Casual Fridays: Blanc et Noir

Friday is probably the most anticipated day of the week. Many equate it to parties, road trips, dates, or movie nights. But to me it means comfort. Every Friday, I would almost always dress in jeans and shirt. It’s the last day of work so I guess I’m allowed to feel relaxed and unrestricted. For some working women though, office or client meetings often fall on a Friday. When that happens you don’t always have to stick to the usual corporate attire. Below are two laid-back outfit suggestions I have created just for you:

Black

Casual Days

 

Gone are days when the only allowed outfits for formal meetings are pencil skirts and blouses. Today, companies are no longer as stringent as before when it comes to dress code. As a result, many women have been experimenting with their looks and are more adventurous. One of this season’s hottest trends is the jumpsuit. It’s surprisingly comfortable to wear as it allows you to move freely without showing much skin. Pair it with a nice pair of black pointy shoes or strappy sandals with matching accessories and you’re now ready to close that business deal. Gold always complements black so I suggest wearing accessories with a hint of gold. ZALORA has a great collection of gold-colored jewelry that you can choose from.

White

White Balance

 

Like black, white never goes out of fashion. It immediately gives off that clean, cool vibe that’s why people love wearing this color during the summer. Lace cutouts are all the rage this season so you can try out this dress with lace detail. IMO white is a statement in itself so you don’t need to wear a lot of accessories. Gold jewelry with small, dainty pendants and designs are perfect. Complete your look with white or black pointy heels and you’re good to go. If you’re bold enough, you can also go for gladiator heels!

So which are you? Are you the jumpsuit or the dressy type? Spring-Summer 2015 has brought back some of our most beloved trends and styles. Feel free to check some of them here.

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Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Scrub Review

It’s been a while since I posted a skin care/beauty review so yay! One thing I love about my facial skin is that it’s not hypersensitive. I can use one kind of facial wash today, and a different one tomorrow without causing stress on my face. Of course I don’t do that on a normal basis, but for more than 10 years since I became aware of cleansers I’ve probably tried about five or seven brands already—all of which worked fine on me. Just a few days ago, I’ve been trying a new facial and body scrub from Asian Secrets. I always see them in department stores but I never got to try them until recently.

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What is Lulur?

The Lulur is a 300-year-old whitening ritual experienced by brides-to-be 40 days before their wedding. They are treated with the Lulur to give them softer, smoother, and fairer skin before the big day. This tradition was then passed on through generations, and is now enjoyed by both men and women. To complete Asian Secrets’ line of whitening products, they introduced the Lulur facial scrub.

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Facial Scrub

The facial scrub is contained in a pink + white bottle. When you squeeze the contents out, you wont see any spherical beads like other facial scrubs. Although the Lulur scrub does have beads, it’s a lot smaller. According to Asian Secrets, this is to ensure that they gently and effectively remove dead skin cells, revealing a healthier and brighter skin. It smells great, by the way, and not very foamy when used. When I’m using it, I usually just put a pea-sized amount on my palm or fingertips and apply the product on my *dry* face. Then all you have to do is to gently massage your face in a circular motion to completely remove your skin of impurities. Then rinse. Asian Secrets recommends that the Lulur scrub be used every two days, since exfoliating everyday can damage your skin. I use a mild facial wash instead in between scrubbing.

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That’s me with no makeup on. On the left is a picture of me before taking a bath. Lol I’m serious, just to show you guys if there’s any difference at all. The picture on the right is after I used the Lulur facial scrub. Do you see any difference? I think my face brightened up a bit. Of course, there’s no major difference since this was taken when I first used the product. Hopefully I can update this post in the future. After cleansing the skin, please do not forget to tone and moisturize. Sometimes facial scrubs can dry out the face so it’s important that you moisturize. With this product though, I have to say that it didn’t dry out my face like other scrubs do.

Body Srub

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Like the facial scrub, the Asian Secrets Indonesian Whitening Body Scrub is made of fine spherical beads combined with a cream-like substance (I honestly don’t know what to call it. Haha!). It comes in three variants–Grean Tea, Licorice, and Seaweed. Each tub smells differently but produces the same result. I loved Licorice though–it reminded me so much of bath soap, ang fresh! Below is a photo of how each variant looks like:

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Not much difference. The instructions specifically says that you should use it before taking a shower, when your skin is still dry. I guess because dead skin cells are easier to remove that way? Not sure, but that’s how it’s done. The Asian Secrets body scrubs, according to them, helps even out your skin tone especially the problem areas, which are usually the knees, elbows, armpits, and inner thighs. I can’t show you my singit (because why should I haha!) but below is a photo to show you if it really works.

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Please note that this was the first time I used the product, so I had to test it first using the back of my hand. ALWAYS perform a skin test if it’s your first time. The right photo shows the “after application”. You can’t really see it in the photo but my forearm felt really smooth and soft afterwards. It didn’t feel itchy also, which is my skin’s usual reaction to harsh body scrubs. Like the face, apply lotion on the skin to prevent it from becoming dry. Since it’s my first time using the product, you can’t see any change in skin color yet, but I will let you know when it does. 🙂

Have you ever tried Asian Secrets? Don’t hesitate to share your experience in the comments section below! 🙂

 

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DISCLAIMER:

This is not a sponsored post. I did not receive any monetary compensation to publish this review. For more information about the products used in this post, please visit Asian Secrets Whitening Spa’s Facebook page.

Intermittent

By now you might have figured out that I’m not good at keeping my word. How many times have I made a comeback after a hiatus, and apologized for it? I can’t even count anymore, and I won’t be surprised that you have lost interest as well. Believe me when I say, though, that all these are unintentional. I’m not depressed nor have I lost interest in blogging, but I’ve reached a point where I began to question my purpose as a human being. I mean LIFE is doing pretty well. I’ve got a nice job where my skills are rewarded; I get to spend more time with my family now; and I’m getting married to the love of my life soon.

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In the past, when friends would tell me they’re not sure where they’re life is going, I would often say to them: “Everyone’s lost at 25.” And now, I can’t believe I’m telling myself this at 26. I thought I had it all figured out when I was 21, but I was terribly mistaken apparently. Some days I would catch myself reading articles about twenty-somethings on Thought Catalog and Elite Daily–something I swore off doing since they started publishing misogynistic, nonsensical articles written by self-entitled millennials. Other days I would just stay at home and reflect, which would often lead to more questions. Every week, my friends and fiance would ask me when I’m going to write again, to which I always answer with a shrug.

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I’ve had similar episodes in the past, but not as long and serious as this one. Have you ever felt envious of people who knew exactly what they wanted to be? I have. When my boss asked me a few months ago what my passion is, I couldn’t give an answer. All I was able to say is: “I’m still figuring it out.” At 26, I’m supposed to know already, at least according to society. Chad, my ever-supportive fiance, would often console me by telling that I’m not like most people. That maybe I’m not meant to have a single purpose, maybe I’m meant to do a lot of things.

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He could be right. I’m trying to embrace this idea; there are occasional self-doubts, of course, but they’re now much easier to overcome–thanks to friends and loved ones who have been with me throughout my (ongoing) existential crisis. They never asked, and I never said anything but they were there for me.

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Despite my intermittent absence, I still feel quite fortunate that brands like WALKTRENDY still trust me and my blog. WalkTrendy is an online street-style fashion retailer based in Hong Kong with a fulfillment center in the USA. They found my blog through Google, which is fantastic because that only means they do their research and not just base on social media followers. They reached out to me in April. I know that’s two months ago but it takes a really long time for overseas mail to get to my country. The WalkTrendy team has been really patient with me, and for that I’m extremely grateful.

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It’s already June but the heat has not subsided yet so I decided to wear this printed dress from WalkTrendy. It’s made of light, semi-cotton material so it’s perfect for the sunny weather. What I honestly love about this dress is the print itself. It reminded me of me a few years ago, when I was so in love with blogging and fashion. I used to go out with my hair in curls topped with a DIY floral crown or hat. That was also when my then-boyfriend-now-fiance was teaching me how to use a film camera. Good times, good times. 🙂

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printed dress from WALKTRENDY | shoes from Forever 21 | ribbon headband from H&M | bag from Parisian | watch from Casio

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I know I promised you several times that I’ll be posting regularly again, but I won’t do that this time. I want every post to be genuine, with more content, and I can’t do that when I’m not in the mood. Hopefully I can do it this time. Be back soon! xx crossed fingers xx

 

PS. To those who kept on visiting this blog despite the lack of updates (yes, I can see you), thank you for sticking with me. :*