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8/27/14

Makeup When You Look DRAB

You know that "Pregnancy Glow" you keep hearing about? Well, not every knocked up woman gets to wear it like a halo. Most days, I feel like a lazy kangaroo with lacklustre waist-length hair. I'm too tired to prettify myself, and I've developed a habit of doing my makeup halfway too - BB cream, powder, a bit of brown eyeshadow on the crease....okay, that's it.
On this particular day, I made an effort to brighten myself (and mood) up. I'll jot down a few mini tips, and I hope my 'baby brain' will still translate my thoughts into words that make sense.
 

Makeup:
  • Bright Lips - always. Whenever I use pale lip colors, I look even duller. Opt for coral-toned, fuchsia & berry shades. Not reds & oranges, which can make you look washed out especially when you already look drab.
  • You can keep the rest of your face quite basic with just your daily face products & neutral eye makeup.
Note: In the pic up there, my eyes show my tiredness (Left eye got lazier too!), but the bright lips steal the focus.


Hair:
There's an episode in Will & Grace where Jack said that Grace relied too much on her hair. I myself have started relying on my hair for a while now, and when my hair isn't at its best, my confidence in my overall look is ruined. Now, because I can't maintain it like I used to, it's at its dullest although I'm using hair masques, oils, serums. I don't feel like using hot tools  & I don't feel going to a salon for a deep conditioning treatment. I've decided to leave it as it is until after the baby is born.

So, in the meantime, I will adorn my head with Headbands! The brighter, the better. On days when I really need a styling tool, then I use the Philips Kerashine Hair Styler coz it doesn't require much time & energy.

Oh! I recently read somewhere that people with good hair are nicer to other people =)

 Note: This no hair color/no chemicals phase in my life has proven that hair colors & rebonding do add shine & vibrancy to hair. At least for me personally. Go look at my hair here, and you'll see what I mean.

Accessorize:
If headbands are too cutesy for you, turn to jewelry. Big big earrings, statement necklaces, fancy hair clips. Basically, place a shiny & attention-grabbing something close to your face.


Clothing:
If you go bright around your face, don't break the symmetry by wearing dark clothing. Match everything, or color block with complementary colors.

Note: Here, had I worn something black or grey....well, no good.



The brights I used for this look, and on many other drab days:

Lancome Rouge In Love Lipstick Rose Boudoir #340B (swatch & DUPE here) | MAC Archie's Girls Pearlmatte Face Powder Flatter Me (swatched here) | Forever 21 Polka Bow Headwrap   (shown here)

Face: L'Oreal True Match BB Cream. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, The Body Shop Loose Powder.

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette , black liquid liner & a pair of falsies.



On the opposite side of DRAB.....

Good News: My Size 2 feet are swelling. They are finally swelling, people! Like I always wanted. I know it won't last, but still. I really need to go shoe shopping while they're still swollen =D

Bad News: I can't wear my favorite shoes (read: high heels). But I did try the ones that were looser before, and they fit nicely.

Bad News 2: I can't comfortably paint & groom my toenails anymore, coz I can't bend. I guess I'll have to visit a salon for a pedicure....and maybe hair treatment too while I'm just sitting there.



That's it for today. Talk again soon! :*)

Extra feel-good beauty tips are always welcomed!



If you want to check out baby CZ's 1st Fashion Haul on my 2nd blog, CZloves, HERE




21 comments:

  1. Is it not safe to color ur hair in pregnancy? I myself am in my first trimester and can very well relate to what u are feeling.. but my problem is that I have lots of grey hair and keep getting root touchups done once in a while.. I am wondering how will I manage for whole 9 months

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    1. Preeti, I too had greys during my second pregnancy and I coloured my hair with Casting. Try and reduce the frequency of colouring, ie if you colour once a month, try to do it once in two months. Also make sure you're in a well ventilated room when you colour your hair. And ask your gynaec if it's OK.

      Sorry Cynthia, for barging in. Hope you don't mind.

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    2. @Preeti: It's not proven to be unsafe in later stages of pregnancy. But I wouldn't say it's okay in the 1st trimester. I hear/read that hair colors with less chemicals (ammonia-free) are totally safe and many women have safely used them during pregnancy without any problems. I'm personally not against coloring hair during pregnancy, but I don't wanna risk it either. Ask yr doctor, and see what she says :)


      @Dollie: Oh no prob, glad you shared yr experience. You're right, it's better to ask your doc.

      ♥xx♥

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  2. WOW!!! Amazing look. I love the lipstick.

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  3. You are so pretty, I'm sure you look great even without makeup. I can't believe that you have any drab days.

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  4. Wow, you look so cute! I love how your lippie matches the rest of your outfit. On days when I'm sick, I look..well sick and dead-like. I always wear a bright lip gloss and a medium coverage base having a glowy finish. The glossy lips really lifts up my whole look.
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  5. oh you look so scrumptious. love the bow head-tie and the bright lips

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  6. It's time for you to feel really good and positive. . Do all that you love.. U look beautiful Cynthia. . But avoid chemicals at all cost. . Best wishes dear

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  7. Once again.. floored by shots! and honestly for a fangirl like me..you can never look dull ! Always a pretty doll :)

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  8. I see myself in you.I was looking damn dull and had become two tones darker whole my body in my last trimester.I was on a complete ban on perfumes and nail polish as I became more nauseatic when i use them.
    Do whatever you like and this is the best time!
    tc\\
    All the best !!!

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  9. Is there any day wn u dn look pretty??? :)

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    1. Same curiosity this side !!!!

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    2. Oh, many days! Blog pics are meant to fool both you & me :D :D

      ♥xx♥

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  10. You can never look Drab Cynthia! Love this simple brown eyed look, it's smoky, subtle and still very made up. That lip color definitely warms up the look!

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  11. Hehe the last trimester is difficult but wait till the lil one arrives! For the first few weeks everything goes for a toss. One is forever at the end of her wits. But 2-3 weeks down, you get used to the baby and the baby gets used to you, that's when you start enjoying motherhood.

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I ♥ finding little notes in my Vanity Case, so do drop one. I read all of them & I try my best to reply to each & every one of them [check back in 2-3 days =D] but most times it's physically impossible! Either way, I love to hear from you & really appreciate you taking the time out to share your thoughts <3

Thank you for reading! :)

♥xx♥