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My Travel Beauty Essentials: Makeup Edition

 

Travel Beauty Essentials: Makeup Edition

What a beautiful mess.

 

We’re in Jeju today, and what a wonderful time to be here! Being overseas for a short time means you should always only have with you your travel beauty essentials, things that you would naturally reach out for when time allows for it. I’ve brought along some of mine, and thought it would be nice to share them with you.

 

Travel Beauty Essentials: Makeup Edition

Everything’s here, except for my Diorskin Forever Compact Foundation.

 

  1. 3CE Eyeshadow Palette in Bitter Sweet
  2. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
  3. Kiko Milano Shade Fusion Trio Blush in 04
  4. Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit (available on Zalora here)
  5. Julie Hewett Belle Noir Lipstick in Femme Noir
  6. Tom Ford Lip Colour Matte in Black Dahlia (awesomely available on Nordstrom here)
  7. Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara Super Waterproof
  8. Bourgois Brow Design Brow Mascara in 03 Châtain
  9. Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Nude Rose (available on Nordstrom here)
  10. Sara Happ The Pink Slip
  11. 3CE Pore Silky Balm
  12. Galeries Lafayette Angled Blush Brush
  13. Mary Kay Eye Colour Brush
  14. Sigma Flat Kabuki F80 Brush (5th Year Anniversary Edition)

 

Travel Beauty Essentials: Makeup Edition

The Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit.

 

In My Travel Beauty Essentials: Skincare Edition, I mentioned that the Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit is the only contouring product I own – and I can’t be more glad to feature it here. It’s a product that has everything you need for decent contouring and highlighting, and because it’s in a compact powder form, it works great for oily skin. You can read my detailed review on this palette and see more close ups of it here.

 

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Tip of the Day: How to Save on Makeup (Part 2)

 

Tips to Save on Makeup

Beauty shopping does not have to be expensive – all the time.

 

I wrote an article some years back on how you can save on makeup, and it’s right on the blog here. Nevertheless, I recently rediscovered this topic and found that many of us still do need some help when it comes to spending properly on beauty-related products and services. Here are 7 more tips you can bank on to help you ensure you spend smartly.

 

1. Skip the gelish.

Having everlasting unchipped nails is a thing of unicorn dreams. And just like dreams, perfect nails don’t last. But that doesn’t mean you need to get a gelish manicure every other month just so your nails always look their best. A single gelish session can set you back anywhere from $30 to $120, and if you have to get it done every 4 weeks or so, it will become a great cumulated expense. In addition, gelish is bad for your nails. If you really, really need to get gelish done, save it for special occasions like your best friend’s wedding.

 

2. DIY your brows.

Your brows can be difficult to manage, and that’s why I created this tutorial to help you with it. If you can do them on your own, you’ll save money going to the beautician every few weeks.

 

3. Don’t overlook drugstore beauty products.

Drugstore beauty products may be on the cheaper side, but that doesn’t mean they don’t work. A lot of drugstore brands are sister brands of larger, more high-end brands, so their formulations don’t differ too much (an example is YSL and L’Oreal). Furthermore, if you are a member of your local drugstore, you can also earn points and rebates, which will save you money in the long run.

Some drugstore products you need to check out are the Maybelline Fit Me Concealor (available on Drugstore.com here), or my Holy Grail Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara Super Waterproof (available on YesStyle here, with free international shipping).

 

4. Buy only what you need, whenever you need it.

Research has shown that when we buy more often, as opposed to when we buy at the last minute during a big trip to the store, we actually end up spending less. So if you find that going on a no-buy period doesn’t really help, then ditch that plan and just buy what you need, as and when you need it. Remember, the key word here is “need.”

 
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Tip of the Day: How to Get Perfect Brows

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express

 

Brows never used to be my forte, especially since I have close to none. But that doesn’t mean I can’t create presentable ones. I came up with this list of points to note when it comes to your brows, and I hope they will help you manage yours.

 

1. Get them professionally shaped.

Tell the beautician or artist what type of shape you are looking for, and they will know what to do to help you achieve the closest thing possible. Some times, what you want isn’t the shape of your natural brows but that’s OK. Mine aren’t either.

 

2. Maintain your brows weekly.

This means tweezing, shaving or plucking off any hairs that shouldn’t be there. To help you, take a picture of your brows when they are freshly groomed from the brow artist so that you can remember what they should look like.

 

I usually shave off the hairs between my two brows (those strands are the most painful for me to pluck out), pluck out the ones that are growing underneath the main brows and then trim off any ends that are too long. A small pair of curved scissors is great for this.

 

3. Fill in Your Brows.

Depending on whether you are looking to achieve soft or strong, defined brows, the products you use will also differ. For soft brows, all you’ll need is a brow powder or pencil. For strong brows, you’ll need something with more pigmentation and staying power, like a brow mascara.

 

Lately, I’ve discovered a technique which combines both of the above, actually. I apply a thin layer of the Bourgeois Instant Brow Mascara in the middle of my brows and then layer over it with my brow powder. I follow up with a light dusting of my foundation to help set it in place. This helps my brow powder to stay on for longer and nothing smudges at the end of the day, provided I don’t absent-mindedly scratch them. I’ll do a video of this soon enough, so keep a lookout for it on this page!

 

In the meantime, here are some products that I think you will like.

 



 
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Rave & Review: The Mirenesse Forbidden Ink Auto Lip Liner Duet in Crazy Coco

 

Mirenesse Forbidden Ink Auto Lip Liner Duet

 

So in between preparing for lectures, minding my own business (literally), catching up on some Neil Gaiman (Any fans out there?), napping, Nordstrom-ing and Pilates, I’ve also been trying my very best to find out where I can buy more of this product. I’d received the Mirenesse Forbidden Ink Auto Lip Liner Duet as a gift and started using it some weeks ago. I’ve kind of fallen in love with it but man, it’s so hard to find online!

 

This is the first time I’ve heard of the brand Mirenesse and from what I gather on their website, they are an Australian label that is cruelty-free and their products contain ingredients that are organic. Although one of their star products is the Secret Weapon Supreme 24Hr Mascara, it didn’t work as well for me as fibre mascaras do. But this lip liner, this one, is amazing.

 
Mirenesse Forbidden Ink Auto Lip Liner Duet

 
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Take Some Time Off to Radiate Your Beauty From Within

 

What do you do to recharge?

What do you do to recharge?

 

Pardon the one-week absence from the blog. Glad you stayed. I’ve been so bogged down with everything that’s going on in my life, that blogging simply had to be put on hold for a while – with regret, of course!

 

As I’m typing this this evening, I’m home alone at my parents’ place for the long weekend. I thought to get something written before everyone comes home from work today, so I can spend some time with them all before heading back to my place tonight. The school term has finally ended and while the holidays has officially started, so have one week of supplementary lessons. My past couple of weeks have been filled either with work, food, quick showers or naps. Repeat.

 

I also went live on Facebook to show you some of my most recent hauls from places like Daiso and Uniqlo. Because my connection got cut in the middle of filming, there are two parts to this live feed. Here they are:

 



 


 

Which brings me to my point in today’s blog entry: What do you do to recharge? Do you even take time off every now and then to take care of yourself?

 
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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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