Tutorial: Makeup for Puffy Eyes (One of Those Days)


Makeup for Puffy Eyes on The Skinny Scout

Even if you feel like crap, you don’t have to look like crap (says Sali Hughes).


Ever had one of those days where you end up crying your eyes out and then going to bed? I’m sure you have. I’m also sure you don’t really like waking up the next day and find you can’t open your eyes like normal.


Hooray for puffy eyes. And yes, that’s me up there with my eyes and face all pouffy – but you can’t tell! It’s because I’ve got makeup on and today I’m going to teach you just how you can use makeup to deal with swollen eyes and face.

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Major Review: 10 Drugstore Mascaras on My Asian Lashes


10 Drugstore Mascaras on Asian Lashes


You cannot imagine just how much money I’ve spent on mascaras the past month! As a beauty blogger, and one that loves having long lashes to look more awake, I finally decided I had had enough of lousy mascaras. I don’t usually wear falsies because they are an additional step and can be quite heavy – I’ll talk about my love-hate relationship with them another time.


Mascaras for daily wear is good enough but when you find one that does close to nothing for your lashes, you’d wish you hadn’t even bought it at all. Since I use this daily for work, they run out pretty fast and so it doesn’t make sense to buy one from a luxury brand.


In this blog post, I’m going to review and compare 10 drugstore mascaras (shown below in alphabetical order) on my asian lashes. The pictures on your left are the ones that have been curled with a lash curler and with mascara on, while the pictures on your right are of my other eye without curling nor mascara. I’ve picked these mascaras from reading tons of reviews online and from what I feel you would have a higher chance of picking out when you are in the drugstore. There isn’t one out of these that I feel is the ultimate best – just the one that would suit your needs the most.


1. Australis Mega Lash Mascara

10 Drugstore Mascaras on Asian Lashes

This mascara was such a disappointment. It does almost nothing for my lashes, even though the hot pink on the packaging really drew me to purchase it at the store. It doesn’t hold curls at all and barely defines my lashes. I really wished Australis made a better mascara, especially since I love their AC on Tour Contouring and Highlighting Kit.


2. Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara Waterproof

10 Drugstore Mascaras on Asian Lashes

This was yet another sad case. I had such high hopes for this one, as so many people are raving about it online and it seems to be one of the more popular Bourjois mascaras. I’ve tried a couple of Bourjois mascaras before and they were better than this, which explains why I had no idea it would turn out like this. Again, like the one above, it doesn’t hold curls, though it does define the lashes a little more. I did notice the brush being more flexible than other mascaras. I got excited initially about the side magnifying mirror on the tube but that was about it.

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Wednesday Musing: My Shopping Wishlist for the Sephora Black Card Member 20% Off Sale


BeautyBlender Too Faced Collection


OK so if you’re a Sephora Black Card member, you’d be aware by now that there’s going to be a members-only 20% sale this weekend and it starts this Thursday, which is tomorrow. It’s the one time just before which you visit the store, try on as many products as you can to test them out and not buy anything. Then you go all out crazy once the sale is on.


If you identify with this, then hooray, we must be soul sisters. I can hardly contain my excitement right now, so why not just make a list of all the things I’m considering getting? Here we go (with bated breath).



I tested this one yesterday, and love the way it felt on my skin. It blends so nicely onto the skin and looks so natural when it dries. Definitely need to get the shade Cream Beige, though I’ve just realised that the shades in Singapore don’t exactly have the same name as the ones on the Sephora US website.



This seems very promising as a powder compact. It’s formulated without parabens, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, GMOs, synthetic fragrances, triclosan, gluten, mineral oil and talc. While not all of these are really bad for the skin, it’s nice to know that there isn’t synthetic fragrances, mineral oil and talc because these wreck havoc for me. Plus, with the crazy number of shades they have, ranging from pink undertones to yellow ones, and all colour coded as well, I’m very sure I’ll find one that fits me.


3. Dior Diorskin Forever Compact Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup SPF25

This is the foundation I’ve been using for years and though it has worked really well for me, I’m trying to search for alternatives out there just to shake things up a little. I guess it’s either the Cover FX one above or this.

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Giveaway: Win a Brand New Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Glove!


Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Glove


Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Glove Giveaway


It’s Monday, and we all hate Mondays. That’s why I’m giving away a brand new Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Glove today! This product has been quite the popular item for beauty lovers out there, especially those of you who use a lot of brushes and feel that washing them can be a chore sometimes.


If you want to find out how you can use this product to clean your makeup brushes, beauty vlogger Camila Bravo did a very helpful video tutorial on it. You can watch the video below.

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Lip Product Addict Tag: What’s the Best Drugstore Lipstick?


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Beauty blogger Rabia from the UK recently did the Lip Product Addict Tag on her blog (you can read it here). I got inspired too, and thought I’d do the same! It’s not a new tag, but even if I had done this one 5 years ago, my answers would be different now. So let’s begin!


1. Favorite balm/treatment?

I don’t have one at the moment, but I really love the SARA HAPP ONE LUXE GLOSS. I love the shade The Pink Slip, which is great for a casual daytime wear, and it is just so moisturising you might as well call it a tinted, glossy lip balm. To find out more about this lip product, check out my blog entry on My Travel Essentials: Makeup Edition.


2. Best eye-catching red?

Definitely the JULIE HEWETT FEMME NOIR LIPSTICK from the Noir collection! This red is such a classic Hollywood red that really anyone can wear. And I mean everyone!

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Wednesday Musing: The Story of my Defaced Chanel Jumbo (Part 1)


Chanel Jumbo Caviar GHW

The sales girl at Chanel took way more pictures of my Jumbo than I did.


Never in my life had I looked at a bag of mine and shrieked in absolute horror. Where do I even begin? I could start with having left my Chanel Jumbo in its Coco Mademoiselle-illustrated dustbag on my soft bedroom stool for over a month (and therefore not realising if this had happened way before today). I could also start with the pile of clean laundry that’s begging to be ironed, sitting on my couch beside my bag, after a weekend of F1 revelry. Or I could just backtrack and talk about the moment I bought it some years ago (oh wait, actually I already did).


But none of that matters now. Not now when I’m taking a quick glance at this treasure and see some glaringly obvious dark blue spots on its otherwise flawless chain strap. I don’t think I’ve ever opened my eyes – and mouth – this wide before, and the last time I held my breath for this long was when we were kids and competing to see who could stay underwater the longest. The fact is this, that my beloved Chanel Jumbo is now completely destroyed.

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Giveaway: Win NYX Matte Lipsticks, a Lash Curler and More!


NYX Matte Lipstick Giveaway on The Skinny Scout

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I have so many beauty products and only one face. God knows why I still buy so much makeup!


If you had watched my latest video on my NYC Beauty Haul, you’d have seen these goodies which I’m giving away today. All of them are still brand new and most are still in their packaging (even if they’re not, I promise I have not used them at all), and I think it’s wiser to find them happy homes. After all, I might only end up using them once or twice, and then unintentionally shove them in a corner to be lost forever. Better for them to be loved by you!

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NYC Beauty Haul: Japonesque, Palladio, Jouer and More!


NYC Beauty Haul by The Skinny Scout

So excited to share these with you!


The waiter at Bar Sardine was right. There’s New York, and then there’s the rest of the world. How can I even begin to describe the wonderful time I had in New York?


Yes, maybe shopping. Beauty shopping, to be more exact. I can see why it’s so easy to look put together when you’re living in New York. You’ve got so many good beauty brands, and a large proportion of that is on discount. Even if they’re not on sale, the fact that you can find them here is still testament to the ease with which you can look flawless all day every day.


I ended up buying more beauty products than I needed but when else would I get them, right? I mean, visiting Birchbox Soho was definitely one of the highlights of my trip, and I talk about my experience there in the video below. If you want to skip to the entire list of products, you can watch the video on YouTube, as it’s all listed out in the video description.

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Why I Will Never be a Fashion Blogger (Style is Another Thing All Together Though)


The Skinny Scout in Little Italy, NYC 2016

Exploring Little Italy in New York.


We’re in the midst of New York Fashion Week as you’re reading this, and it can’t be more exciting to hear about all the new collections strutted down the runways. There’s a part of me that wished with all its might that I were there, back in New York and a part of the crowd, immersing in all the energy that’s revolving around anyone with a name in the fashion industry. But there’s also a part of me that knows this would probably never happen – because I won’t ever be a fashion blogger.


And the main reason for this is that I cannot, for the life of me, wear anything that goes beyond my mid-thighs paired with a sleeved top on a daily basis. Living in Singapore means you get scorching hot sun with cloudless blue skies one minute and a crazy downpour the next – and all of that in a day. I don’t sit in an office all day and be protected from these weather extremes. Neither do I have a car, nor take cabs often when I need to get to places. Instead, I wander out for work and chores like grocery shopping and what nots – and yes, I take the public transport (which means I sometimes need to run for that bus or bake under the sun while I wait for the lights to change). For someone like me who is hands-on in everything that I do, functionality in the way I dress is more important than anything else.


I guess that could be why I’m resigned to fate. I’m so much more of a beauty person than a fashion person. While I probably wouldn’t recognise a new limited edition clutch from Valentino, I can tell you about SCENT OF A DREAM from the Charlotte Tilbury X Kate Moss collab. I just can’t help it! A beauty counter filled with rows and rows of eyeshadow pans can make my heart flutter more than a shelf full of Chanel Jumbos ever could. I suppose the vain queen in me will never be able to hold off looking into the mirror for long.

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The Ultimate Beauty.com Closing Down Sale: Ends 30th Sept


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Yes, you read that right. Our beloved online beauty store, BEAUTY.COM (and Drugstore.com) is shutting down for good. I haven’t been a frequent shopper on the site, but have definitely bought stuff from them in the past.


I still remember the first time I discovered Beauty.com: it was around the time when people started doing sprees on LiveJournal. And now that they’re moving on to greener pastures (I believe), a part of the old me feels like it’s dying. All the history, my teenaged years, my first forays into the internet and online shopping… all gone just like that. Excuse me while I bawl my eyeballs out for a second.


Anyhow, now that news has spread, I don’t see how Beauty.com will retract their statement and suddenly decide to not close down anymore. So we all might as well make good use of the opportunity and shop early for Christmas presents. Right? Christmas can never come too early.


I’ve picked out some awesome products from the Beauty.com sale and am sharing them on the blog today. Almost all of them are on sale, regardless of whether it’s Urban Decay, Japonesque or Amazing Cosmetics. If I were you, I wouldn’t hesitate any longer.


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