Life in Pictures – July & August 2014


prettymom • 2014-08-23 • Comments (2)

One thing I try to do returning from hiatus is to update at least once a week. I failed. There are a few drafts in the work but lacking photos.

I have no excuse since I have a little photography corner setup that takes care of ‘no sunlight’ days. Blame it on my insomnia. Blame it on my dry lips. Blame it on my bad skin…

Putting the excuses aside, I decided to compile some photos from my Instagram for the last 2 months. Feel free to follow me and stalk bits of my life. :)


You see lots of my lips on Instagram. It’s no secret that I love lipsticks. Since I don’t wear makeup much nowadays my lips becomes the only part I can show off.

Instagram - 201407, 201408

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Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in #225 Sultry


prettymom • 2014-08-15 • Comments (0)

I was quite excited to see Revlon introduced Matte Balm into its jumbo lip crayon family. I love the convenience and ease of use of jumbo lip crayons and I used to live in matte lip era and loved everything matte. It took me quite a while to accept glossy lips trend. But after so many years seeing shiny lips all over the place, I’m delighted to see various brands coming out with matte lip products.

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm #225 Sultry

Revlon’s Colorburst Matte Balm is said to be infused with triple butter complex of shea, mango and coconut butter and gives a burst of matte color with a balm-like feel.

Retailed at A$17.95, I got this from Chemist Warehouse a few months ago when it was 50% off all Revlon products.

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm #225 Sultry

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm #225 Sultry

It has the feature of typical jumbo lip pencils – twisted up product and no sharpening required.

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Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate #19


prettymom • 2014-08-12 • Comments (0)

I love nude lips, but I can’t wear ‘real’ nude lips because I look sick and dead in them. My kind of nude lips are those with pinkish or rosy tones. Here’s one of those perfect products that gives my kind of nude lips.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate #19

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss, that comes in a sleek matte black case with Kate’s signature. This is part of a spring collection released back in 2012, with shades picked by Kate herself.

I picked this up at Priceline a while ago when all Rimmel London products (or just lip or selected products?) were 50% off. It normally RRP at A$11.95. It is a bit pricier than regular Lasting Finish Lipsticks, which RRP at A$9.95. I haven’t tried the regular line so I can’t compare them but I assume they’re of the same texture and quality.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate #19

The color I picked up is #19. I wish there are names associate with shades. I tend to remember names than numbers.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate #19

Close up look of the color.

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Elizabeth Arden Moisturizers

Skin Care

prettymom • 2014-08-07 • Comments (0)

elizabeth arden moisturizers

I haven’t used anything from Elizabeth Arden for many years. I remember the only thing I tried from this brand was a moisturizer. I can’t remember what it was now. Back then I was young and had oily skin, and I didn’t like how the product felt heavy on my skin and makes my skin oilier.

Things could have changed now that I’m older and have very dry skin.

Both of these products were from Chemist Warehouse, currently sold at A$30 each. These were probably old stock because you see different packaging from EA’s website, which probably explained the huge price slash.

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July 2014 Empties


prettymom • 2014-08-01 • Comments (2)

july empties

I don’t think I’ve ever done Empties posts. I usually throw things away as soon as they’re finished and it feels like I’m collecting junks as I’m already collecting quite a lot of half-used products, not knowing when I’ll ever use them again. Since I’m in tight-ass mode, I decided I should try to finish whatever I can and document my accomplishment.

Priceline Beauty Essentials Nail Polish Remover Conditioning

The conditioning formula means it’s quite gentle to the flesh around the nail, but requires extra work to remove nail polish. At around A$3.50 I would consider repurchase. It’s good when I’m doing consecutive nail swatches, which means I’m constantly removing nail polish in one-go and this isn’t too harsh to my cuticles.

Garnier Clean Sensitive Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

This is the nth bottle I went through, however it was the longest this time since I rarely wear makeup nowadays. Does a good job removing makeup and love that it doesn’t sting my eyes when removing makeup from waterlines. The only downside is removing waterproof mascara, but I also rarely wear mascaras so I can live with it.

Goat Moisturising Wash

I got interested in products with Goat Milk formula ever since reviewing Billie Goat product more than a year ago. Goat is a more affordable range. This doesn’t feel soapy and feels more like applying moisturizer on my skin. It’s great for both the body and the face. My super dry skin loves it! The only pain is getting the last bit out. This is my 3rd bottle and will definitely repurchase.

Aldi Lacura Multi Intensive Serum

This is one of the neglected half-used items that was left untouched because it’s hard to pump the last bits out. I scooped out the rest with the pump and can finally retire it. Given its cheap price this isn’t a bad serum. It doesn’t give me the ‘Wow!’ factor but it does a good job keeping moisturizer last longer.

Seven Wonders Moroccan Argan Oil Skin Serum

This was originally sent as PR sample for review and I love how it soothes my dry skin! I bought the 2nd bottle at Chemist Warehouse when it was discounted to A$15 sometimes last year. If you remember my skin decided to get allergy for some unknown reason and it was put aside. It was re-discovered from the half-used bin and it has been a savior for my dry skin so far this winter. My dry skin misses it so much after its last drop and I’m waiting for the next big discount.

Priceline Re-Balance Cleansing Wipes

The cloth wipes does quite a good job removing makeup, however, although it’s ‘vitamin enriched moisturising complex’, it makes my skin feels quite dry and tight afterwards. The rest was used to remove swatches from my arms and hands, which does quite a good job. I haven’t seen these at Pricelines anymore so either it’s out of stock or it’s discontinued. Would probably repurchase for the purpose of cleaning up swatch if I see them again.