A little while back, I caught Grace's makeup story post in my Bloglovin' feed and found it to be such a good read that I decided to share my own take on the idea. Quoting Grace,

"We need to move away from the assumption that an interest in beauty products is shallow and stupid..."

I wholeheartedly agree with this! As some of you may know from my post a couple weeks back, Ten, I'm studying to be an Electrical Engineer. Trust me, it isn't an easy major and it also isn't easy being a girl in the field as there is always some sort of assumption that perhaps we are inferior to the boys. It's even more of a challenge to prove them wrong when I dress up, but boy do I work hard to show them I'm just as good at what we do as they are. (If anyone wants to hear brilliant words on makeup and equality, check out Gemma's video).

Growing up I wasn't a girly girl and to be honest, I'm still not. I use to think that wearing dresses or skirts, curling my hair, and doing my makeup and nails was girly. I would always shy away from these things as I just couldn't find that balance where wearing and doing these things reflected who I was on the inside. Over time I have found the happy spot I consider "being a classy badass". I always strive to find things that reflect who I am in a put-together way. I try to use clothing and makeup as a preview of who I am! To me, makeup doesn't mean layering a face over the one I was born with; it means enhancing what I already have. 

There is something a perfect yet natural-looking base that I just love. With combination skin that is blemish prone, I really struggle to find products that work for me. I'm still on the hunt for that holy grail foundation but I definitely have candidates that, after additional thorough trials, may earn the title. I firmly believe that a solid base is essential to any look. At the moment, that means foundation all over with concealer over any areas the blemishes have thrived on. Sometimes, it also means a touch of a lighter concealer under the eyes after sleepless nights.
My picks: MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, NARS Sheer Matte Foundation, Tarte Amazonian Clay, MAC Studio Finish Concealer, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, Real Techniques Buffing Brush, BeautyBlender

Hi, my name is Celina and I am a blush addict. I simply cannot get enough of blushes and it may be becoming a problem. Blush is the finishing touch to the perfect base. I must own nearly twenty blushes at this point but I promise they're mostly different. I never skip blush when I wear foundation but highlighter and bronzer I can do without, which also brings me to my love-hate relationship with bronzer. I can't contour to save my life. Perhaps it's just the lack of practice but I'm always so afraid of that dreaded contour line. Contouring is definitely something I'm learning to perfect. If you have any tips, please share. I'm sure anything helps.
My picks: NARS Luster, NARS Sin, Tarte Exposed, Hourglass Luminous Flush, Benefit Watts Up!, NARS Laguna, Real Techniques Blush Brush

Eyeliner and mascara have both been musts for a long time but more recently, I have been experimenting with eyeshadows. Finally, I have found products that work for me when it comes to wearing eyeshadows. Eyeliner is almost always a must for me, whether it's a gel, pen, or pencil liner. I strictly wear black eyeliners as that is what I personally prefer but nothing against others wearing brown or other dark coloured eyeliners. Mascara is an essential. My lashes are long but thin and straight so a good mascara is a must for me. Two coats on the top, one coat on the bottom. Done.
My picks: Urban Decay Naked2 Basics palette, NARS And God Created the Woman palette, MAC Patina, Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Lots o' Latte, Urban Decay Primer Potion, MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes in Black, Benefit They're Real! Mascara, Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, Shiseido Eyelash Curler, MAC 217, MAC 219, Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush

I can count the amount of times I've done my brows with the fingers on one hand. I know most people are all about the brows but I've never learned the ways. I tweeze and trim them to the shape I like but never fill them in as I've just never really tried or cared. The Anastasia Brow Wiz has caught my attention but if anyone has any suggestions for a beginner, please share.

Early this year was when I actually got into lipsticks. I never found the confidence to wear lipstick until recently and now I'm interested. On an everyday basis for class I just wear a lip balm if anything at all but going out, I do like a good lipstick. Lip gloss will always be a huge no for me as I just don't like the finish or feel of them. 
My picks: MAC Syrup, MAC Plumful, Bite Beauty Fig, NARS Niagara, Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm

What does makeup mean to you and what are some of your essentials?


  1. I just salivate over the photos and mourn that I do not get any of the products in the photo where I live!


  2. I loved reading this Celina! It's always great to see other sides of the story.

  3. "We need to move away from the assumption that an interest in beauty products is shallow and stupid..." I coudn't agree MORE! I totally get your point, I also study for my architecture degree and the last couple of years were so tough... It's so sad that I have to keep my blog a secret, since they can't understand how architecture, beauty and make up can be combined...

    Diana P. | Cups & Roses

  4. I get you! I'm studying to be a geophysical engineer and it's the same here, and just as you I was never a girly girl. great post, loved the photo and i felt very identify with your post!. x

  5. Thanks for sharing! I've read Grace's story as well and it's always great to hear about others' sides of their story.

  6. Lovely post! I am lusting over that Hourglass palette, I simply need it in my life x


  7. Ahh, that must be frustrating! Cult Beauty and Sephora ship pretty much worldwide now though! xx

  8. I loved reading yours so much! I always love knowing more about bloggers and what makeup means to them. xx

  9. My blog is a secret as well. Other than my boyfriend, pretty much no one else I know in real life knows about this blog. It would seem weird! xx

  10. Hooray for a fellow female engineer! There's really a difference between being a girly girl and someone who just enjoys wearing makeup! xx

  11. I love reading posts like these so I enjoy writing them as well. Glad you liked it! xx

  12. I think it's pretty easy to become a lipstick hoarder. There are just so many shades and textures to choose from! xx



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