soooooo this is supposed to be more than just material things, but eh, I’m not in the mood to wax poetic about work and pretending that I’m enjoying it, so here’s a list of some recent buys that I enjoy.
01 IGK – Dry Shampoo in First Class
I bought this on a whim while queueing at Sephora. Because the people at Sephora know how millennials’ attention spans work. We want to be constantly entertained, to the extent that if you put products near the cashier, we will browse as we wait and inevitably, more things will find their way into our baskets, and it’s usually these tiny things like dry shampoos or lip tints or sample sized mascaras since they make easy impulse buys.
As for the product itself, well, I suppose I don’t really have any complaints. It does its job remarkably well – my routine of using dry shampoo is for days when I don’t have the time to wash my hair and wait for it to air dry completely before I head to bed (this takes about… 2 hours minimum if I sit under the fan, and longer if I don’t). I usually do a few sprays to the roots and scalp , wait for 30 seconds before massaging/finger combing through my hair. The next day – zero grease is left and my hair feels as good as though I’ve washed it normally with regular shampoo. The scent is pleasant enough, and doesn’t exactly linger beyond the initial sprays. Of course, I wouldn’t advise skipping regular shampoo because the climate is super hot and humid here but if you need to go between washes occassionally, then this is a pretty decent fix.
02 Clarins – Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Raspberry
I haven’t touched lip gloss in ages – even before the trend of matte lips looking drier than the Sahara, I have never been really a fan of the wet glossy look. Especially when you tend to wear your hair down and loose, and the winds would just blow strands of hair everywhere. You’re basically just asking for hair to get stuck on your lips constantly, and that’s irritating.
However, while Clarins’ Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (what a long name to type out =.=) has the same consistency and texture of a lip gloss, at least you get to tell yourself that it’s good for your lips. It’s not like a regular lip gloss that does nothing, but hey, this comes with a bunch of plant oils that promise to nourish and hydrate your lips. Also, it smells pretty great! (Doesn’t taste good though… >.>)
And I guess as some sort of a throwback, I like to dab a bit of the oil onto my eyelids for that old-school glossy gleam. Hurrah for super low-key makeup looks, amirite.
03 Chanel – Stylo Ombre et Contour in 02 Bleu Nuit
Roughly translates as ‘blue night’ (though I suspect it’s supposed to be more like midnight blue), this was a birthday present from a friend who is totally enabling my Chanel habit. (Though, to be fair, it’s not as though I have that many items from the brand… I mean, I can always do with more?)
A dark blue, slightly greenish hue, this eyeliner is part of the Fall/Winter 2018 collection Le Mat de Chanel. The collection comprises mostly of matte items, and I have already picked up a couple of other items, including the Lip Crayon and Rouge Allure liquid lip colour.
Being the lazy person that I am, I don’t really wear any makeup beyond eyebrow pencil because my brows need all the help that they can get. (Okay, let’s face it literally, pun slightly intended, I need allllll the help I can get, but it’s just the desire for sleep outweighs any other consideration. Besides, I’m not the one who has to look at this stupid mug of mine, so I don’t need the eye bleach.)
So first things first, the most basic criteria here – I like the colour. Says the girl with the blue hair, amirite.
Thanks to hooded eyelids, there’s very little point for me to wear eyeliner unless I go for a super thick look. If I do a normal thin line, the eyeliner will simply ‘vanish’ whenever I open my eyes basically. Instead, I tend to just line my upper waterline directly, so as to create a fuller lash line. Since it’s on the waterline, it wouldn’t last further than a couple of hours, but at least there is no transference here. However, I wouldn’t say the same if you’re lining the lower waterline because the colour will migrate to the skin beneath your eyes, and it will look pretttttty weird…
If used as a regular eyeliner (that is, to line the eyelid normally), the colour has quite the decent wear time, and it doesn’t smudge too much. I think it can last for up to 6 hours or more, considering that I didn’t try with any primer, and my eyelids can get oily at times.
Hopefully, there would be better things to write about for next week…