Friday, April 19, 2013

Update and Travel Beauty Stash

I know I said I was going for good, but I had a little time on my hands (not really, but you know how things get, read: procrastinating) and thought I'd revive the blog for a day or three. (This reminds me of traitors in movies, and you forever doubt their loyalty. Only I didn't betray Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I pressed the Undelete button.) 



1. I bought some face masks! Aesop's Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque and Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight mask are the latest additions. I only had Queen Helene's Mint Julep Masque and the Aesop one kicks Queen Helene's arse. Note: it is about ten times the price but masks last so long that I see them as an investment. I ran into a high school friend at Mecca Maxima and we were just egging each other on to buy things. Linh, you enabler!



2. I found the NYC Sunny bronzer at Cosmetics Fragrance Direct for $2! I was so happy I bought two. It's quickly become an installment in the daily routine when I bother putting on makeup. The bronzer is great but the packaging is so cheap- it doesn't even have a hinge.



3. My dog got into my bag and must have thought the lip balms smelled good because he had a go at them and I had to chuck out the Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream. I'm not too sad though, as I didn't like that one at all. (Having said that, I do like the Nivea lip butter line, I just prefer the Vanilla Macadamia one.) The Palmer's Dark Chocolate and Peppermint lip butter is really nice- highly recommend it!

4. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo is amazing and has done wonders for my skin. I'm currently trialling Kate Somerville's Anti Bac clearing lotion but Effaclar Duo is what I fall back onto (and it costs a lot less than the Kate Somerville) and the fact that it's readily available at Terry White makes me love it even more.

5. Recently obsessed with Elementary and Pitch Perfect. As usual, I'm late to the party of Pitch Perfect (like I only just watched Avengers, Silver Linings Playbook and Perks of Being A Wallflower), and Elementary is such a clever show. Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu pull off their characters so well.

6. I'm going to Singapore for a couple of days in May, and I've got my LAG bag ready. I bought a PVC clear bag that fits the airline requirements from David Jones and it came with numerous bottles, tubes and dinky jars begging to be filled with moisturisers and cleansers and serums. I was quite pleased with the purchase but my sister just balked at the price. I generally don't wear much makeup on a daily basis but we're going back for a big family dinner so I'm bringing a fair bit more makeup than normal.

The contents of my (incomplete!) travel kit are: Origins Drink Up Intensive mask in a little sample pot (Kit Cosmetics are great with samples- I only bought it after I tried the sample!), a few skincare sample sachets, Swisspers facial wipes which I need to go and buy, CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua sample in B30, Laura Mercier's Undercover concealer duo, Bourjois Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer, Lioele Pop Orange Tint, Maybelline Dream Matte Powder, NYC Sunny Bronzer, NARS Deep Throat, Revlon Smoky Shadow Stick in Torch, MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle to use as an eyeshadow, lip balm, Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Charm. Other things are the Lioele Artist Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Grey-Black, Rimmel ScandalEyes Kohl Kajal Pencil in Black and the L'Oreal Telescopic Waterproof mascara and the Shiseido Eyelash Curler. Brushes-wise, I'm bringing the Ecotools Mineral Powder brush (which comes everywhere because it's such a good size to travel with), an Ecotools Angled Eyeshadow Brush and the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. 
I might paint my nails with OPI Bubble Bath under a good layer of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip top coat before I go. 
Note: I want to add that I probably won't use all the products and I might scale it down closer to the date of the trip. Got a bit excited last night packing that bag. I need to take a page from ViviannaDoesMakeup's book and pack light.

I don't know if I'll keep the blog open after this, but I'll pop a Bloglovin' button on the sidebar because of the whole Google Friend Connect fiasco.

18 comments:

  1. YAY HI CHERIE! :D Glad to see a post from you hehe.

    omg you found the NYC bronzer here? :O
    The Nivea lip butter in vanilla+macademia is still waiting in my endless lip balm stash waiting to be used but I can't wait - it smells so yummy!

    And have fun in Singapore! I'm going back in the next holidays :)

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    1. Vanilla Macadamia smells so much nicer than the Caramel- I found the caramel to smell a little bit like condensed milk but it was mostly sickly and the creaminess was a bit much.
      I wish I was going back for a longer period of time but I'm missing class as is and I can't afford to skip too much for fear or having too many assignments to catch up on!

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  2. NYC sunny is AWESOME. and the price,... amazing! It's the perfect non-orange contour but also makes you look like you've got a great tan :)

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    1. NYC Sunny strikes such a good balance for a cheapie bronzer- not too dark, not too orange. I wanted a change from my Bourjois bronzer which is so dark it's on the cusp of a contour shade and Sunny is exactly what I was looking for!

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  3. I am glad you are back! I think you've confirmed my purchase for the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo now, it sounds amazing for problematic skin (and my skin has been being awful at the moment). I like clear PVC bags because it makes it so easy to see what you have inside :) Even though you've listed what seems like a lot of products for travelling it actually isn't much at all in the end, especially with only one lip colour!

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    1. Effaclar Duo took a while to warm up to- I broke out a little bit when I first used it so went off it but I think I was using too much. I had a second go at it and it's really good. I'm glad the Flight Travel Kit that DJs sells fits the regulations because it's so much easier to bring your own clear bag!

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  4. Yay you're back!! Even if for a minute haha. I really want to try the Origins drink up intensive, I got a sample of the Clear Improvement mask and I really like it! I really want to pick up the La Roche Posay Effaclar duo too. How much does it cost at Terry White? Also let me know if you like the Loreal Telescopic! I've not opened mine yet and don't think I will until I finish my current waterproof mascara.

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    1. Effaclar Duo costs $26 at Terry White- not all branches sell it- I got mine at Mt Ommaney. Maybe you'll have better luck in the city or Indooroopilly. L'Oreal Telescopic is nice- lengthening but it clumps a little. I'm used to really good separation so I was a little disappointed in the separation but it holds a curl, doesn't smudge on my very oily eye area (every waterproof mascara and pencil eyeliner I've tried has smudged on me) and I couldn't wait that long to try it so I'm currently rotating the Telescopic waterproof with Kiss Me's Heroine Make Volume and Curl.

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    2. That's a pretty good price! I'll be sure to check the city next time I'm there, or Toowong. The clumping sounds a little unappetizing, but nothing a run through with a spoolie/lash comb can't fix! Also just wanted to let you know that Celestial Apocalips is back in stock on ASOS!

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  5. Yayyyy! Loved to see this post from you! :)
    xx

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  6. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW EXCITED I GOT WHEN I SAW THIS ON MY NEWSFEED! :') I really hope you keep your blog up, even if u decide not to blog at least leave it here so whenever you decide that you miss your blogger friends you can still say hello every now and then haha. ;)

    I thirsting for that Effaclar Duo but sadly I can't get the same version in North America. I don't even understand why they would make the formulas different across the globe. Not cool! Oh, I also love the NYC Sunny Bronzer, I love it so much I went to buy another one as soon as I hit pan on the first. It lasts so long that I haven't even run out completely yet lol. Anyways, I hope you have a good trip! Blog more whenever you feel like it! <3

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    1. Aww that's so sweet of you! I get excited when I see you've posted too! I loved your Benefit World Famous Neutrals post- so tempted by it. Effaclar Duo in the US is a spot treatment, right? Michelle (graceandglitter, duh) bought her Effaclar Duo from eBay, maybe try that? It really doesn't make sense to manufacture different formulas under the same name, but there's not much we can do about it...
      Sunny is the best bronzer shade I've come across! It's exactly the right shade of darkness to look golden, not muddy. :)

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  7. Welcome back! Why don't you stay? :) Even if you only update when you like, at least it'd give people the opportunity to discover your posts for the first time, or rediscover them.

    How are you finding Vitalumiere Aqua? If I didn't have a bazillion foundations open at the moment, I would definitely pick it up. Never gone down the sample route, though I really should. I just can't bring myself to ask for one at the counter. I can never bring myself to a counter in general :p They're so intimidating, lol.

    Watched Pitch Perfect the other day and was obsessed with the No Diggity and Just the Way You Are/Just a Dream songs. Obsessed.

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    1. I just transferred the sample sachet into a MAC sample container more suited for foundations and I think the finish is more matte than Healthy Mix Serum. B30 is more beige than the yellow 53 but they're quite close. It's about the same, maybe less coverage than Healthy Mix Serum. I like it a lot, but I'm not sure the better colour match is worth the price tag, especially if the coverage is lighter.
      One up: I learnt the Cups song. Obsessed on a whole new level. :P

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  8. Don't leave! I would love to see sporadic posts whenever you can be bothered!
    How much do you pay for Effaclar Duo in Terry White? I bought my tube overseas but it is almost out, and I need to restock without taking a trip abroad (though I did try talking my man into a trip just for that-ha!)

    I prefer the Vanilla & Macadamia as well! Clever doggy

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    1. I paid $26 for the Effaclar Duo from Terry White- not all branches sell it though. Hahaha I want to go to the US for the same reason! :)

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  9. Oh some lovely purchases! The Real Technique brushes are so awesome. x

    Shang J.| The Feminine Crusade

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