I love it when conversations at my workplace turn into beauty talk! The most recent breakfast did-you-know topic was on gelish and how harmful this manicure technique is to the nails. Applying it on isn’t so bad but taking it off – let’s just say it strips your nails of all its sturdiness and leaves it soft, like bread dipped in milk.
My most recent gelish was done using a bright red polish and had a snakeskin pattern on the odd finger.
Knowing how destructive the removal of gelish manicures can be, plus the fact that they cost at least $20 per soak-off, I decided against paying a visit to the nail salon. Instead, here’s what I did and what you can try: Paint over it with a darker nail polish shade and let it grow out.
New found health drink – strawberry-infused water. Follow me on Instagram!
It’s not always that easy to keep to a strict diet all the time. My weak point is always a good classic fondant au chocolate with a single – read, generous – scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. But come to think of it, it’s also not always that easy to eat junk all the time. Every once in a while, I like to detox, be it doing a simple drink-as-much-water-as-I-can-in-the-day or enjoying a cup of detox tea (I’m currently loving the BB Detox Tea by Kusmi Tea, available at Harrods). The most recent discovery from my sister is fruit infused water left to cool in the fridge. It’s easy to prepare and oh-so-refreshing!
How often do you detox? How often do you feed your soul? Here are five new links to share today on things that affect my mood – and will probably affect yours too.
I love fashion, glitz and glamour but one thing is for sure: I never follow trends. For one, they are so hard and troublesome to keep up with! Also, sometimes trends are so ridiculous, I find it hard to understand why people bother at all.
When the first Naked palette came out years back, it felt like I was the only one unfazed by it. 12 bronze shades, better suited to warm skin tones and overall neutral. I owned several neutral and smokey palettes and when combined, they worked as well or even better than the Naked. So I gave it a miss. When the Naked 2 launched shortly after, I was still unmoved, especially since it is very similar to the original palette.
But then came the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. The moment I laid eyes on the press releases from Urban Decay (and from blog reviews later on), I knew I had to get it. You know like how when you meet The One, you just… know? Exactly. A palette full of pinks that complement one another to create a range of looks from day to night – It was just what I needed.
When you travel, do you travel for the food, music, sights, slower pace of life or all of that altogether? Of course it’s everything! I made sure to pack some Agnès B makeup from Europe before heading home to sunny Singapore last December. As I’ve never tried this brand of eyeshadows before – and it’s not available on our island – I practised caution and got only a couple of items: the Agnès B Monobulle Eyeshadow in H104 Bronze Allegro and eyeliner in another wearable shade.
Six glossy shades (out of nine) from the Stila Holiday 2013 Collection of Lip Glazes.
Hello! Have you joined my year-end giveaway? I’m giving 3 out of 9 of the Stila Lip Glazes and here so are the other 6. It’s the first time I’m coming into contact with these glazes and they are surprisingly good!
These Lip Glazes come in sets of threes from the Colour Me Glossy Lip Glaze Set from the Holiday 2013 Collection, so six of them means two sets. When first taken out from the packaging, you’ll find a little protective cover stuck into the tip of the brush. The way the Lip Glazes work is that you have to twist them to get product into the brush. For the very first time, you’ll need to twist them about 18-20 times.
Oh my, where do I get started? 20 brand new shades, glittery, shimmery and matte – all in a brand new, one-of-a-kind palette. The Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette is the latest eyeshadow bomb from the brand, launched in time for the holidays this year. Not only is it limited edition, each and every one of the palette is unique in the sense that the pattern on the purple-hued box is different for every palette. So if you’re one of those shoppers – like me – who tend to pick and choose the “perfect” product to take home with you every time you visit a store, this would certainly justify that.
Say hello to my first NARS lip product, the NARS Super Orgasm Lip Gloss! I suppose any NARS fan is quite well-acquainted with the Orgasm and Super Orgasm shades, what with the quirky names and versatile colours. It was high time I got around to finding out just what the hype is all about.
Super Orgasm is a sheer, peachy pink with gold glitter in it – a really pretty shade that can be worn alone or on top of your favourite lip stick or tint. It doesn’t smell and neither does it have a taste. It does make my lips feel more hydrated when I have it on and it doesn’t dry them out towards the end of its wear. It’s lightweight and not that gooey, sticky kind of gloss, which some people find uncomfortable.
Impulse shopping can be very bad for your purse strings. But when it’s the MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow, maybe it’s better that your purse doesn’t have strings. It goes both ways – this palette can either be a great buy, or the complete opposite, depending on you. Let me explain.
First up, the palette contains 5 pastel shades:
Bright Champagne with Pearlised Pigments
Peachy Pink with Pearlised Pigments
Pale Baby Pink
Mid-tone Beige Grey
The first four shades are super duper glittery and when applied dry, the glitter flies all over the place! On your bottom lids, cheekbones, dresser top, fingers, clothes… There are glitter flecks of different sizes and no prizes to guessing correctly which ones are the hardest to remove from surfaces! However, when applied wet, they are more well-behaved and go where they’re supposed to. The drawback is this: that even when used with a wet brush, the eyeshadows come off way too easily with a swipe of a piece of dry tissue. The only shade that acts like a normal eyeshadow is the last one (Mid-tone Beige Grey), which is more shimmer than glitter.
The MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow palette.
New makeup never fails to raise my mood a little, regardless of what it is. While I’m down with the flu now, I’ve got my new Sleek Makeup blush in Pixie Pink to keep me looking chipper! This blush is of a matte hot pink shade with yellow undertones and is very pigmented. It’s not flaky, unlike some other drugstore brands, and it’s got long staying power.
I apply this with my Sigma Beauty F40 Large Angled Contour brush from the Mrs. Bunny Travel Kit. Because this blush is pretty intense, I usually blend it with a highlighting shade, such as Candy Doll‘s Peach Pink, on my cheekbones.
A close-up of the Sleek Makeup Blush in Pixie Pink.
Prancing unicorns above soft, pouffy tufts of cloud! This Nicole by OPI Look at Me, Look at Me lacquer was a little thoughtful gift from my BFF Corinne when I invited her to come visit me at my staycation earlier this year. Do you ever get tired of your nail polish shades? Well, I did. So I decided to finally give this one a go. In the bottle, it looks like a silvery, metallic shade with tiny bits of pink glitter that you aren’t even sure would show up when applied. You could say this is one of those beauty products that make you kind of regret not trying out soon enough!
I did a manicure with the shade The World is Not Enough, also from OPI.
A close-up of the two bottles. The World is Not Enough is from the Skyfall Collection.