Ha-Ha-Halloween! (ft. Spooky Cute NOTD)

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It's that time of the year again, when people roam the night with outrageous costumes/makeup, and adorn their nails with blood-stained tips.

It's 31 October, Halloween! ψ(`∇´)ψ

I'm not one for dressing up on Halloween because #homebody, but it may also be due to the fact that I find the whole idea of celebrating (or rather, just using it as an excuse to go crazy with makeup and costumes) Halloween in Malaysia kinda absurd. It's like... why do we even do it? Absurdity aside, I'm always fascinated by the gory, spooky and downright creative nail art designs that pop up online in October. For last year, I did a very simple Halloween manicure using nail decals, but this year I decided to try my hand at some spooky-cute nail art after watching cutepolish's Ultimate Guide to Halloween Nail Art video.

Thumb to pinky: Dripping blood; Jack-O'-lantern; Frankenstein; twilight graveyard; skeleton.
I picked these 5 designs because they seemed easy enough to do, and also because I wanted each finger to have a different colour, haha!

My favourites are definitely the Frankenstein and twilight graveyard, because the former is really cute and the latter looks gorgeous. Although I have to admit, I cheated by adding a bat nail decal to the graveyard. (¬‿¬) What's Halloween without bats, right?!

Did you do anything special for Halloween, like dress up for a scary party or nail the spooky spirit with a Halloween manicure? Do share! :)

The Big CLEO Shoe Drop (September 2014)

♫ Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

The thing with having a smartphone with limited storage is space that your come to realize that photos take up a LOT of space. I was clearing some photos on my phone a few days ago when I came across these, and thought 'Hey, I should post this up as a reminder to myself, and also to let others know what/how to prepare for next year!'. And yes, I realize this post is more than a month after The Big CLEO Shoe Drop. (⌒_⌒;)

(Picture credit: CLEO Malaysia)
Even before September had arrived, I was pretty excited about the September 2014 CLEO Malaysia issue because they had a limited edition Dipped Row for CLEO exclusive sold at selected bookstores. Then I got wind of the Big CLEO Shoe Drop event and was like 'EMERGERD I NEED TO GET A COPY NOW!' with my friend.

Review: Solone Gel-Like Smoody Eye Pencil in #09 Turquoise

♫王力宏 - 依然爱你

You'll be seeing a few more eyeliner reviews from me, so brace yourselves! :P

Solone Gel-Like Smoody Eye Pencil
I discovered this little beauty during my recent Beauty Expo visit, and was totally blown away when I swatched it on my hand there.

Skin Aqua UV Watery Gel SPF 50+PA+++

♫ Taylor Swift - Red

Aloha! (✿◠‿◠)

The weather has been rather cold and gloomy lately, but sun protection is still very important during the day! We often neglect sun protection when we are indoors and also when it’s cloudy thinking there’s probably not much UV. However, did you know that long term exposure to the sun’s UV rays especially UVA can be damaging to our skin, causing our skin to age prematurely? UVA rays can cause damage the elastin fibres & collagen of our skin causing it to sag and droop. Furthermore, the skin will experience wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation. Scary! (ºДº)

Review: Y.E.T. Korea Nail Wrap #03 Rose of Versailles

♫ 张栋梁 精选集

You know I can never resist a pretty rose print, much less on my nails! ❣◕ ‿ ◕❣ *swoon*

I've known about these Y.E.T. Korea nail wrap stickers since last year, but I've never actually done a proper review of them. The brand name Y.E.T. stands for Yes! Enjoy Time; I have hardly heard about this particular Korean brand, but the items on their website look pretty cute and the designs are fairly similar to those from Peripera. I figure they're very much worth mentioning here on the blog, mainly because the nail wrap designs they offer are super pretty!

Beauty14 Expo at KL Convention Centre + Haul

♫ Coldplay - A Sky Full of Stars

Over the weekend, I paid a visit to the annual Beauty Expo at KLCC with my friend. It's a huge event where hundreds of local and international exhibitors from the beauty industry converge to showcase and expand their business. Although it's targeted mostly towards those in the beauty industry (e.g. hairdressers, salon owners, spa owners, makeup artists, nail art professionals, etc), the expo is also open to the public. This is good news if you're a makeup/nail/skincare enthusiast looking for some sweet deals. Don't believe me? Read on! ;)

The expo is practically the same every year I've been there, so it's quite easy to navigate around. The halls are divided into different sections, which are Spa & Wellness, Hair Products, Nail Products, and Makeup & Education. They also have region-specific sections, such as Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.

(Photo from Beauty Expo website)

Review: OXY Anti-Bacterial Acne Patch

♫ Coldplay - Fix You

OXY has introduced yet another cool innovation for acne sufferers – a hassle-free Anti-Bacterial Acne Patch that effectively fights pimples with a clever disguise.

OXY Anti-Bacterial Acne Patch

BOSS MA VIE Pour Femme Eau de Parfum

BOSS MA VIE Pour Femme – Modern Femininity

For the campaign styling, Jason Wu created a tuxedo that perfectly complemented Gwyneth Paltrow’s personal style, emphasizing her beauty, strength and femininity, and allowing this to shine through. The tuxedo, a piece that will be part of Jason’s Wu first BOSS Womens wear collection, stayed true to the confidence of the BOSS woman, combining femininity and sensuality with its beautiful tailoring and elegant textures - a new modern style for the BOSS woman.

Gucci Première Eau de Toilette

To quote the ever-immaculate Blake Lively, “For me, fragrance is bottled confidence."

Blake Lively, the face of the original Gucci Première Eau de Parfum reprises her role for the new, softer Gucci Première Eau de Toilette. Blake is well suited to Gucci Première Eau de Toilette, observing that glamour does not have to be limited to a big night or grand event. “This new fragrance announces that you have strength and are happy in your own skin. I really love that. It’s for the woman that I’ve always aspired to be. Every day."

Review: CANMAKE Juicy Pure Eyes (Pictorial + Swatches!)

♫ Coldplay - A Sky Full Of Stars

An eyeshadow trio that can easily give you beautiful shimmery eyes in 3 simple steps without having to blend like a pro? I'm listening......

Yes! With this handy little eyeshadow palette, you literally have everything at your fingertips to create a simple yet beautiful eyemake. I was quite apprehensive at first when these cute little palettes landed on my review desk, but after trying them out, I'm pretty sure these are going to be my eyeshadow buddies for a long, long time.

Review: CANMAKE Stay-On Balm Rouge in #08 Juicy Peony

♫ 伍家辉 - 很自己

Continuing with my CANMAKE review series, today I'll be introducing a new (and current favourite) lip product!

CANMAKE Stay-On Balm Rouge
The Stay-On Balm Rouge series has been part of Canmake's lip product range since they were introduced in Malaysia last year. This year, in addition to the original 7 shades, they have released a new shade for Autumn 2014 called #08 Juicy Peony, which is described as 'an eye-catching vivid pink'.

Review: CANMAKE Perfect Black Eyeliner

♫ 庾澄庆 - 缺口

Hello hello! It's been a while since my last update, huh? (๑>︵<๑) No worries, I'm back, and with a whole bunch of updates/reviews lined up to share with you! (≧∇≦)

CANMAKE Perfect Black Eyeliner
First up, is this Perfect Black Eyeliner from Japanese brand Canmake. To elaborate slightly further, it's a felt-tip liquid eyeliner in the shade 'Strong Black' (as printed on the box). I've previously reviewed a similar brown eyeliner by Canmake, so I was curious to see how this one would fare.