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May 30, 2011

mini Illamasqua haul from ASOS and swatches

I bought some Illamasqua stuff on ASOS recently. The main reason was because they were on discount (~30% off or more) and it was just too tempting, especially with free shipping thrown in. It was also a good chance to get items that I wouldn't normally buy, like the liquid metal. So far, I've only ordered clothes from ASOS and these come in big plastic bag types of packaging like below.

I wasn't sure how they'd package makeup since it was my first time getting makeup from ASOS. I was scared the eye shadow would reach me in pieces. And so, in that same order, I bought a dress, thinking that if everything was shipped together, at least, the dress would help to protect the makeup and act as cushioning against shocks. Well in the end, this is what I received. A small box with air packs (what are these called?) to fill up the empty space, which is also how Benefit packages their stuff sometimes. The dress, which I received a few days later, was mailed separately.

So what's in the box?

Liquid metal in Superior (metallic sapphire)

UP £17.50 - on sale £11.03

Powder Eye Shadow in Preen (rich royal purple)

UP £15.50 - on sale £7.88

Precision Ink in Alchemy (antique gold)

UP £17.00 - on sale £10.35

Sheer Lipgloss in Electrify (iridescent baby pink)

UP £13 - on sale £9.10



March 12, 2011

MAC Viva Glam Gaga II haul and swatches

Much anticipated MAC Viva Glam Gaga II. I collected these from Fatin last night and did a quick swatch this morning. Very pretty nude.

November 30, 2010

collective haul: MAC A Tartan Tale, MAC Venomous Villains, MAC Viva Glam, Urban Decay, Sleek, nars

OK I'm sorry to be posting so many hauls. You must think I've gone crazy to be hauling like there's no tomorrow. But no, I didn't buy all of this at the same time. I'm just really really backlogged on my posts and this is just an entry for me to keep track.

Urban Decay NYC Book Of Shadows Vol III needs no introduction. Got it at 20% off from a beauty.com spree.

Nars Rajasthan duo, also 20% off at beauty.com

Sleek Bad Girl palette

MAC A Tartan Tale powder blush in My Highland Honey and Her Blooming Cheek

MAC Pearlglide eyeliner in Black Swan and Lord It Up

Viva Glam Lipglass in Gaga and Cyndi

MAC Venomous Villains powder blush in Darkly My Dear

MAC Venomous Villains beauty powder in Briar Rose and Her Own Devices

So many new stuff in my stash..I think I'm kinda done hauling for a while. Please don't tempt me anymore.

November 06, 2010

haul: Calvin Klein, Urban Decay, Too Faced, Mario Badescu

It was such a spontaneous decision to meet up with Kim and the rest at Suntec yesterday morning. I was still lazing in bed catching up on my twitter timeline, and after reading about them meeting up, I looked at the time and thought that I wouldn't be too late if I quickly got ready and zoomed out of the house. Which I promptly did. Reached Suntec slightly after 10am and Kim said she was queueing outside Room 202 where the first sale was supposed to be. I thought to myself  "Queue? Why is there a queue for the sale?" cos I was pretty surprised. So I joined Kim, Jane and Rusty (first time seeing her but I kinda knew who it was cos she is just as pretty as in her pictures). So we stood in line, talking, joking and wondering why the doors hadn't opened yet although it was way past 10am, the time at which the sale was supposed to start. Kim asked "how come all these people know of this sale ah?". Jane said "I wanna go ask the first person in the line what time she started queueing". I was thinking "How come this cosmetics sale so hot one?" And the demographics were kinda funny, there were those tai-tais with puffy hair and designer sunglasses, the girlfriends/wives who had dragged their boyfriends/husbands/kids over to queue with them..hmm..something looked a bit weird. I bet we even saw the banner promoting the Haute Avenue (designer bag importer) sales, but didn't think twice about it. And then, I saw people going into the next room (Room 202) which was already open, and realised that we were probably queueing at the wrong place. Jane quickly ran over to take a look and came out to call us in. It was the funniest thing ever, I swear. Hahaha! And we ran in and took over the cosmetics sales table and started swatching. Soon we were joined by Michelle, Joanna and Fatin (first time seeing her too *waves*). I don't know who else was there as these were the only people I knew. After Room 202,  we all headed to the Sephora sales on floor above.

Onto my hauls from Catwalk Alley and Sephora.

First pic is the stuff I bought from Room 202.

  • DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom 30ml (been wanting this since forever!)
  • BVLGARI Pour Homme Soir 50 ml (for the hubs. He adores this perfume and it was such a good buy at SGD52 for 50ml)
  • Maybelline Dream Mat Powder in 05 Apricot Beige (recommended by Kim and the salesperson said this shade would suit me just right. But I feel like the price is a bit high. SGD16 for drugstore powder?)
  • 3 ck eyeshadows in wedgwood, aqua shimmer and azure (SGD14 each)
  • 1 UD eyeshadow in Vert (SGD12 - usual USD17)
  • 1 UD dagger lipstick in Wanted (SGD14 - usual USD22, wanted Jailbait too (nude shade), but it was OOS)

The Sephora sale was kinda disappointing in a way. It was the second day, and there was nothing left that was super interesting. I still left with these two MD masks (2 for SGD40) and two Too Faced products (2 for SGD30). The MD masks retail at USD18 each online while the Two Faced lipgloss costs USD18 and Too Faced eyeshadow duo costs USD17. So I guess the sales weren't too bad from the price point of view.


I didn't check my items before leaving the place and only noticed THIS DISASTER when I got home. I called up Sephora ION, and the person said that I could go back for an exchange. I was so happy. I then called up Sephora NAC to confirm, and I was told that no exchange was possible for sales items. So i called Sephora ION back and someone else told me that I couldn't exchange bla bla. I geddit! But why didn't the first person tell me NO straight away. Pui! I wasted 3 calls. This is Too Faced Lucky Charms, an eyeshadow duo that's now a broken shattered single. I was astounded by its beauty when I swatched it. Super smooth and pigmented. The shades of green were distinct from each other (emerald foil and golden light green), but now it's just one big mess. Ughhhh!

Kim, Jane and I all bought these 3 ck shades. Love at first sight for the three of us. They are powdery soft and have nice colour payoff. The packaging is pretty sleek too and it comes with a small sponge applicator and mirror. I was tempted to get a ck powder foundation too (I think the salesperson recommended the shade in dune for me, it costs SGD39), but didn't in the end cos I have way too many face products to finish up.

My lippie products: Too Faced Girls Dig Pearls lipgloss in Pink Bling and Urban Decay lipstick in Wanted (warm berry).

Love the design although it's a bit bulky.

The Too Faced lipgloss has a nice peppermint smell to it and feels slightly tingly and refreshing at the same time on the lips. It's like a clear gloss with pink pearls, great for layering for extra oomph. The Urban Decay is creamy smooth and moisturizing, and smells of caramel. Mixed together it turns into a minty caramel concoction.

All in all, I'm pretty satisfied with everything, well minus the shattered eyeshadow...

April 13, 2010

My Red House MUA Cosmetics Fool's Quest haul

Aahhh I finally got my hands on my MUA cosmetics haul. It took a while cos I had to go collect it from the PO (since it was a registered package and there was nobody at home to receive it when it came). Silly me (more like damn-blur-like-sotong) happily went to the PO last Saturday AFTER it was closed. When I got there and looked through the glass door, I was like, wah no queue, and proceeded to push the door, but it didn't open. I went on to push the other side of the door (cos I thought one side was locked), and nothing happened again. And then, it dawned on me that perhaps it was closed, and I looked at the opening hours printed in white on the door, and almost smacked my forehead cos well, yes, it was CLOSED (even if there were still people behind the counter). I was 25 mins too late and basically, I had made a wasted trip over. I had totally mixed up the opening hours of the branch I was supposed to collect it at (open til 1pm), with the one that's nearest to my house (open til 3pm). Don't ask why Singpost decides that packages and registered articles should be stored at another branch when there's already a PO in my area. Something about not enough space and thus, Singpost makes me travel all the way to another branch when I could just take a stroll to the one that's 10 mins away from my house.

Well, enough rambling and on to the items I managed to snag at the quests. I only managed to catch the 2 last quests, and I totally regret missing the earlier ones cos at $1 each, these items are totally worth getting. And too bad that some were OOS too. I was refunded $9 for 9 items that were out of stock (small shadow brush (x3) , blush in Peach Parfait, sensitive mascara in black, volume X mascara in ink, lip rouge in sierra and melon sorbet and liquid luster in desire). Despite that, I must say I got quite a variety of items.


Blush On blush in 323 sparkling cider, 325 pink cloud, 326 shell

Blush On blush in 391 naked rose, 322 honey plum

Cremewear blush in illuminate, just blush and sweet talk


Mineral matte shadows in brazilian nut, cashmere, dusk

Mineral matte shadows in terra peach, twig, teak

Polychromatic shadow in chantilly, deja vous, fresco

Liquid lustre in euphoria and blossom

Lip rouge in wisteria.

Not pictured is the sensitive mascara in black/brown. And that concludes my haul. :)

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