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My Stuff: New Beauty-related purchases

Drugstores, beauty shops, make-up counters… I know I’m not the only one. It’s not an addiction. It’s a birth right. The prerogative of being a woman.

The Paul & Joe were from aLT in The Heeren Shops; the MAC stuff from the awesome TANGS Plaza store and the rest from SASA in Marina Square.

October Beauty Buys

October Beauty Buys

1. CETTUA My Bright Face Mate Brightening Patch

– I’ve tried these and I love them because they stick to your face so you can move around.

2. CLARUS Anti Wrinkle Bio Cellulose Eye Patches

– It apparently reduces fine lines & wrinkles, leaves skin around eyes moisturized and tightened. I use a lot of these pre-moistened masks & eye patch things because they are convenient.

3. MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder NC 25

– I swear by this powder for touch-ups. Blends in great with my skin tone and while is sheer, gives great coverage (oxymoron, yes).

4. MAC Studio Tech Foundation NC 25

– I haven’t tried this yet but in the store, the cream to powder foundation literally just melted into my skin. LOVE!

5. PAUL & JOE Face Color (no. 12)

– I previously used no. 06 but this tawny shade was lovely when the aLT counter girl gave me a mini-makeover. Had to buy it.

6. PAUL & JOE Lipstick (no. 17)

– I seldom wear lipstick. Usually just a sheer tint or lipgloss. I want to say it’s an impulse buy but it’s so natural on me I ❤ it!

So what did you buy recently?


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How To: Use highlighters

My BEFORE face... uneven skintone, blotchy redness & dark eye circles

My BEFORE face... uneven skintone, blotchy redness & dark eye circles

I’ve just discovered the use of some shimmery powder things I can use to brighten my face. My methods might be unorthodox – I’m not sure. Is there a prescribed usage to these things? Who cares? I make mine work for me.

Here’s my method

Step1 - Benefit Lemon Aid Eyelid Primer used as a colour-corrector/concealer

Step1 - Benefit Lemon Aid Eyelid Primer used as a colour-corrector/concealer

Step2 - Blend well with fingers

Step2 - Blend well with fingers

Step3 - URBAN DECAY Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation (Illusion)

Step3 - URBAN DECAY Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation (Illusion)

Step4 - Remember to blend well and brush outwards

Step4 - Remember to blend well and brush outwards

Step6 - MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder – NC25

Step6 - MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder – NC25

Step8 - Check to see if you've blended everything... blotchy?

Step8 - Check to see if you've blended everything... blotchy?

Step9 - URBAN DECAY Eye Shadow SELLOUT

Step9 - URBAN DECAY Eye Shadow SELLOUT

Step10 - Swiping my fingers across my nose bridge for some highlighting

Step10 - Swiping my fingers across my nose bridge for some highlighting

Step11 - Using a kabuki brush paint the sparkly bits all over your face

Step11 - Using a kabuki brush paint the sparkly bits all over your face

Step12 - I'm not sure what brand this is. It's Korean & I stole it from my sister

Step12 - I'm not sure what brand this is. It's Korean & I stole it from my sister

Step13 - Check even-ness of application

Step13 - Check even-ness of application

Step14 - See the difference? Brighter right??

Step14 - See the difference? Brighter right??

Step15 - Elizabeth Arden black eyeliner pencil

Step15 - Elizabeth Arden black eyeliner pencil

Step16 - There's make-up but... not really

Step16 - There's make-up but... not really

TAAAAAH DAH!!! My basic face with nose & face highlighters

TAAAAAH DAH!!! My basic face with nose & face highlighters

Well, there’s the question of my uneven eyebrows… but to hell with symmetry!


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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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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…