VIB Rouge 20% off Sale Haul

What is joy? Joy is receiving Sephora boxes in the mail, and that's what I've been getting for the past four days! Ever since the 'waves' of ordered were placed, I've been longing and longing for the deliveries, which were reasonably delayed due to high volumes.

As I mentioned in the last blog, I missed out on doing research and placing orders on highly-rated products this time around, but still managed to grab a few seriously amazing items and sets. Group photo first!

Let the haul begin!

{update} Sprinkles of Fall 2017

I've literally just emerged from a tall pile of papers in my study room just to stroll around on the blog... I miss blogging so much!😔  The number of drafts and photos I prepared back in August are silently collecting dust in their file folders on the desktop while I disappeared into the all-consuming world of teaching, once September arrived.

It's another school year (16-17 ;( gosh, the numbers keep getting bigger!), another mix of student personalities in each cohort, and another carousel of courses for me to build and master. I must say that I have grown to like all my classes, from kids to the subject, to developing curriculum, resources and trying out strategies. 

One aspect of work that I STILL feel quite blessed in, is having genuinely supportive and caring colleagues. Teaching can be quite a lonely feat sometimes contrary to the belief that we work in departments of like-subjects and that the job is highly social. Since my arrival at my current school 5 years ago,  every year I've had to reach out and work with someone 'new' due to all my shifting responsibilities -- and so far, what a treat to have such lovely adults around. The people I've worked with not only supported my responsibilities and share resources selflessly, but are also trustworthy and such great resources for mental health maintenance. 💜

Oh, did I also mention that I turned 30? According to my lovely Department leader, it's my Golden birthday because it fell on Sept.30th, when I turned 30 years old. That terminology right there sparked a whole weekend-long of celebrations, starting with high tea at Ritz, then mouth-watering BBQ with even octopus(!) at Rachie's, then Ste.Anne's Spa getaway the weekend after (OK, that's two weekends hehehe).

[review] Hydrate and pamper with Dr.Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution Sheet Mask

The Dr.Jart Dermask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution sheet mask is the newest addition to my skincare inventory. I picked it up on sale for $29.99 for a box of 5 sheets at T & T Supermarket (regular price $7.50/sheet at Sephora). What a steal!

Before masking, I always exfoliate my skin with the Foreo Luna mini and rinse with warm water then pat to dry. Some may also prefer to apply a toner or booster essence prior to masking. During masking, I recommend lying down as it not only utilizes gravity to help the goodness sink in, but also to creates a peaceful mental space where you can enjoy the present moment and unwire from the day. Let's take a closer look at this deep hydration sheet mask.

💄 Lippies, lippies & lippies 💋 A quick look at my stash & swatch!

Has anyone ever complained about having too many lippies? With the overwhelming offerings out there, one can't possibly be satisfied with owning just a pink and a red lipstick. But how do you choose? In my opinion, an excellent lip product is not only functional and lasting, but  is also thoughtful with respect to its user-experience. To me, lipsticks are also accessories that speak about one's personal style as well. While it is tempting to 'collect-them-all", it's definitely worthwhile to do your research and swatch on your lips in-store before dishing out $$$ for products that you won't end up reaching for.

Today, I've gathered my beloved lippies collection and swatched them to share. Read on. 😝 

[Review] Jurlique BLOOM Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense

Last summer, I received Jurlique's popular face mist, BLOOM Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense in their gorgeous limited edition packaging. Jurlique is an Australian brand that believes in connecting people with nature through their products. This balancing mist is one of their best sellers and promises to entice the senses while providing a boost of hydration. Read on for my user-experience on this facial mist.

[review] Take the Day Off with Clinique Makeup Remover

Ever since I stepped into the world of makeup in my third year of University, I've been faithfully using the Lancome Bi-facil Double Action Eye Make-up Remover. My first ever bottle was a 50mL sample from a gift-with-purchase event with mom at The Bay. After experiencing how easy it is to remove eye makeup with a cotton pad, I've repurchased the Bifacil many times either as samples or bought full-size (over $30). I never thought twice about trying different brands until last year, when I read overwhelmingly positive reviews on the Clinique makeup remover for Lids Lashes & Lips on Sephora's website. In addition to the raving reviews, it's about $13 less than Lancome for the same 4.2oz bottle!

[review] DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

On my last trip to Japan (which was probably my 7th trip lol) with my husband, I picked up the much-raved DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, a drug store product that is used as the first step of my daily 'double-cleansing' routine. Many bloggers and Youtubers have crowned it as a "Japanese Drugstore Must-Buy" item, so when I saw it in the limited edition Disney princess packaging, I just had to pick it up!

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