GIVEAWAY time!! who likes a giveaway! *jumps up and down* I do! I do!
So, what’s the reason for this Giveaway? BeautySavior is now one year old (well, on 25th May)!!! oh, how time flies. To celebrate, I’ve decided to have a Giveaway!
Here’s what I’ve bought for the Giveaway:
1. The Balm Cosmetics Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette
Eyeshadow palette with 12 eyeshadow colours: Sassy, Stubborn, Selfish, Sophisticated, Sexy, Serious, Snobby, Stand-Offish, Sultry, Seductive, Silly and Sleek
2. Illamasqua Lip Twin Set
Lipstick in Obey and Intense Lipgloss in Plentiful
Here’s how to enter:
- Like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@beautysavior) – you can do all three and make me a very happy person!
- Provide in the comments below or send me an email on (make sure to include your email!):
What do you love about Beauty Savior?
Here are a few nitty gritty points (T&Cs):
- Open to all Australian Residents only
- Be 18 years or older. If you’re not, that’s fine, just get your parent’s permission as I will need your address to post the prize!
- Most creative answer will be picked by me
- Prizes are not exchangeable for cash
- Giveaway will end at 11.59pm on Friday 31th May 2013
- Make sure to provide your email address in the comments as I’ll need it to contact you for your address
- If there is no response within 48 hours from the chosen winner, another winner will be chosen.
p.s. Pictures taken above were from my personal set. The prizes have not been opened and definitely not used.
Facial hair: little hairs above your lip, crazy hairs around your eyebrows, fine hairs on your hair. How do you get rid of them? Do you pluck them or do you just “shave” them off?
There are pros and cons to plucking. Here’s mine:
Takes ages to grow back
This can be a pro and a con. Since it takes ages to grow back, you don’t really need to maintain those annoying little hairs around your upper lip. However, since it takes ages to grow back, an accidental over-plucking of your eyebrows will make you have wonky eyebrows for quite a while.
Might not grow back
Again, this might be a pro and a con. If the little hairs around my upper lip do not grow back, I will be extremely happy. I mean, why on earth do we need hairs around our upper lip? What’s the evolutionary reason of that? On the other hand, if over-plucked eyebrows don’t grow back, how on earth do you fix those wonky eyebrows!
Pain and time factor
To me, plucking is a hella lot better than waxing. Waxing get rips at my skin and cause it to bleed! And let’s not forget my over-sensitive skin which just reacts to any wax or after-wax wipes. Compared to “shaving” or cutting off the little hairs, plucking is just a pain! You gotta grip every single hair and make sure the root comes out too! Who has the time to find every little hair and pull it out! Have you tried plucking hair around your upper lip (for those who are not used to plucking)??? O.M.G. Try it and let me know how it feels.
So, what do you do?
Today’s post will be about how I managed to achieve a flawless looking face for my acne ridden skin.
Here are the products and tools I used:
- Benefit Porefessional
- Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
- The Balm Time Balm Concealer
- Mehron Celebre Pro HD Foundation
- Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder
- Alcone sponge
- Big fluffy brush
Here are the steps I took:
- Make sure your face is prepped and ready to go. There should be as little flakey skin as possible on your face so that the foundation does not get caught on the flakey bits. If you have extremely dry skin (especially from the acne treatment), make sure it’s nicely moisturized. Wait for at least 1-2 minutes after the moisturizer so that there is plenty of time for the moisturizer to be absorbed.
- Prime your skin with a primer. I used Benefit’s Porefessional. The reason for priming your skin is to allow the foundation to go on as smoothly as possible. It also allows the foundation to last a little longer.
- Apply your first layer of foundation using your fingers. I used Make Up For Ever HD Foudation for my first layer.
- Apply your concealer to the red parts or the dark spots (acne scars) that the foundation did not cover. I used my ring finger as it helped warmed up the product and allowed me to blend it properly. The ring finger is the weakest finger, so it’s good for concealer application as you tend to be a bit more gentle in application and not smudge the foundation beneath. It’s okay if just a little bit of scars are still peaking at this point as you’re going to go over with your second layer of foundation.
- Using a damp sponge (put the sponge in water and squeeze out excess water), dip the sponge into the foundation. Try to take some of the product from the bottle/pan and place it on your hand so that you can easily pick up the product with the damp sponge. Dipping a wet sponge into the pan itself can cause the product to “spoil” quicker than normal.
- Now, use the damp sponge with some product on it and bounce the sponge lightly on your face for the 2nd layer of foundation. It is important to bounce it lightly so as to be careful not to smear the concealer. I used my Mehron foundation as it is a creamier foundation and gives more coverage for my scarred-ridden face.
- Dip your big fluffy brush in some setting powder and tap off the excess. Now, set your foundation by lightly pressing the brush onto your face. It’s important not to sweep as the sweeping motion can move the foundation and concealer on your face and cause your concealed parts to show again. I used the Ben Nye Banana Luxury powder. Don’t be too heavy-handed here or you may look too cakey!
And you’re done!
Below is a picture of my before and after:
What do you think? Easy-peasy? Personally, I do not use so many products for a normal day. This is usually for special occasions.
I’ve been using a few different brands of foundations lately but this one is definitely one of my favourites and my go-to, especially if there was going to be a special event or even sports (yes, you heard me, SPORTS).
Below are the pros for the Make Up For Ever (MUFE) High Definition (HD) Foundation:
- comes in 26 colours, not many brands come in that many shades! (The current shade I use is #140)
- provides medium to full coverage and does not look too heavy or cakey
- at the end of the day, it does not feel like I have to remove my make-up because it is weighing me down
- easy application with fingers, brush or wet sponge (I prefer finger application as it helps work the product into the skin)
- build-able coverage allows for medium or full coverage
- excellent for covering my acne scarring and I don’t have to use as much concealer (the less product the better!)
- does not irritate my acne/skin
- lasts for a very long time
- (saved the best for last) does not budge during exercise!!! When sweating, just be careful not to wipe off the sweat, instead, dab off the sweat and the foundation will not budge! I’ve worn it for a good sweaty gym session and also at a 1 hour basketball competition; the foundation has stayed put!
This foundation is not dewy. I love a matte foundation because I become oily and that means my foundation just feels really heavy on my face at the end of the day. Matte foundations also means I do not have to powder my face once applying the foundation.
One thing to note about this foundation is that it catches onto the flakey bits of my skin, so make sure there are no flakey bits.
To be honest, I’m can’t say if this foundation is HD because I do not actually own a HD camera to film in high definition. However, I do know that this foundation photographs really well in flash. It definitely does not look like I have a lightbulb as a head.
I absolutely love this foundation and it is my definite go-to for a fail-proof foundation that lasts fora long time, even for a sports events.
Where to buy:
I know of only two places in Australia that sell this product (however, I have not purchased from them before):
If you can buy this overseas, highly recommend to buy it there as it’s much cheaper!
Do you have a go-to foundation? Let me know in the comments!
You probably saw my hairstyle I did for the wedding I recently went to. (If you haven’t, CLICK ME!) Here’s the make-up I wore with the hairstyle: Purple Smokey Eye. I know, I know, everyone’s sick of the smoke eye now. But I still love it.
I decided to match my eye shadow to my dress. Here is a picture of the colour of my dress:
There are some people who say it’s a big no-no and there are some others who say, yes-yes. Here’s what I think: if it doesn’t hurt anyone, do what makes you happy. I decided to do some matchy-matchy because other than the bottom part of my dress, I was wearing all black (accessories & clutch & shoes & jacket). Wanted more pa-zazzz!
Here’s what I used for my eye:
- Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
- Inglot 39 : light shimmery purple
- Inglot 72 : darker shimmery purple
- Inglot 391 : black
- Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Black
1. Prime your eyelids with a primer. Any primer will do but I used the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. I put a tiny dot and rub it gently over the entire eyelid and slightly on the bottom eyelid.
2. Use one side (Side1) of your big flat eyeshadow brush and dab on some dark shimmery purple colour on the outer half of your eyelids. Don’t have to be too careful at this point but make sure you do not place the colour out of the corner of your eye.
3. Using the tip of this brush, place some eyeshadow on the bottom outer half of your eyelid, just outside your waterline.
4. Use the other side (Side2) of your big flat eyeshadow brush and place some light shimmery purple colour on the inner half of your eyelid.
5. Using the tip again (make sure you just brush the tip of your brush on a tissue to remove some colour), place some eyeshadow on the bottom inner half of your eyelid, just outside your waterline.
6. Slightly blend the two colours on the bottom of your eyelid so they merge seamlessly.
7. Using Side1, blend the dark into the light. Remember to bring dark into light. Use light strokes, barely touching the skin.
8. Now using a slightly smaller brush (I used a pencil brush or you can use the same brush as above), take some black eyeshadow on the tip and drag from the corner of your eyelid slightly upwards (follow the natural shape). No eyeshadow should go past this “line”.
9. Blend this black eyeshadow into your dark purple eyeshadow. (Remember, dark to light)
10. Using the tip of the brush, place a little bit of black eyeshadow on the outer one third of your bottom eyelid, outside your waterline.
11. Use your fluffy brush and work the top of all 3 eyeshadows into each other. Keep blending until they merge into each other seamlessly.
12. Line your upper eyelid with a black waterproof pencil eyeliner. I used a pencil eyeliner in this case as I did not want such a harsh line.
13. Line the bottom outer third of your waterline with the black pencil eyeliner.
14. You can curl your eyelashes at this point and put on some mascara. I skipped this step as I haven’t found/bought the mascara that’s good for me.
Don’t let the make-up deceive you. My face is still full of scars from acne. Check back next week for a post on how I wore my foundation!
That’s it!! easy? You can use the same steps with any eyeshadow colour. Just need a light, medium and dark.
Let me know if you have any questions!
I never thought I would ever write a what-not-to post. I mean, who am I to dictate what you can or cannot do? However, I was at the gym the other day and I JUST had to blog about it. You’ll read why in a few seconds.
Here’s my list of what not to wear to the gym:
1. A bad bra
You should always try your best to wear a sports bra or one that is meant for sports when you’re at the gym. Exercise usually requires you to move a lot, sometimes, it has a lot of jumping involved. If you’re not wearing a proper bra, you two lovely ladies will be bouncing all over the place. The long term effect of this is that you will have extremely saggy boobs when you’re 40 or 50. This is especially important for those of you who are more gifted in that department, as the weight can cause a lot more sagging.
2. A top where your two lovely ladies are busting to make an appearance
When I say busting to make an appearance, I really mean literally about to pop out. I’m sorry but we’re at the gym, not the night club. If we were at the night club, by all means, please feel free to show them off. But, we’re at the gym. The main purpose of the gym is to exercise and work-up a sweat. I personally think that your boobs don’t need to show an appearance.
3. Really loose short shorts with no inner
I understand that people like to wear short shorts to the gym. It doesn’t restrict your movement, it’s more airy etc etc. HOWEVER, when your really short shorts has no inner and you’re doing exercises that require you to bend right over, you’re gonna expose more than you like, especially when you’re also wearing a G-string or something along those lines. People who are at the gym generally do not want to see a once well-maintained nether region. If you do wear short shorts with no inner and a G-string, don’t fret, just try to make sure the wall is behind you when you’re bending over.
Well, there really isn’t much in my list of what-not-to-wear. I’ve seen people wear really short jeans to the gym before. Was it appropriate? Not really but if that’s their style, by all means, who am I to say. Right?
Have you seen any inappropriate gym wear? Let me know in the comments!
I have been looking for an excellent Pencil eyeliner that is smudgeproof, budge-proof and waterproof. So, when Illamasqua had a sale, I jumped at buying myself their Medium Pencil in S.O.P.H.I.E, which is a black colour.
This pencil can be used on the body, face, lips and eye. Yay! Who does not love an all-in-one product? I used this on my eyes as an eyeliner. The pencil is extremely creamy and black. It applies like a dream: so smooth and no snags. Is it the blackest of black? No, not really. However, this is great for defining the eye without having a harsh line. The eyeliner did not last on my eyes, even with an eye primer. Within a few hours, the eyeliner was smudging on to the bottom of my eyelids!! I’ve heard rave reviews about this pencil but I’m not feeling it. Maybe I’m not using it right????
I don’t think I will be repurchasing another as I am currently looking for a smudgeproof/waterproof eyeliner.
13 pounds on the website
Where to buy:
Illamasqua website or any of the Illamasqua stores at Myer
What do you think?