Winter Most Worn Items

Since the start of the new year, there isn’t anything exciting in the makeup world. Other than beauty, I’m passionate about style and shopping. I am an expert in finding the best price when I am hunting for an item. Also it’s still winter in San Francisco so I thought I’ll do a little post on my favorite winter pieces in my wardrobe.

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I like oversized or cocoon coats so I have been enjoying the Everlane Cocoon Coat in black. This is definitely an oversized fit so go one size down. My only feedback is that I wish the pocket openings are slanted or placed lower.

Chloe Susanna boots are probably one of the best looking boots that I have ever laid my eyes on. I have always wanted a pair but I believe in only buying them only when they are on sale. I bought them at the lowest price I have seen on Farfetch during the Black Friday sale.

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Speaking of oversized, I had been searching high and low for a good camel coat. If you are looking for one, look no further than this coat from The Curated. I love the brand’s story: sustainable, responsible and transparent. The cashmere is sourced from Inner Mongolia. However the sizing runs small so go for one size up (I usually wear XS/0 and I bought size S). One thing to note is the coat has no belt loops so you will need to tie the waist band that comes with the coat.

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I also love a good oversized knit, this Equipment sweater in Ivory is perfect. My usual XS is out of stock, but S seems to be okay and I am definitely looking to “shrink” this sweater by putting it in a dyer for a quick second after handwashing it.

I love leather pants and they elevate any outfit. J Brand no doubt makes the best leather pants in my opinion. I own one from Current/Elliot, unfortunately the quality is not as good as I expect.

*I purchased these item (except Everlane and The Curated) during recent Black Friday sale so the prices may vary. This post contains affiliate links.

Sulfate-free Haircare Favourites

In recent months, I have converted to sulfate free shampoos and haircare. My scalp has been irritated, I my hair is prone to frizz and oily scalp, not a great combo. I have tried so many brands and found these products below that I cannot live without right now:

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Living Proof Perfect Day Hair shampoo is a good everyday sulfate-free shampoo. I also love their styling products, I tried so many brands but keep coming back to Living Proof. I use these almost everyday, Full Volume Blast to volumize and add texture. Perfect Day Dry Shampoo is a very effective dry shampoo, just make sure you shake your roots to avoid excessive white residue. As for pre-styling, I really like the Flex Hairspray, I just spray this on damp hair, blow dry and then use my styling iron, when I am done, I spray it again. I also enjoy their Restore Instant Repair , most leave in products or balms weight my hair down and this does not do that.

I want to talk about Briogeo, a fairly new haircare brand. Their range is designed to be “skincare for hair”  which is perfect for my hair  type and concerns. Their hero product is the  Scalp Revival Shampoo, I use this twice a week.  After I wash my hair, my scalp feels soothed and clean. I also use the Don’t Despair Repair Hair Mask as my conditioner (buy this set for more value). To finish it off, I rub some of the Scalp Revival Treatment on irritated/flaky areas on my scalp.

Because my hair is prone to breakage, I started using the Olaplex Hair Perfector. This is designed to be used before shampooing, not after. I haven’t seen significant results maybe because my ends are super prone to breakage but I do highly recommend anyone to give this a go. 

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Best of 2018 Makeup

I enjoy rounding up my favorite products of the year. Here are my favorite makeup products, some of they could be new additions, or long time loves that I still use and enjoy.

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Primer

My HG is still the J.One Jelly Pack Primer. My new favorite pore filling primer is the Tarte Timeless Smoothing primer

Base and powder

Hourglass products are still on my daily rotation: the Veil Primer, Vanish Seamless Stick Foundation, Veil Translucent Face Powder and the magical Ambient Lighting Palette. The only other foundation I use is the NARS Sheer Glow, it is better for me in the winter time, I also enjoy their NARS Soft Matte concealer in Custard. Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Powder is the best touch up powder I’ve tried.

Contour, bronzer and highlight

For contour, still using my last year’s favorites, the Fenty Beauty Match Stix in Amber. My new favorite bronzer is Chanel Soleil Tan Bronzing Makeup Base. The Dior Nude Luminizer Shimmery Powder is totally worth it, I love the tasteful expensive sheen.

Blush

My most used blushes this year would be Glossier Cloud Paint and Style Nanda 3CE blushes.

Eyes

I realized I haven’t spoke about these, the DHC Double Protection mascara and Flowfushi Moteliner liquid liner, I don’t know if I want to try a anything else after discovering these. I also love the Marc Jacobs Highliner eye pencil for lower lash line. I still my Kat Von D eyeshadow palette (I call this the palette that won’t die) but recently am obsessed with Pat McGrath Bronze Ambition eyeshadow palette and Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Honeymoon.

Lips

I rotate between NARS Audacious lipsticks in Brigette and Catherine. Tom Ford in Spanish Pink and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Sonata 

Others

I can’t live without M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix Plus to set makeup. I also love the Truffle Jet Set Clarity makeup bag, so chic and a perfect size.

Sephora makeup haul

I have a confession to make. I live for Sephora’s sale. Two months ago, there was a VIB Appreciation event (see my haul here) and now there is a on going event VIB holiday sale for the entire month depending on the Beauty Insider tier.

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I stocked up on a few skincare favourites but I want to dedicate a post to new makeup products that are totally unnecessary but just so irresistible.

I have so many eyeshadows but have never owned a Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad so I got the Honeymoon palette. Two bronzes gold shades, a reddish bronze shade and the most gorgeous burgundy plum shade (which is missing from my collection).

I also got a satin shimmery warm taupe called Zebeline from Suratt Beauty which I find very easy to wear for everyday. Suratt is a very gorgeous  underrated brand and I also got the Expressioniste Brow Pomade which I think is the best eyebrow gel I have ever tried. My brow hairs are long and unruly and nothing holds them like the Suratt.

I find my NARS Audacious lipstick in Catherine (featured in this post) is too bright for everyday and this new Shiseido VisionAiry gel lipstick in shade Bullet Train caught my eye. The formula is so lightweight and comfortable, and I love the muted but peachy shade. The only con is the lipstick gets drying over time but easily to be reapplied.

I am always on the look out for a good pore filling primer and the Tarte Timeless Smoothing primer is a winner. This basically erased some enlarged pores I have on my cheeks.

I think the prettiest product I have ever seen is the Dior Nude Luminizer Shimmery Powder in Nude Glow. The finish is shimmery (but non-glittery) and gives you the most subtle expensive sheen.

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New anti-aging skincare favourites

Since my last skincare post in June, I have tried a few new things. I was craving a luxurious serum and a night oil. I am also more concerned with repairing any damages caused by the sun and some early signs of fine lines around my mouth and between my brows.

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I still use all of the products in my last post with these new additions:

Drunk Elephant is a highly popular skincare brand (like The ordinary but with much higher pricepoint). Their branding, ethos and packaging appeal to millennial who are serious about skincare. Not only that, I find their products pleasant to be used and highly effective. I am back on the DE C-Firma, on my third bottle now and I pat this every morning after exfoliating with my Biologique Recheche P50.

I have finished the sample of their new Protini Polypeptide moisturiser and I enjoyed it. Hopefully this will helps protect and prevent further fine lines and helps with firming.

I tried a few exfoliating treatments but nothing beats Sukari Babyfacial. It can be very intense so I am glad it doesn’t burn my skin. My skin feels baby soft and my pores feel cleaner after I use this.

I was also looking for a face oil that feels luxurious after using a boring rose hip oil for a long time. I came across Urang on Ohlolly. After emailing their customer service to get more information on the brand, the co-founder Sue responded with a long email to talk about my skin concerns, a suggested routine and product recommendations. I am so impressed with the level of personalized customer service so I decided to purchase the Brightening Blue Oil and True Rose Repair Essence.

I felt like my skin has plateaued with The Ordinary’s Advanced Retinol 2% therefore was looking for a new one. I read about LA’s celebrity facialist Shani Darden and her famed Resurface Retinol serum. I decided to buy this and so far so good, not irritating but I think I need to use this much longer to see any visible results. However my tip is to alternate this every other night and not use this after an exfoliating treatment like Sukari Babyfacial (your skin will burn trust me).

Lastly, I was just browsing Reddit for a good starter serum to target loss of elasticity so I came across I’m From Ginseng serum. It smells nice and doesn’t break me out. I use this at night after Urang True Repair Rose Essence and before the Brightening Blue Oil, but under Protini at night on my neck.

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New beauty favourites

My recent trip to Hawaii (so beautiful!) has inspired me to pick up a few new things. I got the best tan in my life and my usual colour range does work for me for now.

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Shiseido Wetforce SPF 50 Sunscreen for Face and Body is a pleasure to apply, sinks in nicely, not greasy and smells amazing. The technology behind this range is when you are exposed to water or when you are perspiring, the sunscreen becomes stronger.

Because I protect my face from the sun religiously, my face is a little fairer compared to my body. To warm up my face, I use the Chanel Soleil Tan Bronzing Makeup Base. The texture is whipped and cream, easy to apply and the colour is a subtle warm bronze. I apply this on cheeks, jawline and some on my chin.

I find my regular blushes don’t seem to show up much anymore so I picked up popular Style Nanda 3CE blushes because they are affordable and pigmented. I got two of their most popular shades, Mono Pink (neutral light pink) and Rose Beige (a very subtle coral shade).

Along with that, I also needed some new lip colours. Like a mad person, I tried every possible lipstick in a nearby Sephora store and finally settled on these, the NARS Audacious lipsticks in Brigette and Catherine.

These have been in my makeup routine, but I didn’t seem to mention them on my blog.

DHC Double Protection is hands down the best tubing mascara I have tried, I am on my 3rd tube and I don’t think I will ever use any other mascara. My lashes are long and naturally curled so this mascara enhances my lashes. This mascara have tricked others to believe that I may have lash extensions on. If I want my lashes to be more dramatic, I will use the L’oreal Lash Paradise.

Hourglass Arch Brow Shaping Gel holds my brow hair slightly better than Glossier Boy Brow so this is a going to be a staple for a while.

I have also decided to purchase a chic makeup bag like the Truffle Clarity Makeup bag, it’a good sized and can (almost) fit all my makeup.

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