Simplifying My Make-Up Kit

This year is all about simplifying my life. Who needs a complicated life anyway, right? 

My old make-up kit is this plastic container which contains make-up I bought when I was still working. Oh, I love my brands - Shu Uemura, Bobbi Brown, etc. Buying these brands can get pretty expensive. I have several palettes  of eye shadows, blush, lipstick. My husband knows how expensive these things are when I asked him to buy me make-up brushes from Shu Uemura. I bet he's very happy I don't use that much make-up now.

My lifestyle definitely changed when I became a stay-at-home mom. I hardly had time to fix myself and put on make-up when Javi was very little.  

But now I want some color on my face so hello make-up again. I am not an expert in putting n make-up and all those make-up products.  I put on make-up for only 5-minutes and I've always loved the "no-make up look". For special occasions where I need to be fully made-up, I just go to a salon.  

I looked at my old make-up kit and found that I have so many beauty products that I couldn't even empty out. And I am pretty sure they are all expired and breeding bacteria now.  

I have this small pink make-up kit which I use when we travel. Well, it is now my simplified make-up kit which will contain only the essentials.  

My simplified make-up kit from Beabi 

L'Oreal eyeshadow brush
Shu Uemura blush brush
Shu Uemura eyeshadow brush
Body Shop tweezers
Shu Uemura White Eye Light pencil
(to open up the eyes)
Maybelline gray eyebrow pencil
MAC eyeliner in Slate
Laura Mercier eye pencil in Special Brown
Clinique Color Surge Eyeshadow Duo in Beach and Plum
(I have always loved the texture of Clinique eyeshadows on my eyes.)
Maybelline Hyper Curl Volume Express in Very Black
Shu Uemura eye lash curler

NARS blush in Orgasm

Kiehl's lip balm
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Bare Again
(Love this!!)
Clinique 07 Sheer Petal lipstick
(Love this. This came in a set and can't be bought individually.)
That's it!! I will stick with these until I used them all up or they've expired.

How about you, what's in your make-up kit?

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Update to My Starbucks City Mug Collection

I was surprised that the entry about my Starbucks city mug collection has had one of the highest views.

Didn't think there would be that much interest on it.

I just want to thank my husband and siblings who I have coerced into buying me the city mugs on my list. And I'm equally grateful to good friends who have helped me grow my collection.

Out of this craziness I met a fellow collector who is willing to trade mugs with me. She also changed my mind into collecting mugs from cities I have never been to.

So I had to come up with new guidelines:
  1. For uniformity's sake, I only collect Starbucks City Mugs 2008 Global Icon series. 
  2. Any city (or even country) will do as long as I don't have it yet.

My updated list of city mugs I own are:

Chiang Mai 


Singapore (not in photo)

Thank you guys!!

Let me know how I can help you out with your collection. Leave me a comment or send me  a message at

Enjoy your Friday!

Help Wanted: Starbucks City Mugs

Update as of January 20, 2012: A separate page is created especially for my collection, for fellow collectors and would-be-traders. Check it out here.

Traveling is one of my passion. How I wish we had more money to spend on it. Back when I still working, I had the opportunity to visit several countries in North America and Southeast Asia. Of course, I'd want something to remember the country so I would buy those little souvenir item from each country. From paperweight to miniature stuff, I thought collecting magnets would be better as I would see them all in our refrigerator. Eventually, I got tired of the refrigerator magnets. They all look out of place.

Last year, I saw a couple of friends' album in Facebook of the Starbucks City Mug they collected from all over the world. And then it hit me, "Why didn't I think of that?' The answer is the Starbucks City Mug Global series is not available until 2008. They weren't available the time I was traveling.

Now, I've decided to start collecting them so I started off with Cebu before we moved here.

As we go around Thailand, I have several additions - Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya

Jed traveled to Australia so he got me - Sydney and Melbourne

I visited Bali in 2005. My best friend made a trip there recently so she got me a city mug of Bali.

Just when I stopped frequenting Starbucks coffee, it's when I have this desire to collect their City Mug 2008 Global Icon Series. The Philippines alone has 10 city mugs.

They look so pretty together.

I particularly like the overall mug design with the name of the city and an icon of what the city is famous for. Let's take Bangkok as an example and look at the details of the mug.

Left is the back portion of the mug which shows Bangkok skyscrapers. Right is the front of the mug where you will find the city name and the famous icon which is a tuktuk.

My two guidelines in collecting are:
  1. For uniformity's sake, I only collect Starbucks City Mugs 200s Global Icon series.
  2. I only collect from cities (NOT country mugs) which I or Jed had actually visited.
I need help in buying city mugs from:
  • Bacolod
  • Baguio
  • Batangas
  • Boracay
  • Cagayan de Oro
  • Manila
  • Naga
  • Pampanga
  • Tagaytay
  • Hong Kong
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Penang
  • Singapore
  • Banff
  • Calgary
  • Montreal
  • Niagara Falls
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Chicago
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Seattle
If you can help me in anyway, please get in touch with me by leaving me a comment or sending me an e-mail at

And if any of you are collecting these city mugs, I can help you with the Thailand part of the series. Leave me a comment or send me a message.

My biggest thanks!

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