This is a site updates entry, with a small portion of some health and skincare tips, so I apologize if the former isn’t really of your interest. But, it does have something to do with this site altogether.
I’ve already introduced Symmetry to my Instagram, as well as a few number of Asian Beauty-related Facebook groups I’ve joined, even though I’ve also mentioned how brand-new this is and that there isn’t much significant content to present. My own guess is that those from my Instagram and Facebook groups would probably be more interested in reading my upcoming Reviews section than everything else I’ve written about, especially an entry such as this one. So, with this site updates entry, I’m going to let everyone know why it’s been taking so long for me to post up my very first product review. Well, there are a couple reasons why, and they’re listed below.
This headache of a feature called “custom post types”
In case you haven’t paid attention much to the footer section of the site, there is a link to my Disclaimers and Other Notices. As mentioned there, I built the site from the ground up. This includes the planned content, how the layout is going to look like, sample wireframes here and there, choosing a good base parent theme and create a child theme using the parent theme’s most basic features, choosing the color schemes and a few background images here and there, choosing the right font combinations, and even drafting different types of logos to give the blog its own kind of branding. There are others that I’ve done on my own with this site, but I’ll write all about that in a later update on my learning journal.
So, on WordPress, I want to create a custom post type, so that when I write my reviews, it would be more like “fill in the blanks” method instead of me doing a lot of the manual stuff with the CSS styling of some text, headers, etc. I’m currently using Themify‘s post type builder plugin since I’m a lifetime member of Themify, so everything they sell over there is for free. There aren’t too many tutorial videos or documentation for this plugin (or perhaps I’ve missed it somewhere in my account dashboard), and even though I followed everything step-by-step, the previous of my sample review posts aren’t looking good.
So yeah, square one.
Paid Web Project
As my side job, I do a bit of freelancing. I’m freelancing with web development, most specifically with sites powered by WordPress. Of course, my attention would have to turn to this project, as it does have time constraints. I do keep a notebook of all the products I have tried and provide my notes and thoughts that would eventually become a full-length review. I also keep a separate mini-notebook of future must-buy shopping lists and carry it around with me wherever I go. I could have just used my notepad apps on my phone or Kindle, for example, but I’m much faster writing by hand and pen/pencil than struggle with the sensitivity of the touchscreens.
This new project that I’m working is also a business site. It’s the first time that I’m creating a business site, therefore, it wasn’t just me building the site according to client specifications, but also a lot of research was needed for me to have an ideal overview of what this particular business site should be like. I also did some research on other existing websites that are on the same field as the one I’m working on so I can find some inspiration. I’ve found a few, which is a good thing, however, there is one thing that I now have to do before I start working on the site itself.
I’m recreating the logo for the business too. More about this one on my learning journal blog in the near future.
A few skin care tips: under your eyes
Because of my rather physical-heavy part-time job that I have, I usually need my nap to recover when I get home. Naps are supposed to be only 15-20 minutes, but because of the physical intensity of this part-time job, I end up sleeping for an hour, sometimes an hour and a half.1 And when that happens, it’s hard to even sleep early at night because you still got some energy left for you to stay up and do what you were supposed to do that earlier afternoon. I’m very guilty with this.
And when this happens, I end up not having enough sleep for the night. This also means, fine lines, fine wrinkles, and worse, eyebags, start to appear right beneath my eyes. Years ago, I had really bad, noticeable eye bags because of this. Today, I’m beginning to sleep a little earlier as much as I can2 and now I’m left with just the fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, I do a lot of smiling when I’m in a good mood, but sometimes, too much smiling can also cause these fine lines and wrinkles, especially underneath the eyes.
I’m still trying to master the maintenance of my under eye area by minimizing and reducing, if not completely ridding of these under eye fine lines and wrinkles (and eye bags too), but I have found a few tips that have proven more or less effective:
- Make sure you get enough sleep, at least 7-8 hours.3
- Drink plenty of water all day.4
- Find a good eye cream and apply the eye cream every morning and every night.5
- If needed, find a good cooling eye patch6 and place them on your eyes. Leave them on for some 15-20 minutes.
- Facial sunscreen. Daily. Hot or cold. Sun or clouds. The environment’s air may give you some cooling, but the air can also be your skin’s mortal enemy.
I rarely do the second to the last tip, but I do the second and third and doing as much as I can with the first. I also began making a habit of my last tip too. In regards to eye creams, any eye cream would do, even those over the counter drugstore types. The only hard part is, of course, targeting the right types of eye creams that you may find effective against the conditions of your under eyes. This is where you use your own skin as a guinea pig to test some of these eye creams out when you can. I’ve done that before. Sometimes, samples don’t really help and that I need the actual product so that I can use more of it for a much longer time to see results.
The current eye cream I’m using now? I’m currently using Elizavecca Gold CF-Nest White Bomb eye cream. It has high quality natural ingredients, as well as hints of 24K gold in the formulation. The key ingredients have whitening properties,7 but it’s really effective and does its job of minimizing my fine lines and wrinkles and actually depuffing a bit of my under eye area.8 The packaging is very cute also, and it would look like a product that you would purchase at high-end beauty stores like Sephora, but this wonder eye cream is only sold close to $10 retail price. More elaborate review on this eye cream at a later time.
And that is it! It’s quite late here now, so I will be taking my slumber now.
Till next time!
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- but never 2+ hours [↩]
- on the other hand, my work hours help in a way too, since I start a little later mid-morning… [↩]
- The sad part with my really weird sleeping habits is that whenever I sleep early, I wake up late (8+ hours sleep). When I sleep late, I wake up early. (-6 hours sleep) [↩]
- because my part-time job is very labor-intensive, hydrating myself with a lot of water really helps. I also drink a lot of water too at home. Of course, I still have my morning coffee and my (sometimes) nighttime tea… [↩]
- finally got to this eye cream habit! [↩]
- cucumber slices? [↩]
- and some of you may know how I feel about “skin whitening products”… more on that some other time… [↩]
- these puffs that will eventually become eye bags… [↩]