Saturday, 18 April 2015

NYX MERCI BEAUCOUP EYE SHADOW PALETTE




The other day, as usual I went for a buggy walk with Lear. Suddenly the NYX Cosmetics booth appeared in front of my very eyes.

Back in London, NYX isn't a brand that can get hold of easily. In Hong Kong, it's a different story. NYX and I always manage to bump into each other.

I couldn't resist this eye shadow palette. 9 colors for the price of HK $150, approx. £13; it's a bargain if you ask me.  

There are 12 palettes to choose from in this range but I chose Merci Beaucoupe.  I love the fact that this is a neutral earth tone shade palette (who doesn't love one of these), but I was particularly drawn to the coppery red shade (my recent favourite).

I must say though, when I swatched these, the colour pay off isn't that great compared to other eye shadows but there are some good colours in this palette, e.g. number 5.  On the pan it looks just like a boring kind of dark brown shade but when swatched, it has a slightly burgundy undertone.

I used it once soon after I bought it and I must say I'm impressed by the quality.  When applied on the eyelids using brushes, the colours transfer really well, it's pigmented and very easy to blend.  Shade no. 8 is always a great matte shade used as a highlighter!  Such a versatile, purse friendly and high quality eye shadow palette.

What eye shadow palette have you bought recently?






Thursday, 16 April 2015

5 PAMPERING IDEAS WHEN YOUR BABY IS ASLEEP






You might be one of those moms whose babies sleep all day long, good for you if you are one of them!  It means that you have tons and tons of time to get on with your own life whilst baby is asleep.  However, the reality is that generally when most become a mom they don't get much time of their own anymore.  Any precious free time/ me time become so valuable that you just need to prioritise about what you need to do - housework, answering emails/ phone calls, and most importantly, pampering yourself.

My little one, Lear is 6 months old.  I feel very fortunate that he is a fairly good sleeper at night.  We do get those occasional odd nights when he would be awake then we struggle, but that's normal I suppose.  However, during the day he doesn't nap for too long so for me to fit in beauty pampering routine is always a matter of competition with times.

Here are 5 things I would do whilst Lear is asleep or whilst we are on the go during the day:

A thorough facial cleanse - This would be the first step you can opt for - have your face a quick deep cleanse.  I would strongly recommend using Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. I love this because not only it's so gentle on the skin, it's very hydrating and moisturising after cleansing.  The use of a flannel to wash off the product from your face is a great way to exfoliate your skin if you don't have the time to include this step in your skincare routine.

A face mask treatment - This is definitely on the top of my list what I would do after cleansing my face.  I would completely  run to the bath room and smear on a layer of detox mud mask to get those pores a deep cleanse.  It doesn't take that long anyway, 5 minutes is actually all you need.  Unless your little one suddenly wakes up in 5 minutes, he might be frightened by the look of yours and faded back to his dream!  If you have a further 5 minutes or so, do put on some kind of a paper mask to inject some hydration back to your skin.  The combination of detox and hydration makes a world of difference to brighten up your face.  Trust me!

On-the-go nail polish Sure if you know (as if you could predict babies' sleeps!) that you have a good half an hour or so whilst having face masks treatment, you could totally slap on some nail polishes.  However, if this is impossible, I suggest whilst you are buggy walking your babies, slap some nail polish on and let them dry!  I would strongly encourage you to use Seche Vite Top Coat - not only it gives you a gel nail finish, it dries your nail polish ever so quickly it really is amazing!

Nail moisturise When you are busy taking care of a baby, your hands must be constantly soaked in water because of all the washing you must be doing all the time.  I find that ever since Lear was born, my cuticles are dead dry and they are quite a scene to my eyes.  Burt's Bees Lemon Cuticle Cream is fab product to give those much needed attention cuticles a bit of a reborn.

A quick facial spray If a challenging day is all you are having, your little one just isn't sleeping at all for no apparent reason.  Go and have a quick spray of La Roche Posay Thermal Spray Water would give you a quick pick-me-up!

All these have been trialled and tested between Lear and I.  There's just no reason you should neglect about what you need even you have a small baby!







Saturday, 4 April 2015

HOLIDAY NAILS





Happy Easter holiday, wherever you are!

I often like to make an extra effort to wear a nice nail polish in the holiday seasons.  I mean, why not?  Any excuse to dress up or add those extra finishing touches to my outfits, I say welcome!

The weather is getting very warm here in Hong Kong, these days temperature gets up to 28c!  So, for me this is summer already (but lots of people say this isn't quite summer yet, the worst is yet to come!).

Anyway, I'm more drawn to some bright and statement colours recently.  As I don't (and I can't) wear any statement necklaces anymore, with a little one to take care of it is dangerous.  So I turn my thoughts to some bright nail colours to go with my normally plain outfits these days.

This bright neon pink is PERFECT for this occasion then.  I discovered this brand called Bisous (A Korean brand) from Sasa (equivalent to Sephora), and this neon pink colour totally stood out for me from the crowd amongst other nail colours.

I love that this is just the right shade of neon pink that it is bright enough to look flattering on my hands.  Although the applicator isn't the best one, the brush is slightly too thick for me liking so if you have little nails like me, it can be a bit messy when applying.  2 coats is pretty adequate to get an opaque finish, and it dries rather quickly, together with my beloved Seche Vite top coat.  If you want to try out this type of neon colour but is a little afraid of how bright it is on the nails, perhaps applying it on your toenails is a way to show your love to colours and the warm weather?

I'm definitely going back to check out to see what other colours they have got on offer, also I want to see if I can find other neon colours, too.

Happy holiday season and happy applying nail polishes!


Monday, 30 March 2015

Munchkin DIAPER CHANGE ORGANISER







Living in Hong Kong, plus living with a little one; means that I have to compromise with spacious living style.  I have to be clever about storage spaces and ideas.  Thanks to Munchkin Diaper Change Organiser, it has made things tidier and more convenient for me.

This hanging organiser has 8 compartments which you can put all things baby related in.  The idea is for you to hang it by the side or the end of your nappy changing unit.  In my case, I don't quite have the luxury to have a separate nappy changing table so I hang this on my little one's cot, underneath his changing board.

I love the compartment where I can put almost 50 pieces of nappies in, so that I don't need to worry about it at least for a whole week before starting to refill them (again).  Other compartments I put stuff that I need to reach for daily for my little one, such as body cream, baby wipes, cotton pads, nasal spray, sudocream, etc.  

The only downside is that even though the material is quite sturdy, if you put too much or too heavy stuff in each compartment, they tend to weigh the whole unit up and hence it looks like it's about to collapse.  So I am cautious with how much stuff I 'stuff' in this organiser.

How do you organise your nappy changing station?  Are you using a better system?  Please share!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

IT'S A BLUSHER DUPE





Above: Soap and Glory.  Below: Burberry

By now you should know all too well that I'm a blusher addict.  My goal is to own blusher by every single makeup brand that I can get, possible.

Recently, as I switch up my blushers to my everyday makeup drawer.  I noticed that two blushers that stand out to me that could be a dupe!

Burberry Beauty Fresh Glow Blusher in Pink Peony No. 2. comes in a rather cute and chic, dark silvery packaging.  It looks so mini that it's perfect to throw in your handbag and for travelling.  The colour in the tube comes in quite a pretty bright pink.  However when it swatches on the hand, the colour hardly becomes visible, but as a very pale pink; nothing like how it looks on the tube.  Saying that, you can really build up the colour from pale, to light, to a lightly flustered pop of pink on your cheeks.  I love wearing it when I have a dark smokey eye makeup going on or on days when I just want a touch of pale pink on my cheeks.  Using the fingers to apply this gives you only an OKAY result by that I meant you are just going to waste your time on this because it's never going to provide you the intensity of colour you want.  However, using a stippling brush gives you an air-brush finish of a blusher.  If you are normally a heavy-handed makeup lady, then you are not going to be worried about this as this will not cause any problem at all.  This blusher really is a weird one as everyone seems to love products that are pigmented rather than gives you no colour pay off, but this one is for those who like those 'no makeup makeup' routine kind of gal.  If you want something quite out there and only wants to pay under £10, then the dupe of this blusher (see below) will be what's in for you.

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Blusher in Berry Jam is a bright fuchsia pink.  It looks like such a spring appropriate blusher colour.  It comes in a tube form, in quite a chubby tube which makes the packaging looks so cute; and it's one of the reasons why I was attracted to buy it! One swipe of this gives you a highly pigmented colour.  The formula is slightly on the drying side though, it almost dries as a powder finish.  I must say it's not an easy to blend product which I've tried using my fingers and a stippling brush.  It's so pigmented that the colour stays so well that made it almost impossible to blend.  For that reason, I am rather disappointed with it......

Two blushers, one high end, one drugstore.  One is hardly pigmented, the other just screams pink, bright pink.  I let you choose.....




Thursday, 26 March 2015

L'OREAL COLOUR RICHE EYE PRIMER BASE




You might think, 'what ugly looking product you are showing us today?'.  Also, it's almost used up that you just cannot tell what this product is, can you?

Well, lemme tell ya; today I'm coming at you with the L'Oreal Colour Riche Eye Primer Base.  I picked this up at Boots early last year and it's gone from strength and strength that it's not long until I will have to say auf wiedershen to this extremely well loved eye primer base.

I love this so much for a number of reasons, firstly it's so easy to use, it's really easy to blend because of its very creamy texture.  It comes in a pencil form so a couple of sweep of this directly to the eye lids, using your ring finger, a few blending/ dabbing then the product is blended beautifully onto the eye lids.  I do prefer this formula than the liquidy type of eye primer product as I find those a little messy to blend sometimes.

It has a slight beige tint to it, so it helps to even out any discolouration of the eye lids slightly.  It does the job perfectly, too by holding eye shadows in place.  Whether it be powder form or cream eye shadow which does not crease at all.  Eyeliners are also not budged either with the help of this eye primer base.

It's just a perfect, sweep, blend; eye primer base and you are ready for putting on eye makeup.  £5.99 is also completely affordable with such high quality elements that are absolutely comparable, if not better than other high end eye primer base.

Are you an eye primer user?  What's your favourite eye primer base?

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

THE BROW GAME





I'm never quite a fill-in-those-brows kind of gals, so it does come in a surprise that I'm actually writing this post all dedicated about brows!

Recently, I seem to enjoy filling in my brows a lot more than before and I feel more confident about it, and noticed more of a difference the before and after.

There are two types of brow pencils which I have really been enjoying using lately.  Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil by hourglass in soft brunette was one that I bought based on all the hypes.  When I first bought it, I didn't like it purely because I have chosen a wrong shade, a tad too dark for me.  However, lately I have rediscovered the usage of it, and have mastered the skill of using it I think.  This one definitely helps to 'sculpt' the brows with its slanted tip, but cautious though; if you are a heavy handed makeup wearer, you really have to be careful with it.  A little and light-handed go a very long way.  A few soft stroke here and there will do me some nice and firm brows as mine are quite full anyway.  Afterwards, I would just use the brush at the other end to brush them through softly so that they are not that harsh.

What has really surprised me with filling in my brows is my recent favourite, by terry Eyebrow Liner.  I like the fine nip and the soft brown colour.  Because it's so fine, if you are a careless eyebrow filler, it doesn't cause that much of a scene.  I think this is a great product for both full and slightly sparse eye brows girls as you can take time to fill in your brows either way or just fill them in coarsely.  The end result is a lot softer compared to using Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil.  It really depends on what look I'm wearing that day.  If I want a more framed look that I would definitely go for the sculpting pencil, but if I want a more casual look then the by terry eyebrow liner is perfect.

What eyebrow pencils do you use to fill in your brows?