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September Favorites

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For the first ever installment of monthly favorites, I made sure that this post will be extra special because these items will be my favorites long after September has passed.

The unpredictable and erratic weather makes my mane’s roots more greasy than usual. I’ve been scouring stores for months looking for a good dry shampoo and the Nivea dry shampoo caught my eye at the supermarket. Yes, you read that right, I grabbed this from the supermarket along with groceries. Sprayed on the roots of my hair, I just rub it to spread the mist and this does lessen the grease of my hair. The ultimate test was when I had a Brazilian Keratin hair treatment, where I wasn’t supposed to wash my hair for three days. This really helped control the grease, but don’t expect just washed hair and this will be a good addition to your hair routine.

A few months back my car was broken into and some of my makeup was stolen. The thieves were probably disappointed, but to ease my pain, I stocked on the things I lost which included face and eye brushes, foundations, primers, blushes, and lippies. After that incident, I made sure to try the Real Techniques Expert Face brush and I’ve been enjoying it for spreading cake foundations like Naturactor concealer foundation and Collection cake foundation. It gives a nice, even finish on heavy foundations.

While we’re on the topic of foundations, I was finally able to get hold of the Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sensual Skin Enhancer. Heavy-coverage concealers is what I’ve been searching for, just forever reading reviews on the best ones in the market. And yes, if you want to conceal, look no further. I also use this on my undereyes, focusing more on the inner eye because this can be drying, which we don’t want for our delicate eye skin. To prep the skin, I make sure to use an eye cream just to give a boost of moisture on the undereyes.

To keep eyeshadows in place, as well as to replace my Elf eye primer, I grabbed Painterly Paint Pot from Mac and I’m glad I made the right choice. This is a dream to apply, no need to tug my eyelids, as it’s creamy. It evens my eyelids and keeps eyeshadow wear longer. This pot will also last a long time compared to cheaper drugstore eye primers.

When it comes to curling eyelashes, I’m definitely still a noob to this, but I have the Revlon and Shu Uemura which both pinched my eyes, causing more fear and trauma to curlers. But after trying the Shiseido eyelash curler, I know that this is the perfect one for my eye shape. No matter how clumsy I am with it, it has never pinched my eyelids.

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Neutral eyes is definitely my go-to daily makeup especially as I have to go to work and meet clients. Subtle smokey eyes are the most adventurous I can do for daytime. For this, I rely on the Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Raffinement which has three shades with sheen and one dark brown matte shade which I use on the crease. I’ve been using it daily for weeks and aside from the powders on the side, it looks like it’s going to take a while before I finish this.

For women with pigmented lips, it can be a bit difficult to show the true shade of any lippie. I always go for opaque and matte lipsticks, but to prep my lips, I prefer a nude and creamy lipstick and these days, YSL Rouge Pur Couture in shade 2 is always in my makeup kit. It prevents chapped lips acting as a lip balm and neutralizes my pigmented lips.

Estee Lauder’s Forbidden Kiss has been my favorite since the day it was gifted to me. This has never left my makeup kit and it’s safe to say that this has been my favorite lipstick for 2013 until now. I’m on the last legs and I’m thinking whether I should repurchase or use up my other red lipsticks, because I’m sure that as long as I have this, I won’t have to reach for another red shade. This can be used as a stain patted on the lips or swiped for full-on vamp red. This is my hg red lipstick for my medium tan skin.

When I want something different on my lips, I discovered that I like to line my entire lips with the Collection lip liner in Clover Pink on top of YSL Rouge Pur Couture 2. Or then top it off with Estee Lauder’s Forbidden Kiss.

To change things up a bit, I included this neon green eye-catching gem necklace I picked up for a bargain at Landmark Department Store’s accessories section. I love this on a dark green top.

What are your September favorites?

Empties Post

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Hello gorgeous!

I’m back with another empties post. It’s so easy to finish face and bath products especially now that summer has arrived and taking 2 (or more) baths a day helps me relax and of course get rid of that icky, sweaty feeling. For this empties I’m going through my bath products. I usually use 3 or more products at once so you’ll notice that I have more than one product in the same category like the facial wash and hair masks. So onto the enpties.

Clean and Clear Facial Wash in plastic bottle – I’ve had zits the last few months so I went out looking for this as I’ve trusted this brand to get rid of acne and prevent future ones. Clean and Clear facial wash and I go way back. This saved me from cystic acne in my teen years and made my skin blemish-free for years until I went on to try different brands. Now, it’s helping me make my skin zit-free once again. I will most definitely purchase again.

Clean and Clear Clear Fairness Cleanser – I have the small and big tub of this one. It’s does the same job as the previous one only that’s in gel form while this is in cream form. I feel this gives me more bang for buck as I only need to use a small amount to cover both my face and neck. As for the whitening effect, I didn’t notice any. I will repurchase this again.

Monea Powerdose – I really need my hair treatments, otherwise my hair would look like a bird’s nest. Sad, I know. This does an okay job at making my hair silky and manageable. I do find that I have to use a lot of product before my hair reaches a good state meaning I consume a lot of product so even though this is a bit affordable, I don’t think I’m getting my money’s worth. I might repurchase in the future as it’s a good product.

Bath and Body Works Blushing Cherry Blossom Shower Gel – I like the scent a lot and it’s moisturizing! It’s a great shower gel for cooler months, but not so much for summer as it leaves me feeling hot and sticky later on in the day. I might repurchase another scent in the colder months.

Tresseme Smooth and Shine Hair Mask – Saves my hair on a daily basis with its straightening and smoothing properties. I’ll repurchase when I finish my 3 hair masks.

Tresseme Smooth and Shine Conditioner – Huge tub which may work great for those with more manageable hair. I use this prior to using hair mask, but I realized it’s not really a necessity as using conditioner plus hair mask daily is a bit redundant. I’m sticking to just hair mask (when I finish my other conditioners). I won’t repurchase.

So there you have it, my empties post- bath edition. I hope my reviews on the products help some of you out there. Have a lovely day!

First Empties Post

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Hello gorgeous!

I’ve amassed quite a number of makeup and skin/hair/body products when I fell in love with makeup again 2 years ago. But after a while the number of products just makes me feel so overwhelmed. Therefore, I’ve finally decided to do my first Empties post! I’m also looking forward to my first Project Pan post someday! But then again, one day at a time.

I’ve been using makeup daily ever since I got hooked two years ago, but so far I’ve only hit pan on a few.It’s a real challenge, but I’m up for it! Skin and hair products are easier to finish as they’re used daily.

Anyway onto the Empties.

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Block and White Ultima with Glutathione and Spf 20- It’s a whitening lotion from a brand that’s quite well-known for yes, skin whitening products. I’ve had this a while back, but wasn’t religious in slathering lotion. It’s a bit thick and I tend to use a lot of product only in my arms. I quickly finished this. As for the lightening properties, I can’t really attest to that because my skin does get lighter when I don’t get much sun exposure. I might purchase this again.

Nivea Extra Whitening Inner Cell Repair – This is also a whitening product as clearly stated in its description. I like that it’s very light and not at all oily and can be worn in daytime. I have another one of this I have to finish plus several other Nivea lotions. I do like Nivea products. It’s a product I tend to purchase abroad when I travel and forget to bring lotion which is why I have lots from this brand.

Nivea UV Whitening – Yet another whitening lotion I purchased during one of my travels which was intended as sunscreen and was eventually forgotten. It’s not thick and sticky like most Nivea lotions I’ve tried, but it doesn’t totally moisturize skin as well. I’m not sure if this is available locally. I won’t repurchase.

Kerastase Noctogenist Overnight Softening Treatment Renewing Effect for Thick, Dull, Tired-looking Hair – This comes in cream form with a scent I can’t recognize, but also don’t like. I didn’t notice any difference in my hair besides making it difficult to comb/brush after applying this. It also makes my hair feel crunchy and breakable. I’m not impressed and I won’t repurchase.

Kerastase Noctogenist Overnight Revitalising Treatment, Renewing Effect for Fine, Dull, Tired-Looking Hair – another Kerastase treatment from the Noctogenist line. This one comes in spray form and is again supposed to nourish and protect hair, but I still notice hairfall and my hairstrands become a bit brittle after use. For hairfall, I now rely on Snoe Hair Heroes Intense Argan Oil and Organix Moroccan Argan Oil, both of which strengthen my hair strands. I can tolerate perfume in cosmetics such as the Guerlain and Chanel rose scents, but this one I can’t stand. I try not to inhale when applying this as the heavy, musky scent gives me a headache. Definitely will not repurchase.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula for Stretchmarks- This has Vitamin E, Collagen, Elastin, and Shea Butter – This has lots of oils so it does tend to be thick. It also has a weird scent that I sometimes can’t stand. I have the Human Heart Nature 100% Sunflower Oil and after that I have another Vitamin E Oil and Glowing Contessa Dry Olive Oil Mist to finish. After those, I might purchase Palmer’s again. We’ll see.

L’oreal Elseve Anti-Breakage Daily Instant Treatment Non Rinse Essence for Dry, Damaged or Brittle Hair – I don’t think they carry this in local stores anymore. Probably because I didn’t notice actual anti-breakage in my hair. I used this at night because it makes my hair look and feel crunchy. Not a good sight. I’m not going to purchase this again.

Estee Lauder Pleasures – A gift from boyf as he likes this scent. It’s a nice, but a wee but heavy (on the nose) floral scent that lingers until hours later. However, I prefer Lanvin Eclat D Arpege which was gifted to me by boyf’s sister. Boyf likes that scent too.

That’s it for my first empties post! 🙂

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