Oh wow, guys… it’s been awhile. It feels like a long while!
As you may know, mid-August I got dengue fever and it lasted a little over 5 weeks, which is beyond horrible – I feel like I slept through all of August and September! I’ve been slowly but surely recovering, and last week I’ve also started a new job and position, that is why I have been a little quiet here. (Yup, no longer a full time blogger!). In the meantime though; because I was “out of it” for 5 weeks and the last few weeks, I have A LOT to catch up on. (Sorry to the emails I haven’t replied yet, I am slowly working through them!) Here are some things I’ve been loving since we last spoke that I want to share with you:
Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil
My best friend told me about rose hip oil ages ago, claiming how good it was, but I didn’t think we got any in Singapore so I didn’t really take much notice. Also, when I was told about it a few years ago, I was still in the “but oil will give me breakouts” beauty level; which I will say: I was so wrong. Your skin needs oil, even if it gets breakouts! I’ve been using the serum for maybe 3 weeks now and I can tell you, this is one of the best skincare products I’ve ever tried. It’s absolutely fantastic, so fantastic I am thinking of just trying a bunch of his stuff and ditching my current skincare (even though it’s worked for me for about 9 years now!). It’s just SO good. My skin looks amazing. With natural ingredients of Vitamin A, C (both great for anti aging and brightening) and Omega 3+6 and Vitamin E (all great for moisturizing); it really is a powerful moisturizing anti aging serum. It goes on light and dries instantly, and has a yummy orange peel scent. You can find Ole Henriksen products at Sephora.
Perfume! – Honey by Marc Jacobs, Roses de Chloe by Chloe and Viva La Juicy Noir by Juicy Couture
And, as regular readers will know, I am a *wee* bit of a perfume addict (understatement of the century?!). I went to the launch event for Marc Jacobs Honey back in July; and if you remember my post on Dot, I really was excited. I love the bottles and Honey is the fresher, lighter version of Dot. I really like it; though I can’t decide if I like Honey or Dot more. They are very similar, yet their “vibe” is a little different. (Dot is more sweet, and Honey seems a little more rebellious). Either way, I think it’s a non-fussy, everyday scent. And that bottle! Too gorgeous. I love looking at it on my side table, it just feels so sunny, happy and positive.
For Roses de Chloe – I mean, what can you say with that bottle? Chloe is the perfect place to go for a feminine, soft, timeless scent. While the latest release from Chloe, if you remember is Eau De Chloe. That was a very green, clean scent; and this one seems a little more rosy (well, duh), a little more “French royalty”. There is a powdery softness to it, yet there is also a “bang” to it. It’s soft yet in your face, feminine and light, yet very strong willed and powerful. I like this contrast – I immediately thought of a tough princess when I first sniffed it!
As for Viva La Juicy Noir… I mean look at that bottle. I have the 100ml one, so it’s huge! Much bigger than I expected, and the black and hot pink is so fun and girly. When I first smelt it, I couldn’t put my hand on why it smelt familiar; and then I realized that it reminded me of my last perfume reviews – it was the berries! It has that same sophisticated berry scent as Taylor and The Key; I wonder if berries are the hot new thing in perfume? However, once the initial top notes of berry is gone, the drydown for this perfume is absolutely stunning. I too, found it familiar and was wrecking my brain, thinking where have I smelt this before, and then I realized: it smells like the original Juicy Couture perfume. I can’t be the only one who remembered it coming out in 2006. I remember the smell so perfectly because EVERY girl had it and I sure did as well! So this perfume really brought back some memories for me which I loved. It’s a berry, floral scent and has such a bubbly, girliness to it.
You can find these perfumes at their respected brand shops, or at all department store perfume counters.
Nip + Fab Multi Fix Oil
Dengue fever is often called “Breakbone” disease, so you can only imagine how painful it is. It literally feels like someone took a hammer and broke all your bones in your body. It is a real intense, deep soreness to your body and I was in so much pain during those few weeks, the only “relief” I could think of was someone massaging the soreness. I looked through all my loot to see if I had some kinda oil to use, and lo and behold; I found this lifesaver.
Seriously, I don’t think I could’ve gone without this oil those weeks of pain. As you can see, I’ve used so much! I think it’s 90% gone. It is a multi-purpose oil in that it can be used pretty much everywhere (however I believe there is mineral oil so probably best not to use it on your face). But it is excellent for the body. It goes on smoothly and the scent is a light “clean” one which I liked very much. It also dries into your skin (so no oily residue) and leaves it feeling super soft. I’m going to buy another bottle just for body moisturization in the night; but if for whatever reason you might also need a massage oil to soothe some sore muscles/bones, I would definitely recommend this one! I believe it is available in Watsons.
Benefit Gimme Brow
Though Benefit was the very first thing I wrote about on this blog almost 6 years ago (!!!); I haven’t tried too many of their stuff until I was part of their fun event back in July. I’ve been keeping up to date with them, and right now, a star product you must run out and get is Gimme Brow. Remember how I said that my mom “stole” my other Benefit product, the Porefessional? Well, she also stole Gimme Brow, and now would like to let everyone know that Benefit is the best makeup brand in the whole world. I’d have to agree, I am starting to get seriously more and more impressed by their products.
Anyway – Gimme Brow. What can I say? I’ve used Brow mascaras in the past and I prefer it to the powder look, however those mascara brushes were so big and hard to use, and I do not have Cara Delevinge eyebrows, thank you very much! The tiny brush of Gimme Brow is the real innovation here, I think. It is just the perfect size for you to comb through without making a mess or the skin around the brown area, and goes on smoothly and quickly. The formula has tiny micro fibers that also “beef” up your brows giving it a fuller look. Love, love, love. My favorite place to play around with Benefit it at their Tangs Beauty shop, so have a look there!
Urban Decay Smoked 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil Set
I’ve been hearing about eyeliners by Urban Decay and would always test them at Sephora in what feels like years, but I finally got the chance to try it out and boy, does it live up to expectations! These liners are so easy to apply – they literally glide on the skin – so drawing a line is super easy. They stay on all night and I find that the colors, though, like every brand they have the usual blacks, browns, etc, I feel there is a difference in them. They seem a little more shimmery, a little more dramatic; something about them seems so bold and dynamic. What I’ve been doing is applying black eyeliner at the top lash line, and gray on the bottom lash line. You can find this set at Sephora.
Phew… that’s about it for now! Such amazing products I’ve been using recently; and definitely ones that I’ll be using for a long, long time. What’s been up with everyone? I seriously feel so out of touch with everything! Update me? :)