Archive for April, 2012

Hi Everybody,

Which one do you use, cotton pads or hands, when you apply a toner?

I like to use my hands when I apply a toner for several reasons.

When I touch my skin by applying a toner, I am able to know and feel my skin condition.

I can tell even a small difference in my skin condition because I touch my skin everyday.

“Hmmm….Today, my skin feels a bit dry. I will apply a toner a bit more than usual and put on a richer moisturiser.”

By knowing my skin condition, I can modify my skin care routine for the day. Plus, your skin can absorb a toner better by warming your skin with your hands.

Also, I sort of believe “a power of the hand“. I believe hands naturally have a power to heal you and give you an energy.

In fact, when I cover my face with both my hands, I feel better by the warmth and energy from my hands and feel my skin becomes hydrated.

Lastly, I feel using cotton pads every morning and night are not ecologically friendly. Plus, cotton pads absorb so much of the toner. I feel it is a bit of a waste… Sorry I am a bit stingy !

But please do not get me wrong. I think there is a pro for using a cotton pad.

I understand some people who use a toner as secondary cleansing would like to use a cotton pad. In that case,  I would recommend them to use very good quality cotton pads (ideally organic), otherwise, it may damage your skin by the rough surface on the cotton pads.

If you use a cotton pad for hydrating purposes, pat a cotton pad on your face lightly (never pull or pad hard) or place it on dry area of your face for a while.

I do have cotton pads at home. Sometimes I use them for change 🙂 When I use a cotton pads, I apply the residual to my neck and arms, so that the toner will not be wasted.

Thank you for reading and ciao for now

Yoko xoxo


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Hi Everybody,

Hope you had a nice and enjoyable Easter holiday 🙂

I read an interesting article researching between “people who can tidy up” and “people who cannot tidy up“.

According to the research, there seems to be a difference between their characters.

People who can tidy up tend to be a bit impatience, compared to average people, but they tend to listen to people and not to say harsh things to people.

They tend to be cooperative, be punctual, make quick decisions, and manage their belongings well.

On the other hand, people who cannot tidy up tend not to listen to people, tend to act from more selfish motives, tend to be unpunctual, and are indecisive. Also, they cannot throw away things and cannot manage their belongings.

There seems to be a difference between their lifestyle.

People who can tidy up tend to sleep well and wake up early in the morning, compared to the average person.  They tend not to watch TV much, often cook at home and make plans on what to buy before going for shopping.

They tend to put away their clothes straight after taking them off and organise mails at the time of receipt.  They tend to decide where they put their things and not to hold on to many things.

On the other hand, people who cannot tidy up tend not to sleep well and cannot wake up smoothly in the morning. They tend to watch TV a lot and shop  impulsively.

They tend not to organise, not to put things away straight away after using them, not to decide where they put things, and tend to hold a lot of things. They tend not to exercise and they are reluctant to move their body.

Speaking of health, people who cannot tidy up tend to be a bit fat, and have some health troubles such as a lapse of memory, depression, allergy, insomnia, and low blood pressure.

Does this apply to you or people who you know? I would love to hear your comment !

Thank you for reading and ciao for now.

Yoko xoxo

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Hi Everybody,

Today, I will introduce a very easy and effective Japanese beauty tip, that I would like you to include in your beauty routine. I read there are many Japanese actresses and models  that do this everyday. Also, there are even many books about this tip published in Japan.

It is…

“To drink warm water that cools down to 40-50 degrees after boiling in the kettle.”
That’s it…!

You might say, “No way, is that all? That would not do anything!”

In Japan, when there was no tea available, they served warm water to their guests.

According to  Ayurveda (traditional system of medicine practiced in India), they say it is good for your health to take something which has a good balance of “fire“, “water” and “air“.

So, they say this water is a balanced water by bringing energy from adding “fire” to water and then adding “air to water during the boiling process.

So, what does this water do for you? For example…

  • Help detox wastes from your body
  • Improve your skin and health condition by this detox effect
  • Settle the condition of your stomach
  • Help improve swellings
  • Warm up your body, raise your body temperature and increase your metabolism
  • Help lose your weight by increasing metabolism and burning fat effectively

So, what is the effective way to drink this water? It seems there are a number of different ways to drink it. Some say you should drink 1.5-2 liters per day, but I feel this is a bit too much. So I would recommend the following way.

1. Drink one cup first in the morning.

I think this is the best time as your body dehydrates over night. Also, it warms up your body and helps relieve constipation. Drink this warm water with a relaxing feeling at start of your day.

2. Drink one cup during a meal.

It is said that it warms up your internal organs and helps you digest food well.

3. Drink a half cup at night.

Try to drink 1-2 hours before going to bed, so that you would not feel like going to toilet during your sleep.

You may want to drink a cup after taking a bath, doing some exercise, or a massage.

This is such a super easy beauty tip, so hope you will start doing this from today!

Thank you for reading and ciao for now.

Yoko xoxo

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