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A Much Requested Eyeshadow Tutorial – Vertical Gradient Method Of Eyeshadow Application

Hello everyone!

Chinese New Year is approaching faster than I thought. I can hardly find time between all that cleaning, clearing, last minute shopping for clothes and shoes, to blog. But you see, I love you guys very much, so despite all that mad rush, I’m doing a highly requested eye makeup tutorial today. Just for you!

It’s also a good time to launch this makeup tutorial since most girls would spend more effort on applying makeup when they go visiting so what better time than now to share a quick and easy eye makeup tutorial for the new year?

In today’s tutorial, we will use the Vertical Gradient Method Of Eyeshadow Application, a great method for those with monolids or have a fold that is very near to the lashline. These characteristics are typical of Asian eyes.

Previously, in Part 2 of the Eyeshadow Tutorials for Asians series, I used neutrals as those are the easiest to blend and would look good on all skin tones and eye colors. Shades of blue will be used in this tutorial, for those who want to move away from browns and neutrals, for a more fun look!

Products used:

Step 1: Prime the Lids

Apply UDPP in Eden all over the lid first, then Milk.

Step 2: Base Color to Mark Perimeter

I love The Face Shop Eyeshadow PK103 because it is just so versatile – it works on the lid, inner corner, lower lashline, brown bone highlight, cheekbone highlight – and behaves like a chameleon – blends in with any color family!

Apply the shimmering base up to the socket line. Be sure not to leave a line that shows an obvious divide between the naked brow bone area and PK103. It’s quite hard to get a harsh line with PK103 anyway.

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I Found A Perfect Foundation Shade Match In Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation!

HANDS UP! Who could not help but find themselves running out to get a bottle of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation after watching Lisa Eldridge’s video on how to create a flawless foundation finish?

When I first watched that video, I was like ‘WOW! This must be the best foundation in the world!’, then on second thoughts, ‘Meh, must be one of those sponsored products… that’s why she’s saying all these nice stuff’. But as the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation got utilized in many of her other videos, coupled with some research done on my own, it seemed the consensus that it’s a must-have drugstore foundation!

I wanted to wait for a sale, as I felt I had more than enough foundation to see me through for a long time, and so… buying another foundation at a sale would help to reduce the guilt of owning one too many. No? *grins*

The 30% off Singapore Tampines BHG sale came at the right time and the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation was one of the two Bourjois foundations I purchased. I reviewed the Bourjois Flower Perfection Foundation earlier.

Great Match For Skin With Yellow Undertone

Even though the ‘auntie’ (it’s how we address any older woman in Singapore) was just a promoter at the Bourjois counter, and not a qualified MUA, I was glad she recommended the right foundation shade for me. Some promoters are rather hopeless, they’ll just pour a big glob of foundation on your hand, spread it the length of your arm and say “This also can, that also can. Up to you”. Grrrr.

While the Bourjois Flower Perfection Foundation 52 goes on slightly pink on my skin, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 52 is a perfect match for my MAC NC20-25 skin tone.

I’m surprised a European makeup brand, and despite complaints that the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation has limited range of shades, can produce a foundation shade that is so suitable for Asian skin, which typically has yellow undertones.

You can see the Healthy Mix Foundation is more yellow and it fits me to a T!

Oh, recently a friend commented that I look like Little Miss Sunshine:

Must be all that yellow in my skin and hair. LOL! But he also did mention it’s coz I always appear cheerful and smiling. 😀

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Beauty Blog Link Love: 15/01/12

Read about the Clarisonic Mia in this Sephora haul post over at Handmade Reviews.

Looking for that perfect peachy-pink easy to wear lipcolor? Pammy Blogs Beauty finds it with Hard Candy’s World Balmination Lip Balm in Good Girl. Check out her review!

At Eyelining Obsessions Claire shares some tips for flight safe/ travel friendly makeup packing.

Jude reviews Bioderma Créaline H2O, the make-up remover used by make-up artists.

Time to make way for the new! 10 Mascaras I Am Throwing Away For The New Year by Bun Bun Makeup Tips!

The Beauty Spot finds some affordable Nails Inc Dupes. Check them out!

Addicted to Beauty feels that the Benefit Cosmetics and Diet Coke collaboration is pretty shady.

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Every Girl Should Have Milani Baked Blush Luminoso In Her Makeup Bag For Warm, Glowy Cheeks!

If “Lumos!” is what the wizarding world chants to emit a warm glow from their wands, then “Luminoso” must be what we need to conjure a picture of perfect glowing cheeks in our muggle world.

Every time I use Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, I think of Lumos, a latin word meaning ‘light’. And a gorgeous light it brings to the face, it does!

Is Milani Luminoso A Dupe For Nars Orgasm?

I don’t know about you, but to me, a ‘dupe’ should be 90% similar to the object of comparison.

While Luminoso has been named by many as a great drugstore dupe for NARS Orgasm, I don’t think it reminds me of Orgasm that much.

Orgasm is predominantly pink with tinge of peach, while Luminoso is mainly peach with some sweet pink.

Left: Milani Baked Blush Luminoso; Right: Nars Blush Orgasm

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10 Mascaras I Am Throwing Away For The New Year

I’m ashamed.

The title of this post was initially ‘10 Makeup Products I Am Throwing Out For The New Year’, instead of one solely for mascaras. But as I rummaged through my mascara drawer, I easily grabbed 10 mascara tubes that have long been abandoned or have expired.

I’m a hoarder, as is my entire family, so my mum has such a hard time clearing out stuff during the annual house clean-up that we Chinese call ‘da sao chu’.

Decluttering can start anytime, from a month before Chinese New Year, to probably a week, depending on how much clutter you have and/or want to get rid of. People practise it due to the belief that cleaning sweeps away all the negative luck of the preceding year and invites good luck for the new year.

The first day of Chinese Lunar New Year 2012 falls on 23 January this year. It usually falls in late January or February as can be seen here, so 23 January is a little early which means I have to start cleaning up my messy table, wardbrobe and other territories soon!

Getting rid of old mascaras is a great start, isn’t it? =)

So here are the 10 mascaras I’m throwing out to welcome the new year!

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Beauty Blog Link Love: 31/12/11

Miss Beauty Nerd is smitten over Korres’ Body Butter in Basil Lemon because her skin now feels oh-sooo-soft!

At Lipstick Musings, see how a happy mistake at the Dior counter led Shannon to fall in love with the Dior 5 Couleurs Palette in Rosy Nude!

Looking for the perfect waterproof eyeliner? Jenn over at Spiced Beauty reviews the limited edition Make Up For Ever Wild & Chic Aqua Eyes Collection.

Rae reviews lip sets featuring Korres Cherry Lipglosses, Clinique Chubby Sticks, and Bite High Pigment Pencils during the not-so-inventively-named Lip Set Week at theNotice.

At Eyelining Obsessions Claire decides to try the Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Cotton and discovers a couple of potential pit falls.

My Lips But Better shares the scoop on the MAC Naturally Collection for spring 2012!

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