I found the perfect natural moisturiser for my face. I used shea butter for the first time on my skin last year when I bought Sprout Wellness Cream, $32. My skin responded really well to it, as I am always looking at ingredients list, the main one was shea butter.
I was not prepared to pay $32 again so I decided to buy the unscented handcrafted shea butter from Alaffia for $8. It is unrefined and smells earthy, which I really enjoy. It is so good for my dry, tight skin that easily breakouts from absolutely anything. It moisturises and creates a barrier. I think it is a good natural alternative to Vaseline petroleum jelly.
My skin has been well moisturised and hasn’t broken out at all. The texture is grainy and melts into a butter. It is a little hard to work with since it is quite solid but a little bit goes a long way. It naturally contains vitamin a and e too. I also put it on my lips and in my hair.
I love finding gems like this because I like to avoid chemicals and animal tested products wherever possible. Alaffia is a beautiful fair trade brand that runs many projects that help the community and the environment. I am always happy to buy from them.
With the much anticipated warm weather, it goes hand in hand with some spring cleaning!
I did some deep cleaning yesterday in the kitchen and today in the washroom. The energy, or “chi” has really changed for the better. I like to do a bit everyday or else I’ll end up with a sore back but every little bit makes a difference in terms of feeling light and generally positive! I really wish the hub didn’t have so much stuff! Our living area and wardrobe have something left to be desired, but such is life.
I am originally from Australia, and the living costs are quite high there, so I would say it is quite comparable. However I find fruits to be quite expensive as they are mainly imported. I feel like fruits are a luxury here, which is a bit sad considering we get them in boxes in Australia.
In saying that, it is not impossible to live cheaply! Living 15 minutes outside of the city is a lot cheaper than living inside the city. You can get a bigger place outside the city if you are used to living in larger spaces. All of our friends live outside of the city. My hubby and I were lucky to find a western style apartment in the city but it is costly!
Tokyo is a modern city with dots of history, which I enjoy the most about being here. I love discovering the past and I am always in awe when I find out new things. It is quite honestly an ugly place for the most part, you’ll know what I mean when you see it.
My favourite part is that it is really safe here! No one will ever rob you, if you ever ask for help, the people are always very helpful and like to go out of their way.
People usually don’t have cars in the city because it is darn expensive to get a parking spot and there is no need. The transportation system is so convenient and with practice it is easy.
Oh and the toilet seats are warm haha.
I notice you like anime stuff, hubby and I like to watch anime too. You’ll find that people don’t usually openly express their like for anime here because being an otaku is somewhat seen as a bad thing here. But don’t let that discourage you. Hubby and I like anime but we’re still cool haha. Just gotta rock it ;D
My advice to you since you are young is to study the language with all your might! If you can do that, then your life here will be much easier in terms of job prospects, socialising, etc. I regret not studying it with full force while I was younger. I’m not old now per se but I am definitely more adult now and things don’t absorb as quickly!
Another important thing to know is that salaries here are quite low, the average is maybe about $36,000 a year. If you can work in a specialised field or are loyal and stick with the same company for your whole life, you can earn higher. There are so many jobs in the programming side of things for games and all that jazz. They also have a lot of finance jobs too.
If you have anything specific you want to know, feel free to ask!
Hi, no worries! Yes, I am living in Tokyo :) if you have any questions about Japan, I’ll do my best to answer them!
When the time comes, I would like to rent a wedding dress or get something I can wear again because I don’t want to be stuck with it, taking up space in my closet forever after one use.
I have loved using soaps for a few years, and I delved into the icky side of soap lately that everyone hates about soap. Commercial soaps remove all the glycerin that is a natural byproduct of the soapmaking process. In short, they dry your skin out like a mofo. The reason they remove the glycerin is so they can put it in other skincare products like lotions, to put on after the soap dries your skin out. See what they did there???
Handmade soaps still retain their moisturising properties, which is why I loved using them so much. But using commercial soaps have made my skin so dry, sensitive and itchy. I hate them a lot! I will go back to Chagrin Valley soaps once I finish up what I have in the summer when my skin isn’t so dry. Dr Bronners didn’t dry me out either.
I believe that we are no different to animals, we’re all living things.
I believe that there may be more to life, something more important.
I believe that there may be more places other than heaven, hell and earth.
I believe that nothing is permanent.
I believe that life is a series of lessons to be learnt.
I believe in being a good person and leading an honest life without the need of anyone telling me I need to.
I believe that we are never alone, there is always someone looking out for us.
I believe in being true to who I am, no matter how unconventional.
I believe in being mindful of my actions impacting people and things beyond me.
I believe in always being positive, always smiling, always being calm and content, always feeling, always being a ray of light in the world.
People do not wear sunglasses in Japan! Even in summer. I was so confused by this and I looked it up why this is the case.
It is because they see it as suspicious and just an accessory, rather than serving a purpose. So I haven’t worn sunglasses in a very long time and I miss it. Maybe I need to dress a little more touristy or less gangster-like (not that I try to) so that my sunglasses can be accepted and don’t appear suspicious? I don’t know, any thoughts?
1. Turn off wifi on your phone.
2. Go to sleep.
Your welcome :D
My hair has been falling out a lot in the past year and it has been a cause of sadness for me. I’ve always been the one with the long, crazy mane. I had no idea what to do and how to stop it from falling out even more.
Luckily, I figured it out with some common sense. For the past year, I haven’t been out in the sun as much as I used to, being indoors a lot more than ever.
So I did a quick search on Google and it turns out vitamin D and hair loss are correlated. Hurray! I was so happy to find the source of my problems. For the past two to three weeks, I have been out in the sun a lot more.
Spring is here, so it is a nice time to be out at our local park, Ueno Park. Five minutes of sun, uncovered everyday or every other day is enough. I’ve been making an effort to getting some sun on a daily basis to boost my vitamin d quickly, but only because I know I am quite resilient in the sun and don’t burn easily. But I think that anyone who tries this should use their common sense to the dangers of burning and skin cancer.
After the first week, I already noticed a reduction. I noticed my hair doesn’t come out in crazy handfuls as it has been for a while. When I run my fingers through my hair, only one hair falls out. My hair is so thin now but I hope that it can grow back again to its former glory.
Hope this helps someone.
I’m no doctor though, so take this advice with a grain of salt. This is from my personal experience.