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All things beauty and then some. Andrea Claire has been a hairstylist and makeup artist for 23 years now. A Canadian based in Singapore since 2007, she has appeared on Asia's Next Top Model, Yahoo Asia, Canadian Idol, So Chic and more.

Beauty review: I.Myss and Luview

By Andrea Claire · December 23, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

On the left you see me fresh out of the shower; in fact, I am only wearing Dermalogica's Skin Smoothing Cream - literally. *wink*
On the right you see me after I had applied  Luview Whitening Capsule BB Cream under my eyes - amazing the difference already!

I love the English translation (it's a Korean brand): At the final stage of the skin care, take appropriate volume and apply for light pounding*. Makeup base and foundation are not required to use separately.<em>

The light pounding is making a reference to the I.Myss Foudation Stamper that vibrates.<strong><em>

</em></strong>Next step was using Luview Crystal Cover BB Cream applied using the I.Myss for a light pounding... Really...
I made fun of this stamper when the press kit arrived- I do actually see the benefits - for the makeup aficionado the results are similar to a stippling brush only a little smoother. As a makeup artist I can't see this going into my kit as it's hard to clean the pad going face to face, and I'm a germaphobe. - but for personal use it's amazing!

That's it - the two products here. I didn't do anything with the lighting - the sun must have poked through the clouds this second... yes I was potentially flashing my boobs to neighbours at the window. It's ok - I have a penthouse - no one can see - nor would they want to.<em>

</em>I love the coverage of the products and it does not feel heavy at all - in fact I have seen an improvement in my skin's texture - it's smoother and brighter. The shades available are very limited so if you are darker than I am you are out of luck.

All dolled up and not so naked wearing Luview Whitening Capsule BB Cream, Luview Crystal Cover BB Cream, Naked Palette by Urban Decay , Luview Gleam Full Long Mascara, Warm Soul blush by MAC and a hint of Cameo Lip Glaze by FACE atelier.<em>

</em>The Luview mascara is like the Becca and Blinc's mascaras where they last 24 hours without flaking or smudging but come off with warm water. I am not a fan of this mascara type in general but if you are - you'll love it. I hate the way it comes off with water - I always feel like they tug on my lids.

*all photos are taken with my HTC One S filtered through Instagram using LoFi

The Buzz About: Synthetic Makeup Brushes

By Andrea Claire · April 10, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

It's scary that I have heard that the prices of natural hair makeup brushes are on the rise because of global warming. Why? Apparently it is best to cultivate winter coats from animals as the coats have the most dense hair in the colder months and this is the best hair texture for makeup application. Global warming has shortened winters and in turn has affected the winter coats of the animals, the availability is just not as vast.

Honestly, I'm not sure of all the ins and outs of how brushes are made. Do they catch squirrels and shave them? Are they clubbing them on the head so you can apply your clubbing makeup? Of course hair for makeup brushes also comes from goat, horse, sable, pony... I'm sure not all are graciously lending the fur and hair off their backs for our personal glamifications. Check out PETA if you want to see what they have to say,

As a hair & makeup artist, I have been accustomed to the natural hair brushes. Companies over the years have developed many synthetic options and I am sorry to say, I never felt that they truly delivered for quality application and blending. Makeup would slide off of the brushes before you could get it onto the face; but now there are many quality makeup lines with brushes that are synthetic and deliver for a beautiful, flawless makeup.

Here are some of my favourite synthetic brushes that have found their place in my kit:

The Body Shop

A perfect travel size, the Mini Brush Kit $18.50 USD at The Body Shop


BECCA ,another great brand hailing from Australia has cruelty-free brushes made with high grade synthetics.

Silk Line Brushes by Royal & Langnickel, another fab line of eco-friendly brushes to consider. These brushes work just like real hair with extremely impressive results. I have this full set. LOVE.

By the end of 2012 I commit to having no natural hair brushes in my kit. Can you commit to the same? Pretty easy I'd say.



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