Tutorial Tuesday: Prime Makeup Look


The Perfect Prime Look by Bobbi Brown

We’ve all heard about prime makeup but really, is it just the 5-minute no makeup look? After blogging for some 8 years now, I can definitely say otherwise. Over the course of 8 years, my skin’s gone through a lot of changes ranging from different sorts of breakouts, the dreaded appearance of fine lines, extreme tanning (both from a bottle and au naturelle thanks to surfing), occasional brightening and various dermatologist-approved procedures (acne surgery, RF and chemical peeling). These changes prompted me to shuffle a lot of products just to achieve the prime look for both work and play.

I’m sure you can tell that based from the photo above, the first thing we need to achieve this look is to have impeccably clear and toned skin skin. What if you don’t have the luxury of time to achieve so through skin care? Are all hopes gone?

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Friday Q&A: On Eyebrow Essentials, Make-Up Removers and more!

TGIF! Reader Q&A’s back! Shoot me an email at phoebeann[at]live.com if you have a nagging beauty question on hand. :)

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I like how you “do” your eyebrows. They’re never too drawn (maybe because they’re naturally full?) and not too undone. What do you consider your eyebrow makeup essentials?

Thank you for the eyebrow love. :) You are correct — my eyebrows are pretty full, thankfully even after over plucking them in high school. Honestly, if my lazy bones will take me to the salon to have them professional threaded every two weeks, I’d rather not touch my eyebrows. Then again, I have these trusty eyebrow helpers in tow in my hopes of getting away with “naturally perfected” eyebrows.

When I’m beyond words tamad, I just brush on some Majolica Majorca Brow & Lash Colorist. When I need extra definition, I use the Shiseido Eyebrow Pencil (available in Japan). While it doesn’t hold the hair in place like the Brow & Lash Colorist, I love how I can load up on it without the brows looking too strong. On days when I want to look extra polished, I use the MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme. It has more “hold” compared to Majolica Majorca’s Brow & Lash Colorist. To groom my brows with these products, I use a couple of tried, tested and beat up brushes from Charm.

I think I’m ready to commit to more makeup…but I’m scared of breakouts due to not-so good makeup removers. Is this something I should invest on?

Great question! I believe in 2 integral beauty rules: 1) don’t prick your pimples and 2) always thoroughly remove your makeup towards the end of the day. Call it crazy but more than applying makeup, I favour the “ritual” tied to its removal. I never remove my makeup with plain old baby oil just because I never really got around doing so. My first makeup remover’s the classic Pond’s Cold Cream. If you love the local variant (the one that smells like lemons), you have to try the one from the US too. It smells divine – like freshly picked red roses! I love luxe smelling and feeling makeup removers — it’s a great daily treat after a longgggg day. Here are some more faves:

Since I tried the Leyende Multi-Task Cleanser some 3-4 years ago, I don’t remember a day I ran dry of it. I’m hooked on the light almond scent it bears! Based on my experience, this cleanser’s best applied on the face when it’s just lightly misted/damp. It never stings and I can go up to 5 minutes just massaging it all over my face. To remove heavy eye makeup, I like using Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover. Apart from removing the heaviest eye makeup in seconds, this makeup remover never burned my lids. It’s not inexpensive (I can finish a full sized bottle in 8-10 weeks) but in my opinion, it’s worth every penny. The Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Triple-Action Cleanser/Toner/Makeup Remover is the latest member of the gang. It functions as the name implies where in a pinch, it can be used all the way as a toner. Since the airy foam cleanser transforms to a silky oil upon contact with dry skin, I’m always left with smooth skin everytime I use this. It never emolliates to runny, milky water like my shu uemura Cleansing Beauty Oils (green and yellow pump bottles) but they perform the job very, very closely with each other.

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Wrapping It Up: Shiseido White Lucent Serum & Mask Review

To say that I’ve been swamped (but happy!) at the onset of the month is a wild understatement. Like most of you, I’m playing sink or swim with my workload, wits and relationships. Then again, we all know that there’s no rest for the wicked! :) Over the last 2 weeks, I was able to nail down much of what’s on my task list, successfully cook my meals daily (I’m obsessed with meal planning these days!) and even squeeze in a little beach getaway with the girls and their husbands.


Welcome back, Summer!

While drowning in never ending to dos, I haven’t at all forgotten about my Shiseido White Lucent review and giveaway. I just thought I’d push the envelopes a little farther road testing the products, checking to see how my skin would react to “product withdrawal”. Just like crash diets, doesn’t it stink when great products make you breakout/flake/purge when you stop using them? I was crossing all of my fingers that I won’t get that with these Shiseido White Lucent products. Ready for the lowdown?

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Unboxing: Shiseido x BDJ Box February 2013

Two days after my Glamourbox arrived, another beauty box arrived at my doorstep. *cartwheels all over*

I have an autopayment scheduled every 10th of the month for the BDJ Box. Arriving 8 days after, I think it’s not so bad esp. if it’s jampacked with GREAT stuff. This month’s massive tie up with Shiseido came as a fantastic surprise. :)

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