Showing posts from 2011

the goners, the veterans, the rookies and the newbies

the title sounded like a movie title, don't it? (^_^) i figured that since it's the last day of 2011, i might as well wrap up the year by sharing the products i didn't really fancy (Disappointments), to the oldies (staples in my makeup arsenal) but goodies (All-time favorites), to the newly loved products (as in discovered in 2011) i do adore (Promising Newcomers) and recent purchases that looks good but i've yet to try myself (Beautiful Discoveries). i could also tell you of what others things i hate and love about this year that's not beauty-related but maybe some other time - since most of my previous posts have been personal and maybe some are not really inclined to read about them. :) my apologies about not replying to some of your queries or some delay in publishing your comments - i'm really just making "sulit" of the holiday season to spend with my hubby and kids.
alright, 'nuff intro already! LOL here they are!

*note: all products are sort…

hello, hello! happy hauling holidays!

hey everybody, i've missed getting in touch with you all! i finally decided to end my temporary blogging hiatus as i really cannot contain beauty-related things to myself anymore hehe. but first, i'd like to thank all of you who prayed for Reni and her family. her body was already laid in rest but her spirit will forever be with the Lord. i think if there is an important thing she taught me best is that i should cherish relationships in my life because i do not hold or even know what tomorrow may bring (James 4:13-14). listening to people who loved her the most at her final day of wake in Singapore, they said she brought out the best in them - making them laugh all the time and make them feel good whenever they are with her. i'd like to leave a legacy as such - that people remember you to impart great joy in their lives and therefore is changed forever to do so themselves to others - when i depart this world and rest in the Almighty God's arms. that is actually why i l…

may be MIA for a while...

hi readers. sorry if i haven't been posting for a few days. i was totally swamped with work last week and towards the weekend, things that truly matter happened and today i was really strucked by it's reality, i cannot just for the life of me blog about beauty. one of my sister-in-faith has a daughter who is now in the hospital, in a critical condition. our church are praying fervently for her divine healing. her name is Reni and if you can offer a prayer to the Lord Almighty, our Father who sent Jesus Christ to save us from our sins, for her miraculous healing i believe the Lord will hear out your prayer and i'll be very, very grateful. just saw her an hour ago lying on the bed, with his husband at his side and her mother crying out beside me, praying to God, asking Him for His mercy and grace upon her life. i am realizing again that only living for God's glory matters in this life. i've recently had my own battle with sickness middle of this year, when i discover…

Review: Celeteque Anti-aging Serum

well well well, if it isn't wowing Wednesday hehe! why did i become cheesy again haha! i think realizing that it's a few days from weekend again that makes me jolly! although a bit on the silly side haha.
if my attitude is cheerful, it's because am so excited that i'll be again a part of another important event for our church, which is the Christmas carol competition. hoping to give my best to give God the glory! (^_^)
ok, anyway i have to cut my bubbly outlook when it comes to this product - Celeteque Advanced Anti-Aging Power Serum (Concentrated Break Off Capsules with Cytostimulin Lipopeptides).

Nikki of Askmewhats was so sweet to include this in her gift to me when we met - thanks again Nikki! since i've recently paid attention to skincare, i was really excited to try a range of skincare items. and anti-aging serums definitely are interesting items to try out - after all, who doesn't want to age gracefully? i really wanted this to work for me, unfortunately i …

Sale alert: Stila Warehouse Sale

are you in the US?
do you love me very very much?
if you answered YES to both questions, can you please get me these!!!

it sucks not to be in US right now... *sigh*
but for all of you who are there and can have your orders shipped to US (or Japan), head to Stila's site now and score some great deals!

hurry before stocks ran out! (^_^)

Review: Soap and Glory Arch de Triumph

i wish you a warm and toasty Tuesday ladies, as i tremble in coldness in the office - brr! i already have a sweater on and still am freezing waaaaahhhh...

anyhoo, to distract me from that i want to talk to you about my new frequently used brow liner - the Soap & Glory Arch de Triumph. i first saw an ad in a magazine about new products and this was among them and it definitely caught my attention. it has this very bright packaging and the size of the liner is like that of a big crayon - i instantly loved it! so when i went to Sephora, i made sure i got this.

very good pointers and tips for brow noobs like moi! i really don't try to master the art of perfecting brow grooming and makeup but this simple pointers prove very helpful! in fact, i still have the box and don't have intention of throwing it away (unlike what i do with other boxes, straight to the bin!)

my thoughts:
- i find the packaging very vibrant and cheerful, from the box to the actual product.
- the crayon is v…

NOTD: China Glaze Shooting Stars

marvellous Monday everybody! i had a difficulty getting out of bed this morning - really wanted to sleep longer! but of course, need to head for work and put butter on our table! (my hubby brings the bread haha cheesy i know!)

anyhoo, i realized that i've gone a bit carried away with reviewing Avene products haha and i've still some products on their line left for me to review but i wanna get back and review the rest of the recent Sephora haul i got. so for today, i wanna brighten up my blog with a post on glittery polish - just because all this rain is not cheerful at all! LOL

i've no idea what collection (China Glaze) Shooting Stars was part of but when i saw it at the Sephora CG stand i can't resist it!

used alone, under direct sunlight

used alone, indoor daytime lighting

although it's pretty on its own, i got curious and tried pairing it with other shades i own.

bare polishes from thumb to pinkie: OPI You Don't Know Jacques!, OPI At Your Quebec and Call, Chi…

Review: Avene Cleanance K Cream-gel

great Friday morning to yah! can't believe it's the end of another week as i just got back to work yesterday haha.
i realized i've not said much about my church camp to Malaysia recently and i just want to share some of the highlights quickly. as much as i've enjoyed and learned from the enthusiastic and encouraging teachings, i've also loved the bonding moments brought by the recreation time when we played various games (ala Minute to Win It), spent free time swimming and get dressed and totally made up for the special night, when everyone wore their best dresses and suits! indeed, it was refreshing not only spriritually but emotinally as well. i think most of our pictures are at my hubby's Canon DSLR so i'll let him sort it our first then i'll share some especially those of the special night. (^_^)
some of you commented about my makeup and nail polish used on my current skincare regimen video - thanks so much! if you are interested in knowing, here is t…

Review: Avene Very High Protection Emulsion SPF50+

how are you doing beautiful? sorry for keeping you waiting for a fresh post. i just arrived from Kuantan, Malaysia last Tuesday night and rested yesterday - also had to bring my son to the doctor due to colds and cough. Today, I had lots of catching up as my work inbox was swamped with emails! i also still need to check my commenting system later so if you dropped me a question there, hang tight and i will get back at yah in a jiffy! (^_^)

for now, i want to continue the Avene review series with my insights on their sunblock named Very High Protection Emulsion SPF50+.

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What Avene says: The Ultra High Protection Emulsion 50+ has been specially developed for hypersensitive skin with a fair or creamy complexion in the case of intense sunlight. Based on MPI-SORB that offers protection against UVB and UVA rays, it combines patented minderal screens with TINOSORB M+S. It also contains:
- Vitmain E precursor, anti-oxidant pre-tocopheyl which helps to reinforce the cutaneous barrier

Review: Avene Anti-shine Regulating Lotion

hi gorgeousness! yesterday was part 1 of my Avene oily skincare line review tackling their Anti-Shine Purifying Lotion. today is the next product in line - the Anti-Shine Regulation Lotion.

What Avene says: Moisturizer absorbs oil and provides long lasting mattification.

40 mL, 1.35 fl. oz.
Indication: - Oily, blemish-prone skin - Visible shine - Enlarged pores
Skin type: - Oily, blemish-prone skin
Benefits: - Light weight, oil-free, fast absorbing facial moisturizer - Sebum regulating capsules absorb oil while moisturizing the skin - Provides long lasting mattification - Avène Thermal spring water to soothe and soften skin - Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic
How to use: - Apply AM/PM after thoroughly cleansing with Cleanance Soap-free gel cleanser.
* Avène thermal spring water (75%) - Soothes and softens
* Cucurbita pepo extract - Regulates sebum secretion
* Zinc gluconate - Purifies
* Oil-absorbing powders - Absorbs excess oil, mattifies

my thoughts: - the feel of this product is not oi…