Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I've no doubt that you guys have all heard of this eyeliner. This is the latest release from Benefit that has been taking the blogging world by storm, and though you guys are probably tired of hearing about it by now, I thought I'd throw my two cents out there anyway.

You guys know I'm a huge fan of gel and liquid liners, so it should come as no surprise that I was itching to try this as soon as I heard about it. This product claims to be the first gel liner pen in the world - pretty exciting stuff - and boasts a rubber AccuFlex™applicator. It's a twist-up pen, so you have total control over how much liner comes out each time.

The first time I tried this, I wasn't totally sure how I felt about it. The applicator felt a little awkward and the pen tugged on my eyes more than I thought it would, which was pretty uncomfortable for me as my eye area is quite sensitive. However, the more I used this, the more I came to love it. The applicator definitely take some getting used to, but once you do, it's amazing. I like to wing my liner out every day and this makes it so easy. My wing is perfect every time I use this, which is something I've never experienced before and absolutely adore.

As for the tugging I experienced the first time I used this, I quickly realized that it was because I wasn't twisting out enough of the gel liner. I was using really really little, so there wasn't enough product for it to really glide. And glide it does, but I still find it that it goes on a little more smoothly if I pull the skin a little bit taut.

In addition to all of that, this is one of the most long-lasting eyeliners I've ever used. It doesn't smudge or flake on me, even though I know it does on some other people, and even hours and hours after I've applied it, it looks like I've just put it on. Where other people have found it really difficult to remove, however, I haven't. I find it comes off easily with my Shu Uemura cleansing oil, so I really haven't got any complaints!

What do you think?

Percy & Reed Dry Shampoo

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Percy & Reed Dry Shampoo // $21

I know I declared my love for the Batiste dry shampoo a while ago, but I think I'm changing my mind.

The main problem I have with dry shampoos is always that they tend to leave a white residue on your hair. For people with lighter hair that's probably a huge issue, but for brunettes like myself, it can be tedious to have to rub and brush all of that powder out of your hair so it doesn't look like you have some seriously weird dandruff.

Enter this dry shampoo that my cousin introduced to me when I was in Malaysia. I might just be crazy, but this doesn't come out stark white at all. When I sprayed this into my roots, I couldn't even tell where I'd just sprayed it because it came out near-transparent on me - amazing. A quick little massage into my scalp, and my hair looked refreshed, voluminous, and glossy. It was like a glorious shining hair moment for me, using this. I don't think I can turn back now.

Have you ever tried this?

Mama San

Monday, July 21, 2014
Last week my friends and I hopped over to another newly opened restaurant here in Hong Kong: Mama San!

Mama San is a really famous restaurant in Bali. When I went there for vacation in December my parents really wanted to go and give it a try, but since I was busy with college apps as well during that time period, we weren't able to. Since I didn't get to go to their original restaurant in Bali, I was super excited when my friends agreed to go with me!

We went for lunch on a Monday and there was plenty of space due to the fact that it was a weekday, so we had no problem getting a table without a reservation. They didn't have a full a la carte menu as I had expected, but rather had a list of a few lunch sets you could choose from instead. 

I went for the Makanang Siang set while my friends opted for the Vegetarian.

Their appetiser was pomelo salad with white coral mushrooms and sesame seeds. 

I had a Vietnamese duck and shrimp salad. 

I really enjoyed my salad and I was happy that they listened to me when I said I didn't want any mango in it - sometimes restaurants forget when I ask for things like that, which can be frustrating at times, but I'm glad that they kept my preferences in mind. The salad was tangy and juicy, and it was the perfect start to the meal. 

For the mains, my friends had a Southern Goan curry with okra, cauliflower, and potatoes. 

While I had a green curry of clams with long beans, basil, mushrooms, coconut, and baby corn.

Both of the curries came with a side of steamed jasmine rice. Neither of the dishes were overpoweringly spicy, which my friends were glad for though I personally could have done with a bit more heat. I actually felt like the green curry was almost like a soup because I ended up mostly forgetting about the rice and just focusing on the curry. I've never had clams with green curry before but I absolutely loved them, and I really enjoyed all the other elements of the curry as well. The Goan curry was very traditional and more on the light side, and my friends all seemed to really like it. 

Though there wasn't a lot to order from, what we ended up getting was really tasty. We also thought it was a pretty affordable meal - the sets were all just over 100HKD, and for just 20 more you could have free-flowing iced tea, which my friend Nikki and I definitely took advantage of. I'd say if you enjoy Asian food and are looking for a simple, quick lunch, Mama San should definitely be on your radar.

The Weekly Edit #3

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I think Faye basically sums up how I've felt and acted for the majority of the week. I've been struck by a perpetual bout of laziness, and for half the week I did nothing but lie in bed and watch TV shows. Is that sad? I don't really know. I mean, it's not like I do this year round, so it's okay, right?

My tea obsession has also grown this week with the arrival of this tea set from my mom's friend. It has a selection of four different teas from Jeju, South Korea, and I can't stop drinking the green teas. They're really unique, and the perfect accompaniment to my lazy bed days.

My don't-want-to-leave-my-bed-itis had to end on Wednesday night, however, as my family and I jet set off to Europe for a family vacation. Traveling can be so exhausting, especially because we flew to Barcelona through Dubai and thus were traveling for 22 hours, including our stopover. Sigh. Still, the flights themselves were really comfortable and I would venture to say that the long travel time is worth it to be in such a beautiful location (even if it is swelteringly hot!). I would have included more photos of Europe but I wanted to save the majority of them for my full Europe posts, which will probably be posted around the end of the month when I'm back in Hong Kong.

What have you been up to this week?

Bourjois Fantastic Volume Mascara

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mascara has always been one of those things that I never skip in my daily routine. Your lashes are such a seemingly insignificant feature on your face, but applying mascara makes such a difference.

Recently I've been using this Bourjois offering, which is meant to add loads of volume to your lashes. I naturally have decently long but stick-straight lashes, so volume is always something that I look for when it comes to my mascara. Considering that this is called a "Fantastic Volume" mascara I really expected it to make my lashes look thick and luscious, but unfortunately I was a little disappointed. While it does give my lashes a decent amount of volume, it was nowhere near what I had hoped it would be.

That being said, I think it's a pretty good everyday mascara. Though I usually prefer my lashes to be a little more on the dramatic side, this provides a nice amount of length and definition. The strange-looking brush creates a really clean, separated look that is natural and pretty without being over the top. One of the best things about this mascara is that it's really buildable. Because of the hairbrush-like wand, it combs through the lashes really easily and ensures that it's nearly impossible to clump, which makes this a great option for someone who likes to apply several coats of mascara.

Even though I like the effect it gives, I probably wouldn't repurchase this, not because it wasn't good but because I've tried other mascaras that I like better, that give me the volume that this one promised but didn't quite deliver. It hasn't put me off Bourjois mascaras though, and I'm definitely looking forward to trying more in the future.

What do you think?
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