September 17, 2013
Dawn Poh

Sometimes I like to pretend that I am a beauty blogger, despite being the worst at skincare and having the most boring makeup regime ever. What can however be said about me though is that I rarely ever venture out of my den without a full face of makeup… Surely that should count as some dedication, right? Having the same routine also means that I can apply a full face in under 15 mins, and under any circumstances: in the passenger seat of a car, on a bumpy plane ride, in a café…nowhere is sacred to me when it comes to applying makeup.

Anyway, it has been over 4 years since we’ve started this blog. So what better way to commemorate it than to draw up a timeline of my looks? Maybe a fashion timeline will come later, but right now I find it funnier to focus on the various makeup disasters I’ve had over time.

2009

Perhaps it was individuality. Perhaps it was a streak of rebellion. Perhaps it was a way of expressing freedom at finally being free to bleach my hair during my school holidays. Regardless, nothing can explain why I thought having brassy box-dyed hair was a good idea. More mystifying, however, is the fact that I kept at it for 3 years.

Makeup wise, it has never occurred to an 18 year-old me that there was such things as too much eyeliner or too much mascara. Or as a matter of fact, too much of anything – I am sure that if I smiled too widely, my makeup would actually crack and flake off like dried plaster. Fake eyelashes were an everyday affair, an affair that would continue well over the next 4 years.

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2010

This picture was taken off this blog itself. After having a fringe for ages, I’ve finally decided to grow it out. What didn’t stop, however, was my obsession with light hair. To exacerbate things, I was a baller on a budget. Meaning that I soon became very experimental with boxed dyes. It’s no mystery that my hair eventually took on the texture of dried summer hay.

Having a fringe for years meant that I have never paid much attention to my eyebrows before. Not knowing how to deal with this sudden exposure, they went from ungroomed pastures to over-shaven lines on my face. Eyebrows at this point were basically arbitrary to me. I’m not even sure if I had eyebrow pencils then. They may well have been filled with whatever eyeshadow I had handy.

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2011

I wasn’t sure what happened, but something in me snapped and I finally decided to go back to my natural hair colour. I have a feeling it has got something to do with an especially unfortunate incident with boxed bleach, leaving me with black roots and bright orange hair. I have probably decided to wipe that debacle off my memory, and off it shall remain.

My eyebrows were starting to get a little more attention now that black hair forced me to create more contrast on my face. I have always been insecure about my lips however, so lipsticks were a huge no for me still.

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2012

I guess you can say that I became too focused on my eyebrows. At the rate they were expanding, I might have well drawn a unibrow ala Frida Kahlo. I decided that bolder is better, and that meant filling in my brows with a black eyebrow pencil. Disregard the fact that my hair isn’t even black to begin with. I had brows that would make my mum back in the 80’s proud.

I did however discover lipsticks during this period though, and soon amassed a pretty impressive collection of them.

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2013

Decided to experiment with ombré hair despite being several years overdue. Found a staple look, one that I’m still wearing this very day! My brows have come a long way since I’ve started wearing makeup, and I think I’ve finally found a look that works. A classic (albeit boring) combination of bold brows, winged eyeliner and bold lips.

Oh well, we will see how long this phase last!!

What are your hair and makeup disasters of the past?

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  1. I think everyone has eyebrow faux pas in their past! I have sparsely-haired eyebrows but it was only when I was 19 or so that I started filling them in, and probably only in the past year have I been happy with them. I definitely also went through the phase of filling them in WAY too dark.

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    Dawn replied on

    I’m glad I’m not the only one with eyebrow woes!! They are awfully hard to figure out, aren’t they?!

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  2. Sarah says:

    Gorgeous, no matter which year but now, 2013, more grown-up and lady like! Love your hair actually and the brows are much better then in 2012 😉

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    Dawn replied on

    Aww thanks Sarah!! Maybe I should go back to overfilling them 😛

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    Sarah replied on

    Actually I would like to permanent make-up my brows to have one thing less in my life to “worry” about but I’m a little bit afraid that it doesn’t turn out like I want to…I’ve seen to many girls with two thick black massive lines on their forehead which last FOREVER!!

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    Dawn replied on

    That’s my life exactly. I end up reading about it all night before I remember that there are middle aged ladies walking about with green tattooed brows…

  3. Phanthannie says:

    I hv a forrest for an eyebrow and they’re perpetually uneven. I didnt even pay attention to them till last year when a friend forced me to trim it. You never realize how much of a difference a brow make to your face until you do :).

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    Dawn replied on

    I wish I had lush eyebrows! Mine are an untrimmed forest most of the time too but they are so light and sparse! I can’t leave the house without pencilling my eyebrows in somewhat

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  4. Disasters are funnier than being always perfect!! I think that my disaster starts right now. I haven’t used lipstick for a while, my lips are a little bit strange and I can’t remember how to paint them!

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    Dawn replied on

    Too bad (fortunately?) my early teenaged years existed before Facebook, or there’d be so much more content here!!

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  5. ichigobunnie says:

    you looked amazing in all the years, though the thick eyebrow thing was something I did as well! I was OBSESSED with my brows once I was allowed to do something about them (mother didnt let me pluck or groom or fill them in until junior/senior year of high school). So thus I filled them in extra long and extra thick. Needless to say they looked like a pair of caterpillars! Glad you finally found what works for you in 2013. I noticed your gradual changes among the years and I really like your 2013 one! You look stunning. And that’s some major dedication there to never go out of your den without a full face of makeup. I’m too lazy to do that haha

    Well, hope you’re doing well Dawn! :) Glad to see a post from you!

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    Dawn replied on

    Aww thanks!!! I haven’t been updating as often as I should but I’m fine 😀 Glad to know I’m not the only person with brow woes. It seems like with everyone else, they are blessed with perfectly defined and arched brows!

    I wish going out without makeup is more of a mark of dedication and less of an indicator of low self esteem, but alas… 😛

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  6. Carmen says:

    Is it okay if I think you looked pretty in all the pictures? LOL Although now your look is more beautiful and mature than your younger days of course : P

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    Dawn replied on

    Awww carmen you must be a very forgiving person to say that!

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  7. Lenne says:

    HAHA omg I loved this post!! You were pretty throughout la please but I love how you wrote this, I might have snorted on my drink. Come back and karaoke with me soon plz we haven’t fulfilled our Lana destiny!

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  8. steph / absolutelyfuzzy says:

    i love the combination of bold brows, winged eyeliner and bold lips on you. i think it works really well too. i mostly just stick to the first two for everyday, but i have monolids so my eyeliner usually looks very subtle. it’s kind of nice having a few years of archives to go through 😉 actually kind of dig the heavy eyebrow look on you circa 2012 too.

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