Thursday, 28 November 2013

My Favourite Sigma Brushes ♥

Don't own any Sigma brushes or don't know where to start? Hopefully I can help you here! 

Sigma Website
Hey musers!


Half of my brush collection is Sigma's. I really love their brushes (tbh so much better than Mac which is also more expensive). They last long, are reliable and good build and quality. (Click to go to the Sigma Website)

Here I'll be recommending the brushes that I think are the basic staples in any makeup lover's beginning collections. I'll also think of the more experienced brush musers and add a few professional brushes and quality kits that I think are amazing and you should definitely be considering trying.

Small (eye, concealer, lip) brushes first, then big (face) brushes. Let's start! ^___^*

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Skincare Products Without the Harsh Chemicals: Neutrogena Naturals ✓

Hey musers,


I'm the type of person who gets almost consumed by an idea or concept if I find something I love, am interested in, or am passionate about. I research into it like crazy, spend hours and hours reading and looking into it, gathering info, then share it out to those I love like no other. If you're into the 16 personalities thingamajig, you'll know what I'm talking about since I'm an INFP. lol! (If you want to know more about me, read about my personality type here)

So recently I've been becoming really aware of the dangers that we live with on a daily basis - the things that go into our foods (pesticides, GMOs), our water, our drinks, junk food, and of course, our skincare products.. just to name a few.

My 100th Video ❤ Sigma & LightintheBox.com Brush Kit Giveaways!

Hey musers,

How have you been? Long time no blog! (Promise more blogs and single product reviews are coming very soon, x)

So I'm sure most of you have already watched it, but just in case you haven't, a few days ago I put up my official 100th video! *celebrates*





Monday, 18 November 2013

A New Kind of Video: Draw Me Close To You (Cover)

Hey musers,

This is a very different kind of video from what we usually do. One day, this song came into my head and I felt that I needed to share it with you guys, even though we are not amazing singers. 

I don't know who it may be for, but if you are feeling alone, far from God, or going through a difficult period of your life, we hope this song will bless you.



Draw Me Close To You (Cover) ♥
Click above to watch on Youtube





Lyrics

Draw me close to You
Never let me go
I lay it all down again
To hear You say that I'm Your friend

You are my desire
No one else will do
'Cause nothing else could take Your place
To feel the warmth of Your embrace
Help me find the way
Bring me back to You

You're all I want
You're all I've ever needed
You're all I want
Help me know You are near 


"Come near to God and He will come near to you."
James 4:8

"..but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
John 4:14

"And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love."
Romans 8:38

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son
that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life."
John 3:16


God bless you~


All glory to God!
Love Jen & Will.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Peripera Wonder Lipsticks and Glosses Swatches & Review

Hey musers!


So I'm sure most of you have seen my EyeAmore Peripera Haul, Review & Lip Swatches video from last week. Or, at least, you've seen my behind-the-scenes blogpost of my photobooth selfies! lol well I thought it would be good to upload swatches for each of the products so you guys could see close up still photos to choose what you like for yourselves :)

  • 20% off code is MEEJMUSE : Enter in comments at checkout and you will receive the discount amount back into your account within 24 hours. Eye Amore apologises as the original 10% off code MJMUSE is down at the moment for some reason, so they adjusted it to 20% just for my subscribers! :)


If you haven't seen the video, here it is:




Now if you're not so familiar with the Korean Makeup Brand Peripera, they are owned by Clio Professional - another Korean makeup brand whose beauty ambassador is Lee Hyori. Clio has so many items that are my holy grail makeup faves, and Peripera's Cake Eyebrow Palette is also one of my eyebrow powder loves! So naturally I was drawn to these lippies:













I'll go through them one by one with my lip swatches for you.

Kim Tae Hee's Naturally Glamorous Makeup ♔ 김태희 세련된 화장법

Hey musers,

Firstly apologies for the late post. I know some of you have been waiting and searching and searching and waiting my blog to find the names of the products I used in the Kim Tae Hee Naturally Glamorous Makeup Tutorial. As some of you may know, I'm multitasking with a few different things in my life right now - still teaching at school as well as doing some freelance makeup and tutoring on the side. (The past few days have been hectic to say the least!) Sorry once again sweeties <3


Before I begin let me explain that I chose to go with an eyebrow shade that would be suitable for dark hair, since it was a Kim Tae Hee inspired makeup tutorial and she always has dark hair and brows, which is why I said "I'm going to ignore for a moment that my hair is brown"! I didn't want the tutorial to turn into something that looks more like a Tae Yeon inspired look, as if I did my brows normally to match my hair it would be a light brown. So please excuse the mismatch : ) Obviously when you guys do this look, you'll need to match the brows to your hair colour! hehe


The Look: Stills of the Tutorial








The Tutorial:

Kim Tae Hee's Naturally Glamorous Makeup ♔ 김태희 세련된 화장법, 
in case you haven't seen it:




Products & Tools Used (In Order of Appearance):


Nars Oil-Free Pro Prime Pore Refining Primer
Mac Cream Colour Base in Luna (Frost)
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Light 4 Deauville, using
- Sigma F60 Foundation Brush
Eyebrow Shaver (from a Korean store)
Magic Charming Painted Shadow Palette in 01 ($4.79) (for brows)
Ardell Clear Brow Sculpting Gel
L'oreal Perfect Match/True Match Concealer in Cream
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palettes eyeshadow in Venus, using
- Sigma E25 Blending Brush 
Revlon Custom Eyes Palette in 020 Naturally Glamorous, using
Hakuhodo G5513BkSl Eyeshadow Brush
Banila Co Eye Love Gel Eyeliner in Natural Black, using
- Sigma E11 Eyeliner Brush from the Performance Eye Kit
Mac Gold Mode Pigment, using
- Sigma E20 Pencil Brush
- Shiseido Eyelash Curler
Clio Twistup Curling Waterproof Fibre Mascara 
Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder in 22 Rose Clair, using
- Hakuhodo S100 Finishing Brush
Nars Deep Throat Blush, using
- Hakuhodo Yachiyo Brush
Peripera Wonder of Lips Lipstick in #7 Spring Pink
Peripera Wonder Kiss Gloss in #32 Snowy Violet, both available from Eye Amore (discount code to the right)
Banila Co it Shiny Shimmer Mist


Remember my discount codes are on the panel to the right!


Hope you enjoyed this look guys.


Love Jen xo



Monday, 11 November 2013

Mani Monday♥ Chanel Gondola

Hey musers,


Today's Mani Monday is dedicated to one of my favourite seasonal holiday colours. Everything about this polish makes me feel classy, sensual and groomed.


Introducing the beautiful Chanel le Vernis Nail Colour in #499 Gondola. 

Please excuse my messy job; I applied this as Cooper was flying around me.


On my nails: 1 coat of Sally Hansen's Complete Care 4-in-1 Treatment and 2 coats of Chanel Gondola

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Meej Muses┅ You Were Made For Greatness


Whether we are rich or poor, big or small, 'unknown' or famous.. we all have our good and bad days. It's called being human.

I know that some of you reading might not believe in God but I still wanted to share this little post because I believe it's something that is applicable to everyone.. This quote comes from a Christian place - believing God who created us, loves us, cares for us, and wants us to prosper; to be the head and not the tail, to be blessed in our coming and going in order that we be a blessing to others.


Have you ever thought about what life would be like where there is no hope for a better future? Even when we've had the crappiest day, the reason we keep going is because there's tomorrow. Because tomorrow might bring something better than today. Something greater.
Development.
Increase.
Improvement.
If you think about it, this is really what keeps our world turning. Just take a look at where humans have come from and where we are now. Haha.


So now here's a little muse from me to you..

If you're doubting or in a place of frailty. If you're feeling small or insignificant, or have failed at something recently that made you start comparing yourself with others around you.. If you haven't had a breakthrough in a certain area of your life, and you're starting to lose the strength to keep staying positive in your situation...  Just remember this one, beautiful word.



HOPE.
















Have faith for greater things in your future. Where you are now does not define what lies ahead of you.


You might think I'm weird.. but I'm just going to be honest with you guys here.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Behind-the-scenes! Sommin a lil fishy ;)


Hey musers,


So last night I filmed two videos.. yes TWO ;) Am I proud of myself? ohhhh yeah ^___^

Anywhos, thought I might post up a few not-so-professional looking photobooth selfies of the behind-the-scenes even before the videos go up! (An extremely belated October Favourites that you guys said was "never too late" for, and a Clio Peripera Wonder Lipsticks and Glosses Haul, Review and Swatches video! Really excited to show you guys this one!!)


Something was wrong with me and I was ultra hyper all day yesterday and I went into a little semi-cosplay-dressup-poser mode when the 3-2-1s went off.. so expect a little weirdness. :P



Notice anything fishy??? ;) ;)



Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Dami Im Grand Final X Factor Australia Makeup Tutorial




Hey musers,


So today I have for you an EXCITING makeup tutorial which I've been working on for the past week (phew!) and many of you guys already know what it is! Dami Im's makeup tutorial for her Grand Final Performances look, where she sang the likes of 'And I Am Telling You', 'Hero' and her new single 'Alive'! If y'all don't know her, you should check out her website or look her up on Youtube to watch her X Factor performances.

I was booting for Dami all the way through this Australian X Factor Season. She has exceptional talent and I get goosebumps listening to her. I can feel the anointing just flowing through her voice no matter what song she sings, and I absolutely loved how she gave glory to God when she was announced winner for 2013. She's also so incredibly humble and down to earth. So inspiring, right?




Well, in tribute to her, I couldn't help but make a tutorial based on one of her looks during the show. Martin Bray is an amazing makeup artist and I am a huge fan of his work! He created many fabulousss looks for all the contestants and yes, I did ask you guys to vote for which look I should recreate on my Facebook post and Instagram pic, but that was actually before the grand final took place! I HAD to choose her grand final makeup since it was such a key moment. Also because I think you guys all know I just love working with glitters and pigments! ^o^


  • FYI, Dami 언니 has monolids, but as you can see from the photos of the makeup on me (I have small double eyelids), this look goes perfect on all different kinds of lids! Dami onni has pretty small-ish eyes so I'm sure Martin Bray used all his expertise to flatter them in the best way possible through this makeup for her all-important Grand Final! Thus, if you have small eyes, you can trust that this might look pretty good on you, especially for prom, formals, or even dress up parties and fun girls' night outs!




Here's a screenshot of the look I attempted to recreate:


Throughout the night, as she sang each of her 3 songs, her lipstick
colour changed from nude to barbie pink to bright red.
I stuck with the first combination for my tutorial!

My recreation:





What do you guys think? ^_^:



Do you guys like it??! :) I hope you do!!
I actually went through quite a bit of trouble to try and find that black wig (and spent lots of $ on it! If you're in Sydney and wondering where I got it from - I bought it from 김선영미용실/Kim Sun Young Hair Dresser) ......and I'm just suddenly thinking whether or not I should post up a photo of oppa with it on.. HAHAHAHA OK he might kill me so maybe not :P But oh my goodness... Guys should all get long hair. They look so pretty! Hahaha


Sidetrack much?
Let's move on to the tutorial and product list!



THE TUTORIAL
Or click here to watch in High Definition on Youtube



Product List ♥   In Order of Appearance - Coupon Codes Below

P - Product  |  T - Tool 

P - Eyebrow Powder: Magic Charming Painted Shadow 01 from Light in the Box
P - MAC Paintpot in Soft Ochre
T - Sigma E21 Smudge Brush
P - MAC Showstopper Brown Eyeshadow
T - Sigma E55 Shading Brush
P - MAC Prized Eyeshadow
T - Sigma E25 Blending Brush
P - Nars Eyeshadow from Nars At First Sight Eye and Cheek Palette 
T - Shiseido Eyelash Curler
T - Sigma E56 Shader - Lid Brush
P - Napoleon Perdis Cake Eyeliner Sealer
P - Napoleon Perdis Loose Dust #21
P - Urban Decay Eyeshadow Base Primer Potion in Original
T - Sigma E46 Shader - Inner Corner Brush
P - Napoleon Perdis Loose Dust #39
P - Etude House BR402 Cafe Mocha 에뛰드 하우스 BR402 까페 모카
T - Sigma E21 Smudge Brush
P - Sigma Extended Wear Eyeliner in Boost (Black)
P - Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black
T - Sigma E30 Pencil Brush
P - MAC Cream Colour Base in Luna (Frost)
P - Elishacoy Always Tattoo Dual Eyeliner in Deep Brown
P - CLIO Professional Lash Style #4 Urban
P - Duo Waterproof Eyelash Adhesive  in Dark-Tone
P - Essence Lashes Go Wild Volume Mascara
P - Makeup Forever HD Foundation #120
P - Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Sand
T - Sigma P82 Precision Round Brush
T - Sigma F30 Large Powder Brush
P - Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder from Nars At First Sight Eye and Cheek Palette
T - Sigma P84 Precision Angled Brush
P - Mac Melba Blush from A Triumphant Blush Face Kit (my ultimate fave blush)
T - Hakuhodo Pointed Powder Blush Brush
P - Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle
P - Too Faced Naked Dolly Lipstick
P - Peripera Wonder of Lips #4 Soft Pink 페리페라 소프트 핑크
P - Cinema Secrets Moisture Spray



COUPON CODES  

Sigma Beauty Makeup, Makeup Brushes
Code: NOV2013 - 10% off for November

Light in the Box Makeup, Accessories, Clothes
Pinky Paradise Lenses, Circle Lenses
Code: meejmuse - Free animal lens case with each pair of lens purchased 

Abhair Hair Extensions, Weaves, Wigs
Code: Meej15 - 15% off
Code: LCOLOR/DCOLOR - free worldwide shipping


Wishtrend Korean Beauty Products 
Code: meejmuse5 - 5% off for orders over $20




BEHIND THE SCENES 

Drying the setting spray.. with Stalker Cooper #1

Side View
On the phone to my friend! Had a dinner to go to in 20 mins.
Needless to say I frantically took off the crazy makeup before heading out! Haha
Stalker Cooper #2
Getting maself organised yo
Stalker Cooper #3
Stalker Cooper #205

Hope you guys enjoyed this makeup tutorial!

Let me know your thoughts on it below. Will you be trying it out? 



Love Jen xo


Have any requests for any other future tutorials? Leave them in a comment below!