Review

The Constants

Saturday, July 29, 2017


Three years after taking an early retirement, I am back to being a corporate slave. Although my business is still alive, its such a niche market that I've had periods of boredom. That, plus having an indefinite no-buy on things I wanted but did not need, was no fun. 

Since I now have to report to an office everyday, looking decent and respectable (haha) is important. After all, perception plays an important role when you're the newbie.

Here are my everyday constants - makeup that I've been using every. single. day. Each one is long-lasting which is why I cannot go through a single work day without these.

1. Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX06 - Excellent coverage and the color match is perfect. I usually mix this with a BB Cream or another Foundation to make it easier to spread. 

2. Eve Pearl Dual Salmon Concealer Treatment in Light/Medium - This is the most important thing that goes on my face. Without it, I would look like a total zombie. The darker shade is perfect for my undereye area. It feels velvety, not a lot of slip nor is it tacky - it works for me since I have some deep lines and this doesn't settle as much as any other concealer I've tried.

3. Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder - I set my undereye concealer with this powder. No white cast, it doesn't dry up the skin or make the concealer cakey. 


4. Innisfree Skinny & Jumbo Dualcara - This is pretty unique in that one end has a micro wand and the other has a curled wand with a rounded tip. I forgot to take a photo - will post that on instagram instead. Although it has a wet formula, it sets quickly and stays on the entire day. No clumps here. You'll need a good makeup remover at the end of the day.

5. KATE Tokyo Slim Gel Pencil in BK-1 - This one of Kanebo's more affordable makeup brands. I use this to tightline the upper lid.

6. KATE Tokyo Eyebrow Pencil BR-5 - My natural hair color is black, as in really black. Any sparse area becomes pretty obvious so this dark ash brown shade is a prefect match.

Everything else changes often. Sometimes I wear eyeshadow but there are days when I'm in a rush nd skip that. Lipstick changes everyday but I tend to stick to red shades. 

What are your everyday makeup essentials?

Aromatherapy

Kneipp Mineral Bath Salts

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


On a recent trip to Taiwan, I booked a room at a modestly-priced hotel. I wasn't expecting much except that it was near the train station, had a comfortable bed, clean bathroom and high ratings at Agoda. Had I known our room had a tub, I would have packed some of my home made aromatherapy bath salts. When I found out, it was both an aw, shucks and that's awesome! moment. Too bad I didn't bring my bath salts but yay, I have the perfect excuse to buy some.

Review

Empties - April 2017 Edition

Saturday, April 29, 2017


Whoever started blogging about empties - thank you! It has served as my motivation for going through GWP samples. So let's jump in and take a look at what I've used up this month!

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