January 31, 2010

EOTD - Teals, Blues & Greens Using Stila, Shu Uemura and MAC


I can never pull off blues or teals without looking too overdone or trashy! But I was inspired to try out some bolder colours for the weekend after surfing on Temptalia.

Plus, I noticed that I haven't used much of my blue eyeshadows, including the MAC Mutiny pigment and my Stila All Doll'd Up palette. It's definitely not something that I'll wear on a daily basis, but it's fun and I get to try some of the beautiful colours from the Stila palette. 

So starting off, I prepped my face with my base makeup...
The usual stuff...

The Eye Arsenal I used to create this look:
- MAC Mutiny Pigment
- Stila All Doll'd Palette
- MAC Claire de Lune
- Shu Uemura ME Blue 650
Shu Uemura Eyeliner in 03 M Blue
MAC Artistic License Technakhol
Shu Uemura Eyebrow Pencil
YSL Faux Cils Mascara
Shiseido Mascara Base

The specific eyeshadows in the order of light green on the inner corner, light blue in the middle, and teal at the outer corner, followed by dark blue (Shu Uemura ME Blue 650) to darken the crease. Then I used a light blue to line my lower lash line and dark blue liner to line the upper lash line (Shu M Blue). 
Sounds complicated? Lets go through it step by step.

1st, I used MAC Mutiny (a beautiful sky blue) pigment all over my lid
(I need to get my eyebrows done!)

Light green from the Stila palette in the inner corner

Then the medium blue in the middle of my lid

Followed by a teal on the outer crease

Shu Uemura Blue 650 on the outer crease area to deepen the crease

Used MAC Claire de Lune to highlight and soften the harsh lines. Then lined my lower lash line with the Shu Uemura blue on the outer lash line, and the light green again near the tear duct.

Finished the look by curling the lashes

 and lining my upper lash line with a dark blue pencil and lower lash line with a light blue. 

Used Benefit Thrrrob on the cheeks and YSL Rouge Pur in 148 Tea Rose to lighten my pigmented lips

Making funny faces cos that's what I like to do when I'm bored... hahaha!!

The final look... What do you think? Do you like it?


January 30, 2010

Foundation Basics - NARS Sheer Glow, Color Match

I'm really enjoying the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (shade in Ceylon, I'm an NC25), especially being really lightweight, non-cakey, and ease of application. It may even replace my love for the P&J Protective Fluid Foundation. I've done a review of this foundation before, so this is more an update than anything else. To be honest, I had no idea what shade to select. I went with my gut feeling and placed ceylon in the shopping cart. Now I'm thinking whether I would have been more suitable with Punjab. I'll show you why...

Here I am in all bare-faced glory! Pimply faced and cross eyed! I have a slightly pink undertone, so yellow-based foundations suit me better. However, it does dull my skintone so I usually opt for a neutral shade, which is neither yellow nor pink. As you've probably have noticed now, my stupid left bracket keeps poking out my lips. But it's less obvious with the braces working to its full effects. 

After about a month of use, I really dislike the packaging. No pump, rubber cap that gets dirty, and cap that can't be screwed properly.
As you can see below, the colour of the foundation is more yellowish
Perhaps the colour doesn't match me so well... But it does apply beautifully.
It looks okay when applied... especially under direct sunlight.
But I definitely look more yellowish with less sunlight. 
The difference is only just slight. I do love the effects, it really gives my skin a big kick in radiance and complexion factor! :)
My favourite Laguna bronzer...
I didn't apply too much, 1 sweep on either side of my cheeks. Already you can see that my yellowish tone has gone to slightly orange under low sunlight. :(
I toned it down with a little bit of powder...
The verdict is that this foundation is still really nice but the colour may not match me perfectly. And this is the big disadvantage when relying too much on online swatches. I do believe that the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation has surpassed all my expectations in terms of coverage, ease, comfort. Packaging is absolutely atrocious (hate it). 

News on my braces: it's my 2 month mark and already I can see that my teeth has gone straighter. Eating is a real problem. I get food stuck all the time, especially when having burgers. But this is all part of the 'no pain no gain' wisdom. Hehe!
The mess that I made :) 

Update: 30mg of Roaccutane has severely dried out my lips. I've bought the La Mer Lip Balm, which is the HG (most expensive) lipbalm you can ever get to have baby-soft lips. But even then, my lips are still dry as hell. So I'll be visiting my dermatologist next week to see if I should cut down my dose. I've even stopped using lipsticks because of this, so I look forward to finally completing my 8-month course to then start using all my dearly missed lippies.

Ps: I'm using my new Panasonic Lumix DZ7 and it's as good as my old Nikon SLR. 

January 26, 2010

My thoughts on NYX Pigments and how it compares to MAC/Barry M

Thank you for supporting me through these times. Your comments really made me feel a million times better. It helps that beauty is a hobby that keeps me happy when the going gets rough.

I bought a new camera... and thank you Miss Wiggle and Jess for your recommendations on the Panasonic Lumix TZ5. In fact, I got the Panasonic Lumix TZ7 after reviews on cameralab.com and I was super impressed by the picture quality and the zoom macro. Even when doing shots of myself, I notice that this camera picks up the tiniest detail. Ladies, you're gonna see all my pores from now on!

I did some retail therapy today; just a little bit. I picked up a few NYX Ultra Pearl Mania just to test out. Afterall, MAC pigments are a tad overpriced.


It comes in a 5mL tinsy container, and seriously, the opening is soooooo tiny, I can't even fit my MAC 242 brush through that hole. It's smaller than the MAC Christmas Set Pigments.

 And it's a real pain in the ass to try and tip the product into the cap. So with much difficulty, I had to tip it into plate. By then I have probably already wasted quite a bit of product, cos it's not particularly hygienic to put it back in. I've already knocked the container a few times while applying eyeshadow, so maybe it doesn't have enough weight to hold the plastic container or maybe I'm just a klutz.

However, it does have fairly good pigmentation. It's definitely a lot more shimmery than MAC pigments, and almost equivalent to the Barry M dazzledusts, which I love! I did notice that the NYX pigment doesn't grab onto the skin as well, and therefore causing quite a bit of fall-out.

Unfortunately, the colour selection looks great on the bottle but somewhat average in payoff on the skin.

As always, all pigments perform much better with some MAC Fix+. With that in mind, it's not a bad choice if you're bored and want to try some daring colours without forking out that kind of cash on MAC pigments.


I still haven't mastered the art of the flash yet... (as you can probably see, this camera is great in picking up my contact lens too! haha)

Today's smart-casual outfit is pretty simple; a black top from H&M, blue tight pants from H&M and a belt from Zara.



I hope you're having a great Tuesday. I need to catch up on some reading of the world today. I realised I've completely lost track of everything that's going on, even whatever is current in Haiti.

Goodnight :)


January 24, 2010

A New Chapter

Just when work is starting to eat into my sanity, my personal life gets the bullet too. Today marks the end of my 2-year relationship with my boyfriend. It still hasn't sunk in yet but I know it's the right decision. I'm feeling really disappointed with how things ended. I'm trying to hold myself together as my life slowly unravels to reveal holes that I never saw before in my So called 'perfect' life.

But, I'm thankful. During these moments, my friends have called me, talked to me, and told me that I'll be ok. I wish I spent more time with friends. It has made me go through my first day with a few smiles. Thank you to my regular subscibers for reading my posts. It's such a great feeling when I read your posts and comments.

Now that I'm single, I'll definitely be posting more entries :)

January 18, 2010

Product Review of the Mario Badescu Control Moisturizer for Oily Skin

Thank you for suggesting the Panasonic Lumix Digital camera. Since I don't have a compact camera, I'll do random product reviews using my Nikon DSLR. Unfortunately, my old camera doesn't have a LCD screen display so FOTD and EOTDs are quite challenging. I have never tried Panasonic and I'm looking forward to giving it a test-go during my lunch break tomorrow! :)

Ever since I posted about my skincare regime, I've added & deleted a few items. One of the 'replacement' includes the Mario Badescu Control Moisturiser for Oily Skin. I got this from Sephora in Singapore and honestly, I can't remember how much I paid for this. All I do remember is that I vowed to only get Mario Badescu products online from now on, as Sephora here tends to jack up the prices twice!



The reason for this purchase was purely to give my dry skin some relief, without causing more breakouts.

Product Description
Soothing botanicals and healing Seaweed Extract make this oil-free daily moisturiser ideal for acne-erupted sensitive and oily skin due to their anti-inflammatory properties. Controls irritation and flakiness associated with aggressive acne treatments and provides natural hydration and protection against moisture loss.

Container
It comes in a 59mL plastic bottle with a small tip cap which you can shut/open quite easily. Thumbs up to a convenient portable container for easy travel. However, I find that when I store this in cooler temperatures, the product tends to clump and clog the small outlet. You do get a number of months usage out of this seemingly small bottle because a little bit of product goes a long way. 

Product

This moisturiser tends to be more of a cream consistency, which is ironic as it's meant to be for oily skin ladies. I noticed that there is a paraffin-like substance in this cream probably due to the propylene glycol and the many parabens. After storing this in my bathroom, I notice some separation. However, shaking the bottle easily fixes this problem. My suggestion is not to store this product in high humidity or heat.

Ingredients: Deionised Water, Balsam Peru, Algae Extract, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Propylene Glycol, Ceatearyl Alcohol Ceteareth-20 Squalene, Pantheryl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride, Stearic Acid, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Propylparaben, Methylparaben

Product Effectiveness
Does it really claim to soothe inflammation? I haven't really noticed that... However, it doesn't aggravate my sensitive acne-prone skin. It takes a while to work the product into the skin, but afterwards it gives a nice hydrated feeling.


After about 2 weeks of usage, I wouldn't say that there's a big difference to my skin. It serves as a simple moisturiser but great on sensitive skin due to excessively drying acne creams/medications.

My Ratings
Container
Product
Overall 
  

January 17, 2010

EOTD Using Guerlain Tsarina 406 Quad





Yesterday night I had the chance to catch the 3D movie, Avatar and oh my god, it is the best movie I have seen in a very very long time! Those who haven't already seen it, go do so before it exits the cinemas. 


Anyway, yesterday I realised I haven't used my Guerlain Tsarina Quad, simply because the motif was too pretty to mess up. But makeup is not makeup if you don't use it, right? 

First up, I used the light brown shade all over my eyelids

Using the dark purple shade, I lined my lid especially the outer corner

Later I used the darker brown to shade along the crease

Now I've started to line my bottom lashline with the plummy red colour. I recommend just using a little bit as it may make your eyes look tired and sore. 

Blended using the light brown shade to soften the harsh lines...

Now for mascara!

The gear I used...

The Guerlain pan looks scary on pan but when applied, it's soft and quite beautiful. I wouldn't mind wearing it to the office.  


Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday... my camera broke so I need to purchase a new one. Any recommendations?

January 15, 2010

Happy New Year! Back from Turkey and Back from Malaysia!


Happy New Year ladies! I hope you enjoyed your christmas break. I apologise for the lack of posts for 1 whole month, simply because of travel and work. I'm finally settled down in Singapore (no travels intended for another 2 weeks) and my camera needs a rest from all the photo-snapping of all the beautiful sites of Turkey. I travelled for 10 days from Singapore to Istanbul - Panakulle - Cappadoccia - Ankara. Needed a long break from the pressure of work and it's nice to also get some down-time with family.

Upon arrival, we visited the blue mosque. It was truly magnifique! This is where the Muslims get their absolution...


The detailing inside the mosque


The reason for it being called the blue mosque is the colour of the tiles


From outside...


Then we went to another museum that was converted from a mosque and Christian church. So, we saw images of Christianity and Islam under one roof.


Istanbul is separated into 2 parts; the European and the Asian. The European side consist of mostly businesses, whilst the Asian being more residential. So here I am looking over to the Asian side...


Garfield! :)


Turkey has the most amazing water views, almost like Sydney but much bigger!


We visited alot of mosques... This tomb is covered in tiles, which is a popular thing with Muslims.


And here is the cottage of Virgin Mary after the death of Jesus.


Now we head to the city of Ephesus. This is the Roman City, much bigger than the preservation in Rome, Italy.




This is what's left over from the library...


The Roman toilets


Marketplace...


The traditional Roman statues all have white eyeballs... FYI


In Panakulle, there are thermal springs with a high composition of lime and minerals. This looks like snow, but in fact it's solidified limestone.


Moving on, we head over the most amazing place in Turkey, Cappadoccia. What you see of the huge stone formations is a natural process of centuries of ice, snow, and rain...


The caps on the formations is completely natural and these caps will eventually drop off another century. A dying beauty...


Back in the olden days, Christianity was exiled and here are where all the christians hid...


In fact, they even made churches inside these formations, as you can see below. This is olden time fresco!


The landscapes of Cappadoccia is truly amazing...


The volcano from afar... usually it's covered in mist but that day we were pretty lucky to see it.


And when there are emergencies that involved life or death, the christians will hide in these tunnels that looped in and out like a labyrinth. It's really depressing to be in there because the ceilings are so low and there's no light.


I've never done hot air ballooning and so we had an option to try it out. The process of blowing a hot air balloon will take about 30mins and the mechanics is very interesting. In fact, they use a fan to blow air into the balloon then blast fire into the middle to heat up the air inside, which elevates the entire thing. Each balloon can fit a maximum of 16 people.




All the hot air balloons from the sky! A beautiful sight...


And a beautiful way to start the new year. Happy new year!!
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