Rave & Review: The Mirenesse Forbidden Ink Auto Lip Liner Duet in Crazy Coco

 

Mirenesse Forbidden Ink Auto Lip Liner Duet

 

So in between preparing for lectures, minding my own business (literally), catching up on some Neil Gaiman (Any fans out there?), napping, Nordstrom-ing and Pilates, I’ve also been trying my very best to find out where I can buy more of this product. I’d received the Mirenesse Forbidden Ink Auto Lip Liner Duet as a gift and started using it some weeks ago. I’ve kind of fallen in love with it but man, it’s so hard to find online!

 

This is the first time I’ve heard of the brand Mirenesse and from what I gather on their website, they are an Australian label that is cruelty-free and their products contain ingredients that are organic. Although one of their star products is the Secret Weapon Supreme 24Hr Mascara, it didn’t work as well for me as fibre mascaras do. But this lip liner, this one, is amazing.

 
Mirenesse Forbidden Ink Auto Lip Liner Duet

 
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Take Some Time Off to Radiate Your Beauty From Within

 

What do you do to recharge?

What do you do to recharge?

 

Pardon the one-week absence from the blog. Glad you stayed. I’ve been so bogged down with everything that’s going on in my life, that blogging simply had to be put on hold for a while – with regret, of course!

 

As I’m typing this this evening, I’m home alone at my parents’ place for the long weekend. I thought to get something written before everyone comes home from work today, so I can spend some time with them all before heading back to my place tonight. The school term has finally ended and while the holidays has officially started, so have one week of supplementary lessons. My past couple of weeks have been filled either with work, food, quick showers or naps. Repeat.

 

I also went live on Facebook to show you some of my most recent hauls from places like Daiso and Uniqlo. Because my connection got cut in the middle of filming, there are two parts to this live feed. Here they are:

 



 


 

Which brings me to my point in today’s blog entry: What do you do to recharge? Do you even take time off every now and then to take care of yourself?

 
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Review: The Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream & Body Moisturiser

 

Kiehls Creme de Corps

 

Eczema is so annoying. You never know how you got it in the first place and it never seems to go away no matter what you do. It turns you, often without warning, into this fussy consumer you used to swear you would never be. Alas, you now have to bite your tongue.

 

Woe betide me. And you, the one who also has silly eczema problems. I hope you’ve learnt to embrace it as part of who you are. I mean, it’s not as if we have a choice. But there’re always ways to make life a little bit better. Today, I’m quite delighted to share with you a couple of products I tried and loved – the Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream and Body Moisturiser. Click on the individual tabs below to read my in-depth reviews.

 

The Kiehl's Crème de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream

I’ve never had something more luxuriously perfect for sensitive skin – at least not yet. Truth be told, this is the first body shower product I’ve ever tried for eczema sufferers but I can safely say I do like it. It doesn’t aggravate any itchy patches or cause any more to appear. It smells like pure milky soap – and also looks like it. Squeezed out of the tube, it looks like creamy sunblock.

 

It lathers only minimally, as it does not contain ingredients that promote it. I love it that there is no fragrance in this – and it’s important to know that the ingredient “fragrance” can be used to label a thousand and one things under the sun. So, because there is no fragrance, at least we all know what exactly is in this product. However, you’ll notice several parabens in the ingredient list.

 

Ingredient List:

Aqua/Water, Myristic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Disodium Laureate Sulfosuccinate, Potassium Hydroxide, Zea Mays/Corn Germ Oil, Lauric Acid, Stearic Acid, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cocamide MEA, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Disodium EDTA, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyquaternium-7, Methylparaben, Simmondsia Chinesis Butter/Jojoba Butter, Xanthan Gum, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, BHT and Aloe Barbadensis/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.

 

The Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream is non-irritating, non-drying and moisturises skin well. It currently retails at S$35 for a 200ml tube, which is pretty expensive for a shower product. To compare, the Bioderma Atoderm Gel Douche, which I currently use daily, retails at S$23.50 for a 500ml bottle. I wouldn’t get this as a daily product to use, but it’s perfect for a gift or for special pampering sessions, such as staycations or a Friday night relaxing time in the shower.

 

The Kiehl's Crème de Corps Body Moisturiser

I love this Body Moisturiser from Kiehl’s mostly because it is very deeply hydrating. That’s all thanks to the second ingredient in the list, squalane, and the other plant oils in it. I once had a bad reaction on my eczema patch to some product, where my skin was basically red and raw from all the mindless scratching I did. That very night, I applied this moisturiser on that parts that were sore, and then as a booster and moisture lock added another thin layer of my PHB Skin Repair Gel (read my review here). Not only did it not hurt the skin at all, but everything calmed down by so much the next day. I swear this can only be a miracle.

 

Like the Nurturing Body Washing Cream, the Body Moisturiser is fragrance-free. However, the ingredient list is longer and it also contains parabens.

 

Ingredient List:

Aqua/Water, Squalane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, PPG-5 Pentaerythrityl Ether, PEG-5 Pentaerythrityl Ether, Sesamum Indicum/Sesame Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Ozokerite, Benzophenone-3, Butyrospermum Parkii/Shea Butter, Methylparaben, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Xanthin Gum, Glycine Soja/Soybean Sterols, Sodium PCA, Propylparaben, Allantoin, Olea Europaea/Olive Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Sweet Almond Oil, Prunus Armeniaca/Apricot Kernel Oil, Theobroma Cacao/Cocoa Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima/Avocado Oil, Tocopherol, BHT, Lecithin, Butylparaben, Zea Mays/Corn Oil, Aloe Barbadensis/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice and CI 75130/Beta-Carotene.

 

This product comes in two sizes, 250ml and 500ml. The smaller one retails at S$60 and will last for a pretty long time, so I recommend getting this first before you’re sure you want to commit to it. The 500ml bottle retails at S$90 and though it’s more value for money, it can actually be a waste if you won’t end up using all of it.

 
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Review: The ANIA Skincare Argan Oil That’s 100% Pure and Certified Organic

 

ANIA Skincare Argan Oil

A great addition to your bathroom countertop.

 

If you’re addicted to body oils, chances are you’ve definitely heard of argan oil and its benefits. You might also know that argan oil is safe for pregnant women, children and babies. In fact, it’s recommended for pregnant women to help prevent the formation of stretch marks because it improves the elasticity of skin. To be honest, I’ve never really been a fan of body oils, especially when the first time I ever tried one gave me a case of eczema that’s never really gone away till now. Then again, it wasn’t a natural product – but I’m digressing.

 

I was invited to give the ANIA Skincare Argan Oil a try, and because the only ingredient in this product is 100% pure certified organic argan oil sourced directly from Morocco, I decided to give it a go. The product is placed in a translucent glass bottle, so you can see the contents inside it. It also comes with a dropper screw cap, which gives you better control over how much product to use each time.

 
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10 Interesting Instagram Hashtags to Remind You Not to Let Life Pass You By

 

Roxanne at Laced Ivory

When life happens, you just got to roll with it.

 

My goodness, it’s already May. Where did all that time go? Slow down, I’m not ready to celebrate my next birthday yet.

But of course, who am I kidding. Time never slows down. Tick tock, tick tock, it goes on and on. And in the midst of our busyness from day to day, there are many things we forget. Things like calling a friend up for coffee, sitting down to read a good book by your favourite author (Neil Gaiman I’m looking at you) and watering the bouquet of peonies we placed in the living room. So here are 10 interesting Instagram hashtags that I recently discovered, which I think you should check out to remind yourself to sometimes just take it slow.

 

1.  #nothingisordinary

 

#nothingisordinary

 

In life, if you truly and fully experience it, nothing is ordinary indeed. If you just slow down and let life infiltrate your veins, you’ll find magnificence in the littlest things.

 

2.  #theartofslowliving

 

#theartofslowliving

 

Take some time out when you need to. Recharge, breathe and maybe do some yoga by the beach. Living life slowly is an art which escapes most, and I hope you do find the time to just reflect upon your life and reassess where you’re headed.

 

3. #aquietstyle

 

#aquietstyle

 

There’s a reason movie stills have great success in evoking emotions. Pause. Stare. Feel. And listen to your heartbeat.

 
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Wednesday Musing: When Life Happens

 

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You know how sometimes your gut tells you something’s up even when it hasn’t happened yet? Yeah, I’m sure you get what I mean, especially if your sixth sense is strong like mine. The past 2 weeks have been crazy – it seemed as though everything happened all at once.

 

There were some problems at work, which made me feel quite disillusioned about teaching in our local education system (another tale for another day). Over that same weekend, my grandmother passed away. Two days later, I had a beauty shoot to do. One day after that, I delivered my first ever eulogy, and couldn’t have been more grateful to have a couple of my closest friends come and listen to how great my grandmother was to us. Needless to say, the cremation was a horrid and painful affair, no matter how unavoidable it was. One day after the cremation, Monsieur Ratatouille and I received news from our landlord that we had to move out of our current apartment. And then the day after that, I had another shoot to do for a second upcoming project.

 

Could life get any more dramatic?

 
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Wednesday Musing: How Far Would You Go to Get What You Need?

 

Sara Happ The Lip Crayons Set (Limited Edition) - Laced Ivory

 

I recently bought this Sara Happ “The Lip Crayons” Limited Edition Set online because it was Sara Happ and limited edition. Without thinking to first read reviews on Beauty Bay, where I bought my items from, I made the payment and excitedly waited for the package to arrive.

 

When it didn’t arrive within the 10 days as it promised on its website, I started getting anxious and found out, probably a tad too late, that Beauty Bay has pretty mixed reviews on their customer service and deliveries/shipping. At that point, all I could do was pray, especially since I had opted for the cheapest shipping option that didn’t provide a tracking number.

 

Luckily for me, it arrived the next working day. Although I wasn’t home and had to claim the package at the post office in the end, I was just glad my package arrived. It didn’t come intact though – the box my items were packed in had been damaged and SingPost had professionally placed everything inside a sealed plastic bag with a note stating that the package had been received in Singapore in that damaged state.

 

That brings me to today’s Wednesday Musing post. What would you do, or what are you willing to go through, just to get what you really need? Would you, like me, just jump straight at any opportunity to get it without thinking, or would you weigh all options even though time seems to be running out (maybe because of time-based sales, or an expiring discount code)? In my haste, I had risked my mail getting lost in shipment but I think never again will I be so ready to do something as silly as this.

 
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Tip of the Day: How to Incorporate Copper into Your Office

 

How to Incorporate Copper in Your Office - Laced Ivory

 

Getting out of bed in the morning and then heading to work shouldn’t have to feel like a chore. In fact, if you’ve got things in order, heading to the office should be something to look forward to each day.

 

To make it easier, look around you as you settle into your work desk for the day. If there were things you could change – and most of the time, it’s definitely possible – what would you change? Perhaps some clutter needs to be cleared, old motivational posters need to be taken down, or you need some table plants (try terraniums). And if you’ve got a home office, lucky you, there’s more room for improvement!

 

If you’re looking to remodel things a little, how about something sleeker and more sophisticated? Here are some of my tips on how you can incorporate copper into your office.

 
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Link Love: The Makeup Artist Interview Bible

 

Marble Bathroom

I’d die to have a bathroom like Bobbi Brown’s.

 

So the weekend is coming but it isn’t near enough yet. And the last thing you need right now is to see how amazing someone’s home looks like while you slog your days away with no end in sight – and with no granite counter top to aim for.

 

But that’s OK. Because almost everybody who has that luxurious granite counter top worked their asses off for it. And in today’s Link Love blog entry, I’m sharing 9 interviews with makeup artists who are at the top of their game. Find out how they have gotten where they are now and the tips they give to everybody else like us.

 
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Review: The PHB Ethical Beauty Skin Repair Gel with Aloe & Lavender

 

PHB Ethical Beauty Skin Repair Gel

 

It wasn’t only yesterday that I became quite aware of skin-loving products that were made ethically and contained ingredients that weren’t doubtful. In the past 1-2 years, the skin on my calves seemed to have become more sensitive than it had always been, and I started developing eczema patches here and there. Suddenly, I could no longer use shower gels from the many brands I used to love, because they would just make the condition worse.

 

In the past couple of months, I’ve been on the search for skin-repairing products that would make my eczema go away and return me the healthy skin that I used to have. I was asked if I wanted to give PHB Ethical Beauty a try and one of the products I was recommended was the Skin Repair Gel with Aloe & Lavender.

 

The gel itself comes in a 120ml glass tub with a metal lid that screws shut.  It is hand made in the UK, like all the other products from the brand, and contains natural and organic ingredients. A quick look at their short ingredient list shows organic aloe vera as the second ingredient on the list after water. Now we’re talking.

 

Ingredient List:

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera), Vegetable Glycerine, Lavendula Angustifolia Flower Distillate, Sclerotium Gum, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Xanthin Gum, Coco-caprylate, Propandiol & Salix Alba, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) and Benzyl Alcohol. Occurs naturally: Geraniol, Limonene and Linalool.

 

The gel smells quite strongly of lavender the moment you open it, though it dissipates quite fast once applied. Because it has aloe vera in it, it does have an immediate cooling effect on the skin even when left to store at room temperature. Which makes sense, seeing that this gel is meant for skin that is irritated, inflamed, sun burnt or suffering from eczema. The gel calms the skin down and leaves behind a thin, lightweight, silky smooth feel. When applied on inflamed skin that itches, it immediately stops the itch. I think it would be good to give this a try on mosquito bites. It can be used on the face as well, as aloe vera helps to soothe acne if you suffer from it.

 

As for the other ingredients in the list, they seem fine to me as well. Glycerine is very commonly used as a base in soaps. All the gums you see are used as emulsifiers and thickeners, but since this gel is quite flowy in nature, I don’t think a high concentration of the gums is used. Coco-caprylate (a natural ingredient) is what helps the gel to spread well and hydrate the skin, and gives the skin its silky effect after applying. I love it!

 
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