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.

LXS ROM

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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Sunday Tip #17

Every Sunday I shall share here a beauty tip that I’ve read or heard about, and leave my comments or thoughts on it. Please feel free to leave your views, too! :)

Now I don’t say that this is a must-do, but if you do use sunscreen and/or foundation (Whether it’s sheer, medium or high-coverage), or wear makeup overall, double cleansing, which can mean cleansing twice or more commonly using two cleansers (Usually the first one being a cleansing oil) can help to thoroughly clean your skin, removing all the sunscreen and/or foundation and/or makeup as well as all the gunk that may have accumulated on your face throughout the day. Having cleaner skin from double cleansing also means 1) less breakouts, as there is a decrease in any pore-clogging residue and 2) a more effective skincare routine, as your skin is well-prepped and will be able to better absorb your skincare products afterwards, which as a result, makes it regenerate better.

Here is a good article from Viva Woman on double cleansing :)

Some famous cleansing oils you can try as your first step in double cleansing would be Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils, but cheaper alternatives such as one from Hada Labo and the Biore Cleansing Oil also exist now so it depends on your preference and budget. Personally I am a huge fan of Dermalogica Precleanse, which I’ve been using for many many years now with great results and no negative reactions (Touch wood), especially since Shu Uemura‘s, which was the first one I tried, broke me out :( I also like to use a separate makeup remover for my eye makeup first, then use cleansing oil when double cleansing over my eyes (Gently!) to remove any leftover residue.