Beauty Tag: This or That

Man, I haven’t done a tag in ages! When I saw Emma’s beauty tag, I knew I just had to jump on it. It’s Friday, so let’s do something fun, eh? 😉

Blush or Bronzer: Missha, Laduree and Physicians Formula

Blush or bronzer?
Blush, most definitely. It’s my favourite item of makeup. I love blush even more than lipstick (altogether now … *gasp!*). I have no problems stepping out of the house with no lipstick or lipgloss on, but never without blush. I can’t work with bronzer, but it’s mostly because I don’t really know how to. Whenever I’m at beauty counters, makeup artists tend to heap bronzer on me (I’m not THAT pale, am I?), and it makes me look downright awful. Once I had to step out of Mecca Cosmetica practically rubbing my face off. So blush, most definitely, bronzer … it’s still a work in progress.

Lipgloss or Lipstick

Lipgloss or Lipstick?
Some people said that the older you get, the less inclined you are to use lipgloss but move on to lipstick instead. Well, “some people” were right. I barely use lipgloss anymore. I prefer the creamy, slick application of lipsticks without the stickiness. Plus pretty lipsticks look better in my makeup bag 😛

Lipgloss or Lipstick

Eyeliner or Mascara?
I wear mascara every time I go out. It has become a firm must in my makeup routine, along with blush. As for eyeliner, I only use it if I need to look more “made up”. Other times, I really can’t be stuffed with eyeliner.

Foundation or Concealer

Foundation or concealer?
Confession time: I almost always forget to apply concealer. It’s not that I don’t need it (hello dark circles under the eyes, redness around the nose and what on earth is up with that pimple on my chin?!). It’s just something I always forget to use. When I’m rushing for time, I pile more foundation on the area in hopes of cover it up. And you know that never works because it just emphasises the problem further as time goes by. *facepalm*. So for this question, yes to foundation but a very sheepish no to concealer.

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Neutral or Colour Eye Shadow?
Neutral for me, thank you very much. I’m not very creative when it comes to colourful eyeshadows, so I normally just stick to what works. I do like greens and blues very much, so that’s probably the most I would venture to. Most of the time, I stick to my comfort zone of neutrals.

Pressed or Loose Eye Shadows

Pressed or Loose Eye Shadows?
Can’t do loose eye shadows. Way too fiddly for my clumsy self. When mineral makeup was all the rage, I had about 10 jars of loose eye shadows. Very pretty shades, but left more stains on my dresser than my eyelids. Pressed eye shadows are so much easier to deal with.

Brushes or Sponges

Brushes or Sponges?
When I first started using foundation, I used sponges. The first foundation I purchased was from MAC, and since the makeup artist used a sponge wedge on me, I thought I’d do the same. After a while, I moved on to using my fingers which was much easier. Having said that, I’ve been using the very popular Shiseido angled foundation brush frequently these days and it’s the bombdiggity.


Perfume or Body Splash

Perfume or Body Splash?
Perfume please. They last a lot longer than body splashes. Having said that, my favourite fragrance is still Marc Jacobs’ body splash in Curacao 😛

Lotion or Body Butter

Lotion or Body Butter
Hmm … it depends on the season. I prefer to use body lotions most of the time as they are lighter on my skin. However, in the winter months, body lotions aren’t rich enough, which is when I have to move on to body butters.

Body Wash or Soap

Body Wash or Soap?
Gee, I haven’t used a bar of soap in yonks! Hotel soaps don’t count, okay? 😛 Body wash, please. They’re less drying on the skin.

Lush or other Bath Companies?
Can’t. Stand. Lush. I cannot walk past a Lush store without holding my breath. If I see a Lush store up ahead, I have to either cross the road or walk much further away from it. No, I’m not exaggerating. It really is too bad, because I have tried one of their body creams and it was lovely. The scent wasn’t even a strong one. Unfortunately, the mixture of heavy fragrances in the entire shop proved way too much for me to handle.

What’s your This or That? Feel free to nick the tag too (do post your link here if you’d like to blog about it so that I can check it out as well). It’s a fun one 🙂

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21 comments… add one
  1. Lizzi

    Between you and Emma, I’m really beginning to feel tag happy… might have to do my own… 🙂 Great Answers, also, people go to town with the bronzer on me, I am that pale, but it looks ridiculous I can’t do bronzer.
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    1. Tine

      Lizzi: I’m not that much of a bronzer girl as well. In fact, I only have two bronzers; one a bad purchase and the other one, well, it captivated me with its packaging. You can barely find bronzers in Asia. With so much whitening going on, they look at you funny when you ask them if they sell it 😛

  2. Tram

    Aw!!! We’re most answers you choose (except 2 answers I think) are what I would answer too! But I’m gonna *nick* this tag of course! Seems so interesting, fun and quick and easy to do!
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    1. Tine

      Tram: Do it! Can’t wait to read it 😉

  3. xin

    is it weird that i find this post to be cute? 😀
    your mascara or eyeliner reminded me of a friend – she never uses anything else on her face other than eyeliner! not mascara, not eye shadow, not blush, nor lipstick. just eye liner which is quite puzzling!
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    1. Tine

      Aww thanks Xin! Yeah that sounds puzzling indeed. I know somehow who uses eyeliner like eyeshadow. Black eyeliner drawn like a black marker across the lids. Kinda like the parody video Connie did ages ago. No blush, barely any lipstick, just the black marks on the eyes.

      For the love of all that’s holy …. WHY?!

  4. Renee | Beauty Fool

    Ooh what a fun tag! I am not a lipgloss person at all, either.

    And Tine, I spy quite the perfume collection! Perfume collection post sometime, perhaps? 🙂 I’ve been wanting to do one on my blog for the longest time, but I keep buying them so I know I’ll have to keep updating, haha!

    x Renee
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    1. Tine

      Well since you asked for it, all right. I know what a fragrance fan you are 😉
      Just so you know, I’m rubbish at talking about perfumes. This smells good, that smells awful…that’s the best I can do 😛

  5. Jess @ Miss J. Shopaholic

    Fun tag! Might do this one too! 😀
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    1. Tine

      Yay go for it, Jess! 😀

  6. trishie

    My responses would probably be almost identical to yours. Hate bronzers on my skin even though it looks awesome on others. I’m definitely a blush/lipstick/mascara kind of girl.
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    1. Tine

      Trishie: Yeah me too. I get real envious when I see how bronzers can look so good on some people. On me, it just looks like war paint. Or like someone’s smeared poo on my face >.<

    2. Tine

      PS: Your blog is GORGEOUS x

  7. Nico

    Such a great post! I’m with you on a lot especially the blush. Also haven’t stepped into a lush store for over a decade for the same reason.

    1. Tine

      Nico: It’s such a pity, isn’t it, about Lush? You and I aren’t the only ones who think that way. When I do have to go into Lush (when I have to buy something for someone), breath-holding aside, some of the products are actually pretty good. Unfortunately most of the time the smell of the entire store just puts me off 🙁

  8. Cherie

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this tag response! I used to be the same with bronzer but I’m slowly gravitating towards it because contouring looks so good! (ahem. On other people. I can only try.) The pattern on the Physician’s Formula product looks gorgeous! And I have mixed feelings about Lush- don’t hate it, don’t love it, don’t quite understand the ethos.
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    1. Tine

      Cherie: Oh contouring. Another skill for me to learn. I’m just getting bronzers just so I can practice the art of contouring. At the moment, it’s not looking too good. More like too very light smears of poo on my skin >.< PS: Do the tag! 😀

  9. Michelle Beh

    Love this post very much!! Everybody has their own preferred products and ways! I love lipstick more than lipgloss too!! I’m not good in using bronzed either! But I like eyeliner than mascara 🙂 probably I feel easier to draw a line than curl and put on mascara 😉 hav a nice weekend ahead Tine!!

    1. Tine

      Haha thanks Michelle. I’m quite lousy at drawing eyeliner (especially when it comes to drawing the water line), so I’m going to stick to mascara, thankyouverymuch 😛

  10. emmabovary

    Yay, it is a great tag isn’t it Tine 🙂 Was lots of fun to do, and you have some lovely perfumes there I’d love to see a post on them ;P
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    1. Tine

      Thanks for the topic, Emma. It was a fun one to do. Certainly takes out the mundane of doing product reviews 😛

      Alrighty, one perfume post coming up!

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