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    is a virtual space where Liyana Aris documents her evolving modest personal style, which is based on the art of looking casually stylish while still remaining modest and doing it all on a budget; about 93% of her closet are filled with affordable things. (PS: The remaining 7% has a lot to do with her secret addiction to Adidas shoes and her occasional splurges on discounted high-end bags and clutches, shhh.) [+]
    31.1.12 .

    This palette from The Balm is one of the birthday presents i got from Shah this year (thanks Bengbeng!).

    I do love matte neutrals, whereas this palette has a variety of NINE matte colours. I'm still getting used to the idea of warm and cool colours, but i have to say these are mostly, if not all, quite cool. My skin tone is quite warm so i've always preferred warmer colours. But i'm a sucker for The Balm. This seems to be one of their hottest products now - aside from Nude'tude of course, which was also one of my presents!



    I was torn between Shady Lady Vol. 3 and this one at the time. In the end, the payer won. I don't blame my husband for being put off by the bright colours of Shady Lady Vol. 3, but who's to say i won't get my hands on them in the future?

    I did some playing around with the palette recently. I'm not loving the look i came up with, to be honest, i considered not writing a post about it. But at the end of the day, i want to share the feel of the palette. If you have some pink to your skin, the colours might look better on you. For example, Jealous Jordana looks much better on me than Matt Schilling. But it was fun to play around with Meet Matt(e) all the same!



    1. After foundation and prepping your lids, apply Matt Smith all over your lids, up to your browbone.



    2. Tilt your head backwards while looking into the mirror to find your eye socket. Instead of applying a colour right into the hollow, i applied it higher up on the browbone so that when you look straight ahead, the colour is very much visible. Use Matt Ramirez here.





    3. Then pack some Matt Gallagher onto the lids. Don't overlap the Matt Ramirez.




    4. Highlight the browbone with Sassy from the Nude'tude palette. I used Sassy because Meet Matt(e) has no suitable highlight colour for me and also because i want to add a little bit of shimmer onto my eyes.




    5. I just got this Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in Jungle Green, which i really wanted to try out. Since this was going onto my waterline, i wanted to shade in a similar colour on my lower lashline.



    The closest colours to it from Meet Matt(e) are Matt Horowitz and Matt Schilling, so i just used both! First i shaded in Matt Schilling in the inner corner, going about a half in.




    Then Matt Horowitz went to the outer half. Blend in with Matt Schilling as well.




    6. Line the waterline with Jungle Green.




    7. Apply concealer under the eyes.



    8. With a flat brush, i picked up more of Matt Horowitz and extend the line from the lower lashline to my crease, just to dramatize the look a little.




    9. Colour in your eyebrows with a brown shadow.



    10. Line your top lashline with a brown gel liner - i felt like black would be too harsh. I used Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Brown and utilized the brush it came with.




    11. Put some mascara on.



    12. Counteract all the cool tones on your eyes with a warmer colour on the cheeks. I used Majolica Majorca Puff de Cheeks in CR302.



    13. Now for the lips - i wanted to make use of my new Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner Definer in Eastend Snob so that went on my lips first, at first as a liner then used to fill in my entire lips.



    Next went on Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Rose Velvet.



    My lips are so easily dried these days, so gloss is a must! I'm really loving my latest lipgloss from Stage, their Wondergloss Lipgloss in Persephone. It's a bright, slightly shimmery deep baby pink. Here i just tinted my lips with it, just enough to cover my lips in a thin layer.



    Now it's done!



    More photos:


























    The products i used:



    Face
    - Inglot Under Makeup Base
    - Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Early Tan and Toast
    - Revlon Two Way Powder Foundation in Medium Beige + Rich Ginger
    - Majolica Majorca Puff de Cheeks CR302
    - Stage Picture Perfect Liquid Camouflage in Temptress Empress + MAC lipstick in Morange (for undereye circles)

    Eyes
    - Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
    - The Balm Meet Matt(e)
    - The Balm Nude'tude
    - Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil 031 Jungle Green
    - Stage Lash Curler
    - Maybelline Long Extreme Stiletto Waterproof in Black

    Eyebrows
    - Elianto Eyebrow Brush
    - Revlon Matte Eye Shadow 009 Rich Sable

    Lips
    - Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner Definer 063 Eastend Snob
    - Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Rose Velvet
    - Stage Wondergloss Lipgloss 16 Persephone

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    31.1.12 .

    This palette from The Balm is one of the birthday presents i got from Shah this year (thanks Bengbeng!).

    I do love matte neutrals, whereas this palette has a variety of NINE matte colours. I'm still getting used to the idea of warm and cool colours, but i have to say these are mostly, if not all, quite cool. My skin tone is quite warm so i've always preferred warmer colours. But i'm a sucker for The Balm. This seems to be one of their hottest products now - aside from Nude'tude of course, which was also one of my presents!



    I was torn between Shady Lady Vol. 3 and this one at the time. In the end, the payer won. I don't blame my husband for being put off by the bright colours of Shady Lady Vol. 3, but who's to say i won't get my hands on them in the future?

    I did some playing around with the palette recently. I'm not loving the look i came up with, to be honest, i considered not writing a post about it. But at the end of the day, i want to share the feel of the palette. If you have some pink to your skin, the colours might look better on you. For example, Jealous Jordana looks much better on me than Matt Schilling. But it was fun to play around with Meet Matt(e) all the same!



    1. After foundation and prepping your lids, apply Matt Smith all over your lids, up to your browbone.



    2. Tilt your head backwards while looking into the mirror to find your eye socket. Instead of applying a colour right into the hollow, i applied it higher up on the browbone so that when you look straight ahead, the colour is very much visible. Use Matt Ramirez here.





    3. Then pack some Matt Gallagher onto the lids. Don't overlap the Matt Ramirez.




    4. Highlight the browbone with Sassy from the Nude'tude palette. I used Sassy because Meet Matt(e) has no suitable highlight colour for me and also because i want to add a little bit of shimmer onto my eyes.




    5. I just got this Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in Jungle Green, which i really wanted to try out. Since this was going onto my waterline, i wanted to shade in a similar colour on my lower lashline.



    The closest colours to it from Meet Matt(e) are Matt Horowitz and Matt Schilling, so i just used both! First i shaded in Matt Schilling in the inner corner, going about a half in.




    Then Matt Horowitz went to the outer half. Blend in with Matt Schilling as well.




    6. Line the waterline with Jungle Green.




    7. Apply concealer under the eyes.



    8. With a flat brush, i picked up more of Matt Horowitz and extend the line from the lower lashline to my crease, just to dramatize the look a little.




    9. Colour in your eyebrows with a brown shadow.



    10. Line your top lashline with a brown gel liner - i felt like black would be too harsh. I used Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Brown and utilized the brush it came with.




    11. Put some mascara on.



    12. Counteract all the cool tones on your eyes with a warmer colour on the cheeks. I used Majolica Majorca Puff de Cheeks in CR302.



    13. Now for the lips - i wanted to make use of my new Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner Definer in Eastend Snob so that went on my lips first, at first as a liner then used to fill in my entire lips.



    Next went on Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Rose Velvet.



    My lips are so easily dried these days, so gloss is a must! I'm really loving my latest lipgloss from Stage, their Wondergloss Lipgloss in Persephone. It's a bright, slightly shimmery deep baby pink. Here i just tinted my lips with it, just enough to cover my lips in a thin layer.



    Now it's done!



    More photos:


























    The products i used:



    Face
    - Inglot Under Makeup Base
    - Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Early Tan and Toast
    - Revlon Two Way Powder Foundation in Medium Beige + Rich Ginger
    - Majolica Majorca Puff de Cheeks CR302
    - Stage Picture Perfect Liquid Camouflage in Temptress Empress + MAC lipstick in Morange (for undereye circles)

    Eyes
    - Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
    - The Balm Meet Matt(e)
    - The Balm Nude'tude
    - Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil 031 Jungle Green
    - Stage Lash Curler
    - Maybelline Long Extreme Stiletto Waterproof in Black

    Eyebrows
    - Elianto Eyebrow Brush
    - Revlon Matte Eye Shadow 009 Rich Sable

    Lips
    - Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner Definer 063 Eastend Snob
    - Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Rose Velvet
    - Stage Wondergloss Lipgloss 16 Persephone
    18.1.12 .

    Face Brushes

    Elianto Face Brush











    I got this in the first kit i ever bought. This brush is meant for applying powder, but i prefer to use it for applying blusher instead. I would just dip this brush in a pot of blusher and swirl it on the apple of my cheeks.

    Elianto Blusher Brush (in black)











    I use this brush for applying powder instead of blush. I like the slanted surface because it allows me to really get into the corners of my nose and eyes, and i feel like it gives me more control somehow. Elianto brushes are actually soft and good for their low prices so i'm glad i turned to Elianto for my first brush kit.

    Elianto Blusher Brush (in red)











    I think this is the same exact model as the brush above, but the black one is no longer included in their website, so i guess for some reason they've changed the hair colour...?











    I did not get this one in the same kit. I did buy this a short while after i got the kit though. I switched the purposes of the powder and blusher brush from the kit but after a while i discovered that i would need an angled brush to apply blusher along and above my cheekbones for when i want the "contoured" look rather than the "blushed" look. So i went back to Elianto and bought this brush, and i'm glad i did. Once in a while i do use this on the apple of my cheeks too as it's versatile that way, so it's definitely a good brush to have. Which i guess it's why i have two of them in my kit now.

    Makeupgeek Angled Contour Brush











    I had intended to purchase only three brushes from Makeupgeek.com but when it comes to purchasing makeup, it's rare your intention matches your result, somehow... This was one of the two brushes that i didn't think of buying, yet when i went to the site, i was immediately attracted to this brush, mainly because i had just gotten a bronzer from The Balm. Sure, i could've just used my red blusher brush, but i got hooked to the idea of having a brush just to apply my amazing new bronzer. And i am glad i got this because it does its job well. It's quite stiff, making it's useful for a very defined contour. If however you want a softer contoured look, you might need a kabuki brush or any big brush to blend your bronzer out.

    Revlon Face Brush












    I got this for free from a very nice sales lady at Guardian pharmacy when i purchased all five shades of Revlon Colorstay foundation there (why i bought all five requires a different post). It appears big but since there are actually not that many hair on this, it's not bushy at all. The brush is very flexible too. I love the feel of this brush, but i HATE the smell! It reminds me of horses or something. The first thought i had when i noticed the smell was "Did they use a horse's hair to make this???" but this is still a mystery to me. I still keep this around though. As soon as i manage to make the smell disappear, i would be more than glad to use this to apply powder. It's so soft, so it stinks (literally too!) to not be able to use this as much as i'd like to!

    Eyebrow Brush

    Elianto Eyebrow Brush











    I never really used to use this which was why i never really took great care in it. An action i regret now, as both sides have gone a bit wonky. But it's still very much usable, and i use it all the time now whenever i apply makeup. My eyebrows don't really need any filling in, so i would usually just use this to comb the hair of my eyebrows and i would be done. I use the softer side for my eyebrows and the sturdy side to comb out my eyelashes whenever they clump after they have mascara applied on them. I would use it on my eyelashes with great care though, the thought of poking my eye out with it is horrendous. But i was delighted to see one of the Pixiwoo sisters doing the exact same thing on her eyelashes.

    Lip Brush

    Revlon Lip Brush













    Another free brush from the nice sales lady! I don't always use a lipstick brush, usually it's straight from the tube for me. A brush however is always handy when i've rounded up the top of my lipstick, making it difficult to colour the upper lip. It's also useful to use a brush for a bright-lip look, especially when it comes to red and dark colours. This brush is a bit too small though, but it does its job well even though it takes a longer time to fill in the entire lips. I would probably shop around for a bigger and better lip brush in the future.



    So all these brushes in part I, II and III are all the brushes that i reach for the most and have been in my kit for a while. I'm not looking around for any new brush currently (and not yet anyway), but i am on the lookout for one of those good makeup brushes belt thingies to fit in all of them! Here's to hoping i find a good and affordable one soon.
    16.1.12 .

    Eye Brushes

    Inglot 31T angled liner brush/eyebrow brush












    This brush is very thin, quite slanted and pretty stiff. I use this brush to fill in my eyebrows more often than as a liner brush, but it does a great job at both. I also really like the fact that the brush is bright orange, actually, it makes it easier to control how much product i'm picking up, and easy to see if i've cleaned the brush properly. I just make sure it's all nice and orange again.

    MAC 209 eyeliner brush












    I went to MAC in my early days of makeup-loving discovery, and with my limited knowledge of brushes, i asked one of the assistants there for an eyeliner brush. She gave me this and i purchase it without another question. I won't say it's a big mistake, but if i had known what i know now then, i wouldn't have purchased this brush, especially when you take how much i paid for it into consideration. I'm not a big fan of its thickness, and the tapered end doesn't help either. OK i'll be completely honest, i have never used this for eyeliner purposes. The only times i reach for this brush is when i want to add some highlight colour on the inside corner of my eyes. I should probably try this out for its purpose and not judge it too soon (even though i've had this the longest, probably!). And i might just do that soon, i haven't cracked open my brown gel liner from Maybelline.

    Inglot 8OHP













    I don't quite know what kind of brush this is. I was contemplating to buy MAC 219, but purchased this instead when i saw this at Inglot on the same day. I thought they looked similar and i was all about saving up on that day. This brush definitely does not suppress my want for a MAC 219. I rarely use this brush, but when i do use it, it's to apply shadow right in the crease, if i want a really distinct crease-shadow, or to smudge liners. I do think 219 would do a better job at doing those, though. Plus this brush is pretty stiff, and a 219 would feel better on the lids, i'm sure.

    Elianto sponge brush












    I got this in my first ever brush set, bought from Elianto. Another brush that i rarely use, but i find it useful to apply the less pigmented eyeshadows. Eyeshadows stick to sponge more than the hairs - synthetic or not - it seems, but the downside of using sponge applicators to me is i find it hard to spread and blend the colour around. But a handy thing to have in my kit, for sure.

    Concealer Brushes

    Flat concealer brush













    I have no idea what is the name of this brush. It looks like it's written "Aqesia" there, but, i really don't know. I purchased this brush from Sasa, way before i had my MAC 239 and my MUG Eye Shader Brush, with the intention of using it to apply eyeshadows. Unfortunately, the hair on this does a terrible job at that. It's somewhat slippery, making it hard for eyeshadows to stick to. Fortunately i discovered that it does a fantastic job for patting concealer under my eyes right on my very dark and sunken half-circles. I also really like the fact that it's thin from the sides and the slight tapering at the top is great for reaching corners too.

    Elianto medium-sized angled brush












    I call this "medium-sized" because i have the smaller version of this from Elianto as well, all from the same first kit. This is too big for me to use to apply eyeshadow, so i use it for concealing instead. Not to apply, but to buff out the concealer after tapping it underneath my eyes. It's soft enough for blending and the fact that it's angled helps too. The smaller version meanwhile is too small, with the hair being too thin, making it pokey somehow.

    Ecotools Concealer Brush













    I already had brushes that i use for applying and blending out concealers, but i couldn't help but grab this when i saw that one of the beauty stores here sell the Ecotools range. I was tempted to buy the foundation brush as well, but i thought i should give this one a try before getting their other brushes. But this huge chunky brush for concealing? Does not work for me. I love the look of the brush, i love the sleek wooden handle, the soft brush, but the size is just too much for concealing, for me at least. I very rarely use this brush, and i have to admit, i'm amazed that this brush gets such a high rating on Makeupalley. But it is very possible that i just haven't discovered its full use.

    The last post on my brushes collection coming soon!