Can you believe it? I used to be a total online shopping addict but instead of buying new outfits, I bought tons of make-up! In fact I used to scour the web for the best make-up stores online that could ship international! What makes shopping online for beauty products better than at the counter – well it’s open 24 hrs so say hello to nights when you can’t sleep and it’s cheaper so if you can get it online, you might be able to save 10-30% on it. For me, a good beauty online store should have good international and local shipping rates, a large variety of brands, a good variety of shades available of a particular product and have sturdy packaging so there are no breakages. Also the ability to ensure something is authentic is really important too. I was just introduced to a new online beauty products retailer called BeautyFresh (www.beautyfresh.com) not too long ago and it fits my criteria very well! Let’s check it out together and see what I got!
One place I’ve always wanted to visit and got to check off my list this trip was going to a provincial town called Grasse on the French Riviera. It is undoubtedly the perfume capital of the world and where Gabrielle Chanel herself made the iconic fragrance – Chanel No. 5. In fact, it’s where most “noses” (those who are in charge of creating the formulas for your signature perfumes) are trained in Grasse to distinguish between thousands of scents. In fact, 2/3 of France’s natural aromas are produced here and most iconic fragrances are made in Grasse! It was a priviledge to include this on my trip to the French Riviera and I can’t wait to share with you 7 Facts I learned about perfume while in Grasse. Let’s start!
I was in Guangzhou a couple weeks ago and chanced upon some imitation make-up! I’ve heard about these before and have seen them all over ebay but have never seen them in real life. My parents and I were walking along the famous Beijing Lu in Guangzhou when we came across a few stalls selling fake cosmetics. It was more of a “wow, this is so cool” reaction to be honest just because I thought whoever made these fakes were very creative. Obviously I wasn’t going to get any but I did ask the Auntie if I could snap a few pictures for you all so here they are!
Can you believe it? It’s already October. I’m sure you agree with me that 2014 is flying by super fast and soon it will be my favourite season of the entire year – the holidays and of course Christmas! With the holidays comes the season of giving and that’s when a lot of our favourite makeup brands create really cool gift sets. I was invited to the Sephora Singapore Holiday Press Day to see what is in store this year! This is an event I never miss because each prominent brand in Sephora holds a booth on this day and they fly their international representatives over to talk about what they have to offer. Here’s what I loved best from the amazing selection!
If you haven’t already known, Bath and Body Works is in Singapore! This is so exciting for me because I’ve been familiar with the brand ever since I was a teen back in Middle School. It used to be precious back then because the only way to get it is if you were in the states for summer. Everyone would have either a warm vanilla sugar body spray or a sweet pea one hidden in their lockers for after P.E. Back then, I remember telling my Dad to get the body spray for me (partly because I wanted to be like everyone else) and he got the one in cucumber melon which I think is now a discontinued scent because I don’t see it anymore in the store. It used to be super popular though and I just love this brand so much. It gives me tons of memories and I am so happy it’s in Singapore!
I hope you’re having a great weekend! With the new year, I think now is a great time to spring clean our makeup collection. This keeps our expired make-up in the bin and totally room ready for whatever is on our make-up wishlist! Besides getting our bins ready here are a few of my tips to keeping your collections tidy.
1. Sort out your make-up
When it’s time to take my collection for a little clean through, I begin sorting my make-up. I have one pile for blushes, foundations, lipsticks etc and the last pile will be for make-up I can’t use anymore. It’s sort of like when Sarah Jessica Parker sorts out her clothes when she needs to move in Sex and the City. This sorting process will help tell you what you have, don’t have and even… what you’re missing ( I still can’t find my Naked2 palette :/ ). Once you have sorted everything out, why not grab a couple of organisers and put them in your drawers. I use drawer organisers from Ikea and they work fine. You can even go eco-friendly and diy it using egg cartons and painting over old cereal boxes.
You totally need to watch the video and I seriously can’t agree enough. I’ve never really talked about my weight and to be honest, I’ve never been the skinny girl or the girl with perfect legs and arms. I’m kind of the odd one out especially here in Singapore where I feel most of the population is stunningly skinny and the newspapers are full of London Weight Management ads and slimming centres. I’ve tried this diet, that exercise but for some reason I just end up figuring myself out and asking what in the world am I trying to do. I can’t count the number of times where someone has said “Roseanne, you’re beautiful but if you lost x amount of weight, you would look like a supermodel.” AND “Roseanne, you’re beautiful, but too bad you’re fat.” Trust me, I’ve had it countless number of times, even from my loved ones. I remember never being alright with my weight and worse still, the comments people made about me or the looks they gave me didn’t help either.
Shopping online for make-up can be a lot easier than you think and there are actually many online stores that sell make-up and beauty products with international shipping. I used to shop online for make-up tons when I was in Uni – it was the perfect way to de-stress and the cheaper prices online compared to counter prices didn’t help either. I think that when it comes shopping for make-up online, you don’t have to worry about whether it ‘fits’ – the main concern is whether the product is ship-able (perfumes and some liquids like nail polishes are sometimes not allowed to be shipped internationally by the seller) AND even if the product is authentic or genuine. With so many things being copied these days, make-up is really no exception. There’s fake M.A.C, Bobbi Brown and other well known brands everywhere on the net and you really do have to be careful because you don’t know what these fake products might have inside them. You are putting these products on your face after all! That’s why I tend to avoid buying make-up on Ebay because you really never know what you might get. Instead, these are my current 3 favourite online stores to shop for make-up online that provide international shipping so it doesn’t matter where you live!
It’s that time of the month again! Time to touch up my roots and give my hair a new revamp of color. I simply loved my experience at Organic Hair Professional so I decided to give them another visit to see how well their organic hair dyes perform. I mean, I’ve never tried an organic hair dye before, much less knew they actually existed. Smelling strong chemical laden hair dyes have always been the norm so I was really excited for this visit! By the way, I also just wanted to share with you how I book my appointments – it’s through this nifty website called Tab a Salon at www.tabasalon.com!
Today I thought I’d share some of that fun stuff in my events round-up. If you aren’t familiar, I do attend events quite often to see what’s new and trendy! With the holidays around the corner, you’re probably wondering what to get for your best friend or sister. Here’s a great guide to just that! The first event was with LUSH cosmetics. LUSH has been here in Singapore for not more than a few years and is a popular fun and natural soap and body care haven.
As you know, I’m a huge LUSH fan. I remember in college when I would go to LUSH at least once a week in Melbourne and always walk out with a new soap or face mask. I just loved how fun everything is. It just made me really happy to have one of their products! So going to this event was kind of a blast from the past! We had the honor of previewing LUSH’s fine ensemble for the holidays. I mean look at all those gift boxes? BTW they have the most beautifully wrapped gifts! They come in all shapes and sizes and colors! Super duper love.
When I first learned how to curl my lashes, it was a disaster! The metal felt too cold and it left me wondering why would any girl do this to themselves! Fast forward to now and I really can’t live without an eye-lash curler and curling my lashes before my mascara is always a must. I don’t have lashes that curl themselves and look naturally voluminous. They’re what I call “horse lashes” – they stick out straight over my eye – just like a well..horse. I know it sounds pretty crude to compare myself to a horse..but hey it’s true. Thankfully though I’ve found out a way to curl lashes better than just curling them. It’s a new method that will promise you bigger and better lashes with just one move of your hand.
Here’s a litte mid week inspiration – Pinterest Hair Tutorials. They often look like a series of step by step pictures, modelled by beautiful girls that look like they came outta your favourite magazine and they make a pretty cool time waster (or not). Here’s my top ten favourites that will make you wonder “oh that’s how they do it.”
1. The Lace Braid
Love this one. She looks like she came out of Rapunzel and I love how the braids wrap gently around her side ponytail. Absolutely stunning! Find more about it here.
2. Three Braid Bun
First you look like an alien from toy story and then it transforms into a prom-able bun. Wow, impressive. Got it here. I love how this tutorial makes it look so easy.
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?
I get a lot of questions asking what should I get – natural or synthetic hair make-up brushes and the answer is, both. That’s because natural and synthetic hair is useful for different functions when it comes to applying make-up and both are essential to either your personal or professional make-up kit. Here’s the low down on both and what they’re great for.
1. Synthetic Hair Makeup Brushes
What is it? The bristles of the make-up brush is composed of hair that is synthetic and man-made. Often the hairs have a more smooth/slightly plastic feel to them. They are dyed to brown or a gradient brown and cream to white usually.
We’ve all heard about the benefits of essential oils but usually our knowledge extends to what we can add to our lamp burner on a sunday night. Little do we know that there’s actually a difference between medicinal grade therapeutic oils and aromatherapy oils. Medicinal grade therapeutic oils like Absolute Essential go through an extensive and meticulous process so that it has medicinal uses and benefits. Aromatherapy oils (the stuff you put in your burner) usually does not go through this level of extraction and use cheaper, less integral ingredients that don’t really work.
I don’t know about you but in the fast and busy pace of today, I’m always on the look-out for multi-taskers and as a make-up artist, it’s really important to find products that are multi-use so that we can save space in our kits, and save time. Here’s three products that you can use for multiple uses and are ever so handy on the go, travelling or if you’re just plain lazy. Tsk Tsk. Jokes.
1. Superhero Stick Foundations
Any foundation that you use can be “doubled up” to act as a concealer. What a concealer really is, is just product that has concentrated pigment, more concentrated than your foundation so that it can cover up more. So, if you apply your foundation and pat your foundation again on your blemish after, then you are actually concealing it. But, sometimes we need a little more coverage and that’s when stick foundations are fabulous products. Stick foundations should be warmed up first, scrape a little out and on the back of your hand use your finger to rub the product until it’s creamy. You can then apply the product as a foundation or you can use it as a concealer as well. Therefore, it’s a two in one! It’s great for travelling because you don’t need to pack two products, just need your handy stick foundation, and you’re good to go! I’ve been really liking the Bobbi Brown stick foundations because they’re creamy after warming up and blend nicely into the skin for a flawless finish.
I can’t believe it’s that time of year again! Bring out the christmas cookies, the tree from the attic and those dusty decorations. It’s time for the holidays! Who doesn’t love a good gift but even better getting the right gift for your loved one . Here are not only some gift giving solutions but a wish list of my own (not to say anyone is getting me anything :p) but who doesn’t love imagining what to get? Plus, I thought it would be fun to show you why and what I’m currently eyeing!
It was love at first sniff with the Philosophy Eternal Grace EDP. It reminded me of my first perfume I ever had which was from Zara. I don’t remember the name because it was that long ago, but it smells fresh, beautiful, light and flirty. It doesn’t have a floral smell but certainly not overwhelming. It also takes a while until the scent evaporates a little before smelling really good. I love it.
Honestly, I had no idea what to expect. I was requested by some lovely viewers to do this tag video. Basically, you’re supposed to put on you make-up without glancing even once at the mirror. Although it seemed like an almost impossible feat, I decided to go ahead and do it anyway! By the way, excuse my lazy dress sense today. It’s Saturday and I just wanted to chill and make a video and it was cold. Hehe.
I’ve done my own make-up everyday now for at least three years so maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. I managed to go through foundation in a breeze and only really expected trouble with the lips and eye-liner. But after the whole look was done, I was really quite impressed with myself (in the most modest way possible). Few scars from the battle, just a mark on my fore-head, uneven liner, uneven lips, uneven brows. Okay, maybe more than a few scars.
So there’s this tag going around especially in the UK about how much our faces our worth. Well, we all know that the answer is “priceless”, but basically what you do is add up the prices of all your daily makeup products. Man, I feel like I’m getting my weight checked. I’m probably looking at around a hundred buckaroos since I’m open to using a mix of drugstore and department store makeup. I’m horrible with my money. I’m not too much an avid fan of getting new clothes (I don’t like trying them on at the store ..too lazy) but when it comes to make-up and food, it’s like, where did it all go? Let’s do some number crunchin’ while I peek through my fingers.
I wasn’t born lucky in the sensitive skin department. I’m horribly prone to break-outs from reasons like a simple change of weather to a bit more stress. That being said, I’ve been an expert in covering up pimples and zits so here are a few of my top tips. I thought it might not be great to show you blemishes on my face so I decided to just “talk” about it. :)
#1 The Best Concealer for covering Acne is…
The best concealer to use for acne spots or blemishes would have to be a balm or cream concealer with decent coverage. My favourite is the M.A.C studio finish concealer that comes in a pot because it is so easy to apply, pat and cover your blemish and the small pot makes it easy for on the go touch-ups which you will need to do for acne and blemishes. Suprisingly also, Mineral concealers when applied with a synthetic brush like the Everyday Minerals concealer works really well too. From personal experience, I would not recommend a liquid concealer because liquid concealers spread too thin to cover up a raised pimple properly and because the pimple produces oil during the day, it mixes even more with the liquidity of the concealer making it last just about 2 seconds. Save your liquid concealers for non-raised blemishes like redness and under-eye circles and leave the cream/balm concealers to help with your raised pimples.
Matching undertones, textures and complexions ought to be one of the most important things you need to know. If you want to match your skintone successfully or get the right shade of lipstick, you’ll have to be able to match your undertone, to avoid looking like a cakey mess, you’ll have to match textures and to keep yourself from piling up the make-up, you’ll have to match complexions. But if all this sounds pretty foreign to you, then fear not, this will sure to have you looking flawless and gorgeous in no time.
If you’ve just started make-up, you’re probably wondering what an undertone is. It’s the base color that not only your skin has, but also every make-up product that has color, that’s right. You are either a “warm” undertone with a neutral or yellow base or a “cool” undertone with a pink or blue base. Similarly, make-up products have warm and cool tones. The objective is to match your skin undertone with the undertone of the make-up product. How do you know what undertone you are? Simply flip your arm over and observe your veins. Are they blue or green? If they are blue, you are a cool undertone. If they are green, you are a warm undertone. How do you know what undertone a make-up product is? If you do not match undertones for example you wear a cool based bb cream when you are a warm undertone, you will end up looking white and ashy. Also just forget those bubblegum pink lips. Not a good look. So to get a good look girl, you gotta match your undertones.
Little do we know, there’s a bunch of awesome tools online that can help us explore more about make-up besides catching up on your favorite blogs and youtube channels. Here’s a list of my favorite make-up related websites that not only can show you what make-up works best for you, but also how to get that shade you need even before walking into a store (and even in the comfort of your own home).
1. Makeupbee (http://www.makeupbee.com)
Makeupbee is something a little new. It was first introduced to me by a good friend in it’s early stages but it has grown into a whole (and pretty awesome) makeup community. If you hate clicking multiple links just to look at really cool makeup looks created by people just like you and me, then you will love makeupbee. On makeupbee, you can create a profile, upload the looks that you’ve done yourself, put up the products you used in the look, and share it with the rest of the makeup bees in the community. You can comment and like other looks and if you like a certain look in particular you can see just what products they used.
I think you can pretty much guess that hot pink and I go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s my favorite color (no really?). It’s a color that’s so befitting of my personality – pretty loud, girly and strong. I love it. I’m always on the hunt for a great hot pink, and it’s the one color I always ask for when I’m getting my nails done at the salon. It’s pretty much an expression of me.
I bought this baby – O.P.I La Paz-Itively Hot – quite a while ago and it has been such a favourite that I had to share. Matte nails is a pretty old trend, it’s probably been stepped on all over by shatter nails and even nail wraps. But I have to say out of all the unique trends out there, this is probably the most “wearable”, at least for me. The best one? Is this one. This hot pink dries matte but it has a bit of depth to it because of the slight and subtle shimmer that gives your nails a matte glow which is so fun. I have You Don’t Know Jacques as well but because it doesn’t have the wild flair, it’s a kind of a boring shade especially because it dries matte. I love matte nail polishes (not that I only like them, I really like shiny cream as well) because they dry super fast and they are super pigmented in general. I still would use two coats of this but I like it because it has a bit of a satin finish. One of best!
Here’s a question that I get often and something that I remember being confused with back when I first started getting into BB Creams and that is this:
What is the Difference between a BB Cream and a Foundation?
Simple. There are many differences. A BB cream can be used as a make-up base or a very sheer foundation at best. It’s major selling point is that it is a make-up and skincare product, so it tends to have more skincare benefits than a liquid foundation does. It also provides less coverage.
Therefore, a bb cream and foundation differs most in these areas:
1. Coverage – BB creams provide less coverage than can a liquid foundation. It’s better for those don’t-feel-like-wearing make-up days or if you have flawless skin.
The world of beauty can be a little crazy. Sometimes, it goes beyond crazy rainbow lashes from Shu Uemura or sci-fi theater effects into current trends like these which I found quite interesting to share. I don’t suggest you wear these out because you’ll probably gain more than a few weird stares but if you’re like Lady Gaga, maybe you won’t mind at all.
1. Paperlife Eyelashes
This is taking fake lashes to the next level. I saw these babies at Sephora in Singapore and wondered when I could ever wear them. They might even be equivalent to those sneaky heels you bought this weekend that you know you can’t wear out because they’re too high, but because they looked hot on you at the store, you decided to buy them anyway. I’m not sure what to say about these lashes to be honest. All I can say is that it would be funny if it rained.
We’ve all been there. At the end of a long day at uni, or work, we either have a bad case of the oilies or our blush or lipstick has now faded. Even better, a hot date is waiting for us tonight and there is just no way that we can beat the rush hour and head home first. Thus, there’s always a reason to bring along a few make-up items in a small pouch in case of any hot mess emergencies. I thought it would be fun to open up my little make-up emergency kit and show you my top tips and items to touching your make-up throughout the day!
It’s pretty packed in here, but seriously for good reason. The key is to find products that multi-task and don’t need additional tools.
I’m sure we all remember our first night out with the girls. You’re a little nervous because you don’t know what a club will be like, you’re not sure if your dress is a little too revealing but I think most of all, you’re worried about your make-up. To be totally club – proof, your make-up has to survive a few hours of dancing in a crowded room with loud music and lots of people. It’s not going to be easy. So, here’s my top three foundations to wear and a few tips to keeping flawless for a good night out. I’m not a serial clubber but I do go out with my girls every now and then. By the way, that’s me and my beautiful food blogger friend, Adrienne, visit her yummylicious food blog at: http://www.adriennely.com/ It’s super useful if you’re wondering what to eat in Melbourne!
My hair has a life of its own. When I’m sad or feeling tired, my hair seems to flop down and appear flat but when I’m awake and energetic, it instantly volumizes itself. Weird. But the point of this post is here. I am much flattered to say that the number one question I receive on the blog and on YouTube is what I do with my hair. It’s often a question I appreciate but one that I kindly ignore because well, there’s not much to say. I’m really doing this post because I need to document that I did answer this quesition and why not to do it over the blog (and maybe make a video out of it). Despite really not doing much at all, I do use a particular shampoo and conditioner and I do see myself doing a few things everyday that may contribute to the appearance of my hair. Mostly though, when the hairdresser says, “Wow, you have so much hair”, I really blame it on genetics. Here we go!
Today I thought I might blog about something quite special to my heart – my favourite makeup brands and why. Being a beauty blogger means trying out a myriad of products – bought and sponsored – but I have to say these brands that I’ll list out below have got to be some of my favourites. It’s not only the quality of products that enable them to make it to this list, it’s also the association of their brand but most of all a special resonating ring that it has in my heart when I purchase one of their products that no other brand can strike a chord with. Call it a brand review, call it anything. Let’s get started!
We’ve all been swept away by the power of advertising – whether the world is trying to sell us pillows in place of mascaras. I’ve always been a fan of analysing, browsing and looking at print to tv ads and because I have a gigantic passion in make-up, I thought it would be cool to do a post on the coolest makeup ads I’ve seen by far. In this unconventional post, I will be keying out a few worthy and unique makeup campaigns that will be sure to have you putting on those running shoes to visit the nearest store.
1. Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick:
Beauty Blogging Tip: Who needs Photoshop? How to Create Cool Graphics using Microsoft Office Powerpoint 2011!Posted by in Awesome Findings | Uncategorized
Let’s face it. We weren’t all blessed with the inherent ability to Photoshop. I know I wasn’t. I’ve used it once or twice for class, was a bit familiar with the layers, but in totality and in all honestly, I’m Photoshop hopeless. There are just too many buttons to press and I end up chasing my tail anyway. But, as a beauty blogger, it’s almost a necessity to make a few graphics introducing contests, events or giveaways or as banners or blog stickers. Thank the beauty blogging angels up there; I have found a way around that. In this post, I’ll be giving a beauty blogging tip on how to skip reading Photoshop for Dummies and start exploring Microsoft PowerPoint as an alternative. Sounds too good to be true? Read on.
I’ve had a few personal messages of late from wonderful people just starting blogging. Just like many of you, they wonder what it’s like to be a beauty blogger and if I have any tips to start them off. So, I created this post to help everyone who wants to blog beauty, blog it well.
First off, it’s not as glamorous as most people think it is. They have this perception that beauty bloggers are vainpots with makeup stashes as tall as Mt. Everest. While the latter may be true for some of us, most of us work hard for what we do. If we do get invited to try something out say at a spa, we aren’t relaxing away and enjoying the moment, most of us will be thinking of what to say in our post the entire time and snapping awkward pictures of our facial here and there. We may get sponsored many products, but we also have to try them out before the PR companies come nudging back. However, it’s our love for all things beauty and the followers who read us that keep us coming back.
If you take two lipsticks and two different people, you’ll have four different looks, not two. Why? Because makeup looks different on different people.
Today, I’ve grabbed one of my best friends, Danielle, to show you what I mean. We decided well not really decided, it was sort of on a whim, like all the things we do, and we thought it would be cool to reach out of our comfort zones to try on different lipsticks. Although we are pretty similiar people except I think she’s more of a social butterfly than I am, you’ll notice that she’s a cooler tone and her lips are totally different from mine. We’ll take the same lipstick and switch it up to compare nude versus bold lips.
I just wanted to tell everyone that Illamasqua is now available in Melbourne, Australia! Illamasqua is known for their beautiful blushes, and pigmented shadows. The whole brand carries a dark, theatircal and mystical aura, even down to its slogan “Make-up for your alter ego”. From the website, Illamasqua states that it’s roots are from a dark 1920s club scene with a heavy emphasis on make-up for film and theater. Dramatic, emotional, dark, bold, Illamssqua emobodies all of these traits to create a very seductive and mysterious brand.
You can now find Illamasqua at Myer! Myer is the department store equivalent in Australia to Takashimaya or TANGS in Singapore or Nordstrom in the U.S. After lunch with a friend and checking out the MAC Wonderwoman collection, we stumbled upon Illamasqua. I snapped these pictures quickly with my Blackberry because I was scared that they might see me.
Whenever I swing by a LUSH store Australia, I always grab a copy of The Lush Times. This newspaper of smelly goodness is a directory of all the products that LUSH will offer for that season including new items and items that are very much loved by you and me. So, I’ve decided that since many of you aren’t in Australia or aren’t able to grab a copy of The Lush Times, I thought I might bring it to you online.
Here are my favourite picks from The Lush Times that I thought were pretty cool. I bought a giftbox from Lush a while back and I was going to give it all away to one person but I thought that breaking up the prize would be an even better idea so that more people can win something. You’ll see the details of the giveaway at the end. Let’s go, shall we?
It’s common to see our vanities stocked with products from the department or drugstores, but little do we know that your local grocery shop can carry a few beauty secrets too. Here are a few ways to put some household products to good use whether it be using a hairdryer to “iron” out wrinkles or using baking powder to substitue your whitening sessions to save a bit of loose change.
1. Egg in your..Hair?
An excellent hair mask that you can make at home can be made out of eggs. Raw eggs. My good friend, Rinku, used to do this all the time and when she told me this beauty secret while we were waiting for the bus one day to go home, I of course looked at her funny but then I looked at her hair and quickly alleviated any doubts. Because egg white proteins are basically full on full proteins, they go on to fortify hair shafts very well to add volume, shine and texture. Eggs can be drying so make sure to use your favourite shampoo and conditioner after your eggy hair mask session.
So we all want to be updated and in the loop of what is hot this season. With Spring onboard, we’re looking into more color to tease the drab of winter away (especially this winter). Here are some Spring 2011 Makeup trends that you might want to try certified by Vogue and Harpers Bazaar that I thought were pretty interesting as well as a few collections that are for sure spring note-worthy!
1. Bolder Lips
Nude has always been pretty much in but this season, try going for bolder lips like fuscia, red, or hot pink. To tone things down, I like to take a powerful lipstick and then lightly dab the color onto my lips so it leaves a semi-stain, just bitten look.
I got a little request a while back by the lovely Jay, asking:
Jay has been with me since the very beginning so of course anything she asks I do. Haha. Check her blog out here: http://feistyskies.onsugar.com! and this is a great question for all of you wondering what exactly is the difference between the drugstore Maybelline Dream Matte Powder and the department store MAC MSF Natural. Simple, really.
From a consumer view, Maybelline Dream Matte Powder compared to the MSF Natural…
1. is much lighter on the skin
2. has a lot less coverage than the MSF Natural
3. has a less finer and smoother powder
Thought I might do one of those blog blog..entries today that doesn’t concern a product. I’ve been doing people’s make-up lately for Meld Mag but I’m not sure I can post pictures on my blog because it is for the magazine, but I did my friends makeup for her dance show so I decided to do an LOTD entry! I believe this is my first LOTD entry :)
Face: I mixed Skin 79’s BB Diamond Collection Cream with Maybelline Superstay just to get her shade, then used my fingers to apply the foundation onto her actually perfect skin. I used MAC’s studio finish concealer on her under eyes and dusted MAC MSF Natural with a fluffy brush, MAC 134 all over to set everything.
I still spy a little white overcast, but without the flash it totally matches my skin. It probably is my horrible camera though (thanks for the heads up Sarah love!) Flawless though :)
I visited the Topshop makeup stand @ ION and I must say, it’s quite a selection of products – lip glosses, eyeshadow trios, tints, bronzers, blushes and lots of nail polishes. All of the blushes were sold out before I got there but I have to say the makeup packaging is quite the adorable. I couldn’t take many pictures so here is one:
But I did sneakily note down a price list for all of you interested. Most of the things were 13 dollars, it’s affordable and there is a promotion – something along the lines of buy $60 worth of Topshop stuff, with at least 1 makeup item.. and get a free makeup tote (btw thats a ton of makeup if you’re talking sixty!)
I thought I might blog about my current makeup collection through a series of photos. Watch the video for more in depth review! I don’t have as much makeup (i think) as some people may think I do simply because I often sell or if I can’t do that, I will throw it away if I don’t like it. Thus, it’s changed quite a bit since my last update. Enjoy!
Current set up in Melbourne..
My Everyday Brushes…
Various stuff :)
Kiyoko and I infront of Taka’s store but I went to Ion for the below review..
For all of you too busy out there to catch a glimpse of the new set-up for Urban Decay’s Launch in Singapore, here I am to save the day. Well, not really. The launch at ION wasn’t as fantastically awesome as I envisioned it to be – no people dressed as urban decay primer potions, handing out urban decay primer potions and little cupcakes with urban decay sprinkles (what a dream :)) – just regular sephora sales assistants wearing the same black shirts but with the words UD stamped on their backs floating around the seemingly empty looking launch. The event on facebook said the event was supposed to be open at 12 PM, I went at about 12:30 and I swear it was a little lonely with just me and another and what seemed like 10 sales assistants wondering where the crowd went. I seriously thought I would get pummelled, scratched and even gnawed on. But nope, none of that excitement at all.
I was requested by the lovely Laura or Spinnelrain on Youtube who asked the following:
Confronted with the same question when I first decided to purchase the MAC Mineralized Skinifinish Natural, of course I wanted to fufill this request.
Right off the bat, in my opinion, you shouldn’t substitute the MAC MSF for the MAC Blot Powder. I can’t say which one is better because they’re both my holy grail powders, I can’t choose one because they’re for totally different purposes. I wouldn’t set my foundation without the MAC MSF and I wouldn’t have an on the go touch up powder without the blot powder, so here is my take:
Disclaimer: this website did not tell me to post this up.
Ever wanted to order from maccosmetics or from the sephora or nars website but couldn’t because you weren’t in the states? Well, I was browsing youtube and went on a channel who was the owner of www.sgDrugstore.com and they do special request orders from various US websites and will quote the price – you just give them the list of what you want and they will quote the price – converting it to sing, including shipping and international taxes etc. It’s such a great website!
That means you can have your urban decay, nars, cheaper mac brushes etc!
Sorry I’m probably spamming your inbox at the moment but this is for treehouseglory and anyone sort of confused on how to use Windows Movie Maker to edit their videos. Thought I might help and address your concerns. I know the video quality is poor, but I didn’t really know how to do it any other way, I could use screencast, but it wouldn’t upload and I couldnt change the frame size. ANYWAY, hope this works and hope it helps you.
If it doesn’t that means i’m uploading it on youtube on another account..so wait a moment pls! :D
I really hope the video works…GO TO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8ho3LUuyak