“You may never see the ocean. You may never touch the ocean. But the ocean touches you.” 

With these opening words, I was irresistibly drawn into the short film “The Blue Heart”, made by National Geographic to share the lifetime passions of Dr. Sylvia Earle for the oceans and what they hold for us and why we need them. I watched this during a short breakfast presentation by La Mer, who have donated and work in a partnership with National Geographic year to year to support the next generation of ocean explorers and to celebrate World Oceans Day.

It isn’t surprising, considering that La Mer’s primary ingredient is sea kelp, which grows in the ocean. You could say they have a bit of a vested interest.

la mer wod2 World Oceans Day 2014 with La Mer celebrating The Blue Heart (watch the film!)

Incidentally, today June 8, is World Oceans Day – a day to recognise the importance of the sea as a vital ecosystem and to take action to preserve its delicate habitats and wildlife. We may not realise it, but a lot of what happens to the sea impacts our life.

The short film “The Blue Heart” is beautifully made and I found the video, so I’ll share it with you below. It did resonate with me and make me want to go out there and save the oceans, I can tell you. Damn! I’m suggestible icon razz World Oceans Day 2014 with La Mer celebrating The Blue Heart (watch the film!)

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I’ve always been into makeup brushes although my “obsession” if it can be called that, hasn’t come to the fore till quite recently. All of a sudden, we’re inundated with new and wonderful brands of makeup brushes and better still, some brands have revamped their brush line! Earlier this year, I told you about NARS overhauling their makeup brushes. I may have mentioned that there was another brand that was also doing the same.

The brand in question is Japanese brand RMK, and I confess to being a little over-excited when I was introduced to the new brushes a while ago together with their Summer collection. In fact, all thoughts and opinions of the Summer collection flew out the window the moment I laid eyes on their delectable new eyeshadow brushes! icon biggrin New! RMK Eye Shadow Brush and Liner Brush, quality brushes reinvented and revamped for 2014

rmk eyeshadow brush new New! RMK Eye Shadow Brush and Liner Brush, quality brushes reinvented and revamped for 2014

This Summer 2014, RMK introduces their new range of eyeshadow and eye liner brushes which will replace the previous ones. I didn’t own the previous versions as I didn’t quite like how they felt, which was a little rough, much to my surprise. These new ones feel deliciously soft and comfortable, and are made from natural hair, bar 3 brushes, my personal choice for makeup brushes.

I had the opportunity to speak to one of the RMK Makeup Artists from Japan who was visiting during the launch and asked where these brushes were made and I was told that they’re made by Chikuhodo – a reknowned brush maker in Japan, like the more visible Hakuhodo. I’ll quickly break down the brushes for you icon smile New! RMK Eye Shadow Brush and Liner Brush, quality brushes reinvented and revamped for 2014

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A while ago, I told you about some new stuff that popular Korean skincare brand Laneige had for us and among them was something very interesting and unique – a mochi sleeping pack! Ok, so it’s not really a mochi, but it looked like one.

laneige white plus capsule sleeping pack Mochi! Mochi! The Laneige White Plus Renew Capsule Sleeping Pack is too adorable!

What it really was, was the White Plus Renew Capsule Sleeping Pack, a sleeping pack contained within individual one-use capsules. I thought they were terribly interesting (see how influential packaging can be?!) and I took to them like a duck to water.

The White Plus Renew Capsule Sleeping Pack comes in a box with 16 capsules within that are very well packaged and if I might say so, perfect for those who travel a lot, because you can use and toss as you go along. Within each capsule is a hydrating gel formula and within that gel formula lies a mochi-like ball of cream that contains the ingredients for whitening and brightening the skin. Laneige promises you therefore that you will wake up from your beauty sleep with brighter, more hydrated skin. Intriguing! icon biggrin Mochi! Mochi! The Laneige White Plus Renew Capsule Sleeping Pack is too adorable!

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When I was a kid, I remember being force-fed a foul smelling white emulsion that I came to fear and run away from the minute I see the bottle appear. Hands up if you too were averse to Scott’s Cod Liver Oil Emulsion icon razz Tip: Taking Cod Liver Oil for health helped improve my skin too The minute I could assert my rights, I refused to take any more of it and that was that.

However, I was recently nursing a very bad cough that was dragging on for weeks and I suddenly remembered my Mom telling me that taking cod liver oil would help. Well, I wasn’t about to down that foul emulsion anymore so I got a bottle of cod liver oil capsules from the brand Seven Seas.

cod liver oil Tip: Taking Cod Liver Oil for health helped improve my skin too

I was told that I could take a slightly higher dose to start, and the recommended dose was 1-2 capsules 3 times a day. So I would take about 8 capsules a day. My cough did go away eventually (a combination of antibiotics, cough mixture) but I continued taking the cod liver oil capsules since I already had a bottle of it, and to build up my immunity.

About a month and after taking 100 capsules, I woke up one day to a realization that not only was my cough almost gone, my skin was looking and feeling better than it has been in a while, despite the fact I’d been sick as a dog and under tremendous life stress. I had some marks from some stubborn cystic acne spots around my chin and mouth and my skin was feeling a bit clogged and bumpy and just blah.

But I hadn’t been experiencing that lately. Instead, I noticed that my skin was looking a lot better. It felt significantly smoother, pores looked smaller, skin looked more refined and glowy and most of the pesky spots and clogged pores were all but gone. Blemishes and marks healed and disappeared quickly and scarring and marking of skin was minimal. That was when I wondered “Could it be that the cod liver oil was helping my skin look better?”

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