Fake MAC from Strawberrynet?

This is a bit of a shock. I just didn't expect it to happen to me - I follow beauty blogs almost religiously, I do my research, and I know better than to purchase an 18-pan Mac eyeshadow palette with sponge applicators. I've also bought stuff from Strawberrynet three times prior to this, and I was pretty happy with my purchases, so I've always just assumed they're legit. And then today happened.

I ordered two Mac eyeshadows because I have empty slots in my new Mac Pro quad I had to fill. I wanted matte shadows since I already have all the glitter I'll ever need from the Urban Decay Naked Palette, and I found some limited edition ones available at Strawberrynet. Score! I placed the order last week, and I picked up my parcel today from the post office.

The moment I took the pots out of the box my first thought was: fake. It's like straight out of Malcolm Gladwell's Blink. But I convinced myself I was just being paranoid - it's a reputable website, after all, and who made me Mac eyeshadow packaging expert when I've only ever owned four? Besides, I was so excited to complete my quad. So I proceeded to depot the shadows. And make a couple of swatches for my blog. Except I can't get the new shadows to swatch properly, which is strange. See, I bought Signed Sealed, a Matte2 shadow. It's supposed to be creamy, pigmented, and very very matte (it's not called matte squared for nothing). The one I have is gritty, sheer, and has tiny flecks of glitter. Crap. Upon closer inspection, yep, I have just purchased two fake Mac eyeshadows.

The Mystery of the Missing Disk Space

Chibi (my MacBook Air) ran out of disk space almost overnight, and tells me more than half my usage can be attributed to "Others". Like that was helpful. After half an hour on Google, I managed to recover almost 30 Gb of precious disk space (Chibi only has 64Gb of flash storage). The culprits:

1. Time Machine local backups. Apparently if your back-up drive is not connected, snapshots are stored locally (i.e. on your teeny tiny startup drive). To disable, go to Terminal and key in the following command:
sudo tmutil disablelocal
Make sure to quit immediately after so you don't accidentally mess up your filesystem (e.g. wipe out your entire home directory - true story). When you open your Time Machine preferences it should look like this:

With local backups enabled, the text on the red box reads "Time Machine keeps local backups as space permits".

KPL Hair Removal: An Update

People have been asking me about my KPL hair removal sessions at Regina so I guess it's time for an update.

I started with this whole KPL thing last September, and I've only had four so far because you can only have one session every eight weeks. A bit of a bummer, to be honest, because I'm told some companies let you have one session a month, but it's supposed to have something to do with your hair growth cycle and stuff, which I can't really dispute because I don't know anything about it. Also you can only have them done in one branch; transfers are not allowed (I guess to control the number of clients?). I have mine at the Central branch. It's not the nearest one but they don't have too many customers so it's easy to get appointments.

Beach Ready

I've been on this insane shopping kick lately, and it doesn't help that there are sales left and right. My latest find is a delicious pink and orange Rootote.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Hand Food by Soap & Glory

This month's first world problem is the search for a decent hand cream. I try to be as low-maintenance as possible, but the liquid soap we have at the office leaves my hands very uncomfortably dry. You would think it's easy to find a cheap, effective hand cream, but everything I've tried so far is either too greasy and left marks on my phone and keyboard or completely worthless in the moisturizing department. Or both (*cough* bliss hand cream *cough*).

So anyway.

Oh those noisy chickens

Well someone had to say it.


20 Things I Hate About the Philippines, by some American dude living in Cebu.

I'm sure tons of people back at home are up in arms, but let's be honest here - he nailed it. Everything that pissed him off, doesn't that piss you off too, from the disgusting "comfort" rooms to the noisy roosters to the pointless security checks at the mall? Don't get me wrong, I love the Philippines, and there isn't a day when I don't think about moving back there, but I don't suffer from the delusion that our country is perfect.

Wake up and smell the urine-drenched sidewalk.

EQ Underflow

Singapore is a country that enjoys a perpetual sale season which just spells disaster for my pocket. Take, for example, the ongoing Watson's sale. The theme seems to be air travel, because the promotional materials are in the form of boarding passes. Cute.

False Advertising

Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara.
I'm calling falsies on the upper lashes, and the bottom corner "lashes" are an eyeliner trick. For a make-up ad, maybe. But for a mascara ad? Naman.

Nifty or Not?

I found this while shopping for a birthday gift for a 5-year old girl, which is dangerous because we never really outgrow that soft spot for little girly things, do we?

I thought it was a pretty good idea, but now I'm not so sure. It's called a Finders Key Purse, and it's a key holder that you hook on to the edge of your purse so you always know where your keys are - no more furious rummaging in front of your doorstep.

Bits and Pieces: iPhone Things

Just thought I'd share a couple of things I bought for my iPhone, apart from the requisite screen protector and case, which proved really useful.

I got this Michael Kors Essential Zip because I was tired of having to schlepp with my two hands my iPhone, wallet, coin purse, and company ID whenever we go out for lunch, which is just cumbersome.

Foodie Friday: Oven Toaster Veggies

A welcome respite from the grease-laden food that is this country's staple. This would probably be yummier if I had an actual grill, but I have to make do with an oven toaster.

I've experimented on a couple of different vegetables - cauliflower, cabbage, zucchini, and even mushrooms (which is not a vegetable but let's not get technical) - but I find that okra and young corn hold up particularly well to the, uh, toasting.

First World Problems

So for two weeks now I've been obsessed with finding a pair of hypoallergenic earrings. See, the hole on my right ear is threatening to close up and I want to sort of coax it to open up again. Otherwise I would need to have my ear pierced again and what if the piercing person misses the actual hole and instead makes another one very close to it and the two holes merge and I end up with one large hole on my right ear? Afraid.

I've been trawling the internet for weeks now trying to find out where to find hypoallergenic earrings in Singapore and came up with zilch. I did however, go through countless arguments about the ethics of having your baby girl's ears pierced (because I started looking for earrings for babies because there's a good chance those are hypoallergenic, yes?). There is just so much drama in the world.

Anyway last Friday I went to Vivo City after work just to try my luck, and I guess it was my lucky day because lookie what I found in the first store I entered:


Or, why I will never ever ever overeat again. Ever. Sorta.

It started last Sunday, when a friend invited me to some event at the East Coast with the promise of free food and drinks and who am I to say no to that?

The Best Things in Life are Free

Or in this case, freebies. But first a lengthy backstory.

I've been on a lookout for a new foundation (yet again). Whereas with skincare I can stick to one product until I run out (unless it breaks me out, of course), I tend to have a love-hate relationship with almost all my makeup.

Case in point: for the longest time I used Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, and then I decided I wanted more coverage so I moved on to Bourjouis Healthy Mix, and then I realized I wanted something more natural-looking so I used Bare Minerals Matte, but it kinda itches when the weather gets hot so I ended up using Fairy Drops BB Cream, but then my face would get greasy by noon. So there. 

At this very moment my face is a bit more well-behaved and I've recently discovered a decent concealer for acne scars (special thanks to Anj):

Once you get over the really depressing packaging, the Cinema Secrets concealer palette is a Godsend.