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Beauty.com 20% Sale!

posted by whimsicalperfection on November 4, 2013 8:35 pm

Hi everyone, it has been a while!

For today, I have a short post for you! Beauty.com is having a 20% discount sale soon!

At this time of the year, expect lots of Christmas gift sets and some really good deals. For me? I'm debating if I should stock up on Caudalie's hand cream!

<3 Candy

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My new Nikon D3200!

posted by whimsicalperfection on June 30, 2013 2:50 pm

Hi everyone!
After deliberating for the longest while what new camera to purchase, I settled for the Nikon D3200 in Red!
Yes, red because black is soooo... common. :D
So far I'm liking it lots. especially since the weight is manageable. I initially didn't want a DSLR only because of the weight and size, but hey, the Nikon D3200 is reasonable!
And it's red :D:D:D
I purchased it at $829 (cash payment) at Cathay Photo. Comes with lots of freebies, including a 8G SD card, a tripod, a bag, a trolley bag, a cleaning kit, a card reader, WU-1A Wireless Mobile Adaptor, and a 20l dry cabinet. Super reasonable, in my opinion.
Say yay to new and better photos! <3

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Catrice Mint Me Up Swatches and Review

posted by whimsicalperfection on June 26, 2013 1:14 am

Hi everyone!

Catrice is one of the new European (I believe they're from Germany) appearing in Singapore's drugstores, woots! They have been making waves overseas, known for their inexpensive makeup and nail polishes.
I've been eyeing some of their polishes for some time, so when the brand appeared in Singapore's Guardian, I made a trip down to Vivocity to check out the displays. And naturally brought one home :)
Catrice Mint Me Up Swatches and Review  
Catrice Mint Me Up is a sort of a Pistachio green, with fine gold shimmer running through it. The formula is pretty decent, 2 coats to achieve full opacity. One thing to note is that the polish has the tendency to pool up at the cuticles, and I had to keep cleaning that up. Otherwise, it flows easily, and is rather quick drying to boot! Since the shimmers reflect so much light, it's shiny too without a top coat.
If there's anything to fault with this S$5.90 polish (for 10ml), it's that the brush is not well-cut.
Catrice brush wonky  
Do you see how the brush isn't cut into a rounded edge (like the Sally Hansen's brush)? It has uneven lengths on both sides, making it rather difficult to use the brush easily. I would say though that this is a small problem; simply clean off the polish on the brush, grab a scissors or a nail cutter, and trim it to your fancy.
All in all, a good formula at an affordable brush, and with a wide range of more unique polishes too! Would I recommend more polishes from this range? Perhaps. It's not quite as cheap as say, China Glaze (around S$6.60 to S$8 for 15ml), but if there's a unique colour you just absolutely love, it's a case of, "why not?".

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Travel 2013: Japan

posted by whimsicalperfection on June 23, 2013 11:57 pm

I promised myself that I would write one last post on my travels to Japan, after the last post on food in Japan. This post will focus on the gorgeous scenery over in Tokyo!

The flowers in Japan are really lovely. And for some strange reason, when they fall off their branches, the flower itself will be intact. Super pretty!
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I have so many gorgeous shots of Tokyo, I had to condense 10 days worth of scenery shots into 8 collages. Let me know if you're curious to know where any of the pictures refer to. Meanwhile, enjoy the spam of photos!
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All in all, if you ever have a chance to travel to Japan, please do! It's such a lovely country, and despite having been there 3 times in the last 6 years, I don't think I'll ever get tired of seeing Japan. Good food - check. Nice, friendly people - check. Good weather - check. Pretty flowers - check. Culturally-rich - check.

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LUSH Angels on Bare Skin cleanser

posted by whimsicalperfection on June 11, 2013 6:43 pm

Since LUSH returned to Singapore, I've been meaning to pick up a tub of Angels on Bare Skin. I first used it 2-3 years ago, when I bought it directly from Lush.co.uk. Back then, I liked how gentle it was to my skin, and while it didn't work miracles, it was a soothing and inexpensive cleanser.
Fast forward to 2013, Angels on Bare Skin was always out of stock in Singapore. Then, while on holiday in Japan, I picked it up from Lush Japan! And the sweetener is that it costs only $10 for 80g (versus Singapore's $23 for 100g).
First thing to note: 80g is infinitely better than 100g, because Angels on Bare Skin has a very very short shelf-life. It can only last about 3 months, or around 4 months if you store it inside the fridge and remove only when needed. And 80g is more than enough for 4 months or so. A secondary consideration for non-UK shoppers would be that the products travel across the globe to wherever you're located, so the product can last for less than the shelf-life, so beware.
Angels on Bare Skin is not a cleanser you use when you're in a huge hurry. Using a clean finger, swipe and remove a decent size amount. Placing it on your palm, use some water to press and mix into a paste of sorts. Then, spread over your face, and thoroughly massage the product in. The ground almonds provide gentle exfoliation, while the Kaolin works to draw out impurities and toxins. The lavendar oil makes the entire process rather enjoyable and soothing.
So, how does this cleanser fare? It's really gentle, while exfoliating away the dead skin. The glycerine means that your skin is never dried-out from using this product. Has it prevented any monthly outbreak of acne (you know what I'm referring to)? Well, not really. But it is still a decent cleanser that would be great for people with sensitive skin, and prefers a all-natural, mild cleanser that will also exfoliate.
Will I repurchase? Perhaps, when I run out of cleansers. But, how I hope that LUSH Singapore would consider selling it in 50g tubs, instead of 100g. It feels terrible to always be wasting a good cleanser, when the expiry date comes knocking.

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