Friday, February 28, 2014

Shu Uemura Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil Review

  • Price: AU$ 36/150ml, AU$ 96/450ml 
  • Availability: Shu Uemura counters in selected David Jones
  • Skintype: Combination/oily
  • Pros: Great makeup remover/cleanser even for long lasting waterproof mascara, has pore-clarifying /refining benefits
  • Cons: Can't think of any!

I have been using this cleansing oil for a while and in fact, I'm on my second bottle now so I figured it is about time it gets a review!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel Review

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (AUD 53 for 250ml) Recommended for all skin conditions. A soap-free, foaming gel designed to thoroughly remove excess oils and impurities without drying the skin. Contains no artificial fragrance or color.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Spring is here! (3 Ways to wear MAC Morange Lipstick)

Here's a makeup look I put together featuring 3 ways of wearing MAC Morange, a bright orange lipstick. I have a strange obsession with orange lips. I think orange is a less glamorous version of red, it appeals to me more because it looks more playful and... energetic? I don't know. I just love it but sometimes it takes me LOTS of guts to wear this bad boy out.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Photography Makeup

Omg it's been a while!

School has been occupying me for most of the time but good news is I'm almost done with the course now. What's next? A holiday back at home in Malaysia of course! I'm so looking forward to it.

Today I just wanna share something I did in school. It was an elective unit I decided to do instead of Spa. I joined the makeup students for a while for Photography Makeup :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

3 FOTDs: Green, Taupe, Blue

For the first look, I used a green eyeshadow from Inglot, Pearl 414. It is a dark teal-ish green, a very straight forward colour but beautiful still.

I did a subtle smokey eye look. Only used the green (414), a black, a brown to blend and define my socket, and a frosty champagne colour to highlight.

No blush, only contoured my cheeks. No lip products too, because my lips were in terribly chapped condition at that point. Urgh.

2nd look is a revisit. I was trying to remember how I did this look, intending to do a tutorial of it because I actually did promise to do a tutorial but never got around to doing it. Not very happy with the outcome. Not happy with the blending, and the amount of fall out I had is not even funny. My cheeks were like 2 disco balls.

I love women who can pull off middle parting (hair), it just looks so sexy and feminine. I unfortunately, look horrible with middle parting period. By the way, the lipstick is MAC Siss.

3rd look, navy smokey eye using some eyeshadows from the Sleek original palette, and the Wet & Wild Pride palette. This smokey eye is a lot more intense than the first one, in my opinion, which I very much prefer. I was going out for fancy dinner with some friends so I decided to add some false lashes. Yes, I do wear falsies now! I used to hate it because I suck at applying (still suck at it) but I'm getting the hang of it. It's the finished look that kept me going on with false lashes... it just pulls everything together.

This is not the way I usually do my base makeup, it's a lot heavier but I'm addicted to the flawless looking skin!

Nothing on the cheeks, lots of contouring shade, lips are MAC Creme de Nude.

That's it for this time. Have a good day and thanks for reading! x

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Random Eye Makeup Looks

Lately I'm back in the mood to play around with eyeshadows again. By playing around, I mean testing out different eyeshadows (mostly bright/bold colours), sometimes creating soft looks, sometimes dramatic... depending on what I feel like. Its just a way to practice application and blending and see what works because I absolutely hate screwing up my eye makeup when I'm 10 minutes to heading out! True story...

Also, it's a great way to draw inspiration from the experiments. The look may or may not work out beautifully, either way I still learn from it.

Anyway, since it's only me playing around, it's not an actual finished or perfected look. Some may not even have eyeliner/mascara because I usually do this before I clean my face for bedtime.

Wet & Wild Greed
I've been trying to figure out how to make full use of the Wet & Wild Greed palette, using most of the shadows in one look. It has a lovely lavenderish silver with gold specks, which I really wanted it to stand out.

Arabic Inspired
Strong brows and strong eyes. Pretty self-explanatory. By the way if anyone's wondering, that's not a stye (or whatever eye disorder) in my lower lashline. It's a nevus, or a mole that I was born with. I'm sorry if it looks a little disturbing. It does bother me sometimes which explains why I usually don't do close-up shots on this eye but this time, I had to because the other eye had another makeup look which you'll see below.

Grass Green
Bold eyeshadows excite me, period. Especially matte ones like this green.

Ivory and Sea Blue
Sorry for the blurry picture. This look reminds me of a scene which I shall leave it to another post. Full look/tutorial, hopefully :)

Till then, thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend! x

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Salon Melbourne 2012 and updates

Visited Salon Melbourne - Victoria's hair and beauty event for salon professionals. Mainly traders promoting different brands and products used in the industry. It was my first time being in a beauty exhibition like this and I have to say it was quite a great experience and exposure. I did not know what to expect so did not haul much. Mainly because it's the end of the month, I'm not working so I was quite broke to be hauling! Lol. Anyhow I did not plan on getting anything huge because like I've said, I did not know what to expect.

There's a really big booth with NYX products but it was a shame that there were not many available testers. And to make it worse, some of the NEW products were not sealed properly. Almost every new product was 'used'. You could see that it's tested by somebody. Imagine lipsticks...
There was a counter, Media Makeup selling Make Up For Ever and they have the 12 Flash Color Case that I've been wanting for ages. It was selling at $95 at the expo, still way over my budget. Oh well, that can wait. But it's good to know there is a stockist here in Australia.

Lots of nail booths but I am not huge on nails. Maybe when I start my own business I'll look into it. Lots of hair, obviously. My friend got some hair extensions for $40 which I thought was a good deal. Quite a bit of tanning, health & fitness, spa & wellness booths. There were only 3 waxing companies with huge booths - Mancine, Caron and Lycon. Others were quite insignificant. Only a couple of companies doing beauty furnitures, equipments and tools.

Got some lashes from Lash Republic which apparently, all of their lashes are handmade. Not sure how true it is but the lashes do look like they're of good quality. They retail for $25 but in the expo they were $6 each, or 10 for $50. My friends and I shared and I picked 3.

Then I spotted Crown Brushes. They're now in Australia and unfortunately they only have an online store. I regretted not getting more brushes while they're there when I get to actually see, touch, and feel the brushes in person because shopping online for brushes can be quite tricky. I picked up a crease brush, 2 mini chisels - a smudger and a detailer. They're soooo tiny, which I love. I've been looking for tiny detail brushes for the longest time. They're really precise and most importantly, not scratchy. I've tried the crease brush and I really like it too! Perfect size, density and softness.

I've heard of Crown Brushes for a while now but never got around to looking into it. I think the quality is pretty decent for the price. Very affordable, perfect for anyone starting out with makeup.

That's about it for Salon Melbourne. I can't wait for next year, I think I'll make better use of it once I finish my studies and be qualified. Then all the products, equipments and tools might be something I need.

School has been quite hectic now that I'm always down in the salon. I come home feeling completely exhausted almost everyday. But good news is I've passed my manicure, pedicure, basic facial and body massage units in school. Technically, I'm a semi-qualified therapist in all that! :) I still have many more to go but I am quite determined to get everything done ASAP. I can't wait to finish and get out and earn some moolah.