K Beauty haul from Cosmetic Love

Hello folks! I have been MIA for 3 weeks and it feels good to be back! A haul post seems like the right way to get back into blogging πŸ˜€

For the last couple of years the Western beauty world has been inundated with so many releases that I can hardly keep up anymore! I kind of started feeling a bit uninspired with a lot of the new releases. But I still wanted to satisfy my makeup shopping cravings πŸ˜‰ and that is when I finally took the plunge into the K beauty world. I have bought makeup products from Korean brands almost 10 years ago when I lived in Singapore so it felt good to sort of reconnect with the K beauty world.

I found the website Cosmetic Love and liked the layout, the ease of navigation and the prices. So I did a trial order first where I purchased a highlighter. I kind of forgot about the website for a while and then went back to place a bigger orderΒ  from Cosmetic Love in April. The prices were fantastic, unfortunately they have increased their shipping prices and that kind of kills the fun of getting these goodies at a low price. The shipping cost is calculated by weight and it can add up real quick!!!

I decided to place an order anyway and see how it goes..unfortunately for me the heaviest item in my order was out of stock and they refunded only the cost of the item..so I landed up paying a heavy shipping price for small items! A major bummer!!

So here below I will share the items I did get from my order.

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K beauty Haul from Cosmetic Love

  • Clio Art Highlighter: This was the ‘test’ order I placed with them initially to see how good their services were. Technically not part of this particular haul but thought I’d include it in the picture anyway. This is an awesome highlighter..review coming soon πŸ˜‰
  • Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Clear Compact in Shade 02: I have not tried this yet but the packaging is so cute..I love Pandas..who doesn’t right?
  • Holika Holika Holi Pop Velvet Lip Pencil: I am really impressed by this Lip Pencil. Again full review coming up soon!
  • Holika Holika Good Cera Lip Balm: It is ok. I didn’t find it mind blowing.
  • Tosowoong BB Cream: I have not yet tried this but find it intriguing since it is supposed to adjust to your coloring and is available in only a single shade. It costs only 2$!
  • Tosowoong Sheet masks: I have not yet tried these but saw some good reviews. Have you tried these sheet masks?
  • It’s Skin Prestige Creme d’ Escargot samples: Snail Cream..I have been wanting to try Snail products for the longest time πŸ˜€ Cosmetic Love sells samples of skin care products which is awesome since you can test out if they work for you or not before committing to a full size.

Overall, I think the website is okay except for their shipping charges! If you are able to balance out the weight of your products to pay the minimal shipping charges then give the website a try (and hope that the items you order aren’t out of stock). I am tempted to order more Korean Beauty products. Do you have any website recommendations?

Until next time, Ciao!!

 

Trip to Spain 2016!

Hello everyone!!

I have been MIA for a while in the blogging world since I was out on holiday πŸ™‚ This year we headed over to Spain and spent 10 days travelling around the country. Spain has been on my to do list for a really long time and I was really happy to finally set foot there this November. We spent time in Madrid, Seville and Barcelona and did day trips to Cordoba and Toledo.

Out of all the places we visited, I think Madrid was my least favorite, primarily due to the weather. It was cold and wet which is not the best weather to be out and about exploring a city.We still managed to see the things we wanted like the royal palace, the mercat , the Prado museum, Retiro Park etc. We also managed to catch up with friends in Madrid which was so much fun πŸ™‚

The best part about Spain was of course the food and drinks πŸ˜‰

Churros and Chocolate anyone? :)

Churros and Chocolate anyone? πŸ™‚

Seville was a charming city in the south of Spain with lovely weather. The sun was out and the temperature was just nice! We did go visit the Seville Cathedral which is huge ( it is the 2nd largest cathedral in the world) and quite frankly a bit overwhelming! The other star attraction we thoroughly enjoyed viewing was the Real Alcazar. Now, if you are a Game of Thrones fan, then you have pretty much stepped into the water gardens of Dorne πŸ˜€

A part of the Real Alcazar gardens

A part of the Real Alcazar gardens

We also spent a day and a night in Granada to visit the UNESCO world heritage site, the Alhambra Palace. Β The architecture and the level of detail in the designs in the Nasrid Palace (inside the Alhambra) is quite something! I do recommend that you book your tickets online and a month or 2 in advance since they sell out real fast!

Intricate ceiling inside the Nasrid Palace

Intricate ceiling inside the Nasrid Palace

Our final stop was Barcelona and I loved the vibe of the city! The weather was amazing and we had awesome fresh seafood during our entire stay. We generally enjoyed strolling around the gothic quarter, checking out the Gaudi buildings and checked out the famous La Boqueria. We did enjoy our self guided audio tour of the Sagrada Familia which is synonymous with Barcelona.

La Boqueria- so colorful !

La Boqueria- so colorful !

Overall, our trip was fantastic! I hope to go back to Spain again sometime to savor more of the Tapas and drink all the Sherry and Sangaria I can!!

I did do some damage to my wallet while in Spain, especially in Barcelona :D…so stay tuned for a haul post coming soon!!! Until next time…ciao!

Quick trip to Delhi, India !

Hello folks!

Apologies for the lack of posts! It has been a very busy 2 weeks with travelling home, battling flu situations in the house and then a quick trip to Delhi! I was in Delhi, India for 4 days total..which is a shame since the place has so much to see, do and of course eat! I had accompanied the husband on a business trip and because he was so caught up with what he was in Delhi for, we barely saw anything 😦 Plus he was still recovering from the flu and he was tired after work related activities everyday so we did not explore areas too far way from where we stayed.

I tried to make the best use of my time there and did manage to go shopping πŸ˜‰ and explore the local food scene. We stayed at a really nice part of the city at a guest house/hotel at The India Habitat Centre. The Lodhi Gardens which is a public park was walking distance from where we stayed and so I did spend a good amount of time there. The park houses the tombs of the Lodhi dynasty kings who ruled much before the Mughals.

The structures which house the tombs are quite impressive and the place was teeming with couples taking wedding photo shoots! The first structure that greets you upon entering the gardens is the Bara Gumbad.

The Bara Gumbad

The Bara Gumbad pictured above is a mosque and not a tomb. The facade inside the dome has largely worn off however some regions of the structure notably the area to the left with the smaller domes still has intricate inscriptions.

Inside the Mosque (Bara Gumbad)

Walking further into the gardens , there is a water canal with an ancient bridge build by Akbar the great (a Mughal ruler). The tomb of one of the Lodhi kings overlooks this water body. The structure housing his tomb was decorated with intricate tile work, traces of which you can still see.

Other places I saw include the India Gate and the city in general while commuting from one point to another. I did manage to do a teeny tiny bit of shopping at this place called Khan Market where I was thrilled to see an Innisfree shop! I will post my mini haul soon πŸ™‚ Stay tuned for that!!

Overall, I enjoyed my really short stay in Delhi..hopefully the next time I travel to the city I will have more time to explore the older parts of the city!

Until next time, ciao!!

 

 

Spring time Blush Picks! 2016

Hello folks..hope everyone is enjoying the early days of spring! I am a blush lover and have way too many of them in my collection. My favorite bit of putting on some makeup is choosing blush. I usually wear whatever blush I feel like irrespective of the season but this year I thought I’d pick up 5 blushes to use in the first month of spring. In today’s post I share with you my 5 picks!

Spring blush picks!

Spring blush picks!

The Kiko Milano Rebel Bouncy Blush is a limited edition product from Kiko but it is still available on their website as of today in case your interested! The shade red passion wine is a deep pink with mauve undertones and is not the usual spring time appropriate color..but I am a bit of rebel when it comes to things like that πŸ˜‰ It has a very interesting cream to powder finish on the skin and works well for light makeup days.

The Laura Geller Blush n Brighten in Pink ButtercreamΒ is one of my all time favorite blushes! It is a baked blush with swirls of light pink,apricot and a tinge of violet. The texture and staying power of this blush is fantastic. The blush leaves a lovely pink sheen on your cheeks.

Shades of pink and peach!

Shades of pink and peach!

The Japonesque Velvet Touch blush in 03Β is pretty much the timid sister of NARS Orgasm blush. This shade is a lovely pink with fine gold shimmer particles which do not look translate into a glitter party on your cheeks. The packaging is stellar and this shade will suit fair to medium skintones beautifully.

The Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso is quite famous on social media. I did not quite get the hype about this blush till I actually used it πŸ™‚ It is one of the best peachy blushes I own. The quality is top notch and the shimmer in this blush is barely detectable. It leaves your cheeks looking warm and healthy!

The Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush in Pink is another fabulous blush from the drugstore. It is not very pigmented and therefore you can go crazy with your blush brush in the pan πŸ˜€ and I kind of like that about this blush! It leaves a lovely light pink sheen on the cheeks. This is my go to blush when I am in a hurry since I don’t have to worry about applying it carefully and also since the pink color is kind of neutral and goes with any look.

Hope you enjoyed going through my list! What are your favorite blushes for spring?

Until next time..ciao!!

A classic warm toned eye look!

Hello everyone!

I recently got my hands on the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eye shadow palette and it is a warm toned shadow lover’s dream come true. I have used this palette a ton since getting it in November. Today’s look was created with the first 3 shades I gravitated towards when I first opened up the palette.

 

Warm toned eyes

Warm toned eyes

I used the foil like gold shade Pure Ganache all over the lid (its stunning especially packed on!). In the crease I used the shade Substitute for love, an orange camel brown followed by Freshly Toasted, a dark caramel brown in the outer V blended into the crease a bit as well. Finally I used the matte creamy Β shade Bitter Start under the brow bone.

The shades from the Zoeva coco blend palette

The shades from the Zoeva coco blend palette

Stay tuned for a review and swatch post on this lovely palette!!

Until next time..ciao!!