Recuperating

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Hi! I’m writing this from my phone as I have run out of scheduled posts and am currently unable to sit up for prolonged periods of time.

It’s been trying. A friend joked that Lillian Too (pretty famous feng shui master) mentioned that people who are born in the Year of the Dragon (that’s me) face ill health this year.

I’ve been pretty ill. Managed to use three days’ MC at the start of the year thanks to a horrible episode of food poisoning before coming down with a really bad back – colleagues who know me well would have been victim to my many complaints, moans and groans.

Late March, I was “diagnosed” with a torn spinal ligament, which resulted in me being bedridden for the rest of the month. It’s not so bad, just six days… But enough to upset some.

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Review: Dior Capture Total Eyes Essential Serum

An eye serum. For someone who doesn't apply eye cream diligently, this was quite a big purchase for me. I honestly don't know what made me make this purchase, but I can't say it was a bad decision!

I bought this quite sometime ago, as I enjoyed using the face serum (thanks, Lily!) and thought it wouldn't hurt to give the eye serum a go. Regular readers would know my eye sacks are the bane of my life and reading the blurb of this product that promises to “rid the eye area of toxins”, I was sold.

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Beauty Haul!

Hello! This post, and the many more to come are actually scheduled posts as I recuperate from surgery. To take everyone's minds off me being at the hospital, allow me to indulge a little and display this lovely haul I gathered from the last few weeks, with the most recent being from a few days ago (thank you, Mummy!)

I spy four blushes in this haul…. The blush addict in me is showing for sure!

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All Packed for a Hospital Stay

 

By the time you read this, I'm probably all checked into the hospital and awaiting surgery. I've got a bit of a complex condition going on and am struggling to cope with all the implications involved. Thankfully with blogging, I find a bit of normality here with all these scheduled posts as I'm currently downing muscle relaxants and painkillers to nearly no end.

Being an excessive packer, I did my best to “pack light” for this trip. It will be my second stay at the hospital in a span of… six days. It will be a slightly longer stay too, but fret not for I've got all things covered. =)

I'm using this LeSportsac Every Girl Tote in Cozy Print – a birthday present from a friend:

 

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Review: Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Cleanser with White Tea

Paying over RM100 for a foaming face cleanser is not something I usually do (other than this cleanser) but this one is really something.

 

Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Cleanser with White Tea is one of the more gentle and effective foaming cleansers I've ever used. It's cheaper than the luxurious SK-II Cleanser I used in the past but is equally effective!

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Review: Soap & Glory’s One Heck of a Blot

This hot and humid climate makes makeup slide off my face pretty quick. It doesn’t help that I sweat loads. Also, I’m not one who likes touching up throughout the day so I’m always after long-wearing products that do not break me out.

In comes One Heck of a Blot:

Soap & Glory’s one of my favourite drugstore brands. I have tried nearly all of their products (thanks to Boots’ 3 for 2 offer) and they work pretty darn well.

This, I managed to bag during another 3 for 2 offer, thanks to dear Paul’s brother who kindly lugged them back for me.

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Review: L’occitane Almond Shower Scrub

L’occitane en Provence. I first encountered this brand back in 2000, when the brand opened its first outlet at KLCC. Fourteen years later, we are still very much in love with the brand. In fact, I believe we have never gone without a single L’occitane product at home.

I recently ran out of my Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub (I bought “tons” and had them shipped home but little did I know Sephora carries them here O.o) stock, so I thought to give this one a go.

Sorry, it’s not exactly a brand new tube but there’s a story behind why this happened!

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Bach’s Rescue Remedy Spray to help with anxiety and stress

Everyone has troubles of their own. Some are able to cope with stress and anxiety, others aren’t. I’ve been struggling with anxiety and stress for many years now, and I’m still trying to deal with it.

When life gets a little overwhelming, I am more than willing to try anything to help alleviate the stress I’m going through.

I found Bach’s Rescue Remedy products at Boots a few years ago and thought I’d give it a go. A kind friend (who suffers from depression) recommended I get the spray version as it’s more travel friendly and lasts longer than the pastilles / drops.

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Bottoms Up: March Empties

It's been nearly a year since I last posted an empties post. I have used up and repurchase quite a few products but unfortunately, the procrastinator in me got went too far and those empties have since headed to the recycle bin.

However, I managed to gather the empties I used up in March and here it is!

From left: Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer SPF50, Biore Aqua Watery Essence SPF50, Shiseido White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Cream, Cellnique Intensive Soothing and Hydrating Masque, Bio Oil and L'occitane Fresh Face Water

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March Favourites

Why hello, April!! March has been a pretty low month for me, what with that acute back pain that doesn’t seem to go away and work worries…. But I’m determined to make April and the many months after that better than this!

Onto March favourites!

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From left: Orbis UV Cut Sunscreen SPF34, Origins Plantscriptions Anti-Aging Eye Treatment, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact in Porcelain and Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

1. Orbis UV Cut Sunscreen – I recently reviewed this and have been reaching out for it almost everyday, thanks to having many a “good face day”, as I’ll explain later. =D

2. Origins Plantscriptions Anti-Aging Eye Treatment – This is more of an eye gel, my good friend Cassie recommended during one of our facial sessions together. I sure am no fan of eye creams as I’ve had really bad experience with some that gave me oil seeds (that never went away, unfortunately). I’ve used this for two months now and have noticed there the dark blue discolouration under my eyes are less prominent now. Thank goodness!

3. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact in Porcelain – This was a very, very cheeky purchase, made possible while I was at Bangsar Village (with Mum) just before Christmas last year. Laura Mercier had set up a booth right outside Village Grocers and I popped in just as Mum headed to the loo. =D I have been using it so much last month as it just helps even out the redness in my skin, leaving it looking natural and non-cakey. I do not have the original version of this so I can’t really say if this works better than that!

4. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – One of the last purchases (and best) purchases I made while still in the UK. Yes, this product is nearly two years old now but it still works a charm, every single time! No matter how much you dust on, it leaves your skin looking so natural. I love pairing this with the Orbis sunscreen, topped up with a little bit of Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer as it gives me just enough coverage to get through the day. Thank goodness for “good skin days”!!

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Bioderma Crealine Solution Micellaire

5. Bioderma Crealine Solution Micellaire – My love. My beloved Bioderma Micellaire water. Did you know it’s now available at Isetan KLCC? =D  This was also purchased in the UK but I’ve been using it sparingly as it’s so good and I was so afraid of using it up! Thanks to the water cut, I’ve been using a lot of this as it, err, helps me save water since I’m not emulsifying cleansing oil off my face.

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MAC Brush Cleanser

6. MAC Brush Cleanser – I’ve had this since 2012. This does not mean I don’t clean my brushes properly, just that I’ve been using loads of hotel shampoo and Daiso’s sponge and brush cleaning solution to clean them, thus casting this aside. However, due to the recent water cut, the ever-so-slightly OCD me just had to wash her brushes… So out this came! I usually pour some cleanser onto a kitchen towel and buff my dirty brushes in them before rinsing them with clean water. It really cleans brushes without stripping them and I may get another bottle for times when I’m too lazy to wash them the usual way! =D

Update: Hi lovelies, I’m currently nursing a bad back at the hospital. I still don’t really know what’s wrong as there’s a constant sharp stabbing pain attacking my lower right back but tests have all come back negative. I really hope it isn’t more than just a muscle and ligament tear as muscle relaxants and pain killers haven’t worked for me at all. =( I keep thinking about work and wonder what the colleagues and bosses must be thinking, for I’ve had fellow colleagues go sick before and the rumours that go round really hurt and upset me. To think they might be seeing me in this light when I’m in so much pain affects me even more. Maybe it’s simply high time I stopped thinking about anything and everything and just. move. on.

Sorry about that rant my dears… Have a good First of April anyway, and no, this is not a joke! xx