Club Night Chronicles #1

As me and my girls were blasting our group chat, we started the topic of makeup looks that are not only long-lasting but make-out proof and sweat proof, because as we all know, nights out can be pretty eventful. This got me thinking, I have five girls in my squad and they all have specific (and semi ratchet) expectations for their makeup whenever they go out.

I’ll particularly be looking into long wearing lip products for the ladies that wanna get down, or y’know get dirty. Whatever that means to each individual. Even with all that dancing, sweating and drinking, your makeup should still look on point until you decide to take it off (which could be the next morning, we’ve all been there).

On top of that, I thought it would be fun to dedicate makeup looks according to my friends personality traits and needs when the sun goes does and the booze goes up. Come on! We’re gonna get the party started.

 

Roll with me here.

 

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This is for the bitch that will most probably go home with a guy so needs makeup that will look cute in the morning AND not stain the guy’s pillow.

 

And here is the look!

 

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Base

The base needs to be long-lasting. Always, always wear a primer to increase the longevity of your makeup. I suggest a mattifying primer because it’s going to be hot, stuffy and sweaty in the club and you want that grease to be kept at bay.  I love the Makeup Forever Step One Mattifying primer. That stuff is hardcore.

Foundation is up to your preference, but setting that face with powder and a setting spray is a must. Nothing is worse than hugging and dancing with someone and then accidentally leaving chunks of your face on their clothes. Go with the coveted Laura Mercier translucent setting powder and then follow with the Urban Decay All-nighter makeup setting spray.

Because gurl, we gonna be up all night.

 

Eyes

Keep the eyes simple! This look is for girls like my friend, Munira, who don’t want to fuss around with brushes and eyeshadows but still wants to look 100. Go for a cream colour base like Mac’s paint pot in ‘Groundwork’ that neutralises veiny lids. Then, I opted for a sophisticated all-over-lid colour that preferably has a little shimmer. Here, I went with Burberry’s ‘Pale Barley’, a soft taupe with subtle shimmer. It’s a barely there colour that just enhances the eye.

To add a little pizzazz, I smudged a glittery kohl at the lash line. The Sephora glitter gel liners are unbeatable. So smooth, gorgeous colour pay-off and once it sets, it lasts the whole night and all through the next morning, if you want it to. The colour I used is ‘Cappuccino‘ – an earthy brown with gold glitter. It adds interest to the eye look, without being overbearing. I did a baby wing, followed by tons of mascara. False eyelashes are not ideal for the ‘morning after’ look as they are a bit of a hassle, so opt for a jet black volumizing, waterproof formula.

 

Brows

This would be a case of ‘you do you, boo’. My little tip would be to make sure that it’s waterproof. Whatever it may be – pencil, pomade, powder. Here, I used Stila Stay All Day waterproof brow colour marker for the tail end and the Elf Instant Lift brow pencil  in ‘Neutral Brown’ for the body. The key here is to set that bitch in place with a waterproof clear brow gel. I used a cheapie, but a goodie; Elf clear brow mascara. The gel will seal all your hard work and make sure they don’t budge all through the night.

 

 

 

 

Cheeks

Do whatever you want with the cheeks. I went for a subtle blush and contour combo – Nars ‘Madly’ blush with Catrice sun glow matt bronzing powder in ‘Deep Bronze’. Cheek products are always the first to fade, plus the alcohol will give you a natural pink flush. So go easy on the blush. Let nature do its thang.

One thing you can’t skip out though is highlight. Highlight yourself to the gods! I used a highlighting eyeshadow from Catrice on the cheeks, just to create an angelic sheen for a devilish night.

 

Lips

This is the main event. For this look, we are going bold or going home. I went for the Tarte Matte LipSurgence in the colour ‘Lively’. But any colour from this Tarte range will do. These handy lip pencils have intense colour pay off. The matte finish means that these formulas are long lasting and are less likely to transfer. Furthermore, these lip surgence stain the lips. So the morning after, you will be left with a soft pink stain. Hence you will wake up looking a lot better than you usually would.

 

 

 

There you have it! Simple night out look that will still look lived-in but fresh the next day, if the occasion calls for it. It’s also one that can easily be taken from day to night. Thanks for indulging this mini series on my site! There’s more where that came from!

 

 

 

Sexcited about Summer

Here’s a quick one for your weekend reading pleasure!

I always get so excited around this time of the year because all the major makeup brands are coming up with new collections for Summer. We get sneak peeks on new products that are made for hot summery weather. It’s all about glowing, bronzed skin in a lightweight formula. This is what I’m ALL ABOUT!!

As usual, the US has a head start to all the cool product launches. I’m praying that Singapore isn’t too far behind, so I’m thinking these might launch in June 2016. If it isn’t launched by then, most probably it isn’t launching at all in Asia. Which would be a damn shame. (Can you tell I’m still bitter about Too Faced Hangover X Primer not being launched here?)

I’ve been stalking websites and I’ve already made a small list of products I’m dying to see in person and try out. I thought I would just share with you my list really quickly as a small appetiser, to get your appetite going and peak your interest at some future launches.

 

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1. Tarte Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation (US$39)

Lightweight gel formula with medium buildable coverage that can last through the Summer heat. It boasts bioploymer filling spheres to help reduce the look of fines lines and pores along with hyaluronic acid to provide moisturization. It’s oil-free and also has vitamin C and Barley extract for extra goodness. Though I am more interested in the gel formulation than anything else. It sounds perfect for oily skin gals like me, who still appreciate a little bit of hydration. It’s cooling with a soft rose scent to boot! Ticks all the boxes.

 

2. Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Collection, Limited Edition (US$49)

Umm, can we just take a moment for this gorgeous palette? Though I am not a fan of large palettes as I find them rather bulky to travel with, and the choice of shadows tend to be quite overwhelming for a quick morning routine, I feel like I might need this palette just for the beautiful range of warm eyeshadows. Due to my yellow undertones, warm shadows tend to look most flattering on me and I am loving the reddish orange hues of this palette. Plus, it smells like PEACHES! Sadly this is limited edition so I’ll definitely be swiping one as soon as it launches.

 

3. Urban Decay Beached Bronzer (US$28)

I live and die for bronzer. My pale yellow skin has the tendency to look sallow and sickly, so I always find that bronzer helps to give my face warmth whilst defining my features. I never leave the house without it! While I have my tried and true NARS Laguna, the Urban Decay new offering is calling my name. From it’s palm tree packaging to the gorgeous matte brown shade, I am finding it hard to resist the temptation. I feel like whipping this out on a beach holiday and putting this on, just might transport me there (in my head).

 

4. Nudestix Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil (US$24)

Y’all know I’m a huge fan of Nudestix for their mascara and lip products. So when I found out that they will be releasing matte versions of their lip pencils, I was ecstatic! The NARS Velvet Lip Pencils have been my favourite formulas, though I find them quite drying at times. I have high hopes for the Nudestix formulas since they are made for both cheek and lips. The range of colours are stunning with great nude shades and incredible brights. From the swatches online, I am eager to get my hands on this one for an easy, chic matte lip.

 

5. Naked Skin One and Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector (US$34)

Another complexion product! They are truly my biggest weakness. I can’t get enough of them. Probably because I am always on the road to flawless-looking skin. It’s my biggest insecurity and something I obsess about constantly. This tinted moisturizer sounds amazing for oily, combination skin girls like me. With blurring technology and light reflecting spheres, it’s supposed to help you achieve a more perfected looking skin whilst still maintaining the look of “real skin”. The weightless yet long-lasting formula is perfect for daily use and claims to reduce the look of pores. Can we get a “HELL YES“?

 

Needless to say, the excitement is real! The Spring/Summer season has some of my favourite launches to date as it suits Singapore’s hot, humid weather. This, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg. This only covers mostly US brands that are sold at Sephora. There are still launches from Asian brands as well as the drugstore. I could really sit here for hours just researching and talking about this. However, these are just a few that I’m looking out for and can’t wait to try out.

Let me know what launches you guys are hyped about!