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Tried & Tested Trio : Nude Lipsticks

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2015 has been an interesting year.  I’ve started embracing new interests.

For example, I’ve stopped reading celebrity goss mags and I’ve started reading Better Homes & Gardens magazine!  And I love it!  Who am I???  My mother??

And I’ve stopped favouring bold ‘in-yer-face’ lippy colours and I have been embracing nudes!  Who am??  J-Lo??

Anywayyyyzzzz, let me introduce you to this trio of nude lipsticks I have been wearing recently…

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Colour Blocking Make-Up Look

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Following on from the Cute Colour Block nails from Monday, today I give you colour blocking make-up which is a recent trend and I love it!  Loud, bold colours are right up my street.  And the best thing is that I can just slap on the one colour on the lid and another on the lower lash line.  No need for blending with base shades, accent colours and whatnot.

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Cow Print Nail Art Tutorial – It’s Moo Moo Time!!

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I have a moo-tastic treat for you all today!  Inspired by Elisa’s Cow Print Nail Art Tutorial blog post and whilst wearing my cow pyjamas, I decided to try my first attempt at nail art and look how cute it turned out!!  Everybody say, “Moo Moo!” with me.  It was so easy to do.  I didn’t have plain black nail polish, so I used a black one with a shimmer – which makes my cow extra special!! Onto the tutorial…

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FOTD Challenge : Cleopatra

The lovely Sara-May has been doing a FOTD Challenge on her beauty blog and all of the looks she has created has been amazing.  A number of other beauty bloggers have participated in this too.  Today’s FOTD Challenge is Cleopatra – it was my suggestion so it is only right that I participate, although I did struggle with it.  I kept jabbing my eye!!!  I’ll never be a make-up artist but it’s still fun to play with make-up!

Here’s my take on Cleopatra :-

When I think of Cleopatra, I think of strong brows, bold eyes with thick black eyeliner, sculpted cheeks and red lips.

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The eyelashes are from KKCenterHK – EYE’S CHIC 816 Bird Of Paradise Fake Eyelashes*^.  The inner half is criss-cross and the outer half is outrageously long.  They are pretty cool but not suitable for everyday use.

Products Used

FACE

FACE OF AUSTRALIA Face Base Primer*
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Mineral Therapy Liquid Foundation in Beige*
Australis Liquid Concealer Pen
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Translucent Loose Powder *
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Pressed Bronzer*

EYES

NP Set Eye Primer
Etude House Eye Brow Kit
ZARA Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Esther’s Baby
MAC eye shadow in Trax Velvet
MUA Eye Shadow Shade 15
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Pressed Powder in Bronze*
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Opulent Eyes Sapphire Desire*
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil
Naris Up Wink UpLasting Gel Liner
Australis IntensifEYE Liquid Eyeliner in Blackest Black*
Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive
EYE’S CHIC 816 Birds of Paradise Fake Eyelashes*

Lips

No7 Deeply Moisturising Lipcare
MUA Lipstick Shade 4

Products marked with * were provided for consideration.
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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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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?

Colourful Opulent Eyes Make-Up Tutorial

Last week, I had lunch with Tine from Beautyholics Anonymous and Lilpil from Things I Love.  They are so lovely and generous to a baby beauty blogger like me – Tine gave me tons of haircare products and Lipil passed me some FACE OF AUSTRALIA goodies; whereas I gave them a MUA lippy each.  Anyway, amongst the goodies, there was an eyeshadow palette – FACE OF AUSTRALIA Opulent Eyes Sapphire Desire.  Look how gorgeous the colours are.

FOA colourful Opulent eyeshadow palette

FOA Opulent Shapphire arm swatches

Anyway, the other day, I spontaneously decided to film a make-up tutorial called Colourful Opulent Eyes (hmmm, I wonder how I came up with that name??).  Here is a photo of the FOTD.

FOA Opulent eyes

And before you watch the video, I want to say a few things about it :-

  • My favourite YouTube make-up videos are made by Michelle Phan and Bubzbeauty.  They follow a similar style which is step-by-step tutorial with background music and voiceovers.  However, the professional make-up artist Lisa Eldridge has the best tips and advice for make-up application.  Seeing as I am not a professional make-up artist and I am not very articulate, my video is in a similar vein to Michelle Phan and Bubzbeauty.
  • The picture quality is poor because I recorded this on my Hubby’s MacBook’s webcam.  It is my first time editing a video using iMovie – and I didn’t read the manual – and I have never owned a Mac so the whole operating system is so different to Windows.
  • Thus, please forgive me if you find my make-up sub-standard and the editing and the quality of the video poor.  I am quite happy with it considering I mostly did it for fun.  It wasn’t fun after 12 hours of editing though…LOL

If you watched till the end, thank you for your support.  Please do let me know what you think of my video.  I welcome constructive criticism because it helps me improve.  And yes, can you hear my Scottish accent??  LOL

List Of Products Used

Face

FACE OF AUSTRALIA Face Base Primer
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Stick Foundation in Outback Beige
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Loose Powder in Outback Translucent
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Pressed Power in Bronze
Revlon Beyond Natural Blush & Bronzer*

Eyes

Lime Crime Candy Eyed Eyeshadow Helper
Etude House Eye Brow Kit*
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Opulent Eyes Sapphire Desire
Australis Intensifeye Liquid Eyeliner
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil*
Ardell lashes Invisibands Wispies
Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive*

Lips

Boots No7 Perfect Lips Pencil in Nude*
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Divine Shine Lip Plumper in Lavish Instinct

Nails

FACE OF AUSTRALIA Luxe in Minty Mojito

Brushes

Mixture of Red Earth and Australis brushes*

(Products marked with * were purchased by me.  All others were either provided for consideration or given as a gift.)