I KAINDA like this body wash….

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I ADORE bath and body products. I usually have a few on rotation. I especially like fruity types…. and rose-scented ones. Whilst I have my favourites, I am constantly on the lookout for new, interesting varieties to try out.

Recently, KAINDA sent me a bottle of SENSUOUS BODY WASH (ooh, sensuous…. hmm). Prior to this, I’d never heard of the brand. But I’m always open to new stuff so…. if you’re curious too, I’ve done the homework for you.

The first thing I noticed about the bottle, was the silhouette of that SEXAY LAYDEE – well, damn, if I could look like that – I thought she could be the female version of Robin Hood, what with her bow and arrows.

TURNS OUT I WAS RIGHT.
BECAUSE.

The name “Kainda” actually means…. *DRUMROLL, PLEASE*
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“The Hunter’s Daughter”!

Kainda Sensuous Body Wash

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So…. I was asked to review this OILY SKIN CLEANSER when I DON’T have oily skin.

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When I was asked to review the CETAPHIL OILY SKIN CLEANSER, I was like….

LOL WUT

Cos I DON’T have oily skin. 

I told them bluntly – look, I note your request but I don’t have oily skin. So Imma test your product with my COMBINATION SKIN and the review I’m gonna give will be based on that, aight? Basic courtesy. AND they were cool. I took it they must be pretty confident. 

When I received the product I saw that even though it says OILY SKIN CLEANSER, it’s actually targeted at OILY, COMBINATION OR ACNE-PRONE SKIN. Fair enough – my skin type is covered there, but I am under the impression that this product gravitates more towards the needs of folks with angry, zitty skin. You know, people who seriously need oil-control help.

As with the other Cetaphil products, expect a pH-balanced, non-soap formula that does not clog pores. It claims to rid the skin of the usual – oil, dirt, impurities and makeup…. well, sounds good enough.

So.... I was asked to review this OILY SKIN CLEANSER when I DON'T have oily skin.

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Just because someone acts like he has poor upbringing, it doesn’t mean you should, too.

APRIL for me was filled with one recurring theme: just because someone acts like he has poor upbringing, it doesn’t mean you should, too. When others treat you badly, it’s a reflection of their poor character and none of yours. BUT if YOU choose to treat them equally nastily in return, what does that say about YOU?

See what I mean?

When faced with someone who’s aggressive or simply bent on making interaction a PAIN, you should remain as civil as necessary. Basically, be nice without being a pushover, and be firm without being a bitch. Not entirely easy to do, but not impossible to master. The gist is NOT to give anyone any ammo to use against you. Whilst you aren’t here to be popular, don’t go out of your way to make enemies either. Get your point across, do what needs to be done. That’s it.

Meanwhile, pay no heed as to whether you are 100% well-liked because as you grow older, you’ll learn that it is neither important nor possible to please everybody cos there will ALWAYS be people who don’t like you…. for whatever reason.

The most EPIC thing that happened in April was….. I BRAVELY DEALT WITH SOMETHING TERRIBLE THAT HAPPENED. No details here, but I was shocked, to say the least. You know, it’s the sort of situation wherein you wished you could bury yourself in a hole and hide. But shit happens, right? Life can’t be free from disaster; you just need to learn to deal with it when it comes. So I took steps to rectify the situation PRONTO, and I’m satisfied with the way I dealt with it. :)   

April also marked 1,000 DAYS (ONE THOUSAND FREAKIN’ DAYS!!!!) of my lifestyle change. 1,000 days of giving a damn about my body. 1,000 days of me being free from the chains of Diet Coke! I’m so proud of me. So proud. 

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So I survived 1,025 days without Diet Coke.

So I survived 1,025 days without Diet Coke.

See, for the past decade or so, I was a DIET COKE ADDICT. Like, I drank about 1.5 LITRES of that shit EVERY DAY.

But I felt bloated all the dang time. Certainly didn’t feel like I was the best specimen of a healthy female! And it ain’t exactly normal to be chugging SO MUCH of that gassy stuff on a daily basis…. I mean, my stomach hurt.

So 1,025 days ago I made this CRAZY decision to go cold turkey. Have. Not. Touched. A. Single. Drop. Of. Diet. Coke. Since.

In fact, that was probably one of the BEST things I’ve ever done for myself. In the course of quitting pop, I also LOST OVER 20KG – HELL YES.   

When the 1,000-day mark passed, I thought it’d be fun to make this I-quit-Diet-Coke-and-I-am-still-breathing-alive-and-kicking-better-than-ever thing the topic of my April article on The Cambelles. Did you know that Diet Coke causes weight gain? Yes it does. Zero calorie evil stuff.

READ THIS:

"It's been 1,019 days without Diet Coke"

Well, my article was published last week, at 1,019 days. It’s 1,025 days today…. and counting. If you have the same obsession with Diet Coke, I strongly suggest you give my article a read. Perhaps you’ll quit, perhaps not. I just wanted you to know how harmful it is.

Got stories to share? xx J          

Because some nights I don’t wash my face.

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Apart from not brushing my hair and trotting around in tatty sneakers looking like a vagabond, when it comes to grooming, I am also probably one of the laziest girls you’ll ever know. Because some nights I don’t wash my face. 

No biggie, right? Some nights I just crash into bed but at least I take off my shoes. Do I give a damn about zits sprouting up as I snooze, dirty face on an even dirtier pillow? Guess not. *shrug* Because my face ain’t dirty.

BECAUSE CETAPHIL CLEANSING CLOTHS.
IT ARE NOW LEGIT TO SLEEP WITHOUT WASHING FACE.
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IT ARE NOW LEGIT TO SLEEP WITHOUT WASHING YOUR FACE.

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THIS is why I don’t buy Salonpas any more.

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I RUN. On average, 82 kilometres per week. Whilst my training schedule is not exactly INSANE, I make a conscious effort to pace myself accordingly and do what’s manageable for me.

Some days I feel like I have unlimited energy even after completing my Friday half marathon. Some days I feel like I’m about to keel over before I even begin to hit the roads – sometimes, it’s cos I worked really late and only had a couple hours of sleep; sometimes it’s muscle soreness.

Muscle soreness happens randomly for me. Apart from occasionally using Salonpas, I’ve never taken steps to seek out products or supplements to address this…. occurrence. Besides, the soreness doesn’t bother me very much cos it barely lasts a few hours. The next morning, I’m brand new again.

Now, this usage of Salonpas. I’ve always associated pain relief patches with old age – it seems old folks always have a stash handy. Besides Salonpas, I’ve also tried other brands in the form of large foil packages bearing prints of FEROCIOUS EAGLES AND TIGERS, bahahahaha!!!! Is that supposed to be a representation of product efficacy. BUT I feel old whenever I stick these things on. Thankfully, I neither need to rely on these patches for pain relief nor do I use them often. And hopefully I’ll NEVER have use for those stickies EVER again BECAUSE I found something else that works BETTER and FASTER without making me feel like I’m a million years old.

THIS is why I don’t buy Salonpas any more.
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THIS is why I don't buy Salonpas any more.

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Nobody’s perfect.

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NOBODY’S PERFECT. But I like to think that perfection is simply a matter of PERCEPTION.

My shorter-than-average height, smaller-than-average eyes, unevenly-tanned caramel pudding legs, freckles on my cheeks…. clearly, I’m not “flawless”. Nobody is. But I don’t see them as “flaws”, either. Because the whole point of living is not to BE PERFECT, but to EMBRACE whatever your perceived imperfections may be, and BE COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN. These traits make me, ME. The “Perfect Jade”? Exactly what I am right now.  

My freckles? They add character. I enhance the shape of my eyes with kitty flicks (I get the Lucy Liu thing all the time….), I wear denim cutoffs that reveal my two-toned legs, I trot around in sneakers despite my height (or rather, lack of) cos I feel most comfortable in them. I don’t care what anyone else thinks as long as I’m HAPPY. THIS to me is “perfection”. THIS to me is being “flawless”.

Of course, that’s just my definition. Nothing stops each of us from seeking out and living our own kind of perfection. Take the bellas at the HQ – this month, they boldly exclaim, “HECK, LET’S DARE TO BE FLAWLESS!” and present it so, through their latest concoction, BellaBox April 2015: Dare to be Flawless.           

What's Inside BellaBox April 2015: Dare to be Flawless

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Keep your mouth shut.

KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT.

I said keep your mouth shut. ESPECIALLY when you’re pissed off.  

I’m speaking from experience mmhmm. Apparently, things don’t turn out very pretty when you speak in a fit of anger. THAT, I learnt the hard way.

I’ve always been quick-tempered. Nope, not my most valuable trait. However, with LOTS of practice, I’ve gotten the hang of curbing that monster. Not easy, but let me tell you that self-restraint is an extremely useful and important…. tool, for us short-fused people.

Take last month for example. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’d felt tempted to react IMMEDIATELY, to give someone a piece of my mind, to defend myself, to argue, to tell the world about how upset I was. During those moments, instead of giving in to my temper monster, I managed to keep my mouth shut. Instead, I distanced myself from the situation and looked at it from an objective angle. I analysed my options and approached the problem in a neutral, peaceful fashion. BOY I’M GLAD I had control cos things took a turn for the better.

It’s OK to be pissed off. We’re only human. We ALL get angry. You only need to master the skill of keeping a cool exterior when you’re seething inside. It CAN be done.   

Lest you forget:

(1) You CAN’T UNSAY what you said;

(2) You have to face up to the consequences of your words. In the process, you may lose sleep, appetite, or fail to function properly cos you’re simply TOO DANG TROUBLED by your stupid reaction, which you clearly now REGRET;

(3) Even if you were provoked or weren’t in the wrong, by allowing yourself to react impulsively, you’re handing the REMOTE of your emotions over to someone else;

(4) Going forward, things are going to be VERY AWKWARD; and

(5) There’s always a better, more PRACTICAL way of dealing with the situation, no matter how pissed off you are now. 

In other news, I’m still keeping to my training schedule and taking each day as it comes. Work’s work, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that nothing gets too crazy for me to handle. You know what I crave the most at the end of every day? Peace. I crave peace. I crave personal time. I crave moments when I can detach and just…. be. A clear conscience is one of the best treasures one can possess.  

I hope things are going great for you. Wherever you are, whatever you do, remember to NEVER let anyone with a bad attitude give it to you.   

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If you’re a sucker for LIMITED EDITION JAPANESE STUFF, this one’s for you.

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I don’t know about you, but I generally don’t obsess over limited editions cos I HATE to fall in love with something only to have it taken away from me. You know, when they stop making it. Happens. ALL. THE. DANG. TIME. Then what? Back to miserable square one. Oh, my poor little heart. Well…. IF you’re a sucker for – uh, “collector” of – LIMITED EDITION JAPANESE STUFF, today’s post is written especially for you. NOPE, IT’S NOT HELLO KITTY, BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! But yes, you get an attractive 20% off cos you heard it from me. Deets below. 

Last month, I received a little sachet of TEALY’S SPRING GREEN TEA in my BellaBox and I HAZ DRUNKED IT. Remember Tealy? I told you about them the same time I told you teatox is bullshit. GAWD I hope all that teatoxing has stopped. Please tell me you DID NOT partake in it. 

Anyways. I’ve said this before – I love Tealy’s teas. Last week, I received MOARRRR of their Spring Green Tea for my stash. I’m happy to support and help spread the word about this exquisite blend harvested only once a year at the start of SPRING – which makes it a SEASONAL ITEM. Won’t be available for long. Won’t be long before it’s all snapped up. AND YOU CAN GET IT FOR CHEAP.    

If you're a SUCKER for LIMITED EDITION JAPANESE STUFF...

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So THIS BOOK published an image from my blog.

I hope you all had a LOVELY long weekend! I’ve had some things on my mind but you know what, I try not to let the minutiae of life bother me. Instead, I focus on stuff I love, like this AMAZING pair of Craftholic’s Camp Korat and Korat Junior Ming got for me on Saturday! Obvi I’m the big Korat and he’s the small Korat. 

You know, back when I still bothered to paint my nails, I wrote a review on China Glaze’s For Audrey. Actually, that review was published 5 years ago on Boxing Day. So imagine my surprise when Koolibri Publishers emailed me sometime late last year to ask if they could use an image from my blog post in an Estonian book they were planning to publish – Sinine by Tiit Kuningas. Specifically, they wanted that picture of the nail lacquer bottle I took, explaining that Sinine was all about the “colour blue through the ages consisting facts from history, politics, culture etc”…. 

I ALMOST chucked that email in the spam folder cos I simply didn’t think they could be serious. Like, whut? There are so many images of For Audrey out there, surely they could grab one off the Internet easily. ;’D BUT I replied to give them the go-ahead any way, cos I appreciated their courtesy of writing to request for permission BEFORE using the image, and seeking to credit me for it. Besides, I’m always happy to help someone out.   

Months went by, and I CLEAN FORGOT about granting rights to Koolibri. Apparently these folks were serious. Because BAM! Last week, a copy of Sinine landed on my desk, from the post. With my image in it, complete with credits at the back like they promised. WHOA. Brought a smile to my face amidst the chaos at work it did. :)

Here’s it – SININE (in Estonian) which translates into “THE BLUE”, a nice, hard copy right there proving that it’s FO REAL YO.

Sinine by Tiit Kuningas, Koolibri Publishers

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