Lately I’ve been spending quite a bit at Sephora and it doesn’t help that they have the Black Card Member discount. Everything is going at 20% off and that’s a little cray cray. Time to stock up on some beauty favourites.
These 4 items were bought during the black card sale.
[SKII Facial Treatment essence, Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial Toner, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair and Caudalie Grape Water Spray]
I did not review the SKII Facial Treatment essence before but it is a staple in my beauty regime. This is the third bottle till date. I really love the watery texture of this essence but hate the scent. I must say I’ve already gotten used to the scent.
I have the 7ml Estee Lauder ANR sample and I decide to purchase the 30ml instead. I like the fact that my face is always glowy and radiant in the morning after using this. Once you’ve tried it, you will know why this is a cult beauty favourite.
Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial Toner is a new item in my list. Recently, my skin is not in a good state; there are some outbreak and redness. This contains Umbrian Clay that has a high mineral content that helps purify and clarify the complexion. It also helps clarify combination to oily skin with Cinnamon Bark and Burnet root. This also contains Lavender floral water to help tone and balance. As I look into the ingredient list, this also contains Salicylic Acid. Sounds like everything I wanted for my skin now. Let me know if you’d like a review on this item.
Caudalie Grape Water Spray is also a new item for me. I love the nozzle and I love the fact that you don’t have to pat the water in after spraying.
I did not purchase this Tartlette palatte In Bloom during the sale but this is so good! I’ve used this many times and it has been my to go palette. I really love the matte colours in this palette. The colours have a little red tone to it and this makes it really suitable for the fall winter season.
Denim Dress: Mango
Location: Singapore. Paddy Hills
Girls, this is my first liquid lipstick and I strongly recommend you to try it! I’ve been wanting to get a matte reddish brown nude colour for a long time when I noticed Bourjois liquid lipstick in Watsons. Honestly, I am never a fan of Bourjois make up but this totally attracted me. I got this in 07 Nudeist. It is a beautiful pinky rose nudey shade that is just a shade or two darker than my original lip colour and so perfect for the autumn.
Matte lipstick checked.
Simple and beautiful packaging checked.
Beautiful colour checked.
Applies nicely on the lips without emphasizing the lip lines.
I wore this for the entire day and my lips did not crack or peel. This lipstick does transfer but it is considered long lasting that still leaves an even stain after meals. A touch up after meal can last me for the rest of the day.
I noticed that this lip colour looks different on different people but nonetheless, it is still a big favourite among the bloggers and vloggers. Here’s how it looks like on my lips:
It is really flattering!
I’m definitely checking this out in other colours!
I’ve missed this space! I’ve been wanting to update my blog with a few of my latest purchases but couldn’t find the time to do so. Today I’m back with another foundation review. I picked up It Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC cream in Singapore’s sephora and it has now been my daily to go foundation. I even skipped my usual sunscreen since this has UVA/UVB protection of 50+.
I have to be really honest that I didn’t like this immediately. This CC cream does not have enough coverage and does not last in humid weather. I love the glow on the skin but really, it is not something an oily or combination skin would appreciate.
However, I find that I reach out for this more than my foundation since I tend to feel less guilty as this is a skin-loving product. It is also really hydrating on the skin, and there’s no cakiness even after a long day. I like applying it with a dense brush rather than my beauty blender as I find beauty blender soak up most of the product, resulting in even lesser coverage. A brush however gives decent coverage and appears less dewy on the skin.
I find that I need to set this with a powder since it may get slightly tacky. Using Urban Decay All Nighter (my new fav) also helped increase the longevity of this cream. I usually have this on my skin for 10 hours and there’s no oxidation observed.
I like that it comes in a travel friendly tube with a pump. I can pop this in my make up pouch easily without fearing that I would break the glass.
The downside is that it has limited shades. I was contemplating between Fair and Light. When swatching, I find that I’m somewhere in between but I settled for Fair nonetheless.
Have you tried It Cosmetics CC cream? Do you like it?
Bought the Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation to replace my finishing cushion foundation. Each time I finish my cushion, I have the tendency to go back to foundation. Recently the weather has been really crazy; everyday’s temperature ranges from 32 degree to 34 degree Celsius. I need a long lasting foundation that last throughout the day.
This oil-free foundation claims to synchronize with your skin and enhances it beautifully. It is pretty runny and easily spread across the skin. It should last about 6 to 7 hours in our humid weather. I got this in the shade Golden 2.
On the left is my skin without foundation while on the right is after foundation. As you can probably tell, all my imperfections has been covered up without the use of concealer. The semi-matte finish doesn’t make my skin look oilier. I figured that I wouldn’t want to look dewy in this weather. Dewy makeup just doesn’t last!
Skin looks really good.
Somehow pores got accentuated once I add my highlighter. Shimmers always do that to my skin. But otherwise, foundation looks good!
I documented how I feel about the foundation throughout the day.
- 10am: Just applied the foundation. Realised it has a high coverage which is obviously better coverage than my cushion. Skin feels and look satin-smooth.
- 11pm: Sister commented that my skin looks like my skin but better.
- 2.30pm: Slight shine on the nose area. All of the makeup is still intact.
- 5.30pm: Some foundation came off at the nose area due to constant nose blowing. But the rest of the makeup is still intact. Blot twice with tissue and everything looks good again.
- 7.30pm: Makeup looking really natural with shine on T-zone. After blotting, it looks perfect again.
- 8.30pm: Do not see the need to reapply foundation.
After 10 hours, slight shine on T zone. Redness at the nose area.
Overall, I feel that this foundation does a pretty good job and it is indeed long lasting!
Today I applied my foundation with a beauty blender. I would try on with a brush next time and see how it looks.
Update: Sometimes my skin would get cakey after some time due to dryness. This is not suitable for dry skin but absolutely perfect for oily skin.
First musical with SW yesterday and it is Les Miserables! We got the ticket last year just so that we can catch this popular musical this year. I must say it was pretty good! The changing of scenes were so smooth that I often wondered how did they do it. And the stage effects were pretty real as well. The actors and actresses sang well too.
My fav song is I dreamed a dream. How depressingly beautiful is that song!
[Outfit: Black Spag Top from Bershka. Pink Midi Skirt from The Velvet Dolls. Pumps from Melissa. Bag from Japan. ]
So I actually bought the E-book Me Before You when everybody is watching the movie. Well, I just thought maybe the book might be better and it would be nice to start off with the book, after all that’s how the movie came about — from a book.
The thing about Kindle is I actually do not know which page I’m at. I just know that I’ve been through like 23% of the book. So every book is a 100 pages to me. Normally, I read really slowly, but this book kept me going page after page. The last time I had a super good read was when I read Before I go to Sleep. Nothing quite get me reading like this book until now.
But because spoiler is everywhere, I actually sort of do know the ending of the book already. But nonetheless, I’m still hoping this book would make me cry. And I would try my best to read it as fast as I can, and when the book finishes, I would feel lost and cringe for another good read like this again. Exactly like what my sis said, “I’ve lost the meaning of life” when she completes her drama.
Well, this is the joy of reading. Isn’t it?
PS: I’m not too sure how many of you care about my thought bubbles. But you know, sometimes I have conversations with myself and I need to get them out. :p Well, introverted people are just strange creatures.
I’ve headed back to work after a 2 weeks plus long break, dealing with meetings after meetings and preparing for a presentation that will be held like what, tomorrow?
Nonetheless, I’m really thankful for the long break. The break was long awaited because unlike other people, I cannot take the time off as and when I like. And when it gets so unbearable, I just have to push it through. So I took the break to travel around, spent time with my family and love ones, ate plenty of good food, sleep a lot and sometimes do nothing. The feeling of not waking up at 545am and the chance to fall back to sleep slightly after waking up is simply awesome.
After coming back from travelling, I finished up Nicholas Spark’s See me, started on Me before you and also getting back to the gym after a long break. I am also excited about Les Miserable and Ignorland!
I was sitting alone at TCC with my kindle after my gym (I do enjoy spending time alone like this) and a thought struck me. Why was I so reluctant to get back to work? I know everything about vacation blues but I was just wondering what is there to be blue about if I could make my work hours meaningful and then continue to lead my life after that.
Very often, I would just head home after work because that’s just how tired I am. But I’m thinking I should make a change. I think it’s high time I stop feeling so lethargic because sometimes it’s all in the mind. Taking the time to do the things I wanna do is important. So I’ve decided that I’m gonna try and make 2 nights my own time to do what I want to do (like gymming, chilling somewhere or watching a movie/play).
Life got to be more interesting than just work and feeling tired.
And now I need to warm up my engine to prepare for another 10 weeks battle. Honestly, nobody is ever ready for that. But come what may ….
What if certain people were signposts in your life? Representations of good or bad. Like an old friend you see across a crowded street, one you wave hello to, before hurrying on. The last time you saw them, things took a turn for the worse and, as sad as it may seem, they have unwittingly become an omen — a precursor of bad luck.
Or that one person whom you rarely speak with, who can always be found right where you left them. You carry their smile with you like a tailsman – for whatever reason, their presence in your life will always bring the promise of better days.
Then there is the boy you can never stop thinking about. Whenever you see his name, it trips you up. Even if it’s one that belongs to many others, even if he belongs to someone else. You know he is a symbol of your weakness, your Kryptonite. How he rushes in like wildfire and burns through everything you worked so hard to build since he last left you in ashes.
So you do the only thing you know how – you put as many miles as you can between him. As many roadblocks and traffic lights as you can gather. Then you build a bold red stop sign right on your doorstep, knowing all the stop signs in the world could never hold him – they can only ask him to stay awhile.
Indeed, certain people are just signposts of our life. And you may just be glad that you’ve drove past these signposts.
It is always nice to have time for travelling. This June break allows me to travel the second time. This time round I went to Malacca with Prawn. A long break like this allows me to rejuvenate and recharge. 休息是为了走更长远的路，有一点不想开工了。
The last time I’ve been to Malacca was when I was a 12 years old. So much has changed since then.
There are more hipster cafe around now and our first cafe was to The Daily Fix!
We enjoyed this fluffy pancakes a lot!
Catching the sunset at The Portuguese Settlement where we had awesome seafood. There were lots of touting. We settled in stall 10, J&J because that was what we read in most blogs. Not disappointing at all with the food!
Along the Melaka River. I can stay there all day without the heat.
A relaxing night with conversations and beers.
We also had fantastic meal at Kedai Kopi Chung Wah. The rice balls are interesting and the hainanese chicken was so good! I love it a lot! Highly recommended.