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Wednesday Musing: How Far Would You Go to Get What You Need?

 

Sara Happ The Lip Crayons Set (Limited Edition) - Laced Ivory

 

I recently bought this Sara Happ “The Lip Crayons” Limited Edition Set online because it was Sara Happ and limited edition. Without thinking to first read reviews on Beauty Bay, where I bought my items from, I made the payment and excitedly waited for the package to arrive.

 

When it didn’t arrive within the 10 days as it promised on its website, I started getting anxious and found out, probably a tad too late, that Beauty Bay has pretty mixed reviews on their customer service and deliveries/shipping. At that point, all I could do was pray, especially since I had opted for the cheapest shipping option that didn’t provide a tracking number.

 

Luckily for me, it arrived the next working day. Although I wasn’t home and had to claim the package at the post office in the end, I was just glad my package arrived. It didn’t come intact though – the box my items were packed in had been damaged and SingPost had professionally placed everything inside a sealed plastic bag with a note stating that the package had been received in Singapore in that damaged state.

 

That brings me to today’s Wednesday Musing post. What would you do, or what are you willing to go through, just to get what you really need? Would you, like me, just jump straight at any opportunity to get it without thinking, or would you weigh all options even though time seems to be running out (maybe because of time-based sales, or an expiring discount code)? In my haste, I had risked my mail getting lost in shipment but I think never again will I be so ready to do something as silly as this.

 
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Link Love: The Makeup Artist Interview Bible

 

Marble Bathroom

I’d die to have a bathroom like Bobbi Brown’s.

 

So the weekend is coming but it isn’t near enough yet. And the last thing you need right now is to see how amazing someone’s home looks like while you slog your days away with no end in sight – and with no granite counter top to aim for.

 

But that’s OK. Because almost everybody who has that luxurious granite counter top worked their asses off for it. And in today’s Link Love blog entry, I’m sharing 9 interviews with makeup artists who are at the top of their game. Find out how they have gotten where they are now and the tips they give to everybody else like us.

 
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New on the Beauty Counter: The Guerlain Météorites Base in its Pink Perfection

 

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Makeup

 

The long weekend that just passed gave us some time to rearrange our furniture at home, and what better time than this to prop up my art work of La Petite Robe Noire? I know it’s not fantastic on canvas but she has a tutu skirt, and that’s all that matters.

 

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but Guerlain recently launched their La Petite Robe Noire Makeup Collection along with their SS 2016 makeup collection. I can’t get enough of the Météorites Base Perfecting Pearls Anti-Dullness (available on Nordstrom here) – the pastel pink and white combination has me weak in the knees. When applied on the skin, it leaves a super smooth finish that’s slightly shimmery and very romantic. Although it is a silicon-based product, it’s pretty lightweight so you don’t feel as though your skin can’t breathe.

 

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Makeup

 

And if that doesn’t inspire you to live life a la Parisienne, you need to check out the 20 new lip colours in their pretty new packaging. 007 Black Perfecto is my favourite of the lot because it looks black in the tube – or at least a deep, burnt indigo – but when applied on the lips, it ends up being just a light purplish or pinkish stain, depending on the shade of your natural lips.

 

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Makeup

 

But perhaps the one thing that’s got me missing Paris the most is this book by Jennifer L. Scott: “Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris.” I just can’t put it down, so pardon me for being slightly late with my recent blog posts while I relive France in my mind, imaginary vintage dressing table and all.

 

Oh yes but how could I forget. If you’ll like to know the ingredients in the Météorites Base Perfecting Pearls Anti-Dullness, here they are.

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Wednesday Musing: My Top 5 Beauty Priorities

 

Top 5 Beauty Priorities

 

Life is all about making priorities. Our priorities change from time to time, depending on what is important to us at any moment in our lives. But there are some priorities that are here to stay, either for the next 10 days or the next 10 years.

 

Here are my current top 5 beauty priorities.

 

1. Good Skin

Good skin has always been a great concern of mine. I used to be a sufferer of really bad acne, some of which was cystic, while growing up. Even when I grew into adulthood, they never truly went away. If not for hormone regulating pills, I wouldn’t have the skin that I do today. And for me, that’s OK. Not everyone is born with flawless-skin genetics, so we just have to deal with it in our own ways.

I foresee that sometime in the near future, I’m going to have to slowly wean myself off this medication for specific periods of time, and a part of me is quite worried about what things are going to be like when that happens. I suppose with the invention of beauty cleansing tools (I currently use the Clarisonic Mia and am totally smitten by what it has done for me), good skincare products, a good diet, a regular skincare routine, enough rest and optimism, I can continue to have the skin that I wish for.

 

2. Brows

Oh dear me, wherever my brows went after I was born is a mystery. Actually, I’m not sure I actually had them proper. My brows are the finest you can get out there, never mind the fact that my hair is typically Asian-dark.

Brows can make or break a look, and I learnt this quite the hard way. Looking back at some of my very first beauty looks, where my brows were completely unfilled, I still cringe today. Nowadays, my daily look includes filling them in with some soft brow powder, so I feel somewhat better that people sitting at the far end of the lecture theatre can tell I have some sort of brows when I give my lectures. In a way, it’s kind of like stage makeup.

 
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The Relationship Between Lipstick and I

 

We're closer than you think.

We’re closer than you think.

 

If you’ve been following me, you might know how sensitive my lips are. They get all weirded out when I put on a lipstick, lip stain, lip gloss or even lip balm that they don’t like, and I’ll end up with lots of tiny bumps that start around the perimeter. That’s why when I find a brand of lip products that don’t cause me to break out and go all cray-cray, you can bet that I’m sticking with that brand for as long as forever.

 

Just over the past few days, I mentally went through my entire collection of lipsticks and realised to my utter dismay that I currently only wear about 10% of them. The other 90%? All test subjects, either given by companies for review purposes or bought with my own money on a whim. Oh, thank God for the really kind Tom Ford counter sales assistants who very nicely allowed me to give their lippies a go before I decided if I wanted to buy them.

 

{Disclaimer: Whether a lipstick worked on me or not isn’t revealed in my blog reviews, regardless of whether they are self-bought, because eczema is different for everybody and if it doesn’t work for me, it might still work on you. If it works for me, it might not for you. To each his own. All other aspects of the lip products, such as longevity and pigmentation, are as stated though.}

 

So, reflecting on my abysmal collection of lipsticks, I ended up buying a Sara Happ limited edition lip set, a Julie Hewett lipstick from the Noir Collection and a L’Oreal Pure Amaranthe lipstick. All within the span of less than 24 hours. Yep, that’s right. I’m so poor now.

 

I tweeted a couple of times how much I had to stop – and for now I have. But that got me thinking about why I even had the need to get those lippies (no, seriously, it was a need). And then I realised, that I just cannot live without them. And this is why.

 
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Most Wearable Beauty Looks from Paris Fashion Week FW 2016

 

Paris Fashion Week 2016 Beauty Looks

 

Phew! The hectic week that is known as Paris Fashion Week is finally over and done with. I haven’t been a part of the shows and runways but I definitely kept up with the news and am so in love with Chanel’s fishnet eyes. That said, this fall has many other interesting looks up its sleeve. Think sleek ponytails, bright eyeliners, the classic smouldering black smokey eye, glossy lids, dark sombre lips and specks of glitter. And if you may ask, yes, there are some which are definitely going to look great on you!

 

Thanks to Sarah at Popsugar (where all the pictures in this post are from), who made a comprehensive album of all the looks being strutted in style, I’m able to show you some wearable looks from the runway that you can try out.

 

1. The “Anne Hathaway”

 
Paris Fashion Week 2016 Beauty Looks

 

I came up with the name for this one because the moment I saw this look, she was the one who immediately came to mind. This look is all about keeping the face barely-there, creating a bambi-eyed look with rosy lips. Some variations have bolder lip colours but the rest remains the same.

 

How you can get the look:

Apply concealor and foundation all over your face, and add some light blush on the cheekbones. Keep brows full, soft and natural by using a brow powder. Avoid eyeliner and lipliner but use lip balm to keep lips soft and plump. Finally, apply some rosy lip colour all over your lips. As for your hair, keep it the way it looks naturally. Some curves and waves would make it perfect.

 

2. The “Au Naturel”

 
Paris Fashion Week 2016 Beauty Looks

 

At every Fashion Week, there are bound to be some runways that decide to keep things simple. This one’s no different, and a natural no-makeup, girl-next-door look is always suitable for day-to-day life. In fact, this is my very own everyday look.

 

How you can get the look:

Concealor and foundation are a must for a look such as this (of course, unless you don’t need it). Just like the previous look, only a small amount of blush is needed – keep to shades that are natural. A blush with slight shimmer or glow is fine. Your brows just need to be filled in slightly and kept neat. No eyeliner, mascara or eyeshadow is necessary, while lip balm is all you need. If you wish for a tinge of colour on your puckers, a tinted lip balm would do the trick. As for your hair, tie it up neatly into a pigtail or ponytail at the back. I absolutely adore Ellery’s take on tying the end with some string (see picture above) but if you attempt this, make sure it doesn’t come off easily.

 
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Tutorial: Glow this Valentine’s Day

 

Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial

Look natural all day long.

 

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and lucky you has got a date. If you still can’t decide, or haven’t a clue, on what makeup look to create for the special day, I made a Valentine’s Day makeup tutorial that would help.

This look features a bunch of awesome products that I recently discovered from my trips to Korea and France. If you can’t find them where you are, any dupes would work too. You can replace any shimmer eyeshadow or lipstick shades if you don’t have the one I used here – just find something that’s as close as possible.  The tutorial is easy to follow, and I hope you have fun trying this out.

 



 

Special mention of the products used in this post:

  • 3CE‘s Pore Silky Balm (available on Stylenanda here)
  • 3CE‘s Eyeshadow Palette in Bitter Sweet (available on Stylenanda here)
  • Kiko Milano‘s Shade Fusion Trio Blush in 04
  • Kiko Milano‘s Dazzling Highlighter in 04
  • Australis‘ AC On Tour Highlighting & Contouring Kit
  • Dior‘s Diorshow Maximiser Lash Plumping Serum (available on Nordstrom here)
  • Herione Make‘s Volume and Curl Mascara Super Water Proof
  • Guerlain‘s Meteorites Light Revealing Pearls of Powder in 3 Medium
  • Kiko Milano‘s  Velvet Mat Lipstick in 613

 
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5 Beauty Essentials for This Chinese New Year

 
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It’s not often when you have to stay out all day to meet people during all those hours you spend away from the comfort of your duvet. But when times like the Chinese New Year arrives, it’s time to get down to business. Looking great, I mean.

 

I can’t wait to get some rest during this extended break from work but like you, I’m also not looking forward to braving the humidity and making an immense effort to look great in my new clothes at 7pm in the evening. So to help me – and you – save some time in the morning while getting ready for the big day, I’ve come up with a list of 5 beauty essentials you’ll need to help you look all prepped up no matter the time of the day.

 

1. Blotting Sheets

Blotting paper is your best friend for the day. If you’re going to be visiting temples or anywhere with throngs of people, things are going to get heated up and sweaty. Not a pretty sight, especially if your first house visit hasn’t even begun!

 

2. Powder or Foundation for Touch-Ups

Once you’ve blotted away excess sebum, the next step is to touch up your makeup with some light foundation or dusting powder. What’s even better than this is a compact that includes your powder, blush, eyeshadow and brushes to help with application. You can check out my review of this cute GlamPact compact here.

 

3. Tinted Lip Balm or Moisturising Lip Colour

The first day of the Chinese New Year is also the first day of spring. This means it’s the start of the hot season and the sun isn’t going to back down anytime soon. Bring with you a tinted lip balm or a moisturising lip colour to keep your lips soft all day long and to prevent them from getting parched. Don’t forget to make sure that your lip balm’s shade goes well with your outfit or at least be as close to your original lip product colour as possible.

 

4. Small Compact Mirror

You never know when you will have access to a proper mirror, so a small mirror always comes in handy. I have one with me at all times on a daily basis, and it really helps in situations where you’ve got a stray lash in your eye or when you just really need to check on your eyeliner.

 

5. Travel Sized Fragrance Spray

This is another item that I carry with me every day. You know the samples that come in magazines or are freebies when you buy something at Sephora? Yes, those. They are a godsend. They are so tiny they practically weigh nothing (and so are great to carry around), but they also contain lovely fragrances that make you smell like the Garden of Eden at 4pm. If you haven’t got one of these, you can always purchase a tiny perfume spray bottle to store your signature fragrance for use on the go.

 

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Rave & Review: Kiko Milano – Quality Beauty on a Budget

 

Kiko Milano Cosmetics - Laced Ivory

The Kiko Milano Velvet Mat Lipstick (top), Shade Fusion Trio Blush (middle) and Dazzling Highlighter (bottom).

 

Have you ever discovered a beauty brand by accident, or through a friend’s recommendation, and then fell so much in love with it that you wished you could have everything in store? That’s what happened to Kiko Milano and me.

 

Kiko Milano is a beauty brand that originates from Italy, proving that not only is this European country the home of fashion, it is also one for beauty. I’ve only seen their outlets here and there the past few times I had been in France, and each time, the stores were all filled to the brim with shoppers. The crowds were the main reason I never stepped into any of their stores, but now that I’ve discovered their products and brand vision, I haven’t looked back.

 

Kiko Milano serves to create top-notch beauty products using the best ingredients they can find, and leaving out anything that isn’t up to their standards in terms of safety. The brand is cruelty-free and their quality products deliver great colour payoff. The best part is that they are oh-so-affordable.

 

The very first products I bought from them are featured in today’s entry: the Velvet Mat Lipstick in shade 613 Pink Carnation, Dazzling Highlighter in shade 04 Bright Rose and Shade Fusion Trio Blush in shade 04 Peach Rose- in that order. The lipstick first caught my eye because it was a matte range and the colour seemed very wearable. I tried one using my finger and my lips didn’t immediately feel tingly (I have eczema), so I added it in my imaginary basket.

 
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Rave & Review: The 3CE Pore Silky Balm

 

3CE Pore Silky Balm Review

The 3CE Pore Silky Balm is a god-send.

 

Oh dear, I’m not sure you’ll be very friendly to your wallet after reading this post. Today I’m raving about a product I finally got to try – the 3CE Pore Silky Balm. If you need to know the verdict now, I’m telling you this is something you need in your beauty stash, stat!

{I’ve previously written reviews of some of my favourite products from 3CE, and you can read the one on their gorgeous lip colours here. One of them makes a cameo appearance above – you’ll notice the consistent white-on-black packaging.} 

 

I first heard about this product because a friend recommended it to me. This is a product that makes you go, “Why haven’t I discovered this earlier,” once you start using it. The 3CE Pore Silky Balm is a solid balm in a round metal pot. It only comes in one shade – Ivory – but would fit various skin tones because each use only requires a minimal amount.

 

Once you screw the cap open, you’ll find a spatula to scoop the product with, a sponge and a transparent plastic protector which you should keep to ensure that the balm does not get dirty. As the balm is a little sticky in nature, dust can get stuck on the surface and contaminate it.

 
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