Bringing out the fierce

Had the opportunity to do makeup and styling on a friend for a portfolio shoot recently and this was my favourite photo from the set:

To be able to turn up the fierce and mysterious factor on someone as sweet and lovely as her was just great!

To see more of my make up work, click here!

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It’s time to blush!

Went a bit manic the other day and got a new stash of blushers to add on to my current ones! Spot the odd one out:

Decided to colour my skin to match the wall decals in my dressing area. And of course, in case you would like a reference in terms of colour :)

With flash:

Just to note, the blushers are layered on pretty thick so the colour would be more obvious in the photos. All of them are sheer enough for light layers if you prefer.

While I’m loving all of them, FACE atelier facade in cha cha is definitely the one I’ll carry around with me on travels. It feels incredibly light, doesn’t require a brush (and I find it much more hygienic this way) and it gives a very nice natural flush!

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Deluxe beauty samples from Bellabox

I will confess – I am a sucker for samples, packaging and nice smells.

It’s been some time since I got a ton of free make up and beauty samples (for spending too much) from Sephora in the States and when I found out about Bellabox, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on awesome samples again!

Bellabox’s first ever October box came recently and receiving a nice box in the mail just made my day. :)

A closer look at the samples within:

(Left to right: Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener, Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid, OPI Avojuice Skin Quenchers in Ginger Lily, Oscar De La Renta Esprit D’Oscar, Twistband)

Now for a review of these babies… (click below to read more!)

Aveda

I’ve always loved all things Aveda and the glossing straightener and smoothing fluid are no different. Aveda strives to increase their use of naturally derived ingredients and you can definitely tell by the unique natural fragrances of their products (which I really like). Hair always comes out feeling soft with shine.

The smoothing fluid feels a bit oily when working it in your hands at first but after smoothing it over hair, it does an excellent job of taming flyaways and giving shine while staying weightless and non-greasy. Definitely using this on my touch-ups on beauty shoots!

Will be testing the glossing straightener on someone else soon since my hair just got straightened…

OPI Avojuice in Ginger Lily

This is flat out amazing. I’m a heavy user of hand creams and Avojuice is incredibly light yet moisturising so it’s perfect for using multiple times daily when you’re out and about. Finally, a hand cream that doesn’t need you to wait several minutes before you can touch anything without greasing it!

The scent of Ginger Lily is my favourite part. I’ve always loved Sweet Pea and similar light, floral scents from Bath and Bodyworks and this is somewhat similar. I think I’ve pretty much gone insane and have used this every time after washing my hands! My rose L’occitane hand cream is now being relegated to night use only…

Esprit D’Oscar

While Esprit D’Oscar does smell quite nice with hints of citrus notes, the musk and tuberose elements are a teeny bit too strong for my liking. For the humidity and heat in this tiny island, I generally prefer sticking to lighter, fresher scents.

The actual bottle is beautiful in true Oscar style though!

Twistband

These feel pretty stretchy although I have to grab a guinea pig with longer hair as mine is currently un-tie-able. Any volunteers…?

This month’s Bellabox made me discover my favourite hand cream and got me reacquainted with my love for Aveda so next month’s subscription is definitely a must. And at S$15 a month, how could you not!!

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Nail colour gets more exciting

As someone who often gets her nails damaged by many hours of stitching, hand work and being plain careless, I’ve generally stayed away from having my fingernails done to avoid the heartache of seeing them damaged within a day or two. (Okay, I know I should try gel soon…)

But after having come across these gorgeous nail polishes, how can anyone resist??

Deborah Lippman is one of the most sought-after manicurists in the world and her collection of nail lacquers are ah-mazing!

My favourite ones for now are ‘Across the Universe’ (left) and ‘I Love the Nightlife’ (right). It’s hard to find gorgeous layered textures in nail polish and I think this is it. 

For those in Singapore, you can get your hands on ‘Across the Universe’ and many other pretty colours at Luxola, a newly opened online luxury cosmetic and skin-care site! Alternatively, Kiss and Makeup in New York offers worldwide flat rate shipping and stocks these lovelies too. Enjoy! 

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Finally organising my make up!

I’ve to confess that I’m not exactly the most organised person and recently the amount of accumulated make up has really gotten to me! Things tend to get really messy doing hair, make up and styling for shoots so I guess I really can’t get away with having different things in many many different places.

Have been searching for a make up case for the longest time but nothing seemed to be perfect – the width and material of the inner tiers, the ability to contain heavy products but still be light enough overall, price, etc. Okay, nothing locally at least. If I were to buy this overseas I’d probably be paying more for shipping than for the case itself.

But today I was determined to find something and be content with it and guess it finally paid off! It’s filled to the brim with stuff but at least it’s organised :)

For those of you looking for make up cases in Singapore, these are some places you can try (sorry for the vague directions cos I didn’t take down the unit numbers!):

  • Far east plaza – quite a few accessories or nail shops have them, you just need to look on top of the shelves.
  • Bugis market – there’s a shop in the centre of the second floor which has a lot but the SA wasn’t the nicest when we went. There’s one on the third floor but only has about two types.
  • People’s Park Complex – this is on the third floor (turn right when you go up the escalators and walk to the end in the centre aisle).
  • People’s Park Centre – Affiliated to the shop at People’s Park Complex, this is called Ivy Cosmetics at #02-29. How do I know? Check out the sign that was on the former shop:

Didn’t mind being redirected a block or two for the day since finally I got what I needed!

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