Magic, Madness, Heaven, Sin

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Title taken from Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ because I was blasting 1989 throughout the shoot.

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So it’s been a while since I uploaded one of these.

This was only my second studio shoot (the first was such a disaster I never put up the photographs), so I was so happy with how this one turned out. The photographs have been put up mostly in chronological order, so you can see how I built up the makeup as the shoot went along. The entire process (with four different outfits and a lot of experimentation) took about an hour and a half, and resulted in four hundredish photographs. Took me a really long time to pick the pieces that I liked best, and then even longer to edit them. (It was not fun photoshopping the cystic acne on my chin, even my foundation couldn’t clear it up). Also I learnt how terrifying it is to look at HD photographs of yourself. It turns out that I have acne and hair in places I never knew.

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I also used falsies! I feel like announcing that because I so rarely ever do. I’m always afraid that they’d look incredibly unnatural, but, as I’m surprised to find every time I wear them, they’re hardly visible on the camera. Maybe I can go find something more dramatic now, i really loved the kind that wing out, they always look gorgeous on camera.

Had much fun, can’t wait for the next shoot.

Makeup, model and edits by Natzi’s Stash
Photography by Ching
See the full set here

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Rose Gold and Glossy Girl

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Two looks in one again.  Continue reading

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My Skincare Journey Part 2: Dealing with Adult Acne

Read Part 1 over here. This post has many awful unglamarous photographs of myself so I could demonstrate how bad my skin was. And a lot of words. 

Earlier this year, something horrific happened to my skin.

I said in my last post that so long as I was using Kiehl’s products (damn you high maintenance skin), my skin was more or less fine, nothing a little powder couldn’t cure. Some time in February, I realised I was starting to get some spots on my chin. These were different from your standard acne though; they were bigger, they felt deeper, like they were embedded deep within the skin, and they took far longer to go away. They weren’t necessarily red but they were there. They never come to head (form white pustules of pus) so you can’t lance or pop them. They’re just sore lumps underneath your skin.

Hello, cystic acne. You are not welcome here. Continue reading

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My Skincare Journey Part 1: Teenage Acne

This is something I’ve been meaning to write since my skin finally started clearing up from the horrors its been through this year. I’ll try to include as many photos as possible, but I did my best to hide and mask my acne when it got really bad, whether through lots of foundation, filters on the camera, or even Photoshopping the worst of the blemishes away (and I hold pretty strong views about Photoshopping for blog pieces). It didn’t help that I switched from my iPhone to an actual camera this year, and like all good cameras do, it picked up all my flaws and magnified them. I would feel okay looking in the mirror, only to be disgusted every time I took a selfie for my blog. I wasn’t just getting tiny ever-present clusters of acne all over the face, but my skin looked inflamed, and there was the cystic acne that kept popping up on my chin – and those bumps take forever to heal. Nothing I was doing seemed to be working.

Like the good student/debater I am, this series is going to be divided into three parts. (Can’t get away from them paper outlines.) Part 1 is going to be about my skincare routine before the massive breakout; basically how I dealt with my teenager-type oily skin. Part 2 will be out my breakout earlier in the year and all the things I tried to do to rectify it, and my eventual trip to the dermatologist. I will also be talking about adult-type acne, and how it is different from teenage acne. Part 3 will be about my current skincare routine, inspired by the Korean skincare craze (spoiler: it’s working). Still with me? Let’s go.  Continue reading

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An Attempt at Retro Pin-Up

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Wore this polka dot dress on Tuesday, but I only had a couple of minutes to do my makeup and ended up in a just black eyeliner and a pretty pink lip. It worked, but I talked about how I wanted thought retro-styled makeup would work better for this. Gave it another shot, complete with a matte red lip. Didn’t put nearly enough eyeliner though, but it doesn’t matter, I’m really pleased with how the lip pulls everything together. Continue reading

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A Week of the Simple Things

Apart from Monday’s colourful goth look, my makeup throughout the week has been pretty simple. Eyeliner, foundation, a little mascara and lipstick.

Of course, when you play with colours, you can get all sorts of results.

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Tuesday’s makeup was so simple. A little bit of Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 Liner and Painted Earth SuperCurl mascara on the eyes, buffed Jane Iredale’s Pressed Mineral Base to the skin, MAC Born To Love blush on the skin for a healthy glow, and finished with Revlon Elusive Matte Lip Balm to finish the girlishness of the look. I topped it off with pearl earrings and a feathered hat. If I could redo the look, I’d add a matte red lip to it for the retro vibe, but here it’s just a pretty girly thing. The dress (which I absolutely adore) is from Young Hungry Free.

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Wednesday I had a studio shoot for casual wear. I changed around my makeup while I was in the studio (adding more blush, changing up the lip colour) but this was the base makeup I walked out of my room in. Falsies (are they supposed to feel mildly uncomfortable or am I just putting them on wrong?), my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, matte eyeshadows and MLBB lipstick to look defined in front of the camera. Photos turned out great! I’ll be collecting them from the photographer next week (it was a free trade kind of shoot, not a commercial one). I can’t wait to share them! 

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Thursday I had a presentation for class. Pulled on a blazer over jeans and tank top combination. I applied my Laneige BB Cushion for glowing skin, used the Painted Earth SuperCurl mascara for subtle eye definition, and finished off with the glorious Happy Skin Shut Up and Kiss Me Lippie in Girl’s Night Out. I seriously need to get around reviewing this amazing lippie, but for now, feast your eyes on that gorgeous colour.

I was in another studio shoot after that, can’t wait to show you those photos too!

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Friday morning, and it was indescribably painful to get out of bed. I decided to pull on a red lipstick as a pick me up. I have on here the Laneige BB Cushion, the L’Oreal Carbon Gloss Super LinerMaybelline Rocket Mascara, and dusted NARS Oasis on the cheeks to add a little colour. The glorious lip here was created by MAC Viva Glam lipstick and lipglass. I usually prefer a matte red lip, but for some reason pulled out the gloss for today. I love it.

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Trying to get a glamaur shot kind of thing, but failing. Still, ignore the silly expression on my face and focus on the lip. That colour.

Hopefully I’ll get ’round to writing that skincare post (I forsee it will be written in two or three parts) this weekend. Just one more submission and then it’s the start of final exams! D= Wish me luck!

But yes, the point to this post is just to show how things can look so different just by changing up the type of eyeliner and lip colour you’re using.

Have a great Friday and weekend y’all! Don’t forget to experiment with your makeup!

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Product Rave: Laneige 6-in-1 BB Cushion

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I raved about the Laneige 6-in-1 BB Cushion in a previous post, and have also been continuously raving about it on various blog and Instagram posts, so much so that a friend of mine purchased it from Laneige even before I sat down to write a proper review.

I had purchased this beauty at Changi Airport Terminal 2 for SGD53 (hooray for duty free shopping). It is usually SGD58 in shops. This will get you a compact with a refill and second BB puff. It is 15g (x2), or 0.5oz (x2). This is not a lot of product. For reference, the Bobbi Brown BB Cream is SGD60, and contains 40ml or 1.35oz of product. Despite this, I will continue to recommend the BB Cushion, for a number of reasons. I mean, throughout the week I was overseas, I didn’t touch my Happy Skin SS Creme once, and the SS Creme has been my HG foundation since I got hold of it. I cannot stress how incredible this development is, and how amazing this foundation is to be able to top that.

Laneige claims that the BB Cushion is “A new-concept cushion-type whitening BB for 6 effects (Whitening + Moisturizing + Sunscreen + Water resistant + Soothing + Makeup Effects)”. It has SPF50+ PA+++, giving you excellent protection against the sun. Let’s break this down.

So I once talked about BB creams, and how the major difference between Asian BB creams and Western ones is the whitening effect Asian BB creams have.

Boy was I wrong.  Continue reading

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