Mouth Restaurant @ Plaza Singapura

Hey everyone!

Ever since I moved into our new (temporary) place, I’ve been travelling to Orchard and Dhoby Ghaut quite often because there is a direct bus service to town! Whoops, this makes meet-ups with Carousellers so much easier. But I’m not going to talk about my hauls just yet (that’s coming pretty soon). Instead, I want to introduce you to my newfound favourite restaurant at Plaza Singapura if you haven’t been there yet. It’s called Mouth Restaurant!

I had walked past this restaurant several times because boyfriend and I used to dine at Itacho Sushi, which is smacked right beside Mouth Restaurant, a lot. But we never went in to try their dishes because being unadventurous, we’d rather patronise a more established restaurant (like Crystal Jade) for Chinese cuisine to ensure that our money is well-spent. Then recently, there was this article on TheSmartLocal about the best Liu Sha Baos (custard buns) in Singapore History and Mouth Restaurant made it on the list! That’s when I knew I had to dine there someday even though the author’s feedback isn’t very favourable. To each his own, right? 😀 Let’s also give Mouth Restaurant a chance to redeem itself!

Before entering, we stopped to look at the menu to see what else they had to offer. We didn’t see their famed Liu Sha Bao anywhere on the a la carte menu so we asked if they still sold the buns (in case they had already discontinued it which is kinda impossible la). Turns out, the Liu Sha Bao was only listed in their set meal menu. Whoa, so famous until they don’t see the need to publicise it anymore, is it? o_O

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Menu 1 (click to enlarge)

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Menu 2 (click to enlarge)

Anyway, their Crispy Noodles with Seafood in Thick Sauce looked promising, so we got one to share as we had ordered quite a number of appetizers and a dessert. Food was served rather quickly and what came first was the highlight of the meal! Yay. Full marks for speed of service!

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Baked Salted Egg Yolk Bun (S$5.80++ for 3)

The appearance of the custard bun reminded me of the Char Siew Baos (barbequed pork buns) at Tim Ho Wan because they both have snow skin-baked crust. I knew immediately by the looks of it that the custard buns were gonna be AWESOME! And I was so darn right.

Boyfriend dug into his bun first and with just ONE bite, the molten custard splattered onto the table like nobody’s business. His fingers were covered with the gooey and delicious golden lava which he licked off without hesitation. Tempted, I took one bun, flipped it over and carefully sunk my teeth into a small corner of it, hoping that I wouldn’t trigger another explosion of custard. And I successfully did it! 😀 That, ladies and gentlemen, was SKILL! Haha.

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Awesome is an understatement

But that method didn’t work on my second bun. The molten custard still managed to leak out in the end -_- I guess that just shows how runny it was! I really hate it when custard buns turn out to be dry and not “流” at all. 😡

The second bun decided to break apart after my first bite :(

The second bun decided to break apart after my first bite 😦

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Managed to get a proper picture with better lighting of the flowy custard!

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Look how “流” it is? *drools*

Having said that, the custard buns were AMAZEBALLS (or should I say, amazebunz)! Possibly the best I’ve tasted, beat Swee Choon’s and Canton Paradise’s hands down. It came in the right size (thus pricier) and the molten custard was absolutely tasty and most importantly, runny. Some may find it too greasy which I kinda agree (after trying it on my second visit and you can tell in the above picture) but still, the thickness of the custard and its right balance of salted and sweet outweigh everything negative about the bun! I love it so freakin’ much oh my god but I had to stop myself from ordering another one otherwise I’d get that terrible bloated feeling again.

Okay, enough gushing over the custard buns. Let’s move on to other items I ordered!

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Cuttlefish Balls (S$3.80++ for 3)

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The cuttlefish balls are covered with what tasted like  Mamee noodles crispy noodles but surprisingly they went well with the balls. The unique appearance is also what sets them apart from the other traditional fried cuttlefish balls. However the tough texture of it meant that it would be difficult to stick a fork into it. A bite of it reveals the cooked cuttlefish paste and some mayonnaise.

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Desert Prawn with Salted Egg (S$18++)

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Salted egg overload with a sprinkle of hazelnut

We ordered this mainly because it was a recommended dish on the menu. We were pleased with the presentation and all until we tried our first prawn. Taste wise, it’s a little too bland and it could be more buttery. Our prawns were very grainy and dry and we couldn’t really taste much of the salted egg. I would prefer the sauce to be more creamy than clumpy. We expected better since it was the priciest dish we ordered 😦

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Crispy Noodles with Seafood (S$16++)

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Very fresh prawns that are so crunchy on the outside and succulent on the inside

The sahng-min (“生面”, or crispy noodles as I always call it) came with a lot of fresh ingredients: prawns, sliced fish, cut squid, mushrooms, vegetables and carrots. Basically every part of it was very fresh. The thick and luscious gravy made every bite of the noodles so enjoyable!

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Chilled Pomelo Sago with Mango (S$4.50++)

Our dinner at Chinese restaurants typically ends with a Mango Sago dessert or its equivalent. Mouth Restaurant’s version was not too bad, but I hope it could be a little sweeter and thicker 🙂

It was a great meal in general and I will definitely recommend it to everyone! Furthermore there never seems to be a queue outside the restaurant (not sure why it’s so underrated) even during peak hours so if you’re one who hates queuing, you should give Mouth Restaurant a go! I will certainly be back again especially for the Baked Salted Egg Yolk Bun 😀

Thanks for reading! ❤

Mouth Restaurant (Plaza Singapura)
68 Orchard Road
#02-01 Plaza Singapura
Singapore 238839
Tel: 63377446
Operating Hours (open daily)
Weekday – 11.30am to 5pm, 6pm to 10pm
Friday – 11.30am to 5pm, 6pm to 10.30pm
Weekend – 10am to 10pm
Public Holidays – 10am to 10pm

Mouth Restaurant (China Square Central)
22 Cross Street
#01-61 China Square Central
South Bridge Court Shop House
Singapore 048421
Tel: 6438 5798 , Fax: 6438 5623
Operating Hours (Open Daily)
Weekday – 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
Weekend/PH – Weekday 10am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm

Website: http://www.mouth.com.sg/

Staycation at Hotel Clover 769

Hey everyone!

Last Thursday marked the fifth year since my boyfriend and I got together and to celebrate that special day, boyfriend booked a room at a boutique hotel among the many quaint shophouses at Kampong Glam (Bugis) so that we could hang out ’til late that night without having to worry about our transport back home. He also wanted to take a break after his five-week practicum and since school is reopening the following week, he thought it’d be great to have a staycation this week before both of us get busy again!

We have stayed at numerous starred hotels (local and overseas) and we really enjoyed the experience because of the nice deco, room service and the comfort of the beds. We have even taken pointers from how the rooms are designed for our future home and the best inspirations have got to be from boutique hotel which rooms are about the same size as the bedrooms of HDB flats today. I swear, if we are financially fit to stay in hotels every week, we would!

Boyfriend stumbled upon Hotel Clover 769 while browsing Agoda and was attracted by the relatively low rates ($150/night after discount) for a four-star hotel near the city. He booked it immediately without seeking my consent -_-

The hotel is located about 10 minutes away from Bugis MRT station. To get there, you have to go by exit B of the MRT station (towards Golden Landmark) and walk straight ahead until you see Santa Grand Hotel. Turn right into the small road and you’ll see the two-storey Hotel Clover sitting on the other end.

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Definitely not as bright as depicted in the picture but yes, that’s how it looks like. The hotel looks a little run-down from the outside but it’s really not the case! 🙂

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Hotel entrance

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You will be greeted by a range of vintage memorabilia

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You can be rest assured about the cleanliness of the hotel (not literally.. you know, some hotels are meant for quick rendezvous, right?) because all occupants are required to check-in and register for the room. I didn’t know about this policy so I went without my identity card. But they were pretty flexible and accepted my student EZ-Link card because it also indicates my IC number.

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Found at the entrance of the corridor towards all the rooms

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Another piece of vintage ornament

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This place is filled with inspirational quotes (on walls) lol. I love the typeface, so artsy fartsy!

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The brightly-lit corridor

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Our room! It’s the first room along the corridor

Hotel Clover offers four types of room: Clover Single, Clover Select, Clover Plush and Clover Lavish. The first two are the smallest rooms in the hotel (but still rather spacious for two occupants) without window while the last two are more roomy with windows. The best is, no doubt, the Clover Lavish which has an outdoor Jacuzzi. We opted for Clover Select and was pleasantly surprised by the room layout:

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The mini bar. It has the usual essentials such as a safe box, hangers, good quality teabags, a kettle and plenty of cups with teaspoons. Hair dryer is also provided in the first drawer below – something I really appreciate because I hate requesting for it from the concierge coz I’d be obliged to give tips. #miser

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A TV big enough to watch from the bed

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There is a foldable table top at the bottom of the TV. Great if you’re planning to do some work on your laptop!

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Our double bed, crumpled because boyfriend decided to lie on it before this photo was taken.

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Right beside the bed hung two (vanity) mirrors on the wall! Now you know who slept on the left side of the bed! 🙂

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Simple yet elegant ornament on the wall to remind you where you are!

Now let’s check out the gorgeous toilet!

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There are two water sources for showering, one of which is ceiling-mounted! Can you see it in the picture? Boyfriend loves this kind of shower head coz he likes to imagine himself “singing in the rain” rofl. But I don’t unfortunately. I prefer to have full control of the water direction, so detachable shower heads (also in the picture) for me any time!

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The sink!

Oh by the way, the toilet door has no lock. So be sure to only sleep in the same room with someone you trust 😉

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Bedroom slippers made of THICK, QUALITY, STRUCTURED fabric (can’t tell what exactly that is) that won’t spoil so easily. I’m so impressed. It’s probably the best bedroom slippers I’ve gotten so far. (Psst, took one pair home)

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The only decent picture of us.. and boyfriend’s signature pose lol

I went to bed at 4am as I was immersed with tuition lesson preparation (yes, still had to work the next day) and got up at about 9am for breakfast! I expected breakfast buffet like any other hotels but when we went to the dining area, we were told to choose between “Western” or “Asian” breakfast. Puzzled, we took a quick glance at the buffet table and saw only bread, condiments, cereal, beverages and utensils there. So yes, the young chef was definitely going to make us breakfast! We chose the Western one.

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Cereals and beverages

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Branded teabags which can also be found in the room’s mini bar

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Bread and a small toaster. There are also three kinds of cheese (far left) to go with your toast.

We were excited because even at the cheapest hotel we had been to, breakfast was self-service. But when the food came, disappointment took over. The portion was miserably small for any adult, especially my boyfriend who is a pretty big eater.

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Western breakfast consists of a sausage, four potato wedges and a decent scrambled egg

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Trying to make the food look good coz the taste is a letdown

This does not justify the long waiting time of 10-15 minute, honestly. Furthermore, the potato wedges were served cold and the others were not steaming hot. They were in fact lukewarm which could suggest that they were already prepared beforehand. So what was taking them so long? Moreover, the kitchen was just right beside us :\

The breakfast didn’t leave boyfriend’s tummy satisfied so he asked if he could get another serving of sausage and eggs (he hated the wedges and gave some to me) but was told that each patron was only entitled to one breakfast plate. Feeling famished, he offered to pay for it but the hotel staff quoted him S$20++ just for ONE sausage and some scrambled eggs. Are you kidding me?! That’s tantamount to daylight robbery! Of course, we weren’t out of our mind so we politely declined the purchase. In the end, we had to fill out stomach with Honey Stars and orange juice (plus some pasta from Pastamania afterwards).

Anyway, the breakfast they served were of mediocre standard because they were served near-cold. They weren’t generous with the portions especially with that four sad-looking wedges over there, but that’s okay because they were so cold stiff and dry I wouldn’t want anymore of them. Most of the patrons left the dining area with only half of their portions eaten. I also caught a glimpse of the Asian breakfast on someone else’s table. It’s a rice dish which I’m sure is more filling than the Western one, but the taste could be equally bad because many people didn’t finish it as well.

I wouldn’t call that dining area a restaurant too because they don’t serve lunch and dinner. In other words, the dining place would be closed after they are done with breakfast at 10.30am. They had very limited tables and chairs as well so I’m not sure if it would fit everyone if the hotel is fully booked?

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Indeed, my hungry belly was telling me to be displeased

I’m certainly very satisfied with our room but I wouldn’t say the same for breakfast. 😦

UPDATE: They have improved their breakfast! Scroll all the way down for pictures! 🙂

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Saw this on our way back to the room. I have no idea what “The Powder Room” is but it must be somewhere cool to have its name listed on the wall. And that Er Hu is real! (Coz itchy-hand Boyfriend went to strum it)

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There is this relaxation corner beside our room! The roof isn’t covered (I think) so it’s open air.

All in all, it was a great staycation if not for the awful breakfast. I wouldn’t mind going back again but I will definitely prepare my own breakfast next time! I’d give this hotel a 3.5/5.

Hotel Clover was also recently featured on Groupon. Damn, we would have saved so much more if we had seen it! 😦

**UPDATE**

We decided to give Hotel Clover another chance (at our own expense)! We went back again in November and this time, it was for a birthday staycation.

And I’m glad they’ve improved their breakfast drastically since our feedback. Food came way faster than before too!

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Western breakfast! They added baked beans, ham, an extra sausage and more greens!

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This is so much better!

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I got myself Asian breakfast this time and looking at the Western one, I kinda regret my choice hahaha.

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Likewise, they added more greens and I think the sausage is new too! LOVE the runny egg! However I wish they told me it was going to be Bee Hoon (I thought it was gonna be rice) because I don’t really like Bee Hoon 😦 Still, overall taste was great!

Let’s take a look at their buffet table.

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This has no change. Not that I complained anything about it the first time haha.

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They added fruits to the buffet table! Whoopee!

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Open concept kitchen! Just right next to us.

Also worth mentioning is the excellent hotel service (which has been commendable since our first stay there). Our initial room had very weak Wi-Fi coverage so I requested for another room, which the concierge gladly complied! Everything was settled within 10 minutes. And we love our new room – it’s so bright and convenient (it’s the very first room near the entrance) and of course, the Wi-Fi signal was superb!

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The TV strategically covering the window because our room was on the ground floor and anyone walking past would be able to look in haha.

It’s always encouraging to know that business owners are listening and are constantly improving based on customers’ suggestions. With that, I will definitely be going back again!

Alright, that’s all for this post! Thanks for reading 🙂

Hotel Clover 769
769 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198737
Main: (+65) 6340 1860
Fax: (+65) 6340 1869
Email: sales@hotelclover.com.sg /
enquiries@hotelclover.com.sg
Website: http://hotelclover.com/

FAVOURITES: 10 MLBB Lipsticks

Hello ladies!

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I’m back with the second instalment of a series of (hopefully) four of my FAVOURITE types of lipsticks! Have you checked out my first FAVOURITE post on dark lipsticks yet? If you haven’t, head on down here!

Also check out what made it to my top Red lipsticks list!

As the title mentions, I’ll be talking about my favourite MLBB lipsticks! MLBB, for the record, stands for “My Lips But Better” and such lipstick shades not only complements your lips, but they also enhances your natural lip colour. Hence, these shades usually come in nude hues that are not too eye-catching – perfect for professions like teachers who cannot wear heavy makeup to work. As a part-time tutor, I also have to go easy on my makeup or else my students would be distracted by my face, so I stock up on a lot of MLBB lipsticks from various brands! Here are some of my personal favourites from my own stash.

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An overview of the 10 lipsticks I’m about the feature! Can you identify any one of them? 🙂

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Clean lips to show my natural lip colour

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The first four: (left to right) Anna Sui in 301, MAC in Cosmo, MAC in Kinda Sexy and MAC in Ravishing

1. Anna Sui in 301

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Anna Sui #301 is described as a coral pink shade. It has very fine shimmer that reflects a little light.

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It has a very creamy and glossy texture! One of my favourite pink lipsticks as well 🙂 Plus it’s scented! And the packaging is really intricate, just like any other Anna Sui products.

2. MAC in COSMO

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Cosmo is a dark beige amplified finish lipstick with pink undertones

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MAC’s Cosmo is officially my HG (Holy Grail) lipstick! It really enhances my lip colour and makes me look fresher in general. Some nude lipsticks completely wash me out but this doesn’t at all. The creamy texture of the lipstick glides onto my lips really well and leaves them looking hydrated at all times!

Singaporeans! Find out how to buy from maccosmetics.com here!

3. MAC in KINDA SEXY

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Kinda Sexy is a beige-pink lip colour with matte finish. It is like a lighter version of Cosmo.

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Another top favourite of mine! Actually I’m a huge fan of matte lipsticks because they tend to be more long-lasting. Plus, I love the “dry” effect on my lips (think Angelina Jolie).

4. MAC in RAVISHING

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Ravishing is a clean light peach coral with Cremesheen finish.

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I honestly think Ravishing is a good shade for fair to medium skin tones (Asians) because of its orange undertones. If you are looking to find a shade that is not too flamboyant, this is worth considering!

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The next three: (left to right) Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color in Juicy Details,Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush in Ingénue #418, Guerlain Romance (601) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

5. Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Colour in JUICY DETAILS

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Juicy Details is described by Benefit as a natural pink shade. It has a sheer finish.

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I used to wear this everyday to work back in those days when I was working at Love, Bonito. It’s a very flattering colour and makes your lips look very moisturised! But due to its sheer finish, it never stays beyond two hours and I had to keep reapplying.

6. Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush in INGÉNUE #418

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(Pardon my unintentional crossed eyes) Ingénue #418 is a peach-coloured lipstick with pink undertones. I’d say it has a glossy-matte finish.

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Ingénue #418 is the closest to my natural lip colour and it’s perfect for days which I have flaky and dull lips. Being one who doesn’t use lip balm, this is the shade I reach for to cover up the flaws and at the same time, giving back my lips the healthy colour. However the price tag (more than S$40 I think) for this is rather hefty!

7. Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipstick in ROMANCE (601)

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The limited edition 601 Romance is a “softened, light-medium pink with very subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish comprised of pink and white shimmer.” (Temptalia)

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It may be a little too frosty to some but I feel otherwise even though I mostly shun MAC’s Frost finish lipsticks. This has the right amount of “frost” and that hint of purple just makes the colour stand out even more. Also worth mentioning is the packaging of the lipstick. The bullet appears from a tube when you push down the slider! How cool!

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The last three: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Protest, Fiend and Naked

8. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in PROTEST

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Protest is a sheer peachy nude with brown undertones.

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Also one of my go-to lipsticks when I’m heading out to tutor my little kids! I know I’ve said this many times but Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick line is MY FAVOURITE (MAC comes second) because of its high pigment.

9. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in FIEND

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Fiend is a muted rose, a medium rosy pink shade.

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10. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in NAKED

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Naked is a sheer nude pink, a perfect nude with light pink undertones

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A dork face to end this post! Naked is another perfect nude shade that gives you supple-looking baby lips.

My boyfriend, well-known for disliking dark lipsticks, would be very elated to know about the existent of this post. Haha!

Anyway, what do you guys think? Which colour suits me best? 🙂

I’m actually planning to try out more MLBB lipsticks but I’m more familiar with brands like MAC and Urban Decay so if you guys have recommendations from other brands, do let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! ❤