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I AM MOVING

By hirari · January 31, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

Hey ya'll

Very shamefaced about my lack of updating although onsugar is partly to blame because it is hell uploading photos on this site. Doesn't really help that I was trying to post picture posts about my holidays and all.

I have been working on a new site that is a lot easier to customize and post on which will be ready sooooooon.

Will update here when it launches! ^_^

And thank you for the 2 new followers even though I"m sure you read that post saying I would update last December haha.

Updates!
1. Went to the UK for 3 weeks (pictures!)
2. Changing unis!
3. Going to Japan to study for a semester before uni starts (more nice photos heh)
4. New job!
5. NEW SITE (wait for me!)

Thaz all just wanted to let you guys know I do still constantly think about posting haha

byebye.

Super quick update

By hirari · November 29, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Hey guys!

Just dropping in to explain that I'm currently having final exams so that's why I've been MIA for the last few weeks. Apologies for the lack of posts, I had a few written but just couldn't find the time to transfer and edit all the phots. Promise they'll be up soon!

Also I'm travelling next week so I'll have posts on my favorite travel makeup, what's in my travel bag and also travel routine and tips! And lots and lots of travel posts and OOTDs although they'll probably be quite useless because it'll be winter over there haha. I'll also have loads of time to type posts on the plane XD #nomoreexcuses

Gotta get back to studying, my last exam is in 3 days! Tata!

<3

Shu Uemura Holiday Collection 2014: Shupette

By hirari · October 27, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Heya! Sorry this post is a few days late. Today it's a holiday collection post!
Shu Uemura's holiday collection is probably going to be one of the most talked about collections this year due to their collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld and his adorable kitty Shupette. I'm more of a dog person myself but Shupette is seriously the cutest thing ever, and having her face plastered over all the products just makes them so much more appealing. #sucker

How adorable is she?!

In case you guys are interested I'll put a * next to the items I think I'm going to get!
The collection will be launched on 1 November 2014 in Singapore and includes:

Eye & Lip Palette (S$128)

*Shupette Has-It-All

Eye-Need-Shu Trio (S$55)

Parisienne Chic
Tokyo Kawaii

Rouge Bonbon Fantasy Trio (S$55)

*Parisienne Chic
Tokyo Kawaii

Eye-Need-Shu Liner (S$33)

Midnight Black
Gala Brown

Premium Falsh Eyelash (S$125)

Furry Fantasy Bejeweled

False Eyelash (S$34)

Eye-Need-Shu

Silk Cushion Cheek (S$45)

*Orange
*Salmon Pink

Pampearl-Me Face Powder (S$60)</p>

Tsuya Face Skin UV Under Base Mousse (Limited Edition packaging - S$68)

My Precious Glitter Set (S$55)</p>

Fabulous Cat Nail Enamel (Silver & Gold - S$29 each)</p>

*With-Love-From-Paris Brush Set (S$125)

*Ultim8 Cleansing Oil (Limited Edition packaging - S$160)</p>

*Shupette's Make-up Trunk (S$500)

<p>*Shupette's Flair Eyelash Curler (Limited Edition packaging - S$30)

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I am so excited for this collection I am quite speechless. I'm so tempted to get the whole collection but it seems quite silly to do that just because of the packaging. It sucks to be a sucker for cute things! What do you guys think of this collection? And which products do you think are worth getting? I am ridiculously excited about the makeup trunk!!

Will post swatches if I do pick up anything! Hopefully it doesn't sell out immediately D:
Thanks for reading!

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Dinner @ The Ship

By hirari · October 23, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

The Ship has been a long time family favorite since I was a kid. I remember that their beef stroganoff was one of my favorite things in the world so when it closed down I was pretty disappointed. Nonetheless memories of its good food and dim, old fashioned interior has given it a special place in my heart. My mom heard that The Ship had recently re-opened at Shaw House and NEX so of course my entire family had to visit as soon as we could. We made the trip downtown today for dinner and I'm just going to review the experience while it's still fresh in my mind.

Silly me forgot to take pictures of the entrance but I'm pretty sure you can find images of it on google. We got there at around 730 and it was pretty crowded but we had made reservations beforehand so I guess I would recommend doing that. The lighting was dim and cosy but definitely brighter than it was 15 years ago. They still used the same (or very similar) chairs and tables so that was a pleasant and nostalgic surprise. The service staff were very polite and friendly although it did take them some time to bring us to our table when we were waiting outside.

They had a set special today that included:
- soup of the day
- 1/2 a baked lobster
- a choice of ribeye steak/pork chop/chicken chop/dory fish/lamb rack served with vegetables and potatoes
- hot coffee or tea (they let my sister choose ice tea)
- dessert of the day

My dad and I chose the set with ribeye steak and my sister chose the lamb rack. My mom got the Ship Steak which was flamed with cognac right in front of us when served. We also ordered a plate of Oyster Mornay to share (which was fanstastic by the way).

The soup of the day was mushroom soup. It was alright, nothing spectacular and not home made (I think) since we often buy frozen soup from wholesalers (lol) and it tasted exactly the same. I will say though that the bread they gave us to eat with the soup was very nice.

Then came the Oyster Mornay and my goodness it was amazing. The cheese was so yummy with the spinach on top and the large oyster underneath was juicy and fresh. The broth at the very bottom of the shell was absolutely heavenly. The only time I've ever had such good shellfish broth was at Belgro in London when I was a kid. The oysters were the star of the night. My sister was so engrossed in eating them that she practically ignored the waiter when he brought her main course wtf.

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After that all our main dishes arrived so pics!

My ribeye and lobster, my dad's looked exactly the same. I asked for my ribeye to be medium to well done and it was still very tender and juicy (served with herb butter which was soooo good). The lobster was nicely cooked, it wasn't dry and the cheese complemented it very well. It's not the best lobster I've had though. The potatoes were seasoned with herbs (maybe herb butter and garlic?) and they were lovely as well. I was very impressed with their carrots wtf. Reason for this being that I usually hate carrots unless they're cooked until they're completely soft and tasteless. I can't stand the raw taste of carrots.

So anyway, as you can see from the picture they gave each of us a very generous serving of carrots and the first thing I did was to poke it to see how soft it was. It felt quite hard so I asked if anyone wanted my carrots before even trying it. My sister really liked hers so she started to take mine, but I ended up trying a piece anyway. It was weird, the carrot wasn't soft and tasteless but it was really sweet and kind of soft. Basically it was really good so I immediately stopped my sister and took back all my carrots from her plate looool. I really <3 their carrots omgosh it was like magic.

Sister's lamb rack and lobster. I didn't try my sister's lamb rack but she was very satisfied with it. Sorry the picture is upside down I took it from opposite the table!

Mom's Ship Steak still steaming from being flamed. I tried a small piece of my mom's steak because she couldn't finish a little bit of it, the cognac gave it a very nice flavor. I think they cook steaks very well here. The dessert was mango pudding with sago and nata de coco and milk. It was okay, I'm not a huge mango pudding fan but my sister is and she really enjoyed it so I'll trust her opinion haha. The hot tea was strong and quite thick. I added almost 2 packets of sugar but it was still bitter so I gave up in the end. I'd say that's the only thing I really didn't like but that can be easily rectified and it wasn't a big deal.

The lobster set was S$36.90 and the Ship Steak was $39.90.
The Oyster Mornay cost $21.90 for half a dozen oysters. Oh and I forgot to mention that the Ship Steak also came with soup, coffee/tea and dessert.

All in all it was a very pleasant experience, the service was pretty good and the food came very quickly. Also, the portions were very manageable if you're wondering about that. My mom, sister and I aren't big eaters but we managed to finish all of our food. The ambience of the restaurant is very nice, and I do believe they have some very affordable lunch sets and student set meals. It was nice to see that their standard has not fallen and I think that the price they charge is very reasonable for what you're getting food/ambience/service-wise. We'll definitely revisit!

The Ship is located @
1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre
#03-16/18
Singapore 228208

and they have beef on the wagon every Friday! The Ship also does Chinese dishes like fish soup (S$14.90) which I've heard many good things about. Hope you guys liked this post even though it wasn't beauty/fashion related, let me know what you think if you do check it out!

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FOTD: Natural Everyday Makeup

By hirari · October 18, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Most days I wear virtually the same look for for the sole purpose of leaving the house on time (which I usually don't anyway). I do switch certain products out more often than others like lip colors and eye highlighter.

Anyway, I usually don't change my foundation that often because staying power is a total must in Singapore's hot & humid weather. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is normally what I use but I felt like it was really easy to overdo it so I went ahead and tried out the Etude House Precious Minerals BB Cushion after reading some good reviews. It was a really massive koraen product haul so I'll post that later after I've had time to try out all the products a little more!

Pics were taken after 10 hours of wear without re-application so you can see a little bit of wearing off. I'll edit this post and upload another picture of it freshly applied soon. Let me know which products you want detailed reviews on!

Products:
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Liquid Concealer (holy grail concealer)
Etudee House Precious Minerals BB Cushion in Honey Beige
Heroine Make Smooth Cover Powder
Heavy Rotation Brow and Nose Shadow Powder (holy grail omg I cannot)
ELF Studio Blush in Tickled Pink
The Balm Mary-Loumanizer
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Lilac Rose
Etude House Drawing Eyebrow in #03
Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick in #09 Golden Tail Star
L'oreal Shine Caresse in Eve (huge favorite!)
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss in Clear
Skindinavia Makeup Setting Spray in Bridal

I go through phases of wearing mascara everyday and then just suddenly stopping, and I guess that's where I am right now XD
but I do have a holy holy HOLY grail mascara, it's the only one I really love even though I've tried so many. My friends are always amazed at my lashes and I get lots of compliments when I wear it. I've gone through like 15 tubes wtf

Enough chit chat, pictures now!



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- apply concealer under the bb cushion for more natural coverage
- use dark brown eyeliner to lightly define the inner corners to make the eye look sharper and longer
- beige shimmery highlight instead of white or pink for warm sparkling eyes
- use a highlight with golden undertones to match on the face as normal and also add some on the lid of the eye


That's all for now! Hope you enjoyed my short post, I have so many reviews and post ideas that I think my writing cannot keep up with my brain xD I've started carrying a journal around so I can keep track of my thoughts. Thanks for reading! <3

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2014

By hirari · October 4, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Hey everyone,

This post comes at you almost 3 and a half years after my last post and I apologize for the awkward silence. I started this blog way back when I was younger and it somehow declined on my list of priorities as I grew older.

Since I have now graduated as a cosmetic science student (and also have a better camera haha), I have decided to restart this blog and put my knowledge to use.

Thank you so much to those of you who have continued to follow me despite my absence. I will now start to regularly publish posts every week starting October 18 so please look forward to it ^^

These will most probably be product reviews but I will also be posting beauty and fashion hauls, makeup tutorials, monthly favorites, empties and other travel and fashion related posts. When I have the time I also plan to throw in some DIY tutorials to mix things up a bit.

Thanks for reading! I'll talk to you guys soon! ^_^

Nail Swatch - China Glaze Naked

By hirari · June 8, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Hi!

I went to a flea market not long ago and they were selling China Glaze nail polishes for just SGD4! The color selection wasnt that great though so I just got one in the color Naked. Its a vibrant medium pink that is cool toned. I really really like this color! It's like the perfect pink for my skin tone. It isn't like neon hot pink but it still looks fun and pretty. Enough rambling, here are the swatches!

Excuse the messy application! Anyway, there you go, I highly recommend this color, I think it would look pretty on any skintone! Do any of you love this color as well?

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Disclaimer: All products featured were bought with my own money. This is not a sponsored post.

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Review: My Liese Bubble Experience

By hirari · May 19, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Hey ya'll!

I wonder how many of you have colored hair? I colored my hair for the first time in my life in November 2010. My hair is naturally a chocolate brown, with some gold and red hairs. Talk about weird huh? I decided to color my hair just because I was bored and wanted something new and exciting in my life. I thought about whether I should go to salon and get it dyed professionally or whether I should just DIY it.

That's when my friend recommended the Liese Bubble Hair Dye to me. She said she had read pretty good reviews, and that her cousin had used it and really liked it. Since it was only SGD19.90, I decided to give it a whirl. I got it in Chiffon Beige. The color came out beautifully and it was very even.  6 months later, about 2 1/2 inches of my roots were showing, so I bought a new box to dye my hair again. I thought I'd just document the process and show you guys the final results! Enjoy!

 

The contents of the box:

The box contains: the 2 chemicals which you have to mix together, a pump, an instruction manual that comes in Japanese and English, a pair of gloves and a nourishing leave in hair cream.

Let's get on with the steps to prepare the mixture!

1. Just pour the contents of the brown bottle into the clear white bottle, then screw on the cap.

2. This next part is important. You're not going to shake the bottle vigorously or anything. You're just going to kinda, turn the bottle upside down and back up again gently. Do this about 5-6 times. Try not to get any bubbles in the mixture.

3. After you've done this, screw off the white cap, and screw on the pink pump that is provided. In order to dispense the foam, just squeeze the bottle.

Let the DIY begin!

*note: this is super noob proof. Just wear an old T-shirt you don't mind staining. It's not really that messy. In fact, I just stood there at the sink and dyed my hair.

Just keep working the foam into your hair. It won't be very foamy at first, but just keep working it in, and you'll get a nice rich lather.

Oh I forgot to mention, one bottle is more than enough for extremely long hair. Last year, I had hair to my waist, and there was still too much product!

I always use up all the product so that I get an extra even color.

So, after working the foam into your hair, you should get something like this.

Leave it like that until you get the color you want, and then rinse it out! It's as easy as that. Just make sure you don't get it in your eyes.

Now here's the final result!

As you can see, the color shows up very well, and it's very even as well.

Just to compare, this is the color that is shown on the box of the product.

Okay now that all that is over, I'll share my personal thoughts on this product.

 

I'll talk about the pros first. First off, I love that its a very easy, mess-free way to dye your hair at home. I did it standing up in front of the sink and I was even walking around. None of it got on my floor at all. Even for a hair dye noob like myself, it was fun and easy to do. The price is also quite reasonable. It retails at SGD19.90, but I think you can get it for SGD17.90 at Swanston. There is no need to lighten your hair before you dye it, all you have to do is follow the instructions on the box. The color of my hair came out quite similar to the color on the box as well, so I was quite happy with that.

However, there were a few things that I wasn't too crazy about. First of all, the smell is absolutely horrific. This is an ammonia based hair dye so you can guess that it smells like - surprise surprise - ammonia. Yes. The smell was so strong and so bad that I had to step out of the bathroom for a bit. However this can be be countered by making sure that you dye your hair in a well ventilated area. Ammonia in large amounts can be an irritant to your respiratory system so do take care!

Secondly, do make sure that your hair is in good condition before you dye your hair. Get a trim, condition your hair and all that good stuff. My hair was in great shape before I dyed my hair last year, but after I dyed my hair, my hair became pretty dry and ratty for about 2 weeks before returning to its normal condition. I also lost hair while dyeing it. Don't get me wrong I'm not talking about massive chunks of hair falling out, but I did lose a bit of hair. A little tip I have for you is to use an anti-hair fall shampoo a few weeks before you dye your hair. When I dyed my hair this time round, I just happened to be using an anti-hair fall shampoo because I had run out of my normal one, and I noticed a huge difference. I lost a lot less hair when I dyed my hair this time round, and my hair did not become ratty and dry .

All in all, I think that this is a fantastic product. Sure it has a few cons such as the smell and the hair damage, but as I've mentioned, there are ways to counter these problems, so I think this is a pretty good product. I really love the color selection, in fact, I think they came out with a few new ones! I highly recommend to everyone, especially people who are afraid of DIY hair dyes because they have never used them before.

Yup, so this concludes my review of the Liese Bubble Hair Dye! I hope it was helpful and that you enjoyed it! Let me know if you have or would check it out!

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Disclaimer: This product was purchased with my own money. All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own. This is not a sponsored post.

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March Favorites!

By hirari · April 5, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I should really kick myself for the lack of posts lately! I've just been swamped with assignments from work and then I have school starting soon. I also came down with the flu last week. It's been a really hectic 2 weeks! I know I skipped February favorites, but that was because I didn't really have any new things to include in my favorites post and that would just be boring. However, this month I have plenty of new things to include so lets get into it!

1. Daiso Cosmetic Brush and Sponge Cleaner
2.  Skin79 VIP Gold Collection Super Beblesh Balm 
3. Palgantong Makeup Theatrical Powder
4.  Urban Decay Brow Box in Brown Sugar
5. Fairydrops Mascara
6. Kao Biore Makeup Removing Wipes
7. Za Pure Shine Lips Lipstick in PK3 Shell Pink
8. Carmex Original Moisturizing Lip Balm
9. Makemania Eyes Flasher BB
10. Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner Eye Studio in Black
11. Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer
12.  Ms. Manicure Tweezers

*note: I forgot to include 11 and 12 in the group photo.

Daiso Cosmetic Brush and Sponge Detergent - I love this because its so cheap and it does everything it's supposed to do. I don't have to spend so much money on brush cleansers anymore!

I love this BB cream! I think it's hot pink sister BB cream is more well known, but I actually prefer this better! I went online to buy the hot pink one and I got think one as well just for the sake of it. I probably will post a comparison of the two! This BB cream blends well, has great coverage and doesn't feel heavy. It has a quite a thick consistency so I was a bit hesitant to put it on my face, but after applying it, it looks natural and doesn't look cakey. It's supposed to help with wrinkles and have whitening properties as well. I like to apply this with a classic foundation brush. Definitely going to review this!

I bought this a year ago because I had seen many good reviews on it, but I never got around to using it till now. It's a translucent powder that is supposed to be highly raved in Japan. I usually use a powder foundation to set my makeup for more coverage, but my skin has been pretty good lately, so I don't feel the need to. Since the Skin79 BB cream gives me medium coverage, I use this to set my makeup. The powder is so finely milled and when it gives me a really nice matte soft focus finish.

This concealer is amaaaaazing! It is very thin yet opaque. It easily covers up everything from blemishes to under eye circles. I use just the tiniest amount to cover up any dark circles or shadows on my face. It's pretty pricey here at SGD29.90, but I bought it in the US for about USD8. I will post my US trip haul soon. I thought I had lost the post I wrote in a Microsoft document but I found it last week.

For the past few months I have been loving my EDM eyeliner in black like crazy, but for some reason, this month I've been reaching for my Maybelline Gel Liner a lot. I've been really getting into the strong, edgy liner look lately and I love this product and the brush it comes with because it gives me very clean lines.

I really love the formula of this mascara! It's not too wet and watery and watery and it's not too dry. I like it better than my Majolica Majorca Lash Enamel Glamour Volume On mascara so that says a lot since I ADORE my MM one. I've been using this mascara every time I do my makeup. I just find that it really defines my lashes and it doesn't make them clump at all. It also gives me volume and decent length. I did not experience any flakiness during the day. And I really like the brush too!

This palette came with a little card that shows you how to get different looks with the colors it comes with. The silver on the far right is actually a cream shadow. It has loads of silver glitter in it which I LOVE. Another thing I've been loving lately is glitter liner on my bottom lash line. It's just so fun! I like this palette because I can do really simple eye makeup or I can do something more smokey and dramatic as well.

This is a pretty weird favorite, but I can't seem to use any other tweezer other than my Ms Manicure ones! I just really like how it's pink and purple and it's very precise too! I use this for my brows.

My Urban Decay Brow Box in Brown Sugar is the only thing I can ever use for my brows. Sometimes when I'm in a hurry, after I finish lining my eyes with my EDM liner, I might use the left over pigment to do my brows. But the only official brow product I have ever loved so far is this.

This is soooooo moisturizing. My lips have been insanely chapped nowadays and I find that this works wonders. It makes my lips soft and hydrated and I really like the smell and the tingly feeling it gives.

This is just a wearable pretty pink, everyday color. I don't know why, but I've been using this a lot throughout the month of March. It's quite sheer so it looks natural but it adds just a nice pop of color and goes with any look I'm doing that day.

I bought the little mini pack to try these out and I loved them so much that I went ahead and bought the full sized box. They're just so great for days when I come home and I'm too exhausted to take off my makeup in the bathroom. I keep these on my bedside table and use them to take all my makeup off. They take everything off including waterproof mascara and eyeliner. And they're pretty affordable too!

Well that concludes my March favorites! I hope you enjoyed it, thanks for looking!

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Disclaimer: All products featured were purchased with my own money. All opinions are honest and my own. This is not a sponsored post.

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ELF Studio Eyeshadow Palettes

By hirari · March 21, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Hey there!

Just a post on these two palettes that I ordered off the ELF website not long ago! Not going to make this intro too long as I need to post this quick quick since I'm heading out soon. Let's get into it!

Each palette comes with 6 eyeshadows, a brush and a small mirror. I believe the palette on the left is called the Party Palette and the one on the right is called the Natural Palette.

A closer look at the Party Palette and swatches.

My thoughts: The shadows in the Party Palette are quite nicely pigmented. However the texture of the first shimmery white color is a bit gritty and hard. I think it could be due to the large flecks of glitter in it, which you can see in the photo of the first 3 colors. The pale green shade actually comes off more gray when swatched as well. But the glittery black, oh my goodness, is so so so pigmented! It's almost crazy! Since it was the last shade I thought that I had a pretty good idea of what the pigmentation would be like, but when I swatched it, it's craaaazy pigmented! It's a gorgeous black shade with silver sparkle and I'm digging it! The creamiest shade in terms of texture is probably the grayish taupe color (4th from the left). It is very pigmented and goes on very smoothly. Overall, this palette is quite worth getting considering it's only 3USD.

Next up!

The shadows in the neutral palette are definitely softer and more pigmented compared to the other palette. The eyeshadows feel creamier and the the lightest shade is not gritty. I think this is an awesome neutral palette! It's great for everyday looks and very handy for traveling as well. Having that tiny strip of mirror is good, but I would much rather have a big mirror like the ELF Studio compacts have. I like both the palettes but this one is definitely my favorite of the two.

Both palettes come with a tiny eyeshadow brush.

The brush is very flat, skinny and stiff. It's basically like a miniature shader brush. I don't think it's all that good for applying eyeshadow though. I mean. It would get the job done, it would just take a much longer time. However I do think that these brushes would be good for lining the eyes or popping some shimmery eyeshadow in the tear duct area.

All in all I am tremendously happy with these palettes from ELF and if they made them in more shades I definitely would pick them up! But do note that all the shadows in both palettes are shimmery. So if you're someone who hates shimmery and sparkle, then I definitely wouldn't recommend these. Thanks for looking! Thoughts?

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Disclaimer: All products featured were purchased with my own money. This is not a sponsored post.

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