Favourites of 2015

I debated whether to make this post because it risks being irrelevant. Posting was also delayed because I was on holidays and couldn’t take pictures of the items mentioned. But I’m going ahead anyway, because while some specific products were LE it’s a general indication of the relevant brand’s quality etc. So hopefully it’s still useful 🙂

I think this is my favourite/kryptonite high-end eye shadow brand. I bought 2 LE palettes in 2015 (summer and holiday) and the summer one especially is easily a HG palette. That’s a no-brainer fave in 2015.


Holiday on the left, summer on the right

I wrote briefly about their Spring collection here.
They of course, also sell the most coveted cheek brush… perhaps one day.
I’ve only tried a few skincare items (from GWP and sets) like the face wash, lotion, SPF and enjoyed using every single one of them. I’m not sure, however, if they’re worth the high price tag for the moment.

There’s also this beauty:


Lighting Liquid

The most amazing liquid highlighter. Words fail to describe how beautiful this is. It can be a really natural and subtle glow that makes itself visible only when the light hits, or as glowy as you wish for a look with more drama, highlight & contour. It is of course also very versatile, mixing it in with foundations and so on. This was a LE summer release IIRC, if they do release it again don’t hesitate!

[21 Jan: I just checked on and both of these palettes are still available when they were previously sold out. So who knows?]



from KIKO website, the full range of the On-the-Go Minis

From favourite high-end to favourite bargain brand. KIKO consistently amazes me with their quality. My favourite purchases from them this year were their on-the-go minis range. The made myself choose only one Colour Veil blush and decided on 06 Mauve, which a quick search on google tells me is very similar to MAC’s Warm Soul. It’s not mauve at all, more like a bronzey rose. It’s smooth and blends beautifully.My picture kind of makes it look coral-ish but it’s not. (more…)

My Yaby Palette Breakdown + NARS packaging

Someone wanted to know what the eye shadows are depotted in the Yaby (see post here). So here’s the breakdown:


Unfortunately a lot of them were LE and/or really old stuff that I managed to hang onto between moves. This palette is MAC dominant (Back 2 MAC baby). The small square ones (six in total) came from a LE palette called Delights 6 Eye/Trend palette from 2005 (!!). Go, Smoke & Diamonds, Mink & Sable, Grand Entrance and Top Hat are from 2008’s Starflash collection. You can see which ones I nixed while depotting… Kid is permanent and I only picked that up earlier this year.

NARS All About Eve and Demon Lover, and the other two are Sonia Rykiel shadows.

Despite the number of purples/champagne colours you see, my weakness is actually shades like Mink & Sable and Smoke & Diamonds. I can’t resist a good khaki/olive green and dark, smoky, sultry shadows.

If you have a lot of NARS shadows I recommend depotting them cos you just can’t see what shades they are. I hardly touched Demon Lover because of this. And I bought Top Hat from MAC because I forgot I had Demon Lover.

Also the cases get really disgusting:


Deep Throat and AAE are similar in age, I may have gotten AAE first. We’re talking almost 10 years. Amour was from last year I believe.

I don’t even carry them in my makeup bag. They got like that by and by. Deep Throat has gotten slightly sticky and you can see all the powders and dust on it. AAE was the same, but I used rubbing alcohol on it and slowly removed the rubberized varnish/layer. You’re left with a regular plastic casing. This is an option if you got nothing better to do, or while you’re working on your tan perhaps? I don’t really recommend it (nor tanning either). Amour is what they all looked like in the beginning. Pristine, smooth and clean. Just you wait.

Here’s another photo:


Left: The one at the back is Deep Throat, middle is AAE (I had trouble removing the rubber on those areas) and the closest one to you is Amour. On the right is an eye shadow single (Thunderball, a favourite). I think I took this picture to show the change in packaging. The old ones says Made in Italy and Modele Depose, meaning registered design. No writings at all on the newer packaging. I don’t know how long this change has been in effect. I’ve cooled down on NARS for a long time now. There are a few older, permanent duos I’d like to have but nothing serious. Luckily I realise I have enough blushes so I’m immune most of the time. NARS seem to be putting out more and more smaller themed palettes lately. If the quality is on par with the duos/singles I might eventually buy another one. They’re just so damn pricey in France.

Yaby palette + Depotting


I don’t have a lot of eye shadows but I have enough. I’ve lost a lot of good ones during my moves (lots of shu, including ME 945), that still makes me shed a tear or two. I’ve toyed with the idea of depotting because:

1. I don’t have a makeup vanity = no drawers = not very accessible. I can’t see everything that I have without moving something or other.
2. Too many little pots and cases to go through just to find what I want
3. Half the time I forget I have a particular shade because again, I don’t see them. This means I end up buying similar shades or simply not using them because I didn’t know I have it.

My goal wasn’t to make a DIY palette for travelling or to organise my shadows by colour/tone/looks. I just wanted to declutter and be able to see easily most of what I have in one place. For this purpose, the Unii is too small for me (also found it too dainty for my liking); the pricing of the z-palette outside of the US made me balked a little. Still I was about to grudgingly pay for a pro z-palette when I came across Yaby. It looks clean and tidy, about the right size for my purpose plus it isn’t made of cardboard.

So the Yaby palette has a magnetized sheet at the bottom. The ‘mirror’ side is designed for mixing your pigments/foundation/lipsticks whatnot. It’s quite slim but should fit all eye shadows except baked/domed ones obviously. I guesstimate it will fit 20-21 MAC eye shadow pans. Maybe someone has a picture somewhere with one filled with ’em.


Bic pen for size reference

So. Random pictures I took during the process:


I didn’t bother taking a picture of my frying pan. (more…)

Keeping Track of the Stash

Sephora in France is offering 20% off at the moment (MTAB1 or MTAB1E for those interested, until September 24th). This pretty much means we don’t pay the sales tax, and for most product it is the equivalent of paying full retail in the US. Nevertheless I found myself adding things to the basket like there’s no tomorrow. I then looked at the total and remembered my recent purchases, and realised I could’ve bought that handbag I’ve been lusting for a while if I haven’t been so impulsive in the makeup area.

So, with a pang of guilt, I finally got the push I needed to finally do my makeup inventory. I fired up my spreadsheet and started categorizing and counting my stash.