10 Mascaras I Am Throwing Away For The New Year

I’m ashamed.

The title of this post was initially ‘10 Makeup Products I Am Throwing Out For The New Year’, instead of one solely for mascaras. But as I rummaged through my mascara drawer, I easily grabbed 10 mascara tubes that have long been abandoned or have expired.

I’m a hoarder, as is my entire family, so my mum has such a hard time clearing out stuff during the annual house clean-up that we Chinese call ‘da sao chu’.

Decluttering can start anytime, from a month before Chinese New Year, to probably a week, depending on how much clutter you have and/or want to get rid of. People practise it due to the belief that cleaning sweeps away all the negative luck of the preceding year and invites good luck for the new year.

The first day of Chinese Lunar New Year 2012 falls on 23 January this year. It usually falls in late January or February as can be seen here, so 23 January is a little early which means I have to start cleaning up my messy table, wardbrobe and other territories soon!

Getting rid of old mascaras is a great start, isn’t it? =)

So here are the 10 mascaras I’m throwing out to welcome the new year!

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Beauty Blog Link Love: 31/12/11

Miss Beauty Nerd is smitten over Korres’ Body Butter in Basil Lemon because her skin now feels oh-sooo-soft!

At Lipstick Musings, see how a happy mistake at the Dior counter led Shannon to fall in love with the Dior 5 Couleurs Palette in Rosy Nude!

Looking for the perfect waterproof eyeliner? Jenn over at Spiced Beauty reviews the limited edition Make Up For Ever Wild & Chic Aqua Eyes Collection.

Rae reviews lip sets featuring Korres Cherry Lipglosses, Clinique Chubby Sticks, and Bite High Pigment Pencils during the not-so-inventively-named Lip Set Week at theNotice.

At Eyelining Obsessions Claire decides to try the Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Cotton and discovers a couple of potential pit falls.

My Lips But Better shares the scoop on the MAC Naturally Collection for spring 2012!

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8 Days of Christmas Eye Makeup Tutorials: Day 8

On hindsight, even though it has been fun and challenging posting a new look every single day for 8 consecutive days, I should have done it 8 days BEFORE Christmas, instead of after. Christmas is long gone and everybody’s in the mood to welcome 2012, yet I’m still churning out Christmas looks (You can definitely use them for other occasions, of course!). Lol. But I have to keep to my word and commit to what I promised.

Today’s eye makeup look will come with a step-by-step tutorial since it is a much coveted look created using the Vertical Gradient Method of eyeshadow application.

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8 Days of Christmas Eye Makeup Tutorials: Day 7

I cannot believe I have managed to keep up with the 8 Days of Christmas Eye Makeup Tutorials series. I’d feared I’d drop out by Day 4, but LOOK! It’s Day 7 already! *Applause and whistles*

Today’s look was exactly what I wore on Christmas day. I went for a movie with my siblings and cousins and then we all went to grandma’s house in the late evening to join the rest of the family.

Up till I was in Primary 6, Christmas gatherings used to involve a big, beautifully decorated Christmas tree at one of my uncle’s house, under which presents wrapped in the most colorful wrapping papers laid. Back then, it was only me, my younger sister, and a few cousins, making the third generation a mere total of 5 or 6.

We would sneak (in full view of the adults, actually. lol.) up to the tree and look for our names that would be found on the presents, giggle to ourselves, pretend we didn’t see anything, and put the presents back.

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8 Days of Christmas Eye Makeup Tutorials: Day 6

For my dear readers who have requested some looks created using the Horizontal Gradient Method of Eyeshadow Application, here’s one for you!

Multiple colors seem to have been used for this eye makeup look, but guess what? Discounting the eyeliner and inner corner, I only used TWO colors – MAC Irises and MAC Parfait Amour!


Eyeshadow Primer – UDPP Eden

Eyelid – MAC Irises

Contour Area – MAC Parfait Amour

Outer V – More layers of MAC Irises

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L’oreal Color Infallible Shades in Singapore: Black Onyx, Sahara Treasure, Goldmine, Bronze Goddess, Emerald Lame

If I ever spot a brand new Goldmine shining in its Gorgeous Gold Glory at a L’Oreal cosmetics counter in Singapore with a 20% discount,


I took these pictures at Toa Payoh about 2-3 weeks ago. I asked whether they keep stock and the SA said yes, they don’t restock the shelves in case of theft (=.=”).

By the way, the colors used to create Fan Bing Bing look are not available here. I don’t even know what shades they are. =(

But here are the swatches of L’oreal Color Infallible shades in Singapore.

L-R: Black Onyx, Sahara Treasure, Goldmine, Bronze Goddess, Emerald Lame

In natural light

With iPhone 4s flash

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