July 14, 2015

En Route to London

Hello there, I'm off to Europe to see my brother! First stop - London. I'm writing to you from my iPad mini at the boarding gate, where our red eye long haul flight has been delayed for yet another 40 minutes. The bright side is I can now squeeze in this very relavant post before I take off! 

I have with me my Long Champ tote, which is still my favorite carry-on bag to date. It's light, durable, foldable, and comes with a zipper to keep everything secure. A few things that I'll have with me on the plane to kill time are my iPad mini and my current book of choice "I'll Give You The Sun" by Jandy Nelson (I ended up packing the other book, "All the Bright Places," into my checked bag). I'm very excited about the in-flight movie selection too.

I kept beauty products to a minimum since I plan to sleep on most of the flight - sheet masks and some basic face cream for hydration, a tinted Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in " Rose," and a refreshing face mist (I ended up bringing my Caudalie Beauty Elixir instead of the photographed Melvita one, as the Caudalie is packed with essential oils and gives that extra boost over a plain water mist). I doubt I'll be using any makeup, but I have my NARS creamy concealer, Anastasia Brow Wiz and Dior Addict Fluid Stick with me anyway, just in case.

Other miscellaneous items include my travel wallet, headphones, a pen, some spare contact lenses, mints and a pocket mirror.

If there's anything (food, touristy, beauty) that you think I should check out while in London, please do let me know!

July 8, 2015

An Ode to Nuxe Reve de Miel

Hysan Place, one of my favorite malls in Hong Kong, has added an entire new floor of DFS - Duty Free beauty shelves, stocked full of hard-to-get skincare, makeup, fragrance and candle brands. The first time I walked into the new floor my mouth was wide open and my eyes turned into cartoon hearts. Caudalie, 3CE, Bourjois, Rimmel... all the amazing brands that I rarely get to check out in Hong Kong, are now within reach. The first thing I brought home, without any hesitation, was the Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm.

This stuff earned its cult status years ago, and now I can see why. I love the raw, natural, yet yummy scent, the soft and creamy texture, and its awesome mix of ingredients. Honey, natural oils, what's not to love? I also notice that its slightly waxy texture smooths out the lips, minimizing the appearance of those fine lip lines that look extra visible when lips are dry. Since this is in a pot and not a stick, I apply this in the mornings before makeup, while my fingers are clean, to let it sink in.

Yes, I (we?) have way too many lip balms. But yes, this one's a classic that's worth a try... says myself. Alan the boyfriend would say otherwise.

July 6, 2015

The Summer Edit

Summer always poses somewhat of a makeup dilemma. On one hand I'm all for the minimal makeup on sun kissed skin, but on the other hand, the bright peaches and pinks seem so fitting for the hot and sunny days. As a result I've really been alternating between the two extremes - some days (especially weekends), I'd use just some tinted moisturizer and a little Anastasia Brow Wiz, and on others, I reach for a fun mix of orange-toned peaches and pinks.

For base, I've gone back to my good ol' faithful, the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder - just a teeniest dusting all over. It gives nice coverage without looking like you have anything on, and settles nicely throughout the day - humidity, sweat and all. To balance out brighter lips, I've been skipping blush on most days. The one exception is my Milani Baked Blush in "Luminoso," a golden peach that adds just a bit of warmth and contour. On eyes, I've been obsessed with the Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in "Laurier Rose," the most gorgeous rose gold/peachy copper. It's limited edition so I highly recommend giving it a swatch if you happen to pass by a Chanel counter.

Lip products have been the most exciting this season. I've been playing around with bright corals and peaches a lot. To name a few, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in "Rendez-Vous" is the perfect bright flamingo pink, but in a sheer, glossy, wearable form, and 3CE Lip Lacquer in "Showtime" is a bolder, matte, bright coral.

Last but not least, summer is the season for Victoria's Secret body splashes. As cliche as they are, these will always hold a dear place in my heart. They were my favorite throughout college and to this day I still think they are the best cheap and cheerful pick-me-ups for summer. I have a few of their scents but honestly all of the VS Pink line body splashes smell amazing - sweet, fruity and cheerful.

What do you love for summer?

July 4, 2015

July Goals

Happy Fourth of July to all those who celebrate! July brings much anticipation this year as I have a lot of fun stuff planned, including a long awaited trip - more to come on that!

In the meantime it's that time of month again where I set myself three small goals for the 4 weeks to come. This month I hope to put an end to my endless search for the perfect white sports shoes - not for exercising but for, you know, pairing with every day outfits. I think they are the best mix of comfort and effortless cool. Alan teases me every time I bring this up, as I'm terrible at sports but have been looking at all the athletic brands lately. I have a few pairs on my radar and hope to finally decide on the ones I want this month.

And going with the whole summer theme, I plan to embrace the ridiculous Hong Kong heat with more long strolls to walk off those big birthday meals I had in June, and come up with a small (but awesome!) list of summer books to read. Any recommendations?

What are your plans for July?

P.S. Quick follow up from my June Goals - I did chop off a good few inches of hair, with length now slightly past my collar bones. It feels so refreshing and I'm definitely itching to get a bit more chopped off right now!

June 28, 2015

Things I Love | June

June has been wonderful. I celebrated my birthday, discovered a really good book, and ended the month with a hilarious game of bowling which has now got me hooked. 

The weather this month has been extreme - it's either pouring rain and thunderstorms, or blazing sunshine and intense heat. For the sunny days I found these cat eye leopard print shades at Urban Outfitters - on sale for only about USD$13. They look way more expensive than they cost. I couldn't find the exact ones on the UO website, but these are similar.

On makeup, I've been reaching for my Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in "Laurier Rose" almost every day. Sticking with the pinky peachy theme, I'm smitten with the Dior Addict Fluid Stick in #373 Rieuse, the newest addition to my collection after my bestie Crystal highly recommended it. I've held off on Fluid Sticks all this time because the idea of a bright plus glossy formula slightly intimidated me, but #373 proved to be an exception. It is a wearable, muted coral / orangey-pink shade with a slight glossiness somewhere between a Chanel Rouge Coco Shine and a typical lip gloss. It brightens the face in an effortless, natural way. Very very pretty. Needless to say it's impressively hydrating - I never need a lip balm, and it even leaves my lips feeling nice and smooth after it wears off. I'm sure "Rieuse" must mean something pretty in French but to me it sounds like re-use which is spot on - I'd re-use this every day all day really (lol). Also on rotation in my purse are the 3CE Lip Lacquer in "Showtime" for weekends, and the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Balm in "Rose" from days when I can't be bothered with anything much else.

On skincare, the Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque has been my go-to during a bad skin week. This trusty spot zapper / deep cleansing mask never fails.

Last but not least, I discovered "I'll Give You the Sun" by Jandy Nelson on a spontaneous bookstore stroll during lunch break one day. It was like the book called out to me since I literally grabbed it from the bookshelf at random and was instantly hooked. The characters, a pair of brother and sister twins, are so real and endearing. I'm only about a third into the book but I definitely plan to take my time to slowly savor every page of precious lines and quotes.

How was your June?


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