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.
I remember the days when I was in pre-school and when it was somebody’s birthday, their parents would celebrate it with cake and little goodie bags for everyone in the class. This year, of course I’m way beyond that age. But that doesn’t mean I can’t celebrate by giving something away!
Yep, I’ve got quite a bit of beauty products and I think these will find a better owner than me. Not because they are lousy products or they don’t suit me, but because I haven’t really had the chance to give them a try as I’m using other products at the moment (and I really only have one face). If you’ll like to win some full-sized products, do read on to find out what the winner will be getting and how you can win them all!
I’m sure you must have heard of Shupette by now, especially if you’re a beauty addict like me! While I don’t really see how a white, fluffy feline is associated with eyeshadow palettes, I definitely like the Shupette Has-It-All Eye & Lip Palette! If you’re tired of all the neutral palettes circulating around and are looking for something more interesting to bring with you on travels, I think the Shupette one could inject some fun into your life!
This was a gift from Mr. Ratatouille (he knows me well) during Christmas, and the moment I got it, I knew I had to make a tutorial on how you can use it! There are 8 eyeshadow shades arranged in 2 sets of quads, 6 lip colours, 2 applicators and a big mirror that spans the underside of the entire lid. And here’s how you can use it to create a purple and gold eye makeup look:
Highlight the brow bone and add some base colour to the eyes (Steps 1-3).
Before you do anything to your eyes, always have foundation and concealor on first. Then, follow the steps below.
1. Highlight the brow bone with the light gold shimmer shade.
2. Dust the grey-purple shade on your entire upper lid under the brow bone. This creates a slight depth and shows off the hollows of your eye socket.
3. Next, apply the brinjal shade on your entire upper lid until around the crease. You can go a little further higher than that, but no more than the grey-purple shade in the previous step.
Do you know what 3CE means? I did a quick check on their website, and deduced that 3 Concept Eyes stands for 3 different types of attractive eye looks, which can be achieved by focusing on the 3 colours – pink, orange and beige.
I first came across this brand on the internet, when some bloggers and Instagrammers started sharing their love for the products. It wasn’t till I got to the flagship Stylenanda store in Seoul this winter that I actually came into contact with their makeup.
The store itself is quite interesting. It’s not like the normal pick-what-you-like-and-pay-at-the-counter. Each person is given a number tag, and you have to tell any sales girl around the store the shade and quantity of any product you want. They then transfer your request to the backend storeroom and when you’re done, just hand over your number tag at the cashier and they’ll give you all the products that you’ve asked for. While I found this to be a good idea, especially since you don’t have to carry the items while you shop, it got quite messy when I was there as it was crowded. So, it’s always a good idea to remember what you asked for!
There’s something quite exotic about Guerlain, and I’m not sure if it’s got something to do with it’s very French name. Nevertheless, I’m very excited to show you all the Guerlain 2014 Holiday Collection!
This year’s beauty collection is inspired by l’Opéra à Paris, the place where spectacular shows steal the limelight, and where audiences remain in awe of talented actors, long after the plays have ended.
If there’s one thing I currently cannot keep my eyes – and fingers – away from, it’s my phone. To be exact, it’s Instagram that I access through my screen. Now that I’m getting some break from work, I have my life back! And yes, who wouldn’t spend some time sifting through artfully curated and envy-inducing pictures? The answer is nobody.
Here are my picks for the 20 Instagram accounts to follow right now, especially if you’re bored with your current timeline and want something different. They’re arranged in alphabetical order below. Enjoy!
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