Home Tour of Lisa McGough

 

Source: http://www.domainehome.com/glam-traditional-home-design/ 

Lucas and I have been talking about getting a house together for awhile now and we’ve just been waiting for the right location. We’re eyeing a place now, but nothing’s confirmed yet. In the mean time, I’m here spamming him with photos of interior design and here’s a place that I fell in love with from Domaine: http://www.domainehome.com/glam-traditional-home-design/

White, black and navy, the main colours that are gonna be in my new home. 

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New Beginnings

New year, new beginnings

Finally managed to unearth my blog amidst the dust, now with an all new theme, and direction. The past few years, my interests have slowly grown from makeup to skincare to cooking to decor to crafts. Until to the point where just blogging about makeup wasn’t enough for me. But change isn’t something that comes easily so I have not made the change for rainyydays until now. Now I’ll be blogging my musings on any topic at hand, whatever catches my interest.

Few things that I’m into now:

  • Skincare: Kate Sommerville Goat Milk Cream. Started using this and never went back. This makes my skin feels the softest and smoothest in the morning. Have recommended it to my friends as well and they love it too!
  • TV: Gotham. Best new TV series at the moment. It’s about what happened in Gotham when Batman was a boy. Love the whole cast
  • Book: Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Have been reading this book for my book club this month and it’s such a joy. 
  • Baking: Tiramisu cupcakes. Baked up a bunch of tiramisu cupcakes last week and it’s the bomb. Now itching to bake a batch of our favourite maple walnut cupcakes, but the fridge is still full. Shall resist. 
  • Planner: Erin Condren Life Planner. Obsessed with my planner at the moment, have been using it for a month or so and I’m carrying it with me everywhere I go. (And showing it to almost everyone, sorry friends) Lucas has probably heard me talk too much about planner related things. 

Till next time.

Bright Pink Lipstick dupe

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I’ve been sick in bed with a fever the past 2 days having caught the flu bug that’s been going around. A thousand and one things that I have in mind to do, and I’m unable to do any because of a flu. My sister thinks its because I’ve been so stressed with work that the flu bug hit me so hard this time. But now that I’m feeling slightly better (have drank many bottles of water, plus took my meds), I thought, why not look at something pretty.

There’s just something about bright lipsticks that draws me to them again and again. And I have here, an oldie-but-goodie and a new favourite. MAC’s Sweet Thing lipstick which was one of the first bright pink lipsticks I ever bought and my new NARS Funny Face lipstick.

Both are pretty similar dupes with the MAC being more glossy. So if you’re looking for something similar to MAC’s Sweet Thing which is LE (if I’m not wrong), do check out Funny Face.

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Favourites of the moment!

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Hi everyone!

I’m finally back with a blog post! The past 2 months have been nothing short of hectic, first I was so busy with job interviews almost every day, and then when I started work, I was just too tired to even on my computer and type anything, let alone even taking photographs of all the products I had piled up. But now I guess its time to get started blogging again, making sure I have enough time to take photos and blog every week.

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For these few months, I’ve had a pretty wide range of products in my favourites. Mainly these are the products I used to create my makeup look for work/interviews. So neutral eyeshadows and flawless skin was the way to go.

rainyydays.com - Feb Faves - laneigeEver since finishing my previous night moisturiser (Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Night Cream), I started trying out Laneige’s Water Sleeping Pack just to see for myself what was the hype on this product about. And I have to say, I love it. Its just a really simple fuss free moisturiser. Very hydrating but feels so light weight since its a gel, really good for oily skin users. I’ve been using this every night and raving about it, so much so that even my sister is using this now!

rainyydays.com - Feb Faves - ysl

A new addition to my foundation stash is YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation. Mine is in B20 (I’m an NC25 for MAC). My go-to foundation now for naturally dewy, glowy skin. It doesn’t feel too heavy or thick on my skin and somehow when I sweat while wearing this foundation, I still look naturally radiant and not like a hot mess I feel like I am. I’m really into foundation that looks like my natural skin and makes me look naturally flawless. So nothing heavy or cakey or makes me look like I’m wearing a lot of foundation. This is on the top of the list.

rainyydays.com - Feb Faves - bnbw candle

I’m really into candles, candles are my weakness among home scents products sort of thing. I used to be into aroma oils then now candles. This is my candle scent of the moment, Bath and Body Works Pineapple Mango. I’m so glad that I bought the large size for this. Its just the perfect combination of fruity fresh. At the moment, I’m already plotting my future purchases at Singapore’s very own Bath and Body Works store. I haven’t had the time to drop by yet, but I really want to! Have you visited BNBW at MBS yet?

rainyydays.com - Feb Faves - ysl and mac

After trying on nearly the whole collection of YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains, I finally selected No. 27 Peche Cerra-Cola. I wanted a shade which I could put on every day without thinking much. These neutral tones tend to be the shades that I reach for the most. So I figured I would get more wears out of this colour as compared to a brighter shade. And I have! I’ve been loving the formula of these Glossy Stains. Not quite a gloss or a lipstick but moisturising enough and it stains the lips quite nicely even after wiping it off so you won’t look too pale.

I’ve also been loving a MAC polish that I picked up during their sale, so unfortunately its not available now as it was from their Marilyn Monroe collection (I just checked the MAC website, it IS available! Just in their normal packaging). However, MAC Vintage Vamp is a gorgeous dark red wine shade. I’ve been painting this shade on my toes. Continuously. I really need to change up my polishes.

rainyydays.com - Feb Faves - ma cherie

Ma Cherie’s Hair Fragrance in Winter Floral is one of those products which I “keep thinking why do it need it, but have been using it every day”. Realistically, who needs a hair fragrance (I do, apparently). But using it every day is just such a guilty pleasure. Everyone wants their hair to smell nice right. The scent I have here is Ma Cherie’s limited edition scent from their holiday collection, but their original scent is just as delightful.

rainyydays.com - Feb Faves - loreal hair

I found out about this product from watching Tati’s (Glamlifeguru) hair care video. And now I’m halfway through my second tub of this gold. L’oreal Pairs Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm is amazing stuff. I use this in substitute of a condition about twice a week and it keeps my hair feeling really soft and helps with the frizziness of my hair. I stopped using it during the time I was waiting for my next tub to arrive from drugstore.com and I really felt the consequences, my frizzy mane returned. I blame the replacement conditioner that I was using to replace this. Sigh pie.

rainyydays.com - Feb Faves - lancome

Lancome’s UV Expert GN Shield BB Complete has been a perfect pairing for my Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Foundation. Somehow, using them both together, I get this flawless finish that lasts for hours. It minimises oil, doesn’t make my foundation look cakey and has and SPF 50 PA+++ to boot.

rainyydays.com - Feb Faves - aesopI’ve been using this Clarisonic every night for awhile now, and been feeling like I needed a separate exfoliator on days that I don’t use my Clarisonic. So after soon research (and trying it in the store myself on my hand), I picked up Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste and we have had a smooth sailing relationship so far. I’ve been diligently using this at least once a week, and my skin always feel so smooth and soft after. This exfoliator also somehow makes my skin looks brighter after using it. I love how its not a harsh exfoliator, it does has a sandy texture, but nothing to abrasive against the skin. I purchased mine from the tangs counter and the sales person was most helpful with all my questions and testings. So i definitely do recommend you go down to the counter and try out the products for yourself.

rainyydays.com - Feb Faves - dior

The highlight of my day, using my new Dior Golden Flower palette. I’ve even received many compliments from people when I have these eyeshadows on. Love how the colours come together so easily to form a really wearable look. And I always pair it with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Bourbon. Its my second eyeliner in Bourbon and UD Eye Pencils are one of my favourite formulations. Dior Addict Extreme in Plaza has been one of the shades that I was eyeing for awhile so now I wear it whenever I have an opportunity arises that my outfit suits bright lips.

rainyydays.com - Feb Faves - kiehls and ud

And finally, a skincare product that I really need to showcase and show more love to, Kiehl’s Blemish Control Daily Skin-Clearing Treatment. This acne treatment cream is what I really need to give credit to for my clear skin. I use it regular whenever I feel like my skin is feeling bumpy and it really works. It also helps to lighten dark acne scars, so I mostly just use it over the whole area instead of like a spot treatment. It is not drying at all, so I don’t have to worry whenever I use it all over my cheeks or forehead. So much love for this product.

 

Feels so good to just sit at my computer and type. I’ve had some changes in my life, so after shifting some things around, I might have more time to devote to my blog. Or I might not. But its full gear ahead for me now that I’ve jumped both feet into it. Wish me luck on this new venture in my life, I won’t reveal too much just at this moment ;)

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Current obsession: Melissa Shoes

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Hey everyone! How have you been so far? I know I’ve been away for months and its killing me to be away from my blog. For so long, I hardly got a chance to just sit and have some ‘me’ time. (I need some ‘me’ time, maybe a facial soon would be good, haha) So now that I’ve got a couple of hours, it’s time for me to catch up with all of you!

Ever since I’ve started working, finding the most comfortable pair of shoes became a priority for me. Regardless of the price, comfort was the most important if I had to walk around all day in it. Luckily for my job, I didn’t need to be in heels, so searching for the pair of comfortable shoes was much easier. After hearing pretty good reviews of the shoes from my friends, I zoomed in on the brand: Melissa. And after trying my very first pair at the store, I was set on buying myself a pair of Melissa shoes (Melissa Singapore). Now I own two. And they’re probably the most comfortable shoes I own at the moment. I never complain about painful feet after walking around the whole day anymore. They are that comfortable.

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Melissa Doris Special Flats in Pink

Between the 2 that I own, this is my more ‘casual’ pair (the pair that I don’t wear to work). But the combination of the pink and rose gold details has me in love. I’ve paired it with jeans, dresses, or like the photo above, shorts. Above is an outfit I put together recently, perfect for a girly casual Sunday. Just neutral makeup, a pink pout and a fresh clean floral scent.

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Melissa Ultra Girl Sweet II in Black

And of course, I had a get a versatile black pair of flats as well. This design is my favourite from Melissa at the moment, that I was super tempted to get the same design in either pink or white as well. Its girly enough with the bow, but not too girly as there’s studs too. The outfit I put together with lots of black and gold is a little more formal, suitable for a date night out. It includes my favourite Dior Golden Flower eyeshadow palette and Chanel Chance Eau Tendre.

As I have really small feet, I thought I would have difficulties finding a suitable size for me at Melissa. Thankfully, I was able to fit their smallest size, size US5. And armed with the knowledge of my shoe size, I went online to purchase my shoes. I knew quite a few stores online sells Melissa shoes, but many were based overseas. So I settled to purchase from Zalora, it was based in Singapore so I could get my shoes really quickly. They had the shoes in the sizes I wanted, most of the time, my size sells out really quickly. Plus, it was easy to find discount codes for Zalora online. And some Melissa shoes were even on 30% off. Zalora’s delivery was really quick, I received my shoes 2 days after I ordered, so thumbs up to them! Everything was packed really nicely in bubble wrap, so no worries about damages.

Now all this talk has me itching to get another pair of Melissa shoes. What’s your go-to brand for comfortable shoes?

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