Alice in Wonderland Makeup: Perfect Drawing Eyeliner by Solone Cosmetics

Hello my lovelies! Today’s post is a quick review of the Perfect Drawing Eyeliner by Solone Cosmetics. It’s part of the Alice in Wonderland series, which is a permanent collection, as far as I can tell.

As you probably already know, I love Alice in Wonderland. Just look at the adorable packaging!

There’s a poem of sorts at the back. Let me try my best to translate it:

Alice walks into the woods
She does not see any trace of the White Rabbit
But the scene that surrounds her
Pink and purple mushrooms among the grass
The sky an endless purple
Confusing directions written on the road signs
A pair of yellow eyes appears in the tree
A cat with purple stripes begins to speak

Not my best work, but you get the idea.

The package opens up like a book. The “page” on the left has more text, which is too long for me to translate. It mostly encourages you to go on an adventure, like Alice did, and for some reason likens the eyeliner to the tail of the Cheshire Cat. There’s a quick bio of the artist behind the series on the bottom left, and the “page” on the right has a few instructions on how to apply the eyeliner, as well as suggestions based on eye shape.

Do you see Alice following the White Rabbit?

I got the shade 01, which is a matte black.

Made with Swarovski elements, because it wouldn’t be a fairy tale without a little sparkle.

It also comes with a pencil sharpener!

The pencil glided on smoothly with no resistance whatsoever, and application was completely effortless. In fact, it might be a little too smooth, as I usually end up drawing a much longer/thicker line than I intended. Still, it’s a vast improvement from my last pencil eyeliner, which was incredibly stiff and barely yielded any colour.

In this photo, you can see that there’s quite a thick cat-eye going on, and that wasn’t actually the look I was going for. So I need to be really careful when using this. There’s also slight smudging around the 6 hour mark, and a bit of a panda eye situation by the 10th hour.

Okay, that’s all for tonight, I hope you enjoyed!

Emoji Dim Sum at Dim Sum Icon

Hello! As usual, it’s been a while since my last post. I’d been putting it off as my mouse wasn’t working and it simply killed the mood. But fret not, I finally got a new mouse and cleared my schedule for the next few days (well, cleared somewhat), so we’ve got some goodies to look forward to!

Anyway, the title and pictures should be pretty self-explanatory. Enjoy!

So the big question is: does the food taste as good as it looks? Unfortunately it’s more gimmick than gastronomy, but hey, at least we get to eat with our eyes.

That’s all for now, folks. See you soon!

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Solone Cosmetics Review: Color Party One Step Magical Stick Eyeshadow

As mentioned in the “Shopping in Taipei” post, I was really eager to try out the Taiwanese cosmetics brand Solone. I was also looking to simplify my makeup routine, and a one-step shadow stick seemed like a good idea.

Each shadow stick contains a colour duo. Mine is in the shade 01, which is pink and brown.

Instructions on the back.

It’s thicker than the average pencil eyeliner, which is probably standard for most shadow sticks.

Just twist and apply – really easy to use!

Both swatches were done with just a single swipe. The product has decent pigmentation, although I’m not sure whether the colours will show up as well on darker skin tones.

The other side of the pencil has a sponge-tip applicator for blending out the colours.

I thought the brown shade was a little light when swatched on the back of my hand, but on the eyelids it turned out fine. I wore it without a primer and it sat well for 6 hours, because that’s how long I was out and about for. I haven’t had the chance to test it for the whole day, so I’ll probably post an update at a later time.

(Edit: I’ve had the chance to wear it for 10 hours without a primer- at the 8 hour mark there was some slight fading and by the 10th hour there was creasing in the lid.)

Using a stick eyeshadow such as this one is definitely convenient when doing a more subtle eye makeup look (great for contrasting with a darker lip). Perhaps there are other beauty hacks that can be achieved with this, so I’ll look into it!

Alice in Wonderland Accessories

Hello! Just wanted to share a few pictures of my Alice in Wonderland accessories. I don’t know why, but something about the aesthetic just appeals to me.

Clockwise from top left: Disney pins purchased from Taobao, White Rabbit sticker (a little gift from doing a survey at Hong Kong Disneyland), Alice Tsum Tsum from Hong Kong Disneyland, wallet from Candy Wagon (amazing little shop in Langham Place that sells clothing and accessories inspired by fairy tales), Alice earrings from Hong Kong Disneyland.

Out of all these, the wallet has definitely been the most worthwhile purchase, since I’ve been using it everyday. 🙂

Everything purchased from Taobao except for the Tsum Tsum and the socks on the bottom left, which I got from a Dais0-esque store near my place.

The little details make all the difference. ❤

These photos were on Instagram sometime back, and my collection has since grown a fair bit. Maybe I’ll take more photos in the future, showcasing the new stuff!

Goals for June 2017

Another month, another set of goals! I’ve been reading “Better Than Before” by Gretchen Rubin, so this month’s goals are going to be more specific and measurable than those of previous months. Even then, they’re rather ambitious, but you know me – shoot for the stars!

  1. Meditate for five minutes every day
  2. Go for a run or swim every Thursday
  3. Shower before 10:30 every night
  4. Go for a walk every Wednesday and Sunday
  5. Visit the library every Monday
  6. Take a photograph every day
  7. Work on the blog for one hour every day
  8. Study French for 30 minutes every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
  9. Draw a doodle a day
  10. Cut back on carbs

The way I’ve framed my goals for this month, they look rather repetitive and not particularly attractive, but hopefully they’ll work – we shall see!

Once again, a recap of last month’s goals:

  • Adopt a high-protein diet (as per doctor’s orders) – managed to do okay with this, and it’s helped so much, so I’m going to keep it up as best I can.
  • Cut back on sugar – while I still had the occasional ice-cream or cookie, my sugar intake was reduced significantly, and after a while it didn’t bother me too much. I’ll never quit sugar entirely, and hopefully I’ll never have to, but it’s nice not to have cravings for sweet stuff all the time.
  • Keep a food diary – done! It really helped with the first two goals.
  • Cook my own meals as much as possible – been watching lots of cooking shows on TV (mostly Masterchef Australia), so getting inspiration wasn’t an issue.
  • Exercise at least twice a week – this is where I’ve fallen short, yet again. Managed to exercise just five times last month.
  • Take on a 30 day happiness challenge – did slightly better than the previous month’s exercise challenge, but still didn’t manage to do all 30 days.
  • Find ways to increase productivity – does reading “Better Than Before” count?
  • Dress more consciously – adopted a “less is more” approach for the month of May, which helped a bit in the mornings.
  • Simplify my makeup routine – yes, in fact some days I hardly wore any makeup. Won’t be doing that this month though – between birthday celebrations and attending events, there’ll be lots of occasions to bring out the war paint!
  • Organise my desk/dressing table – (mostly) done!

So yes, June is my birthday month, and making time to achieve all my goals might be a bit of a challenge, but I’m up for it, and let’s hope I make it with my sanity intact. I’ll be back soon with more posts – see you!

Fish & Chips, Friends & Chit-Chat

One of my favourite parts about our Singapore trip earlier this month was meeting up with old friends. I hadn’t seen some of them in years, so it was great to be able to catch up with them and find out what they’d been up to.

On a Friday evening, I had dinner with my ex-classmate, Zhenli, at Fish & Co. The place was packed by 7pm, so it was a good thing I showed up earlier to secure a table!

Crispy whitebait. Not bad, but I’ve had better.

Coleslaw, to trick myself into thinking this meal was somewhat healthy.

“New York Fish & Chips”, stuffed with Parmesan cheese and topped with lemon butter sauce.

“Swiss Fish & Chips”, with mozzarella-oregano stuffing and topped with garlicky lemon butter sauce.

Zhenli and I talked for hours that evening, which isn’t all that surprising. We’ve known each other for 16 years and counting, and yes, I’m feeling OLD as I’m typing this. So what did we talk about? Well, education, career, relationships, family, food… Pretty much everything!

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It’s the end of yet another month. I can’t believe just how quickly everything’s happening, and hopefully the blog posts won’t lag behind too much! Right now, I’m two-thirds into “Better Than Before” by Gretchen Rubin, and if all goes well, I’ll have a few tools to increase productivity. Fingers crossed!

Shopping in Taipei: Makeup, Skincare, and Disney Haul!

Hello lovelies! Yes, I’m finally back! Edwin and I were in Singapore last week to celebrate Mother’s Day with our families. I brought my laptop along, thinking I’d get to use it in the evenings, but boy did life have other plans. I somehow managed to schedule dinner dates with old friends every night, and while it meant that there wasn’t time to blog, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Now that it’s back to the daily grind, I can’t wait to share with you all the various purchases that we made during our Easter getaway in Taipei. Picture time!

I probably got a little carried away… this isn’t even all of it! (You’ll see more in the photos below.) It isn’t all for me though – a good chunk of these were meant as gifts, and have already found their way to the intended recipients.

Also, I apologise for the poor quality of the images. I took these with my phone, and didn’t realise how grainy they were until I saw them on the computer screen just now. I promise to work on my photography skills, and hopefully you’ll get better pictures next time!

LLang sheet masks. It’s a Korean brand I hadn’t heard of, but the packaging was just too cute to resist. How adorable is the “Roman Holiday” reference (top left)?Most of the masks have been given to friends and co-workers, and so far I’ve used the “Seaweed from Jeju” mask on myself – works okay!

For those interested, the masks retail for TWD99 (~HK$25.60/S$4.50/US$3.30) each at Cosmed. It sounds rather steep, but you can buy ten masks for just TWD350 (~HK$90.50/S$16.10/US$11.60)! Not going to bore you with more numbers, just going to say that it’s a massive discount, and a great deal!

More sheet masks, this time from The Face Shop, also a Korean beauty brand. There were so many to choose from at the store, but I just picked the five “flavours” that appealed to me the most. Some of them have also been given away, and I plan on using the “Longan” mask next.

Makeup purchased from Cosmed. Solone is a Taiwanese cosmetics brand which I was really eager to try out, mostly because they had several products that were inspired by Alice in Wonderland. To my disappointment, many of the eyeshadow and blush colours featured on the website couldn’t be found in the stores (and I went to A LOT of them!), so the only Alice-inspired thing I got was a basic black pencil eyeliner (review coming soon).

The blush and mascara are from Integrate, which is a Japanese brand, and apparently Elite Models is a French brand, which I didn’t know. You can’t really tell from the photo, but the eyelash curler is rose gold in colour, and it’s gorgeous.

I don’t have the price of the Alice eyeliner, but the prices of the other products are stated below:

Solone stick eyeshadow     TWD259 (~HK$67/S$11.90/US$8.60)
Solone brow gel                   TWD350 (~HK$90.50/S$16.10/US$11.60)
Integrate blush                    TWD298 (~HK$77.10/S$13.70/US$9.90)
Integrate mascara               TWD272 (~HK$70.40/S$12.50/US$9)
Eyelash curler                      TWD139 (~HK$36/S$6.40/US$4.60)

I’ve listed the retail prices of the Solone stick eyeshadow and the brow gel for your reference, but I actually bought them as a set, and together they cost only TWD329 (~HK$85.20/S$15.10/US$10.90)! Another insanely good deal, and more reviews to come!

Bought the May issue of Vivi magazine at the airport, and it came with a free general knowledge book and a picnic style guide!

We walked past a bookstore and thought we’d just take a peek. We ended up spending almost an hour, and almost all our cash as well! Bought the scores of our favourite musicals and Disney movies.

Biscuits for Edwin’s friends and ginger tea for his parents.

Fruit tea from Smith & Hsu! It’s a bit cheesy, but I really did fall in love with “Fallin’ in Love Again”. Some of it will be given away, as soon as I get some jars to put the tea leaves in!

And in case you were wondering when the Disney stuff was going to be featured, I saved the best for last!

There’s nail polish from The Face Shop featuring Pocahontas and Belle, two of my favourite Disney princesses. I got the Tsum Tsum tissues from a convenience store, and everything else is from (where else?) Cosmed. The Disney villains sheet masks are from Sexy Look, a Taiwanese skincare brand, and the Beauty and the Beast products are from Lovemore, also a Taiwanese brand.

Sexy Look sheet masks are available in Hong Kong as well, but I’ve only ever seen the Disney princess ones here. It’s quite unexpected and thus refreshing to see the villains being featured, and since there was a one-for-one offer (TWD299, I’m too tired to work out the rest of the math at this stage), I went ahead and got Ursula and the Evil Queen.

OMG the packaging is to die for! My Tsum Tsum plushies (from Hong Kong Disneyland) agree.

As though that wasn’t enough Disney madness, we also purchased jars of honey with Tsum Tsum packaging. The Chip and Dale pouch was a freebie from Gracegift because…

I BOUGHT TSUM TSUM SHOES!!!

*squeals with joy*

I’m not a sneaker person (give me ballet flats any day), but these were too adorable to pass up. Can’t wait to wear these babies – maybe on my next trip to Disneyland?

And… we’re done! Thanks for reading all the way, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it. There’ll be some reviews coming up, as well as one more “haul” post, because… I bought more Disney stuff in Singapore.

Ah.