Author: hoiyinli

If We Were Having Coffee #3

(Or tea in this case.) It’s June: my birthday month. It doesn’t feel like June though. This time last year the sun was blistering for a good few weeks. We had quite a good summer actually – the hottest in all recent years reminiscent of how it was like in my childhood. I even took out my electric fan because my room gets super hot when it’s over 25 degrees. This year, it is a different story. We seem to be weirdly reversing back to winter again especially this week – averaging about 14 degrees! It’s doing well for my skin though so there’s that. I thought I would do a catch-up post because it’s been a while yet again. I may look to do a separate life update altogether but for now, let me update you on my current thoughts in a stream-of-consciousness style. If we were having coffee, I would tell you: This year has been a really tough year so far although it has gotten slightly easier. I am persevering though and …

Cultural Conversations #1: Where You Come From and Where You Really Come From

Hello and welcome to the first instalment of a brand new series on the blog titled Cultural Conversations. The initial idea of it probably began at the start of 2018 but it wasn’t until a month or so ago, where the name suddenly popped up in my head. Cultural. Conversations. It sounded extremely fitting so as a consequence, it stuck. Each instalment will cover something different, but the main basis for the starting point will be that I draw inspiration from my own personal experiences and/or thoughts to discuss a certain topic. These may be social, cultural, and perhaps political. There may be an opportunity to discuss beauty-related topics too, provided that they are within a social context and present a problem to discuss. (There are definitely many.) In this episode, I wanted to start with a topic close to home. Where you come from and where you really come from. Do your roots shape you as a person or can they threaten you if you are considered the less fortunate? What does it mean …

April Monthly Favourites | 2019

So I’m going to try something a bit new when it comes to writing my Favourites. I think it would be a nice touch to make it themed and I don’t necessarily mean being descriptive about the seasons because we all know how messed up that is at the moment! (The sun has decided to come out today though so there’s that.) The theme will mostly be down to how I have been feeling overall that month or it could be something/someone I’m feeling deeply inspired by. I’m not someone who follows trends head-on so I thought this would be a nice approach in tying all my favourites together in one group intuitively. It may work. It may not work. But we’re trying it out! Featured in this post: JOVIVI 5pc Handmade Gua Sha tool in Rose QuartzClarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil (Dehydrated Skin version)Rings I bought from BathEarrings from LovisaLUSH Oaty Creamy Dreamy Shower CreamLUSH Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser (sample)Clinique Cheek Pop in Melon PopMAC Lipstick in Crosswires The theme for the …

Empties in Tens #1

Are Empties still popular nowadays? I genuinely have no idea since I seldom watch beauty videos on YouTube anymore (I’ve moved over to the fitness corner) but what I do know is that I enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them. Reviewing 10 empties at a time isn’t exactly a new idea but I definitely felt I needed more control in this aspect as more often than not, my empties bag gets out of hand and then I end up with an even bigger challenge of compiling the post. To make things even easier, I’m going to automatically throw out any empties that are simply repeats/go-tos and leave behind those that are either new or re-visited. A special shout-out goes to Rachael from Helpless Whilst Drying since she has been conducting this style of post for quite some time and I always thought it was a brilliant idea. What’s even more brilliant is that she collectively records the Empties into an excel spreadsheet to keep track of usage and spending in an …

Hong Kong Beauty Haul | 2019

I hope you all had a great Easter! Today, we’re diving right into my beauty haul from this year’s trip to Hong Kong. It’s a late post considering I’ve come back from Hong Kong about 7 weeks ago however as always, sharing is a must! Let’s start shall we? Featured in this post: LuLuLun Face Mask (5pcs)BCL Momo Puri Jelly Mask (4pcs)Kose Clear Turn White Collagen Mask (5+1pcs)Premium Puresa Golden Jelly Mask (Rose) (3pcs)Premium Puresa Golden Jelly Mask (Hyaluronic Acid) (3pcs)Hada Labo Kouji Treatment Cleansing FoamHada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lip Balm SPF 15Hada Labo Hyaluronic Hydrating MilkSANA Soy Milk 6 in 1 Moisturizing Gel CreamHeroine Make KissMe Long and Curl Mascara (Advanced Film)Biore UV Aqua Watery Essence SunscreenMINISO 2in1 Eyebrow Pencil Eyebrow Powder in 01 BlackMINISO 3in1 Flat Eyebrow Pencil in 07 BlackMINISO Natural Konjac Cleansing SpongeMINISO Anti Sebum Mineral Pact in 01 White Face Masks I typically repurchase My Beauty Diary masks whenever I’m in Hong Kong because they’re inexpensive and you get a lot of bang out of your buck (10pcs per …