If you’re not used to applying makeup on a daily basis but would like to try it, I made a video tutorial on how you can achieve this simple everyday look. It’s something that adds a little bit of colour to your skin but not too much, so that you don’t feel too overwhelmed when you’re just starting out. I know how scary it can be trying makeup out for the first time!
In this tutorial, there’s no contouring and all that fancy schmancy things that are reserved for the red carpet. I feature a simple Nude Smoky Eyeshadow Trio palette from Bourjois and the new Volume Glamour Effet Push Up mascara from the brand as well. Here’s the entire list of products used, in the order of application:
All it takes for one girl to spend some precious cash on makeup is a long, exhausting week moving to a new place and the free Friday evening of that week. Of course, being in the beauty department of a mall helps and when you see a lip gloss as precious as this costing less than S$40 a pop, you really can’t fight it.
I popped by Laduree after work last Friday evening and somehow also ended up at a Bobbi Brown counter afterwards. Needless to say, this lip gloss spontaneously made its way into my makeup shopping list – now how did that happen?
The Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow in 02.
A new addition to my collection of beauty staples.
It’s rainy today and rainy days call for tea, cakes and some pondering on life issues. Like whether you would look good in the latest Korean trend of horizontal brows, or if you should even attempt Cara Delevingne’s brow game in a fancy Chanel ad campaign.
But trends are trends and they aren’t here to stay. What matters more is looking your best, in a way that will last decades and not make your granddaughter laugh at your old pictures. Brows are one of the features on our faces that make or break a look. Untrimmed brows make you look fuzzy, like you haven’t really gotten out of bed. Overly trimmed, stick-thin brows suggest you are way too obsessed over giving an impression. Properly shaped brows are the best – they make you look sharp and send the message that you’ve got it all under control.
I’ve always had long, angled, sparse brows. For years, it had always been a struggle to find the right brow product. Should I get the Shu Uemura brow pencil, which I’ll need to shave or sharpen every now and then, wasting precious product each time the pencil goes through the knife? Should I get a retractable brow pencil? Should I just use my dark eyeshadow? Up till now, my brow powder had been the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in shade 61 Saddle. It’s the same shade they currently have in one of their brow palettes, but since I used only one shade, it didn’t make sense to get a palette that came with another shade.
And then I chanced upon the Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow while shopping for beauty supplies at Watsons Singapore. This product currently comes in 2 shades – 01 for lighter tones and 02 for darker tones. Seeing that I have dark hair, I picked 02. The palette is pocket-friendly and weighs only 3.5g, including the small brush. The powder itself is long-lasting and doesn’t smudge (unless, of course, you do it on purpose). Here’s how you can use the palette:
If your favourite colour is pink and you like girly bows, then you’ll fall in love with the pretty packaging of the Etude House Dear My Wish Lips – Talk lip stick! I received these two in the mail one fine day, and still can’t get over how cute they look.
The two shades I have are OR202 and PK002.Both are extremely vivid colours in different shades of red. OR202 is more yellow-toned, while PK002 is more blue-toned. If you’re neutral-toned, both shades will fit you perfectly. Here are a shot of the lip colours up close and a couple of instagram selfies of me wearing PK002:
The Etude House Dear My Wish Lips – Talk in OR202 (left) and PK002 (right).
If you’re a manicure addict, you must be no stranger to nail wraps. These are stickers that go nicely on our nails and don’t involve harmful chemicals or dry time. So what makes INNI Nails so special?
For one, you can decide what design your nails will have. It can be anything: a picture of you and your loved ones, your pet feline, a painting that you saw online or even something you draw on your own! All you need to do is to take a shot of what it is you like, upload it onto INNI using their app or via their website, and voila. Consider it delivered. Not convinced? Check out this video below:
I gave some INNI Nails nail wraps a try and found them to be very easy to apply on clean nails. Each sheet of nail wraps contains 30 individual wraps in various widths and a small ruler printed on the top right. Here are the steps to applying these wraps:
Clean your nails with nail polish remover.
Measure your nail width using the ruler provided and then select the wrap of the same dimension.
Peel the wrap gently off the sheet and apply it to your nail.
Stretch and fold the excess over your nail and then file it off in a downwards motion.
In all my previous Link Love entries, I’ve barely mentioned any local blogs worth reading. As a blogger in the scene for the past 5 years, I must say, there are many of us bloggers who don’t get the recognition we deserve.
In today’s post, I’m featuring 5 Singapore beauty blogs that are written by bloggers who are not only really awesome in person but also give great tips to their readers. In the spirit of sharing – and as a way to celebrate SG50 – I’m recommending these pages to you. Happy reading!
Finding the perfect lip colour can be quite the daunting task, especially when there are so many brands and shades to choose from. From matte purples to creamy nudes, upon which colour and lipstick should you confer the title of the Holy Grail of Puckers?
One word of advice: If you don’t want to break the bank but yet want something long-lasting and pigmented, give 3CE Lip Colours a try. I discovered this brand while shopping in Seoul last December and made a trip to their flagship store in Hongdae (you can read more about my experience at Style Nanda here). Granted, the black oblong packaging isn’t anything to swoon over but the product… Oh, the product is amazing!
3CE Lip Colours in Double Shot (top) and Peach Peach (bottom).
The Guerlain Météorites Baby Glow and Perles de Blush.
The new Guerlain Les Tendres SS15 Collection is not only romantic and natural, it’s also fresh and speaks of luminosity. Think lots of pastel pinks, light shimmer and a no makeup look.
The collection is now launched at all Guerlain stores, and the star product is the new Météorites Baby Glow SPF25 PA++, which comes in 3 subtle shades: 2 Clair/Light, 3 Medium and 4 Doré/Golden. This liquid foundation has buildable coverage and leaves you with a dewy complexion. The Météorites Perles de Blush is a limited edition item, so if you’re looking for something really sweet and that adds some colour and shimmer to your cheeks, you’ll want to get this. Here’s makeup artist Dollei Seah working her magic on me when I dropped by the launch:
For fans of the Méteéorites, you can now bring them with you wherever you go. Take a look at the new Météorites in compact powder form. They are of the same shades as the original Météorites but because they’re in a compact, they fit easily in your makeup pouch and are ready for your impromptu touch-up sessions! You can also get them on Nordstromhere.
The Guerlain Météorites Compact Light-Revealing Powder in 3 shades (from left to right): 2 Clair/Light, 3 Medium and 4 Doré/Golden.
It’s every girl’s dream to have a makeup collection as extensive as Christina Aguilera’s shoe closet. But if you’re just beginning your foray into this beautiful world of makeup, where do you start?
Today, I’m sharing with you my Everyday Makeup Essentials Checklist – a checklist of the items every girl should own in order to look, at the very least, put-together. You don’t need everything on the list because what you’ll need really depends on what you would like to focus on, be it your brows or complexion. Go ahead, print this checklist out (click on it for a larger image) and tick along as I walk with you why each item is important.
1. Compact Foundation
Foundation is a must for anyone dabbling in makeup. If there’s only one thing you can have, it should always be foundation, especially for the humid summer months, and especially if you have oily skin.
2. Liquid Foundation
Liquid foundation should be used only if you do not use compact foundation (thus, you can cancel this if you’re picking the first option). This product is for dry-normal skin and generally has better coverage. It can be applied either with a brush or your fingers.
This is a required item only if you have severe blemishes or serious under eye circles that need to be covered up. Otherwise, it’s always fine to skip it.
How can anyone do with foundation and no cheek colour? The answer is you can’t and shouldn’t. Blush adds a healthy glow to your skin so that you look alive. Never ever skip this – but also don’t overdo it.
5. Loose Powder
Loose powder is used to set your foundation. This means that by applying it on top of your foundation, your foundation (and concealor) lasts for a longer period with less tendency to streak or crease.
Suppose you haven’t found something suitable yet, something your significant other would love, something that would make her entire face light up when she unwraps the box you spent hours putting together with sticky tape. Fret not.
In my previous Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the Clueless Boyfriend/Husband, I picked out some items from Shopbop’s sale rack, which are bound to make most women squeal in delight upon receiving them. If you haven’t made a decision, here’s another one for the woman of your dreams, who has strived – or is still working fervently towards it – for success in the corporate world.
This is the woman who not only inspires you, but also shares part of life’s journey with you. She could be your girlfriend, your fiancée, your wife or the mother of your children. Whatever the case, Valentine’s Day is but just another occasion to show your support for her efforts. Check out these items I’ve picked out for you that could make great gifts.