Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Empty Products #1

I have decided to write a post on products that I (or we, my husband and I) have finished. This will includes both makeups and skin care products, occasionally body and hair products too I suppose.

The first products we have finished months ago was Bio Essence trial pack and also, Laneige trial pack. We have repurchased few products from Bio Essence and Laneige. I will write a post on our skincare routine soon, I hope!

And recently I have also finished a couple of products. I'm so excited!! I love reading posts and watching videos on empty products.

1. Simple Regeneration Age Resisting cleansing wipes - I used this to remove my makeup after work. It cleans most of it, especially my eyeliner which can be stubborn at times. I'm currently using the green packet from Simple as well, it works the same so I'm not going to repurchase this. This is slightly expensive than the green packet one.

2. Skin79 VIP Gold BB cream - I used this almost every morning since I started working. I had it for couple of months already. I like this because of its lower SPF than my other BB creams plus, its moisturising too since my office is air-conditioned. Definitely need something moisturising to avoid drying skin due to the coldness. I have repurchased a new one, the 15g yesterday.

3. L'Oreal White Perfect day cream - This day cream is mostly used by Dear Husband every morning. It has a smell to it that I don't like, like an old cream, I don't know how to describe it. I am not going to repurchase.

What products have you able to finish in the past months? Do share about them! :)
I hope I will write more empty products post in the future. It might takes few more months for me to finish my skincare products and maybe year(s) to finish my makeups. I enjoy writing this kind of post, it gives me reason whether to repurchase or not the products I have been using. Afterall, there are a lot if oroducts available but not all will suit your skin type or preference.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

New Lust: Handbag for Work

I know I know, I just recently started working and here I am lusting over handbags :P I found out that I will be going out for meeting quite often so I need a bag where I can put all my files in it. The handbags that I currently have are not big enough to fit all the documents.

I have been looking between Coach and Michael Kors (yes, again!). I really like the Saffiano leather so.. I guess it won't hurt to have two Coach bags and two Michael Kors bags, yes? :PP

I'm still indecisive on getting these handbags, truth to be told. One, the sellers in Facebook took advantage almost $100 or more profits. If we tried to exchange the price shown in their site and add USD50 (at least for shipping!). The sellers are taking too much profits in my opinion. They only buy the things online and wait for the items to arrive. When they want to ship it to Brunei, the courier service even came to their house to collect. I don't see they do more other than advertising! Pfft! Two, we can get the bags a lot cheaper when we buy on our own from the US sites that ship to Brunei. They even have shipping promotion sometimes. Ok, enough rants there.

1. Coach

Saffiano Medium City Tote USD 298

Saffiano North/ South City Tote USD 298
Dear Husband told me to get this one instead

I like this one from the Legacy Collection after
I saw this bag at Coach in Pavilion, KL *drools*

2. Michael Kors

MK Selma Satchel USD 358

MK Cynthia Satchel USD 358


Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Baby Iqbal turns 15 months

Yeap, Baby Iqbal can walks around aimlessly now (or not! Haha) Alhamdulillah.. :D My mom told me that I only started to walk after I turned 15 months. That means Baby Iqbal is quicker than me! Not sure about Dear Husband though. Anyway, YEYYY! Although it means we will be chasing him around more often now. Lol!

How cheeky! :D

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Review: Catrice Made to Stay Eyeshadow

When I was standing in front of Catrice products stand in Paloma, among all things prettily displayed - their cream eyeshadows caught my attention. This is because I have been hearing/ reading beauty gurus raved about Maybelline Color Tattoo and L'Oreal Infallible which sadly are not available here. So these are, in my opinion, good alternative for me to try cream eyeshadows.

My Thoughts
I bought 040 Metall of Honor - a bronzy- brown colour with gold shimmer and 070 Mauvie Star - a greyish lilac with lots of multi-colour shimmers.

After trying these cream eyeshadows, I prefer it more than powder eyeshadows. You know when you're in a rush (or lazy), you can just pat this on your lids, wear eyeliner then mascara (not in my case though) and you're done! The texture for these cream eyeshadows is however inconsistent; Metall of Honor is quite dry and Mauvie Star feels creamy and mousse-like.

Lasting power, no doubt it can last all day without creasing (even without an eye primer) LOVE! Although once I tap it on my lids, I need to blend quickly as it dries really fast! It does not smudge so its hard to blend once it sets on the lids. I have tried using eyeshadow brush and fingers and both works well making it wearable for day and night.

Overall, I love Metall of Honor although I wish it to be a little bit more creamy. Mauvie Star is not my favourite because of the colourful shimmers but the colour is pretty. Still, I want to try other colours from this range especially Lord of the Blings. If you would like to try cream eyeshadows, try these cream eyeshadows from Catrice (and Essence). It won't burn a hole in your pocket. ;)

Available from Paloma for B$5.90 each.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Review: Missha Perfect Cover BB cream (No.21)

I will start working tomorrow and I thought it would be perfect to post this tonight.
I am not sure when I can write another post but I do hope I can do it SOON!
Wish me luck for my first day of working! Be strong, Fa! 

Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF42 PA+++ in 20ml tube

Left: Missha BB Cream (no.21) - grey undertone
Right: Skin79 Snail Nutrition - pink undertone

slightly blended. both creamy and not thick. blends easily.

My thoughts
I have been using this BB cream for over two months but not on daily basis. Recently I wore it almost everyday so that I can give a true and honest review about it. So what is my thoughts on it?

I like to use this during daytime because of its higher SPF than my foundations. This shade No.21 however is a little lighter on my skin tone, probably No.23 will suit me perfectly (I am NC30 in MAC, for reference). So sometimes I also mix it with my foundation for better coverage and lasting power. It gives a natural dewy finish to my face which I like. I definitely have to prep my skin, tone and serum/ essence beforehand without my moisturiser since it has its own moisturising properties.

This BB cream on its own lasts for 4-6 hours and I do have to blot at the 4th hour mark. However it lasts longer when I mix this with my foundation, but losses its moisturising feel after the 6th hour mark then I would spray my face mist to moisturise my face.

Overall, I like this BB cream and I would repurchase this again (in different shade No.23). Important note, this BB cream contains mineral oil and paraben, so if your skin is sensitive to mineral oil, I do not recommend you to purchase this because it may lead to break outs.

Purchase from: Ebay (seller: iamloveshop) for USD9.88 (equivalent to B$12.41, at time of purchase).

Monday, 11 February 2013

Wishlist: Louis Vuitton Epi Alma Bag

They say "girls (or ladies) can never have too many bags" and I, without a doubt agree to that statement. :D

This colour might look bold but I love it!
It's in Carmine Red from Fall 2012 Collection.

So here is another bag that I have put in my wish for over a year already (because it looks really good for special occasions and events). I know Prada has this design too but this design has been with LV longer and its one of their classic bags (other than Speedy).
"Introducing the Louis Vuitton Epi Alma Bag reference guide. The classic bag has been around since the 1930's and is synonymous with the brand. Epi leather is made of cowhide and features a grained texture with the signature LV logo embossed on the exterior of bags. This leather is extremely durable and can withstand harsh conditions such as rain as the leather is water repellent. Dyed in an array of vibrant colours, the Epi leather Alma bag is the staple purse to add to your collection." Taken from [here]
According to Louis Vuitton official website, this bag comes in two different sizes:
  • LV Epi Alma PM Bag       12.6"x9.4"x5.9"     USD1610 / USD1830 (glossy)
  • LV Epi Alma GM Bag      15"x11"x7.1"         USD2160 / USD2490 (glossy)
I believe the LV Epi Alma in PM is my preferred size and will suit my body best! ;) I do not want it to be really big or really small since I might still need to carry Baby Iqbal's stuffs in it.

Do you have this bag in your wishlist?
Price wise, LV Epi Alma bag is definitely cheaper than Lady Dior and Chanel Classic Flap bags, but more expensive than Longchamp, Michael Kors and Coach. :P I'd say still achievable ;) What do you think?

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Officially Employed

Yeap, you read that right! Alhamdulillah.. I am finally employed. Career woman now, as my Dear Husband called it.

I went for the interview about a month ago, in telecommunication company. Yesterday, I received the official call. I was dreading the call to be honest. I did not realised that they want me to start really soon, next week soon, on Tuesday.

But I have few errands to do on Tuesday, and I need to train my sister first to take care of Baby Iqbal. :P I am more worried when my family (mom, dad, sister and brothers are going for their Umrah next month!) *sighs* Have to send Baby Iqbal to daycare centre I supposed. Any suggestions?

Anyway, I am excited to start working (after three years being unemployed and being a SAHM). I am eager to face the challenges and see what I can do to help the company perform better, efficiently and productively. I am not sure what is my position yet, they will give me the offer letter once I report duty on Wednesday. I'll update this post soon :D

For now, I welcome myself being a career woman and I hope I'll be able to be strong leaving Baby Iqbal. I can see myself being teary already :(

Friday, 8 February 2013

Fashion Friday: Black Peep Toe

I think I have mentioned in my previous post [here] that I have a black peep toe for a few years now. I could never find the perfect pair. I have a small feet. UK 2.5 please? Or size 4 or 35 depends on the style but I wish they have half sizes as my feet usually caught in between sizes. Sighs!

Once I bought a black peep toe from Vincci and never again since then. It has an inch platform in the front and about 4" high. Darn I canNOT for the life of me walk in those heels anymore! ;( I still keep this pair of heels, I thought of selling it but have not had the courage to do so. Sad!!

my worn out heels from Heatwave and once-worn heels from Vincci

Recently I finally found a perfect pair from Pazzion. I know the prices are ridiculously expensive there even for flats, but I cannot pass this one up! I have been looking for the perfect black peep toe and plus, its the only pair they have in MY size. (*cough* 34 *cough* smallest :P)

Isn't she a beauty? :D

I called Dear Husband up to meet me at the shop but he got off late from work. My sisters and I wanted to look for kain and he refused to join us (Obviously! He does not like 'shopping' for kain). Instead he went to Pazzion to buy the heels for me. Awww~ Hehe.. He even sent me a picture after he bought it! :P

I am sure this heels is going to be most use this year for special occasion and events. I do not have lot of heels in my collection, I am more of a flats girl now. In fact I only have this new heels (apart from the I-cannot-walk-high-heels) and two other heels in nude and brown in my current rotation. I also have purple and white heels from my wedding which I have never worn since! My next aim is to buy classic pumps in all neutral colours - black, nude and brown. ;)

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Officially a Toddler

I have mentioned before that Baby Iqbal had his first independent walk when we were in KL. Alhamdulillah.. So far, he has managed to walk more than 5 steps already but still only short distance walks.

Seeing him walking (sometimes looking unstable too, it amused me!) and rather excited to walk around the house makes my heart melt. My baby has grown so quick! Where did the time go? *sighs*

But nonetheless, I believe that is a sign of his independence which means I can start working anytime now. Although still, I'm a little worried about who is he going to stay at home with. For now, I think I can still count on my sister and dad.

Monday, 4 February 2013

January 2013 Favourites

I have been wanting to post 'favourites' post for the past few days just because I love watching other people favourites in Youtube for last month. Since I do not have a big collection of makeup (yet), I have decided to pick my top 5 favourite products every month.

Here are my top 5 picks for this month :D

1. Soap & Glory Hand Food - This hand cream lives in my bag. I'm reaching for this every time when I go out and also, before I go to bed at night. I need back up urgently!!! [review here]

2. Natural Collection blush in Pink Cloud - This is my second blush from this range. I love the light pink colour for a pop of colour especially during day outing. Definitely a sheer blush and the colour can be built up. It is not powdery/ chalky at all. For something that only cost GBP1.99, I have been reaching for this blush the most last month.

3. NYX round lipstick in B52 - I love to wear this when I go out during the night as it is a bit darker than what I normally wear in the day. This lipstick is creamy, not drying (better than my MAC lipsticks!) but it does not have that sheen so I sometimes use a gloss on top of it. I adore the colour! :D

4. Missha Perfect Cover BB cream (No.21) - I bought this from ebay for less than B$10 for 20ml. Missha in Brunei does not sell this small version sadly. I think the colour is a little bit lighter for my skin tone but it's okay. I'll buy No.23 the next time to compare. This BB cream gives me a light to medium coverage which I prefer and I like this better than Skin79 Snail Nutrition. 

5. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium - I have tried three concealers including this, and this by far gives the best coverage for my acne scars and to cover redness around my nose since I have been having runny nose lately. Now I know why every beauty guru loves this! I need a back up for this too! :( 

I hope you enjoy my first favourite post! :D What have you been reaching for last month?

Friday, 1 February 2013

Review: Soap & Glory Hand Food

This is one of the few things I picked up from Sephora when we were in KL last time. I was browsing around in Sephora and saw Soap & Glory products displayed in pinks. Among all, I bought Soap & Glory Hand Food for RM25/125ml and I don't regret purchasing this at all!

This Hand Food attracted my attention as I was looking for a new hand cream to try. I have been using Vaseline Total Moisture in Aloe Fresh for the past years and always keep the smaller one in my bag. Somehow lately the lotion makes my skin feel dry just in less than an hour after application. Hate it! -_-'

This Hand Food, on the other hand is really ahhmazing! The cream is thick but not overly thick and it does not make my hands feeling greasy after application (which is a plus point! Even Dear Husband loves the feeling after using it!). It smoothes and keeps my hands moisturised for few hours before I need to reapply it again. The scent is rather sweet and slightly floral with a tinged of marshmellow, shea butter and macadamia oil. Loves it! :D

Since I brought it home, my bag is where this hand cream lives. Sometimes I just love to take it out and use it infront of people (for them to smell and ask me what it is?! Haha show off!) But seriously, this Hand Food smells really amazing and I love how it feels on my dry hands.

Are you one of the people who always use hand cream? Which hand cream is your favourite?
Since I was in 6th Form, I always keep a lotion or hand cream in my bag. I have tried different brands ever since. I used to love Marks and Spencer £1 hand creams in Aloe Vera and had some stocks I brought after I got back from the UK but I ran out eventually. This 'Hand Food' is now my (our! Dear Husband and I) new favourite and I want to buy it again. Anyone else going to KL soon? Well, I heard this is cheap in the UK too. :P