Taking a break…

by Paris B on · 135 comments

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taking a break

… and letting you do the talking!

Alright Ladies, fact is, I’m feeling burnt out and am not quite “on the ball” as it were. So I have nothing planned for today or even tomorrow so if you don’t see a post in your inbox/feed reader don’t freak. Its not for want of content (heaven knows, there’s heck lot to talk about!), its just everything …. *flaps hands* y’know…

I really wanted to spend some time telling you about the new BB Creams I’ve been trying. I know right? PB? BB Creams? Gotta be joking!

bb creams

But yes, I’ve been trying out a few BB Creams from MAC, Dior and Sunplay <- one of this things just don’t belong here… 😉 but have just been too exhausted to come up with a coherent post. Rather than let you read something incoherent, I’ll defer it but I’ll bring it soon, promise.

So instead of pushing it and imploding, I decided to mellow down and open up a MWS Open Cafe session :) Come on in ladies and let us have a chit-chat and get to know one another.

Have a question to ask? Now’s a good time – If I can’t help you, someone else will. Want to know something about me? I’ll tell ya… within acceptable limits 😉 If your complaint is about that blasted Libresse ad, believe me, I’ve been working to get rid of it for the better part of a week, ever since I learnt of it. I hope to see the end of it soon because it bugged me too. And no, I don’t use Libresse sanitary pads. Also, will put an end to those full page banners – I wasn’t aware they were running. If you still see them, be patient coz I’m working on it :)

Are you new here? Pipe up and introduce yourself! If you’ve never left a comment, now’s a good time because the comment box is open to pretty much anything – just keep it clean and family friendly. Previous Open Cafe sessions have always been tons of fun. I love reading your random comments in the giveaway posts but I can’t reply there so here’s your chance to be random AND get a reply.

I’ll be hanging around for most of the day. Catch y’all in the comments! Don’t be a stranger! 😀

Paris B

p/s If you’d rather not chat, don’t be a stranger nonetheless. I hope to get back into the groove soon :)

Thank you everyone who stopped by to chat. The comment section is now closed but you can still read all the comments, questions and answers. It was lots of fun and I’ll open up a similar session again soon :)

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Andrea April 1, 2011 at 8:49 am

just wanted to say hi..n hope that u feel better soon…i guess i’ve also had an off-week…ratehr demotivated with some projects at work..so i kinda know that feeling.. but thx for ur reviews…i do enjoy them tho i can’t afford a lot of the products shown..i still learn a lot..n did pick up some good products for my use here…take care :)

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 9:06 am

Hi Andrea! Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hi 😀 Mine’s an accumulation of work and the blog so its all been getting on top of me. I’ll try to share some more inexpensive deals in future… although sometimes, that’s a little relative :) I hope you have a great day today – its Friday after all! 😀

LeGeeque April 1, 2011 at 9:00 am

I’m going to have a nervous breakdown. I need to do a presentation at 1pm (it’s 12 now) and it’s about the work I’d been doing on an application. I should know it best but I hate public speaking and I prefer hammering out ideas and fixing bugs than speak to a roomful of people. Upside to this is that I’ve got a killer outfit (black turtleneck, skinny jeans, Jimmy Choos). No, I’m not trying to be another Steve Jobs. 😛 If I don’t return with another comment, come by and put flowers on mah grave, k? 😛

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 9:06 am

Oh you’re going to do great! If nothing else, you’d look good during your presentation 😀 Come back and tell us how it went later – I’m not one for public speaking myself too and I always get the butterflies.

LeGeeque April 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I don’t know about great but I survived it even with ALL the questions tossed my way. People seem to think I enjoy public speaking but they didn’t see the shaking knees. 4pm now and I think my weekend should begin NOW!

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Holding onto something or having a chair behind for support can help with shaky legs 😉 Yes you’ve earned you weekend! Go! Shoo!

April 1, 2011 at 9:08 am

i got a meeting invite at 5pm today, is this a joke or what?
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 9:09 am

Wait around for someone to pop up and say “April Fool!” Or tell them you’re going and next week when they ask why you didn’t, you say “April Fool!”

April 1, 2011 at 9:09 am

Hope you feel better soon Paris!! Maybe you can take some time off work and go on a short holiday to recharge yourself? 😀

Can’t wait to read your thoughts on the MAC BB Cream. I didn’t get it because most reviewers i’ve came across are quite nonchalant about it!
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 9:15 am

Thank you Jenn! I have something going out in the mail for you. No, I didn’t forget :) And yes I’m headed for a little break I’d forgotten about so that’s a nice thing to look forward to!

The MAC BB Cream isn’t bad, much to my surprise. Its got pink tones which suit me, and with a light dusting of loose powder over it, I’m pretty much set for the day! Its only available at duty free though.

Jacqueline April 1, 2011 at 9:25 am

Pardon me while I rant, I’m also feeling under the weather, am recovering from pneumonia and stuck at home feeling sorry for myself. I want to go back to my normal routine. I miss my makeup too. I want to put on makeup! My lips are a mess, I want to be better.

Do you put on makeup when you are sick?
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 9:30 am

Goodness! I hope you get well soon – pneumonia is no laughing matter. And no, I don’t wear makeup when I’m sick. I’d rather just lol around in bed or at home :) Sometimes, if its a fever or if I’m on medication, I do find that my skin actually looks better when i’m sick! Weird I know, but I’d rather be hale and hearty any way. You’ll be alright and back to your makeup in no time! 😀

Jacqueline April 1, 2011 at 11:12 am

Thanks Paris! Ha the best part is being sick hasn’t stopped me from online shopping. I have over SGD$300 worth of makeup coming my soon! Something to cheer me up.

Have you seen the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines? Are you getting any? I want some :)
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:24 am

Ahh isn’t the internet a wonderful place? We can shop and get new stuff while stuck at home! 😉 I have been bugging the SAs at many Chanel counters but am told that the Rouge Coco Shines only go on the shelves today. They already have the promo posters up but no products 😛 I might indulge in one at least, just to see what the hype is all about and to see if I would love it as much as I love the new Dior Addicts 😀

Jacqueline April 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm

My haul so far, some Ellis Faas products, two cream eye shadows and a cream blush. From Nordstrom, I took advantage of the Lancome gift with purchase, bought myself two Rouge Abosolu Creme Brilliance lipglosses in Exotic Orchid and Rose Mythique. Hate shopping for Lancome is Singapore because all colours come in numbers except for names. Le Metier De Beute cream blush in Poppy and Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Foundation in 5.5. I must hide all my purchases from DH when they come!

I’m not into Dior Addict unfortunately. I had some in the past but didn’t love them so I probably skip them. I’m definitely going to look for coral/red shades in the Rouge Coco Shines. I feel like busting out of my house soon to swatch them. :)
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Oh my! That’s an amazing haul! I have Exotic Orchid incidentally and I absolutely love it! I think you will too 😀 Does Nordstrom ship internationally? I wasn’t aware of that – or did you make use of one of those shipping forwarders?

Jacqueline April 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I use a shipping forwarder, vpost singapore. They do ship internationally now but the shipping is exorbitant. I love Nordstrom, best place to get cheaper MAC and Kiehl’s. When they have great gifts with purchases especially from Lancome it is hard not to indulge. Currently you can get USD$130 worth of lancome samples if you spend about USD$40. Great deal huh?

I’m basically walking to my mailbox everyday to see if my Ellis Faas stuff has arrived. I’m very excited about them and want to play with them as soon as I can.
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Ah I see. We have shipping forwarders here too but I haven’t used them yet because it just seems to make everything more expensive. Still I guess its a good thing else I’d be having to cut up credit cards and all! 😉

I hope you get your Ellis Faas goodies soon 😀

April 1, 2011 at 9:33 am

i am chilling out at a kopitiam while waiting for my 10am meeting around damansara perdana. rasa macam tak mau masuk ofis langsung today. no mood at all.
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 9:36 am

Chill out a bit more! 😉 If anyone asks, say your boiled eggs and toast took too long to come and you were having a craving so there was no choice but to wait! 😀

April 1, 2011 at 9:36 am

It’s a Friday today and I’m on half-day and I’m going home today! A trio of good things that make life rosy and fine and dandy today. *big wide happy grin*
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 9:40 am

That does sound like really good things today! Yay for everything especially the half day and going home bit 😀

Issa April 1, 2011 at 9:36 am

hi. i’m new here but already commented on some of your posts and i have read a lot of your posts already, blog reading has been my morning routine….just wanna ask coz i just started using an eye cream but i stopped it because i noticed a small white bump appeared (looks like milia), are there other alternatives i can use?

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

Hi Issa! It does sound like the eye cream may be too rich for your skin. I personally only ever found 1 eye cream that works for me and that I like and use often and that’s the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair eye serum. My suggestion would be to stop using this eye cream for now, unless someone else has a better idea :)

Issa April 1, 2011 at 10:11 am

do you think that white bump will still disappear? my, i am now scared to try other eye creams because it might end up doing the same for me, i don’t want to have many of that white bumps! thing is, the other products of that brand works for me, it’s just the eye cream that I had a reaction… how can I test other eye creams before i put it around my eyes?

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 10:32 am

If its Milia, you might need to get it extracted. I don’t know how else to know if an eye cream will break you out unless you try it, because different creams can work differently on different people. That’s part of the reason I don’t do any other eye cream other than the tried and true for me :)

Issa April 1, 2011 at 10:42 am

oh i see…thanks a lot for your help! :)

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:06 am

You’re welcome! :)

alene April 1, 2011 at 9:43 am

man at first i tot this was an april fools!!! =(

cooool, me saw the dior bb cream too, but it is an awful pwice for 30ml. ack.

and yea, just an update, i quit me job and am now studying my masters.

also, i is in singapore and am coming back today! and i spent too much. =(

hope u can get a good rest paris!!

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 9:51 am

You know, I’d forgotten today was April Fool’s day! My colleague told me I had a black line on my face. Being vain, I went to look in the mirror and saw nothing but their grinning face saying “April Fool!” Sigh…

But congrats on doing your masters! You brainy! 😉 Are you in Singapore for studies/holiday/fun? I bet shopping was good 😉

alene April 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm

just a short holiday since my friend is here on business and i tumpang her hotel room at the conrad!! *.*

sigh i bought a Porsche design wallet for my ex. stupid right. 480 sing. bleh.

for me i barely bought anything, just a bb cream which i now hate because there’s no coverage and hardly any evening of skintone, but then again u know i dont really know how to apply bb cream. i loved the texture and the color of the dior bb cream tho, perfect match to me.

i also bought an ‘acerola’ moisturiser, trying it on today!! and thats almost all i bought. stupid wallet.

i also ate around 300 bucks of ccheap sing food in just 2 and a half days, so i guess im gonna be DARN FAT when i come back.

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Oh clever you! Save on the very expensive hotel rates in Singapore 😉 And why on earth did you buy your ex a wallet? But then its not for me to say 😉 I’m always eating when on holiday too. If I don’t, its not much of a holiday! Just so long as the food is good, its all alright – you can always diet when you get back 😉

LSY April 1, 2011 at 9:49 am

Hi PB, did you like the Dior BB creme? I tried a sample and had placed my order because it sold out at the counter i usually purchase from. Texture was a bit thick and am not sure about the colour, but once applied i thought it looked alright after a while….

Hope you feel better soon, have a great weekend!

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 9:53 am

Your observations on the Dior BB Creme are as good as mine! 😀 The colour looked off (I thought it was too dark) but when I applied it, it seemed to adjust for some reason and didn’t look dark at all! It is also a little thick and I only use very little but it somehow has good coverage for me and doesn’t turn me oily. If I pat a little loose powder over it, its pretty flawless for the whole day which I found terribly impressive! 😀 I hope you like it too 😀

Hasegawa Ayane April 1, 2011 at 9:53 am

Out of curiosity, have you ever decided on a make-up look beforehand and picked out an outfit to match your make up rather than the other way around? I’ve done it a few times and thought it was a pretty odd thing to do lol

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 10:03 am

Erm… only if I’m playing dress up for a dinner evening. Otherwise, I pretty much decide my look on the fly in the mornings 😀 I don’t think its odd actually. If you are gunning for a certain look, you’d need the outfit to go with it 😀

April 1, 2011 at 10:03 am

I decided to reboot my Call of Duty fanfic!! I just couldn’t resist writing about my favorite Russian terrorist ahaahhaaha ^.^

I’m stuck at home this weekend…. :'( I have a 1250 word essay and 2 presentations for the next week. So now Cheng Meng in Batu Pahat for me.
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 10:06 am

I won’t pretend to know what Call of Duty is LOL! But isn’t no Cheng Meng a good thing? From recollection, cemetries are HOT places! I was pleased when everyone got moved into the temple LOL

April 1, 2011 at 10:11 am

Usually, yeah. But I miss out on my dad’s hometown’s food!! And well, the company of my family and stuff like that. >.< I don't really like going to Cheng Meng in Batu Pahat, but Ipoh, is another story. My grandfather's ashes are in Perak Cave so it's cooling there!
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

Ah yes, nothing beats the food in the hometowns! The one thing I remember most from Batu Pahat is Briyani Gam and Sup Kambing (goat soup for the uninitiated) but I haven’t been there in years!

April 1, 2011 at 11:14 am

And the fishball mee!!! You can only get it there!!! Gods I miss the Sup Kambing. >.<
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:26 am

You mean the teochew type fishball mee? Ooh yeah! We don’t get that here and I miss it! I’m from the South too and I grew up with it!

April 1, 2011 at 11:35 am

Yep the one and only!!! I wish some dude from Batu Pahat would just set up a stall here. HAIH… Oh well, back to my essay…
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:37 am

LOL!! There are some wannabes but nothing that comes even halfway close! I guess that’s as good a reason as any for me to go home 😉

tass April 1, 2011 at 10:15 am

hi Paris, wish u get well soon. I have always enjoy reading MWS since the first day I bumped into it. The entries are simple yet informative with pretty pictures. And yeah, influence enough to cost great damage to my torn wallet. hihi. Anyways, I am curious abt what do you do for living. hihi. Can u share a bit abt your working field. Happy Weekending ^^;

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 10:35 am

Hi Tass thank you for your lovely comment 😀 Always happy to help you empty your wallet as I empty mine hehe… As for myself, I can’t quite say what I do but I have a little office and because its little, I pretty much end up doing almost everything from despatch to clerking to my proper work 😉

tass April 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Ah.. i see.. So you are self-employed. hihi.. Got it :)

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Yup! Not as wonderful as its made out to be 😛

April 1, 2011 at 10:36 am

Its good to take a break sometimes.. just to zone out and recharge your batteries. :)

i am looking forward to your reviews on the BB creams though! especially the MAC one. one qns.. do you put any makeup base / moisturiser or anything before using the BB cream? most of the time i use BB cream when i am in a rush in the morning.. so i would only apply serum, eye cream followed by BB cream and loose powder..

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:06 am

Yup! I love these chit chat sessions and I just realized its the first for this year! We should have them more often yes? 😉

As for BB Creams, I use them like a foundation i.e. I apply all my skincare and sunscreen and only then do I apply my BB Creams and loose powder, just like I would foundation. I don’t quite believe the whole one cream to rule them all thing 😉

April 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm

ahhh that means i have been too lazy then 😛

laila April 1, 2011 at 10:48 am

Hye there…I like your blog..I like you commenting on the products…some of them is what I wanted to buy in near future..I am also writing but this past weeks I haven’t been writing anything….no mood…but still the rest will makes you more energized in future….waiting eagerly for a new post from you….

Take care ParisB

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:07 am

Hi there! Thanks for letting me know the reviews have been helpful :) I do hope you enjoy whatever you intend to purchase, which are, I’m guessing products I like using? 😉 I will definitely be back – just need a little while to zone out hehe…

Audrey April 1, 2011 at 10:50 am

Hey Paris, i understand you need a little break, yes sure go ahead while we are all cheering you on here, visiting your cozy home everyday, making work life more fun (oops, sorry boss!) and weekend more leisurable (better than movie! hehe) ok since this a tea time session getting to know you better, here is my question! :)

1 – what do you think of Singapore ? hehe i am from Singapore and i thought maybe you can have a meet your Singapore fan sessions over scones and tea? :) lovely, we have many exquisite and classy tea lounge in Orchard ION here

2 – referring the episodes in your life, what is your happiness moment? likewise, your saddest days? and what do you learn about life from there? :)

3- what’s the best tinted moisturizer in your book? :) maybe it’s just one of the 3 above? and oh, i tried the vichy aera bb u mentioned and oh…i am so loving it ok, it give that flawless, radiant finish so effortlessly and the shade is so excellent for fair lady like us *clap hand* hehe


ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:13 am

Hi Audrey! Thank you so much for understanding and for your lovely comments 😀 Here are my answers to your questions 😉

1. I enjoy the shopping but I don’t enjoy the exchange rate 😛 I just got back a couple of weekends ago actually :) A meet the reader session would be fun! Except there are just probably 3 of you hehe… And speaking of tea and scones, I had one at ION – but for the life of me, I can’t remember the name of the cafe! It was one serving the usual toast breads etc

2. Happiest – My dad’s graduation 😀 Big moment for us and it teaches you that you’re never too old to learn something new and have a change in career/life. Saddest – erm… when late gran passed away. I realized I didn’t spend enough time with her or learn everything I wanted from here especially her amazing sambal!

3. Whee! You love the Vichy Aera BB Cream too! 😀 The colour match can be tricky (A friend said it make her look like a zombie :( ) but for me, I’d say the Vichy one and maybe the Dior BB Creme which has darker tint, but somehow adjusts itself on my skin in a very fascinating way 😀

I loved your questions – made me think 😀

angel April 1, 2011 at 10:52 am

Andrea said she can’t afford a lot of the products shown, me too. lols..I have same problem with Issa – Milia under my eyes..how to get it extracted? can i do it myself?

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:14 am

Oops! I’ll try to stop being such a snob hehe 😛 As for milia extraction, sometimes it can be self extracted if its soft, like a whitehead. But if its settled in, best leave it to a professional

angel April 1, 2011 at 11:32 am

I manage to remove one d.. now there is still 2 i think… lols

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:33 am

slap on vitamin e or lots of moisturizer etc so it doesn’t scar! 😉

angel April 1, 2011 at 11:35 am

no.. no scar… haha… i remove it quite long d… will it disappear itself? Must do extraction?

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:36 am

Oh good! I’d read of people having scarring from milia removal :) I don’t know if it’ll disappear – i think milia rarely does by itself.

angel April 1, 2011 at 11:43 am

lols.. lucky mine no scar… guess will need to go facial and ask them to remove it.. thanks!!

Issa April 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm

hi angel, how did you remove it? did you use any tool?

Issa April 1, 2011 at 11:58 am

me too, can’t afford the products especially here in the phils, way too expensive! i’m really sad about that milia thing, because i don’t have this before. good thing only 1 appeared and i stopped using the eye cream immediately! now, my problem would be preventing aging around the eyes because now i am really scared to try out other eye creams, i don’t want another one appearing under my eyes…. huhuhu….

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:59 am

Try to get a sample of the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. I personally like it very much. Unfortunately I won’t be able to tell you if it’ll break you out or cause milia but its very light textured so hopefully not!

Issa April 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

thanks for the advice miss paris! i’ll try it, hope to get good results… :)

Issa April 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm

hi angel! you are brave!!! i’m scared to do it by myself because it might scar!

April 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm

i’ve had millia seeds from an estee lauder eye cream once and i stopped using it, it went away in a couple of weeks. just stop using it..its too rich for u. pls dun prick it.. *ouch*
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Issa April 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm

thanks stacey! i am afraid to do the extraction too so i might just wait and see…. so what eye cream are you using now? i’m curious….

April 1, 2011 at 10:54 am

can I lepas geram?

it is about a broadband service. i opted out the paper bill (save my money, save the trees) so i only get sms & email reminders.

30/3, 5pm – broadband sent me reminder to pay within 24hrs to avoid interruption (i.e. bar my internet connectivity)
31/3, 9am – paid via online payment, and the customer service informed that he’ll make sure i am not barred. afterall, i paid it within the 24hrs period mah..
1/4, 9am – can’t online!!! pekchek!!!


ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:15 am

Is it one that starts with S and ends with x? They are SUCH a pain! I wanted to try out Wimax but would you believe they can’t serve high rises? Argh! 😛

April 1, 2011 at 11:36 am

Try U—-i!! It works great, apparently on high rises too!
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

I was tempted to! I hear there are sometimes problems but its heck lot faster than S—x 😛

mariana April 1, 2011 at 11:05 am

dear paris… love your blog…really-really good review on beauty products…well done and keep up the good jobs…have been buying some of the products which have good review from your blog

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:16 am

Hi Mariana! Thank you for your kind words 😀 I do hope you’ve enjoyed using whatever you purchased 😀 What were they anyway? Its always fun to know what works for others as well as working for me

Jas April 1, 2011 at 11:05 am

Hey Paris. Your open day chat is just in time! I’m thinking of finally investing in a good/decent eyeshadow pallete which is versatile for both night and day with a colour that goes well with most clothing colour combination. I dont want a massive 16 colour pallete just a modest one will do. But I dont even know where to start. I dont mind paying abit more as long as its easy and great to use. Could you please recomend me some? Thank you! (Psst… I’m heading to Singapore this weekend so…) =)

April 1, 2011 at 11:17 am

If you’re heading there by air, you can try the Clinique palettes that have like a few eyeshadows and/or lipsticks in them. Mine was solely eyeshadows when I got it two Decembers ago. ^.^
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Jas April 1, 2011 at 11:31 am

Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately I’m only going by land. =( Besides clinique anything else?

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:39 am

butting in – take a look at Lancome too. Their palettes are quite versatile and not too pricey :) I like Lunasol palettes but I’m not sure if you’d like anything that shimmery 😀 The new Lunasol palette with grey shades is gorgeous. I gotta take a picture of mine soon.

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:21 am

Headed to Singapore? Could I interest you in the Urban Decay Naked palette? 😉 I think its a good deal for what you get and if I remember correctly, the new palettes now come with a brush instead of the pencils. Otherwise, my other personal go-to brand for palettes is Dior. The 5 colour palettes have a good range of colours and if you go for one with a wider range of colour depths it can take you easily from day to night. It would be nice to hear what some other girls think 😉

April 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

Speaking of Urban Decay, thanks for the info that it’s coming to our Sephora the other day! I just hope that the price in RM won’t be sooo exorbitant and stuff like that. >.<
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:40 am

Yeah I was told UD is definitely on the list coming in. I’m hoping its not too exorbitant either. It’d be a pity if it was.

Jas April 1, 2011 at 11:59 am

Thanks for the tipS! I knew this is the right place to come on things like this. Now I wonder if I should get it in Singapore or should I patiently wait for Malaysia? Will the prices be about the same? If so I might as well get it there.

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I don’t know the prices of UD (Only heard it was coming) but for the other brands we can easily get everywhere, I think it might be cheaper here after conversion, since you aren’t going through the airport. On the other hand, try checking out DFS Galleria on Scotts Rd. in Singapore. They sell things at duty free prices too and you could pick up travel palettes there 😉

Jas April 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Ooo. Will definately try to stop by if possible. I relooked through your previous reviews on some of the brands you stated above and the Dior one is just so tempting. Easy enough for newbs like me. =) Will look out for the travel palettes! Thank you once again!

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Dior palettes are slightly sheerer so its easier to layer on and to me gives a more polished result :) do find time to stop by DFS there are some nice things there

April 1, 2011 at 11:07 am

i hope you’ll feel better soon *hugs*

it’s friday and i don’t feel the friday vibe. the constant ding-dong-ing with mood driven bosses just leave me feeling pretty much drained.

i’m looking forward to a holiday trip soon too, but not sure if it’ll recharge me >_< but once the letter is out, i think i'll be so relieved, but i guess the stress starts again when i am looking for jobs lol!

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:23 am

Ooh a trip after your letter goes out? That’s perfect timing. You can recharge while thinking about what else you can do 😉 A stressful job that isn’t rewarding isn’t worth hanging around in IMO

April 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm

nope am going before the letter. i fear the damn bosses will reject my leave if i have given the letter first >_< my colleagues also warn me of the same thing… so… sigh.

am still thinking what i wanna do, but i guess my priority now is to earn and support my sis' studies. results aren't great, chances of getting a scholarship n such is quite low :( even with ptptn, without my mom's support, my dad's gonna die in just maintaining my sis, sigh. $$ is always the biggest problem.

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Yes money’s always an issue for big things unfortunately. Hopefully you get a job with nicer bosses next time :)

Charlene April 1, 2011 at 11:13 am

Maybe perk up the spirits with a yummy lunch later :) Pamper yourself.. eat some happy food.

That usually works for me. Hope it does for you too!
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:25 am

Happy food! I like that 😀 Tummy hasn’t been feeling too good too lately which is such a bummer coz I love to eat 😛 What would you deem to be your happy food? 😉

Charlene April 1, 2011 at 11:52 am

Hmm.. i don’t have a quick fix. My happy food would be whatever i feel like eating at the moment. But most times rice and a good bowl of chicken curry is good enough for lunch. Especially when they give lots of potatoes, better yet if the potatoes are slightly deep fried before it goes into the curry. Wa.. salivating..

The other day i had this weird craving for loh-egs. Loh as in cooked in soya sauce. Not sure they have it in the west. I found it during lunch, it really made my day :) Hehe

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:54 am

Now you have ME salivating! I don’t usually like eating curry outside but you’re right. When they fry the potatoes before putting it in the curry, its divine! And I love loh eggs! 😀 My gran makes amazing ones – I better learn her recipe. During CNY we gorge on it hehe…

Charlene April 1, 2011 at 11:59 am

Maybe you can try plain porridge, with peanuts and some pickled veggie (choi sum is it?). Plus some bonito flakes and spring onion on top. 😉

I sound like a glutton.. haha
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm

No you’re not a glutton – you just love food as I do! 😉 Ahhhh I do feel like having some good ol’ plain porridge. I just hate paying the teochew porridge places that give you measly portions and charge you an arm and a leg! Perhaps that’ll have to be homecooked dinner tonight! 😀

April 1, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I’m Teochew but I don’t dig Teochew porridge.

I like porridge with fried fish, drenched in the soya sauce the fried fish came with!
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April 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I’ve been commenting quite a number of times now~~ hahahha… Your blog is bad bad bad… WHY?? Cuz it got me hooked onto cosmetics!! lol… I read it almost everyday!! Learnt lots of new things and how to take care of my face better…

oh, I don’t fancy teochew porridge either… I find it tasteless, no offense…

Bet u guys haven’t heard of Fried laksa before… it’s the BOMB!! Only one shop in Subang Jaya sells it… well, they invented the dish ~~ hehe…
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Golly Fried Laksa?! That’s new to me. Gotta remember it the next time I’m in Subang… Which is like never 😛 Teochew porridge is meant to be tasteless… So you can have all the salty accompaniments 😀

LINA April 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Hi Paris!
haven’t leave a comment on your blog for quite sometime but i do read your blog almost daily.it’s like a morning cofee for me hehe!!

actually i was waiting for your review on Burberry lipstick. i have read quite good review in few blog..and for chanel coco rouge and guerlain kiss kiss , it is a bit drying or its just me?

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Hi Lina! I’m getting round to Burberry too :) So you can expect it to show up soon. Need good lighting for photos and that’s posing a challenge :( I do find by comparison to others that Chanel Rouge Coco can be a little drying but I’m alright with Kiss Kiss. That said I do find both those textures quite similar so its entirely possible they could be a little drying for you :) Try a thin layer of lipbalm before the lipstick and see if it helps

Rudi April 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm

it’s been a rough, extremely rough, week for me and i wish the earth could open up and swallow me up.

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Aww… So sorry to hear that Rudi. But take heart, its nearly the weekend so you can kick back and relax soon!

Rudi April 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm

but your posts and giveaways bring me cheer!

So, not going to the 14th floor, yet!

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Aww thanks for the uplifting words and the 14th floor is never an option y’hear?

Lee April 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Hello Paris,
Happy April’s Fool! I haven’t left a message for a long while (but still reading religiously everyday)…
Anyway, how’s it going?
I forgot to ask, did you enjoy your trip back in London? I went back in Christmas and of course, the Boxing Day sales was unmissable!
Else, it’s been pretty quiet…I’m waiting for a few summer items but that’s about it…
I have a few questions:

1. How many lipsticks can one have?
I haven’t got a lot but I think buying more doesn’t justify it because I hate reapplying and for the weather here in KL, the shelf life of lipsticks definitely reduces…
Hence I am forcing myself not to go near the DIOR counter! I have currently 4 to 5 on my list to get from DIOR Addict range. :( I’m probably passing Rouge Coco Shine, it’s too sheer to my taste.

2. Do you think in general makeup (I meant high end) are more expensive here?
I have done a calculation…lipsticks are the cheapest to buy here, some are on par but most are overpriced (yes I am talking to you Guerlain)…the days with the currency advantages are well over :(

3. What is your latest splurge in a handbag?
Mine would be a Fendi Peek-a-Boo Selleria. In return, no new handbags in 60 months. I think that’s fair. But a Prada wallet doesn’t count as a handbag does it? *Hint hint to the Mister*

4. Have you heard/gotten your hands/had any interests in the brand Le Metier de Beaute?
I think I can declare that the eye shadows are my HG. They are awesome niche products if you ask me.

5. This might be a bit personal, you don’t have to answer if you don’t feel like it. I will however tell you mine, well, just to be fair.
What’s your profession?
Mine…kinda complicated. Have a background in Maths/Stats, ended up in Public Services, then Investment. Now I am out and decided to go back to do Art (mostly Fashion Design). Currently brushing up my French so I am able to settle in Paris (well of course, not you darling ;)) without much disasters.

This is a long one. I am sorry I couldn’t help you last time with your trip but still hope you wouldn’t mind to meet up for a tea and macarons soon :p


ParisB April 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Hello Lee!! Tea and Macarons sound ideal! Let me know when – think you have my no? My London trip was fun and I was all shopped out!

1. How many lipsticks is enough? You gotta be kidding right? 😉 seriously I’d say maybe 3 – a red for the glam days, a sheer glossy rose/neutral for everyday and a pink for when one’s feeling flirty and young 😉

2. On a money value I think highend makeup is more expensive here but after conversion (at today’s exchange) we aren’t too far off on a price comparison. But it depends on the brands and who brings them in.

3. Hmm… The Mulberry Bayswater… I think 😉 I’m on an enforced ban but looking to the Miu Miu Matelasse for one last fling. Do you have that one? The Fendi Peekaboo is delish!!!

4. No I can’t find a way to get Le Metier de Beaute yet but I want to! There’s nowhere that sells them online that ships here right?

5. I have a boring fuddy duddy sort of profession. Nothing quite as exciting as yours! And I love your long term plan. Paris is a beautiful…. place hehe. And if you do settle there, I’ll have someone local tell me where to indulge in gastronomic delights! 😀

Seriously let’s make a point to catch up soon :)

Lee April 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Hello Paris,

On the MIU MIU, I had that one, the red metalasse coffer, bought it for my graduation then…lost it :( Sigh, after that I got the one with bows but it didn’t last very long…on quality-wise, MIU MIU is okay, it’s not a bag for rainy days as the water leaves marks on your bag. It’s a very pretty bag, I think the new slightly varied design is nice *sigh in content*
After these years, I think I will settle on more practical bags (like Peek-a-Boo or Bayswater) but stir away from more seasonal stuff. Bags like these are meant to be used for a long while…
At the mean time, I’m happy with my Lanvin and Miu Miu plus a more durable Tumi Q Tote :)
P/S: I killed my lemmings for 2.55 and my wallet is thankful for that!

Lipsticks…thanks, because I was so confused what to pack! One once told me, there would be never enough lipsticks for a woman!

Le Metier…so far no, Nordstrom does deliver to SG but not MY…I have a few items (three kaleidoscopes in particular) if you are interested? :) With the Valentine’s Day special, that’s so far the best smoky eyes I have every created!

I personally think Paris is a beautiful lady too! Gastronomic delights would be in my kitchen 😀

I’m usually in Bangsar Village every Saturday, thought it might be convenient for you?
Side note: you know the shop which sells shoes and bags opposites of BRICS? There were moments when I stood in front of the shop, telling Mister “this is a mock of x, this is a copy of y…” and it always led him to drag me away from the shop XDDD

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Ahh you see, I’m trying to kill that bloody Miu Miu lemming. Went to the store and was convinced the Coffer is too big but you know that niggling thought? Yeah its niggling 😛 I’m not into the bow version though. Possibly a good thing. Miu Miu despite being Prada’s younger sis can be quite demanding in terms of pricing! I’m also headed towards the more timeless designs and ease of use. No point having a nice bag that takes you a day and a half to get into and out of! My Chanel lemming never died. Sadly. Hehe.. 😉

For me, there really are never enough lipsticks. We can always justify a new colour “Oh it looks different! This is rose pink the other one I have is pink rose” erm… 😉

Did you actually buy 3 of the Kaleidoscope eye colours? Wow! They sure do look good though based on the online swatches I’ve been seeing. Oh and the lip stuff get raves too! In fact I haven’t come across anything that doesn’t get raved about from this brand. Eeps!

I’ll drop you a note soon re: Bangsar Village always good to have a nice chillout session 😉

Lee April 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I love Matelassé but I think it’s too small. Btw I forgot to tell you how adorable your Prada is :) I confess I really love the one in red!

The latest 2.55 apparently will incorporate the original design, i.e. double flap which doesn’t give a lot of space but makes the bag heavier.

Exactly, even the same colour of lipsticks have different sheens or shimmers and all!

Yes I bought three of them, one from Fall 2010 Le Cirque collection, one from Holiday collection Splendid Frost and the last one is Bergdorf Goodman Valentine’s exclusive Smouldering Embarkment.
I have the Framboise lip creme (actually, two of them) and I think you as a red lippie lover you love it :)
I can really spend hours and hours talking about my love for Le Metier you know *sigh*

Please let me know so I can pack all my Le Metier de Beaute stuff for you to play around during tea time 😉


ParisB April 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Hmm… you must be tall then because the Matelasse Coffer (reg size) looked HUGE. Less so in the light beige but gigantic in black. Very odd. I’m still tempted though by a lovely dove grey colour… Oh the Prada Saffiano Lux in red is gorgeous! But it looked odd on me for some reason. Black just fit better (and was the only one available where I bought it).

Oh I think I got confused for a moment. I prefer the Classic flap actually. I’m less into the 2.55 because I like the CC lock 😀

I’ll def let you know – not this weekend though but soon. Can’t wait to actually check out Le Metier! 😀

April 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Hi Paris! Yesterday, my baby brother graduated from high school! I wasn’t able to attend though, since they only gave out two invites per student. What kinda pissed me off was during the graduation proper, they basically let everyone in without checking invites or anything, so I *could have* gone! I mean he’s my only baby brother, and I am kind of sad that I missed it. I used to go to his awarding ceremonies and stuff with my mom when he was younger, and I went to his elementary graduation. It would have been a good excuse to bring out all my make up and play around with color too!
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Aww Denise, that sucked!! :( I’m sure your bro would have wanted you there too. If it was me, I’d have gone along anyway just in case and if not, I’d just hang around outside till it was over 😉 Still, congrats to your bro for his graduation, and you can still go for his grad when he grans from uni! 😉

Marina (Makeup4all) April 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm

You almost got me with the Dior BB Cream, but than I saw the “Diorsnow” and realized what day is today,but nice try 😉
Strangely, I am feeling great today as I had a wonderful sleep last night and it’s Friday, yay!

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Hi Marina! The Diorsnow BB Creme does exist! No April Fool’s joke, scout’s honour :) It might be Asia only, but I’m not sure. Glad to know you had a restful sleep. I’ve been having trouble sleeping for a few days now. Tonight, I shall have to try to get some rest :) Yay for Friday!

Iza April 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Love your reviews Paris, if not for my monetary limitations I prolly be buying loads of stuffs that you review. :-)

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Thank you Iza :) I know exactly how you feel. I feel the exact same way when I read other blogs, especially if its brands we don’t get here. Argh!! 😀 Have a good weekend ahead!

April 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Hello there again! I’m getting a new laptop! YAY!! This old bug’s going DOWN! Finally I can work with ease. Haih. And I can go back to Batu Pahat for Cheng Meng, provided if I finish my essay by tonight. ^.^
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Ooh nice one! I don’t like working from a laptop myself but I’m trying to upgrade my desktops at work and at home to be faster 😀 Great to know you may get those yummy hometown food after all! Now scoot! Go finish your essay :)

April 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm

PB I’m done!!! YAY!!! ^.^
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ParisB April 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Yay! Now go enjoy your weekend 😀

Grace April 1, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I guess I’m not the only one feeling a bit exhausted. I’ve been ill with the flu and fever. Only just recovered but can’t taste food. Everything taste like gravel :( Hope you get your much needed rest :)

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Aww I hate that part of falling sick – when you can’t taste food :( on the plus side, what an opportunity to lose weight (if you feel you have to) hope you get well soon!

jayie April 1, 2011 at 10:22 pm

heylo Paris!
I need a recommendation of a good eye cream for wrinkles and firming!!!
anyone has one?? many fine lines have appeared under my eyes even though I dun rub them and tap on my eye cream :(
think it’s age + the way I smile… sigh
using Dior antiwrinkle eye cream now, used to work but now no effect…
thank u!!!

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Hiya Jayie! The only eye cream I’ve really used that I liked is the EL Advanced Night Repair Serum for eyes. Some people find it doesn’t work though. Perhaps see if you can get a sample and try it out? :)

May April 1, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Hey Paris,

Were you at Coffee Chemistry at Sunway Giza last Saturday afternoon? I thought I saw a lady who looked very much like you :)

Hope you’re feeling better. I haven’t been going online daily these days as I want to get some studying done. But definitely look forward to seeing your posts during ‘break’ time :)

I’m quite keen with trying organic face care (thinking of trying Madara) after i finish my current products. And when I came across http://www.feelunique.com in one of the comments in your posts, Madara on this site were much cheaper than in Malaysia! So excited! But before i click buy, better do some research so i hope you can help…

1. Have you tried this site before? If no, do you have any to recommend?

Also i’m concerned with ageing. I’m quite keen with the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Serum but have been hearing about rose hip oil. What are your comments between the 2? Is the former a blend of different oils while the latter just one type? Have you used any rose hip oil?

Thanks for your time :)
Have a good weekend!

ParisB April 1, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Hi May, yes I was incidentally! Lol! Were you there too?

Thanks for making MWS your break time. We’re like a kit kat! 😉

I liked what I used of Madara but I have to agree its a little pricey. I haven’t bought from feelunique before though so I’m not much help there. I’ve only dealt with Bodybar.

However for something a little more accessible and cheaper, you might take a look at Esmeria Organics. They’re available at Justlife and Caring and Vitacare pharmacies. I’ve been trying some of the line and its really not bad plus they’re a local brand with Ecocert :)

I used rose hip oil many years ago in an attempt to fade scars. It helped to a degree but I found it too thick and sticky. I haven’t used it recently but these days formulation might have changed. I’m told Trilogy is quite good. I’ve seen it at Vitacare. The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery is a blend of oils but its very light. I sometimes mix it into my thicker creams and it feels great on the skin :)

Hope this helps you :) Enjoy the weekend!

May April 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Yes i was there with my husband using one of those deal coupons. It was RM7.90 for a hot drink, wrap and appetizer. It was really good and the price we paid made it all the more worth it :)

I have seen Esmeria before at Justlife but the product size is quite small don’t ya think? I’ve asked you about organic products before and you did mention Esmeria. Been waiting for your review before i finally decide which way to go :)

As for the serum, in that case I think I’ll go with the Kiehl’s then. I get more types of oils in one bottle. Love the smell and was hoping I could try a sample first but they don’t have it at the store!

ParisB April 2, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I was there using the deal coupon too! 😀 Definitely one of the better deals I’ve gotten :) I do have some Esmeria products on hand but I haven’t had the chance to put them to the test. It will be soon though,because I’m also very curious to see how they fare 😀 Hope you like the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery as much as I do 😀

Rebecca April 1, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Hey paris!
Have you ever tried goats milk? If you have what do you think of it?
My sister’s boyfriend accidently picked some up and today I tried it not knowing that it was goats milk and was like O.O “blerghhh!”
It has that um…unpleasant lamb-like taste to it to me.

ParisB April 2, 2011 at 11:13 am

Hi Rebecca, I tried goats milk a long time ago and my reaction was like yours 😛 I am however keen to try some of those goats milk body products though 😀

Mari April 2, 2011 at 1:34 am

Right now I’m just enjoying the Restaurant Week – but the feast ends tomorrow! By then I’ll have gone to 7 restaurants and so I shall be left bereft of money.^^ There’s nothing like going to fancy restaurants and trying different kinds of food! Is there something similar in Malaysia?
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ParisB April 2, 2011 at 11:15 am

Oh my! Where do you find the stomach space to put away all that food? 😀 We do have something similar towards the end of the year usually. They usually have a set menu and its always nice to go and try something different in a fancy restaurant. I didn’t go to many though, because they are pretty pricey unless you manage to snag a discount 😉

neegee April 2, 2011 at 4:33 am

Hi Paris! Erm, I have a burning question to ask. May I know where to get YSL lipsticks here in Malaysia? I heard they moved out but can I get it in SG? I really wanted to get one as a self-reward for accomplishing something recently but couldn’t locate their counter in Pavillion. So sad. :(

ParisB April 2, 2011 at 11:16 am

Aww… you’re out of luck Neegee! YSL pulled out about a year or so of this region. The brand isn’t dead though. There’s been a change of ownership (YSL’s now owned by L’Oreal) so I’m expecting them to come back into the scene in time to come. You can still get some YSL at KLIA if you happen to be going through there but otherwise, there are no more counters for now.

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