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10 Beauty Tips We Learned From BubzBeauty

26 Jan 2016 by Johanna Teo

Say “Beauty YouTuber”, and Lindy aka Bubzbeauty will definitely come to mind. We had a quick chat with Lindy when she was in town for her meet-and-greet, courtesy of Skin Inc, where the beauty guru shared her personal beauty and skincare tips. Here’s what we learned: 

1. Keep your skin stress-free while travelling with proper hydration. 

“Usually before a long-haul flight, I’ll bring a sheet mask, and if I wanted to be discrete, [I’ll bring] a sleeping pack, which will lock everything in”, shares Bubz. You might be putting your skin at risk if you travel on airplanes often, because the recycled air onboard coupled with dry conditions will totally dry your skin out. 

2. Change your products to suit your needs

It’s tough finding a one-type-fits-all-needs beauty product. “If I’m going to a place with humid weather, I’ll bring a gel moisturiser, which is more light. Whereas if the weather is really dry, I’ll bring a heavier moisturiser – a creamy formula instead of gel. This works the same for foundation – I’ll alter what I bring to make it more suitable for the climate there… When I’m going somewhere humid, I like to use powder foundation because it replaces the need to use powder, so it’s kinda two-in-one. It just wears better and it doesn’t slip and slide. It really depends on where I’m flying to, but hydration is key, because oily skin is skin that’s dry on the inside. It’s basically just about keeping that balance.” 

3. Facial oils are a game changer

Proclaiming her love for facial oils, Bubz shares, “I don’t necessarily wear it during the day because it can sometimes look a little [too] dewy, so I like to use it at night. I specifically love rose hip oil, and it moisturises the face in the most amazing way. You wake up with very supple, glow-y skin.” 

4. Oatmeal and yoghurt is a great mask combo 

According to Bubz, a spoonful of yoghurt and oatmeal respectively is all you’ll need for a great mask that’ll combat any skin problem (oily, dry, acne, inflamed). “Your skin will benefit from this because it basically balances out the pH of your skin, and it exfoliates as well. If your skin is a little oily, you can just use a drip of lemon juice. If you have acne, crush some strawberries in. But to be honest, oatmeal and natural yoghurt is all you’ll need to get the best mask ever.” She continues, “Yoghurt actually brightens your skin as well, and I know that a lot of girls in Asia are interested in complexion brightening, and many people even apply it under their armpits to lighten the area.” 

5. As does green tea and honey for an exfoliator 

Another natural ingredient Bubz recommends (and loves), is green tea. “Take the tea bag, rip it, and take out it’s contents and put some honey in it, and you’ll get your own green tea facial scrub!” Super easy and very nearly cost-free! 

6. Put colour on your lips

Going makeup-free but hate looking washed out? Grab some tinted lip balm! “It doesn’t matter if [you] don’t have the foundation or eyeliner. As long as your lips have pigment, even the dark eye circles won’t be as noticeable. It just brings instant radiance in to your complexion.” 

7. Skincare isn’t confined to only products – gadgets help too

Skin Inc Optimzer Voyage Tri-Light

With her busy schedule and personal life, it’s little wonder that Bubz is able to keep looking as fresh as she does. She shares, “I have always loved the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light. As a new mum, it’s difficult to keep up with my beauty regimen, i really experienced results using the device and it was very easy to travel around with.”

8. It’s the little details that matter

 

A photo posted by Bubz (@itsbubz) on

We asked Bubz for beauty tips (duh) on managing in our humid weather, and she advised, “Priming your face with a good primer will really help. Also, waterproof eyeliner. I don’t feel like eyeshadow is always necessary – it makes all the difference if sometimes you just have eyeliner, lashes and a pop of colour on your lips. It’ll look fresh, and to be honest, if your eyebrows are groomed and filled in… your brows go a long way, so I would definitely recommend going somewhere and asking someone to groom your brows for you, just plucking the stray hairs. For me, the basics or the most important aspects of makeup, is concealer, eyeliner, mascara, and lip tint. These are the essentials. The rest are nice, but they’re not as crucial as the products I just mentioned.”

9. Keep your face clean, and your brushes cleaner

Stressing the importance of hygiene, especially with cleansing makeup off the face, Bubz recommends using a facial oil to break up the makeup. “When you’re cleansing your face, make sure it foams in your hands first before putting it on your face, or else it wouldn’t cleanse [your face] as clean.” She also advises to wash your face with water for at least 20 seconds in order to make sure it’s squeaky clean. Bubz continues, “Everybody’s really into makeup, and they keep using the same brush that they’re using everyday. You need to wash your brushes… you cannot expect to have good skin when hygiene-wise, it’s not getting anywhere.”

10. Make sure the products you use aren’t too harsh for your skin  

“It really depends on your skin type. I think sometimes a lot of teenagers who want to treat their acne, they use a lot of harsh products. But really, you just want to neutralise the balance, so use very gentle products. I like to use products that contain hyaluronic acid. I find that it’s very good for hydrating and it actually helps with acne as well.”

 Are there any beauty tips you know that we could learn from? Share them in the comments box below! 

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How To Apply Makeup Without Makeup Brushes

15 Jan 2016 by Arissa Ha

Multi-use and ultra portable, NUDESTIX is a makeup brand that only takes 10 minutes to put on, and easy for creating a fuss-free natural look – all without using any makeup brushes! 

The best ideas are the simplest, and for NUDESTIX, it’s almost too simple – beauty products come in a pencil form, and is super portable and easy to use. The idea behind this brand came from co-creator of Cover FX Jenny Frankel, who took time off from work to look after her two daughters, Ally and Taylor. After observing her daughters’ lifestyle (basically following them on Instagram, Snapchat and other social media platforms), she saw that teenagers embraced the natural makeup look, often opting to sleep in for another 20 minutes rather than do their makeup. There was a void to fill in terms of fuss-free makeup products that are easy to use and bring around – hence the creation of NUDESTIX. 

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NUDESTIX products spans lip colour, cheek colour, mascaras, brow colour, eye colour and concealers, a wide range considering its one and a half year history. As its name suggests, the colour palette leans towards nudes, browns and neutrals, and come in a pencil form. Each product comes with its own tin case, which fits up to six products – essentially, you’re able to fit your entire face into one tiny case. There are no brushes required – just draw it on, smudge it with your fingertips and you’re ready to go. 

NUDESTIX Holiday Eye Kit in Angel Immortal & Twilight $69

NUDESTIX Holiday Eye Kit in Angel, Immortal & Twilight, $69

 Teenage Top 5 Picks from NUDESTIX

#1 NUDESTIX Lip Pens, $34

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The NUDESTIX Lip Pens are available in gloss and matte finishes. Whether you just want a light wash of colour on your lips, or an intense vivid lip colour, both finishes give lips a much needed boost of hydration with vitamin E and shea butter. 

#2 NUDESTIX Concealers, $34

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Available in eight different shades, these concealers pencils are easy to use and bring around. Pack them in your bag for easy touch-ups or for a quick pick-me-up for tired eyes. 

#3 NUDESTIX Sculpting Pencils, $34

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Contouring is all the rage right now – they can make your face appear smaller or give the illusion of higher cheekbones. The Sculpting Pencils from NUDESTIX allow you to accentuate your features easily, without looking unnatural. 

#4 NUDESTIX Lip + Cheek Pencils, $34

NUDESTIX Lip + Cheek Pencils-Singapore-Sephora

Ever loved a shade so much, you’d want to wear it everywhere? Use the Lip+Cheek Pencils on both lips and cheeks – that’s one less product to buy, and more money to spend on other products. 

#5 NUDESTIX Clean-Up Pencil, $34

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No one’s perfect so don’t be afraid of making boo-boos, especially when it comes to makeup. Clean off mistakes easily with the Clean-Up Pencil, without messing up the stuff that you did right. 

NUDESTIX are available at all Sephora stores, and online on luxola.com

Which NUDESTIX products are your favourite? Sound off in the comments box below!

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How To Achieve The No-Makeup Look In 5 Simple Steps

14 Jan 2016 by Venetia Sng

Fake great skin, long lashes and a healthy glow with makeup. We teach you how to do it in 5 simple steps! 

#Step 1: BB Cream

✓ BB Cream: Or otherwise known as blemish balm, are lighter in texture and coverage as compared to foundations. It also acts as a tinted moisturiser, primer and sunblock! And if you need extra coverage, use a concealer to hide those acne.

x Foundation: One of the joys of being a youth is that you probably don’t need heavy coverage all over your face. Avoid foundation as it does make your skin look cake-y due to the humid weather. 

Etude House Precous Mineral BB Cream CottonEtude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Cotton, $25.90

#Step 2: Mascara

✓ Mascara: Enhance your lashes and brighten up those peepers with a lengthening or volumising mascara!

x Falsies: No matter how natural they look in the box, false eyelashes are called falsies for a reason. Without any eye makeup to balance them out, your lashes will end up looking weird and heavy.

Benefit-Theyre-Real-MascaraBenefit They’re Real! Mascara, $44

#Step 3: Blusher

✓ Blusher: Go for a matte peach or coral blusher that will give you a healthy, radiant glow!

x Glitter: Take a pass on the shimmer, natural skin doesn’t sparkle like Edward Cullen.

ZA-Chek-GroovyZA Cheek Groovy, $18

#Step 4: Brows

✓ Brow products: It’s important to keep those arches on point at all times! A pair of well-defined brows frames and accentuates the shape of your face.

x Over filling: A pair of overdrawn brows will just make you look like you have stuck two pieces of seaweed on your face and that certainly doesn’t look natural.

Clio-Tinted-Tattoo-Kill-BrowClio Tinted Tattoo Kill Brow, $30

#Step 5: Lip Balm

✓ Lip Balm: Keep your lips moisturised and smooth with lip balm. If your pout is a little pale, dab some pink or peach gloss in the middle of your lips to add that extra pop.

x Bright colours: The idea of natural makeup is to use colours that are closest to your natural skin or hair. Leave the blue/green eyeshadows and red lipsticks for another day.

Vaseline-Lip-TherapyImage Credit: Project Vanity
Vaseline Lip Therapy, $4

What other beauty guides would you like to see? Let us know by commenting below!

 

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L'Oréal Unveils Smart Skin Patch

6 Jan 2016 by Arissa Ha

What has beauty giant L’Oréal got to do with wearable technology? As it turns out, plenty! Here’s what they unveiled recently at CES 2016 – a consumer electronic trade show. 

We all know that UV rays from the sun causes premature aging, but there hasn’t been a quantitative way to know exactly how much UV ray we are exposed to. All we can do is to slather on sunscreen and hope for the best. That’s all about to change with a smart skin patch that’s recently announced at CES 2016

The My UV Patch from L’Oréal contains a photo-sensitive blue dye, which changes colour when exposed to UV rays. Unlike similar patches which turns from white to blue in a few minutes, My UV Patch can be worn for days at a time. The user has to take a photo on it and upload it onto an app to see their results. 

Guive Balooch, global vice president of L’Oréal’s Technology Incubator reiterates that the patch is to determine the amount of UV exposure, not as a reminder to reapply sunscreen, but with an idea like this, we look forward to improvements and hopefully a better chance at preventing premature skin aging. The My UV Patch  will be introduced to 16 countries this summer  (it’s unclear whether Singapore will be part of this launch, but one can hope!). 

Photo credit: BBC Technology / L’Oréal

What do you think of this new smart skin patch from L’Oréal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below. 

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‘I’m the sister you never had… or the sister you never wanted’, is how YouTuber Weylie introduces herself in the ‘About Me’ section of her YouTube channel, where she candidly dishes on everything you could ever possibly need to know: from beauty tips, to life hacks, to even awkward topics like… sex. As we found out during our chat with her while she was in town for Skin Inc’s eighth anniversary and Beauty Hackathon event, Weylie’s pretty straight on about everything – but one thing she’s dead wrong about? That she could even remotely be the ‘sister you never wanted’. Here are the reasons why she’ll be one of the best big sisters in the YouTube scene.  

1. Weylie understands how tough it is to be a bullied kid

“I remember my first time being bullied was around first grade – all the way up until high school. It wasn’t as bad in high school, but middle and elementary school was pretty bad. I talk about these topics because everyone goes through it. I don’t think anybody has ever gone to school and not been bullied at least once. So I like talking about that and telling people how to overcome it, or at least [share] how I dealt with it. Kids can be so mean and now, especially with social media, even kids you don’t go to school with – they can find your Instagram and pick on you, for whatever reason.”

2. She shares her struggles 

“When I was in middle school, I was getting bullied a lot. And my mum was trying to find me a new school. But even then, I thought, ‘This is such a hassle, that doesn’t mean I’m not gonna get bullied just because I’m going to a new school. I couldn’t wait till all the school stuff was over, where I didn’t have to deal with people bullying me. At that time, it felt like it was going to last forever. Every day, waking up and going to school was a drag for me. Now, looking back, that was so long ago. Everything passes and it just goes by so quickly.”

3. And offers great advice, especially about how she copes with social media negativity

“To be honest,  I would say I deal with it really well 90 per cent of the time. But we’re all human, and sometimes you get upset over certain things too. My boyfriend actually helps me get over it a lot. He’s the type of person who [just doesn’t care about it]. So whenever I get a mean comment, he’ll reassure me saying, ‘that doesn’t matter’. My dad told me a quote: ‘You know you’re doing something people are bound to not like it, but if the majority of people are happy with you, then focus on that, and not focus on people who are, you know… disagreeing with you’.”

4. But her go-to advice would be this: 

“It will pass. I think, whenever you’re going through something, especially a teenager, you think that there’s no way it’s going to get better. You think that it’s going to be forever, but it’s going to pass.”

5. She stands up for the people she loves 

“I think when people start talking about my family. That’s when it gets… you know you can say whatever you want about me, but for them to say – like when my dad or my mum shows up in a bit of my video, and [people comment] about how they weren’t smiling… People can make up something like, ‘Oh their family is unhappy’ or something like that. And I feel that’s when it actually bugs me, because my parents aren’t used to being in front of the camera. Naturally, I think people don’t see that not everyone’s comfortable being in front of the camera. Even sometimes, when my friends are straight faced in my videos, they’ll be like, ‘Oh your friend doesn’t seem like a nice person’. And that’s when it really pisses me off. Then I’m like, ‘ you don’t know them, and you don’t know why they weren’t smiling into the camera. Maybe there were doing something else’… “

6. She has weird quirks, just like all of us 

“I hate it when people hiccup. I get so mad… (Laughs) I don’t know what it is? When they’re sitting next to me and start hiccuping non-stop. If it’s once or twice, I can deal with, but if it’s non-stop and they’re not drinking water or doing something about it – the sound just drives me crazy. Another pet peeve I have is when they chew with their mouth open. And I hear the food getting broken down in their mouth. That drives me crazy too.”

7. And has her mortifying moments as well

“I was at a club recently. You know girls, when we’re in open back outfits and wearing sticky bras? I was really sweaty, so my sticky bra comes off (laughs) and falls to the ground. So I just dove for it and hid it afterwards. It was the most embarrassing thing! [Especially because] I was standing up, it was a pretty dramatic fall. At least it wasn’t like a nip slip or anything, it was just my bra falling off.”

8. She’s totally willing to share her less glamorous moments

“You know on Instagram, you always see people post their selfies and you always see full-face glam, or #IWokeUpLikeThis… but not a lot of people post behind-the-scenes of it all. So what people don’t see is when I wake up, and I have morning breath and what not. Or when I don’t shower and my hair is all nasty and greasy… Things like that.” 

9. Plus, she offers great skincare tips

“I recently tried Skin Inc’s Pure Revival Peel. It’s a very gentle exfoliator which takes off the dead skin cells, and I really like that one. It completely took off the dry patches, and made my skin brighter. I feel that peels really helped my routine. Since I wear makeup everyday, I feel that you just build up a lot of residue overall, because it clogs your pores. I like to do peels every few days so that my skin gets refreshed, and its able to absorb my skin care products [better] and my makeup just goes on smoother.”

10. She can do your makeup too

“I really like a matte face. I’m not into the dewy look because [I have an oily complexion]. So whenever I [put on] the dewy look, I feel sticky. Eye makeup wise… I wouldn’t say a natural, but more of a neutral smoky eye.”

11. Weylie’s pretty awesome overall, but the best part? She proves that a little action could really go a long way! 

“There was a girl that reached out to me. She started a GoFundMe account for her mother because she recently got diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. And I tweeted out the link to tell people about it so they can read about her story and if they can, they could help her out a little bit. Then one day when I was taking the train I ran into the girl. And that was like just it was surreal to see. I didn’t even know that she was a local in San Francisco so being able to meet her in person and realise that I really helped her and her mom… that really stuck to me, really gave me the chills when I met her in person.” 

Can’t get enough of this YouTube babe? Don’t forget to check out our interviews with Dani Song and Karissa Pukas too! 

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