Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ramblings


My dear reader Boo Boo Ninja (Hey babe) was asking me through one of the comments about how I go started on makeup. It is kind of a difficult post for me to write because honestly I'm quite embarrassed by the pictures I'm posting here. These pictures are at the lowest and highest points of my life. Let me explain and ramble a bit.

I wasn't really into makeup before I gave birth. For an only child who has a low pain threshold, my pregnancy was scary and to be honest a little traumatic. My DS was born one month premature. I had complications and I had to deliver him before he was ready.

Pregnancy was hell on my hormones. I already had adult acne and my pregnancy made it worst. I had acute acne all over my face, chin and back. It continued on after. Do you know how depressing it is to always have painful pimples on your face that never went away. The moment one subsides another two would pop up somewhere.

The first few years of being a mom was both wonderful and over-whelming. It was also the time where I had no confidence at all and looked the worst. I was very unhappy, stressed and depressed. 



One day I just got so sick of the self-pity and depression that I decided I needed to do something for myself. A good friend recommended me a trust worthy dermatologist and I decided to get my acne problem looked into once and for all. I also started an exercise regime for myself. I never looked back.


That was also the period I discovered how makeup can boost a woman's self-confidence and hide flaws. I went out and bought myself a full coverage foundation (I still remember the brand Covermark!) to cover up my acne. It wasn't the best idea then but from then to now I think my makeup decisions and application improved for the better.

So that is how I got interested in makeup.

I look at what I have done throughout these years, I consider myself blessed.

I always believe that you hold the power to change yourself if you really want to. Don't make excuses for yourself. If you want it, go and do it and get it for yourself. Life is way too short to regret the what ifs. If we don't do the things that make us happy, what is life for?


Monday, February 25, 2013

Lipstick organiser


My lipstick storage evolves quite often. I'm a lipstick hoarder so it is inevitable that my lipstick collections gets too big for my storage. I saw this quite some time back at Howards Storage World at Star Vista and I picked up two of them.


I am currently using this for my Chanel lipsticks because they are too small to fit my Burberry ones. Besides I have the most Chanel lipsticks so it is nice to see all of them together neatly arranged.


Aren't they a sight to behold. :)

I would love to hear how you store your lipsticks.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

My red lipstick collection


I wanted to show you my red lipsticks.

You know, I wasn't always in love with red lipsticks. I have full lips and was always worried about how obvious they looked. Red lips was a no no for me because I didn't want people looking at me. When I was younger I lacked self-confidence. I always felt that people were looking at me.

As I mature, I realise that actually no one is looking. I picked up hobbies that build my self-confidence. Makeup for me now is a form of expression. I don't mind experimenting and I realise that hey my full lips is actually suitable for reds and brights. I have not looked back since.

My very first red lipstick was from Chanel called Lune Rousse. It is a deep maroon red. It is the fifth swatch from the right. I still kept it all these years even though I hardly use it anymore.


From left to right: Guerlain Rouge G Gala, Chanel Rouge Allure Passion, Chanel Rouge Allure Byzantine, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Fascinante, Chanel Hydrabase Lune Rousse, Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani 400, Burberry Lip Cover Brick Red, Burberry Lip Cover Velvet Fuchsia Pink, Guerlain Rouge Automatique L'huere Bleure and Estee Lauder Wild Fire. 



From left to right: Guerlain Rouge G Gala, Chanel Rouge Allure Passion, Chanel Rouge Allure Byzantine, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Fascinante and Chanel Hydrabase Lune Rousse


From left to right: Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani 400, Burberry Lip Cover Brick Red, Burberry Lip Cover Velvet Fuchsia Pink, Guerlain Rouge Automatique L'huere Bleure and Estee Lauder Wild Fire. 

The trick with reds is you need to find one that suits your colouring. The wrong red just looks garish. With fuller lips like mine, go for matte versions with a hint of shine. Stay away from glosses or shiny reds because they will only emphasize how thick your lips are.

I always love a good creamy luxe red lipstick. My favourite texture has to be the Burberry Lip Cover Velvets and the Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani.

If you haven't worn a red lipstick before, go ahead try one. You never know how you like it until you tried it.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Guerlain Rouge G Gala swatches and review




I had a chat with Paris from My Women Stuff quite some time back  and inevitably we chatted about our love for red lipsticks. She was talking about how good the Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks especially Garconne was that I had to check them out for myself. I swatched both Garconne and Gala at the DFS and felt that perhaps Gala was more suitable for me.





The lipstick casing for the Rouge G just spells luxury. It is hefty and though a finger print magnet, is a sight to behold when you whip it out for a touch up.


Top: Two swipes Bottom: One swipe


The Rouge G formula is everything I hoped it would be. Creamy with just the right mount of slip. Moisturising as well. I couldn't be happier.

Gala is a blue based red.




It is a costly lipstick because of the packaging but that adds to the allure of it. My advice is to get one at the DFS, that way the pinch you feel isn't as painful.

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Burberry Lip Velvet No. 306 Pink Amber Swatches and Reviews



There is something sophisticated about a matte lipstick. I love them and am glad that beauty brands are coming up with hybrids or better formulas that don't feel drying.

I am a big fan of Burberry lipsticks. I love all three formulas, Lip Covers, Lip Mists and the latest range Lip Velvets. I won two already. Pink Azalea and Fuchsia Pink. If you like opaque lipsticks with omph please check them out.

My advice for those who want to try matte lipsticks is to go for the brighter bolder colours. I just find nude matte lips to look quite unappealing on me. I'm not sure about the rest but I just find bold colours rock in matte formulas.



Pink Amber is a face brightening pink that leans of the warm side. My kinda pink. I love it because it just looks fresh on me.




Face:
Burberry Fresh Glow
Burberry Velvet Foundation
Giorgio Armani Microfil Loose Powder

Cheeks:
Burberry Light Glow in Rose

Eyes:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Suqqu palette EX-10 Hikarikonayuki
Three eye pencil (to be revealed and reviewed soon)
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Waterproof mascara
Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara

Lips:
Burberry Lip Liner in Dusty Rose
Burberry Lip Velvet in Pink Amber







I gladly pay SGD$43 over and over again for a great lipstick. There is something about a luxe lipstick that makes the applying for it feel so pampering and luxurious. 

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Delightful Saturday afternoon with blogger friends and mini haul

The biggest perks that comes out from beauty blogging to me is the many wonderful and beautiful people I get meet. I love meeting fellow bloggers. I had the lovely opportunity to meet all the lovely ladies you see here separately before but never altogether. So when dear Meryl (Memoiselle) suggested a get together yesterday I jumped at the chance. 

On the left, we have Look Nook Hook, Lunaface, myself and on the right we have Memoiselle and Miaka who incidentally lives near me so we are practically neighbours!



So what do beauty bloggers talk about? Everything under the sun. Naturally the conversation always goes back to our one big love, makeup.

We proceeded to Tangs where I bought a Tom Ford palette Sahara Haze. I have been eyeing for a while. I have been a good girl last month, no hauling whatsoever so I thought I needed to reward myself. The best part about makeup shopping with beauty bloggers, everyone is all very supportive and no one ever makes you feel guilty about splurging on a $100 eye shadow quad.



How can I not wear makeup when I meet beauty bloggers right? Here is my simple semi Suqqu look.



Eyes:
NARS Smudeproof Eyeshadow Base
Suqqu eye shadow quad Ex 10 Hikarikonayuki
Stila All Day Waterproof Eyeliner
Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner
Ardell Lashes 108


I deviated from my normal routine of lining the false lash band with black liquid liner before applying it. It was a bad mistake. Trying to line the lash band after I have applied it, is difficult because I missed some parts. In the picture you can see how obvious the transparent lash band is. Lesson learnt. Always line the lash band if it is transparent before you put it on your eye lids.


Lips:
Burberry lip liner Dusty Rose
Suqqu Creamy Glow lipstick No.07 Asasuou


Cheeks:
Daniel Sandler Watercolor blush So Pretty
Suqqu Nuancing Cheeks Ex 02 Akanemizu
Dior Nude Tan Powder 003 Zenith


Base:
Giorgio Armani UV Master Primer
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Giorgio Armani Microfil loose powder


The stuff I used.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Burberry Light Glow Blush No. 03 Rose

Quite some time back I went with dear Luna of Lunaface for a Burberry Holiday 2012 demonstration. The wonderful Larry Yeo was holding court showing us how to get the perfect holiday look with the Burberry quad in Smokey Grey.


We took advantage of the event to get more Burberry goodies. Some items were selling for discounted price of SGD $39 because of the demonstration. Rose and Russet blush were on offer, I was so tempted to get both but I resisted and picked up Rose blush along with another Lip Velvet in Pink Amber.




I love Burberry Light Glow blushes. They are in the same category with the Chanel Joues Contraste. Lovely wearable colours with superb pigmentation. They are one of the most finely milled blushes. The packaging is equally gorgeous. Theses are blushes worthy of hoarding.





Rose is a complexion brightening shade. It is bright and youthful looking, perfect for adding that pop of colour to your complexion. Just remember to use a light hand or a super soft blush brush to apply these.





I am super happy to get this at half price. I don't mind paying full price for these babies.

Ratings: 5+ lipsticks