It’s my Big Sister’s birthday today!

 I thought I’d put together a make up look inspired by Livia; the lovely, creative mind behind this blog. My sister is my favourite beauty guru. I look up to her for beauty and fashion tips. But she's also like a second mommy to me, and I always take her advice in to consideration. I am very proud of what she has achieved and I am proud to call her my sister.

Ate*, this is for you. 

"Pink blush and Coral lipstick"
Concealer: MAC Select Moisturecover NC30
Highlight: Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer no. 01 Light Beige
Contour: Sleek Suede Effect Pressed Powder no. 04
Liquid Foundation: MAC Studio Sculpt NC35

Eyebrows: Etude House Easy Brow Pencil
Lid: Revlon Colorstay Quad in Attitude - Lightest Matte
Crease: Revlon Colorstay Quad in Attitude - Darkest Matte
Eyeliner: NYX Super Fat Eye Marker
Mascara: Maybelline The Rocket Mascara
Outer Eye False Eyelashes

Finishing Foundation: MAC Lightful NC35
Blush: Sleek Pixie
Lipstick: Bobby Brown Soft Coral

Key ingredients to the Livia Look:
Coral and rosy shades: They suit her skin color really well and they give her that sweet and innocent look
Highlight waterline and inner eye corners: They illuminate your eyes
All of these tricks contribute to the coveted “Livia Glow” that reflects her sweet and bright personality. 

To my best girlfriend, Happy Birthday! I wish you all the best ate*. And I Hope you (and our readers) enjoyed this post! 

*Filipino word for big sister; pronounced: Ah-teh

If you've got a question or an opinion on this, leave a comment at the bottom of this post! 

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Look: The Livia (Surprise Post!)

E.L.F. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette NYC Review, Swatches
E.L.F. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette in NYC Review, Swatches

Would you believe it that after all of these years in the beauty blogging industry I have just had my first encounter with E.L.F.? I am so excited to share with you my first ever product from this line, its the E.L.F. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette in NYC.


E.L.F. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette NYC Review, Swatches!

Sleek Makeup Blush By 3 in Lace Review, Swatches
Sleek Makeup Blush By 3 in Lace

For such a beautiful blush trio from the drugstore I believe Sleek Makeup Blush by 3 in Lace needs much more recognition in the beauty world. Among all the Blush By 3 trios, I believe Lace is perhaps the prettiest of them although I may be a little biased for my love of corals and peaches.


Sleek Makeup Blush By 3 in Lace Review, Swatches!

I believe a good night cream is important to keep your skin in tip top shape to restore your skin to a fab state to take you through the next day. After having recently been through my old favourite night cream, I decided to try Eucerin Even Brighter Pigment Reducing Night Cream. I've been using this for a couple of weeks so far and here are my thoughts.


Eucerin Even Brighter Pigment Reducing Night Cream Review!

Glamour Beauty Box Latest In Beauty Review
Glamour Beauty Box Latest In Beauty Review

The thing about beauty boxes as often the contents can be a hit and miss. I used to be subscribed to one a while back but decided to discontinue as I didn't feel as though I had much use of the products I received. That's not the case with The Latest in Beauty: Summer Beauty Edit however, I am thoroughly impressed with most if not all the products in this set. These products were picked in a collaboration with Glamour Magazine so its no wonder these are all pretty good. Let's get started on the initial impressions shall we?


Latest in Beauty: The Summer Beauty Edit with Glamour Mag!

MAC Pink Cult Blush, MAC Shell Cream Colour Base, MAC Siss Lipstick, MAC Oak Lip Pencil
MAC Artificially Wild Collection Look

Hi Dolls, I'm excited to share with you this look I pulled together using products from the upcoming MAC Artificially Wild Collection for Autumn 2014. 90's nudes have made a comeback this year and so have some legendary shades from MAC. To find out what products I used for this look, keep reading! 


LOTD: 90's Nudes with MAC Artificially Wild Collection

Are you having trouble getting a tan? Well, you're in luck! Here are a couple of tan-tastic nail polishes from Models Own that really accentuate any smidgen of colour to create a faux-glow.


Models Own Polish For Tans in Shades & Beach Bag Swatches!

Here is this week's beauty edit that is a little bit different from the usual as I have included some inspirational yet light-hearted reading material that I have enjoyed on the commute to and from work this week. I've also enjoyed new face bases and a light rose gold coloured highlighter to adorn my cheekbones for that Victoria's Secret glow.


The Weekly Makeup Edit #05

ARgENTUM Apothecary La Potion Infinie Review

Argentum Apothecary La Potion Infinie is a luxury facial moisturiser with anti-ageing properties ie. firming, tightening, hydrating.


Cult Fave: ARgENTUM Apothecary La Potion Infinie

Charlotte Tilbury Moon Beach Beachstick, MAC Copperthorn Fluidline FOTD, swatches

A look featuring all my favourite makeup at the moment from Charlotte Tilbury's Beachsticks to my top picks from the new MAC Moody Blooms Collection.


LOTD: Rose Gold Eyes and a Peachy Glow

MAC Copperthorn Fluidline, MAC Deep Fixation Eyeshadow Swatches, Haul, Review Swatches

The MAC Moody Blooms Collection is new to July 2014 with its floral inspired colours with colourful eyeshadows and bright lips. For my haul however I've stuck to the colours I would likely wear. One in particular took my breath away... have a look!


MAC Moody Blooms Collection Haul & Swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Moonbeach Beach Stick, Coachella Coral Lipstick, Champagne Diamonds Eye Pencil

Simply irresistible.

I visited the Charlotte Tilbury stall at Selfridges again to have a snoop and eventually picked up a few goodies for myself. I was in a good mood and decided to give myself another treat. Thanks to the very talented enabling MUA @PhilippaLouise1, we picked out a few products to suit my NC30 Oriental skintone. I got a few sticks: lipstick, beach stick and eyeshadow stick.


A Peachy Charlotte Tilbury Haul- with Beach Sticks!!

There are three main criteria for makeup on the go: portability, ease of use, and multitasking. Well there's also a fourth - it has to make you look good. Here are a few beauty tips and tricks I would recommend if you're the type of gal who would rather take the time to sleep and slap on your face on the commute to work be it train tram or tube... Not speaking from experience, of course...

1.) Foundation - Pick a formula that is easy to apply with the fingers. Or better yet if you're the lucky gal to have more good skin days than bad, take with you a concealer to dab on only on problem areas. For on the go I recommend wand products that allow controlled spot applications but can double up as foundations such as MAC Mineralize concealer or NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I would apply this on the eye bags spots, around my nose and mouth, and blend with the fingers.

2.) Powder - I'm one of those believers in setting my face base with powder. I don't touch up during the day so powder is a must for me. There is no trick around this - I take powder on one hand and a brush (preferably a stippling brush) on the other. The powder has to be pressed powder though - you don't want loose powder puffing up in smoke on the other passengers!

3.) Lips and cheeks - opt for multitasking cream products with pops of colour. For easy finger applications I would pick creamy but solid formulas. Mac Cream Colour Bases and NARS Multiples are fabulous for this. The new YSL Kiss and Blush are also good alternatives.

4.) Eyes - I say skip the brushes, powders and pots in place for eye pencils or felt tip pens. That includes eyeshadow, eyeliner and eyebrows. Take note of creamy yet long-wearing Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow pencils. Even liquid liners can cause more trouble, avoid those too.

5.) Mascara - unless the commute is particularly bumpy I would suggest perfecting your mobile mascara technique. There's no way getting around this one.

So these are my basic tips and recommendations for on the go beauty. Fellow commuters would be amazed at your before and after transformation, and I'm sure closet beauty addicts would have difficulty keeping their eyes off you and your arsenal... with makeup bag envy!

If you've got a question or an opinion on this, leave a comment at the bottom of this post! 

Livia | The Skin and Beauty Blog



On-the-Go Beauty - Makeup for the Commute to Work

Call me an ‘oily girl’ but my vanity routine has been taken over by oil-based products. 

Oils have been the rage lately for skincare and hair care and rightly so. Long gone are the days when oils are heavy, sticky and take ages to sink into our skin. These days hair oils are lightweight and skin oils quick drying although they have kept their moisturizing and luminous effects.

The following products have invaded my beauty shelf:


My Essential Oils

You know Real Techniques and I have had this long ongoing affair ...and I'd like to share with you the newer goodies I've added to my Real Techniques Collection. These are six favourites of Sam Chapman 'Sam's Picks Collection' - most of them I like but some just so-so. I'd like to tell you about each one, let's get started!


More Brushes: Real Techniques Sam's Picks Collection Review

A Night In Las Vegas Make Up Tutorial

Hello my Darlings! A week ago I received an email from, asking if I would like to participate in a Vegas themed "blogger party" - and of course my inner party girl could not deny this opportunity.


Look: Girls Night Out (Vegas Inspired!)

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