MAKE UP TIME : HOW LONG DO YOU NEED?

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. 

CC CREAM : THE NEXT GENERATION

Did it live up to its “Color Correcting” name?

I purchased Rachel K Neutral CC Cream Blemish Balm in Singapore for the urge of trying what’s so hype about this so called the next generation of BB Cream.

Who is Rachel K, anyway? K, shorts for Kum, won Miss Singapore Universe title in 2009, and now a successful beauty entrepreneur, thanks to her love of make up. And CC Cream is one of her latest product, claimed to be a much-improved and refined BB Cream. With additional beneficial ingredients that are not in most of the BB Creams formula such as White Tea Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Deep Sea Water, Macadamia Nut Oil, Natural Vitamin E & Epidermal Growth Factor, Rachel K CC Cream promised to bring forth the quality of real skin-dewy, fresh, elastic with a glow.

Enough said, I followed the instruction on the box to apply. Five dots needed for each application: forehead, nose, both cheeks and chin. I applied on clean, moisturized skin so it looks a bit oily as you can see on the ‘before’ picture above. I blended with my hands, to get the feel of the texture. Its’ thick and gel like texture is a plus point as it’s easier to blend, just make sure you blend quickly before it dries. I didn’t smell any scents, so I supposed this CC Cream is fragrance free. Another plus points.

Unlike any BB Cream that I’ve tried before, this CC Cream sets to a matte almost powdery finish. But, since I have very oily skin, I still use face powder for the final touch. The matte effect did seem to last for about 4 hours on me throughout my day, before I have to touch up again. The neutral color is perfect for my skin tone, it just disappeared and made my skin look brighter.

As you can see, it did correct my skin tone, especially the redness around both side of my nose. Unfortunately (this is the minus point), it didn’t cover pimples and dark circles. So, I suggest you use extra help (read: concealer) for this matter. For above picture, I didn’t use any concealer at all. I promised myself, the second time around, I’ll use my under eyes concealer and MAC Studiofix as the final touch.

Overall, I felt comfortable using this CC Cream, as it felt like a second skin (but much better) without those heavy feelings like liquid foundation. I’m ready to convert to CC (next brand to try and review, CHANEL), as currently I prefer more effortless and natural makeup for daily look. How about you?

 

 

A TRIP DOWN BEAUTY LANE

Kicked off 2013 with family holiday. Fun in the sun, drugstores and beauty isles. Total bliss!

Went to Legoland Malaysia and short visit to Singapore with my boys. They came back with tans on their skin, and me? Still pale but happy with all the beauty products that I managed to get on such short trip. 

Here they are:

       Maybelline New York Lashionista Mascara

       Bioderma Sensibio H2O

       Essence Lash & Brow Gel

       L’Oreal Color Riche Le Nail Art

       Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Concealer Cream

       Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Powder

       Essence Nail Art Express Dry Drops

       Rachel K CC Cream

       Chanel CC Cream

       Majolica Majorca Lash King Mascara

       Guerlain Meteorites Perles

       Shu Uemura Karl Lagerfeld Eyelash Curler

       Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

       Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner

       Essence Quatro Eyeshadow

       Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

       Essence Fix & Matte Translucent Loose Powder

       Essence Gel Eyeliner

Can’t wait to review them one by one. Stay tune.