Buy enough makeup or skincare and chances are, you never ever have to buy a makeup bag/pouch. Hands up whoever agrees with me LOL! :D I don’t know how it is overseas, but here, GWP (Gifts with Purchase) are common and a common GWP is a fancy makeup pouch. Heaven knows, I’ve collected, given away and used so many free makeup pouches in my time. It came to the point that I’d actually decline a free makeup pouch because I have a cupboard full of them!

Yet quite recently, I bought one.

I blame my friend Xin, who texted me one evening with her dilemma as to whether to buy this adorable makeup pouch she discovered at Muji.

muji wide mouth makeup pouch

It’s quite unassuming isn’t it? So we texted back and forth, she sent me a bunch of photos and eventually the clincher came – “It’s on 30% discount” so I said “Ok, buy me one and let’s see what it does!” I’m suggestible that way :D

But there was a reason I wanted it, and when I took it home during the Chinese New Year break recently, I discovered just what a nifty little thing it is. Yes, emphasis on little, because it isn’t very big is it? As you see in the picture, it sits in the palm of my hand quite comfortably and it barely takes up any space, yet it’s like Mary Poppin’s bag in there – it fits a ton!

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One of the most oft-asked questions of me is this “Can you recommend me an eye cream?” or something along the lines of how to treat the lines we inevitably get around the eyes. It’s a fact of life. Don’t want lines around your eyes? Don’t blink. Don’t show emotion. Or get botox :P

But you know what? I sort of dread getting questions like that because I’ve a terrible habit – I don’t use eye cream. There, said it!

la mer illuminating eye gel

Yes, I know you’re there behind your computer monitors/mobile phones going “Tsk! Call yourself a beauty blogger!” and unfortunately, that’s also the truth LOL! :D So no, ladies and gents, I’m not your foremost authority on caring for the eyes. I am however, blessed that I don’t have crepey or wrinkly lids, nor abundant crow’s feet. That might be what’s made me think I’m invincible (which I’m not of course)

But it is with this in mind that I preface my thoughts on the new La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel. A new product that cares for the skin around your eyes and which is light enough that it absorbs quite readily into the skin without feeling greasy and which makes a pretty kickass eye makeup primer (expensive but kickass nonetheless!)

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cny goat

Hello friends!

The Lunar New Year is upon us very soon (19th February 2015, if you’re wondering) and this year heralds the year of the Goat/Ram/Sheep. I say Goat/Ram/Sheep, because I’m not quite sure what it is. I’m gunning for Goat because they look smarter to me, and goodness knows, sheep don’t exactly look clever do they? :P

As I do at this time of year, I take a short break on MWS. I know, I just took an extended break not too long ago didn’t I? But it’s tradition and what’s the Chinese New Year without a bit of tradition eh? I admit to being a bit of a traditionalist ;)

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Every time I’ve sat down to tell you about the Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation, I’ve found myself checking myself. It’s by Cle de Peau which means it’s a luxury product, which means it’s expensive. Very expensive for a 30ml bottle. Which means I’ll have people moaning at me about how expensive it is. So I’ve sat on it for over 4 months since its launch last year, dithering…

But I’ve raved about it at every opportunity to anyone who’d listen, or who’d ask. I’ve convinced a friend to buy it (and I think she loves it as much as I do!) So, I finally decided that ok, I’ll talk about it on the blog. Again, please bear in mind that this is expensive, so please don’t moan about the price – it’s not as if I haven’t warned you :P

cle de peau radiant fluid foundation B10

The thing though, for the asking price, I do wish that Cle de Peau had thought to put the product in a packaging with a more luxurious look and feel. The liquid foundation comes in a pump bottle, but the deep navy body is plastic, and so is the golden cap.

It often boggles my mind when I see incongruity like this. Perhaps the cost is in the product itself (because it’s an amazing product!) but I’m quite sure a little bit of the cost could have been spent on making it look better and more luxurious. At least give it a little heft. Or perhaps the idea was not to make it too hefty so you won’t demur from taking this foundation everywhere you go – because if you travel a lot, you’ll want to. It just looks amazing when worn. There’s that word again.

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