Spring scents

As someone who adores heavy floral scented fragrances for winter, I like to tone down my scents for spring.

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Newest additions are from Atelier Lumira and Madison Louis Marie. I adore the *Atelier Lumira La Primavera candle, channeling “San Remo in springtime with the notes of  jasmine, rose leaf, lily and patchouli supported by a powdery cashmere musk”. 

The perfumes that I’m going to be wearing a a lot is the *Atelier Lumira Paradisium. I’ve never been into dig scented perfumes but this one has a sweeter fruitier scent with notes of “bergamot, grapefruit and lemon, developing into a luscious heart of fig nectar and guava before settling with vetiver, sea moss and cedarwood”.

Madison Louis Antidris Cassis perfume oil is perfect for traveling. I’m so done with carrying a full bottle of perfume with me. I can’t get enough of this combination of cassis, bergamot, black pepper with mid note of white rose and base note of oakmoss, musk and tonka (a bean that smells like vanilla and cinnamon).

And of course my all time favourite fragrance brand, Diptyque does the best home fragrance. Baies is possibly my dessert island choice, and I love the Tuberose candle.

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My Affordable Skincare Routine

I’m am funemployed at the moment so this has motivated me to create the perfect affordable skincare routine. My definition of "affordable" is USD50 and below.

Thanks to online shopping in the US (Amazon), I have so much more access to Korean brands. I am also still a big fan of The Ordinary, to the best thing that happened to the beauty industry.

After a lot of research (lurking on Asian Beauty Reddit), below is my nighttime routine listed by steps.

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1. After cleansing with Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (USD18), I swipe Missha Clear Toner (USD28), a gentle exfoliating toner with both AHA and BHA followed by the more affordable dupe of SKII Essence, the Missha First Treatment Essence (USD49)

2. PyunkangYul Essence Toner (USD18.90) is so soothing, I do wonder if I need this after the Missha FTE but I love how soothing this feels and it’s affordable anyway.

3. For a long time I wasn’t sure about putting snail mucin on my skin but I convince myself to try the COSRX Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (USD21). The power ingredient, snail mucin is known to heal blemishes and irritation and so far it’s working.  

4. Another magical ingredient, bee propolis is super hydrating, soothing and also anti-inflammatory. The SkinFood Royal Honey Propolis Essence (USD27.50) is one of my new favourite product. I rotate this with COSRX depending on what my skin needs.

5. The Ordinary Niacinamide (USD5.90) is a repurchase, I read a tip on Reddit to mix this with COSRX Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence mentioned above to reduce the pilling. It really works! I believe the combo also helps with healing acne and reduce scarring.

6. My second bottle of The Ordinary Rose Hip Oil (USD9.80) is a staple for my nightime routine, I use this as my last step to seal in moisture. Rose hip oils contains a high percentage of linoleic acid, which is one of the most important natural lipid components. Oily and acne prone skin is generally deficient in linoleic acid, which means sebum will become gloopier and clog pores, which can cause a lot of breakouts. Linoleic acid helps dissolve the sebum to improve skin health.

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New Year, New Work Wardrobe

2018 and everyone is back at work. A new year means a fresh start therefore I can't stop thinking about an updated workwear wardrobe.

I am not a conventional workwear person, I prefer blazers over thirts or silk shirts with jeans. However, I adore skirts and find that the right skirt have the power to change/elevate your work outfit. 

I have been eyeing this Altuzarra skirt for a long time (almost a year!) and finally bought it when it appeared on TheRealReal. What caught my eyes about this fantastic skirt is the perfect khaki green shade and the versatility. The skirt has a perfect balance of work appropriate and dinner ready.

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I love styling this skirt with a good black turtleneck top. For warmer days, I would pair it with a camisole or a white t-shirts or simple blouses. The options are endless.

Worn here with Manolo Blahnik heels (similar style here) and Muji ribbed turtleneck sweater (similar here).

Photos by Angie Silvi, Styling by me.

Shop skirts here:

Best of M.A.C Cosmetics

As a brand, M.A.C Cosmetics is very dear to my heart. I remember when the brand first launched in Malaysia around 2005ish. I was mesmerized by their bold ad campaigns (especially the M.A.C Viva Glam ad featured my queen, RuPaul), the sleek interiors of the stores and the fun vibe unlike luxe brands like Estee Lauder or Clinique.

M.A.C was my OG and most coveted brand at that moment, to the point that I was religiously saving a few dollars each week from my allowance to purchase my first ever luxury foundation and concealer (however the foundations I've tried didn't work out for me at that time).

My obsession continued for the next few years. Then, there were newer and cooler brands like NARS  and Stila. After a few years, I find myself going back to M.A.C as they have the most substantial makeup collection at a good price.

I want to share my current favourites because I don't think I gave these enough mentions on my blog:

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I started going back to M.A.C mainly because of the Prep + Prime Fix Plus, non-alcohol and the best for setting and refreshing makeup.

I was after a very good deep red lipstick so I settled for one of their  classic, Russian Red, not as blue as Ruby Woo but also not too deep. 

I love Paint Pot in Groundwork, it is such an easy product. I just tap some on my eyelids to add some depth and the shade is just the most perfect taupe.

I have a weakness for shimmery cool toned eyelids, after searching for the perfect shimmery taupe, I decided Satin Taupe is the one. Perfect when patted over Groundwork.

The Prep + Prime' 24-Hour Extend Eye Base is an amazing eye primer if you want something not too thick and not too drying.

The Strobe Cream is a backstage favourite, I like applying this on the cheeks or my brow bones before my foundation. This gives a barely there highlight, or you can apply this all over your bare skin as a luminizer. A small size will last you a long time.

Patrick Starrr is one of my fave beauty guru on YouTube and his collection with M.A.C is just so dreamy. One of his star product is the Set Powder (sold out however this is the permanent version), my newest purchase. The powder is not drying,  sets foundation and no flashback.

I plan to try more products from M.A.C, what are your favourites?

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A Day in New York City - Travel Photo Diary

For those who have read this post, you will know how much I love New York City.

I visited again recently (who is ever going to get tired of NYC?) and I collaborated with David Everly, a super talented photographer and designer for a shoot around the city. We went to some of my favourites spots, The Public Library, Soho and Brooklyn Bridge. I'm wearing the best cable knit sweater that I have ever seen, the Everlane Oversized Cable Turtleneck.

Below is a list of some of my all-time favourite spots and recommendations in NYC:

Eat: Magnolia Bakery, Shake Shack, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Milk Bar, Katz's Delicatessen, Russ and Daughters, Egg Shop, Café Gitane, Socarrat, Dirty French, Estela, Eleven Madison Park, Le CouCou

Coffee: Saturday NYC, Toby's Estate in Williamsburg, Happy Bones, Little Canal

Shop (not department stores): The Line, ABC Home and Carpet, Kith, Bird, Glossier, Mansur Gavriel, C.O Bigelow, Opening Ceremony

Stay: NoMad, The Standard East Village

 

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All photos by David Everly

Best beauty products for 2017

This year I have discovered a few new holy grail products, the I-have-repurchased-and-will continue-to-do-so-unless- find-something-better kind of products.

I don't have as many as last year's but these below are here to stay:

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Primer and face products

J.One Jelly Pack is just too good, hydrating therefore your foundation stays on and does not get cakey. 

Tarte Shape Tape concealer is worth the hype, good coverage, stays put under the eye and does not crease.

Fenty Beauty Match Stix in Amber is the perfect cream contour, cool toned and easy to blend.

Lips

Kiehl's Butterstick Lipbalm in Petal is my go to everyday pink tint with SPF.

Tom Ford Spanish Pink (my second tube) is my all time favourite nude pink. Worth the price.

Cheeks

Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff and Beam are my favourite shades. I usually prefer powder blushes. These are pigmented, easy to blend and looks natural at the same time.

Eyes

L'oreal Luminous Lash Paradise is affordable, really good at volumising and separating. 

M.A.C Paint Pot in Groundwork is my go to everyday eyeshadow, the perfect standalone shade or transition shade for any look.

Holika Holika Jewel Light Waterproof Eye pencils are the best affordable shimmer eyeliners.

Glossier Boy Brow in Clear separates my brow hair and holds them in place really well.

Others

As for foundation, eyeshadow palettes and other lip products, I still love these from last year's list:

Hourglass Vanish Foundation StickKevyn Aucoin Skin EnhancerKat Von D Shade and Light Eye PaletteCharlotte Tilbury Luxury eyeshadow pallette in Dolce VitaCharlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat liner in Pillow Talk.

Hair

Drybar the Tress Press Styling IronL'oreal ElnettLiving Proof Dry Volume Blast.

Skincare

I have written about my favourites here and here recently.

What are you favourite products for 2017? 

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