Month : May 2017


Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm

Here is another Bobbi Brown love post. (This post is not sponsored in any way)
Today,  I will be reviewing the Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm that isn’t highly raved or talked about, but if you’re a Bobbi Brown fan or if you know any of Bobbi Brown, I’m pretty sure you’ve seen this around.

The Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm comes in a luxurious glass tub that looks pretty on your vanity table and sturdy on your hands.

For those who loves 3-in-1 or you’re just looking for something that has all the benefit you can find. The Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm is something that you can consider and think about.


So what is the Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm?

A lightweight foundation alternative for dry, dehydrated skin, this formula is ultra-rich and blends easily, giving skin a dewy look with light coverage.


In other explanation for the Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm

  • It is part of the Bobbi Brown Extra range. If you have explored the Bobbi Brown Skincare, you would know that they have an Extra range that is catered for extra hydration, extra repairing and all the other extras that is needed because it’s catered for the mature skin or the super dry dehydrated skin. All the extra benefits that is needed.
  • It contains SPF 25. Sunscreen protection is needed and I have spoken many times about the importance of sunscreen.
  • It is tinted. This is it if you want something light coverage, not full on heavy coverage look and just something natural and bare-skin.
  • It is a moisturiser. Well, sort of depending on how dry and dehydrated your skin is.
  • It is a balm. It absorbs into your skin well and a little goes a long way.



I’ve gotten myself the Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm in Extra Light tint.


For reference:  I am a NC10 for MAC and Bobbi Brown Porcelain/Alabaster for the liquid foundation. 


I have used this and tried this out for 3 months. With a few trial and error of what works best as I have a 7 step skincare + 5 step face makeup on a daily basis. So to use this alongside my regular skincare and makeup steps and routine would be a little too heavy for me. As mentioned earlier, this product is really rich. 

But after many trials and error, I have finally found what works for me. So a tip for you, don’t jump into assumption and conclude if it doesn’t work out. You need to understand your skin, and how this product weighs and works on you.



The texture

As mentioned, it is a balm texture so it’s pretty thick and I usually use my fingers, beauty blender or a foundation brush to apply. As this is a balm, and same as any other Bobbi Brown’s balm product, it’s best to warm the product with your fingers by rubbing it gently. So if i’m using a beauty blender or a foundation brush, I rub the product on my finger tips before applying on my palm or my face and blend it with a beauty blender sponge or foundation brush.


The shade seems a little dark in the tub seeing it’s extra light and me being a alabaster/porcelain shade. But this is a very natural neutral shade I would say and swatch it before you judge it.




It has a dewy, hydrated finish as you can see once it’s blended well and it absorbs into your skin. It you’re worried with have oily face or t-zone, you may always set it with your loose/translucent powder. Autumn and Winter is when I love this product alot as it gives an extra layer of protection in terms of hydration and all that so my skin isn’t dry from all the cold and windy days.

Many tinted moisturisers there don’t really last long especially the tints as they fade away or it transfers from your face easily but this is amazingly good as it stays on and doesn’t oxidise to make me look like oompa-loompa or transfers away.



Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm

The Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm is available in most Bobbi Brown counters in Myers, David Jones and Mecca or even the Bobbi Brown online website here . It retails for $85 for the standard 30ml/1oz size. But as mentioned, this product is one of those ‘a-little-goes-a-long-way” type.


Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream – Is it worth it?

You guys should know by now that I love Bobbi Brown skincare and makeup. From their foundations to their cleansers and makeup removers. People always do ask me, “Is it really worth it?”So today, I’ll be reviewing the Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream and let’s see if it’s worth every cent to everything it claims to be.

Just to make it clear for new readers; I have dry combination skin with sensitive skin (Rosecea). The annoying oily T-zone and dry cheeks. Weird right? That’s why moisturisers are tricky where it can’t be too heavy or too light. I don’t really mind layering my skincare at night, but during the day is what I need to look out for.

I have always thought that the Bobbi Brown Extra range is for dry, dehydrated skin or aging. So when I was given a try on this moisturiser and a few other of the range. I was surprised how it turned out!

First things first – the scent. I love the scent. It reminds me of lemongrass and citrus. Can’t really get a hang of what the scent is as there is quite a few ingredient in there (which we will get into it later). If you’ve smelt and used the Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse, it is similar to that, but less tangy.

I love how it comes it their sleek simple packaging. Although the tub is a downside. But it’s made of glass and it’s sturdy. With the inventions of spatula, I no longer need to dig my nails into the tub. LOL

Let’s see what does it claim to do?

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What it is:
Extra Repair Moisturizing Cream contains all the benefits of Bobbi’s cult-favorite Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm but with a lightweight, luxurious cream texture that’s perfect for layering and prepping skin for seamless foundation application. As compared to the Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm, this product has a much lighter texture as compared to the balm.

Who it’s for: It’s ideal for normal to extra-dry skin types and perfect for those in humid climates or anyone who prefers a lighter feel for their cream.

Why it’s different: This skin-nourishing formula utilizes unique Triple Emulsion Technology to give the cream its lightweight texture while still allowing it to be incredibly moisturizing. It’s made with omega-rich sunflower oil—an ingredient packed with essential fatty acids—to provide moisturization without a heavy feel. Glycerin and sodium hyaluronate plump and smooth the appearance of fine, dry lines, while shea butter provides a protective barrier against moisture loss. Skin looks fresher, smoother and firmer for a healthier-looking appearance over time.
How to use: Massage onto clean skin morning and night.


Bobbi’s tip: Perfect makeup starts with smooth, healthy, glowing skin. In addition to helping skin look fresher and more vibrant instantly, Bobbi’s skincare products work like a pre-makeup primer. The skin’s condition changes on a daily basis due to factors like stress, diet and sleep. It’s important to continuously look at the skin to see what it needs. You can also create options in your skincare routine by layering moisturizer.

Formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Active ingredients: 
-Glycerin and Sodium Hyaluronate: Plump and smooth the appearance of fine, dry lines.
-Shea Butter: Provides a protective barrier against moisture loss.
-Omega-Rich Sunflower Oil: An ingredient packed with essential fatty acids that provides moisture without a heavy feel.
-Triple Emulsion Technology: Gives the cream its lightweight texture while still allowing it to be incredibly moisturising.

Other ingredients: 

What’s my verdict?
The Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream is made for those with normal to dry skin and humid climates. That means, it’s suitable for Summer/Malaysia/Singapore countries where the heat and humidity is terrible. My skin loves it as it balance out the combination skin, locks in the moisture for the dry areas without obvious dry patches showing out, my foundation lays on properly and sets nicely and the oily T-Zone does not shine like diamonds. It shows that there is anti-aging properties but I wouldn’t say much about that, because in the end, how do you judge if anti-aging properly does work?

The moisturiser isn’t the heavy creamy thick kind of texture but rather a gel kind of cream, it glides on my skin without any tugging and spreads evenly. It absorbs really quickly with no greasy or layer of shine over it. I was surprised even when I layer my skincare at night. I had a semi-matte baby skin look, which was what made me love it!

The Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream cost AUD$135 / RM335 for 50ml
Is it worth it? Yes, even though it’s on the pricer end. But it is considered to be a higher end luxury skincare.
Would I recommend it? Yes.
Does it claim what it does, I would honestly have to finish the whole tub or at least 3-6 months of constant use in order to review if my skin got immune to it, and if they were any after-effects. But so far, loving it. This made me wanna try the rest of the Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Range.


Have you guys tried any yet?

Till then, Remember! You’re never ugly, only if you’re lazy! 🙂


Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Review

When Urban Decay released their Vice Liquid Lipstick, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them – Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick. I am not your crazy fanatic that would purchase 100 colors and swatch them for you. As much as I would like to assist you but I do not have the financial privileged to do so.
I picked up two colors from the comfort matte range.

  • Thryst – slightly pinkish red
  • 714 – darker red

One thing I’ve learned, DO NOT TRUST the color on the packaging box. Because sometimes they have been exposed to light and the color on the packaging fades. For example, 714 looks slightly orange but it isn’t.


As you can see 714 had an orange undertone but has a brighter red finishing to it.




I understand they are many people concerned about not being able to pull off the bright red or orange tones. But I would suggest you to take a trip to the store and get them to test it out on ur lips and head out for the day. Have tea with your friends, dinner or go back to work.

Drink and eat and you’ll be able to test out the longevity of it and whether the fade color goes well. On top of that, you would also be able to get some feedback from your friends and know if you could pull off the color. I know, 5 minutes in the store isn’t long enough for you to decide if you’d want to take the dare and risk to purchase something you’re unsure you’d be able to pull it off.
The Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick also has the metallic finish liquid lipsticks. But I didn’t purchase any of it because it isn’t something I could wear on a daily basis.

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick has not failed in terms of pigmentation, and it comes with the standard applicator. Which is pretty easy and handy to apply it on. It takes quite a while to dry up to a matte finish (about 5 mins) so there’s no worries about the lipstick drying on the tube or applicator on a daily wear but of course nobody leaves it open for a long time. There wouldn’t be any guarantee on that. 




The Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick is currently available in Mecca at $29

Anyone tried it yet?


Autumn leaves at Mount Wilson – Blue Mountains 

The end of Autumn is almost here.

The road trip up to Blue Mountains last weekend was spontaneous and breathe-taking

It felt like a painting or a wallpaper.

When the Autumn leaves of red, pink, purple, orange, yellow, green and brown waiting to fall off is a sight you’ll never forget.

We only went to the Bebeah garden at Mount Wilson Village which was a 12 acre garden with an entry fee of $8

As most gardens here are private, so the owner has the right to charge you for an entry fee. Some are even $16 for adult..
Blue mountains is huge and i will be awaiting for more trips there.


GPO Cheese & Wine Room #GwenFood

If you’re into Cheese and Wine, then you’d be in for what’s coming up next – GPO Cheese & Wine Room.

Valentines Day happens to be Anniversary Day for us so we get to have TWO dinners. (We all have to eat don’t we?)

So for the first place which we went on Valentine’s Day itself, H brought me to GPO Cheese & Wine Room which is at the basement/underground of Martin Place.

Four weeks being here and the one place I love to sit during the afternoons or late evening is Martin Place. Being surrounded by it’s heritage building, with such nice view to get yourself lost into.

Being located right in the middle of Sydney CBD, it’s not difficult to find, but the fact that it’s in the basement/underground, maybe some lost little souls would find it difficult to spot it. It doesn’t exactly have a huge signboard at the front entrance as well.

H made a booking at 8.15pm due to it’s limited seats. So if you’re planning to try it out, it would be advisable to make a booking rather than walking in. Because we were the second seatings, we had to wait a little while for them to clear and set the tables for us.

Unfortunately, it was Valentine’s Day, and as all/most restaurants, they have special (restricted) menus for the day.

 Entree looks appealing, I was stuck in a dilemma between Grilled Scallop (Yummy), or the Antipasto Board to Share.

I always have problems deciding on my Mains. Whether to get the steak, or grilled salmon or try something new. And that Cheese Fondue was appealing too!

Desserts oh desserts, don’t we always have space for them as well?

So after much silence discussion and whispering with H on what to order or to share.

We’ve decided on….


Antipasto Board to Share

Kurobuto Cantipalo Salami, Mortadella, Brillant-Savarin Triple Cream (France), Reypenaer Gouda (The Netherlands) and semi-dried Tomatoes

Now we figured that this is a Cheese and Wine restaurant and the name says it all. Why would we be ordering something that they aren’t famous for? That’s like walking into a burger joint ordering fried rice.


Truffle Cheese Fondue

This fondue combines the rich, earthy flavours of Brie Coulommiers aux Truffles with a silky, French Secret de Scey


Milk or Dark Chocolate Fondue Dessert Board for Two

Served with Banana, Marshmallows, Pear, Amaretti, Biscotti, Walnuts and Fresh Strawberries

We almost went for the Cheese Board for Two but after having Cheese for Entree and a Cheese Fondue for Main, we decided to indulge in a chocolate fondue to have a little balance with our meal before it gets too cheesy.

I really enjoyed the dinner at GPO Cheese & Wine Room and would rate it an 8/10.


Please bear in mind that this is a personal preference and it’s my own personal review on this. I am not paid to advertise or talk about this and I do not speak for the public.

Before I give my opinion I would like to mention that I love Cheese. I love my cheese and all cheese like how Jerry the mouse loves his cheese. My love for cheese is also one of the reason why H picked this restaurant. If cheese isn’t your thing, then i’d suggest you try the other dishes on the menu. As i’ve always said and mentioned, everyone is different and it’s just a personal preference. Just like how I don’t enjoy sourdough, eggplant, beer, and the list goes on.

I’d have to give a thumbs up to the Mains which was the Truffle Cheese fondue. That’s because

I ♡ Truffle and I ♡ Cheese. How is that not a perfect combination? Truffle has a very strong distinct taste to it just like cheese and I know many people who don’t enjoy Truffles or cheese as well. But if you’re into both, this would be something you have to try and you’ll enjoy it too.

Prior to this, I’ve always heard of Chocolate Fondue, but who knew about Cheese Fondue? I didn’t even understand how it works or how it would taste like until I’ve tried it and boy was it amazing!!

So if you’re up to try Cheese Fondue or have not tried cheese fondue, or you just want to enjoy some nice cold cuts cheese platters, I’d say give it a try.

GPO Cheese & Wine Room 


Lunch: Mon – Fri  12pm – 3pm
Dinner:  Mon – Sat  6pm – 10pm


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