Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year | A Trip Down Memory Lane


I'm never one for celebrating national day or new year countdown in town or anywhere with lots of people hoping to see a glimpse of the fireworks. I've been there and done that over the past few years, and the squeezing and pushing just keeps me from even thinking about going to the club or orchard to countdown with the rest of the excited Singaporeans. 

Don't get me wrong. I'm super excited about 2014 and I can't wait to see what it has got to offer. This past year has its ups and downs for me, personally. It was honestly not the best beginning I could ask for. My 21st was great. Family and friends gathering to catch up, not forgetting the drinking part. I met someone who would chase my dreams with me and be there whenever I need/ask. And thank god I didn't fail any of my uni paper because that would suck. 

And most of all, I'm starting to do what I love. 

Not many people could understand why I love makeup so much, why I get all passionate about it when others asks, why I'm into taking pictures (of myself, really) and why I couldn't take my mind off it. I remember I was having my exams, studying for my papers, but all I could think about was what I wanted to blog about and the makeup I wanted to play with. So I guess that's when I knew that this was something I want to do, probably for the rest of my life. And I shouldn't care much of what others would think/say about it because this is my life and I choose the way I want to live. So I started my own blog and film videos.

So at the end of the day, taking the first step is difficult but so necessary. Quit being in your little box, step out, be shame-less. Do something you ACTUALLY love doing. 

Love,
Lydia

Monday, December 30, 2013

Dress-ing It Down


It was genuinely challenging to try to dress down this leopard print dress. I had this dress since the beginning of the year and had only wore it once so far. I really love this dress and I didn't want to put it to waste, leaving it in the wardrobe. So I decided quite some time ago that I was going to dress this down for more casual occasions. 



I had to find the right pair of shoes and outerwear to match this dress. I knew that the shoes I picked would have to be slightly casual but at the same time, give me some height. Instead of going for strapy heels, I went with buckled boots. Also, with the military jacket, it definitely tonesdownthr feminity of the dress and have it a little attitude.
 



Here's a couple of shots that I actually seemed happy. :P 



Dress: H&M
Boots: Nasty Gal
Jacket: Bangkok



Saturday, December 28, 2013

Wishlist: Checked

If you guys have seen my November post about the wishlist I had, you wouldn't find this pair of boots unfamiliar.




I fell in love the minute I saw it in the box! I've been kinda obsessing over it since I got it yesterday night. Been wearing it at home whenever I feel like it. It's really comfortable and doesn't feel stiff at all. 


Nasty Gal - Shoe Cult 
Flux Buckled Boot


Friday, December 27, 2013

Cameron Highland

Been away for more than just awhile since my exams are over. I'm taking the advantage that I finally have the time to do the things I love! Being inspired, taking pictures, pairing outfits together, editing photos, blogging, making videos and trying out my eyeshadows palettes to create different look. 

I went to Cameron Highland the day after I finished my exams so there really isn't much time for me to post anything in between. I've never been to CH, call me a country pumpkin. But after this trip, I'm never going there again. The bus ride is sucha killer. We spent more time in the bus than in any other the hotel rooms we stayed in. 

But thank god Jasper is around, he made this trip so much more enjoyable. 

And yes, this is my first lifestyle-ish post. Yeah! 

(I didn't take much photos cuz I was so bummed by the long ride.)

(no I don't wanna take photos. *no makeup)

(just us being goofy)

(we went with a bunch of his cousins. *photobomb)
(#ootd?)

P.S. 
I'm planning a few outfit ideas for the new year so stay tuned! 


Monday, December 16, 2013

Modern Pin Up Girl


When I think of Pin Up Girls, I could only think about Dita Von Teese. She IS the classic Pin Up Girl. Red lips, black eyeliner and of course, a voluptuous silhouette that she's not afraid to flaunt. Pin Up Girls are fun, sexy and confident and I guess that's all a girl could hope for. 

So I decided to give this look a shot since it's really not that difficult to recreate. And I honestly feel inadequate now that I see Dita's photo and mine together. BUT, here's my take on the classic Pin Up Girl look.  


So what do you think?


Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Outfit #2

Alright, this is going to be a short-as-usual post. I'm supposed to be studying for my last exam that's on Wednesday. Supposed. But I'm not. Obviously. :) But I do have a good reason... I finished a paper today and usually I don't like to study after I get back home. I just feel really drained each time I take an exam. You need the 'feel' to memorize all that stuff. You know. If you're a student, I'm sure you 'feel' me. So I kind of gave myself a time-out for today. And start tomorrow. (totally being conversational here)

Back to the outfit today....


Today's outfit is all about this wrap skirt. I guess I was striving for a effortless look, throwing on a knitted crop top and keeping my accessories minimal. The textured pattern on the skirt added more interest to the look and it's definitely appropriate for date nights, retail therapy and of course, Christmas!

I LOVE IT. 



Top: Bangkok
Skirt: Lovebonito.com
Shoes: Aldo
Necklace: MIYOC



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Outfit #1




We only started celebrating for Christmas when my nephew and niece got a little older and knew that Christmas = Presents. It's as simple as that. Everyone in the family had to buy presents for the two kiddos and in turn, my sister and brother-in-law would prepare our presents. It also meant that I would have my feast (free food) at my sister's place. 

But anyways, I'm pretty excited nonetheless cuz I can be a little fancy with my outfit for the occasion :D 


I've been pretty obsesses with pattern skirts this year and this piece is one of my latest finds from H&M. I debated with the angel and devil in my head for awhile before purchasing it. It was retailing for $39.90 and I was skeptically on whether it was really worth it. (But I guess I bought it anyway) 

I have a couple of skirts for H&M with this cut and they really slim down the hips and create this illusion like you weigh a few kilograms lighter that day. I went with gold details just because I love gold and they compliment my skin (so why not?)


Now, who can forget about the makeup? (Definitely not me)
I went with a gentle cut crease with eyeshadows from Urban Decay Naked 2 and I'm totally digging the minimal smokey eye. My boyfriend calls these everyday look - light smoke. You know, not that heavy smokey eye but just, light. :P

So here's a full shot to end this post! 







Wednesday, December 4, 2013

All Matte | Smokey Eye


Matte colors will always be my favorite. There's definitely those days where I feel like trying a different everyday look and not the usual browns. So, it's always good to have a few matte eyeshadows to play with. They're really subtle and more of a understatement to me. So for today's look, I decided to ditch my eyeliner and my browns for my favorite color for a change. 



In an attempt to kind of show you how I create this look. Here's what I used:


This is the palette that I used and it's very similar to the Coastal Scents' Warm Palette. 

1. Crease: I used a Medium Brown color for a great transitioning color. It'll be easier to blend out the hard edges later with this. 
2. Outer Corner: Followed by a Maroon Red color to increase intensity.
3. Outer Corner: I used a Dark Brown color along my eye line for more definition at the outer corner.
4. Inner Corner & Highlight: I used a Peachy color for highlight these two areas.




Saturday, November 30, 2013

Boyfriend Jeans


I love my boyfriend jeans. I could go almost anywhere with a pair like that with a change of shoes. Perhaps Converse shoes for school or errands and a pair of sexy heels for a date night. 

They are really comfortable and definitely not as restricting skinny jeans or short skirts even though they look just as chic. This pair isn't as distressed as other boyfriend jeans might be, it's minimal and appropriate for school and dates. 






Top: Bugis Street
Boyfriend Jeans: Forever 21
Shoes: Gojane.com





Thursday, November 28, 2013

Mad Love



I was thinking of Mad Love by Neon Trees when I was creating this look so this is what it will be called. Definitely a date night look or anywhere you might be going during the evening. I love how it turned out to be - gold all over the lid and dark brown for the outer corners. Classic smokey eye look and that's how I like it. 

Quick Tip: Use a highlight color for your brow bones! It always make the eye color POP! 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Back to School Outfit: Being Cheeky


There's definitely nothing special to this outfit, except for the fact that it's my go-to look for school. I love my comfy pullovers and sweats for a casual day out. It makes me feel cozy, comfy & lazy. I'm all about comfort with a little twist so I had a little polka dots and gold details for this outfit. Hope this gives you a little inspiration on dressing up for school without overdoing it. 


Maybe it's Monday so I really have no mood for any seriousness so there goes this post = cheeky 





Top: H&M
Shorts: Platinum Mall, Bangkok
Necklace: H&M
Watch: Guess







Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Lookbook: Colors




I love my pullovers. They go well with almost any pieces in my wardrobe. For this outfit, I paired my teal pullover with a short skirt that I bought from Bangkok. Being girly isn't really my style, but the skirt definitely makes me feel a little of that. 

I love my teals, maroon and dark blue so this is definitely an outfit that I would wear on any casual day out or to school. Okay, granted that the pullover might take in too much heat for sunny Singapore but just heck it. 






Top: H&M
Skirt: Bangkok
Shoes: Zalora





Monday, November 18, 2013

Burgundy




So my best friend is my best friend. She's Clarinda. Have a tattoo somewhere on her body. (totally badass compared to me) We're practically two peas from the pod and would (maybe) move mountains for each other if we really wanted too. So I asked if she would be my model/guinea pig so I could play with her face and of course she said yes. That's what friends are for. So she came over to my place and we got started straight away. 




With her red hair, I went with reddish brown color on her eyes. Even though she never really put on much eyeshadow on a daily basis, I created a dramatic look since her bangs covered her eyes partially and would only stand out this way. Adding eyeliner is essential to finish off this look. 





Friday, November 15, 2013

Shimmer & Black


It's the prom season for the kids in Singapore and I've been thinking of how I would go to prom (if I could go again). So, if I were to go to prom again, this is how I would do my hair and makeup. 

My makeup technique definitely improved since 5 years ago. *applause

I created this look with my UD Naked palette and honestly, it's pretty challenging to be creative with this palette. So I guess we go for simplicity on this one. 

I went with a simple shimmer shadow using Bootycall for all over the lid and Half Baked for the outer corners. You really can't see the difference here, but the shimmer really brightens the eye. 

To lengthen my eyes and create a softer look, I used Blackout to line my eyes instead of the typical eyeliner. 


Who doesn't love big hair? I used Babyliss Conical Wand to achieve these curls and I absolutely love it. 






Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wishlist: Fashion & Makeup



ZARA MOTORCYCLE JACKET WITH ZIPS
H&M IMITATION LEATHER SKIRT
NASTYGAL SHOE CULT FLUX BUCKLED BOOT
URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTE
SIGMA MR BUNNY ESSENTIAL KIT
URBAN DECAY VICE PALETTE 2 

This wishlist pretty much says it all about my passion. These are the things that gets me excited and gives me butterflies in my stomach (no kidding).

I definitely feel rebellious about the fashion pieces that I picked out. They're not as appreciated in Singapore, given the hot weather and high humidity. They're just not that practical. But you know what? Heck that and just be yourself. 

Makeup will always be my first love and I wanna challenge myself into creating bolder looks on myself and others so these items on my wishlist will help me get there (hopefully).