Unless you have your own glam team, some (well, OK…most) of us don’t really have two hours to sit tight and do our makeup.

Check out your own routine. If you’re a simple type, all you need are probably loose powder and lipstick. But, seriously..who do that nowadays? Me? I need minimal 30 minutes to get ready and I am definitely NOT a morning person. At all. But this is what I do if I only have 5 minutes to spare (thanks to waking up late-I’m only human).  

Minute 1 : After my skin care routine (cleanser, toner and serum), I’ll apply BB or (lately) CC Cream. They are easier and faster to blend than liquid foundation. I finish with a pat of loose powder to eliminate unwanted shine.

Minute 2 : Sweep one color of eyeshadow. I prefer the one with shimmer texture and natural color, as it’s fool proof and will make my eyes look brighter.

Minute 3 : Line eyes with pencil, preferably in dark brown. Easier to smudge with cotton bud, no need to hassle with eyeliner brush. Then, curl the lashes sans mascara.

Minute 4 : Dust the apples of cheeks with a shimmery powder blush. It will give that extra freshness I need.

Minute 5 : Finish the whole makeup with sheer lipstick or tinted lip balm. Another fast and fool proof trick to stop me from looking pale.

Personally, I believe this 5 minutes makeup is just like putting on a good base for later touch ups during the day. You can always add up whenever you have the time later on, such as concealer for under eyes, mascara, and that red hot lipstick. 


As years gone by, I learned the importance of having the right night skin care. 

I’ve tried more than my fair share of night creams and serums, but my my my…it was so hard to find the right one. I want it light, non greasy, absorb immediately, yet effective and proven overnight without causing redness or worst..breakouts. A lot to ask, right? And I finally found: Make Up Store Hydra Night.

One of the skin care line from the Sweden’s beauty brand, exactly did what I wanted in a night cream. Simply called Hydra Night, don’t be fooled by its’ simple and chic dark packaging that looks like a cream jar. It’ a pump, which I thought is better and more practical, rather than you have to clean spatula after each used. Who has the time to do that, anyway?

I love the velvety texture, can’t explain it, but it seems like a mixture of cream and lotion. And the scent is not overpowering (some night creams are so harsh it made me hard to sleep), smell more vanilla-ish than flower-ish. The absorption is very good, and it didn’t leave any sticky or (worst) oily feeling. Applied on cleansed skin at night (two times pumped for the whole face), I believe it made my skin look more toned and very well hydrated (after that Air Condition blasted for more than 8 hours). When I used it on the back of my hands, they also feel soft and look rosy. It’s my current favorite night cream, I may say.


The latest trend for Fall 2012 Makeup is purple. It’s a neutral color for every skintone, just make sure if you have darker skin than mine, use the stronger purple color. My makeup by Yani from Make Up Store, who used The Spellbound Collection from Make Up Store Fall 2012. Love my lip color that achieved by Redwood Lipstick and Haze Glosslips.