Review: K’s Magic Lens

I was at Orchard Cineleisure the other day, and saw passed by the shop at  Level 2.  It’s been a while since I’ve worn colour contacts, and the amazing seller I was going to on Instagram has stopped her business. I was thinking of going to Freshlook or Acuve from any random optician, but decided to give this a go. It was a bit of a risk as there aren’t very many reviews online, and the shop doesn’t have photographs of what the lens look on the actual eye. The website does though, so you might want to check that out before buying anything. I find that the photographs aren’t the most helpful though, as the flash they use when taking those photographs make the lens look a lot more unnatural than they actually look in person.

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By the way, these are circle lens from Korea. Circle lens are really popular in Asia, which are contact lens that cover your iris, as well as the area outside of it. As a result, they make your eyes look larger. I’m not a fan of the too-big ones, and don’t get any beyond 14.5mm in diameter. (Click here if you want to read more about circle lens.)

The lens are between $40-$50 for a pair, which will last you six months. That’s quite pricey, especially since I paid $20 for the last pair I bought, and you can get much much cheaper online, but I figure I better not risk the eyes, right? They were having a promotion, any 2 lens for $80, so I bought two pairs of the $50 ones, Kakao Mint Ash and Kakao Gold. You can go for a monthly cleaning at the store, which is a great perk. Also, I like the contact lens cases you get with them, aren’t they cute? They come with a mirror and little tweezers. Continue reading

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Review: Sabbatical Beauty

Hello! It’s been a really long time since my last post. Today I want to finally get around to writing on Sabbatical Beauty, a skincare brand I’ve been in love with for the last six months. This is a long long long overdue post in which I will attempt to use as many adjectives as possible to describe my many feelings for Sabbatical Beauty. the tl;dr version of it is that while expensive, I’ve found that I’ve loved most things I’ve tried from the brand.

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First haul: Revive set, Shine Like A Diamond set, and a full-sized Marine serum

Does it work?
The short answer is: yes.

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iLights shoot

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Did makeup for this shoot all the way back in March, with Nahuey Photography and the beautiful Christina as the model. The photographer told me that he wanted something bohemian, so I did a light smoky eye and a washed up beach look. Lots of sea salt and wax in that hair!

In retrospect though, I would have styled it slightly differently. I’m thinking a more graphic kind of look, with slick black eyeliner, a dress with a more sculpted shape. Would definitely have been fun with the light exhibition going on at Marina Bay!

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Review: Hair Inc. @ Serangoon Village

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Repost from my Instagram as I basically wrote an essay on how much I love my hair, and it needs to be shared.

Because I do not talk about my hair nearly enough (even though every day I am a little more awed about its glory), here is a dedicated post on it.
So I went by Hair Inc a month ago looking for Jameson. I’d been stalking his Instagram feed since he joined @hairincsg, and it had been about three months since I’d had my hair done in the salon. In that period of time, I’d touched up my hair myself with Manic Panic dyes, and also had a friend bleach my roots at home. It did not end well, and my hair was left patchy looking; half my roots were bleached the colour of my scalp (I looked like I was balding) and the other half were still a dark brown. I needed professional help, desperately.
I basically told Jameson he could do whatever he wanted to my hair, as long as he fixed it. He told me that he was going to give an ombre – purple at the roots, red at the end – to solve the patchiness. He then mixed up the Pravana Vivids (which I had used back in September to get a glorious flaming red) with the new Pravana Black to get deep purples and reds.
Now, I’m not a stranger to gothic reds, but the Pravana Black left a kind of smokiness to the hair that was really different from the last few times I did dark red to my hair. I actually wasn’t entirely sure I liked it when I first got it done – I’m so used to vivid flaming scarlets. After a few washes, the complexity of the coloures used really started coming out and that was when I really started to love the piece of art that is my hair.
It’s been a month since my visit and this is how the colour looks right now. It went from a deep rich wine and burgundy to a dark amethyst and a rusty red. The Pravana Black adds a kind of smokiness to the colour so it doesn’t look like a washed out pastel, or faded hair that is in desperate need of a touch up (I’m very particular about the last part). Even my mother (who is not a fan of anything that is not brown or black hair) approves of this.
10/10 Hair Inc, I can’t wait for my next visit. This time, I’m thinking of a ruby red.

Also, if you’re interested, here’s the progression of my hair throughout the month:

Week 1 starts out a really dark deep colour. It wasn’t quite gothic, and was definitely more purple toned than the hair I’m used to.

 

In week 2 you can see how it’s faded out some. The roots are more purple than black now, and the red is becoming a bit more prominent.

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Week 3 and you see how the colours are more pastel than they are jewel-toned.

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And finally how it is now:

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Hair Inc has two branches, one in Serangoon Gardens and the other in Holland Village.

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Off-Duty

From the photoshoot earlier this week. WordPress’s photo grid function is pretty cool, I love how it arranged the photos!

Photography and edits by Sweetz Memoirs Photography
Makeup, modeling and styling by myself

Bottom from So Frocking Good
Brows: MAC Dipdown Fluidline, L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper in Medium Brown/Dark Brown
Base: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick #2.5,
Eyes: Urban Decay Snakebite, Urban Decay Chopper, Urban Decay Foxy, Etam Black liner, Benefit They’re Real! mascara, MAC Extended Play Gigablack Zoom Lashes
Cheeks: Benefit High Beam, Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick #5, Benefit Rockateur
Lips: Jordona Plush Plum Lip Liner, MAC Ruby Woo, MAC Living Legend, OCC Triptych Lip Tar
Finishing powder: Hourglass Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder

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20 Day Lipstick Challenge – Day 14 (photoshoot preview)

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Day 14 Ombre Lip: Jordona Plush Plum Easyliner, MAC Ruby Woo, MAC Living Legend, OCC Triptych Lip Tar

Posting this a little late, but I wore this on Tuesday, and did a shoot with it!
I’ve done a similar ombre lip before, only I think I used a black liner at the ends, then shaded it out to the dark purple, before the red and then the gold. I didn’t really trust myself to not ruin the makeup though, so this is what I got instead.

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#20daylipstickchallenge Day 13

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Day 13 Summer color: MAC CB96  
Given that I live in an island of perpetual hot sunny weather, you’d think it would be a little harder for me to pick out my perfect summer color. I was debating for a while about Happy Skin’s Summer Crush Shut Up and Kiss Me Lippie (which is another gorgeous shade that deserves a post all on its own) but then I realized I had to talk about MAC CB96 (I’ve even written a full review on it before).
From its tube, it looks like a scary bright vivid orange. However, being from MAC’s Frost line, it’s somewhat sheer, and the orange shade is lightened by the gorgeous gold frost in this (it’s such a pity that my camera doesn’t better capture the gold, but you can kind of see the gold highlight on my lip). This is one of those colors that will look very different from person to person, depending on how deep your natural lip color is (my lips are quite naturally red so it turns out quite a lovely coral).

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