What I bought from Macau

Filed Under (cleanser, cosmetics, lip balm, moisturiser, serum, skincare, toner) by rinnah on 16-11-2012

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Happy Friday all! :D

It’s been a rather packed November for me so far and there’s still more to come as November ain’t finished yet!

I started the month off with a company trip to Macau and took some time off the following week to return to Malaysia over the Diwali public holiday. All that travelling meant that I didn’t spend more than 5 days in any one country over the past 2 weeks and yes, my skin did act up a bit. :( Hopefully with a little bit of downtime in the next week or so I’ll be refreshed and ready for my next travelling stint!

While I was in Macau for a whirlwind 3 days at the beginning of the month, I managed to squeeze in a fair bit of shopping even though I visited only 2 shopping spots – the Sasa in the Venetian Macau and a small Bonjour at Senado Square (I saw a second, larger Bonjour also at Senado Square but ran out of time!).

Dior Macau haul

First up is my Dior haul – I’m very into the Capture Totale range right now after incorporating the One Essential super serum into my night routine. What better time to stock up on mini sample/travel sizes of the Capture Totale range than when you’re at a Bonjour store? Heheheh.

Ever since I returned from Macau, I switched over to using the Capture Totale range exclusively together with L’Oreal’s Youth Code range and so far, my skin’s loving it! (My purse may not love it so much though…) Now if only I could score a sample of the One Essential mask somewhere… :P

Sasa Macau haul

This is the rest of the stuff I managed to get my hands on – the Shu Uemura eyelash curler also came from Bonjour, the L’Oreal Youth Code Luminize from Nuance-Watson (because it’s not available in Singapore or Malaysia), Lush’s Angels on Bare Skin (I blame this impulse purchase on Paris B’s review – on hindsight I should have just gotten it from Lush Singapore), Revlon Just Bitten lip balm stains (this one I blame on Kahani’s review – I picked up four more for Toughcookee by proxy! #evurl shopping FTW! and cleared the racks at Sasa) and a Clarins gommage that intrigued me.

I should be all shopped out for November but… my company is sending me to Hong Kong for a seminar at the end of the month, which means MORE SHOPPING! :P

I promise I’ll be good for the rest of the year after this month (only one more month left in the year anyway). Heh.

The ArglyDuckling

Filed Under (bodycare, cosmetics, lip balm, lotions, mascara, mask, moisturiser, nail polish, skincare) by rinnah on 04-07-2012

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I grew up with proper, old-fashioned storybooks in my childhood days. The standards – Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, The Three Bears, Goldilocks – you name it, I’ve probably read it. (My age is showing, isn’t it?) :P

And who could forget The Ugly Duckling? The story that promised you that one day, you would turn into a beautiful swan, loved and revered by all.

Well, some enterprising folks here in Singapore have taken the traditional fable and given it a right modern twist. Say hello to the ArglyDuckling online boutique. Where everyone (not just us girls) can look gorgeous if we want to, with just a little bit of effort and patience!

Right now, ArglyDuckling carries some niche, exclusive and hard-to-find brands in Singapore, like Blinc, Ciracle and Nature Girl to name a few. I was recently invited to a preview of some of the products and brands that they offer and I certainly was intrigued by more than a few!

argly duckling

I have plenty of photos for your viewing pleasure (together with my mini commentary/first thoughts about the brand or product) so mosey along after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Pangea Organics Lip Balm

Filed Under (cosmetics, lip balm) by rinnah on 25-06-2012

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It isn’t every day that I find a lip balm that I like. Miss Fussypot usually finds something that doesn’t tick all the boxes and then I end up moving on to something else. How else can I explain all the opened and half-used lip balms in my possession? :P

Well, I’m pleased to note that so far, Pangea Organics lip balms are keeping me happy and occupied these days. They’re not entirely as perfect as I’d like them to be but I’m content and prepared to use them for a long, long while. (Hopefully I’ll finish them. Haha.)

pangea organics lip balm 01

Firstly, I like the feel of this lip balm’s packaging. It’s a solid stick and it doesn’t get lost in the black hole of my bag. I also like the fact that Pangea Organics thoughtfully put the twist mechanism of this lip balm at the top third of the stick, rather than having it at the bottom as most other brands I’ve tried do. This means that I can use it one-handed and control the amount and direction of lip balm.

The part about the lip balms that I enjoy the most are the lovely scents that make me feel like I’m indulging in a little bit of aromatherapy. It comes in three variants:

  • Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamom – contains organic lavender essential oil, organic Tamanu Oil and organic shea butter. Healing, antioxidant, calming and reviving.
  • Egyptian Fennel, Grapefruit and Sweet Orange – contains sweet orange essential oil, organic Tamanu Oil and organic shea butter. Antioxidant, euphoric, soothing and vitamin-rich.
  • Italian Red Mandarin with Rose – contains Rose Otto essential oil, organic Tamanu Oil and organic shea butter. Soothing, vitamin-rich, hydrating and protecting.

My favorite scent is Lavender, followed by the Rose. I’m a bit on the fence with the Grapefruit as it doesn’t smell like what I’d expected it to smell like but I’m not averse to it either.

Pangea Organics lip balms don’t feel waxy or thick and heavy when applied. Instead, it leaves my lips feeling soft and nicely moisturized. It does have to be reapplied after a few drinks or a meal and by then I’d be looking for my next aromatherapy dose anyway. :P

If you’re looking for a lip balm that makes you feel good, look no further. I’d award it immediate Holy Grail status if ever Pangea Organics decides to make a tinted lip balm but until then, I’m happy to keep on using them.

The only other drawback for these great lip balms could be the price factor. They’re not exactly the cheapest lip balms around. But for the price, I do think they deliver.

Pangea Organics lipbalm is available in Singapore via BellaBox and retails at SGD 14.50 per tube.

Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Formula

Filed Under (cosmetics, lip balm) by rinnah on 04-06-2012

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I picked up this lipbalm in my early days in Singapore out of desperation. I had been having some bad skin days which resulted in my lips being very dry, peely and cracked (with bleeding too). I swear, there were some days when I felt more reptilian than human!

First off, I do like the tube design of this lipbalm because I find it easier to tote around and I’m less likely to lose it in my bags compared to say, a slim stick design. Not to mention that the tube design allows me to squeeze out what I need to use at a time.

It does feel a bit oily when I slather copious amounts of this lip balm onto my lips and on the sides of my mouth. But that’s not for long as the feeling soon fades and it feels comfortable on my lips. I’m not the best candidate to tell you about its lasting power as my uber dry lips require me to reapply every now and then, especially after meals.

If you like your lipbalms scented and flavoured, this one is not for you because it is scentless and flavourless, which is a plus point for me because the chances of allergic reactions to this product are greatly reduced. The best thing I can say about this lipbalm is that it does not aggravate my sensitive skin, which is saying a lot because some other types/brands of lipbalms I’ve tried have aggravated the peeling condition, rather than helping it.

I’d definitely keep this lipbalm around because it does the trick in a pinch, but it doesn’t quite achieve Holy Grail status for me.

Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Formula retails for SGD 3.90 in most major pharmacies.

Read other blogger reviews here :
Pretty Beautiful

If I assembled a Beauty Box…

Filed Under (cosmetics, lip balm, moisturiser, nail polish, serum, skincare) by rinnah on 01-06-2012

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A group of blogger friends and I were discussing the recent beauty subscription box phenomenon in the region and we kind of got to wondering what we would put into a beauty box, if given the opportunity.

Me? I didn’t know what I wanted to put in. So I went with personal favourites or things I wanted to try.

estee lauder advanced night repair

First, let’s start with the first serum I ever tried – the revered Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Repair Complex. Briefly, this gives me rejuvenated skin every time I use it and is a regular staple in my skincare routine.

by terry eclat de rose sheer tinted moisturizer

Next, I’d put in By Terry’s Eclat De Rose Sheer Tinted Moisturiser for that natural no make-up look that every female covets. Why this brand? Because it’s rather luxe and expensive and not easily obtainable. Heh.

fresh sugar lip treatment

Next to cross my mind was Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment for soft, kissable lips. Nevermind that I’ve not yet tried this (even though I’ve picked up it up in Sephora a few times already and then put it back). A girl can’t have too many lip balms or lip treatments in her purse or drawer.

Image credit to Paris B, who kindly allowed me to use her photo which shows off the famous ‘samurai sword’ cut.

Then I’d include Shu Uemura’s famous Hard Formula brow pencil, plus a voucher for their famous Brow Atelier service. It really is true that your brows frame your eyes and can open up your facial features if nicely shaped.

Image credit to Temptalia

Finally, let’s add in an item that could be a hit or miss, depending on whether you like it or not. It’s a purely selfish choice, driven by my current obsession with nail polishes – Cult Nails limited edition Seduction. Because it’s pretty and eye-catching and every girl should have the opportunity to own a duochrome flakie polish.

I realize that the stuff I’ve chosen may not be liked by all but hey, everyone’s got a different idea of perfect, right? ;)

Here’s what my blogger friends would put into their beauty boxes:

What would you put into your beauty box? Do tell in the comments!

What beauty related stuff do you keep at work?

Filed Under (bodycare, cosmetics, heels, lip balm, lip gloss, lotions, shoes) by rinnah on 01-05-2012

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The idea for this post was generated from a random chat with Beetrice (during work hours! :P ) one fine day and I got the idea that it would be fun to see what kinds of beauty related stuff people would keep at work.

I tend to go for the minimalist approach where possible, but soon found out that what I considered minimal was a whole lot more than what some of my beauty blogger friends had (which is nothing! Paris B, I’m looking at you!). But then again, some of the stuff I’ve listed aren’t strictly make-up or skincare related. I’ve just included them because I consider them to be part of ‘beauty at work’.

Are you ready for the virtual tour? Heheh.

Essentials that I need at hand on my workstation :
- Box of tissues (for my sinuses. Atchoo!)
- Avène Thermal Spring Water spray (to combat the drying effects of the office air-conditioning)
- Small standing mirror (to check myself out; also a gift from the lovely Syen)

Hidden away inside my drawer, tucked inside a pink cosmetics pouch from Daiso :
- tiny DKNY Pure Verbena scent spray (from one of my Bellaboxes)
- Liese Juicy Shower Hair Fragrance Spray (for those days when you eat out and come back smelling like a kitchen)
- Folding comb (also picked up for a song at Daiso)
- Oil blotting papers (I ‘fess up, I have two types – both powdered and non-powdered)
- Lip balms (not one, not two, but four! Estee Lauder Lip Conditioner SPF15, Mentholatum Pure Softlips in Honeydew, Pangea Organics Lip Balm in Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamom, and Maybelline Lip Smooth in Rose – the last one is a tinted lip balm)
- Lip products (mini Smashbox Lipgloss in Buff, Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Rose Pearl, and Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum)
- Assorted medication (for the sudden fever, cold, allergy, headache/migraine)

Also hidden inside my drawer but not in the cosmetics pouch :
- Small tub of Vaseline (original petroleum jelly type, not cream or lotion)
- Santa Verde Aloe Vera Creme in Medium (doubles as face and hand moisturiser)
- Crabtree & Evelyn India Hicks Island Living Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy (a gift!)
- A’kin Lavender, Geranium & Jojoba Hand, Nail & Cuticle Creme
- Vitamins (Blackmores Cold Combat, and Scott’s Vitamin C Pastilles)
- Shoe shine sponge (part of a travel toiletries set)

And last but not least, something I consider essential to beauty at work for me… uh… four pairs of high heels under my table.
- Aldo Doyscher heels in black leather (super love them – my Louboutin dupes!)
- Rockport Luciana pumps in sandstone (a new addition bought on sale…)
- Lewre work pumps in black leather (my go-to regular shoes)
- DMK peeptoe heels in camel (when black just won’t match my outfit of the day)

So, what do you keep at work that’s beauty related?

Estee Lauder Lip Conditioner SPF15

Filed Under (cosmetics, lip balm) by rinnah on 09-01-2012

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I’m pretty sure this lip conditioner has been around, for like… forever? :P

Anyway, I just had to snap up this oldie when I saw it selling in Bonjour Hong Kong for a mere HKD 18.00. (Which works out to about SGD 3.00 or MYR 7.50 thereabouts.) Do note that I got mine in the old packaging (dark blue tube) instead of the new packaging (gold tube shown below) which might account for the discounted price.

Estee Lauder lip conditioner SPF 15

The lip conditioner looks like a lipstick. It’s housed in a very traditional looking lipstick tube and even shaped like a lipstick, which makes it easy as pie to apply. But if you ask me, it makes this lip conditioner look and feel rather aunty-ish.

There is no smell and no taste but it does feel rather oily to me if I slick too much on. It also feels like it will make your lipstick slip and slide if you use this underneath but it could well be a godsend for those lippies that dry out your lips. I tried it under my Revlon Colorburst lipgloss and it provided a comfortable base (even though lipglosses don’t really need bases).

I like that it has SPF 15 sun protection as most lipbalms don’t have any inbuilt sun protection at all. Better some than none! :)

While I wouldn’t say that I adore or love this lip conditioner, I find that I prefer it over my Vaseline Lip Therapy on days when my lips aren’t super cracked. I keep it in my office drawer for daily use and it’s one of those good-to-have-on-standby-but-not-essential kinda product to me.

Yes factors : SPF 15 protection, easy to apply because of lipstick form, does a good job of hydrating lips
No factors : Looks a bit old-fashioned, may be oily if too many layers are applied, pricey

Packaging : .13oz/3.8g

Recommended retail price : USD 16.50

Read other blogger reviews here :
Bun Bun
A Girl – Beauty Views
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