Sunday, 29 January 2012

Dragon Year Greetings! (a quick update)




After the Chinese New Year, e.g. from 26 Jan onwards, my work is gonna be crazily busy.  There's a project which I'm invovled in approaching its deadline, so I'll be real hardcore 'working'.  Some bits and pieces to keep you waiting and checking back:

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Versatile Blogger Award!?


Annabelle and Sam tagged me, or awarded me with the Versatile Blogger Award.  Thanks to both of them, that's so kind of them indeed.  If you haven't already, please pay them a visit and show them some love! 

So by receiving this award, I have to tell 7 random facts about myself.  Then give the award to 15  other favourite bloggers.  Let's do the 7 facts first:

Monday, 23 January 2012

Inventory#7: Cleansing Milk, Cream and Balm



 
Milk cleansers are the weakest and most gentle cleanser to my skin.  Often when I'm having troubles, e.g. really dry irritated flaky unhappy skin, I turn to them.  They don't remove make up very effectively, if I use them for my face make up, I need to tissue them off, and do maybe 2 rounds.

Creams, on the other hand, is slightly thicker than the milk relatives, and cleanses better, even moisturises better!  Hence I over-stocked a little and got this much...

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Inventory#6: Cleansing Oil and Water


My usual night cleansing routine comprises of eye make up remover (if I do eye make up), a face make up remover (water, oil or cream; again, if I do face make up), and a face wash (foaming wash or exfoliator, or both).  I don't have particular loyalty to which ever brand or method, I just do what I like. 

I go through cleansers pretty quickly, although I still have way too many to justify buying new ones.  Here are the oils and waters 'inventory'. 




Saturday, 21 January 2012

Inventory#5: Face Cleansing Foam and Gel

I have a lot of face wash, literally, a lot.  I am splitting it up into water, oil, cream, balm, exfoliating wash, etc.  In previous post you've already seen my wipes and cloths (which I don't use).  Here I'm showing you the foaming washes - those which gives bubbles.  :)




Naruko Rose and Snow Fungus (+1)
Naruko Narcissus Total Defense (+1)
Naruko Raw Job's Tears (+1)

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Inventory#3: Make Up Wipes and Cloths

I don't know why do I have such a collection of wipes/ clothes.  I rarely ever use wipes - frequency is as low as barely once a month.  Actually I don't realise it until I do this inventory check.  Well.  After the inventory list, let me share a few words on why these wipes are here...



Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Acquired: Dolly Wink, Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen and more



I couldn't help myself but grab a few pieces whenever I pass-by a SASA, or other pharmacy/ beauty stores...  Here are some collective purchases from my visitS in Dec'11.  If you consider this a 'problem', I admit this is already a big un-resolved one.  :P  And honestly, since 2012 I have been relatively under control.  Budget and self-discipline!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Inventory#2: My MAC Stash



One of my few new year plans for 2012 is Project Back2MAC (PB2M).  I have collected way too many make up, and accumulated quite a stash of MAC.  In the past, I have done Back2MAC once, which I consider a cheat because I depotted 6 blushes that are not yet used up, and Back2MAC their containers.

I hope I can really give my MAC collection some love and try to go through a few of them, mainly lip products, and then in the year after (i.e. 2013) I can really invest in things I like to try and own.

Below is the MAC stash I have as in Jan'12  
I am just listing every MAC out, and the total the containers I can return is printed at the end of this post.


Sunday, 15 January 2012

Skincare I Have Given Away #2


Dr. Morita (Sum Tin 森田藥粧) - Whitening Face Cleanser
Joseristine - Salicylic Acid Cleansing Gel
Essence - Eye Makeup Remover *oil-free
Neutrogena - Pure Glow Daily Cleansing Cushions
-->> all four goes to my sister Jen

The Dr. Morita whitening cleanser is the foaming type, which I found too drying.  After my sister gave it a few tries, she decided that it is also pretty drying on her now (it's winter!).  She decided that it would be a summer cleanser for her.  Now I gave her another tube of Laneige multi cleanser travel size and Sana Soy travel size to try.  Fyi, the Dr. Morita is a Taiwanese brand which makes pretty nice sheet masks, both face and eye ones.  And I got this cleanser in a set of 5 (or 10?) masks and got this for free.  :P

Short Review: Naruko Derma Pro Multi-Peptide Firming Serum

I got the small travel size sample of this with my order back in Nov'11.  I only gave this a few weeks of tries so I can't give a full in-depth review.

Derma Pro is a relatively new line released by Naruko, targetting semi-mature skin with more 'dermatologist' approved packaging.  I feel like it aims at the market of customers who value the 'technology' concept more than the 'organic' claims.

Let me quickly quote description from the Naruko US website:

Product Detail:


NOTD: Weird Combo



This colour combo is definitely not for everyone, maybe not even for me.  I don't think gold and grey go well together, for the most of the times.  But then that moment came when Mr Boyfriend suggested me pair gold with my chosen grey.  That's why.


Mail arrived: Beauty-full London Swap


Here comes the 2nd swap I had with Sam from the UK!!!!!  We have done one before, and check this link out if you want to.  Basically we have asked for things we can't get in our own lands, and thrown in a few more extra bits and pieces~*

***If you want to see what I sent over to her, go to her blog (here) and find that out.  If you don't find it, ask her for it!  :P ***

♥♥♥

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Review: Cle de Peau Beaute Gentle Cleansing Foam and Balancing Lotion


Most of the basic skin care of Cle de Peau Beaute (CPB) have two formulae, 'refreshing' for oilier skin or people who like a fresh sensation, 'gentle' for drier skin or people who prefer a smoother feeling.  My skin is generally normal to dry, and throughout the consultation, the beauty assistant only considered recommending me the gentle versions - no complaint at all here.  :)

I got all the basics in full size - a cleanser, a lotion, a day emulsion and night one.  I will split up my reviews in parts, and in this one I shall review the first two, because I give them more uses and opinions are formed.

Let me begin by quoting from the CPB website.
 


Gentle Cleansing Foam (mousse nettoyante tendre)

Friday, 13 January 2012

Mail Arrived: Nails Inc. and more



For my UK readers/ friends, please quickly go to the end of this post to find a small gift exlusive for you guys!  

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As the title states, this is a sharing, or showing, of what I ordered online for some items I can't get in my city.  I am really pissed with the customer service of one shop so I'm not gonna mention it (yet).  If the issue is still not resolved by early next week I will definitely blog about it!


First off, I have ordered two of the more popular make up items from Jemma Kidd Make Up School.  


Thursday, 12 January 2012

(中) *十二月空瓶記*身體頭髮保養篇*


 
Body and Hair (English here)

終於"的起心肝"寫身體+頭髮保養篇了!上篇關於護膚品的,請到這兒
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Inventory#1: Point Make Up Remover Stash



I got inspired by Reductionista and want to document and monitor the size of my stash by the *inventory* concept.  Here I will begin with something relatively manageable - My eye make up remover(s)...  What an unexciting choice!?  For the sake of getting this post out, I'm even excluding the other big pile of face cleanser and cleansing water kind of removers.  I sincerely hope you won't mind! haha


Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Project 20 Lips (P20L)



To force myself to show more love to my lip products, which by the way, is a big collection, I have decided to introduce this P20L.  Everything lips related will be included: lip balm/ butter/ stick/ gloss/ liner/ scrub - everything.

Basically there are 2 parts of this project.

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Ruby Ring - FOTD



So here it is, a NOTD and FOTD for the 1st week of 2012.  Excuse the pictures chosen, I asked my sister to helped me snap a few shots, and mr. boyfriend picked these out of the bunch.  Anyway...


Tuesday, 10 January 2012

**~ Empties 2011.12 ~** (body + hair)


 
Because this is gonna take forever and much longer - hence I'm just splitting up the skin care/make up part into another post.  Make sure you've already read the Skin Care Post!  Here are the body and hair stuff.

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Monday, 9 January 2012

December Favourites '11


It's half way through January'12 now, but I want to get this out.

For make up I have been loving Za Skin Beauty 2way Foundation, which is part of the Dec'11 and Jan'12 PvP I'm doing with Tao (aka iamgrape1119).  I have been using it religiously, no sign of getting bored yet.  FYI, my shade is in #21Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light has a good matte deep shading colour and decent highlighter.  I love that it comes with a use-able sized mirror!  If you want to see the inside, you can check out this post or that oneBenefit Dandelion is a newly acquired item.  One of the best pale pink you can get for light/fair complexion.  I love how I can never over-apply this - as I can be really reckless when I do my make up on transport.  ;)


December was a month of deep hydration.  Here are some hard-core life-savers.


Sunday, 8 January 2012

Skin Care Weekly 2011.12.19-25


I think you have already seen everything I talked about below, hence I'm showing you my skin care basket, in which I place everything I am currently using, and some items that I want to force/remind myself to use.  

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Monday

(am):  Water.  CPB Emulsion.  Dr. G Multi-Protection Cream.

(pm): 

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Mail arrived: Full of Joy and Bliss!



I'll explain the funky blog title in a moment.  Let me just begin by screaming out HOW EXCITED AND GRATEFUL I am to receiving this box from Tao!  I asked for some custom purchases (yes evil black friday sales) and items from blog sale; but we also kind of did a beauty swap -- I sent her a box of surprises and she sent me even more!!!

Thank you, Tao!  I'm gonna give these make up as much love as I can!!!! And I love you!!! ^.^

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Let me start with the custom purchases first, which I shall elaborate later in separate posts, then the more surprising blog sale/swap things!

I struggled a little which pic to place as the 1st pic, and there it goes, the MAC Dazzlespheres.  I got the Plum and Berry sets.  The reason why I ask Tao to help is because in the States they're selling at USD32.5 each, in my city, the stupid MAC counters are asking for HKD400 = USD51.4 !!!!  No wonder they can't sell!!!! XD XD


Skin Care Weekly 2011.12.12-18


Sorry for the long over-due (who cares!?)  Here's my skin care journal a few weeks back :P

Friday, 6 January 2012

**~ Empties 2011.12 ~** (skin care)

As I said earlier this month.  I have been quite a good girl and been diligent in using up skin care.  I am done with quite a lot of them.  Let me begin with the samples, then the full size, then an update to my Project-20-Skin-Care. :D


 Skin Care Samples


  • AHC Hydra B5 Smoother (sample *2) - Pretty good stuff.  I think I will consider this 'repurchasable'.  You let to let this sit a little bit before you apply other things on top otherwise it tends to crumble up, but it is a very good last-step serum to lock moisture - or to use before doing make up!!!
  • Rating: 4/5 + Repurchase: Hardly - Stupid colourmix is asking for HKD1000+ for 1 bottle of this - unless my sanity is gone, I won't re-buy!
  • AHC phyto complex gel (sample *2) -

(中) *十二月空瓶記*護膚篇*


December 2011 Empties (English Here)

小更新:身體+頭髮護理篇 寫完了,記得去看啊!

Serum Samples
精華液 試用裝/旅行裝/小樣



Thursday, 5 January 2012

Lush and Korres Holiday Sets!



I guess it is post-Christmas/boxing day sales at Lush made me buy these boxes.  The store was doing an 'up to 50% off' on selected holiday products and I grabbed my boxes at both 30% off - quite an amazing deal!  I got one Happy Christmas box and another Billy Bonkers Bathtime Favourites.

Let's start with the smaller one first.


Wednesday, 4 January 2012

❀PvP Collab - 2nd Round❀

December, as well as 2011, is gone, and our 1month challenge of Make-Up Pan-Killing with Tao (blog here) has come to an end.  It's time to review how well we did at PvP!



In short, we made up this collaboration with 10 products chosen at each side, and try to use them up in Dec'11.  The only spec for the 'pans' is that their usage must be somehow measureable, e.g. how deep the dent is in a blush, how short a pencil get, or how much weight certain pot lose, etc etc.  I went a little over-scientific and brought out my electronic balance and a ruler.  Hence, in my intro post, I documented how much some items weighed, and how long certain pencil measured.

There are 3 parts in this post, each part talks about 5 products; I will review the December PvP and also move on to the January PvP...

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Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Mail Arrived: MAC and Illamsqua


This time I have made swatches for you guys.  I feel a little over-loaded with eyeshadows for the time being - so it may take a while for FOTD :S

Sunday, 1 January 2012

(中) 2011 我最愛的美妝 TOP 十一



 Top 11 Beauty Products (click for English version)
 
2012年第一天,首先跟大家說聲<新年快樂>!

今年的12大計之一是用中文分享化妝/護膚/美容心得;暫時繼續在這平台雙語廣播,看看反應如何,也看看自己時間分配+感覺如何。

For my readers who don't read Chinese, I will specify Chinese posts with (中) in the title of all my Chinese entries, so that you can skip them if you wish.  Also, they're probably already covered in my English post.  *Yes, I cherish my English readers more - No, actually I just prefer to write in English - haha*


Top 11 in 2011



 Top 11 Beauty Products
 
I see this fav post going on a few of my favourite blogs and I find this idea super fun.  Hence I'm just going to do it despite no one seems to have tagged me! XD

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I am gonna include Make Up, Skin Care, Perfume and Tools.  Honestly I cannot narrow down to 11 products - hence I chose 11 categories and tell you my fav out of that category, hope that's Okay with you!!!  I am gonna start with the most boring ones - then move on to my top favourites~~~


#Beauty Resolution 2012

It is impossible to list twothousand and twelve resolutions, so let's be realistic (sweet and short) and keep it to 12, shall we?

*sorry I feel a bit empty without inserting an image - hence this random face.  FOTD posted HERE*
  1. Monthly beauty budget: HKD$1K (USD$125) - failed this one in 2011 very badly, and I'm going to challenge myself again.
  2. At least one FOTD per week.  - yes, even if I don't wear make up, I shall document my 'bare' face.
  3. Review my Naruko/ampm skin care one-by-one. - because I adore them and seriously think they need more praises or discussions.
  4. Investigate on good skin care brands, e.g. Aesop, Elemis, Sulwhasoo, Hera, Embryolisse, Sisley, Kate Somerville, Chantecaille, Lierac, Korres, Rodial, Rodin (oil), Caudalie, La Roche Posay, Fresh, SK-II, more Nuxe, Ren, Kiehl's (body and hair), Aveda (hair) - because I love taking care of my skin.  full stop.
  5. Study and try to acquire the 'top sellers' as much as possible: Deborah Lippman nail polish, Guerlain eyeshadow primer, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Urban Decay Eyeshadows (esp. Naked1 and Naked2), Face Front cosmetics, Becca concealer, Giorgio Armani eyes to kill mascara and eyeshadow, Chanel blush and eyeshadow, Laura Mercier base make up and concealer, Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner, MAC fix+ and tinted lip conditioner, Tom Ford lipstick and eyeshadow, Butter London nail polish, Inglot colour make up, Illasmasqua skin base foundation, Chantecaille lipgloss, Hakuhodo brushes, YSL Faux Cils mascara, Bobbi Brown Foundation, Kevyn Aucoin face make up, etc
  6. Downsize my stash: Make Up, Skin Care, Perfume, Hair Products, Bath and Body Products, etc.
  7. Project 20 Lips - probably swatch and use up as much of my lipstick/gloss collection as possible; still thinking on the details but the rough idea is there.
  8. Project Back2MAC - the name hints a lot, but still thinking on how to execute :P
  9. To blog in Chinese - perhaps make this place into bilingual - will you guys unfollow me or dislike me because of that?
  10. Learn how to style my hair - hair-styling is important!
  11. Wear, photograph and document every dear angels in my False Lashes Collection
  12. Target my laugh lines/premature wrinkles esp. around my eyes.  Note: no eye-rubbing is key.
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I think that's quite comprehensive (and self-contradicting); enough for me to contemplate and work on for a full year.  I can see a lot of mind-battle going on in the coming 12 months :S

I have still a long list of unfinished posts to write, hence I may still write Acquired (hauls) posts and etc, but every month or so I shall give a report on how much I spent beauty-related.  OK?

Dear blogger friends/visitors, will you help monitor my progress and watch me along my way to improve - and acquire more - in the new year?  What's your new year (beauty) resolution(s)?  Tell me!

Cheers :D

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