instagram week8 Highlights of Instagram Vol. 9: Saying Hi after the disappearing act

Oh hello everyone!

I’ve been quite tardy on the blog as the regulars amongst you would have noticed, but I’ve been much more active on Instagram in this period. I guess, it’s mostly because it’s far easier to just snap a picture and caption it, than it is to write a blog post, which is much more permanent in nature and therefore something I want to put a little more effort into.

So, it’s been a while since I shared my Instagram highlights with you, but here are some of my highlights from the last few weeks. I can’t believe the last one was in May!

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Summer! For the most part, that’s what we are experiencing right now in most parts of the populated world, with varying degrees of heat and humidity. Summer usually brings to mind corals, bronzes, warmth and the sun. So when I first saw the NARS Adult Swim Summer 2014 collection, my brow furrowed.

nars adult swim summer2 Hello Summer! Quick Overview of the NARS Adult Swim Summer 2014 Collection

Ok, so the bright lip and nail shades do scream summer, but the eyeshadow duos? You couldn’t get further from warm summer colours if you tried! I’d even peg them for conventional Spring shades. Ah Francois Nars, you have stumped us once again! icon biggrin Hello Summer! Quick Overview of the NARS Adult Swim Summer 2014 Collection

I don’t have the time to break down the colours and products at the moment in great detail, but I thought I’d better get this out there before they’re all sold out. Some items are limited edition, which I’ll identify, and some aren’t (whew!) so I’ll revisit the permanent items later, and just get things out of the way for now. So, head on for a picture and swatch fest icon razz Hello Summer! Quick Overview of the NARS Adult Swim Summer 2014 Collection

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So, if I’m to be perfectly honest, the new Marc Jacobs Beauty line hasn’t been knocking my socks off. If I wore socks that is. They aren’t flying off my feet, at any rate. In fact, I’ve been rather underwhelmed by almost everything I’ve tried, so I haven’t even felt like talking about them (I know, I should and I’ll get round to it – just don’t hold your breathe lest you turn blue) So, the day I picked up the Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Waterproof Eyeliner, I had no expectations. Ok, I lie. I did. I expected it to be another disappointment.

But you know, someone needs to find my socks, because I’ve finally found something pretty impressive from the MJB line! icon biggrin Marc Jacobs Magic Marcer : The Precision Pen Waterpoof Eyeliner that is a kind of magic!

marc jacobs magic marcer pen Marc Jacobs Magic Marcer : The Precision Pen Waterpoof Eyeliner that is a kind of magic!

For now, this liquid eyeliner comes in just 1 shade – Blacquer – which is touted to be the blackest black and to have extreme wear. I must say, they are accurate on all counts. I haven’t been wearing liquid eyeliner a lot, because I’m just not very good at controlling the pen. You know how it is.

You hold the liner pen with your shaky hands, draw a shaky line, try to rectify it and end up with eyeliner all over your lid, or a line thicker than Cleopatra’s. I’m just not good at it. But I have to say that this Marc Jacobs one, whilst hardly “magic” is relatively easy to use, draws a lovely dark black line and stays put all day. All. Damned. Day! No smudges, no running, no fading. Colour me impressed! icon biggrin Marc Jacobs Magic Marcer : The Precision Pen Waterpoof Eyeliner that is a kind of magic!

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Hellooo! Gosh, I’ve let the dust build up in here haven’t I? I’m a bad housekeeper, I am icon razz First, use the Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum to boost the efficacy of your skincare

But come, let me dust off the inch thick dust on the blog and jump right in to tell you about a product that came highly recommended to me. By now, most of us will be familiar with the brand Sulwhasoo, which made its appearance on our shores some time last year. A few people had asked me what I thought of it, and I was almost embarrassed to say that I hadn’t tried anything from the brand. So I decided to remedy that, and asked around for recommendations. Almost overwhelmingly, I was told to try the First Care Activating Serum, a Sulwhasoo bestselling product.

sulwhasoo first care activating serum3 First, use the Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum to boost the efficacy of your skincare

What the First Care Activating Serum is, is a pre-serum. I know some people start rolling their eyes at this point. A serum is a serum! I almost hear you cry, what in the flying blazes is a pre-serum?!

Well, this is a concept not uncommon in many Asian ranges of skincare and is basically a product that you apply BEFORE you apply the rest of your skincare, so that it boosts the efficacy of your skincare. So, you can use it together with your other brands of skincare but you have to use it first.

There are different brands with similar products out there naturally, but Sulwhasoo promises that their First Care Activating Serum will give your skin a boost of moisture, refine your skin and balance and replenish nutrients, with their signature use of Jaeumdan and Jaeumboweedan, combinations of Korean Medicinal herbs blended into a prepared in a time-tested Poje method.

Everyone who told me to try this serum has nothing but raves for it, and how it helped refine their skin and make it look better. So, I took the plunge. Slightly half a bottle and a couple of months down the road, how did I find this?

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