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Best of January | Favourites

Hey everyone, I hope you are having a wonderful week!

I can’t believe January is officially over. It’s a little bit crazy, I think. We have been so busy celebrating New Year and then Chinese New Year. Normally, there is a gap between the two. However, Chinese New Year was in Jan this year. We actually are still celebrating it, a lot of cooking and a lot of yummy food.

January was a really hot month here in Brisbane. We spent a lot of time on the beach. Most of the days I didn’t really wear full face makeup. Just cc cream with some concealer, a little bit of blush and lip gloss to brighten my face. I was all about the natural, no makeup makeup look.

Here are few things I have been loving for the month:


Too Faced Love Blush – I Will Always Love you


I got this one recently from Mecca store. I was looking for something light and natural that I can use everyday for the summer. This blush is light gilded peachy colour. It’s a powder, but not powdery on the cheek. It looks so natural on my tanned skin. I have been using it ever since I bought it. The pigmentation is great, and it lasts all day. Wouldn’t you like the heart shape packaging as well? 🙂

Bare Minerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer – Medium Golden

dscf6878I bought this one probably few months back. The shade was too dark. I kept it for the summer. It is perfect shade to conceal dark spots for me now. The texture is quite creamy but not thick. I just dot on the spots I want to conceal and pat with my fingers. The coverage is medium with very natural looking finish. I am considering to get a lighter shade for my under eye area.

Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer – The lovers

dscf6888The colour is described as “warm melon pink blush”, a perfect colour for the summer. It’s not super pigmented. However, the colour just gives you the “your lip but better” look. Unfortunately, it’s not long lasting either. I do love the texture. It is just right, very smooth and non-sticky. My lips actually feel moisturised after using this lip lacquer. Love the packaging too. I don’t mind reapply it at all.

Clinique Pop Oil Lip & Cheek Glow – 01 Poppy Glow

dscf6880dscf6891A very juicy sheer red. The colour looks intense in the photo, but actually not when you apply it. It’s quite light on the skin. Because it’s oil, it gives you the glow. When I have very little time to do makeup, I just dab this on my lips and cheeks to give a soft wash of colour. Very easy to use, but not long lasting. Again, I am not expecting anything last too long in a hot summer.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream


My Christmas gift! I have heard good things about this cream. I have been using it for the past few weeks at night. It absorbs very well by my dry skin. The texture is not too thick. I love the smell, very refreshing. However, if you don’t like fragrance in your face cream, you might not like this one. It’s non-greasy. My skin feels soft and well moisturized the next morning.

Ego Sun Sense Sensitive Invisible SPF 50+ (contains Zinc Oxide 15%)


If you have read my post Switching to physical sunscreen, this sunblock was recommended by my dermatologist. It has 15% of Zinc Oxide, which provides high protection from the sun. I used up a 100ml one. So I bought a 200ml one. It does have some white cast at the beginning, but it disappears. I use it on both my face and body. It has done a good job so far after all the beach time. The pigmentation on my face hasn’t become worse. I am happy with the results.


Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts


The book was recommended by my husband. I read some book reviews about it before I started it. Some hate it, but some love it. I haven’t finished reading it yet. It’s very interesting indeed. The author was a convicted bank robber and drug addict from Australia. He escaped from the prison and fled to India. It talks about his life in Bombay. It’s a novel, of course. I am always curious about Indian culture, and I want to travel there one day. Normally, you get to learn things from documentary and travel sites. It’s interesting to read about the insights from a very rare angle.


Zoo and Suits

Zoo is based on James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge’s book, Zoo. I haven’t stopped watching it since I started it. It is about mutated animals attack humans all over the world. A team was looking for a cure to save the animals and humans (the world, of course!).

Suits…I guess everyone is watching this one these days….

That concludes my first favourites post for the year. I hope you enjoy it. 😉

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