28th and Loved

Some updates about my life here.

Terena has just started her play school not very long ago. She did cry (and was clinging to me like a Koala bear) for the first 3 days right after I left her with the teachers but she is fine after fourth day onwards. It’s good that she didn’t take a long time to adapt. No mothers like to see their own kids tearing and begging for them not to leave right? But we have to do it anyway. Because the longer you stay, the more emotional and anxious they become. Bad for them. After 2 weeks her teacher mentioned that Terena is very observant, independent and likes to help other kids. As a mother, I’m happy to hear that and also very proud of her.

Anyway, it was my birthday last week. Believe it or not I almost forgot my own birthday this year, thanks to my family and friends. When people start asking me how am I going to celebrate this year, my answer was all the way “I don’t know”. Maybe a simple home-cooked dinner at home with my loved ones will do but my hubs wasn’t in town. I hope I’m not turning into a boring person. *chuckles* Then again, I think I’m a very lucky lady. Good things usually happens when I don’t expect them. First, a bouquet of beautiful white roses was delivered to my doorstep with a meaningful messages.

Ok. I took quite a bit of photos with this bouquet. Not everyday I have a chance to do this right. I love roses, especially white. x

This year I also received two lovely orange boxes. Thank you! Definitely love them a lot.

And it’s my first birkin! I seriously feel so spoiled now. Like a kid receiving new toys.

Richelle also bought me a cake before she was going to make her way to the airport. Even though I didn’t like the taste of it at all but I love and appreciate her thought and effort (she thought it was green tea favour but it wasn’t.. haha some kinds of nuts or beans). Oh yes, and I told her that. There is no need to lie between good friends. She herself didn’t like the taste of it too haha. But all of us (including Terena) had a great time. Terena loves cake!

You can’t see her face here but I think you can easily tell from her body gesture that she was waiting and wanting that cake! *chuckles*

Terena also received her belated birthday gifts. My girl was so happy. She loves that phone the most but unfortunately for her, I limit how much time she can play with it. My friend actually saved photos and videos of Terena since a newborn in that phone. Sweet and very thoughtful gift for her (and for me too).

And again, thank you to all of you, family, friends, acquaintances for your birthday wishes, gifts, good thoughts and efforts. Some of you’ve made my birthday so special to me and I feel very blessed with loves.

End this post with the best gift ever and forever, my Terena. I never believed love at first sight until the day I saw you as a peanut size in black and white screen.

Love, nira

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Urban Decay’s 2014 Holiday Collection

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What is the first thing that comes into your mind when we talk about nude eyeshadow palettes? To me, it’s the Naked Palette by Urban Decay, one of my most favourite nude shades of eyeshadow ever. I’ve been in love with the brand right after I tried their first amazing palette. Don’t you think there is something about their palettes that is always leave you wanting MORE. That is why I’m so excited to introduce to you ladies their latest products and what I created this look with.

Let start with VICE3, with even prettier shades that comes in 20 velvety, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN shades from an amazing soft black and a stunning burgundy to a rich, smokey red-black. It includes a huge mirror and a double-ended brush which comes in a matching bag to keep a palette protected.

What I love most is their great variety and selection of these beautiful shades which I can use it all the time on the different occasions and of course moods. Do you know that they were developing 50 shades to get these perfect 20 in order? Honestly I can’t really tell what colour is my most favourite because there are too many in my mind.

However, I will pick a few shades to create a different look from my daily natural makeup look. Like this.

In details. I basically use these three shades in order; LAST SIN (champagne shimmer) for the highlight, BROKEDOWN (metallic golden brown shimmer) to add a little glam and VANITY (smoky metallic eggplant) to create a mystery feel. Do not forget a very thin line of black eyeliner for both top and bottom too.

I love these combinations. It’s perfect for a party or even a date.

But if if you want to go for a natural, light and clean makeup look like I always do, you can go for shades such as TRUTH (pale pink-nude matte), UNDONE (pink-beige matte-satin with subtle floating tonal pearl), and DOWNFALL (warm light brown matt).

All the shades is rich in color, easily blend in, and give a metallic finish.

Next, Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body

This lightweight, baked powder with a microfine shimmer is perfect for a quick sexy Naked glow. It’s smooth and silky in textures which contains light-reflecting particles that give you a luminous, radiant look.

I like how the size of their brush fits my palm well; making it easy for me to use even if I’m in a rush. And I’d personally prefer to use it to highlight my cheekbone areas.

In this picture, I’m using AURA shade to create a warm gold on my face. They comes in two shades; LUMINOUS (champagne shimmer with iridescent shimmer) and AURA (soft pink shimmer with golden iridescent sparkle).

Vice3 is selling at SGD88 and Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder at SGD43 available from end of October at Sephora. Look out for more of their latest products and get tempted. x

Love, nira

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Review: L’OREAL Youth Code Luminizing Essence

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Having a super clear and luminous skin is like a dream to many. The skin that is super clear and it glows beautifully. Unfortunately not everyone is born with a good skin like that but there is a way. As I always said, to maintain a healthy and youthful skin, you need a lot of efforts and at least good skincare products in your beauty regime. No matter how busy I am as a mother, I will never forget to take a good care of my skin.

And recently I found another secret code. It’s L’OREAL Youth Code Luminizing Essence. Comes in a nice packaging with a dropper bottle (30ml). It’s good size for travelling as well even though a bottle made of glass can be a little heavy.

I’ve been using it for one week in the morning and night. It’s very light, non-greasy and easily absorbed into a skin. Non-oily too.

I love how it keeps my skin hydrated and refreshed especially the next morning I wake up. A very nice mild scent is also a plus point to me. My good friends know how picky I can be when it comes to the scent. Thank you Loreal for introducing me this.

The earlier you know how to maintain your skin, the better you can prevent and repair aging skin when you are much older. Never wait till you are in your thirties when all the wrinkles start to appear and it will scares you. I’ve started taking care of my skin seriously since early twenties. And also, you can look good with very little makeup as long as you know how to maintain your skin well.

Youth Code Luminizing Essence is retailing at SGD45.90 and it’s available at all leading pharmacies. More details on www.youthcode.com.sg or go to their Facebook page here more updates on other L’Oreal products.

Stay young and beautiful always.
Love, nira

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Review: My Perfect Suncreen, Jellysun

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Not all of us pay attention to putting sunscreen (on face especially) everyday. If you are one of them, you should start having that habit now. Because sun exposure is very ageing to our skin as well as the risk of skin cancers which many of us probably are aware of this. There are many factors that cause your skin to age faster but I’m just going to skip that part because we should already know a lot of them.

Let’s go back to a sunscreen. I used to hate putting them on. I found many of them make my skin too oily, too sticky and too thick (after moisturizer application). Until I realized the importance of it, I’ve been hunting for a perfect one for my type of skin, a combination. (ps. you need at least SPF15 and above for daily use) If I remember correctly, I’ve tried more than 15-17 brands and I only found 2-3 acceptable ones. However, the very best one I found so far is actually founded by a Thai Celebrity, and is called JELLY SUN by Ice Apitsada SPF50 PA++

Because of many positive reviews mostly by the Thais, I decided to give it a try. Great decision I made. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. On a side note, a founder herself took years of researches and experimenting before she came out with it. It’s already my third tube I’m using now, let me tell you how good it is.

1) Comes in Jelly form like this with smooth, light, and clear texture that can easily blend and quickly absorb into skin.

I normally use this amount (something like a size of red bean) for my entire face.

2) Not oily at all. In fact, I can barely feel I have any sunscreen on after applying it yet it’s so rich with SPF50 protecting skin from UVA, UVB and Infrared.

3) Quite similar to a makeup base that helps your makeup stay in place if you apply it before and so that you don’t need to re-apply it again during the day.

4) Applying Jellysun after makeup does not ruin much of my makeup except for loose powder if I have it on. I have to blend it in slowly and gently, and usually put light powder compact after. This can be the case when you forget and skip sunscreen before makeup.

5) Jellysun works for sensitive skin. Mine is too.

Everything has its pros and cons. Jellysun comes in a small tube of 15g and I think the company mentioned that it could last for 2-3 months. Not for me at least. I use it daily and one tube can last me maximum a month plus. Depending on how often you use as well. Some people find it too expensive selling at 720Baht (without delivery fees and roughly SGD28) for 15g. My first tube I bought it was slightly below 700baht if I remember correctly but they’ve already increased their price. However, because of the great quality of this product, I personally find the price is acceptable.

One more thing, I’m not too sure if they do international shipping now. I doubt so. My brother helped me order and mailed it to me overseas. Website is in Thai too, click here to see. You can email them if you have more questions or leave me a comment. I will try to answer you as much as what I know.

I strongly recommend JellySun especially if you are always expose your skin to the sun for a long time everyday. I love running/jogging during the day time under the sun and I’m no longer worried for my skin as long as I remember to apply Jellysun 20-30 minutes before.

Aside for myself, I’ve also purchased some for my mom and friends as a gift and most of them loved it. It has become an important step of my beauty regime. Thank you for making this.

Do remember, beauty should also be healthy. So keeping your lifestyle healthy can slow down your ageing process too, and not to depend on beauty products alone. Exercise at least.

Love, nira

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Review: Anna Sui SS14 Beauty Collection

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Dear readers, I’m back for another cosmetic review.

My girl just started her playschool and I am going to have more time for myself to concentrate on my certain projects and hopefully blog more than I used to. I know I will miss her eventually when it finally happens. But well, she is growing well and I’m happy.

Anyway, back to our beauty topic. I’m about to introduce you a few products from a Spring Summer 2014 Anna Sui collection that comes with even prettier packaging which is coherent with the overall Anna Sui style.

Let’s start with their lip gloss.

1) Protective Lip Gloss (the one with a white cap) with SPF 20 helps to protect your lips from dryness, UV rays. It also has Ultra-Hydrating Plumping Oil effect that keeps your lips moisturized and protected from dryness. It comes in 9 shades

2) Glittering Lip Gloss (with a black cap) with clear oil base formula with Smooth Staying Gel that is highly transparent yet it’s a thick film that gives a smooth, shiny, glittery, and the mirror-like finish. It’s easy to spread all over your lips too. It also comes in 13 shades.

Both selling at SGD33

My favourite colour for protective lip gloss (left) is 701. I personally prefer to wear it alone but you can also wear it over lipstick if you wish to. And this is how it looks like after I applied two layers without lip base, concealer etc.

I love this shade as it compliments my skin tone as well as good for everyday wear. The shiny plumping effect is just great. (Scroll up to the very first image in this entry to see how I look in overall with this shade)

And for Glittering Lip Gloss, I chose shade 300. Woman can never have too many pink really. I prefer wearing this glittery pink shade over soft colour lipstick but then again, you can wear it alone if you want to.

3) Rose Cheek Color N comes as a bouquet of beautiful roses, my favourite flower. In one compact, it combines four bright vivid colours and pastel colours all together. This makes it so easy to mis and blend to create blooming looking cheeks. You can also use one shade alone to create your personal look. This compact is designed for many uses such as colouring, shading, contouring or highlighting.

I picked 400. We ladies can never ever have too many pink.

If you want to try all the colours (or more than one colours) at once, I strongly recommend you to use brush and take small amount, apply on the back of your hand before you apply to cheeks or desired areas. I use one to two colours as for eyeshadow as well. This way it works well with finger tips.

This is another look with 400 Rose Cheek Color for cheeks and a little bit for eyeshadow and 300 Glittering Lip Gloss (after lip base).

I hope you find this review useful. Thank you for reading and many thanks to Anna Sui team for always keeping (and supplying) me up to date to your new ranges even though I’m always out of town.

Love, nira

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