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    Pink Hair and Why You Should Dare: a Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink Mini Review

    I must admit something horribly embarrassing as a beauty junkie.

    I had never, before today, even considered dying my hair.

    I’m a natural blond, so it would be pretty easy to transform my hair, but I’ve always been too scared to take a risk with my hair. I was afraid I couldn’t pull of anything but blond hair.

    But for some reason today, amongst the hell that are my midterms, I decided to pick up Manic Panic’s Hot Hot Pink from the drugstore and dying the ends and strands of my hair dark pink.

    Psychosis? Perhaps, but great decision? Absolutely.

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    What’s in My Makeup and Toiletries Bag? // Bali Edition

    I was in Bali for a week-long vacay, and my makeup and skincare picks are of course suited for the hot and humid tropical weather here, not to mention I did swim some makeup on!
    Read on to see some of my favorite water resistant picks, and what other stuff I brought with me! Oh, and speaking of Bali, also check out my “How To Keep You Makeup Last in Hot and Humid Weather” post if you’re interested!

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    What’s In My Hospital Bag?

    Believe it or not I’ve been hospitalized THREE times over the past two months. The only planned one was for my son’s birth, which was three weeks ago. I recently (i.e. last week) just returned home from my latest (and hopefully last) hospital stay and it was for a silly gastroenteritis. Hope I’d be able to stay away from the hospital for good!
    Anyways, I thought I’d show you how I pack for my hospital stays since I’m probably a hospitalisation connoisseur by now haha. And it’s not too different from how I pack for when I travel.
    I basically separate my beauty essentials into three small cosmetic bags: makeup, shower, and skincare (incl. bedside essentials).

    Read on to see how I minimally packed all my beauty goodies!

    You might find this particularly useful if you’re expecting! <3 😉


    Be realistic when packing your makeup, especially for hospital stays. You’re not going to be in the mood to have a full face of makeup when you’re unwell and tired, so be careful not to overpack. But you still need to put a little put together, so make sure you bring all your essentials.

    I put all my makeup in a small zip-up Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair Set makeup bag and these are all the makeup I need to achieve a low maintenance, easy peasy makeup look. No brush needed!

    These products look huge but they’re actually very tiny – most of these are mini sized products. The Dr. Jart BB cream is literally the size of my thumb!

    I usually just use the brow pencil and concealer on a daily basis, but when I need to look a bit more put-together (e.g. when someone’s coming over to visit) I can easily apply all these things with my fingers.

    Products are (in order of how I use them):

    • Benefit Porefessional
    • Dr. Jart BB Water Fuse
    • Cle de Peau Concealer
    • Josie Maran Cheek Gelee
    • Benefit High Beam
    • Chanel Powder Compact
    • Kevyn Aucoin Eyebrow Pencil 
    • LORAC Pocket Pro
    • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
    • Tarte Camera, Lights, Lashes Mascara
    • NEST Midnight Fleur Perfume

    Skincare & Bedside Essentials

    When packing for labor, the midwives would usually advise you to bring two different hospital bags: a labor bag and your actual hospital bag where you put the rest of your stuff. 
    Your labor bag should be a smaller bag and should include everything you need during and shortly after labor, and since I had a cesarean, I wasn’t allowed (and couldn’t anyway) step out of bed until the morning after – so everything I needed had to be within my reach. I even had to wash my face in bed!

    So I packed my skincare and everything else I would need by my bedside in a two-sided Soap & Glory Makeup Bag. One side has all my skincare, and the other has everything else I might need.

    To make it easier for me to wash my face in bed on my first night, I made sure I had my tiny Bioderma and a Murad cleansing wipe as I won’t be able to wash my face in the sink. The Murad  Clarifying Wipes is a lifesaver! It’s sort of like a makeup removing wipe, but is filled with active ingredients to combat acne. So even though I won’t be able to wash my face as usual, I can rest assured that my skin is well-protected from any unwanted flare-ups.

    Other skincare essentials I had are:

    • La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo to ensure my acne remains at bay
    • Chanel Hydra Beauty Serum for extra hydration as hospitals (and hotels) can be very drying
    • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream to moisturize not just the face but the hands and the rest of the body
    • Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF 50 because even though you’ll be indoors, the sun will still shine through the windows right? 😉
    • Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream – any eye cream would do, I opted for this one because it’s a mini sized eye cream.
    • I also have some sachets of face masks, just in case.
    The other side contains other stuff I might need – and these are all in travel sizes. Here’s what I have:

    • Rexona Deodorant Spray – no brainer, right?
    • Basq Body Boost Stretch Mark Butter because those ugly stretch marks need to go STAT!
    • Oral-B Glide Floss because I swear by flossing!
    • Bath & Body Works Pink Chiffon Body Lotion – because even though I can use the FAB Ultra Repair Cream for my body, I sometimes want a lotion that smells nice! Hehe.
    • Pure Paw Paw Ointment for almost everything. Seriously. Chapped lips, sore nipples (from breastfeeding), dry & cracked skin, etc. I even use this on my baby’s dry, cracked skin – mostly on his feet and arms.
    • A sachet of nipple balm, which I never ended up using coz I kept using the Paw Paw! 🙂
    • La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water for an extra boost of hydration.
    • Acuvue TruEye daily lenses – I’m short sighted and hate wearing glasses so I swear by these!
    • A hair tie, of course.


    And lastly, my shower must-haves!

    These are also travel-sized goodies that would fit in the palm of my hands.

    I put all my shower essentials in a bag I got from the EVA NYC Get Up And Go Hair Care Travel Kit below, and it’s perfect for shower essentials because it’s plastic and won’t soak from wet products.

    Stuff I have in here are:

    • EVA NYC Clean It Up Shampoo & Soften Up Conditioner – these seriously smell so nice!
    • LUSH Snow Fairy Shower Gel, my favorite shower gel of all time!
    • First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser – not my daily cleanser but opted to bring this because it’s travel sized and I can’t be bothered to put my daily cleanser in a separate travel bottle. LOL. And this cleanser is a very basic cleanser so it won’t irritate my skin or cause break outs.
    • Venus Snap – my latest beauty obsession!!! So tiny and easy to bring when travelling.
    • St. Ives Apricot Scrub just in case I need a face scrub, you’ll never know! 
    • Summer’s Eve Feminine Wash – this is a must-have, especially after you’ve given birth (cesarean births only, of course). Gotta keep that area clean! 🙂
    So I hope you enjoyed having a peek into my hospital bag! If you’re wondering where my hairstyling stuff are, I actually didn’t bring any! My hair is very low maintenance, fortunately, so I don’t really need to bring anything for my hair. However, when travelling for long periods of time I would absolutely bring my dry shampoo and hair oil! 🙂
    Would love to see what you all have in your travel/hospital bags, so do share with me!
    Have a great week, loves! XO <3
    Haircare, Makeup, Skincare

    Out The Door in 5 Minutes: Skin Care, Makeup, Body Care, Hair & Fashion

    In honor of Mondays… Ooh, the most dreaded day of the week, I’ve decided to post this to help you all out there who often had too much fun on Sunday nights and totally forgot you’ve got to work/go to school the morning after.


    Woke up late? Need to be out of the house in literally 10 minutes? Or even 5?

    This, honestly, happens to me a lot ever since my highschool days!

    My morning rush must-haves!

    If this also happens to you a lot, I strongly urge you to have the following items handy at all times at home:

    • Face Mist or Toner
    • Tinted Moisturizer with SPF
    • Tinted Eye Cream
    • Tinted Lip Balm/Lip Butter
    • Body Moisture Spray
    • Dry Shampoo
    • A set of go-to clothes
    • Protein/Granola/Muesli Bars or Liquid Breakfast
    • Mints/Breath Fresheners
    So, here’s my out-the-door in 5 minutes routine for your inspiration:

    1. Brush your teeth

    After jumping out of bed and realizing you only have 5 minutes to storm out of the house, BRUSH YOUR TEETH, there is no excuse! You don’t want to suffocate people around you with your lovely morning breath. LOL!

    But then, when you’re rushing you tend to forget things. So at the end of the post I have a list of things you always need to have in your handbag – one of them are mints or breath sprays. However, these should never be a replacement for a good ol’ conventional teeth brushing. (30 seconds)

    2. Tone your skin

    Forget about washing your face if you have a well-cleansed and well-nourished skin from the night before. You weren’t sleeping rolling around in mud so you don’t really need to wash your face, simply apply toner with a cotton pad to get rid of any excess oils or dirt on the surface of the skin, or mist your face with your favorite face mist/spray to freshen up your complexion.

    Lush Tea Tree Toner Water
    Lush Tea Tree Toner Water

    If you have problematic skin, the Lush Tea Tree Toner Water is super freaking awesome because it will also help treat your acne/congestions. (10 seconds)

    3. Protect your skin

    SPF is so important – this is one step you should never skip, even during the winter! If your skin is in need of coverage, opt for a medium-coverage tinted moisturizer that contains SPF. If not, a moisturizer that contains a minimum of SPF 15 will do.

    Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer,  Etude House 2NE1 Lip Tint in Pink Follower, Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel & Garnier BB Cream Eye Roller
    Makeup must-haves for the occasion!
    (L – R) Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer,
    Etude House 2NE1 Lip Tint in Pink Follower,
    Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel & Garnier BB Cream Eye Roller

    My favorite tinted moisturizers are the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer and NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. You don’t have time to moisturize, apply SPF foundation, and concealer separately, so a tinted moisturizer, BB or CC cream is the way to go! Applying with your clean fingers is much faster. (1 minute max.)

    4. Treat and conceal your under eyes

    Brighten up your eye area as you most likely would still have puffy/red/dark under eyes from being sleep deprived, or maybe allergies?

    Garnier BB Cream Eye Roller’s rollerball

    Quickly dab on a tinted eye cream/treatment like the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer, First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy, or Garnier BB Cream Eye Roll On. This will help hydrate and treat your under eye throughout the day while also concealing any dark circles/puffiness/redness you may have. (30 seconds)

    5. Enhance your features (Optional)

    If you have more than 5 minutes to get out the door, you can always choose to apply an additional 1-2 makeup items that is a MUST for your face.

    How to decide? Simply choose two features of your face that need to be enhanced the most.

    For me, it’s definitely my eyebrows because I have thin and sparse, almost non-existent, eyebrows. The second makeup item I choose is normally mascara or cream blush. Or both if I have the time, but my eyebrows are my number one priority!

    To save time, I usually opt for a tinted brow gel instead of brow pencil/powder.

    Anastasia Brow Gel
    Anastasia Brow Gel

    I also prefer cream blush over powder because they usually last longer and give a very natural flush to the cheeks. My favorite is the Josie Maran Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape and the Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow in Pravella.

    Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow in Pravella
    Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow in Pravella

    Another item I usually add when I have the time is tinted lip balm. It’s important to keep your lips moisturized, but it’s nice to add color to your lips too. I have so many favorites but one of them is the Etude House 2NE1 Lip Tint in Pink Follower, which has a blue bullet but when applied on the lips, turns into a pinkish hue. The final color varies depending on the natural color of the lips and how many layers of the balm is applied – the more layers, the more intense the pink gets. Best thing is, this balm has SPF23!

    Etude House 2NE1 Lip Tint in Pink Follower tinted lip balm

    Make sure you don’t choose to do complicated things like contouring, or colorful eyeshadow application, or doing a winged liner. Keep it simple, neutral and fast. If you really want eyeshadow, opt for long-lasting cream shadows like the Maybelline Color Tattoos. My favorite is the shade Bad To The Bronze.

    6. Moisturize your body

    Of course you won’t have time to slather your skin with body lotion, let alone shower! Grab a body moisture spray (basically a body lotion/moisturizer in a spray bottle) like the Sanctuary Spa Body Moisture Spray or the Vaseline Spray & Go that will moisturize and add a glow to your skin, and spray liberally all over your body to fake an “I showered this morning!” look.

    Sanctuary Spa Body Moisture Spray
    Sanctuary Spa Body Moisture Spray

    With these products you don’t have to spend too much time rubbing the product in like you would with lotions and creams. One swipe is enough to rub the product in. (30 seconds)

    7. Apply deodorant

    Please do everyone around you a favor and don’t forget to use deodorant. It’s so much more important than perfume, especially if you live in hot and humid climates! Hehe. It’s because perfumes cannot control the odor the comes from your underarms, only anti-perspirants can do that.

    Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit
    Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit

    My favorite is the Dove Deodorant Anti-Perspirant Aerosol and Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla  Grapefruit(10 seconds)

    8. Fluff up your hair

    Got limp, flat, oily hair? Always make sure you have dry shampoo, especially if you’ve got dark hair. Blondes can get away with baby powder, but people with dark hair will end up looking like they’ve aged overnight if they use baby powder, if you know what I mean!

    Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume, Lush Tea Tree Toner Water,  Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit, and Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer Vaseline Spray & Go
    Bod, hair and skin must-haves!
    (L – R) Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume, Lush Tea Tree Toner Water,
    Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit, and
    Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer (Spray & Go)

    My favorite is the cult classic Batiste Dry Shampoo in Cherry and on days when I need more volume, the XXL Volume version. Quickly spray it all over your hair (try to get to the roots as best as you can) and massage it into your bed head to add volume.

    If your hair’s a really hot mess, just bun it up! And if your hair gets super tangled a lot, make sure you have a tangle teezer handy! (1 minute)

    9. Dress up

    The quickest way to get out the door looking decent is by always having in mind your set of go-to clothes and accessories. The key is to choose clothing that is easy for you to slide into. Avoid clothes with buttons, and opt for zippers instead. As for shoes, choose something you can easily slide into without having to worry about bits and pieces falling out, causing you to stumble.

    For me, it’ll be a pair of leggings, an appropriate top/shirt, a cardigan, a statement necklace/bracelet(s), and a pair of flats. Ideally, it’ll be better if you had these prepared the night before if you know you’re going to wake up late in the morning! (1 minute)

    10. Carry breakfast to-go

    Do NOT skip breakfast! But you only have a few seconds left? Always keep in your pantry some protein/granola/muesli bars that you can just throw in your bag and eat on the way. Or, a liquid breakfast like Up & Go milk, which is my favorite! (10 seconds)

    Aaand…VOILA! You’re ready to storm out of the house.

    I hope that does not inspire you to wake up late all the time, but I do hope it’ll help if you ever have to rush in the morning!

    Is this similar to your routine if you ever wake up late? Let me know in the comments what you’d do differently/the same! I’m always looking for inspirations 🙂
    Just wanted to add one last thing. If you’re a morning racer (i.e. always having to race out the door every morning), it’s a good idea to always have these in your handbag/purse:
    • Breath mints/spray: Just in case you forget about brushing your teeth!
    • Dry shampoo: I always have a mini sized dry shampoo handy just in case my hair gets all cray-cray on me.
    • Perfume: You never want to smell offensive, but you didn’t have time to shower or use deodorant, so having a mini sized perfume handy is never a bad idea!
    • Protein bar: Or any other “bars” in case you don’t have time to grab breakfast.
    • Touch-up powder: This is a must if you have oily skin!

    What else do you think should be added to this list?
    Hope you enjoyed this post! XO