Saturday, June 20, 2015

Throwback: A Snapshot of May

I can't believe I've abandoned my blog for close to two months, this is so not me! Every year when May and June comes around, it ends up being jam-packed with so much happening at once, it is absolutely insane. I thought I'd share some photos of things from the last 31+ days and be a little creative with it by describing each one with the letter 'M' for May. There may be a bit of a crossover with things from April but as long as I can come with an 'M' word for it, I'll include it :)

1. Modelling

I got to be part of a wedding photoshoot as a bride and this has been the most exciting and biggest photoshoot I've done to date! My favourite one so far too. I do TFP shots which I've spoken about here and the theme for this shoot was autumn/vintage bride. Although I don't plan on getting married any time soon or having a autumn or vintage-style wedding myself, it was interesting to see how the makeup and hair was going to turn out on all the models (myself, groom, flower girl, page boy, celebrant) as well as the outfits and props used. Here are some of my favourite photos from the shoot:

(I'm not engaged yet guys hehe)
MUA/Hair: Celeste Wong
Photographer: Captura Photography (Hannah Grant)




2. Meet-ups

Despite all of the busy-ness, it's always great to make time to catch up with good friends over brunch/lunch, dinner and/or dessert.

Brunch at Nano cafe (it was so good) and burgers at Schnit House

Tried out the newly opened Malaysian restaurant, Papparich
Dessert and earl grey tea at Spats

3. MAC

I purchased my first ever MAC product and based on my last lippie love post, it should be obvious that I am indeed obsessed with purchasing new lipstick so of course adding a new lipstick to my collection was a no-brainer. I'm absolutely loving the shade 'Craving' from the Amplified Creamsheen range as a slightly bold but suitable for everyday wear look as I've been wearing both to work and for outings. I love my berry shades, especially for the colder weather and I find it to be the most flattering for my skin tone.


I wore the lipstick to a 21st birthday party

4. Mother's Day

I gave my mum some nice things for Mother's Day and I'm glad she liked them all. I got her a cute card, a nice box of chocolates, a sample of her favourite perfume (she's planning on getting the full size through duty-free when she goes overseas later in the year), a MAC lipstick (after she heard how great mine was) and an Urban Rituelle Caramella Sweet Petites gift set*.


Of course I peeled off the sticker before giving this to my mum hehe
This is the MAC Amplified shade called 'Fast Play' which is a very neutral colour. My mum loves it!

5. Multivitamins

I ended up catching a cold during May which wasn't pleasant at all when I had many uni assessments to complete. Thankfully I was able to overcome this cold within a week after taking these particular multivitamins which I highly recommend to anyone who is currently fighting a cold.

These were half price as well which was a bonus!

6. My birthday

I am a May baby :D Now I can relate to Taylor Swift's song. Not only am I feeling twenty-two but I am twenty-two. Here's a selfie that I took before my night out:

Wearing my new coat from Forever New (birthday gift from the bf) and the GEO Nudy Golden Blue circle lenses

7. Minions

Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-na-na hehe. I was able to find these limited edition banana-flavoured tictacs and to be honest I'm not a huge fan of banana-flavoured confectionery but I couldn't go past getting these because they're so cute :P Does anyone know when the Minions movie is going to be released? I'll definitely give it a watch!



8. Mimco

Being a Mimcollective member means that you get $30 to use when your birthday rolls around so I decided to use this on a new pair of rose gold studs which I adore so much. The quality of Mimco jewellery is exceptional and I haven't had any bad reactions to any of their studs. I thought about getting another pouch but I thought it'd be more practical to get more jewellery pieces rather than more pouches or bags. So thanks Mimco!



9. Melbourne

From the 22nd of May (my birthday) to the 24th of May, I went on a short trip over the weekend to Melbourne accompanied by my boyfriend and we stayed in the gorgeous 5-star hotel the Grand Hyatt overlooking the city and although it was pricey, it was definitely worth it and if we wanted to make the most of this trip then we decided to go all-out!

Amazing view of the city from the hotel room

Loved visiting H&M
Managed to make a stop at the Cat Cafe! I made a friend =^.^=
Simply stunning

10. Melody

Last but certainly not least, my long-time friend blogger friend Melody sent me a lovely birthday surprise! I love how she included some edible goodies as well as some useful beauty products. Thanks so much girlie!



So that pretty much sums up my month of May where I also squeezed in full-time uni, study and part-time work (I currently have two jobs) which explains my absence from the blogosphere. Once my exams are over I intend to have at least a few posts to share in July before the new semester starts.

Questjen for you:

Has anything exciting happened to you lately?

I wonder how everyone's been - sadly these days I haven't had much of a chance to read through my Twitter and Facebook feeds so I wonder if I've missed out on any exciting news!

Keep me posted and I shall do the same :)


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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lippie Love: Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick

If you follow me on Twitter, you might already know that I've been quite obsessed with buying new lipsticks, both low-end and high-end. Today I thought I'd show some lippie love and share my recent lipstick purchases from Priceline when they had their 40% off all cosmetics promotion. I decided to pick up two Rimmel lipsticks from the Kate Moss range. I love the sleek matte black casing on the lipsticks as well as the 'Kate' signature with the heart as it reminds me of MAC limited edition lipsticks. Rimmel's crown logo is imprinted at the top of the lid to add some extra classiness.


Apologies for the graininess/noisiness of the picture!


I remember the first lipstick I ever purchased being a Rimmel one so the scent of their lipsticks always bring back memories. These retail for $11.95 each so by grabbing two when they were 40% off, I only spent $14.34! I decided on a pink shade and a red/coral shade as from memory these were the shades missing from my collection. 




Rimmel lipsticks' quality has been compared to MAC's cremesheen lipsticks which are pigmented and glide on smoothly across the lips. I definitely can see how they can be compared as the Rimmel ones do have that creamy texture but MAC creamsheen lipsticks are more creamy and more long-lasting. I also find that MAC lipsticks have a slightly better colour payoff as well.


Let's have a look at the shade #16 first:




From the sticker and the swatch, it looked like perfect light coral pink to add to my collection so I was really excited to finally have a nice coral shade. This one smelt different to the typical Rimmel lipsticks as it had a more citrus-like scent. In fact I found this scent to be a little more pleasant than the standard bubblegum-like Rimmel lipstick scent.




I have to be honest here, I was completely disappointed with the way it looked on my lips :( This was not the shade that I was after so I feel really misled from the sticker at the bottom of the tube and the swatch at the back of my hand! Also I don't think I can pull off a pink like this that has a blue/cool undertone when my skin has warm undertones. I'll probably be mixing this with other lipstick colours if I ever plan to wear it out. Such a shame! I find colours like these make me look a bit off and accentuates any cracks/flakiness.




Now this is the perfect coral red shade and it was love at first swatch! A lovely colour for people who have warm skin tones like myself and still want to be able to pull off a red lippie. The great thing is that this shade is also suitable for people with cool skin tones.




This is definitely my favourite out of the two, not only because of its shade but also because it matches the sticker and swatch perfectly! Such a gorgeous colour for everyday wear. It applied on very smoothly and gave a nice glossy finish that felt comfortable and moisturising and didn't dry out my lips at all. It faded evenly on my lips after a good 5 or so hours of wear without needing any touch-ups.


Generally I do prefer more high-end lipsticks that have better lasting power however these Rimmel lipsticks are great for experimenting with new shades without having to fork out so much. I do think that these last longer than a number of low-end/drugstore lipsticks as I could still see the colour after eating and patting my lips with a tissue. I do think that they give a lasting finish like the name says so these lipsticks get my tick of approval. However it would be nice if all of the Rimmel lipsticks had names just to make it easier to refer to, as numbers can be difficult to remember.


Questjen for you:
Pink or red lipsticks?

While considering both ends of the spectrum of pink and red shades, I think I suit reds more than pinks and I find red a little more easy to wear - plus who doesn't love a classy red lip?! Love both though!



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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Beginner's Nail Guide to Acrylics and Shellac


Okay let's face it, nail art is not my strong point and I can't help but mess up pretty much every time I paint my nails or attempt any type of nail design, so why am I doing a post on nails?? Well as a beginner/self-proclaimed newbie, I want to reach out to those who may be on the same boat and let them know that it's okay! It's okay because there's help - professional help, haha. Professionals being the wonderful people at nail salons that make the vain life easier and last month I sought this professional help for reasons being that I wanted to have pretty nails and a solution for chip-proof, streak-free nail polish. I decided to leave it up to the experts and they came to my rescue (technically I went to them but you know what I mean).


Fellow nail newbies, I'm here for and I'm here to share my experiences with getting my nails done by a professional (only twice but these still count for something!) and give a quick run-down of what I've had on my nails from my very own basic perspective. This is a beginner's nail guide from a beginner (me) to a beginner (you?) and this 'guide' is at the most basic, simple beginner level since I won't be able to explain the processes unless I string sentences like 'the thingy was used for this thing' which will make it seem as though it's the blind leading the blind. I definitely won't be doing that so hopefully my pretty pictures and a YouTube video that isn't my own will solve this problem :) Time to get serious!




My nails in the above picture is a combination of full set acrylics and a shellac finish. There are other nail services that can be done such as full set using gel powder and colour glitter powder but seeing as I haven't had these on my nails, I won't be talking about them. Basically the difference is that gel nails look like gel because of their glossy/clear finish and acrylic nails are matte and require some type of polish on top.

What are acrylics?

I would say that these are the most popular types of artificial nails. It's certainly what I hear people get done the most. Acrylic resin is a substance (oh my ancient Chemistry knowledge is coming back into action...) used as a lacquer and a nail overlay and is very durable which makes it no surprise that many people get acrylics done to help strength their natural nails (underneath) and prevent breakages. A full set of acrylics applied on the nails means that some plastic tips are applied on first to give the length/structure, then an overlay of acrylic liquid and powder is mixed together to form the base of the nail with the tip. I came across this tutorial on YouTube that shows exactly how it's done.



Credit: Nails of Promise

  • It's good for those who bite their nails and/or have weak, brittle nails
I don't bite my nails nor have issues with the strength of my nails however if the above apply to you, perhaps getting acrylics is a solution for you. Like I mentioned before, acrylics are very strong, long-lasting and therefore breakages would seldom occur.

  • You can pick the length that you want your nails to be and also the shape. 
You don't need to wait for your nails to grow to the length that you want them to be. I didn't want my nails to be too long and I decided to go for a square shape since I haven't had square nails before.


After having acrylics done, you can decide on having a french nail polish for that natural look or any nail colour of your choice. I decided on a pinky-red shade and wanted to give shellac a try since I've heard such great things about it. Shortly I'll explain what shellac is.

Acrylics give that overall appearance of elongated fingers (I've got quite small hands and fingers)

I loved how shiny and pretty my nails looked and how strong they felt too. It was great having a perfect manicure/nails for once - it gave me confidence and I could easily share NOTD posts without feeling self-conscious which I always have. Also it's completely different to having glue-on false nails because with acrylics it's much more difficult for them to 'fall off' as they last 3-4 weeks or more. The full set acrylics plus the shellac cost about $50 and the process together took roughly an hour.


Still looking fresh after a week, no chips or loose nails :)

I didn't test its duration as I was wanting a change from the acrylics after a couple of weeks. I generally keep my nails short so after a while with acrylics on I felt like going back to my natural nails and length. This is where I can share the downsides of having them on:

  • They don't feel 'natural'
Tasks where natural nails come in handy such as scratching (you can never really satisfy an itch with these on when the tips are buffed down to feel more gentle) and peeling/prying open objects weren't the same anymore, in fact I felt as though I was at a disadvantage more than anything!

  • Natural nail growth below the acrylic/base of your nails
You start getting a gap that gets bigger and bigger over the weeks when your natural nails grow between your cuticle and the acrylic and it isn't very pretty. Also the cuticles that were pushed back/removed grow back too. The simple solution for this is to get 'refills' but that's extra money to be spent and I wasn't thinking of getting that done.




I decided to have them removed and just have shellac on my bare nails. Now I'll go onto explaining what shellac is:

What is shellac?

Shellac is an alternative to nail polish, in fact it's made many switch from regular nail polish to shellac. Shellac is a brand of gel nail polish that lasts for a good 3-4 weeks without a single chip and I can definitely vouch for that. It leaves a very glossy finish and it feels very smooth. It lasts long because each coat is dried under a UV light for about 40 seconds to allow each coat to adhere and dry quickly.

There are many colours to choose from with shellac, just like regular nail polish. Here were the ones that I could choose from:




I decided to go with a natural, pearly french pink colour and this was how it turned out:



The process altogether takes about 20-25 minutes costs around the same too, being $20-$25 or so. After removing my acrylics they made sure that my cuticles looked nice again and made my natural nails square-shaped. They recommended this shape for shellac application as it gives a nicer look than rounded nails and I agree.

I haven't come across any nail polishes that look as glossy as shellac, in fact I don't think there is anything better than shellac with its long-lasting, high-gloss formula! Standard 'gel' nail polishes that I see marketed in department and beauty stores aren't even up to this standard as they chip within days. I could be cleaning, scrubbing etc. and still not a single chip appears on my shellac'd nails. I am amazed and I would definitely go back and get shellac done on my nails :) I recommend it to everyone!




Again there are downsides to having shellac which shouldn't discourage people from getting it done but instead should be things to think about/consider:

  • Natural nail growth at the base of your nails starts to appear
With nail growth, the gap between the base of your nail and shellac gets bigger and starts to look as though you're missing half of your nail polish not from the tip of your nail but from the bottom.

  • Shellac can't be removed with regular nail polish remover 
This can be a bit of a bother for some people, especially if you're like me where you tend to get bored of having the same nail colour on for weeks. To remove shellac, your nails need to be soaked in pure acetone which is known to dry out your skin/nails or alternatively, have them peeled off (I don't recommend this) and/or buffed away with a nail file/buffer which is time-consuming.

  • You can't get refills for shellac
Instead you'd get it all removed and applied in full again - you'll be paying the same amount as though you were getting it done for the first time. Having to spend $20-$25 every 3-4 weeks might not be so bad for some people but for me I'd rather not have to worry about the upkeep. For now I'm sticking with nail polish and perhaps for a special occasion I'll choose to have shellac applied again, or when I've got more disposable income haha.


Overall I had really positive experiences with getting my nails done at a salon and the outcomes of each service. As with all temporary services such as getting your hair/makeup done, it requires an upkeep which ends up being quite pricey if you do the math. For some it's worth it and for others it might not be but I think it's nice to pamper yourself once in a while. Having someone else do something for you that they enjoy while you get to sit back, relax and watch is very enjoyable and even more fun when going along with a girlfriend or two.


Questjen for you:

Have you had your nails done at a salon before?

Or more specifically, by a nail professional/expert?

Also happy to answer any questjens of your own that you might have!



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