Life | Summer '17 snapshots

As I write this, the first showers of rain are pitter-pattering against my window. Although it's just like a scene out of a novel, it also means one thing—the end of summer is nigh. While we've still got a couple of weeks until it's officially the monsoon and our rain boots are out in full form, it's probably time to bid the scorching summer goodbye. I definitely won't miss dealing with summer skin and getting drenched in sweat but there are a few things that I will, for certain. Mangoes as a dessert staple and summer beach days are just a few of them. To know what the rest of them are, take a look at what I've been doing, where I've been going and what I've been eating this season.

Image of pink and white flowers with green leaves in an indoor garden plant
A surprise set of pretty pink blooms made an appearance in the garden this season. They took their time but were certainly worth it!

Image of pork belly ramen with eggs with a cocktail in a wine glass on a wooden table
Indulging in a delectable bowl of pork belly ramen with (my favourite!) a runny egg. Don't miss my gin cocktail which had a chili in it!

Image of white sand at the seaside surrounded by sunshine at the beach during the day
If there was ever a picture to depict my mental happy place, this would be it—sandy, full of sunshine and besides the sea!

Image of a grey coloured stray cat with green eyes and black stripes seated on mud
This little lady gave a whole new meaning to the words 'curious cat'. Besides having lovely eyes, she definitely wasn't shy!

Image of a juicy mango fruit cut into cubes in white floral cutlery on a wooden background
Ripened mango flesh that's glistening with juice and beaming with vibrance. Need I say more?

Image of a quiet road surrounded by tall coconut palm trees, fields and blue sky in a small town
A scene from my secluded cycling route back home. Every time I now see it, I wish I could have another of those sunny morning bike rides.

Image of a McCafe Classic Iced Coffee filled with cream, ice, milk and coffee in a plastic takeaway cup on a white background
The antidote to every ferocious summer day is a classic iced coffee. One of my favourite beverages for summer and every other season!
Image of meat sausages being barbecued over an open flame on skewers in a clay oven
A beautiful Sunday afternoon spent barbecuing in the backyard. Smokey air and delicious food is exactly what summer days are made of!

Screenshot of tv show big little lies' theme song before the tv show began as I binged on it during summer
Followed quite a few tv shows over the summer. Somehow murder and deceit were a running theme through them all with 'Big Little Lies' being one of my top recommendations.

Flat lay image of a chicken burger along with potato french fries and a glass of coke on a wooden table
In a gluten-free, organic world, I'm the kind of girl who enjoys a juicy chicken burger with a side of French fries
Image of ripples in the water on a bed of sand with sea shells with sunshine reflecting in the sea
I'm a complete beach baby at heart so just the sight of ripples, shells and sand is enough to pull my heartstrings

With a bunch of amazing memories made during my favourite season, it's safe to say that it was a summer well spent.


Beauty | What's on my dresser ~ Summer skin edition

At the start of 2017, I vowed that it would be my year for wonderful skin. While that worked marvellously during the nippy winter and cool spring, it wasn't quite the same during summer. As the owner of oily skin which has the temperament of a moody teenager, summer can bring its own set of challenges. Namely dullness, ruddiness and greasiness to rival an oil spill.

An image of Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, St.Ives Fresh Face Apricot Scrub and ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in a women's palms surrounded by multi-coloured graphics

Since everyone, especially myself, would like to skip past that to the part where they look like glowing goddesses, this bunch of beauty products can do just that. Post a bit of research and usage, I narrowed down on 3 makeup and skin care picks to give me sun-kissed, healthy skin this season. Withstanding immense humidity and scorching temperatures are all in a day's work for these products as they've now made their way to my dresser as summer skin staples.

An image of the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops surrounded by multi-coloured graphic designs on a white background

When I want to customise my makeup

When my recent search for a BB cream came to a grinding halt, I blamed it on high expectations. Maybe wanting medium coverage with a light texture was too much to ask. That's when I realised, it wasn't a BB cream I was looking for, it was a customisable skin cover. Lo and behold, I found that in the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops. With its pipette dropper and ability to blend with facial oils, moisturisers and primers, it's been a complete game changer for my beauty routine. Winning the praises of beauty gurus from across the internet didn't hurt its case either! Don't let its runny, feather-light texture fool you—a little of these pigmented cover drops go a long way. Its easy customisation also meant that it was the one stop solution for tinted moisturiser, barely there makeup or a full coverage foundation.

An image of a women's hand with blue nail polish holding the St. Ives Fresh Face Apricot Scrub surrounded by multi-coloured graphic designs

When I want a clean face

There's something so satisfying about feeling spanking clean skin between your fingers after you've just washed your face. If you have oily skin, you know how quickly that feeling can slip away. Thankfully, the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub brings that right back to me. The genius of this scrub lies in its granules which exfoliate away dirt without being abrasive. Its citrus fragrance and paraben-free formula is an added bonus. After working tirelessly to remove gunk and grime, this face scrub is now a permanent fixture in my weekly regime all through the year. If there's just one of life's simple pleasures that I enjoy, it's touchably smooth skin after a long week.

An image of a women's hand with blue nail polish holding the ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Avalon surrounded by multi-coloured graphics

 Photography: Raynor Pereira // Design: Leo Alemao

When I want my cheekbones to pop

Whether you're a beauty lover or not, you're probably aware of ColourPop's cult-like following. While I didn't understand what made it so popular in the beginning, using their products changed that for me. Apart from their iconic liquid lipsticks, the ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter is proof in itself. 'Avalon' is an incredibly pigmented, glitzy copper shade—perfect for warm, bronzy Indian skin. Its velvety smooth formula melts into the skin like butter on warm toast. As the shade also doubles up as a blush and an eyeshadow, it doesn't really get more versatile than this one.





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