Having a structured blog is a good thing. I know exactly what goes up when, and if you pay enough attention, so do you. But occasionally, I like to throw that structure out the window. This is a kind of personal-ish blog after all, and sometimes, I just like to collate the things I’m enjoying, or liking right now.
It helps that I’m not really in much of a swatching mood, so all the new makeup stuff have to wait a little. Swatching makeup is quite challenging, if anyone has tried it. Wearing it and then trying to get a decent photo is worse. So, I’ve forsaken all that for a while, and instead, I’m going to share some stuff that I’m liking right now with you, and if you deign to, how about sharing yours with me too! 😀
Cheap and Cheerful Makeup
Goodness knows, I love my luxury makeup. People actually have told me “Why don’t you feature affordable makeup? Not everyone can afford the high end stuff!” and that’s true… except I don’t really go for budget makeup much. I’m kind of past that.
But recently, my interest in cheap and cheerful makeup was rekindled by the Catrice Velvet Matt eyeshadows that I raved over. So I popped by again to take another look at makeup in the pharmacy (drugstores to those who speak American) and strolled off with a couple more items.
Did you know that nothing in this picture is over RM20 (US$5) ? HAAH! Bet you don’t believe me, but it’s true! The Jean-Paul Gaultier for Target pouch was a gift from a friend so it doesn’t count LOL! But it’s a cheap and cheerful item since it wasn’t directly from the JPG boutique 😉
The Catrice Velvet Matt eyeshadows, you have already seen and they are RM21.90 each but are STILL on Buy 1 Free 1 so better grab yourself some before they disappear! A reader from Germany has confirmed that they’re discontinued, so hurry. I picked up the Catrice Illuminating Blush in Coral Me Maybe because it looked so pretty, and it was on 10% off LOL! I think it was just a little over RM18, and I needed to break a RM50 LOL! 😀
Part of the reason I picked it up, was because I was just leaving the Sulwhasoo makeup event, where I was lusting after the new Sulwhasoo Radiance Blusher in Coral Harmony, but as it retailed at RM210 and I’m on a strict budget (I have a couple of lust-list items I’m saving up for), I paused by the Catrice display, where I saw this pretty little thing at just a fraction of the price of Sulwhasoo. I’ll let you know how it fares, but if you know, let ME know instead yeah? 😀
Oh and for good measure, I picked up 2 Silkygirl items – Perfect Sharp Eyeliner which is a felt tip pen eyeliner that swatched nice and black on the back of my hand, and the Matte Junkie liquid lipstick in 02 Glamour. You’ll see a swatch below. Silkygirl is a local brand that’s very affordable and trendy. Quality-wise, they’re a little hit or miss and I hadn’t looked at them for a long time.
I wanted to see what this matte lip liquid lipstick trend was about but I didn’t want to shell out money for hard to get stuff like Kylie Cosmetics (for the record, I’m not going to enrich THEIR coffers) or Colourpop and I wasn’t going to pay for Too Faced either. So, when I spotted Silkygirl’s Matte Junkie at below RM20 I hopped to it! If anyone’s interested, I’ll let you know what I think but if people are going “Silkygirl? Really, PB?!” then well, I won’t bother LOL 😀
La Mer The Mist
So, if you’re giving me a LOOK after the above post, and would rather I just focus on luxury stuff, then know that I’m really enjoying the La Mer The Mist, which is a facial mist and very expensive for that matter (although I cannot remember the price – let’s say RM200 and up?)
The spray leaves my skin a little more moist than normal, as the spray isn’t very fine. However, after about a week using this (I was trying to use it up) I noticed that my skin felt a little more hydrated than normal after I mist. So, when I layer my other hydrating serums and stuff on top, it feels better. When I switched to another spray, I noticed the difference. While this is a very very expensive face mist, it does seem to do a wee bit more than a regular bottle of water, so if budget permits, take a look. If it doesn’t, then just ogle for a bit yeah? 😉
Monthly lunches with good girl-friends
The thing about having and keeping friends is that it takes work. Like any relationships that matter, you have to work at it, not just assume that everything will be fine. And while we’re all connected online in many ways, we need that human touch to reconnect. So that’s what my girl-friends and I have been doing this year.
We’ve made arrangements to catch up with each other at least once a month. We may meet up in between, but we try at least, to keep to that monthly schedule. Naturally, it takes place over a meal, and for most of us, it gives us a couple of hours away from family and other distractions, to sit around, catch up, reconnect and learn something new. I don’t know about the other girls, but I have a great time every time and while numbers are fluid, depending on the various responsibilities and availability of everyone, it’s nice to know that we all make the effort nonetheless.
Growing herbs and vegetables from kitchen scraps
This one’s been a bit of a work in progress for me. I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen as some of you may know. One of the things that bug me sometimes when I cook, is not having certain fresh herbs on hand. While I use basil and spring onions in my cooking, they rarely feature as the main part of my dish, and it’s expensive to buy a bunch, only to use a few leaves each time. They don’t last well either!
One day, I came across a site online that talked about growing herbs and even vegetables from kitchen scraps. So, I decided to try. I stuck a couple of basil stems in water but only one has rooted so far, and growing well *touchwood*. Spring onion grows impressively fast. In just a little under a week, I can usually harvest some to sprinkle on my dishes!
The little vegetables at the back are nai pak or baby bok choy, a vegetable I enjoy eating and one that lasts well in the fridge. I read you can grow bok choy from the base, so I thought I’d try with these. It might interest you to know that the bright green leaves are new sprouts! So, I’m waiting for the roots to appear and then I’ll probably transplant them into soil, and hopefully will be able to harvest some homegrown veges not very long from now 😀
I’m not sure what else I’ll attempt to regrow. I’m most interested in keeping the basil and spring onion (scallions) alive and thriving for now. Perhaps I’ll get some other herbs like parsley or coriander as well. These are stuff you occasionally need, but rarely need large quantities of, and it just makes sense to grow them yourself as it still costs money to buy them each time you need them.
Aren’t veges generally cheap? You may wonder. Well, yes, relatively speaking. But if I can get them for next to nothing, from kitchen scraps, I don’t see why I shouldn’t! 😀 I’m trying very hard to grow an edible garden which isn’t easy because I am very bad at keeping plants alive, and living in a condominium makes it harder too. But I’ll give it a shot. Thoroughly enjoying checking on these new plants so far! 😀
So, these are some of the stuff I’ve been liking so far. I won’t say that it’s for April or May or even 2016 in general, but it’s just stuff I’ve enjoyed, and wanted to share with you. If you have tips for growing veges indoors, or in high-rise buildings, please do share! 😀
#IWillBeOkay Fight Against Depression campaign
I rarely post spontaneously enough to talk about campaigns, but I wanted to share one that a fellow blogger friend is running – the #IWillBeOkay Fight against Depression campaign.
The #IWillBeOkay initiative is by Fiona of Street Love, to raise awareness and educate the public on depression and metal illness. Clinical depression was something she suffered, which symptoms include anxiety attacks, suicidal thoughts, loss of sleep and appetite, and loss of interest in things a person enjoys doing.
The reason I agreed to support Fiona in this campaign she’s running, is because I noticed these symptoms in a close friend some time last year, and I tried very hard to find them some help. But it’s not something I could find a lot of information on locally. Mental illness is a taboo subject, and depression is something people mention in jest, without recognising that it is an illness. But with perseverance and a lot of hard work online, I found an avenue to help my friend, forcing them to seek treatment – I quite literally dragged them to talk to someone. It’s been a while, and I’d like to think that I got there in time to pull them back from the edge of the abyss, and that we’re walking away from the danger zone.
To show your support to Fiona in this #IWillBeOkay campaign, you can purchase T-shirts from this website which are available in limited quantities and only available from 15-29 May 2016. They retail at RM39.90, come in 2 designs, one white that you see above, and one black. Sizes run a little small (I wear L in the Ladies T design and I’m usually a UK8-10) and shipping is offered within Malaysia as well as internationally.
Fiona has pledged 100% of the proceeds to AWAM (All Women’s Action Society Malaysia), an NGO committed to improving the lives of women in Malaysia, ending gender-based violence and upholding equality and rights for all. If you’d like to show a little support, or feel strongly about awareness for depression and mental illness, pick up a tee – it costs less than a lipstick!
What are some stuff you’ve been liking or enjoying lately?
Do share them with me because you know me, I’m nosy! 😀 If you’ve ever had any success at a high rise edible garden, do share your tips with me too. I’m trying VERY hard! 😀