Dec 19, 2010

My Current Skincare Routine!!

A big cheers to everyone!! As promised last week, this blog entry is about my skincare routine! Well, to start off, I have relatively pale skin with yellow undertone. I do get compliments about my skin at all times, but to clarify I don't have perfect skin or even close to, I just have tiny pores on my face and that seldomly breaks out. I have uneven skin tone, I tend to be darker on my forehead and chin area, some redness around my nose. My skin is very dehydrated and dry coz both my parents' are like this. My face doesn't produce much oil even in summer when it's super hot, so you get a sense of how dry it is! So that's pretty much the condition about the skin on my face!

I don't have a lot of skincare products coz I don't like to try many staff at the same time. I do tend to stick to one product till my skin cannot take it any more! So here is a pic of all. (I include my primer and foundation in here because I get questions about them all the time)

Let's start from makeup removers. (You might wonder why the hell I'm taking my skincare products pics with a Starbucks coffee cup, well, I just got it a couple of weeks ago and I'm in love with it, hope you don't mind!) I'm currently using L'Oreal Gentle Make-up Remover for Eyes and Lips. My previous eye and lips makeup remover is from Estee Lauder, but I was recommended L'Oreal by my friend and she sent me a bottle to try and she's like "They work pretty much the same, why paying 3 times the price to get Estee Lauder?" I finished her bottle and thought what she said makes sense, so I switched to this drug store brand, so far so great!! Next, for my face makeup remover, I am using Clarins Cleansing Milk with Gentian. There is a trick using this one, you pour some product out and warm it in between your hands and press the product onto your face gentlely, and then you wipe the product off with a cotton pad. You can actually see the dirt which was extracted from your face on the cotton pad. Amazing, huh?! This was taught by my friend who used to work at Sephora!

After I use my eyes, lips and face makeup remover, I'd like to use my Laneige Fresh Cleansing Foam. It's a very gentle cleanser and it's good for all skin types. I exfoliate my skin only once a week with my all time favorite Laneige Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel, and again it's very gentle. It has tiny beads like actual strawberry seeds and I can immediately feel the softness of my skin after massage and rinse off. It smells like fresh strawberry, yummy!!

After completely wash my face I'd like to use my Laneige Snow-bright Perfect Renew Skin Refiner. It has a viscous consistency, def thicker than normal toners, so I'd just like to apply with my fingers. It's really hydrating and that's the effect I was looking for!

Next is serum. For day time I am using Chanel Precision Hydramax+ Active Serum. I don't recommend to use this product alone or as a substitute for a moisturizer because it does not provide enough moisture for the entire day, you have to apply another layer of cream on top of it. It smells great and it's working great for my dry skin!! At night I am using Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Complex, you guys probably heard so many good things about this product and I am too in love with it!!

I have three eye products. For the day, I am using Chanel Beaute Initiale Eye Gel. This texture of this product is like a lotion, very liquidy and gentle and absorbs into the skin right away, I love it!! For some days if I feel really tired and my dark circles are obvious, I use my Chanel Ultra Correction Line Repair Cream. The consistency is def thicker than the eye gel and it's more concentrated. At night, I am using Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Recovery Complex. I have been using this product for 5 years, still effective on me. Great product that I still have 2 new bottles as back ups! I know EL has introduced a refined product for this one, but I just think they should be very similar if not identical.

Because it's summer here in New Zealand, I am using my Chanel Precision Hydramax+ Active Moisture Cream day and night and it's fabulous. It smells great and works great together with the Serum, providing sufficient amount of moisture and hydrate my skin like it drinks 8 bottles of water every day!! In winter, I use Dior's Hydra Life Hydrating Essence in Cream, love love love it since it's so moisturing. Ever since I started using this product, my skin never feel dry and flaky in dry season. The reason I don't use it in summer is because it tends to be too oily that I will look greasy, yeah, even for my super dry skin type!! My husband once tried this product on his face and he has oily skin, he broke out like crazy for another two weeks. So it's def not a useful product for those who has normal to oily skin!

I want include my face primer and foundation here in my skin routine as well because I was asked a lot about them. "How do you look so pale and flawless?!" is the very common question I got. Well, my holy grail products are Dior Radiant Base and Lancome Maquiliquide Mooist Perfect Forever Fundation. The Dior Radiant Base comes with only one shade, it has very tiny golden blue shimmers in it (almost invisable) which gives a natural glow to your face. It evens out your skintone and provides a smoothier surface for foundation application. For the Lancome foundation, I think it's Asian exclusive coz on the back of the bottle it says designed for Asian Skins. I got the lightest shade, which kinda matches my skin tone. These two products combine to give me a flawless healthy look!!

So that's it for my skin care routine, I hope you enjoy it! Just in case I won't have another blog entry before Christmas, Merry Christmas to everyone!!! All the best!!

Dec 11, 2010

Tag: Nice & Naughty List 2010!

This blog entry is inspired by Jen from, she's tagging everyone for this. I've used a lot of products this year and some of them are real good and some of them are simply disapointments. So I decide to responding the tag by sharing my Nice and Naughty List of the year 2010.

First, my Nice List, think I should start from my YSL Rouge Volupte Perle lipstick in #102, Coral Sun. It's a limited edition, the texture is so creamy and smooth, the color is gorgeous and so flattering on my warm pale skin tone. I can't describe its scent, but it smells like flowers from heaven! Def my No.1 Lippie and I am sure I will purchase another one as a backup!!

 No.2: Chanel Christalle Eau Verte Concentree Spray Perfume. I love its citrus and Neroli scent, which calms me down at all times, making me feel relaxed and refreshed!

 No.3: Hydramax+ Active Moisture Boost Serum. It works immediately on my very dehydrated dry skin, makes it healthier and  smoothier. I use my Chanel Hydramax+ Active Moisture Cream right on top of it for even better results. I will talk more in detail about these products in my future blog entry, sth. like my skincare routine!

No. 4: CD Diorskin Radiant Base. It's a foundation base and because it is slightly shimmering you can use it as a highlighter. It evens out my skin tone and provides a smoothier surface for me to apply foundation. It doesn't break out my skin at all and it's SPF 15.

 No. 5: My "lifesaver" very cheap but precious drugstore/supermkt accessible Vaseline White Petroleum Jelly. I had a lip inflammation in June this year, I was so desperate that I went to my local pharmacy asking for help and I was told to try some medicated lip balm such as Alpha Keri. It didn't work for me, so my friend who had the same thing before recommended me Vaseline coz that's what heals her. So I tried and my inflammation went away in just 3 days, how amazing is that. I am still using this product whenever I have chapped lips.

Now for the Naughty List.

No1: Anna Sui Nail Color in 700. I bought this nail polish because I think the color is gorgeous and it does look awesome on my nails. However, it gets chipped away so easily and I only used it for 4 or 5 times, the product is all dried out and I cannot even open the bottle now! The package is awesome, but the quality, nop!

No. 2: CD Diorshow Power 001 Blanc Podium Onstage White. I know a lot of people love this collection, but I had difficulty playing around with it. I like its shinny designed package but I just don't know how to properly apply the product. Everytime I either applied too much and the shimmer flied everywhere, messed up my entire makeup or I applied too little that I can't even see it. So I don't know maybe I need to play a bit more with it!

No.3: Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette. I had a review of it in the previous blog entry (, I hate it because of the fall-out, just waaaaay too much for me to handle!

Next, No. 4: Cameleon Makeup Collection 98 Color Palette. The colors are not as pigmented as expected and the fall-out is a nightmare. Not to mention about the 4 sponge applicators, soooooo cheap and crappy. It's now sitting down the bottom of my drawer!

No. 5:  Golden Eyes Eyeshadow Palette. Again the colors are not pigmented and the fall-out is just crazy!

All right, that's my Nice&Naughty List of 2010. I will try to write a blog entry about skincare routine nxt week, so looking forward to that! Have a great one!

Dec 5, 2010

2010 Travel Exclusive Eyeshadow Palettes Review!

Today I am going to review three eyeshadow palettes (1 from Clinique and 2 from Estee Lauder)  I purchased about a month and half ago from my local DFS. I've used all the colors in these palettes in different combination so I am able to point out the pros and cons for them. Here is a quick look at the package and colors in these lovely kit.

 Now first thing first, here is the Estee Lauder Pure Color Rainbow Eye Palette. The package is super with a golden shiny slide-open and 3 clear plastic layers. The colors in the first layer are 18 Lacoon, 42 Mint Ice, 12 Candy Cube, 10 Ivory Box and the colors in the second layer are 38 Chocolate, 60 Tea Biscuit, 23 Berry Ice and 63 Mocha Cup. All the colors in this palette are shimmery apart from 38 Chocolate, which has a matt finish. These colors are just beautiful and they have a median pigmentation, which I do like coz it's summer here in NZ, I don't like my eyeshadow to over-shown on my lids. However, since this palette is a little bit powery, it does seem to fall out, but not a lot that I can handle it well! Last but not least, there is a brush set down the bottom row of the palette and it includes a sponge applicator and a small brush that I use for blending purpose! The only thing with this kit that I need to gripe about is it does not have a mirror whatsoever, although I can see myself through the gold top layer, I can't tell the color properly and that's sth. that Estee Lauder might have to think about refine it for next year. Other than that, it's a pretty good product and it gets a overall rating of A- from me!!

 Secondly, this another Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette. I wasn't originally gonna get this one coz the package of this palette does not hold a candle to the Rainbow palette above, but I just started to learn eye-makeup, I thought I'd have more colors to play with, so I picked up this one just for the niumber of colors it comes with. The colors from the first in the top row to the last in the bottom row are 35 Cinnamon, 03 Pink Quartz, 60 Tea Biscuit (a dupe from the Rainbow), 24 Midnight, 01 Pink Ice, 53 Ginger Drop, 06 Lilac, 09 Amethyst and 44 Camouflage.  And again, the only matt shadow from this palette is 44 Camourflage and all the others have shimmer in them. However, I think color 53 and 06 have a satin finish. Now for quality, this palette has waaaay more fall out than the Rainbow one above and I was very frustrated because of that. The color pigmentation is not as good either, so I give it a rating of C. However, it does come with a tiny mirror when you flip open, and two cheap sponge applicators, but other than that I don't have anything good to say about this kit!
 Last but not least, Clinique Eyes To Go Color Surge Eye Shadow Palette. It has 8 colors, from left to right, they are 03 Lucky Penny, 01 French Venilla, 08 Sparkling Sage, 04 Strawberry Fudge Duo (two colors), 10 Violet, 05 Light Blue and 06 Dark Blue. I like how pigmented this palette is and the large mirror that is so convenient for travel. A double-ended brush tool, rhough a little cheap, works pretty well. The only problem is again the considerable amount of fall out, but not as bad as the Estee Lauder 9 color palette above. Well, I give a B+ for this one!
I really would like to try out the Chanel eyeshadow quads (heard so many good things about them), but I couldn't find the newest issue in my local department store or DFS. However, I have recently found out that does international shipping for its cosmetics, so I might order several pieces from them soon and they are much cheaper than purchasing over here in NZ.

All right, that's for my current eyeshadow review, hope you enjoy it and have a good one!

Dec 1, 2010

Thanksgiving Haul!

I did my Thanksgiving shopping last Friday and got myself a couple of things from my local department store. They were running a 25% off everything excluding cosmetics, but as an alternative, the cosmetics counters did give out gifts with the purchase, so I think it's kinda like the same as discounts coz the gifts that they gave out were worth way more than the discounts. Here are the staff I got.

A YSL Rouge Volupte Perle lipstick in #102 and I think the color is called Coral Sun. I did swatch it in one of the pics below. It is a limited edition and I love the color so much that I am thinking of buying another one as a backup. The teddy bear behind it is a present I got for my friend Aggie for this Christmas and I'll give it to her this weekend as she invited us to her house for a dinner. I got it from a Korean gift shop and it costs $50, quite expensive, but so adorable and sparkling, so good as a backdrop of a photograph, haha!

 I got another lipstick from Dior and it's Rough Dior 264 Lilac (see swatch below). I adore this color because it's nude pink, so graceful! I thought it's a matt finish, but it did look shimmering on my lips!

 Here is the swatch (sorry you have to see my chubby hairy hand). Oh, here is my first OPI nail polish, I heard so many good things about it and I decided to try and I was very pleased with the color and the texture, simply great!
 Here is the Dior Holiday Palette that I mentioned yesterday. The package is awesome.
 I tried all of the products in this palette and I love all of them apart from the face compact, which does not match my skintone. But, overally, it's a worth buy! Just in case you're curious, the shiny crystal heart that I filmed in this pic is my birthday present I got from my husband a year ago. It's a 1GB USB storage, and now I'd like to use it to store my important documents.
 Here is the gift I got from YSL, it has a letter "Y" print detail, isn't that gorgeous?! It did come with 3 samples, a mini-lipstick, a makeup remover sample and a mini-mascara! I've given all of them away to my friends!
 Here is the gift set I got from Dior, a purse, a makeup remover, a mascara, a lipstick, a foundation sample and a moisturizer! I'd like to keep them to myself this time!
I've several eye shadow palette that I want to review and I've taken photos of them. But now I gotta work, stock mkt is about to open. I will do the review in my next blog entry! Bye for now!

Nov 30, 2010

Buffet high up in the Sky!

Hubbie and I recently received a fortune we never expected so we decided we need to go out and celebrate the thing. We went to Skycity in Auckland, where we live. There is this restaurant up on the top of the tower called observatory and that's where we booked our seat to have a buffet. We were going to book the night menu for $62/per but since hubbie does not favor raw seafood, which are main dish in the dinner menu, we decided to go for the lunch menu for $43/per including the free-entry to the main observatory that I've never paid a visit to, which normally cost $25/per. 

This is the look of the day! I recently bought the Dior Holiday Collection makeup palette, lots of people were raving about how good the collection is. Well, I kinda like it, but there is this one thing with it I don't like, the makeup compact in my palette is #030, which is waaaaay to duck for me, I saw the palette from, the color is #010, so I think they sell different product in Southern Hemisphere. Anyhow, other than that, it's great! So for this look I used everything in the palette apart from the compact, all the colors look flattering on me!

 I love prawns, I had about 30 of them, yum!

 Here is the Swarovski Hyphen Bracelet I got as a Thanksgiving present from hubbie. My wrist is kinda chubby and my Sony camera could not pickup the shine of the crystal. Well, the pic below shows how the bracelet actually looks like, I love it!

 Awesome view from the restaurant high up in the sky!
 These crazy people are skywalking right outside where we were dinning!
 This is the main observatory room. This 38mm piece of glass is as strong as concrete, but I still feel like I was gonna fall. See the expression on my face, totally weird! Hubbie said I conquered my fear of high, a good one!
 Hubbie standing on the glass. He also jumped like a mad kid.
 Me squatting on the glass, try to be brave. But did you see my hand, firmly holding on the stone, for what? I don't know!
 Big boy again, he enjoyed this piece of glass so much, lol!
That's pretty much it, enjoy!

Nov 20, 2010

A Happy Birthday to Hubby!

Today is my Hubby's birthday and we thought we were not going to celebrate his 30 years birthday (he was born in 1981, but in China he's like 30) because there is this tradition in China that a person shouldn't celebrate his/her birthday when he/she is turning to an age that is a multiple of 10. I don't know why we decided to follow this tradition but we as well did. So he has no birthday cake this year, but that doesn't mean we cannot have a weekend night out, right?!

The look before heading out!

These are the main makeups that I used for this look, I didn't include moisturizer, foundation base, foundation and concealer in here coz I want to save them for another blog entry (maybe skincare routine or something like that) so that I can review all of them in detail, so wait to check that out!

Here are the pics for the makeup that I did today! (Sorry they are kinda small but I just want to fit them all in one pic and provide explanation individually!) Note: It's normally very difficult for me to wear pink lipstick because of my skin tone, or I just say I look sick in pink, but I love pink like crazy, so I usually go for a very sheer pink lipstick and put a layer of a nude lipgloss on top of it, and it works!

Eyeshadow:   Maybelline Diamond Glow Eyeshadow Quad in 07 (Asia exclusive I think)
Eyeliner:   Bobbi Brown  Long-wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
Mascare:   Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara in 01 Black
Highlighter:   Diorshow Face loose power in 001 Blanc Podium Onstage White
Cheeks:   Becca Loose Shimmer Powder in Gypsy
Lipstick:   Nivea Pearl Shine Lipstick
Lipgloss:   Anna Sui Lipgloss in 302
We went to a famous local restaurant called Lone Star and me and my hubby just love the food there, they are amazing! Here is the outside look of the restaurant, isn't that gorgeous?! it's a very traditional Kiwi restaurant!

Try to look cute but was actually a hungry face with huge desire for food, wahahaha......

Me with the New Zealand Mussels dish, it was a entree, 7 fresh green lipped mussels from the beautiful coastal waters of NZ - steamed open in a lemon, white wine and garlic cream sauce, sooooo yummy!

Me again with one extra entree sized Redneck Ribs, 6 pork ribs blanched in honey&spices, blasted in the Lone Star furnace & smothered with hoisin orange & sesame seed sauce. Me and hubby's all time favorite, a must order dish for both of us!

Finally Hubby with his favorite Shank Williams, 2 lamb shanks slowly braised in a rich stock with mushrooms, onions, tomato, redwine and fresh herbs, served with wholegrain mustard mashed potato and Lone Star coleslaw. The dish looks a bit small in the pic, but the shanks are actually huge and hubby was not able to finish them all, coz he's obsessed with my dishes, lol

Well, the dinner was a bit cheaper than we expected coz we spent NZ$150 on my birthday, and this dinner was less than NZ$70, so hubby said we should go see HP7, a movie which held us together 6 years ago when it was HP2 at that time. But I just hated that movie now, I don't know why I didn't go with him coz it's his big day, I should, coz he went to watch Wall Street 2 with me and did not understand the movie in financial aspect at all, well, I think I just got screwed up. But anyway, the food is delicious and we had a wonderful time tonight!