Spring Break Essentials

It’s spring break guys!! I’m heading to the Gold Coast tomorrow with my friend, Nad, who’s going to be flying in from Singapore! I haven’t seen her since my last trip home so I suspect there will be plenty of bitchery over coffee and late night gelato. My travel beauty kit is always the first to be packed and I realised some of the products I’ve chosen to bring with me haven’t been formally introduced on the blog yet so here it is: my spring break beauty essentials.

Tortoiseshell Sunglasses: These are from Peony Lim but they’re currently sold out. I think you can find a similar pair from Karen Walker, bit pricey though.

Revlon PhotoReady Foundation in 004 Nude
: I had no interest in the PhotoReady foundation but when I spotted bottles going for SGD$15 at the Changi Airport, HELLO INTEREST KINDLED. There have been a lot of mixed reviews regarding this line: some think it’s great, others argue that it’s too much of a glitter puff. I think it’s perfect. It’s light, has medium coverage and the shimmer blends right into the skin for me.

Maybelline 24-hour Color Tattoo in Bold Gold: Haven’t tried this out yet but I’m going to be using this as an eyeshadow on days when I need to have my sunnies on 24/7 (stalking surfer boys MEHEHE) or as an eyeshadow base on days when the Gold Coast sun isn’t out to blind me.

Bobbi Brown Day to Night Warm Eye Palette: Previously seen here. I was just gifted Urban Decay’s Naked Palette for my birthday this year but this Bobbi Brown one gets to travel with me because it’s a lot smaller and has a good mix of neutral and dark shades.

Topshop Cream Blush in Pinch: Also artfully reviewed here. It’s always handy to have an item that’s versatile enough for your cheeks and lips when on holiday!

Revlon Lip Butters in Candy Apple and Peach Parfait: These lipsticks certainly live up to their hype, they apply so smoothly and have a great assortment of shades. Candy Apple is my favourite because it’s the first red lippie (albeit a little on the coral side) I have that doesn’t need to be applied with a lip brush. Amen.

Biore UV Perfect Milk SPF 50+ PA+++: After my little skin cancer scare last year, I’ve become such a sunscreen hoarder omg – I buy two bottles at a time whenever my current bottle feels considerably lighter. My biggest beauty fear is running out of sunscreen and having to stay indoors until I get the bottles shipped over to me from Asia since this particular sunscreen isn’t available here. I’ve tried many brands from Neutrogena (gross) to Kose (too expensive) but Biore’s is definitely the best because it’s cheap, doesn’t smell like sunscreen and has a matte finish.

Covergirl Liquiline Blast in Brown Blaze: Easily the best beauty purchase I’ve made in a while. The eyeliner is great but I think the amazing thing about the Liquiline Blast is the smudge brush that comes with it. Line your eyes a little thicker than usual, blur out the edges with the smudge brush, and you’ll have an effortless 2 minute smokey eye. Great stuff.

Maybelline One by One Volum’Express Mascara: It’s similar to my former HG mascara from Majolica Majorca but is a lot easier to remove.

MAC Brow Gel in Beguile: I switch between this shade and Girl Boy depending on my mood and it’s been my favourite for 4-5 years now? I’ve tried eyebrow pencils but I always go back to brow gels – it’s so much easier!

I should probably get back to packing before I forget other important things like my plane tickets, or my passport .__. Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you guys after my holiday!

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12 Responses to “Spring Break Essentials”
  1. Giselle says:

    I love Revon’s Photoready Foundation too! Have you tried Bourjois’ Healthy Mix Serum? Blends beautifully!


    ilyana's reply:

    No I haven’t but I’ve heard great things about it! Did you know Bourjois is owned by Chanel? My mind is blown lol.


  2. Amanda says:

    I just realized that I have Topshop’s Pinched blush too! I just don’t apply makeup to school or it’d melt all over my collar and that’s not a pretty sight. I’ve been meaning to try Revlon’s Photoready foundation too but I have compacts to go through and KATE’s BB cream is seriously tempting! Revlon’s lip butters do not seem to work well for me, I think the texture looks weird :/

    Have fun in the gold coast Ilyana!


    ilyana's reply:

    KATE has a bb cream now?? I feel so behind the times lol. The Revlon lip butters found in singapore is such a weak selection tho, they’re mostly shimmery and I wish they would sell the non-shimmery ones because the texture’s better :)


    Amanda's reply:

    Yup Kate has a BB cream!! It’s more yellow though but not complaining cos I found my shade (3 shades only but better than the usual 1 or 2!) Come back soon and raid the new Asian products!!

    Yeah I dislike shimmery stuff now plus the ones I tried felt more like hardened lipgloss for me :(


  3. Dejiki says:

    Ok, most of this post is irrelevant to me LOL.

    Have FUN at GOLD COAST!! Please go to Dreamworld and TAKE ALL THE RIDES!
    Dejiki recently posted Overview: Halloween attractions in Singapore 2012


  4. ilyana says:

    Didn’t manage to go to Dreamworld but omg Movieworld is lovely!


  5. kaithlin says:

    hey…i recommend u checking out la roche posay anthelios xl sunscreen, its a french product….they are the best sunscreen as compared to european n asian ones…


    ilyana's reply:

    Hi Kaithlin, I apologise for the late reply! Thanks so much for reading, what’s the texture of the la roche posay sunscreen like? You got me curious ;)


  6. Jen W says:

    Looks like some great picks- that Bobbi Brown Day to Night palette is calling to me.
    Jen W recently posted The Edit: Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 Makeup Looks


    ilyana's reply:

    Yes, it’s such a wonderful palette – one that I really need to make use of other than when on holiday lol.


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