How to Create a No Makeup Look with Tarte Cosmetics

posted on: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tarte Cosmetics x nakedgloryvera-17 Tarte Cosmetics x nakedgloryvera-14 Tarte Cosmetics x nakedgloryvera-21 I first fell in love with Tarte cosmetics after I tried their 12 Hour Amazonian Clay foundation. The foundation provided really good coverage and was effective in controlling sebum and didn’t give me that shiny, oxidised foundation look even after a whole day out. And the second best part was that Tarte includes skinvigoriating ingredients like plant extracts, essential oils and other naturally derived ingredients, and none of that nasty chemicals like parabens.

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I recently tried out a few of Tarte’s newly launched products and I would say my hero product from this launch was the Tarteist™ Creamy Matte Lip Paint. The packaging looks like that of a lip gloss but the finish is actually really matte – great for creating neutral looks. The formula is very creamy and glides on smoothly almost like butter on your lips and it actually has a slight minty/ cooling effect to it thanks to the ingredients. Wearing Tbt Mauve which matched my natural lipcolor to a T.

Tarte Cosmetics x nakedgloryvera-22You can also create an ombre look and have your lip paint last longer with the Tarteist™ lip crayon. Simply use a darker shade to line your lips and blend from outwards in to create a gradual fade. Another big fav is the Tartelette in Bloom Clay Palette. This palette includes 12 shades – 9 mattes and 3 lusters to create natural, earthy smoky eyes look. I am usually not adventurous when it comes to eyeshadows and would usually keep to neutrals and some metallics like gold, copper and pearl etc so this palette is perfect. A bonus - It’s small enough to fit in a small handbag/clutch too! 

Tarte Cosmetics x nakedgloryvera-16 I would finish off my eye makeup look with Tarteist™ Clay Paint Liner & Brush. This eyeliner comes in a rather unique formula – it’s not quite gel, but rather matte and dries easily, but yet it retains the same blendable ease of a gel eyeliner. The product comes with a fine angled tip brush for easy application of product on the inner corner of your eyes.   

If you haven’t tried Tarte before, I would strongly recommend you to give it a go (especially that lip paint!) and it’s available on Sephora

All Natural Skincare with Botani

posted on: Monday, April 11, 2016

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You know that I am very picky when it comes to skincare – I usually gravitate towards all-natural and organic products as I believe that they offer the best protection and effects for the skin in the long term, since they are free from harsh chemicals. Recently, I was introduced to Botani, a skincare brand from Melbourne. Botani was developed by a naturopath and herbalist who had treated so many patients with skin problems that she decided to create her own range using only natural and organic ingredients.  The brand was born in 1998 and is completely free of synthetic chemicals.

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I especially love the Olive Skin Serum for night – I use it as a double moisturizer before my night cream moisturizer. This particular serum contains Squalene, which is a moisturizing component that is naturally found in our skin. Since our skin recognizes it as a native ingredient, it is very easily absorbed and has a non-greasy satin finish. Do not be shy of using oils even if you have combination or even oily skin, this particular one does not make your skin oilier as all will be absorbed – instead I use it for that healthy dewy glow!

The Acai Berry Active Antioxidant Serum is also a good accompaniment – this multitasker also comes in the form of natural oils. Packed with Amazonian Acai Berry Fruit Oil, Cranberry and Blackberry Seed Oils, and again Olive Squalene, this powerful serum provides a shield for the skin against free radicals, sun damage and environmental stress. On top of using this as a day moisturizer, I also pack this when I travel to dry, wintery climates. This was very useful in hydrating my dry heels when I was in Seoul, and it can also be used to calm inflamed skin caused by blisters and burns.

Another personal fave is the Exfoliating 2 in 1 Scrub & Mask. This one is made with Jojoba Spheres for its exfoliating properties, and supplemented with Oat Bran, Australian Bontonite Clay, Rice Flour and Olive Squalene. It feels really like food when applied – that’s how good it smells! The supporting ingredients exfoliates dead skin cells and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oil, resulting in a more moisturized and radiant skin. This can also be left on longer as a mask, or just mixed with your usual gel cleanser for daily exfoliation.

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Finally, I’d like to highlight
on the Rescue Blemish Cream – I know a lot of people are used to using Oxy or other pimple creams to get rid of angry red swells, but the problem with these pimple creams is that they contain chemicals such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid which will shed the outer layer of skin and dry out the surrounding healthy skin. This all-natural blemish cream does not contain any of those harsh ingredientsit has been tested to kill acne-causing bacteria with a 99.99% kill factor rate in just 30 minutes!
Since Botani uses natural plant-based ingredients, its products are multi-tasking and suitable for babies, pregnant ladies, people with eczema and sensitive skin. For example, the moisturizers can be used on both body and face, and you can even use the Rescue Blemish Cream as an after-shave cream to relieve minor skin irritation, inflammation and dryness!

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Together with Love Organic SG, I am urging everyone to reconnect with nature. Come join me in the #30DaysLiveGreen campaign this month, and develop some new green habits together!   All you have to do is to upload 1-2 photos per week on Instagram or Facebook on any changes you’re making in your life towards healthy living and caring for our environment. Using natural/organic skincare products is a positive start not just for your skin, but also for our environment.

3 winners will be selected at the end of April and will be rewarded with Botani skincare hampers and other prizes from participating partners! Some tips to start you off can be found on Love Organic’s Live Green page.

Bot├íni is currently available at Eat Organic Singapore, Mums.sg, Naiise, NatureLova, and Love Organic SG’s e-store.

The French Way in Palais Royal

posted on: Thursday, March 31, 2016

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I think a lot of people have seen photos of the art installation - black and white columns - in this courtyard but has never figured out where it is. Well, that's Palais Royal and it's a small, quiet garden house within this majestic building which now mostly houses luxury boutiques and art galleries. Oh and bonus - you can now find a Maison Kitsune cafe there too!

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Wearing L'Academie The Military Blouse, Sandro Paris Sequin Pleat Skirt, Zara Highcut Boots
Shot by Haleigh from Making Magique

It wasn't planned but somehow my L'Academie blouse from Revolve Clothing matched perfectly with the black and white candy striped columns at Palais Royal. More commonly known as the Colonnes de Buren, after the artist Daniel Buren, the columns were installed as art installations and have remained there since 1986.

I absolutely love this installation and have been meaning to shop there for ages and finally got the chance to! This military blouse comes with a sexy deep V neck, which draws down to four button accents on the front. L'Academie also has this beautiful blouse with neck-tie which I have been coveting as well.

Revolve is now having a Spring Sale exclusively for customers in Singapore, Japan and S Korea till 31 March midnight! You can enjoy 20% off most of their brands - I would recommend Tularosa, Lovers & Friends, Privacy Please, Stone Cold Fox for some boho, summery outfits. If you are looking for something more dressy, go for NBD and Cmeo. For reliable basics, go for Equipment and Cami NYC - their silk blouses are a dream! And yes, all your fav Australian labels are on there too - Shop Cmeo, The Fifth Collective, Keepsake and more all on Revolve.

Shipping takes just a week to get to Singapore - no reason not to indulge in some online retail therapy *winks*

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