I’ve started shopping for Christmas. Yes, I have and no, it’s not too early. I think it’s important to plan and start earlier instead of scrambling for gifts at the last minute. Doing so means you won’t have to spend more at the last hour due to desperation. Anyway, I’ve decided to go green and to purchase many of my Christmas gifts from iHerb this year. I mean with over 35,000 products, I have more than enough choices. In fact, I’ve already shopped up a few cartons worth of products, all thanks to the free international shipping to Singapore this month. I’m not going to show you my haul but I’m going to share with you 10 green Christmas gift ideas under US$10 from iHerb—from beauty, household to food.
Someone passed me these facial herbal compresses recently. I’d tried them before, having bought a few when I was in Bangkok. They work great for facial massage and are best used as spot treatments for cystic acne. Although the compress does not get rid of the acne, it helps the skin clear out the pimple faster when used regularly enough.
Test the compress before using
These compresses are very easy to use. I think they can be microwaved but I prefer to soak them in hot water. In fact, the instructions is to leave the compress in hot water for 5 minutes before using it on your face. To ensure the compress is suitable, it’s best to test it on your neck before using the compress over your face. The temperature should be warm, but not uncomfortable to hold against your skin.
I’ve been doing something in my skincare routine that doesn’t sound right but actually feels right. Curious? Well, I’ve been starving my face on some nights by not moisturizing my face at all before going to bed. Okay, I know, it’s probably an OMG moment for some of you since everyone says moisturizing is so important. I’ll also admit that this was quite unthinkable because I used to slather quite a bit of stuff on my skin in the night—think toner plus serum plus oil and sometimes plus moisturizer. I’d justified the multitude of products on the basis that my skin needs nourishing and what better time than in the night during bedtime? In a way, I wasn’t wrong but I might have outdone myself with just too many products at times. Keeping it simple may actually benefit my skin and in fact, it has made my skin look fresher the morning after.
I’m starting a new category here. It is inspired by something I’m working on outside of this blog—something to do with typography and design. I’m no designer but it’s something I enjoy dabbling with, even if the results are rather amateurish. So on and off, I’ll be posting up little inspirational quotes like this. Some of these quotes could be original but most are likely to be inspired or even borrowed—like this one from Backstreet Boys. If you like them, please share them. And I’ll appreciate if you can let me know how you feel about them. That’ll help me to improve going forward.