"no makeup" makeup look :)

28 June 2011

The magnificent Sam from Pixiwoo just uploaded a video about a "no makeup" makeup look using less products - basically from medium to no coverage but more on highlighting and just a touch of warmth on the face.. and funny enough I sported this look on my recent visit to lovely Melbourne just 2 weeks ago so I feel like I've connected with her in some way (cue hysterical laughter here).

Most MUA will say that to create a "no makeup" look you would normally use tons of products. Layers of foundations and concealers will be applied to get that "perfect" complexion. If you watch The Hills you would know that it's Whitney's signature look and she admitted to have more products on to get that look than usual.

That's why I think the "no makeup" look is much harder on days when your skin is not behaving well because you'll have more to work on than when it's all clear and bump free.

Now saying that, I've been a fan of this look for years regardless of the state of my skin. It wasn't bump free day all the time but on the days that my skin is clear enough, I would use less coverage, less products and still get the same look and sometimes better.

Which takes me to my next point, makeup looks better on good, well hydrated, well maintained, well taken care of skin. In fact the more you take care of your skin, the less makeup products you will use in the long run.

So here's a snap shot of my "no makeup" look (winter makes my skin behave better than in summer):


In case you're interested, here are the products used:

Clinique Superdefence SPF25 moisturiser
Neutrogena Intesive deep wrinkle eye cream
Clinique tinted moisturiser (shade 3)
MAC studio sculpt concelear (under the eye)
MAC Transparent finishing powder
Covergirl Mascara
MAC Spaced Out l/e (blush on the cheeks)
Revlon Nude Lustre lipgloss

I skipped any eyeshadows and liner only because I was wearing glasses. I like to feather up my lashes and make it flirty under the glasses :) Also I didn't have any highlighter with me at that time.

But that's my take on "no makeup" makeup look :))))

Are you a fan of this look?

New Love: Paper Cowrn (clothing line)

22 June 2011

Who's your favourite The Hills character? Mine is Lauren Conrad. I like her style and her work ethic and well her personality better than say her ex-BFF Heidi.

I was on Twitter and saw LC's tweet about Paper Crown - i was like "paper crown?".. I clicked the link and oohh-eemm-geee did my heart skip a beat.. the clothes are SOOO beautiful. Look at these: (Photo Credit: http://www.paper-crown.com/)

This is my favourite - I love the jumper, the hair and the pants! sigh.. I can see myself wearing all the clothes.. i want the jumper!
I wish Australian boutique will house some of :)

I know this is a makeup blog but can you blame me? These are all pretty!

I think I know what hairstyle to do on my next trip to the hairdressers :))

Follow Paper Crown on Twitter - @papercrownluvsU

New Love: L'Oreal Infallable Longwear Lip (Golden Peach)

20 June 2011

Meet my new love... L'Oreal Infallable Longwear Lip (16hrs)!!

Shade is "Golden Peach" - which is peach/coral with gold flecks.

I got this because it was on sale. I was heading to the counter to pay my items when the flashing "Sale $9 each" just hit my gaze and I found my feet walking towards the stall...I was hooked (as I always do)!

Choosing the colour was hard! They were all saying "take me home mummy" but I settled for something neutral/nude/peach :)

So how does this work? there are 2 tubes, the lipstick and the lip balm.

The lipstick dries out on the lips after application (as all other longwear lip products) and that's what the lip balm is for - to moisturise and add the extra shine.

I like the packaging, it's chic, compact and neat. It's clever how they put a mirror-like case.. points to L'Oreal packaging team!

I am sure you can use a different gloss if you wish but just bear in mind that you will need to constantly moiturise or else you'll feel your lips becomes very dry and tight.

It promises 16-hours and it delivers. There is small to none colour transfer which is a plus.

This can be a good lippie for weddings or any whole day event where you can't do touch ups that often.

Here's how it looks like on my lips - excuse the pimple marks.. this was taken at the end of the day, my concealer was just gone.


By the way, if you look closely it has a pearl-ish finish as well. If you know me you would know I am not a big fan BUT you can always make some exception :P This is one of mine! Ha!

Also I am sporting a Bobbi Brown look... hahaha the actual Bobbi Brown with me huge, dark framed glasses :)

new cheek combo: NARS Laguna and MAC Ladyblush

18 June 2011

This has been my "to go" cheek combo lately. It's very easy and both compliment each other - well Laguna compliments almost every shade of blusher out there (*if used correctly)


(funny is it, you still have the urge to tilt your head when looking at this photo.. even though it doesn't matter.. you still get the picture.. *boomtish*)

As you know, MAC LadyBlush is a cremeblush and you may heard/seen/read the rule about cremeblushes: creme on creme, powder on powder....but I broke that rule and happy that I did.

MAC Cremeblush works well on a powder base - in fact it gives me that dewy (not cakey) finish that I really wanted since my cheeks are the driest part of my face.
I tried to apply this blush on top of my foundation, before setting it with a powder, but I didn't get the colour payoff that I wanted... hence the breaking of rules and I've never been so inlove with a cheek combo until today.

Few things to note:

1. I used Nars Laguna more like to add colour/warmth to my face and less of the contouring idea the minute you apply a bronzer.
2. I use a stippling brush to apply my cremeblush

And here's the result (in 2 angles, because I can)



I wonder what's my next cheek combo? what's yours?

MsChikee Wishlist: Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Foundation SPF25

16 June 2011


Lo and Behold, another item added to my ever so growing wishlist of products that I want to get my hands on!

Bobbi Brown's Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25

The promo photo looks soooo divine. It looks creamy and rich and luxurious. The price on the other hand is a heart-attack in the making - this sells at AU$132.00 a pot - 30 ml (1 fl oz). - a bit too much to pay for in a foundation - in my opinion.

It is described on the website:

"NEW Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25 gives skin perfect coverage, moisture and broad-spectrum sun protection."

Now I wonder if this is something that will photograph well because of the high SPF - perhaps not a good choice for a wedding makeup?
Also by the looks of it, this foundation is intended for either very dry skin (ie, mature age) or sun-damaged skin.
I don't quite see a 20-something woman using unless she suffers from very dry skin.

It's great that it has a higher SPF though - I guess you can skip your sunblock when you use this?

But still I would like to try it this out - maybe not on me per se but maybe on future clients who requires more moisture.

Wishlist is getting longer and longer :)

YT Guru: Michelle Phan's Mascara 101

15 June 2011

Don't you just love Michelle Phan? If you don't know her then I don't know where you've been. She's the reason why I started all this makeup craziness. I'd religiously watch her videos day in, day out getting tips. And now her videos are just getting better than ever.

Like this new vid she uploaded about Mascara:


How straight-forward and easy was that? I enjoy these type of videos because of how easy she explains it. Now I understand why some mascara just doesn't work on my thin (barely-there) and facing downwards lashes!


Who's your favourite YT makeup guru?
What's your favourite mascara? - mine is Covergirl LashBlast

eye for an eye

13 June 2011

For the past few months, I've been trying out different eye creams - well just for the heck of it. It's the most frequent purchased skin care item because it finishes up quicker than your pot of moisturiser (or that's just me).

I've narrowed it down to 3 eye creams (for now) and I am hoping to try out the others when given some budget ;-) (these days it's all about budget I am afraid).

What I normally look for an eye cream are the following:

1. good formulation - it has to be less runny and less oily/greasy. should be able to hold in your concealer/makeup as well.
2. texture - it should be smooth and absorbs fast in the skin
3. packaging - it should be easy to get out of the packaging and hygienic (ie, tube or pump)
4. targets fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness
5. affordable

MY TOP 3

Top 1 - This Works Tired Eyes Serum

It's been part of my skin care routine for almost 3 years. It ticks everything in my criteria list except affordability. It sells at AU$75 here in Australia but like a said it's worth every dollar.

Packaging is awesome - it uses a pump. The formulation is fantastic - less greasy and it sinks into the skin fast enough that you can apply your concealer straight-away. It reduced my fine-lines and improved my dark-circles.

Top 2 - Neutrogena Deep Wrinkle Eye Cream
Now this product is awesome. It's almost the same as the tired-eyes serum only cheaper. This sells at AU$25.00 at Priceline. It has an entire range but I was only brave enough to try this one and I am glad I did.

Packaging is awesome, easy - tube is always better than pots.

It doesn't sink in the skin fast enough so you will have to wait a few minutes before applying your makeup on.
It keeps the skin under the eye hydrated so it's a great base under your concealer. It helped minimise my fine lines and great on dark circles too.

Affordable and it does the job!

TOP 3 - L'oreal Youth Code Eye cream

This is my current eye-cream.
I started using it about 3 weeks ago and so far I like it. I actually wanted to try the whole range - so maybe once my face moisturiser (night one) finishes then I'll try the Youth Code Night cream and serum.

Back to the eye cream - it is almost the same as the Neutrogena one except the packaging is horrible. I am not a big fan of pots. Most of the time it get stuck in my nails when I dip my finger in it. But the actual cream is great.

Absorbs well on the skin, holds my concealer well, hydrates my eyes (less flaky with makeup on) and so far I can feel the skin under the eye tightening a little bit.

It's sells at AU$33.00 (this was a sale price) at Priceline stores.

so there you go, my top 3 eye creams. what's yours?

MsChikee is back!!

Hello Petals!

Mschikee is back! after a long hiatus attending some personal matters - i am back on my feet and ready to write more posts.

I have some long overdue post like haul from my US Trip (yup, I went to NY and LA at the beginning of this year). Also my latest obsession, bronzer! and the new skin care routine since i am now in my 30s!

Thank you for all your support ladies all these months that I'm gone.

and here's an impromptu In and Out

IN

1. MUFE aqua lip liner in Red - this pencil is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! expect a separate post just about it! I will get more shades the minute i set foot in Singapore!!

2. Holiday in Singapore - it is still months away and I haven't even bought my tix yet but it is going to happen.

3. L'Oreal Youth Code eye cream - it's been weeks since i started using this and so far the only thing i love the most is that it absorbs through my skin faster than my other eye creams which makes concealer application a dream!

4. Korres lip balm - I've always been inlove-inhate with this product and I figured I love this better in colder months which is right about now :)

5. NARS Laguna - Bora-bora in a compact!! (I've never been to Bora-bora but I would expect a perfect sunkissed complexion when I do get there... one day)

OUT

1. MUFE Aqua Smoky Lash - for some reason the tube that I bought from Singapore didn't quite work for me! Panda-eyes galore (even with a lash primer). I had to break up with it!


And that's it for today. I hope you've been well when I was gone :)


xoxo
MsChikee