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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A wedding weekend #OOTD #FOTD

It's very seldom that I post up pictures of myself and my OOTDs, this will be one of those rare times that I felt that I looked decent enough to post online. 

I have been exploring new cosmetic brands that are super dollar friendly and yet of AWESOME quality for the buck you are paying for. I am in love with Catrice's matte lipsticks! 


Okay okay, I know I look like a drowned rat in drag with my wet hair in this picture. I promise it will get better in the next few pictures ok? 

What's on my face: 



Primed with Olay Regenerist revitalizing hydration cream moisturizer with SPF15. I personally swear by this and my skin loves and soaks it up every time I apply this on.   

The Body Shop Seaweed Pore Perfector on my T-Zone (I cannot live without this for controlling my kuali-prone areas!). 

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream. A really nice moisturizing cream for under the eyes where I tend to go very dry. A little dot of this eye cream goes a LONG way!  

For powder/foundation/concealer:

No surprise here. It's my holy grail to all concealers and I am never EVER going to change this. The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer in the shade Medium. I  slap this under my eyes where I terribly need it most. I blame it on the late nights and me being a light sleeper. Blended in with my trusty Real Techniques makeup sponge. 



I love my Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation from Tarte when I cannot be bothered with liquid foundations yet I want to have a base that gives great coverage that is buildable. 

I can't remember what I used for my eyes, maybe I will recreate this look and post up all the colors that I have used especially for my eye look. Otherwise, here's a photo collage of the basics that I used to finish my look off. 


As you can tell, I am a big fan of drugstore makeup. You might surprise yourself how such simple brands may work better or just as well in comparison to higher end makeup. 


See see! I told you the picture gets better and no longer like a drowned rat! I blow dried my hair and curled inwards to give it a vintage pseudo pin-up look. 
**Pardon my messy unmade bed in the background. (I literally jumped out of bed and straight into the shower. I promise I made my bed after the photo was taken ok?)**

Well, it was my cousin's wedding and I had to show up and spend the whole day in my (borrowed) vintage kebaya top. 
The color theme for the ladies was peach and men in batik. Well, this was the only 'peach' I could manage. Dug up my mess of the wardrobe and lucky me, I found a sarong that still fit, and matches the top. 

I do hope that you like this post. Till then, happy holidays! Xx

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter

I have been using the Olay Advanced Cleaning system and using a facial cleanser with it was a little bit of a pain in the butt with the cleanser flying off the brush head even before I got the brush to touch my skin. Then I heard about the Chamomile Cleansing butter from The Body Shop from essiebutton

So I popped by The Body Shop and got myself a tub of the cleansing butter, and two perfume oils (Indian Night Jasmine & Atlas Mountain Rose). Psst, always do check out the perks you can get before heading down to The Body Shop for any awesome promos during this GSS if you are a member. 


Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter:

(**description from the website)
**This cleanser is an indulgent make-up remover for the whole face. It gently and efficiently melts away make-up and impurities, leaving skin feeling clean, refreshed and pampered.

  • Gently melts away make-up
  • Leaves skin feeling clean and petal-soft
  • Removes all types of make-up
  • Suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers
  • Priced at SGD26.90 at all The Body Shop outlets.

    I do have normal/combination oily skin and I did not breakout from the use of this product. However, I did not make this a normal daily routine, I do use this product twice to three times a week with my Olay Advanced Cleansing System (which is soon to be replaced with a Clarisonic) where I want a deep cleansing after basic makeup removal with my Watsons cleansing wipes.

    After cleansing, the face feels clean and supple without feeling tight. However you might like to use a warm washcloth to help remove all waxy/oily residual cleanser. Make sure that you do use warm water to help wash off all traces of cleanser. 

    The scent of the product is a beautiful, light floral scent which is non-offensive and just reminds me of a pretty young girl who has just picked fresh wild flowers from the fields (hey, I have pretty vivid imaginations with scents and taste, haha!) 

    Overall, I really love this cleansing balm for days that I really feel like pampering myself. Highly recommended! 

    Saturday, November 7, 2015

    Three Beauties Pressed Powder

    An impromptu trip to Mustafa Centre led me to wander across the makeup isles and wanting to try the classic Three Beauties pressed powder. Hey, it was $3.70 and why not give it a try? 


    I am in the shade 01 Natural. This product claims to be shine free, sebum control, non-comodogenic and has a flawless finish. 

    Verdict? I love it (apart from its slightly strong perfume-y scent, which I have come to overcome and doesn't bother me at all.) as an everyday powder which is cheap as chips! It doesn't melt off my face on super hot days and doesn't break me out at all. My T-zone is naturally oily with any pressed powder I use anyway so it's really a great one to have if you are on a budget or want to be a little adventurous in trying out 'underdog' brands of makeup. So far so good! 

    Let me know in your comments what other makeup brands which are always passed and surprise you. I would love to try out your suggestions! 

    Monday, June 9, 2014

    Estée Lauder Private Sale Haul

    Up early on a Saturday after a full on night out. What for, you ask? Why, it's the inaugural Estée Lauder Private Sale of course! 

    The bare faces of two women who got home at 3am and then started queuing at 9am. Need coffee! 

    The mayhem of the sale venue. I must say from the years of going for these events, the choice of venue was a much better one since there were lots of space and much much less pushing from kiasu-kiasi people. 

    The loot I ended up with. Wasn't too keen on the makeup because pretty much I had all the colours, (I don't need another shimmerbrick of similar tone, and another nude palette. I am actually lemming for either the Lorac Pro 1/2 & Lorac Unzipped haha!) 
    Prices were actually pretty good if you use Clinique skincare especially. A bar of their mild soap cost $10 and the toners cost $10-$12. 

    Starting with skincare, I got the much raves about Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream and the Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil. I was on a hunt for good eye creams and cleansing oil for waterproof makeup removal. 

    I got a small bottle of the Clinique Exfoliating Lotion. Just trying a small bottle in case I break out like I did close to 7 years ago when I used the whole range of Clinique Skincare. Nightmare! 

    I got these three because I already had the automatic pen (picked that up at the airport eons ago) and needed the refills. 
    At $10 each, I just grabbed the last 3 in shade Dark Brown. Hey, it's something that I use on a daily basis! And RRP for the refills are usually double the price.  


    Inspired by essiebutton, the Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense in shade Intense Plum sucked me into getting it. 
    It was a creamy formula that played on the eyes with its "is it plum, purple or navy?" So so pretty! 

    Only 3 lip products ended up in my basket/plastic bag. 
    Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer: a sheer plum lipstick. 
    Swatch: 

    Bobbi Brown Ruby Shimmer Lipstick: a sheer red wine tone with shimmers.
    Swatch:

     Last of the three is Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Siren Red which is an orange-red lipgloss which has quite pigmented and has a jelly texture to it. 
    Swatch:

    Last in the bag was a MAC 215 medium shader brush. Which I needed, and was a steal compared to the RRP when not on sale.


    Overall, I found that this time the sale had quite a selection of products, but I wasn't really interested in the products offered mainly because I was eyeing on other items like the Hourglass and Charlotte Tilbury makeup range and also Lorac Pro Palettes. So mainly I picked up more practical items when I needed. Clinique Skincare and Estée Lauder Skincare was going for a song and if you are using their skincare, this sale would be a great time to stock up. 

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

    Makeup MAYhem #3 (Belated!) - Mini Watsons Haul : Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish,Essence Cosmetics, EOS, Queen Helene

    A little gander with a girlfriend at Yew Tee means we had to pop into Watsons and check out the make up there. I was very impressed with the range of makeup available there. Loads of Japanese makeup and they had an Essence Cosmetics stand. 
    I picked up these: 
    I was just delighted to see that they had the new Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polishes stocked up with all the colours. I have been wanting to buy two shades in particular : African Tea Rose (I am a sucker for rose ANYTHING, except the flower. Haha!) and Ginger Melon. These colours are so spring and cheery, I just had to have them! Priced at $12.90 each

    I also picked up the Essence Cosmetics XXXL Shine Lipgloss in the shade Glamour To Go. Such a pretty metallic nude which is very shiny and makes your lips look deliciously plump. No sticky feeling, gorgeous colour payoff on this one and the price? A whopping $3.90! The lipgloss comes with a pretty large applicator, which I think is a little overkill, but at the price, one can't fault it at all. 

    Swatches: 

    Look at how beautiful the color is by itself, and will look absolutely beautiful over a nude lipstick to give that extra oomph and shine. These lipglosses are very moisturizing, not gloppy or sticky at all. 
    You can bet I will be heading to get more colours sometime soon. *big grin* 

    I had to try out Essence's mascaras just because the price range was ridiculously cheap, one could wonder what cheap as chips mascaras are even any good. Imagine this, price range of $4.50 - $5.90 (don't take my word for this, I am just plucking numbers off my head as I try to remember the prices).  Verdict: Huge-as* wand, and great smooth formula with no clumping. I had about two coats on, no smudging throughout the day and doesn't weigh down my eyelashes. I don't curl my lashes because they are not long to begin with and they have a slight curl to them already. Quite chuffed at this find! 

    And let's take a moment here to admire the colour of this nail polish, shall we? 

    Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish in African Tea Rose. Yes, it does have a light tea rose scent once the polish dries. A cheerful fuchsia that puts a smile to anyone who loves pink, me thinks. Doesn't it? I haven't really had the Ginger Melon shade a full go, but a swatch on a few digits left me sniffing my fingers because they did smell like faint sweet melons! Ha! 

    Well, it is the summer holidays and soon the GSS will make it's way around. What's your latest awesome find from the shops? 

    Monday, May 26, 2014

    Makeup MAYhem #2: Catrice Cosmetics

    The problem about wandering off alone during during lunch just means there is no one to drag you away from cosmetic stands. 

    So yes, a skip and hop to Catrice Cosmetics stand left me leaving with two of these gorgeous Infinite Shine Lipglosses and probably 43862 swatches on the back of my hand. 


    Now do you know why I left with these two gorgeousness? I just personally think that they should change the name of this product to lip lacquers because of their SUPER pigmented colours. The packaging on this product looks like MAC lipglasses and they don't look cheap at all! Price tag: $5.90! Ka-chinggg!! I left skipping out of Guardian with Pink Twice (top), which is a beautiful, a wee bit metallic fuchsia and Walk The Coraline (bottom), which is a gorgeous coral colour with very teeny tiny glitter. 

    Swatches:
    My skin tone is Tarte's light-medium neutral shade for reference. Look how pigmented "Walk The Coralina" is. The formula is non-sticky and (bonus!)with no funky smell or taste. 

    A swatch of "Pink Twice". Almost an electric fuchsia with equally pigmented formula. So so so beautiful! This reminded me of a Chanel lipgloss I had many many many moons ago (forgot the name, ha!) 

    That's it, I am going back for more Catrice products! Go getchoo some! 

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

    Real Techniques review - Makeup MAYhem Day #1

    After lemming for a while, I bought two Real Techniques brushes and two of their Miracle Complexion Sponges via www.iherb.com I did check the brushes out at Watsons and compared the prices online with shipping. Update: Real Techniques now ship worldwide from their website and they just launched their limited edition palettes! 

    If you didn't know, Real Techniques was founded by Sam and Nic Chapman, or better known as pixiwoo on YouTube. There two ladies are pro makeup artists and have many, many years of experience is the industry. Loads of makeup tutorials and tips on their YouTube channel. 

    The brushes are fully synthetic (Taklon) and are really plush and soft on my skin. 

     
    What I got: 
    a) Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge USD6.00 
    b) Real Techniques Your Finish/Perfected Blush Brush USD9.00 
    c) Real Techniques Your Base/Flawless Powder Brush USD9.99

    The blush brush is very soft and fluffy and picks up quite a decent amount of product. Be careful with ultra pigmented products, you do not want to end up looking like a geisha, gah! Picture above shows the size comparison against my cheek show you the size of the brush head. Pardon my red eyes, this picture was taken at 6am in the morning as I was getting ready for work. Picture below shows you the brush size against my Jill Stuart Blusher.


    Verdict: 
    The two brushes are really value for money. Good quality brushes without breaking the bank. Highly recommended! So far no shedding yet. Fluffy and not scratchy on the skin. 

    The Miracle Complexion Sponge is a dream to work with. If you use liquid foundations, a damp sponge helps you really blend in and gives you a flawless finish compared to a foundation brush which can give you streaky brush lines if you do not blend well. I have never owned or used a Beauty Blender, but what I have heard from other beauty bloggers and YouTube gurus, the RT blending sponge is VERY comparable to the Beauty Blender. Please do make sure you wash your sponge thoroughly at least once a week of usage. Die die must try!