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Win With Estée Lauder Every Woman Can Be Beautiful Photo Contest


Hi all!

Remember the Estée Lauder Makeover I attended 2 weeks ago? I’m glad to announce that there’s a photo contest from that event that’s beginning today and there are fantastic prizes to be won by the voters!

From Estée Lauder Singapore FB page:

From today till 16th August, vote for the Best Makeover Transformation from our Every Woman Can Be Beautiful photo contest, and you could be one of the 10 lucky voters to walk away with a SGD200 Estée Lauder Hamper!

If you happen to be on of the ladies in the photo contest, be amongst the Top 10 with the most votes and stand a chance to win a SGD1,000 Estée Lauder Hamper!

As you should know by now from reading my blog (see my recent Vivid Shine Collection Post / Review Part 1 and Part 2 if you have not), Estée Lauder’s products are not only prettily packaged, smells lovely but are also made with the best quality ingredients and   technology! Winning a S$200 Estée Lauder Hamper will surely put a smile on your face.

If you can’t wait to vote already (but come back to complete reading my post after you vote ah), check out the voting app page on Estée Lauder Singapore Facebook page for more details, click here: https://www.facebook.com/EsteeLauderSG/app_172787272742313

If you still can wait, read on!

This is how the first page of beautiful makeover photo contest voting looks like, all you need to do is to click vote! Each page has 20 contestants and there are 4 pages so I infer that there are a total of 80 contestants. It says on the page that “You can submit unlimited votes, max 1 vote per entry” Aside: (so if you really want to maximize your winning potential, I guess you can like all 80 contestants! :P)


“Chance favors the prepared mind” – Louis Pasteur

Do let me know if you win the contest because you heard about the contest first from here (plus if you won it with the “tip” I gave you 😉 ) cause I’d love to celebrate your win with you!

We all love to win in life don’t we? With the Olympics fever currently going on, you can also stand a chance to experience being a winner by taking part in the contest voting! Do also like and share about the contest with all your girlfriends so that all of you can stand a chance to win. I believe in sharing and that sharing breeds winning. Winning is great but winning with friends is better! This is such a great quote that I need to “quot-ify”:

“I believe in sharing and that sharing breeds winning. Winning is great but winning with friends is better!”

– Ena Teo

For more details, click here: https://www.facebook.com/EsteeLauderSG/app_172787272742313

Speaking of winning, I am very blessed to have won a Glamasia contest and I collected my  Stella McCartney necklace yesterday. I’ll blog about it another post! (:

Estée Lauder’s Pure Colour Vivid Shine Collection, Part II


In my last post, I blogged & vlogged about the “Everyday Mermaid” look I created with products from Estée Lauder’s Pure Colour Vivid Shine Collection and I said I’ll update with another look from the same collection and here it is!

This look is created with Fire Sapphire (what a beautiful name!) eyeshadow and Pink Riot lipstick! I don’t have a name for this look… let me know if you can think of one! (; Check out the details and write up for the eyeshadow and lipstick here. What I really like about the lipstick is how it was formulated with “diamond-like pearls” that creates the shimmer. Sounds as pretty as it looks! <3

Don’t think I’ve posted a picture of the set I received (although its on my Instagram), here is it!:

From left to right: Electric Mauve, Pink Riot, Purple Velvet, Ultra Marine and Fire Sapphire from Estée Lauder’s Pure Colour Vivid Shine Collection.

Here’s how the nail lacquer looks on my nails. Mad love! <3 Gonna wear it loads!


There are 3 Nail Lacquer colours for this collection, all in Limited Edition and retails at S$26 each.
They are:

Pure Color Vivid Shine Nail Lacquer in Purple Velvet (Featured)
Pure Color Vivid Shine Nail Lacquer in Dressed to Kill
Pure Color Vivid Shine Nail Lacquer in Black Turquoise

Check out beaut.ie’s blog here as to how the other two nail lacquer looks like, I’m glad I got Purple Velvet because amongst the three it’s my favourite!

The Pure Color Vivid Shine Collection will be available at all Estée Lauder counters except for limited edition shades which are only available at Tangs Orchard, Takashimaya and Isetan Scotts from August 2012. (So better head down to town to see the full range!)

Guess what, it’s 1st August tmr and this means Estée Lauder’s Pure Colour Vivid Shine Collection will be in-stores, no longer have to wait! (;


My Estée Lauder Makeover Experience

Estée Lauder’s Makeover preview night was a blast! And I’m not saying that simply because I’m an advocate for them but because it was really well organized; upon registration, hors d’oeurve, to the makeover, hair styling, photo shoot, collection of the complimentary photo and till the product purchase and redemption counter. My friends and I were remarking about how unexpectedly enjoyable the makeover was. Experiencing the makeover for the first time with my friends added a lot of excitement and joy to it. ^^

Intro was really long huh, I’ll now let the pictures do the talking. (;

Hair Styling @ Vive Salon

The evening started with hair styling at Vive Salon. The other 2 advocates and I had our hair washed/rinsed before our styling. Btw, that’s Jac‘s back view with her red Kate Spade bag.(: I was attended to by Gina, so if you like how my hair was styled, you can look for her to recreate the look or get her expertise to design a look for you. Vive Salon is on the 5th level of Paragon.

Pre Estée Lauder Makeover

After our hair was styled, we proceeded to the makeover area which takes up most of Paragon’s level one atrium, just in front of Coach boutique. That’s my au natural face and my fringe pinned up! I really love the Estée Lauder’s make up box with all the skincare and cosmetic goodies… It’s like a girl’s dream to own one and being skilled to create the magic on herself and on others. Speaking of which, one of my upcoming goals is to attend a course on professional/semi-pro make up so that I can learn how to better apply make up as well as teach others! (:

Estée Lauder Romantic Look

This was the look I chose for the makeover! Romantic look, with a darker purple eyeshadow. The lady featured on pamphlet is also one of Estée Lauder’s social media advocate, Eunice Leong.

With Estée Lauder MUA Tanny

Picture taken with the make up artist Tanny who created my look. (: She looks unbelievably young for her age (40) because she has been using Estée Lauder’s acclaimed Advance Night Repair (ANR) for almost 20 years, since her late teens. I was very impressed that she started using it since she was so young and she said it was because it’s due to her aunty’s influence who recommended it to her. I asked her how long a 100ml bottle can last her, and she says 3 months. Which is not bad considering how some product lasts only a month long.

A picture with Joan from Estée Lauder with a bevy of models behind us.

There were quotes from Estée Lauder models printed on the walls and this quote by Joan Smalls was on the wall near where I had my makeover and it’s also very close to my personal definition of beauty.

As advocates, we had video interview conducted individually, to be posted on to the event website (which I will upload the link when it’s out, I am both excited and apprehensive about how it turns out and how i look on screen! :P) and one of the question asked was “What is your definition of beauty.” And my answer is:

“Beauty to me is having a positive outlook in life and having a confident personality.”  – Ena Teo Jia En

I thought of this even before I saw Joan Small’s quote okay! ^^ Anyway I’m inspired to design my own “wall/ picture quote”. I shall and then upload on Pinterest, lol.

My lovely friend Belle, Pre Makeover Look

Meet my lovely friend Christabelle, in her pre-makeover look. I love how we are comfortable in our own skin without makeup! Girls, always remember to strive to have good radiant skin so that make up is only an added bonus to enhance your features, add (trendy/for vanity’s sake) colour to your face!

Belle having her hair styled
Hair Styling done by Vive Salon

After the make up, there are two rows of counters dedicated to hair styling by Vive Salon personnel.

Photo attack on V rejected

V here refused to be photographed by me. ): She looks good without make up btw! But alas, I think she is shy.

YL all calm and composed

YL’s all calm and composed as she is enjoying her makeover by Tanny as well.

After we all had our makeovers and hair styled, we had a group photo-taking! I was telling Belle and YL after the makeover that I was very happy to have them down for the event. Because truly, when Joy is shared, it is doubled and moreover I had 3 friends with me so my Joy was tripled! I am so blessed. :’)

Speaking of blessed, I am glad I got to meet Wee Tsu, one of the winner of the giveaway and her invite, Rachel. We took a picture for memory but she requested not to post the photo. It was really nice getting to meet and know them. I hope I get to interact more in the future with my blog/FB followers in real life!

Group Shot with Belle, YL & V
Estée Lauder Makeover Group Shot 2
Behind the scene photo of my individual photo shoot. Haha!

The photographer was amazingly fast, he was like “thunder-lighting” fast, as Belle would say. The group and individual shoot time was all of about 5 minutes respectively!

My Estée Lauder Makeover Photo

There were about 7 looks taken and I chose to develop a more offbeat look for my take home photo because it’s different from what most chose. This is a “Hey-I’m-peering-over-my-vanity-table-oh-you-caught-me-oops” look. I totally won’t have dared to pose like that but it was the photographer’s idea. Told you he was good. (;

Estée Lauder Preview Night Door Gift

The Estée Lauder preview night door gift included a Sensuous Nude perfume, Tempting Melon nail lacquer and pure color 18 Bois de Rose lipstick.

Scene of CBD from Singapore Flyer

Right after the makeover, YL and I cabbed down to the flyer where her family was waiting for us. She redeemed tickets from her company and invited me along! It was a truly eventful night for us. I will blog about my first experience on the flyer in another post, so this is only a teaser/preview photo! (:

Do follow Estée Lauder Sg FB page here for updates as well as be ready for giveaways when they are happening! (;

To end off, I want to thank Estée Lauder’s generosity in hosting my friends and FB giveaway winners. Many thanks also to the lovely team at Estée Lauder who worked hard and is still working hard all of this week to allow us and many more women to have their “best” look!  Having experienced it and had so much fun with my friends, I would strongly recommend you to register for the event with your best friend(s). To register, click here. for more details, click below!

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Estee Lauder Every Woman Can Be Beautiful Workshop & Makeover 24-29 July

I am thrilled to share with you about Estée Lauder’s upcoming “Every Woman Can Be Beautiful” Workshop & Makeover!

Believe you can be beautiful and let Estée Lauder show you how at its celebration of beauty this July. You will be able to discover new tricks during the week long makeovers and workshops and find the perfect look for your lifestyle.

Estée Lauder celebrates the beauty in all of us. In the following series of images, read and see how each of the 8 modern everyday women have discovered an Estée Lauder look that suits their lifestyle and enhances their beauty.

1. Estée Lauder Professional Look

 2. Estée Lauder Fashion Show Look

 3. Estée Lauder Edgy Look

4. Estée Lauder Clubbing Look

5. Estée Lauder Gym Look

6. Estée Lauder High Tea Look

7. Estée Lauder Gala Look8. Estée Lauder Romantic Date Look

My top 3 favourite looks are:

1. Estée Lauder Professional Look – Great when I meet clients, attending meetings or have to make a presentation. It’s a healthy and well-groomed look.

2. Estée Lauder Clubbing Look – A young and vibrant look ideal for those special events or night outs with my friends.

3. Estée Lauder Romantic Look – Not necessarily worn for dates only, this is a sweet look that is suitable for everyday wear as well!

Makeover Details:
Choose a look that suits your lifestyle, professional hairstyling and hair service voucher by Vive Hair Salon, and a 6R makeover shot of your new look by PictureWorks. Registration costs $120 (fully redeemable for Estée Lauder products at the event).

Workshop Details:
Hurry and book now – seats are limited!
Registration costs $120 (fully redeemable for Estée Lauder products at the event).

In essence, It is equivalent to paying for $120 worth of Estée Lauder products and getting the Makeover or Workshop free. You will be learning from experts on how to effectively utilize the products for a look that best suits your lifestyle.

If you are considering to sign up for the Makeover or Workshop, do register before July 22 (Sunday) for a four-piece beauty kit and a free three-month magazine subscription.

Visit the direct online registration page here for more details.
–> http://campaign.herworldplus.com/esteelauder/workshop.php

I will be attending the Makeover on 23 July, Monday night (by invite only), along with a few friends as well as winners of my current Facebook page Giveaway here. Do take part in the ongoing giveaway and share the good news with your friends!

Thank you if you have already taken part in the giveaway and I wish you the best of luck! I will be using an online randomizer to help me pick out the winners on Saturday.

Do follow Estée Lauder Sg FB page here for updates as well as be ready for giveaways when they are happening! (;

Let me know if you have any queries and I’ll be glad to answer them!


Sponsored Review | Mentholatum Medicated Lip Gels

In this installment of Mentholatum Sponsored Review (once again many thanks to the kind folks at Mentholatum & EK Media), I will be reviewing the Mentholatum Medicated Lip Gels which were introduced in May. The three Lip Gels came in three different colours albeit with the same shape and packaging format. I generally prefer to use Lip Balms over Lip Gels because Lip Balms are  more matt/less sticky. Nonetheless I was quite intrigued to test these babies out because it would be fun to make comparisons between them three. Compact and handy. Shaped for convenient application. Swatch-ing done on hand reveals colourless gels. Mentholatum Medicated Hyaluronic Acid & Collagen Lip Gel

Mentholatum Medicated Hyaluronic Acid & Collagen Lip Gel would be more appropriately named the “Intensive Moisturizing Lip Gel” because that’s exactly what it does. Hyaluronic Acid is “a substance that is naturally present in the human body. It is found in the highest concentrations in fluids in the eyes and joints. Hyaluronic acid is also used as a lip filler in plastic surgery. Some people apply hyaluronic acid to the skin for healing wounds, burns, skin ulcers, and as a moisturizer. (Source: here.)” When applied on the lips it feels like an intensive water treatment, and it really does “lock in moisture” as boasted on the packaging. It is scentless and tasteless. I would strongly recommend this to people who find that their lips are drying or cracking due to lack of moisture either under the sun or in air-con environment. It would also serve as a very good base before applying lipstick.

Mentholatum Medicated Vitamin Lip Gel

Mentholatum Medicated Vitamin Lip Gel is a lip gel that protects and repairs dry chapped lips. With a hint of citrus flavour, it is also the only scented lip gel among the 3 lip gels. The gel is formulated to hasten recovery of dry lips with Vitamins C and E and to maintain healthy lips with Vitamins A and B2. I would recommend this lip gel to anyone who experiences chapped lips due to extreme weather or unpredicted circumstances, as well as for lovers of citrus flavour. (; 

Mentholatum Medicated Q10 Lip Gel

Mentholatum Medicated Q10 Lip Gel is formulated for those who wish to maintain healthy youthful-looking lips. Q10 refers to Coenzyme Q10 which is essentially a substance that serves as an anti-oxidant which thus helps maintain youthful lips. The Q10 lip gel has the thickest consistency among the three gels and thus it creates the most supple-feeling. Although it is the Hyaluronic Acid Lip Gel that has Collagen, it is the Q10 that feels like it has Collagen. I would recommend this lip gel to people who prefer a more tangible protection over their lips and of course to people who like having their lip gel in a pink tube. (;

Pictured with the Q10 Lip Gel and a hint of YSL Rouge Pur Couture 26.

If I had to choose between the 3 lip gels, I would definitely pick the Q10 Lip Gel based on how is looks (I know right, girls can be so superficial :P) but after testing out the 3, I would buy the Hyaluronic Acid & Collagen Lip Gel because I really love the intensive moisturizing effect it has.

Free Samples

Do Like Lipice (Sg) FB page to redeem a LipIce Sheer Colour Sample!

Hope you enjoyed this post! I would like to know, which Lip Gel is the one that suits your need the most and why? Comment! (;

#FollowFriday | Rosaleen Gallagher

Starting from this Friday, I will be sharing interesting followers of my blog, on my blog.

I love the WordPress community because it allows a lot of interaction between bloggers. I love discovering other bloggers with similar interests, and am very encouraged when I receive “like” and comments on my posts which further motivates me to produce more good quality posts.

Hence I came up with the idea of sharing these bloggers that share the same interests as I do and also inspire me with their posts. If you enjoy reading my blog, you’ll also highly likely enjoy reading theirs! 😉

The first blogger I’d like to share with you is Rosaleen Gallagher. She blogs at http://rosaleengallagher.wordpress.com/ which she affectionately calls “Mixed Gems” with topics about Beauty, Fashion, Culture & Lifestyle. Unbelievable as it may seem (to me), she started following my blog 7 months ago and those were the times when each follower I gained was a milestone in my blogging journey. It still is now, except it’s more like every 10th follower is a new milestone. 😛

I’ll let Rose share about herself from her About page here.

My name is Rosaleen Gallagher and I am known to most as Rose. I am a 22-year-old English Literature student in Liverpool, originally from Birmingham.

Rosaleen Gallagher

In September 2010, I launched Mixed Gems. Initially I was exploring my love for writing, but now my blog has become an integral part of my everyday routine and my favourite hobby. It has been read by the likes of Pixie Lott and attracts thousands of viewers every week.

As well as blogging, I love all areas of social media. In January 2012, my twitter feed was longlisted for the Marie Claire Best Beauty Twitter Feed Award.

During my spare time, I like to do lots of creative things. I was trained from scratch as a makeup artist at my favourite Liverpool salon, Peaches and Cream. Most recently I have joined Bethanie Lunn’s team as a writer for The Modern Girl’s Guide, one of my favourite blogs.

I love that we’re both of similar age and she really inspires me that it’s possible to accomplish so much more by sharing about the passions in our life.

If you think this “Follow Friday” blog topic is a great idea, please like it, follow me and who knows, you might be the next featured #FollowFriday blogger here! 😉


Apps Review | My Fav Beauty Camera Apps

Hello my dear readers, if you’ve been following my blog you’d have read that I’ll be sharing about my favourite IPhone beauty apps that I’ve been using and finally it’s here!

Here’s a peek at a screenshot of my Camera Apps folder on my Iphone.

In order of preference, I now reveal my top 3 favourite beauty apps and 1 cute image label app.

1.   POCO美人相机 by POCO.CN

Is my favourite beauty app because of it’s many wonderful functions, read on!


For my non-chinese readers, the chinese characters read Beauty (as in beautiful person) Camera and that’s exactly what it is! (;

POCO美人相机 Loading Page on the Left and Landing Page on the Right

To begin, press the smiling frame with a crescent shape on the Landing Page to access your Cameral Roll or press the Camera button to take a picture:

Select the Smiling Frame or take a picture to begin

I usually choose to access the pictures I’ve taken on my camera roll.

Whitening Effect

After which the app automatically beautify/whitens the picture. See the before and affect effect here:

POCO美人相机 POCO Beauty Camera Whitening Effect

After which you can choose to save the picture by pressing the green characters at the top right hand corner or continue your beautifying journey by pressing the heart which offers several function, the most bottom function being frames.

Great Selection of Frames

POCO美人相机 POCO Beauty Camera App Review Frames 1
POCO美人相机 POCO Beauty Camera App Review Frames 2

Another function that stems from the heart button is Greeting Cards, which is the second button, above the Frames button.

Greeting Cards 

POCO美人相机 POCO Beauty Camera App Review Greeting Card

You can also click on the fourth button to add Decorations, like the purple mask.

The fifth button allows you to add make up, like Falsies! How cool is that huh! Check out my Falsies here:

POCO美人相机 POCO Beauty Camera App Review Post Card Fake Lashes

Multi Photos Function

Instead of going for the smiling frames, select the puzzle to create a Multi-Photo / Frame image.

Now you select the Puzzle.

It will lead you to your Camera Roll where you can select your chosen images.

POCO美人相机 Beauty Camera App Review Multi Photo Function

To Download, Visit:

ITunes App Store > Photo & Video > POCO.CN, POCO美人相机

I can’t seem to find it online, but it works fine on my Mac ITunes as well as on my IPhone.

2. 美图秀秀 Mei Tu Xiu Xiu App

Is my second favourite beauty app because of its unique frames and multi-photo function, which POCO beauty app didn’t have originally, until it caught on.

美图秀秀 Mei Tu Xiu Xiu App Icon
美图秀秀 Mei Tu Xiu Xiu App Review Landing Page

Select the Red Button to beautify your image with Lomo Effects and Frames.

Lomo & Frames

美图秀秀 Mei Tu Xiu Xiu App Review Frames Effects

Generally I will first use POCO Beauty App to edit the image before enhancing them on 美图秀秀 Mei Tu Xiu Xiu. I don’t use the Lomo functions often because I personally don’t like the Lomo feel but I use their Frames options very often, especially the glow-ey Frames on the second tab. As you can see from the above right image, I use the “Silver River” effect.

Blur Effect

美图秀秀 Mei Tu Xiu Xiu App Blur Effect

I have never used the blur effect before and tried it for the first time for this review. Creates a fake depth of field, pretty good except that the circle for the clear zone is limited.

Camera Effects

美图秀秀 Mei Tu Xiu Xiu App Cam Review Rock & Roll Effect & Vintage Effect

Is a new function they added recently. For phototaking with different effects, select the Orange Button on the Landing Page. This is Rock & Roll Effect & Vintage Effect.

To Download, Visit:

App Store > Photo & Video > Xiamen Meitu Technology Co., Ltd. 美图秀秀


Is a kawaii Japanese inspired app that has super cute stickers and frames for users to create “Neo-print” like images.

DECOPIC App Cover & Landing Page

Lomo & Frames

DECOPIC App Review Lomo & Frames

DECOPIC’s Lomo effects causes image quality to deteriorate, so for that, I use 美图秀秀 Mei Tu Xiu Xiu’s which is better.

Super Cute “Kawaii” Stickers & Frames

DECOPIC App Review Stickers

To Download, Visit:

App Store > Photo & Video > Community Factory Inc. DECOPIC

4. LabelBox

LabelBox App Icon

Lastly, LabelBox for cute labels. Some are free, while others are chargeable. Pretty smart of LabelBox I’d say.

LabelBox App Review
LabelBox App Review

It’s easy to use and there’s a good selection of free labels with pretty fonts that the other apps don’t have, it’s a great app!

To Download, Visit:

App Store > Photo & Video > Stepcase Labelbox

Now that’s my beauty photo “secrets” all revealed! It took me a lot longer than expected to write this review, so I’d appreciate it loads if you like and share if you’ve enjoyed it!