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What’s On My Reading List

Recently, one of the biggest book bazaars happened for the first time and I was able to snatch myself really nice books for 80% off. The bazaar couldn’t be perfectly timed because I’ve been really looking for good titles to add to my not-so-short reading […]

Glamorous Valentine’s Look Ft. Morphe 35O

Glamorous Valentine’s Look Ft. Morphe 35O

I still can’t believe January is over. It feels like it rolled away so quickly (or was it just me?) and we’re now welcoming the love month. One thing I completely get excited about on this month is the amount of Glamorous Valentine’s look tutorials […]

Hit or Miss: The NYX Avant Pop Nouveau Chic Palette

Hit or Miss: The NYX Avant Pop Nouveau Chic Palette

I’ve been meaning to talk about the Nyx Avant Pop Nouveau Chic Palette since forever. I know you guys are curious too because I’ve used this in my previous posts – Easy Glam: Holiday Makeup Look and New Year’s Makeup Look. I score this beauty right here for 20% off from Lazada’s online sale. Believe it or not, that sale couldn’t be any more perfectly timed. But before I did the deed of purchasing it. I actually watched a bunch of reviews on YouTube and finally got sold when Laura Lee swore on this baby. Usually, I don’t get persuaded easily by beauty gurus but I made an exemption on this just because I need it badly (company party) and it’s pretty cheap, too (at that time).

The packaging is nothing fancy or worth raving about. But I really like how simple it looks because it gives the shades the attention they deserve with the clear case. Plus, I feel like it has more product in its pan, so, that’s a major point. The Avant Pop Shadow Palette actually has three variations – Art Throb, Surreal My Heart and Nouveau Chic. What drew me to this particular palette is that it has the combinations of warm neutrals, mauve, and greens. Not exactly the type of colours you would see together in most eyeshadow palettes. And that makes me love this even more because it gives me more room to explore and experiment various looks. It’s like having best of both worlds (if that makes sense).

Honestly, I’m one of those people who just stick to browns just because it’s easy and safe but with this palette, I’m enticed to see what I could do with other colours because of how limited the browns are. They’re practically just transition colours!

It doesn’t have any weird, chemically smell, unlike my Colourpop palettes, so, that’s nice. But I wasn’t entirely happy with the pigment of these colours on my first swatch. There was barely any pigment, to begin with. I had to swatch this palette twice just to make sure that it’s not a complete disappointment. I noticed that you really have to work on these colours and really blend them out for them to show. Also, in my opinion, brushes don’t really get any product that much compared to when you use your fingers.

The matte shades aren’t really promising. They feel kinda chalky and so hard to work with. I tried using setting spray on my brush but it only dried out the colour which really sucks. The shimmers, on the other hand, are really soft and buttery. They do have a slight fallout but most shimmers do, too, so, not actually a big deal.

This palette is great for beginners because of the range of colours. But is it worth purchasing again? In my opinion, not really. For a drugstore product and it’s quality, it’s quite pricey. I can list drugstore brands that can exceed expectations (in a good way) with a much affordable price. Uh, hello, Colourpop. It’s like 12 bucks all the time (sale!).

How about you, have you tried this palette?

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Goals for 2018

Goals for 2018

Happy New Year, boos! I know I’m kind of almost a week late with the greetings and all but better late than never, right? Actually, I feel like days and nights are rather shorter now. It seems like yesterday I was rushing into holiday shopping […]

NEW YEAR’S EVE MAKEUP

NEW YEAR’S EVE MAKEUP

The festive season may be nearly over but I’m not done with all the glitters and sparkles just yet. And New Year’s Eve is just the perfect excuse for me to really try on some bold lip colours. My Christmas look was more sparkly and […]

Easy Glam: Holiday Makeup Look

Easy Glam: Holiday Makeup Look

The ever so sparkly eyeshadows and matching red or nude lippies are just a couple of my favourite things about holiday makeup looks. It’s a no-brainer that I’m in love with glitters and sparkles. And holiday makeup looks are just the perfect way of using lots of ’em without people judging you for being so extra. Am I right? And it’s really about time to make it an annual thing here at Anne Wonders.

It’s a really magical time of the year and this time around, I’ve been trying my best to stock more makeup products. So, that I can share more makeup looks with you guys. And this time, I had the great opportunity to finally come up with a simple and easy glam holiday makeup look. I’m no MUA but I do have a few tricks up on my sleeve that helps me create a neat look.

I want to share with you guys a glam look that I actually did (for the first time) at our company Christmas party. It actually gave me the excuse to purchase new makeup products. So, yay! (I won’t be going into details on how these products are as I will be doing a separate post on ’em.) You guys can definitely create or wear them for any occasion. Right now, I’m thinking that this will be perfect this holiday season.

So, let’s get started.

I like to go in on the eyes first. Something I learned from my favourite MUA, Haley Wight (@cosmobyhaley). It prevents the eyeshadow fallouts from ruining your foundation and kinda makes it easy to clean ’em up. The NYX Professional Makeup Avant Pop! Nouveau Chic Shadow Palette is the one thing I picked up last minute to use for the company party. It so happen that they had a huge online sale and that Laura Lee did a great review on them, so, I picked it up.

After I primed my eyes with Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, I used the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer to conceal the visible veins in my eyes. I pat the cream shade (bottom left side) all over my lid to create a nice, smooth base. Next, I used the light brown (top second left side) as my transition colour. And then I went in with violet and just build it up on the crease area to create a nice smokey finish. The key here is to just blend.

After that, I used a pea size amount of concealer and carved my entire lid. Then, I patted on the sparkly bronzed colour (bottom second left side). To give it an added glitter, I used the bottom right shade of my Sleek MakeUP Solstice Highlighting Palette and pat it on top of the sparkly bronze shade. And just to give the look a little edge, I put the bronze on my lower lashes.

And then to glam up the look, I put on Nyx Wicked Lashes. You guys can also put on some eyeliner to make it more intense and dramatic but since I don’t want to risk on ruining the entire look (no skill, hun.), I decided to skip the eyeliner.

Then, for the eyebrows, I used Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Drama Pro Palette in the shade dark brown to outline my brows. And Detail Makeover Eyebrow Palette to fill in the sparse area and of course, Shawill Colour Brow Eyebrow Mascara to put the hairs into place.

For the base, I used Rimmel Stay Matte Primer and  L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in the shade Golden Sand for the first time together. Honestly, I thought they wouldn’t work out well together since the latter is on the dewy side compared to the first one but I was stand corrected. I opted to use the True Match foundation to give my skin a nice little glow because it has tiny sparkles or glitters in it. And for the sponge, I used Missha beauty sponge.

I used the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in the shade Sand to highlight the high points of my face (bridge of my nose, under my eyes and forehead) and kinda conceal some dark spots. Then I just started baking under my eyes with Nichido Final Powder in Translucent and put some on my nose and those that I concealed.

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And for contouring, I used my local favourite, City Color Contour Effects On The Go and Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette. I’m really loving this highlighting palette. Not only is the quality super great but it is also so affordable. You guys will definitely see more of this highlighting palette soon. Then I just slightly brushed my cheeks with the E.L.F. Blush Blushing, just to give a little colour on my face.

Last but not the least, for the lips, I  always add a little extra moisture using Vaseline Rosy Lip Therapy before I put on any lip product. Then I used the Maybelline Colorshow in Chic Peach to finish off the look. You can always switch things up with the lip color. I was actually thinking of using a bold matte red lipstick but decided not to. Red lipsticks aren’t really my thing mainly because they don’t look good on me.

Anyhoo, I hope you guys learned something. If any of you decide to try this look out, don’t forget to tag me. I would love to see them.


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How To Celebrate Valentine’s Even Thousand Miles Apart

How To Celebrate Valentine’s Even Thousand Miles Apart

VALENTINE’S DAY IS JUST ONE OF THE many important days in a year that I dread ever since I started long distance relationship (with the most amazing guy I’ve ever dated). Why? Because I know that I won’t be one of the many people who’ll be celebrating it with their partner by their side. But that doesn’t mean I don’t celebrate it with style.

Yes, it takes a lot of creativity and patience to actually come up with something special for this day especially when your time zones are completely way off.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t do what couples who are physically together do.

It’s such a special way of showing how much you appreciate and love a person when you do something out of the ordinary or putting a lot of effort into something for them. My beau has always been a lover of music and instruments, and ever since we’ve met, he’s been writing songs and poems for me.

I remember the first time we celebrated Valentine’s away from each other, he called me up first thing in the morning. He just started strumming his guitar and singing songs that (according to him) reminds him of me. I was completely swept away by the gesture. It was sweet, romantic and intimate. And I know it is something that I won’t see on the store front and that what made it even more special.

Below is the list that is simple yet sweet things (that actually worked) that you can do this Valentine’s for that partner of yours who is a thousand miles away. I promise it doesn’t require money. Just you and your sincerity are enough.

WRITE A SONG OR POEM

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… Because this is the end game of all endgames. There is nothing more romantic and special than having someone you love write the things he/she loves about you and make it into a work of art. You don’t have to be a professional to express your love and adoration through music or literature because it’s the heart that talks and not the brain.

SING A SONG

… Because who said singing is only for Karaoke? Just because you can’t write a song doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to sing. Sing to him/ her all her favourite love songs and he/she will be all over you in no time.

SKYPE DINNER DATE

valentine's day

… Because who said dinner dates can’t be done using the power of technology (and internet)? Put on your best dress/suit, set that table, put some flowers and candles, bring on the chicken and prop that laptop on the table, and VOILA! a date courtesy of Skype. Not only is it unique but also innovative.

PLAYLIST OR MIXTAPE

… Because no one can resist the power of music. It would be utterly thoughtful and sweet if you make your partner a list of songs that remind you of him/her. Or the relationship you two have. I’m currently in the process of putting all together the songs that speak what my heart feels and the journey we had all throughout our relationship. One of the songs I recommend that you consider is Rachel Platten’s Better Place.

WRITE A LETTER

valentine's day

… Because nothing beats a good tear-jerking letter from someone you love. This is one of the favourite things my beau and I do for each other all the time. It is sweet and simple, and can totally hit home. It doesn’t need to be long, a short letter that says how much you love them and how lucky they make you feel are more than enough.

SEXY TIME

… Because who said you can’t be sexy for your partner from the other side of the world. I’m pretty sure it would make some of you blush that I actually wrote this. But let’s be honest, it’s necessary.

I don’t need to get into detail how you guys can do this.  But let me tell you, this is your cherry on top. And yes, I consider this sweet because it takes a lot of effort to pull this off.

There are a lot of things that you can show and make that your partner feel the love even from the other side of the world. Remember that it’s always the thought that counts but most especially, it’s the person that makes it even more special.

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You don’t need to be near to your loved one to show that you love and adore them. As much as it sucks, keep in mind that Distance never separates two people who are truly in love Click To Tweet.

I hope I gave you guys good ideas and I would totally love to hear your thoughts about this.

 Happy Valentine’s Day loves!

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anne wonders