The holidays

Hey guys, so I decided to create a holiday look with some warm tones of peach, brown, and auburn/burgundy’s.
This is my first attempt at this look, i’m still not sure whether to stick with red or nude lips.
What do you guys think?


Gonna revise this look throughout the week, and hopefully it’ll be up on the blog by next weekend, stay tuned!

Time to shed my make up…!


Tip #1: Remember to hold the cotton pad with eye make up remover against your eyes for a few seconds before  gently wiping it off.  To remove mascara, use a q tip, it’s much easier that way.


Squeaky clean :)
Tip #2: After removing all make up, make sure you soak a cotton pad with toner and wipe your face clean.  A toner helps remove any leftover residue that the cleanser didn’t manage to clean.
Tip#3: Remember to apply moisturizer after you’ve cleaned your face.  The number one reason why people have oily faces is because they don’t moisturize their faces enough, therefore causing the skin to produce more sebum to naturally “moisturize” your face.
If you have a combination-oily face, try choosing water based moisturizers instead of oil based, as those could leave you breaking out.


And my favourite part of the skin care regime – paper masks :)
They’re so hydrating and great for the winter!

Tip #4: Before putting on the paper mask, exfoliate your face with a peeling gel (I’ve used the Yoghurt Peeling Gel by Laneige).  They act as a dust sweeper that gets rid of all your dead skin cells that have built up over time, that way when you put on your paper mask, it’ll absorb into your skin better.
Tip#5: After exfoliating, apply a hydrating essence, (I’ve used ones from Laneige, Skin Food, and Clinique), this will hydrate your skin even better as the paper mask will help absorb the essence into your skin.
Tip#6: Paper masks are great for all skin types, and especially great for those with combination-oily skin, as it is more hydrating than moisturizing.  If you tend to have dry skin, you might like cream masks better as they are more moisturizing.   If you like cream masks, you can check out the ones by Lush as they’re all natural and provides cream masks for all skin types!

Remember, especially during the winter, our skin NEEDS water and hydration, if you can, do a facial mask every other day and keep moisturizing; you’ll find your skin glowing and radiating in no time :)

Have fun and stay warm! 

Plastic Moments: Random days & nights

Shooting with my favourite toy – Diana F+:

(Please click images to enlarge)

Fall/Winter Make Up Trend #2 Spider Lashes

For today’s tutorial, i’m gonna recreate one of the make up trends for Fall/Winter this year –
The Spider Lash look.

For this look, it’s all about the eye lashes, and so there’s actually very minimal eyeliner and eye shadow.  It’s a really easy tutorial to follow, and it’s also the perfect look to go out in at night. So please enjoy!

Eyes
1. Once you’ve got your face foundation and concealer ready, apply a light eye base/lid primer all over your lids.
2. Using a matte, dark brown eye shadow, sweep it all over your lids.
3. Using a matte, white eye shadow, apply it on your brow bone area, lightly.
4. Using the same matte, brown eye shadow, sweep it at the bottom of your lids.
5. Choose a brown pencil eyeliner and line the bottom of your eyes.
It should now look similar to this:


6. Now choose a pair of dramatic false lashes, and apply them on the top of your lids.
7. For the bottom lashes, I’ve used false lashes that are specifically for the bottom lashes.  They come in smaller strips and are stringed by fish wire (transparent wire), and look more natural. The ones I’m using are called “Wink Dolly”, from Japan and you can purchase them in SaSa .
Apply these at the bottom of your lashes bit by bit.
8. Use a volumizing mascara and apply it on the top and bottom of your lashes.
It should now look similar to this:

Lips:
For this look, I’ve created a lip stain look.  All you have to do is apply your lipstick just in the center of your lips, lightly.  Then you put your lips together slightly to blend out the lipstick. This will make your lips look like they’ve been stained in red instead of having a full on red lip. It will also look more natural.

Brows:
1. Using a dark brown eyebrow pencil, pencil in your eye brows lightly.
Here’s a little tip if you have eyebrow hair that’s straying away from your natural shape:
Dip the back of your eye shadow brush in some eye lash glue, and lightly brush it over your eyebrows.  The glue in will keep your hairs together so your eye brow looks more defined. OR you could just purchase an eyebrow gel.


Cheeks:
Not a lot of blush is required for this look, unless you want to.  For me, I have just applied a bronzer on the hollows of my cheeks to contour my face.


and your look is complete!


Chicken Mushroom Risotto and Pesto drizzled Minestrone soup

Chicken Mushroom Risotto


you’ll need:
4 small pieces of chicken breast, 2 cups of chopped up white button mushrooms, 2 cups of Arborio rice, 1/2 cup of white onion diced, 3 tsp minced garlic, 1/2 cup of dry white wine, 2 tsp of olive oil, 2 medium slices of butter, 5 cups of chicken broth

1. Boil the chicken breasts in a small pot of boiling water.
2. Once boiled, (doesn’t have to be completely cooked), rip apart the chicken into small strips using your hands, and set aside.
3. In a large pan over high heat, put in the olive oil and butter; and sautee the onions and garlic until brown.
4.  Add in the Arborio rice and mix it with the onions.
5. Still on high heat, add in the white wine and let the rice absorb all the moisture before turning it down to medium heat.
6. slowly add in 1/2 cup of chicken broth, along with the mushrooms and little bits of chicken strips.
7. Stir on low heat until all moisture is absorbed.
8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until the rice becomes tender but is still a little grainy on the inside.
Should take approx. 30-40 minutes.
9. Once the rice is ready, add in salt and pepper for seasoning.

serves 3-4

Pesto drizzled Minestrone Soup


you’ll need:
5 cups of chicken broth, 1/2 cup of dry red wine,  1 cup of chopped celery, 1 cup of chopped carrots, 1 cup of chopped zuchinni,  1 cup of chopped fresh tomatoes,  1/2 cup of chopped fresh basil,  1 and half cups of canned diced tomatoes,  1/2 cup of white onion diced, 3 tsp of minced garlic, 1 tsp of pesto

1. In a large pot over high heat, add olive oil and sautee onions and garlic until brown
2. Add in the celery and carrots and sautee for 5 minutes.
3. Add in the chicken broth, dry red wine, zuchinnis, canned tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and basil over high heat and bring it to a boil.
4. Switch to medium heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.
5. Season with salt and pepper.
6. When serving in a soup bowl, drizzle the pesto over the soup.

serves 3-4

Autumn make up trend #1: The Metallic Smoky

So I’ve been really lazy lately… and finally today I’ve brought myself to do another make up tutorial for you all.
One of the huge make up trends for Fall/Winter 2011-2012 is the Metallic Smoky eye.  It can be done with different shades of metallic grey paired with black/blue/purple eye shadow.  Depending on the type of look you’re going for, the Metallic Smoky eye can be a look you can wear to work or a party.
Enjoy!

How to achieve the flawless skin:

 1. Wash your face, moisturize, and apply a make up base.
2. For an even foundation application, squeeze a dime size amount of foundation and apply with a foundation brush, have your brush go in a criss-cross direction to avoid brush marks.
3. Using a make up sponge, gently dab away on the skin, making sure you dab away the excess foundation so that your face looks even and flawless.
4. Conceal all spots and dark circles with a concealer.  Remember to colour correct BEFORE you apply foundation if your skin appears to be red/darker in some areas. Please have a look at my previous tutorials if you have forgotten, or is new at colour correcting your skin tone.
5. With a kabuki brush, dip it into loose powder (tap off the excess powder), and apply it all over your face to set your make.  If you want your skin to look more fresh and dewy, apply less loose powder.  However, if you’d like a more matte skin tone, then apply more loose powder.
Quick tip:  Before applying eye shadow, dip your kabuki brush in a generous amount of loose powder and slightly dab it under your eyes.  This can help you easily sweep away any eye shadow fall outs during the application.

Going Metallic:

1. Prep your eyes with an eye shadow base.  For this tutorial, I’m using Mac’s Paint Pot in Painterly.
2. Using a a metallic silver gel eye shadow, use your fingers and apply it all over your lids, (by using gel eye shadows, they give you more of a base so that when you apply other colours on top, they become more saturated).  For this tutorial, I’m using Kate’s Gel eye shadow.
It should now look something similar to this:


3. Using an eye shadow brush, dab it into a white pigment shadow (pigment shadows give you more shimmer, and is best applied on top of gel eye shadows), and blend it from the ball of your eyelid (the middle of your eye lids), into the inner corner of your eye lids.
4. Using another eye shadow brush, dab it into a shimmering silver eye shadow, and slightly sweep it out on the outer corner of your eyes, so it looks like you’re creating a cat eye with your eye shadow. Remember to blend out any harsh corners.
5. With a smaller eye shadow brush, apply a dark blue eye shadow right on the crease of your lids, slowly blend it out to the silver eye shadow you have previously applied on the outer V of your eye lid. Blend away any harsh corners.

It should now look something similar to this:


6. Using the smaller eye shadow brush, dip it into the same dark blue eye shadow, and line the bottom of your eyes half way.  Using a different brush, dab it into the white pigment shadow and line the other half; bringing it all the way into the inner corner of your eyes. 
 7. Using a black pencil eye liner, tight line the water line of your upper lids.
Quick tip: Tight lining your upper water line can open your eyes instantly
8. Using a black liquid eyeliner, go over the top of your lid, making sure you fill in all the blank spots in between your lid and the water line.  Keep the liner here thin and as close to the lash line as possible.
9. Using a pencil liner,line the water line half way, at the bottom of your eyes.  Blend it out to create the “smokiness”.

It should now look something similar to this:


10. Using demi lashes, apply it onto the outer half of your eyelids for a cat eye effect.
11. Fill in your eye brows:


12.  For the lips, keep them as minimal as possible because the eyes are already so dramatic. Apply lip balm, and apply a nude lipstick on top.  To finish it off, apply a clear lip gloss on top.
13.  Once the eyes and lips are completed, we will now move onto contouring your face.  Using a highlighter/illuminator, (if you don’t have one at home, a white shimmer eye shadow / pigment shadow will work as well) apply it on your cheek bones and the nose bone.
14. With a large blusher, apply bronzer right under your cheek bones, blend it out so it looks more natural:



and your look is complete!


Day to Night

Hi all! 

Been awhile again, but I’ve got a new tutorial today that’ll teach you how to go from a day/office look into a night/party look.
Special thanks to Serena for being my model!


Starting with the Day Look


As I always say, start with a clean fresh face.  Always follow in this order: Make up base, foundation, concealer, setting powder, (the order of foundation and concealer may be different, depending if you need colour correcting on your face).

1. Apply an eye base all over the lids.
2. Using a peachy bronze colour, apply with a brush and dab it all over your lids.
3. Using a smaller brush, apply a champagne colour just on the ball of your eye, (the middle part of your lids).
This is a good eye shadow technique if you want some colour on your eyes, but at the same time you want to keep it simple.  The champagne colour in the middle will illuminate your eyes, while the peachy bronze colour will contour your eyes.


4. Using a black pencil eyeliner, tightline the upper water line of your lids
5. Using a liquid eyeliner, line your lash line, (keep the liner thin for your day look as you don’t want your eyes to look too “heavy” or dramatic).
6. Apply mascara and a blush that matches your skin tone.
7. Keep the lips simple by applying a light pink lipstick.
8. For the brows, fill them in lightly so it frames your face.


And you’re all done!  This look should take no more than 15 minutes to do, perfect for the morning when you’re rushing out for work/school.


Moving onto our Night Look.

This is for the purpose of a quick transformation from the previous look to a party look after work.

1. Using Mac’s Big Bounce Shadow (gel based eye shadow)  in Luxury Touch, apply it all over the lids using your finger tips, (this can be done on top of the eye shadow that was previously applied for the day look).
2. Using a brush, dab the burgundy on top of the big bounce shadow, (you’ll find that having the big bounce shadow as a base will bring out the burgundy colour even more, creating a more vibrant look, see below).


The sample on top is applied without the Big Bounce shadow as a base, while the bottom sample shows the burgundy eye shadow applied on top of the Big Bounce shadow as a base. The colours are definitely more vibrant on the bottom sample, and it also makes the eye shadow last longer throughout the night, so no smudging or creasing!

3. now, using a smaller crease brush, dab some black eye shadow and apply it along your crease line on your lids. Blend out the eye shadow in a wind wiping motion so there are no harsh lines.
4. Mix the black and burgundy eye shadow, and apply it on the bottom, just under the water line to create a smoky effect. Then, using a champagne colour, dab a little bit on the inner corners to bring light to your eyes.
5. With a liquid eye liner, go over the top eyeliner that you have previously created for the day look, but this time make it thicker.
6. With a black pencil liner, line the bottom water line and  smudge for a dramatic effect.
7. Apply thick false lashes to complete the eye make up.
8. For the brows, fill them in darker to compliment the dramatic eye make up.
9. Re-apply blush and lipstick if needed.  For this look, I’ve chosen to switch from soft pink lips to nude lips.


And your look is complete!


….and we decided to have a little fun with the camera :)




summer dinners

 


Broccoli Pesto pasta with Garlic Salmon.
Too lazy to put up the recipe.

Here’s track of the day, happy mid week everyone.

 

If we can’t make love, we can always make peace can’t we?

This is Shing02, a Japanese rapper and producer who’s works are done in both Japanese and English due to his upbringing in both Asia and the west.


My favourite track from him, “Love you like water”.
Loving the cute animation in this video



He’s also worked with Nujabes (RIP), one of my favourite Japanese DJ in Luv sic pts. 1, 2, 3, and 4.

This one’s Luv sic pt. 3, the best one ( in my opinion ), out of all of them.

Have a happy Sunday morning.

Gimme some pixie dust

First of all, excuse me for my absence!  But here I am now, with a new make up tutorial in which I created for one of the shows I did before I left to Canada for two weeks.  The show was based on the story Peter Pan and I was given the opportunity to do the costume designs and make up.  It was a good long four days of tiring work, but nonetheless very very fun, especially with the children backstage.  So without further due here’s a picture from rehearsal:

And so among all the characters in the play, most people loved the make up I did for Tinkerbell the most, and today I’m gonna post a tutorial for that, enjoy! (you can click the photos to enlarge)



 1. As always, start with a clean fresh face.


2. Use an eye primer to prime the eyes.
3. With an eye shadow brush, apply a pearly white colour all over the lids, paying attention to the brow bone.
4. Now, apply a gold eye shadow all over the lids, excluding the brow bone.
5. Using a smaller brush, apply a light green eye shadow on the inner corner of your eyes, bringing it down to the inner edges at the bottom of your eyes
6. Now, use a darker green eye shadow, apply it on the outer V of your eyes, make sure you blend it well.
7. To open your eyes even more, use an eye shadow brush and dip it in some gold pigment powder, and apply it on the ball of your eyes (the center of your eyelids).
It should now look something similar to this:


8. Apply eyeliner on the top of your lids, making sure you keep it as close to your lash line as possible. (Here, i’m using smashbox’s jet set gel eyeliner in brown)
9. Don’t forget to line the bottom of your eyes as well, keeping it close to your tear ducts.
10. Now you may apply false lashes on the top, and in this look, I’ve also done it on the bottom as well for bigger looking eyes.
It should now look similar to this:


11. Highlight and contour your face. To contour, use an angled brush and dab it in a dark bronzing powder or a contouring compact and apply it right under your cheek bones, at an angle.
12. Using a smaller angled brush, dab a small amount of the bronzing powder/contouring compact, and apply it on either side of the nose, starting from the inner corner of your eyebrows all the way down to either sides of the tip of your nose.  (make sure you do it bit by bit, because it can look really fake if you put too much of it. Also, make sure you have steady hands because making a mistake could make you look like you have a crooked nose!)
13. To highlight, use a shimmering powder/illuminating liquid and dab bits of it on your cheeks, forehead, and the bridge of your nose.
See how it really shapes your face?


Now here comes the messy part, because I’ve designed the costume for Tinkerbell in tones of green and gold, I’ve decided to make her lips glittery gold as well, because after all, she’s still a fairy!

14. For the lips, apply a sticky clear lip gloss all over the lips.
15. Using a q tip, scoop bits of glitter and dab it on your lips, (the lip gloss will make the glitter stick to your lips).

And now you have lips of gold!


In the show, I’ve also made a golden leaf hairband for her, but I don’t have one myself…so I used a yellow hair band instead.
Your look is now complete!!



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.s: I’m part of another blog right now as well with a bunch of my fellow friends in Canada, so if you have time please visit New Pulp!

Happy Father’s Day!

It’s always hard to reserve tables at restaurants when it’s Father’s Day, so why not make dinner at home and celebrate there?!  For this year’s Father’s Day I created two recipes for my dad – Zesty Prawn Jap Chae served in a pot and Pan fried tomato chutney chicken wings.

  Zesty Prawn Jap Chae


You’ll need:
8 large tiger prawns, 2 medium sized carrots sliced, 1 large head of broccoli chopped, one handful of jap chae,  1/2 white onion sliced, 2 cups of vegetable broth, 3 tsp lime juice,  4 tsp anchovy sauce, 3 tsp pesto, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 tsp minced garlic


1. Sprinkle salt and grounded pepper liberally on the tiger prawns (this will give the shell some flavour)
2. In a large pot, pour 2 tsp of olive oil over high heat
3. Once the oil has heated up, sautee the onions and minced garlic for 5 minutes.
4. Dump in the prawns and fry it for 30 sec so that it absorbs the aroma from the onions and garlic.  After 30 sec, pick the prawns out of the pot and set aside.
5. Now, add the carrots into the pot and vegetable broth and turn to medium heat.  Allow the vegetables to cook for 15  minutes while covering the pot.
6. Meanwhile, soak the jap chae in cold water for 2 minutes.
7.  Once the carrots have been cooked for 15 minutes, add 1/2 cup of vegetable broth in the pot along with the chap chae, broccoli, pesto, lime juice, anchovy sauce and soy sauce.
8. On high heat, let the jap chae and broccoli cook for 5 minutes with the pot covered.
9.  After 5 minutes, add the prawns into the pot, and cover on high heat and allow the prawns to be fully cooked. (you may add more vegetable broth along the way depending on how much “soup” you want in the end)

…and you’re done!

Serves 2-3 people

 Pan fried tomato chutney chicken wings


You’ll need:
8 small chicken wings chopped in halves, 1/2 yellow bell pepper sliced, 2 tomatoes crushed, 1/2 onion sliced, 1/8 cup of soy sauce .


1. In a medium sized bowl add the chopped chicken wings and marinate it with 3 tsp of dried garlic bits, 3 tsp of ground pepper and 3 tsp of salt.

2.  In another medium bowl, pour in the crushed tomatoes, and add 2 tsp of salt as well as4 tsp of dried parsley.
3. In a medium sized pan place 2 tsp of olive oil on high heat and add the sliced onions.  Sautee for 5 minutes and add the sliced yellow bell peppers.
4. After 2 minutes, add the chicken wings, pan fry until the skin turns brown.
5. Lastly, add in the tomato chutney and soy sauce, pan fry until the chicken is fully cooked.

..and you’re done!
Serves 2-3 people