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    Beauty, Personal

    What’s in my makeup bag?

    I used to carry too many unnecessary makeup products with me in my makeup bag whenever I head out. Over the years, I’ve learnt to streamline its contents to include only the essentials, with an extra lipstick thrown in every now and then. Here’s what I have in my makeup bag today!

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    MAC Select Sheer/Pressed in NC40 – I’ve been using this pressed powder for only about half a year now since I hit pan on my Sexy Mama translucent powder from The Balm. I’ve been keeping to powders with lighter coverage to steer clear of cakeyness, and this pressed powder does the job pretty well, giving a smooth matte finish with a natural look when I apply it in heavier amounts.

    Garnier Pure Active Concealer – I only discovered the magic of concealer a few years ago with this product and haven’t looked back ever since (this is my second tube!) I used to be afraid of concealing my blemishes because it might clog my pores or affect the healing process, but this product claims to treat and cover them. I think part of it is psychological – I’m fine with using it over my blemishes because my mind is conditioned to think that it treats them as well. But I have noticed that it helps to dry up active acne, which seems to speed up the healing process a bit. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to do some research before you try it – I don’t get serious outbreaks often and when I do, I make sure that they’re treated well enough before I use any makeup on them!

    Real Techniques buffer brush – This brush is AMAZING. It’s a pity that it’s not sold individually, but honestly, it was worth buying the entire four-brush Real Techniques Starter Set just to get my hands on this. It’s the only brush that I use on a regular basis and it’s versatile – I use it to blend my concealer and apply powder afterwards.

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    NYX Matte Lipstick in Euro Trash – This is my ultimate my-lips-but-better colour! It’s a medium pink that comes off as a blue-toned pink when I’m tanned and a nude pink when I’m fairer. The colour payoff is great, with a matte finish that’s not drying. I’ve looked around for alternatives but nothing has managed to replace my trusty Euro Trash!

    Cherry Lip Balm – This was a birthday gift from a friend! I make it a point to apply lip balm before lipstick to keep my lips from chapping and make my lip colour last longer.

    Shiseido Rouge Parfait in Salon – Tip: Carry around a darker coloured lipstick in case an impromptu dinner plan pops up! This was my go-to colour in January and halfway through February, but since my trip to Batam, I’ve been sporting a tan that brings out the colour in Euro Trash a lot more. Salon has become my current night-time/evening lip colour. This sample size was a gift from a friend.

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    Bath & Body Works Midnight Pomegranate Hand Sanitizer – I tend to apply makeup in public, so I make sure that I always use some hand sanitizer before I touch my face. This smells heavenly but in big dollops, it can be too overpowering so I use it sparingly.

    The Face Shop Daily Perfumed Hand Cream in Macadamia – I get dry hands often so it helps to carry this around, especially if I’m in an air-conditioned environment for long periods of time. It gets absorbed into the skin pretty quickly but sometimes it takes a few applications before I feel it working for me. I would describe the macadamia scent as a “nutty vanilla”.

    Perfume Atomizier – This is great for carrying small amounts of perfume to freshen up on-the-go when I’m out for many hours at a time. I have it in a few colours with each colour carrying a different scent for different occasions!

    These nine items are my makeup bag essentials, but sometimes I throw in some eyeliner or mascara, depending on my look of the day. I’m really starting to get into that fresh-faced beauty look so who knows… my makeup bag essentials might go through a rotation soon!

    P.S. Isn’t my kitty makeup bag the cutest thing? I got it from the Namdaemun Market in Seoul, if you’ve been wondering 😉

    Beauty

    The Kiss for Lush-cious lips

    My love for makeup and all things beauty started way before my passion for fashion did… so I suppose that it’s natural for my blog to go into the direction of beauty blogging, alongside my personal style and fashion-related posts. All my makeup looks play a big role in making or breaking an outfit, and I’d like to share what goes on behind the scenes and my current favourite beauty items and routines with you 🙂 Do bear with me as I ease into this, and let’s have some fun together!

    Lipsticks are a part of my daily makeup routine but recently my lips have been really dry, and this got worse with my bad habit of peeling dry skin off, which can hurt and cause bleeding. To tackle this problem, I decided to try a lip scrub on top of my current lip balm application.

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    “The Kiss” is a limited edition lip scrub by Lush which comes in small 25g tub filled with hot pink-coloured grains, white sprinkles and tiny hearts, being part of their Valentine’s collection. The candy-scented exfoliating grains taste equally as sweet with a tinge of saltiness, previously described to me as “a mix of Popcorn and Bubblegum” by one of their staff when I popped by the outlet a few weeks ago. I’m a sucker for sweet-smelling products so I loved the scent, but it felt a bit odd the first few times I used it because I couldn’t stop licking it off! It tasted like candy and I had to remind myself that along with the scrub, I was licking some dead skin off as well. These days I use a damp tissue or cotton pad to gently dab off excess scrub.

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    I love how gentle “The Kiss” feels. I’ve never used a lip scrub before so I expected chunkier grains (like those of a facial exfoliator) but these are very fine and get the job done. It’s best in my case to use it every alternate day at least, followed by a lip balm. I tend to do so before I sleep, so I’ll wake up the next morning with moisturised and plumpy lips!

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    Probably the biggest drawback for “The Kiss” was the price tag – about $20 per tub. However, judging by how little product I use per application, I’m pretty sure that my tub of sweet, pink goodness will stay with me for a very, very long time to come! Not a bad investment for a softer, more lush-cious pout 😉

    Beauty, Fashion, Outfits, Style

    Red lips and… mom jeans??

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    After many months of putting it off, I finally took a trip down to the MAC store and got myself a new tube of Ruby Woo (my previous tube rolled out of my pocket at a fashion week last year).  You don’t have to wait for special occasions to put on a red lip – pairing it with casual, slouchy getups adds a fresh touch and injects a little glamour to the overall look. Ruby Woo remains my ultimate favourite red lipstick! I’ve tried looking for substitutes but nothing came close to this wonderful colour that I would describe as a pin-up girl red… of course, being a matte lipstick, it is very drying, but nothing that a little lip balm can’t fix!