Brand Review: Kate Somerville

I enjoy trying out new products and researching the Internet for new brands especially ones that work well. Kate Somerville is a brand I was introduced to by watching Caroline Hirons videos on Youtube. She raves about them quite often and a few products have had a cult following amongst celebrities. The brand has it’s roots in beauty therapy and being a skincare specialist salon brand I was interested to give it a try.

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When I decided to start implementing Kate Somerville into my routine, I had acne prone skin which was partly due to the weather (in Malaysia- hot and humid) and also hormonal. I already had my basic skin care products so I decided to try a treatment product and the first thing got was the Exfolikate Acne Treatment.

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Acne

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Acne

I have used it 1-2 times a week for the last 2 months and think this is an excellent product.This treatment is really easy to do and does not take long. You apply all over the face, (I concentrate more on the areas with acne) and in circular motions gently massage onto skin. Leave it on for a minute then clean off.

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Acne Treatment

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Acne Treatment

The outcome is that for now, my acne is gone with a few battle scars along the way. I don’t think this product will stop one from getting pimples however I do believe it will reduce the outbreak a little bit. I love that this product contains Salicylic Acid and helps fight breakouts. It also contains loads of essential oils and has a herbal mint feeling on your skin when applied. I would recommend those with acne prone skin to try this product. It sits great in a routine as a bi-weekly exfoliant especially during ‘spotty’ times.

Kate Somerville Clinic-to-Go Pads

Kate Somerville Clinic-to-Go Pads

Another item I purchased was the Kate Somerville Clinic-to-Go Exfoliating Pads that I have also heard lots about these and the benefits of using acid toners and the likes. I have never tried any other brands so this one was a first. These resurfacing pads are meant to “rejuvenate the appearance of the skin”.  They contain AHA lactic acid which need to be used with slight caution only because it can cause dry flaky patches of skin. I didn’t experience this until recently. A recommended use for this would be once a week as it is an exfoliant. I honestly don’t think I would repurchase this product as I didn’t feel as tremendous change in my dry (except for the increased dryness).

Kate Somerville Nourish Firming Mist

Kate Somerville Nourish Firming Mist

Along with the other products, I was given a sample of the Nourish Firming Mist. This product is essentially a toner but I guess mist is a fancier word for it. The Nourish mist is packed with essential oils and hydrating ingredients. It is suitable for almost all types of skin except if you are allergic to glycols or essential oils. This product would be great for mature skin too. I absolutely loved this product and I used it as my night toner. Spritz this all over your face and you feel amazing! (Well, I did) The essential oils in Nourish give an uplifting feeling after you apply it.

Overall, I think Kate Somerville has it’s hits and misses. The brand concept is great as it has been around for awhile and most of the products are really good. I think the price point is average for the type of product it is and you get salon- quality for an affordable price.

I already have my eye on the Nourish Moisturiser from the range! Kate Somerville products are available in Australia from Mecca online or any Mecca stores.

 

Have you tried any of these Kate Somerville products? Which one have you tried? Let me know in the comments below. 

Sarah xo.

Best Dressed at the Spring Carnival Racing

It’s been a week of turmoil here at the House of Sasha and finally the blog is back up after some technical issues with my hosting site. I think for any website or business owner when your baby is MIA from the World Wide Web, they would be worried sick and hysterical too. Anyway it’s back to business for this baby and I’m glad all systems are back to normal.

A couple of weeks ago the Spring Racing Carnival came to an end and I’ve been wanting to do a wrap up ever since. This sporting event that happens once a year in Melbourne, is one of the biggest horse racing event ever. I would love to go one of these years just for the experience but up to this point I have never been. This year marks a historical victory as Michelle Payne, becomes the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup (she also happens to come from Ballarat- the city which I live in! )

Here are just some of my favourite looks from the Derby Day, Cup and Oaks Day events. For me, the fashion and street style looks are a great forecast for Australian fashion as the summer begins and so do the new trends emerge. A wide array of different textured Laces can be seen throughout with wide brimmed hats and modern fascinators. There have also been quite a few bespoke dresses which shows the effort that was made and put outfits for the season. Be prepared to be blown away!

Derby Day 

   3.Jen-Hawkins

Lauren Philips; Jennifer Hawkins (Images by Streetsmith via Elle)

14.Nadia-Bartel   16.Ash-Hart

Nadia Bartel ; Ashley Hart (Images by Michelle Moses for Streetsmith via Elle)

   12.Millie-Mckintosh

Lindy Klim; Millie Mckintosh (Images by Melissa Moses for Streetsmith via Elle)

Derby Day is themed black and white and silhouettes tend to be a bit more sophisticated and glamourous.

Melbourne Cup 

1.-Lindsay-Ridings   10.-Crystal-Kimber

Lindsay Ridings; Crystal Kimber (Images by Streetsmith via Elle)

16.-Ash-Hart   18.-Rozalia-Russian

Ashley Hart; Rozalia Russian – also my Favourite Pick!! (Images by Streetsmith)

30.-Nadia-Fairfax   22.-Rebecca-Judd

Nadia Fairfax; Rebecca Judd (Images by Streetsmith)

The Cup is the big race that stops the entire nation and the fashion on the field is nothing less than that. The themes are a bit more bolder than the other cup days with more colour and individualistic styles are evident.

Oaks Day 

3.-Rachel-Finch  4.-Rozalia-Russian

Rachel Finch ; Rozalia Russian (Images from Streetsmith via Elle)

6.-Jodi-Anasta   40-Sanchia-Sevel

Jodi Anasta ; Sanchia Sevel (Images by Streetsmith via Elle)

Oaks Day is essentially ladies day and this year was full of feminine styles and French lace in sweet hues.

Hope you enjoyed this fun post and Happy Friday xxxx

5 Things I Need To Make Time For

Sometimes we get so caught up with life and work that one can forget to stop and breathe. Months past by and yet we find ourselves back to where we started,  without much achievement. I am fortunate to have a positive environment around me and also to be receptive to my sense of self to reassess my goals and achievements and from time to time.

I recently wrote in a post, of the development of this blog and some blogging goals I would like to achieve. I have since, seen an improvement in my consistency to post regularly and with that a slight growth in my readership and on various social media. It is encouraging and this is a motivation for me to carry on doing what I love. I have listed a few different habits I feel need to work on and make the time and effort to commit to ‘doing’.

Making Time

Making Time

#1 Having digital downtime : One thing that seems to be prevalent in today’s society is the immersion of social media into our lives and being ‘online’ all the time. As a blogger and part of Generation-Y, I find myself always reliant on my phone or the internet. Life never used to be this way but now we live in a digital age where technology rules.

I have no hard and fast rules about this but what I know is I need to shut off from my using my phone and checking things like Facebook, Instagram and emails all the time. It becomes habit to go to your phone at the slightest sign of boredom and after a while you’re checking Facebook notifications every other minute. (No, I haven’t gotten to this point! ) Even if it’s a few hours or a few days in a row, I would like to try and have some digital detox time and who knows I may have more time to do other things (like the ones on my list haha)

#2 Spend a bit of time reading everyday : I love reading, always have however I never seem to get to the bottom of my ‘to be read’ pile. Sometimes I can sit on one book for ages and keep telling myself I have to finish it. I guess in short, I need to devote more time to favourite hobby ever- reading. I find reading before bed quite calming so will have to try and use however little time I have left in my day to read.

#3 Yoga : I have done a bit of yoga over the last few years but never been consistent. I have always found it too slow but as I start to age (just a little) I think a bit of calming and meditative activity may be what I need. I really should join a class but for now I just do one of those Youtube videos like this one by my favourite, Yoga with Adriene. I want to get to a nice momentum of about 2-3 times a week.

#4 Facial Massage : Since beginning my study of beauty therapy this year, I have learnt more about facial massage and I think it’s one of the best things anyone can do for themselves. Massage is the when pressure is a applied to increase circulation and lymphatic flow. Just like our body our facial muscles too need a bit of exercise and this comes best in the form of facial massage. There are many videos on Youtube and the internet that demonstrate different techniques however, you can adapt the steps to suit yourself and your schedule. This video by Lisa Eldridge, is a good example of how she does her facial massage.

Lisa Eldridge showing how she does facial massage

Lisa Eldridge showing how she does facial massage Image by Lisa Eldridge

Facial massage is a great anti ageing precaution as it helps the circulation in your face and strengthen muscles, tone and define your face. Personally, even though I have the knowledge to carry out the massage for myself, it is hard to make time for it. Well the proof will be in the pudding aka my face I guess!

#5 Being Outdoors & In My Surrounding : I have been in Malaysia for more than a year now  and unfortunately living here is a bit like living in a concrete jungle. I find myself going from home to school, from school to mall, from mall to another building and another and the story goes on. This has also made me a little bit of home bound body and I hardly ever go for walks and enjoy nature.The weather here is either hot or monsoonal and there’s the pollution in the form of haze.  Recently I have started just going out for a coffee or to a mall just to walk around a bit and get myself out of the house. I have been able to travel a bit in South East Asia but also, I hope to be able to venture out and enjoy the environment more.

On my recent trip to Melaka

On my recent trip to Melaka

 

Have you felt the need to make time for certain things in your life? Love to hear what they are:-) 

Sarah xo.

Postcards from Melaka

Not too long ago, I went on a short stay-cation with my fiancee to the small town of Melaka. Melaka is a small historical town about an hour-and-a-half away from where I live in KL. For those of you that have been reading my blog you would have seen it here. Ever since my first trip to this place almost a year ago now, I’ve been in love. There’s just something about it, it’s a little beauty in this country I call my homeland.

After visiting this little town four times in the last year, here is a look at a snapshot of the historical melting pot of Melaka.

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Town centre of Melaka

 

Melaka: A little creepy, on the top of St. Paul's Hill- statue of St. Paul

Melaka: A little creepy, on the top of St. Paul’s Hill- statue of St. Paul

All that remains at St. Paul's church, Melaka

All that remains at St. Paul’s church, Melaka

Headstones

Headstones at St. Paul’s Church, Melaka

Historical intricacy at the St. Paul's Church

Historical intricacy at the St. Paul’s Church

A Famosa - infamous Dutch Fort

A Famosa – infamous Dutch Fort

Me in the A Famosa, Melaka

Me in the A Famosa, Melaka

On this trip to Melaka, Mr SbS and I decided to cover more of the historical side of Melaka so our first destination was to head up the St. Paul’s Hill which housed the St. Paul Church ruins. It is also the highest point in Melaka. The view was supposed to be good but at the time the haze affected the clear skies and it wasn’t much of a view. Next was the Portuguese built Fort, the A Famosa which is one of the oldest remaining European architectural structures in South East Asia. There wasn’t much left of it but I guess for me the fort held a lot of significance and history of what once was there.

Look what we found by the Melaka river side.

Look what we found by the Melaka river side, a water dragon!

 

BIG man at the Jonker Heritage Walk Park

BIG man at the Jonker Heritage Walk Park

 

Poor elephant had a broken tusk:-(

Poor elephant had a broken tusk:-(

Night Market food galore

Night Market food galore

Jonker Street Night Market

Jonker Street Night Market (Note: spot the little girl?) 

We visited Melaka on the weekend, which is the best time to visit this town. The town is quite dead all through the week but comes to life come Friday and Saturday night. One of the highlights, is the Jonker Street Night Market. This market covers the stretch of a whole street and has many stalls from clothes to handicraft trinkets and not forgetting all the market food. My only word of caution is be careful of what you eat especially hygiene.

Melaka

Melaka

Glam Hello Kitty- trishaw stylin

Glam Hello Kitty Trishaw

The stalls line the entire strip of Jonker Street, Melaka

The stalls line the entire strip of Jonker Street, Melaka

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Melaka by night

 

Melaka truly an interesting little hole in Malaysia, very diverse own minus all the craziness of city life. I would recommend it to history and culture buffs or even if you are a Malaysian looking for a weekend getaway. For more sights of the town, take a look at my short guide in this post.

 

Have you been to Melaka? I would love to hear your thoughts:-) Comment away! 

Sarah xo.

Review: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

The Naked Palette has become a cult product over the last 5 years since it’s first reveal with the Naked 1 palette in 2010. I bought my first palette, Naked 1 in 2011 and still keep it because I am a softy, sentimental. Half the palette has hit pan (another term for finished) and I still go back to use the remaining bits. It is honestly, the best palette I have ever owned and when I saw the colour range for Naked Smoky I knew I had to give it a try.

Naked Smoky Palette

Naked Smoky Palette

A brief rundown of the history of these palettes, they were created around colour tones, the Naked 1 palette was a matte and bronze range of colours, the Naked 2 more taupe based colours and the Naked 3 contains warm and rosy neutrals.  The Naked Smoky palette however has a range of matte, bronze, taupe and grey and black which for more makes it suitable for my skin tone and the looks I generally go for. Altogether there are 12 shades in the palette which makes it worth every penny.

Palette Love- A dozen sultry, smoky neutrals

For those of you that are looking for a makeup palette and have never bought one before, the Naked palettes are worthwhile looking into. Do make sure that you choose one that suit your skin colouring and your personal style.

The Naked Smoky palette comes in a nice slightly see-through case and also contains an dual-ended eye makeup brush. The brush has a smudge brush on one side and tapered crease on the other end. I have used the smoky smudger end and I think that Urban Decay have done well with this addition. The colour payoff of all the shades are amazing, as are all Urban Decay eyeshadows. Swatches can be found here by Temptalia. I think she has an excellent in-depth review and this will help any of you who would like to or are thinking about purchasing this.

Naked Smoky: (From left) High, Dirtysweet, Radar

 

From left: Armor, Slanted, Dagger

From left: Armor, Slanted, Dagger

 

From left: Black Market, Smolder, Password

From left: Black Market, Smolder, Password

 

From left: Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen

From left: Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen

In my opinion, Urban Decay have definitely earned my 5 stars are they have come up with another good palette. Personally, I didn’t purchase Naked 2 or 3 as I found not all the colours matched my skin tone well hence I probably would use them to their fullest. But I would gladly repuchase Naked 1 and I’m looking forward to creating many versatile different looks with the Naked Smoky palette.

For those interested, the Naked Smoky palette is now available for $81 in Australia at all Mecca stores and online.

Have you tried the Naked Palette? 

 

Disclaimer: This review is not sponsored post. The item featured was purchased by me and this is my own opinion and I am not affiliated or partnered with Urban Decay to promote this product.