Monday, 18 July 2016

LONDON DIARY : 5 TIPS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR SPACE + MY CURRENT SUMMER MAKEUP FAVES


Apart from trying out healthy recipes, spinning and going around every weekend... I'm currently obsessing over decorating my space. It took me a month to finally settle down and move over my stuff to the Wimby flat. I realised that I need to do some spring cleaning because there's just too many stuff hanging around and I'm trying to keep only the things that I need.

So where should I start?

√ Create your own photo collage. Notice the wall behind me. That's it! It's so easy to put together! Just a) print your pictures b) on a free wall, paste your prints using a double sided tape and voila! It's a great centre piece specially if your room canvass is white. Not to mention it's a good way to display your memories. Imagine you get to see your trips everyday!

√ Make it an effort to leave a blank space. I don't know about you but it's therapeutic for me to see spaces that don't have anything on it (ala Japanese minimalist style). A little shout out to my alkaline pitcher! London water is not the purest and unlike in Manila where we have mineral water, it's usual here to get the water from the tap. I got the pitcher from Amazon for £30. I'll use it for a long time and it comes with another cartridge so hooray for this good deal. Most of all, good to know that alkaline water is best for you (cancer cells live in acidic environment)!



√ Display the things you need (keep the things you don't). And I'm talking about an everyday-basis-type-of need here. It's easy to get lost over 20 lipsticks when factually, you only need one a day, at least for me. I'd like to promise another post about my current makeup faves but I reckon it's best to list them briefly now:

  • Primer - L'Oreal Paris Infallible Primer Matte Base (£7.99)
  • Foundation - MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 (£22.00)
  • Eyebrow Mascara - Nichido (Php 180.00 or £2.50)
  • Eye Primer - MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base (£16.00)
  • Eye Shadow - Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (£38.50)
  • Concealer - MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter, Light Boost (£19.50), I also use Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer 15 interchangeably (£5.99)
  • Bronzer - NARS Laguna (£28.00)
  • Cream Blush - H&M in Peachy Rose (£6.99)
  • Lipstick - MAC (I have my top 5 but my summer shade is Pink Nouveau) (£15.50)
  • Highlighter - MAC  Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle (£24.00)
  • Mist - L'Oreal Paris Infallible Fixing Mist (£7.99)



√ 'Box' them. Somehow, putting your stuff in compartments make them appear in order when in fact they're still cluttered? You know? :D It makes it easier to move around your trinkets when they're in group. It's totally up to you whether you want to splurge on boxes. We got Daiso in Makati, PH whilst we get Tiger in the UK. I bought the makeup organiser from TK Maxx whilst the jewelry holder is from H&M. The pink pen brush holder is from Landmark PH.


√ Stick to a 2 (max of 3) colour theme. I got a white and gold theme for summer. I find it low maintenance as rose gold is a staple shade here in London. I got my red statement sofa and that's about it. This trick also simplifies your homeware shopping as it prevents you from buying thingamajings outside your colour scheme.

There you go! Hope you enjoyed today's tips! PS: My Forever 70's top is from a local shop in Singapore. Just in case you're wondering :) -CMK

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  1. Hi Kristine. Glad I found your blog! :) Read about your lasik your experience in Shinagawa! xx from Denmark.

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