Thursday, 14 November 2013

REVIEW: SASAtinnie Ultimate Deep Repair Wheat Protein Hair Mask

Ahh, hair hair, locks of lust and glamour. Yet, they don't come easy. Beauty always has a price. ;) Review time my beauties (and hunks)! Today, it's gonna be on a hair, which I rarely do [since I can be a lil lazy bum when it comes to hair care sometimes lol but hey, gotta start somewhere ;)] Today's star is the SASAtinnieUltimate Deep Repair Wheat Protein Hair Mask [what a mouthful!]. For all those who don't deal much with Asian cosmetics, the brand SASA is something like an Asian Sephora, carrying TONS AND TONS of many different brands from various countries of the world, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, USA, you name it, it's there. I like to pop in there once in awhile to catch up on some Asian cosmetics and beauty, especially considering that there is one situated so insanely near my house. And ever so often, I manage to exit with a little gem or two much to my delight AND guilt. Lol. This happened too with this cool hair mask, as it was on clearance SGD$2 [?????!!!!!!!!!!!!]. Of course, I had my doubts seeing the price difference [i believe it was $7.90? Don't quote me on that] but oh what the heck! I might as well try it since I was going start my 'be better to my hair' resolution. I'm no stranger to hair mask for I've tried quite a couple which were really good but discipline was the one that got me down all the time.

Okay, so the product comes in a simple conventional squeeze-tube-type format which I am all for. Easy, simple, convenient. Check. The smell of the product [it comes out as a white opaque cream btw] is nice and pleasant, nothing overpowering or repulsive. Its scent reminds me of a faint pleasant honey and oats scent, which I really like. This little baby promises Moisture, Shine and Deep Repair. Now, I have very long [pass my chest area; at the end of where my ribcage ends] with super dry ends. [sigh]. So, naturally, I was curious to know what this product was going to do for my hair. So in the shower, after the usual shampoo, I slathered this on, concentrating on my ends. [I sometimes skip conditioner when I use a hair mask, but of course that's just me. Up to you! ;)]. Waited for a minute or two before rinsing it off. OOOOO. Even as I was going through my hair with this, I could feel it smoothening my hair and feeling a little more 'moisturised'. NICE. Talk about moisture surge. After my hair dried and having combed once through, I could feel my hair being softer and smoother which of course made me ecstatic. Also, the fact that it cost me two bucks for such a nice product made me just over the moon. For the price, this is definitely a steal. I wouldn't say it is the most revolutionary product on the market but hey if it can make my hair smell good AND smooth and much less dry than it is [believe me, it is DRY.], I am definitely all for it! [FYI, after two weeks of buying this, I saw it still on offer but in a different SASA branch than the first one I went to, I immediately bought five more bottles. SUCH A GEM FOR THE PRICE. GOTTA LOVE IT.]

Do I love it?: For the price and the quality it delivers, oh yea!
Would I repurchase?: I think I just might [if I ever make it through the six tubes I own].
Grade: A-

What are some of the products that you love to use for your luscious locks? ;)

Stay happy and healthy, rapunzels!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

REVIEW: Daiso Eyeshadow Palettes

Happy Thursday everyone!! It's Thursday already????! When did that even happen! I still feel like it's a Monday or Tuesday at most. Is it me or did the months of 2013 go by even faster than ever before? Crazy Ride everyone, crazy ride but anyway! Yay for putting up another review haha! Was cramming for a quiz for tomorrow but wanted to stretch my legs and do something a little different from my work today so hence what better way to do that than to type enjoyably about beauty? (IKR) Who's with me??!! *raises hands*awkward cricket chirp* ok moving on...

Haha just kidding folks, but anyway, I enjoy beauty, fashion and lifestyle and enjoy writing about them even more. As a self-proclaimed fanatic of all these things, I am always on the hunt for new prey MUAHAHA at any brand, any place and any time. This post in particular, beauty. Now I love my Sephora and Sasa [some of my second homes other than the supermarket] but Daiso is another place I like to pop into sometimes to hunt for interesting trinklets and bargains. Everything in this snazzy place is SGD$2! Cups, lunchboxes, food, tea bags, stationary and the list goes on....until it hits MAKEUP. Ok I know, I know, I can sense the horror in some when they hear abt the price of the makeup being $2. I don't blame them. We sometimes can't shake the perception of the dollar-to-quality correlation sometimes. Personally for me, I honestly am abit iffy about this when it comes to things I put on my face in terms of makeup and powder especially if I can't pull up many reviews about it on the Net. Personally for me, skincare and skin maintenance is an important aspect so I tend to be a little more careful about the foundations, powders, blush, etc that I buy for my sensitive skin but hey! I love my E.L.F etc too! Eyeshadows, however, I definitely don't entirely eat into that correlation. In my endeavor of trying eyeshadows after eyeshadows, mascara after mascara, eyeliners after eyeliners, I have definitely seen some bad boys from the least of expected places. Who says more inexpensive eyeshadows/ eyeliners/ primers can't get the job done? Nothing makes me feel more awesome beauty wise, when someone compliments my eye look and thinks that I'm adorning crazy expensive when I'm actually used a inexpensive but great quality product to feel like a million bucks! >:)

I always wanted to give Daiso makeup a whirl but somehow never got around to really stop at the makeup aisle to really go into full-on makeup junkie analysis mode like I always do at Sephora or drugstores. But that makeup junkie got activated when I saw Christine (Xteeener on Youtube) sporting some really nice Daiso makeup on her eyes, I knew I had to give them a try. So popped into Daiso and browsed the eyeshadows, hoping to find some that might peak my interest. Believe me I did. Daiso does carry not just one particualr brand of eyeshadow but rather, quite a few models and types. I did notice however, that most of them are with shimmer or glitter in them, varying in intensity and amount of shimmer and glitter though. [Although I did recently manage to pick up one that had some nice mattes in it and that was a rare find actually.] After debating amongst the interesting selection, I finally managed to force myself to only leave with two even though I had a good six of them at least in my hands lol. #achievementunlocked #didntgothatcrazy

Left: Twilight palette, Right: Bronze

Of course, I picked the neutrals to try first, seeing as I'm a neutral lover most of the time. So what better way to test the quality of the product? They came in a few types of colour schemes but I decided to get the two which I would see myself wearing the most in order to test the product fully [aka being able to wear them more frequently]. The palettes are nice and small in a good way with pans that are of decent size. The eyeshadows of these palettes have all shimmery/glittery finishes so for matte lovers.these may not be your cup of tea. However, Daiso does sometimes carry those with some matte eyeshadows in them, so do not fret! I actually really like the colour schemes of these palettes. I have quite a number of eyeshadow palettes big and small but not many of them are of these schemes so they are something a little different for me in a good way!

The Twilight Palette

The Twilight Palette

The Twilight palette [swatches without any primer]
First with the Twilight palette. Is it weird that I keep thinking of Bella and Edward for some strange reason? Ok, ok, focus lol. I was personally really surprised at how pigmented they were when I swatched them with my fingertips, as you can see from the photos. I didn't even have to use much force to swatch them either. Are they the smoothest eyeshadows I have ever come across? No. But are they smooth considering their price point? Yes. Out of the Twilight palette, I was really impressed especially by the warm brown and beautiful peach shades. Love the peach in the crease and the warmth of the brown just pulls the look together. The lighter shades are just lovely for the inner corners and lids to brighten up the look [although I tend to mix the peach and light champagne together for my lid shade]. As I mentioned earlier, these shades do have a little glitter in them, so fall out tends to be inevitable. However, they aren't crazy enough to where you look like a crazy disco ball either. Not too shabby, I must say!

The Bronze Palette

The Bronze Palette

The Bronze Palette [swatched without a primer]
The Bronze palette is something a little bit different for me as I don't own many palette that look like that. Sure, by themselves they don't look all that different from their counterparts but together they do look a little different in their own light. The white and golden bronze shades really blew me away. Look at how pigmented the white is in the photos! Very nice. White, in my opinion, is one of the hardest shades to get right in terms of pigmentation and colour pay-off. Thus, imagine my surprise to see it showing up so nicely on my fingers and lids. Bronze is one of my favourite eyeshadow shades. So GORGEOUS. The bronze in this palette is no different. Very nice pay-off and pretty smooth I must say. The eyeshadows can sometimes prove to be a little chalky but nothing that is unworkable or out of the ordinary. Again, these shades have a shimmer finish and has slightly less glitter in them than those of the Twilight palette. So still, do be mindful of that in terms of fall-out potential lol.

Now, longevity of these palette seems pretty nice and I had no problems with fading or smudging of these eyeshadows through the days which I wore them. I generally prefer mattes over shimmer/glitter so to bring the shimmer intensity down, I tend to use a fluffier brush with them and give a sweep over my lids. LOVE THE EFFECT for that these eyeshadows give me when I do this. Love the looks that these palettes can offer and kinda enjoying using them. What makes me even more excited is knowing the price point of these. YESSSSSS another gem found! However, I have to be mindful of the glitter fall out that happens when I don't tap off access pick-up. Overall, for $2, these are great. I definitely am going to be on a lookout for more palettes from Daiso! This just goes to show that you don't always have to make your wallet weep just to get quality out of your products [although the occasional splurge isn't all that bad either ;)]

Do I like them?: yea!
Would I repurchase them?: Maybe in other colours
Grade:: B+

What are some other inexpensive beauty gems would you guys recommend? ;)

Stay happy, healthy and always hunting [for random beauty gem] guys!

Monday, 4 November 2013


Woohoo!! Finally!! Another Review moment! How has things been for all you beauties? Things have been supppper dupppper hectic for me but I am so psyched about doing this review [and a few others XD]. Nothing is more relaxing than sitting in my chair and writing about the things I love in life with a soothing cuppa green tea~ahhhhhhh #thisisthelife. Okay enough blabbering, crazy lady [i know whatcha thinkin' oh yea ;)] and get on with the review!!!!

This collection makes me so excited! Catrice. Another German drugstore brand [with the likes of Essence] that gets me all excited and giggling like a silly schoolgirl. This brand not only offers great price but great quality too! How could I possibly resist anything they come out with. I remember going in full-hoarder mode when I was in Germany during my homestay, being so sad that they weren't available back where I came from. [This pretty much also contributed to my crazy overweight baggage in the end, oops.] Imagine how excited I was when I saw it in one of the drugstores back home a year later [*picture me running around a football field likka player who had just scored a winning goal* not a pretty sight YIKES]. Catrice has great things in their permanent range, which I have yet to completely try out all of its amazing products BUT this collection made me so excited with the beautiful pictures and enticing products up on offer.

 Such a cool collection. Fierce looking models, edgy colours, what's not to like?! PLUS ANIMAL PRINTS. AHHHHHHHH ok SOLD. Just take mah money already people! The packaging itself was enough to make me stop, look and buy. Don't you just love it when a drugstore brand takes extra effort to make their products look amazing besides their already good quality and price point? Well, I know I do. I realllly had to hold myself back from getting everything in this line. haha seriously, the animal prints are my favourite. After standing there toying with all these beauties, I decided to grab just the lippies, the liquid top coat and the blushes [and run to the check out before I changed my mind and bought every single thing there]. Let me just say, Catrice has got this collection down to a T. The colour concept is just brilliant. The neutrals are edgy yet wearable and the pops of colours are just bold, lusty and to simply die for. Bold, Rich and Brilliant.

First, the Liquid Top Coat. HOW COOL IS THIS?????!!! When I saw this, I knew I had to get it. Granted, I am more of the matte eye look kinda girl but I sometimes don't mind the shimmer and glitter for the fun of it to spruce up any look. Right of the bat, this baby reminded me exactly of the LORAC liquid lustre that various youtube beauty gurus such as emilynoel83 and xsparkage have gushed about. SO COOL. I know, I know, I won't be exactly using this day and night and as often that I would want to, but hey, it is something different and hard to find, especially where I am living. Plus, a makeup junkie can never have to much makeup right? ;D

In natural daylight
In natural daylight

In natural daylight

 As you can see from my hand swatch and awkward eye shots [heehee], this liquid top coat sure is pretty! You want the glamorous shimmer and glitter? You got it. The product comes separated within the bottle so be sure to shake it up well and good before using it. It comes in a dropper style packaging and the bottle is glass and the quality of the packaging is great. Sturdy and classy. You only need a TEENY TINY BIT f this to get it to show. To show you guys how it really looks, I just took some of it and dabbed it on my eyeliner only lid. It would be AMAZING over any eyelook with the eyeshadows and all and is pretty easy to remove when you want to without going all over your face. Really really nice! I would say *dupe alert* as an alternative to the lorac liquid lustre!

01 I'm A Survivor

01 I'm A Survivor
02 I Got The Flower!

02 I Got The Flower!

The blushes were the first too get me in this collection. OMG. ARE YOU SERIOUS?! So beautiful! Everything about them made me hyperventilate. The packaging is cute with the prints #suckerforprints, the imprints on the blushes were cute AND the colours are just PHENOMENAL.Bold bright colours that are just to die for. The pigmentation on these blushes are seriously amazing for the price especially, all you need is a dab for each cheek. I love these kinds of colours for blushes. When blended right, they just give you that amazing out-of-the-cold flushed look. So pretty, perfect for those experiencing Fall and Winter now. But hey, who's to say those in the tropical climates countries [such as myself] can't enjoy these fabulous beauties too? I am floored by these blushes and just cannot get enough of them! I'm A Survivor is a matte bright red with a slight orange lean to it and reminds me so much of the ever-so-famous NARS Exhibit A. Crazy, bright and beautiful. Definitely one of my favourite blushes in my entire collection. I Got The Flower is a pretty matte pink with a muted mauvish lean and is somewhat different from your average blush. Again, so pigmented and pretty and not like anything else I have in my blush collection. These blushes are definitely winners for me!!

Now, *sigh*, once again, the crazy lipstick lady strikes again. Debate on whether to get the lippies or not was definitely the most difficult one for me. Given that I have TONS of lippies [believe me when I say TONS, it's almost illegal], it would be technically not a good idea to not get these. BUUUUUUUUUUUT oh what the heck, I just want them!! Yup there it is, another cave-in moment for me. These colours are me-colours so I just simply could'nt resist the temptation. Boy, am I glad I got them! Lovely colours, I gotta say with the bold red and the more wearable berry-rose.

Swatches in natural daylight Top: I Got The Flower!, Bottom: I'm A Survivor

In natural daylight:  I Got The Flower!

In natural daylight: I'm A Survivor
 See what I mean? These lippies are the jumbo-pencil style type lipsticks and deliver great colour. Very smooth on the lips and give a nice shine to the lips as you can see. LOVE THESE. And to think I almost walked away without them *GASP* I can definitely see myself busting these out to wear pretty often and am enjoying every single moment of them. Those of you lippy sisters [and bros] out there, you gotta get yourself some of this.

Overall, Catrice has really done a great job with this collection. Colour concept? Tick. Quality? Tick Affordability: Tick again. I definitely highly recommend the blushes and lippies as they are my favourites out of the whole collection. Though I personally passed on the nail lacquers and eyeshadows, swatching them down at the store showed great promise. The nail lacquers especially are amazing. Such gorgeous colours! Any nail junkie might just wanna grab them all! As for the eyeshadows, they were really promising too with good colour payoff and lovely colours. I would definitely want at least one piece from this wild sexy jungle-themed collection anytime!

*For those living in Singapore, Catrice Cosmetics can be found at selected Guardian (and Guardian Plus) stores (such as Ngee Ann City, Paragon and Vivocity)

Anyone else loving this wild and sassy collection? ;)

Stay wild, sexy and free, everyone! RAWR ;)

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Live my life!~ (One of) The magic key(s) to a healthy digestive system: Cardamom

Hey everyone! Today is another one of those posts where we are gonna buzz about health! What's all the wealth and material goods without our health? #YOLO so we gotta make sure that our health stays as one of the top priorities in our lives. I know, I know, life can be so hectic and busy sometimes. With the pressing deadlines, mountain piles of projects and assignments, and maybe the occasional relationship dramas that pop up in our lives, it's hard to keep up and maintain a healthy body. I, for one, can't deny that I'm guilty of that, sometimes skipping meals, having late nights and even when I DO eat meals, I am also guilty for having imbalanced ones. (I can just hear a mob of nutritionists just screaming and coming at me with torches already.)The only thing I can be somewhat 'proud' of is my weekly exercises that I do to try and strike the balance between work and my 'me' time (and of course the occasional 'alone time' shopping trips ;)).

Those crazy late nights, stress and imbalanced diets can sometimes cause our whole system to go out of whack. For me, it hits my digestive system. Recently, I've had one of those periods whereby my digestive system was just not having it. Bloatedness, discomfort after every meal, water retention, you name it. I tried all kinds of ways to help ease these. Drinking peppermint tea, eating more fruits and fibre, exercising more...thought they are by no means ineffective, they barely worked for me. However, in comes this AMAZING MAGIC KEY to my problems *angel music plays*. Hello, lovely life-saving CARDAMOM. My dad has been taking this little baby for quite some time now and I never got why he just keeps gushing about it. Now I do. OMG this is one of those foods that mother nature has so graciously granted us in times like this where we could just feel downright annoyed and frustrated at having to deal with such an uncomfortable disruption to our systems. So yup, you've guessed it, today's shining star for our Live My Life series on SMP blog is the one, the only Cardamom!!! *drum roll*

So, what is Cardomom? Cardamom can be found natively in the forests of India, Bhutan and Nepal and is now also, cultivated by other countries that support its growth and harvest. With beneficial medical and culinary benefits. Various types of cardamom pods and seeds are commonly used in medicine and cooking and carries unique, strong and intensely aromatic characteristics that are support their wide usage historically and even today! Fun Fact served here for ya: Cardamom is actually theworld's third most expensive spice by weight, outstripped in market value only by saffron and vanilla. How cool is that?!

Benefits of cardamom are many a vast, so I am going to share you with you some of these amazing benefits that this little seed has. Small in size but amazing in its benefits!

Some of the benefits of cardamom include:

1) Detoxifying  your body by eliminating waste through your kidneys

2) Need some more of those antioxidants in your life to resist cellular aging and dumping some of those free radical? Well here it is!

3) Don't you just hate it when you are stuck with painful ulcers in your mouth and an aching throat? Not to mention, Bad breadth? *gasp* Cardamom, like ginger and tumeric, has anti-inflammatory properties to not only help in the healing of such ulcers and sore throats, but also helps in freshening up your breathe (Did you know? In India, cardamom is chewed on after meals for that quick cleansing and freshening up of the breath). More on the throat and nose, cardamom is also a potential answer to preventing and even aid in the healing of colds, flus and coughs!

4) Tired of those ridiculous hiccups that just make you go HICCUP!!!!!!!! on a public bus or in the office? Cardamom serves to relief such muscle spasms by acting as an anti-spasmodic. Not only does it help rid you of hiccups, it can also help with other involuntary muscle spasms from the stomach and the intestinal tract.

5) Okay, this may require more frequent trips to the bathroom but the benefits it has would make it all worth it! Cardamom serves as a diuretic to rid our bodies of excess water and salt, waste and toxins, making our urinary tract, kidneys and bladders oh so squeaky clean!

6) What's the star without another simply brilliant quality???? Of course, you've guessed it! Cardamom aids our digestion!! Similar to its relative the ginger, cardamom can serve as an ever so powerful aid in improving our digestive systems. Say Au revoir to nausea, acidity, excess gas and bloating, heartburn, constipation, appetite loss (and the list goes on...) with some of this little gem in your everyday life!

Other benefits talked about even include, aiding in depression, clearing of blood clots, reducing of blood pressure and more! [Talk about having the power!]

Isn't this crazy little thing amazing or what?! To be honest, if I had not tried this myself in times of my crazy, digestive system gone wild (oh yea, it's way worse than girls gone wild), I would not be here today gushing and going gaga over this little jewel. So how do I incorporate it in my everyday routine you might wonder? For me, it isn't too much of a chore. Some choose to chew and spit the seeds out but I myself prefer grinding them up into powder, throw a TEENSY bit [just A DASH] into my lil' white teacup with some hot water (somewhat of a cardamom tea you might say; the flavour is intense so you don't rly need that much for the kick to come in.). Depending on your preference, adding it to some of your culinary dishes or drinks has proven to be just as easy too! (My dad likes it in his coffee as it gives that unique spicy kick). Whatever floats your boat! So long as it's somewhere, it's going to help you and be your digestive system's new best friend. Oh yea. NEW BFF.

oh yea~thumbs up for da sponge!
Cardamom has definitely helped me in the journey of improving my digestive system and getting it back on track. If you have similar problems [I feel you ><], give this little jewels a shot, They might just be the key to a healthier, cleaner, and happier you! It's working for me and such amazing goodness has to be shared!

Stay happy and healthy!!

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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag

Hey everyone! How's everything with you? Weeks are going by like crazy but we shall prevail from our crazy deadlines, tight schedules and any downs in life! *fist pump* haha hopefully that was a good form of an impromptu motivation for those feelin' a little under the weather today! TMR SHALL BE BETTER!

I was up thinking what should I blog on today and stumbled across BeautyBroadcast/ Emilynoel83 on YouTube beauty tag which she read from Beautyholics Anonymous (sounds like such a long route lol) and thought this tag was a pretty interesting one to do! So thought I'd give this a shot as well along with some mini strategies to overcoming such potentially bad habits/ procrastination. :)

PROCRASTINATION. Always such a big hoopla with this word. Many fall prey to this little monster and I have to admit, you've got one of these 'victims' right here. *wave wave* Let's face it. Beauty and wellness, though all their magic powers and abilities, are not exactly as 'easy' as breathing. To some, it's all part of everyday but to others, it's a real chore. I personally have days where I feel they are both but ultimately, beauty is my passion so I'm still lovin it as always~lol These, like all other routines in our lives, be it studying or working or even our simple morning and night routines, require discipline. No discipline, no regularity and the ending results? Let's not go into them as we all know the secret answer to that one. OOPS. lol. ;)

Let's see how far we can get with this tag, shall we? ;) *fingers crossed*

1) Name a beauty regime that you rarely do?

Blow drying my hair is definitely not something not something that I put on my to-do list for my hair routine. I'm the lazy kind who just rather let nature take it's slooooow long course in air-drying than be disciplined enough to sit there patiently shaking my hair dryer and going through my hair with a wet brush. For those who can do that, I really really got to give props to them for having such patience. I do have pretty long hair [going past my chest and at the lower back area], so sitting there with a hair dryer is just not something that I always make myself do. My hair routine is just this: wet, shampoo/condition, dry, apply Moroccan oil to it, comb it once through and yay done. [even took me tons of strength to start putting oil in my hair, already applauding myself for that tbh lol]. Even if my hair may still be a little wet or still has some drying to do, I would still just hit the sack. Not a very good habit I know,[according to the Asian hair myth, that this might cause future migraine problems yada yada yada] and your hair may just look all funky the morning after, but I just can't get myself to get this right. So, there it is, OOPS #1.

2) Is washing your make-up brushes something that you do regularly?

YAY! Okay, this one I still do it regularly. Every once a week, they all go into the wash! I am super iffy when it comes to brushes especially the face brushes so this one was never a problem for me. I honestly mainly use eye brushes, and powder brushes but rarely brushes for my face cream/ liquid products as I'm more of a use-my-CLEAN-fingers for my cream/liquid foundations kinda girl. So, when I do use a brush ever for liquid products, I would wash it on the very same day as the day I used it. If you simply don't have the time to wash your brushes every day or that regularly, try using at least a daily brush cleanser to get some of the product that may have accumulated on your brush throughout the week. [E.L.F and Sephora do make pretty nice ones imo, have gone through bottles of them]

3)How long will you last with chipped nail polish?

To be honest, not very long, especially when I have dark nail colours on my nails. I am the obssessive-compulsive kind of girl that can't sit still seeing my nail polish being chipped off with gaps and knicks on a smooth surface [I'm crazy, I know, but I know I'm not alone on this heehee ;)]. This makes me go full-on-roaring-lady mode. [Not a pretty sight, trust me.] I would have to at least touch up or just remove the whole thing altogether. However, there are of course times where there is simply absolutely no time to even get them removed. However, NEVER PEEL OFF YOUR NAIL POLISH! This may spoil your nails in the long run and weaken the top layer of your nails. So, for the reds, darks, chipping is a MAJOR pet peeve. Chipped nail polish, you are my mortal enemy. However, for the nudes, I am oddly not as particular even though I know the chips are there [dum dum dummmm], most likely because they are not as obvious to the human eye ad the darks/reds. Anyone out there that has this chipping-OCD too? ;)

4) How long will you put off buying/replacing a beauty product, even if you need it?

Oh hello there stranger, I'm Jes, I like eating, cooking, reading, blogging, jogging...oh, did I mention? I'm a MAKE-UP JUNKIE? This question should be rewritten in my case, asking me when will I even stop buying them/ hoarding up on them. Lovelies, the Keywords here are BACK-UPS and JUNKIE. Like any cocoa-fanatic or candy popper, I need the things that I use/ love to be there when I need it. Especially the HOLY GRAIL ITEMS. There must always be at least one back-up of these babies which are all so important to me, especially for skincare and it doesn't take very long for me to zoom out to the nearest Sephora/ Drugstore to replace whatever/ backup whatever I need once I find out that I'm running low of them.Somebody stop meh! I even sometimes have back-ups for the back-ups, especially when I know that they are limited edition and unfortunately made me fall head over heels for them. Sometimes, I have to fight against myself from just taking the whole tray of the goods and walking to the check-out counter. Yup, it's that crazy sometimes, people. Nowadays, to prevent myself from being too overly in forever-hoarder mode, I constantly ask myself this list of questions that could possibly have even a glimmer of hope in making me save more, hoard less:

a) Will you use them ALL bearing in mind, they have EXPIRY DATES? [or even get through the first one completely? Especially, things like lip gloss, lipsticks, powders, etc]

b) Will you still in love with these products in the long term? Or is it just a fleeting fancy?

c) Is it absolutely crucial to have it in your [makeup] life? (let's face it. The world ultimately tells us make-up isn't exactly necessary in life.) 

5) What is your worst beauty habit?
This one is a little tough to pin down for me. Not really a nail biter, not really a nail peeler, not really a sleep with makeup type of girl either. Okay, got it. HOARDING. BEAUTY HOARDING. Can we put this under this question please? lol I may be a little quite somewhat just plain ridiculously obsessed with things beauty, fashion, design etc. Come on girls/ guys, beyond our skins, there is a teeny itty- bitty hoarder in our beating hearts. I personally don't think I can completely annihilate the inner hoarder in me. BUT I always try to calm her down. If you are like me (all ya fellow hoarders, putcho hands uuuup!), try asking yourself those questions that I have mentioned above. AND OH! Go on this famous beauty tag/ project for yourself! PROJECT EMPTIES. This has personally helped me hoard less as I am better able to control myself and see for myself just how much stuff I actually bought and have/should finish. Seeing that Empties bin sitting underneath my study desk and it slowly growing as empty jars, bottles, tubes pile up gives me an odd sense of satisfaction and self-achievement. #achievementunlocked #ohyea #cheapthrills #littlethingsinlife. So if you do embark on this little project for yourself, be sure to hashtag #projectemptiessmp so we can all do this together! I've been doing it for two months now and am thinking of making it a blog/ instagram project! Join me! It'll be our project! 

6) Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?

Clearing out my old files and stationary definitely. Lol yup typical student woes. As the semesters go by and tons of pens/pencils/files/cases are used, it's not hard to end up with monster piles of readings, notes, loose papers, choked up pens and old files. I do eventually get to clearing them up of course, but it is definitely not something I do right after my finals or terms end [hey, a girl's gotta have fun too ya know? ;) #workhardplayhard]

7) When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last minute?
Okay, this sometimes I am guilty of. Especially on days that I am going with very very minimal makeup or bare and natural. However, on days when I have to look a little more put-together, I would try to get ready ahead of time so I don't end up rushing around like a headless chicken and probably also end up messing up any makeup that I put on. But hey, we all have some of those lazy days ya know? ;)

8) Can you commit to spending bans?

Truth be told, I SUCK AT THIS. I'm not very good at sticking to these bans to be honest. The fast-moving, forever-having-limited-edition-releases beauty world just sucks me in constantly like a honey to a bee. So, how do we tackle this? If you are good at keeping to these bans, good for you, definitely a big pat on the back. As for me, I need to set smaller goals. for instance, breaking it up into two weeks rather than months. Going two weeks by two weeks, allows me to slowly progress but still try to keep at it. Months just seem crazy long for me so little goals trick my mind into thinking that I have achieved more though the time span may be the same or even longer. Also, set a beauty budget. Be it weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, try setting a beauty budget limit definitely helps me in not only controlling my inner hoarder but also keeps my wallet from screaming out in agony.

9) How organized is your make-up and nail polish collections?

Okay, apart from being a beauty hoarder, I am also a OCD-organiser especially for my beauty and makeup items. I am proud to say I am pretty organised for my beauty collection and reguarly think of ways to try and better the way in which I organise my beauty arsenal. Trust me, the best for such things are Office Supplies. Yup. You've seen them on YouTube, you've seen them on beauty blogs, office supplies, such as filing separators, desk drawers, even stationary cup holders are the best when it come to organisation. Order them of Ebay, Amazon, anywhere online or even pop by your local office supplies stores to 'get these awesome stuff that will keep your collection nice and neat. If you can't get your hands on such office supplies, even simple gift boxes that you may have lying around the house will do the trick! Trust me. You will feel so proud of your collection being so neat.

So, there ya have it! My version of The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag! Tagging everyone of you lovelies on this so definitely have a go at it if you want!

Stay lovely, confident and happy!


Thursday, 19 September 2013

Falling For Fall: Fall Trends for the brilliant 2013: MAKEUP

Hey there everyone of you beauties out there! How have you been? Great and fantastic I hope! Oh yea it's time for the second part of our FFF series! Probably the favourite section! [though I am tending to lean more to the fashion side lately haha] Yup, as from the title, it's time for a little MAKE-UP FOR FALL!

1) MEOW!
Probably one of my favourite eye looks! CAT EYES! Just those kinds of simplistic, minimalistic looks that would make you go from hey there doe eyes to VA VA VOOM SEXY FELINE. Cat eyes- makeup bring such a flare to any simple everyday makeup look without you having to look like you've spent practically half a day on your look. Runways of Salvatore Ferragamo, Michael Kors and Lanvin can rock it, and so can we! Go full on bold, edgy and even retro with a thicker, saturated cat eye or go for the simple subtle ones to suit a more everyday wearable look. And who said anything about not adding on that pop of colour from time to time to spice things up? Don't be afraid to incorporate colour into your sexy cat eyes. Try beautiful jewel or rusty tones such as emerald, amethyst or burgundy and those smokey greys for that added Fall effect. Rock your eyeliner and bring out that vivacious kitty in you with this ever classic yet edgy look. Oh yea ;)


2) RUSTY [in a good way]
One of my favourite things beauty wise for Fall are the rustic colours. Think Rusty Orange, Burgundy, warm reddish brick browns, any colour with a reddish-orange undertone. Eyeshadows such as Rule [M.A.C], Deep Garnet [Laura Mercier] and Sketch [M.A.C] are some examples of such forbidden yet all so tempting colours. AMAZING. However, there is always this fear of making our eyes look red and sore. Indeed, there is a really fine line between looking like a Fall Knockout and an allergy-stricken chicken [it rhymes! lol]. Try keeping these warm colour on the outer edge of your eye makeup/ eye contour area. Also, avoid bringing these colours too far in towards the inner corner of your eyes [although in some looks, this actually works.]. Use the right techniques, and you'll find yourself rocking these rustic tones for the Fall that has come. BEAUTIFUL, SEXY AND SMOKEY. Enough said.
3) Bush!
It's all about the brows. THICK, STRONG EYEBROWS. Oh yea, thick doesn't always mean out of control and bushy but rather, take your look to the next level by focusing on your brows. Now, I admit I am those who almost never draws their brows, but seeing so many before-and-after YouTube videos and pictures, brows do indeed make a difference. I personally have dark black and somewhat thicker more defined brows, and hence my laziness lol. Arched, straight, softer or stronger, it's all up to you.Such strong brows add just enough to make your look more polished, clean and framed. After all, the brows do frame your beautiful peepers. *wiggle your eyebrows*
 4) Pucker up!
Bold Lips that ooze vampy, seductive and mystery. My favourite. I love bold lips be it red, orange, wine or pink. Bold lips are one of the easiest ways to spice up your look. It can quickly polish up your look and awaken your inner sexy siren/ vamp. Fall is always a good time to play with the reds, dark roses and wine-hued lippies [not that you can't rock these at any times of the year ;)]. Red is forever classic and you can never go wrong with this. However, finding the right red to bust out of your arsenal can be tricky. General rule of thumb: Warmer toned beauties= more orange-based reds, cooler-toned beauties= blue/ purple toned reds. BUT don't just follow the norms! Makeup is all about experimenting so don't be shy to try out ANY red lippies that you are doubtful of pulling off. Who knows? You might find The One. *gasp* As for the vampy calling, wine/ merlot toned lippies are so beautiful. Something about these lil babies scream vamp, sexy, and overall Fall. Either keep it simple and more wearable with minimal eyeshadow/liner, thicker brows and defined lashes or go full on sexy with both the eyeshadows and bold lips. Both ways are nothign short of breath-taking. So pucker up and rock those sinful bold lips. People might just stop you on the streets for those alluring kissers.
So beauties, with these trends in mind, it's time to rock these for Fall! Bring out the sexy vamps/sirens and the classic Fall beauty your style, your way. Any other fall makeup trends that you have been loving? ;)

Stay sexy, strong and beautifully confident!