Friday, May 26, 2017

Tips for long-lasting shine-free summer makeup in Singapore!!

Yoz Yoz!! It has been decades since my last post! Geez! Been so busy but I suddenly have some blog-spiration now so I thought I'll pen down a post before I lost interest! Haha!

It's now the end of May and we're going soon into the hottest month, JUNE in Singapore!! Oh manzzz! It's so hot that I almost got scalded in the shower and no, my water heater wasnt even turned up high!

As I'm seldom indoors, it's my everlasting dream to have super long-lasting makeup. I always envy friends with great skin, and most of all, dry skin! Because their makeup never melts! At most, they look abitttt shiny that look simply dewy! Alas, too bad mine is combination skin, with oily T-zone and dry cheeks. So saddddd! =( It's sooooo difficult to NOT appear as an oil rig! So here I've compiled some products/tips which are super useful to ME in helping to stay as shine-free as I can.
I hope they are equally useful to you!  \(^o^)/

(P/S Sometimes don't have the time and I'll skip a few steps. Haha)


1) Use a cooling spray/mist.
The point is to lower the temperature of your skin. You need to start right! Else, just after application, you can feel your makeup is already starting to melt. Zzz. Dont use a too hydrating mist though!


2) Use a oil-controlling toner OR oil-controlling sunblock OR a primer(lazy, seldom use)
They can help your makeup to lasts longer and control your oil secretion.
Of course you should always use a sunblock in sunny Singapore, choose a light-weight one, milky or watery type.

3) Use a light-weight moisturizer just before makeup so that your skin is not too dry for makeup to glide. Alternatively, a light hydration mist works too. Cream based are a no-no.

This depends on how oily/dehydrated your skin is. Some people can apply makeup directly while some has skin which are too dry for the initial makeup. For me, I still prefer to do light moisturizing and then use a more oil-controlling foundation to last the day INSTEAD of skipping moisturizer and then using a more hydrating foundation.


1) Use facial sponges
Facial sponges absorb extra oil in your foundation/bb cream, can help to mattify your foundation. In addition, when you use facial sponges to apply, it's also more cooling and helps your makeup to last longer, because our fingers has temperature. It also helps to let your makeup to glide on more smoothly and reduce cakey-ness and reduce patches. You can either glide them across your face or else bounce them off your face to blend properly.

You can use any shape, but this type of textures(below) works better. They're very soft and toi toi type. Don't buy those which is a flat rectangular shape and feels harder and less toi toi to the touch. Beauty blenders are great but I find them too troublesome to wash regularly and too expensive to throw on a daily basis. I just use these disposable ones. SASA one's are also fine.

So my friend asked me before why her makeup appears to be patchy when she uses sponge and foundation doesn't seem to blend evenly. Ok reasons may be because
a) Skin is too dry
If so, moisturize first, OR apply foundation with sponge in a bouncing action instead of gliding across face, OR use a more hydrating foundation, ahh, but if so then makeup wont last le)

b) Pump too little foundation
You need almost double the amount you need when you use sponge instead of fingers

c) Sponges are not suitable, change another brand/type

d) If have dry debris hindering blending, it may be because of the product you used before applying foundation. Try changing your sunblock/primer

e) If really really still can't blend well then do a gentle exfoliation/scrub before everything to get rid of dead skin.

2) Avoid cream-based products

I know rightttttt, some cream-based blushers are so prettyyyyy! But usually they just end up enlarging your pores and making you shine like a disco ball down the day. SO, if you really like that natural flow effect, I think LIQUID blushers or tints(right pic) and MOUSSE/GEL blushers(left) work better. Or else, traditional powder blushes are still better in reducing the oil that your face secretes and reduce clogging pores.

But the tacky part is that these blushers are more difficult to apply on. You can dab abit on facial sponge, slowly dab and blend on cheeks then lightly powder on it.

3) Avoid highlighters which are too bright or glittery. 

I think they are okie for night outs, but day time is really not very suitable as they'll look doubly shiny. Matt and subtle highlighters are OK for daylight. And you do not necessarily need highlighters to highlight your face; You can use a concealer which is 1 tone lighter than your skin tone. =) 
I usually use a drier formula for nose and chin(T-zone) and a more moisturizing formula for under eyes. GENERALLY, sticks are drier form, followed by lip-gloss applicator types, followed by cream-based(in a pot), though it really depends; you gotta try it out. However, I rarely use stick or too dry types as it's easy to become cakey. And do use a brush instead of fingers(got temperature)


4) Summer make-up products
I think all these can be lumped into 1 point. As in, oil-free/lasting foundations, mattifying powder, water-proof/smudge-proof eyeliner. All these are pretty straight-forward. =) These are the items I love. =D

For the lips, I really don't like to apply lipstick or having my lips sticky. Only on RARE occasions, like wedding dinners then I apply lip gloss. Most days, I use this; Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet. It's like a mousse but has a velvet finish. I simply love them to bits. They are totally weightless and a DREAM to use in humid and hot Singapore because you totally can't feel them on your lips. But yet, they can be so pigmented. You can control the colours by the amount. If you want a light and natural hue, just dip a green bean size(yes that tiny) onto the middle of your lips and blend it out. I love how my lips look naturally pinkish and so smooth to touch too. If you want a richer coloured lips like Korean stars, then apply more for a gradient effect; it will look brighter and richer. They are VERY easy to control to achieve a NATURAL gradient lip than other lip tints in the market. The last time I tried a liquid lip tint, my hubby asked if I was sick. Zzz.

Granted, these are really not lasting. But, I don't mind re-applying, rather than having a rich, heavy and creamy lip colour on my lips. I bought almost the whole collection but kinda regret because I think most colours look about the same or can be controlled to look the same by building it on. So just buy 1 or 2 distinct colours will do.

5) Makeup Setting spray
You spray this after your makeup is done, so as to make it more lasting. Hmm...I heard about this, however, I've never used one which is effective. The Urban Decay one didn't work for me. And I think it's hard to find one which doesn't change your final look. So well, just an option for you to consider.

Hope you've enjoyed this post!!! Cya!!! Smuacks!!!

Missing last year this period(May) where we're in Barcelona. It's soooOOo cooling. Boooooo!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Don't EVER shop from TOBI again, NOR engage USPS to deliver your stuff.

Don't EVER shop from TOBI again, NOR engage USPS to deliver your stuff. USPS CLAIMED that my address is incorrect and hence resend my package back to San Francisco without even calling me. Fking stupid. My address is TOTALLY CORRECT. And TOBI expects me to pay another $10 for delivery. This is not my 1st time ordering from them and the previous time was OK. I emailed them, requesting them to liase with USPS as they had made a MISTAKE but TOBI just patronized me with an email and demands $10 for re-delivery. Looking at TOBI's attitude, even if I pay $10 despite it's not my mistake, if USPS still continue to claim they can't track my address nor do they give a call to me, the package is still gonna to be resent back to TOBI. And TOBI doesnt give a SHIT.

So yup, I'm NEVER going to shop there again. Utterly ridiculous and disgusting customer service. They said they will refund me, let's see when my money comes back. Waste my time doing the browsing and purchase. Sickening.

You can shop at your own risk.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


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Monday, September 21, 2015

Healthy Recipes

Came across a very useful website which shares healthy recipes categorized by your needs!!

I just wish I have some time to try out some of the dishes. Will try

No doubt, the one which caught my interest.


Lately tummyaches have been very prone after meals....not to mention my IBS......sigh....

Enjoy!  Let's all stay healthy together!!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Life of a shortie

THIS IS SO FUNNY! YES, and TOTALLY Meeeeeee! #shortielife #whocanunderstandme :P

15 Struggles Only The Shorties Out There Can (Unfortunately) Relate To

Posted Jul 16, by Christen Grumstrup
Sometimes...being short...really sucks. 

1. You're always looking up:

Which, isn't a terrible thing...but sometimes gets annoying. We feel for you Kim, really. 

2. Mirrors become a real issue:

3. When your friends are really tall:


4. Laundry becomes an issue:
Every time. 

5. Long skirts become long dresses:

Perks of being short. Sometimes. 

6. It becomes your excuse for almost everything:


7. Half the world is out of your site:

Twitter: @Sam_Halliday
Preach it, Nicole. 

8. What you eat even becomes an issue:

Top row? No way. 

9. Surrounded by tall people:

Just makes you feel so, so small. 

10. Trying to get into the group circle:

11. Moving the seat way up or using a pillow is totally necessary when driving:


12. When someone feels they can use your head as an arm rest:


13. Countertops become the floor:

14. Jeans are always too long:
Struggle for life.

15. Sitting on tall chairs becomes the most difficult task:

Just act casual.

H/T WittyFeed