Y’know, you can’t call your blog “My Women Stuff” and then never talk about that most awful time of being a woman, right? icon biggrin Your Say: Pads, Tampons or Other at that Time of the Month? Whether you breeze through that dreaded TOTM (Time Of The Month) or whether you take to your bed with debilitating cramps, it’s that one week in a month that, I don’t know about you, but always makes me feel like crap.

pad tampon Your Say: Pads, Tampons or Other at that Time of the Month?

But feeling like crap aside, what is your pick when it comes to dealing with your menstrual period? Do you go for sanitary pads, be they the more common disposable ones or reuseable cloth pads? Or are tampons your choice for more freedom? Or perhaps you shun both these conventional methods and use something else? There’s been a resurgence in the use of menstrual cups in recent times, I’ve noticed.

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The last matte lipstick I truly felt any affinity for was the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet and it was lovely to know that so many of you found the formula wearable too. Matte lipsticks are a little tricky because they can actually be less flattering if you don’t have properly prepped lips, and are always potentially drying. I don’t know, it must be something that goes into making matte lipsticks, that make them all feel the same way. A little dry and a little drying.

clinique matte lipstick Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick: Online exclusive at the Clinique online store (my experience!)

Recently, I was urged to give a new matte lipstick a go. It was the Clinique Long Last Soft Matte lipstick which is, interestingly only sold online here in Malaysia, on Clinique’s website. I thought to be quite an interesting marketing tactic, because for the most part, consumers here are of the test-before-they-buy mentality and it would be interesting to see how it goes down.

I was actually given Matte Crimson but as luck would have it, my resident makeup loving pixies have spirited it away and I couldn’t find it. Long story short, I decided to test out the Clinique online store and pick up these online exclusives while I was at it. Would you buy lipstick online, sight unseen?

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Luxury cosmetics brand Clé de Peau Beauté recently released their Autumn/Winter 2014 collection which they call Celestial Radiance, a range dedicated to bringing out the radiant aura of your skin. The key new pieces are 8 brand new eyeshadow quads, and a brand new liquid foundation.

cle de peau celestial radiance PREVIEW: Infuse skin with Celestial Radiance with the Cle de Peau Beaute Autumn/Winter 2014 makeup collection

There are also new shades of lipstick in #210, #312 and #111 (I’d told you about their Extra Rich lipstick before this) (Refill RM145, Holder RM60) but they didn’t catch my eye becaue the colours were soft and muted in the beige category and I’m just not sold on colours like that. I do have to say that their lipsticks are quite impressive, although their price tags tend to be quite out of the reach of many of us since they persist in separating lipstick from holder.

My eye was drawn more to the eyeshadow quads which looked pretty so I’ll tell you a little about those, and the new liquid foundation, which I’m in love with!

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If you’re one of those people who literally fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, well, I don’t like you very much right now. I have my good and bad sleeping days, and at one time, the good outnumbered the bad. So, I’d be able to just relax, read a book and fall asleep pretty soundly till the alarm goes off in the morning.

But recently, insomnia hit me hard. Eye bags and shadows have taken permanent residence under my eyes and they aren’t even bags anymore, I always say they’re now LV trunks. I’d go to bed but wake up sporadically in the middle of the night and fail to fall asleep thereafter. So I decided to try some sleep aids.

tbs quiet night spray Sleep Aids: Striving for a Quiet Night with The Body Shop Dreamy Pillow & Body Mist

A friend had gifted me a sample kit of a Deep Sleep Pillow Spray by This Works but that finished quite quickly, before I had a chance to evaluate if it was working. So, I’ve ordered a full sized bottle and will be putting it through its paces once it arrives.

However, in the interim, and in desperate need for sleep intervention, I decided to try a pillow spray from The Body Shop after seeing it appear on Instagram (I love IG but it makes me want so many things! icon razz Sleep Aids: Striving for a Quiet Night with The Body Shop Dreamy Pillow & Body Mist ) So, once I read that it helped, I popped out to the closest Body Shop store to pick up the Quiet Night Dreamy Pillow & Body Mist. Incidentally, I have noticed that overseas, this is known as Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow & Body Mist. Same thing, different name. Not sure why.

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