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There’s a new Naked palette in town …



As if I haven’t got enough stuff lined up on my wish list already, Urban Decay has just announced yet another palette for its Naked line that will be out this July. It will be tagged at USD 54.00, but only God knows how much we have to spend when it’ll be sold here in Indonesia (taxes, taxes).

I’m a BIG fan of a smokey eye look, especially when you add an element of cat-eye as well. Usually I’ll have to mix a shade from one palette and another shade from another to achieve the multi-dimensional look (if you only use a couple of shades it’ll just look flat and murky, more so on Asian eyes …), but looks like once I get my hands on this one it won’t be such a hassle anymore.



Another item added to my expanding list (and a slimmer budget, because weddings). In the meantime, here’s some celeb inspo to sift through while you count down till the Smoky arrives.




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via xSparkage / harpers-shadowCynthia Nyross on Pinterest / weheartitMarie Aquino on Pinterest / Harper’s Bazaar / Beauty Editor / monxcheri on DeviantArt / Vanessa Jackman / Plus Things / Glamour


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Monthly roundup: May 2015


31 #ootd inspo, geisha’s skincare secrets, real beauty, and more
26 My second Tea Drop blends

25 Books turning movies: Read + TBR
20 Two kinds of people
16 Brain dump: 29 thoughts that have crossed the mind of an overthinker
14 Be careful what you wish for
14 Mini book haul
12 Sweet supper at SumoBoo

10 You will always be too much of something for someone.
07 Of soul mates and choices


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May 2015: Link love


Note: Happy Vesak 2559! Sorry for the late post :( I haven’t been as attentive as I used to on the blog. I’m consciously steering away from its increasing potential to become a full-blown for-profit blog because I realized it’s unsustainable for my lifestyle. Other than wedding planning, you might have noticed yourself seeing more and more of my character on the blog. It’s all a conscious decision to make him shine more here :) In the meantime, here are the links I’ve bookmarked through May that are totally worth clicking. Let’s have our usual cup of tea before the June schedules begin to overwhelm us.



1. The ultimate #ootd inspo from A-list celebrities. [Stylist]
How to look good dressing casual, according to 110+ stars.

2. The skincare of a geisha. [Into The Gloss]
Ocha, camellia oil, and more.

3. 8 quirky cafes from around the world. [Yahoo! Travel]
Servings on toilet sinks, inside a baobab tree, condoms everywhere.

4. 8 things I want my daughters to know about men. [Different Than Average]
They’re not that simple after all.

5. 10 understated qualities of a truly beautiful woman. [HuffPost]
Because we still have a long way to go.



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38 signs you’re with the man you’ll marry


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1. He brings you porridge/soup when you’re ill.

2. He gets you to go see the doctor, even when you don’t want to.

3. Of all the people in the world, he’s the only one who knows “I’m fine” means the total opposite.

4. In fact, he remembers your prescriptions more than you do.

5. His plans always involve you.

6. When dining out, he prefers sitting beside you than across you (you’d be physically closer side by side than you would face to face).

7. He shares his food.

8. He lets you vent. Through the courses and all the way home.

9. Despite all your complaints, he likes to show you off.

10. His family and friends adore you.

11. He’s generally more open about his shortcomings than he does flaunting his riches.

12. He’s told you you’re beautiful when you’re sick and disgusting and haven’t showered in days.

13. After all this time, he still performs the customary “gentleman”-ly gestures (opening doors, helping you to your chair, offering his hand, etc), even when especially when you told him to stop.

14. It’s his chivalry and his quirky charms that get your heart beating faster.

15. You feel safe around him.

16. At the same time, you’re more adventurous when you’re with him.

17. He’s not embarrassed to give you a piggyback ride in public.

18. He teases you, like, a lot.

19. He doesn’t get uptight about leaving you alone or hang out with your friends.

20. He can make you laugh till you cry, even if it’s at yourself.

21. You have fights about the littlest things. The two of you disagree on so many things, yet he cares to fight all night.

22. He’s committed, a.k.a. he doesn’t run away from conflicts.

23. He’s capable of leaving his pride and ego at the door.

24. He pulls you in to his chest (near his heart) and gives you that much-needed hug whenever you start crying.

25. “Hate” is the code word for “I love you so much there’s no other word that’s equally strong or stronger than love itself”.

26. He puts your needs before his own.


27. You survived a long-distance relationship together. *

28. You have fun with him even in silence.

29. You’ll never run out of things to say. Though you feel like you’ve known each other all too well inside out, there are still moments when you surprise each other with your thoughts, decisions, and/or actions.

30. Up to this day, he still showers you with flowers, chocolates, and piggy toys when you least expect them. As time goes by, these gifts are getting lavisher than ever.

31. That said, he wasn’t expecting anything out of being with you other than your presence and company.

32. While you know can go on without him in your life, you can’t imagine ever going to be as happy and/or fulfilled.

33. He makes you feel (so much more than) enough.

34. You like who you are when you’re with him.

35. In fact, he inspires you to become your best.

36. You value the same things and trust in the same God.

37. He willingly accepts every inch of you, flaws and all.

38. Deep down, your gut is already telling you he’s the one.


* : A major bonus.



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Two kinds of people


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There are two kinds of people in the world:

One who’s blunt, and one who roams about the bushes.

One who makes few promises and always deliver, and one who promises a lot like a commissioned salesman.

One who tells the complete and ugly truth, and one who sugarcoats, veneers with white lies, or simply just leave out all the bad stuff.

One who’s joyous, and one who’s constantly in pursuit of happiness.

One whose passion drives action in his works, and one whose self-righteousness speaks louder than his passion.

One who acts as he is when he’s alone, and one who removes his true self as soon as he steps out of the door.

One who stirs up emotions in people, and one who changes constantly to conform to circumstances.

One principled, and one a blind idealist.

One who is fearful but acts on his choices, and one who is fearful and paralyzed.

One who’s uncompromising, and one who feels subjected to anything that comes in his way.

One who is hated while he’s alive, and one who is hailed, worshipped, and loved by many, but forever forgotten after he dies.

Where do you stand on the spectrum?


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Brain dump: 29 thoughts that have crossed the mind of an overthinker



1. I need to lose 10 pounds.

2. Do I look better in this filter or that filter? Level 3 or 4 Valencia?

3. No way am I posting a #nofilter.

4. What did she really mean when she joked about how insecure I am?

5. My folks don’t love me as much as they love my sister – believe me.

6. OMG why does she keep looking away whenever I start to talk?

7. Have I done anything wrong to her? Let’s see, there’s probably that time when … or maybe it’s that time when … and that time when …

8. I don’t understand. We instantly clicked from day one, but she takes forever to text me back.

9. She probably has more than enough BFFs in her life, and I’m just disturbing her.

10. Don’t you see? He likes her, not me. He mirrors every move she makes.

11. Ugh, I hate myself.

12. What’s wrong with me? *makes a painstakingly detailed account of all the things you think are wrong about yourself*

13. If I do approach him, I’ll kill myself.

14. He’ll think I’m desperate.

15. What if he doesn’t feel the same way?

16. Great. This humongous pimple had to pop up just before the big date.

17. I’ll have to be a Victoria’s Secret supermodel in order for him to ever notice me.

18. Should I go with this dress or that one?

19. I shouldn’t have gone with the blue one. *makes a mental list of all the details of what could have been*

20. Am I looking too much into things? Probably not, because you have to see every aspect of the situation in order to make any decision at all.

21. But really, what’s the bigger picture behind this situation? I can’t seem to figure things out.

22. How do I make sure I keep everything under control?

23. I mean, what would my future self think of me?

24. It’s frustrating that I have no concrete idea where I’m going to be 10 years from now. There are so many holes I’ve yet to fill in my 10-year life plan.

25. Like … what if I fail?

26. Or, what if I succeed? How am I going to deal with the money and fame that comes from it?

27. I’m not done tweaking this thing. It needs to be perfect before everyone sees it.

28. Yes, perfect.

29. Well, what would other people think?


Note to self:


Like this hedgehog does.




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Be careful what you wish for

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Just a thought: This is a New Age-y era we’re living in. These are the times when there are actually job descriptions from the for-profit sector that recognizes individuals as spiritual leaders, healers, and/or gurus. These are the people who often call us into thanksgivings and prayers in order for us to manifest our desires into reality. If we say it in faith, we will attract the things we want in life, or so they say.

Recently, I had an epiphany. I used to be (okay, still am) a sucker for anything self-help but for the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking to myself, “Who should I pray to?”. I generally don’t ask for much in life and in prayer, at least, nothing other than for more wisdom to offset my stupidity and for an overall sense of security. But as I flipped through the pages of some books I don’t wish to name (and various articles on the Internet), I questioned these gurus, who’s supposed to be the “you” in “thank you”? Where’s this mystical place from all our wishes will be granted? Do people ever question these things whenever they get into that “self-help mode” of reading/watching/listening? Like, if in the end all of our prayers do manifest themselves into reality, who are we going to thank? And most importantly, are we all praying to the same One or different gods, or even *gasp* false gods?

Don’t know about you and I know this is a sensitive subject. But hey, I believe in spiritual beings that we can neither see nor touch, beings so magnificent they exist beyond any human mind can imagine. They are at war just as we humans are at ours.

So my message for this year’s Ascension Day is this: Before you think about what you want, think about who you’re submitting yourself to, where you’re directing your energy toward. Remember: Where there’s a Big Bang when the universe came into existence, there must be a Big Bang-er somewhere1.


  1. Saddleback Church: Rick Warren – Daring Faith: How to Give Your Best to God []