• Juliana C Stryker

Current Favourites (and a Heart-to-Heart Chat)



After almost a decade of writing on this blog, I can't believe I never thought to do this - compile a 'monthly favourites' post for you belles and beaus!


I'm going to try my best to make this a regular series on this platform. Think of it like a beauty buffet spread where I share all the skincare and makeup products that meet my personal beauty protocols. Okay - I may occasionally sneak in a fitness or fashion fave or two but you bet it'll only be products or services I swear by.


Now let's dive right into my current favourites!




CAIA COSMETICS INSPIRATION EYE PALETTE


While I love trying the latest new looks and beauty regimes, more often than not, they're just not the perfect fit for the complex Asian complexion!


Even more reason why I was swooning all the way to my dressing table with this Asia-exclusive palette from Caia Cosmetics.


Brainchild of Swedish YouTuber, Bianca Ingrosso, CAIA delivers cruelty-free, vegan, quality cosmetics made in Europe!


The icing on the cake is that the CAIA Inspiration Eyeshadow Palette was created in collab with Hong Kong YouTuber, Emi Wong, so you bet I had a lot of fun with this! Super versatile, night or day, this palette has you covered!


My look was created with calm, passion, dream, confidence and lots of love!




FOR BELOVED GIRL VITAMIN MASKS


Balancing skin care with a hectic schedule can sometimes feel like a circus act!


Thankfully For Beloved Girl has a new range which means we don’t have to be Cirque Du Soleil acrobats to win at the Cirque Du Life!


Time to put away the surgical masks and pick up these vitamin-imbued Cloud Silk Masks to quench your skin's thirst for nutrients!


Vitamin A for skin renewal and pore purification, Vitamin B for skin regeneration, hydration and moisturization, Vitamin C for brightening, Vitamin D for plumping and soothing and finally, Vitamin E for skin nourishment and firming.


My fave is the Vitamin D-infused, Beauty D Cloud-Silk Mask, for all its anti-ageing, regenerating and wrinkle-reducing properties!




THEFACESHOP FOREST FRIENDS


The forests are mother nature’s magic lungs, filtering and breathing fresh air into the atmosphere around us!


But when the equivalent of 30 football fields worth of forest is lost to deforestation every single minute, you can see why The Face Shop’s Forest Friends are out on patrol to save mama bear!


Cleanse, protect and shield your skin with products made from Mother Earth’s natural ingredients and join forces with our cuddly new friends to save the forests! Keep swiping to see our little Forest Friends in action!


My fave is the Forest Friends Bubble Hand Wash which is enhanced with Dexpanthenol to keep my hands moisturised after washing. 




JOONA FRESH


The most magical time of year is almost here!


Dancing with excitement, I’m tempted to take down the Halloween decor and get the Christmas sparkles out already!


But first, you’ve heard of ‘spring cleaning’, well now it’s time for what I call ‘fall cleaning’!


Using Joona Care’s sanitising and deodorising water, Joona Fresh, I’m going to give my place a thorough clean!


Thanks to the magic ingredient, hypochlorous acid (HOCL), this stuff exterminates 99.99% of germs, bacteria, viruses and yes, that includes COVID-19!


It’s more effective than alcohol, so even medics use it, but so safe and gentle that it’s even used in foods in many places, including Korea!


Squirt it on your face masks, parcels (even from Santa), clothes, toys, car interior, bike, hands, feet, shoes, you name it!


It’s time to get squirt and sanitise folks and if you enter promo code JULIANA20, you get to enjoy a whopping 20% off when you checkout at joonacare.shop.


Woohoo!


Disclaimer: The promo code is part of Joona Care's affiliate programme which means I will receive a small commission should you use my code to purchase the Joona Fresh products, at no additional cost to you. Please rest assured that the sponsorship do not have any bearing on the content of this post. Opinions stated are objective and genuine.




BELIF RITUAL TIME-HONORED TINCTURE OF CHAMOMILE


I recently said in an interview with Clozette that 'Wellness' is a state of mind, it's about being at peace and allowing yourself to let go.


I thought I could share that with you here too. In a time like this, we need our own form of coping mechanisms and for me, that comes in the form of self-care rituals which I've made an essential part of my daily life.


Relaxing scents are one of my go-tos for a gratifying departure from reality.


Hence the timely arrival of this indulging parcel absolutely excited me!


The parcel features one of Belif’s best-sellers - the new and improved Ritual Time-Honored Tincture of Chamomile that has been infused with the additional nourishing goodness of Scottish Heather Honey, as well as the healing power of organic Chamomile flowers. You bet I've been using this religiously after cleansing in the mornings and evenings.


To complete the self-care ritual, the team at Belif also collaborated with a–kynd on an exclusive chamomile-infused candle that smells as refreshing as it looks! More ways to increase my dopamine levels! Haha!


If you're looking to incorporate more wellness into your daily routine too, the Ritual Time-Honored Tincture of Chamomile (SGD65, 75ml) is now available at selected TheFaceShop - Nature Collection stores and online (@shopee_sg, @lazada_sg, @zalora)


Fun fact! The parcel arrived in the midst of my Halloween shoot so we just quickly moved the scary props aside for this photo and that explains why it looks so similar to my Halloween photos. Little Salem and my skeletal bird were just a few centimetres away. Haha!




DIANEBONHEUR’S BLUE JASMINE SERIES


Seeing these exquisite diamond-esque bottles, my imagination immediately runs rampant, taking me to the pages of Agatha Christie, as if I was on a lavish cruise down the River Nile in the heydays of the 1930s!


It’s also a testament to the artisanal skill that Diane Bonheur employs in crafting each of their products!


Remember a certain special baby was gifted Frankincense on Christmas Day, it’s an essential oil which is coveted by the perfumery world yet Diane Bonheur blends this with the King of Flowers, Jasmine, with cold-pressed techniques and advanced methods to produce their truly swoon-worthy new hair care range, Blue Jasmine!


During the virtual medial event, I even got a chance to dabble as a pastry artist, painting Blue Jasmine on what were some of the tastiest macarons I’ve ever had! 👩‍🎨


These Yume Pâtisserie macarons were sooo good! Matched only by the sparkling, fresh symphony of aromas in this new lineup! Enchanté!



A heart-to-heart...


How have you been? With only two months left on the calendar of one of the most tumultuous years of our generation, are you looking forward to a hopefully brighter 2021?


Being a business owner during this current climate of uncertainty has, more so than ever, reminded me to adopt a more sensible approach towards my spending habits, especially during the festive season. "Saving for a rainy day" has become a much more fundamental principle in my daily life. These days, I have to ensure that every penny is spent as wisely as possible on products and services that will only add value to my routine. The same goes for my time. Even though the pandemic didn't cause us to lose time - we still have our full 24 hours a day, the lockdowns and inability to travel to see our family abroad has clearly made us fully conscious of the little time we have with our loved ones.


As Guy Finley famously said, Each moment of life is only as precious as is our ability to attend to it.” Bobby and I now keep closely in touch with our family by video-calling them everyday.


Going forward, you may also notice a slight change in the type of content I'll be sharing on this platform. Less 'new stuff' and more health and wellness-focused content that will hopefully help you navigate these difficult times of physical-distancing and global uncertainty.


2020 is all about reshuffling our priorities and identifying what truly matters.


If you have any coping tips or beauty holy grails that you think our ILoveBunny community must know about, please share them with me by commenting below so we belles can all come out of this stronger and also make more sensible buying choices together!


Meanwhile, for quicker updates about the latest and greatest in the beauty scene, follow me on Instagram to stay on top of everything! I share empties reviews, exclusive discounts and home decor updates every day!


Lastly, I want to leave you with this quote by Oscar Wilde:


When it rains, look for rainbows, when it's dark, look for stars.

Your friend,

Juliana



Disclaimer: Please rest assured that even though some of the products featured were sent to me by the respective brands, the sponsorship do not have any bearing on the content of this post. Opinions stated are objective and genuine. Also note that all sources, information, content, links are valid to change at any time.

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