The Sloth finishes stuff – Q1 2017


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In my first Finish 17 in 2017 post, I mentioned that I wanted to use up my products so that when I moved over to the mat’s place I won’t have to lug a ton of half/quarter/sorta used things with me (also less judgement, seeing how he looks bewildered when I tell him that my dad built a shoe cabinet because we couldn’t fit all our shoes in the store room anymore…the main culprits are my mom and I surprise surprise). What I didn’t mention (I think?) is how freaking slow I use things up unless they are face moisturizer and shampoo. Everything else takes so long it’s great for my bank account, not so great if I hate the product or if I want to try new things.

That’s right, sloth-y in all aspects of my life, including finishing up my makeup and beauty products.

So last year, with this in mind, I bought a lot of deluxe sample sized stuff in sets during the Black Friday sales. I figured that was the best course of action for me because 1) I won’t spend an eternity trying to finish up a body scrub 2) I get to try a variety of products instead of throwing my money at something expensive and then realizing that I hate it or it doesn’t work for my skin.

I need to remind myself to do that in the future – unless I know I want the full size, of course – because I’ve never used up so many items in 3 months in my life. This a post to remind myself that yo, you take so long to use up things stop buying so much stuff. And also for reference in the future if I forgot whether I liked something or not. And also if something really sucks I would like to tell all of you not to waste your money like how I did.

17 in 2017 items


I’ve made some notes about these 4 fellas in the first update of my 17 in 2017 project. Even if you don’t care for these kind of panning projects, just remember that the Nivea makeup wipes suck and you can definitely buy something better. Maybe even the Guardian brands ones are better I should try those out.

I am also destashing my Revlon lipstick, my Clinique Chubby Stick for eyes and my MyScheming charcoal mask (which I tried one last time on Sunday. It got a lot out on my chin, but only the basic stuff on my nose. The hardcore fellas are still there).

For the rest of the items, I’ll go in order of how I use them everyday.

Dental care


Pearlie White Chlor-Rinse Antiseptic Mouth Rinse Plus – I got this first bottle when I went to the Paragon dentist for the first time last year to check on my teeth and she said that the wisdom teeth were causing gum infection near my molars since I couldn’t brush so deep to get the minuscule bits of food out. This was to stop the gum infection (that was in the early stages) and I guess it works since my gums have been doing great since then BUT. There is a huge but (hehh). This is a chlorhexidine mouthwash, which stains your teeth. Yes, you read it right. It will stain your teeth. My teeth became insanely yellow the first two weeks I used it and I was so shocked. The last time my teeth were close to that yellow was after I removed my braces. And the longer I used it some of the yellow stains started to turn brown… pretty much like long-term hardcore smoker teeth. Actually I know long-term hardcore smokers with better teeth.

I’m not going to lie, it did affect my confidence because my teeth didn’t look good. But I had to use it because I was going to go through the wisdom teeth extraction and I didn’t want something to screw up because my gums were shit. Using this and the Fluocarli toothpaste pictured was such a bad time, after I switched back to Darlie my teeth looked better. If you Google chlorhexidine mouthwash, you’ll find out that the stains are a side effect that can only be fully removed if you go to the dentist. Which I am only going to in June. I’m finishing up my second one (which I got after the extraction), but I am definitely not going to buy this again unless I really need to. | Rating: 3/5 (because it helped my dental health)

Fluocarli Freeze Cool Toothpaste – This toothpaste claims to immediately re-harden enamel and prolongs protection against plaque acid. I can’t confirm either claim seeing how this did practically nothing for me. It doesn’t have a minty flavour so a plus point if you don’t like the standard minty flavour many toothpastes have, but I feel like you might be better off buying other toothpaste. It doesn’t really help with stains, I didn’t feel like my breath was pretty fresh after brushing… yeah I can’t recommend this. | Rating: 1/5 

Shower products


Soap & Glory Rich & Foamous Shower & Bath Body Wash – This smelt so good! The smell also lingers on your skin after the shower, and my skin felt nice and soft. I really like it, if I find it in London I’m definitely buying a full size | Rating: 4.5/5

Bloom and Blossom Bath and Shower Gel – This is a line from the UK that prides itself for being all natural, got this in the Lookfantastic box I bought back in November. According to their website, all their products are paraben-free, SLS-free, no synthetic fragrances or colours – making it completely safe for expectant mothers to use their products. I think that’s great for people with super sensitive skin or those who want their products to be as natural as possible. For me, it was unnerving to move from the sweet-smelling Rich & Foamous to this shower gel that literally has no scent. It is the weirdest thing. I can see how some people will absolutely love this but it’s just so strange for me to use a shower gel with no scent. Aside from that, it does a good job as a shower gel. | Rating: 3/5

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub – Another product that smelt so damn good. Even a month after using this up if I open up the tub I can still smell it. This sugar-based scrub really does scrub well, I do feel that my skin is smoother after using it. However, I get a few bumps appearing here and there on my body over the next few days after I use this. Not enough to be alarmed, but I rarely get body acne nowadays that I don’t know if I just haven’t been exfoliating enough and my body is in shock or this product isn’t suitable for me. On the fence about repurchasing because aside from that it was a good scrub – Rating: 3.5/5 



First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser – I got this after so much researching online because I felt that Cetaphil wasn’t really cleansing my face anymore. I felt like there was still a layer of something after washing and I wanted to try a new cleanser but I had to make sure that wasn’t going to full on break me out. A lot of cleansers I had used before Cetaphil screwed up my skin, and I was using Cetaphil for I think 3-4 years because I was afraid to try something that was going to break me out like crazy again. If I didn’t start to have have that tacky feeling I would probably still be on Cetaphil.

So I went online, checked out the Paula’s Choice website and read a ton of reviews and finally decided to purchase the deluxe size of this face cleanser (part of a set, I was eyeing the other 2 products in it as well). I used this initially with a few other new products and looking back I don’t know why I thought it was a good idea. It screwed up my skin quite a bit, but after I cut down a few things there and there my skin cooled down a lot. Based on the 2+ months of use I got from this cleanser that wasn’t marred by other products, it is a decent cleanser. Sometimes my skin felt a little tight after washing my face but mostly it reminded me a lot of Cetaphil. And if the results are similar to Cetaphil… then I might as well purchase Cetaphil, you know? It’s not bad, but I don’t think this is the cleanser I want to settle on. | Rating: 3/5 



Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturizer – I don’t know what the hell is going on but I have decided that with the exception of the Simple cleansing wipes I just cannot use anything from this brand. I have heard so many people love it and rave about it and it’s supposed to be for sensitive skin but every single foray into this brand has ravaged my skin. I’m not even being dramatic – as a teenager I tried their oil-balancing exfoliating wash? My face broke out so bad like it was having some sort of allergic reaction. Used my friend’s Simple cleanser at a sleepover? Boom! Pimples. Last year I bought the eye makeup remover? Felt like there was an oily layer on my skin. And now, this moisturizer that I bought to get free shipping? Painful.

My skin, while picky af, has definitely calmed down a lot since my teenage days. Pimples are still popping but not as often, I’m less of an oily mess, and since I started using intense hydrating moisturizers the dry patches on my cheeks are gone. So my skin’s doing pretty ok. I figured since I’m now in my mid-20s, a light moisturizer at most would just cause my dry patches to come back and I’ll just whack on the serum on those parts, right?

WRONG. This moisturizer. Broke. Me. Out. Like I was 15 again. It wasn’t just closed comedones (which I still get a lot of), it was full on painful pimples. Appearing everywhere. My cheeks, my forehead, my chin. They were huge and red and here I was frantically trying to cover them up with my foundation because they looked so bad. I was panicking because my skin was doing okay until I stupidly introduced 3 new products almost at the same time – the First Aid Beauty cleanser, this, and the IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream at night (that’s a whole other story). I decided to cut the IT cream first, not much difference. I cut this, switching it with my Clinique moisturizer (that wasn’t the same moisturizer that I used previously either so I was really praying that it didn’t make everything worse), and my skin slowly went back to normal. I slowly reintroduced the IT cream into my night-time routine and there were not a lot of problems.

Culprit found. I used whatever was left as my upper body moisturizer. It’s a shitty body moisturizer. Would never repurchase, and will never buy anything from Simple (aside from their wipes) | Rating: 0.5/5

Vaseline Total Moisture Nourishing Lotion – The last of the many backups I’ve had since… 2014? 2015? I used to love this lotion to death back in uni, it worked so well for me. Since I started working and being exposed to air-con for much longer amounts of time, it hasn’t been working as well. Being pretty old could have contributed to it not working too well, maybe in the future I would buy one – and just one! not 5 – to try again. And hopefully it will work, because it’s like $2 for one of these at Guardian it’s so affordable. | Rating: 3/5

Daiso Olive Hand Cream – My friend bought this for me because I use hand cream pretty often at work. It’s okay for a $2 hand cream, I also use it on my legs when they get too dry and itchy in the office. It had a weird scent though, like a fake olive scent. It was just weird. I wouldn’t repurchase because I have many other hand creams I prefer. | Rating: 2/5



Clinique Chubby Stick in Mega Melon – My all time favourite lipstick, the one that I’ve been using regularly since 2013. This is probably the only year that I haven’t started using a new one yet because I’m trying to use up other lip products…but who am I kidding I will break out a new one for Europe, because these things save my dry ass chapped lips. This is like my fourth empty Mega Melon. I freaking love these. | Rating: 5/5

W7 Aye Aye Captain Eyeliner – I am throwing this away because this has become a consistency that’s hard to apply. It’s thick but it’s also watery. It makes no sense. It ends up all over my eyelashes. It flakes if I rub my eyes just the tiniest amount. Most importantly, my eyes were in bad shape after I used this a few times in a week. I had to blink a lot and for about a week I couldn’t open my eyes fully it was kind of scary. I really think it’s gone bad. When it was good, I only used it a couple of times so I can’t really give a rating for this. I remember liking it because it was very black but I also had a lot of time to do my eyeliner when I did use it. So for me it’s not very practical for a day-to-day eyeliner.

Cotton Pads


Guardian Facial Cotton Pads – This is what I use to remove my makeup, I buy these when they’re on sale (which seems to be pretty often these days). They work fine. | Rating: 4/5



I’ve started using masks on Saturdays as a quick pamper time. My skin also feels a lot calmer after most masks. I am aware that a sheet mask a week doesn’t do much, but they are pretty addictive.

The masks that didn’t leave much of an impression were the Mediheal H.D.P. Pore-Stamding Charcoal-Mineral Mask, the Beauty Idea Diary Apple Polyphenols Comprehensive Whitening Mask and the Sephora Job’s Tears Invisilk Mask. Fun to use, nothing bad nothing great.

Beauty Idea Diary Mandelic Acid Skin Renewal Flawless Mask – Y’all this is LEGIT. I expected just another round of ‘plump skin! less redness! for a night!’ sort of results but imagine my shock when MY PORES WERE GONE?? This mask says that it tightens pores and it full on delivers. Yes, by morning time the pores were back but if I can use this before an event and my pores are missing why not? | Rating: 4.5/5

Freeman Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask – Pros: This pack gave me 4 masks. That’s like a month’s worth of masks. That’s incredible. That’s super value for money (this is $2, I think). My face did feel cleansed after using this. Cons: When this dries, my face itches like crazy. I thought I was having an allergic reaction when this happened to me the 2nd week I used it and I ran to the sink to wash my face. My skin also does look a little red after using this mask so I dunno, maybe I can’t use it. The itchiness is enough to turn me off. | Rating: 2.5/5

Sephora Shea Lip Mask – I paid $4 for this. My lips felt plumper and softer after this mask, I did sort of look in the mirror and pouted a little if there was a difference… and that’s it. I can’t justify paying $4 for this. Unless you want plumper lips for +/-4 hours. Your lips don’t even stay that soft for a day.| Rating: 1/5 

The Real MVP


Tiger Balm Plaster – this saves me during my period/PMS when the backache/cramps decide to make an appearance. When the backache/cramps are so bad to the point that I can’t sleep, I slap this on and I can sleep like a baby. Will forever repurchase | Rating: 5.5/5 


Wedding dress inspiration – Week… 3?


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It’s been a while since my last wedding dress inspiration post (whoops!), probably time to update.

I have decided to just come clean with what my dream dress would have been. This is what I wanted back when I was considering tailoring my dress…before I started calculating the budget and sweating profusely, wishing I had 60 pax and not 600.

The first dress that came to my mind was Blake Lively’s Gucci Met Gala gown because I have too high expectations:







Ok so straight off the bat I am very aware that 1) I cannot expose that much boob. I don’t even have those incredible boobs to begin with, so it will not look so good on me. Also, my entire family and the mat and the mat’s family will probably freak out if half my tits are out n about 2) I do not have her body so I might look like I’m wearing some China imitation 3) I want to eat on my wedding day because I paid for the damn food and I certainly cannot wear this dress if I want to eat because I will get a food baby. 4) I need SLEEVES

So that means… practically a whole new dress, amirite. Back to the drawing board.

So after going through websites and websites of gowns, my dream dress would be a combination of these 3:


Dress 2: Eliza Jane Howell Bridal, Dress 3: Elie Saab Haute Couture S/S 2015

The Frankendress would consist of:

  1. Blake Lively’s dress colour, train and those two fellas on her shoulders (are they also a train?)
  2. The mid-section of Eliza Jane Howell’s dress and the top part of the skirt where the sequins come together at the waist and flare out
  3. Elie Saab’s sleeves and the flowy skirt because my hips are too wide for mermaid skirts. A-Line is the way to go.

Now that I’m looking at it, maybe a bit of the mid-section of Blake’s Gucci dress would look great too, giving the illusion of a smaller waist.

Not that it matters, because I’m not doing a custom dress!

…I gotta say I wish I am tho.

Finish 17 in 2017 update 1

I’ve decided to do quarterly updates for this because the year is too hectic to do monthly updates. Time has zoomed by so quickly and it is already April…which also means audit coming soon *panics*

I started this project with the aim to finish as much as possible because I feel like it’s very wasteful to not use up things that you buy, but I have realised along the way that it really, really sucks to use something that you don’t like at all. A lipstick that bleeds and makes your teeth look yellow is not going to be something that you reach for and is not going to make you happy. I put on makeup to make me look and feel good, so forcing myself to use up something just for the sake of using it up is the complete opposite of why I wear makeup.

With that in mind, I’ve decided that if I don’t like using/wearing something and I have tried different ways of using it and it still doesn’t work for me I will not be using it anymore. Life’s too short, I have things that I actually enjoy using and I’ll just take it as a lesson to actually do some research before buying something and to use it when it’s still good.

For this update, I’ll start off with products I finished, followed by products I’m decluttering (and what I’m replacing them with) and finally the progress of the rest.



Nivea Makeup Removal Wipes – Last few wipes were barely wet, I wasn’t sure if they were removing all my makeup. Towards the end they smelt kinda funky too. Would not repurchase.

Revlon Colourstay Foundation in 110 Warm Golden – I don’t know if they’ve changed the formulation when they added the pump to the packaging but this was really great. I usually don’t use a lot of it at one go for medium coverage but it is definitely buildable. I wouldn’t encourage keeping this for 3 years though because during the last week of use it was really patchy on my nose and between my eyebrows, something that didn’t happen before. Would repurchase if I wasn’t intending to stop using foundation.

Palmer’s Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks – Didn’t see a difference in my stretch marks but I definitely enjoyed using this. My skin could absorb this surprisingly easily, it kept my skin moisturized and I like the smell. Not sure if I’d repurchase this one specifically, but would definitely try other lotions from the Palmer’s line.

Hask Macadamia Oil Hair Treatment – Did the job, I got 5 uses out of it. However the shampoo did give my dandruff so I’ll try other brands.


My Scheming Blackhead Removing Mask – Probably not a good idea to use this on the regular, I don’t know if it’s just in my mind but I feel alarmed when the pores don’t close after I use the toner. I have a friend who wants this, so I’m passing it on to her. I didn’t purchase this myself but I wouldn’t repurchase.| Replacement – Caudalie Moisturizing Mask and Glycolic Peel Mask – I got this in a set during the Sephora Black Friday Sale last year. I’m trying to make it a point to use products when they’re still good and new, and I’m down to my last sheet mask so I’m excited and curious to try these. Goal: Finish


Clinique Chubby Stick for Eyes in Ample Amber – This fella dried and kept falling out of its tube when I was using it…and then one day in Feb it fell right out straight on the floor. The floor that I hadn’t swept in a week. Yeah, definitely not going near my eyes after that. Seeing how its $24 and is kind of patchy and creases, would not repurchase. | Replacement – Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Between The Sheets – This is my first cream (can you call it cream? I guess so) blush and I’m surprised that I enjoy it so much considering how I have combo/oily skin and I stay in a crazy humid country. This blush is still on my cheeks when I come home from work. My only issue is that it’s definitely not the same colour as the product shown on the site. I was expecting something a little more like a peachy-pink shade but on me it is straight up pink. If this was the actual shade on the site it would probably be my favourite blush ever. I’ve thrown this in because I’ve heard that Colourpop products dry up or go bad pretty quickly. Goal: Finish 1/3


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 415 Pink in the Afternoon – This was the product that made me decide that I would not force myself to use something I didn’t enjoy. This swatched on my hand is dramatically different than what it looks like on my lips. On my hand it is a pretty rose but on my lips it’s practically neon. It clashes with my skin tone, it’s pretty patchy, moves around throughout the day and makes the lines on my lips super obvious (ridiculous since it’s not a matte lipstick). I think the product isn’t as good as it was before… what I do know is that I definitely didn’t like it when I used it the last 3-4 times. Definitely would not repurchase. | Replacement – Colourpop Lippie Stick in Konichiwa – I had seen this on Morgan of TheBeautyBreakdown and I thought it was a pretty cute pink. Didn’t think about undertones etc so this is a cool pink on me. Not cool to the point that I wouldn’t wear it but seeing how most of my clothes are warm colours I don’t use this very often. Again, putting this into the project because I don’t want it to go bad. Goal: Finish


And the rest

I’ll only be talking about the products that I used for the past 3 months (yes, some I didn’t even touch. Whoops.)

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in 170 Natural Beige
Goal: Finish


This has the tiniest bit of progress because I was finishing up the other Revlon foundation. And then when I got back from Krabi I was mad tan so for 2 and a half weeks I switched to my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer that BROKE ME OUT like I was a 14 year old who has to do PE and didn’t wash her face for a week straight. Yes that’s right. I spent a shit ton of money on a tinted moisturizer that is supposedly oil-free and has SPF 20 because I wanted to do some good to my skin and instead I got a forehead full of bumps and screwed up cheeks. But that’s another story. Back to this foundation – it’s always smelled a little weird, but it’s still doing fine. I’m pretty sure I can make a lot of progress in the next 3 months.

Sleek Contouring and Blush Palette 
Goal: Hit pan on bronzer


I’ve been using the bronzer almost every day that I wear makeup (that is 5-6 times a week) but somehow there’s only a little more dip. If you like the product that’s a real bonus, a real value for money. I like it so I’m glad I’m really getting my money’s worth, but as someone working hard to see that pan it’s challenging. Recently I’ve started using more eye makeup so I’ve been using this as a transition shade in my crease as well.

Silkygirl Perfect Sharp Eyeliner 
Goal: Finish

This is such a frustrating product. I don’t mind if an eyeliner isn’t very black but this makes it look like I don’t know how to apply eyeliner very well. You can actually see the eyeshadow underneath it if you don’t go over it at least 3 times. I’ll try to keep using it but it might get the boot soon.

Vaseline Lip Therapy in Rosy Lips 
Goal: Finish


This keeps my lips soft at night even when I’m mouth-breathing (thanks, flu) or if I turn on the air-con. I also use it on some Fridays or weekends when I want a fuss-free look. Enjoying it so far and I’m certain I can finish this by the end of the year.

Dior Addict Lipstick in 871 Power
Goal: Finish


This has been what’s on my lips almost every day at work. I got a little sick of it for a while so I stopped for about a week and now I use it about 3-4 days a week depending on my mood. I’ve gotten into the habit of reapplying too, previously I only applied lipstick in the morning before I leave the house and maybe after work if I’m going out. I really like the formula but wearing this colour almost everyday has taught me that this is more of a ‘once a week’ shade and not an everyday colour for me so if I were to repurchase I’d choose a different shade.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Heftiest Hibiscus 
Initial Goal: Use half | New Goal: Use 1/3 

I’ve used this once in the 3 months, and it was such a good lip day (if I didn’t smile widely ahahah). I was worried that it would transfer everywhere because it’s a moisturizing formula but it didn’t. I now know that I won’t be using this everyday so I’ve switched my goal to be something a little more achievable.

Palmer’s Hair Removal Cream 
Goal: Finish


I was using this religiously for the first 3 weeks and that’s how I discovered that I definitely cannot use this on my calves regularly. It does the same thing Veet did to me back in 2013 and now I have insanely dry patches that were extremely itchy but they’re better now that I’ve slapped on every lotion I own plus oil. It works fine on the upper leg, armpits and bikini line so I will be using this for those parts…and break out the Nair when my leg hair starts to get out of control.

Rich Argan Oil Elixir  
Goal: Finish


I cannot wait for this to finish.

Overall thoughts for first quarter

Glad to already have 4 things down. I knew all 4 weren’t going to last that long, but it still feels good to cross those out. I’ve learnt that the lip colour I would wear all the time would be a ‘my lips but better’ type of shade, certainly not something bright and bold or a cooler toned pink.

Here are my goals for the next update:

  1. Use up 1/2 of the remaining Rich Argan Oil Elixir
  2. Use half of Colourpop Konichiwa
  3. Use both Caudalie masks at least once



Feeling my money flying away

In the last 2 weeks I have attended three weddings, which is definitely a new record seeing how sometimes I don’t attend three weddings in a year. They were three vastly different weddings – the first one was a wedding that confused me greatly because I was surrounded by tudung makciks but the music was clubbing music, the second was a traditional church wedding, the third was a non-traditional church wedding that involved a Beyonce dance routine. So I’ve had some good food and I’ve reunited with some friends but it also means that I no longer have a precious $150 with me.

$150 could have bought me a month’s worth of lunches argh

The mat and I have been cutting down our spending for dates. We now have a $20 budget for meals, we haven’t watched a movie in theatres in months and date suggestions are now met with “Ok, but is it free tho/how much is it?”.

For myself, I haven’t bought clothes since… December?? If we don’t count the Uniqlo jumpsuit. That’s a pretty long time for me. I actually didn’t buy anything during wt+’s anniversary sale last week. Me, the all-time fan of Dorothy Perkins and Warehouse. Miracle.

I have also been holding back on the makeup/skincare/beauty front, knowing that I am going to go apeshit in Europe. I did break my no-buy yesterday though because I saw the animal face sheet masks at BHG. I’ve wanted to try one for so long just to see how ridiculous I look but $4.90 is an absurd price for a sheet mask that doesn’t promise anything incredible. With the 20% off it isn’t a big discount but at least it’s not almost $5.


I feel like I look like Chewbacca instead of a fox?? But this mask makes me look like I’m pouting even though I’m not and my cheekbones are on point. Stunning. Worth the $3.92 I paid.

(If you’re interested in what good it did to my skin…. well, my pores were smaller and my forehead wrinkles were a little less prominent…for the night. Most sheet mask results are temporary unless you use them on a regular basis.)

Also I had to buy a new shampoo because my current shampoo is either too harsh or is doing jackshit because I now have dandruff. After 26 years of my life being dandruff free I saw huge flakes on my hair in the office bathroom and freaked the hell out when I found more hiding underneath the layers. I’ve been using my brother’s Clear shampoo the last two times I’ve shampooed and the dandruff situation has improved a lot but I find that my hair is becoming very frizzy even with the conditioner and the hair oil, so I figured I should buy new shampoo before the frizz gets worse. I also need to figure out what to do with the remaining half bottle of shampoo that I have because I’m not to keen on reviving the dandruff.

I have actually been very tempted by some makeup and sheet masks (they are my new favourite shiny thing) but I have been going strong and not purchased anything. Not even at the Guardian 3 for 2 sale where I walked around for a whole hour and left with pads. I can only hope that this determination lasts.