Shopping, and then some

I've been trying to ease up on the shopping lately because I have accumulated so much stuff it's not even funny. Emphasis on trying. I just keep coming across nice things, and well, what's a girl to do?

First, a surprise find. I don't think I've ever been so giddy about a purchase.

Laura Mercier Custom Artist Portfolio

It's called the Custom Artist Portfolio, and I've been wanting to get ahold of this for years - they've been around for a while, but as far as I know always as a limited edition thing - so when I saw one on display at the Laura Mercier counter at Tangs there was just no going home without it.

It's quite hefty for a makeup bag (le boyfriend thinks it looks like luggage, and I have to agree). Inside, there are four mesh detachable mesh compartments that snap back into place via magnets. Pretty cool, huh? The middle panel (also detachable) holds a couple of slots for brushes on one side and a single pouch on the other which can be used for palettes and such. It's big enough for full-sized powder brushes which has always been my problem with makeup bags, although I wish I could stick in more than two face brushes (the rest of the slots can only fit eye brushes).

Laura Mercier Palettes

I also got two empty Laura Mercier palettes - a 3-well and a 6-well - which I believe can be used for a variety of products such as eyeshadow and blush. I wish it came fully (or even just partially) loaded, but then that would probably jack up the already insane price. Plus, it's a good marketing tool, because now I'm wanting to get a couple of Laura Mercier items so I can fill up my palettes (at the moment I only have the tight liner, show above).

To be honest, though, I can't say that it's worth every penny; in fact I think it's a bit overpriced. But I haven't been able to find anything similar for a cheaper price point, and I really do think this is something I'm going to get a lot of use out of.

GHD New Wave

I've been making do with cheap straightening irons for years, but when GHD went on sale last month I happily hopped aboard the bandwagon. This set is called New Wave and it comes with this funky heat-protectant bag that can double as a clutch. Frankly the concept escapes me, and to be honest I wish it came in something a little bit more functional because once I pulled the iron out of the bag there was no putting it back in. Ah well. I guess that's why it's on sale. I do appreciate the sectioning clips and the protective heat guard, though.

Now my hair isn't that difficult to straighten - it just needs a little coaxing, that's all - but it does have trouble staying put when it's humid. I've only tried the GHD twice, but so far so good; my hair stays well-behaved the entire day. The downside is there is no temperature control, so people with more stubborn hair might want something else that would allow them to crank up the heat when needed.

Bath & Body Works 3-wick candles

Bath and Body Works finally opened a store in Singapore, and I was crazy excited to finally get some candles. The boyfriend was here over the weekend and he took me shopping, and I tried to behave myself and only got two - Winter Cafe, which is a deep, chocolatey coffee scent, and Raspberry Peach Macaron, which requires no description.

Raspberry Peach Macaron

I am thisclose to running back to the store and getting myself a couple of backups, because they smell insanely good - I've been burrowing my nose into either jar every ten minutes like some deranged candle addict. Let me put it on record that all I want for my birthday is a sweet-smelling three-wick candle. ^^

Oh, and if you're not yet following me on Instagram, you really should, because I post a lot of gems in there such as why you should wear nude lipstick when having your picture taken for your Japanese visa. You're welcome.

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