Hello everyone! I suppose most of you must be getting ready to usher in the New Year somewhere nice while yours truly is pretty much stuck at home with my family (lovely, lovely family) where Grandma, Mum and Dad are already fast asleep and the only ones awake are my brother and I! Pathetic, no?
I have to say, 2011 hasn’t been an obstacle-free year for me. Things were lovely at the first half of the year with me being really happy with my course, to begin with. Also, I made such lovely blogger friends along the way, with Hanny, Lily, Stephanie, and even Paris B who all are to blame for my make-up addiction. =D I’m only joking, my dears I am just so happy to have found lovely blogger friends in you!
Drama started in September when the boyfriend had issues with his student visa. The sporadic blog posts phase began as time seemed to fly past ever so quickly then. Fast forward to November with Dad coming to attend my graduation, my graduation then more drama ensued which ended up in me coming back to Malaysia for a couple of months…. Maybe for good. Nothing is written in ink at the moment and I don’t even know what lies in front of me. =(
Upon coming home, my Popo (maternal grandmother) came to stay and within a week of coming down to Kuala Lumpur she got herself admitted into intensive care where yep, you guessed it. EVEN MORE DRAMA emerged.
Well, she’s finally discharged now and she’s sleeping downstairs at the moment. I panic sometimes and run downstairs to check if she’s still breathing. Paranoid me. Le sigh.
But hey, new year, new start! So I am going to put all those troubles behind me and carry on with the fun stuff….. Make up! =D
Being extremely new to the beauty blogging world, I have yet to amass a huge stash of make up but I have found some gems in my small but ever growing pile! =)
I will only go into the products that I’ve used so much this year, just so I don’t bore you lovely people to death as this post has been such a wordy one! =D
1. Most used blush – MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish from the Semi Precious range in Rose Quartz!
This was my first purchase from MAC and I have been using this so much that it’s become my to-go blush as it just gives that lovely pink sheen to my cheeks and I never need to worry about streaky cheeks when using this product!
2. Best ever foundation (also my most expensive) – Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation in B10
I owe a lovely reader – Diana a review of this product (sorry, darling!) and yes I need to get down to reviewing this quick! This light-medium coverage foundation is the one I reach out for when my skin needs that dewy look! It does not conceal blemishes but it covers my redness and the end result? I get a ‘no make up’ look! =) I also love how my little bottle seems bottomless as I do reach out for this quite a bit. 😉
3. Favourite Loose Powder alternative / Highlighting Powder: Guerlain Meteorites in Teint Rose 01
I caved into getting this product thanks to Paris B and this is definitely an item worth saving up for! I don’t know what lies in those magic pearls but when dusted on my face, I look prettier. Hahaha! That was an incredibly lame attempt at summing up how I feel about this product but it just is amazing. Try this if you haven’t already tried it!
4. Favourite Eyeshadow Brand: Inglot Eyeshadows
Sigh. I have Hanny to blame for this! I bought my first eyeshadow quad from Westfield Shopping Centre in White City and incredibly, the boyfriend has been experimenting with the quad, creating lovely looks for yours truly every time we head out for dinner! Yes, my boyfriend is my personal make up artist and he criticizes eyeshadows to no end! He once helped my housemate do her eye make up and he complained ‘These eyeshadows are nothing like your Inglot ones. They aren’t pigmented at all.’ (He was using a Rimmel quad at that time) HAHA!! During my meet up with Hanny, I erm, took another plunge and bought an eyeshadow trio (easier to lug around)!
5. Favourite Concealer – By Terry’s Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer
Such a brilliant invention for people with eye sacks like me! It’s such a shame this isn’t available in Malaysia. Read about it here!
6. Favourite Cream / Mousse Eyeshadow – Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre
I’ve used my one and only Illusion d’Ombre (in Illusoire) so much since I purchased it and I barely made a dent in the little tub! Need I say anymore? =D I’m saving up for more shades!! =)
7. Favourite Sunscreen – Kose Medicated Sekkisei SPF50+ PA+++
A random addition into my favourite make up products but I added this in as this has saved my skin from getting burnt all through summer and now home in Malaysia! Some sunscreens break me out or cause discomfort but this is a rather affordable one that doesn’t harm my skin!
8. Favourite Highlighter – Lancome’s Eclat Miracle
This incredibly liquid and easy-to-use highlighter is such a life saver! I just mix 2-3 dots of Eclat Miracle with my foundation of the day and it makes my complexion look so much better! Review to come in due time 😉
9. Favourite Powder Foundation – Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Sculpting Powder Make up in 020 Beige Praline
I use this as a setting powder or a light foundation on lazy days. =) I also keep it in my handbag as the huge mirror does come in handy for touch ups!
So these are my favourite products of the year! Let’s see if they remain on top of my list next year! =D
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!! =)