Whoopdedoo – New Camera (And New Makeup)!

Hello!

I’ve got some really really exciting news to share, more so for myself actually but remember the little camera dilemma I found myself in a while back? When I posted this LOTD?

Well, that dilemma is now a thing of the past because…

Voila~

My new shiny and sexy baby, woots.

Okay I couldn’t help myself there, please excuse me.

But as you can see, after seeing both the Olympus EP-5 and EM-10 in person, I had fallen for the Olympus OM-D EM10 because of how adorably compact it looks along with how handy the knobs and dials are even though before this I always had my sights set on the EP-5.

I guess it’s true, when it comes to cameras you really have to see and feel it in person before passing judgement.

Given how pretty this looked, I went all the way (or rather Hubs went all the way) and got a whimsical and girly strap for me to go with the camera instead of the default black one that comes with.

It’s frivolous yes, but a pretty strap makes a pretty camera even prettier, yes?

On a not that frivolous note, I got the dual lens kit because I figured given the focal (and zoom) length of the kit lens, I probably want something a little further for occasions like zoo trips or… something.

While not as cute, that ‘tumbler’ you see there is the 40-150mm lens, for ‘back up’ purposes.

Now, it’s really random for me to be parading my new birthday present from the hubs but I guess my point of this is, yay to a new camera because for the most part the use of a camera is to snap pictures for this little space of mine so… I guess that is why I felt this newbie deserved a mention and an introduction.

While I love my old and gold SONY A350, it has been giving some problems and is starting to sound aged (springs do echo once pictures are snapped, slower start up time, lens spasm… etc).

It is still going strong (bless that trooper) but I am in need of a shiny new play toy, and also a back up plan if you will.

Long story short, I am might pleased with the camera I eventually decided upon (Olympus OM-D EM10, once again) because I have shot some test snaps and am loving how it feels and shoots so far.

Here are some quick shots:

And that one is some dreamy filter I was testing out. Cool stuff.

And then there’s more!

So… yes while I am excited about the camera, so excited that I daren’t touch it much for fear of dirtying it (so lame, I know), here’s more stuff to be excited about!

After all, we talk about make up on here so here’s a little makeup to show for it!

Also along the lines of a birthday gift, here’s a generous beauty pile I got from my beloved beauty pals (hurhur, see the rhyme) – Eliza, Mabel and Sophia!

It’s so darling that they remembered I have been sitting on my wishlist of the Les Beiges powder and after gifting me the Retractable Kabuki last year, I now have the powder to go with!

And to add to the Chanel party, I also got this stunning gem!

stylo yeux waterproof, chanel, makeup, eye pencil

The Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Bleu Metallique which is absolutely gorgeous.

I know that because I have already used it… I couldn’t help myself.

And lastly, the beautiful beautiful hot pink lipgloss from NARS, Priscilla. Looks like Yu and Schiapp have company now!

Wrapping It Up – One Year Older, Not Sure If I’m Wiser…

I guess wrapping up the past year, time seems to have flown by and things were quite a rollercoaster of events and emotions. Such as this little frivolous roller coaster that is going through my mind right now as I fret about blog issues. Yes, the same blog issues that aren’t solved thus far. Tsk!

In the bigger scale of life, I have been busy with my mini-me and also trying to put entries up as often as I can, along with sorting out work issues in work time but like what everyone says, life truly passes you by the minute you hit your 20s because, frankly speaking it felt like it was just yesterday that I turned 21 and now I have just turned 24!

Yet, here I am still the same girl, writing on the same blog about the same frivolous makeup issues even though my life is completely different from what it was when I first started this space.

I don’t know what else to contribute to my philosophy of life because it didn’t even feel like a whole year had gone by yet here we are sitting in 2014 with a very much evolved blogging scene. Everything is booming on social media these days and we’ve got so many more avenues to contribute to Cyber Bullying and a whole lot more frivolousness to fret about.

Like how I have been quite annoyed and peeved with the blogging issues and dilemmas I have ben encountering these days, with the whole Onsugar RSS and Security Cert glitch and how it has also in turn been affecting traffic on my blog. Which really in a sense shouldn’t bug me because I don’t play the number game though I can’t help but feel annoyed I am subjected to this just because I don’t have control over portions of the site to tweak and amend. I guess that is what comes with being hosted for free as opposed to self-hosting.

So anyway, I will admit that this issue is nagging away at me, making me consider remedies and options like moving out to another host or even self-hosting but at the end of the day, I should remind myself to look at the bigger picture.

I love makeup, I love writing but I should also find means and ways to improve my quality of life, my family’s and much as I enjoy attending events, writing about products and such there are occasions things start to get to me and get in my head and I tip towards the scale of numbers but I must always remind myself that there are bigger things in life than makeup clique-goss, who gets more products, who posts the quickest, etc.

I guess this is growing up, learning responsibilities and hopefully learning to ramble less!

A large part of this could be confusing for a lot of
people but I guess I am just having a self reflecting verbal diarrhea on here, and being very truthful about matters running through my mind for whoever is interested or around to read.

I feel grateful that given how I’m not as shiny and prepped (I mean this in the whole doll-ed up aspect of it) as good deal of the girls sashaying about on Instagram, I still get a substantial amount of views, presence and I truly appreciate all of you because in a world so frivolous and fickle, somehow this feels genuine.

Okay, enough of me, I should go now. I had no intention to make this so deep but… if it helps lighten matters up, I have a LOTD coming up soon!

Thank you so so much for reading!

In Some Dior News…

Okay, one more (forrealz), before I go!

I am mass churning these out in pictorial style because they are all already out and about (in Singapore) so it’s best I get word of them out first before I return from Japan a week later and it’s suchhhh old news.

Though yes, I do know that most of the time I am trailing and jogging behind makeup news, a little breathless and a heaving heap of mess but… for once, I shall run along with the masses?

Wait up for me!

So anyway, you’ve seen pictures of these, you’ve probably heard a lot about them, especially because the makeup scene was abuzz with news of these interesting Dior Lip products.

Is it a lipgloss? No.

Is it a lipstick? No.

Is it a lipstain? Not really…

So what exactly are these?

Dior calls them Fluid Sticks, I call them awesomely glossy and pigmented lips in a swipe!

If juicy translucent jelly lips that pack quite a punch are your thang, then pop by your nearest Dior counter right now to grab these up!

Available in an array of 16 colors, this water-based (yes, you heard right) lip formula is made to slide on moist and cool on your lips and leave a close hug of glossy pigmentation as the water evaporates with wear, leaving you a dense layer of color and shine.

I know the first question on many people’s minds would be how these compare to the YSL Glossy Stain. Well, off-hand (and this is really pre-mature), my impression would be these run a little thicker (but they’re still runny in comparison to glosses) and aren’t as aqueous as the Glossy Stains but the eventual ‘dry down’ feel of a dense balmy layer feels very similar.

I’ll give you more thoughts / information about these along with a proper swatch and showcase to come.

Though in the meanwhile here’s a little selfie of how Artifice (one of the 4 IT colors), a vivid orange-red, wears on me. To give you an idea of how they wear, with lovely pigmention and a jelly shine.

I don’t care that we don’t have ‘seasons’ here but these are so perfect for that whole summer-gloss makeup trend, especially so for people who don’t typically like glosses! Ahem ahem, me.

As I said, this is a quick touch and go, so I hope the pictures themselves serve as a good feast in the meanwhile.

Lips aside, after Dior had successfully launched their Gel Top Coat (not actually a gel, but gives that plush glossy effect), it was only a matter of time before they infused that same glossy long-wearing quality into their usual line-up.

Well, that time is here as Dior is doing an overhaul and replacing all their current Dior Vernis with a new and improved formula – the Dior Vernis Couture Effet Gel.

I’ve only got one of these babies swatched, in one of the 4 ‘IT’ Colors (complementing the Fluid Stick range), but I’ll give the rest a go once I get back!

Though in the meanwhile, you can head on down to a Dior counter (I recommend the Backstage Studio at ION) and give these a swatch to see how glossy and plush they are!

Do approach the sales assistants before hand to check if what they have are stocks of the new Gel Effect polishes as they are in the midst of replacing the range and it could get a little confusing for them and us alike.

So, did I do this in record time? A quick lowdown of what’s new at Dior right now.

I have some word of the Summer collection to share too but… I think I’ll save that for when I’m back. I feel like I’m running the clock here because I still have a whole luggage to pack so ciao for now!

Again, don’t forget to catch me on instagram if you would like to see glimpses of my trip!

Spring-time Glossiness! What's to come!

I may be a few springs too late but… it’s spring time nonetheless and better late than never, yes?

What I’ve noticed is after the glitz and glam of the Winter / Holiday collections, everything gets a lot lighter, brighter and sheerer come spring.

If you favor lipglosses, you would have been pretty pleased with all the revamps that brands have been doing to their lipgloss line – amping up the formula, stylizing a cute and practical applicator etc.

While lipglosses are still glosses – sheer, translucent and glossy – they have come quite far with modern day technology and sure don’t feel / smell like the same glosses I’ve seen on my mom’s vanity back in the day!

Anyway, what I am trying to say is… while I may have skipped over mentioning some of these glosses at their launch, I feel they deserve a little word all the same because after all, while I don’t reach for glosses as much these days, I can’t deny that they were my stepping stone to dressing my lips up!

Shh, don’t tell my secondary school teachers but I loved to pop on some sheer gloss just before school started. I guess that’s the beauty of it, you can get away with a slick of gloss even in school, not that I am advocating it but… yeah.

Stay tuned for these glossy mentions!

I know they aren’t new (aside from the YSL) and you can head over to counters to swatch it for yourself etc, but sometimes some blog mentions ignite my interest in existing / permanent products all the same so I hope these overviews will do the same!

Thanks for reading!

p.s. incase you notice a cute little icon around on out-going links (like this), it is an indication that these out-going links will open in a new window / tab depending on your browser setting! It’s a small random addition but I thought it would be quite spiffy to have these around incase you’re wondering what links open where and don’t want to override your current window.

p.p.s. I didn’t include the little icons for the side-bars else they’ll be all over the place! In current / newer entries, pictures will no longer be clickable while you will see little arrows beside images in 2013 and earlier entries because I can’t go sorting my entire archive and those open in a window.

Nothing’s going wrong, don’t worry!