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My Stuff: Everyday Make-Up July 2013

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This is what I use on an average day for my make-up, no make-up look. Yeah it looks like I use a lot of stuff just to make myself look clean-faced with minimal make-up. It’s true. And under the cosmetics, I have my toner and sunblock too!

So this came up because my pal Isis asked me about my eyeliner last week. I said I’ll do a post to list down what I use since the last time I did one was about a year ago. I use a really random mix lot so it’s mostly affordable and easily available for most people.

Here’s my list of what I’m using for my everyday face, in order of application:

1. MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPH 35FPS NC20

This has been my go-to concealer for a long time. It covers well and is in the right shade for me.

2. BAVIPHAT Secret Recipe BB Magic Girls PLUS BB CREAM Fresh for Oily Skin SPF30/PA++

I discovered this on my sister’s dresser and used it once. Fell in love with what it does for my skin and bought a tube for myself off eBay. I use this very sparingly and a small pea sized drop spreads easily to cover my entire face. I try not to use a foundation when I don’t need it. It gives my skin a chance to breathe and I do notice that as I get older, foundation can be unflattering as it accentuates my large pores and fine lines. But I do have uneven skin tone that’s starting to look sallow so at the very least, I need a BB cream to even it out.

3. MAC Select Sheer/Pressed powder NC 25

I’ve been using this for at least 10 years now and sometimes I do get darker when I stay out in the sun for a few days in a row but not enough for me to want to purchase a shade darker. Great coverage, matches my skin colour, yet doesn’t look too heavy for me. I love pressed powders for their convenience. I can’t be bothered with big brushes and loose powder even if people say it looks more “natural”. Because I don’t use foundation, I think it’s okay to be a little more heavy handed with a pressed powder.

4. BIOTHERM Play On Velvet Eye Shadow Perfect Wear 600

This was something that my sister didn’t want. It works for me and helps even out the darker colour around my eyes. Most times, it doesn’t even look like I have eye shadow on. Also, sometimes I make mistakes and smudge my eyeliner or make small stains with my mascara, I just go over the tainted area with a few strokes of this and it disappears. Or so I think.

5. SILKY GIRL Natural Brow Pencil 02 Dark Brown

My eyebrows are the ultimate crap. What’s with the hair on my head and my eyebrows? Years of torture plucking and one rather uneven eyebrow embroidery job has left me with sparse and uneven eyebrows. Luckily, I wear bangs and on most days, my eyebrow pencil does the job well enough that nobody notices. I like my brows darker as it frames my face and perks me up. I like the shade of this pencil, it’s easily available at the drugstores and it’s only a few bucks!

6. MAYBELLINE Hyper Sharp Liner

Easily the best eyeliner I’ve ever used. I’ve since bought over 10 of these! It’s like a firm felt marker with a fine tip. Very easy to use and highly pigmented. Be careful on the first 5-6 uses as it’s usually very wet and takes a while to dry.

7. MAYBELLINE The MAGNUM Volum’ Express Ultracomb Waterproof

All the black MAYBELLINE waterproof mascaras are good! I use them interchangeably especially when there is a discounted item. I like this because it’s a little comb and brushes out each eye lash.

8. MAC Well Dressed Satin Powder Blush

A light pink blush, none too overboard. I use this for day and tend to go for a dusky rose pink at night.

9. GUERLAIN Meteorites Perles Illuminating Powder – Pure Radiance 01 Teint Rose

Bought this last year at the airport duty free shop on my way back from Melbourne, Australia. It comes as a set of 2. This jar has green, white, yellow, purple and pink. The other jar which I left in Las Vegas, is mostly pink and white. I don’t know what the difference is honestly, but I use it everyday now. I swirl the brush into the jar of beads and then brush in rotating motion over my cheekbones just under my eyes, on the tip of my nose and chin. It seems to do the trick of deflecting light and making my skin less old in pictures. I notice how much more haggard and dull my skin is when I’m not using it.

10. BENEFIT Dandelion Ultra Plush lip gloss

This smells good and gives my lips this light dewy tint. Sometimes I just use it alone but most days this goes under my lipstick.

11. MAC CREMESHEEN Speed Dial

A creamy pink lipstick which is great everyday. For pictures though, I sometimes go over this colour with a deeper hot pink so that it would perk up my face. But otherwise Speed Dial is a great “natural” go to colour for me.

So what do you use? Is your everyday face as complicated? I spend about 10-12 minutes on my face – including toner and sunblock. Is that too long? How long do you take?


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My Stuff: Make-up Pouch October 2010

Here’s an update of what I’m carrying around in my handbag on a daily basis now.

October 2010 - contents of my make-up pouch

October 2010 - contents of my make-up pouch

  1. STEPH & CO cherry print make-up pouch
  2. ALMAY Intense i-Color 03 Trio for Hazels
  3. Miss Popularity by BENEFIT (Precision highlighter for eyes and face)
  4. URBAN DECAY Sellout eyeshadow
  5. LANCOME Artliner liquid eyeliner
  6. PUPA Splendor Extreme Ultra Brilliant Liquid Lipcolour #07
  7. STILA concealer stick
  8. PAUL & JOE Face Color #06
  9. MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder NC25

I also must rave about my retractable brush & stackable eyeshadow applicators from SASA. Cheap, good and so portable!


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Fat-shionista #114

See my Apple Key earrings

See my Apple Key earrings

Pink pink pink!!

Pink pink pink!!

Coral & Grey

Coral & Grey

What I’m wearing:

Dress: Coral pink lace & lined tunic top (worn as a dress) from DOROTHY PERKINS

Accessories: Apple of my Eye dangling earrings from Sugarshoxcrafts on etsy.com; Black plastic bangle from thestreetsofbangkok; Light grey star-studded skinny belt from DOROTHYPERKINS (I turned the belt buckle sideways as I wanted the stars to be seen)

Leggings: Grey opaque leggings from mysister’scollection

Footwear: Dark silver T-bar Mary Janes from MARKS & SPENCER Fab Feet

These pictures are taken with my new CANON S90! WOW! I can take pictures indoors without flash! And the colours are sooooo gorgeous! My dress matches my BENEFIT Dandelion blush!

Pauline came to tell me I had to check through the Annual Report listings

Pauline came to tell me I had to check through the Annual Report listings

Another top-down angle... flattering! Thanks Pearl

Another top-down angle... flattering! Thanks Pearl

Close-up of the lace & the star belt

Close-up of the lace & the star belt

My Happy Photographer - Pearlyn!

My Happy Photographer - Pearlyn!


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My Stuff: Contents of my Make-up Pouch (December 2009)

Here’s an update – the last being the October peekaboo into my everyday make-up pouch. This is the stuff that I’ve been carrying around this month.

Contents of my make-up pouch (Dec 09)

Contents of my make-up pouch (Dec 09)

 

Still the lovely cherry-print cosmetics pouch from Steph & Co. by http://www.stephaniejohnson.com/ but some changes to the contents. I currently have:

  1. MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder – NC25
  2. REVLON new complexion One-Step Compact Makeup – 03 Sand Beige
  3. COULEUR INC Eyebrow Pencil – Light Brown 02
  4. URBAN DECAY Eye Shadow – Cherry
  5. PAUL & JOE Face Color – 06
  6. PAUL & JOE Glistening Eye Colour – 004
  7. CLINIQUE Almost Lipstick – 06 Black Honey
  8. BENEFIT Bad Gal Liner (Waterproof) – Extra Black
  9. BENEFIT Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer
  10. L’OREAL HiP mini eyeshadow brush
  11. Brandless retracter brush for blusher

 

I bought about 15 of the little L’Oreal HiP eyeshadow brushes from someone on eBay. It’s small and fantastic! I carry around 1 but I actually have 4 at home that I use – for different colours.


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How To: Easy Colours for the Hazel Eyes

Have to talk about one of my favourite products – the ALMAY Intense i-Color 03 Trio for Hazels! I got it off eBay (brand new) and you can see what it actually is here.

So here’s a step-by-step of how to use it (extended version ‘cos it’s a Sunday and I have some time to muck around):

Step 1 - L'OREAL Visible Radiance Renewing Gel Toner

Step 1 - L'OREAL Visible Radiance Renewing Gel Toner

Step 2 - BENEFIT That Gal Brightening Face Primer

Step 2 - BENEFIT That Gal Brightening Face Primer

Step 3 - BENEFIT Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer

Step 3 - BENEFIT Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer

Step 4 - MAKE UP STORE Care & Cover (Medium)

Step 4 - MAKE UP STORE Care & Cover (Medium)

Step 5 - URBAN DECAY Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation (Illusion)

Step 5 - URBAN DECAY Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation (Illusion)

Step 6 - ALMAY Intense i-Color (Apply PINK on eyelids)

Step 6 - ALMAY Intense i-Color (Apply PINK on eyelids)

Step 7 - ALMAY Intense i-Color (Apply BEIGE on browbone, under brow area)

Step 7 - ALMAY Intense i-Color (Apply BEIGE on browbone, under brow area)

Step 8 - ALMAY Intense i-Color (Apply BROWN along the crease)

Step 8a - ALMAY Intense i-Color (Apply BROWN along the crease)

Step 8 - ALMAY Intense i-Color (Use a smaller applicator or a Q-Tip to trace your crease)

Step 8b - ALMAY Intense i-Color (Use a smaller applicator or a Q-Tip to trace your crease)

Step 9 - BENEFIT Bad Gal Liner (Extra Black Waterproof)

Step 9 - BENEFIT Bad Gal Liner (Extra Black Waterproof)

Step 10 - Crimp your lashes. Bounce the eyelash curler a few times, jiggle it lightly.

Step 10 - Crimp your lashes. Bounce the eyelash curler a few times, jiggle it lightly.

Step 11 - L'OREAL Volume Shocking Waterproof Mascara

Step 11 - L'OREAL Volume Shocking Waterproof Mascara

Don't forget to do your lower lashes!

Don't forget to do your lower lashes!

Tah dah! Lower lashes done!

Tah dah! Lower lashes done!

Step 12 - COULEUR INC Eyebrow Pencil (Light Brown 02)

Step 12 - COULEUR INC Eyebrow Pencil (Light Brown 02)

Step 13 - ESTEE LAUDER Signature Silky Powder Blush (21 Peach Nuance)

Step 13 - ESTEE LAUDER Signature Silky Powder Blush (21 Peach Nuance)

Step 13 - ESTEE LAUDER Pure Color Crystal Lipstick (305 Crystal Blush)

Step 13 - ESTEE LAUDER Pure Color Crystal Lipstick (305 Crystal Blush)

And that’s how you do your make-up in an unorthodox but a totally who-the-hell-can-tell-anyway method!!!

p/s: Michelle Yeo, this is for you! *wink*


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How To: The difference a little primer and concealer makes

I’ve got 2 minutes to do this before running off so I’ll do the step-by-step in the next post. Here’s a preview though.

Here's a freshly washed face... CLEAN!

Here's a freshly washed face... CLEAN!

After toner and primer... still fresh but better colour, yes?

After toner and primer... still fresh but better colour, yes?

Add a little eye make-up and blusher

Add a little eye make-up and blusher

Some peachy nude lipgloss and we're done!

Some peachy nude lipgloss and we're done!


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Fat-shionista #6

Today’s look…

Eyes

Eyes

  • URBAN DECAY Brow Beater – Brunette Bombshell
  • URBAN DECAY Eyeshadow – Goddess
  • URBAN DECAY Eyeshadow – Uzi
  • PAUL & JOE Glistening Eye Color – 004
  • BENEFIT Bad Gal Liner (Waterproof) – Extra Black
  • MAYBELLINE Intense XXL Volume + Length – Brownish Black
Lips

Lips

  • MAC Heatherette Satin – Hollywood Nights
Earrings - Left Side

Earrings - Left Side

Earrings - Right Side

Earrings - Right Side

Brooch

Brooch

  • Black Plastic Bejewelled Heart-shaped Brooch from Diva

Shoes
Shoes
  • CROCS Prima Ballet Flats – Silver
  • JIBBITZ – Spider Web
  • JIBBITZ – Skull & Crossbones


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How To: Morning Make-up in 5 Minutes!

In the mornings, I like spending as much time as I can sleeping in so my morning routine is quick and breezy. I get up, brush my teeth, hop into the shower, throw on the item nearest to my reach and do my make-up in 5 minutes. I can probably do more if I had more time and put in more effort – but seriously? It’s NOT THAT BAD!

Step 1:

BENEFIT "That Gal" Brightening Face Primer

BENEFIT "That Gal" Brightening Face Primer

Step 2:

BENEFIT Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer

BENEFIT Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer

Step 3:

URBAN DECAY Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation - Illusion

URBAN DECAY Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation - Illusion

Step 4:

URBAN DECAY Eyeshadow - Cherry

URBAN DECAY Eyeshadow - Cherry

Step 5:

SILKYGIRL Natural Brow Pencil - 03 Soft Brown

SILKYGIRL Natural Brow Pencil - 03 Soft Brown

Step 6:

MAC Veluxe Pearl Eye Shadow - Stars 'N' Rockets

MAC Veluxe Pearl Eye Shadow - Stars 'N' Rockets

Step 7:

ESTEE LAUDER Signature Silky Powder Blush - 21 Peach Nuance

ESTEE LAUDER Signature Silky Powder Blush - 21 Peach Nuance

We’re actually almost done. Fingers are your best friends! Make sure you wash your hands before smearing them all over your face. I do actually own an assortment of brushes but I’m not going to spend my precious morning fussing over application when my fingers and the stuff that comes with the product work just fine.

Almost done!!

Almost done!!

Step 8:

MAC Hello Kitty Glaze - Big Bow

MAC Hello Kitty Glaze - Big Bow

And that’s it! If you don’t mind getting by with a look like that – all you need is 5 minutes (or less) in the mornings!

The 5-min Morning Make-Up

The 5-min Morning Make-Up


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My Stuff: Contents of my Make-up Pouch (October 2009)

Stuff in my cosmetics pouch right now

Stuff in my cosmetics pouch right now

Someone gave me this lovely cherry-print cosmetics pouch from Steph & Co. by http://www.stephaniejohnson.com/
I change the contents of my make-up pouch as often as I want to. Though my staples include my eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, concealer and pressed powder. This is just for mobile use and touch ups on the go.
Right now, I have:
  1. MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder – NC25
  2. REVLON new complexion One-Step Compact Makeup – 03 sand beige
  3. COULEUR INC Eyebrow Pencil – Light Brown 02
  4. MAKE UP STORE Care & Cover – Medium
  5. THE BODY SHOP Cheek Blush Blush Creme
  6. ESTEE LAUDER Pure Color Crystal Lipstick – 305 Crystal Blush
  7. PAUL & JOE Glistening Eye Colour – 004
  8. CLINIQUE Almost Lipstick – 06 Black Honey
  9. MAYBELLINE Intense XXL Volume + Length – Brownish Black
  10. BENEFIT Bad Gal Liner (Waterproof) – Extra Black
  11. L’OREAL HiP mini eyeshadow brush
  12. Eyeshadow from Korea, don’t know what brand – Marbled gold and brown flecks

With this, I can amp it up for parties right after work, or do a minor touch-up in the day or even get by spending a night out and waking up in random overnight situations…