Saturday, 28 May 2016

Old Laundry Bar and Eatery, North Perth

It's been a while since I last visited Angove Street so when my friend Pen suggested we check out Miss Watson's Garden Cafe, I was in like Flynn. We didn't check out the menu before going but when we got there we realised it was more a cake and coffee venue than a kitchen offering a full breakfast, so after a coffee we walked across the road and found The Old Laundry. It was quite a coincidence because just the night before, friends had suggested we go for mid-week tapas and cocktails on a night when we don't have ballet. I had confused this with another venue in Northbridge with laundry in its name and dismissed the idea because like... Northbridge. Where do I park? Will the youth of today be there intimidating me? Do I catch an Uber? AHHH! I love Northbridge and the fabulous restaurants it offers but I do feel a sense of panic when I go there. 

The Old Laundry menu is exactly what I want to see when I go out for brunch... breakfast with a twist/things I don't have the skill to make. I'm getting to the stingy stage where if I see a menu with a very traditional breakfast that I think I can make myself, I'm out... I'd rather get a hash brown from Maccas and call it a day. 

We sat in the front bar section were service was efficient, friendly and seamless. Drinks came in a flash and after ordering when Pen wanted to ask for her poached eggs to be 'well done' (I know... please don't even start!), she found our waitstaff, amended her order and lo and behold when her order came, her eggs were well done. Yes... well done like a hard boiled egg.

I ordered a soy chai latte which I smashed. It was creamy and sweet and went down a treat. I suspect it was a powered chai because of the sweetness but I can't be sure. 

Both Pen and I ordered the Mushroom Bruschetta: toasted brioche (I had it on gluten free bread), feta mousse, dressed rocket and poached eggs. 

Thankfully there was no confusion in the kitchen and my eggs were perfect.#yolkporn 

We both commented that this was the best breakfast we'd had in a long time. The feta mousse was amazing - what neither of us realised (because we were engrossed in conversation) was that it was only on one piece of toast. Tip: ration that feta goodness. 

I can't fault my first visit to Old Laundry and can't wait to return.

Old Laundry Bar & Eatery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Asian Beauty enabling - May

I've followed my #nospendApril with a #lowbuyMay. It's not for lack of wanting things, I think I've just broken the cycle of impulsive shopping.

With that said, my new shopping behaviour hasn't stopped me from scouring the internet looking for good buys. Here are a few deals that caught my attention and have tempted me.

KMall24 - Free shipping on orders over $29.99

Global Interpark - Free Shipping page

Rakuten - 500 yen coupon

  • Expires 19th May 2016 

Friday, 6 May 2016

Zambrero, Waterford

My work pals and I have broken our #BibimbapFriday tradition and are slowly working our way through all of the eateries at Waterford Plaza. Other than Korean at Gangnam, we've also had burgers at Burger Edge and noodles at Kitchen Inn Express.

With Cinco De Mayo on Thursday, we decided our Friday lunch should keep in theme so we headed to Zambrero for some Mexican.

I had the beef nachos ($14.40) - pulled beef, melted cheese, tomato salsa, corn, red onion with guac, sour cream, jalapenos and chipotle sauce. It was ok. The beef was a bit cold and the cheese not melted properly. A generous serving of toppings and sauces and other than my gripe with the temperature, it was a tasty quick lunch.

Zambrero Waterford Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Burger Edge, Waterford Plaza

The 'Hub of the Hub' (read: my pals at work) had burgers for lunch last week at Burger Edge.

I had a Feel the Cheese burger which is a "mouth-watering burger, using 2 slices of melted tasty cheese on a flame grilled beef patty, topped with grilled onion and pickled cucumber, tomato sauce, baby cos lettuce and fresh cut tomato" on a gluten free bun.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Consumption - April

Back in 2012, my friend Zoe and I had a podcast called 'The Zoe and Pia Show'. We only recorded three episodes which we pulled off the internet when we were job hunting because quite frankly, although we were quite entertaining and hilarious, at times we sounded a bit dumb and this was not something we wanted our potential employers to hear. At the start of the show we would kick off with a section called 'Consumption' where we recapped things that we had been consuming in our lives from from food to books to events to shopping and everything in between. It was something that was fun to do so I thought that I'd start up a monthly consumption series on my blog.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

I can't believe I have a 12 step Korean skincare routine

Ampoules, serums, skin, sheet masks, wash off masks, essences… what is this madness?

When I was first introduced to the 10 step Korean skincare routine, I scoffed. Like really, who needs 10 steps? It seemed excessive and over the top, and not something I was willing to get on board with. It went against everything Western skincare and Dolly and Girlfriend magazines had taught me as a teenager in the 90s which boils down to the “less is more” motto. Yet here I am 12 months later and I’m not only on board, I’m the train driver and my routine contains more than the ‘basic’ 10 steps.

There are a few key things to note:
  • not all steps need to be done, sometimes I do a very scaled back version 
  • the order in which you put products on is important. Check out this blog post from Snow White and the Asian Pear
  • just because it's Korean, it doesn't mean it's good - most brands have good products and all brands have very average/bad products
  • expensive and 'prestige' lines do not guarantee quality 
  • price is not an indicator of effectiveness  
  • while it’s great to follow a popular blogger’s regime or buy the ‘must have’ on trend products, it’s also important remember that these products may not be right for your skin type and skincare goals. 

1. First cleanser (oil/sherbet cleanser): Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cleansing Oil 

I really like this. A lovely smell and quite a thick formulation. I would repurchase this. I'm not sure if I had a defective bottle but the Innisfree oil would get some run off down the neck when I pumped it.

I bought this in Busan and with the currency conversion in January 2016, it cost $21.44 AUD. Jolse often has 20% off Innisfree sales which makes is around $15US / $20 AUD (which includes shipping). When not on sale, it's $19 US/$24 AUD.

1. First cleanser (oil/sherbet cleanser): Banila Co Clean It Zero (not photographed) 

I use this one at night because it does a better job removing my makeup and sunscreen and it's so messy. The oils can get a bit drippy and messy. Love this product and not really on the hunt for anything better/different. It does what I need it to do. 

2. Second cleanse (foaming cleanser): La Roche Posay Toleriane Foaming Gel 

This is not a Korean or Asian product. Bought from Priceline in their 50% off sale which they have twice a year. It's a gentle 5.5pH cleanser that doesn't really foam and doesn't smell great but is pretty good and really easy to get.

It retails for $26 AUD. I would never pay full price for this so thankfully Priceline constantly have this range on sale ranging from 20%-50% off so this is the time to buy.

If you want to know more about why pH is important - head to Snow White and the Asian Pear's post Skincare Discovery: Why the pH of Your Cleanser Matters

3. pH balancing toner: Mizon AHA BHA toner (photographed in the wrong order) 

Because actives are most effective when skin is at a certain pH level, you can either use a pH balancing toner like the Mizon AHA BHA toner or you can wait until your skin naturally regulates. On the evenings I am using actives, the entire routine takes about an hour and a half, so if I can use something to speed up the process, I do.

I got this from RoseRoseShop because they offer free postage* on Mizon product for $14 AUD ($12.80US).

*While postage is free, you do have to pay $2 for registration.

4. Actives - Vitamin C serum: OST C20 

I use this most days once a day. It needs to be stored in the fridge and I wait 20 minutes after using it before I continue on with my routine. When I first put it on, it does sting a little bit. It's been great for fading hyperpigmentation scars. It is a little sticky and shiney.

I got this from Jolse for $20AUD which included postage.

5. Actives - BHA: COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid 

At most, I use this every second day but because of the wait time (20 minute), I usually use this 2-3 times a week.

BHA is a chemical exfoliant that is great for dealing with blackheads and clogged pores.

I bought this from Jolse for $25AUD ($18US).

6. Actives - AHA: Neostrata Ultra Smoothing Lotion 10 AHA 

Another non-AB (Asian Beauty)/Korean product. I use this after I use my BHA product because 20 minutes wait is a long time and I have things to do. Also I don't want to overexfoliate because apparently this is a thing that can happen.

This is another chemical exfoliant that helps to breakdown the 'glue' that holds dead skin cells together. This can sometimes sting my face but I do get very smooth and brightened skin from this product.

This is usually $52.99 AUD at Priceline. UM NO THANKS - luckily I bought it during the 50% off sale.

7. Hydrating toner: Mamonde Rose Water toner 

A beautiful smelling toner and very moisturising for a toner.
I bought this as a 1+1 from Arituam in Geoje for around the $20-25 AUD mark (so $12.50 each)

This is available from your usual Kbeauty haunts (Jolse, Rose Rose Shop, eBay) for about $ 25AUD which includes postage.

8. TonyMoly Intense Care Galactomyces First Essence 

I adore this product. It is the only galactomyces product I've used but when I had a much simpler routine, this was the only product that I can attribute to the brightening and evening out my skintone.

I got this as a free gift when I bought other products at TonyMoly in Geoje, Online this is around $40-45AUD.

9. HolySnails Shark Sauce 

A handmade product from blogger Holy Snails. Along with a few other products, this has attributed to assisting hyper-pigmentation scars fade.

Shark Sauce is a hydrating serum that features 5% Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and 3% N-Acetyl Glucosamine, which are an ideal combination for fighting hyperpigmentation.
It has licorice root (brightening), green tea (anti-inflammatory), and sea kelp bioferment (hydrating) as well as hyaluronic acid and sodium lactate for additional hydration.
Available from the Holy Snails store which is restocked every Sunday: 
$39AUD ($30 US) + postage.

10. Essence - night: COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence 


According to The Cut, snail mucus
... contains a potent combination of elastin, proteins, anti-microbials, copper peptides, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic acid — all known beauty enhancers. Snail mucin is said to do everything from fading dark spots and scars to plumping creases and battling acne.

Snail slime leaves me a little shiney so I save this one from my night routine.
I bought this one from Jolse for $21AUD ($15US).

10. Essence - day: Laneige Water Bank Essence 

I'm a little nonplussed by the product. If feels like a light moisturiser. I don't think it's working miracles but it doesn't break me out so I'll continue to use it but won't rebuy it.   I like to use this in the morning.

This was bought in an Arituam VIP pack for 30,000w (about $35AUD) which had a full sized Water Bank Essence, a mist and some deluxe samples of other products.

11. Cream - night: TonyMoly Prestige Wild Jeju Wild Ginseng Cream 

I wouldn't repurchase this. It doesn't smell like ginseng and is a little bit rich for my combination skin. I got this as a gift when I bought the cream and eye cream set.

At maybe $60AU, I think it's expensive for a product that is just ok.

11. Cream - day: Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser  (not photographed) mixed with Holy Snails Snowbang

As its name suggests, this is a very simple nothing moisturiser. I boost this by adding a few drops of Snowbang, a handmade essence packed with ceramides and hanbang (Korean herbs) extracts. 

Snowbang retails for $36US which is about $45AUD, while the Simple Moisturiser is around the $10AUD mark. 

12. Eye product - night: Hera Waterin Roll-on Eye Serum 

Another product that I wouldn't repurchase. It is a very light gel and apart from a cooling feel, I don't really feel or see any obvious benefits.

$47AUD bought from the Busan International Airport Dutyfree store.

Special care 

  • If I'm going outside, I wear sunscreen. Always. No exception. My current favourites are the Biore Watery Essence and for a waterproof sunscreen, I like the Missha All Around Safe Block Waterproof Sun Milk. 
So as you can see I have a 12, sometimes 15 step skincare routine. I'm not really sure how I got to this place but now that I'm here, I can't see myself scaling back to the old 3 step cleanse, tone, moisturise routine I grew up doing. Will I always have an elaborate skin care routine? I'm not sure.

Monday, 11 April 2016


What is #PUBLIC2016? 
In April 2016, FORM’S celebration of urban art and activation brought murals by leading international and Western Australian artists across Curtin University for PUBLIC Campus.

Who are FORM? 
FORM is an independent, non-profit cultural organisation established in 1968 that develops and advocates for excellence in creativity and artistic practice in Western Australia.

FORM has offices and a gallery space on Murray Street Perth, the Courthouse Gallery and Visitor Centre in Port Hedland, and Spinifex Hill Studios in South Hedland. Their programming spans regional and metropolitan Western Australia.