Weekly makeup basket W13 2016

Now that my full time job is back in swing and i would like to have a faster routine in the mornings, i will be using a system of a weekly makeup basket rather than creating a totally new look daily. I’m no good at sticking at the same look for a week, so let’s try!

Fridays are an excuse for brights, so I will be including 1 or 2 colourful that i normally wouldn’t use in the week to use on Friday.

Every Sunday, I will do a look with my chosen products to make sure the colours and tones adhere, and that will be the only products I use for the next week.

Since it was Tuesday when I decided on this, I will be doing this look for the rest of the week:

Eyes: random Sleek base shadow
Kiko supreme cream shadow in 03 (i think jasper green?)
Tonymoly gel liner in choco brown

Lips: Life’s Entropy Lip Theory in Catalyst

Cheeks: NYX cream blush natural (check out the huuuuuge pan!!!)


I really like the Kiko shadow and it’s shrinking but it’s still creamy and stays put. I blend it out on my lid and concentrate it on my lashline. I line the outer corners with Choco Brown.

The kiko shadow is a tricky cool olive shade, but warmed with gold glitter which really comes out after blending. The warm brown liner provides some contrast. Overall its a feminine, soft look, low overall contrast. I will probably have to up the blush a bit as the eyes and lips are more greyed out.

This is a pretty easy look that is quick to do and stays put well for the day!


Love the super easy glossy eyes.

Current Make up Inventory

Since the last inventory, I’ve destashed and used up quite a bit of stuff. Here is my make up inventory, so I can see what else there is to destash and what other things I MIGHT allow myself to buy.

Caveat: My collection is quite large, but I didn’t spend much money on it because I bought a lot of destashed, blogsale, etc stuff that cost me significantly less than retail price. I think like 90% of my collection is not from retail. For example most of my quads were bought at $5 or so.

(Sorry about the upside down pics in some of them, idk what is happening…)

Blushes: 11 (Ideal: 4)

I’ve used up 1 blush and destashed a couple since the last inventory, so now I’m left with 11 pans.


  • Sleek Blush palette Candy Collection (3 pans)
  • Cargo blush in Barbary Coast
  • A few broken eyeshadows that I mixed up and became a purple blush, how cool is that? 😀
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge in Florita
  • Alcina Bronzer in Light
  • NYX Cream blush in Natural
  • 4 pans of hot pink/orange/red eyeshadow that will be gorgeous as blushes but I would probably never wear as eyeshadow.

Ideally I think 4 blushes would be more than enough. 1 neutral go with everything, 1 warm, 1 cool, and maybe 1 really weird thing like red or purple or something.


Eyeliners: 16 (Ideal: 6)


Okay, I still have way too many eyeliners in too many funky colours. Didn’t use up or destash any. Right now I’m working on the Silky Girl Ever Green pencil since it’s the oldest, and I find that I kind of like a subtle green wing.

I included the 2 liner ends of my mascara because it is unfortunate that my gorgeous mascara comes with a liner on the other end, but it cost me like $3 or $5 per duo so I don’t care.

Without the duo liner end: 16 liners total. Ideally I think I’ll like to have 1 brown, 1 black, 1 champagne, 1 white, and maybe 2 funky colours, so an allowance of 6 total.

Base: 6 (Ideal: 3)


  • Philosophy in the Buff
  • Armani Lasting Silk
  • Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
  • Cyber Colours Pore Primer
  • Seventeen Stay time concealer
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

The Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua NEVER. DIES. WHAT THE FUCK. Every month I tell myself that This is the month that it will die, and I always have to adjust my expectations. I’ve been expecting it to finish since November and it always proves me wrong. I’ve destashed all my other foundations because all I really need is Lasting Silk and I think it will last me for like, 3 years.

Philosophy In the Buff is essentially a cream bronzer of sorts. It’s a bizarre, heavily discounted Nordstrom Rack buy from my sister. It works decently mixed in with foundation in VERY. SMALL amounts to darken it slightly to match me.

My ideal wardrobe would probably be Lasting Silk, the primer, and RCC. The Seventeen concealer doesn’t cover much as I would like a concealer to, but it actually works very well as a creamy foundation. I might bring it along for travel for convenience.

Highlighters: 5 (Ideal: 2)


  • The Balm Mary Lou Manizer
  • Kiko Radiant Touch Highlighter
  • Life’s Entropy Illuminator samples x2
  • Colourpop Monster

I think ideally I should have 1 normal highlighter, and 1 weird coloured highlighter. I haven’t found the strength to destash any 😥

Powders: 6 (Ideal: 3)


  • Za True White foundation OC20
  • Seventeen BB powder in Light
  • Essence Stay Matte powder
  • 3W clinic Crystal Creator Bright in 01 Pearl
  • Custom mix of like, Laura Mercier translucent powder and crystal creator bright in the body shop jar
  • Catrice Radiance Pearls

Man, I really do not need another powder for a long, long time. I only use powder foundations on the weekends and rarely powder my face in the day. Ideally, I should have 1 powder foundation, 1 translucent powder, and my radiance pearls, and I think that’s it. I just don’t use powder that often. At least they’ll stay usable for many years to come.

Brows: already ideal

I’ve been using the remnants of my mascara for my brows. Frugal to the max, amirite? Other than that, I have 2 samples of Life’s Entropy Brow Theory, and a tiny nubbin of a pencil for travel. I don’t have a brow buying problem because brows are BORING, guys.

Eye bases and sticks: 5 (Ideal: 3)


Kiko stick eyeshadow 09, 38, NYX Milk, Black Bean, and Etude House Proof 10 Eye primer.

Eye primer is a necessity, of course. Black Bean and Milk are workhorses but I don’t think I’ll be able to use all of it, ever. 38 is a very, very nice single wash colour, so I’ll definitely go through it, but I don’t know if I would repurchase. 09 is a very pretty colour but hard to use and work with, so I’ll see if anyone else wants it.

Eyeshadows: 196 (ideal… Definitely like <50.)

Click to enlarge!

  • Singles: (middle of bottom row) 14
  • Depots: 60 in right of middle row, 55 in left of middle row, 18 in middle of middle row, 6 in right of top row. 8 random ones in middle of top row. Total 147 pans.
  • Sample baggies: 23 + 1 baggie I depotted into a jar.
  • In palettes: 4 x 8 quads, 2x 1 duo. total 34.
  • Random Rouge Bunny Rouge glitter pigment thingy on the bottom left.

SO. MANY. EYESHADOWS. Technically I still have a quint and a duo I’ve been trying to destash but have yet to be sold.

At least now most of my shadows are in Z palettes so I can pick them out easily and see how many dupes I have (a lot.)

My Armani ETKs are my guilty pleasure. I swear I went through them and swatched all of them trying to decide what to sell and…. couldn’t. Thank god my Z palettes are filled with Sleek shadows that cost like $10-$15 per palette of 12, so my full Z palettes cost me like $150 at most? I think the ETKs cost me more than that, lol.


This is an embarrassing amount of make up. The lips will be taking up and entire other post. I have been diligent in not buying more, and using up what I have. I don’t think I can be on a complete no buy for the entirety of this year, but I am forced by life circumstances to be frugal, and be frugal I will.

Weekly Makeup Basket W16 2016

This week, I have finally got into my routine of waking up at 6.30, doing makeup in 15-20 minutes in half darkness, taking the train before 7.15 and eating breakfast leisurely (and a nap) in the office.


I’m also participating in a palette challenge on r/MakeupRehab, and this week I picked a blush palette to make things fun! I am using my Sleek Candy Collection palette. The cream blush is very nice, pigmented, stains and doesn’t slide around. The powder blushes are, on the other hand, slightly powdery. The lavender is a lovely colour but it doesn’t show up well on my skin 😦

As eyeshadows however they’re pretty great! They combine to be a pinkish, cool toned shadow. I use the lavender as an all over, and the dark pink at the outer corner.

I need to use up my Colourpop Girl Crush eyeshadow, because it’s starting to dry out and its no longer as pigmented and creamy as before. Since it’s a very cool-toned grey, I will be using it as a crease shade.

I’ve picked Life’s Entropy New Horizons as a liner shade because I have a little bit left in a sample baggie and I want to get rid of the damn baggie. Haha. I will be patting it over a black kohl liner I need to use up as well. Yay for incorporating so many to-use items in a look!



Close up of all DA SHIMMA in New Horizons! (swatched over black kohl pencil.)

My eyelids were aggressively pink the whole week.


In addition to make up, I’ve also made a plan to read a book every day on my commute to and back. A relatively easy to read book should take me a week, 2 tops. This week I finished up The Undercover Economist, which I think I read halfway during my school years (and was highly recommended by my economics tutors. You can see I was not that interested in Economics 😉

What does the Fox Say?

Okay guys, I am like 3 years late to the party, but I’ve JUST listened to What does the Fox Say. You can listen to it here.

Firstly the song is surreal as fuck. A bunch of men in face paint and prancing around making otherworldly noises? Someone must have been high coming up this idea.

The first verse is also what I tell my 2 year old ALL THE TIME. What does the cat say? What does the dog say? What does the elephant say? Lol. It’s kinda funny actually, I think I will show her the video.


My progress in make up rehab.

I decided some time ago I needed to rehab myself. I was veering very dangerously to the addict side of things. I went to MakeupRehab on Reddit, finished up some products through Project Pan, and found the strength to destash a lot of stuff.

Right now, I still have a fair number of beauty blogs that I read regularly, especially Temptalia, so I’m kind of aware of new releases, but I don’t feel the need to obsess about anything. Instead of stopping myself from wanting new releases, I straight up don’t really feel the desire to acquire much more make up. (My wishlist still exists though, but its incredibly short.)

I’m also going through some large personal issues in life, and while make up is a good distraction, I still need to focus on the really important things in life.

Overall, I’m pretty proud of my progress. It’s not about how much make up I currently own (still a lot) but about my mindset. I’m finding more than ever that all kinds of make up are very similar to each other, and there are only so many different brands of eyeshadows/blushes/etc that I try before everything melds into each other.

It also helps that through these 1-2 years of near addiction, I’ve refined my tastes a lot. I know what works and what doesn’t. I know what looks good after a meal and what smears like crazy. I know what products offer moisture and occlusion in my old freezing office (which I am returning to, at a full time position! Woo hoo!!!) I know that I don’t need to put on a full, FULL face everyday, and I’m hoping to slowly cut down on my daily routine, or move as many products to be applied at the office as possible.

Previously, all my fun money was spent on make up. I mean, cos I’m a boring old hag who doesn’t do anything fun anyway, so my fun money was like $50 a month? Right now, I can think of several things that I would like to buy more than more make up.

  1. Sandman Overture: I LOVE the Sandman series, and I haven’t bought a book in like, years. I already read the comics (via illegal download of course) but I would love to collect this lovely hardcover edition because it is absolutely beautiful.


2. Boxing classes. I would really like to be more active, and to train myself in self defense. I picked boxing because I think it’s better to train yourself to have a great foundation. There’s a gym near my workplace, and membership costs $500 for 3 months ($166/ month) or $1600 for 1 year ($133/month.) There are lessons literally every day, and I could go every single day if I wanted.

3. A share in my uncle’s cinema. This is the main goal I have been saving towards for the past few months. My uncle is opening a huge cinema complex in Beijing, and my mum is going to own 10%, and she allowed me 1%. Since I don’t have $100,000, I have been paying off my share slowly every month by saving nearly all my salary.


So that’s it! I will still write on this blog (obviously) because I do love make up and I still have way too many eyeshadows and lipsticks and shit, but I think I can officially check out of MakeupRehab 🙂



Project Pan progress

Here’s some long awaited updates! I have been doing my project pan quite diligently but I am just lazy to take photos and stuff :/


I promised myself I would trash The Body Shop lip and cheek stain by end Jan, and I did though I didn’t finish every scrap of it. It was really nice, but towards the end the shimmer dominated and looked kinda chunky and bad. I wouldn’t repurchase because I’m frankly sick of it, lol, and I’m trying to move away from easy-to-spoil liquid products. I’m proud of how much I used though!


My next cheek product to be panned is the NYX Cream blush in Natural. It’s actually a really, really nice blush, and it stays on FOREVER somehow. Very easy to apply, practically foolproof. I already have quite a large pan, because I used this blush everyday for quite a while before shelving it to pan the previously mentioned cheek stain. It will take me a good while to finish though. I definitely will be looking at picking up another one, after I consolidate my blush wardrobe and use up some shit.




I gave up on my lipstick in a pot. I decided I didn’t want to mess with a lipbrush every time I applied this mix that was kinda drying, especially in my super drying office air. I have another similar coral shade in a Dior lipstick, that is much easier to apply because it’s in a tube. (Now that I think of it I could have used it up as a cream cheek colour, but ah well.)

My next lipstick to be panned is my Life’s Entropy samples. Catalyst I already got the full size, so I need to finish up the sample, and pKA I have a similar other lipstick.


My face powder’s pan has increased in size slightly. Left is right now, right is a couple of months ago. As I’ve said before, it’s not very oil controlling, but as a foundation, it offers decent coverage and melds nicely with my skin. As a finishing powder it is also okay. As a bonus, now that I’ve got my minimint palette I technically can bring it to my office! So I can use it up more. I think I’ll take the whole year or more to finish it since I only really use it on the weekends.



I’ve also designated my eyeshadow base shade as the left pan, so I have been using it every day that I do eyeshadow since I made my Z palettes, in December. Let’s see how long it takes to pan a mini shadow (Sleek pans are very small) with near daily use!

This brown is also my daily crease shade when I don’t need a special crease colour for my eye look. It broke recently, I scooped up the rest to mix with another colour so I’m just left with like, half a pan’s worth. We’ll see how long it takes to finish it too 🙂

I’ve taken to tightlining and setting eyeliner with this black shadow. It broke before, so let’s see how long it takes to pan/use up a black (probably forever.)



I’m coming close to finishing my Life’s Entropy sample highlighter. Left is the one I’ve been using up, Right is a nearly full sample. I’ve been using lots of cream blushes, which give my skin a nice dewiness, so I haven’t been using much highlighter. Will try to incorporate it more.



I haven’t been using my Ever Green liner that much :/ I just don’t wear green liner like everyday you know? I’ve found a way to tone it down a notch, which is by patting some of the aforementioned black eyeshadow over it, which helps it to set better too. I think I need to make it my signature look for awhile to use it up.

Hard Water, Soft water and skincare

When I first arrived in the US, I found that I couldn’t wash my face clean. It felt like I always had some greasy film on my face, even though I tried out the cleanser I brought back at home and it worked fine. Also, I could never rinse the body wash off in the shower and I always felt very oily.

So I did some research, and I found out that Singapore’s water is soft while most of USA’s is very hard. My husband’s aunt also happened to have that measuring thingy to measure the mineral content. The water from the water filter, which we drink from, is 8 ppm (very, very soft.) The water in Singapore is around 40-60 ppm, which is still soft. The water from the tap is like, 240 ppm, super incredibly hard. Holy sheet.

This residue that was left on my face caused me to break out a little bit on the first few days 😦 It was extremely annoying, plus I also have a dry patch around my mouth because apparently my moisturizer is not hardcore enough. I have seriously not had so much skin issues for a long, long time.

To combat this problem, I’ve taken to doing a final rinse with the soft drinking water, which rinses off this residue and makes my skin finally feel like itself again. You can also use bottled water, which has a similar hardness of around 10. If it feels like too much of an indulgence, use normal water to wash the cleanser off first and only do a final rinse with drinking water.

I’ve learnt some good life knowledge about hard and soft water, and also how to take better care of my skin! Can’t wait to go back to where water is nice and soft 😦

FOTD: Chanel Nymphea

I did a nice look with Chanel Nymphea the other day so I’d thought I’d share!

Chanel’s style in general is very soft and elegant, and Nymphea is the epitome of that. I did a very soft, pretty pastel look. It’s possible to go for a smokier look by going more heavily on the brown, but not by much.

It looks a teeny bit washed out on camera and at night, but for daytime it’s really nice! It’s my favourite palette by far.




And here’s the full face:


It’s a great palette for travel because it’s versatile, neutral yet with a twist.

Wishlist for the rest of the year

Despite my almost no-buy, I still have some things on my wishlist. Here they are:


  1. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 52 Vanille: This is apparently an olive foundation, and it just happens to match my shade. It also had good reviews, and is affordable to boot. Would love to try this out for a proper shade match. Although my Armani Lasting Silk is a GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS formula, the shade match is just a little off.
  2. Colourpop Lippie Stix in Kiddo: The Sheer formula is my favourite from Colourpop, because I feel the normal line is kinda waxy and not to my taste. The sheers are like butter and glide on like a dream, while having a translucent, jelly finish that I’m very fond of. Kiddo is a sheer MLBB that doesn’t look too pink or too brown, but I have lots of MLBBs so I need to think about what I should finish before I grab it.
  3. Sleek blush in Antique: I have quite a few blushes and I’m trying not to buy more, but Antique looks very different from all the ones that I have. I probably need to destash a few before getting it.
  4. Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation 213: A very, VERY olive foundation. It’s also incredibly expensive, so I will likely be trying to get hold of a sample of this. They have a counter at Takashimaya in Singapore.
  5. Careprost: Ahhh. Basically Latisse in generic form. Makes your lashes longer and more lush. Only $25 a bottle. I will probably purchase this once I finish up some night-routine stuff because I HATE long night routines.
  6. Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip: I like the finish and the formula sounds good, but I haven’t decided on a colour and I probably don’t need to. The very lowest priority on my wishlist.

And seriously… that’s it? My wishlist seems pretty small, lol.

I think I don’t really feel like there are any gaps in my collection. Sure, I’m missing a couple of HGs that I lost (Nars Dragon Girl, Revlon Wintermint) but I will be purchasing them once I’ve finished up some stuff.

Not Make up: Subscription Ice Cream


I just saw a subscription Ice Cream service today. Ice. Cream. We’ve seen subscription services for lots of things, but ice cream?

It’s called Pint Society and I think it’s only available to us locals. for $38-$29 a month you get 2 pints of unique ice cream.

The price is a little off putting to me. I love ice cream, but after I took my vow of frugality and started my personal finance blog, I don’t think I’ve actually purchased any. My favourite brand is Ben and Jerry’s, which is incredibly expensive in Singapore. One pint is usually around $13.50 our currency (~$9 USD.) and when it’s on sale, around $22 for 2 (~$15 USD.) I only buy it when it’s on sale and eat it over a period of like, 3 months, if no one gets to it before that.

I’m also really picky about my ice cream flavours. I HATE fruit in ice cream, and I hate anything with fruit sauces or whatever too.

On one hand I think this is an absolutely adorable subscription service and one that I might actually try once or twice, but definitely not for a year, because I will not be able to eat that much ice cream.

So far, the flavours sent out are:

Hazelnut gelato, crushed hazelnuts,
chocolate cake, 74% chocolate covered cornflakes

Sounds yummy! Hazelnuts are not objection, and CAKE!!!!

Coconut sorbet, pineapple sorbet, with banana cake chunks folded through

One of the aforementioned fruit ice creams. Coconut is okay, barely a fruit. I’m not too crazy about the banana cake, but I guess it should be tolerable.

Fresh ginger ice cream, candied ginger chunks and a handmade gingerbread man

Urghhhhhh. Seriously guys, GINGER? I really hate ginger. I gag whenever I accidentally eat a slice. Gingerbread is fine, and the flavour of ginger rather than like actual ginger is also tolerable…. I think. But….. argh.

Pineapple ripple ice cream with dollops of pineapple jam and flakey butter cookies folded through. Huat ah!

Inspired by our traditional Chinese New Year goodies, which I don’t love but would eat. Pineapple jam is something that I’m okay with. Sounds decent but not something I would love for $38.

Luscious 85% chocolate gelato with cocoa coated white truffles mixed in

Mmmmmmm, sounds like my kind of ice cream. But is this worth $8 more per pint than Ben and Jerry’s?


Would you sign up for this service? I don’t think I will right now, since I’m not supposed to spend any frivolous money and ice cream definitely counts as frivolous money, but I may in the future.