What’s in My Bag

Fun fact, I’m the granny bag lady type and what goes in my bag closely resembles the contents of Hermione Granger’s charmed one. Chances are if you need it, I’ve got it. I like to carry this pouch with me … Continue reading

OOTD Inspiration 2

OOTD Inspiration 2
A laid back easy look inspired by the girly grunge style of the 90s.

T shirt

Topshop jean shorts

Keds shoes

Black purse

Essie nail polish


Best Pore Minimizers

Pore minimisers are the essential beauty product every girl with oily and acne prone skin should invest in. This is a mandatory step in my daily make up routine and believe me it makes a big difference. It’s the closest thing to achieve that magazine airbrushed look. These divine products are excellent primers for your foundation to adhere on to, they mattify your skin which is a game changer when you have oily skin and make your pores invisible.

Here are my top picks :


The POREfessional by Benefit Cosmetics                               USD$ 30



Clean Slate Poreless 12 Hr Perfecting Primer by Tarte       USD$ 30



Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector by Clinique       USD$ 21



Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser by Maybelline                             USD$ 6.99


It is very important to keep your pores unclogged and clean. It will help reduce the appearances of blackheads and the number pimples you have. My tips on how to keep your pores in top notch condition :

  • Open up your pores with steam or just by placing a face towel soaked in hot water over your face. This will help your cleanser do it’s job much better
  • Exfoliate regularly. Here is a post all about face scrubs https://bubblycake23.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/best-face-scrubs-for-oilycombination-skin/
  • Use face masks and nose strips once a week to unclog your pores. A very good product that does  both is http://www.target.com/p/biore-charcoal-self-heating-mask-4-count/-/A-14934061
  • Wash face with cold water after cleansing to close up the pores. Follow with a toner preferably alcohol free to avoid stripping your face of any more oil.
  • Moisturise, moisturise and moisturise.

I hope this post helps anyone out there dealing with the trouble that comes with having greasy skin.

Fake it till you make it.

xox Mandy

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone! So I’ve been busy with dance rehearsals, tests and just catching up with some good friends. I was organising a social event with my friend at our college together and we were busy going over all the … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Single Girl

I’ve never really been  a fan of Valentine’s day and I’m not even sure what all the hype is about. It is very easy to get overwhelmed when you are being constantly bombarded by the media about how you need … Continue reading

Friday Favorites

I know everybody does this and I’m not even trying to make it original with a cutesy name but honestly I’m going to have to say one of the reasons for starting this blog was so that I could post … Continue reading

Travel Must Haves

One of my favorite things to do in life is travel. There is something about venturing into a different city, trying new things, taking in all the views and just broadening your horizons that make me feel alive. Travel should be more of a learning process than a break. Honestly if you want to relax, turn off your devices , stock up on your comfort food, run a bath and binge watch whatever show or movie you feel like! When I travel I like to feel more like a local than a typical tourist, I love taking pictures but I prefer to live in the moment more. It’s a wonderful feeling and I believe for the most part it helps you to become a better person. Now I’m thinking I might start a travel series ( Travel Thursdays anyone ? ), but to kick it off I wanted to share my travel must haves. Whether I’m boarding a 17 hr flight or a 2 hr one, here is a list of things that I always have in my carry on :


1. Headphones

No need of an explanation here. I always have my headphones with me, no matter where I go. When I travel I prefer the noise cancelling type. The ones I’m currently using are by the brand FRENDS and it is in the yellow gold and white colour. 



2. Dry Shampoo

I have a very oily scalp and my hair begins to look greasy after a certain point so this is a life saver. It’s a quick and simple way to refresh your look without going through too much trouble. My personal favourite is the Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo. It works best for me and doesn’t leave any white residue.



3. Phone Charger

Make sure to keep your phone turned off or on airplane mode while you are on the flight or else your battery will die out. I usually carry my charger in my purse because many flights these days have power points in your seats so you can charge your device in flight.  Another product that I have my eye on is the Juice Cube. It is an ingenious device that can store up to a full battery of charge so when you are running low on power just plug it in and voila ! Your phone will be brought back to life.



4. Travel Size Perfume 

Travel size perfumes, body sprays or even just those samples you get in magazines or the department store. Bring one with you,  it will instantly refresh you once you land.



5.  Tissues and Tylenol

It is extremely easy to catch a cold on whilst traveling. I suffer from chronic sinusitis and in order to stay well during my trip I always have my allergy medicine with me. Personally I also keep Sinex with me because it acts as a sleeping aid during long flights. Tylenol will help you weather jet lag more easily and just do what it does best, relieve pain. Tissues are a necessity because you will never know when you will need it the most.


6. Hand Sanitser and Wet Wipes

You will come in contact all kinds of germs and things just ready to make you fall sick. Don’t forget to carry either a sanitiser or wet wipes with you.


7. Neck Pillow

To prevent a neck cramp and just to help you relax because we all know how comfortable traveling really is. It’s all about feeling better and enjoying the ride.


8. Magazines

This is mandatory for me, but it doesn’t have to be just magazines. Bring a book, newspaper or download a movie or an episode of your favourite show. It helps kill the time and also I’m just obsessed with magazines!


Finally my last tip is something that I read in an article in SEVENTEEN magazine years ago! This acronym is going to make sure you don’t leave the most important things (except for your ticket, DO NOT FORGET THAT) behind before you head out, whether you are just leaving your house to run an errand or traveling across the country.



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That about sums it up for my first travel related post. I hope this helps, please hit subscribe and happy travels !