Archive | September 2013

Homemade Banana Hair Mask



One ripe banana blended really well in a blender. (Don’t be impatient. It has to be mushy. If there are any pieces, these will be stuck in your hair for days. So blend away for at least 5 minutes)

The product:


Apply the product to your hair starting at the scalp and working your way down to the tips. Massage the scalp a bit while applying product. Then apply a towel or shower cap to the hair and leave the product in for 15-20 minutes. Then shampoo and condition as usual.

I did this yesterday and my hair feels silky soft and healthy . The potassium is good for the scalp. It stimulates growth and it also moisturizes the hair to prevent breakage.

Try it. It’s cheap and easy. And remember the riper the banana, the better.




Clinique Facial Soap Bar for Dry Combination Skin #2


I’ve been struggling with bad skin lately. I’ve noticed how my pores looked bigger and clogged next to my nose. I always have nose pores, but it seemed to have spread to the sides of my nose too and the sad thing is, I wash and moisturize religiously. Back home I used to use a set of great products by Garnier (the pure range) but it’s not available in South Korea so I opted for a wash by Neotrogena which made me break out and I believe caused my puffy eyes. I may just be allergic.

I finally decided on getting some decent stuff, and Clinique was the first brand that came to mind. I got given a stash of samples by Edgars when I was a teen (a few years ago) and it worked like a charm, but I couldn’t afford it back then.

This product also has a soap dish, but they somehow gave me the refill one without the dish and I couldn’t communicate to them in Korean that I wanted the dish. Anyways, next time 😉


All I can say is WOW!!! Two washes and my pores are cleared out, visibly smaller and my skin tighter and clearer. (In my monthly week) I never have clear skin at this time. My eyes are no longer puffy also.

Clinique is known for it’s clinically tested, non allergenic, scent free products. I assure you, if you are prone to allergies, this product is the best solution.

The bar is relatively large. It’s said to last at least 6 months and it only cost $21 (I believe in the USA it’s only $15), which isn’t bad considering the junk I normally buy costs $5 and lasts one month.

Here it is compare to my sample soap that I got in a Glossybox:



Along with the soap I got 2 sample sized items: one being Liquid Facial Soap. (Perfect for a 5 day hike or a camp or traveling) and Repairwear Laser Focus Serum.

I’ve used the serum along with my twice daily wash and I am pleasantly surprised. The lines around my eyes are plumped out, don’t look so noticeable. I know I’m only 26, but prevention is better than cure, right?

Okay enough ranting on. Just try it. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.


Etude House I Can Fly Callogen Gel Eye Patch

I’ve been struggling with puffy eyes for the longest time. I have thyroid issues and a sleeping bug that is prevalent in Africa. I also sleep on my stomach or side and according to what I’ve read, this also adds to the problem, thanks to gravity. The skin under ones eyes is very thin, so if you like salty or savory dishes for dinner, this adds to the problem. If you’re someone who cries easily, this adds to the problem as well. Puffy eyes and dark circles also go hand in hand.

I’ve tried everything to solve this issue. Ice burns my skin. Cucumbers don’t seem to help much. I’ve used under eye rollers, but that just made it worse.

Here is what the product looks like:


The opened product:


It’s a plastic container, containing two jelly like patches with film on each side.

Instructions: remove clear film from patches and fasten sides to the areas beneath the eyes. Remove patches after 30 minutes.

Caution: For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep our of reach if children. Discontinue use if signs of irritation and/ or rash appear.

My before picture: (scary I know)


My during picture:


And my after picture:


My eyes don’t look better too me. I don’t know if I should give it time to let the Callogen do it’s thing.

I’m hoping it will be the solution to my puffy eyes problems.

Will see what happens and keep you up to date.

Till next time



Travel Size your BB cream


If you’ve read some of my most recent posts, you’ll know that I’m working through a stash of samples from Etude House. They are very generous. Even if I buy the smallest item, I always end up with 5 or 6 samples.

I own a tube of Etude House BB cream, but I find it really heavy in my handbag along with my Mac large palette and my bottle of perfume and on Saturday, my large Bible; so I thought it would be a brilliant idea to just stash my samples in my make up bag. (Yes, I do my make up on the train. It’s not weird in Korea like it is in the West) This sounds good and well, but I didn’t take into consideration that the samples offer more than one day’s bb cream, so by the time I was done with my make up, I had an open sachet of bb cream which I sadly had to throw away in the end. I don’t like wasting stuff, so this morning I came up with a brilliant idea. I wear contacts on a daily basis, and like Etude House likes giving away samples, so the optometrists like giving away contact lens containers. I figure they might come in use. So I sorted out the samples into the two shades that I wear, and squeezed the contents into the containers. None of the make up samples will go to waste now and I won’t have a broken back from carrying heavy stuff around every day.

It’s a win win \(^_^)/

Have a lovely Monday!

❤ Amanda Adele

Etude House Milk Talk Choco Body Wash


Étude House is one of my favourite cosmetic stores right now. There are many things I love about them, one being that they are extremely generous with their samples. I kid you not: I can go in there and buy one bottle of nail polish and walk away with at least 6 sample sachets. It’s insane. So I’ve decided to sort out my rather huge stash of samples, try out the products and do reviews on them. These are the first ones that I grabbed because I love chocolate.

Each sample contains enough product to cover your whole body. It’s amazing. A little goes a long way. It’s super moisturizing and foams a lot and my favourite part: I smell like a chocolate cake after every shower. This is definitely a product that I would pick up once my samples run out.

If you love chocolate and love being pampered, ( who doesn’t though) this product is for you.

Have a great day.

I smell yummy!

Étude House I Can Fly Hand Cream


I finally got my hands on the fourth bird in this line. The eagle owl in the colour pink and the flavour ‘very berry cherry’.

This line is focusing on endangered birds and nature conservation. The packaging is made of 100% recycled paper and printed with soy ink.


The container is like a Russian doll. You screw off the head and the contents are inside the body of the owl.


The cream does not have an overwhelming smell. It’s just perfectly subtle. The texture of the cream is thick, but not dewy. It’s very moisturizing and just perfect for any weather.

I hope that Étude House hurries and brings out another line like this soon. I really couldn’t get enough of these.


Till next time.

From a bird lover.