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Twiggy Inspired Makeup

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The recent union of Daphne (@daphnemaia) and Nicholas (@furryphotos) was 60s inspired and the beautiful couple took great pains to theme everything about their wedding to the 60s.

It was admirable and a very beautiful wedding because every single element of the Daphnick wedding down to the smallest detail, including flowers, seating tags, table displays and decorative postcards, was carefully styled to the 60s. Naturally, to complete the 60s wedding, the guests had to be dressed in 60s hair styles and makeup.

From the list of suggestions they gave, I had originally wanted to do an Audrey Hepburn, but was lucky I didnt because the gloves wouldnt have been a pretty sight sticking to my arms no thanks to perspiration. Another style icon of the 60s was Twiggy and I thus adopted Twiggy’s iconic makeup look.

Twiggy Inspired Makeup

I did some research and figured out how to do a Twiggy inspired makeup look. The focus is all on the eyes. Here’s how to do a Twiggy’s 60s inspired makeup:
– Apply dark eye shadow on the crease and eyelids.
– Define the eyes with thick black eyeliner ending in a wing tip.
– Add dark and voluminous fluttery eyelashes whether with volume mascara or a pair of falsies.
– Blend dark eyeshadow on the bottom eyelids for a smokey eye effect.
– Draw clean bottom eyelashes with a pencil.
– Fill in the eyebrows to get strong eyebrows.
– Blusher is not necessary. So, skip the blusher unless it’s a very light pink one.
– Twiggy’s make up style had nude lips. Conceal your lips before applying lip balm or choose a matt nude lip colour to finish the look.

Twiggy Inspired Make Up

Feature in Urban – Mascara Bases Review

Remember there was a week I mentioned on Twitter that I was trying out various mascara bases for a review spot on Urban? It’s finally gone to press!

Urban Singapore Mascara Base Reviews

I used to use mascara bases (remember the time when mascara bases came with the mascaras on double ended tubes), but then stopped using them when I switched over to falsies. Now, it looks like bases are making a comeback again, especially since most are fortified with all sorts of nutrients, making them both a mascara base and an eyelash nourishing serum.

For instance, the Chanel Beaute De Cils Nourishing Mascara Base has meadowfoam oil bonded to silicon to give it repairing, strengthening and smoothing properties. The DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum & Primer is a nourishing serum treatment, with a unique cell-conditioning complex made up of hydrolyzed soy proteinson, on top of being a mascara base.

After trying 8 different mascara bases over the week, I swear my lashes have grown that teensy wee bit longer. Must be a combination of all the goodness from the different mascara bases. Yay! Although all of them performed particularly well, I did have my favourites. Can you guess which ones they were?

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Mascara Bases Review

Sigma Makeup Brushes Review

I’ve always been quite happy with my basic make up brush set. Although there are a number of really good brushes in there, it is quite a Frankenstein set. The entire thing was painstakingly pieced together over time and even the brush roll was lovingly DIY-ed by my awesome mom!

But it’s precisely this reason that I’ve always wondered if I was missing a brush or two because I just quite never knew if my set was ever complete. Whenever I walked into a makeup store, I never failed to want another new brush to grow my basic makeup brush kit.

So when Sigma Makeup offered me their top-selling “Make Me Crazy” 12 Brush Professional Brush Set, it was an instant “OMG! YespleaseIwantIwant! Gimme gimme gimme! Oh yeah, that’d be cool. Thank you very much. You’re too kind.” Although the set comes in 4 colours – black, purple, coral and aqua, Sigma very cleverly sent me the purple one because the brushes match my brush roll perfectly!

Sigma Makeup Brushes

I’ve seen so many reviews about Sigma makeup brushes that I couldnt wait to try them out myself. Sigma make up brushes have been raved about for providing quality brushes that could rival MACs without a hefty price tag. 12 brushes and a case for USD 109 can be quite pricey to some, but compared to individually buying brushes for about USD 40 a pop, this Sigma brush set saves you a whole lot of money and time. That’s less than USD 10 for a good brush!

But price aside, the fact that it’s a 12 piece professional kit that covers everything from face to eyes meant that it had everything I needed! Yippeee! No more searching for individual brushes from all over the place.

Sigma Makeup Brushes

Plus the 12 Sigma brushes came in durable and multifunctional container that transforms into 2 brush holders! I love the multi-functionality of it but the container is a wee bit bulky for me especially since I was used to the softer and more portable brush roll my mom made. The container is so hardy I swear it was meant for beating someone to pulp if they ever tried to take any of your 12 beautiful Sigma brushes.

Sigma Make Up Brushes

Like the name suggests, it’s a professional brush kit. It’s got your basic must-have brushes and a wee bit more. If you’re new to brushes, Sigma’s got a booklet explaining each labeled brush. Here’s what’s in the Sigma brush set, in order from left to right, with my comments added in:

Duo Fibre – F50 – Specially designed to generate an airbrushed finish when used to apply liquid foundation. It can also be used to apply blush, highlight shades and loose pigments. Blend of synthetic and natural bristles.

Large Powder – F30 – Very dense with a rounded top. Ideal to apply powder products on face and body. Natural bristles.

I love this because it’s very full and works beautifully when you apply powder to set your foundation or do contouring. Very natural finish.

Large Angled Contour – F40 – The angled shape makes this brush ideal to apply blush or contour shades. Natural bristles.

Mine is obviously quite used. Lol.

Foundation – F60 – Can be used to apply liquid or cream foundation. It is also recommended to apply moisturizers and conceal large areas. Synthetic bristles.

Smoothens out liquid foundation like a dream. I used it with my glominerals gloProtective Liquid Foundation in Brazil and hello flawlessness. Just remember to spot clean it every day.

Eye Shading – E55 – Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments. Ideal to build intense color on the eyelid. Natural bristles.

One of the my all time favourite eye brushes from this brush kit. I didnt have something like this in my old brush set and the soft yet dense rounded brush works like a dream to shade the outer eye socket, lending a deep set look to your eyes.

Large Shader – E60 – Flat shape is ideal for application of cream formulas and eye shadow primers. It also works great with loose eye shadows or pigments. Can be used to apply color all over the lid or precisely on the lash line. Natural bristles.

Tapered Blending – E40 – Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color on the crease. Natural bristles.

When they say that this is meant to blend colour on the crease, I think they mean creases on Western eyes because this is quite a big brush in comparison to my eye. My crease is minuscule. Very much Asian. So I use this brush to blend in highlight colours on the brow bone or on the ball of the eye.

Medium Angled Shading – E70 – Angled, tapered, flat top. Ideal to apply highlight shades underneath the eyebrow and on the inner corners. It can also be used for a precise application of darker shades on the crease area. Natural bristles.

I have the MAC 275 brush that I find rather similar to the Medium Angled Shading brush. Because of the angled yet flatter brush head, I use it for application of highlights under the brow bone and on the inner corner of the eyes. However, for application and blending on the outer corner of the eye, I prefer the MAC 275 brush with its fluffier and fuller angled brush head.

Concealer – F70 – The rounded, tapered, flat shape makes this brush ideal to conceal the under eye area. It is also recommended for a precise application in small areas. Synthetic bristles.

Pencil – E30 – Precise application of color on the crease, outer corner, and upper and lower lash line. Also ideal to smudge out pencil liner. Natural bristles.

I LOVE pencil brushes because of it’s precision and usability for all sorts of eyeshadow application. Whether its on the crease, drawing of the outer-V, drawing the upper and lower lash line, everyone should get a pencil brush.

Small Angle – E65 – Essential for the application of gel or cream eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line. This brush is also excellent for filling out the eyebrows. Synthetic bristles.

Eyeliner – E05 – An extra-fine tipped synthetic fiber brush that delivers a precise, firm, even stroke to line the eyes.

Comparing this to MAC’s 209 brush, Sigma’s brush gives a more defined line while its MAC counterpart produces a slightly softer line.

Sigma Makeup Brush Kit

Although I did notice the lack of a lip brush and a smaller blending brush ala MAC 217 when I had to rely on these Sigma makeup brushes for a whole month in Brazil for the Miss Universe competition, all in all, I am definitely pleased with my brand new brush set. More brushes to love, what’s there not to like?

But seriously, less than USD 150 for a professional quality brush set is a steal, especially when you have fantastic face brushes, the pencil brush, eye shading brush and the medium angled brush bundled together. If you’ve always been unsure of what brushes to get to perfect your make up look, look no further. Christmas is coming and I’m sure Santa’s mailbox is still taking wishlists. Dont forget to ask for some Brush Guards too! 😉

What’s In My Make Up Bag – Eye Make Up

Mascaras and Eyeliners

If you thought I had a lot of products inside my make up bag just for getting the perfect face, here comes the fun part: eye make up. You wont believe the amount of time Miss Universe contestants spend doing eye make up. You know how they say the eyes are the window to the soul and honestly, nothing makes the eyes stand out more than smokey eyes and kohl rimmed eyes. Here are just a few of the tools behind those piercing eyes. We start with mascara.

Maybelline Define-a-Lash Volume Mascara: The sister to my holy grail of mascaras. This mascara gives volume to your lashes and shares the same properties as its sister mascara holding your lashes perfectly curled and prettily separated.
Maybelline Define-a-Lash Lengthening Mascara: I have a whole stash of this mascara in my make up drawer because you cant find it here in Singapore. I dont know how many tubes I’ve gone through but I never ever complete my make up routine without this mascara.
Majolica Majorca Lash Wing Gorgeous: With them fibre bits in its formula, I expected a lot more from this mascara to get them wing-like lashes. But I find it doesnt compare to Imju Fibrewig’s Mascara although you can use it on the tips of your lashes for a wee bit more length.

And then there are the various eyeliners to define the eyes.

MAC Eye Kohl: Intense pencil eyeliner that smudges for that partied-all-night look.
Kate Super Sharp Liner: As the name suggests, this flexible felt-tip eyeliner is super sharp and I love it for its precision and ability to give that perfect wing on the outer corners.
tokidoki Perfetto Eyeliner: This felt-tip eyeliner has played hide and seek with me countless times. But now that I’ve finally managed to catch a hold of it, I brought it to Sao Paulo
Kate Gel Eyeliner: My alternative to liquid liners because of its slightly softer effect.
Kate Pencil Eyeliner: Because I’m so used to gel eyeliners and liquid eyeliners now, this to me is like a baby eyeliner. Good for beginners of eyeliners. I normally use it to decide where I want to line my eyes before finalising the line in liquid or gel.

Eyeshadow

I’m a sucker for eyeshadows and its pretty palettes. If I could I would have brought all my eyeshadows, but obviously that’s quite impossible. So I picked those that would be versatile for all sorts of situations and those that would come out best in photos or telecast. Here’s the list:

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume 3: A mix of 16 of psychedelic yet wearable colours to match any outfit, how could I not bring this palette along?
Bobbi Brown Denim and Rose Palette: A cool-toned palette that packs everything in one.
Majolica Majorca Trick On Eyeshadow Palette: Used mainly for its Trick-on eyeshadow that’s great for highlighting the brow bone or inner corners of the eyes.
NARS Pandora Eyeshadow Duo: My all time go-to for black eyeshadow. This is THE undisputed best eyeshadow you have to get if you are a fan of black eyeshadow because it’s incredibly highly pigmented and blends well to give the perfect smokey eye.
Dolly Wink Cream Eyeshadow in Crystal: This cream eyeshadow is clear yet uber sparkly thanks to the obscene amount of holographic glitter in it. I love how you can use it all over your lid as a all over base shadow or add a dab of it over your matt eyeshadow for a hint of glitz.
glomineralsEyeshadow Trio in Napoli: Perfect for a soft day look.
Urban Decay Naked Palette: THE coveted brown palette that you can use either for day or night, smokey or natural.
Loreal Open Eyes Pro: Other than using the eyeshadows for day, the darkest colour doubled up as eyebrow powder for me!

To top of all that eye make up and put the finishing touches to striking eyes, a beauty queen must never forget to apply fake eyelashes!

What’s In My Makeup Bag – Face of a Beauty Queen

If you’ve lamented about the lack of recent updates, I will not hesitate to point fingers at my very comfortable bed that has held me hostage the past week or so since I came back. But other than that, I wish unpacking was an easy job, unfortunately it’s not. If I may be honest, I still have clothes somewhere in my suitcases strewn across the living room floor. But the easiest and naturally, most obvious items I unpacked first was my makeup and I thought I’d let you have a peek inside the make up case I brought to Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Inside My MakeUp Bag

Instead of lugging my original make up case that’s 4kg heavy across oceans and beyond, I narrowed the items down with the help of Mag from makeupstash.com for the specific look I wanted for the Miss Universe 2011 competition.

With 3 check-in luggage and 1 hand-carry, it was close to impossible to bring everything inside my make up bag for make up every day for 26 days. So I took a leaf from the travel make up kit I brought to Hong Kong and packed the essentials in my brand new make up bag given to me by Singapore’s one and only, Sarah of facesbysarah.com

I’ve split the entire stash into 2 parts. The first part focusing on how to get the face of a beauty queen (ie foundation, concealer, blusher and lippies) while the next part will be all about the eyes. So have you ever wondered what goes inside the make up bag of a beauty queen? Well, let’s start unpacking the contents and have a tiny peek.

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Olay Project 360 – Skin Pigmentation

Olay Singapore Rachel K CC Cream

After learning about general skincare from the pilot episode of Olay Project 360, you’ll be happy to learn how to combat skin pigmentation problems in this new episode with Olay skincare.

If you’ve read my previous post about how pigmentation occurs, you’ll see how the two Olay ranges can help get you fairer skin on top of using make up to achieve a flawless pigment free complexion. Rachel Kum, from Rachel K Cosmetics guests on this episode and she we get to put her award-winning CC Cream to the test. Watch the episode to see the effectiveness yourself!