Monday, September 15, 2014

Laura Mercier Bridal Make-up: Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation

I don't know how the time passed so fast, but it's now less than four months to the wedding day, which makes it seem really really near now!

All the wedding prep is really starting to get serious now, and I did my first bridal makeup trial with Laura Mercier last week. It's pretty exciting for me because I finally get to see how I look like on the day itself with my bridal make-up and hair all done up and gown on! Things are really progressing along.. From the first time I went down for gown choosing to confirming on the final gown designs I'll be wearing, now put together with hair and make-up!

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The team at Laura Mercier was kind enough to send down a make-up artist down for my first bridal make-up trial! :D

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Before I went down to Blessed Brides (my bridal studio), I popped by my trusty hair salon, Salon Vim, first to get my hair done up in a simple up-do for full effect. I only asked Fiona for a simple updo, but she really outdid herself with a beautiful braided 'do and a messy side-bun! Love how romantic it looked!

And so the make-up trial began!
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If you've read my previous blog post on my experience with Laura Mercier, you might remember Laura Mercier's Four Steps to Flawless Face!

I've tried many of Laura Mercier's products previously, and my favourite part about LM products is the great emphasis placed on having a flawless base. I want to look glowing and radiant and flawless! and also on my wedding day, the make-up is going to face the challenge of lasting probably up to twelve hours with minimal touch-ups if possible.

With Laura Mercier revolutionary 4 step makeup application routine to make the skin look perfect, you won't even have to worry. No need for photo retouching or photoshopping, serious!

Without further ado, Eddie started working his magic on me!



 ❤❤❤ The Bridal Make-Up Process ❤❤❤

STEP 1 – PRIME THE SKIN

First, Eddie used Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer (Radiance) to first prep and prime my skin. Primer is an important step because it prepares your face like a perfect canvas by evening your skin surface, which will ensure that all your makeup goes on smoothly and stays fresh.

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STEP 2 – APPLY FOUNDATION

For a flawless face that's natural yet perfect, Eddie used Laura Mercier's brand new Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide: This foundation is the latest in LM's line-up of foundations, and I was very impressed with it! More about this product below :)

Eddie applied it with an egg-shaped sponge, which is the recommended method by Laura herself. Using a sponge allows the product to really meld with your skin, as opposed to using a brush which simply sits the product on the face and does not look as flawless or natural.

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STEP 3 – APPLY CONCEALER

I was lamenting about how bad my dark eye rings and eye bags were on that day, but Eddie was super sweet and assured me that my dark eye rings were totally salvageable with some simple correcting and concealing teehee.

I have to agree cos Laura Mercier’s revolutionary, highly pigmented camouflage and concealer really totally hides under-eye circles, discolorations, blemishes, scars, imperfections. 

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If you remember my previous blog post, I was raving about the High Coverage Concealer for Undereye, which has got amazing coverage and really did the heavy-duty task of concealing my horrible eye bags!

And I really need to cover those dark eye rings cos if not I'd look tired and haggard. Definitely not what I want to look like on my big day, even if I'm gonna be feeling like that from the early call-time! Like they say, fake it until you make it haha.

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Can you see the difference on the left (concealed) and right (un-concealed)?

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STEP 4 – SET WITH POWDER

The last step to Laura Mercier's flawless face is to simply set with powder, which Eddie did on my under eyes and all over my face! I'm a fan of LM's Secret Brightening Powder which has a brightening (duh) effect and works wonders on my under eyes, while at the same time "locks" my concealer into place so it stays on during the course of the day.

For all over the face, Laura Mercier's Translucent Setting Powder is the best! It doesn't leave a powdery or cakey looking finish at all, but reduces any oily shine and subtly blurs out the imperfections.

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Now with my 4-Step Flawless Face complete for the perfect skin canvas, Eddie carried on by enhancing and highlighting my features for a natural but extra beautiful look!

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I love how Eddie picked neutral shades like champagne, gold and brown to work into my eyelids. They really helped to make my eyes stand out without overpowering my features.

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After which a soft pink blush was applied to give me that extra rosy glow on the cheeks.. 

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Final touch-up on the eyes and I adore this shade of soft pink on the lips!

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And here's my final look! All changed into my gorgeous white gown and I'm feeling every bit the part of a bride. Times like this, it still seems so surreal somehow!

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A close-up on the lovely makeup, and you can see how my skin texture is still very very natural without the make-up looking too thick or cakey! I really don't like thick make-up and I love how the Laura Mercier products, especially the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation literally felt like nothing on my face at all.

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With Eddie, thank you for dolling me up!

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I really do love the end results, cos I feel like I still look like myself, just better!! :D

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And a sneak preview of how I'll look like on my actual day.. I'm having all kinds of mixed feelings: excitement, anxiety, happiness, disbelief and everything else. (BUT this is probably not the gown that I'll be taking on the actual day! Teehee. Similar, though!)

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Some of my favourites from the Laura Mercier products used on me during the shoot!

In particular, I'd like to highlight the amazing Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide! I'm quite fussy about foundations, I prefer them light-weight but still with good coverage. I don't like foundations that feel like an extra layer on my face or those that look cakey and thick.

Laura Mercier's new Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide is a long-wear, oil-free foundation that magically blurs the line between real skin and makeup. It practically feels like nothing on the face at all, which is what I really like about it!

Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide is a revolutionary bi-phase, two part formula is designed to deliver the most natural looking colour and lightweight coverage. Colour true pigments rest at the bottom of the package while reflective waters (Hydro-Brilliant Technology) float to the top. Vigorously shaking the package before each use ensures the pigments blend with the reflective waters to create fresh colour every time.


APPLICATION TECHNIQUE: SHAKE and TAP TO ACTIVATE!

To activate: with each use shake vigorously for a minimum of 10 seconds and tap several times at the end of the package by the shade label.To apply: dispense onto back of your hand and apply to clean skin with Laura’s Foundation Sponge or fingertips. For best results, use with your preferred Laura Mercier Foundation Primer.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Once you shake and tap to activate the formula, gently release the cap. You may experience a surge of product when dispensed. This is normal for a bi-phased formula. If the formula appears separated, it has not been shaken long enough. Just put the cap back on and shake more vigorously.

The formula is amazingly light-weight and feels almost watery. I really like how it glides and blends easily on my skin.

There are a total of ten shades and Macadamia matches me perfectly. For swatches of all the shades, keep a look out on Evonne's blog, cos she'll be featuring Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide real soon!

PS. Remember always to get advice from the MUA at the counter because they can help you find the right shade!

Upon blending, the foundation literally melts into my skin and looks invisible, but gives pretty good coverage. I'd say the coverage is around medium, which is perfect for me to even out my skin tone and cover up the light blemishes that I have.

And because it's so light-weight, you can build on the coverage as well if you need higher coverage!

Here's my before-and-after makeup for your comparison, doesn't my skin look incredibly flawless yet natural in the "after" shot? 

And best of all, the makeup lasted all day, because Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide is long-wear (12 hours), humidity-proof, sweat-proof and water-resistant, everything you need in a foundation in our hot sunny climate.

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Thanks to Laura Mercier's generosity, I have a small give-away to conduct!!!

Exclusively for readers, 5 of you lucky ones will have the chance to win a full-sized Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation!

Just leave a comment on this entry to tell me what you look for in a foundation, and I'll be picking FIVE lucky winners to receive a Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation each! Don't forget your email address so that we can contact you!

(PS. Laura Mercier will arrange for the five winners to go down to Laura Mercier counter for foundation matching and receive their foundation thereafter. I’ll also be reaching out to you for some feedback after you’ve tried the foundation!)

For everyone else who would like to discover your own flawless face, local celeb makeup artists Venetia Stravens and Greg-O will be at Sephora ION from the 20-21 and 27-28 September respectively! For more info, email Laura Mercier at lauramercier@starlightcos.com or check out their Facebook page! :)

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Three months and two weeks away to AD.. Not sure how other brides feel but I personally can't wait for it to be over hahaha.

I'll be sharing more wedding updates soon so stay tuned!

xoxo

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Day 254: 10 Things That Make Me Happy


Dear Dayre,

I don't mean to be annoying with all the "ten things" stuff, but since dear Roseanne tagged me on Instagram to list down 10 things that make me happy, I thought that Dayre would be a better platform.. I can type more here without feeling guilty for having too much text if it were Instagram!So today's entry is gonna be..

“10 things that make me happy! 

If you are my real life friend, or you know one of my friends, I think generally people will tell you that I'm a very laid-back and happy person! I don't really get sad or very angry or emotionally down. I guess part of it has to do with my childhood and the way I grew up. Not to sound like I was a pathetic little thing, but I really did get teased a lot when I was younger. For my 大小眼, for being a 胖妹, and for talking like Daffy Duck. Of course I did feel upset at times, but most of the time, I just shrugged it off or laughed it off the best I could. Maybe I just always had an overwhelming amount of confidence! I always told myself that it didn't matter what people who didn't love me thought of me, cos they are not the ones that matter to me.So even until now, if I get negative remarks or comments or haters, I really just find it very amusing and I laugh it off without feeling offended at all. 

But this post is about what makes me happy! And happiness is something I value very much. I honestly seriously think that the pursuit of happiness is the most important thing that anyone could do in a lifetime! Human beings are actually very transient creatures. The earth and the rest of the universe have been around for billions of years, but we only live a short life-span of at best 80-100 years. That practically makes us as minute as a tiny little ant in our huge huge universe.When you start realizing that you're actually but a very unimportant and tiny speck of dust in the universe, you might then ask yourself, so what is living all about? Is it about the fast cars, the money, the branded bags or some kind of status that makes you more admirable or a cut above the rest?

I guess at the end of the day, what everyone really wants is to feel like more than a speck of dust, be recognized and have our self-worth validated. We want to feel like a success and not a failure. But if you come to terms with the fact that our time on earth is really extremely short and transient, it makes more sense to focus on what's important. And that's living a happy and fulfilling life day in and day out. 

I have to admit that I get side-tracked too. Sometimes I let silly things bother me. And the worst is when you start playing the comparison game and you know you're never gonna come out on top cos there's always gonna be someone better.

So at the end of the day... Stop comparing and stop chasing ideals. Stop letting society dictate what you do and do something for yourself.Do what genuinely MAKES YOU HAPPY! (Within limits of course. If you're an axe murderer and killing innocent people makes you happy, then you obviously have a problem somewhere.)So yes, happiness is very very important to me and I try to be happy all the time. It's as simple as that.

The best way to start with happiness is always to give thanks and remember the little things that make you happy. Here's the ten things that make me happy!

“1. Music/singing makes me happy! ”
Maybe it's ironic that I love to sing sad sad songs, hahaha. But I just feel that the depth of human emotions can only be fully expressed in music and I enjoy immersing myself in the music and being able to touch a chord in the hearts of listeners. Probably in the bigger picture, it means that being able to connect to souls out there makes me happy as well, cos that's what my blog and social media platforms are about?

“2. Travelling and discovering the world makes me happy 

I'm not sure what's the magic in travelling and seeing the world. But it gives me SO much wonder and so much joy to step onto foreign soil and to view the world with eyes like that of a newborn. Every sight is new and every sound is interesting.

Seeing how big and beautiful the world is also makes me realise just how TINY I am. I am indeed just a speck of dust. And that makes me appreciate all that I have even more which makes me happy!

“3. Spending time with my loved ones make me happy 

When you find kindred souls who are able to make you feel so at ease that you don't have to worry about being judged or mocked at or teased or exploited, you can then truly set your guard down and really wholeheartedly love and enjoy each other's company.

Humans can never be lone islands, and I am ever so grateful for the kind of happiness my friends bring to me. Support, encouragement, advice, chiding, I know they really care and they're my solid rocks through the good times and bad. 


“4. Doing what I love makes me happy! ”
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And right now, doing what I love gives me a huge sense of satisfaction and happiness. Starting up TVD, working and growing the brand over the years, painstakingly manufacturing and curating in designs, coming out with beautiful products and seeing them on sale on TVD, spotting customers wear TVD clothes makes me SUPER happy and proud.

Every time an item gets sold out and back ordered and every item that gets raves and compliments makes me real happy!


“5. My man makes me happy! ”
YZ really changed me a lot. Despite all I said about how I laughed off negative comments and snide remarks as a kid, I did still have a secret fear inside of me: that I'd never be good enough for anyone.I think this has to do with how I never received any words of affirmation or praise from my parents as a child. Third place in class? Well then, why weren't you first in class instead? 95/100 marks? You should be aiming for full marks, really.

My parents are awesome people, but I've come never to expect any positive reinforcement from them, and that fear of rejection and of never ever being good enough crept into me even as a young adult.I was really afraid of getting into a relationship because I was fearful of letting my guard down and allowing someone into the innermost crevices of my heart. But he loves me wholeheartedly and makes me believe that I am a person worthy of being loved, and he makes me happy in the simplest ways.

“6. Yummy food makes me happy! 

I love to eat so much it isn't even funny. Food makes my tummy really happy and satisfied, especially when I'm sharing a meal with people I love! Though I don't love the getting fat part, so at the end of the day I have to balance out the two and try to keep things somewhat neutral. I still wanna enjoy my food but I'll be a bit more careful about my portions and try to go easy on the bad food. Overall though, I find it too hard to resist yummy good food. Happiness comes from a content belly!

“7. When you leave a comment or send me an email, it makes me happy too! 
There's a joy in knowing that something I wrote and shared was of value to someone else who read it.. I guess it makes me feel happy that what I share resonates with another person who might have been in need of a different perspective or even felt inspired or motivated by my sharing. That's the incredible power of the WWW and social media. It makes me feel like I'm not alone and knowing that you touched someone else's heart or mind is a very humbling experience.

“8. Sometimes, just having an off day or time to do absolutely nothing makes me happy!”
Being self-employed means I run around doing stuff 24/7 and having a weekly launch schedule on TVD means I almost perpetually have something to do all the damn time. I don't know how some people can keep their engine on 24/7 and work non-stop, but I love having days when I can just put everything aside and do absolutely nothing!

Usually that entails chilling at home and reading a good book while rolling around in bed. You know what they say, time you enjoy wasting is never time wasted. 
“9. Seeing my three adorable pooches make me really happy! 

Ok, I just realized that I'm a very repetitive person cos a couple of my "happy" points came up in my "about me" entry too?! But it's all related since it's all about myself.

Seeing my dogs run up to me excitedly whenever I get home makes me feel happy! I have to admit I'm more of a dog person than baby person (why do those two always get put together?) at the moment. Probably since I've yet to experience the greatness of motherhood.

My favourite saying used to be "When the whole world has turned its back on me, I still have my pet dog."

“10. Creating beautiful things make me happy! 


Beautiful things make me happy, in general. I love beauty in any form, be it a stunning sunset, a beautiful face, a wonderfully done artwork.

So this also branches out into me loving makeup/beauty, enjoying the creation of and listening to beautiful music that stirs emotions in me, loving photography and taking beautiful photos, even manufacturing pretty designs for TVD. Everything boils down to my love for beauty!


...And that's all!Took me so long to think of ten things that make me happy. HAHAHA. But I'm satisfied with my ten happy things! They're truly some of the most important things that bring me happiness.What are your ten happy things?xoxo

xoxo

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