Q: What is your Nationality and Ethnicity?
A: I am Singaporean, born and raised here! As for ethnicity, to summarize it my identification says Chinese – elaboration in the Q&A videos below.
Q: How tall are you?
A: I am 5’3 – 161cm. I wish I was taller but oh well.
Q: Are you studying or working?
A: As of now I am working full time as a Head of Design, dabbling in design matters and direction but also helping in the arena of marketing and working with clients.
Q: What is your occupation?
A: I am a graphic designer and I do have experience / knowledge in online social marketing and campaign / community management as well.
Q: Are you married, do you have a kid?
A: While I do not like to bring personal affairs on here, aside from the brief mentions of what’s going on, I have gotten a lot of queries so to put a big full stop to it all: Yes I am married and have 2 lovely kids, I couldn’t be happier. There! :)
— Blog Related —
Q: What is your skintone / foundation shade?
A: This is not a fixed guide as it depends on the product and brand (plus my skin getting fairer or darker) but these are the shades that work for me, as of now:
• Revlon Colorstay – Sand Beige
• MAC – NC25
• Lancôme – O-03
• Shu Uemura – Medium Light Beige
• Dior – 002
Q: Why is your username ‘icyabstract’? What does it mean?
A: Basically, back in the day I used the term ‘icy’ as a staple in my gaming usernames. I happened to be going through the phase of pairing it with the word ‘abstract’ when I created my current youtube page. If I knew what this would have spun out to, I would have chosen a different username!
Q: How did you start youtube-ing (and then leading to beauty blogging)?
A: Initially I started making videos to take part in other youtube guru’s contests and along the way found that I really enjoyed it. With that I started making more videos, kick started a beauty blog and the rest is history!
Q: Were you trained in makeup or self-taught?
A: I am completely self taught, I have never attended a makeup school program. The only makeup tutorial platform I am exposed to would be youtube! Though I don’t claim to be professional in makeup at all, I just play around with it and learn along the way.
Q: What did you use to film your videos?
A: I don’t film videos anymore but back in the day I used my macbook pro’s built-in webcam and it worked good enough for videos during that time (pre-HD era).
Q: What do you use for photos on your blog?
A: For the most part I snap pictures with my long-time companion, the SONY A350, and subsequently the Olympus EM10. Though every now and then I do use my trustee but not perfect iPhone camera too. I usually state if I do.
Q: Have you appeared / been mentioned in media outlets?
A: Some outlets, yes. Such as an interview about beauty blogging with RazorTV, a Straits Times feature on beauty blogging a long while back and several photoshoots (Elizabeth Arden, Skin79) amongst other brief online mentions though I have since stepped out of the buzz of things and just enjoy my blog for what it is. If features come along yay but I don’t have the spare time to draw out occasions for shoots / interviews.
— Hair Journey / the DIYs & the Pros —
Q: What color is your hair?
A: As of now, I can say that my hair color is ‘normal and healthy’. I can’t quite pinpoint what it is exactly due to the amount of color, bleaching and torture I had subject it to but for the most part if you see my hair now, you probably wouldn’t have guessed that they had gone through all that and I am glad for it too. So yes, normal hair to let it all rest and grow out but if you are interested, I have documented my hair color journey below.
In order of earliest (top) to most recent (bottom):
– Bright Auburn (salon done / DIY)
– Revlon Colorsilk in Strawberry Blonde
– Dark Brown with Blonde Highlights
– Added blonde hair extensions
– Liese Bubble Hair Color in Ash Brown (not mentioned in entry but that’s the color)
– Palty Creamy Cherry Blossoms
– Revlon Colorsilk in Medium Blonde
– Palty Jewelry Ash
– Palty Golden Blonde (disastor!)
– Revlon Colorsilk Luminista in Red
– Dark mousey brown and new hairstyle (@ Komachi)
– Snipped short with a dark ash coat (@ Headlines)
– Gone wild with blonde and a vivid blue (@ Headlines)
– Mellowed down to an ash blonde (@ Headlines)
– A warm brown base with emerald streaks (@ Headlines)
– A darkened almost-black base with ultraviolet (@ Headlines)
– Purple-ish maroon brown base and the faded ultraviolet (@ Headlines)
– The healthy ‘do, chocolate brown with an ashey tone (@ Headlines)
Q: Where do you color your hair?
A: It honestly depends, I have done it professionally at salons and I have DIY-ed numerous times as well. In my opinion I would definitely recommend leaving highlights to the experts and while basic hair-colors are DIY-able, I do notice that a professional’s touch does equate to shinier looking hair and color.
Q: Which salon do you go to get your hair done (cut/color)?
A: Over the years the answer has changed a couple of times. In the earlier (blog) days, I used to frequent this home salon, which a good number of readers were interested in because this stylist does a pretty good job with layers. Then I did a stint with Headlines Hairdressing that was quite an adventure for my hair in both cut and color but as of now, I am trying my best to let my hair rest (from the crazy bleaching / coloring) and also to grow out because I do miss long locks.
Last edited April 2015 by Sara.
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