Monday, December 30, 2013

Best of 2013

2013 has been an absolute cracker of a year. My second year of studying for a Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning, a year of personal growth and change and one of exciting shifts in perspective and development. This year also bore witness to my makeup and skincare obsession plateauing to a point where I reasoned with myself to only buy things I truly need. I came back from a trip to northern China, had a quick getaway to Singapore in May, and am ending it on a high note with a trip to one of my ancestral provinces in China. I believe this will be the last of the China camp trips, which have been memorable and enjoyable but my sister and I have had enough and will opt to travel elsewhere next year. 
Personal recounts aside, I've also enjoyed trying and buying new makeup, skincare and hair care products, and this post will sum up the cream of the crop. Some tried-and-true favourites will have been carried over from last year and most of them will be veterans featured on the blog many a time and some are blatantly obvious if you're a long-time reader so I'll keep it concise.

Skin79 Super+ Triple Functions BB Cream SPF25 PA++
Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in Real Sand and Natural Beige
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in 52 Vanilla and 53 Light Beige
Bourjois Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer in 53 Dark Radiance

NARS Deep Throat Blush
Illamasqua Zygomatic Cream Blush
NYC Sunny bronzer
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle

Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume and Curl mascara
Lioele Artist Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Grey-Black
Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black
Maybelline Color Tattoos in Bad to the Bronze and Barely Branded
Sofea Colorful Single Eye Shadow in 07
Urban Decay Naked2 Tease, YDK

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Charm and Sweetheart
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Bare Again

Ecotools Petite Shader Brush, Angled Blending Brush and Blush Brush
Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Multi-Task Brush, Blush Brush and Buffing Brush

Antipodes Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser
Indeed Labs Hydraluron
Rosehip Oil
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF 50 PA+++

Revlon Whimsical
L'Oreal Riviera Lavender
Essie Absolutely Shore
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

L'Oreal Elvive Smooth Intense Anti-Frizz Serum
L'Oreal Hair Expertise EverStrong Reconstruct Shampoo and Conditioner

That compiles my favourite products of 2013! Hope 2014 is better yet, in both the personal and product-related aspects. Have a happy New Year!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Ready, Jetset

1L clear plastic bag with in-flight-friendly products 

Two weeks in China again and this time we're going to Quanzhou and Xiamen! As always, packing more skincare than makeup. Bought a new cleanser targeted at blemish-prone, congested skin which I'll try out in an attempt to remedy the ice-cream-induced breakouts. I'm trying out one of Original Source's shower gels for the first time, and I'm bringing a small stash of makeup so that if the occasion calls for it, I won't be unprepared. Sorry for being MIA recently, I'll be back with photos and a monthly favourites post. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Blushing and Charmed

Priceline's house brand Models Prefer has never appealed to me but their latest catalogue sale places a hefty discount on the range so I decided to give it a chance. I opted for the Models Prefer Mystique Multi-Tone Bronzer in Charmed; a boxed powder which bears a striking resemblance to Benefit Hervana