An update (and not quite.)

You can tell I’ve been very silent here recently. I do like talking about makeup and I’ve been experimenting with stuff (as usual), but I really haven’t been in a mood to take pictures and document it properly.

Anyway, here are some quickfire updates:

  1. Lana’s new album just dropped a couple of days ago and it’s awesome. Spotify here but I feel a little like the album is not so new anymore because we’ve heard some of the singles for so long. My favourite singles that dropped earlier were Love, Lust for Life and Coachella – Woodstock in my mind (all of them then.)  The 2 singles that previewed recently Summer Bummer and Groupie Love are not 100% to my taste, but I do enjoy them and hum them to myself a lot. Damn are they catchy. On the first listen I already absolutely adore 13 Beaches and White Mustang.
  2. I suddenly also have quite an interest in fashion and clothing in general again, probably due to some (rather drastic I must admit) weight loss. I do like the size I am now, and I’m much leaner and lighter (and far fitter too now that I’m carrying less extra weight.) Now it’s about maintaining it in the face of the my interest in the next point…20170702_215711.jpg
  3. DESSERT! I have an incredible sweet tooth recently and I’ve been munching non stop on an assortment of cobblers and ice cream and waffles and cookies and whatnot. Below is a croffle, which is a waffle-textured croissant, with all the super thin buttery fluffy croissant layers inside.

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4. Art. I’ve been to a few galleries recently and have really enjoyed myself. 20170708_14331920170708_134826

 

So this is what I’ve roughly been up to recently. Music, art, fashion and dessert.

 

Ending off with a day where I really liked my makeup – soft pinky tones with a wing that wasn’t overdone. I think I like pink tones on my eyes because it really stands out against my super yellow skin.

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Note: Temporary Hiatus

My domestic helper has gone back to her home country for a couple of weeks and I have no help with the offspring, so it has been tough for me lately. I’ve been on a long leave the past few days so it wasn’t too bad, but I’ve got some personal things to sort out and I’m going back to work on Thursday, so horrors, seriously. Things will probably be worse next year, but ah well. Can you tell I’m not quite in a mood to do make up? Especially since my HG mascara is gone…

If you’ve noticed (or not), I have been posting pretty regularly on Tuesday and Friday for the past few months. I do have some stuff written up and nearly finished, so I will try to polish them up a bit and post them. But until June maybe, I may not be posting so much.

Hope the couple of regular readers I have enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy occasionally writing down my thoughts!

Sample Rundown: I don’t get many samples

  1. Innisfree Green Tea Seed serum:

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I didn’t like the Enriched Orchid Cream (review), from another Innisfree line, so I didn’t have that high hopes. Seriously, all Innisfree products are insanely fragranced. Maybe I’m just used to CosRX’s non fragranced stuff, but holy shit this fragrance is so strong. It’s not unpleasant, but I don’t want to put perfume on my face

It does seem reasonably effective – my skin seemed a lot smoother and nicer when I was using it, but I was using it when my skincare routine was barebones with only the Galactomyces essence (which tells you how long I’ve been writing this post…) I didn’t try it for very long, of course. 2 sample sachets lasted me about 3 days with day and night use, but it did seem quite nice. It’s rather slippery and siliconey but it did seem to have lasting hydration effects, which is definitely more than I can say about the Orchid cream. It’s also fairly affordable – you can buy it here [affiliate] for $43,90 for TWO 80ml bottles, or $23,90 for one, which seems like a pretty good deal to me for a ton of serum! I would consider this if my hands ever felt an itching to try new serums.

2. Innisfree Green Tea Seed cream:

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Holy shit this is so fragranced. After being used to CosRX’s very nicely unfragranced Rice Mask, this is a bit overpowering. It is also super siliconey, and pills up a bit if I’ve applied too much stuff underneath. I don’t find that it moisturizes that well either. At least it didn’t give me a film on my face like the horrible Orchid cream. Overall, a solid meh. Just in case you still want to buy it, you can find it here for $21.90 plus shipping. Personally, I would recommend the CosRX masks as moisturizer instead.

3. Dr Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser

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This was also super fragranced, which was not great, but it was quite low foaming, which was good. I feel like it cleansed my skin well without leaving residue, but also not leaving it tight. However I did get a couple of rather deep pimples in the couple of days I was using this wash – not sure if it was entirely due to this wash, or just three consecutive 12 hour work days and the wrong time of the month. I think the whole Dr Belmeur line is very cute (reminds me of like, Dutch milkmaids, but one whose a practicing doctor? Idk) but The Face Shop has a long history of meh skincare products, so…. It’s available for $11.89 from my bae Roseroseshop which I buy all my Korean shit from, not too bad a product to try out.

4. Danahan Silky Radiance BB Cream in 23

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If Sulwhasoo was the queen of traditional Korean skincare, Danahan must be one of the imperial consorts, assuming Korean royal court worked like all the Chinese ones in the dramas I watched in my childhood. My 2 sachets are in 23, which is the colour I prefer in Korean terms because I’m more scared of the bald eagle effect than having a slightly darker face. It also has SPF 30 which you know means almost nothing to me.

This is a super thick BB cream. It’s so thick that it’s difficult to spread with fingers and I had to use a brush, which left streaks that I had to blend further with my fingers… not a good start. After that, it didn’t look too bad, although it does look rather heavy. I’ve also not been using a face primer recently, and I felt like this didn’t cover up my pores as beautifully as my other foundations. It also looked a bit heavier than what I’m used to, but it does have more coverage than say, my Koh Gen Do 213.

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L-R Koh Gen Do Aqua 213, The Saem Tip Perfection concealer in 1.5, Danahan BB Cream in 23

You can see it’s much more neutral than the super olive 213, and it doesn’t have much of a grey cast. Overall, it’s a bit too neutral/pink for my face, and too dark, but passable.

I think it’s alright…? You might want to try it if you want to feel like a fancy traditional Korean. It’s not a bad product, but perhaps not what I’m used to (and I’m very finicky about shade matches.) You can get 40ml of the BB cream and a free gel cleanser for $30.69 from Roseroseshop.

April 2017 Summary

Things bought:

  1. the white shirt I was lusting over in last month’s summary.
  2. Exercise tights, because my existing 2 tights are near retirement after 5 years…
  3. Some super cute heart earrings. This and the above 2 items were because Aliexpress had a big sale. Total 3 items cost me $29.50
  4. A bunch of Sally Hansen polishes for $8. Yes, I impulse bought polishes again. Argh. Must stop, and use up my existing old polishes.
  5. 2 more polishes for $5.50. One of them was a mint and I. Just. Can’t. Resist. One day, I will document my problem with mint.
  6. A mint green top. See: no. 4 and 5 for my problem with mint. Unfortunately it’s WAY too big for me, because sizing systems are fucked up. I mean, my Italian clothes are 38, so I thought EU 38 was the right size, turns out that’s like 2 sizes too big and I should be something like EU 32 or 34 or something. Whaaaat. I can still wear it, but maybe only to lounge at home. $19.90
  7. A phone cover for my new S7 Edge because my previous phone was 4 years old. $28.90
  8. A new concealer (The Saem Tip concealer, review… one day) because I gave my previous one to my sister. $6.50

Eating out etc: Didn’t keep track this month :S

$98.30 excluding eating out.

Empties: Erm… none? 😦 Maybe like a sheet mask? I did hit pan on a few shadows though, and my NYX Taupe is like maybe half used up… after 4 years.

 

 

So this month I bought quite a fair bit of stuff, especially in the polish department, no actual make up (only the replacement concealer) but some clothes and shit. I will try to buy less stuff next month…. I hope.

Wishlist:

-Somehow I’m getting very interested in foundations again even though my two perennial faves, Lasting Silk and Koh Gen Do work beautifully (even more so that my skin is almost fantastic now and require the tiniest bit of foundation.) I want to try the foundations from The Ordinary, of course, but also EX1. But seeing as I’m less than 1/4 of the way through my Koh Gen Do after 4 months…. god knows how long I will take to use that much foundation. CONTROL, SELF!

-I need a new mascara. I will probably buy one from Heroine Make which is known for its indelible qualities. But replacing staples is BORING, guys. I want me some Holika Holika glitter shadows!!

How much concealer do you apply?

Title of the post says it all.

If you watch beauty videos on Youtube frequently, you’ll know that the very popular youtube gurus apply a shit ton of concealer, all around their eyes. Even people like Jackie Aina, whom I love for her biting wit, are guilty of it. Conversely, the gurus who favour more classic, clean looks, like Karima McKimmie (my fave!) don’t do it (as much.)

But we know that beauty gurus and instagram make up are hardly real life. (I sincerely hope.) So how much concealer do you use on a daily basis?

Day to day, I generally use the below amount on my undereyes:

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March 2017 Summary

Things bought:

Alien Essence Absolue: (review) Couldn’t resist after reading Renee’s review on Badoutfitgreatlipstick. Cost me $76, because perfume is expensive. Sigh.

2 sports bras from Forever 21: $24 I got bitten slightly by the athleisure bug. I mean, my casual style is decidedly not athleisure, but I would like to look good while running at 10pm, I guess?? After using the same 2 or 3 sports bras for….. 6 years, I bought a couple more. They’re a bit slutty and overtly sexy, yeah, compared to my very chaste previous sports bras, but I like it. Next month, I’ll probably buy a couple of nice tights too.

Miniso nail polishes: $3 little bit of an impulse buy, but they’re decent. Review here.

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Other spending: $15 for movie for 2, $3.20, $ 8 treat for a colleague who has left us.

Total: $129.20

I tried not to buy too many things this month, or at least, make up. Obviously my budget was blown by Alien Essence Absolue, which I totally absolutely freaking love so it was WORTH IT.

I wasn’t very interested in make up this month, because it was also a very busy month and work and I came home late a lot. However, I suddenly developed an interest in clothing again so I need to curb that.

Empties:

I finished this ancient body lotion. It’s tiny and seriously ancient. What can I say, I’m not a fan of body care.

I also finished a bottle of nail polish. It’s like, 5 years old and very gloopy. I only used it on my toes so the gloopiness isn’t too bad.

I also sort of finished a NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. It’s too dry for me even though there’s still some left after I pulled out the stopper. My sister is still managing to use it somehow, but I’ve been on my new tube. I still love the peachiness, it’s perfect for the undereyes.

Total empties for the year: 10

Wishlist:

I’m in love with this white shirt because it reminds me of Lana Del Rey’s amazing white shirt in the below performance:

It’s not as slickly tailored as hers, but for $10 USD and free shipping to my country, it will do. One day, I’ll go tailor one exactly like hers, because white shirts, clean lines and great tailoring will forever be my weaknesses.

I also really like Atelier Cologne Ambre Nue when I last tried it on my skin. I hope to acquire it some day, but no rush.

I’m somehow quite into clothing nowadays, I think because I’ve lost a few chubby bits. It’s not good though, I should be extremely frugal instead.

How much does your skincare cost you?

We all have our skincare favourites we repurchase over and over again. Have you ever thought about how much your entire routine costs say, in a month?

Thanks to my relentlessly seeking out good budget alternatives, my skincare items tend to be quite affordable. I’m using retail prices, although I do try to grab good deals where possible. I didn’t count shipping fees, because usually when I buy Korean skincare on Qoo10, I maximize my coupons so that my shipping is basically free. I also try to overestimate my usage where possible, so it’s perfectly possible for the products to last me longer than what I have stated below.

Caveat: my face is quite small and my skin quite balanced, so I tend to use very little product.

Current routine: My current routine is a little bare-bones, because I’m waiting for my fancy shit to arrive. 

Morning:

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January 2017 Summary

Things bought:

  1. Midi dress, $24 Dammit. I saw this gorgeoussssss dress on Carousell. The seller unfortunately is a little bigger than me, an M to my usual S. but since this was a casual looseish dress, I bit the bullet, with the intention of altering it using my usual seamstress services (my mum.) It’s very beautiful and very good quality for sure, and as I expected, a little large. After alteration, it’s very whimsical bohemian cavorting-in-a-field-of-lilies to me. I like it.

(I have exactly 0 make up on and only a super lousy photographer, my sister, so pardon me please.)

2. CosRX Ultimate Overnight Rice mask: (review here) $15

Didn’t want to bite the bullet on this so fast, but I found a good deal so I snapped it up. I like my Honey mask, which sinks in crazy fast and doesn’t leave a residue, but sometimes it’s just not moisturizing enough. This is much richer, and perfect for the night.

3. CosRX Good Morning Low pH Gel Cleanser: $8 (will be reviewed – eventually.)

Same as above – I need a cleanser soon, but I do still have some. This is cheaper than RTP so I will keep it as a backup till I finish my other cleansers (which is pretty soon.) I have not much preference for cleansers except they be gentle and low pH. I didn’t buy this off Qoo10 (I got it 2nd hand), but this CosRX option is very affordable even off Qoo10.

$ spent on frivolous eating out:

$4.50 + $33 (2 beers for a friend and I – ouch!!!!! this is why I DON’T drink as a rule. Ever.) + $5 (lunch out) + $1.80 (breakfast – when my girl stole mine and I had to have it out) + $7 for 2 days when I was at a client’s place + $12 for an impulsive buy of my favourite Murakami book, Kafka by the Shore

Total: $110.30

Not too bad, I bought a bit more stuff than I intended, but my budget was obviously eaten up by the 2 bloody beers, I’m still quite bitter about how expensive alcohol is here.

Empties:

  1. Daiso Hyaluronic Acid Sleeping Pack (review) – Finally finished this up. I didn’t like this enough to cut it open and it was super cheap anyway. It’s still decently moisturizing and surprisingly nice for a $2 product.
  2. Etude House Aloe Vera sheet mask – this is an ok sheet mask. It has the immediate soothing and hydrating effect, but the effect doesn’t really last past a few hours. I have a couple more that I would use up, but I wouldn’t repurchase.
  3. My Beauty Diary Rose sheet mask (forgot to take a pic) – I don’t know if this is the old or new MBD mask, but it’s wonderful as most MBD masks are. It smells like candied roses, a bit strong for my taste, but no denying it’s great. It was very moisturizing and brightening and my skin looked amazing the day after. There was also a ton of essence leftover for me to bottle and use for the week after. I haven’t bought masks in forever (people give me enough – I use maybe 10 masks a year…) but MBD masks have always been insanely cheap and widely available. You can get a pack of 10 in various flavours for $11.90 + shipping here. Or buy in Taiwan 🙂
  4. Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser: review coming soon! I liked it but it’s a little expensive for a cleanser. Would repurchase if I needed a dependable option, but wouldn’t go out of my way for it.
  5. Alcina Hyaluron 2.0 serum: reviewed here. Not particularly impressive. I swear there’s a bit more stuck in the bottle but I can’t wrench it open. Definitely not a repurchase.

Total empties count for the year: 5. I’m hoping I can get some make up empties next time – I use make up at a glacial pace.

Wishlist:

I freaking lost my angled eyeliner brush this month. I have other eyeliner brushes but they’re meh and I’m so used to my stiff and tiny angled liner. I’m thinking of buying the same Jessup set as last time, which cost me around $15 SGD for 8 very well made brushes. I found my eyeliner brush 😛 I guess I don’t need this anymore in the immediate future!

I also want my skincare from The Ordinary!! I’m sick of hormonal acne, and I hope that some serious retinoids and all can help me keep it in better control, even if it doesn’t get eliminated.

Most Underrated Depeche Mode Songs!

Random non-make up interlude: Depeche Mode!For another short interlude from make up…

If you ask me who my favourite artiste is, I’ll say Lana del Rey for sure. If you ask my what my favourite band is, I’ll say Depeche Mode for sure. My friend suggested other 80s synth acts to me, like A Flock of Seagulls, and I know of the existence of New Order and Erasure and shit, but nothing sticks except Depeche Mode. I like their darkness and edginess, and their lyrics have quite some elegance and eloquence to them.

(Also their next album is coming out 2nd Q of this year!!!!!!!!!!!! Excites!!!!!!!!!!!!! Especially since the last one was a bit too bluesy for my taste. This one sounds a bit more synth in a loungey way.)

I really didn’t like the first album Speak & Spell, because that’s too New Wave/Erasure/happy poppy bullshit to me, ie stuff that I don’t care about. Thank god their albums after that only got better and better.

The Sun and the Rainfall

God, this is so fucking beautiful. My very favourite early Depeche Mode song. The synths are so atmospheric and haunting. Love the background melody. Lyrics are beautiful, and the imagery of the chaos of something smashing on the floor, and the titular sun and rainfall, fit in beautifully with the haunting synths. And who else uses ‘estrange’ in a song? All that I’m saying, the game’s not worth playing over and over again… 😀

My Secret Garden

Yet another track from A Broken Frame that wasn’t released as a single and never got a live performance beyond 1982. I thought this was beautiful, if a little unpolished. It has some very interesting beats and synths, and a catchy melody with rather interesting lyrics. Baby Martin did well!

Freelove

Won’t talk too much about this song because I mentioned it as my 3rd favourite song of the whole Mode catalog. Still love it, such a soothing lullaby. I personally think it’s horrendously underrated. Nobody ever talks about it. I wish they would sing it more live.

When the Body Speaks

I always think this song is sung by Martin, because Dave rarely does all these slow ballads in such a high range. I think he sings beautifully and really shows off his range and his emotion here, and the haunting guitar pickings in the background makes it so… down to earth yet transcendental. I’ll be the first to admit I still have no fucking idea what this song is about, I only gather it’s about longing for a girl, I think? Still don’t know what the soul’s desires and what the flesh requires really mean. But a beautifully longing song nonetheless.

Stories of Old

I really like the sound of Some Great Reward as a whole. The hollow woodwind sounding thing that’s a feature of this song also appears in Lie to Me, another underrated track I like. I love the lyrics – it’s basically an anti-love song, very practical and non-soppy. Despite ‘being in heaven whenever we kiss’, they still ‘wouldn’t sacrifice anything at all to love’. And only Depeche Mode can make such unsentimental and unpoetic words sound so awesome. ‘Take a look at unselected cases/You’ll find love has been wrecked/By both sides compromising/Amounting to a disastrous effect.’ Like, is this a counselling session?

Also, check out the live and bluesy, non-synthy studio version from 2009. HOLY. COW. Quoting a Youtube commenter, ‘This is a perfect example of how a man can fuck make love to you with his voice.’ [my own correction]

The Things You Said

My love for Dave Gahan and his voice of a baritone angel is clearly documented. Consequently, I don’t fancy Martin-sung songs very much. This is an exception. I think this song is absolutely haunting. I don’t care for the lyrics very much – it sounds very gossipy, but thankfully the melody and synths, especially the deep bassy one, make them sound much better than they really are. I think this song really speaks as a masterpiece of arrangement.

Black Celebration

The titular song from their 5th album. I think it is a beautiful, ironic song about finding optimism in pessimism. And the comfort of a partner. Also about sex, probably. I can’t really pinpoint what’s so great about it, but it really sticks with you. Full of emotional range. The below version is from 2013 and shows how Dave Gahan is still a sexy beast 😛

Some quick personal thoughts on 2016

When I was around 15, there was once a lesson… which I totally can’t recall the name of, but it’s that one we always did ‘character building’ and learning values or what. We called it Civics in JC but I’m at a total loss as to what we called it in secondary school. Aaanyway, we were supposed to list down and rank some values that were the most important to us. After lots and lots of thought, I declared my most cherished value as ‘tranquility’, something I’ve always desired because I had very little of that in me.

A lot of people say 2016 was a crappy year for various reasons, but for me, my own little bubble has been in a turmoil since my teenage years, so the turmoil in the external world doesn’t matter all that much to me. Maybe like a self defense mechanism. I’ve definitely had some ups and downs, and the past few years haven’t been easy. This year, I suppose a lot of things became better, if only by a little, or maybe I’ve developed a bit more tranquility. I have a job I enjoy somewhat that is not too tedious, a lovely little girl, and less of a feeling of being alone in the world.

I look to 2017 as a year of hopefully finally settling some long standing issues I’ve had, and as a year of new beginnings, of healing wounds. The first half will still probably be tough and I sincerely hope it flies by as soon as possible but I look forward to making drastic improvements later in the year.

Over the 3 day weekend I’m also committed to not wearing make up, to give my skin a break and not hide all the hormonal acne scars and all. In 2018, if my skin is still as crappy, I would probably give up and see a dermatologist or something.

I’ve also been exercising at least 2-3x a week, running 3-4km and doing strength building, and I’ve been trying not to eat too much crap (not always successful…) I definitely want to continue this into 2017, if not there would be a few dresses on the smaller side I would no longer fit into 😉

So, in the last couple hours of the new year in my end of the world… I’m going running. I wish everyone a great year ahead, and don’t forget that change is the only constant and that we have to embrace it.