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skincare capsule collection

My skincare capsule collection: a routine for sensitive combo skin

I’m well-known for a certain disdain towards the concept of capsule collections and minimalism. When it comes to skincare, though, I’m a firm believer in both a less is more approach and the capsule concept. It just makes sense – you want to have a skincare regime in which you can combine stuff that works for you, and you don’t want umpteen bottles and pots standing around and going off because you never reached for them. So my approach to skincare is to find stuff that works for me (doh) and products that can be easily combined for the many issues my skin may come up with.READ MORE

March beauty and book favourites

March favourites: beauty and books!

We at twindly HQ have been beauty shopping! (Blame it on this spring feeling when you just *need* something new after the long winter to perk you up!) Luckily, all products we’ve gotten turned out winners (independently we both tried Nars products that went head-to-toe with Urban Decay classics!), and promptly went on the favourites list. Which is here. Plus, we share our favourite book we’ve been reading lately! Read on for our March beauty and book favourites!

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Nars Narsissist Eyeshadow Palette Loaded

An Honest Review of NARS Narsissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette (vs Urban Decay Naked Palette)

I’m one of those people who are quite gullible when it comes to raving reviews of products. Especially when it’s a blogger I’d consider as my beauty twins like Karen of the Makeup and Beauty Blog. In the case of the NARS Narsissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette, won’t be too hard given how much I actually like the brand. I’m rarely disappointed by NARS products, and I hope they will return to Germany again (with Sephora? please?)

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Hakuhodo i-series review

Two weeks, two brushes: Hakuhodo i-series

Let’s carry on with our little “two weeks, two brushes” series, shall we? I got two new Hakuhodo brushes the last time I was in Singapore. Because… well, who can restrain themselves when standing in front of a Hakuhodo counter? Not me! This time, both brushes from the i-series and I had a somehow rocky start. Here’s my Hakuhodo i-series review: An in-depth look at both eyeshadow (i-127) and blush (i-110) brush from the synthetic Hakuhodo brush line.

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Molly Cosmetics' Silisponge used with Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, Charlote Tilburry Light Wonder, and IT Cosmetics CC.

A Quick Silisponge Review

Have you tried the silisponge? I recently got mine from Molly Cosmetics and here’s my quick silisponge review.
In case you haven’t heard about it, the silisponge is this new beauty tool craze that works for putting foundation on your face. It’s not porous, hence you’re supposedly only need fewer products. It’s been on a craze for a while, partially because of the viral YouTube video of Jeffrey Star (you can watch it here).

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best high-end rose perfumes

Three rose fragrances compared: Le Labo, Hèrmes, Keiko Mecheri

I’ve a thing for rose perfumes. I don’t know why, but it’s a fragrance family I’m drawn to again and again. We’re not talking about the girly, light and fresh roses though – I like my roses heavy, deep and original. Here’s a comparison of three (high-end, niche) rose fragrances I love.READ MORE

February beauty favourites

February’s fabulous beauty favourites

From the K-Beauty shops of Seoul to the cinemas of Berlin, our lives seem to influence what we love each month. I fell headlong into the wonderful world of K-Beauty, while Astrid went full-on glam for Berlinale, the famous movie festival. READ MORE

The Ordinary Vitamin C serum and primer review

Review: The Ordinary Vitamin C Serum and Primer

The Ordinary – the most hyped up skincare launch of 2016. It all came together: endorsement from ‘gurus’, youtubers, the press (print!!!), a line that’s unapologizingly nerdy, and last but not least, the legacy (it’s a Deciem line, after all), the clean chic and, yes, the price point. It’s incredibly cheap, and the message is somewhere along the lines of ‘shit that works can be cheap’. You’ve got to do your homework, though – the names aren’t necessarily understandable or appealing. Instead of ‘anti-aging’, you’ll come across ‘Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F’. Beautyjunkies handled the release like the second coming, and I ordered a shit-load of stuff. Because hey, it’s cheap, and in the name of science… *mumbles* So here’s my The Ordinary Vitamin C serum and primer review.READ MORE