9 Beauty Tips from Taiwanese Celebrity Makeup Artist Kevin 老师


Kevin 老师 at BeautyMaker Event


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.


BeautyMAker Matte Cushion Foundation

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Rub foundation on before patting it to create an even finish.
  3. When applying liquid foundation, use your finger to dab the foundation on under your eye area. This will create a more even finish.
  4. Sun spots and freckles are caused partly by underlying dry skin. Use a lightweight concealor for these.
  5. When applying undereye concealor, start from the bottom of the eye circles or eye bags and work upwards.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

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Wednesday Musing: Do You Have Cause Fatigue?


Stella McCartney Breast Cancer Awareness Lingerie


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?

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Be an Expert: How to Define Sparse Brows with Ease Using Brow Mascara and Brow Powder



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.



Products I used in this video are mainly the BOURJOUR BROW DESIGN BROW MASCARA in 03 Chatâin and the Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow (you can get the very similar JAPONESQUE BROW KIT if your local drugstore doesn’t stock Heavy Rotation). And of course, to finish off your entire look and look polished, I always, always recommend the GUERLAIN METEORITES ILLUMINATING POWDER PEARLS.

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Korea Trippin’ 2016: Jelly for Jeju


Things to do in Jeju

Resort 2016.


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

Things to do in Jeju

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.

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How to Look Like a Mermaid While Exploring a New City


How to Look like a Mermaid


First, get mermaid hair. Next, wear mermaid tights. If scales on your legs is a bit too much for you, wear a retro-printed midi or maxi tube skirt (the prints also look like pretty mermaid scales). And then top it all off with some pearl accessories. Which is exactly what I did while hopping around Haji Lane on Saturday morning.


How to Look like a Mermaid

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Korea Exclusive Beauty Haul: Innisfree Jeju House, Dear Packer, Osulloc and More


Seoul Beauty Haul


Seoul is such a shopping haven, especially if you’re into skincare and beauty. I didn’t get to buy much in terms of clothes, because so many of the stores we popped into were selling them in free size, which were too big for me. Wait, or is there a trend in oversized clothing that I missed?


Anyhow, you need to read on and watch my video below on what I did get for myself in the end and find out where exactly you can find them too. There are several very exclusive beauty products that you can only find in certain stores in Korea, like the Innisfree Jeju House Fresh Topping Pack and my favourite Dear Packer Masks. I ended up buying so much, but I’m still so scared to use them all and have them run out before I know it. You get that too, right?

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How Pokemons Are Actually Us – Pokemon Beauty Woes


A photo posted by Virginia (@virginiaalanis) on


So recently, PokemonGo is the one thing nobody can stop talking about – or playing. While some of us have quit Facebook to get away from the madness, the majority of us just want to catch them all.


As I was playing PokemonGo in bed – I can reach about two Pokestops from there – I realised just how much we resemble one another. I mean, just take a look at these.

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Laced Ivory is Now The Skinny Scout!


The Skinny Scout


Happy National Day Singapore! We’re 51 this year, and I can’t be more proud!


Since it’s our country’s big day today, I thought it apt to announce that the blog has been undergoing a rebranding phase and officially launches today as The Skinny Scout! You might have noticed it over the past couple of weeks on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, but today is when the site is 100% live and raring to go.


So, who is The Skinny Scout and what is this all about? What am I giving away this time? Do watch the video below to find out how you can win some Korea-exclusive skincare items I bought this summer!


{Giveaway ends 15th August, 12am, and is open only to Singapore residents.}

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The One Place You Should Get Your Hair Dyed at in Singapore


Purple Hair Inspiration


I haven’t always had hair this crazy. I never used to like having my hair dyed but #YOLO came along and I realised that if I didn’t try and do it now, I might regret it when I’m 80 and bald. I know there are always wigs out there that are very convincing but nothing beats having your hair free in the wind and not having to worry about it flying off your head. Besides, nobody likes an oily, sweaty scalp in humid Singapore.


So I took the chance when Jean asked if I wanted to get my hair done at Le Jean Hair & Beauty Salon in exchange for a hair magazine photoshoot. The last time I got it trimmed was probably six months ago anyway. And after 6 hours at the salon, my red-hot pink-purple-blue-green-brown-ash hair was ready.


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Haul: O-Lens Korea Coloured Contact Lenses and Freebies


O-Lens Korea Review

A quick haul snap.


In the midst of everything Korean, I’m going to introduce to you my first-ever shopping experience at an O-Lens Korea store in either Seoul or Busan (I really can’t remember).


While shopping and visiting lively areas in the city, I spotted a few O-Lens Korea stores here and there. I never really bought stuff from them before because I usually get my coloured lenses online. But then it hit me, that I was in Korea and had real-life access to all the gorgeous coloured lenses that I could ever have for the foreseeable future. So I stepped into a random store one afternoon and asked a salesgirl if they had any 6-month pairs. Of course they did.


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