2014年3月19日 星期三

[Dear Diary] Defending Democracy


I always thought of this blog as a happy place , a place free of any political issues that can lead to heated debates and separated friends, but today, I just have to get something off my chest.

2014年3月18日 星期二

2014年3月4日 星期二

[Travel Taiwan] Accommodation Overview

When I'm traveling,  even though I want to explore different options, I usually stay at a hostel or cheap hotel because it's the easiest way to go. I finally made a change when I stayed overnight at a jimjilbang in Korea and it was such a fun experience! The jimjilbang culture is definitely something unique and it let me understood Korean culture so much more. Taiwan offers some unique accommodation options too. There is a wide variety of choices, from luxurious hotels, to affordable hostels, to cheap or even free alternatives. Some are found only in Taiwan, and some can save you big bucks if you want to scrimp on accommodation costs. I hope this post will inspire you to take new routes when you come to Taiwan!

2014年3月2日 星期日

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow Time Resist Purple



Recently I have been on the hunt for purple eye shadows. Most Japanese and Taiwanese drugstore makeup brands don't make bright colours, and I don't want to drop big bucks on high end makeup, so it has been quite a difficult search. After combing through many drugstores, I had my eye on the Loreal Paris Infalliable Eye shadow in Time Resist Purple. After finally finding a tester that wasn't dried out, I swatched it, fell in love, and brought it home.

The product is housed in a clear squarish container with a separate black lid inside to keep the product from drying out. Not the most aesthetically pleasing packaging, but it sure gets points for being practical.
The product itself is amazing- I've always wondered why people use buttery to describe eye shadows, and now I know! It feels moist and cool to the touch and glides on effortlessly. I used my finger to swatch it on my arm,with one swipe  it appears to be a dark brownish purple, but it can be built up to be a gorgeous shimmery dark purple.

I googled reviews for this collection and found it to be much raved about a few years ago. This was interesting to me because the product didn't get that much hype in Taiwan, it just sat there on the shelf until it gets discounted. I guess that's a good thing for me, since I never buy any makeup at retail price. I also found that it had been renamed a couple of times, from Purple Obsession to Perpetual Purple to Time Resist Purple, which upset me greatly because it was a pain trying to find reviews for Time Resist Purple. I found a review for Perpetual Purple on Temptalia and was sad to see that the shade only got a D+. Comments revealed that the majority of purple eye shadows don't perform well, so I'm really crossing my fingers that my eyelids will be good friends with purple pigments. I haven't worn it yet, and I'm not sure how I'll wear it, since most Taiwanese girls don't wear colours on their lids. Maybe I'll wear it in the comfort of my room first? Maybe I can get some inspiration from my ever growing wishlist of Urban Decay purple eye shadows......

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