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December 03, 2011

Belated Birthday celebration with friends

Yesterday night was a good night, filled with great company, food and makeup goodies. A big thank you to Sophia, Kim, Amy, Jerlaine and Kas for the presents and the awesome cake, and also to Gwen who came to meet us too.

Dinner was at Everything with Fries (EwF) at Orchard Central. We each had a Har Jeong Kai burger meal with either sour cream and onion fries and garlic fries. The serving is pretty generous for a $9.90 meal and I personally couldn't finish this.

(Most pics below taken with my iPhone3GS)

The birthday cake! The girls had lighted a candle and were waiting to surprise me with this yummy looking chocolate cake on the table while I was away in the washroom. This cake is from Awfully Chocolate which, as it turns out, are the same people behind EwF.

The presents! Urban Decay Mariposa palette and fresh Brown Sugar edp. I am so happy with my gifts. Been lemming for both and now I can strike them off my wishlist.

That was not all. More goodies were exchanged and passed around. Everytime we meet it's like Christmas.

Benefit velvet eyeshadows from Jerlaine's mini spree. I chose a couple of neutral shades in Fawn Over Me and Tickled Mink.

Beauty.com F&F 20% sale spree items from Gwen. I got a large Z-palette after I filled my first one with Inglot eyeshadow pans, and also bought the Cargo Safari collection that Kim recommended to me. It comes with a full-sized blush in Coral Beach, an eyeshadow duo in gold and olive green shades, an eye pencil in khaki, a lip gloss in Serengeti and a mascara. Not bad for USD34 when a blush by itself costs USD28. Comes in a cute little pouch.

My first Cargo blush:

After dinner, we trooped to Lush which had just opened at Wisma Atria. It's just like a candy store. Everything looks so yummy and smells good. I didn't buy anything there and then, but I'm sure I'll be back to check out the store soon.

Last stop for the day was Sephora and I walked out with 2 tokidoki palettes.

October 17, 2011

Haul: Urban Decay 15-Year Anniversary goodies

These are some Urban Decay 15-Year Anniversary goodies that I hauled earlier this year. They are still BNIB up til now. Oops! Yeah, I haven't had the heart or the time to start using them, so I have no swatches to show you. Nothing that google can't help you with though. :)

Link to eyeshadow swatches: http://www.temptalia.com/urban-decay-15th-anniversary-eyeshadow-palette-swatches-sneak-peek

Link to eyeliner swatches: http://www.lipglossiping.com/2011/02/urban-decay-15-year-anniversary-247-glide-on-eye-pencil-set/

October 08, 2011

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils haul and swatches

This is my little stash of UD 24/7 glide-on shadow pencils, spreed from the UD website during the F&F sale and also during another 20% sale I think. I definitely didn't buy them at full price.

Out of the 12 available shades, these are what I have.

Barracuda: Black with silver sparkle

Delinquent: Purple with purple sparkle

Mercury: Gunmetal

Rehab: Taupe

Sin: Champagne

Wasteland: Dark brown

I love these. Once they set, they don't budge. Love using them as liner.

A few months ago, I redeemed my Sephora vouchers and included this Sephora jumbo liner pencil in Taupe in my basket. The Sephora taupe is slightly different from the UD taupe. The texture of the Sephora pencil is also creamier and softer in comparison and takes longer to set, making it easier to blend if you're gonna use it as an eyeshadow. Otherwise, just like UD, it seems budge-proof. It is also at a fraction of the cost of the UD pencils at SGD17.

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 18, 2010

swatches of my recent green eyeshadows: Too Faced, ck, UD

So Rusty was asking me whether there was a difference between the green eyeshadow in the Too Faced Lucky Charms duo and the ck emerald that I got recently. I was having trouble with my card reader (still am in fact. Another thing that needs replacing..ughh) and couldn't post it, so I "twitpic-ed" it to her. In case anyone missed it and is interested, here's a swatch of the green eyeshadows I've accumulated in my latest hauls.

November 08, 2010

more hauls: Calvin Klein, Urban Decay, Too Faced

All of you who have read my previous entry or followed me on twitter would surely know about the whole eyeshadow incident. I had bought a Too Faced eyeshadow duo at the Sephora sales but hadn't checked the condition until I reached home, only to find that it was broken to pieces. Made calls to Sephora outlets, was told that I could go back to do an exchange, and then told that I couldn't...Anyway, lovely Kim called me on Saturday to let me know that I could go back for an exchange. Oh joy! She happened to go back to Suntec and took the opportunity to ask them personally. That was soooo thoughtful! And so, I got ready and left home....without the receipt!..which I only realized after getting on the train! I was so irritated, debating in my head whether it was worth it to go back home to get it. In the end, I made a U-turn, walked back home in the sweltering heat to grab the receipt, and walked back to the train station. I was thinking it would be over soon enough. Lost 20-30 minutes going back and forth, but hey, better be safe than sorry. So I got there, showed the girl the eyeshadow, which she acknowledged as broken, and she asked me to choose another one. I asked her if she needed to see the receipt and she said that it wasn't necessary. A please-kill-me-now thought ran through my head, but like I said, better safe than sorry.

And because Kim tweeted about new stuff being sold at Room 202, I went to have a look. I guess I shouldn't have done that because I ended up buying more stuff. More of the same, none of the new.

  • UD eyeshadow in Toasted (one of those that I had put back on the table the day before)
  • UD lipsticks in Requiem (deep neutral) and Trainwreck (fuchsia)
  • Too Faced eyeshadow duo in Shamrock Chic (Chocolate Brown and Iced Sage - like a pale green)
  • ck eyeshadow in emerald (didn't see this on the first day as there was no tester for this)
  • ck brow pencil in brunette (SGD10)

And here is Lucky Charms in one piece...

I realize now that I have bought a lot of greens and browns in my latest hauls, and I'm not even going through a phase. Pure coincidence I suppose...

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...

May 03, 2010

Urban Decay FNF spring 2010 haul

Went to the PO to collect this package this morning. So here's a quick entry on my recent Urban Decay haul during the 30% off FNF sale (prices are before 30% off)

The Hall of Fame (US$23, valued at US$54)

- XL Eyeshadow Primer Potion: 60% larger than the original size!
- 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero: creamy, waterproof, forever-lasting black
- NEW Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara: complete with its full-size brush
- Lipstick in Midnight Cowboy: sheer beige shimmer
- Pocket Rocket Lip Gloss in Timothy: coral with a pink glow

24/7 duo with grindhouse (US$29 each, valued at US$43)

- Binge and Bourbon (navy and brown+sparkle)
- Oil Slick and Lust (black+sparkle and deep purple+sparkle)

And each set comes with a sharpener (called Grindhouse which can be used for both slim and thick pencils). Woot to that although I've been using my Revlon Streetwear sharpener for years now!

De-Slick Mattifying Powder US$30

Can be used over naked skin or over foundation to blot oil and keep shine at bay. The application puff, although very pretty, is rather flimsy.

Deluxe Shadow Box US$38

9 Shadows: Fishnet (light purple) , Honey (gold), Ransom (dark purple), Graffiti (green), Zero (black), Peace (turquoise), Shag (bronze), Scratch (champagne) , Underground (fawn)

I have seen this palette on the UD website for a long time, but never really thought of getting it cos of the price probably (yes I do some makeup math à la Kas from time to time too). Well, I finally decided to take the plunge and got this since it was 30% off and who knows when it might be discontinued. I totally loved the velvety-smooth and creamy texture of the deluxe eyeshadows when I first swatched them at the UD counter in Sephora, and although it would be fun (but expensive) to collect them individually solely because each mirrored compact comes with a unique piece of art inspired by graffiti, street art, and graphic design, it wouldn't make much economical sense to me as I'm not a heavy user. So this palette is perfect to try out a range of colours without burning a hole in your pocket. I especially like the last row with Shag, Scratch and Underground. Very everyday colours yes?

For some makeup math from Kas on this palette, head here.

For swatches, click here.

(Kas, I didn't ask for permission, but hope you don't mind the linking! lol)

And wow, I found this picture of a haul which was done a super duper long time ago when UD just launched at Sephora. I didn't do a haul entry then and needless to say that I haven't even used any of these yet. Here, we have the Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Finishing Powder and Complexion Primer Potion-Pore Perfecting. Will open these up to use in due time. Too many products, too little time. Sigh.

Hope you liked this haul entry! :)

February 01, 2010

Urban Decay Get Baked palette swatches


For amyrleex who was curious abt this UD Get Baked palette, here's a close up look and some swatches.

L-R: Twice Baked, Half Baked, Flipside, Baked.

The palette also comes with a sample tube of UDPP in Sin which is a champagne version of the original primer.

Above is a swatch of Sin vs the original UDPP. Sin is shimmery while the original dries invisibly.

I must admit, I rarely use my UDPP...I suppose I'm just too lazy..lol


January 26, 2010

Benefit, Urban Decay, MAC hauls

Ok have not been updating lately. These hauls were not bought all at once, some are from quite a while back, some I have just received, just that I was too lazy to post. :p I won't go much in detail abt the products, just enjoy the pics. LoL. And needless to say that most of the stuff was bought during a sale of some sort. I rarely buy anything full-price.


Matterial Girl

creaseless cream eyeshadow/liner in busy signal

velvet eyeshadow in dandy brandy

Miss Popularity highlighter (free gift)

lipsticks in la la land (nude rose), thrillin' brazilian (spiced chai) and passionista (rich garnet).

Benefit Girls Night In set (lipstick in lady's choice (caramel pink) + creaseless cream shadow/liner in birthday suit + skinny jeans + talent brush + magnets)

Lipsticks in sugar rush (spicy caramel - pearl), fruit cocktail (spiced cider - pearl) and sassy frass

silky powder eyeshadow in soft shoulder (free gift)

creaseless cream eyeshadow/liner in get figgy and gossip


BADgal pencil (free gift)

That Gal primer and mini Dr Feelgood (free samples)


UD Hi-Fi 24/7 set (zero, 1999, flipside, mildew, Heavy Metal glitter eyeliner in Distortion)

UD Stereophonic 24/7 set (zero, underground, crash, gunmetal, Heavy Metal glitter eyeliner in Midnight Cowboy)

UD Get Baked palette

UDPP sample



MAC Eyeshadow Palette MYSTIC


MAC Softsparkle Pencil in NIGHTSKY and IRIS ACCENTS

All at 20% off at Nordstrom (still have 2 brush sets coming!!)


LA Girl RockStar in Groupie and Party Animal.

Damn I have a lot of LA Girl polishes now..haha..thanks to the JL sale.

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