I think I haven't updated the blog in over 2 weeks... the last entry was dated 18 March...and we are already into the first week of April. Just thought that I would do an life update entry, and also give you an overview of what I have been trying out, new stuff that arrive almost everyday here. My blogging frequency this year has been pretty erratic, I am mostly quiet during the week, and I will post a few entries over the weekend, but when I am occupied, I don't even get to blog at all. And in terms of makeup, I haven't been feeling super inspired to do 'new looks' instead I always fall back on my few trusty palettes which I know will do the job or sometimes I don't really even bother with much makeup at all (ie no eye makeup, I still and always do the rest of my face).
Which leads me to the next point - my fave eyeshadow palettes: You know, if I start all over again, and build up my makeup collection or if I go crazy and want to edit my makeup collection to the point where everything fits into ONE BAG (but how tragic that would be, right?) it would be the following eyeshadow palettes:
1. Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette
2. My addiction eyeshadow palette
3. Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage palette
and that's all I need as far as eyeshadows are concerned.
Other than that, I have been trying out at least 5 - 6 different foundation routines, and I have taken pictures for review purposes all ready to go.. but I haven't been able to properly sit and blog about them yet. Most foundations usually work well on me, honestly...it is all a matter of knowing your skintype, what works for me, and how I would vary the application process to ensure that my foundation always last decently and look appropriately flawless and fresh throughout the day.
I must apologise for being so behind on foundation entries though.. but I usually like to take pictures of the application process (which takes some time), it always amuses me when I am looking up information of foundations, and I come across reviews in which the foundation is barely swatched on the hand, followed by a lot of product information with little room for comparison, application and overall detailed thoughts. For me, pictures speak for themselves, and it is also very useful to compare or categorise foundations along with others in the market since I have tried so many, I can say for sure which foundations behave in a similar manner with other brands.
Upcoming foundie entries:
1. Maquillage base and foundation routine
2. Shiseido UV foundations routine
3. Shu Uemura Lightbulb liquid and powder routine
4. Lancome Blanc Miracle routine
5. Biore Essence UV BB
6. YSL Youth Liberator CC base
I also have a few new lipstick launches which are sitting in my folders - I love doing lipstick swatches... and trying out new colours and formula. It seems that every Spring all the makeup brands release new lipsticks/ new lip products - I am sure you have seen online and at the stores all the new rich colors that double up as Cheek and Lip colors (Shu Uemura, YSL) and also new liquid lipsticks (Dior) ... it is just a lipstick jungle out there and my lipstick drawer is simply bursting at the seams right now.
Upcoming lippie entries:
1. Estee Lauder lippies (pictured below)
2. Besame lippies
3. The Body Shop Color Crush lipsticks
4. Bite Beauty lipsticks
5. Dior Addict liquid lipsticks
And do you know there is a Hakuhodo counter that's going on now at Takashimaya? I can't remember til when, but rest assured they will be back again very soon. They only bring in the more affordable, more accesible range of their brushes along with a selection of their premium S series.. I bought a few myself (always can't resist getting a couple each time I see them in person, bad habit!)
I also have a couple of LOTDs entries which I have already edited and almost ready to go, but I might have forgotten the exact products used, because the pictures were taken sometime back. Opps.
Here's a sneak peek at what's coming on the blog in the next couple of weeks, I hope:
And on a personal front, I have been spending time with friends and family - gatherings, outings, etc.. Recently attended the Bruno Mars party at Wavehouse.. and he literally just hang around for a short while... thankfully I had complimentary access.. but I would imagine feeling quite cheated if I actually bought tickets for this pre-concert party. Still it was quite a cheap thrill to see him in person so up close.
I also celebrated my 35th birthday lately... my cousin and sister baked these yummy and gorgeous cupcakes for me.. and the whole family gang surprised me... Suddenly feeling a little old, and yet at the same time, feeling more empowered, and well, I don't think I look nor feel 35 at all.. I know people who are younger that are older if you know what I mean..all I can say is, take care of your skin, always take care of your grooming stay healthy, stay active, no amount of surgery nor gimmicks will give you back the youth that you have when you are in your teens and early 20s. Enjoy life, enjoy your friends, never berate yourself for lousy moments, and also be thankful for what you have in your life.
Part of the reason for my lack of updates is also the amount of stuff which has been accumulating in my room - makeup products, skincare, clothes, you name it.... and I could hardly find a proper place to sort out the products, put things away, etc etc til a couple of weeks back, I had enough, and decided to purge and pack. While I am still in the midst of packing and clearing, I have thrown/given away more than half the contents of my wardrobe - clothes that I won't wear anymore, clothes that I think would find better homes... I could have made a neat sum getting rid of them at a flea (mostly a lot of brand new ZARA, Fcuk and Asos clothes) but again, too much effort to source for a suitable time and location, besides I just really wanted to get rid of the stuff ASAP. So now everything is more or less cleared... I feel better, it's like clearing out a lot of toxins in my body or something.. haha. And I am able to find space to properly do my things. I can now say I have cleared my wardrobe to the extent that when I open any of the doors, everything hanging there are stuff that I would pull out to wear.
I was also dealing with 4 cartons of hair and beauty products because I was one of the judges for HerWorld Beauty Awards lately, and trying out over 300 products over a period of two months meant lots of shampoo, hair products, foundations, makeup removers LYING AROUND everywhere. I got to finish up all the stuff which I was trying and rotating during the trial (esp the cleaners, shampoos) and also give away stuff which aren't suitable for me to friends and family. But I think I have finally managed to get rid of everything which I won't be using. The judging was hectic but fun to say the least and I have discovered quite a few gems along the way!
Here's a little glimpse of my neat space:
And speaking of clothes, my new shopping obsession is at COS - love their clean lines, and their cutting of the dresses and tops just seem to flattter me so much. Some of their pieces are not very wallet friendly, but I have managed to accquire quite a stash of COS items which are now staples in my wardrobe. Love the black dresses and midi skirts I bought, and also basics such as their striped tees and also another bunch of dressier tops.
I also love the ocassional ZARA new arrivals... so these two places are suckering me in to check out their new collections every week.
Here are some fitting room adventures:
This is a ZARA TRF denim shirt, and my AE moto jegging pants.. and also my new ASOS cut out boots (and shown above is my new NIKE ROSHE runs). When it comes to dressing, my style is usually comfort first, and something slightly masculine (such as the shirt or shoes) but the overall look is never tomboy-ish (cos I would pair with pop of colors on my nails or lips, or messy hair).
Hair.... I need a revamp soon... to smooth out my hair.. but I am liking this Yves Rocher volumising shampoo.. which gives me this fluffy result. I am also in need of a hair color job soon. Ahhh.. so many things to do!
I am also brisk walking/ jogging (or I use the term running VERY loosely) - if I don't have too many weekday engagements, I would clear 5-10km of running in one session.. usually to the park near my place. I feel fresher and there's nothing like 'tired' legs to make you feel good that you have gotten moving instead of being a couch potato (or in my case bed snuggler). Why running? Because I don't like being confined to a treadmill, take exercise classes and have to find a partner to do my workouts. Running is minimal and effective, and most of all, free. I do my running at least 3 times a week, and on a good week, 6 times.
I have also cut out carbs and most sugars in my diet since late Dec... and 3 months later, I have lost quite a substantial amount of weight which some of you might have noticed - face is visibly smaller in LOTD pics hahaa. I just eat lots of vege, sticking to fish and other 'clean' food (milk, oats), etc...just keeping portions within control. Since I am keeping quite active, I think the weight came off very evenly. Dropped 3 clothing sizes, and just feeling really good physically. I am still in process of achieving my ideal target...but honestly, dressing up, taking pictures and going out have never felt better. I am quite discipined this time, and more conscious than ever of what I eat - but I don't ever deprived myself.. If I want a cupcake, or ice cream, I eat it. Just make the treat worth it. Eat the best cupcake, have my fave Awfully Chocolate ice cream, etc you know what I mean.
Some of my 'target' heroes are girls like Samantha Chapman from the Pixiwoos, Julia from MissChievous - because these women are of the same height as me, simlar build and age - so I often see their transformation, pictures and that sometimes help me to stay motivated and focused. Of course, having a supportive frendship network is important, telling my close friends that I am on a mission means that I have to stick to it, and they help to remind me as well.
I never believed in fad diets nor gimmicky treatments... to lose weight, to be healthier means you have to adjust your diet (and diet is 80% of it) followed by regular exercise. I can't emphasise that enough. I hope I can sustain this somewhat healthy streak for the rest of my life. Heheh.
So this is another personal project which kept me a little busy.
To end off this entry, at the risk of sounding like a total lazy blogger - please do follow me on instagram, and I know many of you do, thank you so much cos I hit over 10k followers on there lately... it is sometimes a lot easier to quickly post my thoughts on there, and since we are always on our phones, you have my updates at your finger tips. I post 1-5 pictures on my instagram daily.. even when I am not blogging. I do believe the blog is still essential for in depth thoughts and reviews cos I usually keep my IG captions short and sweet... but when I am in the midst of trying new stuff, or attending press events, I will quickly give a heads-up so you know what reviews will be posted on the blog in the next few weeks.
I reallly hope to resume my usual blogging schedule in the next week or so... and I will be taking a short break to BKK in a couple of weeks... so I will be sure to HAUL makeup from there... hehehe any BKK shopping reccomendations, do let me know! I haven't been there in over 15 years! Horrors!
Hope this rather personal and super rambling update has been worth your time reading, and have a pleasant Sunday ahead!