Monday, June 6, 2016

My digital perm experience

It's been 2 weeks since I got a digital perm at Jeju Hair in London (thank you!).

My hair before and after

  • Before: My hair is very thick in both strand size and quantity. I have the standard super-straight black Asian hair. I haven't dyed it in years so it's very strong and healthy. It's able to withstand intense bleaching, colouring, and heat. I had been waving and curling it myself every day with my Babyliss Diamond Radiance 235 straightener. I do get breakage mostly at the ends, but not really any split ends. It tends to get oily easy, and I wash it every two days. 
  • After:  My hair is literally the same except somehow shinier! This is a caveat for people with strong and healthy hair - don't be put off by the numerous blogs etc. I encountered online while doing my research. All I read about was how damaging the perm was, regrets, annoyances, having to spend lots of money on hair products, and having to spend lots of time drying/styling the hair. The condition of my hair after the perm is the same, if not better because of the trim and treatment!  

Why I love my perm 

  • I save 10 - 15 minutes of time and wrist-pain every morning, since I don't have to manually create every wave and curl myself (remember that I have a lot of hair!).
  • Curls don't get greasy as quickly and the oils can't travel to the ends of the hair as easily as with straight hair. 
  • I'm just back from a 3-day holiday in warm weather (26'C, high humidity/thunderstorm weather). I sweated a lot, got rained on, and went to a rock concert - without washing my hair in those 3 days after these activities, it still looks great! All I had to do was wet my fringe a little bit at night to wash it mildly, then style it in the morning. Again, so much time saved, not only with curling but washing!
  • There are literally no downsides, other than if you want straight/wavy hair, you'll have to straighten/wave it manually again - but I don't have this problem. 

Products I'm using

  • Faith in Nature Rosemary Shampoo
    • I used this at the beginning because it was what I was using before, and it didn't seem to do any harm to the perm. 
  • TRESemm√© Color Revitalize Conditioner
    • I bought this in advance because I read that my hair would need extra care and protection from UV. It's ok, it's a little bit heavy for my tastes.
  • Redken Curvaceous High Foam Lightweight Cleanser and Redken Curvaceous Conditioner
    • I bought these both for about €14 each (with discounts applied) from Feelunique, as one of these would have set me back €23 from Peter Mark here in Ireland... The big sell for me is that it's a high end salon brand product with no parabens or sulfates! Both are very easy to use and distribute through wet, curly, and often tangled hair, and leave my hair feeling clean, soft, and great.
  • Redken Curvaceous Full Swirl Curly & Wavy Hair Cream Serum
    • This was used on me in the salon before blowdrying to a really nice effect, but I wasn't really able to replicate it at home. The ends got a tiny bit crunchy (probably my fault), but it does help to define the curls and keep the curl shape. 
  • Philips HP8233/ 03 2200w ThermoProtect Ionic Hairdryer with Massaging Diffuser
    • I never really use a hairdryer and I definitely didn't have one with a diffuser, so I invested in this one. The diffuser is designed really well and is deep enough to hold a mass of curls. If you don't use the highest heat setting, it's quite difficult to burn or damage your hair or scalp. The ionic, ThemoProtect, and cool air functions are superb. After I wash my hair, I spray some TRESemme Heat Defence Styling Spray on my hair, twirl some sections, put the diffuser over them, then vary between the ThermoProtect and lowest heat setting on high speed. I don't think it takes more than half an hour to dry fully. Highly recommend this hairdryer!

My experience at the salon

  • The salon is very central to Camden and easy to find - just get off at the Camden Town tube stop and it's a few minutes' walk away. 
  • The salon is very new - only 8 months old, very well-kept, clean, and bright. There is an art gallery and tranquil space at the back.
  • Eunju is a very experienced stylist who also works in hair and make-up in theatre, and has studied in London's top creative schools. I felt welcome and comfortable when I arrived. 
  • I really appreciated that Eunju explained every step to me before starting.
  • In total, it took 3 hours, which is acceptable to me as the effect is supposed to last 3 - 6 months. I was well-looked after - I had magazines to read, and was offered tea and water. Eunju was very friendly and chatty throughout. The second lady who was there and also worked on my perm was also very polite and nice. 
  • Jeju Hair has a really generous discount for first-time visitors!
  • About the perm itself, there are a few washes, applications of different serums (one to relax the hair, then one to neutralise it), some time to relax it under the hood, then more time to set the curls. Compared to getting hair bleached, dyed, and cut, it's really hassle-free. Digital perms come with a trim, so I just had the ends trimmed to keep my hair healthy. 
  • Overall, I highly recommend Jeju Hair! Please give them a visit!

Pictures coming soon!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Beauty Routine, 2016

As usual, paraben-free, hypoallergenic, natural where possible:


Morning ~

JUJU Aquamoist Bubble Washing Foam
Hada Labo Shirojyun lotion
LANEIGE White Plus Renew Original Essence_EX
It's skin Power 10 Formula SYN-AKE 30ml (forehead only)
Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream
Simple Regeneration Age Resisting Day Cream SPF 15

Night ~

coconova Virgin Organic Coconut Oil as make-up remover
yes to cucumbers Daily Gel Cleanser
Hada Labo Shirojyun lotion
LANEIGE White Plus Renew Original Essence_EX
It's skin Power 10 Formula SYN-AKE 30ml (forehead only)
Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream
innisfree white tone-up cream
Tea Tree Oil by The Body Shop (when needed) 

Shower ~

AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Body Wash
Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser - Dry Skin
Faith in Nature Rosemary Shampoo
TRESemmé Remoisturise conditioner
KAO Essential Intensive Hair Mask - Nuance Airy (when needed)
AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Arm and Hammer Enamel Care Sensitive baking soda toothpaste 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hello, 2015!


I'm not sure who's still reading this, but hello and welcome anyway, dear followers!

I started this blog as a film review site, which became a beauty review and OOTD site, which then became Cantonese lyric translation peppered with technical posts.

Since then, I have become a lot more active as a photographer on DeviantArt and launched my site, neuroplasticcreative.com.

I am a full-time software engineer, shooting on film and making art in my spare time. I appreciate all of the feedback and support you can give!

According to the traffic reports, this blog is getting a few hundred hits per month, mostly to the lyric translations - so there's a good chance that's why you're here. I fully intend to continue translating LMF, 24HERBS, and my little airport lyrics when I get the time.

As usual, feel free to drop me a comment / provide feedback on translation quality / check out my site / check out my DeviantArt profile / buy my print / request translations or reviews / send me items for review (check the Contact section for contact details) / or just say hi!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 28, 2014

OS X 10: Create and host a simple HTML webpage on Apache and access from an iPad, non-Mac user friendly

You don't need Goodreader, Diet Coda, or anything fancy. Just follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/Terminal)
  2. Type whoami to see your username
  3. Then type sudo pico /etc/apache2/users/(your username).conf (unless it's already there)
  4. Paste this:
    <Directory "Users/(your username)/Sites/"> Options Indexes MultiViews AllowOverride All Order allow,deny Allow from all </Directory>
  5. Save and close by hitting Ctrl + O and Ctrl + X
  6. Create the folder /Users/(your username)/Sites/ and drop a test HTML file in there (Terminal: cd ~ then open .)
  7. In the Terminal enter sudo apachectl start (sudo apachectl stop to stop it)
  8. Open Safari and go to http://localhost/~ - it should display your test page
  9. Open Network and check the machine's IP address
  10. On the iPad, open Safari and go to http://(your IP address):80/~
See here or here if you encounter any problems when trying to run the server etc.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Beauty Routine, 2014

I realised in shock yesterday, that my Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash and TRESemme Naturals lower sulfates shampoo contains PARABENS!! So I set out to replace them.

As of today, here is my beauty routine - paraben-free, hypoallergenic, natural where possible:

Morning ~

NIVEA Daily Essentials Cleansing Mousse
Hada Labo Shirojyun lotion
Sana NAMERAKA Isoflavone Wrinkle Eye Cream
Simple Regeneration Age Resisting Day Cream SPF 15

Night ~

Tea Tree Oil by The Body Shop (when needed)
Annmarie Gianni Herbal Facial Oil for Normal and Combination Skin + Neroli toner
 -OR-  
Trilogy Age Proof Replenishing Night Cream 
-OR- (when I don't want any oil at all)
Hada Labo Shirojyun lotion
Sana NAMERAKA Isoflavone Wrinkle Eye Cream

Shower ~

Sanex Dermo Moisturising body wash
Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser
Naked Detox 2 in 1 Shampoo
Arm and Hammer Enamel Care Sensitive baking soda toothpaste

Friday, September 27, 2013

Dorcas Barry


The aforementioned interesting facts:
  • Water intake goes to every organ first other than the skin, so your skin is a good indicator of hydration level.
  • Lemon tastes acidic, but it is actually an alkaline food - the citrus acid converts to alkaline. 
  • The Philips juicers designed by Jason Vale are apparently good. 
  • Rub kale together with lemon and salt to soften and make it easier to digest.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

[BEAUTY HAUL & REVIEW] iMomoko.com

I got a new job recently, so why not!

SITE | iMomoko.com
Fast shipping, and the site is pleasant to use with adequate product descriptions - onto the haul!
 
 
Click for larger pictures! c:
  1. CUORE K-Pallet Cover Control Okuma Concealer in 02 Yellow Beige
  2. NARIS UP PARASOLA UV Cut Mineral Cool Powder SPF50+ PA+++
  3. MY BEAUTY DIARY Morning Whitening Pack 
REVIEW | CUORE K-Pallet Cover Control Okuma Concealer in 02 Yellow Beige     



I am running out of my Maybelline Pure Cover concealer, and I think it's not the exact right shade anyway so I went for this. Yellow tone is good for covering black/blue/purple dark circles. It works well enough for me (I have very dark shadows under my eyes), almost too well that it gives me a bit of reverse concealer, but I'm happy with the staying power and ease of application. Cute bear on the packaging too!

REVIEW | NARIS UP PARASOLA UV Cut Mineral Cool Powder SPF50+ PA+++     




I decided to try this because the MAC Blot Powder I picked up in Dublin Airport really wasn't doing the job - it seemed like it lasted about 3 minutes before my face got oily again (and I don't have oily skin). This NARIS UP powder has a cuter case with a mirror, and more useful puff (I dropped the MAC one twice in a week)!

This powder works very well and lasts the whole day for me, and I'm really happy with the SPF50+. One thing to note is that it gives a slight white cast and you need to reapply it around the mouth area (where it's easily wiped off throughout the day) or you might look weird, depending on how pale you are. It's a bonus for those who like the pale look, and I think the sun protection makes up for the white cast, which is definitely not as dramatic as the white cast of some BB creams. I'm happy with the purchase!

REVIEW | MY BEAUTY DIARY Morning Whitening Pack



This pack is great value - I got it for $25, and it contains:
  • My Beauty Diary Lemon-C Whitening Mask 5 pc  
  • My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Mask 5pc  
  • My Beauty Diary Arbutin Mask 5pc  
  • My Beauty Diary Peach Repairing Lip Treatment 1pc

I've only tried the Arbutin mask so far - definite brightening effect, though you need to use it a few times. I accidentally laid it on my top lip and there was a whitening effect o__o; I thought the lip treatment was simply a lipgloss - it's a really cute peach colour which should flatter all skintones. It didn't feel sticky or oily and lasted well enough.



Let me know if you have any questions about the products or service! ?

Friday, August 2, 2013

Hobotic Hollister [1 outfit]

hat: Sammydress
necklace: gift
top: Hollister
pants: [Hong Kong]

Saturday, July 20, 2013

do not be afraid [3 outfits]

jacket: Topshop (customised)
jeans: Penneys
flats: Barratts
bag: Religion


Nothing's ever lost forever

cardigan: Tesco
scarf: handmedown
pants: [Hong Kong]
bag: Coach 


No one's ever lost forever / They are caught inside your heart

dress: H&M
skirt: Penneys
flats: Barratts 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

time to let go of all we know


t-shirt: TWLOHA
shirt: River Island
cardigan: Tesco
pants: [Hong Kong]

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Jewellery

Necklace

The MMM  H&M bracelet was the beginning... now I'm beginning to discover the type of jewelry I like. 

If I could afford it and if it were available to me, I would have staples from Harugin. Simple silver, skull motif.

I looked in vintage stores today. I like big statement necklaces and bracelets, which are somewhat unusual. Not too "glamorous" (too much bling or gold) or "ladylike" (too delicate or sparkly). Not too plasticky (I wish Fred Butler's designs were more backed with metals!). I discovered a Clare Bickford-Smith collection recently, which looked cool.

I fell into like with Vivenne Westwood due to the popularity of the jewellery in Asia and Japanese street fashion and J-rock/NANA, but I'm beginning to question it. It seems too common, not edgy enough - nice orb, but it's just "nice". Too wearable. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

MMM x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

I really wanted the nude acrylic wedge shoes, but this is cool too! It's now a week past the launch, and with only one store carrying it in central Dublin, I didn't have my hopes up, so this was a nice pick-me-up. To be honest, the Anna Dello Russo collection caused me to ignore MMM, expecting the same (no offense, ADR, but there were like 50 of those gold flats on sale). I'll be more vigilant next time...