Jun 9, 2013

Review | Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Exposed

My to-go sans thinking everyday work blush. Described as a "nude", Tarte Exposed definitely looks more pink than beige on the skin than in the pan. The blush is of a dryer matte formula. It feels chalky when switch however doesn't look so at all on the face. I like to apply a larget stroke than I normally would with other blushers to give a bronzer look. I have no idea how they make it so long lasting. Seriously, I can still see it at the end of a 10 hour work day. A no-brainer that I give 2 thumbs up!

May 26, 2013

Life Updates & Cafe Melba

Today I went to check out the surroundings of my apartment in Singapore (still staying at a hotel closer to work at the moment) to make sure it's safe and where I want to be for the next 6 months, I explored a little further out to this relaxing Melba Cafe off Goodman Arts Centre. 

Cafe Melba offers a wide range of all day breakfasts and lunches. There are both outdoor and indoor settings to select from. I saw many young parents and young adults flock to this place to spend a relaxing afternoon with friends and families.

I ordered the full melba cooked breakfast which contains as this, that and that (please see picture below as I am lazy to type wtf). I have to say this is quite the best brunch I have had recently. Each food is cooked to almost perfection. The bacon is deep fried yet still juicy, hashbrown is crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. I specially loved the cherry tomatoes. The fresh flavor bursts into every corner of my mouth. Hmm its so good. The ice mocha is also very smooth and not too sweet. It runs down with the food without feeling too guilty :P Despite being quite pricy (SGD$37 for set brunch and iced mocha, I am sure I will come here often to chill.

Okay grab a bite and sit down -- I was going to apologize once again for being gone for such a long time but hey its my blog la who cares. If I don't want to apologize then I don't apologize la. Anyway for you who follow me on other medium you know that the last 2 months I have been missing I was changing career, went to Boston for a week, San Francisco for 2 weeks and now I am settled in Singapore!

I am uber excited about my new move. Its not like I am excited to leave my family in Hong Kong once again la, but living in Singapore has always been a dream to me. Since arriving in SG 7 days ago I have been enjoying the weather, greener atmosphere, amazing selection of food and the convenience of 20 min you-can-get-to-anywhere radiance. *thumbs up

Hopefully after next weekend of moving to an new apartment I can do more blogging/vlogging etc. Wish me luck. 

Mar 24, 2013

Updated Skincare Routine | Lush, Hadalabo, Origins, Aveeno, Estee Lauder, Josie Maran & Olay

It took me almost 2 years to finalize a skincare routine to showcare.
Well, you know the drill. Don't you say you haven't gone through this routine -

1) Find the products that work
2) Test out new products
3) Realize some don't work in conjunction with the ones that are working
4) Test out some other products in hopes that they work 
5) Some do work, but you realize that the products you were using had been used up
6) You scream WTF

So again, you are back to square one and are always on the hunt to find the next products that work. In order to not overwhelm you I am only listing the post-cleanser products today, of which toners, serums and moisturizers are listed, segmented by day and night.

For day

Toner | Lush Eau Roma Water
a mild toner that contains lavender and rose water to calm the skin from overreactions. It also hydrates and preps the skin to be a canvas for other products.

Toner | Breath of Fresh Air
smells refreshing. It can be used as a mid-day pick-me-up or toner esp great for after lack-of-sleep kinda night. Spray it on, pad it down. Next.

Moisturizer | Origins VitaZing SPF 15
a thick energy-boosting moisturizing with mangosteen and a sheer tint. In the mornings I often shoot for all-on-one time saving products. Stands alone it is not enough coverage, but it lays on perfectly as moisturizer, sunscreen and primer all in one. 

Moisturizer | Aveeno Positivey Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
is a light moisturizer with sunscreen yet works with other primer/foundation/bb creams I put on after without giving me a crazy whitecast. 

For night

Toner | HadaLabo Gokujyun-a
a thick opaque white serumy toner that is filled with retinol (vitamin A) and collagen. it is targeted for the anti-aging crowd (me!) with properties especially aim to lifting and firming. I find my skin very plumb and soft the next morning, fine lines are reduced over time.

Serum | Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
an all-in one serum -- this is my 4th bottle also the biggest 100ml. it overal refines my pores, brightens, hydrates and overall improves the quality of my skin. It is worth every penny (especially if you buy it in the States for cheap!).

Serum | Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
my life-saver when I went to Israel with this little bottle. it keeps my skin so hydrated during the 12 hours of in-flight time. heal and moisturize. I am testing it out to see whether it can replace the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair.

Moisturizer | Olay Regenerist 
it is claimed to be a drugstore product that out-performs many high-end moisturizers. It hydrates, firms and lifts the faceline. One thing that I don't like about this product is that it seems like much 'preservatives' are packed in this little bottle but overal a great moisturizer to get the anti-aging job done.

So here is it finally! I will go ahead and update the 'updated skincare list' on the right.
If you have any skincare recommendations, please tell me! I'd love to branch out and continue to try out new products that work. You can always hide your imperfections with makeup but honestly, with better skin, less time (and makeup) is needed!

xoxo Winnie

Mar 17, 2013

a week in hong kong (fast-forward)

About a year ago I moved back to Hong Kong. Time then seemed to just fly by every week. While being so busy at work, I try to squeeze as much as exploring and fun activities in the meantime. A week of time usually leaves me with a few night outs with friends and some free time on weekends. This week was fun, especially with many good friends by chance visiting!

Tea at the W Hotel, a Symphony of Lights over the Victoria Harbour, night view up on the Peak, Affordable Art Fair during my day off on Friday, Tsuen Wan museum 5 mins from my apt, wandering around Tsim Sha Tsui and night out with my lovely friends. 

I hope this kind of post doesn't bore you. Sometimes I just want to keep some variaties on my blog so my life doesn't seem so freaking dull. JK! #yolo right? 

Mar 10, 2013

Top 10 Favorite Pink Lipsticks / Lippies

It seems like you guys really like my Current Favorite Drugstore Coral / Orange Lipsticks post so I decided to do a similar one for pink toned lipsticks. Though I call it lipsticks, there are some that serve just as a gloss.

From 9:00 clock wise |
RMK 01 Peach
Maybelline BabyLips in 025 Pink Punch*
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 090 Sweet Tart*
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 025 Peach Parfait*
Mentholatum 01 Vintage Pink*
Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick Rouge 53 Wildly Pink (Shimmer)
Lancome Color Design in Pink Preview (Matte)
Lancome Color Design in Stylista (Matte)
Shiseido Perfect Rouge Rouge Parfait in RS 701
Shiseido Perfect Rouge Rouge Parfait in PK 303

Above - natural light
Bottom - direct light

Top 4 right lipglosses are pretty much my everyday easy gloss colors. Revlon Lipbutter Peach Parfait is my ultimate to-go color ever. If I want to go bold (which is rarely) for a night out I'd pick Estee Lauder Wildly Pink for a shocking pink lip. Lancome Stylista is my favourite retro my-lips-but-better color which looks crazy in a swatch but very wearable with smooth application. To top with smokey eyes, both Shiseido Perfect Rouge Rouge Parfait colors, Lancome Pink Preview or even RMK 01 would look amazing.

There are just way too many pink colors out there but hunting around to find good formula and colors that work for you is so fun! Let me know what are your favorites!

Mar 3, 2013

Israel Trip Part 2 | Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Tabgha, The Mt of Beatitudes, Capernaum

Another gorgeous day spent with the family in Israel. We sailed down the Sea of Galilee - where a lot of biblical things happened such as Tabgha - Church of the Multiplication, the Mount of Beatitudes - where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, Capernaum - fishing village said to be the home of Saint Peter.

For me, it was a blissful day touring with the family while enjoying the beautiful scenery. The sail boat we went on blasted the Chinese National song for us thus my dad and I felt obligated to be patriotic jk. We tried Israeli cuisine for the first time unfortunately that particular fish was a tad cooked too dry. We joked around and said that no wonder St Peter left his job being a fisherman to follow Jesus #holyjokes #doublepuns

Overall it almost completely blew my mind how western / European Israel is as I had never been to that part of the world. OK Shalom til next time :)
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