Hey, can you hear that? That silvery, melodic ringing of sleigh bells in the far distance? It seems to be getting closer! Just 3 more weeks and it’ll be Christmas. Have you completed – or even started – your Christmas shopping yet? I definitely have!
Every end of the year, I’ve been told by family members that I turn into a Crabtree & Evelyn ambassador. And why not? I really love their holiday collections, one after the other, and this is especially so since their beautiful packaging is like hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day – I can’t resist it! Here are my top three picks from their recent Holiday 2013 Secret Garden Collection!
I’m going to confess: I think that sex is overrated. If you ask any girl what the most amazing thing in the world is, and she answers sex, then that girl most probably hasn’t experienced much emotion in life, and thus my deep-felt condolences to her. Any well-travelled explorer will tell you the same thing. Or at least, I hope.
In any case, I’m pretty sure no parent would want their 15-year-old daughters going around having their heads filled with notions about fornication and what nots. But that’s exactly what’s going to happen when these innocent minds chance upon the Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara. Sooner than you think, they’d be wondering what sex is all about. That said, I’m not sure anyone’s lashes go crazy after a bout of hardcore humping.
I’m getting very, very excited! My trip to Milan is in a couple of weeks and just thinking about it puts me in the mood for some serious shopping. I won’t deny that this virgin trip of mine to the city of fashion is mainly about shopping and getting the best bargains, not to mention variety too. Here are some of the items in my December shopping wish list, though not everything is reserved for Milan, nor fits in my budget. A girl can always dream!
1. PARTYSKIRTS Lady Length in Navy, $245 on skotapparel.com (out of stock on Shopbop)
2. Prada Saffiano Executive Tote Bag in Caramel
3. Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Single Ladies
4. YSL Pure Chromatics Eyeshadow Quad in 12, $55 on yslbeautyus.com
5. Laura Mercier Limited Edition Nude Smoky Eye Palette Collections, $135 on neimanmarcus.com
6. Christian Louboutin Pigalle “Lea” 100mm Pumps in Nude
Black Friday is on its way, so of course I’m in the shopping mood. Who isn’t? And what’s this premature holiday-cum-Christmassy aura in the air I breathe? Oooh yes. The time has come for us to spend, spend, spend, shop, shop, shop! It’s all in the name of giving, surely we don’t need to hold back?
I don’t shop much generally, but when I do, it’s major damage. In the post where I wrote about how to save money on makeup, there’s one tip that I feel is the most important when it comes to pulling your purse strings: Always save first and then spend what is left over. Now that we’ve got this piece of advice established, let me share with you my favourite shopping haunts!
As church bells chime in the gentle breeze and playful children squeal in their games, I let my eyes wander far beyond the snow-covered hills and friendly skies. The cool air smells fresh. Chokingly cold, but fresh. As I make my way down the steep, winding path, I soon lose sight of what expansive nature there was and come upon a mysterious little wooden gate, buried deep in a cluster of overgrown blue princess holly. Funny, I’ve never seen it around before. A slight push and the door creaks open. Several more steps forward, and I come across a modest cottage. Inside, it is almost bare, save for a tiny log table upon which it seems that someone’s in the midst of setting up a celebration or party of some sort.
Discover the secret garden.
Candles emanating heart warming scents. Plenty of fruits to go all around. Tins and tins of biscuits, cartons and cartons of tea bags. Fascinating tubes of ointments that promise youthful skin.
Fruity scents of apple, pear and seasonal berries.
Out of nowhere, there comes a polite cough and I turn around to see a guinea pig about the size of a five-year-old boy gazing ever so endearingly at me. “I- I- Why this is awkward,” it said. “We’ve never had anyone in here before! Would you like to pick your presents up yourself?”
I wonder what skin problems mermaids face. Does their skin ever get dry and wrinkled up while they live their entire lives underwater? Ariel can dream of being human all she wants but if she’s got skin like a true reptile, then maybe it’s better down where it’s wetter.
On the other hand, I shudder at the image of the chilling, eerie depths of the ocean, where even the fishes have their own built-in lights so they can see. Maybe being human is better after all. And if you really don’t want scales to go with, especially sometimes after piling your face with so much makeup that your skin goes dry, here’s a product you can and should try – the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa.
I’m not going to lie; I love this product! I was initially quite apprehensive of trying this nighttime mask out because, well, it’s blue.
If you’ve read The Little Prince and felt that it was such a wonderful children’s book, you need to read it again. I admit, I never made it three quarters through because it gave me a headache trying to understand all those analogies and innuendos. I mean, come on. Baobab trees representing the spread of Nazism? Man, that’s deep. But maybe not as deep as some of the valleys under our sombre eye bags.
Whether the Innisfree Olive Real Eye Cream helps reduce puffiness (under our eyes, where else?), I cannot tell. But that’s only because as a twice-daily eye cream user with good genetics and who loves her beauty sleep, I do not have eye bags. I do, however, suffer from dark circles from time to time, and fine lines have started to show up.
Six glossy shades (out of nine) from the Stila Holiday 2013 Collection of Lip Glazes.
Hello! Have you joined my year-end giveaway? I’m giving 3 out of 9 of the Stila Lip Glazes and here so are the other 6. It’s the first time I’m coming into contact with these glazes and they are surprisingly good!
These Lip Glazes come in sets of threes from the Colour Me Glossy Lip Glaze Set from the Holiday 2013 Collection, so six of them means two sets. When first taken out from the packaging, you’ll find a little protective cover stuck into the tip of the brush. The way the Lip Glazes work is that you have to twist them to get product into the brush. For the very first time, you’ll need to twist them about 18-20 times.
Pink and purple? That’s half the battle won in getting my heart!
Bunions and broken ankles never stopped any girl from slipping her feet into those perfect glass slippers. But my oh my, whatever would Prince Charming say when he sees those ugly blister marks, or worse, a barely hanging on plaster that’s been unchanged for days? The solution? Blistop!
This press sample couldn’t have come at a better time. I’d just bought a new pair of Pedro’s and they were hurting me real bad. I know right, the things we vainpots do to look good. When I read the product description of Blistop, I knew I had to try it. To put the carriage in front of the horse, this product is a godsend and I highly recommend it to every girl out there!
Gingy doesn’t need Suzy to be happy this Christmas.
If you love a sweet Christmas – think honeybees – and if you love our earth, then perhaps Burt’s Bees would be a nice way to say that you care this holiday season. I dare say you should hang those superbly adorable ornament lip balms up on your Christmas tree!
Doe a deer, a female deer. Hanging right up on my tree.
There are several sets that you can get at Sephora this November, and here are just some of them.