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 #11

I thought I should bring it back… or should I? We’ll see, no? Anyway…

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! :)

This is one tip that has always seemed to elude me every time I write my Sunday Tip, yet one that I’ve been practising every single night even before I started this blog (OK, sometimes I miss a few days when I’m really tired and just go to sleep). I have quite dry lips that does have a tendency to peel and/or crack, and I find this tip really helpful in alleviating it. It not only works in making my lips softer and smoother in the morning when I wake up, but I also find myself using less lip balm in the day to keep my dry lips at bay!

Right now I’m using The Body Shop Hemp Lip Protector, and it does the job well so far that I’ve been using it. For some reason I’m generally not that picky when it comes to the lip balm that I use at night compared to the lip balm that I use in the day, just as long as it keeps my lips well moisturised by morning :P

What do you think of the new font, by the way? Should I use this font or keep the old one? :P Do let me know! Font changed to the old one so that everything looks standardised :x

The Brush Guard- Blush (S) And Foundation (M)

I love brushes :P Especially face brushes. Over time I think I’ve amassed quite a collection of them: The Body Shop Blusher Brush, Sephora Collection Classic Mineral Powder Brush #45, MAC 129SH Powder Blush Brush, Sigma F15 Duo Fibre Powder/Blush Brush, Real Techniques Blush Brush, Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush, Ecotools Bamboo Powder Brush, Lunasol Powder Brush N, Lunasol Cheek Brush N and RMK Cheek Brush S. And being the OCD person I am, I tend to be quite obsessive about keeping them clean, considering how they come into contact with my face!

I clean my brushes once a week at the very least with M.A.C Brush Cleanser (The best brush cleanser I have used and tried in my opinion- I went through bottles of this), or every time I change powders or foundations and want to use that same particular brush I’ve been using. I honestly forgot where I first heard about The Brush Guard from, but being a clean freak who wants to keep her brushes as clean and “uncontaminated” as possible, got them especially as my brush collection grew :P

The Brush GuardBlush Pack (S) and Foundation Pack (M)

The Brush Guard, according to its site, is supposed to protect your brushes, not just in general, but also from the “ickies”- old makeup, dead skin cells, bacteria, dust and dirt and oil. It also supposedly makes travelling with and storing brushes more convenient and easy.

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Sunday Tip #3

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! :)

I personally find this tip quite important because when I was about 16-17 years old I had severe acne breakout which was mainly hormonal in nature, that was eventually “cured” after medication and diligent facials (And since then I am always afraid of having a relapse until now). Then I started a skincare regimen using products from The Body Shop, which was mainly the Seaweed range, which was for combination oily skin, because I felt that my skin was always very oily and was looking at products targeted for oily skin. It wasn’t until I got a proper skin analysis by Dermalogica one day (Out of curiousity) that I found out that my skin was actually sensitive and dehydrated, and that it’s oily only because it’s lacking moisture and thus compensates for it by producing more oil. I was sceptical at first, but when I found that using products that are targeted for sensitive skin actually made my skin look and feel better, I am a believer.

Now that I am older, my skin is leaning towards dry, so I tend to lookout for products that still suit my sensitive skin, but for those tending towards dry. I find that products that are too rich and/or moisturising or nourishing for me doesn’t work and can cause whiteheads or breakouts, so like I’ve mentioned, it’s all about knowing your skin type :)

There are a lot of options for skin analysis to find out what your skin type is- you can go see your doctor (Which I highly recommend particularly if you have severe acne breakouts) or a dermatologist (If available), and most facial salons also offer skin type analysis such as Dermalogica, Clarins, Decleor, Jurlique (To name a few) as well as skincare counters such as Clinique. You are obviously not obliged to buy the brand’s products or to sign up for their packages and such (Unless explicitly stated), but no harm in sampling and seeing what works, yes?

In other news, a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all Beaute Fabuleuse readers! :) Since I am now back from Labuan, do stay tuned for more updates and/or reviews!