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Monday, May 2, 2016

Tutorial: DIY Low Commitment Rainbow Highlighter

If you guys are planning on just using a rainbow highlighter for a one off event and don't want to pay $20+ for it or DIY it, here's a really easy way of doing it!

1. Pick your eyeshadows/pigments/micas of choice. If you're using a pressed eyeshadow, scrub hard until you create a lot of powder. 

2. Collect the fall out on your brush

3. Brush it onto your flat, stippling brush in a rainbow layer

4. Swipe once on your face. That's it!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

DIY: Lazy Highlighter-Blush-Contour Combo

Yes, I've seen the rainbow highlighter trend, and while I'm in LOVE with it, it's just not practical for my face. So what I made instead is a Highlighter-Blush-Contour Combo. Check it out!

So here's how to do it. What you'll need is just:

  • Micas/oxides of choice. I buy mine from TKB Trading, and most sample sizes cost only $1.50 for 6g. You'll definitely only need sample sizes for this. To put how much 6g is in perspective, an average eyeshadow pan contains 0.5-2g of eyeshadow, and an average blush/bronzer pan contains between 3-5g of products. So if you opted for 6 colours like me, you'll have enough for at least 14 large blush pans (since we're adding fillers too). The ones I got were:
    • Ivory Lace 
    • Sparkle Rose
    • Mermaid's Gold
    • Apple Blossom
    • Aurora
    • Cinnamon Matte Tone (I think this has been renamed to Brown Oxide Matte Tone)
With the exception of the oxide, which is $1.75/6g, everything is $1.50/6g. On hindsight, I should've nixed  Ivory Lace & Sparkle Rose, and stuck to just Mermaid's Gold, Apple Blossom, Aurora, and the brown oxide instead. So total cost for micas: $6.25-9.25.

  • Zinc Stearate. Again, a sample size is enough, but if you want to use up all 24-36g of micas & oxides, then you'll need 8-12g of this (2 sample sizes). This is $1.50/6g, and it's cheaper to get 1 oz ($2.80) than 2 sample sizes (though 2 sample sizes may be cheaper if you factor in shipping costs). So this will cost you $1.50-2.80.
  • Sericite Mica. Pick whatever you want, I went with L-Lysine since that's what's available to me. This costs $1.50/6g. While 1 sample size can get you about 3 blush pans, you'll need 16-24g of this to use up all your micas and oxides. If you need 24g, it's pretty close to 1oz (28.34g), so I'd get the 1oz option ($2.80-3.50). So this will cost you $1.50-3.50.
  • TKB Trading's MyMix Clear Pressing Medium. $2.50 for 0.5 fluid ounces. 

Total cost of project: $11.75-18.05.

Now here's how to do it….

WARNING: If you're attempting to stamp cute designs onto your pressed product, do NOT use a stamp that's smaller than the pan. I did that and everything exploded out. I only got it right in the 2nd attempt T.T

IMPORTANT: Sterilize everything.

1. Place the micas and oxides in separate small ziplock bags. Mix 2 parts sericite mica with 1 part zinc stearate.

2. Mix 1 part mica/oxide with 1 part sericite mica + zinc stearate mix.

3. Mix the pressing base with the powders until you get this clumpy, wet sand sort of texture. Make sure you add the pressing base drop by drop in so you don't get it too wet.

4. Place in layers in your pan & drown in alcohol.

5. Wait 1-2h until the mixture is nearly dry. To check if it's the right dryness, dip the tip of a tissue on it. If the tissue lifts the mixture off the pan, it's not dry enough.  When you lightly press down, this should feel compact and not squishy. If if feels squishy, you may need to add more powder in. I definitely had to:

After adding more powder, add a bit more alcohol. 

6. To press it, place a tissue (you may need 2-3 layers so it doesn't tear) or a piece of cloth over it, and push down. Make sure you press evenly. If you go to hard in the centre, everything will spill out.

7. Optional step: After you press, you can draw and stamp patterns on it! I used a stamp and a nail dotting tool to get my design!

And here's how it performs on my face! Left is unblended, right is blended:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tutorial: Smoked Out Winged Eyeshadow

Here's the tutorial for the brown, smoked out wing eyes I'm sporting here:

Yes, I posted the tutorial for this look on my instagram ages ago, but I guess I just never got to uploading it >.<

My bad. Anyway, here's the tutorial!

1. Prime eyes. 

2. Apply your false lashes first if you have hooded monolids like me. Falsies alter the shape of monolids drastically, and can make this look end up looking off. Apply an eyeshadow close to your lid colour all over your lids to make blending easier later. I personally prefer to put this only on the top half of my lids, just so I can get the colour intensity I want on the bottom half. 

3. Line your lower lashline with a pencil liner (gel's ok, as long as the formula's smudge-able). Go slightly thicker in the inner corner and wayyy thicker on the outer. While keeping your eyes open, extend the line upwards, following the upwards slope of the outer half of your lower lashline. If you look at 3b, you'll see that this isn't a straight line at all. Monolids fold in all sorts of ways, so to get a straight-looking line, you need to draw crooked/wavy/funky lines to make it look right for your eyes. 

4. Fill in the gaps and thickly line your upper lashline. If you look at 4b, you'll notice that the bottom part of my wing still retains the funky shape I outlined in step 3.  

5. Smudge the edges of the liner. I use one of those sponge tip brushes, but you can also use a short, stiff blending brush or your fingers (super hard, but I've seen one girl manage this). 

6. Pat on a dark brow eyeshadow (black if you want more drama) over the smudged liner. 

7. Blend out the edges. I do this by softening the hard edges with a short, stiff blending brush, and the going over the blurred line with a dense, tapered blending brush dipped in the same colour. 

8. Using a fluffy blending brush, lightly wash an orange/light brown/rust/brick red eyeshadow above the blended dark brown shade. I personally like applying it in such a way that half of the brush is on the dark brown, and the other half is on the blank space. How high you go with this can alter your eye shape so much, so feel free to experiment with various placements to find what works for you. I find that for me, placing it higher in the center gives me a more wide-eyed look, and placing it higher on the outer corner like what Ike doing right now gives me a more cat-eye look. You may have to go back and forth between the brown and orange eyeshadow to get the blending right. The key to this look is smooth blending, so this will take some time.

 9. The look I'm imitating calls for a more defined wing, so sharpen your wing by sweeping upwards (still following the upwards line you created in step 2) with a q-tip dipped in eye make up remover. You can also touch up on the liner (I did), but remember to stick to the tip of the wings only and re-blend as needed. This is also the part where I conceal my undereye. 

10. Using a pencil brush, go over the outer half of your lower lash line all the way to the tips of your wings with the orange eyeshadow. Keep your eyes open for this since you may have to do a wavy shape to make it look even around your eyes. And you're done!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Tutorial: Eyeliner for Hooded Monolids / Single Eyelids

So I have hooded monolids (i.e. single eyelids with no crease, with most of my lids folding into itself), so as you can guess, this poses problems when it comes to lining my eyes, because my line disappears into my eyes as soon as I open them if I line them the mainstream way. I got asked about eyeliner placement for monolids, so I decided to do a tutorial on how I line my eyes!

I like lining my eyes with eyeshadow for a softer, more natural look, and I'm using My Pretty Zombie's Ojo De Gato for this!

1. The most important thing is to keep your eyes open for this. First, see where the outer part of your "eye line" slope downwards. I've lined this with a white dashed line on my eyes. Line the downwards sloping part, and then slope it straight outwards when you reach the corner. I've outlined the general shape of this line with the white dashed line above. It should look like the end of a gentle ski slope.

2. Now line the middle part of your eyes. I personally find going thicker in the middle (so your line looks like a squashed, upside down crescent) make your eyes look way larger. Extend the tip of the wing straight outwards. This should look kind of "weird" and way too high when you close your eyes. As you can see in 2b, the wing will not connect smoothly with your lashline and that's ok.

3. Connect the wing and semi-circle together and fill it up. When you get to the wing tip, keep opening your eyes to check how it looks as you connect it to your lashline. When I first started lining my eyes, I kept wondering why my liner always looked off and "blocky". Turns out, I can't line my eyes the mainstream way. When I close my eyes, the wing may connect to somewhere 1/4 into my lashline or look like a wavy block. Do what works for your eyes 😊

4. To get the line super sharp, I first put eye make up remover on a cotton pad and fold it in half. I angle it the way I want the bottom of my wing angled, place it at the bottom of my wing, and erase by swiping outwards. That's it!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Tutorial: Everyday "No Make Up" Make Up

Ok, so recently, I was requested to show a "no make up" make up, complete with a Before & After shot. Ready to see how I look like when I just woke up? Here it is!

And my friends don't believe me when I tell them how much make up I slap on...

Eye close up!

The highlight was supposed to be a subtle, neutral gold...but in a bad eyesight moment, I grabbed the wrong one...

So let me take you step by step through my "no make up" make up look, with full face pics of each step so you can see the purpose of each step and how it adds to the overall look.

I'll also go through what brushes you can use since brushes are damn important. I'll give several options for brushes you can use, because let's be honest, not all of us has the money to invest in an arsenal of brushes. As for where I get my brushes, I used to use Body Shop's, Bobbi Brown's and Make Up Store's brushes back when I was a make up noob. Now, I buy cheaper ones from eBay, Aliexpress, Masami Shouko, and Sigma. They're all as good! XD

First, here's me with glasses and without:

My degree's -10.5 & -8, so yeah, the lenses distort my face by a lot!

Apply Foundation & Concealer

And my friends say I have good skin. LOL.

Now, for your viewing pleasure, I applied concealer and foundation on my face. See the difference?

I normally do this after I'm done with my eyes in case I need to clean up fall out from my eyeshadow.


Step 1: Apply primer and line your eyes with eyeshadow

Brushes you could use:

Anything flat-ish to apply eyeshadow. Since you're sweeping the colour over a relatively large space, you can go with larger heads.

I suggest doing this with your eyes open so you can see where to place your eyeshadow. Pick whatever colour you want, but I use brown for a natural look.

Now I'll be honest, when I'm in a rush, this is all I do. It already makes me look prettier :P

Step 2: Elongate your eyes

1. First you draw a ">" shape at the outer corner of your eye using a darker brown shade (black for a more dramatic look). To figure out how to draw this, draw it with your eyes open. For a more cat eye look, follow the upward slope of your lower lash line, and extend the line upwards. For the more flattering "Korean" look, follow the downward slope of your upper "eye line" to extend the line downwards by a bit, and then slope slightly straight outwards. Think of the end of a gentle ski slope.

2. Fill in the ">" and blend inwards

Brushes you could use:

For step 1:

Anything that helps you create controlled lines

For step 2:

Anything you can use to blend with. You're blending over a large area so you can get away with fluffy brushes, but I still prefer a tapered tip to give more control.

See how much larger my eyes look?

Again you can end it here, but you can make your eyes even bigger....

Step 3: Heighten the center

Brushes you could use:

Basically the same brushes you used in Step 1

Grab the first colour you were using in Step 1, and make the center even taller. Check out how much larger my eyes look:

Using the pic from Step 1 so you can see how much taller it is, because I stupidly forgot to take pictures with my eyes open in Step 2

Again, you can finish the look now and slap on some mascara or falsies, but you can keep going too. Speaking of mascara....

Step 4-ish: The importance of mascara

Ok, I'll be honest. Sometime, I go "f- it" and skip the mascara. No one can see my lashes since they're folded into my lids anyway! But mascara does give your eyes a subtle pop! See the difference?

I usually leave mascara for last, but I wanted to show how much difference it can make to a pretty finished look. This is also the step where I apply falsies if I'm using them, just because falsies alter the shape of monolids so much.

Step 5: Line your lower lashline with something light/shimmery

Brushes you could use:

Anything you can draw a semi broad line with works. I rather not use a tightline/eyeliner brush for this since the line will look too tight and rigid

Ok, I messed up...I wanted to go for gold for this look, but accidentally got pale green (not colour blind, I swear). If you're using falsies, you may have to make the line thicker on the outer corner, depending on what kind of false lashes you're using. Start drawing from the inner corner and go towards the outer corner, thickening where needed. Just do what's right for your eye shape. See how much more awake I look now?

Step 6: Dot a highlighter on your inner corners

Brushes you could use:

You can go with fluffy or precise, but just make sure it's small enough to keep it controlled.

Just smack that highlighter in. I personally prefer the messy puff of shimmer looks more natural.

And you're done with eyes!

Add a nude/My Lips But Better (MLBB) lip colour

Add a subtle contour

Add blush

Sorry the blush isn't showing up that well in the pics thanks to the bright light. It makes a difference, I swear.

Do brows

 And I noticed I accidentally rubbed off the concealer on my nose and touched it up...


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Tutorial: Neutral Cut Crease on Monolids

Here's the before and after!

This is without tape or glue!

1. With a blending brush, roughly create the shape of your fake "crease" with a brown eyeshadow. I personally prefer using a tapered blending brush for this. Monolids tend to have a super flat plane, and blending the way we're usually taught to with a fluffy blending brush usually ends up looking messy and badly blended. You need a lot more control with the brush. Gently wash an eyeshadow that's a match with your skin tone (if you can't find a perfect match, you can go lighter) above this crease. It'll make blending easier later. 

2. Use a pencil brush to really define the line of the fake "crease" with a darker brown eyeshadow. 

3. Now that's you have your "crease", use it as a guide to blend the brown eyeshadow outwards and upwards. I'm still using a tapered blending brush for this. 

4. Fill the gap in the bottom with a light shade (I went with light taupe since I find it most flattering on my skin tone). See how crisp the "crease" is looking?

5. Take a colour that's about 2 shades darker than the light shade and gently blend it into the inner and outer corners. Apply the colour to the corners and blend inwards in a "<" sort of shape. I find for my eyes, it's most flattering for the outer corner to be blended to the point where it's nearly half my eye, and the inner corner is only about 1/4 of my eye.

6. Repeat step 5 with the dark brown, only stick to about 1/2 of the area you covered in step 5. Since monolids don't come with a crease, we really have to work on creating dimension to avoid looking like we got a botched up plastic surgery. It's ok if you're losing your "crease" with the blending, it's supposed to happen.

7. Take a black eyeshadow and redraw the "crease" line with an eyeliner brush.

8. Go over the line repeatedly with the dark brown shade, applied with a pencil brush. Do this until the line is soft.

9. Line it with a liquid liner. If you're not planning to use lashes, skip the rest of this tutorial and simply line your lower lashline with the light taupe eyeshadow (or go with silver or gold to make your eyes pop). I find doing anything with your lower lashline tend to make monolids look too bottom heavy without false lashes. If you're planning to wear falsies, carry on.

10. With a black (dark brown if you want something more subtle) eyeliner, line 1/5 of the inner and outer corners of your lower lashline.

11. I prefer applying falsies now. False lashes tend to alter the shape of my eyes so much, I need it as a guide on where to blend the lower lashline make up. Use a pencil brush to blend out the eyeliner on your bottom lashline with the brown shade.

12. Clean up fall out, go nuts with concealer, draw the inner corners with a liquid liner (optional), and your DONE!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Review: 4 Scents from Conjure Oils

I love Conjure Oils, so I was proud that I managed to limit myself to only 4 decants and a full bottle from their Halloween collection! The full bottle I got is Succubus, which I reviewed last year, and the 4 decants are new scents I'll be reviewing in this post. As of today, they're still available.

For my previous Conjure Oils reviews, you can click on the tag on the right or head here.


Review Notes

As always, reviews are done blind until the TL;DRs are written. If any of the notes surprise me, I write an overview. I've also started adding a "Final Verdict" section to help me keep track of my perfumes and figure out what to destash, since my perfume collection is starting to get messy. Here are the categories I came up with for my "Final Verdict":

  • Love: Most awesome perfume ever. Need endless supplies of it and will swap my first born child for the last drops of it if it's limited edition. 
  • Like: I like it and may buy a full size of it, but it's not urgent. 
  • Interesting: I don't really like it or I don't think I  can wear it in public, but I appreciate the artistry of the scent. It's like a beautiful but unwearable runway piece you won't buy on your own, but don't mind owning.
  • Ok: It's okay. I like it enough, but may destash for a good price to keep my collection manageable. 
  • Destash: Kill it with fire.
  • Age it: Maybe it will smell good one day. One day. Just wait.


Bloody Mary 

"Blood red gulab attar in full bloom, shy English violet, the passion of clove infused with red sandalwood, red blood musk and the innocence of the gift of crocus in the form of saffron threads all anchored in earthy russet patchouli saturated black honey."

Oh gods. This has that cleaning agent sort of chemical smell. Yes, I smell heavy, musky, super sweet candied roses, and hints of sandalwood. Yes, it's that kind of super sweet, candied rose + sandalwood scent that's super popular souvenir shops in India....but it's all overwhelmed by the cleaning chemical smell. It's as if one of the souvenir shops in India created a detergent or bathroom cleaner that would have a cheesy name like "A Whiff of India" or something. I actually like the super sweet, candied rose + sandalwood scent, and would probably buy a detergent in this's just that the detergent bit smell too strong for me to like as a perfume. It's the way some detergents make your clothes smell amazing, but you have to learn to ignore the detergent smell when you sniff it right out of the bottle.

After about 20 min, the roses do calm down until they smell more like an overly sweetened rose candy dessert, but the industrial cleaner scent is still there.

TL;DR: Souvenir detergent from India.

Final Verdict: Destash


STELLA, the Celestial Witch 

"Otherworldly and bioluminescent flowers deepened with the blackness of a night sky littered with stars."

Extremely sweet and floral, and blue. It kinda reminds me of a room spray. One of those pink ones with flowers all over and would make people declare that they hate floral scents. As I wear it, I sniff that kind of medicinal, game-y incense scent that NAVA likes to call "red musk", but mingled with the floral and the blue, it just ends up smelling like a dank, wet toilet sprayed with a pink room spray.

TL;DR: Dank, wet toilet sprayed with a pink room spray.

Final Verdict: Destash

Overview: Ok, the scent description is more of a story than actual notes, so I guess deeper otherworldly and bioluminescent flowers smell like a dank, wet toilet sprayed with a pink room spray.


Vampire Pumpkin

"Sensual chai spiced golden honey folded into pumpkin cream cheese and toasted oak ice cream finished with a dollop of vanilla whipped cream then drizzled with smoked sea salt and lapsong souchong caramel swirl."

Oooh...I love this. It's like a milky, sweet, golden ginger tea. I can only describe the sweetness as "golden". It just makes you think of golden honey or maltose, and it's beautiful.

Anyone else ate maltose frequently as a kid? They seal your mouth shut. Anyone has any idea where I can get these in Indonesia/Singapore? Totally craving them.
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The ginger isn't that subtle and it's more milky than spicy. Despite the milkiness, it's still a light scent and definitely a scent I'd recommend gourmand lovers who don't want to induce food coma all around them.

I get hints of smoked wood that can smell too burnt at times, but overall, it behaves pretty well and just grounds the scent to keep it from getting cloyingly sweet. As the scent fades, I do get a bit of a clay-like scent, but it's barely there on my skin.

TL;DR: Lightly gourmand, milky, sweet, golden ginger tea.

Final Verdict: Love


WENDY, the Tempest Witch 

"Breeze-dusted lavender honey, broom straw, silver bells, wind-whipped willow and Mercurial musk."

Lavender marshmallows. This smells exactly like that. Definitely powdery, but not in an old lady way, and so fluffy and delicious. Unfortunately, my skin eats the lavender marshmallow bit up really quickly, and after 10 min, it has morphed into this clean, wet, blue scent. It's the kind of scent you'd expect from blue liquid soaps in fancier bathrooms. I'm really confused. Where did the marshmallows go? At times, I catch a whiff of what was the lavender marshmallows, only they've taken a more camphor-like scent.

This scent fades super fast on my skin, and by 40 min, I'm definitely struggling to sniff it, even when my nose is pressed on my wrist.

TL;DR: Lavender marshmallows disappearing into blue liquid soaps.

Final Verdict: Age it