I had a bit of a crap Monday today and I think maybe the world twitter-verse may have found out because I couldn't help but rant on there. My bad and ranting is really just polluting others with the negativity but I just... had to vent or else I may have put a hole through a wall! So thank you to those who tolerated my little vent.
That aside, I'm all better now and perhaps you could say revisiting a recent haul had helped, somewhat, to center myself and calm my nerves.
Pshh, who needs a therapist when you have retail therapy, yes?
This haul was done slightly before my 'MIA busy period' but I just didn't have the time to share it till now; it's a simple haul from a casual stroll into Sephora.
That place is starting to become Watsons #2, you can never walk out empty handed.
The two colorful little blobs you see near the top of the picture would be one of those things you conveniently drop into your basket because it's cheap, cute and near the cashier.
Though earlier in the day I did chance upon a blog entry from Muse about these Sephora One-Use Shower capsules being new to the US.
The idea is cute and perfect for travel and while I am not traveling anytime soon (though I am dying for a holiday), these would be great for fickle shower gel-users or those who want to sample a scent before indulging.
These little capsules are S$2 each I believe and after sniffing the testers, I picked up Peony (which smells sooo lovely) and Orange Blossom (which has a hint of Jasmine?).
Random basket addition aside, I would disclaim the other 2 items I hauled were stuff I have been meaning to check out.
I think I have swatched this Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage about 3 times before finally succumbing to the purchase.
I am a shade SC-3, if you are interested to know.
This concealer 'palette' comes with one main skintone shade and another that leans slightly peachy, depending on the skintone shade you pick up. The peachy shade would work great for undereye concealing.
I have used it a couple of times and am really liking the coverage of it which is somewhat a medium-full (or maybe even full) coverage.
I use my fingers with this and don't particularly find it drying for blemishes though this is coming from someone who likes MAC's Studio Finish Concealer (black plastic pot one). Though the peachy shade, meant for the undereyes, may seem drying if you don't use an eyecream underneath.
Here's a quick comparison of the palette size alongside a shower capsule.
And here's a really unnecessary swatch shot of the concealer. I say unnecessary because you can hardly see it since it blends into my skintone but you can somewhat make out the texture, if you were wondering about it.
The Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage palette is about S$40 something, the price escapes me now. Heh
The last purchase was slightly random yet I couldn't have been more pleased with it.
I've heard lots of good things about the Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge and true to what they say, these do swatch nicely and at the same time wear really well through the day. What's more, if I remember right, they are only S$39 each! That's not too bad at all.
I seldom see long wearing lip colors in a nudish tone so after a swatching session, I ended up with 2 shades – 1 and 9.
1 (Nude Beige) is a beige brown tone that is almost a nude yet has strong underlying brown tones to it that prevents the lips from 'disappearing'. 9 (Burgundy) is a deeper brown-red shade, the sort of bolder reds that I typically go for.
Of course 1 has been receiving a lot more love from me, especially for the last week where I was running about for work and had no time to fuss with lip color touch ups.
A little confession would be that till now, I haven't managed to swatch 9 so I can't comment on how well the bold color works but I absolutely loveeee the nude shade.
The lip color side dries to a matte-ish tacky sort of formula and you need to use some gloss over to bring the beauty of the color out and to prevent your lips from looking borderly dry.
The Aqua Rouge does come with a clear gloss on the reverse side of the tube but any clear gloss will work.
During that whole 'running around' period, I touched up the lip color with C.O Bigelow's tube balm since it is glossy and you really don't need a mirror to slap on some clear balm.
I don't have a lip swatch for you right now but I will post up Look Features for this to show you how they look on!
I know I've been promising you guys loads of Look Features to showcase a zillion items but I sadly have been extremely unproductive with my makeup of late.
The early (and tiring) mornings leave me throwing on the same-ole-same-ole combinations that I already have laid out on my desk but I hope this weekend I can at least get some pictures sorted out!
Work is still iffy and I hope I can return to you all with full force soon as I do have loads to share but thank you for sticking around regardless!
Do share some new beauty finds you have hauled recently be it after much thought or a quick retail therapy haul!