Doing My Own Makeup For…

Hello! Am now in Labuan and will most probably be here until the end of February :) It’s going to be quite a busy year for me- with courses and flying back and forth, but in the meantime I’ll still try to update as much as I can!

As most of you might know, I am here not only for work, but also for the solemnisation, or the registration of my marriage to my dear other half, which was held on the 19th January 2013 :) It was a short, legal ceremony at the National Registration Department with the ring exchange and signing of the marriage certificate, followed by a beach pre-wedding photoshoot, and finally a simple buffet dinner reception later that night at the Palm Beach Resort & Spa beach pavilion for our employees, friends, clients and suppliers here.

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And… I actually did my own makeup for the whole day! :P It’s quite a feat considering how I don’t exactly have confidence in my own makeup skills, and for such an important event as well :s I also did my own hair! It’s not that I wanted to skimp on a hairdresser or a makeup artist, but there were no reliable ones here so I had no choice really :(

I have to say- this is the most makeup I’ve ever brought along to Labuan, as I usually go with the bare minimum and  ones that are easier to travel with, but since this is a special occasion I guess allowances has to be made :P I’m also trying to go for a more natural, polished look, as it’s by the beach and not so formal so no need for anything special.

So what were the makeup I used for my big day?

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Ushering In 2013 With Style…

… and a FOTD! Perhaps the very first one on beaute fabuleuse as well, even?

Now I was very excited when Lily of ChloeAsh Tweeted asking if any bloggers would love to join her and her lovely Femme Boulevard group as guests ushering in the year 2013 with style by doing a themed look (As Femme Boulevard always does every month- themed looks I mean)… and without a second thought I jumped at the offer…

This proved to be quite a challenge indeed, especially since Mum has had surgery (Her surgery was initially planned to be some time after February 2013 but it couldn’t be delayed any more due to her discomfort) and my time has been dedicated to taking care of her- making sure she does her exercises/physiotherapy and assisting her in moving around as she still needs the aid of a walker. But all is well- she’s doing much better as the days pass and I managed to come up with a look! It was not easy I tell you, especially for a makeup greenhorn such as myself :s

The theme? Shiny/metallic lids and bold/vampy lips.

Image nicked from BellaSugar.

I cracked my head for a few days wondering what should I do with the theme, and there were times I got so frustrated with experimenting I just wanted to pull out haha! I initially planned on doing a makeup mask, something like the one picture above but my inexperience and clumsy hands got the best of me :( So I had to do come up with something less elaborate and takes less skill…

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what I came up with, after almost 2 hours of experimenting and playing around:

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Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

If you’re a fan of tattoos- I am, and I myself personally have a few tattoos (Which I will one day talk about, promise), you should at least know who Kat Von D is or are familiar with her, and her self-named, exclusive to Sephora (Though not in the physical stores in Malaysia it seems- I’ve only seen her small fragrance rollerball sets so far and nothing else) makeup range has always been on my radar even though I am not a huge fan of her personally, but more of I am a fan of the philosophy, feel and imagery behind the makeup range. Come on, it’s tattoos and has a vintage theme! :P

Image nicked from Squidoo. An old photo of Kat Von D for her makeup line, but my favourite.

It was only recently that I’ve finally managed to get my hands on the one thing I’ve been lemming-ing and lusting after the most from her makeup range, the Tattoo Liner, from the U.S.A. Sephora site thanks to my beloved boyfriend and the wonderful forwarding service he provides so I can shop :D I am a HUGE self-confessed eyeliner junkie, and eyeliner is the very first makeup product I’ve used, even before base makeup. It was Estee Lauder Artist’s Eye Pencil in 01 Softsmudge Black (Which is now sadly discontinued), and ever since then I’ve gone through and tried quite a few (OK, quite a lot of) eyeliners- pencil, liquid, gel, you name it. But without further adieu…

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

What it is:
A liquid liner pen that works on the face and the body.

What it does:
Achieve dramatic eyes and create temporary tattoos with this water-resistant must-have that brings out the artist in you. The innovative brush tip makes it easy to make your personal vision a reality.

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

Here’s a little fact: I’ve had a huge crush on the brand Urban Decay ever since I’ve started seriously looking into makeup, about 4 years ago, and that hasn’t changed until now. It’s still one of the brands I’d definitely still look at and like, and I do currently own a few of their products- the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero, 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion, Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara, 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Gash,  and most recently the Naked2 palette, all of which I really, really like. The brand never fails to intrigue me with their packaging, for one, and I’ve been so far satisfied with all the stuff I’ve tried from them :P

So when I was trawling the Urban Decay website one day sometime in July, I came upon the announcement and then subsequently the launch of the new Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup (Quite a mouthful isn’t it? Let’s just refer it to the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation), and it intrigued me. A lot. So much so that I really wanted to try it, being the foundation junkie and/or hoarder that I am, and since I’m getting into liquid foundations. And so I bought it from the U.S.A. Sephora website as soon as it was available :D

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

Coverage without compromise. Our weightless formula blurs imperfections for a flawless finish that feels invisible, but looks professionally retouched.

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Delayed Saturday Meme- 5 HG Skincare/Makeup

Apologies for another delayed Saturday Meme that also replaced this week’s Sunday Tip– I just flew in to Labuan (For work, until this 13th August) yesterday night and was too knackered, and I’ve been very busy all week hence being unable to draft and/or schedule the post in advance :(

This week dear Sukie of A Little Bit Of Everything and I will list out our 5 HG (Holy Grail) Skincare/Makeup :D Granted, while writing this list I realise that I have more than 5… but I guess I’ll have to scale it down to 5 anyway :P Anyway, since I am also in Labuan now and with decanted/travel-sized/stripped-down versions of my usual skincare/makeup, I am unable to take photos of my HG skincare/makeup in their proper glory so I shall use stock images instead. Please do bear with me on this one!

1. Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion

Image nicked from Urban Decay.

This is a definite must-have in my arsenal. I hardly ever go out without some eyeliner if I can help it, and I have been using eyeliner since I was 19 years old, the first makeup I’ve used even before foundation/powder. Using eyeliner seems to make me look more polished and less tired (Yes, beats concealer most of the time for me) and after experimenting with a lot of different types and brands of eyeliners I have settled with the Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion (Black) as my absolute HG- even when I still do try out other eyeliners, I seem to always come back to this. It’s easy to use, is super black (The way I like it) and lasts until you remove it (Or actually, rub it really hard, but that hardly happens), so what’s not to love? :D

2. Marie Veronique Organics Moisturising Face Screen SPF 30

Image nicked from Marie Veronique Organics.

Ah sunscreen, one of the more important skincare one could use, at least in my opinion. I’m a huge fan of Marie Veronique Organics Moisturising Face Screen SPF 30 (Which I have reviewed here) ever since I read it on Viva Woman and could get my hands on them (Thanks to my lovely boyfriend) :D I use a mix of both the Extra Light and Light versions to better suit my skin, and the reason why this sunscreen is HG for me is not only because it’s an important component in skincare, but also because it works wonderfully for me and I get a peace of mind using it as it has been rated as one of the top Best Moisturisers With SPF by the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Sunscreen Guide, which attests to its efficiency, so I know I’m really protecting my skin :)

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