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Top Five Favourites Of The Month – September 2013

My 5 All Time Favourites - 09-2013

Another month of favourites arriving late. Free time and the “mood” to blog seems harder and harder to come by these days — and I have been down with a horrible flu for the past week which didn’t help either. The medication made me drowsy all day and despite that, it’s hard to fall asleep at night.

Ramblings aside, I have put together five of my favourite items for September. They are all very basic and I seem to be including 1 brow item in every month’s favourite recently — I guess it’s the “brow season” as every other brand is releasing some form of brown product this Fall.

Before we go into details of another brow styling product, let me share my likings for the Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloth*. For those who aren’t aware, the brand is now available in Singapore. Koh Gen Do can be found exclusively at Takashimaya, Level 3 — just some quick background check on the brand below (for those we are new like me);-

Koh Gen Do is the secret to beautiful skin on all the Hollywood movies. It boasts completely natural looking skin even in high definition, cinema screen size. Whether it’s a dewy, fresh faced skin you are looking for or a sultry, warm and mysterious matt finish, Koh Gen Do has it all.

“I’m completely obsessed with Koh Gen Do’s Maifanshi Moisture Foundation. It’s from Japan (but you find it at Sephora, USA) and is so smooth, it almost feels like moisturizer,” quoted Jessica Alba in he book “The Honest Life”.

Back to the most luxurious cleansing wipes I have ever tried. I have been a huge fan of cleansing wipes in recent years because I have been traveling a lot more. Cleansing wipes are easy to pack and handy to carry around with me. I dislike those which are too wet and leaves an oily, sticky after feel — I normally stick to MAC or baby wipes. I use my wipes to freshen up throughout the day (on a very hot day that is), I like to wipe my neck and sometimes my face if I don’t have any makeup on. It comes in especially useful during a beach vacation — I always have a packet of cleansing wipes in my bag.

Koh Gen Do named their cleansing wipes as Cleansing Spa Water Cloth and cloth it is. It feels so gentle and silky on the skin and it doesn’t tears at all. The feeling is ultra refreshing and leaves no residue. It helps calm and cool my skin from the heat. You got to try it to understand the feeling, really.

However, I don’t think they are suitable for heavy, waterproof eye makeup (eyeliner, mascara) because it does take longer to remove.

Moving onto one of the brand’s newest creation, Shu Uemura Lasting Soft Gel Pencil* — it is exactly how it would be if the pot of gel liner you have has transformed into a pen, if not better. This slim twist up gel pencil is not shy at all, it’s highly pigmented and the formula is soft and lasting. With this, there’s no need to pack an extra brush on vacations.

Another product I have been using a lot is Shu Uemura Dual Fit Powder* which works extremely well with the brand’s Face Architect Smooth Fit Fluid Foundation and POREraser UV Under Base Mousse SPF35 PA+++. The brand sure has us (people with combination skin types) in mind when developing this product because it works against two skin concerns: shine and dryness.

I usually swirl my powder brush over the two and apply onto my face for a balanced finish.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner — oldie but goodie. Two black gel liners in a month, yes but believe me each has their own beauty. I use the Shu Uemura Lasting Soft Gel Pencil* to tight line and some times, I smudge to soften the line with an eyeshadow. For this Bobbi Brown number, I create graphical lines, sharp and crisp.

Last but not least, Shiseido Eyebrow Styling Compact — love the shades, the texture and how natural it looks.


That’s all for my favourites this month — all the basics, simple yet essential.

Thank you for reading.

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