8 Products for a Pretty Glowy Winter Makeup

Winter is here! (cue: the Game of Thrones intro song)

I enjoy winter for the endless bowls Pho, never taking off on my Uniqlo hoodie and binge on Netflix with my son (a Staffie) by my side - embracing Hygge.

But I don't enjoy the cold winter mornings, when getting out of bed and getting ready feels like pulling teeth.

To combat winter woe and to make my makeup routine more fun, I opt for pink blushes and a glowy base (dewy, not shimmery). Here are my current makeup favourites.


I like a hydrating glowy base like *Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot primer. The Sephora Beauty Amplifier (no longer available) gives more glow and thinner in consistency. The M.A.C Strobe Cream is a classic but it has a thicker consistency and the intensity can be build by layering more.

NARS Sheer Glow is a fantastic full coverage but lightweight foundation. I say this about every new foundation that I test, I think this is the best foundation that's I've tried and I wonder where has it gone all my life? Glossier Stretch Concealer is a pleasant creamy concealer, not too dewy. 

Cream blush looks the most natural and pretty for winter in my opinion. I think I have found my perfect cream blush, the Glossier Paint Cloud in Puff.

I like *Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish Foundation as contour for some dimension. 

If I want extra glow and colour, I will go for the Tom Ford Soleil Contouring Compact. Tom Ford lipsticks are so buttery and creamy but yet luminous. Spanish Pink, my favourite colour is one of my all time favourite. Worth the price tag.

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Manolo Blahnik BB pumps

My style goal has always been to create the ultimate classic wardrobe.


When it comes to heels, I believe in the classics. My first proper grown up pair of pumps are the Christian Louboutin Pigalle. I remember saving long and hard for them but unfortunately the toe box was crushing my feet especially the right foot. I told myself "Beauty is pain" or "This is the price to pay for a pair of Louboutins" but over the years, the comfort level did not get better after many attempts of stretching them both professionally and DIY. So, I decided enough is enough, the excruciating pain is not worth enough so I sold them off to a loving new owner.

My mission to find a new pair seems like a dread because the next pair MUST be perfect.

I have been fantasizing about owning Manolos (thanks to Carrie Bradshaw) but always thought they are not as hot as Louboutins. However, after buying the Carolynes,  I had my eyes on the BB pumps as my next purchase.

The downside is, the BBs are hard to find and some sites sell them for almost one third of my monthly mortgage payment. When two pairs of patent Bb (black and nude) turned up on my feed on The Real Real (godsend) for almost 80% off retail price, I bought them.

The patent leather are perfect, the heels are 115cm and comfortable. Who says dreams don't come true?

Shop some of my favourite classic pumps below:

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Jackalope Hotel, Mornington Peninsula

If there is one thing to know for sure, the Jackalope Hotel is one of the most stunning hotels that I have ever stayed in. Other than vineyard facing rooms, the matte black walls, moody lighting with a hint of dusty pink boast a sleekly sophisticated hideaway (bonus: a glass of wine for each guest on arrival)

"Sci-fi meets art deco" is the first thing that came to my mind when I see the reception, hallway and the signage leading to the rooms.

Doot Doot Doot, the fine dining restaurant boasts a sophisticated menu. You can expect one very considered interior with the focus on leather, marble, brass accents, and heavy woods. We guarantee you'll be 'gramming the hero feature, the ceiling covered with hundreds of bottles and the ever changing lighting.

For a casual lunch, head to Rare Hare for a cosy brunch with an array of food and wine options. 


Rena's review: The Ordinary skincare

The internet is still buzzing about The Ordinary, Deciem's affordable skincare range. The Ordinary claims to communicate with integrity and bring to market effective, more familiar technologies at honourable prices. What attracts me is not just the price point but the thorough guide on their site to educate customers on the ingredients so they can make their own decision to design their own regime.


I finished up most of my serums, the perfect time to try The Ordinary to fill the gaps for my night time routine. Read on for mini reviews of the products that I have tried:

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1

The texture is gel-like, easy to spread and non-irritating. However, this product rolls off when you rub another product on top. I would recommend patting another product on top of this. However being a $9.90 product, it does not bother me. I do notice that my breakouts have lessen over time.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%

This is an exfoliating serum, to be applied before cream or oils. I don't feel any tingling after applying this on my skin so I am not entirely sure if this products "works"? Again, at the price point, it does not bother me however I will not repurchase this and will repurchasing Sunday Riley's Good Genes which gave me instant results.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% 

I read that the 2% is more gentle than then 1% which is weird but perfect for sensitive skin. I enjoy the serum because the texture is lightweight and I don't experience any irritation. I alternate this with the Lactic Acid. I will definitely repurchase this.

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

This oil is perfect of my skin concerns, rose hip oil is rich in linoleic acid and pro-vitamin A to balance oiliness and acne prone skin. I will repurchase this.

I have my eyes on other products such as The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% The Buffet and the foundation! Will report back once I have got my hands on them.

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Seminyak, Bali Travel Guide

Bali has a special place in my heart. The smell of the ocean is exquisite, the friendly locals and Balinese food is everything.

The first time I went to Bali was for my honeymoon two years ago. We pretty much holed up in Uluwatu (we stayed in the unforgettable Alila Uluwatu) with day trips around Bali but I knew that we will be returning.

The second time was only for three days during the recent Easter holiday so we picked somewhere central, Seminyak.

Again, we picked Alila because of their very considered architecture and aesthetic. The hotel also ticks all the boxed for us: rooms with sweeping views of the ocean, the close proximity to shops and restaurants and of course the beautiful pools. The dream. 

Scroll on for my mini guide for Seminyak:


Potato Head - I was wrong, I assumed that this is for single young adults only, and we wouldn't fit in. Boy, I was wrong. The crowd is a mix of young, old and little ones. I  really enjoyed the relaxed and fun vibe. The food and the selection of cocktails are extensive. Be prepared to order way too many cocktails.

Nook - A few minutes away by taxi is this charming little restaurant in a paddy field. Amazing local cuisine.

Kaum - A sophisticated and beautifully designed restaurant with amazing Balinese food. There is a balcony outside if you want to have a drink only overlooking above Potato Head and the beach.

Merah Putih - Walking distance from Alila, the interior is unexpected, a mix of moody, glam, tropical but yet very relaxed. Enjoyed the food.

1/15 Coffee - I have followed their beautifully curated instagram for years but didn't get a chance to visit their original outpost in Jakarta. I enjoyed this cosy venue, on the same ground of Potato Head and Katamama.

Kim Soo Home - My only to-go shop this time. Beautifully curated store with a vast selection of locally made homeware and accessories. You will be sure to be "gramming before you even enter the store. I bought two beautiful straw bags for the price of AUD$60!

Bikini, Sisterfields and BO$$ MAN - These beautifully designed places owned by Adam McAsey are pretty much next to each other. I didn't get to go to these but their seem to be worth checking out.

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Korean sheet masks!

I wrote about not knowing much about Korean beauty brands here. But I have been determined to find out more online, via the good old Youtube and of course Reddit. I came across a beauty blogger/goddess specializing in Korean skincare, Gothamista. I bookmarked every single favourite products of hers. I have learned so much about the Korean beauty industry, their preferred ingredients and their techniques.

I have finished up my Dr Jart masks and because they are always sold out in Sephora stores, I am in desperate need of sheet masks. I came across this online store based in Melbourne, Nudie Glow and I am so happy that they stock a number of Gothamista's favourite.

Other than being Australia's first sheet mask subscription site, Nudie Glow also provide free samples in exchange of reviews, so I contacted them. I am so thankful for the samples, some of them will be my staple and I am more than happy to repurchase. 


Adaline Keep Cool Ocean Mask (not pictured) is a delight. I think the packaging is a little tacky however the mask is delightfully cooling and hydrating. The main ingredient is astaxanthin, a naturally-occurring carotenoid found in sealife like algae. The mask is comfortable, dripping in essence. After 20mins, I feel like I could leave it on longer because there is so much essence left. 

Polatam Water Gel Extra Force Mask is one of my new favourite. I like the simple packaging. The mask is super soft, comfortable and lightweight because it is made of cupro fiber. Like Adaline, the mask is cooling and hydrating. The main ingredient is oak tree sap essence which helps to hydrate and balance skin moisture. 

Blossom Jeju Red Camelia Mask is ultra nourishing and perfect for dry skin. The mask is made of cupro, super soft and comfortable. I personally feel like I don't need this but this is perfect for those with drier skin type and age prevention.

Kicho Phyto Refreshing Daily Mask is a decent mask. I read that Kicho is easily one of the best Korean skincare brand, however my main issue with the mask is the size of the eye holes. They seem too small and because of that the essence went into my eyes resulting some discomfort. The moisturising effect is not as good as the others above. I think this can work if you have less time and maybe smaller facial features?

*Many thanks to Nudie Glow for all of the samples.