Review: LUSH Volcano Foot Mask

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Let’s start with a maybe too detailed explanation of how my feet are. They are extremely dry to the point where my feet will itch from the amount of dead skin build up. And because my footwear of choice is always Havianas flip-flops, dirt gets to my feet very easily and once it gets trapped between the lines, it takes a lot of effort to remove.

So a few days ago, I decided that it’s time to use my tub of Volcano Foot Mask. I’ve tried lots of highly raved foot masks and results have been mediocre, so naturally I didn’t expect too much of this. But, Volcano blew me away. It’s by far the BEST and most value for money foot mask I have ever tried. And it’s the one with the most natural ingredients! All the previous ones I’ve tried have all sorts of mysterious chemicals that make your skin peel off, yet isn’t as effective as Volcano.

WHAT IS IT:

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LUSH Volcano Foot Mask

LUSH employees will tell you to use half or the whole pot per treatment, but I found that about 1/4 of the tub was enough for a generous layer on both feet. On the pot it says to leave it on for 10 minutes, but I left mine on for about 40 minutes and all was good.

WHAT’S IN IT:

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Green= Natural, Black= Safe synthetics

WHY IT WORKS:

  • Kaolin and Bentonite are naturally occurring clays that draw out dirt and impurities.
  • Pumice adds to the exfoliating factor
  • Limeflower alleviates cramps, Cleaver reduces swelling.
  • Tomatoes, Papaya and Potatoes contain enzymes that  “eat” up dead skin. They are also brightening, helping to remove dark spots and fade scars.

Hear the LUSH founders talk about Volcano here.

HOW I USE IT:

  1. Spread a generous amount on  feet, wrap it up with clingwrap or regular plastic bags.
  2. Put on socks or bedroom slippers to secure the wrap.
  3. Chill out with favorite book or TV show for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Head to bathroom, remove socks and wrap, use some warm water to soften the now dried mask and massage with hands.
  5. Use pumice stone to scrub the mask all over feet. Remember your toes and top of feet too! Pumice stone AND pumice powder? Double effects!
  6. When satisfied with scrubbing (be careful not to over exfoliate, it will hurt!), rinse off everything with warm water, dry feet, enjoy new baby soft feet and the cool, tingly feeling from the mint in the mask for hours.

Follow up with a foot lotion; I recommend Fair Trade Foot Lotion by LUSH to complement and prolong the effects of the mask. Use Volcano 1-2 times a week to maintain baby smooth feet! Pumice stones can be found at Daiso for $2. You really don’t need any pricey “branded” pumice stones.

Volcano helped not only to smooth, soften and exfoliate my feet, it also got rid of the dirt trapped in between the lines. My feet felt very clean and refreshed afterwards.

WHERE TO BUY:

That’s about $4-$5 per use. By far the most inexpensive and most effective foot mask I’ve tried.

OVERALL:

Product: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Repurchase?: YES

Cheers to smooth feet!
Melissa

All images from http://www.lush.co.uk

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Review: LUSH Volcano Foot Mask

It Feels Nice..

..when your appreciation is appreciated. When it is taken seriously, when it makes someone else’s day.

So, give credit where credit is due and don’t be stingy with your praises and compliments. You never know when a few words or gestures from you will make someone else’s day. And when you know that you have made someone happy, you’ll feel happy too.

And if you are unsatisfied, don’t just keep quiet; send in a feedback. Because the receiving party might really be able to improve from your feedback, and because you don’t deserve to be bugged and suffering alone from an unsatisfactory experience.

It’s not about being a good person or a bad person. I don’t think “good” and “bad” can be defined like this. I just think that if more people were more generous with their compliments for things they like and more willing to offer constructive criticisms, the world would be a much less complicated, happier place.

It Feels Nice..

Volunteering with RBKD

*This is going to be a long post.*

On the 26th of January 2013, I joined RBKD in their 3rd annual Chinese New Year charity drive. We visited the elderly who were living on their own in senior citizen studio apartments and gifted them with handmade with love CNY goodies like pineapple tarts and almond cookies, eggs, rice and even CNY decoration for their front door.

We were split up into groups of 3-4, with lots of factors taken in; time we’ve been with RBKD, the dialects we speak, personality etc. I was in a group with Lionel and his mom and Jasmine! I was the newest member of my group but never once did I feel like I didn’t belong. That’s what’s really really nice of RBKD. To quote the club Pres, “there can be many cliques within RBKD, but when we come together, we are ONE big clique.” AWWW

Anyway, the day began at 11am (earlier for committee and “delivery” people). I arrived at the Centre in Ang Mo Kio, and not long after, our “delivery” of rice arrived and we had to move them, 30kg a pack (containing 6 bags of 5kg each rice), from the car to the area outside the Centre. After that we started moving eggs. YEA EGGS! They were very fragile so we had to move them very carefully but at the same time being quick. After moving everything we proceeded inside to rest and this was when the big reveal came.

The Pres told us that people from xinmsn were here to follow us around and film stuff etc. At that point I was like “oh..wow..”. But wait, the Pres then said, that “she” is coming. And then I was like “wait what? she? who? what? WHATTT???!!? SHE?! HER?! OMG?! FOR REAL?!” Ok and then I felt the air in the room change even though everyone on the surface were super cool and very calm about it. Because, none of us, even the committee, knew that she will be attending. So yea we all had our pokerfaces on but I’m sure I wasn’t the only one doing somersaults inside right? At this point the mantra was “keep calm..breathe. *repeat*”. But then anyway, she arrived and I surprised myself. It was actually easy to stay calm. Because the Pres, when she told us, said not to take photos or ask for photos etc cos you know, she’s on her off day, she just wants to do something good and volunteer, not work. So yea when I finally saw her in the flesh it was almost like “ok she is just another person..she’s here for the same purpose as us”. Then we proceeded to do what we needed to do; give out everything to the elderly. We had fun joking and sharing the lifts, talking to the elderly, taking the stairs and sticking up the CNY decorations.

After we were done with all the tasks, it was celebration time!!! We bought Yu Sheng and a very yummy cake for Idol, and we sang her birthday songs in English, Mandarin and Malay. Maybe next year we can add in Korean? All of us had a blast enjoying the cake and yu sheng and shouting HUAT AH!

I don’t have elderly people in my family to interact with, so this experience opened my eyes. Speaking to the elderly actually inspired a lot of us. My group came across this granny who was already 89 years old, has hearing difficulties and cannot stand for long periods of time. When she goes out of her house she has to go in a wheelchair. But when she was talking to us about her life, her children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren, you could see the joy in her eyes. She told us how filial they are and how much she enjoys cooking for them even though it tires her to stand in the kitchen all day. She has a neighbor living upstairs who likes threatening her with a walking stick, but she still smiles through it all and lives her own life. If you were there first-hand listening to her, you would actually feel her zest. Just like my teammate Jasmine said, people like this granny should really inspire you to not give up, no matter what difficulties you might be facing, because there are people who have to go through more than you and are still living. It might be easier said than done but really, when you feel down and out..just remember.

CNYRiceCharityImage credits to RBKD

I really liked this volunteering experience and hope we have more opportunities to do things like this. This experience also made me feel like RBKD is not just a fan club. It is so.much.MORE. RBKD is a group of people who CAN do other things, other meaningful things, not just scream and shout and go crazy for an Idol. We are much more and I am proud that I can be a part of RBKD.

Watch the VIDEO of this event, or check out the RBKD website HERE

Now allow me to gush about how pretty she is! She is SUPERRRR pretty! And she’s incredible nice! People should really stop saying crap about her cos really, she’s very very nice and doesn’t deserve those unnessecary criticisms.

<3<3<3

Volunteering with RBKD

5 Feb 2013

Do you know what I hate?

I hate people who use the power of majority. To prove themselves right, to define a person, to “win” an argument etc. I hate it when people say “xx and yy AND zz all think you are like thisthatwhatever, so you should reflect on it etcwtf”. I hate it when people use these kinda shit reasons to define someone or something. “Everyone thinks this is bad..so it must be bad.” HELLO? What logic is that? It just goes to show how much of a sheep you are. You have no opinions of your own and/or you are too much of a fucking coward to have/express them. You merely follow the crowd and claim that majority opinion as “right” because “everyone” thinks so.

Yes of course it can be that you DO have your own opinion but it just so happens to be what “everyone” also thinks, but that still doesn’t mean that it is right, or that it is the only. It doesn’t mean that you can use that to define and put someone down just because “everyone thinks so”. I don’t think it speaks very well of yourself when you tell someone “abc and efg and countless other people have already left you, reflect on your behaviour before xyz and etc leave you also cos they can’t stand you.”

It’s like, F YOU. Especially if you don’t even know that person personally. Who are you to judge?

And yes it can go the other way also. Like “everyone says this laksa/bubble tea/whatever is really good, so it must be good!” and if someone disagrees they are “wrong” ?!!? YOU should try everything for YOURSELF and form your OWN opinion of it, don’t just take “everyone’s opinion” as a benchmark.

Just because “everyone” is echoing the same thing does not necessarily make it TRUE. 

5 Feb 2013

My First Tattoo @ Vagabond Ink

On 3 February 2013, I got my first ever tattoo! It’s something I’ve been wanting to do since I was 16 and a few days ago, I decided that the time is right. I decided to go to Vagabond Ink because they’ve been on the back of my mind since my friend Jiayi got her tattoo done there a few years ago. I looked them up and found that I really liked their vibe too. Plus, location was very convenient for me and it was not dodgy.

I sent them an email with the rough idea of what I wanted, and they organised an artist (Emmeline) for me. Within two days, Ema came up with the rough sketch and I was happy with it. Then we made an appointment for the next day (today) to get it done. Everything might seem a little rushed and impulsive but trust me, I’ve wanted these designs for a longgg time.

Anyway, this was the shitty rough idea I sent to Ema: ShittyRough

So I arrived at the studio this morning, a little earlier than my 11am appointment. The studio was still closed and Ema was still on the way but even then, she was already asking how I am feeling and telling me to calm down. I told her I’d always shudder at the sound the tattoo needles make when I walk past parlors and how my main concern isn’t the pain but more of “what if i can’t deal with the pain once it starts then i will have like one line”. She began preparing all the tools and at the same time talked to me about random things, like telling me to tell her about myself, what I like etc. I knew it was a way to get my mind off the actual situation but it worked. And she even started singing and DAYYYUM that girl really can sing! It was soothing. I focused more on the music and less on the situation at hand. LOL

When she was about to start, she turned up the music so I would hear less of the bzzzzz from the needle and even asked if I’d like the music even louder. I can’t speak for other tattoo parlors cos obviously I’ve never been there but..I don’t think many people will be so considerate, right?

Then when she finally started I was like “….wtf? this was what I was so worried about?”. It wasn’t even painful at all! I mean, you do feel something but it’s really..it feels like a massage contraption. I almost fell alseep..it was actually quite soothing and nice. I can name so many things that hurt more than that. Like mouth ulcers, paper cuts, overly pushed in cuticles, accidentally scraping your gums with a sharp food, piercings.. really, the list is endless. I was actually still thinking that it’s too good to be true and maybe she’s saving the parts that hurt the most for the last but it never came and suddenly she said “We are done.”. I asked her if she was kidding. I told her it hurts less than pushing your fingernail into your skin and she said she’s never heard it described that way. But seriously, even I was surprised. . Before I went in I was expecting that I will have to bite my fingers to stop myself from screaming or that I would tear from the pain. The sadistic part in me even tried telling my brain “it hurts” when she was shading, but nope..still not painful.

Here’s the final, detailed view and also Ema’s rough sketch: FinalTattoo

From my shitty rough done in Microsoft PAINT, Ema did this amazing stuff. I’m SO EXTREMELY HAPPY with it. Like a proud parent..LOL

Anyway I think whether it hurts or not is also due to the skill of your tattooist? So Ema is very very very good. AND the studio is very clean and comfortable and not dingy old dodgy stuff.

Check out Vagabond Ink HERE or visit in person @333 Kreta Ayer Road #01-19, or contact Ema directly at: littleblackfeather@gmail.com

I can’t wait for my coloring appointment next month!! (Y)(Y)(Y)

*UPDATE:
Forgot to mention that Jiayi @ http://hawtvintage.blogspot.com was the one who brought this amazing place to my attention. THANKS BABE!

My First Tattoo @ Vagabond Ink

You Can’t Win – Kelly Clarkson

I have drafted a super long post but can’t post it yet, so I thought I’d share these lyrics first..I think these lyrics..are absolutely true. Maybe we should all just be a little less judgemental and learn to respect that everyone is fighting their own respective battles..

If you go
They say you’re following
If you don’t
Then you’re too good for them
If you smile
You must be ignorant
If you don’t – what’s your problem?
If you`re down – so ungrateful
And if you’re happy – why so selfish?
And you can’t win, no
You can’t win, no
The one who doesn’t quite fit in
Underdressed
Under your skin, oh
A walking disaster
Everytime you try to fly you end up falling out of line
Oh, you can’t
You can’t win, no
If you’re thin
Poor little walking disease
If you’re not
They’re all screaming obese
If you’re straight
why aren’t you married yet?
If you’re gay why aren’t you waving a flag?
If it’s wrong, you’re nailing it
If it’s right, you always miss
You can’t win, no
You can’t win, no
The one who doesn’t quite fit in
Underdressed

[From: http://www.metrolyrics.com ]
Song can be bought HERE

You Can’t Win – Kelly Clarkson