Empties #20: April 2015 – Part 1

April was… oh, actually I have no idea what this past April was like because I was so crazy busy that I can’t remember what happened! It’s really been an insane month – tons of work, wedding planning, lots of gym sessions so that I can fit into my gowns later; I was so shocked when I saw my empties bucket filled – I thought there was no way I could have used up so much stuff in such a short time, then I realised that it’s the end of the month already! Anyway, let’s take a peek at what’s in there!
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Unboxing: LookFantastic Beauty Box April 2015

It’s been awhile since my last unboxing – over a month! Somehow I think I have jinxed a few beauty box services – everytime I sign up for something, they close down in the next 3 to 6 months. That happened to LipFactory (closed within 3 months of me signing up), then Memebox decided to stop international shipping (within 6 months of my first box) and now, just a few days ago, Bella Box has announced that they have closed down in Singapore (also within 6 months of me re-subscribing to them). Thankfully, LookFantastic is still standing! Please, stay open!
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Review: Addiction Lipcrayon in 007 Red Lantern

The Addiction Lipcrayon in Red Lantern was one of the many beauty items I picked up in Japan last Christmas. I haven’t heard anything about it but I was in a happy mood, and if I only bought things that I’ve heard about then life, and this blog, will be pretty boring, wouldn’t it? I don’t know why I picked this shade, since I’ve almost never worn a full-on red lippie out before, but something about red lipsticks just make me want to grab it – and my cupboard full of unused red lipsticks is testament to that!
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Midweek Peek #22: The Chosen Neglected Lippies for my Handbag and the Clear Out

I’ve never been really a lip product kinda girl but recently I realised that I have a ton of lip products! I really only put on lip products, other than lip balm, during special occasions, so I don’t know why I have accumulated that much. So to reduce my stash, I’ve drawn out a few lip products that I’ll bring out everyday and try to use up in the next 3 months! A few of them are pretty old, but they still smell and the texture and consistency are still the same, so I’m comfortable with using them.

First up, a No7 Sheer Temptation lipstick in 40 Lovely; I love the smooth and light texture, and easy to wear light pink tint. MAC Cremesheen Glass in Astral is such a lovely juicy-looking gloss that I’m not sure why I don’t use it more. I’m nearly done with the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 025 Peach Parfait, a really glossy and comfortable sheer lipstick.

I actually really love the MAC Lipglass in Ready to Roam – a really full-on red gloss that’s really eye-catching and not too sticky; I’m just not too comfortable with that much colour but I guess I can sheer it out a little to get myself used to wearing some colour on my lips. Last but not least, is the Fresh Sugar Rose Shine Lip Treatment; this adds just a little colour and I’ve been using it in place of a balm.

So this is it – the 5 items that I will try to bring out everyday and hopefully I will use up pretty soon! What about you? Do you have any strategies to use up neglected items more quickly?

The 5Min Review: Primera Alpine Berry Watery Cream

I got this little 15ml jar of Primera Alpine Berry Watery Cream as a gift when I purchased a full jar of their serum and I’ve been using this most nights for over 3 weeks. It’s small but it sure does last long! The store is really popular in Korea, and always packed with people; but outside of Korea, I’ve not seen this brand around so I’m not sure where you can get this. This is one of their most popular items.
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Haul: Because Nobody Goes to Thailand without Some Shopping

A quick little haul post today – I just came back a week plus ago from a weekend trip to Bangkok. And, nobody goes to Bangkok without some shopping, so here I am with some beauty shopping! I didn’t actually get any Thai beauty brands – mainly because I didn’t really see any really great quality Thai makeup and I don’t have confidence in their skincare. Plus they have Boots, which is a drugstore from the UK – I used to live in the UK so I really miss boots and all the amazing British brands, so whenever I go Thailand, that would be my first (of many) stop.

I got some Boots skincare and primer, which was going for Buy-1-Get-1-Free, a Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer since I’ve heard so much about it, and a NYC IndividualEyes palette in Midtown Mauve. I had to get a Physicians Formula Happy Booster Powder because I’ve used another shade of this before and loved it but it’s not available in Singapore. Finally, I totally stocked up on Soap & Glory beauty products – with a Love at First Blush, a set of 3 Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayons, and a Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder.

I actually thought this was a pretty small haul! But I was travelling by budget airline this time and didn’t want to check in my baggage so I knew I couldn’t purchase anything more than 100ml. The fiance was really amazing this time – he brought me to find the largest Boots store in the area, which was quite out of the way and was where I found a lot of these items that weren’t available in the smaller Boots. I’m definitely marrying the right man! 😛