Monthly Archives: January 2013

DIY Wedding Make up

Long hiatus but I’m back. Work’s been a little complicated recently so I had to focus my time there.

137 days to go!

Anyway, now that I’ve decided to go into full swing into wedding prep, I decided to use my sephora vouchers to good use and get some good stuff for the actual day. Now this is no make up blog but since I am doing my own make up, I thought i should just let everyone in on the make-up I’m going to use, review it and rate it. Maybe it will help another bride who is thinking of doing her own make up to decide on what to use too. 🙂

Foundation – I will be using Revlon Colourstay Liquid in Sand Beige
I love this foundation. Best you can get for a drugstore brand. It stays on the whole day without budging (even after an hour at the gym!) and dries matte but not too dry that makes your skin look flat. In fact, I think it makes my skin slightly glowy! Its a medium to full coverage formula and very buildable. When paired with powder it stays even longer and looks really flawless. All perfect points for a bride who needs to look good without any touch ups. It has a chemically scent and the bottle isn’t very user friendly but who cares? I got it at Watsons during their 25% of everything sale, so for the price of $23 [orginally SGD$30.25] I think its worth it.

Concealer – I will be using Smashbox High definition liquid concealer in Fair
This is a new product to me. I just got it 2 days ago from my spree at Sephora with vouchers from awesome colleagues. It was between this, makeup forever and amazing cosmetics concealer. I chose this purely because it was the cheapest of the lot. I’ve been using it and I like the results so far. It’s long staying and I only need a little to give me sufficient coverage. $32 @ Sephora

Powder – I will be using Kryolan’s Transluscent Powder
Got used to working with this during Make up school at Cosmoprof. If its good enough for the stage, it’s good enough for me.

Eyebrow/liner pencil – I will be using Kryolan’s Brown and Black Liner
I like this pencil cos it’s soft and blendable. Most of the time I use this as a smokey base instead of an actual liner!

Eye Shadow – I will be using Coastal Scents 88 Palette
I know there are proabably better brands out there like Urban Decay’s Naked Paletter or Too Face but I’ll be honest, I’m strapped for cash and the 88 palette does the job perfectly in my opinion. They have great colours and I’ve been practising with the shades I love!

Mascara – I will be using Maybelline’s Falsies
I love maybellin’s extreme volume collection. They really work like a charm. They are one of the most sort after brands in the drug store series. So because I’m going the also apply false lashes, I need something that can hold the lashes and not fall flat during the day. This definately does that! Only $19 at Watsons

False lashes – I will be using Ardell’s individual lashes with Duo glue
I’m going to use individual lashes for both morning and evening. I know it’s not common especially here in SG where most brides where strip lashes but strangely strip lashes are more difficult for me to put on! So I’m practise with indivi duals and so far, I really like the wide eyed look it gives! Looks a lot more natural too.

Highlighter/Contour – I will be using Kryolan’s highlighter and contour
I already have this in my make up bag so I’m gonna use it!

Blush – I will be using Bobbi Brown’s Desert Rose
Not too bright or red, This gives a very natural rosy blush.

Lip – UNDECIDED! (any suggestions??)

For fun, I thought I’d write down a blue print of all the steps I have to do.. In case I get the pre-wedding jitters and (quite unlikely!) completely forget my make up routine..

1. My beauty Diary Mask [1/2 hour before]
2. SK II Serum
3. Primer [Laura Mercier]
4. Foundation w foundation brush and sponge
5. Concelaer under eye / Blemish correcting
6. Cheek Tint
7. Translucent powder all over
8. Eyebrow with pencil and powder
9. Pearl eyeshadow base
10. Brown eye shadow
11. Liner and curl lashes
12. Mascara
13. Contour cheek, forhead, nose
14. highlight cheekbone, cupids bow and forehead
15. Blush
16. Individual false eyelashes
17. black liquid liner
18. Lips
20. Setting mist.

All this in 1.5 hours!  I’ve been doing practise sessions on the weekend so I’m confident it will all turn out right!

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Wedding Hair Inspiration

I have decided. I am going to get someone to do my hair for me, while I do my own make-up.

I have a practise run with myself last week when the BMs and I went for our Groupon photoshoot with Lumiere Photography. Feedback was the eyes need to be a little heavier and more blusher to show in photos. I will do one more test run before going for my next dress fitting to see the whole effect. As for my hair, my hair stylist (whom I will introduce at a later date) agreed to do my hair for trial and actual day and night for $240.

For the style, I’m really loving the soft pompadour look. I’ve been trying to grow my fringe longer to have a side swept fringe look, but the more I look at the pompadour look, the more I love it. It looks so much more.. royal! Check out the pictures below which I collected from the TV, the net and instagram.

wedding hair

Don’t they look so grand? No side swept fringe, just this grand looking poof at the front ad a curly chignon at the back.  I shall go with this look but maybe I’ll consult my hair stylist first.  🙂




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Prettifying me.

I’ve crippled under the stress of looking like an immaculate bride so in addition to exercising, eating like a rabbit and sleeping a good 6 – 7 hours a night, I have also bought Groupon facials to help me look my best.

So far, I’ve bought 2. True Shape IPL Facial and Renaza Micro dermaberasion Facial.

I’ve only started going for True Shape’s IPL facial and so far so good.

Price: $48 for 3 sessions of IPL Facial + 1 complimentary Micro Dermaberation.
Therapist was nice, the place is in Orchard and the effects of the facial were good. The IPL hurt a little, but I understand that it has to sting for it to work. The dermabration was really good, face felt so much smoother and brighter after the facial. No problems with getting appointments too.

Will only start going for the Renaza one ($60) after I’ve completed my True Shape one.

6 Sessions should last me to June. Monthly maintainence is enough for me, I think I’m lucky enough to have good skin from Mum and Dad.

So facial maintainence: 60 + 48 = $108 ! less than a package you would buy. 🙂


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My DIY Cupcake Tier

My DIY Cupcake Tier

Preview of my cupcake tier!! 🙂 With my awesome DIY cake topper.

Wedding Photobooth!

Wedding Photobooth!

Spotted: A wonderful opportunity for all budget brides! has a promo on right now for a mobile photobooth at SGD$288 for 2 hours or $388 for 3 hours for unlimited shots and unlimited prints. Company’s name is Phooth (photo & booth, get it?)

I’m still contemplating on getting this service. I’m not even sure if I have enough space in the evening to accommodate them, but couldn’t keep this a secret from all of you! Make use of this deal, I don’t think these come by Groupon very often!

Market rate is about $750 for 3 hours by the way. this is quite a good deal 🙂


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Wedding Booklet Template!

My first give away (well, sort of!)!

If you are a catholic Bride to be, you should know that recently the mass structure has changed. There are new text and new words for the mass order. This, of course, has affected all weddings and made many wedding templates online obsolete since they are not in use any more.

So I did some re-typing and changed it to reflect the current order! Ta-dah!

Wedding Booklet Template 2013:
I don’t know why but sometimes google doc messes up my alignments so I do apologise in advance for the weird spacings.

So some points to note:
1. I included a commentator’s welcome note – OPTIONAL.
2. Please fill in your names, don’t leave it as “bride and groom” -.-
3. Songs and Readings inserted are my choices. Please edit with your songs.
4. I included Processional and Recessional song songs – OPTIONAL
5. I added a Thank You page at the back, optional but I highly suggest adding it.
6. This booklet is for a full mass, not service.
7. Last but not least, always seek final approval from your celebrant priest!

You can use this and edit your own powerpoint slides if you have a high tech church like mine. 🙂 Anyway, please let me know if you have used this or if you found it helpful, I’d love the feedback. Hope this helps someone!


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Review: Silhouette Atelier

First of all can I just say, I never ever intended to go with a full fledged bridal house. To me, they were expensive and too limited in their gown choices. I wanted something specific and timeless, something that only came to reality in my head. So I searched for places where I could make my bespoke gown but try as I might, I didn’t have a gown moment similar to one I had when I bought my evening dress at La-Mariee. (which is also a wedding dress!!)

I made an appointment with SA (Silhouette Atelier) on a whim to fill up my appointment schedule when BFF was down, we weren’t expecting what would happen next. We stepped into their relatively new home in Emerald Hill, Somerset. It was a beautiful shop house lit by vintage lamps you could only find in old shops in malacca. The top floors had chandeliers. My heart melted.

Point one – I went to the appointment on the wrong date. Instead of Wednesday  I came on tuesday. I’m not sure how this communication breakdown happened but nevertheless  Rebecca, my designer (every brides gets attached to one!) was readily available to let me try on the dresses. I told her what I wanted and she pulled out all the dresses available late into the night, till about 8pm.

Point two – Their dresses are what my wedding dreams are made of. Even those huge fluffy tulle ball gowns were so beautiful it might have changed my mind about my lacy ones. They are pieces of art on hangers, so well made and so delicately thought out. Even better, the variety was amazing. I didn’t believe the 3 full rooms of gowns I saw!

Point three – I think I tried a total of 7 dresses there, all very pretty and very me! But one definitely got me and I had a dress moment with that one. I couldn’t think of any other dress. I had to have that one.

Point four – The price was definitely not a positive aspect of SA. They cost above average on the range so it took me a while before I decided to go with them. They are ex, but like I said to a random SG comment, it depends on what you want. My full lace gown cost $800 more than a normal one.

My first fitting was a few weeks back, and I dont want to put up pictures until the wedding cos I’m afraid M might peek into the blog. I don’t want him to see it! But I am very happy with it. 🙂 It still needs lots of work and alterations but I think its gonna be beautiful.. !


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Started 2013 with a surprise!

Compliments of the season and a very Happy New Year to all!

2013 has finally arrived and all too soon so, will our wedding day. I’m feeling extremely nervous and excited all at the same time.

Yesterday January the 1st was our one year engagement anniversary, 🙂 One year ago, on that exact date, M asked me to marry him. And I said yes. There were many moments throughout the day when I was staring at my ring. I’ve been wearing this baby for one year already? Wow. Here’s to many more years of saying yes to one another..

On to more exciting news…


It was such a random surprise because it was just a comment and I really didn’t think they would pick me! But because I checked the the website every now and then I saw this post and did a mini scream in the middle of my office!  Thank you shopmerrylove, you guys have really made my day.

I won pom poms! I’m not sure colour I will get, but I will of course blog about the loot once they contact me about collection.

Head over to them if you need beautiful decor stuff for your wedding. They quite affordable but you need to pre-order first so be careful with shipping time. THANK YOU SHOPMERRYLOVE!!
Too exciting to see my stuff 🙂


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