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!!

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