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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Teaser – Urban Decay Vice Palette

Just a quick update to bring you some news of which I am terribly excited about:

Yes, I am a proud owner of the Urban Decay Vice Palette! :D Thanks to my dearest boyfriend Louis, of course ;) He seems to be my eyeshadow palette dealer, that man. It’s not launched in Malaysia yet, and I got mine from Urban Decay directly as soon as it was launched on the website, but word on the grapevine is that Sephora Malaysia is going to be bringing it in so keep your eyes peeled!

A little teaser photo of the palette ahead :)

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M.A.C Lipstick In Russian Red

I have caved. I finally gave in to the allure of red lips and got myself a proper red lipstick. The closest I got was Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Monte Carlo (A review will be up, I promise), and for MWS Awards last October in which the “dress code” was red lips, I used a lip liner (Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Gash) as a lipstick, which were, in my opinion, still great alternatives :P I’m not very adventurous when it comes to lipsticks, preferring nude-coloured lipsticks, lipglosses or tinted lip balms instead, you’ll know why later!

I redeemed the classic Russian Red from my nearby M.A.C outlet via the Back To M.A.C program- you know, 6 M.A.C empties (In my case it was bottles of the M.A.C Brush Cleanser) for a lipstick (Note: The sales advisor I asked confirmed that it only applied lipsticks, but it does not apply to the Viva Glam) after much dithering on what shade I should get, and in the end I just bit the bullet and just settled with Russian Red because it’s “famous” :P

M.A.C Lipstick (Matte) in Russian Red

Colour plus texture for the lips. Stands out on the runway. Simmers on the street! What made M.A.C famous.

Intense bluish-red.

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Saturday Meme- 5 Favourite Brands

Hurrah for getting the Saturday Meme on its proper day this week! ;) Hopefully it shall continue becoming a tradition as I am quite enjoying it, though sometimes brainstorming the contents can be a pain! :P

In this week’s installment of the Saturday MemeSukie of A Little Bit Of Everything and I shall talk about our 5 favourite brands! Although admittedly I think we do favour more than 5 brands but for the sake of brevity we shall narrow it down to 5 or else it shall be a never-ending post :x

Without further adieu, here are my 5 favourite brands, again listed in no particular order:

1. RMK

I own and use the RMK Liquid Foundation (Reviewed here), RMK Pressed Powder N in 03 and the RMK Cheek Brush S, and I love them all! I have to say this is one makeup brand that has worked for me (More like my fussy, sensitive skin) so far and with good results, and I am mightily pleased with it so it earns a spot in this list! I would actually love to try more of their products- maybe their RMK Super Basic Liquid Concealer or RMK Super Basic Concealer Pact or eye make-up or lip products even (I’m not so sure yet myself!), but the downside for me is that the nearest available RMK counter to me isn’t exactly near so I don’t really have the luxury of being able to try out their products at my convenience… but I think it’s kind of a good thing in a way since that would mean my pocket is much happier :P

2. Timbuk2

This is my first “gadgety” functional bag love, introduced to me by non other than my dearest functional-bag-loving boyfriend Louis. I love their concept and I love their designs. I own a customised D-Lux Bondage Messenger in XS (Just the right size for me, as their sizes run big!), which I got during my last trip to Singapore as they had a standalone store there, and it cost me SGD 179 so it wasn’t exactly cheap, but is worth every cent! I look forward to owning more Timbuk2 bags though- maybe a Cargo Tote or the Harriet Shoulder Bag or another Messenger since they’re so functional, comfortable, tough and sturdy, but maybe not for a while yet since I have another functional bag in the post for me from my sister from another mister ;)

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Lippies Giveaway By A Little Bit Of Everything! (Closed)

My dear friend/fellow blogger/soulmate Sukie of A Little Bit Of Everything is currently hosting a giveaway on her blog!

And here is what you’ll be getting from her giveaway- not one, not two, but THREE lip products together :O

Photo taken from A Little Bit Of Everything.

They’re Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 001 Honey, Boots No7 Perfect Lips Liner in Nude (As created and recommended by Lisa Eldridge) and Lancome Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss in 111 Vital Mandarin. Not bad huh? :) I may be biased but I would love to give them a try!

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to her post for more info on the giveaway and prize(s) and most of all, to participate or at least support it! :D