Hello everyone! After 6 years of being with Google Reader, I am sad to say it is shutting down tomorrow. I am ever so grateful to have made so many new friends online and to have reached so many people who follow my blog and continue reading it on a regular basis.
 
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30/06/2013

Bye bye Google Reader - Hello bloglovin'!


What better product to use for that dewy summer glow than a moisturising oil with high sun protection factor? La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Invisible Nutritive Oil SPF 50+ is a sunscreen oil with SPF 50.

It comes in an orange transparent bottle with a pump. It smells of typical sunscreen, but as overwhelming as when entering some H&M shops.
As someone whose combination skin is prone to dry cheeks and oily T-zone also has the propensity for developing freckles and sun spots, I'm loving this product.

I use this product on my cheeks and neck, where it sufficiently hydrates and protects my skin from sun damage and premature aging, without causing my skin to break out. For my oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin), I use an oil control lotion.

It is quickly absorbed by the skin, leaving you a dewy glow. It is non-sticky. I find that it can feel too oily if you apply too much and one pump is sufficient to cover my face and neck.
 
Available at £17.50 for a whopping 200ml from your local drugstore or the Boots website.
 
What do you think? ♥
Livia xx

27/06/2013

A Summer Must-Have! La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Invisible Nutritive Oil SPF 50+


 
What I'm Wearing
 
FACE
MAC Mineralize Concealer
MAC Blot Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
MAC Royal Sunset Blush
MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base
EYES
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
Maybelline Smokey Eye Liner in Chocolate
Etude House Brow Pencil
 
LIPS
MAC Flamingo Lipstick
 
 
I'm sure many of you will share my love for coral pinks. I find its the perfect wearable girly pick me up when I'm feeling a little bit low or feel need to look pretty without attracting too much attention (hot pinks are reserved for more daring escapades!). I've fallen in-love with all the shades of coral in MAC's latest collection - MAC All About Orange. Both, MAC Royal Sunset Blush and MAC Flamingo Lipstick, I've hauled from the said collection.
 
What's your favourite girly makeup shade? ♥
Livia xx

26/06/2013

LOOK: All About Coral Pinks

 
 
Hello everyone, I apologise for the lack of posts lately. I have been so busy with erratic shifts at work, more details underneath. :)

But first, here are the makeup products I've been using pretty much every day lately, listed in order of use for My Everyday Face!


Bioderma Créaline AR BB Cream Anti-Redness SPF 30 40ml
I have this in the colour light. At the beginning, it looks a bit pink-toned on me, but I find that it adapts to my skin tone. It feels like a gel to begin with and dries to a velvety finish. It has medium coverage. It diminishes redness, provides sun protection and adds coverage.

MAC Blot Powder in Medium
This has been one of my staple products, especially during the summer, to minimise shine. Applied with a MAC 187 brush.

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
I discovered this myself half a year ago after watching videos of Miranda Kerr on youtube (she recommended this!) and I can't believe I haven't tried this amazing mascara before. Just a few swipes and I have long thick lashes. It lasts through the day, keeping my lashes curled. It works like magic!

Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Pencil
A staple. It's so easy to draw natural-looking eyebrows with this.

MAC Hipness Blush
This blush I have was from the Fafi MAC collection, but it has been re-promoted more recently. It is a peachy pink blush with amazing pigmentation. It ever so slightly has a sheen, that's flattering on the cheeks. NARS Deep Throat Blush is similar

Benefit Hoola Bronzer
This has been my staple for the last 2-3 years. I can't believe its been that long! It's a yellow-toned matte bronzer that's perfect for creating shadows for my yellow-toned skin. I apply this after blush with a MAC 138 brush over the hollows of my cheeks, temples, underneath the chin. Using my index finger, I apply this on the sides of my nose for extra definition.

MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base
Easy to use highlighter. This is another staple. I have used it for years!

Shiseido Eyelash Curler
Another staple!

Maybelline Eye Studio Master Smokey Eye Pencil in Chocolate
 This product applies creamily. I found this to last longer and smudge less compared to my old staple MAC Coffee Eye Pencil. I definitely recommend you to try this out!

I use lip balm for everyday purposes. But in this photo, I used MAC Made To Order lipstick.
  
What products do you use for your everyday face?
What do you think? ♥
 
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It has almost been a year since I've started my new job and I must say it does have its highs and lows. At the very beginning, I used to feel so inspired and enthused with what I do. That 6 years of medical training have been worth it. I have been and still do 110% of my best, but lately I have been feeling so low and probably a little burnt out.

I have just finished another long seven day stretch with three 12-13-hour on call daytime shifts for a 'long weekend'. During weekends, my workplace is seriously understaffed and chaotic. Lunch break becomes a 10-minute relief. When you are faced with multiple acutely unwell patients, other individuals continuously pester and criticise you for not being able to act on issues lower down your priority list, it all becomes a bit too much.

All that's left to do is take a 5-minute breather, force a smile, and carry on.
I suppose what they say is right - you can only try your best. There's nothing else you can do!
I don't mean to discourage anyone thinking of entering the medical profession. It is rewarding when you know you've made a difference and It feels wonderful watching people recover. Nevertheless, there are still aspects of it that keep you grounded and feel like rubbish. I knew what I was getting into. And overall, I do love my job. I suppose those who enter this line of work are probably ambitious masochistic individuals who are bored and consistently love a challenge in their lives - I guess I am!
  
On another note.... GFC is Dying!
 
I read from several other blogs that Google Friend Connect (GFC) is going to stop functioning from 1st July, so if you haven't yet, please click this button to continue following me on BlogLovin'. It's a great substitute for the blogger feed - so much more organised and tidy!

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Livia xx

24/06/2013

My Everyday Face - and Life Update ❣


Here I have is MAC Altered Beige Lipstick from the MAC Temperature Rising Collection. MAC describes this as a creamy yellow beige with a lustre finish. On my lips, it translates as a glossy light pink beige. These types of shades are best worn with dark smokey eyes as I feel the colour itself makes me look a bit washed out. The lipstick lasts 2-3 hours, typical of MAC lustre formulas, but if you're a shameless lipstick eater like myself it might not last as long!
 
 Available from your local MAC Cosmetics shop or the MAC website, while supplies last!
 
What do you think? ♥
Livia xx

01/06/2013

Lip Swatch: MAC Altered Beige Lipstick Review, Swatches - Temperature Rising Collection

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