Using Cleansing Balms Without A Cloth

Using Cleansing Balms Without A Cloth

Prior to discovering cleansing balms, I was a big fan of cleansing oils. Double cleansing in the evenings became a daily ritual, even when I wasn’t wearing makeup. On makeup-less days, I double-cleanse to remove all traces of sunscreen on my skin. As much as I loved cleansing oils, they were truly a pain in the behind to bring along when travelling. Once, a tiny bottle of cleansing oil spilled all over my toiletries case. Thankfully there were double zips on the case, which prevented the cleansing oil from leaking onto my clothes. Needless to say, all of my beauty products were oily and I spent a good hour giving everything a good clean. I had to throw the toiletries case away because there was no way I could remove all of the oil that had seeped into and set onto the fabric.

The discovery of cleansing balms was like a hallelujah moment for me because it didn’t just mean I don’t have to buy bulky bottles of cleansing oils anymore, but it will be a breeze to bring along with me when I’m travelling. The only difference with cleansing balms compared to oils is the use of muslin cloths. It’s recommended that you use a muslin cloth (sometimes provided with the cleansing balm) to massage the skin and wipe the balm off the skin.

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Oh Magazines, Why Do Your Gifts With Purchase Have To Be So Damn Good?

Marie Claire Megan Hess Gift With Purchase

It’s no secret on the blog that I’m a magazine junkie. The habit started when I was in primary school, increased when I discovered my first teen magazine, and escalated to epic proportions in uni when I finally had access to all of the international magazines I’ve always wanted to read but could never afford. Back in the day, Malaysian magazines were sold as magazines only. But when I finally was able to buy UK versions of InStyle, Glamour, Marie Claire, etc, what attracted me more to the magazines were all of the amazing gifts with purchase (GWP) they came with.

“You mean they actually gave out free stuff with magazines? GET OUT OF TOWN!”

As I usually purchased women’s magazines, the GWPs that came almost monthly with those magazines were mostly beauty products. Sometimes they were deluxe-sized samples and when I’m lucky, the mags would come with full-sized makeup or even skincare. I bought a lot of magazines that came with full-sized beauty products because they were worth more than the magazine itself (and the mag would just be a bonus!).

You can see why the habit became worse. 😛

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Shopping In My Stash And Rediscovering Old Loves I’ve Forgotten

Shopping In My Stash 2016

For the past number of months, I’ve been asking myself if I’ve fallen into what I call a beauty slump. By slump, I don’t mean I’m neglecting my skincare routine or if I’ve stopped wearing makeup altogether. It’s that I haven’t had the interest to actively seek out new skincare and makeup to try out because looking at the state of my beauty stash, there really was no need to.

I’m really happy with my skincare routine that I’ve carefully curated over the past couple of years. I’ve found great skincare that works very well on my skin and I love the positive results they give me. You know how they say, don’t fix what ain’t broken? This is the reason I’m very reluctant to try anything new because I don’t want to “break” anything!

Having said that, I must admit that once in a while, it does get boring, especially when I was using the same skincare products and makeup all of the time. Instead of venturing out to seek for new beauty products to try out, I decided to shop in my own stash to see what I could use. These products were tried and tested at some point and I’ve kept the ones that I liked. Some were rather old so I decided to repurchase the same products to use. And I’m so pleased to rediscover some of the old loves I’ve forgotten.

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Hoarder Special: Makeup And Toiletries Bags

Makeup and Toiletries Bag Collection

Okay, by now, if you’ve followed BA long enough, you’d know that I’m a collector of things. I envy those who lead the minimalism lifestyle but I know me. I’m the sort of person who just needs STUFF around her. I always have, and I most likely always will need to have lots of stuff around me.

On top of the collection of makeup, skincare, stationery, notebooks, bags and more, I have another confession to make. There’s another category of items that I hoard like nobody’s business, and that’s makeup and toiletries bags.

The funny thing is, I don’t actually use a makeup bag to put makeup in there. My makeup bag in my everyday bag contains only one item of makeup, and that’s lipstick. Everything else is generic-but-essential-in-case-I-need-them items like a foldable hairbrush, lipbalm, hand sanitiser, tiny vial of perfume, facial blotters, etc. So it begs the question, why the heck do I need that many makeup bags when I don’t even bring makeup out with me?

Beats the hell out of me, I tell ya. 😛

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