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Hi everyone, this post is dedicated to my favorite/most used products for the month of February. I had gotten quite a lot of products lately but due to a breakout, they would have to be set aside for my skin to recover. On the makeup front, things were left simple as usual, with a few occasional smokey, bold looks. Not to mention the brave attempt on going loud .

My skin has gotten better after a facial session earlier last month, and SK-ll Facial Treatment Essence not only helped to clear up my complexion but also balanced my skin's PH levels. I rarely feel the need to blot my face in the afternoon, even the products that normally don't fare well in the sebum-control department seemed to have played nice with my combination skin.

Part of my Detox Program, I use LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR DUO Corrective and Unclogging Anti-Imperfection Care as my moisturizer rigorously. It is partially hydrating, but enough to prevent CICAPLAST from flaking. The latter is slightly waxy and needs a well-hydrated base for the product to stay onto the skin. I use it mainly the area around my nose, which is awfully dry and red. A month of consistent use, it accelerates skin recovery and I find it easy to apply makeup - powders in particular which no longer cake around my nose.

I have been using CLARINS Extra-Firming Foundation for close to a month, and it was love at first use! Such situations rarely happen, that I must say. I have also recommended many friends to try it at the counters they agreed with the lightweight texture. The consistency is a far cry from BB creams and other foundations I have tried. It felt like second skin and the oil-control properties are up to par with Revlon Colorstay. Although this is formulated for mature skin, it really works well for me, but I don't feel much of that firming effect. I am not ready to give a full review just yet as I'm still going through the trials-and-errors with different setting powders.

The Rouge Hydra Nude Lipstick from CLARINS is another item that I can't go without these days. Nude Coral has a nice tinge of coral that complements all looks, be it smokey or a simple eye makeup. Plus the creamy texture tames down dry flakes, and given its light coverage has surprising good-lasting power! Perfect for me who doesn't like to touch-up.

February has a month of corals, especially in the blush department. The 6 new ones I had gotten in the last 60 days all belong in the same family color but with different characteristics. That I shall explain in another entry. Layering has become an unconscious action, with Rose Gold from SLEEK. The heavy gold undertones enhances any preceding cheek color, though you may look like a tomato if you're not careful. I just don't like to use on its own unless you are going all hot and heavy.... on the dance floor(Gotcha, what were you thinking?) later, I prefer to layer it with another matte blush.

Lastly, we have MAC Blot Powder. Even though I'd mention about the lesser need to blot my face during the day, that doesn't mean I don't reach for the compact at all. After setting my foundation, I went about with colors on my eyes and cheeks. By the time I'm ready to leave the house would be 30-50mins later, give and take with multi-tasking such as feeding the pooch with treats etc. Blotting my face would be the last time I do before putting on my shoes. One application can last a mattifying finish for around 3-4 hours tops. Impressive, eh?

I am currently dealing with a couple of zits, minor buggers after bunching over these delicious popcorns gotten over the weekend. Damn, they smell so good whenever I walk through Citylink Mall. Originating from Chicago, Garrett Popcorns were featured in Oprah Winfrey's "Favorite Things" segment, in which she would share products with her audience that would make a great gift.

Although it's recommended to enjoy these popcorns fresh, but I prefer them a day old. I like mine soft and tender. The one I purchased was in CaramelCrisp flavor. Cashew CaramelCrisp is the same as the former, except that it comes with cashews. The smallest bag will set you back by $8 and lasted me a good 3 days. I can't wait to get me somemore and munch on them over the weekend~.

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After recounting my favourite skin care products yesterday, we shall move on to MAKEUP! This is an extremely lengthy post so bear with me.

I have not found my HG face primer yet, though there are a few that have stood out such as SMASHBOX Photofinish and SEPHORA Smoothing and Mattifying primers. They are not featured here because I'm using the samples and are running out, which I will purchase eventually. Both have that waxy texture which I like; Photofinish gives a matte finish whereas Sephora's formula is slightly runny that will make your face dewy. I shall do an extensive write-up next year.

L'OREAL Base Magique
Due to my dry cheeks resulting in visible pores, this acts like a poly-filler that also smoothes out wrinkles and fine lines. The velvet texture spreads easily and mattifies my skin effectively. The oil control, on the other hand, is a total mess.

TOO FACED Shadow Insurance
I had purchase this after the base of my brand new URBAN DECAY Primer Potion cracked, boy this thing is a challenge. It is silicon-based mixed with oil thus the product has to be shaked well, otherwise the latter will ozze out first. Sometimes the formula dries up so fast it cakes up my eye product, that I have yet to configure out why. The staying power is good with its ability to keep the vibrancy for six whole hours.

These days I rarely use liquid foundations nor a frequent patron of BB creams, opting to skip heavy assurance for special occasions. My term of  lightweight coverage is using base products to a minimum and only concentrate on concealing my flaws. Since the afflicting areas are mostly my cheeks and chin, thus there is no need to mask the entire face.

ZA COSMETICS Concealer Perfection
BOURJOIS Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer
ZA's has been a longtime companion for its superb coverage on existing blemishes and scars; BOURJOIS is a nice alternative but slightly more hydrating, especially around the eye areas.

CLARINS Instant Light Brush-On Perfector
This product is meant to add luminosity to your features but they function well as a corrector too. I have been heavily dependent because it gives me an almost airbrushed finish. I use each of its 3 shades for different purposes - highlight, neutralize redness and eye brightener.

ELIZABETH ARDEN Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation
The soft focus finish compensates for its sheer coverage. The lightweight texture feels like a veil on the skin, as opposed to liquid foundation and BB Creams.

MUJI Loose Power
I've been using this for more than a year, and have recommended to many friends. My advise is to get the refill pack and purchase an empty jar to get your money worthwhile. The pearl powder-esque consistency gives a soft shimmer that doesn't make one look like a glitter ball. However excess of the product may produce chalky results, so use it sparingly!

For a time I'd rotated pencils and powders to fill in my brows but the finished look always looked iffy, and simply unnatural. This kit made my life so much easier, and my brows(using wax and lighter shade) have never looked any better!

The rest consisted of a mini eyeliner pencil which isn't water-resistant, mini tweezers, dual brush, eye brightener and brow highlighter powder. I particularly adored the last item for its subtly, fairly different from using shimmers or even matte white pigments. The finely-milled texture is easy to blend naturally into my skin tone with its shell pink pigment. Unfortunately, I was told that this product has since been discontinued when I'd visited the Takashimaya counter last week...

N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder
REVLON ColorStay Mineral Bronzer

Contouring is a technique that I'd picked up this year, which not only lightens up the burden of having a "fishball face" but also sharpens the features. NYC's is a matte bronzer that not only compliments my skin tone well, the texture is sheer and extremely buildable. REVLON's Deep Bronze allows me to forgo blush and highlighter on the whole, giving me that sunkissed, natural radiant glow.

ELIZABETH ARDEN Sunlit Bronze Beauty Kit
This past year I have dabbled with a number of colors and combos: black, silver, grey, green, blue, pink, orange, purple but neutrals remain my safest option. It doesn't take too much time and I won't need to crack my brains figuring  if this shade will agree with the other; just go from the lightest to the darkest shade of brown. This is especially helpful when I'm in a rush, which seems to be a common occurance these days...

Besides this palette, I also rotate with KATE's eye crayons and also eye products from NATURE REPUBLIC which I shall share in a later entry.

ELIZABETH ARDEN Pure Finish Mineral Cheekcolor
Formulated with aloe vera, cucumber and chamomile, the aptly named Rosy Glow is a delicate pink with light gold undertone. On days when I seek a heavier coverage, I would layer this moisturizing blush with MAC's Dirty Plum.

SHISEIDO Luminizing Satin Face Color
High Beam White bears a reminisince to BENEFIT's Brow Highlighting powder, but more multi-functional. Not only does it brightens the eye areas(brow bone, inner corners), I also sweep a layer over my dark circles and on the bridge of my nose.

Tip: apply highlights on your Nasal-labial Lines, which acts as an optical diversion.

L'OREAL Color Riche Made for Me in Burning Rose
In contrast to my being conservative with eye colors, I dared to make a bold statement with RED LIPS, having worn it full-blow to several occasions this year. Unfortunately I couldn't make it work with Fuchsia colors but am determined to make it work so stay tuned for an update (lol)

ELIZABETH ARDEN Color Intrigue Effects in Guava Pearl
This is another glossy pink with gold undertones that blends well into my natural lip color. This pairs well with the Rosy Glow blush mentioned above.

NYX in Indian Pink
It appeared to be extremely peachy when worn alone, but if you blot the pigment and apply a layer of clear gloss, this product becomes a light coral shade. This range is really moisturizing and tames chapped lips too. A couple of shades that I've got my eyes on are often either sold-out or hard to get.

Lancôme L'Absolu Crème De Brillance in Rose Mythique
Cherry red with tinges of golden shimmer, I use this on top of Burning Rose sometimes to give my lips more dimension. These days I apply a layer, blot and finish with clear gloss to give a tint of color. There are times when I would forget to apply blush(!!) and this moisturizing formula spreads easily over my cheeks, and smells delicious too!

SHISEIDO Luminizing Lip Gloss in Pop Life(PK406)
This is my favourite gloss today. Creamy, non-sticky and fragrance-free. While I prefer to wear it alone, on days when I need to wear my makeup from day to night, I would apply it on top of a matte lip color to add dimension.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Star Pink
Part of the Blue Dahlia Pure Color Collection, this shimmery light lilac shade smells like beer/champagne for reasons unknown. I really love the non-sticky formula, it is a pale gloss with light shimmer and is long-lasting. Muack!

Next Up: The End of a TrainWreck Decade.

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Hello everyone! We have come to the last week of 2010, the end of another decade. I am glad that this year has turned out to be extremely meaningful, compared to the last 9 years. On the whole, it had turned me into a train-wreck of sorts and I am determined to make a 360 turn in the coming decades. Before we usher in the new year, let's do a (lengthy)recollection of the my favorite products!

Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion

My cheeks have gotten drier these days, resulting in visible pores. This helps to soften and moisturizers my skin, and allows serums to penetrate better. I have been test-running some serums with really dry and sticky formula, and this product helps to curb the uncomfortable experience.

ELIZABETH ARDEN Ceramide Plump Perfect Moisturizer SPF30
Undoubtedly one of the best products in my stash - it keeps my face matte throughout the day despite the humid weather with minimal blotting needed. A very concentrated anti-aging product that will remain in my life for many years to come. I am in preventive mode here (lol)

Facial Treatment Essence
A late 2010 entry but deserves a honorable mention because the results have been really impressive! It manages to clear up my skin sans blemishes, even my friends whom I've met up recently noticed a visible difference. This healthy glow is totally different from the results obtained from whitening products, I totally agree with their "amazing radiance will glow from within" claims.

White Glove Extreme Brightening Capsules
The past year have seen me trying endless whitening products. Previously, I don't give them much thoughts because of the common misconception that too much whitening will bleach your skin overtime. Haha! Although the formula is a tad dry and flakes when I exercise my facial contours, it is effective in evening out my skin tone. The scent resembling potato chips keeps my actual cravings at bay.


I can never finish this product, in fact I've been using it every day and night so that I could start 'dating' its cousin Gentle Brightening Lotion. The light texture compliments my combination skin during the day, and I use it as an extra whitening treatment underneath my night moisturizer.

White Plus HP Smoothing Serum

The White Plus range is another line of whitening products that is not only effective, but also moisturizes the deep layer beneath your skin, as evident in a recent skin analysis I'd taken recently. The French brand pioneers in discovering Sea Lily extracts, and they not only brightens the skin but also have a lingering fragrance that captivates your senses. There will be three additions to the White Plus family coming next month, and Singapore is the first Asian country to launch these products. Expect an extensive review soon.

These are the beauty products that have stood out, and considered regulars in my regimen. I meant to feature my go-to facial masks but most of them have either discontinued or no longer distributed in the local market...

Next up: My favourite makeup products in 2010.

Once again, Milo the red-nosed terror wishes all a very Merry Christmas~.

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