Which Choice Will You Choose?

Which Choice Will You Choose?

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When I think about the roads I’m about to embark on, the opportunities that will be knocking on my door, the different parts of the world I will get to explore…this life is truly a gift from God. Am I ready?

Love,

Vanessa

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My 2017 Bandung School Trip

My 2017 Bandung School Trip

Hi everyone!

The past few months have been such a blur. I have been so busy trying to navigate my way through surviving school.. and just life in general. And… I got back from Bandung about 2 weeks ago and I am so excited to post these really candid, yet beautiful pictures of my trip!

Just to be clear, it was a school trip, so I didn’t get to explore Bandung as much as I would have loved to, but still I am grateful for Singapore Poly for sponsoring our course to film a documentary there! Any chance I get to travel… I’ll take it!

I can’t go in-depth into my travels because I barely had time to really explore the place but I hope you’ll enjoy my pictures!

1. The Hotel or rather Resort (Blackbird Hotel Bandung, Jl. Sersan Bajuri No.9, Cihideung, Parongpong, Kabupaten Bandung Barat, Jawa Barat 40559, Indonesia)

2. The Food (Some parts of it, we mostly ate whatever our school catered for us, it wasn’t anything too special hence why I didn’t snap that many pictures)

3. The Scenery & Friends

Ta…da!!! Took me 30 minutes to arrange all the pictures together. Bandung’s beautiful and I’m really sad that I was travelling there for work rather than pleasure. But, I’ve already made some plans to go back there in 2018 for about 3 days! I can’t wait.

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I was in my School-T, pardon the really ugly dress-code

Love,

Vanessa

Travel Essentials: Makeup (Bandung Version)

Travel Essentials: Makeup (Bandung Version)

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I have came back from Bandung Indonesia about 2 weeks ago and forgot to put this up! I am super sorry but here it is! 

Hello and I’m back! Woo, it’s been a crazy May and June & first half of July (I was so busy handling school stuff) BUT I’m so glad I am still able to take time off to blog here. I apologise for such a long wait (*gasp* its been more than a month since my last post)

As you all know, I’m flying off to Bandung Indonesia next Tuesday (2/7/17). So, today I am going to share with you guys my personal makeup travel essentials. You can check out my makeup blog here because yes, I do write about makeup too, aside from travel. I started my makeup blog in late 2016 so it’s still kind of new, but just in case you’re curious then… do check it out.

I want to start off by highlighting the fact that I go very natural for my makeup. I would describe my makeup style as the ‘simple/classic’ look. I don’t wear eyeshadow, I don’t wear falsies, and neither do I put eyeliner on. This is just in case you’re wondering why I don’t have that many products listed. Anyway let’s get to it!

When you’re travelling, the goal is to pack light. ‘Travel light’ they call it. And I’m definitely no exception. I love to bring the most minimal amount of products and brushes when I’m flying. I guess its partly because I don’t use a lot of different makeup products so that really gives me the privilege to be able to pack light.

To help you out, I suggest you write down on paper your very own ‘makeup list’. This makeup list consists of what makeup products you need to use on a day to day basis, including at the destination of your travel. Of course if you’re travelling for a wedding, or for a business meeting which requires you to put more makeup (eyeliner, eyeshadow, falsies perhaps) than your usual everyday, then list those ‘extra’ products you would have to bring as well.

Here’s my own list.

GENERAL MAKEUP

  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Blush
  • Loose Powder (to set my face)
  • Bronzer
  • Eyebrow Pencil
  • Mascara
  • Eyelash Curler
  • Lip Gloss

This is indeed my list for my Bandung trip. 9 products in total. Don’t worry too much about makeup brushes yet, I will teach you how to identify WHICH makeup brushes are the ones that will complement your makeup list.

Now it comes to choosing your makeup products. For a makeup lover like me, I have multiple foundations, concealers and blushes and so on and so forth. So makeup lovers, it can get tough from here but don’t fret. Let’s talk about choosing the correct foundation you would want to bring.

FOUNDATION

Ask yourself, what is the climate and temperature like at the destination you are flying off to? Is it like Singapore, where it’s summer 24/7? Is it spring time, which means cool temperatures of 18-20 degrees? Or is it winter… where temperatures can reach a whopping -7 degrees? Here’s why it matters.

Warm countries tend to make you sweat more, and for those with oily skin… that isn’t something to look forward to. Hence why you should opt for a medium to full coverage foundation with a matte finish. A dewy foundation is only going to make your skin look even more oily than it already is. For those with dry skin, opt for a semi-matte/semi-dewy finish. I don’t recommend anyone bringing a dewy foundation to tropical country because chances are you’re going to sweat like a grease ball so why make your face more oily than it already is right? For me, I opted for the Revlon Color-stay foundation (specifically for oily skin) since I’m going to Bandung. It’s a medium to full coverage and it has a complete matte finish!

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Cooler countries tend to dry up your skin way more, which can result in flaky skin. People with oily skin should opt for a semi-matte/semi-dewy finish to result in a balanced finish (example: Maybelline Fit Me Pore-less Foundation), where your skin is not too oily and not too dry. Dry skin people… please just go for the dewy foundations… Need I say more? Oh and remember to put an extra amount of moisturiser over your face and keep your lip balms in your purse! Trust me, not only is cracked lips unflattering, it’s also painful.

CONCEALER

The above concept doesn’t really apply that heavily to concealers. For me I think that the main thing when it comes to choosing concealers is coverage. I mean sure you have your ‘more liquid than usual’ concealers, as well as the ‘stick concealers’ which happen to be more drying on your skin. But if you think about it, you can always set your concealer with loose powder to lock the concealer in place and make your concealer appear however you want it to. (*Putting more loose powder on top of your concealer will make it look more ‘dry’ and matte, while putting less can make it look dewy!)

If you want a medium to full coverage concealer, opt for concealers like the Maybelline Age Rewind and the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. If you are a high-end gal then the Tarte Shaped-Taped Concealer is a great option too.

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If you want a natural and softer coverage, go for the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer. It’s very little coverage and gives you a natural look under your eyes.

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I suggest not to overthink too much for concealers. Just pick one which suits the needs of your travel. Ask yourself the purpose of your travel. If it’s solely for a 1-day wedding then just bring one medium-full coverage concealer. If it’s for a 1 week trip then bring two types of concealers: one for the natural everyday look and one to shake-it-up a bit if you might be going to a posh dinner date or something! (*winks*)

BLUSH & BRONZER

When it come to blushes and bronzers, bare in mind just one simple question.

“What is the shade that goes with almost everything?”

You know how girls can get. Having 10 different shades of blushes and 3 different shades of bronzers… and not being able to decide which one and having to pack ALL 13 PRODUCTS WITH YOU. Please don’t let that be you…

In my personal opinion, the Milani baked blush in Luminoso goes with my skin tone and literally every outfit of mine so well. So when it comes to choosing blushes I will automatically reach for that one without hesitation. For bronzers, I ADORE the Laura Geller Bronze and Brighten. It matches and goes with everything too. Plus I have the small-sized one which is great for travel. WIN.

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So.. ask yourself. What is that perfect shade for your skin?

EYEBROW PENCIL

I don’t put too much emphasise/attention/care (HAHAHAH) on my eyebrows because I have bangs to cover them up. But I would say, when it comes to travelling there is really no point in bring 2 or more eyebrow pencils.

Pick an eyebrow pencil that lasts. Whether you’re going for a wedding, or for a business trip or even a day out, long-lasting brows are what matters the most. Opt for the Elf eyebrow kit, I think thats a good option comparing to eyebrow pencils (example: Anastasia Brow Wiz) because eyebrow pencil tends to not last as long. This tip comes in useful because if you’re going to a tropical place, please avoid bringing eyebrow pencils. OR if you only have eyebrow pencils, make sure to lock it over using dabbing motions (use your loose powder), that will make them last longer!

MASCARA & EYELASH CURLER

Ok pack any eyelash curler that you deem is effective. I don’t have much to say about eyelash curlers but the Shu Umera one is a classic! I plan to bring that with me to Bandung. A quick tip is to blow dry your eye curler for 8 seconds and then leave it to cool for about 5 seconds then curl your lashes. It helps hold the curl up and proper. You’re welcome! (hehe)

For mascaras, ALWAYS opt for water-proof ones. It doesn’t matter if where you’re going is an icy cold or tropical hot, you shouldn’t risk having your mascara smudge and looking like a panda. It is NOT COOL AT ALL. Other than that, the type of mascara like volumizing, lengthening etc is up to you and what look you want to go for. If you’re going for a wedding or a business meeting, go for the volumizing effect. If you want an everyday natural look, opt for a lengthening mascara. Long lashes tend to look more natural than thick black-coated ones. Choose a brown mascara if you want an even softer and natural look.

LIP GLOSS 

Two words. Long-lasting. That’s the key to choosing lip glosses. Oh and of course avoid the ones that make you look like you’ve just dipped your lips in oil.

I have chosen the Elizabeth Arden High Shine lip gloss! It lasts so long on my lips even when I drink tons of water and eat like crazy. Plus, lip glosses in general are plus points especially if you’re heading to a cooler climate. Your lips will literally thank you!

MAKEUP BRUSHES LIST

Now that we’ve gotten the products settled, let’s go into the brushes. Ask yourself what brushes do you need and list them out right now then continue to read on.

  • Foundation brush
  • Concealer brush
  • Blusher brush
  • Bronzer brush
  • Powder brush

These are the type of brushes I would need. If you have listed foundation and concealer brush, I have good news for you. There are brushes out there which are multi-purposed: brushes that can blend more foundation AND concealer. A perfect example would be the Real Techniques Expert Face brush and the Elf Selfie Ready Foundation brush. So I suggest pick a brush which literally kill two birds with one stone!

For blusher and bronzer, there is another good news for you. Because there are brushes out there which you can use to apply both products! An example would be the Elf Stipple brush. I think its the shape of the stipple brush and the bristles. It’s wide enough to apply blush on your cheeks yet slim enough to contour or bronze the cheekbones.

Now, this leaves us with the powder brush… am I right? Tell you something.

I used to be obsessed with the Real Techniques Powder brush back in 2016. The only downside to it was that it was HUGE. No way am I bringing this to travel! It would take up so much unnecessary space in my makeup bag too. Luckily, I found a smaller powder brush which is equally as good as the RT’s one and thats the Wet and Wild powder brush! It’s way smaller and performs the same. It’s big enough for putting powder all over your face yet again small enough to blend powder under the eyes. How cool is that?!

So as you can tell… you only essentially need like 3 brushes. My tip is really to find brushes which are multi-purposed. It truly helps you save space.

Oh and just in case you’re curious about how I store my makeup, here are two bags that I’m bringing with me.

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Brushes Bag from Cotton On
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Makeup Products Bag from Topshop

I suggest using a solid ‘hard cover’ bag (like the one in my picture above) for the makeup products in case stuff breaks while they load and unload your luggages from the plane.

Well… this is it! These are my own travel essentials. I hope this post has been helpful in one way or another. And if you’re flying off soon, I hope you have a safe and fun time!

Much love,

Vanessa