What it is:

A tinted lip balm from the Kiss You Off: Color Rich Lip Balm range.

What it claims:

According to the Darling Girl (DG) website,

Kiss You Off: Color Rich Lip Balms have all the color and pigmentation of a lipstick, varying from sheer to completely opaque, but are made with skin-loving moisturizing ingredients.

What is noteworthy:

Susan, the owner, has launched a new website and shop, and the Sugar Rush lip balm listed there has been reformulated to be more pigmented than my swatches.

My impressions:

“WHY IS MY LIP BALM BRIGHT PINK?!” was my initial reaction when I saw the colour of Sugar Rush in its tube. When I put it on however, I was relieved.

Sugar Rush is a warm-toned, sheer baby pink lip balm with fine gold shimmer. My pre-reformulated (I made that word  up :P) lip balm is so sheer, it barely shows up on my lips. Believe me when I say it took many coats to get the swatch to look like this. Based on the swatches on the DG website, it looks like the pink in the new Sugar Rush would be just a tad more visible. I think I would like the reformulated version, as I prefer my tinted lip balms to be sheer yet give a hint of colour at the same time.

I love that the gold shimmer in the lip balm is extremely fine and doesn’t stay behind on the lips. There is nothing I hate more than finding huge chunks of sparkly stuff stuck on my lips after a meal. The gold shift really complements warm tones and I find that it helps to polish up my look. This is a great everyday colour, and it is perfect for ladies who do not like wearing a lot of make up. I put it on whenever I need to go downstairs to buy food or run some quick errands. It just adds that extra little something and makes me feel less sloppy in my t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops.

The texture is quite waxy, and I have to glide it over my lips a few times to coat them. I honestly do not know if the lip balm is long-lasting, because I keep licking it off my lips! I know the website states that it is bubblegum flavoured, but it smells and tastes like burnt sugar to me. Absolutely delicious!

I do find that I cannot use this for many days in a row, as it causes the edges of my lips to become really dry, like they’re about to peel. I have never had this problem before and I have no allergies that I know of. I’m not sure what causes it, but I’m not too worried as the lip balm has been reformulated, and the ingredients seem to be slightly different.

I adore the see-through packaging, the vintage label and the oval tube is just too cute. However, I do prefer slim tubes as my lips aren’t thick, so I tend to end up with lip balm on the skin around my lips (might explain the dry ring around my mouth).  I’m happy to read that the reformulated lip balms will be packaged in slim tubes instead.

Size (reformulated version):

0.07 oz or 1.98 g

Price (reformulated version):

USD $5.25


Ingredients (reformulated version):

Prunus Amygdalus Dulics (Sweet Almond oil), Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa Butter), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Persea Gratissima oil (and) Hydrogentated Vegetable oil (Avocado Butter), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene (and) Ethylene/ Propylene/ Styrene Copolymer (and) Butylene/ Ethylene/ Styrene Copolymer, Sunflower Wax, Ozokerite Wax, Soy Lecithin, Vitamin E

I know, I know. What is the point of doing a review of a product that has already been reformulated? Well, I only realised it after I’d already done most of the work, so I didn’t want the blog entry to go to waste! 😛 No doubt the reformulated version will be more pigmented than what you see in my swatches, but I do think that the new Sugar Rush will still be sheer – just perfect for me.




Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.

Credit: Photos by The Beauty Department, put together by me

My good friend introduced me to this lovely blog, and I’ve been hooked ever since. The Beauty Department (TBD) has now become one of my favourite blogs to read, ever!

The authors of TBD are Lauren, Kristin and Amy, and these ladies seem like a whole lotta fun! I love their enthusiastic posts, brilliant tips and whimsical designs (Kristin designs their images… LOVE!).

A blog this good has got to be shared, so I’m dedicating the first post of Blog Spotlight to TBD. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

What other blogs would you recommend as a must-read?



I love Crab and I love Grapefruit… never thought to put the 2 together though. Looks delicious, I must try it some time!



this french farmhouse

It was perfect in Seattle this weekend.

74 degrees, a warm breeze and not a cloud in the sky. Come Sunday afternoon it was feeling more like the middle of Summer than Spring. Justin and I stopped at the market to grab dinner fixings and decided a light salad seemed on par for the warm weather.

Cold Crab and Grapefruit  Salad on Baby Greens with Bleu Cheese, Toasted Almonds and a Lemon Champagne Vinaigrette.

Get the Recipe

Van Duzer Pinot Gris 2006
(Willamette Valley; Starting at $9). Edgy citrus notes. Rated by Sunset Magazine as one of the best wines to have with crab.

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Following my recent post about Abbamart no longer shipping to Singapore, they have emailed me to apologise and offer an explanation on why they had to stop shipping to Singapore. Unfortunately, it was not due to shipping costs, which was what I’d originally thought. 

I felt so ashamed to discover that there have been cases of fraud originating from Singapore, which resulted in them having to suspend shipping.

After this incident, I am utterly blown away by the level of customer service at Abbamart. That they took the time to reach out to me and apologise for something that is not their fault whatsoever is just extraordinary! On top of that, in view of my long-time patronage and to thank me for being a trustworthy customer, they have offered me alternatives to ensure that I will receive my packages if I do intend to make any purchases during the time that shipping is suspended.

Once again, Abbamart has shown that making their customers happy is their top priority. I am very impressed and to be honest, so relieved that I have even more reasons to continue shopping there. I adore their Toray brushes and would hate to stop buying from Abbamart.

To the culprits who caused this – you are assholes, cowards and no better than thieves. You are a disgrace and I am ashamed to call you a fellow Singaporean. Your actions have given your country a bad name, and affected not only the company and their staff, but also me, my friends and other customers of Abbamart. May karma bite you squarely in the genitals!



Living Life

Credit: RobertFulghum.com

After a long hard week at work, I stumbled upon this and it instantly put a smile on my face. Life can be so simple, but for some reason or other, we like to complicate it by stressing about the things we have absolutely no control over. For many of us, we get so absorbed in the race to make more money, to climb to the top of the corporate ladder. Sometimes, a simple life is the happiest and most fulfilling kind of life.

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

by Robert Fulghum

Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sandpile at Sunday school.

These are the things I learned:

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life –
Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.

Have a great weekend!



I can’t wait to make this, it looks absolutely delicious. It is pretty simple to make too, and I could eat this all day!



Five And Spice

When you think about it, it’s remarkable, really, just how many opportunities we have every day to do something new.  Much of the time it doesn’t feel like it.  Our days follow patterns.  We have baskets full of habits and well-worn ruts that we comfortably cruise along in.

And actually, a certain amount of repetition and stability in your life turns out to be really important and healthy.  Which makes perfect sense.  Nature is full of rhythms and patterns.  We reside within them, and if completely rhythmless we feel jostled and jarred and seriously uncomfortable.

But if we don’t keep our eyes open to all the myriad of tiny dips and swerves within the patterns, it can be easy to feel trapped in some sort of mold that looks a lot like same-old-same-old.

I forget sometimes, that I’m the one making the decision to walk down the exact same…

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Beauty Crazed is having an awesome giveaway on their blog so go check it out. I have to admit that the title gave me a good chuckle – my mind’s in the gutter along with the rest of you!