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FOTD and NOTD: trying out a look for my presentation


Short post today: the makeup I tried out for dinner over the weekend in order to see if it’ll work for my presentation. I’ve never done these types of posts, but I think the pictures will speak for themselves.

What I used:


  1. NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
  2. MAC Fluidline in Added Goodness
  3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector concealer and illuminator in Light (discontinued)
  4. Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation in Light (light skin with yellow-olive undertones)
  5. Shu Uemura eyelash curler
  6. Buxom Buxom Mascara
  7. Tweezerman ilashcomb

Face: PANDORA’S Makeup Box blush in St. Tropez

Lips: NARS lipstick in Dolce Vita

Quick notes:

  1. I found the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector concealer and illuminator on sale at Winners last summer and grabbed about 3 or 4 of them. It is a great wallet-friendly concealer and I’m still on my first one.
  2. I used the BE foundation only to set my concealer. The BE foundation is also the only SPF product I’ve tried that works beautifully with flash photography – I took my graduation pictures with it!
  3. I caved and bought the Shu Uemura eyelash curler last year and have never regretted it. It fits my Asian eye shape well – I can curl my lashes with minimal pinching and it helps to minimize mascara transfer under my eyes.
  4. So far, Buxom Mascara is my favourite mascara for a more dramatic look, despite having some transfer. I had to use the ilashcomb because for some reason, the right lashes weren’t separated as nicely as the left ones that day.
  5. St. Tropez was pigmented and gave me nicely glowing cheeks – Dark asked me later if I was really warm or drunk because my face looked flushed on my webcam.
  6. Dolce Vita matches my lip colour to the shade and was creamy and did not dry my lips. Didn’t pay attention to lasting power, but will pay more attention to it.

I will do more detailed reviews on all of the above when I have the chance.

I also picked up Joe Fresh nail polish a week or two ago. I was itching to paint my nails, and I figured a solid pink would be more presentation-appropriate than patterns and glitters:

This was in the shade Berry – a deep pink bordering on red, but unmistakably pink. The camera does not do it justice, despite the picture being taken in natural light. Under incandescent bulbs, the polish looks a bright red. It was my first time using Joe Fresh polish. The thick cylindrical cap was awkward to manoeuvre at first, especially since the brush is short. The brush was broad but the bristles were flexible and application was a breeze. Time will tell its lasting power. Joe Fresh polish retails for $4 CAD each or 3 for $10.

Inspired by wheetnee, I got some post-presentation treats at Starbucks with angelandthings:

I got a mini Peanut Butter Cupcake and Whoopie Pie – $1.60 CAD each but $3 for both. It was my first time having any sort of whoopie pie… I must say I enjoyed the cupcake better.

My sheer exhaustion prompted me to forgo my usual caffeinated short, extra hot, light foam, skinny caramel macchiato and try a tall white hot chocolate instead (angelandthings’ toffee nut latte in the background). I didn’t realize it had whipped cream – delicious, but it was extra calories on top of my mini desserts 😦

I’m not sure I liked doing this image-heavy post without the usual text to supplement it all. I happen to enjoy writing (and writing and writing… Do I talk too much?). What do you guys think? Doesn’t it feel like something is missing? Maybe it’s just me.


Author: pearlessence

She who loves shopping, baking, gaming, and all things Disney! All on a student's meager budget :)

36 thoughts on “FOTD and NOTD: trying out a look for my presentation

  1. Omg!

    1) I LOVE toffeenut latte, good job angelandthings ;D . Try it with SOY. It’s so good.
    2) I have the same eyelash curler + buxom mascara! I caved into the eyelash curler and cannnot use any other curler ever.
    3) The red velvet whoopie pie is good πŸ˜€
    4) I love that nail polish color! Joe Fresh has such good stuff.

    • I was very skeptical of the eyelash curler, myself. Can’t believe that it actually made a noticeable difference when curling my lashes!

      The chocolate was the only whoopie pie there… and it didn’t taste as good as it looked 😦

      And I’m appalled at the colour selection for the nail polish – I wanted to buy at least 10 different colours! I controlled myself though, especially since I didn’t know how the formula was πŸ™‚

    • Haha it’s the only thing I get now! I love it both with soy or lactose free milk! It just smells and tastes so divine!! πŸ™‚

  2. very nice! The nailpolish looks very nice, have you tried a dark shade? I happen to like greys, blues or antracite for more formal/professional occasions, but it’s probably because I’m way older than you πŸ™‚

    • I normally go for pastels but one time I did try my friend’s dark navy blue Revlon polish and I loved it! I have a grey Essie polish but I really wanted to try out the formula of the Joe Fresh polish. Plus, I wanted something that suited Springtime a bit more πŸ™‚

  3. I like your look! Very minimalist but brings your gorgeous features out very well! Also, the dessert and drinks look so good! Don’t worry so much about calories. If you systematically do it sure you’ll probably put on weight, but if it’s once in a while you should be FINE! xx

    • Thanks Sunny! I try not to go overboard because I don’t want to be unrecognizable on no-makeup and makeup days. And too dramatic a look makes the boyfriend complain πŸ˜› I need to get active again, regardless of what I eat! That will be my goal for the summer πŸ™‚

  4. hey girl!
    I nominated you as a versatile blogger award :)!!
    enjoy πŸ™‚

  5. I love this look! It’s very au natural, fresh & clean πŸ™‚ Great job! How is the staying power of the nail polish? I love the shine on it & am thinking of maybe trying it.

  6. Gorgeous look, my dear. And I love the products you used. Especially the Buxom Lash Mascara! That’s been my go-to mascara for about 2 years. πŸ™‚

    Also, I hear you on the writing… I find I have a hard time posting something without a freaking novel of words to go with it, but really it isn’t required. The words just come out, and I’m so long-winded when I write. I’m working on challenging myself to make smaller posts, more often. (oh, and I don’t think you talk too much :).

    • Buxom’s mascara is my go-to for dramatic eyelashes! I only have a sample size but it’s lasting me forever πŸ™‚

      Yeah, I like elaborating on every detail and tend to tell my story as I go along. I feel like it makes a more interesting read, if you actually have the patience or willpower to read it all πŸ˜› Thank you for the reassurance, though! It makes me feel a lot better about writing so much πŸ˜›

  7. Ooo I need to try the Joe Fresh polishes! And I am glad you liked the white hot chocolate! πŸ™‚

    I like ur FOTD! Looks simple enough for everyday yet still looks great!

  8. I’m sure u’ve been nominated a million times, so heres another!!! U’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!!! Congrats! Love ur blog!

    • Thank you so much for your nomination! It means a lot to me than you love reading πŸ™‚ I will definitely check out your other nominees and post this when I have the chance πŸ™‚

  9. Nice post! i love how it looks fresh and gorgeous at the same time πŸ˜€ now, you making me regret for not buying the shu uemura lash curler last time i found it at changi :’) i thought it won’t make differences with the other lash curler (since i already had 3 of the other lash curler, i though i won’t need more) but reading your post can totally change my mind πŸ˜€ thank you girl πŸ˜€

    • No problem! I didn’t think it would be that big of a difference, either, but the Shu Uemura is not as deeply curved as other eyelash curlers, which makes it easier to get all your lashes and more suitable for Asian eyes as well. I’ve tried drugstore brand (Revlon) and higher-end (Tarte) curlers too, but they wouldn’t get all my lashes and would pinch my eyelids most of the time 😦 If you get a chance to try it out in store or at a counter, definitely give it a shot before buying – it is pricey!

  10. Ok, i will dear..thank you for the sweet advice πŸ˜€
    that’s right i got the same problem, the curler won’t get all my lashes and always pinch my eyelids :’) i will check on them as soon as i found them πŸ™‚

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