August 29, 2013

Empties: August 2013

I finished a lot of travel-size items in August as I took some time off for vacation. What I lack in mL counts will be compensated by the greater quantities of finished products. Let's get started.

August 28, 2013

Review: L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution

I have been using this L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution for the past two weeks and today I want to share my thoughts.
The packaging pours out too much solution, so I suggest holding the cotton pad directly against the bottle to better control the amount of solution dispensed.

Let's see how the product lives up to the brand's claims:
  • Dissolves make-up? Check. It gets the job done, but I need a separate make-up remover for waterproof eye make-up.
  • Unclogs pores and removes impurities? Check. My skin looks and feels clean.
  • Tones and soothes skin? Check. Not the slightest irritation.
This micellar solution is hypo-allergenic, is suitable for sensitive skin, and does not contain alcohol nor perfume. It is also dermatologically-tested and ophthalmologically-tested.

I remain undecided whether this product is as good as the Bioderma Sensibio H2O. However, I can say that the L'Oreal version is a better deal. A 200mL bottle retails for £4.99 (I got mine for only £2.48!), which is only half the cost of the Bioderma. As it is also widely available in the UK, I would definitely repurchase.

Update (October 19, 2013): Updated impressions in my October Empties.
Update (June 29, 2014): Updated impressions in my June Empties.

Have you tried this micellar solution?

August 27, 2013

Review: Seventeen Backlash Eyeliner (Black)

I received this Seventeen Backlash Eyeliner complimentary with my purchase of the recently launched Seventeen Backlash Mascara. After trying it out half a dozen times, today I want to share my thoughts.

This eyeliner set comes with a mini brush, which actually isn't too bad. I really like the look of this eyeliner because there is depth to the black colour. I would get about 2 hours before the eyeliner smudges and this eyeliner flakes when wet. On the bright side, the line stays well-defined for more than 8 hours, despite smudging on the eyelids.

August 26, 2013

Review: No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-Up Remover

I picked up this No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-Up Remover around a month and half ago. Now that I have used up half of the bottle, today I want to share my thoughts.
First of all, the bottle is clear and the liquid is blue. This remover is gentle and removes the majority of my eye make-up. Although it is oil-based, it doesn't feel overly greasy on the eyes and does not make me break out.

The bottle needs to be shaken to mix the two parts together, but by the time I screw open the bottle and dampen one cotton pad, the solution would separate. I need to keep replacing the cap to shake the bottle over and over again to get through one night's worth of make-up removal. After a couple of uses, I got quite impatient with the constant shaking.

This make-up remover is hypo-allergenic, suitable for all skin types, ophthalmologist-tested, fragrance-free, and suitable for sensitive eyes.

I wouldn't repurchase since the bottle design is not very user-friendly (even if the product is okay). At £8.50 for 100mL, this eye make-up remover is also quite expansive, so if you want to try this, I definitely recommend waiting for a £5 off No7 skincare coupon to float around.
What are your favorite eye make-up removers?

August 25, 2013

Review: Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon x 4

I first saw these Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayons in the drugstore in early June. However, I waited a month for them to show up at a different drugstore (the one that puts a layer of tape around the cap to prevent people from testing products) before purchasing the 4 available colors. Today I want to share my thoughts on these lip crayons.

August 24, 2013

Mayfield Lavender

Around two weeks ago, I spent a morning at Mayfield Lavender. Although the farm is just outside of Greater London, it took me about an hour and half to reach it from London Victoria (--> East Croydon --> Woodmansterne --> 166 bus to Oaks Park). It's not the best route, but the direct train that I looked up didn't show up at the ticket office.

August 23, 2013

In the Mail: Glossybox August 2013

The August box surrounds a Highflyers theme, meant to feature brands from around the globe. Out of the 5 products I received, two originated from the US. I would have preferred if every product came from a different country. In any case, I am quite happy with this month's box.

August 22, 2013

Duck & Waffle

My friends have been recommending Duck & Waffle since it debuted last summer and I have been meaning to check out the 40th floor view for a while now. Around 10pm one night, I miraculously secured a reservation for two for 5:30pm the very next day. I felt extremely lucky since the previous few times I have tried to make reservations, the only availabilities within a week's time were before 9am or after 9pm. Today I want to share my dining experience.

I tried to block the construction crane with my champagne glass (Laurent Perrier Brut, my favorite!). Incidentally I also blocked the view of the Tower of London. Two friends of mine whom I haven't seen in 7 years visited London last weekend and I accompanied their tour inside the Tower. I really enjoy reading about 16th century England, thus the events concerning King Henry VIII fascinated me more than did the crown jewels. Anyways, let's get back to Duck & Waffle.

August 21, 2013

Review: Collection Work the Colour Eyeshadow Pencil (Hot Chocolate)

After reviewing Vanilla Sky and Vintage Blush from the Collection Work the Colour Eyeshadow Pencil line [Review Here], today I want to share my impressions on the Hot Chocolate pencil that I later picked up.

August 20, 2013

Review: Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream

To round up my posts on Munich, today I want to feature a product from a German brand, the Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream. I bought my tube on the first of June (no idea why I remember the date so clearly, or why I also recall sipping on a Starbucks Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino while paying for my purchase) on a whim. This cleanser is a blend of herbal extracts and does not resemble what I traditionally expect from a cream. I have been using this product for the past two months, and with 2-3 uses remaining, I want to share my thoughts.

August 19, 2013

Munich Purchases!

I mentioned that there are many apothecaries in the post on my second day in Munich [Read Here], today I want to share the beauty items I picked up. Big thanks to my friend who translated all the labels for me, he was so patient despite his obvious lack of interest in the aisles of make-up and skincare.

August 18, 2013

Day 3 + Day 4 in Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle

One of the most popular attractions in Germany is Neuschwanstein Castle, about an hour and 45 minutes south of Munich. We drove through beautiful manicured landscapes and at times, the lack of speed limit did make me a little anxious. In any case, we arrived safe and sound at the castle that is the inspiration for Walt Disney's castles.

Despite getting up bright and early, my friend and I arrived at 9:15am to a ticketing queue that was over 2 hours long. The wait did not end there, when we got to the ticket counter around 11:30am, the earliest available tour in English was at 3:25pm (the interior of the castle could only be visited with a tour guide). With 4 hours to kill, we checked out some of the local scenic spots in the area. If you plan to visit this beautiful castle, do consider pre-booking tickets online.

August 17, 2013

Day 2 in Munich: Old Pinakothek + Walking Tour

Day 2 in Munich started early with breakfast from a local bakery whose name I don't remember. Nor do I recall which train I took to get there. I blame my fuzzy memory on the 1-hour time difference between Munich and the UK. Anyways, my friend and I spent the morning at Alte Pinakothek (Old Pinakothek), which showcases art works pre-dating the 18th century by painters such as Raphael and Da Vinci.

For lunch, we headed to Augustiner-Großgaststätten on the pedestrian street that extends between Marienplatz and Karlsplatz. In Munich, most restaurants expect patrons to seat themselves. Thus if you ever step into a restaurant and the waiters overlook your wait to be seated, that expectation may be the reason. Once you find a good dining table, the waiters would come per usual to take your order.

The first half of the restaurant name Augustiner actually refers to a particular brewery. According to my friend, restaurants in Munich usually engage in contracts with breweries and take up the breweries' titles in their own names. There are many restaurants with names of the form Augustiner-xxx in Munich. To avoid any confusion, despite similar names, restaurants working with the same brewery are not part of a franchise.

August 16, 2013

Day 1 in Munich: Gardens

I just got back from Munich and today I want to share my trip to this amazing city. I lucked out on the weather as it was sunshine all day, every day. I stayed with a German friend of mine, who was the most wonderful translator for the entire duration of my trip.

My flight was delayed for an hour at London Heathrow, but somehow I managed to arrive only 40 minutes behind of schedule (the captain told the passengers that we will be speeding ahead to make up for the delay). By the time I got to the center of Munich and dropped off my luggage, it was already close to 5pm. We headed to the Englischer Garten (English Garden) to kick start my visit.

Despite the name, the Garden is a park that stretches for kilometers in the heart of the city. We decided on renting a boat to take in the serenity of the place (kudos to my friend who did all the rowing!).

August 10, 2013

UK Vacation Haul!

I have just returned from my two-weeks vacation around the UK (London --> Leeds --> York --> Edinburgh --> Liverpool --> Manchester --> Birmingham --> Cambridge --> Bath --> Brighton --> London). Today I want to share some of the fashion/beauty goodies I brought back with me.

My travel companion flew in from Canada and brought a box of Godiva Canadian Souvenir chocolates to get through our many train rides. I don't recall coming across a maple syrup flavor in the box, so that is a little disappointing.