Lip Balm, Lipstick, or Lipgloss? Find All Of That In The Lancome L’Absolu Creme De Brilliance Lipgloss

Like many ladies out there, I am confident of answering, if a stranger walks up to me and asks “What lip product do you have in your bag?”.

I’d say the Estee Lauder Lip Conditioner SPF15 (I bring this everywhere I go), and then easily 1 or 2 lipglosses.

I am not a lipstick kind of girl; I’ve tried Sephora, NYX, Stage, Rimmel, L’Oreal, many more, but they just don’t become favorites as easily as lipglosses.

In fact, I’m not a lip product person at all. I’ll do the whole lip conditioner, sometimes lip pencil, then lipgloss routine when I’m done with my face and eye makeup, and that’ll be the only time I’ll be seen with anything on my lips for the rest of the day.

Asian-Specific Shades

I don’t know, but why can’t we just have all the shades, huh? I own 2 of the 6 Asian-specific shades – Rose Nu and Rose Grenat.

Rose Nu 06

Rose Grenat 395

Left:  Rose Nu; Right: Rose Grenat


Eyeshadow Tutorials for Asian Eyes Part 2: Vertical Gradient Method

(Update 10 Mar 2012: All ‘horizontal’ terms in this post have been changed to ‘vertical’. Please read this post for clarification. :))

Hey guys! I’m so happy the first installment of this series (Where to Apply Eyeshadow) was so well received! Thank you all for your support! 😀

In the second installment of the Eyeshadow Tutorials for Asian Eyes series, we discuss the Vertical Gradient Method of eyeshadow application.

The Vertical Gradient Method is widely used on Asian models I often see in Japanese, Taiwanese, or any other magazines that showcase Asian models.

While there are no rules when it comes to makeup, the Vertical Gradient Method is one easy method of eye makeup application, and looks great on people with limited lid space, have heavily hooded eyelids, or have monolids.

The Vertical Gradient Method is basically dividing the lid horizontally, most commonly into 3 sections and with the darkest color placed nearest to the eyelashes.

In my opinion, why the Vertical Gradient Method is not as popular among Caucasians is because having just one color on the bigger lid space will not bring out the contours of the Caucasian eye as much as having more colors and defining their Crease.

On the other hand, the Vertical Gradient Method looks polished and sophisticated on many Asians because the lower position of the Fold and non-coincidence with the Orbital Rim creates a smooth canvas for color gradation. Monolids or heavy hooded lids will benefit the most from this eyeshadow application method.


Winners for Giveaway: Best Makeup Brush Cleanser Daiso Detergent

Thank you everyone for participating in the giveaway!

And here are the 3 lucky winners who have each won 2 bottles of the Daiso makeup brush cleanser!


  • Giveaway will end 23 October 2011 at 12:01am EST
  • Up to 7 entries per person
  • This contest is open to all users where legal
  • 3 eligible winners will be randomly selected after contest closes
  • Results will be announced within 48 hours of the giveaway
  • Winners have up to 48 hours to respond
  • If winner fails to claim within 48 hours, an alternative winner may be selected


Teigh, Diana Nguyen, Sarah, I will contact you guys for your address soon!



Bun Bun & Juli

Simple Eye Makeup Tutorial Using MAC Gorgeous Gold and Stage Poison on the Eyelid

It’s the weekend! Yippeee!!

Some day this week I put together a look that required just 2 colors on the eyelid. I usually use at least 3 colors on the eye – on the Contour Area to diffuse a strong color, on the Outer V to create an accent, or just multiple colors on the lid itself.

But on that fateful day I just thought of using these 2 colors – MAC Gorgeous Gold (really gorgeous duo-toned eyeshadow that reflects gold and green) and Stage Poison (an electrifying shimmery blue that looks great applied subtly and built upon).


MAC Studio Fix Foundation NC25 Review – For Great Coverage and Convenience!

Before I started using liquid foundation, it was compact powders all the way. They are easy to apply, great for travel, and most brands carry them. Mid-way, I switched to mineral foundation having heard all the good stuff about it. I tried the Bare Escentuals Mineral Foundation but my skin didn’t react well too it. So I went back to compacts and one of my favorites was the MAC Studio Fix.

I liked it so much I went out to get a backup, way before the first one panned out. When something’s that good, you just wanna use it forever, right? =DDD

Evens Out Skin Tone

I have under eye circles, redness around the nose, uneven skin tone aplenty. The MAC Studio Fix Foundation does quite a good job in drastically reducing all these imperfections. It does not hide hideous acne well on its own though.


Eyeshadow Tutorials for Asian Eyes Part 1: Where to Apply Eyeshadow

Hi-ho-and-a-merry-oh, everyone!

Haven’t blogged for a week coz I’ve been working on a series called Eyeshadow Tutorials for Asian Eyes. Man! It was a lot of work but I’m really pleased with the outcome. I hope this series can help more Asians better understand their eye shape and those who have Asian clients!

In this 1st installment of the Eyeshadow Tutorials for Asian Eyes series, we take a look at where to place eye makeup on the Asian eye.

When I first started out, I had no idea where or how to place eyeshadow. My eye makeup efforts were previously limited to eyeliner and mascara and sometimes, just a light dab of ONE eyeshadow color.

When I purchased my first eyeshadow quad, I was lost.


I had no idea the eye could be divided into so many parts – lid, crease, contour, highlight, etc.

I had no idea that there are so many ways to shape the eye, combine colors, or use colors to emphasize or recede certain parts of the eye.

Google and Youtube, of course, presented me with tutorials and eye charts from their wealth of resources, but most of them were limited to the Caucasian eye.

It took me quite long to understand that I cannot copy the Western way of applying eyeshadow because one of the most prominent differences between an Asian and Caucasian eye is the ‘crease’, or rather, lack of.

If you haven’t already checked out my post on the differences between the Caucasian and Asian eye, please do. It will definitely help you understand this post better too!

You would realize by now, if you have read the post mentioned above, that while the Crease of the Caucasian eye coincides with the Orbital Rim, the Crease of the Asian eye merely defines the Fold of the eyelid. If you have a Fold, it means you have double eyelids – prominent or hooded.

It is the fact that the Orbital Rim and Fold of the eye do not overlap that characterizes the Asian eye, and not the stereotypical slanted eye shape.

In half of the world’s Asian population, there is complete absence of a Fold. For the remaining half who possess a Fold, the Fold commonly does not coincide with the Orbital Rim.

I am very proud to be Asian, and it is my wish to help as many girls out there to understand the Asian eye better and apply the most flattering eye makeup for their own eye shape and contour.

Here is, finally, my own eye shadow placement chart to share with Asians who want to understand how and where to apply eye makeup better.

This chart would also be useful to help makeup artists understand how eye makeup looks can be better applied on Asians.

The chart is based on my own eye – large, round, with prominent double eyelids, and does not coincide with the Contour Area. I throw in tips for monolids and hooded lids as well!

The placement of eyeshadows can vary for different looks, but here is the basic breakdown of parts of the eye.

I included pictures for every part of the eye instead of having just one complete picture with all the different parts outlined, simply because I always find it troublesome to read and refer to only one picture at the top all the time. Took me many hours to draw the outlines, but the result is definitely worth the effort. I’m sure you will find it more straightforward to understand too!


Now let’s get started!