Thursday, 19 January 2017

Whether in cool dry air or in hot humid weather my skin enjoys the La Mer The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum

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The La Mer Revitalizing Hydrating Serum is only just available at counters this January 2017, but I’d actually been testing it for about a month prior to its launch, thanks to a preview sample I received. You’d have read some tips on how I incorporate it into my beauty lifestyle here. Thing is, since I started using it, I’ve not really wanted to stop so I wanted to share some thoughts on it. It’s one of those things I’m excited to share, because I love it – and you know I don’t say things like that lightly!

la mer the revitalizing hydrating serum

The La Mer Revitalizing Hydrating Serum, despite the lofty name is really a hydrating serum, and the first in the La Mer stable. The press copy says that it is a deeply replenishing serum, that is so effective that it penetrates deeply into the skin to flood it with actives sourced from the sea, and the trademarked La Mer Miracle Broth. The key ingredients are the Deep Hydration Ferment from green, brown and red algae to penetrate and revitalize the skin surface and offer all-day hydration; and Lime Tea Concentrate, an antioxidant that protects against the elements.

Press copy aside, what I can tell you is that I did not expect for this serum to leave my skin feeling so well hydrated throughout the day. I must say that I’m very impressed! 🙂

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Confession time: The Konmari Method of tidying wasn’t life-changing nor magical for me

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In 2015/2016 I came across a book that was a bestseller – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Japanese writer Marie Kondo. In it, she explained the various methods in which to help you declutter and organize your living space, and by extension, your life.

It’s also known as the “Konmari method” of tidying/decluttering/organizing, and it took the world by storm.

I had to see what the fuss was about, so I bought the book and read it cover to cover. I had also just moved house then, so it was quite timely. While I’d thrown out a lot of stuff during my move, I still had a lot to go through. I decided to see if the Konmari method would help me.

konmari method did not work

Interestingly, after trying it out for quite a while, I can safely say that I’m resigned to being a packrat 😛 Yes, I’m one of the Konmari method school dropouts – one of the few who started out with good intentions, put some into practice, but who decided that the Konmari method wasn’t for me. I do realise I’m the exception to the rule, so I’d love to know if the Konmari method works for you!

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

The big test is whether the brand new Rouge Dior Couture Color collection is a Miss or scores a full 999

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I think some of you remember me going a little overboard when the Dior Addict lipsticks were reformulated, where I basically bashed their brains out LOL! I stand by every single word I say till today. New Dior Addicts suck. Old Dior Addicts were lipsticks I finished and could never give up and everyone I recommended them to loved them.

Then I found out that Dior was reformulating their Rouge Dior lipstick range, and I died a little inside.

new rouge dior miss 999

I love Rouge Dior! It’s the perfect “grown-up” lipstick, with its beautiful packaging, and opaque, pigmented colour with a lightweight formula. The new Rouge Dior Couture Color lipstick range comes in a satin and matte formula. I received one from each range many many months ago, and as you can probably tell, they’re worn down. Oops! 😛 I’m trying to be better at featuring new releases as they arrive, but since these are permanent, you can still find them – no stress! 😉

It was not without a whole lot of trepidation that I put the new Rouge Dior to the test. We’re talking about some of my favourite lipsticks here – if they had messed with Rouge Dior, I’d probably leave the brand forever! (so drama LOL! 😀 )

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

The Makeup Brush Collective Part 3: Brushes I use for Blush

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I hope you’ve found the Makeup Brush Collective Part 1 and Part 2 helpful or at least enjoyable! In Part 3, and the final part, I show you the brushes I use most often and the types of brushes I use for cheeks. While in this category there’s usually reference to bronzer, blush and highlighter, I only really use blush the most often. So, I’ll only show you that. I don’t use bronzer, and highlighter is used only sparingly.

The Makeup Brush Collective: Brushes I use for blush

Blush is a weakness of mine, and you’d think that this would be the category where I own or use the most brushes. Well, you’d be wrong actually, because I’d actually worked out quite quickly what worked and what didn’t for me, and what sort of brush I preferred! Also, I’m not very experimental when it comes with blush LOL!

Don’t forget, you have to tell me what your favourite blush brushes are too! 😀

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The Makeup Brush Collective Part 2 : Brushes I use for Eye Makeup

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We follow on from Part 1 of the Brush Collective (where I showed you my preferred brushes for face makeup) and head to the brushes I use for eye makeup. This is rather lengthy, as there is a lot for me to show you! Not because I’m showing off, but because I use different types of brushes for different applications and there are different brushes in each category.

makeup brushes for eye makeup

I was never good at applying eye makeup. I actually started out using my fingers (which I still use in a pinch especially with cream eyeshadow sticks). Over the years however, with a lot of experimentation, I’d worked out the type of brushes I liked to use for a specific purpose, simply to make my life easier. I’m no professional makeup artist and I’m not even very good at doing eye makeup, so if you’re just like me, then these suggestions may help you get that one step closer to better looking eyeshadow application 🙂

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Sunday, 8 January 2017

The Makeup Brush Collective Part 1 : Brushes I use for the face – Liquid Foundation and Powder

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I received some eagle-eyed queries not long ago about makeup brushes and why I’d stopped writing about them. Well, it’s not for want of owning them. I am still mad about my makeup brushes, in particular Japanese made natural hair brushes, but I’ve reached my optimum satisfaction point – anything after this would be diminishing utility <- economics! argh! LOL

So, I’ve stopped buying and ogling the beautifully crafted Japanese makeup brushes (my wallet thanks me profusely), and am quite content with what I own. Also, I own A LOT. It’s embarrassing for someone who isn’t even a makeup artist, nor wears that much makeup daily. So, instead of pulling them out one by one to feature here on the blog, I’m going to talk about makeup brushes as a collective.

makeup brushes for face

For this week, I’ll be featuring makeup brushes I use most often for face, eyes and cheeks. I’ll show you the type of brush, so you can find other options out there if you like, to see if the type of brush suits your makeup style. I’ll also tell you in gist how I work with these makeup brushes and why I use them and why I like them, if course.

We’ll kick off with makeup brushes for the face and lest I’m left to do all the talking, please let me know what your favourites are in this category too! 🙂

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