November 30, 2013

Empties: November 2013

It is the last day of the month, so it is time for another empties post! Today I want to share my updated impression on the below products and whether I would repurchase.

November 27, 2013

The Perfect Palette TAG

As soon as I saw Allison's (Amarixe) tag video on The Perfect Palette [Watch Here], I knew this would be the perfect topic to write my first ever tag post. My oldest make-up memory dates back to three Caboodles eyeshadow singles and even though the cosmetic brand disappeared over the many years since, eyeshadows always have a special place in my heart.

November 24, 2013

Review: Stila Holiday Essentials Kit

I recently picked up this Stila Holiday Essentials Kit because my love for the included Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner guaranteed that at least one of the three products would work for me. Today I want to share my thoughts on the two other products and why I think this set is a great buy.

November 21, 2013

Mamma Mia! and Afternoon Tea with LOVEtheatre

Around this time last month, I had the opportunity to see Mamma Mia! in Novello Theatre in London's West End and today I want to share the experience.

I decided to book through LOVEtheatre on my friend CL's recommendation (who purchased our Singin' in the Rain tickets). Somehow, it was less expansive to purchase the £68 package deal (including a complimentary afternoon tea at the Kingsway Hall Hotel) than just buying tickets to the show. Even more surprisingly, the stall seats (N row) included in the package were identical to the allocated seats for just booking the musical!

As I reserved the afternoon tea for the same day as the musical, I needed to pick up the tickets in advance at the LOVEtheatre office (I could have paid postage and had the tickets mailed to me, but oh well). Thus early morning, I stopped by the office in Covent Garden with my booking confirmation to pick up the tickets.

November 20, 2013

Review: Maybelline Great Lash vs. Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara

It has been many years since my last encounter with Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara. While I did not recall any WOW moments, a vaguely positive impression swayed me to pick up both the original Great Lash and the Great Lash Lots of Lashes Washable Mascara when I came across a 50%-off offer. These two mascaras have the same formula and differ only in the shape of the brush. Today I want to share my renewed acquaintance with Great Lash and how much difference the wand makes in my mascara experience.

November 17, 2013

Review: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio (Silent Treatment)

Given how affordable Wet n Wild is as a drugstore brand, I have no idea why I have not tried any products from the brand until this Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Silent Treatment. Today I want to share my thoughts on this beautiful neutral palette.

November 14, 2013

Jo Malone Red Roses + White Jasmine & Mint

Today I want to share my thoughts on two Jo Malone fragrances in Red Roses and White Jasmine & Mint that I recently picked up.

The only reason why I bought Red Roses was to layer under my existing bottle of Nectarine Blossom & Honey [Review Here]. It is a combination that I have tested out over and over in-stores and I absolutely adore it. I find Red Roses on its own starts a bit too sharp for my taste, but as a scent foundation, it neutralizes the fruity sweetness of NB&H, resulting in a light floral scent. It is my current absolute favorite fragrance combination.

While Red Roses was a well-planned purchase, White Jasmine & Mint was much more spontaneous. I went shopping with my friend CW at Selfridges and I sprayed a bit of the WJ&M on my wrist at the Jo Malone counter. After wearing it for a day (and with my friend's blessings on the fragrance and my body chemistry), I bought it the next time I was in Selfridges. As with Jo Malone scents, this one is nothing like anything I have ever smelled. The mint makes the soft floral appear more fresh and energetic. Unexpectedly, there is also a strong presence of citrus in the scent that dominates both the jasmine and the mint. I like it so far, but only time will tell whether this fragrance will make it into my favorites.

I currently own three Jo Malone fragrances and I hope to add more to my collection. I love the uniqueness of the scents and the bottle design is simply timeless. I can spritz these in the morning and I would still be able to smell them at the end of the day. These 30mL retails for £38 each.

Which is your favorite fragrance combination?

November 11, 2013

Review: Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Sticks x 2

I picked up these Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Sticks in Brown-Eyes and Hazel-Eyes about a month ago and today I want to share my disappointment regarding the product performance.

November 9, 2013

Deal Alert: Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil for $5

I love great deals on beauty products, and today I am sharing an outstanding one that is currently available in Sephora. The Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil (15mL) (which usually retails for $14 USD on its own) is part of a giftcard box for only $5 USD! Combined with the VIB discount until November 11th (online code: VIPTOPIA), it only cost $4 USD!

I found mine in a Sephora inside JC Penney, but it does not state on the box whether it is a JC-exclusive. I believe it is available in-stores only.

I have not previously tried this argan oil, and this is a great opportunity to stock up if you are already a fan or a first-time buyer like myself. Add in a giftcard and it makes a fantastic gift as well.

What are some great beauty deals you have found recently?

November 8, 2013

Travel Haul!

Earlier this week, I returned from a 10 days trip from London --> Brussels --> Amsterdam --> Paris. As I wanted to travel light, I didn't bring my laptop on this journey. Unfortunately I got caught in a downpour on my first day in Paris and have not been feeling well since. Luckily I am well on my recovery and today I want to start off my travel posts with some shopping goodies.

Let's start backwards with Paris where I went a little overboard in the French pharmacies.