December 31, 2011

Get Gorgeous this Summer with Summer Sands

Starts tomorrow.

I think this is an incredible deal and if you have not heard of touched Gorgeous Cosmetics, this is a time to do so. They’ve welcomed us to the New Year with an amazing deal, of purchase $49 and receive all these (full sizes) for free. I’m not saying this for any compensation or endorsement whatsoever, I am broadcasting this because I know they have some gorgeous products – which I love. Peach Glow blush, Base Perfect full coverage liquid foundation, Powder Perfect powder is very smooth, and they have the best brush cleaner to totally get those pink bristles back to white.

http://gorgeouscosmetics.com/

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Let me know if you are getting anything and taking advantage of this promotion =)

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December 30, 2011

I feel like blogging today

Is it the weather? Is it the wind? Is it the way the clouds move across the sky… or the fact that today is the second last day of the year 2011. Wait, what?

Looking back, I often wonder if I had done enough and perhaps, the way things did happen the way it did… was for a reason and because there is a purpose… somewhere down the line. What’s in store for me?

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Life throws at you many kinds of things, some might knock you off balance, some keep you right on track, and some… swept you off your feet. My patience has been and will always be tested…once or many more times. My heart may be touched and moved by a movie or the things people do. My strength may be weakened but with each fall I know I have to get up and walk again. Or even run…

I’m not good with words… at times. I still try to better myself at a lot of things I do… but I do wish you all will have a magical New Year!

Happy New Year 2012…!!!

 

Cheers

December 29, 2011

Hits and Misses of 2011

Things I didn’t like:

.Garnier Fructis Thermo-Active Spray
Why? It stinks. I don’t like my hair smelling like what this smells like. Go on, have a sniff, it’s just… ew.

.Shiseido Perfect Oil (Blue Pump Bottle)
Why? Worst cleansing oil I have tried. It does not clean makeup or remove anything. Fail.

.Australis Make-Up Finishing Spritz
Why? Overpowering scent with sort of a strange finish on my skin. I just much prefer other facial sprays.

.Shu Uemura Face Architect Remodeling Cream Foundation
Why? Doesn’t blend into my skin, maybe wrong chemistry bond or my skin just does not like it. Plus I bought the wrong shade.

.Garnier Mineral Deodorant Roll-On
Why? This was just way too wet under my arms. Maybe I should try a spray on one next time. But my current roll-on works perfectly fine (Hugo Boss Bottled. Night. Deodorant Stick and MooGoo).

.NARS Nico as Blush
If you want to use this as highlighter or simply powder - go ahead. I just do NOT understand how this is considered a blush. This is not a blush, more of a face powder.

.LACURE Waterproof Mascara
I know this is cheap, available at Aldi supermarkets. It looks uber cute. It is sleek and with its gunmetal packaging, it shouts "Buy Me!" but don't. This does not do anything to your lashes. Did they even put anything in this? Anyway... bad experience, yet they might have some lovely products in their range nevertheless.

.SUKIN Facial Scrub
Bamboo beads, I was expecting gentler approach to this natural brand (I like some of their products just not this one) ONLY , note... ONLY because this is too harsh on my skin. It's tooo rough... this is also because my skin type is leaning towards normal combination. This is more likely better suited to those with oilier skin. Again, I prefer gentler exfoliators.


Things I like:
(Warning: There are many… good find this year)

J Lo’s hairstyle

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aannndddd… keep reading to find out on what products worth mentioning…

Stylelicious: Hot Claire Pink Danes

This is what she wore to 2011 Golden Globe Awards… and I… aah… go on, do the long aaaaahhhhh…

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Something about the simplicity of this Calvin Klein halter dress that is simply… captivating…

Its elegance… its cuteness…

and her makeup is flawless!

Those cheeks… remind me of Gorgeous Cosmetics in Peach Glow – now I MUST have it!

Claire Danes 2011 Golden Globe Awards red carpet in hot pink gown 1

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(Images credit to Google search)

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December 28, 2011

FOTD au naturale

You've probably noticed how I'm about being natural with my looks especially for daytime casual and chilled afternoon...

It sure has been awhile since I did a FOTD, and I quite like the finish of this.

Here's what I'm wearing today:

Stila Kalahoo eyeshadow on brows and on eyes
Gorgeous Cosmetics Face Base Primer (testing out sample)
Gorgeous Cosmetics foundation in 2N (testing out samples - both Sheer Brilliance and Full Coverage mixed) - used sponge to apply
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark (to set)
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NC30
Gorgeous Cosmetics Pro Color in Sesame for blush/contour
Guerlain Kiss Kiss lipstick in Pink Shine


:)

December 27, 2011

Cleansers Diary: Jurlique Foaming Cleansers

This sort of “diary series” has been swirling in my head for quite some time. I have even written down on paper what I thought could be a blog post entry. Anyway, I will explore more of the world of skincare and cosmetics in this format, I hope you don’t mind. Cleansers today, toners the next, and even varieties of them. What I mean by varieties: there are cleansing oil, foaming cleanser, cleansing gel, low foaming cleanser, crème cleanser, foaming crème cleanser, etcetera!

This one in particular will be an overview of Jurlique cleansers and I will run through each of them as best as I could exploring the main ingredients of each and which you might want to consider trying out, case you need a new cleanser from Jurlique. I had been trialing them via the sachets for quite some time and really wanted to buy one. Trouble was, I could not decide! You could see my dilemma, HERE.  

For those who have not heard of Jurlique… They are an Australian brand since 1985, with their own farm in the hills of Adelaide. Find out more about it HERE.

Their cleansers are straightforward. Its main focus is on rebalancing your skin so that it is not too oily or not too dry. Their range can be found HERE.

I personally prefer the foaming cleansers. (photo below was taken from the website)

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First thing you would notice is their scents. They have those herbal scents such as roses, lavenders, marshmallow, violet etc. If you hate those kinds of scent, I can’t help you. I like them, in small doses. To me it's lovely and gentle enough. Their bottle is a twist pump, a secure one that lets you pump just enough amount for your entire face.

If you’re feeling oily – definitely have a play with the Purifying Foaming Cleanser or the Balancing Foaming Cleanser. They are both designed to rebalance oiliness and to purify the skin without stripping its natural moisture. It leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean. I know, I have tried it. I like the Purifying Foaming Cleanser** a wee bit better for some reason. I was pleasantly surprised that it did not make my skin feeling tight or dry after washing my face. Both the Purifying and Balancing cleansers come in gel-like texture. Low-foaming yet lathers up.

.Purifying Foaming Cleanser
contains Rose and Witch Hazel – to help rebalance, soften and restore the skin
Horsetail and Calendula – helps to hydrate, soothe and balance the skin
Green Tea, Grapeseed and Turmeric – natural antioxidants to assist in cleansing the skin off environmental damage

.Balancing Foaming Cleanser
contains Ginseng Root – to firm the skin
Rosehip oil – to restore skin’s radiance
Vitamins E, C and Ginkgo Biloba – to protect the skin
Marshmallow – to hydrate, softens and soothes

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If your skin is on the drier side and in need of extra boost of softening, I would recommend the Replenishing Foaming Cleanser (the one which I love)

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or if you are on the sensitive side (redness or irritation prone) there’s one called Soothing Foaming Cleanser.

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Both are of creamy gel-like texture that lathers as well yet still on the low-foaming side.

One thing to note, Soothing Foaming Cleanser has a more distinct lavender scent. Whilst Replenishing Foaming Cleanser has a more marshmallow and violet scent – so yes, can’t you tell how I like the Replenishing Foaming Cleanser?

Surprisingly I can also notice a slight brightening effect and my skin feels so soft and smooth each time after using the Replenishing Foaming Cleanser**. My skin is typically combination and lately been trying to rebalance itself with greasy T-zone and dry cheeks. Hence my combination of cleansers depending on the condition of my skin at that point of time. Some days are oilier than some, and some are drier than some.

.Replenishing Foaming Cleanser
contains Marshmallow – to hydrate and soften the skin
Violet and Calendula – to soothe and rebalance skin’s sensitivity
Macadamia and Avocado Oil – comforts and protects against moisture loss

.Soothing Foaming Cleanser
contains Groomwell and Sichuan Peppercorn (traditional Chinese herbs) – to soothe the skin
Macadamia Oil – rebalance dryness and to maintain moisture during cleansing leaving the skin feeling comfortable

1 1/2 or 2 pumps are sufficient to massage my whole face and under my chin and neck. I like the low foaming texture because it is not harsh or overcleansing my skin.

Here’s 1 pump of each… (yes I have mixed them as well… and they work nicely)

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Unsure of which to buy first? Don’t fret, ask for a sample at your Jurlique counter. I think it’s actually best to test it out first and get a consultation rather than buying the wrong one. Then what are you gonna do?

As for me, I like to have the option of both, so I would repurchase and have them both in the bathroom. That’s only serving the purpose of my temperamental skin, some days are oilier while some other days it is drier. I probably have enough justification to myself why I need two different cleansers. Hahaha…

Available at all Jurlique counters at AUD$45 for 200ml

Tried any Jurlique product lately?

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**Products were provided for review consideration.

December 16, 2011

Top 3 Products Under $20

Recently… very recently, I was asked by the leading lady of Leaders in Heels

to do something…

and it resulted in

THIS!

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(click the above picture to be redirected straight to the post)

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I talked about 3 of the products I always have in my beauty cabinet, in my house. For approximately less than $15, in fact. I tell you what, I have repurchased this over and over and will continue to do so. Now, THAT tells you a good indication of why they are worth the mention.

Alright, now if you could head over to the Leaders in Heels, be very kind and leave a message, will ya?

 

Cheers!

Have a great weekend~

December 15, 2011

Review: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

I have a feeling I’m late in reviewing this winner product, because I think I’m one of the last person to try this. Putting that aside, I can see now why it had won awards and still a favourite among us skincare/beauty enthusiasts and beauty editors. It’s unique, it’s simple, it works!

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At $83.50 a bottle, this is expensive. It will, however, last you a very long time. You only need half a teaspoon. In my head, I am imagining those traditional herbal Chinese medicine back in the days, where they usually gather up powdered medicine wrapped in papers. If you know what I mean, comment below.

Recommended for all skin types – I worried if it might have caused any reaction on my skin. Nope, it does not. Instead it is leaving my skin smooth and soft, and decongest any congested areas (such as my chin, nose and forehead or between my brows).

Rice-based powder formula is activated when in contact with water, that turns it into a paste. It micro-exfoliates your dead skin cells. Then rinse off. It is gentle enough to be used everyday, it really is.

Contains Papain (papaya enzyme), Salicylic Acid, Rice Enzymes, Green Tea, Ginkgo, Colloidal Oatmeal (you all know how I feel about Oatmeal – very soothing to my skin).

If you get a chance to try this, do try… I tell you the novelty does not wear off with me. Pouring these little grain of rice on to my palm and making it into a paste give me a little thrill. As I massage my skin with the paste I can happily say that I am cleansing and getting rid of my dead skin cells, revealing brighter, smoother skin.

Worried about how it smells? It does not smell very much of anything at all.

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Judging from how much I have used, I think this 1 bottle could last me around 8 months. If you use it even more sparingly, say twice a week, it could even last you a year. Of course that depends on whether you use this every single day or twice a week.

PS: I use this after I have cleansed my face. This is an exfoliant, not a cleanser.

Dermalogica does provide sample sachet, so if you are curious and wondering whether to give this a try, it does not hurt to try. If you like it, that’s wonderful. If you don’t, then you’re not angry for having spent $80+ on it. I think all skincare companies or any companies should do samples.

For more information, check out Dermalogica website

Available at Dermalogica counters (David Jones included) and beauty salons, also in Adore Beauty

Have you tried Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant?

What’s your favourite exfoliant?

 

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Disclaimer: This product was provided for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. The mentioned product is worth a review because I think so.

5 Current Samples Favourites

You might wonder what I meant by “samples favourites” – I meant what I said. Yeap, it is based on the sample sachets I have tried in the recent weeks. Just from those I can already tell which ones I really like and would love to purchase the full size, however I am being patient and not rush into buying them… yet.

In a way these are kind of wishlist… or products I would love to repurchase based on having already trialed them beforehand. Not simply buying blindly.

Aesop Fabulous Cleanser

- This truly is a fabulous low-foaming oil based cleanser without the oiliness or greasiness or ickyness. It leaves your skin feeling cleansed and smooth, as though it really does softens your skin with just a wash. The scent is not overpowering and not too sweet either. I made a mistake previously in thinking that any cleanser would do for my face, but I finally come to a conclusion that a cleanser is as important as what moisturiser you use on your face. Not only it is cleansing your skin it should assist in keeping your skin clear and to not dehydrate the skin (too many cleansers do this).

Jurlique Lip Care Balm

- Another pleasant surprise from Jurlique. At first I was wondering what she had put on my lips, it was slightly grainy. After few minutes of letting it sink in, oh my gosh, my lips felt so smooth I could not stop feeling them. I have only tried it in store, not in sample sachet. At $32 a tube… I’m going to cry…

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

- Can I say I have been very surprised lately by some brands? SK-II is top there in the surprise factor. I thought it was not going to make any difference whatsoever. But I have a little sample of this, after cleansing my face and applied toner, I poured some of this essence water on my palm and dab them all over my face, including the under eye areas. Result? Super smooth hydrated radiant skin. No kidding. What the! Pitera concentration is supposedly 90% in this product, hence the potency of it being in the high zone. I was very surprised that without further moisturiser cream, this essence water was enough to hydrate and tone my skin. Comes in 75ml, 150ml, 215ml and 250ml. Not cheap, but I think it will be a great investment someday…

Ella Bache Everyday Zinc SPF 30+

- The thick consistency of this sunscreen may put some people off. However in days I am not wearing any makeup and when the sun is gloriously shining burning and my skin, this is a saviour. This also seems to be able to cover pores and gives me a nice smooth finish. It does take some getting used to, and what I did was to massage it between my fingers first and dab on my face and seriously give it a massage to really get in the skin. Definitely a kind of veil on the face in very sunny days. Makeup might look dewier than usual if applied on top of this sunscreen, however, and you need serious matte powder on top to counteract when you do. A bit of work but is still a good product. $49 for 50ml tube.

Toners

- I have a thing for toners, well maybe for cleansers too… and serums. Out of the ones I have tried, I am liking Aesop B & Tea, Aesop Parsley Seed Antioxidant – these both feel as though they have some kind of serum oil in them that leaves my skin feeling hydrated and glowing from within. I am also curious of: SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion, Shiseido White Lucent Softener, Estee Lauder, Mario Badescu, Dermalogica, Jurlique…

Have you tried any sample that impressed you from first try and make you want to purchase the full size?

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C

December 9, 2011

Jurlique Facial Experience - First Time

As I sit here sipping my skinny flat white, having just downed a slice of quiche lorraine, I can't help but think of what a good day this is.

I went for my very first Jurlique experience, being given a 30mins facial complimentary from Jurlique Wintergarden. I had found out that this was a mini version of the Aromatherapy Facial which normally runs for 60 minutes.

I'm feeling my own lips - what's in that lip care balm? My lips feel like baby's bottoms. I can't stop thinking about it. But at $32 for a tube of 15ml, which is more expensive than a Mario Badescu moisturiser - I bite my hands, not literally. Let that stay in my wishlist.

I was greeted by Amy who then introduced me to Katie. Katie used to work for Aveda and now she handles the treatment in Jurlique Wintergarden concept store. She's lovely, they both are lovely.

After stripping down to just towels - haha, not really. Anyway, Katie then asked which scent I prefer. I did not know what they were. Hydrating Essence later I found out. Between the two, I picked the one on my right - turned out to be the Chamomile-Rose. The other option was Calendula-Lavender, which perhaps did not quite suit my mood at that particular moment.
During the massages and the warm compresses of hot face towels, there was one product that stood out. Most likely due to its scent that tickles my senses. It turned out to be the Daily Exfoliating Cream, which contains honey and oats. Yum!

Her gentle pressure points massage using the aromatic oil and cream was heavenly. I could just have my face and shoulder massaged like that every month. Haha...

When it was about to end ... I felt relaxed and as though I just came down from clouds.

Now the dilemma, I want to get all the products she used! Hah! Thinking I will limit myself to 1 or 2 products. Yet, putting the rest in wishlist. Some products are best used and applied only during these facial treatments, I think.

First I must get my hands on that Daily Exfoliating Cream, methinks... And the Rose Silk Finishing Powder (especially for days like this that I'm not wearing any makeup at all). Speaking of Rosewater, the mist is lovely, but I'll stick with the much less expensive Mario Badescu spray for now (AUD$11.95). Definitely I am interested in the Balancing Day Care Cream and the Skin Balancing Face Oil. The Sun Lotion SPF30+ is out of the budget range at the moment... I be honest with you.

Hopefully this will give you a little insight to my Friday afternoon with Jurlique. Be it a short 30mins, it was nonetheless a moment to remember.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Have you tried Jurlique experience? If so, which one? Or which one would you recommend?

For full prices and information, visit the Spa Menu

Thank you to Jurlique Wintergarden Concept Store for the opportunity. For any query and bookings, please do not hesitate to contact:

Hayley / Amy / Katie
(07) 3210 6808
Or
Email: jjqueenstreet@jurlique.com.au

PS: anybody watch Fringe? If you follow me on twitter (@blushfully) you would surely be aware that I'm currently a little addicted to it... So fascinating!!

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Sent via BlackBerry® from Vodafone

EDIT on 15/12/11

I had asked Katie from Jurlique to further elaborate on what went on last Friday... Here's what she has to say : )

The oil that I used during your facial massage was the Skin Balancing Face Oil

Rich in Evening Primrose, Macadamia Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil
and Jojoba to hydrate and protect skin from moisture loss. Rose Hip and
Safflower Seed Oil also softens fine lines and improves elasticity.
This is great to use either Morning or Evening as it is lightweight in
texture and penetrates deeply to balance and hydrate the skin.
It can be also used under your Daily/Evening moisturiser for intense
hydration and it is perfect applied with gentle massage for your weekly
spa ritual at home. The Skin Balancing Face Oil is also great for oily
skin types as it helps to rebalance the oil production.

-The sequence with the Jurlique Skincare Ritual is as follows;
1. Massage with Skin Balancing Face Oil, removing excess with warm cloth
2. Rosewater Balancing Mist (or appropriate mist for skin type)
3. Eyecream, Herbal Recovery Gel (Serum), Herbal Recovery Neck Serum
(for Decolletage)
4. Balancing Day Care Cream (appropriate Moisturiser for skin type)
5. Sun Lotion SPF 30+
6. Rose Silk Finishing Powder
7. Lip Care Balm

Thank you Katie for such detail information!

December 5, 2011

WINNER of 200 Followers Giveaway

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Congratulations

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Thank you for everyone who participated~

Stay tune for more upcoming giveaways =)

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December 1, 2011

Skincare 101: Part 1 Introduction to Skin Analysis

I think it’s about time I write about this. Although I will say it now that I am not a certified medical practitioner or professional nor am I a beautician or a beauty therapist or an aesthetician. I simply speak from personal experiences and from what I have learnt from personal research. Take it like grain of salt (that’s the right phrase to use, I believe)… and let’s begin.

Skincare has always been a journey. At least to me, it is. My skin has not always been the easiest to handle nor it is the most difficult, and I thank God for what I have, I really do.

Teenage years – acne prone and oily. That would be the best description I could give my skin condition at the time. I had numerous whiteheads all over my forehead and pimples are always hard to get rid off. I hated them. Was it from what the food that I ate? Was it from the products I used? Was it weather-triggered? If I knew back then what I know now, perhaps things would have been different. Back then I was not cautious with what I ate. I was not aware of what products I used except somewhat should be along the line of cleanser, toner and moisturiser – I cannot even recall what I had used. Weather-wise, yes it was different. I had been moving from one country to another and another.

In short, my skin now has been the best its ever been. More on that in separate post… perhaps?

My point is however, that we have a certain type of skin with what could be several other skin conditions along with it. You could be more or less of a certain type of skin. For example you could be of oily skin type and dehydrated; or you could be dry with oily T-zone. You could be experiencing very oily moments or less oily and same goes with the dryness level. From personal experience, incorrect product or the use of certain products may trigger these varying levels of oil secretion or the lack of.

If you’re wondering what your skin type is – try this little test…

Wash your face with just water, go on, splash splash, it doesn’t hurt. Then pat dry. Do not apply anything and leave it for about an hour or so ish. Now feel your skin… yes, touch with clean fingers, please. Are there oily areas? If so, where? Are there dry areas? Where? This would give you a good indication of which areas need more attention of; or which areas need more hydration and which need less.

Me? I get the slight oily T-zone areas and between my eyebrows, also beside my nose and on my nose. Undercheeks get pretty dry. My temples feel normal. Hence I would call myself a combination skin type, with varying levels of dehydration depending on weather condition. I know I could get oilier if I use too much of a certain type of face oil. It is only natural for our skin to react. According to picture below… I would call myself a Normal/Oily or Normal/Dry depending on conditions. Hence if I were to explain to others in much simpler term “combination”. Sounds familiar?

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Image Source: Batty’s Bath Blog

My approach is …

“Oily skin, ain’t you the lucky one!” because you can get away with so much more than the other skin types. You see… for those with the dry patches, we have to worry with not over cleansing that area or stripping too much moisture out of that specific areas. If we use mask, we have to check whether it is going to be too harsh. The oil actually slows down your aging process – in terms of getting early wrinkles and fine lines, those with the dryer skin types will get them first, or say, easier.

Although, they all have their pros and cons. Dry skin don’t normally get the whiteheads and oily breakouts. Either way, we are made the way we are, and we can choose to balance it and take care of it the best we can.

In the next installment – would you like me to dwell in cleansers I have tried and liked / disliked? or what else would you like me to touch on?

x^___^o

November 30, 2011

Bits of Brisbane, Breakfast and Blabber

My current favourite breakfast that is… half cooked fried egg with the yolk still runny so I can dip my toast in it. My toasts would already been smeared with Olive Oil spread. My current fav is the Tablelands Olive Oil spread.

Anyway… just sharing what’s been happening…

So the other day…

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That frrrruit punch or dessert drink – HOW I MISSED IT! Such a refreshing drink. It is full of fruits ranging from pieces of lychee, little pearls of watermelon, pineapples, melon etc. It is just so good, especially if you have not had one in the longest time.

Now that deep fried tofu dish was a little snack-ish. That’s the small portion, mind you… for $4.50 at Kingsfood, Market Square, Sunnybank. Deep fried tofu? I like. The sauce? Yum!

That soy milk with mung bean drink – I ordered that specially like that. The girl who took my order had to ask me not just once but few more times whether I had tried it before, and whether I had ordered the right thing. Haha! $3.50

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And to sum this up…

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I almost got into a car crash stopped in the middle of the road while driving the other day when I saw the sky looking like this… heaven on earth… and these sorts of things that makes me feel… alive… makes me feel… nice. I guess clouds… still give me that icing of contentment in this crazy world called life.

Now, now if you happen to be passing or be at Indooroopilly suburb, there is this café called Earth Coffee by the corner of the road right in front of the train station. It is surprisingly nice and reasonable. The refreshing (on a hot summer day) iced coffee and that yummy (one of the yummiest I’ve had) sandwich of toasted turkish bread filled with delicious chicken, fetta, spinach and sundried tomatoes and other goodness cost a total of $11. Not bad, I’d say… a nice afternoon to spend…

Everyday I learn something new… everyday is a new day with obstacles and surprises… I look forward for tomorrow and the next day and the next and the next…

Love y’all

x

Get Yo Hair Rockin’ with URBAN

It’s summer. I can hear my dog’s panting with his pink tongue out cooling himself. I have trimmed his fluffious fur to a grassious cut. (They are now in my vocabulary, don’t you judge.) I think he can thank me for that. While I, on the other hand, can’t exactly do the same and be as lucky as my baby dog and shave my hair now can I?

I like my hair products, I really do. But being a poorbie student it often means I have to bite my tongue and hold my own hand with the other hand and check things out only not to purchase them because the price are on the royal side. This also goes to other products, yet I try to balance things out… I’d skim on some and go full cream on some.

Out came Urban with their new hair styling products at such an affordable prices.

They say…

Hit the streets with the hottest hair this summer with new Rocker Wax and 24HR Coconut Rush Power Gel from Fudge’s trendsetting sub-brand, URBAN.

No matter how you work your look spike it, slick it, mess it up or control it the unique invisible hold of 24HR Coconut Rush Power Gel leaves hair feeling soft and scented with cocolicious fragrance. No more crunch, just a soft natural finish and feel. Rub through wet or dry hair and texturise to get the edge you want.

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I don’t know about you… but coconut scent hair product like TiGi Bed Hair Some Like It Hot Serum makes me smile and think of holidaying in Bali chillaxing by the beach drinking fresh coconut. But at $29.95 it can quite a dent in your wallet if you have to repurchase too often, which thankfully I have not had to since I alternate with other products.

And comes 24HR Coconut Rush Power Gel

What does it cost? $4.99

Cocount Rush Power Gel

First Impression:

Texture is… soft clear gel gelatine

Hold is… I will have to get back to you on this because I have not tried it

Smell is… somewhat coconut-ey but with slight herbal scent to it

Packaging is… easy, no fuss, open cap with easy hole to get product out

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Next in the agenda is the Rocker Wax. Whoever named these surely have got Stereophonics in mind… or LMFAO. "…Party rockin’ in da houusseee tonight!!! Eveerrrybody just have a good goood goooddd ttyymeee” (start singing, c’mon, I know you want to)

What’s this cost? $9.99

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Packaging is… nice and funky, quite sturdy, although mine does not seem to want to close tightly – I have their other wax in a tin and it closes clicked very nicely and tightly.

Texture is… smooth, bouncy rubbery feeling, slight tinge of purple hue

Hold is… I can’t tell you this at this moment.

Smell is… blueberries and violet, but it is not overpowering in any way unless you clearly put your nose into the tin. It is subtle and gentle scent, almost goes unnoticed.

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Available at Woolworths from today 30th November 2011.

Do you use hair styling products? Or is your hair one of the lucky ones that doesn’t need any?

: )

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Disclaimer: The above images and products have been sent for review consideration. The above article was written as per disclosure – they are 100% my honest opinion.

November 25, 2011

You Got Tagged 15 Weird Facts

I did this way back in September – although for some reason I thought it would be fun to redo them to see if there’s any change… who knows? The original post is here

Now let’s get on to it~

15 WEIRD FACTS

What's a nickname only your family calls you?
Dan (pronounced Dahn not Dehn) short for Dana … and also Na or Nana (naa-naa) – our “a” is more towards the sound of “uh” instead of “ay” – if you get what I mean.

What's a weird habit of yours?
Writing everything down – just to remind myself but still manage to forget it unless they are thoughts or random ideas or list of things. That’s why despite having a multifunctional blackberry phone I still carry around a diary or a notebook to jot things down with a pen. What I need to buy, need to get, need to write or want… not weird enough?

I crack my left ankle – very often, when I’m bored, just sitting down, anytime, anywhere.

Do you have any weird phobias?
Deep underwater sea creatures, any kind of sharks, any kind of whales, crocodiles, the likes. I can’t even look at statues of them, y’know those you see in museums? Yeah, I’ll duck my head down… *shame*

What's a song you secretly love to blast and belt out when you're alone?
Usually when I’m alone driving in the car and the songs are playing. But there’s no 1 song. There are many, depending on what was in my head at the time or what is playing. It ranges from 80s, 90s and now.

What's one of your biggest pet peeves?
Hahaha, I think I’ve mentioned this before too many times. The spelling error or bad English. Apart from that, opened caps from bottles or toothpastes. Just. Annoys. Me.

And when I run out of my Lifebuoy hand wash and no back up or refill around to be found.

What's one of your nervous habits?
I look away and my fingers would pick at each other and I’d start biting my lips or my fingers (not nails, oh no, but the fingers).

What side of the bed do you sleep on?
My current bed does not allow me to pick sides

What was your first stuffed animal and its name?
A pink piglet with wings called Piggy or Piglet – I still have it, my Dad bought it for me when we were in Sydney when I was 3.

What's the drink you always order at Starbucks?
Soy Mocha, no whipped cream, no sugar.

What's the beauty rule you preach, but never actually practice?
I don’t tend to preach, only when people ask for my opinion. Mostly I preach to wear sunscreen every single day and I do that. Oh I know, I would suggest to not sleep with your contact lenses on but I have been guilty of doing that a few too many times.

Which way do you face in the shower?
I change positions every time I shower. Face the glass door then the glass wall then the shower head/wall then back to face the glass door. I just prefer to see my surrounding clearly when I shower.

Do you have any weird body skills?
I can touch my nose with my toe, I can always crack my left shoulder and left ankle… and standing on my ankle so it looks like I’ve twisted my ankle. Now that I’m thinking about it… I cringe. LOL

What's your favorite comfort food that's 'bad', but you love to eat it anyways?
Indomie Mi Goreng with melted processed cheese … or … Spicy Korean Noodles (Shin Ramyun or any other) with melted processed cheese and Japanese/Korean mayonnaise – now that I think bout it, I haven’t had them in ages!

I also like good ol’ nachos with sour cream and guacamole and cheese – and that 3 layer dip is too addictive for me to stop or ignore.

What's a phrase or exclamation you always say?
”What dehfff..” (short for wtf); “What the hell”; ”Oh my goodness…”; “Oh Gawwddd…”; “Anyway…”; “It’s like…”; “That’s sooo cuuuteeee!”; “Whateverrrr”

Time to sleep - what are you actually wearing?
Nightie, tshirt and shorts or pajamas, whatever’s comfy depending on the weather.

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For those who might be interested, this was the photo I showed the hairdresser when I went to get my fringe/bangs done and hair restyled while keeping the length.

Now you’re tagged!

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November 24, 2011

I Like Them Both and I Can’t Decide

There must be something in the air when I finally decided to tear open the sample sachets of foaming cleansers the lovely ladies at Jurlique Wintergarden had given me to try out. The main reason they had given me sample sachets first was that I had had a slight reaction previously with their Balancing foaming cleanser. My guess was that either weather conditions and my skin was not co-operating well, hence causing the reaction. However, I still think that it should not have even given me any reaction apart from giving me soft smooth skin. Right? Right? So I had to return the product in reluctance. And instead of jumping into conclusion and purchasing another cleanser, I agreed to try these samples first before buying the full price. Now I’m in dilemma! I think… I like both of them.

Soothing Foaming Cleanser

Soothing Foaming Cleanser

A soothing foaming cleanser for sensitive skin that lifts away surface impurities to leave the complexion feeling fresh and clean. This is meant to provide just enough hydration and to protect the skin from moisture loss, which may happen anytime throughout the year.

AU$45 for 200ml

Main Ingredients:

Macadamia Oil – helps to rebalance dryness and keep the skin feeling comfortable and soothed during cleansing.

Groomwell and Sichuan Peppercorn – traditional Chinese herbs to help soothe and rebalance sensitive skin

First Experience:

  • It leaves my skin feeling comfortable, not tight or dry and definitely not oily.
  • Loves the actual full size bottle of frosted glass and easy to use pump
  • Loves the gentle lavender scent – very soothing indeed – not overpowering and did not give me a headache or make me nauseous
  • A small amount goes a long way with this gently foaming cleanser – it does not foam too much yet enough to glide all over your face
  • Face is left feeling smooth and soft
  • No redness or irritation experienced

Will I purchase the full size? Yes! Although it is a little steep for me right now at $45 I think it is worth it in the long run. Plus this bottle will last you ages.

Now on to the other candidate of what could be my next favourite cleanser…

Replenishing Foaming Cleanser

Replenishing Foaming Cleanser

A replenishing foaming cleanser for dry skin that lifts away surface impurities to leave the complexion feeling fresh and clean. Okay so they have pretty much written the same “claim” … The difference is that this one is meant for dry skin.

AU$45 for 200ml

Main Ingredients:

Marshmallow – intensely hydrates and softens the skin

Violet and Calendula – helps soothe and rebalance any skin sensitivity

Macadamia and Avocado Oil – comforts and protects against moisture loss during the cleansing process

First Experience:

  • The gentle (less of) lavender or is it calendula and marshmallow scent is very lovely
  • The liquid foams up nicely, just sufficient to let it glide all over your face and neck
  • No dryness or moisture loss were experienced, I did not feel it stripping moisture out of my skin
  • No redness
  • No irritation or itchyness
  • For some reason I feel that this also brightens my complexion ever so slightly

Will I repurchase the full size bottle? Hell yeah, I will! I think this might win… “might”… only because it also have marshmallow and avocado oil and calendula… and that it also seems to brighten my complexion after I wash my face. I like that. This one feels creamy, sort of like mushy marshmallow.

One is for sensitive skin. One is for dry skin. Which will I pick?

Fyi, my skin is not even on the driest kind but it seems to react better with the dry/sensitive type cleansers better. My suspicion is that my skin prefers the gentler cleanser rather than the “oil sucking/squeaky clean” types.

Have you tried Jurlique?

Have you tried their cleansers? Which do you use, if you do?

This review is not sponsored.
Images provided by PR.

For more information you can contact

Jurlique
at
www.jurlique.com.au

November 23, 2011

Review: DMK ALPHA Acu Masque

A long long time ago, this girl from blushfully.com was given a gift bag filled with plentiful of beauty products for her to play with. One was an intriguing face masque by the name DMK. However, the season and condition of her skin were not supportive at that particular time. Move forward to many moons later, here she is trying out the product since summer is just around the corner. With summer comes oily and blemishes, and with this masque as the weapon of choice – she moves forward to the next level of skincare…

DMK – or also known as Danné Montague-King (pronounced d-nay mont-a-gu king – source)

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Claims…

to exfoliate dead skin cells and tones oily or blemish prone skin

Directions…

After cleansing skin, apply a generous coat of Acu Masque to entire area being treated. Allow to dry for twenty minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

Ingredients…

Water (Aqua), Sulfur, Kaolin, Bentonite, Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Glycerin, Zinc Oxide, Polysorbate-20, Titanium Dioxide, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Let’s break it down…

Water (Aqua) – self explanatory, while it is not your normal tap water this is DI or de-ionised. That means that it has been purified by removing all the ions. This is used to prevent contamination.

Sulfur – used for acne medication because it kills bacteria

Kaolin – also known as china clay, this absorbs oil – serious suction

Bentonite – just like the above clay, this natural mineral aids in oil absorption

Propylene Glycol – is a humectant meaning that it aids in preventing the product to either melt in high temperature or freeze in low temperature. It also assists in the absorption of active ingredients into our skins.

Magnesium Aluminium Silicate – a mineral, clay-like material. It is mainly used for its anti-caking property. Also for its absorbing property.

Glycerin – multifunctional mainly for its moisturising properties. It is an agent for water. Since it is also non-irritating and soothing it is also suitable to use for all skin types even the sensitives.

Zinc Oxide – also known as Chinese white. It’s a mineral powder that is commonly used as a physical blocker to the sun UV rays. It is very easily recognised by its white pastey cast on the skin. However, with the new technology they manage to reduce the size of the particles to make it a clear product. It aids in protecting the skin from dehydration, and rashes from environment causes such as the wind.

Polysorbate-20 – this is an agent that mix oil and water.

Titanium Dioxide – used as coloring agent to make things white. It helps to maintain the stability of the product because TiO2 can resist damage from light, oxidation or pH (source). It is also very, if not the most, abundant element, hence its uses in cleansers.

Diazolidinyl Urea – antimicrobial preservative. Warning: some people may be allergic which can cause dermatitis.

Methylparaben – anti-fungal, fungicide, and often used as preservative. It is produced naturally and found in some fruits, especially blueberries.

Propylparaben – preservative occurs from insects and plants, similar properties as the previous paraben mentioned.

Reviews

Experience…

  • You can feel the minty scent – I mean, smell the minty feel – whichever way that is… right on application
  • Within 5 minutes I can feel the mask sucking the air out of my pores and tightening them like squeezing air out of dough – if that makes sense
  • Tingly sensation is experienced during the process of battling congestion and the matter of pores – but nothing major or burning feel
  • During removal, best to use a warm damp face cloth, place it over your face to soften the mask and wipe off gently. You will automatically feel the exfoliating and deep cleansing feeling.

I think this would be best as spot treatment or a “once-in-a-while” sort of treatment. Just because for my skin type (being normal/sensitive and slightly oily in some areas, drier in other patches), I find that if I use this too often it will strip too much moisture out of my skin. Also I prefer to alternate “hydrating” and “deep cleansing” masks instead of using the same one every week. I lean towards the sensitive and soothing products.

I could also perhaps, in my humblest opinion, suggest that this would strictly suit the oilier skin type. The dry can steer away and look for other kind of mask that is not too “vacuum cleaner”.

Do I find it amazing and incredible? Not really, maybe because I am currently not experiencing too much of a breakouts or oiliness.

Did I feel any burning? No.

Did I sense any inflammation or redness or irritation afterwards? No.

Any peeling? No.

Will I repurchase? Not at this moment, though I might reconsider in the future.

Price: $70.50 for 60ml (2 fl oz.) – source (beautydirectory)

For more information, please visit dannemking.com

Have you tried any DMK product?

 

Disclaimer: This product was provided for review consideration – during Brisbane Beauty Bloggers Event early this year. All opinions are my own. It is being reviewed because I say it’s worth it.

A-Z You Got Tagged!

So I thought it would be fun to do a tag – when I spotted it from Jennifer at Rainy Days and Lattes blog. What else to do but have fun with it, yeah? Here’s my take…

A. Age: 23

B. Bed size: I miss my queen size bed… on a single at the moment

C. Chore that you hate: All cleaning and sorting out clothes except washing dishes or laundry 

D. Dogs: 1 German Spitz called Rama (in Oz) – 1 Indonesian crossbreed called Aro (in Indonesia)

E. Essential start to your day: breakfast

F. Favorite color: I like a lot of colours… white, brown (camel beige), orange (peach, apricot), red, yellow (mustard yellow), purple (eggplant, lilac), teal, green (green rose) etc

G. Gold or Silver: Rose Gold or Titanium

H. Height: around 5’5”

I. Instruments you play: strings (incl: piano, viola, cello, violin, guitar) and would love to learn how to play the soprano saxophone and improve on guzheng

J. Job title: student 

K. Kids: none

L. Live: in a country called Australia or Oz

M. Mother’s name: Hilda but of course I call her “Mum”

N. Nicknames: Dana … Cenda …

O. Overnight hospital stays: uhm … none so far

P. Pet peeves: spelling errors on billboards or menus. eg: “Dranks” on a huge menu on the wall that everyone can see but it’s been years and they have not changed the sign.

Q. Quote from a movie: … wow I can’t think of any right now apart from… “a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet” … uhm yeah, that’s Romeo and Juliet right there

R. Right or left handed: Right

S. Stores you love: bookstore? makeup store? fashion store? anywhere, really…

T. Time you wake up: depends… but recently trying to wake up as early as 6-7am… I did say “try”

U. Underwear: yeah… any that compliment my body

V. Vegetable you hate: I don’t hate that many vegetables but I prefer not to eat… 1/ Lotus – it feels and tastes funny, like Styrofoam or something not that I’ve tasted Styrofoam before. 2/ Raw Onion/Garlic – just because of what my mouth would smell afterwards

W. What makes you run late: putting the outfit together

X. X-Rays you’ve had: dental

Y. Yummy food that you make: spring rolls, dumplings, japanese, indonesian food, butter chicken, curry, pasta, etc whatever I feel like

Z. Zoo animal: tigers, giraffes, deers, elephant

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Now you’re TAGGED!

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November 14, 2011

Weekend in Photos: 12/13th of 11th of 11

Saturday afternoon I went and checked out a new Japanese Noodles Restaurant called Mappen. It was located just next to Formosa (Asian supermarket) at the Sunnybank Plaza. It was a small restaurant with street food concept in mind. And I didn’t mind it. You order a dish, then you can add your own tempura (at varying costs from 80cents to $1 etc) and pay for it at the end of the line (the cashier).

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My pick was “beef udon” and for $6.60 regular bowl size – I was satisfied. I also picked up a big slice of freshly fried sweet potato tempura, it was 80 cents. My mum and my sister tried out the other tempura.

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Sunday… was a very sunny day… and I might introduce you to my muses… my models (HAH!)

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and I…

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Shorts – Forever New;
White Plain Tank Top – SES;
White Blouse – Supre;
Scarf – Sportsgirl;
Sunglasses – Charles & Keith

I love this pair of shorts, if you haven’t noticed, I’ve mentioned them in my previous post HERE

I’m eyeing these kinds and scallop shorts – need. them. badly…

Have a great week, everyone!

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November 11, 2011

200 Followers Giveaway **CLOSED**

It has come to my attention not long ago that I reached 200 followers – and as a token of my appreciation and thank you, I would like to give one lucky reader this pack of my personal favourites…

While skincare products such as cleansers and moisturisers may change, these have not changed in my skincare routine for the past year apart from alternating them to other kinds of masks. For those who have suggested what I use in my skincare as part of the giveaway – thank you! You gave me the idea and that’s why here I am giving away these goodies. (Shout out to: Deanna from Deanna Marie Artistry and Miss Dee’s Blog ) Also to those who mentioned “snacks”. Putting the two together… I’ve come to present to you… a little something …

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These are face sheet masks by My Scheming – a Taiwanese brand.

I’ve done some reviews on them … Grape Seed Extract & Caviar Extract

And to be honest … the result might vary slightly depending on your skin type, however I find that these face sheet masks don’t feel too sticky or tacky and actually has plenty of serum to entirely cover your face and neck and even décolletage. You’d be left refreshed and brightened – at least I think so!

I like to leave them for around 30 minutes to 1 hour – to let all the goodness soak in. But if you’re a little worried, 15-20 minutes would do the trick. I like them as a “pick-me-up” as well.

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If you’re wondering why Pepero? Or Pocky as some of you might know it by… Well if you didn’t know, today is Pepero Day or Pocky Day – so put two together and I hope you would be able to enjoy those yummy scrummylicious snacks without feeling guilty! ^___^

Now how to win?

1) Follow me through GFC and let me know your name (1 entry)

2) Follow me on Twitter and Retweet this giveaway (+1 entry)

3) Like my Facebook page and comment what’s your HG skincare product/s (+1 entry)

Also don’t forget to include your email address.

Example:

1) Followed you! My name is blushfully

2) My twitter is @blushfully – RT done!

3) My facebook name is blushfully and my HG skincare products are Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel and My Scheming masks

My email: dearblushfully[at]gmail.com

Not too difficult, ya?

Winners will be generated randomly.
Once announced I will contact you via email.
Prize will be posted within 2 working days.
Open internationally.

Giveaway will close on 2.12.11 at Midnight (GMT+10 Brisbane)
that’s exactly 3 weeks from now !!!

**CLOSED**

THANK YOU FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED

GOOD LUCK

Spreading the season of giving…

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Happy Peppero Day!

It’s Peppero Day today – 11 November. Why is it 11/11? ‘Cause the 4 1’s resembles 4 peppero sticks… why? well, they said so! Hah! Or… so that we all could grow tall and lean like the peppero sticks? Who knows…

They are yummy, they’re chocolatey, they’re crunchy. Yummy yummy yummy in my tummy!
I’ve had them since I was a kid and everytime I snack on one… or two… or three… oh shush, I’d have the whole box… I’m in happy place. Or close…

So just to share the love… I give you this video by Simon and Martina aka Eat Your Kimchi channel. They’re the cutest couple, seriously.

Happy Peppero Day!

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November 5, 2011

Assiere.com Launch Event at Mei+Picchi

Last Thursday, 3 November 2011, I attended a lingerie showcase event held at a showroom in Newstead, Mei+Picchi. Little did I know that Mei+Picchi actually began in the 1930s! This was the launch of the online intimate apparel boutique Assiere.com. Assiere carries quite a number of brands but one of my favourite designs came from a designer called Marika Vera with its soft and sensual fabric.

Without further adue, I’d share with you what went on that night…

Assiere Lingerie

And let the show begin!

(Warning: Photos Heavy)

November 1, 2011

Weekend in Photos: It’s Halloween

I’m sure you are aware that the weekend that just passed coincided with Halloween. Well it’s meant to be the 31st October but the parties and the Halloween-y feel had been going on maybe for about a week already starting with the zombie walk about a week ago!

So with the Halloween in the air, I thought I would do something… different. Have I ever really dressed up for Halloween? My first ever Halloween dress-up was last year and this year I really did not get to buy a new costume or outfit but I did have an idea… and while browsing through a random shop another idea popped into my head. 1 idea + 1 idea = good idea ;p

Before I continue on the idea… I’m just going to quickly mention how I went to MAC to do my 2nd Back 2 MAC #excited !! I’m glad Morange is in the range Amplified… Amplified is my favourite texture from MAC.

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Back to Halloween … I found these at the shop and was unsure about the black wings because my initial idea never involved it. However now I’m kicking myself for not getting that black wings. It was sold out by the next day when I wanted to get it!

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My idea involved “masquerade”, “lace”, “drawn on mask”, “Victorian”, “Avant garde”, you get the idea?

And with the spirit of Halloween and giving myself a challenge… so on Friday night I thought… why not play around with my makeup (oh, yes, you know how we roll… we just play with our makeup) and came up with…

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Although when Saturday night hit… and it was time for me to get ready for the Halloween party that night I did not feel like having a full mask like I had the night before (as seen in previous photos)… but I still stuck to my initial idea of prints and artsyfied face. An angel might as well be in disguise… and went with…

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What I used (I had a serious moment of just playing around with this and that and this and that!) – I was just enjoying it so much… hahaha.

If you’re wondering, no that’s not my bra strap… it’s the wings strap (remember I missed out on the black wings? I had to get the white wings instead). My idea? Fallen angel… or Dark angel

FACE

MAC Face & Body Foundation – C2 (My current HG foundation)
MAC MoistureCover Concealer – NW20 (Undereye and anywhere a bit dark)
Illamasqua Concealer – CC200 (any blemishes or redness)
Illamasqua Powder Foundation – PF200 (to set – since I needed my face to be more “made up” that night)
ELF Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder – Matte Bronze (to contour)

LIPS

MAC Morange (Amplified)
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil – 601 Black Bean (on the outer corners to give it a more “dark” look/feel)

EYES

Inglot eyeshadow – AMC 65 (the shimmer black to draw the patterns)
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner – Black Ink
Pure Luxe pigments – to go over the patterns (just any metallic green, blue, red, etc)
Illamasqua False Lashes – Grandeur from Theatre of Nameless collection* (1 eye)
ES Lashes – A500* (1 eye)
Inglot eyeshadow – 348 (eyebrows)

For any that I might have missed or for any queries, feel free to ask me either by commenting below or drop me an email.

Hope you had an interesting weekend and have a good week ahead!

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Eat well, Pray well, Live well

xoxo

All products were purchased by me, unless marked with * by which were given for review consideration. As per disclosure, I give my 100% honest opinion.

October 25, 2011

Weekend in Photos: 2nd last week of October

The weekend went by so fast I barely had time to catch my breath…

First… I trimmed my dog… well, he’s shedding and so… that’s a bag full of his hair and he stillll looks fluffy.

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And for those who’ve been following me on twitter, you know I recently bought a 30 pack Roti Paratha aka Roti Prata aka Roti Canai and been craving them… and fact that they’re so damn easy to cook doesn’t help… cause I’d be wanting them every night!! BOOYEAH!

(Warning: Photos Heavy)