Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Busy Mom Makeup: The Simple Face (To bring back some ME time)




I have always been a very organised person, and I like to plan things ahead.  Since becoming a mama,  I learnt to take things as they come and deal with them one at a time, this means that no matter how organised I am, I had to sort things out now and pass things up when I have the next minute.

Putting on makeup has never been that 'luxurious' to me... it's my only 'me' time now (aside from shower although these days, I can finish it in 1 min... joke, but seriously there's no such thing called indulging in a shower/ bath).  Luckily, almost every time when I head out of the door with my newborn baby, I managed to, somehow put some sort of makeup on my face to look a little bit more than presentable, or just about.

A good base that covers your skin well and brightens your complexion helps a ton, I don't have the extra second to further conceal my face.  YSL Fusion Ink Foundation is a great all-rounder and an instant fix to a dull and tired looking face.  I like to use the Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Brush from the Rose Golden Luxury Set to buff it all over my face, not only it does the job quickly; it also does it brilliantly.

Eye makeup will have to be compromised to a much simpler version as there really is not time for me to blend, blend blend.  Therefore any 'one wash wonder' is my saviour, and recently I love using my Tom Ford cream eyeshadow which comes in a pot, it's extremely easy to blend.  I like to use my ring finger to dabble onto the pot and a few blends onto the eyelids then you are almost good to go.  You can stop right there as the shade does give a structure to the eyes, however my eyes are quite there without a good application of eyeliner, any non-budge/ waterproof one is great!  If you have that extra second to squeeze in just before you baby wakes up or wants you, a helping of mascara is always useful.

I also like to contour my face a little bit to give an illusion of 'my face has gone back to my pre-baby-weight-face', the Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight & Sculpting Creamy Glow Duo is perfect.  Fingers is all you will need to give your face a bit of structure, and glow.

Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush is my forever repurchase eyebrow pencil.  Its fine nip is perfect when it comes to filling in your brows and you can do it quickly as well.

Just before you dash out of the door, and you've got a million things yet to do, but haven't got the time to return to the bathroom to apply lipsticks, Dior Addict Lip Glow won't fail you but to give your lips a bit of colour and at the same time moist!

By the time I finished typing this blog, I can hear that my son needs me.... so until next time, happy putting on makeup FAST and enjoy your 'ME' time!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2014





This year, I've decided to make Christmas a special one, therefore I've spoiled myself by buying Liberty's Beauty Advent Calendar 2014!

I've never owned one myself, not even a chocolatey one. So this one I bought is hugely exciting!

From 1 Dec, I'm going to be blogging everyday (woo very brave of me I think!) by opening one of these drawers then sharing with you what is inside!

If you are still shopping around for a special Advent Calendar for this year, you may be interested in getting this!

Have you ever owned an advent calendar before? 

I'm getting excited for Christmas!


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Life Updates and Announcement!


You may be wondering where I have been! Sorry if I have been slacking on the  blogging front. Life has been less than manic and severely sleep deprived!

Yes you've guessed it but I've had a baby just a little over 6 weeks ago!

Let me introduce my baby son officially here: Lear Berry Li, born 7 Oct 2014 at St Mary's Hospital.


I won't go into great details of the whole labour and delivery story but in short, I've been fortunate enough to have a rather smooth, quick and easy delivery. Lear also came just 1 day after the due date so it's pretty cool.





Taking care of a newborn is not easy at all. I think the most challenging thing is not getting enough sleep which is seriously a problem for me.

Feeding front, breastfeeding has been unexpectedly challenging too so I'm combined feeding right now after some serious trial in the first couple of weeks.

Lear is a very adorable baby which I'm in love with! I'm simply just very looking forward to seeing him growing up and starting to properly responding to his mama and papa!

I'm hoping to try as hard as possible to blog regularly. I'm also going to attempt blogmas this year! It might just be simple entries but it's a way I keep my beauty blogging going after becoming a mama!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

LANOLIPS: ONE GOOD AND ONE BAD




Lanolips,  an Australian brand which I have heard so much positive reviews about its wide range of products.  Aside from all the raves received, I also have a good impression of products from down south, purely because of its reputation of injecting natural ingredients in skincare and beauty products.

I think I've waited for long enough to finally have chosen two Lanolips products to give them a properly test.  The end result, one good and one bad.

Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid with Organic Lemon Oil - I'm always looking out for the most hydrating and moisturising lip balm as I suffer from chapped lips all the darn time.  I had high expectation of this product as I have heard such fantastic things about it that it actually cures very dry lips, so that's great news as it sounds like right up my street.  However, when I adopted this from my sister (@forksandbrushes) as she didn't find it impressive, I had mixed feelings about it.

Anyway, now that I have tried it for a little while; I absolutely loved using it!  Recently (in the past 4-5 months at least) I had to exfoliate my lips on a daily basis and with a constant routine of applying lip balm, it wouldn't improve the situation.  Then things have changed dramatically since I introduced Lanolips lip aid, my chapped lips seem to have completely been transformed.

I use it around twice a day, especially before I go to bed I put on an extra thick layer.  The next day when I wake up I found my lips felt much smoother and moisturised, there's hardly any dead skin lurking.  This product has got quite a thick and creamy texture however it is absorbed by the lips so quickly, the product seems to really have penetrated through the surface.  I love the perfume of it, too - it's very lemony which reminds me of a yummy lemon meringue cake or a lemon curd tart!  Continued using it I have become totally detached from my lips exfoliator.  It's definitely a first for me.  I'll keep using it and see if it's able to see me through the winter!

Lanolips Antibacterial Hand Cream - I had rather high hopes for this hand cream.  I enjoy using multi-purpose products.  This one, not only works as a hand cream it also has anti-bacterial function.  What a clever idea!  However, after using it for a short while, I found that my hands became allergic to it and as a result there were some minor rashes and caused itchiness.  I am not sure which ingredients in this have caused it, but here's a list of all the ingredients in this hand cream:

Ingredients:

Water, Lanolin, C12-15 Allkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Ethylhexylmethoxy cinnamate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Benzophenone - 3, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Butylmethoxydibenzoyl Methane, Ceteth-20, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzalkonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
I don't find this hand cream particularly moisturising either.... and whether or not it has the effect of anti-bacteria; I remain doubtful, too as the reactions I have suffered from as a result of using it.  I have stopped using it completely and despite looking for other body parts I could use it; I'm quite worried that it would cause further irritations to my skin so I'm afraid I'll have to say goodbye to it!

Have you tried any products by Lanolips?  What's your favourite or (un)favourite?



Wednesday, 29 October 2014

TOO FACED PERFECT EYES WATERPROOF LINER





If there is one makeup item I cannot live without, I'll most likely to say it is eye liners. It enlarges, awakens and frames my eyes. 

A bit of background about my eyelids, most makeup stays on amazingly well on my eyes after 8+ hours into wearing.  I never needed to wear an eye primer but until about half a year ago I found that some eyeliners would smudge on me even with the application of eye primer.  Liners that wouldn't budge on me in the past would suddenly give me panda eyes so apart from starting to wear eye primers religiously, I have also been testing more eyeliner products more extensively.

I came across with this Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Liner from my sister's (@forksandbrushes) makeup stash.  I have never owned anything by Too Faced as I often found their products a little too over priced.  As this eyeliners (kind of) landed on my makeup collection for free, I thought what a great opportunity to give it a proper try out!

It's an extremely creamy and soft pencil nip, and appears very black as drawn on the eyes.  You can create a thinner eyeliner but this is more suitable when you don't mind wearing a thicker eyeliner as this is what this eyeliner pencil would give the result of.  However, as the nip is so creamy, it glides onto the liners ever so smoothly and easily.  One stroke can give you a perfect liner and it's very very black.  It says waterproof and it means business.  I can easily wear makeup for more than 6 hours, and on other occasions I have worn this eyeliner for over 8 hours and it wouldn't move anywhere.  It sets like as if I have tattooed (not advisable to have tattooed eyeliners, girls!) my eyeliners.  It's survived through some very hot days in London!  It's truly impressive stuff.

Are you an eyeliner fan like me?  Have you tried the Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Liner?  You should give it a try!








Wednesday, 22 October 2014

THE SUSPECTED TWO: GLOWING PINKS




Pale/ Fair skin girls, I have a couple of skin complexion glowing products I wanted to share with you!  

On a lazy kind of day, when minimal makeup is the priority; I would opt for the Baby Skin Pink Transformer as an all over the face base to brighten up the complexion to give it a glowing preparation.  It has got a very subtle hint of pinkness in the product and you can't over do it ever.  On a good skin day, I can completely get away with just applying this as a base, it also has SPF35 so it's a fantastic product for summer days when less makeup means more.  It's not oily at all, I have dry skin and I found it equally moisturising and it doesn't feel heavy at all.  It's ideal as a base before any foundation is applied.

A recent high end investment into a product that reminded me of the Baby Skin Pink Transformer is Chantecaille Liquid Lumiere Anti-Aging Illuminator (in Luster).   It's a much more intensely pigmented multi-purpose brightening product that can be used as a liquid cheek highlighter, mixed with skincare or foundation applied all over the face.  I'd much prefer using it as a cheek highlighter as it does have that illuminator effect to highlight the apple of my cheeks.  You only need the tiniest drop and I tend to buff it in with a real technique's stippling brush.  I've tried mixing it with foundation or a primer and applied it all over the face but I found it a little too shimmery, and a little too pink and almost turned into a bronzy finish which I found myself looking a little weird.

Are you into pink-toned brightening products?  Are these you have tried?

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

THE GLOWY FACE PRODUCTS TRIO







I'm all for highlighting and contouring my face. My favourite makeup products ever are blushers, sculpting bronzers and highlighters.  I'm usually one for powder forms for all these products but gradually, I am turning my thoughts on the creamy forms of my favourite trio in the beauty world. 

On a fairly recent trip to my local SpaceNK, I revisited and examined in depth a couple of products I came across not so long ago.  

Kevin Aucoin Candlelight & Sculpting Creamy Glow Duo is essentially a (mini) creamy version of KA's famous Celestial Powder - Candlelight and Sculpting Powder.   The two products that I have been wanting to try forever but have found them (from trialling them from my sister @forksandbrushes collection) either too shimmer to highlight, or two ashy to sculpt.  However I didn't think there was anything wrong with the products, it's just probably the way I applied or my technique.... I kept making excuses.  So when I saw this creamy duo, I gave it a very good try by swatching them on the back of my hands, and actually applying them on the face.  For some reasons, probably because it's in a cream form, it's become the tone of colours for both have become so much softer and less intense, so much easier to blend and appears much more natural to the whole complexion.  It's only £19 so it's definitely worth a try if you had the same experience as I did with the powder form.

Chantecaille Liquid Lumiere Anti-ageing Cheek Illuminator (Luster) Wow what can I say about this purchase?  I'm a fan of Chantecaille through and through, although I had doubts about its insanely expensive Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser (I like the texture of it but I blame it on the slight mismatch of my shade), anything from the Chantecaille counter I'm willing to swatch, play around and invest it wherever possible.  When I squeezed a bit of this cheek illuminator onto the back of my hand I thought oh wow the colour is a little too strong.  I chose Luster which is a pinker shade with gold shimmer runs through it (another shade Brilliance is a gold shade, more of a bronzer product I think).  However as I blended it out, and started dabbing on the apples of my cheek, it looks so natural and gives my face an instant lift and glow.  You can intensify it by adding more but I would recommend less is more with this product.  You can also mix this highlighting fluid with skincare, i.e. moisturiser or your favourite foundation to give your face an overall brightening complexion, you'll be surprised by the result!  The result seems to be much more natural, and easier for application if you squeeze a tiny amount of this onto a stippling brush and work it onto the apples of your cheeks.  As I was using it more and more, it reminded me a lot of the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blusher which I stole from my sister's makeup collection to try, but I found it a little too watery in texture hence the application became a little awkward for me.  Whereas this cheek illuminator, it's somewhere in between a water and a cream texture which makes application much easier.

Are you planning your next trip to Space NK already?  I hope you are nodding your heads!  Tell me if you've tried either of these products cos I want to know what you think of them!