Friday, August 29, 2014

Ice Candy

This isn't quite the traditional Filipino ice candy I enjoyed as a child but I didn't have the skinny plastic bags they usually come in. Ice candy is duh, an ice pop without a stick. My mum still makes Avocado and condensed milk combo using a mug so I figured this could be done in pretty much any container. This is just slightly messier to eat. This one is nice to chuck into smoothies or even just a bowl of fresh fruit and yogurt.

You will need: 
- Fruit of some sort. I used 2 cups of frozen boysenberries
- 2 cups of light coconut milk
- Stevia or your choice of sweetener
- baking paper
- some space in the freezer

1. Blend the berries, coconut milk and sweetener.
2. Pour into a dish lined with baking paper.
3. Freeze overnight. Slice in sections and layer with more baking paper so they don't stick together in a container.
4. Enjoy on their own or smash into a bowl of fruit and yogurt. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Used Up #1

Here we go - my very first empties /used up products' video. The video is quite long so I've detailed the products in this post. I find the best reviews come from these kind of videos, and that's down to the fact that those products weren't recalled and the reviewer has had enough time to form an opinion on the thing. One rookie mistake I made here was reviewing something I finished a long time ago - not being able to remember exactly why I didn't like it. 

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair
This was my first bottle of the stuff and I would gladly buy this again solely for LOLs I got out of the product placement in that Tom Ford shoot scene in Mademoiselle C.  

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye
A touch pricey but this sample made me want to purchase the full size jar. Will I? Won't I? You'll see an haul if I do. 

Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron
This was impressive when it was shiny and new but I realised there are other products that do the same job and are less sticky. Right now, that's my fast absorbing Aesop Fabulous Face Oil. I lumped Hydraluron in the 'repurchase category' because I like what Indeed Labs stand for (modest packaging and prices) plus it's widely available in New Zealand - from your local Farmers or chemist. 

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Moisturizer SPF50
Does what it says on the tube and doesn't mess with makeup. 

Skinfood Nourishing Moisturizer
Again, does what it says on the tube. This one is available from local supermarkets and even The Warehouse (where everyone gets a bargain). 

Bioderma Sensibio H20
I ran out of this and ended up using olive oil to remove some extremely thick black liquid liner. It was awful. A new bottle (sensitive version) is on its way. 

Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Fluid Makeup
I'd buy this again if Mecca Cosmetica didn't drop their prices. Next on my 'base wishlist' is that Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer

Chanel Ecriture de Chanel eyeliner in Noir
Slightly on the pricier side of things and best bought when someone is going through duty free. 

Lancome  Hypnose Doll Eyes
Hands down the best smelling mascara I have ever tried. 

NARS Skin Balancing Lotion
Contains alcohol and has a pretty useless (read: wasteful) dispensing pump. Save your money and buy the Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner instead. 

Emma Hardie Amazing Moringa Cleansing Balm
Good but gritty and not as buttery as the:

Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm (mentioned not shown)
Locally, you can get this from World Beauty or if you want to stock up you can get the salon size tub from Strawberry Net. Wow, you'd never have to film an empties video if you bought salon size everything. 

Shiseido The Skincare Night Moisture Recharge

Sukin Purifying Body Scrub
I don't know what crushed walnut shells are meant to do for my skin but this didn't leave me feeling soft and smooth. 

MAC Brow Pencil in Spiked
I've bought this at least twice, maybe this one was the third and definitely last. MAC bores me in the brow department but there's nothing quite like Espresso eyeshadow applied with a 266 brush. Let me know in the comments what your fave MAC brow product is.   

Eyeko Eye Do Mascara
Sadly, this once featured in a monthly favourites video. I get overly excited every time I don't buy Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (this is as classic as Cindy Crawford's mole so don't you tell me I'm old). This felt like an upgrade from my usual fill-your-bucket-at-the-dodgy-cosmetic-perfume-and-cosmetics-sale so I was glad when this was part of the Alexa Chung x Eyeko collection. This smudged like crazy though- maybe the formula is to blame? 

Friday, August 15, 2014


gold foil storage sack from Essent-ial, polka dot tumbler from Superette, Next silver loafers* and Miu Miu glitter shoes

The long form title of this post should be - Shiny things - keeping me distracted since 1986. Some real life events this week have sucked all inspiration out of me  in a very dementor like fashion which explains the lack in posts. The lowest point of the week was yesterday, when I thought my cat Marco Polo was missing when really he was just trapped under the couch. I cried so much while I called out for him, only to discover a fat lump within the couch interior before getting a big scratch on my hand. New posts are in the works so keep an eye out for those. I even have a new eyebrow product to try out. It looks like a keeper... 


Friday, August 8, 2014

Useless Images I Took

[Photos taken without purpose: MAC lipsticks, my mane problem, page from the Marc Jacobs book, beauty goodies]

Things I have realised this week:
  • I have a MAC lipstick dating back to 2003 in my collection. Stop-n-Glo from the Tan Ray Summer Collection. #gross
  • My hair is my current source of unhappiness. (Wow, I look so sad in above photo)
  • On this note, the sample I got of the Bumble & Bumble Thickening Shampoo was so good I bought it the very next day (Online, mind you. It was significantly cheaper compared to buying locally, YouShop and all that)
  • There needs to be a Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton film just as intense as Dior & I. Oh wait, there is and I've already seen it and forgot about it. If you saw Dior & I, did you spot L'wren Scott front row?  
  • So many things I want from Zara. If I was petite (to not risk looking like a potato), I would go for this cape with piping. Very Chloé / Alix AKA The Cherry Blossom Girl circa the good old days of fashion blogging. Also this coat for hiding sloppy outfits. 
  • I'm capable of bringing lunch every day to work. You know how it is. Sushi Bi on payday, pizza/pasta from the food court on Friday. 
Happy Friday!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

July Favourites

Monthly favourites time yo. Here's the round up of products that made the cut.

Mecca Brush Cleaner
Effective and the smell is non-offensive. Cleans brushes in no time and super easy to use. (First featured here)

Dr Bronners Rose Soap
Great as a body wash but also great for deep cleaning brushes and hand wash only stuff like intimates.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 6.5
This is my ultimate high coverage foundation but I haven't tried Ellis Faas yet so not giving this 'holy grail' status or whatever.

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
This is as creamy as the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer but slightly thicker. Totally effective for covering clusters of blemishes and brightening dark shadows. 

Bite Beauty Lip Pencil in Pomegranate
A stunning red in a creamy and nourishing formula. It can be too creamy and best layered on by doing the press on tissue, apply, repeat times two technique.

Bite Beauty Lip Primer
An unnecessary step before lipstick but nice to the smell and feel of my lips. It smells of peppermint but doesn't add longevity or work as an invisible lip liner. It does none of that but I like it.

Marc Jacobs Lola Nail Polish
All the other reds I've used (Essie's Fishnet Stockings and Topshop Pillarbox) should be ashamed of themselves. This is a true red that's super glossy. The wear is average, maybe three days max before chipping. 

Denman Scented Brush 
The fruits on the handle of these hairbrushes makes me want to start paying attention to my wild mane. The smell has faded since I purchased this but I still love it. 

Who are your favourite hair bloggers? Do you have some amazing haircare blogposts / videos you can share? Any current hairspiration? 

Friday, August 1, 2014

5 Pieces for SS

Toying with the idea of doing another Five Pieces challenge for spring / summer, while I'm currently bundled up in the finest of loungewear, read: an AS Colour hoodie. With some Aricha from Rocket Coffee within reach. Is it too early to be even thinking about summer? Hands up if you have started wishlisting for the upcoming season.