I was recently away for an overnight trip to Bangkok. It was super fun and I got reasonable shopping done and ate myself silly. I also walked my legs to death – they were so tired even after I got back! How that relates to this post is that I chose to go with just a backpack on my back. I wanted flexibility of time and I wanted to challenge myself to pack and move light. I managed with my clothes – I kept it down to the basic minimum but I knew skincare and cosmetics would be a different story. So, here’s what I did.

packlight Travel Tips: Packing light for your cosmetics bag

I hauled out all the sample sachets of products I had. I spread them out on the bed and picked out one of each for hair, cleanser, moisturiser etc even down to foundation and lipstick! The best part is that I got to test some products I’d been meaning to, but never got round to it.

The products I took along with me that I had wanted to try were:-

Aesop Fabulous Face Cleanser

After a 2 hour flight, washing my face with this Aesop cleanser was wonderful. The aromatherapy smell was very calming and helped soothe frazzled nerves. There was minimum lather but it cleaned well. My face did feel a little tight after cleansing though. Continue Reading ►


I’ve given Maybelline mascaras a hard time. I disliked the Maybelline XXL Mascara and the Maybelline Unstoppable mascara was quite stoppable as far as I was concerned. I bought them both and I binned them both as quickly as I could. But when I have so many people extolling the virtues of the new Maybelline Volume Express Hypercurl mascara, the itchies struck and I had to test it. Reader Monstro swears by it so there had to be something to it right?

maybelline2 Review: Makeup: Maybelline Volume Express Hypercurl Mascara

I picked one up at Guardian a while ago for RM25+, a promotional rate from its regular RM30.90 retail price and when I got home, I belatedly saw I’d gotten it in BROWN! Brown mascara?! Its a first for me! The mascara is actually lighter than it looks in the photo above.

The Maybelline Volume Express Hypercurl Mascara is the one in the short fat tube with pink metallic wordings. The counter and print ads show models with impossibly long curled lashes and it promises to add volume to your lashes and curl and keep your lashes curled the whole day. Continue Reading ►


I’ve started bringing lunch to work for 2 reasons – costs and health. My regular chap fun (economy rice) stall moved away and with it, my source of decently priced lunch food. So, after a few trial and errors, I’ve taken to making lunch boxes. Turns out its pretty fun, builds creativity and it helped me lose weight too! icon smile Fashionable and Stylish Lunch Totes

The only thing is that I’m lugging my lunch to work in a quite unfashionable eco-friendly grocery bag. Whilst loving the environment, I wish I had access to these funky lunch bags. Just look at them!

lunchbag Fashionable and Stylish Lunch Totes

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If you read the financial pages of the papers, its mostly doom and gloom. Recession, reduced spending and rising costs dominate most of the news. Go out and eat and you’ll find food portions reduced in size at higher prices. Then you look at your paycheck and wonder if it’ll cover all these rising costs.

So, new stuff aside, I thought now is a good time to play a little game called “Shop in your Stash” icon smile Lets play Shop in your Stash!

curtain Lets play Shop in your Stash!

Rules are simple:

  1. Look in your present skincare, makeup, clothes or handbag stash or collection and pick out one item that is over 5 months old that you have not used or worn in a while.
  2. Write about it on your blog (pictures will be nice!) and link back to this post. If you link back here, I should be able to pick it up and in 1 week from today (7 November 2008), I’ll put up a roundup post of everyone who participated in this little game.
  3. If you don’t have a blog, don’t fret, just tell us in the comment section about your experience shopping in your stash.

The goal:

  • To help rediscover some oldies but goodies
  • To help us appreciate what we already own and hopefully stop us lusting after new stuff (not that it’ll work! icon razz Lets play Shop in your Stash! )
  • To introduce some of our old favourites to everyone else (and maybe cause them to lust after them LOL!)

I’ll go root about in my stash this weekend – will you join me? icon smile Lets play Shop in your Stash!


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