My Favourite Way of Applying Lipstick

Everybody has their own way of applying lipsticks. Do you apply lipsticks on your bottom lip first, or the top lip first? Do you use lip liner? Do you apply straight from the bullet, or do you prefer using a lip brush? There is no right or wrong, just a matter of personal preference and what you’re used to.

I am used to apply my lipstick on my top lip first but I do get better results when I apply it on the bottom lip first, then smack my lips together. Either way, I try to apply lipstick on my inner lips first, then rub my lips together to smudge it out. Then, with my ring finger, I’ll smudge the lipstick out further, to trace my lip line. That’s because I have uneven lips, and I find a blurred out effect is more forgiving. This is especially true when I apply bolder colours, which are usually more difficult to apply.

Picture below is taken from her instagram, and my favourite look is bottom right.



I have tried using lip liners before, but I just can’t get my lips to look balanced, so I usually end up just smudging them out. I like it because the look is more worn in and casual, less formal and dated, on me. The crisp line looks great on some and I envy those who can pull it off.

What is your way of wearing lipstick?


xoxo Lily



What’s In My Travel Vanity Bag

I came back from a short holiday a couple of weeks ago, and thought I’d show you what I took with me. We spent one week away from home, 5 days in Hong Kong. The weather there was mildly cool, not too dry, not too humid. In other words, it was the perfect weather. I knew we’d be out the whole day and there wouldn’t be time to touch up, so I kept my makeup minimal. We spent 2 whole days in Disneyland and the others just exploring. The next time we go back there, we’d want to visit the Ocean Park instead.

For skincare, I decanted some things into smaller travel sized bottles. I got them at Guardian pharmacy, but you can get them anywhere. They’re just little plastic tubs and bottles and even spray bottles. I decanted the cleanser and moisturizer, but brought the rest with me. As you can see, I brought the absolute minimal. Skipped serums but brought 2 sheet masks (and used just 1). Oh, I also transferred some of my shampoo into a smaller bottle because I can’t stand hotel shampoos. I thought I’d need a dry shampoo as well, and I saw this Percy & Reed 50ml bottle at Sephora. One word – FAIL. I should have just brought my Batiste even though it’s 200ml. This Percy & Reed dry shampoo does absolutely NOTHING to my greasy scalp. A waste of money and it cost more than the 200ml Batiste. Let me say it again¬†do not buy the Percy & Reed dry shampoo. It sucks.





For makeup, I wanted to bring something that’s easy to apply, without having to bring my brushes. I’m lazy like that. I hate to spend too much time in the morning putting on makeup when I want to be out the door and start exploring. The It Cosmetics CC Cream is really good. It does live up to the hype after all. I bought the shade Fair (hoping it wouldn’t be too light on my skin) and I’m glad. Light is a little too pink for me. ‘Fair’ tones down the redness on my skin and while it goes on lighter initially, it sinks into my skin and blends in beautifully. For blush, I’ve been loving this Canmake Cream Cheek. The one I have is a clear pink which goes on the skin translucent, making it look very natural. And of course, brow pencil is a must. I brought a pencil liner as well, but didn’t use it. For the lips, I have Bobbi Brown Nourishing Lip Color in Desert Rose which I bought at the airport duty free shop. It kept my lips moisturized and looking rosy at the same time. Bonus.





As always, I have the Biore makeup wipes with me because it’s small and compact. AND most importantly, it does its job well. Removes makeup without tugging. There are 10 sheets in this little travel size. I get air sick so I need my Novomin 30 minutes before boarding. I pop 2 pills and I’d be able to enjoy the flight. Otherwise, I’d feel nauseated and cranky and how can I take care of the kids if I couldn’t even take care of myself? Ah, not pictured here is a strip of Zyrtec which I keep in my wallet. My sensitive nose is unpredictable. It’s an antihistamine anyway and the kids can also have it if there’s any allergic reaction. Chloe gets rashes if she accidentally ate some shelled seafood and Ashlyn has a sensitive nose like me.

What about you? What do you pack for holidays? Are you a minimalist like me or do you grab everything?


Also, you guys know I’m a Kdrama addict, don’t you? You didn’t? Well, now you do. If you like it too, you gotta watch Goblin. It made me smile, cry and laugh out loud in one single episode. Now listening to the soundtrack as well.






xoxo Lily




Tip: Blemish Free Face Post Travel

I remember complaining that I always had a zit here and there after travelling. I always wondered why and I thought it might be due to the fact that my face was extra dirty from all the sight seeing and exploring. I went to Melbourne for 2 weeks and came back with a few big zits on my chin and nose. I went to Singapore and came back with more blackheads than ever. So I decided to experiment with my cleansing routine. I recently came back from Hong Kong, and my face DID NOT break out!


I was armed with 3 main things.

1. Simplicity РI only had a cleanser, toner and moisturiser (and of course sunscreen for the day)




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Dior Bonne Etoile: Look 2 (with Step by Step guide) Using Brown and Mint

As with all my other looks, this can be done using any of your own eye shadows. Here, I am using only 2 colours from the Dior Bonne Etoile eye palette, and that is the centre shade (brown) and the bottom right shade (seafoam green / mint). The seafoam green can be easily replaced with the bottom left shade which is the darker teal. I have tried both, and they are just as gorgeous! Below is the step by step guide, super easy to follow!


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Dior Bonne Etoile: Look 1 (with Step by Step tutorial)

There were some requests for a tutorial on how to use the Dior Bonne Etoile eye palette. I decided to do maybe 2 or 3 ways to wear this palette, because of the interesting colour combinations of this palette. Today, I will feature a very simple look for day time. If you don’t have this palette, you can use any silver/taupe, blue and brown.

For this look, I will be using 3 colours that cut diagonally from top right (silvery taupe) to centre (brown) to bottom left (dark bluish teal).


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