I’m not sure if it’s just me being a little jaded, or if cosmetics brands are starting to spread themselves a little thin on quality when they release limited edition or seasonal collections. More so when the colours on offer don’t interest nor excite me very much. I skipped most of the Summer collections this time around because Summer isn’t my thing, and because I found a lot of them boring *gasp* I said the B-word!

With a summer collection created in collaboration with fashion designer Christopher Kane, Nars Cosmetics has released a limited edition range of makeup with what they call “Neoneutral” – Neon colours that are oxymoronically neutral to wear. In some ways, it made sense.

nars christopher kane silent nude mezmer

I’d have passed on this collection, if I’m to be honest. There was nothing in there that grabbed my attention. However, I was gifted with a couple of pieces from the collection and much to my surprise, my goodie bag contained Silent Nude blush instead of Starscape (hot pink!) which most other people received. I don’t deny I was a little taken aback but I felt I should therefore share my thoughts on it. If it had been Starscape, then it’d be just more of the same-old-same-old for you right? 😀

Silent Nude, as you can see in the picture above, is a straight neutral blush. So neutral and so beige, I wasn’t sure what I should do with it LOL! Now pink, that’s easy, right? We could all do with a pink blush; but beige? Erm…. Incidentally also, the blushes in the Neoneutral collection represent a new formula. Thinner, sheerer and matte. Well, if you’re wondering how I did with Silent Nude, check out what I think, and if you have an idea on how to wear beige blushes – SHARE! 😀

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You know style or trends must come naturally to you when, out of a billion brands and bags in the world, you pick one that is not only unique in name, but which is one of the trendiest backpacks available right now. Not blowing my own trumpet. Of course.

fjallraven kanken classic deep red

What happened was that I decided not very long ago, that I wasn’t cut out for stylish travel. It’s such a lovely ideal to parade around the cities of the world, or stroll through airports in lovely outfits that you can shoot OOTDs of while toting your favourite designer bag in the crook of your arm. I envy all the fashionable people who do so, but I know my limits.

After a few attempts, I’m back to my “ugly tourist” self in my comfortable but unstylish clothes, and this time, toting a backpack instead of a fashionable tote. Well, I already have one sturdy one that I overnight with sometimes, but I wanted something a little more fun that I could carry around for the day without looking like a backpacker (nothing wrong with looking like one, but those giant backpacks do get in the way!) One day, I stumbled on the Fjallraven Kanken backpack and for some reason, I was drawn to it.

So apparently, is every trendy hipster in the world. So I’m not unique after all, damn! LOL! 😀

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I remember when the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders first hit the beauty scene. Gawd! Everyone and their mother was raving over them like they were the best invention since sliced bread! Ok, I don’t think sliced bread is that great an invention, if I’m to be honest LOL!

But you know how it is right? When everyone is going on and on about how these powders give their skin that je ne sais quoi ethereal glow similar to that of Galadriel in the Lord of the Rings, man, I was champing at the bit to get my paws on them! Glow! Who doesn’t want elven glow?!

hourglass ambient lighting powder diffused

But I ran into a snag. 2 snags actually. First, Hourglass cosmetics is not sold here in Malaysia. Second, the powders come in different shades, that serve different purposes and you really have to get it right if you want to appreciate its effects best.

So, that lust for this product eventually died away. When I was down in Melbourne window shopping with Tine 2 years back, I managed to see these powders up close and in person. The conclusion? I was left feeling wanting. I mean, I know Tine enjoyed using her Mood Light, but I couldn’t bring myself to buy it somehow. Perhaps the tanking RM vs AUD helped me in my decision. So I passed.

But as you can see, I did eventually end up with one which I purchased from SpaceNK a while ago. I shop a lot at SpaceNK as you can tell LOL! 😀 And while my choice of Diffused Light was a bit of a stab in the dark (erm… no pun intended!) it’s turned out to be a product I thoroughly enjoy using and am happy to rave about. Yes, I’ve joined the ‘gang’ 😛

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When you’re informed that a holy grail product that you run through like water and replenish obsessively despite the cost, is being replaced, there are only two things you can do. Grit your teeth and hope for the best, while ensuring you have at least 1 bottle left as back up; or run around screaming “The sky is falling! The world is ending!” and buy up all the products you can find to stockpile into the next century.

Unfortunately, with sunscreen, there’s a shelf life that you’d be well advised to observe (2 years, after which they degrade I’m told) so when it’s a favourite sunscreen that is being replaced, I sob a little into my pillow, grit my teeth and hope for the best.

Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ PA++++  wet force

And with a lot of melodrama, that was how I felt when I was told that this Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ PA++++ Wet Force would be replacing my daily staple, the Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ PA++++ .

What’s the difference? Well, other than the fact that one bottle is white and the other blue, you mean? 😛

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