Friday, 22 August 2014

TUTORIAL • SIMPLE & QUICK EYEBROW TUTORIAL



Hey hey! Since I've been asked a few questions about my eyebrows (how I fill them in, what products I use, etc.) in the last month or two, I decided to film a quick tutorial showing you exactly how I do my eyebrows every day.

I switch the products up every now and then, but a constant that I've been using for months now is Illamasqua's eyebrow powder in the shade "Thunder" in conjunction with Sigma's E65 Small Angle brush.

A general rule of thumb that I heard a few years back regarding eyebrow shades is: if your hair colour is light, go one or two shades darker than your hair colour and if your hair colour is dark, go a shade or two lighter than your hair colour. Conveniently enough, I've found that Illamasqua's brow powder in "Thunder" has been the perfect eyebrow shade for me through several of my hair colours from blonde to brunette to black.

A brow product that I occasionally alternate between with the Illamasqua one is Urban Decay's Brow Box in "Brown Sugar," which comes with two shades, a brush and brow wax. Though the colours are similar to "Thunder," it doesn't match my hair colours as perfectly and doesn't make it into my routine nearly as Illamasqua's brow powder.

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

FIRST DATE TAG!



Hello to all you beautiful people! I decided to do the First Date tag that's been going around recently just to get into the swing of talking to you guys again and also because it's been a while since I did a tag. This was super fun to film, so I hope you guys have fun watching this too!

Questions:
1) How long does it take for you to get ready?

2) What's your idea of a perfect first date?
- Dinner
- Drinks
- Cinema
- Adventurous date

3) What would you gravitate more towards to wear on a date?
- Jeans
- Trousers
- Skirt
- Dress

4) On the date of your choice, what makeup would you wear?
- Girl next door
- Smokey and sexy
- Bold lips
- Brights

5) Your date says you have half an hour to be ready. What do you do?

6) Your date asks for the bill. Do you...
- Offer to pay with real intention to pay
- Make a fake fuss with no intention of paying
- Expect him to pay for it straight away

Do you go out with him again?

7) It's time to say goodbye. You really like your date. Do you...
- Wave
- Hug
- Kiss on the cheek
- Peck on the lips
- Full on smooch



Friday, 15 August 2014

WINTER FAVOURITES '14



Good morning, world (or afternoon, or evening, wherever you are)! Since I haven't tried too many products that I loved in the last few months, I decided to show the few items I do like in a collective Winter favourites video instead of monthly favourites.

Sheer Design Mineral Foundation (shade: Light)
My skin has been going through a bit of a rough patch (ha ha ha...) recently, and whenever my face is the home of a new breakout or something unwelcome, I tend to reach for mineral foundation if any foundation at all. Mineral foundation has more natural ingredients and generally clogs up your pores much less than regular foundations would, so I can achieve some coverage but still let my skin breathe a little. This mineral foundation has done wonders for that and looks ridiculously natural on the skin, so much so that I've been the recipient of many a compliment on my foundation and my skin this Winter (yassss).

As I mention in the video, the only negative thing about this foundation is the possibly messy loose powder form and that the packaging may be a little too bulky, pushing this product out of mind when it comes to travel.

Sigma F50 Duo Fibre Brush
This brush works hand in hand with the Sheer Design Mineral Foundation for super light coverage and easy blending. I find that this brush also works perfectly with the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation (which I reviewed here in my Top 3 Liquid Foundations), making it look much more natural and far less cakey than if I used the Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki brush. 

L'Oreal False Lash Architect 4 Dimension Effect Fibers Mascara
This mascara is smudge-proof and waterproof like no other, WHILE holding my lash curl all day and adding darkness and length. I also love the pretty blue packaging. As I mention in the video, the only downside to this product is that the wand is slightly too big for my eye, making it harder to get into the corner lashes, but this isn't a big problem and it's actually a thinner wand than the L'Oreal False Lash Wings Mascara (which I reviewed here in my previous favourites).

However, if you guys know of an alternative mascara that is equally good, please let me know, since L'Oreal tests on animals and I'd prefer to stop supporting this brand and give another mascara a try!

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Saturday, 5 July 2014

HAIR • HOW I GET VOLUME WITH MY STRAIGHTENER



Having extremely thin hair, the struggle for volume is an eternal one. That's why I go ahead with this effective, albeit damaging, routine almost every morning to quickly get some volume into my locks before I head out the door. It is super simple and remains voluminous all day, which is why I'll continue to fry my hair this way until I figure out a less damaging routine that can give me the same results.

I use this Remington 2-in-1 straightener and curling iron to achieve this, but no matter what heat styling tools you use, applying heat protectant prior is a must. Admittedly, I forget about heat protectant until it's too late most days and I'm sure I'll pay the consequences soon enough when my hair turns to hay.

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Watch my "get ready with me" video for the makeup look I was wearing in this video!


5 PRODUCTS NOT WORTH THE HYPE!


(Watch my "get ready with me" for the look I wore in this video!)

"So many people rave about this! I have to try it!"

Many a time have I had my hopes and dreams shattered by a product that cruelly disappointed me despite other people's raves, so this post is to take a stand and list (in no particular order) the ones that just aren't that great.

Benefit Pore-fessional Face Primer
I know several bloggers and youtubers swear by this primer, so my hopes for this product's performance were sky high only to be stomped on as soon as I tried it. It undoubtedly made my skin feel smoother than a baby's butt, but a little certainly didn't go a long way for me, nor did it make my foundation last longer or look any different. In Australia, this primer retails for AUD$50, so for the price, this product was a definite disappointment.

Butter London Nail Foundation Base Coat
I'm a girl who does my nails every week, so a good base coat is a necessity. Countless reviews that I'd read had claimed that this product smooths out any ridges, protects the nails from chipping and staining and not only works great as a base coat, but can be used alone as a nude nail colour as well. NONE OF THE ABOVE WERE TRUE. Well, at least for me. The colour was far too yellow to be a nice nude nail polish alone, the application was streaky and difficult to get even and the brush was too long. After a couple of bad experiences with this I decided to continue using it to give it another chance - a decision that was cut short by the product drying shortly after opening.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
This is probably my favourite out of the 5 products mentioned in this post, however while I do like the way it looks on my skin, there are several problems with this as well, the first of which being this product's colour range. The entire colour range is quite limited and even the lightest shade is slightly too dark for me. Secondly, while the formula looks nice, it has a very wet finish and MUST be set with quite a substantial amount of powder. I do, however, recommend this if you are able to find your perfect shade in this and aren't bothered by the extra step of setting with a powder.

Milani Liquif'eye Metallic Eye Pencil
This product was a huge disappointment, considering how many product raves surrounded this eye pencil. This pencil broke very easily and was very difficult to sharpen. It definitely is as dark, soft and creamy as everyone had said, but also tends to smudge everywhere into a huge black mess. Smokey eyes are great, raccoon eyes are not.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
This mascara was also a disappointment. The packaging promotes that it is smudge-proof, but my experience assures me that it isn't. The wand is also too large, making it quite difficult to work with, particularly around the inner corners and lower lashes. Not only that, but the formula is extremely wet, making the application process a very messy one. In its defence, it does add considerable length and volume to the lashes, but the wetness of the formula weighs the lashes down and doesn't hold curl whatsoever and is too difficult to work with for my eye shape.

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Saturday, 31 May 2014

TUTORIAL: HOW TO PERFECTLY WING EYELINER



Calligraphy is not my strong suit, but if there's one thing I can do with a brush, it's winged eyeliner. After receiving several comments on my eyeliner recently, I decided to share with you step-by-step how I achieve the blackness around my eyes (besides dark circles) that is my usual winged eyeliner.

For this particular tutorial I used the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner, which is one of my favourite eyeliners to date. Check my May Favourites post (here) for my review of it!

I have hooded eyelids myself, however, since it's so simple, this method should also work well for those who have monolids with no folds and/or deeper set eyes.

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CLOSET CONFIDENTIAL TAG!



Here's another tag video! This one was so much fun and a nice reminder to myself of what I have in my closet...and of how much money I spent on some of my clothes.

Here are the questions if you want to do the tag as well!

1. What is the oldest item in your closet?
A rhinestone studded top that my grandmother gave me years and years ago

2.What is the newest item in your closet?
A statement-making pair of huge round sunglasses with silver hardware!

3. What is the most expensive item?
Either my Trippen boots, which were ~$450, or my denim coat, which was ~enough to make me cry.

4. What's the biggest bang for your buck?
A black singlet I got from Supre.

5. What was the biggest bargain?
Probably my Tony Bianco sandals, which I snatched up in a "3 for $100" sale.

6. What's an item everyone hates, but you love?
I can't think of a particular item, but it seems to be universally taboo to wear loose fitting clothes on the top and the bottom simultaneously, which is a silhouette I rock the hell out of almost every day.

7. What was the biggest waste of money?
An extremely ill fitting cobalt blue bralet...

8. Show us your 3 favourite items!
My burnt orange cardigan (shown in the video), Jeffrey Campbell red Tardy's and my Dailylook velvet lace-up heels.

What I'm wearing in the speaking portions:
Top from Supre
Sienna cardigan from Nasty Gal
Revlon Lip Butter in "Red Velvet"

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

MY SHOE COLLECTION



My shoe collection is a baby one in comparison to some other girls, but a couple of you had voiced that you wanted to see my shoe collection, so here it is - my shoe collection in under 2 minutes. In the struggles of packing luggage, a few pairs of shoes had to be tragically (but temporarily) abandoned back in Hong Kong, so not every single pair of my shoes is shown in this video, but it's a good 90% of my baby collection so far!

N.B. It's been a while since I've conjured up a photo post on this blog, as recently I've been focusing a little more on videos. I'll still be writing photo posts here and there, but much more sparsely than before. Let me know if you preferred the days of just photo posts and want more photo posts in between the videos!

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Thursday, 22 May 2014

STYLE • DISTRESSED BOYFRIEND JEANS


Boyfriend jeans are everywhere lately, particularly those distressed to the point of cutouts. Distressed as they are, this pair of jeans is one of the most controversial items in my closet - people either love them or hate them, but regardless, I've styled them in 3 different outfits to show you guys.

Outfit #1
This is an outfit I would wear for a night out of drinks with girlfriends or events of similar nature. I find that the fluffy cardigan dresses the jeans up and adds a slightly more glamorous look to the outfit. I particularly like to juxtapose the jeans' relaxed, casual style with the more dressy, chic style of pointed heels.

Black top from Supre
Cardigan from K-Style Me
Modified Levi's jeans
Pyramid necklace from Amelia & Stone
Velvet lace-up heels from Dailylook

Outfit #2
This getup is one I would sport almost anywhere, from a dinner date to a mall hangout to a coffee shop. Similar to the first outfit, I've contrasted the torn denim against something more polished and refined - in this case, the clean and simple lines of the coat. Since there's quite a bit of look going on, I swapped the pointed heels out for a chunky ankle boot to compliment the rather chunky aspects throughout the entire outfit.

Black top from Supre
Contrast coat from ASOS
Modified Levi's jeans
Pyramid necklace from Amelia & Stone
Ankle booties from Zara

Outfit #3
This is the most casual of the 3 outfits shown and is one that I would wear just to run some errands or to other laid back settings. Since the sweater and jeans are both quite oversized basics, I decided to still keep the lines of the outfit interesting by tucking one side of the sweater in to create an asymmetrical hemline.

Sweater from Sportsgirl
Modified Levi's jeans
Pyramid necklace from Amelia & Stone
Ankle booties from Zara

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

ELSA INSPIRED MAKEUP (DISNEY'S FROZEN)



Disney's recent movie Frozen has brought a freshness to the Disney movie realm. Traditionally, Disney's princesses have needed true love to break free of whatever terrible fate is upon them, something the characters in Frozen also need. However, this movie spun things a little differently when the act of true love turned out to be love for family more than anything else, something that bumped Frozen right up to my new favourite Disney movie. Well, that and the fact that Elsa looks BANGIN' once she decides to "let it go."

In homage to how completely Elsa blew the other Disney princesses out of the water and how perfect she looks from hair to makeup to outfit, I decided to do a dramatic (but still somewhat wearable) Elsa inspired makeup look. It's completely optional to add false lashes after the makeup is done (which I didn't show in the video), but I would recommend it if you want to add the extra drama.

Hope you guys enjoyed this! Let me know what you guys think, and as always, here's a list of everything I used to create this look!

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in "Medium Ivory"
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in "Fair Clair"
Illamasqua Eye Brow Cake in "Thunder"
Calvin Klein plum cream eyeshadow
NYX eyeshadow in "Walnut Bronze"
NYX eyeshadow in "Rust"
Urban Decay eyeshadow in "Tease"
Gorgeous Cosmetics eyeshadow in "Dune"
Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner
L'Oréal False Lash Wings Waterproof Mascara
Chanel Jouex Contraste Blush in "#65 Espiegle"
Laura Mercier Powder Blush in "Rose Bloom"
Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in "#120 Vivacious"
Estee Lauder Pure Color Shimmer Gloss in "#30 Racy Raspberry"

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