Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fake natural lashes?

The lashes is actually fake but natural at the same time. Confused? So was I when the sales assistant told me about this product called Angel Eyes by Tsuya Tsuya.

She then gave me a product demo on her own lashes (I couldn't let her do on mine since I had my fake lashes on). It was amazing how her tiny lashes appeared to be fuller and longer by just applying a few dabs of the product which apparently were just fiber.

Read about the products in their website. I stumbled upon them at Sungei Wang Plaza where they are being sold at RM79.00 each. I will post a picture of me after applying the products soon.

Moisture Kick

I have long hair... And apparently my husband thinks that long hair is sexy and he would kill me if I chop them off! Being a baldie and a roughie, he doesn't know and couldn't care less about taking care of them.

Since I've been active under the sun lately, it finally takes its toll on my hair. Before golf, my hair was easy to manage and I have a routine of coloring, highlighting, spa'ing', treating basically anything to do with maintaining my hair.

And since golf, I noticed that my hair is a little bit drier. It tangles easily and the texture is not as smooth as before. And after a game with another lady golfer 2 weeks ago, while in the changing room I realized that I've forgotten to bring my hair conditioner so desperately I asked my golf buddies if I can have some of theirs. And Tini handed me her Schwarzkopf Bona Cure Moisture Kick in a spray bottle. It worked so well that I thought I've got to share it.

If you happen to hate applying conditioner after you shampoo, this is the product for you. It's also good for those who wants that extra conditioner even after you condition it. It's simple, just spray to your towel dried hair and just blow dry your hair like usual. The product will make the blow drying job easier. No more tangle, no more dry tips.

I got mine at a salon for RM45.00, not bad if it lasts a long time.

Monday, June 23, 2008

I dreamt of it long...

I've been told by Lucy several times that I should try using clip on hair extension instead of teasing my hair crown to get that volume I desire. Much as I thought about getting it, I didn't want it bad enough to purchase them online. For fear that they might not suit my hair color or I'd be disappointed with the length.

So when I happened to stumble upon a wig store in Jakarta, I was excited. Without thinking much, I tried on several pieces and it actually looked good.

I am not sure actually where you can get it here in Malaysia, but I have taken their telephone number and I will definitely re-order some pieces soon when I feel like it. I will definitely write about a store in Malaysia that sells this product if I ever come across one.

Meanwhile, this is how I look with those extra inches...

And a video tutorial I found on Youtube to show you how to put them on (Just in case you are curious!) ;)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Good day, Mr. Sun part 2

Oh My God! I found out from a magazine today that it is NOT ok to put makeup on when you plan to be under the sun for a long time... I have been doing that every time I was out playing golf, minimum of 4 hours at a time..! Wow! Luckily for me, I haven't seen or noticed the effect of such action.

Apparently, putting on makeup and foundation when you are going to be under the sun and sweat can cause bad effects... It can cause blocked pores thus resulting in black heads and acnes! Especially to people with open pores and oily complexion... Yup! That's me...

The magazine also said that if we must put on makeup for some reason, the best way is to use tinted moisturizer instead... The problem is they mostly come with SPF 15... which is not really enough because I believe that in Malaysia (tropical countries), we probably need at least 30++! Maybe slapping more means you give your skin a double doze but that doesn't sound right...

So, I'm going off to the cosmetic counters soon and start my hunt on the ultimate Tinted Moisturizer... Heard that the Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer and the Origins Nude and Improved Bare-face Makeup with SPF 15 Sunscreen are good buys... Well, we'll see about that.. Stay tuned for my review.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

MAC Tendertones


For a girly girl who likes the color Pink, this is a God Sent! The new lip color from MAC...

I'm going to MAC counter in a bit and get one and will let you know my finding... I am searching one pink lipcolor to replace my finishing one anyway..

Until then...

Friday, June 6, 2008

Sexy Smoky Eyes!

Everybody likes to feel vampy & sexy at times, apparently the smoky eyes are the way to go if you feel like it. Though it looks like it needs a lot of work, it's actually the easiest to do! You can't go wrong creating this look... As long as you know a few basic rules:

  1. It should be darker near the eyes and go lighter towards the brow. (not sure how to explain this properly)
  2. Blend the medium shadow & highlighter at the crease so you won't see the 'lines' thus, creating smoky effect.
  3. Line the eyes with heavy eyeliner, preferably with gel or pencil (liquids are for steady hands). My fav is BadGirl by BeneFit.
  4. Line lower eye and smudge it with same eyeshadow you used at the lid.
  5. Apply fake lashes if you like or you can just apply 3 coats of mascara if you are blessed with long, thick lashes.
  6. Go easy on the cheek and lips. Light pink on the cheek and nude color on the lips.
  7. The trick is blending well and drawing attention to the eyes.
Now that you have the smoky sexy eyes, dress to kill and oh.. don't overdo the hair.. attention should be to the eyes, remember?

If you can't really visualize the above, feel free to watch this home made video tutorial I found on Youtube...

Just to share, these are my tools for creating that smoky eyes...

Eyebase: MAC paint pot in Rubenesque
Eyeliner: Benefit's BadGal
Eyeshadow: Bobbi Brown Black Plum
Highlighter: Bobbi Brown Vanilla
Fake lashes: Shu Uemura's Smoky Layers

This is a version of my subtle smoky eyes


Monday, June 2, 2008


No, I'm not talking about the infamous movie by Nicholas Cage/John Travolta. I'm merely talking about makeup here. Makeup Foundation to be exact.

There are a lot of different types of foundation nowadays that I believe us girls are spoiled for choice. I remember when I first started wearing makeup, I didn't believe in putting on foundation. 16 at that time, press powder was enough on my still immature skin. I didn't have lines, dark spots nor a bad T zone.

As I grew older, I've tested and tried a few different foundation - Liquid, stick and 2-way powder. I remember my first 2-way powder foundation was from Revlon, my first stick foundation was from Maybeline and my first ever liquid foundation was from Cover Girl (At that time, the only store that carried Cover Girl was Tong Hing in Gaya Street).

And then just like skincare, no matter how comfortable I was with my first batch of foundations, I have to change them to adapt with the ever changing condition of my skin. I was quite happy with the Bobbi Brown stick foundation, but it felt 'cakey' on my oily skin. Maybe because I had to apply thick layer to smoothen up those uneven surface of my face skin. And it always ended up making me look like I slapped a few layers of paint on my face, you know, when it's too fair on the face and a tanned on the neck?

Recently I discovered a new liquid foundation by Shu Uemura. It's called Face Architect Smoothing Fluid Foundation. It's the best so far!

I've been applying foundation using sponge all these times, until the girl at Shu Uemura counter taught me how to apply foundation with the foundation brush. She was trying to push the foundation brush for me to buy but I bought this Bobbie Brown professional brush set not long ago and I was sure that foundation brush was in the set. And so I've been applying foundation with the brush. The finishing effect is much better than applying with a sponge and not so wasting. You know it's wasting that you use sponge, right? Sponge absorbs the liquid and you end up with less on the face. So. I've thrown away all the sponge that I have in my make up bag... Besides, they are not really that hygienic.

The beauty of going to a cosmetic counter is learning all these skincare & makeup trick from their in-house makeup artist. This is what I learned about setting foundation. After washing, toner and serum & moisturizer, wait for 3-5 minutes to let the moisturizer set before applying the foundation, and then only the concealer. And finish it with loose powder.. You get this routine, you'll get longer staying smooth face. Happy trying!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Lip Service... ;)

I am so sure that every woman, even those who don't do makeups, has at least one lip gloss/lip stick/lip balm/lip stain or whatever you want to call it. One thing for sure, all of them serve the same purpose, that is to make our lips looks fuller, therefore sexier... admit it or not.

Lipstick should be worn for longer staying color on the lips and must be applied after the lips have been lined. For truer color on the lip, some people suggested that make up foundation should be applied first. I think that every girl should have at least 3 different colors of lipstick; Pink to go with the cool eye shadow color, red to go dramatic with less eye shadow, and nude to go with heavily made up eyes. Also a lip gloss for days when one wishes to have that natural look; also great on top of lipstick.

There are many lipsticks with different formulas available at the market now. Long staying lip stick might be good for some, but for me the normal ones would do. It's just that I like white linen for my bedding and if I once use a long staying lipstick and the color won't get off even after I washed my face and use makeup remover on it. I ended up with stains on my pillow cases the next day. I don't like re-applying my lipstick a lot of time too but I find that it stays longer if I wet my lips now and then. Stays even longer if I apply lip gloss on top of it. And there are some people who like to use brush to apply their lipstick. Do yourselves a favor, don't use brush on your lipstick, lipstick... It's a wastage and you'd end up with ugly, crooked lipstick.. If you must use brush, get a palette of lip color instead. That's what the lip brush for anyway.

There will be argument on which lipstick is the best there is... People has different opinion and different choice. I love Shu Uemura's lipsticks especially the pink color (not sure what the color no is), Bobbi Brown for the browns, MAC for the nude (Not sure the name but it's from the N collection released earlier this year) and Chanel for the red (very Hollywood Glamor) and for lip gloss, nothing beats Lancome Juicy Tubes. The color and the nice smell that goes with it is irresistible. Don't believe me? Ask my husband!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

I spy with my eyes...

I know you have heard this before: "Eyes are like windows to the soul"... Ya, old news..

And I also know that cosmetic contact lenses color your soul, err... your eyes. And somehow it changes the size of your eyes and almost the way you look. Some people wear them to correct their eye sight and at the same time experience with colors. As for me, I use them just to experience the colors. And I admit that I'm guilty of trying every color there is in the market and almost all available brand in Malaysia.

I am sure that the popular ones are either Freshkon or Freshlook. There are no difference if you ask me. Some people thinks that Freshkon lenses are thicker than Freshlook. For me, the difference is only in the color and of course price. Freshkon being the cheaper lot but the price difference won't make impact on your wallet anyway.

I use them to enhance my eyes or at least the way they look when I go out for dinner, party or club. Once, I wore aqua color contact lens for a theme party and at that time I had super black hair, long and straight. People almost scared of me, I thought because I look like a goth girl, except maybe instead of black nail color, I use red, bright red. Needless to say, that was the one and only time I wore that color.

From all the experience I have with colored contact lenses, I learned that not everybody can pull off every color. While brown & green look more natural on my eyes against my skin tone, blue & grey make me look sickly. Don't even imagine me in purple! There's one color that's almost brown but it's lighter and if I'm not mistaken they named it 'Honey'... I look like I'm down with jaundice if I put that on!

But most of the time, I go crazy on my eye shadow and leave my eye color au naturel... Saves me from discomfort and dried up eyes. Especially when going to a club with all the smokes!! It may look sexy at 8pm when you are getting ready, but at 1 pm, people might scream thinking that my eyes are bleeding!

FYI, using contact lenses too often over time can tear your eyes and leads to infection. That's what happened to an aunt, the doctor told her when she went to do Lasik on her eyes, she had been wearing contact lenses everyday for more than 10 years!

Besides, don't you think that too much of fake are... well, just too much..?

Good Day, Mr. Sun!

I casually mentioned the need for facial sun screen to a girlfriend when she said that she has been using Lancome UV Expert DNA Shield with SPF 50. I thought I should try this on the days when I need to be under the sun for hours. So, I made my way to Lancome counter in Subang Parade and purchased one (costs me around RM160.00 for 30ml).
I didn't really study about this product before I bought one. I trusted my friend. What better way to trust a product than word of mouth? Being new to this (I usually put on moisturizer with minimal sun protection), I didn't know how and when to apply it. So, I instead of asking the consultant at the counter, I googled it instead and found this website. By now I already know that sun block is to be applied at least 30 minutes before skin exposure to the sun, and to be re-applied after 2 hours.

I have been using this for the last 2 months and so far I'm very happy with the result. I'm sure everybody's aware of what harm can the Sun do to our skin, and I'm sure don't wish to take it lightly. So far I haven't had any skin problem related to the Sun, around my face.. No pigmentation, no premature wrinkle and hoping that there won't be any forever! Just wish that it's a cheaper so I can apply them all over my body!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

False, Faux, Fake?

Lucy introduced or shall I say taught me about Fake Lashes in May last year. When I saw her wearing them when she came to visit, I was amazed or rather fascinated. I wonder if I could put one too. If yes, that would be the end of my non-existence lashes.

So we went to Shu Uemura's counter somewhere in KL and I bought myself a pair. I must say the first time I put it on, I had quite a headache. Maybe because my lids were adjusting to the increment of weight caused by the super thick lashes.

And then I got hooked. There was not one day went by without me wearing a pair. It has became an obsession... The first month was rather difficult for me to put them on. But then after that, it was total breeze. Now, I only need 5 minutes to put both of them on. Used to take me almost one hour!

I know Shu Uemura's lashes are getting expensive now, that's why sometimes I opted for cheaper versions. Here in Subang, it is very easy to get a good quality fake lashes, those that are normally used by makeup artists. They use synthetic hair but it's soft to touch, not as soft as Shu Uemura/MAC lashes. But strangely, these cheap lashes are more durable than shu uemuras or MACs. Maybe because it's synthetic but really, I don't know why...

Anyway, here's my collection of fake lashes.

I can't help but to let you know that my all-time favorite is Luxe Black by Shu Uemura. The look is soft & natural yet fabulous!
To those of you who'd like to try but don't know how to, you can visit any fake lashes counters and I am sure the sales people will teach you the way. The one in Wisma Merdeka was quite helpful. I post a video tutorial here I got from Youtube just in case:

Monday, May 26, 2008

How often do you change your skincare products range?

I know almost every girl can't go a day without skin care. I am too. My question is 'How often do you change your skincare product range?'

I believe that, just like antibiotics, our skin will eventually get immune after using the same skin care range overtime.

As for myself, the longest range of skincare I've ever used was Biotherm Biopur range. After almost 3 years, I found that it wasn't working anymore. Due to financial constraint at that time, I opted for less expensive products that can be found in pharmacy and tried Loreal Pure Zone. It did good to my skin. Friends & family told me my skin looked better, I guess they worked. I have been using them since.

Until recently, I took up golf which means I will be under the Sun for at least 4 hours at a time. I went to every cosmetic/skincare counter to look for something non-greasy and help me with uneven skin tone (must thank Lucy for this). After a lot of sampling, I decided on Biotherm Line Peel. Guess it's the right skin care for women of my skin's condition; scars, uneven skin tone, oily and aging.

Check out the range, click here.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Yet another blog...

A girly girl can never stops talking about make up or any other beauty products... Hence, the birth of another blog of mine.

It's true when they said "Beauty is not skin deep" but hey! it doesn't hurt if you are easy on others' eyes. I am sure that every girl wants to look their best everyday.

This blog is meant for us to share our opinions and experience with the massive number of beauty products that are available in the market now.

If you happen to visit this blog with only one post, do come back. I will be blogging about my experience with a girl's second bestfriend, cosmetics...


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