Using it up – Jan 2013

Been on a use it up and purging mode recently 🙂 Thought I’ll share what I used up in Jan 2013


The Avene cleanser is amazing and I love using it after my oil cleanser or in the morning. Shu Uemura oil cleansers are my Holy Grail products. As for the rest…… meh.

* Not affiliated and all products were purchased by me


2nd Project 13 Pan Completion

So I embarked on another project pan. It’s unsuccessful in the sense that I didn’t stop shopping when I was doing this project pan. But it did help me realize how much I had & that in itself was a deterrent to more shopping! 😀 Here’s some pictures & my thoughts on the stuff I finished 🙂

DHC Cleansing Oil (Olive Oil)

Definitely one of the cleansing oils I return to again & again. I go between this & Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil. I love the scent of Shu Uemura but like the heavier texture of DHC better 🙂 I already have a back up ready but I’m going to use my 450mL bottle of Shu Uemura first! 😀

Allie SPF 50+ Sunscreen (Kanebo)

When I just got this, my first reaction is that this is tiny!!! There’s no indication on the bottle but I suspect this is a 1oz/ 30mL bottle. This is typical of Asian sunscreens in that it is milky and yet dries to a powder finish. I am contemplating rebuying it but I got this off As such, I’m wary about how ‘fresh’ this is. As you know, the age of a sunscreen is important. Once over 1 to 1.5 years, the sunscreen protective properties is almost gone. Instead I’m back to finishing my Shiseido SPF 55 lotion.

L’Oreal EverStrong Sulfate-Free Shampoo

I went on this hair spree & this was one of the shampoo that I ended up getting. I have to admit that I love the scent! As for it strengthening & bodifying? I didn’t really see a major difference in my hair. Would I rebuy? Maybe yes, for the scent! 🙂

Henri Bendel New York – Jasmine & Tuberose Body Lotion

Why oh why do they discontinue the best stuff? 😦 This is my go to lotion when I want to smell like a million dollars woman! I love the strong jasmine scent & how it is sweet & yet not cloying. I love this so much that I went on ebay to get me the fragrance as well! 😀 Will review that in another post.

Lucas’ Papaw Ointment

This rich ointment is touted to be this amazing ointment that’s made from fermented papaya. It’s supposed to help anything from boils, rash, wounds, insect bites, nappy rash & so on. I use this as a very rich night cream for my hands & feet. Did it do anything? I didn’t notice a major difference but my heels seem less cracked with regular application of this ointment. Will I rebuy? Doubtful as this is pretty hard to get (produced in Australia) & the results is not worth the cost & effort for me 🙂

Tom’s of Maine Simply White Toothbrush – Clean Mint

This toothpaste is honestly my HG (holy grail). I love how this toothpaste leaves me with a clean & fresh feeling. After I started using this, Colgate just isn’t the same after all. Plus this is supposed to be better for your teeth as it’s natural 😀

Lush Sexy Peel Soap

Lush touts this as “A wash with Sexy Peel soap will bring you back for breakfast. Fresh lemon, grapefruit and lime juice wash away sleepiness and get you breathing in revitalising fruitiness.” It’s definitely interesting as the soap has peels spread throughout the soap so it has a gritty feel when you use it 🙂 The scent is refreshing but I much prefer Lush Karma soap.

Bliss Lemon & Sage Body Butter

This is simply heavenly! Definitely one of my favorite body lotions with a divine scent! You can see that I finished my 14 oz tube. 🙂 A definite rebuy!

Asience Deep Nourish Conditioner

My mom got this for me from Asia. It’s very moisturizing and I love how my hair looks after using it. 🙂 However I am working on finishing my Terax conditioner. Otherwise this is a definite rebuy!

Shiseido Facial Cotton

This is my holy grail cottons! Love love love how soft yet luxurious yet thick this is! I stock up on this whenever there’s a sale!

CloseUp Toothpaste

Another Asian product! This is a toothpaste from Indonesia and it’s simply minty fresh! However I already found my HG toothpaste (see above) so it’s not a rebuy for me 🙂

DHC Skin Softener

Used a stock picture as I re-used my bottle before taking pictures 😛 Loving this softener! It doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin and takes the remains of whatever dirt’s left. I am definitely getting another bottle once I use up my Shiseido softener 🙂

Day 12 of simplifying my life – Project 5 Pan Completion! :)

I completed my project 5 pan today!!! Here are the other 3 items that I have finished. 🙂

Left to right: Pure Skin Formulations Gentle Castile Cleanser (I took a pic of my back up as my used bottle is recycled as a hand soap dispenser now 🙂 ), Bliss Lemon & Sage Body Butter & Kerastase Noctogenist Serum Nuit

Pure Skin Formulations Gentle Castile Cleanser

I was recommended this as a gentle cleanser to repair my skin barrier which has been compromised. I don’t think it’s that gentle. Sometime my combo skin will feel tight after cleansing. Then again it might be because I double cleanse (oil cleanser followed by this). Or it could be that the castile is not really that non drying. Anyway I have a backup ready for use 🙂

Bliss Lemon & Sage Body Butter

I love, love, love this! There’s something about the scent that I simply love! I love this so much that I have this in the 14 oz version too! 🙂 It absorbs fairly fast into the skin with no greasy feeling. Did I mention the scent is divine? 😀

Kerastase Noctogenist Serum Nuit

Once upon a time, I was crazy about Keratase. Then I went on a break and recently got back to it again. I got it from the Keratase website but this is continued now. For the price I was expecting more of a miracle which I didn’t get from this. Nonetheless it’s a nice leave in conditioner. Just not a miracle worker 😦


I failed on the P5P as I did end up buying stuff during this period. Nonetheless going on the P5P did curtail my spending a fair bit & I’m actually going to go on another P5P! 🙂 Wish me luck!

*** All the above products were purchased by me.

Project 5 Pan updates

I finished a skincare product today!

It’s Silk Naturals Super Defense Serum. Silk Naturals products are highly recommended by the skin board on makeupalley. I bought a bunch of their products & I admit that I like their serums best. This serum is nice but I didn’t see any significant changes in my skin after using it. Furthermore, when the serum got older, it started getting a slight funky smell. Nonetheless I used it all as I wanted to add it to my P5P! 😀

Would I buy it again? Probably not as I really didn’t think it made a significant change to my skin.

Also I used up 5 of the sample packets that I have. However I started breaking out a little which concerned me. I don’t know which caused it as I was using sample packets of toner, cleanser & primer. I might lay off the skincare samples for now as my skin is kinda finicky.

*** Silk Naturals Super Defense Serum was purchased by me. No affiliation to any company.

Neutrogena Moisture Shine SPF 20 Lipsticks, L’Oreal Color Juice Sticks & update on Project 5 pan


After a long makeup blogging break, I finally present some swatches. I was debating on changing my blog name since I had been blogging about other stuff. Anyone knows how to do that in wordpress?

Anyway here are the swatches!

Neutrogena Moisture Shine SPF 20 Lipstick. Texture on these are fine although I did find Electric Currant drying on my lips after a few hours.

Left to right: #110 Think Pink, #250 Rum Raisin, #400 Berry Burst, #430 Pomegranate, #440 Electric Currant

L’Oreal Color Juice Sticks. I think these had been dced but have been showing up at some Dollar Trees & Big Lots. These feel more like a gloss in a stick form. You can see the shine from the picture taken with the flash!

Left to right: #460 Island Punch, # 415 Cherry Freeze, # 710 Plum Crazy

I finished my first item in Project 5 pan! Babor Body Line Thermal Hand & Nail Repair Cream. I got this from skincarerx & it’s nothing to rave about. A decent hand cream but I think Neutrogena hand cream or others do an equally good job. I do like that this absorbs really fast into my skin.

By the way, I just wanted to introduce my Angel bear! He’s been with me for years &  years & he just wanted to say hello! 😀


Project 5 pan

As many of you will know of the phenomena called “Project 10 Pan”. Lollipop26 started this with the intention of using up 10 items of makeup before she bought more.

Now my stash is getting to the point where it needs culling. I have been doing some culling via my blog sales. Nonetheless it will be nice to actually use up some of the stuff that I have. So my rules for Project 5 pan (10 pan is too daunting) are:

– Skincare/Haircare/Body care/Makeup applies.

– I must finish the item.

– Exceptions made for Sephora FF/ certain blog sales/ swaps.

I started yesterday and failed already by going to Marshalls & Ulta and getting some makeup & skincare *face palm* Nonetheless I hope that I will stay strong from on! Have any of you done this? Any tips on staying on track? Success stories?

Wish me luck! 😀