Sunday, 15 March 2015

My Favorite Lipcolors!

I love me some lip colors! Over the years, my makeup routine has changed. I went from all-around heavy on the eye (insert: dark eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara) to just curl my eyelashes, blush and some color to my lip!

Lip colors can really brighten your face, and I do feel, especially when you're sitting in an office all day with the air condition on, you tend to look pale when you don't add just a hint of colors to your lips. Just touch-up on your lipstick, and you look ten times better and fresher!

So I thought I'm gonna do a post about the different lipsticks and lipgloss that I've been experimenting and also share my favorites! 

Firstly, these!

I used to love, love lipgloss! But I think nowadays I prefer lipstick and when you find the right lipstick that's moisturizing and doesn't make your lips feel so dry, that's how you find a winner. So let's start from left to right.

1. Motives Lip Gloss in Drama Queen
I actually got this as a Christmas present from a colleague, and the color is this nice soft pink with glitters and gloss. It actually looks more nude when I put it on my lip, so I definitely would love to see the color show off more. If you just want a hint of color and gloss without being too obvious, I think you can give this a try!

2. Stila Liquid Lipstick in Fiery
Okay, this one is really, really red, I gotta warn you. It's so red that even when you try, you can't completely wipe the color off so easily. Maybe that's a good thing cos you know the color won't rub off when you eat or something. It feels kinda milky in your lip - I'm still trying to rock on a full-front bold red lipstick but if you do, this one definitely takes the cake. I just don't know whether this is the best product in terms of feeling nice and moist on your lip, because I do think this gets dry after wearing this a while, And you have to be really skilled with the brush while applying this because like I said, it's really red!

3. Etude House Peach Water Gloss in Peach Milk
I got this as a gift also, and it's the first time I'm trying out a product from Etude House. Can't say much about it - it does the job, it gives me this nude, natural color as well and this one is not as glittery as the Motives lipgloss. 

4. Curvy Lip Silicone in 805
What attracted me to this one is its packaging. I bought this from Sasa in Hong Kong upon just randomly browsing at their cosmetics section. It says that it has silicone to make your lips look fuller and plumper, so hey, I'm sold! I like this lip gloss as the color is very nude and it feels soft in my lip - although a bit too sticky for my liking. It also has this very interesting applicator that is not like other lipglosses. In terms of whether it really makes your lip fuller and thicker? Hm, I kinda feel that it does, although that could very well just be me. Oh and this stays for quite a while too! Next time I'm in Hong Kong, I would definitely wanna see if they have this in other colors.

Okay, moving on to strictly lipsticks, which I love now! And I'm starting to embrace these bolder colors as opposed to just sticking to natural, nude colors when I was younger. 

5. Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in True Red
So this is probably one of the earlier lipsticks in red that I got to try out something bold. And I really like it! It's matte bright red, and I usually apply this with another lipstick brush instead of the lipstick itself for a more precise application. It tends to be a bit dry though, so I always carry my lip balm everywhere to just add on whenever my lip feels dry. 

6. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Plum Velour
Oh I love, love this color! Tried this for fun as well as I've never tried purple lipstick before. But surprisingly I really like this and it definitely makes me more adventurous to maybe try something darker also. This purple is not as dark as it looks, it still brightens up my face but I do feel more 'dark and mysterious' whenever I put this on. And the texture is just perfect, unlike the previous Revlon, this one doesn't make my lips feel dry at all. 

7. Mac Amplified Lipstick in Craving
Another favorite of mine is this Mac lipstick in darker pink. I absolutely love this color too and it's both moisturizing and comfortable to use. I meant to actually look for other colors of this collection too because I love the feeling of this in my lips!

But, actually I was sidetracked on the way to Mac by the sales lady from Laneige and since then, I've been a huge fan of this brand! I think this is the first Korean brand that I love! I started using their lipbalm and their BB cream as well and so far they're fabulous. So let's go on to my Most Favorite Lipsticks so far, both by Laneige!
8. Laneige K-Secret Cushion Tint in Red Orange
So this has been my favorite for a few months now and it's so unique that one side of it is the lipstick, while the other side is the applicator. The applicator itself is a round-sponge that you can use to dab the lipstick in your lips to blend the colors. It's super easy and convenient to use and I love the color! It doesn't wipe off easily too and it's not dry at all. 

A couple of weeks ago, though, I got this new serum intense lipstick and we got a winner, ladies and gentlemen!

9. Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick in LED Pink
This is my absolute favorite! I'm obsessed with this that I have to carry this everywhere I go, and I make sure I do a touch-up when I'm in the office. The color is actually very pink (it doesn't show that way due to poor lightning) and I normally don't wear bright pink so I wasn't sure at first. But I love, love it! The pink looks amazing and it feels great too! Super hydrating and not dry at all, I can even straightaway apply the lipstick without lipbalm and still feel great. I would definitely recommend everyone try this brand if you're in the lookout for lipsticks. After this, I would certainly get their other colors too!  

So there you go! Hope you enjoy the post and find it somewhat useful, otherwise well, just look at the pretty pictures! I would love to know your favorite lipcolors too!

Stay awesome, people!

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Let's do OOTD!

Let's take some photos! (And since my place is up the highest level, the ride on the lift plus the full-length mirror makes the perfect #ootd moments!)

Anyway I'm not what you call a fashionista, but sometimes it's just good to have fun with my outfits! I hardly shop outside these days, but I try.. And when I can't, then online shopping is the next best thing!

Here are some outfits from last week that I thought would be fun to show off cos they're kinda different from my usual get-go.

So I got this cute colorful jumper from Zalora and so far I love to wear it on the weekends. The off-shoulder sleeve is a fun lil' touch to the outfit, and just pair it with my red small bag from Nine West, off I go!

I've been wanting to sport this flannel look for a while cos it looks casual yet trendy. It gives an extra 'tomboyish' style to the otherwise boring tanktop-and-shorts combination. I wore this on the weekend as well, but I think I can do a Casual Friday to work on this too with nice pair of jeggings and heels! Got the flannel shirt from Topshop and the shorts is from Cotton On.

Okay, I wasn't too sure about this one cos I usually don't wear pencil skirts. Usually my go-to work outfits are dresses. But I saw this skirt online and it looked great on the model (of course right?) so I thought I'd give it a try. I was gonna wear a shirt and tuck it in the skirt, but I realize that my hip is lower than most people, so whenever I wear a skirt, it doesn't fall nicely but always a bit too high for me because of my hip-disposition. So I decided to just look for a top which hangs loosely and not too long so I didn't have to tuck it in and my hip wouldn't really show. 

Surprisingly I quite like this combination so I'll experiment more with different tops and maybe similar skirts.

Oh and I really love this dress! It looks like a 2-piece but it's actually a one-piece dress. Got this from Zalora also from their Chinese New Year collection so you see the details on the top is very new year-feel! So pretty right? And it has high-neck design so it kinda feels like a cheongsam top. I wore this on the first day of Chinese New Year during visitation and so far I love it!

That's all for now! If you like seeing more of this post, let me know and I can try doing maybe a weekly OOTD compilation. It could be fun, although it probably will get boring after a while :)

Have a lovely weekend, people! And stay awesome!

I'm sorry that I'm not sorry.

I need to get this off my chest.

I've come a long way since I was a silly 20-year old living out in my parents' place, spending money and partying away. I was that kid who needed validation, who loved being the center of attention, surrounded by friends because I couldn't take being alone. I didn't want to be lonely - so I overcompensated. 

I made bad choices, yes I know. But who doesn't? I've grown to someone who's comfortable enough being in her own skin, who no longer needs a comformation from society to 'fit in' and be accepted. I learned that it's not a matter of how many friends you have, or how many parties you go to that makes you a better person. 

I'm finally content - with the job that I'm passionate about, my family and partner of the past 4 years, and close friends I've known for years. It used to be 'hey I don't agree with your life choices and materialistic, hedonistic behaviour but let's be friends nonetheless' but now I take comfort in the fact that I can get away from people who are toxic and negative.. and be okay with that decision.

So seriously. You. I don't hate you. I've known you for so long and I've tried my best to help you out. To offer a listening ear, to support you in your choices, but man, maybe it's time for me to think about me because you're bringing me down. I care about you, but I can't go through the same thing all over again when I feel that you're never listening to me and no matter how many times I told you to do something, you say yes and you agree, but you never do it! And again and again, you come to me and complain, and get frustrated, but what do you expect? If you never do something about it, how would you expect things to change?

We're adults enough to know that we can't control other people's action, or that we can't even control the situation that is happening to us, but all we can control is our own action. And if someone is just consistently beating you down, bringing your self esteem to a down low, belittling you, making everything a competition and shoving it in your face that you can't win... this person is NOT your friend and you should keep this person out of your life once in for all. Because fool me once, shame on you, but fool me twice, shame on me.

I'm fine being your punching bag sometimes if I know that at least you're trying to be better, to make things right. But how much more of it can I take? 

I have enough things on my plate as it is. Everyone has responsibilities right? I love my job but it's keeping me busy all the time, and the traveling isn't so bad nowadays but it was quite bad a few months ago when I had to be out of the country most of the time. My relationship takes effort too. I have my own insecurities, God knows that. I have a lot of issues. Sometimes I don't feel like I'm good enough - I push my boyfriend away because I'm convinced he's better off without me. 

What I'm saying is.. maybe I would have had more patience if this were happening in my early 20s. But I can't deal with this right now because I have my own things to worry about. I've reached the limit and I don't want to be mean. I wish you all the best and I hope you can sort out your life and feel confident again. I hope all that, and more. But I'm sorry that I can't be there to see you repeat the same mistakes and complain about the same thing over and over again.