Applying makeup should feel relaxing and enjoyable, as much as it is taking it off at the end of the day and applying skin care afterwards. You can watch the first part of my night beauty ritual here, where I show you how to remove eye makeup effectively and completely using cotton buds.
In today’s blog entry, I show you my skin care routine that comes right after cleansing every night. This is a simple 4-step process, which means you can do this when you’re travelling light and will still have the essentials your skin needs.
To summarise, the order of the products you apply should be:
The best thing to do when missing a place you’ve recently travelled to is to explore another place. I know right now, being in New York is completely far off from anything Korean but it’s only fitting that this be my last post on our recent trip to Korea while I’m trying my hand at liking bagels.
One of the main beauty items I was crazily stocking up on while in Korea was the Innisfree Jeju House Fresh Topping Pack. You might have seen me rave about it on my haul video here. I love this mask so much and I’m so afraid that I would finish it up, so I haven’t dared to open a tub yet. In any case, I’m sure that time will come soon enough!
A snap shot of the Fresh Topping Pack bar at the store in Samcheongdong, previously seen in my blog entry on Seoul here.
Because this product range is so exclusive, you can only find it in two physical places in the world. One is the Innisfree Jeju House store at Samcheongdong in Seoul, Korea. The other one is at the Innisfree Jeju House main store at Jeju, Korea. I can’t say for online shops, but you definitely get the real deal in these two locations.
Do you follow colour trends? I don’t but if it weren’t for fashion, I would never have discovered the gorgeous, glamourous sunset colour that is rose gold. My favourite colour used to be hot pink, but then it became pastel pink, and now that rose gold has joined the party, I guess I can safely say that I just like pink.
I discovered this beautiful rose gold nail polish, the BUTTER LONDON ROSIE LEE, while working on my holiday glitter nails last December, and only rediscovered it after having moved to my new apartment and settled in. This rose gold shade is so pretty, you can wear it in so many ways:
on its own in one layer, showing off your bare nails below
on its own in a few layers, creating an opaque glitter nail polish effect
over your base nail colour in one thinly-spread layer
over your base nail colour in several layers for a more dramatic effect
along the tips of your nails for a glitter French nail manicure
as one of the layers in creating your holiday glitter nails (in my blog entry as linked above)
If you’re having trouble with lipstick, you shouldn’t. I know how tricky lip makeup can get, especially since there are so many kinds out there. Lip stick, lip liner, lip tint, lip gloss and so on. Even lip colour and effect can be an encyclopedia series on its own.
But that’s OK. We can always learn a new trick or two. Here are some really cool tutorials I found on Pinterest, which I think you might like.
Removing your makeup every night can actually be easy. I know a lot of times you may feel like it’s a chore, especially when you’re dead beat and just want to go right into bed. And besides, your eye makeup doesn’t completely get removed anyway, no matter what you do. But keeping your skin clean of gunk is the most important step to maintaining healthy skin and I’m going to show you just how you can clean your eyes the right way.
Here’s a quick tutorial on how I remove my makeup at the end of the day, starting from eye makeup and then moving on to the entire face. I show you up close and personal how to get tricky eye makeup off, especially eyeliner and mascara that doesn’t seem to budge from your lash line even after you’ve put on eye makeup remover. Cotton buds are your best friend.
The eye makeup remover I use (am on my repurchased bottle) is the L’OREAL GENTLE LIP & EYE MAKEUP REMOVER (also available on Watsons here). I like this eye makeup remover because it doesn’t sting the eyes at all, and I can open my eyes wide while using it to remove my eye makeup. It’s gentle on the eyes but tough on the makeup! Furthermore, it doesn’t stay in my eyes after washing with water and my final cleanser, the AVENE EXTREMELY GENTLE CLEANSER LOTION, so I don’t wake up the next day with blurred vision.
Win a full-sized BeautyMaker Matte Cushion foundation and more.
Have you had a bad week, or a bad day? Hopefully not but if you did, perhaps today’s blog entry will cheer you up a little. I’m so excited to be giving away a full-sized BeautyMaker Matte Cushion Foundation in shade Beige today and it’s really easy to win it.
Here’s how it goes. Follow the steps in the widget below to gain as many points as possible. The more points you gain, the higher your chances of winning. The giveaway is only open to residents in Singapore and ends at midnight on 4th September (i.e. night of 3rd September). Do read all the rules in the widget below before participating.
I recently attended the media coverage of BeautyMaker’s launch of several new products, namely the limited edition packaging of the Matte Cushion Foundation, the new Honey shade of the same foundation range and a totally new product, the Bye Bye Oil.
Taiwanese celebrity makeup artist, Kevin 老师 was present to grace the event, and to show us how these products work. He was such a funny guy, and I enjoyed the presentation thoroughly. It wasn’t just some boring old talk about how great their products are, but there were jokes here and there (his personality shone through very well), as well as a couple of demos which actually got me quite interested. Good looking models always work, regardless of whether they are male or female.
Congratulations to BeautyMaker on your 10th anniversary!
Throughout the presentation, Kevin老师 gave some beauty tips, which I quickly noted down to the best of my ability. Here’s what he recommended.
When applying skincare and makeup, let each layer sit on the skin for a while before putting on the next layer. This will allow each layer to absorb properly on the skin so that you can get the maximum skincare benefit of each product.
Rub foundation on before patting it to create an even finish.
When applying liquid foundation, use your finger to dab the foundation on under your eye area. This will create a more even finish.
Sun spots and freckles are caused partly by underlying dry skin. Use a lightweight concealor for these.
When applying undereye concealor, start from the bottom of the eye circles or eye bags and work upwards.
For fair skin, avoid red-pigmented products for undereye concealing, as the red will show up and be obvious. Red-pigmented concealors will work only for darker skin tones.
Use a brush, instead of your finger, to conceal acne. Doing this will help to prevent opening up of the wound, which can accidentally happen when you use your finger.
Apply powder products in a downward motion (not upwards). Otherwise, the powder particles will not sit will and will end up looking obvious on the skin.
Use your finger to dab on lip colour for a natural effect.
Here is a quick video I took of him showing us how the new Honey shade of the Matte Cushion Foundation can fit well for guys, and how it can remove facial oil. Check it out below.
I recently read an article on Digiday, which basically stated that consumers like us have cause fatigue because brands keep hopping on the bandwagon of supporting various causes. I don’t suppose I need to tell you the causes, but some include Earth Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Some other not-so-official ones could include causes that promote racial harmony, women to love themselves or even feminism – most of these being issues that activists are fighting for nowadays.
I don’t really get affected in any way when brands try to promote their products in the name of supporting a cause, because it doesn’t get me to be more involved in their campaigns or influence me in any way to buy something from them. When I buy a product that I’ve never tried before, it’s almost 100% of the time because I have heard good reviews about it, been recommended by a friend or fellow blogger to try it, or just sincerely got attracted by the gorgeous packaging and want to try it for myself. If it’s a product that I normally would use, but is re-packaged to fit the cause, I might consider only if I’m running out.
And I wonder if it has ever worked with you. When a brand announces a new collection, the sales of which would benefit a cause, would it encourage you to get something from it? Or would you be repulsed by it and swear not to touch anything from the collection? Or would you, like me, feel nonplussed about the whole thing and just want it to be over and done with so that we can all move on?
I wasn’t born with gorgeous Cara-esque brows, but like many girls out there who have the same problem as me, that doesn’t mean I can’t fake it. For years, I’ve tried my best to create natural-looking brows that won’t come off easily when I accidentally scratch it (mostly it’s due to a tickle from a random strand of baby hair), and I might have finally found the secret trick to do this. It’s nothing like glueing on your own hair to create brow extensions, but you get a good-enough effect that takes a shorter amount of time to create and that will last you the entire day.
We’re on the last leg of our Korea trip and this time it’s none other than Jeju-do! I love Jeju for its great local food and nature (and no, not really because Song Joong Ki is Jeju Air’s ambassador of the moment). There are several waterfalls around this little island but since we aren’t allowed to swim in them, they aren’t my favourite spots. I mean, after having been to Tjaetaba Falls and Buley Rockhole in Litchfield, Australia, any other spring or waterfall that doesn’t allow you to soak in it just doesn’t cut it for me anymore. Of course, I’m aware it’s for safety reasons. But not being able to get into the water takes out some of the fun, and I’d really prefer visiting places that are safer.
For the summer, this is the place to be when visiting Korea. You get nutritious food, great exercise with all the outdoor trekking you can do, plus you can also drop by the beach when you feel like it. Jeju is the place where you can achieve the beauty glow from within.
Here are 10 things to do in Jeju, all of which are featured in my video above.
1. Try the shrimp burger at HaHa HoHo Cafe
I don’t think I’ve ever had a shrimp burger that can match the one here. Although HaHa HoHo Cafe is popular for its black pig garlic burger, I highly recommend the shrimp one instead.
They have 2 outlets, one in Udo and the other in Seogwipo. The one in Udo seems to be the one that most people have visited, but if you prefer something that’s not on the beach and has a quiet setting where you can sit and calmly enjoy your food, go to the Seogwipo one. We loved the burgers so much that we went there another time before our trip ended, and the staff gave us a free serving of fries to thank us for returning!
Check out the burger in my video above.
2. Visit Jungmun Beach
If you like wind surfing, or watching people wind surf, Jungmun Beach is the place to go. The black rocks plus an endless view towards the horizon make for a refreshing getaway.
3. Visit Cheonjeyeon Falls
The second fall of Cheonjeyeon Falls.
One of the popular waterfalls in Jeju, this is one that’s got really gorgeous turquoise water. If you’re lucky, you won’t have to jostle with other tourists who also want a shot with the falls in the background.