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Snail Mucin. The latest skincare craze from Asia.

Snail Mucin. The latest skincare craze from Asia.



Move over Snake Venom. Take a seat Bee Pollen. Dragons Blood? Out! …There’s a new craze in town and its slowly taking off. (no pun intended)

Snail Mucin.

When we think of snails, we think of our basic garden variety. (do not to step on them.)

Or the uber chic French variety. (eat them.)

Now, the Asian variety. (slather it all over  your face.)

Thanks to a skincare obsessed culture in Asia, there’s always a new way to plump, rejuvenate, hydrate, and purify your skin—and the ingredients are most likely in some form of a nature. Unlike most Western beauty products, Asian skincare tends to emphasize natural ingredients over harsh chemicals. And what could be more natural than snail slime?

Snail enzyme is a high-efficacy active ingredient comprised of proteins, glycolic acids and elastin commonly found in skin creams and sheet masks.

Like the name suggests, snail cream is made from snail mucin extract—the mucus that protects and heals the snail’s undercarriage when it slides over jagged terrain.
In beauty products, snail mucin firms and restores skin by replenishing moisture and supporting cell regeneration (which helps fade acne scars, smooth uneven complexions and reduce hyperpigmentation).1428430850-snail2.jpg

Click to Buy : http://www.sephora.com/premium-time-returning-serum-P376222?om_mmc=aff-linkshare

Discovered in Chile, by a group of Chilean snail farmers who noticed that handling the critters softened the skin on their hands and quickly healed any cuts. Naturally, one of the first snail creams on the market was launched by a Chilean beauty brand. And then quickly went worldwide.


Never one to shy away from an innovative skincare product. And being slightly obsessed with all things skincare, (thanks Mum!) I had no choice but to pick up some creamy snail muscus in a jar, whilst on a recent trip to Asia.


(Click to Buy : http://www.yesstyle.com/en/snailwhite-snail-white-snail-secretion-filtrate-moisture-facial-cream/info.html/pid.1035326332)

I chose to buy the Snail White cream. Then went back and added the facial mask and brightening cream. I also bought a couple of jars of traditional snail secretion cream from a pharmacy in Thailand. The packaging is not as pretty, its all written in Thai, but I was assured its the real deal. I hope!

I have been using the Snail White, think Snow White… for about 2 weeks and I think my skin appears fuller and maybe a little softer. The cream itself is quite rich, odour free and does feel little slimy, but I think that could just be mind over matter thing. It feels nice once it settles and wears well under makeup.

So, if you see me crawling across the garden path, real slow, with super glowing skin…

It worked.



Airbrush MakeUp

Airbrush MakeUp






A couple of years ago I was convinced by a Napoleon Perdis sales assistant, to try their Boudoir Mist Spray foundation.  It would apparently create a flawless complexion, even my skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Kim Kardashian flawless ?

An Instagram filter in real time? Yes Please!

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At $69 for a small thin aerosol can I was hesitant, but decided to give it shot. Once at home I sprayed a fine spray evenly over my face and I was impressed. It certainly did have that ‘airbrushed’ look to it. I liked the results, so I used it daily. The down side is that regular use meant that after only one week, I had finished the can. This could have turned into a very expensive obsession, so I decided to quit cold turkey and go back to using my regular liquid foundations that last way longer.







Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 11.05.43 amThen when travelling to the US, I came across the Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation. Once again an airbrush foundation with an ultrafine mist for flawless makeup results at home. I tried it in store. Loved it and bought a basket load of bottles..at only $29 USD it was way better value, and the results were on par with the Napoleon version.

Unfortunately this foundation is not available in any Sephora worldwide other than the States, (to my knowledge, trust me I’ve tried a lot of places to find it, but happy to be proven wrong!) which is frustrating, so make sure you put your order in when a friend is heading over to America. My poor friend happened to check in on FB whilst in Sephora in Honolulu and I frantically messaged her before she could leave, begging for bottles of that face lift filter in a can! She obliged!


I now use my regular foundations on a daily basis, and if I’m heading out somewhere special, or at night, I use the Spray Mist for an extra dollop of flawless.

Check out my before and after pics below. I used Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation. Colour Medium.



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Weekend Round Up | What I Wore | Tuxedo Pants



Being the serial pants wearer that I am…I’m always on the look out for a new pair. Black pants are a must..a closet staple, and a variety of lengths and fits are a must.


My latest crush is for the tuxedo pant. Classy, sexy and an easy wear. This past week I have almost worn out my new tuxedo friend, they have been on the constant rotation.

Out for dinner with friends so I wore : Zara Tuxedo pants, Zara black sheer lace top, Guess leopard kicks and Chanel cream clutch.





A cool and cloudy Autumn work day, so I wore : Zara black tuxedo pants, Zara classic navy and white striped knit, Ted Baker orange patent belt, Witchery black suede pumps and Ray Ban classic shades.






Another work day presenting concepts and ideas to clients, so I wore : Zara black tuxedo pants, Zara denim man style shirt, Forever New blue and crystal choker, Hermes black patent belt, Guess leopard stilettos and Persol gold sunnies.






I love the tuxedo pant. Do you?


White Chalk Interiors Design Tip | Tile Selections

Choosing tiles for your home can be a daunting experience…Start with a jumping off point..like a colour or a type ie..natural stone or porcelain…then add to that concept. Watch my video and it will give you some tips on how to do it right…