Hello, Anna Sui!

Look what arrived at my door today!!! It’s been such a good year so far, with so many surprises springing up sporadically at my door. Always a huge fan of Anna Sui’s beauty products, I was super excited and couldn’t wait to see what was inside the pretty bag.

I think every girl will fall in love with Anna Sui. They are a brand that pay so much attention to details; from the outer packaging, to the smell, and even to the experience you get upon application of their products. Two thumbs up every step of the way!

Here’s a peek of what’s inside.
Ta-da! (From left to right) Pearl Gel Primer, Refreshing Loose Powder, Lipstick in Shades 400 & 301.

Opened the product packagings and all the make-up smell soooo good – like a garden of nice smelling roses. Mmm…! And here they are, sitting pretty on my make-up counter.

Pearl Gel Primer

Check out the pretty mini blue and purple beads! The primer felt so cool on my skin upon application. Very very refreshing. I can imagine using this in the early morning to ‘wake’ my skin up.
Refreshing Loose Powder

Really shocked upon application of the loose powder. It felt so cool against my skin and almost felt like water melting into my face. It definitely holds up to its name of ‘Refreshing Loose Powder’. I’ve never tried any loose powder that felt like this before. Super amazing!! The powder also has a nice touch of glitter shimmer – just enough to give your skin a nice sheen and highlight, but not too much that it makes your skin look oily. I’m sure you girls know what I mean! I’ve bought powders with an overdose of shimmer before and it made my face look like a huge shiny oil pot. 

The powder puff comes in a nice separate black packaging. Can’t stop raving about how pretty Anna Sui’s packaging is.
Super attention to details – the holder for the puff comes with breathable holes so your puff won’t turn mucky and smelly.
The pretty purple puff. 

The powder is very fine and applies well on the skin. Of course, I’m sure the primer before this helped with the smooth and easy application!
Love, love, love the texture, smell and refreshing feeling upon application! Here’s me looking nice and bright after the primer and loose powder. 
Lipsticks in Shades 301 & 400

Prettiest lipstick ever!

Shade 301 (left) and 400 (right)
Shade 301 is a really pretty sweet pink, and 400 is a super hot, sexy red. I’ve been looking for a pale pink, and hot red lipstick for the longest time. These 2 are perfect! So happy! Even the lipsticks smell like roses!!
Check out my kiss imprints. Haha.
I’m wearing the pink 301 here. Such a sugary sweet colour, I melt! (Girls, I’m sure the guys around you will melt with this lippie colour too!)
Me in the vampy red. The red shade is oh-so-perfect. Not too gaudy!
Close up of my lips (the lipsticks have got a nice glossy texture):

301

400
All made up and ready to go! I’m ready for my close up now. 😀

Vanity Trove

Look what arrived at my doorstep today. Christmas came wayyy early for me! 

and not just 1, but 3 troves…all for me! 
Lucky, lucky me. 🙂
“Beautiful surprises”…can’t wait to rip the packages open and find out what’s inside.
Trove 1 – January’s edition
Here’s what’s inside: 
1. My Beauty Diary – Q10 Rejuvenating Mask
This is one of my favourite brand masks. Ever since I saw it on some Taiwan beauty programme, I’ve been sold. Just found out that each sheet mask is made from eco-friendly plant fibres and has a soft and unique three-layered structure that is perfectly plush and comfortable. No wonder it’s so comfortable when put on!
2. Slim Secrets Bars – Snack Attack!
Been having massive snack cravings post CNY. Definitely going to try this when the next crazy craving for junk food comes. It contains an anti-oxidant derived from the Prickly Pear Cactus that reduces fat absorption naturally. Wow.
3. Bifesta – Make-Up Remover
Been hearing quite a bit about this brand lately. It’s water-based, and gentle yet powerful enough to get rid of the most stubborn make-up including waterproof mascara. It may just be my next beauty must-have!
4. Dr Ci:Labo – Aqua Collagen Gel Enrich-Lift-Ex
Another brand that I’ve been seeing around quite a bit and meaning to try. This Aqua Collagen Gel directly works on the causes of ‘sagging’ skin. This is an anti-ageing lotion, anti-ageing emulsion, lifting serum, brightening and make-up base. Sell me anti-ageing, collagen anything and I’m sold! (excited to try this!)
5. Yuskin A – Hand Cream
I’ve been addicted to hand creams since my JAL flight attendant days. Can’t leave home without it. This is a top-selling moisturiser in Japan and is light, non-greasy and contains Vitamin E and Glycyrrhetinic Acid to heal chapped skins. I’m putting this handy bottle into my make-up pouch right now!
6. Trulife – Lingzhi Immunity
This is perfect for when you are feeling frazzled by hectic schedules or just looking to improve your general well-being. This drink combines Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C, Zinc and Niacin with 100% Lingzhi spore powder as well as Red Dates, Longan, Wolfberries and Gan Chao extracts. So many awesome things packed into 1 tiny bottle! 
7. Essence – Sun Club Bronzer
Bronzer is the favourite part of my beauty regime where I start shading and defining my face. Of course, it can also be used for a radiant sun-kissed tint, but for those like me who like to look fair, it’ll work absolutely well as a shading powder. This one even has different tones for highlighting the face. How perfect.
Trove 2 – February’s Edition
Here’s what’s inside:
1. Yuan Soap
Made from precious plants from Yuan farm, there are various types targeting at different type of ‘problems’. E.g. The Oat Soap is especially effective for atopic dermatitis patients with sensitive skin. I just opened my package and oh-it-smells-so-good…
2. Lovemore Facial Mask – Japan Soymilk Enzyme Moisturising & Smoothing Mask
I’m a huge huge fan of face masks and doesn’t the name of this mask sound so good already? Japan Soymilk Enzyme Moisturising & Smoothing…give it to me already! *slaps on face*
3. Kiehl’s – Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution
Formulated for Asian skins, this Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is 100% active. Once applied, it immediately targets deep-set dark spot. The power-packed key ingredient, Activated C has “anti-cluster” technology that breaks apart discolorations and prevents melanin clusters. Unlike traditional discolouration products, this solution is lightweight, hydrating and suitable for use all year-round. Again, I’m totally sold. Going to start putting this on my dark freckle spots!
4. Pure DKNY Rose
Hmm…this smells so good…the rose scent is one of my most favourite scent in this world. This new fragrance by DKNY also partners with CARE, a leading humanitarian organisation that lifts women out of poverty.
5. GabaNite – All Natural Drink Relaxer
I’m quite a chronic insomniac and a friend has recommended me this drink before. So excited to see it in this trove. I’m going to try it tonight! It contains natural plant-derived ingredients and is safe for use every night. This may just be the solution to my sleep problems!
6. Origins – Plantscription
This Anti-ageing cream contains powerhouse ingredient, African Anogeissus to combat the ageing process. Each full-sized jar contains 300,000 raspberry plant stem cells to revitalise ageing skin. As said earlier, give me anti-ageing anything and I’ll be sold. Excited to try this product!
7. Phytomer – Souffle Marin
An energising oxygenating serum that instantly delivers oxygen to the skin – making it feel soft and invigorated. It is formulated with marine extracts to protect your skin. I’ve heard only good things about oxygenating products. Here’s another one I can’t wait to try!
8. Jorubi – Aloe Vera Gel
This pure and versatile gel is a boon for oily, acne-prone and sensitive skins. Aloe has healing and anti-inflammatory properties and is an effective general first-aid agent. Use it to treat ulcers, stretch marks rashes, sunburn, bruises, cuts, insect bites and more. Do I see ‘stretch marks’??? I’ll be super happy if this works on my ugly stretch marks!
Trove 3 – March’s Edition
Here’s what’s inside:
1. Clio – Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner
I just tried this one and it really glides on easily. The shimmery pink is really pretty too. Extremely easy to apply (I’m not very good with make-up usually, especially working with eyeshadow and colours), the colour stays put all day long and is smudge proof and waterproof. Available in a range of versatile colours. 
2. My Beauty Diary – Bulgarian White Rose Mask
Yay! Another My Beauty Diary mask. Tip: Don’t let the moisturising serum go to waste. Use it to nourish your neck and body too!
3. Kilo Off – Organic Herbal Slimming Tea
Just what I need to get rid of excess weight from CNY binging! This light and refreshing tea is made in France and contains natural and herbal ingredients. The slimming detoxification tea with hibiscus and meadowsweet helps eliminate excess water, toxins, fights water retention and activates microcirculation. This tea also helps stimulate digestion and prevents bloating.
4. Laura Mercier – Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact
Laura Mercier’s best-selling tinted moisturizer now comes in a convenient compact. Aside from giving your skin a dewy, natural-looking flawless finish, the creme has SPF 20 as well as antioxidants Vitamin C and E to guard the skin from environmental stressors. A must-have in your travel and makeup pouch!
5. Burberry – Body Tender
What a pretty pink packaging! Understated, yet feminine, the scent is a light, spirited expression of the iconic Burberry Body fragrance.
6. Skin Food – Gold Kiwi
This brightening skin care line contains quercetin, an ingredient from the gold kiwi. The hydrating formula cools the skin and drenches it with moisture so it looks firmer and clearer.
7. Bellewave Eyewave – Visionergy ATP Cell Activating Serum
Inspired by the revolutionary science of cellular regeneration, this potent serum recharges tired skin cells with a boost of ATP to help stimulate the cell renewal process. It helps to prevent tissue collapse in skin cells that ultimately lead to wrinkles. Prevention of tissue collapsing and preventing wrinkles? I’m on-board! Can’t wait to try. 
My Top 5 Recommendations
I’m going to try and pick 5 items out of these 3 troves to recommend to you. Honestly, I’m too spoilt for choice, but here goes:

Recommendation #1. The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact
I’ve applied it on my face and the creme compact feels lightweight, smooth and easy to apply. I like that it’s got SPF20 and Vitamins C and E. My skin does look smoother and more flawless after application. The compact size is also perfect for makeup pouches.
Recommendation #2. Clio – Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner

I’ve got the liner on my right eye. I like that the pigments are strong, and the creamy smooth texture. Makes application much easier! Double bonus that it’s smudge and waterproof.

Applied it on my top lid, above my black liner.
Recommendation #3. GabaNite – All Natural Drink Relaxer
Only because I’ve got sleeping problems and have been on the look-out for a natural solution (instead of popping sleeping pills). Really excited for this one.
Recommendation #4. Dr Ci:Labo – Aqua Collagen Gel Enrich-Lift-Ex
The gel is light-weight and quickly absorbed into my skin upon application. It smells nice too! Coupled with its anti-ageing, lifting and brightening properties, I’m so sold. 
Recommendation #5. My Beauty Diary – Bulgarian White Rose Mask
Always a fan of My Beauty Diary masks, my skin always looks brighter and fairer after a mask application. Plus, the sheet masks are so comfortable to use. I tend to fall asleep with it on my face!
Thank you Vanity Trove!
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xoxo!

Style Mondays 010

I’m currently filming a Channel U tele-movie titled “The Promise.” The make-up artist on set uses Clinique’s – High Impact Curling Mascara on my lashes, and I am completely bought over by it’s “va-voom” effect. I’m sorry “Marjolica,” I still think you’re good, but “Clinique” is better!
I tried applying it myself and I was surprised that one coat was already enough to give my lashes that bold effect I always like. It also doesn’t clump, separates the lashes really well and holds it up. The best part? It washes away really easily with warm water!
Now, what am I going to do with that 6 tubes of unopened Marjolica mascara in my drawer?
P.S I am not doing an advertorial, neither am I being sponsored by Clinique. So, you can trust me on this one! 😉

In Response

Sorry I haven’t been responding to stuff left on my box…been rather out of it off late. I’m going to post my answers here, cos’ they’ll probably be lost in the out-datedness.

To the question of what makeup I use:

For eyes: I use Shiseido Majolica’s mascara for my lower lashes mostly, and stick on whatever false eyelashes I feel like for the day – slightly more natural or drama ones. I used to have to get Majolica’s stuff from Japan or Taiwan. So glad they’re here in Singapore now! I also use white slightly sparkly eyeshadow (from Majolica as well) as eye make-up base, and put on other pastel colours like light pink, or blue etc…depending. Actually, all my eye-stuff are from Majolica. Haha, I’m a huge fan. I also like to line the bottom half of my eyes with white liner and blend some in the inner eyes to brighten and open the eyes. I got my pencil from…haha where else but Majolica.

As for my face, I’ll usually slap on some RMK make-up base, followed by Laneige’s make-up base (the green one). I think the green really brightens the face and makes it fairer. Then, I’ll puff some loose powder on my face. I’m currently using Anna Sui’s…followed by blusher from….erm, Majolica again. 😀

p.s I’m not endorsed or sponsored by Majolica just in case you’re wondering. Ha.

That’s about all to my make-up regime. I’m always on the look-out for stuff to make the skin brighter and fairer. Please let me know if you’ve tried any fab products too!! 🙂

Some stuff in my make-up bag.

To Germaine and potty-training Domo:

Hey, Domo was actually already pee-pan trained when he came to me (thanks to the breeders). But he suddenly lost it one day and kept peeing beside the newspapers I’ve laid out for him. 
(I’ve read that puppies can suddenly lose what they’ve learnt. Yeaks!) Anyway, I tried all sort of ways like slapping his butt and scolding him when he pees out of the newspapers and putting him on the newspapers for him to smell and hopefully communicate with him that it’s his toilet.
 All that didn’t quite work until I bought a big proper pee pan and laid newspapers in it. He suddenly got it without me even trying. I think Domo just needed proper boundaries. I’m not sure if you’ve got a pee-pan for your poodle as well? And not just newspapers on the ground? 
Also, the vet told me that if we make a huge fuss after our doggie pees in the wrong place, they may actually enjoy the attention and keep doing it. Maybe you can try cleaning up with dettol or those sprays you can get from pet shops that covers the doggie pee smell and leave some trace of your doggie’s pee on the newspaper so he/she will follow the smell. I’m not sure if it’ll work, but good luck! You’ll probably find more answers on dog forums too. 🙂
Show me some of your doggie’s photos? Would love to see! Email or facebook??