Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NATURALLY MADE UP

Beauty must haves.

Clockwise: Benefit blusher in Hervana, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal, Garnier Light B.B eye concealer, Benefit Gimme Brow, Maybelline Colorshow eye pencil, The Gnarly Whale beach waves spray in Thai Coconut, Kohl eyelash curler, Urban Outfitters Matte Topcoat, Maybelline Falsies mascara and Maybelline The Nudes eye shadow palette. 
1. After freshly stepping out of the shower, I squeeze excess water from my hair with a towel before liberally spraying choice of texturising spray into damp hair. 
2. Using the B.B concealer, dab it on the areas of the face you'd want to conceal. In my case, the pores of my nose, eye bags area, and any pimples/acne scars. Honestly, I hate using B.B cream all over my face because it feels like all my pores are blocked, and that pimples are slowly forming beneath the surface. 
3. So... I prefer to use powder foundation instead. I picked up Bare Minerals' Blemish Remedy foundation from Sephora in Chicago. I like the texture of powdered foundation, but that being said, I don't use it very liberally. Just a light layer should suffice. 

In terms of whether the blemish remedy works, I think it does help to a certain extent. Because I have noticed that I come home to smaller and less red blemishes. 
4. Step not shown: Eyebrows. I have not much expertise in this area, and as you can see from these extremely enlarged pictures, I do not groom my brows very well. Hehe oops. I was born with EXTREMELY sparse brows, and plucking them makes me feel like I'm losing what little I had. 

Also, I highly recommend using a brow gel. It's like mascara for your eyebrows. It defines the existing hairs and adds more colour as well. You're left with natural looking eyebrows, viola

5. Curl your eyelashes. If you have sparse and short eyelashes like mine, this device is your new best friend. Heat it up with a hairdryer before use if you want to skip the mascara and have curled lashes the whole day. 
Also, another tip when buying one of these is to look for ones with a spring. The one I'm using here doesn't have one because my previous one spoilt and I'm just using this for now. But yes, there is a difference!
6. Mascara the hell out of those lashes! I love Maybelline's false lashes because of its large bushy brush and ability to build up well. I may have also stocked up from Chicago. (So much cheaper!)
7. Natural eyeshadow palette needs neutral earthy tones to blend well with your skin. Since I do not see myself submitting to paying $83 for a Naked 2 palette just yet, this $12 version will do for now. Sadly this palette is not available in Singapore. *insert crying emoji* But you can pick up a similar one from NYX cosmetics.

I like using white to highlight the inner corners of the eyes for a fresh dewy eye look. I skip the liquid eyeliner and replace it with a line of taupe along the upper lash line. 
8. Moisturise your lips! I like the texture and more importantly, the taste of Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. Doesn't have the generic lip balm/lipstick taste that I really appreciate. I like 'Petal' for its light pink hue that compliments my lips, and 'Honey' to bring out a natural nude lip. 

One flaw is that it rubs off extremely easily. 

That's about it. Do ask me if you have any questions! Also, are there any products that you live by that you think I should try out? I would really like to know!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

INTRODUCTION TO CHICAGO ILLINOIS


Day One - Two

Photos of me by Josiah Neo

Chicago is such a beautiful city. The architecture itself is already mind-blowing. Just a 5 minute walk across the Chicago River left me awestruck. Honestly, all I could think about when I was there was 'I can't believe I am in Chicago.' 

So in love with the grid system there, although you have to wait around for the traffic light a lot. But walking everywhere was a breeze, thanks to the weather. Speaking of which, I am thoroughly missing the need to put on a coat when walking out or needing a hot coffee to hold in my hands. Honestly, I under packed quite a bit, falling short of outerwear halfway through the trip. I didn't think it would be that cold. Windy city indeed. 

What's worse was I had a infection of the flu bug right before the flight there. You can imagine, being trapped in a metal container high above the ground with terribly restricted legroom seats for 18 hours, was no picnic. The flight attendant surely imprinted my face into her brain as the one who kept asking for warm water with lemon every 15 minutes.

It's not that obvious in the photos here but I sincerely was battling a losing battle with virus for the first half of the trip. That might have affected my taste buds, which meant food sucked for the most part. But what Chicago lacked in taste, surely made up with its visual adventure.

If you have any questions about my trip, feel free to ask me down in the comments or in my Ask.fm and I will be sure to answer them in my next Chicago post!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

3:37AM


Currently heavily blinking my eyes to stop myself from falling asleep before I finish this post.

It is now 3:44am, and I just fulfilled my need to re-read, for the tenth time, old archives of Fashiontoast.com. Which then led to this insane desire for me to blog about random things at this hour. All the pictures here, un-edited and very raw. Things from around my room, let me know if you have questions.

 I know I have promised to upload a Chicago diary and a new playlist blah blah, but I have just been too caught up with a lot of things.

Hmm, lets start with my new job! So, I got chosen to be part of this Assistant Stylist programme for Topshop. I am still in part one of the training and still got lots to learn about working in retail. Very excited and honoured to be part of this programme because there were only 10 of us chosen from like 200+ people?! Also hopefully this would be a stepping stone for me to embark on my fashion headed journey. I don't really know what the future holds, but I guess it's best to just live in the now. #lifeadvice

Also, my friends and I are obsessed with Thai discos at the moment. So I've spent quite a number of nights with them there, laughing and goofing off with new Thai friends that I never knew I needed. Performances there are so extremely hilarious and super entertaining to watch and sloppily sing/dance along to. And this means I also spend most mornings catching up on sleep, hence no blog posts...

One more week left with my holidays and I'm kinda bummed yet happy about it. For one, it means I have to start doing actual work instead of watching Modern Family. Having to juggle work and school is going to be no easy feat considering this is my final semester in my poly life. But hopefully I will get to churn out more consistent blog posts during free periods. I really hope to get my stride back. 
I'm actually also really excited to get back to school because I think it's time to get my lazy ass off my addictive bed spreads and start being productive again. God knows I need that. 

Anyway, to my lovely readers who are mostly my friends who read this stupid blog, I hope you'll have a lovely week ahead. X

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BEWITCHING NUDES

(The Editor's Market dress and leopard kimono, Fossil watch, Geode necklace from Chicago's Field Museum, Quartz ring from Asymmtrcl.com)

Photos by Erman Lim

Pre-dinner hunger pangs and sweat inducing staircase activity rectified with mocha frappes. A shoot at dusk with a flowy witchy kimono and geode accessories seemed eerily appropriate. Furthermore, Halloween is approaching. *cue evil laugh*

It's been a while since my return from the United States. Severely missing the weather back in Chicago. Since when did it become so hot in Singapore? I seriously can't recall. As a person who doesn't sweat very much, one layer of clothing was enough for me to put my hands up in defeat against the weather. Now the simple idea of draping a kimono is quite horrific.

Well, I guess with all the Chicago talk, I better get started on the photo diaries. Yes, plural form is needed. And also hopefully a new playlist!

Have a great week everyone.