Now that I’ve finally gotten myself a Spotify Premium account, music has once again become something which is actively part of my life (the way it was when I was thirteen) rather than just background noise the way it was for the past couple of years. One of the best investments I’ve ever made, btw. I listen to a lot more independent artists now and am discovering some of the best songs I’ve ever heard. At the risk of sounding pretentious, having so much music becoming easily accessible to me has made me a lot more selective towards what I choose to listen to. Why continue to fill my ears with payola-d, radio trash when there’s so much better stuff available? (In other words, I’ve become one of those people who reply to comments on Youtube about new music sucking with: “Good music still exists!! You just have to look for it!!”)
While I look for new music, I’ve also been reunited with older music that I used to love when I was younger and get to judge them with more grown up ears. Honestly, most of them are objectively pretty bad (I mean, I will still go HAM when 3OH!3’s Starstrukk comes on but you have to admit that it’s hard to defend it as being anything other than a pretty terrible song) but there are also some which I actually end up liking a lot more now compared to how I felt about it when they were new (I would say the R’n’B era was a great one. Honestly, I’d sacrifice every EDM DJ currently on the airwaves for Toni Braxton to have a big comeback).
One of the ways I measure whether a certain song or album is something I truly love and isn’t just something with a nice beat that I enjoy hearing is if it’s capable of bringing me into its world. Is it weird to say that I think some songs have aesthetics? A bland but enjoyable song is just that—something you hear—but a really good song is capable of making you envision things. These ‘things’ include makeup. So since this is supposed to be a makeup blog and not just a personal blog, let me talk about two albums that I really love and talk about what kind of makeup and aesthetics it brings to my mind.
Continue reading “If two albums I loved were people, what makeup would they wear?”
I’ve only just been done with my final exams for about a week now and I still haven’t fully recovered. This is because for the last month and a half I’ve been waking up in a cold sweat, immediately panicking over whether I’d learned enough or did I have to do another ten past year papers or???? I couldn’t go ten minutes without studying or else I’d feel guilty– this includes taking time off for lunch or dinner.
Obviously, this is not a healthy way to live.
In that one and a half month of torture, however, I managed to scrimp together a few things that still brought me some form of lightness and joy. One of them is the Tony Moly Magic Food Banana Sleeping Pack.
Continue reading “It’s a banana sleeping pack! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!”
A while back, MyLS Girl Eikha Zulkefli who currently resides in South Korea did mention that sticks are coming into fashion. Shimmer sticks are not excluded in her prediction of course – and was she right!
Shimmer sticks, or more popularly known as highlighting sticks are slowly taking over the makeup universe. Plenty of brands are coming up with their own versions and I think it is safe to say that the whole trend, originated from South Korea although a year back I did use Benefit’s Watt’s Up. But does that count as a ‘stick’? I’m not too sure…
Continue reading “Get your glow on with the 3CE Shimmer Stick.”
I’ve talked before about how AHA saved my skin from a year-long bout of acne. I’m not the type who repurchases items very much— in fact there are very few items that I’ve ever bought more than twice— but from the second I found it, I was loyal to Mizon Peeling Serum. Was it available locally? No. Did I have to wait weeks upon ordering to get mine? Yes. But I persevered. Because it was my shit, man! It saved my life! What would I ever do without it?
That is until I actually stopped using it.
Continue reading “Is Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid better than its (kind of terrible) name?”
I think one of the most overused buzzwords in the beauty industry is ‘HG’ AKA Holy Grail. When I first came across this term a few years ago I was a bit confused by it. I mean I was still fresh and a total n00b so I still associated the term with, like, religious imagery and stuff. Anyway, HG is supposed to be the term you use to describe the makeup product that is, like, your One True Love, your ride or die, your Main Chick, et cetera et cetera.
There are a few makeup products that usually get conferred HG status by magazines and the like, causing everyone to rush out and buy them. I’ve tried a couple, and tbh 9 times out of 10 they end up just… okay. If not downright disappointing (Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, I’m looking at you! Oily mofo). In my (roughly) 6 years of experience as a Beauty Overspender, I think I must have found about… two Holy Grail items.
And I’m about to tell you about one of them! Meet A’Pieu Dark Diminish Cream, or DD Cream if you’re nasty.
Continue reading “A’Pieu DD Cream Is Nothing Like Pepe Le Pew! (meaning it doesn’t stink)”