Best $100 I’ve spent in a while, on a pair of UrBeats by Dr. Dre. Have been listening to a few live concerts like Adele, Ed Sheeran and Rihanna. It’s been superb and there’s definitely a distinction in the sound quality.
Tonight marked the end of the 2014 season of MasterChef and it was quite bittersweet actually. Why? Because as much as I’ll miss tuning in every night I’m also glad I don’t have to pick between The Voice Kids, X-Faxtor and The Block. Huge sigh of relief!
I’m pretty happy with the results even though I was cheering on Laura. Brent’s dishes were quite modern and he has definitely improved heaps! Laura to win for her comfort food and Brent to win for his creativity. And funnily enough Sarah, Li Xin & I were talking about how adorable the 2 of them looked together!
I’ve also bought the highly anticipated ‘The Miniaturist’ and I really need to find the time to read it! And also my knitting’s taking quite a lot more time to complete than I originally thought! Oh well, I haven’t knitted in ages so I guess that was bound to happen.
And that’s all there is to my life at the moment. More soon.
I’m really lucky by all accounts- Family, friends, career and health I really have it all. Thank you, I don’t think I really say that enough.
Seriously?! Is that so hard to understand? I feel like I’ve been stuck been stuck on this ride that’s going nowhere. I feel lost, and lacking in direction. Looking at all the changes that are about to happen… all I see are challenges. Needless to say, I’m feeling pretty uninspired at the moment.
Bangkok was supposed to be my refresher, my start of the year mojito. Nice, icy, refreshing and sharp. I was so looking forward to this, the shopping, the eating, the exploring, the anonymity! Now I’m feeling all pissed off and raging! I’m not a charity case and I shouldn’t have to force someone to go on holiday with me!
The word upset doesn’t even begin to cover the hurt I’m feeling right now.
Watched Tayt Andersen’s segment on Ellen’s again tonight and bawled like a baby per usual. Sometimes I think we need moments like these to seek clarity. Clarity in the fact that despite all the hardship this seven year old boy has/had gone through his whole like and his amazing mother who bears the sole weight of raising a sick child, they’d continue fighting. Not to mention the positivity that radiates through both their smiles. It’s like “Don’t worry, we’ve been through a lot worse. We’ll get through this.” Reading through his biography, riddled with open heart surgeries, flat-lining, spending 3/4 of his life in the hospital… Is just humbling. We complain about the slightest thing nowadays eg I was complaint about working 6 days this week and how tired I was but that’s nothing compared to what a lot of people re going through. Everyday is a fight for them!
I wish there was more I could do, that’s the other part I feel: helplessness.
Looking back at all my old pictures, I realize that my makeup routine has changed so much. Not in the sense that I’ve put on more but how much more natural it looks now. I’ve also come to appreciate the differences between really good beauty products and all the other average ones out there. Let’s get started!
Cleanser: Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser
– Good old (almost) soap-free cleanser. Growing up with really bad skin (acne, blackheads, oiliness, you name it I had it), I’ve come to really appreciate the really basic things that are great for my skin. It keeps my skin from breaking out and it removes any leftover makeup not gotten rid by Garnier Detox Wipes (also a hero product!)
Serum: YSL Youth Liberator
– Not the best one out there I have to say. Can’t really say that it does much for my skin, but at ~$150 for the bottle I guess I’ll just have to finish every last drop of it. The one I do really like though is the one from Giorgio Armani. It smoothed out my pores within 2 days, made my skin really, really soft and it also gave my skin a really nice subtle glow. And it’s not just in my head, I had many people commenting on the improvement.
Moisturise: Napoleon Perdis Off-Duty Moisturiser
– This product incorporates a primer, moisturiser and pigment base in a DNA helix pattern so not only is it pleasing to the eye, it also serves its purpose.
– I was previously using Elizabeth Arden’s Visible Difference for a good 3 years so I felt it was time for a change. Pretty good so far. Although I may have to consider something else when my lines start showing!
Primer: YSL Matte Touche
– And because I’m so vain I’d like to add on a proper primer too. That, and also because I’ve got very visible pores.
Foundation: Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation SPF 2.0 in shade 6.5
– Here’s my favourite part! This was the first Giorgio product I tried after reading the rave review on my fave blogger’s site. She lives in Malaysia now after living in Melbourne for 5 years and found that her skin had a hard time adapting to the changing climate. She also gave it a glowing tick for staying power and that’s important to me because I’m usually at work from 7.30am till sometimes 8pm or so! But, but, but! The secret is actually in the foundation brush! When I was first shown the brush in question, its brush length was half of your normal one. WHAT? It actually does 2 great things: Less wastage and less clump. GENIUS! I had people come up to me to tell me my makeup is glowing and how the heck does it last all day?
Concealer: Giorgio Armani Master Corrector & High Precision Retouch
– The subsequent products I got after my amazing experience with the foundation. As they say, the rest is history!
Finishing powder: Giorgio Armani Micro-Fil Loose Powder
– This must read like a Giorgio Armani sponsored ad but I swear its not! Although, I had no idea my makeup routine is pretty much reads like one! I swear I didn’t! This powder goes on really smoothly and doesn’t leave you looking cakey.
Eyeliner(s): Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Black, Ettusais Liquid Eyeliner WP & Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner in Black
– Pencil liner just tracing the eyelids and along the lashline, Ettusais liner for the wings and Revlon liquid just to lock in the pencil along the lashline.
-I first saw the Ettusais liner when I was in Japan last year and there was a huge hype about it. Thank God marketing works on me because I picked 2 up and my life has changed since then!
-I’ve always had no problems with using the Revlon Liquid Liner to draw the wings on but the Ettusais one just offers more control and it just takes so much less time to get it right! I now get them online from Yesstyle for $28 each so yeah not cheap!
Bronzer: Burberry Warm Glow Natural Bronzer in Nude Glow No. 3
– I use this to define the area around my temples, down the length of my nose and my chin to introduce some depth to my otherwise flat face (painful but so true!)
-Based on my research, this has a high talc content so it explains why its not too dark when it goes on but rather disperse to offer a more natural look.
Blusher: MAC Beauty Powder in Rose & Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect in Tweed Pink
-I use the Mac blusher when I’m more tan (whether naturally or from tan in a can!) and the Chanel one when I’m less so. Both have their own merits.
Lips: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet No.38, Burberry Lip Cover Brick Red No.19, Maybelline Superstay 24H Color in Keep Up the Flame & Lipstick Queen in Medieval
-As you can tell, red is my current obsession. And it’s far from over! I’m on a quest to find the exact red Taylor Swift is using (though this may be very very difficult considering she’s a multi-millionaire and has makeup artists at her beck & call) but I’ll try my best!
There you go! My beauty routine all done in 15 minutes believe it or not!
This feels strange… to be blogging again. Don’t even really know where to start. Maybe if I choose a topic… it’ll come naturally?
Hmm… which topic to choose?
Food? Clothes? Makeup? Friends? Family? How about all the above?
All right then! Let’s get started with my makeup routine.