Posts Tagged ‘Tips’

Good morning world!

As the title implies, today’s about a nifty beauty trick on mixing foundation with primer. Maybe you have heard or even tried it but it’s considerably pretty new to me. The idea has been there for the longest time but I never found the need to mix them, until recently. Have you ever experienced streaky foundation application, or thick full coverage foundation that’s pretty hard to smooth on? Read on why this tips might be useful for you 🙂

I experience such problems when applying my Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation. I don’t usually use foundation brush when applying this as I find fingers work better and faster. Oh I do wear brushes but not all the time, to spare me the brush cleaning afterwards lol. It’s just easier to clean my fingers with wet wipes rather than going fullblown brush cleaning. Besides I found that the warmth helps to ease the foundation to melt into the skin better. Now, on my good skin days (read: I use face mask the night before) the foundation applies smoothly. On so-so or even bad skin days, it looks horrible, just doesn’t work. Why don’t I just toss the foundation out, you might ask? Simple reason, the shade fits me to a T and I bought it with my own pennies lol. There’s no return policy here in SE Asia as far as I’m concerned so I have to find ways to make it work.

So few days ago I stumbled upon my old scribbles and found I have jotted down mixing foundation with primer idea. The goal is smooth and better application. I mix the foundation with a little bit of whatever primer I’m currently using, in this case Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel which is loaded with silicones and the result was amazing. The foundation glides on smoothly and no streaks at all. I also found that I end up using less foundation this way, so it’s a saving for me. I can always dispend more if I needed more coverage but most of the time I only need sheer coverage so it’s more than sufficient for me. The foundation actually lasts a lot longer on me this way. It’s a win-win!

Step 1 - Squeeze a little bit of primer

Step 1 – Squeeze a little bit of primer

Step 2 - Squeeze tiny dollop of your preferred foundation (mine was a tad runny so it appears a lot more than it should be)

Step 2 – Squeeze tiny dollop of your preferred foundation (mine was a tad runny so it appears a lot more than it should be)

Step 3 - With your finger, mix them well

Step 3 – With your finger, mix them well

The primer I’m using is loaded with silicones hence the smooth gliding result. If you’re allergic to silicones feel free to mix it with primer of your preference, I’m sure it will work just fine. I tried mixing my foundation with Guerlain primer, the one comes with pearls, which is a gel base and it work just as good. It didn’t glide as smooth as using silicone-based primer but the result is pretty much flawless. Some people I know mix their foundation with moisturizer to achieve similar result, however the coverage becomes so sheer like that of tinted moisturizer. Using primer retains the coverage I want. Nevertheless, it’s all your choice and you can always adjust it according to your needs :).

Have any of you tried this before? Which primer do you use? Do share your beauty tips in the comment section below :D.

Toodles for now!


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Loose eyeshadow or pigments can be very messy sometimes.. More often than not, the jar or vial it comes with is not practical. When you are not careful enough, you might end up spilling the whole jar which will be quite a waste. Take an example of MAC full size pigment jar. It’s pretty big compared to the vial one. Being at the same room with a clumsy person like me, the pigment jar may fall down and there you go my $$$ (okay I didn’t buy it as I got it from a swap but still I swapped it with something valuable). I’ll be crying and heartbroken.. Another example would be NYX loose eyeshadows.. I own several vials and to me, they are not practical at all. The mouth is so small that it is quite difficult to pick up some of the eyeshadow with a brush. I know it’s cheap, but if it spills, I’m gonna have to do extra work cleaning up my room! Besides, I like my NYX loose eyeshadows 😀

Some of the samples that I got previously came in a clipped plastic baggie and contact lens case.

The contact lens case is a brilliant idea yet I found that it takes quite a lot of space in my storage area if I was to store all of my loose eyeshadows in contact lens cases. I don’t own a lot of pigments and loose eyeshadows yet I still find it not practical enough to put several contact lens cases in my eyeshadow storage area.

Yesterday when I was in the kitchen, I came accross this unused pills storage box. Then the idea just popped out, why don’t I just use this as my loose eyeshadows and pigments storage box? At least it reduces the chance of me spilling my eyeshadows 😀

It’s pretty simple and easy! All you need is scissors, writeable tape or colorful (optional) sticky notes, the small pills storage box itself, a pen and a spatula 😀


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Phew, I am finally done with my last assignment for this semester. Exams… here I come 😀 I admit I am a weirdo, I seem to enjoy exams period 😀

So today’s topic is going to be pretty short as I haven’t had enough sleep last night due to trying to crap my way out of the stoopid report lol

Whether you’re a makeup addict or not, using a brush in applying your makeup product tends to give you better finish. I’m not saying that makeup application by hand will not give you a good finish (hey, nothing can beat concealer application by finger yo! :D), but at times you will need a brush in order to achieve that flawless finish. Take blush for example. I know for cream-based or liquid-based blush, manual application (read: your fingers) is still acceptable. However, when it comes to powder blush, applying it manually by fingers sometimes will result in uneven application, making your face looks funny. Also, at times when you haven’t got the hang of applying cream or liquid blush manually, you tend to overdo it a wee bit and again, uneven finish. I reckon that brushes had helped me a lot to achieve the finish I want and hence the existence of various makeup brushes in my makeup stash. I don’t own too many brushes, I just have some which I think is necessary 😀

I use brush quite often, almost everyday 😛 At least I’d use two brushes, a blush brush and a powder brush, as I tend to apply a thin layer of powder and blush everytime I go out (I look deadly pale without any blush *sigh*). Of course I can’t just leave them like that after each application. What if some creepy germs decided to make my brushes their home and ended up attacking my skin? @_@ I just dislike the idea -_-;

I am not an OCD (lol!) yet hygiene is on my top list. I always try to keep my brushes cleaned every each use, or at least keep the used ones separately from the cleaned ones so that no cross contamination will occur (dang!). I’m an avid foundation user and you do know after applying foundation your brush can be REALLY dirty. Not to mention eyeshadow brushes. I like playing with colors everyday so I need to clean up my brushes to prevent the colors being mixed up. OK, I think I have enough reasons to diligently clean my makeup brushes now teehee~

What I do is quick on-spot cleaning everytime I finish using the brushes. It is simple and easy 😉 All you need is just a brush cleanser. I am using Elianto brush cleanser for this purpose. Retailing at RM18, it does a good job in cleaning up my brushes everyday. I took up the tips from TiffanyD for the quick brush cleaning quite a while ago, and voila, clean brushes everyday! ^_^ If you have more cash to splurge on, get MAC brush cleanser instead (it is RM39 if I’m not mistaken), but anyhoo the Elianto one already does a good job for on-spot cleaning :D. Here’s a video from TiffanyD showing how to do the quick brush cleaning:

I found that several drops of brush cleanser is sufficient to clean a numerous brushes. Sometimes I cut my tissue paper into two for each cleaning as half of it usually is enough. Be environmentally friendly please.. 🙂

Once a week, I will deep cleanse my brushes with my good ol’ baby shampoo. You can use anything of your choice, yet choose a gentle and mild one to protect your brush bristles. After cleaning them properly, I usually just leave them to dry. Try not to use hair dryer if you can avoid it, unless you really need to use the brush badly. 😉

So how often do you clean your brush? 😀

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Howdy! I just wanna share this video with you guys ^_^ Hope you’d find it helpful ^_^

The video is taken from MakeupByTiffanyD. Check out her YouTube videos and her blog 😉

Gonna post something soon!

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The question above was asked by a friend of mine. We were talking about cosmetics during our lunch few days ago and she started questioning me with some make up application related stuff. The question above was one of her questions which I think I should share my thoughts with 🙂


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