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10 Make-up Essentials for your 30s

After many years of misusing cosmetics and abusing my purse strings, I’ve come to refine my make-up routine and accepted the school of less is more. I used to experiment with colours and do lots of crazy things with wild eyeshadows and super bright (read green) eyeliner even to work. Eventually, my office look became a pared down 5-minute morning thing because you know… It’s the morning! I’d keep extra make-up in my drawers at work for occasions that required more of me.

I don’t think that expensive make-up is necessarily better all the time and I don’t think it’s important to load your face with too much junk. Let it breathe!!! It’ll thank you! Also, I don’t like clutter, so having 10 types of concealers, 15 tubes of mascara, 20 lipsticks etc just seems kinda excessive to me.

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As I approach my 40s, I accept that my eyelids are a bit droopier, my double chins are never going away and I’ll never have baby smooth skin again. While I am not against cosmetic surgery, I feel like it’s not necessary just yet.

So what then?

Here is my list of 10 essential items to improve on the canvas nature has provided:

1. CC cream or BB cream with SPF
In lieu of foundation which I think is unnecessary for most people on most days, I think a CC (complexion corrector) or BB (blemish balm) cream will do just to even out skintone. Your own skin will still shine through and it’ll look more natural. It won’t cover all your flaws but you don’t want to cover everything, including the “good parts” of your skin.

2. Concealer
What the CC or BB cream didn’t cover, this will. This goes over and not under. Use sparingly. Mostly under eyes and parts where you have blemishes – like last week’s zit scars. Beware of being over zealous with the application as it will show up fine lines through caking!

3. Loose powder or light compact powder
Not a 2-way cake, please! Those are way to cakey and belong in the 80s! Just something light and sheer to help set your make-up after you’ve put it on and also for touch-ups when there’s shine. I prefer a compact powder because of the convenience even though other people think loose powder with a big brush gives a more natural finish.

4. A natural blusher
Depending on your skin colour and undertones, don’t pick something too bright or bronzy. While the contouring thing is popular now, unless you want to spend time blending different shades, stick with the colour closest to when your cheeks are flushed – not how you think you want your cheeks to look when they are flushed or how a colour looks on another person’s cheeks.

5. Neutral coloured eyeshadow
Again this depends on your natural skin colour and can range from ivory to peach to browns. It should be a few shades lighter than the skin on the rest of your face and when dusted over your eyelids, will help your eyeliner stay and your eyes look more alert!

6 & 7. Eyeliner and Mascara
I think that with age, our eyes tend not to be as perky and bright as before. While not absolute, the eyeliner and mascara combo when sparingly used, enhances the peepers by defining them. Also when eyeliner is not used in conjunction with a mascara, I see gaps at the lash line and it irritates me. I like it seamless and I always go with black for both!

8. Eyebrow pencil, shadow or gel
Choose a shade slightly lighter than your hair colour. Defined brows pull together a look but watch those arches! Don’t go too thin or too extreme! I prefer a pencil because of better control though a gel is supposed to be more natural.

9. Highlighter
Instead of some crazy 10-brush, 3 tone shading and contouring kit, I use a very simple technique – just sparkly white eyeshadow applied with my pinky finger in 3 areas. I dab and blend (with a clean finger) in the inner corners of my eyelids, the bridge of my nose and a small triangle between the outer corner of my cheekbones and under my eyes.

10. Tinted lip balm
I don’t wear lipstick everyday. When I do, I lean towards a bright orangey red and richly pigmented pinks. On regular days though, I want a hint of colour so that I don’t look sickly. Pick a colour that is similar to when your lips burn from eating spicy food. Trust me, it works! A lip balm is great even for humid climates because with age, the fine lines on your lips start getting deeper so this is the best time to get into the habit of gently exfoliating and nourishing it to keep them puckers supple!

What do you normally use in your everyday make-up routine? What gives your face that glow without looking too made-up?


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Buy SEPHORA online through ZALORA Singapore now!

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Hey Singapore pals! Gone are the days where you have to stock up at your overseas Sephora store! I know that their signature black & white stores have hit the shores of Singapore a while now but guess what? You can now shop Sephora online through your favourite multi-label Singapore-based website, Zalora!

I used to love going into stores and touching the merchandise, testing it out and all. But once that’s done, I save the hassle by buying online. It gives me the freedom to buy something I already know I want, without contending with queues and travelling to an actual, physical store. Have you ever gone to a store only to find out that they do not have physical stocks of the items you want? ARGH! How annoying! Also, online shopping these days come with the perks of user reviews. Instead of going to a store, looking at the advertising copy on the product and second-guessing its actual benefits, I would much rather click on the product listing in the comfort of my seat/bed at home, search for user reviews and hit ADD TO CART!

And if you need more reasons to check out Sephora at Zalora, how about easy returns and free local shipping for orders over SGD40? Forget expensive and complex international shipping!


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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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The 3rd WASTEDFASHION blogaversary Giveaway

*EDIT: Ended!

This is another giveaway and it’s in conjunction with my 3rd blogaversary happening on 15th October 2012! Just like my birthday giveaway, I hope that on 15th October, I’ll be able to do a post of the winners WITH their prizes (my birthday is next Thursday, 13th September and I’m still waiting for my 5 winners from the previous giveaway to send me the photos).

This giveaway starts NOW! And will close when I have 15 participants. The final 3 winners will be picked via an online randomiser and results will be screen-captured and posted here.

To participate, you should:

1) Be a wastedfashion reader

2) LIKE my Facebook Fan Page (Please indicate below in the comments if your Facebook name is different)

3) Follow me on Twitter (Please indicate below in the comments if your twitter ID is different)

4) Leave a comment below to indicate that you’d like to participate.

I will leave a comment after yours to let you know if you’ve completed the above requirements accurately and whether you’re officially in the lucky draw or not.

If you win, please send me a photo of YOU & the prizes you’ve received before 15th October 2012. It’s that simple!

*EDIT: I’ve just amended the rules a little to accomodate other readers. Leaving a comment gives you 1 chance, following me on Twitter & Facebook gives you 1 additional chance each. So if you do all 3, your name will be put into the lucky draw 3 times. I just want everyone to have a little fun 🙂

The items in the above photos have all been packed into 3 random boxes – there are cosmetics box sets and accessories included. All are brand new and unused.

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Good luck and have fun!


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My Stuff: Living Conditions

My stuff is everywhere. I’m not really a collector if anything (except maybe stamps, no kidding) yet I have so so so so much stuff! I just spent yesterday afternoon trying to tidy my room and I think I might’ve stressed my joints too much. Ended up with mild inflammation that still hurt like a bitch.

I’m a grown woman in my mid-30s and I’ve just started house hunting. If I can’t even manage the upkeep of a bedroom, I can’t imagine what my future home is going to be like! So 3 weeks ago, I embarked on a shopping ban and also started selling my stuff online. I’ve given away 2 bags in June during a Freecycling event but these other stuff I still really can’t bear to part with them.

I have since thrown away most of my Uni textbooks, from my BA, PGDE and MA. Not sure why I kept so many shitty essays and outdated books but I was quite unwilling to see them dumped. I kept all my Lit novels, some printed readings and the nicer handwritten lecture notes for keepsake. The rest were mercilessly culled. Also threw out a lot of very pretty and unused but definitely expired skincare and cosmetics. I am such an incorrigible hoarder that I only am halfway through!

So anyway, some parts of my room are now clear of clutter. Half my bookshelves are tidy. I have a clean and spacious vanity table -YAY! And there’s actually space next to my bed to yoga again!

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Bad news is… My bags and accessories are in a big mess and quite frankly still overflowing despite giving away and selling about 50pcs in the last few weeks. Also, I still have about 2 boxes of winter clothes I haven’t yet looked at AND I have a hanging rack full of another 30-40pcs of regular clothes (that I really still want but have no space for). The aim now is to get rid of the boxes, dismantle the hanging rack and narrow down to 100pc of accessories in the next 8 weeks!

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My Stuff: Living Conditions

My stuff is everywhere. I’m not really a collector if anything (except maybe stamps, no kidding) yet I have so so so so much stuff! I just spent yesterday afternoon trying to tidy my room and I think I might’ve stressed my joints too much. Ended up with mild inflammation that still hurt like a bitch.

I’m a grown woman in my mid-30s and I’ve just started house hunting. If I can’t even manage the upkeep of a bedroom, I can’t imagine what my future home is going to be like! So 3 weeks ago, I embarked on a shopping ban and also started selling my stuff online. I’ve given away 2 bags in June during a Freecycling event but these other stuff I still really can’t bear to part with them.

I have since thrown away most of my Uni textbooks, from my BA, PGDE and MA. Not sure why I kept so many shitty essays and outdated books but I was quite unwilling to see them dumped. I kept all my Lit novels, some printed readings and the nicer handwritten lecture notes for keepsake. The rest were mercilessly culled. Also threw out a lot of very pretty and unused but definitely expired skincare and cosmetics. I am such an incorrigible hoarder that I only am halfway through!

So anyway, some parts of my room are now clear of clutter. Half my bookshelves are tidy. I have a clean and spacious vanity table -YAY! And there’s actually space next to my bed to yoga again!

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Bad news is… My bags and accessories are in a big mess and quite frankly still overflowing despite giving away and selling about 50pcs in the last few weeks. Also, I still have about 2 boxes of winter clothes I haven’t yet looked at AND I have a hanging rack full of another 30-40pcs of regular clothes (that I really still want but have no space for). The aim now is to get rid of the boxes, dismantle the hanging rack and narrow down to 100pc of accessories in the next 8 weeks!

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Singapore Expo Bargains

After yesterday’s trip, I went back to Singapore Expo with my 2 sisters this morning. We went to the L’Oreal Warehouse Sale, the Penguin Books Warehouse Sale and the Sports & Fitness Expo. My youngest sister zoomed in on the chick lit books at $3 each and ended up buying a ton of them.

Here’re most of our combined purchases

The sum of 3 sisters grabbing a bargain

The sum of 3 sisters grabbing a bargain

I couldn’t resist and picked out more books. This time, my youngest sister picked up the tab… mwahahahaha! I had a $3 limit for most of my purchases but I couldn’t help but “SPLASH OUT” S$8 for The Widows of Eastwick by John Updike.

My Day 2 purchases from the Penguin Books Warehouse Sale

My Day 2 purchases from the Penguin Books Warehouse Sale

I stumbled onto the L’Oreal Warehouse Sale by accident yesterday when I went to Singapore Expo with Natalie, Tamares and Sharon during our lunch break. I told my sisters about it and after some research by my younger sister who checked out bloggers who’ve already done the sale, she gave it her stamp of approval.

Good deals! We bought quite a number of things to last us the next 6 months. Seeing that we share most of our things (including toiletries in the 2 bathrooms), I’d say we’re on the winning side of economies of scale!

All of these are my picks - though most will be shared

All of these are my picks - though most will be shared

1. Garnier hair dye – 2 for S$10

2. L’oreal Feria hair dye – 2 for S$15

3. Visible Results face mask – S$10 for 1 box

4. Maybelline Mousse blush pots – 2 for S$10

5. L’oreal Make-up cleansing cloths – S$10 for a pack of 40 sheets

6. L’oreal Shocking Volume mascara – S$10 for 1

7. Maybelline nail polish remover – S$5 for 1 bottle

8. L’oreal mineral make-up – S$10 for 2

9. Garnier body scrub – S$10 for 2

10. Garnier facial wash – S$10 for 2 (bundled with freebie)

11. L’oreal Elseve shampoo (travel size) – S$1 for 1

Other than that, I bought 3 pairs of socks for $10 from the New Balance booth at the Sports & Fitness Expo right next door. My youngest sister scored a really good pair of black sneakers for $40 and some running tops/t-shirts.


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Fat-shionista #12

I was the walking personifcation of the doldrums for the last few days because things at home are really grey. I thank my friends for keeping up the conversations while I was practically ignoring everyone else. Luanne and Pearlyn encouraged me to put some colours on – inspired by Lilli of Frocks & Frou Frou, I made an attempt today. I’m a walking rainbow today and these pictures are courtesy of Pearlyn’s patience with the ogre in me for the last few days.

I couldn’t decide which picture (thanks Pearl for taking a ton of them), so I’m putting up 3.

Call me Rainbow Brite

Call me Rainbow Brite

Note the fake smile

Note the fake smile

I may be brightly coloured but I am really shy

I may be brightly coloured but I am really shy

What I’m wearing today:

Dress: Lime green summer dress with stripes from GAP

Cardigan: Black cropped cardigan from WAREHOUSE

Accessories: Fake Anna Sui plastic ring in Neon Pink from somewhereonthestreetsofBangkok

Shoes: Pink, gold and black flats from somewhereonthestreetsofBangkok

 

Special thanks to Luanne who reminded me that eyeliner is my friend and cheered me on to doll up!

 

edit: I’ve been asked several times where I got the dress from – it’s from GAP but not from the shops. I got it 2nd hand, it belonged to someone else and has been worn before (not immediately of course). It could’ve been from several past seasons, I really have no idea.

 

 


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My Stuff: Make-up Removers

I like wearing make-up and on most days, my eyes are really made up with the full works – mascara, eyeshadow and eyeliner. Removing make-up is a chore. I share a bathroom with 1 of my sisters and thankfully, she’s a cosmestics and skincare product freak. If it were left up to me, I’ll buy the cheapest thing on sale and depend on it. I’m not particular about facial scrubs or wash but I do have a few favourite products that I actually do stock up on my own.

In a previous post, I mentioned the L’Oreal Visible Radiance Renewing Gel Toner. I like this product because a) I need a toner for my oily combination skin b) Gel toners are great as they are not harsh on aging skin c) it’s not expensive at all!!

The other stuff I like and are within my budget are:

  • Kao Biore – Biore Cleansing Oil
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Biore Cleansing Oil

Just squirt some into your hands, rub it all over your face, wash off with water. Then finish with facial wash. Great for full make-up days.

  • Boots – Essentials Fragrance Free Eye Make up Remover Pads

These round little discs help remove waterproof eye make-up well. Press one against your eye lid, gently wiggle it over your eye and wipe over your lashes. Unfortunately, I’ve run out of them and I’ll have to wait till someone buys them for me from Thailand or England (or wherever there’s BOOTS).

  • Kao Biore – Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Sheets
Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Sheets (Regular Pack)

Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Sheets (Regular Pack)

They come in several different packaging. A pack of 10 sheets – convenient for travelling; and a big utility pack of  48 sheets. I buy the utility size refills as I already have the nice box to pull it out of. This is great for those lighter make-up days. Just wipe your entire face with it, then cleanse with a normal facial wash.


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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