Although I am a girl, I’ve been taught to pack lightly for trips. I remember when I went on a school trip for 5 days and 4 nights, I only brought a small medium sized sports bag, while all the other girls brought huge suitcases. This trip, however, I didn’t feel the need to compress my luggage, and I ended up bringing unnecessary things.
Anyways, this is all the makeup I brought with me:
- Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
- Maybelline Eyestudio eyshadow – 60 Bronze Blowout
- Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush – 10 Pink Frosting
- Mischa Perfect Cover BB Cream – No. 21
- Majolica Majorica Perfect Automatic Eyeliner
- Rimmel Waterproof Eyeliner – 211 Sable
- Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal – 001 Black
- Smashbox Lash DNA Mascara
- Rimmel Vinyl Gloss – 270 Fashion Icon
- Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick – 437 Pink-A-Boo
- Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter – 090 Sweet Tart
- Elf Kabuki Brush
- Eyelash curler (no brand)
- Sponge tip / brush applicator
And these all fit into my shiny purple makeup bag. Its a fairly small bag, about the size of pencil cases.
I think the makeup was quite sufficient. I did regret not bringing some more coloured eyeshadows, and I didn’t bring anything for my brows, but I didn’t really use heavy makeup so its all good. Travelling is about experiencing life and seeing new sights, and not about what my face looks like.
From left to right (with a mini “first impressions” review):
- Covergirl lip perfection jumbo gloss balm – 215 “watermelon twist”
I’ve been looking to try these jumbo lip sticks for a while – decided to try this one because i liked the name (watermelon). The colour is nice, but its not very hydrating and feels dry quickly. Smells like old lipsticks (not a smell I like). I like the twist up application though. 3/5.
- Loreal nail colour – 530 “now you sea me”
I wanted some nice bright pastel spring colours for my nails, and this was the best I could find. Its a very nice ocean blue, and achieves about 70% opacity with one coat. Which is fine, because sometimes I don’t like having a too strong nail colour. 4.5/5.
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer
Again something I’ve been planning to buy for a while. I picked up this one while I was at new york for $20, which is a few dollars cheaper than here in Canada. From reviews I decided to get this over the Urban Decay Primer Potion, but no one mentioned the smell! I thought I got a defective one, because when I put this primer on my eye I smelt this nasty fishy smell. I even went so far as to bringing it back to Sephora to exchange, but when I smelt the other ones, they were all the same. The oil in the primer also separates slightly. Performance-wise, however, the Too Faced primer was really good. 4/5, but I’m getting the UDPP next time.
- Revlon Lip Butter – 090 “sweet tart”
I love these lip butters, but I can never seem to pick out the right colour. The first one I got (strawberry shortcake) was too light of a pink and looked weird on me, the second (pink truffle) was too brown, and I think I got it right with this one. Its a very very bright pink, similar to the Covergirl watermelon twist. 4.5/5.
- Wet n wild Color Icon – 738 Comfort Zone
This is my second and last makeup item from New York – it was like $5, which is super cheap if you come from Canada. I know they sell wet n wild in Walmart and stuff, but I’ve never seen them, so I decided to get it. I’ve seen people on youtube use this and talk about it, so I thought I’d try it out. The eyeshadow is really really good – very pigmented and soft. Only minor complaint I have it the colours they put together. I wish they had more neutral colours since it is a “comfort zone” palette, but performance-wise, it is very good. 4/5.
Some close ups – I know the colours are off, theres not enough light here and I’m using a yellow lamp:
My recent impulse purchase – Harajuku Lovers Perfume in Lil Angel. So I was walking home through Rexall, and this caught my eye (same story, yes). They were super adorable and only $9.99! They had five colours or styles of girls, and they are all some stereotype of fashion-forward girls in Japan. I was mainly deciding between Lil Angel (which is a gothic lolita style), and Music (which is a visual kei style). I love both styles, but in the end I chose Lil Angel because of its name. I had no way of testing out the smell since they were all in sealed boxes, so I just picked it based on the girl on the top and the name.
Luckily, I really like the scent of the perfume. It’s described as “sparkling floral” fragrance, made from plum, champagne, bergamot, pomelo, lotus, rose leaves, water lily, sateen wood, amber and musk” [citing from fragrantica.com]. For me, it smells like flowers, very fresh and citrus-y. I noticed that the staying power isn’t very good at all – I sprayed it on my wrist and I couldn’t smell it after about 30 minutes.
The amount of perfume is actually very little. It only has 30ml / 1 oz. But I don’t use perfume everyday, so I don’t see this as a huge problem. I mainly wanted this because of the doll and not because I needed a new perfume. I think it will look really nice on display in my room =) If you’re looking for a practical perfume, however, I would not suggest getting this one because although it smells really nice, it fades too quickly.
This isn’t really a makeup bag but its the little collection of things I keep inside my bag even though I rarely use it.
As you can see the bag is really beat up and it somehow got eroded away. Originally it was this pretty cream colour bag with a kind of snake skin pattern on the outside. Its really dirty and broken now. The white fabric tears off and I find bits white at the bottom of my handbag.
This is what the inside looks like – very messy and disorganized. I don’t really know why I carry all this around.
Now the things are laid out nicely. From top left to bottom right:
- Compact powder foundation I use as a mirror (its from Lancome but is very very old; actually its my mother’s)
- Mac Tendertone that I will occasionally use for a light wash of colour on my lips
- Burt’s Bees lip balm
- Revlon Lipstick in 460 which is my everyday colour if I’m wearing any lipstick at all
- Fisherman’s Friend lozenges because I eat a lot of chips and always get a sore throat
- Clean & Clear oil control film for when I’m oily, which actually is never, but just in case
- Band aids
- Bobby pins
- Hair ties which I use when I eat, to tie my hair out of my face
- Hand sanitizer because I use the subway a lot and its dirty
I also keep a single sanitary pad in there but I didn’t want to show it 😀 Its there permanently, for emergencies.
Oh and also I keep a small bottle of lubricating eye drops in there, but I took it out because I haven’t been wearing contacts for a while.
It seems such a waste to throw out old candle jars – they are perfectly re-usable glass jars. I think the candle companies should try to collect old candle jars, because they can easily refill and resell the candles as new ones. Even if the glass jars are put into recycling, the melting & energy costs will be much higher.
Anyways, for a simple do-it-yourself project at home, old candle jars can be turned into something more useful.
The first jar I used to store cotton pads and cotton swabs, and the second slightly larger jar I used to store / display necklaces and bracelets. I especially like the jewelery one, because you can easily see the necklaces and pick them out without having to dig through a lump of chains.
- After burning out the candle, there will be some wax and the wick still intact. Put the entire candle in the freezer for about 2 hours. This will harden the wax and make it more brittle. Use some knife or a sharp edge to break apart the wax, and remove it. I used scissors. You should be able to remove all the wax, but not the wick, which is glued onto the bottom of the jar.
- Pour about half an inch depth of boiling water into the jar, and let it sit for a few minutes. This melts the glue, and using the scissors again, I scraped the wick out. Next, pour away the water. There might still be some glue residue where the wick used to be.
- Clean the jar. I used a stove top cleaner I already had, which is formulated for glass / ceramic surfaces. I removed the rest of the glue and cleaned the glass. Lastly, rinse with water and allow to dry.
- (optional) decorate the jar & it is ready to be used.
There is another method of removing the wax using hot water, but this is more messy since you won’t be able to pour the wax down the drain (you don’t want the wax to solidify and clog up your pipes). I think freezing it and removing it as hard wax is the best way.
First – what I bought myself over the holidays
- Mischa Perfect Cover BB Cream (No. 21)
- Victoria’s Secret Love is Heavenly Eau de Parfum
- Razer Death Adder Mouse
What I got for Christmas:
- Stud diamond-like earrings from Mosaic
- Picture frame collage partially filled with my own pictures
- Gold charm bracelet
- Adata 32GB USB 3.0 with my League of Legends in-game name engraved (Aerosteon)
I didn’t include the clothes / apparel items I got / bought. Will do a collective haul sometime soon.
I didn’t get many presents this year because we decided to do secret santa. I don’t mind though, it means spending less money.
Victoria’s Secret – Love is Heavenly Eau de Parfum from the Dream Angels collection
This is my first ever perfume! If anyone is wondering, this is what I smell like from now on. Victoria’s Secret was having a sale for all perfumes 75ml or under for $30, and after a very long and difficult decision, I got this one. It was between this and the Victoria’s Secret Angel Gold one. I actually liked the Gold one better because the bottle had wings like angels, but I had a stuffy nose and couldn’t smell them properly, so my friend took it upon himself to make the decision for me.
The bottle is very simple, very elegant, and very pretty. I love the pink to orange gradient effect. And I do like the scent of this perfume. It’s fresh and very pleasant. I like that it isn’t too sweet because that can be off putting for me. From the description:
- Fragrance type: Fruity floral
- Top notes: Kiwi splashes, dewberry, orange zest, mandarin flowers
- Middle notes: Water lily, freesia, peony, exotic orchids
- Dry-down notes: Sandalwood, luminous musk, mahogany wood, ebony wood
Very technical and for the inexperienced me, all I can say is that it smells nice. 🙂 Its marketed as a summer scent, but I don’t see why I can’t use it all year round.
One thing to note, however, is the spray for VS perfumes are not too good – they dispense a lot at a time, and the spray is too concentrated. It doesn’t come out as a mist, more like a splat. But because the fragrance isn’t too strong it should be fine.
What else can I say about it… I really love it! It’s ‘heavenly’! 😀 I’m excited to smell good this year.