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Archive for October, 2011

The more pockets the better

Nothing ground-breaking, but just wanted to share a new makeup bag I found recently.

Unlike many cosmetic and toiletry bags, this one has a ton of compartments which I LOVE! Most other bags come with one main compartment with few additional pockets but this one just takes the cake.

It’s called Voyager Deluxe and it’s a remake of the original Voyager bag from Make Up Store.

The exterior is really sleek and simple which is great:

It’s got a sloping side which surprisingly doesn’t restrict the amount of stuff you can squeeze into this puppy:

It’s got a hook, two smaller zipper compartments and one main zipper compartment on the flap. The mesh pouch in the main compartment uses velcro and can be removed (again, very thoughtful!). Three velcro mesh pockets in the front.

Filled this up with random cosmetics as I was emptying out some unnecessary items from my main train case for a shoot today. This really fits a ton of stuff and is excellent as a set bag as well!

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Photos from a Sunday shoot

Had the pleasure of doing hair and makeup for a shoot with Jeff, a talented (and extremely nice) photographer from Ikon Visuals.

Though Sundays aren’t my favourite days to be out working on a shoot, the team was a lovely bunch and the outcome was definitely worth it. (Another plus would be free parking on Sundays!)

Hair was curled without electricity and curling irons but the resulting volume was still pretty nice thanks to a ton of styling water and hairspray. Kudos to Jeff and the girls who trooped out onto the muddy grasslands in high heels for this!

Check out more photos here!

(Featured above are the lovely models Tanya and Rachael Alessandra Renovah.)

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Bringing out the fierce

Had the opportunity to do makeup and styling on a friend for a portfolio shoot recently and this was my favourite photo from the set:

To be able to turn up the fierce and mysterious factor on someone as sweet and lovely as her was just great!

To see more of my make up work, click here!

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It’s time to blush!

Went a bit manic the other day and got a new stash of blushers to add on to my current ones! Spot the odd one out:

Decided to colour my skin to match the wall decals in my dressing area. And of course, in case you would like a reference in terms of colour :)

With flash:

Just to note, the blushers are layered on pretty thick so the colour would be more obvious in the photos. All of them are sheer enough for light layers if you prefer.

While I’m loving all of them, FACE atelier facade in cha cha is definitely the one I’ll carry around with me on travels. It feels incredibly light, doesn’t require a brush (and I find it much more hygienic this way) and it gives a very nice natural flush!

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Deluxe beauty samples from Bellabox

I will confess – I am a sucker for samples, packaging and nice smells.

It’s been some time since I got a ton of free make up and beauty samples (for spending too much) from Sephora in the States and when I found out about Bellabox, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on awesome samples again!

Bellabox’s first ever October box came recently and receiving a nice box in the mail just made my day. :)

A closer look at the samples within:

(Left to right: Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener, Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid, OPI Avojuice Skin Quenchers in Ginger Lily, Oscar De La Renta Esprit D’Oscar, Twistband)

Now for a review of these babies… (click below to read more!)

Aveda

I’ve always loved all things Aveda and the glossing straightener and smoothing fluid are no different. Aveda strives to increase their use of naturally derived ingredients and you can definitely tell by the unique natural fragrances of their products (which I really like). Hair always comes out feeling soft with shine.

The smoothing fluid feels a bit oily when working it in your hands at first but after smoothing it over hair, it does an excellent job of taming flyaways and giving shine while staying weightless and non-greasy. Definitely using this on my touch-ups on beauty shoots!

Will be testing the glossing straightener on someone else soon since my hair just got straightened…

OPI Avojuice in Ginger Lily

This is flat out amazing. I’m a heavy user of hand creams and Avojuice is incredibly light yet moisturising so it’s perfect for using multiple times daily when you’re out and about. Finally, a hand cream that doesn’t need you to wait several minutes before you can touch anything without greasing it!

The scent of Ginger Lily is my favourite part. I’ve always loved Sweet Pea and similar light, floral scents from Bath and Bodyworks and this is somewhat similar. I think I’ve pretty much gone insane and have used this every time after washing my hands! My rose L’occitane hand cream is now being relegated to night use only…

Esprit D’Oscar

While Esprit D’Oscar does smell quite nice with hints of citrus notes, the musk and tuberose elements are a teeny bit too strong for my liking. For the humidity and heat in this tiny island, I generally prefer sticking to lighter, fresher scents.

The actual bottle is beautiful in true Oscar style though!

Twistband

These feel pretty stretchy although I have to grab a guinea pig with longer hair as mine is currently un-tie-able. Any volunteers…?

This month’s Bellabox made me discover my favourite hand cream and got me reacquainted with my love for Aveda so next month’s subscription is definitely a must. And at S$15 a month, how could you not!!

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