Month: April 2011

Wedding Make-Up

 

Royal Wedding

Millions of people had Royal Wedding Fever yesterday for William and Kate’s wedding.  I was out having dinner with friends so I was unable to watch the ceremony – I was dying to see photos of Kate and thank God for social media.  Friends from Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp sent me photos – thank you peeps.  Anyway, I thought Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, looked amazing!  Apparently, she did her own wedding make-up and I thought she did an excellent job.

Would you do your own wedding make-up?  Or would you hire a professional make-up artist?  I did both!!

Well, I got married last year with two weddings.  We signed the wedding register in Melbourne in June and then in August, we had the full-on church ceremony in Scotland.  For the Melbourne wedding, my sister and I did my wedding make-up and for the Scotland wedding, a professional Asian bridal make-up artist did it for me.

DIY Wedding Make-Up

Due to financial constraints, I had to buy affordable make-up products (i.e. no high end items) and I had to force my sister to help me apply it.  For my wedding make-up, I wanted a natural, radiant, classic look.  The Hubby prefers me looking au naturale, so I didn’t want to look like a clown so I made sure that the make-up was subtle, yet it would enhance my features for the photos.

We didn’t do a proper make-up trial because I was just going to put on my everyday enhanced but natural face on.  I did test the mascara – L’Oreal Paris Double Extension Renewal Serum Inside – to ensure that it would not run if I started crying – it did not budge!  I LOVE this mascara!

On the wedding day, there was a minor mishap and I had a Bridezilla hissy fit in the morning when my right fake eyelash refused to stick on – this is partly my fault as I was very emotional and I cried my eyes out when I Skyped my parents and my 5 other siblings (who were in Scotland and couldn’t fly to Australia).  Basically, tears and eyelash glue do not mix!  Crying also wrecked my face so we had to keep re-applying!

Anyway, here are all the products (except those stupid fake eyelashes) I used to do my own wedding make-up :

wedding, make-up

FACE
1.  Shu Uemura UV Under Base
2.  Rimmel London Lasting Finish Minerals Loose Powder Foundation in 100 Ivory
3.  Shu Uemura Mark Cealer in 7YR Medium
4. Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in Sugar Plum
EYES
5.  NP Set Eye Primer
6.  Taupe, Beige and Cream shades from a $5 eyeshadow palette
7.  Naris Up Wink Up Lasting Gel Liner in Black
8.  L’Oreal Paris Double Extension Renewal Serum Inside Mascara
LIPS
9.  Max Factor Colour Collections Lipstick in 839 Maple
10. Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF15 in 10 Air Kiss
TOOLS
11. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
12.  Mixture of Red Earth make-up brushes
NAILS
13.  Bourjois So Laque! in 13 Rose Lounge
14.  Bourjois Fixant Brilliant Topcoat

What do you think?  Not bad if I say so myself!  Wish I had contoured my flat nose though!

bride with pink bouquet


Professional Wedding Make-Up

For my other wedding in Scotland, I went to 2 highly recommended professional make-up artists for trials – one was a Chinese lady trained to do Asian bridal make-up and the other was a Scottish lady trained to do Western make-up.  Here is what happened :-


1.  Asian MUA – She is the lady I usually go to for my facials which she is brilliant at.  As for makeup, it’s a bit hit and miss here.  She used mainly Babor cosmetics on me and did a great job contouring, but what I did not like is the white face and pink cheeks China doll look.  She also did my hair here and I was a bit iffy about it.

Asian wedding make-up
2.  Western MUA – Are you thinking what I was thinking???  I was thinking – “WTF?!”  My eyes look weird and wonky!  She used id minerals cosmetics on me.  I was not impressed.  The hair (done by her colleague) was also atrocious.  I did not ask for a quiff.  This hair and make-up trial was not cheap either.  Bleh!

After much deliberation, I went for the Asian MUA and told her exactly what I wanted – I did not want a white face!!

I look amazing!

In the end, I was happy with my make-up on the wedding day – I would have liked to have tweak some changes, but nevertheless, it was much better than the proposed make-up from the Western MUA.

If you are married, who did your wedding make-up and how did it turn out?  If you are not yet married, would you consider doing your own wedding make-up?  And what did you think of Kate’s make-up?

Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Mousse

I met my beauty blogging guru, Tine from Beautyholics Anonymous, a few weeks ago and not only did she pass on words of beauty blogging wisdom, but she also passed me some hair products to use.  I started using Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Mousse a few weeks ago and I think I am in love!!

What Herbal Essences Say

Toussle Me Softly is a new Herbal Essences collection.  My mousse feels like foam and controls like a gel, whipping up loose waves and helping give frizz the kiss-off.  I’m a lightweight, so I’ll help you avoid sticky situations and leave you with a soft head.  I set the stage for a head that’s anything but crunchy, and I have a fabulous violet splash fragrance to boot!

My Thoughts

It’s been a long time since I used mousse on my hair.  I used to be a big fan of it in my teenage years in the 90’s (yes, I am THAT old!)  I remember back in those days, mousse used to make my hair sticky and create dandruff – so NOT attractive!  Thus, I was slightly apprehensive about using Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Mousse for the first time.

When I cracked open the bottle and sprayed some mousse onto my hand, I was hooked already.  The smell is amazeballs (youth speak for “amazing” – it’s my new favourite word and it makes me feel young when I use it!).  I am not very good at describing smells so either you’ll have to pop to the nearest stockist and give it a whiff or grab me and smell my gorgeous hair!

The mousse itself is pretty impressive too and it’s a sturdy ball of foam which does not deflate easily.  It’s got a slight bounce to it; yet it does not leave sticky or crunchy residue in hair – fantastic!!!

I like to whack it on after I wash my hair and scrunch it up when using the hairdryer to dry my hair.  To be honest, the mousse doesn’t really give me any tousles because I had my hair permanently straightened in January.  But I like to put it in my hair because it smells divine and gives a bit of volume to my hair at the roots.  I am sure that it is capable of creating sexy bedhead waves in unprocessed hair.

Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Mousse is amazeballs!  (Cool, I’ve used that word twice now!)  In the Toussle Me Softly range, there’s shampoo, conditioner, hair gel and finishing cream too.  Must get my paws on these ASAP!

For more information, please check out http://www.herbalessences.com

Thanks Tine for the mousse.  You’re amazeballs!  (3 times!)

Shu Uemura Mark Cealer

When I buy a concealer, I consider 2 important things – great colour match with sheer to medium long-lasting coverage and a smooth creamy formula which blends well with no caking.  I have tried a number of concealers throughout the years, but Shu Uemura Mark Cealer has been my favourite concealer for 4 years.  The shade I use is 7YR Medium.

Shu Uemura Mark Cealer has a light and creamy formula, provides great coverage for my dark circles and blemishes, blends easily and does not cake and crease.  I use the sponge applicator tip to dab some product on the back of my hand and then using my fourth finger, I gently dab some around the area I am concealing.

One of these babies lasts me for ages, but as you can see, I am close to finishing it.  But apparently, Shu Uemura Mark Cealer has been discontinued and I couldn’t find it on the Shu Uemura US website.  However, I saw them in Melbourne city’s David Jones department store the other week so I’d better stock up before they discontinue it in Australia.

What’s your favourite concealer?

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Relaxing Body Lotion

If you have stayed at a Hilton hotel before, you will know that the toiletries are from Crabtree & Evelyn La Source range.  We spent our wedding night at the King Hilton Suite in Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel (it was huge!) and all the mini toiletries came home with me the next day!  One of my guy friends bought me some Crabtree & Evelyn La Source products and today, I am going to review Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Relaxing Body Lotion.

What Crabtree & Evelyn Say

Rich in skin-nourishing sweet almond oil, oat kernel and sea algae, our La Source body lotion absorbs easily and leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and nourished.

For daily use after shower or bath or as needed to help maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance, apply liberally and gently massage into the skin.

What I Love

  • The transparent packaging appeals to me because I know how much product is left
  • The pump is convenient and more hygienic than dipping fingers into a jar
  • The smell, described as a “relaxing sea air fragrance”, is refreshing and lingers hours after application
  • My dry skin welcomes this moisturising body lotion with open arms
  • Not so rich that it leaves an oily residue

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Relaxing Body Lotion is a luxurious body moisturiser which leaves skin feeling soft and freshly fragranced.  I don’t use it everyday because I want to savour it slowly.  A well-deserved 10 out of 10 from The Best Beauty Blog.

For more information on Crabtree & Evelyn, please check out their website http://www.crabtree-evelyn.com

Have you tried any Crabtree & Evelyn products before?

5 Ways To Wear A Double Elasticated Hairband

I bought this double elasticated hairband when I was in Seoul in September 2009.  I love the design!  One of the bands is a single row of diamantés and the other band is in style of a Chanel link chain.  It’s so pretty but I’ve not actually worn it out before!!!  I know!!  I’m so bad!!!  I like to buy pretty things and never use them!!  Anyway, I was admiring it the other day and decided to play around and discovered 5 ways to wear a double elasticated hairband :-

1.  Normal hairband

Pulling back all my hair with a hairband is not my favourite look.  I am extremely self-conscious about my forehead because I have scars there from a car accident back in 1998.  I also hate my wrinkles!!!  I used to get Botox (because I used to do it at work and get it cheap at cost price in Scotland) but now that I’m in Australia, I have no idea how to get my hands on this magical wrinkle-free potion and I definitely don’t have enough money to get it done at a clinic.  ARGH!!!

2.  Hippy headband style

I see girls rocking this hippy look and they look HAWT!

Look at Michelle Phan – the No.1 YouTube make-up guru – she totally rocks the hippy headband!!!  (image taken from google)

On me, it just looks daft.  I think my head is too big to pull off this look!  I also need to have longer luscious wavy locks.

3.  Headband necklace style

I have never seen anyone with this look.  Have I created something unique?  Have I started a new trend?  Sadly, I think it’s more NOT than HOT!

4.  Necklace

It’s pretty cool to use it as a necklace with the right top or dress.  Dislike the diamantés catching and pulling my hair though – as can be seen in the photo.

5.  Bracelet

As a bracelet, the double elasticated hairband seems to work well.  I shall try and incorporate it into my outfits from now on.

Do you have a double elasticated hairband?  Did you like any of the suggestions?  Which is your favourite, if any?

Outfit Of The Day : Trashy and Clashy

I hope everyone is enjoying the long Easter weekend.  This morning I woke up and decided to throw on random items of clothing and accessories.  I wanted to create something extremely fashionable.  I deliberately chose strong colourful items which clashed with each other – hoping they would somehow work.  However, I am looking at the photos now and think that I looked rather trashy!  My Husband came home from a work interview and when I opened the door, he saw me and….laughed!!!!  Ah well, I thought it was fun.

What I Am Wearing

  • Animal print dress from Primark
  • Stripy tights from Target
  • Suede knee high boots from Sandler
  • Belt from another dress
  • All accessories are a mixture from Spain, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand

Totally trashy and clashy right??  LOL

As can be seen in the photos, I have a bit of a belly at the moment.  I have put on 2 dress sizes since August!!!  Yes, marriage does that to you!!  Going on a diet next week….hehe!

Before you go, I would like to say a few things. My camera is rubbish. My photographic skills are rubbish. My posing skills are rubbish. I have to put my camera on self-timer and then rush to pose. It is much harder than it looks. Lighting was really bad too. And I can’t edit photos either. I don’t even know how to use Photoshop; I use Photoscape. But you know, I’d like to incorporate more fashion posts into the blog so, I’ll try my best.  However, if you think that my OOTD posts are not what you want to read on The Best Beauty Blog because of the bad quality, then please tell me in the comments.

Max Factor Colour Perfection Lipstick In Azalea

Have I told you about my recent lipstick addiction?  I am saving up for a Chanel lippy, but meanwhile I am loving this Max Factor Colour Perfection lipstick in Azalea.

This Max Factor Colour Perfection lipstick glides onto lips evenly and does not bleed.  Stays on for 5 hours before re-application is needed.  The shade Azalea is a deep red with gold microshimmer.  I also love the sleek packaging of this lippy.

What are you wearing on your lips?

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