Hallo!!! This shall be my last entry for the year. I have been mentally drafting this entry, and in the end I think I will do a combo of the year's highlights and my current makeup storage in here. Hope this will be interesting for you. I haven't been the most active in terms of blogging this year, but I did discover gems and I will try to compile a list of good stuff in this enty here.
(As I am sitting here typing this entry, I just had my NYE dinner, had a couple of too much drinks... but I think I am still lucid enough to remember the year past!)
So sometime in mid-Dec, I decided to give my room a little revamp, it is something I do every 2-3 years, as part of estate improvement. Haha. For the past few years, I have been housing my makeup in a IKEA Alex drawer - click this entry here to see what I did. As time passed, that Alex drawer isn't enough anymore, and I wanted to shift a couple of other units around in my room. My old ALEX drawer was the 36x115 cm 9 drawers. In my latest revamp, I moved this to another side of my room. And I bought TWO new ALEX drawers - the 67x66 cm ones. They are wider - and have 6 drawers. I stacked them together, the drawers are not as deep as the previous ALEX, but I think they serve my purpose.
I will try to bring you through the drawers, and what's on my tabletop. I have a ton of makeup, some bought, and some given to me for consideration by brands - so there are plenty of stuff to organise and put away because things can easily get overwhelming here, and I am not the neatest person around. I haven't been very good at using new products, but I try I try my best to rotate and also test out new stuff. So here we go, and I will try to explain along the way.
I like that these new wider drawers allow me to hold one category of products in one drawer. Previously I had to split up my foundations/ bases in a separate MUJI unit... and everything else was just everywhere.
I can even have a little photoshoot area at the top part of the whole unit.. and display some stuff on it to look pretty and all. Here's the top part:
Right now, I just place some boxes and perfume, and candles. This area will remain like this cos I usually dump stuff on another area when I get home (you know, purse, keys, armcandy, etc).
And here are the drawers: Mostly filled - but not TOO packed. Some drawers are more packed, but I have room to keep more stuff that are coming, and also room to keep new stuff.
As you can see, I have categorised my stuff in the 12 drawers -
1. loose powders, pressed powders etc
2. blushers - mostly MAC and other misc blushers
3. WILL SHOW A CLOSE UP
4. liquid foundations, bb creams, cc creams, bases
5. random drawer of Choya, new stuff
6. WILL SHOW A CLOSE UP
7. WILL SHOW A CLOSE UP
8. Eyeshadow palettes -- BIG ONES
9. Eyeshadow palettes -- smaller ones, and some singles
10. new stuff
11. new stuff
12. new stuff, mainly skincare
And here some highlights and close ups - gorgeous stuff that I have accumulated over the years:
This is drawer No3 - all my high-end blushers and face powders. Dior, Chanel, Lancome, Guerlain, Cle De Peau, etc etc etc... it's probably a makeup lover's dream come true.
This is drawer No6 - all my lipsticks. Note that I only keep lipsticks that I am currently on my actual makeup table. A lot of shiseido, YSL, CHANEL and DIOR.
You might be wondering - one Brand is missing. Well, here they are:
All my NARS are here! They deserve a place all to themselves!
I also recently depotted my NARS blushers - esp those with sticky boxes. But I didn't depot my fave ones. I used the GHD (flat iron method). You can google or find YOUTUBE videos on how to do it. I used a MUFE palette to contain the depotted blushes. My next project is to depot my NARS eyeshadows..once I get some more palettes, I will do so. The flat iron method is surprisingly and amazingly quick and easy.
and what's on my actual table? My table is also an ALEX unit, with a 2 metre long table top. On the table are smaller drawer units that I keep smaller makeup items, such as concealers, most reached for lippies, eyeliners, brushes and watever that I am rotating. I am quite a messy person, so this area is usually messy... in keeping it all real, this is the current state. I did not try to tidy up when I took these pics (well, partly I was in a hurry to leave my house...). Most of the MUJI drawers are empty because of my re-organisation, yay!!!
All my eyeliners (again, the most used are in the glass cup up there) and currently I am loving this combination of MAC Face and Body Foundation with MAC Pro Longwear concealer. Awesome long lasting combination, and makes your skin look so naturally flawless.
These drawers here contain my makeup brushes.
Honestly I only use my RT brushes, and MAC brushes most of the time. I wash and go right back to using them. My brushes are mainly grouped by types of brushes, and a couple of these drawers are sorted by brands (esp all Hakuhodo, all RT, etc).
and here is where I keep my skincare and hairstuff on the other end of the table.
That's about the end of my makeup storage sharing..and let's get on to the other part of this entry - my yearly round up!
In 2014, I must say a huge thanks to everyone for your emails, messages and comments - all always so encouraging and friendly - honestly, this year has not been my greatest in terms of updating the blog. I am very grateful to have brands that keep working with me, and work with companies that still believe in me. I am so very thankful that I have faithful readers, who may not leave comments on my blog, but drop me an email from time to time to know they are still keeping up to date with me. I hope that I am able to update the blog regularly in the coming year... and try out more products to feature on the blog.
That being said, here are my 2014 blog highlights:
Featuring the new NARS Audacious lipsticks was epic - all 40 shades and this is one of the best lipstick formula on the market. They are creamy and intense.. just love them all around. Read all about them here. I must try to do more looks with my fave shades soon!
The new Urban Decay VICE 3 palette is stunning and very wearable. The eyeshadows are intense and fun!
Click here to see my looks:
Some of the best foundations
I have used this year are:
Lancôme Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation remains one of my most used foundations it is flawless and has a beautiful finish. I still reach for it on special ocassions and whenever I am not testing out new foundations.
Dior Star i
s indeed a star in my makeup collection. It is radiant, smooth and long lasting.
YSL Couture Palette in 02 is one of my fave eyeshadow palette - it is wearable and the quality is divine.
I also fell deeply in love with Shu Uemura Gangnam Pink and started a craze for it among my girlfriends who all got it themselves too.
Still on the lipstick front, I also discovered these affordable and gorgeous lipsticks from VDL!
Chanel La Flamboyante
is so amazing that I bought a back up.
and in other makeup mentions, I also love the new items I got this year but have not featured them on the blog
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow - I love both the bronzer and highlight shades and they are equally wearable on me. And whenever I wear this, I get compliments on how glowy pretty my skin looks.
In terms of eyeshadows, we welcome Inglot to Singapore at Wisma Atria. I also got to try out Makeup Geek eyeshadows this year, and I am quite impressed by them!
I am sure I have left out a few other mentions, but this year I also fell hard for MAC lipsticks - specifically the bold mattes and also a beautiful MLBB shade in Kinda Sexy. The formula is great and extremely long lasting. Some of the MAC mattes I have gotten this year include - Candy Yum Yum, Damn Glamorous, Relentlessly Red, Flat Out Fabulous, Lady Danger, No Faux Pau.. etc etc.
I want to do a bit more of personal reflection, but I have to rush out of the house now, but I will be updating this entry when I get home later!
(EDIT - CONTINUED]
Like I mentioned at the start of this entry, I haven't been the most on task when it comes to updating the blog. Many of you know I spent the year trying to be healthier and fitter, and I am pretty happy with how much progress I have achieved. I still have a bit to go, and I also must concentrate on maintaining my weight and all that. (read about my weight loss journey here) With that also meant that I revamped most of my wardrobe - and getting rid of lots of old clothes. Some were given away, some were put on sale on my carousel, etc etc... I would like to think that I have evolved my own personal style - #normcore being the keyword much as it is such a hipster wannabe term but anything that's black/ striped/ cool chic denim are now right up my alley, I love pieces that I can dress up or down, and pieces that all pretty much match one another. A Wildfox striped sweater can go with my ripped denim cut offs, and also match my black denim. or midi skirt, or pencil skirt etc etc. Suddenly shopping at Zara, COS and various places online became a lot more fun, and I was able to build up my wardrobe again. I look to style inspiration on instagram - it is much more interesting to see how people put their whole look together than seeing a feed full of pieces of makeup strewn/carefully placed in a picture. I want to see things/ products in actual context of how they are actually used.
You can see this is leading to my next point of reflection. I am so over the whole instagram/Pinterest trend of the 'art of arrangement' - of staging pics that look merely pretty, these pics tell me about the photographers' or rather art director's aesthetic sense, but NOT how practical and/or effective the products really are. To fight against this superficial trend in my own way, I try to showcase stuff on my IG and also on my blog about things that I am actually using and enjoying at the moment. #faceofthedaywithaface After all, I don't want to be guilty of being the person who posts only pretty makeup pics online and doesn't know what to do with them IRL. Let's keep it real, you know? Recent 'news' have marred the blogging community and throw up questions on credibility, and I personally believe that good content and credibilty takes time to develop and cannot always be measured by 'views', 'likes' and 'stats' - especially credibilty. Discerning audience these days appreciate genuinely good content, and not thinly veiled advertorial content which are a dime a dozen.
I had grand plans to revamp the blog and get my own domain etc etc at the end of 2014 (even spoke to my ex colleague who is a graphic designer and web builder person I think, with hopes to get him to help me) but those plans got shelved, because I guess when I start blogging more again, I will think about it. I don't think I will be able to increase my blogging schedule in the new year ahead (heavy work committments) but believe me, when I blog spam, I really mean it - ie sharing with you stuff that I really want to share, things that excite me, etc. And I guess that's really the best, isnt it? It is quite obvious when someone is truly excited and passionate about talking about something, as opposed to rushing to be the first to buy this or that or being obliged to feature something because he/she is 'contracted' to do so. I have always tried to keep my posts all very organic and true to my heart, and I hope that is something which resonates with all of you. As always, if you have any queries, questions on products, feel free to drop me a email, a message, if I have the information, I will definitely share with you.
Do check out my fellow like minded beauty blogging friends' 2014 round up entry - lots of beautiful pics and worthy reads.
> from Mabel aka SheShopsMakeup
> from Sara aka IcyAbstract
I definitely have a few outstanding reviews and some products that I want to showcase on the blog.. but when I settled into the new year, I will get through them gradually but surely.
Thank you once again for reading my little blogette, and may 2015 brings everyone lots of happy memories and success.