September 30, 2015

My Newest Makeup Mixology Discovery

A few days ago, Happy Skin - a homegrown cosmetic brand recently launched a contest on Instagram wherein 3 lucky ladies will be invited over to join them on their newest project yet - they will be opening the very first store this October 1st. I had to join, obviously and in order to do so, I had to unearth my personal photos and stumbled across this unpublished post inside of my head during that time. And since I'm currently suffering from a broken SD card reader, I can't transfer all my recent snaps on my desktop, I think this post couldn't be more timely.

This make up mixology is brought to you by mixing two limited edition Happy Skin Cosmetics Shut Up and Kiss Me lipstick, the ones from their collaboration with Preview Magazine back in June. At some point you may have given it a thought too on why they did not include a pink shade on the collection. If they did, it would've been a perfect collaboration! I initially thought about that too but that's what I'm here to blab about. If like me, you also thought this collection is missing a pink shade, think again! This is Too Cool mixed with Hot Stuff. It appears like a mauvey pink, with a cooler undertone to it that literally looks like its own formulation when applied on the lips. I slap on Too Cool all over my lips, as if to conceal it then layer it on with the bomb that is Hot Stuff.  And I'd like to personally call it as the shade, Cool Stuff. Pun intended, because isn't that just the coolest thing ever?

I personally prefer the matte formulation when it comes to bold lip colors, so having a matte muted pink within my reach just by mixing two shades together is a very welcome addition to both my makeup and mixology collection. I never really thought about mixing a nude with a red before, I always mix nudes with browns because I thought that makes sense. But sometimes, getting out of your comfort zone can really surprise you - true in real life and now, true in makeup too. What's your latest makeup mixology discovery? I'd love to add some more onto mine!

September 27, 2015

A Taste Of New York Up North

Tucked in a little corner somewhere in Pampanga is a posh pizza place inspired by the city that never sleeps - the New York Supreme Pizza Place in Northwalk, Clark. It was my first time there, I was dragged by a very good friend of mine who apparently knows the North by heart, including food places that are affordable but unforgettable. He was telling me how excellent the pizza is, how the chicken is cooked like no other and how there's a surprise dessert I should reserve some space for.

I am not the most adventurous person when it comes to food. I know, it's such a shame. I like them conventional as much as possible and I am least likely to invite you to a new place to check out what they have to offer unless I'm sure it fits the bill and generally loved by many. But oh my word, this pizza place. First of all, the thin crust, hand-tossed, (brick) oven-cooked pizza. I have got no words. I'm sure we got the NYS Angus Beef Pizza and it was heavenly as much as it was huge. It was very tasty and crispy while it lasted but the dough did not get stale at all as time passed by, which I found out because we had so much left for take away and had to eat them on the road. And then there's the chicken which particular taste is always hard to rival for a Filipino because of the Chickenjoy benchmark, at least that's what it's like for me. But NYS Country Style Chicken is a good runner up. We went for the 5 piece order and whoa, they are also huge chunks of chicken. And then there's the surprise dessert, NYS Zippolis. They are ironically Italian Crispy Doughnuts which rumor has it, is made up of the unused pizza dough, molded in ringlet forms, covered with powdered sugar and comes with a chocolate dip! Now, the science of this is weird especially for me who is practically a Jon Snow when it comes to food. But I think since the dough ringlets are covered with powdered sugar, dipping them to a sweetened dip kind of makes it a match made in sweet-tooth and non sweet-tooth heaven - it's sort of right down the middle. For the drinks, my friend had one of their fruit shakes because that's what he's used to and in true Joys Camille fashion, I went for Coke - no surprise there.

It was generally a very pleasurable experience for me. A good way to jumpstart any Northern adventure you have planned out. The place is cozy and very Instagram-worthy, I like the splash of red color all over and the brick walls. And the food is not far from the aesthetics, it was just as good if not even better for a very good deal. Your one thousand bucks can take you a long way when you decide to drop by and dine. If only for a feel of New York even just for a dining experience, I'd take it. I will definitely stop by again for the pasta, mussels and steaks. Ah, the memory of all this makes me so hungry already... I might be dropping by sooner than soon after all.

September 25, 2015

TGTC: A Beach Day Get Ready With Me

I figured since it's a Thursday and we're down to the possible last days of summer (well not temperature-wise, it is still so unbelievably too hot to function right now), you won't mind if we go back to some time in August when I was tucked away in a little corner way up north of Baler, Aurora. Four days in Baler has turned me into a mega waterlust, I'm not even kidding. If I wasn't lounging around inside the hotel, I'm quenching up my waterlust with a night dip or a day surf. So the few times I did mind getting ready were only during the times we'll be going out to grab a bite at the nearby restaurants. This is the one time we went out for burgers and fries at Hungry Surfer.

The Hair. What is a more appropriate hair style than literal beach waves when on the beach. Luckily for me the hotel we were staying in has got a decent hair dryer installed so all I did is to let it dry and then tie it up on a ponytail. Et voila!

The Make Up. This Bourjois Paris CC Cream is everything to me right now. I love the glow it gives without looking greasy and its got the protection I need from the sun, hydration my skin may need to for when I stay longer outside - it's a good all rounder, that's what it is. I think I wanted to go for the "bronzy beach babe look" when I packed my travel make up kit then. You can see I whipped out all of the bronzes - Maybelline Color Tattoo Bad To The Bronze on the lids and the bronzer from Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Strip on my cheeks (and a bit all over my face). And like what I mentioned on this post, I'm the girl who wears red lips on beach days so here I am casually sporting my L'Oreal Color Riche Matte Reds Pure Garnet.
The Outfit. Easily my beach outfit picks would be a white tank top, a pair of washed out denim shorts and a good accessory thrown in the way which this time around is a bandanna I used as my hair scarf. It can get pretty balmy when walking around so I wanted to keep my hair as far away from my face (and nape) as possible.

Baler, you are my personal miracle waiting to happen. An item off my non-existent bucket list. But I think that will be for another post and story. For now I'm homesick for the burgers and fries and the sound of the waves crashing nearby...

September 23, 2015

Make Up Menu: An Everyday Look Ala Maybelline

If there is an isle category exclusively for "affordable without compromising its quality" make up, I think Maybelline will be right up that alley. They offer a good selection of products that can cater the younger crowd with a little budget to spare and just starting off their make up kits to the working girls who can and will work for make up and even artists who paint faces professionally and for a living. I am personally a fan of some of their products that it’s no surprise I somehow ended up having enough to slap on my face for a complete make up menu I'd totally wear, or if we’re totally being honest, I’ve been wearing for everyday use.

If and when I can, I try to skip foundation altogether especially if it's just going to be for an everyday make up look. But I did that once and everybody thought I was sick so the combination base of Baby Skin Pore Eraser Primer and Clear Smooth All In One Shine Free Cake Powder in Sand Beige works well for me. It gives off decent coverage, feels light on the skin and contains protection as well (SPF 25 is good enough for me than nothing). I prefer the damp sponge technique for application since I find this the more effective way of getting an even coverage. One of my go-to everyday eye look can be achieved by using Color Tattoo 24 Hour Gel-Cream Eyeshadow in Bad To The Bronze as an all-over-the-lid color then lined with the Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Black with just a thin line with no wing and loads and loads of The Hypercurl Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara. A subtle sparkle, a slight definition and a pair of curled lashes are just what the doctor, err the make up artists prescribed for my hooded lids. Trust me, do not skip the curling of the lashes bit, it makes all the difference. And what else can pass for an everyday lip color but a nude lipstick and I personally love the color payoff and formulation of the Colorshow Creamy Matte Lipcolor in Mysterious Mocha. This one doesn’t wash me off, it just evens out the color of my lips but nothing too obvious. I also think I’m being biased because I tend to veer towards more earthly tones, if not the bold ones, when it comes to my lip color. It maybe a phase inspired by a certain Jenner Girl but I just really, really like it.

I seriously like everything from this make up menu but if I can pick just one, it's the mascara. Get. The. Mascara. It is such a bargain for Php 199 and it holds a curl like crazy and it's so easy to use. The formula of this is surprisingly good for its price but I am not complaining. Always up for a bargain without compromising its quality. See? That isle has to happen already, imagine when it finally does! Maybe, our make up shopping will be so much easier. Maybe, less guiltier. Maybe, it's Maybelline.

September 21, 2015

A Few New MAC Things

Every other girl has probably a MAC wish list somewhere in the back of her mind, or written in bold colors across her blog - I'm obviously the latter and you can find mine here. But it's not always a must have or I need to get my hands on those kind of thing for me. It's like a constant longing that it doesn't matter if and when I get my hands on them, as long as I do. And I'm blabbing about this because I finally have them, well some of them, within my reach and in my collection now. Ah, be still my beating heart!

Let's start with another black bullet of a tube and my second MAC lipstick ever. It's no less than the much coveted MAC Ruby Woo. I know, I know. That is no surprise and I am super late to the party. I have blabbed on about my first ever MAC lipstick on this post if you are curious what's the first shade I picked up and why I’ve only gotten into the MAC bandwagon now. Ruby Woo is very matte (from MAC's Retro Matte range) with vivid blue-red undertones. In other words, it's a full on bright red shade with no trace of shine or moisture at all. You are likely to get comments like "You're lips are very red" and "Did you get your teeth whitened or something?". It's often coined as the best red lipstick and I kid you not, it may just be for me, too. I’ve worn this to every single occasion there is and every chance I’ve had the first few days – same lipstick, different day. I get the hype now, it's quite addicting!

Here comes another super hyped, most talked about MAC product ever and it's not even a makeup per se. It's a brush, if it's not THE blending brush of all times, MAC 217. Apparently it does the all the eyeshadow blending job for you. It also picks up a good amount of product on and dense enough to give off a precise finish on the eyes. But it can also be use to blend concealers or any cream product that requires blending – with a 217 brush, consider it done and efficiently at that.

And then there's the gorgeousness of a palette called the MAC Nordstrom Naturals Eyeshadow Palette. Aaaah, I don't think I've ever seen anything prettier! I'm not going to lie, when I saw this on Juvy's Instagram feed, I literally had heart shaped images popping out of my eyes, if that's even possible in real life. All that's left to do is to look for one particular shade and there’s no thinking twice, I'm sold. And what do you know... the Nordstom Naturals include All That Glitters after all! I concede... Shut up and take my money, MAC!

I’ve been giving them equal amount of so much love since their arrival in my life and even though this means I might not be doing any MAC shopping any time soon, it already gives me so much happiness to have Ruby Woo, MAC 217 and All That Glitters ticked off my MAC Wishlist for now. That feeling is enough and going to last me a long time, that's for sure.

September 20, 2015

The Autumn Lip Line Up

It's the most wonderful time of the year - yes, that's September for me. And even though we are not part of the northern hemisphere and we clearly do not have autumn here in the Philippines, I am a London Girl at heart so I tend to embrace the trends and the seasons they have. Case in point? Here I come parading an autumn lip line up. I know, don't ask. Although I am most likely to wear dark red lips all year long, during autumn, it just feels the rightest to slap on. Here are my picks and currently on my kit and will likely be on full rotation for the next few months...

Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me in Hot Stuff. I've raved about this a lot and I don't think I will ever stop. It's my matte meets wine red and more on the cooler side of the spectrum and I like that very much. If you want a more detailed ramble about this, I posted about it here.

Essence Lipliner in Red Blush. Now I admit I could've lined my lips better with it but it's a gorgeous shade of berry red that is slightly warmer to the skin. And the only new addition to my kit since I've just recently picked this up. Spoiler? I bought two of these - true story.

L'Oreal Color Riche Matte Reds in Pure Garnet. A very good rival to Happy Skin's Hot Stuff that they almost appear the same on the lips - same matte but moisturizing formula and very intense and deep red in color. Also, very flattering to every skin tone and a wearable kind of red.

Avon Ultra Matte Lipstick in Matte Merlot. Another matte, another red, another cool-toned shade. I feel like I've been repeating myself over and over again in this post but this is one of the affordable ones that feels and looks more luxurious for its price.

Kate Moss for Rimmel Lipstick in 107. The staple red, seriously this is my all-year-long kind of red. The one I always reach out for by default. It's not too bright, not too intense, not too blue but just the right hue for an everyday berry lip makeup look. Also, I can't believe out of all the lipstick I've mentioned here, I haven't done a proper review on this one! Such a shame, so I'll definitely be popping one soon.

Avon Ultra Color Rich Over Nature Lipstick in Cherry Berry. The only vampire red that can look literally like it's bleeding from your lips because it's got some shine on but it's just really intense with a hint of purple to it but very, very minimal. Personally I find it harder to pull off since I prefer my deep reds to be matte rather than shiny and it's got the most tendency to transfer and get messy.

Clearly I don't need six shades of the same kind of red but every time a new release of the same shade comes out, I almost always veer towards the dark, intense and cool-toned ones. And it's not really the easiest to apply and remove as it can get pretty messy both ways but a girl's gotta do what she gotta do. I have a feeling you can't even tell the difference. But I think you do - because a lipstick girl knows.

September 18, 2015

The Subtle Strobing Using Bourjois Paris

I haven't even properly dipped my make up brushes onto proper contouring and here comes another make up trend who's hit the beauty industry by storm - that thing called strobing. Now, I really don't need additional shine on my rather oily and shiny by default face but I'm not going to lie - I do love a good and subtle highlight. Okay, maybe not a subtle one because once you go into the highlighting department, I'm telling you there's no going subtle.

And in wanting to at least give this trend a try, I managed to find a technique that is suitable for me. I like to use a loose powder highlighter like the Bourjois Paris Java Rice Loose Powder. I am aware that this is not exactly a highlighter but it does the job anyway for me. It's feathery in texture and with a slight iridescence to it. I did try to pat it on all over the face, that explains the almost empty container already, and people took notice of how it makes my skin appear glowy and healthy-looking. So I know it will do the same when I apply it only to the highest points of my face. My favorite bit is applying this on the tip of my nose, it's actually funny but its results is also pretty. 

For the rest of my face, I used the 123 Perfect CC Cream which has a light-reflecting property that gives an add-on glow. The Smoky Eye Eyeshadow Trio in Prune Enigmatic and is one of those that is done with baked technology combined with Twist Up The Volume Mascara to give the eyes a soft, defined smoky look. Lastly on the lips is the Contour Edition Lip Pencil in Nude Wave which is a lovely shade of dusty pink and dabbed on a little of Shine Edition Lipstick in Beige Democrachic on top. And you know what, I think that's not so bad as I thought it would be, not so bad at all. People can probably tell that you're indeed glowing but won't be able to put their fingers on it. I'd probably wear this look again but that's it - that's probably how much (or how little) I'd be involved in the strobing... until further notice.

September 16, 2015

The Weeklong Holiday Outfits

In between July and August, I found myself boarding another plane to spend another week away from the ordinary, but this time to Bohol and with family. It's been a while since I needed to pack for 5 days in a suitcase so I thought I'd stick with a theme to make it easier. I always find that this is the easiest way to pack. Whenever I think of a destination, I think of a theme I would want to go for wardrobe-wise. I am not the best packer out there, not the lightest packer as well but I thought this little trick of picking a theme and departmentalizing per wardrobe, day and destination should work. And since I know there are going to be pool and beach days by default, I packed bikinis, shirt dresses to cover me up with denim shorts and black tops to match.

The black tops. Yes, I am that girl who can and will wear black to beach. A plain, oversize black shirt I wore to the airport for very obvious reasons. An off-shoulder lace top is something I particularly wanted to bring with me because not only will it look good on photos, it will definitely make me feel comfortable despite the heat and humidity. A black and gray vest top to put on during hotel transfers and running a few errands. A sheer sleeveless top with a lace back details which complimented my tan all the more as my going home outfit.

The denim shorts. Before this trip, I realized I have no decent denim shorts to bring with me so I raided my favorite thrift store in the hope to pick up something. I ended up with four but only these 3 had a good wear out during the trip - a ripped puruntong shorts inspired by a Kylie Jenner outfit post on Instagram, a tattered washed off denim shorts and a good old blue jean shorts.

The shirt dresses. I have got to say this is my favorite bit since I've seen inspirations online on how it's supposed to like amidst the blues and whites with the bikinis worn inside. I'm glad I have enough to play with and bring with me because buying a new one is not an option. There's the blue and white striped shirt dress from Jellybean with a flattering round neckline, an all white off-shoulder number from Mango a few seasons ago and a classic denim piece from Topshop that's good enough for a cover up too.

The bikinis. I've brought only two pairs with me since I have not really been into bikini shopping and this is all I've got so far. One is gray and the other is all black and I know what you are thinking, what am I doing with boring colors but boring works for me so it's all good. There's the matching grey patterned bikini pair from H&M which I got on sale and a matching plain black bikini top and bottoms which I can justify by saying one can never go wrong with black. 

The footwear. Bringing a pair of flipflop is almost a default, mine's a Havaianas white pair, so I threw in a comfortable strappy flats for the times we'll be on land and the Sandugo mid-strap sandals that I thought would be perfect to wear around the beach what will all the walking in the sand and water combined.

All these and a few bits more (I did remember to bring some over and undergarments with me), were packed inside a mini luggage which is something I prefer than the carry on bag. It's so much easier to pack, compartmentalize and repack, not to mention wheel around a mini luggage bag than having to literally carry a carry on bag to and from your destination which includes a two-way 45 minute flight. I do think this ain't so bad considering how I can get carried away with packing so this goes straight to my not-so-many successful holiday packing stories.

September 14, 2015

My Essence Eye Shadow Squad

The thing about department stores is that they pretend to not lure you into looking further into them but they actually have this invisible magic that will draw you in. And although it really doesn't make any sense because you've just been given your dream eye shadow palette at the moment, you are somehow enabled to go for a look around anyway. And even if you can't find no logical explanation into wanting another four from the drugstore, before you know it, you're four eye shadows (you definitely don't need) richer and a few bucks poorer.

These are from Essence and while they are not really my cup of tea to purchase, I am more likely to buy a nth lipstick of the same shade but not an eye shadow palette let alone mono ones, these are on sale, originally at Php 139 but now Php 75 each if you get 4.  I've got 2 dark toned ones and 2 of the lighter shades of these rather underrated but very pigmented and buttery shadows. How about we begin with my favorites called Get Ready and Metropolitan which are the first once I singled out from the selection. They're my jam when it comes to eye shadow - neutral and earthy with a little shimmer on the side. These are the shades I would go for if I wanted to have a more defined and noticeable eye make up that can be over and done with in a jiffy. Metropolitan works as an all over the lid color for that golden eye with just a touch of taupe in it look and Get Ready which is a bit golden too but with a darker brown undertone perfect to define the crease and the outer corner of the eye. A mix of these two is a gorgeous lower lash color to make the eyes look a bit bigger. See? Endless ways of making it work already and that's just 2 shades in. Moving on, there's Dance All Night which is just sparkles all over. I initially thought it will also do as a cheek highlighter but it may be too sparkly and light for that. So onto the inner corners it goes and it's such a beautiful shade to pop in there. Excited to wear this with just loads and loads of mascara and a dark lip some time in the near autumn. And then there's Blockbuster and it's the only matte shadow I've got since the rest were already sold out. It's something I wanted to love more, you know me and mattes, but I haven't figured out how to make it pop or show on my lids. It's a cream color, powdery in texture that will be ideal to apply all over the lid as a transition shade or a base to help the rest of the shadows pop out and even more great for highlighting the brow bone. Quite a multitasking gem, this one.

Come to think of it, that ain't so bad after all. Besides one can never ever have enough eye shadows in her stash. At least I got mine on sale. I mean, that should make all the sense in the make up world, right? Right. So go get 'em while you can - you won't regret it, I clearly do not.

September 13, 2015

6 Unlikely Things To Love About Singapore

Book a ticket, pack your bags and go to Singapore. It's quite hard to come up with photos, let alone words, to go with this post as I want to share as much as possible but I also think they're nothing like you guys have probably seen before once you search the keywords "travel" and "Singapore" on Google. So I think you'd appreciate if we skip that part and just head on to the general unlikely things only I as a tourist would take time to notice. If I'm being honest, I didn't really end up doing much of the touristy things at all but maybe that's why I enjoyed the trip all the more.

The very effective transport system. Is it weird that this is my favorite part of the whole trip?! Having to experience a no fuss commute to and from your destination is a luxury you wouldn't realize you're missing until you experience doing so in places like Singapore and Dubai. It was all such a breeze, I cannot get over how it was all so chaotic one minute and then the next, it's gone. Buses that will arrive at the stations on time, trains that do not get delayed nor too crowded for my life? YES PLEASE. Skip the cab as much as you can, not only are they a bit more expensive but getting in the bus and the train is more fun! If only for the thrill of it, indulge!

The accessibility and quality of the internet connection. Now this ranks second because how can you not love a city wherein you can have free internet connection for an hour the minute you checked in inside a mall? It is very convenient and effective, if not totally impressive at all. And it's not crappy internet, we're talking reliable connection here.

The what-used-to-be 1 SGD ice cream. It's now for 1.20 SGD but still reasonable for a huge chuck of chocolate chip goodness sandwiched inside a bread. I can see why it is such a hit even to the locals who's probably eaten so much of it already in this lifetime. It was extremely hot and humid during our visit so grabbing one of these is such a welcome treat. Make sure to grab a piece when you spot one on the streets. Actually scratch that, grab two - one for you and take one for the road for me.

The Nescafe Ipoh White Coffee in Hazelnut. When we were planning the trip, we made sure to tell the things we wanted to do and I was certain about mine: just bring me to any non-fancy coffee shop and I'm all good. But with all the walking, it was not really possible to purposely go to a coffee shop alone when it will be far apart from the rest of the places we have to be. None of those include Haji Lane or Arab Street unfortunately and I believe that's where they're at. So this is everything to me, having discovered a new flavor of coffee to indulge that you can find in the nearest convi shop. I loved it so much I brought home a whole pack with me. True story.

The Makansutra food experience. There is just one too many food, so little time and a small tummy to fit them all in but I loved this experience during our first night. It's like properly dipping into the culture of Singapore by trying to be more like a local, trying food that you can't find at home. Ironically, this is the same place you can spot most of the tourists as well because as it turns out, a good SG host never fails to bring their friends who are visiting the country in this place.

The Great Singapore Sale. It wasn't an accident by any chance but it was coincidental since we booked the tickets months prior to our flight so we didn't know it will fall on the dates of the GSS. What a happy coincidence since it made all the shopping and retail therapy almost guilt-free. If you haven't seen my posts on what was inside my SG take away loot bags, you can find them here and here.

Singapore is pretty amazing but can get pretty tiring (and can do terrible things to your hair too, you are warned). It didn't make my heart skip a beat, it didn't excite me the way a concert would've or a new eye shadow palette did. But being in Singapore made me feel like having a cool drink, no doubt an ice cold Coca-Cola, after a day's worth of walking around a hot and humid city. It felt that refreshing to the mind, to the body not so much but I'd take it. It's nothing your what-used-to-be 1 SGD ice cream can't fix.

September 11, 2015

The SG Loot Bag 2/2

So here's the second installment of my SG Loot and this time it's more on the fashion side of things. I think what I failed to mention on my previous post is the tiny little detail that is the Great Singapore Sale 2015 which was happening in full effect during the same time we were there. So even though most of these things are locally available, the price drop made me buy it and travel all the way from Singapore with a giant black hat in my hand carry. True story.

Whilst my friends made the most out of the shoe bargains, I veered towards buying the accessories I normally wouldn't pick up on a regular basis. All of these are from the high street, one from Forever 21 and the rest from the good ole H&M. Let's start with the one from Forever 21 and that's the black strappy sandals. The reason I bought it is because my carry on sandals gave up on me. I told you, there was a lot of walking involved that my shoes gave up on me on our last day. You can probably tell I've been wearing it out and about so often it looks already battered considering I've just bought them in July. It's comfortable and flattering on my rather big feet, the strappy details kind of gives it a slimmer look and did I say it's extremely comfortable? Yep, it is.

Onto the rest which are all H&M things. Spot the purse inspired by one of the many Michael Kors designs what with its saffron leather-ish material but it's a really good one, if I do say so myself. I wish it was larger though as it is a struggle to downsize my bag things to be able to fit them inside. With my wardrobe already lacking color and whatnot, I thought I could use a pop of color. Next is the necklace I've already seen before and wanted to buy it at once so when I spotted them again and this time on sale, there was no thinking twice. I've been loving the layered necklace look on plain tees and low cut blouses. And lastly, my favorite part of the loot is something my little sister asked me to buy for her. She wanted a big hat for so long that you can wear to the beach for the chic effect and between you and I, it's something you don't really need but you also really want - all logic be darned. Which brings me to the fact that I had to bring this on my flight back home as my hand carry and dodge as many glances as possible. See what I mean, what logic?

September 09, 2015

The SG Loot Bag 1/2

For the most part of it, we basically spent our days walking around Singapore - and let me tell you there was a looooot of walking involved in this trip, I'll eventually be sharing some snaps and stories soon. But when we were not, well... we were practically still walking but inside the mall doing some real damage slash retail therapy.

First off is the Evian Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray which is both on the skin care and make up side of things as it can be used to hydrate, moisturize, refresh and tone your skin then it can also fix and freshen up your make up. I use it for both but mostly for refreshing purposes especially if you've been going in and out of the house, this comes in handy as an instant perk me up for your face. Another one I picked up for skin care but if I'm being honest, it's really just for its cuteness - look at that packaging, is the Candylicious Alcohol Free Wet Wipes.

Next is hair care which if you know me receives probably the least amount if not none at all of my attention. The SasaTinnie Ultimate Deep Repair Wheat Protein Hair Mask was handed to me by the store sales person a) because my hair looked really gross at that time and b) in the hope to give my hair the attention it deserves, at least that's what I thought. It smells so nice and when the weather's a bit cooler than usual, I tend to use this twice in a week just to keep the moisture and softness locked in, if its getting any.

Onto perfume and fragrance bits, I picked up another bottle of Victoria's Secret Aqua Kiss Fragrance Mist after a year or two. Hear me out on this one, I know most of the VS mists can be very strongly sweet to the senses but Aqua Kiss is not like that. Its notes include rain-kissed freesia and daisy which is probably why it's anything but strong or sweet, just a splash of freshness.

And lastly, the make up things. Not going to lie, my favorite bits from this loot are the ones I got from the Singapore drugstore. I have the Bourjois Paris 123 Perfect CC Cream in Rose Beige since I have been looking for an everyday base that doesn't feel too heavy but with decent coverage and Bourjois LĂ©vres Contour Edition Lip Liner in Nude Wave 01 since I can't get hold of Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk just yet. Lastly, I picked up a SasaTinnie Eyelash Curler because I don't have one in regular size and look, it is not just in black, it's in matte black - it has to happen. And the best part is it actually works! Nothing comes close to the Shu Uemura but close enough to me and my lash standards.

And that concludes half of my so-called SG Loot, I have the other one coming up next so keep an eye out for it. This whole loot bag thing reminds me of the bag of goodies you take away home with you after attending a party back when I was a kid except perhaps this is a much more grown up version of it - me likey.
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