I’ve been receiving lots of compliments on my nails lately so I thought I’d share with you what’s on them this week! There are so many nail trends nowadays – from magnetic to velvet and concrete – but “speckled’ nails in a bottle have also recently made its debut! I’ve been wearing Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Speckle – it’s a pretty pale purple with black speckles!
And even though it’s pretty much summer now, they remind me so much of chocolate Easter eggs! My parents brought back an entire bag of them and they’re so yummy. They’re like enlarged MnMs.
I get a lot of questions whether I did my nails myself and it’s as easy as just one swipe of the brush! The nail varnish has larger glitter particles and really small ones that are mono colour and when you apply it, they appear as black dots. The smaller speckled dots come from layering your nail polish too so you have a bit of a translucent gradient effect. The Illamasqua nail varnishes actually come in a few other shades like pink, green and blue besides purple!
The effect is a pretty unique set of nails. I really like the imperfect look of them and they add great texture to the nails too! And it doesn’t help that they look edible. But remember to stick to you easter eggs, lol.
Everyone does monthly favourites, weekly favourites, but how about the stuff that you keep on going back to time and time again? These are my favourite products that I can’t live without. I haven’t been able to find good substitutes in Singapore for them and I feel like they’re the best products I don’t mind going to the store again and again for them! Let’s start shall we?
#1 Daiso Sponge Detergent:
Getting a good brush cleaner is absolutely essential to making sure you have perfect make-up every time. Clumpy foundation on a dirty brush leaves you with streaks. I don’t know about you, but I remember how hard it was getting foundation off my brush – it just wouldn’t melt off with your standard counter brush cleaners. Now introducing you the Daiso sponge detergent! It’s 2 dollars and it’s all you need. Seriously, all you need. Foundation just bows down to the stuff and melts right off leaving your brushes looking absolutely clean and new! It’s the only brush cleaner I use and will use. How can you beat 2 bucks right?
#2 Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
You might think there’s no difference in finding a great eyelash curler, but you need to try the Shu Uemura Eyelash curler. I’ve tried a many curlers, but nothing else curls your lashes at the same angle and at the same time. It’s a complete curl that’s really hard to find.
Back when I started make-up, I was in search of a good eyelash curler. I simply typed “the best eyelash curler” and it came up with forum upon forum with one answer – the Shu Umeura Eyelash Curler. It’s a worthy investment at just thirty sum dollars. It’s one of those must-have vanity and makeup kit basics – like having a pair of jeans!
#3 Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick – Finale
If you’re looking for a lipstick that does not budge or move throughout the day, then you need to get this. It literally dries on your lips and even when you drink water on a glass, it does not leave a lipstick mark at all! If you’re a vain pot, try kissing your hand and you’ll see that absolutely nothing transfers. It is amazing.
However a lot of people dismiss this lipstick for being clumpy or dry and it’s because you’ve layered the lipstick too much. So make sure you do two swipes back and forth or “coats” only and leave it to dry. Don’t purse your lips or move your lips too much in this period of time, but just like nail polish, when it’s dry, you can do whatever you want. It goes on super smooth but can feel drying later on. I guess it’s the price you pay for lip color that won’t budge. I usually wear this when I have a big event and I don’t want my make-up to move the whole day. It does the job.
#4 Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Daily contouring is a must-do for me and it’s made really easy with the right bronzer. Some bronzers can be really orange or too glittery but I’ve found the perfect one and that is the Benefit Hoola Bronzer. It’s a matte bronzer that has a shadow to it so it is absolutely perfect for daily contouring. I love the texture of the powder too because it’s super smooth.
Just take some on your contouring brush and sweep onto the hollows of your cheek, temple and jaw line for a slimmer face. Take a small blending brush to contour your nose and run it along the sides of your nose. It’s the perfect shade of brown!
#5 M.A.C Technakohl Liner – Graphblack
I’ve sifted through the liners at your local Watsons and Guardian and I still can’t find a worthy liner for my waterline and tightline. There’s always something wrong with it and I find myself returning to the MAC Technakohl liner because it doesn’t move or slide as much as the other eyeliners I’ve tried.
Finding a good pencil liner is important to me because I’m always lining my tight line and water line so I have to make sure that it won’t make me look like Mr. Panda during the day. I love this liner because it’s the right hardness that can draw smooth lines, great black pigment and it’s automatic so I never have to sharpen it. It’s just easy.
#6 Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation
This is my all time favourite foundation. It’s hard to say that because I never knew I would make that statement someday but here it is. When I first laid eyes on the stick foundation, I was a bit skeptical. My classmates at make-up school were all for it but I didn’t know if it would be too thick. I tried it on though and it was love at first sight. The foundation melts into your skin making it look very natural.
And the coverage is so amazing. I just take a brush and then draw streaks of this on my face or you can go straight from the tube. Then, use a sponge to blend everything together. The foundation lasts a good amount of time and doesn’t look horrid in humid weather! So I love it for that reason. Plus it’s such good coverage and can double up as a concealer. I love that it is also super portable and I bring this wherever I go! I’m done with my second tube so I’m going on to my third. It’s a whopping $65 but worth it!
Hope you like this post and have a great weekend! Hop onto my online store to get styling and get giving: http://www.roseanne.sg and oops I forgot to mention my UDPP! Of course you would know by now watching my tutorials it’s just about the only primer I use. I love it so much and it’s the best eye primer for sure!
I’m sure us ladies are always on the hunt for that perfect lip gloss. One that isn’t sticky, doesn’t clump at the end of the day one that can make our lips that much juicer. Well ladies, I have your answer – it’s the Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited Lip glosses. I have been trying these out for a while and I have fallen in love with them. They aren’t sticky, are really hydrating in fact and come in so many colors, you can probably have one for every outfit! In this post, I’ll be doing a review, tutorial on trendy lip gloss looks as seen on Spring runways, showing you some of my personal favourites and ending with a giveaway of one of them!
Shu Uemura has always been on the top of their game. They’re probably top in innovation and technology in cosmetics and are known for their vivid colors and breaking boundaries. You’ve seen them at every department store or mall and you probably have their eye-lash curlers. I raise my hand. Even when I was in make-up school, Shu Uemura was all our teachers (who have been doing makeup for like 20 years) could talk about. They said that their amazing quality and brushes surpasses all other make-up brands.
So here I am introducing you the new Shu Uemura Lip Gloss – the Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited! Shu Uemura has integrated four key elements in these new lip glosses – being a shape memorising technology, artist modulator colors, a skin loving formula and a new applicator!
Previously, Shu Uemura included a rod shaped applicator in its lip glosses. Now, the applicator is a circular shaped donut that can catch just the right amount of lip gloss when you apply it. I love these applicators because they spread the gloss really well and they do trap lip gloss as well. The pointed top makes going into the corners of the mouth a lot easier too.
Another cool thing is the shape memorizing technology When applied, the lip gloss forms a coat following the shape of your lips and even if you touch it, it doesn’t shift or move. It’s powered by a 3D elastic gel network that evelops the lips. When you disturb the surface of the gloss, with pressure or friction, it automatically repairs the smooth surface. It can reflect light well too!
These lip glosses are also super hydrating and really, they aren’t sticky at all. The super smooth formula is caused by a moisture active complex and botanical oils that condition and soften your lips.
I’ve always seen Shu Uemura as a real make-up artist brand and it’s so cool to see that they’re encouraging people out there to be make-up artists on themselves with exploring new color boundaries. The lip gloss range also has 4 Artist Modulator colors that you can wear before or after your lip glosses to change the look and texture of them. It’s sort of like on-the-spot customisation! You can mix and match these modulator colors to create new colorful shades or to make it suit your skin tone better.
Now it’s tutorial time! Today I’m going to show you how to do the trendy two-toned lip that’s been making an appearance everywhere including on the runway and in magazines. It’s a really easy look to do and something that’s really in right now.
Simply use a pink lipstick on your upper lip. Choose a vivid color or a sheer color depending on whether you’re more of a bold lip or natural lip gal. Then apply an orange lipstick to your bottom lip. Of course you don’t need to stick to these colours! Find colors that are complimentary to each other and those work too.
Then, apply your lipgloss! I’m using Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited in AT 60C and applying it to my top lip. It really brings the lip out automatically. Then, I’m using AT 50C on my bottom lip. Make sure you’re careful and if you need to, you can always use a bit of make-up remover and a q-tip to hide any mistakes.
And you’re finished!
The next look I thought about was how to make lips really have a pout with lipgloss. As a make-up artist, you learn that you don’t always have to stick to the rules and apply lip gloss all over your lips only. You can actually add a lighter lip gloss to the middle of your lips to make them pop and have a pout!
I’m using a wine beige lip pencil first and applying that all over my lips. This will help form a nice layer for the lipstick to cling on to and hide any skin tone imperfections. Then, apply a raspberry red lipstick and finish off with a pale orange lipgloss like the Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited in OR10C! Using the applicator, just lightly dab the middle of your lips until you get that desired pout!
The last look is probably what is on everyone’s mind this season, being Spring. It’s that pretty nude lip! It’s great for even a smokey eye or keeping it natural with pretty pink cheeks to match.
Instead of using a lipstick which can be too nude and harsh, I’m using a nude lip pencil to do the trick. I love using this pencil because I can layer it on until I get the desired nude lip. All I have to do is put streaks on my lips and use my finger to blend it out. You’ll see that you’ll have a much more natural nude lip and it helps the nude lips show up on darker skin tones too. Then, I apply Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited PK 60s which is a really pretty fairytale pink with a bit of silver shimmer and that completes your nude lip look!
My personal favourites that I’ve been loving lately are the CR 20S, WN 20S, PK 30S and RD 10G. The CR 20S is a beautiful coral and pink shade with a subtle silver reflex. It’s an amazing everyday color that goes well with all make-up looks!
I love the WN 20S because it’s such a unique color for a lip gloss – that dark burgundy that’s really in right now as a color. You can go lighter or go all out and use this even without a lipstick and the pigmentation is totally Shu Uemura!
The PK 30S is a creamy pink that reminds me of barbie. It’s really pretty and has a multi tone reflex that really makes your lips shine. I feel like it does a really good job plumping the lips too! RD 10G may look really vibrant and bold in the tube but straight on the lips (like these swatches with JUST glosses on and no lipstick ) you can see it really enhances the lips and is quite wearable. It’s a gold and red orange combination that’s super pretty.
Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited Giveaway:
And what’s all of this, when you need to try it for yourself! I’m giving away a Shu Uemura Gloss Unlmited in CR20S! I thought it was the most wearable for everyday so it’s here for you to take! All you have to do is comment on this post with what your perfect lip gloss would be like by May 18, 2013. The giveaway is international! Good Luck!
I just wanted to let you all know too that there’s an event too where you can find out even more about the lip glosses! It’s called “Pucker Up with Shu” and you get to be one of the first to try out the new and exciting shades! It’s a night of colourful exuberance and you get to pucker up with Shu Uemura! It’s at 7PM on May 10th at Shu Uemura Tangs Orchard!
Check out my video to see the glosses live ;)
Hope you liked this post! The best part? These lip glosses are only SGD$33 each! Definitely collectable. Let me know if you have any questions below or visit Shu Uemura’s Facebook Page or Shu Uemura website for more information!
Whenever I pass by the Benefit Counter these days, I’m amazed at how many make-up kits they have. From priming, to eye-shadow to even bronzing, they’re probably the first I’ll think about when I want to buy somebody a gift. That’s because these kits make amazing gifts. I mean who wouldn’t want one of these?
Today I’ll be talking about their new boxes of love – the Benefit World Famous Neutrals Eyeshadow Kits! They are a mouthful to say and remember but just like the other kits they’re offering, they are super easy to follow and provide you with just what you need. There are three varieties – the Most Glamorous Nudes Ever, Easiest Nudes Ever and Sexiest Nudes Ever – courtesy of Eyenessa who’s on the front cover. Stay tuned to find out how you can win one of these!
Lets start with Most Glamorous Nudes Ever (short for MGNE)! The eyeshadow kits feature Benefit’s four long-wear powder eyeshadows and two creaseless cream shadows. I simply love the packaging, comes in a book box and it reminds you that when you’re done with everything, you can take out the shadow part and use it as a box for your precious items!
On the top part of the box is an instruction manual with step by step instructions for creating a daytime and night time look with your kit. It’s great for travel but as it doesn’t include liners, you might want to pack that along. I was very much looking forward to trying out the shadows as it will be my first benefit eye-shadow actually!
But seriously, the quality of these shadows were not surprising. They’re fantastic. The creaseless cream shadows went on like a dream, very creamy but great payoff. The shadows were super soft and blend able and both the texture and pigmentation is impressive. My favourite has to be birthday suit and it’s complicated! Such beautiful shades!
But of course, what’s a review in Roseanne’s world without a tutorial. You’ll have to excuse my eyes being a bit pink and red. I had the fan blowing at the side of my face in the morning because it was hot and it must have dried them out a bit. Nonetheless, I followed the instructions for the daytime look!
Isn’t this so cute on how it opens up like this? Daytime and..instead of nighttime, they called it play time lol. I love their names. So cute!
To achieve a simple daytime look with the Glamorous Neutrals palette, start by applying Birthday Suit all over the lids. This will act as a good base for your eyeshadow to cling onto.
Then apply It’s Complicated which is a beautiful rose gold shade onto the middle of your lids. Or if you like all over your lids to set your cream shadow.
After that, apply buff which is a matte cream color to highlight your brows and also in the inner corner! Then, use a synthetic brush with birthday suit again and smoke upwards from the lid line.
Use your favourite eyeliner for your lid line, water line and tight line and you get something like this. Wasn’t that easy? I really feel like Benefit took all the complicated things about eyeshadow and tossed them right out the window! It’s so idiot-proof and you get a pretty fantastic look. I also defined my brows, used Benefit Dandelion blush and a Shu Uemura lip gloss to finish off the look.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. There is also Easiest Nudes Ever which features more pink and girly shades. Pink and brown make a great color combination.
There’s also Sexiest Nudes Ever which is more of a plum smokey eye palette. It’s so gorgeous and very versatile. I always think that plum and purple colors if done right suit everyone!
And guess what! I’m giving away both – the Easiest Nudes Ever and Sexiest Nudes Ever Eyeshadow Kits! :D
To win the World Famous Neutrals Easiest Nudes Ever:
- Comment down below with why you want to win the palette
- Make sure you correctly fill out the form so I know your email and you are contactable
- Giveaway is international and ends on April 30!
To with the smokey World famous Neutrals Sexiest Nudes Ever:
- Comment down below with a blog post request (tutorial, review, tips, question etc.)
- Make sure you correctly fill out the form so I know your email and you are contactable
- Giveaway is international and ends on April 30!
I don’t know about you, but just like going to the dentist, I’m actually pretty paranoid of going to the hairdressers. That’s because I love having long hair – it frames my face the way I want it too and takes off the extra pounds. But, the salons I’ve vistied these days always go a little too crazy with the scissors and probably 90% of the time, I end up regretting it seeing my locks on the floor!
A few weeks ago, I had to get my hair done because my producer for Toggle TV insisted I chop off those dry ends because I was filming the next day! To be honest, my hair was looking like an overgrown patch of grass and needed a bit of refreshment. I’ve seen so many posts on Salon Vim @ 313 Somerset and had to go try them out. I was a little nervous, but seriously, look what happened to my hair:
I absolutely LOVE it! I was so suprised to see the end result. Perfect length and the curls are now making me want to curl my hair every day (I’ve actually been doing just that) and I just realised how important your hair is to getting a fabulous look! I mean if you have no make up on and good hair is better than having make-up on with bad hair! Right?
They first gave me a good hair wash. I love getting my hair professionally washed. It’s always a great massage and the shower of water feels great. Although sometimes it tickles.
After the wash, my hairstylist, Allen, proceeded to cut away and give me layers. I insisted on still wanting long hair as I always do so I just wanted him to cut off any dry ends and give me more layers. I really didn’t know what I was talking about though since I get more facials done in a year than haircuts. He was really professional and knew what he was doin’! It was cool that he was cutting while my hair was wet. He said this was easier to see. Great tip!
Then I got a treatment which would really help hydrate my hair and make it look shiny and new again. One of his assistants applied the treatment product on sections of my hair including a pre-treatment and then the actual treatment consisted of me having my hair steamed! Look at that steam machine!
Then, I got a good blow dry and even when it was straight, it’s a great length. He then gave me a few curls using the curling tongs and I felt like I could go to the Oscars already. I’ve never seen my hair like this before, total hair transformation and no one has curled my hair this nicely before. It really made me see my hair as a new outlet, not just doing make-up, but hair really adds such a big difference!
Overall, I just wanted to thank Allen, my wonderful Salon Vim hairstylist. I’ve seen so many girls get their hair coloured there like ombre or blue and green highlights but to be honest, I’m not that experimental with color. I like my hair black as the night. I’ve gotten my hair brown before but it was done badly – maybe all I have to do is see what Salon Vim can do! Let me know if you have any suggestions for my hair!
The hype for Salon Vim is totally justified. I give it my thumbs up totally. Very professional, knows what they are doing and can give you totally amazing hair. You can find them in Singapore @313 Somerset in town on level #04-07/08/09!
By the way, that white gem necklace you always see me wearing will be available on www.roseanne.sg, my online store very soon when we launch our new collection! Stay tuned on facebook.com/roseanne.sg
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I trust and believe in the Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, and this blog is alive through Him † God is real and revealed himself to me long before I knew Him. Everything makes sense. Forever grateful for his limitless love for us. None of what I do would be possible without his grace, blessing and guidance step by step in my life. I know that whatever he leads me to, I will conquer for he has provided everything I need. Let my life and my works be living testimony of His greatness so that others may come to know Him and experience his love, grace and blessing in their lives.