Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Goodies

This year, I'm on a bit of a money crunch so I wasn't able to get any of my friends anything for Christmas. We didn't exchange any gifts, but lucky for me I participated in Kay's Secret Santa! Kay was my secret santa and this is the only present I got from a friend this year. She sent me the Visee LE Glam Hunt Eyes in Mauve and a Rimmel quad plus lots of goodies and candies. The candies are all gone now XD Thank you so much Kay!! <3<3 I'm excited to try the shadows out.

Boxing Day sales usually suck. I find that as the years go by, the crappier the sales are. I still went to Eaton Center to see what I could pick up because my grandma gave me some red pocket money for Christmas. I didn't find anything I liked, so as I was going back to the subway, I noticed Lush had some sales. And what a sale! It was buy any wrapped gift get 1 free or buy any holiday product or soaps and get 2 free! I ended up getting about 0.8kg of Snowcake and a sample of the Figs and Leaves soap. I actually went 2 separate times to Lush cuz I had to stock up on Snowcake XD Any other time I wouldn't splurge there.

It's also finally snowing some more. It hasn't been winter in Toronto because of the lack of snow, it even rained on Christmas day, wth... Oh well I shouldn't complain, since I'll be the one shovelling it later anyway.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Golden Brown

I've done this look before, but I got bored so decided to make a video of it. I call it my go-to look. I use this look like 90% of the time with the same lipstick.

Coffret D'or Fluffy Shine Eyes 03 Gold
Jill Stuart Jelly Eyes 10 Vintage Decor
Lunasol Skin Modelling Eyes Beige Beige
Lunasol Nobel Shade Liner Deep Brown
Paul & Joe Pencil Liner 01 or MUFE 2L
Fiberwig Mascara
Maquillage Powder Touch Eyebrow GY950 (forgot to use it in the video)

Jill Stuart Blush Fresh Apricot

Maquillage Moisture Rouge PK705

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Vivi and Classy January 2010

Click here to be one of the first to read the new Vivi! Once you click the link, you can also look at the full album by clicking the link on the left, that way you don't have to go through the ads.

Also, for those that are into the OL styles or just need some ideas, take a look at this magazine, Classy. I think it's definitely a more grown up version of Vivi. Click here to see more.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Soft Smokey?

Happy Holidays! I just realized I haven't updated in 2 weeks. Hope all is well in the blogger world. I receieved my secret Santa package from Kay and I'm uber excited to open it!

As you probably all know by now, I don't like to line my lower lids, which is why my post title is soft smokey. The "soft" is also due to the fact that this dang P&J shadow is so sheer.
LE things like to grab hold of me and tempt me to buy them. Who could resist though? Because how many other people might have this LE item? (Lots probably)

ANNYwaay... the LE item is P&J 062 shadow duo. I got this waaay before I came back to Canada, on my second trip to HK in August. By now I can't remember the price or the collection name, I just remember I got it from Langham Place Mall in Mong Kok.

This is a cute little palette and there's barely any fall-out while applying. I think that's all I have to say that's good about it. This was quite a disappointing purchase from P&J and I wish I had swatched it and thought carefully first before buying.
The pan width is a bit bigger than the MAC shadows, big enough to last me a lifetime. Sadly, the packaging will probably not last a lifetime because it's made of cardboard. Eventually, I know the sides and edges will start to mess up.

The lighter shade is grey, although it has been sometimes described as blueish-green, I honestly don't see it hehe. The darker shade is a deep navy. The lighter shade has very little hints of shimmer while the darker shade is near matte. They're not shimmery enough for my taste, but it's a change to my usual shimmery colors. These shades are so sheer it bugs me. I hate having to layer on so much shadow that it might crease badly as the day progresses.
I know I'm just bashing this palette right now, but one last thing, the applicator, it's so small!!! I can barely even hold onto it so using a brush is a lot easier.

I used the MM shadow as a highlight, applied the lighter shade as the main color and used the darker shade to blend the eyeliner up 1/4 of my lids.

You can see how sheer it is, but I supposed it's good for looks that aren't too dramatic for daytime. But, I have to confess, I haven't used this palette when going out yet, I've only played with it at home XD

I'm sure most of you have heard of Bubbi of BubzBeauty on Youtube. I was inspired by her Messy Updo Bun video. I tried it out and loved it!
This look is super cute and easy to do. I especially love how it gives an illusion that I have more hair. Making a real odango bun is a bit difficult for me because of my fine hair, so this is a great alternative.
I used 10-12 bobby pins and this held up through the day. If there were any flyaways, all I needed to do was add another pin without redo-ing the whole thing. The head band was from Korea. I wish I had stocked up on more, they're really cheap there.

I'm putting the comment box up, but I do apologize if I don't reply to your comments, but it makes me happy to see them =)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Pearlish Beige

Hello hello, long time no blog.
It's almost Christmas and there hasn't been a lick of snow in Toronto! I remember, back in the day, it snowed so much that school got cancelled. Saying that makes me feel old.

About a month ago, I ordered 2 Christmas presents for myself, one being the Aube Couture holiday palette and the other being the Lunasol Full Glamour Lips S Pearlish Beige#36.
I first saw it in the Sept 09 issue of Vivi and wanted it ever since, but Adam Beauty didn't carry it until recently.

Lunasol's lipsticks are great because they're creamy, smooth, and not sticky with the right amount of shimmer. It's got medium pigmentation, but as usual for me, lipsticks generally don't show up to what it looks like because of my pigmented lips. BTW, the lipstick is a bit lighter than in the picture.
The Pearlish Beige is one of the prettiest looking lipsticks I purchased, with a swirl of multi color glitter on it. The other ones are the P&J 061 and 062 from the Spring 09 collection with flower designs etched on the lipstick.
The shade is a beautiful beige with a bit of a golden undertone to it with very fine shimmers. I think this goes great with any of the eye makeup I consider more dramatic for me, like Lunasol Dazzling Night.

Here's a quick FOTD with Dazzling Night and Pearlish Beige. I much prefer not lining the bottom lashline with this palette. I've tried many times to get it right, but still, lining the bottom looks strange o_O

Oh, I'm also taking down the comment box since I'm not around blogger enough to keep up with it. Blogging is starting to become more and more difficult as I'm watching my spending a lot more with makeup. I hope that doesn't disappoint anyone! But I'm going to school in January to take my TESL certificate in hopes that I'll be in Hong Kong by August 2010, thennnn...the frequent posts shall commence XD Wish me luck!