There is something beautiful, dainty and serene about the blue lotus. This flower has been my inspiration in coming up with this set.
It’s summer time and I cannot ignore the fact that coral looks so lovely in afternoon sunlight… Here’s what I came up with at my Polyvore page.
I am a busy woman so I don’t have the luxury of taking at least an hour to finish my makeup. However, I’m not also one who’d scrimp on the steps on getting my makeup done right. For me, putting on makeup is like painting on an appropriate face. I’d like to face the world and make them feel important because I’ve put on the “extra effort” to be presentable. The thing is, extra effort need not take long. I put on my makeup at an average of 15 minutes (more or less, including moisturizing and all that stuff).
Let’s start with a clean face (i.e. cleansed, toned and moisturized).
I used to use trays to segregate my makeup but after I’ve subscribed to Vanity Trove, I received lots of reusable boxes and I like recycling. I placed the makeup I use everyday in these boxes and stack them in usage order. For the glittery and party makeup, they are all stored in a separate box away from this stack since I won’t be using them everyday.
Top drawer: primer, foundation and eyeshadow primer. Anything that is for contouring my face is here. That black box contains my jewelry.
Second drawer contains my eye makeup: eyeshadow, eyeliner, pencil sharpener, eyebrow kit. The glittery eyeshadow pots are not here because, as I’ve said, I don’t use them everyday.
Third drawer houses my lip and cheek makeup since putting them on comes later. I should have 3 shades of blush on: pink, coral and a bronzer.
Fourth drawer has all my facial and eye masks. I get a lot of them as samples and I place them here. I don’t use them everyday but I use them about 2-3 times a month.
Fifth drawer contains my serums and other beauty samples. I place them here so I can remember to try them and then blog about them. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t done a lot of reviews but I’m getting back to doing that soon.
So you see, this is how I am able to finish putting on makeup fast–everyday. The key is finding what you need fast. I’m curious about how others organize makeup. Send me a message on how you do yours!
If there is one thing that I like about Zalora, it’s how they take care of their customers. Shipping is fast–you order it today, you’d most likely receive it the next day. If you change your mind or the fit is not right, you can return it to them for free. It’s like worry-free shopping with the convenience of just using your laptop. Because of this, I’m expecting my online shopping experience to be as hassle-free as my experience with Zalora, especially for Singapore-based retailers. Unfortunately, not all of them lived up to my expectations (I’m making a separate blog on my shopping experience with online stores in Singapore next).
There was this one day when I got this awesome email from them, saying that as a reward for being a loyal Zalora customer, I got myself a fashion package. I will choose the shoes, clothes and accessories that I like, then I will show up at the studio to have myself styled by the Zalora stylist, Paul Dela Merced and get myself photographed by fashion photographers. Ain’t that awesome? But then I remembered that I’ve gained like 10 pounds last month and was worried about how it would turn out. And then I said, “Hey I can look nice being a bit chubbier than usual–they’ve got a stylist after all.” :-p
I chose the items that I liked and emailed it back to Zalora. They then confirmed with me the date and time of the photoshoot and there I was, enjoying being styled and photographed.
Makeup was done by the awesome Roselyn Chua and this smartphone selfie does not do it justice, by the way:
But I I liked how it turned out…
They gave me what I wore after the photo shoot. This whole set costs about $200 plus. I was happily surprised. Thank you, Zalora!
There was a time when I may have developed this so-called “FOMO” or fear of missing out. I was on almost every imaginable social network there is. I had Friendster, MySpace, Plurk, LiveJournal, Flickr, etc… then there’s Facebook. I never thought Facebook would become big when I signed up in 2007. I recently deactivated Facebook when things changed drastically in my life.
I need a retreat of sorts. I’ve gone home to my parents’ house recently, went offline, read a book, talked to my sisters and just stayed quiet. A lot has been going on in my life right now and I need to pace myself.
I recently organized my closet. It’s therapeutic to arrange one’s closet, IMO. Also, I managed my subscriptions as well–beauty boxes, games, rss and mailing lists. I guess this is what we call “trimming the fat” of my digital life. I am hesitant with every new Google product now because heck A LOT of my stuff are with them already. Hello, Big Brother?
One thing that made me realize that this “need to connect” is just an illusion is when I left my smartphone at home and I didn’t even notice until half of the day was over. I guess I can survive with not too many gadgets.
My mom passed away recently. I’m still sad and probably healing slowly. I realized that no matter how many connections I’ve made and how many gadgets I’ve collected, I’d trade them all just to have her back. That’s not how the world works and it’s a bitter pill to swallow.
I miss you, Ma. I’m going on a hiatus… Maybe when I detach myself from people and things, I can fully reorganize my life back and maybe acceptance will come easier. Maybe.
A month ago, I still talked to her and she was telling me she’s going to get better. I guess she did get better but not on earth.
As what I’ve written on Facebook from a while back:
Loss… It heightens your senses into affirming what you hold dear and acknowledging what you are willing to trade your life for just not to lose that. It is a state where utmost love, hope, fear, anger, sadness and resignation swirl together within your being–confusing and bewildering you.
In the end, it is love that binds everything and delivers you to a state of peace in knowing that acceptance is love itself, and letting go is a manifestation of faith. I miss you, Ma, but I know that you are in a better (beautiful and pain-free) place. We thank you for making us realize the importance of faith, hope and love in living.