Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bollywood Glam | Smokey Coppery Makeup

Another tutorial up on Youtube. This time it is Bollywood or Indian makeup inspired! Let me know if you have any other looks in mind that you would like me to recreate!








Face
MUFE HD Primer #0
Benefit Porefessional Primer
Mac Pro Concealer in NC45
Mac Select Cover Up in NW35
Mac Blot Powder in Dark
Mac Studio Fix Powder NC45

Eyes
NYX Eyebrow Gel Esspresso
Rimmel Khol eyeliner
Makeupgeek Coco Bear e/s
Le Femme Copper pigment
Sugar pill Bullet proof e/s
Mac Reflect Copper glitter
Mac Whisper of guilt extra dimension skin finish
MUFE aqua cream in #27 (matte gel liner)
Benefit They Are Real Mascara
Japanese brand eyelashes (bought is here is HK Sasa)

Cheeks
La Femme blush in Mocha
Mac Whisper of guilt extra dimension skin finish

Lips
Nyx Current Lip liner
Maybelline lip polish 08


Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sparkly Festive Red Makeup Tutorial

Yes, I know! Been under the radar for a while. Life has been very good and busy for me! Now that I have more time, thought of doing a makeup tutorial since I have been always asked to do one!

This look is perfect for the festive season! One cannot go wrong with this one, as I have made it as simple and easy to follow using few products. If you do not have the same product as what I have used in this video, just use whatever you have at hand.

My camera does not do justice to the sparkly pigment I have used here! So watch the video to see this beautiful pigment from Makeupgeek.com.






Products used:


Face
MUFE HD Primer #0
Benefit Porefessional Primer
Mac Pro Concealer in NC45
Mac Select Cover Up in NW35
Mac Blot Powder in Dark
Mac Studio Fix Powder NC45

Eyes
NYX Eyebrow Gel Esspresso
Mac Pro Long Wear in Layin Low
Makeupgeek Coco Bear e/s
Makeupgeek Glamourous e/s
MUFE aqua cream in #27 (matte gel liner)
MUFE #10 Crayon liner
Benefit They Are Real Mascara
Japanese brand eyelashes (bought is here is HK Sasa)

Cheeks
La Femme blush in Cinnabar
Makeupgeek Glamourous e/s

Lips
Nyx Current Lip liner
Mac Viva Glam Rihanna lipstick


Thanks for coming by!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Internship : Difficult week

3rd week update of internship at MGB. Wow, time has passed so fast. After having been sick for almost two weeks, I am feeling better however, I do feel very tired as I am 5 1/2 months pregnant and my belly is rapidly growing bigger. OK, back to business. Last week, I was rather busy with getting my samples for my collection done. I must say that it was also a demoralising and difficult week. 
When you are new in the industry, doing internship in a company and at the same time getting a collection made and ready for buyers to see, can be a daunting process. The reason is people do not see you as an equal (especially when you are non local and new). They see you as an intern first than a fashion designer. Also, I do blame this on language barrier as majority of my colleagues prefer speaking Cantonese than in English. So majority of the information that is passed around in the office does not really reach me as clear as my other classmate who is local and also doing internship at the same office. I am not used to this as I come from a very multi-cultural background in Singapore and everyone speaks English as a common language. Getting sizing and other fabric details has been very difficult. Even though I say this, I still think I am surrounded by nice people.
Most of my samples from the manufacturers have arrived and I have checked them. Some are a hit and some are not. Since the client I am working with is price aggressive, I had to keep my high expectations of quality slightly lower. Also, I am inexperienced. I feel like a big load has been put onto my shoulders when I am not adequately trained. In school, I have not learn how to do a proper spec sheet, not very clear on how to put for a clear and harmonious collection that is colour co-ordinated. I have not learnt how to do grading for sizing, oh not forgetting I don’t even know what is needed in a technical drawing. Everyone thinks that I have to know everything because I won a competition. So as you can see, learning as been quite a up hill journey as I have to source my information from the internet mainly. 
One big lesson I learnt in the pass week is that never assume that factory/manufacturers know my design. I have to be more specific in measurements and other details of the garment. Since this is my first time doing something big like this, I was not aware of how things run as these are not things we learn in school. Oh btw, did I mention that I am in my early 2nd year in my education. So maybe I should stop being hard on myself at times. 
Now my biggest worry is getting everything sorted out before the client/buyer comes in for viewing of the collection in mid november. Since my immediate boss has changed her mind about my colour choice for this collection, I have to wait till she approves my new proposal for fall/winter collection before I can further go ahead will the final samples. Fingers crossed, she will approve them real soon.
I do apologise if you find this post more on the negative side. I am only stating the fact and letting you know the real issues of working in a non-english speaking environment and since I am inexperienced in this industry, it makes things worst! I keep reminding myself that I am here with a goal and I will achieve it no matter what comes my way! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Internship update for day 3,4 & 5

Internship day 3, 4 & 5 update. I am feeling under the weather. Having a cold with fever. Went to the clinic to check if it was a viral infection or so. Well, it’s nothing serious but I was told that I was having a chest infection and had to rest for two days (sick leave) or more. My body is aching. My two year old son is also not very well for almost one month. He has bronchitis so you can imagine the sleepless nights both my husband and I have been having. Oh did I mention that my husband is also having bronchitis and is on anti biotic medication. In short the whole Preve family is on it’s low right now. I pray my son gets better.  As a mother I feel helpless when my boy calls for me and says 'Mama, pain' putting my hand on his chest and throat. Breaks my heart! 
Coming back to work related matters, I am still trying to get my textile print in place. Here are some examples of what I have done so far. Still trying to twig the colour palette. Since this is going to be never out of stock baby essential items.


What do you think of this colour palette? Do you think it's baby friendly or is it too loud for being baby wear? 

That's all for now, will check in later for today's update!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Internship day 2

It’s day 2 of my internship. It’s going slow yet productive. I am working on textile prints for a newborn baby essentials kits. It will include hats, mittens, socks, burp cloth and washcloth. Perfect as a gift for expectant mothers. I remember when I was pregnant with Gabriel, I was not too sure on what were the things I needed for when Gabriel came into this world and this was when I was living in Sweden.
Back in Singapore, there was an option for mothers or basically anyone to buy an essential kit from the local super market. It had all the needed clothing items a newborn needed. Also I remember buying those kits for my pregnant friends and relatives. It was a perfect baby shower gift set. So after two over years here I am sitting in MGB designing a kit for newborns. What a coincidence! 
Working on prints is not my forte to be honest but I find it really interesting as I am learning how to work in Adobe illustrator and Photoshop. Unfortunately, I did not learn much in Raffles design institute as the lecturer who taught us CAD several semesters back was not in the fashion field. He was a game programmer. Btw, he has left the school! Yes I know, it sounds really ridiculus that the school would assign a teacher to teach CAD to fashion design students when he specialises in game programming. 
Oh well, it’s water under the bridge now. I had to learn Photoshop and illustrator on my own as a result. Not complaining but it did cost me. I took a e-course with lynda.com. It has helped me so much. I learned most of what I needed to know to create flat drawings. However, I am still figuring out how I could create prints. 
Here is a sample of what I have created so far. the theme for my prints is going to include bees and cute birds. I will show you the progress as and when I get the time.

I am looking forward to completing this collection this week. So fingers crossed. I hope I don’t get a mental block. That is it for now. See you tomorrow!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Internship with MBG METRO group buying Hong Kong Ltd

It’s my first day at MGB Metro HK Ltd. Well it is not really the first day, I have been here for the past 6-8 weeks, coming in every once a week usually either on thursdays or fridays. For the next 3 months or so, I will be here full time. This internship came about after I won 1st prize for a design competition hosted by Real (Germany hypermarket) and MGB METRO Hong Kong Ltd. It was rather a pleasant surprise because I always felt that I was quite old fashioned with my design sense. Well, that’s what my lecturer once said. 
Unfortunately, I am unable to to show you guys my work because of the confidentiality clause I have signed with this company. The clothes I designs are in sampling and production phase right now. They will be sold in Real hypermarket in Germany in F/W 2015. I have been given a couple of design projects to work on for this internship. They include, baby essential kits, maternity wear for spring summer and kids christmas special edition for FW2014. 
From what I have heard, usually interns are not really treated well. They are usually made to fetch coffee and run errands for the boss. Over here at MGB, I can sense that this is not the case. Since this is a big organisation, I feel like I am part of this organisation and am treated like an equal just like the others. 
Being a mature student, I really miss working in the real world. School can be darning at times, that's probably because of my age and experience in life. I am definitely not the typical 18 year old whose mummy and daddy is the one paying for school fees and have no worries in the world. I am a mother, expectant mother, wife and student. It is not easy managing everything but I keep telling myself that this is my chance to build my second career in life and I have to do it by hook or crook. Thank God for my 10 years of military training. Endurance and perseverance is the way to go for now.
I must mention that I am not paid anything during this internship. Instead I get to experience the sampling, production and eventually retail of my designs. This is an amazing opportunity for me. It’s that many times in life good opportunities come by and when they do, make full use of it and enjoy every bit of it. That’s it for the first day of work. See you tomorrow.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Bronzy Smokey Eyes with Red lipstick | Lorac Pro Palette & Mac Rihanna Vivia Glam


Bronzy smokey eyes with red lips makeup look using the Lorac Pro palette. The 'STAR' product for this makeup is the Viva Glam lipstick in Rihanna. This lipstick is a 'must have' if you are similar to my skin tone. Gorgeous!



Want to look fabulous and classy on a night out, this is the look for you! Try it and let me know how it turned out.

Products used:

Face
Rimmel All Matte Primer
Mac Pro Concealer in NC45
Mac Select Cover Up in NW35
Mac Match Master foundation in 7.0
Mac blot powder in Dark

Eyes
MUFE Aqua brow #30
MUFE Eye primer
Lorac Pro neutral palette Cream e/s (entire lid)
Lorac Pro neutral palette Taupe e/s (crease)
Lorac Pro neutral palette Espresso e/s (outer v)
Lorac Pro neutral palette Lt Bronze e/s (highlight)
Mac Khol pencil in Definitely Black
MUFE aqua cream in #27 (matte gel liner)
Rimmal Scandal Eyes mascara in Black
Japanese brand eyelashes (bought is here is HK Sasa)

Cheeks
Nyx Matte Bronzer in Medium
La Femme blush in Cinnabar
Mac mineralised skin finish in Gold Deposit

Lips
Nyx nutmeg lip liner
Mac Viva Glam Rihanna lipstick
Mac Viva Glam Rihanna lipglass

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Contour & Highlight tutorial for Medium to Dark skintone

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for coming by. I have yet another useful video tutorial on my Youtube channel showing you how I contour and highlight my face. This method is very easy and I do it all the time. I do understand that finding a right contour shade can be tricky. So I have included other recommendations of products for both highlighting and contouring.

In this picture, you can clearly see how my face has transformed from bare faced to pretty faced (trying to be modest LOL!). Makeup does help with enhancing features.Two key things to remember:   To accentuate certain features of your face use a highlighting product. To define some parts of your face, use contouring products.


In the bottom picture, even though I have my foundation and eye makeup on, my face does look flat. After contouring and highlighting, there is some definition and dimension to the face.


The products used in the tutorial are:-

Contour - Nyx matte bronzer in Medium
Highlight - Whisper of gilt extra dimension skin finish MAC

NOTE: I do understand that the Whisper of gilt extra dimension skin finish from MAC was limited edition. You can surely use a eyeshadow or shimmery product that is similar to that.

Here are some other recommendations for contour and highlight products:-

Contour 
e.l.f Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Turks & Caicos (Link Here)
Ben Nye eyeshadow in Mocha & Cork (Link Here)
MAC mineralized skinfinish in Dark (Link Here)

Highlight
MAC Ricepaper eyeshadow (Link Here)
Kiko Make Up eyeshadow in 208 Light Gold (Link Here) - MYPERFECTRED blogger recommended this.

There are so many wonderful products out in the market that will work for us dark skinned women. It's a matter of finding the time to research and trying them out. If anyone has other product recommendations, please feel free to mention them in the comment section. I am sure it will help fellow readers/bloggers.


  

Hope you find this blog post and tutorial useful. See you later.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Turquoise & Royal Blue Eyes with Orange Lips | Urban Decay Electric Palette

Hi Everyone,

Here is a makeup look featuring the Urban Decay Electric Palette. OMG, what can I say, this is the palette of my dreams. Vibrant and vivid colours in one palette. I will do a detailed review in a later post. For now, please enjoy my video tutorial and pictures.





Full list of products used:

Face
MUFE HD primer #0
MUFE HD Foundation 173
La girls pro concealer Almond
Mac blot powder in Dark

Eyes
MUFE Aqua brow #30
MUFE Eye primer
Mac paint pot Groundworks
Lorac Pro neutral palette Taupe e/s (crease)
Lorac Pro neutral palette Cream e/s (highlight)
Lorac Pro neutral palette Lt Bronze e/s (inner 1/2 of lid)
Lorac Pro neutral palette Sable e/s (outer v)
L'Oreal Gelmatic liner in Turquoise
UD Electric palette Gonzo e/s
UD Electric palette Chaos e/s
MUFE aqua cream in #27 (matte gel liner)
Maybelline super film mascara in Black
Japanese brand eyelashes (bought is here is HK)

Cheeks
Mac minerlized extra dimension in Whisper of gilt
ELF contour and blush in Caicos and Talcos

Lips
Nyx nutmeg lip liner
Milani colour statement lipstick in Sweet Nectar


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Fresh & Bright Spring Makeup tutorial

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are enjoying the lovely weather. It's nice and warm here in Hong Kong. So here is a makeup tutorial that is great for Spring season.







Products used:

Face
MUFE HD primer #0
Mac Prolong wear concealer in NC45
Mac Matchmaster foundation in #7
Ben nye luxury banana powder

Eyes
MUFE Aqua brow #30
MUFE Eye primer
Mac studio fix powder NC45 (blending colour)
Mac minerlized extra dimension in Whisper of guilt (for lid and brow highlight)
Mac prolongwear eyeliner in Definitely black
MUFE aqua cream in #27 (matte gel liner)
Maybelline super film mascara in Black
Japanese brand eyelashes (bought is here is HK)

Cheeks
Mac minerlized extra dimension in Whisper of gilt
Nyx matte bronzer in medium
La Femme mocha blush

Lips
Nyx nutmeg lip liner
Milani colour statement lipstick in Rose Amber







Thanks for coming by!
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