Saturday, January 14, 2012

Chinese New Year Giveaway

Giveaway closed! The winner is...
Little Asian Girl!
An email has been sent to you :) Thanks everyone for participating!
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Hey everyone! I'm really psyched up about Chinese New Year so I've come up with a Chinese New Year giveaway! It's open to everyone internationally.
I'm giving away:
1. Physician's Formula Mineral Wear blush in Rosy Glow (reviewed here)
2. Placenta Whitening Spa soap with Vitamin E
3. Vintage-y elasticated belt (free-size)
4. A bunch of random samples!

I purchased the Placenta Whitening Spa soap in Bali at the end of November, I've got another one myself but I haven't had the chance to try it yet, so I don't know how good it is. It has a Superbrands award ("Indonesia's favourite"), so I bought it! Ingredients: Aquadest (purified water), sodium stearate, propylene glycol, glycerin, arbutin, lanolin, olive oil, perfume, butylene glycol, soybean protein, tocopherol, Cl 19140.

Interested yet? To join, you must be a follower of my blog and leave a comment with your email address and beauty resolution(s) for 2012!

Giveaway ends 22 Jan 2012 (Chinese New Year's Eve). I'm looking forward to see what kind of beauty resolutions everyone has! ^_^

Sunday, January 8, 2012

FOTD: Suzy (Miss A) from Love Again MV

I happened to watch Miss A's music videos on Youtube and really loved Suzy's eyeliner in the Love Again MV. So I had some unexpected free time this weekend and tried to recreate it. It was really difficult because I hardly ever use liquid eyeliner.
Items used:
- Maybelline Hypersharp Liner
- L'oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Sahara Treasure
- Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara in Very Black
- Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick in Undressed
- Random loose powder
I used 2 new things I purchased from Malaysia - Maybelline Hypersharp liner and Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Underdressed.
The Maybelline Hyperliner is really lovely with a really fine tip (0.05mm) and it's very easy to control, you can draw a really precise line with it. It is one of those liquid liners you have to shake to get better pigmentation, but you can't shake too hard or it'll cause leakage. This has better pigmentation (much darker) than K-Palette "1-day Tattoo" eyeliner which isn't black enough and probably won't work well for this FOTD with graphic eyeliner style. I like this liquid eyeliner a lot - it's very waterproof and budgeproof.

Rating: 9/10 (-1 for pigmentation)
I purchased the Rimmel Lasting Finish in Undressed in Malaysia for the equivalent of S$10 or ~US$7, it's super cheap, I'm not even sure if it's available in Singapore. I like it a lot, it's a matte finish, very natural and lasts a long time, but it emphasises lines a little, so a good lipbalm is a pre-requisite. It's not drying for a matte lipstick though, so it's good! I love the colour too.

Rating: 8/10

Oh and I forgot to mention... I won a contest at Jacqueline's blog and got this lovely pair of origami crane earrings from Tinkerbelle Creations! It's so pretty, I'm going to wear it for Chinese New Year.
Anyway, since this FOTD was inspired by Miss A, I'd just like to share my love of Korean Kpop for a while! Unlike most fangirls, I don't really like the Korean boybands (ok I'll ogle at some cute ones but I'm not like, totally crazy over them or anything, and I can't remember their names)... my favourite mainstream Kpop bands are actually Miss A and 2NE1, because they're all about girl power! Some of my favourites:

Bad Girl Good Girl (Miss A)


I'm the Best (2NE1)


Aren't they good? I like them way better than fluffy girl bands like Girl's Generation. They dance better and they have more individuality.

Anyway, I'll be doing a giveaway soon! Keep a look-out for it :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year~~ + Review: Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a great start to the year! Isn't the Santa Claus above cute? It is a DIY paper doll my mum received with her Christmas card from a Japanese friend. I love Japanese cards, they're always so pretty.

I just returned from a family vacation to Malaysia. I went to Port Dickson, Seremban and Kuala Lumpur. It was fun but the schedule was pretty hectic because we only spent 3 days there, inclusive of 5 hours driving back and forth.
We bought 2 cloth kites at the beach, they were really cheap for cloth kites (which are better quality than plastic ones)  and I hope we can fly them at Marina Barrage!
Look at the watermelon bouncy balls, so cute!
Krispy Kremes! Yummy, but nothing beats the Krispy Kremes in the US. They don't sell the doughnuts with whipped cream filling in Malaysia.

Ok, so now on to the review~ I recently opened a new mascara to use - Maybelline Lash Discovery in Very Black. (I change mascaras every 3 months even though I don't finish my mascaras - it's hygienic that way!)
I think this mascara has been around for what, almost a decade? I remember using it as a teenager. These days, it's not available in Singapore, so I get it from Drugstore.com. I love the tiny brush, it is so nifty and easy to use to get into my tiny lashes, and I don't have to worry about poking myself in the eye when using this brush.
One coat on the upper lashes, none on the lower lashes. Nice and natural, it holds a curl well and would make for a great everyday mascara. The mascara is soft and creamy and it dries to a soft finish (no crunchy, hard lashes like with most Japanese formulas). No clumps, very easily buildable.
This is with 3 coats (none on the lower lashes). No clumping, which is awesome. It does get a tendency to stick together after 3 coats but it's really good compared to other mascaras. It is so easy to manouvre the mascara wand to get into tiny corners.
This is to show how the lashes look from the side. Nice, long and curled! And very natural, with no clumps. I love it! This is the non-waterproof formula, so for me (with my oily skin) it does smudge under my eyes in hot weather, after about 4 hours of wear. However I still like this mascara a lot, it is so quick and easy, so when I use it, I will try to see if I get panda eyes after 3 or 4 hours and wipe it off. Usually after wiping off the initial panda eyes, it no longer smudges, but the curl still holds strong. I have another tube of Lash Discovery in the waterproof formula, so when I'm done with this tube, I'll try it out and see if the waterproof formula is more smudge-proof.

Rating: 9/10
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So it's a couple of days after the New Year and everyone's doing resolutions so here's mine... 

1. Refrain from making skincare purchases for half a year until I finish using half my current back-up stash (humongous!)
2. Exercise once a week
3. Reset my body clock - try to sleep before midnight (if work permits... which it never does but hey I can dream), and go to work early even if nobody else does (because everyone at work has unhealthy living habits too)

The first resolution, I really need to keep because I've been springcleaning for the past 2 days and realised just how much stuff I have accumulated! And when I rest, I watch Clean House on TV and I feel like I really need to pare my belongings down to the essentials. (For me, it just means reducing my cosmetics and skincare from 3 drawers and 5 shelves to... 3 drawers and 1 shelf? Mmmm I'll try.)

Have a great year ahead everyone! After many days of leave... I'm looking forward to my first day of work in 2012 tomorrow. Really!

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