Thursday, December 16, 2010

Quickie Post - Lippies

I know it seems like I've been neglecting my blog, it's soo much more difficult to keep up than before. But I should be going back at it once the new year starts...because I made a decision to go to makeup school! Yay! After obssessing with makeup and skincare for so long and trying to explain to all my friends what's good and how to use certain things, I decided it's finally time I put my interest into use. So I will be going to Seneca College starting in January for the next two years and during that time I'm gonna try to start my portfolio, get some looks done and try to start posting some more!

In the meantime, here are a couple new lippies I purchased.
If you're a follower of Fuzkitte's facebook page, you may have seen her post about the Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush lipstick in Poppysicle.
She said it's great for Asian skintones as it brightens the skin and is flattering for Asian skintones.
So because it only cost $7CAD, I decided to give it a go, although I was hesitant to purchase at first because it was so bright!
The lipstick feel moisturizing (although not as much as the Maquillage or Lunasol ones) and it's comfortable to wear. The coverage on me is probably medium to full, I was surprised at how pigmented it went on that I freaked out at first. The color actually appears almost identical to the lipstick when applied to my lips.

Fuzkittie suggestd I use a milky lipbalm as a base to kind of dilute the color, so I used the Paul & Joe Milky Lip Treatment.
After applying the lipbalm, I apply 1 layer and pat it with my finger to even it out and to help tone down the color as some of the excess sticks onto my finger.
Lasting power is amazing, even after I ate dinner, I still noticed a bit of color on my lips.
The color is brighter in person, but not over the top, it's still very wearable if you keep the eye makeup more neutral.

I did a very basic eye...
1. Apply Coffret D'or gold cream shadow as base up to crease.
2. Apply light brown shade all over eyelid.
3. Line eyes with Bobbi Brown gel liner granite ink.
4. Smudge dark brown over the gel liner.
5. Tightline with MM liquid liner and finish off with Fiberwig Extra Long mascara.

Of course the color is brighter in person, but you get the idea. I think the next time I want a new lipstick, I'm definitely gonna check out the other Beauty Rush colors since it's so affordable and I had a good experience with the first one I bought!

Another recent lip product purchase was the Laura Mercier lipstain in Shy Pink $25CAD. Kind of pricey, but I had money left on a gift card to use.
I was hoping it would replace my lip balm, but sadly it feels dry on my lips, so I have to use a lipbalm prior to applying the stain.
This actually feels more like a lipstick in a jar but the staying power is a lot better than most of my other lipsticks.
When applied, the color is very similar to the color in the jar, which is great at evening out my lip color.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Majolica Majorca GR750

Hello Dearies, long time no blog again. Today is just a quick EOTD using the MM palette my friend bought for me in Hong Kong. She asked me what color I wanted and I just told her something green but not too crazy. I don't have any other green shadow besides the Maquillage GR366 which has a minty green shade (more summery palette imo).
The MM palette is very earthy and very wearable for everyday.

Items used! I love how I don't have to use a lot on my eyes.

Pretty straight forward and easy to use. Before I added the liner shade, I used the black pencil liner and smudged the shadow on top. Then I used the liquid liner. Once the liner dried, I blended a bit of the green shade on top to soften the look slightly.

I love how the colors are so pigmented and long lasting. I was actually a bit disappointed in the MM palettes before because of the lasting power, but this one seems to hold up pretty well.

I got a sample of the Benefit Stay Don't Stray primer. The SA said it can also be used to prep the eyes for concealer and it won't cake. I can confirm that it did a good job as a concealer primer! Prior to that I used UDPP and it would cake/crease slightly by the end of the day, but so far the Benefit one works very well.
The primer is a bit light in color and a little goes a long way. And since it's slightly lighter than my skintone, it almost evens out my eye area a bit before shadow and concealer application.

Until next time!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Hellooo Monday

Who doesn't love pay day? I just had to treat myself to some goodies.
I've always wanted to use falsies more often, but it seemed like such a pain in the butt to put on all the time, plus the ends don't stick that well after a few hours of wear.
I used to use Darkness lashes whenever I had the time, but a lot of times I didn't put them on very well so I could feel it.
I went to Pacific Mall to get some more hair spray and passed by a store that sold these super pretty lashes. It was $20 for 10 pairs or $3 per pair, I got 1 pair just to test it out and so far so good.
The spine/bone(??) of the lashes are much thinner than the Darkness lashes so they feel a lot more comfortable. Although they are comfortable to wear, I'm predicting that they won't stick as well as the day passes due to the lack of surface area sticking to my eyes.

Still..they're very pretty and natural looking. Today's makeup is inspired by this YouTube vid

Makeup used:

Earlier today I just put on some mascara and brown eyeliner when I went to do my errands. Adding the false lashes plus some shadow really adds more oomph to my eyes.

Lined 1/3 of the bottom lashline with brown eyeshadow. I didn't even need black liquid liner after I applied the lashes since the lash itself was already created the illusion of the liner.

I'm starting to like TM a lot more than foundation. I'm starting to find that foundation cakes easily between my brows and around the nose. Good thing for me I don't have too much extra foundation that needs to be used.
I started getting sick of using the Stila TM (there's only 1/4 bottle left anyway, so no big deal not to finish it all XD). It started feeling a bit too heavy for my taste so I went and splurged on the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Tinted Moisturizer in Medium ($33CAD for 75mL). It was such a good deal, considering the amount you get for that price. Plus a little goes a long way.

Kiehl's is the most fluid of the 3 TM and I think a bit more suited to my skin tone. Compared with the other 2 I've used, Kiehl's has pretty good coverage for a TM, not heavy at all and leaves my skin nice and dewy. The thing about this TM is that it emphasizes the dry bits on and around my nose. I haven't found a solution to this yet besides exfoliating...hmm..maybe I'm not exfoliating enough?
Stila is similar to Kiehl's except it feels a bit heavier and my skin gets a bit more oily.
Covergirl is the most sheer, it has barely does anything, oh well it was worth the try.
I used Primavista pressed powder on top of the Kiehl's TM

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mid Week Reviews

I haven't really gotten a lot of new makeup, I feel so deprived! Lucky for me my friend heard me babbling about how I finished up my favourite pink lipstick and didn't have a replacement..and how Shoppers Drug Mart now sold Anna Sui.. so he went out and got me a new lipstick! So sweet of him! Now that I think about my old lipstick (Maquillage PK705), I miss it so much!
This is the Lip Rouge G 303 which is the glossy type. The lipstick has the signature rose scent to it, some may think it's a bit strong, I have to admit that I think the scent is a bit strong when I first apply it.

Although it's the glossy finish, I feel it has more of a pretty sheen to the finish. It also has some very fine golden shimmers in it.
The color also shows up nicely on my lips without looking too rosy. I think it also enhances my lipcolor, especially because my lips are pigmented.
Even though this is my first Anna Sui lipstick, I'm really liking it a lot! It's very moisturizing, smooth and not sticky at all. In terms of lasting power, I get a couple hours before it's completely gone, only if I don't go drinking of eating anything.

I was looking at my eye brow pencil and realized how small it was! I'm actually going through this brow pencil really fast, so I decided to go and get a backup.
Who watches Michelle Phan's videos? (who doesn't!??) I saw the Lancome brow pencil and really wanted to give it a try so I went out to get the pencil in Sable. Compared to the current brow pencil I'm using (Maquillage GY950 2.5g), the Lancome one is a lot smaller in weight (1.05g). Kinda disappointed especially for the price of the pencil. Oh well, it was worth a shot.

The Lancome pencil is actually a lot softer than then Maquillage. When I first used it, I was surprised at how pigmented the color was too and how easy it was to fill in my brows. With that said, I think I need a lot more practice in using the Lancome pencil otherwise I'm gonna end up with brows that are too dark!
The two pencils are very similar, except I had to swipe the Maquillage a few more times to get the color more to show up more.

The good thing about the Maquilage is it's more difficult to make mistakes because it's not as soft and pigmented, but it also rubs off easier. The Lancome pencil takes more practice to get a softer finish but it also lasts a lot longer and stays put better.
I rubbed a tissue on my arm and you can see which one obviously stays on better.

Life has been so difficult lately, so many changes and sometimes I feel like I threw poop into the fan and I can't seem to clean it, it's everywhere!!! But I do what I can to cope with the situation. This is also another reason why I haven't blogged much.
I did learn an important lesson through all this... Don't regret your decisions in life, live with the consequences and learn from them. Don't take things for granted and enjoy what you have. Most importantly, stop thinking so much and stop worrying about the what if's...and do what you think is right for yourself.

Until next time...I'm not sure when I'll be checking or updating my blog. Hopefully I won't have this dry spell for too long XD

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Random Spontaneous Stuff!

OMG, it has been way too long since I'm updated!!!! I wonder how some bloggers are able to keep it up. Sometimes I think back and wonder how I did it XD
Have you ever done something soo random and spontaneous that when you look back you wonder..did I really do that?
Well for me it's quite rare but I did it 2 times and both times was a trip to NYC. Remember the MTV music awards? I was watching it with 3 of my friends and after we saw the Eminem performance, sometime during the show the host said Eminem was on his way to NYC for a concert. So my friends thought, wouldn't it be so crazy if we went to NYC to see the Eminem and Jay-Z concert? And so.. we did just that. Most amazing thing everrrr.

Since we went to NYC we might as well wander around. We didn't have much time to do anything so we mainly wandered around the Soho area, and that's where I found these super yummy cupcakes and yogurt.

And who could go to NYC without making a stop at Mitsuwa. I seriously never would have thought that I could go there because it's so far away. As cool as it is to see all these Japanese products in person, I was a bit disappointed at their selection. But oh well, I didn't leave empty handed.

I thought the ramen was kind of expensive, but totally worth it. It's not easy to find such a good ramen place in Toronto. I'm so glad I tried it at Mitsuwa, it was super tasty ^__^

My small haul. I didn't intend on doing a lot of shopping anyway. I did get a new toner and face cream for day time use. It's the B&C Hearty Lab Soy Bean products. You can find them at Imomoko here, it's actually the same price at Mitsuwa. I haven't gotten around in using them yet since I still have a bit of stuff to finish. I'm quite interested to see how the moisturizer gel will work in the dry Canadian winter.
I also purchased the Cover Girl tinted moisturizer. It was cheap and I can't buy it in Canada anyway, so might as well XD

And last but not least, some new masks I got from Tim! I've never heard of these before. It's called My Scheming (from Taiwan I believe), which is very strange. I didn't make that up! It says on the package hehe, which I find very cute.

This morning I used the Milk Extract Brightening Mask. The mask size fits my face very well. Compared to the My Beauty Diary masks, these ones are thinner and stay put on my face. I left it on for about 15-20 mins and it took a few minutes for the liquid to fully absorb into my skin.
I didn't really notice any immediate brightening effects, I only noticed that my skin felt a bit tighter and I'm not sure if it's in the good way or bad dry way.

I have a couple new products to show everyone some time this week, stay tuned =D

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Foxy Tails

Hi there! Sorry it's been such a long time since I've posted. There has been a lot of personal things happening for me so I haven't been in the mood for anything at all.
I thought I'd do a quick update after seeing the September issue of Vivi.

Whoever is a fan of Ayumi Hamasaki must recognize this picture..from her Evolution video. See the fox-ish tail? I was so obsessed with that back when the video came out that I bought 2 tails for myself to clip on the side! Everyone thought I was silly, but hey, you learn in highschool.

I bought these at a store in Markville mall like 8 years ago? and I didn't want to throw them out, thinking there might be a use for them some time in the future haha. The white one I would tie onto the side of my jeans while the black one had a clip hidden somewhere in the fur.

And lookie here.... September Vivi

Everyone thought I was crazy...
Hmmmm....should I clip it on one of my bags too? But I'm not sure if it'll look ok with my huge bags, I don't really own smaller bags XD
Let's be clear too, if you don't have anything nice to say about this post, I'd appreciate if you didn't say anything at all.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

BB Shimmering Nudes revisited

The last time (which was last year) that I used the Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes, it ended up in failure because of how it looked after a few hours of wear... but now I had to give it another chance, I didn't want it to sit around doing nothing. This time I used a cream base before applying the shadows in hopes that it wouldn't turn muddy and gross.

Shimmering Nudes 1. Nude Spice, 2. Nude Beach, 3. Espresso
Paul & Joe liner black
Jill Stuart cream shadow 10
Lavshuca blush (forgot the #)

I first apply the cream shadow on my lid just under the crease.

Using Nude Spice #1, apply it on top and up to the crease.

Using Nude Beach #2, blend it into the crease.

Blend Espresso #3 on the liner, then using Nude Beach, blend on top to soften the liner.

And done! Are my tutorials easy or what? =D
The end result is a nice pearly eye. I've been doing this look for the past 3 days and it hasn't turned muddy or gross at all thanks to the cream shadow base. Now I can love the Shimmering Nudes palette again.
Since the eyes are so pearly, I stuck with a matte blush.. well the only matte-ish blush I have. The blush has very few shimmery glitters in it that it's barely noticable, oh.. but the blush itself is not noticable to begin with, it's very sheer.

I finally got a new brush for the LM mineral powder, the Eco Tools bronzer brush. I know it's not a kabuki brush, but it's cheap! I was gonna get their mineral brush set but I didn't need too many brushes and they were too small anyway.

A nice size for applying the powder. Since the bristles are so dense, I had to bend and mush the bristles around to make the brush more fluffy so the powder application easier. I can't believe how soft this brush is either.
I couldn't find a picture online to show how big the brush is, so incase anyone is wondering, here it is.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

1st time at Beauties Factory

As nice as false lashes can be sometimes, I think they are too much work to put on and the corners don't always stay put (I use the Duo adhesive). I decided to try the single lashes just because I was bored and also because is quite cheap. I found this site after watching Manwomanfilm on YT.
I created an account Beauties Factory a while back and I got an online voucher for I think $2??? I can't remember. So I purchased 60 individual lashes a few weeks ago and it came up to less than $5 with the shipping. I bought these lashes a while ago and didn't use them till a few days ago. They also sent me eyelid glue, nails and glitter for nail decorating.

If you have time, you should take a look around Beauties Factory. There's some pretty interesting makeup/cosmetic stuff there. I'm not too sure about the quality because it's so cheap, but it seems like on Manwomanfilm's tutorials, the eyeshadows are very pigmented.
If I had the time, I think I would get the uv gel nail set to do my own nails. It seems pretty cheap, and I've always wanted pretty decorated nails that last.

I'm not sure if this is true with all individual lashes, but the base of the lashes seem to be knoted/looped together instead of being glued together. This makes taking them out of the packaging very frustrating. I have to dig the tweezers under the lash and make sure I have a good grip on them close to the base before pulling them out....

...or else I end up with wasted lashes because they come apart. I actually threw out at least 5 because I didn't take them out properly. Btw, these are synthetic lashes.

These are 10mm lashes. They don't make a huge difference when I put them on, I just like how I can have fuller looking lashes while still retaining that natural look. You actually can't even see where I put them =p I used 2 in this picture and put them at the outer lashline with room inbetween each of them. They blend in very well with my other lashes.

Overall, they're not terrible once I get the hang of grabbing them out of the case, but I probably won't get them again because of that reason.
Don't you love how Blogger has a new layout editing tool? I put this layout together in 10 mins.