Our DIY Makeup Alternatives

It’s been quite a while since I’ve dedicated myself to wearing a full face of makeup. By that, I mean committing to the whole, foundation – powder – eyes – lips routine. I can’t even remember the last time I wore BB cream.

Well, to be honest, my BB cream/foundation supply has all run dry and truth be told, so has my very small student bank account.

To me, I believe that the best and most invaluable thing anyone should have in their beauty arsenal is healthy and happy skin.

I also refute the idea of spending $30 on foundation and another $20 on lipstick.

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Choosing the Right Brush

If you’re relatively new to makeup, you would know how overwhelming it is when purchasing new cosmetics and tools. There are hundreds of variations to a lipstick alone – matte, sheer, gloss, satin, and the list goes on and on.

On hindsight, it does seem a lot easier to purchase makeup as opposed to amassing a formidable makeup applicator set, because it solely lies on what kind of product you want and prefer. With brushes, it’s a lot about trial and error, finding out which type of brush or sponge works best for your product and your skin.

We figured that we should do a little research on understanding what types of brushes are available on the market, and which one is used for what to aid in your next shopping trip to Sephora.

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Powdered to Perfection: Choosing the Right Powder

Be it compact or loose, designer or drugstore, we’re almost certain every lady has a go-to powder in her makeup stash. These unsung heros are key in helping us avoid the unsightly post-lunch shine and aid in helping our foundation last longer. It’s also very rare for them to have a moment in the spotlight.

the beauty look book

However, with so many different types of powders available in the market, it’s hard to break down the labels and distinguish one from the other. Here’s a quick guide on choosing the right powder for the effect you want.

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Throwing Out Your Makeup

Whether you’re only into top of the range products or are a self-confessed Queen of the makeup aisle at your local drugstore, I believe that we can all agree that with makeup, it’s a lot of hits and misses. You either love it or loathe it.

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How to Work Prints

“Money talks. Style doesn’t has to.”

 Is your workwear looking even bleaker than your actual job? Perhaps it’s time for a style update.

SM_SuitMaker Printed Matter

Classic, formal menswear is simple and formulaic. You can never go wrong with a crisp, ironed-shirt paired with a matching tie and nicely fitted pair of pants. Heck, maybe even throw on a blazer.

No matter how cut and dried it is, the complexity in day-to-day menswear is in the little details. Most people can’t tell the difference between a plaid shirt from a checkered one, and most people don’t care. However, we’ve found that the people who pay closer attention to the finer details are always the ones that end up looking dapper, stealing the promotion you wanted and perhaps even leaving with the girl.

Now we’ll never tell, but here are some prints, patterns, tips and tricks to updating and reinventing your wardrobe and work towards being the dapper gentleman that you are.

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Redy or Not

When in doubt, wear red.

- Bill Blass

The Lunar New Year is fast approaching, and we sure hope you’re prepared to usher in another auspicious year ahead. Between busy schedules and a long list of things to prep for the occasion, it’s totally forgivable if you chose to skip out on purchasing new clothes for the new year.


While dressing in red for the new year might have been the longstanding tradition for most families during this festive season, some of us might have outgrown the tradition of wearing and purchasing new red garments, either for practical reasons or fear of looking a little too over-excited.

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Lifestyle of the Broke and Beautiful

“And now, I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.”

― Lady Gaga


Sometimes life just isn’t as smooth sailing as it should be.

Often times, your overdue bills, delayed paychecks, project deadlines and severely worn-down, blister-inducing shoes demands your attention all at once and you have to cut back on your time and money.

Going through the week with a tiny pocket, clinging on to any extra nap time with projects on the side is definitely a scenario I’ve been through one too many times than I’d actually like to admit.

Cutting back is not fun, but it surely gave me an opportunity to get crafty and actually force me to be a smarter consumer.

From my own experience, here are some of the things I have coveted, discovered and fell in love with on one of my many penny-pinching, deadline-dreading days.


Budget Roundup
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Eva Mendes spills sexy secrets

by Laetitia Wong 


She’s 41, but yet the gorgeous Hollywood actress slash mother of baby Esmeralda (with hunk Ryan Gosling) did not shy away from her very first Facebook Q&A, where she was asked a torrential of beauty and style questions about how she’s sustained her old-Hollywood glam look and keeping her face fresh and youthful. Not only does the starlet abide by the oldie but goodie ‘less is more’ motto, she owns her own shoe and clothing line at New York & Company, and has even confessed to being hit by the vintage bug – Be it from the Salvation Army or from Goodwill, she’s your girl.

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