Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mac Glamour Daze inspired makeup

This is a makeup look inspired by the recent collection from MAC, Glamour Daze. Actually my friend suggested that I recreate this look for brown skin women. So here it is.

I love the extra dimension skin finish Whisper of Gilt from this collection. Such a beautiful highlighter. If you ever get the chance to get your hands on it, please do. I am in love with this product. Will be doing a full blog review of this highlighter later.

*I did adjust the tint in this picture as I was trying to replicate the look from the MAC advert.

My little man is 7 months old. Had to take a picture with this guy! Love him to bits!

Products used:

Mufe - HD primer #0
Mufe - HD foundation #173
Mac - Medium dark mineralise skin finish

Mac - Painterly paintpot
Urban Decay - Virgin & Naked e/s
Sasa - Black khol black eyeliner
La femme - Brown e/s
Mufe - Aqua cream #27 Matte black gel liner
Ebay - False lashes
Senna - Brow duo in ebony

La femme - Peach blush
Mac - Whisper of Gilt extra dimension skin finish

Mac - Fast play lipstick
Nyx - Mauve lip liner

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Berry tone makeup (full face tutorial)

Fall/autumn has finally arrived in Hong Kong. Perfect time to bust out the berry tone blushes & shadows. Here is a full makeup look using products from Mac, Make up forever & Senna cosmetics.

Products used:

Mufe - All Matt HD primer
Mufe - #0 HD primer
Mufe - HD foundation #173
Mac - Mineralize skin finish medium dark
Mac - Vintage grape ombre blush
Mac - Whisper of gilt extra dimension skin finish

Mac - Artifact paint-pot
Nars - Taj Mahal blush (centre lid)
Mac - Love crush blush (outer & inner corner)
Senna - Sketch a brow pencil in mink (eyebrows)
Mac - Dark diversion fluidline
Mufe - #27 aqua cream (matte black gel liner)
Senna - Voluptulash mascara in black
Ebay - False lashes

Mac - Vino lip liner
OCC - Demure lip tar

Hope you having a fantastic week. Hugs!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Prawn Sambal/Chili Prawns (Singapore style)

If you are spicy food lover, you will definitely love this. Prawn sambal is best eaten with coconut rice.  If I remember right, the origins of this dish is from Indonesia. However, everyone cooks it differently. This is my style. It has been adapted to the availability of ingredients. I like to keep things simple. So here is a very simple and delicious recipe.

During our dating days (hubby and me), I used to cook this dish in his place every other weekend. He loved it so much. I guess I found a way to his heart, through his stomach. Lol!

I usually serve the prawn sambal with coconut rice, roasted peanuts, omelete and sliced cucumbers.

Here is the full ingredient list.

 Recipe serves 3-4 people.
  • Prawns - 1/2 Kg / 1 pound (cleaned, de-shelled)
  • Tofu - 1 block (diced)
  • Lemongrass - 1 stalk (smash the ends)
  • Tomato - 1 large (cut into 6-8 pieces)
  • Shallots - 8 pieces (Use 1 large purple onion if shallots are not available)
  • Coconut cream - 2 tablespoon
  • Fish sauce / salt to taste
Make a paste of the following:
  • Dried chillies - 15 pieces (soak in hot water for 10 mins to soften chillies)
  • Garlic - 8 cloves 
  • Ginger - 1 inch

Video Tutorials : CLICK HERE

Hope you give it a try. If you do, please share your experience.

Thanks for coming by.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Make Up Forever HD Foundation review #173

After a very busy week, I have finally found time to get this review up on Youtube. It's the famous HD foundation by MUFE. I am in the Shade #173 (For reference, am NC44/45 and a little NC50 from Mac & Cadiz from NARS)

This shade does lean towards the yellow tones. Blends beautifully.

It does give a flawless finish and photographs well. No white ghostly flash backs. By the way, these pictures were not retouched in any way.

This picture taken after 4 hours of wear. Very oily and looks like I had this foundation on for the whole day.

- Very good match to my skin tone.
- Did not turn orange on my skin.
- Blends very smoothly.
- Does give good coverage depending on how many layers applied.
- The consistency of the foundation is just right. Not too watery nor is it thick.

- Gives a very dewy finish, I have dewy skin and this just exaggerates and makes it look oily instead.
- Settles on smile lines and other facial lines.

I have a love hate thing going on with this foundation. Foundation looks great on my face when taking pictures but I just cannot go out with it as it will become very oily after just 1 hour of application. I have to use the HD primer before applying this foundation. I am not sure if I would repurchase this given that it is a good color match for me.

Cost : HKD 420 (Retail price) however, I did get a makeup artist discount.

Here is my review & application videos on Youtube.

Thank for your time everyone!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Modern Egyptian Queen makeup (Halloween look)

If there is one character I would like to be on Halloween day, it would be Queen Cleopatra. I just love anything ancient Egypt, especially during her period. Here is a look (I imagine) for her in modern times. A look that can be worn on occasions other than Halloween too! I made the head halo myself. Let me know if you would like me to do a DIY tutorial for it!

Products used:

Urban Decay - Primer potion
Kryolan - #41 Tv stick foundation
Lakme - Brown eye pencil
Wet n Wild - Comfort zone palette dark brown e/s (crease)
Wet n Wild - Comfort zone palette ivory e/s (highlight)
Wet n Wild - Comfort zone palette ivory & pink e/s (lid)
Mac - Eye mixing medium
Mac - Blue reflects glitter
MUFE - Aqua cream #27 matte black liner
Senna cosmetics - Sketch A Brow pencil in mink (eyebrow)
Maybelline - The magnum volume express super film mascara in black
Ebay - False lashes

Kryolan - #41 Tv stick foundation (highlight)
Graftobian - Hi-Def glamour creme in Ginger (contour)
Sleek - Face contour kit in Medium dark
Camera ready cosmetics - Yellow loose powder
Mac - Vintage grape Ombre blush

Lakme - Brown lipliner
OCC - Plum lip tar

Video Tutorial 

I am blessed with a husband who treats me like a queen and a baby who makes my life joyful. What more can I ask for!

Happy Halloween everyone. Be safe!