will put up a good fight. I loved this.

4. Laura Mercier 5-pc Ambre Vanille Luxury Body Set- I love these products as I have personally used them and love them. I feel like I've just been to a spa treatment whenever I use them. Very scented and lingers on for a long while.

5. Dermalogica Skin Kit Normal/Oily Skin- These products is known to help balance the skin and reduce the production of excess oils and keep the t zones as matte as possible. Perfect for Oily skin. 
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19.10.17

3,912 hours of blogging + tips for beginner bloggers

19.10.17

3,912 hours of blogging + tips for beginner bloggers

Important tips for beginner bloggers 2017, underaytedray
I created my first blog in 2009 on the Blogger Platform with little to no plan on how to go about creating content. As with most things without proper planning, it did not work out. Also, I was about start uni so I decided to give it up. I honestly wish I didn't quit it.

School took me about 6 years to complete (I went for a masters degree after my Bachelors) but I always knew my creative side couldn't be tamed for a long time. So here I am blogging again in 2017 and sharing blogging tips for beginners.

Not knowing what to do with myself after school had a lot to do with why I'm back blogging. I could be writing a book but I chose blogging instead. I wanted something fun I would commit to- something that would also allow me express myself however way I please.

1. Blog Name

I won't lie, I had a really hard time coming up with one. I love my surname but I didn't have a ring to it in combination with Ray, so I had to come up with something. I wanted something that wouldn't put me in a box. I avoided names that included fashion. life, beauty and such. I'm someone who is passionate about a lot of things so I opted for something that sounded good to me with a little quirk as my personality tend to be. Needless to say the pun in 'Unde-ray-ted Ray' was much intended.

If you love the sound of your full name with a .com attached to it, then you are indeed very lucky. It is one of the best options for unison in branding. Your name + Your Face + Your Blog =  Your brand.

Although, if you decide to opt for something else then that's your chance to go to town and come up with whatever you want. One way to find options is using name generators which you can easily google search.

2. Blog Design

Designing this blog seems never ending or maybe I'm just too picky. Since the time I started this blog back in May, I have changed my theme over 20 times with a mixture of free and paid-for themes. Perhaps it's a shameful thing to admit to but nothing really suits my vision. Of course there's an option to pay for a customised theme to achieve the look you want but you may be set back a good $700-$1.300.

Also, because this blog was created using the Blogger platform, themes were a little subpar to Wordpress themes which easily look professional. If you are a blogger who wants to make money off blogging you need to make sure you look the part. As with anything on the internet, your look is your first impression.  That is what will determine if readers come back and the caliber brands that will work with you.

You can however, get really cool themes from Etsy, CreativeMarket and ThemeForest. They have a wide variety to pick from. The Etsy ones come a little cheaper than the other two. One other place you can look for that polished clean minimal look is Pipdig. I really recommend them. I am in the process of switching platforms which will be handled by Pipdig.

3. Self host or not?

I'd say skip all the hurdles and go straight away into self hosting. That's if you are really sure about blogging. However, if you are just testing the waters then I will suggest you use free platforms which allows you to pick a domain name for free, register it and start creating content.  Blogger and Wordpress offers this.

Two important factors to note is that you will have a .wordpress.com or a .blogspot.com attached behind your domain name. You can give it a go for a short while but I recommend you buy your own domain name from the start to avoid redirection horrors at a later time. Also, it is brilliant for a polished and professional look. Second, if you opt for a free version of wordpress you will not be allowed to monetise your blog.

I started on Blogger, still using it but I'm in the process of moving to Wordpress.org for more flexibility and to bring to life that vision of mine.  A rebranding if I may.

Self-hosting allows you control over your blog and to manage it however you please. Using ads, cool blogging plugins and being in control of your blog security is all in your hands. Aesthetically, they have all the cool looking premium themes. Technically, they allow you easily optimise your blog posts for search engines which benefits how you rank in searches.

To self host, check out these platforms: Wordpress.org, Wix.com, Squarespace.com to name a few. For hosting plans, you can purchase one from BlueHost, Siteground or Godaddy etc. Do your research to chose the one that will work best for you.

4. Choosing a niche

Most people usually have an idea of what they want to blog about before anything else. There's so much you can blog about. Fashion, beauty, travel are one of the most common niches. I love these because there's no limit to what you can write about.

It is okay to have multiple interests as I do. I simply write whatever I fancy and feel like sharing but I don't stray too far.I keep it around general lifestyle topics.

Choosing a niche is very important in attracting target audience. A lack of content focus will generate a divided audience. You may have difficulty knowing what your readers really like to read, some posts may really do well and others won't because not everyone is reading each one you put out.

5. Creating content

To some this may be the easy part and to some this may be the hard part. It all depends on how easy inspiration comes to you. I personally keep a journal of ideas for when the writer's block hit. Register an account on Pinterest. It is a way to achieve a stream of evergreen inspiration. Another of my favourite is Bloglovin.

As a creator, you want to create original content. It is okay to get inspiration from other bloggers written posts but DO NOT plagiarise, take an idea make it your own but putting your own spin on it. It looks bad on if you do and your page may be reported and Google will penalise you for it.

Also, it benefits your readers if you have a designated day and time you chose to upload posts. I normally upload biweekly on Mondays and Thursdays. This way, your readers will be aware of when to expect new content from you. Everything that works on a schedule typically have a good outcome.

6. Creating time

What I've come to learn is how time consuming blogging is especially for beginners. From creating content to promoting your blogs across your social media platforms, to researching how to blog better. It takes a lot of time. Blogging is one of those things that the amount of time you put in it shows in the outcome. It makes all the difference.



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22.9.17

My current skin care necessities for dry skin

22.9.17

My current skin care necessities for dry skin


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Anyone who knows me know that half of my yearly purchase are primarily skincare products.. then food, lol. In this post, I share with you guys my current skincare favourites for my dry skin as we go into the drier months. First of all I'm going to share with you guys my wonderful skin type. 

*Face: Oily around the t-zone and normal around the perimeters. Acne-prone with a constant battle with blackheads.

*Lips: normal in warmer months but chap-prone in the colder months

*Body: Dry.. very dry

*Feet & Hands: super duper dry!

Whew! Now that that's out of the way, it's time to share why I've opted for this particular products. I think I need to declare as well that I'm sort of  a product junkie. I like trying new products always and may not commit to one for very long. However, if I find something that works unbeatably, then I'll keep purchasing.

I love these product because they do not clog my pores which is very important for my acne prone skin and oily skin. Using these on a daily basis has helped to tame my wild skin.

Body Shop Body Butters: I mean.. if you could wear the wonderful scents and flavours of fruits on your skin, why wouldn't you? I love Body Shop. This brand is truly wonderful: naturally sourced ingredients, cruelty free, impressive corporate social responsibility schemes (getting carried away now because I wrote a term paper about them which I aced lol). I just love them for what they embody. More so, the body butters are just so nice for my skin type. They moisturise me perfectly and there's a whole range to chose from however mango and almond are my favourites.

Laura Mercier Foam Bath: I discovered this brand last year when all the Youtube beauty gurus raved about the loose setting powder and thought to take a look at their skincare. I used the souffle body creme first which I fell in love with then and now the bath cream makes me excited about a bath. It smells divine and doesn't dry out my skin. The scent lingers for so long. This is just a great product.

Victoria's Secret Body Lotion: By now, you should have caught on that I love scented products on my body (..but not my face!).  I love this body lotion  for the simple fact that it moisturises and smells very nice with a wide range of scents to chose from. Sometimes I have to layer on some coconut oil for optimum moisture and glow. 

Royal Jelly Hand & Nail Cream: Guys, I'll let you in on something.. don't be so quick to write off Marks & Spencer's beauty products. This hand and nail cream is the best thing that happened to my dry hands and palms. It deeply moisturises with no need for frequent top ups. It has a light scent and instantly makes my hand plump. I really recommend this.

Body Shop's Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser with SPF 30: I must admit I have a love/hate feeling towards this moisturiser. I love how it moisturises my face and leaves it matte and protected from UV rays but I find the scent overpowering for me. The vitamin c is beneficial for your skin and I noticed my face getting brighter while some blemishes were fading away. I uses SPF as much as I can and not only when the sun is out and bright. This works well, gets the job done I'm just not into the heavy scent. 

Nature's Ingredients Shea Lip Butter: This lip butter was given to me by my sister. I ran out of the Vaseline I would normally use and I'm even happier with this product. It contains shea butter which is a very good moisturising agent. This lip butter keeps my lips soft and moisturised all day long. I really can't believe how long it lasts on! Another great find from M&S.



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17.9.17

Autumn is official!

17.9.17

Autumn is official!

best tea for autumn season

What are you autumnal rituals? I don't have much but that's usually when I get 'tea crazy'. I've never been a coffee drinker so I don't get excited about pumpkin spice lattes making their seasonal appearance once more.. haha. 

I love teas, all of them. Bitter, sweet, tangy, flavourful. You should read my post on turmeric tea: extremely beneficial in a lot of ways and for cramps too!

This is just a post to wish you all a great season. There's lots to look forward to: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas to name a few. I wish everyone a great time.

-Ray.


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7.9.17

Bag of the season for less | Chloé Nile Bag

7.9.17

Bag of the season for less | Chloé Nile Bag

Chloé Nile Crossbody Bag Burgundy Dupes

Chloé was one of the brands that  made spring and summer to fun this year. The Chloé Women's Nile Crossbody Bag especially was so eye-catching. It was all over Instagram, YouTube.. I mean all the fashion bloggers have this bag and the more I see it the more I want but but not ready to pay close to $2,000 for it. 

One of my favourite fashion bloggers, The Fashion Mumbler, recently did an unboxing video of this Chloé bag in this beautiful fall shade called Sienna red. It was too beautiful I decided to scour the internet for dupes and more affordable alternatives.

When looking for dupes, you want to check out Asian websites that carry affordable pieces and you may want to take a look at Amazon as well.  I've gotten some few designer dupes over the years on Amazon for  less than $50!

Chloé Nile Bag Dupe Option 1
Chloé Nile Bag Dupe Option 2
Chloé Nile Bage Dupe Option 3 


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