Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sephora: Eye-conic Revolution



Sephora's previous campaign was Skin Rescue. This time, it's all about eye-conic brow makeup and eyeliners!

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I was really excited unboxing the package they sent me! I'm definitely not paid to do this - just thought it would be nice to share some of the products with you, and at the same time bring some life to my blog! ;)

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Let's start off with my favourite product in the box, Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in the shiniest and blackest Blacquer. I couldn't wait to try it out which explains why the tip is already blunt.

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As with all (if not most) crayon liners, it comes with a little sharpener at the other end for a more precise and sharp look.

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It's super intense, creamy, and glides on incredibly smoothly! I wore this out on a Saturday for some photo taking, and in honesty, I was expecting it to smudge (I have slightly oily eyelids) especially in this humid weather.

To my pleasant surprise, it didn't budge a single bit and lasted all day! I'm really very impressed, and have half a mind to have my current 3CE Creamy Liner replaced - except that I have already had it stocked up on a crazy Luxola sale some time back! I bought 8, you know... :/

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Marc Jacobs Magic Marc'er Precision Pen is a liquid eyeliner with the finest tip for super precision and perfect definition.

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The packaging is so sleek, I love it!

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Whether you like your lines thin or thick, this eyeliner does the trick! It is also smudge proof, waterproof, and does not fade. I usually prefer crayon/pencil liners, but I'll definitely give this a try soon!

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Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear is a contouring eye pencil that lasts for 12 hours.

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Comes in bold and long-wearing colours to bring some fun to the entire look.

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Sephora Universal Brow Freeze is a colourless, jumbo brow pencil to shape and set your brows in a single step.

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It basically works like a brow gel, but in a form of a pencil. The result? Weightless, long-holding, and natural-looking eye brows. The universal transparent colour is suitable for brows of any colour, and layers well on top of eyebrow pencil.

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Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner comes in a glamorous gold packaging. Non-drying, creamy, and glides on easily! Sweep it on with Tarte Etch & Sketch Double Ended Bamboo Liner Brush (refer to the bamboo liner in the first flat lay), which is sold separately.

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Lovely shade of Bronze, a softer alternative to black liners.

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Sephora Pro Brow Comb #21 and Sephora Pro Gel Liner Brush #26

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I appreciate it greatly when brushes comes with their own protective covers. It's just so much easier to store them, and definitely more hygienic as well!

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Sephora Pro Brow Comb #21: I never realized how helpful a lash comb is until I started using one! It separates the lashes, and removes excess mascara and clumps. The natural, boar-bristle brush helps to groom your brows, blend colour, and soften the look. I think it works the same way as a spoolie.

Ever since I started using a spoolie for my brows (also recently), I realized how such a simple and mostly overlooked tool, is actually so essential for natural-looking eyebrows. Use it to brush your brows in place before applying any brow makeup. Use it again after filling them in to soften any harsh lines especially at the beginning of the brows.

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Stila Stay All Day Brow Gel & Brush (brush not pictured) is a waterproof and transfer-proof brow gel that provides instant definition for thin, sparse brows.

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What I find interesting is you have to squeeze out a small amount in the well surrounding it, dip in the brush and lightly apply. I find that this product needs some practice and getting used to because application is quite different from a normal brow powder.

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Wearing the aforementioned Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon and Sephora Universal Brow Freeze (on top of my usual brow powder).

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If you're interested, simply spend $100 at Sephora and stand to receive a complimentary Eye-Conic Beauty Kit, which includes a Mini Sephora Outrageous Mascara, a Mini Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner, and a Mini Benefit They're Real! liner.

White Card members will receive the same complimentary kit with a spend of $89.

If you're a Black Card member, with a minimum spend of $89, you get to bring home the complimentary kit, as well as a deluxe Sephora 2-in-1 Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Gel.

Only while stocks last! Applicable to Sephora ION, Ngee Ann City, Bugis+, and Vivocity stores.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

PUB: Water Conservation

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PUB, Singapore's national water agency, has an extensive water conserving plan that encourages everyone to use water wisely.

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With the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater, and desalinated water), PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore. (p/s: Did you know that we could drink water straight from the tap in Singapore, because it is within the World Health Organisation's drinking water guidelines?)

However, managing the demand is also crucial to our small island which does not have natural aquifers and lakes.

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1. Turn off all taps tightly to prevent drip/leak.

2. Do not let water run unnecessarily. Admittedly, I do leave the tap on out of convenience and laziness when I'm brushing my teeth or shampooing my hair. :/ This habit may seem harmless every time, but it does add up to quite a bit of wastage every month! Alternatively, using a cup will help save water!

3. I lived with my grandparents when I was a little girl, and they always taught me to flush the toilet with the water they collected from washing clothes. So there was a period of time I actually felt uncomfortable/guilty whenever I press the flush button.

4. Don't thaw food under running water. My mum uses a bowl of water instead. You may also leave it in the refrigerator overnight.

5. Choose a washing machine with more ticks! 
✔ Save 81 litres (~ 54 1.5-litre bottles) of water 
✔✔ Save 102 litres (~ 68 1.5-litre bottles) of water
✔✔✔ Save as much as 112 litres (about 75 1.5-litre bottles) of water

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(Source: www.pub.gov.sg)

6. Run the washing machine only on a full load.

7. On the other hand, we cannot flush the toilet "only on a full load" (haha) but we can always use the half flush with a dual flush flushing cistern.
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(Source: http://www.highlanderplumbing.com.au/dual-flush-toilet-cistern/)

8. Monitor your family's water consumption by checking your water bill. Re-look your water usage habits if consumption is way more than average.

9. Check for leaks regularly: Turn off all taps and check the water meter. If the water meter continues to run, it means there is a leak. Call a licensed water service plumber immediately.

It's always good to learn how to read your water meter as it is the best way to detect leakage - here's how:

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(Source: www.pub.gov.sg)

To find out how much water has been used, simply calculate the difference between the reading on your last bill and the current reading.

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Using water wisely does not only help in water conservation, but also reduces your monthly bill! Feel free to share with me some of your water saving tips too! :)

Also, look out for water conservation mobile showrooms this weekend! PUB's mascot Water Wally will be on site as well!

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19 March (Thur) - One Raffles Place, beside one altitude

20 March (Fri) - Icon@IBP 3A International Business Park,
Singapore 609935(in front of food court)

22 March (Sun) - Century Square 2 Tampines Central 5,
Singapore 529509
(Beside taxi stand, opposite the UOB Bank)

24 March (Tue) - Cathay Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road
(Main entrance beside Starbucks)

25 March (Wed) - Cathay Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road
(Main entrance beside Starbucks)

26 March (Thur) - Cathay Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road
(Main entrance beside Starbucks)

See more at: http://www.pub.gov.sg/conserve/Pages/MobileShowroom.aspx#sthash.1lx0Bzde.dpuf


Watch PUB's 2015 TV Commercial as it focuses on why we need to save water, and visit PUB to find out more!

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