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Shanghai – Qi Bao Lao Jie

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Headed over to Shanghai for a short trip again in first week of March.

This time, T’s sis recommended us to head over to 七宝老街 for the afternoon.




I really enjoyed strolling along the streets and the street snacks. It’s super crowded though!






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Hope you enjoyed the photos! I don’t really have anything significant to add on, only that it was quality time spent with the husband and that is something I always cherish xx


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April 29, 2013 at 3:35 PM

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Recent Makeup…..(2)

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Jeez, I thought that having a new series would help me be more disciplined in blogging and also the topics won’t be so random but uh it’s been 3 months since I started my first post on my ‘Recent Makeup’ chat.

Sometimes I switch items too fast so I don’t really bother to document but recently I’ve settled on a routine that I really like, though I will be forcing myself to rotate items around real soon again! haha the perils of having too many makeup items 😉


1) Too Faced Eyeshadow Primer in Candlelight

2) Everyday Minerals Eyeshadow in Seahorse

3) Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Demolition

4) Victoria’s Secret Sparkling Eyeliner in Glitter Bronze

5) ZA Ever Brows in 04 Honey Brown

6) Etude House Tear Drop Liner in 03 Pearl Sparkle

I have been going for a simple bright eyed look, using Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight which is a shimmery gold, and then setting with the eyeshadow from Everyday Minerals. That is a travel friendly loose eyeshadow as it has a roller ball for application. Definitely not suitable for looks that require precision but good enough for all over the eyelid usage. Also have been keeping my eyeliner softer by using brown eyeliners, UD is darker and I use that closer to my water line while VS is more for smoothing out any rough edges and to soften the look since it is a ligher brown.

Finally I finished off with UD on the outer 3/4 of lower waterline and then Etude House’s Tear drop liner on the inner half.


7) Skin79 Super + BB Cream

8) Benefit Erase Paste in 02 Medium

9) Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer

10) MAC Blush in Spaced Out

11) Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee

As you can see I have been keeping it real simple with the face. Skin79’s bb cream is alright, nothing exceptional to talk about. I wonder how I will be able to finish such a huge bottle though (40mL!). Some days I even skip the concealer because I am not really too fussy about achieving a perfect complexion.

Hope you enjoyed the makeup talk xx

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April 21, 2013 at 9:28 PM

what I’ve been wearing…(21)

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I am fairly certain that I will not be able to become a fashion blogger because I keep forgetting to take my outfits! But I have found a good spot which is just out at my lift in the morning when the sunlight is really good so that is going to be my new background 😀


1) Blazer and Belt from ASOS, dress from River Island


2) Dress and shoes from ASOS, Pullover from Bangkok


3) Scarf from FCUK, Top from Victoria’s Secret, Skirt from Korea, Bag from Karen Millen


4) Dress from H&M, Scarf from Gap, Bag from Karen Millen


5) Dress from ASOS, Bag from Karen Millen, Shoes from Zara

I think I love my third outfit the most, and that was my church attire one Saturday. Also making it a point to wear my scarves more often though it can get so hot sometimes. Have not been buying a lot of clothes recently as I feel like I don’t need anything new. Also feeling the need to purge but I am not sure what to purge! Really need to spend one weekend to look through everything and think about it hard.

Who had thought that being vain can be so difficult?

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April 15, 2013 at 12:09 AM

The ‘Use-it-up’ Project (17) – March Edition

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Hello, I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter break!

I’m glad I managed to keep myself away from chocolate eggs BUT I feel like I am developing a double chin <:(

Here’s what I used up in March, thankful that I am not too late this time round. Right now I am kind of worried about what I am going to use up this month, and next because none of my items seem to be finishing! Time to reorganize and change up my routine a little.


1) Origins – VitaZing SPF15

why did I buy it? Makeupbytiffanyd always raves about this so I decided to get it. Recently she has switched over to Smashbox bb cream though!

first impressions? smells a little weird, and I didn’t really know the right amount to use. Did give a tiny bit of coverage though.

upon finishing? I got used to the smell in the end and figured out that I had to use just a tiny amount. I had all along thought that this is a moisturizer but now they are marketing this in Asia as a bbcream? Anyway this lasted me for over half a year because I was only using it as a morning moisturizer. I felt that it was alright, but not fantastic so I won’t be repurchasing it.

2) The Bodyshop – Vitamin E Moisture Serum

why did I buy it? got this during one of their sales because I had wanted to start including serums in my skincare routine.

first impressions? absorbs really quickly and doesn’t smell weird like some Vitamin E products!

upon finishing? I really like it! I felt that it really did help my skin to be brighter and remain clearer. Right now I have a few other serums on hand but I do think that it is very likely that I will repurchase this in future but maybe use it as a daytime serum instead of night time.

3) Dollywink – Eyelash Glue

why did I buy it? needed a good eyelash glue and spotted it in Watsons.

first impressions? I just had to use a tiny bit but the glue stayed on really well!

upon finishing? I liked it so much that I included this in my 2012 beauty favorites ❤ You know how some eyelash glue’s quality detoriate towards the end, like my eyelash wouldn’t stay on the whole day but this quality is the same throughout. Much love for it since I use falsies like 90% of the time I put on makeup haha.

4) Canmake – Lash Care Essence

why did I buy it? wanted to take care of my lashes because I do eye makeup almost every day.

first impressions? didn’t irritate my eyes which is good.

upon finishing? I didn’t finish it, because I was too lazy to use it routinely to really see a difference so I don’t really have much to comment about it =s

5) Silk Naturals – Blush in Carnal

why did I buy it? bought this when community sprees were all the rage! also when mineral makeup just started getting a lot of attention and Silk Naturals was one of the companies that were being raved about besides M.A.D. minerals and Everyday Minerals etc.

first impressions? a little too pigmented, but still manageable. The color is towards matte, and it was alright. Not the kind of color I would go for everyday since I prefer bright blushes.

upon finishing? I thought it was an ok blush, if you are into mineral makeup then it’s worth taking a look. Personally I prefer pressed blushes because it’s much easier to work with. And again, the color! Just not something I would reach for everyday.

6) M.A.D. Minerals – Mineral Foundation

why did I buy it? also, during the time when mineral makeup was all the rage so I wanted to try out mineral foundation too! Honestly quite glad that I got mini samples only especially since I dragged on for years before using them. Good thing about mineral foundation is that they don’t have expiry date (please correct me if I am wrong!).

first impressions? buildable coverage, and surprisingly it stays on better than I thought it would. However, it is just too troublesome for me to use it as I had to pour it out, and use a brush to work it.

upon finishing?  it is not that bad, except that it’s too troublesome to use. I also prefer the finish I get from my bb creams/liquid foundations since I am more of a dewy finish kind of girl. I got an olive and a natural one and I mixed the two together to get my perfect color although the olive is too yellow for me so I actually still got a little leftover from the olive.

And that’s all for this month! I am really glad that March is over, it has been a crazy month with so many things going on and T being away for like 2/3 of the month. Looking forward to more quality time spent together in April and also hopefully start planning a summer holiday at the beach!

Thanks for reading xx

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April 3, 2013 at 11:33 AM