I have a confession to make. A lot of people I know love wearing their new clothes at the earliest chance they get. I, on the other hand, have a habit of keeping my new clothes in my closet for as long as I can, until there’s an occasion that calls for some fresh threads. This printed shirt that I got from Harajuku in Tokyo has been hanging in my wardrobe for the past one and a half years, waiting patiently to be worn. That opportunity came around recently and it felt so good to have it on!
I love the llama print and it felt right to pair it with an equally fun make-up look. I have Fenty Beauty’s Mattemoiselle in One Of The Boyz on my lips, and Match Stix in Unicorn across my cheekbones. I’m also wearing a pair of Alta earrings in Ultraviolet by madebyhazymomo, lovingly crafted by my friend Haz. You can check out her other designs over on her Instagram if you’d like. Happy browsing!
A while ago, I talked about one of my beauty essentials. Today, I will be sharing with you yet another one of my essentials that I listed as part of my January hits a few posts back. Besides sunblock, one other product I rarely leave home without is concealer. So much so, that I actually stopped putting on liquid foundation because I realised that all I needed day-to-day was concealer and some setting powder. Living in a humid climate made me more conscious about what I put on my face and allowed me to find ways to cut down on layers to let my skin breathe more easily. I have actually noticed an improvement in my skin condition since then, though that could also be attributed to a more dedicated skincare routine that I’ve cultivate through the years.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer is an absolute dream. A little bit of product goes a long way, and it feels so light on my skin. Before this, I used to blend out my concealer with a brush because it’s quicker, but I realise that with Naked Skin, I prefer to take my time to blend it in using my fingertips. I find that this method provides the best results and gives me more control over my application. Just in case, I go over everything with a brush to make sure it’s all blended in.
Choosing the right shade is always a problem for me because my skin tone changes very frequently depending on how much time I spend in the sun. I buy a lot of cosmetics online but never concealer/powder/foundation… it’s always better to go straight to the counter and get advice from the salesperson tending to it. I love that Naked Skin blends into my skin wonderfully and doesn’t stand out like a pale patch when I get tanner. I believe it will also work well as a highlight colour, looking at how great it blends.
This is the first time I’m using a concealer with a doe-foot applicator and I’m absolutely loving it! Compared to sticks or roll-on applicators, doe-foot ones offer more precision and control over how much product I want on that particular area. As I mentioned, a little bit of this goes a long way so precise application is key to avoid any caking.
What is your go-to concealer? Share it with me in the comments below!
Happy 2016, my friends! We’re one week into the new year, has it been treating you well? I’ve been spending my holidays travelling spending quality time with family and friends and just having a good break rejuvenating and refreshing myself for the year ahead. I hope everybody had a great time during the holiday season as well and you’re starting 2016 refreshed.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about new beauty products or techniques that I’d very much like to try this year. I like to stick to beauty routines I’m familiar with for the sake of convenience and time. My favourite looks have always included a strong lip colour, and as much as I love a good statement lip, it is nice to switch things up every once in a while 🙂 Here are some of my beauty goals for the year:
1. Bring back the contour
Contouring isn’t new to me – I contour my face whenever I need to be on stage or when I am sporting a dark, bold lip for a nighttime look and I need some colour on my cheeks. 2015 was such a HUGE year for contour but I stayed away from it as I didn’t see the need for heavy contour on a day-to-day basis. However, recently, I have been breaking out the bronzer and brush in the daytime and I realise how much I love the way contouring looks under natural light. I’m quite sure that I will be experimenting with contouring again this year! I will be switching out my Bahama Mama for Sleek Makeup’s Face Form, I can’t wait to play around with my new kit!
2. Experiment with more neutral lip colours
Neutral lip colours were tricky for me as with my skin tone, the wrong colour can really wash my lips out and make me look really pale and sickly. Hence, I usually opt for darker lip colours as they’re less risky buys but because of this, I haven’t got the chance to experiment with brown, neutral everyday looks as much. Last month I got my first tube of brown lipstick – Urban Decay Matte Revolution in 1993 – and I am in LOVE! This has opened a whole new world to me and now I want to get hands on as many brown/neutral lipsticks as I can, in all sorts of finishes. It also feels quite refreshing to have such an easy colour to work with in my makeup bag that complements almost every outfit that I have.
3. Grow my brush collection
I’ve been saying this for ages – I NEED to grow my brush collection!! Good brushes are investments and it will take me a while to build a collection I’m proud of. This year, I want to make a conscious effort in slowly growing my personal set. I’d also like to start organising my brushes properly and developing a good routine to take care of them well. This brings me to my next point…
4. Organise my makeup collection
My goodness, my makeup is EVERYWHERE! I have multiple makeup bags that I just store all of them in and they usually end up a mess after I rummage for products that I need when I go out. It’s time for me to sort out my makeup properly and get down to proper makeup organisation. If you have any tips or you know any good places with affordable makeup trays, do let me know – I’d be very happy with any help I can get!
Have you set any beauty goals for 2016? Leave your comments and links below!