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A 30-something from sunny Singapore who's tried her hand at lots of things, such as selling skin care & make-up, working in a (boring) corporate setting, trying to carve a singing career, giving private tuition, being a fitness instructor, writing/editing etc...

Besides exasperating her parents to no end, she loves experimenting with new make-up looks, uncovering the best make-up & skin care products, modelling for herself before the camera, singing at the top of her lungs (with preferably no one to hear it), and writing whatever, whenever (as you can already tell).


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TAG: “Would You Rather” Beauty Edition

Dear readers,

I thought I’d do a totally frivolous post that’s like from out of the blue today! I came across this Beauty Edition Tag post from one of my favourite bloggers Jen from From Head To Toe not too long ago, and I thought I’d do it too since it seems rather fun!

Jen talked about being indecisive but I don’t think these questions are any indicator of how decisive one is!

Ok here we go!


1.) Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, and lipglosses or lose all of your palettes and eyeshadows?

Hmmm I would say I’d rather lose all my mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks & lipglosses and keep my palettes and eyeshadows!

This might sound a little strange to some, but I’ve just started collecting a sizeable and completely delightful eyeshadow palette collection this year like my Stila Colour Wheel and Sleek Makeup i-Divine palettes in Original, Acid, Sunset, Monaco and (soon-to-arrive 😉 Curacao so to lose all of that is unthinkeable.

Besides, I can really do without mascara and live off false eyelashes *LOL* in its place. As for lipsticks and lipglosses, I’d miss them but I think I can live with just lip balm (tinted lip balm maybe?) if I REALLY had to! And I’m thinking, palettes can include lip colour palettes right? Loophole *LOL*

I’d miss eyeliner though! But I can always use eyeshadow applied wet as eyeliner so there we go… problem solved! 🙂

Also, it’s not like I have to give up my blushers or BB cream or foundation, so that’s completely cool for me 🙂

2.) Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?

Hmmm, I am that kind of person who needs to cut my hair, even if it’s just bangs. So I’d brave the bald head (after all Natalie Portman did too and lots do it for Hair for Hope) and hopefully this question is only valid for one haircut *cross fingers* 😛

I mean, there’s always a wig I could don while waiting for the hair to grow out right? Like so (yes those two are wigs, who cares if that pic was taken eons ago?):

3.) Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?

This is a no-brainer. PINK CHEEK will be my answer. Of all the blushers I own, the coral/orange/peach ones are obligatory purchases to balance the pink ones, just for the looks where the coral cheek will balance the gold eyeshadow etc.

So if I would have to pick, it’d be the pink.

4.) If you had $1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?

At this point in my life, where my makeup collection is rather satisfactory (and I say rather because there would be some stuff I’d still like to get), I would rather buy clothes to beef up my wardrobe. Besides $1000 for makeup is like WHOA! Clothes would do that amount of moolah more justice I feel (due to the fact that clothes in general cost more than makeup per item anyways).

5.) Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick?

This is a tricky one. Most shades for lipstick would look strange as eyeliner except for maybe dark brown lipstick and most eyeliner colours, even the brighter ones like teal, blue or green would look weird as lipstick colours.

Texture-wise, it’d be weird to apply waxy lipstick on the eyes and I’m sure it’d run all over the place. Like totally pretty. As for eyeliner as lipstick, I’m sure it’d go on or taste weird!

I think I’d go with the eyeliner as lipstick. I’ve always wanted to try peacock blue lipstick but I’d be careful not to put too much of it where I might taste it.

Just in case you think peacock blue lipstick is weird or ugly, suspend your judgment until you see this:

That’s Karen Elson for Kevyn Aucoin, my fave makeup artist who’s passed on. RIP.

6.) Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?

Another no-brainer question. Of course Sephora! In Singapore, I think Sephora has a MAC counter so it’s a bit like choosing a subset or a whole set. I’d go for the whole set!

7.) Would you rather only use one eyeshadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life?

Another no-brainer. Definitely would rather use only one lip colour for the rest of my life! To ask me to only use one eyeshadow colour will be like tying one hand to my back. Especially when I have so many colours in my palettes now, hallo?!

Despite my split personality when it comes to eyeshadows, I can be quite loyal if I like something. For example, I can eat the same meal over and over ad nauseum, or the same dessert, or date the same guy, or… you get the drift. So I can stay faithful to one lip colour. I think.

8.) Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?

Haha! For those who know me, would know that I cannot live without bringing a sweater or jacket wherever I go with me, even in hot sunny Singapore. That’s cos I am very bad with the cold. Even in air-conditioning. I can sweat buckets and still be ok, but I will shrivel and die on the spot if I were caught in winter wearing too little.

So it’d be wearing winter clothes in summer for me. DEFINITELY.

9.) Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?

I don’t wear any nail polish usually, so to me it wouldn’t matter but if I had to choose, given my multi eyeshadow personality, I’d say I’d go for bright nails all year round. No doubt about that.

Someone like Angelina Jolie would probably go for dark nails though.

10.) Would you rather give up your favorite lip product or your favorite eye product?

Between lips and eyes, I’d say that I can live with naked lips (although I’d be lost without lip balm especially before bed but that’s just my quirk) for the rest of my life.

So I’d rather give up my favourite lip product. (Besides I don’t even really have one at the moment).

But that said, if I really found an HG lip colour like Estee Lauder’s Earthy Red (which was discontinued long ago), or Revlon MoistureStay Shell, I might choose to give up my favourite eye product. I am thinking I probably can find a substitute for eyeshadow palettes, or eyeliners, or even false eyelashes, but maybe not the HG lipstick shade. So that’d be my complicated stand on this. *LOL*

Update: I just realised this question applies to any beauty product, not just makeup. In this case, I’d definitely forgo the lip product. My lips don’t get chapped too often, but my eyes definitely require more TLC. So there is no contest. My eye skin care would have to stay, and I’d gladly boot out my fave lip product.

11.) Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?

Ponytails are b-o-r-i-n-g. Period. So messy bun is my answer. Besides for certain occupations which I’d probably be gunning for, I’d need a bun. Though maybe not a messy bun. Gosh.

12.) Would your rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lipgloss?

Haha, another no-brainer for me. Scroll up, and you’d know my answer. I hardly paint my nails so it’d be that for my answer.

On the other hand (pun intended), if I were a flight attendant, for example, I might have to give up lipgloss instead and live with lipstick. BUT then again, I could also put on fake nails if I really really had to have coloured nails so I’d keep the lip glosses, which have been my lip makeup product of choice for a long time until I rediscovered a love for lipsticks this year.

13.) Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in everyday?

Erm. Sharpie. Well between having no brows, and having sharpied brows, I suppose I’d go for sharpied brows. Better some than none huh. It’d still look weird and I’d probably cry my eyes out at losing my hirsute brows, but it’s better than having nothing to frame the face. So there.

14.) Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?

I WOULD RATHER LIVE WITHOUT NAIL POLISH. Period. I have a love affair with make-up! Besides, it’s a lot more bearable (AND bare-able) to have naked nails than a naked face and I think most women would agree!

Now, I’ve done mine. I don’t know who reads my blog but if you do read this, I tag you! And Domokie as well!

Do leave me a comment when you’ve done yours, and I’ll hop on over to your blog to read! Have a happy Monday ahead everyone!

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