9 Easy Steps to a Perfect Makeup

Have you ever wondered how you can use your makeup to get a natural and glowy look? Knowing a few basics can help you create that flawless style  

1. Start with a clean face

Cleanse and tone your face. It will make your skin look perfectly clean and help rid it of dead skin, blackheads, sebum, and dirt. It helps prepare your skin for applying makeup – this is a really important step!

2. Apply a SPF moisturizer

Choose a good SPF moisturizer that is suitable for your skin type. It helps keep your skin hydrated. If your moisturizer does not have SPF, apply a sunscreen on top.


3. Choose a suitable primer

Applying a primer before foundation can help seal pores, correct red and dull skin, and cover imperfections. It also softens your skin and makes your complexion smooth and glowy.  

4. Foundation is next

If you already have flawless skin, you can use a tinted moisturizer. If you want a bit more coverage, use a foundation. You should pick a shade which is closest to your skin color.

Put a bit of foundation on the back of your hand, dab it with a foundation brush or your fingers and smooth it onto your face. Make sure to blend along the jawline so you don't have that tell-tale line. Tips: foundation is meant to even out your skin tone. Don't apply too much to avoid a caked-on look. 

5. Next up: Concealer

Choose a concealer that is close to your skin tone, one that is not too dark or too light. Apply concealer on any blemishes, red spots or dark circles. You can use a brush or fingers to apply it, and then blend it in with fingers. 

6. Set your makeup

Set your face with a light dusting of translucent powder. Gently dab the setting powder all over the face with a powder brush. 

7. Color your cheeks

Apply blush on the apples of your cheeks. If you want to appear sun-kissed, apply a bronzer on the forehead, nose and cheeks as well. 

8. Apply eye makeup

Apply a dab of eye shadow primer first to make your eyeshadow last. For a simple eye makeup, apply a base shade on the lid of the eye, and then apply a darker contouring shadow in the crease. Make sure to blend the colors well.

Next, apply eyeliner to upper eyelids. For an intense look, apply eyeliner to the lower lash line too and smudge it a bit. Then, curl your lashes with an eyelash curler and apply mascara. Place the mascara wand at the roots of your lashes, slowly wiggling it from left to right while bringing it up to separate lashes.

9. And finally, the lips

Depending on the look you opt for, choose a suitable lip product. For a simple day-to-day look, just wear a lip balm or gloss. For an elegant evening look, fill in your lips with lip liner and apply a lipstick in the same color, then finish with a gloss.

Once you get the hang of these easy steps, you are bound to achieve that natural and glowy look. Do you have any important steps to your make-up routine? Let us know!


How to get the au naturel makeup look?

Less is more when it comes to the latest trend in makeup. There is even a growing hashtag – #nomakeup – on Instagram.

Last summer, Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston uploaded a picture of herself and her hairstylist on the social media app, looking sun-kissed and relaxed. The bare-faced look soon became a trend among celebrities and models worldwide.

The au naturel look is all about fresh, radiant and natural-looking skin with minimal makeup. Foundation is normally abandoned. Just a touch of concealer and a dab of highlighter are applied to make the skin look luminous.

Here are some great tips to get a natural glow without using a ton of makeup:

1. Moisture, moisture, moisture
The key is hydration. Our skin is constantly in need of moisture so if we give it the right boost, it will plump up immediately. Use a 3-step skincare routine that is suitable for your skin, plus brightening products, then your skin is ready to glow.


2. Exfoliate
Exfoliation is the best way to brighten dull skin as it removes dead skin cells. Scrub at least twice a week to keep your face looking fresh.  

Clinique Exfoliating Scrub

3. Apply a brightening mask
Many people think that serum is enough to hydrate skin and often skips using facial masks. Actually, face masks complement the skincare regimen by providing the skin with essential nutrients such as antioxidants and vitamins. Apply a mask once a week and it will give a natural glow to your skin instantly.

 SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

4. Dab on a highlighter
To give your face a dewy boost, apply a highlighter after concealing skin imperfections. Swipe and dab onto the contours of the face: bridge of nose, cheekbones, brow bone, and chin.

 Estee Lauder Ideal Light Brush-On Illuminator

5. Drink green tea
Green tea is rich in antioxidants such as Vitamin C, which helps reduce wrinkles and get rid of free radicals that damage skin. It also gives a boost of collagen and elastin to keep your skin radiant. 


So there you have it. All it takes to achieve that perfect natural look are a few simple steps. What are your beauty tips to achieve the very popular au naturel look? Let us know in the comments!


Secrets Revealed: Fair, Translucent Skin

It’s midsummer now and the sun is strong. Apart from putting on sunscreen when you go out – to prevent the formation of dark spots, don’t forget that skin whitening care is equally important. Fair, translucent skin often gives people a young and pretty impression, while a freckled and dull face can make you look a lot older than you actually are.

To target dark pigments effectively, we must first understand their causes. UV light is the number one factor for color pigments. After being exposed to the sun, the level of Tyrosine will increase in our skin, which turns into melanin after oxidation. Hormone imbalance is another reason for dark spots to form among women. During pregnancy, the level of Estrogen is exceptionally high in a mother’s body, which will induce the production of melanin. Unstable moods can also trigger the formation of dark spots. Moreover, stress and sleep deprivation slow down the skin’s metabolism and result in accumulation of melanin.

In another words, reducing Tyrosine and dissolving existing melanin are ways to prevent and eliminate dark spots. Hydroquinone and Arbutin are two major ingredients often found in whitening products to reduce Tyrosine, while Ferulic Acid and Kojic Acid suppress its activity level. Vitamin C, a.k.a. L-Ascorbic Acid, is commonly used for breaking down melanin. Also, AHA accelerates the renewal of stratum corneum, thus helping to lighten pigments.

Here’re our picks for some highly effective skin whitening products:

La Roche Posay Sensi White [+] Essence Essence (Upgraded Version) (For Sensitive Asian Skin), 30ml
Features an upgraded formula for more effective and longer lasting whitening results. All-new ingredient Phenylethyl Resorcinol brightens skin from the source. Ferulic Acid and Ginkgo Biloba Extract even out and smooth skin tone while LHA gently removes dead skin for a brightened complexion. Nicotinamide is effective in preventing skin dullness.

SkinCeuticals Serum 20 AOX, 1oz / 30ml
Formulated at the precise concentration proven to deliver maximum amounts of Vitamin C to the skin, Serum 20 is formulated with AOX+ advanced antioxidant technology, combining Ferulic Acid with 20% L-Ascorbic Acid to enhance skin whitening antioxidant performance. This lightweight and fast-absorbing serum neutralizes free radicals, defends against environmental damage, and helps prevent premature signs of aging.

Obagi Professional-C Serum 20%, 1oz / 30ml
Contains 20% highly concentrated pure Vitamin C, which targets stubborn dark spots and acne marks, and prevents the formation of melanin. It helps promote skin cell renewal, rebuilds collagen, brightens skin, firms and smoothes wrinkles, and replenishes moisture to the skin.

Apart from whitening products, foods that are rich in Vitamin C and E, such as fruits and nuts, boost great skin-whitening benefits. Include these foods in your diet, get plenty of sleep and always apply sunscreen, then you are on your way to having bright, clear and translucent skin.= )


Highly Recommended! Giovanni Shampoo & Conditioner

Have you ever encountered the following experience? After using a shampoo or conditioner that claims to make your hair silky smooth, your strands do feel luscious at the beginning, but then after a period of time, they start to become frizzy, feel weighed down and even resulted in hair loss? I experienced losing nearly a hundred hairs every day after shampooing awhile ago, this really freaked me out as I thought something was wrong with my body, but then (luckily) later I found out that it was caused by my shampoo which contains Dimethicone. 

Dimethicone is a synthetic oil-based material, which boosts moisturizing and hydrating properties. Upon contact with the hair, it will fill up gaps between the hair cuticles, thus giving a shiny appearance and smooth touch to your hair. However, Dimethicone also has its downsides. Since it is water insoluble in nature, it cannot be removed thoroughly after hair wash. On the contrary, it forms a coat on your hair and with repeated washes, the coating gets so thick that it makes the hair loses elasticity, feels weighed down, clogs follicles, irritates the scalp and in more serious cases, leading to hair loss. 

So, it is my shampoo which contains Dimethicone that causes my hair loss! As soon as I stop using it, the situation improves a lot. After I dropped that evil shampoo like a hot potato (yes, you should too!), I was on the lookout for a Dimethicone-free shampoo, and finally I have found an amazing hair care brand from the US – Giovanni.

Being an organic brand, Giovanni’s products do not contain Dimethicone, Parabens, SLS, chemicals and they are pH balanced with biodegradable formulas. Their shampoos deeply cleanse hair and clarify scalp, while leaving no traces of harmful chemicals, providing gentle care for your tresses.

Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo (For Damaged Hair) 8.5oz / 250ml
Features a pearlized formula that transforms hair into a silky palette. The luxurious lather soothes dry, chemically processed hair and cleanses gently for manageable smoothness. I like its subtle fruity fragrance from Apple and Aloe Vera Essences, which provide antioxidant protection and act as enhanced moisturizers for even silkier hair. 100% vegetarian ingredients, USDA Certified Organic.


Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture Conditioner (For Damaged Hair) 8.5oz / 250ml
Features a silkening formula with Vegetable Protein to renew hair. It infuses deep moisture for manageable smoothness and protects against split ends. I also like its fruity smell just like the shampoo. It instantly brings a smooth sensation to my hair which might feel dry after using organic shampoo. Hair also feels lightweight afterwards. 100% vegetarian ingredients, USDA Certified Organic. 


After using the above two products for two weeks, my hair loss improves dramatically. It’s been 3 months since I started using them, now only a few hairs fall out occasionally after I wash my hair. My scalp feels more cleaned and clarified, and itchy feeling greatly reduces. For those who want to have healthy mane, Giovanni’s shampoo and conditioner ar e must-try items!


Are you ready for summer? Don’t forget to use the right sunscreens

Summer is an exciting season of the year because it’s all about colorful outfits, bright nails, and of course, lots of outdoor activities. While it’s fun to enjoy the sunshine, I’m sure that many of you, like me, are concerned about the damages UV rays cause on our skin. So, today I’m going to give you some information on UV rays and tips for choosing the right sunscreens. Let’s get summer-ready!

Types of UV Rays

You may have already heard about UVA and UVB, but do you know UVA can be further divided into UVA-1 and UVA-2? And what are the actual damages of UV rays on our skin? Here’s an overview.

UVA-1: long UV rays (340–400 nm); reach the dermis, causing dark pigments, skin ageing and wrinkles

UVA-2: shorter UVA rays (320–340 nm); reach the epidermis, causing skin reddening, sunburn and is the main cause of skin cancer

UVB: medium-wave UV rays (280–320 nm); reach the epidermis, causing skin reddening, sunburn and is the main cause of skin cancer

Broad Spectrum Protection is the Key

As you can see above, UVA-1 penetrates deep into our dermis and causes dark pigments which can result in unsightly freckles, but its prevalence is often ignored. How to choose an appropriate sunscreen? The number one tip is to pick a broad spectrum protection sunscreen, one that defenses our skin against both UVA and UVB, including UVA-1. There are two types of sunscreens: mineral-based and chemical. Below is a comparison of each type and some common ingredients you may like to take note of.

1. Mineral-based sunscreens: 

How it works:
contain physical blockers that form a film on the face to deflect UV rays
Pros: mild on the skin, does not cause skin allergy easily
leaves a white cast and feels greasy on skin
Common ingredients:
Zinc Oxide (blocks UVA-1, UVA-2 & UVB), Titanium Dioxide (blocks UVB & UVA-2)

2. Chemical sunscreens:

How it works: 
contain chemical absorbers that are first absorbed by the skin, then interact with UV rays chemically, converting them into non-harmful substances for skin
Pros: feels light and non-greasy on the skin
may cause skin allergy easily
Common ingredients:
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (blocks UVB), Avobenzone (blocks UVA-1 & UVA-2), Mexoryl SX, XL (covers UVA-1, UVA-2 & partial UVB), Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (a.k.a. Uvinul® A Plus; covers all UVA rays), Tinosorb M & Tinosorb S (blocks UVA-1, UVA-2 & UVB) 

Here’re Our Picks:
Since mineral-based and chemical sunscreens each have their own disadvantages, most sunscreens on the market are a mixture of both – getting the best of both worlds. Here are my recommendations for some of the best and most effective sunscreens.

Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF45 / PA++++ (All Skin Types)
A pure mineral-based sunscreen formulated with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide to protect against UVA-1, UVA-2 and UVB. Featuring patented Invisible Screen™ technology that leaves no white traces on your face. The texture? Melts instantly in your skin, giving you an even and radiant complexion.

La Roche Posay Uvidea XL Melt-In Cream SPF50 / PA++++ 
This spring water-infused mixed sunscreen combines L'Oréal’s patented anti-UVA Mexoryl XL with mineral Titanium Dioxide to block UVAs at all wavelength ranges. Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate prevents sunburn. Leaves a hydrating and smooth touch on your skin. Excellent makeup base.

Kanebo ALLIE EX UV Protector Gel 4-Piece Set 

Includes three bottles of ALLIE EX UV Protector Gel (Mineral Moist) N SPF50+ / PA++++ (two 90g and one 25g) and a bottle of ALLIE EX UV Protector (Whitening) N SPF50+ / PA++++ (25ml).
ALLIE EX UV Protector Gel (Mineral Moist) N SPF50+ / PA++++ is a mixed mineral and chemical sunscreen with Zinc Oxide, photostable Uvinul® A Plus and Octocrylene, effectively blocking all UVAs and UVB. The watery texture glides on your skin smoothly. Contains Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen and Royal Jelly.

ALLIE EX UV Protector (Whitening) N SPF50+ / PA++++ is also a mixed sunscreen with mineral Zinc Oxide and chemical Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, protecting skin from all UVAs and UVB. The oil-controlling complex gives a non-sticky feeling. Vitamins C and E are added for skin-whitening effect.

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen A+N SPF50+ / PA++++
A beloved sunscreen worldwide, this powerful sunscreen contains mineral Zinc Oxide and chemicals Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate and Tinosorb S. Blocks UVA at all ranges and UVB. You’ll love its lotion-like texture that feels lightweight and absorbs quickly into your skin.

One last note, always remember to apply sunscreen every day because UV rays exist all year round, even in winter and cloudy days. Try out the products above and fully protect your skin from harmful UV light J


It's New Year! Get NEW!

I have a habit of getting rid of old cosmetics every year end. So it's the time of the year and I have to do some housekeeping and get some new replacements! Exciting! So I will need to get some new make-up products. Let's shop together now! See what I have chosen:

Get on trend, get CC cream. I like its non-sticky texture.

Chanel CC Cream (Complete Correction) SPF 30 PA+++ contains active ingredients of natural origin and suitable for sensitive skin. It brings you complete correction and long-wear makeup with a lightweight, non-oily texture.

Don't forget to cover up. Well, no matter how good your skin is, there's always one or two or several annoying spots that you need to hide. And this is the magic wand you want to have!
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage completely camouflages dark circles, minor imperfections, and discoloration. Secret Camouflage contains a unique two-shade system, one to match the skin's depth of color and one to match the skin's undertone, making it possible for every woman to custom-blend her own perfect shade. 

I am usually not a big hello kitty fan, but this is just too cute to miss! And it has nice colour shades which is quite a all-in-one eye shadow palette.

Waterproof is very important when it comes to mascara, it can make sure you won't have black tears when you laugh too hard or are too sad.

A luxurious mascara to help maximize length & volume of your lashes. Its generous formula enriched with ULTRA-BLACK pigments combined with an exclusive brush featuring anti-clogging brittles precisely tames lashes for an intense volume without clumping.

Of course face make-up is very important, but nails are not to be forgotten, a set of nicely done nails can tell a lot about the woman, her elegance, her sophistication...

OPI Disney Couture de Minnie Runway Minnies Collection creates in honor of Disney's beloved character, the Couture de Minnie line explores the fashion-forward side of Minnie Mouse, mixing pink, fuschia and red shades with textural elements.
  • A Definite Moust-Have 0.125oz / 3.75ml
  • Magazine Cover Mouse 0.125oz / 3.75ml
  • Chic From Ears to Tail 0.125oz / 3.75ml
  • Innie Minnie Mightie Bow 0.125oz / 3.75ml
 Oh wow! I just can't wait to try them all out for my new year's parties!


Great skin essential tricks for the holiday makeup

Are you ready for the Christmas and new year parties and celebrations coming very soon? I mean are your skin ready for the makeup? No matter how good your makeup techniques are, the basic is to have good skin condition for the look to shine, here are some basics to get your skin ready! You still have a week!

Moisturize your skin from inside out:
Omega-3 fatty acids have powerful antioxidants to help moisturize the skin and protect it from the damage of UV. Where can you get them from: almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, and olives (Or salmon is great source for it too!). Why not have an almond afternoon snack to boost your omega 3s?

Water water water! 
You've probably heard this so many times, but water is one of the most important nutrient for your body. Other than oxygen, your body needs water to survive. Nearly 70% of our body is water, so it's not just women who's made of water, but men also. You need to intake enough water per day, the suggested is 8 glasses a day (about 1.9 liters), although it varies per person, it's easy to remember. To get a more personalize amount needed, try this online water calculator: http://nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercalculator.htm.


Be a sleeping beauty:
Get 8 hours of sleep a day. Sleep is a time for the body to repair damage caused by stress, ultraviolet rays and other harmful exposures. The body cells produce more protein while sleeping. These protein molecules form the building blocks for cells which allow them to repair damages. Other than that, adequate sleep is also good for your general health, like keeping your heart healthy, reducing stress and inflammation, bolster your memory...etc. So do make sure you have enough sleep every night!

If you can do the above 3 items continuously, I am sure your skin will become radiant and healthy!

Now your skin is ready for a nice makeup:

LANCOME La Maison Lancome Make-up Palette (left)
A simple palette containing all the makeup essentials:
  • Powder Blush 10g
  • Powder Eye Shadow F20 0.7g
  • Powder Eye Shadow A10 0.7g
  • Powder Eye Shadow A60 0.7g
NYX Haute Jersey Leopard Couture
Stylish, sassy, and tan! The Haute Jersey Leopard Couture screams beautiful, fun, and sizzle! The palette offers four bronzers to provide a tanned glow through the seasons, duo gloss for a va-va-voom kisser, 24 shadows for those ""come hither"" eyes, and blush to make the boys think they're in the game!This is your best weapon to hit the beach and parties.

Shiseido MAQuillAGE Essence Glamorous Rouge is a liquid rouge that retains the color, shine and shape of your lips.

Benefit Pocket Pal (benetint + gloss)
New portable version of benetint (0.11oz / 3.2ml) paired with a super shine clear gloss (0.10oz / 2.8g)! It's a rosy glow on the go... for the most kissable lips in town. Carry it in the handy pocket protector and you'll have gorgeous color and shine wherever you go.

Focus on moisturizing from the inside out! Add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. These powerful antioxidants help moisturize the skin and protect it from UV damage. Great sources of omega 3 in your diet include walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, and olives. Go for whole plant powered foods. For example, having an afternoon snack of almonds is a perfect way to add in a boost of your omega 3s. - See more at: http://www.plantpoweredliving.com/blogs/wellness/2012/07/10/4-natural-ways-to-moisturize-skin#sthash.KZzFh1UA.dpuf
Focus on moisturizing from the inside out! Add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. These powerful antioxidants help moisturize the skin and protect it from UV damage. Great sources of omega 3 in your diet include walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, and olives. Go for whole plant powered foods. For example, having an afternoon snack of almonds is a perfect way to add in a boost of your omega 3s. - See more at: http://www.plantpoweredliving.com/blogs/wellness/2012/07/10/4-natural-ways-to-moisturize-skin#sthash.KZzFh1UA.dpuf

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