Tried & Tested Trio : Bronzers

Bourjois Delice de Soleil, The Body Shop Bronzing Powder, Physicians Formula Bronze Booster

I was looking at recent photos of me and realised that my face looked flat as a pancake 🙁  Being Asian means that I have flat features like flat nose and flat boobs – but alas, NOT A FLAT STOMACH!!!  Gurrrr!!!!  Anyway, I decided to crack open a few bronzers to see if I could incorporate them into my make-up routine and learn to contour and define.


Ombré Nails

Ombré hair which features dark to light colour is extremely trendy at the moment.  Yours truly is not as trendy in the hair department, but I played around with some nail colours and came up with my takes on ombré nails – pink, blue and purple.

Pink Ombré Nails

Featuring Bourjois So Laque! Rose Lounge (yes, the one worn by Kate Middleton on her wedding day – which I wore on MY wedding day which was way before hers so I am indeed a trend-setter LOL), FACE OF AUSTRALIA Luxe Nail Enamel Cotton Candy*, FACE OF AUSTRALIA Luxe Nail Enamel Beauty Queen, Sally Hansen HD Digital and CoverGirl Continuous Color Midnight Mauve.

Pink ombré nails are right up my street!!!  Massive love for this!  But I am biased because pink is my favourite colour.

Blue Ombré Nails

Featuring Nicole by OPI Diva Into The Pool*, Rimmel London I Love Lasting Finish Azure, FACE OF AUSTRALIA Luxe Nail Enamel Ocean Villa*, China Glaze First Mate* and MUA Shade 1.

Ooooh, blue ombré nails turned out really well.  Sounds silly but it reminds me of the sea and crashing waves.  See, told you it was silly!!

Purple Ombré Nails

Featuring Primark Nail Polish Lilac, Mode Cosmetics Midsummer Dream, FACE OF AUSTRALIA Molten Metallics Amethyst*, FACE OF AUSTRALIA Luxe Private Jet* and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Pat On The Black.

My purple ombré nails need a bit of tweaking methinks.  Not too happy with the poor quality lilac polish I own.  Reminds me of Autumn for some reason.

Which one is your favourite ombré nails – pink, blue or purple?

Products marked with * were sent for consideration

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 :

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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
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
9.  Max Factor Colour Collections Lipstick in 839 Maple
10. Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF15 in 10 Air Kiss
11. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
12.  Mixture of Red Earth make-up brushes
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?

Bourjois Sweet Kiss Shine In 73 Rose Scintillant

Fancy a reasonably-priced, scent-free, natural pink moisturising lipstick?  Look no further because I recommend Bourjois Sweet Kiss Shine in 73 Rose Scintillant!  I was anti-lipstick till recently and now I can’t enough of them!

Bourjois, rose scintillant

Lipstick Swatch

Bourjois, rose scintillant lip swatch
Bourjois, rose scintillant arm swatch


  • Uber-cool packaging with a transparent lilac plastic casing which slides open up by pressing the side metal button
  • Glides on lips with its creamy formula and does not dry it out
  • Doesn’t have that “I’ve got lipstick on” feeling
  • Subtle sheer pink which enhances my natural lip colour and adds a bit of shine
  • I believe in beauty blogging terms, it’s MLBB (My Lips But Better)


  • Nothing

Bourjois Sweet Kiss Shine in 73 Rose Scintillant gets a kissable 10 out of 10 from The Best Beauty Blog!

What lipstick are you wearing?

Bourjois French Manicure Kit

When I tell people I am unemployed, sometimes, they give a look of disapproval.  But hello, it is not by choice!  I am currently living in Australia on a tourist visa which does not allow me to work.  My work visa will come through at the end of November…which will coincide with my return to Australia.  I am leaving on Thursday to head back to Scotland for my gran’s funeral.  Unfortunately, my Hubby is also unemployed!  His last employer was unprofessional and did not pay him the hours he had worked, etc.  Long story, but what I am trying to say is that we are extremely tight for money so I cannot afford luxuries, like going to the beauty salons.

Usually I get French manicures at salons but in our current situation, it’s all DIY, baby!! This caught my eye the other day and I thought I would give it a try – Bourjois French Manicure Kit

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Product Description

All you need to create a perfect French Manucure effortlessly! This kit contains all you need to create a beautiful French Manicure polish from the comfort of your home.

Step 1: French Manucure Blanc Raffine – using the ingenious curved brush start by appling the white to the tips of your nails. For the perfect result apply to half the tip and turn the brush over to cover the second half.

Step 2: Then paint a coat of Very Vernis Rose Lounge all over the nail and let it dry.

Step 3: Finally apply a coat of Fixant Brillant to ensure a shiny, long lasting result.

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My Opinions

  • I was sucked in by the “ingenious curved brush” to paint the white tips.  The brush was useless!!!
  • The white nail colour was horrible and gloopy
  • The pink colour and the top coat were nice though
  • Was not pleased with the end results at all and I just removed it after taking photos
  • Turns out that I am not the only one with a bad review
  • Poorly 2 out of 10

In conclusion :  Bourjois French Manicure Kit, you’re a major turn off!

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Available at Priceline, Target, KMart (but I wouldn’t bother if I were you!)