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31 December 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 sorted alphabetically and not in order of hate or love LOL

Disappointments:
- Celeteque Advanced Anti-Aging Power Serum
- Sleek Dip It Duo in Gold
- Shiseido Matifying Veil

All-time favorites:
- Everyday Minerals Flat Top Brush
- Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil
- Joppa Full Coverage Foundation in Medium Light #3
- Joppa Finishing Silk Original Formula Medium
- Life & Companion Angled Liner brush
- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium
- MAC eyeshadows especially Nocturnelle, Beauty Marked, Meet the Fleet, Blue Flame, Bitter, Parrot, Femme-Fi
- MAC Mineralize Blush in Nuance
- MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
- MAC Cremesheen Glass in Creme Anglaise
- MAC Fascinating Ruby: 6 Smokey Eyes Palette
- MAC Brush Cleanser
- MAC 187, 239, 219, 275, 252 brushes
- Majolica Majorca Majolook Eyeshadow Palettes in BR751 and BR799
- Shu Uemura Glow On in P Peach 47
- Shu Uemura Mark Cealer 7YR Medium
- Sonia Kashuk Angled Liner brush and Blending brush
- Stila Jewel Eye Shadow Palette
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden

Promising Newcomers:
- Aqualabel White Clear Foam
- Avene Cleanance Emulsion Lotion
- Avene Cleanance-K Cream-gel
- Avene Thermal Spring Water
- Belo Oil Control Kit
- Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with pomegranate oil
- Charm PRO 21-pc. brush set
- Ettusais Cheek Color BE1
- Face Atelier Facade in Arabesque
- Face Atelier Shimmer Powders in Sand and Champagne
- Givenchy Lady Pulp Lady Ruby (707)
- Givenchy Pop Gloss Boost Copper (455)
- Givenchy Pop Gloss Crystal Golden Chantilly (421)
- Hada Labo Nano + Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion
- Heavy Rotation Sexy Nude Gloss in 04
- Lucido-L #EX Treatment
- Maquillage Eye Colors in GR328 and PK736
- Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
- NYX Matte Lipstick in Butter
- NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in San Paulo & Stockholm
- Paul & Joe Eye Color in 94
- Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in 004
- RMK Creamy Polished Base in 02
- RMK Gel Scrub
- RMK Smoothing Polished Base
- RMK UV Face Protector
- Sex And The City Miranda false eyelash
- Shiseido Stick Foundation in O40
- Sleek Blush in Pomegranate
- Soap and Glory Arch de Triumph
- Suesh Kabuki brush
- Tresemme Deep Cleansing Shampoo
- Tresemme Re-moisturising Conditioner
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Zero
- ZA Impact Lash Mascara in Wide Eyes and Volume

Beautiful Discoveries:
- Beautyblender
- Dolly Wink eyelashes in No. 4 and No. 8
- Face Atelier Ultra Foundations in Wheat, Sand and Sepia
- Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel
- Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum
- Paul & Joe Eye Color in 08
- Paul & Joe Protective Dual Foundation UV in 31
- Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam
- Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Refining Softener
- Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Protective Moisturizer
- Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing Cream
- Sleek Maximum Impact Eyeshadows in Khaki & Sparkle
- Too Faced Smokey Eye Palette

indeed, 2011 was a good year for MereMakeupManiac in terms of venturing out to trying new products and finding a lot of happy endings - be it with beauty products, deals or online stores. and i thank you all for reading my reviews and random blabbings on anything beauty-related and even not so much posts. and tomorrow, this blog will be turning two years old so i'll be holding two contests - one that's sponsored by an online store and another sponsored by moi. (~_^) do look out for it tomorrow when i announce it right here. again, thank you for your support in 2011 and i look forward to your further support in 2012!

what did you love and hate in 2011?

and oh, i pray for a Happy, Prosperous and Purpose-filled New Year to you! (^_^)

24 December 2011

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 left blogging for a while - i've re-evaluated my priorities in life and my attitude towards people i come across with - my husband, my children, my mom and aunt, my sisters, my in-laws, people in my ministry, my church, friends, colleagues and people i will still touch in the course of living this life for Him. i've spent time to devote ample time to everything that truly matters and although i value blogging as an interest i know God has blessed me with, i know that personal interaction and giving time to people is what matters most. again, for all of you who prayed with me for Reni and her family, i pray that whatever your circumstances may be right now, that the Lord will be with you always and may His will be done unto your lives. He will lift you up from your situations because He is close to those who call on Him (Psalm 145:18).

before i get teary-eyed again, i want to share with you the hauls i've had since a couple of weeks before i went on hiatus. i've been hauling here and there as well as receiving gifts, samples and freebies so this post will be picture heavy. reviews will follow soon, but probably after the holidays. and oh, watch out for a giveaway next month because MereMakeupManiac is turning 2 years old next month, with more than 100 followers and 50,000 hits! indeed, i am blessed with faithful readers as even though i was on hiatus people keep coming to my blog to read my posts - thank you so so so much!

ok, so to start the ball rolling, the biggest haul of all - my RMK workshop haul:


from left to right: Eye gel, Skintuner EX Moist, Skintuner Smoother Light, Nail Color in True Pink, Gel Scrub,  UV Face Protector, Fruit Barrier Cream, UV Face Protector, Eyelash curler, Creamy Soap, Concentrate Cream, Eye makeup remover, Cleansing Milk, Cotton, Smoothing Polished Base and Creamy Polished Base


unleashed!


i joined their Singapore Facebook's contest a while back and won this trial pack! (which included Creamy Polished Base 00, Creamy Polished Base 01, UV Face Protector and Gel Scrub samplers)

SUESH



ok, i only got 1 kabuki brush with holder and the powder/kabuki brush guard pack - the rest were orders. tee hee! but i thought i'd remind you gals that i sell them in Singapore! contact me if you want one too! my contact details are found at the header above. ;)

WATSONS


Lucido-L #EX Treatment, Aqualabel (from Shiseido) White Clear Foam


Lady Speed Stick, Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel (my 3rd jar!), Hada Labo Nano + Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion


Dolly Wink lashes No. 4 and No. 8

DAISO


Razors with sliding cap, Brow stencils, Rhinestones, Disposable Sponges


Detergent for puff and sponge

BHG


Beautyblender (my li'l sis hoarded LOL but she gave me 1, yey!)

PRESTIGE sale


from left to right: Paul & Joe Protective Dual Powder Foundation UV, Paul & Joe Eye Colors, Givenchy Pop Gloss Lip Glosses and Lady Pulp Lip Lacquers

SHISEIDO sale


from left to right: Ettusais Cheek Color in BE1, Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Protective Moisturizer SPF16, Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam, Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing Cream, Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Refining Softener, Shiseido Matifying Veil, Shiseido Stick Foundation in O40, Maquillage Eye Color N Powder in GR328 and PK736


Ettusais Cheek Color in BE1, Shiseido Stick Foundation in O40, Maquillage Eye Color N Powder in GR328 and PK736 and Shiseido Matifying Veil



hardcase handbag/shoulder bag sold at S$3! thanks mareng Charles for getting me this, mwahness!


this cabin trolley bag was sold at S$20 only!

LUXOLA.COM


from left to right: Sleek Maximum Impact Eyeshadow in Sparkle, Deborah Lippmann The Stripper To Go laquer remover, Deborah Lippmann Rich Girl Cosmeceutical Anti-aging Hand and Cuticle Cream, Face Atelier SPR 3, Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum, KAI fragance, Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers, Sleek Mini High Shine Lip Gloss in Magic Strawberry

would you believe i got this as a gift without purchase? this totally surprised me! i was having a gloomy day when this arrived and this totally made me smile! the note said they juts want to thank me for their support, what a thoughtful gesture! four thumbs up for Luxola customer service! (^_^)


in the middle pic, from left to right: KAI fragrance, Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum, Face Atelier SPR 2, Sleek Maximum Impact Eyeshadow in Khaki, Face Atelier Ultra Foundation testers in Wheat, Sepia & Sand, Face Atelier Facade in Arabesque, Sleek Mini High Shine Lip Gloss in Magic Strawberry, Deborah Lippmann Lara's Theme

i just got this yesterday - i bought Deborah Lippmann's Lara's Theme and Face Atelier Facade in Arabesque and the rest are freebies (because my total amounted to S$50) except Face Atelier Ultra Foundation testers which i requested to have included so i can buy a full size bottle once i've found my shade. now, are they the best? that's why they're my favorite online beauty store! btw, if you do not know yet they now ship to Indonesia and Malaysia! go order from them now!

i will be posting again after Christmas already as the weekend is fully packed with activities: our church lifegroup will be holding a Noche Buena party tonight and i'd be preparing for our choir's Christmas Carol repeat performance at church on Sunday - we won the competition held last 18th December so we get to represent wohoo! Glory to God! (^_^)

i wish you a very Merry, Meaningful and Messiah-centered Christmas! (^_^)

ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

05 December 2011

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 discovered so many kidney stones in my left kidney. i totally relied to God and no one else, for i know only He can deliver me from it. true enough, He healed me in His time - i was declared stone-free by the doctor after three ESWL sessions. it is the second time He saved me, for the first time was from my sins, when i received Him as my Lord and Saviour. so now i know that i am reminded that although we can do things here on earth, it is most important to pay close attention to what matters most - our relationship with God, our families, how we treat people and how do we spread God's good news. i may get criticized for this "religious" post but i am not ashamed to ask you to pray for a sister in need if you can. i know God rewards a humble heart and i pray that you will be blessed.

on posting more entries, i will still be posting because my blog exists to inspire women to empower themselves with cosmetics and anything beauty-related. however, i'll probably resume doing so next week as i realized this brought about things i want to prioritize and consider heavily in my life right now.

i pray that you will have a blessed week! God bless and loves all of you!


P.S.
if you have a prayer need or request, i will be more than happy to pray for you as well. just let me know either in email, if you are a bit shy to let me know in the comments. 

God bless you!
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