After much procrastination and deliberation, I have decided to end my long run of splurging frivolously and look towards the future. That's not to say that all good things must come to an end.
It was two long months since I last received any income as I made the brave decision to leave my luxury retail job after graduating from university, seek a creative role in the media industry, experience an epiphany during MBFWA which derailed my expected path and instead, secure a great-paying position in the corporate world.
The preceding series of events would probably explain my absence from the blogging world. It has given me time to assess what I should be more focused on when considering the future, such as investment properties, etc. However on a smaller scale, one area I cannot go past is skincare. Especially when you have a reputation for having decent skin for your age that you constantly get comments on it or may even get asked whether you have had Botox before... which I haven't. I also consider skincare to be a valid investment for the future as there is nothing worse than having skin that resembles a slouchy leather bag, which is easy to achieve considering the worsening UV rays in Australia each year.
As it stands, I consider myself to be a serial minimalist, as I like the idea of having a multi-purpose items that make the task so much easier without compromising the quality, therefore, using two cleansers and two eye creams for morning and night didn't sit well with me, so I came across A'kin while doing some "research".
I could have easily grabbed my HG cleanser, Chanel's Mousse Douceur, which is a beautiful foaming mousse cleanser, but with a budget in mind, I sought after A'kin's Rose & Geranium Pure Creamy Cleanser & Toner In One after reading rave reviews for it. After one use, I have come to the conclusion that it is simply luxurious with its beautifully scented and rich textured presence. It also has a radiating aspect which is good considering we are heading into winter.
Another item I was keen to try is A'kin's White Tea & Cornflower, Brightening & Tightening Eye Day Gel. Although it's marketed for morning use, I will probably use it in the morning and at night, as I believe the eye area requires extra attention because the skin under the eyes (and elsewhere) will lose its elasticity and lustre as we get older. In this category, my HG eye cream is Dr Dennis Gross' Lift & Lighten, but once again, I've had to consider cheaper alternatives.
Going against the grain of this downgrading trend was unexpected, but a pleasant surprise. For many years, I have been slathering Vitamin E cream on my face before bed as a night moisturiser. That all changed after I walked past the Chanel counter and saw the new advertisements for the Hydra Beauty range. Curiousity got the better of me and before I knew it, I brought home the Chanel Hydra Beauty Creme. The cream contains camellia and is supposed to retain moisture and plump the skin, improve the complexion and promote radiance. The range is also set to replace the Hydramax collection. I must say, after the first use, I was impressed with my skin's condition, how pleasant the scent is and the thick but translucent texture of the moisturiser. Being a sucker for lip products didn't help my situation as I continued to browse the Chanel counter and fell victim to the new Glossimer in Plaisir, a subtle pale pink.
A few staples that needed to be bought were my HG favourite cleansing wipes from Nature's Organics and Brow Sculpting Gel by Ardell, a reputable brand in the USA and one of which I discovered at Priceline recently and look forward to trying for the first time.
I would definitely say my mission was a success. It has allowed me to become enthusiastic about the twice daily routine all over again. In other words, all good things must end each day.