Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pink/Red Bags ♡

After buying some things last month, I've realized that most of the bags I use or really like are pink/red! I guess it's not surprising, just that I never noticed it before^^

The new ones I bought last month:

Can't wait to use it! Not only is it pink, but more importantly it's super light and has 4 wheels. When I went to Europe in 2010, all my friends were using luggages with 4 wheels, while I had one with only 2 wheels. So while they were merrily pushing their luggages across the long distances we had to trek to reach out hotels, I was the only sad soul *pulling* a 25kg luggage with 3 weeks worth of clothes and toiletries :( Got calluses on my hands after the trip. But I got stronger arms too hahaha.

Also got a hot pink wallet, a mini pink clutch from H&M and a red envelop clutch

This is my favorite bag ever. Got it over two years ago from River Island, and I really love using it. It fits anything to everything I need, be it for school or for travelling, and the snaps at the side and expand or shrink the apparent size as needed. Plus I really like the design, color and details ♡

And the interior is lined with super smooth leopard print satin. To give an estimate of the size, I've already put 5 magazines inside, can probably fit over 15 more. Not that I would carry 20 magazines in it, it probably can't take the weight. It can fit two boxes of shoes! So you can see that it's very roomy, to say the least.

I used it as my hand-carry when I went to Europe. I also used it when I went to Tokyo last year, and when I felt tired of carrying so many bags from shopping, I stuffed them all in here hehehe. This was the red 2-wheeled luggage that gave me calluses :(

We rode a lot of trains, and for some reason, the train stations in Italy that we went to had no escalators or elevators! So we often had to carry our heavy luggages up and down the stairs. In Florence, there was a really nice man who carried my luggage up the stairs for me; like he just took it out of my hands and marched right up the stairs. And before I could thank or even get a good look at him, he walked off! ...But later on my friends and I found out that we were at the wrong exit, so we had to carry our luggage back down to the platform and up another exit.

After years of use the handles are dying, and the zip outside came off.
But I still use it for travelling ♡
Still can't find a similar replacement, even after searching for months!

I saw this in H&M one day, and got it because it was so mini and cute!
It has just enough space to fit my phone, a lipstick, some cards and money hahaha.

It's only slightly larger than my phone. My phone it rather huge because of the bling, I realized that after removing the bling case it's actually pretty slim. But...I'd rather keep the bling :P

Got it from a random store on the 3rd floor of Bugis for S$19.90.

Red envelope clutch from a random store on the 2nd level of Bugis.
It was on sale, only S$10!
It comes with a detachable gold chain shoulder strap.

Pink patent bag from Bangkok in 2010 (took Thai Airways to Rome, stopped over in Bangkok on the returning leg). Can't remember if it was from Platinum or Pratunam! Got the heart charm from another store in the same mall. I've since blinged the gold squared part in the center of the bow on the bag. Sadly, the heart charm fell off one day while I was on the train, probably from the squeezing and pushing :(

Salmon bag, bought sometime last year.
It can actually fit quite a lot of things: a long wallet, my phone, my old camera, mp3 player, keys and even an umbrella!

I also have a hot pink backpack; the only backpack I own. Got it in Toyama last year, cos I saw it in an adorable store selling tons of girly stuff. The store's called Kokemomo and it's located by Toyama Station, on the 1st level of Esta.

Since I was gonna be traversing the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route the following day, I thought a backpack would be tons easy to have while climbing, as opposed to a tote or shoulder bag^^ I think it was around 2,500yen.

Some pink coin pouches from Accessorize that I got last December
I've never been to London, but I got it cos it's heart-shaped!

Camera cases and eco-bag.
The hot pink one is for my Olympus, and the Chopper one is for my Samsung.
The eco-bag is super useful for travelling

There's also this peachy pink bag from Suanna that I bought from Gmarket a year and a half ago.

The lining is of a soft pink shiny satiny material and the bag has many compartments. Fits A4 perfectly and comes with a detachable sling strap. I used to use it for work, but I like bags with two handles to carry on the shoulder, and the handles of these are too short for that. I don't really like using sling straps for large bags.

So, those are all the pink/red bags I have...I think! What color bags/wallets do you like? I don't really have large black/brown bags as I've always found them too common!^^

Friday, May 11, 2012

Brigitte Eyelashes (and cosmetics)

Brigitte is a relatively new brand, produced by SHO-BI, the company that makes Diamond Beauty and Decorative Eyelash. Having debuted in late January this year, it is supported by VIVI magazine, and is fronted by Rola (She is really pretty!).

Their packaging is a sweet romantic mix of muted pinks, browns and lace!
So far their product line-up is quite extensive; and includes lipgloss, eyeliner, mascara, brow pencil, blush, eyeshadow palettes and...eyelashes!

Blushes in 4 colors, 1,470yen each.
Pink, Peach, Rose, Orange.

Eyeshadow palettes in 5 colors, 1,575yen each.
OR-1, GD-1, PK-1, RD-1, AS-1.

Lipgloss in 5 colors, 1,050yen each.
Milky Pink, Pink, Beige, Pink Beige, Rose.

Mascara in 3 types: Curl, Volume, Base.
1,575yen each.

Liquid Eyeliner (1,050yen) and Pencil Eyeliner (1,155yen).

Eyebrow Duo (pencil and powder) in 3 colors, 1,365yen each.
Yellow Brown, Natural Brown, Olive Brown.

8 types of eyelashes! 5 upper and 3 lower. 1,260yen each.
No. 1 - Chiffon

No. 2 - Sweet

No. 3 - Innocent

No. 4 - Bouquet

No. 5 - Feminine

No. 6 - Flare

No. 7 - Doll

No. 8 - Coquettish


The prices of their cosmetics range is pretty average Japanese drugstore brand prices, on par with/even slightly less than Majolica Majorca or KATE. Prices for the lashes are leaning to the pricier side, the same as Dolly Wink and Liz Lisa, 1,260yen for 2 pairs. I really love the packaging though!

For more information, you can visit their website.

Monday, May 7, 2012

What's in my Makeup Bag...

I don't actually bring around a makeup bag with me most of the time. On regular days I never touch up my makeup once I step out of the house...ever. Unless I know I've got somewhere to go after (party/event/dinner etc), then I'll grab my makeup bag and chuck it in my purse.

For most of the time, my makeup bag (bottom left corner in the pic) sits open atop my "makeup island", a stack of empty plastic storage boxes in the middle of my room on top of which I put lots of my make up stuff...because it's near my cupboard, which has the mirror I use to look at.

Anyway, inside my makeup bag are the items I use on regular days. The other items outside it aren't used as often :P

This is the makeup bag I'm currently using, I got it at SBY Happy Room in Takeshita Doori last year. I love how it has 2 zippers! So that I can open it from the top instead of the side, which you're restricted to for makeup pouches with only 1 zipper.

Underneath the paisley print cloth is a layer of gold sequins!
It's subtle but really pretty in real life!

The interior is lined with gold fabric, and is pretty roomy!
It also has an interior pocket; useful for storing smaller/thinner items like tweezers and eyeliners.

So, onto the stuff inside!

SKII Facial Treatment Essence: This is *AMAZING* ♥♥ I started using it about a month ago, it made my skin so much more radiant and even. It really is a "miracle water". Now I can walk out of the house with just sunblock, yay better skin!
Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF50+ PA++, sunblock is the most important thing to slap on before stepping out of the house. This dries matte, and it's my absolute favorite sunblock. My 4th bottle! ♥

Chasty Eyebrow Brush: Got this in Japan, the bristles are really dense and blend the brow colors well. Chasty makes really great makeup accessories!
MAC 187E: From a holiday set a few years ago, love using it for blushes. It really distributes the color well.
Sigma Flat Top Kabuki F80: I *adore* this for BB cream/liquid foundation. The bristles are so dense that it spreads the foundation sooo evenly, and the finish is so smooth it looks airbrushed! ♥

Candy Doll Concealer: Don't really use it much as I don't think I've got anything to conceal^^ But it does a decent job at covering up the occasional red spot. It's the only concealer I've got, hence it's in the bag.
Dr Jart Silver Label: Dr Jart is my favorite brand of BB cream, been using it for 4 years, alternating between the silver and black labels. 3rd full-sized tube of Dr Jart BB Cream!
Candy Doll Makeup Base: I use this when I don't feel like wearing foundation/BB cream. It has a subtle shimmer/pearly gloss effect!
Dr Jart Black Label: Love this, plus it's mini and super convenient to grab and chuck into my purse.

Jill Stuart Blush Blossom 101 Sensual Dahlia: From the 2010 holiday collection, love the colors.
Jill Stuart Mixed Blush Compact 01 Baby Blush: One of my absolute favorite blushes ever. This is my second piece, I finished one last year^^
NARS Orgasm: Love this, it evokes a really natural flush ♥
Majolica Majorca Cheek Customize OR322: Favorite peachy blush.

Canmake Shading Powder 01: My 2nd piece, finished one last year. Don't use it very often now, but it's great for contouring the nose/brow/cheekbones as it's matte and really blendable.
Canmake Nose Shadow Powder: Made specifically for contouring the nose, it has a shader and a highlighter. But...I've never used the highlighter, and I've always wondered why the highlighter portion is twice as large as the shader portion :(

I have waaaay more eyeliners than these, but these are the everyday ones, hence all black and brown. K-palette and Urban Decay are my favorite brands for eyeliners :P From the bottom:
K-Palette Real Lasting Eyepencil 24h
K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner 24h WP in Brown: Love brown eyeliners, they're really natural and don't look harsh!♥ K-Palette's Eyeliners are super sharp, precise and gives me the line I want ♥
K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner 24h WP in Black: This is practically finished, I guess I can't bear to throw it out yet cos of the pretty Limited Edition PINK packaging^^
Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black: My current substitute for the K-Palette black liner, but it's not waterproof!
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Bourbon: I love this, it's my 4th pencil! ♥
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Midnight Cowboy: Great for highlighting, the slight champagne color blends in with the skin more.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Perversion: Super black and super matter; amazing on the waterline! ♥


Different colors to match different hair colors, and different colors give different looks. Bottom to top:
Majolica Majorca Brow Customize: I use this most of the time, I've refilled over 10 times! ♥
Bibo Eyeful Eyebrow 5 Amber Brown: This is the 2nd lightest shade after 6 Light Brown, the difference is a lot!
Bibo Eyeful Eyebrow 6 Light Brown: Super light. Too light for me now, but perfect for when my hair was lighter. Apparently most gyarus use this color.
Essence Eyebrow Designer 03 Light Brown: Tried it cos it was cheap, $3? But it's not waterproof and smudges off easily.
Essence Eyebrow Designer 02 Brown: Tried it cos it was cheap, $3? But it's not waterproof and smudges off easily.
Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Coloring Eyebrow 01: This works better with bleached eyebrows, easy to use and keeps the brows in shape. However it tends to look funny when eyebrows are black.


Dolly Wink Long Mascara: For lower lashes!
D.U.P. Eyelashes Fixer EX 552 Clear: Good for heavy duty/days you need extra strength (outdoors/sports/water/rain?)
Dolly Wink Eyelash Fix Black: Newly released, it's so convenient for when I use black eyeliner/black lashes.
Dolly Wink Eyelash Fix: Absolutely adore this, it's my 5th tube! ♥

This can't fit into the makeup bag, but I use it everyday to set my foundation/BB cream. Guerlain Meteorites ♥ I love this! It makes skin look really good, reflecting light in all the right places.

Who says it's impossible to finish? Took me about 2 years to get here, but for the 1st year I wasn't using it much. Only in the 2nd year did I start using it daily.

Other than my "makeup island", this is the other corner of the room where I have all my makeup stuff, mostly hidden inside the makeup bag and pink baskets. (there's another pink basket hidden under the makeup bag under the headbands). Stacked in the shelves are sheet masks! I use the items on the "island" more, the ones here aren't used as often.

Inside the basket about to fall off the dresser.
Left to right: Paul & Joe, YSL + Macquillage, misc.

Most used eyeshadow palettes:
Urban Decay Naked
Urban Decay Naked 2
Guerlain Ecrin 6 Couleurs 68 Champs-Elysees

I realize that lip stuff aren't shown above, most of them are stored in the cup on the "island", hidden behind the brushes. Also, most of the lipsticks/glosses I use are in all my different purses...I don't usually put on lip stuff at home^^ Only before/after I reach my destination (if I remember to!), and I hardly touch up either...

Obviously I don't use every single item everyday^^ If I narrowed it down, the things definitely used everyday are 1) sunblock, 2) brow pencil, 3) eyeliner. Oh and EYELASHES! ♥

Nowadays I'm tending to use less because I have to get up early for work and want more sleep :( Also, makeup for work is restrictive. (The only thing I'm not compromising on are my eyelashes!!) I really miss the days when I had more time to play and experiment with more makeup! Anyway, 5 weeks to freedom! More time for makeup fun and cosmetics shopping then!

What are your most used makeup items? And what do feel that you need to have on before stepping out of the house?

Hidden on the "island":
Blushes, eyeshadow palettes, Hadalabo BB cream, lash glues.

More blushes.
Majolica Majorca, Banila Co, Diamond Beauty.

Eyeliner pencils.
Mostly Urban Decay, Majolica Majorca or Essence.

Eyeshadow palettes and bronzer, from Essence.

I still have a cabinet shelf of mostly old BB creams/samples, and another for all my lashes, but that's *all* the cosmetics I own! They're either on the "island", the corner, or on that one shelf. Not a lot!