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Review: Manyo Factory Special Treatment Essence

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My Kimchi recipe

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My impressions on IUNIK Black Snail Restore Serum

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Fall in love with Korean Dramas

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Review: Red Pearl Barley Brightening Treatment Oil

I have combination acne prone skin and I always struggle with hormonal break outs that leave my skin with blemishes. They take months to fade out but then new break outs and new blemishes come out and it's basically a vicious cycle. 

 

While I like to keep my routine fairly simple, I'm always on the look out for brightening or whitening oil and serums to help my skin regain its texture and appearance and help fade my blemishes. 

 

Last year, I discovered the benefits of Rosehip oil. It's a great oil to treat acne prone skin as it's full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids that help with dark spots, scars, fine lines but it's also super hydrating and nourishing if you have dry itchy skin.

 

My skin healed but sometimes some break outs look a bit worse so I was super excited to find that one of my Taiwanese brands, 23.5n have launched a new product.

 

The Red Pearl Barley Brightening Treatment Oil complete the Brightening series with a more nourishing role. 

 

 

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AB London Meet up 20/01/18

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What is Intermittent Fasting IF??

Happy New Year my Beauties!

 

Let me start my first post of 2018 by wishing you all a HAPPY, HEALTHY and PROSPEROUS new year.

 

New year always start with new resolutions and a detox because we all probably have doubled our body fats over the last 2 weeks of December. I used to enjoy the moment but suffer later!

 

This brings me to this post and how I found out about the best way to lose weight and body fats without compromising your health or muscle mass AND you still get to enjoy.

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Pre Work Out Skincare

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Back to Skin Basics

 

 

 

 

 

As we approaching the colder days

and leaving behind us our summer memories,

it's time to prep our skin

and strip it back to basics! 

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Follow our simple guide to skin basics 101,

the must do's and dont's.

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Introduction to 23.5N Gel Masks

Nature brought to you by 23.5N in simple, natural and additive free products. The story behind the brand is quite simple: Helen Ho, the founder believe that "beauty is the way that truly fit in for yourself. To believe the simpler, the better."

                                    

Among the 16 countries located in the Tropic of Cancer at the latitude of 23.5 degrees north, Taiwan along with Southern China are the only countries with a lush greenland  producing all kind of flowers, fruits, crops and vegetables.

 

With a dedication to maintain what Nature has to offer, 23.5N brings you a range of products with light and refreshing formulas perfect for living in hot climates.

 

I am so happy that I have gotten the chance to try their whole range myself before deciding to bring them over to you. Each product is available in full size in 23.5N website but I haven chosen to offer you the travel size.

 

I often travel to visit my family and as much as I love my products and my routine, sometimes due to luggage space it's always difficult to bring with you the right amount of products without having to decant. 

 

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So not only these make my life a bit easier, it certainly helps a lot if you often take the plane. Each travel kit can be brought with your hand luggage and is the perfect way to cleanse, nourish and protect your skin during your flight. 

 

Here I am introducing you to their range of gel masks. 

 

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My morning routine

Back in May we challenged our followers to share their morning routine using the hashtag WakeMayUp for a chance to win a set of Aeria skin masks!

 

 

I was so pleased when so many of my faves Instagrammers joined the challenge and shared their routine. What I love about skincare is that you can learn everyday about a new trend, a new product, a new way to use products. We all have different skin and needs. Everyone's routine is different, you can customize it according to what your skin needs but it's also important to remember that what may work for others might not work for you. 

 

Picking a winner wasn't an easy task because there is no right or wrong routine so I've enlisted my daughter's help and ask her to choose her favorite flat lay picture!

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Chia vs Basil

Chia seeds or basil seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHIA SEEDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get Cleansing with Konjac!

 

 

 

 

 

Asian have tons of beauty secrets

so its not surprising that the rest of the world turn to them when it comes to skincare tricks and treats!

 

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We all heard of the benefits of rice or green tea in skincare

but you may not have heard of the konjac plant or konnyaku. 

 

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Keep on reading if you would like to find out more!

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Don't skip your toner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Often forgotten, a toner is

the secret step to healthy radiant looking skin.

 

Find out why...

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Our guide to skin cleansing...

Time to say goodbye to good old soap and water when washing your face. There is more to cleansing than a splash and a scrub!

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Organic vs Natural

 

 

 

We at Beauteastsphere  aim to source natural and organic Asian Beauty cosmetics only... but do you know what that means exactly?

 

The industry is still unregulated and a product formula only needs to be 1% organic to be labelled as such. 

 

 

 

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5 reasons to switch to natural skincare

To say the beauty industry is thriving,  is an understatement. The industry is huge and is worth over billions of pounds. With the increase of social media users, it seems like anyone is now entitled to launch their own line of skincare range or beauty products! And beauty users are younger and younger every year. So much money spent on advertising to say how good and healthy we would look if using X products while in fact said products is loaded with harmful chemicals that can lead to cancer.

 

But with the increase of beauty users also comes an increase of natural, organic and safe cosmetics companies. But all these "new" products are not created equal and your best option is to find out about the company yourself and read the ingredients list. Knowledge is power so get ready to slowly make the switch!

 

Here are my top 5 reasons on why you should switch NOW! 

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Introduction to Korean Beauty

 

 

 

South Korean women spend a fortune on beauty products. South Korean men spend more in skincare than other men in any other countries.

Facts.

 

This commitment to looking after their skin led South Korea at the top of the Beauty world constantly innovating to keep up with their consumer's appetite for skincare but also to keep up with the worldwide exportation demand.

Korean Beauty also dubbed as K-beauty has become a staple among beauty addicts in search of the newest craze.

 

 

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How to layer skincare

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 1

Cleansing oil

Cleansing oil should be applied onto dry skin first.

Pump the cleansing oil into hand then massage it using an upward circular motion all over the face. Emulsify with water and massage it a bit longer. Rinse with lukewarm water.

 

How much product: 1 pump should be enough, roughly the size of a pound coin.

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Get #SheetMasking

 

 

 

 

What are sheet masks and why is everyone raving about them?

Call it a trend or craze, sheet masks have become more and more popular. Originated from Asia and now available worldwide, they consist of a thin face shaped sheet soaked in a highly concentrated dose of an essence designed to nourish, brighten, moisturize and even treat fine lines.

 

 

The sheet is made up of a variety of materials:

*Non-woven fiber: It's inexpensive but has low capacity to deliver serum into the skin.                                        
*Cottons: Also inexpensive with a low capacity to deliver serum into the skin but cotton is kinder to the skin.
*Cupro: It's a high quality cotton harvested from cotton linter which is has the softest fibers, perfect for the most sensitive skin types. It's also a low irritant, eco-friendly and biodegradable plant fiber. It can hold up to ten times more essence than a regular cotton sheet mask and completely infuses the ingredients deeply into the skin.
*Hydrogel: It has a great absorption system with a gel-type consistency and comes in two separate parts (top and bottom) to apply on face.
*Bio cellulose: It is the best kind of sheet mask as it's made from all-natural material but are a bit more pricey, it adheres to the skin well and have great absorption properties.
Always check that you choose a high quality cotton that isn't bleached. The material of the sheet mask is equally as important as the serum its drenched in.
How to use a sheet mask?
Sheet mask is meant to be used once and is individually packaged which make them super convenient to use.
1) WASH
It's very important to apply the sheet mask on a cleansed and toned face. Sheet masks are infused with serums designed to penetrate the skin efficiently so if you haven't properly cleansed, your face will have layers of oils, dead skin cells, dirt and other daily pollutants which will make it impossible for the skin to absorb all the nourishing goodness of the sheet masks.

2) CAREFULLY REMOVE MASK from packet.

3) PLACE ON YOUR FACE adjusting it around the eyes, mouth and nose. There is a cutout for the nose which will allow you to breath.

4) USE THE EXTRA ESSENCE Make use all of the goodness and apply the remaining serum left in packet in your neck, chest, hands etc

5) RELAX

Longer isn't better. While it's tempting to leave the sheet mask on for longer, as it dries out, the sheet mask will start sucking moisture out of your skin which is the opposite of what you want to do. 20 minutes should be the maximum of time enough for it to efficiently infuse the skin with its ingredients.

6) REMOVE and gently pat the remaining serum into your skin to help absorption. To lock in all the moisture, follow with your moisturizer.

How to double cleanse

Cleansing your skin, morning and evening, is probably one of the most important step in your skincare routine but cleansing your skin properly is even more important. Just think that your face is like a painting, you need a blank canvas to paint beautiful things. In our everyday life, on top of what you put on your face (make up, spf etc...) we come across daily pollutants like smoke or car pollution all this combined with dead skin cells, grimes, dirt, sweat, sebum etc...

This is a lot for your skin to take in and this is why cleansing is absolutely essential to keep it clean and healthy and to prevent breakouts! If your skin isn't cleanse properly, anything else that is good (essence, serum, anti ageing etc) would not be able to penetrate through the layers of dirt, dead skin cell and sebum.

 

So What is double cleansing?

Simply put, it's cleansing your skin twice, one after the other, starting with an oil based cleanser first followed by a water based cleanser.

The oil based cleanser will remove excess oil, make up and sunscreen.

The water based cleanser will remove the other impurities like sweat and dirt.

 

Is it necessary to do both?

A little bit of science here will help you understand. Oil and water don't mix so you need both to draw out oil and water based impurities. 

 

So if oil and water don't mix, how do you wash off the oil cleanser?

Oil cleansers specifically made for skincare are water soluble. Adding water to it will change its formula into a non greasy (surprisingly) emulsion that enable you to wash your face. 

 

Can I use coconut oil as my oil cleanser?

As a one off cleanser: Yes

Otherwise I wouldn't recommend it because it won't emulsify so you will need to wash it off with warm water that could then lead to blocked pipes, it can cause break out, it's comedogenic and will block your pores!

Coconut oil is an amazing moisturizer for hair and body so let's leave it that way!

 

Can I use cleansing oil if I have oily/ acne prone skin?

Absolutely! Of course it all depends on your skincare routine and what products you already use. Oil based skincare will hydrate and help heal and repair your skin much quickly as it contains the fatty acids your skin needs. A bit like the good and bad cholesterol in the body, your skin needs the good oils without going into overcompensation mode. In fact, by not removing make up and other debris properly will cause breakouts and congestion. Using harsh cleansers will strip your face of its natural oils and therefore your skin will try to overcompensate for the dryness by producing more oil, which will lead to more breakouts, irritation and redness.

 

How do you find the right cleansers?

Sadly not all cleansers are created equal so make sure you read the label and ingredients carefully and stay clear of SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), parabens, mineral oil, synthetics dye.

Our whamisa range is completely organic and free of nasties. Check it out here.

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Year of the Rooster: Happy Chinese New Year

 

 

 

 

It's China's turn to celebrate their New Year.

 

Chinese New Year is celebrated worldwide , here are some interesting facts about it

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Waterless skincare products

 

 

 

There is a new trend in town:

Waterless Skincare products

and we thought we would share with you the gist about it.

 

Water in skincare is practically a given. Why? because it's very cheap for companies to use it as one of the main ingredients

but also because water equals hydration?! 

 

Or not...

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My 5 steps to a healthy active lifestyle

"Don't wish for it...

                                      Work for it..."

 

This is the mantra to keep in mind at all time!!

Christmas is over and

although I love to indulge myself too,

I want to feel good about myself more!

 

What about you? 

 

This is my 5 steps to a healthier active lifestyle that will help you get back on track if you ever lost it or get on it!

 

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Find your perfect Skincare Routine

The world of beauty care has evolved so much, I can't even begin to think what it's gonna be like 20 years from now.

 

When I used make up for the first time, I would use a make up remover at the end of the day, cleanse my skin and apply a moisturizer. Top 

Nothing more nothing less but nowadays, we hear about serum, essence, booster, sheet mask etc

 

So if you feel a bit lost by the choice of products and what you hear people do, here is a quick low down of the steps so you can find the perfect routine adapted to your needs!

 

 

[In our online shop, all the products can be used together as part of the Skincare Layering where you basically "layer" each product on top of each other.]

 

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Beauty at home: DIY treats for the skin

 

Feeling cold and need a skin "pick me up"?

If going to a salon isn't ideal then we have the best tips for you to recreate beauty treats at home in less than 5 minutes starting with Green Tea.

 

If you don't drink green tea, then you are totally missing out: it's loaded with powerful antioxidants and nutrients, it's good for detoxing body and flushing your toxins out, it improves brain function and lower the risks of different type of cancer, it can boost your metabolism and make you burn fat much faster... and much more. It's probably the healthiest drink out there.. just saying. But you can also use it for your skin.

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Introducing Blossom Jeju

In my search for the most authentic, ethical and natural Asian beauty brands, I came accross Blossom Jeju.

 

I have never heard of the brand before but I completely fell in love with the name.

 

BLOSSOM JEJU

 

The flower that gives the brand its identity and inspiration is the Camellia flower: symbol of feminine beauty but most of all it's Geisha's most treasured beauty secret...

 

 

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We tried: A look into Whamisa Nourishing Cream

 

 

We are totally in love with Whamisa Skincare products

so we thought we carry on with the reviews

with Whamisa Nourishing Cream.

 

If you have read our review about the hydrogels mask then you know already that Whamisa is a brand using fermentation in their products. But what we didn't tell you is that it's also waterless. It means that no purified water is used in their products formulation but botanical plant juices are used instead. 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome 2017 with an affordable planner set up

Welcome to our first post of 2017! Less than 2 weeks until we officially launch, it's such an exciting time but also very stressful. The best way to stay on top is PLANNING!!

 

There is a whole world out there of planning lovers and we happen to be one of them. Management planning is a step towards achievements and successes, personally or professional. 

 

Here for you, we set up a super AFFORDABLE business planner but don't worry, after the festive spending period, this won't break the bank.

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We tried: Whamisa, the power of the Hydrogels...

 

 

 

 

Whamisa oh Whamisa...You had us at Organic...

 

 

 

In the world of sheet masks, Whamisa Fermented Hydrogel Facial Mask are probably the best of their kind.

Here we tried the Organic Fruits & Tomato mask, because let's face it anything with fruits and tomato has to be good!

 

 

 

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Recover from Your Christmas Dinner

 

 

Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas time.

Hope you enjoyed and indulged.

 

For us there is no Christmas if

you can't enjoy the food you love!

 

But it's time to recover,

refocus and cut down on your food

especially if you want to look fab in your dress for your

New Years eve party!!!

 

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We tried: Epicare, facial hair removal at home

Facial hairs are such a pain in the a** but bottom line is that almost all women and men have to deal with unwanted facial hair!!!

 

Whether you have dark or fair hairs, we all deal with it in different ways and especially, nowadays new methods and new devices are making their way into our every day life. 

 

We tried Epicare and completely adopted it as a quick, easy and on the go facial hair removal.

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Asian comfort foods

Do you have a dish that will always bring you happy memories no matter where and when you have it?

 

Here, at Beaut East Sphere, we are so lucky and grateful: we grew up altogether in a proper Asian family environment where all our meals were made from scratch.

 

Back then, those meals were just meals. As a kid, you just eat the food given to you by your parents. As an adult, those meals are much more than that: they became our comfort foods and the family reunion, all the get together we had as kids, all these memories, all comes back as flashback as happy memories!

 

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We tried: Polatam Pure cream mask

 

 

We've tried the Water gel mask from the Korean brand Polatam

and we absolutely loved them all and so did our panel tester.

(post about our testers to come soon)

It's giving "beauty at home" a whole new meaning: being able to re create the quality of skincare you will get in a professional salon. 

 

 

This time, we tried Hydro Radiance and Firming Radiance from their pure cream mask collection.

 

 

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The Okinawa diet: a boost of longevity

 

 

Somewhere in Japan, in the Ryukyu Island, a place called Okinawa... where people have the longest life expectancy than anywhere else on the planet.

 

So what makes Okinawa so special?

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas in Asia

Christmas is the biggest celebration all around the world commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.

However, in Asia, the majority of the people are Buddhist and therefore do not celebrate Christmas. In Cambodia, for example, 97% of the population is Buddhist. 

 

So how is it to travel in Asia at this time of the year? Would you travel to an Asian country without true Christmas cheer and spirit?

 

Let's take a tour of Asia and see what really is happening...

 

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We tried: Polatam Water Gel Essence Masks

 

 

Polatam is a South Korean brand founded by actress Tam Hee Park. The brand has 5 masks:

 

3 Water gel essence mask:

Moisturizing- Brightening- Optimal Repairing

2 Cream essence:

Hydro Radiance- Firming Radiance

 

 

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Origami Santa and Xmas Giveaway!!!

A little Xmas challenge for you all.

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoy and scroll down to read about our Xmas giveaway!!

 

 

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Craft: Kids Advent Calendar

This is officially the countdown to Christmas!!

 

Hope you all have an amazing December!!

This month is always the craziest, the busiest but the best of all and it always goes so fast too.

So make sure you slow down a bit and take it all in and let that frosty morning cold numb your face and hands!!

Because it wouldn't be Christmas if we were all tanning under the sun...

 

 

 

 

 

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Why you should have 6 tastes in each meal...

Each meal should contain 6 tastes or Rasas according to Ayurveda.

*Sweet

*Sour

*Salty

*Pungent

*Bitter

*Astringent

 

Incorporating all 6 tastes in each meal will help you maintain a balanced diet and feeling satisfied at each meal time. It's also important to eat them in this order as it's the order in which each food is digested.

 

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Beauty at home: DIY Scrubs

It's cold... It's raining...

 

If there is a time to pamper yourself at home, this is definitely the time to do it. 

 

Pampering yourself is great way to rejuvenate your skin and de-stress from life in general. Block an afternoon off away from work and family and create a relaxing atmosphere: run a bath, light up some scented candles, turn off your phone and play some relaxing music...

 

 

 

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How to eat well in 10 steps, the Ayurvedic way

According to Sloka, an ancient text of Ayurveda, "food is medicine when consumed properly."

 

Food is the essence of life. We need food in our body to live.

So one of the most important thing in life is to choose to eat properly.

 

 

 

 

 

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Oil Pulling: the natural way to cleaner & healthier teeth

Because of my Asian background, when it comes to health, I usually take a holistic approach and always turn to Ayurvedic Medicine or Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

Also known as Kavala, Oil Pulling is an Ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that consists in putting a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach and swish it around for 20 mins. It supposed to draw out all the toxins in your body to improve your oral hygiene but also your overall health.

 

Ayurvedic medicine or Ayurveda is considered to the world's oldest healthcare system. The world Ayurveda in Sanskrit means the "science of life". 

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Let's share an old Asian secret: the Tiger Balm

I'm sure every Asian can relate to this post...because it's a product every Asian households possess...

 

First of all, few things you need to know about the balm:

- It's a Chinese ointment made from a blend of herbal and aromatic ingredients! No chemical and completely safe to use everyday. So if you suffer from mild headaches, this is the bomb and goodbye paracetamol ;-)

- It comes in 2 different colors: white and red. The white balm is milder in strength and smell. It has a very mild menthol smell and helps relieve subtle pains. The red balm is more potent with a stronger smell and gives a really deep pain relief for very sore muscle or even tissue damage. I personally only use the white one and it's enough for me.

- Tiger balm motto: it "works where it hurts" It really does what it claims to do. It's very effective and a little bit of that product goes a long way so a small jar will last you forever. It's very affordable too.

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Enjoy your smoothie in a bowl!

If like us you love real good food then this is a must try for you. Green smoothie has become a staple in any healthy lifestyle. The benefits of incorporating spinach and kale in your diet are endless: dark green veggie are an essential source of vitamins, minerals and fibers.

 

After all, green is nature and Nature is good for all of us! I usually have green smoothie for breakfast but it can become dull and repetitive after a while until I discovered Smoothie Bowl. Make your smoothie as normal but add less liquid to make it thick. Choose any toppings you like, take a spoon and dig in… there is something very satisfying in having your smoothie with a spoon.

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Say goodbye to clutter forever!!!

This week I have a little gem for you: a book coming all the way from Tokyo!! It will give "spring cleaning" a whole new meaning. 

 

It is called The life- changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo. If you didn't know already, there is an ART of decluterring and organising.

 

Marie Kondo has always loved organising stuff since she was 5 and she began studying the art of tidying seriously at age 15. Today she owns a business in Tokyo where she uses her KonMari Method to help people transform their homes into peaceful and inspiring spaces. It’s amazing to me that I, and probably all of us, have been approaching tidying the wrong way.

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Chinese Cupping

Hello Beauties and Welcome to our first blog post. Each week, you will be able to read "something about Asia" let it be a product review, a recipe, a weird trend, we have it covered for you. We will keep each post short and sweet as we don't want to bore you with long reads unless super necessary.

 

 

This week, we are taking you to China and its Ancient Traditional Medicine. Don't let the words Ancient and Traditional scare you as it's a medical practice that's been around for more than 2500 years and practice such as Acupuncture is now widely used. But today, it's all about Cupping. If you have followed the Olympics this summer and happened to watch the swimming events, you may have noticed that purples circles were covering multiple Champion Michael Phelps's shoulders and back. The marks are the result of cupping, considered as the latest alternative therapy helping athletes recover faster and perform better.

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