April 29, 2013

A Lovely Gift and Thought

After a long day, I came home to find a little box of chocolate my roommate left in my cupboard. Isn't she so sweet? Surprises like this really make my day.

April 27, 2013

In the Mail: Sephora Chic Week Haul!

As mentioned in one of my previous posts, I recently picked up a few things as part of Sephora Chic Week's 15% off promotion. I received the goodies in the mail two days ago, just under two weeks since I placed my order. Today I want to share the products I ended up buying.

What I picked up:
  • Yu-Be Lip Therapy
  • Korres The Lip Blockbuster Volume II [Review Here]
  • Stila All About The Eyes Set [Review Here]

Update (September 19, 2013): Although the Yu-Be Lip Therapy feels a bit waxy, the overall texture is tolerable. On the other hand, I cannot stand the scent. Although the scent and taste do fade quickly, the moisturizing effect of the lip balm is not worthy of the 10 minutes endurance. I will no longer be using it and I would most definitely not repurchase.

Did you pick up anything during Sephora Chic Week?

April 24, 2013

Singin' in the Rain

I took this Monday off to make a trip to London to see the 7:30pm session of Singin' in the Rain. As always, I arrived much earlier to squeeze in a lunch date with a friend and of course, some shopping!

We had lunch at Nizuni and I ordered the Salmon Bento box (which came with miso soup, rice, salad, tamago, chicken gyoza, fried sweet potato, and of course, the salmon teriyaki) which came to about £12.50 after tips. The teriyaki glaze on the salmon is on the sweet side, and the gyoza is a bit too greasy. An average meal over all, nothing tempting to get me to return for another meal. I do like the decor though, it's elegant, but simple.

April 21, 2013

April 19, 2013

NOTD: Essie Nice is Nice

I just received my first ever beauty subscription box from Glossybox today and I am loving the Essie Nail Lacquer in Nice is Nice!
Nice is Nice is a pale lilac nail polish from Essie's A French Affair Collection. The formula is light, so I needed 3 coats for an opaque finish. Although the brush in my bottle sheded a few strands during the application, the finished manicure is extremely even and creamy. I took the photo before applying top coat, but look at how shiny the finish is! This color reminds me of Essie's Lilacism, except it has more of a pink undertone. I am very happy to add this nail polish to my collection, it is always great to have more pastel choices for spring manicures.

What is your favorite nail color for spring?

In the Mail: Glossybox April 2013

I love receiving things in the mail. It's like having presents delivered straight to my door (obviously not counting the bills and the like). When life switches to a stressful phase, my probability of ordering things online double, triple, quadruple! This time, I am trying out beauty subscription boxes for the first time. I chose Glossybox for my first purchase and I want to share the April Spring Fever box I just received in the mail.

This month's packaging is designed by Pearl Lowe, featuring a beautiful, vintage floral pattern.

April 17, 2013

Review: Diorshow New Look - Catwalk Eye Makeup Set

I picked up this Diorshow New Look set as part of my recent Sephora Haul. It came with a fullsize Diorshow New Look Mascara in 090 Black and a mini 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Grège 734. Although I remember clearly that the eyeshadow mini advertised in the set is in Royal Khaki 454, I am glad to receive the palette in Grège 734 instead. If given the choice, I definitely I would have picked Grège 734 over Royal Khaki 454, so lucky lucky.

April 14, 2013

NOTD: Color Club Foil Me Once

Today's feature is Foil Me Once from Color Club's Foiled Collection. This is a color that really transforms under different lightings. I am pleasantly surprised every time I look at my nails. Occasionally, the silver tones dominate, and at other times, the lilac tones really stand out. Luckily, the color looks much less intimidating on the nails than in the bottle. In fact, I think this color would be flattering on most skintones. I absolutely adore this nail polish, and I highly recommended it if you are looking for a metallic finish lilac nail color that is opaque in just 1 coat.

BTW, Sephora is offering 15% off for Chic Week with code "CHIC" online or in stores until April 21th, 2013 (for VIBs, "VIBCHIC" is valid until the 22nd). My order has already been shipped! I'm really looking forward to trying out some new products.

Do you adore Foil Me Once? Do beauty sales mean stocking up on favorites or trying out some new products?

April 12, 2013

Gift in the Mail: Rococo Chocolates

Just as I am about to finish my supply of Hotel Chocolate's Strawberry and Cream Egglets selectors, a chocolate gift arrived in the mail to take its place. Today I want to share Rococo Chocolates Union Jack Box with 12 of this London brand's ganache chocolates. On a side note, my weekend is off to a great start with a red velvet cupcake from The Little Cupcake Company.

April 10, 2013

Review: Buxom Lip Polish (Leslie)

I received a deluxe sample of Buxom Lip Polish in Leslie with my recent Sephora order to add to my existing Buxom lip polishes minis in Dolly and Gina. After giving it a couple of wears, today I want to share my thoughts.

April 7, 2013

Review: Barry M Bold Waterproof Eyeliner (Black)

I have always been a fan of gel eyeliners applied with a flat angled eyeliner brush. However, the trouble of washing the brush after every application always prompt me to be on the lookout for a more convenient alternative. I recently picked up this Barry M Bold Waterproof Eyeliner in Black and today I want to share my thoughts.

April 4, 2013

Review: Dr Jart+ Pore Refine Bubble Foam

I picked up this Pore Refine Bubble Foam cleanser as part of my Dr. Jart+ Haul. I have been using it since early March and today I want to share my thoughts.

Although this cleanser is very gentle, but it definitely delivers on the deep cleansing power. I squeeze a pearl size onto my palms and lather it up before applying it to my face. I find the scent to be too fragrant, but I am willing to compromise since the cleanser made a visible difference in shrinking the pores on my cheeks after a couple of uses. I wish it did the same to make the pores on my nose disappear. Unfortunately, this cleanser leaves my skin feeling a bit too tight, so I probably will not repurchase. I bought this at 1/3 off (regular retail £13 for 100mL).

Have you tried this cleanser? What are your thoughts?

April 2, 2013

Review: Benefit Fake Up (01 Light)

After much anticipation, Benefit finally released their newest concealer Fake Up in the UK last weekend. I wanted to try this "crease-control hydrating concealer" ever since I saw the press releases in January. I couldn't resist picking one up in 01 Light in early March with my Sephora Order as it was released in the US in February. After testing it out over the last month, today I want to share my thoughts.