May 2015: Sheet Mask Empties!

Since the start of May, I’ve been trying to sheet mask every single day 8) It’s a truly lazy solution, but my skin is baby soft now!! Since sheet masking every day is fairly expensive, I’ve discovered that the remaining essence (mixed with some Hada Labo Lotion, if it’s not enough), is enough for me to put in a second dry sheet mask.

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I’ll do a quick review of each mask below!

Baroness Collagen Mask:
Hydration: 3.5/5
Benefits: 3.5/5 (soft skin)
Fragrance: 3/5
Fit: 3/5 (doesn’t fit very well)
Overall: 3.25/5

Lovemore Rosa Hybrida Mask
Hydration: 4.5/5
Benefits: 4/5 (brightening)
Fragrance: 4.5/5 (I love the scent of roses!!)
Fit: 5/5 (can barely feel it on)
Overall: 4.5/5

Etude House Pomegranate Mask:
Hydration: 4.5/5 (very moisturizing!!)
Benefits: 4/5 (brightening)
Fragrance: 4/5
Fit: 4/5 (decent fit!)
Overall: 4.125/5

Etude House Bamboo Mask:
Hydration: 3.5/5 (very short term moisture up)
Benefits: 4.5/5 (skin cleansing; my skin definitely felt quite a bit cleaner afterwards)
Fragrance: 4/5
Fit: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

Etude House Collagen Mask:
Hydration: 5/5 (SO MOISTURIZING!! the essence has this thick, cream-like texture and leaves skin baby soft til the next morning)
Benefits: 5/5
Fragrance: 4/5 (nothing special here though)
Fit: 4/5
Overall: 4.5/5

FaceQ Pearl Brightening Mask:
Hydration: 4.25/5
Benefits: 4.5/5 (definitely very brightening!!)
Fragrance: 4/5
Fit: 4.5/5
Overall: 4.25/5

(Bonus: FaceQ’s Luffa mask is fantastic, it definitely gets a rating of 4.25 as well!)

Mizon Moist King’s Berry Mask:
Hydration: 3.5/5
Benefits: 3.5/5 (didn’t notice anything special)
Fragrance: 0/5 (smelled absolutely terrible; couldn’t tell if it was just alcohol or 药材的味道)
Fit: 3.5/5
Overall: 2/5

My Beauty Diary Tranexamic Acid Treatment Mask:
Hydration: 4/5
Benefits: 4.5/5 (brightening!)
Fragrance: 4/5
Fit: 4.5/5 (multi-silk!!)
Overall: 4.25/5

My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid Treatment Mask: 
Hydration: 4/5
Benefits 3.5 (not as long-term moisturizing as I would’ve expected from hyaluronic acid)
Fragrance: 4/5
Fit: 4.5/5 (multi-silk!!)
Overall: 4/5

My Beauty Diary Lemon + Vit C Mask:
Hydration: 4/5
Benefits: 4.5/5 (brightening + clearing!!!)
Fragrance: 4.5/5 (lemony :>)
Fit: 4/5
Overall: 4.25/5

My Beauty Diary Rice Mask:
Hydration: 3.5/5
Benefits: 3/5 (nothing at all?)
Fragrance: 1/5 (yux 😦 smelled terrible)
Fit: 4/5
Overall: 3/5


What are your favourite sheet masks? Share them with me in the comments!

 

Review: Hada Labo Gokujyun Cream

Hada Labo is a pretty darn well-liked brand – they make amazing toners, milks, gels, and facial washes! Back when I first got my HGs, Hada Labo Goku-jyun Lotion and Shiro-jyun Milk, there was a buy two get one free! deal going on at Guardian. My mum chose the Goku-jyun Cream as the third product.

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From the Hada Labo Singapore website:

Super HA Hydrating Cream

Day & Night Application

Nutritious hydrating cream that feeds nourishment to your skin while protecting your skin with continuous moisture

  • Contains 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid that deeply penetrates into the skin to nourish and helps restore skin’s moisture barrier to prevent moisture loss.
  • Helps to soften skin, leaving skin smooth and hydrated.
  • Available in 2 formulas. Regular moisturizing cream helps soothes normal / dry skin, while Light moisturizing cream hydrates normal / combination skin with its lighter, fluffy texture.
  • Fragrance Free • Alcohol Free • Mineral Oil Free • Colorant Free • Skin pH balanced • Low irritation • Dermatologically tested

So it looked like a pretty good product…. Until I applied it to my face.

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This is what the cream looks like in the tub – it’s got this terribly thick and sticky consistency, completely unlike the typical cream texture. While it is scentless and supposedly suitable for sensitive skin, I can’t imagine anyone using this in the daytime in this Singapore weather.

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Sticky fingers! I have tried this cream multiple times at night, and what set off this review was the last time I tried this out a few days ago. My skin was super dry, and I wanted a quick fix – oil-based balms, or thick and sticky creams were my top pick for the day. While my HL Lotion + Mizon Snail + Laneige Sleeping Pack combo is my usual dry-skin solution, I decided to give this cream one last shot, and it was just A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT 😐 It sat like a layer of glue on my face throughout the night, and when I woke up in the morning, my skin was still equally dry. Not even slightly more moisturized, no, it was just… dull.

I think the cream just never absorbed into my skin – it sat on top and smeared itself all over my pillow as I tossed and turned in the middle of the night 😐

Really now. Look at this picture below – they look like they have the same consistency right? Looks like cream and gel right?

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YEAH NO the one on the right is just craft glue I really wanted to plaster on some white glue (but I couldn’t find any sigh so I had to pass off some normal glue as gel) to just give you guys an idea of how STICKY this cream is – IMO the glue spread almost as ‘well’ as the HL Cream.

I suppose if you wanted a ‘natural’ face glue for glueing glitter onto your face for a Halloween party this cream would work?? Sigh. I have noted that the Hada Labo products sold in Singapore are Made in China, unlike the ‘original’ Made in Japan ones – this might be a reason why the formulation is so different from what I’ve seen online.

I was going to consider my combination skin-type while writing this review, but my cheeks were so dry they’d pass as dry skin even – so why didn’t this work for me!? Sorry Hada Labo – as much as I love your lotion, this cream was an absolute disappointment – I definitely would not recommend this to anyone living in humid weather. Definitely go for the lotion though – that’s an actual skin-saver.

Hydration: 1/5
Benefits: 1/5
Fragrance: 4/5
Comfort: 0/5
Overall: 1.5/5

小确幸: Her World May 2015 x Metro Samples

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I had so much fun! My mother says that her ‘小确幸/xiao que xing’ is eating snacks/good food, and her friend’s is buying 4D/Toto; I’m like a ‘xiǎo auntie’, as she calls me, but mine would be going around getting free samples :>

I initially dropped by Farrer Park MRT station’s Metro to pick up samples, but what I failed to realise was that….. it was an absolutely tiny branch. I only managed to get 1 Kose sample and half a Lancome sample! 😦 So when I dropped by Centrepoint Metro later that night, I managed to pick up most of the items – really exciting 🙂

For the rest of the items that I failed to pick up, the next day I headed to Metro Paragon with my EXCO (the 2 guys scuttled away when they discovered I was heading to the beauty floor)

Not much to say here – I’ll just share with you what I got 🙂 I split the samples between my mum and I; the first four are for her, and the last few are for me!

Elizabeth Arden: Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum

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Elizabeth Arden isn’t exactly a brand for my age, so I passed this to my mother!

La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Moisturizing Cream

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Ooh the saleslady for La Prairie was so friendly!! She sat me down and demonstrated the cream to me and it smelled absolutely heavenly :> It has this light, citrus-y scent, I can definitely imagine someone in my mum’s age group using this as a night cream.

Lancome 7-day Trial Kit for the Genifique serum, cream, and UV filter

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Same goes for this – I have tried my mother’s Lancome Genifique serum, but it’s quite… useless for me right?? No need to use so much anti-aging so early, I have this paranoid fear that if I use too much now they won’t work so well in future?!?!?! So this goes to my mum too 😀

Clarins Body Shaping Cream + Body Lift Cellulite Control

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…Also for my mum… – She’s been using Clarins products for YEARS now – both my parents enjoy using the face scrub, as well as the sunscreen. I’ve finally managed to convince them to convert to Asian sunscreens though! 😀

Burberry + Issey Miyake + Kenzo

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And for me! 😀

Chloé: Chloé + Love, Chloé + Love Story + Roses de Chloé + L’eau de Chloé

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One set for my mother, and one set for me! Chloé is one of her favourite scents, and I can definitely see why – they’re fresh and girly, so she handed me her set to try as well. I can finally discover my scent (??)!!

Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion Samples in #13 and #21

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I recently gave my Yiyi the Laneige Pore Control Cushion #21 I won from Her World, as I thought it probably wasn’t the right shade for me. However, after extended use I kind of feel like the Laneige #13 is a smidge too light for me (I usually don’t like to have to take the extra step to match my neck..). I am however worried that #21 will be too dark 😦

Kose Clear Cleansing Oil

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Ooh when I got a sample of the Kose Sekkisei pressed powder a couple of years ago I was absolutely AMAZED by how smooth it was?? Ever since then I’ve had this… admiration for Kose products. Not exactly something I needed, but I just knew that they were always there and… good! 😀 Not to mention, as I was collecting this cleansing oil, I noticed that they have a Kose x Cinderella collection – soooo cute!


A pity that I forgot to go get the SK-II samples! But I guess it’s alright.

VDL

I also managed to get samples from VDL – I quoted YinaGoh for this, thank you! VDL is quickly becoming one of my favourite makeup brands right now – as I’ve mentioned in my April favourites, within a few uses, the Beauty Metal Cushion Foundation has become an absolute favourite to work. It gives this dewy, gorgeous finish, but I suspect that A201 might be a little bright for me – I was interested in sampling A203, so the mega-friendly saleslady selected A203 as part of my sample set 🙂 I only have a foil sachet of the Real Skin Foundation A02, so now I should be able to ascertain my shade pretty easily once I sample them all.

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The pack included: Lumilayer Primer, Perfect Skin Foundation, Almighty Ampoule Essence, and Almighty Cream.


On a side note, as I’ve been trying different foundations like every day over the past few weeks, I can probably say… I don’t really like the IOPE cushion 😦 Well, at least this brings me about 3 steps closer to reviewing all my cushions so I can publish my mega-review!

Beauty Haul from GMarket Korea

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I’ve always wanted to order from Gmarket, and this month I finally bit the bullet. And no, I’m not referring to the Singaporean Gmarket which got rebranded to Qoo10 (even though it’s been like 3-4 years since the rebranding happened, my mother still refers to Qoo10 as Gmarket) – I’m talking about the one that ships directly from Korea! This is where I can find tons of products and brands I wouldn’t typically be able to find in Singapore – Espoir, Verite, and whatnot at amazing prices.

Let’s start with Gmarket itself – can I just rave about how amazing their service is?? Seriously – I don’t even get my packages from Qoo10 (domestic delivery) this quickly. Let me just show you my timeline:

Sunday Afternoon, 5th April: Sent in order (auto EMS shipping)
Sunday Evening, 5th April: Request received for 50% of sellers
Monday Afternoon, 6th April: All packages on the way to Gmarket Korea’s warehouse
Tuesday Morning, 7th April: All packages received at Gmarket Korea; preparing for international shipment
Wednesday Evening, 8th April: International package posted
Thursday Afternoon, 9th April: Package on SQ609
Friday Midnight, 10th April: Package received by Singpost
Friday Noon, 10th April: Received package at doorstep

HAS ANYONE RECEIVED PACKAGES THIS QUICKLY BEFORE??? IN 5 DAYS??? NO!!!! Ok maybe I’m exaggerating, but seriously. I’ve never received service /this/ fast from Qoo10, TK or RRS before – as much as I still love them, Gmarket wins, hands down, in terms of delivery time. Judging from my previous experiences from Korean international shipping, I honestly expected this package to be delivered in May. Instead, I’m sitting here writing this post in May (terribly late, but I wanted to get a good sense of all my products before I included first impressions for all the products).

Moving on… This is the giant box my haul came in! It really surprised me – that’s my phone, a Note 3 mind you, sitting on top of the box. I had no idea why the box was so huge – did I really order so many things?? The memo noted that it was only 3.3kg!

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…And I figured out why once I tore open opened up the box. HAHAHAHA it turns out the Gmarket warehouse had literally just dumped in all the boxes they’d received – I guess the guy sorting my packages just decided to throw everything into the biggest (???) box he could find??? It was a hilarious sight opening this up though! However, one negative point here: AK-Plaza didn’t exactly package my VDL Eyeshadow palette very well in the small box, so it could have been flung around in the small box in the big box. Shame on you tsk if it’s an eyeshadow palette IT NEEDS BUBBLE WRAP!  (this is extremely reminiscent of the Lorac Mega Pro Amazon shipping issue.)

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One, two, three…. Six boxes! 6 boxes inside a giant box. Funny ah? Let’s start with the small samples!

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I ordered my products from individual sellers, which meant that I was unlikely to get any samples at all – ordering 1 item from a seller will sadly not warrant samples. I may attempt to include ‘please include samples!’ in English and Korean the next time I order! I received a sheet mask + OHUI foil sample from one seller (can’t quite remember which), and a small set of samples from VDL…. And if you scroll to the top and bottom, a giant pink Pantone VDL shopping bag!!!!!!! 😀 I guess the general lack of samples was wholly made up by the Pantone x VDL bag ❤ ❤ ❤

Okay, let’s start!

Note: my pricing brackets are formatted like this, if you’re curious: xxxKRW in Korean retail pricing / xxx SGD in Singapore retail pricing, or KRW to SGD if it’s unavailable in Singapore.


Hera CC Cream City Defense (SPF35 / PA++)

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Retail: 45,000KRW / ~SGD$50
Gmarket: SGD$40

While watching Meejmuse’s channel, she mentioned that her one CC Cream favourite was the Hera CC Cream! The original price was preeeetty high, so I didn’t manage to get one from TesterKorea the previous round – instead I got a small 10ml sample tube off Carousell. I would liken this CC Cream to the IOPE one, as it’s not a whitening base like the Laneige and Banila Co.

As I was scouring Gmarket, I noticed that Hera came up with a new and improved! version of the cc cream in 2015, with ‘City Defense‘ properties. One of the biggest trends I’ve noticed recently is ‘city defense’ products, with brands like Clarins coming up with Sunscreen products, and Etude House with Dust Cut products. These protecting properties typically leave a film on your face to protect against dust and pollutants we face every day in cities, and considering I live in Singapore… yes. Either way, the packaging is gooooorgeous! Maybe not as sleek as the original Black/Silver packaging, but this silvery packaging represents City Defense so well.

First impression: ★★★★☆


Luna Water Essence Founpact (SPF35 / PA++)

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Retail: ~SGD$40
Gmarket: SGD$27

I was actually most excited to try this product out of aaaallll the products I ordered. This was featured on Get It Beauty a while back, and supposedly it has a mega high water content! However… The first time I used this wasn’t very successful or anything 😦 It kind of sat on top of my skin like a film, and was pilling up on the surface. I will try this again with another foundation brush… Hopefully it’ll produce better results 😦

Edit: So I tried it with my beloved Shiseido 131, and while it did give me a very airbrushed, perfect finish, it’s really not the look that I’m going for. It still clung like a thick layer on my skin, unlike the CC Creams I’m so very used to – I just don’t think heavy coverage foundations are suitable for me 😦

First impression: ★★★☆☆


eSpoir Face Slip Nude Cushion (SPF 50+ / PA+++)

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Retail: 35,000KRW / ~SGD$44
Gmarket: ~SGD$26

I have too many cushions!! I first saw this cushion on a Singaporean YouTube channel, which is linked here – Shu An mentioned in the video that when they asked the air stewardesses how their skin looked so glowy and dewy, they pointed it out in the in-flight shopping magazine and were like, ‘eSpoir!’ I like how it supposedly gives a really light, natural finish, which is what I typically go for. Slowly, slowly – I’ll open this soon!

Note: This is also made by Amore Pacific.

First impression: ★★★★☆


Verite UV Multi Cushion DX (SPF 50 / PA+++)

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Retail: ~SGD$55
Gmarket: ~SGD$34.50

Actually… This cushion just represents me being greedy :p Once the rose gold/copper sides caught my eye, I was like YES. I NEED THIS. Same as the eSpoir – I’ll review this in due time.

Note: This is aaaaalso made by Amore Pacific. In fact, this technically even has Amore Pacific prepended to its name!

First impression: ★★★★☆


VDL Expert Colour Lip Cube (Guylian)

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Retail: SGD38
Gmarket: SGD$20

:’) This marbled chocolate (Guylian!) design was calling out to me, telling me ‘pick me! pick me!’ …so I did. I picked 3 of this (for me, my mum, and my aunt!). This is a great choice for me, as it’s really moisturizing, with a sheer pop of colour. The special cube shape of the lipstick allows for better application around cupid’s bow 🙂

First impression: 4half


VDL Beauty Metal Cushion Foundation EX (Candy Bar) (SPF 50 / PA+++)

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Retail: 32,000KRW / SGD$40
Gmarket: 21,000KRW / SGD $26

You may have already seen this in my April Favourites post, but to be honest, I was a bit irked by the metal design initially – however, after seeing how versatile the metal surface is on Get It Beauty, it’s been my favourite foundation since I started using it (with my Shiseido 131 Foundation brush)! It wears decently in humid weather (can’t help it…), with minimal touchup required – I’m pretty darn satisfied with that 🙂

First impression: 4half


VDL Expert Colour Eye Book 6.4 (Pink)

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Retail: 48,000KRW / SGD$60
Gmarket: ~31,000KRW / SGD$40

This needs no words. Pantone x VDL = life

aghhhh that pastel pink

First impression: 4half


Mise en Scene Hello Bubble Foam Hair Color

7N Mocha Latte Brown, 7P Vintage Rose Pink

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Retail: ~15,000KRW / ~SGD$20
Gmarket: 2 f0r 12,900KRW / 1 for SGD$8

I’ve been looking to dye my hair for a while now, but I decided against it (last minute :() at the salon, as I wasn’t sure if my internship would allow my dyed hair. My friends have been recommending bubble foam hair dyes, so when I came across this on GMarket I was like yup this is it – Mise en Scene is one of the top haircare brands in Korea at the moment, and no surprise here – it’s owned by Amore Pacific as well. If I’m not wrong, scouring the shelves of Watsons only yielded pretty basic hair dyes like from Revlon and whatnot, which cost around $20 per pack – so I’m hoping that this is much better!

First impression: ★★★★☆


Son & Park Skin Fit Foundation (SPF45 / PA++)

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Retail: 35,000KRW / SGD$45
Qoo10: SGD$20

Son & Park are the two makeup artists who frequently appear on Get It Beauty, so in my eyes they’re fairly famous and trustworthy makeup artists. They are well-known for being the makeup artists who create the hottest trends in Korea – one of them was Cheon Song-Yi’s makeup artist on My Love From The Star! When they came up with their own makeup brand and I spotted it on Qoo10, I was all up for trying it out.

What’s so special about this foundation stick is that: 1. Green primer base in the middle of the stick, which helps to neutralize redness, and 2. The micro-brush on the other end of the stick to help blend out the foundation! Typically, I don’t go for heavy coverage, but I think this stick is a great option for me to venture into that world 🙂

First impression: ★★★★☆


Mise en Scene Perfect Repair Hair Serum

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Retail: ~SGD$13
Qoo10: 2 for $12.90 = SGD$6.50

Mise en Scene yet again 😀 Actually, I purchased this serum (set of 2!) off Qoo10 before I made my GMarket haul. I do suffer from extremely wiry hair – it’s just poofy and messy, and gets oily easily in this humid weather. A while back, my hairstylist suggested I start using hair serums and oils more frequently. I don’t like handling oils – no matter how much I wash my hands, there’s still an icky sensation left, but when I tried this oil-based serum for the first time… whoa. My hair was glossy, and my hands were happy! (Sometimes, when I really don’t feel like dirtying my hands, I drip the serum on a wide-toothed comb and run it through my hair. Works just fine for me!)

First impression: ★★★★☆


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GMarket has quite a bunch of coupons available, including Paypal, Visa, and new member coupons – they can all be found on the homepage of GMarket Global. These will definitely help to offset the expensive fees for EMS – my shipping actually came close to $20-25 :O

I know that quite a number of these products can’t really be found on RoseRoseShop, or TesterKorea, the typical shopping sites… Given the low-low-low Korean prices, easy-to-use platform, and lightning-fast service, I’d definitely recommend anyone to try out GMarket. Lots of Singaporeans have reviewed GMarket online, and the typically haul breakdown includes cosmetics and clothing!

On a similar note, maybe I’ll try out KoreaDepart in a few months – it has a base rate of USD$5 for shipping to Singapore! I hope this post helps enlighten anyone who wants to order from Gmarket 🙂

♥ April Favourites ♥

April Faves

Let’s go! My top 5 April Favourites are: (in no particular order)

1. Kicho Pore Cleansing Brush
2. Curél Foaming Body Wash
3. Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule
4. VDL Beauty Metal Cushion Foundation EX
5. Shiseido Foundation Brush 131

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1. Kicho Pore Cleansing Brush

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This pore brush technically isn’t a new buy, but I’ve only just started using it after deciding that I was too lazy to charge my Clarisonic Mia. I got this from Sasa late last year, and its finely-packed bristles are amazing for gentle cleansing. Paired with my Hada Labo foam cleanser, it makes sure that my face is always clean at the end of the day!

2. Curél Foaming Body Wash

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After we ran out of the usual body wash, we wanted to try something new – Curél, as you might already know, is a brand my family is pretty familiar with. While foaming face washes are typical, we’d never tried foaming body washes – and this is great! This is softly moisturizing and cleanses my skin gently. One issue is, it’s so gentle that it might not be strong enough for sweaty days out.

3. Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule
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An old purchase, but I’ve never noticed how effective this snail ampoule was until April. With my internship, I’ve barely had time to run through my full routine every night, so I’ve been experimenting with using 1-2 products per night to help combat the dry skin from the aircon >( After much experimenting, I discovered that this snail ampoule was the 1 product that made a huge difference when I woke up in the morning – paired with my Hada Labo Lotion, and Laneige Sleeping Pack, my face is baby soft when I wake up :’)

4. VDL Beauty Metal Cushion Foundation EX

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A new purchase!! This was part of my GMarket haul, which I will be uploading sometime soon 🙂 What caught my eye about this VDL Metal Cushion is its metal palette; I can mix the foundation with other products (including concealer and emulsions), and I can use a brush with this… which brings me to:

5. Shiseido Foundation Brush 131

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I’ve always been eyeing a brush like this; After I spotted the 1028 foundation brush in Watsons, I really wanted to get one (but somehow I never did). I decided to get the original, Japanese drugstore version off Carousell… and w o w is basically all I can say!??! This brush is the best applicator for liquid foundations I’ve tried (at the moment); it gives me this polished, natural finish that I’ve never been able to obtain, even with Rubycell puffs, the BeautyBlender, and the Zoeva Silk Finish brush. This… brush is absolutely golden, and I will likely be reviewing this separately one day.


Let me know if you’d like to find out more about any of my April Favourites! 🙂

Her World Beauty Club Beauty Bag

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As you guys may know, I signed up with Her World’s new Beauty Club a few months ago, when there was a pop-up store at ION in February. Everyone who signed up stood to win a Beauty Bag worth >$200, so when I received a letter in the mail from Her World, I was ecstatic!! It definitely made my day after getting home from work 🙂

What’s in the bag:

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  1. Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment, ~$20
  2. Bioré Marshmallow Whip Foaming Wash, $13.90
  3. Gatsby Oil Clear Sheet, $3.90
  4. Laneige BB Cushion (Pore Control), $59
  5. VDL Lumilayer Primer, ~$9.60
  6. Clio Kill Cover Pro Artist Liquid Concealer, $20.90
  7. Browhaus HD Mascara, $17.90
  8. Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum, $36
  9. Asience Intensive Treatment Oil, $14.90
  10. Bioderma Sensibio H2O, ~$10.80
  11. The Body Shop Body Butter, ~$7.80

…Which adds up to a grand total of…

$214.80!!!!

Whoa!! That’s a lot :O I really love how the Her World editors curated this bag – this is truly filled with well-designed products, and tailored for the Singapore weather. I’m saying this because I /have/ tried a number of these products (or similar ones) beforehand, and they really are great for me.

  • I’ve tried the Fresh lip balm before – tinted lip balms are the best here. Because the weather is so hot, my lips get chapped really easily, so some colour and balm together is the best for fixing up dry lips!
  • The Bioré face wash was actually my HG foaming wash for years, before I discovered Asian Beauty. It’s not that I don’t like it anymore, but just that I’ve started to try the Hada Labo one instead now!
  • The Laneige Pore Control cushion is mattifying, and does a great job at oil control in our humid weather 🙂
  • As you guys already know, I have the Clio pot concealer and love it! It’s really a pity that they chose #05 Sand to distribute in the beauty bags though – it’s WAAAAY too dark for me (it’s like, NC30?), so I won’t be able to keep this 😦
  • I actually have a bottle of the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum, and it really does live up to its hype – it does a very good job at hydrating my face, even with my leaning-to-dry skin! My only issue is that this line is quite… heavily scented.
  • Bioderma’s micellar cleansing water is, as I understand, fairly similar to the Bifesta one. Micellar water is much lighter on my skin as compared to typical oil-based makeup removers!

Thank you Her World Beauty Club team for the generous gift 🙂 You can sign up for the Beauty Club here: www.herworldplus.com/beautyclub

Beauty 101: Depotting and Airless Pump Bottles

AIRLESS PUMP BOTTLES!!!!!

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Today I’ll be talking about depotting my products into my favourite containers – airless pump bottles!!!! 😀 Okay, and also spray bottles. I like using pump bottles – in my opinion, they’re cleaner and easier to use.

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Like most girls, I like to keep my nails slightly longer so they look better when they’re painted. However, this means that it’s absolute hell trying to dip my fingers into jars of cream!! The cream gets all under my nails, and it’s just… plain gross.

You might retort, why not use a spatula instead? It’s clean and umm… you scoop stuff out of the jar. But I find this problematic – your spatula has to be clean anyway, and for it to be clean you have to wash it every time you use it 😦

That’s why I turned to using airless pump bottles!!

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Woohoo!! Look at how clean and simple the pump design is.

What makes airless pump bottles different from normal pump bottles (as seen in the centre above)? There’s no ‘straw’ to suck up the product from the bottom of the bottle, and it just gets sucked up as it’s a vacuum – the bottom of the bottle moves up as you use up more product.

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I’ve got 2 different sizes of airless pump bottles: pictured below is the smaller one!

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I first got these 10ml pump bottles from Taobao, and my uncle shipped it to his house in Shanghai, passing them to me over Chinese New Year. I got one to sample from Qoo10 (for $2.50!?!?!), while these cost less than $1 each – even with shipping!

As you can see, practically everything works in these bottles. Gels, Creams, Liquids – everything works! Okay, I don’t really recommend this for liquids – a bit messy heh. What these bottles are great for:

  • Depotting samples – I hate using foil sachets, but sometimes it’s the best way to figure out whether or not a product is suitable for my skin. These bottles fit 10 x 1ml sample sachets (the typical sample size!) perfectly!
  • Depotting creams from tubs – as explained above, I don’t have to dip my fingers into jars of cream.
  • Depotting remaining essences from sheet masks – I’ll explain this below.
  • Depotting product from larger containers – when you’re travelling, you really don’t want to carry so much. These are great, as they don’t leak, are within the flight restriction of 100ml, and are really lightweight.

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Soon after, I discovered that it proooobably wasn’t quite practical to use creams in such small bottles. I’d already purchased a larger, 15ml airless pump bottle from Sephora (I highly recommend against this – they’ve marked it up insanely). I got my uncle to send me another package of 20ml airless pump bottles from Taobao, at about $1.50 each!

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What I like about these bottles is that they’re sleek, and I can easily control how much I’m using. The pump allows me to easily control how much comes out, and since it’s transparent, I can monitor when I need to refill the bottle. I picked 20ml as it’s the perfect capacity – jars of cream tend to come in around 40-100ml, so I don’t have to refill this too often, without carrying around a bulky bottle.

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You might wonder what all these strange products are… This…. is my toolkit for depotting! It’s not very easy to depot some products sometimes, as the pump bottles have a small mouth. For creams, I either use a spatula to scoop it into the bottles, or use a syringe to make a clean transfer. For liquidy-er things, I either use the dropper, or I pour it directly through a funnel.

The Sephora card and giap-giap thing…. I don’t know what it’s called I just use it to seal snacks. …Yes right they seem a little out of place! But it’s my old Sephora card, and these two are amazing for squeeeeeezing out every last drop of product in sample packets! Don’t ever waste any product in sample packets, when you have these two fantastic tools by your side 8) (yes, you can also cut your sample packet open and scrape it out. I don’t like that)


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Honorable mention for spray bottles – these are great for essences (like First Treatment Essences), and very, very thin toners – like the Hatomugi Skin Conditioner. I got the bottles below from Muji, as well as Daiso – I’ve found that the Muji ones are slightly better for misting your face. In the morning, when I’m reaaaally lazy to apply a full morning routine, I’ve taken to simply spraying my Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence over my face.


On a similar note, I’ve included how I store my sheet masks after 1 use – sheet masks typically contain 20-30ml of essence, and it’s always way too much for my face. I’m usually left with 5-10ml of liquid inside, and there are a few options for storage – I could pour the remaining essence into an airless pump bottle and use it over the next few days, or I could seal it. This is how I seal my sheet mask packets:

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With a flat iron!! I seal the top of the packet, and it’s basically airtight inside, ensuring that I can leave the essence to sit around for a week more or so. This is especially useful when I want to sheet mask-up again (i.e. drop a clean, plain sheet mask in to absorb the essence to use). While I’m at it, I’ve heard that some people re-use their sheet masks (YES, THE SAME PIECE OF COTTON), especially if they’re expensive. This is a big no-no – you’re basically re-introducing bacteria onto your face, negating any positive effects the essence might have on your skin.

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What it looks like after – nice and sealed!


I hope this post helped and enlightened any of you looking for alternative storage methods, especially if you’re travelling! 🙂

Confessions of a Beauty Blogger

Saw this on Dorkchops 🙂


1. How many hours a week do you spend planning/writing/uploading posts?

I plan my posts all the time – whenever I’m bored, I think of anything new I can blog about. As for the writing part, that’s the long bit – I take up to a few weeks to write/edit/photograph a post. I’m not the kind of person who likes to sit down and finish a post at one go, I tend to edit my posts over a period of a few days – not consecutively though. There are actually 3-4 posts in my drafts right now!

2. Are you a spender or a saver?

…Neither? Or both? I love saving money – I find as many discounts and coupons as I can to save on my hauls. I don’t do it to the extent that I’m breaking the manufacturer’s banks, but more like finding the best deals on the internet? Instead of buying things in Singapore stores, I find them online. Products shipped directly from Korea, for instance, are much cheaper (even with shipping). On the other hand, because of how much I save -> how much cheaper the products are, I tend to buy more products… Which equates spending more D: So I’d probably spend as much as any other beauty addict does on new products… But I get more products!

3. When is it easiest for you to write your posts?

In the afternoon! I’m not a morning person, so that’s completely out, but I tend to study at night. The afternoon tends to be this lazy time for me, and it’s when I feel the most relaxed and can type out a post easily. If you’re talking /when when/, it’s probably when I get new products and they turn out to be amaaazing (or really terrible!)

4. What makes writing posts comfortable for you?

When I’m really happy/upset with the product I’m reviewing. With all the emotions running in my head, I’m able to pen my thoughts down much more clearly, for some strange reason!

5. What’s your worst makeup/hair habit?

…I should probably wash my concealer brush more often. As for my hair, sometimes I’m too lazy to apply conditioner, so it gets really tangled!

6. What’s one quote you wish the world would live by?

I don’t really like basing ideas on quotes… But as much as possible I try to live my life on the principle of relative fairness.

7. How long do you spend getting ready everyday?

My daily makeup takes about 15-20 minutes, if I’m fast! The 2 longest portions of my makeup routine are usually applying CC cream, and applying eyeliner (ugh hate it when I mess up :(). If I’m just running out for a quick errand, it’s probably <5 minutes, since I’ll only apply sunscreen and concealer.

8. What’s your favourite post on your blog?

None yet!

9. Who is a beauty blogger that you think deserve more subscribers that they have?

Everyone I’ve encountered here on WordPress 🙂

10. What’s one thing you’re excited about in the coming year?

Definitely excited to start university in August! It’s a brand new era in my life, and there’re so many new things I’ve got to try.

11. What has been your favourite blogging moment?

At this point in time, probably the first time my blog hit >100 views a day! I shared a review of my DHC Eyelash Tonic on reddit’s r/AB for the first time, and it got 10x as many hits as the day before. Patiently working my way up to the day that I’ll get that many steady views a day!

12. How long does it take to prep for a post?

For a photo post with > 10 photos, it takes me about an hour to take the photos and to edit them. Writing the post definitely takes longer!

13. Are you wearing jeans/skirt right now or are you wearing pyjama bottoms?

I’m being lazy in home clothes! T-shirt and shorts woohoo


I’m tagging anyone who’s a beauty blogger and reading this! 🙂

上引水產 | Addiction Aquatic Development

Warning: do not scroll if you’re starving for sashimi!!!!!

This is another one of those 80% images, 20% text mini-reviews 🙂

When I was in Taipei in December, I visited Addiction Aquatic Development – a fish market! As you already know, I looooove sashimi/japanese food – especially if it’s fresh! My family also visited this place the year before, and we’ve been craving this place so bad. The food here and the atmosphere just blows me away!

Also, oh man! Thought I should let you guys know – I’ve recently taken on an internship, and I’ve been completely consumed by it :< Posts for these three months, until late June, will be quite a bit less frequent. I’ll still try to post at least once every two weeks!

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This place is a new addition (ha ha addiction) to Taipei’s fish market district, and it’s very modern! Black/white and wood all around. It’s bustling with people all the time! :O They are there with gooooood reason.

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Outside the main building, there’s a barbeque restaurant, and a small supermarket.

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And into the restaurant we go! The chefs prepare your dishes right in front of you, so if you’re up for it / you can’t speak the language, you can just point at the fish – and the chefs will prepare it for you!

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While you wait for your dish to be prepared, you can gaze longingly at all that fish…..

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Above/behind the chefs, there are specials of the day available to order. This fish is not on their regular menu, and tends to be ‘fresher’.

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But yes, this is what the restaurant looks like. You may have noticed that everyone is standing – there are no seats available in this restaurant! All patrons stand and eat (is this a tactic to get the customers to leave more quickly?). When I visited this place in 2013, they gave 7 of us counter seats in 1 row… (my kid cousins had tiny step stools to prop themselves up!)

(These are some dishes that the chefs were preparing, but not dishes we ordered. My dad was too excited for us to start eating, so he went around drooling at other people’s orders instead)


Marinated Tuna Salad / Part of 980NT or SGD$43 set

This salad came as part of the set we ordered, and it was divine. I love the combination of sashimi slices and fresh salad leaves – and this was seasoned perfectly. A light yuzu-soy sauce glaze, and the marinated tuna – an amazing starter.

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One of the things that we rarely get to eat in Singapore is Uni / Sea Urchin. One tray costs like $80 in Singapore – and this was definitely a treat! You mix the strong-flavoured uni with the neutral grated yam or shān yào (山药), and it balances out to this flavour you probably can’t describe – umami.

Monkfish Liver / Part of 980NT or SGD$43 set

o m g! The first time I tried paté as a kid, I fell in love. It was this creamy, flavourful spread that just melted in my mouth… and Monkfish Liver is almost the same. Garnished with chopped spring onions and a light drizzle of soy sauce, this needs no spreading or what – take a bite, and it melts in your mouth. This was most definitely one of my top picks for the meal!

2014-12-23 11.11.42Assorted Sashimi / 330NT or SGD$14.50

While extremely fresh and extremely delicious, I found that this assorted sashimi (above and below) was chilled a bit too much for my liking. The sashimi was truly creamy (top pick: Salmon Belly! o my god), and my goodness the amaebi was…. to die for.

2014-12-23 11.11.46Ootoro (Fatty Tuna) and Scallop / 170NT or SGD$7.50 + 360NT (for 3) or SGD$15.80

I actually felt that the Ootoro was a huge letdown. I was expecting something with the consistency of fatty pork belly, but instead it was much closer to the bland, fibrous texture of normal tuna flesh. I was really looking forward to this 😦 (but thank goodness the other dishes made up for it!)

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More or less the same fish that came with the sashimi! We probably wouldn’t have ordered this, but it came with the set so.

2014-12-23 11.13.41Fish-bone Miso Soup / Part of 980NT or SGD$43 set

Another one of my top picks for this meal!!! What’s so special about this miso soup, you may wonder? Miso soup tastes all the same to me! BUT NO this soup is boiled with fish bones, and KING PRAWN HEADS!!!!!!! The sweetness of the prawns is in the base of the soup and it’s so, so sweet, flavourful, and hearty with the fish bits-and-ends in the soup. A MUST TRY!

2014-12-23 11.17.54Grilled Mackerel / Part of 980NT or SGD$43 set

I’m not a fan of grilled fish, but my parents loved this. The mackerel was crispy, and tender on the inside. Japanese grilled fish, if cooked perfectly, is uber flavourful and goes perfectly with a steaming hot bowl of gohan / rice.

2014-12-23 11.43.08Salmon Belly Sashimi  / 120NT (for 3) or SGD$5.30

To finish our meal, we ended off with another serving of salmon belly – mmmmmm! It’s like savoury dessert for us :> Our tummies were filled to the brim by the time we left the restaurant.

In total, we spent 2497NT / SGD$110 for our meal – that’s including sake!!


Other than this main restaurant in the building, there are takeaway dishes available for purchase (which we did buy for supper one night!), and other restaurants serving different dishes.

Across the road, there’s also a fruits/veggies market selling amazingly fresh produce! We bought some fruits back to eat as well 🙂


….And we missed it so much we had it for supper again 2 nights later… on Christmas night 🙂 My parents taxi-ed there (THE ROADS WERE SO JAMMED) and dabao-ed (takeaway-ed, in Singlish) back food for us to eat.

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Somehow I felt like this was more fantabulous than eating at the restaurant itself – oh my god!!! We got to handpick what we wanted, and eat it in the comfort of our hotel room. I just want you to note – the uni is double-layered. There are two pieces of uni per. slot. THIS WOULD COST LIKE $80 FOR HALF THE TRAY IN SINGAPORE?!?!

What we picked:
1. Salmon + Salmon Belly Sashimi (214NT / SGD$9.40)
2. Uni / Sea Urchin (813NT / SGD$35.70)
3. Assorted Salmon Sushi Set (~250NT / ~SGD$11)
4. Seasoned Seaweed Rice(~50NT / ~SGD$2.50)

…Which comes up to around $1,300NT / SGD$60 TOPS. For 3 people!!!! Sushi Tei is like the basic average standard of Japanese food in Singapore, and I’m telling you when we spend $60 there we can’t get anything like this. (Also, on the other end of the spectrum, Chotto Matte. You spend a bomb (like $100 per person) and you don’t eat anywhere near this much nor at this quality.)

My family doesn’t care for roast chicken, baked potatoes, and pumpkin soup for Christmas dinner – we much prefer having our fill of sashimi 😀


Quality: 4half (cmon, it’s fresh from the fish market)
Environment: ★★★★☆ (You have to stand. There are no seats available + most are counter tables)
Price: ★★★★★ (You really can’t find sashimi of this standard in Singapore, and at this price point.)
Overall: 4half

Addiction Aquatic Development can be found at:

台北市民族東路410巷2弄18號 / No.18, Aly. 2, Ln. 410, Minzu E. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City.
Hours of Operation: 06:00 to 24:00
TEL. 886-2-2508-1268 FAX. 886-2-2508-0268

What’s New: Quarter One, 2015

Exciting times! I’ve decided to do a collective haul post instead, covering what I’ve purchased and received in January, February, and March. Also, it’s my birthday today, so I’ve got quite a few things in the past few weeks 🙂


January: TesterKorea

Okay, this is the earliest haul of all – I purchased these in late January and only received them in February! There was an issue with the sourcing of the Laneige Cushion – I originally ordered the PushButton LE cushion (super super cute. doggy spots all over the case), but they were out – so they replaced it with the Anti-Aging version instead. *shrugs* Early anti-aging for me then! I’ve always loved TK’s customer service – they’re really friendly, and reply super quickly 🙂 (80% of my big hauls are made at TK!)

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Anyway, this is my first ever ~expensive~ TesterKorea haul!!! Previously I’d been purchasing small items, averaging out at 6,000KRW per item – but this time round I went big and got a few small, expensive purchases haha. The Banila Co. Clean It Zero, and the TonyMoly Rabbit Bars aren’t mine though! TK was especially generous with samples this time around (considering the delay in sending the package out even with EMS!).

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I ordered a bunch of Laneige, IOPE, and Clio items! After using my mum’s MAC pot concealer, I thought I should get one for myself too – so I picked the Clio Kill Cover concealer (it’s a little dark on me though.), but it’s a good deal for $14. I’ve found that this is fairly high coverage, which is great for those stubborn blemishes my Shiseido concealer can’t hide.

I also got the IOPE Air Cushion XP (N21) ($38) and Laneige BB Cushion (Anti-Aging) (#13) ($35), vs $50-60 RRP).

…As well as the CC Creams ($33 and $28 respectively, vs $45-60 RRP). At present, I’m more into CC Creams – so you’ll see a review of all my CC Creams soon! I have yet to open the BB Cushions, so that review will come in say, June.

TesterKorea /had/ the most amazing discounts (with 30% off everything), but they’ve recently reduced their discounted selection heh. Either way, if I’d purchased these products from local stores, it’s likely that I would’ve spent twice as much :O

Since I’ll be leaving my my teens soon, I thought that it might be a good time to start getting lipsticks… so I got a beautiful IOPE Color Fit Lipstick ($25, RRP $34) after much time spent deciding what colour to get. I chose an IOPE lipstick because a few shades went absolutely famous after Cheon Song Yi wore them in My Love From The Stars… BUT I made a mistake 😦 I got #29 Metallic Rose, and while it does look very pretty, it’s metallic. It’s got glitter in it. I like matte lip colours, so I’ll be selling this away too…


February: Tom Ford

I’ve also received some fantabulous samples from Tangs – between my mum and I!

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Mum and I received one Tom Ford miniature Lip Color each – I chose Indian Rose, and she chose True Coral. These are way too beautiful to use…….. I’ve just taken them out occasionally to ogle (please don’t judge me omg)


March: Etude House

Yiyi kindly gifted me some Etude House products! I’ve not tried many of their products, so this is the time for me to see how effective their products are.

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Moistfull Super Collagen CC Cream SPF33 PA++ – W13

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This color controlling cream contained with magic color capsules modifies and adjusts to your natural skin tone on contact, creating a vibrant and healthy looking complexion. CC cream with rich essence for a more moisturized and firm skin with 30% of super collagen.
3 in 1 smart all in one cream – whitening – sun protection SPF33 PA++ – anti wrinkle

What a huge bottle of CC Cream!

Precious Mineral BB Compact Bright Fit SPF30 PA+++ – N01

Just look at the packaging :’) so girly and princessy! The puff is mega soft as compared to the MAC puff, and there’s the Etude House logo embossed into the powder. I’ve heard that this BB Compact is not bad, so I’m definitely keeping this in my bag – imagine how cute it’d be to whip this out of my makeup pouch :>

Look At My Eyes Cafe – PK005

Smooth, Silky Eye shadow that supplies eyes with a profound, dramatic look.

SUCH a cute colour – I love how this is a basic shade that I can cover my entire lid with 🙂 Plus, this can double up as a cutsey blush colour in a pinch!

Pure Water Baobab Moist Cream

This is a highly moisturizing cream that daily absorbs Baobab’s pure moisture into skin for a clear and moist complexion, containing sufficiently moist Baobab Water and skin purifying Moringa seed extract. Like a burst of water drop, its light watery texture absorbs smoothly into skin with abundant moisture.

I saw this in-store with yiyi, and mentioned how cool Baobab trees are 😀 She definitely remembered it, and she got it for me because of that, and because…. of how much it looks like a baby food jar HAHAHA.


March: Carousell – Shiseido & Laneige

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Got a bunch of Shiseido and Laneige stuff off Carousell!

– High-concentration multiberry extract yogurt pack that nourishes skin from deep inside and leaves skin supple. Hydrates, nourishes and regenerates skin for supple and firming skin.
– Sogurty™, a specialized fermented yogurt, promotes collagen synthesis, and enhances defense ability of skin from harmful external causes to leave skin healthier and firmer. Its anti-inflammatory effects also soothes skin from skin troubles.
– Multiberry complex (various berry extracts from raspberries, blueberries, wolfberries, cranberries, and strawberries) delivers abundant nutrition and antioxidants to eliminate harmful free radicals.
– Exfoliation for smoother skin texture. NAG (N-acetyl-D-Glucosamine), one of the NMF(Natural Moisturizing Factor), and Niacinamide (a component of Vitamin B3) softens and clears micro size dead skin cells left after exfoliating for even denser and smoother skin texture.
– Richer plain yogurt texture: Fresh creamy texture of yogurt nourishes skin with soft touch.

Of all the things I got here, I was most excited about this Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Pack :> It smells absolutely divine – and no surprise here! The label says ‘DO NOT EAT’. This is probably going to be my second option for a night cream (instead of my Ettusais Premium Amino Caviar Cream) – I think I have an affinity for pink creams.

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And to be honest, these 4 were the main reasons why I got the Shiseido samples. L-R: Shiseido Ibuki serum, Lacquer Rouge, Perfect Rouge, and the Natural Finish Cream Concealer – the main reason! This is kinda my HG concealer – the one I’ve been using for >5 years haha. (Honestly, I think I’m going to sell away the Ibuki skincare kit :<)


March: Qoo10 – Wishtrend & 9Wishes

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I purchased the C20 Vitamin C serum from Wishtrend (via Qoo10) for my mum at SGD$12.99 (which is an amazing price by the way!!!), as I don’t think it’s very suitable for my skin – and Wishtrend was super generous by including a Klairs sheet mask, and a COSRX sample! Definitely surprising that Wishtrend treats Qoo10 customers similarly to their original site customers. I’ve been extremely excited to try Klairs and COSRX after finishing my current routine of products, so this is definitely a possibility, purchasing again from Wishtrend. (C’mon, they even threw in a 10% coupon – what’s there not to love about Wishtrend?)

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I also purchased the 9Wishes Vanishing Balm, because I saw preeeetty good reviews of it on Qoo10! This is my ???th CC Cream – and I have a love affair with CC Creams. You’ll see a comparison and swatches of this soon, in my upcoming post: Battle of the CC Creams! I got this for $19.90 for 50ml, which is definitely comparable (or just cheaper!) to the other CC Creams I’ve purchased so far.


Fun fun times 🙂 Gonna start work soon, so this is likely my last collective haul over the next 3 months! (More than enough new products for me to try (i.e. ogle) anyway woohoo)