Sunday, October 15, 2017

Colourpop Liquid Lipstick Swatches #2


Back with another swatch post and this time - it's liquid lipsticks from Colourpop! Woohoo~

The first swatch post I did on Colourpop was about a year and a half ago and as much as I've loved the colours that I'd gotten the first time round, I wasn't that impressed with the formulae. The formulae was thick and drying on the skin. And that was the reason why I sort of steered away from it and went on to try out the Kylie Jenner's Liquid Lipsticks. 

Check out the first swatch post here - Colourpop Liquid Lipstick Swatches #1

After a year and half, I definitely feel that the formulae has improved and texture is definitely more consistency across the different shades they offer. My favorite formula is the Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick - they have a nice sheen to the color, it's not a moisturizing lip product but definitely not drying as well.


Calypso - Ultra Satin
Echo Park - Ultra Satin
Fresh Cut - Ultra Matte: Even though it's a matte formula, I don't find it drying on the lip. 


Speed Dial - Ultra Matte
Mama - Ultra Matte
Love Bug - Ultra Matte

Out of these three colours, Mama and Love Bug is more drying on the lips. If you don't moisturise your lips well before application, it might look patchy after a while. You can see in my swatch that it looked patchy on the right end of the swatch. 

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The light shades are my favorites in my collection, I usually carry them in my bag for easy retouch and they go with any makeup look! 



Friday, October 13, 2017

September Beauty Favorites!


September had been a month of testing numerous liquid foundations, wear tests on work days, crazy obsessed with some products and ultimate no-go for others. And because I'm still trying out the products I recently got, I'm not yet ready to call them out as my favorites yet. 

We do have 5 products worth mentioning for the month of September though. 

1. Fenty Beauty Pro Filter Liquid Foundation - 250

I'm calling this my Favorite Liquid Foundation of 2017 right here after using it for 3 weeks. YAS! Hey, mind you, I'm currently trying out at least 4 liquid foundations (including Fenty) for the past month and this had won the race amongst high-end brands like NARS, DIOR & Estee Lauder. (I'll share more on those liquid foundations soon i promise) 

I have combination skin these days - oily T-Zone and dryness along my jawline. I didn't have an issue with this liquid foundation looking bad on me anyways - this is pretty much why I enjoyed this foundation so much! 

2. Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Pencil

I've loved the Elf Eye Brow Kit since my poly days and I've stayed true and loyal to it for a long, long time. But recently, I've been a convert to no-fuss eyebrow pencil which gave me as much precision as a angled eyebrow brush (on its own). In fact, I have more good brows days since I started using the Etude House Eye Brow Pencil. Wohoo! (pumping the air) 

3. Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner - Brown

This is what I call an oldie but a goodie. This had always been in my makeup drawer for a while, it wasn't until I lost my black eyeliner that I took this out to use. I have oily eyelids and this is possibly the only drugstore eyeliner that doesn't smudge and photocopy another line on my upper lids. Gurls, you know what I'm talking about. Sending major love notes to Rimmel for this! 

4. Colourpop Single Eyeshadow - Sea Stars (Light Brown)

This color may seemed a little too light for my medium skintone babes out there, but rest assured! This color is buildable to an intense dark brown (surprisingly) and you can definitely create a 1-eyeshadow look with this color. You can sprinkle a little pink shimmer eyeshadow for a girly too!

5. Colourpop Single Eyeshadow -Top Notch (Dark Brown) 

I mainly use this to intensify the color on the outer corner of my eyes. The great thing about Colourpop's eyeshadows is that they are really pigmented and less is more when you blend. Lurve~

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Lookbook | Make Me Blush


25 years old and still experimenting different styles and pushing my limits. I like it. 

Okay fine. Haha. Honestly there isn't a need to start this post with my age but I just had to. 😂 Sometimes I secretly (not anymore) tell myself - I would never want to lose this interest of dressing up even when it feels like I'm too old for that shit. Cuz feeling is different from being and I still wanna be interested and passionated about the things I love to do. And having Jasper to encourage me to keep doing what I love, e.g. shopping, with the most sincere face really does cheer me up and make a difference in how I should feel about myself. 

Not sure where that came from but I just think it's really important to be you and to feel good about it. 😉💫


This dress really did it to make me feel insecure with my arms. I didn't know I was insecure until I put on this dress. 😂 But I kid you not, after I got this dress, I got really motivated to workout rn. 




Dress from Asos.com

Monday, October 2, 2017

Lookbook | Slogan Tee Woohoo!


Yes you guessed it. I'm currently obsessed with slogan tees! 

I'm in the process of hoarding a bunch of slogan tees on asos.com and Taobao, thank you very much. 😂 I'm starting to think that they are my kind of statement piece in the wardrobe? A little attitude, sometimes sarcasm but understated. You know. 😂😏

I got this "Female Feminist" tee on ASOS and I really liked it! The apparels that ASOS carries go out of stock so quickly every single time honestly, who can keep up. By the time I make a decision to buy it, my size 8 has already went oos, and I got a size 10 instead. But it works for me, I like my tee loose rather than fitting. 

Can I also just point out that I'm a really slow decision maker when it comes to buying clothes online? I mean buying makeup is different, there's no size, just colors and it makes carting out a lot easier - hence the usual/casual impulse purchases WHICH nonetheless I still make full use of them. Okay? (just had to put it out there. 😛)

But when it comes to buying clothes on ASOS or TB, I can take months to complete one purchase. You can ask my friends about it. We'll be texting about clothes and I'll be grumbling that I still haven't got that pair of shoes I wanted (and still in my cart) since July. No kidding. 

Oops, feeling a little long-winded today. 





Top: ASOS omg it's oos, but you can search 'slogan t-shirt' for more options!
Jeans: Topshop

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A unglam shot to end the post. Hehe. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Weekly Feature | Colourpop Yes Please Palette Swatches


After doing this swatch post, I've officially concluded that it's a skill that not many possess and definitely takes practice to perfect the swatches. Even though I'm quite satisfied with the swatches I did, I still think that it could be better. 

Nonetheless, my priority for these swatches is that the color must be as close as what I see in real life. So there you go...


I'm really impressed with the pressed shadows. Honestly. I have a couple of their Super Shock Shadows and thought these can't possible beat it but I over the past few weeks that I've had the Yes Please Palette, I've had so much use out of it!

The pressed shadows are pigmented and blends easily with either a eyeshadow brush/fingers. I do prefer to apply the shimmery colors like Bling, Butter Coke & Chauffeur with my ring finger. I find that I get a better color payoff that way. 

The matte shadows are my lurve! I pretty much have all the colors I want in one palette - corals, mauve-y red, browns and the occasional shimmery colors! 💘




Disclaimer: Again the lighting varies from photo to photo in order to truly reflect their colors. 💁

Friday, September 22, 2017

Weekly Feature | Is tea tree oil good for acne?


Is tea tree oil good for acne? 

Tea tree oil provides excellent skin treatment, especially for oily and acne-prone skin. Various studies have shown that tea tree oil is as effective as the commercially used benzoyl peroxide to reduce acne.

1.       Tea tree oil consists of antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds that act effectively against the bacteria that cause acne breakouts.
2.       This essential oil can penetrate deep into the skin and helps to unblock the sebaceous glands. This unclogs the pores, thus disinfecting them and reducing acne.
3.       It also works as a solvent as it removes dust and grease easily and protects the skin from oxidative stress. (Read more here)

I’m really excited to start a new series on my blog called Product Feature! I'll be posting every Fridays so keep a lookout for product features of my latest finds! 

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The New Zealand road trip has obviously inspired me in many ways and one of them is to bring life to my blog again! It’s kind of been a journey where I resuscitate this blog every other month with a flash of words or photos and deadline it again. So hopefully, with a weekly product feature, I can keep it pulsing steadily.

Having read the use of Tea Tree Oil above, I want to dive into a short story on how I got started with trying out tea tree oil. Surprisingly (not), I started applying it only during the New Zealand trip. I had forgotten to pack my trusty OXY5 for my acne-prone skin and my skin had been reacting to the change of environment when we arrived in New Zealand. Such a bummer.

Anyways, I went to their pharmacy hoping to look find OXY aka Benzoyl Peroxide to curb my pimples. The range of skincare is shockingly minimal unlike what we have here in Singapore. Then I saw the bottle of Tea Tree Oil on the shelves and I vaguely remember that it was another alternative to treat pimples. So I purchased it and tried it on my skin.



This is the TTO that I purchased at New Zealand, a quick google search will direct you to their official website, Amazon to buy the products and reviews of others who have tried it. 
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On the road

I applied it after applying toner and nothing else on the first night to test if my skin was allergic to it. I was really pleased that my pimple bumps visibly subsided and redness also reduced overnight!

I continued to apply religiously through the week while I was in New Zealand and guess what, my face seemed a lot calmer with fewer/no visible pimples bulging on the surface!

Back in Singapore

There’s no doubt that I wanted to incorporate TTO to my skincare routine when I’m back home.
So here’s the sequence of my current routine.



1. LUSH Tea Tree Oil Toner Water
2. Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil
3. Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet
4. Wild Fern's Manuka Honey Eye Serum


Things to note:
  • Over-applying the TTO on problem area could result in overall dehydration of your skin, causing the skin to peel/flake
  • Apply sparingly after toning, followed by other skincare products like moisturizer
  • Since it’s have antiseptic properties, I like to use it as a skincare barrier BEFORE putting on makeup. (toner, TTO, moisturizer, sunscreen then makeup) 

Monday, September 18, 2017

It's a good thing we like to take photos


It's not easy building a relationship from scratch, to share and get to know and to walk the different journeys with someone else. Meeting the other person on the halfway mark seems easier said than done. And it takes practice.

No one ever got it right the first time – how to manage difference in values and opinions, how to skilfully avoid misunderstanding using the right words in the right tone. It really takes time and communication and of course patience to be in a committed relationship.

Sounds like I had a rough 4-year relationship with Jasper looking at the intro. Haha. I don’t! I was just thinking back on the 4 years we spent together and that's one of those few things I learnt. 

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It’s a good thing we like to take photos. Making this collage was pretty easy, I just had to look back to my old Instagram photos to retrieve the selfies based on the time stamps and viola! A milestone collage! :D

We were at different seasons of our lives whether we know it or not, and these past four years has truly been fruitful. From driving him to camp to him driving me to and back from work, or from spending most of our time together through the week to being adults where we spend our time (proportionately haha) hanging out with friends separately.

Right now, I feel like we know what exactly we value in life as a couple and also what we seek out individually, for him perhaps – career and for me – quality time with family.
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To best days ahead.
Happy 27th Birthday Love!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Lookbook | Frilly dress


Can you believe it?! This is really my first truly girly dress I own! Hmm, I’m usually a jean and shirt kind of girl. Friends who hang out with me regularly would know. I don’t deviate much from that except special occasions like a wedding dinner – which means super rare. 😂

Yes I got it from Taobao! This isn’t the first dress I got from Taobao and honestly it’s usually a hit-or-miss. I meant like okay, it’s kind of a duh-thing - if it’s not a hit or miss then what else Lydia? But knowing my body shape, I tend to stir away from buying clothes online in any case, so it's really rare when a dress or top fits nicely on my body. 

On my lips: Kylie Jenner Liquid Lipstick - Posie K 
Earring: 6mm Silver Hoops
Heel: Black Stilettos from Nastygal.com 














Friday, September 15, 2017

Weekly Feature: Colourpop No Filter Concealer



Concealers are such an essential to any makeup routine. I feel that concealer is one of the most versatile products in any makeup kit. Depending on the consistency of the concealers, you could use it to spot correct, even out skintone or highlight your face/eyebrows and you could also use it as a foundation!
Enough is never enough. 😂

I’ve got a huge stash of concealers in my collection (guilty as charged) and I have to say though, I used most of them on a pretty regular basis just because I like to switch things up in my makeup routine.
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Colourpop introduced their No Filter Concealer back in August (if not earlier) on their Instagram and created so much interest in the beauty community! I, myself was really excited and can I say – jumpy over the fact that they are launching CONCEALERS! It was snatched so quickly during the launch and I didn’t have the chance to join in the fun of camping in front of the computer screen and hawking the Colourpop webpage.

But nonetheless, I believe on their first restock, I jumped on the bandwagon and got Fair, Light & Medium. Unfortunately, they got my order mixed up. I ended up with 1 Fair shade and 2 Medium shade.

Claims
  1. Blendable
  2. Full Coverage
  3. Matte
  4. Creaseproof

Service Recovery

I emailed them regarding this, hoping for them to send the Light shade but they replied with a $6 coupon code. To be honest, I’d rather they send me the product. With the $6 coupon code, I’d have to spend at least $50USD for free international shipping…

Swatch




Review:

  1. Blendable: Blendable with a beauty sponge for me undereyes
  2. Full Coverage: Great coverage for dark circles (see previous post for my no makeup selfie), light to medium coverage for hyperpigmentations.
  3. Matte: Definitely matte, but oxidises rather quickly to a shade darker
  4. Creaseproof: I haven’t had creasing under my eyes using this product. I do make sure I use an eye cream before application and also a pressed/loose powder to set my eyes and face.
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I used it today as my undereyes concealer and loving it! 💛




Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Colourpop Haul!

Can it just be a photo spam? 😂 

Product List at the end of the page. 


Single Pressed Shadow – Sea Stars, Top Notch, Stay Golden, Two Piece






Yes Please Palette
No Filter Concealer – Light / Medium
Single Pressed Shadow – Sea Stars, Top Notch, Stay Golden, Two Piece
Liquid Lipstick – Fresh Cut, Speed Dial, Echo Park
Super Shock Highlighter – Lunch Money
Pressed Powder Bronzer – CA Dreaming

Super Shock Shadow – Beverly, Frisky, Cornelius

Friday, September 8, 2017

August Beauty Favorites!


August was such a memorable month! I went to New Zealand with Jasper, got engaged there, came back and went to Bintan! 💓 I don't switch up my makeup routine that much on the daily but August had just been a nice break from the daily routine (going to work - coming home) and try new things!

From left to right:

1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation - 6.0
    Review & Demo Video - https://goo.gl/vEUcVy 

2. NARS All-Day Luminous Weightless Foundation - Punjab
    Apologies, I also talked about this in my previous post.
    If you're interested, link is here - Reviews on NARS & LUSH

3. NARS Radiance Primer (sample size)
    This was a sample given by DFS NARS for purchasing at least 3 NARS items. As the name of the     product calls it - it work as a radiance primer to create the natural glow to the skin. I really enjoyed     it for that purpose, especially on my cheek bones. It gives the skin that Korean makeup glow and         also makes applying powder highlighter rather effortless.  

4. Colourpop Yes Please Palette
    I've been digging coral eye makeup for a long while before Colourpop came out with this palette         and you know I had to have it! The eyeshadows are really pigmented, blends well and had great         color payoff!



5. NARS Soft Matte Creamy Concealer - Custard 
    Talked about this in my previous post as well.
    Check it here - Reviews on NARS & LUSH

6. MAC Matte Blush - Coppertone 
    I've never been a blush girl, thought it's a little too girlish for me.
    Coppertone is definitely a good beginner blush, not as pigmented as usual pressed powder (which       makes application a lot easier to handle).  It's a subtle mauvy pink, understated kind of blush               color that makes it look natural on medium-tan skintone like mine.
    Did I describe the color well? 😉

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

New Zealand Haul | Reviews on NARS & LUSH


I felt slightly hustled after coming back from New Zealand because of the long haul (10 hours, long enough for me), tiredness from the trip and the impending church camp (which is now over). I haven’t got the time to post the content that I intended – makes me sad sometimes!

Coming back on subject –

I bought most of the makeup products from Duty Free Singapore (DFS) and a few skincare products from New Zealand. I was surprised by the lack of variety in the beauty department in New Zealand. :(

It’s kind of a thing I do whenever I travel, to keep a lookout for beauty products that are not available in Singapore but New Zealand has far less than what Singapore is carrying. Nonetheless, I came back to Singapore with quite a bit of products. (hehe)

 Hmm, I think I will share more on the products that I’ve been using and really loving for this post. Otherwise, this is going to be a really long read.

NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation
Shade: Punjab

I’ve tried this perhaps a few years back. I really enjoyed for its (truly) weightless feel on the skin as well as the amazing coverage that doesn’t seem possible given the consistency.

It has a really watery consistency and dries down to a semi-matte finish. As for the longevity, I wore this to camp for games days. It lasted quite well under the intense hot weather and massive sweating! But that’s pretty extreme, for a normal work day in Singapore, I’d say it will look pretty darn good by end day.

LUSH Mask of Magnaminty

Again, tried this before a few years back, can’t quite remember how it used to work on me. But I’ve been religiously using it since I came back from the trip and even brought it along with me for my camp.

I usually breakout whenever I travel, so I learnt to take preventive measures to calm my face. One of it is to bring this mask of course. I feel like the camp was the best time to test this product out, since I was wearing makeup the entire day under intense hot sun with outdoor activities and sweating profusely from time to time. (#details!)

Point being: I think the mask worked really well at keeping pimples at bay. My skin felt really clean with the mask working into my pores, getting rid of the impurities. No breakouts during and after camp! Yeah! 10 points!

Do you want to read more reviews?

NARS Soft Matte Cream Concealer
Shade: Custard

I have officially incorporated this concealer into my current makeup routine. Even though it’s too light for my skin right now. I apply this over my hyper pigmented scars BEFORE foundation. Something I rarely do but only because the shade is too light for me. Absolutely creamy and amazing full coverage!

Wouldn’t recommend for under eyes as it tends to crease but overall a great creamy concealer for spot correcting! 

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That's about it for this post. Will share more reviews soon!


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Review: The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG


Reduces Appearance of Eye Contour Pigmentation and of Puffiness
This light-textured formula contains an extremely high 5% concentration of caffeine, supplemented with highly-purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves. Independent studies have shown that topical use of each of caffeine and EGCG can help reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour. Additional studies have shown that caffeine can also reduce the appearance of cellulite. The Ordinary Website

EGCG (EpigalloCatechin Gallate) is one of green tea most active molecule. It is well known to have one of the most powerful free radical scavenging among phytochemicals, and possesses anti-inflammatory action on the skin, and most importantly has an inhibitory action on collagenase, thereby preventing wrinkles formation. 
  
$6.70 USD on beautylish.com,  $12.93 SGD on asos.com

·         Targets puffy eyes
·         Aims to reduce redness and dark shadows
·         Lightweight texture
·         Highly concentrated solution
·         Developed with green-tea leaves
·         Massage under eye in the morning and evening
·         Presented in UV-protected packaging
·         Size: 30ml


Common causes of dark circles under the eyes include:

  • Heredity. Dark circles under the eyes can appear in childhood, and are often an inherited trait. Some children will outgrow them, but others will not.
  • Allergies. Nasal congestion can dilate the blood vessels that drain from the area around your eyes, causing them to darken.
  • Sleep deprivation is the most common cause, and the easiest to prevent, but …
  • Oversleeping can also cause dark eye circles.
  • Stress
  • As we get older, our skin becomes thinner.
  • Iron deficiency can prevent the blood from carrying sufficient oxygen to eye tissues.

Review

I’ve had dark circles for as long as I can remember and I’m pretty sure I had it since before I was 10 years old. Yes, that young and no, I’m not exaggerating. So it was pretty clear that I inherited the dark circles from my parents (specifically my mum 😉).

Having said that, I’m not depressed by it or anything. Nothing a little concealer can’t help right. Even when I’m not wearing any makeup, I feel totally 'normal-looking' with my dark circles. 

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So I was on Youtube back in June, browsing through new videos and chanced upon reviews on The Ordinary Skincare. They have an extensive line of skincare products that targets various skin issues with no frills, no gimmicks, just active ingredients working for you – kind of concept.

Immediately I was curious about the brand because I’m all for no frills, just give me what works. To cut the long story short, I bought a bunch of products to try. Honestly I haven’t got around into trying all of them because it’s not ideal to switch up your skincare routine 180 degrees without knowing what exactly works and what doesn’t.

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Just for today, I want to talk a little bit more about the Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG.
I had been religiously using the Caffeine Solution for my undereyes since late June when I received it in the mail and it wasn’t after my New Zealand Road Trip that I realised that my dark circles has visibly diminished quite a fair bit!

Consistency:         Light-weight
Texture:                 Liquid form, non-sticky
Does it affect makeup application? No. 



*I didnt have a photo that shows my circles before the application but the 2016 shot is pretty much where I was. 

Needless to say, I was super excited about the result and can’t wait to share with you!

Left: Photo from November 2016
Right: Photo from August 2017

2016: Dark circles shaped like an inverted semi-circle
2017: 3 months of consistent use of the product, my dark circles faded to more of an inverted triangle shape

I am impressed! 😍



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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

#16 Purple Smokey Eyes



Managed to film and edit this look under 5 minutes. Hopefully the video doesn't feel too rushed. 

Can I just say this is probably the first look that turned out so well?! This is definitely one look that I really surprised myself with after looking through the photos!

Products Used: 
💜 Kat Von D Eye Contour Quad - Plum
💜 INGLOT Eyeshadow Trio - 102
💜 Colourpop Liquid Lipstick - Calypso