How long can you go without your phone? || All about the UNICEF tap project.

I came across UNICEF's Tap Project through one of my lecturers and it immediately caught my attention. It's really as simple as it seems: For every minute that you don't touch your phone, a donation will be given to families who don't have access to clean and safe water.

Not surprisingly, this project received mixed feedbacks. Others are praising UNICEF for taking part in such a great project, while others are criticising them for it. Some of the negative feedbacks include "Why do they need to ask people to not touch their phone, when their sponsors have the means to donate right away?" as well as "Nowadays, people feel that they can make a difference even if they don't leave the house and get to know the real life situation of the unfortunate ones."

When I was younger, these questions also entered my mind. The very same questions. This type of project where everyone can participate without much effort has been around for quite some time now, so I eventually figured out my own answers for it.

First, it is just not possible for everyone to dedicate their time and fly to third world countries. Instead of spending money on unnecessary flights, that money can just be put towards donation. Second, I believe that people genuinely care about the situation, knowing that they can at least somehow help DOES make a difference. Their little sacrifices go a long way, and I see nothing wrong with that.

Yes, the sponsors have the means to donate without the tap project, but it's the idea of people helping others in their own little ways. So far, I've done nearly 4 hours and I'll try to boost the number of hours as hard as I can. You can start making a difference too by clicking the UNICEF Tap Project. Encourage your friends to do the same! It will be fun, I promise ;)

*This is not a sponsored post.

Life Lately.

One blog post a month... now that doesn't seem like me at all! I really do miss updating my blog so here's a quick post about what I've been up to in the past few weeks. And if you scroll down a bit more, you might find a little treat ;)

I bought this lovely Kate Spade bag for uni because let's face it, a nice bag will motivate me to actually go to uni.

Also bought myself a car - my very first big purchase. About time! I'm having a good time designing its interior and I'll make a post about it as soon as I can ;)

I also managed to lock myself out again... for the 3rd time in a span of one year. I need a lanyard!!!

This was parked near our uni... Just a daily reminder not to cheat.

Attended one of my friend's Philosophy lecture... at a different uni. It was really interesting so I'll sit in again when I have the time.

Working on my design shop again after a LONG break! Readers get a 15% discount off anything from the shop with the code: BLOG15 (click here!)

So that's a snippet of what I've been up to lately. Life's great, I've done so many things that I promised myself at the beginning of the year. I'm slowly but surely crawling out from my comfort zone; I volunteered to join a debate, I volunteered at a fundraising event which is really exciting. I have so many goals and achieving them little by little just gives me more motivation.

Life lately is beyond great. I hope you guys are all doing well! I miss reading blogs and I'll find time to catch up soon. 

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Review

It's been a while since I reviewed a beauty product, and it's because it's also been a while since I bought make-up! I bought this foundation a few days before I went to the Philippines (where it's pretty much summer all year round!) I searched for foundations that is suitable for oily skin and can withstand humidity and heat. 

Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra 24H caught my attention because of its name. I was searching for something that can last the whole day and based on the reviews and what it claims to do, I decided to buy it.

Shade: This foundation comes in 28 shades so there's a big chance that you can get your perfect match. You can see the shades here but I would strongly recommend that you drop by to a Lancome store and have a MUA assist you. 

Packaging: The bottle is pretty similar to Dior Forever's foundation. It's easy to pump and you can control the amount of product that you wanna use. In short, nothing's wasted!

Consistency: This foundation is often compared with Estee Lauder's Double Wear (ELDW), and this is where you can point out the ultimate difference. ELDW is quite thick compared to most foundations, while Lancome's 24H is thinner and much easier to blend. As someone who already used up a bottle of ELDW, I prefer Lancome's 24H because it feels weightless on my face! 

Coverage: Medium to full coverage, depends on how much you apply. I prefer a quite natural look so I just apply one layer but you can build it up if you wish. And no, it does not cake!

Application: I use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply this foundation with a primer. It goes on smoothly and creates an airbrush effect if applied correctly (use a moisturiser first and let it dry for about 10 minutes before the primer!) It looks much more natural compared to ELDW which is a total plus points for me.

How was it? When I was in Manila, the temperature went up to 30 degrees C (86 F) and humidity was really high. I'm afraid that the foundation could not really stand the heat, my face was already oily before noon. However; when I got back to NZ, the foundation lasts all day and my face wasn't really that oily. It's still summer here in NZ so I think the foundation still does a great job.

Final verdict: So if you live in a tropical country, then this isn't for you. Otherwise, I would definitely recommend this foundation! It's weightless, cheaper than other high-end foundations (NZD$72), and lasts all day.

Best Summer Vacation Yet.

After more than 2 months of being away from my blog, I'm finally back! (and yes, my shop is now open again, ready to take your Valentines Day orders!) I just had the best summer vacation yet because everything went better than I originally planned. I finally saw my friends and family after 3 long years; I can't honestly think of a better way to spend my summer.

  • Spent a night at a 5-star hotel and played Casino for the first time... and got lucky.
  • Went to the beach and stayed under the sun for the whole day. Kayaking with my cousins was the best part.
  • Went crazy shopping until the very last day.
  • Crazy nights with my friends whom I've known since 7th grade (and the other one for more than a decade now)
  • Chill nights with beers and cigarettes... oh and street food too.
  • Fancy dinners at fancy restaurants.
  • Finally eating the food that I have been craving for years since I can't get them here in NZ! 
  • "All you can eat" buffets until I can no longer breathe.
  • Family games before going to bed.
  • Horse-riding.
  • Family reunions.
  • Unexpected nights that I will never forget.

And many other things. Here are some photos from my trip!