No photo of my used products this month because I screwed up! Deleted the copy on my phone because I thought I had already transferred it on my computer but no! And I had already threw away my products zzz.
1) Suave – Dry Shampoo
why did I buy it? one of another Youtube enabled buy
first impressions? smell is a little too strong but it leave my hair cleaner.
upon finishing? after using it for a few times I don’t really like it since by the end of the day I feel like my hair gets very heavy and the smell just……I just don’t like it. There’s still like a quarter left but I am going to throw this away since it’s so cheap anyway.
2) Batiste – Dry Shampoo in Original
why did I buy it? another dry shampoo that I wanted to try because of Youtube!
first impressions? this smells so much better than the Suave’s.
upon finishing? again, I have not finished this but it’s because I brought this along during one of my trips and it leaked -.- Still I have already repurchased this since I really do enjoy using it. Got the small bottle since I only used dry shampoo a few times a month.
3) The Face Shop – Top and Base Coat
why did I buy it? because I am always getting top and base coats, I don’t even know why. Like 50% of the time I buy nail polishes, I buy either a base or top coat -_-
first impressions? just an average top and base coat, the top coats takes some time to dry completely though.
upon finishing? didn’t finish this because they are kind of drying out already, and since they are so average and cheap I decided to throw them out.
4) Muji – Oil Blotting Sheets
why did I buy it? was at Muji getting some organizational items and I decide to pick this up to give it a try.
first impressions? it doesn’t absorb oil as well as I thought I would and I have to use 2-3 sheets depending on when I blot and what base products I am using on that day.
upon finishing? Definitely won’t be purchasing this again as my Clean and Clear blotting sheets work better and smells awesome too.
5) Crabtree & Evelyn – Rosewater Body Cream
why did I buy it? because I love rose scented products and Beauty.com was having a 20% off. Think I got this last year around this time? Stayed away from their 20% off this year though
first impressions? I was actually dreading using this because I didn’t really like their rosewater scented hand cream but this actually smells pretty amazing!
upon finishing? it moisturizes really well and smells heavenly too, so will definitely give other Crabtree & Evelyn products even if I don’t get the exact same product.
I love December ever since rainy days don’t get me as down as before. So many things to prepare and look forward to in 2014.
Onto the fourth day of our Maldives trip, by this time we are able to recognize everyone on the island, which goes to show how small it is haha. But we really enjoyed the privacy and it wasn’t too boring for us.
Plan for the day was to go to another island where Maldivians stay during the early afternoon. So what better way to start the day than breakfast? I really loved sitting by the beach everyday for meals, so relaxing and I find myself actually eating slower and enjoying my food more.
T named the photo below, ‘The Lady and the Bird’ LOL. I finally found someone with the same amount of creativity when it comes to naming things. I used to have 2 turtles and they were simply named ‘Big Turtle’ and ‘Small Turtle’.
And it was time to leave the island again!
It was just a short 30 minutes boat ride, and our tour guide also happens to be the same person who is taking are of the sports centre.
The island is really small, with only about a thousand inhabitants. Most interesting thing is the coral wall I saw below. At first I had on a shawl in an attempt to be decent, but it got too hot after.
We spent the remaining time just chilling by the beach at a cafe, thankfully I brought along a book. T also kept me entertained. He can be really funny when he’s not occupied with his phone :p
Afterwards we got back to the hotel and it was time to take a dip again! This time round in the pool first and chilling before heading to the sea to snorkel once more.
Photos of the underwater turned out really blurry boo ;( But I really did enjoy all the time snorkeling and hope I get to travel to places like Tahiti, Fuji etc to snorkel again.
Oh and below is the water jacuzzi in our villa that we managed to use a few times.
Another enjoyable day in Maldives! <3
Last week has gotta be one of the craziest weeks I ever had with the trainings and meetings but I am thankful that it is over and I get to rest on this Monday.
I kinda miss the days when I was on my half year break from work, and could just jet to anywhere I like whenever. And everyday is my own time instead of some other’s. The perils of being an adult.
Anyhow, here are the products I finished in October.
1) St Ives – Apricot Scrub
why did I buy it? I read some good reviews about it so I thought I could give this a go.
first impressions? it seems too rough for my skin so I stopped using it for a while, but after a hiatus my skin seemed to be ok with it.
upon finishing? it does exfoliate pretty well but I read that this is quite a harsh scrub (not because of the chemicals but more of the beads used) so it might not be suitable for very sensitive skin. I used it once-twice a week on days that I am not using my clarisonic. Don’t think I will repurchase this though, since I am trying my best to stay away from harsh exfoliating products!
2) The Body Shop – Banana Banane Shampoo
why did I buy it? Elle from Allthatglitters21 raved about it before so I thought I could give it a go.
first impressions? cleanses pretty well, but leaves my hair a little dry. smell is also just normal, not as great as she claims it to be.
upon finishing? definitely won’t be a repurchase for me but I am keen to try out more shampoos rather than the usual Dove that I’ve been using for the past 2 years.
3) Simple – Eye Make-Up Remover
why did I buy it? Since I don’t do crazy eye makeup often these days, I thought I would switch to a less intensive eye makeup remover.
first impressions? it is really gentle and doesn’t sting my eyes at all! it also doesn’t leave a oily residue like waterproof makeup removers tend to do so.
upon finishing? most of the times, it is able to remove my eye makeup decently except for a Too Faced Waterproof eyeliner. but I do like it enough to have already purchased a second bottle.
4) Boots – Soft & Sheer Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 15
why did I buy it? wow I bought this a really long time ago but I think it’s also because I saw good online reviews about this.
first impressions? it really does a good job of blurring out imperfections, giving you a very natural skin look.
upon finishing? I do like it but it took me so long to finish it (besides the fact that I have 101 base products lying around) is that I only used it on Sundays. I probably wouldn’t repurchase it since I don’t use tinted moisturizer that often, and will use a BB cream in replacement of this product.
5) Soap & Glory – The Daily Smooth Body Butter
why did I buy it? Got this travel size body butter as a Christmas gift last year!
first impressions? smells really good, but takes a little effort to spread this around since it is rather thick.
upon finishing? don’t think I will purchase this myself as I prefer lotions that is slightly thinner but I have got to say, this moisturizes really well!
6) Korres – Cleansing and Makeup Remover Wipes (Milk Proteins)
why did I buy it? Because Korres is one of the more natural brands out there so I really want to try some of their products.
first impressions? it does a decent job of removing makeup but I prefer my Simple Cleansing Wipes due to the texture of the wipes. Simple has a slight exfoliating texture to their wipes.
upon finishing? probably wouldn’t repurchase this unless there is a deal on ASOS!
Anyone else looking forward to Christmas already?
For the past couple of months, I haven’t really been shopping too much because I was rather busy adjusting to my new job and also my body wasn’t really feeling up to it.
But all that changed once it’s October I always spend loosely and justify it by telling myself it’s ok because it’s my birthday.
So anyway, why not do a collective haul post? Makes my legs go jelly just looking at the photos and very happy with my purchases.
1) Illamasqua – got these babies off their site when they were having some secret sale for people on their mailing list. A pity that I didn’t manage to snag the nail polish in ‘Raindrops’ though.
2) New MAC brushes that I picked up at DFS! Totally forgotten how expensive MAC brushes are until I paid =o
3) More beauty stuff from DFS.
4) Stayed in Banyan Tree Bangkok while I was in Bangkok for work, and it was awesome! And I love their toiletries so much that I bought some back so that I can ‘recreate the Banyan Tree experience at home’. Not cheap, after 30% discount these added up to ~sgd$100?
5) Got sucked into purchasing this after my brow waxing session at Tangs’s Benefit counter, BA used this on me and it looks so natural!
6) Once in a while I step into Body Shop to get something essential (just wanted to get a back up of the tea tree toner) and I go crazy.
7) and this is the GWP for spending more than $85. Am especially curious about the Natrulift night cream! Also, am loving how travel friendly the size is.
And the photo below just shows how I spent tidying my loots, while watching Youtube beauty videos so that I can lust over more beauty goodies. It’s a vicious cycle, I tell ya.
I have some work that needs to be done but heck I am going to take a break and reminisce about my awesome summer holiday by blogging about it!
Day 3 in Maldives was simply magical. Also because it’s our first year wedding anniversary Time passes so quickly!
We started off the day with T being silly.
And a full body massage after while listening to the ocean waves.
Technically I can’t even enjoy the view since I was facing the floor most of the time.
But it was a beautiful day in the Maldives!!! :p
Obviously we had to do more snorkelling. There isn’t really many other activities to do, but I was very happy snorkelling everyday so I am not complaining.
Just for laughs, because nobody looks cute in their snorkel mask right?
And we proceeded to chill by the pool. Such is the life, I missed it so much!
Then it was time to go for our sunset cruise that was cancelled yesterday! Thank god the weather was amazing the next day, so it didn’t get cancelled again.
Soon we boarded the yacht and left the island
It was an amazing 2 hours out at the sea, saw many wild dolphins swimming close by and doing tricks. Also saw a sea turtle.
And the sunset was just beautiful :’) I felt so blessed at that moment, even now that I got to experience such a wonderful sunset with the one person that I love most.
A random photo of T playing pool, it’s our daily activity before heading for dinner.
After dinner, we went back to our room and got a surprise from the staff! They do it for everyone on anniversaries, honeymoons etc I guess. Really thoughtful of them.
So much love whenever I look back on the wonderful memories we have created together and look forward to more beautiful moments.
This is something that I would never want to let go of, the reason I go to bed smiling and wake up contented <3
October October! Love and hate r/s with this month, because it’s my birthday month. Love because I am a year older (yay!) and hate because birthdays are just awkward. Am I the only person here who enjoys being a year older? I mean, every year I feel like I have grown and experienced so much that I feel like I earned my years hahahaha.
But anyway, here are the products I have used up for September!
1) Sephora – Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner
why did I buy it? I use this to spot clean my brushes after using them. This is particularly important especially for face brushes!
first impressions? it does gets off the some product but not all of course. so I feel that it works well for me as it is a spray, so it’s super convenient to use.
upon finishing? have already repurchased a bottle! anyone has spot cleaning products to introduce?
2) Maybelline – Clear Smooth BB Cream
why did I buy it? got it because I wanted to take a photo with it to attend a Maybelline contest to win a goodie bag haha in the end I did win! So it’s a worthwhile investment.
first impressions? it is quite sheer but works well as a tinted moisturizer, I like it because I prefer to a sheer to medium coverage on a daily basis.
upon finishing? I use this quite often actually, even though I switch base makeup very frequently. This is because very often I would add this BB cream to make other base makeup easier to blend! Love this BB cream’s watery texture, and I have a brand new one that I haven’t opened yet because I am trying to use up other products. Still, can’t wait to use this again!
3) Miccosmo – Moisturizer
why did I buy it? a couple of years back when I was in Japan, I saw this in Ranking Queen being rated quite well so I got it without even knowing what type of cream this is since it’s all in Japanese! In the end, I got to know that this cream is meant to make your skin like a baby’s skin again so I was quite happy about purchasing it.
first impressions? it is rather moisturizing so I only ended up using this at night. It really does keeps my skin hydrated throughout the night, which is very important since I sleep in an air-conditioned room.
upon finishing? love it! but I doubt I can get my hands on it again ;( switched to another night cream already and can already feel that the new night cream is not as good as this one.
4) Etude House – Apricot Stick
why did I buy it? got it in Korea because it is cheap and one can never have enough lip products right?
first impressions? very moisturzing and I love the slight tint of color that instantly makes my skin looks brighter! this is also why it is one of my top beauty picks for 2012.
upon finishing? love it! will probably repurchase in the future but right now I need to show some love to other lip products in my stash.
5) Silkygirl – Funky Eyelights Pencil
why did I buy it? got this like way back when I had just started experimenting with makeup and got this because I wanted to try some colors.
first impressions? it’s a pretty good eyeliner for its price actually! I used the blue one more than gold, although I had thought that it would be the other way round =o
upon finishing? as you can see, I actually have a lot left but I decide to chuck them because they are too old. Now my eyeliner stash only has different shades of brown and black. Maybe I will get gray in future but probably not light blue again hahaha.
6) Dollywink – Liquid Eyeliner
why did I buy it? because I wanted to give liquid eyeliners a go because I was just suddenly sick of gel liners!
first impressions? love it! the tip is pretty fine and the amount that is being dispensed is perfect. super easy to use and that is also why it is also one of my top beauty picks for 2012 :D
upon finishing? will probably repurchase it in the future, but I am currently on a pencil eyeliner kick. Also I have 1 opened liquid eyeliner that I am trying to use up, and another unopened one. So, trying not to hoard!
Will try to complete the rest of my Maldives posts this month, ta!
This post is live…using up products has been easier and easier I am happy to say, hopefully it will stay this way. I got some new products when I went to US last month so I will definitely try to purge some products as well. My drawers are getting very full.
1) The Body Shop – Cranberry Joy Body Polish
why did I buy it? I am a sucker for the cranberry scent Body Shop puts out every Christmas so I got the package which includes this body polish.
first impressions? I have used their body polish before and wasn’t very impressed but this time round it worked well for me. Not sure if they changed the formula or what.
upon finishing? I wouldn’t mind repurchasing for the scent alone! smells so delicious, can’t wait for Christmas already ;D
2) Bioderma – Sensibio H2O
why did I buy it? my favorite makeup remover!
first impressions? read here to find out what I have to say in the past
upon finishing? have repurchased a huge bottle (500mL) when I was in HK, and very glad that SG now stocks this mega bottle too at Guardian!
3) Garnier – Gentle Cleansing Facial Wipes
why did I buy it? got this as a bundle deal together with the Garnier BB cream. I am really into cleansing wipes during weekends when I don’t wear much makeup so that I can save a little on my bioderma. Also variety is the spice to life yo hahahaha.
first impressions? It is rather moist till the last piece, and feels rather refreshing on the face. The wipe is also a reasonable size for me to remove a whole face of makeup (tinted moisturizer, blush and brows).
upon finishing? Still prefer the Simple wipes because it seems to be more effective at removing makeup. Even though Garnier does manage to remove all my makeup, but I usually have to be more careful and do a few more swipes.
4) Clean & Clear – Oil Control Film in Grapefruit scent
why did I buy it? been repurchasing this for quite a long time already.
first impressions? the smell is amazing! plus pink clear film is not as disgusting as blue clear film (after blotting).
upon finishing? will definitely get this again, and again. Seriously hope they won’t discoutinue this as it is getting pretty difficult to locate in stores =o
5) Maybelline – Mineral Power Concealer in Fair
why did I buy it? I can’t even remember! Got this a few years back and it took me so long to finish this.
first impressions? it does gives pretty good coverage and does a decent job at concealing both undereye area and blemishes.
upon finishing? glad that I finally finished this. It’s not that it’s a bad product, just that I don’t use concealer much because I do not have much skin problems #humblebrag and also because I prefer a natural finish rather than a flawless one. I do have other concealers that I play around with though! Sometimes.
6) Lancome Virtuôse Mascara
why did I buy it? got this in a travel kit a while back.
first impressions? rather meh for a mascara, but mascaras rarely blow me away since I wear falsies almost everyday.
upon finishing? will definitely not get this full size since it is just an average mascara for my pathetic lashes.
7) Bath&Body Works Candle in Mahogany Teakwood
why did I buy it? because everyone on Youtube says it smells like A&F!!!
first impressions? love the scent as it is pretty similar to A&F <3
upon finishing? I got bored of it halfway, and stopped burning it for a while but after I got into it again. That’s the way I am with most scents, so I definitely wouldn’t mind repurchasing this again when I am crazy enough to order from Bath&Body Works once more. The shipping costs are crazyyyyyy.
Ok I am going to sleep now. Wish I can go on leave to just slack at home and pretend to be a tai tai. Maybe I should make that happen.