NEW Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Palette

Beauty, Makeup

Hey guys!

I have been using these 2 beauty items non stop for the past 3 weeks, since it got launched really. MUFE never compromises on the quality of their products so it wasn’t a huge surprise to me that I love the palette and lipstick so much!

I have been so busy with work so I couldn’t do a video on these sooner, but I’m so glad I got the day off from work so I could finally film a review and demonstration of how I use these babies.

The MUFE pro sculpting palette is so good, you dont even need a powder to set it if you have dry skin. I love the glow it gives (thanks to its brilliant highlighting cream) The only word of caution I have to give you is that if you use the same brush to apply the creams, make sure that you clean your brush off after each colour so that your contour does not end up looking muddy. I definitely recommend using the MUFE straight brush because it actually makes a hell of a difference when you use a brush.

As for the MUFE sculpting lip, I don’t quite get the whole concept of it because you could really just use a basic eyeshadow on your lip to create the same gradient effect… but what I love this lipstick for is its quality which is BOMB.

Thanks for reading and I hope you guys enjoy the demo video!

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Less is More

Beauty, Lookbook, Makeup

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This week’s post is another lookbook one but I’ll be throwing in a review on the Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate. Initially, I was just going to do a simple makeup review post but there was an unanticipated opportunity to get some pretty pictures taken when I met my bestie for lunch this afternoon. To cut a long story short, we dined at Stateland and were taken to the second floor because the first floor was full… and we basically had the entire second floor to ourselves for more than a full hour sooooo yeah this happened.

Don’t think I’m gonna talk about what I’m wearing because the outfit is pretty simple but I’ll state where I got the outfit from below if you’re interested to know anyway. What I do want to talk about is the new foundation that I had on for a grand total of TEN hours today. This foundation did. not. budge. I purchased it primarily because of the Sephora’s 20% sale in the weekend and had high expectations for it thanks to the countless dazzling blog reviews on it… but you know what – I didn’t love it. It did its job but somehow it just failed to wow me in terms of resulting appearance. It didn’t impress me like how a pricey luxury brand’s foundation really should.

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What I liked about Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate (shade – Honey Deep)

♥ Lasted ten hours on my face without necessity for a touch up (this came as a huge shocker – I personally have never encountered such longevity with other foundation brands)

♥ Very minimal oiliness / patchiness even after ten hours

♥ No skin reaction / allergy observed

♥ Extremely weightless – felt like I had no foundation on.

What I didn’t like so much

✘ Way too matte for my liking – I prefer a luminous effect that just looks healthier

✘ Precisely because its too matte, it basically looked like my skin. It was just weird and I felt like I could have completely done without it.

✘It does not photograph well – it oxidized to a shade darker than my skin colour (after merely an hour) that in turn caused the close-up pictures to appear dull and pretty much lifeless

✘Packaging wise, the bottle dispenses the foundation using a dropper – there is no pump. This can be messy and unhygienic to some but it doesn’t really matter that much to me.

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Left: Foundation freshly applied at 12pm; Right: Makeup with no touch up done throughout the day at 10.30pm. (no edits on both pictures)

Verdict: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation remains to be my HG foundation. I would recommend Re(Marc)able to people who put on foundation on a very regular basis because it is really lightweight and lasts all day… but I do think having a nice luminous effect is much more attractive especially since I personally put on foundation once or twice a week at max.

Alrighty – before I wrap this post up I feel obliged to explain why the title of this post is ‘Less is More’. I put on false eyelashes without the assistance of a MUA today and it was my first time doing so. In the process of applying the falsies I stupidly stabbed myself in the eye with the prickly lashes a few times. On top of that, I realized that I looked like crap with the falsies – it made my eyelids appear to be really droopy and I was constantly tearing and ruining the rest of my eye makeup. I mean okay let’s put it this way – if you already have enough lashes like me, don’t be greedy and slap on fake ones. It just looks really over the top and goodness its just too uncomfortable to be even legal. Maybe I’m wearing it wrong but either ways – I peeled them off and threw them away even though they are supposed to be reusable.

Tie Up Top / Topshop

Velvet Shorts / Topshop (old)

Sandals / Charles and Keith (old)

P.S. My scalp condition is gradually improving – no more visible rashes on my forehead/hairline but most of it remains hidden on my scalp itself. Fingers and toes crossed!

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Swinging With It

Beauty, Lookbook

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Hellooooo readers!

Before I begin my fashion ramble on the very many exciting things (no, not really) I have to say about my outfit of choice today, I have to tell you girls that I won’t be able to post many in-depth makeup reviews currently or in the near future. Reason being, I have somehow developed a horrible rash on my scalp which is growing out to visible areas on my hairline. I know. Horrible. Please don’t even start trying to imagine how it looks like underneath my handy little bandana. Just know that it’s not cute.

After sleepless nights of intense Googling, I have diagnosed myself with a mild case of Plague Psoriasis of the Scalp (totally should have got myself enrolled in medical school). (Warning: Do not Google this condition. Do not click on Google Images.) Such a rash is commonly induced by stress – not surprising, since I have done a heck lot of overthinking in recent months. Another reason why I’m not terribly astonished by this is because I have super sensitive skin so such skin problems occur from time to time. That being said, this is the first time I’m experiencing problems with my scalp. I mean my mane has always been my crowning glory – take for instance that fact that the most Googled search engine input with relation to me is “tatum angela beins hair” and “tatum angela beins hair real

Excuse me while I sob in hopeless despair.

The next booking of appointment with the National Skin Centre requires an approximate waiting period of 1.5 months. This means that I am looking at 1.5 months window of probability that this rash could quite possibly spread to my facial area which is going to kill what’s left of my sanity but HEY I GUESS I COULD WEAR LIKE A MASK IN CELEBRATION OF HALLOWEEN. EVERYDAY.

Now that I’m done with ranting on about my (superficial) issue, I will proceed to blog like a typical fashion/ beauty blogger who portrays herself as a picture of perfection without any knowledge or experience of barbarian-like problems such as having a skin rash.

Firstly, I would like to thank the 2100 readers who flocked to my page when I posted my interview with Singaporean MUA Roxanne last week. That was actually the first interview I have conducted for this blog… I most definitely did not anticipate such an overwhelming response. So yes, thank you for dropping by. I was even approached by 2 beauty website editors wanted me to contribute articles for their sites. Apparently they  found my article shared on Twitter (note: I do not have Twitter). This definitely has given me added motivation to keep posting whenever I can.

Oooook, I have nothing much to say about today’s outfit other than the fact that despite wearing so little, I still found myself perspiring like crazy. The white tasselled top was really fun to be photographed in though – I had to swing my torso roughly 7937 times to get that shot. No wonder I was perspiring. Oh oh oh and this pair of shorts – probably the most comfortable denim pair I currently own. It really isn’t easy to find comfortable denim shorts because it tends to ride up the crotch area when we sit or bend down. Ok wait I think I may be lying about it being super comfy because I do find myself having to adjust this pair when I’m seated for a long time. Still, it is reasonably comfortable.

Pardon my overly casual writing style today, I really needed an outlet to publically announce my scalp condition. I’m just so classy like that.

Till next week’s post!

Tassled Top / Topshop

Denim Shorts / Topshop

Crossed Bandana / H&M

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Earth Tones & a Convertible Dress

Beauty, Lookbook

Hola amigas!

Today I’m doing a lookbook post at a new location because I kinda got tired of the brickwall backdrop. I will definitely still be using it for future lookbook posts though! I’m featuring a lovely convertible resort dress in an earth tone grey shade so I picked a backdrop with lush greenery to match the theme.

This dress is specially imported from South Africa by my dear South African friend, Amorie, who is currently selling these pieces in Singapore. I have a huge thing for convertible dresses because it’s really up to your creativity to decide what kind of look you’re going for – super versatile. You basically could choose to play it down for a day at the beach, or glam it up for a polished evening look. The downside is that it really is just a piece of cloth so you’re gonna need to work hard to accessorize the outfit such that you don’t look like you’re wearing a blanket. What I like best about this dress (besides it being a convertible) is that the material is luxuriously soft to the touch and light-weight which makes it perfect for humid weather.

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As I was saying, I really wanted to bring some life to this dress so I unabashedly paired it with my gladiator sandals, a brown belt, a flash tattoo and chunky earrings. Truth be told, I really should avoid gladiator sandals  because they tend to make my chunky calves (grotesque result of my younger years spent on mindless netball training and running) appear really, well, chunky looking…ew. But, heck. These sandals are too pretty for me to skip on.

So the pictures turned out looking very Jungle Jane-ish… but hey its my first non-brickwall lookbook post so I guess it isn’t so bad for a change! Hahaha. As always, thanks for dropping by! Don’t forget to check out my friend’s little boutique ‘Mooi’ – you can click the link directly below.

Convertible Resort Dress / Mooi

Gladiator Sandals / Danity Roses

Chunky Earrings / Lovisa

Note: Photos edited with VSCO cam

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Making a Statement

Beauty, Lookbook

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Hola!

I’m back today with a fun lookbook post! Hurray! Those of you who have been to Singapore may be familiar with Singlish – a slightly modified version of English which Singaporeans use colloquially. I’ve always had a soft spot for Singlish despite being quite the Grammar Nazi. I find that Singlish is extremely unique and has been somewhat embedded in me. It makes me proud to be able to be distinguished on a foreign land by another fellow Singaporean merely from the way in which I speak.

Statement SG is a local t-shirt design company which incorporates Singlish in almost all of its t-shirt designs. The designs are mainly monochrome so as to draw attention to the statement itself. Today I wore “No lah, where got” on my tee which basically translates to “Oh, not really” (with a hint of embarrassment in tone) in proper English. So if, for example, someone tells you “Oh you look so pretty today”, you could reply “No lah, where got”.

Wearing this t-shirt today on the streets drew a fair amount of attention and many people flashed me cheeky smiles as signs of approval to my Singlish pride – if that makes any sense. The point is, I enjoyed wearing this statement tee very much!

Just to bring some life to the basic design of the t-shirt, I decided to pair it up with a structured striped skirt which instantly added a blast of cuteness. As if that wasn’t enough, I threw on some frilly pineapple socks because I thought my white wedges were just too boring and well, let’s just say ‘boring‘ was the last thing I wanted to be associated with today.

On a personal note, I have been finding myself strangely inclined to cats (kittens, mostly) of late. I have always been more of a dog person but recently, out of nowhere, I have developed a soft spot for cats. Hence, the random picture of my friendly neighbourhood cat. I’m pretty pleased with my cat picture and how I managed to blur the fencing to focus on the cat. DSLR ftw.

Statement Tee / StatementSG

Structured Skirt / Love, Bonito

Frilly Pineapple Socks / Cotton On

White Wedges / Charles and Keith

Striped Tumbler / Kate Spade New York

As always, thanks for thinking of me and dropping by!

P.S. I have decided to leave all of my lookbook pictures completely unedited so that there’s some kind of consistency to the picture quality and appearance.

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Muted Florals & a Cute Little Red Bag

Beauty, Lookbook

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Helloooooo my lovelies!

I’m finally doing my first lookbook post in almost 3 weeks! Today’s look is super laid back and comfy yet classy at the same time – a look that only a Miss Selfridge jumpsuit can pull off. I got this baby at almost 70% off at the Great Singapore Sale – how could I skip on such an amazing deal? Its material is thin enough to wear out on a summery hot day which is ideal for Singapore since well everyone knows is summer all year round here.

I really wanted to do a red lip, red bag and red heels matchy matchy kinda look today but my red heels broke 10 minutes after I put them on so I had no choice but to put on my white wedges instead. OH WELL! Thankfully, the white wedges don’t look that bad in this look. I decided to skip any neck accessories despite the super low neckline just to keep the outfit simpler.

You’d notice that there is zero editing done to any of the pictures… primarily because I just upgraded to a DSLR and I find that the picture quality is so good that editing just isn’t necessary. Props to my dad who was able to snap a few pictures despite it being his first time holding on to such a complex camera! Also, I don’t know why I look so sad in those pictures, that face just naturally comes to me when I feel tired and am just trying to act cool. Got to work on that face, really. Hahahahaha.

Ah ok also, I bet everyone is just like staring at how gross my roots look… I really wanted to grow out my roots for the first time in my life because I just refuse to put anymore dye in my hair. But looking at how terrible it is starting to look, I’m starting to reconsider. We’ll see!

Before I end this post, I’m going to blurt out something that I don’t reckon I should be saying… but I actually didn’t bother wearing a bra for this jumpsuit because I just didn’t feel like it. That’s a first for me. I don’t think anyone noticed so it’s all good. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. It’s just one of those materials and cuttings that you can get away with the whole #braless thingy, ya know. Ok I’m kind of embarrassed just typing that but heck it’s funny so I’ll say it.

Jumpsuit – Miss Selfridge

Wedges – Charles & Keith

Bag – Bonia

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Button Down Skirt Infatuation

Beauty, Lookbook

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Hellooooo all my favourite people whom I’ve never met!

I’m back at my ol’ brick wall (hope you guys aren’t sick of it because I plan on using it as a backdrop for a loooong time). I’m so excited about today’s dressup because I’m wearing my new milk chocolate velvet button down skirt for the first time! I’ve been dying to get this style of skirt since I saw it on WordPress a few weeks ago… and then I found it in Topshop! Whoop whoop!

If you haven’t already realized I’m literally a material kinda girl – in the sense that I reallyyyyyy look for good quality material – especially fun textures (velvet!). I tend to be rather mundane with my colour choices but I’m not gonna apologize for that because I try to make it up a good mix of accessories + textures. You may be glad to know my next lookbook post is going to be beyond crazy (i.e. not my style) and I’m kinda nervous about it hahaha.

So my dad was helping me taking pictures for like 60 seconds and it starting pouring like no tomorrow… which explains why there are fewer pictures than usual. Whoopsie.

Andddd nowwwwww… well today is 15th June (at least here in Singapore)… which means I’ll be announcing the winner for my first giveaway! No drumrolls needed because honestly what I did was to close my eyes, twirl my fingers round at the names of the bloggers who followed all of my requirements and then blindly placed my finger on the screen… and the name nearest to where my finger landed is…. Ryane from Ryane Zamora Beauty. Congrats, giiirl! I’m really glad you got selected because I know you’re still a student… and trust me, I know how hard it is to splurge on make up – I hardly had the chance to experiment with cosmetics when I was in University myself because of my earnings from my part time job went to books!! Ugh. Please drop me an email with your home address so I can get the parcel mailed to you ASAP! Really hope you enjoy it. 🙂

As always, thanks for reading!

Off Shoulder Top – Love, Bonito

Velvet Button Down Skirt – Topshop

Wedges – Charles & Keith

Headband – Lovisa

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Velvet Dreams

Beauty, Lookbook

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Good Monday chicaaasssss!

I’ve had this crimson velvet dress since forever… thrifted it at a flea in Melbourne a couple of years back. I never quite liked how loud it is. Today I decided that if you can’t tone down a striking dress, you should go all out to add to its appeal. So…I decided to jazz it up with a beaded head accessory and some laced up heels.

Today is a public holiday in Singapore – it’s Vesak Day… which is why I had the mood to get all dressed up and my cutie pie daddy was more than happy to snap a couple of shot for me. I really have to make sure he gets a fantastic Father’s Day treat this year because he really is such a patient and loving dad (especially when it comes to fulfilling his vainpot daughter’s requests)

Will be posting soon with a whole lot of new make up reviews – can’t wait! Till next time, girls.

Dress – Valley Girl

Head Beaded Accessory – Miss Selfridge

Laced up Heels – Charles & Keith

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200 Followers: 1st Giveaway! *CLOSED*

Beauty, Makeup

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Hi Lovelies!

I reached 200 followers yesterday which is a super big deal for me because WHAAAAT? I know, I know…there are soooo many bloggers out there with thousands and thousands of followers but I didn’t start out thinking that I’d even get 10 followers, plus I’m a total social media dummy so ya basically this is magic for me. I have decided to do my first giveaway to thank my awesome followers…and this giveaway is opened internationally because I literally have followers from all over the globe which is SO COOL. Here’s a breakdown of the items I will be giving away-

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♥ OPI Mini in Coca-Cola Red

♥ OPI Mini in Sorry I’m Fizzy Today

♥ OPI Mini in Mandarin Orange

♥ Etude House Play Nail 115 Pastel Glitter

♥ Benefit They’re Real! Remover (Travel size)

♥ Colourpop Shadow in Shop, Matte

I purchased an extra piece of this shade because its so wearable on a daily basis. It is a beautiful coral shade which is buildable depending on how deep you wish the colour to be. I have my own which I have been using so frequently that I knew I had to get another for a giveaway. Shop is definitely a basis Colourpop shade that every girl should have!

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♥ YSL Parisienne Body Lotion & Shower Gel Set

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♥ SCO Refining Face Scrub

This baby is used in luxury spas in Singapore and is worth USD 80. I received this from Cosmopolitan for a reader’s review but I have soooo many facial scrubs and I think it’s a pity for me to hold on to this since I know someone else would be so very excited to have this! Review here.

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♥ Handmade Crochet Bralette in Pastel Pink

I have this little instagram shop @loungebytatum which I created last year to sell handmade swimwear and loungewear. I have been inactive this entire year because I’ve sold out too many items to continue. This crochet bralette is from my instashop and its one of my top sellers because its super versatile and chic – can’t wait to find out who will be the owner of this lovely piece!

To be part of this giveaway, all you have to do is 3 little steps!

♥ Follow me on WordPress and Instagram @tbeins or Bloglovin (2 out 3 of these platforms would qualify!)

♥ Repost/share this post on your blog (to double your chances)

♥ Comment below to tell me what you’ve done already (followed/ reposted) and which item you’re most excited about in this giveaway!

This giveaway closes on June 14th, 2015 (Sunday). Good luck, girls!

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Monochroming in Comfort

Beauty, Lookbook

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Happy Sunday, amigos!

This set right here is my all time favourite and most worn weekend monochrome outfit. Its super comfy and fuss free for either a Sunday date or a mere errand day. I didn’t intend to take any lookbook shots today, but since I had my camera in my bag I thought why not?

Today, I jazzed up this simple outfit with a classic red lip which was made possible with Colourpop‘s amazing long lasting formula for their lippiesticks. I received my first Colourpop haul a few days back and will be sharing how I use my Colourpop eyeshadows, blushers and lippies soon. I also opted for my wedge booties to give this plain outfit more of an edge. This pair of awesome kicks is from Skechers… I used to love this brand so much and wearing this pair today made me realize that I really should wear it out more often!

Striped Cotton Tee – Cotton On

Velvet Black High-waisted Shorts – Topshop

Wedge Booties – Skechers

Tote Bag – H&M

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