It is National Lipstick Day

To celebrate National Lipstick Day, I’d like to share my ultimate lipsticks, Makeup Forever and Obssessive Compulsive Cosmetics lip tars. If you are ever going to get a lipstick, get yourself either or both! They are worth it. Color will last, trust me on this one. Lipstick can save the day and makes a gorgeous statement all on its own.

Shu Uemura Product Launch at ION

Last Friday I was invited to attend a Shu Uemura event at ION Mall AND thank God I got the call on Thursday afternoon! Shu Uemura is a Japanese brand I am not too familiar with, the only two items in my makeup bag from it, are the iconic lash curler (two of them, one for me and another for clients) and a brow pencil. Of course, it was a super exciting to learn about their latest foundation, lipsticks and in general what is happening from May forward. For a breakdown of the different foundations, check this page out.

I tested the new Shu Uemura Face Architect Fluid Foundation in 754 (Medium Beige), a creamy liquid foundation with a semi matte finish, if you like dewy not heavily matted finish, this is for you (I liked it lots, I don’t usually do matte). Coverage was good, texture and application of this foundation all can be done with a sponge (I prefer a foundation brush or my hands), color was a close match for my skin tone. The only thing with Shu Uemura is that there isn’t a huge range of shades for darker skin colors, as a makeup artist I always think about my clients and this is an area where there should be more options.

The other item I was able to take home (and try out at the event) is a new range of very creamy lipsticks called Rouge Unlimited in 741, I chose a nude shade for myself as I liked the idea of using it during the day and at night. The color glides on nicely and works wonderfully, not highly pigmented for my liking but nice enough for a touch up on the go. The new rouge unlimited range is available at all Shu Uemura beauty counters island wide from May 2012.

Starting in May in Singapore, Shu Uemura is starting a sampling campaign for its face architect smooth fit fluid foundation at all their counters. Coupled with color consultation from professional beauty stylists, women will be able to experience the foundation at a price of $65. One thing I always advice before buying foundation is to TRY IT OUT on your skin! Make sure you test the shade and sample in your neck area or chin, to ensure you choose the right color.

Thank you for inviting me Shu Uemura, there were lovely sweets, cake to take home and a nail bar all which I enjoyed immensely, hope to be able to attend more fun events in the near future.

Vanity Trove May Surprise

When I received my most recent box of beauty goodies, I was expecting the usual range of samples. Hello, I was in for a surprise, a really lovely one, indeed. The May edition of the Vanity Trove came with a nice selection of products, vouchers, the loveliest packaging ever AND two special gems I can’t wait to tell you about.

First a 100 ml bottle of Style Aromatherapy Moroccan Argan Hair Moisturizer – a leave-in product that can be used when you blow dry, use a curler or a straightening iron or on its own after a shampoo. Why Argan oil? This powerful ingredient has been used for centuries to strengthen and care for hair, skin and nails, it is rich in lineolic acid (Omega 6) , Omega 9, Vitamin E and Squalene. I used a tiny bit in my hand and applied it all over the ends as I blow-dried my hair, and the result was silky, beautiful styled locks with a heavenly scent to boot.

And for the most unique product ever, the Braphy lip gloss and plumper – comes with a LED light and side mirror. This lip gloss was shade #2, a pink extra shimmery shade, perfect for a night out in the town. When I was out on Sat night, everyone kept asking me where I got this super cool gloss. It is small enough to fit in a tiny purse and carry around with you.

And btw during the month of May for SGD $35, you can order your Mom a Spring Special Trove as a Mother’s Day gift!!! The Spring’s Special contains luxe limited edition trove with the finest beauty brands from France, and twice the value of the cost. This is an excellent and lovely present. For more info, go to Vanity Trove.

April Surprises


April is nearly over, so much happened I don’t even know where to start. Rewind to a year ago, when I was in London taking courses and recharging my creative battery. This year in April 2012, I am attending beauty events, doing creative tests, working on bridal jobs almost every weekend and attending to my editorial clients. Today I had a photoshoot with a regular client who requested a close up of very full lips for a cover – how over the moon is that? I mixed the best purple color I’ve ever done using the MUFE Flash palette and a bit of gloss. The face was prepped with moisturiser, lip balm and MUFE HD foundation. I can truly say I painted the best lip I’ve ever done! From time to time I’d go back to check the lines and make sure it looked perfect.

On Tuesday I was invited to the Makeup Forever Singapore blogger event – there will be amazing products in the pipeline for June (I will announce them then). Of course, I was delighted to go although Makeup Forever is not a new thing for me, it is a staple to my kit and where my training started professionally. It was lovely to see my makeup trainer Liza Haron speak to the audience and to personally understand from experience on set, how Makeup Forever foundations, blushers, primers and their latest HD products DO work.

New Work

Here is something a little different, I always wanted to do a casual Muslim-inspired fashion theme. It is classy, super elegant and modest all at once. Makeup by yours truly (Norah), styled beautifully by Nur Hanis, Valentina is modelling Meem Clothings and the image was captured by the talented Lin Safini. We travelled to a far and not very well-known location in Singapore, definitely worth the distance.

Loving this deep burgundy lips, inspired by the recent Gucci Milan Fashion Week look.

New Favourite Lip Balm Alert


My monthly Bella Box is always full of good products. For January I received the following BB cream from Dr Jart, a Lemon Towelette from Herban Essentials, Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel anti-aging treatments (whose brand and skincare Tweets I follow!), Belif Hydra Sebum Control Essence and MY NEW favourite lip balm by Pangea Organics in Italian Mandarin With Rose.

How do I love thee? First of all, the scent is mandarin flavored so immediately I was drawn to the citrus not the mention the soothing effect. Having just returned from a holiday in the sun, my lips were on the dry side, as soon as I started using this lip balm, I noticed a huge improvement. (Must be that super-restorative Tamanu Oil). Thank you Bella Box, like the OCC Lip Tars, I will be getting me some more Pangea Organics lip balm.

Love For Your Lips


In some parts of the world it is cold outside or perhaps like us over in Singapore, the heat never seems to stop, the sunrays are strong and sometimes our lips get dry and chapped. The horror.

Here is a tip, for flaky lips gently brush them with a dry toothbrush for a few seconds and use lip balm to restore moisture. I like fruit tasting lip balm like Japanese brand Lush Lip Service in Cocoa Butter or Korres Lip Butter, excellent moisture and protection against chapped lips.

If you have a bit more time, do a DYI brown sugar lip scrub! It is so easy and most of all cheap. Mix a little bit of olive oil and brown sugar together, rubbing gently and rinsing it out with some lukewarm water. Tap dry with some tissue paper and then apply some lip balm.