Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Clean & Healthy Skin - the best canvas!

Younique skincare is packed with natural goodness from plant extracts and formulated to deliver amazing benefits! I love all the products but here are three of my all-time favourites:
*The lip exfoliator, which I actually carry around with me in my bag,
**the toner spray which I use not just for toning but also for blending and applying the powder and cream eyeshadows (wetting the brush applicator makes the colours go one much more vividly) and
***the detoxifying mask which I use at least twice a week. The bamboo charcoal oxygenates the skin and removes toxins. It also has a gentle exfoliating action and I love how my skin looks after every application!

The full range of skin care.

A clean healthy skin looks great even without too much make up.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Younique Makeup Demo

Talented make up artist Izzy Cammareri did a demo using all Younique products. Starting off with a clean canvas.

First, we apply some Touch Glorious Primer for a nice, smooth start. This velvety soft primer preps your skin for makeup coverage that will stay porcelain-perfect all day long.

Next is the foundation. We made a cocktail of Touch Mineral liquid foundation and the BB Flawless complexion enhancer to give added moisture. A few drops on the special applicator brush and blend away for a smooth start with this ultrathin, skin-perfecting liquid formula.

Next is some Touch Mineral Skin Perfecting Concealer for covering any imperfections. Can also be used as a primer for eyeshadow.

Everything gets blended using a blending sponge and Royalty Rose Water Toning Spritz. You’ll absolutely love the skin you’re in after just a spray or two of this floral, invigorating toner. Created with rose extract, vitamins, and antioxidants, Rose Water Toning Spritz will leave your skin feeling fresh, calmed, and soothed.

Contouring is so popular these days. And made really easy with the Sculpting Trio. Three blendable, buildable products for a sculpted and contoured finish. You can see that this one has been well loved!

For brows on fleek, nothing compares to Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel and Liner Set!

Today the eyeshadow is for an evening look. Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette #4 and #5 creates dramatic eyes!

Some necessary definition with a quick flick of the Moodstruck Precision Liquid Eyeliner.

Finishing the eyes with the amazing Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ Mascara. See up to a 500% increase in average volume* with your first coat—and you don’t have to stop there. Whether you’re feeling subtle or sassy, defiant or classy, the new Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ will help you go wherever your mood takes you.

Lining the lips with Moodstruck Precision Pencil Lip Liner. These are long-wearing, waterproof, smudge-proof Precision Pencils that help get the perfect pout!

And a Sizzling dash of matte colour with Splash Liquid Lipstick!

The Model and the Artist! Thank you both!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Younique Look - Shanu

I wanted to try Younique products on Shanu. She has a beautiful dark pigmentation but I always find that most cosmetic brands are woefully inadequate when it comes to catering to dark skin. Not so with Younique. Their foundation colours matched beautifully. We went with the BB Cream in Caramel. The eyes were done with the Younique Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powders in Crushed and innocent. Liquid eyeliner and 3D mascara added the finishing touch to the eyes. The face got some highlights and contouring with the Sculpting Trio, and then a light dusting of the Translucent setting powder. Voila!

But I should not forget the best part! The Splash Liquid Lipstick in Stubborn! Possibly my most loved product from the Younique range of cosmetics right now. It brightens every looks so dramatically! They are highly pigmented yet weightless liquid lipsticks. Amazing matte finish.

These are now my new go-to accessory. These rich lipsticks make me feel brave and bold (and hydrated!) all day long. Special ingredients and vitamins C and E seal in hydration, and a mousse texture and wax-free formula mean my lips look smooth and filled in where ever the day takes me.

Exfoliate and hydrate lips with the Moodstruck Lip Exfoliator (a must have, IMO). Define bottom lip with tip of applicator. Fill in lip with wide side of applicator. Repeat for top lip. Intensify color with multiple applications, allowing to set for one minute between applications.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

A little Baby Card

I am so out of touch, this card took me all morning! But I am pleased with the results.

Quote Stamp from PSX, background baby stuff from D.O.T.S. The ribbons on the tag fixed with that special stapler (I forget what it is called!), tag background done with alcohol inks, fabric flowers from local market, affixed with a hot glue gun. Border hand drawn with white gel pen, studs are matte silver, and I used a deckle scissor to cut the edge of the quote. All cardstock from Clubscrap.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Can competitions be extended after the deadline has expired?

This question has me wondering all day: Is it okay for any sort of competition to extend the deadline, and impose new rules, after the original deadline has expired? Also to remove gifts that were originally offered before the first deadline? Perhaps someone had already won by the original dates and rules. Is it fair to them? Is it ethical? Is it professional? Is it even legal?

So here is the story. The Italian Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong and Macao (ICC) puts out this little competition:

Basically it says that by the 14th of September (last line) the person with the most likes on Instagram with a certain set of hash-tags, would win a Furla bag. The others would get tickets to the event.

Their marketing campaign for this little stunt was so great that they got a grand total of one entrant. This young girl borrowed her mum's Furla bag, took a photo and posted it to Instagram with all the necessary tags, quotes and all other required nonsense.

And then she noticed that no one else was entering. So she started getting excited! Perhaps, just perhaps, there was a possibility that she would win this bag! And the 14th came, and the 14th went, and she was the only entrant! She was thrilled to bits because she had to have won the bag. By default, perhaps, but she still had won, right?


On the 15th, the day after the competition had ended, she received this communication from the ICC, via email and Facebook:

Note the date on the top - at 3.30 pm of the 15th September - this meant they deliberated all morning. Not only was the deadline extended after it had expired, the gifts for the next ten runner's up were removed! When she contacted ICC to ask about why they were doing this, she was rebuffed with a callousness that is perhaps reserved for common folk.

Soon after, there was a second entrant. And then the new entrant started getting likes. Goodness! You should have seen how quickly they rolled in! And in less than 2 days, from the 15th to the 17th, she had five times more 'likes' than the poor young original entrant could garner in a week.

And today, of course the bag was awarded to the preferred entrant. And there she was, at the Furla IFC store cocktail party, chatting away with everyone, gaggle of women behind her helping her to build her own bag, because she is very well known!

I am sorry that the young girl had to learn in this way that the world can be a horrid place, full of favouritism and nepotism. But lessons in life are hard, and must be learned. They must be taken into ones stride, as I am sure the young girl will because she is a sensible, smart and intelligent young lady who I am proud to call my daughter.

But there is another lesson to be taken away from this incident. Should we simply accept whatever is doled our way just because we are neither rich nor famous? Is it a given that we condone this sort of behaviour, especially an institution which is supposedly governed by written rules; rather different from the individual, who has only his conscience to follow.

If this sort of unprofessional and unethical manoeuvring is carried out by an established quasi-Governmental entity, and accepted by a global firm like Furla (who have yet to respond to my tweet), how much more shocking behaviour can we expect from the little ones, who are not so much in the public eye? Or is it that the bigger the entity, the more they feel unconstrained by ethics and laws?

Are we really losing our capacity to separate right from wrong to this degree? I look at the news every day, and sadly, I think this is so. A small wrong here, a bigger one there, and some really terrible deeds elsewhere - and we absorb it all, perhaps express shock and incredulity, momentarily, but then we forget, with a shrug of our shoulders.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Mirror Shelving project

Because some day I am going to do this!!!

And all instructions are at the site of Ana White, who is simply too awesome!