December 22, 2011

Seasons Greetings!

Hola!! I am now officially on a real vacation, starting about an hour ago. It has been a whole year since I went on a 'real' holiday - which basically means not responding to work emails or calls for at least one week. I'm heading over to Bangkok to attend a good friend's wedding, and off to Samui to get baked under the sun. Contrary to what I've been preaching on 'sun damage' and 'sun protection', I'm going to toss all that goody-two-shoe-talk out the window. 

Me and my sweetie went out for a little evening stroll at Tivoli (at long last!) to admire the Russian decorations. Albeit a small amusement park, it is packed with happy kids and lots of lights. My poor toes were frozen from the slightly above temperatures, but baby, this is winter in Europe! 

It's been an amazing 2011 year for me - not only from relocating from Asia to Europe, but I also have the opportunity to see exotic places in the world. I pretty much live, breathe BRIC markets, a disciple of the Goldman Sachs 2003 white paper. I don't look particularly forward to 2012, especially when all my contract in Europe will draw to a close. All I can say is that I'm likely adjust my future, change my priorities and keep dreaming and living in Europe. 

New Years Resolutions are often shortlived. This time it's not about thinking what aspect of my life we want to change 2 hours before the clock strikes midnight on New Years Eve. But rather, doing what I have always wanted to do and not think twice or thrice! 

Happy holidays!

December 19, 2011

Seeing Winter Rose

I never would have thought summer coral cheeks could go with muted rose plummy wintery eyes. It came to quite pleasantly while I was making a bravo attempt over the weekend to use bits and pieces of abandoned makeup. I came across MAC Stereo Rose. In fact, the name should rightly be 'Crimenelle rose' because of it's strange tendency to be coral but not really. It just creates a lovely healthy sheen, the very thing I need for this super grey winter. 

Combined with Guerlain Meteorites from last years' christmas collection just seems so right. I don't know why it does... but instinct was telling me that I should just give it a go, and I love the effect! 

I am in this mood of wearing anything that is plum - from eyes, lips and nails. No blues, no greys, no browns... all and everything is plum. In fact, I am guilty as charged for not using more of my Illamasqua Delirium pigment. Early this year, I was raving nonstop about these little pots, and realised how little I have used of it. Here, I used this as a base, with Anna Sui's 206 and 001 as eyeshadows on top. 

December 11, 2011

Stila Stunning in Sayulita

Stila miniture booklets are great travel companions, mixed and matched with versatile colours, and all for a great value of 10 pounds each (or US $14). Each palette consists of 4 eyeshadows, weighing 4.2g, equivalent to a MAC eyeshadow and 2 cheek colours with 3.1g each. A great bang for your buck, parred with the quality of most high-end brands - i.e Tarte, MAC, to say the least. When comparing these eyeshadows to Stila's regular single eyeshadows, it misses a notch in the buttery texture. However, this tiny detail shouldn't deter you from picking one of these little booklets.

I ordered the first few booklets from the the Stila beach palettes from Look Fantastic, when they were having their 20% sale. Stunning in Sayulita is reminescent of beachy days, and will look gorgeous on tanned skin.

If you haven't seen these palettes in person, the cardboard packaging has a magnetic enclosure, and feels somewhat sturdy in my hands. I'm not entirely sold with cardboard in general. Most of my cosmetics are either in plastic or metal, and having something in cardboard feels tacky. But, lets be fair here... Stila is afterall marketed towards teenagers and college kids, with an affordable price point.

There's a nice combination of warm-toned colours. Palm trees is a gorgeous mossy green, paired with Sandbar to create a crease-cut look.

The blush in Playa is very heavily pigmented and I made the mistake of applying too much! I was about to rub it off, then decided that it was a nice colour anyway. By the way, NC 30+ skin will look amazing with this colour! 

The lighter cheek colour, Banderas boy, reminds me of the Shu Uemura Glow on blushes that I own (Shu Uemura blushes are so amazing and imitates a beautiful inlit glow). Although Banderas Boy is claimed to be a bronzer, I wouldn't mind using this as a everyday blusher - only if it does not oxidise on me!

I hope you're having a wonderful Sunday/Monday!
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