Confession – I had no idea what I was going to blog for today. I’ve got a crap-load of stuff to get through but I didn’t feel like really talking about makeup which regulars might notice is how I usually kick off the week. We all need something pretty to start the week with right? icon smile Save & Splurge: Daiso Dupes for the Brush Egg and Sigma Brush Glove But I’m wallowing in a rut so I was going to take the day off, when the weekend brought a fortuitous blog post idea – Brush Cleaning Tools!

Huh? I can almost hear some of you think. Do you need tools for cleaning your makeup brushes? Isn’t it just soap and water? Well, the trend sort of started out with Sigma who came up with their Spa Brush Glove – basically a silicone glove with raised dots, that was supposed to help you speed up the cleaning process of your brushes. It also cost US$35 (RM115) *choke*

I wasn’t going to spend that sort of money on what was basically a non-slip silicone oven glove (which you can get from any kitchen shop at less than Sigma’s price if you really want a glove for washing your brushes) but I was curious as to how it worked. So one day while at that paradise of all things cheap, cute and tacky i.e. Daiso I picked up something I thought would do the trick.

daiso dupe brush cleaning tools Save & Splurge: Daiso Dupes for the Brush Egg and Sigma Brush Glove

When I posted about it on Instagram, @Jeninec commented that I could find a dupe of the Brush Egg (another popular brush cleaning tool, it seems!) at Daiso too! So off I went again to Daiso to pick it up and here we are! Let’s talk brush cleaning tools, how it works and why you can easily save on them rather than splurging icon biggrin Save & Splurge: Daiso Dupes for the Brush Egg and Sigma Brush Glove

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Ok, who doesn’t enjoy eating fried chicken? You don’t? Oh dear, I don’t think we can be friends anymore icon sad Scrumptious Weekend No. 31: Old School Fermented Bean Curd Fried Chicken

I enjoy a good, old school fried chicken that is basically no-frills and easy to marinade and when tossed into hot oil, emerges as golden brown, fragrant comfort food goodness. Ah! icon biggrin Scrumptious Weekend No. 31: Old School Fermented Bean Curd Fried Chicken

fried chicken Scrumptious Weekend No. 31: Old School Fermented Bean Curd Fried Chicken

I made this just a few days ago and posted it on Instagram (where I talk as much about food as I do about beauty) and someone asked for the recipe so I thought I’d do a quick Scrumptious Weekend post. I haven’t done one of these in a while apparently. The last was in February! Gosh… yes I have been eating and cooking in that time haha! icon biggrin Scrumptious Weekend No. 31: Old School Fermented Bean Curd Fried Chicken

So here is my super easy, super quick recipe for Fermented Bean Curd (Tau Ju) Fried Chicken and if you have a good recipe for fried chicken, please share! icon biggrin Scrumptious Weekend No. 31: Old School Fermented Bean Curd Fried Chicken

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After my last sojourn with a non-foaming cleanser, my interest was piqued when I received the Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser.  Oh hello! Here was yet another non foaming cleanser! I was quite quick to dive into this the minute I pumped out the last bits of the last one icon biggrin Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser: A lovely organic cream cleanser to love

pai camellia rose cleanser Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser: A lovely organic cream cleanser to love

Pai Skincare is a brand of organic skincare that hails from the UK and is specially formulated for sensitive skin. Well, actually, what it is, is a brand that even those with sensitive skin can use, not just meant for sensitive skin, if that made sense? Pai is certified organic by the Soil Association, which is the certifying body in the UK and which, I’m told is very strict. One of the strictest around so when they give the seal of approval, you can be sure that you’re getting something truly organic.

My samples of Pai Skincare came courtesy of Pure Tincture, a Singapore based online store that specialises in organic skincare. They do ship to Malaysia for a very affordable flat rate of S$10 and yes, they carry Pai Skincare – one of the closest and quickest places for us to get it, unless you want to get it shipped in from the UK.

The Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is a lovely creamy cleanser that you can use on its own or even to remove makeup so if you’re feeling a wee bit lazy to double cleanse then this may suffice. But only for a cheat day, mind! icon wink Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser: A lovely organic cream cleanser to love

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If there’s one thing I don’t do with my makeup, I don’t depot them. I know it’s quite popular to do so especially for eyeshadow singles so you don’t have to contend with a drawer full of single shadows that you can never find which to use; or palettes, especially those that come in cardboard cases that can get grubby over time or large palettes so it’s easier to store and use.

The one and only time I did was out of necessity (NARS has HORRIBLE rubber packaging that melts and while I’m assured that the new ones won’t, I’ll say that it remains to be seen) and I shattered a NARS blush I liked (for the record, it was Desire) and at the time, I rehomed them into an Unii palette. I have toyed with the idea of getting another Unii palette from time to time but I never did because I don’t like it anymore. I find it bulky and I grew to dislike how it looked because it felt very kiddy to me. Here’s how it looks and no offence if it appeals to you, it just didn’t to me. Oh and it’s expensive. I toyed with the idea of a Z-Palette too but it was cardboard so nah, not for me no matter how sturdy it claims to be icon razz Love Love Love! Make Up For Ever Empty Metal Palettes for housing my depotted Urban Decay palettes

mufe empty palette Love Love Love! Make Up For Ever Empty Metal Palettes for housing my depotted Urban Decay palettes

Anyway, I stopped by the Make Up For Ever Pro Boutique on the long weekend to pick up an eyeshadow and my eye fell on their empty palettes. A lightbulb came on and I picked up one to fill up with the only 2 Urban Decay palettes I own. Yes my friends, I was going to depot my palettes! icon biggrin Love Love Love! Make Up For Ever Empty Metal Palettes for housing my depotted Urban Decay palettes

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