Monday, October 20, 2014

My M.A.C Army (as of 20th October 2014) + Swatches

I remember the first time I was captured by the M.A.C lipstick stands and the vast array of colours.. they were a sight to behold. To be honest, I'm still crazy awed by all the colours and variety of them lipsticks in M.A.C and my ultimate dream is to own every single one of them.. and the holder too. IMAGINE THEM IN MY ROOM ON MY NIGHTSTAND/VANITY. Damn son, it'll be so magical to wake up to them err'day. 

Today I will be typing about my modest collection of M.A.C lippies.. and leg swatches (only because it is SO much easier to take photos of my leg rather than my arm.... since I don't actually have a model lol) 

It took me ages to figure out if I should group them by colour, finish  or collection but I have decided that I will group them by colour. That way, I'll know which colour group I'm lacking in the most. Hehe 

Don't they look like soldiers?
Cue: Destiny Child's Soldier song. LOL
Them REDS


 (L-R) 

Amplified Roxo from the Pedro Lorenço Collection, Huggable Lip Colour in Red Necessity, Matte Ruby Woo, Lustre Cockney, Satin Sa La Vie


Swatches - With Flash (R-L as opposed to L-R as above)

Swatches - No Flash

Them PURPLES


(L-R) 

Satin Rebel, Matte Heroine, Lustre Plumful, Lustre Pink Popcorn, Amplified Saint Germain

Fun Fact #1: Saint Germain was given to me by Allisan.. it's a super barbie pink and it makes me look tan! 

 Fun Fact #2: I have a Pure Heroine from the Lorde collection waiting for me somewhere cause Diana got one for me! :D So excited to try it out, it's meant to be an even deeper purple compared to Heroine. Also, I ADORE Lorde, so anything to do with her, I love already. Haha

Swatches - With Flash

Swatches - Without Flash

Them CORALS/ORANGES

 (L-R)

Cremesheen Crosswires, Amplified Vegas Volt, Lustre Dreaming Dahlia, Amplified Morange, Sheen Supreme Gotta Dash! 
 
Fun Fact #3: Morange was the first ever bright lippie in my entire collection (including everything non-M.A.C as well) I remember wearing it a lot to University and being shy abt having a bright lip. Hehe.
Swatches - With Flash
Swatches - No Flash

Them PINKS


(L-R) 

Cremesheen Lickable, Amplified Impassioned, Matte Candy Yum-Yum, Huggable Lip Colour in Love Beam, Viva Glam Nicki Satin, Lustre Flamingo

Fun Fact #4: Candy Yum-Yum was discontinued for a while but brought back when M.A.C allowed their consumers to choose which discontinued colour to bring back! :D This neon pink won and I had to have it hehe

Fun Fact #5: Yes that Viva Glam is for Nicki Minaj (who I am a huge fan of) and yes, I only bought it because it was Nicki Minaj. HAHA It's a pretty colour tho, I should really use it more often. 

Swatches - With Flash

Swatches - Without Flash

Them NUDES


(L-R)

Cremesheen FanFare, Amplified Chatter Box, Lustre Patisserie, Cremesheen Creme Cup, Cremesheen Creme D'Nude 

Fun Fact #6: Creme D'Nude is my FIRST ever M.A.C lipstick puchased and turns out to be the least suitable colour for me in my collection. Lol. I was conned cause the colour looked so good on a friend of mind, so I bought it but upon trying it on.. I've been asked if I am sick cause I look so pale. Lol 
 
Swatches - With Flash
Swatches - No Flash
Hope you enjoyed this little inlook (???) into my modest collection of M.A.C Lipsticks. If you ask me, my favourite finish has to be Lustre. Only because it's mostly moisturizing and easy to apply. I also LOVE the Huggable Lip Colours but unfortunately I managed to grab only 2 colours out of the 6 (if I am not mistaken) and that will forever be on my "THINGS I REGRET" list.. #over

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On other personal news, I'll be back in Brunei and re-united with my fur babies in about.. 2 sleeps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  SUPER super SUPER excited I cannot even. Haven't seen them in about half a year, so that's always exciting. Hehe 

Hope everyone is well and have a Happy Deepavali!

Lots of love,
Amelia xo

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Catch-up

Did not blog for the entire month of September 2014 and  I feel terrible, sort of.. but then again, life has been so terribly busy for me. Not to mention, was completely bed ridden for a good week, down with tonsillitis  and flu and you know, the works. I don't get sick often but when I do, it's always something terrible. Ha ha ha. And then we had our quarter close which meant a 12 day work-week which was tiring, yes, but it wasn't really bad. Just spent so much time in the office. TBH, I think I do spend more time in the office than I do back home, which isn't very healthy...... lol

Will be flying back to Bruland in a week and oh my friggin days, I honestly cannot wait to get on that AirAsia flight, sit my ass down for a good 2 hours and 10 minutes and be on Bruneian soil once again. I have been missing home so much and my babies even more. The first thing I want to eat is kolo mee pok and kolo wanton. Like actually, I don't know why they don't do kolo wantons here. My favourite forever. Also, have told my momma that I want to eat her char kway teow and prawn noodles. Then, after that I want to eat C.A Mohammad's roti telur bawang with kurma curry. I CANNOT WAIT. 

Also, about three weeks ago. I went for a little hair makeover and got all my locks chopped off and dyed a fresh new colour. I say it like i got a pixie cut or summin' but I only got a bob above my chin and okay I know it's my own hair but i am really happy with the cut. It's easy to manage and i can part it any way i want although i do stick to the side part more often only because I do have the whole hamster cheek situation.. Haha 

Currently completely addicted to Taylor Swift's cover of Riptide by Vance Joy on BBC1 Live Lounge. I AM OBSESSED. I actually do prefer her version to the original but I can be biased because we all know what a swiftie I am :D 

"I want to be your left-hand man." (Or woman in my case.. - not that I want to be anybody's lol I'm just saying.)

This weekend is going to be super! There's a party on Friday night and I'll be seeing a couple of people I haven't seen in forever and then running some errands on Saturday and catching Magic! As well. I LOVE BUSY WEEKENDS. I live for them. I do. 

I hope everyone reading this is doing well and is having a good mid-October. How fast does time fly right?! 2.5 months and 2015 will be here and I am looking forward to 2015 soooooo hard. This year has been a little tough on me but overall still quite good. Grateful for everything that has happened cuz I truly believe everything really does happen for a reason. So it's all good :) 

While I am at it, I think I can finally put it out there, it's been a good two months but I think I can finally put it out here officially. Some of you will know, and some of you would've guessed it but Jun and I have split up. I'd say it was a pretty "calm" break-up.. I mean I say it was calm but obviously there was a fair share of crying and eye bags and hating life for a moment.. Haha but it's all good now. We had a lot a lot of good memories and he taught me a lot about myself and have had a fair share in moulding me into the person I am now and for that I will always be grateful to have had him in my life. We had a good almost-3 years together and just so much good times. We say, it was just the wrong time in life and whatever is meant to happen, will happen and vice versa, if it's not meant to happen.. It won't no matter how much we want it. Either way, thought I'd just throw this out there hahaha... :) 

Yup okay. I think I've summarized my last couple of week quite well lol. 

Hope everyone's well and happy. 

Lots of love,
Amelia xxx


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in #18

Hello everyone, been a while since my last post but so much has happened this past week and I'm still trying to recollect my life around it but everything's going well and almost, almost going according to plan (I emphasize on almost because when does anything ever go according to plan, right?)

Actually, it is this week that I learned.. you can plan all your want for the future and plan every single detail to the little tiniest bits and pieces.. and life will still surprise you and suddenly those plans don't work so well any more.

Lesson to learn: just go with the flow and live life as it is. Don't sweat over the small stuff, they will all come in due time. Everything is going to be okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end.

Anyway, today I thought I'd blog about thoughts on my absolute favourite MLBB lipstick at the moment! The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in #18.






Let me tell you about this amazing lipstick. Not only is it ULTRA moisturizing (literally, it will glide on your lips like a DREAM), to the point where I don't even need to use an extra lipbalm or chapstick.. the colour is sheer but totally buildable and it is super affordable at less than RM50 from Body Shop nationwide!

The longevity of the lipstick is also decent for a sheer formula, and it stains the lips beautifully, not leaving that weird outline on your lip. (Y'all know what I'm talking about!) haha 

I am already halfway done with it but I am definitely, definitely repurchasing it again when it's finished! I love it so much, I think I am going to try the other colours as well. Hehe 

Here's how it looks like swatched on my lips:

Very light everyday pink
And here it is with my everyday-work-makeup:



Hope you've enjoyed this short post! 

Do you have a favourite MLBB lipstick that you would like to share? Let me know in the comments below! :D 

xoxo
Amelia

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

You too, can wear a Bodycon Dress!

I know, homegirl be feeling all body conscious the minute the word "bodycon" is involved in any piece of garment. Truth to be told, I am really body conscious, so very rarely, you'll see me in a bodycon dress!

However, I've been thinking of some ways that could definitely encourage people like myself to be more confident in wearing anything with the word bodycon in it!

*Note: If you are going to be wearing a bodycon dress/skirt, please please PLEASE remember to wear seamless underwear. Nobody wants to see that VPL of yours!*
  • If you're midsection heavy (I am!), dark colours will definitely play a huge part in trying to cover up that tumtum of yours. Or get some girdles.. or high waisted underwear.. (just sayin') so you can tuck in the belly. Even better if you can find patterned ones (your bodycon dress/skirt -- not your underwear, although you can totes go ahead and wear them patterned underwear too :D)! I always feel like the patterns distract people's eyes from what you're trying to cover up.
  • If you're arm heavy (is there a word to describe this?) go for long sleeves or 3/4 sleeves or even short sleeves. Personally, I really like the whole 3/4 sleeve look!  Mostly cause you can still accessorize and people can still see them whilst covering my buffalo arms. HAHA
  • If anything, you can also go for colour blocking. This can apply to both skirts and dresses. It can totally have a slimming affect and let you cheat those curves! 
  • If you're shy about them legs, there's always the option of mini, midi and maxi bodycon dresses/skirts! Perfect for any occasion, and it's always sexy enough to look smart. 
See how the pattern would be able to distract your eyes from any section that you're trying to hide? I say this cause I wanted to say, see how you are so distracted by the print you don't see her tummy. But she has a flat tummy... LOL

Colour blocking like this is perfect, cause it give you them curves! Makes the waist look super tiny!!

Totally work appropriate and the detailing is uber cute!
The best part about bodycon garments is that because it's so skin-tight, it's always perfect to throw on a cardigan or a blazer over the top! Without it making you look frumpy or like you have too much clothes on. Also, usually the material they use is super breathable and thin so most definitely some could do with an outerwear :D In terms of skirts, you can always pair them up with a crop top, or an oversized top or even just a flowy blouse (like the one above) since your bottom is going to be nicely defined anyway :D

Anyway, I came up with this post after having seen some super nice bodycon dresses/skirts on Zalora! (that's where all them pics above are from-- and some that I am seriously considering adding to my wardrobe HEHE). Once I get my bodycon dress, I will definitely be OOTDing it someday hehe.

Tell me what's your favourite way to pull off anything Bodycon! I'm sure we can all learn a tip or two from each other.

Hope everybody's week is going well!

Lots of love
Amelia xo


Bytes-Infinitum 1st GIVEAWAY Winner!

Aloha everyone!

I know this is SUPER SUPER delayed, considering the deadline was the 30th of June 2014.. I apologize, been so busy with my work and life in general but anyway, seeing as how I had 9 participants in THIS giveaway, I've decided to go with a random number generator!

 

...JENG JENG JENG and #6 goes to:


Congrats Aster! I will contact you shortly and figure out the best way to get the brush over to you.

Thank you to everyone who participated in my wee' giveaway, and I'll definitely have more in the future (hopefully.. haha!)

Lots of love,
Amelia xo

Saturday, August 9, 2014

3CE XXX, Kiss Woo, Pink Boom and Showtime

After months and months of lusting over Stylenanda's Instagram account.. when I knew I was flying to Hong Kong, I knew I HAD to visit their shop. Not for their clothes though, god knows just how impossible it would be for me to pull of their style (even though I would very much love) but more onto their make-up brand: 3CE/ 3 Concept Eyes. Don't ask me what meaning does the name "3 Concept Eyes" carry because I don't even know.. they don't only focus on Eye Products too, if you're confused by the name :P 

I had already ONE item from 3CE which was their Lip Lacquer in Pink Boom, courtesy of the most amazing Allisan who bought it whilst she was in Korea. And I love it. I'll get more onto this later. 

This time, I picked up 3 items. Two lipsticks, XXX and Kiss Woo, and one more lip lacquer called Showtime
(L-R: XXX, Kiss Woo, Pink Boom, Showtime)
First off, can I just talk about how beautiful and simple their packaging is? The hot pink ones are a little new (if I am not mistaken) but I love it. They look and feel so sleek!

XXX and Kiss Woo
Before I go on, I know you will be wondering cause it was what Jun was wondering too when I picked these two colours: dafug Amelia, they're both the same shade! Yes, I will not deny that they look similar.. yes, they're both dark reds........... 

But I've been looking for dark reds ever since Maleficent came out! I am actually really obsessed with the dark red lips look. SO NICE! and Vampish! (Not that I want to look like a vampire, but you get the gist) and really, they're both very different reds once worn on the lips!
 
Okay, let's talk about XXX first. It's a very nice brownish-red. And it is mega moisturizing! Much to my surprise since I have been hearing lots of negative reviews bout 3CE's lipsticks. It is probably due to the different colours and their different finishes. This one is definitely matte, but it's so creamy and such a dream to apply! I feel like it looks almost like blood since it's not super bright or blue-toned..


On the lips- without a lipliner. Also, this colour is super long-lasting hehe
 Moving on to Kiss Woo, which is a move blue-toned red and also similar consistency in that it is not drying and a dream to apply! I also feel that in certain lightings it can look a little pinkish. Totally nice to wear on a date I feel! hehe

Ugh, love the packaging so much.
See what I mean when I say it is a little pinkish? :)
 Here, you can see the difference! :D I really like both colours and feel they will complement different occassions/outfits!
L - XXX, R- Kiss Woo.
Moving on to their lip lacquers.. now, I don't quite know how to explain the consistency of these. They apply like a gloss, but they dry matte and stain your lips quite well. It's lovely to wear when you don't want to re-apply too many times. I LOVE THEM. I admit they can be a tad drying.. but pop a lip balm on after they've dried down and you really shouldn't have a problem with them!

Left- Showtime, Right - Pink Boom



Didn't take individual shots of the lip lacquers cause.. I didn't quite know how to.. LOL But here are them on my lips: 

Showtime is a really really bright coral colour, nothing like I've ever experienced! One coat is enough to cover your entire lips and these colours are mega opaque as well! And it really does brighten my face when I wear it I feel. :P


Pink Boom is a really bright fuchsia. Which is great to jazz up any outfits. I've always felt that fuchsia's really my kind of colour, purplish, pinkish and oh-so-pretty :D hehe 


And a swatch of all 4 colours on my arm side-by-side: 


Overall, I am really really happy to be able to add these lovely lip products to my collection! Right now, Stylenanda only has shops in Korea (obviously) and Hong Kong and while I am hoping they will branch out to SEA soon.. (KL FIRST PLEASE), if you're interested in trying them out yourself, sites like LUXOLA and HERMO has them albeit priced a little higher than what I bought them for.


Have YOU tried any other 3CE products? If you have, and have a favourite please let me know in the comments below! I also bought their full cover concealer, but have yet to try it out yet and I'm excited!

I hope you've enjoyed this post. First time ever taking pictures of my lips (not the best looking ones out there I'm afraid. Really fat uneven bottom lips but a girl's gotta work with what she has! hehe). I'll hopefully do more lip product review's in the coming future cause it where my heart is really set in. 

Lots of love, and hope y'all having a great weekend,
Amelia xox

Saturday, August 2, 2014

#ShellTokidoki x Hello Kitty

I've only been working in my office for the past 1.5 months and already people know that I absolutely love Hello Kitty. I mean, what's there NOT to love? She's adorable, she's super cute and she manages to looks great in any outift/getup!

I'm sure y'all have been noticing big banners around town at all them Shell Petrol Stations but recently, Hello Kitty has done a wee collaboration with Tokidoki and have come up with 10 SUPER CUTE Hello Kitty x Tokidoki figurines! Thank you Shell Select for bringing in these super adorable babies! 

Which is your favourite? I think Mini Cactus Kitty is the most adorable hehe


Anyway, just before I left for my trip to Hong Kong, I was sent a couple of these super cute Hello Kitty x Tokidoki figurines as well as an awesome Limited Edition Collector's Kit! These Hello Kitties come in blind boxes and the main objective of these blind boxes is to stir up that sense of excitement and anticipation cause you won't find one which Hello Kitty you're getting until you actually open it! :D 

I was lucky enough to be sent two as follow: 

Rocket Kitty

Cactus Kitty
Hello Kitty Power!!
 I was also given another blind box courtesy of a cousin, and I was super pleased to get:
Cupid Kitty!! HOW CUTE IS THIS hehe Can also be used as a keychain leh.

So altogether, I now have 3 out of the 10 available kitties! Which makes me a very happy Hello Kitty fan. In case you were wondering how you can purchase these awesome Hello Kitties, it is really simple: 

These Hello Kitty x Tokidoki Blind Boxes are available exclusively at Shell Select convenience store nationwide (EVERYWHERE basically) until the 31st of August 2014.
Each blind box is priced at only RM9 each, and can be purchased with:
• A minimum purchase of RM6 worth of Shell Select Products 
(excludes Tobacco, Alcohol, E-pay, Touch n Go & Lubricants)
at any Shell Select convenience store.
• Any purchase of Shell Select monthly promotion items

If you were wondering, "How am I going to store all these Hello Kitty x Tokidoki figurines?". Well, Shell Select's also thought about that for you! 

You can also get an exclusive Hello Kitty x Tokidoki Collector's Kit at RM25 with 50 BonusLink points!

Here's what the Hello Kitty x Tokidoki Collector's Kit looks like: 


Here's my little small collection hehe:

And here are some pictures of me posing with my super cute Hello Kitty x Tokidoki Figurines. Please ignore the tired eyes, was after a long day at work hehe



Also, just so you know,  there is an INSTAGRAM Contest going on right now where the GRAND PRIZE winner gets a chance to win a FULL SET of these Shell Hello Kitty x Tokidoki figurines! What a prize right? 

All you have to do is: 

1) Post a picture of your Hello Kitty x Tokidoki figurine in a CREATIVE LOCATION and post it on INSTAGRAM.
2) Hashtag #ShellTokidoki in your caption..
 
and Voila! You'll be in the running to win the awesome prize. What's even better is that 3 weekly winners are chosen so that just UPS your chances at winning! :D and a Grand Prize Winner will be chosen at the end of the contest which is on the 31st of August 2014! 

The 3 weekly winners will win awesome Shell Select Premiums and the Grand Prize Winner (as I have mentioned) will win the full set of Hello Kitty x Tokidoki Figurines! :D 

I think that's pretty darn good, I'm going to also participate in this hehe. Just gotta find a super creative way to take photos of my figurine. HEHE 

Good luck to everyone who's wanting to participate, you've still got a whole month to do so! And I think it's a pretty darn good way to score a whole set of Hello Kitties :D hehe 

Hope you've enjoyed this post and have had a great Saturday and a better Sunday ahead. 

Lots of love,
Amelia x