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.


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:

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

iHerb Haul | Honeysuckle, Stretch Mark Prevention and (more) Real Techniques

I may or may not be addicted to iHerb... It doesn't help with my suspected addiction when family & friends request me to help them make purchases.  Around mid-May there's a 20% off Real Techniques and 2 girls asked me to get them certain brushes; without a doubt, I made an order of reasonable size on top of their requests...

Let's start from the more recent delivery, shall we?

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Empties | Mask-full May 2014

This month, my cousin and I had a little Empties Competition, kind-of.  We both own too many beauty products, and one thing we desperately like to do is to buy more and newer ones.  The prime purpose of me calling this game is I need some incentive to do face masks more frequently, especially the sheet ones.  Heaven knows I have how many sheets (and tubes) in my stash!

Anyway, these pictures were taken on 27th May, so there are still 4 days of empties (probably one or two more masks and some sunscreen samples) to be brought over to next month.  I will include Honor's link if she make a post, but for now, you can also check out her blog.

The order of this post will be Skin Care -> Make Up -> Body & Hair -> Random -> Tossed & His.  And I'm trying to go back to a simpler rating 'system' Black Jacq -> Hurray -> Okay -> No Way...  Let's see how long this post will take to be typed out...



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