Milk Makeup

MilkMakeup

Just discovered a new makeup brand. Based in NY. It was featured in a Sephora eNewsletter I receive daily. Looks fun!

Milk Makeup

I love their logo and how easily it can be applied across collateral and packaging. One product that I find intriguing in the Eye Vinyl; a glossy eye colour pigment. From the video, the texture looks quite sticky but the product’s description emphasises that it’s not. I like the idea of glossy eyelids for a night-out look, or swept on as eyeliner.

The white and grey matte packaging looks really nice. Up-market and trendy, and allows for the colours of the product to really show off.

The video tutorials are cute but are very short! I like to see detail and instruction.

Love the concept of the brand. I hope it makes its way to Australia soon :D

10 Attractive Qualities in a Guy

I never got around to finish listing 10 things about 10 things so here is another list, a Valentine’s Day edition…

1. Humility
There’s no greater turn off than someone who is arrogant and prideful. For me, humility is being able to take criticism even when it’s not delivered constructively; seeking advice from others when you have no idea; not trying to make yourself out to be more important over someone else; and conversely, a humble attitude doesn’t deny or refuse compliments but rather accepts them with gratitude to the one who paid the compliment but also The One who gave you something to be praised on.

2. Confidence
Perhaps this sounds like I’m contradicting myself but being humble doesn’t mean being self deprecating. Sure, everyone has days when they feel they don’t have anything going for them and would rather spend the day being non-existent. But if a guy were to be constantly putting himself down or criticising himself without making plans on actually improving, or just to get attention – that would be downright annoying and not very fun to be around. I like that a confident guy will happily make conversation with new people, or my friends and family, without the ulterior motive of boasting to hide his insecurities.

3. Good, clean sense of humour
If a guy can have a laugh without it being at someone else’s expense then the less likely they are to bully and belittle others to gain amusement. A clean sense of humour also shows maturity I think…

4. Maturity
Everyone has their moments when they act their shoe size rather than their age, or they laugh at something that a 10 year old would find hilarious – and that’s ok – but in the grand scheme of things, if you’re quickly approaching your 30s, still living at home with your parents, mooching off of them with no plans of setting yourself up for your own future or no real career prospects, then no thanks.

5. Ambition
A dream as simple as starting a family or as big as climbing the Himalayas – as long as there is a dream and a hope for adventures to be had in the future. I’d like a guy who takes the risk to dream and make plans – whatever they may be – for the future. He should be settled and content with life but not settle for a life lived unfulfilled.

6. Fashion Sense
I don’t mean in a chase-the-latest-trend kind of way but rather knowing when to dress up and when to dress down. I like to dress up from time to time and I wouldn’t want my other half at an event to look like a bogan because he can’t bear to put on some pants!

7. Chivalry
Opening/holding the door for me, pulling the chair out for me as I sit at the table or walking me to my door/car may seem old-fashioned but never goes astray. Not that these acts are practical 100% of the time in this day and age but done here and there as a gentlemanly gesture is most appreciated.

8. Honesty
Pretty self explanatory.

9. Sense of Adventure
The willingness to try new things and experience the unknown to an extent. Not getting too stuck in the same habits and becoming too comfortable that you would never give something a go just once!

10. Godliness
It’d be great to find a guy who fulfils ALL 10 criteria but this is probably the most important criterion to meet. Since I am a follower of Jesus, it’s important to me that the man I marry follows Him too. It would be unfair to the both of us if our core beliefs and faith were not the same as we’d have very different expectations of each other and of marriage. I I think Ephesians 5:25-29 describes the ideal husband and touches on many of the qualities that I’ve already listed previously:

For husbands… love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot of wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of His body.

Day 3: No Makeup Makeup Look

Not to be mistaken for going absolutely bare-faced, today’s challenge is all about enhancing your features using colours that naturally occur with your skin tone.

A huge shout out to my good friend Dayna who is all the way in the UK and has taken on the challenge!! She sent me this video tutorial on how to achieve a No Makeup Makeup Look. It was very helpful – check it out!

No Makeup Look Tutorial – Lisa Eldridge

My daily looks will be posted on my Instagram. You can follow me @nattyng or just search #natsmakeupchallenge to see daily challenge looks. Enjoy! xo

Oh and P.S. Tomorrow’s challenge is Bright Lip: Matte! So make sure your lips are in tip top shape by using a lip scrub, or simply apply a layer of lip balm and use a toothbrush to slough away the dry skin on your lips. With smooth lips, your matte lippie is less likely to look flaky and dry.

#natsmakeupchallenge

So I often have #makeupchats with one of my best friends, Nicole, and we send each other links to new and exciting beauty products that we’d love to try or that we’ve been saving up to splurge on. Somehow we got onto the fact that we always buy new things but then forget about the ‘new thing’ we purchased only the other week! So as an effort to Shop My Stash and to spice up our daily makeup routine, we thought we’d commit to a makeup challenge. After a quick search online for one to kick start, we found that many were a little too out there and time consuming for the 9-5, full time,working girl. So I took the liberty of writing my own Work-Friendly edition that includes simple and achievable ideas for the 28 days of February.

Here’s what the final schedule looks like. Please join us – whether it’s for the whole of February or just a particular day with a challenge that you want to try. Most importantly, just have fun with it and hopefully it’ll teach you how to use a new application technique or rediscover that ‘new thing’ that you bought months ago that you forgot about. Share your daily challenge on Instagram using #natsmakeupchallenge, and tell us what products you used and if you’d wear the look again.

Enjoy Nat xo

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2014: A Review

14 Significant Things that Happened in Twenty Fourteen. Good and bad. Exciting and trivial.

1. I celebrated my 2 Year Anniversary at my current work place.

2. I gained another house mate who was already a good friend of mine. Living with her was a great experience and it made our friendship stronger.

3. I lost that same house mate to a dang good opportunity that opened up for her in the UK. But thanks to technology, we can continue our conversation via text, voice clip or video!

4. I lost a love that I thought would make it through the storm. I will never forget our last goodbye as ‘us’ at 4am one morning.

5. I learnt to forgive and realised it’s a conscious decision you have to make daily. Forgiveness is not a feeling that you move on but a choice you make to better your life and the one who hurt you.

6. I moved back home with my parents.

7. I travelled solo for the first time. It was the best and worst. But an achievement nonetheless that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

8. I got to visit that friend/ex housemate and see in the flesh what she’d been up to since moving to the UK.

9. I went to New York! Finally! And it was everything I’d thought it’d be and more. Can’t wait to go again.

10. I ran a red light (unintentionally!) and couldn’t get out of it so I had to pay the fine and gained 3 demerit points. Lowlight.

11. I’ve realised how much fun it can be to be single! (So much free time to do nothing! hehe)

12. I’ve noticed how depressed I can get reading about everyone’s engagements, marriages and babies on Facebook.

13. I sang in front of a restaurant full of people, and then later all my work colleagues for the first time.

14. I got an iPhone 6. (I know – not a profound event to end on but whatever)

About USA

T H E   U S A
  • The service tax you have to pay on top of the advertised price is kinda sucky. It’s only 9% on top but when you see something you like and think “Great! What a bargain! Less than 10 bucks” it suddenly becomes over $10 when you ring it up at the register.
  • I was freaking out about how I go about tipping but restaurants print suggested gratuity amounts on their receipts so that was really helpful. Although the whole tipping thing got me suss about how nice waiters truly were when they served you. Would they be as nice and helpful if tipping wasn’t a thing? Hmm…
  • PayPass doesn’t appear to be popular or used over there. In SF, they still have a swipe system and then you either sign the receipt or enter your PIN but you’re always asked to show some ID. In NY, you would sign most of the time but no ID necessary.
  • The New York subway is like a whole nother world underground. You’d think if the streets are busy and filled with millions of people, the subway would be less crazy but no, it is just as crowded and bustling.
  • You haven’t truly experienced New York until you feel the stress and frustration of getting stuck in traffic!! A family friend I met up with while I was there was kind enough to give me a lift to Penn station to save me dragging my luggage through the subway. We left the apartment on the Upper West Side with just over an hour before my train departed but in the end I only just made my train – which was a later one than I had planned on catching. What was supposed to only be a 20 minute drive tops ended up being 70. But I got the airport fine and with enough time to check in etc. It’s just when you’re waiting between 45th and 44th street and you haven’t moved in the last half hour that you get anxious and want to strangle someone!
  • Everyone sounds like the movies. I guess it’s because most movies I’ve watched were filmed in America about Americans and so every time I hear people having conversations around me – I just think it could be a script taken from a movie or sitcom. I was on the train in SF heading home from Downtown and overheard a young black girl catching up with a young black guy whom she hadn’t seen in a while and it surprised me how much they speak in the way that you would stereotype them. American accents are quite fun to listen to however, the true New York accent is kinda harsh and ugly sounding (sorry!). Although having flown to the UK straight after NY and hearing those Brits talk – I must say, there’s something about the English accent that is way more attractive than the American accent (again, sorry).
  • The men here are really forward. Examples to come…

About Travelling

T R A V E L L I N G   A L O N E
  • Hooray for smart phones! If I didn’t have an iPhone to keep me company and connected to people back home, I would be dead bored and lost. Not that you should be fixated on your phone and miss an opportunity to meet someone new but it helps to make you look and feel less lonely when you have something to occupy you.
  • When your phone usage is limited and there are just times when you have to wait and not use your phone, is when you notice how lonely you might be. For example, I was standing in line to board the cruise to Alcatraz and all around me are couples or groups of friends and family. I didn’t have access to wifi at the time nor could I afford the battery life playing a Bejewelled game so I just had to stand there by myself, not talking to anyone. It’s times like these when it’s good to have a friend or family member there with you so you can make the boring stuff fun.
  • It’s hard when you’re staying with family but then the other side of their family outnumbers you. You meet them for the first time and they’re lovely, warm and welcoming but they’ll still talk about stuff and people that you have no idea of. And when you tag along to dinners that they’ve organised as a reunion of sorts, you feel like a bit of an intruder cos you’re not technically blood related to any of them and yet they’re paying for your meal.
  • It’s challenging to go to the toilet at the airport because you don’t have anyone to mind your bag, nor can you leave it unattended. And for some reason, each toilet I’ve used so far at the airport have really small cubicles where the door just clears the toilet itself when it swings open. But Heathrow understands the needs of solo travellers and how much space is required when you have to bring a piece of carry-on luggage with you into the cubicle, their cubicles were so luxuriously big!
  • Activities such as ice skating at Rockefeller Centre looks like so much fun but then you remember that you’re alone and so wouldn’t have anyone to share the moment with. And no one to watch your stuff while you skate. Cos who wants to pay to rent a locker?
  • When you’re out and about exploring during the day it’s easy to forget that you’re alone but during the 5 flights of stairs that you climb at the end of the day to reach your accommodation there’s a part of you that longs for a familiar face to greet you at the door. But there is no one. No family or friend. Luckily I had great hosts who are friendly enough to provide some company to debrief the day’s events with.
  • Deciding where to eat is another challenge though it shouldn’t be. You just wanna choose a place that has good food and is good value. I’ve also discovered that I’m really indecisive at the worst of times. I can’t even decide what I want to eat that I wish I had a friend there to collaborate ideas with. How pathetic! It’s also easy to forget when to eat because as you’re sightseeing on your own, you can ignore your hunger pains for a while and no one else is there to mention how hungry they are for you to be reminded how hungry you are!
  • The upside is that there’s no one to fight with when you disagree – even about petty things like what to have for lunch. As I soon discovered when I reached Hong Kong to meet my family and we did a quick side trip to Taiwan. The food was unfamiliar to us there and we were tired having woken up at 5am to catch a morning flight to Taipei so there was tension and before we knew it everyone was grumping. How I wished I was by myself again then.
  • People approach you to help them take photos. Not that I’ve never been asked to do so before when I was travelling in a group but I noticed it more this time around. I suppose when you’re on your own, you’re more likely to be aware of your surroundings without the distractions of friends/family around you so from time to time you catch a stranger’s eye and exchange smiles which every so often invites them to ask you to help them take a snap.
  • Guys approach you. More on that later…