Since I am small, whenever I visited a place I’ve always like to collect something from there as a momento, but often a times I am interested in so many things that I ended up collecting tonnes of ‘garbage’ back home after every trip. Postcards, fridge magnets, stickers, key chains, brochures, travel maps, matchstick boxes and I’ve once brought back a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle all the way from London recently! =( A typical generalist in action!
Anyway for today lip products are an easy go since I am currently taking baby steps in exploring the wonderworld of make up so let’s get it started!
1. Malaysia: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm – Hibiscus
This is officially my first ‘coloured’ lip product and was one of my 22nd birthday present from my mother! =) It was my first time visiting and purchasing from Burt’s Bees and after consulting the salesperson, I have decided to choose this (she recommended this for beginners, and my mum liked the colour).
(*image from Burt’s Bees official website)
Stashed at around RM20+, it is a nude pink in colour which makes it great for daily use (as evidenced by mine being through rough conditions in my bag) and is moisturising, leaving your lips smooth. The lip balm being made of 100% natural ingredients was a big bonus, and it actually smells quite nice (hibiscus smell?)!
I’ve bought two other things from the store as well, their acai berry rejuvenating lip balm and their mini bottle of body lotion, which were both amazing! And oh in case any of you weren’t sure of the link, hibiscus is our national flower, thus Malaysia: Hibiscus!
2. London: Rimmel London x Kate Moss – Kiss of Life (111)
*image from Amazon.co*
This is actually a cheat as I bought it from Melbourne! In December 2013, I had the opportunity to do a 6 week elective in London. However, I lost my hand luggage on the first day itself (which I was so smarty-pants and stashed some cash in it). Thankfully, I survived 6 weeks in London but did not managed to store enough cash to purchase some stuff from the drugstore thus I bought it in my next stop: Melbourne.
I can’t remember the price but I remember buying it from a shop similar to Target where it was tightly sealed and I couldn’t even try the colour out. Eager to buy from this line, I literally grabbed one and just go, praying that it will end up looking nice. Thankfully it was!
It is a deep classic red colour which has a matte finish. The application is smooth and is very long lasting (it lasts the whole night during events). It is very easy to manage for beginners (since it is my first lipstick) and is very ‘blendable’.
3. Korea: Clio – Rouge Pang Peripera – Citrusy Girl (OR06)
Spotted this baby in a recent trip to Korea with the boy right before graduation. Entered the store near Ewha University to explore around since I have had many good reviews about their eye liner (which I have bought and tried on, was amazing!). Once entered, I was like a kid in the candy store and the salesperson was really friendly! In the end I ended up quite a while in the shop buying several more products and even joined their Club Clio membership to get some discount!
Anyway this lipstick is a wonderful addition to my little stash of lip product. It has an orange – peach tone to it and is very moisturising. The lipstick is very long lasting and is not too overwhelming for a new user. It fades naturally and is not cakey/ too creamy. And this lipstick actually smells quite nice, it has a sweet fruity smell to it and definitely reminds me of Korea every time when I am using this.
4. Australia: Nature’s Care – Natural Paw Paw Lip Balm
This guy right here was a last minute additional purchase at the counter over in a drug store in Sydney. It was the BEST purchase ever! The Paw Paw lip balm works wonder and is so soothing, and best of, it lasts the whole day with just one application. It has a guava smell to it which I am not complaining. The consistency is quite thick which makes me think that it might be petroleum based but it is in fact, 100% natural and petrolchemical free! Best of all, it comes with a lip applicator so I can just reapply anytime when I am out without worrying about hygiene issues.
5. Home: Maybelline – Red Porcelain by colour sensational (RP41)
Cheated again on this one but nothing ever beats home. I’ve got this with my mother during Chinese New Year this year together in a pack with a similar coloured nail polish. As the name suggest, it is indeed a bright red lippie, very strong, confident and classic. In our Chinese tradition, red stands for prosperity and happiness.
This Chinese New Year was especially memorable made by this duo as not only on myself, I have had the privilege to put on this nail polish for my mother, my godmother, my aunty as well as my grandmother, to wish them a blessed new year and hope that good things happen to them and that they will stay in good health and be happy as always.
The lipstick itself is very classic red and fades naturally without being flaky. It has a more glossy finish to it but is easily manageable as well. The colour is very long lasting and is rather moisturising as well. All in all, this is quite a good lipstick to stash in your bag for any functions that you are attending. If you go classic, you will never go wrong, right? =p
As to my updates, we are now at our final stages of house hunting (all thanks to my amazing two future housemates, how am I supposed to live without you both?), and thinking about how to ship our car over from West to East Malaysia. I am both excited yet scared of housemanship (internship), excited to enter the next stage of life yet fear of the unknown.
On top of that, I am having periods of homesickness bugging me again, and now that I have just left my hometown (Kedah) and am currently in KL, I am feeling pangs of not wanting to grow up and leave the family to the new town. Am I too old to have growing pains? =p