Non-essential beauty products

Do we ever feel like we are overdoing it? There are so many tools and beauty products on the market that we can incorporate into our daily routine that has some sort of benefit. Here are the non-essential beauty items that make it in my essential list.


Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer on oily skin review

Whenever you type in 'best primer for oily skin' in the search engine, the Smashbox Photo Finish always comes in top 10 seen on Get The Gloss, Bustle, and She Knows. I've had the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in both original and pore minimising and I decided to put them to the test.


Bare minimum skincare

Layering my skincare has been a natural step with me using over 10 products a day, I've adapted the 10 step skincare routine a few years ago and I just keep changing and adding new products into my routine. If I had a minimum skincare selection that being: toner, serum and moisturiser these would be my picks and here's why.


Makeup tips for oily skin

Holla at those who have oily skin and want longlasting makeup. We are talking trying not to look like a hot melted mess at the end of the day. I've been through a fair share of products so here are some tips.


Must have summer accessories

Accessories are such a good way to spruce up your outfit and tailor towards your personal style to make you look fabulous. If you follow me on Pinterest I am obsessed with a few things this summer.


Q&A on Instagram Story

Remember when Instagram introduced stories and we were all against it, being team Snapchat? I am a full Instagram story convert and one of the main tools I use are the 'polls' since I find it super fun to do little quizzes, today I am going to go through some of the results from my followers about makeup and skincare. If you don't follow me on Instagram here is my account.


Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream Review

Sunday Riley, a brand known for technology-based skincare using active ingredients is a brand that I wanted to try for a while, not only effective but with a hefty price tag. Before diving deep and purchasing a full-size version, I picked up a sample of the Brightening Enzyme Water Cream from Cult Beauty seen in my haul here.


Colourpop Sweet Talk Palette Review and Swatches

Seen in my Colourpop Haul, I recently picked up the Sweet Talk Palette which is part of their spring collection, featuring their new pressed glitter powders in the 12 pan palette. Sweet Talk has matte, metallic and glitter finishes in the pink/coral family.


3 similar matte nudes at every pricepoint | Dupe ?

We call it a 'dupe' when we find similar products at a more affordable price point, I stumbled upon these 3 products in my collection and they are so similar in colour and are all matte finishes.


It'a another Colourpop Haul | 7.0

It's been a couple of months since I have done a Colourpop Haul, they launch so many new products that it is truly hard to keep up. While there was a memorial day offer I decided to pick up some items that I wanted to try out.


Going through my empties #4

I have been on a mission to use up more products which potentially gives me the space to try more and review them. Most of these products have been well loved and have been in my collection for a while so you may have seen a few.


Makeup Lately #2

Welcome back to another Makeup Lately, I always forget to post my monthly favourites but as I try so many products it's also hard to include everything, these are the items that I have been reaching for recently.


Barry M Unicorn Primer Elixir Drops Review

Remember when unicorns were all the rage? Unicorn highlighters, lipsticks, serums, brushes? One of the items that actually stood out and made me want to try the unicorn theme was the Unicorn Essence from Farsali which we know is Instagram famous, today I am reviewing the 'dupe' Barry M's Unicorn Primer Elixir Drops.


My Cystic Acne Story

Never have I thought in my mid-twenties that I would get not one but two cases of cystic acne. I am going to talk about how I dealt with it, my confidence and remedies. Also, there are a lot of 'I's in this post so heads up.


Barry M Mist & Fix Setting Spray | Dewy Finish Review

An affordable setting spray that promises to give your dewy skin for the summer? Barry M launched a few skin products that being the beauty elixir primer drops and beauty elixir radiance serum. Today I'm sharing my thoughts on this dewy setting spray that claims to hydrate, condition, increase the longevity of your makeup and protect your skin from pollution.


How to fix broken powders without alcohol

Yes, we all drop our powders and they end up in little bits. We then google ways to fix your powder and the most common method is alcohol, most importantly rubbing alcohol. Yes, I have tried this way and it does indeed make my powders all smooth and pretty but the scent makes me not want to use the powders again. Use your every day reached for beauty product instead.


Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Review

One of the best selling cleaning balms in Korea, I was excited to introduce this makeup remover into my skincare routine. I have used a few cleansing balms in my skincare history that being Heimish, Clinique and Emma Hardie (review).


Makeup lately #1

Sharing my recent most reached for beauty products, here are some new products that I have been using or rediscovered.


The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with antioxidants Review

The Ordinary Mineral SPF's came out a while ago and being obsessed with sunscreen this was a must try especially with a price tag of £8.95. I normally wear SPF 50 especially since I live in a hot and humid country but this is is the highest SPF value that The Ordinary has launched. I am a huge fan of the Ordinary with Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% being one of my favourite products.


Tony Moly Brightening Ampoule Review

Going through a brightening phase, I am obsessed with products that help with dark marks and hyperpigmentation issues, with the brightening ampoule falling into that category I couldn't wait to use it. If you didn't know an ampoule is a supercharged serum containing higher active ingredients than serums to target skin concerns. 


Glow Recipe | Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask Review

Obsessed with the brand, the avocado melt sleeping mask that claims to moisturise and firm was a must try on my list. For every person that is also obsessed with sleeping masks for the convenience here are my thoughts.


Milk makeup watermelon brightening serum review

A serum in a solid form. Not only is the pretty pink packing attracting but the ingredients of watermelon that help with brightening issues. This is my first solid serum that claims to even skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines and gives your skin a luminous glowing finish.


YesStyle Korean Beauty Haul

An order that took over a month to arrive is finally here. (Ordered on 21st of March, received 23rd of April) I get most of my Asian beauty products from YesStyle since they stock a lot of different brands and have flash deals on. I have a silver membership so I get a further 6% discount on top of my purchases which is why prices may vary.


Current makeup favourites

Everybody loves highlighters! MAC Oh Darling & Double Gleam has been my constant rotation. Double Gleam is a light yellow champagne shade which I opt for when I want a truly blinding highlighter as it's lighter than my complexion. Oh, Darling! is what I opt for when I want something a little warmer, it looks a lot more bronzer in the pan but leaves a beautiful light golden glow. Depending on my blusher and base I swap between the two. I love using a fan brush to slowly apply this to create a lovely seamless glow.


A little Sephora pick up - Mini Haul

I've yet to actually step foot in a Sephora but since my brother in law went over for a couple of days he managed to pick up a few bits that I asked for. So I have had these products since March since I was waiting for my other haul to arrive but it is still a no show and I'm tired of waiting, here are the few bits that travelled on a plane.


26 things you didn't know about me

Another year, another birthday. Do I feel wiser? Absolutely not. Here are things that you probably find weird and probably don't know about me.


Worth the hype? | IT Cosmetics CC Cream Review

Being that all time full coverage girl, I have had my eye on the IT Cosmetics CC cream for a while, that promises that 'your skin but better' look providing full coverage goodness. My skin is sensitive, prone to breakouts and a combination of oily and dry. I had a case of cystic acne that left hyperpigmentation and dark spots across my skin which makes me very conscious so looking for an alternative to a foundation is this coverage cream.


Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask VS Pink Juice Moisturiser

Which one do you need? The Sleeping Mask or the Glow Moisturiser?


February Favourites

Back with my monthly favourites, February has passed in a whirlwind and I've had such a busy month with it being Chinese New Year and then having some family stuff, I've just started to get back into blogging and not force too much pressure on myself to blog. Getting to my favourites...


Glow Recipe | Blueberry Bounce Bounce Cleanser Review

A 3 in 1 cleanser that claims to deep cleanse, moisturise and mask? The Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Cleanser promises that leaving you with soft, hydrated, bouncy and dewy skin. Without reading any reviews I added this into my basket seen in my Cult Beauty haul. What are my thoughts on this?


Evening Skincare Routine

From my last evening skincare routine, there have been many changes especially with the products, I  like layering my skincare and so far this is the routine I have been sticking to.


Week of masking

Back again with a week of masking, different weather calls for skin changes, see what products Ihave been reaching for.


Essence Mascaras : Lash Princess, Instant Volume Boost + Volume Stylist

Going through a mascara phase before stocking up on my holy grail, I tried 3 mascaras from essence cosmetics who is an extremely affordable and cruelty-free brand that was first sold in Germany. Today I am sharing my thoughts on Lash Princess, Instant Volume Boost and Volume Stylist.


NYX Cosmetics Can't Stop Won't Stop Base - Setting Powder, Foundation, Contour Concealer Review

The NYX Can't Stop Won't Stop foundation has been a go-to since November, I featured the foundation in my yearly favourites here. It is a long lasting and full coverage that stretches across 45 shades and now we have setting powders, concealers and primers in this series.


Cult Beauty Haul

I made a Cult Beauty order since a couple of products that were sold out were restocked, I also picked up a few makeup bits to try out too. This is a show rather than tell post with reviews to follow up.


Current Everyday Makeup

It's been a while since I stuck to the same products for over a week and with Chinese New Year being such a busy period, I did not have that time to play with new products. These are now my go-to products. If you follow me on Instagram you should be familiar with a few of these.



Back to blogging, I took a week off for Chinese New Year and today I am sharing my empties as I love knowing what has worked at the end of every product.


January Favourites

Everyone will be saying January has gone by so fast and I completely agree, it's been a whirlwind. In terms of makeup and skincare, I haven't been on a splurge which is good for my bank account. Before I ramble on too much, here are my favourites.



 Battling with pigmentation and dark mark issues since having a cystic acne breakout, I have been using the Eve Lom Advanced Brightening Serum that helps address those problems which claim to visibly improve the appearance of uneven skin tone providing a brighter complexion. I am almost at the end of my bottle using it day and night since December.


APRILSKIN Calendula Peel off pack review


Easily persuaded by Instagram ads, the APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel Off Pack has been haunting me. Being the skincare junkie, I hunted this down for a while and here are my thoughts on this mask.


Triple cleansing

Since sharing my 10 Step Skincare routine, removing my makeup has been a really important step, with the number of layers of liquids, powders and cream we apply on our skin we need to make sure we remove everything. There is double cleansing and triple cleansing.


10 Makeup Products under £5 / $50 HKD

Who doesn't love affordable beauty? These are some of my few picks all under £5, there are many good products that work just as well as high end. If you are on a budget don't forget to check these out.


Revisiting liquid foundations

With skin changes, a foundation that you once loved may not be in that category again, I tested out these foundations over two weeks looking at longevity, finish and if they address/cover my skin concerns. This does not cover and cushion foundations or BB/CC Creams


New in skincare

Unintentionally I have been feeding the skincare addiction purchasing a few bits and bobs. I've nearly finished a few products in my collection so I will be swapping it out with some of these items.


Full face of cruelty free makeup

Going through my products, I have been more conscious of what I purchase and ethics behind cosmetics and brands. Today I have a full face of makeup that is cruelty-free.


Best in Skincare 2018

Back with my favourite skincare related items of 2018, I can barely remember what I used in the first half the year so I should split this into half-year favourite for this year. Getting straight into the products....


Best in makeup 2018

A round-up of my favourite discoveries in 2018, this is just makeup I have discovered last year.
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