fotd: piling on the pink

March 24, 2017  |  Face of the Day, SUQQU  |  No Comments

Nothing says spring makeup to me like a face full of all pink errthang, and even though we don’t actually get seasons in Singapore I’ve found myself drawn to pink makeup even more than usual lately.

My favourite pink palette of the moment is probably SUQQU Designing Colour Eyes in 04 Ayanadeshiko. It has the ability to sheer out to a chiffon haze of pink (as per my review look, here) or build to up…well…this!

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Paired with my favourite-ever SUQQU Lipstick, Creamy Glow Moist in EX-21 Sen Ka.

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A friend of mine recently pointed out that, when at its full intensity, 04 Ayanadeshiko actually gives you more of a burgundy than a pink look. I’m on the fence about this because while I can definitely see what she means, the pink hues are quite distinctive to me when they catch the light. As with all SUQQU eyeshadows, you can really only appreciate their multi-dimensional nature in real life so please forgive me if these photos aren’t exactly backing up my claims.

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I will say that now that I’ve played with it more, 04 Ayanadeshiko is definitely a palette that yields a warm pink finish despite its cooler in-pan appearance. Perhaps its warm undertones explain why I’m so drawn to it, since I have a tough time pulling of cool hues. I still wish this quad had a tiiiiiiiny bit more textural variation within its shades – a glittery topper would have made me so happy – but overall I think they are still gorgeous colours with a stunning combined effect (whether you see them as pink, red or burgundy!)

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Face: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation in Y225, Cle de Peau Concealer in Ivory, Cle de Peau Loose Powder // Cheeks: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta // Eyes: SUQQU Designing Colour Eyes in 04 Ayanadeshiko, Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Long Volume Dynamic Mascara // Brows: Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Dark Brown // Lips: SUQQU Creamy Glow Moist Lipstick in EX-21 in Sen Ka.

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fotd: hints of red

March 19, 2017  |  Face of the Day  |  No Comments

This was actually a FOTD that I wore a few months ago for Chinese New Year, photographed, and then promptly misplaced the photos of (till now). That should explain all the red you’re seeing, though if you’re able to look past the shirt and matching earrings the makeup on its own is actually quite neutral.

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I started this eye look with a layer of Moonshot Jelly Pot in Malibu Rum, which is one of my favourite potted cream shadow. It’s a matte, warm tan that is perfect on its own for a wash of colour or as a base shade since it blends out so beautifully to give you that “blown out” look through the crease and under the eye. I’d forgetten how much I love this formula – so this is a good reminder that I should go back to Sephora and pick up a few more colours (though I suspect this might already be the best one).

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The red/gold shimmer layer on top of it is actually just one fabulous duochrome eyeshadow: Topshop’s Chameleon Glow Eyeshadow in Shuffle the Cards. This was a very, very thoughtful Christmas present from a friend and has been living in my favourites drawer ever since it arrived. It’s sheer, which makes it the perfect shadow topper for looks that are fine…but need a little something special. I finished up the eye look with a little bit of Urban Decay Hustle in the outer corners for definition.

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And since it WAS Chinese New Year, there was no avoiding red lipstick. This is YSL Glossy Stain in 09 Rouge Laque, which I felt was a touch too cool for the whole look (my earrings are a warmer red) but made me feel so darned festive I just couldn’t resist. Anyway, there’s no such thing as the wrong kind of red if you’re trying to court good fortune for the rest of the year.

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I posted my whole Chinese New Year outfit on Instagram a while ago, but just in case you’re curious about how much red I was wearing in total, the answer is…a lot. And since 2017 seems to be going alright so far, maybe my efforts paid off!

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Face: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation in Y225, Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer in Ivory, Cle de Peau Beaute Loose Powder // Cheeks: NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette // Eyes: Moonshot Jelly Pot in Malibu Rum, Topshop Chameleon Glow Eyeshadow in Shuffle the Cards, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Hustle from the Naked Palette, Make Up For Ever Arresting Lash Mascara // Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso // Lips: YSL Glossy Stain in 09 Rouge Laque


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fotd: cool and warm pinks

March 9, 2017  |  Face of the Day  |  2 Comments

Something you should know about me is that I never start my makeup with a clear goal look in mind – I just pick a colour family I feel like wearing and kind of pile things on willy-nilly and pray it all works in the end. Getting a coherent result is totally like hitting the jackpot for me, so when I say things like “I really loved how this makeup looked!” please know that I’m not bragging. I’m marvelling at how lucky I got.

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And I sure did get lucky with this look. Balancing a mix of warm/cool pinks is something I’ve been trying to get right for a long time, and I’m thrilled that it came together so well for me here.

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I started with Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Modern Renaissance palette, which has really been my go-to since I bought it some months back in the US. You can read my review here, but what I love about it in a nutshell is that it makes creating a flawless warm eye look so ridiculously easy. Between the expertly planned shade range and the amazingly blendable textures, it’s just THE palette to own if you like warm colours.

The pop of cool purple-pink on the inner corners comes courtesy of MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Soft Frost. I bought it when it first came out and the cool sheen worked pretty well on my pale winter skin, but now that I’m a little more tanned I’m kind of liking it better as an eyeshadow instead.

As for the lips, both colours are by MAC – the darker colour is Girl About Town, and the lighter one is Royal Azalea, which is my husband’s all-time favourite lipstick colour and sadly discontinued. I had a lot of fun doing an ombre lip for these photos but for practical reasons (and by popular demand, ahem) I switched it out for a solid wash of Royal Azalea when I left the house.

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Face: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster, Urban Decay All-Nighter Foundation, Cle de Peau Beauté Concealer, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Loose Powder // Eyes: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Soft Frost, Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara // Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Prow Gel in Espresso // Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure // Lips: MAC lipsticks in Girl About Town & Royal Azalea


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