Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July Favourites

For me, July was about mostly sticking to the same products, cooking and sleeping late. In addition to the increase in my caffeine intake from practising making coffee at work, the latter has made me break out badly so I'm making an effort to go to bed earlier and layer on the Effaclar Duo. I've been sticking to the same makeup bases: the Bourjois concealer, the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder and the Skin79 BB Cream. I'm not experimenting with anything new there because makeup takes a backseat when skincare is a bigger priority.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Long, Voluminous & Curled

With a name like Kiss Me Heroine Make Long And Curl, you can't help but wonder what inspired the creative genius that produced a title like that. The Isehan manufacturing company made it extremely confusing for consumers to tell which was their brand name and how it could be identified (the English label doesn't even include the 'Kiss Me' name). I've used and loved the Make Volume and Curl version, but when I was in Singapore I bought the Make Long and Curl because I was curious to see how they would compare. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Violet Accent

I'm a sucker for a good gimmick and Physician's Formula seem to like them too, because I gaze heart-eyed at their 'Happy Booster' blushes so not too long ago in a Priceline sale I picked up the Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio for Brown Eyes with high hopes. They claim the long-wearing, water-resistant and smudge-resistant formula can hold up for 24 hours. After trying the silky Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal pencil liners the bar for eyeliner pigmentation is high and these were a letdown.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Japan's Favourite Sunscreen

Sunscreen was never a big part of my life until I found this one through Michelle. The Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF50+ PA+++ is apparently the No. 1 Sunscreen in Japan and for good reason too. Asian skin may not be as sun-sensitive as that of other ethnicities but this ticks all of Caroline Hirons' boxes when it comes to an affordable, high protection sunscreen that prevents damage from UVA and UVB rays.

Glycolic Gold

I heard so many things about the life-changing product Alpha-H Liquid Gold and have wanted to try it for ages so when RY sent me a Liquid Gold product I was ecstatic. The Alpha-H Liquid Gold Rejuvenating Cream* isn't as popular than the original Liquid Gold exfoliating treatment but Ruth reports that it's similarly effective but as a cream formula it's ideal to alternate with the Liquid Gold exfoliator because it's also hydrating.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Metallic Beige

The long-awaited neutral addition to the Color Tattoo line has hit the shelves of Priceline, with the Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hr Metal eyeshadows sneaking their way onto the stands without much fanfare. There were four shades in total but I gave the darker shades a miss. Inked in Pink was available and swatched very prettily- a pink-gold that would really accentuate blue or green eyes- but I purchased the shade Barely Branded because it's exactly what I've been lemming for lately.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Public Powder Room

Smudging out eyeliner, lashing on mascara and touching up lipstick aren't uncommon sights on trains and buses, and I can't truthfully say I haven't done the same when my skin isn't its best and my tardiness is worse. Hand sanitiser is absolutely essential, as are tissues, and I have a small makeup pouch in my tote that I stuff on-the-go beauty essentials into so that if I'm in dire need of some products I have them at hand.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Most Used | Eyes

Eyes can make the biggest statement in a person's face but at the same time, I find doing eye makeup the most difficult to get right, and boy did I learn the hard way. Now I've learnt that it's mostly about learning what works for your eye shape and colour to enhance the peepers for optimum soul-viewing, as the line goes. For me and my dark brown Asian uneven one-double-one-monolid eyes, these products are what work for me. But no matter what colour eyes you have, when in even a shadow of doubt, go neutral.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Very Lush

I'm not a big fan of Lush- their skincare can be very hit-or-miss and their shower gel scents aren't as nice as The Body Shop's in my opinion, and I don't take baths so their bath bombs/ballistics/melts are lost on me. The whole shop has the same overwhelming scent that's very hippie and a little nauseating but I have a friend who can drop hundreds of dollars at a time in there so we visit regularly because that girl takes baths unnaturally often. (Love you Sam!) I was waiting for a bus at a shopping centre and decided to see if I felt like any Lush things and whaddayaknow, for the first time in a long while, I walked out with purchases in hand!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Winter Holidays III

My new favourite place to eat in the city, Brew. I must restrain myself and my gushing of praise, for I went twice within the week of my first visit.

Haloumi, asparagus, poached egg on ciabatta

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Most Used | Lip Products

Following up with my Most Used series, this is the lip product edit, which was probably the easiest to put together. I'm a bit of a rut with lip products, as I like the ones I have and learnt from experience what suits me. I have light-medium yellow-toned skin and pigmented rosy lips that don't suit most pale pinks and nudes. Me trying on a cool-toned pink lipstick is like Cinderella's ugly stepsisters jamming on her incy-wincy glass slipper. It ain't pretty. So if you're like me and have pigmented lips, you may like these colour choices.

Day-Old Fix

Up until a few months ago I washed my hair every night and loved the 'clean' feel of freshly-washed hair. In hindsight I cringe at the way I stripped my hair of its nourishing oils, causing it to produce more oils. And so goes the paradox of overly-washed hair. I switched to washing my hair every second night but to freshen up greasy roots in between washes I turn to dry shampoo. I've tried Batiste but my favourite dry shampoo is Klorane, because it's not strongly scented and it doesn't leave a visible white residue in the hair. Klorane offer two versions, the gentle version with oat milk and the oil control version with nettle.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Shopping The Stash II

I like to think that I have a concise collection that I use regularly and cull every month, and most items have featured on the blog before but when I think about it, who am I kidding? I rarely touch the entire lip product drawer (all 20+ of them, judge as you wish), and eyeshadows are likewise neglected. In an attempt to shop my stash (instead of buying another $60 worth of Priceline goodies that I don't really need) I've been using a couple of things that would otherwise rarely see the light of day.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Almost An Heirloom

Filters are incomparable to genuine '70s sepia tone!

Not Worth The Hype

Whether it's blogger hype, Youtube hype (blind reliance on MissGlamorazzi and her oily skin) or advertising, products are often made out to save skin or enhance eyes beyond compare. Thanks to idiosyncrasy, what works amazingly for someone else may very well perform tragically on another. I'm not saying these won't work for everyone, they just underwhelmed when I used them. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Winter Holidays II

Photo and caption update today. Uni holidays are coming to a close and it feels like so long a break has passed so quickly. I've decided I want to post more about the food and books that I love just as much as skincare/makeup products, so here goes. I haven't done much since my last photo post but I did venture down Burnett Lane to give Brew a try and I'm impressed. Nice coffee, good food and a cosy Melburnian-inspired setting in a converted back alley softened by curtain partitions, sofas, hipster staff and dim wall lamps. To quote Michelle, the hype be real.

louie-louie single-origin latte, salmon and potato pancakes with lime creme-fraiche and poached egg, haloumi, asparagus and poached egg on ciabatta | sorry, like I said, dim light
toby, maltese-shihtzu. domestic beast
having a crack at fresh pasta again

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Brow Beater

Finding brow products to match undyed Asian black hair is tricky. Some blogs swear by grey powders, some (or in my experience, most) professional makeup artists will coo 'oh, but you have chocolate tones in your hair' and ply you with brown brow pencils and powders. I looked up what Asian beauty Youtubers and bloggers used and eventually ordered (haul post here) the Lioele Artist Auto Eyebrow Pencil in 03 Grey-Black.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Most Used | Face

I've happily settled into my taste in makeup and I'm going to compile my most used products into a series to round up my favourites and firmly declare my loyalty to the products. Long-time readers won't be surprised but I like to think of this as a cataloging process. I've already done Blush and Nail Polish so this one will be base, powder, bronzer and highlighter. I haven't tried many primers and don't have a favourite but I'm currently using Face of Australia Face Base primer. It's alright but its oil control properties are nothing spectacular.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

What's In My Bag?

This 'tag' is one that I enjoy reading despite knowing 90% of people carry around the same things. I did a post on this last year and I took it down because I wasn't happy with it. Now that I've established a solid collection of things that move house every time I switch between bags, I thought it was time for another round of What's In My Bag? - a lot of things I don't need, that's what.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Most Used | Brushes

In the interest of the recent 'Downing Tools' movement, I gave the hands-on approach a go but couldn't do without brushes. That gave me the very bright and oh-so-original idea to post about the beauty 'tools' I use the most. Like most girls with too much makeup, I also have too many brushes. I love brushes- when I was starting out with makeup I read so many people say brushes were just as important as the products. They all have their own uses and need to be washed once a week. I used to spot clean them every time I used them but I'd rather drop the brushes and run out the door than take the time to spot clean and miss the bus as a result. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Winter Holidays

My friend and I tried Passion Tree's fondue on a prior visit and we were underwhelmed.  The pretty crockery set-up of two half-moon shaped dishes holding the dipping bits surrounded the fondue burner in the middle but the hazelnut chocolate and white chocolate seemed a little runny. Perhaps they got the ratio of milk to chocolate wrong but it wasn't spectacular and the pair of us are familiar with Max Brenner and San Churro's fondue chocolate which we think is nicer. The variety of dipping choices is more diverse at Passion Tree, with brownies, fruit and the sweet-tooth sucker- ice truffles. The 'ice truffle' ice cream balls were a new brain-freeze-inducing, impractical concept that was nice to try. We went back again to try the Honey Bread, which came with a mountain of whipped cream piled on top, sprinkled with flaked almonds, laced with honey syrup and a blueberry compote. It was good- not deep fried Hong Kong-style but with toasted, crisp crusts and a fluffy middle to soak up the syrup and cream. It's a massive hit to the waistline that my Italian friends would call una bomba

Budget Bronze

Models Prefer isn't a brand I commonly associate with trusty products as some generic house-brands can be a little dubious but when I spotted the Beauty To Go Cream and Compact Bronzer set for $4 I couldn't pass it up. This set contains the compact bronzer in the shade glowing and the cream bronzer in sunkissed. Models Prefer also offer a blush version, with the popular Desk To Date blush from the permanent Models Prefer line and a cream blush stick in Tickled but I have enough blush to keep me going for years. The set normally retails for $5, which is a bargain and may require sensitive skins to act with a bit of caution lest it break you out from questionable ingredients. You get what you pay for ingredients-wise.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Clean and Clearer

My growing interest in skincare means I have a long list of things that I want to try, and I would rather try something off the list than repurchase the same moisturiser or serum after finishing products in my routine. I've used up a full tube of La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo and when I decided to repurchase I knew Effaclar Duo was due for a full post.

Monday, July 1, 2013

At Home and Away

Being whisked away for a couple of days means less time to get ready, without the gazillion options available to me at home so I've keeping it simple and limiting myself to skincare basics.