Sunday, 29 September 2013

The Week #11

Period covered: 21 - 27 September

Decluttered my blog by removing most customised 'design' on the template, it feels quite detoxifying and much cleaner.  I do not know if this is too plain for my taste, so perhaps sooner or later I'll switch back to something more sophisticated, or in other words, messy...

This week was very, very cramped.  First we spent the long weekend picking furniture and spying on Usagi the typhoon, then when week started with Usagi left, most time I can spare was spent on wedding preparation.  Wine picking, gowns and suits fitting, church booking confirmation, invitation drafting and guest list updating... Mr. A is as supportive as he can be, but sometimes, I just can't handle myself.  :(  Working and prayer hard that the coming weeks can be bearable and smooth.

The Week in Instagram

Quote of the day | Freshel sample with Mina magazine | Eye (singular) of the day, upper lid with Benefit Skinny Jeans, Sleek Storm, lower lid with Urban Decay Covet, brows by Gosh, mascaras are Heroine Make and MUFE | Nars purchase, when in doubt, get both shades | Orly Prince Charming and Mirror Mirror | My dear girl is one year older, photo 5 years ago at Versailles | Second Back to MAC in my life | Another healthy quote | Grumpy hungry face wearing Nars concealer and nothing on the lips

The Week in Acquisition

1.  One Hand Cream and Two Brow Pencils
2.  More Hand Creams

Popped into a few Sasa stores when I was in between appointments, or as tea breaks between errand A and errand B.  How original (!)... One trip brought me to purchase a K Palette Lasting Eyebrow "01" $55 and a Cyber Colors Powder Eyebrow Pencil "Light Brown 04" $52.  Although I have 5 back-ups of my all time favourite brow pencil from Naris Up - link! - I am still panicking that when those run out, like 10 years later, I will have no more brow pencils I can use.  These are slightly more pricey than my favourite Naris Up one, but still pretty affordable.  Both of these have the colour I want, a neutral slightly golden ash brown; I can actually swatch these in store before I purchase, probably as they are the more expensive ones?  Texture is so far so good, and the brush/spooly at the end are nice.  Most importantly?  The lids on both ends are still intact after a week dwelling in my make up bag, unlike this bad monster - link! - or the Excel Eyebrow - link! - those lids don't stay!

the hair tie pack was $9 and these are my fav type

Also in that trip I purchased a Neogence HA Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream $35, redeeming some of my VIP points.  Still untouched.  However, on instagram I saw someone posting the Palmer's Olive Butter Formula with Vitamin E Concentrated Hand Cream $49 and that lady says it saves her hands, so I went back to another Sasa the other day and hunt down this along with Palmer's Shea Butter Formula with Vitamin E Concentrated Hand Cream $49.  Tried these and adore both of them...

To go all the way to the lowest end of the price spectrum, I went ahead and purchased, not one but two, Pears Lasting Care Hand Balsam $21.9 for 2, and a Johnson's & Johnson's Body Care Extra Care Hand Cream $17.9.  They are way cheaper than my beloved Nuxe or L'Occitane, and about one-third of the Palmer's; not bad to toss in my bag and throw around, won't hurt even if I lose them.  Now, seriously, I am totally on a hand cream kick now, like, buying 6 in one week and only applying a handful of times a day?  When can I downsize my collection really...  Pathetic addiction...

may I be admitted to a brow pencil - hand cream - hoarding - rehab?
3.  First Time at a Nars Counter

Their Radiant Creamy Concealer $260 is all hyped up everywhere so one day, stressed out as I am every day now, before we went wine procurement, I stopped by the Nars counter and picked these up.  In terms of depth or darkness of colour, Vanilla seem to match me the best, however it does come in a pinkish tone which I don't want all over my face (and it was out of stock).  So I opted for a slightly darker 'Custard' and slightly paler 'Chantilly', both yellow tone and blended together, match me perfectly.  This was my first time buying Nars over the counter and honestly, I find their sales'/artists' personality a little too strong for my taste.  Indeed they do and sell make up well, but compared to MAC staff, they are a little rude, (to me at least?).

4.  Online Purchase

Made another iHerb order, with Physician's Formula, how exciting!  Plus, it has already arrived!  Share pictures later, probably in Oct journal, if I can't make it into a separate post, or in the Sep journal~

5.  Freebie

With my monthly subscribed Mina magazine, a trial size of Kanebo Freshel Moisture Lotion came this month.  Freshel is a lovely mass market line of Kanebo.  (Kanebo also makes my all time favourite 'drugstore'make up brand Lavshuca, and the other popular likes of Kate, Media, so on so forth.)

6.  Sasa Supreme

Went back to the lovely Sasa Supreme store to use a cash coupon (of $20 HKD only), and got myself an Eyescream Gel Eyeliner in 'Black Coffee' $88.  It is made in Germany, by the way...

Also had some amazing time getting my brows done at MAC, and Back to MAC 12 items.  Swatched and tried on multiple shades of lipstick before deciding on the two finalists: Lustre Lipstick 'Lovelorn' and Matte Lipstick 'All Fired Up' which is from their new Retro Matte Collection.  Booked a consultation/trial session in October with $250, all redeemable, and obtain two cute samples of Strobe Cream and Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 'NC20'.  Yay~

7.  Shiseido

Finally, yeah, finally, I was invited to a skin care treatment at Shiseido, trying out a whole range of White Lucent products, from cleansing to mask to emulsion, that is like a ten step routine.  The experience was well and I picked up the White Lucent Brightening Toning Lotion Cool $350, which helps with pores and firming (plan to use this around my nose and on my cheeks), White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Gel $240 (because my cleanser stash just like to grow), and a packet of Shiseido Facial Cotton $50 (for 165 pc), which is incredibly soft.

As gifts I received White Lucent Power Brightening Mask (costs about $100), White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam w, day and night Emulsions, and the Softener.

#100DaySpendingBan #take2 Update

- Starts on 1 September, ends on 9 December.
- No make up or skin care product, unless I totally run out of that category.
- After the ban, [100 - (days I broke the ban)] * $100 will be my bonus money to spend.  I'm thinking of something non-beauty related, perhaps something for my new flat, or a good quality hand bag...
To be continued next week.

Progress Update:
Very bad, this week.  Only 2 out of 7 days are free from spending on beauty.  Let's hope my stress will ease out as more boxes are ticked in my check-list, so that I can rely less on retail therapy...

Progress Overall:
Broke the ban on 3 days. + 5

The Week in Blog Posts

| New-in | Sibu Skin Care, Candles and more ... | I have a little iHerb problem...

| Book Fair Acquisitions | there are so much non-literature items hauled back!

September Journal | updated with last week's acquisitions~

Weekly Favourites

Clinique Brush Cleanser
For the longest time this spray bottle has been idled in my bathroom cupboard.  In the past I tend to use my Dr. Bronners to deep clean all my brushes, natural or synthetic bristles, expensive or cheap brushes.  Not only is this deep clean method very time consuming, requires standing/bending over the sink for a long time, but also it hurts my already very dry hands (probably need to get rubber gloves to do this chore).  However, this week I dug out my Clinique cleanser and an old dish cloth, sit by my desk and spray-swirl all my dirty brushes on the cloth.  This way I can make sure all the make up come off, and sit comfortably watching youtube while doing so.  The cleanser says rinsing with water is necessary so I then bring all my brushes to the sink and give them a quick rinse.  That took me at least half the time and double the comfort.  Very happy to find a new way to enjoy cleaning my brushes and to use up this bottle of cleanser!

Must-Read of the Week

If you're interested in beauty blogging, visit Erin's page - link! - where she consolidated a lot of good tips and sharing on her experience.  Pick up one or two idea each time, and you will probably be the next big beauty blogger as successful as she is!

Wish of the Week

Not much beauty products really, as I've already purchased quite a bit.  Now all I wish is to get my new home put together, and perhaps a smooth big day?  I really read my own mind very well recently! :S

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I am seriously looking forward to a better week and month.  How was your past week?

Beautiful wishes,
Lazy silly Jacq :")


  1. I like the simple look of the blog.
    You would do an inventory of products for eyebrows? would be good to see them all together.
    I really love hand creams but lately I'm using avocado oil <3
    I'm not going to buy stuff from iHerb for a while, the last package took almost 30 days to arrive.
    I've never tried mac lipsticks, there are some colors that I would like to buy =)
    You made me remember that I have not cleaned my brushes =(

    1. Thanks, Eugenia for the comment on the new look. I have done an eyebrow product inventory before (link:
      I'd be happy to do an updated one for your after I get settled in my new place, with all my make up together. Now my stuff are all over the place... messy mess...



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