Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sephora Haul and ramblings

I was at Sephora the other day. My favourite Giorgio Armani Master Fluid primer ran out and I was torn between buying a replacement or try something new. In the end I decided to try out the Make Up For Ever primer and the HD Loose powder. (My Giorgio Armani Microfil Loose Powder  has been with me for way longer that it should, high time I threw it away.)

I suffered from adult acne through out my adult life. After delivering my son and visiting the dermatologist, I took Diane for quite a few years to control my acne. It did a marvelous job, no more pimples and it controlled my oily face very well. 

Last year I decided to stop using Diane because I didn't think it was wise to continue taking it for too long. I think I stopped around September last year. After a week, I could feel that my face was getting oilier. It didn't faze me much because I just had to tell myself to blot often and get used to it. But by December I was getting really bad pimples around my chin area. They would dry up, go away and new ones would appear. I think February was the worst time for me. I had pimples all around my eye brow area and the chin area just got worst.

It was around this time that I went to Sephora and decided to pick up the Boscia Little Black Book to try out. I was desperate to try anything. I'll let you know how I feel about it.

I forgot how devastating it feels with so many pimples on my face. My face feels heavy with oil and hurts often because of the fresh huge pimples. I was feeling very low and honestly not in the mood to put on makeup. None of my foundations stay on my face for long. My whole face becomes oily after an hour.

I threw the towel in and went back to my doctor for Diane. I just couldn't take it anymore. I'm not sure if I made a wise decision. The thing with taking birth control pills is that I must perform regular breast examinations to check for lumps. Pap smears are a must every year. I'll be honest, I hate Pap Smears because they just feel very uncomfortable but for the sake of my face and health I'm just going to suck it up and do it.

I'm not sure if it is a wise decision on my part. Today I am eating my third pill from the first pack. I can't wait for the oliies to go away and my pimples to settle. Wish me luck.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold and Orchid swatches and review

I heard about new Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks been released and I after I saw the pretty colours I knew I had to get them. There were originally only 9 shades available and they were mostly the darker colours. This year Laura Mercier came up with new colours and thankfully there were more lighter shades. So now there are a total of 17 shades.

The new ones being:
Pink Opal
Grey Pearl
Rose Gold
Mint Snow
Sand Glow
Sugar Frost

I chose Orchid and Rose Gold because I wanted them as washes of lid colour.

Orchid is a pretty lilac colour that is dark enough to use as a wash of colour and still be visible on its own.

Rose Gold on the other hand disappears onto my lids and is barely visible as a sheer gold shade. I use as a base of my neutrals because Caviar Sticks actually last on my oil lids without smudging. I'm not sure about the darker Caviar Sticks though.

Here I added MAC Green Brown pigment on top of Rose Gold for a more complex look.

Orchid gives me a pink lilac pearl finish that is more visible to the eye. For a very simple look I just add on my liquid liner for a bit more oomph.

Caviar Sticks are easy to blend. I love using my fingers to blend. They are fast drying but there is still time to blend them out to your satisfaction before they set. They do slightly smudge at the end of the day but because I chose the lighter shades, they aren't that obvious.

I love that they are pen like which makes they easy to tote around.

These sell for USD $24. They sell for SGD $39 which is hell of a markup. With shipping I only paid SGD $33 each.

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks are fantastic for lazy girls who do not want the hassle of applying too many colours onto their eyes. They also make great eye bases. You don't need any tools to apply them either. They work wonderfully with fingers.

I'm definitely going to try out one of the darker colours perhaps in Jungle or Smoke to see if they smudge badly.

Ratings: 4 lipsticks

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Megalicious haul!

I just had to share with you this gorgeous picture. If I could roll in bed with them you bet I would have. A few of us makeup addicts decided to haul from Sak's and this is what we bought collectively.

This is my haul.

I wanted the new Laura Mercier Caviar sticks. I finally gave into buying the Giorgio Armani face and cheek duo Ecailles after seeing Joey rave so much about it. I also decided to take the plunge and get a Tom Ford lipstick.

My lovely friends allowed me to take pictures of their haul so thanks sweeties. Go ahead and drool at the orgasmic pictures below.

Tom Ford Blush in Frantic Pink. Dear Joy from Look Nook Hook has already put up her review about it here

Chanel Raffinement belongs to dear Meryl at Memoiseille. I can't wait for her to post her review because when I saw her swatch this quad I kinda drooled all over her hand.

The Dolce & Gabbana Rose Bud blush and Tom Ford lipstick in Casablanca belong to Ruby at Miaka's Life and Loves. If I ever wanted to buy a D&G blush, I think Rose Bud will be the shade I buy. It is so pretty. I can't wait for her reviews too.

My swatches and reviews will be up shortly.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Beauty Blogger Tag: 32 things You didn't know about me

Hi everyone! This is an impromptu post. Dear Joy from Look Nook Hook tagged me to do this. Honestly I've not done one because I'm not sure if any of you would want to read it but here goes. 

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
It’s naturally straight but I have very unruly and thick hair. I hated it until my hairdresser finally convinced me to do a soft rebond. Now its manageable and I don't have to fuss over it.
2. What’s your natural hair colour?
It is a dark brown.
3. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
I haven't dyed my hair for a couple of years. I kinda like it as it is.
4. Do you wear the same style every day or do you change it?
It is always the same unless it gets really hot, then I tie it up. I am very resistant to changing my hair style.
5. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
I haven't done a mani or pedi for more than a year now. I haven't had time to go to a salon! The closest is the stick on nail polishes and I save those for special occasions.
6. How often do you change your nail polish?
I don't.
7. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?
8. How long does it take for you to put on your makeup?
It takes me about 20 minutes to put on my makeup but I love taking my time if I can afford to. Longest time taken is about an hour.
9. What do you do first, face or eyes?
Face first, I tried doing my eye makeup first but it just didn't feel natural for me.
10. Do you “collect” makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
Ha ha that's easy, I collect. I'm not called a hoarder for nothing. And I have a weakness for luxurious brands. I'm a makeup snob!
11. How often do you wear false eye lashes?
On weekends if I have the time and Friday date nights with my DH. I love the natural ones best because they enhance the eye. I don't like the really obvious ones though because they look just plain scary. 
12. Do you do a full face of makeup every day?
Yes I do on most work days.
13. Do you wear makeup when you are home alone, or with family?
I don't wear makeup when I'm at home alone.
14. Will you leave the house without makeup?
Yes I do, when I'm going to a nearby supermarket to get groceries or when I know I'm going to be sweating a lot. But when I go to town area I feel funny without my makeup on.
15. How many high-end products do you have?
Quite a few
16. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you are getting dressed?
I do, I rummage through my clothes and plan out what I want to wear in advance. I cannot afford to think about what I want to wear on the day itself, no time! I also like to plan what makeup item I want to use for that day, be it an eye palette, blush or lipstick and I work my look around it.
17. How often do you change your handbag?
currently have 3 bags. My green bag I use for work. My grey shoulder bag I bought from Zara for my casual days and finally my coral handbag I save for special occasions.
18. What time do you get up and go to sleep?
I am in bed by 9.30 in the night but I mess around with my iPad and only sleep at around 10.30. I wake up at 5.30 in the mornings.
19. How often or when do you work out?
Almost everyday. I jog on Monday evenings, practice my pole and dance throughout the week int eh evenings too. I rest on Fridays and have a 3 hour dance cum pole session on Saturdays.
20. Left handed or right-handed?
Right handed.
21. How tall are you?
Very short! 1.57 cm.
22. Do you speak a foreign language? 
Nope I can't even speak Mandarin well, so embarrassing.
23. How many pets do you have?
I had dogs, a cat, hamsters, a rabbit and fish before but currently I'm petless. 
24. How often are you on Blogger (or your other blog platform)?
25. Do you read comments posted on blogs?
I do.
26. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts? 
I do have a mental want list which changes constantly.
27. How did you come up with your blog name? 
I was thinking bout how I hoard my makeup and that is how I came up with it.
28. What kind of camera do you use for photographs?
A Panasonic Lumix.
29. How often do you clean your house? 
I'm a very bad housewife, I don't clean! I get a cleaner to come in once a week. My flat is very untidy and messy.
30. What is your favourite colour?
31. Do you swear?
Yes, everyday.
32. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
I'm going to the Botanic Gardens to watch the Thomson Big Band. I love swing music.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Art of Bricks Exhibition and a face of the day

It is the school holidays and it has been a relatively quiet one for DS, DH and myself. So instead of wallowing at home I suggested we go visit the Art of Bricks Exhibition. Hopefully it will inspire DS to be more creative and show him what one can do with Lego bricks.

Anyway I love that as Singaporeans we get a discount when we visit. Come April, if I'm not mistaken, the National Museum will be free to all Singaporean citizens. Yay to that!

That's DS and me Legorized!

I think the art pieces were amazing especially the dinosaur piece.The space was well thought out and it was massive.

There were some areas where we could play around with. Above is my interpretation of a flower. Hehe.

I am very lame! All this while I have been wanting to take a touristy picture with the big Chanel sign. The couple of times when we visited Marina Bay Sands, it was too dark and I could not get a good shot. I dragged DS and DH to help me take a picture and obviously DS had to try to photo bomb me.

These are some of the items I used for my look.

I used my new Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Orchid (will be reviewed soon) as an all over base and then added the pearly pink shade from my Chanel Ombres Perlees De Chanel palette.

Then I used the pearly white gold shade as a brow highlight and blended it with the pink.

I used the gunmetal grey shade for the outer corner of my lids and added a dash of the dark purple as a contour.

Finally I took my Giorgio Armani eye pencil and lined my eyes and then smudged it. To prevent it from smudging, I used Make Up For Ever's Aqua Liner to line over the GA pencil. It still smudged after an hour.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Orchid (to be reviewed)
Chanel Ombres Perlees De Chanel palette
Giorgio Armani Black Eyes To Kill Waterproof Liner in black
Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner
Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara

Burberry Lip Pencil Dusty Rose
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine No.13 Pink in Paris (to be reviewed)

Giorgio Armani UV Master Primer
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua 
Make Up For Ever HD Powder (to be reviewed)
Burberry Blush Coral Pink (to be reviewed)

Thanks for looking.