31 December 2016

Let's Catch Up! #6

Another year has gone by and here we are ringing in another new year. The month of December has been a busy and eventful month for me. I have been a little M.I.A from my blog and more active on social media, but that's usually the case for me during this time of the year. The holiday season is by far my favourite time of the year, it's a time for relaxation and spending time with loved ones. The festive season brings so much joy and I love the feeling of all the excitement and lead up to Christmas and the new year.

Good news, I can finally started using my MiGoals 2017 diary! Feels great to finally crack it open! Also, I've been going to the gym since mid November, I go every second day (Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun) for an hour and half each session and I have been feeling on top of the world. It makes SUCH a difference, letting out endorphins and just getting toned, stronger and fitter — there's actually no better feeling. The Mr and I signed up for a membership and the great thing is that his friend owns a gym so we got a great price for it, so I guess you could say that definitely motivates me more (and thanks to the Mr for always encouraging me). Also, it is 24/7 access so there is literally no excuse. I hope know I will continue this routine and get to my desired goal and beyond.

This coming Wednesday the Mr has booked for us to travel down to Rottnest Island, I am so excited for a day of bike riding, exploring and chillin' with the quokkas. Believe it or not, I have NEVER been there before. I have lived my whole life in Perth and never been, wow. But, I am so happy to finally visit. Mainly excited to take selfies with the quokkas!

One of my favourite moments during December was going to Kings Park a few hours before sunset on Christmas Day and having a picnic with the Mr. It was so nice to go out and lay down a picnic rug with lots of food and chat away our inner thoughts and feelings. That same night we took my niece to go see some pretty amazing Christmas lights. This year an entire street in Perth had Christmas lights on every house. It was pretty spectacular and so beautiful to walk up and down the street to see the great efforts they put into their displays.


MY TOP 10 MOST LOVED ITEMS IN December

  1. Filling my empty Diptyque candle jar with fresh flowers gifted from my sister on Christmas Day. There's something so satisfying and mesmerising about flowers, they just make me so bloody happy. I wish they didn't cost so much, I would most definitely buy a bouquet every single day!

  2. I received so many lovely Christmas gifts from the PR and brand companies I've worked with this year. A few I've been in awe with is *Nuxe Prodigieuse that came with many other gifts from the team at Cosmetiques de France. It is packaged in a limited edition bottle that features a pretty French girl. I love using this dry oil all over my body, especially around the areas I've been sun burnt. I've been using this for years, so it's so lovely to have another backup when my current one runs out!

  3. I also received this stunning *Cocolux Candle housed in a gold metal jar from the team at Active Skin. The scent is Frankincense and Myrrh. Reminiscent of a day spa on a tropical island on a nice summers day. I can just imagine once this candle finishes I will repurpose the gold metal jar and use it as a vase for more flowers!

  4. I did a Glossier order last month and it arrived during December, the anticipation of waiting for the two packages to arrive was horrid! There was a few stand outs from my order, starting with the Generation G Lipstick in Leo. The packaging of their lipsticks has been updated and it is now a more opaque white exterior and seems to be shorter and stubbier in size. I really like this new change, just a slight difference makes the overall product look so much better. The shade Leo is beautiful, I love the brown tones to it (obviously, that shade was calling for me) and how it applies on the lips as a sheer matte consistency but can build up the colour nicely. It also feels very pillow-y soft on the lips.

  5. I've had the Glossier Haloscope in Quartz on my wish list since I ever started a Glossier wish list. It was always out of stock each time I made an order and of course it was lucky order #3 that got the jackpot. Now that I own all Haloscopes I think this one is my most favourite, I just love the shade — it's so dreamy. At first I wasn't sure about the Haloscopes, mainly because of the amount you receive in the twist up tube, seems too little for the price you're paying. But, the product itself is very well worth it.

    Plus, I compared it to my other illuminators that are cream form and housed in a jar and they work out to be the same amount of grams as the Haloscope. I think because the Haloscope is packaged in a twist up tube you just automatically assume there's more product in it. Other than that this is top notch and I can't stop wearing it. I love all the other Haloscopes, but Quartz was well worth the wait. (How many times did I say Haloscope?)

  6. This time I wanted to finally venture out into the world of Glossier skincare, of course I can only order so many items as you know, no money, so I decided to start off with the Super Bounce Serum. I have so many things I want to add to my Glossier collection, you could say I basically want their entire range. I've been using this serum every day and every night. I fricken love this and have already used a third of the bottle, sigh!

    So, you can bet your bottom dollar I have the The Super Pack on my next order, yep I am biting the bullet and going for gold. I NEED all serums in my life (maybe not so much the Super Glow, as that one doesn't excite me as much since I own SO many serums that have the same ingredients — Vitamin C). I am really keen on trying the Super Pure and getting a back up of Super Bounce. 

  7. I always visit the Tom Ford counter this time of the year to view their Lips and Boys range. I couldn't help but pick up the shade Ben as soon as I swatched it — a plummy brown creamy matte, it makes the perfect holiday shade. A few other shades I was close to picking up was Evan and Christopher, but I did pretty well and refrained myself.

  8. One of the beautiful Christmas gifts the Mr surprised me was my most desired and dream to own Tom Ford Private Blend Perfume in Café Rose. This has been my most adored scent from the Private range back when I worked for Tom Ford. I have a lot of vials of this scent, but I NEVER thought I would own an actual fricken bottle of it! I honestly was speechless and kind of feel reluctant to use it because it is THAT beautiful. 

  9. I've been such a cheap b*tch and have never repurchased my favourite Chanel Le Volume Mascara. I've tried to opt for other alternatives and of course nothing beats this mascara for me. I've just never gotten around to picking a new tube up. The Mr bought this as part of my Christmas gift. I started using this straight away and I am so happy to have a new tube of it. The old mascara tube I had was actually still going strong, though it was DEFINITELY time to get rid of it, it still made my lashes amazing! 

  10. This is the newest addition to my recent purchases, the Diptyque Nourishing Lip Balm. I went to Mecca the other day to pick up the Malin + Goetz deodorant, because I wanted to try a new "natural" based deodorant without any nasties. I had been using the Lavanila deodorant for quite a while now and as it isn't easy to get my hands on since I don't have a Sephora near me I wanted to give this one a go, and I really like it.

    Anyway, side tracking here, back to the Diptyque lip balm! I decided to try out some Diptyque skincare so I got some samples that I am yet to try (I have my eyes on the new Infused Face Oil), I also tried out the lip balm while I was in store as the girls were saying it literally was released that day and they just brought out the tester for it. Oh my, once I tried it, purchased my deodorant and left the store, I walked back in 5 minutes later to purchase the lip balm.

    I couldn't stop thinking about it, even the Mr said my lips were so dry that morning and after I applied the lip balm it made my lips so plumped and hydrated. It stays on the lips so long but feels so light weight and soft. It is seriously the best lip balm I've tried as of late, and not too bad for the pricing ($30 AUD). I've always thought of buying the By Terry Baume De Rose but $81 AUD for it? No thanks. I've tried a sample I received in my Beauty Loop Box a while back and it wasn't anything that memorable. I highly recommend this Diptyque Lip Balm, it is fast becoming my favourite and I've tried basically every lip balm out there.


What have you been loving during the month of December? Wishing everyone a safe and prosperous New Year — 2017!



Read more — Let's Catch Up #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5

06 December 2016

Asian Beauty — with Beautyworks Cosmetica

I've tried Asian beauty products here and there throughout the years but it hasn't always been a staple within my collection mainly because I don't have much access to it compared to western beauty nor do I know what products to try. From what I have tried in the past I've really enjoyed using Asian beauty, I find it really caters well to me not just because I am Asian, but because the ingredients and formula are well made. It's been known for Asian cosmetics and skincare brands to be of one of the highest quality, the Japanese and Koreans sure know their beauty. They're always in advanced with technology and coming out with the latest and greatest. You can see many western brands replicating what the Asian market releases, things such as the "cushion foundations and BB creams", etc.

Beautyworks Cosmetica is the new go-to for the latest, innovative and trendiest brands within the Asian beauty market. Their aesthetic is definitely up my alley, from their website, social media, the layout of their company as well as the finer details of their packaging (look at that peach box, it is to die for). They stock numerous brands, a few I've tried before and love and a few I've been wanting to try, from 3CE, Banila Co, Etude House, CLIO, Pony Effect, Tony Moly and so much more. You just know you're getting great quality with these high end brands on board.

I find Beautyworks Cosmetica to be a lot different from any other Asian beauty company out there, they seem to be more alert to what the latest trends are, unlike other Asian beauty companies who seem a bit out of date. It makes it more exciting and enjoyable to discover what they have to offer with their fun and cheerful nature to their customer service. I highly recommend them if you are looking into trying out new brands.

Two stand out products I have been testing out is the *CLIO Kill Cover Liquid Founwear Foundation Cushion in the shade #4 Ginger and *VDL Lumilayer Primer. I've been testing out both products for almost a month now and my first impressions were definitely positive and that they are going to become a favourite.

L—R  Swatched and Blended

*CLIO Kill Cover Founwear Cushion in #4 Ginger —

This is such a unique concept, I've been wanting to try cushion foundations since it launched everywhere. It really is a clever idea to put a liquid foundation within a cushion, it makes for easy travelling, handbag friendly for touch ups and helps distribute the perfect amount of product. It feels really light weight on the skin but provides full coverage all while being very buildable. I find I don't need to wear a concealer when I use this foundation. It gives an overall satin matte finish so you don't need to powder. It can feel a little drying on my skin if I don't pair it with an illuminating primer (this is where the VDL Lumilayer Primer comes in).

I've tried using brushes or my fingers however I've found using a sponge works a lot better and gives a more flawless, even and less streaky effect. The foundation sponge puff it comes with is actually really great! It has a velvety smooth feel to it which picks up the foundation perfectly and applies it nicely onto the skin, with patting and buffing motions.

Throughout the day it continues to wear nicely on the skin, as the oils on the face builds up it creates a nice glow within your complexion. The shade match is perfect for my NC25 skin, it has a good amount of yellow undertones. Paula from Beautyworks Cosmetica matched me perfectly to this shade!

I love the packaging, it is very chic and durable. It fits perfectly in my bag and I like to bring it with me when I need any further touch ups throughout the day. It comes with a seal tight lid to keep it from drying, a mirror, foundation puff and also a spare refill (the set I received does, however I am unsure if their other individual foundations do).

 L—R  Swatched

*VDL Lumilayer Primer —

I'm all for illuminating products, especially within primers. It makes all the difference and I just adore the brightening effect it gives to the skin all while giving your complexion a beautiful healthy glow. This primer is no exception, I love pairing it with the CLIO cushion foundation, and if I am completely honest I much prefer wearing the CLIO foundation with this primer. I find when I wear the CLIO foundation on its own it can become a little drying on my skin, the VDL primer helps adhere the foundation perfectly.

The packaging comes in this beautiful pearlescent glass bottle with a pump dispenser. As you can see in the swatches on my hand it has an iridescent pearl finish to it. It feels hydrating and absorbs well into the skin creating a barrier for any foundation to apply to. I can definitely see this becoming a permanent product within my collection.

Wearing both CLIO cushion foundation and VDL primer — with brow gel, mascara and lipstick.

A few other products I am yet to try are the *REME+G Home Peeling 3-Step Aqua, *Etude House Hair Treatment Mask, *Nature Republic Jelly Cleansing Charcoal Puff (I've tried these before from Missha) and a sample of *Etude House Real Art Moisture Cleansing Oil (which I did use a few times while I was away in Melbourne to cleanse and take off my makeup — it worked really well).

I am looking forward to a nice pamper day to use these products. As I explore more into Asian beauty brands and have enjoyed every product I've tried so far, there are so many more I have my eyes on to discover. I like to switch around my cosmetic and skincare every so often as it is important for your skin to not get too use to a certain product, therefore the occasional changeover will benefit your skin as you continue to rotate all your beauty products. Plus it makes it a lot more exciting to use up your favourite products or discover new ones.


Do you have any Asian beauty products that are your favourite?


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