It’s hasn’t been much of a month, empties wise. I find myself buying more than using stuff up and the blame goes to all those Christmas offers out there! =D
This month, I only have three empties for you:
It’s hasn’t been much of a month, empties wise. I find myself buying more than using stuff up and the blame goes to all those Christmas offers out there! =D
This month, I only have three empties for you:
I have been wanting to do something like this for a while now but it kept getting put off due to one too many excuses! Now that I’ve finally moved over to a self-hosted WordPress blog, I think it’s high time I put things in motion and start writing / posting a bit more! =D
Before we head any further, allow me to explain why the blog still looks really simple. I’m very new to WordPress and all its themes, plugins and widgets. For some reason WordPress seems a lot more complicated than Blogger so do please bear with the blog’s bare look until I figure out a way to either get a header put up or just change the theme completely. Until then….
Let’s get on with a little giveaway, shall we? Seeing we’ve got two more days to the new year, I have a few little giveaways up my sleeve for all of you! =D
Starting with the first one…
Hello lovelies! I hope all of you have had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the new year! I for one am extremely excited about the new year and I will let you in on why in a bit. Meanwhile, allow me to introduce you to today’s post!
Yours truly has been given the opportunity to participate in a Femme Boulevard post! Femme Boulevard is a monthly column written by three fabulous bloggers: Joey , Lily, and Teri. For the month of December, the three lovelies decided to open their column to all us beauty bloggers out to join in the New Year festivities and so here I am, attempting to do something totally out of my comfort zone!
The theme of today’s look is metallic / shiny lids with vampy / bold lips. Imagine my slight horror when I read those words as I have never really worn bold lips out nor have I worn metallic lids very much. Thankfully, it can be an editorial, wearable look or “anything, as long as you have fun doing it” qoute Lily.
I chose my look based on something wearable as I will be attend a cousin’s wedding early January 2013, the main reason on why I am so excited about starting the new year!
Onto this wearable look! Here are the products I used to create the look:
As I will be wearing a teal dress (either the one featured in this post or another) to the wedding, I thought I’d match my eyeshadow with my dress. I then dug out my Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit 4 -Colour Palette from Guerlain’s Christmas 2011 collection. The look also requires vampy lips and I immediately thought of the Guerlain Nuit d’Amour Rouge Automatique from the same Christmas collection!
Here’s a list of the other products I used:
1. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 51
2. Creme de La Mer The Radiant Concealer in Light
3. K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner 24h Waterproof in Black
4. No7 Nude Lip Liner
5. Shiseido Perfect Mascara Defining Volume
6. Guerlain Terracotta La Selection De L’ete
7. Guerlain Blush 4 Eclats Rose Plein Vert 05
8. Guerlain Rouge Shine Automatique in Altoum
9. Shu Uemura Hard Formula Brow Pencil in 05 Stone Grey
And… Here’s the look!
Pardon the peeling nose, I’ve just recovered from a full-blown cold but my nose has not ceased shedding its skin just yet!
Onto the face first, I used Bourjois’ Healthy Mix foundation as it’s more moisturising and it’s yellow undertones really help conceal the redness around my nose and cheek area. My skin has also been dry of late so this is a go-to for evenings out! A light dusting of blush went with the look as I didn’t want to take any attention away from my eyes / lips. An attempt to contour went in too with the Guerlain bronzer but it doesn’t really show up in the photos.
For the eyes! I first applied a thin layer of the shimmering grey shade all over the lids. Then I took the blackened blue shade and applied it on the outer lids, slowly working it into my crease. I layered on the colours slowly and carefully as I wanted all shades to blend well together. The lighter teal shade was used on the middle of both lids and blended out. The key to this look? Blend, blend and blend some more! I dabbed some of the shimmering grey eyeshadow on the corner of my eyes to make them pop a little.
As this look will be worn in the evening, I brought some of the blackened blue shade down under the outer corner of my eyes and blended that out with the teal and grey shades, working my way to the inner corners of my eyes.
The eyes were tightlined with the K-Palette eyeliner, a gift from my soulmate who with Lily introduced me into the world of eyeliners. =) As usual, I then curled my eyelashes with my trusty Shu Uemura lash curlers and lashings of the Shiseido mascara went through them. Brows were lightly filled with the Shu Uemura Brow Pencil.
Finally, I lined and filled in my lips with the No7 Nude lip liner before applying the Guerlain Nuit d’Amour Rouge Automatique with a lip brush onto my lips. Upon applying the shade I felt it could do with a little shine so I slicked on a layer of Guerlain’s Altoum Shine Automatique but it’s barely visible, even in real life. Guess I shouldn’t have bothered with it. =p
I tried my very best to take photos without me looking really silly but I guess I am not photogenic at all. Sigh. I’ll let the photos do the talking.
This one, I took in hope of showcasing the eyes without looking weird. Succeeded in the eye department, failed in terms of looking weird.
Then there’s this shot. A family member mentioned I bear an uncanny resemblance to The Joker.
Do you think the look meets the shiny / bold look? The look’s nothing metallic as I can’t bring myself to wear such a bold eye out but the shine gives my eyes more depth. The deep plummy lips seems to breathe a new lease of life into an otherwise boring matchy eye and dress look. What say you?
Do not forget to check out what the other ladies think! =D
I really enjoyed collaborating with so many other bloggers and I hope there will be more opportunities like this in the future! Till then, a very Happy New Year to everyone and here’s to a fantastic year ahead!!
I have something rather exciting coming up in the next few days so be sure to stay tuned!
Howdy y’all! Just before you start giving up on this little blogger, allow me to explain myself!!
Last week, I discovered something so horrible it brought my world to a halt. The blogging one, no less. I ran out of photo storage space!!
Yes, technology n00b I am. I did not learn the importance of resizing my photos until rather late in my blogging career (if you count sporadic posts a career) so I quickly maxed out the 1GB of space provided by good ol’ Blogger.
Yes, there’s Picasa and Flickr but again, I’m not very good with technology so I much rather start afresh and make that huge move over to….. WordPress.
Yep. This blogger who knows nuts about HTML or domain transfers or whatever technological jargon is making the big move over to what I call the dark side as WordPress has always intimidated me.
I hope all will be okay though as I have enlisted the help of someone who may be assisting me during this big, bold move.
I have been shopping around for servers to host my blog on (is that how you put it, I don’t even know lol) and have finally found one that doesn’t cost too much!! I currently pay like USD10 for my domain name a year and Blogger hosts my blog but I figured it’s high time I brought this blog to a new level. Of course, it would mean that I have to up my game and learn the ropes.
Join me on my next big adventure?
I did mention Two big moves, didn’t I?
Well…… I’m no longer unemployed! :p Technically I still am unemployed as I haven’t started working yet but I will be a tax payer (gah) starting next year and I have had a few job offers coming my way after a bit of a dry spell!
Reckon it’s time to bring out the bubbly and rejoice?
Hello lovelies! It’s nearly December now which means my monthly empties post would be put up soon-ish! This month, I have found a few products to be nearing their end as I come so close to using them up. Also, being monthly favourites (or daily staples), a few shopping trips were done where I repurchased some of these favourites.
I thought I’d quickly share them with you today in place of my usual Trigger-Happy Thursdays post where I put up random photos that may not interest some of you. However, I do post photos on a daily basis via my Instagram account here so feel free to check them out and follow me if you like! =D
Kicking off today’s post is a gift from my fellow #soulmate Steph who needs no introduction. Lovely Stephanie sent me a parcel filled with goodies when I was still in the UK and this was one of the many items she sent!
Cellnique’s Soothing and Hydrating Lotion which I reviewed earlier here. Close to 4 months later I used up every single drop of this and I liked it so much that I bugged Mum to get me another! =D This costs RM79 so it doesn’t do too much damage to the wallet. I’m actually tempted to try Melvita’s Floral Waters but I liked this so much that I just had to repurchase it.
Shiseido’s Perfect UV Protector is a product I swear by. I am currently in the process of using up my third bottle and moving on to the fourth. Having used this since early this year (February/March), this is the best sunscreen I have used up to now and I have been through many sunscreens from various brands as my skin cannot live without it. I will not go on and rave about this product as I can go on and on all day. If you haven’t tried this, please give it a go!
Ah, an old favourite: L’occitane’s Lavender Vinegar. I am coming to the end of my second last bottle and I am incredibly nervous about using the final bottle up! This product has been discontinued and I will be sad to see this leave my table for good. :’( This works on the odd breakout but did not do anything for the severe breakout my skin went through. Still, it smells lovely – if you like the scent of lavender, that is. =D
The only mascara that doesn’t harm / irritate my eyes to date: Shiseido’s Perfect Mascara Defining Volume. I still have quite a bit left in my old tube but thought I should purchase a spare ‘just in case.’ This stuff rocks my boat: minimal next to no smudges at all, holds the curl and lasts all day. Only gripe? It can be a bit of a pain to remove. Without this lovely mascara I doubt I can ever bring myself to even curl my lashes, what more apply mascara.
Another staple! My all-time favourite hand sanitiser. Ever.
I’m typing this and wondering why I do I sound like a bimbo. Anyway, I think it’s due to the fact that these are products I love so much and I can’t stop gushing about them like a child so bear with me, lovelies! The L’occitane Lavender Hand Purifying Gel smells heavenly and is non-drying. Most hand sanitisers I’ve used smell so strongly of alcohol and my hands feel taut and dry after use but this one doesn’t. Mum and I were once stuck in a place that smelt of smoke and she asked for a squirt of this for her to ‘breathe properly.’ Haha! I’m doing my best to squeeze the very last bits out before I move on to my spanking new tube. Before you think this costs loads and would not last very long, allow me to point out that I have used this close to a year with near daily use. I also share this with friends and family before we tuck into meals so it has gone a very long way for me.
These are the products I have repurchased this month and it’s quite an achievement for the fickle me who likes trying out new items! Have you repurchased anything this month?
Howdy folks! Ever used samples of a product that prompted you to purchase the full-sized item? This is something I have done and I thought I’d compile these mini-reviews and create a little column for them! =D I do not think this is column is going to be a weekly feature on the blog but I love samples and would love to share them with you.
In order for samples to make their way into this column, I must get at least 5 uses out of them (my blog, my rules. Hehe) as to get a proper feel of the product I’m using. 5 uses is more than enough for my sensitive skin to reveal its angry side so I hope everyone finds this helpful. =)
Kicking off this column with some shampoo – L’occitane’s Shampoo for Sensitive or Irritated Scalp to be exact:
I love L’occitane. Love their packaging, love their scents and above all, love their hair conditioners. I swear by them and have been using their hair conditioners for over 10 years now. Sometimes I stray due to the price but I always come back to them as soon as some other hair conditioner turns my hair into straw.
On the other hand, I haven’t had much luck with L’occitane’s shampoos as they seem to weigh my hair down and create a lot of product build up (read: dandruff)! I even got head pimples when using one of their shampoos (I think it was the dry/damaged hair version) so I naturally stay clear of them.
Recently, I was at one of their stores where the SA tried to coax me into purchasing their shampoos. I informed her of my predicament and she whipped out sachets of this for me to try. Each sachet houses 8ml of product which gives me about one and a half uses and I received 4 sachets of this.
Let me tell you a little more about my hair routine. A daily wash is a must. Should I be deprived of a squeaky clean scalp? Greasy, flat hair and an awful temper will greet you. So I shampoo and condition my hair everyday and hair masks / treatments are done at home on a weekly basis.
This product is clear and has a slight lavender scent which I love and lathers up gently. I describe the lather as gentle because it’s not the kind of SLS-infused lather you get with drugstore shampoos eg. Herbal Essences and the like. Instead of looking like a bubble-head, you look just like yourself with a bit of froth on your head.
Now that I re-read the previous sentence I do not know what’s worse: looking like a bubble-head or froth-head.
Anyhoo, my scalp feels so comfortable after using this shampoo. It feels clean but not stripped and I did not get any product build up when using this for over a week!
In this case, trying this out made me want to run to my nearest L’occitane outlet to purchase a full-sized bottle but I am holding back for now as I am waiting for their Christmas gift sets to land on our shores. =D
I promised I’d keep this short so here you go, a quick (yet long-winded) review! Did you enjoy it? What are the most recent samples you got your hands on?
It’s like flicking a switch. On good weeks you’d see many a post being churned out here on A Little Bit of Everything. Not so good? A couple here and there. Then there’s the bad, which is what the blog is going through now. More than sporadic posts, no apologies, filler posts whatsoever to explain the absence of any sign of life here.
Today, I thought I’d sit back, breathe a little and speak out. Tell you what exactly I’ve been up to, how I’ve been feeling since coming back. For good.
I still shudder at the thought of me being back for good. Guess it still hasn’t quite sunk in yet. As much as I love home, a part of me still yearns for the place I spent a good 5 years at. More on that later.
I came home a couple of days before I hit 24. To some, turning 24 means ‘oh, you are getting old. When are you getting married?’ whereas to others, it simply means ‘What you are 24 and still jobless? Tsk tsk.’ I had a job. I was happily working abroad until reality struck: family is home, my boyfriend of 5 years and counting is home too and it is highly unlikely he will be coming back to the UK anytime soon due to the nature of his job.
I pondered long and very, very hard before taking the plunge and this is where some very good friends came into the picture. Friend / soulmate / vain glutton number 1: Stephanie was constantly there, encouraging me to do what’s best for myself. I even deprived Steph of sleep due to our then 7 hour time difference but she still patiently and resiliently, even stood by me and guided me into ‘doing the right thing.’ Then there’s friend number 2: Lily who also took the time and effort to advice and made me feel so much better when I was on the verge of a huge breakdown. Yep, Lily. That night when we had THAT conversation? I was on the verge of a mental breakdown. So thank you, for saving me from heading in that direction!
Then there’s the talk of depression. Coming home not knowing if I’ve done the right thing? Coming home without a job, leaving the UK when I had a stable albeit not-so-cool job that still paid rent and funded my *cough* expensive habit *cough*? I was depressed when I came home. I left some of my closest friends, work colleagues whom I consider family already over a thousand miles away. Suddenly home didn’t quite seem like home anymore. This sounds absurd but when you have spent a good 5 years away from home, coming home to a completely different culture gave me quite the shock. Yup. I have only been away for a relatively short amount of time and even though I spent the last 18 years growing up in Malaysia, being home after 5 gave me a panic attack.
Perhaps being abroad opened my mind (and eyes) to how ugly people at home can be. Driving in town and attempt to change lanes? Most of the time the car in the other lane will accelerate upon seeing your signal, hence denying you entry into their lane. Trying to cross the road with a zebra crossing? Good luck to you. More recently, bringing up an issue regarding poor customer service will result in you getting told off by said customer service assistant. This incident left me feeling raw and has nearly put me off purchasing anything from that brand.
An unsavoury event happened just two days before my birthday. This made me feel awful as I kept thinking: this would never have happened if not for my coming home. I suppose that was the start of being a little depressed. The high of celebrating my birthday with family took a bit of the upset away, only to come back days later when I faced the rejection of not bagging the job I initially thought I came back for. I then spent some time travelling, meeting the lovely Lily in person (finally!) and spent more time up north with my grandmothers.
Seeing my grandmothers brought all the sadness back. I have a feeling this is going to be my most personal post yet so read on should you feel like doing so. =)
My grandfathers passed on yonks ago and left my grandmothers behind. My Popo lives alone, whereas Mama lives with my uncle. One has to cook, clean and wash all by herself and the other is pretty much left alone at home, eating whatever she gets her hands on. Mama is diabetic and suffers from Alzheimer’s. Popo has a heart condition. Both are in their 80s yet they have been cast aside. Story’s pretty complicated but we can’t have either grandma over as one doesn’t want to leave home and the other only wants to pass on in her son’s home.
It saddens me to see them tear when they see us, not out of happiness but sadness as they both know their happiness will be short-lived. Popo, being verbose moans on how short our stay is / will be and tears up every night when we leave her home for Mama’s. My family does what we can for them but both old ones are set in their ways and cannot be coaxed out of it. We understand and emphatise with my relatives who have to ‘put up with them’ but still things do not go the way they should. This sounds a little vague but I’m just letting you in on the gist of what’s happening in my family.
Family matters aside, my skin decided to go bonkers since coming home, resulting in a trip to two dermatologists and ending with these items:
Cetaphil has been a staple in my life for many years now so it didn’t come as a surprise to me when the doctor prescribed this. Differin seems to be something Steph has used before and it’s meant to work for smaller pimples. Dalacin T is to be used on larger zits.
This horrible breakout is also one of the reasons why I have not been doing FOTDs or reviewing any colour makeup as no amount of concealer would cover those angry red blobs so I apologise for that! The breakouts have now subsided tremendously, leaving me with a stubborn cluster of zits on my left cheek and some scars left behind by those old zits. I should be able to resume regular blogging + makeup reviews soon! =)
Despite all the negativity that has clouded over my life, there are still ups. I hauled many a book recently (over 60!) and spent a weekend up in the highlands, away from technology just reading these lovely books:
No, I didn’t get to read all of them over the weekend but I managed three! Is that good enough? =D Throw me a book anytime and that will shut me up until the spine has creased and all the pages have been devoured.
Phew, that sure was a lengthy / ranty read! A massive hug to you should you manage to plough your way through my incoherent writing. Also, a huge thank you to all you lovely readers who still have faith in me, and in this blog’s revival.
I will be back, because writing is what I enjoy doing most and I do apologise if my more recent posts seem rather lack lustre as I have not been my usual self.
Thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend! xxxxxxx
I’m taking a break from my usual Trigger-Happy Thursdays column as it’s the 1st of November (already!?) and it has been a while since I last did an empties post. July empties anyone?
It isn’t every month I come up with 3 empty bottles of sunscreen so let’s get started!
1. Sunplay SPF60+ PA+++ Water Kids Sunscreen
First of the empties! The hopping (or maybe not) chick caught my eye and I love the yellow packaging! This product is dispensed with a spout so it’s pretty mess-free and easy to use. Also, I have been picking up kids sunscreens because I feel that if it’s great for kids it must work well for adults too. The watery, fast-drying texture feels lovely on the skin.
2. Nivea Sun Kids Pocket Size Sunscreen SPF50
Another kids sunscreen! I purchased this back in the UK and enjoyed using it then. Back then, the texture was creamy but non-sticky but since using this at home, my skin felt a little uncomfortable and sticky after application and it took a while for the sunscreen to sink in. Definitely not one for humid weather!
I have reviewed this here and this is my second empty bottle! This product is true love, true Holy Grail and the fact that I am coming very close to having 3 empty bottles of this is a testament to how amazing this product is. I doubt I will be straying for a very long time. =)
4. SK-II Cellumination Mask-In Lotion
This is a deluxe-sized sample Mum handed over. My skin and I liked using it enough to use up a 30ml bottle over the last month. I see myself getting a full-sized bottle in the near future.
5. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
I have a teeny love-hate relationship going on with this product. Having tried it up for the first time a few years back my skin didn’t quite like it and I developed small bumps on my face after the second week of using it. Fast forward 6 years later, I find myself using this again and this time my skin seems to be taking it quite well. A 30ml sample bottle has been used up and I am going to take the plunge with a larger bottle again. At least the product wouldn’t go to waste should my skin reject this as Mum’s a fan!
I spoke about it here but allow me to refresh your memory. I like the product for its light texture but due to aging (don’t you detest that word?) I’m now on the lookout for a new eye cream!
Pretty eventful month in terms of empties huh? What have you used up this month?
When it comes to cleansers, I usually opt for the cheapest variant because my cheapo mentality tells me not to spend money on something you will be “washing off” in a jiffy. As I tried various cleansers from different ends of the price spectrum, it hit me: there is a difference.
In comes the SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser:
Now this isn’t my first encounter with this product, nor the brand as Mum has been an avid SK-II user for a good 5 years now. I used certain SK-II products during my university years but strayed when I discovered the joys (or woes) of trying out different skincare products. Also, not all SK-II products I tried then agreed with my skin but that is a story for another day.
Fast forward a few years later and many more skin issues later, I’m facing one of the worst problems my skin has ever had to face. Bumpy cheeks that sting when I touch them, Random clusters of spots appearing on the cheeks and forehead… It’s never been this bad.
Mum then came to the rescue and chucked aside all the other random skincare products I’ve been using and gave me a set of SK-II products, insisting I give this brand another chance. So I did as I was at wits end, as you will notice in my revamped current skincare regime page.
This SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser is my second full-sized tube, having used up the first 2-3 years ago. I remember how much I liked using it as it didn’t leave my skin feeling “squeaky clean” a.k.a “taut” unlike some other cleansers I’ve tried. I only use a pea-sized amount for my face and neck as this lathers up beautifully into a soft, bouncy cloud of foam that doesn’t pull at my already irritated skin.
This product lies on the upper end of the price range, retailing at RM209 for 120g of product but it is worth every single penny. Also, I clearly remember how long my original tube of this cleanser lasted – close to a year. Pretty value for money and you get a product that is of great quality.
Here’s the ingredient list for those interested:
Have you tried anything from SK-II and did it work for you? Although not all of their products worked for me in the past, they do now and I’m guessing it’s because I’ve…. Aged.
Of late, yours truly has been bitten by the travel bug. The bug certainly bit hard as I have not been spending much time at home since coming back! Now that reality’s finally settling in, I thought I’d share how I combat post-travel blues with you.
One of the hardest-hitting downside to this is bloating, a major pain in the backside for me. I suffer from Irritated Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and the open fact that I am a glutton doesn’t help when it comes to the cramps and all! I’m rather adventurous when it comes to trying out different types of food, hence activating my IBS when I travel! What I usually do when I travel is carry some Gaviscon tablets as they help with acid reflux and Peppermint Oil capsules soothe my cramped tummy when these attacks come round.
The above two cures have been my IBS-combating heroes over the last 5 years and sometimes I even carry some Peppermint Tea Pyramids. (I only ever purchase them from Teapigs because they make the best peppermint tea in my humblest opinion)
Even with these ‘back-ups’, I still come home feeling a tad bloated and slightly puffy-looking so Mum usually makes me ginger tea, made with crushed old ginger, dried longans and red dates to give the tea a natural tinge of sweetness. Ginger helps release wind in the body (read: fart) so beware! it is also advised to drink this concoction in moderation or too much will make you feel a little overheated due to the spiciness of the plant. I apologise for putting the next sentence in writing but this is something that helps me loads although it sounds (and smells) less than savoury: I pass gas quite a bit after drinking this but it makes my tummy look less big and I fit into my jeans easier.
Laziness unveils itself post-travel. This, paired with Mr. Procrastination easily turns me into sloth after coming home from a holiday. Pre-travel, my life’s filled with the daily grind and you somehow get used to the routine of going to work, cooking, cleaning and washing. During your holidays you then forget about all your chores and Mr. Relax comes into the picture. After not being in touch with reality for a few days (3 is enough to throw me off the hook), your holiday takes on an anti-climatic end as you come home to undone chores. These chores, paired with the fact that you probably need to head back to work the next day never fails to throw me into my usual procrastination mode.
What do we do to avoid this from happening? Sort everything out before you leave and make to-do lists before you return! For example, I love clean sheets and nothing welcomes me home more than fresh, crisp sheets on my bed. So my family always makes this a point to change our bed sheets before we leave on holiday so we come home to freshly made beds, the same way a hotel room welcomes us the first time we set foot in one. Lazy to cook? Make stews, curries or even lasagne and freeze them before you leave! This way, you will not have to cook anything from scratch when you come home and there’s always something you can quickly defrost and eat, thus slowly easing you back into your daily routine.
Another reason why the blues hit me upon coming home is… The amount of dirty laundry you accumulate post-travel. Laundry and I do not go together. I do not mind putting clothes into the wash but the sloth in my detests putting them out to dry and worse still, ironing them. The horror! If I know I will be travelling for quite a while and will be based in one place, I will usually hand wash whatever I can (blouse, undergarments) so I will not have to wash so many clothes upon return and I travel light this way. The downside? I’m always photographed wearing pretty much the same clothes, prompting remarks such as these “gosh she never changes her clothes, that stinky poo!” In actual fact, I do wash my clothes. You do not need to bring any liquid detergent, simply use the free hotel toiletries provided! This is also why I usually pack light and thin items of clothing whenever I travel as they are comfortable, do not weigh a ton and dry quick! Should I be travelling somewhere chilly, I just layer on thicker clothes. Easy-peasy!
Finally, unpacking is the last thing I’d want to do when I come home. A friend once said that if she doesn’t unpack her suitcase upon arriving home, it will never be done. I agree. Although I attempt to unpack as soon as I come home, the unpacking process usually lasts 2-3 days. The items I pick out first are usually dirty laundry and toiletries. Then comes the slightly painful part: where am I going to place all these newly bought items? Smaller items such as makeup make their way up to my bedroom but the larger items such as decorative items will sit in my suitcase until I find a spot to display them.
How do you avoid this? Make room for potential new items before you leave! I have a shelf that I keep empty for this purpose just so I can get everything in my suitcase out and be able to clean and store my suitcase away before deciding on how the items will be placed around my home. This way there will be less clutter about the house.
I hope this lengthy post did not put any of you to sleep! =D Do you suffer from post-travel blues?