Monday, January 24, 2011

NOTD... or maybe not...

well its not really a NOTD cos I'll probably have this til next week... but whatever...

spent some girly time with my daughter yesterday. She wanted... count them... four colors on her toes. We can only do toes now cos she's in primary school already. She has made me promise that I'd do her fingers next Saturday and then take the polish off on Sunday. Poor darling.

so here's hers...

and a closer look

indoors with daylight electric lights

near the window

Colors used were:

China Glaze Grape Juice - purple
Elianto blue

Revlon Blackberry
Unknown brand sparkly pink

and now to my choices...

near the window

indoors with daylight electric lights

Orly's Space Cadet

When I first saw pictures of this polish... I just *had* to have it. Its a multichrome (I think that's the term) that flashes green, purple, pink, gold and maroon depending on the angle. Pictures really don't do enough to show you how lovely this color is. One of my favourites!

Revlon Blackberry

Now I've used this shade before a long long time ago... and I remember it being distinctly darker... cos I just don't go for such red shades... kinda vampy don't you think? Still it does help to get me into the Chinese New Year (CNY) mood...

headed out tonite to try get something to wear for CNY. I've got a new blouse and a new pair of pants but neither match each other!! *bang head* wish me luck?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

what I'm using to cleanse...

lots of questions from different girlfriends about what I've been using to take off makeup and cleanse my face... so here's a post... actually been planning to do it for quite a while, just been procrastinating non-stop. LOLz!

so lets start with...

Meet Shiseido's Aqualabel Moist foam cleanser... its the red tube in the middle. Pic is courtesy of Mag... I've actually used up this tube. Kept it in my shower and used it when in the mornings to get my skin cleaned for the day ahead.

My impressions of this... didn't really like it. Its not that it didn't clean... it did and left the skin feeling a little taut. Which is kinda strange for something that's supposed to come from the Moisturizing range. Why I didn't like it... I think its because I've gotten used to the effect a AHA cleanser has on my skin and this just didn't feel as clean. So this isn't on my rebuy list!

Here's... the current day cleanser and my current m/u daily remover...

lets talk about the cleanser first. Its Hado Labo's AHA/BHA Exfoliating Face wash. For those of you in Asia who really like MMBB"s AHA cream cleanser, this is a really good alternative. So much so that I'm on my second tube.

its what I use in the mornings. I love how easily it foams up. Don't really have to use much to wash the entire face. I double cleanse so I do take my time washing during the first round (usually I'm rinsing off the shampoo from my hair). Kinda giving the AHA/BHA part of the cleanser time to work on my skin while giving the face a bit of a massage. The second round is just a quick clean.

what i'm left with is lovely clean skin thats ready for whatever I put on it next. Really really like it... enough to have started on my second tube!

So now on to my nite routine...

for my makeup cleanser... it really started out as a kinda experiment. I ran out of my usual and visited the Value Dollar near my place. While there, I saw this small bottle of Pond's White Balance Cleansing Milk. Its got AHA too... which always gets my attention. *grin* Anyways, I tried it. Figured since its mineral oil based, it should be oily enough to get makeup off.

So how has it worked... the answer is yes as you can see from the level of the cleanser left. I only use about the size of a 20 cent coin. I head for my eyes first to give it a little more time to work on my Majorlica Majorca liquid liner (which is usually the most stubborn m/u item). A gentle massage all over the face makes the bb cream, fondation and everything else glide off my skin. I use a piece of facial cotton to wipe off the cleanser before I finish with washing my face.

I'm currently trying a new soap from SilkMineral... its called the Detox Facial Soap. This bar of soap has two sides to it. One side has dead sea mud which helps to pull out dirt and grime from the pores. The other side is mainly a lavender/silk soap which gives the skin a more gentle cleanse.

I use the dead sea side first, rubbing it over wet skin. This does *not* foam but you definitely can feel there's soap on your skin. I concentrate especially on my nose area which is always a hot spot in terms of blackheads. After rinsing it off, I use the lavender side as a quick follow up.

What I end up with after all this is a face that feels clean and fresh and not at all tight. In fact once patted dry, its really soft and feels a little more supple. I've only been using this soap for two weeks now and don't feel confident enough to say much more. I will report back after I hit the one month mark. So far, I'm happy.

I have a bar of the Healing Facial Soap which I'm using as a bath soap... again, have just started using it so really can't give much feedback but like the Detox soap, it is making me happy.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Here's a quick look

This is posted while slurping down my lunch... rushing off for a workshop...

Monistat - as an all over primer
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yoghurt -inner lid area blended upwards
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Horse Raddish -outer lid area blended upwards
TSS A Girl Like Me - patted on the inner lid
TSS Living with Flowers - patted on the mid lid
TSS Make Believe - outer v and up into the crease
Majorlica Majorca highlight shade - highlight
Majorlica Majorca liquid liner in green.. can't remember the code number lah.

oh and just heard from a good friend... TAYLOR MADE MINERALS is closing! everything storewide is going at 40% off.
*wanders off muttering to self... no buy... no buy... no buy...*

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Just because

its been so very long since I last posted a EOTD... and that's because I seem to have totally lost the mojo. Been doing super simple one e/s, one liner looks that make me happy enough. Have a new love for my liquid liners *giggle*

Anyways, after a week of not feeling good, I woke up today feeling perky and ready for some colors and brushes. So here's what I came up with. Gotta say though, my skills need work. Have lost quite a bit of my preciseness and quickness. Ah well...

My girl wanted to know if I was going out and I told her "no". Then she wanted to know why I was doing makeup and I told her... "just because...". *grin*

Apologies for the brows... they really do need work!

What I used:

Monistat - as an all over primer
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yoghurt - lid area blended upwards
TSS Cynical Fairy - patted on the inner/mid lid
TSS Dimwitted - patted on the mid/outer lid and blended
TSS Can't Hide from Karma - out v and up into the crease
TSS Lucky Charm - to deepen the crease
TSS Go To Shop - highlight
Majorlica Majorca liquid liner in blue.. can't remember the code number lah.

Gransenbon #12 blush
Skin79 Gold bb cream
SilkNaturals & SilkMinerals powder/foundie mix