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Channelling Different Looks With Different Lip Colors: Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks & Lip Lacquer Review

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It’s amazing what a shade of lipstick can do to a woman.

Different lip colors bring out a different side of me, each makes me FEEL like a different version of me. Pink makes me feel fresh and carefree, nude makes me feel glam and dangerous, coral makes me feel spontaneous and fun, red makes me feel bold and in control, berry makes me feel grown up and sophisticated. Being a woman means being given the opportunity to express our styles through the colors we wear on our lips. To me, it matters less what clothes we wear compared to what we wear on our lips.

I had some fun trying out the shades from the new Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick and Ultra HD™ Lip Lacquer lines and here are some looks I created.

‘The woman’ means what I imagine myself to be when I’m wearing that look. Heehee.

Look 1: Sweet Pink

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Mood of the day: Fresh. Flirty. Playful.

The woman: She is girly, feminine, and believes in love and romance. Sometimes quirky, always curious about new things, and has a positive energy towards life.

Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick: Orchid (A bubblegum pink, leans cool, with no shimmer)

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Above is Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick: Orchid layered with Revlon Ultra HD™ Lip Lacquer: Petalite (A coral-pink, with slight gold shimmer. Has a creamy, milky look)

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Revlon Ultra HD™ Lip Lacquer: Pink Ruby (A bright hot pink with cool undertones and silver sparkles). This is the shade Emma Stone wears in the poster!

Look 2: Feisty Red

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Mood of the day: Bold. Sexy. In control

The woman: Has a successful career and a well-respected figure in her social circles. She is smart, charismatic, never panics in situations, and takes charge of her own life. She knows how to have a good time, and owns a yacht on which she hosts elaborate champagne parties.

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My First Video Makeup Tutorial: For Eczema & Psoriasis

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“Where can I find your makeup tutorial videos?”

That would be the most popular question I’ve received in my blogging career.

Each time, I’ve had to politely reply that I do not have any, simply because I am unable to handle the nurturing of another social media channel on top of what I currently manage – Blog, Instagram, Facebook.

Truth is — I AM SHY. SHY. SHY. No, really! You can’t say I’m a natural at this. XD

Perhaps I’ve grown older and my hide has become thicker HAHAHA, and but also since I’ve received a lot of requests on how I’ve been taking care of my skin and the products I use to cover my blemises after the terrible facial scare, that I decided,

“If not now,

Then when?”

So I made the first step forward and here’s my VERY FIRST MAKEUP TUTORIAL ON VIDEO!

AAAHHHHHH!!!

Excuse me if my presentation looks too amateur-ish, I tried not to look too much at my script but I kept forgetting my lines (yes, I composed a SCRIPT). And my eyes kept darting all over the place. @_@ LOL!

Alright, now enjoy! 😀

Apart from the updates about my recovery journey from the facial incident, I also wrote a detailed post on my updated current skincare regime.

Well, apart from wanting to take a baby step forward to start appearing in moving visual images, another reason I did this was because I feel strongly for people who suffer from skin conditions like eczema, melasma, rosacea, and psoriasis. I HAVE THEM TOO. Not all at once and not all of them –  thankfully – but I do suffer from a few and understand how they (YOU) feel.

Of course, this post is not only for people who suffer from skin conditions, it is also for those who do not.

I used to literally have goosebumps when I see people with a skin condition. I’d think to myself ‘Why doesn’t she see a skin doctor?’, ‘Why would anyone leave the house like that?’.

But I have learnt there could be plenty of reasons why people look… well, different. Remember that people with skin conditions didn’t chose to look like that, they were born this way.

Although the severity of a skin condition changes over time, it is a lifelong condition. A lack of public understanding about skin conditions causes many sufferers to feel isolated and ostracized. If you do a search on the Internet, there are many home remedies, but these are often not proven so just be wary of them. I would advise you to seek professional help, like I did.

Some Skin Conditions

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The skin conditions I’ve shown here are NOT CONTAGIOUS and sufferers CAN lead fulfilling lives. We just need to be more understanding and supportive and make them feel more welcome in society.

 

6_With Wand_120Makeup Tip: Just because you have a skin condition doesn’t mean that you should stay completely away from makeup. Don’t be afraid to try new things, but be more aware of what we put on our face and body. Check the ingredient list, expiry date and if you can, test it on other parts of your body first.

So remember, you CAN be beautiful even with a skin condition. :)

 

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Woman To Man Makeup Tutorial For Nuffnang 007 Birthday Bash

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The long weekend has arrived! WOOHOO! Was just lying on my bed reflecting on what has happened the past 7 months and I’m truly grateful for the many opportunities that have come my way.

Then I realized that I haven’t wrote about the fun we had at Nuffnang Birthday Bash 007 which was in FEBRUARY. Bahahaha!!

I always love dressing up for occasions, and better UN-pretty than pretty, because you know, it’s hard to beat pretty. Lol.

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Got the old school red plastic piggybank from a neighborhood shop, they’re so rare these days! And the pirated nerf gun was specially chosen by Mr Mode. After the event he brought it home to play.

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Smirk It

First, practise the smirk. HAHAHA! The middle one was the one I used the most for the night. I don’t know why, but that’s how I’d smirk if I were a guy~. Heh.

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Sideburns, The More The Merrier

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The sideburns were the hardest to get right! >.<

I set the base with black/grey eyeshadow first, but it looked one dimensional and too gentle, so I used crayon eyeliner. It was tough finding the right eyeliner coz if it’s too creamy, it would smudge too well and look too soft. If it’s too dry, it would be impossible to smudge at all, and the strokes would look too harsh.

I even resorted to using mascara to replicate hair in the last picture. But that idea was scraped coz it didn’t work out quite as expected.

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Step-By-Step Makeup Tutorial: How To Conceal Bruise With Makeup

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On my Dayre Day 108 – 18 Apr 2014 (bruise more obvious here: Day 112) , I shared with you guys how I woke up in the middle of the night, suffered a brutal knock on my left eye against the concrete window ledge, bled like mad, suffered a major headache, thought nothing much of it and went back to sleep. LOL.

For the next few days I had a swollen eye and bruise, the next few weeks I still had the bruise, and now…… there’s a scar. :(

It didn’t look serious enough to me, but my nurse friend saw it and told me to quickly go to the hospital. Apparently, it was quite a deep cut and the doctors told me because of the delay, there would be SCARRING. It sucks to have to deal with an unsightly scar, bu I’m grateful it was the eyelid and not the EYEBALL. That’s why I’m giving back by making this tutorial. Lol.

This was how I looked probably one week after the incident. You can see the yellow-brown circling the socket of the injured left eye.

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I’ll do my best to include links to where to find the products so that you don’t have to do the hunting. :)

Prepping

The Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB is my super favorite makeup base that I use almost everyday, except when I’m testing out a new product or just switching things up for a bit.

For bases, I prefer to apply with duo fiber brushes. Seen here is the Hakuhodo J544.

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Alternatives:

 

If you use powder foundation, apply concealer BEFORE. If you use liquid foundation, apply concealer AFTER.

I’m a liquid foundation kind of girl, so it’s always foundation first, then concealer. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation gives amazing coverage and has great lasting power, but it’s precisely because it gives such a flawless finish that I don’t use it too often.

Foundations that I like:

 

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Concealing

This is the Make Up Store Cover All Mix Concealer which I like to use to cover very dark eye circles, or in this case, a bad bruise. Note that it is very dry and can be difficult to blend with the fingers. Not a top choice when you are in a rush.

I much prefer to use brushes and the Sigma F70 has been a longtime favorite and workhorse.

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Apply the salmon shade on the blue/purple areas.

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Other concealers with good coverage that I like:

 

Then use a more emollient concealer on the centre to ‘move’ the drier concealer, best if it has a brightening effect as well. I used Benefit Fake Up Concealer in 01 Light here.

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Step-By-Step Latin Ballroom Stage Makeup Tutorial

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Of course, you know that this look is not confined to the perimeters of Latin Ballroom Dancing, right? I just entitled this post ‘Step-By-Step Latin Ballroom Stage Makeup Tutorial‘ because, well, this was my look for my very first Latin Ballroom performance! 😀

I photographed the steps for this look on the second day of a 2-day show as the check-in time was later for the second day. First day was a mad rush! Had to check in early in the morning for stage runs and rehearsals.

One reason for making a detailed tutorial for this look was because it really isn’t a complicated look. I completed my own makeup within 30 minutes (35 minutes, tops? I didn’t time myself but it didn’t feel very long) and if you were to follow through the steps below, you’d definitely have people complimenting your makeup next time. ^_^*

Another reason is that the only difference between this stage makeup look and my usual looks is the intensity of colors, and I have plenty of makeup tutorials here. So don’t overthink! It’s not that difficult. :)

The third reason is that I haven’t done a step-by-step tutorial in too long a time. HAHAHA! The last one was this.

I’m gonna jump right straight into eye makeup because while most people have minimal problems applying foundation, they are stuck when it comes to eye makeup.

These were the items used on my face, I think I forgot to place some more items like concealers. It’s actually not a lot…….. it just LOOKS like a lot. Lol. You probably won’t need most of what are shown here if you’re a minimalist.

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Step 1: Prime your lids

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I primed my eyes with Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, a matte beige. You can use any eye primer of your choice, as long as it does the job of making your eye makeup last longer and enhancing the colors.

Here are other recommendations:

(Click on the links to see where you can get them)

If you do not own an eye primer and do not have time to get one, your concealer or cream eyeshadow (Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow review here) can double up as an eye primer, provided it does not have too much slip or too little moisture to hold the eyeshadows up.

Step 2: Set the base shade

Shades used:

Not shown here is MAC Shroom.

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Voodoo and Shell Shock obviously didn’t come in this form. I depotted them from the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette. I’m so glad I did! Wouldn’t wanna lug Vice 2 around. Too bulky and fragile!

Apply Shell Shock – highly pigmented metallic silver – all over the lids. Go higher than your natural fold, you will be blending it out later.

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How To Look Perfectly Gorgeous In Photos And Perfectly Gory For Halloween Parties: Singapore Media Academy Makeover Extremes Workshop

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(Please note that the workshop dates have been changed to 29 & 30 May 2014)

The next worst thing after looking like a ghost bride in your wedding photos is to have your entourage of girlfriends looking like ghost bridesmaids in your wedding photos.

TRUE STORY.

It didn’t happen to me – I wasn’t the bridesmaid nor a guest – but my friend was one of the bridesmaids and those photos never saw the light of day after the wedding.

Can you imagine a group of seven girls with faces as white as ghost/sheet/snow/toothpaste/putu mayam smiling and hugging the bride in all the photos? Funny thing is, it wasn’t a DIY job, they actually someone to do the bridesmaids’ makeup. I was like @[email protected]

If I were the photographer, my heart would be torn between taking photos of everyone at the wedding and trying to avoid these girls with distasteful white cast. LOL!

Yup, white cast is the term for the ghostly effect you see on other people (or maybe yourself! I have been there HAHAHA!) in photos. It is the UV filters in your sunscreen that make your face paler than your neck, look streaky or leave a white residue on your skin that shines even through the most opaque of foundation.

There are, of course, plenty of tips on how to avoid/minimize the white cast, and at the Singapore Academy Makeover Extremes Workshop, there will be EVEN MORE tips and tricks on camera-ready makeup to pick up! 😀

Celebrities always look immaculate on the red carpet, but even the biggest celebs aren’t immune to embarrassing makeup malfunctions!

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White cast

I don’t profess to be a guru in makeup application nor am I a trained makeup artist, and most of us have a lighter tone on our face compared to our body, but at least I don’t look too bad right? 😛

(Oh but I have unsightly wrinkles on my neck. BOO. That can’t be helped la! HAHAHA!)

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That said, I am still extremely looking forward to attend the 2-day workshop because there is never an end to learning and I thrive in constant acquisition of new techniques and skills to be the best version of me.

(Hence the cover picture of this post. ^_^* )

How Is This Workshop Applicable To You?

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You could be an aspiring model looking for makeup techinques so that you can look your best in photos to put together your portfolio;

You could be a blogger who owns a photography ringlight and wants to know how to make your features appear more prominent;

You could be a performer, stage artiste, dancer, singer, or just be a person who loves taking selfies and wants to look better in pictures! 😀

I don’t know about you, but here are my top three concerns when it comes to taking camera-ready photos:

1. Shiny Skin 

My number one concern! I have such oily skin that it turns shiny within a couple of hours of makeup application. During my wedding photoshoot in Taiwan, my makeup artist had to constantly blot my face to reduce the shine on my face.

Ever wondered why the makeup artists of actors/actresses keep having to pat their faces with powder? It’s because powder is necessary to create that beautiful matte finish for photography.

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