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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! 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Major Zalora shoes haul

It has been a while that I bought shoes. Honest. It came to a point where a number of my heels were falling apart, and you know what I mean by shoes falling apart especially in our tropical weather. I threw out 4 pairs of Aldo shoes and that is an easy $450 in the bin. Worn to death, worn to our weather torture. Its a horrible feeling to have to bin the shoes really.So I did a cleanup to what needs to be thrown out, fixed or donated. I honestly don't think I made a dent in how much stuff I own. 

Back to shoes! I had a 15% off discount coupon code from www.zalora.sg and I took the opportunity to replace the shoes I had thrown out. I also got two pairs of cheapie sunglasses to chuck in the car. 

Well, here's the loot:

 It was basically a mountain of parcels. Excite! 
Beware, picture heavy post coming up.


Yes, I bought 7 pairs of shoes! These puppies cost less than half the cost of the 4 pairs of Aldos that went to their grave. Pardon the mess in the background, we moved (yet again) last summer :D 


1) Ezra Cut Out Pointed Wedge in Nude 
    SGD29.90


What a beauty! Sexy peekaboo cutouts

And because I love the design so much, I bought the exact in black.

b) Ezra Cut Out Pointed Wedge in Black
    SGD29.90


Love how edgy yet playful this pair is.


c) Ezra High Heel Mule Sandals in Red 
    SGD29.90


d) Koumi Koumi Noddy Aztec Print Wedges in Nude 
    SGD22.00


e) Ezra Pointed Toe Slingbacks in Blue 
    SGD29.90


So chic with pants, don't you think? 


f) Edge LORA Peeptoe Monochrome Striped Wedges 
   SGD37.50


Cutout wedge detail.


g) Velvet Qlaudia Patent Pointed Heels in Lime 
    SGD17.94

h) Top: Something Borrowed : Cat-Eyed Sunglasses SGD$17.90
    Bottom: Something Borrowed : Oval Reflective Sunglasses SGD$17.90
**There was a promotion for Something Borrowed brand; 30% off bundle deal for min. 2 items so $10.74 off for these two babies!**

Delivery for Zalora is amazingly quick! At most, I waited for 2 days for my orders, delivered to my doorstep. Great for last minute wardrobe headaches. The postman (in this case, postlady), got shocked because I opened the door for her even before she got to my doorstep, haha! All thanks to my two cats who would greet anyone at the door even before they would come up to ring the doorbell. 

Highly recommend to check Zalora out if you haven't. Hey, even their return system is pretty easy too! Thanks for stopping by!



Saturday, April 26, 2014

Essence Cosmetics : Colour & Go nail polish review

I picked this up at Watsons a while back on a lunch run. At about $3.70 (I think?) each, heck, I just got one to try out the formula and quality of their makeup and nail polishes. 

(Pardon my veiny and wrinkly hand.) 
I got the shade 111 English Rose. A pretty dusty pink with mauve and plum tones which suits my skin tone perfectly. The formula was non streaky and one coat was already pretty pigmented! Here I have two coats and Seche Vite top coat on. You can actually go with one coat and out the door in a jiffy, I would say. 

Verdict: At less than $4 for 8ml of polish, I'd say "Yes!" Bang for your buck, twice over!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pantone color 2014: Radiant Orchid


And of course I have to do my nails in this gorgeous color from Maybelline color Show in Lavender Lies. Accent nail is painted with Ciatè Fit for a Queen. Loving it! 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Overdue drugstore makeup haul alert!

Over Christmas, I did some makeup shopping (alongside clothes shopping, ha!) at Priceline and Chemist Warehouse. Pretty good discounts especially post Christmas sales really made it a great deal to get these.


1)  Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish in Pacific Blue
2) Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Glosstinis in Pina Colada and Bahama Mama
3) Maybelline Great Lash waterproof mascara  in Very Black
4) Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder in shade 310
5) Maybelline Fit Me Liquid Foundation in shade 310
6) Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation in shade 842
7) Covergirl Lash Blast Clump Crusher Mascara in Very Black
8) Covergirl Smoochies Lip Balm in #luv u (not pictured, was already in my purse), #tru luv and #sweet tweet
9) Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream: Combination to Oily Skin in shade Medium.

Will do individual posts for the items soon! Do keep posted :)