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I’ve been getting used to using an eyebrow pencil lately and have been really liking the strong brow look. I usually use an eyebrow powder but at times I feel that it can’t do super sharp lines and it’s pigmentation is obviously lacking too. It’s good as a natural brow but for something with a little kick, I’ve been using a pencil. Probably the most popular eyebrow pencil is a particular one from M.A.C called Spiked. I’ll be doing a little tutorial on how easy strong brows can be!

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First of all, the M.A.C Spiked Eye Brows Pencil is pretty amazing. It comes as a thin pencil that is thankfully automatic so you don’t have to sharpen it. It also has quite a narrow tip so that drawing specific lines is quite convenient. Spiked is a chocolate brown that is quite dark and more suitable for very dark brown to black hair tones. Although it’s really whatever floats your boat. A general rule of thumb is that your brows should be no more than 1 or 2 shades lighter than your hair color.

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Today I’m going to be doing a review and tutorial of a gorgeous eye palette – the Lancome Hypnose Palette Star Eyes in Brun Au Naturel! I have been loving this lately and I also have another shade in Taupe Au Naturel. They give the prettiest and most naturally enhancing eye looks in a simple compact form that is easy to carry to work or wherever you’re headed!

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The palette boasts an innovative “wet” eyeshadow technology that allows the shadow to have a range of intensities with a multi dimensional and even texture! They’re pigmented and although they have matte shades, they aren’t chalky which is really important. The palette comes with 5 colors that you can use for day to night make-up and two types of applicators which do come in handy on the go.

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Today I thought I might do a make-up tutorial – I know, it’s been too long. I wanted to do an everyday make-up tutorial that shows you my before and after so as you can see from the starter image – that’s me before and that’s me after. I only realised that it really is such a huge difference when I was adding all the text to the pictures and I guess make-up does really work wonders right? For today’s look, I wanted to do an Asian makeup tutorial that I’ve been doing everyday. It’s those clean looking eyes but still made bigger with really bright lips. I always see this look with Kpop stars. I thought I would hop on the boat even though I don’t really look Korean at all.

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If you haven’t heard, VDL Cosmetics is a trendy and fashion forward international cosmetic brand that is now making waves here in Singapore. The brand was founded in 2012 by The Colour Lab of LG Household & Healthcare in Korea and is known to provide an extensive range of innovative beauty products from make-up to body care at everyday prices! It’s great that it’s finally arrived here in Singapore! VDL invited me to do a makeover with them at their store in Bugis Junction and to get more familiar with their products! I thought I might share with you my amazing makeover experience and do a little giveaway of their global best selling item at the end of this post!

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When I think of Chinese New Year, I think of copious amounts of one of my favourite foods (pineapple tarts), hong baos, lots of red and gold and also…cherry blossoms! My nails were a bit drab and I had no time to go get them done like everyone else seems to have had this year so I decided to do them myself tonight and try a new design! I was looking up Chinese New Year nail art and chanced upon a few good ones but I really like how simple and classic cherry blossoms can be! Here’s a tutorial on how to achieve this pretty design so you can show them off in the next couple of days!

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I woke up this morning and decided to do my nails. It’s Christmas Eve! I’ve seen so many people with these Christmas sweater nails and I fell in love with them at first sight. I could have gotten them done at a salon but who knows how much that would have cost me. So last night before dinner when I was waiting for Jacob to hurry up and park the car, I saw these babies at Guardian. They are the Model Own Nail Art Pens. I initially spotted them as stripers because I opened the cap and saw the thin brush but soon realised that they can be used as pens too. I’ve been looking high and low for these. I do own nail art brushes and pens without the paint but they are so difficult to use. I quickly grabbed three colors – the gold, white and black and took them to the counter. They were $17.90 each which was a bit of a hefty price tag but since I spent hundreds on Christmas presents already, I was like..hey let’s just do it.

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Do you want to build a snowman? To be honest, I didn’t know I was going to like this movie this much. I really liked it. I watched it twice in two days. Yeah. I don’t want to give you any spoilers but it was so cute, funny, honest and just so cute and being the make-up artist in me, I couldn’t stop staring at Elsa’s hair and make-up! Gosh, those pink and purple lids with that windblown hair was absolutely gorgeous. It was so gorgeous that I woke up this morning wanting to do a make-up tutorial on it!

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To recreate Elsa’s huge eyes, I had to create some dimension. After coating my lids with a white cream base, I added a pink frost because her lids are dazzling. I had to then add a matte hot purple toned pink to my outer corners and my inner corners to give the illusion of those rounded cartoon eyes. With a matte black, I framed my outer v and blended it in to give it a bit more oomph and to finish off, I added a bit of a shimmery and sparkly lilac just in the centre to make the eyes pop. Elsa’s version is much stronger but I figured you might want to see the more wearable and day appropriate look so I made this version which is for sure more “me”. Don’t forget your winged liner, liner on your waterline and false lashes too!

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Smokey eye make-up on Asian lids can be a little tricky. I’ve had tons of ladies telling me they’re hopeless at it and that they always end up looking like Kung Fu Panda’s sister or even worse, punched in the eye. Today I thought I’d do a make-up tutorial on how you can get smokey eye makeup for asian eyes. It’s really simple. The main idea is that you don’t go overboard and too high above the crease. Be subtle about it. Asian eyes tend to be a lot smaller so you want to add colour gradually and specifically.

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For this tutorial, I’ll be using the Guerlain Ecrin 2 Couleurs Palette – in 04 Two Gossip! It’s such a beautiful palette. Guerlain packaging is amazing. This little palette comes in 2 colours – a rosy peach gold and a matte deep purple. I just love the glossy and sleek casing and the eye-shadow quality and texture is amazing. I highly recommend this palette and I love how the colours complement each other so well.

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There’s probably only one reason why I don’t like doing Gel nails. They’re hard to take off and until today, I though you’d always have to pay someone to take them off. Gel nail polish isn’t like ordinary nail polish. It usually lasts a month, uses UV light to set and regular nail polish won’t be able to get rid of it (when you want to of course). In Singapore, this whole thing sets you back 20 – 25 dollars and that already is more than half a regular manicure – and that’s just removing the gel nail polish! I got my gel nails done because I was doing them in Indonesia and a week later I had to host a video for a client where it was uber important to have good lookin’ nails. I thought why not save a few dollars and do them cheaper and make them last longer so I don’t have to do them again in Singapore. Regularly though, I never opt for this option. I like changing the color of my nails regularly so I don’t need gel manicures. Unfortunately, I was about to go to the salon and pay them extra to take these off…until…I figured out how to do the soak off myself! If you wanna same some moohlah for a meal, then stay tuned!

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I’ve been sporting red lips like nobody’s business – just like or so it seems – the rest of the world. When I walk around Orchard road, I’m seeing more people with red lips than ever before so today, I decided to do my guide to getting those perfect red lips. I love red lips because they just stand out from the crowd. They’re able to make your entire look come alive and turn tired faces into energetic ones even though we might be faking it. For this post, I’ve chosen a few of my favourite tips and my favourite red lipsticks (with lip swatches too!) to show you.

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It’s probably something that most of us forget but no make-up look is complete without perfect eye-brows! It’s so important because it frames your face and when done properly, can make you look skinnier, more symmetrical and just overall gorgeous. I’ve been absolutely a big fan of the new Benefit Gimmie Brow Brush-on fibre gel which is like an all in one. It defines your brows and actually comes in 2 shades, and because it’s a gel – it will keep your hairs in place too.

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I also love how it’s so portable. It comes in this little tiny tube that I can bring on the go whenever my brows need a touch-up – especially when I have them plucked or threaded and the therapist removes all my brow makeup. I usually use a brow powder and another angled brush to draw my brows and fill them in. I love how this is an all in one though and it takes one step to get really nice looking results. I was a bit hesitant at how dark it was going to be though. These are my bare brows. I went to this random threading place in the neighbourhood who was like five bucks and yep, I think they kind of messed up so know it’s not  my fault ;P. I’m still comforting myself that it will grow back. In the meantime, I just have to add a little more makeup.

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When you’re first starting out with make-up, I know how hard it is to jump from using a make-up sponge to getting a brush to call your own. You’re not sure if you should but it looks like everyone around you has loads of make-up brushes and you’re not sure what the difference is between using a sponge vs a brush. Not to fret though, here’s my guide on the four ways I usually apply my foundation and the pros and cons of using sponges vs. brushes.

1. Streak and Blend

I know, you’re probably thinking – Roseanne, streaking? I thought you’re supposed to do the opposite of that! Well, you are except this time we’re blending all the streaks out with a sponge later. I do this with almost all my clients. It creates the most natural finish with great coverage. It doesn’t look cakey because you’re essentially controlling the amount of foundation you apply. Simply use a concealer brush to apply the foundation in streaks onto the face, spaced out of course. Then, take a wedge sponge and blend the foundation so that everything becomes flawless. This is great for people with already really good skin but want to look just a little bit more flawless. I do this with fashion models because they’re usually like 16 years old and still have what I call “baby skin”.

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There are so many crazy make-up trends happening these days – from lip tattoos to furry and claw shaped nails! Ombre lips have been in for a while now and I just love how it looks like absolute art on the lips. They’re not something I would wear out on a daily basis, but it was a monday afternoon off so I decided to play with my lipsticks. The essence of an ombre lip is just playing with light and dark shades to create shadows or highlight. Blending is also key so that the colors just melt into one another! I decided to do three looks to show you today. The first is in of course my all time favourite color – hot pink! Ombre can be interpreted differently. We just need to go from dark to light or light to dark somehow. I really like doing ombre lips like this because it makes my lips ten times fuller and gives you that glossy magazine effect! I didn’t photoshop my lips at all mind you!

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I can’t believe the summer is already over and now we’re approaching fall and autumn. Here in Singapore, we might not be able to pack on our chilly weather clothes, but we sure can have fun changing our make-up. I’ve had a lot of requests lately on doing “one-brand” make-up tutorials. I can’t think of a brand that exudes fall and autumn more than Anna Sui. I love how all their products smell like rose and the packaging is always a plus!

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For the make-up tutorial, I’ve decided to do a purple x orange mix. It’s a weird mix but it reminds me of the many colours Autumn leaves have. It’s not too over the top at all and great for a dinner out or a special event.

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Here’s the scene. It’s 6 am in the morning and you have a hot date tonight after work. You’re not sure if the smokey eye you wanna wear for tonight is “work-appropriate” so you’re scrambling to gather your make-up in a bag so you can somehow transform your day look into more sultry make-up sure to impress your date. Do you take everything off after work and start over? Well Girls, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to. Here’s how you can transform your day make-up into night look. Truth be told,  I love make-up that has many uses and that’s probably why I love using eye-shadow palettes so much more than single shadows. Even better, one that has shadows for day and night so you can carry it around.

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Happy Saturday! I woke up this morning and decided to do a tutorial and since I hauled the Shu Uemura Eye-Conic Collection a few posts ago, I thought why not give them a whirl. I picked the Yellow Trio and Pink Blush Duo to play with and also incorporated it with my Shu Uemura Lasting Soft Gel Pencil that is in need of an urgent review soon. I love it so much. I’ve heard a lot about Shu Uemura eye-shadows – they’re pigmented, soft and can create that duo tone look and to be honest, it fulfilled every expectation.  I created a soft smokey eye that’s great for the weekend or lunch out with your gal pals and paired it with soft pink cheeks and lips.

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So here I am stuck in bed, feeling a bit unwell. I decided to finally check off my first attempt at any kind of nail art and hey, I’m actually pretty proud of myself! I decided to do soft pastel roses. Well, it turned out that way anyway. Truth be told, I kinda wanted to do something geometric until I put a giant blob on my thumb nail and decided that it was more round than square. I guess magic things happen when you make mistakes.

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I’m not good at using toothpicks, so instead I rummaged for an “in-package” brush. I took this one out of my bobbi brown palette since I end up losing or throwing them away anyway. It was a good find since it’s a synthetic and a seriously flat paddle brush which was perfect. I used three colors – a pastel pink or China Glaze “Something Sweet”, a pastel purple like Kit Cosmetics “Free Fall” and a mint green like Essie “Turquoise & Caicos”.

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This is the only time I get to wear bad make-up and get away with it. I have to admit it and I’m sorry if I sound mean but there are times when I just wanna help a gal out. Either in the MRT, mall or even on the street, sometimes I just wonder what’s going on in their heads when they put on their make-up this morning. Being a make-up artist, it’s really hard not to look. Here are my top 5 make-up pet peeves (peeves are things that really annoy you) and how to fix them! They’re common make-up mistakes that everyone makes! Not like you gotta fix them for me, but let’s just say you gotta help yourself.

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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!

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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

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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.

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Laura Mercier’s Spring Collection is inspired interestingly enough not by candy in a jar or flowers, but by ballet and yoga. In fact, the Spring 2013 collection is called Arabesque and only a few strokes can create a gentle spring look. Laura Mercier invited me down to their counter at TANGS Orchard to preview their collection and get a make-over with Global Make-Up Artist, Benjamin Ruiz. I couldn’t resist.

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Laura Mercier is a somewhat new addition to Singapore. Previously, they were only available at a shop called True Colors in Takashimaya although I’ve long since heard of the brand when beauty gurus raved about it their oil free tinted moisturiser and primer online. It was also available in Melbourne at Myer. It was a pleasure having Benjamin Ruiz do my make-up and give me a few tips here and there. He’s been in the make-up industry for 17 years and worked with Laura herself to create Laura Mercier.

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I hope you had a festive Chinese New Year, and still going! I recently got my hands on my very own hair doll to practice. We used these at beauty school and since every make-up artist here seems to know hair like the back of their hand, I knew I needed to brush up on it. But, doing your own hair is so different from doing someone else’s hair since you can actually see what you’re doing in the latter.

That being said, meet Zoey. I had a tough time finding a suitable hair doll. They don’t have these in Singapore so you can only really get them online. I also happen to be scared of dolls and with long hair and a seemingly life like face, they can be pretty intimidating for the faint hearted. But, scratch out all those thoughts because it’s really JUST a doll. It’s a “it” not a “she”. I mean, whatever helps, right? Anyway, the chinese dolls are the scariest for me so I got a 22 inch Brunette from Giell Beauty Supply. I’ll be doing a review somewhat later but it’s great – just that it happens to shed quite a bit and appear quite course when you get it. That being said, styling is made much easier when you carry a small water spray to spritz before styling. It’s 100% human hair so it’s okay for curling or other heat appliances.

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The world of creative falsies has always been foreign to me. I mean, when would I find the occasion to wear lashes with red and green feathers or even to the more simple diamonte ones? Probably never. But, going to make-up school helped bring out the crazier side of me and that’s when I learned of Paperself lashes. If you think feathers is a bit too cray cray for you, then how about paper cut out eyelashes? That’s right.

So when eyesbright.com contacted me to see if I’d like to review one of these, I was more than excited. For all of you who are unfamiliar with eyesbright.com, it is one of UK’s leading eye accessories retailers and they provide us not only with cool falsies like Paperself, but also a myriad of different contact lenses – from cat eyes and panther eyes to halloween contact lenses to UV electric blue lenses. They also do face and nail and lip tattoos! SO, if you’re looking to make your next costume better than anyone else’s, you can make it complete by checking out what Eyesbright has to offer. I mean, seriously, what they offer is so quirky and cool, I would hop onto their site just for pure entertainment.

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Applying perfect eyeliner can be a difficult task for the newbie in make-up to some of the experts. It’s something that requires practice and patience. But if you’re out of both, here is a really easy way to put training wheels on your eyeliner. All you need is a dark eye-shadow like a matte black or brown that will be your eye definer and a sharp synthetic angled eyeliner brush. Use these two tools as your training wheels. Simply draw on the eye shadow where you would put your eyeliner. The synthetic angled eyeliner brush (I recommend the Ecotools one) will help you draw precise lines with the shadow.

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Cream blush has always been a love it or hate it product for me. If applied to heavily, I look like Krusty the Clown and for some reason it never wants to stay on your cheek right? So today I’m going to teach you how to properly apply cream blush so that you get the exact color every time.

Cream blush is simply a blush in cream consistency. Almost every big name make-up brand has a cream blusher and for good reason. They give you a healthy glow especially great for photoshoots when you want to a healthy and glowing finish on your model.

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The trick to applying cream blush is to apply it only after your foundation. Or, if you have flawless skin, straight on your skin. Never apply it on a powdered or set face because powder and cream (like oil and water) don’t mix and you will end up with a cakey mess. Then, you will need two fingers to apply your blush. One blush to dot the cream on your cheek where you want it and the other to blend. That way you don’t apply too much and you can build the color up. I painted my nail a different color so that you can see that I’m using two fingers.

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Lip liner is one of those love it or don’t know it kind of products. Most of us don’t even use lip liner and reach straight for our lipsticks right? I know I used to. But I find that for bold lips – whether it’s red, pink or even orange –  nothing beats a good lip liner to really define your lips and make sure that your lipstick doesn’t move or fade.

The best lip liners are smooth, easy to apply, sharp and pigmented. You need to be able to get pigment by a very light trace of the pencil. Here’s a simple tutorial on how to apply your lip liner. Of course the way you do this is just like eye liner in that you have thousands of different ways that you can draw the line but here’s how I do the job:

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Although it’s been a while since Burberry beauty landed on Singapore shores, I remember still feeling pretty excited that this classic luxury brand had finally made it’s own make-up line following in the footsteps of Chanel, Dior and YSL. Skeptics say that they can’t possibly make as good a product as they can with their fashion, but with YSL’s touche eclat, Chanel’s vita and matte lumiere and Dior’s lipsticks and nail polishes, it’s only about time till they come out with their own cult product.

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Today’s star of the show is the Burberry Complete Eye Palette, my very first Burberry beauty product, in Smokey Grey (No. 0 1). I love the packaging of these beauties. The trademark criss cross pattern is printed not only on the beautiful mirrored casing, but also on it’s sleeve and onto the powdered product itself. It’s simple, classic and beautiful and the chrome texture is just the right thing to differentiate itself from any other make-up brand.

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I know, I can’t believe it too, Christmas is just around the corner.  So to celebrate, here’s a make-up look which is a fresh take on the classic gold eyes and red lips everyone seems to wear during Christmas. Instead, I’ve switched it up a bit, skipped the liner and added a bold and magazine glossy pink lip. In fact, if you have black hair, hot pink lips are one of the most flattering lip colors you can wear! Better yet, it’s a collaboration with the lovely Sunnydahye!

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This look is also inspired by  the Chanel Noel 2010 collection. I’m always obsessed with Chanel make-up looks on their advertisements and you’ve probably figured that out about me since I do so many tutorials on them.

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We’ve all been there. Your Mom or significant other is yelling at the door, “Come down now, we’re going to be late!” and you’ve just woken up wondering why your alarm clock refused to go off this morning. That, or you’re just plain lazy and want to just slap on something quick before you head out. Whatever the reason, when we don’t have the time to look like a celebrity, here’s a simple make-up look you can do before heading out.

All you need is..well not much. I decided to skip the eye-shadows, contouring and powder saving me lots of time. But enough talk, let’s go. The first step is to use a decent BB cream, not foundation since BB creams in my opinion look more natural and like your skin and with this amount of time, you don’t want to worry about color matching and a thick mask. I’ve been using the Bobbi Brown BB cream quite frequently because I don’t have to worry about the color either. If you live in a humid country, you might want to take two seconds to put on some powder especially if you’re out for a while!

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The first time I spotted Caviar nails, it instantly reminded me of yummy vanilla cupcakes and sprinkles. Of course, I thought it was a bit odd and then it grew on me. It’s an adorable nail trend and after seeing Fleur De Force’s blog post on the MUA (Make Up Academy) Nail Constellations, I had to go out and get myself some from Superdrug, the local health/beauty pharmacy in London. It’s much like Watsons in Singapore or Priceline in Australia. I obviously couldn’t wait to sprinkle magic on my fingernails so here’s my first try at it! I think the MUA Nail Constellations are great, they’re the cheaper version of the known Ciate nails and only cost me about £3!

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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.

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I thought I might get back to basics today and tell you about my everyday makeup routine. I’m that kind of person who likes to stick to one thing. Call me boring, but I like using the same bag, wear the same pair of shoes and in this case wear the same makeup products every day. And I guess that pretty much means that the products that I use everyday mean that I like them very much!

I actually bring down all my makeup from upstairs and do my makeup in front of the TV. I love the History Channel, especially Pawn Stars. Lol, I’m such a nerd. It’s mainly because the lighting is best in the hall, that’s why I usually film and take photos here! I first start with my base and to that I always use the Rachel K CC cream. In hot and humid weather in Singapore, I find foundations much too heavy for daily use. For big events and if I know that I need the coverage, I’ll use something else. But if not, I always use the Rachel K CC cream! I love it. The Rachel K CC Mineral Pressed Powder is also amazing and is my go to powder to set the CC cream. It has amazing coverage and texture.

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It’s that time of year again. It’s that time to whip out the folders, pens and put our thinking caps on for back to school. Although the morning bus won’t be driving by my house anytime soon (or ever), I thought I might do a great make-up look you can do for back to school! I asked you all on my facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/roseannetangrs) what make-up look you wanted me to do next and most of you raised your hands to a picture day and school look. I also have FOUR Maybelline Back To School Goodie Bags full of great make-up products (shown above) so at the end of this post, find out how you can win your very own!

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There’s nothing like hot pink lips. Or, any kind of pink lips for that matter. It’s not as bold as a sexy, classic red and neither quiet as a flowery nude. It’s probably one of my favorite fun lip colors to wear. I thought it would be cool to show you how I get my variations of pink lips – from a subtle hot pink gloss to a bold OCC lip tar. Let’s get started!

These happen to be my favorite hot pink lip products! I’ll show you what they look like on my lips and give a little review!

The first one is the Sportsgirl Liquid Lip Color in Forever Young. Sportsgirl make-up is a little underrated. I just love their lip products especially their lipglosses. They are smooth and they have great colors. Forever Young is a standard hot and wild pink. When I saw it at the store, I immediately grabbed it. It’s beautiful.

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I know that in other parts of the world, you’re taking out your floaties and your ripped jean shorts but here in Australia, any safe cove with warm air has become my best friend. It’s winter in Australia, so I thought I might do a pretty look for fall/winter that is natural enough to wear for any occasion! To create the look, all you need is a set of neutral eye colors, a glowy peach blush and sandwash pink lips. The combination gives you a bit of color that’s not too overwhelming, but it’s best shown than explained so view the video tutorial right here:

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It’s no surprise how much I am in love with the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – not because everyone else loves it or the fact that there are probable queues outside Sephora right now begging for it – but because genuinely, it’s pure awesome. To me, getting a single shadow from a store is a waste of money. I’ll probably never finish just one color and getting a palette for me is tons more worth the price. I know how ridiculously long over-due this review is, but if you’re thinking of getting the Naked 2 Palette – Girl, you gotta stop thinking, and start saving because I’m going to tell you straight off – it’s worth it.  Here’s my take on this daily baby and my everyday eye tutorial to boot. At the end, I’ll tell you whether you should be getting the Naked or Naked 2. Get the Naked 2.

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They say that a girl spends their first ten years of their lives playing with barbies and the next 10 years are spent trying to look like one. I can’t disagree. Nonetheless, barbie is such a fun look. You’re talking pink, semi plastic and super girly which is always fun when it comes to playing with make-up. I don’t have a blonde wig but here’s my (Asian) Barbie inspired make-up tutorial! Hope you enjoy! It’s been a while since I did a step by step.

Step 1: Apply your Foundation

I’m using the Bourjouis Healthy Serum foundation that I just bought recently. It smells like berries and first comes off a little white as you can see. But it oxidizes fast and turns into your natural skin color after perhaps about 15 -30 mins. I like it because it feels very light and cooling while providing decent coverage. Make sure you’re flawless. I don’t think barbie was ever designed to have acne scars, if you know what I mean.

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I know, you’re probably thinking, say what, another tutorial Roseanne? But yes, it is. Too bad. My friend brought me along to watch the Hunger Games about a week ago and back then, naive me, I had no idea what the movie was about nor had I had any inkling about how good it was. I absolutely loved it. In fact, knowing I probably have the attention span of a goldfish, I might even want to read the books. I even bought a few nail polishes from the Hunger Games China Glaze collection. You could call it a mini obsession.

You’re also probably thinking that the make-up that Katniss wears while she’s in the Arena can hardly be called a make-up look. That’s exactly why I thought it would be pretty cool to do it since it’s wearing make-up to look like you’re not wearing much at all. Plus, it’s a nude eye-look with more focus on bronzer and blush than anything.

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I received a bunch of requests to do a Katy Perry Inspired Make-Up Look so here it is! Last Friday night is one of my favorite songs to go out with. It’s fun, care-free and pretty much sums up a good night out. In the music video, Katy Perry sports a green and purple eye-shadow look along with bubblegum pink lips.

It’s a super fun look!


I’m not of much of a hair person, but hopefully I got the make-up right!

For clothes, I didn’t have anything neon and 80′s inspired (I’m not very experimental in the wardrobe) so I took whatever bright clothes I could find and mashed something together. I’m actually wearing pajama pants in this tutorial but since no one can see, don’t tell anyone. Haha. This look was actually a little out of my comfort zone. You know how used to neutral colors I am.

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I don’t know if you remember, but I did a quick tip ultimate guide to eye-shadow in February (I know) with a few sketches I did at the office. I did one for liner as well so if you are ever befuzzled with what the difference is when your favorite beauty youtuber says lid line, water line and tight line, then here you go. Obviously for make-up gurus, this would be a lesson for a pre-schooler.

1. Lid Line

Where it is: Your lid line is your “top line” – where you usually put your liner. It starts from the tear duct to the end of your and often ends in a winged tip upwards in the direction of your eye-brow.

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I know that it’s nearing the cold months in Australia but everywhere else in the world, say hello to pretty flowers, butterflies and Easter bunnies. Maybe not the latter. I thought to celebrate I’d do a Spring make-up tutorial that sort of encapsulates Spring for me. The green on my eyes symbolizes new foliage and the peachy cheeks for the sun and flowers. Don’t worry, I’ll do an Autumn look perhaps in my next tutorial for the rest of us in Australia! Here we go!

For the eye-shadow, I patted on a sparkly white. I’m using the Urban Decay NYC book of shadows (remember that one?) and the color I used was Uzi. Then, in my outer corner, I added a shimmery pastel green (money), went over it and into the crease with a dark Forrest green and then defined the outer v with a matte black!

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Dita Von Teese is no doubt a style icon. She’s a stunning beauty so I decided to be inspired to do a make-up tutorial on her classic wingled liner and vintage red lips look. I used the L’Oreal True Match Foundation and Elizabeth Arden Mineral Make-Up as a base, and freshkon contact lenses in Sparkling Gray. You can opt to look a little paler (because she is) but I didn’t bother.

Watch the tutorial here for the full lesson!

I think that there are four elements to her look. Don’t forget her beauty spot either (that I drew in with my liner) that consists of neutral eyes, wingled liner, dark brows and of course an edgy red lip. Here we go!

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I remember my first time applying eye-shadow. I had no idea what went where  nor did I have any knowledge of what the difference was between the outer v and the crease. Heck,  I didn’t even know what they were called. That night,  I went to Prom looking like the white ghost from Bel-Air.  If she even exists.

It all starts with the anatomy. I’m at work right now, whoops, and I decided I’d practice my drawing skills so I drew these drawings up above with my trusty Pilot pen.

The first thing is to get the anatomy right! It probably would be beneficial to identify the text with the label on the picture and flip back and forth if you’re a total make-up newbie!

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I’m such a fan of all the print ads of the Chanel Collections. They always manage to pick the perfect model, create the perfect color combinations to match the season and this year was not exception. The Spring 2012 collection is beautiful. I caught myself just staring at the display and was very tempted to fork out quite a large price tag for the actual products. But, one of my new years resolutions is to be a good girl so I decided to just show you how you can achieve the same look with colors lying in your collection. This is such a beautiful look, simple, glowing and I love the combinations of pinks and peaches. It is by far the epitome of Spring. You can watch the tutorial here:

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I have to admit, a stippling brush looks a bit odd. It’s a bunch of animal hair bristles and poking through that bush is a bunch of taller white synthetic bristles. But this brush is basically a miracle worker because there are just so many ways to use them! It’s one of my first face brushes and it’s one of my favourites because you can basically use one brush to do your whole face. It’s not totally suggested because you don’t want to mix your liquid foundation with your powder blush but at least it’s the thought that counts.

Yet, too many people complain that this baby streaks during application but little do they know that they’re just not using it properly! That’s what I’m here for. Today I’ll be showing you all you need to know about Stippling brushes – including how to use them, what they’re best for and giving a little review of the few ones that I own. There are four things that a stippling brush can do for you – it’s great for liquid foundation, powder, blush and bronzer. We’ll see how.

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December has come around and it’s finally time to lug out the Christmas tree from it’s year long hibernation, bring out the wreathes and dusty Christmas carol books and bring in the Christmas joy. A few months ago, I came across the blog and youtube channel of Say, from youtube.com/saytiocoartillero and www.saytiocoartillero.blogspot.com and I fell in love with Say’s personality and blog! She is absolutely stunning, is from the Philippines and is definitely a blogger and youtuber you need to subscribe to!

We decided to do a collaboration on a Holiday and Christmas Inspired Make-Up Tutorial to help you bring in the Christmas joy! I used the new Urban Decay Naked2 palette to create a gold shimmery but neutral look with glossy red lips while Say did a gorgeous silver with hot red lips as well! Together, we hope you can put these looks to good use this holiday season!

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While many of you in the Southern hemisphere are about to enjoy the rays and the beaches, us up north are preparing to wrap ourselves in wool in as many forms as possible! I do miss the summer, so Roseanne’s let me invade her space to bring you a summer look – very nostalgic ;)

I don’t really want to call this a cliche “bronze goddess” look – but it is! I put a lot of emphasis on the eyes and cheeks, while still maintaining a wearable look (trust me, I’m off to the hospital in a bit with this on! :P)

The Base:

For this look, the base has to be glowy and natural but flawless at the same time. So I chose Dior Diorskin Forever Extreme Wear Flawless Make Up in 030, for a medium coverage but a natural matte finish. I concealed my dark circles with the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach, and covered my redness and acne scars with MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC35. To set it all, I used my MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus to keep that natural finish!

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I know it’s still early November but it’s never a shame to start preparing for the Holidays early and I’m not talking just Christmas either, Thanksgiving, Fall and Autumn leaves are just as good a reason to celebrate. Whenever I think of the Holidays, I think of hot cocoa next to a warm fire with silent night playing in the background. A classic holiday look I’ve always had in mind of doing is one with just a beautiful neutral eye and red lips. Some of you have said I looked quite vampy in this but hey, if you’re heading out to a holiday party, you might as well look hot. So let’s get on with the tutorial:

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The french manicure will always be a classic. It’s clean, sophisticated and matches pretty much every outfit but it can be pretty pricey at your local nail salon – they usually add ten to fifteen dollars extra on top of your classic manicure bill. So hey, why not do it yourself? Today I’m going to show you my first attempt at a french manicure, free hand. I’m warning you, I haven’t done nail school so don’t laugh if things get crooked but hey, practice makes perfect. Plus, if my nails look yellow, it’s because I decided to do this at 1 in the morning under my yellow desk lamp. Whoops! Let’s go!

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Happy Halloween! I still remember when Halloween was worth more than a club night out and sluttified dresses. Back in the day, living in the American community in Singapore meant trick or treatin with pillowcases, going to friends houses, eating candy corn and bobbing for Apples in the good ole’ American tradition. Of course the logic of a twenty year old asking for candy among a swarm of five year olds might seem a little extraordinary, but who says we can’t celebrate Halloween with a bit of costume fun.

In early October, I met up with 5 other lovely YouTube Beauty Gurus in Melbourne – MissPixieLuLu, ProjectChester, Karlacosmetica, AddictiontoShopping and Aleesang - to do an Alice in Wonderland Halloween Makeup Tutorial Collaboration. We decided to go all out with the costumes, the video plan, the editing and the transitioning of the whole video to video, and channel to channel concept. In fact, here’s the finished product. It starts with the lovely MissPixieLuLu and the introduction and weaves into the next tutorial and then the next!

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One of my favourite make-up products of all time has to be the eyeshadow duos that NARS provides. They’re pigmented and you can clearly see why the two colors are married in the pan as the color combinations are well thought out and they should be, looking at the price tag. On my facebook page, I recently posted a picture of me off to a 21st, and I was requested quite a bit to do a tutorial:

So here I am with a tutorial and a little review of the NARS Eurydice Duo, one of my easy to do looks for any night or dinner out. It’s a duo I highly recommend. I won mine from a YouTube giveaway on TheSPNation! I usually judge my eyeshadows based on the packaging, colors, pigmentation and texture. Here’s a product description:

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Finally, it’s Spring in Australia and although it might be freezing everywhere else in the world, we can finally soak up the sun after a seemingly long winter.That being said, the flowers are in full bloom which inspired me to create a spring look. I was also out shopping when I came across Diva’s new selection of Spring accessories and I thought I might get my hands on a few and create a look that would complement them. I returned them after I was done and exchanged them for something more…well, everyday – a little sneaky tip. By the way, I know the plural of Fairy is Faeries but it can also be spelled Faerie too!

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I am absolutely crazy about pumpkin pie. It is one of those pies I could eat five slices of and still not get enough. That, and carrot cake, oh em gee. I know the seasons are totally upside down but I’m going to make a fall look tutorial despite it being Spring in Australia. Either way, you can lighten the load on this look and it also makes  for a nice Spring look if you’re into the pumpkin tones. This was kind of an experimentation and I started putting colors together and then bam, sha bam, I came up with this look. I hope you’ll like it.

Step 1: Prime your eyes. I’m sure you know this step very well by now!

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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!

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So now it’s time for the eyes. Lately, I’ve been sporting fake lashes quite frequently. The natural ones, and I mean the natural ones, look great for daily wear. It’s just like adding mascara but with a little more oomph that I like. Plus, it looks extra flirty which is definetly a plus. The Ardel Fashion Lashes in natural and 110 make the best bet for natural looking, daily lashes. Here are my eyes for everyday, I’ve been wearing the Almay Intense iColor Trio for a while now so if you’d like to see how it looks on the eyes, then read on!

Step 1: Prime the Eyes. The Face of Australia Eye Primer is my current priming agent. I ran out of my UDPP so I’m not able to stock up on this until I return to Singapore. So far, it’s treated me rather well. There is a white overcast, almost like a white cream shadow like on my eye but it is easily dismissed when you apply the shadow over top. It does not last as long as the UDPP and by the end of the day, it may crease or oil up. Overall, it does fairly okay but I would rather much use the UDPP.

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It’s been a long time (in blog world) that I’ve posted anything. Blame it on indecent inspiration. But today, I thought it would be fun to do a tutorial on my updated makeup routine that I’ll probably be doing right after I type this up, I have class in an hour but seeing that my 2 week holiday is coming up, I might go. When my friends ask me how long I take to apply my makeup on in the morning, I’m usually greeted with shock. I take around 10-15 minutes. Well, if you know what you’re doing, it really shouldn’t be a problem. Plus, a tip is to always keep your makeup organized. So without further adue, let’s do this. I’ll sprinkle a few beauty tips here and there as well keeping in mind that this is only part 1 and what I do for eyes will be in my next post!

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I’ve always been a firm believer that buying eyeshadow quads are tons more valuable than buying single shadows. They’re convenient, often themed so the colors go together and I get more colors. In fact, in my drawn out relationship with makeup, I haven’t finished a single eye-shadow…yet. So today, I thought I should do a review of a good one, that being the Maybelline Expertwear Eyeshadow Quad. I’m going to follow the directions on how to use this palette, given a step by step tutorial, and I’ll explain my feelings about it at the end of this post. Let’s get crackin’!

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Check out my new tutorial! Angelababy is abs stunning so I thought I would do a tutorial inspired on her and most Hong Kong and Taiwan Popstars!

 

Hope you enjoy it!

Love,
Roseanne

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Whether it’s that girl who’s flirting with the guy of your dreams or even the color you turn when you watch MTV cribs, we’ve all been there. Green with Envy. Although jealousy isn’t particularly a good feeling, it sure makes for good inspiration for a look. Today, I’ll be showing you how to do a standard green smokey eye in the natural way but most of all, show you how to use the Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Palette in Comfort Zone. I mean, I reckon it’s pretty simple already since it does label the colors for you but I’m sure you’ve yet to see those shadows in action – whether it’s the pigmentation or blendability that has stolen the limelight. Nontheless, I hope you enjoy the tutorial!

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The Urban Decay Naked Palette is one of the most talked about palettes that has ever hit online makeup shores. And, it’s to no suprise. If you’re like me, let’s face it. No matter how many tutorials there are telling you how to apply those intense and ultra funky colors of the rainbow on your lids, the only thing that’s going to see you during the day time with ultra colorful eyes is your own vanity mirror. Of course, this doesn’t apply to everyone and I’m certainly not against it. Makeup is an expression and you can and should wear it any way you’d like. Personally though, I like the natural browns, blacks and any variation of it during the day time. Call me boring but I might be a bit adventurous with a plum shade during the day, but I’m quite reserved when it comes to color.

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After my recent video on how to apply BB Creams, I had a few queries on what exactly these makeup products are. For anyone who ever wondered what a BB cream is without the image of a 4 year old with a BB gun popping in mind, I thought this Back to Basics post would be quite helpful. Today, you’ll be reading my ultimate guide to BB creams – where they came from, how they made it so big, and why they’re different to foundations. I’ll also be comparing the bb creams I have in my collection to see how they vary in finishes, texture and color.

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Applying my blush  is possibly, I feel, the best part of my make-up routine. It makes all the difference to not only add life to any look, but also to help bring your cheeks upwards for an overall slimmer and sexier face. Here’s a method that I absolutely love doing when I wear lipsticks because it brings out a stunning pop of color that’s natural, but better.

In my NARS Blush Review, I told you all that I like to use the NARS Zen Blush in my layering blush technique. It’s the second color that inches towards the blush from the contour that helps bring the brighter blush out. I learned this tip when I dealt with my MAC Blush Ombre (remember those?) and I used the two colors (one a peachy orange, and a pale yellow) for a beautiful peachy light.

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I’ve never had really dark under-eye circles fortunately, but unfortunately I receive many questions on how you can eliminate these often annoying flaws. The truth is, I’m not an expert. I’m not an expert because I don’t get them often so when I woke up one day and looked into the mirror to see them flashing back at me, I yelled in excitement for this was an opportunity to well, “eliminate” them. Using make-up that is.

Go Away, Dark Circles?

Here’s a bit of background to dark under-eye circles first. Before you go running around finding a cold cucumber and some ice, I’m going to tell you first off that it probably won’t work. Dark circles are often genetic. That means it runs in your blood. Don’t worry, there’s worse things out there. I have diabetes and high blood pressure running in my blood so it’s not the end of the world. It just simply means somewhere in your family, your mom, your dad probably has dark circles too. If that is so, there’s no magic cream or cure that will rid of them forever. Of course dark circles can also be caused from a lack of sleep (that’s where mine come from), stress, or living habits or even aging. How do you take them away forever? You can’t. So well, you might as well hide them.

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I honestly think we need some epic music right about now. The time has come to depott my primer potion. I’ve seen blog posts and I’ve seen videos in the past so with basically nothing coming out on the wand of my UDPP and no retail counter to purchase my beloved primer at, I took out a cutting board, a sharp knife and looked at the bottle with kind eyes, ready to say “Goodbye”.

The tools of the trade? Committing a crime against your UDPP needs a decent knife. I don’t recommend a serrated knife like I used in this tutorial, but I didn’t have one on hand in Australia. You need a small sample jar so that you can keep the remainng UDPP and of course a cutting board where the magic will happen.

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I’ve only recently had one of those days. You’ve just finished a full day of uni, you’re dead tired, your hair is flopped down and your make-up is pretty much non-existant. As you’re waiting to cross the street, the man of your dreams comes walking towards you, you peer into the glass pane behind you to see how you look and probably one word comes to your mind, “S***”. I probably shouldn’t swear on this blog.

My advice to you? Run like the wind!

We all have a decent amount of days when we wish our make-up lasted forever, or perhaps we wished that at least it wouldn’t oil up so fast. Perhaps that after our sunscreens are applied, we could at least have a smooth canvas to apply our foundation. Well believe it or not, there are a few make-up products that claim to do all three and those are what we term make-up primers. In particular, I’ll talk about face primers today or foundation primers just because I’ve made a pretty decent example of eye-shadow primers: here

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We all love a sunny day. Not a cloud in the sky, it’s bright, it’s beautiful and it’s the perfect weather for picnics, walks in the parks or a cheery day in the city. Little do we know that if we don’t have protect our skin from these wonderful rays, it could lead to a multitude of harmful consequences. Today, I’m going to assume that you know nothing about sunscreens for the face or face sunscreens or even spf and combine all you should know about sunscreen in a post – including sunscreen tips, why sunscreen is so important and common sunscreen definitions. I’ll then show you the face sunscreens I have and use on a daily basis. Let’s get started!

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I don’t know about you, but I have an absolute obsession with perfumes. If I walk into a department store, I’m instantly gravitated towards perfumes and out comes my sniffing nose to sniff pretty much all the perfumes the store has to offer. I also think smelling good on a daily basis is important to your overall image so today, I’ll be talking about my current perfume collection – a little obsession that has overtaken make-up for the meantime and has turned my vanity into a little bottle house.

YSL Parisienne Eau De Parfum

I usually tend to go for fresh or floral scents, so this one is a bit out of the norm. I bought this as part of a pack on sale and I think I was a bit on a shopping high because I honestly don’t wear this out much at all. The YSL Parisienne smells like berries, powdered berries, and it’s a very light scent. Not a light scent by ways of a refreshing one, but more so that you can’t really pile this up and smell overpowering. It’s subtle and slightly alluring. However, it develops into a funny musk smell throughout the day so I stopped wearing. My friend refers to this as the “grandma” scent. I don’t know if I disagree.

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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.

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We’re all looking for that look we can wear everyday – to school, to a party or to work. It has to emphasize all the right curves, can’t look too over the top but still take a really short time to do up in the morning. So, here’s a look to solve your problemos. Little do we know that smudging your eye-liner creates a nice, sexy but sophisticated smokey eye that suits your everyday requirements. All you really need is a lighter shadow, a darker shadow, a great smudgeable liner and something to smudge it out like a q-tip or in this case a pencil brush. Hopefully this quick tutorial will help you save some time in the morning!

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This is an idiot proof guide to doing your nails. That means that if you are a self-confessed make-up guru, then this really isn’t a post for you. Sometimes we forget that our audience includes a myriad of skill levels so just like my ultimate guides on YouTube, I decided to do Back to Basics on this blog.

Today’s Back to Basics covers nails. We all have our own methods of doing our nails, whether it be a different process, way or tool. We also have different preferences when it comes to getting our nails done – do we want them Square, pointed or round? Nonetheless, here is my way of doing my nails. I tend to like them square and painted. I feel weird when they’re naked. Even though you might know how to do everything, who knows? You might learn a few tips I’ve gotten used to along the way.

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I’m a person who loves wearing the same thing over and over again. I’ll wear my plaid blue forever 21 shirt with my denim shorts every sunday no matter what my mother says. So, when it comes to having a signature look, I’m probably known more for my brown smokey eyes. Smokey eyes always seem to make your eyes multitudes larger and it’s a look I like sporting during day or night.  in particular is a smokey brown that I achieve with probably one of my most loved products – the NARS Cordura Eyeshadow duo. In honour of this wonderful duo, I have done a tutorial on achieving my well “signature look”  - a look you’ll always see me wear regardless of the occasion and a look I can always fall back on. Hot dates included.

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It’s that special time of year when you’re either calling bids that Valentine’s Day is just a marketing gimmick, lucky enough you have someone special to celebrate with or like me, crying your eyes out. Just kidding!  But seriously, Mr. Right better get on a segway soon, he seems to be walking and smelling the flowers at the same time.  Nevertheless, what’s a beautiful valentine night without looking your best for your significant other? Thus, here’s a look that I hope will make you the apple of his eyes. :)

I wanted to create a look with The Body Shop A La Mode quad from the Brush with Fashion Collection so pretty much, the eyes were created using the quad with the exception of the mascara. You always have to keep the same concept of having a lighter color all over the lid and a darker or more colorful outer-corner. That being said, I had either silver or white to work with because pink all over the lid might look like you have a rash – trying out both, I picked the white. I do hope you fall in love with this look!

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I hope you had a fabulous day today! I received a request from Princess Jae in the comments section of one of my past posts to do a tutorial on how I wing my eye-liner. I have to say before all else that practice makes perfect. It’s not going to be exactly the same for everyone either depending on your face shape but a general rule is that the liner should be angled towards the direction of where your eye-brow ends. I have two general ways of doing my eye-liner and to be honest, I do the first method on my right eye and the second method on my left eye. I find that’s the most comfortable way of doing things.

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So tomorrow will be my fourth day of work and I must say I’m having a blast being an intern for an advertising firm! Dressing well is pretty important when meeting clients so here is a work-appropriate look that I’ve been doing every day.

When finding a work-appropriate look, you want to look for a look that not only suits you but isn’t too dark and dramatic. A neutral look that matches most outfits is perfect. In this post, you’ll also get a few product reviews of current products that I’m using in my everyday routine. Enjoy!

 

Step #1: After priming, use a light silver pink eye-shadow all over the lid. Use a blending brush to sweep the colour.

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I remember when I Iearnt to contour, highlight and apply my blush, I knew that it would be a step I never wanted to miss. Contouring and applying that bronzer adds a certain warmth to your look while being able to slim down your features without the surgery, blush gives a healthy radiance while the highlight attracts a muted glow to the areas you want shining in the spotlight.

Check out my video if you’re too lazy to read :p

So, how do we go about doing this? It’s really simple actually. It’s all about the placement and finding out which areas work best for you. Remember always, to blend, blend and blend!

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Here’s a really simple look that I think is day appropriate but will add a little dimension to your eyes. I’m using the Stila Marrakesh quad quite often these days and this is one of the looks you can make from them, might do another pinkier look as well later on. I’ve also been experimenting with just using my blending brush as my only eye tool and I really like how smoothly blended the look becomes with less pigmentation that I usually wear. According to your preference, you might want to opt for a dark brown liner as well if the black seems to bold.

1. Prime your eyes - ultra important for pigmentation an d long lasting purposes.

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It’s been a while since I made a look and with the new UD NYC Book of Shadows still at Sephora stores, I thought it would be fun to create a look with the palette for all of those people who don’t know what to do with it.

I’m probably queen of smoky eyes because that’s my favourite look so here’s one you can do for a fun girl’s night out! I suggest you view the video, it’s less than five minutes.

Smoky, with green gray and purple undertones

So if you’re really not up for videos, it doesn’t take too much

Your To-Do List:

1. Always prime if you want vivid eye-shadows. First, I put on a bit of MAC’s prep and prime eye just to create a bare canvas. Then I put the Urban Decay Primer Potion on my lids to make those shadows stay

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Hey Everyone,

Removing your makeup and cleaning your skin is essential once you start wearing cosmetics. Here is what I do every single night, regardless of the time. I make sure all makeup is removed, my skin is moisturized and my face prepped for dreamland. Good thing there aren’t any hot boys there. hah.

NOTE: this is for picture purposes. There’s a bit of liner in some of the photos when there shouldn’t be, but don’t fret, I removed everything after I took all the pictures, it was just faster for me this way :) Also, this is the way I do things, let me know how you roll too :)

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Hey Everyone!

This is the last post I’m doing in Singapore before I head back to Melbourne. It was awesome meeting people at the Physiogel bloggers party and Sarahand Pearlin at Nandos, hopefully I can meet more of you at the end of November!

Just like Sara, I was invited to try out a treatment at Healthtrends Clinic at Ngee Ann City. Out of the three options given to us in the email, I was ready to take on an Acne Scar Reduction not only because I had a few scars from a serious bout of acne at the beginning of the year but I think my asia-ness thought that the $1200 price-tag was an opportunity not to be missed.

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Hello!

 

List of Products Used:

 

Sunscreen: Elizabeth Arden WGX UV Protector SPF 50
Foundation: Everyday Minerals Matte Base with Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Brush
Concealer: MAC Studio FInish in NC30
Powder: MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural Medium Plus
Eye Prep: MAC Prep & Prime for Eyes and Urban Decay Primer Potion
Eyeshadow: Nars Cordura Eyeshadow Duo
Liner: MAC Blacktrack Fluidline & MAC Technakohl Liner in GraphBlack
Eyelash Curler: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Mascara: Benefit BadGal Lash Black
Eyebrows: Smashbox BrowTech
Cheeks: NARS Laguna, NARS Zen, MAC Instant Chic
Lips: MAC Prep and Prime Lip, Shiseido Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer, PK 327

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Oh and a few days ago, Urban Decay sent me the following things :) that sparked me to do a review on the Urban Decay eyeshadows. I think though the best way to demonstrate eyeshadows was to do a tutorial and its up there :) Urban Decay Eyeshadows are so pigmented and highly blendable because they have minimal amounts of binders and fillers that equates to pigmented and vivid colors.

Here is what I received:

2 Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Mildew and Vert! and UDPP samples in original and sin

A wonderful note from Eric Jimenez who I met at the UD event! Not sure what he’s thanking me for though, but thanks Eric!!

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Hey Everyone,

Just made a contouring, highlighting and blush map that just might be useful for you.

I’m thinking of doing a youtube video just about this and some tips and tricks so stay tuned for that video!

UPDATE – What’s up Yo??

So, I went to Sephora yesterday because I have had such a large response on making the Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow box as my first contest prize, but then I went there and IT was totally sold out. Trouble is, Australia, the country of which I will return to in a few days, does not have Urban Decay at all so..I will have to find some way to ship it from the US which is totally possible but very expensive. I feel so so upset because I feel like I’ve let all of you down and I made you excited for nothing. I’m so sorry. I can’t make promises because shipping will cost me so much money (I have to get an external US Address), I can easily substitute the prize for a favourite NARS blush in Passion but it wouldn’t be as cool. I hate doing things like this but no promises I guess that’s all I can say right now…Do keep in mind that this contest is not OFF, it is totally happening. I just have to figure out if its still as cool to spend over $100 US at least, but I know you guys are worth it. I know you guys aren’t like ungrateful or anything, but I feel utterly horrible personally and so dissapointed.

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