No-MakeUp-Buy Challenge – So Far So Good

Hello hello! Look what we have! Today marks the 90th day of my no makeup buy challenge and I am in awe at how much and how fast time went by. Now that I am more than halfway to the finish line, I feel like making it 365 days hahaha! But I also feel I cannot do it, so I’m gonna stick to 150 days for now.

The thing is, given that it is a challenge, then it’s supposed to be hard. And it is. I had to
stay away from Sephora and I’d be lying if I say I never ever go to Sephora for the past 90 days because I have been to and it wasn’t easy leaving without buying anything but I did it lols! Almost got the Becca Chrissy Teigen palette because it’s so pretty but I-must-resist!

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I also “failed” once when one day I decided to buy 2 etude house lipsticks but then that’s a mother’s day gift – well no – I forced my husband to pay for it so it wouldn’t count as me buying it.

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There are also days when, if I really really have the urge to buy makeup, I’d distract myself into thinking about some kitchen items I’ve always been wanting to buy so it ends up going high up on my priorities and I’d suddenly forget about buying makeup. Not sure though if it’s good or not because the kitchen tools I end up buying are kind of expensive lelllssss.

Another thing is, the reason why I started this challenge is because I have a drawer full of new makeup items – mostly lipsticks and lip tints hehe – so if I’m itching to buy a new one, I just take a peek at that drawer and get a new item. So yeah, one less item from my CC bill hihihi. Either that or I open my samples and busy myself with it.

AAAAANNNNDDDD… some loopholes… I said no makeup buy. Somewhere along that timeline I bought some skincare items. I knooooowwww… I seriously felt some buyer’s remorse afterwards but when I used my purchased items, I feel better eventually because it’s worth the loopholes in my no-buy rule hihihi…

Apart from knowing my priorities, I have also learned to use all my makeup items which would have otherwise been ignored if I am still on makeup shopping spree. I also learned to experiment more particularly in lipsticks because that’s what I spend to much on. I mix colors more often now, I use more gloss just to change the look and I also do gradient. Who would have thought a challenge could also be a learning experience ei.

I am glad I took this challenge on – not just for my financial health – but also for my makeup items to be able to see the light of day hihihi.

Are you willing to take (atleast) a hundred days of no makeup buy? ๐Ÿ˜›

Weekly Office Makeup Looks and Mini Review on Theme Korean Makeups

I know there are bazillion makeup brands in Korea but I am grouping my usage based on what I have so I can use all the makeup in my stash so the three brands mentioned are the ones I often use

Monday – Brand Focus: Etude House
I am a huge fan of Etude House products and to say that I have one makeup item from this brand is an understatement so it’s kind of expected that this would headline my korean cosmetic week on a Monday

Products Used
Primer: Face Blur – the primer I use when I didn’t get enough sleep hehe. It illuminates the face while holding your makeup really well / Color Correcting: Magic Any Cushion (Beige) – I use this to balance the color of face blur to my skin tone since I am more on the yellow side, although on hot days it makes me feel eeky / Foundation: Stay Up Foundation – light to medium coverage, not so lasting but not cakey, which is good for SG weather /
Eyes: My Little Nut Palette 1 – my favorite eyeshadow paletteย  so far from Etude House /
Blush: Berry Delicious Cream blush – from their spring collection in 2016. Gives a dewy
finish but it’s not really cream, the texture is more like wet powder blusher ๐Ÿ˜€ / Lipstick: Lips Talk Chiffon in 109 – (aka the Lily May Mac shade) glides nicely but doesn’t last long

Tuesday – Brand Focus: TheFaceShop
Their collabs never disappoint

Products Used:
Base: My Other Bag Long Lasting Cushion – I like that this has medium coverage because that time of the week I was having some crazy hormonal imbalance that I feel like my skin is acting out worst than me throwing tantrums / Lip Tint: Ink Lipquid Pink Hommage PK04 – Said to be the shade Suzy used in Uncontrollably Fond; love this tint because it is long lasting and very hydrating on the lips / Eyes: Kakao Friends Eyeshadow Palette – Patience is a virtue when blending eye makeup and it specially applies toย  inexpensive makeup brands. The colors turn out great with great patience ๐Ÿ˜€ (used 2, 4, 5) Cheeks – Used TFS eyeshadow (the pink without the heart shape on the powder) just to comment on the overall quality of TFS eyeshadow pots – they are better than Etude House’s in that they dont disintegrate too much when rubbing the brush

Wednesday – Brand Focus: Innisfree
I usually buy Innisfree makeup to fill-up my “minimum $$ purchase” which turns out good products so this brand is also growing in on me.

Products Used: Base – Long Lasting Cushion – lasts really long, promise! / Eyes – Individual Eyeshadow pots in Shimmer 01 and 04 + Eye Countouring Stick in #3 (love this shade) /
Lips – Real Fit Tint (can’t find this anymore in the SG site) but it’s good. Very longย  lasting

Thursday – Was rushing to go to work as I have a 10am meeting so I didn’t get to put makeup

Friday – No work = No makeup ๐Ÿ˜€

Weekly Office Makeup Looks, Mini Reviews on Theme “High End Makeups”

It was a week of buttery shadows and sheer blush for my office makeup theme last last week and it came with a challenge. Being a working mom, just like any type of moms, there are days when even if you plan something ahead of time it still won’t go as planned. You’ll notice my pictures for this series have a neat flatlay since I planned it days before so some were changed also during the process because as it turns out they don’t look good combined hihihi…

Monday – Brand Focus: MAC

I had to rush getting myself ready and by rush I mean 15 mins. From bathing to toothbrush to makeup I didn’t get to dry my hair anymore else my kids would be late in school. Product focus: MAC (not so high end but let’s say this is on the more expensive side)

The eyeshadow palette was the limited ed Wonder Woman palette which was released some 6-7 years ago but you’d notice that the palette is barely touched. I didn’t get to use it often because I am terrible at eyeshadow application. It was just recently that I became experimental so everything’s having a good rotation. All items are MAC (except the blusher). I was sure I did a pretty decent job with my makeup just that I can’t prove it [because pic or it didn’t happen :P] hehe.

Tuesday – Brand Focus: Chanel

Another rush morning for me; so rushed I decided to just do my makeup in office but I still did a terrible job despite having enough time because I was doing my makeup in the toilet and I heard so many unnecessary noises that I fear all that bacteria will go to my makeup so I had to do “quick swipes and close container” maneuvers so the eye makeup as in photo is the best I could do.

Another revelation in this group – the Etude House BB cream. Soooo love it! Although they are having some major product revamps this year and I haven’t seen that section of the brand in a while so I don’t know if it’s still in stores. I just have samples and because I’m on no makeup buy, every piece of sample is a lifeline ๐Ÿ˜€

Wednesday – I worked from home so nada

Thursday – Brand Focus – Dior

Used Limited Edition Blusher (2017 Spring) and Eyeshadow Palette (2016 Holidays). The photo includes the Dior lippie (same shade used by JLaw in the lippie campaign) but I changed it to Marc Jacobs and Dior gloss because it’s mismatchingly pink ๐Ÿ˜€

Fave look of the week ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Friday – Brand Focus: Mix and Match of my Kinda Expensive Makeup

Base: Lancome / Eyes: Naked Palette 2 (colors 2, 6, 11 – based in order in the case starting from left) / Lips: YSL (can’t remember the shade # but it kinda taste like watermelon hihihi) / Highlighter: Guerlain Meteorites

 

Weekly Makeup plus Mini Reviews – Japanese Brand Eyeshadows

Will make a quick post today regarding my office make up on week of March 27 to March 31. Last week’s theme is all about Japanese brand makeup but since I don’t have a lot of it, it will just be “Japanese brand eye makeup” My latest liking to Japanese brand makeup started when I found out that my colleague is going to Japan so I kind of made a research what brands are available in Japan that aren’t readily available in SG and I discovered a lot. So much that I decided not to ask her to buy anymore, lols.

I only have three looks this week because I worked from home for two days. Anyway, here are some product breakdown plus mini review

Day 1 – Product Focus: Can Make Eyeshadow Palette – used 4 colors except the powdery white shade
Primer: Elizavecca Skin Liar Primer and Dior Dream Skin (not exactly sure of what dream skin does for my skin but on instances that I use it I find my makeup appearing natural and healthy looking)
Base: Etudehouse Precious Mineral BB Cream (LE – Snow White) – I rarely use this product before because I find it lighter than my skin tone but I guess the recent improvement on my skin makes it a good base (not sure how that happens but it very well did me good) plus I am learning the light strokes techniques in my application so it appears more natural now. Not so dewy which is good for my combi skin.
Eyebrows – Etudehouse Perfect Brow Kit – would say this is my holy grail eyebrow product mainly because I have already perfected the use of this plus it’s not so expensive and takes forever to finish hehe.
Eyeshadow primer – NARS – Not used other eyeshadow primer apart from urban decay but I would say this is a very good product. I don’t retouch my eye makeup for the whole day hihi
Mascara – Lancome Hypnose Doll Eye – I wanted something that would add volume to my eyelashes which got the SA wondering when I already have dense lashes and she kept giving me another item but I insisted on this one so you would mostly see me use this because amongst my makeup, eyelashes is not something I am very very particular about. (thanks parents for good genes hehe)
Other eye products – Sephora pencil eyeliner and Etudehouse gel liner – just felt like using many products – which makes me think this is the reason why my eyes are feeling stuffy as of late.
Blush – Can Make – for the purpose of aligning on my theme
Lips – Etude House Wonder Fun Park RD318 – suprised at the longevity because I always find etude house lipsticks very luckluster. This shade matches my look well plus it has good staying power

Day 2 – Product Focus: Esprique Eyeshadow – got these some weeks back out of curiosity and Im happy to report I did not regret buying it. Priced at SG$15 per shade, this eyeshadow glides like a dream, texture is buttery and nice to blend. I have searched for the best matte brown for everyday use and I think this is it (shades BR 305 and 302)
Primer – Shu Uemura – adds brightness to my overall look
Eyebrow – Tarte – second lease on this product because I found it difficult to use before. Now, its my everyday “looking like my brows wasn’t madeup look”
Base – Apieu x Doraemon – the base I use if I want the no makeup makeup
Blush – H&M beauty
Lips – Etude House – Twin Shot Lips Tint – If you want gradient lips, this is good. Not so long lasting but the color is lovely

Day 3 – Product Focus – Lunasol Spring 2017 Eyeshadow Palette – it was an impulse statement on my IG when I said this product would be my first hit pan. I used the brown that time and loved it but after using Esprique and the other shades in this palette I’m guessing it wouldn’t be so much of my go-to. It’s good but can be better. Maybe their other mainstay palettes are good?
Blush – Nars Orgasm
Base – ChosungAh22 + NARS – no specific reason for the double, I just felt like using it that day and so I looked ghostly-white =))
Lips – VDL – end up not liking the shade with my overall look so I added a lip gloss (not in photo)

What Japanese cosmetic brand you like most?

Office Makeup Theme Last Week: Cream Eyeshadows

I have amassed a lot of pencil and cream eyeshadows since I started learning to hoard makeup. Cream eyeshadows can be a little challenging to use for someone like me who’s not really good at it although I think it’s a hit or miss. Some are easy and some are just plain pain in the ass. Etude House’s Play 101 Pencil is just that. Some have good color pay-off and some feels like literally tearing your eyelids apart as you use them. But I think it comes in groups – those glittery colors is MAJOR in terms of difficulty of usage, the creamy ones are so-so and the glossy once are HALF MAJOR difficult since, once you applied wrong it can go all-over the place.

This are the Play 101 looks I have done last week using the Play 101 pencils and cream eyeshadows:

March 21, 2017: Base – Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Blooming Fit
Eyes (base) – Etude House Play 101 Pencil #28
Lower Lid – Etude House Play 101 Pencil #40
Mascara – Etude House Curl Fix Mascara (Brown)
Cheeks – Etude House Play 101 Blending Pencil 16 and 18 (blended together)
Lips (liner) – Etude House Soft Touch Auto Lip Liner
Lipstick – Etude House My Little Nut

March 22, 2017: Eyes (base) – H&M cream shadow in Champer
Lower lid – Etude House Play 101 Pencil #70
Eyeliner – Etude House Play 101 Pencil 34; just to add a pop of color
Gel liner – Etude House Brush Liner in Brown
Cheeks – Etude House Play 101 Stick 13 and 14 (blend)
Lips – changed the lip liner to Urban Decay Lip Liner in Big Bang because the Etude House Play 101 Pencil 23 got squished while applying and a bit hard to line
Lip Tint – Innisfree

 

March 23, 2017: Base – Laneige BB Cushion
Eyes – Etude House Play 101 Pencil and Etude House Play 101 Blending Pencil
Cheeks – Etude House Berry Sweet Cream Blusher
Eyebrows – Tarte Cream Brow
Lipstick – 3ce in shade 908 (I so want to like this lipstick, I really do but I just cant seem to do it. Hard to apply, removes easily and leaves dry patches of color on the lips I just had to remove it upon reaching the office because it looks hideous)

March 24, 2017: Eyes – Etude House Bling Me Eyes 1, 8 and 11
Etude House Play 101 Blending Pencil in #13
Blush – Etude House Color Lips Fit – it’s a product for the lips but I end up making it a blushed because I love the natural finish. Very close to how red my cheeks are post-workout ๐Ÿ˜
Lips – TheFaceShop x Disney Water Tint – best lip tint Ive had so far in terms of color pay off and moisturizing

 

Low down – Cream eyeshadows are fun to play with but can be very tricky to use. Also, I am in total surrender now and I don’t think I’ll be using the Play 101 Pencils in the near future. My lids are still nursing the torture ๐Ÿ˜›

March 2017 Favorites

It’s been so so so long (about a year ago?!) since I last did a favorites post meaning it was just a one off for me haha! But I am on a 150-days no buying of makeup challenge starting last week so there will be plenty of rotation that will done in the following months so I hope this favorites post will be a regular thing.

Without further ado, here are my picks for the month of March

1) Etude House Wonder Fun Park Collection – I first got a hold of this collection when I asked a friend to get me the eyeshadow palette in Korea. SG released it a bit later so
I reviewed it immediately so I can have the first dib (you know like those “first to comment” comments on IG? lols) and provide an immediate feedback. I didn’t like the eyeshadow palette at first because it was a bit hard to blend. That part of me disliking it still hasn’t changed but I altered my strategy and got the etude house eyeshadow brush (the one on top of the hairy notebook) and somehow it did wonders. Still hard to blend but I noticed it’s a bit more pigmented now using the EH brush.

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Here’s another look I managed to do with the eyeshadow.

Look 3 – 2 for base, 8 for mid eye and 9 for the lower lid (Looks 1 and 2 and the color numbering can be viewed here)

2) Hakuhodo brushes – I think I am now at the age where I feel so settled with what I have aka indulgent of my comfort zone that I feel my 8-9 year old MAC brushes would not need replacing and would be with me till the end of eternity. Those brushes are one of those things that I spent so much money on that I can still see until now so I am emotionally attached to it. But then one day as I was cleaning them, I saw some signs of aging so I started researching about makeup brushes and found out that Hakuhodo is now being sold in SG *cries tears of joy* I know there are also other good brushes readily available in Sephora but there’s something about Hakuhodo that makes it a “you have to have it” item. It was just a small stand in Takashimaya but the vast selection makes it such a dizzying endeavour – from the sizes to the cuts to where/how one will use it to the hair used in each brushes I had to stop and think well or else I’d go bankrupt. The brushes are so soft and easy to useย  especially for me who is just one inch away from the mirror when applying makeup because the handles are shorter than MACs. It’s also low maintenance given that you give it a good tissue wiping after each use.

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3) Dior blush and bloom – I only have 2 Dior makeup items in my collection – an eyeshadow palette and lipstick. Sometimes I have this tendency to matchy matchy my eyeshadow brand with my blush (or is it just a lousy excuse so I can buy more than one item per brand?! lols) The thing is, when I saw this being posted by beauty bloggers, I immediately went to my nearest Dior counter since I feel this is the perfect blush partner for my Dior eyeshadow palette but upon checking they told me it’s already sold out and would never restock. But the lady in Takashimaya Dior said they would restock on Mar-08 and give me a call. I waited all day Mar-08 but nada so I have already accepted my fate that I will never have this. But then came Mar-09, around 6pm I got the magic call and boom! Mar-09 8pm I have a new blusher wahahaha! Loved it because of the beautiful design and the subtle flush and dewy effect it gives.

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4) Dior Forever Cushion – I am a hardcore Korean cushion fan (innisfree, etudehouse, laneige, apieu are my current cushion collection) and even on my upgrade I want to still go Korean (was looking at Sulwhasoo or History of Whoo) but this month has been a Dior month for me and the Forever Cushion is no exception. When I got my Dior Blush and Bloom, the SA gave me a voucher for a free eyeshadow mini on my next purchase so I decided to get the cushion so I can get the eyeshadow mini (I’m shallow, yes) It was love a first try for me. I have combination skin which has a high risk of looking like an oily mess
to cushion who gives so much dewy effect and Dior Forever Cushion provides me with right coverage without being too dewy or having heavy coverage. Since I also work on improving my facial skin, it would be unfair to just cover it all with makeup so the right balance between having subtle dewy complexion plus not too cakey face is what I loved about Dior.

5) Dear Darling Tint – No long stories for this one. I just love it because it’s very hydrating and has good pigmentation but not the type that would stay on even after the next day. Plus it’s only $9.90!!! ‘Nuff said. *mic drop* lols! [same dear darling tint as in photo above]

6) Ampoules – I have started adding ampoules on my skincare regimen and I could swear how it has brought some pleasant and nice changes in my skin – texture, elasticity and radiance-wise. I am specifically using the Soo Beaute Bee Propolis Ampoule I got at Sasa for $35.90 during the day and Bergamo Whitening Ampoule I got at Robinsons for almost the same price as in the Bee Propolis and for that price both ampoules has delivered. My pores are much less visible now plus the radiance it gives is something I didn’t know I was missing in my routine. Two thumbs up.

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What made you gush this March? ๐Ÿ™‚

Etude House Wonder Fun Park Collection – First Dibs on the Eyeshadow Palette #1

This collection has not yet been released in SG as of Feb-20 but a good friend happened to be in Korea last week who generously lent her time and went out to get me a few items. The reason why I got this is because I am now collecting eyeshadow palettes that Etude House has been releasing, regardless of the colors or quantity hihihi so it’s more like a novelty now for me. But anyway, I was really excited when I saw it because the colors are fun and there’s a star embossed in the powder itself, another paletteย  to play with!

Here are the swatches – one the the problems about this palette is that it does not have an applicator so if this is the first eyeshadow palette you are buying, then you need to also buy a brush or applicator for you to use it properly. True to the theme, the colors are fun but very sheer, I had to apply some colors twice using a spong applicator for the color to properly reflect on my arms.

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A closer look – as much as I would want to know and describe the colors, I can’t because it’s written in Korean. If you can read it, please help to tell the colors to me ๐Ÿ˜€

I managed to do two looks (please use the numbers in the photo above for color reference in the looks I did below) using this palette and it was a bit hard to blend the colors to it took a while for me to get a decent look especially with the darker shades.

For the look on the left which is a lighter look, I used number 1 as base, number 7 for the mid section and number 3 for the lower lid. For the look on the right which I’d call the fierce look (lols!) I used number 7 for the base 8 for the mid section and number 9 for the lower lid. Please take note I’m not a pro makeup artist so these are looks I’m thinking of doing everyday.

I’ll try the purple mascara next time. For now, let me go and play around again with this palette. What’s your favorite Etude House eyeshadow palette? ๐Ÿ˜€