The Skin Smoothie? Beauty Food for Beautiful Skin

A smoothie a day keeps the dermatologist away, or so I’d like to hope. Nonetheless, it’s no joke that what we consume on the daily determines our overall health; beauty included. You guys have probably seen this smoothie recipe a million times, but oh well. Here’s my take on the beauty smoothie that helps to brighten your skin, and keep it plump all year round!


INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup of chopped bananas
  • 1 tablespoon of almond powder
  • 1 tablespoon of black bean powder
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 cup of milk
  • ½ cup of ice cubes
I tried making it look fancy as hell but nah
I say ½ cup of chopped bananas, but it’s up to you. I mean, it’s a smoothie after all
Honey Honey In My Tummy, because it’s a better sweetener than sugar, plus it’s good for you
I mixed the black bean powder and the almond powder together, because I felt weird mixing black powder into my smoothie
Showcase of the JUNG mug that holds the base of the smoothie; mmm milk

METHOD:

  • Throw all your ingredients into a blender and hope for the best blend until smooth.
  • Pour into your favourite mug and drink it up!
Just in case you guys don’t know what a blender is, you never know
JUNG cup featuring the Skin Smoothie

This smoothie is a great choice for something to drink throughout the day, for rushed mornings where you have no time to cook yourself a good breakfast, or for those people who, like me, get home from work and don’t feel like eating dinner. This recipe has a slight sweet-nutty taste which I thoroughly enjoy, and even with the powdered ingredients, the concoction isn’t too thick and fairly comfortable to drink.
The reason why I call this the skin smoothie, is because the skincare you apply topically can only do so much. Without good diets or a healthy body, your skincare will only backfire on you at the end. For your skincare to work, you need to maintain a balanced diet and practice healthy lifestyle so you can reap the benefits to it’s maximum potential. This smoothie not only is a great way to have your fruit and nut intake, but also has special properties that can boost your skin’s appearance and health.

CLAIMS:

Bananas, black beans and almonds have one thing in common. They’re jam packed with magnesium and fibre. Magnesium is huge in skincare and also in food, as it helps to slow down the process of aging (premature wrinkling, sagging skin and loss of elasticity) and it’s beneficial for those who suffer acne, as it increases your skin’s ability to fight against break outs. Fibre is really great for your bowel system as it helps relieve symptoms of constipation and allows for healthy stools.

Food for thought, being regular when you need to take a dump is incredibly healthy. You should be worried if you don’t have a regular time to go. Whether you go every 3 days or every morning at 9AM, as long as you are consistent with your timing, then you’re healthy. Did you know that regularly emptying yourself out can be good for the skin? Gas builds up inside of you over time, and the gas dulls out your skin, causes you so much abdominal pain, and that pain can trigger skin troubles through stress, and the fact that something nasty is building up inside of you, of course something like that would be detrimental to your health HAHA!

Almond contains vitamin E, which protects the skin and improves skin suppleness. It’s also full of anti-oxidants to repair your skin from sun damaging, prevent fine lines and wrinkling and keeps your skin looking firm. Almonds are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which improve the health of your skin, hair and nails. As far as skin goes, it keeps your skin radiant, firm and well nourished, as well as boosting the repairing of for skin during the night. Almonds also contain proteins that help boost the natural levels of collagen in your skin. If you read my post on collagen intake, then you’d know that you naturally lose collagen as you hit 20 years of age, and it’s vital to maintain the collagen levels in skin in order to slow down the process of aging. Collagen also has a huge impact on your pores as well; being able to maintain their shape and elasticity.

Black Beans have the same benefits as almonds do. They also help maintain your skin’s natural pH levels and also the pH levels inside your body too. Your skin is naturally acidic and for internal system is naturally alkaline, so black bean helps to regulate both, your inner and outer health. Regularly eating black bean has been known to help you lose AND maintain your weight too, so most people in Asia swear by black bean whenever they are on a diet. If you’re a woman, then the benefits get even better for you. Did you know that regularly eating black beans can help your periods? They help to prevent irregular uterine function, and decrease the likelihood of unbearable cramps.

Now we all know how great honey is for the skin and body. Do I really need to explain why so many people swear by the use of honey? Not only is it full of antioxidants, but they’re antibacterial as well, so it’s great for those who often get sick. Honey has the ability to fight the common cold symptoms and it’s also great for boosting the immune system too. Not only that, but honey is so repairing that it can heal damages to the skin or body over time.

Milk is packed full of calcium and good bacteria, which again, is great for inner health to prevent the common cold symptoms and boosting your immune system. Calcium is a fundamental source for strong bones and teeth. I used to drink 2 glasses of milk a day as a child and ever since, I’ve had the utmost strongest bones and teeth. Only when I stopped drinking milk everyday (which I think I stopped at the age of 16) I got my first tooth filling and I injured myself pretty bad. Lesson learnt, do not stop drinking milk.

ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS:

The great thing about smoothies, is that you can always add or take out certain ingredients to suit your very needs, or tastes.

You can replace the bananas with other ingredients like fresh blueberries which are packed with vitamin C, or avocados which have immense beauty properties for more radiant, supple and nourished skin. Feeling a bit adventurous? How about trying this smoothie recipe with some diced butternut pumpkin. Did you know that butternut pumpkin contains vitamin C, alpha AND beta carotenoids? Carotenoids are powerful antioxidants that reverse UV damage from the sun, so they have strong abilities to slow down the process of aging, protect your skin from sunspots and promote your skin to defend against other damages like sun burn or skin related cancers. Pumpkin also has a high source of vitamin B which help skin cell turnover during the golden hours of night (10PM to 2AM), help with blood circulation around the face and also help address skin tone.

How about trying your smoothie with chia seeds for an extra boost to fight acne? Just like bananas and almonds, chia seeds are jam packed with vitamin E, magnesium and fibre. Chia seeds are a natural superfood and these little black seeds are really no joke. They contain zinc for an even stronger ability to fight wrinkles and acne troubles, omega-3 fatty acids for more firm and plump skin and also potassium which helps lower cholesterol. A happy heart is a happy you right? I actually stirred a tablespoon of chia seeds into my smoothie because blending the seeds with the rest of the ingredients makes the smoothie way too thick and a tad uncomfortable to drink in the end.

Since I’ve stopped drinking milk for so long, my body has slowly built up an intolerance to dairy (another reason to not stop drinking milk on the daily) so I decided to replace regular milk with some soy milk instead. Please note, that you can’t replace almond powder and milk for an almond milk, as almond milk contains such a tiny amount of almonds, there’s no point to use it.

What about someone who likes textures? My friend (I’ll name her E) likes to add granola clusters to her smoothie and drink it like that. Sometimes, E also adds diced fruits or shaved almond slivers through the smoothie too, just so she has something to crunch on. I know, she’s a bit weird.

WHEN TO DRINK YOUR SMOOTHIE:

Studies show that nuts, bananas and dairy are indeed bad to consume at night as they can potentially be the cause to your weight gain. I however, have had trouble gaining weight my entire life, and still do, so I’m quite content with consuming this smoothie after dinner. If you are concerned with weight however, this smoothie is great for the morning or afternoon as you’re more likely to see the full effects of these foods during these times. You also burn more calories throughout the day so you’re less likely to have weight gain when consuming earlier in the day time. As I said before, I like to have mine as often as possible, everyday perhaps, in the evening as I relax with my favourite sheet masks while I wind down, getting ready for bed.

This is my way of relaxing after a long day of stress and fatigue. I make my smoothie, sit in the bath for like, 5 hours and place one of these sheet masks on my face. Be careful not to fall asleep and drown yourself!

This is a little different to my regular posts, but I wanted to emphasize that skincare is only effective if you take good care of your health too. There is no point buying the most expensive products out in the market, if your overall health is abysmal at best. Did you like this post, or did it tickle your fancy? Don’t forget to like this little blog, share with your friends and family and don’t forget to subscribe for posts about beauty and skincare.

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[ LET’S PLAY ] Shopping Haul and Ogilvies Cafe

If you guys weren’t aware, I posted earlier on that I wasn’t going to do my usual post about the odd skincare product I’ve been using recently. Nope, instead I went out with one of my readers, who happens to be a friend of mine. As you guys might have noticed, Perth city is thriving with lots of little shops and so many locals taking to the streets to eat out and spend away. Today, I was one of the locals having a good time for myself and this is what I got myself into. By the way, please excuse the bad photo qualities, as I’m having trouble with my phone.


STOP ONE: OGILVIES CAFE AND SPECIALTY FOODS

I left the house and met up with my friend at the station in Cannington, where we were confused as to what to do today. We also learnt that I have no idea how to catch public transport, nor have any navigational skills whatsoever. Alas, I received a message and our journey began in the hub of Subiaco. My old coworker Michelle left us at Cosmehut and decided to take a different path from beauty, to open up her little store in Subiaco central. The once thriving restaurant, now a vintage cafe is back up and running, making beautiful foods and coffees with not only great taste, but they are all beautiful pieces of art as well.

The coffee at the store is not only one of the best coffees I’ve ever had in my entire life, but the little designs they make with the milk is to die for. The barista specializes in coffee art, and today, I wanted a kkuma coffee, that is to say, a cup of joe with a little teddy on it. Here’s what I got.

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If you’re around Subiaco and want really tasty foods, drinks or have time to kill, then please check out the cafe because you won’t be disappointed. The menu is well priced, the store looks vintage but well decorated, and the boss is definitely friendly. I’m not just saying that because Michelle used to work with us, I’m genuinely saying she is a nice person and definitely a great manager of the store. Her food quality is great, her ability to keep customers happy is also something to note on, and she sells Blk water in her store, so two HUGE thumbs up for that. I ordered myself the signature steak sandwich (my favourite item on the menu) with a side of potato salad and fried noodles.

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so tasty

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hi L.

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Please note, because I know some of you may be asking, I’m not just suggesting this cafe because I know the owner, but because putting my networking aside, I’d happily come here as a customer to purchase food, drink, or just hang out here. The atmosphere is awesome and I truly love being inside this little cafe.

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SHOP 273 ROKEBY ROAD, SUBIACO WA 6008
PH: (08) 9382 1736

MONDAY TO FRIDAY : 7:30AM – 4:00PM
SATURDAY : 8:30AM – 2:30PM
SUNDAY : CLOSED

STOP TWO: FAILED PHOTOSHOOT

So, after eating, we decided to go down to the little park nearby and take photos of our water bottles. One thing led to the other, and I somehow ended up getting photos taken of me. HAHA, here’s the results.

***DISCLAIMER: I am ugly

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HAT : Topman – $49.95
JACKET : Myer – $69.95
SHIRT : Factorie – $20
PANTS : Myer – $60
SHOES : Hype – $120
BAG : Online from DTEA – $25
WATCH : Pulsar $299

STOP THREE: SHOPPING TRIP

We had to burn off (well, I did since I ate the most) all the calories, and what better excuse to use when there are shops lined side by side literally everywhere you walk? First store was some fancy jewelry place that looked like it was catered for elderly women. Had I known that they only sold pearl items, I wouldn’t have walked inside, but my curiosity got the better of me. Ugh, I hate pearls so much.

After that, we went to another jewelry store, except this time, everything was fake and incredibly cheap. I’m not one for fake rings or ear pieces, but they’d make really cute presents especially with Christmas drawing near.

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Second, L’Occitane and I thought they would sell more skincare products, but instead, I was shocked to see how many scented items they have. The smell was overwhelming and I chose to leave without a proper examination of what they had for sale. No purchases yet.

Third stop and we walk into Mecca to see what the huge hype was about. Surprisingly enough, it had La Mer right at the entrance door and I was incredibly amazed. I have not been able to find La Mer anywhere in Perth, and the only way I was able to get my hands on it was to order through the service desk in special stores, or online. What took me into the most shock, was the Soft Cream retail price for only $420 where prices online that I thought seemed normal began at $3000. Bruh, how in the hell do I live when there is THAT MUCH of a price difference? Again, no purchase, but I now know where to get my supply of La Mer once I’m ready to purchase another cream.

STOP FOUR: HUNTING GAME

I was on a mission to find other beauty stores to expand my knowledge and products, which proved difficult since a lot of beauty stores are tucked away in so many alley ways or just strewn about in the most random areas. As soon as I stepped into the central heart of the city, we made our way into Cosmehut NB, the sister store of the carousel store I work in. Met by Sherry, L and I walked around trying to find things we don’t have in our store, and I picked up the Moistfull Collagen Trial Set from Etude House, and some rose bathing salts.

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Etude House Collagen Moistfull Trial Set – $8

I haven’t used the Moistfull Collagen before, so this was a little experience for me to give a shot as I’ve seen online that people either love it, or hate it. It does come a lot cheaper than other branded collagen products, so I’m keen to see how this works out for me. The bathing salts however, are one of my favorites and I’m excited to use these on my days off. They not only provide you with soft skin and a beautiful aroma, but they’re enriched with collagen and hyaluronic acid, so beauty benefits whilst taking a bath! By the way, can I comment here at how beautiful Sherry looked that day. Unfortunately, I can’t post a photo of her, otherwise she’ll punch me in the face. BUM-BOW!

We then stopped off at the Faceshop after their reopening a few months ago. I honestly wondered why they even shut down in the first place, since their traffic hasn’t changed since the beginning of their opening here in Perth. Probably to gain more traffic as it definitely made people aware when they did shut down temporarily. Nonetheless, the store is open once again, and I picked up a few sheet masks and a face mist.

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The Faceshop Argan Oil In Water Radiating Moisture Mist – $35

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The Faceshop sheet masks – $4.90 each (per piece)

I completely forgot how damn expensive the Faceshop is, picking up 7 sheet masks and a face mist cost me an arm and a leg. If the prices were sky high (well, I really should say, if I actually paid attention) then I’d not have made a single purchase at all. These sheet masks better be the best damn sheet masks I’ve used in my entire life, or I will be heavily disappointed with myself. On top of that, I got shit all testers that aren’t even worth mentioning about, since they’re all products I KNOW are useless, especially for my skin.

SHOP T233 LAKESIDE SHOPPING CITY, JOONDALUP WA 6027
PH: (08) 9300 9360

MONDAY TO THURSDAY : 10AM – 6PM
FRIDAY : 10AM – 9PM
SATURDAY : 9:30AM – 5:30PM
SUNDAY : 11AM – 5PM

Now, everyone is familiar with Lush, besides me. I haven’t heard of Lush unit AFTER the huge trend of bath bombs went viral on twitter. Finally having the day off to explore, I went to see for myself as to why Lush has become so popular amongst all of Perth. There were literally soaps EVERYWHERE from the moment I walked inside the store, and the place was packed full of people of all ages. It was a spectacular to see and I’m glad I made the effort to go inside and purchase something.

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Lush Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb – $6.50

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Lush So White Bath Bomb – $6.50

For the time being, I purchased two bath bombs that I am eager to try, as they smell divine. The shop assistants at Lush aren’t the best, and to be very honest with you, I wasn’t planning to go until my coworker told me to check one of the Lush staff members out. Unfortunately, the person wasn’t working there today so eh, but buying two bombs might make me a regular if these are as good as people claim them to be. I got one called So White, a bomb with an apple scent and Tisty Tosty with a floral scent infused with rose buds. Going back to the assistants, I found them to be way too pushy and very in your face with they sees technique. For me, being a more reserved and conservative person (quite a shock, right?) I found their tactics to be a bit overwhelming, and none in the least exciting from a customer’s point of view. Eh, other people like it so if that’s their style, then two thumbs up for them. For me, the blank face emoji and a hand emoji, ie: 😒✋

650 HAY STREET, PERTH WA 6000
PH: (08) 9325 8974

MONDAY TO THURSDAY : 9AM – 5:30PM
FRIDAY : 9AM – 9PM
SATURDAY : 9AM – 5PM
SUNDAY : 11AM – 5PM

Now this was the most difficult task of all. Finding other Asian beauty stores. We ended up only finding one that day, and boy am I glad I did. The store is called Fabulous Beauty and inside, they sell almost similar products to what we sell in ours. The store may be small and very cramped, but the goodies inside are like, OMG WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE!

The store person was incredibly pushy and telling me about all these products that I already knew about, but at least she’s enthusiastic about her job. Damn girl, I just wanted a price, not an explanation of what the product is. I will say though, her knowledge is amazing and she truly knows her stuff. My real mission was to compare prices between Fabulous and our store, and instead, I walked out with products I necessarily don’t need, but wanted for a while. Oops. The investigation did however, go to planned and I found out that our prices in our store and fairly similar to the prices in Fabulous beauty. If I had to choose where to shop, then I’d choose for convenience and that would be Cosmehut. Nonetheless, if you’re in North Bridge, then take a look for yourself. The Wechat service they provide is appalling though. They update their stock advertisings regularly, but don’t expect them to even reply to you through the messages.

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Amatoro Bathing Salts – $5 each (per piece)
Alkali Hot Water Bear Bus (?) Bath Salts – $5 each (per piece)
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The History of Whoo Luxury Golden Cushion SPF50+ / PA+++ – $115

WECHAT: PERTHFABULOUSBEAUTY

EVERYDAY : 11:30AM – 6:30PM


I’m excited to try all the goodies I picked up from each respective store; in fact, I’m throwing in a bath bomb now and seeing what the hype is about. Give it a like if you found this post interesting and don’t forget to leave comments down below if you’ve ever been t these places before. Do you know any other places I can get beauty products from? Let me know too, because I’m always on the prowl for more products and more locations around Perth. You can find me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram if you wanted to talk to me online, or look at my beautiful face, and if you have Wechat, then scan the QR code below.

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Anthony signing out.

Q&A with Anthonay [ 27 ]

Welcome back to everyone’s favourite weekly corner, Q&A with Anthonay where I answer your beauty, of topic, stupid or thought provoking questions every weekend. As usual, I read your submissions that you provide me on twitter, Facebook, email or the comments and I publish them in this segment every single week. If you had anything to ask, then shoot them at me! Let’s begin.


Do you only review expensive products?

Haha, my friend asked me this as well. No I don’t review only expensive products, but honestly all the things I’ve been using have been expensive and I am aware that not everyone has the time or the extra cash to splurge on their skin. I am compiling a list of cheap products to review as well to mix it up with the multiple high end products I’m using to try and keep you guys happy.

Have you used the History of Whoo products before?

I wrote a review on the InYang range, which I’ll link here for you to read, but yes I’ve used a few Whoo products. The Inyang, which is what I’m currently using, is focused to improve skin health and pore care, the Ja Saeng essence which is their star product helps to treat a variety of skin concerns, and one of my favorites, the Soo Yeon is great for hydration and nourishment care, whilst tackling excess sebum.

I’m yet to try the Hwa Hyun range, the whitening range (which I’m thinking of getting next) and the other various lines they have, as they seem promising and from what I’ve heard and read, they’re all just as good as the over products I’ve already tried.

Do you think Sulwhasoo is better than History of Whoo?

I hear a lot of people are comparing the two brands as of late. They’re both incredibly good, but Sulwhasoo seems to be more rich in texture than Whoo is, so with my personal experiences, I enjoy using Whoo over Sulwhasoo. I’m not saying that Sulwhasoo is bad though, since I think, given the time and the climate outside, it’s incredibly hydrating, has great firming care and brightens up the complexion significantly. I think it depends on your skin’s compatibility with the product; Sulwhasoo may work better on some than Whoo would on others.

What’s your Summer skincare routine now that it’s getting hotter?

My skin care routine during the Summer revolves around keeping the skin hydrated with as little layers as possible, and also pore care. Since my skin tends to get oilier during Summer, I have to focus my attention to my pores more than anything else, as well as acne care. I’d love to do a whitening skin care range to prevent myself from getting darker, but unfortunately, whitening tends to be too dry for my skin, which causes me to produce excess sebum, leading to clogged and enlarged pores in the end.

I generally stick to what I started out with when I transitioned into Korean skin care. I always use a salicylic acid cleanser, a good pore reducing or cooling toner and a water based lotion or gel cream to lock all the hydration into my skin. From there, if I need extra help from serums, I’ll either use pore serums both day and night, or keep them solely for night use when my skin undergoes repairing whilst I sleep. I’ll do skincare routine journals as the weather changes if you like. Just let me know what you think down below or through my SNS.

Do you prefer Japanese or Korean music?

Honestly, any song, no matter the language will grab my attention if it has meaningful lyrics or a good beat. Sure, most of my music is Korean, but throw a good English song, a Japanese song or something unexpected my way and I’ll add it to my playlist if I like it.

Current favourite songs on repeat?

I search youtube once a week to see if there are new song releases that I might enjoy. Taeyeon, a member of Girl’s Generation (SNSD) came back as a soloist with her track “I”. It’s a beautiful song that leans towards indie pop that showcases her beautiful voice singing a song that seems to be about being free. I love the song, and the video complements the song very well. If you’re into KPOP and haven’t already, check the song out.

I also love Oh My Girl’s “Closer” and I talked about it on a recent post on how the song symbolizes the path of growing up. The video ideology is so complicated but the song and cinematography are amazing so check that out too if you haven’t already.

My favourite singing song now is an oldie but a goodie. Hyuna’s collaboration with GNA with the song titled “A Bitter Day” is one that I’ve had playing for the past week or so, and discovering the song at work was my highlight for the week.

What is your favourite thing to cook?

I like simple foods like rice with egg, or a potato dish, so anything tasty that doesn’t take too long is something I enjoy cooking. I find myself making the same egg dish every time I crave scrambled eggs or a potato salad if I see potatoes in the pantry.

I want to attempt baking, since it’s something I’m terrible at doing, and if I can make a cake that isn’t as hard as a rock, or isn’t darker than the night sky, I will feel accomplished. If you had cake recipes, please send them to me, because I want to learn how to make a nice cake.

How often do you eat take out?

I think I answered this before, but it was sent in so here I answer again. When I’m at work (which tends to be quite frequently) I will often eat takeout food because it’s a hassle preparing and bringing food with me to work when there is no fridge set up in the back. Plus, takeout is easy. I’d incline to say 4 or 5 times a week, but it’s generally healthy takeout food s like rice or sashimi, salads or sandwiches.


I try to keep these weekly posts short, but I always manage over 1000 words. Nonetheless, here concludes another episode of Q&A. If you had questions of any sort, don’t forget to send them in so they can be published and until next time~

Anthony signing out.

 

 

[ REVIEW ] Meiji Collagen Powder Can

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Who would’ve thought that I’d do a review on a beauty supplement. I’m coming back at ya with a review of Meiji’s collagen powder in original and premium. Basically, it’s a powder you can add to anything like foods, drinks, water, you name it.


What is collagen?

Collagen is a protein everybody is born with that maintains the elasticity, suppleness and health of skin tissues. It is known to give you a more youthful appearance and more plump features due to the layers of collagen in your skin. Babies appear so youthful (and adorable) due to the high contents of collagen that they have. Collagen products generally derive from pig skins, so it’s definitely not advisable to use if you are a Muslim. Please, if you are Muslim and you want to try collagen products, then check beforehand to see if the contents are derived from pig or from other sources.

Why ingest collagen then?

As we hit 20 years of age, our body starts to lose collagen and it’s vital to maintain our collagen levels to slow down the process of aging for as long as possible. Studies show that those who take collagen daily vs those who don’t, appear younger than those who skip out on collagen. Collagen also strengthens the skin to reduce the appearance of veins on the face and neck, which tends to be noticed more as you get older. It’s also shown to decrease the visibility of dark circles too. The suggested daily dose of collagen is 5000mg a day.

Here is a graph taken from the IBC and revised by Dr. Shushichi which depicts the decline of collagen as you get older.

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From this graph, you can see the period between 20 years to 40 years of age has a drop of almost 30% in collagen levels found in the skin, the same time you generally start showing early signs of aging around the eyes, forehead and mouth. Between 40 year and 60 years of age, collagen drops by another 30% and overall, a drop of a staggering 60% when you hit 60 years of age, which is why elderly people look, well, old.

It is advised that if you introduce collagen products into for beauty routine from the moment you hit 20 years of age, you can slow down the process of collagen depreciation and maintain the youthfulness for a lot longer. This means, you’re more likely to get the early signs of wrinkling around the forehead, eyes and mouth at a later age, rather than in your prime 30s.


Meiji Amino Collagen comes in different formulations that specify certain functional abilities. For example, the regular version focuses more on collagen whereas the premium has added hyaluronic acid benefits for deep skin hydrating penetration. All Meiji collagen powders come with 100% FISH collagen that has been broken down into small peptides to be able to be readily absorbed into the skin and body better than regular collagen found in pig skin. Yes, FISH collagen, so the Muslim community, fear not because you can drink this! Meiji claims that their formulation for fish collagen peptides is able to be absorbed by the body 1.5 times faster than pig collagen, and this graph from J. Agriculture Food Chem. shows the absorption rate of fish collagen

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The regular Meiji Collagen powder contains 5000mg of fish collagen peptides, 60mg of glucosamine, 450mg of arganine (also known as amino acid) and 50mg of vitamin C per serving. The premium one has the same ingredients, plus 1,200 µg of ceramide, 20mg of hyaluronic acid and 10mg of coenzyme Q10 for a stronger anti-aging and hydration effect on your skin. Each can has roughly a month supply with daily usage. You can stretch the collagen to two or three day servings if you’re on a budget, but it is recommended you take every day for the best results. As long as you’re consistent, you can take the collagen as need be.

INGREDIENTS (Meiji Collagen)

fish collagen peptide (gelatin), maltodextrin, vegetable oil, vitamin C, glucosamine, arginine, thickening agent (gum arabic), flavor, emulsifying agent (including soybeans)

  • Energy 27kcal
  • Protein 5.3g
  • Fat 0.08g
  • Carbohydrate 1.3g
  • Sodium 15mg
  • Vitamin C 50mg
  • Collagen peptide 5,000mg
  • Arginine 450mg
  • Glucosamine 60mg

 

INGREDIENTS (Meiji Collagen Premium)

fish collagen peptide (gelatin), maltodextrin, vegetable oil, coenzyme Q10, ceramide-containing extract from rice germ, trehalose, vitamin C, glucosamine, arginine, flavor, hyaluronic acid, emulsifying agent (including soybeans), thickening agent (gum arabic), sweetener (sucralose)

  • Energy 27kcal
  • Protein 5.3g
  • Fat 0.08g
  • Carbohydrate 1.3g
  • Sodium 15mg
  • Vitamin C 50mg
  • Arginine 450mg
  • Coenzyme Q10 10mg
  • Glucosamine 60mg
  • Ceramide 1200μg
  • Collagen peptide 5,000mg
  • Hyaluronic acid 20mg

The main ingredients besides the collagen, are glucosamine, arganine and vitamin C. We all should know by now how effective vitamin C is for brightening and improving our skin’s appearance and is a common ingredient in whitening products to help recreate an even skin tone. Arganine, also known as amino acid, helps to rejuvenate the face and aid in the process of repairing and strengthening. Amino acids like arganine also help the body to heal faster, remove ammonia and other various harmful substances out from the body and helps immune stability and function. Think of it as a detoxing agent to cleanse your body from the inside whilst providing you with a healthy body and healthy skin.

Since I’ve tried them both, I chose to do a compare and comparison between the two products, except I really didn’t find the effects between the both any different whatsoever. They both tasted the same and they both worked the same way. Possibly since I’m still considered young, I don’t notice the premium version working any different to the regular collagen, but only time can tell, right? In the meantime, I’ll be honest with my experience and say they work equally as well as each other, and the addition of the hyaluronic acid and coenzyme Q10 from a beauty knowledge perspective, is far better for mature people who want stronger anti aging effects or have dry skin.

The taste for me was something I had to get used to, since I really don’t like powdered products at all. They tend to taste like protein shakes and I can’t stand the taste of those at all. I think, with daily drinking I adjusted after a month and now if I forget to add my collagen powder into my coffee, I can taste the difference immediately and will refuse to drink my coffee until I have my daily dose of collagen.

I tried the collagen powder in foods and again, not my cup of tea, since I was already used to taking my collagen with my coffee in the morning,changing it up was a struggle for me. I’m making it seem the powder tastes terrible but it really isn’t actually. It’s with my background history of hating protein shakes and those kinds of drinks that made me have to adjust to the taste of the collagen in my food or drinks. My coworker and a lot of customers are content with the taste, so I suppose in the end it really is just personal preference.

I’ve now gone through three cans of both the regular and premium versions and they both have helped to recondition the skin texture significantly, make my skin tighter and more stronger and helped to reduce the freckling around my cheeks and forehead. On top of that, I have noticed my skin repairs a lot faster that prior to introducing the collagen into my daily life, and whitening serums for hyper pigmentation marks and acne scarring work a lot better now.

With the content of vitamin C in the ingredients, I took in the liberty to trial some sun damage by omitting sunblock and going out in the sun for 30mins a day to see how my skin will react. My skin darkened like crazy and melanin was working it’s effects on my face left, right and centre. After a month of doing so, I reverted back to my usual whitening and protecting skin care routine and I’d probably say within two weeks, my skin went back to normal again, so I’m quite impressed since usually it would take me more than a year to revert back to normal skin tone and condition had I not taken the collagen. Let me just say though, please don’t forget your sunblock and never sit in the sun for too long since sun exposure causes premature aging and skin damages.

Other than that, I honestly don’t know what to say. I do like both the premium version and the regular version of the collagen drinks, but because of my young age, I don’t see the other benefits of the premium that I get from the regular version as of yet. My overall grading comes down to the experiences I’ve had between the both, so I will assess accordingly.

PROS (regular)

  • Effective skin tightening and reconditioning of the skin surface
  • Whitening care for freckling and hyper pigmentation spots
  • Fish collagen peptides, meaning the collagen is derived from fish rather than pig, and is broken down into small molecules for the skin to absorb faster and thus, show results earlier
  • The option to take every single day or every other day is up to you based on how you want to ingest the collagen into your system.
  • No known side effects to taking collagen whatsoever
  • Has been approved by the food safety and drug association, meaning the product has been heavily researched and shows it is completely fine to take the collagen.
  • Expiry date is dated on the bottom of the can so you know when to take the drinks and up until what date to discard any remaining product, if there is any left.

CONS (regular)

  • The price, I got mine for $48 AUD and since I drink it every day, the amount of money does add up in the end
  • The taste was something I had to get used to for a while, but after that period, I’m completely fine with the taste in my morning coffee. Otherwise, I’ll have to readjust to the taste when added into other drinks or in foods.

RATING

QUALITY ★★★★★
PRICE ★★★☆☆
REPURCHASE RATE ★★★★★
OVERALL ★★★★☆

PROS (premium)

  • Effective skin tightening and reconditioning of the skin surface
  • Whitening care for freckling and hyper pigmentation spots
  • Fish collagen peptides, meaning the collagen is derived from fish rather than pig, and is broken down into small molecules for the skin to absorb faster and thus, show results earlier
  • The option to take every single day or every other day is up to you based on how you want to ingest the collagen into your system.
  • No known side effects to taking collagen whatsoever
  • Has been approved by the food safety and drug association, meaning the product has been heavily researched and shows it is completely fine to take the collagen.
  • Expiry date is dated on the bottom of the can so you know when to take the drinks and up until what date to discard any remaining product, if there is any left.
  • Stronger anti aging effects with the addition of the coenzyme Q10 which is fundamental for overall skin health and wellbeing to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkling around problematic areas such as the eyes and lips.
  • The addition of hyaluronic acid amplifies the effects of the glucosamine as glucosamine is a building block for hyaluronic acid molecules to work it’s magic in your skin for a more hydrated, supple and well conditioned appearance.

CONS (premium)

  • The cost for sure! By the almighty it costs me $80 a month to drink, but the benefits are good. Hmm, let my skin suffer or let my bank account suffer?
  • Just like the regular, the taste was something I had to adjust to, but nonetheless once I got used to it, I’m enjoying it with my coffee everyday.

RATING

QUALITY ★★★★★
PRICE ★★☆☆☆
REPURCHASE RATE ★★★☆☆
OVERALL ★★★★☆


 

Overall, I’d choose the regular Meiji Collagen powder over the premium as I don’t need the benefits of the coenzyme Q10 just yet. The price difference is quite significant as well, and it really does depend on your budget or what kind of effects you’re looking for. As I mentioned, the premium is more targeted to those who need the extra anti aging effects, otherwise the regular will do justice just fine. If you liked this review, then don’t forget to give me a like and subscribe to my blog for more reviews on beauty products, and possibly more beauty supplements. Leave comments below if you’ve ever taken these products before and how you went with them all. As per usual, I’m always taking in requests so suggest me some things to try out and I’ll do my best for you. Until the next post~

Anthony signing out.

***disclaimer: none of these images are mine and all the credits are either listed above in the post, or credits go to the owners of the respecting images. In no way do I claim these images as my own. If you own any of the above images and wish me to take the images down, then please contact me ASAP and I will take them down for you.

Q&A with Anthonay [ 25 ]

I’ve finally hit post number 25 with this weekly tag that you all love so much. Basically, every weekend, I’ll get you guys to submit in all your beauty, off topic, stupid or thought provoking questions into me and I answer them here for you with honesty. If you haven’t already, add me on my SNS accounts, which you’ll find here and get into submitting any question and have it all answered for you. Let’s get started shall we?


How did Q&A even begin?

I had a heap of questions come in at one time, and since I wasn’t able to dedicate a post to each and very question, I decided that it would be ideal to begin with a tag post where I’d answer those submitted questions briefly in order to satisfy you all. From the first post, it became incredibly popular amongst my other posts so I continued with it all. Now, it’s become an integral part of my space here on the internet and I’ll continue to do these Q&A’s up until you guys get bored, or I leave blogging (which I hope won’t be for a very long time).

You know how Korean products have all these weird ingredients like horse oil. bird saliva and snail excretes, can I just grab them from the garden and do my own facial?

Uhm, no. First an fore mot, I don’t think you are able to physically harvest the fat from a horse by going up to it when you see one at a farm. That’ll be weird and you’d probably get arrested for trespassing or harassing an animal. Secondly, snails found in the garden may contain toxins that are lethal to the skin and it’s not advised to just grab the old run of the mill snail you can find in your veggie patch to put on your face. The snail secretes found in our skincare are from snails that are bred by dermatologists for skin purposes only and are exposed only to environments that allow us to benefit from. Thirdly, good luck trying to get a bird to spit on you. Again, just like the snail, birds found in the wilderness may carry disease or toxins that can harm us, so not advised.

What do you think of the new iOS update?

I don’t have an iPhone and I don’t plan on getting one honestly. I think I’ll be ok for the time being, but for those who do have iPhones and are suffering from this new update which, from what I have heard is a huge pain in the ass, I am so sorry for you all and that’s why I am using a Samsung.

Why is it so important for you to use a toner?

Your skin naturally sits at a pH of 5.5 and after cleansing, your skin pH levels may shift, depending on the type of cleanser you use. If y’all don’t know what pH stands for, it basically means potentials of hydrogen that are found in substances with determine the acidity or alkalinity of products and molecules. The pH scale is graded from 0 (most acid) to 14 (most basic or alkaline). The lower the number, the more acidic it is and vice versa. 7 is the middle ground and is neutral, and this is where distilled water sits.

The acid mantle, or the skin’s natural barrier helps to fend off germs and pollutants to protect your skin from harmful damage caused by the environment. If your skin is too alkaline, it can become more sensitive and dry, and if your skin is more acidic, your skin produces more sebum which calls for oilier skin. Now, using a toner is essential to restore the balance in your skin to recreate the pH 5.5 balance that your skin calls for. Without the toner, your skin can possibly suffer from either spectrum of the pH grade and may lead to skin damages and alterations.

I think I may write a post about this, whenever I have the chance, or remember to.

What is one of your biggest pet peeves when going out?

I generally don’t go out these days and whenever I do go out, it’s generally to a restaurant with friends or family. The most annoying thing would definitely be the water they serve at restaurants of any kind. I am very picky and only like the taste of certain waters, so if the restaurant isn’t able to provide a nice tasting water, then I’ll be incredibly pissed off and possibly avoid going to eat at that place again.

What would you tell your younger self now that you’re an adult?

Study hard. I actually enjoyed studying, but being the lazy person I am, I often procrastinated and would rather spend my time doing other things to avoid boring myself with a huge workload. I wish I had studied more harder but nonetheless, because of my fails during my schooling years, here I am today, blogging and working a job I’ve always been interested in.

i most important thing though would have to be me pretending to like everyone. I was so fake and oh my god did I fool a lot of people into thinking I liked them when really I despised every single person I met. I do apologize and honestly out of the so called friends I had back then, only a select few are people I’d keep in my life. I suppose growing up made me realize who I could possibly trust or like.

Any decisions you regret taking?

There are so many that I can’t possibly list them all since everyday brings a new regret that I’m fretting over. However, there will always be a new day and it’s something to reflect upon in order to avoid it from happening again. With every mistake you make, you can learn and hopefully overcome them as time goes on. It’s one of my mottos I try to live by.

What’s your favorite contouring kit?

I prefer naturally shaded kits where you can see the natural gradation between your facial structures to your skin texture, so anything too harsh looks way too fake. I love Korean contour kits the best since they’re not too opaque and they allow you to gently shade in your face without it going past the natural benchmark. Saying that though, I haven’t found my favorite liquid type yet, but I am absolutely loving the Artclass by Too Cool For School for powder contour as it has three shades to suit almost all skin tines between NC10 to NC35 without it being way too artificial. I use it every working day and I still have a fairly huge amount after 3 months from purchasing, so it lasts a while as well.


That’s it for this week’s Q&A with Anthonay. As per usual, I rely heavily upon your submissions and feedback so don’t forget to let me know your questions or any comments you want to leave behind. Don’t forget to like this post and subscribe to this space for future Q&A posts, beauty content and random blogs about my life. Until next time~

Anthony signing out.

 

[ LET’S PLAY ] Catching Up with A Friend & An Introduction to Bxplover

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I’m starting a new chapter in my blog, where I go out, take photos and practically show you some things I do when I’m out. This is also an introduction to another chapter in this blog where I visit food places and go out to eat. Basically, I’m changing things up a bit, and becoming more of a beauty and lifestyle blogger because, heck, I love eating. I visited three places today for a huge meal (which I’m sort of regretting, because I actually think I may have over eaten just a little bit) and this is a little review of the places I visited.

ZENSAKI – IZAKAYA AND SUSHI (BARRACK STREET)

OPENING HOURS

  • Monday to Saturday: 11AM to late
  • Sunday: 11AM – 5PM

Hello/いらっしゃいませ

When you bite into fresh, properly prepared Japanese food, it tends to bite you back. And never really lets go. Once it has its teeth in you, you’ll often find yourself wondering when you’ll get your next fix of sashimi, sushi, katsu, ramen….

You’ll find every dish prepared with the freshest produce, using traditional Japanese techniques. Our specialty soups and sauces are all made from basic ingredients in-house, our chicken, beef, salmon and vegetables are delivered fresh daily and we never, ever, use preservatives.
Enjoy. But be warned; you will be back.

I didn’t even take any pictures of the store, which I’m somewhat regretful for, but oh well. I’m sure you can find images online to how the place looks. My word though, it’s incredibly fancy and the moment I walked into the store, I was jaw drop surprised as to how I never noticed such a place existed. Thank you Sarah for introducing me to such a lovely restaurant.

We came into Zensaki as Took Bae Kee 2 (our second stop) wasn’t open for another hour, so she came up with the idea of having a little snack to tantalize our tastebuds. We ended up eating 10 plates of sushi between us, because it was just too good to stop. Behind us, were two people freshly preparing sushi and slicing up salmon for sashimi as well. You basically get freshly hand rolled pieces of sushi delivered to you on the train. It’s similar to other sushi trains, except you get it so fresh, and with heaps of different varieties to choose from.

I didn’t take many photos since I was too hungry to even be bothered whipping out the camera to snap pics, but even with the few I got photos of, you can see how amazing they look; almost as if they were little art pieces on a plate.

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All in all, I’m incredibly impressed with the quality of the food here and I wish I had discovered the place sooner. I’m definitely going to bring people here to eat with me. What’s even better is the wasabi has heat to it; I don’t have to layer heaps of paste to get the mildest heat. A little goes a long way with this wasabi, which is what I love, because I hate coating my entire piece of sushi with wasabi for the tiniest rush of heat coursing through my nostrils and mouth. Thumbs up for food, service, design of the store, and actually, it’s pretty decently priced in my opinion. We ate a fair bit, and still didn’t end up destroying our wallets. A few people online mentioned how it’s a tad pricey for them, and even Sarah told me to watch out, but in all honesty, I’ve been to high end Japanese restaurants, and this is nowhere in comparison in price. The prices for the sushi train begin with the blue plates at $3.80, which in all, isn’t too bad. The different colors in plates refers to how much the product and plate is worth, so select carefully if you’re on a budget and if you’re like me, then eat whatever you fancy.

Service for me plays a huge part in whether I’d like to return or not, and I quite enjoyed the atmosphere. I felt that everyone was working at all times, whether it’d be walking around to wipe tables, or actually preparing food. There was even one person circling the entire restaurant to take dirty plates away the moment it was cleared of food. They constantly came to check on people to see if their needs were met, and that’s something I’m a huge fan of. Two thumbs up.

Rating

Food ★★★★★

Service ★★★★★

Appearance ★★★★★

Price ★★★★☆

Overall ★★★★★

TOOK BAE KEE 2

OPENING HOURS

  • Monday: Lunch and Dinner
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday to Saturday: Lunch and Dinner
  • Sunday: Lunch and Dinner

Note: Lunch period starts at 11:30AM and ends at 3PM. Dinner period starts at 5PM and ends at 10PM.

We initially wanted to go here only, but obviously we had to take a little detour (which I’m so happy we did) and by 12:30 when we got in, the restaurant was starting to get crowded; I’m surprised we even got a table, since usually it’s too packed and I end up waiting half an hour for a seat. Our table was actually so close to another table, so halfway into our lunch, a couple (possibly first date? Not too sure) sat beside us as there were no other tables free. I was disappointed because I wanted this to be a fun experience with a friend but instead, the bitch sitting next to Sarah kept eyeing her and giving her the foulest looks. I’m not too sure if Sarah noticed it, but I really should have said something. Whatever, it’s in the past and I’m sure the date was terrible for her as well, constantly telling the guy she was with, that the Korean food images in the menu looked disgusting and something off the carcass of a dead pig. So, a cold hearted person AND a racist; what a lovely combination. This post is supposed to be about the restaurant though, so let’s end that little story.

We ordered jajjangmyeon, which if you’re not familiar, is black bean noodles. Sarah got her bowl normal, and I ordered mine extra spicy. Unfortunately for me, the spice level was relatively weak and was a let down, but nonetheless the flavor was still there and all in all, was still a good dish. We contemplated in getting ddeokbokki, or rice cakes if you’re unfamiliar, but chose not to as we were stuffed. Here’s some images for you.

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Just note that this menu is outdated and these above pictures were taken off the internet, since I completely forgot to take pictures of the building once again. I suck at this job. For the jajjamyeon, the price listed here was $12; we actually got ours for $10, so a drop in price, but still same dish overall.

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I’ll admit that I wish we ordered something else, because we got a normal jajjangmyeon; a big bowl of noodles slathered with black bean sauce and onions galore. Maybe even if we got the one with the seafood, it would have been a better meal. Ah well, our mistake for choosing and that’s our problem to deal with. Nonetheless, still tasty and still quite cheap too. I’ve been to other Korean restaurants and even though the taste is the same, the pricing is significant different. I actually think Took Bae Kee has the lowest of prices and don’t skimp out on flavor at all.

The service was pretty decent, as we were seated immediately and was given menus straight away, ordered as soon as we were ready and also received our meal shortly after. I personally think the Took Bae Kee store 2 needs a little revamp because the building interior looks a little dull and old, but it’s still quite nice inside, and for what it’s worth, at least the color scheme works. I’d say if any downfall here, that there was only one lady up the front, and someone from behind the scenes who does the janitorial work from what it seems, helped to take orders whilst cleaning. That doesn’t look appealing at all, but hey, at least someone is helping out.

The drink that’s displayed here is called maggeolli, which is basically a rice wine. I don’t drink much anymore, if any at all. I took a sip and my tastebuds rejected it straight away. Also, the alcohol went straight to the head and I became a little dizzy. That’s some good signs, meaning I can’t tolerate alcohol at all anymore. If you like traditional rice wine, then you’ll love the maggeolli here, but I’m personally not a fan, so I’m going to have to take a pass on that next time.

At the end of the day, I’m pretty happy with Took Bae Kee and it definitely does live up to the reviews it’s been given; 4 stars plus! Fast and friendly service, great food and it’s so affordable. The only downfall is that it’s a small space meaning tables are pushed up quite close to each other and that’s never a good thing, especially if you are in the same position Sarah was in when we went. Also, the uniform is pretty ugly with the use of that green and blue. Wardrobe changes and maybe a shuffling of decor, or mini revamp and you have a perfect Korean restaurant.

RATING

Food ★★★★☆

Service ★★★★☆

Appearance ★★★☆☆

Price ★★★★★

Overall ★★★★☆

KOKO BLACK

Now we’re really pushing our stomachs after eating so much food and drinking makkeolli, we headed off to a desert store and stuffed our fat faces with an abundance of chocolate prepared in different ways.

OPENING HOURS

  • Monday to Wednesday: 9.30AM – 5PM
  • Thursday: 9.30AM – 9PM
  • Friday: 9.30AM – 11PM
  • Saturday: 12PM – 10PM
  • Sunday: 11AM – 5PM

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This is the menu taken from the original website, and only half of what they have to offer. They even have a selection of chocolates to choose from and they’re all designed so intricately they literally look like little gems, only in chocolate form. I believe the single pieces of chocolate are $2.30 each according to their chocolate menu, but I’m not 100% certain.

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We ordered two desserts and two drinks to share and try, and they were packed full of chocolate. I’m not too much of a fan of sweet foods, especially if all I can taste is sugar. This isn’t to my personal liking because I can’t handle the sweet overload, however, if you’re a sweet tooth, then this will be heaven for you. I ordered an iced mocha, as I was tired, and I could only taste the strong bitterness cutting through all the richness of the chocolate; perfect for me. Sarah chose to order a hazelnut affogato hot chocolate, which looked beautiful and according to her, tasted amazing. With her one too, she claimed it was bitter sweet, so perfect for those who aren’t into overly sweet drinks. She ended up making a mess everywhere, which I’ll showcase right now.

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Actually, the last image was my little spill but I’ll still blame it on Sarah since I have an image to maintain. HAHA!

To complement our drinks, we ordered a degustation plate packed full of chocolate made in different ways, and an apple crumble to cut through all the richness. The degustation consisted of a s’more, chocolate mousse, chocolate ice cream, chocolate cake and two bits of chocolate. Definitely chocolatey, and definitely sweet. I did enjoy the ice-cream and the chocolate cake the most from the plate and took little bits of everything else, since I couldn’t stomach them at all. I’m making this review sound terrible, but I can’t help it. The apple crumble had the right amount of sweetness and tart, to cut through that rich desert we had before. It was so light and refreshing after all the chocolate we devoured. I especially love the bits of cubed apple at the bottom, and the panna cotta on the top to tie everything together. If I come here again, I’m ordering fifty of these, because YUM!

Everything was way too rich for my liking. I am definitely not a fan, but in saying that, everything was very chocolatey and again, if you’re a sweet tooth, then this will be the best place for you to have desert. I’m not going to mark down on the score just because I don’t like sweet foods. It didn’t agree with my personal palette but if I was a confectionary lover, then everything would be perfect in terms of taste wise. The appearance of the food also speaks for itself, I can’t fault them at all. The restaurant (if you can even call it that) has a huge window overlooking the kitchen where people are handcrafting the chocolate deserts and preparing the foods, which I love so much. You can see the skills these chefs have in making all of this product, and it really gives off a classy atmosphere. You definitely feel something else walking into the store and eating at Koko Black; not to the extent of royalty, but definitely special. I found the service to be pretty decent too; just like the other two places we visited, we were greeted right away, and was served shortly after. The waitress who served us was incredibly polite, and looked like a white version of a Korean pop star, named Sujeong. LEGIT THE SIMILARITY IS NO JOKE.

Overall, I’m probably never going to come here again, because it’s too sweet for me, but I’m definitely recommending it to everyone else. If anything, I’ll just order 50 of the apple crumbles since it agrees with my palette. Do check it out if you’re in Perth because I will guarantee you’ll like it if you’re into sweets and chocolate.

Food ★★★★★

Service ★★★★★

Appearance ★★★★★

Price ★★★★☆

Overall ★★★★★


So, we came to the realization that we were fat and we need to cut back on eating so much. Nonetheless, still such a great day filled with foods and no shopping at all. We didn’t even buy anything that day really, which was our initial plan since she needed a blouse to work with her pencil skirt. Ah well, still a successful day at the end and we did satisfy our stomachs. I think that’s the most important thing to do. If you’re in Perth, then definitely check these places out because you won’t be disappointed at all. Like the post if you enjoyed it and if you’ve been to these places then let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to subscribe to this blog for more adventures and beauty posts. This post was a little collaboration and an introduction to Sarah, who is only starting out as a blogger too. Her page is titled Bxplover so give her a little read too.

Don’t forget to add me on m SNS accounts (and Sarah’s) and until the next post~

Anthony signing out.

The Liebster Award!

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I woke up and checked my phone, noticing a notification pop up on my phone screen. I thought to myself, “Hmm, two notifications; possibly replies to comments I made on other blogs, since nobody on WordPress really checks me out.” NOPE! Turns out one of my recent followers have tagged me and nominated me for the Liebster award, which I’m so ecstatic about. Thank you to the author of Hapa Bunny, who you definitely check out if you’re into K-Beauty, or any beauty for that matter. Her careful reviews and brilliant insight to things are worthy of reading.

Here’s the main segment and what the Liebster Award is about. Basically, it started out in the blogosphere as a way to get to know one another, and gain awareness for newcomers or underrated bloggers starting their big break. There are a few basic rules that you need to satisfy when awarded.

The Rules

  • Thank whoever nominated you by linking back to their blog
  • Include the Liebster Award sticker/button in the post or on your blog
  • Answer all the questions that the previous blogger posted
  • Post 11 random facts about yourself
  • Make 11 questions of your own for your nominees
  • Nominate (relatively new or undiscovered) 11 bloggers deserving of the award!
  • Copy these rules into your post.

Now for my bit; Hapa Bunny has selected 11 questions that I need to answer, so I’ll get into that right away.


The Questions

1) What is your favorite dessert (if you have one)?

I am not a very big sweet tooth, which you’ll find out about if you read my adventure post; coming up on Friday AWST. In saying that though, I like cake, ice-cream, donuts, tarts, anything pastry and smothered in cream. I just like food in general, as long as it’s not overly sweet, sour or salty. I’m just a fat person in disguise, using a thin person’s body as a cloak to conceal my hidden food babies.

2) Do you have any hobbies?

Clearly, blogging is a hobby of mine, and though I’m so lazy typing up and finishing posts (a post I started 4 months ago is only getting published next week), it’s something I enjoy doing on my days off or during my free time. I also love music, so shoot me a good song and I’ll sing (more like screech) the lyrics as best as I can and dance to the beat. I also love to paint, draw and cook. I’m an artsy fartsy person, and it’s really all I’m good at.

3) How did you get your blog name?

I initially started out as tvlips the beauty blog which got no recognition at all, since it was too common. I chose that name as my twitter account at the time was called tvlips to fit the twitter aesthetics going around during that period, and partly because I was too lazy to recreate a new twitter name. After three months into blogging, I decided to give my space a revamp, with a new header, new name and new appearance. I decided to call my little blog The Beauty Aesthetics since many people I know always tell me how my appearance is tumblr worthy (I don’t personally see how) and tumblr seems to be the home for aestheticism.

4) What are your favorite TV shows?

I don’t watch TV, mainly because I don’t have the time to, or I’m just too tired to stay awake and watch a program. Going back to my childhood though, I loved anything that revolved around the supernatural or classic anime, and even today I still like those kinds of shows. My all time favorite thing to watch would be Sailor Moon. I actually found it so inspiring for me, since I’m not very bright, always late, incredibly lazy and a bit of a crybaby, just like Usagi-chan, or Sailor Moon. She would always put everyone else’s lives before her own, and would even risk death, just to see those she cares about live another day. Something like that, with a good moral is something I love to watch, and Sailor Moon is definitely one of those shows that can dictate that. I feel like I can fit that character very well since I sucked at school, is terrible at sports, an incredibly lazy person beyond words can explain and my hair always stands out amongst the crowd. Also, she flies around naked in the last episode and I found that funny omg.

5) What is your favorite color(s)?

I don’t like colors based on the actual color. I’m way more complicated than that, and I choose my favorite colors based on what the color is used for. I am not sure how to explain, so I’ll word it like this. Someone is wearing a dress, but the color itself doesn’t suit the person. I’ll choose my favorite color based on what the person suits. To generalize how I perceive favorite colors, I associate them with something, and if it matches, it becomes my favorite color. I still lost you guys, didn’t I?

6) What is your dream destination?

I don’t really have a dream destination, but I definitely want to travel the world one day, to see everyone and meet them face to face. Even though I’m so awkward and shy, it’s something I want to do, since I’m better at conveying my true feelings in person than online, which I generally have to do most of the time, since most of my friends aren’t here in Perth with me. If anything, my dream detonation would be a place where all my friends and family could gather together and have no worries at all.

7) What is your favorite movie?

Again, I don’t watch movies very often, so I’m basing this on my childhood, and my all time favorite movie in the entire world would have to be So Close, a Cantonese movie I loved watching when I grew up. I love action movies so much, and especially love Asian fighting movies. I find that they really get me fired up and they’re so exhilarating to watch. NEVER watch a stay movie with me, because I hate scary movies first of all, and secondly, I’ll probably rip your arm off, or have a heart attack.

8) What is your favorite thing to do with friends?

I love to go and eat out with friends, I find that eating together comfortably is a great way to bond, and strengthen friendship. If I can’t go out and eat with you comfortably, or even be myself around you, then we can’t be friends. That means I need to be ultra annoying and eat very sloppily and judging by how you react, I can decide whether I will enjoy my time with you or not. Basically, any activity that I can do comfortably with people, I’ll enjoy.

9) What are your talents?

I had to ask my friends what my personal talents were, since I’m not too sure myself. They all said I was good at languages, as I’m able to remember a lot better than other people, and actually, music. Beauty is another talent they mentioned, and also the fact that I’m able to speak about beauty for hours on end, is something in itself. Now, asking my very close friends, they said my most biggest talent of all was being a f@!&ing b*%$# a#^ c*(% mother f&$%*%. I have lovely friends.

10) What is your biggest goal in life?

Achieve world domination. No, not really. I just want to be happy, well off and be able to make everyone proud of me. I’m very simpleminded like that, and little things like happiness is all I truly want (as well as millions of dollars to continue this line of work cause damn beauty products are so pricey at the end of the day).

11) What is your biggest goal for your blog?

My biggest goal is to get this blog noticed by more people, since my initial plan was to try and help those who needed some guidance to achieve their envisioning of perfect skin. I also want to try YouTubing as well, since it looks like fun, and it’s best to talk through a camera rather than typing it out, because that way, it feels a little more intimate. Basically, the more people I can help or interest, the more I am able to push posts out to you all. That is a huge goal and one I don’t see myself succeeding any time soon, but I’ll still try!


11 Random Facts

  1. I’m single (hint! DATE ME! Nah just joking my standards are way too high).
  2. I can (somewhat) stand on point still, even though my toes are barely able to support my weight standing on them now.
  3. I eat more than what people assume I’m able to eat.
  4. I actually don’t have perfect skin as people say I do, and struggle really badly with controlling my acne.
  5. I wanted to be a makeup artist since grade three, after seeing my aunt apply makeup on the night she went clubbing with her friend.
  6. I love to sing where nobody can hear me, or if I’m around comfortable people.
  7. I love coffees and teas and I think I survive off them every single day.
  8. I take three tablets of placenta and 1500mg of collagen a day to keep my skin in this condition. Beauty is a struggle and I’m not even sure how it’ll work for me in the distant future, but whilst I’m struggling, might as well use it to my advantage.
  9. Although I’m very mean and rude, I actually still have a lot of people who will stand by my side. Possibly because of my kind heart, which I don’t like to show very often.
  10. I’m known for being wise beyond my years, although I don’t personally see it.
  11. I get annoyed with wrong spelling, overuse of emojis and people who don’t use correct punctuation or grammar. I’m not too fussed with lowercase letters or uppercase letters for everything, but everything else, yeah.

My Questions for You

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What do you do in your free time?
  3. What’s your “go to” song when you’re in a good or bad mood?
  4. Have you experienced love before?
  5. Have you ever splurged a bit of money on unnecessary stuff before? For example, an expensive hand wash, simply because you like the brand.
  6. What is your approach to things you’re unfamiliar with, or never done before?
  7. What do you seek in a potential spouse? Are you vain and shallow, or are you more intimate with feelings and personality?
  8. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
  9. What do you think about (or do) whilst you’re alone in the shower?
  10. How long have you been interested in beauty, and when did you finally get around to talking about it on the internet?
  11. Where do you see your blog in 5 years time?

The Nominees

I don’t know many people in the blogging world, so I can’t tag 11 people. I also don’t know who’s actually done it or not, but I’ll go ahead and tag you guys anyway, and hope to read your responses to this fun tag!

I was also going to tag Misha but she was already tagged by Hapa Bunny, but ah well. I’m excited to see her response too!


Thanks again for nominating me! Hopefully this tag gets me noticed a little more so I can share my stories and experiences with you all. If you liked this post, then don’t forget to click the little star and hit the follow button for a subscription to my future posts. Don’t forget to leave your comments and add me on my SNS sites to communicate with me about anything! I already clocked 2000 words so I need to stop. Until the next post~

Anthony signing out.