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Monday, January 15, 2018

Fifth Blogiversary Makeup Giveaway 2018

Can you believe it has been five whole years since I began this blog? I began it in order to keep track of my growing makeup collection; it hasn't really helped! Nor has this blog grown all that much. But that's not what I'm doing here. Blogging here makes me happy. It makes me forget any unpleasantness. It brings a smile to my face, no matter what the circumstances. It is also why I want no competitiveness in here - takes the fun out of makeup, I tell you!
Even so, the fact is that I keep going also because of you readers who are here. You make it all worthwhile. I wouldn't be here if I went to Google Analytics and saw zero readers after five years.
So, thank you. From the bottom of my heart.
I was going to do a bigger giveaway, with a couple of gorgeous palettes. Unfortunately, one of them hasn't arrived. I'll give that one away for my birthday in April, I promise.
Now, I'm giving away six full-sized makeup products, including a full-sized eyeshadow palette, makeup applicators, lippies, cheek products, and so on.

Scroll down to enter my Blogiversary Makeup Giveaway 2018.

 Enter my Blogiversary Makeup Giveaway 2018 for a chance to win six full-sized makeup products!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Fresh-Faced Makeup Look: Fresh Start For 2018

I had a very good first-half of 2017. Then, halfway through, Dad got bitten by a snake, and I was hospitalised with a severe case of anaphylaxis. Dad's doing better now, but then Gramps fell ill. I have allergy tests scheduled for next week.
So I hope 2018 is a lot better. To signify a fresh start for this year, I decided to do a fresh-faced makeup look. Dewy and soft, with very sheer foundation. Some mild peripheral warmth - no great contour. Soft neutral daytime-smoky eyes, and a gorgeously dusty-rose lipstick with coral undertones.

Scroll down for a wearable, fresh-faced makeup look tutorial, to make a fresh start for 2018! 

Here's a a wearable, fresh-faced makeup look tutorial, to make a fresh start for 2018.
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Holiday Makeup Giveaway 2017 Results

It took me a full 10 days to verify the entries of the Holiday 2017 Makeup Giveaway. That is because my beloved Gramps was ill over the last couple of weeks. He was rushed to hospital after spitting up blood. Thankfully, they identified the ruptured blood vessel and healed it, BUT the bad news is that the dreaded cancer is back.
Holiday Makeup Giveaway 2017 ResultsI haven't dealt very well with it. This is the man who pretty much raised me, and is more or less responsible for my life ethic, as well as my interest in literature and history.
Gramps is known as the "Godfather of Shipping" in Cochin Port - several generations in the family, from his grandfather and father, down to my own Dad, have worked in the shipping industry, and some 15 years after retirement, Gramps still gets visitors every day to clear doubts regarding freight transport processes.
And, when I broke down in front of him last week, he berated me soundly for the breakdown, and also for neglecting my blog and YouTube - apparently he watches out for my videos. It made me howl all the more.
Anyway, you know I hate talking about personal stuff in here. It's just that we've had a real scare with him, and he's my absolute hero.
So, on to the Holiday 2017 Giveaway results. Drumroll....

Monday, January 01, 2018

Beauty Products Used Up in December 2017

Heigh ho. 2018 is here. It's been a mixed year for me, with the first half being really nice. I got over acne and started scar revision. I got back on YouTube. But then I was laid up with allergies from October, Dad got bitten by a snake, and Gramps's horrible disease (I don't even want to say the c-word) has reared its ugly head again. It makes me weep to think about Gramps.
For 2018, I only wish for good health and happiness for all my loved ones and readers. That's the most important thing.

Scroll down to see the beauty products I used up in December 2017, and for my quick thoughts on each. 

Here are the beauty products I used up in December 2017, and for my quick thoughts on each.
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Happy New Year!

It is 2018! A new year, a fresh start.
I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year - I hope each of you has the best of health and happiness through the year ahead.
What resolutions have you made for this year? Mine are primarily to keep decent sleeping hours, eat healthier, and to workout regularly. Hopefully those are doable!
This blog celebrates its fifth birthday in 15 days' time. Stay tuned for a giveaway!
I'll speak to you soon x
Happy New Year!






Sunday, December 31, 2017

Best of Beauty 2017: Favourite Lipsticks

Here's my penultimate post of the year (yes, there's one more left, and no, it isn't "Happy New Year", haha). This is the last installment of the Best of Beauty 2017 trilogy. It features my favourite lip products. Not just lipsticks - I've included my favourite bullet and liquid lipsticks, lip liners, toppers, balm, and glosses. Should probably have added a scrub - but nothing much wowed me this year, and it turns out that my favourite Lush Bubblegum breaks me out around my mouth. Pretty much all Lush products have been breaking me out badly - I wonder why!
Anyway, favourite lipsticks.

Scroll down to check out my favourite lip products for 2017 - including lipsticks, lip glosses, lip liners, balms, and more. 

Here are my favourite lip products for 2017 - including lipsticks, lip glosses, lip liners, balms, and more.
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Friday, December 29, 2017

Best of Beauty 2017: Makeup Favourites Part I

Mum took me shopping for clothes over Boxing Day, and it was an absolute riot, with crowds everywhere. Anyway, we compromised, with me buying mostly navy blue dresses, and a couple of greys, browns, greens, and maroons thrown in for good measure. I have no idea why I prefer sombre colours so much - it just won't go away.
I also managed to get my paws on the Beautylish Lucky Bag for 2018 - can't wait for it to arrive; stay tuned for my unboxing.
Before it arrives (it only ships out by Jan 12), let's take a quick gander at 2017's best makeup products. There are too many to go, so I've split it up into two posts. Stay tuned for part deux shortly.

Scroll down for my favourite makeup products of 2017 - these are foundations and eyeshadows.

Here are my favourite makeup products of 2017 - these are foundations and eyeshadows.
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Holiday Greetings + Plans for the Week Ahead

Here's wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very Happy New Year ahead! I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year ahead! Wherever you are, I hope you and yours are having a lovely day (and week).
For those who don't celebrate Christmas, I wish you Happy Holidays!
This thing to the right is my Christmas tree this year. I know, there's silver tinsel overkill. I was aiming for a Slytherin effect!
I'm a little kid when it comes to Christmas prezzies; as excited about receiving, as I am about giving. Most of what I get are books, but this year, Mum has a different kind of present in store. Scroll down to find out what it is.

Here's wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very Happy New Year ahead!