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Roughly a year ago I quit wearing liquid lipsticks. There was no specific reason that triggered my change of heart, I was just bored of it. I spent all of 2016 wearing nothing but liquid lipsticks and one fine day, I had enough.

To say I completely quit reaching for liquid lipsticks in 2017 would be a lie, I occasionally wore one but those occasions were few and far between. Honestly I didn't think I would fall head over heels in love with another until Girlactik Matte Lip Paint arrived in BoxyCharm.

Just how much do I love it? I received the shade Posh (see on me here) and have since broke my spending ban (which I was holding on strong since early December) and purchased the shade Demure (see on me here).

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As I sat down to create this post, the first thing that flashed through my mind was an in-depth discussion that I had with a customer on retinol. Actually it wasn't just on the topic of retinol alone, it was also regarding AHAs, BHAs and Vitamin C and if it's wise to pair any of the ingredients together. 

The conversation was an interesting one as I ended up almost being called an idiot who didn't know what I was talking about and that I should do my research. 

Why I brought up this terrible incident is because the star of today's post is a retinol serum which also contains Vitamin C. And by the way, I personally think it's absolutely fine to pair Vitamin C and Retinol together, they are both antioxidants which help to protect your skin from free radicals. That said, I was taught (by a Neostrata trainer) that any product that has 0.3% or higher concentration of retinol should be limited to evening use, anything with a lower concentration is okay to be used during the day paired with high SPF sunscreen

Robin McGraw is a brand that has been featured here before and while I wasn't impressed with the products in my original post (read here), I have since fallen head over heels in love with both the serum and night cream. However, I still stand by my original thoughts on the scrub, I still hate it.

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Many, many years ago, I saw a wise man who said "My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.” And he ran and ran and then ran for many many miles and until today I never understood how the bloody hell he did it. I would kill to get his stamina...

But we not here today to discuss chocolate, running or my lack of stamina, we're here to talk about how my beauty box sometimes comes with surprises. Not so much as in what's in the box (I have zero patience so I will hunt down spoilers like there is no tomorrow) but how sometimes, I discover the most amazing products through it. Products that I would have never given a second glance and never would have bought for myself and thanks to a beauty subscription, I fell head over heels in love with.

Let me introduce to you, Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer, the primer that made me said boy bye to Becca BackLight Primer Filter.

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February is a month that usually pushes me into self-reflection. My birthday just passed, I'm again another year older and the younglings around me are starting to get extremely excited for the day; Valentine's Day.

While I no longer share the same excitement towards Valentine's Day (seriously, we just survived and recovered from Christmas), the days leading up to it makes me reminiscence of my past. 15 years ago, I would be panicking to find a date for the so-called special day, 10 years ago I was convinced that my life was over because I was a year away from 30 and 4 years ago, I was heavily pregnant with little tyke and Valentine's Day was the last thing on my mind.

This year? Well, I am all about celebrating self love and appreciating who and what I have hence I am currently also on a journey of rediscovering my beauty stash. In today's post I'll be sharing my little me time and which products I reach for whenever I want to spoil myself.

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Remember the good old days of St. Ives Apricot Scrub? I swear that scrub managed to achieve a cult status and it was huge, literally one of the biggest sellers in Malaysia. I myself went through countless tubes and I even swore that it was a magical little unicorn that transformed my skin into all sorts of fabulousness.

And then came the lawsuit that claimed the scrub created micro tears on the skin and everyone panicked and cursed the one product that they previously couldn't be without. The beauty scene also started going absolutely ga-ga for chemical exfoliators and soon enough, no one wanted to talk about physical exfoliators.

Myself included. Aren't we a bloody fickle bunch?

So where am I getting to with today's post? Well, as of last year, I'm back in love with physical scrubs. Shocking, I know.

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A few month ago I noticed Sephora started listing Kat Von D Studded Lipsticks on sale. I was really taken aback because the lipsticks were very popular and I couldn't imagine why the brand would discontinue the range. And as I am typing this post, I am more taken aback of the fact it didn't dawn on me that the clearance was due to reformulation.

Sometimes my brain just doesn't function very well...

I was one of the lucky ones to receive the new Kat Von D Studded Lipstick through Influenster and lo and behold, I was even luckier to receive the shade OG Lolita*. I asked on Instagram if any of you were interested in a comparison post between the old and new formula and a few of you said yes so here we are today with another product smackdown.

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If there is one colour that you are most drawn to, what would it be? Mine without a doubt would be red. I grew up respecting red as the colour of prosperity, good fortune and blessings. I fondly remember having to wear red during Chinese New Year and shopping trips were always fun because that's pretty much the main colour you saw throughout the malls.

So in the spirit of the upcoming Chinese New Year, I thought why not bring the colour of prosperity to the blog? Today I will be sharing a couple of my recent favourite red lipsticks and oh boy, I can't stop wearing both!

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Let's start today's post with a confession, setting sprays and I are very recent friends. I started wearing and experimenting with more makeup back in 2015 and setting sprays started trickling into my routine only 3 months ago.

All this while I never felt the need for one because I usually don't wear a lot of makeup. That all changed when I started working at the end of 2016 and I needed my makeup to look as fresh after an 8 hour shift.

But I was cheap and extremely reluctant to fork out C$10.00 for a NYX setting spray so I resorted to using the tester bottle that is available at work. Yes, I was thatttttt cheap and truth be told, I am still the same cheap-arse today because all three setting sprays that are featured in today's post were not bought by me. One came in BoxyCharm and the other two were gifts.

Without more chit chatting, let's jump into my thoughts on the three settings sprays; CoverFx, Revlon and KISS New York Professional.

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It has been ages since I spoke about fragrances, why? Well, I am a creature of habit so there are certain areas of my life where I refuse to step out of my comfort zone.

For the longest time I wore only two perfumes, Angel by Theirry Mugler and J'Adore by Dior and I didn't think that it would ever change. But life as we know it can be full of surprises, sometimes it's full of assholes and other times like today's post, life can be really sweet.

The last few months of 2017 saw the appearance of three new perfumes in my rotation and I literally have been reaching for one of them every single day. So much so that I have not shown much love to my beloved Angel.


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