Being a voyeur, I love seeing what people fit into their handbags. This is especially true of smaller bags. Not being one for a small bag myself, I am always curious to know how people manage to carry their daily essentials in a tiny little bag. Me? I used to lug around gigantic sacks, filled to the brim with everything, including the kitchen sink.

Recently, thanks to a poorly back and shoulders, I’ve cut back. So over the weekend, as I finally got round to switching things out of my regular daily handbag to another one, it struck me that I’d never done a “What’s in my bag?” post.

gucci web boston Whats in my bag? (The raw, unedited version)

So basically, I go around perving at what other people stuff in their bags but haven’t shared what I put in mine. Well, let’s remedy that shall we? icon biggrin Whats in my bag? (The raw, unedited version)

The bag du jour for the past 6 months (gasp! Not getting my cost per wear for the rest I own!) is a black leather Gucci Vintage Web Boston Bag which I lusted over last year. It’s just plain black leather with subtle Gucci Guccisima embossed strips down the middle of the bag and on the detachable strap. Part of the reason I’d been loathe to switch out of the one, is just how practical this bag is.

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I was talking to someone last week, when I was told that a couple of luxury beauty brands will be setting up freestanding shops soon. Now, most of us would have been used to seeing freestanding luxury shops for leather goods or clothes or accessories, but not many for beauty right?

In recent years, I did notice some beauty brands breaking away from being housed in multi-brand department store beauty halls. Clinique is a noticeable breakaway with some standalone counters, and Shu Uemura has long had its own shop for a while as does Kiehl’s and Bobbi Brown. From the luxury brands, I have noticed that Chanel has its own beauty store in 2 major malls locally, and soon, Dior will join in with their own standalone Dior Beauty store.

So it got me thinking (Dangerous business, this thinking thing…)

beauty shopping Your Say: Where do you like to shop for your beauty products?

Where do you like to shop for your beauty products?

Do you prefer to shop in a department store beauty hall, with the different brand counters surrounding you for variety and choice? Do you prefer somewhere like Sephora or Sasa which is just dedicated to all things beauty (albeit pretty much like a department store beauty hall) with different brands in one place? Or do you prefer going straight to a specific brand’s standalone counter or store outside of a beauty hall?

Curious minds want to know! icon biggrin Your Say: Where do you like to shop for your beauty products?

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Ah lipstick-lipbalm hybrids make a comeback this year, where we’ll see a release from a luxury brand soon, but you know what? Never discount the drugstore/pharmacies because you sometimes find gems in there. I’m going to tell you about a gem today icon biggrin Maybelline Lip Polish swipes on sensational colour, shine and elixir for luscious lips Many gems in fact!

maybelline lip polish Maybelline Lip Polish swipes on sensational colour, shine and elixir for luscious lips

Yes, me hearties, it’s the Maybelline Lip Polish – a liquid lipstick-lipbalm-lipgloss hybrid that promises you luscious shiny pouty puckers with just 1 swipe of the uniquely shaped wand applicator. I picked up one to try during a promotion at Watson’s a couple of months ago and I have to say that I was wow-ed.

These aren’t just wallet-friendly, they are stunning and deserve all the bouquets and accolades rained on it!

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instagram 6 Highlights of Instagram Vol. 6 : Baby Baby!

Hello hello!

I’ve been busy beavering away on Instagram if you’ve joined me there as well and if you haven’t, why not?! LOL icon biggrin Highlights of Instagram Vol. 6 : Baby Baby! I try not to flood your feed and there are sometimes some interesting things that don’t make it to the “Highlights on Instagram” feature but here we are with the 6th edition of the highlights of the past 2-3 weeks.

I offer slightly more in-depth thoughts behind some of the images posted so even if you have seen these, read on. There may be some nuggets of info I missed out, and the links in here are actually clickable LOL! icon biggrin Highlights of Instagram Vol. 6 : Baby Baby!

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