Love, Life and Makeup

All about living life to the fullest, with a little help of makeup!

Mid Month Favourites: 5 Favourites of Aug 2013
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While I have been buying quite a bit of makeup lately, I find myself reaching for the same things this month - I guess that's testament to how great these items are and how much I really love them! Also, every item was from my stash and are not part of my recent mad hauls - this reminds me to run through my stash more often to find some oldies but goodies!



1. Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder in 52 Vanilla
2. MAC Studio Finish Concealer
A couple of items that were also in my list of top 5 favourite items last month! I find myself reaching for both items nearly every single day. I think the two items pairs up really well, giving me a "i-have-good-skin-naturally" look.

3. Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector
With the hard working duo above, I find myself needing foundation less and reaching for this BB moisturizer more. I love how it feels on my skin; I'm not usually a BB-anything fan, but I really do like this - it doesn't have the usual grey cast and is a bit more fluid than other BB creams that I have tried. It's also very lightweight and absorbs pretty quickly and does give a decent light coverage. I bought a couple of mini tubes of this to bring around with me and this has been in my makeup bag the whole month.

4. Chanel Rouge Allure No 39 Precious
My one and only chanel lipstick - I'm not usually one to fuss about with lip colour, especially darker tone ones, as I find it makes it look like I have too much makeup on. But lately I've been venturing out of my comfort zone, and love the flexiblity of this lipstick. I can dab it on for a soft plummy lip, or wear it full on at night to totally change my look without any other extras. With its more intense colour, I find it easy to top it up with another shade of lip gloss to quickly transform it. Love.

5. NYX Gloss in 13 Peach
A glossy peachy pink colour that I have been either wearing alone for a sweet daytime look or topping it over other darker lipsticks to gloss it up and tone them down. It's not sticky at all so it makes for very comfortable wear. It's not very lasting though; I find myself having to reapply every hour but I don't mind it that much.

And that's my top 5 favourites of August! What have you been enjoying this month?

Haul & Quick Review: Dior Constellation 864 Couture Color Eyeshadow Palette
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The second palette for Dior's fall Mystic Metallics Collection is Constellation, a purple themed quint with stars embossed on 4 of the 5 shades. Like the first palette, I was suckered in because of the stars embossing. But I have enjoyed most of the Dior palettes that I have bought and I find purple eyeshadows usually work well on me, so I had to pick it up.



Constellation is housed in the usual Dior quint packaging - plastic, blue, with 2 sponge tip applicators that I don't use but can be quite useful on the go. It's very lightweight and has 6g of product. It's so stunning in the packaging that I can stare at it all day!



The palette include a dark shimmery plum with micro silver flecks, a satin purple, a frosty platinum gold, a pale satin mauve and a light opalescent pink. Most of the colors are very pigmented and buttery smooth, except for the pink shade which feels quite dry and doesn't apply opaque.



Like most Dior palettes, this does have pretty good lasting power - with a primer, it stays on all day and looked pretty much unchanged at the end of the workday. I didn't get any fall out at all with this palette and I'm very pleasantly surprised - I had thought that the platinum gold shade would have at least some fall out, but there was none.

In all, I do like this palette but I find it quite similar to a few purple palettes that I already own. Between this and Bonne Etoile, I like the latter more as I think the colours are a bit harder to dupe with better pigmentation, although Constellation does have less fall out and requires less effort to work with. I don't regret getting this palette at all though - I think it's a beautiful palette and if you don't own many purple shades, then this would be really great! 

Haul & Quick Review: Dior Bonne Étoile 384 Couture Color Eyeshadow Palette
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For fall, Dior launched the Mystic Metallics collection, which includes 2 eyeshadow quints, and many other items. I did pick up both palettes, and today I have a review of the first - Dior Bonne Étoile 384 Couture Color Eyeshadow Palette.



The palette is housed in the regular packaging - a blue plastic casing with 2 sponge tip applicators by the side of the eyeshadows, and a reasonable sized mirror. I personally don't use the applicators on a daily basis but they are useful on the go. The eyeshadows have super pretty stars embossed on them; probably what suckered me into buying both palettes. I already love Dior palettes and have been hoarding them for some time; add stars to them? I'll take them all please!



All 5 shades have some form of shimmer/glitter/sparkle on them. There are no matte shades, but the collection IS called Mystic Metallics, so I don't think anyone should feel shortchanged about not having a matte shade in this. I personally love shimmery eyeshadows!



All the shades are highly pigmented and smooth. The colors include a sparkly silvery-taupe, a soft shimmery green, a deep sparkling teal, a rich khaki olive and a chocolate brown. My finger swatch above totally does not do it justice - when I applied them my eyelids with a dense brush, I noticed that it applied smoother and richer than with my finger. I love all of the five colours; I have enough greens and browns eyeshadows to last me a few lifetimes but this looks special enough to add to my already uncontrollable stash.

For this palette, I did notice quite a bit of fall out when I forgot to use a primer, especially with the darker shades. But with a primer, the shadows stay put until the end of the work day with much less fall out. I would, however, still suggest putting on the eye makeup first, then the foundation so that any mess can be cleaned up. Also, with the darker shades, start lightly and build it up from there - you will be surprised how pigmented it is; I made a mistake of applying it with a very dense brush using a strong swipe the first time I used it and I looked totally crazy.

At S$98, this is not cheap. But I absolutely love it. There are stars printed on it! It's super pigmented! It's smooth and buttery! It's green and browns! Need I say more? If I can only pick 1 item from the whole collection, this would be it.

Haul: Freebies from Magazines!
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A little quick unintended haul - I was buying some books a few days ago at Kinokuniya and saw this great little gift that came with the Elle Singapore magazine and I just had to pick it up. It came with the magazine, an extra Elle Beauty Book 2013 and a transparent pouch with the Elle logo.



Inside - a tiny Belif Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner, a 10ml Belif The True Cream - Aqua Bomb, and a sample sachet of Belif First Aid Transforming Peel Off Mask, with a $5 off coupon for any Belif purchase. Might not be much, but I still thought it was great value, and the beauty book should make a pretty enjoyable read!

I believe it's still available at the moment, at $8 for the Elle Magazine, only at Kinokuniya while stocks last!

Completed Items in July 2013
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Another month has flown by! With the massive amount of items being thrown out this month - I had such a hard time squeezing in everything for a shot - I am just going to do a quick run down with some short and sweet comments! Now let's get on with it!



1. Sensodyne Toothpaste Original
2. Elizabeth Arden Deep Cleansing Mask

3. Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel
4. Allergan Refresh Contacts Eye Drops
A couple of expired products - so upsetting! I think I bought the mask a few years back and only used it a few times; I really hated how hard and dry it was so it promptly went hidden at the back of my cupboard. I bought the toothpaste and eye drops during a clearance sale without noticing that the expiry dates were really soon so never got the chance to even use it; lesson learnt - always check the dates because there must be a reason why it's on sale! As for the monistat, I had heard so much about it being great as a primer but it felt awful and oily on my skin and broke me out so it was banished to the bottom of my shelves to be forgotten forever.

5. Nip+Fab Tummy Fix
An utterly useless cream. I used this religiously for an entire month with regular exercise. There was no impact or whatsoever. I have also used several other Nip+Fab products and they have all disappointed me so far.

6. Oilum Hydro-Rebalance Collagen Rejuvenating Body Cleanser
7. Neutrogena Deep Clean Mulberry Foaming Scrub
Used these for quick showers in the gym - wasn't memorable so won't repurchase. Thought the Neutrogena face scrub smelt nice though.

8. Essential Damage-Care Nuance Airy Shampoo
I think this shampoo does do a good job of making my hair quite soft and tangle free but I wont be repurchasing it - it smells like antibiotics, the liquid kind that I used to have as a little kid which I abhorred. This is the second type of Shampoo that I have tried from Essential - the first was Essential Damage Care Rich Premier Shampoo which I have written about in another completed items post - and all of them make me feel like puking!

9. Biore Cleansing Oil-in-Cotton
10. Bliss Lemon+Sage Conditioning Rinse

11. Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge
A couple of items that I have completed several of and mentioned in previous completed items post, so I won't elaborate too much. A quick review - the Biore Cleansing Cotton is one of the better affordable cleansing cloths that I have tried, removes makeup in a jiffy and never stings my eye. The Bliss Rinse feels just like any other shampoo, good but not worth the price. I've been trying to work through my Daiso detergents as I no longer like it; I feel it dries out my brushes' hair and only use it on synthetic hair brushes now.

12. Clarins Toning Lotion
I've recently bought a few items from Clarins and have been really enjoying them so far. This toner was given as a freebie with my purchases and has no alcohol; it feels quite mild and really comfortable on my skin - my skin does not feel tight or dry after using it. Will purchase the full size!

13. No7 Cleanse & Care Eye Makeup Remover
Have used up another bottle previously - not a favourite. It feels rather greasy and oily and definitely needs a second cleanse with something else after using this. It does, however, remove waterproof eye makeup quickly without having to rub and does not sting my eyes.

14. Laneige Whiteplus Renew Purifying Mask
Received this from a beauty box that I used to subscribe to - I managed to get 1 application out of this and didn't see any immediate effects. Will I repurchase? I doubt so.

15. Yuskin A
I've read a lot of great things about this cream and was so excited to see it in one of the beauty boxes. When I actually used it, I thought it was a bit over-hyped - it's rather thick in texture and yellow in colour, with a funny smell. I didn't think that it was as effective in treating dry skin as everyone made it out to be and it was uncomfortably thick.

16. Love, Chloe Eau de Parfum
A very small sample - but I love it! I'm hopeless at explaining scents so I won't try. I will be looking to purchase the full size soon!

17. Sasatinnie Lavendar Nail Polish Remover
A way below average nail polish remover, can hardly remove anything! Awful!

18. Belif Peat Miracle Revital Eye Cream
19. Dior Capture XP Creme Haute Correction Rides
A couple of eye cream samples. I thought the Belif eye cream was alright - the texture is a bit weird, it's not greasy but not creamy either; I prefer eye creams that are creamier though so this was not for me. On the other hand, I quite like how creamy the dior eye cream felt. I don't have wrinkles yet so it's really hard to test the efficacy of both products.

20. Diorsnow D-NA Reverse White Reveal Night Concentrate
I liked how light weight this felt on the skin - it sunk in almost instantaneously, almost as if there's nothing on. It doesn't feel sticky at all and I didn't detect any scent. The bottle was a bit too small to test for efficacy, but I do like the texture.

21. Legere Platinum Hologram Illuminating Hydro Cream Base
This was the first time that I have ever heard of this brand but I surprisingly liked it. I don't often wear bases - I find it a bit too much work. But I did like how light this felt and I thought my skin looked slightly better with this on. However, the effect didn't last very long. Won't purchase.

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This post took me forever to write! Hope this post was interesting to read and perhaps gave you some shopping ideas?

Writing this post made me realized that I had let 4 items expire - and they were either brand new or barely used! Really makes me appreciate these completed items post - I've learnt that I need to go through my stash more often to check for expiring items, as well as buy less!!

What about you? Have you done a a clean out of your stash recently?

NOTD: Oh So Plummy!
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I have always loved pinks and purples on my fingers, although it's often hard to find pinks that are not too sweet and innocent, like a little kid, or purples that does not look too vampy for work. Meet Zoya Arielle - I recently stumbled upon this plum shade that sits nicely in between pink and purple.



Products used:
1. Zoya Professional Lacquer in Arielle
2. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

This is actually my first Zoya polish and I really am impressed with the formula! It takes 2 coats for an even and fully opaque finish and dries down fairly quickly. Definitely picking more up soon!

Shopping the Stash #1: Some Lip Lovin' with Revlon and Maybelline!
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The result of being totally crazy about beauty products is that I buy a lot of them and end up using them only once or twice before they get neglected and lay forgotten in one of my many many makeup drawers. Don't judge - some people collect multiple branded shoes, some men buy a zillion white shirts in different degrees of whiteness that only they could tell apart. We all have our own weaknesses. :)



Anyway, last weekend, I decided to break out some of my old items from the makeup tomb and use them again. I think a good way to start is to focus on a segment - that way I won't be forcing too many old products into my daily life.

The first up from my "shopping the stash" attempt is the Maybelline Baby Lips Color in Cherry Kiss and the Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait. I actually did loved them when I first purchased them, religiously using them for a whole month or so, before it mysteriously disappeared into the back of my drawers. I don't even recall what I replaced them with in my makeup bag!

Anyway, I have been enjoying them back in my makeup bag; I love how moisturizing both lip items feel while giving a light hint of colour without being too in your face. They're not sticky so it's great having them on. The only downside is that they don't last very long - probably about an hour or so before all colour is gone so a lot of reapplications is needed through the day.

What about you, have you been resurrecting some old loves too?

The Essentials #1: 3 Things in My Shower Now
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Shower stuff - the oft neglected and overlooked products that are yet so essential. I'm not usually one who is fussy about what I use in the shower and rarely splurge on expensive bath items (unless it has been a really terrible day or it really is an incredibly amazing product). I don't have a bath tub at home so everything that I put on me is going down the drain within seconds; it just doesn't make sense to spend too much on it.



Some things currently in my shower now; a couple of them have been shown in a haul recently - hey, I gotta use what I bought right? Ive been good and consistently using the same products recently, instead of opening several bottles of shampoo at the same time. I really like using the Loreal Re-Nutrition Nourishing Shampoo; it leaves my hair nice and soft after a wash, with a lot less tangles than usual. I also use the Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Conditioner on alternate days for extra conditioning, but not every day so that it doesn't weigh down my hair. Olivella is not a brand that I have seen around; I received this Olivella Lavender Bath and Shower Gel from a magazine contest and have been surprisingly enjoying it - it does not sud up at all but leaves my skin feeling really nice and soft after a shower, I might even consider breaking my habit of trying new products all the time and repurchase this when its finished.

Now that we're done with a little sneak into what's in my shower, what is in yours?

Saving Face #1: New Additions to my Skincare Regime
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Recently I have a growing obsession with skincare. Perhaps it is the lack of drawer space for any more new makeup, or the fact that I recently bought a magnifying mirror and have been seeing things - such as little spots - that I never did see before, but while browsing through the beauty sections of Watsons, Guardian, or larger Malls, my roving eyes have been resting more on skincare rather than makeup. It's just really hard to rock a great smokey eye when you have multiple large zits on your face, or a lovely new blush when your skin is dry and flaky. I have been finding that an extra minute every night of putting on face cream makes my complexion look so much better than an extra ten minutes in the morning trying to get my foundation 'just right'.

So here comes a little post to keep track of what I have been using; a little diary for myself, and a sneak peek for everyone else. To kick off this series, I thought I'll just put up a quick post on a couple of new additions.



I have been having a very bad few months so far - angry big zits and little spots popping up everywhere on my face. I rarely have breakouts so this was quite upsetting to me and I feel a little helpless and a little more self-conscious than usual. So I bought the REN Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser and REN Clarifying Toning Lotion, hoping some of the "clarifying" properties will help. I wouldn't have chosen these normally, but my usual skincare targeted at dry skin was obviously not helping to control the new phase of skin condition that I am going through. I have only used them for a couple of days - first impression is that they feel a little too drying for my skin for every day use so I think I will be rotating these items in for days where I have a breakout, and continue with my old routine when it's better.

Here's hoping that my efforts pay off and zits begone. If it doesn't, then I guess I'll just have to checkout the other items that's been sitting in my shopping basket. The hunt (for the perfect skincare regime) begins.

Mid Month Favourites: 5 Favourites of July 2013
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Hi Guys! I have to apologize - I have been neglecting this series of posts because life has really been hectic - yes, excuses again! Favourites posts take quite some time for me to post as it really takes a lot of thinking through what I have been using the most the entire month; sometimes I end up rewriting it several times and sometimes I have really nothing to write about because I've been trying out too many things! Recently, I've been rediscovering some old loves from my stash, as well as stumbled upon some great new stuff (new to me, at least). So take a look at what I have been loving this month!



1. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Palette
I got this a few months ago but never got around to featuring this on my blog yet - I love this. I like the new packaging for their eyeshadow palettes, and the texture is lovely with amazing staying power. There are enough colours for soft day time look, and the purple shades allow for a quick transformation into smokey night time look. I also found the most versatile transition shade for me in this palette - Birthday Suit. A gorgeous palette.

2. MAC Mineralized Blush in Gentle
A truly gorgeous raspberry colour with a lovely sheen - I never looked at this before because I rarely buy MAC items in their regular line, but silly me was cheated into getting it by the MAC counter when they put this in lieu of their LE collection blushes. Obviously I didn't do enough research before sweeping it up but I am really glad that I did. It's fast becoming my go-to blush.

3. Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder in 52 Vanilla
I believe I have featured this before in another favourites, but I have been neglecting it for a while and somehow rediscovered it again last month and have been loving it. I don't even know why I stopped using it! I love the smell - it has a lovely fruity scent, and doesn't leave me with a cake-y or powdery look.

4. MAC Studio Finish Concealer
I've been having a bad skin month and this has been my saviour! I recently did a review on it here, but just to recap, it really covers amazingly well and has a really good lasting power.

5. Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
I'm not sure if I am imagining it, but I feel that my makeup lasts a lot longer if I give my face a good spray with this - my base looks untouched at the end of the day, which is impressive. I also really like the nozzle - it gives a good fine spray over a large area, unlike MAC's Fix+ that squirts a strong blast onto one spot.

What have you been loving this month? :)

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