Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner Dupe Alert | Fasio Edge Power Gel Liner


three consecutive lines with one 'turn' amount of product

 The week Benefit launched their Push Up Liner in HK, Honor and I rushed to Lane Crawford and checked that out.  To our dismay, it is not as easy to work with; even as the assistant applied to our hands it look messy.  Also, it was out of our budget for such novelty and gimmick, so we left empty-handed.

Around the same time, two Kose 'drugstore' brands have their representation refreshed locally.  The Fasio line, with their re-branded products, is down-sized at Sasa.  I only spotted their eye products and some sunscreens, and I got their mascaras at our first encounter (picture here, I later got the third variation of their mascaras too).

Another line Visee, found our shore as the first spot outside Japan to have official stands and point of sales.  I have made many trips to Sasa playing with their products, and three with successful purchases, the first being the largest (pictured here, here and here).  I have a feeling Visee's launch in HK is the most exciting beauty news to me this year - Laduree doesn't tickle me (now at Sogo), and Albion I haven't yet get my hands on (also at Sogo, I probably have to visit them next year?)

Anyway, back to the focus of this post, is the Fasio dupe of Benefit's new heavily publicised gel liner with twist-up mechanism.  I accidentally picked up the brown BR300 instead of the black BK001.  The plastic stopper, dispenser tip and overall size of the gel liner is basically the same.  If you fancy giving this fancy idea of applying liner a try, I totally recommend getting the Fasio instead of the Benefit.  See more pictures after the jump break~

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Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner - Fasio Edge Power Gel Liner

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Maternity Update | Stretch Mark Phobia


It's been, surprisingly, 5 weeks since my last update!  This past month I've been evolving from a human into a Koala-phant, and began my real battle against stretch mark...

Update~

How far along?  30 weeks.

Total weight gain/measurements:  At 28+6, I weighed myself before seeing the OG, at the hospital I usually go to, and I was 65 kg.  At 29+4, I went to another clinic with my mum (her consultation, not mine) and I weighed 65.7 kg.  I am probably around 66 kg now..?



Sunday, 13 July 2014

(Another) Korean Beauty Haul

(Do we look like Chanel Illusion d'Ombre and MAC eye shadows?)

Sprays and mists

Mr. A and I revisited Seoul, after 3 years, for 4 days, at the beginning of June - you'd know this if you follow me on instagram/facebook.  As I was 23 weeks pregnant with baby Roma, our activities were limited to mainly eating, mediocre shopping and as little walking as possible.

Compared to the haul I remote-controlled my family to get me this past January, I'd call this June spree conservative, relatively.  For instance, I tried hard not to get brands that are available in HK (I still failed but did pretty well, I think...)  I've decided to break this post up by product categories instead of by brand, for the amusing reason that I think I consciously, or sub-consciously only allowed myself to focus on several categories of items...  You can be the judge of whether you see my 'logical' pattern of selecting products...

For all the things I purchased (and received for free) including what I've already sent out to my dear friends and family, you may refer to the album I took at the hotel right after I shopped - I'll skip the equally plenty gifts and samples in this post.

One thing (only, I think) that I've bought for myself but have forgotten to picture in this post is the Hanyul Ja Woon Dan Moisturizing Cure Balm which already lives in my purse as an intensive lip treatment.


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Back in Stock | Guess Which I Got?


I've been eyeing two new-to-me brands for their eyeshadows for a while.  Not that I need any more eyeshadows in my life, but I'm always vulnerable to be tempted by good neutrals (and colourfuls).  What drove me even more crazy was, when I was browsing and researching on these two brands of eyeshadow, both of them were sold out/ out of stock.  Hence, I made a decision to get them once they come back in stock, one brand first, then the other in the next month - if I still want that.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with either of these companies, and I did not use affiliated links in this post.  Images used were taken from their websites.

Zoeva is a German brand recently popular amongst bloggers and vloggers, mainly for their make up brushes.  They do individual and set brushes that resemble MAC, or Sigma.  I have not tried any of them, but some sets they do look very similar to way cheaper ones I saw on Taobao (the Chinese ebay).  For instance, this bamboo and that bamboo; this vegan and that vegan.  Zoeva also sells make up on their website, and same as their brushes, most of them do not list their origins; not to mention that a few of their bigger palettes look just like the nostalgic Coastal Scents ones, which are also widely available on Taobao.

Makeup Geek is founded by a youtuber/blogger, based in USA.  They started making products under their own name a few years ago, including lipsticks (now gone?), pigments (I'm tempted!), makeup brushes, eyeshadows and blushes (most recent) with the pan/refill dimension just like MAC does.  [26mm round eyeshado pan are also made by Make Up Atelier ParisELF, Coastal Scents, etc]  Compared to MAC, MUG is more affordable, and from the reviews I read and watched, the quality of MUG seems to be quite consistent across the line, and given their reasonable pricing, it has attracted a lot of followers.

As mentioned in the beginning, I'm trying to decide on one of these two brands to venture out, in terms of their eye shadows.  Below will be the info I've collected so far, to help me make the purchase.  Tell me in the comments below which one you guess I've ordered!?!?


Monday, 16 June 2014

Maternity Update | Bed Rest was Not Fun


Last week was a turmoil.

Coming back from Seoul, our delicious vacation - above only shows about one-third of what we ate in four days - followed by several days meeting family and shopping, I went in to meet my OG for the 24 week check.  Baby Roma leg-bone-length (total layman term) and head-size meet the no. of weeks, however, the position of it is a little low in my abdomen (per my understanding).  Although I do not have other signs like bleeding or tummy-cramp (professional term again), my doctor still order me to rest in bed for 3 days.  I do not know if she added this advice as a fellow woman, or as a pro-practitioner, but she said I should avoid "cold" food such as soymilk (it is a Chinese medical concept to distinguish food into "warm" or "cold").

Such prescription meant I stayed home for an extended weekend with minimal walking or sitting and plenty of sleep and iPad activities (I also started with a puzzle we got from the Vatican).  I did sneaked out for breakfasts with Mr. A and to attend mass on Sunday.  But all in all, the 3 (which later turned into 4) days of "imprisonment" were home-bound.

Update 

How far along?  25 weeks.

Total weight gain/measurements:  Right before meeting my OG, at 24 weeks, I was 61.7 kg.  I guess I'm over 62 now?  Yes I don't trust the vintage balance we have at home.

Maternity clothes:

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