Australian Beauty Blogger Weekend 2011 (+IMATS 2011)

Hi Everyone!
Last weekend, something very exciting happened!
I was so lucky (you have no idea) to take part in Australian Beauty Blogger Weekend 2011 !
I was soo thrilled! Thanks for Jacie and Kimmi, the amazingly talented and gorgeous ladies who organized ABBW 2011 and really really pulled it off! It was a huge success. I am so lucky to be a part of it.

ABBW was held in Sydney - mostly in Novotel, Sydney Exhibition Centre (IMATS), and Establishment.
Well I live in Sydney, so it's pretty convenient for me! But still, me and Janice  decided to book a room at Novotel! It's much easier that way because the event started at 9.00 a.m and lasts for two days!

Day One

Ok, we gathered around 8.30 am at Novotel Darling Harbour's lobby to register and to take our passes ( I woke up at 5.00 am that day - It was hard to sleep when I was pretty damn excited about ABBW)

After that, me and Janice went to Harbourside mall to get some breakfast and we were soooo worried because the food hasn't arrived and it's almost time to gather at IMATS. As soon as the breakfast arrived (bacon,egg,sourdough toast,mushroom - big brekkie!) straight away we gulped down our coffees, ate our breakfast in lightning speed - and ran to IMATS!!

(Photo taken by Liz for ABBW website)

This is the first IMATS that I have ever been to - and I was THRILLED!
Even early in the morning, it was already quite packed!
There, I met Shizuka and other lovely Melbourne bloggers!

I went crazy! I didn't spend a lot of money- I just bought things that are necessary! :)
Bought some brushes from Royal & Langnickel , Ardell lashes, Ben Nye Blush ( I should've bought 5! They're amazingly pigmented), MUFE coral lipstick. Not a lot. I wanted to buy more but it was so packed it got to the point where I couldn't even bother.

Then, I saw this Japanese makeup brush company called Hakuhodo.
They have some AMAZINGLY brushes, it's so soft I'm not even kidding.
The handle is beautifully crafted - but it's quite expensive!

I regret myself for not buying them.. Now If I change my mind I have to buy them online.. Le sigh.
I want the face brush (foundation or powder brush!) with the orange handle!
Look at these amazing brushes, I swear I'm going to buy the powder brush in the future hahaha.

Me with my loot from IMATS (which I will show to you guys later, okay?)

After shopping and got very very tired, we went upstairs where they provided us with refreshments and food - and the highlight is the free manicure service! :) The ladies who did our nails are very lovely.

After that, we got back to our hotel to rest and to get ready for the night gala at the Establishment,
sponsored by Maxted Thomas PR.

Look at our bags! We even camwhored hehe :)

We forgot the time, and we only had 10 minutes to prepare for the gala! Oh noooes!
Anyways, we still made it!

(Photo taken by Liz for ABBW website, edited by me)

It was amaaazing! Everyone was mingling, talking, and I even got my hair done by Sebastian Hair Team! Woot! We also got a bunch of goody bags from Sebastian, Remington, Burt's Bees, Balenciaga Fragrance, Marc Jacobs Oh Lola, Nivea, Bottega Venetta, and Orly! It was fun! 

(Photo taken by Liz for ABBW website)

The dinner was superb, everyone was having so much fun.
We were REALLY tired to even eat the dessert! 
When we arrived back at our hotel, we just collapsed and went straight to sleep.

Day Two

We woke up and had breakfast together - and after that we went to the Alpha-H seminar.
I was sold. Seriously. They gave us samples for Liquid Gold skincare line - I have tried it for 3 days straight and It was amazing. I can see my skin has improved - I don't even need to blot my face with blotting paper! Well the full review will come later, so stay tuned!

After that, we did a makeup masterclass with Face of Australia.
It was very informative, and I never knew that shading is really important to enhance your facial shapes and I learnt some really useful shading tricks ! :)

(Photo taken by Liz for ABBW website)

Me fooling around with my camera :)

After that, we attended our last event from ABBW 2011 (aw..) - which is a talk from Bahar Etminan from Rescu. It was very inspirational. I think I need to make my own presskit as she stressed that it's really important for us beauty bloggers.

After that, ABBW 2011 officially finished.
Pretty sad.

In conclusion, I really enjoy ABBW very much - it's my first blogger event, and will definitely come to the next year's ABBW! No doubt! My favourite part from the whole event is meeting other beauty bloggers from all around Australia - it really motivated me to blog more, and I had so much fun meeting them.

Thank you so much everyone! Hoping to meet you all again in near future! x



Beauty Tags & 15 Weird Habits :)

Hi Everyone!
I saw this tag in Blushfully post, and I can't resist to do it too! :)
So here it goes...

Blush or bronzer? Of course blush! Don't get me wrong, I use bronzer everyday too but If I had to choose, blush wins hands down! :)
Lip gloss or lipstick? Lipstick. I love matte textures.
Eye liner or mascara? Hmm... Eye liner! You can't really get the same effect just wearing mascara. You can play with eyeliner more! It totally changes your entire face makeup.
Foundation or concealer? Concealer. My dark circles are horrendous.
Neutral or color eye shadow? Neutrals... I don't want to wear blue eyeshadow everyday.
Pressed or loose eye shadows? Pressed! Easily applied and I hate fallouts.
Brushes or sponges? Brushes. Honestly I have never bought a makeup sponge, believe it or not!

Long or short? Can I pick medium? Hahaha. Well choosing from the two options - short.
Acrylic or natural? Natural! I've tried acrylic and it destroyed my nails!
Brights or darks? No neutral? Damn it hahaha. Darks I suppose.
Flower or no flower? No. I won't be bothered.

Perfume or body splash? Perfume. The last time I used body splash is in junior high school after PE lesson.
Lotion or body butter? Body butter. Love the texture more.
Body wash or soap? Body wash. Easy and I use loofah.. so: body wash.

Jeans or sweat pants? Jeans!
Long sleeve or short? Short.
Dresses or skirts? Mm dress!
Stripes or plaid? Stripes... I think I have no plaid in my wardrobe atm.
Flip flops or sandals? Whats the difference again?
Scarves or hats? Scarves. I rarely wear hats.
Studs or dangly earrings? Studs. It's simple! :)
Necklaces or bracelets? Necklaces duh! I love collecting statement necklaces. I always lose my bracelets!
Heels or flats? Mmm flats are comfier! But depends on the occasion. But If I can wear flats, I'll wear flats.
Cowboy boots or riding boots? Riding boots with a tad bit of heels.
Jacket or hoodie? Jacket :)

Curly or straight? Straight with a bit of waves.
Bun or ponytail? High ponytail.
Bobby pins or butterfly clips? Bobby pins. But they're f*cking all over the place.
Hair spray or gel? Hairspray all the way.
Long or short? Long but It's high maintenance and I'm a lazy person...
Light or dark? Medium to dark.
Side sweep bangs or full bangs? Side sweep, it looks more mature. But now my fringe is middle parted.
Up or down? Doooown except on the summer.

Rain or shine? Shineeeeeeeee!
Summer or winter? Summer! I love laying down on the beach.
Fall or spring? Spring.
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate!

15 Weird Facts 
What's a nickname only your family calls you? 
Feifei :)
What's a weird habit of yours?
Talking too fast sometimes I'm having a hard time swallowing my own saliva.
Do you have any weird phobias?
I am afraid of heights. So no roller coaster for me!
What's a song you secretly love to blast and belt out when you're alone?
Depends on my mood - but recently : Cut Copy - Lights and Music!
What's one of your biggest pet peeves? When someone dye their hair light but leave their eyebrows unbleached/dark. EUUUGH.
What's one of your nervous habits? Stuttering.
What side of the bed do you sleep on? Left because it's near the wall.
What was your first stuffed animal and its name? A me to you bear - his name is Abuabu :)
What's the drink you always order at Starbucks? Mm not a big fan of Starbucks, but I always order Green tea latte when I go there.
What's the beauty rule you preach, but never actually practice? None.
Which way do you face in the shower? Facing the shower.
Do you have any weird body skills? I can crack all of my fingers including my toes?
What's your favorite comfort food that's 'bad', but you love to eat it anyways? DAIM CHOCOLATES! NOMNOM
What's a phrase or exclamation you always say? ”Huh?”
”Like.. like.. like"
Time to sleep - what are you actually wearing? T-shirt and Peter Alexander shorts

Will update about IMATS & ABBW 2011 soon - so stay tuned!

P.S. : Don't forget to enter my giveaway below if you haven't!

See you lovelies,



Hi everyone,

Sorry for being such a lazybum again. And I hope this will make up for it!
I know its very late - but finally I reached ( a bit over ) 1000 subscribers!
I want to thank all of you guys :) Thanks for all the support all of these years.
When I first started blogging, I didn't expect that I'd get 1000 subscribers, let along even 100!

In order to say thanks to my subscribers,(love you guys !)
I will hold my first giveaway ever! ( any many more to come - this is so fun!)

On to the details! (International subscribers are welcomed!)

Pandablush' 1000 Subscribers Giveaway  


1. Palty foaming hair dye (my favourite colour)
2. OPI Shatter in Silver Shatter
3. My Beauty Diary Strawberry Masks (1 Set)
4. A letterpressed greeting card illustrated by me.

(all items are purchased with my own money)

 About Giveaway 

1. Giveaway ends until 2 October 2011 , 5 pm Sydney Time
2. I will pick the winner randomly
3. The winner will be announced on my blog in the following blogspost, so stay tuned!


1. You must be a subscriber of my blog via Google Friend Connect. Subscribe by simply click on the 'Join this site' button on the right sidebar!
2. You must follow my twitter!
3. You must comment in this post and answer this question : "What beauty product that you can't live without and why?" (name a single one! - have to be your ultimate favourite)

 Comment Format 

1. Name :
2. E-mail :
3. Blog link (if you have) :
4. Twitter username :
5. Answer : 

So that's all, good luck to everyone!
Oh and one more thing, for the Australians out there :
I'm gonna attend Australian Beauty Blogger Weekend this week!

So excited!

Hope to see some of you guys there x

Take care!
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