success in midnight blue bottle

Bad bedtime habit: trying to read even though you’re so tired you end up dropping hardware on your face. For this reason alone, I think the iPad Mini is well worth the purchase. It makes less of a thud, and doesn’t hurt as much as a full size iPad.

Good bedtime habit: serum. Lately, it’s been Elizabeth Arden‘s Overnight Success Skin Renewal Serum. But don’t look for it on the website – it’s been discontinued! I’m contemplating stockpiling this stuff from  Cosmo Cosmetics which is where I purchased my 30ml bottle from.


Listening to: The Stars ~ The Loose Ends Will Make Knots.


chubby sticksI’m supposed to be packing for a week in Perth right now… But I’m procrastinating.

I always tend to over-pack, however, I’ve decided I’m going to go low-low-low key this visit. I mean, I haven’t even reached out to any of the usual suspects to book in catch-ups or dinners so it’s not like I’ll need to be getting zhoozhed-up or anything. So that means just the Clinique Chubby Sticks, but how to decide on just one…?


I have had this tube of Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss for about a year. OK, maybe for longer. I guess I must have the attention span of a gnat, because I completely forgot that this was in my collection.

Anyway, you know those days when you’re standing in front of the mirror and you’re just bored, bored, bored, and all the usual go-to stuff just isn’t doing it for you. At all. So you look to the products you haven’t used for weeks or months, and for whatever reason… “Hey, this stuff’s not bad! Why haven’t I been using this more often?” So it stays on for the day and you reach for it the next day, too.

Besides admitting my gnat-brainedness, I also confess that I like the name of this product. Superbalm. Because it’s got the word ‘super’ in the name, and they’ve spelt it as one word. It makes it so much more ‘super’ and so much more ‘balm’. Yes, it does live up to its name.

Anyway, that’s the story with the Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in shade Rootbeer.


I don’t know whether I like a product bearing the word ‘stain’ in its name, but I do know that I’m quite keen on YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain. “Texture and shine of a gloss, long wear of a stain” is the sales pitch. I like that it feels very light, very comfortable, and the colour is rich and indeed glossy. I’m not 100% convinced of the stainability, though – but I don’t mind. I never really got into the lip-stain concept; it just looks like you weren’t very thorough with your cleansing after a while. …And by the way, does anyone still use Benefit Benetint? I never bought more than one bottle way back when, and what’s more the runny consistency really didn’t do it for me.

All that aside, YSL products would be vastly improved (in my humble opinion) if they got rid of the rose-scent. Does anyone else find the fragrance off-putting? I suppose it’s a testament to the performance of the products that I am a repeat purchaser of its lipsticks and mascaras, because I really detest the scent.

The shade in the pic is #3 Brun Cachemire.