Oh? You’re not perfect? But… How? You look it.

How to fake the PERFECT facial structure.

1. Bronzer- Choose a bronzer that is darker than your actual color. Use your brush to draw a 3 on the right side of your face, and a backwards 3 on the left side. Start at the top of the forehead by the hairline, move down to the cheek, in toward the nose, and down just above the chin. You want to focus on the “hollows of your cheek” to make it look like you have high cheekbones. Make sure you blend out because you do NOT want to have the most obvious dark line on your face!!!

2. Highlighter- Highlighters are meant to draw attention to areas that light would naturally hit your face. You want to dab some highlighter below your eye brow arch, just above the apple of your cheek, and down the center of your nose.

3. Blush- Smile, and use a brush to dab blush onto the apple of your cheek, and apply upward toward the hairline. This will make you cheeks stand out against the contouring of the bronzer and the highlighter, giving the allusion of perfection.

 

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Aveda Salon Experience

Hey guys!! I’m not dead. I’m so sorry about the hiatus but I just got really really busy with the pile of work that I had to do and I was just really tired all the time and I decided that I needed a time off from my everyday hobby of blogging. But I am back now with a post!!! Haha. So today, I finally went to get my bangs done at the Aveda Salon (Luc Espace at Chatswood Chase in Sydney) and here’s how I felt about it. 

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I walked in and was immediately impressed with the layout and decor of the salon. With the warm colors and the wood furnishing (and scent), I could definitely feel the signature natural sensory vibe that Aveda carries. Not to mention the service! I was immediately greeted by their signature tea, water and magazines. My stylist, Lisa, came up to me with in a few seconds and we talked about how I wanted my hair, and immediately she understood. I was definitely impressed by how she then stepped me through the steps of cutting my hair (exactly how much she would take off and where and walked me through how she’d cut my bangs).

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I was then directed my a young man to the basins. Along the way he asked if I’d like a neck and shoulder massage, complimentary with every visit, and of course I said yes. He asked me to take 3 deep breaths, smelling in the natural essence he was holding and close my eyes. I’d definitely say that it was a relaxing experience. He then did his little massage and off we went with the hair wash. Of course, he only used Aveda products which I was really happy about because I know their mantras and mottos and I was delighted to try their products (amazing, my hair feels so soft and smooth). The only thing I hate about salons sometimes is the amount of products with harmful chemicals in them that they use, products that I would never ever use myself because of my love for natural products.

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So, away from the basin we went, and he combed my hair. AND THANK THE LORD he knows how to comb hair. He didn’t rip out my whole head like every other salon I’ve been to did. And then we go to the haircut. She snipped away, reminding me first to uncross my legs to maintain balance in the haircut (something that hairdressers never did before but I was thankful and delighted that she did). And can I say, when I said an inch (ONE inch) she ACTUALLY just cut off ONE ince, no more!!! That seriously impressed me. But the thing that put the icing on the cake was that she waited til the end to cut my fringe, to make sure I hadn’t changed my mind.

This whole package I was thoroughly pleased with. I’m surprised, and delighted, to say that I can not think of ONE bad thing to say about my experience, which is definitely a first. However, I will tell you that although my fringe looks good, it feels hella strange.

WHAT I WAS AIMING FOR:

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BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Bikinis Just For You

The summer has come for those of us in the northern hemisphere so here is a guide to the perfect swimsuit for you.

If you’re not as embellished in the top:

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Try ruffles and fringes and embellishments because they will create the optical illusion of more volume up there.

Go for the obvious padding.

Try the triangle tops because they draw attention to that area.

Horizontal stripes will make it appear as if your are better adorned.

 

If you’re back end is bigger:

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Try for some bottoms with rings to keep them on your hips, hiding that extra you have.

Boy shorts will ward off any potential wedgies and will still show you off.

Try for a deeper neckline to draw attention upwards.

Go for a darker colored bottoms to slim you down and avoid small patterns on the bottom to avoid any extra attention that widen your hips.

 

If you’re rather busty:

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The v-neck will be very flattering, drawing the nice amount of attention chest-ward while elongating your figure and minimising the fullness.

Go for a thick halter neck as it will flatter and secure them.

If you’re well adorned, underwires are your new best friend, do not forget about them

Try one with a wide supportive band. For your busty girls, support is the most important thing!

 

So that is all for this post. Tell me what you think in the comments below.

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Make Up Starter Kit

Hey guys. To continue this whole lineage of “10 wardrobe must haves” and “10 accessory must have” and stuff with a makeup post with the same idea. This is basically a list of the most basic elements needed in a makeup kit for any sort of everyday look. I’m basically making this post for those of us who haven’t used makeup before or are just starting a collection and hopefully this list will help you out. Not every element is “necessary” but these are the basic ones. The ones with (*) next to it are completely optional but are nice to have. 

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When starting off a makeup kit, you might want to go for some more drugstore ones if you just want to try it out yourself but if you’re willing to go and spend some money and hit a good pot the first time round, maybe go to a makeup counter and get the MUA to help you. Personally, I recommend researching the products before getting them. I know how daunting that is but that’s okay. Maybe separate them into chunks to make it less scary.

I know the first time I started my makeup collection was when I got into a performance group that require us to have a whole set of makeup that I needed so I honestly went into the makeup store and bought stuff blindly and to be honest, I was so overwhelmed and so… ignorant of makeup then that whatever the MUA said I was like “yeah okay” but now I realised I probably should have done some research.

Hopefully this will break down the makeup counter for you. And remember, blogs and youtube are you best friend in these situations

Face:

  • Primer (*): this is to keep the makeup on your face. this is more necessary with those of us with rather oily skin (like me) or the makeup might slide right of your face.
  • Foundation: This is for evening out your skin tone and prepare if for whatever goes on top. This is so essential for face makeup however if you have rather flawless skin and you don’t want to go straight for the foundation, try tinted moisturizer.
  • Concealer: this is for covering up blemishes, discoloration and under eye circles. This usually should be well matched to your skin tone.
  • Setting Powder (*): to set your foundation and concealer afterwards.
  • Blush and bronzer: Blush is to add color back to your face and bronzer is what I use to give my face shape (contour) and definition.
  • Translucent Powder (*): powder to help set your makeup throughout the day.

Eyes: 

  • Eyeshadow base (*): again to keep makeup on your eyes and may not be 100% necessary for those of us starting off who don’t have oily skin.
  • Basic neutral eye palette: so crucial to any eye look and so easy
  • Black eyeliner: to define the eye
  • Black mascara: to define the lashes
  • Eye lash curler (*): to give your eyes and lashes a lift. this is essential to me but not everyone
  • Eyebrow pencil: to define your eyebrows to frame your face (I’m so naughty with this one)

Lips:

  • Lip balm: moisturize the lips
  • Lip gloss (*): enough said?
  • Lip stick (*): I recommend a neutral pink to nude color to begin with.

That is all for this post. Tell me what your essentials are down below

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Secret To Soft Sexy Skin

See the alliteration there, oh will the english teachers/professors/nerd be so happy about it. But do you know what will make us all happy? If we had soft sexy skin. So many of us think about that and sigh and groan “I’ll never get that” but that’s so wrong (and so negative too tsk tsk :P). All you have to know is one little secret.

Drybrushing.

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This amazing invention of god is perfect: it buffs away dead skin leaving the skin much smoother and product absorption just that much better and a closer shave to those ladies who likes to shave their legs. AND as a bonus, as if the amazing effects weren’t amazing enough, it helps to minimise to appearance of cellulite because it increases blood flow. Now, let me just say for a second that you can’t just “get rid of cellulite” just like that (I’m sorry ladies 😦 ) but this will help just make it look better. 🙂

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So as to how I use it, well. I do this BEFORE I shower, on DRY skin (ie. DRYbrushing). I start on my lower leg (calf/shin area) and use the brush in upward strokes (toward the heart). I continue up my leg until the top of my leg. Then I go back over it in circular motions to stimulate the blood flow more and obviously I do that for both legs. Then I go onto my arms where I do the same thing: brush strokes towards the heart then circular motions.

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Then I move onto my belly and back. On my belly, I work in downwards motions and I genenerally don’t work it in circular motions and I find that this skin is slightly more sensitive. Then I do my back more vigorously (well, technically the same just for a tad longer) because it is hard to reach.  I basically do this everywhere except for on the girls (because that would hurt and the skin there is very sensitive) and definitely NOT on my face (even more sensitive. Besides, I have my Clarisonic for that). 

This is basically the most amazing way to achieve that soft skin that we all crave for.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Tell me what you think and what your favorite soft skin strategies are.

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Off With The Makeup: How to Remove Makeup Properly

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You know the number one makeup rule is never to sleep with your makeup on, right? Well, it’s not an easy job. The make-up-removing process is always on that requires that little extra effort that some so many just cannot be bothered to exert at the end of a really long and tiresome day but I can guarantee that removing all your makeup at the end of the day will be so unbelievably beneficial for your skin.

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  • Face Wipes. These easy and magical things are not as evil as so many people claim. Just make sure that when you use them, you’re using a good and effective one and use more than one sheet. Also make sure that you purchase one for a good skincare brand that actually dissolves the makeup. I recommending using 1 for your cheeks, 1 for your forehead and then all over your face again, and 1 final one for your eye makeup. It’s so quick and easy. However, there are so many ways to remove makeup.
  • Cleansing Milks/Oils. These are considered far far better because they’re believed to have a better formula. Because everyone’s skin is different, I find it difficult to recommend one but I do love the MAC removing oils/milks. Just try your favorite skin care brand and the sales lady will usually refer you to a pretty good one. When buying it for the first time, try and get a sample or a smaller bottle just in case. Once you found one that doesnt leave an oily film, make you break out or leave residue on your face, you’ve found the perfect one.
  • Now in comparison: I personally can’t say which one I ultimately prefer up for the face wipes the MAC Makeup Remover wipes are amazing because they actually have the same formula as their bottled product. I just like these more because I then don’t have to use a separate cotton pad/wipes (annoying…) or my fingers (which are potentially dirty).
  • Double cleansing. Always double cleanse when removing makeup. There’ll always be something that could potentially cause problems, especially to people with problem skin like me.  

Eyes, Lips and Cheeks

  • Waterproof makeup. I find waterproof makeup so hard to remove. It gets to be SUCH a hassle. I honestly don’t know what else to recommend but waterproof makeup removers. When removing eye makeup, just rest it on the eyes for a few seconds, and then pull downwards and outwards. This will help your lashes grow longer and healthier.
  • Non-waterproof makeup. For non waterproof makeup, any makeup remover will do, to be honest. 

My Recommendations

For both waterproof and non-waterproof makeup, I honestly think that the MAC makeup removers are the best ones I’ve used. Because I have very sensitive eyes and acne-prone oily skin, it’s hard for me to find something that works so well.  The MAC Cleanse-Off Oil is an amazing product that you can just use to wash off your whole face and even though it is an oil, it does not break me out and it does not affect my eyes. It removes everything so so well. 

Another very cheap and easy alternative is baby oil. Maybe makeup gurus (like the MakeUpChair on YouTube) holds the baby oil as their chief method. Personally, I don’t trust it as much because it feels as if it’s not as good as the brand ones.

Disclaimer: This is just my opinion and I am in no way a professional. This is not a sponsored post and all products mentioned were tried and bought by myself.

Does anyone else have something to add, or want to share their makeup removing experiences and tips? What is your holy grail remover?

So that is all for this post.

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HOW TO: Find Your Skin-type

Hey guys. Sorry I’ve been a little bit MIA, but hey, I’m not going to sit here and make excuses (I’ve just been so busy). There will be two post today and tomorrow to make up for it because of that. So let’s jump straight into this.

Okay, in the world of skin care, it’s so important to classify your skin so you can “combat” whatever issues that you may have (and even if there is nothing wrong, to maintain its good condition). It makes it so so SO much easier to determine which products to use, and your skincare goal.

So how I’m going to do this is: there will be 5 questions with 4 answers (A, B, C, or D) and then, you can tally up how many of each response you get and then at the end there will be a “most of __ response” means you’re most likely a ___. (Oh yeah, keep in mind that this is in no way a “professional” judgement of your skin type or the be all and end all because some people’s skin can be a more than one skin type so just take this with a pinch of salt). Also keep in mind that the lines/wrinkles point may not apply to younger people but do keep it in mind.

1) How does your skin appear?

A) Cool, fresh and supple
B) Thin, flaky, and lacking moisture
C) Shiny around the T-zone area
D) Shiny all over

2) How do your pores appear?

A) Pretty normal
B) Very fine
C) Visible
D) Quite opened

3) How does your skin feel when touched?

A) Pretty supple: not flaky, not oily
B) A bit dit and flaky
C) A bit oily here and there and a bit dry sometimes
D) Pretty oily

4) Do you have facial lines or wrinkles?

A) Very few
B) Very deep
C) Only expression lines
D) None

5) How often do you get pimples?

A) Seldom
B) Hardly ever
C) Sometimes
D) Often

That is the end of the mini quiz!

If you got:

Mostly As: You are very very lucky. You have “normal” skin. You have an even complexion, pores that are “normal” sized and very few lines/wrinkles. Your skincare goal is to just protect and maintain.

Mostly Bs: You have dry skin. You have very very fine and almost invisible pores, dry and tight skin, cheeks that tend to be flaky and dry and visible lines and wrinkles around your mouth and eyes. Your skincare goal is to hydrate and moisturize, treat and then protect. Make sure you moisturize and exfoliate regularly.

Mostly Cs: You have combination skin. That means you are oily on the t-zone and dry on the cheeks. Basically, your skin is a mixture between dry and oily skin. Your skincare goal is to control shine, minimize dryness and treat and protect. Basically to find a balance! Make sure you cleanse well and moisturize your cheeks/dry-zones

Mostly Ds: You have oily skin. You have an all-over shine and have slightly larger pores. You may be acne-prone. Your skincare goal is to minimize shine, control breakouts, and protect. Make sure you cleanse really well, use a toner and (as weird as it sounds) use a moisturizer (as this will actually help keep your skin from producing the excess oil).

Some other skin types and issues are:

Acne-prone skin: I think this one is rather self-explanatory. It means that you tend to get blemishes, breakouts, white-heads, and blackheads. If you are acne prone, don’t you worry. There are so so so so SO many people out there just like you (for example, ME!). If you’re interested in checking out my skincare routine and how I try and manage it, check here!

Sensitive Skin: This means you have thin delicate skin that flushes easily. You may be prone to broken capillaries and rashes (or peeling skin). You may frequently get allergic reactions to cosmetic products. This is also a really really common issue and a lot of people have this to some extent. Don’t even worry. Just try and use slightly more natural products, less chemicals and research products before getting them.

I hope this post helped. What is your skin type? How do you work with it and has it changes throughout your life? Tell me down below!

Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist by any means and see my little disclaimer above (just before the 5 questions).

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HOW TO: Style Mint Jeans

One of the HOTTEST trends right now is the mint jean. I know, how stupid does that sound, one clothing item takes up a WHOLE trend. But it is, and I’ve been getting questions on styling mint (well, pastel colors in general) pants so I thought, well I bet you heaps of people on the outernet are wondering the same thing because it’s something that you don’t expect. So I went onto polyvore and I made a little collage (I went a little crazy) to embody my main tips. 🙂 ENJOY!

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1) PASTEL WITH PASTEL

Now there is nothing trendier than combining trends, right? So why not combine the pastel color trend with color blocking? Mint jeans will look amazing with other pastel tops and shoes. Think pastel pink/corals and pastel yellows. Check out that awesome scarf that has a mixture of pastel colors (that would look awesome on those mint jeans and a white top!). And coral shoes! So pretty. Mixing “prints” is also in so if you have a polka dot mint skirt, maybe wear it with a lacey white top?

2) PASTEL WITH FLORAL

Now pastels look amazing with floral, especially for the spring and summer time. Wear your mint jeans with a floral top. I personally think the best floral top to go with these pants is the navy background shirt with small floral print instead of big flowers. You can also take the floral to the shoes or on a scarf (I just love scarves!)

3) PASTEL WITH “DULL” COLOR

This mint green jean looks amazing this a dull pink shirt or a dull blue sweater. The complementary colors of of pink and green will make your outfit look effortlessly put together. Want to quieten the loud mint green? Pair it with a dull blue sweater. The analogous color will soften the brightness and spread it through the outfit. Want to wear mint jeans in autumn? Pair it with a tan sweater!

Favorite Outfits of this Set:

– White blazer, sheer dull pink shirt, MINT JEANS and the light floral shoes

– Dull blue sweater, MINT JEANS and dull pink cork wedges

– Coral and white striped shirt, MINT JEANS and white cork wedges

Yay! Haha. I hope this post helped. 🙂

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