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25 February 2010

luscious Hydrangea

i really should be getting more eye brushes. i wasn't able to put eye makeup again because my eye brushes aren't all washed up yet. *sigh*

it doesn't matter right because i can still show off something - lip color! today, i decided to play with one of the favorite pink lippies i have, Laura Mercier Creme Lip Colour Hydrangea.


please excuse my lower lip, i think the skin's a bit chafed.

it's a pretty, cool strawberry pink shade.

on another note, i know i'm going on and on about my contest but i promise i will announce it soon! please don't get tired of watching out for it hehe.

23 February 2010

what makes me happy

sorry for the long pause in posting, my work is up to my neck lately! Anyway, I've decided to let you all know am still alive by doing a tag post. :)

thank you Aiyoh for tagging me!

the rules:
1. post 10 things that make you happy, try to do at least one of them today.
2. link back to the person who awarded you and pass along for up to ten people.

what makes me happy? simple things really... hard to believe huh, with all the "kaartehan" i project with my makeup and whatnot hehe.

10. receiving gifts i really like. it doesn't have to be expensive or branded. but if the giver took time to pick or make a gift for me that shows that person knows what i am fond of, then that warms my heart.

9. cleaning. especially when am angry or frustrated, cleaning is my way of breathing out bad vibes out of my system. i finish it up with a shower and am back to my happy old self. ;D

8. singing or listening to music. music is my first love when it comes to arts (second is makeup) so it's no surprise that it soothes me whatever mood i am in. it seems to be my company when i am sad, happy, angry, lost, confused, triumphant... everything! even if a song's mood is sad and makes me realize that i am really sad (like those sad breakup songs, when i was in my teens), it still uplifts my energy because i am able to express my feelings thru it.

7. accomplishing my goals. whether it be at work, family matters or whatchamacallit, knowing that i was able to achieve something i looked forward to finishing gives me butterflies in my stomach. ;D

6. finishing a book or series of books. whenever i can or have the time to do so, i love reading books. i find it fascinating to imagine scenes in my head and i achieve that by reading. i can spend a whole day reading and not get bored compared to playing a video game.

5. MAC collections. whether there are lots or a handful of products i like in any of their collections, MAC always makes my pulse race whenever they launch one! i love MAC of all makeup brands because it sort of captures my personality - very bubbly and colorful!

4. getting together with friends. be it good or bad times, i feel secure knowing i have real friends when i need them most or when they me most. i may only have few true friends but i can rely on all of them - proven over time since HS. :)

3. reminiscing happy moments in my life. be it good times with my hubby when we were just bf-gf, unforgettable moments during childhood or simple sweet things any of my loved ones did for me recently like a hug, kiss or kind gesture, it puts a smile in my face remembering them.

2. hearing "i love you" from my loved ones. be it from my hubby, children, mom, siblings or relatives, i enjoy the reassurance. since my father died, i appreciate telling everyone i love that they matter to me so much and so it makes my day when they tell me the same thing. my father was a quiet man who rarely said his feelings even more physically show it. but a few days before he died, he hugged me when i cannot recall a time in my life that he ever did. at that moment, he wanted to let me know he loved me. i thought it was because he was sick at the time that he became sentimental, now i think of it as a way of him reassuring his love for me before he leaves us.

1. family (my hubby, my daughter & my son) get together. may it be just them greeting me when i come home at the end of a stressful workday or spending time with them having fun, above all nothing will beat that to plaster a grin the MereMakeupManiac's face. ;)

The one I'm going to do today is the most important of all, of course - my top one. i think the hubby ran out of ideas what to have for dinner so maybe we'll grab a bite outside. it doesn't really matter, as long as we are together. ;)

and now it's your turn to tell! i hope making you post about what makes you happy will make you happy today. ;D

12 February 2010

at long last... hauling MAC again!

it's been a looooong time since i bought makeup, much less MAC! i've been anticipating the All Ages, All Races, All Sexes (AAARAS) collection for a while now and i picked some items up the other day. i've been meaning to get 3 items: Penultimate Brow Marker, Universal Mix p/g and Mink brow set. i got the first two and skipped the last one because i found the swatch dull - it was dark gray and i didn't think it'll flatter my skintone.

here's the damage!

Universal Mix p/g






i did a swatch of Universal Mix, but i included it in my swatches post (please see right-hand menu and look for it under Makeup Maniac's Manual). from now on, all swatches i do will be in one post only so you ladies can easily look for colors and not need to look at every post i enter. i was only able to manage swatching and taking pictures of my MAC pigments at the moment, so watch out for other swatches like blushes, lippies, eyeshadows, etc.

on another note, it's kinda ironic how this is my very first full size pigment and it's already in the new packaging. this is slimmer and/or taller than the previous one. also, i got this at S$38.

Penultimate Universal Brow Marker




i haven't swatched this yet because as i've said i was only able to do swatches of my pigments so check out my swatches post on the right-hand side menu for updates. this one costs S$31.

something also caught my eye while doing grocery last week - brow trimming scissors.




i got it for $13.90, quite pricey for an ubranded tool but i roadtested it and it seemed high quality - the blades were sharp and even the brow comb attached seems to work very well. now i can trim my long brows. although i suppose this takes time to learn to use since on my very first try i almost cut my brow hair too short!

ladies, i haven't forgotten my promised contest for this month. i am finalizing the mechanics as well as the prizes i intend to give away. i was actually planning to get stuff overseas to give you ladies the updated beauty products but most online shops i go to do not ship cosmetics here. bummer. guess i'll have to scour the department stores for your prizes then. :) on that note, if you have any beauty product you'd like to win on a contest, leave me a comment. i'll check it out and who knows, i might include it as a prize! ;)

tomorrow is also eve of Chinese New Year so to all my Chinese readers, Gong Xi Fa Cai! i myself will be enjoying the holidays incurred by this occassion so hopefully i can get my hands on everything i've been meaning to upload here in my site. stay tuned!

happy weekend ladies!

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